After his successful performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Justin Timberlake let loose another single from his upcoming third studio album “The 20/20 Experience”. The single, titled “Mirrors”, features production from his longtime producer and friend Timbaland. The production on this record is outstanding and JT is nothing short of his vintage self.
The smooth sounding track is over 8 minutes long. Definitely a refreshing sound that the music industry has been lacking since JT went on his six year hiatus after his second album.
"And now it’s clear as this promise, That we’re making, Two reflections into one, Cause it’s like you’re my mirror.”
The spectacular SGNW House was designed by Metropole Architectsand is embedded in the lush vegetation of Zimbali, South Africa. No matter what the standpoint, this modern home offers details that inspire and amaze. According to the official description provided by the architects:
Several bodies of water, including Koi ponds, water features and a rim flow swimming pool appear to coalesce into one, and flow through the house and out into the forest. The stacked roof is fragmented and linked with flat roof slabs, in correspondence to the spatial arrangement of the rooms below, which both scales and articulates the massing of the house. The main bedroom suite cantilevers six meters over the patio below, providing protection from the weather. As well as “wow” factor. Large amounts of glazing optimize views of the indigenous bush that encapsulates the house, and together with the palette of raw materials including natural timber, off shutter concrete, water and natural stone cladding, offset the clean architectural lines with a warmth and Zen like ambiance.
Due to a daring mix of colors and decorating elements, each room is more surprising than the next!
I really like photography because you capture moments. Moments that are often unique and individual. It’s the way of expressing what you feel within. Personally, it’s all about appreciating the beauty and expressing creativity.
There is a connection between you and the subject which I think is the most important factor for a beautiful output.
After a wild Championship Weekend, the contestants for Super Bowl XLVII have been set. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will square off in a matchup headlined by head coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh.
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in the early game, coming back from an early 17-0 hole to win the game by a score of 28-24.
Then, in the late game, the Baltimore Ravens ran the New England Patriots out of their own building, winning convincingly by a score of 28-13.
This sets up an epic matchup for Super Bowl XLVII, and I want to take a look at key position where the teams have an edge.
San Francisco 49ers vs.
Date: February 3, 2013, 6:30 p.m. ET Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Quarterbacks (QBs) -
Colin Kaepernick didn’t shrink back under the bright lights of prime time. Posting an incredible 181 YDS and 2 TDs on the ground against the Green Bay Packers to go along with 263 YDS and 2 TDs through the air.
Then, in the biggest game of his life on the road in Atlanta, Kaepernick proved he can win games as a pure pocket passer, completing 16/21 passes for 233 YDS with 1 TD and 0 INTs against a defense that had forced 20 INTs during the regular season—tied with the New England Patriots for No. 5 in the NFL.
Joe Flacco is riding a hot streak right now and his success in the playoffs speaks for itself. Flacco has a playoff record of 8-4, and he’s getting better as the postseason wears on.
In his last four games, Flacco has thrown 8 TDs and 0 INTs, and his Ravens have won three of those four contests.
- Defensive Line (D-Line) -
There aren’t many teams that feature as dominant of a defensive line as the 49ers.
Justin Smith, even with just one arm, is one of the most powerful interior linemen—both against the run and as a pass-rusher—in the NFL. Ray McDonald on the other side of the team’s 3-4 alignment is nearly as dominant, and the two of them both made Pro Football Focus' top-10 for 3-4 defensive ends.
Isaac Sopoaga is a beast in the middle, as the team’s nose tackle, and this trio is tough to run against, as the 49ers' No. 4-ranked run defense attests.
Haloti Ngata is one of the NFL’s premier defensive linemen, and when he’s healthy, he’s darn near impossible to stop.
Unfortunately, Ngata hasn’t been healthy for most of the year, and his counterparts on the line haven’t been able to pick up the slack.
The Ravens allowed nearly 2,000 YDS rushing in 2012, ranking No. 20 in the NFL. The team’s 15 rushing TDs allowed ranked No. 23 in the league, and what used to be one of the team’s biggest strengths is now an area of concern.
- Linebackers (LBs) -
The 49ers feature the most complete, most dominant group of linebackers in the NFL.
Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith all made the AP’s first-team All-Pro team, and Ahmad Brooks made it on the second-team All-Pro team.
Smith and Brooks accounted for 26 sacks, and Brooks is one of the most underrated 3-4 outside linebackers in the league.
Willis and Bowman represent the most dynamic pair of inside linebackers in the league. It doesn’t matter which team they are up against, the 49ers will have the better linebacker corps.
Ray Lewis is one of the NFL's greatest defenders of all time, but he’s no longer in his prime. Lewis' leadership skills are unrivaled, but he isn't the same player on the field as he was even two years ago.
Paul Kruger and Terrell Suggs bring excellent pressure off the edges, and rookie Courtney Upshaw is a player who may end up becoming great at some point, but the Ravens linebacker corps is one in transition.
If Lewis were a few years younger and if Suggs were fully healthy, this unit would challenge the 49ers. But now, it’s not close.
- Headcoaches (HCs) -
Jim Harbaugh has taken the 49ers back to the promised land after a dry period that saw more losing seasons than winners under Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary.
His controversial decision to start Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith has proven to be the right one, though the 49ers fanbase, local and national media were split on the topic for most of the latter part of the 2012 season.
Since becoming the team’s head coach, Harbaugh's 49ers have gone 24-7-1 during the regular season and 3-1 in the playoffs.
John Harbaugh has taken the Ravens to the playoffs every single year since becoming the team’s head coach in 2008.
His team has gone 8-4 in that time, and there’s no doubting the fact that the Ravens are more battle-tested than the 49ers heading into Super Bowl XLVII.
Furthermore, John Harbaugh's leadership style has proven to be a perfect match for Baltimore's veteran-laden group, and at this point in his career, he is a step ahead of his younger brother.
- OVERALL -
There’s no doubt that Super Bowl XLVII will be a closely-contested battle the entire way. Super Bowl XLVII will come down to which team executes their game plan without making mistakes.
I’ll go with a Ravenswin in what appeared to be the last game of Ray Lewis career.
Director: David O. Russell Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain.
Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunitewith his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
In “Silver Linings Playbook”, director David O. Russell attempts to fashion a winsome romantic comedy that also addresses mental illness with perceptiveness and sensitivity.
It’s not an easy maneuver to pull off. But it works because the source material, a novel by Matthew Quick, is rooted in an actual place populated by relatable characters, the acting ensemble is terrific, and Russell, who writes and directs, doesn’t shy away from akwardness or feel-good sentiment.
The great strength of Russell's writing and direction resides in the way he consistently manages to retain a comic tone without losing touch with the characters’ pains and anxieties. There are numerous scenes that in other hands would be as excruciatingly embarrassing on the screen as they would be in real life. But Russell involves us so closely in what we’re watching that we become emotional participants. And that’s because he cares for these people in a wholly unpatronising fashion.
By the way “Silver Linings Playbook" is only the 14th film to ever receive at least one Oscar nomination in each of the four acting categories — and the first to do so in 31 years.
Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) and BestSupporting Actor (Robert De Niro).
The message about silver linings — about our abilty to overcome unfortunate circumstances — feels less like a Hollywood contriviance than the truth. And the notion that the line between normal and crazy isn’t as clear as we often assume suggests that being judgmental short-circuits both hope and understanding.
Travelling: Hayman Hotel, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Hayman five-star Hotel is located on a privileged island in Australia, and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. The natural beauty surrounding the resort is just minutes away from exploring. This is probably why the 240 luxurious rooms of the hotel, included in suites, penthouses, villas and beach houses, are not just a way of guest pampering, but can also be considered the starting point of an unforgettable nature adventure. The hotel’s playful appearance, contrasted by the green forests and blue waters of the surrounding swimming pool, sets the tone for a holiday-inspired scenery. The interior design of the accommodation units tastefully combines modern details (precise geometric shapes and floor to ceiling glass windows) with more traditional furniture and wooden accents. The overall feeling is that of elegance and refinement throughout.
TV Series: "Suits" Season 2 Episode 12 - "Blood In The Water"
Episode Premiere: January 24, 2013
The war with Daniel may be over, but the battle has left Pearson Hardman vulnerable, and Harvey must protect the firm from a rival whose attack seems as personal as it is professional.
With his heart aching over Zoe a little more than he’d care to admit, Harvey comes into the office to find more bad news waiting for him: Trent Devon, a major client on the verge of taking his tech firm public, is thinking of leaving. It seems that word on the street is that Pearson Hardman is weak after their battle with Hardman, and the up-and-coming firm of Bratton Gould, under the new guidance of Allison Holt, is coming after clients and associates.
Already stewing over his aborted attempt at hiring his own associate, Louis unloads his frustration on Harold and fires him in a final public humiliation. At the same time, Harvey goes on the offensive to shore up his client base, but it’s clear that he’s taking the attacks on the firm a little too personally.
And when he mistakenly assumes Louis has betrayed Pearson Hardman, he unleashes a tirade that may settle the score with his in-house nemesis, but will only serve to tear down the ailing firm even further.
Meanwhile, Mike tries to make up for his recent mistakes by finding a way to keep Trent Devon from leaving. But one of Mike's mistakes isn't done with him yet, and when it finally catches up to him it won't be pretty.
Next week: Harvey goes head to head against Robert Zane, Rachel’s father, on a gender discrimination case that forces Rachel to confront her complicated relationship with her dad.
Harvey Specter: It’s one thing to become king of the hill. It’s another to stay there. Daniel Hardman: Accept this with grace, Harvey. Harvey Specter: You want grace? I’ll give you the courtesy you never gave me. I’ll say it to your face. I’m coming for you.
Style Breakdown: David Beckham - Out & About in London, England
Soccer star David Beckham was spotted showing off his dapper style out and about in London, England. The 37-year old looked extra cozy in a Burberry Prorsum Virgin Wool Blend Top Coat ($2,895), slacks, and a pair of Maison Martin Margiela coffee brown leather lace-up oxford shoes ($740).
After a lackluster Wild Card Round and a fantastic Divisional Round, the NFL world is buzzing with anticipation over the Conference Championships this weekend.
New England and Baltimore face off in a rematch of last year’s epic battle where the Ravens were a dropped touchdown and missed field goal away from going to the Super Bowl. Over in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons' high-octane offense hosts the San Francisco 49ers' amazing defense as well as the NFL's newest “most exciting player”— Colin Kaepernick.
So, who is heading to the Super Bowl XLVII on Feburary 4, 2013?
New England Patriots (2) vs.
Baltimore Ravens (4)
The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens meet for the second straight year in the AFC Championship Game, and momentum appears to be in the Ravens' corner. Though the Patriots have the usual collection of offensive weapons, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has outplayed Patriots counterpart Tom Brady in their last two meetings—a telling statistic that shows just how well the Ravens respond to top-level talent.
But then again. Tom Brady. At home. The Patriots are rollin’, and this new-found run game will be the difference against the Ravens.
Atlanta Falcons (1) vs.
San Francisco 49ers (2)
I wasn’t sure Colin Kaepernick could win a playoff game; now, I’m not sure I can bet against him. The Niners did a great job of slow-playing their hand and surprising the Packers. What do they have up their sleeve for Atlanta?
Atlanta was lucky to get past Seattle. That doesn’t feel like a Super Bowl team at all. Even in Atlanta, I’m going with the hotter, more balanced and more talented 49ers.
TV Series: "Suits" Season 2 Episode 11 - "Blind-Sided"
Episode Premiere: January 17, 2013
Harvey and Mike take on a criminal suit that hits close to home for Mike, who struggles to separate his personal feelings from the facts of the case.
With the paint finally scraped from Hardman's old office door and the struggle of the last few weeks behind them, the lawyers of Pearson Hardman have a little time to reflect, and maybe even celebrate. While Harvey follows his heart to a familiar face, Louis starts the search for a new associate and finds a little romance of a different kind.
Meanwhile, Mike hopes a return to work will help get his life back on track, but he soon learns that some of the choices he made in the wake of Grammy’s death - including his affair with Tess - can’t be wiped away so easily.
At the same time, Harvey and Mike are called in when a wealthy client’s son is involved in a late night hit-and-run. Though the ambitious ADA on the case talks tough, the facts line up in Harvey and Mike's favor, especially when they learn that the victim was actually a graffiti artist whose flight from the scene of his latest crime probably caused the accident. However, when a turn in the victim's condition dredges up bad memories of the night Mike's parents died, it sends the associate into an emotional tailspin that could hurt himself and the already vulnerable firm more than he knows.
Next week: The war with Daniel Hardman may be over, but the battle hast left Pearson Hardman vulnerable, and Harvey must protect the firm from a rival whose attack seems as personal as it is professional. Louis and Mike are forced to pay the price for previous actions.
In January, two days out from the mid-season return of USA Network’s “Suits”, here’s my semi-annual push to get you folks to watch one of the best shows on television. In fact, the USA Network is so confident in their show that, right now, you can watch every single episode of the series leading up to the mid-season finale for free on Hulu. My advice to you, if you haven’t been watching “Suits”, is to take the next two days off and catch up. In addition to Hulu, you can watch them all on USA Network’s website.
“Suits" returns for the final six episodes of season two this week (Thursday, 17th of January, 2013), and things are heating up inside and outside the walls of Pearson Hardman.
The USA Network drama left off with faux law associate Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) grieving over the death of his beloved Granny by getting into bed with a married woman, Tess (Elisabeth Hower), before paralegal Rachel (Meghan Markle) unexpectedly showed up at the door.
“Mike will have to deal with the consequences of his bad decisions,” Suits creator Aaron Korsh told The Hollywood Reporter.
And the first case back, which strikes Mike particularly hard, won’t help much. But he won’t be the only one dealing with potential game changers.
The firm’s newly minted senior partner Louis (Rick Hoffman) found himself on the outs when he sided with Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) in the civil war against Pearson Hardman heavyweights Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). That is quickly addressed within the first two episodes back, with Louis facing a big decision that could change the face of the Manhattan firm, weakened after the internal battle for power, and his future for good. Of course, Harvey - who can hold a grudge - will play prominently into Louis' decision.
"Like Mike, Louis made questionable choices. After Hardman took over and tried to get Harvey fired, that is beyond the tail for Harvey and Louis is going to deal with the consequences”, Korsh said.
It’s one thing to take home the crown of “hottest woman” for a year. It’s something quite different to stake your claim to an entire century. But such is the case with Beyoncé – having recently been bathed in that distinction when GQ named her the “Queen B” for the 21st century. Having already been privy to her forthcoming cover, images are now available for the entire photoshoot with notable shutterbug Terry Richardson.
A different location than the regular-season meeting won’t change the result.
In Week 15, the Denver Broncos bashed the Ravens, 34-17, in Baltimore. Now hosting the Ravens for the AFC Divisional Round, expect Denver to gain immediate control from the opening kickoff, as the Broncos pass rush and rush defense should stifle Baltimore at the point of attack.
Thereafter, extra possessions are provided to Peyton Manning and Denver’s offense. Despite Baltimore typically being known for defense, the Ravens have yet to find a rhythm in stopping explosive offenses.
The Broncos don’t have a standout ground game to set up the pass, but the threat of the Manning pass will create running lanes. Combine Denver winning the possession battle and getting more quarterback pressure and the Broncos should take care of business at Mile High.
New England Patriots (2) vs.
Houston Texans (3)
The stakes are immensely higher than their Week 14 regular-season meeting on Monday night. And the one consistent concern of the Houston Texans remains showing up in big games.
They flopped against the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots during the regular season in prime-time setups. Also, dropping Week 17 to Indianapolis cost Houston a bye week.
So, should we expect anything different again versus New England and Tom Brady in the playoffs? No.
Brady will eviscerate Houston’s defense, which sets up the Pats’ underrated ground game. Sitting in the driver’s seat throughout, New England dictating the tempo should force Houston to become one-dimensional.
And despite the Texans’ solid offensive balance, it still pales in comparison to that of the Pats.
Atlanta Falcons (1) vs.
Seattle Seahawks (5)
The Atlanta Falcons limp into the postseason afterlosing at home in the season-finale to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now yes, it’s a division rivalry, but the Falcons have yet to really dominate an inferior team this season—at least within the NFC South.
The Seahawks are also a dangerous team for Atlanta, as they present consistency in a balanced offense. Marshawn Lynch will force the Falcons to stack the box and he still won’t be completely isolated.
Russell Wilson can then utilize play action and some read-option. As a mobile quarterback, Wilson's ability to make plays out of the pocket and scramble—when needed—will make life difficult for Atlanta. Just like Cam Newton did to the Falcons in Week 14 (running for 116 yards and a touchdown) except Wilson is a better passer.
Also, Matt Ryan and Co. haven’t faced a defense comparable to Seattle since Denver in Week 2.
Possessing a sound pass rush and excellent cover corners, Atlanta will need to run the ball more effectively. Unfortunately, the Falcons struggle in the trenches unless the aerial assault really gets going.
Seattle has been on a tear as of late. However, they almost lost to the St. Louis Rams in a close matchup to end the season in Week 17. That matchup exposed their weaknesses.
San Francisco 49ers (2) vs.
Green Bay Packers (3)
The Green Bay Packers are a favorable matchup for the San Francisco 49ers. And a big part of that resides in Green Bay still being a one-dimensional offense.
Without a doubt, the Packers improved on the ground throughout 2012. Unfortunately for Green Bay, San Francisco's front seven remains that much better.
Any defense possesses a distinct competitive edge when it can stuff the run without blitzing. Given Green Bay's pass-oriented attack, expect the Niners to play physical press coverage. That alone gives the pass rush a bit more time in applying pressure to Aaron Rodgers.
Lest we forget, Rodgers' pass protection has been unreliable all season (sacked 51 times in the regular season). So, San Francisco controls the line of scrimmage and forces punt after punt here.
Fielding an offense that relies much on the ground attack, Frank Gore and Co. gradually wear down Green Bay's defensive front—Packers also allow an average of 4.5 yards per carry.
By shortening the game, winning the field-position battle and pressuring Rodgers, it looks good for the Niners to be the ones advancing in the postseason.
BUT, and that’s my belief/thesis that you cannot win the Super Bowl without an elite QB. Unfortunately for the Niners, Kaepernick isn’t one of them. So, I see the Packers going to Super Bowl (just) because of their advantage at the QB position compared to the other NFC teams.
Jessica Pearson: You pretend like you don’t care, but you do. You care about the people you work with, you care about the people you work for and you care about every one of your clients. But you refuse to let people know… Harvey Specter: Is there a question? Jessica Pearson: I just want to know why. No answer? Are you embarrassed? Harvey Specter: Nope. Jessica Pearson: Afraid? Harvey Specter: No. Jessica Pearson: Then why? Harvey Specter: Just let it go. Jessica Pearson: No, you’re under oath. Harvey Specter: Then hold me in contempt. Jessica Pearson: For God sakes, what the hell happened to you? What kind of damage was done to you? Caring only makes you… Harvey Specter: Weak. They think you care, they’ll walk all over you.
Finally! The 2013 NFL playoff bracket is set and we have predictions for each round leading to Super Bowl XLVII.
Will Tom Brady and the New England Patriots make a run for a sixth Super Bowl appearance? Or will Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos represent the AFC? We also can’t forget about the No. 3 seed Houston Texans. With postseason experience from last year, Gary Kubiak's squad is poised for a Super Bowl run.
As for the NFC, there’s no Eli Manning to worry about. Instead, Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins look to make a strong run. Elsewhere, can the Atlanta Falcons win their first playoff game and, ultimately, the NFC title with Matt Ryan? Well, the Dirty Birds have seen their season spoiled before by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Factor in the San Francisco 49ers and there’s plenty to watch for this January.
Houston Texans (3) vs.
Cincinnati Bengals (6)
The Houston Texans had the No. 1 seed opportunity and watched it slip away in Week 17. Their consolation prize is the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals, who have rolled off three consecutive victories.
A rematch of last year’s AFC Wild Card Weekend, Houston faces a much better Bengals team this time around. Cincinnati possesses a stronger pass rush and run defense to control the trenches.
It’s a game that features two of the league’s most dangerouspass-rushers in Houston’s J.J. Watt and Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins.
So, Houston can easily match Cincinnati’s defensive prowess, though, because the Texans are just as capable of applying quarterback pressure. Ironically, neither team is extremely dominant in coverage, so expect the passing games to produce.
This victor, however, will come from whoever can generate the better ground game. Just as he was last January, it is on RB Arian Foster to keep Houston balanced this January.
Baltimore Ravens (4) vs.
Indianapolis Colts (5)
The only major disparity between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens is postseason experience.
Unfortunately for the Ravens, that’s not a distinct advantage, because, even when healthy, Baltimore has struggled defensively throughout 2012.
On the contrary, Indianapolis fields a solid offense that will move the ball and put up points. QB Andrew Luck can lead downfield and the ground game has been gaining confidence.
So, to counter-balance the Colts, Baltimore must get explosive production from its offense. Considering that Indy is weak against the run and rarely forces turnovers, Joe Flacco and Ray Rice should consistently reach the red zone.
Turnovers, however, will be the ultimate decider.
The Ravens defense is much better than Indy’s at providing its offense with additional possessions. In the end it will be too much for the young Colts to overcome.
Green Bay Packers (3) vs.
Minnesota Vikings (6)
A third contest between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers takes us back to Lambeau Field. The obvious question: Can the Packers stop RB Adrian Peterson?
Well, what other choice does Green Bay have? None.
Despite Christian Ponder putting on a impressive showcase in the Week 17 win over the Packers, he still must prove that he can be consistent on a week-to-week basis. Minnesota remains one of the worst passing offenses in the league, so expect the Pack to hover eight or nine defenders around the box to stop Peterson.
The idea is to force Ponder to beat them in outdoor conditions—something that is more favorable to Aaron Rodgers.
Possessing greater offensive balance, Green Bay should work downfield to stretch Minnesota' secondary and set up the run. After all, the Packers averaged 4.5 yards per rush on Sunday and nearly won the possession battle.
The Vikings also aren’t overly dominant in one defensive aspect, so Green Bay should try to keep an even approach for ball control to reduce Peterson's impact.
Washington Redskins (4) vs.
Seattle Seahawks (5)
The Seattle Seahawks versus the Washington Redskins is one intriguing matchup.
Even with the offenses being rush-oriented, it’s the dynamic approach that is most fascinating.
Seattle is more traditional with Marshawn Lynch, but Russell Wilson can scramble when needed. Washington can be traditional with Alfred Morris, but Robert Griffin III's mobility can throw any defense for a loop.
Additionally, each quarterback rarely makes mistakes and can spread the field with great consistency.
That comparative now brings us to the contrast of the defenses. The Seahawks are significantly better with their pass rush, coverage and ability to control the line of scrimmage.
Playing with extreme discipline, Seattle won’t be easily fooled by a read-option or any play action. The Redskins, though, are susceptible to the pass and don’t apply nearly as much quarterback pressure.
As the game progresses, the Seahawks' offensive balance wears down Washington and then wins with defense in the fourth quarter.
Doheny Residence is a modern residence with a privileged location in the Hollywood Hills, envisioned by Italian architect Luca Colombo. The project is characterized by a high level of openness, even on the side facing the street, where illuminated stairs invite visitors inside. However, the spectacular facade opposite to the street has a lot more to offer. From an impressive swimming pool to a barbecue area and outdoor bar, this is just one of the areas of the project where the inhabitants can enjoy the much talked about comfort and opulence of a Hollywood home. Once inside, the double-height walls and highly modern interiors with tasteful arrangements are likely to make a strong impression also. The Doheny Mansion in Los Angeles is currently available for sale for $10,900,000. For this amount, you get five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a neighborhood with famous residents. Seems like a fair deal?
Secluded among luscious tropical greenery, the Seychelles Safari Retreat on North Island promises to become part of your most treasured memories. Here, in a dreamy landscape, where endangered Seychellesfauna and flora are being reintroduced, a heavenly sanctuary composed of 11 handcrafted villas shape the Wilderness Safariexperience. Described as “a place of barefoot luxury“, this island and all the exceptional things it has to offer can be considered a rentable paradise. Modern elegance meets wilderness in an unprecedented scenario – the eastern beach was reserved for the luxurious beach villas, each prepared to offer comforting moments to guests and each featuring a second bedroom, perfect for kids. The resort also includes a lounge, library, dining space, health spa and gym, world-class dive center and a rim-flow swimming pool to complete the luxury experience. The western part of the island captures amazing sunsets from the beach bar and restaurant, so your stay here will be a unique explosion of luxury accommodation, natural settings and thoughts of everlasting happiness.
Director: Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant
With “Cloud Atlas" writing/directing duo The Wachowskis and their german collaborator Tom Tykwer attempt to convert David Mitchell's multi-layered, multi-faceted novel into a blockbuster movie experience that feeds both the mind and the soul. To call it ambitious would be an understatement.
The story is in fact six stories, spread across various epochs of time:
In the mid-19th century, on voyage through the Pacific Islands, a young American (Jim Sturgess) falls afoul of a scheming doctor (Tom Hanks) but is saved by the efforts of a stowaway slave (David Gyasi).
In the 1930’s, an English youth (Ben Whishaw), on a musical quest, is hired as an amanuensis to a crotchety composer (Jim Broadbent).
Almost 40 years later, in San Francisco, an investigative reporter (Halle Berry), tipped off by an eldery scientist, uncovers the truth about a nuclear power plant and tumbles into danger as a result.
In the present day, an unscrupulous London publisher (Jim Broadbent) is confined to an old-people’s home by his brother (Hugh Grant).
In Neo-Seoul, a glittering Asian city of 2144, a female fabricant (Doona Bae) - cloned to work in the food industry - rises up against the system that bred her.
And last, in an age to come - “106 winters after the Fall” - the members of a forest tribe, surviving in primitive conditions, are visited by their streamlined superiors, who zip across the ocean in a kind of aqua-spacecraft.
In each of these stories, we meet various characters (played by the same ensemble of actors) whose lives, experiences and legacies ripple throughout past and future via artistic connective threads like music, writing or film footage, shaping life, destiny – and even the fate of the world, in some cases. As each story progresses along its arc, a web of cosmic significance slowly but surely comes into view, reminding us that our lives are not just our own, and our connections to others – whether comprehended or not – are far more precious than we may know.
Whether you “get it” or not – agree with its heady spiritual themes or not - “Cloud Atlas"is a unique blockbuster movie experience that should nonetheless be experienced. In my own view, the movie delivers on more fronts than most other movies manage to deliver on any one front – comedy, romance, drama, spectacle – and is an enthralling ride from start to grand finish, punctuated by some fantastic performances brought to life through the aid of amazing makeup and special effects work. While not everyone will embrace the overarching theme of spirituality and reincarnation that links the threads of Cloud Atlas together, there is still so much rich material within the tapestry to offer something to just about everyone- regardless of who they are, where they’re from, or what their personal beliefs and values are. As stated at the start: this is a unique blockbuster experience and is the type of bold choice in filmmaking that (in my opinion) deserves to be applauded – if for no other reason than the ambitious intent to say something greater about life and experience. Best of all, the journey to that destination touches upon just about every emotion possible – while at the same time challenging both the mind and the eye with big ideas and small (but important) brushstrokes of detail. If there was ever a movie that truly engagedthe viewer, this is it. At nearly three hours, it does begin to wear on you as it comes down the final stretch, but the payoff at the end is worthwhile – and, dare I say, even beautiful.
Technically, the new 4 series, despite its new nomenclature, will closely follow the BMW 3 Series in terms to motoring options and packages. Just like in the 3 Series Sedan and Wagon, the 4 Series family will make use of four-cylinder engine, in both petrol and diesel variants. Customers looking for more power will have the option to choose 3.0 liter turbocharged engines.
The high-end model will be designated as 435i, in all three variants. An M Performance Automobile, such as M435i, may appear in the future as well.
The Gran Coupe model uses the same extended wheelbase platform that will be seen on the upcoming 3 Series GT. The four-door entry-level, yet premium coupe, will allow for more interior space.
- Design -
Recent spy photos and videos point to a sleek coupe model that will become a viable alternative to the higher-end 6 Series Coupe, with character lines running across sides that will enhance not only its sportiness, but also a more luxurious and premium look. The 4 Series Coupe and Convertible are said to stand out even more from its siblings in the 3 Series family.
The BMW 4 Series coupe retains its B-pillar while the convertible also holds on to the retractable hardtop, as seen in the current generation. The 4 Series Coupe will be offered in three lines: Sports, Modern and Luxury. Each will differ from each other by offering distinct equipment options.
- M-Power and M4 -
BMW is being secretive about the naming convention of the M3 Coupé and Convertible, but if we were to believe our sources, the company is pretty set on using the M4 badge for these two variants. The move makes even more sense now that a 4 Series nomenclature will be used.
The M3 and M4 models are said to stand out even more within their own families, with clearly distinctive design lines that will leave no error for mistaking them for “regular” 3 or 4 Series M Sport models.
- Launch dates -
The BMW 4 Series will come to market next summer as 2014 models. The M3 sedan will be revealed late next year but sales won’t start until early 2014. The M4 Coupé and Convertible will arrive in 2015, same as the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Architecture: Royal Penthouse II, New South Wales, Australia
A luxury modern Australian penthouse apartment should look like this – sophisticated lighting in the evening creating a soft atmosphere, while natural daylight creates the feeling of a larger space, overlooking a fantastic view. Coco Republic Interior Design just put this idea in my head with their elegant way of expressing pure comfort and luxury in the interiors of the Royal Penthouse II in New South Wales, Australia. This three bedroom penthouse apartment took 5 months to completely design. Surprising details like the rounded walls connecting spaces or glazed platform-like dining space create a dreamy scenario of exploring different corners of the apartment. Beautifully arranged bedrooms impose a unique, bold style in different shades of earthy colors. Wood, stone, washed linens and jute compose a natural living environment while the dark framed glazing reminds owner of the ocean beach panoramas outside.
Mike Ross: You know, you keep telling me that I have to decide what kind of lawyer I wanna be. And if I were smart, I’d probably be just like you, because everybody knows you’re the best. But I’m also trying to decide what kind of person I wanna be. And sometimes I like my kind of person.. a lot more than yours.
Harvey Specter: You wanna know what kind of person I am? Tough but fair. I call it like I see it. And what I see is a kid who asked for an opportunity who still hasn’t decided if he wants it or not.
Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw
A hard-drive which lists all NATO operatives undercover in terrorist organisations is stolen, and used to make M (Judi Dench) – the head of British Intelligence – look bad. Though not in peak condition after a near-death experience, secret agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) sets out to recover the drive, which leads him to mystery man Silva (Javier Bardem), who has a revenge scheme in mind.
The consensus on Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond so far is that he started out impressively in "Casino Royale" (2006) but wavered in "Quantum of Solace" (2008). Here, in a Bond specifically tailored for the 50th anniversary of the series, the dangling plot-threads of Casino and Quantum are left in the wind as a more experienced, more damaged hero deals with a villain from his boss’s past.
The pre-credits sequence, which coincidentally chases through a Turkish bazaar establishes that Sam Mendes – brought in to raise the tone a bit – can handle a fist-fight on top of a train as well as anyone.
Craig takes a fall into a surreal, macabre credits sequence accompanied by that Adele song, then spends a reel or so as an unshaven, washed-up wreck who can’t shoot straight and shows signs of psychological trauma. It’s a character stretch Craig manages better than Brosnan’s bout with beardiness in Die Another Day, mostly because he gets his chops back – and his chops shaven, in a sexy sequence with fellow agent Eve (Naomie Harris) – with credible effort.
Eve's (Naomie Harris) peppy MI6 sniper and Sévérine's (Bérénice Marlohe) slinky woman of mystery have a few good scenes, but the main Bond girl here is Judi Dench – whose M is harried by bureaucrats and politicians who want her to retire, but has to stay in office to cope with her own nightmare legacy. The villain Silva (Javier Bardem) makes a grand entrance, walking from the back of the frame to the foreground while delivering a parable about rats in a barrel, then gets deeper under the hero’s skin than any official shrink, prodding him into reflections about his drink and pill dependency and sexual identity. Silva is a Flemingesque creation – a loathesome foreigner with a hidden (and gruesome) deformity – but Bardem adds in a little Hannibal Lecter vibe (especially in a sequence set under London) and even becomes a horror movie slasher for a surprisingly gothic, down-and-dirty climax.
Ralph Fiennes plays it ambiguously as M’s political rival Gareth Malory, but gets some good scenes late in the day, and there’s a sharp reinvention of the role of Q from Ben Whishaw, who is now the spooks’ computer whizz (with a nice line in jargon) as well as quartermaster. And Albert Finney brings warmth and gravitas to a key role in the home stretch as Kincade.
"Skyfall" is pretty much all you could want from a 21st Century Bond: cool but not camp, respectful of tradition but up to the moment, serious in its thrills and relatively complex in its characters but with the sense of fun that hasn’t always been evident lately. One thing’s certain: James Bond will return…
Architecture: Luxurious Penthouse, New York, United States
Take 5,000 square foot and give them to the architects Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis! The output: an exclusive five bedroom duplex penthouse located in the city of fascination, New York. This city is so vivid because it vibrates in the very own heart of it. A crowded-bohemian lifestyle, filled with luxury and exquisite tastes, this is what New York has to offer! The very own shelter of many architectural wonders, Manhattan is probably the most coquette and chic place to be. Nearby Central Park, in a residential skyscraper called Park Laurel, a stunning apartment with 360 degrees overview upon the architectural horizon of Manhattan is out for sale!
Amazing sight, high ceilings, large windows and an exquisite selection of elements of décor adorn this place, giving to it a vibrant touch of elegance. A subtle choice of neutral colors and the smart mix of glass reflecting the outside view, elements of contemporary art and an imposing fireplace, now that’s something we call dream home! Besides the incredible precise care towards details, the central and the accurate furniture alignments, everything seems dramatically extended: from ceilings to the panoramic sight upon this magical city. Here is a testimonial of a broker that knows this property very well: “This trophy property offers luxury at every turn and jaw dropping 360 degree park & skyline views from every window.” In case New York is an option, this duplex is an excellent choice for those who can afford it! We’re talking about a valuable residential space, offered for sale at $26.5 million dollars!
Fashion: How To Wear A Winter Suit Starring Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter/Suits)
Suiting up in subzero climes means sticking to heavy, hardy, warm-as-hell wools. Actor Gabriel Macht shows you how to rock the season’s best. Because if anyone can, it’s Harvey Specter from ”Suits”.
Gabriel Macht never planned on being an expert on men’s suiting. But that was before playing a high-powered-bespoke-suit-wearing-legal-badass on “Suits”.
SHARP: You wear designer suits every day. What does a good suit mean to you?
Gabriel Macht: I wear Tom Ford on the show, and Harry Rosen has been making my suits custom recently. A good suit is one that is smart, attractive, fitting and comfortable. The lines should magnify what’s right about the form of the specific body. It shouldn’t be sloppy. Not too tight or too big. The tie shouldn’t overdo the suit and the suit should be simple but refined.
SHARP: How much did you know about suits before to the show?
Gabriel Macht: Very little. Now that I have been to many fittings, I see the nuances of the specific design of the label, the tailoring, all that. It’s a beautiful art form, a men’s suit. The thread count, the lapel length and width, how long the jacket reaches to the thigh, the break in the leg. There’s so much to consider when picking a suit and having it fitted. I have a huge respect for tailors and designers.
SHARP: Not since Scrubs has there been a show so specific about the connection between clothing and profession (and, yes, we realize the pun of the title, too). But, still, it means everyone is going to ask you about wearing suits. (Case in point: the above). Do you get sick of that?
Gabriel Macht: I don’t get sick of people asking me about Suits. Either the show or the dress. But, honestly, I never thought that in a million years I’d be connected to fashion in this way. I’m having a good time with it all, and I must say wearing a suit every day while I work is more comfortable than jeans. The cloth itself inspires me to wear more suits, although, when I’m not working I’d rather be more casual.
Three-piece wool suit ($2,595) by John Varvatos
Cotton shirt ($395), Silk-and-wool tie ($195), and leather shoes ($495) by Ermenegildo Zegna
Linen pocket square ($40) by Ralph Lauren.
Wool Suit ($795) by Joseph Abboud Collection
Cotton shirt ($60) by Levi’s
Silk-and-wool tie ($195) by Ermenegildo Zegna
Silk pocket square ($80) by Paul Stuart.
Double-breasted wool suit jacket ($2,965) and pants ($1,395) by Giorgio Armani
Cotton shirt ($195) by Burberry London
Linen pocket square ($40) by Ralph Lauren
Knit tie ($90) by Ben Sherman.
Double-breasted suit ($1,895) and cotton shirt ($295) by Burberry London
Architecture: "100 Pond Bay Estate", Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Generously offering fantastic views no matter what the standpoint, the 100 Pond Bay Estate in Virgin Gorda, Caribbean, consists of six pavilions overlooking the most spectacular beach in the British Virgin Islands. Two infinity salt-water pools define the exterior of this uncanny retreat, giving it a distinct geometric character. At one end of the property is the master suite pavilion, with its own private cocktail pool. Next up, there are four equally-sized bedroom/bathroom pavilions in a row, each suite having its own private entrance and parking, a sitting area, and a private covered patio for two overlooking landscaped gardens and the sea. At the other end of the property is the main pavilion, which accommodates dining and sitting areas and the gourmet kitchen. The main pavilion also offers a dramatic gallery off to the side, refreshed by cooling island sea breezes, for dining or lounging with a view.
Style Breakdown: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West @ Venice
It’s not everyday that your rapper boyfriend can whisk you away on an Italian escapade for your birthday… unless of course, you’re Kim Kardashian dating Kanye West.
For her 32nd birthday on Sunday (Oct. 21), the G.O.O.D. Music spitter surprised his special lady with a trip to Venice where they took in the sights as tourists and stayed at the luxurious Hotel Cipriani. The fashionable twosome were all smiles and stress-free on their romantic getaway.
I really like them as a couple! It seems like it was a really romantic, enjoyable trip to a beautiful italian city - Venice.
Travelling: Top Holiday Spa & Wellness Retreats Worldwide
Sophisticated getaways call for sophisticated services, which is why this post is dedicated to some of the best spa & wellness retreats out there. Exotic landscapes, nature-inspired architecture, exquisite spas and body-trembling massages- these are all elements that contribute to a memorable holiday experience. The post features wellness retreats from various parts of the world (from Indonesia and Thailand to Italy and the US), all ranking high in terms of visitor satisfaction. Another factor I considered was the relationship between the spa resorts and surrounding landscapes; most of the getaways in the photos below are spectacularly embedded in nature. So take a deep breath and prepare for a stunning display of ten highly sensory escapes:
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives
Encompassing the essence of these words – “where the heart wonders, tranquility will follow” – Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa gathers luxury facilities on 30 acres of lush vegetation pierced by nature trails – a perfect setting for the perfect waterfront vacation. The resort located in the southern most atoll of the Maldives stretches across the sparkling waters, offering a luxurious place to relax. CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La is said to blend personal peace, enchantment and well-being.
Ananda Luxury Spa In the Himalayas, India
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, on 100 acres of virgin forest, the impressive Ananda Spa invites guests to meditate and unwind. The resort uses the healing principles of the East and the West with a specific focus on Ayurveda and Aromatherapy, all combined with contemporary spa technology. Yoga, healing experiences and beauty treatments are just some of the services provided here.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxury resort located along the cliffs of Kangaroo Island, Australia. The Southern Spa is a private oasis of calm, perched high on a cliff top and commanding dramatic views of the Southern Ocean stretching toward the Antarctic. A destination in its own right, the spa fuses the unique landscape and location of Southern Ocean Lodge with the acclaimed Australian-made Li’Tya range of spa products and professional staff.
Brilliant Resort & Spa Chongqing, China
Located within the ancient hot spring temples built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, this spectacular oasis of misty, awe-inspiring relaxation captures the essence of spa treatments bedecked with a myriad of inspiring design details. Rising above the Jialing River, in the North Hot Springs Park of Chongqing, the resort welcomes guests with a collection of reasons to come back again and again: 31 spa suites and villas with private plunge pools team up with private terraces and hot spring gardens to shape an unforgettable travel experience.
Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, Tuscany, Italy
Located in the rolling hills of Tuscany’s Maremma region, Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort invites guests in a luxurious setting. According to the hotel staff, the varied architectural components, furnishings and colors merge into one to form an atmosphere of total multi-sensory pleasure. This quest for harmony has inspired architects from the Parisotto & Formenton Studio to interior design the area which separates the spa reception from the zone specializing in treatments and therapies. Entering the spa area, guests can enjoy a sensory kind of full-body envelopment.
Bulgari Resort, Bali, Indonesia
Resonating with its surroundings, the Bulgari Resort in Bali speaks a hybrid design language, combining traditional Balinese shapes and high class Italian style in an unforgettable destination. A sophisticated atmosphere intertwines with exquisite services in a successful attempt of creating a sublime experience. Gathering views across the Indian Ocean, the resort sits 150 meters over the sea, implementing natural inspiration and creating a dreamy setting for guests.
The Mezzororre Resort & Spa, Italy
The Mezzororre Resort is located in Forio d´Ischia, in the province of Naples, Italy, in a lovely setting. The 5 star hotel is perched on a bluff above the sea, offering guests tranquility and a magic atmosphere. Equipped with modern and exclusive health and beauty treatments, the Spa contributes to a perfect state of relaxation.
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Spa, Thailand
Tucked discreetly amidst the coconut palm trees of the picturesque Koh Phangan, lies a unique tropical haven boasting 44 suites and villas, each with a private plunge pool. The Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort is equipped with an exquisite Spa, within jungle gardens: “Our treatments incorporate ancient herbal remedies to restore and revive the body’s inward and outward beauty. Along with timeless herbal elixirs we introduce modern remedies for relaxation and detoxification, creating innovative and therapeutic treatments to restore inner peace and total wellness.”
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
COMO Shambhala Estate is located near Ubud, Bali, and consists of picturesque villa-style accommodation units with terrace rooms, garden rooms and various types of suites. Even though visitors are sure to be overwhelmed by the comfort and papering of their accommodation unit and the services provided here, few of them will remain inside for a long period of time, during their stay in this tropical paradise. The Spa offers the opportunity for Asian-inspired treatments including massage, facials for restorative skincare.
Amangiri Hotel & Spa, Canyon Point, USA
Designed by Rick Joy, Wendell Burnette & Marwan Al-Sayed, this nature embedded hotel has a total of 34 luxurious rooms, each offering dramatic views over the stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase. According to the hotel staff, the Aman Spa at Amangiri is a 2,322-square metre (25,000 square foot) destination unto itself, providing a wonderful setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. The entrance pays tribute to the nearby slot canyons and opens into an intimate reception and lounge area featuring a glass tiled, sky-lit reflection pool and a central fireplace.
Style Breakdown: Eva Mendes @ Toronto Film Festival
Actress Eva Mendes attended the Toronto International Film Festival wearing a Fall/Winter 2012 Dolce & Gabbana long sleeve knee length see-through lace pencil dress. This pale grey dress was shown on the runway in Milan. On the runway it was shown with a black tube top and black tight fitting shorts underneath, but Eva wore a black corset type dress underneath the lace, with a black belt. She also wore a black turban on her head and carried a black clutch. Eva finished her outfit with a pair of Casadei Court pumps ($686).
Architecture: "Smart Home", Johannesburg, South Africa
This luxurious three-level penthouse in Johannesburg, South Africa is the result of a design collaboration between SAOTA and OKHA Interiors. According to the architects, the client desired a home that would showcase the evolution of 21st Century urban living, reflect individualism as well as evolve the technological aspects of the smart home, with tailored lighting and automation.
The result is an opulent apartment located on the 11th floor of a building in a commercial city center in Sandton, which breathes, despite its integration in a crowded urban landscape:
“In effect, we created a wall-less 900m² penthouse, with a garden, that gives the impression of levitating above the city mass“- stated designer Adam Court.
The layout of the penthouse is based on a continual flow of materials and colors, while also emphasizing on the particularity of each living zone.
Style Breakdown: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West @ NYFW
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attended the Marchesa Spring/Summer 2013 show for New York Fashion Week. Kanye chose an informal outfit wearing a Balmain Denim Jacket with a denim shirt underneath, denim jeans and a pair of white Balenciaga Arena Sneakers ($545). Kim was more formal with a Marchesa fringe dress from the Spring/Summer 2012 RTW Collection and silver Jimmy Choo Anouk Metallic Leather pumps ($650).
Another year, another iPhone. Apple just announced they’re latest and greatest iPhone 5, which looks similar to the 4S of last year, but is taller with a larger 4 inch display, has a metal back, and is touted as the thinnest smartphone ever made. The iPhone 5 boasts a host of new hardware and software features such as the iOS 6 operating system, an 8-megapixel back camera FaceTime HD front camera, LTE, the Apple A6 chip, and new lightning connector. It’s available in black and white and priced at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB on a 2 year contract. You’ll be able to get your hands on the new iPhone 5 on September 21st, however pre-orders start on September 14th. Apple also introduced a newiPod Touch ($299/32GB, $399/64GB), iPod Nano ($149/16GB ), iTunes 11, and new EarPods headphones.
After being shot by SHOW Studio photographer Nick Knight with her highly-publicized boyfriend, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian once again steps in front of his lens – this time in a black-and-white editorial spread for V Magazine. The simple and elegant images – more understated than previous spreads in the past – Kardashian has proved a willing model for high fashion publications before for the likes of L’Uomo Vogue and W. V Magazine hits newsstands on August 30.
It’s only Week 1, so let’s stop it with the Cowboys' coming-of-age talk. It was an impressive victory, but many teams have achieved great wins in Week 1 and have gone on to do nothing. My worry is the eight procedural penalties Dallas was guilty of. It’s stupid crap like this that always ends up being its downfall when the season is on the line.
As for those hitting the panic button on the Giants, remember that they lost to Rex Grossman in Week 1 last year. They’ll get their s*** together, though I believe they will lose at Dallas later in the year.
QB: Eli Manning (21/32, 213 YDS, 1 TD) - Tony Romo (22/29, 307 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT)
WR: Victor Cruz (6 REC, 58 YDS) - Kevin Ogletree (8 REC, 114 YDS, 2 TD)
Oakland Raiders vs.
San Diego Chargers 14:22
That was about as good of a Week 1 game as the San Diego Chargers, and their fans, could’ve hoped for. The team went into the stadium of a divisional rival and came out with a sound victory.
The lack of a Chargers running game was disconcerting until Philip Riversmorphed back into old Philip Rivers and proved that he didn’t need a running game to win. The lack of a Chargers pass-rush was bothersome until I realized that John Pagano was playing Ron Rivera's game of “Don't blitz until you have a lead”, which occasionally works out perfectly.
WR: Dennis Pitta (5 REC, 73 YDS, 1 TD) - Andrew Hawkins (8 REC, 86 YDS)
Green Bay Packers vs.
San Francisco 49ers 22:30
San Francisco’s defense smothered Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense for most of the game, then made one last stand to stop a late rally.
The Packers rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and pulled within eight points when Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to James Jones with 6:05 left, but the 49ers defense held the Packers in the final minute to come away with a big win to open the season.
Randall Cobb's 75-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter cut the 49ers lead to 23-15. But Rodgers threw an interception to linebacker NaVorro Bowman and Frank Gore ran for a 23-yard touchdown.
David Akers tied an NFL record when he kicked a 63-yard field goal to the end the first half, with the ball bouncing off the crossbar and going through the uprights.
QB: Aaron Rodgers (30/44, 303 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT) - Alex Smith (20/26, 211 YDS, 2 TD)
RB: Cedric Benson (9 CAR, 18 YDS) - Frank Gore (16 CAR, 112 YDS, 1 TD)
WR: James Jones (4 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD) - Michael Crabtree (7 REC, 76 YDS)
Denver Broncos vs.
Pittsburgh Steelers 31:19
Peyton Manning made a successful return from a year’s sabbatical, leading the Broncos past the Steelers. The four-time MVP coming off four neck surgeries completed 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
He got a big assist from another free agent, cornerback Tracy Porter, whose 43-yard interception return of a Ben Roethlisberger pass with 2 minutes left sealed the win.
Manning, jettisoned by the Indianapolis Colts in March after missing all of last season with a nerve injury that weakened his throwing arm, hit Demaryius Thomas with a 71-yard touchdown toss for his first as a Bronco. It was his 400th career TD toss.
WR: Demaryius Thomas (5 REC, 110 YDS, 1 TD) - Antonio Brown (4 REC, 74 YDS)
New Orleans Saints vs.
Washington Redskins 32:40
RG III began his NFL career by connecting on 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, and the Redskins handed the Saints a 40-32 loss in their first game since the bounty scandal that overshadowed New Orleans’ offseason.
Griffin completed his first eight passes, including an 88-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon, tying for the second-longest scoring pass by a quarterback making his NFL debut.
Rookie-RB Alfred Morris rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Aldrick Robinson, making his NFL debut, had a touchdown catch among four receptions for 52 yards.
Drew Brees uncharacteristically struggled with accuracy, completing only 46 percent of his throws with two interceptions. But his 339 yards passing and three TD’s kept the Saints in the game until his last desperate pass was picked off by Reed Doughty near the Redskins’ goal line.
RB: Pierre Thomas (4 CAR, 17 YDS) - Alfred Morris (28 CAR, 96 YDS, 2 TD)
WR: Lance Moore (6 REC, 120 YDS, 1 TD) - Pierre Garcon (4 REC, 109 YDS, 1 TD)
Chicago Bears vs.
Indianapolis Colts 41:21
Jay Cutler threw for 333 YDS and 2 TD’s and Michael Bush added a pair of scoring runs to spoil quarterback Andrew Luck's debut.
Brandon Marshall had nine catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in his first game since being reunited with Cutler, and Matt Forte ran for 80 yards and a score.
Luck finished his first NFL game 23 of 45 for 309 yards with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery early in the fourth quarter. He also was intercepted three times — twice by Tim Jennings — in an up-and-down effort as he steps in for the departed Peyton Manning.
Reggie Wayne caught nine passes for 135 yards. But it was a familiar result for a team with new management and a new coach in Chuck Pagano.
QB: Jay Cutler (21/35, 333 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT) - Andrew Luck (23/45, 309 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT)
RB: Matt Forte (16 CAR, 80 YDS, 1 TD) - Donald Brown (9 CAR, 48 YDS, 1 TD)
Michael Vick overcame four interceptions by throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Clay Harbor with 1:18 left in the nerve-racking win.
Vick led the Eagles on a 91-yard scoring drive, capping it with his short toss to Harbor on his career-high 56th pass. Before Vick rallied his team, he played poorly and showed rustiness after playing just 12 snaps during preseason because of injuries.
Vick went 29 of 56 for 317 yards and two TDs.
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw four interceptions, the last to Kurt Coleman with 1:05 remaining.
Rookie Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, including a 55-yarder as regulation time expired and another one in overtime, and Adrian Peterson returned from a left knee injury to lift the Vikings.
Peterson ran 17 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who led for most of the second half until Blaine Gabbert's 39-yard touchdown heave with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter put the Jaguars back in front.
For the first time since the NFL’s new overtime scoring rule was installed last season, the first team on the board didn’t immediately run off the field a winner.
After Walsh's 38-yard kick, the Vikings had to play defense again while the Jaguars had their chance to match. But Gabbert was hurried into a fourth-down overthrow, spoiling the debut for new Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey.
Matthew Stafford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Smith with 10 seconds left.
Stafford made up for a shaky game by leading an 80-yard, nine-play, game-winning possession that included three passes of at least 18 yards.
Sam Bradford directed a go-ahead drive that set up Greg Zuerlein's 46-yard field goal and put the Rams ahead 23-20 with 1:55 left. But coach Jeff Fisher's debut ended with a loss because the Rams could not shut down Stafford in the end.
Stafford had three interceptions before halftime for the first time in his four seasons. Cortland Finnegan had a 31-yard interception return for a TD that gave the Rams a 13-7 lead late in the first half.
QB: Matt Stafford (32/48, 355 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT) - Sam Bradford (17/25, 198 YDS, 1 TD)
RB: Kevin Smith (13 CAR, 62 YDS, 1 TD) - Steven Jackson (21 CAR, 53 YDS)
WR: Calvin Johnson (6 REC, 111 YDS) - Danny Amendola (5 REC, 70 YDS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs.
Carolina Panthers 16:10
Tampa Bay's rejuvenated defense came up with two interceptions against Cam Newton and the Buccaneers won their debut under coach Greg Schiano.
Josh Freeman threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams and Connor Barth kicked three field goals to help the Bucs stop a 10-game losing streak that prompted the firing of former coach Raheem Morris. Schiano came the Tampa after spent the past 11 seasons transforming Rutgers from one of the losingest programs in college football into a Big East contender.
Tom Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, and the defending AFC champions won easily.
Brady may have suffered a broken nose when he was sacked in the second quarter by Kamerion Wimbley, but he didn’t miss a play.
The Patriots ruined Jake Locker's debut as Tennessee’s starter, sacking him twice and forcing two turnovers. Rookie Dont’a Hightower returned Locker’s fumble 6 yards for a TD in his own debut, and Stevan Ridley ran for 125 yards and a TD.
Also, Locker came out of the game after hurting his left shoulder when tackling safety Patrick Chung on a fumble return. He was replaced by Matt Hasselbeck.
RB: Chris Johnson (11 CAR, 4 YDS) - Stevan Ridley (21 CAR, 125 YDS, 1 TD)
WR: Nate Washington (2 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD) - Rob Gronkowski (6 REC, 60 YDS, 1 TD)
Kansas City Chiefs vs.
Atlanta Falcons 24:40
Matt Ryan threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, one of them to Tony Gonzalez in his return to Kansas City.
Ryan also ran for a TD, while Julio Jones caught six passes for 108 yards and two scores.
The Falcons took advantage of a Chiefs defense missing four starters. Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali was suspended for an unspecified violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, and three others were injured.
Kansas City matched Atlanta most of the first half, trailing 20-17 at the break. But a missed field goal by Ryan Succop early in the third quarter proved to be the turning point.
Matt Cassel finished with 258 yards passing for Kansas City, but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.
QB: Matt Cassel (21/33, 258 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT) - Matt Ryan (23/31, 299 YDS, 3 TD)
RB: Jamaal Charles (16 CAR, 87 YDS) - Michael Turner (11 CAR, 32 YDS)
WR: Dexter McCluster (6 REC, 82 YDS) - Julio Jones (6 REC, 108 YDS, 2 TD)
New York Jets vs.
Buffalo Bills 48:28
Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes, including two to rookie Stephen Hill, and the Jets eased concerns about their offense.
The Jets sprinkled in their wildcat package with Tim Tebow, who was mostly quiet but recovered a late onside kick by Buffalo, and Jeremy Kerley had a touchdown catch and a punt return for a score. Antonio Cromartie also took one of New York’s three interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick to the end zone.
It was the most points the Jets have scored in a season opener. That’s from a team that had many wondering what to expect after the first-team offense failed to score a TD in the first three games of the preseason.
Meanwhile, Mario Williams, the Bills’ big free agent signing, was quiet as the Jets’ offensive line protected Sanchez all game.
QB: Mark Sanchez (19/27, 266 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT) - Ryan Fitzpatrick (18/32, 195 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT)
WR: Stephen Hill (5 REC, 89 YDS, 2 TD) - Steve Johnson (4 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD)
Houston Texans vs.
Miami Dolphins 30:10
Arian Foster had two touchdown runs, Matt Schaub threw a TD pass to Andre Johnson, and Houston’s defense dominated rookie Ryan Tannehill and Miami.
Tannehill threw three interceptions in a 6-minute stretch late in the first half, and the Texans opened impressively in what they believe can be a Super Bowl season.
Schaub threw for 266 yards in his first action since fracturing his right foot in Week 10 last year, and Johnson finished with 119 yards receiving. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt deflected two passes that resulted in interceptions and also had 1½ sacks.
Marcus Thigpen returned a punt 72 yards for Miami’s touchdown. The Dolphins gained only 275 total yards in coach Joe Philbin's coaching debut.
QB: Matt Schaub (20/31, 266 YDS, 1 TD) - Ryan Tannehill (20/36, 219 YDS, 3 INT)
RB: Arian Foster (26 CAR, 79 YDS, 2 TD) - Reggie Bush (14 CAR, 69 YDS)
WR: Andre Johnson (8 REC, 119 YDS, 1 TD) - Brian Hartline (3 REC, 50 YDS)
A lot of people may say that age is a state of mind, that a person is only as old as they feel. That is an upbeat and optimistic approach to aging; however the question is if that applies when it comes to relationships. It has quite often been acceptable for a male to be the older person in a relationship. Some issues can arise if the opposite happens; a younger man and an older woman. In addition, there can be some issues as well, if the male is many years older than the female. It is possible to have a secure and loving relationship in which there is an age difference, if both people involved understand certain issues that may arise and they can work together to resolve them.
The most important factor to understand is that although our bodies will show our age to a certain degree, age is most significant when it relates to maturity. Whether you find yourself to be the younger or the older person in a relationship, take into account whether your maturity levels match. It depends on their life experiences, personal outlooks and goals.
One dynamic that can make or break a relationship is the common ground that you share with the other person. Most people will undoubtedly get along with someone who has similar interests and hobbies. A night owl versus a morning bird will certainly not be in sync with each other. The same theory holds true for interests. While it is healthy to have some of your own personal interests, it is very helpful to the relationship that you share time together doing things that you both enjoy. Think about whether the age difference will affect activities done together; whether they go for wellness, skiing or watching movies, these times spent together will keep the relationship strong.
Another aspect to consider is if the age difference will interfere with your own personal goals. Whether you want to concentrate on your career, have children or spend your free time traveling; ask yourself if your partner’s age difference agrees with your way of life. Discuss the future, not just the present situation. Some topics to consider are finances, children and career choices. You may find it very useful to choose a time to sit down and seriously talk about how the age difference may affect your lives one year, five years and possibly twenty years down the road.
Most importantly, if you and your partner feel you are right for each other, age will not matter. We all begin our quest for love as young adults and we live with the intention of holding strong into our senior years. If two people are lucky enough people find each other, it usually will not matter at which point in life they do so.
Style Breakdown: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West in NYC
Kanye West and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian were seen on a movie date out in New York City. The musician/fashion designer was spotted wearing a grey Robert Geller short sleeve t-shirt ($180), black leather pants, and Nike Air Jordan Retro 1 sneakers. Kim Kardashain was more dressed up wearing a Celine Peplum Top from the Spring 2012 Collection with a pair of Celine Black Calf Velvet Mulese Sandals ($589).
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Black Swan is ionospherically over the top, and some of its effects are overdone, but it is richly, sensually enjoyable and there is such fascination in seeing Natalie Portman surrender to the madness and watch her face transmute into a horror-mask like a nightmare version of Maria Callas. It is exciting, quite mad and often really scary. Black Swan is truly an incredible achievement: a beautifully shot, highly entertaining mix of high and low art that is guaranteed to mesmerize audiences. By the time the film reaches its logical and tragic conclusion, the auteur’s stunning cinematic experience and Portman’s virtuosic performance will undoubtedly move audiences.
This exceptional interior design can inspire you to see what your home needs in order to look like a Mallorcan style townhouse. Featured today is the sun flooded residence located in Mallorca – a home that was inspired by the inhabitant’s love for the weather here. Travelling for many years from Sweden to Mallorca, the couple currently living here decided that it was time to move to the island and enjoy its magnificent array of features. There were four people involved in shaping this home: architect Alexander Von Waberer, interior designer Isabel Jover, surveyor Juan Carlos Sopena and engineer José Fermoselle. The brief included concise needs: a comfortable home away from stressful urban developments, with a modern architecture and impressive views from every room. Estudio Dai 10 managed to create a personalized space that encompasses austere decor and lacks unnecessary ornaments. High quality materials were used throughout, and the villa was adapted to the rugged terrain – creating a successful collection of interior and exterior spaces that remain connected by a multitude of terraces and windows.
Behind the Hollywood Sign is the new project of award winning artist Ted VanCleave, who took the famous symbol further and photographically captured more than generally meets the eye. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
“My new series provides a rare view of the Hollywood Sign that is unknown to most people. It’s a bit edgy, allowing you to see the structure of the Sign with it’s braces and corrugated facade. If you look closely you can see security cameras and maintenance ladders mounted to it. From behind the Sign you can see greater Los Angeles and Lake Hollywood and you can even see helicopters flying by. Of course The Sign is more than the sum of it’s parts. It’s more than giant letters overlooking LA. It has a life, a life of it’s own. And this series allows you to see Los Angeles from the perspective of the Hollywood Sign, from the top of Mt Lee, 1,800 ft high staring down on the sprawling flatlands of Los Angeles, from downtown LA to the Pacific Ocean”.