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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#travelerschoice Whom You Know Says also #localschoice Cultured Peachy and the City: Metropolitan Museum Named #1 Museum in the World by TripAdvisor The Met is the Only Museum to Receive #1 U.S. and World Ranking for Three Years in a Row

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been named the world's #1 museum in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice® awards for an unprecedented third consecutive year, making it the only museum to receive the valued ranking for three years in a row. TripAdvisor highlights the top museums around the world based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings, gathered over a 12-month period.

"We're incredibly honored to receive this recognition from our visitors," said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met. "We care deeply about the experience our visitors have at the Museum, and strive every day to present our collection, exhibitions, and programs in an exciting and engaging manner, and to provide amenities that make everyone feel at home here."

"Everyone should go to The Met at least once in their lifetime, and travelers can take advantage of the insightful reviews and experiences available on TripAdvisor to enhance their visit," said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. 

The Met welcomed 7 million visitors across its three locations----- The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer----- in the fiscal year that ended on June 30 (FY17). In addition to its robust program of exhibitions----- including the upcoming Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (opening November 13, 2017)----- the Museum also offers tens of thousands of classes, programs, and activities for visitors each year. 



Amenities for Visitors at The Met
The Met offers a variety of amenities at each location. The Audio Guide, which is available on a free web app for smartphones and on a rental player at the Museum, features various itineraries in 10 languages as well as over 3,000 audio and video messages. Over a dozen tours are offered each day in multiple languages, and printed and downloadable maps and itineraries offer additional guidance through the galleries. The Museum also offers EmptyMet tours, which allow visitors to experience The Met Fifth Avenue before it opens to the public. EmptyMet tickets are booked via TripAdvisor and include same-day admission to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer (Tuesday-Sunday), and The Met Cloisters.

The Museum's free app on iPhone, iPad, and Android offers a simple yet personalized way to find art, exhibitions, and events at all three locations.

Various types of refreshments are offered throughout the Museum's three locations. Favorites include The Dining Room and The American Wing Café at The Met Fifth Avenue, and Flora Barand Flora Coffee at The Met Breuer.

The Met Store offers a wide selection of gifts inspired by the Museum's works of art and exhibitions at each location and online at store.metmuseum.org. Purchases at The Met Store support The Met's collection, study, conservation, and presentation of art. 

Through its website and social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, The Met expands its visitor experience to people all over the world. 
For all of TripAdvisor's 2017 Travelers' Choice award-winning museums, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Museums.

Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice.

About The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City----- The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.



Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site,* enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With more than 535 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide-over 7 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants-TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that's right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world's largest travel community of 415 million average unique monthly visitors,** all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.


The subsidiaries and affiliates of TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP) own and operate a portfolio of websites under 20 other travel media brands:


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#FASHIONALERT BFC/VOGUE DESIGNER FASHION FUND ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH JD.com, Inc. Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner


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The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce a new partnership between the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and JD.com Inc., China’s largest retailer with 258.3 million customers.

With China being the world’s second largest consumer and luxury market and an increased interest from Chinese consumers for British designers, the partnership will allow the BFC to help talent engage with the Chinese market. Earlier this year JD.com Inc. launched JD Fashion with the goal of expanding its global fashion presence and bring more brands to China. This partnership will help enable the company to support Britain’s design talent and increase their footprint in China.

JD Fashion will help designers that are part of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund to enter an often difficult to navigate Chinese market. Known for their focus on providing a premium luxury shopping experience for its upwardly mobile customers, JD Fashion has made a significant push in the sector over the last year, bringing in dozens of world-class brands and rapidly growing its share of the Chinese luxury market. JD Fashion has made inroads with ever-more choosy Chinese consumers through its reputation for not tolerating counterfeits, and offering a variety of services to make the online experience every bit as luxurious as shopping offline. Earlier this year, JD.com, Inc. created the world’s first luxury white glove service through which online luxury fashion purchases are hand-delivered in electric vehicles by couriers clad in distinctive suits.

The partnership will be effective from January 2018 and will benefit the 2018 Fund winners. To launch this partnership JD Fashion supported Mary Katrantzou, winner in 2015 and Huishan Zhang shortlisted in 2017, on their London Fashion Week September 2017 shows.

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council said: “The Chinese market is extremely important to our designers. This partnership with JD Fashion is very exciting as it will enable us to offer to the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund expertise on how to best penetrate the Chinese market. JD.com is a company that is known for protecting its brands against counterfeits, something very important as we need to make sure that the creativity and excellence of our designers is protected.”

Xia Ding, President JD Fashion commented: “We are delighted to partner with the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund to help support the world’s best up-and-coming designers. We believe strongly in partnering with designers throughout their careers, from helping them get their start in the industry, to entering the Chinese market and building their brands, to protecting their IP. This marks a starting point for what we expect to be a deep, long-term relationship with the British fashion community.”

Established in 2008, the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund aims to discover new talent and accelerate the development of the next leading British brand. In 2017 the Fund adjusted its format with a focus on bringing key expertise into designer businesses to assist with development and growth. The £200,000 fund was opened up to be shared between up to three recipients, enabling the fund to benefit multiple designers at a pivotal stage in the growth of their brand’s development. Mother of Pearl and palmer//harding, winners of the 2017 Fund received a full mentoring programme through the BFC’s Business Support team, including access to funders and industry experts.

JD.com Inc. joins existing funders including British Vogue, Burberry, Harrods, LABEL, Paul Smith and Topshop.

Previous winners of the Fund include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Sophia Webster.

The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund is part of the BFC’s business support initiatives aimed at supporting British designers and businesses from school level to emerging talent and future fashion start-ups through to new establishment and global brands.

For more information please visit: britishfashioncouncil.com/designerfashionfund

Applications for the 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund will open late 2017

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#BestBakerinAmerica FOOD NETWORK STAR WINNER JASON SMITH TASKED TO FIND THE BEST BAKER IN AMERICA Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

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Eight of America's most elite bakers compete in the all-new primetime competition Best Baker in America, premiering Wednesday, September 27th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Through six episodes, bakers from around the country must showcase their baking skills and creativity, as they are tasked with challenges that not only test their technical proficiency, but also their ability to execute under pressure, while under the watchful eyes of the judges: Food Network Star winner Jason Smith and Food Network's Marcela Valladolid. Each episode the competitors must compete in two difficult rounds, including a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests their prowess in working with specific flavors and ingredients to create the most authentic and delicious versions of classic baked delights. In the end, the judges help determine which baker moves one step closer to winning $25,000 and earning the title of Best Baker in America!

"When it comes to baking, one must possess skill, discipline and patience, and not be afraid to fail," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "These eight bakers will pull out all the stops to show why they have what it takes to be the Best Baker in America, and will inspire viewers at home with their astonishing creations and sheer mastery in the kitchen." 

The bakers competing for the title of Best Baker in America are: Brittani Brooker (Charlotte, N.C. - Executive Pastry Chef); Andy Chlebana (Plainfield, Ill. - Pastry Chef & Culinary Professor); Dwayne Ingraham (Oxford, Miss. - Professional Chef); Margarita Kallas-Lee (Los Angeles, Calif. - Pastry Chef); Adalberto Diaz Labrada (Salt Lake City, Utah - Executive Pastry Chef); Susan Mijeres (San Antonio, Texas - Pastry Chef); Thiago Silva (Boston, Mass. - Culinary Director); Cheryl Storms (San Diego, Calif. - Pastry Chef Consultant).

In the premiere episode, the bakers begin the first in a series of Skills and Master Challenges designed to spotlight their style and ingenuity, while putting their baking brilliance to the test. In the first Skills Challenge the bakers are tasked with baking flawless mini-upside down cakes, and in the Master Challenge, the bakers must create a double barrel or a three-tiered wedding cake for 50 people, using lemon as the featured flavor. Judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid join new Food Network host Adam Rapoport to determine which baker is the first eliminated. 

Meet the competitors and get highlights from each episode at FoodNetwork.com/BestBakerinAmerica. Test your baking know-how with our quiz and pick up a few new tips! Tell us which treats are your favorite using #BestBakerinAmerica.

Episodes Include:

Premiering Wednesday, September 27th at 10pm ET/PT - SERIES PREMIERE!

"Cake"

Eight of America's top bakers gather to begin the first in a series of Skills and Master Challenges designed to put their baking brilliance to the test. In the Skills Challenge, the bakers are tasked with baking flawless mini-upside down cakes. In the Master Challenge, the bakers must create a double barrel or a three-tiered wedding cake for 50 people, using lemon as the featured flavor. Judges Marcela Valladolid and Jason Smith determine which baker is eliminated.



Premiering Wednesday, October 4th at 10pm ET/PT

"Meringue"

Seven bakers remain, and in the Skills Challenge they are charged with making their choice of two different flavors of macaron. In the Master Challenge the bakers must conjure up their own highly creative take on the dessert classic - Baked Alaska - using torched meringue, cake and ice cream, with strawberry as the required featured flavor. One baker is not up to the challenge and is sent packing.



Premiering Wednesday, October 11th at 10pm ET/PT

"Pastry"

Perfect mini fruit tarts using pâte sucrée (sweet pastry) is the challenge that six bakers face in the Skills Challenge. For the Master Challenge, the bakers are given their hardest task yet: their original version of a St. Honoré cake that must contain the elements of puff pastry, pate a choux (cream puff dough), crème chiboust (a type of pastry cream), and a required featured flavor of coffee. One more baker is sent home after the challenge.



Premiering Wednesday, October 18th at 10pm ET/PT

"Café Classics"

Five bakers are left in the competition and in their Skills Challenge they must tackle the temperamental and delicate café classic, Crème brûlée. For the Master Challenge, the task is to bake up their take on the complex and beautiful Opera Cake, a six-layer masterpiece said to evoke the tiers of the Paris Opera House. The required featured flavor is "noisette" or hazelnut. One baker is given their marching orders, as the remaining four are one step closer to the grand prize.



Premiering Wednesday, October 25th at 10pm ET/PT

"Modern Classics"

In their last chance to get into the finale, the four remaining bakers must make Mini Mirror Glaze Cakes - perfectly mirrored on the outside and with an entremet (layered mousse) cake on the inside - in the Skills Challenge. In the Master Challenge, the bakers must bake, plate and present a two-course dessert tasting menu, featuring chilies and fennel. One more baker's dream ends today as they head home before the finale.



Premiering Wednesday, November 1st at 10pm ET/PT - FINALE!

"Chocolate"

The pressure is on as the final three bakers take on the most revered and beloved of all baking ingredients - chocolate. In the Skills Challenge the bakers must bake a perfect version of the ever-temperamental chocolate soufflé. The final Master Challenge is to create the Ultimate Chocolate Cake -- a truly spectacular, elaborately decorated cake that should be the best chocolate cake the bakers have made in their lives, using some type of liquor as the required featured flavor. A winner is declared, becoming the first Best Baker in America and walking away with $25,000.



FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine's rate base has grown 13 times and is the #2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.9 million readers. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www,cookingchanneltv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country (www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Champagne Wishes: Whom You Know's Inaugural Review of Chateau Routas! Bravo Sir David Murray and Team: We Highly Recommend Chateau Routas Rose 2016 with Its Crisp, Clear, Refreshing Taste of France To Heighten the Enjoyment of Your Day!





It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and we are pleased to now know Chateau Routas of France and Scotland.
All rose is not created equally.
Some is simply superior.

Boasting a brilliant blend of smashing reds, Chateau Routas 2016 is a refreshing punctuation to the conclusion of the summer season, and a wonderful way to bring summer to your table any time of year.  Yes, seersucker makes it even better.
(To be exact on the blend: 
Grape Variety: 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah)
We have liked many roses this year, but we loved this one the most.
It is not too sweet and not too tart: it achieves a clear balance that most do not.


Chateau Routas is situated in the Southern French region of Provence. In fact, Provence is the birthplace of the French vineyard, when the ancient Greeks brought wines and vines to the area around 600 BC.  The hue on this wine is superlative, evocative of a soiree that you simply must put down the computer to attend.  The taste is versatile: welcoming to a wide variety of culinary options, and working just as well for standalone sipping.  When you pour it in your Belleek wine glass for the ultimate Celtic wine sipping experience, the sound of the wine is music to your ears as it gently splashes in to make your day.  At first sip, the clean, clear, epitome of refreshment and ideal blend proportion are evident in this vintage, and this wine is an absolute must for your table and your collection.


Today, the staple of Provence winemaking is the production of Rose wine, where it is widely embraced as the best lunchtime, seaside, and all-occasion wine. The Region also produces Whites and Reds, but in much reduced volumes. At Chateau Routas, Rose accounts for 75% of the total production. 20% is White and 5% Red.  

Along with Sunshine, St. Tropez and the Cannes Film festival, Rose wine permeates the culture of the South of France and each glass of Chateau Routas is a vacation.

En Provence, Rosés display a range of colours/colors, textures, and flavours/flavors. Yet all Provence rosés have some common characteristics: on the palate they tend to be fresh, crisp, bright, and dry. A typical American blush wine contains nearly seven times as much residual sugar per litre as a Provençal rosé. 

Chateau Routas sits within the quality-control system of the Coteaux Varois en Provence.

Although most likely vines were grown within the Routas area for perhaps many hundreds of years, the Chateau Routas story began in 1992, when a Swiss/American owner bought two areas of land: ROUVIERE PLANE and LES ROUTAS from two different owners.


ROUVIERE PLANE contained no vines: only the Chateau itself, and some outbuildings. 

LES ROUTAS contained vines spread over many different parcels. The oldest vines still in use today are in this area- Their top Syrah grapes were planted in 1963.

Both Rouviere Plane and Les Routas came together to form the Chateau Routas of today.


13 years later, Chateau Routas was purchased by Scottish entrepreneur Sir David Murray. During this time, the vineyards have undergone a major re-plantation program with the goal of improving quality and increasing the number of vines on the estate. 

The Routas estate covers 260 hectares- of which 40 hectare are currently vines. 

The estate also encompasses wheat fields, Olive trees, forests and the occasional mountain. The terrain is punctuated by a stunning geological anomaly, the 885ft-deep Infernet Hole (Devil's Hole see their 9/5/17 tweet that date is American like Peachy but if you are across the pond, 5/9/17), a canyon thought to have been created by a meteor collision. The hole is a favourite refuge of the local wild boars, which are unfortunately a little too fond of the Chateau Routas grapes.  We can hardly blame them!

As in all the best properties, the Chateau Routas soil varies dramatically, resulting in small vineyards that are often unusually shaped. Some plots are red as crushed brick, while others are of crumbly grey limestone mixed with bright red stones that bleach in the hot summer sun. At 1,300 feet above sea level, the elevation is among the appellation's highest, providing cool nights that slow the ripening of the grapes, contributing complexity and dictating harvests that are up to a month later than those below.

Rose
Grape Variety: 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah Yes Rose is actually made from Red grapes!

The process to achieve excellence:
The grapes are gently destemmed, cooled and pressed, the juice and the skins are kept in contact with each other for 24 hours. This gives the wine its distinct pink colour/color. Then 8% of the Syrah goes straight into neutral barrels for primary and malolactic fermentation. The Cinsault, Grenache and remaining Syrah are fermented in stainless steel tanks and blocked from malolactic fermentation. The two different lots are aged separately for three months and blended prior to bottling, culminating in the perfect Rose of 2017.





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New Column: Made in France

...because after all, we might as well put the six years of French that Peachy Deegan had in school (Miss Porter's and the two years prior) to good use!  Mademoiselle Marie-Claire Charton and Madame Renee Howard, we hope you are reading.

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CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S ACCLAIMED EPIC “DUNKIRK” SURPASSES HALF A BILLION DOLLARS WORLDWIDE

Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action thriller “Dunkirk” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, it was announced by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Whom You Know Highly Recommended Dunkirk:

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” shot to the top of the box office in July. It went on to be one of the biggest hits of the crowded summer season and continues to draw audiences the world over. It is also one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, earning rapturous praise from critics around the globe.

Kroll stated, “Christopher Nolan has proven why he is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. His ‘Dunkirk’ is an absolute tour de force—a harrowing, emotional and sweeping moviegoing experience that pushes the boundaries of mainstream studio filmmaking. Through Chris’s lens, ‘Dunkirk’ does more than capture this pivotal moment in time; it reminds us of both the heroism and the human toll of war. We are so proud of this film and congratulate Chris, Emma Thomas, the cast, and all the talented people who helped bring this monumental achievement to the screen.”

In making “Dunkirk,” Nolan utilized a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to capture the action from land, sea and air. Much of the film was also shot on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, where the events unfolded.

From filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) comes the epic action thriller “Dunkirk.”

The film opens as 400,000 Allied troops are trapped on the coast of Dunkirk, France, surrounded by the German army. Mostly young men, they had their whole lives ahead of them…but now their lives might only stretch as far as that strip of beach. With their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.

“Dunkirk” features an ensemble cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

The film was produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan, with Jake Myers serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher. The music was composed by Hans Zimmer.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Syncopy Production, a film by Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk.” The film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language.



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NEW LINE CINEMA’S “IT” HAS FEARSOME RECORD-SHATTERING DEBUT The Losers’ Club Wins Big with Huge Worldwide Opening

New Line Cinema’s widely acclaimed horror thriller “IT” smashed the record books with stunning opening weekend numbers on both the domestic and international fronts, it was announced by Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on Stephen King’s beloved perennial bestseller, the film took in an estimated $189.4 million worldwide. 

Domestically, “IT” scared up an astounding $123.1 million, crushing multiple records in its first weekend, starting with $13.5 million Thursday night previews, which made history as the highest horror preview; the largest R-rated preview; and the top September preview ever. Through the weekend, the milestones continued to mount, just a few of which include: the top horror film opening ever; biggest September opening for a film of any genre; and highest non-holiday weekend release for an R-rated film. On its own, “IT” surpassed the all-time industry record gross for a post-Labor Day weekend. In addition, “IT” now stands as New Line Cinema’s highest opening ever, and moviegoers looking for the biggest scares gave IMAX® their #1 opening weekend in September. The records had begun falling even before release, as “IT” became the top horror pre-seller ever and Fandango’s top September pre-seller ever for any genre. 

Internationally, “IT” also saw huge releases in 46 markets, topping the box office in virtually all of them. Taking in an extraordinary $66.3 million, “IT” had the largest opening ever for a horror film. Among the other benchmarks are: the highest opening weekend for a horror film and top September debut ever in Russia and Australia; the biggest horror film debut in Brazil, Holland and Poland; and Warner Bros. Pictures’ largest opening for 2017 in 19 markets, including Russia, Australia, Spain, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Finland, Denmark and Chile. Anticipation is high in major markets yet to open, including Sweden, Mexico, France, Argentina, Germany and Italy. 

In making the announcement, Kroll stated, “Anticipation for ‘IT’ has been at a fever pitch since the record-breaking debut of its teaser trailer, and the film has exceeded all expectations. ‘IT’ is not only a tremendously successful entry in New Line’s expanding horror-verse, but its appeal transcends the genre. Everyone involved, including director Andy Muschietti, his cast, and the producers, did a remarkable job bringing Stephen King’s cherished masterpiece to the big screen. I want to congratulate them, as well as all of our colleagues at New Line, on this fantastic start. I also want to recognize the inspired marketing campaign, spearheaded by Blair Rich, and our worldwide distribution efforts, led by Jeff Goldstein, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg and Tom Molter, and all their teams. We look forward to strong reviews and word-of-mouth carrying the film well into the fall/holiday season.”

“IT” tells the story of seven young outcasts growing up in the township of Derry, Maine, who call themselves the Losers’ Club. Each of them has been ostracized for one reason or another; each has a target on their back from the local pack of bullies…and all have seen their inner fears come to life in the form of an ancient shapeshifting predator they can only call It. For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.

Directed by Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), “IT” is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. First published in 1986, IT became an instant classic. It continues to be counted among the best and most influential works of the undisputed literary master of horror, inspiring numerous film and television projects in the years that have followed.

The film stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops and Robbers”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Tales of Halloween”), Nicholas Hamilton (“Captain Fantastic”) and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut.

Muschietti directed “IT” from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti produced the film, with Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison, Jon Silk and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Chung-Hoon Chung (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Oldboy”), production designer Claude Paré (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), editor Jason Ballantine (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), and costume designer Janie Bryant (TV’s “Mad Men”). The music was composed by Benjamin Wallfisch (“Annabelle: Creation”).

New Line Cinema presents a Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures/Katzsmith Production, “IT.” The film is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“IT” has been rated R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language.



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