While Dennis Hopper went through several incarnations over the course of his life, he remained supremely head-strong and talented throughout
“No other persona better signifies the lost idealism of the 1960s than that of Dennis Hopper.”
That’s the view of film critic Matthew Hays, and on the face of it, you’d have to agree. However, looking more closely at the famous actor and director’s career, it’s clear that Hopper went through several metamorphoses, and that Hays’ description only fits one of the Hoppers who graced our screens.
Hopper made a name for himself as something of a rebel, thanks in no small part to the film Easy Rider, which Hopper both directed and starred in. A cinematic symbol of the 1960s, the film portrayed counter-culture heroes standing up to the establishment, eschewing a sense of juvenile camaraderie.
Unfortunately, before long, Hopper became another Hollywood one-hit wonder. Spurned by the producers that promised him stardom, he developed a reputation as something of a hippie director, particularly in the 1960s. But even before that, Hopper had his demons; in 1955, he was hit by the death of James Dean, his mentor. And later in the ‘Seventies, his persona lashed out along with the disenfranchised youth of the time, disappointed that the ‘Sixties promise of free love and world peace hadn’t come to pass. He had an infamous, eight-day marriage with Michelle Phillips, his second wife. And subsequent relationships didn’t go much better.
Known to have indulged in drugs, Hopper developed even more of a reputation as a loose cannon, and despite a short upturn when he was cast for the role of the photojournalist in Apocalypse Now, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that Hopper’s lifestyle began to hit home. After a famous incident in which he was found in the Mexican jungle, Hopper vowed to get and stay sober, and he largely did until his death in 2010.
Through it all, though, no-one had doubted Hopper’s strength of character, or indeed his enormous reserves of talent. He was nominated a number of times for an Oscar, and he won a Cannes Film Award for Easy Rider. He picked up several other accolades during his career, and was always extremely well-respected.
After going sober in the mid-1980s, Hopper went through another transformation— to that of a quirky, respectable actor who could light up almost any scene. He took small roles in everything from small-budget indies to big studio productions.
As part of his sobriety, Hopper no longer drank alcohol, but he still enjoyed the odd vice, and he was known particularly for a love of cigars. While many will attest that he had enjoyed a stogie since even his early days in Hollywood (and there are pictures to prove it), he seemed most comfortable with a cigar after he had cleaned up his act, as if he had somehow grown into the habit after becoming a little more sophisticated.
More than a decade before his death, Hopper went through another reincarnation as his personal life began to settle down. He married Victoria Duffy in 1996, and spent the next 14 years playing another role—that of devoted husband and father. When he died aged 74, his off-screen antics were mentioned, but front-and-centre of everyone’s mind was his on-screen brilliance.
Citizen has launched a new Eco Drive watch, a vintage-inspired timepiece AO9030-05E. The company said that, in particular the timepiece is inspired by the spirit of the adventurous pioneering aviators of the 1950s.
Citizen’s watchmakers have incorporated design cues taken from the golden age of travel, when to fly was to be at the height of luxury, including the rich brown leather strap with contrast stitching, oversized luminous numbers and classic day and date function. The watch comes with a six-month power reserve and insufficient charge warning and overcharge prevention function.
There are three hands, with a 43-millimetre case made out of silver-tone stainless steel. The glass is crystal, which Citizen says helps aid the timepiece’s durability.
Sony has released the latest line-up of Bravia 4K Android TV Full HD TVS, headlined by the Bravia X9400C series.
The X9400 C 75-inch Class model 4K LCD TV features the new 4K Processor X1 to improve clarity, colour accuracy and the contrast of HD and 4K video, providing users with the highest quality picture. The 4K X-reality Pro functionality brings stunning detail to the picture by using Sony’s algorithm of reality creation databases for whatever is being viewed. Meanwhile, brilliant, expanded colour is provided through the Triluminos display.
Elsewhere in the new collection is the X-tended Dynamic Range Pro (a 75-inch model), and the X-tended Dynamic Range (a 65-inch model). These devices have been enhanced by the new 4K Processor engine to produce what Sony calls its best contrast ever.
And for the first time, Sony’s Bravia range now supports Google’s latest Android TV operating system, making it easy for the television to stream videos, function as a gaming device and provide enhanced features. Google Cast provides users with greater connectivity by enabling them to stream content from mobile devices, and Voice Search is available through a remote equipped with a microphone.
Marina Home Interiors has unveiled a new collection for the festive season, available at its stores across the UAE.
Bursting with unique home furnishings, ornaments and accessories, the collection is designed to make it simple to delight loved-ones this Christmas. There are a number of Christmas-themed items, such as the Snow Show, a subtly showy white Christmas tree ornament, which can be set atop a side board for a nod to the festive season, or set up as a festive dining table centerpiece.
There are less festive, but still impressive, items in the collection, too. The Blue Velvet roller office chair, for example, adds a touch of class to the study area or home office. Wrapped in royal navy blue velvet and with stylish modern furnishings, it is the perfect mix of classic and contemporary. The Cosy Corner, meanwhile, is a leather tub chair, especially designed for bookworms who love to while away the hours in supreme comfort.
Montblanc and BMW have partnered to create the Montblanc for BMW Special Edition, a collection of Montblanc products for on the road and in the office, selected exclusively for BMW.
The collection celebrates not only the two corporations’ shared passion for quality and craftsmanship, it also marks the beginning of a partnership that aims to become a symbol of contemporary luxury.
This special collection embraces select leather creations and writing instruments, all perfect companions for the new BMW 7 Series—in everyday life as well on extended, luxurious journeys. All the items in the collection boast subtle BMW 7 Seriesstyle engraving and discreet “Montblanc for BMW” signature engraving. As of spring 2016 the exclusive series will be part of the BMW Lifestyle Collection and available worldwide in selected BMW and Montblanc stores and boutiques.
All items in the “Meisterstück” series in the Montblanc for BMW Collection are made of European, full-grain cowhide in unique, deep-gloss Montblanc black. The high-quality Jacquard lining with Montblanc lettering and the Montblanc emblem with a palladium-plated ring set refined accents, while the BMW 7 Series engraving of the classic basic look adds a modern touch. The Meisterstück business card case keeps together all important bank cards, membership cards, and business cards in one place.
The Meisterstück passport case, a luxurious receptacle for international ID and travel documents, is the perfect companion for frequent travelers. The Meisterstück case for two writing utensils has room for two pens the size of a Meisterstück Classique or Legrand, and also affords them optimum protection. The Meisterstück key case for the Montblanc for BMW Special Edition is a real highlight: Tailor-made for the new BMW 7 Series, it is the very first key case by Montblanc designed to suit the shape of a particular vehicle key.
LG Electronics (LG) has commenced the global rollout of its slim metal smartphone, the LG Zero, starting in Taiwan followed by other key markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
First introduced to Korean customers in September, the LG Zero inherits the advanced camera technology and exclusive UX features of the LG G Series and introduces a full metal body for a more advanced and modern experience.
The build quality of the LG Zero is highlighted by its solid aluminum body, which gives the device a premium look and feel. The smartphone’s smooth metal body is enhanced by the ‘Arc Glass’ design of the edges, which create a slimmer profile. Complementing the solid aluminum exterior is a 5.0-inch In-cell Touch IPS displah, which delivers faster recognition, better outdoor visibility and crisper images.
LG Zero offers best-in-class camera features which have been adopted from the LG G4 – the company claims maximum photo resolution, shutter speed and sharpness. The 8MP front camera allows for brighter and clearer selfies while the 13MP rear camera delivers many of the same attributes of a standalone camera. Fans of G Series features such as Gesture Shot, Gesture View and Gesture Interval Shot will be happy to find these options in the LG Zero as well.
“At LG, we do not believe in limiting our best technology to just our flagship devices,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG Zero exhibits innovation not only in its design but in its ability to offer premium features at a competitive price point.”
Montblanc has unveiled an edition of smartphone covers for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note5 limited to 100 pieces featuring tattoos made by hand with Montblanc ink.
The new collection is the latest making of the Samsung and Montblanc partnership, which began a year ago, when the two brands introduced “fine writing into the digital world” through the unveiling of the luxury Maison´s first Screenwriter collections compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note’s technology.
And to celebrate Samsung’s latest creations, Montblanc has released a limited run of 100 hard-shell covers featuring handmade tattoos. Younghee Lee, executive vice president of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics, said: “Samsung has a long history of designer partnership and these dynamic collaborations allow consumers to express their personal style through the seamless combination of the designer brand’s heritage with the latest technology. Samsung is pleased to bring this special partnership inspired by Montblanc’s traditional artistic heritage and sophisticated know-hows of leather and fine writing.”
“Montblanc´s origins lie in writing with ink on paper, tattoo is about writing with ink on skin. Fusing these two gestures using Montblanc’s manufacture leather competence as a canvas was a natural step for the Maison to create this collection,” added Zaim Kamal, Montblanc creative director.
Inspired by the image of a hot air balloon, the tattoo design pays tribute to the pioneering spirit of Montblanc’s founders who, more than a century ago, travelled across oceans and continents to explore new writing tech- nics and present Montblanc writing instruments to the world.
Made from carefully selected artisanal tanned leather, cut and crafted by Montblanc leather artisans in Italy, every single piece has been individually hand-tattooed by London based tattoo artist Mo Coppoletta, using genuine Montblanc ink.
Mobile technology start-up Oneplus, recently announced the Middle East launch of its new smartphone, the Oneplus X, which was launched exclusively during the White Friday sale day on Souq.com, the largest online retailer in the Middle East.
The device offers a sleek design and flagship level performance. But it’s available available at a much lower price than most flagships, starting at AED 999 in the UAE.
Featuring a 5-inch AMOLED display and a new range of premium build materials, the Oneplus X, available in Onyx black glass showcases an elevated level of craftsmanship and power for Oneplus. It features high-end specifications in a compact design. The device is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB RAM. It has a 13MP autofocus rear camera and 8MP front camera. The device supports dual sim 4G LTE connectivity.
Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and cofounder of Souq.com, said: “The Middle East is experiencing a boom in online smartphones sales. With today’s increas- ingly sophisticated consumers looking for leading technology at competitive pricing, Souq.com is championing the factoryto-consumer model as it is opening the market up in terms of product diversity, as well as making high-spec, world-leading technology more accessible.”
Steven Wang, head of new markets, Oneplus, added: “Today’s smartphone user strives to find the perfect balance of style and performance. The Oneplus X is a design-centric device that is chic and powerful enough to fit any lifestyle. We are excited to launch Oneplus X in the Middle East through our exclusive partnership with Souq.com.”