Chang­ing faces

While Dennis Hop­per went through sev­eral in­car­na­tions over the course of his life, he re­mained supremely head-strong and tal­ented through­out

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“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.”

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