by Lauren

what’s on: project x

September 17, 2012 in entertainment by Lauren

When I ducked over to London for a long weekend with the girls, little did I expect that we would end up being summoned to a parole hearing… and at the London Transport Museum at that!

Project X is an intriguing immersive-theatre experience where you work in a group to solve a time-travelling murder-mystery. While we started in the London Transport Museum, much of the action took place on the streets around Covent Garden. We encountered a range of crazily-dressed characters along the way and I have to hand it to the actors for their brilliant improvisation skills, which never wavered (even when our group was a little slow on the uptake).

Without giving the plot away, I can say that there were some holes in the story (as is often the case with any form of improv) but it was an incredibly fun way to spend a couple of hours and was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. This is not one for shy types, as you will be dragged into the action. Being a somewhat dramatic type, I loved it!

Project X starts and ends at the London Transport Museum, 11am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays until 4 November 2012. The experience lasts approximately two hours. Tickets cost £30/£25, including return entry to the museum, 2-for-1 cocktails at the cafe and 10% off at the Museum store. Book online and find more information on the Project X website.

by Lauren

(almost) at the movies: cloud atlas

September 16, 2012 in movies by Lauren

I must confess I haven’t read the best-selling novel (it’s shameful how often this seems to be happening lately) but watching this trailer makes me want to run down to the store and buy it right away!

For those, like me, who haven’t read it, Cloud Atlas is, at a very basic level, a story of connectedness, where actions in the past affect the future.

The cast of the film includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent… the list goes on! It’s made by the creators of The Matrix and the director of Run Lola Run so we can expect mind-blowing things. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!

Cloud Atlas premiered at TIFF last week and will be released in the US and Canada on 26 October, in Australia on 21 February 2013 and in the UK on 22 March 2013.

by Lauren

in the news: blake lively weds ryan reynolds

September 10, 2012 in movies, news by Lauren

Even Gossip Girl didn’t know about this weekend’s biggest secret – Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got hitched!

While no photos have emerged yet (apparently Martha Stewart Wedding will have the exclusive in the December issue), we have heard that the bride wore a Marchesa couture bridal ball gown with a hand-draped silk tulle bodice adorned with crystal and rose gold embroidery.

Apparently the bridesmaids wore blush silk chiffon gowns with crystal embroidered detail, also by Marchesa, and all the ladies wore shoes from Christian Louboutin (no surprises there!)

Rumour has it that Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) entertained the guests at the reception in Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Sounds like a pretty rocking party!

We’ll let you know when photos emerge. For now, congratulations to the happy couple!