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the liVes and loVes oF ‘the Playboy bunnies’!

the Playboy Club Originally, the ’Bunnies’ were the inspiration of Hugh Hefner, the founder of the ‘Playboy’ Empire, who opened his first ‘Playboy Club’ in Chicago, in 1960. Better known as ‘Puffin’, (no reflection on his physical state after having sex), he’s made more than $43 million from his original sexy concept. It was a fantasy kind of lifestyle for the very rich, or privileged male clients – the ‘key holders’ of the Clubs. For them, the pleasure of this sex symbol waiting on their almost

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every need, was a re-affirmation that they ‘had made it’ in some of the world’s most busiest, and most profitable, nightclubs and casinos. By charging $25 (20€) per person for membership in 1961, the Playboy empire made $25 million alone that year, and maintained this enviable position for many years.

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Famous Visitors to the Club

The Club received many important VIP’s. Princess Margaret, visited the Playboy Club regularly, around 1972. Scott Walker, who sung the chart hit, ‘Joanna’ in 1968, also visited the Club, as well as Stanley Kubrick, the famous Director of the ‘Clockwork Orange’ film. Tom Jones often visited the Club, and another famous singer, Dinah Washington was frequently seen there.

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So, Who were the ‘Bunnies’? The ‘Playboy Bunny’ was the name given to the waitresses in the Playboy Clubs. Deborah Harry, better known as the sexy 80’s pop singer, ‘Blondie’, was initially a ‘Bunny’, as well as the beautiful actress and model, Lauren Hutton.

Other famous ‘Bunnies’ were Patricia Quinn, who played Magenta in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, and Carol Sharkey, the mother of the rock singer, Jon Bon Jovi. Many of them went on to become famous singers, actresses, and celebrities in the entertainment world.

The Current ‘Playboy’ Favourites!

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The current favourites are Nikki Ryan; Misti Rhodes; Anastacia Christen; Melissa Dawn Taylor; Malina Rojel; Christine Smith and his long-term ‘on-off’ fiancée, Crystal Harris. She left him, and took their dog, only five days before she was due to marry him, in June, 2011. Recent Twitters from Crystal say that their relationship is back on although ‘twice married before’ Hugh has said he will never get married again!

Want to be a Playboy Bunny? The girls’ first step on the ladder to fame, was to pass the scrupulous interview, selection and training process imposed on the potential ‘Bunnies’. Then, they had to abide strictly to the Club rules, which meant learning exactly how to serve food and drinks correctly; and performing all the bunny moves exactly. The main move was the ‘Bunny Dip’, where the ‘Bunny’ leant back and balanced, with her raised left knee tucked in behind the right one, in order to become the ‘perfect Bunny!’ This move allowed her to serve the drinks, and still stay composed in the high-cut costume. Customers were not allowed to touch them, so the girls felt very safe working within the Club.

No Sleeping with the Clients!

Hugh lost his virginity when he was 21

Bunnies couldn’t date the clients, except for the most important ‘key holders’. Known only by their first names (from a name badge rosette, worn on the right hip part of their costume) rumours circulated that the Bunnies also worked as prostitutes. The strict rules meant that they weren’t allowed to sleep with the customers - but inevitably, some girls did. Nevertheless, many women were desperate to become a ‘Bunny’ - mainly because of the high wages. Even in the 1960’s, the girls got 35 pounds a week, plus the substantial tips, so it was more glamorous and better paid than office, factory or shop work. There were also many weekend parties to attend, at Lownes country house, in Hertfordshire, where they would ‘mix with’ the ‘crème de la crème’ of film and music industries.

What Glamorous Costumes! For most of the women, the very distinctive and attractive ‘Bunny’ costumes were the main attraction of the job. Just like the instantly recognisable neon bunny head logo, the ‘Bunny’ costumes, an adaption of a one-piece black swimming costume, with white collar, cuffs, rabbit ears and fluffy cottontail made the girls look especially outstanding and sexually alluring, compared


Many of the ‘Bunny’ costumes were individually made and fitted, by specialist seamstresses, who were always available, and based in the nightclubs, to ensure the girls always looked magical in their appearance. The elegant rayon-satin black costume was the colour most girls aspired to wear, as these were usually allocated to the most privileged, or experienced girls. The sexy costumes were originally made in 10 contrasting colours, which increased to 12 colours, by 1962. There was a selection of colours worn by all the girls on every shift, so that there was a contrasting array of rainbow colours, to match the girls’ hair, eyes, and skin type. In the 1960’s-80’s, many other diverse designs became popular, including costumes made from classic animal skin patterns, and seasonal velvety-red Christmas designs, with furry cuffs! There were even multi-coloured polka dot costumes, each costume giving special rights and privileges. In 1999, Heather Kozar, wore a specially-designed gold lame costume, for her ‘Playmate of Heather Kozar in 1999’s Playboy the Year’ centrefold.

Not quite what they seemed! Hefner even patented the exclusive costume design, so that the tight ‘corset-style’ costume couldn’t be copied by other similar clubs. Many of the costumes had ultrastiff cups (made from car seat rubber!), which the girls struggled to fill. They had to use scrunched up toilet roll paper, or shoulder pads, to fill their busts out, but wear sanitary pads, to avoid men getting too close a look at their crutch! Costumes also had ribbons for holding their pens in, when carrying their trays - like a workman does with his tools! Some of the costumes sell for about €8,000 today.

Working the Nightshift

Many of the Bunnies worked the nightshift, from 11.00pm to 6.00am, serving drinks to many of the VIP’s who visited the Club. They had to memorise the 143 different liquors, and to know exactly how to serve them, with a variety of 20 different decorations with only 6 weeks specialist bar training. They had to hand over all of their tips to the barman, who marked down exactly what each Bunny had made that night. These would later be distributed equally between all the girls, on a monthly basis. They made massive sums in tips, which totalled more than their wages. Every shift, they all had to be absolutely perfectly groomed, from bunny ear tip, to their 3 inch high pumps. The ‘Bunny Mother’ always checked their appearance at the start of every shift, for perfectly groomed nails, and the sheerest of tights worn without any snags whatsoever. They had to be perfectly waxed or shaved, right up to the hipbone, because of the very high cut of the costume, and the pure sheerness of the tights. Girls, with darker skins, had to wear a pair of nude nylons, under the black ones as well, so their legs all had the same skin tone. Many of the girls sprayed on Este Lauder’s “Youth Dew”, to deliberately play with the men’s hormones!

The Famous Playmates Many of the well-known ‘Playboy Bunnies’ were later promoted into ‘Playmates’. Wearing their famous costumes, they appeared in the centrefold spread of the ‘Playboy’ magazine, and at particular Playboysponsored events.

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to the ordinary women in the street. Their heavenly bodies were scantily-clad and seemingly untouchable in the surreal world of nightclubs, and endless nights of drink, music, and pure sex appeal.

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Pamela Anderson; Cindy Crawford; Marilyn Monroe, as well as the actresses, Jessica Alba and Kim Basinger, and Shannen Doherty, have all been featured as famous ‘Playmates’. More recent playmates have included Tess Taylor Arlington, Alissa Omlie and Noel Simone. Pamala on Anders ’s 9 in 19 4 o b Play y 49


The first issue of Playboy Magazin e, from De c e m b e r, 1953, ra the doWnFall oF nges in p r i c e s between the Playboy emPire $1,136$6,130, b sells aro ut usually However, despite the great expansion, the new developments, and public image und the of the ‘Playboy’ empire, things weren’t always perfect. Many of the ‘Bunnies’ started $3,081 mark. M arilyn M breaking the rules, by having intimate relationships with clients, and ‘doing their own onroe features thing’. There was also sexual jealousy in some close relationships, which resulted in on the fr the murder of Dorothy Stratten, a well known ‘Playmate’, and the suicide of another of ont cover, an the girls. d in the centrefo ld. At the same time, there were official enquiries into the financial side of the organisation, particularly regarding the gaming side of the business, which resulted into detailed investigations into the ‘Playboy’ finances. Hefner remained in charge, but sacked his friend, Victor Lownes, and it took 10 years before they were on speaking terms again. The Playboy Club was closed down in 1981, when the gaming licence was refused, and the organisation only survived, as Hefner expanded into book publishing, and films on cable and satellite TV stations.

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In 2006, the ‘Playboy Empire’ expanded once again, and reopened at The Palms Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. This was the first new Playboy Club to be opened in over 25 years, and encompassed a casino, a nightclub and lounge, a shopping store, and a 2-storey villa for Hugh Hefner. Here, the beautiful ‘Playboy Bunnies’ wore re-designed Bunny costumes, by Italian fashion designer, Roberto Cavalli, to bring their original image more up to date.

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So, from all the past years, who was your favourite Playmate? Take a look at Karen McDougall, who was voted as the ‘Hottest Playboy Bunny’ of all time. What do YOU think?

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The Sexiest Women Olympics of the

Leryn Franco Age: 30 Origin: Paraguay Event: Athletics Medal: None

Ana Ivanovic Age: 24 Origin: Belgrade, Serbia Event: Tennis Medal: No medal but never mind!

Alex Morgan Age: 23 Origin: California, USA Event: Football Medal: Gold

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Kara Goucher

Jessica Ennis

Age: 34 Origin: Oregon, USA Events: M  arathon, 10,000 m and 5,000 m

Age: 26 Origin: Sheffield, UK Event: Heptathlon Medal: Gold

Medal: No medal but came 11th!

Maria Kirilenko

Stephanie Rice Age: 24 Origin: Queensland, Australia Event: Swimming Medal: N  o medal but again we don’t mind!

Age: 25 Origin: Moscow, Russia Event: Tennis Medal: No medals but great to watch!

Victoria Pendleton Age: 31 Origin: Bedfordshire, UK Event: Cycling Medal: Gold

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Most men are not in a hurry to get married! They’re prepared to wait until Cupid’s arrow strikes eventually, whilst others choose the most suitable woman in their lives, when it’s the ‘right time’ for marriage, or to have children. However, some older men, and those who’ve still not met ‘The One’, are increasingly using marriage, or ‘Introduction’ agencies, to find the right woman to marry.

Many men want a particular kind of wife – good-looking, submissive and homely – someone who will look after them and their home, and in many cases, the older the men are, the younger they want the wife to be. Not only does that boost their egos, but it means that the wife is more likely to be grateful for a husband, who will give her financial stability – escaping from the worries about daily survival, in their often poorer country of origin.

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These women often consider older men to be more mature, reliable and responsible - more of a ‘father figure’, who’s devoted to their daily and sexual needs, but is perhaps, less sexually demanding than a younger man! Unfortunately, this kind of woman is often seen as a ‘gold digger’, who is simply more interested in his money, than him personally.

What exactly is a ‘Mail-Order Bride’? A ‘Mail-Order Bride’ is a woman, who publishes her intention to marry a man from another - usually more developed - country. Although this label is commonly accepted, the term is often seen as derogatory, and maybe, slightly offensive. It implies that without someone willing to pay for her, that she would otherwise be an unwanted woman in her own country. For her, it’s often a question of economics, and for him, to show the people in his life that he is desirable, normal, and accepted in society, as a married man.

Nowadays, it’s more likely that the women would come from poorer countries like Colombia, Venezuela, and Thailand, and to a lesser extent from Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, China and Malaysia. However, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Eastern European women are now advertising themselves for marriage - especially those from Russia, the Ukraine, and Moldova. Many Russian women put their own photos and profiles directly onto the internet - without the need to use marriage agencies - hoping to find the ideal ‘Mail-Order Husband’. Potential ‘wife hunters’ also need to be wary of rogue marriage websites, which are just scams intended to defraud vulnerable, love-sick or lonely old men into sending large sums of money to meet their potential, beautiful ‘wife’, which, of course, they never see, or hear from again, once the money’s been sent.

Historically, ‘Mail-Order Brides’ were women who listed themselves in catalogues, from international marriage agencies, like ‘Cherry Blossoms’. They placed enticing, often sexy photos, with exciting profiles, stating what they were looking for - with the hope of being selected by a decent man to make a happy marriage. In the process of selecting a ‘Mail-Order Bride’, the man often had to pay a marriage agency large sums of money up-front (often 10,000 -20,000€) to meet ‘the woman of his dreams’, through scheduled tours, meeting various potential partners, in another country. Then, if he met someone he liked, they would make arrangements to get married, if there was some kind of physical and sexual chemistry between them. In the past, many European women deliberately wanted to have an American husband to gain access to the USA, without having to meet the strict conditions of a ‘green card’, which allowed them to live and work there. The 1990 romantic comedy film, ‘Green Card’, starring Frenchman, Gerard Depardieu and American, Andie MacDowell, explores this theme. However, it is him, who is trying to get the green card to allow him to work in the USA, rather than her, through a marriage of convenience. Initially, they can’t stand each other, but eventually they fall for each other, after their official immigration and check-up interview goes badly wrong. He couldn’t remember which brand of moisturiser she used, because he didn’t learn it in advance, although it all turns out well for them both in the end. His immigration application was rejected, when he couldn’t remember her brand of face cream!

Tips in finding a reputable marriage agency: ♥ Check if all the ‘really beautiful’ women shown in the photos are actual members of the agency, or just ‘teasers’ to attract men. ♥ Ask the agency for good referrals and positive feedback from previous men, and question them about introductions events, and success rates in matching couples up. ♥ Check that the testimonials are true, by going back to the original source of the quotes, if possible. ♥ Look at dating forums on the internet, and see if that agency has a good reputation, or are well-known for cheating male clients. ♥ Can you talk directly to the agency owner, and is he known as a trustworthy man, or as a fraud? ♥ If you travel to another country to find and meet prospective brides, does the agency have a guide to help you with the cultural and language differences, or just leave you to your own devices?

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Russia Price:

None listed.

What you get:

What you get:

Initial lady selections; fly out; airport greeting; meet the ladies; spend time with your ‘chosen’ woman; get ‘engaged’; fly home; maintain contact; sort out visas, lady passes visa, and couple get married and live happily ever after!

Current websites:

www.BestDatingNow.com - current number of active single ladies - 46655 www.Anastasiadate.com - meet over 20,000 gorgeous women www.Russian-Women-Agency.com www.Bride.md

www.thai-professional.com – lots of ‘bumph’ (as above) to convince ‘doubting Thomas’s about the reliability of their website’. www.thai-lao-dating.com - has ‘Group Schedule Tours’ organised for October and December to meet the ladies. www.thai-marriageagency.com – features photos and profiles of ‘Ladies of the Month’ www.thaisilkintro.com

China

United States

Conditions:

Price:

Taiwanese men spend about 10,000 US dollars on this kind of marriage, but normally only 500 to 1,000 US dollars will go to bride’s family, and the remaining will go to marriage brokers on both sides.

What you get:

Profiles of women, emails, translations, etc.

Current websites:

www.chinese-brides.com - All tours accompanied from the United States by two American Tour Directors, with: • English-speaking, experienced foreign staff • 4-star accommodations with single occupancy and private bath • Meet 500 to 2000 beautiful women! (Phew!) • Largest women-to-men ratio in the industry • Socials are invitation only, in a comfortable environment • Average of 5 engagements a day! www.taiwanwomen.net - their ‘Asian Singles Tours’ includes a 5 room Bed and Breakfast, and ‘Every Client gets their own private room, and bathroom at our Asian Marriage Agency!) www.chinasilk.net – offers to find your ideal, beautiful Asian woman!

Price:

Eg. Approx. 3,000€ for services for worldwide clients.

Profiles and photos of Russian or Ukrainian women, who will contact you by letter, or online – if you are not completely satisfied with their service, for any reason, you can contact them within 30 days of your purchase, and they will promptly refund 100% of your money, according to their policy.

Marriages and immigration are arranged by licensed marriage brokers. In South Korea, many young brides are Vietnamese, Mainland Chinese, or ethnic Koreans from China. In Taiwan, ‘Mail-Order Brides’ come mostly from Mainland China and Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam. The women are usually 20 to 28 years of age.

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Current websites:

Conditions:

The USA issues a K-1 “fiancée” visa, which can be used within six months of issue, and is only valid for a 90day entry into the U.S. ‘Mail-Order’ style engagements account for a tiny fraction of all K-1 visas. This type of visa application specifies the applicant’s fiancé. If the visa holder does not marry the specified fiancé within the validity of the visa, she is required to return to her country of origin. There are many strict laws governing the conditions to be met by ‘Mail Order Brides’ in the USA. Eg. The man has to complete a questionnaire about his criminal and marital background. He must also be screened from all mental illnesses, and/or disorders. The agency must obtain the man’s record from the National Sex Offenders Public Registry database. The questionnaire and record also has be translated into the woman’s native language and provided to her. This is all designed to protect the bride from physical or sexual abuse, or from lawsuits, or even murder, as some high profile cases in the USA have shown.

Price:

None listed.

What you get:

Profiles, listings of women, specially arranged tours, etc.

Current websites:

www.latindreamtours.com – They say: ‘We are South America’s #1marriage agency and introductions agency located minutes from the beach in the beautiful city of Latin American and Cali, Colombia’. www.americanmatcher.com – for those looking for love, romance and friendship, and possibly, marriage.


Australia

Canada Conditions:

Conditions:

Canadian immigration law now requires the couples to marry, before a visa is granted to them, unless there’s some serious reason why the couple can’t be married. The laws are not as restrictive as in the USA, but couples have to meet various requirements to be legal.

There are now tighter controls on ‘Mail Order Brides’, due to the problems associated with Russian human trafficking into Australia, and previous sexual abuse cases of foreign women, being married to Australian men.

Price:

None listed.

What you get:

Typical Introduction agency profiles, with many links to Russian websites.

Current websites:

www.heavenlyhearts.com.au - ‘will provide you with a highly professional, localized service for Australian men who are looking to find their lady love abroad. We represent women from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Eastern Europe and other international locations’. www.matchmakermatchmaker.com – is a Dating, Introduction, and Matchmaking Agency for Single Business Executive Professionals.

Price:

None listed.

What you get:

Most of the Canadian marriage agencies are associated with Russian and Ukrainian marriage agencies.

Current websites:

www.loveawake.com

United Kingdom Current websites:

www.BritishDatingsite.com – “We believe the future of online dating lies in sites being tailored to particular interests, hobbies, or clearly specified member needs” – find profiles of women from all over the world. www.single123.com - Free Singles; Free Dating; Free Personals; Free Friends Finder; Free Messages; Free Gift Exchange; Free Wink Exchange, Free Chat, etc. www.eharmony.co.uk – It’s free to review your matches here – more personality and compatibility-related dating.

Recent research has suggested that many mail-order marriages have been successful, and have a slightly higher rate of success than marriages formed by longterm relationships. It’s always a risk when you get married - in spite of how you originally met. It largely depends on the personality of the man and woman, and if they both have the same agenda in wanting to establish a happy, loving marriage.

So, you have plenty of potential ‘Brides’ to choose from! Who would YOU choose?

Germany Current websites:

www.germany-date.com – the site offers free, emailing, and personality matching with German women. www.germandates.net – ‘The German Love Community’ with quick profile posting to ‘hook up’ online.

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Welcome to

Marbella International

Film Festival The 2012 Marbella International Film Festival will be taking place from the 3rd – 7th October 2012. This year, it celebrates its 7th. Anniversary, and is destined yet, to be their biggest and best festival! The main aim of the Marbella International Film Festival is to bring together all kinds of local and international artists, to exhibit their talents to the commercial world.

They will be able to meet the winning film makers, and see some of the best new film nominations, and the films that won in each of these categories:

It is the flagship project of ‘New World Trust’ - a nonprofit making organization - created to provide support for talented artists around the world.

• The Best Animated Film • The Best Short Film • The Best Long Short Film • The Best Documentary Film • The 24hr Film Challenge Award

At the film festival, potential future film makers can receive help and support not only in making films, but also by meeting experienced professionals in the film industry, who know the difficulties they face in producing great films. Siamak Chakaveh, the Festival Director, has extended this year’s festival as a result of the large increase in the number of film submissions. It is also to meet increased demand for special workshops and extra fringe activities, such as visual and performed artistic work. Visitors will be able to explore, for example, contemporary international paintings, photography and sculptures, alongside the film nominations. This part of the film festival is of particular interest to visual and digital artists; students and young practitioners and researchers working in the area of new media, cross-media and multimedia, ranging from film creation to distribution. Over five days, delegates will meet up to celebrate this special film and arts festival, culminating in a live broadcast at the prestigious gala awards ceremony, to recognize the best films nominated. Many of the local dignitaries, Spanish and international celebrities; international filmmakers, & the Press attend the film festival each year.

The beautiful Andalucía Plaza Hotel, in Puerto Banus - a cosmopolitan area full of art and culture - will be this year’s exciting venue for this highly prestigious film festival. Here, you’ll be able to see some of the world’s most famous film stars! These will be confirmed at a later date on the Marbella International Film Festival website. The festival has attracted great local and international sponsorship from various sectors, including the tourist board; hotels; clubs; restaurants; the travel industry; sports facilities; the fashion industry; luxury and life style goods, as well as the support of local real estate companies. Film submissions are now closed, but you can check out all about the previous year’s winners, for the various categories, at: www.marbellafilmfestival.com. For further information, contact: Marbella International Film Festival, 1331 Los Granados Playa, Boladilla, 29680, Estepona, Málaga

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Grill El Rancho in Las Chapas to the East of Marbella is known as one of the best grill restaurants on the coast. Open every day and until 1am in the summer, El Rancho specialises in Chateaubriand and stone grilled meats, so it definitely is a meat lover’s paradise. There are also plenty of vegetarian dishes.

Grill El Rancho has a beautiful terrace, perfect for outside dining on warm summer nights and then a very cosy restaurant for those colder winter days. The rustic decoration, mixed with hints of modern touches and the chilled, relaxed atmosphere ensures you’ll have a great dining experience whenever you visit the restaurant. There is a special daily three course menu for €17.50 and different summer specials. The varied menu includes hot and cold starters of gazpacho, salmon tartar, beef carpaccio, prawns pil pil, tempura prawns and deep fried camembert as well as many others. The main course menu offers the speciality meats cooked on the stone which diners do themselves; a selection of meats including suckling pig cooked on the grill or roasted;

hot pots, slowly cooked the old fashioned way; a choice of fish and pastas; and vegetarian dishes. The extensive wine list compliments the menu and features wines from all over Spain as well as Cava and Champagne - all of which are very affordable and the waiters can help you choose a wine to accompany your meal. The restaurant offers different dining areas, including; the Tiffany Room, perfect for private lunches, dinners and celebrations; a private Wine Corner, for parties between 6/8 people; and the Gin Corner where you can sample an extensive and exclusive choice of gins. There is also a smoking terrace which is heated for those chilly evenings. Valet parking is also available.

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A fine dining experience at the waters edge and much, much more. The food is the finest freshly sourced and cooked to order. A fine and varied menu for all palettes, that won’t break the bank!

Food & Drink Guide

Unique, Sophisticated, Breathtaking, Totally Incomparable – This description does not do THE BEACH HOUSE justice.

Chill out in our fabulous Beach Lounge while relaxing with a tasty snack or sipping one of our delicious exotic cocktails. As if this wasn’t enough to tempt: for the music lovers among you, stimulate your senses with our Live Music Acts which include The Masquerade, Franky B, Tomas Henry, Felix and more.

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The Hogan Stand Restaurant The Hogan Stand Restaurant in San Pedro is a wonderful place where you can enjoy delicious traditional Irish cooked food. Our signature dishes are John Dory served with a spinach cream sauce, and Chicken Roulade served on chive mash. As well as our delicious tender Irish fillet steaks with sautéed mushrooms and onions. Also, our fillet on the stone which is getting very popular is a must to try! Alternatively, not be forgotten are our Irish Ribeye Steaks. Dine indoors in our contemporary surroundings or outdoors on our large terrace. Open from 6pm until late 6 days a week. Closed on Tuesdays. For party enquiries and dinner reservations, contact the manager, Ross: +34 603212624 E-mail: thehoganstand@live.com

San Pedro, Marbella A tried and tested restaurant that should not be missed!

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Film Reviews

Finding Nemo 3D

This month’s cinema releases

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrichl. Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family.

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Cast: : Zac Efron, Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Reaser, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Olsen. Director: Josh Radnor. Genre: Drama, Comedy.

Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett.

About the film: First released in 2003, Finding Nemo is out this month in 3D. Andrew Stanton, who helped write Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., co-wrote and directed this computer-animated comedy-adventure about finding a very small fish in a very large ocean. Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) is a more-than-slightly paranoid Clown Fish who is extremely devoted to his young son, Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould), the only survivor after an undersea predator swallowed up Nemo’s mother and her other offspring. It’s not Marlin’s nature to explore unfamiliar waters, but when he and Nemo are accidentally separated near the Great Barrier Reef en route to Nemo’s first day of fish school, Marlin gathers his courage and sets out to find his son. n

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Gangster Squad Cast: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie. Director: Ruben Fleischer. Genre: Drama, Crime and Mystery. About the film: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and--if he has his way--every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. n

About the film: Disillusioned with his career and depressed on the heels of a recent break up, 35 year old Jesse Fisher finds his bleak future looking up after agreeing to speak at his alma mater, and meeting a pretty college sophomore who reawakens his inner passions. Jesse (writer/director Josh Radnor) is beginning to feel as if his options are shrinking after his latest relationship fails, and his job begins to grow suffocating. But when his former college professor (Richard Jenkins) requests that he speak at his upcoming retirement dinner, the increasingly reclusive thirty-something sees it as a great opportunity to break free of his funk. Upon returning to his alma mater, Jesse finds his memories rushing back in a warm wave of nostalgia. Later, when Jesse forms a surprise connection with brassy college sophomore Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen), he finds himself suddenly reinvigorated, and possessing a newfound optimism for the future. n


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid. Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal.

Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh.

Genre: Drama. About the film: Struggling writer Rory Johnson (Bradley Cooper) rockets to fame after passing off a brilliant found manuscript as his own, but experiences an acute crisis of conscience after his stint in the spotlight changes him in ways he never expected. Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, and Olivia Wilde costar. n

Director: Stephen Chbosky. Genre: Family.

Killing Them Softly Cast: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard

About the film: A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, ‘The Perks of Being a Wall Flower’ is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope--and the unforgettable friends that help us through life. n

Director: Andrew Dominik. Genre: Comedy. About the film: A robbery committed against the Mob is investigated by a hitman’s boss in this caper from director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). n

Hotel Transylvania Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Cee Lo Green. Director: Genndy Tartakovsky. Genre: Animation, Comedy. About the film: Samurai Jack’s Genndy Tartakovsky directs this animated tale concerning a hotel where monsters such as Dracula (Adam Sandler), the Invisible Man (David Spade), Frankenstein (Kevin James), and his bride (Fran Drescher), along with a host of others, head to relax from a world full of humans. When a young man (Andy Samberg) stumbles onto the resort and falls for Drac’s teenage daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), comedy hijinks ensue. Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, and Molly Shannon co-star. n

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Resident Evil, Retribution

House at the End of the Street

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Colin Salmon. Director: Paul W.S. Anderson. Genre: Action.

Cast: : Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows. Director: Mark Tonderai. Genre: Drama, Thriller. About the film: Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Oscarnominee Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan - and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined. n

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Arbitrage Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Nate Parker, Laetitia Casta. Director: Nicholas Jarecki Genre: Drama. About the film: ’Arbitage’, the feature-directing debut of writer Nicholas Jarecki, is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller’s also balancing an affair with French artdealer Julie Cote (Laetetia Casta). Just as he’s about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a face from Miller’s past. One wrong turn ignites the suspicions of NYPD Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), who will stop at nothing in his pursuits. Running on borrowed time, Miller is forced to confront the limits of even his own moral duplicity. Will he make it out before the bubble bursts? n

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About the film: Milla Jovovich returns to the Resident Evil franchise with this fifth entry, once again written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who helmed the first and fourth films. n


Did you know... • In Rocky, the scene where Rocky Balboa points out a mistake in the poster at the match venue was unscripted; Sylvester Stallone was forced to add the line because the art department made a genuine mistake.

End of watch Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Michael Pena, America Ferrera. Director: David Ayer. Genre: Action, Thriller. About the film: Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaa and Michael Pena star as young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles. Giving the story a gripping, first-person immediacy, the action unfolds through footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the line of fire to create a riveting portrait of the city’s most dangerous corners, the cops who risk their lives there every day, and the price they and their families are forced to pay. n

For a Good Time, Call…. Cast: Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, Seth Rogen, James Wolk. Director: Jamie Travis Genre: Comedy, Drama. About the film: The reserved Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) and the irrepressible Katie (Ari Graynor) are polar opposites... and past enemies. But when both come up short on the funds needed to afford their dream New York City apartment a mutual friend (Justin Long) re-introduces them and they reluctantly agree to room together. These apartment-mates have nothing in common - until Lauren discovers that Katie is working as a phone-sex operator, and recognizes a good business opportunity. But as their business partnership takes off, their newfound friendship finds unexpected challenges that may leave them both, as they say, hanging on the telephone. n

•T  he lights over the facehugger eggs in Alien were provided by Roger Daltrey and The Who. The band were rehearsing their laser show next door to Ridley Scott’s set. • Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was the first American film to show a toilet flushing. • F  or the movie The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was paid $35 a week – Toto received $125 a week! • The mechanical shark used in the movie Jaws was nicknamed Bruce, after Spielberg’s lawyer. • Lord Of The Rings is the sixth-highest grossing franchise ever, behind Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek. • David Fincher asked a stuntman to fall down the stairs 12 times in Fight Club for the fight between Norton and Pitt. He used the first take.

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September’s

big screen beauties Milla Jovovich Milla Jovovich is a 36 year old Ukranian born super model, actress, musician, and fashion designer. Over her career, she has appeared in a number of science fiction and action-themed films, for which music channel VH1 has referred to her as the “reigning queen of kick-butt”. She gained notoriety with the romance film Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). In 1992, she also appeared in “Kuffs” as Christian Slater’s love interest. Jovovich then acted alongside Bruce Willis in the science fiction film The Fifth Element (1997), and later played the title role in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). In 2002, she starred in the video game adaptation Resident Evil, which spawned four sequels: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012). In 2004, Jovovich was ranked #69 on Maxim magazine’s “Top 100 Hot List” and ranked #21 in 2010. Maxim also named her #11 on their list of “Hottest Nerd Crushes.” In 2008, she was ranked #90 on Ask Men’s Top 99 Women of 2008 List.

Things you didn’t know about Milla 1) She’s 5ft 7in. 2) Named as one of Revlons most unforgettable women in the world. 3) She has been on the front cover of more than 100 magazines worldwide. 4) She married the director of the film ‘Fifth Element’ which soon ended in divorce.

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Ari Graynor Ari Graynor is a 29-year-old American Actress hitting mainstream success with appearances in four episodes of The Sopranos, Ari seems to be spot on with her choice of scripts. Credits since her TV debut include the films Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Whip It and a recurring role in FOX’s criticallyacclaimed sci-fi drama Fringe playing Agent Olivia Dunham’s younger sister, Rachel. You can soon find her being the object of Michael Cera’s on-screen father’s affection in the teen comedy Youth in Revolt.

Things you didn’t know about Ari 1) She’s 5ft 5in. 2) She started acting at 7 years of age. 3) Speaks Korean and spent time in Korea acting in the musical Annie.

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Her most well-known work to date is her role as “Katniss Everdeen” in The Hunger Games (2012). In 2011, Lawrence was voted one of People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful People in the World.’ The actress was also ranked No. 10 on Maxim’s ‘Hot 100’ women list.

Things you didn’t know about her 1) She’s 5ft 9in. 2) Nominated for an Oscar at the age of 20 for the 2011 film, Winters Bone. 3) The actress was painted nude and covered in scales for her part in ‘X-Men: First Class. She told People magazine it took seven women each day during the four-month shoot to paint the actress completely blue. 4) She was a tomboy at school and was nicknamed Nitro for her sporting abilities.

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is a 21 year old American Actress. In 2004 she travelled to New York City and appeared in commercials such as MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and later played a role in the movie, Devil You Know (2012). Shortly thereafter, her career forced her and her family to move to Los Angeles where she was cast in the TBS sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show” (2007) and movies such as The Poker House (2008) and The Burning Plain (2008.

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Zoe Saldana is a 34 year old American actress and is best known from her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and a starring role as Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar. She also had a lead role in the action film Colombiana. She has also appeared in a number of television shows and movies, including The Terminal (2004) and Guess Who (2005) with Ashton Kutcher. Zoe Saldana was chosen as one of People Magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Things you didn’t know about Zoe 1) Spent part of her childhood in the Dominican Republic and is fluent in both English and Spanish. 2) Her favourite Sci-Fi film is the second Alien movie. 3) Her favourite music artists include Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Billie Holiday. 4) She use to work in Burger King.

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Video Game Reviews

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 The highly-anticipated sequel to 2000’s legendary Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is being brought to home consoles with all of the action seen in the arcades along with unique content and features that can’t be seen anywhere else. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 delivers new and returning characters in the largest roster ever. Experience the most advanced attack mechanics, ultimate combo move sets and new battle modes. With innovative features to broaden Tekken consumer accessibility, unlimited fighter combinations and multiple ways to challenge your friends--get ready for the next battle. Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3. n

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Far Cry 3 Beyond the limits of civilization lies an island, a lawless place ruled by piracy and human misery, where your only escapes are drugs or the muzzle of a gun. This is where you find yourself, trapped in a place that’s forgotten right from wrong, a place that lives by the principles of violence. In Far Cry 3, players step into the shoes of Jason Brody, stranded on this mysterious tropical island. You dictate how the story unfolds, from the battles you choose to fight down to the allies or enemies you make along the way. Slash, sneak, detonate and shoot your way across the island in a world that has lost all sense of right and wrong. Beware the beauty and mystery of this unexplored paradise and live to outwit its roster of ruthless, desperate characters. You’ll need more than luck to survive. Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC. n

Dead or Alive 2 Dead or Alive 5 marries its signature fighting style with MMA fighting techniques to deliver a major kick for players new and old. Visually striking scenes from around the world blended with a hard-hitting cast puts players in the roles of the cast of Dead or Alive fighters once again. In DoA 5, stages act not only as visual backdrops to accompany a fight but instead play to a fighter’s strengths. As a fight progresses, the backdrop will change and interact with players. Skilled fighters will be able to utilize these dynamic stages to execute hard hitting blows, pitting their opponents against new obstacles creating a unique experience that will leave you breathless. With each battle executing a new level of involvement, the fighters themselves have become more complex in their design. In Dead or Alive 5 players will be able to feel more involved in the action as they see their fighters sweat as they exert more energy. Players can also kick up the competition in online multiplayer modes where fighters must learn to utilize their strength and weaknesses to K.O. challengers. Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3. n


Retro game Did you of the month know... Pac-man

Pac-man is one of the most iconic games in video history. Ever since it’s initial release in 1980, it has remained massively popular and was the first game to achieve widespread crossover appeal. It spawned several sequels, appeared on everything from t-shirts to salt shakers, and has even had it’s own cartoon and hit single! The aim of the game is to negotiate around a maze, eating all the pellets on the screen, while avoiding four ghostly enemies (named Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde). Their job is to run into Pac-man until all his lives are lost. The level is over when Pacman has no more pellets to eat.

Retro Rating: 10/10 - Those ghosts are scary!

Borderlands 2 Borderlands 2 marks a return to Pandora, the setting of the first game, where the player will find all-new characters, weapons, enemies, and equipment. Just as with the previous game, Borderlands 2 will support fourplayer co-op as well as two-player splitscreen co-op on the console versions. The new cast of characters will find themselves being guided by the original game’s protagonists, who have been relegated to non-playable characters. Borderlands 2 introduces the new villain, Handsome Jack. As many fans of the original know, story took a backseat in the last adventure; lead writer, Anthony Burch, promises that the team is taking story development a lot more seriously. Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC.

• “ Guitar Hero Aerosmith” wasn’t the wrinkly rockers’ first videogame appearance. In 1994 they starred in Revolution X, an arcade shooter where you had to rescue the band from futuristic evil kidnappers. No, really! • It’s only humanly possible to press a button on a controller 16 times per second. This record was set by Toshuyuki Takahashi, a Japanese gamer. •T  he breast size of Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft is a result of designer Toby Gard accidently adjusting her chest to 150%. All of the designers working on the game agreed the ballooned boobs should stay. •T  here are currently over 100 million Game Boys in the world. 32 million in Japan, and 44 million in America. The Game Boy is still the best-selling video game system of all time.

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