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Ace Hotel x “Inherent Vice” Film Partnership

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Um … major/genius collaboration announcement! Warner Bros. and the Ace Hotel are teaming up to bring us early screenings of “Inherent Vice” in LA, NY and London! The Ace Hotel DTLA is having a special preview of “Inherent Vice” on Monday, December 1st with director Paul Thomas Anderson, and actors Jena Malone and Joanna Newsom who are in the film. The screening is open to guests at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, who will get a gratis ticket to see the invite-only screening before it premieres nationwide. The event will also be open to fans that will have a chance to RSVP through the Inherent Vice official site and social media channels. The LA screening is the first initiative in this creative partnership between the Ace Hotels and Warner Bros., which includes screenings of the film at Ace Hotel in London, New York and Downtown Los Angeles and gallery exhibitions in each hotel in January. For hotel guests, there will also be custom vinyls of the film score by Jonny Greenwood.

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“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.

It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.

With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”) and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”); Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” “Boardwalk Empire”); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”); Martin Short (“Frankenweenie”); Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series); and musician Joanna Newsom.

Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” “The Master”) directed “Inherent Vice” from a screenplay he wrote based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Anderson also produced the film, together with Oscar-nominated producers JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi (“There Will Be Blood”). Scott Rudin and Adam Somner served as executive producers.

InList App Raises $3M More

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Don’t call it a bottle service app — it’s so much more. You can open the InList app in over 20 cities, and find 3-5 top events in any city for that night. Whereas other party apps have loaded their interface with endless lists of clubs and parties, the InList specializes in directing users to just the best as advised with by the well-honed network of contacts built by founders Michael Capponi, who started out in South Beach nightlife in 1989 and was involved in opening of best clubs in there for last 25 years including Mansion, Warsaw, Cameo, Les Bains, Amnesia, BED, Prive and LIV, and serial entrepreneur Gideon Kimbrell who was originally a software engineer for Forturne 500 companies like Johnson and Johnson and Children’s Hospital and has had business advice articles published in Forbes and WSJ.

The app is sleek and simple, designed by Fueled who designed award-winning apps for Urban Daddy, Gilt, Ducati and Porsche, but the app is more of an interface and the magic is worked by hand. They have weekly calls with ambassadors of each city (they know a Capponi-counterpart in London, Asia, NYC, etc. who tells them to what’s going on that week. In London, for instance, it’s Roger Michael and in Paris it’s Philippe Fatien. A lot of it is based on last-minute decisions since we all know night-life can change on a dime. They sometimes use the app to show a club owner or promoter profiles from their network so they can hand select certain ones for higher-level parties.

While all the membership levels are the same (and free), there are internal options that allow to you select music and venue size preferences and show you more specific events. Your profile is also ranked based on you — the higher up InList considers you as a user, the better events appear on your screen. Not a super user? Not to worry. Many people are using InList as general reference and it works for that too. Anyone can log in to see whats going on anywhere in the world, all the top DJs, top nightclubs, and so forth. At the end of the day, InList also houses all the top VIP people around the world so they can send personalized invitations to any slice of their user base. Pretty powerful, no?

When asked if you have to buy tables and bottles or if the app can be used for general entrance, InList told us they are focusing on table and bottle service for now but will maybe expand. Eventually they will attack the festivals circuit — Electric Daisy Carnival, Coahcella, YFY, Burning Man, and more. Each of these will be approached differently to offer VIP levels of the experience.

Other key players at the InList are owner/adviser Rameet Chawla (who the New York Post calls ‘the most stylish man in high tech’), and backer Oleg Firer, the CEO of public trader company, and Kleiner Perkins’ Matt Murphy from Silicon Valley who’s been involved in many startups. With substantial backing – $1 million in seed funding plus a they recently raised $3 million more from Moneta Group, a group of international investors, and Star Capital, a U.S.-based investment group).

InList initially launched in Miami and expanded (in order) to Las Vegas, New York, London, Paris and Ibizia where they shut down after the summer months. Then they tackled Los Angeles, Aspen, Milan, St. Tropez, Stockholm, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bali, São Paulo, Monte Carlo, Sydney, Hong Kong, Punta del Este, and St. Barths.

In Los Angeles, InList works with all different promoters and club owners such as h.wood, 1 Oak, and SBE, as well as managers and hosts, depending on the venue and night. InList is planning a major mansion party with all Hollywood elite in the next couple months to celebrate their LA presence.

You can download the app here –> http://www.inlist.com/. In addition to all this, InList also has an awesome Instagram. See you at the club! xoxo

Will Smith’s Kids Talk Physics for T Magazine

From left: Willow and Jaden Smith.

Jaden, 16, and Willow, 14, Smith (the children of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith who both released new albums this month) talk Einstein’s theory of relativity and prana energy with the New York Times’ T magazine in an interview that the internet is going crazy over.

I’m curious about your experience of time. Do you feel like life is moving really quickly? Is your music one way to sort of turn it over and reflect on it?

WILLOW: I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist.

JADEN: It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe. It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds. But it’s also such a thing that you can get lost in.

WILLOW: Because living.

JADEN: Right, because you have to live. There’s a theoretical physicist inside all of our minds, and you can talk and talk, but it’s living.

WILLOW: It’s the action of it.