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Lauded chef Jordi Roca of celebrated El Celler de Can Roca travels to Denver for pop-up dinners

One of world’s best restaurants, chefs comes to Colorado – Roca served a multi-course meal to BBVA Compass clients and community leaders at HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek, for two nights. – He also participated in a class lecture at the Metropolitan State University of Denver for culinary students. – Jordi makes one third of the “holy trinity” of the culinary world alongside his brothers Joan and Josep Roca. – The Roca brothers own El Celler de Can Roca, which is consistently in the top five restaurants on Restaurant magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. PR Newswire DENVER, Nov. 6, 2017 DENVER, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — One of the top chefs in the world visited Denver last week, delighting guests with whimsically designed dishes, unique wine pairings and an atmosphere usually found in a small part of Spain. Jordi Roca, co-owner of the renowned Girona, Spain-based El Celler de Can Roca – alongside his brothers, Head Chef Joan and Sommelier Josep – came to Colorado and created a multi-course meal for two dinners on Nov. 1 and 2. The event was part of a BBVA-sponsored visit to the Mile High City to give bank clients a unique experience. “This restaurant is always booked months ahead, and people from all over the world are on wait lists for a long time,” said BBVA Compass Colorado CEO Andy Wykstra. “BBVA Compass strives to give its clients, communities and local small businesses a chance to experience something different and get insight from top minds. It’s part of our mission to create opportunities in multiple ways by leveraging partnerships we have as a local bank dedicated to its areas and as a financial institution with global resources.” An ode to Denver The Roca brothers have been BBVA brand ambassadors for the past four years, and during that time have traveled across the globe with the bank to bring clients the atmosphere and innovation that has made their restaurant a culinary gold standard. Known as the “holy trinity” of the culinary world, the brothers have seen their restaurant make it to the top of Restaurant magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2013 and 2015, while making the top 3 for the past five years overall. The restaurant has also obtained three Michelin Stars, an extremely rare and prestigious achievement for restaurants the world over. While Jordi traveled to Denver without his brothers, he brought with him 15 staff members from the restaurant to create a similar experience for bank clients, prospects and community leaders at HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek. The venue’s modern luxury ambiance served as the backdrop for both dinners and preceding cocktail hours, where appetizers were passed around at the rooftop bar with a 360 view of the Colorado mountains on the first night. The meal consisted of one of the Roca brothers’ most famous dishes, Dig Into the World, where five bites each consisted of flavors inspired by different countries visited on the BBVA Roca Tour in previous years. Also included were suckling pig, prepared by a sous vide technique, vegetable consommé, and a dessert called Lemon Cloud that mimics the scent of perfume. A dessert in the shape of a football was also included at the end of the meal – a nod to the local professional football team. 12 culinary students from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association apprenticeship program were given the opportunity to help prepare the dinner, working with Roca’s restaurant staff on both nights. Students were chosen by MSU-Denver staff after students gave classroom presentations during the weeks leading up to the event. Advice and opportunity for the next culinary generation While in the area, Roca also participated in a class lecture at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he answered questions around technique, his inspiration and his thoughts on the Denver area. He also gave a presentation that touched on his family’s background in the culinary world and inspirations for some of his most famous desserts. On the last night of the dinner, Roca also chose two students who helped with the dinners for a scholarship to include a four month internship at El Celler de Can Roca in 2018. The two winners were Brandon Hart from ACF Colorado Chefs Association and Eosther Fajardo-Anstine from MSU-Denver. The opportunity is the fourth such year where students will work at El Celler de Can Roca in apprentice roles. Similar internships were given to culinary students in San Francisco and Phoenix during the 2016 BBVA Roca Tour. Denver is the only U.S. visit for Jordi Roca in 2017, while other stops with BBVA in previous years have included: Dallas Houston Birmingham, Ala. Miami Phoenix San Francisco To learn more about BBVA Compass, visit: For more news visit: and About BBVA Group BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group is the largest financial institution in Spain and Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States; and it is also the leading shareholder in Garanti, Turkey’s biggest bank for market capitalization. Its diversified business is focused on high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. More information about BBVA Group can be found at About BBVA Compass BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 651 branches, including 337 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 63 in Arizona, 61 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 18 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and ranked 5th nationally in the total number of SBA loans originated in fiscal year 2016. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at 



Take A Trip Down Memory Lane When

“Vanderpump Rules How They Got Here” Airs November 27th at 10pm ET/PT

Bravo Media serves up a double with a twist in the season six premiere of “Vanderpump Rules,” immediately followed by the series premiere of the new docuseries “RelationShep,” on Monday, December 4 at 9pm & 10pm ET/PT respectively. 


This season on “Vanderpump Rules,” Lisa forges ahead with her plan to add another restaurant to her growing empire but when her new partners, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz, show their inexperience, the veteran restaurateur butts heads with them every step of the way. Newly single and nearly divorced, Scheana finds herself at the center of the SUR gossip when rumors about her new relationship begin to swirl. Ariana and Tom face one of the biggest fights of their relationship, as Tom’s loyal dedication to his friends makes Ariana feel like an afterthought. When Lala convinces Lisa to give her one last chance at SUR, the former outcast finds herself in an unlikely new role of peacekeeper, which complicates her friendship with James as he deals with a shocking rumor about his sex-life. Stassi tries to salvage her four-year relationship with Patrick, while Kristen devotes her energy to breaking up Jax and Brittany rather than focusing on her own relationship. Meanwhile, Jax finds himself faced with a shocking accusation that could risk losing the best relationship he’s ever had. Brittany wonders whether or not to stand by her man and the SUR gang is torn down the middle as they must decide where their loyalties lie. For a sneak peek, visit:


In addition, on Monday, November 27 at 10pm ET/PT don’t miss the opportunity to reminisce on seasons past with “Vanderpump Rules How They Got Here” a half-hour featuring the most memorable moments from five seasons of drama, hijinks and friendships, go back to where it all began to relive the memories that had everyone speechless.


In the new series “RelationShep,” Shep Rose has reached that sobering moment in every man’s life where his own biological clock starts ticking. At 37, he is cutting it close with his goal of being married with two kids by 40. However, he has yet to find a worthy companion that checks all of his boxes. His search for the worldly, intellectual, outdoorsy, can-throw-a-beer-back, artistic, free-spirited, lingerie model-with-an astrophysicist-brain type of woman has come up empty in the bars of Charleston. Determined to meet his match, Shep is taking his search on the road and going on blind dates set up by his friends. He will scour the country stopping in Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin and New York City to meet eligible women and, hopefully, fall in love. A few lucky ladies will travel back to Charleston to meet his “Southern Charm” family to see who can handle his unconventional life and keep him in a committed relation-Shep. For a sneak peek, head to:

“Vanderpump Rules” is produced by Evolution Media with Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Bill Langworthy, Lisa Vanderpump, and Ken Todd serving as Executive Producers. Robert Carroll, Joe Kingsley, Audrey Olsen and Jeremiah Smith serve as Co-Executive Producers.

“RelationShep” is produced by Haymaker Productions with Aaron Rothman, Irad Eyal, Peter Scalettar, serving as Executive Producers. Sarah Steinfeld and Pamela Gimenez serve as Co-Executive Producers.


“Vanderpump Rules” Season 5 was the most watched season of the series ever with 2.4 million total viewers, up +3% from season 4.

Eili Harboe and Joachim Trier premiere Thelma

A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.

We spoke to the main actress Eili Harboe and director Joachim Trier who told us about his rumoured connections with director Lars Von Trier

Watch our interview here:


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Malavika Mokanan, Ishaan Khattar premiere Beyond the Clouds

Beyond the Clouds is an upcoming Indian drama film written and directed by Majid Majidi with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film stars Ishaan Khatter, actor Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother and Malavika Mohanan in the lead roles. Powerful coming-of-age tale about a brother trying to save his jailed sister.

We spoke to the cast at the world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. Watch it here:

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And to celebrate the release Annapurna Pictures has dropped a new easter egg trailer! Check out the trailer below and look for more hidden secrets from the film in theaters everywhere!
Watch the Easter Egg Trailer HERE:

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Release Date: October 13, 2017

Genre: Drama

Director: Angela Robinson

Writer: Angela Robinson

Producers: Amy Redford, Terry Leonard

Cast: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

Jamie Bell, Annette Bening premiere Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

We had the pleasure to speak with the cast Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Annette Bening (American Beauty) and even the real Peter Turner! Have a peak on the interview here:


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Annemarie Jacir talks about Official Competition “Wajib” BFI LFF

Wajib is a 2017 Palestinian drama film directed by Annemarie Jacir. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom, in this rousing family drama from Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You).

Watch our interview here: 

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Kölsch is set to perform on the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday 16th October. The Danish producer’s exclusive DJ set for Cercle Music will be streamed live and direct from 1800 CET – 1915 CET at Over 15 million viewers are expected to tune in to enjoy a scintillating sunset show, with magnificent views across the French capital from the iconic Parisian monument.
It’s been a huge summer for revered performer Rune Reilly Kölsch, with a string of high profile festival shows, Ibiza residency ‘In The Dark’ at Hï Ibiza, and the release of critically-acclaimed album ‘1989’, the third and final chapter in his autobiographical album trilogy on German label Kompakt. Add to this a successful BBC Radio 1 residency, and one of the biggest club hits of the summer with his remix of London Grammar’s ‘Hell to the Liars’ and there’s no doubt that 2017 is Kölsch’s biggest year to date.
Before embarking on a worldwide ‘1989’ album tour, which will see him touch down in Miami, London, Berlin, Paris, San Francisco, Milan, New York, LA, Buenos Aires, Hasselt, Sydney, Dublin, Glasgow, Melbourne and more, Kölsch will perform an exclusive DJ set on the Eiffel Tower. The performance will be streamed live on YouTube and across Facebook via the Kolsch fan page, Cercle Music, the Eiffel Tower fan page and a selection of media partner platforms.
Tune in to the live stream from 1800 CET – 1915 CET on Monday 16th October at
Kölsch Tour Dates  

Oct 20 Awakenings ADE, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct 21 ADE Audio Obscura x Spectrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct 27 Miami, USA Heart

Oct 28 Montreal, Canada La Bacchanale

Oct 31 San Francisco, USA Audio

Nov 3 Cordoba, Argentina BNP Club

Nov 4 Valinhos, S.P, Brasil Laroc – Sunset Club

Nov 5 Buenos Aires, Argentina Oasis

Nov 9 London, UK Fabric (Live Show)

Nov 10 Paris, France Faust

Nov 11 Berlin, Germany Panoramabar

Nov 16 Dublin, Ireland District 8

Nov 17 Cologne, Germany Gewölbe

Nov 18 Hasselt, Belgium Labyrinth

Nov 24 Milan, Italy Volt

Nov 26 Glasgow, UK Sub Club

Dec 8 Melbourne, Australia Forum Theatre (Live show)

Dec 9 Sydney, Australia Greenwood (Live show)

Dec 15 New York, USA TBA

Dec 16 Los Angeles, USA Sound 

The Good News: Early Diagnosis Is the Key to Curing Prostate Cancer

Movember, named after the world’s largest movement fighting for men’s health, is the time to talk about the good news concerning prostate cancer. “The key to curing prostate cancer is early diagnosis,” says Dr. Dudley Danoff, author of The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health, 2nd edition (Beyond Words, 2017).

There are no symptoms associated with early prostate cancer. The primary tool for early detection of prostate cancer is a screening blood test, PSA (prostate-specific antigen). All men age forty and over should get a yearly screening PSA blood test, as well as a digital rectal examination by a qualified physician. Heightened public awareness, making the early diagnosis of prostate cancer easier, has resulted in an increase in effective treatment and cure.

“The good news is that—provided the diagnosis of prostate cancer is made early enough to allow maximal effective treatment—life after prostate cancer, surgery, or other treatment options can be full, rich, and rewarding and allow a man to be continent, sexually active, and vigorous in all areas of his life,” advises Dr. Danoff.

Approximately 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. It is the most common male malignancy and the second most common cause of death from all tumors.

A requested guest on national radio and television shows, Dr. Danoff is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University Medical School. He taught on the clinical faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine for more than twenty-five years and is the founder and president of the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Tower Urology Medical Group in Los Angeles. Urologist to many Hollywood stars and the recipient of national and international honors, Dr. Danoff is also senior attending urologist at the Saban Los Angeles Free Clinic.

If you need an expert on men’s health issues, including those involving sensitive subjects and tips for a healthy, active sex life at any age, Dr. Danoff is available for radio and television interviews and also has numerous articles available for your immediate use on a variety of topics, including:

4 Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer: A Quick Guide

In the last thirty years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases of prostate cancer detected each year. This is due to the rising median age of our population as well as our ability to detect tumors at an earlier and more curable stage. The good news is that the increase in the number of cases is being met with an increase in effective treatment. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, depending on the aggressiveness of the cancer and other health factors, you may have a number of options.

Can Prostate Cancer Be Prevented?

Prostate cancer is one of the most serious health problems in the global community. About one in every six men in the United States will develop the disease during his lifetime. With the dramatic increase in incidence, it’s understandable to want to ask the question, how can I prevent prostate cancer? The truth is, you cannot actually prevent prostate cancer (but you may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, exercising, healthy diet, prostate massaging, etc.); however, with early diagnosis you can beat the deadly potential of disease.

How to Have a Terrific Sex Life after Prostate Cancer

When patients learn they have prostate cancer, they often fear that impotence is inevitable. In almost all cases, fear of impotence is totally unwarranted. However, it is true that the old surgical cure for prostate cancer left 60 to 80 percent of patients impotent since surgery damaged the vital nerve bundles that make erection possible. Dr. Danoff explains that with modern advances in treatment, you can have a terrific sex life after prostate cancer.

Dudley Seth Danoff, MD, FACS, is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University Medical School. He has taught on the clinical faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine for more than 25 years and is the founder and president of the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Tower Urology Group in Los Angeles. Urologist to many Hollywood stars and the recipient of national and international honors, Dr. Danoff is also senior attending urologist at the Saban Los Angeles Free Clinic.


Kamaiyah continues to put a spin on one of our favorite eras, the 90s. In her new video “Successful,” the only female in 2017’s XXL Freshman class, takes a page straight out of those classic 90s music videos the world grew to love. The Oakland rapper shows fans how fun life is once you’ve beat the odds and found success.