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June 4, 2015: Couple Plans the Most High-Tech Wedding Ever, Toronto Film Festival Reverses Controversial Screening Rule, Yahoo Makes History With N.F.L. Live Stream

1. COUPLE PLANS THE MOST HIGH-TECH WEDDING EVER: With drones as photographers, a robot butler, favors created by a 3-D printer, and more, a Northern California couple may have planned the most high-tech wedding ever. The event is courtesy of bridal publication The Knot, which sponsored a contest, and will be live-streamed (naturally) today starting at 11:40 a.m. PT. The couple’s video entry drew supporters because of the bride’s story: her mother has cancer and will not be able to attend the ceremony, but technology has made her part of the occasion. Mashable: “[The bride’s] entire look (the dress, hair and makeup and more) was crowdsourced online; the Internet chose for her. Voters who visited in the past few weeks were able to pick from a series of options and the look with the most votes won. Also crowdsourced: the invitations, the flowers and even the honeymoon destination, which will be announced later today.”

2. TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL REVERSES CONTROVERSIAL SCREENING RULE: Filmmakers will no longer have to choose between Toronto or Telluride after the Toronto International Film Festival abandoned a policy that barred movies that previously screened at the Telluride Film Festival. Those films, however, will not be screened in the three choice venues. Hollywood Reporter: “Many industry insiders felt this was akin to Goliath picking on David — and uncharacteristic of famously-polite Canadians (excepting ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford) — since Telluride is attended by so few people and press that it posed no real threat to Toronto's standing as an important commercial and awards season launching pad. This position seems to have been substantiated by Toronto's booming ticket sales and the fact that the fest's attendees voted to present its People's Choice Award to films that first played in Telluride in four of the last seven years, including each of the last two.”

3. YAHOO MAKES HISTORY WITH N.F.L. LIVE STREAM: In a first, Yahoo will offer a free live stream of an N.F.L. game, an October 25 match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills played in London. Advertising Age: “The NFL and other content providers are looking for new ways to broaden their audiences as more consumers reach for smartphones or turn on digital set-top boxes instead of tapping broadcast or cable channels. Services such as Netflix, Google's YouTube and Facebook have drawn hundreds of millions of users, threatening traditional media companies.”


BOSTON:  The “Shebeen,” a mobile pub with a thatched roof, is expected to launch soon in Boston. With 10 seats and two draft lines, the pub will likely be available for weddings and private events. Eater:

CHICAGO:  Pitchfork has teamed up with the Museum of Contemporary Art to launch “In Sight Out,” a series of conversations focused on art, music, and culture. On July 16, the first installment will feature musician Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

LAS VEGAS:  Sands partnered with Three Square Food Bank to hold the second annual “Hunger Is Not a Game” food drive from May 4-June 8. The goal is to collect 16,000 cans of food in honor of the 16th anniversary of the Venetian resort. Four teams of 12, consisting of team members of the Venetian, the Palazzo, and Sands Expo, will conceptualize and build a piece of artwork with the cans collected around the theme of “the Venetian.” The winner will be determined based on the number of food items collected and the most creative art.

LOS ANGELES:  The tech accessories brand Lycos is launching a humanitarian initiative called the Lycos Life Project with a Kansas City-style barbecue and jam session on Monday in North Hollywood.

The second annual Eastside Food Festival is slated for October 18 at Mack Sennett Studios.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Pérez Art Museum Miami announced its PAMM Gala will take place March 4 at the museum.

Destination Fashion, an event benefiting the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, will take place at Bal Harbour Shops on March 5. The event will include a fashion show, a concert with a to-be-named star, and a presentation of the Women of Substance & Style honorees.

Siena Tavern, an Italian restaurant in Miami Beach from Top Chef favorite Fabio Viviani, has closed. Miami Herald: "A publicist for Siena Tavern said the restaurant will continue to book private events through the summer with an eye toward an eventual re-opening."

NEW YORK:  Wide Open Arts, which owns and operates the Outsider Art Fairs in New York and Paris, is relocating this fall to the new location of Andrew Edlin Gallery at 212 Bowery. The gallery is moving from its current home in Chelsea.

Make-A-Wish New Jersey is planning what it hopes to be the world's largest balloon fight on June 20 at Singley Park in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Disney and the N.B.A. will develop the N.B.A. Experience at Walt Disney World Resort, an entertainment, dining, and retail venue in Disney Springs.

Phase two of the Dr. Phillips Center will be anchored by Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater that will be home to the Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and also available for private events. Groundbreaking is scheduled for spring 2016 with the building scheduled to open in 2019.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Mickael Damelincourt has been appointed as managing director of Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. The hotel is slated to open in mid-2016 following a $200 million redevelopment of the former Old Post Office.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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