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Rolls-Royce Cullinan to sit below Phantom | Razor Byte

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ROLLS-ROYCE will aim to create the most luxurious upper-large SUV in the world with its Cullinan, which is confirmed to be shown “soon” and will undercut the $950,000 driveaway pricing of the Phantom when it arrives in Australia.

Speaking with GoAuto at the national media reveal of the Phantom in Sydney this week, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Asia Pacific regional director Paul Harris revealed that the Cullinan would not become the British car-maker’s priciest model.

However, whether it would sit far above the $595,000-to-$750,000 driveaway Ghost, Wraith and Dawn range was also a topic, “That is being discussed at the moment”.

“Price wise, I think it all depends on the substance of the product,” Mr Harris said.

“I can’t tell you too much about that at the moment, but it (Cullinan) won’t be as high as Phantom. I don’t think we intend to change that (positioning) whatsoever.

“That’s always been the way, and that will be the way that the brand retains itself.”

With Bentley having launched its Bentayga from between $335,000 and $423,600 plus on-road costs, and a Range Rover SV Autobiography topping out at $316,000, however, Mr Harris suggested the Cullinan would have no rivals.

With Lamborghini still yet to show its forthcoming Urus, which is intended to be a sports-focused model but will share its underpinnings with its Volkswagen Group stablemates the Bentayga and Audi Q7, he also pointed to the competitive advantage of using a platform specific to Rolls-Royce.

“The issue that we have as a Rolls-Royce is that a Rolls-Royce is neither sports or utility,” he continued.

“(But) the advantage with Rolls-Royce is that, with this underlying platform on the car, we don’t have to pay platitudes to platforms. So we have a unique label to do what we need to do, and we go our own direction. I think that gives us a significant advantage.

“The level we’re at in terms of our abilities to make the magic carpet ride so sustainable, the individuality, the bespoke, and the sheer quality of what we do, at the level we do it at, there is an opportunity there, and no one’s in that space. And therefore the look and feel will be significantly different from anything else than in that segment.”

The Cullinan will share its all-aluminium platform – dubbed the Architecture of Luxury – with the eighth-generation Phantom that has just been unveiled locally, and Rolls-Royce has revealed images of a prototype model that takes design inspiration from that sedan range flagship, but with a traditional SUV shape.

Although there has been some criticism of luxury car-makers moving into SUV segments, Mr Harris said that a Rolls-Royce SUV would be able to both move with customer tastes and preserve brand-defining features of other models.

“In terms of global automotive trends, one segment that continually grows is that SUV segment,” he said.

“We’ve always been doing commissions, coach builds for many, many years, and it’s only natural that we move into that (SUV) area, because that’s where our client base has cars, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have a car of that nature (and) for us to be in that space makes logical sense.

“(There will be) unique features that are going to come with that car, I can’t tell you too much about that now, but we’ll be very true to our (brand) ethos.

Magic-carpet ride, near-silence, all those things. I think as a real house of luxury we want it to be the most luxurious of its segment.”

Unlike other rear-wheel-drive Rolls-Royce models, however, by offering all-wheel-drive and a higher seating position the Cullinan would also distance itself from a typical Phantom owner and focus more on attracting new, female buyers.

“It would have all-wheel drive, so that gives it more flexibility to go everywhere,” Mr Harris said.

“Will it have the same flexibility as something that’s more agricultural? I wouldn’t think so. But it would still be quite competent. It (will have a) higher seating position of course, and that majesty in dominance of height and position is the thing that people are really fascinated in.

“In that segment of luxury high-sided, go-everywhere vehicles, the lady driver mix is very high (and) our richness of lady drivers is coming much stronger. So that’s where we think we would have an opportunity in that area, as well.”

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is currently being tested in the Middle East before an expected unveiling early next year.

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Eagle-eyed Bridgerton fans spot modern-day fixture in scenes of hit Netflix Regency drama | Razor Byte

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Move over Game of Thrones coffee cup-gate, there’s a new TV blunder in town.

Fans of the Netflix Regency series Bridgerton have noticed a modern-day fixture that features in the period drama: a painted yellow line which surely did not exist in the 1800s when the show is set.

Turns out, the yellow lines indicate parking restrictions in the UK and weren’t introduced until 1947. However, the line could be seen in the first episode of the series when a horse-drawn carriage turns a corner on a cobbled road. Oh, dear readers, whatever would Lady Whistledown say?

Phoebe Dynevor stars as Daphne Bridgerton in the hit series. (Netflix)

“Really enjoying Bridgerton, but with the technology available to filmmakers these days, a yellow line?” one person tweeted.

Another Twitter user said they also noticed manhole in one scene featuring stars Nicole Coughlan (who plays Penelope Featherington) and Claudia Jessie (who plays Eloise Bridgerton) walking down the street.

“Two episodes into #Bridgerton and I’ve so far spotted a single yellow line and a telecoms manhole cover,” the user tweeted. “I didn’t realise the 19th Century Brits were such pioneers…” 

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Blunders aside, the series is projected to be the fifth largest Netflix original series launch of all time (behind The Witcher Season 1, Stranger Things Season 3, Money Heist Part 4 and Tiger King).

Released on Christmas Day, Bridgerton has reached the number-one spot on Netflix’s top 10 rankings in 76 countries and has been streamed by more than 63 million households.

READ MORE: Bridgerton stars Nicola Coughlan and Jonathan Bailey reveal details about Season 2

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Bridgerton also stars Adjoa Andoh and Regé-Jean Page. (Netflix)

No surprises then that the show — which is based on a series of romance novels by Julia Quinn — has been renewed for a second season.

“I would love to do it because there are eight books in the Bridgerton series so there’s a lot more stories to go,” Coughlan recently told 9Honey Celebrity. “And the second series would be about Anthony [played by Jonathan Bailey], which would be really fascinating.”

Set in 1813, Bridgerton follows a high-class family and all the ups-and-downs of their high society lives and romances all narrated in a Gossip Girl vibe by Julie Andrews, who provides the voiceover for the anonymous Lady Whistledown. 

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Jaguar XE Range Reviews | Overview | Razor Byte

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IT MAY barely make a blip on the sales charts, but the suave and sophisticated Jaguar XE has remained one of our all-time favourite mid-size sports sedans since it sauntered into the BMW 3 Series’ segment some four years ago.

 

Back then, there were a bewildering proliferation of Ford-engined choices, but the Series II facelift brings the best bits together in an updated and improved package offered in just two (instead of 14!) guises, for the driver who wants an involving and rewarding experience.

 

Yes, flaws remain, but the result is a characterful and immersive alternative that still stands tall with the class best – even after all these years.

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British actress Olivia Cooke takes on the patriarchy and Alec Baldwin’s gangster priest in new heist movie Pixie | Razor Byte

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Without giving too much away, Olivia Cooke and Alec Baldwin face-off in the new heist movie, Pixie

The British actress plays the title character who sticks it to the patriarchy and the priesthood in the crime-comedy in which Baldwin plays a drug-smuggling, gangster priest — with an Irish accent. 

But while it’s all guns blazing on set, behind the scenes Baldwin, Cooke and her onscreen dad, beloved Irish actor Colm Meaney, got along like old friends.

Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy and Daryl McCormack star in Pixie
Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy and Daryl McCormack star in Pixie. (Paramount Pictures)

“They were brilliant. It was so much fun,” Cooke, 27, tells 9Honey Celebrity while promoting the movie from the UK. “Obviously, they can regale you with stories like old veterans of the entertainment industry and tell you all these sparkly bits of gossip from sets gone by, which are really fun and which I really love more than filming sometimes. Just getting these actors aside between takes and asking me to tell them gossip.  

“It was just brilliant, and they were really lovely people and just very lovely humans to act opposite.”

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Alec Baldwin plays a gangster priest in Pixie. (Paramount Pictures)

Cooke — who was born and raised in Greater Manchester — had to adopt an Irish accent for the film, as did Baldwin. So, who did it better?

“Oh, God. Well, we did very different Irish accents, I would think. So I don’t really know if it’s comparable. And that’s my diplomatic answer for that,” laughs Cooke, who in 2018 found success in the Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster Ready Player One.

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Colm Meaney plays Olivia Cooke's stepdad in Pixie.
Colm Meaney (centre) plays Olivia Cooke’s stepdad in Pixie. (Paramount Pictures)

Pixie was filmed in 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the globe. In the film, Cooke’s character, Pixie O’Brien, is on a mission to avenge her mother’s death. 

But instead, she gets caught up with Frank (played by Bohemian Rhapsody star Ben Hardy) and Harland (played by Peaky Blinders star Daryl McCormack), two regular blokes who try to strike a deal with local gangsters. 

The rookies suddenly find themselves way above their heads as thugs chase them across the Irish countryside, with the street-smart and savvy Pixie forced to call the shots.

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Olivia Cooke says she developed a close bond with co-stars Ben Hardy (left) and Daryl McCormack. (Paramount Pictures)

But if you think her character exists solely to play sidekick to Frank and Harland, you’re sorely mistaken. Calling Cooke’s character ‘Pixie’ was a deliberate move by director Barnaby Thompson and writer Preston Thompson, who wanted to take on the ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ trope, whereby a female actress often plays the quirky fantasy woman who saves male protagonists from themselves. 

“Even naming her Pixie is a wink, wink, nudge, nudge to this Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope that I think a lot of people when watching this movie have said, ‘Oh, you’re just playing the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.’ Well, it’s really not,” Cooke explains. “Just the mere fact she’s called Pixie doesn’t mean she is this archetype of a sidekick or a girlfriend or a conjuring of males’ darkest fantasies.

“Pixie is just really naughty, and I got to exercise that part of myself in a safe environment where I’m not really hurting anyone in real life and it was just so much fun. To be manipulative and cheeky and to be really powerful and play a character where I wasn’t really sure if she was going to be liked or not. I think playing her as this Irish woman as well just brings a whole different side to that personality. It was just really sparkly and quite tongue-in-cheek to play her.”

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Olivia Cooke filmed Pixie in the Irish countryside in late 2019 just before the pandemic swept the globe. (Paramount Pictures)

And Cooke had just as much fun with her co-stars Hardy and McCormack as she did with Baldwin, 62, and Colm Meaney, 67. 

I think we ended up having more fun off-camera than we did on,” she reveals. “And that says a lot because we were laughing a lot and being quite naughty on set. We really used and abused the pubs and clubs in Belfast. 

“We were away from home and we were all staying in a hotel and there were about 17 million pubs opposite the hotel! You wanna break bread and talk about the filming of the day and what you thought of the scene, and just get to know your co-stars. It was all really lovely. I miss it — pubs!” 

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Actress Olivia Cooke arrives at the LA premiere of Ready Player One in 2018. (Getty)

Cooke — who has starred in hit series such as Vanity Fair and Bates Motel, and will play Alicent Hightower in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon — will also look back fondly on her time filming Pixie because the film allowed her one last adventure before the pandemic.

“In a way, it kind of satisfied that wanderlust we had before we knew everything was going to change,” she says. “And also, Ireland as a country is so gorgeous. I’ve never really explored it before — I’ve only been to Dublin, so I was really lucky to have that experience.”

PIxie is in cinemas on January 28.

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PETA protesters surround Gladys Berejiklian’s office | Razor Byte

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Protesters have gathered outside NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s office claiming an industry is to blame for koala deaths.

Animal rights activists wearing koala masks protested outside NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s office to highlight what they say is a link between the meat industry and the death of koalas.

Pictures from the event distributed by the organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) show a small group of protesters holding signs outside the Premier’s office at Sydney’s Martin Place.

The men and women were dressed in grey clothes and wore koala masks across their eyes.

The signs read “It’s me or meat” and “Eating meat kills koalas”.

A spokeswoman for PETA said land clearing to make room for cattle grazing posed a threat to koalas because their habitat was destroyed in the process.

“Nationwide, the most significant driver of (habitat) destruction is land clearing for cattle grazing,” spokeswoman Emily Rice said in a statement.

“We want to help compassionate Australians realise that, while there are many threats to koalas, resource-intensive animal agriculture is one that each and every Australian can tackle, simply by leaving meat off our plates.”

The group pointed to a 2020 report commissioned by the NSW government that showed land clearing done for the purpose of “thinning for pasture expansion” poses a risk to biodiversity across the state.

The cabinet-in-confidence report, released by Independent NSW MP Justin Field, said land clearing approvals had increased 13-fold since law changes were introduced by the state government.

“The current trigger values indicate that there is a statewide risk to biodiversity value from native vegetation clearing and that the policy intent of the reforms is not being achieved,” the report by the NSW Natural Resources Commission said.

The changes to the Biodiversity Conservation Act passed parliament when Ms Berejiklian’s predecessor Mike Baird was Premier of the state.

Australia recently became the only developed nation to make it onto a World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) list of deforestation hot spots.

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Auckland Ferrari dealer the best in world | Razor Byte

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Top of the world: Continental Cars general manager/dealer principal Tony Elsmore (centre) up on stage in Milan last week to accept the Top Showroom 2018 Award.

– Continental Cars in Auckland, New Zealand, has been crowned the best dealership in the world for Ferrari this year.

 

– The long-standing representative of the Italian supercar marque, which sold its first Ferrari – a Dino 246 GT – in 1973 and, under the leadership of general manager/dealer principal Tony Elsmore, was earlier this year named as Ferrari Australasia’s 2017 Dealer of the Year, took out the Top Showroom 2018 Award presented at the company’s annual dealer meeting in Milan last weekend.

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David Arquette believes he owes daughter Coco an apology since his split from Courteney Cox | Razor Byte

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David Arquette has some regrets about how his divorce impacted his daughter Coco Arquette.

The actor, 49, revealed his divorce from ex Courteney Cox, 56, took its toll on Coco, 16, and feels that he owes her an apology.

Arquette was asked in an interview for The Guardian, “To whom would you most like to say sorry and why?” Arquette responded, “My daughter, Coco, because divorce is so difficult.”

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Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Coco Arquette (Instagram)

Arquette has been previously vocal about the challenges involved in co-parenting his daughter with the Friends star.

“We’re co-parents to our daughter who’s 16, so we have a really great relationship,” Arquette told Yahoo! Entertainment. “We’re friends, and we’ve communicated a lot because of Coco.

“We’ve just had — not an easy time with it. We’ve been really open and supportive of each other. We never went head-to-head [or] battled each other through the process of divorce and through the process of raising our kid, so it’s made for a friendship and relationship that is out of respect.”

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Courteney Cox will star opposite her ex David Arquette in the new Scream film. (Dimension Films)

The exes are also expected to partner on a new project. Arquette has signed on to return to his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley in the upcoming Scream reboot. Cox will reprise her role as news reporter Gale Weathers.

READ MORE: David Arquette on co-parenting daughter Coco with ex Courteney Cox: ‘We have a really great relationship’

Arquette and Cougar Town actress met on the set of Scream in 1996. Three years later, they got married but split up in 2010.

Arquette has since married Christina McLarty. The couple wed in 2015, and share two children, Charlie, six, and Augustus, three. Meanwhile, Cox is in a relationship with Snow Patrol lead singer Johnny McDaid.

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BMW details key i4 stats, locks in 390kW | Razor Byte

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BMW has confirmed some of the key specifications and priorities of its upcoming i4 electric sports-sedan as it undergoes the final stages of its development, including its peak power output of 390kW.

 

Despite not being a designated performance model adorned with M badges, the sleek new four-door EV actually develops more power than the imminently arriving M3 and M4 Competition twins however a final torque figure has not been revealed yet.

 

According to engineers, the i4 will go from standstill to 100km/h in four seconds flat and while the top speed is yet to be revealed, the brand is claiming an effective range of up to 600km on the WLPT cycle.

 

“For the first time, we’ve developed a BMW with sporty DNA for purely electric driving entirely from scratch,” i4 project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho said.

 

“The BMW i4 offers everything BMW stands for – and it’s fully electric, too.”

 

More than just about raw speed, Mr Camacho added that plenty of work was going into the i4’s dynamics resulting in a “mature premium character”.

 

Given its inevitable weight penalty over the next-gen BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe with which it will share a platform, the i4 will boast model-specific components and damper technology, unique camber values and component tunes as well as a lower centre of gravity than its eventual internal-combustion counterpart.

 

“The BMW i4 conveys the feeling of being light and agile yet also solid and authoritative,” Mr Camacho said.

 

“With its superior directional reliability and high level of cornering stability, it seems to literally attach itself to the road.

 

“All electric vehicles are capable of fast straight-line acceleration. But that’s not enough for us at BMW.”

 

Despite the obvious rhetoric about the i4’s performance credentials, the electric Gran Coupe is first and foremost aimed at long-distance comfort and day-to-day use however those BMW fans hoping for an all-out performance EV have had their wishes granted with the i4 set to be used as the basis for the first ever electrified M car.

 

As reported by GoAuto in September last year, the Performance version of the i4 will not be a fully-fledged M car like the M3 or M5 but rather an M Performance vehicle in the ilk of the semi-skim M340i and M550i – performance vs high-performance.

 

Given the i4 will be a similar size to the established 3 and 4 Series Gran Coupe, BMW M CEO Markus Flasch was quick to point out at the time that the M Performance i4 would not be a rival or electric alternative for the new M3 and M4, citing the high-performance EV technology being explored was still at least several years away.

 

“Weight will play a significant role in that and then of course driving dynamically; chassis controlling, powertrain controlling; there are opportunities within electrified powertrains, very much in the control systems and this is something that needs further development,” he said.

 

While not a dedicated high-performance M, the i4-based car will plug the gap in BMW’s M Performance Gran Coupe range, slotting neatly between the M235i and M850i.

 

With maximum power likely to surpass the 400kW mark, the M-spec i4 will provide BMW with a genuine competitor for the looming Audi RS E-Tron GT given both have four-door coupe body styles, both have an emphasis on grand touring (all-day comfort) and both will offer a sporty bent within their abilities.

 

For now though all eyes are on the regular i4 which is due to be officially debuted in the coming months before the M Performance emerges most likely in the second half of the year.

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Keira Knightley Won’t Film Sex Scenes Directed By Men | Razor Byte

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“I’m not interested in doing that.”

You know Keira Knightley.


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On a recent episode of the Chanel CONNECTS podcast, Knightley explained why her attitude towards filming sex scenes has shifted throughout her career, and why she won’t film them anymore if they’re directed by men.


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“I don’t have an absolute ban [on filming sex scenes, but I kind of do with men,” Knightley explained. “It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze.”


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“If I was making a story that was about that journey of motherhood and body [acceptance] I feel like, I’m sorry, but that would have to be with a [woman] filmmaker.”


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“I don’t want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting,” Knightley continued. “I’m not interested in doing that.”


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“I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze.”


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But Knightley also clarified that there are situations in which she would still film sex scenes. “Saying that, there’s times where I go, ‘Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot’.”


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Knightley’s latest film, Misbehavior, came out last year. It’s a comedy-drama about the Women’s Liberation Movement in 1970s London, and I’m looking forward to watching it!

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