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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Staycation experience at Element Al Jaddaf Dubai

    I have visited Dubai so many times and on every visit, I like to experience something new, something different and I had recently visited Dubai to celebrate my Christmas amid Coronavirus and it was with full safety and precaution I made my first International visit. Yes, after 8-9 months which is the longest period that I stayed in the country, I made my first and last International visit of the year 2020 to Dubai. This time, I stayed at an upscale property called Element by Westin, Dubai which is from Marriott hotels. Elements by Westin, an upscale property located in Al Jaddaf which is Dubai’s cultural part of the town has developed waterfront residences, exhibition, cultural centers, and shopping malls, etc. It is casual, chic, and vibrant which comes with ergonomic design, quiet nooks, and pet-friendly property which makes your stay here feel home away from home. Each spacious room of Element Al Jaddaf features large king-size beds from Heavenly, spacious, and a spa-inspired bathroom, oversized closets, and a fully-equipped kitchen. A complimentary healthy breakfast is provided with select snacks and also they provide shuttle services to Dubai Mall, Jumeriah, and Al Jaddaf Metro station. In addition to these services, one can work from home in the comfort of one’s room with the hotel’s modern workstation, or you can opt-in one of the four business meeting rooms to work. Elements Al Jaddaf also features a fitness center which is open 24 hours a day and as a #macrotravellerfitness enthusiast this was one of the important features that I needed as the Year 2020 was all about my fitness which I have written in one of the blogs before. Coming to stay, Elements Al Jaddaf features around 269 rooms which are divided into Studio and Apartment. As mentioned before, each room of Elements Al Jaddaf is decorated with Heavenly beds, spa-inspired bathroom, large closets, and a whole lot of amenities one can stay at Studio which has 1 king-size bed or 2 queen size beds, For a family, you can opt in to stay at Larger Studio Bedroom which features either 1 king or 2 queen size beds as required and a skyline view of the cultural town of Al Jaddaf. The next room availability is Apartment which has 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments which features 1 king-size bed, bathrooms, and creek view which is one the best views to stay. In the 3 bedroom apartment, you can enjoy the city view. One-bed apartments can accommodate up to four guests and include separate living and sleeping areas, with a convertible sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a large working area. The two-bed apartments can cater to six people, with a kitchenette, two bathrooms, and expansive living and dining areas. The hotel features Cafe 26, which is a 24-hour dining center serving International cuisines, and The Market Place which operates during Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner times. Motion Fitness is a fitness center offered by Elements Al Jaddaf where you have options for Cardiovascular equipment, Weights, and additional pieces of equipment such as  Leg Extension, Leg Press, Chest Press. On the rooftop, you have a panoramic fresh water pool which offers beautiful views of Dubai Skyline. One of the recent yet, amazing place to stay in Dubai is Elements Al Jaddaf by Marriott and Marriott which is known for their hospitality provided great services and amid coronavirus, the staff took extra precaution yet made guests feel comfortable. Add to Bookmarks

    Hollywood Style Staycation at Paramount Hotel Dubai

    On my recent visit to Dubai, I came across this new property which is themed after movies is the Paramount Hotel. Paramount is one of the famous film production and distribution companies in the world, I had a chance to stay at a hotel themed after Paramount Pictures and the hotel is called Paramount Hotels Dubai. The rooms were well decored as they had movie-themed rooms such as Scene room which is a chic room that is brimming with Hollywood glamour. Here you find a king-size bedroom as you unwind and it has a white marbled bathroom and stand-alone bathtub and rain shower. The scene room is suitable for 2 adults plus infant and has amenities such as Marlin-Goetz bathroom amenities, sitting area, Super king-size bed, bathtub, wireless phone, digital safe, minibar, etc. You can also stay in a Scene room with a downtown view which has a beautiful view of the city of Dubai. The room is decorated with classic yet contemporary finishings where you will feel like a Hollywood A-list celebrity. Stage Room as the name suggests is designed like Stage where you feel like you are walking on a red carpet with the ambiance, floor to ceiling windows have amazing style and sophistication. The room can accommodate 2 adults and 1 infant and has amenities such as Marlin-Goetz bathroom amenities, sitting area, Super king-size bed, bathtub, wireless phone, digital safe, minibar, etc. Spacious and subtle, this is one of the best rooms to stay for a small and happy family. Premier Suite is spacious enough to accommodate 2 adult and 2 children and is perfect for a family has a grand living area. The luxurious king-size bed, breathtaking view of Dubai, and many more facilities such as sitting area, Super king-size bed, bathtub, wireless phone, digital safe, minibar, etc are available in Premier Suite. Silver Screen Suite is a compact room which is suitable for 3 adults has been designed with the chiaroscuro of black, silver, and sepia tone and a lot has gone with design with this expansive light-filled space. It features a sitting area, Super king-size bed, bathtub, wireless phone, digital safe, minibar, etc. The silver screen suite makes you feel like a Hollywood a-lister Charleston and Don Corolene Suites are both of similar size rooms but the theme of both the suites are different. Where Charleston suite has a great Gatsby like theme, the Don Corolene suite has been themed after the famous movie of all time, GodFather where you will feel like the don himself. These suites feature a sitting area, Super king-size bed, bathtub, wireless phone, digital safe, minibar Carole Suite is everything a lady could dream of. This suite pays homage to the iconic Paramount Pictures starlet. Carole Lombard. This expansive suite has king-size beds with cascading chandeliers. It features amenities such as a sitting area, Super king-size bed, bathtub, wireless phone, digital safe, minibar, etc. Paramount Suites is the epitome of luxury, this suite is suited 65 floors above and you would be living the Hollywood dream when you wake up here. With floor-to-ceiling windows, magnificent memorabilia, a marbled bathroom with a stand-alone bath and rain shower, a waiting area, kitchenette, and entertaining area, this suite is for the people who love to experience the richness and extravaganza of Hollywood. The suite has Grand Paramount themed living room, grand bathroom with bathroom amenities from Marlin+Goetz. Bathtub, Super king-size bed, bathtub, wireless phone, digital safe, minibar, etc. The hotel features Pacific Grove which is inspired by the sun-kissed beaches of California and is a restaurant and lounge, Flashback which is Bar and Lounge, Malibu deck which is designed with the chic city of Malibu and inspired by the sunset of Malibu, The Stage restaurant which is elegantly designed with live cooking stations and interactive kitchen. One of the new yet amazing places of stay for Hollywood movie enthusiasts is the Paramount Hotel in Dubai. Add to Bookmarks

    Luxury Staycation Experience at Conrad Bengaluru

    Conrad Bengaluru is one of the upscale and amazing hotels which I always dreamt of staying at. Located in central Bengaluru near MG Road, Conrad Bengaluru is one of the best places where foreign visitors stay and experience the luxury provided here. During the difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic, I had an opportunity to have a staycation experience at one of the hotels which I was on my list to stay and I immediately grabbed the opportunity and was waiting for D-Day to arrive I made all my preparations of stay here and visited the upscale Conrad for stay. I left my home to reach the location and was screened at the entrance where body temperature was taken via infrared thermometer and was let in. The baggage was sanitized and we were provided with sanitizer for sanitizing, collected basic details, and checked the aarogya setu app. Once in we checked-in to the hotel. The location has a contactless check-in where every detail is digital. Half an hour into our check-in we were provided with Tea/Coffee at the Caraway Kitchen and were briefed about the restaurant. And during lunchtime, we were provided with Lunch at Caraway Kitchen and also had an opportunity to witness the Battle of Chefs. Once tasty and appetite full lunch was done, we had a personal tete-a-tete with Executive Chef Praveen Shetty who let us know about the safety and hygiene standards that are followed at utmost precaution at the location. From cleaning the vegetables to the utensils, from blow-drying the food plates and spoon/forks the hotel gives no room for any spread of infection. Praveen Shetty let us know how the hotel tried to maintain hygiene since the beginning stage of the pandemic. Later after the chat with Praveen Shetty, it was a leisure time and from 19:30 hrs onwards was a cocktail and music night at Tiamo which is an in-house restaurant and pub at Conrad Bengaluru. After a night of experience, I went back to my room for Day 2 of stay experience at Conrad Bengaluru. Day 2 began early and the first thing was the thing which I have found as a newfound love ie, fitness. The workout session was exhaustive with the trainer at the fitness center and it was time for healthy breakfast from Caraway Kitchen and it was yummy and was hygienic and healthy. After breakfast, had a relaxing spa session for an hour and by the time of the spa session, it was lunchtime at Caraway Kitchen which I tried on the first day and was excited to try today. Soon after the lunch which made me full, it was a leisure time where I was briefed that the hotel team will be showcasing a new menu at Mikusu which is an in-house restaurant at Conrad. At around 19:30 hrs I visited Mikusu and witnessed the magic of food being prepared and was given the list of the new menu at the restaurant. Savored the new menu and returned back to the hotel room for day 3 and final day stay at Conrad. My last day of stay at Conrad Bengaluru began at Caraway Kitchen where I was provided breakfast and was the time for a show round of the hotel where we were provided a tour of the hotel lobby, banquet floor, grand ballroom, junior ballroom, Dining places such as Mikusu, Tiamo, Infinity pool, Fitness centers, and Spa. All these places have followed covid-19 safety protocols set by the government. The staff and visitors are frequently briefed about any information, things to do, things to be followed, etc and this made me sure that Conrad is a perfect place to stay after things start to open up. Soon after, the briefing, we were provided lunch and was provided a fond farewell thus ending my stay experience at Conrad Bengaluru. Add to Bookmarks

    Road trip getaway from Bengaluru to InterContinental Chennai Staycation

    Intercontinental Chennai holds a special place in my list of hotels as it has helped me host bloggers meet-up and I have written many blogs about my stay here at IC Chennai. In these tough times, I made sure to provide a small helping hand for the recovering hotel industry where it was left high and dry with no tourists or visitors. Hence, I had been there to provide a staycation experience and also let my followers know about the safety and standard hygiene maintained here at InterContinental Chennai. Hence, I set out the journey from Bengaluru to Chennai where on the route I checked how interstate travel works and then set out my journey towards IC Chennai. Once I reached the destination, I was checked for the temperature at the entrance and then allowed inside. We were given a contactless Room Orientation with F&B Norms. Once arrived, we were provided immuno-booster drinks and a short video walkthrough of rooms and facilities available at the hotel location. Although it was not new for me, I checked it out with regards to the safety followed here and felt secure about my stay here without the worry of catching the deadly virus. The entire place is made sure to be sanitized regularly and they use industrial-grade sanitizers. By the time I checked in, it was time for lunch and we had an option for In-room dining. The F&B norms are followed strictly here and we ordered lunch and it was provided with contactless delivery to the hotel room. Post Lunch after leisure, we were provided with rest and rejuvenating experience at Spa where for 60 minutes I had Aura Cleansing Ritual/ 60 minutes therapy with foot reflexology therapy. After the spa session, it was leisure time and I was waiting for the dinner which was being served at Tao of Peng. Tao of Peng is an in-house restaurant at IC Chennai and for the dish, we were provided with Chef Special dishes such as Dimsum Art & Dessert Art which were specially designed by the head chef. It was a truly immersive experience with the food provided here and to say all the dishes sounded picturesque and were equally tasty. Winding off my day 1 of the stay at IC Chennai I was looking forward to my Day 2 of stay here. Day 2 of my stay at IC Chennai began early with fitness in mind where we were taken to a fitness center and I exercised. I also did a morning run at Garden and beach which made me sweat. Running on the beach is surely difficult than running on the roads and I was sweating profusely and that is good. It was the time of breakfast and following F&B norms I was provided breakfast in the room. It was a day of leisure as after breakfast I rested, once rested It was lunchtime where I had a health-friendly thali at The Melting Pot an in-house restaurant, and explored the hotel and nearby places. It was soon dinner time and was provided dinner at KoKoMMo another in-house restaurant at IC Chennai. At KoKoMMo we were showcased about different foods provided which included fresh catch of the day and many others. It was a learning experience for me and on the last and final day of my stay here, I had an amazing stay experience. Day 3 and final day I departed back to my home at Bengaluru and these 2 days stay at IC Chennai was amazing where all the staff and hotel authorities were following Covid-19 safety protocols, maintaining social distancing and usage of masks was compulsory at public places or where people gather the most. Add to Bookmarks

    Staycation Experience at CGH Earth Mantra Koodam in Kumbakonam

    We are currently living in tough times where are out of work, staying at our homes for safety, and most importantly many people are missing travel and staying at some of the places which we had dreamt to visit in the year 2019 or previous years. Being in a city is another thing where we are confined to concrete structures for the most part of our day, we tend to miss nature and we make our mind to visit these picturesque locations and one such location to stay is CGH Earth Mantra Koodam. Located in Veppathur, Kumbakonam, CGH Earth Mantra Koodam is a divine location that is designed like an ‘agraharam’ – the characteristically Brahmin street lined with ‘illams’ (homes). Once you enter here you would be in awe where you enter old school location. It is the place where cultures, communities, and traditions thrived in harmony. When you come in you could hear the chime of the tolling bell which is one of a different kind of experience The cottages here are designed in traditional Tamilian style where it has large verandahs, Athangudi tiles on the floor, ornate Burmese teak doors and open-to-air bathrooms. Strolling across the location you will find green coconut groves, temple shrines and the location makes your stay here a truly comfortable experience. I had an opportunity to stay here on a staycation experience and trust me being in the midst of nature was calm and I was felt rejuvenated during my stay here. There are two options to stay here namely Mantra Cottage and Mantra Illam. Both these locations are adorned with Athangudi tiles, teak doors, and lavish courtyards. Suitable for stay for a family the places of stay the places are rooted with warmth and comfort. The spacious, comfortable, and homely feeling is what I describe the places of stay here. The CGH Mantra Koodam has a Mantra Tea Kadai which is a place for refreshments and a Dining location where you get a traditional and distinctive taste of Cholanadu cuisine. All meals are prepared here with safety, carefully, and has a dedicated balance of tastes such as sweet, spicy, bitter, and sour. Every dish here is crafted with years of tradition which are passed down from generations and the chefs here are perfected over time. Due to Covid-19, the hotel has been helpful to take care of extra safety requirements which as per governmental norms they are following. From the safety of staff to tourists everybody needs to follow social distancing, all the commonplaces of human contact such as doors, handles, and kitchen utilities are regularly sanitized. Special care and attention are given at the dining area where one needs to take out the mask while having food hence the dining area is arranged where no two families can sit nearby to each other. The seating arrangements are done in a way where the chairs are arranged at least a distance apart following social distancing norms. The food is well prepared with safety and hygiene in mind. The staff takes extra precautions when serving food to us. Overall it was a great experience when I stayed at CGH Earth Mantra Koodam as the location was in the midst of nature and it bought out the memories of old school vibes. Add to Bookmarks

    Staycation at Sheraton Grand Whitefield Post Covid-19

    After a long 6 month hiatus of not venturing out of home for travel or other promotional activity which used to keep me occupied from many years, I had an opportunity to stay at Sheraton Grand Whitefield which is one of the premier hotel and convention center in Bangalore. Due to pandemic, India went into lockdown since March 23 and with a rising number of cases in the months of May/June, Karnataka government decided to extend lockdown and thus we could not venture out until the end of August. But things started slowly picking up in the month of August where travel ban was lifted, quarantine days were shortened and many rules were smoothened down and as slowly businesses began to open they faced one more problem that is the trust from consumers. Due to Pandemic, Tourism took a major hit and Airlines and accommodation places were majorly hit as they used to witness millions of people day in day out but due to lockdown and fear of Covid-19 people stayed at their home and tried to stay healthy. However, at one point of time, everybody will travel and thus require a place of stay and what better way to stay at a new location where they follow hygienic, cleanliness according to hospital standards and also do keep in mind government rules and regulations? It is at Sheraton Grand Whitefield. Sheraton Grand Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center is one of the premier hotels that is located in Bangalore South and is a place that is near to many offices. I recently had a staycation experience at this hotel. Although I was sceptical when I had received information about the staycation, I had the complete trust of the hotel as they follow cleanliness and hygiene and safe sanitary practices which is now utmost importance for people to stay. In Sheraton Grand Whitefield Hotel and Convention, you will be checked for temperature right when you are about to enter the hotel. The baggage which you bring will be cleaned and sanitized so that before you check-in your baggage is disinfected and is safe. You will go to the reception were on the first notice you get to witness that the places of seating and other places where people usually be in groups have been marked and are apart 2ft in distance. During check-in also, you will be standing at a distance from the receptionist who provides you with the sanitized pen for signature right before in front of you. As cleanliness and sanitization are important, many sanitizers are placed and also you will be asked to sanitize before you move to the room which you intend to stay. Sheraton has a practice of keeping the room empty for 24 hours after a customer checks out, meanwhile the room is completely sanitized with hospital-grade products. All the cleaning materials are colour coded so that things won’t mess up at the time of cleaning. The beddings are thoroughly cleaned and dried, the pillows and other surfaces are first cleaned with anti-bacterial/anti-viral solution and then a mist of hot water spray that kills major of viruses that are present on the surface. Common items in the hotel room such as TV Remote, AC Remote, shelves, doors and handles are wiped with disinfectants thoroughly so that there should not be any error and hazard for a new customer. Steps have been taken for social distancing and sanitization methods in the lobby and the Restaurants are well maintained with a social distance where the tables and chairs are arranged at distance, the utensils and cutlery are washed with food-grade sanitizers. All the food that is ordered will be washed with veggie cleaners and then put in hot water for further sanitization, the cutlery will be washed and kept in sanitizers and they do not use the same cutlery plates which were washed, they keep them clean for 24 hours before serving to the consumers. The convention centre here is huge and even with social distancing measure can occupy many people. All the seats, tables are sanitized and they are arranged with social distancing norms. The huge convention center is suitable for meetings and any other functions and one can book it here without any fear. Several safety measures also go in before you check-in to the hotel where the hotel transportation has safety measures which include a barrier between driver and customers, common touchpoints such as doorknobs, window knobs, armrest, seat belts are sanitized after every trip, common touchpoints of the hotel such as doors, railings and many such places are sanitized at regular intervals. With these safety measures in place, one can stay without fear of contracting the virus. In my recent staycation here where I had first hand witnessed the sanitization and other safety measures followed at Sheraton Grand Whitefield Hotel and Convention center. If you wish to visit Bangalore and not worry about the stay here, I would highly recommend staying here. Add to Bookmarks

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