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CULLINAN

CHANGE IS GOOD.

by Vaughn Lowery

As of late, Rolls-Royce invited a slew of journalists and digital influencers from around the globe to test out their newly introduced SUV. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notably recognized for it’s elite residents and celebrity visitors alike, including Kanye West, Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford. Yet, this time around the Snow King Resort and one of its steepest slopes had become acquainted with the Cullinan. Not the largest rough diamond found in South Africa in 1905 but the manufacturer’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Yes, we couldn’t conceive that a Rolls could ever climb a mountain but seeing is believing.

As we ascended to the top with the 6000 lb gem, she started to metamorphose from a stately Caterpillar into bodacious butterfly. We went over unpaved trails and ruts all the way to the summit (8010 ft above sea level) for pastries and coffee. On the way down with merely a switch of a button we descended with ease over gravel and dirt all while being enamored by the Spirit of Ecstacy with her wings throwing caution to the wind.

On the road, we felt every bit of 563 hp (627 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm) as we swiveled through the two-lane main road with minimal traffic. Just as graceful as her siblings and as celebrated as the Phantom we witnessed tons of townies gawk at her effortless design and styling. Her grill kept in line with the overall DNA of the brand but its standard 22″ part polished shadow wheels matched her midnight sapphire exterior nicely.

Our deep scarlet red leather interior was enunciated with the usual technology and innovation of their BMW iDrive-inspired infotainment system as seen in the Ghost; however, in the back we had separate seats and access to tablet-like screens which erupted by the touch of a button. Along the back top panels were buttons to dial up or down the 22-speaker bespoke sound system which mimicked an IMAX theater. We bopped around the back in comfort and chit chatted with no outside noise due to their 200 lbs of sound-deadening insulation and privacy glass which lurks behind your head.

Like most automobiles in this segment, her dual-pane sunroof opened up wide enough for you to want to hop up and cleave your head out while screaming all the way to prom. Our model didn’t feature the tailgate retractable seats; but nonetheless this vehicle will most likely end up at some stadium for playoffs with a chilled champagne bottle and scotch in the back middle console with custom etched snifters.

This vehicle’s MSRP is $325,000 but our model tested was approximately $400,000. Is the price worth it? Hell yes! After all, this is the first in its family, which can conform to most terrains and excursions. Go figure, the youngest in its batting order can be used to pick the kids up from school, off-road and be chauffeured to Rihanna’s Annual Diamond Ball. It’s highly probable you may see this truck at a Costco’s as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s next On The Run tour. Having said that, this is most decidedly one of Rolls-Royce’s more practical vehicles as it will and can be used on an everyday basis. With its dynamic all-terrain capabilities, safety features and height, you’ll have more command of the road that any of its tribe members.

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Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

FitVine Wine

FitVine Wine Expands Distribution with Whole Foods Markets in Texas and Louisiana

Lower in sugar, calories, sulfites and free of flavor additives, FitVine is now available in an additional 38 Whole Foods locations.

FitVine Wine, makers of clean tasting wines that are low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates and sulfites, as well as free of flavor additives, has expanded their in-store distribution with Whole Foods Markets in Texas and Louisiana. This expansion will make FitVine wines available in 33 Whole Foods locations in Texas and 7 locations in Louisiana.

FitVine Wine was born when friends made a pact to craft amazing wines that would compliment their active lifestyles rather than compromising their health and fitness goals. FitVine is currently available in 47 states, soon to be 49, and over 5,300 retail locations, with new stores being added monthly. This expansion highlights the strengthening of the FitVine brand and growing consumer demands for clean tasting wines with robust flavor profiles and 13-14% alcohol content.

“Online sales have traditionally dominated a large portion of our business, but over the past two years we have accelerated our growth into brick and mortar locations,” said­­­­­­ Mark Warren, Co-Founder of FitVine Wine. “We are extremely thankful for our loyal online customer base, but by expanding our in-store availability with retailers who celebrate clean and wholesome ingredients, like Whole Foods, we are positioned better to reach new customers and simplify shopping for those who already love FitVine Wine.”

FitVine varietals include: Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. The extended proprietary fermentation process sets FitVine apart. The results are wines that have no additives and less sugar, calories, carbohydrates and sulfites compared to competitors. The unique fermentation process also allows FitVine to craft rich and flavorful wines with the mouthfeel and alcohol content (13-14%) consumers expect from a high quality fine wines. FitVine wines are also gluten free and vegan.

Want to learn more about FitVine Wines, find a retailer near you or pop open your first bottle? Visit https://www.fitvinewine.com/ for more information.

About FitVine Wine:

FitVine Wine was born when friends made a pact to craft amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. FitVine wines are lower in sugar, calories, carbs and sulfites compared to other wines and have no flavor additives. To create clean and rich tasting wines with the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol content you expect from a fine wine, FitVine uses a proprietary malolactic fermentation process. The wine ferments to dry and lowers sugar levels. On average, all wines have less than 0.06 grams of sugar, 2.4g-3.9 grams of carbohydrates and 110-120 calories (per 5 oz glass). The ‘fun’ in the bottle remains intact with all wines ranging from 13.4 – 13.9% alcohol. FitVine crushes grapes, so you can crush life!

Do Actors Earn Their Paychecks?

Are Hollywood Actors Worth Those Mega-Pay Checks?

The salaries of Hollywood A-listers has long been a source of gossip and debate among film fans. But are they actually worth it? While some say not, the film studios are actually getting a pretty good return for the cash investment.

And now RouletteOnline have produced a useful infographic that puts everything into perspective when it comes to your favourite top earners.

According to Roulette Online, the key is how many dollars a film studio gets back for each one they spend on an actor or actress. While personal net worth can run into the hundreds of millions for some stars, the money many of our top bards earn the studios can be measured in the hundreds of billions.

• Near the foot of the list is Charlize Theron who has a personal net worth of about $130 million. While she’s laughing all the way to the bank, the return for the studios is only $1.19 for every dollar invested. You might think this low, but you have to put it into perspective – there’s still a healthy profit to be made with the actress helping to bring in some $1.5 billion during her career.

• You’d but right in thinking that ageing action king Tom Cruise would fare better but he’s still only bringing in $4.57 per studio dollar. His top grossing film was War of the Worlds and over 38 outings, the actor has managed to bring in well over $3.5 billion for the studios.

• Cruise might be a little miffed that he’s beaten on the list by both Adam Sandler, who earns the studio $7.25 per dollar, and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who comes in at $8.48.

• Perennial everyman, Mark Wahlberg, with 39 films under his belt across various genres including comedy and action, breaks the double figure barrier and comes in at just over $12 per dollar spent. You won’t be surprised to learn that his top grossing film was Transformers: Age of Extinction even if Last Knight was a bit of a setback.

• The girls are quietly accumulating for the film studios with Jennifer Anniston, Melissa McCarthy and Julia Roberts all delivering excellent returns. Top female actor on the list is Cate Blanchett who pulls in a very healthy $66 per dollar spent for the studio and lies in second place.

• There’s something of a battle going on between the superheroes, as you might expect. Chris Hemsworth is the worst performing but still brings in a healthy $32.25, while Robert Downey Jr, who has a net worth of $260 million, mostly from donning the Iron Man suit, delivers a return of $47.10.

• Top of the list, however, is the acting royalty that is Samuel L Jackson. He earns the studios a staggering $83.79 for every dollar invested. The star of Pulp Fiction and the Avengers films has had 73 outings in his career, is worth over $200m, and has earned those film execs a massive $5 billion or more.

Next time you wonder why the studios pay lead actors so much – remember the boost they get in revenue from signing a top star. That can often mean the difference between success and failure for a movie. Check out the full list from RouletteOnline here.

ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST BLACK BADGE

By Vaughn Lowery × Benjamin Reese

A few years ago, Rolls-Royce began noticing that they were in somewhat of a pickle. They’ve unarguably been building the ‘ultimate luxury car’ and have been the leader in that category for over 100+ years; but as of late, the company learned the thing that they do best – isn’t exactly what people want anymore.

The fresh wave of Rolls-Royce consumers are emerging ‘fast money’ elite within a global society whom demand more than just luxury from a brand that purely builds luxury cars. Not coincidentally, Rolls-Royce found a way to keep us in the dark about this, and in doing so created the ‘Black Badge’ edition to answer our cries. 

The Ghost Black Badge in the short-wheel base platform is much more athletic and dare we say ‘naughtier’ than in standard configuration. On the exterior, nearly all of the traditional chrome has been blackened including the retractable spirit of ecstasy, window trim, wheels and grille. Although It might appear subtle to the common eye, it has a lot to say to the purist, so for the manufacturer this is a win-win. 

The engineering team realized what their job was – keep the class, create the hustle and make it fearless. From the ground up, the frame has been recalibrated to make the Ghost feel like you’re floating on a cloud while cruising down Sunset Boulevard to driving on rails while sprinting across Mulholland Drive. Multi-layered carbon alloy composite 21-inch wheels were designed around the idea of exotic italian super cars from the 70’s era and the tires have low-rolling resistance characteristics. The brakes alone are an outstanding feature on this series and come well-outfitted with energy regeneration, dynamic/cornering control and a host of additional features.

For millennial investors, the Ghost Black Badge also receives an extra 50 or so horsepower pushing output to over 600hp. On the inside, performance and luxury is infused using technical weave on the dashboard; lambswool floor mats; a starlight headliner, which can blink you into a dream and a bespoke premium audio system pumping out 600 watts of youthfulness.

Our Ghost Black Badge arrived in piano black over an extremely irresistable cobalt blue interior with contrasting arctic white stitching which appeared better than the pinstripes on a Zegna suit. The individual seat configuration alongside a cutting-edge infotainment system, housing a 20.5GB hard drive disc for storing music files plus night vision. 

The Ghost Black Badge will set you back a mere $416,605 USD, but considering that a Lamborghini will cost more and you can’t bring your friends along for the ride or even hang out in the back seat – it’s nothing short of astonishing. And to imagine, this is the first time we’ve witnessed Rolls-Royce show us their other hand! 

For additional information visit official site.

   

*All photos by Tyren Redd.