Jean-Claude Ellena is the master perfumer or “nose” of Hermés – the man responsible for creating its sophisticated fragrances. In The Diary Of A Nose he opens the door to this enigmatic world, writing about his inspirations and how he practises his rarefied craft. A fascinating insight into the design of scent. Out on January 22 (Rizzoli)
AWARD SEASON ARRIVES
It's the time of year when red carpets are rolled out all over Hollywood. The Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday ahead of the ceremony on February 24 and the Golden Globes take place on Sunday with Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms taking up the hosting duties. Kathryn Bigelow is nominated for Best Director and Best Picture for Zero Dark Thirty – a chronicle of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, while the film's star Jessica Chastain is the hot favorite for best actress. Claire Danes' (right) portrayal of a secret-service agent in Homeland has won her a best-actress nomination – and surely a second statuette.
Dark and dangerous
A lavish film noir mob movie with Ryan Gosling in a trilby and Emma Stone (both pictured above) playing the femme fatale love interest, Gangster Squad has something for everyone. The heavyweight cast includes Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Nick Nolte in an electrifying tale of LAPD detectives trying to keep Los Angeles free from the East Coast mafia in the 1940s. Out on January 11credits
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