Australia Entertainment & Arts
The Cranberries battle: Dolores O'Riordan's life full of 'ups as well as downs'
WSFM to play all Aussie music on controversial January 26 — despite backlash Triple M received
Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields festival kicks off
Kim Kardashian shocks fans by sharing photo of her Louis Vuitton branded wheelie bins
Nicole Kidman thanks ‘all her children’ at Critics’ Choice Awards
Disney’s use of dark makeup on Aladdin set causes more whitewashing backlash
'Mystical' contemporary art celebrates Australia
2018-01-19 10:18:23 Contemporary artist Joshua Yeldham views the bush with spiritual fervour. In the 11 years he has lived by Australia's mighty Hawkesbury River, Yeldham has developed a personal mythology in which every tree, every snake and stingray has symbolic meaning. He talks of lessons learnt from mangroves and their ability to thrive in difficult conditions; of owls as fertility totems; of crows that shriek to warn him about brown snakes when he paints in the bush near his home   Read More ...
When Chris met Felix: Sydney Festival's unlikely fusion of beatbox and classical
2018-01-19 06:42:30 When Joel Turner first auditioned for Australian Idol with oversized trackpants and impossible rhythms created using only his voicebox, he didn't know that a young Chris Gale was watching. Or that 14 years later, Gale would be standing in his very own audition room - except it wasn't for Mark Holden. He was beatboxing in front of Felix Cross, the man behind this year's free classical music concert Symphony Under the Stars   Read More ...
Terence Marsh, art director behind Oliver! and Dr Zhivago
2018-01-19 06:39:43 Terence Marsh, who won Academy Awards for his art direction of Dr. Zhivago and Oliver! and went on to be the production designer of films as different as Basic Instinct and Spaceballs, died at his home in Los Angeles aged 86. Over a nearly 50-year career that he began as a draftsman at Pinewood Studios near London, Marsh worked for such notable directors as David Lean, Carol Reed, John Huston, Mel Brooks, Richard Attenborough, Sydney Pollack and Frank Darabont   Read More ...
Comedian Will Ferrell brings laughs to the Australian Open
2018-01-18 12:18:09 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American actor and comedian Will Ferrell isn't just at the Australian Open this week for the tennis. He also came to (jokingly) announce his retirement from acting. "I have kind of done all the movies I want to do. It's a great way to go out," Ferrell told the media at Melbourne Park on Thursday. It was just one of several lighthearted moments during an unusual news conference with former No   Read More ...
Swinging Safari is a cringefest of epic proportions
2018-01-18 06:34:23 The Australian movie starring Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce and Julian McMahon is a nostalgia punch so strong, you’ll still be grasping for breath. If you were born after 1972, Swinging Safari is a massive cringefest — your face will be stuck in the “ye gods” position for 90 per cent of the movie and you’ll thank some divine force that you weren’t conceived earlier   Read More ...
Controversial book Fire and Fury set to become TV series on US President Donald Trump
2018-01-18 05:06:49 Move over House of Cards – although the controversial Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has been a sell-out book, it's not stopping there. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Endeavour Content has acquired the rights to Michael Wolff's best-selling book, with plans to develop it for the small screen. With reports that the deal is in the seven-figure range and covers film and television rights   Read More ...
HBO's big pay rise for Big Little Lies actresses Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon
2018-01-18 05:06:39 Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who play Celeste Wright and Madeline Martha Mackenzie on the show, will reportedly take home about $US1million ($1.26 million) per episode, plus executive producer fees and back-end points. Zoë Kravitz and Shailene Woodley will also get "sizeable" raises. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this pay rise is a step up from their previous $US250,000- $3US50,000 per episode   Read More ...
Kyle Sandilands and Imogen Anthony’s new $3 million home
2018-01-18 04:05:14 But Kyle Sandilands is not your average Aussie. In 2017, the radio shock jock revealed that he earns more than $3 million from his KIIS FM gig — and, now, he, and girlfriend Imogen Anthony, have spent just less than that on a 61ha farm in the NSW town of Robertson, which was sold to them by RJ Mackey Real Estate   Read More ...
Designers to auction black Golden Globes dresses for Time's Up
2018-01-17 22:15:09 Thirty-nine black dresses and tuxedos worn by actors to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards will be auctioned to raise money for the Time's Up legal defence fund, it was announced on Wednesday. The auction, which is being organised by publishing company Condé Nast and online auction website eBay, will see dresses worn by Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon and more available for public purchase   Read More ...
Canberra musicians to perform in front of 10,000-strong crowd at Googfest
2018-01-17 14:17:35 Imagine the rush of performing for more than 10,000 people at a musical festival right here in your home town. It's about to become reality for four local musical acts who've scored headliner status at the annual Googfest music festival next month. Sophie Edwards, Ned Philpot, Mondecreen and The Baker Boys Band have been selected to support dynamic headliners The Aston Shuffle at the Canberra region's biggest free music festival, Googfest, in February   Read More ...
Susan Sarandon set to grace Australian shores for Tropfest 2018
2018-01-17 14:16:44 The last time she was in Australia, left-wing activist Susan Sarandon was defending her controversial view against Hillary Clinton. But next month, the Academy Award-winning actress will be back for very different reasons: as a head juror for short film festival Tropfest. "There is an enormous amount of film talent Down Under," said the Thelma and Louise star. "I'm looking forward to watching all of these amazing short films showcasing Australia's vibrant diversity   Read More ...
Dr. Demento, comedy song hero & unsung punk rock legend, given due on new album
2018-01-17 08:21:31 As the zany-but-brainy on-air alter ego of music historian Barret Hansen, veteran radio show host Dr Demento has championed the career of "Weird Al" Yankovic, the wacky music of humourists Spike Jones, Allen Sherman, Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer, and obscure recordings that push the limits of propriety. The punk connection takes centre stage with Dr Demento Covered in Punk, an exceedingly ambitious and densely packed double album - triple in the vinyl edition - that will be released on Friday   Read More ...
Jessica Falkholt dead: Home and Away actress dies following Boxing Day crash aged 29
2018-01-17 07:38:43 Australian actress Jessica Falkholt died in a Sydney hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after a two-car collision that had already claimed four lives including three members of her family. The 29-year-old, who played Hope Morrison in more than a dozen episodes of the long-running drama Home and Away in 2016, died six days after her life support was withdrawn, St. George Hospital said in a statement   Read More ...
Australian actress Jessica Falkholt dies after car crash
2018-01-17 07:10:20 SYDNEY (AP) — Australian actress Jessica Falkholt died in a Sydney hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after a two-car collision that had already claimed four lives including three members of her family. The 29-year-old, who played Hope Morrison in more than a dozen episodes of the long-running drama "Home and Away" in 2016, died six days after her life support was withdrawn, St   Read More ...
Sydney Festival daily highlight - Friday January 19
2018-01-17 06:37:01 One of Sydney Festival's more sombre offerings, Sea Sick is a sobering one-woman performance exploring the state of our oceans and "what we need to do to save them". Renowned science writer Alanna Mitchell draws from both personal experience and aquatic research in a show that will expose the impacts of our everyday activities on marine ecosystems. You'll come away with a renewed environmental instinct – and hope for the future of the ocean   Read More ...
The enchantment of Mary and the Witch's Flower
2018-01-17 06:36:52 MARY AND THE WITCH'S FLOWER. 103 minutes, rated PG. ★★★ Selected. Japanese animators must get sick of being measured against the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, one of the greatest living filmmakers of any kind. Still, the comparison is hard to avoid in the case of Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arietty) who worked for many years at Miyazaki's famous Studio Ghibli, contributing to classics like My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away   Read More ...
The top four conspiracy theories about Kylie Jenner
2018-01-16 15:17:24 With Khloe and Kim Kardashian already revealing they are expecting babies, it's been left to Kylie Jenner to keep up the pregnancy conspiracies on social media. And, as Kylie has effectively been in hiding since August, when news, fake or otherwise, first broke that she was four months pregnant, she's left her fans believing - dare we say - expecting - that 2018 will bring a Kardashian trinity   Read More ...
The Cranberries battle: Dolores O'Riordan's life full of 'ups as well as downs'
2018-01-16 14:21:59 Fans of 1990s rock group The Cranberries are mourning the loss of a lead singer whose life, in her own words, was full of "ups as well as downs". Dolores O'Riordan died in London on Monday, local time, according to her band. She was 46 years old. The cause of death has yet to be made known. The Irish singer was born in 1971 and grew up in the country's south-west   Read More ...
REVIEW: Action man Liam Neeson still strong in B-grade thriller The Commuter
2018-01-16 11:35:29 REVIEW: After a late-career action renaissance, actor Liam Neeson shows some signs of wear and tear in the bloody B-grade thriller, The Commuter. Liam Neeson says he’s done making action films. “I’m sixty-f — king-five,” he told journalists at the Toronto Film Festival a few months back. “Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.’” If The Commuter, the distinguished Irish actor’s penultimate outing in said genre, is anything to go by, his impending “retirement” can’t happen quickly enough   Read More ...
WSFM to play all Aussie music on controversial January 26 — despite backlash Triple M received
2018-01-16 11:35:10 Triple M sparked outrage last month when they announced plans to hold an Australian music countdown called “Ozzfest 100” on Australia Day. The network decided to do so after Triple J announced they had decided to move the Hottest 100 to January 27 after a poll revealed 60 per cent of its listeners were in favour of moving the iconic countdown to a different date   Read More ...
Ed Sheeran accused of ripping off Aussie song
2018-01-16 11:08:23 SUPERSTAR singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been hit with another plagiarism lawsuit — this time, from a pair of Australian songwriters. Sheeran, who frequently pens hits for other singers as well as releasing his own top-selling material, is listed as a co-writer for country couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s duet The Rest Of Our Life. According to a suit filed by Australian songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden, the song is “blatant copying” of their 2014 song When I Found You, which was performed by Aussie country singer Jasmine Rae   Read More ...
North Korean pop icon Hyon Song-wol leads diplomatic delegation to South Korea
2018-01-16 11:08:09 SHE’S a pop icon and ex-lover of Kim Jong-un who was once rumoured to have been killed. Now, North Korea’s Hyon Song-wol has a new starring role. North Korea and South Korea will hold talks later this morning about the Winter Olympics. South Korea's unification ministry says they will discuss the prospects of North Korea sending its performance art group to the games   Read More ...
Costuming Star Wars With Eyes on Past and Future
2018-01-16 08:12:41 In his long career as a Hollywood costume designer, Michael Kaplan has created looks for disco legends (the Village People in Can't Stop the Music), 1980s icons (Jennifer Beals in Flashdance) and '90s cult classics (Fight Club). But he holds special regard for science fiction, like the original Blade Runner in 1982, one of his first movie credits. Recent sci-fi projects include the 2009 reboot of Star Trek and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, both directed by J   Read More ...
The Cranberries battle: Dolores O'Riordan's life full of 'ups as well as downs'
2018-01-16 07:08:49 Fans of 1990s rock group The Cranberries are mourning the loss of a lead singer whose life, in her own words, was full of "ups as well as downs". Dolores O'Riordan died in London on Monday, local time, according to her band. She was 46 years old. The cause of death has yet to be made known. The Irish singer was born in 1971 and grew up in the country's south-west   Read More ...
Heavy lifting meets emotional weight in 'Backbone'
2018-01-16 06:12:11 There's a moment in Gravity & Other Myths' performance where it seems as though the leading lady, Mieke Lizotte, might fall. If she did, it would be perfectly understandable: the acrobatic troupe is spinning and flipping on little more than a wooden barge swaying violently on a rainy Sydney Harbour. But of course, she doesn't. Instead her muscles tense, her back arches and she's lifted into a bodily approximation of the Harbour Bridge behind her   Read More ...
A List Of The Most Boring Movies | Studio 10
2018-01-16 05:05:27 Angela Bishop has done all the hard work and compiled a list of films that are a total bore. Studio 10 | 8:30 AM - 12 PM weekdays on Channel TEN Network Ten’s morning show Studio 10 is hosted by Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale, along with Jonathan Coleman and reporter David (Robbo) Robinson. Find out more about 'Studio 10' here: To add to the discussion on topics and share your opinions on 'Studio 10', head to one of our social media platforms below. Facebook: Twitter: (@studio10au) Instagram: (@studio10au) Tag us using the hashtag: Subscribe to the 'Studio 10' Channel here: Join our LIVE studio audience at our studio in Sydney, Australia   Read More ...
Canberra's Free-Rain Theatre Company looking for stars for 'Shrek the Musical'
2018-01-16 04:09:34 If you've got a big and burly mate your friends have lovingly nicknamed Shrek, he could be about to score the role of his life. Canberra's Free-Rain Theatre Company is staging a musical adaptation of the beloved modern fairytale of the same name and is looking for a Canberra man to play the cranky ogre made internationally famous by Mike Myers in 2001   Read More ...
George Clooney returning to TV with Catch-22 series
2018-01-16 02:09:24 The Oscar winner, 56, is starring in a new TV adaptation of Joseph Heller's 1961 satirical antiwar novel , playing the book's petty antagonist Colonel Cathcart. The announcement came as US streaming service Hulu made its rounds at the Television Critics Association press tour in California over the weekend. As well as starring and serving as an executive producer, Clooney will direct the series   Read More ...
Perth wedding photographer snaps up global awards
2018-01-16 02:08:56 A Perth family and wedding photographer has been recognised by a global organisation that registers the best wedding photographers working today. Fearless Photographers, founded by photojournalists, describes itself as a unique directory of wedding photographers who are unafraid to push the limits and redefine the genre. Every two months, "Fearless Awards" open to members and less than three per cent of submissions win   Read More ...
Jake Gyllenhaal recalls first time he met friend Heath Ledger
2018-01-15 23:09:49 Jake Gyllenhaal has recalled the first time he met his friend, the late Heath Ledger. Speaking to GQ Australia, Gyllenhaal explained that, although the pair starred together in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, it was actually an unsuccessful casting a few years earlier which kicked off their friendship. "I was auditioning for Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann had chosen three actors. It was Ewan [McGregor], it was Heath, and me," he told the magazine   Read More ...
What are we doing about Australian filmmaker James Ricketson's imprisonment?
2018-01-15 14:15:32 James Ricketson, Australian documentary maker, has been languishing in a rat- and mosquito-infested jail outside the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, for seven months. Authorities are holding the 68-year-old on suspicion of so-called "espionage", but have so far provided no details of the charges against him, nor told him what the specific allegations are. On the day he was arrested, Mr Ricketson had been seen flying a drone over a rally held by supporters of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party   Read More ...
Streaming services a boon for viewers but Aussie drama is under pressure
2018-01-15 11:10:39 There's no doubt that this era of peak TV has been a bonanza for viewers. People who've subscribed to the SVOD (streaming video on demand) services that are competing for attention can happily hop from one drama series to the next: there's always something interesting on offer. Over the past year, that's meant going from, say, Ozark, Mindhunter, Stranger Things and The Crown on Netflix, to Better Call Saul, Transparent and Billions on Stan, to I Love Dick and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel on Amazon Prime   Read More ...
Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields festival kicks off
2018-01-15 06:12:48 MUSIC. MISA CRIOLLA AND THE PATH OF MIRACLES ★★★ St Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat, January 12. Andrew Raiskums and his Gloriana Choir opened the 23rd annual Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, which again will host performances at various churches and centres across the provincial city and smaller towns, including Snake Valley, Clunes, Creswick, Castlemaine and Daylesford, until January 21   Read More ...
‘I was the victim, that’s it’: Nancy Kerrigan’s angry response to I, Tonya
2018-01-15 06:05:43 When asked about whether she’d seen the new movie, which tells the tale from Tonya Harding’s perspective, Kerrigan didn’t mince words. “I’ve been busy. I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week so I didn’t watch the Golden Globes. I haven’t seen the movie. I’m just busy living my life,” she told the Boston Globe. “I was the victim   Read More ...
Kim Kardashian shocks fans by sharing photo of her Louis Vuitton branded wheelie bins
2018-01-15 05:04:50 KIM Kardashian and Kanye West’s love of luxury appears to know no bounds, with Kim revealing the couple even has Louis Vuitton garbage bins. Since giving birth to Saint over a year ago, we know Kim Kardashian has been hard at work with her personal trainer getting the abs we all envy. Kim’s Friday got off to a rather breezy start! She posted this picture to her IG with the caption, “Rise & Grind,” which is fitting since she is probably getting ready to head down to the garage or gym for a workout! KIM Kardashian has bought two Louis Vuitton-branded rubbish bins   Read More ...
Tony Sheldon Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of 'Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert' Musical | Studio 10
2018-01-15 05:03:21 We chat with the stage star about the worldwide hit show, 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert - The Musical'. Studio 10 | 8:30 AM - 12 PM weekdays on Channel TEN Network Ten’s morning show Studio 10 is hosted by Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale, along with Jonathan Coleman and reporter David (Robbo) Robinson. Find out more about 'Studio 10' here: To add to the discussion on topics and share your opinions on 'Studio 10', head to one of our social media platforms below. Facebook: Twitter: (@studio10au) Instagram: (@studio10au) Tag us using the hashtag: Subscribe to the 'Studio 10' Channel here: Join our LIVE studio audience at our studio in Sydney, Australia   Read More ...
Beirut civil war museum is haunting, but few Lebanese want to disturb the ghosts
2018-01-15 02:07:29 Beirut: Viewed from some angles, the yellow house appears a restatement of Ottoman elegance, its high arches and elevated terraces overlooking a district of tower blocks. From others, it is an eyesore, its crumbling sandstone walls riddled with bullets and saved from collapse by gray steel girders. It is supposed to be a symbol of remembrance and reconciliation. "If the architects think that thing is meant to represent me, then they're wrong," said Saad Youssef, looking up at the building this week   Read More ...
For Mark Isaacs all that matters is the music
2018-01-15 00:10:31 Back in the early 1970s, Mark Isaacs, aged 13, was sitting in a music class at Sydney Technical High School. And he was bored. Not because he didn't like the topic. On the contrary, he loved it. But, possessed of perfect pitch and a precocious musical sensibility, the generalist class held little interest for him. "The music teacher would play something on the piano and I'd say, being a wanker, 'Oh, that's a C-sharp' or something," says Isaacs   Read More ...
Ickle Pickle's Alice in Wonderland at Belconnen Theatre is lively and absorbing
2018-01-15 00:10:13 Alice in Wonderland. Adapted by Jason Pizarello from the book by Lewis Carroll. Directed by Jordan Best. Original music by Peter Best. Ickle Pickle Productions. Belconnen Theatre. Until January 20. or 6275 2700. Ickle Pickle Productions has come up with an intelligent, absorbing and lively look at Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Under Jordan Best's assured direction a large and mostly youthful cast recreates Carroll's world with style and understanding on the small Belconnen Theatre stage   Read More ...
Daisy Theatre review: Making us do some of the work brings puppets to life
2018-01-14 05:06:31 Reginald Theatre at Seymour Centre, January 13. ★★★½ Long before its practitioners came up with the wretched notion of purporting to represent reality, theatre did something infinitely more magical: it obliged its audiences to use their imaginations. In this lay-everything-out-on-a-platter era it sounds improbable, I know, but if most contemporary playwrights, actors and directors shy away from this job, at least there are still puppets to save the day   Read More ...