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TAKE ME BACK tour announced

Melbourne-based, 70’s rock’n’roll inspired misfits The Velvet Addiction have released their debut single Take Me Back; a swaggering, classic-rock [...]

Dan Sultan announces Pop-Up Shows

It was with excitement that Dan Sultan announced that he is about to start touring with Pop-Up Shows in April and May around Australia. The tour will include Perth, Adelaide, [...]

The Beguiled

Originally written by Thomas Cullinan, The Beguiled is an adaptation by writer and director, Sofia Coppola, of the 1971 film of the same name, which starred Clint Eastwood. [...]

Air travel changed our world

Last night I was invited to the media launch of Living in the Age of Airplanes at Melbourne’s IMAX theatre. Melbourne’s IMAX is an independent, single screen theatre [...]


Tomorrow, February 8, IMAX Melbourne will premiere Living in the Age of Airplanes, an immersive new giant screen film experience from National Geographic Studios. Narrated by [...]

$40 Lottery Ticket Policy Announced

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album and four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon has [...]

The Great Wall

In The Great Wall, Matt Damon stars as William Garin, a battle-scarred mercenary and master archer taken captive by a secret army of elite warriors known as The Nameless [...]

The delicious “Sweet Charity”

This week I saw “Sweet Charity”, the classic American musical of the 1960’s over at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England. The leading lady Kaisa Hammarlund [...]

Ready, set, KOOZA

Cirque du Soleil is currently touring Australia with an all-new production, KOOZA. The show has been amazing audiences under the Big Top with its death-defying acrobatics [...]

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea is the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, telling the story of a solitary Boston janitor, Lee, played (Casey Affleck) [...]

Summer at the Opera House

The Opera House is a masterpiece that belongs to all Australians. It is the country’s number one tourist destination and its busiest performing arts centre, welcoming more [...]

SFF 2017 submissions now open

Each year, the Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse slate of films from Australia and around the world. In 2016 over 250 films were screened to an audience of almost [...]

American Honey

A teenage girl, with nothing to lose, embarks on a road trip with a magazine sales crew and finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young [...]

Ouija: Origin of Evil

If you like jump out of the chair scary movies, then Ouija: Origin of Evil promises to give you a spine chilling experience.   Starring Elizabeth Reaser of Twilight fame [...]

Chicane at The Ivy

Rodd Richards Presents and Genesis Events are excited to present Chicane, for one exclusive Sydney show, on Sunday 30th October 2016. The English born talent is one of the [...]

NGV hosts Bulgari Heritage collection

A spectacular display of jewels from the Bulgari Heritage Collection, including emerald and diamond jewellery from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor and a ruby and [...]

Masters of laughter

Cartoonist genius and The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, will visit Australia for the first time, appearing exclusively at the GRAPHIC Festival at Sydney Opera House, [...]

Blood Father

Mel Gibson returns to the big screen as John Link, an ex-convict and alcoholic in the action packed movie – Blood Father. The movie opens with Link speaking at an AA [...]


Stars stepped onto the red carpet in Los Angeles, at the LA Premier of Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie ‘Ben-Hur’. Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur Pilou [...]

Class act.

IT HAS BEEN AN AMAZING 18 MONTHS FOR YOU. I deferred uni at the beginning of last year. I decided to get into the film industry and did a few things like Janet King, Hyde [...]

All in the family.

Amid the fear and hostility engulfing the world today, comedy allows us to keep our feet on the ground and provides an insightful commentary on the similarities and [...]

They’re back in black!

Queensland Theatre Company has announced that the critically acclaimed, smash hit and Helpmann-Award winning musical Ladies in Black will tour nationally in early 2017, [...]

A Beautiful Planet

We live on a beautiful planet – planet Earth. Every country, every mountain, every ocean, every river and every creature on this planet is beautiful in its own right. [...]

Cultural light show returns

Following a hugely successful festival in Melbourne last year, the Dandenong Festival of Lights is set to amaze Melbourne once again with its brand new show. Dandenong [...]

Rae of Light

The Melbourne suburb of Fawkner hasn’t produced too many country music stars but with Jasmine Rae it has produced one of the nation’s finest. Darren House spoke to [...]

Ouija – Origin of Evil

For me, there is nothing like a good horror movie and I can’t wait to see this one – Ouija – Origin of Evil In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters [...]

Singing for your supper

Coming from humble beginnings, world famous pizza chef, Johnny Di Francesco has become one of the most respected chefs in the country. Knowing just how hard it is to start [...]

Diverse actor spills the beans

Good looks and charm are abundant within the acting industry, but I got to speak with the epitome of that, not forgetting to mention, incredibly talented – Mr. Zack [...]

Garbage release new album

Garbage’s sixth studio album Strange Little Birds is now available in stores and at all digital retailers. The album was recorded and produced by the band (Shirley Manson, [...]

Thick As Thieves

With more than 1 million album and 2.5million single sales worldwide, over 200 million Spotify streams, and sharing the stage with some of world music’s biggest names, The [...]

Show business.

To the creative people who make motion pictures, TV programs and computer games, these productions are all about the art, however anyone who has tried to make a career in The [...]

Hang Fire Cooking

Two Celtic girls, working in London, travel the USA in search of the best BBQs. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s not. Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn ditched [...]


Sydney Dance Company has opened 2016 with CounterMove — an exhilarating double bill that will intrigue, move and entertain you. Rafael Bonachela’s, Lux Tenebris [...]

The Sound of Music

After two sold-out seasons in Sydney and Brisbane, the cast and crew of the world’s favourite musical have arrived in Melbourne ahead of the Melbourne premiere of The Sound [...]

Rik meets Maisie

by Rik Barnett Today I had the chance to sit down with the magnificent English, singer/songwriter Maisie Johnson. She delightfully answered all of my questions and did so [...]

‘Hoofers’ set to sing in the rain

Melbourne, Australia: Rehearsals are well underway for the opening of the splash-hit West End stage production Singin’ in the Rain, which premieres in May at Melbourne’s [...]

Jason Bourne to return

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in the Universal Pictures action-thriller Jason Bourne this July. The ex-secret agent has his memory back but he is quickly [...]

Chariot Champ to return

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a 1925 American epic silent film directed by Fred Niblo and starring Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushma. In 1997, the movie based on the [...]

Little Shop of Horrors

The cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors has commenced its Australian Tour. Starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, the production premiered at Hayes Theatre Co in [...]

Fantastical Japan from LAIKA

Universal Pictures brings us Kubo and the Two Strings, an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA.  Clever, kindhearted Kubo [...]

It’s even more Greeker!

  The long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, premiered in Sydney last night at Event Cinemas George Street [...]

KOOZA tumbles into Australia

Cirque du Soleil is returning to Australia in its trademark blue and yellow big top with an all-new production, KOOZA. A sparkling, colourful homage to the traditions of [...]

Spotlight on Tom McCarthy

Photo – Getty Images – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy accept the Oscar for Original screenplay, for work on “Spotlight” at the 88th Annual Academy [...]

Jim Jefferies adds more Aussie shows

Sydney, Australia: With more than 35,000 tickets already sold for the upcoming Jim Jefferies Live! Tour, Frontier Comedy and More Comedy have confirmed an eighth and final [...]

Young, loud and smug

Lille, France: Youthful French blues rockers, The Arrogants, have released the video for the tite track from their debut Album, No Time To Wait. The Arrogants, are part of a [...]

Bastille Day

Game of Thrones heart throb, Richard Madden, joins Idris Elba in the soon to be released Bastille Day. Madden plays the role of Michael Mason, a washed up American artist [...]

Good Life ’16 about to explode

The biggest party of the Australian summer, Good Life ’16, kicks off in just two days’ time. Since launching in 2010, Good Life has been the hottest festival ticket in [...]

Do yourself a favour

Melbourne, Australia: Molly: Do Yourself A Favour – the 3-disc soundtrack, to the hit Channel Seven TV mini-series MOLLY, has reached number one on the national ARIA [...]

Jesse Hooper appointed head of music

Melbourne, Australia: Four-time ARIA-award-winning songwriter and performer, Jesse Hooper, has taken the position of Head Of Music at boutique music and entertainment [...]

Bye Bye Baldwin

Sydney, Australia: Hollywood star Alec Baldwin has cancelled his appearance at La Dolce Italia Festival’s Charity Gala. With less than four weeks until the event, [...]

Running the length of India

Sydney, Australia: Ultra-marathon athlete, motivational speaker, and former Australian politician, Pat Farmer, will star in a feature length Australian documentary, which [...]

Violent Soho’s new release

Brisbane, Australia: Violent Soho’s have released the single Viceroy, the second offering from the from the band’s fourth LP, Waco, Viceroy was finished during the [...]

Not just for the young

Animated movies are not just for the young, they are also loved by the young at heart. Such is the case with Universal’s latest venture Kubo and the Two Strings. While this [...]

Neighbours 2, oh yeah

If you love ‘politically incorrect’ then I am sure Neighbours 2 is the perfect movie for you. Previously, the young married couple couldn’t sell their home because of a [...]

Our Aussie Day

by Carol Sheridan. It’s our day of celebration – Australia Day, the day we celebrate our country, our people and our achievements. Most of us choose to turn 26 January [...]

A Bowie tribute

The Foundry & Mucho Bravado presents ‘ZIGGY PLAYED GUITAR’: DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE NIGHT FOR CANCER CHARITY Ziggy played guitar Jamming good with Weird and Gilly [...]

ILLUMI RUN set to light up Australia

Long gone are the days when working out was purely at the gym. 2015 saw a rise in workout trends from HIIT to gymnastic strength training to trampoline fitness and aerial [...]

They’re back! ‘Ride Along 2’

  Hollywood: USA – Kevin Hart and Ice Cube return to the big screen in an action packed comedy. The duo leads the returning lineup of Ride Along 2, the sequel to [...]

The not-so-secret secret

Probably all of us have heard of the ‘war’ between north and south of the border – that’s north and south of the Murray River! Which is the best state? Victoria? New [...]

Sounds from PlanetSOL

Sounds of PlanetSOL is an uplifting and exhilarating musical adventure about feeling, connection and the power of music that will be showing at The Butterfly Club – Carson [...]

The world celebrates Lemmy

Hollywood, USA: The world will come together on Saturday January 9 to celebrate the life of rock legend, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister. Family and close friends will observe a [...]

Ralph Fiennes makes a splash

Sydney, Australia: A second trailer has been released for the film, A Bigger Splash. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, A Bigger Splash a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and [...]

May the razor be with you

Looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift for the Star Wars tragic in your life? Then the Schick Limited Edition Star Wars Razor Stands may be the answer. To celebrate the [...]

Comedy King to tour Oz and NZ

Sydney, Australia: After selling out every Australian show in 2015, Jim Jefferies will bring his brand new show to Australia and New Zealand in April and May 2016. In [...]

Mallets at the ready

Melbourne, Australia: Croquet is a game in which balls are knocked round a course of hoops. The game as we know it now appears to have started in England in the 1850s and [...]

Congratulations Universal

Congratulations Universal Pictures for three Golden Globe nominations this year for The Danish Girl. Alexandre Desplat, Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne are thrilled to be [...]

Make a (new) date with Effie

Melbourne, Australia: Three new performances of Effie – The Virgin Bride! will take place at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February, kicking off [...]

Troye Sivan up close and personal

Sydney, Australia: Troye Sivan has announced two new performances for Sydney and Perth fans in January. His first Australian show will be a homecoming performance at the [...]

Experience Disney in Melbourne

Anyone who is a true fan of Disney movies has fantasized about what it would be like mingling with the fabulously animated creatures in the green forest. Well, embrace [...]

Start 2016 off with a laugh

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood [...]

More top talent for the AACTA Awards

Sydney, Australia: With just one week to go until Australia’s biggest film and television Awards, more local and international actors and music acts have been announced for [...]

DMA’s debut album out soon

Sydney, Australia: DMA’s is set to release its much anticipated debut album, Hills End, with the record’s international launch date scheduled for February 26. In mid-2013 [...]

Saturday Night Fever

Melbourne, Australia: Mike Snell as Brooklyn heartthrob, Tony Manero, and Sheridan Anderson as his dance partner, Stephanie, lead a stellar cast in the StageArt West End [...]

Comfort releases Roses

Brisbane’s The Comfort are releasing their brand new single ‘Roses’ on Tuesday December 1. The Comfort are a heartfelt, passionate and genuine trio of guys [...]

Beware the girl next door

By Carol Sheridan. Chateau Marmont is known as the place in Los Angeles. It is where the celebrities go for coffee meetings and lunches; it is a beautiful setting where [...]

The Huntsman Winter’s War

Lovers of fantasy will be excited to know that Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be returning to the silver screen in April 2016. The fantastical world of Snow White [...]

The Master of Menace

  Born in St Louis, Missouri in 1911, Vincent Price’s acting career began on stage in London in 1935. In the 1950s, Price started making horror films, including House [...]

REALITY – it’s all in a word

by Carol Sheridan REALITY BITES REALITY SUCKS REALITY TV ESCAPING REALITY REALITY CHECK   The dictionary defines the word REALITY as The state or quality of being real [...]

R.W. Grace’s EP out soon

Sydney, Australia: Having dropped two game-changing singles, ‘Pluto’ and ‘Shell’, over the past year, Perth-born, Sydney-based artist R.W. Grace is about to release [...]

Jesse Hooper nominated for APRA board

Melbourne, Australia: Jesse Hooper has been nominated to represent Australia’s songwriters and performers as a Writer Director on the APRA board this year. The four-time [...]

Rudimental announce special DJ sets

Sydney, Australia: Alongside their announced Australian headline performances this December, genre-bending UK quartet Rudimental have firmly set their sights on Australian [...]

Stars step out at NYC Premiere

Emily Coutts – Photo by: Dave Allocca Mia Wasikowska – PHOTO by: Dave Allocca Stars walked the red carpet at the NYC premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson [...]

Hail, Caesar!

Following a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix, Hail, Caesar! is an all-star comedy set during the latter years of [...]

Crimson Peak – a gothic romance

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a remote mansion atop a mountain of blood-red clay in the English hills: a place filled with [...]

Straight from the heart

The best music comes from the heart and no better music comes than when our heart is full. This is exactly where Falls new album Omaha was born. It’s been a complicated [...]

Palms’ release new album

Sydney, Australia: Sydney’s Palms will their new album, titled Crazy Track, on October 30. Crazy Rack boasts all the hallmarks of Palms’ melodic, fuzzy and charming 2012 [...]

NZ Villainy heads to Australia

Brisbane, Australia: One of New Zealand’s finest, most lauded and rewarded bands, Villainy, are set to release their new single Syria, into Australia. The filmclip for [...]

Only three weeks left to see Absinthe

Sydney, Australia: Sydney-siders only have three weeks left to catch smash-hit Las Vegas show ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld, which is currently playing under the spiegeltent in [...]

Luckiest Fire Dragon ever

Tai Hang, Hong Kong: During his promotional tour to Hong Kong, Hugh Jackman visited Tai Hang where he experienced an authentic cultural Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance. Being the [...]

When the passion ignites

“When I left school I started college, but being me I didn’t just go to any old college, instead I went to the Ballyfermot Rock School in Dublin. I met loads of great [...]

Lucinda Williams’ new shows

Sydney, Australia: Australia’s love affair with Lucinda Williams continues, with the news that her performance on Monday 7 December at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre is [...]

Father John Misty adds new shows

Melbourne, Australia: With both Meredith Festival and his December 10 sideshow date at The Forum now sold out, Secret Sounds has announced Father John Misty will play a [...]

Unleashing the wrath of Krampus

When a dysfunctional family clashes over the Christmas holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas.  Little does he know his lack of [...]

CHVRCHES drop new single and album

Glasgow, Scotland: CHVRCHES today premiered a new song Clearest Blue, the latest track to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming second album Every Open Eye, due for release [...]

Smith and Bond Join Forces

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed that Sam Smith has recorded “Writing’s On The Wall,” the theme song to SPECTRE, the [...]

Have the Courage to Love

A beautiful and inspiring story of courage – Universal’s movie The Danish Girl will be coming to our screens later this year. It is a remarkable love story based on a [...]


Human beings simply aren’t built to function at the cruising altitude of a 747. Their bodies will be literally dying. Their aim is to get to the top and back to the [...]

Sleep tight my pretty…

What is said to be a terrifying story of a brother and sister visiting their grandparents’ remote farm in Pennsylvania opens in Australia in a matter of weeks. Written and [...]

Appease the ghosts

Performers prepare backstage at a Chinese opera during the month of Hungry Ghost Festival (Yu Lan) on August 14, 2015 in Hong Kong. The Hungry Ghost Festival is intrinsically [...]

Your invitation to White Night

Brisbane, Australia: In his early days, Hayden Calnin was one of triple j’s next crop artists and has refused to conform to convention and genre. Exploring everything from [...]

The Wrath are here to stay

Sydney, Australia: Tommy Creeper the mic maniac, Spectre Deano and Carina Hellbunny Deluxe on guitar, Jase Hand on drums and The Count on double bass, form the band that is [...]

Bigsound announces new participants

Brisbane, Australia: The full Bigsound picture has been revealed with 101 industry leaders rounding out a massive line-up of talent who will be both sharing knowledge on the [...]

Teramaze signs new album deal

Melbourne, Australia: Progressive Metal ensemble, Teramaze, has signed to Music Theories Recordings (which is a part of the Mascot Label Group), with the band’s first [...]

We all love a wedding!

by Rik Barnett It would appear that soon enough you can attend a wedding anytime you please here in London… Albeit the wedding reception of Will and Kate – no, [...]

Officially a Clown

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) announces auditions across Australia for 2016 Circus courses For its 2016 student intake, the National Institute of Circus Arts [...]

New Lands in Disney Park

Shanghai, CHINA: The Walt Disney Company unveiled key creative elements of Shanghai Disneyland, including its six themed lands filled with world-class attractions and live [...]

RW Grace reveals ‘Shell’ video

Sydney, AUSTRALIA: Following the release of new single Shell, RW Grace has revealed the hypnotic video for the track. Premiered by Clash UK, the video takes RW Grace on a [...]

An evening with Mark Seymour

Frontier Touring celebrates Mark Seymour’s 30-year career with three special live performances in August at Sydney’s Factory Theatre, Melbourne’s National Theatre and [...]

The Creases release video for Point

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: Following the release of their new single Point, The Creases now reveal the video for the catchy track. Created by the band with the help of some trusted [...]

SDO Performs again

Sydney, AUSTRALIA: Sydney Dance Company is presenting a program of three highly entertaining pieces. Emergence is a work of dance by Rafael Bonachela where the entire company [...]

Debut album for Les Mis star

Simon Gleeson is currently starring as Jean Valjean in the acclaimed new production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables, which has earned him a 2015 Helpmann Award [...]

WOW is all I can say

by Carol Sheridan. In the last 12 months I have seen some absolutely incredible circus performances and I have to say, the circus I saw last night was right up there with the [...]

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2015

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: More than 500 works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great will be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from July 31, 2015 – [...]

Africa Tumbles into Australia

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: Cirque Africa is bringing the best circus acts from Africa to the Australian stage for the very first time. Produced and directed by ‘Papa Africa’ [...]

Luke has landed

by Rik Barnett           This month I had the chance to sit down with the effervescent, charismatic and talented Luke Fredericks. Fredericks is one [...]

Senses Fail to release new album

Influential post-hardcore band Senses Fail will release their sixth studio album titled Pull The Thorns From Your Heart on June 30 via Pure Noise Records/Sony Music [...]

Clowning around

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is putting the call out to people from around Australia with some background in physical training and [...]

Wolf Alice’s new video

  London, ENGLAND: Following the news of their debut album My Love Is Cool, London’s Wolf Alice has now unveiled the new video to new single Giant Peach – along with [...]

Guards Of May set to release album

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: Guards of May are at the forefront of the new wave of exciting, pulsing, all-encompassing Australian rock music. Their debut album Future Eyes is due for [...]

Music Victoria inductees nominated

  Olivia Newton-John & John Farnham Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: The Age and Music Victoria have revealed details of The Age Music Victoria tenth Anniversary Hall of Fame [...]

Conrad Sewell tickets go onsale

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: With a smash hit single in Start Again – currently the #1 track on iTunes in Australia – there’s just no stopping Conrad Sewell, the 25-year-old [...]

Never break a promise

Camp Pendleton, USA: He promised (or threatened) that ‘he will be back’ – and true to his word Arnold Schwarzenegger is back! Lucky fans at Camp Pendleton, California, [...]

The best of British… heritage

Melbourne, Australia: Few things in life surpass the sheer delight of watching a top line movie in Gold Class comfort and luxury, but Mini Garage Melbourne recently took the [...]

2015 TV Week Logie Awards

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: It was a mixed lolly bag of selfie loving guests at the 2015 TV Week Logie Awards – housewives, reality home builders and chefs, pop stars, a [...]