Day: 18 May 2016

Gareth Edwards leaves Godzilla 2

May 18, 2016

Filmmaker Gareth Edwards (Monsters) has dropped out of directing the sequel to Godzilla 2014. Edwards who directed the first reboot was meant to return to Godzilla after completing his work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is in post- production. As to why, it remains unclear. Although reports say deadlines could have impinged the project. […]

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Coldplay heading to Australia and New Zealand for December tour dates

May 18, 2016

Bringing A Head Full of Dreams out down under for the first time, Coldplay fans can expect their boys performing this December! The band will be touring down the Australian east coast in early December following a show in Auckland at Mt. Smart Stadium – the band’s first tour since their Mylo Xyloto tour. Tickets for the band’s tour […]

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Aussies at The Great Escape: Spotlight on 2016 Showcase Artists, Grenadiers!

May 18, 2016

Continuing to globe hop through the early months of 2016, a strong contingent of Australian bands have now found themselves in Brighton, UK for The Great Escape. Descending upon the beachside English town for the next three days and nights of live music showcases and conferences, the musicians flying the flag for our area of […]

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Wil Wagner of The Smith Street Band talks having a voice, writing music, and meeting your idols.

May 18, 2016

We caught up with Wil Wagner lead singer of The Smith Street Band early last week to get a look into everything from what motivates their brutally honest song writing to what it takes to be a decent person. Gearing up for their mid year tour with the usual array of talent in tow, we […]

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Album Review: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (2016 LP)

May 18, 2016

Let’s get this out of the way right now: A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead’s latest, is not the greatest album ever made. The fact that this will be seen as a crushing disappointment by many is a measure of the devotion of the band’s acolytes. Radiohead is often touted as the Only Rock Band That […]

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The Evening Cast talk home studios and working with Catch Release Records

May 18, 2016

Geelong indie pop quintet The Evening Cast retreated from view for a number of years to work away at their debut album Belong, released last week via Catch Release Records, and with the record have announced some live shows too. We asked about their time in the studio and newest single ‘Gangs Of Fools’. Belong […]

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Saint Henry (Melbourne) on recording at The Grove Studios, “Silverback” and more

May 18, 2016

Melbourne’s Saint Henry are currently on the road touring their bombastic new track “Silverback”, a solid example of where they’re headed musically and the style of post-punk and grunge music they’ve been influenced by in the past. Taking some time out to take us through the making of their latest tune and how they’ve been developing as […]

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George Clarke on bringing New Bermuda to life, Coachella & the upcoming Deafheaven Australian tour

May 18, 2016

When Deafheaven stepped out onto their Coachella stage this year, the amount of heads they turned with their music was beyond impressive. Blogs named the San Franciscans among the highlights of the huge festival, but for frontman George Clarke, the experience was initially hard to swallow. “It was weird,” he admits.  “It was cool [though]. We’re sort of […]

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World Premiere: Ziggy Marley “Start It Up” (2016)

May 18, 2016

Ziggy Marley will, on Friday, release his sixth studio album in Ziggy Marley – the first for the award winning artist in two years. Recorded in LA, Marley’s self-titled album follows on from the success of 2014’s Fly Rasta, which not only landed as a strong favourite, but also took home the 2015 Grammy for Best Reggae Album. […]

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Music Video of the Day: Metronomy “Old Skool” (2016)

May 18, 2016

English four-piece Metronomy have just dropped their new single ahead of the release of their fifth album, Summer ’08 due in July. The track “Old Skool” has the classic Metronomy sound; simple drums, strange synths and an absolutely killer bass line. Check out the video for the track below, which features Sharon Horgan from Catastrophe and Ben […]

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Single of the Day: Rainbow Chan “Last” (2016)

May 18, 2016

Sydney based producer and singer Rainbow Chan is known for her left of centre pop, and her latest single “Last” is no exception. In this track her clean, stunning vocals are surrounded by warping synths and unusual, but captivating beats. It’s reminiscent of Grimes‘ newer work at points, but Rainbow Chan is really in a […]

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The Force Awakens‘ Adam Driver joins Terry Gilliam’s Quixote project.

May 18, 2016

Terry Gilliam’s long-troubled project, The Man Who Killed Quixote, will finally begin production later this year starring Star Wars’ Adam Driver alongside Monty Python’s Michael Palin. Palin is currently set to take up the role of Quixote, assuming the bad-luck that forced John Hurt, Jean Rochefort and others off the project doesn’t strike again. An […]

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New details for Transformers: The Last Knight

May 18, 2016

The quinary to the Transformers series has finally got a title and some cast information, thanks to an ominous Instagram clip posted through the film’s social media channels. View this post on Instagram Calling all #Autobots: Optimus Prime is ready for battle. Are you? #transformers A post shared by Transformers (@transformersmovie) on May 16, 2016 […]

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Vivid Ideas Festival begins final countdown!

May 18, 2016

Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival will return from the 27th of May to the 18th of June, this year hoping to collect it’s fourth consecutive Best Tourism Event award with an emphasis on light, music and ideas. The festival, probably best known for making Sydney look like Neo-Tokyo by shading our biggest landmarks in patterned lights, […]

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Helen Mirren to star in supernatural flick Winchester

May 18, 2016

Helen Mirren is wrapping up a deal to play Sarah Winchester, the conflicted multimillionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune in Winchester.  The supernatural thriller will be directed by Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig (Daybreakers) from a script they added to after Tom Vaughn’s first draft. The film is based on the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. Winchester’s […]

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Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC is officially happening

May 18, 2016

FX Network has confirmed that it’s moving forward with its proposed Mayans-centric Sons of Anarchy spin-off, with the series entering script development. Creator of Sons, Kurt Sutter will return and he has enlisted Elgin James who will write the pilot. “I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice,” said Sutter of James, “Because I didn’t […]

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Australian Genna Chanelle Hayes heads to Cannes

May 18, 2016

Filmmaker and actress Genna Chanelle Hayes sees the international debut of her film, Wurinyan at Cannes this week.   Wurinyan is a short film about human connection from different backgrounds. It is set in Sydney’s eastern suburbs with an all Australian cast including Mark Coles Smith, Christine Anu and  Peter Mochrie. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have our film screened […]

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A Few Less Men begins showing footage at Cannes

May 18, 2016

Arclight films have begun showing some first look stills and footage of A Few Less Men in Cannes. The sequel to the global hit comedy A Few Best Men is now in the final stages of post-production, readying for a 2016 worldwide release. StudioCanal will be releasing A Few Less Men across Australia and New Zealand. “It is […]

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Jennifer Lawrence could be in the next Ocean’s Eleven

May 18, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in the all-female  Ocean’s Eleven at Warner Bros. Pictures. This project would reunite Lawrence with director Gary Ross who made the first The Hungry Games feature. Sticking to the original charged vibe, Steven Soderberge and George Clooney return but as producers. Clooney led the all-male cast as Danny […]

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58th TV Week Logie Awards: Red Carpet Chats with Josh Thomas

May 18, 2016

Kara Bertoncini hit the 2016 Logies Red Carpet and got more than she bargained for in her interview with Josh Thomas. Lucky for her, they both have a good sense of humour. You can check out the rest of our Logies coverage here.   ———- This content has recently been ported from its original home […]

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Students, Teachers and Under 26’s can get their hands on return flights to the US for $649

May 18, 2016

Following on from the amazing fares offered earlier in the month by Zuji, STA Travel have followed suit and have fares that will take you to the USA via Vancouver with Air Canada for $649 return. The only catch? You need to be a teacher, a student or under 26 to qualify. Flights are with […]

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Six “Alternative” Things to do in Tokyo, Japan

May 18, 2016

As impressive as Tokyo Tower might be, if you’ve been to Tokyo a couple of times you would concede that even the majestic Meiji Jingu can get a bit passe. The fact is, the mecca wonderland of Japan certainly has more to offer than meets the eye. I encourage you to jump in at the […]

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Los Angeles Metro’s Expo line to Santa Monica launches this Friday, with free rides for travellers

May 18, 2016

In what will be huge news for people planning on a visit to LA in the coming months, as well as LA locals – Los Angeles Metro’s Expo Line to Santa Monica will officially open this Friday 20th May, connecting Downtown LA to the beachside destination for the first time by rail. Passengers will be able […]

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Virgin Australia Launch Economy Space + on Boeing 777-300ER fleets to US and Middle East

May 18, 2016

Virgin Australia has announced plans to launch a new class upgrade, Economy Space +, this August. The news comes alongside the launch of their refurbished Premium and Business Class cabins, which we reported on yesterday. The enhancement – which is reminiscent of services offered by other airlines, like United Airlines’ Economy Plus – is designed to improve comfort and […]

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Aussies Abroad: True Vibenation head to Glastonbury and announce European tour dates

May 18, 2016

Australian afro-electronic band True Vibenation will kick off their first ever European tour next month with one the biggest shows of their career. After making waves in the Australian music scene with their own brand of horn-focused hip hop, True Vibenation will take their high energy live show to the Silver Hayes stage at the iconic Glastonbury Festival […]

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Art Series Hotels in Adelaide and Bendigo introduce promotional packages for winter

May 18, 2016

For anybody looking for a quick winter getaway interstate, matched with local tipple to boot, a trip to either Bendigo, VIC or Adelaide SA might just be the trick. The Art Series Hotel Group is offering a great promotional winter rate at their boutique hotels in these regions. The Gather and Indulge package at The […]

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Travel Diary: Melbourne based musician Dru Chen returns to his second home of Singapore

May 18, 2016

Soul-Funk-Pop singer/songwriter Dru Chen has had an interesting upbringing. Having spent half his life in Melbourne and half in Singapore, it made sense for him to perform at Music Matters where he had previously performed as a guitarist for Brisbane singer Bec Laughton. Here, Dru takes us on a trip around his second home, sunny […]

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Flight Review: Qantas Airways – Melbourne to Sydney (QF426)

May 18, 2016

In today’s flight review on AU Abroad, we take you on board Qantas Airways‘ 737-800 service on the most popular route in Australia – from Melbourne to Sydney. This was not your usual standalone flight, however, as I boarded the flight as a connection from an Emirates flight, which had come in from Singapore… Read on […]

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Hotel Review: Executive King Lake Room at the Hotel Pullman (Albert Park, Melbourne)

May 18, 2016

I now understand why the Hotel Pullman in the inner south Melbourne suburb of Albert Park would be highly desirable around Grand Prix time. Situated on Queens Road, the hotel overlooks the famed race track (as well as the Albert Park Lake) perfectly. If you’re a traveller making your way to the Hotel Pullman via […]

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2016 Sydney Comedy Festival award winners announced

May 18, 2016

At the wrap party for the 12th Sydney Comedy Festival, the winners of this year’s awards were announced, including international acts Daniel Sloss and Ivan Aristeguieta, and festival favourite Frank Woodley. The largest festival yet, the 2016 event boasted some 220 shows, and entertained an estimated 140,000 comedy fans. At the Factory Theatre event, festival […]

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