Author: Josh Champion

Australian distributor Sharmill Films acquires Lady Macbeth in Toronto

September 30, 2016

Australian distributor Sharmill Films have acquired standout Toronto Film Festival offering Lady Macbeth.  The film is a Gothic tale of a young woman trapped in a marriage of convenience in 19th century England. Much like the original Lady Macbeth, her actions leave in their wake a maelstrom of murder, mayhem and mystery on a country estate. […]

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New comedy project set to star Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson

September 29, 2016

As reported by Variety, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are set to star in a new film about the career of a venerated late-night talk show host. Kaling, who wrote the script, is hot property at the moment. Emma Thompson will play the talk show host, who apparently hires her first female writer (Kaling) right before she is […]

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Fans of The Lion King don’t seem impressed Disney are doing a live action remake with Jon Favreau

September 29, 2016

So Disney today announced that they’re undertaking a “re-imagining” of the all-time best-ever family film The Lion King. And it nearly broke Twitter. No. Stop. You've gone too far this time. Back away from that script right now, sir!https://t.co/GnHz2lT9Mx — Liz Tierney (@eliztierney13) September 28, 2016 https://twitter.com/thezakroeshow/status/781158919733403649 Lion King remake… *sigh! Must all things be ruined? 🤔 — Cate […]

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Teaser trailer drops for Ice Cube’s new comedy Fist Fight; also stars Always Sunny‘s Charlie Day

September 23, 2016

Hold on to your textbooks kids, things are about to get serious at school. The teaser trailer for Fist Fight, a new Ice Cube comedy about teachers beating on each other, was released yesterday. Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as teachers who simply don’t get along. On the last day of school, Andy Campbell […]

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New trailer for Shin Godzilla released; Australian and New Zealand cinema release announced

September 22, 2016

The first Godzilla film in a decade, Shin Godzilla has officially released its new trailer, and it’s been confirmed for a cinematic release in Australian and New Zealand. Given the oversupply of rather poor Godzilla films that have flooded our screens over the years (don’t mention 1998), the trailer suggests that this release will at least […]

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Melbourne’s ACMI unleashes provocative documentary program for October

September 15, 2016

Labelled Lies and Secrets, the recently announced ACMI documentary film program aims to influence discourse around some of today’s most poignant issues. From the depths of cyber space to children living in war-torn Afghanistan. From the story of James Foley, a reporter kidnapped in Syria, to the shocking secrets of drone warfare. This series doesn’t […]

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A Few Best Men is getting a sequel, and the trailer just dropped

September 15, 2016

The new trailer for A Few Less Men, sequel to 2011’s riotous A Few Best Men, has been released. A Few Less Men, directed my Mark Lamprell, finds David (Xavier Samuel), Tom (Kris Marshall) and Graham (Kevin Bishop) needing to transport their dead friend Luke back to London for his funeral. Breathing down their neck is […]

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The Fourth Phase premieres on The Star’s brand new cinema screen

September 15, 2016

The Star Event Centre in Sydney cristened a new 20m x 8m cinema screen on Tuesday to premiere new sports adventure film The Fourth Phase, about iconic snowboarder Travis Rice’s journey around the North Pacific. The Fourth Phase is the first sports film to be mastered in Dolby Vision™ and Dolby Atmos™, the most advanced […]

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Live Review: The Whitlams + Ben Wright Smith – The Gov, Adelaide (09.09.16)

September 13, 2016

A large part of me feels like there’s little point in writing a review like this. Tim Freedman and The Whitlams have had a command of live music in Australia for so long now that I do sometimes wonder, “why bother?” I mean people don’t read reviews of Whitlams shows to find out if they’re […]

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The Black Sorrows embarking on epic tour in support of new album, The Faithful Satellite!

September 11, 2016

The Black Sorrows will release new album The Faithful Satellite on September 16th, their 20th release to date. On the back of that they will also head out on tour, playing a massive 50 dates between September and December. As if we needed more reasons to call Joe Camilleri the hardest working man in Australian […]

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Kylie Auldist to tour Australia in October supported by Aaradhna

September 9, 2016

Melbourne’s “high priestess of soul”, Kylie Auldist, is returning to her homeland for a tour that promises to be special. Supported by the effervescent NZ artist Aaradhna, this tour is shaping up to be a mesmerising celebration of vocal power. Kylie has been globetrotting of late as the voice of the Kungs vs Cookin’ on […]

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The third and final Rolling Stone Live Lodge lineup is here!

September 9, 2016

In a fortnight The Workers Club is set to be lit up by the Rolling Stone Live Lodge for another year. Today Rolling Stone have unveiled the third and final lineup of artists, and it’s big. Kasey Chambers will close out the final night of the event on Sunday October 9. AFL Grand Final Night, aka Friday October 1st, will boast a […]

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BBC makes up for lost time with new animated Doctor Who series

September 8, 2016

Whovians unite! BBC Worldwide has your backs. They’ve recently commissioned an animated remake of The Power of the Daleks, a 1966 Doctor Who storyline. In the words of Variety, the storyline was originally “exterminated by callous technocrats”. Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of sci-fi fans like the words ‘archive purge’, but that’s apparently what the original episodes […]

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Scrubs‘ Zach Braff is planning a TV comeback based on Alex Blumberg’s podcast StartUp

September 2, 2016

According to Deadline Hollywood, Zach Braff will both direct and star in a new comedy series called Start Up. Based on the podcast of the same name by Alex Blumberg, the show will see Braff reuinte with Scrubs producer Matt Tarses, the writer for this series. The show will document the hilarity that ensues when a […]

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Lindsay McDougall of Frenzal Rhomb on the band’s tour, kicking off in Melbourne tonight!

September 2, 2016

Frenzal Rhomb are Australian music titans. They’ve been serving up a brand of politically charged, but suitably irreverent punk rock for over two decades now. And they’re at it again. With a new best of album We Lived Like Kings (We Did Anything We Wanted) having been released on the world, the band is headed […]

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IMAX Darling Harbour to undergo major upgrade

August 25, 2016

IMAX Darling Harbour, home to the world’s biggest cinema screen, will start a program to demolish and rebuild the theatre on September 26th. The existing iconic building will make way for an even more impressive IMAX cinema. Despite the disruption the rebuild will cause, it will maintain its title as the world’s largest cinema screen. The new development […]

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The new trailer for La La Land released ahead of TIFF

August 25, 2016

A few weeks ago The Iris posted about a new musical from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle. This week, a new trailer for La La Land was released, giving us a a good taste of the anticipated film. It seems the film is attracting attention from industry insiders ahead of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), with organisers suggesting […]

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Tim Freedman of The Whitlams talks band life, song composition and solo work

August 19, 2016

The Whitlams remain one of the most loved Australian rock bands ever. Beautiful songwriting, poignant lyrics and a real talent for the live performance. Frontman Tim Freedman is one of Australia’s most talented creatives and in anticipation of The Whitlams’ annual expedition across Australia, he took some time out to talk to me about the […]

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Finding Dory exceeds US$900 million worldwide; cracks top-ten all time in Australia

August 19, 2016

Finding Dory was a sequel 13 years in the making, but it appears it was worth the wait. Pixar have romped it in at the box office this year with Finding Dory their fourth film to exceed the worldwide US$900 million box office mark this year. Dory currently sits at a worldwide box office figure […]

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First look trailer released for Same Kind Of Different As Me

August 19, 2016

Based on the best-selling non-fiction book of the same name, Same Kind Of Different As Me is the story of international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) who must befriend a dangerous homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife (Renee Zellweger), “a woman whose dreams will lead all […]

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Canadian newcomer VACAY talks about the formation of his sound & his soon-to-be-released EP!

August 16, 2016

For Toronto’s VACAY, the momentum generating around his music is only getting stronger at them moment. With his single “The Other Side” bringing him acclaim from blogs, tastemakers and hungry new music fans online, the young artist is steadily building himself up as an artist to be watching. We find out more about ‘the male […]

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Rai Thistlethwayte of Thirsty Merc talks Summernats and the origin of a crowd favourite

August 12, 2016

Fresh from a national tour on the back of their new album Shifting Gears, Thirsty Merc are gearing up for a dangerously good time at Summernats 30 in January. In anticipation of this, front man Rai Thistlethwayte took some time out to talk shop with me. First up, Summernats. Am I right to assume that’s […]

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Travis Scott announces Melbourne and Sydney headline shows for September

August 11, 2016

We knew Travis Scott was coming down under in September for Listen Out, but fans in Melbourne and Sydney won’t have to settle for that as their only opportunity to see the hip-hop star, with two additional headline shows announced for late September. Scott will perform at 170 Russell in Melbourne on September 27th, and the Metro Theatre […]

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MoVement Sydney is officially back for 2016

August 11, 2016

It’s a sprawling five day event that takes over a whole city, and it’s on again from October 19th-23rd this year. MoVement Sydney will this year feature a comprehensive and very impressive list of dance music performers. Featuring Sebastien Tellier, Daniel Stricker and John Kirby making their exclusive worldwide debut performance as MIND GAMERS, MoVement also has lined up the likes […]

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Denis Villeneuve’s new drama Arrival gets a teaser trailer

August 11, 2016

Dennis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) has been at it again. This time he’s behind the camera for Arrival. And today we have your first look at the film with some first-look images and a trailer for the project. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg, Arrival is an extraterrestrial thriller for the modern film […]

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Gilmore Girls is dated, Chelsea returns and more in Netflix’s announcement bonanza

July 28, 2016

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for nine upcoming series that span documentary, drama and comedy. Chelsea, Lady Dynamite and Real Rob were renewed today for a second season. The Untitled Motown Project, an all new animated series for children and families from writer/director Josh Wakely, was also announced today. Other announcements include Black Mirror, […]

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First teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split released

July 28, 2016

Hollywood all-rounder M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating rapture of The Sixth Sense with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured but gifted mind.  Following the success of The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum for the film, which will open in the US in January 2017. The […]

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Callum Wylie chats about the release of his new EP Tomorrow’s Sun!

July 26, 2016

Callum Wylie has spent many years honing his Country/Folk song writing style; his songs are beautifully simple and emotionally complicated all at once. After the release of the single “You Make My Tears Fall Like Rain”, Callum took some time out to fill us in on how he’s reached this point in his career. Give […]

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The Amity Affliction announced for Perth’s New Years Eve heavy music event Redfest

July 23, 2016

It was announced today that on New Year’s Eve 2016, Perth’s Red Hill Auditorium will throb with the sounds of metalcore. Redfest is the first event of it’s kind in Western Australia and will bring together the best the Australian heavy music scene has to offer and give fans the chance to bring in the […]

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Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie gets Australian theatrical release

July 21, 2016

Following on from sell-out sessions at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival,  Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie will be released for limited sessions in cinemas around Australia from September 8th ahead of his national live tour in late September. If there was ever someone perfectly qualified to take on the mysterious juggernaut that is Scientology, it’s […]

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