Month: August 2016

Star Wars fans can Go Rogue

The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toy range has been revealed in a series of stop-motion shorts made by fans.  Star Wars fans will have the opportunity to share their own “Rogue Stories” in a global competition beginning September 30, which encourages them to submit stories, shorts and skits set within the Star Wars universe. The winning entries will be selected by a panel that includes Gareth Edwards, director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with the lucky winners off to San Francisco in December for a screening of Rogue One, where they will see their short story...

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Q+A: Troy Cassar-Daley

We chatted to the beloved Australian country music icon about his brand new releases – both album and memoir. Q1/ You are releasing both an album and a book, each titled Things I Carry Around – did the two develop completely in tandem, or did writing for one prompt the writing of the other in a cause and effect kind of way? They grew together really. One thing inspired the other and it was book, song, book, song, in no particular order. I really loved it actually. Q2/ How did you meet Tom Gilling, your co-author for the novel...

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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor – Partners Forever

Everybody loved Gene Wilder’s collaborations with Mel Brooks, and there’s no question that he was the definitive Willy Wonka (Johnny who?). But let’s not forget his hilarious partnership with Richard Pryor – the pair is as beloved a comedy team as Hope and Crosby and Terence Hill and Bud Spencer. With the death of Wilder on August 29, we’ve lost them both now (Pryor passed away in 2005), but we’ll always have four films that showcase their incomparable comic chemistry. THE SILVER STREAK (1976) Or, Throw Wilder from the Train. A big movie during the seventies, this adventure spoof...

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Australian summer tour for PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey is heading Down Under for her first tour in nearly three years. The singer-songwriter will be bringing her full 10-piece band for the trip, which kicks off at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Perth on January 17 and concludes at the Tivoli in Brisbane on January 27. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (September 1); click here for more details. PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album The Hope Six Demolition Project was released earlier this year to great acclaim and in July she released a new song Guilty, which was taken from the same sessions but did not appear on the...

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Review: Wilco, ‘Schmilco’

“I always hated normal American kids…” sings Jeff Tweedy on the opener; you get the idea immediately. If I Ever Was A Child dances into more pop/folk territory with such infectiousness it’ll conjure a Tim Rogers smiling vibe with ease (and demand repeat listens), then Cry All Day trainchugs through a depressive ballad with juxtaposed positivity. Wilco, as always, lure emotional responses from unsuspecting brains via putting you completely at ease in seconds. The 12 tracks here, most of which are under three minutes, traverse many subgenres within their own inimitable style. You’ll hear so much of your own...

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