Monday, 31 December 2012

CLARKEFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL (CLARKEFIELD, VIC) ~ A CAMBODIAN KIDS FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER ~ SUNDAY 17TH MARCH , 2013.



The Second Annual Clarkefield Music Festival will see some of Australia’s finest musicians join forces for a common cause, as they raise money to help assist children and their fami­lies living in poverty in Cambodia. All money raised on the day will go directly to the running of a new school (which last years festival helped to build) for over one thousand children in the Kampong Thom province of Cambodia.

The Festival will feature renowned Australian musicians TIM ROGERS, MICK THOMAS AND THE ROVING COMMISSION, SAL KIMBER, THE TOOT TOOT TOOTS, CHARLES JENKINS AND THE ZHIVAGOS, THE STETSON FAMILY, SAN GRAS AND DEAD RIVER DEEPS, with local acts BROTHER JOHNSTONE, JARROD SHAW AND SARAH WILKINSON…with more great acts soon to be announced.

Set on a vast grassy green lawn, surrounded by paddocks, trees, old wagons and the beautiful old bluestone buildings of The Clarkefield Hotel (Coach and Horses Inn, 1857), it’s the most surreal and ideal place to lay down a rug, sip a cold beer and enjoy some of the finest music the country has to offer.

With BBQ food, cold drinks, market stalls, a jumping cas­tle, good friends and great music, it’s a per­fect way to spend a Sunday and raise some much needed funds to help the lovely peo­ple of Cambodia.

“The Cambodian Kids Foundation is a not for profit organisation and a registered Cambo­dian NGO. Our foundation aims to educate and empower the people of Cambodia through a number of projects that ensure maximum sustainability and success”.
(Cambodian Kids website)

The Clarkefield Pub (Coach and Horses Inn)
50 Station St, Clarkefield
(100m from Clarkefield Train Station on the Bendigo line, 30min from Melbourne CBD)
Sunday 17th march 2013
Time: 12 midday – 9.30pm
COST: $30 presale, $35 at The Gate,
Family tickets $70, Under 12 y/o’s free!
HURRY – ticket will sell out!!
No BYO, drinks at bar prices

For more information:
www.clarkefieldmusicfestival.com
www.cambodiankidsfoundation.com

Sunday, 30 December 2012

THE MAGISTRATE Starring John Lithgow Captured Live in HD and screening in Australian cinemas by NATIONALTHEATRE LIVE


Daily Mail, Evening Standard, The Times, Time Out

‘A comedy treat that’s as crisp, ripe and funny as One Man, Two Guvnors.’ Sunday Express



THE MAGISTRATE, by Arthur Wing Pinero, captured live in high definition will screen in Australian cinemas nationally by National TheatreLive and Sharmill Films on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 February, 2013. Directed by Tim Sheader, the cast includes John Lithgow, Nicholas Blane, Nicholas Burns, Nancy Carroll, Tamsin Carroll, Alexander Cobb, Christina Cole, Jonathan Coy, Richard Freeman, Don Gallagher, Amy Griffiths, Joshua Lacey, Christopher Logan, Nicholas Lumley, Joshua Manning, Joshua McGuire, Sean McKenzie, Sarah Ovens, Peter Polycarpou, Beverly Rudd, Roger Sloman and JezUnwin.
John Lithgow, who is potentially available for interviews in January 2013, takes the title role in THE MAGISTRATE, a fast, furious,brilliantly plotted farce set in Victorian London.
With his louche air and developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha his mother lopped five years from her true age and his when she married the amiable Magistrate Posket.
The imminent arrival of Cis’ godfather sends Agatha incognito to the Hotel des Princes to warn him of her deception. But it’s also where her son has cajoled his otherwise staid stepfather into joining him for a binge. High-spirited carousing leads to a police raid and a night of outrageous mishap as the trapped guests make desperate attempts to conceal themselves from the law and from each other.  Indignities escalate at court the next day where Posket, the police magistrate, must preside.
John Lithgow’s extensive stage and screen appearances include the films The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment (for both of which he was Oscar-nominated), Footloose, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun (winning three Emmys and a Golden Globe Award) and Dexter (Emmy and Golden Globe Awards). His many leading roles on Broadway include Sweet Smell of Success (Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical),  M.Butterfly, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Columnist (all earning Tony nominations), The Front Page and All My Sons; and Malvolio in Twelfth Night for the RSC. He performed his one-man theatrical memoir Stories by Heart at the National Theatre in 2009.

John Lithgow is priceless.’ - The Times
‘The marvellous Nancy Carroll.’ - Daily Mail
‘A Victorian corker of a show.’ - Daily Mail

The Magistrate runs 3 hours including an interval.

The National Theatre, founded in 1963, and established on the South Bank of the River Thames in London in 1976, has three theatres – the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe – where it presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics from the world repertoire with seven or eight productions in repertory (sharing the stages) at any one time. Actors often appear in more than one play during a season or return to the National regularly. It is dedicated to the constant revitalisation of the great traditions of the British stage and to expanding the horizons of audiences and artists alike. The National Theatre aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of the nation's culture.  With a commitment to openness, wide-reaching engagement and access for everyone, the National shares its resources, energy and creativity with audiences and theatre-makers around the globe; using its Studio for research and development of new work, offering extensive learning and public engagement programmes, touring and broadcasting in the UK and internationally, and creating innovative digital content.

National Theatre Live events are distributed outside the U.K. through New York-based BY Experience, Inc, the pioneer of global live “alternative content” digital cinema events.  

For moreinformation visit www.byexperience.net In Australia, National Theatre Live events are distributed by Sharmill Films www.sharmillfilms.com.au   www.ntlive.info 

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 500 cinemas around the world, live in the UK and Europe and time delayed in countries further afield.  There are over 160 venues in the UK alongside venues in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, India, Scandinavia and Europe. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

Forthcoming NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE productions include:

PEOPLE (20 & 21 April, 2013) Frances de la Tour takes the part of Dorothy in her third new play by Alan Bennett at the National following The History Boys and The Habit of Art. She is joined by Selina Cadell and Linda Bassett.

This house (8& 9 June, 2013) Set in 1974, in the engine rooms of Westminster, This House, a new play by James Graham, strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is proudly supported by Aviva.  
For The Magistrate images visit http://www.sharmillfilms.com.au/?p=2327


                                           
PARTICIPATING NT LIVE AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS NATIONALLY
VICTORIA
Cinema Nova – Carlton
Palace Brighton Bay
Sun Theatre – Yarraville
Rosebud Cinemas
Her Majesty’s Theatre – Ballarat
Sun Theatre – Bairnsdale

NSW
Dendy Opera Quays – Sydney
Dendy Newtown
Chauvel Cinemas – Paddington
Hayden Orpheum – Cremorne
Riverside Theatres – Parramatta
Empire Cinemas – Bowral
Belgrave Cinemas - Armidale
Greater Union Newcastle
Scotty’s Cinema Centre – Raymond Terrace
Palace Byron Bay
Arcadia Twin – Ulladulla
Narooma Theatre
Avoca Beach Theatre
Cinemax Kingscliff

ACT
Dendy Canberra

QLD
Palace Centro – Fortitude Valley
Dendy Portside – Hamilton
Noosa 5 Cinemas

SA
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas – Adelaide

WA
Luna Cinemas – Leederville
Luna on SX – Fremantle

TAS
MONA Museum of Old & New Art – Hobart
CMAX Devonport

Friday, 21 December 2012

Les Misérables red carpet movie premiere, Sydney, Australia




Les Misérables red carpet movie premiere, Sydney, Australia...

News...

Les Misérables enjoyed its Sydney, Australia red carpet premiere at the State Theatre in Sydney's CBD this evening.

Movie stars present for the red carpet premiere included Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Tom Hooper, and Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

Hundreds of fans and dozens of news media lined King Street to catch a glimpse of the stars.

News...

The screen adaptation of 'Les Miserables' is being discussed as potential Oscar worthy and its mega star, 'Our' Hugh Jackman has warmly welcomed the buzz as recognition of how hard it is to transform a musical to the screen, no matter how good the material.

The star-studded film version of the stage musical debuted to critics at screenings in New York, London, Los Angeles and Sydney last weekend and it did very well, with many standing ovations and strong reviews.

Popular show business website Showbiz.com advised Jackman was a sure contender for the best actor Academy Award for his role as Jean Valjean, the ex-prisoner who creates a successful new life for himself.

The Universal Studios flick, directed by Tom Hooper who won an Oscar for 'The King's Speech', also features fellow Aussies Russell Crowe as Jackman's nemesis Inspector Javert and leading lady Anne Hathaway as Fantine.

Jackman said he had not seen the final cut until the Sydney viewing and he was "pretty blown away by it".

"I think everyone understands that musical movies are probably the Mount Everest of movies," he told ABC TV.

"There's so many elements that need to come together. Les Mis has so much pedigree, not only in world literature, but as probably one of the most successful stage musicals of all time.

"So there was a lot at risk, but I loved it, I really loved it."

The stage version has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries to date and in 21 languages around the globe, and is still breaking box-office records in its 27th year.

Jackman, who made his name on the stage but is best known for his role as Wolverine in the "X-Men" movie series, said his latest role, set against the backdrop of 19th century France, was the hardest of his career so far.

"There's no doubt that of all the things I feel I can do, this demanded more than anything," he said.

"As a pedigree of work, it's probably higher than anything else I've been in. The director, the ensemble, it was certainly one of those projects that felt like a once in a lifetime event."

It makes the early Oscar buzz all the more satisfying for the Sydney-based star.

"I would love nothing better than for the film to get recognised because I know how hard everyone worked and what was at stake, and we all know how musicals, when they don't come out well, can stink to high heaven," he said.

"So, any kind of positive buzz, of course I'm happy."

Stay tuned to Media Man, Music News Australia and the official Les Miserables and Universal Pictures websites for updates.
















Websites

Les Miserables official website

Les Miserables official website (Australia)

Universal Pictures Australia

Music News Australia

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Hugh Jackman, Tom Hooper, and Sir Cameron Mackintosh touch down in Sydney




Les Miserables: Sydney, Australia media call Thursday...

News...

Hugh Jackman, Tom Hooper, and Sir Cameron Mackintosh touch down in Sydney on the final stop on the Les Misérables international promotional tour.

The group will mark their arrival with a group Photo Call at Hickson Road Reserve, The Rocks with the Sydney Opera House a fitting backdrop ahead of the film’s Australian Premiere Friday 21st December.

Fellow cast member Russell Crowe will join the group at the film’s Australian Premiere on Friday 21st Dec at The State Theatre.

News...

The screen adaptation of 'Les Miserables' is being discussed as potential Oscar worthy and its mega star, 'Our' Hugh Jackman has warmly welcomed the buzz as recognition of how hard it is to transform a musical to the screen, no matter how good the material.

The star-studded film version of the stage musical debuted to critics at screenings in New York, London, Los Angeles and Sydney last weekend and it did very well, with many standing ovations and strong reviews.

Popular show business website Showbiz.com advised Jackman was a sure contender for the best actor Academy Award for his role as Jean Valjean, the ex-prisoner who creates a successful new life for himself.

The Universal Studios flick, directed by Tom Hooper who won an Oscar for 'The King's Speech', also features fellow Aussies Russell Crowe as Jackman's nemesis Inspector Javert and leading lady Anne Hathaway as Fantine.

Jackman said he had not seen the final cut until the Sydney viewing and he was "pretty blown away by it".

"I think everyone understands that musical movies are probably the Mount Everest of movies," he told ABC TV.

"There's so many elements that need to come together. Les Mis has so much pedigree, not only in world literature, but as probably one of the most successful stage musicals of all time.

"So there was a lot at risk, but I loved it, I really loved it."

The stage version has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries to date and in 21 languages around the globe, and is still breaking box-office records in its 27th year.

Jackman, who made his name on the stage but is best known for his role as Wolverine in the "X-Men" movie series, said his latest role, set against the backdrop of 19th century France, was the hardest of his career so far.

"There's no doubt that of all the things I feel I can do, this demanded more than anything," he said.

"As a pedigree of work, it's probably higher than anything else I've been in. The director, the ensemble, it was certainly one of those projects that felt like a once in a lifetime event."

It makes the early Oscar buzz all the more satisfying for the Sydney-based star.

"I would love nothing better than for the film to get recognised because I know how hard everyone worked and what was at stake, and we all know how musicals, when they don't come out well, can stink to high heaven," he said.

"So, any kind of positive buzz, of course I'm happy."

Stay tuned to Media Man, Music News Australia and the official Les Miserables and Universal Pictures websites for updates.












Les Miserables official website

Les Miserables official website (Australia)

Universal Pictures Australia

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Music News Australia

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie premiere: Sydney, Australia




The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie premiere: Sydney, Australia...

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' enjoyed its Sydney, Australia red carpet movie premiere at George Street Event Cinemas tonight.

A crowd of hundreds of general public and dozens of media welcomed in the popular film franchise.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first of a three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Promo:

Set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, the adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.  Their journey will take them into the wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. 

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in  The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.

Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings in The Hobbit trilogy are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The international ensemble cast of the trilogy also includes Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro.  Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.  The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

Storyline:

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities

A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

Summary: Many entertainment commentators including the Media Man agency think that 'The Hobbit' may be one of the best and most popular movies in Australia for 2012, despite the late release in the year. One for the whole family, and both casual and die hard fans should love it.

Special thanks to everyone who helped make tonight such a big success. See you at the movies again soon.

Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson
Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitrage, Andy Serkis (Voice), Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving.




















Websites

The Hobbit official website

Village Roadshow Australia

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Guitarist Dani Macchi (Belladonna) Exclusive Interview




From MySpace to The Grammy's - Dani Macchi (Belladonna) Sheds Light on the "Noir" of Italy

Founder, songwriter and guitarist for Italian rock group Belladona, Dani Macchi chats about how Belladonna went straight from MySpace to being nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, recording with Michael Bolton in England, opening for Nine Inch Nails, Staind, Korn and Duff McKagan, his hit radio show "The Noir Hour" on Italys' biggest rock radio station, working with producer Alex Elena (Bruce Dickinson, Avril Lavigne, Miles Davis) on Belladonna's soon to be released album, and more.

Dani on working with Michael Bolton: "Very few people are aware of my one/off experience with Michael Bolton! I was living in London at the time and Michael Bolton had to do 3 TV appearances to promote one of his albums, and I pre-recorded the backing tracks in a London studio and then appeared on TV with him, where he sang live. A great honor for me, compounded by the fact that Porcupine Tree's Gavin Harrison was the drummer of those sessions and TV appearances we did."

Read the full interview here on Guitarhoo!:


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Samantha Jade and The Collective perform live at Westfield, Miranda, Sydney




Samantha Jade and The Collective perform live at Westfield, Miranda, Sydney

Popular Australian performing artists Samantha Jade and The Collective made an in store appearance this afternoon at Westfield, Miranda, in Sydney's south.

Ms Jade celebrated the release of her debut album, met her fans and signed copies of her new CD.

She is aiming to build upon her success, having won The X-Factor music reality TV show.

The artists drew a crowd of a few hundred people, mainly consisting of teenagers.

The performance wraps up a series of live shows for Ms Jade before she joins her fellow X-Factor finalists for X-Factor Live tour.











Websites

Samantha Jade

The Collective

Sony Music

Westfield