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“There hasn’t been enough ‘blowing things up’ in Australian movies for quite some time!” jokes the film’s producer, Andrew Mason. Lincoln Lewis, who plays one of the eight main characters, Kevin, couldn’t agree more. “There’s guns and explosions and dirt bikes in the movie so, it was cool,” he says. “It was really cool!”

true to that and letting the action happen around them,” Beattie explains. “The more you care about the characters, the more exciting the action is. I think the scenes are interesting and I’ve tried to make them fun and give you a real sense of who all of these people are before they go on this ride.”

Tomorrow When the War Began, based on the first

The former Home and Away actor says he had

novel of the seven-part book series, is about a group

“always been a massive fan of the books” and was

of friends who go on a camping trip to ‘Hell’, a remote

thrilled to be cast in the epic movie adventure.

valley located near their hometown of Wirrawee.

“I read the first one when I was in year seven

When they return home from their short adventure,

and finished them off when I was in high school,”

however, they quickly realise that all is not as they left

Lewis tells EventCinemas.

it – and everyone they know and love is missing.

“I just kept thinking, ‘I would love to [be in a

Primarily shot on location in and around Sydney

movie version]. I don’t even care if I’m the non-

and the Blue Mountains, it was Raymond Terrace, just

speaking tree in the background, I would just love

north of Newcastle, that was transformed into the

to have a part in that!’”

fictional town of Wirrawee.

Stuart Beattie was the man tasked with the

Producer Andrew Mason says he was astounded

job of taking one of Australia’s best-loved young

that so many fans came out to

adult novels and bringing it to the big screen,

support the project during

which is no mean feat, given the popularity of John

production.

Marsden’s creation. “I always thought that one of the best things about the book was that it was very characterheavy – these eight characters are all very clearly defined and they all have their own journey, and I love that. I think that it’s just a matter of keeping

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designer’s] progress each day, simply by logging

“So I went ice-skating with Dennis, who plays

on to a couple of the fan sites,” Mason tells The

Homer, and I went on a day trip to Manly with

Newcastle Herald, describing how fans flocked to

Rachael, who plays Corrie, so we just did little

Raymond Terrace to see the transformation.

things like that. We really, really bonded, just like

“People were going down there to the set every

brothers and sisters. It literally felt like a giant

day and taking photographs and putting them up

sleepover with all of the crew and cast and

on the web. That’s how passionate the fans are.”

everything. We were all staying in the same hotel

Adds Beattie, “I take the fan response very seriously. The fact that people actually know the

so we spent every waking moment together.” Beattie is enormously proud of the finished

story and have thought about these characters

product, describing the film shoot as “the most

is great. It means you’re not working in a vacuum

rewarding experience of my entire professional

so much; you are working in a world that people

life”, and now there’s talk of a second and third

already know and love.”

film being shot back-to-back.

But diving into a project that already has an

Ultimately, however, Tomorrow, When The War

existing fan base can be tricky, especially when it

Began serves as a shining example that Australia

comes to the believability of the characters.

can produce high-octane, big-action flicks that

“Stuart decided that he didn’t want us

can stand up alongside big-budget Hollywood

to do read-throughs, he would rather us do improvisations and just spend days together,”

blockbusters. “My hope is that if you make a bigger film

Caitlin Stasey – who plays the lead, Ellie Linton –

– something that seems to actually fill that big

explains.

screen in a big cinema – and the adventure is that big, then people will start to think that Australianmade stories are worthy of that,” Mason says.

VITAL STATS Stars: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz, Phoebe Tonkin, Chris Pang, Ashleigh Cummings, Andy Ryan, Colin Friels Director/writer: Stuart Beattie Based on novels by: John Marsden Budget: AU$27 million

WORDS Sarah Megginson

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INCEPT OF ALL OF THE FILMS YOU COULD ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION, INCEPTION MAKES THE MOST SENSE: THE BRILLIANTLY COMPLEX AND ENGROSSING STORYLINE, WHICH INVOLVES LEONARDO DICAPRIO DIVING INTO PEOPLE’S SUBCONSCIOUS TO STEAL SECRETS, DEMANDS AT LEAST TWO OR THREE VIEWINGS BEFORE YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON.

DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb, a skilled thief in

complex, suspenseful, highly stylised film that

joining DiCaprio on screen.

the dangerous art of extraction – that is, stealing

genuinely defies explanation. But what else would

This is the fourth time that Nolan has directed

valuable secrets from deep within another person’s

you expect from acclaimed filmmaker and director

prolific film actor Michael Caine, as they previously

subconscious.

Christopher Nolan, the man behind films such as

worked together on Batman Begins, The Prestige

Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins and The Dark

and The Dark Knight.

Cobb enters his victim’s minds during the ‘dream state’, when the mind is most vulnerable. His skill in this area has made him a coveted player in a treacherous new world of corporate espionage.

Knight?

“I’ve had intimate direction from great directors,

“I’ve been interested in dreams really since I was a kid,” Nolan tells the UK Telegraph.

but I’ve never had the sort of intimacy and minimalist direction I get from Chris,” explains

But, it comes at a price. Cobb’s rare ability has

“I have always been fascinated by the idea

also made him an international fugitive, to the point

that your mind, when you are asleep, can create

that everything is about creating the best

where he can no longer touch down on his home

a world in a dream and you are perceiving it as

moments of suspense.”

soil in the United States. His career has cost him

though it really exists. And what I’ve realised about

Made with very few post-

everything he has ever loved… until now, as he’s

myself over the years is that if I don’t engage with

production digital effects, Nolan

being offered a chance at redemption.

something on that emotional level, I’ll never sustain

dedicated a large chunk of

One last job could give him his life back, but only if he can accomplish the impossible: instead of stealing a secret, Cobb and his team have to plant

my interest in it for the two years it takes to

Inception’s US$160m budget

make it.”

toward creating huge,

Inception boasts an all-star cast, with Michael Caine, Ellen Page,

an idea. This is a much-simplified plot rundown for a

Caine. “He reminds me of Hitchcock, the way

Marion Cotilliard,

elaborate sets. He also tasked his stunt and special effects

Joseph Gordan-Levitt

teams with the

and Cillian

responsibility of

Murphy

creating dream-like explosions that produce no smoke or flames – a cinematic first. This was also the first time that Hollywood A-lister Leonardo

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When shooting in France, the local authorities wouldn’t allow the use of actual explosives during a pivotal scene between Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Ariadne (Ellen Page). So, the production team used high-pressure nitrogen to create the effect of a series of flame-free, smoke-free explosions, with six high-speed cameras employed to capture the sequence from various angles.


ION DiCaprio had taken on a lead role in a sci-fi movie. “I’ve never done a film even in the science fiction genre, so for me it was kind of important to have characters that, even though they go into these different stages of the dreamscape, they’re very grounded in an emotional reality,” DiCaprio explains. “My character has a very specific cathartic journey that he goes on in this film, to come to terms with his past… We spent three months just talking about this film, we had lots of discussions about the intricacies of the plot and how we really combined so many story structures together. And (Nolan) was very specific about saying, ‘I don’t want to underestimate the audience – I want to challenge them.’ I think he pulled it off with flying colours.” While DiCaprio admits that Inception is a difficult film to explain or categorise, he also likes “that this film is shrouded in a little bit of mystery.” “It’s a thinking person’s film,” he says. “People extract their own logic from it and have their own interpretation of it, and those are the types of films that I’d like to be a part of more often.”

“I’ve never had the sort of intimacy and minimalist direction I get from Chris. He reminds me of Hitchcock, the way that everything is about creating the best moments of suspense.” - Michael Caine

VITAL STATS Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine Director/Producer/Writer: Christopher Nolan Budget: US$160 million Gross revenue: US$818 million

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SALT ANGELINA JOLIE HAS CARVED QUITE THE CAREER FOR HERSELF: NOT ONLY CAN SHE TAKE ON SERIOUS, DRAMATIC ROLES SUCH AS IN THE CHANGLING, BUT SHE CAN ALSO HOLD HER OWN IN A BIG-ACTION HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER. IN SALT – A ROLE THAT JOLIE SNATCHED FROM TOM CRUISE –THE MOTHER OF SIX IS AT HER BUTT-WHOOPING BEST!

Originally, Salt was intended to be a Tom

This is bizarre.’ It’s just strange,” Jolie says. “It

great in this part. When

Cruise action flick, but the producers and

feels like we’re walking in some kind of odd

audiences see the

Cruise himself were all concerned that the

reality.”

movie, they’re going

role was too similar to his Mission Impossible character, Ethan Hunt. One quick rewrite later – to change the lead character’s name from Edwin A. Salt to Evelyn Salt – and Cruise was out, and Jolie was in. “The most important thing we said was,

During the production, Australian director Phillip Noyce abandoned CGI for good oldendangered the life of his leading lady at times! “Audiences have become familiar with CGI tools, where you can virtually make

because that’s where I think people have

up characters, and draw up any

failed in the past,” Jolie tells Moviefone.com.

explosion or car or plane crash,”

a woman, it’s always about being a woman,

Noyce tells TimeOut Sydney. “We’re starting at a different point,

using your femininity, all these kind of female

where the audiences are refusing to

obvious things. So we said, let’s just keep

suspend their disbelief because they can

all the things about it that’s tough. It’s about

see the mechanics of it all and work out

being what she is, it’s about the journey, and

the artifice. We have an old-fashioned

if anything, we have to make it darker and we

approach to stunts unlike the CGI world,

have to make it meaner than the boys.”

where no one’s life or ribs are in danger.

In the film Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who uncovers a plot to kill the visiting Russian President. However, she is quickly

“In Salt, the audience will realise that Angelina really put her life at risk.” It can’t have been too much of a

accused of being a Russian spy and is named

stretch for the 34-year-old actress, as

as the main suspect, and must fight to prove

she’s planning on reprising her role;

her innocence.

in an interview with Noyce confirms that a

out in real life in the United States, as several

sequel is likely.

living in the US.

SALT

“Hopefully within a couple of years

“The side of me that makes a film about

we’ll have another

this situation thinks ‘My God, what timing.

one. Angelina’s so

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Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, August Diehl, Daniel Olbrychski Director: Phillip Noyce Budget:: US$110 million Budget Gross worldwide revenue: US$291.6 million

Contactmusic.com,

twist, this fictional premise recently played Russian agent sleeper cells were found to be

VITAL STATS

On Blu-ray and DVD from December 22

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In an interesting and purely coincidental

just the beginning.”

fashioned explosions – which may have

‘Well, we can’t turn this into a girl movie’,

“When they write something on purpose for

to feel like it’s only


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“WE HAD A GREAT FREEDOM TO FAIL.” IT’S NOT THE IDEAL STATEMENT FROM A MOVIE’S LEADING MAN, BUT IT WAS THIS FREEDOM THAT ALLOWED STEVE CARELL TO EXPERIMENT AND HAVE FUN WITH HIS LATEST FLICK, DESPICABLE ME. Carell, who plays the evil Gru in the

his reign as the most evil villain in the world.

says of his role.

animated adventure, reveals that there

“They wanted [Gru] to be a bit sinister

was plenty of ad-libbing going on in the

looking but also accessible – and that’s a

intense effort, trying to be as funny as I could,

production suites.

very tricky line to walk,” Carell says.

and to be on story with the improv, and give

“The script was great. The script could

“He doesn’t have a black heart, but he

“Every time, it was just three hours of

them as much material as I possibly could.”

have just been done as is and the movie

doesn’t have a heart of gold either. I’d say he

would have been fantastic,” he explains.

has a heart of bronze, and he discovers that

it is – and Carell says he’s only too aware that

as the movie progresses.”

of the fact that the actors are just one small

“But I think because they had people like Russell [Brand] and Jason [Segel], they

While Carell is an animated movie veteran

allowed for lots of improvisation, just to

(of sorts), How I Met Your Mother’s Segel –

loosen the actors up and let them have fun…

who voices the character of Vector, Carell’s

[so] we’d always do the script as written, and

nemesis – was a novice to the world of

then they’d ask us to play around and come

voice acting.

up with alternate lines and jokes.”

Despicable Me is Carell’s third foray into

If it sounds like a cushy job, that’s because

cog in the giant animated movie production machine. “The voice actors in this are just one paint colour that the artists are painting with,” he says.

“What’s cool about doing this

“You try to give them

animated film – and this is the only

as great a spectrum

the animated world, having previously voiced

one I’ve done, so I have no other

characters in Over The Hedge and Horton

frame of reference – is that you

Hears A Who! This is, however, his first time

go in for three

playing an evil character.

hours, every

take it and create

few months.

something

In the film, Gru’s position as the world’s penultimate super-villain is waning, so he

I probably

plans to steal – wait for it – the moon.

went in

He adopts three young girls from an

as you can, but it’s ultimately their job to

wonderful out of it.”

six times

orphanage to help him reach his goal, in an

over two

effort to reignite his popularity and continue

years, or something like that,” he

VITAL STATS Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Music: Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, Pharrell Williams Budget: US$69 million Gross worldwide revenue: US$455 million

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IF IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S BEEN YEARS SINCE HOLLYWOOD PRODUCED A THRILL-PACKED ACTION ADVENTURE FILM FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN 2010’S UNDER-THE-RADAR GEM, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE Here’s H ’ an iinteresting t ti h hypothetical th ti l question: tii what would happen if superstar producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Con Air, Pirates of the Caribbean)

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Apprentice.”

from the 1940s film – Mickey Mouse stealing

Balthazar Blake (Nicholas Cage) is a

his master’s hat to make the brooms dance – is

was handed the reins to the Harry Potter

1,300-year-old master sorcerer who once

franchise?

studied under Merlin. He lives in modern-day

True to form, this film ticks off many of the

Manhattan, which is under threat by his arch-

Bruckheimer trademarks, tweaked only slightly

nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina).

to account for Disney tastes: big action scenes,

Well, the end result might look a little bit like

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Disney’s modernday take on “good verses evil” using the ageold tools of sorcery and magic.

Balthazar can’t take on Maxim alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seeminglyy

recreated here in loving tribute.

sweeping visual effects, and snappy dialogue. The visual effects are exceptional (no dodgy

average guy who demonstrates hidden potential al al

blue screen work here – check out the scene

because you’ve got somebody pushing against

as his reluctant protégé. Following a crash

where a spell traps its user behind a mirror),

your heroes,” Bruckheimer explains. “It always

course in the art and science of magic, the

and while the story may appear to be a little

takes a great protagonist and antagonist

young but unwilling apprentice finds himself

predictable for older viewers, the acting is above

to make a good film – and I

battling the forces of evil alongside his mentor.

par.

“When you have villains, you’ve got drama

Young Dave has his work cut out for him as

Cage – getting back into National Treasure

he attempts to survive not just his training

territory with the same director (Jon Turteltaub)

but also save the city and get the girl –

and producer (Bruckheimer) – has always been

all en route to becoming The Sorcerer’s

one of Hollywood’s most watchable stars, and

Apprentice.

here he excels as Blake.

Parts of the story are loosely based on the Sorcerer’s Apprentice segment in Disney’s animated classic

Fantasia, which in turn is based on the late 1890s 0s 0s symphonic poem by Paul Dukas and the 1797 Johann Wolfgang von

Perhaps finding his feet again after his barnstorming performance in Kick Ass, Cage brings his trademark ticks and quirks and a newfound grasp of subtle humour to the role. Baruchel, who seems to have cornered the market in playing the put-upon dweeb, is also fun as Dave. Rounding out the cast is the always reliable Molina as the bad guy and Monica Bellucci as another of Merlin’s apprentices, who is given little to no lines, but still enhances every scene she’s in by her sheer beauty alone. This being a Disney film, the viewer can be guaranteed of two certainties: that it will be good family entertainment, and the good guys will win in the end. All in all, it’s the perfect family DVD for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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THERE’S ALWAYS A DEGREE OF SKEPTICISM WHEN A GRAPHIC NOVEL IS TRANSLATED TO THE BIG SCREEN, WITH FANBOYS TAKING TOTAL DELIGHT IN SAVAGING ANYTHING LESS THAN SPECTACULAR IN LATE NIGHT ONLINE DIATRIBES. FORTUNATELY FOR THE TEAM BEHIND SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD, THEY WELL AND TRULY ESCAPED THE SAVAGERY! Quite the contrary, Scott Pilgrim received the

you meet a girl, it’s the best thing ever and

heavily involved in the project.

big thumbs up from movie critics and fanboys

she’s the only one. This is the LOVE of my life.

“He gave the actors a list of 10 fun facts for

alike, including some big names like Quentin

And then when you break up, it’s the END of

their characters,” Wright told TheFilmStage.com.

Taratino, Jason Reitman and Kevin Smith.

the world.”

“Number one fact was ‘Scott Pilgrim is

“That movie is great,” Smith says simply.

Playing a character like Scott Pilgrim was a

the hero of the movie inside his own head’.

“It’s spellbinding and nobody is going to

challenge for Cera, who’s more accustomed to

I thought that was such a great quote… It’s

understand what the f**k just hit them. I would

playing angsty teenage characters, rather than

like Scott Pilgrim is sort of a fantasist. Maybe

be hard pressed to say, ‘he’s bringing a comic

guys that can kick major butt.

too many video games, too many comics, too

book to life!’ but he is bringing a comic book to life.”

“I can’t fight worth a damn,” the 22-year-old

many Saturday morning cartoons, too many

Canadian actor tells CHUD.com. “That’s a fear

sugary products has resulted in this completely

Based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee

of mine, that people are going to want to fight

fabricated version of his life. Which is a total

O’Malley, the plot line of Scott Pilgrim Vs The

me after seeing this movie. They’ll see me in a

exaggeration.”

World plays like something out of a video game.

bar and beat the sh*t out of me.”

Pilgrim, played by Juno’s Michael Cera, falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but to date her, he must first defeat seven of her ex-love interests. “I think the movie is about a first adult

like trying to learn to dance. “A lot of it is me,” he confirms. “But that’s not fighting. That’s dancing! ‘I have to put my right foot forward, pivot, loosen my shoulder…’

relationship,” director Edgar Wright (Shaun of

It hasn’t stuck with me. I couldn’t do anything

the Dead, Hot Fuzz) explains to MovieRetriever.

impressive now.”

com. “The way I connect to Scott Pilgrim is that I can definitely empathise with how everything at that age is either the ‘best’ or

And, to be honest, who hasn’t been there?

Cera says that nailing the fight scenes was

To remain true to the original novels – and to obviously avoid fanboy scorn – the man behind the original texts, Bryan Lee O’Malley, was

VITAL STATS Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Alison Pill, Chris Evans, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Brie Larson, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman Director/producer: Edgar Wright Narrator: Bill Hader Budget: Unknown Gross worldwide revenue: US$44.2 million

‘worst’. Every time

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STEP TO IT! PREPARE FOR THE DANCE OFF TO END ALL DANCE OFFS IN THIS THIRD INSTALMENT OF THE STEP UP FRANCHISE, WHICH PROMISES MORE DRAMA, ROMANCE AND JAWDROPPING, HIP SHAKING MOVES THAN EVER BEFORE! This time, a group of New Yorkers dubbed

that gives this instalment the edge on its

the day, as long

The House of Pirates must compete against

predecessors is its use of 3D graphics, which

as everybody

the globe’s best hip-hop dancers in the World

caused Sharni a bit of embarrassment!

[feels] uplifted

Jam contest.

“Before [Jon Chu, the director] told me for

Led by Luke (Rick Malambri), the crew live together in a warehouse that is now under threat of sale, hence their desperate bid for the competition’s cash prize. Previous Step Up favourites Moose (Adam

and like they’ve

sure that I booked the job, he played a little

had a great

joke on me,” she reveals.

time – and

“He said, ‘So I’m just going through your

maybe even

resume and it seems that you have great

like they want

experience in everything, but none with

to go and do

G Sevani) and Camille (Alyson Stoner) return

dancing in 3D. Do you think you can handle

a dance class

as New York University students, joining

that?’ And I’m like, ‘Well...’ – I’m fighting for

themselves

forces with the crew – which also includes

my life – I’m like, ‘Yeah, absolutely. I think

– then I think

Luke’s new love interest, Natalie, played by

I can handle that.’ And it was just a joke,

we’ve done our

Aussie actress Sharni Vinson.

obviously, because you can’t do anything

job.”

“There is a small continuation,” Sharni says. “Alyson Stoner, who played Channing Tatum’s sister in the first movie, [is] obviously

different! They exaggerate it in fine-tuning the dimensions, but we can’t do it.” Promising some of the most

a big part of this third film. And little Adam

spectacular dance scenes ever, Sharni

G Sevani, who was in the second movie, has

guarantees the movie’s uplifting mood

come back to carry off this movie as well and

won’t disappoint.

to lead us in there.” Natalie is the leading lady however, and her romance with Luke – plus the big secret she’s keeping from him – is central to the plot. And something

> Sharni played uberorange, HIV-positive Cassie in Home and Away, but left Summer Bay in 2008 after four years. > She dated AJ Buckley – Adam Ross in CSI: NY – and had a guest role in his show not long after moving out to LA. > Look out for Sharni heading up two forthcoming movies – Blue Crush 2 and No Man’s Land, which also stars Michael Clarke Duncan.

“Growing up a dancer, I was very aware of how these movies make you feel,” she says. “And I know Disney and the objective of what they’re wanting to get across. At the end of

“As long as everybody [feels] uplifted and like they’ve had a great time then I think we’ve done our job.” - Sharni Vinson

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GOING THE DISTANCE DREW BARRYM BARRYMORE MORE AND JUSTIN LONG DISPLAY GENUINE GEN NUINE CHEMISTRY IN GOING THE DISTANCE, A QUIRKY, RELATABLE COMEDY ABOUT A COUPLE WHO STRUGGLE TO MAINTAIN A LONG-DISTANCE ROMANCE BETWEEN NYC AND SAN FRANCISCO. The real life on-again/off-again couple had one huge advantage going into this film: no awkward make-out sessions on screen. “I was lucky, because Justin is a good kisser,” Barrymore reveals, at a press conference promoting the film. “I was like, ‘Phew! Thank God!’ It’s the worst when you’re kissing someone who’s not a good kisser, and you’re trying to make it look good –

but you feel like you’re just working on your own.

watch a movie] that I can escape

At least it was a real team effort.”

into, where I can forget what’s

Adds Long, “She’s a great kisser, too. I just want to reiterate that.”

going on around me, but I don’t want to lose sight

There’s certainly a lot of smooching going on

of being able to relate to

in Going the Distance, a romantic comedy that

something,” Barrymore

tells the story of what can happen when a one-

explains.

night stand develops into something more. When Erin (Barrymore) and Garrett (Long)

“For me, I just want that beautiful, striking

meet at a bar, they’re both expecting nothing

balance, and I feel like

more than a cheeky one-night hook up: after

this film has that. I’m

all, she’s moving to San Francisco in a few weeks time and he’s fresh out of a failed relationship.

laughing, but I’m crying, and I’m relating, and there’s something emotional about

But as the saying goes, you can’t help who you fall in love with… even if that person lives on the other side of the country.

it. I feel like it gets surprisingly real, but then it does save you and make you laugh.”

Negotiating different time zones, missing special occasions and clocking up expensive frequent flier points are just some of the challenges the newly loved-up couple face. “I think the fiscal realities of both the characters play a large part, and it was nice to see that played out,” Long says. “That’s something that a lot of people, especially now, can relate to. There are so many things that you take for granted when you enter into a long distance relationship, chief among them being the logistics of just getting from point A to B, and what is involved with that.” Far from being a dreary “recession romance”, however, the film maintains an upbeat tone. “I feel like I

VITAL STATS Stars: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Ron Livingston, Christina Applegate, Kristen Schaal Director: Nanette Burstein Producer: Adam Shankman

personally want [to

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IT’S A HOOT AN AMAZING CAST, TALENTED DIRECTOR AND STATE OF THE ART COMPUTER ANIMATION BRING THREE CLASSIC CHILDREN BOOKS TO CINEMATIC LIFE. follows brother owls Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) and

that I have. Though in the past I have worked with

Star Wars or Narnia or Lord of the Rings or

Soren (Jim Sturgess) who are kidnapped by the

American actors, in the case of this film, because

something like that, that I personally as a child

evil Metalbeak (Joel Edgerton) and put to work

I was interested in this fantasy world, I think the

would enjoy,” claims Legend of the Guardians:

preparing an invasion of the Ga’Hoole, home to

accents and the abilities of these [Aussie] actors

The Owls of Ga’Hoole director Zack Snyder.

an alliance of Owls that look after the species.

have come together to create this perfect storm

Snyder is best known for the distinctly mature,

We journey with Soren as he escapes and seeks

of support for the fantasy world.”

but visually spectacular 300, as well as the

to warn the Guardians, while dealing with his

brilliant comic adaptation Watchmen. The latter

traitorous brother, who remains with the evil

visuals that will be most fondly remembered

in particular gave him a good understanding

forces. It’s a dramatic story, and Snyder doesn’t

by viewers. The battle of the Owls is amazingly

of how to create an exhilarating translation

veer away from its dark tone in order to stick

brought to life and the detail brought into each

from words to screen. “I wanted to take what

with demographic conventions.

character by Australia’s own Animal Logic is

“I wanted to make an adventure film like

Yet, it’s the stunning computer-animated

Kathryn [Lasky] wrote in the books and treat it

“The thing that makes it strong is that I’m

seriously because I knew this was going to be

just like ‘No, that’s real. That’s the way I want to

a kid’s fantasy film and the last thing I wanted

approach it.’ So, the battles are intense and the

every moment has to be acted. Has to be

to do is – I don’t want to say belittle, but – smirk

reality of the consequences is real. This makes

created. So the [animated] performances are

at the fantasy that they believe is 100% real.

it immersive, so the kids, at the end, are like ‘Oh

really stunning and my animation director

Far be it from me to make, I don’t want to say

my gosh, that happened!’”

has done an amazing job making these owls

Hilarious!’”

Legend of the Guardians certainly cannot be criticised for taking the material lightly. Condensing the three Guardians novels from Lasky into the one film, Legend of

the Guardians is a computeranimated feature set in the kingdom of the owls. The story

“With an animated film, every second and

Thankfully, Snyder’s cast does a wonderful

alive and real and funny. Plus with the 3D,

job of bringing the characters to life, with some

Animal Logic have done something pretty

of the best voice work we’ve heard in an a film.

groundbreaking - it isn’t gimmicky, but it does

And it’s almost an all-Aussie cast!

deepen the world.”

“I was blessed with an embarrassment of riches and talent in

The end result is fantastic viewing for parents and children alike: one might even call it a hoot.

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the cast Stars: Bill Hunter, Abbie Cornish, Joel Edgerton, Huge Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren, Jim Sturgess, Richard Roxburgh Director: Zack Snyder Budget: US$80 million Worldwide Box Office: US$120 million

On DVD and Blu-ray from February 2

WORDS Chris Stead

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS

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a joke but, like ‘Oh! Owls are wearing helmets!

nothing short of phenomenon.

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WHETHER YOU’RE TEAM EDWARD OR TEAM JACOB, ONE THING’S FOR SURE: AFTER FORKING OUT CLOSE TO US$700 MILLION TO SEE ECLIPSE ON THE BIG SCREEN, WE’RE ALL DECIDEDLY TEAM TWILIGHT. In Eclipse e, the third installment of the film film

directed by David Slade, lmmaker Slade a British fifilmmak

enthuses. “I’ve always got on with Taylor really

franchise based on Stephanie Meyer’s uber-

who made his name crafting music videos. The

well, and it’s a lot easier when you like someone

successful book series, high school student Bella

first film, Twilight, was helmed by Catherine

[to do] all of this macho stuff, because you can feel

(Kristen Stewart) and her one true love, vampire

Hardwicke and the second, New Moon, was

really silly! And Taylor – I mean, he’s a much bigger-

Edward (Robert Pattinson), have finally been

directed by Chris Weitz, so each film in the series

built guy than I am, and if he was a complete idiot,

reunited.

has been steered by a different captain. Indeed,

it could very easily become an uncomfortable

the next outing, Breaking Dawn – which will be

situation.”

But sadly, their forbidden relationship is threatened to be torn apart for a variety of

split across two movies – will be directed with

morbid reasons.

fresh eyes once again, this time with Academy

but the teenager– who sticks to a strict healthy

Award-winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters)

eating and exercise regime to remain in top shape

behind the lens.

– is not afraid to share his softer side. “One of my

The fact that Bella’s a mere mortal and Edward is a vampire presents the first challenge: when Edward’s siblings would prefer to snack on

Working with a new director “makes it feel

his beloved rather than get to know her, that can

like you’re doing a different movie every time,”

put pressure on a relationship.

Pattinson says of the directorial changing of the

There’s also Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), the

guards

evil vampire who is seeking revenge on Bella for

“Having a new director around helps you

causing the untimely demise of her love, James,

grow, so I feel like the characters are growing

whom Edward and co. killed back in the first film,

and changing and you’re not just going through a

Twilight.

new set of events. It feels like every movie is very

And then there’s Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), Bella’s best friend. He’s in love with Bella, and

different,” he says. In Eclipse, Pattinson finally gets the share

he also happens to be a werewolf… a vampire’s

the screen with actors other than his on- and

arch nemesis.

off-screen love interest,

Thus, Bella is forced to choose between

intense scenes with

and werewolves continue. And, there’s still

Lautner.

Eclipse, the third film in the series, was

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think I’d consider that to be a little romantic!”

VITAL STATS Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning Director: David Slade Budget: US$68 million Gross worldwide revenue: US$690 million

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

“It was great to do some scenes with other people!” Pattinson

Out now on Blu-ray and DVD

WORDS Sarah Megginson

including some pretty

with Jacob, as the struggle between vampires

immortality?

favourite movies is The Notebook,” he confides. “I

Kristen Stewart –

her true love for Edward and her friendship

another choice for Bella to make: mortality or

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FAR FROM THE SUNNY SHORES OF CALIFORNIA, THE KARATE KID HAS BEEN GIVEN A MAKEOVER FOR A NEW GENERATION. When young Dre (Jaden Smith) and his

translated from their experience together on

re-interpretation.

set.

mother (Taraji P. Henson) arrive in Beijing to

Updating Karate to Kung Fu and taking a

start a new life, Dre is immediately alienated

new spin on the famous fly catching sequence

from his new school, the city and the foreign

are just the beginning; however, while the film

follow in mum and dad’s film footsteps,

culture that surrounds him.

distances itself from the original in many ways,

revealed that Chan managed to teach the cast

it still possesses the spirit that made The Karate

and crew a little something on set.

Despite taking a liking to fellow classmate and violinist Mei Ying (Wenwen Han), his

Kid a cult classic.

The young actor, who seems poised to

“He is amazing – every time he would come

Produced by Hollywood A-listers Will Smith

in, he would say good morning in a different

school bully, Cheng (Zhenwai Wang), who plays

and his wife Jada – and starring their young son,

language,” Jaden says. “He would teach the

more than rough.

Jaden – The Karate Kid was filmed entirely on

crew members things, he would teach me

After a “regular” beating goes too far, Dre is

location in China and features some stunning

things. He was just very straight forward and

rescued by eccentric maintenance man Mr. Han

photography and martial arts sequences. Will

he would get things done.”

(Jackie Chan) – a Kung Fu master. Han stands

says he relished the opportunity to remake

But does he teach his young protégé on

up to Dre’s teacher in a bid to protect him, but

a classic from his childhood – a film that has

screen to become The Karate Kid? You’ll have

when both their honour is put on the line, Han

undoubtedly stood the test of time – and was

to watch to find out!

decides that he has the chance to teach Dre

humbled by being able to shoot the film in

something more valuable than schoolwork. He

provincial China.

curiosity only earns him more attention from

enrols Dre in an upcoming Kung Fu tournament and together, the pair embark on a journey of

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More importantly, though, the performances are solid and the chemistry between Chan and

self-discovery that is surprising not only

the younger Smith is genuine. The tense bond

to the student, but to his master as

between master and student is evident as the

well. At first you could be forgiven

pair undertakes their journey. Chan has certainly cast aside his goofy ‘Mr. Magoo’ persona, if only momentarily, and Smith

Kid is simply a remake of the

has cemented himself

1984 film of the same name,

as a real talent in the

or just another Kung Fu action

making. It appears too

film. But Harald Zwart’s version is

that the unity between

a touching and highly entertaining

THE KARATE KID

WORDS Nick Hadland

for thinking that The Karate

Stars: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han Director: Harald Zwart Budget: US$40 million Gross Worldwide Revenue: US$358 million

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Edinburgh Festival.

comedian Jimeoin have in common? They all star

into his native land, and his Top End tour of

in fly-on-the-wall documentary, Jimeoin: Over the

Australia first found acclaim as a six-part comedy

discovered that not even he should smile at a

Yet despite his glittering comedy CV, Jimeoin

Top. This eight-part series follows our favourite

series broadcast in Northern Ireland. As well

crocodile. Coming face to fang with a hungry

Irish expat as he tours the wilds of Australia’s Top

as becoming a fixture on Australian TV screens

croc during his outback odyssey was the

End; trekking, fishing and wise-cracking his way

and appearing on high-profile international talk

toughest crowd he’ll ever go up against.

from Broome to Darwin and beyond. The film

shows, such as Late Night with Conan

also features Jimeoin’s classic on-stage moments

O’Brien in the US, Jimeoin is also an

from shows at the Sydney Opera House, the

accomplished film writer and star. His

World Famous Spiegeltent and the Adelaide

debut movie, The Craic, was released

Fringe Festival, but it’s his unique take of life on

in 1999 and posted the second-largest

the long and dusty road that shines.

opening weekend gross in Australian box

Irish-born Jimeoin is no stranger to the travelogue format – his 2001 Tea Towel Tour of

office history, while his 2005 follow-up,

JIMEOIN OVER THE TOP

Out now on DVD

The Extra, was a hit at Cannes and the

MAKING S%!T UP audiences, and formed the basis of his stellar

hosted by Drew Carey, and has gone on to host

international career simply by making s%!t up?

Who knew you could build a successful

Sydney show earlier this year, which you can

popular US TV shows such as Don’t Forget the

That’s exactly what US comedian and improv

experience all over again on the brand spanking

Lyrics and Let’s Make a Deal.

star Wayne Brady has done. His most recent

new Wayne Brady Live DVD.

Las Vegas show, Making S%!t Up, showcased Brady’s supreme comedy improv skills to sell-out

Out now on DVD

kicked” in the poorer areas of Florida, Brady grew

While Brady is perhaps best known in Australia as an improv performer, he is definitely no one-trick pony. Wayne Brady Live presents the

up watching Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Jnr

comedian not only at the height of his improv

and the Golden Age of comedy, which put

powers, but also as the consummate all-round

him at odds with the youth culture of his

entertainer. He switches seamlessly between

peers. Yet the bully beat-ups didn’t wipe

improv skits to uncannily realistic impersonations,

the smile from Brady’s face and he was

hilarious character acting and even musical

eventually cast in the hit British improv TV

performance from his Grammy nominated CD,

series, Whose Line is it Anyway? He later

The Long Time Coming. On second thoughts,

became a mainstay of the US version,

there’s a little more to it than making s%!t up.

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WAYNE BRADY LIVE MAKING S%!T UP

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very same show that Connolly will tour

As topical and hilarious as ever, Billy Connolly

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down under from February next year, so if

Live in London 2010 features the Scottish

you’ve been lucky enough to score tickets

comedian at his best, raging about Britain’s political

to see him live (Sydney and Perth dates are

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barely contained rants about celebrity,

and stories of the road. The show is based

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features the very best bits of each performance,

absurdities of life on Aim Low: The very

all delivered with Dylan’s renowned shambolic

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this is the fourth of Ricky Gervais’ hit stand-up

racism, obesity and religion. As well as

shows to be released on DVD. Never afraid to

the critically-acclaimed show, the DVD

be offensive, Ricky is renowned for his acerbic

also boasts a bunch of extras, including

observational humour and biting delivery,

interviews with Karl Pilkington, Warwick

he s in fighting fit form in this show with and he’s

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it has been re-released to include a

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honest! This is Wil Anderson’s first-ever live

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stand-up DVD, featuring his trademark “dry,

DVD. Relive the funniest moments over

self-deprecating, politically incorrect and

and over again!

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Family Guy: It’s a Trap! Lois as the lovely Princess Leia? Peter portraying the rough and rugged Han Solo?! Yes, it’s far-fetched, but it’s exactly this type

Leia (Lois) forced to travel to Tatooine to free

the first two Star Wars parodies, Blue Harvest

Han Solo (Peter).

and Something, Something, Something Dark Side.

They must infiltrate the wretched stronghold

“The fan base for Family Guy and Star Wars

of ridiculousness that we’ve come to expect

of the galaxy’s most loathsome gangster, Jabba

enthusiastically embraced the first two hilarious

from the Family Guy franchise.

the Hutt (Joe), in order to save Han Solo’s life.

spoofs. Bringing the distinctive storylines

Family Guy’s Peter Griffin and co. embark

Meanwhile, Darth Vader – the role that Stewie

together for the trilogy of parodies has been

on yet another intergalactic adventure in It’s

was “drawn” to play – is conspiring to convert

enormously successful,” says Mike Dunn,

A Trap!, the third and final instalment of the

Luke to the dark side.

President of Twentieth Century Fox Home

animated series’ Star Wars-inspired space

It’s A Trap! is loaded with cameo

trilogy.

appearances, including a quick visit from the

Entertainment. “Seth MacFarlane and the creative and

It’s A Trap! retells the story of Star Wars

original Leia, Carrie Fisher, and Patrick Stewart

passionate writers and animators at Fuzzy Door

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, just as Blue

and Michael Dorn, who reprise their roles from

Productions have done it again with the latest

Harvest recounted the tale of A New Hope and

Star Trek: The Next Generation. Conservative

installment; it is some of their finest work to

Something, Something, Something Dark Side

talk radio host Rush Limbaugh also shows up

date.”

reprised the plot of The Empire Strikes Back.

as the voice of a large carnivorous repto-

Our favourite Family Guy characters have been once again re-cast into roles from the film, with Luke Skywalker (Chris) and Princess

mammal, the Rancor. The team behind the scenes have high hopes for the release following the success of

releases and as triple-packs featuring all three

Family Guy Star Wars spoofs.

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Peter Griffin as Indiana Jones?

WORDS Sarah Megginson

At Comic-Con 2010, series creator Seth MacFarlane revealed that they might tackle the Indiana Jones film franchise next, as a dedicated Family Guy DVD series. Fans shouldn’t expect confirmation any time soon, however: after pumping out a stack of bonus adventures in addition to the regular animated series, MacFarlane says, “We’re gonna take a little break.”

Family Guy: It’s A Trap! will be available on Bluray and DVD from December 21, as stand-alone

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The Simpsons Season 13 TV’s favourite dysfunctional family is back with the release of The Simpsons season 13. Kicking off the series is the annual Halloween episode,

Tree House of Horror, which this year sees Homer become “Death”, while a computer develops a crush on Marge, and Springfield Elementary is turned into a Harry Potter-style school for budding wizards. The town of Springfield faces several dilemmas this season, including figuring out what to do after they are named the fattest town. Also, when the Church of Springfield is feeling the financial pinch, they decide to rent out wall space in order to generate funds, but it leaves the congregation feeling there is no place to escape advertising. As a family, the Simpsons struggle through their usual dramas: Bart is up to his usual mischief, but this time goes one step too far by taking a joy ride in a police car. The judge decides to punish both Bart and Homer, and has the pair tethered to each other. Meanwhile, when a Monopoly game goes it’s in its thirteenth

with social services to reinforce how a functional

season, it delivers

family behaves.

all the entertaining

The Simpsons is well known for their array of

WORDS Caroline Muldoon

very wrong, the whole family is forced to work

THE SIMPSONS SEASON 13

and witty comedy as

celebrity guests and this season is no exception,

always, proving why

featuring Pierce Brosnan, Matthew Perry, Julia

it’s the longest-running

Louis-Dreyfus just to name a few. Even though

cartoon sitcom to date.

Out now on Blu-ray and DVD

Cougar Town: The Complete First Season on Friends, Cox returns to sitcom TV in the

difference is that when someone is writing it,

Monica Gellar in Friends that many credit as

comedy series Cougar Town, in the lead role as

it’s a little heightened. I love that part of her

giving Courteney Cox her “big break”, but that

newly divorced “cougar”, Jules Cobbs.

character – she can’t help but say what she’s

It was her role as neurotic clean-freak

wasn’t her first foray into sitcom television. In

Jules is in way over her head. After spending

thinking. There’s nothing mean about her, or

the late 80s, the petite actress had a recurring

18 years as a devoted wife and mother, she

malicious, she says things that just pop into her

role as Lauren, Alex P. Keaton’s girlfriend, in

finds her suddenly-single self diving back into

head.”

Family Ties, and shortly before landing her

the dating pool – and she has no idea where to

career-changing role in Friends, Cox appeared

start.

in Seinfeld as Jerry’s girlfriend Meryl. It’s no wonder, then, that the 46-year-old couldn’t stay away from the small screen for long. Half a decade after the final credits rolled

“This character is someone who I feel very connected to,” Cox says. “I’m kind of like her – I say pretty much whatever comes into my head too, the only

Another part of the role that Cox can relate to? Growing older: “You now, I used to not work out, and I used to just be young. And then I got older, and now I have to work out – a lot. I work out probably five days a week, and play tennis on the weekends. I eat a lot, so I have to exercise!”

Cougar Town: The Complete First Season includes all of the episodes from season one, along with exclusive bonus features.

WORDS Sarah Megginson

COUGAR TOWN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

Out now on DVD

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Scrubs: The Complete 9th and Final Season After almost a decade, the Scrubs story comes to an end! Catch up with J.D. (Zach Braff),

WORDS Sarah Megginson

Elliot (Sarah Chalke), Turk (Donald Faison), Carla

Sacred Heart hospital to a medical school, where J.D. has traded in his scrubs in order to teach. “It’s sort of a spin-off, in a sense,” Braff

(Judy Reyes), Dr Cox (John C. McGinley) and the

explains. “I’m there for the first six episodes to

rest of your favourite characters in the final

help launch it into its new incarnation, which

season of the hilarious hospital-based series.

really focuses more on the med school.”

Although the show was coming to a close,

So, although our favourite doctors at Sacred

there were many new faces in the ninth season.

Heart may have finished their rounds, the laughs

Actors Kerry Bishé, Eliza Coupe, Dave Franco

don’t stop as they embark on new

and Michael Mosley became series regulars,

adventures and mentor a brand new

with Bishé taking over from Braff as the show’s

class of med students.

narrator. Of the original cast, only Braff, Faison and

As an added bonus, the DVD release

SCRUBS: THE COMPLETE 9TH AND FINAL SEASON

of the ninth and final season includes

McGinley are listed as regulars in season

never-before-seen bloopers, deleted

nine – and even then, Braff only appears in six

scenes and interviews with the show’s

episodes. The show also shifts setting from

cast.

Out now on DVD

Offspring Season 1 From the makers of hit shows Secret Life of

Adding to all of this drama, Nina’s world

sets up barriers all over the place because

Us and Love My Way comes the new drama

is thrown into even more chaos when new

she’s so frightened. She swings from one

series Offspring, which delivers the quality

pediatrician Chris Havel (Don Hany) begins

emotion to another and tries to make sense of

Australian drama that has been missing from

working at her hospital. Not only is he Nina’s

it, then ends up in turmoil because she can’t.”

our screens of late.

dream man, but he’s also unavailable.

The series follows Nina Proudman’s (Asher

Keddie is no stranger to television series’,

The show’s not all drama, however; there is lots of comedy throughout and it provides

Keddie’s) chaotic life, which includes her

having starred in Love My Way. She explains

something relatable for all of us, whether that

complex family unit, complete with a younger

of her new character, ‘’I was interested in

is a complicated family life or difficulty in the

baby half-brother – the result of her father’s

exploring the personality of a woman who’s in

romance department. “The show is full of

ongoing midlife crisis, and his fling with one of

her middle 30s who still hasn’t really landed in

hope,” Keddie explains. ‘’One of the things

her friends – and an ex-husband who just can’t

the world. In her job, she’s so responsible, so

that I was attracted to was its sense of

accept it’s over.

capable. But beyond it, she’s off-centre. She

possibility”.

WORDS Caroline Muldoon

OFFSPRING SEASON 1

Out now on DVD

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ETAMITLU

FORMER RUGBY LEAGUE STAR AND GENTLE GIANT JASON STEVENS IS MAKING A BIG SPLASH IN THE WORLD OF TELEVISION AS HE UNVEILS HIS NEW SHOW.

inducing situation. He follows with a David

national attention. After feeling lost in a string of

with one flex of his sizeable biceps. He was the

Letterman style monologue, before opening the

meaningless relationships, Stevens took a vow of

object of Trent the Flight Steward’s Footy Show

floor to celebrity interviews that feature stars

celibacy in 1995 – the subject of his best-selling

affections. And he fed Wog Boy Vince Colosimo

such as Glenn Robbins, Guy Sebastian, Daniel

book, Worth the Wait. This was not an easy

“shit” dolmades.

MacPherson and Rachael Finch.

stance in the macho world of rugby league, and

He’s the man who made Nicole Kidman blush

These are just a few of the embarrassing

Perhaps the most compelling part of the

Stevens endured taunting from many of his peers.

moments former rugby league star turned

show, however, is the “Show Us What You

Yet it was a promise he took very seriously and

television host Jason Stevens has taken in

Got!” segment that gives the celebrity guest

faithfully abstained for well over a decade, until

the line of duty. From his escapades on The

an opportunity to showcase a hidden talent –

his wedding to Rebecca Ford in early 2010.

Footy Show to more recently hosting celebrity

think actor Daniel Macpherson busting out an

interviews on The Matty Johns Show and

impromptu tune.

Stevens is indeed the complete package. Funny and natural in front of the camera, he knows how

putting his best foot forward as a contestant on

But while self-deprecating Stevens is quick

Dancing With The Stars, Stevens has become an

to laugh at himself, you’d be wrong to mistake

himself and the sincerity to speak his mind. These

audience favourite.

him for merely the latest on-screen clown. In

are qualities that will no doubt help him blossom

He’s loved by many for his genuinely warm

fact, Steven’s was a straight-A student, gained a

into a successful television host; and Stevens is

persona, ability to laugh at himself and natural

Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New

up for the challenge.

talent to put celebrity guests at ease – all

South Wales and went to work for top financial

qualities he brings to his new show, Big J’s Place.

firm Ernst & Young, all while proving himself as a

grow at,” he says. “But that only comes through

“Big J’s Place is a variety show that is warm,

young rising star in the rough-and-tumble world

experience. I’m really excited and looking forward

of rugby league.

to the challenge.”

clever, fun and modern with some classic

Tonight Show elements,” says Stevens. “The

a 20-year-old for St. George Illawarra, he

and older viewers.”

went on to become a marquee player at

Each show opens with a comedy skit that stars Stevens and a celebrity guest in a comedy-

BIG J’S PLACE WORDS Shane Conroy

tough-as-nails prop forward in 1993 as

to a wide audience, attracting a mix of younger

is a mish-mash of Stevens’ talents as a host.

“[Hosting] is definitely something I want to

Making his first-grade debut as a

show is a return to family values and will appeal

Currently airing on 7Two, the variety show

to handle criticism and has the integrity to be

the Cronulla Sharks and represented his state and country multiple times. However, it’s his work off the field that has brought the born-again Christian to

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MICHA IT’S A SHAME THAT MICHAEL JACKSON ISN’T HERE NOW TO SEE HOW MUCH THE WORLD TRULY APPRECIATED HIS MUSIC. THIS MONTH, 18 MONTHS AFTER THE KING OF POP PASSED AWAY, A NEW ALBUM OF PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED AND UNHEARD MATERIAL IS REVEALED, WITH THE BLESSING OF HIS ESTATE. In the last few years of his life, it was often reported that Michael Jackson had been working on songs for his next album. Until now, we haven’t heard any new material from him since 2001’s Invincible, which sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. Since his death on June 25 last year, his

to honour MJ’s legacy, including a DVD box

The striking cover art for MICHAEL was

set of all of his music videos entitled Michael

designed by Kadir Nelson, an artist that Jackson

Jackson’s Vision, a new video game called

had personally approached to create a piece of

Michael Jackson The Experience, and a range of

art based on his life and career.

collectables.

“Michael wears a golden suit of armour

Work is also underway on The Michael

Jackson Immortal World Tour, an extravagant

and stares at the viewer as he is crowned by cupids,” Nelson explains of the unique CD cover.

estate has been working

new show by Cirque du Soleil – it’s said to be

on numerous

created along the same lines as their Beatle’s-

directly at the viewer, a symbol of Jackson’s big

inspired Las Vegas show, Revolution – and a

heart and strong connection to his fans and

404-page collection of photos and memories of

music.

projects

the King of Pop, appropriately titled The Official

Michael Jackson Opus.

“He places his hand over his heart and looks

“A monarch butterfly sits on his shoulder, [which is] another symbol of Jackson’s

Now, with this new album

MICHAEL, fans will finally get to hear the songs that he had been working on in his final years. They’ve been tucked away in his vaults, but these recent collaborations and songs were always destined for a new Michael Jackson release.

metamorphosis as a singer and entertainer, as well as a symbol of royalty. His musical history unfolds behind him.” Controversy surrounded Jackson when he was alive, and unfortunately he can’t escape it, even now. There have been claims that several of the songs on the new album were actually completed using the vocals of a singer who sounds like Jackson,

rather

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AEL rather than featuring his actual voice.

● According to the Guinness World Records, Michael Jackson is the most successful entertainer of all time. ● He’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – twice. ● MJ has had 13 US number 1 singles ● He won 13 Grammy Awards and 26 American Music Awards

And Jackson’s former manager, Frank DiLeo,

Sony has assured fans that the tracks are the

tells Rolling Stone that MJ reportedly left several

real deal, and have even gone to the effort of

hard drives behind, each overflowing with unheard

having the raw vocals authenticated, but that

music, much of it recorded during the 1980s.

hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from working

“There are a couple of songs we recorded for the Bad album that we had to cut that are just

over time. Fortunately for fans, MICHAEL is not likely to be the last album of new material we’re treated to from the late King of Pop. According to Rolling Stone, the

sensational,” DiLeo says. Until those tracks see the light of day, we’ll have to make do with MICHAEL. A full-length track from the album was streamed

upcoming collection of never-

as a teaser of what to

before-heard Jackson

expect at www.

songs will be the first

michaeljackson.

album released

com in November,

in a 10-project,

and from what we

seven-year

heard, fans won’t

deal that

be disappointed!

the Jackson estate signed with

SOLO ALBUMS AND SALES:

Sony Music in March

MICHAEL JACKSON MICHAEL

From December 10

WORDS David Christopher

Throughout his fourdecade career Michael Jackson sold hundreds of millions of records – and that’s not even counting those sold during his time with Jackson 5. Not including sales of ‘best of’ collections and greatest hits packages, MJ’s record sales include: ● Off The Wall - 20 million ● Thriller - 110 million ● Bad - 30 million ● Dangerous - 32 million ● HIStory: Part 1 & 2 20 million ● Blood On The Dancefloor: HIStory in the Mix - 6 million ● Invincible - 13 million

2010.


ULTIMATE

Powderfinger say goodbye with one last national tour and a behind-thescenes documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the men behind the music. Jordan (Two Hands, Ned Kelly), the disc capturess

behind only Silverchair, Powderfinger began in

rule Powderfinger lead singer Bernard Fanning

the band’s greatest hits performed with all

1989 when guitarist Ian Haug and bassist John

says has kept the band together for more than

the energy, enthusiasm and passion that their

Collins got together and named their outfit after

two decades. However, after seven studio

emotional farewell tour has provoked.

the famous Neil Young song. Bernard Fanning – a

“Eat while you’re drinking.” That’s the golden

albums and 15 ARIA Awards, the Brisbane boys

Also featured is an intimate behind-the-

are hanging up their microphones once and for

scenes documentary that gives fans a rare

Coghill joined a short time later, and guitarist

all.

inside glimpse of the personalities behind the

Darren Middleton completed the picture when

music.

he showed up in 1992.

Crowds flocked to see the band in one last live performance as they toured the country for

Contrary to rock’n’roll stereotypes, what you’llllll

university mate of Haug’s – and drummer Jon

Their first studio album, 1994’s Parables for

a final time in their 2010 Sunsets Tour. Starting

find is a group of down-to-earth mates who

Wooden Ears, fell flat and their second record in

their epic rock’n’roll road trip in Newcastle

are more interested in jamming together than

1996, Double Allergic, was a moderate success.

on 1 September, the band spent two-and-a-

trashing hotel rooms.

half months playing at their favourite haunts

But it wasn’t until they released their third album,

There are no temper tantrums or dramatic

Internationalist, in 1998 that featured hit singles

Australia-wide – including venues in Darwin

punch-ups, just a group of supremely talented

“The Day You Come” and “Passenger” that they

and regional Queensland, as well as the major

musicians who feel they have accomplished

really hit the big-time, reaching number-one and

cities – for one last salute to the fans who have

everything they set out to do.

spending 100 weeks on the ARIA Albums Chart.

kept them at the top of the Aussie rock game forr more than 15 years. While hundreds of thousands of tearful Powerfinger fans have been forced to say goodbye to the band that has delivered classic

But that’s not to say the band doesn’t have a

From that point it was a done deal and the

cheeky side. In fact, there are as many laughs ass

band continued to cement their status as one

tear as the boys reflect on the fun – and no-so-

of Australia’s leading rock bands with their next

fun – times of life on the road.

four hit albums – Odyssey Number Five (2000),

“Obviously, we have a lot of fun playing

Vulture Street (2003), Dream Days at the Hotel

hits such as “These Days”, “My Happiness”

together, but I think the best times have been

and “Passenger”, the magic of their live

when all four of us are in a car together just

Sadly, the Sunsets Farewell Tour DVD will be

performances has been captured on the

talking shit; all paying out on someone,” says

the final entry in their playbook. “Sometimes we

incredible Sunsets Farewell Tour DVD and Blu-

Fanning. “That’s when being in a band is really

do get sentimental and think about old times,”

Ray disc.

fun.”

says drummer Jon Coghill. “It doesn’t feel like 20

Presented by acclaimed film director Gregor

The second most-awarded Australian band,

Existence (2007) and Golden Rule (2009).

years.”

Out now on Blu-ray and DVD

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WORDS Shane Conroy

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Rihanna Perennial chart-topper Rihanna is bringing her Last Girl On Earth tour

Katy Perry

down under early next year, with a series of stadium shows planned in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle in February

In her first Australian tour since August 2009’s Hello Katy showcase, newly

and March.

married pop-princess Katy Perry – who walked down the aisle with British

The singer, real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, will celebrate her 23rd

comedian and actor Russell Brand in October – will hit up our capital cities

birthday just days before touching down in Brisbane to perform in support

with her California Dreams tour.

of her brand new album, Loud. This will be her first tour of Australia since

Perry made the decision to bring her show to Australia following the huge

2008.

success of her #1 album Teenage Dream, which she describes as being a

Loud is the singer’s fifth album in as many years, and features

collection of songs about love.

collaborations with the likes of Eminem (“Love the Way You Lie [Part II]”),

“It’s about how it’s all or nothing when you fall in love as a teenager –

current radio ‘it girl’ Nicki Minaj (“Raining Men”), and Drake (“What’s My

[then] you get older and get more disappointed or guarded, and that

Name?”).

affects your relationships,” she says.

Promoter Michael Coppel says Rihanna’s almost two-hour show will

“But once in a while, someone comes into your world and just turns it

include a full theatrical production, band, acrobats, dancers and music

upside down and makes you feel like a giddy teenager.”

from all of her studio albums.

The sassy pop singer promises to light up the stage with a series of high-

Rihanna – who has spent more weeks at #1 on the ARIA singles chart

energy, infectious shows set against spectacular candy and fairy-floss

than any other female artist in the last decade – describes the show as

themed sets.

“daring”, saying, “We’ve never done a tour to this capacity. The production

She’ll deliver material from her new album, including hit singles “Teenage

is unbelievable and the costumes? We just took it to a whole new level.

Dream”, “California Gurls” and “Firework”, along with pop gems such as

Visually and sonically it’s going to be a big step up from the last time. We

“Ur So Gay”, “Hot N Cold”, “Thinking of You” and “Waking Up In Vegas”

keep growing, and this time it is a massive production.”

from her previous chart-topping effort, One Of The Boys.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARIO SUPER MARIO ALL-STARS 25TH ANNIVERSARY Gaming’s greatest ever hero celebrates a major milestone.

and we’ve got to admit, the colour really looks

which features 20 songs from the various Mario

Mario turns 25, that’s how! The legendary

striking (see boxout)! Secondly, Nintendo are

games.

gaming hero that started it all has reached a

releasing an updated version of their Super

quarter century in 2010 and despite the massive

Mario All-Stars pack, which first appeared for

what made them special over the years. While

leaps in technology and the maturation of the

SNES way back in 1993, eventually selling over

visuals have certainly improved in that time,

entire industry - especially its audience - Mario

10 million copies.

there is no denying that the majority of side-

How do you know you’re getting old? When

has still got game. Each year he bounds back

The game includes Mario’s first four games,

Unsurprisingly, the games have lost little of

scrolling platformers that followed the Mario

onto gamer’s screens and rarely does he slip up,

all on the one disc. So you get the original Super

games - from Sonic to Donkey Kong - were

offering the same brilliant platform adventure

Mario Bros. from 1985, as well as Super Mario

all variations on the plucky plumber’s winning

gaming now as he did way back in 1985, on the

Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 (both of which

formula. While it is a bit of a shame that the

Nintendo Entertainment System.

came out in 1988) and Super Mario Bros. The

opportunity hasn’t been taken to spruce up

Lost Levels (which actually came out in 1986 in

the visuals or incorporate some basic motion

successful Wii and Nintendo is celebrating

Japan as a continuation of the original, before

controls, nothing can rob this game of its

Mario’s birthday in style. There are two parts

later making it to Western markets). In addition

amazing nostalgia value.

to the celebration: firstly, you will find a new

to these classics, the game also comes with a

Fast forward 25 years to the massively

red Wii available in stores ahead of Christmas

32-page booklet documenting the history of Mario, and a soundtrack CD,

Long time fans and newcomers who want to learn more about the history of video gaming and where it all began would do well to pick up this pack.

COLOURFUL CONSOLE

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WORDS Chris Stead

As part of the celebration for Mario’s 25th birthday, Nintendo has re-released their Wii console with a striking new look. The console is completely red, as is the included Wii-mote and nunchuk. The console comes with the original Super Mario Bros. installed, plus the recently released - and awesome - New Super Mario Bros. game. Wii Sports, which is bundled with every console, remains as part of this new package. It retails for $299.95.


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SHREK FOREVER AFTER (OUT NOW) Shrek and company are back for one last time, but all is not well in the land of Happily Ever After. Shrek (voiced, as always, by Mike Myers) has tired of his new domestic duties and is frustrated by his out-of-control brood. In a moment of weakness, Shrek meets with Rumpelstiltskin and is tricked into wishing himself into non-existence. As a result, Shrek finds himself in an alternate reality where Donkey, Puss in Boots and, most importantly, Fiona, have no idea who he is.

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (JANUARY 12) Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar Blake, a centuries-old sorcerer who has been searching for an appropriately talented heir since the days of Merlin. He finds such a person in 10-year-old New Yorker Dave Stutler who comes to his attention when he visits the old sorcerer’s mysterious occult shop where a magical incident occurs. A decade later, the pair are reunited and Dave agrees to become the sorcerer’s apprentice in order to fight the evil he mistakenly released 10 years ago.

GOING THE DISTANCE (FEBRUARY 2) Drew Barrymore and Justin Long breath new life into the tried and tested longdistance romantic comedy model. Barrymore plays 31-year-old Erin who meets struggling record company exec Garret (Long) when she moves to New York City for a summer internship. All is peachey as the pair share a carefree existence, until Erin flies back home to San Francisco and reality sets in. The couple soon discover they want more than awkward 4am phone sex, but do they have the courage to go after it?

THE KARATE KID (DECEMBER 8) Jaden Smith, aka Will Smith Jnr., steps into the lead role of this 1980s classic, and while the new script deviates quite a lot from the original, the core formula remains the same. Jackie Chan is perfectly cast as mentor Mr Han, who helps Dre (Smith) get in touch with his inner martial artist when the boy undertakes a difficult move from the US to China. Perhaps a little old-fashioned in its approach to dealing with bullies, it presents the idea that a bully is much like a balloon – pop it hard enough and it will go away.

SALT (DECEMBER 22) There’s something completely irresistible about Angelina Jolie as a sexy super spy, and as CIA agent Evelyn Salt, that’s exactly what she is. However, when Salt is accused of being a double agent for the Russian government, she quickly becomes target number-one for her former employer. With Jolie playing coy throughout, we’re kept guessing to the truth and director Phillip Noyce keeps our emotions on a knife edge as our allegiances shift from minute to minute.

DESPICABLE ME (JANUARY 6) It’s not easy being bad. At least that’s what super villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) discovers when he goes up against an evil new upstart on his latest conquest to steal the moon. To complicate things further, the usually cold-hearted Gru encounters three adorable orphans who distract the mad professor from directing his army of loyal minions. This is an excellent family animation that will delight the kids while throwing an entertaining wink at parents.

NOT FINAL ARTWORK

TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN (DECEMBER 30) their return – and the troupe The film adaptation of one of young Aussie actors do of Australia’s most popular an excellent job endearing youth novels was watched us to their characters. While with the eagle eyes of many movies often struggle to live dedicated fans, and director up to the richness of their Stuart Beatie’s interpretation written versions, the core does not disappoint. Author coming-of-age tale survives John Marsden has resisted here. making a film adaptation of his best-selling book for years, but it’s not hard to understand why he green-lighted this project. The script sticks close to the original novel – a group of teens head out into the mountains for an unsupervised camping trip only to discover that their town has fallen victim to foreign invaders on

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE (FEBRUARY 2) This Australian-produced animation presents a stunningly detailed fantasy world that sits comfortably in the league of Avatar. Owl society is in turmoil as loving owl families are beset upon by power-hungry bands of rouge owls. When two young brothers fall out of their family tree, they are recruited into this evil army, until one brother escapes to seek out the legendary Guardians who hold the power to defeat the army and return the forest to its natural order.

SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD (DECEMBER 15) None could play Scott Pilgrim quite as well as hipto-be-square Michael Cera. Pilgrim is a 23-year-old indie bass player who is dating an intense, obsessive 17-year-old known as Knives. But when he falls head-over-heels with a skater chick he must dump Knives – easier said than done – to be with his dream girl. But it doesn’t end there. In order to live happily ever after, Pilgrim must battle with his new girl’s seven evil exboyfriends. This has become a cult hit for good reason.

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With more twists and turns than the ultimate rollercoaster, this is a film you’ll want to watch several times. There are a few reasons for this – Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a top-shelf performance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt unveils himself as a future Oscar winner and Ellen Page rocks her most mature role to date. But the main reason you’ll be tuning in multiple times is to untangle the many plot twists as the protagonists infiltrate their subjects’ dreams and explore multiple levels of their subconscious while building new dreamscapes. The surprise ending is open for interpretation and will cause many heated dinner-table arguments. (DECEMBER 8)


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RY CUMING: RY CUMING (JANUARY 28) The self-titled debut release from Australian singer/ songwriter and guitarist, Ry Cuming, signals big things in store for this rising young star. You can hear the Jeff Buckley influence that Cuming sites as his inspiration in his stripped back, lyrical sound. An avid surfer, Cuming was discovered by LA producers strumming in the corridor of a hotel in Costa Rica. Think Jeff Buckley meets Jack Johnson and you’re halfway there.

CIARA: BASIC INSTINCT (DECEMBER 14) The urban princess has gone big for her fourth studio release. Lead single “Ride” features Ludacris and a very sexy groove, while tracks such as “Speechless“ and “Gimmie Dat” show a marked return to her R&B roots. Originally due for an August release, the album was pushed back to drop just before Christmas, but it is well worth the wait as we find Ciara in close to careerbest form with a new energy that is quite irrespirable.

DAFT PUNK: TRON LEGACY SOUNDTRACK (DECEMBER 8) It’s not often that anticipation for a movie soundtrack outweighs that for the actual film, but many music fans are more interested in Daft Punk’s backing tunes than Disney’s futuristic companion piece to the classic 1982 original. The French duo’s electro sound is the perfect fit for the movie, and producers gave the band a 100-piece orchestra to work with – the result is an incredibly rich score that allows Daft Punk’s electro talents to shine like never before.

PEARL JAM: LIVE ON TEN LEGS (JANUARY 21) There’s nothing like celebrating the 20th anniversary of your favourite teenage years band to make you feel old, but that’s exactly what Pearl Jam fans are facing. Essentially a greatest hits albums, the 18 tracks span seven years of world-wide wanderings, culminating in 2010’s epic Hyde Park show in London. Monster hits such as “Alive” and “I Am Mine” join lesser-known tracks such as “World Wide Suicide” and “Spin the Black Circle”.

THE POTBELLEEZ: DESTINATION NOW (JANUARY 28) The Potbelleez debut dance release in 2008 made the Sydney-based group an overnight success story as hit singles “Don’t Hold Back” and “Are You With Me” tore up the charts. Now they’re back with a second album that retains their high-energy club sound, but teams it with anthem-style tracks that will be huge on the summer festival circuit. The lead single is “Hello” – you’ll be hearing its incredibly catchy chorus at every party of the summer.

JOHN WILLIAMSON: JOHN WILLIAMSON LIVE (JANUARY 14 After three ARIA Awards, 24 Golden Guitars, and more than four million albums sold, true blue country icon John Williamson reminds us why he is considered one of the industry’s best live performers. His performances at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Rugby World Cup, and Sir Donald Bradman’s memorial are now part of history, and further evidence of his rare gift of switching from a cheeky wink to a soulful ballad to a fist-pumping anthem as quickly as you can say ‘fair dinkum’. NOT FINAL ARTWORK

MICHAEL JACKSON: MICHAEL (DECEMBER 10) on the album have been It seems death will not quick to deny such claims. weary the late, great Michael Either way, expect more Jackson as his estate unreleased music to escape releases a posthumous the vault in the future – album of new recordings insiders say that Jackson completed prior to his often over-recorded for his passing. Simply titled albums and left much on the MICHAEL, there has been cutting room floor that will be much controversy over enjoyed for years to come. the album’s first single, “Breaking News”, which was recorded in New Jersey in 2007. Many fans, and even some members of Jackson’s family, have cast aspersions on whether or not the track actually features Jackson’s voice, although collaborators

KERI HILSON: NO BOYS (OUT NOW) In her 2009 debut, In a Perfect World, Keri Hilson brought a touch of soul into the pop world, and with her highly anticipated follow-up album dropping this month, we’re in for another dose of the sex kitten with a brain. “Pretty Girl Rock” produced by Ne-Yo is a war-cry for women to put divisive jealousy behind them and embrace their collective beauty, while “Buyou” takes a shot at men who take women for granted. All in all, it’s a powerful album from a superstar of the fu) ture.

SLIM DUSTY: THE VERY BEST OF SLIM DUSTY (GOLD LABEL EDITION) (JANUARY 14) He’s the man who gave us “The Pub With No Beer” among countless other country hits that spanned an incredible 60-year career before his death in 2003. He released his first album in 1945, and around five million album sales later, we are offered another taste of his greatness. Along with “The Pub With No Beer”, classic hits “Duncan”, “G’day, G’day”, “Cunnamulla Fella” and a stirring rendition of “Waltzing Matilda” are all featured.

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Pitbull’s stellar sixth studio album has a cameo line-up that reads like an MTV Music Video Awards guest list. Akon, Skakira and Enrique Iglesias all lend their vocals to the record, while David Guettra, Pharrell and Rodney Jerkins all lay down beats on the album. Pit has said that he wants every song on the album to be a hit single, and the lead single, “Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor)” featuring T-Pain is a good start as it tears up dance clubs around the world. Meanwhile, Pit has big plans of touring South America with the Black Eyed Peas and linking with Iglesias for a segment of his world tour. (OUT NOW)


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PSYCHO 50TH ANNIVERSARY (OUT NOW) Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece changed the film industry forever. Now, 50 years later, it’s time to rediscover the penultimate horror flick. It may be a long way from the gore of the Saw franchise, but Hitchcock employs moodbuilding music, tensionfilled cinematography and supreme characterisation to build scares that don’t need the in-your-face gore of modern special effects. Anthony Perkins plays unhinged motel owner Norman Bates who is clinging

to a mummy’s boy complex that spells doom for one of his guests. This edition is jammed with enough special features to impress even the most strident film buff, including a feature-length making-of documentary, one of Hitchcock’s rare short films and original storyboards of the infamous shower scene.

SE7EN (OUT NOW) The high-definition treatment is glaringly obvious in this moody thriller as blu-ray technology shines in the dark corners and shadowy frames that build the atmosphere of this edge-of-your-seat production. Brad Pitt plays a hot-shot rookie cop who is thrown into the investigation of a string of grizzly murders that are themed around the biblical seven deadly sins. Morgan Freeman is at his best as Pitt’s older, wiser partner who clashes with the balls-out attitude of the younger man.

SCENT OF A WOMAN (OUT NOW) We’ve seen plenty of Al Pacino as gangster and grumpy cop, but this 1992 classic drama demonstrates Pacino’s incredible range. He won his first Best Actor Oscar for his role as blind retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade. Bitter and lonely, Slade employs high school student Charles Simms (a very young Chris O’Donnell) as a personal assistant for a Thanksgiving weekend in New York City. Each man learns from the other as they discover more about life and how to live it.

THE HOLIDAY (OUT NOW) The Holiday proves that love does not stop at the airport. Amanda (Cameron Diaz) is an American hottie and Iris (Kate Winslet) is an English lass who are both feeling the effects of bad breakups. They each respond to a house-swapping ad and trade lives, and homes, for a much-needed holiday escape. However, one lady’s trash is another’s treasure as Iris falls for a friend of Amanda’s in the form of Jack Black, and Amanda succumbs to the charms of Iris’ charming brother (Jude Law).

THE SIMPSONS: SEASON 13 (OUT NOW) It’s a case of lucky 13 for Springfield’s first family as they present another ripper of a season. Lisa is on track to attending her snooty dream school, that is if her genes don’t kick in first. When Mr Burns discovers he only has a few weeks to live, the Simpsons take him in. Bart is arrested for stealing Chief Wiggum’s police car and is tethered to Homer as punishment. And Marge declares a health war when Springfield is declared ‘the fattest town on earth’.

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (OUT NOW) This is a profoundly touching film about the danger of addiction – to illegal and legal substances. Desperate to lose weight for an upcoming television appearance but unable to stick to a healthy diet, widow Sarah Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) gets hooked on diet pills. Meanwhile, her son Harry (Jared Leto) sets up a drug dealing operation with his best friend, Tyrone (Marlon Wayons). However their desire to test the merchandise develops into a full-blown drug addiction.

NOTTING HILL (OUT NOW) This is more than a cookiecutter romantic comedy. Sure, there is plenty of romance and a good share of laughs, but co-stars Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant also have a point to make about the cult of celebrity. Grant plays a humble travel book shop owner who encounters movie star Roberts by chance. That chance meeting develops into a romantic entanglement, but when Robert’s character is caught by the paparazzi she freaks out and retreats to her protected celebrity world.

TWILIGHT ZONE: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON 1 (DECEMBER 8) It was a smash hit in 1959 and now you can discover the series that sparked the sci-fi revolution. All 36 episodes of the weird and wonderful first season are included here – presented in high definition for the first time ever. See the late, great Burgess Meredith as the last man standing after a nuclear blast, Anne Francis as a department store shopper who’s haunted by mannequins, and the season finale that leaves a writer to deal with his fictional characters coming to life.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (OUT NOW) Many films have been inspired by the work of William Shakespeare, but few have peeked inside his life. By no means a factual documentary, this awardwinning film imaginatively suggests that the playwright found inspiration for his famous Romeo and Juliet in his own love life. William (Joseph Fiennes) is in love with Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), however, he’s unaware that his lady love, in a desperate attempt to be part of the male-only theatre, disguises herself as a man and becomes male confidant to love-struck William.

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After two decades of making beautiful music together, Powderfinger are finally calling it a day. This documentary by the acclaimed filmmaker Gregor Jordon, the man behind Two Hands and Ned Kelly, goes on the road with the band on their final national tour. Watch all the on-stage action in stunning high definition, then go behind the scenes for an intimate insight into the personalities behind one of Australia’s most successful rock bands. This is a joyful – and sometimes emotional – farewell to the band who has played the soundtrack to our lives. (OUT NOW)

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DONKEY KONG COUNTRY RETURNS WII Fourteen years after his last side-scrolling adventure, Donkey Kong Country does indeed return and is better than ever. Astonishing level design and gameplay that builds on, rather than replicates, the old action will have platform lovers addicted. Great graphics, a two-player mode and a stack of variety keep it lively and fun throughout. A must-own!

MICHAEL JACKSON: THE EXPERIENCE WII Jacko busts out his moves Michael Jackson may be on screen you need to six feet under, but we’re follow suit, holding the expecting to see more of Wii’s controllers so that him than ever over the the machine knows how coming years. This includes you’re performing. You an intriguing new game actually end up dancing for the Nintendo Wii, in like the legend himself. Up which fans get to act out to four-players can join in their ‘thrilling’ fantasies. It’s the fun, and you can use a primarily a dancing game, microphone to try your luck with players confronted at singing, too. Versions of with a host of Jackson’s the game on the PS3 and favourite songs delivered 360 are expected early with the familiar backdrop next year. of his music videos. As JAMES BOND 007: BLOOD STONE PS3, 360, PC, DS While we await a new Bond film, this game ably fills the gap. This all-original story has you playing the spy as you travel across six locations trying to prevent the usual evil-doers from releasing a devastating biological agent. Daniel Craig stars with Judi Dench and singer Joss Stone as the love interest. Thirdperson shooting, hand-tohand combat and frantic driving ensure 00 Action.

MONOPOLY STREETS PS3, 360 The classic board game gets wonderfully reinvented as a full 3D game world in Monopoly Streets, with animated characters bringing life to the addictive money squabbling. Despite looking super cute, a host of game modes ensure you can play the game just how you and your family desire ensuring gamers of all ages can enjoy it. Four players can join in the fun... or should that be, the fight?

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GOD OF WAR: GHOST OF SPARTA If you ever wanted to know just how powerful a handheld can be, take a look at Ghost of Sparta - it has graphics and gameplay that match most full console experiences. Forming a narrative bridge between God of War 1 and 2, this game sees Kratos pursue his long lost brother Deimos. Great new weapons and slick combat make this the PSP’s best action title.

DANCE CENTRAL XBOX 360 Made by the same brains who created Guitar Hero, Dance Central is without question the best of Kinect’s launch games. Using the device’s amazing technology, the game takes an accurate reading of your body and monitors how you move as you bust out the dance moves shown on screen, scoring your effort. It works amazingly well, and is buoyed by a great tracklist.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 1 PS3, 360, WII, DS, PC There has been a game for each of the Harry Potter films and much like the quality of the movies, the visuals and sense of freedom have improved dramatically with each iteration. It will come as no surprise that at the business end of the series, combat takes centre stage, although there is some stealth based gameplay, too. Kinect owners can make gestures to cast spells, which is particularly cool. DEF JAM RAPSTAR PS3, 360, WII There are a number of cool karaoke games out there, but very few provide a fun experience for hip-hop fans. Def Jam Rapstar, however, focuses on just that with a range of modes designed to test out your rapping ability. The massive tracklist is star-studded, including the likes of Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Public Enemy, Kayne West, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Wu Tang Clan, Outkast, Diddy, 50 Cent and 2 Pac.

EPIC MICKEY WII This game is set to put Mickey Mouse back into the spotlight in a big way. You play a devious, more sinister Mickey, traversing the Disney landscapes with a magic paintbrush wiping out or creating the world as you see fit. Epic Mickey mixes up the open-world platforming with combat, RPG elements and sidescrolling level transitions, plus it looks a treat. The Mouse is back!

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CATACLYSM PC The greatest MMORPG of them all receives its third expansion pack and boy does it bring a lot to the table. This includes a complete visual reworking of much of the game’s areas, as well as new story-focused quests. The level cap increases by five to 85, and brings with it a stack of new dungeons to tackle. There are also two new races in the Goblins (Horde) and Worgen (Alliance). Plenty for fans of all levels.

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[GADGETS] BLACKBERRY TORCH 9800 EVOLUTION, BABY! One of the few brands to stand toe-to-toe with the iPhone, the Blackberry remains a popular choice amongst business men and women. The brilliant new Torch 9800, however, should break it out into the wider community. The intriguing design has a slide-out screen which reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. Despite our initial concerns that this approach might destabilise the handset, it’s brilliantly

ASUS G73 3D NOTEBOOK REPUBLIC OF GAMERS Now here is an impressive device. A LED 17” gaming tiered notebook that provides 3D action! This is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, and it combines visual guru Nvidia’s Fermi-based GTX 460M graphics engine with the Nvidia 3D Vision technology to provide the 3D effect. It’s all fully HD,

designed and works a treat. When slid-out, the screen feels secure and the phone remains well weighted in your hands. The touchscreen is super responsive too, and nice and bright: plus, it comes with the new Blackberry OS, which features bright and colourful menus in place of the drab textbased options of the previous models. Socialites will enjoy the five megapixel camera and the speed in which it processes photos. In fact, this whole device is fast, flexible and fun and an excellent evolution for the brand. Check it out!

to have it charged up as well, but there is no denying its benefits when on long haul flights, or away from power sources (such as camping). A little LED meter shows you how much you’ve got in the tank, so you shouldn’t be caught out and at $89.95 RRP it is not a bank buster. You never need be lost and helpless again!

SONY BRAVIA NX810 NEW DIMENSION Sony has been very active in pushing 3D technology, especially via its PlayStation console, but also with Bluray. So it has been odd then that their signature Bravia TVs have been a little late coming to the party. The NX810 fixes this, being 3D ready just in time for the first run of Blu-ray films that make use of the extra dimension. The 55” screen runs at a fantastic 200MHz and is LED backlit, offering some extremely impressive visual quality aided by

Bravia Engine 3 and MotionFlow Pro technology. A less known but equally impressive feature is IPTV support, for video and TV that comes from the internet. This looks a treat and the available content here is the best in the marketplace: you’ll really be ahead of the curve on this one as we expect IPTV to boom through this decade. We’re disappointed that some of the optional extras (like a stand)

FOXTEL ON XBOX MULTI-TASKING No doubt you are aware of the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s successful video game console. While the device is already considered a multimedia hub thanks to its ability to play movies, music, photos and connect to the internet, it will now be swelling its services by turning into a Foxtel box. Subscribers to the Xbox 360 Live service will be able

to sign-up to Foxtel and watch channels through the console, streamed across the net. The Getting Started pack costs $20 a month, and offers channels like FOX8, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel [V], LifeStyle YOU, Discovery, National Geographic, TV1, SKY NEWS, FOX Sports News and CNN. There are

aren’t included, but Sony are known for their great TVs, and this is no exception.

then additional channels (30 in total) that can be added via focused Sport, Entertainment and Movie packs starting at $10. Catch-up TV is also supported, as is Foxtel on Demand (new release films being $5.95). It works well, and is integrated seamlessly into the Xbox OS giving the console a whole new dimension.

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too, supporting DirectX11, 1080p resolution and HDMI 1.4 output, which allows the notebook to link up to a big TV without losing quality, or the effect. It’s a pretty mean gaming machine, sporting 1.5GB GDDR5 video memory, a 500GB hard-drive, 8GB of RAM and a design that is ergonomically designed to facilitate long periods of use. Furthermore, it features a Blu-ray writer and player, which means you can use it to watch Blu-ray films in 3D, too. The necessary glasses are included, so if you are looking for a top of the line, 3D gaming/ multimedia device that fits in your backpack, the G73 is difficult to look past at $2,999 RRP.

JUST MOBILE GUM PLUS PP-168 VERY HANDY We all love our smartphones: we all hate it when they burn through their battery power before we’re back in the comfort of our homes. It almost makes you feel lost and helpless. This handy little device looks to get around this problem. Designed for the iPhone, but capable of recharging any USB tied phone, it holds around two additional charges worth of power. It is a little bigger than we would have liked - about two-thirds the size of the phone itself - and you will have to remember


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Cnr James St & Anzac

Toowoomba

QLD 4350 07 4634 0331

Shopping Centre

Ave

Shop 18, Dalby

17-67 Cunningham St

Dalby

QLD 4405 07 4662 3257

Mulgrave Road

Earlville

QLD 4870 07 4033 6257

Shop T18, Centro Shopping

Cnr Excelsior Rd &

Gympie

QLD 4570 07 5482 3294

Centre

Bruce Hwy

Shop 1073, Westfield

1-29 Millaroo Drive

Helensvale

QLD 4212 07 5556 0086

Boat Harbour Drive

Hervey Bay

QLD 4655 07 4124 8561

Maryborough St

Bundaberg

QLD 4670 07 4153 1480

318 Moggill Road

Indooroopilly

QLD 4068 07 3878 3294

Shop 48, Kin Kora Shopping

Cnr Dawson Highway &

Gladstone

QLD 4680 07 4978 5336

Centre

Phillip Street

Shop 91-92, Logan

Cnr Pacific Highway &

Loganholme

QLD 4129 07 3801 2947

Hyperdome

Bryants Road

Shop 129, Sunshine Plaza

Cnr Horton & Plaza

Shoppingworld

Dubbo

NSW 2830 02 6881 6130

Helensvale

Orange

NSW 2800 02 6361 0619

Summer Street

Port Central

Shops F3 & F4, Port Central

40 Horton Street

Shop 9. Settlement City

Cnr Bay & Park Streets

Raymond

Shop 36, Raymond Terrace

Port Stephens Street

Terrace

Marketplace

Port Macquarie NSW 2444 02 6584 3133 Raymond Terrace

Shop 3001, Westfield Shoppingtown

Kin Kora Loganholme Maroochydore

Shop 66, Morayfield

Morayfield Road

Morayfield

171 Dandenong Road

Mt Ommaney

Shop 11D, Mt Pleasant

Cnr Bucasia Rd &

Mackay

QLD 4740 07 4942 8164

Shopping Centre

Philip St

Shop 21-37, Nerang River

57 Station Street

Nerang

QLD 4211 07 5527 2716

28 Eenie Creek Rd

Noosaville

QLD 4566 07 5442 4621

QLD 4506 07 5499 4088

Shopping Centre Shop 126, Mt Ommaney

QLD 4074

TBA

S/Centre Mt Pleasant Nerang

NSW 2324 02 4987 7931

Plaza Noosa

Shop T1010, Noosa Civic Mall

056

Maroochydore QLD 4558 07 5443 4368

Parades

Shopping Centre Port Macquarie

Shop 28, Hinkler Shopping Centre

Mt Ommaney Port Macquarie NSW 2444 02 6584 0026

Shop 46, Bay Central Shopping Centre

Morayfield

Shop 21, Orange City Centre

Shop 115, Stockland Shopping Centre

Streets

Mitchell Hwy

QLD 4870 07 4031 8515

Centre

Centre

Stockland Nowra

Cairns

QLD 4870 07 4041 0921

Indooroopilly Shop 2, Hunter Mall Marrickville Metro Shopping

Streets Cairns

Hinkler Central

Maitland

Cnr Spence & Mcleod

Shopping Centre

Capalaba

Campbelltown NSW 2560 02 4628 5883

Marrickville

Shop 96, Cairns Central

274 Mulgrave Road

Hervey Bay

Square

149 West Burleigh Road Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 07 5535 8143

Cnr Mount Cotton &

Helensvale

Centre

Shop 76, Stockland Burleigh

Shop 219/220, DFO Cairns

Gympie

Macquarie Fair

Orange

Shop 34, Beenleigh

Shop 67, Capalaba Shopping

Earlville

Shop 1055A

Shop 21a, Orana Mall Dubbo

Southport

Capalaba

Dalby

Kotara

Dubbo

42 Marine Parade

Shop 1034, Australia Fair

Cairns Dfo

Clifford Gardens

Griffith

Orana Mall

QLD 4034 07 3862 9720

Heads Cairns Central

Dubbo

Nowra

Aspley

Shopping Centre Burleigh Heads

Square,

Macarthur

Brown Plains Bundaberg

Shopping Centre

Greenhills

59 Albany Creek Road

Marketplace

Bowral

Shop G8003, Charlestown

Shop 63, Aspley

Shopping Centre Patrick Street

Charlestown

Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 02 6931 7882

Centre Australia Fair

Centre

Shop 26, Castle Towers

Baylis Street

Hypermarket Shopping

Square

Castle Hill

Shop T12a, Wagga Wagga Marketplace

Bankstown

Shop 1056

South

Highway Wagga Wagga

Streets

Blacktown

Shop 265b, Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Pacific


Store Name

Address 1

Address 2

Suburb

Store Name

Address 1

Address 2

North Lakes

Shop 1145a, Westfield North

Cnr Anzac Ave & North

Mango Hill

QLD 4509 07 3491 9477

Greensborough

Shop 246, Greensborough

25 Main Street

Lakes

Lakes Drive

Queen Street

Shop Tlg03, Lower Level

204-216 Queens Plaza

Brisbane

QLD 4001 07 3210 2465

Highpoint

Shop 2054, Highpoint

Mall Raintrees

State

P/c

Phone

Cnr Alfred & Koch

Shopping Centre

Streets

Manundra

QLD 4870 07 4053 6561

Karingal Knox City

Shop 22, Redbank Plaza

Collingwood Drive

Redbank

QLD 4301 07 3818 0766

Shop 2033a, Robina Town

Robina Town Centre

Robina

QLD 4230 07 5575 7046

Centre

Drive

Rockhampton

Shop 46, City Centre Plaza

Cnr Fitzroy & Bolsover

Rockhampton

QLD 4700 07 4921 2509

Shop 1m Rockhampton

Cnr Yaamba Rd And

North

QLD 4701 07 4928 0550

Central

Fair

Stockland

Bruce Highway

Rockhampton

Runaway Bay

Shop 42, Runaway Bay

Lae Drive

Runaway Bay

QLD 4216 07 5529 0182

Melton

Springfield

Lilydale

Shop T22, Karingal Hub Shop 1084, Knox City Shop T13, Lilydale Shop Gd071, Ground Floor

Cnr Captain Cook &

Shopping Centre

Kennedy Hwys

Orion Springfield Shopping

Shop 80a, 1 Main St

Shop 19, Station Square Shop 101, Westfield

Smithfield

QLD 4878 07 4038 2221

Shop 12, Taigum Central

Mildura Centro

Springfield

QLD 4300 07 3470 0865

Mornington

Shop 13b, Centro Toombul

400 Stafford Rd

Brisbane

QLD 4053 07 3356 2542

Rosebud

Townsville

142 Lennox Street

Maryborough

QLD 4560 07 4121 4555

295 Gympie Road

Strathpine

QLD 4500 07 3205 9170

197 Church Road

Taigum

QLD 4018 07 3265 4406

1015 Sandgate Road Cnr Margaret & Dent

Shopping Centre

Streets

Shop 4, Stockland Mall

310 Ross River Rd

Toombul

QLD 4012 07 3630 4713

Toowoomba

QLD 4350 07 4637 9324

Aitkenvale

QLD 4814 07 4728 8375

Victoria Point

QLD 4165 07 3207 9587

Cnr Cleveland & Redland

Shopping Centre

Bay Roads

Wynnum

Shop 13, Wynnum Plaza

2021 Wynnum Rd

Yeppoon

Shop T4, Yeppoon Central

40 Park St

Yeppoon

QLD 4703 07 4930 2599

Arndale

Shop 71, Westfield

Cnr Torrens & Hansons

Kilkenny

SA

5009 08 8243 0465

Shoppingtown

Rds

Elizabeth

Shop 11, Elizabeth Shopping

50 Elizabeth Way

Elizabeth

SA

5112 08 8252 7530

Hollywood

Shop T2-3, Hollywood Plaza

Cnr Winzor Street &

Salisbury

SA

5108 08 8285 5570

Spain Road

Downs

Ingle Farm

Shop T22, Ingle Farm Village

Cnr Walkleys &

Ingle Farm

SA

5098 08 8263 1774

Farm Shopping Centre

Montague Rds

Marion

Shop 1135, Westfield Marion

297 Diagonal Road

Oaklands Park

SA

5046 08 8358 5974

Mt Barker

Shop T51, Mt Barker Central

Cnr Druids & Cameron

Mt Barker

SA

5251 08 8398 5127

Shopping Centre

Streets

Shop 7, Lakes Village

Wynnum West QLD 4178 07 3396 4853

Sale

Helen St

Mt Gambier

SA

5290 08 8724 7780

15 Commercial Road

Port Augusta

SA

5700 08 8642 4919

Renmark

SA

5341 08 8586 5232

SA

5000 08 8223 1156

SA

5021 08 8235 0222

Renmark Plaza Shopping

Rundle Mall

Shop T2

81 Rundle Mall

Adelaide

Shop T 57, Woodgrove

West Lakes

Shop T138, West Lakes

111 West Lakes Blvd

West Lakes

Burnie

Shop 6, City Square

28-32 Wilson St

Burnie

TAS 7320 03 6431 3905

Devonport

Shop 2

48-52 Rooke Street

Devonport

TAS 7310 03 6423 3982

Glenorchy

Shop 40, Northgate

Main Road

Glenorchy

TAS 7010 03 6273 4814

76 Charles St

Launceston

TAS 7250 03 6334 3155

2-30 Bligh St

Rosny Park

TAS 7018 03 6245 1857

(Eastlands) Shop 141, Westfield

Louis Street

Airport West

VIC 3042 03 9335 6822

Shop 57

Bridge Mall

Ballarat

VIC 3350 03 5331 5139

Shop T31, Centro Mildura

Cnr 15th Street & Deakin

Mildura

VIC 3500 03 5022 7630

Shop C19, Mornington

78 Barkly Street

Mornington

VIC 3931 03 5973 5084

Shop 18, Port Phillip Plaza

Cnr Boneo Rd &

Rosebud

VIC 3939 03 5986 7471

Sale

VIC 3850 03 5143 2091

Shepparton

Shop 17, Shepparton

Midland Highway

Shepparton

VIC 3632 03 5822 2082

Marketplace 1239 Nepean Hwy

Cheltenham

VIC 3192 03 9583 0872

80 Harvester Road

Sunshine

VIC 3020 03 9311 8538

166-188 Franklin Street

Traralgon

VIC 3844 03 5176 0839

Richmond

VIC 3121 03 9427 0797

Southland Sunshine Traralgon

Shop 2088a, Westfield Shop 24-25, Sunshine

Bay City

Shop 2240 Westfield Geelong

105 Malop St

Geelong

VIC 3220 03 5222 4203

116-120 Mitchell Street

Shop 11-13, Traralgon Centre

Victoria

Shop E43, Victoria Gardens

Cnr Victoria & Burnley

Gardens

Shopping Centre

Streets

Warragul

Shop 10-11, Warragul

Victoria Street

Warragul

VIC 3820 03 5622 1058

125 Liebig Street

Warrnambool

VIC 3280 03 5562 0296

6-8 The Arcade

Docklands

VIC 3008 03 9602 4081

399 Melton Highway

Taylors Lake

VIC 3038 03 9449 1155

Waurn Ponds

VIC 3216 03 5243 6285

Mulgrave

VIC 3170 03 9548 2184

Wendouree

VIC 3355 03 5339 5641

Warrnambool

Bendigo

VIC 3550 03 5441 6671

Shop 1

Waterfront City Shop Cc G04, Waterfront City Docklands Shop T171, Watergardens Shopping Centre Shop T908 173-199 Pioneer Road Waverley

Shop 38, Waverley Gardens

Cnr Police Rd And

Gardens

Shopping Centre

Jacksons Rd

Wendouree

Shop 70 Wendouree

Cnr Norman & Gillies

Shopping Village

Streets

Wodonga

Shop 11, Wodonga Plaza

57 Elgin Street

Wodonga

VIC 3690 02 6024 3952

Albany

Shop 9, Albany Plaza

38 Albany Highway

Albany

WA 6330 08 9842 3802

Armadale

Shop T26a, Armadale

Jull Street

Armadale

WA 6112 08 9498 0249

Belmont Avenue

Belmont

WA 6014 08 9479 6092

125 Riseley Street

Booragoon

WA 6154 08 9316 1565

106 Frederick Street

Broome

WA 6725 08 9193 7384

Shop 26, Bull Creek

Cnr Benningfield Rd &

Bull Creek

WA 6149 08 9312 3485

Shopping Centre

South St

Shopping Centre Shopping City Shop 92, Belmont Forum Shopping Centre Booragoon

Shop 12, Garden City Shopping Centre

Broome

Shop 47, Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre

Bunbury

Shop 25, Bunbury Forum

Sandrige Road

Bunbury

WA 6230 08 9721 6228

Busselton

Centre court, Busselton

Cnr Prince & West Street

Busselton

WA 6280 08 9751 2745

1382 Albany Highway

Cannington

WA 6107 08 9458 9141

Success

WA 6164 08 9499 3587

Central Shopping Centre Shop 1152, Westfield Shoppingtown Gateway

Geelong Geraldton

Shop 234, Cockburn

Beeliar Drive

Gateway Shopping Centre

(Cnr Kwinana Freeway)

Shop 13, Northgate

Lot 17 Chapman Road

Geralton

WA 6530 08 9921 6547

14 Guava Way

Mandurah

WA 6210 08 9535 9237

Ellen Stirling Boulevard

Innaloo

WA 6018 08 9244 1573

420 Joondalup Drive

Joondalup

WA 6027 08 9300 9680

Kalgoorlie

WA 6430 08 9021 7709

Cnr Buslem & Attfield

Maddington

WA 6109 08 9493 0346

Great Eastern Highway

Midland

WA 6056 08 9250 1720

43 Yirrigan Drive

Mirrabooka

WA 6061 08 9207 2566

Read Street

Rockingham

WA 6168 08 9528 4155

Shopping Centre

Marketplace Brandon Park

VIC 3337 03 9743 0466

Marketplace

Carousel

Shoppingtown Airport West Ballarat

Bendigo

Melton

Street

Bull Creek

Shopping Centre

Airport West

533-555 High Street

37-39 Cunningham

Belmont

Centre

Shop G43

VIC 3000 03 9662 9036

Shopping Centre

Waurn Ponds

Shop T16a

Rosny Park

Melbourne

Shop 25, Gippsland

Watergardens

Renmark

Launceston

Melbourne Central

Shopping Plaza

Centre

Mt Gambier

VIC 3140 03 9739 5832

Plaza

Shop 5, Victoria Point

Port Augusta

Lilydale

Marketplace

Shop 55, Grand Central

Plaza

33 Hutchinson Street

Southland Shopping Centre

Nathan Plaza Victoria Point

Wantirna South VIC 3152 03 9887 2602

Mccombe St

Shopping Centre Toowoomba

425 Burwood Hwy

Shopping Centre

Lakes

Shopping Centre Toombul

VIC 3199 03 9789 0438

Avenue

Shoppingtown Taigum

Frankston

Building

Shopping Centre Strathpine

330 Cranbourne Road

South, Latrobe Street

Shopping Centre Station Square

VIC 3032 03 9318 3033

Shopping Centre

Shop 158, Smithfield

Shop 57a, Stafford City

Maribyrnong

Marketplace Melbourne

Street

Centre Stafford

200 Rosamond Rd

Shopping Centre

Shopping Village Smithfield

Phone

Shopping Centre

Robina

City

P/c

Shopping Centre

Redbank

Rockhampton

State

Shopping Centre

Mall Shop T112, Raintrees

Suburb

Greensborough VIC 3088 03 9432 9600

Shop 104, Brandon Park

Cnr Ferntree Gully &

Shopping Centre

Springvale Rds

Mulgrave

VIC 3170 03 9560 2833

Halls Head

Shopping Centre

Chapel St

Shop 9

500 Chapel St

South Yarra

VIC 3141 03 9826 9666

Chirnside

Shop 627, Chirnside Park

Maroondah Hwy

Chirnside

VIC 3116 03 9727 2030

Cranbourne

Shop 43, Cranbourne Park

High Street

Cranbourne

VIC 3977 03 5996 3162

Crown Casino

Crown Casino Melbourne

8 Whiteman St

Southbank

VIC 3006 03 9682 0622

Endeavour Hills

Shop 5b, Endeavour Hills

Cnr Heatherton Road

Shopping Centre

And Matthew Flinders

Innaloo

Shopping Centre

Kalgoorlie

219 Hannan Street

Maddington

Shop 71-72, Maddington Metro Shopping Centre

Endeavour Hills VIC 3802 03 9700 3755 Midland

Forest Hill

Shop 124, Forest Hill Chase

Canterbury Rd

Forest Hill

VIC 3131 03 9877 5698

Shop 1118, Westfield

Magid Drive

Narre Warren

VIC 3805 03 8790 1690

Balmoral Avenue

Frankston

VIC 3199 03 9770 0363

Shop G23, Frankston Town

(Quayside)

Centre

Shop 99, Midland Gate Shopping Centre

Fountain Gate

Shoppingtown Fountain Gate

Shop T110a, Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City

Ave

Cinema

Shop 90, Innaloo Shopping Centre

Joondalup

Shopping Centre

Frankston

Shop 14, Halls Head Central

Mirrabooka

Shop 49/50 Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre

Rockingham

Shop T192 Rockingham City S/C

Warnbro

Shop 20, Warnbro Fair

City Warnbro Sound Avenue

Warnbro

WA 6169 08 9593 6830

Shopping Centre

057


9

13

Abigail Breslin is known for her role in which films?

What’s the name of Snoop Dogg’s reality TV show?

8

Joseph GordonLevitt appeared with Heath Ledger in which film?

She’s also known for her role in which other film? a) Juno b) Little Miss Sunshine c) Narnia -------------------------------------------10. Which film director got his start on The Ben Stiller Show? a) Judd Apatow b) Kevin Smith c) Cameron Crowe -------------------------------------------11. Comedian Tom Green was engaged to which A-lister? a) Jennifer Garner b) Drew Barrymore c) Uma Thurman -------------------------------------------12. Who plays bank robber John Dillinger in Public Enemies? a) Johnny Depp b) Christian Bale c) Casey Affleck -------------------------------------------13. What’s the name of Snoop Dogg’s reality TV show? a) Thug Life b) Fatherhood c) In the Hood -------------------------------------------14. Jared Leto is the frontman of which band? a) Cage the Elephant b) Fallout Boy c) 30 Seconds to Mars -------------------------------------------15. Which R&B star appeared on The O.C? a) Kayne West b) Chris Brown c) Brian McKnight -------------------------------------------16. Which star of TV series Glee also appeared in Nip/ Tuck? a) Jessalyn Gilsig b) Dianna Agron c) Jane Lynch -------------------------------------------17. Which movie starred Beyonce Knowles in her debut film role? a) Pink Panther b) Austin Powers in

Goldmember c) Dreamgirls -------------------------------------------18. Which star of The Sopranos also appeared in 30 Rock? a) James Gandolfini b) Michael Imperioli c) Edie Falco -------------------------------------------19. How many Oscars has Denzel Washington won? a) 0 b) 1 c) 2 -------------------------------------------20. Josh Brolin has played which US president? a) Bill Clinton b) George W. Bush c) Richard Nixon -------------------------------------------21. Any Given Sunday starring Al Pacino features which US sport? a) Gridiron b) Baseball c) Basketball -------------------------------------------22. Actress Kate Beckinsale was born in which country? a) South Africa b) Canada c) England -------------------------------------------23. As a child Christian Bale starred in which Steven Spielberg film? a) The Colour Purple b) Hook c) Empire of the Sun -------------------------------------------24. Which famous comedian turned down a role opposite Brad Pitt in Inglorius Basterds? a) Adam Sandler b) Jim Carrey c) Seth Rogan -------------------------------------------25. Topher Grace found fame as Eric Foreman in That 70s Show. Which superhero movie does he star in? a) The Dark Knight b) Spider-Man 3 c) Ironman

ANSWERS: 1. B; 2. A; 3. C; 4. B; 5. B; 6. A; 7. B; 8. B; 9. B; 10. C; 11. B; 12. A; 13. B; 14. C; 15. B; 16. A; 17. B; 18. C; 19. C; 20. B; 21. A; 22. C; 23. C; 24. A; 25. B.

058

Which comedian refused a role in Inglorius Basterds with Brad Pitt?

WORDS Shane Conroy

1. Which Austin Powers star voices a character on Family Guy? a) Mike Myers b) Seth Green c) Fred Savage -------------------------------------------2. Which actress won an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls? a) Jennifer Hudson b) Beyonce Knowles c) Sharon Leal -------------------------------------------3. Ray Romano starred in Everybody Loves Raymond. Which TV series has he had not appeared in as a guest star? a) Becker b) The Simpsons c) That 70s Show -------------------------------------------4. Name Quentin Tarantino’s first film as a director: a) Reservoir Dogs b) My Best Friend’s Birthday c) Pulp Fiction -------------------------------------------5. Terminator Salvation stars this Aussie actor: a) Guy Pierce b) Sam Worthington c) Hugo Weaving -------------------------------------------6. Katherine Heigl appeared in which sci-fi TV series? a) Roswell b) Babylon 5 c) The X Files -------------------------------------------7. Which Jackass star appeared in Dukes of Hazard? a) Chris Pontius b) Johnny Knoxville c) Steve-O -------------------------------------------8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared with Heath Ledger in which film? a) Lords of Dogtown b) 10 Things I Hate About You c) A Knight’s Tale -------------------------------------------9. Child star Abigail Breslin starred in My Sister’s Keeper with Cameron Diaz.

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