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Thu, 28 July 2016

The Monkees 50th Anniversary Australian & NZ Tour

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The Monkees 50th Anniversary Australian and NZ Tour
November 2016
The Monkees’ Greatest Hits! All the songs you remember!

On September 8, 1965, when producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider placed a classified ad in The Hollywood Reporter seeking “4 insane boys,” they had no idea that they were about to unleash Monkee-mania! But that’s exactly what happened the following year when the first episode of “The Monkees” debuted on NBC on September 12, 1966.

50 years later and The Monkees anniversary show is coming to Australia and New Zealand. After sell-out North American shows, and with a brand new album “Good Times!” in the charts, Micky and Peter are bringing the Monkees magic downunder.

The Monkees 50th Anniversary show is a unique concert experience. Times may change but infectious pop hits and wonderfully charismatic characters stay in our hearts and memories forever.

‘Last Train to Clarksville’, ‘Theme from The Monkees’, ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’, ‘She’, ‘Saturday’s Child’, ‘Mary, Mary’, ‘The Girl I Knew Somewhere’, ‘For Pete’s Sake’, ‘Randy Scouse Git’, ‘Your Auntie Grizelda’, ‘Words’, ‘Papa Gene’s Blues’, ‘Porpoise Song’, ‘Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?’, ‘Goin’ Down’, ‘Listen to the Band’, ‘Shades Of Grey’, ‘Daydream Believer’, ‘What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘round’, ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’, ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’, ‘Circle Sky’, ‘I’m a Believer’

When four young men were cast in the television roles of a struggling rock band inspired by The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large, an impact that still reverberates 50 years later.

Assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series The Monkees, the quartet of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelica, Broadway, and country to their music. The show itself, meanwhile, paid tribute not only to The Beatles, but also to the comedy stylings of The Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy as well as the pop-art sensibilities of Warhol and the emerging San Francisco psychedelic scene.

The Monkees’ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” was released in August 1966, hitting #1 and serving as advance publicity for their series, which debuted on September 12. When the group’s self-titled debut album arrived in stores a month later, it quickly headed for the top spot of the Billboard charts, where it would ultimately sit for 13 of the 78 weeks it remained in the Top 200. (Two decades later, in the midst of a new burst of Monkee-mania, The Monkees popped back onto the charts, bringing the total number of weeks to 102.)

By the time the group’s TV series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts – More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., all of which were released in 1967, staggeringly enough – while racking up several more hit singles, with “I’m a Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Words,” “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” and “Tapioca Tundra” all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40.

After the series’ two-season run, the group went on to star in the cult feature film HEAD (co-written by Jack Nicholson) and a TV special (33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee) while also continuing to record new material, but much as the ‘60s gave way to the ‘70s, the members of the Monkees eventually gave in to their individual musical interests and went their separate ways… for awhile.

In February 1986, after MTV broadcast a marathon of The Monkees, Dolenz, Jones, and Tork reunited for a 20th anniversary tour, with Nesmith joining them onstage for the Los Angeles date of the tour, and in 1996, all four members of the group reunited for a new album (Justus) and TV special (Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees).

In the wake of Jones’s death on February 29, 2012, the surviving members of the Monkees reunited and performed a series concerts. The shows were greeted with sell-out response and phenomenal reviews. Now, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork carry on that tradition with a full evening of magic music and multi-media splendor, including clips from their Emmy Award winning series. Their new show features all of the Monkees hits, plus an intimate acoustic set and solo spots for each of the singers. This Evening With The Monkees is sure to please every fan of the band.

Sue Maslin to produce adaptation of Ann Turner thriller The Lost Swimmer

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Sue Maslin to produce adaptation of Ann Turner thriller The Lost Swimmer
By Harry Windsor if.com.au
Ann Turner’s The Lost Swimmer.
The Dressmaker’s Sue Maslin will produce The Lost Swimmer, adapted from Ann Turner’s novel by the author herself, with script development funding from Screen Australia.

Published by Simon and Schuster in June 2015 and immediately optioned by Film Art Media, The Lost Swimmer is described as “a tense psychological thriller about the secrets in a marriage and the consequences of love and trust.”

The novel’s central character is Rebecca Wilding, an archaeology professor who fears her husband Stephen is having an affair.
After she is accused of serious fraud in the workplace, Rebecca leaves with Stephen for Greece, Italy and Paris, where she can uncover the conspiracy against her and hopefully rekindle her relationship.
But on the idyllic Amalfi coast, Stephen goes swimming and doesn’t come back. Rebecca falls under suspicion for his murder. As Don LaFontaine would have put it: Rebecca must uncover the truth or lose everything.

Maslin described Turner’s debut novel as a “brilliant suspense thriller, and we are delighted to be working with her to adapt The Lost Swimmer into a film with international audience appeal.”

“The Dressmaker was also an adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s novel of the same title, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that audiences embrace films based on highly visual and emotionally engaging novels begging to be told on the big screen. The Lost Swimmer is exactly this kind of story.”

As well as writing the screenplay, Turner will co-produce. The novelist said she was “absolutely thrilled to be working with Sue Maslin and Film Art Media.”

“Sue is such a talented creative producer with a fantastic understanding of script and storytelling. I really look forward to developing, with Sue, a tense and cinematic psychological thriller, with great roles for actors and stunning locations. I’m keen to bring all that I have learnt through writing the novel, with help from my wonderful Managing Editor at Simon and Schuster, Roberta Ivers, and take that into the creative process of writing the screenplay. It’s exciting to live in a world where careers can flow between mediums.”

The Lost Swimmer will be published in the UK this month.


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Legendary Hollywood film star, martial artist, bodybuilding champion, screenwriter, film producer and director Jean-Claude Van Damme arrives in Australia next month to star in AN EVENING WITH JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME – UNPLUGGED & UNSCRIPTED! The theater shows are on Wednesday 24th August at The Star, Sydney and on Sunday 28th August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

“The Muscles from Brussels” has not been in Australia for over 18 years and is looking forward to his visit. JCVD is one of the most famous action movie stars of all time. At his shows he’ll reveal the untold stories of his incredible life, his movies, his career, the stars he’s worked with, health and fitness and also take part in an open question and answer session with the audience.
Tickets are available now at www.jcvd.com.au

Foxtel has announced a newly-created Arts and Music division.

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Foxtel launches new Arts and Music division
By Staff Writer if.com.au

Foxtel has announced a newly-created Arts and Music division.
Foxtel Arts, the dedicated HD Arts channel, and Foxtel’s suite of music channels – [V] HITS, MAX, Foxtel Smooth and CMC – will be managed by a joint team under newly appointed group channel manager, Arts and Music, Fraser Stark.

Foxtel’s executive director of television Brian Walsh said: “Foxtel is Australia’s only television provider providing the local music and arts industries with curated locally produced channels and we will continue to do so with the same passion, enthusiasm and excitement which we’ve been doing since 1995.

“Our music and arts offering is very important both to us and our customers and we are proud to be the home of music television with unique and specialised music brands and content that Australians love.”

Walsh said Stark had done an exceptional job building and refining Foxtel Arts since its launch last year.

“His energy, imagination and commercial approach will build on the incredible talents of the Arts and Music team to provide a complete music and live performance offering for our subscribers,” he said.

SBS appoints Susie Jones commissioning editor for documentaries

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Susie Jones is headed to SBS as the broadcaster’s new commissioning editor for documentaries within the television and online content division. Jones joins SBS from Matchbox Pictures where she is currently factual entertainment development executive.
She will work with SBS’s non-scripted team, which includes documentaries and is responsible for shows such as First Contact, Go Back To Where You Came From and DNA Nation.

Jones has most recently overseen the development of productions for all networks at Matchbox Pictures, including SBS commission Date My Race.

Prior to that, she spent over ten years as a freelance producer for a range of content across SBS, ABC, Network Ten, Nine Network, Seven Network and the Discovery Channel. Her credits include the 2010 AFI-nominated documentary feature Rudely Interrupted (ABC), Undercover Boss (Network Ten), Myf Warhurst’s Nice (ABC) and The Secret Millionaire (Nine Network).

SBS director of TV and online content Marshall Heald said he was delighted to welcome Jones to SBS.
“Susie’s strong track record in factual content production will be a great addition to SBS’s non-scripted team as we continue to tell innovative and ground-breaking stories that reflect our diverse world,” he said.

Jones said: “SBS leads the way with distinctive documentaries, providing new perspectives that explore multicultural Australia. I am thrilled to be joining such a unique network and look forward to bringing more exciting and thought-provoking content to Australian audiences.”

Peter ‘Phoebe’ Freestone talks Freddie Mercury

Filed under: performance art, Theatre, Gigs, General — site admin @ 7:52 pm

Peter Freestone
Thursday September 15
Thornbury Theatre
Celebrating what would have been the iconic singer’s 70th birthday, Peter ‘Phoebe’ Freestone – speaker, author, personal assistant and best friend to Freddie Mercury – will tour Australia in September 2016.
Presented by First Base Events, You’re My Best Friend: An Evening With Peter Freestone will be an intimate evening of personal stories, rock anecdotes, rare photos, unheard audio and audience Q&A covering the 12 years Peter spent living with and working for the Queen front man.
The pair, who met in 1979 whilst Peter was working in wardrobe for London’s Royal Ballet, formed an immediate friendship which saw Peter become Freddie’s personal assistant, a role he continued daily until the singer’s untimely death in 1991.
“I was Freddie’s chief cook and bottle washer, waiter, butler, secretary, cleaner and agony aunt. I travelled the world with him, acted as his bodyguard when needed and in the end, of course, I was one of his nurses.”

Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 50th Anniversary

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Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 50th Anniversary
Friday August 26
@Thornbury Theatre.

In 1966, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton released what would become the seminal British Blues album.
This incarnation of The Bluesbreakers lasted only 12 months and no video footage exists of them playing together.
To celebrate 50 years since its inception, a one off supergroup of Melbourne’s finest blues musicians will perform the album in full including Chris Wilson, Jimi Hocking, Pat Carmody (My Dynamite), Leigh Maden & Sean Johnston (Palace of the King) and many more.

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