Melbourne’s bands capture the city’s sleepy past

Melbourne is booming.

Constant streams of traffic, schoolchildren, tourists, people shopping, people walking dogs, people exercising and eating in cafes, bars and restaurants.

Melbourne is experiencing massive population growth — it topped four million recently — and is expected to reach five million in the next decade.

It is forecast to outgrow Sydney and…

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Is Naomi Watts the new Renee Zellweger?

A couple of years ago Renee Zellweger’s new face caused a sensation.

Why the fuss?

As most commentators noted it was because Renee just didn’t look like Zellweger anymore. She was a weird hybrid of her younger and older self.

Whoever transformed her face must have been influenced by Face Off  where, in order to catch…

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Why Greta Scacchi looks better than Helen Mirren

The critically acclaimed BBC series War and Peace is notable not only for its superb production values, performances and cinematic sweep but also for casting age appropriate actresses.
In particular, 56-year-old Greta Scacchi who plays the neurotic Rostov family matriarch.
Scacchi, once a Hollywood sex symbol, is rarely seen on screen these…

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Harrison Ford’s expert guide to avoiding career suicide

In a recent interview, Ford acknowledged that his long and successful acting career began with Han Solo, the space mercenary in Star Wars, and that  “I was basically not out of work again for about 40 years.”
Yet he wasn’t always so happy to be associated with the character.
In fact, he became…

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Eric Bana: Is it time to come home?

Eric Bana: Is it time to come home?

Dear Eric Bana,
A lot of Australian actors are doing well in Hollywood.
Sadly, you’re not one of them.
You could blame agents, co-stars, directors, scripts and publicists for your fate.
Or you could face an inconvenient truth: no-one likes your movies.
If you don’t believe me, check out Rotten Tomatoes.
Tomatometer Rankings:
Troy 54%
Closed Circuit 43%
The Time Traveler’s Wife 38%
Deadfall 32%
Lucky You…

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Taylor Kitsch: What happened to your career?

Taylor Kitsch, what happened to your career? I’m disappointed.

You’ve failed to make the Hollywood A list.

You’re an attractive man and have that sullen, sensitive thing going that makes most women (and some men) swoon.

But you’ve made some bad choices and risk sliding from B list to C list and downhill from there.

What…

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Deborra Lee-Furness: What's your secret with Hugh Jackman?

Deborra Lee-Furness: What’s your secret with Hugh Jackman?

Deborra Lee-Furness, what’s your secret with Hugh Jackman?
Most women have a hard time keeping hold of their famous husbands. The A-list actor and all round nice guy must attract every other actress, model and human being on the planet. With all that competition, what is it that keeps Hugh besotted?
Hillary Clinton said her husband…

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If your career’s going nowhere, Ben Mendelsohn, Noah Taylor and Kick Gurry will give you hope

Careers are temperamental things.
Ambition can easily turn to apathy when a promotion never eventuates, a pay rise is quickly spent, a co-worker gets all the credit, or you’re mired in routine.
The best option is to change course and try again. Until the same thing happens and your career once again hits the skids.
Frustration,…

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