CATS trailer meows into town

Universal Pictures have released the first look trailer for the epic musical CATS featuring an all-star cast: James Corden, Dame Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift,  Rebel Wilson, and introducing Francesca Hayward.

Universal Pictures and Working Title’s Cats is a most-unexpected film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved smash musical “Cats” and the poems from “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” by T.S. Eliot. Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) brings astonishing new technology to transform his cast members. Acclaimed casting director Lucy Bevan is casting the film adaptation.

The epic will be produced by Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow Les Misérables producer Debra Hayward—who brought the idea to Working Title. CATS will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group and executive produced by Lloyd Webber, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn. Hooper and Lee Hall (Billy Elliott, War Horse) have adapted the story for the screen.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981—where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances.

The groundbreaking production based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years.

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Anthony Lister's VIP Opening Exhibition Pop-Up - CULTURE IS OVER

Internationally renowned artist Anthony Lister, celebrated the launch of his latest exhibition, CULTURE IS OVER at the iconic Porky’s in Kings Cross.

CULTURE IS OVER celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Lister’s No Win Sitch pop-up on the exact same date in the exact same location. Local creatives and leading Australian media experienced the exhibition ahead of the public opening from 5pm -7pm, receiving a personal insight into the inspiration behind the show from Lister himself. 

Staying true to Lister’s atheistic and ethos, last nights attendees experienced a dark and twisted visit into the past of Kings Cross and the paranormal mystery of Luna Park’s unidentified horned man, a tale that has inspired many of Lister’s works.

The exhibition showcased 59 of Lister’s incredible works including paintings, sculptures and video installations across two levels of the infamous Kings Cross building. The first level invited attendees into a dark room complimented by neon lights striking across four large scale paintings. The room begins and ends with a display of various sculptures, each with their own spotlight contrasting against the darkness.

The second level invites guest into a bright white room, beautifully juxtaposing from the level below. Video installations, prints, sculptures and paintings surround the floor.

Guests sipped on Goldy Gin cocktails prepared by Trolley’d, using all Australian ingredients such as Lemon Myrtle and Illawarra Plum to complement the local themes of the exhibition. Young Henrys supplied beer and cider and Fishbowl ensured guests were fed serving three of their iconic bowls.

On CULTURE IS OVER – Anthony Lister states: “This new body of works and subsequent show is an exploration into a mysterious subject which has been kept relatively quiet for nearly 40 years. The focus of these artworks exists somewhere between paranormal investigation and the findings of private detective obsessions grounded in the facts of myth and the horror of reality. In 1979 an unidentified Horned Man terrorised the minds of Sydney’s Luna Park patrons and has since lived on under a veil of mystery and suspicion”.

From 7:00pm – 9:00pm the exhibition was opened to the public with hundreds of eager art enthusiasts lining the length of Darlinghurst road. Over 1,000 patrons walked through the exhibition last night and over 30 of Lister’s works sold.

The pop-up will continue for a week long independent and free exhibition for the public, celebrating the culture of old school Sydney and paying homage to a city that has lost its soul due to heavy handed government policies. Lister has turned the neon lights back on in the strip and bringing back the rebellious nature of the Cross from 2009 for one week only.

Porky’s, 77 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
Friday, 19 July  – 11am – 3pm
Monday, 22 July  – 11am – 3pm
Tuesday, 23 July – 11am – 3pm
Wednesday, 24 July – 11am – 3pm

Source: Anthony Lister

Lululemon launch limited-edition Barry's Bootcamp collection

Athletic apparel company lululemon has joined forces with Barry’s Bootcamp (Barry’s) to release a limited edition capsule collection. Available on the 22nd July, the collection is called ‘Stonger as One’ which is an ethos both brands live by, through a combined love of sweating and building community.

Over a year in the making, the lululemon design team worked closely with Barry’s instructors to design pieces that perform in and out of the Red Room (Barry’s high intensity training studio). The 28 piece collection is a versatile assortment for men and women, driven by insights from Barry’s best trainers, created to tackle sweaty problems that arise whilst working out.

“Through research we discovered that the Barry’s community wanted to feel powerful, confident, held-in, and bold during their workouts. Using these insights and through the lens of lululemon’s Science of Feel, we designed a close-to-body, distraction-free collection that helps you push your potential.” – Audrey Reilly, SVP, Women’s Design, lululemon.

Full of technical solves, the women’s pieces are functional, fierce and feminine, featuring crop tops, mesh fabric and low arm holes. For men, pieces feature anti-stink technology, abrasion-resistant panels and quick drying fabrics. A Barry’s workout is high-intensity, so all elements have been taken into consideration to ensure guests can complete the optimum workout. 

“The collection reflects the reinvention of a red colour palette, head-to-toe versatility, and body-framing silhouettes. Each piece is infused with functional detailing that blend both the lululemon and Barry’s aesthetic – you’ll see this in our anti-abrasion panels on our shorts and pants. We wanted to create a collection that offers all you need at Barry’s, to work out and feel good afterwards.” – Ben Stubbington, SVP, Men’s Design, lululemon

lululemon is celebrating the collaboration by hosting two community classes, featuring Barry’s instructors on Sunday, 28th July at The Drill Hall in Sydney. Spaces are extremely limited and you can sign up via Eventbrite, link here.

A global release, the Stronger as One collection from lululemon and Barry’s Bootcamp will be available at select lululemon stores, and in all Barry’s studios, three locations in Sydney and one arriving soon in Melbourne.

Source: Lululemon

P.E Nation : Is this the best REVERSIBLE JACKET ever?

The Easy Run Jacket is a reversible, relaxed-fit, spray jacket with bold and distinctive contrast panels, in an electrifying palette that can be reversed to suit your mood.

Featuring a high neck with adjustable drawcords and a hidden hood, go from light and vibrant, to dark and striking with this powerful and versatile design.

Constructed with a centre-front zip, P.E. branded pullers, elasticated cuffs and branded hemband for a secure fit.

This sophisticated and multi-faceted piece will take you comfortably from atop a windy mountain to post-workout throw-over in covetable P.E style.

Source: P.E Nation

Three Blue Ducks announce new restaurant at URBNSURF Melbourne

The team of passionate chefs and avid surfers behind the Three Blue Ducks are about to ride their biggest wave yet, opening their fifth restaurant at the new URBNSURF Melbourne surf park this summer.

As Australia’s first surf park, and the first of its kind in the world, URBNSURF Melbourne is set to pioneer a new, safe and inclusive way to surf. Within its crystal-clear, two-hectare surfing lagoon, URBNSURF Melbourne will deliver perfect, high-quality waves and offer up authentic experiences to surfers of all abilities.

Located just minutes from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, the Three Blue Ducks’ first Melbourne venue will perfectly complement this world-class surfing destination.

Since launching their first venue in the Sydney beachside suburb of Bronte nine years ago, Three Blue Ducks have taken their passion for sustainable and ethically farmed produce to three venues in Byron Bay, Rosebery and Brisbane. Between 2012 and 2014, the Ducks also had a cafe and restaurant in Falls Creek, where they spent three winters in Victoria snowboarding and serving up fresh seasonal fare.

Entering the Melbourne food scene for the first time, Three Blue Ducks will encompass the group’s ethos of simple, real food, prepared with love – on a bigger scale. The restaurant will include inside and outside seating and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with impressive views of the surf park.

URBNSURF’s founder Andrew Ross said the Three Blue Ducks’ ethos aligns perfectly with the company’s aim to inspire the progression of modern surfing in a way that is authentically Australian, respectful of surfing’s origins, and protective of the environment.

“As we gear up for our public opening later this year, we couldn’t be more stoked to welcome Three Blue Ducks on board as our food and beverage partner for URBNSURF Melbourne”, said Andrew.

“The Ducks’ passion for surfing, food, sustainability and community is what brought them together, and has driven their success – and this is closely aligned with our approach in creating the world’s best urban surfing locations, starting right here in Tullamarine.”

Leading the kitchen are co-owners and chefs, Darren Robertson, Andy Allen and Mark LaBrooy, who have already begun research trips, exploring the best of Victoria’s farms, wineries, craft breweries and artisan producers. “We’re beyond excited about this new venue and bringing our brand to Melbourne to showcase our passion for good and honest food. This partnership is close to our heart – after all, we are a bunch of guys who love good food, the ocean and surfing,” said Darren.

Expect plenty of smoky flavours from the kitchen, which will include a pizza oven, rotisserie and charcoal pit, and plenty of fresh, locally-sourced produce. In Three Blue Ducks-style, the venue will have a kitchen garden, growing herbs and Australian natives such as lemon myrtle and salt bush.

There’ll also be a focus on minimising waste with on-site composting. The drinks menu will feature a strong list of wines, beers and spirits, locally sourced from across Victoria, as well as coffee from long-standing Ducks partner Single O. Serving water, kombucha, wine and beer on tap will help keep bottle waste down.

URBNSURF Melbourne will also feature a surf shop, fully-equipped hire store, high performance training academy, regular festivals and events, and lagoon-side amenities. Three Blue Ducks at URBNSURF Melbourne will launch this Summer, in line with the park’s grand opening.

Source: Three Blue Ducks