Westworld star James Marsden to visit Australia

Leading Hollywood actor and star of HBO’s smash-hit series Westworld, James Marsden, will visit Sydney from April 30 to May 1 to promote the launch of the highly-anticipated second season of Westworld on Foxtel.

The internationally-renowned actor has enjoyed a hugely successful career spanning over 25 years, with credits including The Notebook, Superman Returns, Hairspray, Enchanted, 27 Dresses, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Best of Me, The Butler, Bachelorette and X-Men, where he played the character of Cyclops across the entire X-Men franchise.

Marsden’s latest role sees him play lead character and mysterious android host Teddy in the Emmy- nomated television series Westworld – a handsome transient with a quick draw and a dark past, who longs for a simpler life. He joins an exceptional cast including Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Westworld is a futuristic adventure park modelled after America’s Wild West and populated by human-like android hosts. Paying guests immerse themselves in the Westworld universe, where every detail and scenario have been planned, scripted and executed by a team of brilliant scientists and programmers working in close proximity to the park. However, a group of the android hosts soon begin to deviate from their programmers’ carefully planned scripts, in a disturbing pattern of abnormal behaviour.

Source: Foxtel


Samsung Transforms TV’s ‘role’ at home

Samsung Electronics Australia has launched its 2018 TV range, introducing new innovations that are designed to change the TV experience for Australians. Featuring an extended offering of ultra-large-screen TVs across its flagship QLED, Premium UHD, and UHD ranges, Samsung’s 2018 offering features incredible picture quality, enhanced smart capabilities and stylish design to effortlessly complement any environment.

The 2018 TV range debuts a new standard of picture quality for Samsung TVs featuring pure colour and deep blacks in a range of lighting conditions, times of day, or content on the screen. Samsung’s inorganic Quantum Dot technology means the QLED display helps ensure that colour remains pure at high brightness across both light or dark scenes. QLED display is also resistant to damage from burn-in, and Australians can enjoy added peace of mind with a 10 Year No Screen Burn Guarantee.

The range also responds to the rising demand amongst Australians for large-screen televisions with the introduction of seven models across the lineup that are 75 inches and above. In fact, you can watch a 75” screen from just 2.3 metres away, so a compact living area or bedroom can become the theatre you never knew you had.

Designed to reflect how Australians are now utilising their TVs, Samsung’s QLED TVs now seamlessly blend into their surroundings with the mere press of a dedicated Ambient Mode button on the remote. Ambient Mode enables the TV to blend into the home environment by displaying the pattern of the wall behind while displaying weather information, the time and date, family photos, and more.

The refined look of the QLED range is further enhanced by the One Clear Connection cable, which reduces cable clutter by transmitting both a data signal and power over a single thin, clear cable to the One Connect Box. This is a first for Samsung that delivers more freedom for Australians in where they place their TV.

Hass Mahdi, Head of AV, Samsung Electronics Australia said: “The way Australians watch and use their TVs is changing and we’ve responded with a lineup that reflects their lifestyle, personal style and viewing habits.”

“The 2018 range opens up new experiences that will truly change the way people think about Samsung TVs and what our home entertainment products can deliver,” added Mahdi.

“We continue to deliver on picture quality whilst recognising that Aussies want technology that works around them and their passions, whether they are watching sports, movies or gaming.

“With Ambient Mode you can instantly transform the TV into a functioning screen that matches its surroundings. With the latest in Samsung’s picture quality meaning you no longer need a big room to own one, we also know that Australians are looking for larger TVs. Aussies can now get closer to the action without distraction.”

Source: Samsung


The Australian Ballet premieres with the brilliant Murphy

The Australian Ballet opens its 2018 season with Murphy, a tribute to the country’s greatest choreographer Graeme Murphy who celebrates his milestone 50-year career in ballet. Murphy began his dance career in The Australian Ballet’s corps de ballet, made his first work for the company’s Choreographic Workshop in 1971, and went on to become artistic director of Sydney Dance Company for 31 years.

Murphy brings together a diverse selection of works by the master storyteller, showcasing the bold originality, wit and poetic movement that have earned him a peerless place in Australian dance history. His exquisite retelling of the Firebird story will be paired with highlights from his incandescent career. The Murphy program will light up the stage in Melbourne at Arts Centre Melbourne from 16 to 26 March 2018, and in Sydney at Sydney Opera House from 6 to 23 April 2018.

Commenting on Murphy, The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister said: “In 2018, we’re celebrating the power of imagination and all that is unique about our company. What better way to start the year than by honouring an Australian dancemaker of unparalleled talent whose virtuosic career began right here with The Australian Ballet 50 years ago.”

Murphy’s dazzling Firebird makes a welcome return following its first season in 2009. Based on a traditional Russian folktale, Firebird tells the story of a bird who is captured by a prince, who sets her free in exchange for one of her magical feathers. The prince wanders into the enchanted garden of the evil magician Koschei, whose immortal soul is preserved in an egg, and falls in love with one of the princesses held captive by Koschei. With the Firebird’s help the prince defeats the magician by breaking open the egg protecting his soul.

Murphy’s recreation, faithful to the original scenario created for the Ballet Russes in 1910 by Michel Fokine, draws on the cyclical themes of life and death, youth and age, and good and evil to tell the pagan tale. Designer Leon Krasenstein has created a desolate Garden of Eden filled with giant eggshells, serpentine figures and gnarled trees; his costumes, with their unravelling stitches, evoke the disordered world presided over by Koschei. Igor Stravinsky’s luminous score combines otherworldly notes that conjure the supernatural with strains of Russian folk melodies that hark back to the tale’s origins.

Firebird will be paired with highlights from Murphy’s halcyon creative years in this tribute program, including excerpts from The Silver Rose, Air and Other Invisible Forces, Ellipse and Grand, as well as the complete Shéhérazade.

Source: The Australian Ballet

Photos by Daniel Boud


Longines Records Club Opening Ceremony Pre-Party

Swiss watchmaker, Longines, hosted VIPs and celebrities at an exclusive Opening Ceremony Pre-Party at Longines Records Club ahead of the official celebration at Carrara Stadium.

Guests were entertained by 15-year-old emerging Australian singer, Ruel. The Sydney teen who has recently been recognised by Sir Elton John then went on to perform at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

Longines is proud to be the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Official Partner of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Longines is also the Presenting Partner of Athletics (Track & Field), Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis.

WHERE

Longines Records Club – ‘Beachside’, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach, Gold Coast.

Between Kurrawa Surf Club and Commonwealth House.

WHO

  •  Mr Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing
  • Gina Rinehart, Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd Chairman & Director
  • Ruel, 15-year-old emerging Australian singer
  • Kerri-Anne Kennerley, TV Personality
  • Ahmed Fahour, BCG DV Chairman
  • Amy Pejkovic, Longines Friend and Australian High Jumper
  • Matt Shirvington, Longines MC and former Australian Athlete
  • Violet Grace Atkinson, model
  • Gabby Epstein, model
  • Liz Cantor, TV Presenter
  • Amanda Shadforth, Creative Director & Founder of Oracle Fox
  • Tess Alexander, Former Miss World Australia

Source: Longines 


CABARET DE PARIS coming to Sydney's State Theatre 30 June

Sydney’s magnificent State Theatre will be transported by the atmosphere and excitement of Parisian-themed revue Cabaret De Paris when a parade of exquisitely bejewelled international entertainers reveal all (nearly all) with 2 shows only on SATURDAY 30 JUNE.

Cabaret De Paris is a stage spectacular celebrating old-fashioned showgirl glamour mixed with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial artists, pole dancers, comedy circus performers, quick change artists and of course the iconic and much-loved ‘Can Can’.

Audiences will fall under the charm of former Moulin Rouge star, Marissa Burgess, the legendary showgirl and toast of Paris who has starred in three multi-million-dollar revues earning the title of longest serving star in Moulin Rouge’s 120-year history. Marissa will be joined by the crème de la crème of showgirls who have graced the stages of Moulin Rouge, The Lido and other French
cabaret revues.

World-class illusionist Michael Boyd will perform some of the world’s greatest illusions, mindboggling disappearances and incredible magic that will keep audiences guessing and have the whole family entranced.

Cabaret De Paris is a pure spectacle that includes a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of exquisite costumes made in the traditional Paris style with feathers, sequins, rhinestones and jewels that light up the stage.

VENUE: State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney
DATE & TIME: Saturday 30 June 2pm & 7.30pm
PRICES: From $62 to $116
BOOKINGS: ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 139 588
Note: The matinee performance of Cabaret De Paris will NOT feature topless dancers so is suitable
for the entire family.

Source: Cabaret De Paris