Crown & IMG hosted it's annual Tennis Party in Melbourne

Crown Melbourne has hosted an all-star line-up of local and international tennis players, celebrities, sporting identities and social personalities at its 21st annual Crown IMG Tennis Party on the eve of the Australian Open at Crown Aviary.

Crown is the home of sport, celebrity, entertainment and major events in Melbourne and as the city comes alive for a summer of tennis, guests enjoyed 360-degree views of the events capital of Australia, rubbed shoulders with the world’s most sought-after tennis players and enjoy this year’s Moroccan themed party.

Guests were treated to a culinary experience like no other with an abundance of food stalls to indulge in including a Moroccan cold mezze table, Marrakech Night Market BBQ, Moroccan pizza oven and a fresh seafood station.

Free flowing Piper-Heidsieck champagne, Stella Artois beer and Aperol Spritz cocktails kept the A-list guests hydrated while they enjoyed beats from DJ Kitty Kat and vocals from Ruby Cesan accompanied by Saxophonist extraordinaire, Rob Muir.

KEY GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE:

  • Rafael Nadal
  • Garbine Muguruza
  • Daniil Medvedev
  • Caroline Wozniacki
  • Stan Wawrinka
  • Petra Kvitova
  • Casper Ruud
  • Belinda Bencic
  • Robert “Bob” Bryan and Mike Bryan
  • Eugenie Bouchard
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Karen Khachanov
  • Grigor Dimitrov
  • Gael Monfils
  • Danielle Collins
  • Elina Svitolina
  • Bernard Tomic
  • Coco Gauff

Source: Crown


YouTube series: the incredibly funny Chan & Dee’s Drink Tank Launch

After being run over at a zebra crossing – not once but twice, Doublepay divorcees Chanel & Dior are forced to confront their worst nightmare…they are invisible!  Being 50, female and very very f***d off, they decided to create their own TV chat show. Fuelled by the fury of insignificance and a truckload of mojitos, these outraged ladies-who-lunch set out to investigate what the world’s thinking drinking women have to say about this shocking state of affairs.

With their old Kinkytoppers school chum Bettina Westfield Rockbottom dropping in for a nip at the bar and a sleepover on the balcony, Chan and Dee have their manicured hands full. But their show biz inexperience is exceeded only by their determination to stay hi-viz at 50.

“We plan to be bigger than a Kardashian bum on steroids,” said Chan, co-star of the new online comedy. Fellow cougar and co-host Dee hopes that, if nothing else, the show will ignite her Tinder inbox.

With all the characters performed by Helen O’Connor (Rake 2, Crownies), Louise McCabe (The Runner Up – Adelaide Festival Fringe )and Rhonda Doyle (Not Happy Jan TVC, Felony) the chat show is a vehicle for mature, Aussie comedy actresses.

Written by Helen O’Connor, Louise McCabe  & Claire Haywood (McLeods Daughters, The Pink House, Unreal Estate), directed and produced by Claire and designed by Teresa Negroponte (The Checkout, Sheilas), the creative team plan to give the blokes a run for their money when it comes to hard chat, cheap wigs and topical satire.

“Its such a thrill to be working with these incredibly talented women of a certain age. Chan & Dee’s Drink is stream of semi-consciousness at its best”, said director Claire Haywood.Chan & Dee’s Drink Tank premieres on Youtube at 4pm on Thursday January 23rd.

Source: Chan & Dee’s Drink Tank


Robbie Williams: Grand Prix appearance confirmed with his ‘World Tour’ in Melbourne

International superstar Robbie Williams, one of the world’s most magnetic and celebrated live performers will play the inaugural World Tour, headlining on Saturday 14 March – his only Australian public performance of 2020. World Tour Melbourne takes place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at Lakeside Stadium, in the iconic Albert Park.

World Tour Melbourne is running alongside the Formula 1 ® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020. As well as being the FIA Formula 1 ChampionshipTM season opener, 2020 will mark a major milestone for the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, as it is the 25th race held in Melbourne making this the perfect year to stage the launch of a massive new music event-series.

Thrilled to be headlining the World Tour Melbourne event on Saturday 14 March Robbie said “I am looking forward to getting down to Australia, it’s a place that is in my heart, I feel like an Aussie when I am there and if there’s an opportunity to get down there I grab it with both hands.”

Apollo World Touring, Westbrook Inc. and TEG Dainty have partnered with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to bring the global launch of World Tour to Melbourne. The launch of World Tour, during the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020, reinforces Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s home of global major events.

Tickets for World Tour can be purchased from www.ticketek.com.au from 10am (AEDT) on Monday 20 January. Fans can purchase General Admission tickets with standing and seated options available. There are also a limited number of tickets for The World Tour Residence, an exclusive area, offering the best access and unrivalled experiences in close proximity to the action on stage.

Robbie Williams recently scored a No.1 album in Australia with his Christmas album ‘The Christmas Present’ marking his fifth overall chart-topping album in Australia. The record was Robbie’s 13th UK Number 1 album and saw him equal Elvis Presley’s chart record as the solo artist with the most Number 1 albums in British chart history.

Robbie is one of the most decorated music artists in the world with 80 million album sales worldwide, six of the Top 100 best-selling albums in British history, 14 UK Number 1 singles and a record 18 BRIT Awards – more than any other artist. He is one of the most in-demand live performers in music. His most recent stadium production, The Heavy Entertainment Show tour, saw him perform to a total of over 1.5 million people across the world, and he gave a conquering performance in front of a huge global audience at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow.

Chairman and Co-Founder of Apollo World Touring, Paul Morrison said: “We are so proud and excited to be launching World Tour with Robbie Williams in Melbourne – to do this alongside the 25th Formula 1 race to be held in Melbourne, makes the occasion ever more special. World Tour will feed global audiences hungry for great content – bringing the best in entertainment to provide a unique platform which will celebrate the best that Melbourne and all future World Tour cities has to offer”.

At this time of the devastating Bushfire emergency across Australia, World Tour is committed to providing a platform for artists to talk about and act on the climate emergency. World Tour will be supporting the people who are working to build a better future in Melbourne and every other city visited.

Speaking about the Bushfires, Robbie Williams said, “This is beyond a tragedy, it’s unfathomable what has happened, and what is happening, in Australia. You see photographs of what’s actually happening, it can’t sink in, you can’t understand that, it’s beyond any reality that we’ve experienced before. I think it would be trite of me to send my love or condolences, I think it needs more”

World Tour will be supporting the fundraising efforts towards the Bushfire relief. More details to be announced.

Source: Teg Dainty


Dracula - the Netflix teaser is out . . .

From the creators of Sherlock comes a brand new take on the most famous vampire of them all: the magnificent, brooding, deliciously deadly Count Dracula…

The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire’s gory crimes — and bring his vulnerability into the light. Dracula launches globally on Netflix (ex UK and IE) on Saturday 4th January 2020.

Source: Netflix


WESTPAC OPENAIR REVEALS SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM

Westpac OpenAir has unveiled a phenomenal line up of films for its 2020 season, to be screened at the beautiful Mrs Macquaries Point between 9 January and 21 February.

The summer program will feature a line-up of 14 premieres and preview screenings over the 44 nights, opening with the special gala preview of the hotly-anticipated Bombshell starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow and Margot Robbie. Oscar® contender Little Women (Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet) will join Guy Ritchie’s pulsating London crime drama The Gentlemen (Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant), and Taika Waititi’s TIFF Audience Award-winner Jojo Rabbit (Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell), as three New Year releases sure to be in high demand on the harbour.

The program will also feature a selection of 2020’s most talked about films, including:

  • The premiere of Robert Egger’s acclaimed The Lighthouse (starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe);
  • Preview screenings of True History of the Kelly Gang (Russell Crowe) and the Jamie Foxx drama Just Mercy;
  • The Toronto hit biopic A Beautiful Day in The Neighbourhood featuring two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks;
  • The hilarious comedy Like A Boss starring Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek;

  • Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield;
  • A stunning new adaptation of the British drama Emma featuring Anya Taylor-Joy and Bill Nighy;
  • The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch;
  • The Marie Curie biopic Radioactive starring Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike;
  • The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo’s touching and hilarious Military Wives and;
  • Hotly-anticipated biographical drama The Professor and the Madman starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

On top of all that, an Australian classic will be re-imagined when Westpac OpenAir partners with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and Paul Mac on Saturday, 15 February for the world premiere of NFSA Restores: The Sentimental Bloke, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the film with a new digital restoration. ARIA award-winner Paul Mac has composed an extraordinary musical score to one of Australian’s greatest silent films and will be performing this live at Westpac OpenAir. A Sydney summer experience not to be missed!

Audiences can also look forward to another opportunity to see some of 2019’s biggest and brightest box office hits on the harbour screen with Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Charlie’s Angels, Ride Like a Girl, Hustlers, Rocketman, Fisherman’s Friends, Official Secrets, Ford V Ferrari, Marriage Story, Blinded by the Light, Downton Abbey, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Cats, and Pain & Glory.

The world-class program will be complemented by a choice of a full service restaurant or gourmet casual dining with previously announced high-profile chefs James Viles (Biota, Bertha’s Meats) and Clayton Wells (Automata, A1 Canteen) in charge of creating the 2020 menus for the world’s most beautiful cinema.

Tickets for Sydney’s most sought after summer event are on sale via Ticketmaster.

Source: Westpac Open Air