30 October

Happy Hydro Majestic-ween!

Hydro Majestic dome

The Blue Mountains are Majestic once more.

Six years after it closed, the famous Hydro Majestic hotel is reopening to the public.

Many had assumed – well at least we had kind of hoped – that the hotel was heading down the path of being the next location for a Scooby-Doo style adventure where a janitor wandered around the old hotel dressed as the Drop Bear of Doom to scare away the locals. Instead the grand old building will once again welcome guests.

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has visited the hotel today before it opens to the public tomorrow with “a series of five exclusive high tea events in the Casino Lobby and the Wintergarden.”

High tea on Halloween? Perhaps that janitor hasn’t finished with his drop bear dress-ups just yet.

Hydro Majestic window

The hotel began life in 1902 when department store magnate Mark Foy purchased the property to create his “palace in the wilderness.” Over time the bespoke, almost ad hoc, additions created a unique and grand old landmark that genuinely ranks with Sydney’s best tourism highlights.… Read more

15 October

London Grammar announces new Sydney show

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Buzzy UK indie pop trio London Grammar crushed Australian fans when they unexpectedly announced they would not be playing this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival after all. Of course, they quickly announced a make-good show at the Hordern Pavilion for next March, but tickets weren’t exactly easy to come by – they sold out in a flash. Now the group has delighted local fans with news they’ll play a second Sydney show, and in the relatively more intimate surrounds of the Enmore Theatre, on Mon Mar 9, 2015.

Tickets for London Grammar’s show at the Enmore will go on sale from 9am on Mon Oct 20. And trust us, they will go quick. So mark your diaries now and make sure your finger is ready to hit that refresh button when the next work week starts.

 … Read more

14 October

Funniest things Tim Minchin said at the Matilda musical launch


Tim Minchin would arguably be Australia’s most successful stand-up comic… if he didn’t sit down at a piano for the majority of his gigs.

He may also be well on the way to being one of our most celebrated film-makers, with his animated Aussie bush tale Larrikins… although he is making it in Los Angeles.

And he is probably the only present day beat poet who is a household name, which of course is evidenced through Storm… a new graphic novel.

Yes Minchin is a man of contradictions. Which explains how it makes a strange kind of sense that he described the musical Matilda as “coming home to Australia” when it started in Stratford-upon-Avon, is set in England and is based upon a book by a most famously English author Roald Dahl.

Minchin is unquestionably hysterical, brilliant, hard working and ridiculously talented (and yet still most celebrated as Australia’s premier eyeliner-wearing male… even though he doesn’t wear it anymore) and proved it once again on Tuesday as he launched the Sydney season that will kick off on 28th July at the Lyric Theatre.… Read more

10 October

John Bell retires, divides Bell Shakespeare between two favourite daughters, third daughter left out in cold*

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*Headline may or may not be true

The Sydney theatre scene was rocked today by news that John Bell is retiring next year from the theatre company he founded 25 years ago.

In a surprise decision, Bell announced he would divide what remained of the Bell Shakespeare Company between his two eldest daughters and spend his time shuttling between their two estates, nicknamed in theatre circles as “Cornwall” and “Albany”.

Explaining his decision, Bell, 73, said: “’Tis our fast intent to shake all cares and business from our age, conferring them on younger strengths, while we unburthen’d crawl toward death.”

In what was a surprise to many, Bell’s youngest daughter, widely tipped to take the reins of the company, has been excluded from the transfer of power. Insiders said that a rift had arisen due to the daughter’s unwillingness to speak in tribute to her father’s theatrical achievements.

Bell has refused to comment on the matter, but sources have quoted Bell with lamenting privately that it was “sharper than a critic’s pen to have a thankless child”.… Read more

9 October

Sydney to host world premiere of Angelina Jolie’s new movie


Universal Pictures announced this morning that Unbroken, the latest directorial effort from Angelina Jolie which was filmed in New South Wales and Queensland, will have its world premiere at Sydney’s State Theatre on Mon Nov 17. Jolie – who is being tipped for a Best Director Oscar nomination by some awards pundits – will walk the red carpet at the event along with the film’s stars Jack O’Connell and Miyavi.

Unbroken, which is slated to open in Australia on Jan 15, 2015, is an adaptation of Seabiscuit author Laura Hillebrand’s book about Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (O’Connell), who crash-landed during World War II and ended up surviving on a raft for 47 days before being caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

No word yet on whether Brad, Pax, Maddox, Zahara, Vivienne and Knox will be in tow when Mama Jolie arrives in Sydney.… Read more