Swiftie spending a $174m love story for city’s economy

21 February

Pop megastar Taylor Swift has left an economic love story in the wake of her concerts in Melbourne. Over the three days her Eras Tour was in town, the city had a $174 million boost in spending, according to figures from NAB. That’s up by a third...[Read More]

Kylie Minogue to be named global icon at Brit Awards

14 February

Singer Kylie Minogue is “beyond thrilled” she will receive the global icon award at the Brits in March. The Australian musician will be honoured with the UK award to recognise her five-decade-long career as one of the world’s most successful...[Read More]

Swifties prepare for the coming of Tay-Tay down under

7 February

Mackenzie Sinclair, 19, has been a Taylor Swift fan for as long as she can remember, but for the first time at the Eras tour she won’t be able to stand up and dance. The former nursing student from Geelong has a rare neurological condition, and an...[Read More]

The 2024 Oscar nominations in full

24 January

Oppenheimer leads nominations for the Academy Awards with 13 nods, with Poor Things and Killers Of The Flower Moon following behind with 11 and 10 nominations respectively. Following the announcement ceremony on Tuesday, here are the Oscar...[Read More]

Barbie and Oppenheimer lead Golden Globe nominations

13 December

Barbie and Oppenheimer have scored big nominations at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards. Greta Gerwig received a nod for best director of a motion picture for Barbie alongside Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan while Bradley Cooper has been...[Read More]

Virgin Voyages launches in Australia with a splash

6 December

Sir Richard Branson has launched his new Australia-based cruise liner with a splash – plunging into the ship’s pool surrounded by dancers and champagne. The British business tycoon showed off an app feature that allows cruisers to shake their...[Read More]

Sunsmart campaign slip slop slaps into national archive

22 November

The catchy Slip, Slop, Slap! advertising jingle from the 1980s has been recognised as one of the quintessential sounds of Australia. The ad campaign first ran in 1981 featuring Sid the Seagull, who reminded beachgoers to slip on a shirt, slop on...[Read More]

Teen binge drinking rate down ahead of schoolies events

15 November

Binge drinking among 14 to 24-year-olds has decreased by 15 per cent over the past 12 months, according to a report into alcohol, tobacco and drug use by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The proportion of people in that age group...[Read More]

National search to unearth fresh teen acting talent

11 October

Australia’s most promising teen actors have a chance to strut their stuff in front of a Hollywood casting director, thanks to a national talent search. The inaugural AACTA Young Stars: National Youth Casting Call is being run by the Australian...[Read More]

Lego abandons project to make bricks greener

27 September

Lego has abandoned a project to make its distinctive bricks out of recycled drink bottles, saying the new material would have caused higher carbon emissions, it has been reported. The Danish toy giant announced in 2021 it was researching whether PET...[Read More]

Ticket price pain with Aussies seeing fewer live shows

20 September

The two-thirds of Australians who attend arts events and festivals are doing so less frequently, a national snapshot has revealed. The 2022 National Arts Participation Survey asked some 10,000 people about their engagement with the sector, in the...[Read More]

Kylie Minogue: It’s not cool to be ageist

13 September

Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue says it is “not cool to be ageist” anymore. Minogue, 55, has enjoyed a 35-year career but has not had to deal with prejudice about her age as much as others. Earlier this year Madonna said she has been...[Read More]

Beetlejuice musical to spook Melbourne in Aust premiere

16 August

Broadway musical Beetlejuice is heading to Melbourne in the latest coup for the city’s theatre scene. The show, based on Tim Burton’s 1988 dark comedy film, will make its Australian premiere at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in April 2025. It...[Read More]

Barbie joins one-billion dollar movie club

9 August

Greta Gerwig should be feeling closer to fine these days. With just three weeks in theatres, Barbie is set to sail past $US1 billion ($A1.5 billion)in global ticket sales, breaking a record for female directors that was previously held by Patty...[Read More]

Women’s World Cup permutations and knockout match-ups

2 August

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE PERMUTATIONS * GROUP A Switzerland (5 points), Norway (4), New Zealand (4), Philippines (3) Switzerland and Norway through to the knockout rounds after Sunday night’s final group games. * GROUP B Australia (6),...[Read More]