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]

Paul McCartney gets back to Australia with stadium tour

2 August

Paul McCartney is bringing his Got Back Tour to Australia, with his first concerts Down Under in six years. McCartney said he has amazing memories of his previous visits to Australia. “Our last trip was so much fun,” he said. “We had such an...[Read More]

It’s a bad look: facial recognition at major concert and sporting venues.

5 July

Families turning up for Disney on Ice for a day out at one of Australia’s largest entertainment venues probably wouldn’t expect their images and data to be recorded by facial recognition technology. But it’s an increasingly normal practice...[Read More]

Hamish Blake, Leigh Sales among Gold Logie nominees

21 June

ABC journalist Leigh Sales has been nominated for a Gold Logie for the first time. But the going may be tough for the veteran current affairs host – the winner is determined by public vote, and she is up against popular Lego Masters host Hamish...[Read More]

‘Last Beatles record’ created using AI says McCartney

14 June

Paul McCartney says artificial intelligence has been used to create “the last Beatles record”, which is set to be released later this year. The 80-year-old former Beatle said AI was used to extract John Lennon’s voice from an old demo and...[Read More]

Threatened lion cubs make Melbourne zoo their home

7 June

Three African lion cubs have been born in Melbourne for the first time in nearly six years. Lioness Nilo gave birth to her cubs at the Werribee Open Range Zoo on Sunday evening after a three-month pregnancy. The cubs, each weighing about 1.5kg, were...[Read More]

Australia won’t set medal target for Paris Olympics

24 May

Australia’s Olympic hierarchy are again baulking at setting a medal target for next year’s Paris Games, while defending sending athletes home within 48 hours of the end of their competition. The new chef de mission of Australia’s Olympic team,...[Read More]

First solo runway by Indigenous label at Fashion Week

17 May

Indigenous fashion label Ngali has presented the first-ever First Nations solo runway show at Australian Fashion Week. The Murriyang collection at Carriageworks in Sydney on Wednesday featured a cast of all First Nations models including Samantha...[Read More]