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Pictured: Top: Neighbours TV star Olympia Valance scored a 2015 Logie Award nomination as Most Popular New Talent.


Bottom: Australia's International actress Rose Byrne won the AACTA Tralblazer Award at the recent AACTA Awards in Sydney.

In a deal that further solidifies AMPLIFY as Australia’s leading new media festival, Twitter has officially signed on as exclusive social media partner of #AmplifyLIVE – allowing unprecedented reach to the target audience via their favourite social media platform. This partnership will enable AMPLIFY to create amazing real-time experiences for the audience that will translate seamlessly online via the most connected social platform out there.

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (Son of God) have joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur, it was announced recently by Gary Barber, MGM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Paramount Pictures. The studios will co-produce the film, which is set for release on February 26, 2016. Burnett joins producers Sean Daniel (The Mummy Franchise) and Joni Levin (The Way Back), while Downey joins as an executive producer. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct the film.

Diamond Noir have established a modern and genuinely original sound, riddled with both pop and metal elements as well as boasting classic vocals hooks, grinding guitar riffs, sub slamming bass and polished with a distinctly industrial sonic edge. Monsters is indeed a beastly release. Confident and at times intimidating, six tracks spill forth in such a sultry, salient manner, it’s hard to believe this is a debut release.

The Empty Hearts, a new band featuring members of The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics and The Chesterfield Kings, are on the verge of releasing their eponymous debut album. The band, consisting of four iconic players and musical peers, features Elliot Easton on lead guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clem Burke on drums, Wally Palmar on vocals and guitar, and Andy Babiuk on bass.

Global jewellery and watches brand THOMAS SABO recently invited the Australian fashion and lifestyle press to the launch of the new SS2015 Collections, unveiled for the very first time in Australia at the endearing French cuisine restaurant, Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon, Sydney.

SCARE CAMPAIGN, the upcoming horror feature film from writers and directors Colin & Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres) and producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog), has unveiled its key cast as production began this week in Victoria. It can be announced that Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil), Olivia DeJonge (Hiding, The Visit), and Ian Meadows (The Moodys, The Pacific) have all been cast in major roles for SCARE CAMPAIGN.

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