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:: Editor's note

Pictured: Top: Canadian music star Drake will be touring Australia for the first time this year at the Future Music Festival in March 2015. See our Festival News section for all the details.

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

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.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation recently announced Melbourne model and social media influencer, Elyse Knowles, as the female Ambassador for the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix from March 12-15, 2015. Hailing from the Melbourne suburb of Eltham, Knowles, 22, has fast become the city‘s next 'it’ girl, working her way up the ranks of the local and international modelling scene while leaving a giant social media footprint in her wake. Read about the social activities around the Grand Prix in our Celebrity section.

On Wednesday March 11 from 7.00pm students from the Academy of Design Australia will draw inspiration from 100 years of Carnival sideshow history as they present “The Odditorium”. For decades the sideshow has held a morbid fascination for the spectator, part enthrallment, part horror. Defined as broken parts or parts of once-complete sets, the runway show and accompanying exhibition challenges the spectator’s dark preoccupation with the irregular, challenging engagement by pushing the boundaries of contemporary attractiveness, dwelling on the fringe teasing out the nuances of beauty as it relates to the extreme.

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