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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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Kitty Daisy & Lewis - Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third

With three different writers and multi-instrumentalists in the band, each track is a sparkling gem that reflects a different facet of experience.

Shameem - The Second City

The album touches on a number of thought-provoking themes over the generously loaded fifteen tracks; the overcoming of prejudice, broken trust and forgiveness, thankfulness, and gratitude in the face of difficulties.

The Gambler

All the negatives aside, the film keeps you hooked from start to finish. The gambling scenes are especially intense and Wyatt knows when to change the beat of the film - just when you start to feel edgy that the film is going nowhere, Wyatt interjects another scene which draws your full attention, getting you interested again.

The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer combines elements from various comedy film sub-genres, including rom-coms and gross-out humour. While some of those sub-genres might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are elements in this film to please a variety of different audiences and whether you like it or not, the film is funny.

Model Profile - Danielle Sheehan

It's a great feeling to present a profile on a young woman who has battled hard in her efforts to achieve her career goals. Danielle Sheehan is one very determined and passionate person.

2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

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.

**Update as at February 13, 2015**

***Update as at February 19, 2015***

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