If you thought Toronto had it rough with a crack-smoking mayor, Geelong is entering the race for most colourful character in charge.
Darryn Lyons, aka Mr Paparazzi, took to the throne on Monday, ditching his signature blue mohawk for a more demure white-blond do. After a 20-year foray into the world of celebrity photography in London establishing his company Big Pictures, Lyons has returned to his pimped out pad in his hometown of Geelong, where he owns local nightclubs Eureka and Home House.
Never far from controversy, newly engaged Lyons is already in strife on day two in office, with alleged links to dodgy strip club owners and bars, though that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been following the former Big Brother contestant, who’s far from shy when it comes to talking about his party boy past.
From covering the Bosnian War to chasing celebrities as a photographer, including snapping friend Princess Di, Lyons is no doubt at home on either side of the camera. After securing 30 per cent of the vote, is seems almost a third of Geelong citizens don’t mind seeing a bit more of him, and his sculptured gut surgically-enhanced abs, postered round town.… Read more
L-R: Warren Wills; Les Twentyman; Frank Howson
Casting is soon to commence for the forthcoming Chopper the Musical. Yesterday, songs were aired to the media at the Royal Melbourne Hotel, which (appropriately) conceals an 1850s bluestone cellblock within its walls. The corridor was stuffed with TV crews and lit up with blue stage lights. At the far end of the stretch of cells a stage was set up with a huddle of singers sharing mics.
For this preview’s purposes, comedian Simon Palomares was the face of Chopper, while Mick Pealing (former frontman of ’70s country-rock band Stars) took on the voice of Chopper Read, launching into a song with the refrain “Harden the fuck up, harden…”
The chorus of girls behind him adopted the unlovely timbres of barflies and loose-larynxed addicts. Then there followed a lament from Uncle Chop Chop’s long-suffering lover, again backed by the wailing, hardnosed harridans. A few more numbers – all in a ’70s pub blues or alco-disco vein – and it was on to the serious stuff.
Reactions to the proposed musical fall into two camps, we were told: “Why the hell are you doing this pisstake?” and “This is going to be a smash.” But composer Warren Wills reckons Chopper the Musical will be a window into the bigger picture of Australia letting down its maligned communities, particularly the youth.… Read more
Following the death last month of Mark “Chopper” Read, everyone in Melbourne was apparently his best friend, closest confidant and/or came within a hair’s breadth of some sort of life-ending altercation with him. And at first glance it’s hard to see why a violent criminal with a history of mental health issues and a lack of ears would be a cultural hero.
After all, Australia, as you learned with the recent election result, is a conservative country that fears change, eschews unpredictability, works impossible hours for stagnant wages (in fact, works the longest hours in the western world), and is so terrified of outsiders that both the major political parties ran large public campaigns predicated on promising to keep foreigners out, despite the desperate need they were in. We like our boats repelled, not rocked.
However, that’s not that self-image we prefer to have. Australia likes to present itself as a self-sufficient nation of outlaws and larrikins, rattlin’ cages and breakin’ all the rules. We imagine ourselves thumbing our noses at convention and greeting every new challenge with a “she’ll be right, mate” rather than the more accurate response with is succumbing to an impossible rate of depression and mental illness.… Read more
Not since Maude Flanders conferenced with St Peter at the Pearly Gates has bigger (and sadder) news hit Springfield: a major Simpsons character is about to kick the bucket. The news comes from Al Jean, executive producer, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter. Who exactly will be dying, we’re not sure of yet. When exactly it will happen is another mystery: it could happen in season 25 or 26. Our money’s on Skinner. We don’t know why… just a feeling. Here’s Jean in the Reporter…
“We are doing this story for the same reason we do all others — we think it has a good emotional through line,” Jean told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, keeping under wraps whether the character would be killed off or pass away. “The story will be produced this year though it may air in season 26.”
Who do you think will die?… Read more
Kudos to the ABC for a brilliant bit of marketing today. After HBO dropped this tiny teaser with our first glimpse at the upcoming Ja’mie: Private School Girl, the ABC offered an exclusive clip to fans – with one caveat: fans had to tweet the hashtag #privateschoolgirl and only when enough fans had tweeted it would the clip be unlocked. Well, that point is now and here is the exclusive clip of the show which will premiere on ABC1 on Wednesday October 23.
Ja’mie: Private School Girl, airs Wednesday October 23 on ABC1… Read more
Back in 1982, Chisel’s Don Walker scored the soundtrack to an Aussie film, Freedom. The coming-of-age flick, set in Adelaide, details a young man’s desire to drive a Porsche Turbo, even if that means nicking one and pushing it off a cliff when the cops come in pursuit. (His love interest was Jad Capelja from Puberty Blues.) It was directed by Scott Hicks, who went on to have a smash with Shine.
Here’s a promotional clip for the soundtrack, featuring the song ‘Speed Kills’ with one Michael Hutchence sharing the vocals and posing fetchingly in car wrecks.
Tragically, the young star of Freedom, Jon Blake, died in a real-life wreck four years later, while filming The Light Horsemen.… Read more
We are well into the blockbuster season, and the shops are stuffed with merchandise for all the big movies: Lone Ranger Lego, Iron Man masks, Monsters University onesies… But not all movie merch makes sense. We dug deep and turned up ten of the most peculiar movie tie-in products, from official toys to weird fan memorabilia.
Edward Cullen ‘Manllow’
Why on earth?
Because if you can’t snuggle up to the real Robert Pattinson, a weird floppy pillow with his face photocopied on to it is surely the next best thing.
Who’s it for?
The Manllow website pushes its product to ‘all the “Twilight”-crazed, lonely women in the world’. We have to wonder if ownership of a Manllow may in fact be contributing to said loneliness, and not the other way around…
The Avengers cologne set
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Why on earth?
We definitely see the logic here: superhero movies like ‘The Avengers’ may have broad appeal, but their core audience is slightly smelly 12 to 19-year-old boys. And, as advertising has repeatedly taught us, the most effective way to transform a nerdy teen into a cool dude overnight is through the judicious application of personal grooming products.… Read more
Will the big Oscar
groupers voters take the bait, here? Naomi Watts is set to embody the People’s Princess (that’s plain old Diana Spencer for all you Republicans) in this biopic, coming out later this year, and here’s the world’s first big look at how she’ll do. We’re a split jury at Time Out HQ – someone might have just said, “It looks as ridiculous as Diana was” (gasp! sacrilege!) – while others are already lining up to relive the ’90s through Women’s Weekly-tinted glasses. What do you think of the trailer?