10 December

Tickets to Quentin Tarantino Q&A sell out, furious film fans rip into Village Cinemas

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Disappointed Melburnians have taken to social media to blast Village Cinemas after their website failed to cope with high demand for tickets to next month’s The Hateful Eight Q&A with Quentin Tarantino.

Tickets to the one-off screening sold out within minutes of their release at 9am Thursday morning. Despite high levels of interest in the event, Village’s website was apparently unprepared for the rush that greeted online ticket sales, with many film fans (the Time Out Melbourne team included) greeted by long load times and site maintenance messages:

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As word spread that tickets had sold out, fans took to the event’s official Facebook page to vent their frustration. Some were critical of the decision to allow customers to purchase up to ten tickets per transaction, while others blasted the organisers for failing to communicate that tickets could also be bought over the phone and in person at Village Cinemas Rivoli.

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Fewer than 500 tickets, priced at $50 each, were released for the Tarantino Q&A.… Read more

30 November

Museum Victoria unveils Jurassic World: The Exhibition to open in March 2016

Jurassic World The Exhibition_1The Melbourne Museum’s blockbuster exhibition is the closest you’ll ever come to seeing a real-life dinosaur

Hear that faint rumbling? Make no mistake: that’s the sound of dinosaurs stomping their way to the Melbourne Museum for the world premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition, set to open in March next year. If the mega-reptiles hold a special place in your heart, then this is the immersive experience of your dreams.

Imagine Exhibition Inc has teamed up with Melbourne-based Creature Technology Company (the animatronic wizards behind Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular and King Kong) to place highly realistic life-size dinosaurs into sophisticated environments based on scenes from Jurassic World; one of the highest grossing films in cinema history.

When we say realistic, we mean it. Take a look at old mate T-Rex, unveiled at the exhibition preview:

Yes, the exhibition is family friendly. No, that does not mean parents shouldn’t use discretion when deciding whether to introduce littlies to the big-toothed beasts.… Read more

26 October

Melbourne’s getting a brand new jazz club: sister to New York legend Birdland

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Continuing the Birdland tradition, Melbourne will soon play host to its sister club, Blue Basement – a gutsy 200 seater that will run in line with the Birdland model of two dinner shows per evening and share international and local jazz talent with its dead-cool older sibling.

While the closing of Bennett’s Lane left a bloody great hole in Melbourne’s jazz scene, Blue Basement promises to make up for its absence and then some. “Bennet’s Lane was a small club where people came on admission basis to stand or sit and have a little drink if they wanted to,” says Albert Dadon, Melbourne jazz scene stalwart and Blue Basement’s proud owner. “Blue Basement is not the same, though – it follows the Birdland model where people come and have dinner and have a restaurant experience, and at the same time enjoy sublime music. That doesn’t exist in Melbourne.”

Read our full interview with Dadon and jazz impressario and Birdland’s owner, Gianni Valenti, here.… Read more

15 October

GPX: line-up drops for Golden Plains’ tenth birthday bash

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The hot, delicious and golden festival has pulled out all stops to celebrate double digits. Pick of the pack goes to the Violent Femmes (where better to listen to ‘Blister in the Sun’ than GP’s eternal afternoon), original riot grrrrls Sleater-Kinney, Black Cab (Melbourne’s own nod to Kraut Rock), old-school UK punk rockers the Buzzcocks and the ever bluestatic CW Stoneking.

Check out the listing for the full line-up. Your best chance for a golden ticket is via the subscriber ballot, which is is open until 10.10pm Tuesday October 20.

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4 September

Creators of BBC series Sherlock to host exclusive fan event in November

Picture shows: Mycroft Holmes (MARK GATISS)

If you’re a Sherlock fan, then you know how to wait. The first season of the award-winning BBC series premiered in 2010, and the two seasons that followed were released in two-year intervals. Given that each season is made up of three 90-minute episodes, we’re given a lot of time to speculate on the cliffhangers we’re inevitably left with – and to wonder just how creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat so deftly adapt the hallowed Arthur Conan Doyle story into modern-day London (it helps that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman make a matchless Holmes and Watson). The show has won 12 BAFTAs, seven Emmys and has been sold to 240 territories around the world.

For the first time ever, Gatiss (who also plays Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, pictured), Moffat and series producer Sue Vertue will make their way to the Regent Theatre on Monday, November 23 for Sherlock: From Script to Screen. The creators will share insights into the conception of the show, and into how the plots and characters are developed.… Read more