26 May

First Glance at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival’s killer program

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This year marks the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival and we have a feeling it’s a going to be a doozy. The First Glance selection has just been released and included is an exciting program of eye-opening documentaries, tear-jerkers, slow-burning dramas and cinematic feats to keep you on the edge of your seat.

With the aftermath of recent earthquakes still a very difficult reality for many in Nepal, the documentary Sherpa will be an enlightening glimpse into the lives of sherpas who die every year whilst accompanying climbers up Mount Everest. Part of the Next Gen program, Being 14 is an unabashed look into the lives of girls at the cusp of womanhood.

Six Australian-made films will be screened as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund program. Putuparri and the Rainmakers tells the story of a man’s fight for his family’s native title and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture, while Downriver is a confronting debut film by director Grant Scicluna.… Read more

26 May

Florence and the Machine announce Melbourne Splendour sideshow

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Splendour in the Grass headliners Florence and the Machine will hit the Palais Theatre for a one-off sideshow on July 22, and to accommodate demand the organisers are running a ballot system for tickets. If you want to see Ms Welch and friends (not to mention her whimsical stage dresses) hit up the ballot link and enter the ballot before noon Thursday May 28. Lucky applicants will be notified if they are successful and given the opportunity to purchase tickets the following day.

Florence and the Machine, Palais Theatre, 14 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 3182. July 22.Read more

24 May

Russell Brand announces Australian tour in October

Russell Brand joins Occupy Wall Street activists in New York City on 14 October 2014. Photograph: XP

“We’ve been told freedom is the freedom to fulfill our petty desires,” says British comedian, actor, author and political figure Russell Brand, in the announcement of his national tour. “but TREW freedom is freedom FROM our petty desires”.

Hitting our shores in October, Brand will come armed with biting political criticism and the dogged determination for truth that has earned him more than a million subscribers to his Youtube web series, The Trews.

Fans of Brand – who rose to fame as a stand-up comedian – can still expect his sharp observational humour and electric charisma. Whether he’ll pull out anything else in his attempt to give the power back to the people remains a mystery.

Asked by Time Out in a recent interview whether he’s concerned that fans of his comedy don’t like his political material (or his recent book, Revolution), he said that “I do have concerns, because I’m a comedian and I don’t want this to start being some dry, bureaucratic first pump – unless it’s an anal one.Read more

22 May

The Astor Theatre reveals new calendar ahead of June re-opening

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If you needed one final bit of proof that the Astor’s triumphant revival is going ahead, then behold: the famed Astor calendar is back.

Double features, marathons, 35 and 70mm screenings: it looks like the Astor’s new custodians (Palace Cinemas) will be worthy custodians of the St Kilda institution. Award-winning director Gillian Armstrong will premiere her new documentary Women He’s Undressed in a red carpet gala re-opening event on Thursday June 25. Films like Blade Runner, Taxi Driver and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas screen during the first month, in addition to Gone with the Wind, The Big Lebowski and a four-film Woody Allen marathon in later months.

Tickets are on sale now, so download the calendar on the Astor website and get planning. Blu-tack it on your bathroom wall, sticky-tape it to your face – we don’t care what you do with the thing –  just get back in that beautiful cinema in June.… Read more

21 May

Cadbury has released that Vegemite chocolate block – and we tried it

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Turns out Cadbury wasn’t really fooling everyone with pictures of a Vegemite-flavoured chocolate after all.

The chocolate/Vegemite mashup is most definitely a real thing, as confirmed by Cadbury on social media last week. It’s a limited-edition flavour, as part of the company’s campaign to encourage social media users to share their own dream chocolate pairings.

While it’s set to “officially” hit the shelves from June, Cadbury is teasing that you may be able to track it down sooner. And because we’re up for all sorts of adventures here at Time Out HQ, we took our sleuthing skills to (a lot) of local supermarkets so we could road test the new flavour.

So, is it oozing with a Vegemite centre? Is it too sweet? Or is it just a massively hyped variation on salted caramel? Read our staffers’ verdicts below:

It’s got that nice, salty umami flavour to it, but really, it just tastes like somebody gave me chocolate right after I had some toast.Read more