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Jake Freeman is a junior administration assistant, editor, camera operator and filmmaker. Jake has previously completed his studies in Film and Television at the Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe (NMIT) and in Business Administration at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). During his business studies Jake co-managed and hosted a major fundraising event as part of his course assessment that raised over $1000 with guest speakers from the The Big Issue and The Oaktree Foundation in attendance. He has worked for Channel 31, SYN Media and RMITV in various roles such as camera operator, editor and director. Jake has recently been writing and performing stand-up comedy in various Melbourne venues.

COMMON SENSE EXHIBITION

Common Sense pic

There was a big turnout for the Common Sense Exhibition that was held last Friday 20 at 1000 £ Bend, Little Lonsdale St. The free one-off event hosted over twenty unique works of original art, ranging from, illustrations, sculptures, interactive pieces, film, photos and even gelato making experience.

It was a very intriguing exhibition that both art aficionados and everyday people would enjoy. Many of the pieces were created by Sydney based Lizard Studio and Drawing Book Studios. The exhibition provided a platform for all forms of creative expression and inspiration for future artists. More of these exhibitions are expected to be launched in Sydney and Melbourne later this year.

“Our event encourages people to better understand and appreciates the diversity of the creative journey undertaken by the artists,” curator Zoe Edema tells the Sydney Arts Guide. “What it provokes and expresses, how it is presented and the various ways in which it can engage the audience.”

Morten Rowley, whose company Supervixen produces motion design and illustration for Australian and Hollywood film and TV production, was excited about the exhibition. His 3D printed sculpture received a lot of attention. “It’s amazing what you can do on computers these days,” he says, “This took a few weeks to make. I did all the modelling and sketching in the programs and here’s the result.  But it’s great we got involved with the exhibition because there is so much talent out there, both locally and international and it’s important to showcase it.”

31 QUESTIONS

Moderator Anthony McCormack, host David M Green and scorekepper Sophie Loughran
Moderator Anthony McCormack, host David M Green and scorekepper Sophie Loughran

The third season of everyone’s favourite, low budget TV game show premieres tonight and Jake Freeman looks for answers.

It’s a typical Thursday evening at RMITV’s Swanston Street studio and a new episode of 31 Questions will be shot over the next 2 hours. Comedian and warm-up person Michael Connell entertains the audience as they take their seat and glance around the studio thinking the usual, “Wow, it’s smaller in here than it looks on TV” thought before the cameras roll.

At 8:15 PM, host and co – creator David M. Green bounces onto the set, flashing his boyish grin and wearing his trademark brown jacket saturated with questions marks. He’s greeted by rapturous applause. Score keeper Sophie Loughran closely follows and receives a warm reception. Moderator Anthony McCormack is last to enter with the audience booing him like the Collingwood cheer squad does to the umpire.

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ALL THAT JAZZ

Frank Sinatra in the classic film, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM
Frank Sinatra in the classic film, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

Melbourne recently celebrated its 17th year of hosting the International Jazz Festival. The 10-day event, which took place between May 30 and June 8, showcased spectacular performances by local and renowned musicians, exhibitions and workshops. There was something for everyone.

As part of the festivities, The Australian Centre for Moving Image, (ACMI), held the Jazz on Film Season, showing a range of movies and documentaries of anything jazz related and its impact on the world. Two films stood out. The first being The Pleasures of Being Out of Step. The documentary was a wonderful insight on Nat Hentoff. The jazz critic, the civil libertarian, the anti-abortion advocate and to some, a controversial figure, who over half a century, redefined critical writing. Jazz fans and movie goers alike will enjoy The Pleasures of Being Out of Step.

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X–MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Hugh Jackman, as always, charming the crowd, especially the young ladies
Hugh Jackman, as always, charming the crowd, especially the young ladies

Thousands of fans turned out at Melbourne Central on Friday May 16 to catch a glimpse of Hugh Jackman, (Wolverine), Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask) and Fan Bingbing (Blink) walk the red carpet for the Australian premiere. Although Hugh Jackman received a huge welcome, he was somewhat overshadowed by his diminutive co-star, Peter Dinklage, best known for playing Tyrion Lannister on the Game of Thrones television series, who stole the spotlight. Fan Bingbing also got a massive reaction by her fans, many of them in tears upon meeting her.

Days of Future Past offers some of the most amazing action sequences, 3D and special effects and scenery shown on the big screen. However, film goers who are not fans of the series will get caught up in the story with its many overlapping subplots and characters.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Frank Grillo in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Frank Grillo in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Like its many superheros, Marvel Entertainment is once again flying high at the box-office. The latest instalment to the 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger, THE WINTER SOLDIER is so far the highest grossing film of the year, taking in $645,359,241, $16 million alone in Australia.

Over the last few years, Marvel has been expanding its crime fighting universe with blockbusters like the Spiderman reboot series, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk bringing them all together in The Avengers in 2012. It was the biggest money maker of that year, raking in over one billion dollars.

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56TH LOGIES PREVIEW

Dr Chris Brown and Julia Morris hosted the 56th Logies Awards nomination event at Club 23, Crown Towers
Dr Chris Brown and Julia Morris hosted the 56th Logies Awards nomination event at Club 23.

Drama and miniseries are up for the big awards at this year’s TV’s night of nights, The 56th Logies, which is just around the corner and the complete list of the nominees was announced this week at Crown’s Club 23. Actress and comedian Julia Morris and Bondi vet Doctor Chris Brown hosted the event.

First time nominees for the Gold Logie are: The Block’s Scott Cam and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries actress Essie Davis. Joining them in the contest for the top prize is 2013 Gold Logie winner, Asher Keddie, Andy Lee, Carrie Bickmore and Stephen Peacocke from Home and Away. Three out of the five nominees are from drama/miniseries.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is also nominated for the Most Popular Drama and Essie Davis is in the running for Most Popular Actress. Although the show rated highly with more than 1 million viewers per episode, its future on the ABC’s programschedule also remains a mystery as the public broadcaster has not yet commissioned a third series, despite strong fan support.

Carrie Bickmore, the last original host for The Project is up for the Gold for the second time in a row. Speaking with the Sydney Arts Guide, the presenter was humble about being nominated and the challenges of working in an ever changing industry. Her co-hosts Dave Hughes and Charlie Pickering have since left The Project.
In a bid to shorten the ceremony, the Most Popular New Male Talent and Most Popular New Female Talent awards will be merged into the Most Popular New Talent category, becoming gender non-specific. The award for Most Popular Factual Program has also been eliminated.

Although the Logies have always been the battleground between channels Seven and Nine, the ABC and pay TV provider Foxtel are also dominating the nominations for drama and miniseries/telemovie categories.

Foxtel’s Wentworth is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series and its main star Danielle Cormack is up for Outstanding Actress. Foxtel’s other show, Top of the Lake, is nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie, which breaks the tradition of only free-to-air TV being showcased at the Logies.

Not to be outdone, the ABC’s Paper Giants, Redfern Now, The Time of Our Lives and An Accidental Soldier are also competing for the silver.

From the commercial networks, it’s Seven’s A Place To Call Home, Nine’s Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story and Ten’s Offspring.

Interestingly, The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent are the only variety or talent shows that will be up against four scripted comedies: SBS’s Housos and the ABC’s It’s A Date, Please Like Me and Upper Middle Bogan in the Outstanding Light Entertainment Program category.

The TV Week Logie Awards ceremony will be screened on the Nine Network on Sunday, 27 April from the Palladium at Crown Casino.

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

How To Train Your Dragon (2010), artist Pierre-Olivier Vincent (c) Dreamworks Animation. All rights reserved. Pic Andrew Morley
How To Train Your Dragon (2010), artist Pierre-Olivier Vincent (c) Dreamworks Animation. All rights reserved. Pic Andrew Morley

What does a grumpy ogre, a smart talking bee and a kung fu panda have in common? An exhibition. This week, as part of its 2014 Winter Masterpieces series, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square will open its largest exhibit, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition — Journey From Sketch to Screen.

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GREASE IS STILL THE WORD

Antony Callea as Johnny Casino shows off his moves
Antony Callea as Johnny Casino shows off his moves

Get ready to dust off your leather jackets, comb and oil up the hair and start dancing as everyone’s favourite jukebox musical is back, GREASE

This nostalgic play created by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey that made its Broadway debut in 1971 and the 1978 movie that made John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John household names is now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.

With a star studded cast that includes Bert Newton (Vince Fontaine), Todd McKenney (Teen Angel) Australian Idol alumni Rob Mills (Danny), and Anthony Callea (Johnny Casino), and upcoming talent Gretel Scarlett (Sandy), this high energy production will have audiences of all ages bopping along with all the old favourites such as You’re The One That I Want and Grease Is The Word.

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BON JOVI UP CLOSE

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Bon Jovi and Tico Torres at the Crown. PicMichael Dodge Getty Images

Standing on stage smiling, with their white teeth, behind their aviator style glasses, against the bright camera flashes and wearing their trademark leather jackets and tight jeans, superstar group Bon Jovi are still at the top of their game.

And it’s no surprise. Their last world tour, The Circle Tour, was the highest grossing tour of 2010, earning $201,100,000, performing to over 1 million fans. In Australia, where they concluded their tour, every arena was sold out.

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