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So you’ve booked in your mani, your pedi and your haircut, bought a fabulous new-season outfit for yourself, but Christmas gift shopping for friends and family has totally slipped your mind?
Fear not for Cream has compiled our annual, trusty, last-minute gift guide for you. Plenty of fabulous products here for you to ponder: for your loved one, your folks, the kids in your life, and your BFFs – heck, there’s something here for pretty much everyone.
Compiled by Antonino Tati
WHAT: Print by artist Johnny Romeo. DESCRIPTION: Brisbane-based artist Romeo’s works range from celebrity-studded to comic-book macho, with each print splashed with so much colour that butch suddenly becomes beautiful and glamour even more glitzy. Pictured from the artist’s recent ‘Popism’ exhibition – ‘Poppy Rock, 2013’. COST: $220.00. AVAILABLE FROM: www.burattieditions.com.
WHAT: Anorak vintage-style cooler bag. DESCRIPTION: A nifty cooler bag with a retro box shape. Reminiscent of vintage lunchboxes, it’s waterproof and durable, and comes in cool prints like the ‘Kissing Rabbits’, pictured. COST: $89.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.formfunctionstyle.com.au.
WHAT: Melbourne by Lumbi printed cushions. DESCRIPTION: Cool pillows emblazoned with popular Melbourne suburbs. Printed cotton front, plain black back, zippered. Available in suburbs in other states, too. COST: $49.95 for 40cm pillow with insert; $79.95 for 50cm pillow with insert. AVAILABLE FROM: www.lumbi.com.au and at The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi, Driver Lane, Melbourne City.
WHAT: Message In A Bottle. DESCRIPTION: Literally that – a rolled up scroll for you to write your own message on, housed in a bottle stamped with those all-important big four letters. From a new website called gifts4themissus which helps clueless guys find nice gifts – you guessed it – for the missus. COST: $18.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.gifts4themissus.com.
WHAT: Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa Tequila. DESCRIPTION: A delicious combination of Patrón Silver Tequila, quality coffee and pure cocoa, creating a unique and ultra-premium liqueur; perfect served over ice as an after-dinner bevvy. COST: $74.99 for 750ml bottle. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality liquor outlets.
WHAT: Pantone Coffee Maker. DESCRIPTION: Otherwise known as the trusty Italian perculator, this stove top coffee maker comes in three sizes (3-cup, 6-cup, or 9-cup) and six cool colours (Vintage Blue, Ketchup Red, Hot Pink, Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, and Green ‘Shoots’). COST: $49.95 for 9-cup coffee maker, pictured. AVAILABLE FROM: www.until.com.au.
WHAT: Monster iSport Freedom Headphones. DESCRIPTION: Wireless cam phones that deliver superb audio quality and are even sweat proof! A rechargeable battery provides 30-plus hours of playback and calls, while a clever button layout on the ear-cups allows for easy user interface to ensure making calls and controlling sound is a cinch. COST: $349. AVAILABLE FROM: Harvey Norman, JB Hi Fi or direct through www.monsterproducts.com.
WHAT: Beats by Dre ‘Pill’ Speaker. DESCRIPTION: A lightweight, portable speaker that’s totally wireless and Bluetooth-enabled so you can boom music anywhere you go from a variety of devices – even change tracks via your mobile phone. Small enough to fit in your hand, the Beats Pill packs a powerful audio punch. COST: $259. AVAILABLE FROM: www.au.beatsbydre.com.
WHAT: Lovisa Diamond Simulant Ring. DESCRIPTION: Cut just like a diamond, this man-made sparkler is designed to shine and is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. COST: $29.99. AVAILABLE FROM: www.lovisa.com.au.
WHAT: Vuerich B sunglasses. DESCRIPTION: The ultimate in upcycling, these sturdy sunnies are made from recycled bits of mapel-wood skateboard. Featuring high quality Carl Zeiss lenses to provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. COST: $439 for ‘Rad No. 439’ sunglasses, pictured. AVAILABLE FROM: www.upcyclette.com.
WHAT: Dosh Wallet. DESCRIPTION: A super streamlined take on the classic elastic wallet, it has four card slots on the outside and secure pockets on the inside. Super durable, hard-wearing and made in Australia from 100% recyclable material. COST: $45. AVAILABLE FROM: www.gyrofish.com.au.
WHAT: Faber-Castell Connector Paint Box. DESCRIPTION: The perfect kids gift with its slick modern design and clever functionality, these paint pots can be individually combined, thereby helping children to learn about colour relativity through play. COST: $19.95. AVAILABLE FROM: Officeworks.
WHAT: Tinny retro tin cooler. DESCRIPTION: Make your ‘esky’ stand out from all those generic ones at the next big picnic. Fits up to 24 cans, retains ice for up to 36 hours, and is polypropylene-insulated (big words for ‘it keeps drinks really cool’). Oh, and it’s CFC-free. We’ll drink to that! COST: $59.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.lifeliveitup.com.au.
WHAT: Murchison-Hume Classic Six Cleaning Set. DESCRIPTION: These quality eco-friendly cleaning products from Sydney-based brand Murchison-Hume might look all quaint and vintage in their packaging, but they pack a powerful punch in cleaning. Available in the range are nifty named products like the ‘Spit and Polish Chrome & Stainless Steel Cleaner’, ‘Everyday Furniture Spritzer’, and ‘Counter Intelligence Food Safe Surface Spray’. All products are 99.99% natural, non-toxic, 100% biodegradable, cruelty-free and the packaging itself 100% recyclable. How’s that for good and green? COST: $76.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.murchison-hume.com.
WHAT: Dr. LeWinn’s anti-ageing skincare range. DESCRIPTION: A great antidote to ageing with the introduction of this range of luxurious serums, each containing a high concentration of specially selected, effective ingredients. From left to right, the Ultra R4 Ultimate Lift Serum (RRP $69.95) with Triple Re-Sculpting Action: improves skin elasticity by up to 93% and firmness by up to 82%; Line Smoothing Complex S8 Instant Line Eraser Serum (RRP $69.95) with the power of five ‘wrinkle warriors’ including snowflake extract to enhance skin firmness and elasticity, and Fiflow ATX to visually smoothen skin; and Miracle Radiance Renewal Serum (RRP $49.95) for deep cell nourishment and renewal – a potent gel-oil to help renew dull and dehydrated skin. COST: (see prices in preceding information). AVAILABLE FROM: Myer, Priceline or visit www.drlewinns.com for other stockists.
WHAT: DKNY Fresh Blossom Set. DESCRIPTION: Gift set includes eau de parfum spray 50ml and body lotion 100ml. The delicious aroma includes notes of apple, grapefruit, blackcurrant, with a heart of lily and jasmine and a rich dry-down of blonde wood notes. COST: Prices vary outlet to outlet. AVAILABLE FROM: Quality perfumeries.
WHAT: La Mer LM – The Ageless Collection. DESCRIPTION: For the skincare devotee, the La Mer Ageless Collection offers a complete anti-ageing regimen to instantly renew, rejuvenate and revitalise the look of skin. The collection contains 60ml Crème de la Mer, 15ml Regenerating Serum, 15ml Eye Concentrate, 3ml Lifting Intensifier, all beautifully packaged. COST: $790. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists visit www.cremedelamer.com.au.
WHAT: Clinique Skin Supplies for Men. DESCRIPTION: Men’s skincare that’s fuss-free and simple. Includes gentle face scrub, M lotion for daily hydration, post-shave healer, and anti-fatigue cooling eye gel, all packed into a handy, stylish beauty travel bag. COST: $69. AVAILABLE FROM: For stockists visit www.clinique.com.au.
WHAT: Essenzza Fuss-Free Facials. DESCRIPTION: Made from powerful, natural, active ingredients, these Japanese silk masks cling to every inch of the skin, are ready to be applied straight from the sachet, simple to use and easy to remove. Three varieties available: Carrot Seed & Coconut Oil to moisturise and smoothen skin; Citrus & Pineapple to cleanse and exfoliate; and Moroccan Argan Oil & Vitamin C packed with antioxidants to help with anti-ageing. COST: $14.95 per pack of three makes this a great, economical stocking-stuffer! AVAILABLE FROM: www.essenzzahealth.com.
WHAT: Cygnett iPad Air ‘Node’ Case. DESCRIPTION: Manufacturers of top-notch iPad accessories, Cygnett offer an array of fabric options to protect your trusty Apple device. To coincide with the release of the iPad Air comes a series of cases “inspired by book jackets, minimalism, earth elements and classic bespoke craft”, such as the ‘Node’, pictured: a slim folio case made of hardwearing woven fibre material and featuring both viewing and working angles, elastic closure, and handy inner document pocket. Available in grey or brown. COST: $39.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.cygnett.com.
WHAT: Louis Vuitton City Guides. DESCRIPTION: For its 15th anniversary, the Louis Vuitton City Guide gets a total redesign. This year, the collection explores 15 of the world’s most exciting cities across all its inhabited continents including Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, New York, Paris, Beijing, São Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Venice. In addition, new features, new perspectives, new contributors and a new layout are presented alongside beautiful illustrations and exclusive photographs. Limited run of just 3,000 copies. COST: $645. AVAILABLE FROM: For store locations visit www.louisvuitton.com.au or for mail order enquiries call 1300 883 880.
WHAT: Cygnett iPhone 5c ‘Form’ Case. DESCRIPTION: Part of Cygnett’s ever-rotating phone accessories ranges, the ‘Form’ collection is designed to mix-and-match with the vibrant colour palette of one of this year’s bigger releases, the Apple 5c iPhone. Available in black, white, pink and blue, with each case featuring a unique, ‘secret’ patterned inlay and metal badge. (Other ranges cater for the just just-as-popular Apple 5s range). COST: $24.95. AVAILABLE FROM: www.cygnett.com.
WHAT: Hollywood Costume. DESCRIPTION: Celebrating the contribution of costume to the world of cinema over the past century, this hefty coffee table book features outfits seen in some of the most famous films. From Hollywood’s Golden Age to contemporary classics, you’ll recognise everything from Dorothy’s ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ right through to Meryl Streep’s starched uniforms in ‘The Iron Lady’. The book also contains specially commissioned interviews with leading actors including Streep, Robert De Niro and Debbie Reynolds. COST: $49.99. PUBLISHED THROUGH: Bloomsbury and available from quality book stores.
WHAT: Rome Secrets. DESCRIPTION: Anyone who’s been to Rome will tell you it is one of the most picturesque places on earth. With thousands of years of history, the Italian capital boasts some of the most magnificent architecture, fantastical gardens and the coolest of contemporary culture. This huge book compiled by avid travel writer Susan Wright is testament to all of the above: a modern guide for the urban aesthete; for travellers who’ve been there and done that, and those who just wanna dream of being there. COST: $59.99. PUBLISHED THROUGH: Images Publishing and available from quality book stores.
WHAT: PlayStation 4. DESCRIPTION: The long-awaited PS4 opens the door to immersive new gaming worlds with an awesome line-up of over 180 titles expected to be released over the next couple of years. Developer-inspired and gamer-focused, PS4 boasts stunning graphics performance, 500GB of memory, and processors with 10 times the power of PS3. The kids will love you for it, and what’s a bet you’ll be hooked on it yourself! COST: From $549.95. Also available in bundles (eg: PS4 with ‘Killzone’ or ‘Knack’) starting at $599.95. AVAILABLE FROM: E.B. Games, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith and other good gaming and technical outlets; visit www.au.playstation.com for more info.
Last year, the Rolling Stones celebrated an impressive landmark: 50 years in the music business. The band, who’ve made their mark on popular culture not only through delivering epic music but for notoriously living the genuine ‘rock’n’roll’ lifestyle, are set to return to Australia to perform live in 2014. And pre-sale tickets are selling fast.
Already, the ‘Lucky Dip’ tickets for the Stones’ concerts, at $99 a pop in Perth for example, have sold out, with the next category of ticketing costing $200.95 per stub. The highly coveted ‘Tongue Pit’ ticket in Perth will set fans back $580.45 – the most expensive pre-sale ticket in all of the band’s Australian tour (ie: a couple of bucks higher than the highest priced Melbourne tickets).
The Rolling Stones’ ‘14 On Fire’ Tour kicks off at Perth Arena on March 19, 2014, then moves to Adelaide March 22, Sydney March 25, Melbourne March 28, Macedon Ranges March 30, and Brisbane April 2.
Despite the cost, it is assumed pre-sale tickets to each concert will sell out – so you better get in quick, assuming they haven’t sold out already in your capital city. Official public tickets go on sale next week.
One of the most prominent political figures of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela, has died aged 95.
Mandela was South Africa’s first black president, elected after having spent nearly three decades in prison, and was most famous for his anti-apartheid agenda in which he constantly pushed for black African rights, and equality across the board, the world over.
He spent 27 years in incarceration before being let out in 1990, going on to lead the African National Congress in negotiations with white minority rulers in 1994.
Mandela then served a single term as president as well as taking on the role of elder statesman and prominent AIDS campaigner before retiring from politics in 2004.
He had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his home in Johannesburg since September, and died of lung complications last night.
A revered icon, Nelson Mandela leaves behind a legacy of justice that will forever be remembered, and is survived by three daughters, 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren in total.
Rest In Peace, a very great man.
Illustration/treatment by AJT.
With an all-star cast that includes Simon Pegg (Shaun Of The Dead, Paul) and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Paul), The World’s End follows a group of mates as they reunite in their hometown to repeat an epic pub crawl they once completed in their youth – only for their plans to be seriously stuffed-up by a series of apocalyptic events. Action-packed and funny as hell, the film sees its pub-crawlers encountering everything from peeved-off locals to nasty alien life-forms.
Here, Nick Frost (pictured above, second from the right) – who plays one of the lead guys, Andy Knightley, in the film – talks about some personal experiences that aren’t too dissimilar from the wacky scenarios on screen including, of course, boozing it up big-time…
What was the atmosphere like on set of ‘The World’s End’?
Well, we’re all mates. I worked with Eddie Marsan on Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) and Paddy Considine was in Hot Fuzz (2007). And we’ve known Martin Freeman for 15 years as a friend, so we all have a laugh. I think people presume that because we are comedians, we just sit around yacking and cracking gags all day. There is some of that, obviously, because we are mates and we find each other funny while still working hard. That is partly the reason why me, [director] Edgar Wright and [co-star] Simon Pegg work as a trio; the fact that we all share a work ethic. Also, the thing about Edgar is that he will finish the shoot, say at nine o’clock at night, and he will then go off to an edit suite for two hours. Then he will go home and he will get up at 4am to compile a shot-list and then he will come and work all day and he will do that again and again and again. As an executive producer and as an actor and a friend, I cannot do less than that because it throws things off. You need to support him in any way you can and if that means hanging around all day every day doing stuff after work, you do it.
Was it difficult to find the character’s voice, because you didn’t participate in the writing?
This is the fourth film Simon and I have done together. It is the third film Edgar and I have done together, and I am really lucky that they write to my strengths and we all agreed before we kicked off that we wanted it to be different in terms of Simon’s and my dynamic. I think people assume that I am that goofy kind of nice, sweet, stoned idiot, which is not the truth. I am probably nearer to this character and it was nice to get a chance to wear a nice suit and to be angry for most of it and to fight and to do some nice physical work!
We didn’t know you had such an action hero inside you…
I had an inkling! We did four weeks but I had just finished a film a week before we started The World’s End where I had danced. I play a dancer so I trained every day for seven months before we shot anything, so I had to be at a professional level. It was salsa dancing. I had never danced salsa and after I shot that film I had one week and then I went into The World’s End, so I was really fortunate. Choreographing a big fight scene where I fight ten men at the same time is like choreographing a dance and my choreography muscle was quite strong so I could pick it all up.
So all that punching in ‘The World’s End’ came naturally to you?
The punching comes very naturally to me. I kick-boxed for many years so I was quite good at the combat. The challenge was not hurting anyone. When you are fighting on camera with fists you can do things to hide it, to sell it. You get good reactions and it looks great but when you have big stools for arms, like I do in the film, you cannot do that. There were two or three times when we went for it and you just saw that there was no contact being made. We shot that first fight sequence for about eight days and the more and more we got into it the more I had to hit these poor stunt men with those stools. I am a big man and no matter how much fun there is in it they are still being hit by a 270-pound man. It is going to hurt. I was quite proud that no one was killed, but two stunt men were quite badly dazed.
Were you involved in the writing on the film?
No. After Simon and I wrote Paul (2011) there was talk that the three of us would write this, but I was always very keen not to get involved. Shaun Of The Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007) worked because Simon and Edgar wrote them. I wouldn’t want to get involved with writing this and then to make things worse, because they’re such good writers. That said, they would always start a draft and I would do a very extensive set of notes on the whole script, and then the three of us would sit down for four or five days, go through all my notes and then the script line by line and then a new draft was made from that. Then of course we find things in rehearsal. Once you work with people like Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Martin Freeman, you have a lot fun in rehearsals.
Do you guys improvise on the set?
We don’t improvise because we don’t have the time. Often, a lot of improvisation comes at the end, when the scripted stuff is finished and the actors just fill in until the director says, ‘Cut’. But we don’t have that because Edgar knows exactly where it’s going to cut and exactly where we will pick it up. But anything that we do during rehearsal that makes us all laugh, that goes in and a new draft is brought out and we move forward again.
Is ‘The World’s End’ a trilogy with Shaun Of The Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007)?
I do not know. I think that it has been a called a trilogy by someone and now that has stuck. But it was always our intention to make three films and Cornetto’s feature in the films, of course. Simon Pegg and I got a lot of grief on Twitter because there was no Cornetto in Paul (2011), but Edgar Wright didn’t direct that. It is only a Cornetto film if it is the three of us.
What is the connection between the three films?
Ice creams, blood, fence gags. I don’t know. I think, looking at this film, it is about relationships between men and differing relationships between men and that relationship is like a marriage. If it does not evolve, it will fail and what you are left with is a Gary King [Pegg’s character] where it is all about, ‘Hey, do you remember when…?’ And that is only good for a while. I do not know any of those people in my life. I am always a move-forward, no-nostalgia kind of person because that will only sustain a conversation for so long before you get bored. I think the films are about friendships between men and the different stages of friendship between men.
And the films are all set among quite small communities…
That is where Edgar is from, a small, provincial, British, insular community. That is where he was born and brought up. Simon Pegg is from Gloucester and those towns are a bit like that, though they are not full off murderous robots and the occult and zombies. Where Simon Pegg and I lived for many years, Crouch End, that’s where Shaun of Dead (2004) is set, and Hot Fuzz (2007) is set where is Edgar Wright is from. Then, I suppose, The World’s End (2013) is a mish-mash of both. In the location of this film we wanted it to be like a ‘new town’, somewhere like Letchworth or Welwyn Garden City. They were built purposely by planners to try and create a perfect place where a commuter could live. As a result they are set out on a grid pattern and they are very logical and it was perfect for how The Network would have built this town. It is very logical and it suited the way the film looked.
Did you enjoy a few drinks while you were shooting the pub scenes?
The stuff we drank was all water mixed with a special burnt sugar formula and the prop guys had this kind of cream tonic soda water, which made a foam that they spooned into the pints and that’s what we drank.
Was it easy to down those drinks?
Yes. In rehearsals we did, because there is a certain choreography where we have to down a pint in seven seconds for it to work with the Alabama Song. We had to do it in seven seconds during this break in the song for it to work. We had a go in rehearsals to see if we could do it and only me and Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine could do it. Edgar Wright tried and probably drank 10mm and it all spilled down his cardigan. I did it in about five seconds! I lived in Israel for a year and we had a league for shotgunning beer. I was top of the league for a while!
Have you ever been on a pub-crawl like this?
Yes. For my stag-do a few years ago we did one. I do not remember much past three or four pubs. It could have been a load but I do not remember. I had a friend who came along with a bottle of absinthe, shaped like the Eiffel Tower, and that is the last thing I remembered. Me, Edgar and Simon tried to do one about ten years ago — because Edgar Wright had tried to do one when he was 16 in his local town. I think he did about six beers when he was a child and when we went back to do it — me, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg — he did about three and we had to go home because he was in such a state. When Simon Pegg and I drank a lot more, we had a pub that we loved and we sat in that pub. A crawl only really works if you are in Barcelona on Las Ramblas and you are stopping and having some chorizo and some peppers. That works as a crawl. But I am not sure it works so well in London.
‘The World’s End’ will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from December 5.
To view the trailer, click here.
When classic horror films get the remake treatment, they often fall short of one simple thing: a certain nonchalance of the original bordered on naivete. Take the examples of Prom Night and Nightmare On Elm Street. Yes, both films were very much in-your-face in their original guise but when these originals were produced, it seemed the directors didn’t have so big an evil carrot waived in front of them – that highly coveted blockbuster dollar.
Rather, the likes of Paul Lynch (Prom) and Wes Craven (Elm Street) appeared to have three aims with their initial movies – to scare, shock and entertain. The success of the originals naturally lead to sequels and as each one was released, more focus was placed on ‘out-doing’ the box office records of the previous films, and less placed on quality horror delivery.
Not so with the remake of Carrie. While the revised version of this horror classic maintains some of the elements that made the original so riveting (the soft-porn-like shower scenes; the overblown disastrous end-scenes), new Carrie refuses to cushion any of its edge for potentially sensitive audiences – in fact goes all-out in the blood-and-gore department – and nor does it try to adapt too obviously to suit a modern market. In fact, besides a bit of mobile phone video-ing and posting of a clip onto Youtube, the new version of Carrie could still be posited in the early ’80s. Even some of the fashions have a definitive retro bent.
The plot is as simplistic as it was back then, too: girl is picked on at school, starts to realise she has telekinetic powers that she can use to her vengeful advantage, is invited to the prom by a kind guy who is actually already in a relationship, thinks she’s being fooled, then sees to it that all hell breaks loose.
Where new Carrie differs is in two areas. Firstly, it is directed by a woman – Kimberly Peirce, who directed Oscar-winning Boys Don’t Cry – so to see a woman director with a ‘serious’ notch under her belt take on a story where two females are in constant battle with each other (Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role at constant loggerheads with her hardcore Christian mother – played superbly by Julianne Moore) is an interesting study in postfeminist semiotics. Indeed, undergrad gender studies students should be having a field day analysing this film.
Secondly, new Carrie goes where no horror film before it has gone – its protagonist-come-antagonist is so unapologetic in her vengefulness and resulting bloodshed, that the viewer is almost overwhelmed watching her rid of her enemies so quickly one by one. And the manner in which each one is ‘checklisted’ is fresh in itself (watch out for the crashing death scene of the main villain in the film – so original, it hurts).
This is one particular horror film that deserves to be posited in a genre that much higher than basic ‘schlock’. Its subplots run so deep, in fact, it could well be branded a postmodern classic alongside the modern original it was based on.
I, for one, can’t wait to watch it a few more times.
Carrie is in cinemas now. To view the trailer, click on the image below.
The Fast & the Furious actor Paul Walker died in a car crash in Santa Clarita, California, on the weekend. Walker was a passenger in a friend’s car, the driver having lost control of his Porsche vehicle which slammed into a tree, killing them both on impact.
The driver has been identified as former speed racer Roger Rodas. He and Walker were on their way to a charity event for the actor’s own organisation, Reach Out Worldwide.
Paul Walker first came to prominence in Varsity Blues, and then went on to feature in five of the six Fast & Furious films, playing main character Brian O’Connor.
He died aged 40.
Condolences continue to stream through Twitter and other social networks.
Lorde, who is smashing the music charts right now, has been confirmed to perform at this year’s ARIA Awards on Sunday 1 December. The news comes off the back of the singer’s unprecedented 25-minute (!) set on the David Letterman Show earlier this month.
While various people may think Lorde hails from the US, Canada, heck, some even assume she’s from Scandinavia what with her somewhat kooky sound, the girl is actually New Zealand born and bred.
Here are some impressive stats about the girl: she is the first New Zealander to have a number one single on the US Billboard chart and the first to top Billboard’s Alternative Charts in a decade and a half; she was named TIME magazine’s most influential teen of 2013; has won five awards at the NZ Music Awards; and her singles ‘Royals’ and ‘Pure Heroine’ have gone platinum while the catchy track ‘Team’ has gone gold (view the video on our home page).
Tickets to this year’s ARIAs have sold it, but you can catch all the action on GO! this Sunday night.
Lorde is also performing at St Jeromes Laneway Festival at Fremantle Esplanade on February 8, 2014.
It was two years ago this month that Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore announced their separation, and one year ago that Kutcher filed for divorce. Now an LA court judge has officially finalised the couple’s split.
Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon signed the papers yesterday, announcing Ashton and Moore husband and wife no more, just short of eight years since marrying in 2005 (take that seven-year itch!).
During their marriage, the pair began a foundation to help combat sexual exploitation of young girls. They parented no children between them.
Kutcher, who stars in the sit-com Two And A Half Men, is currently dating his That ’70s Show co-star Mila Kunis.
Moore, who was previously married to Bruce Willis and has three daughters to the actor, is keeping mum about her current love life. She was last seen on the big screen in comedy flick LOL, and will in next year’s Very Good Girls.
Who do you think is more likely to enjoy a diet heavy with fizzy cool drinks: a 21-year-old dude who likes the occasional hard-partying, or a 42-year-old who knows he should probably be watching his sugar levels? Like us, you probably, guessed the younger guy, but interesting research from Roy Morgan reveals a sharp decline in sales of soft drinks to under-35s, while middle-aged Australians 35-49 are now the group most likely to enjoy a fizzy bevvy in an average week.
In the 12 months to June 2009, around 2 in 3 Australians 14-25 or 25-34 had some soft drink in an average week. By June 2013, the consumption rate in each younger age bracket had declined by nearly 10%.
Meanwhile consumption also declined among 35-49 year-olds – but only by 3% and in fact weekly intake rose slightly among those who do drink soft drinks, with 35-49 year old consumers now drinking an average of 7 glasses per week and those over 50+ drinking 6.
But don’t let all those figures do your head in – we’ll break it down for you this way: basically, it is believed the younger generation who has grown up in the information age – and an era of hype of what is good and what is bad for you – have opted for somewhat healthier options than traditional sugar (or even ‘sugar-free’) drinks, while those who grew up in an age where there was less fuss over diet have generally stuck to their soft drinking habits.
Think about this next time you crack open a Coca Cola; you might feel a bit hypocritical the next time you tell your son, daughter, nephew or niece to go easier on their cola-drinking…
We at Cream do appreciate a good horror flick, and we love it when a classic gets the rehash treatment – simply to see if the remake pales or impresses in comparison to the original. Some fail dismally, like Prom Night. Others evolve into darn good postmodern franchises (NB: the mashing of Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday The 13th). And still others go beyond the call of shock-duty, to make an even more marked impression than the original. That’s the category I Spit On Your Grave 2 fits into.
So many years had passed (32 in fact) for a follow-up to the original I Spit On Your Grave, that producers couldn’t possibly create a ‘sequel’ and instead delivered a remake of sorts in 2010. Still, even though the original 1978 film was billed as “one of the most violent films of all time”, the long-time-coming second version went hell for leather – sometimes literally – to impress horror fans. But that, really, was just the beginning.
I Spit On Your Grave 2 makes an even greater bloody mark in the halls (and on the walls) of horror cinema history. In short, the film is utterly shocking.
There are so many scenes of blatant violence, rape and mutilation that a new category of triple-R could well have been introduced in the codes for cinema classification.
The story centres on New York-based Jessica, whose ambitions to become a model turn every girl’s dream into a total nightmare. Kidnapped, raped and tortured, Jessica is buried alive and left to die, but against all odds manages to escape. Now she has one thing on her mind: revenge; and one by one she goes after her attackers, giving them the eye-for-an-eye treatment.
Suffice to say, after having been raped and tortured so brutally, the vengeance is threefold as over-the-top as the gore that comes before.
If you can put up with the sexist tone of the first half of this movie, you might consider the second half ‘postfeminism’ in the extreme. It’s a pity the empowerment has to come through such brutal measures. But then, those assholes were asking for it.
I Spit On Your Grave 2 is available on Blu-ray and DVD through Anchor Bay Entertainment.
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