Simon Gooding and Brendon Morrow already knew their way around the studio as session musicians for other bands and had already mapped out their future before they ever met. While studying audio engineering at SAE in Byron Bay, Australia, they shared a cramped dorm room, and discovered a mutual love for Radiohead, The Beatles and The Mars Volta and when they returned to Auckland, The Map Room was already half born.
Another prestigious honour at the Cannes Film Festival has added further weight to Jane Campion’s legendary status in cinema. But the fact there aren’t more female directors at the top still irks the Australian-based, New Zealand-born film maker.
Internet troll group, Facebeef, has made a public mockery of Australian news program Today Tonight after convincing the show to run a bogus cyber bullying story as its lead expose. A member of the group, whose real surname is reportedly Vanmidde, went on the show as “Jasmine Frost”, told the show that she had been targetted by Tristan Barker, who had emailed her pictures of male genitalia
A conversation between Cormac McCarthy and Joel and Ethan Coen If you were going to play the parlor game of arranging the most interesting, improbable, imaginary conversation among American entertainers, you could do worse than the one that took place in midtown Manhattan earlier this month. The participants were the filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, known for smart, stylish and slightly silly movies like Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and the novelist Cormac McCarthy, who won the National Book Award for All the Pretty Horses and the Pulitzer Prize for The Road.
When President Barack Obama flew to Cairo two years ago to deliver a speech designed to start an American conversation with the Muslim world, it seemed an almost revolutionary act and the enthusiasm of his reception was in sharp contrast with the Arab world’s widespread hostility towards President George W.
There’s a dark little joke exchanged by educators with a dissident streak: Rip Van Winkle awakens in the 21st century after a hundred-year snooze and is, of course, utterly bewildered by what he sees.
On Monday, a chapter was closed in the social history of New York City: a great dame, the arbiter of New York society, died without leaving any successors. Brooke Astor, who passed away at age 105, was a combination of the Victorian age, with all its wit and elegance, and of the modern era, with its sharp-minded determination.
Michael Jackson was one of the most famous people in the world. Yet for all his global notoriety, the man himself was shrouded in mystery.
Jay Leno’s new show will be freshly baked five nights a week with three times the comedy of his former “Tonight Show,” the comedian promised. “The Jay Leno Show,” premiering at 10 p.m.
Zarghon Shah is a man who knows just how lucky he is to be alive. He came face-to-face with the feared Taliban fighters of Pakistan’s Swat Valley, was ordered to be executed and gained a chilling insight into the mind of a fearsome militant who has waged a campaign of terror