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Multi-platinum selling Australian alt-electro pioneers Empire Of The Sun (Luke Steele & Nick Littlemore) celebrate the tenth anniversary of their multiple-ARIA-award winning debut album ‘Walking On A Dream’ with the release of a limited edition vinyl product on Captiol Records/EMI Music Australia, the first vinyl release of the album in over three years. The product includes:

A gatefold, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl of Walking On A Dream on transparent blood orange vinyl.

 The original artwork from the initial 2009 vinyl release.

 A unique code to download the previously unreleased track ‘Chrysalis’.

The ‘Walking On A Dream: 10th Anniversary Edition’ vinyl can be ordered HERE and is available while supplies last.

In 2008, two of Australia’s leading musicians/producers LUKE STEELE (The Sleepy Jackson) and NICHOLAS LITTLEMORE (Pnau) created a vision that seemed to come from an alternative reality – a post-apocalyptic psychedelic adventure known as EMPIRE OF THE SUN.  The resulting album Walking On A Dream went on to sell close to 2 million copies worldwide. 8 ARIA awards (including Album of The Year, Single of the Year and Best Group), 2 BRIT nominations (including Best International Album), and many more accolades followed.

In the decade since the album’s release, Empire Of The Sun have risen to be one of Australia’s most successful musical exports. The band followed their debut with the release of two more full-length albums – 2013’s Ice On The Dune and 2016’s Two Vines.

To date the band have sold over 3 million albums and have reached Multi-Platinum status with global singles Alive, We Are The People and Walking On A Dream (certified platinum – 1 million sales – in the US).

The band have also toured the globe extensively including headline slots at Coachella and a sold out performance at The Hollywood Bowl to over 17,000 fans. TV performances have included ELLEN, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Later… With Jules Holland.

The limited edition ‘Walking On A Dream’ vinyl is released February 1

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is one of those actors/directors that has had a love/hate relationship with the entertainment industry over the years. While he hasn’t always been received with praise by critics for his work his work on films such as ‘Zoolander’, ‘Tropic Thunder’ and the amazingly successful ‘Fockers’ franchise has seen him gain a legion of fans that have always made sure that his films do well at the box office.

Benjamin Edward ‘Ben’ Stiller was born on the 30th Nov, 1965, in New York City. He was born into a family that was already firmly entrenched in the entertainment world. His father, Jerry Stiller was already known as a major film star and over the last decade has won over more fans with his dual roles of angry fathers in both ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘King Of Queens’. His mother, Anne Meara is also an accomplished actress who has appeared in films such as ‘The Daytrippers’ and ‘Sex And City: The Movie’.

From a very early age it was obvious that Ben was going to follow in his famous parents’ footsteps and he began making films with a Super 8 camera when he was just ten years old. This soon turned him to doing some work with a children’s theater and eventually guest starring in his mother’s television series ‘Kate McShane’. Just to show that a family that acts together stays together Ben has worked with sister, Amy on ‘Reality Bites’,’ Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story’ and ‘Zoolander’, his mother on ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Night At The Museum’ and his father on ‘Zoolander’, ‘Heavyweights’, ‘Hot Pursuit’ and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’.

While he was studying at The Cathederal School of St. John The Divine and later the Calhoun School Stiller started to develop an interest in stand-up comedy and started to get work on the cabaret circuit and won a role in the soap opera ‘Guiding Light’. After he graduated from high school he went on to study film at UCLA but soon dropped out and instead started to build a successful theater career that saw him act in some Tony Award winning productions.

Soon he was getting television and film work in ‘Empire Of The Sun’, ‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Frasier’ while his work on ‘Saturday Night Live’ saw MTV sign him up to make ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ which ended up winning an Emmy Award.

While this show started to see him win over some fans he became a household name after his work on ‘Reality Bites’ a film which also starred Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder. Despite this being a serious film he soon made a niche for himself in comedy films like ‘Happy Gilmore’, ‘The Cable Guy’, ‘There’s Something About Mary’, ‘Mystery Men’, ‘Meet The Parents’, ‘Zoolander’, ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’, ‘Along Came Polly’, ‘Starsky & Hutch’, ‘Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story’, ‘Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy’, ‘Meet The Fockers’, ‘Night At The Museum’, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, ‘Tropic Thunder’, ‘Night At The Museum 2’, ‘Little Fockers’ and ‘Tower Heist’. He has done fine work as a voice actor on the popular ‘Madagascar’ animated franchise.

Stiller has also directed and produced a number of his projects over the years and has won a number of awards including an American Comedy Award and of course an Emmy Award for ‘The Ben Stiller Show’. He also well known for working with his frat pack that consists of Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson and Steve Carrell.

When it comes to his personal life Stiller has amazingly been able to keep a lot of aspects of his life private, although it is known that he has dated people including Amanda Peet, Calista Flockhart and Jeanne Tripplehorn over the years before marrying Christine Taylor (who he has appeared in ‘Heat Vision And Jack’, ‘Zoolander’, ‘Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story’ and ‘Tropic Thunder’ with) in May, 2000. Together they have two children – Ella Olivia Stiller (born 9th April, 2002) and Quinn Dempsey (born 10th July, 2005). Quinn has already joined his father and done some voice work on the ‘Madagascar’ franchise.

There is also a political and activism side to Ben Stiller. He has been loud in his protest against Japanese whaling and the slaughter of dolphins and in 2004 he donated money to John Kerry’s election campaign. He backed this with later supporting Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.

There is no doubting that when people look back over Ben Stiller’s career they will see that he is one of the most successful comedic actors of modern times and he’s about to find more success at the box office with another ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Madagascar’ film set to hit the screens over the next couple of years.

The Good The Bad The Ugly

In Episode 36 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam Ross, David Griffiths, Greg King and Nick Gardener put together a list of their favorite Coming-Of-Age Films.

Nick Gardener’s List

Picnic At Hanging Rock

  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
  • Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • The Harry Potter franchise (2001-2011)
  • Dazed And Confused (1993)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Broken (2012)
  • To Sir With Love (1967)
  • Great Expectations (1971)
  • The Way Way Back (2013)
  • Puberty Blues (1981)
  • The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
  • Flirting (1991)
  • Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
  • Over The Edge (1979)

David Griffiths’ List

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

  • Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • Puberty Blues (1981)
  • American Pie (1999)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • Road Trip (2000)
  • Starry Starry Night (2011)
  • Let The Right One In (2008)
  • The Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011)
  • Twilight (2008)
  • Spider-Man (2002)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • Super 8 (2011)
  • Easy A (2010)
  • December Boys (2007)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Spud (2010)
  • Hallam Foe (2007)
  • The Black Balloon (2008)
  • Somersault (2004)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • Grease (1978)
  • The Runaways (2010)
  • Bandslam (2009)
  • Coach Carter (2005)
  • Varsity Blues (1999)
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
  • Kids (1995)
  • Red Dawn (1984)

GREG KING’S LIST

Stand By Me

  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011)
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
  • Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
  • Bad News Bears (2005)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • Kes (1969)
  • Ae Fond Kiss (2004)
  • Sweet Sixteen (2002)
  • The Way Way Back (2013)
  • Lord Of The Flies (1963)
  • My Bodyguard (1980)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  • Mud (2012)
  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • Australian Rules (2002)
  • Thirteen (2003)
  • The Power Of One (1992)
  • Empire Of The Sun (1987)
  • Running On Empty (1988)
  • WarsGames (1983)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Badlands (1973)

Adam Ross’ List

Terminator 2

  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • City Of God (2002)
  • A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
  • Margaret (2011)
  • Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
  • This Is England (2006)
  • American History X (1998)
  • Romper Stomper (1992)
  • Kick-Ass (2010)
  • The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
  • Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

To hear our critics talk about why they selected these films make sure you listen to Episode 36 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show.

 

Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune

Anticipation is building around the world for the release of ‘Ice On The Dune’ – the sophomore album from Australian electro-pop pioneers, Empire Of The Sun – who sold over 1.5 million copies globally of their debut album ‘Walking On A Dream’. ‘Ice On The Dune’ is released in Australia tomorrow.

Empire Of The Sun have been on the promo trail in support of the new album and unveiling their incredible live show to audiences in Europe, America and Australia. Public and industry reaction alike to the new music and live shows has been nothing short of overwhelming with the band selling out headline shows including two nights at the Sydney Opera House and album tracks peaking at #2 on Hypemachine yesterday.

This week ‘Ice On The Dune’ is Triple J’s feature album of the week and fans are also able to stream snippets of the album tracks on Youtube. The band have also just performed on prestigious French TV show ‘Le live du Grand Journal’ with more planned TV performances over the next fortnight which include Jimmy Kimmel Live!  in the US.

Empire of the Sun will perform at Bonnaroo this Saturday, June 15. The band will also headline numerous other festivals, including Splendour In The Grass, The Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Forest, Summerfest, HARD Summer 2013, Made in America and Life is Beautiful. MTV’s global music brand have also selected Empire of the Sun to kick off 2013’s “The Music Experiment” with a show in New York City on June 20.

The video for lead single “Alive” has already had more than three million views. The Times of London recently tapped “Alive” as “Track of the Week,” hailing it as “blissed-out dream-pop.” The Alive Remixes EP, featuring remixes by M4sonic, Mat Zo, David Guetta and Zedd, is No. 1 on Music Week’s Upfront Club and Cool Cuts charts in the U.K and currently #4 on the ARIA Club chart.