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Dion and Randall International announces the return of their rock ‘n’ roll spectacular, touring Australia from July-October 2022. Following sell-out seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and theatres across the country, Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll is back and bigger and better than ever.

First debuting in 1993 with humble beginnings at an old Melbourne icon, the fever took hold fast and now Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll is celebrating 30 years since they first immortalised the ‘50s and ‘60s, with more songs, more high-energy performance numbers and even more glitzy costumes than ever before. 

The electric line up of 15 singers and dancers features some of Australia’s favourite live entertainers and World Champion dancers, including many from Dancing With The Stars. 

Audiences will be rocking and rolling throughout VictoriaWestern AustraliaTasmania and Adelaide so prepare to be ‘all shook up’ at this homage to the era known for pure, unadulterated fun. 

Tickets are now on sale for performances around the country, with more tour dates still to be announced: https://shakerattleandroll.com.au/ 

Featuring hit songs that rocked a generation and are forever loved by rockabilly devotees Australia wide, Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll playfully recreates Wolfman Jack’s famous radio broadcast with an all-singing, all-dancing, all-out stage extravaganza. 

Audiences will be treated to the most memorable tunes from all the greats: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny O’Keefe, Bobby Darin, Chuck Berry, Doris Day, Ritchie Valens, Jerry Lee Lewis and so many more. 

Producer and Director, Adam Dion, along with fellow Producer and Helpmann Award nominated Costume Designer, Nina Randall, have created an electrifying spectacle that brings the one-of-a-kind high energy fun of the ‘50s and ‘60s roaring into the 21st century with state of the art sound, staging and effects. 

“Our fully choreographed stage production revels and delights in the era of poodle skirts, bobby socks, high collars and jive dancing to tunes that get you up and dancing in the aisles,” says Adam.

The duo that make up Dion and Randall International have created and produced no less than 20 productions that have toured Australia and Asia to great acclaim, building a reputation for vivid, imaginative, escapist stage spectacles. Also partners in life, Nina and Adam have just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary, proving that rock ‘n’ roll will never die. 

Aric Yegudkin’s (Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Sonia Kruger’s dance fitness platform ’Strictly You’) highly acclaimed talent brings the spectacular to life as Choreographer and Principal Dancer. Having competed in multiple dance competitions around the world, Aric’s suave choreography is part of what has made this show such a longstanding hit. 

“You get a taste of the best of the era in Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll, not just Elvis, or Johnny O’Keefe. It’s a euphoric jukebox of the best hits that ensures every audience member is smiling as they leave the show,” says Aric.

An abundance of talent perform Aric’s dazzling, wow-worthy dance moves that includes Jive, Latin Ballroom, Cha-cha, Waltz, Fox Trot, Jazz and more. 

Expect unforgettable ‘50s and ‘60s jukebox hits including: Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley), Twistin’ The Night Away (Sam Cooke), Whatever Will Be (Doris Day), La Bamba (Ritchie Valens), Put Your Head On My Shoulder (Paul Anka), paired with vintage rockabilly numbers like Chantilly Lace (Big Bopper) and Let’s Have A Party (Wanda Jackson), while a Grease medley featuring that iconic spandex-clad moment between Sandra Dee and Danny Zuko also features.

The show is led by five world-class singers and entertainers, with Anthony Petrucci (Star Struck, Legends in Concert) who has been with Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll since its rebirth in 2013, and performs as the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. The Everly Brothers will make an appearance from entertainer greats Rick Charles (A Musical Experience with a King and Queen, Memories of Elvis) and Glenn Craven (Disco Inferno). Craven also steps into the shoes of Johnny O’Keefe while Charles brings Buddy Holly and Frankie Valli to life on stage. 

Victorian Guild Award nominee Jonathan Guthrie-Jones (Anything Goes, Jesus Christ Superstar) wows as Bobby Darin and stars alongside J’aime Holland (Moulin Rouge!) in the iconic Grease Medley, who also performs the one and only Doris Day.

Ten spectacular dancers join the cast including most recent Dancing With The Stars winner Lily Cornish, whose father also performed with the company in its early days, Daria Walczak (Strictly Ballroom), champion Highland Dancer Jessica GirvanJosh O’Grady (Dance Academy, A Place to Call Home), and Julian Caillon (So You Think You Can Dance, Dirty Dancing, Strictly Ballroom). Rounding out the team of talented dancers are Michael Wilson (Dancing With The Stars), Stephanie Cappas (Stars of the East), ‘World Salsa Solo’ Competition winner Terry Mystakas, and new performer Mary Kimberly Cagape (Dancing With The Stars, Philippines Got Talent).

Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll is kicking off its 2022 national tour at the Frankston Arts Centre on 16 July and Bunjil Place on 17 July, before bringing the party to HobartLaunceston and Devonport, Tasmania from 18 August. Western Australia will be dancing down the aisles with the show playing in Bunbury on 26 August and Perth on 27 August.

The rock ’n’ roll extravaganza returns to Melbourne from 2 September, making stops at The Athenaeum before heading to GeelongBendigo and Ballarat. The hit show will then make its way back to the iconic Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide on 1 October.

Dust off those blue suede shoes, dress up in your vintage best, and get ready to shake, rattle and roll!
 

Summary:  A former Navy SEAL officer investigates why his entire platoon was ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission.

Year: 2022

VOD Release Dates: Available in all regions now.

Country: USA

Directors M.J Bassett, Antoine Fuqua, Tucker Gates, Ellen JurasFrederick E.O. Toye, Sylvain White

Screenwriters: Max Adams, Tolu Awosika, David DiGilio, Lisa Long, Olumbide Odebunmi, Brook Roberts, Hennah Sekandary, Daniel Shattuck

Cast: Riley Keogh (Lauren Reece), Taylor Kitsch (Ben Edwards), Arlo Mertz (Lucy Reece), Chris Pratt (James Reece), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Secretary Hartley), Constance Wu (Katie Buranek)

Episodes: 8

Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18+ (Thailand), 18 (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE TERMINAL LIST REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Terminal List Review:

I love the fact that we live in an era of television where the small box now has the power to draw big name stars to its product, but that it is also a time where producers and directors seem to want to make each episode of a television show feel like you a feature film.

The latest offering from Prime Video, The Terminal List, certainly ticks both of these boxes. This feels like someone has taken an episode of NCIS and infused it with the action and budget of Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise… and I’ve got to say that this is the perfect mix for me.

Based on a novel by Jack Carr The Terminal List opens with decorated NAVY Seal James Reece (Chris Pratt – Jurassic World) leading an attack to bring down a notorious chemical warfare expert. The whole mission goes horribly wrong and only Reece and one other soldier survive, Boozer (Jared Shaw – The Tomorrow War)… or at least that is how Reece remembers it.

I saw that because once Reece gets back to the USA he is told that Boozer actually killed himself two days previously, something that is news to Reece who had a beer with him the night before. Then the audio of the actual attack seems to go against Reece’s account of the events and what he remembers happening.

Soon everyone around him is saying that Reece’s PTSD is causing him to have issues with his brain while he becomes convinced that the hierarchy above him are out to get him. He turns to his best friend, a man he considers his brother, Ben Edwards (Taylor Kitsch – Friday Night Lights) and dogged journalist Katie Buranek (Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians). Soon as Reece’s bid to seek out the truth intensifies the body count begins to rise and he finds himself a wanted felon suspected of multiple murders.

I will admit that I am junkie for these kinds of shows. The fact that I can sit down and watch shows like Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher where it feels like every episode is an action film is some kind of utopia for me. The same can be said for The Terminal List. It didn’t take long for this series to have me salivating over it – the moment that the screenwriters delivered the twist of Reece’s best mate Boozer killing himself when Reece clearly remembers seeing him the night before I was hooked.

There was another event that drew me in even more, but I can’t talk about that here because it would be a major spoiler. Let’s just say that the writing and directing of the show is so good that you don’t see it coming and the result hits you a John Reece butt of the gun punch to your face. It changes everything with the series and certainly raises the stakes with the story at hand.

I found The Terminal List so captivating that there is no way that you could just sit down and watch one episode. I love the fact that it has been written so that every episode finishes with a cliff-hanger, although given my need to binge watch the series episode after episode I can safely say that my sleep patterns were not a fan of it… but that does give a testament to just how well this show is written.

I’ll admit that I did go into the show wondering how believable Chris Pratt would be in a dramatic role and how believable he would be as a NAVY Seal, but I need not have worried because this is perhaps the series that shows us just how far Pratt has come with his acting. His performance here is well and truly beyond what we have ever seen him do in the Marvel or Jurassic World franchises. Whether it be a fast paced action sequence or a scene of real emotion as his character is put through emotional hell he delivers perfectly.

He is well supported by Taylor Kitsch who I still feel is one of the Hollywood’s most under-rated actors. His performance here hails back to the real dramatic skills that he had to show in Friday Night Lights and to me he plays one of the most interesting characters in The Terminal List.

I found The Terminal List to have a little bit of everything for its audience. In some parts it is a well written emotional drama, it depicts political spin in a serious yet scathing manner but best of all as an audience it constantly has you guessing whether Reece is the right or whether or not everything that is happening is a figment of his imagination.

With the right mix of intense action and all the suspense of a good crime thriller this is one series that needs to be on your ‘To Watch’ list.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Summary:  Two friends embark on a horror-fueled road trip and livestream the most terrifying night of their lives.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  30th June 2022 (Australia), 3rd June 2022 (UK), 3rd June 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: UK, USA

Director: Rob Savage

Screenwriter: Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd

Cast: Seylan Baxter (Seylan), Amar Chadha-Patel (Stretch), Angela Enahoro (Angela), Annie Hardy (Annie Hardy), Faith Kiggundu (Young Angela), Edward Linard (The Groom), Mogali Masuku (Angela’s Mother), Jemma Moore (Gemma), James Swanton (The Parasite), Caroline Ward (The Bride)

Running Time: 77 mins

Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

OUR DASHCAM REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Dashcam Review:

The found-footage sub-genre inside the horror genre has always been a somewhat interesting prospect to explore. When done correctly I have found it is a type of film that can completely take its audience into the world that it is exploring and make them feel like they are right there alongside those that are fighting for their lives. But when done incorrectly it can feel like you are watching someone’s VHS footage that should be hidden away in an attack and never seen again.

With that in mind I actually found myself feeling pretty nervous when I sat down to watch Dashcam for the first time. Just to make things even more tense I found myself watching it in a cinema with just one other scary dude that actually looked like he could have been a villain in a Wes Craven film. But that was all pushed aside very quickly once Dashcam started because I soon found myself experiencing what happens when found-footage films work – yes this film conjured up the same feelings and emotions that I experienced when I watched The Blair Witch Project in a cinema for the first time.

Directed by Rob Savage (Host) Dashcam follows a moment in the life of Annie (Annie Hardy – I’m Here) a loud-mouthed, opinionated American who has found fame by hosting the world’s most successful in-car impromptu music show vlog. In other words Annie drives around in her car with her phone broadcasting her to her loyal fans while they feed her topics to rap about.

Tired of the mask-wearing mandates and lockdowns she is experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic in America Annie decides to pack up and head to the UK to spend time with her former band-mate Stretch (Amar Chadha-Patel – Aladdin).

However that reunion does not go well with Stretch’s partner Gemma (Jemma Moore – Wonder Woman) soon becoming tired of Annie’s bad attitude and brash behaviour. Annie then in turn pisses off Stretch by going on an anti-mask rant when she is asked to mask up while accompanying him while he works.

Annoyed at their ‘libtard’ behaviour she decides to steal their car and head out into the night herself. But that soon takes a turn for the worst when she decides that her adventure will be doing Stretch’s food delivery driving job which leads to her having to give the mysterious Angela (Angela Enahoro – first time performance) a lift.

I found Dashcam to work on some pretty weird levels. To be honest I hated the character of Annie and everything she stood for. Her attitude was abhorrent and my hatred for her increased even more when she left her cat behind when she moved out. By the time she had shown her distain for Stretch and Gemma I was hoping that she would die a horrible death, yet for some strange reason I still found myself eager to find out what happened her.

In a smart move director Rob Savage and his co-writers Gemma Hurley (Host) and Jed Shepherd (Ghosts) soon have Stretch going along for the ride with Annie – that gives the audience at least one character that they care about so much that they don’t want to see get killed. In fact the writing team do a lot of smart things with this film. I loved the fact that the film was so damn creative, from the audience being able to see Annie’s audience messaging her on screen for most of the film right through to the fact that this is one found-footage film where the creative team hasn’t forgotten that just like the characters at hand the audience watching the film should also be kept in the dark about the horror they are experiencing.

The team behind this film also take a lot of risks that pay off throughout the film. I loved how graphic and realistic the car accidents look during the film and I love the fact that they keep the mystery around Angela and what is happening to her all throughout the film but allow enough pieces of information to drip-feed through to the audience so they can form their opinion on what is happening.

Acting-wise I have to say this film is brilliant. Annie Hardy and Amar Chanda-Patel are fantastic at keeping their natural style of acting going for the entire film. No matter what people’s thoughts are on found-footage films they have to admit that this style of acting is not easy – and here Hardy and Chanda-Patel take it to a whole new level.

Dashcam is a film for all the true horror fans out there. Some of the scenes throughout the film are pretty graphic but at the end of the day the story holds up and this ends up being one of the more intriguing films of 2022.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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This song surely gave the one or another listener goosebumps when being performed on one of AMARANTHE‘s breathtaking liveshows, and now a transition of the feelings has been created by releasing a remarkable music video for: ‘Crystalline’.

The majestic interplay of orchestral arrangements and in turn distorted guitars is visually underlined in the new stunning music video and not least by the vocal performance between Elize Ryd and Nils Molin

By releasing this music video AMARANTHE are taking the anthem to a new level which lets the song resurrect, supported by the passion and the emotions which can now also be transferred visually. 

AMARANTHE comment on the new video:
“‘Crystalline’ was a song born from pure emotions in the moment, and we felt that it truly deserved its own spotlight as a single together with a video. Shot at Rydzyna, a 17th century Château outside of Wrocław, Poland, long time collaborators Grupa13 once again worked their visual magic for the video. We hope you will love the result just as much as we do!”

As if that wasn’t enough, the song celebrates a rebirth – and is now released as ‘Crystalline (Orchestral Version)’ which differs not only in sound but also the emotions and harmonies carried by the orchestral elements can be truely felt. The newly arranged orchestral version is released along with the original version of the song since the original version can be heard in the new music video. 

Crunchyroll has announced it will re-release the critically-acclaimed classic Princess Mononoke in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand from 14 July 2022 to celebrate the iconic film’s 25th anniversary. The film, from celebrated animation studio Studio Ghibli, will be available in both Original Japanese with English subtitles and English Dub.

To celebrate the 25th landmark milestone, participating cinemas will also offer a FREE commemorative pin featuring San’s signature mask with ticket purchase. This collector item is strictly limited while stocks last.