Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Friday, September 14, 2012

PETA 'Fur Is Dead' coffin stunt aimed at Armani, Bondi Junction, Sydney


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Today animal activist group, PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) conducted their most recent publicity stunt - 'Fur Is Dead', targeted at Armani, complete with 3 coffins and "dead bodies" at Bondi Junction.

The group claims to use such stunts to help create awareness for their cause, which otherwise may fall on relatively dead ears.

Models were seen preparing with coffins, bodypaint and other props at Spring Street, Bondi Junction, and then walked to the busy mall, lay down in their coffins, where news media and members of the public made a beeline for a closer look.

A woman who appeared to be the organiser was seen handing our pahlets and notified media she was open to making a statement to the video reports.

It's understood that media such as SBS, Channel 7 and Channel 9 will be reporting on the stunt in tonight's evening news.

To fur or not to fur? You been the judge, jury and executioner. Rest in peace.

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Cirque du Soleil Ovo red carpet at Entertainment Quarter, Fox Studios, Sydney - 13th September 2012


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OVO OPENING NIGHT CELEBRITY ‘ORANGE’ CARPET ARRIVALS

News media covered the "orange" carpet celebrity arrivals at OVO from Cirque du Soleil under the blue-and- yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) tonight in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

Figures and celebrities included: Television personalities: Rebecca Gibney, Michael Caton, Erik Thomson, Firass Dirani, Samara Weaving, Rhiannon Fish, Jay Laga’aia, Conrad Coleby, Callan Mulvey, Ian Stenlake, Georgie Parker, Todd Lasance, Jamie Durie, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Richard Wilkins, James Tobin, Scott Cam, Sally Obermeder, Magdalena Roze, Kathryn Robinson, Steve Jacobs, Anne Sanders, Bill Woods, Matthew White, Nathan Joliffe and Tyler Atkins.

Celebrity chefs: Manu Feidel, Neil Perry, Peter Doyle, Margaret Fulton and Masterchef favourites Hayden Quinn and Julie Goodwin

Fashion designers: Leoni Edmiston, Peter Morrissey, Luke Sales, Akira Isogawa

Musical theatre stars: Trevor Ashley, Bobby Fox, Ben Mingay, Sharon Millerchip and Kelley Abbey.
Other Sydney identities include: NSW Minister for the Arts George Souris, Glenn McGrath, Mark Geyer, Joh Bailey, Damien Leith, Mia Freedman, Maria Venuti, Wendy Harmer, Rafael Bonachela and John Bell.

International actor: John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, The Lord of the Rings)

ABOUT OVO
Since its world-premiere in Montreal in 2009, OVO has charmed well-over 2 million spectators in more than 15 different cities in North America. Santa Monica will be the only Southern California stop for a Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) production in 2012. Tickets are available online at cirquedusoleil.com/ovo.

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The cast of OVO is comprised of 54 performing artists from 16 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning flying trapeze act, in which six flyers soar 40 feet in the air, making this the biggest act of its kind to ever be presented under a big top by Cirque du Soleil. It combines many circus disciplines, including banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair. The finale features 20 artists running, jumping and leaping up a 24-foot vertical wall.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

World class entertainment, performers tipped for Crown Melbourne and Sydney 'The Star'


Australia's casinos tipped for more world class performers, bodypainted entertainers, extreme cabaret on the cards and much more: Crown Melbourne VS Sydney's 'The Star' casino...

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The 'Australian Casino Wars' continue, and as you would expect, the creme of Australia's and the world's entertainers and promoters are in the thick of the action... and don't forget the tipped extreme cabaret, bodypainting entertainment, burlesque and Oriental style entertainment.

We've been tipped off that an extreme gold 'Joker Jesture' was seen running around Melbourne's Crown Casino last Friday night as part of the billed entertainment for a cashed up Oriental based technology gig. Some witnesses described the golden Joker as a "living, moving, human statue", and now we learn that other Australian casinos, resorts and hotels are looking to book this mysterious joker that popped out of a house of cards.

Our friends at Human Statue Bodyart seem to know more about the 'Joker Jesture' than the average Joe or Jane and its understood that they have provided services to Crown Casino and The Star off and on for a few years now, and everyone knows the old saying "Where there's smoke, there's fire". Word is bodypaint and extreme cabaret are on the menu for the Australia casino war entertainment for the foreseeable future.

Official Entertainment has included...

Crown Melbourne...

The Australian Bee Gees Show...

The Australian bee gees show is now taking the vegas show back on the road for select dates back home.

After 16 years and over 2,000 performances on the world stage, The Australian Bee Gees Show is now the toast of Las Vegas. The show has been in residence at The Excalibur Casino on the Las Vegas strip since February 2011 and has just celebrated 500 performances in Las Vegas. The Australian Bee Gees Show is now taking the Vegas show back on the road for select dates back home in Australia.

The new show features a chronology of the greatest hits from the wonderful music of the Brothers Gibb. Special guests on stage will be the Stayin' Alive Brass section. The Australian Bee Gees Show have captured the look, the sound and the personality that defines one of the most successful and adored acts in musical history.

Date:
7 September 2012

Show Times:
Doors / Pre show bar opens: 7:30pm
Act One: 8:15pm
Interval: 9:05pm
Act Two: 9:25pm
Approx. Finish:10:30pm


Focus on Footy exhibition...

Crown’s annual crowd-pleaser, focus on footy, is on again.

This popular exhibition showcases portraits of legendary players, officials and fans of the AFL and NRL including Ron Barassi, James Hird, Nathan Buckley, Kevin Sheedy, Eddie McGuire, Julia Gillard and Molly Meldrum.

Plus, we're adding some exciting new faces this year. Focus on Footy 2012 will also include new faces Callan Ward, Nic Naitanui, Paddy Ryder and Shane Crawford, as well as NRL favourites from the Melbourne Storm, including Justin O'Neill, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Kevin Proctor and Cameron Smith.

The Focus on Footy exhibition is FREE and open all day, every day. Find it in the Retail precinct on Level 1.

Venue
Level 1 Retail Precinct
When
27 August - 7 October 2012


Theatre De La DanSe presents 'Spirit of Australia'...

The annual showcase of dance students.

Theatre De La DanSe presents 'Spirit of Australia' - the annual showcase of dance students age 5 to 21.  This will be a celebration of all things Australian including icons, music, and sport.

The show will incorporate Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Song & Dance, Hip hop, and Broadway.

Date
Saturday, 15 September 2012


Damien Leith 'Now and Then' Tour...

Performing hits from roy orbison, the travelling wilbury’s along with his most popular songs.

To celebrate the release of Damien's new studio album 'Now and Then', Damien hits the road in September on his National Theatre Tour of Australia.

Damien's new album 'Now & Then' continues where he left off on his album 'Roy' and celebrates the song writing skills of each member of The Traveling Wilburys (Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne) along with showcasing songs written by Damien himself. Already this album is being rumoured as Damien's best work to date.

Following the success of his multi date Roy Orbison Tribute' tour last year, this new show will revisit some of your favourite Roy Orbison classics while also treating the audience ears to the songs of 'Now & Then'. Audiences will be wowed by songs like 'Crying' and 'Oh Pretty Woman', 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'Got My Mind Set On You', 'I'll Be Your Baby Tonight' and 'Leah' along with all new originals compositions. If you enjoyed 'The Roy Orbison Tour' - then this concert is one not to be missed! Damien Leith and his four piece band, performing live!

Damien is the ONLY AUSTRALIAN ARTIST that Roy Orbison's estate, via his wife Barbara Orbison, would work with for Damien's hugely successful ROY: A Tribute To Roy Orbison album. The album became the 4th most successful record of 2011 and Damien performed over 23 shows to critical acclaim. ROY: A Tribute to Roy Orbison became the only album released to celebrate the great Roy O's 75th anniversary celebrations.

Date
Friday, 21 September 2012

Show Times
Doors / Pre show bar opens: 7:15pm        
Support Act: 8:00pm                                                                  
Interval: 8:30pm                                                            
Main Act: 8:50pm                                                          
Approx. Finish: 10:15pm
*Times are approximate and subject to change without notice.


Richard Clapton - Hits & Previews...

Richard clapton’s music is a bona fide soundtrack to a generation.

Richard Clapton, Australia's most prolific and iconic singer-songwriter returns to The Palms for the latest instalment of his story, this time with a twist as he previews new material from his upcoming album scheduled for release in mid-July.  A former commercial artist, Richard Clapton, started his musical career in the late 60's but it wasn't until the early 70's that he had his first big hit, Girls on the Avenue, which was originally earmarked as a "B" side. "Girls" went on to reach No. 2 on the national charts and put Richard firmly on the musical map.  In 2009, Clapton showcased his pivotal 1977 album Goodbye Tiger with sold out concerts nationally including The Palms at Crown.

Richard Clapton will deliver his hallmark songs like I Am An Island, The Best Years of Our Lives, Capricorn Dancer, Girls on the Avenue, Glory Road, Goodbye Tiger, Trust Somebody, Get Back to the Shelter, Down in the Lucky Country as well as a snippet of songs from his first studio album release in 8 years which will have you singing along from start to finish.

Richard Clapton's music is a bona fide soundtrack to a generation and to see and hear him live is one of the most enjoyable trips down memory lane any music fan can have.          

Date
Friday, 5 October 2012

*official event information (Credit: Crown Melbourne)


About Crown...

Crown is one of Australia’s largest entertainment groups. The group’s core businesses and investments are in the integrated resorts sector. Crown wholly owns and operates two of Australia’s leading integrated resorts, Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne and Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth. Overseas, Crown also fully owns and operates the Aspinalls Club in London. Crown holds a significant interest in Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, a NASDAQ and Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) listed company operating casino/hotel properties in Macau which include City of Dreams, Altira Macau and Mocha Clubs. Melco Crown also has a 60% interest in Macau Studio City, a new large scale integrated resort project on Cotai.
In addition, Crown owns a portfolio of gaming investments that have been accumulated to complement Crown's existing core businesses. These include interests in:

Betfair Australasia Pty Ltd: an online betting exchange;
Cannery Casino Resorts LLC: operates four casinos in Nevada and Western Pennsylvania in the USA catering to local and regional customers; and
Aspers Holdings (Jersey) Limited: a casino business in the United Kingdom.


The Star, Sydney, Australia...

Sydney Lyric Theatre

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Legally Blonde The Musical is the hilarious story of college sweetheart and homecoming queen, Elle Woods - a girl who doesn't take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious", Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School!


War Horse (March 2013)

This award-winning production tells the heart-wrenching story of Joey, the beloved horse of a boy called Albert, who is sold to the cavalry at the outbreak of World War I. With life size puppets created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company this will be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Tickets on sale 23 July.​


Rock Lily (Thursdays)

James Walsh...

​Catch international singer-songwriter, James Walsh (Starsailor, UK) every Thursday (6, 13, 20 & 27) in September. Just over a year after putting his band Starsailor on hold, he has toured with Sheryl Crow & songwriter/producer Sacha Skarbek (Duffy, Adele). With his acoustic guitar and raw real tunes, he’ll be sure to impress. No cover, doors open at 6pm.​


Prinnie Stevens...

Check Your Head night is on at Rock Lily on Friday 14 September with headliner Prinnie Stevens. Having been best known as a backing vocalist to Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy, Prinnie rose to fame from The Voice. She has also performed alongside the likes of Mary J Blige and John Legend. Don’t miss out on what will be an epic night. No cover. (14th September)

MARQUEE

15 September
10 PM

Foniko

Sydney-based House music duo FONIKO have become known for their larger than life sets that take their audience on an epic journey through space and time. Their ability to instinctively remix tracks live, is what contributes towards their signature sound: big, raw, spontaneous and unrestrained. An experience not to be missed.


Tenzin...

Friday 14 September | From 10pm


24/7 Sports Bar...

It's Game On

For all things sports-related, head to 24/7 Sports Bar. With three mega screens and over 50 LCD TVs you'll never miss a minute of the action, no matter what you're into.

Fuel at 24/7 Sports Bar offers a full menu of pub classics, plus you'll find Australia's first paperless TAB right in the middle of the action.

26 Sept
7 PM

Dine with League Legends...

Celebrate The Men of League’s Great Grand Final Night as Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler and host Dan Ginnane take you through 30 years of great grand final memories, whilst enjoying a three-course dinner. $150 pp, $100 of which goes to The Men of League Foundation. Call 1800 700 700 to book.


Rock Lily...

The Voice finalist Prinnie headlines Check Your Head this Friday.

(Credit: The Star / Echo Entertainment)


About The Star...

The Star is in the heart of the city and is Sydney's casino destination. Project Future Star, an $860m refurbishment and expansion plan, will position The Star as the pre-eminent entertainment destination in Australia.


Wrap Up...

It's always good to see Australians taking on the world, be it Crown Melbourne and Sydney's The Star taking on Las Vegas casino - resort heavyweights, so hopefully the trend of world class entertainment including performing arts and creative arts elements continue on at Australia's own intergrated entertainment resorts and casinos.

We hear that a number of world class acts are heading to Sydney's Star and Melbourne's Crown, and there's tipped to be some bodypainting elements, extreme cabaret (not unlike what has appeared at Sydney Hilton Hotel) and much more, so keep checking back here for more details.

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Daniel Craig Confirmed for Two More Bond Films...

Deadline has recently confirmed existing rumours that Daniel Craig will play the secret agent in at least two more Bond films, in addition to this year’s latest 007 release, Skyfall, due out in November.  Craig made his debut as Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, and has been largely lauded for his portrayal of a more human and rougher Bond. Skyfall will be the first Bond film in four years since the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008.

If Craig sees out completion of the five films that he’s committed himself to, he'll be able to call himself the third longest serving Bond—following on from Bond greats Sean Connery and Roger Moore who starred in the role seven times each.


James Bond premiere to benefit spies - 9th September 2012...

Funds raised at the world premiere of the new James Bond film will be used to help real members of Britain's security services.

Skyfall, the 23rd movie in the series, sees Daniel Craig assume the role of 007 for a third time on the big screen.

It gets its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, attended by the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles has asked for the screening to benefit charities that support members of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), the Security Service (MI5) and GCHQ.

Craig, 44, is expected to attend the premiere as well as Dame Judi Dench, who returns to the film as M.

Fellow stars Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw are also likely to walk the red carpet, as is director Sam Mendes.

Film bosses have tried to keep a lid on the plot for Skyfall, but have released tasters of the action in trailers.

Bond's loyalty to his boss M is tested to the limit as MI6 comes under attack and 007 has to trace and destroy the threat.

Producers of the film said: "We are thrilled His Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have agreed to attend the world premiere of our latest James Bond film.

"(We) are pleased this event will help raise funds to support the Prince's chosen charities."

Skyfall is due to be released in the UK on October 26, and will be the first James Bond film to be released in IMAX venues.

The film's release will coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary, which began with Dr No in 1962.

Craig played Bond in a short film, Happy And Glorious, made by the BBC and directed by Danny Boyle as part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

It saw Bond summoned to Buckingham Palace by the Queen - playing herself - before escorting her by helicopter to the Olympic Stadium.

Bond and Her Majesty then jump from the helicopter into the stadium with Union Flag parachutes.

After the film ended, the Queen reappeared and formally opened the Games.


James Cameron planning 'Avatar' prequel...

James Cameron is planning to make an 'Avatar' prequel.

The 'Titanic' director revealed he has 'an idea for a fourth' movie in the franchise and revealed that the forthcoming motion picture will tell the story of the 'early expeditions' on the moon Pandora.

He told MTV News: 'I haven't really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na'vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.'

Producer Jon Landau revealed earlier this year that the director and crew will be shooting the second and third film back-to-back, with Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington rumoured to be returning as lovers Neytiri and Jake Sully.

James also revealed he is keen to introduce some new characters to the franchise.

He explained: 'The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films.'

James described the process of writing the scripts as 'daunting' and compared it to Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' franchise, which is based on the book series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

He added: 'You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books. He had the books.

'Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don't!'


Elvis's Bible sells for $91,000...

A Bible which once belonged to Elvis Presley and contains his handwritten notes and thoughts has sold for 59,000 pounds ($91,000) at an auction in England, the auction house said.

The Bible, given to the singer on his first Christmas at his home in Graceland in 1957, was bought by an American man based in Britain, Omega Auctions said on its website.

The religious book, used by Presley until his death on August 16, 1977, was expected to fetch around 25,000 pounds but went for more than double its value.

But a pair of Presley's unwashed and soiled underpants, worn underneath his famous white jumpsuit during a 1977 concert, went unsold.

Bids for the underwear reached 5,000 pounds but failed to meet the reserve price of 7,000 pounds.

Some of the singer's other personal items sold at the auction included used cufflinks, a gold pendant chain/necklace and black Flagg Brothers shoes.

The entire Elvis collection, owned by a single British collector, went for more than 100,000 pounds at Omega Auctions in Cheshire, north England. (Reuters)


Warhol's Brando may fetch $20m...

An Andy Warhol silkscreen of actor Marlon Brando, clad in leather astride a motorcycle from the movie The Wild One, is expected to sell for $US20 million when it hits the auction block in November.

Marlon, a 1966 silkscreen that is one of the late pop artist's most famous Hollywood portraits, will be part of Christie's sale of post-war and contemporary art.

It is being sold from the collection of businessman and Museum of Modern Art trustee Donald L Bryant Jr.

"Alongside his portraits of Elvis Presley, Warhol's image of Marlon Brando exudes a raw sexuality and intense power rarely found in his work," Christie's chairman for post-war and contemporary art, Brett Gorvy, said.

The image of Brando was taken from a publicity photo for the 1953 movie about motorcycle gangs.

Marlon will be sold at Christie's New York headquarters on November 14.

The sale coincides with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit of works by Warhol.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, established in 1987 at the late artist's direction, said on Wednesday that over a period of years it would sell through Christie's, paintings, photos and other works by Warhol.

"The Foundation also plans to mark its 25th anniversary by making additional gifts of significant works to museums, continuing its long history of donating Warhol's art," it said in a joint statement with Christie's.

Warhol's Green car crash - Green burning car I sold in 2007 for $US71.7 million.

A four-panel self-portrait, Warhol's first, commanded $US38.4 million in May 2011, and his Double Marlon, another Brando-inspired work from 1966, sold for $US32.5 million in 2008.

Four months ago, a Warhol work featuring Elvis Presley sold for $US37 million at Sotheby's. (Reuters)


Strikes to hit Crown Casino - 13th September 2012...

Strikes are likely to hit Crown casino from tomorrow, with about 100 maintenance staff threatening to stop work in premium gaming areas, and much of the casino's gaming floor, after talks between the venue and unions broke down.

Two unions - the Electrical Trades Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union - applied last month to take protected industrial action against Crown as three-month-long negotiations over a new pay deal dragged on.

A range of the two unions' proposed strike actions have now been approved by the national industrial umpire, Fair Work Australia, and staff will begin their campaign tomorrow.
Staff who will take part in the industrial action include carpenters, electricians, plumbers, upholsterers and other maintenance employees.

Among 25 proposed work bans that can now be legally carried out are:

Stopping all work in Crown's premium gaming areas, specifically the Mahogany Room, Maple Room, and Teak Pit or Monte Carlo Room.

*Refusing to move any gaming tables within the casino.

*Refusing to repair any equipment on the gaming floor.

*Stopping repairs on toilet doors, all furniture and all airconditioning in hotel rooms.

*Abandoning any planned or emergency repairs to the casino's stoves, fridges, grills or other kitchen appliances.

*A series of four-hour, 24-hour or indefinite stoppages.

The only work that would be done in kitchens under the threatened strike action would be making electrical appliances safe, and tagging them out of service.

ETU organiser Howard Worthing said the casino's high-roller areas would be the first disrupted.

"We have been negotiating with Crown for three months and last Friday negotiations broke down," he said.

Mr Worthing said the casino's refusal to negotiate further had left union members no option.
A spokesman for Crown, Gary O'Neill, said the casino was disappointed negotiations had broken down.

"There is obviously an element of ambit claim in this by the union; there is still a significant gap between what [they] want and what Crown is offering." He said Crown's maintenance staff were paid an average of around $90,000 a year, including superannuation. "Our property services people are paid at similar rates to similar venues around the country." (Fairfax Media)


WWE leans toward launching pay-TV channel...

Are there enough John Cena and Triple H fans to justify the launch of a WWE pay cable channel?

That's what WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and the rest of the executive team are going to be wrestling with for the next few months.

More than three years ago, McMahon unveiled plans to create a WWE cable channel that would capitalize on the company's vast library as well as feature new programming. But since then there have been lots of fits and starts and delays but no channel and little about it coming out of the WWE. Wall Street is eager to see movement because WWE has been telling investors it thinks having its own distribution platform could be a game changer for the company.

"You guys need to say more than you have," an exasperated Brad Safalow, an analyst with PAA Research, said on the WWE's second-quarter-earnings call last month. McMahon promised more clarity on the company's next earnings call. So far, WWE has spent about $40 million developing a programming service, according to its financial filings.

The reason WWE is being cagey is that it is still not sure what kind of channel it will launch. Originally, WWE wanted to build a broadly distributed commercial channel with hopes of getting a subscription fee in the neighborhood of 20 cents per month per subscriber.

However, not only is space tight on most cable and satellite systems, there were concerns about the amount of WWE content already available limiting the growth potential of a stand-alone commercial network. WWE has shows on the USA and Syfy cable channels and a new program for the ION broadcast network. It is also producing a kids show for the CW Network.

"Clearly the cable operators didn’t view what they brought to market as compelling enough," said Safalow in an interview.

Now the WWE is switching gears and focusing its efforts on creating an HBO-like pay cable channel that consumers would order on an individual basis and that would be commercial-free, people familiar with the company's thinking said.

On paper, the WWE certainly has a base to support such a venture. It produces a dozen pay-per-view events every year. In 2012, through eight events, WWE is averaging 250,000 buys in the United States. "Wrestlemania," its biggest event, had 850,000 buys. Add in international purchases and those figures grow by several hundred thousand. The price tag for WWE's pay-per-view programming is $44.95, except for "Wrestlemania," which goes for $54.95.

If WWE goes forward with a premium channel, it would likely place some or most of its pay-per-view events (which besides "Wrestlemania" includes "Summer Slam" and "Royal Rumble") on the network to entice people to sign up. That does not mean WWE would get out of its lucrative pay-per-view business. It will try to have its cake and eat it too by continuing to offer its events on pay-per-view for nonsubscribers. Also, "Wrestlemania" would likely remain strictly a pay-per-view event.

The price tag WWE would seek for a premium channel would be north of $10.00 a month and perhaps as much as $15.00, which would be cheaper than buying all or even half of the pay-per-view events. Typically, the subscription fee is split 50-50 between the programmer and distributor.

Besides its pay-per-view content, WWE would also create some new shows that would complement its content on other channels and use its library fare as well.

"Subscribing to the network would be a 'no brainer' for the company's hardcore fans," Safalow wrote in a recent report. Safalow said he anticipates a price of $14.95 for the channel and that WWE should be able to get 400,000 subscribers out of the gate and almost double that in two years. In 2014 Safalow projects that a pay channel could add as much as $141.6 million in revenue to WWE.

Whether pay-TV distributors will be on board remains to be seen. The PPV revenue that WWE generates for cable and satellite operators is not insignificant. There may be fears that making the majority of that fare available on the channel too will hurt the pay-per-view business without proof that there is enough appetite to sustain a full-time network.

The WWE is still not ready to declare what type of channel it is planning. George Barrios, the WWE's chief financial officer would only say: "The WWE Network in any form is a transformative opportunity if we execute it right." As for the growing impatience on Wall Street over the network, Barrios said: "It is taking the appropriate amount of time for us to identify the best strategic and financial opportunity.”
Despite the  slow pace of the channel's development, analysts such as Safalow are not ready to throw in the towel. The WWE's recently launched YouTube channel WWE FanNation has already become one of the most popular outlets on the site with more than 600,000 subscribers, an amount that Safalow feels is further proof that there is a market for a cable outlet.

"Vince is a very competitive empire builder," Safalow said. "Whether you like him or what his product is, he runs a very good business and has a very long history of building upon his success." (LA Times)


George Clooney Reportedly Splits From Stacy Keibler...

Actor George Clooney has split from former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler, The Sun reports.
Keibler reportedly told her friends her relationship with Clooney is over. A statement is expected any day announcing the couple have split amicably.

A friend of Keibler's told the publication, "She said George wants to be on his own again and has no intention of getting married. Stacy hoped they would be together long-term. It was a big breakthrough to spend time with his parents. But over the last few weeks George has pulled away from her."

The couple had been romantically linked for over a year.


Contest searches for best sports gamers...

EA Sports and Virgin Gaming are teaming up to find the best sports video game players in the world, ultimately awarding $1 million in prize money to the best of the best.

That’s $400,000 in prize money to the top “Madden NFL 13” players, $400,000 to the top “FIFA 13” players and $200,000 to the best “NHL 13” gamers as the EA Sports Challenge Series weeds out skilled contenders from online pretenders exclusively on the PlayStation 3, with the finals taking place Feb. 9 in Las Vegas.

Gamers who purchase the title they wish to compete in at GameStop will be given a code for free entry into the tournament. Otherwise, the play-in fee will cost you $10 per EA Sports title. (You can enter all three tournaments if you think you’re good enough.)

This is the second season Virgin Gaming has been in charge of the EA Sports Challenge Series, and according to VG co-founders Billy Levy and Zachary Zeldin, the company learned a great deal from the competition’s debut a year ago, and they’re applying the lessons learned over the course of their rookie campaign to the second season of the massive tournament.

“This year, Challenge Series is launching two weeks after the release of ‘Madden 13,’ then two weeks after the ‘NHL’ launch we’ll launch that tournament, and the same with ‘FIFA’," Levy said. "Last year we didn’t start Challenge Series until December, but a lot of players wanted to start playing and competing once they got their games. When we got to the live finals, so many people came up to us and asked why we waited so long to start, so we’re starting it a lot earlier this year.

“We had over 100,000 people sign up and play online last year, and then when it came to the live finals, we had never done an event that big. But now after running it successfully online and seeing how the live final played out, this year we’re a lot more coordinated in order to provide the best experience possible.”

The structure of the tournament has also changed, streamlining the process in order to make things simpler for gamers trying to advance to the live final.

“Instead of doing a Qualifier A and a Qualifier B round like we did last year, now it’s just one straight set,” Zeldin says. “Buy your copy of ‘Madden,’ ‘NHL,’ or ‘FIFA’ from GameStop and you get automatic entry into round one, otherwise you have to pay $10 to enter. Win four games in the qualifier, and the first 1,024 people for ‘Madden’ and ‘FIFA’ and the first 512 people for ‘NHL’ make it into the online bracketed final. What happens then is the bracketed tournament starts Jan. 7 for ‘Madden,’ Jan. 8 for ‘FIFA’ and Jan. 9 for ‘NHL,’ and we play the first two rounds of this tournament online from the comforts of your own couch. If you win the first two rounds, not only are you guaranteed a pretty good prize, but you’re guaranteed a seat at the Challenge Series live final in Vegas with a chance to win the grand prize.”

While gamers who qualify for the live event will need to pay their own way to Vegas for the final, Virgin Gaming will be holding additional tournaments leading up to the championship where gamers will be able to win flights and hotel accommodations.

“We were able to work with a lot of the big hotels in Las Vegas in order to offer some deeply discounted room rates for players,” Levy adds. “There are going to be discounts on all of the MGM property hotels.”

Levy and Zeldin already know three people who can’t wait to make reservations.

“There’s a lot of smack talk going on already from last year’s winners,” Levy says with a laugh. “All three of them have guaranteed a repeat.”

The “Madden NFL 13” online tournament starts Tuesday. For official rules, check out the official Challenge Series website.


Australian TV Ratings - Monday

Description    Total    Sydney    Melbourne    Brisbane    Adelaide    Perth
1    THE X FACTOR-MON    Seven    1,384,000    440,000    350,000    239,000    164,000    191,000
2    SEVEN NEWS    Seven    1,283,000    343,000    304,000    253,000    164,000    219,000
3    NINE NEWS    Nine    1,242,000    415,000    398,000    256,000    96,000    77,000
4    ABC NEWS    ABC1    1,197,000    322,000    390,000    211,000    137,000    137,000
5    A CURRENT AFFAIR    Nine    1,105,000    354,000    346,000    244,000    71,000    89,000
6    UNDERBELLY: BADNESS    Nine    1,033,000    354,000    326,000    156,000    106,000    91,000
7    TODAY TONIGHT    Seven    1,027,000    313,000    237,000    185,000    125,000    167,000
8    BIG BROTHER -LIVE NOMINATIONS    Nine    1,023,000    283,000    392,000    198,000    76,000    75,000
9    AUSTRALIAN STORY    ABC1    1,020,000    307,000    313,000    187,000    99,000    114,000
10    BIG BROTHER -MON    Nine    987,000    278,000    369,000    193,000    77,000    70,000
13    FOUR CORNERS    ABC1    902,000    253,000    299,000    155,000    83,000    112,000
16    Q&A    ABC1    696,000    229,000    211,000    119,000    77,000    61,000
17    GCB    Seven    638,000    201,000    171,000    115,000    64,000    87,000
20    CAN OF WORMS After Q&A and GCB, why don't they call it C.O.W? Oh, not appropriate language, of course    Ten    561,000    155,000    189,000    90,000    61,000    66,000
27    PARALYMPICS LONDON 2012: HIGHLIGHTS CLOSING CEREMONY    ABC1    355,000    108,000    110,000    65,000    34,000    38,000
32    TEST YOUR BRAIN    SBS ONE    301,000    88,000    82,000    56,000    39,000    36,000
38    UP ALL NIGHT    Seven    258,000    84,000    74,000    47,000    21,000    31,000
44    THE SHIRE    Ten    237,000    71,000    90,000    36,000    21,000    19,000
83    CONNIE THE COW -   ABC2    141,000    60,000    27,000    23,000    12,000    20,000.


WWE's official updates on Lawler - 10th September 2012...

WWE issued a new statement on Jerry Lawler's condition Monday night following Raw, as published by Deadline Hollywood: "The WWE Hall of Famer collapsed at the announcers’ table and was tended to in the locker room area by WWE medical staff. Lawler was then taken from the arena to a medical facility in Montreal. He is stable and breathing on his own."

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During Raw on WWE's website: "WWE.com has learned that the WWE Hall of Famer collapsed at the announcers's table and was tended to in the locker room area by WWE medical staff. Lawler was then taken from the arena to a medical facility in Montreal." This followed an announcement by Michael Cole during Raw that Lawler was given CPR backstage.


CNN TV - Flair interviewed on Lawler...

Ric Flair appeared on CNN Headline News's "Evening Express" Tuesday evening to discuss Jerry Lawler's heart attack during Raw. Flair defended Lawler, 62, wrestling at his age and WWE allowing Lawler to be physically involved in WWE shows, saying he believes Lawler is more qualified to wrestle than many other wrestlers on the roster because he has 40 years of in-ring experience and some younger wrestlers on the roster have five or fewer years of experience.

Flair added that "great medical advances" have been made to protect wrestlers and the medical care available ringside and backstage probably saved his life. Flair concluded the interview: "Nobody made Jerry get in the ring. He got in the ring because he's a great pro."


NICK HOGAN: Jerry Lawler Should Quit Wrestling After Heart Attack...

Hulk Hogan's son Nick Hogan is incredibly relieved that Jerry "The King" Lawler has stabilized since his heart attack Monday night -- but tells TMZ, it might be time Lawler considered retirement.

Nick tells us, wrestling "takes a toll" on your body -- and as a result, "most guys retire around 50ish." Lawler is 62.

According to Nick, people in the wrestling business have varied career lengths -- but when injuries come into play, it's hard to ignore the obvious ... it's time to slow down.

Nick uses his own dad as an example -- saying even his 59-year-old father has cut back drastically on wrestling because of serious back injuries.

Nick's parting words -- "Our prayers are with you, Jerry. Glad to hear you're alright."


Bwin.party looks to address problem poker...

LONDON, Aug 31 - Internet betting firm Bwin.party Digital Entertainment PLC said it would seek to give its poker products a makeover to halt declining revenues in the game and see off competition from a resurgent PokerStars.

The world's largest online gaming group reported first half earnings up 13 percent to 92 million euros on Friday, slightly ahead of market expectations, as strong takings from sports and casino betting offset the weakness in poker and increased taxes.

It said average net daily revenues in July and August were down 8 percent versus the second quarter, affected by a later that usual start to the German football league - delayed due to the timing of the London Olympics - but that it remained confident on its full year result.

Bwin, which launched in Spain in 2012 after internet betting was allowed there for the first time, said economic woes in southern Europe had also had an impact.

"It has been difficult for us, the two markets that have been most challenging have been Italy and Spain. Last year we saw a significant dip in Greece but actually Greece now seems to be levelling out a bit," said Chief Financial Officer Martin Weigold on a call to journalists.
Faced with declining poker revenues across Europe, bwin said it would focus on renewing its poker products, aiming to do more to attract and keep casual players and introducing mobile poker games.

"We believe we have to differentiate ourselves in this market and to make sure we pick up our share and remain competitive especially against a backdrop of an ever strengthening PokerStars," said co-CEO Jim Ryan.

Earlier this month, popular online poker firm PokerStars settled a fraud complaint with U.S. authorities, setting the stage for it to re-enter the U.S. market.

"There is a lot of work going on under the bonnet at bwin.party but much of this is being overshadowed by regulatory developments and structural challenges in the poker market," said analysts at Peel Hunt. "There doesn't appear to be a need to rush in," the broker said, maintaining its 'hold' on the stock."

Bwin shares, which have fallen over 40 percent since February, were down 2 percent to 97 pence at 07:33 GMT. (Reuters)


Casino Gambling Bwin.Party H1-2012 Financial Results...

One of the biggest internet casino gambling operators worldwide has issued its financial reports for the first half of 2012 (H1 – 2012). This operator is none other than Bwin.Party. The numbers from the financial reports indicate an increase of 3% in the total pro forma revenue when compared to the same period of 2011. The revenues reached an outstanding four hundred and ten million Euros. The actual net revenues for the first half of 2012 witnessed a rise of fifty percent when compared to the first half of 2011.

The pro forma total clean earning before deducting depreciation, tax, amortization and interest amounted up to 85.6 million Euros. This represents an increase of 18.2% from the same period of last year. On the other hand, the real figure showed an increase of eighty even percent from the first six months of last year.

Commenting on this outstanding performance, the Co Chief exec officer of Bwin.Party, Norbert Teufelberger stated that the focus that the company had in 2012 was to move forward with executing their new integration plans in order to guarantee the synergies committed to according to the merger, improve the main core of their operations and to secure a good position in the newly opened gambling markets.

He also added that the company succeeded in achieving the three goals despite the problems and the shifting in the regulations in many newly opened and regulated European markets. He also stated that their main focus is casino games and sport wagering.


Packer agrees to Consolidated Media sale - 7th September 2012...

James Packer is one step closer to selling out of all media interests after he agreed to News Corporation taking over Consolidated Media Holdings for just under $2 billion.

Consolidated Media has received a binding proposal from News to acquire the company for $3.45 cash per share, plus the right to its latest 6 cent dividend.

When the dividend is included, the offer is marginally higher than the $3.50 a share News Corp offered in June.

The board of Consolidated Media, of which James Packer is executive chairman, is recommending shareholders accept the revised offer from News Corporation.

"In my view, this is a great outcome for CMH shareholders and for News and it reflects a fair price," he noted in a statement.

A successful takeover by News will clear the way for Mr Packer, Consolidated's largest shareholder, to exit the last of his media ventures as he focuses on gambling interests.

However, the deal is subject to approval by Consolidated's smaller shareholders, which includes Kerry Stokes who owns more than 24 per cent of the company and has indicated in the past that the offer does not represent fair value.

To be successful the deal requires 75 per cent of shareholder votes in favour.

Consolidated Media owns a quarter of Foxtel and half of Fox Sports and, if the deal goes ahead, it will double News Corp's stake in Foxtel to 50 per cent and give it total ownership of Fox Sports.


The Richest Wrestlers in the World...

Who are the richest wrestlers in the world? For anyone whose parents say you’ll never make any money learning to take a folding chair to the face, immediately show them this list. Over the last 30 years, Vince McMahon has turned the WWE, formerly WWF, into one of most popular and profitable sports companies in the world. In the process McMahan has made dozens of wrestlers extremely rich. He also earned himself an astonishing personal fortune. Today, WWE Raw and SmackDown are consistently some of the top ten most viewed shows on cable television, attracting between four and six million viewers each week. WrestleMania XXVIII aired on April 1st 2012 and was the highest grossing event in the company’s history with nearly $70 million in pay per view revenues. But who are the richest wrestlers in the world?

***The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle.***

The Richest Wrestlers in the World:

#1: The Rock Net Worth – $70 Million
#2: Steve Austin Net Worth – $45 Million
#3: John Cena Net Worth – $35 Million
#4: Big Show Net Worth – $30 Million
#5: Triple H Net Worth: $25 Million
#6: Kurt Angle Net Worth – $20 million
#7: Chris Jericho Net Worth – $18 Million
#8: Shawn Michaels Net Worth – $17 Million
#9: The Undertaker Net Worth – $16 Million
#10: Mick Foley Net Worth – $15 Million
#11: Bret Hart Net Worth – $14 Million
#12: Edge Net Worth – $14 Million
#13: Sting Net Worth – $13 Million
#14: Brock Lesnar Net Worth – $12.5 Million
#15: Goldberg Net Worth – $12 Million
#16: Batista Net Worth – $10 Million
#17: JBL Net Worth – $9 Million
#18: Rey Mysterio Net Worth – $8.5 Million
#19: Kevin Nash Net Worth – $8 Million
#20: CM Punk Net Worth – $7.5 Million
#21: Jerry Lawler Net Worth – $7 Million
#22: Randy Orton Net Worth – $6 Million
#23: Alberto Del Rio Net Worth – $6 Million
#24: Hulk Hogan Net Worth – $5 Million

***Hogan lost an estimated $25 million in his divorce from ex-wife Linda Hogan. Linda was awarded 70% of the couple’s liquid assets, a 40% stake in all of Hulk’s companies, six luxury cars and millions more in property***

#25: Ric Flair Net Worth – $5 Million
#26: The Miz Net Worth – $5 Million
#27: Rowdy Roddy Piper Net Worth – $4 Million
#28: Chyna Net Worth: $1.5 Million

Other:

Vince McMahon Net Worth – $500 Million
Randy Savage Net Worth – $8 Million


Prince Harry Welcomed Back to Wynn...

The dust yet to settle after Prince Harry’s scandalous romp in Las Vegas last week; however, Wynn is already stating that there are no hard feelings. According to recent reports, the casino operator has stated that Prince Harry is welcome back to Wynn anytime. There is only one stipulation, however – and it applies to all high rollers: he must abide by the rules.

So, Wynn may change its mind when it gets wind of the most recent revelation about Prince Harry’s wild weekend. Reports from a source at the party claim that there were illicit drugs at the party which was held in the prince’s hotel room. Currently, these are only rumours; however, the threat of a video of the events could confirm the Royal Family’s worst nightmares.

And, things get even worse. It has recently been revealed that Carrie Lynn Reichert, one of the women who attended the party, is now in jail. After writing £12 000 worth of bad cheques, she has been taken in by local authorities. This news will certainly not fly well with the Royal Family or Wynn.

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'Indiana Jones & The Raiders of the Lost Ark' screening; Popcorn Taxi at Randwick Ritz Cinema, Sydney - 12th September 2012


Popcorn Taxi at Randwick Ritz Cinema, Sydney; John Rhys-Davies interviewed...

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Indiana Jones & The Raiders of the Lost Ark' has been digitally remastered and is now available on DVD, and actor John Rhys-Davies is here in Sydney to tell us about it... as well as tell us about his expiences in the film and entertainment business.

The night was full of energy and information, but fairly light on news media, which didn't seem to mind anyone in the slightest - film buff club of sorts Popcorn Taxi has their own in-house media on hand tonight and no doubt they got some great information from actor Rhys-Davies who was in a talkative, jovial and theatrical mood.

Background...

Steven Spielberg and sound legend Ben Burtt went back to the original negative to create this new version of Indiana Jones & The Raiders of the Lost Ark that's entirely true to the look and feel of the original film.

John Rhys-Davies attended tonight's remastered screening. Rhys-Davies, in his pivotal role of Sallah, experienced not only a part on one of the most famous films of all time, but an inside view into the film's fascinating production process. Since starring in Indiana Jones & The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rhys-Davies has enjoyed a rich and varied career, including the role of Gimli in the Lord of the Rings films.

Upon reading the script he said "This is either going to be one of the biggest disasters of all time, or its going to set a new fashion in film making but either way I’d love to do it."

Rhys-Davies is a Welsh character actor who is most famous for playing an Egyptian Man-Friday style character...Sallah in both 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and a Russian general opposite James Bond in 'The Living Daylights'.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford. It is the first installment in the Indiana Jones franchise.

Storyline...

The year is 1936. A professor who studies archeology named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles in South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap doing so, miraculously, he escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Renee Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it. (IMDB)

Wrap Up...

Awesome film. One of the greatest flicks of all time in the opinion of many. Rhys-Davies was very giving of himself this evening and well done to the good folks at Popcorn Taxi for adding extra excitement and substance to the films showing. Keep checking the Popcorn Taxi official website for more about this great film and wonderful interview. The film and its actors and team have put a stamp on the movie making business that will never be forgotten.

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Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones
Karen Allen - Marion Ravenwood
Paul Freeman - Dr. René Belloq
Ronald Lacey - Major Arnold Toht
John Rhys-Davies - Sallah

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jury awards casino mogul $US20m for slander - 11th September 2012


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A jury has awarded US casino mogul Steve Wynn $US20 million ($19.3 million) in his slander case against Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, who claimed the creator of some of Las Vegas's most upscale resorts threatened to kill him over a gambling debt.

Witnesses disputed Francis's claims during a four-day trial, including record producer Quincy Jones, who Francis said told him about Wynn's threats and showed him a stack of emails that contained them.

Wynn vehemently denied that.

In siding with Wynn, the jury determined that there was clear and convincing evidence that Francis slandered the casino mogul and knew his allegations were false when he made them.

Neither Wynn nor Francis was present in court when the verdict was read on Monday morning.

Wynn's lawyer on Friday had asked the panel to award the billionaire $US12 million plus punitive damages to send a message that false statements that travel far in the internet age will not be tolerated.

The CEO of Wynn resorts and designer of signature Las Vegas casinos such as The Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn and Encore attended the trial.

Francis, who testified, has built a business empire based on videos of young women flashing their breasts for video cameras. (AP)

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Monday, September 10, 2012

James Bond 007 News: Daniel Craig confirmed for two more Bond Films


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Deadline has recently confirmed existing rumours that Daniel Craig will play the secret agent in at least two more Bond films, in addition to this year’s latest 007 release, Skyfall, due out in November.  Craig made his debut as Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, and has been largely lauded for his portrayal of a more human and rougher Bond. Skyfall will be the first Bond film in four years since the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008.

If Craig sees out completion of the five films that he’s committed himself to, he'll be able to call himself the third longest serving Bond—following on from Bond greats Sean Connery and Roger Moore who starred in the role seven times each.


James Bond premiere to benefit spies - 9th September 2012...

Funds raised at the world premiere of the new James Bond film will be used to help real members of Britain's security services.

Skyfall, the 23rd movie in the series, sees Daniel Craig assume the role of 007 for a third time on the big screen.

It gets its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, attended by the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles has asked for the screening to benefit charities that support members of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), the Security Service (MI5) and GCHQ.

Craig, 44, is expected to attend the premiere as well as Dame Judi Dench, who returns to the film as M.

Fellow stars Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw are also likely to walk the red carpet, as is director Sam Mendes.

Film bosses have tried to keep a lid on the plot for Skyfall, but have released tasters of the action in trailers.

Bond's loyalty to his boss M is tested to the limit as MI6 comes under attack and 007 has to trace and destroy the threat.

Producers of the film said: "We are thrilled His Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have agreed to attend the world premiere of our latest James Bond film.

"(We) are pleased this event will help raise funds to support the Prince's chosen charities."

Skyfall is due to be released in the UK on October 26, and will be the first James Bond film to be released in IMAX venues.

The film's release will coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary, which began with Dr No in 1962.

Craig played Bond in a short film, Happy And Glorious, made by the BBC and directed by Danny Boyle as part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

It saw Bond summoned to Buckingham Palace by the Queen - playing herself - before escorting her by helicopter to the Olympic Stadium.

Bond and Her Majesty then jump from the helicopter into the stadium with Union Flag parachutes.

After the film ended, the Queen reappeared and formally opened the Games.

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EB Games EXPO 2012, Sydney, Australia


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Presented by: EB Games

It's official - Australia's biggest ever gaming event is coming to Sydney!

The EB Games EXPO is a 3 day event showcasing all the latest upcoming and new release games.

Featuring a massive gaming exhibition, spectacular arena shows, developer and publisher presentations, cosplay, family zone, and much, much more.

The most anticipated upcoming games will be there, along with developer talent, including Call of Duty Black Ops II, Halo 4, Farcry 3, Assassins Creed III, Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider, Aliens Colonial Marines, Skylanders Giants, Pokemon Black and White 2 and heaps more titles. This is your chance to play games before they are officially released!

For more information visit ebexpo.com.au

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Fri 5 - Sun 7 Oct, Sydney Showground, NSW, Australia
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Festival of the Winds; Kites fly high at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia - 9th September 2012


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Bondi Beach today was once again home to the annual Festival of the Winds, where kite flying is the paramount attraction.

Festival of the Winds is Australia’s biggest and most entertaining kite flying festival and today the weather really turned it on for the festival, with sun and strong winds.

Flyer Society members showcased their designs along with kite designs from India, Malaysia, China and Japan.

The public both made kites and some also purchased them from the kite stalls in the park. Some even took kite making workshops.

In addition to kite flying, there was a multicultural entertainment program throughout the day with great music, dance and kid’s shows.

Acts include, Pak Hok Kung Fu International, who celebrated the Year of the Dragon with their Kung Fu mastery and famous Lion Dance; The Asthmatix, a local hybrid hip hop trio with soaring fiddles and Hebrew humour; Freeman Dancers (Wiradjuri), Australian Indigenous traditional dance and music from the Wiradjuri Nation; Afrokings featuring Moussa Diakete from Mali performing Afro, Latin, Funk and dance grooves; and, El Orqueston, performing the festival finale with a salsa party featuring a 12 piece live band and Cuban dancers.

The was also additional entertainment including free dance workshops in African Dance, Capoeira, Zumba, Salsa and Tango, with the ever popular Tango Milonga at the end of the day. Children enjoyed pony rides, fun slides, leaping castles, face painting, animal farm, wandering minstrels, jugglers, stilt walkers, puppeteers, clowns, and craft workshops.

The Red Baron plane also performed an aerobatic display and there was loads of multicultural food stalls with food and drink from across the globe.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Steve Wynn seeking $12 million in slander trial - 8th September 2012


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Porn producer Joe Francis should be forced to pay Steve Wynn more than $12 million for claiming that the casino mogul threatened to kill him and bury him in the desert, Wynn's attorney told a jury Friday.

Barry Langberg suggested the multimillion verdict during closing arguments in Wynn's slander case against Francis, who claims the casino creator threatened to hit him over the head with a shovel and have him buried in the desert over a $2 million gambling debt.

Francis claims record producer Quincy Jones showed him a stack of emails purportedly containing the threats, none of which he read or were ever found as evidence.

Wynn has denied Francis' allegations and told jurors they have hurt his reputation and could lead to an expensive investigation by Nevada gambling authorities. Jurors, who will resume deliberations Monday morning, will ultimately decide whether to award Wynn any money and the amount.

Wynn's attorney, Barry Langberg, accused Francis of lying about the threats, pointing out that there was no evidence of any email Wynn had sent and multiple witnesses corroborating the casino mogul's story. He argued Francis was malicious because he repeated the threats last week in an interview on "Good Morning America."

Francis had previously said at a court hearing that Wynn threatened him over a $2 million gambling debt Francis incurred at Wynn's hotel. Celebrity news website TMZ reported on the hearing, and Francis confirmed his allegations to a reporter from the site afterward.

"He committed character assassination," Langberg said. "He did it for a simple reason — he didn't want to pay his debt."

He argued Francis should be forced to pay punitive damages as well. Wynn said he planned to donate any amount he won during the trial, minus attorney's fees, to charities.

Francis' attorney, Aaron Aftergood, contended that both men may be telling the truth and the porn producer may have been misled by Jones. Francis claims he heard about the threats from the Grammy-winner, who is his neighbor, but Jones denies hearing Wynn utter any threats.

Aftergood argued that the dispute was more about the "bruised ego of Mr. Wynn in the schoolyard, sandlot dustup" that erupted between the two men. He also contends Wynn, the CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd. and designer of major Las Vegas resorts such Bellagio, Wynn and Encore, hasn't shown he has suffered any damages.

Langberg said Francis erred by challenging Wynn, a billionaire who had the resources to fight the case. But he also argued that Wynn had suffered significant damage to his reputation and Francis' allegations could pose trouble for Wynn's casinos.

"At least with the newspaper after a few days, it's gone. They wrap fish in it, they throw it away," Langberg said. "But not anymore. Today, the methods by which Joe Francis used to commit assassination are digital. It's never gone. It's never thrown away. They never wrap fish in it."

He urged jurors to return a verdict against Francis that was so large it would dwarf the Google hits of the porn producer's accusations and land at the top of search results.

"You have to create a headline as big as his," he said. "You have to send a message that will stay on the Internet as long as his lie will."

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