Arts, Culture & Entertainment - 7th May 2012

Cirque Du Soleil are currently touring Australia with their show Ovo. Described as "an immersion into the teeming and energetic world of insects" the show creates a colourful ecosystem where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a "non-stop riot of energy and movement." You can go here to buy tickets for your nearest city and see a little preview video of the show.

Artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth's latest film about climate change and coral reefs Coral: Rekindling Venus premiered on Tuesday night to coincide with World Environment Day, and the transit of Venus across our sun. Not just another enviro-aware doco, Coral: Rekindling Venus is designed for screening on the dome-shaped ceilings of planetariums, and that's exactly where you'll be able to go and see it. Of the film, Wallworth says "My intent is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity of the coral community and a deep-felt longing to see it survive." In what is still a relatively unexplored arena for filmmakers, screenings of Coral: Rekindling Venus are sure to leaving you feeling rather out-of-this-world. For more information and to find screenings near you, visit

Anthony Warlow
Australia's biggest musical theatre star, Anthony Warlow, is leaving the Australian tour of Annie to make his debut in the New York Broadway version as Daddy Warbucks. The new production of Annie is opening at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on October 3rd, with his final Australian performance set for August 5th at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne. Warlow said he'd been asked many times to perform in the US but the timing had never been right. This role will make him the first Australian stage star to be cast directly into a Broadway production without a stint on the West End or in Canada first, the exception being Hugh Jackman who opened The Boy from Oz and had the movie star advantage, as Warlow points out in an interview with The Australian. "I'll still have to earn my stripes there because my audience in Australia know me," Warlow says of his prospects on Broadway. "But at the core is the basic script I've been working with for 20 years." We wish him well!

Hogan's Heroes' star and host of the US game show Family Feud, Richard Dawson, has sadly passed away at the age of 79. Dawson was best known for his role as the Cockney POW Corporal Peter Newkirk in the 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes.

Aussie actor and Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth has popped the question to his girlfriend of three years, 19 year old American singer and actor Miley Cyrus. Hemsworth, 22, proposed on May 31st with a 3.5 carat, cushion-cut diamond set in an "Art Noveau-inspired" gold band from jeweller Neil Lane (wow!), reports WHO.

Director of the Batman trilogy, Christopher Nolan, has said his final instalment (The Dark Knight Rises) is "the biggest (film) anyone's done since the silent era." A huge claim, and with Nolan being a notably humble character, such a claim is bound to prick one's ears. Nolan told the UK's Empire magazine "I think this is the biggest one I've done. The biggest one anyone's done since the silent era, in technical terms. Shooting on IMAX, you want to justify that we've put our resources more into what we were shooting on the day than computer graphics. It's not what you're used to seeing. I don't know when someone last did a film with 11,000 extras in a real environment. It is an escalation. You want things to be justifiably bigger and more extreme than what you've done in the last film. As long as the story supports that." The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released on July 20th.

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