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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: back to regular programming

Australian TV viewers loved the tennis on Seven last night, and believe it or not, they loved Andy Murray who beat Thomas Berdych in a sometimes spiteful match last night. Nine’s episode of The Block wasn’t the full triple treat (that was an ugly ice cream from yesteryear from memory) because it wasn’t screened in […]

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The unfair caste system of the AACTAs (crew, you may use the tradies’ entrance)

The AACTA awards are supposed to celebrate the best in Australian film. And they do … if you are an actor or director. Film producer Louise Pascale explains the hierarchy.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport finishes up as ratings season returns

Another big night, and what a finish to the Big Bash cricket on Ten from chilly Canberra — a win off the very last ball for Perth’s Scorchers (who looked as though they were suffering from permafrost at times), with Brett lee denied the most romantic of endings to his great career, a title for his Sydney […]

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Rundle: the notorious Allen Jones, who shocked the unshockable

Allen Jones has gone from enfant terrible of the avant-garde to a bit of a historical footnote.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

Is American Sniper right-wing propaganda?

American Sniper won’t turn you into a gun-toting Republican. But it will provoke some interesting discussion.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport v The Block

A great night of top flight sports viewing. The Socceroos were great, as were Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray. No doubt the greybeards and heads among the chattering and tapping commentariat will rattle on about K’s racquet-busting, but so what? He’s 19 and growing up. Australians voted with their remotes —  for the tennis. The Nick Kyrgios […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine leans on old faithfuls to replace the cricket

The last week of non-ratings and like the drums in Fernando, you can hear and feel the ratings pressure mounting as Nine, Seven and Ten (and the ABC) step up their onscreen and online spruiking. But apart from the sport, there’s nothing much on the screen to hold us in front of the box in […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | CULTURE | 6 UNLOCK?

In the shadow of redundancies, ABC staff set to work for a new year

Redundancy pools are painful but necessary, says the ABC’s head of people, arguing there was no other way to fairly terminate staff as the ABC ramps up for 2015.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the sportsfest continues

Disappointment at the tennis, joy at soccer’s Asian Cup with two goals by the 2015 sportsman of the year, Tim Cahill. It will be a huge game in Newcastle next week for the semi final against either Japan or the UAE who play their quarter final tonight. The game was watched by a total of […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis wins out over cricket

Tennis did the job again for Seven last night, although for a third night it was on the nose in Brisbane, where viewers seem to be very unenthused about the Open and the success of the Australian players. Still that’s Queensland and viewers up there have had to battle daylight saving, fading curtains and anxious […]

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Razer: Triple J’s biggest success is its ongoing failure

The true value of the imperfect, sometimes-amateurish Triple J is that it provides young Australians with a platform from which to critique confusing orthodoxies in the culture industry.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE | 1

In a world where Aussie cinema can’t catch a break

Finally, people are plunking down their hard-earned at the local multiplex to see Australian films.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis, tennis and more tennis

Don’t you reckon the folk at the top of struggling (well, as far as the the share price is concerned) Seven West Media wish they could bottle Lleyton Hewitt’s efforts in the Australian Open men’s tennis, so that when ratings dip later in the year across the schedule, the spirit of the lad could be […]

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Sheikh-ing it at Hobart’s MOFO

Syrian electro-pop star Omar Souleyman was just one of the highlights at this year’s MONA FOMA.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven loses viewers to its digital channels

Lots of tennis on Seven’s main channel and on 7TWO as the network doubles its coverage by broadcasting more games — especially, as we saw yesterday — matches featuring Australians in the first round and some highly seeded players going up against lesser ranked players. This is a very interesting test of viewer reaction (and awareness, especially) by Seven […]

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

Birdman flies crazily, soaring on wings of pretension and pathos

To many, Michael Keaton is a barely-remembered former Batman, or the eponymous ghoul in Beetlejuice — the perfect choice to play a washed-up actor with a habit of playing superheroes.

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Media briefs: knee-deep in irony … advertisers turn to mobile … do all brown people look alike? …

Comedian Nazeem Hussain tests gullibility in Parramatta. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Razer: the pleasures of binge-watching

Staying up all night bingeing on Breaking Bad hasn’t just changed the way we watch TV, but the TV we watch.

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CRIKEY INTERN | CULTURE | 5

Big Day Off: who killed Australia’s most famous music festival?

Why are young Australians shunning events like Big Day Out and instead flocking to multi-day music festivals out of the city? Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson explains.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

Bigger, better, biopics — the unmissable films of 2015

Blockbusters, biopics and a brand-new Star Wars — the big films of 2015

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Media briefs: a damning ACMA report … Paris in red … happy birthday Hawking …

The report Channel Seven didn’t want you to read. And other media tidbits of the day.

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE | 12

Razer: Abbott errs, Bishop shines in the war on pleather

Men can no longer escape the harsh judgement of our intensely visual age. So how well are the boys adjusting to the critical gaze women have endured for so long?

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The best-read politicians in Canberra, or how to spend $3000 on publications in just six months

Who spent the most on books and newspapers in Parliament House? Crikey reporter Myriam Robin and intern Mahalia Dobson investigate.

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Melbourne’s secret bohemian past laid bare

Two exhibitions showing in Melbourne over summer seem worlds apart, but both have much to say about our changing notions of culture and what constitutes celebrity, writes Melbourne-based crime writer and reviewer Andrew Nette.

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How one of the world’s most dangerous nuclear states became a joke

The United States loves to laugh at silly old North Korea — but the Sony hack and more-than-implied threats thereafter showed the DPRK didn’t get the joke.

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