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MYRIAM ROBIN | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Racial vilification or ‘bulltish’? Richmond v John Burns fails to make waves

How times have changed as newspapers relegate a terrorist slur allegation to the sport pages.

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‘It’s about what the radish represents’: when food porn becomes just wank

We are living in an age where we glorify haute cuisine, but sometimes you need to back away from the asparagus.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Bolt fails to bump off Insiders

The Block had its best night so far this season with the final room reveal. The room reveal was the most watched program (or part of program) in metro markets, but not nationally as The Beast (My Kitchen Rules) easily topped it. The Block’s Room Reveal had 1.977 million national viewers and My Kitchen Rules had […]

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BERNARD KEANE | CULTURE | 36 UNLOCK?

Keane: the old and the new of Anzac amnesia

A century on from Gallipoli, Australia remains mired in pointless imperial ventures in the Middle East and “Lest We Forget” was never more ironic.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a forgettable evening

Thursday night apart from Seven was a bit of a wasteland, along with another solid effort from The Checkout on ABC at 8pm — 1.047 million viewers and deserved more. Australia: The Story of Us (1.185 million national viewers) and Downton Abbey (1.073 million viewers), plus Home and Away (1.294 million viewers) stood out in commercial TV. A […]

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CRIKEY INTERN | CULTURE | 5

Will sitting down really kill you?

The working week may have turned into a walking week, but if sitting down is so bad for us why are people living longer than ever? Sophie Thomas investigates.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC wins on quality

Last night was the debut of The Weakly, sorry, The Weekly: an ABC cross between any of the US news/ comedy shows (John Stewart or Bill Maher), Good News Week (on Ten), Mad As Hell and The Project. A forced debut last night at 8.30pm, so let’s give a few more weeks of its 20 week […]

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Meet America’s new breed of screen idols and late-night crusaders

John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Colbert are shaking things up across the Pacific. It’s time our own hosts do the same, writes freelance writer Peter Green

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Sam Neill’s Anzac is a treat

Thanks ABC and Sam Neill and the producers of his Anzac special last night (from 8.30). It was a true Anzac report, encompassing his Kiwi heritage and his Australian life. It was the best piece so far in the orgy of stories and lashings of jingoistic nationalism about the heroic digger/Anzac Day moulding of Australia […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Razer: being and nothingness and the Material Girl

The Material Girl’s true currency has been her ability to point her coned-shaped bra at the making of meaning itself.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Beast is back

A big win for Seven in metro and especially regional markets, thanks to The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) and the Russell Crowe movie, The Water Diviner (which Seven helped finance and produce), which you’d have to say under-performed last night given it was on TV only three months after premiering in Australia (and in […]

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These songs of freedom: four great moments of artistic protest so far this year

Freelance journalist James Rose looks at some of the biggest acts of artistic protest so far this year.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Anzac fatigue

A close night. Nine did slightly better than Seven in metro and regional markets and Ten and the ABC also did OK (closeish). Seven’s News was tops, boosted by having various AFL games as the lead in program in some markets — it had 2.1 million national viewers. My Kitchen Rules had 1.980 million national viewers (a […]

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

A lesson in responsive film distribution, or, how to please the pirates

Addressing the lag time between a film’s theatrical release and its subsequent release on streaming services, such as Netflix, will be key in determining the future success of the film industry.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a disappointment all round

Nine’s night in the metros, but not in the regionals where Seven was a very easy winner. That’s yet another example of the clear split between metro and regional viewers that many in TV ignore. Seven’s new line up didn’t really grab metro viewers. Home and Away did OK nationally with 1.233 million viewers , […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a strange night for Nine

Finally a monster of a night for Seven. Not so much for The Beast’s performance (AKA My Kitchen Rules), but for the solid performance by the fresh Criminal Minds straight after which was the third most watched program in prime time, giving Seven a very dominant win in metro and regional markets. My Kitchen Rules had […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

My Kitchen Rules bounces back.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

My Kitchen Rules no longer cock of the roost.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

Why 2015 will be a huge year for Australian film (and you should not care)

Australian films will take an even larger slice of the market share at the domestic box office this year. Here’s why …

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GUY RUNDLE | CULTURE |

Rundle: if words could describe acting, it wouldn’t be art

From Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln to Mark Rylance as Henry VIII, demythologised “anti-acting” is to be celebrated, for it happens only rarely.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC wins out

Thankfully The Checkout returned to ABC last night. Home and Away ticked over for Seven last night. If they hadn’t been in the schedule, it would have been a night more dull than it was. The telemovie of Redfern Now on ABC was also more than OK.  The Checkout’s return was appreciated by viewers: 1.077 million watched nationally […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE | 4

Dallas Buyers Club: how the gays have been co-opted for profit

In more ways than one, the depiction of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club reflects the greed and profiteering of the film’s owners.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC chooses quality over quantity

Only three programs of note last night. The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) won the night for Seven with 2.180 million national viewers,  assisted by a solid effort from Criminal Minds with more than 1.36 million national viewers. The other two (confused? Well, Criminal Minds was only an assist, not a standout performer) were the penultimate […]

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STILGHERRIAN | CULTURE | 11

Downloaders be warned: Dallas Buyers Club wants your name and address

The Federal Court has granted Dallas Buyers Club the right to order ISPs to divulge the names and addresses of people who used BitTorrent to download the 2013 film.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 1

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten fights back

A one program night again. The Beast was on the prowl and My Kitchen Rules ruled. Ten did a bit better, in fact a lot better than it did over Easter with mildly interesting programs and solid figures for the  5pm News. My Kitchen Rules had 2.116 million national viewers. The Block on Nine had 1.380 […]

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