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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 | CULTURE |

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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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 1

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the return of MKR

Normal service was restored last night. Seven released The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) from the cave where it spent the past week and Easter, and it promptly ate the competition’s schedule. MKR had 2.054 million national viewers and over 1.4 million in the metros and more than 600,000 regional viewers. Seven won metro and […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Jeremy Clarkson and the obsolescence of middle-class white men

Jeremy Clarkson once stood to mock the middle-class English culture he represented. But now has nothing left to say beyond “Believe me, I’m very important”.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: footy and Easter

The good taste of TV viewers was underlined last night with the two most popular non-news programs on TV being Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (in which Malcolm Turnbull was skewered like he has never been skewered) and the second part of the ABC’s great doco on the history of Australian comedy, Stop Laughing This Is Serious. Mad […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a quiet night in non-ratings

A night really no different to summer viewing (it’s a an off week for official ratings). The final part of the ABC’s examination of recent Australian economic history was fine  (it had 964,000 national viewers, which was respectable). But I am uncomfortable about boasting how the economy dodged a bullet, especially when there’s one loaded […]

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What the art world will lose with Aboriginal community closures

Tony Abbott says Australia needs to stop subsidising the “lifestyle choices” of remote indigenous communities. Art writer and critic Susan McCulloch looks at what that would mean for Aboriginal art.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR goes on holidays

Nine’s night because Seven went to sleep, resting The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules). The Block in all its glory did OK for Nine, but without any competition at all except the ABC’s news and current affairs line up (which appeals to grey headed, balding people like myself) failed to have any real impact on the […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Harsh reality for networks as viewers turn off

Reality TV is cheap, but viewers are getting bored with it.

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Razer: nevermind sugar, Paleo pushers need to quit bullshit, before it kills kids

After a day of reproachful messages suggesting that Helen Razer was so mentally unwell that she needed a detox, she held forth to cleanse the toxins. This is her enema.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but the cricket

Seven rested The Beast last night, so instead of My Kitchen Rules eating its rivals last night, it was the second World Cup cricket semi final that devoured the opposition, setting up a big final on Sunday.  Nothing else mattered last night — Nine’s domination was complete. The coverage though from Star of India (part of the […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: comedy v drama

First let me apologise to everyone who didn’t watch Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell at 8.30 on ABC last night, or the program that followed, Stop Laughing This is Serious, which is the video history of Australian comedy. They were rotten programs, too funny, too interesting. So don’t watch again you ungrateful … More than a million […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Paleo is a stupid cult, and it is killing people

A toxic mix of scientism and a delusional belief in pseudo-history have created a world in which we pick and choose easy “answers”, rather than search for actual knowledge.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR and the cricket mow down competitors

The Beast was let loose on a wedding last night. Will the bride and groom watch My Kitchen Rules again? It was a function to remember. All those willing food testers among the bridal party and guests! My Kitchen Rules again feasted richly with 2.221 million viewers, 980,000 more viewers nationally than The Block on […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: return of The Beast

Oh, no, it was Monday night and Seven let The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) out of its cage and it ate The Block, again. It gnawed gently on the ABC’s worthy line up and SBS’s modest supplications. Seven won big in metro markets and bigger in the regionals, and scooped up the major demos. My […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine gets a look-in

Nine had a good old gloat this morning about its win last night thanks to The Block (how many treats, sorry threats?), the 6pm news and 60 Minutes. But what Nine didn’t say (naturally), that it was allowed to win by the generosity of Seven which isn’t running The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) on […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but MKR

Oh, no, not The Beast story again? Yes, reader, I am afraid My Kitchen Rules ate the night’s viewing, again, with nary a sauce or a dressing of quality in sight. It had 2.013 million national viewers, more than 1.37 million metros and 637,000 regional viewers and that won the night for Seven. Seven’s Million Dollar […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: The Block gives in

Hit the instant replay button for Tuesday and Monday nights, but widen the winning margin buffer. Here goes … buzzzz , The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) made an absolute feast of the ratings battle last night, eating viewers left right and centre to completely dominate the night. MKR ended with more than 2.3 million […]

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Wesley Enoch: artists, get over yourselves and embrace the corporate sponsor

An artist does not need to agree with a sponsor’s politics or methods to accept money for a work.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine checks out

Another Tuesday night, another feeding time for The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules), another clean up for Seven in metro and regional markets. My Kitchen Rules managed to grab 2.344 million national and 1.567 million metro viewers. And it was no wonder Seven did it easily last night. Nine’s offering, apart from The Block which […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: back to reality for Ten

Kerthump! That’s the sound of Ten coming back to earth after the Sunday night boost from the final episode of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.  Hear that? It’s the high-pitched scream of triumph from The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) after it had eaten another Monday night’s offerings from Nine (The Block […]

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