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When DUETS gives you a great night out

Duets is a production showcase of the worldwide hit duets spanning the 40’s to today.

With a stellar cast of singers and musicians, the Menai Club Central played host to this must-see club production that gives large scale production on an RSL club price ticket.

The fun and frivolity of this show paired with the awesome talents of those on stage give a whopping two hour rollercoaster ride of tunes, from Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Something Stupid’ to Dirty Dancing’s ‘Time of my Life’ and even Greece to John Farnham and Human Nature - add in some fun impersonations and killer voices including the amazing Guy Taylor, Shilo, Tony Mazell & Sara De Rossi, you have a cast that has years of experience and knows how to command a stage.

The production is back touring around the country on selected dates and is a ballad rocking, pop-loving and a country ye-hawing night out at a venue near you.

One of the standouts was Sara De Rossi's "The Prayer" performed with Tony Mazell. A total goosebump worthy rendition. Her voice is SENSATIONAL.

Guy Taylor has a killer voice and you would think he was a young John Farnham - in fact, Guy understudied for John in Jesus Christ Superstar. But Guy has a presence all of his own and goes from suave songman (think Buble, Farnham) to his cooky and fun impersonations (you have to see the show to believe it).

Shilo has her own style that resonates through the production whilst still belting out covers and duets - giving them a fresh take a style befitting a performer of this quality.

Master of ceremonies, legendary Tony Mazell has obviously put years of training into his productions and is impressive going from operatic to rock within a couple of songs - such a range and stage presence.

It's hard to single any of them out - they flawlessly perform as a group, as duet partners and solo entertainers. All worthy of some awards at Mo or ACE awards if you ask us.

It was a pleasure to see them back on stage as a group for the first time this year and we recommend you check them out throughout the year when you can.

See our what's on guide for other upcoming dates.

With a live band, screen visuals and great voices, this will be a show not to be missed!



Star of Australian Stage and Screen, Michael Caton talks about Marriage Equality.

Michael Caton is an Australian television, film and stage actor, Comedian,and television host, best known for playing Uncle Harry in the Australian television series, The Sullivans, playing Darryl Kerrigan from 1997's low budget hit film The Castle and playing Ted Taylor in the popular Packed to the Rafters.

He is married to Helen Esakoff. Caton has been inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame in honour of his work in Australia's cinema and television industries.

He is now talk in out about the current Marriage Equality Postal Survey, telling us all about his progression to knowing LGBTQI people and the impact this vote will have on him and his friends.

A heart wrenching and touching description of why voting is so important can be watched by clicking here.




Daniel Craig Is Reportedly Returning as James Bond

Daniel Craig is all set to reprise his role as the iconic James Bond in Bond 25 after reportedly reaching a deal with producer Barbara Broccoli. Rumors have been swirling about Craig's return for a fifth movie even after he stated that he'd "slash his wrists" than do another Bond movie after the release of 2015's Spectre. It has previously been reported that the James Bond franchise is close to closing a deal to shoot the next movie in Croatia, which would make the news of Craig's return make much more sense.

The news comes after rumors were circulating about new actors stepping into the Bond role to replace Daniel Craig. Many names were brought up including Idris Elba (The Dark Tower, Avengers: Age of Ultron), who in a hacked Sony email was said to be a top choice with Steven Spielberg even declared that Elba would be his "first choice" in an interview. Tom Hardy (Mad Max, The Dark Knight Rises) has also been rumored to be on the shortlist alongside director Christopher Nolan. Damian Lewis, Aiden Turner, and James Norton are also names that have been rumored to replace Craig as James Bond, but it appears that it is not time to pick a new Bond quite yet.

The news comes via the U.K.'s The Mirror who reports that Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli have reached and that the movie may start filming next year for a 2019 release. The source even went on to say that Craig's wife Rachel Weisz is "on board with the decision" for him to spend a year away filming Bond 25. The Mirror's source appears to be anonymous, so we should take this news with a grain of salt as you would anything that comes from an anonymous source. The source is also claiming that Adele is being courted for a return to the Bond theme as well, which could very well ring true as the singer has informally announced her retirement from the stage. The source had this to say.

"Craig and Adele together are a winning team, the ultimate choice, the money spinners. It's taken time, but Daniel has come round and the strong con-sensus (sic) in the Bond offices is that Mr. Craig is 007 again. As for Adele, she's more of an unknown quantity but loved being a part of Bond, so the signs are positive."
It would make perfect sense for Daniel Craig to return for Bond 25 as Spectre left James Bond ready (in an unorthodox way) for the next movie. Plus Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are back to write Bond 25, which would also make a lot of sense for the return of Craig. In addition, Craig has stated before that he would return if the money were right and it is rumored that he is still under contract for Bond 25, so maybe this was all just a hold out for more money in a really long contract dispute.

The news of the return of Daniel Craig and Adele is still speculation at this point. No official word has come from Broccoli or Craig's camps nor has there been a studio announced to take over financial backing, though Warner Bros. is strongly rumored to be close to a deal through Christopher Nolan's Syncopy involved. There's a lot up in the air at this point, but if the speculation is correct, we could see James Bond 25 as soon as 2019 with Daniel Craig back as 007 one last time.


Friends and Fans pay tribute to Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced.

A message shared on the actor's official Twitter account read: "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."

As news of the much-loved star's death emerged, fans and friends took to Twitter to express their sadness at his death, and share memories of some of his greatest performances.


David Stratton celebrates A Cinematic Life with Sydney premiere featuring Margaret Pomeranz

Australian film’s most dynamic duo, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, will reunite for one night only at the Sydney premiere screening of the new feature film DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE.

Sydneysiders will be able to welcome David and Margaret at Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne on Tuesday 28th February featuring a very special Q&A session with them following the film.

DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE is an intimate journey with David Stratton, from his first boyhood cinema experience in England, to his migration to Australia as a ‘ten pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy.

Alongside David, this absorbing documentary includes commentary from some of the most recognisable names in Australian cinema including Gillian Armstrong, Eric Bana, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Warwick Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving.

“The documentary provides insight to a side of David the Australian public haven’t seen before. The chance to have David attend these screenings and speak personally about his life is a privilege,” said Transmission Films Joint Managing Directors Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie.

The Sydney Premiere will be the first of two Q&A screenings of the film in Sydney, David will also appear on Wednesday 1st March at Palace Norton Street. In preparation for the release of DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE, David will be appearing at special event screenings in Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne from late February.

DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE is written and directed by Sally Aitken (Getting Frank Gehry, Streets of Your Town) and produced by Jo-anne McGowan and executive produced by Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa).

DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE will open in cinemas nationally on March 9th.

Gene Wilder has passed away aged 83

Gene Wilder, who brought a wild-eyed desperation to a series of memorable and iconic comedy roles in the 1970s and 1980s, has died, his lawyer, Eric Weissmann, said.
He was 83.

Wilder is best known for his collaborations with director Mel Brooks, starring as the stressed-out Leo Bloom in Brooks' breakout 1967 film "The Producers," and later in the monster movie spoof "Young Frankenstein." He also portrayed a boozing gunslinger in "Blazing Saddles."

For many people, Wilder might be best remembered for "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," playing the mysterious candy tycoon in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl's book.
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