Posted: July 2nd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME!, Culture | Tags: Czech Republic, Lamb of God, Randy Blythe, Twitter | Comments Off
Authorities in the Czech Republic say they have have arrested an American rock singer in connection with the death of a fan at a concert in Prague in 2010. Randy Blythe of the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band Lamb of God has reportedly been accused of pushing a fan off the stage.
The 19-year-old fan hit the concrete floor and died of his injuries two weeks later. According to reports, the fan had repeatedly tried to climb onto the stage before allegedly being pushed by Mr Blythe and hitting the concrete floor. A post-mortem examination reportedly found that he had not been drunk or under the influence of drugs. He died 14 days later of his injuries, said Czech TV station TV Nova.
Blythe, 44, will reportedly be released on bail on Monday :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 8th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cult of Celebrity, Media, Socially Engineerd | Tags: A Night With The Stars, Alison Stephenson, American Express, Blackberry, Blackmores, Bunnings, Channel 7, Coles, Fantastic Furniture, Ford Australia, Harvey Norman, Holiday Inn, Kyle Sandilands, Lexus, Magda Szubanski, McDonalds, Seven Network, Southern Cross Austereo, Target, Telstra, The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Vodafone, Volkswagen | 1 Comment »
It seems the exodus of money has finally quietened Kyle Sandilands? The enormous mouth of the kiwi radio personality has churned out some rubbish in it’s time. Sandilands has been pulled from the air more than once in his radio career, after several absolutely shameful tongue lashings: ”Magda Szubanski would lose more weight in a concentration camp” and then of course there was the moral high Sandilands reached when a 14 year old girl who he’d had hooked up to a lie detector revealed she was raped when she was 12. Sandilands latest on-air rant against journalist Alison Stephenson has perhaps woken the impresario? His rant in November triggered an online petition calling for major sponsors to withdraw their support for his radio show, owned and run by Southern Cross Austereo. Coles, Bunnings, Vodafone, McDonald’s, Ford and others were among the first to announce their decision to boycott the 2DayFM host. Sandilands said he regretted that his staff had to “bear the brunt” of his actions. READ MORE
Posted: December 5th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cinema, Culture, Digital Media, Favorite New Thought, Media, Mobile Media | Tags: Chris Kelly, Hooman Khalili, Independent Film, Independent Movie, kickstarter, Nokia N8, Olive, Olive The Movie, Smartphone | Comments Off
Getting a clue is often the first stumbling block for creatives, all the skill in the world is next to useless without a great idea. Hooman Khalili first got the idea to make a feature film shot entirely on a smartphone in January 2010. A little less than two years later, his film Olive, shot on a Nokia N8, is going to be shown in a Los Angeles theatre for a week. The film simply put is about a little girl that transforms the lives of three people without speaking one word. The movie stars two time Academy Award nominated actress Gena Rowlands (The Notebook, A Woman Under the Influence). While it all sounds too simple, it wasn’t, the impressive inventiveness from techs shines through in the quality of this flick. The movie was shot using the Nokia N8′s 12-megapixel camera and a customized 35mm lens adapter – attached with double-sided tape. The mobility of the phone also made for a shallow depth of field and easier maneuvering. Khalili attached the N8 to ladders, remote control helicopters, and motorcycles to capture some of the shots in the film. READ MORE
Posted: December 4th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cult of Celebrity, Socially Engineerd | Tags: Extradition, Julian Assange, Socially Engineered, Supreme Court Appeal, Wikileaks | Comments Off
Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has won a last-ditch legal bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden next week. Two British judges have ruled that Mr Assange can ask the Supreme Court to consider his appeal against extradition. Swedish authorities want to question the 40-year-old over accusations of sexual assault made by two former female WikiLeaks volunteers during a visit to the country last year. Assange insists the allegations are politically motivated and has voiced concerns that he will inevitably end up in the hands of the United States. The British judges have ruled that Julian Assange’s case is of general public importance, but the Supreme Court could still refuse to hear his case.
Posted: December 4th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cult of Celebrity, Media, Socially Engineerd, They Said What? | Tags: A Night With The Stars, Alison Stephenson, American Express, Blackberry, Blackmores, Bunnings, Channel 7, Coles, Fantastic Furniture, Ford Australia, Harvey Norman, Holiday Inn, Kyle Sandilands, Lexus, Magda Szubanski, McDonalds, Seven Network, Southern Cross Austereo, Target, Telstra, The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Vodafone, Volkswagen | Comments Off
It seems even without Sandilands around the exodus of money hasn’t slowed at radio network Austrereo? That beast that is Kyle Sandilands, may be on his summer break, but it hasn’t stopped advertisers from extending their boycott of his breakfast radio show. In a new blow to Southern Cross Austereo, at least 15 major brands have pledged to not advertise on any of Sandilands’s programs in 2012. Some of big brand names including Coles, Bunnings, Vodafone, McDonald’s, Ford and Blackmores said their boycott of the 2Day FM host would extend into next year. The Sandilands debacle started after a female journalist wrote a review of Seven’s Kyle and Jackie O television show which aired on November 21. The following morning Sandilands launched into an on-air attack of the News Ltd journalist. A statement released by Australian grocery behemoth Coles, on the Change.org website Tuesday said: “Our very clear position in relation to the offensive and inappropriate comments made by Kyle Sandilands remains that we are not and will not advertise on programs hosted by him.” The gorgeous Jackie O must be wondering who she’s going to be sat next to in the new year? READ MORE
Posted: November 30th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art + About, Culture, Favorite New Thought | Tags: ART, Art News, Artist, Craig MacDonald, Gallery Opening, Kick Gallery, Melbourne, Memento, Montalto Sculpture Prize, Sculptor | Comments Off
Award winning sculptor Craig MacDonald has a show running at Kick Gallery ‘Memento‘ This latest show follows on from his 2010 exhibition ‘Rocket Science‘. Mr MacDonald works are standout, his works live so well in three dimensions it’s hard to flatten the descriptives to words, except perhaps to say wow, they are seriously inspired. His use of bronze is cleverly hidden by an overlay of pure originality. Each piece in this show is so filled with imagination and exquisite craft that one finds several views are still not adequate. MacDonalds’ show runs until December 10.
In February this year, MacDonald was awarded the Montalto Sculpture Prize. MacDonald received the $20,000 award ahead of a strong field of other significant recognised Australian sculptors. The winning work ‘Witness’ was described by Montalto as “‘Hovering just above the surface of the ground, Witness appears as if from another time – aged and totem like, its presence and movement is a reminder that time is not static and what has been seen before can be witnessed again” Witness is on display at the ‘Memento‘ exhibition. Read the full article »»»»