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‘Go Karts,’ ‘100% Wolf’ Head Funding Slate for Screenwest, Screen Australia

New Year funding announcements by Australia’s federal and regional-level film support bodies have allowed the green-lighting of a string of features and documentary films.

Prominent among them is “Go Karts,” a family film about a boy who must overcome difficulties, including his own recklessness, to win a kart championship. The film is directed by Owen Trevor (“Top Gear”) from a script by Steve Worland (“Paper Planes”) and starts production the first half of 2018.

Production is by Jamie Hilton (“Breath”) and Sonia Borella for See Pictures. Executive producers are Joel Pearlman, Michael Pontin, Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman. Roadshow Films will handle distribution in Australia and New Zealand. International sales are by Aqute Media.

The film has funding support of the Western Australian Regional Film Fund (Warff) through Screenwest, and received major production investment from Screen Australia and Screenwest in association with Create Nsw and Spectrum Films.

Screen Australia, Screenwest and Create Nsw, have also come
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Significant Mother

Network: The CWEpisodes: Nine (half-hour)Seasons: OneTV show dates: August 3, 2015 -- October 5, 2015Series status: Cancelled/EndedPerformers include: Josh Zuckerman, Nathaniel Buzolic, Krista Allen, and Jonathan Silverman.TV show description: On this comedy series, the world of budding Portland restaurateur Nate Marlowe (Josh Zuckerman) is turned upside down when he comes back from a business trip to find his lothario best friend and roommate, Jimmy Barnes (Nathaniel Buzolic), is now dating his recently separated mother, Lydia (Krista Allen).Read More…
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Significant Mother: Season One Ratings

A comedy, Significant Mother was initially developed as a digital series for The CW's digital studio, CW Seed, before it was ordered for the broadcast network. Was that a good move? Will it be a hit in the ratings or a flop? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

On Significant Mother, the world of budding Portland restaurateur Nate Marlowe (Josh Zuckerman) is turned upside down when he comes back from a business trip. He finds that his lothario best friend and roommate, Jimmy Barnes (Nathaniel Buzolic), is now dating his recently separated mother, Lydia (Krista Allen).

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning,
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First Look: Denise Richards Plays a 'Notorious Cougar' in CW's New Show Significant Mother

First Look: Denise Richards Plays a 'Notorious Cougar' in CW's New Show Significant Mother
Denise Richards is back on the small screen – this time, playing a "notorious cougar."

Richards, 44, will guest-star in the Aug. 10 episode of the new comedy Significant Mother – and People has the exclusive first look.

Significant Mother tells the story of pals Nate Marlowe (Josh Zuckerman) and Jimmy Barnes (Nathaniel Buzolic, who CW fans should recognize as the deliciously devilish vampire/witch Kol Mikaelson from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals), whose friendship is tested after Jimmy sleeps with Josh's mom Lydia (Krista Allen).

Richards plays Pepper Spinner, described as Lydia's frenemy who goes out with Nate. If these photos are any indication,
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TVLine Items: Tyrant Season 2 Trailer, David Fincher's HBO Series and More

TVLine Items: Tyrant Season 2 Trailer, David Fincher's HBO Series and More
Blood is thicker than water, the old saying goes. But FX’s Tyrant would like to tweak that adage to something much more ominous: “Blood guarantees nothing.”

The cabler has released a trailer for Season 2 of its political drama, starring Adam Rayner as the son of a Middle Eastern ruler who reluctantly returns to his home country amid chaos.

RelatedFX Sets Dates for Married and Tyrant Returns, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

Press Play below for a preview of the sophomore season, in which Rayner’s Bassam must suffer the consequences of planning a coup against his brother.
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McAuliffe takes the indie route

Callan McAuliffe in Beneath The Harvest Sky.

After Callan McAuliffe landed roles in two studio films, Flipped and I Am Number Four, several years ago, the teenager says he naively expected a glittering Hollywood career would ensue.

That.s now how the actor.s career has panned out but he shot four indie movies around the world in the past 18 months, working with Samuel L. Jackson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson.

.I am no A-lister,. the Los Angeles-based McAuliffe, 19, told If today on a visit to Sydney as a national ambassador for Unicef promoting children.s rights. "I would rather be a working actor than a mega-famous star..

.I have to audition for every role but when you get the job, it.s very rewarding. I.ve been very fortunate, with a bit of luck and hard work. I have done some diverse movies, although some are not my type of movie.
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Mahalia Barnes new ambassador for Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers new ambassador: Mahalia Barnes

Weight Watchers has appointed a former contestant of Nine’s The Voice as its new ambassador, with a song recorded for the campaign.

Mahalia Barnes, daughter of Cold Chisel singer Jimmy Barnes, leads the company into the new campaign Everyday Strong, created by Bmf.

Barnes has produced and recorded a song called Counting on You 2013 as part of the campaign. The song features in the TV ad and is available for download on iTunes for $1.69 and through Shazam.

Counting On You – Mahalia Barnes

The appointment is the first local weight-loss ambassador in more than ten years for the company.

The campaign has also landed Barnes on the cover of Woman’s Day with a editorial feature inside, after losing nine kilograms in 10 weeks.

Weight Watchers rival Jenny Craig also has a singing ambassador in former Spice Girl and The X Factor Australia judge Mel B.
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KFC reveals partnership with the Madden Brothers

Fast food giant KFC has revealed its summer campaign will centre on a partnership with the Madden Brothers. The “Good Times” campaign took six months to create and launched last night with a live performance by the Maddens and Jimmy Barnes.

The campaign will roll out across social media and PR with a Tvc component, and will invite Australians to share what they believe makes life in Australia so good. The culmination of the campaign will be a song recorded by the Maddens – both of whom are members of Good Charlotte – and inspired by the images and quotes shared by the public on the KFC Good Times app.

The song will be performed live for the first time at the KFC branded International Twenty20 cricket match at Anz Stadium on Australia Day and will be available to KFC Facebook fans as an exclusive download before going on sale to the general public.
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Star power ranking to be unveiled at Mumbrella360

The results of one of the most detailed pieces of research conducted on how the public feels about a range of more than 700 Australian celebrities and sports stars will be unveiled at Mumbrella360.

The Encore Score conducted research into public attitudes to 738 personalities, charting how widely recognised they are, and how positively or negatively they are perceived.

The project is similar to the Q Score research which takes place in the Us and was previously conducted in Australia, although the methodology for calculating the score takes a different approach.

A total of 2,650 respondents completed the survey. The online survey of the public was conducted by Pure Profile, while analysis and processing has been carried out by research house The Acid Test.

Research such as the Encore Score is one tool that TV programmers, advertising agencies, brands and PRs use when hiring talent and selecting ambassadors.

As well as being revealed at the Mumbrella360 conference,
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Levon Helm among stars to celebrate Amnesty International in song

Toast to Freedom also features contributions from Ewan McGregor, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon and Marianne Faithfull

The late Levon Helm, Ewan McGregor, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin, Rosanne Cash and 43 other acts feature on a new song released by Amnesty International.

Titled Toast to Freedom, the song celebrates Amnesty's 50th anniversary and is being released to mark World Press Freedom Day on Thursday. The initial recording was made at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, before producer Bob Clearmountain sent it to dozens of artists – also including the Blind Boys of Alabama, Donald Fagen, Eric Burdon and Taj Mahal – to add their vocals. It was written by Carl Carlton and Larry Campbell.

The idea for Toast to Freedom was conceived by Bill Shipsey, founder of the Art for Amnesty campaign, his colleague Jochen Wilms and Carlton, who has previously worked with Robert Palmer and Eric Burdon.
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Cold Chisel's Don Walker: 'Steve Prestwich song is personal'

Cold Chisel keyboard player Don Walker has revealed that he felt very emotional when he heard late bandmate Steve Prestwich's recording of a new song after his death last year. Shortly before he passed away last January two weeks after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, Prestwich recorded himself singing a track he wrote called 'I Got Things to Do' as a guide vocal for frontman Jimmy Barnes. Walker told the Courier-Mail that he and bandmates Barnes, Ian Moss and Phil Small were shocked and moved when they heard his voice for the first time. He said: "In retrospect it's no surprise that Steve would have laid down a guide vocal. When he presented songs and we did demos of them, he sang most of them as a guide for Jim or Ian to learn the song. "We forgot all about that and sent the track over to [Us-based
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Cold Chisel's Jimmy Barnes: 'My bandmates are my dearest friends'

Cold Chisel's Jimmy Barnes: 'My bandmates are my dearest friends'
Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes has revealed that he and his bandmates have become much closer since their drummer Steve Prestwich died. In the past year, the Australian band have staged their comeback tour and also recorded their first studio album in 14 years, but Barnes credits Prestwich with making it all happen. Barnes told the Herald Sun: "Steve died and all plans were put on hold. We sat around for a couple of months coming to terms with Steve's death and grieving but I guess we tried to pull something positive out of Steve's death. > Cold Chisel's Jimmy Barnes: 'Bandmate's death taught us to enjoy life'

> Cold Chisel return with new drummer "It really made us realise these guys are my dearest friends - why not spend more time together? Let's not wait for another one of us to die (more)
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Cold Chisel's Jimmy Barnes: 'Bandmate's death taught us to enjoy life'

Cold Chisel's Jimmy Barnes: 'Bandmate's death taught us to enjoy life'
Jimmy Barnes has revealed that it was hard for him to find something "good" out of the death of his Cold Chisel bandmate Steve Prestwich. The Aussie band were planning a comeback album when drummer Prestwich passed away after surgery to remove a brain tumour in 2011. Barnes told The Daily Telegraph: "How do you find something good out of a friend of 40 years dying? "I think the best thing we could take from it was that it took Steve's death to realise we're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time. Let's enjoy each other's playing, let's do it as much as we can." > Cold Chisel to release first new album in 14 years Bandmate Don Walker also said of their reunion Light the Nitro tour last year: "That was a dream tour, as far as coming out the end of it with everybody (more)
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Jimmy Barnes, John Butler, Missy Higgins launch Aussie music campaign

Australian musicians including Missy Higgins and Jimmy Barnes have launched a campaign to help people who have hit hard times. A series of online adverts will be published on YouTube this week to raise awareness of Support Act, a charity that aims to help artists who have medical or financial problems. Other musicians taking part in the campaign include John Butler, The Living End frontman Chris Cheney, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Shannon Noll, Kate Miller-Heidke and James Reyne. Support Act ambassador Josh Pyke told (more)
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Cold Chisel to release first new album in 14 years

Cold Chisel have revealed that they are releasing their first album in 14 years. The Australian band, who are best known for hit song 'Khe Sanh', will pay tribute to their old drummer Steve Prestwich on No Plans after he passed away from a brain tumour in January last year. Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes told the Herald Sun: "The last two years have reminded all of us that sometimes life deals up things you don't expect. "You can't take anything or anyone for granted. Sometimes it's best to have no plans.'' > Cold Chisel launch tour in memory of drummer The record will feature (more)
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Cold Chisel launch tour in memory of drummer

Cold Chisel launch tour in memory of drummer
Cold Chisel have kicked off their two month tour of Australia. The Australian rock band, who are best known for their hit single 'Khe Sanh', said that they want to dedicate all their concerts to former drummer Steve Prestwich, who passed away from a brain tumour in January. After performing in Newcastle last night, frontman Jimmy Barnes told The Daily Telegraph: "Everything we do as a band is sort of a tribute to Steve." He admitted that their two month schedule was "a little bit daunting", but added: "You're running off the energy of the crowd a lot of the time." > Cold Chisel prepare for (more)
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Cold Chisel announce new tour date

Cold Chisel announce new tour date
Cold Chisel have announced that they will be putting on an extra Light the Nitro show in Melbourne. The Australian rock band decided to add a third date at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday, December 9 after the first two performances sold out almost immediately. Tickets to the new concert are on sale today. Last month, Cold Chisel's frontman Jimmy Barnes was ordered by doctors to rest for at least a month after experiencing heart problems. He cancelled his solo tour and is now resting in preparation for the band's tour in (more)
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Cold Chisel singer Jimmy Barnes suffers health scare

Cold Chisel singer Jimmy Barnes suffers health scare
Jimmy Barnes has had a health scare. The 55-year-old Australian rocker, who is best known as the lead singer of 'Khe Sanh' group Cold Chisel, has been ordered by doctors to rest for at least a month after he became ill last week. Barnes had been suffering from flu after his European tour but then started experiencing heart problems, according to the Aap. His upcoming solo tour has now been cancelled. Barnes said: "I hate to cancel shows and over the years I've very rarely done it. Sorry to anyone who's been let down by this but I'll be back on deck in a few weeks time." His singer son David Campbell has now stepped in to replace him (more)
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Cold Chisel prepare for record-breaking release

Cold Chisel prepare for record-breaking release
Cold Chisel are remastering ten of their records. The Australian group, which is best known for hits such as 'Khe Sanh' and 'My Baby', will rework six studio and four live albums, breaking records as the biggest archival release for a band in Australia's music history. The records will include bootleg recordings sourced from private collections of Cold Chisel fans, a 1977 demo of 'Four Walls' and live footage from 1977 onwards. Frontman Jimmy Barnes told The Daily Telegraph: "There are songs and performances we'd completely forgotten about; there were times we said, 'Did we really play that?' Some tracks here we only ever played once or twice and there are demos of songs that turned into (more)
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Good Charlotte collaborate with Jimmy Barnes

Good Charlotte collaborate with Jimmy Barnes
Good Charlotte have collaborated with Jimmy Barnes. The Maryland fivepiece, whose lineup includes twin brothers Benji and Joel Madden, visited Barnes's house in Sydney to write a song together and enjoy an "amazing" meal prepared by the Australian musician's wife Jane. Joel told The Daily Telegraph: "It was the best meal of our life and it was at Jimmy's house. When I grow up I wanna be Jimmy Barnes." Barnes, whose son Jackie is featured playing drums on the track, said of the song: "We wrote it in a few hours, about three. It just flowed. I'll (more)
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