While Tamara speaks to Joel Creasey about the first time Australia will pick its entrant for Eurovision, I got the scoop from Sheppard and Alfie Arcuri on their approaches to song-writing for the annual song contest.
Pop Culture Stories, Thoughts and Press Releases
It's hard to keep up with the world of pop culture, moreso now that I am working full-time again, but here is my page for current articles and reporting, random thoughts on TV, music, movies, etc. Check out TV Week's website and their Instagram account for more, and you’ll usually find something I worked on with WHO on their website.
The last time I spoke with Ryan Eggold, he was still playing Tom Keen on The Blacklist. Now he’s a doc in New Amsterdam, a show that has been a hit in the US and has come to Australia. I also preview the Grammys, which is strange because I’m used to writing about it after the fact!
Adam Hills shares memories from the original run of Spicks and Specks on the eve of a reunion special.
My last sets of Back Chats! Check out my interviews with Rachael Blake, Todd McKenney, Steve Kilbey and Craig Reucassel, not to mention a shout-out to Vaaaanjie.
Anytime I can champion more diversity in the magazine is a good thing, and this week, it's a chat with Michael Hing, whose documentary series Where Are You Really From? tackles head on the "double from" question many Asian Americans and Asian Australians have encountered. From there, I talked to MKR judge Manu Feildel about his menu for the Hoyts Lux movie experience. In the issue on stands with the June 25 cover date, I spoke to John Cameron Mitchell, the pioneer behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for the Soundtrack of My Life feature, and took a look at the final four on The Voice.
I have interviewed Delta Goodrem often during my time (so far) in Australia but never for a cover. This May, Delta had a miniseries, Seven's biopic Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted to You, and a regular gig, Nine's The Voice, along with an album of Olivia covers, all hitting the same time. She spoke with ease and candor. Although the cover line may have emphasised newsy beats of the moment, Delta was nonetheless complimentary in a reply to my tweet thanking her for her time. Her response was unexpected but really sweet and generous. In addition to the online story, you can read the print interview in the WHO tab of the Telling Stories section on the site. Following the Delta cover is my short take on fave show Aggretsuko, which you can also find under my Shameless Plus tab, and interviews with Marcia Hines and Myf Warhurst.
I got to do a quick review of Avengers: Infinity War this week, which came before editing WHO's pick-up of EW's amazing Marvel Cinematic Universe package for next week's issue. Also, spoke to blues legend Robert Cray and got to set up the upcoming fourth season of The Bachelorette and tease the next episode of MKR. Rarely do I get a chance to do a pop-culture list, but when asked to do an Avengers-themed post, I enjoyed writing about The 10 Most Badass Women of the MCU.
I had no idea how fun it would be to talk to Men at Work's Colin Hay. He has had a long residency at LA's Largo (old and new locations) and is such an insightful, witty guy. He indulges me in a Soundtrack of My Life interview. I also have I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here's host Julia Morris for a Last Word.
Anyone who knows me knows I adore Ben Folds, so it was great to talk to him on the eve of his Paper Aeroplane Tour and then actually see him at the Sydney Opera House, complete with surprise guest Tim Minchin. Here is the chat, followed by some pics from the night we caught his show, and if I can work it properly, a video, too.
The fun part about a Year-End issue is getting a chance to follow up with stars you met/spoke to earlier and ones you wanted to speak to. Included here are my items on Sophie Monk, Jimmy Barnes, Lisa Wilkinson, Casey Donovan and Rob Collins. I also spoke to the incredible Bria Vinaite of The Florida Project and offered my review of Twin Peaks: The Return.
A solo project and a welcome-home tour for Jet frontman Nic Cester.
I really enjoyed speaking with singer Fergie for the Soundtrack of My Life feature. The rest here are write-ups and recaps.
Sometimes it's the little items that make you happy. You could even say it fills up your senses.
In a showdown between two soulful voices on July 3, Team Delta's Judah Kelly earned more votes than Team Boy George's Hoseah Partsch and was crowned the season 6 champ of 'The Voice Australia.' I caught up with the winner the next day, and my interview can be read here.
Living in Australia makes me see just how unique the Great White Way is to America, but I love the exuberance of it nonetheless!
Always a good thing to get in a Soundtrack of My Life feature!
Outside of the Casey Donovan and Eurovision Diary features in the May 29 issue, here are other items I reported. With Isabel and Kellan, I interviewed them in a video set-up — so strange for this print reporter!