Newstopia was an Australian half-hour satirical comedy programme hosted by Shaun Micallef. The first series premiered at 10:00 pm on SBS TV on 10 October 2007 and concluded on 3 December 2007. A second season began on 27 February 2008 and concluded on 30 April 2008. A third season of the show screened from 1 October to 3 December 2008; the show was developed by Micallef, Gary McCaffrie, Michael Ward and Jason Stephens, with McCaffrie and Ward working as writers on the programme. A fourth series in 2009 was planned, but cancelled due to production clashes with Talkin"Bout Your Generation; the show's contributors include Matt Cameron, Doug MacLeod, Dave O'Neil, Tony Moclair and Richard Marsland. The show is presented with Shaun Micallef acting as anchor; the program begins with a statement by Micallef about history and/or news and their relation to the show. The rest of the program features segments detailing factual events, but told from a humorous or satirical angle. Like much of Micallef's earlier work, the humor depicted is surrealism and some social satire.
The program has several fictional commercial advertisements placed throughout the real commercial breaks, dressed up to appear as authentic SBS commercials. Because these commercials are fictional creations of Newstopia, for the first two seasons, SBS broadcast them with the SBS watermark in the bottom right corner, whereas genuine commercials did not show the watermark. Starting in the third season, the show removed the SBS watermark during the fictional commercial advertisements; the show features subliminally parodies of Pope Benedict XVI by supplanting his image with one of Nosferatu—long enough to be noticed, but not long enough for the viewer to have a concrete idea of what they had just seen. Shaun Micallef Ben Anderson Nicholas Bell Julie Eckersley Miyuki Watanabe Peter Houghton Kat Stewart Imat Akelo-Opio Ed Kavalee Roz Hammond Les Murray Bob Franklin Daina Reid Lee Lin Chin Francis Greenslade Barry Jones Tony Martin Anton Enus Chris Taylor Andrew Hansen Following the conclusion of each episode's initial broadcast, the Newstopia website featured a web stream of the current week's episode.
This was only available for 7 days, only to Australian residents, after which it was taken down and replaced by the latest broadcast. International visitors were blocked by an IP blocker. A guestbook was available for commenting on the newest episode. CNNNN The Daily Show Rick Mercer Report This Hour Has 22 Minutes The Beaverton Hot Seat Real Time with Bill Maher Newstopia SBS TV program Website Newstopia on IMDb Newstopia at TV.com
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell is an Australian comedy news television program hosted by Shaun Micallef. The show first aired on ABC at 8:00 pm on Friday, 25 May 2012; the show was named as Most Outstanding Comedy Program at the Logie Awards of 2016. Its title is a reference to the 1976 American satirical black comedy-drama film Network. While Micallef hosts the program, a number of other cast members appear as a variety of characters. Shaun Micallef Francis Greenslade Roz Hammond Tosh Greenslade Emily Taheny Stephen Hall Veronica Milsom Nicholas Bell Molly Daniels Ming-Zhu Hii The program was commissioned without a pilot and the first season of 10 episodes screened from May to July 2012; the show was renewed for a second series of 12 episodes which aired in 2013. A third was announced in January 2014 and consisted of 10 episodes, shown weekly from 12 February 2014. A fourth series premiered in the same year on 24 September 2014 and the fifth series premiered on 11 February 2015. A sixth season debuted on 11 May 2016.
The show's seventh season commenced on 21 June 2017. An eighth season debuted on 31 January 2018, with a ninth season running from September 2018. A tenth season was confirmed for July 2019 by Micallef on twitter. Newstopia Official website Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell on IMDb
Shaun Patrick Micallef is an Australian actor and writer. After ten years of working in insurance law as a solicitor in Adelaide, Micallef moved to Melbourne to pursue a full-time comedy career in 1993, he first gained recognition as a cast member of the sketch comedy show Full Frontal, which led to a number of television roles including his own sketch show, The Micallef Pogram, the sitcom Welcher & Welcher and the variety show Micallef Tonight. He fronted the satirical news comedy series Newstopia on SBS, hosted the game show Talkin"Bout Your Generation on Network Ten for four seasons, Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell on the ABC, he co-created and starred in Mr & Mrs Murder on Network Ten. In addition to his television work Micallef has appeared on stage, most notably in the Australian production of Boeing Boeing and on radio as the co-host of Melbourne station Vega 91.5 FM's morning program. He is a published author with three books: Smithereens and The President's Desk. Micallef was born in Adelaide, South Australia, is of Maltese and Irish descent.
His father worked for a company that sold parts for Volvos and his mother was employed at the Adelaide Bank. As a child, Micallef lived in Clovelly Park and attended St Bernadette's School in St Marys St Joseph's Catholic School in Mitchell Park before moving on to Sacred Heart Senior College where he was the College Captain. Micallef studied law at the University of Adelaide, where he was involved in comedy revues involving Francis Greenslade and Gary McCaffrie, with whom he continues to work. Shaun Micallef was influenced by The Goons, Peter Sellers, Marx Brothers, S. J. Perelman, James Thurber, Spike Milligan, Barry Humphries, Frank Muir, Monty Python, Woody Allen. In 1972, having three younger sisters taking ballet classes, ten-year-old Micallef was asked to help out when a dance routine required a boy; the following year he auditioned for the Bunyip Children's Theatre and over the next four years participated in plays that they performed in the Scott Theatre during school holidays. In 1976 he doubled for Humphrey B.
Bear for personal appearances. Micallef was a practising solicitor for ten years in the field of insurance law before making the decision to move to Melbourne and pursue a full-time career in comedy in 1993, he relates the story that, while working as a solicitor, he talked so much about making a career change and becoming a comedian that his wife Leandra gave him an ultimatum: she marked a date on a calendar and told him to quit his job and become a comedian by that date or never talk about it again. Following early TV appearances on Theatre Sports and The Big Gig, in early 1993 Micallef was offered a job writing for the Jimeoin show, soon followed by an offer to write for the sketch comedy show Full Frontal where six months he took on the role as co-producer with Gary McCaffrie. In 1994, Micallef became a full-time cast member of Full Frontal, where he became well known for characters such as Milo Kerrigan, Nobby Doldrums and a send-up of Italian male model Fabio. Micallef recalls that the show was a good introduction to television comedy because, with an ensemble cast, its success did not hinge on his performance and he had more freedom to make and learn from mistakes.
However, he was frustrated with the lack of control he had over his work in the series as well as the repetition of characters and gags. Micallef's role on Full Frontal led to a 1996 special Shaun Micallef's World Around Him and three seasons of the two-time Logie Award-winning ABC series The Micallef Program, which he co-wrote and produced with long-time writing partner Gary McCaffrie. Since the series' end he has created and starred in two short-lived television series, the sitcom Welcher & Welcher and the variety show Micallef Tonight, devised a series of telemovies, BlackJack. Micallef has had acting roles in the television series SeaChange, Through My Eyes and Offspring as well as supporting roles in the films Bad Eggs, The Honourable Wally Norman, The Extra and The King. In 2006, he was a recurring guest on the Network Ten Improvisational theatre show Thank God You're Here. In 2007, along with partners McCaffrie and Michael Ward, Micallef developed the satirical comedy program Newstopia, which he hosted.
The show began airing on 10 October 2007 on SBS and in August 2008 it was announced that a third series had been commissioned. In 2009, Micallef joined the Ten Network and hosted Talkin"Bout Your Generation, which aired for four seasons. In 2012, Micallef began hosting ABC1's Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, he co-created Mr & Mrs Murder, a crime comedy television series for Channel Ten which aired in 2013, starred in the lead role of Charlie Buchanan alongside Kat Stewart. That year, Micallef signed on to voice the artificially intelligent robot REEF in the Australian feature length science fiction film Arrowhead. In September 2005, Micallef began hosting the breakfast show "Shaun and Denise" on Melbourne radio station Vega 91.5 FM with comedian Denise Scott and television presenter Beverley O'Connor. In July 2006, comedian Dave O'Neil took over as host and the show was renamed "Dave and Denise with Shaun Micallef". Micallef left the network on 23 November 2007. Micallef released a book, published in 2004 and contains a collection of prose and plays.
He describes it as a collection of "all sorts of bits and pieces I have written". His second book, a novella titled Preincarnate, was released in 2010. In October 2014, Micallef released his third book, The Pres
SeaChange is an Australian television program that ran for 39 episodes from 1998 to 2000 on the ABC. It was created by Andrew Knight and Deborah Cox and starred Sigrid Thornton, David Wenham, William McInnes, John Howard, Tom Long, Kerry Armstrong; the director was Michael Carson. Laura Gibson, a high-flying city lawyer, is prompted to undergo a'seachange' with her children Rupert and Miranda after her husband is arrested for fraud and is found to have had an affair with her sister. Laura becomes the magistrate for the small coastal town of Pearl Bay. With its many colourful characters, the town is isolated from the rest of the world since the local bridge was destroyed in one of the natural disasters common to Pearl Bay. Although they miss the city, the family comes to love the town and its people and spend more quality time with each other. Starring: Sigrid Thornton as Laura Gibson David Wenham as Daniel Della Bosca: Diver Dan owns the local cafe/boat-shed, he is a red-headed fisherman who soon becomes Laura's love interest.
William McInnes as Max Connors: A foreign correspondent who comes back to his hometown to enjoy the final days of his wife Elana's life there. She dies shortly after his arrival. Laura befriends him and romantic tensions develop. John Howard as Bob Jelly: The Mayor of Pearl Bay and local real estate agent, Bob has a reputation for sneaky and illegal business deals which backfire. Kerry Armstrong as Heather Jelly: Bob Jelly's loyal, affectionate wife. Armstrong proposed a change to the dynamic of the Jelly family, suggesting that they should love each other if the rest of the town despised them. In alphabetical order: Bruce Alexander as Sergeant Graham Grey Kate Atkinson as Karen Miller Alan Cassell as Harold Fitzwalter: Harold is the ex-Magistrate in Pearl Bay and is Meredith's lover. Together they had a child. In the series they discover their daughter lives in Pearl Bay, is a well-known figure in the town. Paul English as Jack Gibson Patrick Dickson as Jack Gibson Jill Forster as Meredith Monahan: Meredith runs the town's hotel and restaurant.
She is locally renowned for her excellent memory of faces, dates and events decades later. Alice Garner as Carmen'Lois Lane' Blake Kevin Harrington as Kevin Findlay Tom Long as Angus Kabiri Christopher Lyons as Trevor Findlay Cassandra Magrath as Miranda Gibson Kane McNay as Rupert Gibson Georgina Naidu as Phrani Gupta Cameron Nugent as Craig Jelly Bryony Price as Jules Jelly Brett Swain as Griff In the opening episode, "Something Rich and Strange", we are introduced to Laura Gibson, a high-flying corporate lawyer. In one day, her life falls apart: she loses out on a partnership at work, discovers that her husband has been arrested for fraud and that her sister Trudi is having an affair with him. On a whim, she takes a job as a magistrate in the small seaside town of Pearl Bay, where she once had a holiday with her family during happier times. In Pearl Bay, she meets a cast of colourful characters: Meredith Monahan, the woman who can remember every single event that has happened in town during her lifetime.
While Laura's children and Miranda, struggle to get used to their new life, Laura attempts to fit in, despite their run-down house and the eccentric court cases. Both helping and hindering her is Diver Dan, the enigmatic cafe owner/ferryman/chef with no ambition but a curious and colourful past, with whom she soon strikes up a relationship; the first series ends with a series of climaxes involving Carmen's pregnancy, the discovery of Meredith and Harold's long-lost daughter. After a successful first series of 13 episodes, the ABC asked for more. David Wenham opted not to renew his contract, so, two episodes into the second series, Diver Dan leaves Pearl Bay for the Galapagos Islands. In his place comes old friend Max Connors and wife Elena. Max has much to deal with leaving his family, his wife's sudden death stuns the town. Storm damage in the aftermath of the first series means that Pearl Bay goes through serious trauma and things only get worse. Alison Whyte guest stars as a con artist who gets the better of Bob, of the whole town.
Heather bonds with her parents. Rupert's determination to get Laura back together with her ex-husband only meets with disaster. In the series, the town begins to specualte about Max and Laura's relationship, the resulting confusion brings them closer. Bucket's dog Alfonzo Dominico Jones dies mysteriously and a swimming pool is named after him, in preference to the planned name, the'Jelly Baby Bath', named after Pearl Bay's aforementioned mayor; the ABC commissioned a third series. In the third series, the events of the show reach their climax. Laura decides not to take the step in her relationship with Max, propelling a despondent Max into Carmen's arms. An in-denial Laura turns to the dull Warwick. Heather and Bob's separation is followed by his political demise. Meredith's health takes a turn for the worse. Mark Mitchell guest star
A feature film or theatrical film is a film with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program. The term feature film referred to the main, full-length film in a cinema program that included a short film and a newsreel; the notion of how long a feature film should be has varied according to place. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute, a feature film runs for at least 45 minutes, while the Screen Actors Guild asserts that a feature's running time is 75 minutes or longer. Most feature films are between 210 minutes long; the first narrative feature film was the 60-minute The Story of the Kelly Gang. The first -feature-length adaptation was Les Misérables. Other early feature films include The Inferno, Defence of Sevastopol, Quo Vadis?, Oliver Twist, Richard III, From the Manger to the Cross and Cleopatra. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, the British Film Institute all define a feature as a film with a running time of 2,700 seconds or longer.
The Centre National de la Cinématographie in France defines it as a 35 mm film longer than 1,600 metres, 58 minutes and 29 seconds for sound films, the Screen Actors Guild gives a minimum running time of at least 75 minutes. The term feature film came into use to refer to the main film presented in a cinema and the one, promoted or advertised; the term was used to distinguish the longer film from the short films presented before the main film, such as newsreels, animated cartoons, live-action comedies, documentaries. There was no sudden increase in the running times of films to the present-day definitions of feature-length. Early features had been produced in the United States and France, but were released in individual scenes; this left exhibitors the option of playing them alone, to view an incomplete combination of some films, or to run them all together as a short film series. Early features were documentary-style films of noteworthy events; some of the earliest feature-length productions were films of boxing matches, such as The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight, Reproduction Of The Corbett-Jeffries Fight, The Jeffries-Sharkey Fight.
Some consider the 100-minute The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight to be the first documentary feature film, but it is more characterized as a sports program as it included the full unedited boxing match. In 1900, the documentary film In the Army was made, it was about the training techniques of the British soldier. Inauguration of the Australian Commonwealth ran for 35 minutes, "six times longer than any previous Australian film", has been called "possibly the first feature-length documentary made in Australia"; the American company S. Lubin released a Passion Play titled Lubin's Passion Play in January 1903 in 31 parts, totaling about 60 minutes; the French company Pathé Frères released a different Passion Play, The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ, in May 1903 in 32 parts running about 44 minutes. Defined by length, the first dramatic feature film was the Australian 70-minute film The Story of the Kelly Gang; the first European feature was the 90-minute film L'Enfant prodigue, although, an unmodified record of a stage play.
The first Russian feature was Defence of Sevastopol in 1911. Early Italian features were The Inferno, Quo Vadis?, The Last Days of Pompeii, Cabiria. The first UK features were the documentary With Our King and Queen Through India, filmed in Kinemacolor and Oliver Twist; the first American features were adaptations of Oliver Twist, From the Manger to the Cross and Richard III. The latter starring actor Frederick Warde starred in some of these movie adaptations; the first Asian feature was Japan's The Life Story of Tasuke Shiobara, the first Indian feature was Raja Harishchandra, the first South American feature was Brazil's O Crime dos Banhados, the first African feature was South Africa's Die Voortrekkers. 1913 saw China's first feature film, Zhang Shichuan's Nan Fu Nan Qi. By 1915 over 600 feature films were produced annually in the United States, it is incorrectly cited that The Birth of a Nation was the first American feature film. The most prolific year of U. S. feature production was 1921, with 682 releases.
Between 1922 and 1970, the U. S. and Japan alternated as leaders in the quantity of feature film production. Since 1971, the country with the highest feature output has been India, which produces a thousand films in more than twelve Indian languages each year. In 1927, Warner Bros. released the first feature-length film with sound, The Jazz Singer, whose audio track was recorded with a proprietary technology called Vitaphone. The film's success persuaded other studios to go to the considerable expense of adding microphones to their sets, scramble to start producing their own "talkies". One of the next major advancements made in movie production was color film. Before color was a possibility in movies, early film makers were interested in how color could enhance their stories. Early technique
An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film and television; the analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art. In ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval world, the time of William Shakespeare, only men could become actors, women's roles were played by men or boys. After the English Restoration of 1660, women began to appear on stage in England. In modern times in pantomime and some operas, women play the roles of boys or young men. After 1660 in England, when women first started to appear on stage, the terms actor or actress were used interchangeably for female performers, but influenced by the French actrice, actress became the used term for women in theater and film.
The etymology is a simple derivation from actor with -ess added. When referring to groups of performers of both sexes, actors is preferred. Actor is used before the full name of a performer as a gender-specific term. Within the profession, the re-adoption of the neutral term dates to the post-war period of the 1950 and'60s, when the contributions of women to cultural life in general were being reviewed; when The Observer and The Guardian published their new joint style guide in 2010, it stated "Use for both male and female actors. The guide's authors stated that "actress comes into the same category as authoress, manageress,'lady doctor','male nurse' and similar obsolete terms that date from a time when professions were the preserve of one sex.". "As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper:'An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything.'" The UK performers' union Equity has no policy on the use of "actor" or "actress". An Equity spokesperson said that the union does not believe that there is a consensus on the matter and stated that the "...subject divides the profession".
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times stated that "Actress" remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients. With regard to the cinema of the United States, the gender-neutral term "player" was common in film in the silent film era and the early days of the Motion Picture Production Code, but in the 2000s in a film context, it is deemed archaic. However, "player" remains in use in the theatre incorporated into the name of a theatre group or company, such as the American Players, the East West Players, etc. Actors in improvisational theatre may be referred to as "players". In 2015, Forbes reported that "...just 21 of the 100 top-grossing films of 2014 featured a female lead or co-lead, while only 28.1% of characters in 100 top-grossing films were female...". "In the U. S. there is an "industry-wide in salaries of all scales. On average, white women get paid 78 cents to every dollar a white man makes, while Hispanic women earn 56 cents to a white male's dollar, Black women 64 cents and Native American women just 59 cents to that."
Forbes' analysis of US acting salaries in 2013 determined that the "...men on Forbes' list of top-paid actors for that year made 21/2 times as much money as the top-paid actresses. That means that Hollywood's best-compensated actresses made just 40 cents for every dollar that the best-compensated men made." The first recorded case of a performing actor occurred in 534 BC when the Greek performer Thespis stepped onto the stage at the Theatre Dionysus to become the first known person to speak words as a character in a play or story. Prior to Thespis' act, Grecian stories were only expressed in song, in third person narrative. In honor of Thespis, actors are called Thespians; the male actors in the theatre of ancient Greece performed in three types of drama: tragedy and the satyr play. Western theatre developed and expanded under the Romans; the theatre of ancient Rome was a thriving and diverse art form, ranging from festival performances of street theatre, nude dancing, acrobatics, to the staging of situation comedies, to high-style, verbally elaborate tragedies.
As the Western Roman Empire fell into decay through the 4th and 5th centuries, the seat of Roman power shifted to Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire. Records show that mime, scenes or recitations from tragedies and comedies and other entertainments were popular. From the 5th century, Western Europe was plunged into a period of general disorder. Small nomadic bands of actors traveled around Europe throughout the period, performing wherever they could find an audience. Traditionally, actors were not of high status. Early Middle Ages actors were denounced by the Church during the Dark Ages, as they were viewed as dangerous and pagan. In many parts of Europe, traditional beliefs of the region and time period meant actors could not receive a Christian burial. In the Early Middle Ages, churches in Europe began staging dramatized versions of biblical events. By the middle of the 11th century, liturgical drama had spread from Russia to Scandinavia