Search Results: celebrity death

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Childlike wonder redeems inscrutable Houdini

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 March 2008

    Tough times call for tough measures — the McGarvie women comprise a single-parent family in a male-dominated society, so you can hardly blame them for making a living the best way they can. Houdini is all charm and showmanship, with hidden depths and dark secrets.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Chaser's Just War on celebrity worship

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 October 2007
    11 Comments

    The Chaser's 'Eulogy' was less about the celebrities whose deaths it celebrated, than it was about public perceptions of those celebrities. The desire to puncture the 'cult of celebrity' is a major plank in the Chaser's War.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Grieving at Amazon.com

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 18 May 2007
    7 Comments

    We can only imagine the shelves of an online bookshop to be dustless. But this does not preclude the very real presence of the spirit of a close relative who died two decades before the Internet took hold.

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  • RELIGION

    Jon Sobrino and the Vatican judgment

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 April 2007
    16 Comments

    It is too early to explore the reasons for and the justice of the Vatican criticism of Jon Sobrino’s theology. But such judgments also affect human lives. So it may be useful to set this event in the context of the relationship between the Basque born theologian and the El Salvador to which he has committed his working life.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The myth of belonging masks our insecurity

    • Colin Long
    • 02 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The Prime Minister has used myths surrounding Gallipoli and racial politics to tap into our felt, but barely understood, craving for belonging. The tenuous nature of our sense of community make us susceptible to the fear campaigns that have dominated Australian politics over the past decade.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Rocky takes on the beasts within

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 February 2007

    Four lacklustere sequels and countless parodies and rip-offs have marred Rocky's reputation. Arriving 17 years after the previous incarnation, the sixth and final installment represents much more than a simple return to form.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Consolations of Biography

    • Peter Rose
    • 08 July 2006

    Peter Rose on writing Rose Boys.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Siobhan Jackson, Brett Evans, Morag Fraser, Marcelle Mogg, Allan James Thomas
    • 06 July 2006

    Reviews of the films About Schmidt; Standing in the Shadows of Motown; Taking Sides; Chicago and Bowling for Columbine.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Beyond the frame

    • Peter Davis
    • 26 June 2006

    Manipulating images: from the real to the ideal

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Annelise Balsamo, Gordon Lewis, Juliette Hughes
    • 24 June 2006

    Reviews of the films Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle; Autofocus; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and A Mighty Wind.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Whodunnit

    • Juliette Hughes
    • 07 June 2006

    If economic rationalism has hit Australia hard, with the widening gap between rich and poor, the damage I’ve seen in my birth country has been far worse.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Basil Hume: Spiritual celebrity in secular Britain

    • Michael Ashby
    • 29 May 2006

    Basil Hume died as one of the most respected religious figures of the twentieth century.  He was able to balance London and Rome without losing local liberals, or incurring curial and papal ire.   

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