Theatre

All Men Are Liars

Feeling is not the same as thinking

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Sam de Brito People now say 'I feel' something to be true rather than 'I think'. It's telling.

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Big bang

Explosive auction promises to be a blast

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Anyone with deep pockets and a bent to blow up a building can bid for the chance to push the button on a 14-story building in Christchurch.

The spectrum

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Sam de Brito The more brawny professional footballers and bird-bodied hipster dudes I meet, the more impressed I am by the spectrum of masculinity that exists in this country ...

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First jobs

Before they were famous

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Starting out... Jon Stewart was puppeteer, Hugh Jackman a party clown, and Brad Pitt a limo driver for strippers.

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No. 7

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Sam de Brito Earlier this year, I rejoined my old surf club after two years in the badlands of Sydney's northern beaches and was issued with a new locker ...

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Depressingly popular

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Sam de Brito People like you more when you're depressed. I'll qualify that statement and say people "like you more as an abstraction" - as someone they can talk about at a distance, but they'd rather not hang...

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Dance moves

A break from reality

Tim Elliott

At the age of 41, hip-hop novice Tim Elliot goes back to basics and unleashes his inner boogie.

Riding waves

All revved up with everywhere to go

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He made his name with the irreverent Mambo surfwear brand he co-founded in the 1980s, but to Dare Jennings, the surf culture was always more than just riding waves.

Less 'kultcha', more creativity

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Steve Dow The international presence and profile of Australian culture has faded at a huge cost to the nation.

Intense training

No guts, no glory

A scene from The Pacific.

Michael Idato A retired US Marine captain tells Michael Idato how he shaped actors into soldiers.

Money, money, money

Power plays

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the film Wall Street.

Jessica Irvine Neither a borrower nor a lender be ... instead watch the drama that unfolds around such acts of avarice when writers mine the global financial crisis for material, writes Jessica Irvine.

Rock legend

Mental in a good way

Reg Mombassa.

Andrew West Andrew West meets the artist and rock legend formally known as Chris O'Doherty.

Brand expansion

Rolling Stone magazine to launch restaurant, lounge

A Rolling Stone magazine cover.

Music magazine Rolling Stone is getting into the food business, announcing plans to launch a themed restaurant chain.

Cat tales

Rich man, paw man

Jim Davis with his character Garfield.

Helena de Bertodano Sarcastic, slovenly Garfield - the world's most popular cat - is the creation of a man who couldn't be more cheerful or industrious. Jim Davis talks about the ginger tom that saved his life.

Culture

Double or nothing

Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward

She thinks he's a hard taskmaster; he describes her as untamed. After 25 years of marriage, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown are still a combustible couple.

The feeling's still good

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Patrick Donovan Blind guitarist and singer Jose Feliciano is determined not to get stuck in an old groove.

All roads lead to breakfast

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Sue Bennett The Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to be turned into a giant cafe seating 20,000 for breakfast.

From screen to stage, a moving feast

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Andrew Murfett Andrew Murfett meets The Chaser boys before a recent performance in Geelong.

Shuck Value

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Richard Cornish A theatrical opening in two halves, with plenty of drama - our rekindled love affair with the oyster.

Wrestling Hamlet

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Elissa Blake Playing the dark prince has scared actor-writer-director Brendan Cowell sober.