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FILM 101 – MAN OF STEEL™ SOARS TO #1 AT THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE

Superman fans have given “Man of Steel” the tick of approval making it the number one film at the Australian box office. “Man of Steel” grossed over $9.4 million nationwide from Wednesday to Sunday.

The film has also earned more than $500 million worldwide, with some major international markets still to open. “Man of Steel” opened at the top of the box office in the U.S. and Canada, with the biggest June release ever. The film is still to open in Brazil and Japan.

The film’s Aussie success comes off the back of stars Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and director Zack Snyder’s recent visit to Sydney to promote the blockbuster.

Locals can also still get a glimpse of Superman’s costume which is on display at The Galeries in Sydney’s CBD until the 12thof July.

Synopsis: From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill (“Immortals,” TV’s “The Tudors”) in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”).

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”) and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.” The film will be released in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX®, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Website – http://manofsteel.warnerbros.com/index.html

Check out Sydney Social’s coverage on the ‘black carpet’ here and our review of the Man of Steel here.

Social Spy** REKORDERLIG CIDER AND DARK MOFO – OPENING WEEKEND

Premium Swedish Rekorderlig Cider partnered up with Dark Mofo at this year’s festival, to help celebrate the dark and winter solstice. The opening weekend kicked off with chilly Tasmanian evenings and there was nothing better than warming up with a glass of Winter Cider served mulled-wine style, encouraging cider lovers to relish in Rekorderlig’s ‘Beautifully Swedish’ way of life.

With the bar situated in between MAC 1 and MAC 2, the Rekorderlig Winter Forest was the perfect go-between for visitors who wanted to experience the artistic extravagance, such as Ryoji Ikeda’s SPECTRA and Daniel Boyd’s 100 Million Nights, and for the music lovers who were entertained by epic sets from Australian artists The Presets, Hermitude and DZ Deathrays.

Sydney-based artist, Sam Mitchell-Fin, partnered up with Rekorderlig Cider to create a spectacular light installation, using wood, neon lighting and perspex. In keeping with the Dark Mofo themes, Sam created a unique piece of art that was a twist on the ‘Beautifully Swedish’ Rekorderlig Winter Forrest and a reflection of the beauty and light that can be seen despite the winter’s darkness.

Produced by MONA, the Dark Mofo Festival will continue on until Sunday, 23rd June 2013, celebrating the winter solstice and highlighting the seasonal beauty of Hobart. The core festival activity is based around Hobart’s waterfront – Macquarie Wharf, the Regatta Grounds and Princess Wharf at Salamanca, with satellite events taking place across for other venues throughout Hobart attracting locals and visitors alike. Beautifully Swedish Rekorderlig Cider’s presence throughout Dark Mofo will entice consumers to sample their delicious flavour portfolio, a range that appeals both men and women alike.

Rekorderlig Cider is delighted to be associated with MONA, whose unique position and attributes make it undoubtedly Australia’s leading contemporary art brand. MONA’s new major exhibition, The Red Queen, will underpin the entire festival and will open during Dark Mofo at a MONA till Midnight event on June 18, 2013, continuing until April 21, 2014. Now served at MONA, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a Rekorderlig Cider after viewing the intriguing exhibition.

“We are delighted to be associated with MONA whose ability to innovate & create the extraordinary makes it a great fit for Rekorderlig Cider. Our Rekorderlig Cider bar combines the light, sound & fire of the festival theme all wrapped up in a Swedish Winter Forest to create a unique experience for consumers to discover our range of flavours & indulge in our Winter Cider which uses a blend of fresh apples, infused with vanilla & cinnamon spice & is being served warm like mulled wine,” says Nikki Langford, Marketing Manager for Rekorderlig Cider.

The inaugural Dark Mofo is the Museum of Old and New Art’s first winter festival, celebrating the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, light and noise, featuring a range of music and art performances, exhibitions, installations and events set within the heart of Tasmania.

Rekorderlig is available in nine flavours including; traditionally refreshing Apple, Pear, Strawberry-Lime, Wild Berries, premium Apple & Blackcurrant, Mango-Raspberry, Orange-Ginger, Winter Cider and the all new Passionfruit, all in 500ml glass bottles.

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Movie 101** Man of Steel

Monday night in the pouring Sydney rain Sydney Social 101 was invited to the black carpet premiere of Man Of Steel. It was fun to walk down the carpet with fans screaming and people taking pictures. Unfortunately though they were not there to see me. Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Zack Synder were close behind me. Nothing wrong with me smiling and waving a little though. Once we were in our seats, after a little wait, all three of them came in to introduce the movie.

I remember one Christmas when I got my superman outfit and my parents chasing me around trying to stop my jumping from couch to couch. I didn’t want to be a policeman, an astronaut or a fireman. I wanted to be Superman. Now I am an 80s child and grew up with Christopher Reeves as Superman, which he will always be remembered for. All of the films were tongue in cheek and no one really got hurt. The animation of Superman flying was great at the time but dated when you look back now. It is a shame that the new generation will never get to appreciate the original films, well just the first two at least. Then there was The Return Of Superman, which to be honest I don’t remember seeing all the way through and have no intention of attempting to again.

Man Of Steel is a combination of Superman 1 and 2 but it has been adapted to make itself its own film. The underlining story is a change to the original film and comics but gives the movie a different angle. Everyone knows the story about how his parents sent him to Earth but this time it is told differently and has a stronger back story.

Russell Crowe plays his father Jor-El and you learn about his relationship with General Zod, played by Michael Shannon. I also thought it would start out with Clark as a young boy learning his powers and growing in to superman. What is great here is that he is already an adult and the scenes of him gaining his powers are told in flashbacks throughout the movie. This means that the action kicks off right from the start.

Henry Cavill has huge shoes to step in to after Christopher Reeves. He does bring his own touch to the part but still remains true to the Superman we know. He is much bigger than in the original but perfectly looks the part and there a few topless scenes for the girls to enjoy. But Henry is fantastic in the role and does it proud. He will definitely become an icon as Superman for many years to come.

Besides Avatar, I have never seen so much use of green screens. The effects and scenery is over the top but fantastic all the way through. From seeing Krypton explode to the tumbling city. It may be over used but its perfect for this type of film. The fight scenes were absolutely incredible and caused more destruction that a godzilla movie. Superman and Zod’s generals were being thrown through tower blocks as they crumbled. You really felt the speed and impact as they were flying in to one another. Most fight scenes in films are over quickly but these went on for ages. I had no complaints there as this was the real action we came to see.

There have been many comic book film adaptations over the last few years, some good and some bad. The Avengers film was great as it brought all of the characters together and tied in well with the separate films. But I have to be honest I think that Superman stood out way above the rest. I could say that it was the best stand alone superhero movie I have ever seen. It did have more of a darker adult theme, similar to Dark Knight. You could tell that Christopher Nolan had a hand in producing this. If they do decide to make a Justice League film, combining Superman with Batman, then we are in for something sensational.

This is everything you want from a Superman movie and I can’t wait for what comes next. I hear rumours that a sequel could be fast tracked to next year. I’m sure that is too good to be true. Over the next few months there will be a new generation of superman fans and a fair few superman outfits being worn this christmas. I wonder if mine still fits?

SydneySocial101 gives ‘Man Of Steel’ 9/10 and I don’t believe in 10s!

SOCIAL SPY** Man of Steel Black Carpet Premiere

Is it a bird… is it a plane? No, but the brand new Superman flick ‘Man of Steel’ is finally hitting cinemas Down Under!

And who better to launch the Aussie premiere at the George Street Events Cinema than the film’s superhero himself?!

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Henry Cavill, who plays the iconic character, was accompanied by his on-screen father Russell Crowe and the film’s director Zack Synder on the black carpet last night.

Despite the wet weather, hundreds of screaming fans came to see the Brit star, who arrived half an hour early to make sure he had enough time to sign autographs! Aww, as if we couldn’t love him enough already!

Henry looked dashing in a pinstriped suit as he greeted the media and his adoring followers. Sydney Social caught up with the heartthrob to find out what it takes to look so good in (and out) of his skin-tight costume!

“Training! It was a very very long and involved process,” he revealed to SS101.

“I did six weeks of foundation work, then did a couple of weeks mass building. I had to eat 5000 calories a day and use heavy weights.”

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It’s not the first time the star has worked alongside Russell either. The two first met when the 49-year-old Hollywood heavyweight was filming his thriller ‘Proof of Life’ back in 2000, and Henry was cast as an extra!

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Russell, who plays Superman’s biological dad Jor-El, told us that it’s great to be working with the 29-year-old actor again.

“Henry’s very professional, he has a great work ethic and great discipline, which you have to have in one of these roles,” he gushed.

The blockbuster, which earned over $200m on it’s opening weekend, sees a very different side to Superman.

Director Zack, of 300 and Watchmen fame, explained to us how he tried to achieve this without changing the classical superhero too much.

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“I think at its heart we didn’t want to make Superman another character, but we just wanted to make him relatable,” he said.

“We wanted the audience to understand the decisions that he makes and I think that’s the big difference, by just being able to see things through his eyes.”

Walking alongside the big stars was a host of local talent, including ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ judge Timomatic, Bindi Irwin, ‘The Biggest Loser’s’ trainer Michelle Bridges and media personality Keri-Anne Kennerley.

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Don’t miss ‘Man of Steel’ when it hits cinemas on June 27 across Australia!
SS101 reporter Jennifer Fletcher was on the black carpet yesterday to report and take pictures at the star-studded event.

Stay tuned for Sydney Social 101′s review of Man of Steel! Continue reading

What’s On: Free transfer to Newtown Hotel for everyone worth $40

Need a change? This June and July The Animal and Newtown Hotel invites you and your friends to the other side of town for a $40 Greek feast with the a FREE ride on them!

Not too shabby, as we have to be honest the taxi journey can often put you off when travelling to suburbs beyond your walking reach…

Located in one of the city’s best food and wine precinct, the Newtown Hotel’s $40 Greek feast deal offers an ‘anything goes’ vibe served up alongside dishes such as spit-roasted goat, lamb and pork as well as an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian share plates. To get you there in style The Newtown Hotel has teamed up with premium taxi service UBER, offering transfers to and from the hotel up to the value $40 for FREE for you and your friends.

WHEN: Throughout June and July.
WHERE: 174 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042

COST: $40 per person which includes your Greek feast and a Uber (up to the value of $40)

BOOKINGS: Call to make a booking on 9557 6399
MORE INFO: http://www.newtownhotel.com.au || http://www.uber.com

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Make Chocolate Dreams a Reality at The Lindt Chocolate Café

We’re huge chocoholics here at Sydney Social 101 with Lindt being up there with our faves!!

When we found out that the Martin Place Lindt Chocolate Café has just launched its exclusive “Bespoke Chocolate” experience allowing devoted Australian chocoholics to personalise their ultimate sumptuous treat, we couldn’t wait to try it for ourselves!

If you’re keen to try it simply visit the Lindt Chocolate Café in Sydney CBD’s Martin Place and purchase a Lindt Chocolate Slab (exclusive to Lindt Chocolate Cafes), Lindt Excellence block or Delice and head to the Maître station to start personalising your item.

Lindt’s Master Chocolatier will handwrite your chosen message in pure chocolate and wrap the block up with ribbon to create the perfect gift for a loved one, to say ‘thank you’ to a colleague or ‘just because’ for a friend.

The new “Bespoke Chocolate” experience can also be used to make the mouthwatering range of Lindt Cakes available at the Lindt Chocolate Café even more special.

Just imagine how irresistible Lindt’s ultimate Celebration du Chocolat cake would be with an extra thoughtful, congratulatory message added to its layers of dark chocolate cake and finest milk chocolate mousse with ganache icing!

Wether it’s for a gift or a treat to yourself, get involved!

Customise your own Block or Cake today at The Lindt Chocolate Café at 53 Martin Place, Sydney – your taste buds will thank you!

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Food 101 – The Malaya Restaurant celebrates half a century of Sydney dining

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In August 2013, The Malaya Restaurant on King Street Wharf celebrates 50 years of delighting Sydneysiders with its unique Southeast Asian cuisine. This remarkable achievement can be credited to The Malaya’s formula of quality and service that continues to attract new customers while maintaining the loyalty of three generations of Sydney diners.

The Malaya will celebrate this significant milestone throughout the month of August with a variety of events to thank its loyal customers for their ongoing support. Diners will have the opportunity to relive the restaurant’s history with a selection of ‘Through the Decades’ menus. These special anniversary menus have been designed to showcase the variety and development of the restaurant’s exceptional cuisine over the 50 years and are made up of a number of The Malaya’s signature dishes, both past and present. Available on Thursday and Friday nights throughout the anniversary month of August, the set menus will feature nine dishes including the original curry and laksa recipes of 1963, revived culinary highlights from the restaurant’s past, and current favourites such as the salt and pepper scampi.

Other events will include a Cullen Wine Dinner held at the restaurant on August 7 and hosted by Vanya Cullen, one of Australia’s most respected and celebrated winemakers.

Owner Lance Wong said, “We are delighted to be celebrating our 50th year. We are very proud of this achievement and know that it has only been made possible by the support of our loyal customers. We’re thrilled to be continuing the tradition that my father started in 1963.”

The Malaya’s success began in the early 1960’s with the vision of Mr Wong Tai See and his commitment to creating a unique Southeast Asian dining experience. Wong Tai See, a merchant seaman, migrated from China to Sydney in the 1940’s, at which time Southeast Asian and Nonya cuisine had not yet been introduced to the wider Australian dining public. With rented premises at 787 George Street Sydney, The Malaya opened for business in 1963, challenging the then conservative Australian palate with authentic spicy dishes based on traditional Southeast Asian cuisine.

As a pioneer of Southeast Asian cuisine in Sydney, Wong Tai See shipped in numerous spices from Singapore including dried chillies and ground turmeric, chilli and curry powders, which were not available in Australia at the time. His commitment to the cuisine required him to modify and adapt some recipes to work with the limited ingredients available. There are a number of dishes that remain on the menu at The Malaya today that have stayed true to these original recipes, including the iconic laksa which is still made with cow’s milk rather than coconut milk.

A true family business, Wong Tai See’s son, Lance Wong, took over management of the restaurant in the early 1980’s and later bought and renovated the George Street restaurant delivering a more contemporary Malaya to the marketplace.

Chef Mustapa Jaffar joined the restaurant in 1987, taking over as Head Chef in 1996; a position he still holds currently. During the late 1990s the city expanded towards the harbour and in 2001 Lance relocated The Malaya to 39 Lime Street, King Street Wharf.

A unique and tireless member of Sydney’s dining scene, The Malaya has evolved over the years whilst staying true to its roots. 2013 marks 50 years of The Malaya in Sydney and August will be a month of celebrating this momentous milestone.

The Malaya ‘Through the Decades’ special anniversary menus:

Menu 1 – available on Thursday 1st, 8th, 15th and Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th August

Menu 2 – available on Thursday 22nd, 29th and Friday 23rd, 30th August

The Malaya Restaurant

39 Lime Street, King Street Wharf Sydney

Phone: 02 9279 11710

Online: http://www.themalaya.com.au

Twitter: @the_malaya

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/themalayarestaurant

Lunch Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm Monday to Saturday

Dinner Hours: 6pm – 9pm Monday, 6pm – 10pm Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm – 8.30pm Sunday

What’s On: Biggest Vivid Ever

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Visitors flocked to the biggest Vivid Sydney ever, which included the largest Vivid Light Walk expanding into North Sydney with the lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Darling Harbour showcasing Australia’s first spectacular water show performances.

The Vivid Music program also expanded into new venues and Vivid Ideas featured more than 180 events with over 6,000 tickets sold. Over 40,000 tickets were sold for Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House.

Mr Stoner said, this year, Vivid Sydney achieved record results for NSW, with crowds significantly larger than last year.

“Vivid also reached audiences in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide through extensive media coverage. I am confident Vivid Sydney will have delivered this year well in excess of the estimated $10 million in economic impact,” Mr Stoner said.

“Vivid has huge appeal and has been successful in attracting visitors not only from this State and across Australia – where domestic travel packages were up 8% – but also internationally, with over 11,000 travel packages sold, including 7,200 from China.

“Bringing so many visitors into Sydney for this festival also delivered terrific results for local retailers who all embraced Vivid. Some of the waterfront restaurants at The Rocks saw a 300% increase in diners, with reports of their capacity last seen during the Olympics. Many Darling Harbour restaurants also experienced similar growth.”

The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest annual festival of light, music and ideas is a signature event in the NSW Events Calendar, owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the most successful Vivid Sydney yet was great testimony to the way the festival has been embraced by Sydneysiders and visitors alike, and the creative services industry.

“So much enthusiasm and passion is invested in making Vivid Sydney a wonderful winter event by not only the creative practitioners involved in the Festival itself, but the hundreds of thousands of people who attended. To be able to hold an event which attracts so many visitors, not only domestically but also from all over the world is very special, and of course is an important contributor to the goal of doubling overnight expenditure by 2020. During Vivid Sydney we hosted 76 media and 284 international travel buyers,” Ms Chipchase said.

“There has been excellent collaboration with key partners and sponsors as well as hundreds of local businesses and communities to make Vivid Sydney a success, and something that is looked forward to every year. It’s a hallmark event for Sydney and Australia, and is also increasing its fan base internationally.”

Vivid Sydney also saw success digitally, with almost 40,000 downloads of the free Vivid Sydney, more than 1 million people visit the vividsydney.com website since 1 May, a 200% growth in Vivid Sydney Facebook fans and a huge 2,800% growth of Vivid Ideas fans.

Vivid Sydney 2013 Highlights

Stepping into the history books with Sydney Harbour Bridge: the western façade was lit for the first time by Vivid Sydney partner Intel Australia and 32 Hundred Lighting, with North Sydney Council. It captured the imagination of everyone and even supported the NSW Blues ahead of the first State of Origin Game when Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, turned the bridge blue with NSW State of Origin vice-captain Robbie Farah.

Extending into Darling Harbour for the first time: more than 200,000 people enjoyed the dancing water fountains and dazzling light and water shows. The show was created especially for Vivid by French artists Aquatique Show International, and staged in collaboration with Destination NSW, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Darling Harbour Alliance. The event was supported by Citibank, which hosted customers at its Pop-Up Bar.

The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the world’s most iconic space traveller, Doctor Who: legions of costumed fans attend the one night only 3D-mapped projections on the façade of Customs House on Saturday 1 June. The projections, created by Sydney’s own The Spinifex Group, saw Doctor Who travel through space and time, pursued by some of his greatest enemies. The Spinifex Group also created the projections on the Sydney Opera House called Play, and Collaboration #3 with renowned artist Gemma Smith at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Vivid Ideas cemented its position as a champion of Sydney and Australia’s creative industries: it showcased Sydney as the place to collaborate, foster business connections and showcase new ideas. Headquartered on the sixth floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with events at more than 25 venues across Sydney, Vivid Ideas grew in 2013 from 100 to 122 unique events and boasted a wealth of creative local and international talent including keynote talks by UK artist and Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley; IDEO’s chief creative officer Paul Bennett; street wear entrepreneur Johnny Cupcakes and big data artist Jonathan Harris.

More than 6,000 people attended 18 days of talks, workshops, panels and meet-ups at the Vivid Ideas Exchange with thousands more attending key creative industry events as part of Vivid Ideas including Semi-Permanent, AMPlify, Australian International Design Festival, Reportage Photography Festival, ISEA 2013, SPARC International Lighting Event, Mumbrella360, X|Media|Lab and more.

Over 40,000 tickets were sold to the 10-day music celebration Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House: audiences were attracted by a stellar line-up that included the world premiere of Empire of the Sun’s highly anticipated second album, Ice on the Dune, in addition to the eight sell-out Kraftwerk retrospective 3D shows, The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, and the Australian debut of r’n’b soul legend Bobby Womack.

Vivid Music, a new addition to Vivid Sydney sold more than 5,400 tickets for a program that featured leading-edge electronic dance and house music at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, a two-day program of innovative and experimental music at the Seymour Centre, dance music at The Argyle and the sold out performance of datamatics 2.0 by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikdea at Carriageworks for ISEA 2013.

2,000 people danced in front of Customs House to Move your Building: while thousands watched wild horses run across buildings and engines rev out of walls at the Audi installation Speed of Light, the Spinifex Group transformed the historic façade of the Australasian Steam Navigation Company building into a feast of light, colour and speed. Creative light sculptures and installations were selected from around the world, including artists from Germany, England, Italy, France, USA, Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand. Australian light artists featured from Sydney, Queensland, Victoria and regional NSW including Nowra, Wagga Wagga and Tuggerah.

Vivid Sydney’s Illuminating Quick Facts

• Over 800,000 cumulative attendees
• More than 200,000 attendees to Darling Harbour
• Media coverage in over 200 countries
• Over 40,000 tickets sold for Vivid LIVE
• More than 6,000 people attended Vivid IDEAS
• Over 5,400 tickets sold for Vivid Music
• 11,304 international packages sold*
• 7,200 of these international packages from China*
• 8% increase of domestic package sales
• 284 international trade familiarisation visitors (205% increase on last year)
• 40,000 people downloaded the Vivid app
• More than 1 million visitors to http://www.vividsydney.com
• 200% growth on Vivid Sydney Facebook page
• 2,800% growth on Vivid Ideas Facebook page
*Package sales over the Vivid period generated via JTG

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Movie 101 – MAN OF STEEL™’S HENRY CAVILL, RUSSELL CROWE AND ZACK SNYDER FLY TO SYDNEY

We’re very excited about this one… We recon its going to be up there as the movie of the year…

Henry Cavill, who plays Superman/Clark Kent and Russell Crowe, who plays Jor-El, along with director Zack Snyder will visit Sydney for the Man Of Steel (3D) Australian Premiere on Monday the 24th of June at Event Cinemas, George Street.

The group will also complete a press junket during the Aussie leg of their international tour to promote the highly anticipated film.

MAN OF STEEL (3D) will release in Australian cinemas on the 27th June 2013

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill (“Immortals,” TV’s “The Tudors”) in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”).

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”) and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.” The film will be released in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX®, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Website – http://manofsteel.warnerbros.com/index.html

Movie 101 – Great Gatsby Review

Over a year ago there was a great buzz going around Sydney that Leo was here filming. He would been seen popping up from time to time but no one really new where he was. This was very much like the person he was portraying in The Great Gatsby. The film is set in the roaring 20’s where everyone has their money invested in the stock markets and is spending it on fancy clothes and cars.

The film starts out with Toby Maguire (Nick Carraway) explaining his story of how he met Gatsby. Were told that Gatsby would put on extravagant parties where everyone was invited but no one knew who or where he was.

Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby) is outstanding and it is hard to imagine anyone else in the role. There is something mysterious about Gatsby as he seems to know everyone important and is respected by everyone. However it becomes clear that he does have a hidden agenda which comes out fairly early in the film.

Not to be outdone, the film also stars Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan) and Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan) as the millionaire couple who Nick has been long time friends with. All four main characters work really well together and I can see a possible couple of oscar nominations coming up. Especially for Toby Maguire.

The cinematography in the film was incredible. All the vibrant colours within the environment really stood out. I have to say that it was great to see this in 3D and a real must if you are to get the best out of the film. It was nice to see a normal film for a change in 3D rather than an action or sci-fi.

The soundtrack was excellent and very different from what I expected. I was expecting to hear songs from way before my time but it was given a modern touch, as it was executively produced by none other than Jay-Z, who was also an executive producer of the film. The rnb touches are fantastic and well placed in the movie. Emeli Sande’s 20s version of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love is one of the outstanding songs in the film.

All in all I thought this film was highly enjoyable and well worth seeing in the cinema if you get the chance. Definitely a film to take the girlfriend to.

SydneySocial101 give ‘The Great Gatsby’ 8/10.

The screening was attended and reviewed by Syrus Wynne, Sydney Social’s movie reporter.

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