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An impressive Pitt adds timeless gravitas to space odyssey

This is an acting challenge which Pitt meets impressively, letting emotion surface seemingly against his will – in contrast to the open weeping which was a rather overdone feature of Interstellar. [embedded content] Pitt, like Tom Cruise, has retained his boyishness for so long it’s hard to accept he’s now …

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Rambo: Last Blood a nutty adventure powered by Stallone’s willpower

True, the character may not be the gleaming mass of muscle he was in his prime, but as his latest adventure demonstrates exhaustively, the survival skills he honed long ago in the jungles of Vietnam are very much intact. This is, to put it plainly, one nutty movie. To begin …

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About bloody time for Amanda

Muggleton and Capsis are both dedicated fans of the theatre’s unique output.Credit:James Brickwood The quaint Old Fitz, with its carpeted floors and exposed brick wall, was among Sydney’s first pub theatres when it opened in the 1990s and has been a stomping ground for emerging Australian greats since – from …

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Margaret Atwood’s partner Graeme Gibson dies, aged 85

New York: Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the long-time partner of Margaret Atwood, has died at the age of 85. Gibson’s death was announced on Wednesday by Doubleday, which has published both Gibson and Atwood. He had been suffering from dementia. Margaret Atwood, centre, with her partner …

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Pocket Casts has long been podcast users’ favourite app; now it’s free

Pocket Casts has long been our favourite way to find, subscribe and listen to podcasts. The app, available on Android, iPhones and the web, is simple enough for first-time listeners to get started, while still giving podcast power-users the ability to tweak every setting. For almost a decade, Pocket Casts …

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Closing the gender gap: Book reviews women can count on

Its latest report showed a shift in the scope for what kinds of books and subjects were considered of the highest literary merit and worthy of review. Loading A 2015 study of the Australian book industry by Macquarie University found female authors account for about 66 percent of books written …

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The real-life Downton Abbey opens its doors with Airbnb listing

Two Downton Abbey fans will soon get the chance to live like a Crawley for a night when Highclere Castle, the main filming location for the Emmy Award-winning drama, lists on Airbnb. As a promotion for the upcoming film Downton Abbey, the estate in Hampshire, England, is opening its doors …

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What’s on TV: Thursday, September 26

Marngrook NITV, 7.30pm Marngrook Footy Show’s Shelley Ware, Grant Hansen, Leila Gurruwiwi, Gilbert McAdam. Credit:NITV There’s something hugely satisfying to me – and, I hope, to everyone involved in this show – that Marngrook goes from strength to strength while other footy shows have stumbled and fallen. It’s certainly been an …

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What’s on TV: Wednesday, September 25

The Block Nine, 7.30pm The Block. The Block on Wednesday night is a bit of a variety hour. There’s a challenge, which generally takes folk away from the tools. There tends to be more of the personality-based stuff. And just generally a bit more goofing off. That all holds true …

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What’s on TV: Tuesday, September 24

BH90210 Ten, 8.30pm BH90210: Brian Austin Green. Credit:TEN NETWORK What a weird show this is. Not necessarily a bad show – it has a kooky kind of charm, and there are certainly worse shows on TV right now. But it’s hard to figure out what it’s trying to do, why …

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