Arts & Culture

Most Social Messages, Respond Least

Media and entertainment brands receive three times more messages on Facebook and Twitter than average brands, but are they missing out on a golden opportunity? Social media management platformSprout Social revealed in the latest edition of The Sprout Social Index that messages to media and entertainment brands—including celebrities, athletes, journalists, musicians and DJs—are ignored 93 percent of the time, adding: While fan engagement ...

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Arts markets under the hammer as rich investors cool off

The art market appears to be entering its cooling-off period. For the past six years, an influx of newly wealthy collectors — particularly from China — has pushed up prices for everything from Ming vases to Claude Monet, but now there are signs that the bidding paddles could come down hard. Falling oil prices, volatile stock swings and China’s deepening ...

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PM misses out on Australia Day BBQ

Australia Day isn’t Australia Day without a BBQ – except for the prime minister. Malcolm Turnbull admitted he didn’t get a chance to enjoy a snag on Tuesday between a hectic schedule of appearances in Canberra. “I haven’t done a public or indeed a private barbecue today – so the sausages have been safe,” he told The Project on Network Ten. “We ...

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‘Star Wars’ tops DiCaprio in ‘Revenant’

Star Wars: The Force Awakens stayed on top of the North American box office for the fourth straight weekend, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant and becoming the third-largest grossing movie in the world ever. According to studio estimates on Sunday, the adventures of Rey, Finn and stalwarts from the previous Star Wars films raked in $US41.6 million ($A59.7 million ...

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Are Australian snakes the deadliest in the world? Not even close

David Williams, University of Melbourne Many Australians pride themselves on the belief that, of all the countries in the world, their snakes, spiders, jellyfish, centipedes, fish, ticks, bees and ants are the worst. And it’s easy to believe they’re right. After all, there’s a 37-year-old list that says that 21 of the 25 most toxic snakes in the world are ...

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New Yorkers strip for No Pants subway ride

New Yorkers thought it was a hot thing to strip to their underwear in winter – in public – along with pantless crowds in about 60 countries. Miguel Ramos, 24, called himself a “no-pant virgin” in Sunday’s No Pants Subway Ride. It was his first foray into the “international celebration of silliness,” as organisers billed it. The laughter-filled ritual started in New ...

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Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen’s $1 million Christmas gift to Syrian refugees

Showbiz power couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen are set to donate $1 million to charities supporting Syrian refugees, according to The Sunday Times. According to the publication, the couple are donating $500,000 to their Save the Children Christmas appeal which will help protect approximately 250,000 children against a threatened measles outbreak in northern Syria. Another $500,000 will be donated to ...

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Sam Burgess swims with sharks on honeymoon

NRL star Sam Burgess has been swimming with sharks while honeymooning in the Maldives with writer Phoebe Burgess. The pair married just days after Christmas in a ceremony held in the NSW Southern Highlands surrounded by family and friends. The newlyweds have been busy posting images of their holiday to social media showing Phoebe relaxing in the crystal blue water ...

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Q&A with Special FX Makeup artist, Bonnie Corban

At just 21 years old, Bonnie Corban has made a name for herself on the internet as she boasts over 300,000 subscribers for her Special FX Makeup Channel. Sahar Mourad caught up with Bonnie to see how she got to where she is today. How old were you when you decided that making YouTube videos was what you wanted to ...

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Kim Kardashian West welcomes son

The newest member of the Kardashian clan has arrived. Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed a baby boy early Saturday in Los Angeles. “He’s here!” the reality star teased on Twitter. An announcement on Kardashian’s website reads, “KANYE AND I WELCOME OUR BABY BOY!” A representative for the couple has confirmed to The Associated Press that the mother and baby were ...

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