Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D movie premiere; Sydney, Australia

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D movie premiere; Sydney, Australia...

Hansel & Gretel enjoyed its Australian red carpet premiere tonight at Event Cinemas, George Street, in front of a news media pack of dozens, hundreds of Australian fans, and dozens of security to help control all of the excitement.

"Hansel & Gretel" is a 3-D action flick that reimagines the fairy tale characters as gun-toting badasses played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. 

The $50 million film arrived nearly a year after its originally release date. It's off to a decent start with numbers and buzz, but has attracted quite the mixed popcorn bag of reviews. Most fans have rated it with a CinemaScore of "B". Approval rating is 18%.

Here in Australia Paramount Pictures has got right behind the project, and one would think is hoping that the Australian market will generally be more positive and receptive to the film than its friends in the United States and Europe.

If you are a big Hansel & Gretel fan, you will likely want to see this movie.  If not...


After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past.



Actors: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton
Director Tommy Wirkola
Producer: Kevin Messick


Jeremy Renner as Hansel
Cedric Eich as Young Hansel
Gemma Arterton as Gretel
Alea Sophia Boudodimos as Young Gretel
Famke Janssen as Muriel
Pihla Viitala as Mina
Derek Mears as Edward
Robin Atkin Downes as Edward (voice)
Thomas Mann as Ben
Peter Stormare as Sheriff Berringer
Rainer Bock as Mayor Englemann
Bjørn Sundquist as Jackson
Monique Ganderton as candy witch
Zoë Bell as tall witch
Joanna Kulig as redhead witch
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as horned witch
Thomas Scharff as Hansel and Gretel's father
Kathrin Kühnel as Adrianna


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters official website

YouTube: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Mini Trailer 2

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures (Australia)

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Music News Australia


McManus Entertainment is thrilled to announce two sideshows for ZZ Top in March. In addition to shows with Guns N’ Roses, the legendary Texan rockers will play their own shows in Sydney and on the Gold Coast. Joining ZZ Top will be The Dead Daisies, featuring Jon Stevens and guitarist David Lowy. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 31 January.

ZZ Top are genuine roots musicians. Billy F Gibbons is one of America’s finest blues guitarists while Dusty Hill on bass and Frank Beard on drums (ironically the only member without a beard) provide the ultimate rhythm section support.

ZZ Top’s image has been as unchanging and memorable as their music. The respected Texan trio have been together for more than 40 years and were inducted by Keith Richards into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. ZZ Top are a solid touring unit and have performed to millions of fans around the world. The band’s iconography – beards, cars, girls and that magic keychain – transcend all bounds of geography and language. They’ve been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms and are true rock icons.

Most famous for their hits Legs, Gimme All Your Lovin’ and Sharp Dressed Man, ZZ Top are sure to thrill their Australian fans with their sturdy American blues and rock style. ZZ Top have sold more than 20 million records worldwide and achieved incredible chart success. Their 1983 album Eliminator was a multi-platinum smash in Australia and is “one of the greatest albums of the ‘80s” according to Rolling Stone magazine.

It’s a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after more than 40 years of being on the road and in the studio. ZZ Top released their fifteenth studio album, La Futura, in September 2012. Respected producer Rick Rubin produced their latest album La Futura.

“We’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords. The band’s mantra remains the same: Tone. Taste. Tenacity,” says Billy F Gibbons, guitarist extraordinaire.

Joining ZZ Top for these two shows is Australian rock band The Dead Daisies. The Dead Daisies feature Jon Stevens on vocals and David Lowy on guitar. Jon Stevens is one of Australia’s most popular and respected singers. He has had a remarkable career, from lead singer of rock band Noiseworks to successful solo artist. Jon and David first met in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2012 that they started writing songs together. With a mutual love of classic late ‘70s and early ‘80s rock and soul, The Dead Daisies were born. “Bad Company meets Foreigner via The Faces kind of vibe, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks,” says Jon. 

Don’t miss ZZ Top bring their unique, blues and rock style to stages in Sydney and the Gold Coast as they headline their own sideshows.

ZZ Top’s latest album La Futura is out now through Universal Music Australia.

Tickets on sale from Thursday 31 January at 9am from outlets below.


Friday 15th March                                 Metro Theatre, SYDNEY                                    ticketek.com.au                                    132 849
Tuesday 19th March                             RSL Southport, GOLD COAST                          www.oztix.com.au (and venue)          1300 762 545