(AFP) - The Rolling Stones will play a gig at the 70,000-capacity Adelaide Oval, the band announced Wednesday, with more Australian dates expected to be revealed.
The legendary British rock group -- which last year marked its 50th anniversary together -- said the "50 and Counting" tour would visit Adelaide on March 22, after a series of concerts earlier this year in Britain, France, the United States and Canada.
"The Rolling Stones confirm their long awaited return to the stage in Australia with a spectacular show. The date, unveiled today, is Saturday 22 March 2014," promoter Frontier Touring said on its website.
"Can't wait to be back in Australia after all this time & what a buzz to be the first to play at the Adelaide Oval!" band frontman Mick Jagger tweeted moments after the announcement.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood also tweeted, saying: "Excited to be heading to Australia in March 2014 to open the Adelaide Oval with @RollingStones".
Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, a member of the band from 1969 to 1974 who played on such classic albums as "Exile on Main Street," "Sticky Fingers" and "It's Only Rock 'n Roll", will join them as a special guest.
Dates in Melbourne and Sydney are also expected to be announced.
The band last toured Australia in 2006, 41 years after first playing Down Under.
(Relaxnews) - Skiers with gourmet palates can combine their two loves in a new Italian winter holiday package that’s part ski, part gastronomic getaway hosted by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.
For four days in February, guests can join Blumenthal along with fellow culinary compatriots and Michelin-starred chefs Sat Bains and Marcus Wareing in Courmayeur, Italy, described as a traditional Italian resort where the food is given nearly as much importance as the condition of the slopes.
“Courmayeur not only celebrates a world class ski resort, but also the wonderful abundance of its delicious regional Italian ingredients,” said Blumenthal in a statement.
“From rustic lunches of hand made pasta, pizza, local hams and cheeses, to candle-lit, mountain restaurants in the evenings, it’s just incredible. The delicious food and wine is matched by the warmth and sincerity of the hospitality, which is truly welcoming.”
Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, the resort is situated at an altitude of 1,225 m with 100 km of pistes and is said to offer more restaurants than any other ski resort of its size.
On the Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience itinerary, guests will be welcomed by Blumenthal in a pre-dinner cocktail hour. Between hitting the slopes, guests will tuck into meals prepared by Bains and Wareing, as well as participate in hot chocolate tastings with Blumenthal himself.
Other ski resorts that boast some of the finest dining in the world include triple Michelin-starred chef Emmanuel Renaut’s Megève restaurant Flocons de Sel in the French Alps, and Le 1947, helmed by Parisian celebrity chef Yannick Alleno.
About a year ago, Alleno surprised the French food world when he announced plans to quit the kitchens of landmark Parisian hotel Le Meurice and concentrate on his new restaurant venture in Courchevel.
Meanwhile the Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience takes place February 2 to 5. The ski package costs £3,000 (about $US 4,800) a person and includes airfare between London and Geneva; three-nights accommodation; three gourmet dinners; a ski pass and equipment rental. For more details visit www.momentumski.com.
(Relaxnews) - The American actor and the "Juno" screenwriter are among the producers of the future sitcom "Wunderland," Deadline.com reports.
A workplace comedy, "Wunderland" will be set behind the scenes at a theme park. Diablo Cody will executive produce and supervise the writing process, working with actors and writers Amanda Lund and Matt Gourley.
Jack Black is well acquainted with the duo, as he produced and appeared in their web series "Ghost Girls." The comedic actor known for his roles in "Tropic Thunder" and "Be Kind Rewind" will work with Lund and Gourley once again as a producer on this latest project.
Black, who has recently made TV appearances on "Community" and "The Office," will soon join Tim Robbins on the set of the HBO TV movie "The Brink."
The writer behind the film "Juno" and the series "United States of Tara," Diablo Cody is already working for Fox on the teen drama "Prodigy" and for ABC on the sitcom "Alex+Amy."
(Relaxnews) - Frank Capra's immensely popular Christmas movie, released in 1946, will soon have a sequel, Variety has announced.
Nearly 60 years after the premiere of "It's a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart, Star Partners and Hummingbirds Productions will resurrect its storyline for a sequel.
Titled "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story," the feature will focus on the grandson of George Bailey, the suicidal banker whose hope is restored by an angel on Christmas Eve in the 1946 film. In the sequel, the character's grandson will experience a similar crisis.
The sequel will aim to maintain continuity with "It's a Wonderful Life," as producers are even trying to convince certain members of the original cast to participate. Karolyn Grimes, who played Bailey's youngest daughter, Zuzu, has confirmed that she will play the angel that appears to guide the protagonist in distress. Carol Coombs and Jimmy Hawkins, who played George Bailey's two older children, have also been offered roles.
Producers will begin to cast the remaining roles in "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story" in February 2014, Variety reports. The film will begin principal photography shortly thereafter in Louisiana.
(Relaxnews) - The two actresses will star in this adaptation of the 2008 novel by Irish writer Sebastian Barry, according to the Irish Film & Television Network (IFTN.ie).
American actress Jessica Chastain and British actress Vanessa Redgrave will both play Roseanne McNulty in the drama, which will follow the 100-year-old woman, who is living in a psychiatric institution that will soon be demolished.
While secretly writing the story of her life, McNulty returns to her memories of the violent political struggles taking place in Ireland in the 1920s and 30s. Meanwhile, the chief psychiatrist at the institution writes his own account of the character's mental state, attempting to determine whether she should be transferred to a new facility or released into society after the establishment closes its doors.
"The Secret Scripture" will be based on a screenplay by Johnny Ferguson, and Noel Pearson ("My Left Foot," "The Field") is among its producers. A director has yet to be announced for the feature, but principal photography is scheduled to begin on June 2, 2014 in the Irish villages of Sligo and Wicklow.
(Relaxnews) - If the main "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen were a confectionery, the lady warrior would be a bar of milk chocolate, flavored with hickory-smoked bacon and accented by sweet, crisp apples.
That’s according to premium Chicago-based chocolate-maker Vosges Haut-Chocolat, which has released a range of new products inspired by the blockbuster sci-fi hit.
Launched to coincide with the highly anticipated silver screen sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the new Vosges chocolate series ranges from a luxury $225 truffle collection dubbed The Capitol to $5 chocolate bars created to represent some of the different districts of the dystopian state.
To evoke District 10, for instance, where livestock is produced, the chocolate bar combines a smoky, salty, mesquite-flavored beef jerky with milk chocolate.
Earthy, chipotle chilis are likewise used to conjure up images of District 7’s lumber industry. The District chocolate bars are part of the company's grocery store brand Wild Ophelia and are sold at Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway.
Vosges chocolatier Katrina Markoff also retells the sci-fi adventure through her luxury, pre-party, 18-course chocolate tasting collection.
Included in The Capitol Truffle Collection are 36 bonbons in flavors like rosemary, pink peppercorn and white chocolate as well as coconut, banana and dark chocolate, rolled in coconut charcoal ash.
But the box set goes beyond just chocolate. Underneath the luxury bonbons are 16 vials of crushed violet petals, pearl dust, gold leaf and matcha tea and a set of mixology instructions that allow fans to create cocktail pairings for different truffles.
Company founder Katrina Markoff is an award-winning chocolatier who has apprenticed under Spanish culinary legend Ferran Adria. Vosges has also been named one of the top 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World by National Geographic.
“The Hunger Games” chocolates are the latest food or wine cinematic and TV tie-up. "Downton Abbey" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" both have their own line of wines while "Breaking Bad" has its own beer.
(Relaxnews) - Kanye West has premiered his music video for "Bound 2," featuring his fiancée Kim Kardashian, exclusively on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and ellentv.com.
The road trip-themed clip is directed by Nick Knight.
After a sequence of majestic nature scenes featuring mountain landscapes and galloping horses, West shows up, alternately sporting tie-dye while riding a motorcycle and decked out in plaid while rapping to the camera.
Kardashian shows up for some racy scenes on the motorcycle.
"Bound 2," which features vocals by Charlie Wilson, is the second single from West's latest album, "Yeezus."
(AFP) - British comedy veterans Monty Python are set to reunite for a new show in their first major collaboration in 30 years, member Terry Jones revealed on Tuesday.
"We're getting together and putting on a show -- it's real," Jones told the BBC.
"I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The BBC reported that the new collaboration -- the first major project since the 1983 film "Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life" -- would come in the form of a theatre show.
Surviving Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Jones -- who are all in their seventies -- are set to formally announce the new project at a press conference in London on Thursday.
The troupe won a cult following with their zany TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" between 1969 and 1974.
They went on to make several hit films including "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" (1975) and "Monty Python's Life of Brian" (1979).
The final "Meaning Of Life" film in 1983 was the last time the group appeared with their sixth member Graham Chapman, who died of cancer six years later.
The remaining Pythons have not appeared together since 1998 when they performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival in the United States.
But a spin-off musical "Spamalot", based on the "Holy Grail" movie, has proved a hit on both Broadway and London's West End over the last decade.