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INXS’ Andrew Farriss says he’s working on new music in Nashville

INXS’ Andrew Farriss says he’s working on new music in Nashville as the Aussie musician prepares to support Don McLean on tour

Andrew Farriss, the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to America to start work on new material.

The 63-year-old musician has teased he’s working on another album, this time in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music.

Farriss, who co-wrote many of INXS’ hits, including Need You Tonight, arrived there last week and has been writing music with his friend and collaborator Jeffrey Trott.

Andrew Farriss (right), the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to Nashville, Tennessee, to start work on new material with his friend Jeffrey Trott (left)

Andrew Farriss (right), the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to Nashville, Tennessee, to start work on new material with his friend Jeffrey Trott (left)

He posted an image of the pair on Instagram on Monday during a break from recording in the studio. 

The pair looked relaxed and focused in their comfortable attire as they posed in a garden setting before getting back to business.  

‘Great catching up and doing some songwriting with the legendary Jeffrey Trott in Nashville last week! Thanks so much Jeff and Quinn for your hospitality,’ he wrote.

Since arriving in Nashville, Farriss has been sightseeing and dined at an Italian restaurant

Since arriving in Nashville, Farriss has been sightseeing and dined at an Italian restaurant

Trott shared the same enthusiasm about their project which remains on the horizon. 

‘Me and my long time bud Andrew Farriss of INXS fame,’ he said. 

Since he arrived in Nashville, Farriss has checked out several of the city’s sights and recently dined at a high-end Italian restaurant. 

'If you¿re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville, Carne Mare is the place to be,' he said

 ‘If you’re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville, Carne Mare is the place to be,’ he said

‘If you’re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville Carne Mare is the place to be,’ he recommended. 

Farriss is preparing to support Don McLean on his upcoming Australian tour in April. 

The multi-instrumentalist’s debut solo album was released in March 2021. 

The multi-instrumentalist's debut solo album was released in March 2021

The multi-instrumentalist’s debut solo album was released in March 2021 

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Deon Cole shares emotional story behind naming his Netflix comedy special ‘Charleen’s Boy’

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Get ready to laugh because Deon Cole‘s new comedy special Charleen’s Boy is out on Netflix now. 

In his second special with the streamer, Cole shares his comical take on life and dating in today’s society. While the project brings more than a few laughs, the background is much more emotional, as the special is dedicated to and named after his late mother. 

“My mom passed about a year ago and I don’t have no brothers and sisters and nothing like that or father that [she] was like my only rock, you know, my everything. I did everything for her. When she passed away, it just left a void,” he tells ABC Audio.

Additionally, Charleen’s Boy was filmed on the anniversary of his mother’s death, though that wasn’t the plan originally. 

“I wasn’t even supposed to shoot, especially on that day,” the black-ish star says before explaining that it was the only day available. “I didn’t want to do it…but then a few days later, I just kept feeling this energy like, nah don’t mourn that day, just celebrate her that day.” 

The change of heart also prompted a change in the name of the Netflix special which he revealed was previously titled called Cole Facts

“I changed it to Charleen’s Boy because I felt like when people see it it’d be the name of the special, but it also be what I am and, you know, make sure her name ring forever,” Coles explains. “So it was special to shoot that day instead of mourning that day. I celebrated that.” 

Deon Cole: Charleen’s Boy is available to stream now. 

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Michael Ende’s Fantasy Novel Getting New Movie Adaptation – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Momo, one of the best-loved works by The Neverending Story scribe Michael Ende, is getting a big-canvas, English-language screen adaption from leading German producer Christian Becker (The Wave, Fuck YouGoethe) and bilingual writer-director Christian Ditter (How To Be Single).

The ambitious movie version of Ende’s popular fantasy novel will chart the story of the eponymous Momo, an orphan girl who must do battle with the soulless and otherworldly ‘grey men’ who stealthily take over her city and steal time. Ende’s book has long been considered a critique of consumerism, stress and unfeeling individualism, themes that should strongly resonate in a contemporary context.

Published in more than 40 languages, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the German book’s first publication and producers are hoping to begin filmmaking towards the end of 2023.

“For almost 35 years it was impossible to make a new adaptation of Momo,” explains Becker, who spent years with Ditter trying to disentangle the rights from Ende’s estate and other stakeholders such as Beta Film, which owned the remake rights to the only previous film adaptation, a 1986 German-Italian production which featured John Huston in his last on screen role.

Momo is one of Michael Ende’s most successful books,” adds Ditter who has scripted the adaptation and will direct. “Everyone of our generation in Germany has read it. It was one of my favourite novels. But the rights were always very hard to get hold of. We weren’t the only interested group the estate met with. So, it took some sensitive negotiation. Naturally, they wanted to know the team would handle the novel carefully.”

Following a splashy but under-the-radar rights deal a few years ago, Becker and Ditter have spent the last couple of years crafting a script which they’re now taking out to potential partners on both sides of the Atlantic.

“We’re very happy with the script”, says Ditter. “The novel has multi-generational appeal. It’s a fantasy story which is poetic and personal but also about family and friendship. The book’s central premise, about mysterious creatures who steal the commodity of time, was an unusual concept in the ’80s, but in today’s world of long working hours, global corporations and the search for wellness and mindfulness, it becomes even fresher.”

Becker adds: “Our adaptation, which is a fantasy with sci-fi elements, is going to be a large, big-canvas, high-end international production with four quadrant appeal. The girl we’ll cast will likely be aged between 10-16.”

Ditter and Becker previously collaborated on the popular German film franchises Crocodiles and Vicky The Viking (specifically Vicky And The Treasure Of The Gods).

Becker is one of Germany’s most prolific and successful producers. Credits include Dennis Gansel’s breakout 2008 thriller The Wave, the Jim Button franchise, box office hits Vicky The Viking and Suck Me Shakespeare (aka Fuck YouGoethe, which is the fourth-biggest German film ever at the local box office), and more recently, Netflix thriller Blood Red Sky. His company Rat Pack, which is a subsidiary of German giant Constantin, is in post-production on Netflix action-war film Blood And Gold.

Ditter is known for German and English-language movies and series including Netflix’s Biohackers, Lily Collins starrer Love, Rosie, and New Line rom-com How To Be Single with Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie. That movie took more than $110M. He is in post on Isla Fisher and Greg Kinnear comedy The Present, and co-wrote the script for Amazon’s upcoming YA fantasy movie Silver.

As we revealed last year, there is currently a tug of war going on for the rights to remake Michael Ende’s fantasy classic The NeverEnding Story.




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Reality Check Tour: Comedian Kevin Hart to perform in Riyadh

RIYADH — Multi-award-winning comedian and actor Kevin Hart is to perform a one-off Riyadh date in February 2023 as part of his Reality Check Tour.

Hart’s show will take place in the Riyadh City Boulevard at the Mohammed Abdo Arena Theatre on Feb. 25, 2023, according to the Riyadh calendar.

He is considered one of the most prominent international faces and enjoys a high audience worldwide.

Hart’s Reality Check Tour was recently named the #1 Comedy Tour of the Year by Billboard, and he was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Comedy Act of 2022.

Hart’s last global comedy tour, the Irresponsible Tour, packed out over 100 arenas worldwide and sold more than a million tickets.

While he’s known for his roles in movies, he also earned a Grammy nomination in 2020 for Best Comedy Album. — SG


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INXS’ Andrew Farriss says he’s working on new music in Nashville

INXS’ Andrew Farriss says he’s working on new music in Nashville as the Aussie musician prepares to support Don McLean on tour

Andrew Farriss, the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to America to start work on new material.

The 63-year-old musician has teased he’s working on another album, this time in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music.

Farriss, who co-wrote many of INXS’ hits, including Need You Tonight, arrived there last week and has been writing music with his friend and collaborator Jeffrey Trott.

Andrew Farriss (right), the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to Nashville, Tennessee, to start work on new material with his friend Jeffrey Trott (left)

Andrew Farriss (right), the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to Nashville, Tennessee, to start work on new material with his friend Jeffrey Trott (left)

He posted an image of the pair on Instagram on Monday during a break from recording in the studio. 

The pair looked relaxed and focused in their comfortable attire as they posed in a garden setting before getting back to business.  

‘Great catching up and doing some songwriting with the legendary Jeffrey Trott in Nashville last week! Thanks so much Jeff and Quinn for your hospitality,’ he wrote.

Since arriving in Nashville, Farriss has been sightseeing and dined at an Italian restaurant

Since arriving in Nashville, Farriss has been sightseeing and dined at an Italian restaurant

Trott shared the same enthusiasm about their project which remains on the horizon. 

‘Me and my long time bud Andrew Farriss of INXS fame,’ he said. 

Since he arrived in Nashville, Farriss has checked out several of the city’s sights and recently dined at a high-end Italian restaurant. 

'If you¿re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville, Carne Mare is the place to be,' he said

 ‘If you’re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville, Carne Mare is the place to be,’ he said

‘If you’re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville Carne Mare is the place to be,’ he recommended. 

Farriss is preparing to support Don McLean on his upcoming Australian tour in April. 

The multi-instrumentalist’s debut solo album was released in March 2021. 

The multi-instrumentalist's debut solo album was released in March 2021

The multi-instrumentalist’s debut solo album was released in March 2021 

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Deon Cole shares emotional story behind naming his Netflix comedy special ‘Charleen’s Boy’

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Get ready to laugh because Deon Cole‘s new comedy special Charleen’s Boy is out on Netflix now. 

In his second special with the streamer, Cole shares his comical take on life and dating in today’s society. While the project brings more than a few laughs, the background is much more emotional, as the special is dedicated to and named after his late mother. 

“My mom passed about a year ago and I don’t have no brothers and sisters and nothing like that or father that [she] was like my only rock, you know, my everything. I did everything for her. When she passed away, it just left a void,” he tells ABC Audio.

Additionally, Charleen’s Boy was filmed on the anniversary of his mother’s death, though that wasn’t the plan originally. 

“I wasn’t even supposed to shoot, especially on that day,” the black-ish star says before explaining that it was the only day available. “I didn’t want to do it…but then a few days later, I just kept feeling this energy like, nah don’t mourn that day, just celebrate her that day.” 

The change of heart also prompted a change in the name of the Netflix special which he revealed was previously titled called Cole Facts

“I changed it to Charleen’s Boy because I felt like when people see it it’d be the name of the special, but it also be what I am and, you know, make sure her name ring forever,” Coles explains. “So it was special to shoot that day instead of mourning that day. I celebrated that.” 

Deon Cole: Charleen’s Boy is available to stream now. 

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Michael Ende’s Fantasy Novel Getting New Movie Adaptation – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Momo, one of the best-loved works by The Neverending Story scribe Michael Ende, is getting a big-canvas, English-language screen adaption from leading German producer Christian Becker (The Wave, Fuck YouGoethe) and bilingual writer-director Christian Ditter (How To Be Single).

The ambitious movie version of Ende’s popular fantasy novel will chart the story of the eponymous Momo, an orphan girl who must do battle with the soulless and otherworldly ‘grey men’ who stealthily take over her city and steal time. Ende’s book has long been considered a critique of consumerism, stress and unfeeling individualism, themes that should strongly resonate in a contemporary context.

Published in more than 40 languages, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the German book’s first publication and producers are hoping to begin filmmaking towards the end of 2023.

“For almost 35 years it was impossible to make a new adaptation of Momo,” explains Becker, who spent years with Ditter trying to disentangle the rights from Ende’s estate and other stakeholders such as Beta Film, which owned the remake rights to the only previous film adaptation, a 1986 German-Italian production which featured John Huston in his last on screen role.

Momo is one of Michael Ende’s most successful books,” adds Ditter who has scripted the adaptation and will direct. “Everyone of our generation in Germany has read it. It was one of my favourite novels. But the rights were always very hard to get hold of. We weren’t the only interested group the estate met with. So, it took some sensitive negotiation. Naturally, they wanted to know the team would handle the novel carefully.”

Following a splashy but under-the-radar rights deal a few years ago, Becker and Ditter have spent the last couple of years crafting a script which they’re now taking out to potential partners on both sides of the Atlantic.

“We’re very happy with the script”, says Ditter. “The novel has multi-generational appeal. It’s a fantasy story which is poetic and personal but also about family and friendship. The book’s central premise, about mysterious creatures who steal the commodity of time, was an unusual concept in the ’80s, but in today’s world of long working hours, global corporations and the search for wellness and mindfulness, it becomes even fresher.”

Becker adds: “Our adaptation, which is a fantasy with sci-fi elements, is going to be a large, big-canvas, high-end international production with four quadrant appeal. The girl we’ll cast will likely be aged between 10-16.”

Ditter and Becker previously collaborated on the popular German film franchises Crocodiles and Vicky The Viking (specifically Vicky And The Treasure Of The Gods).

Becker is one of Germany’s most prolific and successful producers. Credits include Dennis Gansel’s breakout 2008 thriller The Wave, the Jim Button franchise, box office hits Vicky The Viking and Suck Me Shakespeare (aka Fuck YouGoethe, which is the fourth-biggest German film ever at the local box office), and more recently, Netflix thriller Blood Red Sky. His company Rat Pack, which is a subsidiary of German giant Constantin, is in post-production on Netflix action-war film Blood And Gold.

Ditter is known for German and English-language movies and series including Netflix’s Biohackers, Lily Collins starrer Love, Rosie, and New Line rom-com How To Be Single with Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie. That movie took more than $110M. He is in post on Isla Fisher and Greg Kinnear comedy The Present, and co-wrote the script for Amazon’s upcoming YA fantasy movie Silver.

As we revealed last year, there is currently a tug of war going on for the rights to remake Michael Ende’s fantasy classic The NeverEnding Story.




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Kevin Hart’s ‘Die Hart’ is coming to South Africa

Satirical action comedy Die Hart, which follows Kevin Hart in his pursuit of a life-changing role, will be launched on Prime Video on 24 February and in cinemas from 22 February 2023.

Die Hart sees Hart playing a fictionalized version of himself, as he sets out to pivot away from being pigeonholed as a comedy wingman to being taken seriously as an action movie star.

Hart attends ‘Action Hero School’ run by Ron Wilcox, played by John Travolta, where he attempts to learn the ropes on how to become one of the industry’s most coveted action stars.

Hart and John Travolta are joined by Nathalie Emmanuel, Josh Hartnett, and Jean Reno. The movie is directed by Eric Appel and written by Derek Kolstad.

Chris Mansolillo, Director, Content Acquisition, Prime Video said: “We truly love this movie and can’t wait to share it with our customers in South Africa and worldwide, Kevin Hart is one of the world’s most talented entertainers and we’re so pleased to work with him and Hartbeat to be the exclusive home for this brilliant film.”

Jeff Clanagan, Hartbeat’s Chief Distribution Officer and Die Hart producer said: “Die Hart has become a powerhouse franchise for Hartbeat and an incredible crowd-pleaser that unites audiences around the world through laughter.  We are thrilled to partner with Prime Video and Empire to bring Die Hart the movie to both audiences at home worldwide and cinema goers in South Africa, furthering its growing impact on a global stage.”

The movie features ten-episode series reimagined into a feature film format.

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INXS’ Andrew Farriss says he’s working on new music in Nashville

INXS’ Andrew Farriss says he’s working on new music in Nashville as the Aussie musician prepares to support Don McLean on tour

Andrew Farriss, the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to America to start work on new material.

The 63-year-old musician has teased he’s working on another album, this time in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of country music.

Farriss, who co-wrote many of INXS’ hits, including Need You Tonight, arrived there last week and has been writing music with his friend and collaborator Jeffrey Trott.

Andrew Farriss (right), the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to Nashville, Tennessee, to start work on new material with his friend Jeffrey Trott (left)

Andrew Farriss (right), the main composer for legendary Australian rock band INXS, has flown to Nashville, Tennessee, to start work on new material with his friend Jeffrey Trott (left)

He posted an image of the pair on Instagram on Monday during a break from recording in the studio. 

The pair looked relaxed and focused in their comfortable attire as they posed in a garden setting before getting back to business.  

‘Great catching up and doing some songwriting with the legendary Jeffrey Trott in Nashville last week! Thanks so much Jeff and Quinn for your hospitality,’ he wrote.

Since arriving in Nashville, Farriss has been sightseeing and dined at an Italian restaurant

Since arriving in Nashville, Farriss has been sightseeing and dined at an Italian restaurant

Trott shared the same enthusiasm about their project which remains on the horizon. 

‘Me and my long time bud Andrew Farriss of INXS fame,’ he said. 

Since he arrived in Nashville, Farriss has checked out several of the city’s sights and recently dined at a high-end Italian restaurant. 

'If you¿re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville, Carne Mare is the place to be,' he said

 ‘If you’re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville, Carne Mare is the place to be,’ he said

‘If you’re looking for a upscale fantastic Italian restaurant in Nashville Carne Mare is the place to be,’ he recommended. 

Farriss is preparing to support Don McLean on his upcoming Australian tour in April. 

The multi-instrumentalist’s debut solo album was released in March 2021. 

The multi-instrumentalist's debut solo album was released in March 2021

The multi-instrumentalist’s debut solo album was released in March 2021 

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Deon Cole shares emotional story behind naming his Netflix comedy special ‘Charleen’s Boy’

CLIFTON PRESCOD/NETFLIX

Get ready to laugh because Deon Cole‘s new comedy special Charleen’s Boy is out on Netflix now. 

In his second special with the streamer, Cole shares his comical take on life and dating in today’s society. While the project brings more than a few laughs, the background is much more emotional, as the special is dedicated to and named after his late mother. 

“My mom passed about a year ago and I don’t have no brothers and sisters and nothing like that or father that [she] was like my only rock, you know, my everything. I did everything for her. When she passed away, it just left a void,” he tells ABC Audio.

Additionally, Charleen’s Boy was filmed on the anniversary of his mother’s death, though that wasn’t the plan originally. 

“I wasn’t even supposed to shoot, especially on that day,” the black-ish star says before explaining that it was the only day available. “I didn’t want to do it…but then a few days later, I just kept feeling this energy like, nah don’t mourn that day, just celebrate her that day.” 

The change of heart also prompted a change in the name of the Netflix special which he revealed was previously titled called Cole Facts

“I changed it to Charleen’s Boy because I felt like when people see it it’d be the name of the special, but it also be what I am and, you know, make sure her name ring forever,” Coles explains. “So it was special to shoot that day instead of mourning that day. I celebrated that.” 

Deon Cole: Charleen’s Boy is available to stream now. 

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