Narrator of Stop Laughing, This Is Serious (ABC1, 9pm), Eric Bana, begins the show by saying, “We Aussies love our comedy”, a reasonably uncontroversial statement, if one that leads a viewer to wonder whether this is a unique national trait, or people in other countries might quite enjoy a bit of comedy too.
Bana follows this up with “Today, it’s up there with the best in the world”, a slightly more contestable claim. But yes, the story of Australian comedy is a long and sometimes amusing one, classic moments nestling snugly up against horrible cringes decade after decade.
This show attempts to chart that story, happily dredging up plenty of great memories for comedy fans, capturing the thoughts of some of the country’s most-feted comedians, and occasionally exaggerating how much difference a joke can make.
The first episode, titled “Faark, faark” looks at the comedy of rebellion. The topic of political comedy brings out the usual suspects: Norman Gunston on the Parliament steps for the Dismissal, which is one of the more extraordinary moments in entertainment history; and the Chaser’s legendary security breach at APEC in 2007, a classic case of satire, in the words of Andrew Denton “showing that the balloon can be pricked”. Read more: www.smh.com.au
This is our new Fuel Magazine issue #19. Following suit from Tank Moto, Fuel is now up to A4 size and has had a little design refresh, but it retains the thick, glossy production values and packs in considerably more content than any Fuel Magazine issue before it.
As you can see, our cover story is Eric Bana’s freshly finished XB coupe that we shot as a Fuel Magazine exclusive. We’ve got a massive article inside as a result of two days shooting with the ‘Beast’ and chatting with Eric around Melbourne earlier this year.
There will be more details on our return, but for now let’s get some dates and details out of the way. Subscriptions are currently open, and will start with issue #19. All subs will mail out on Tuesday 24th March from our Melbourne and Detroit offices, after which subscriptions will then change to start with issue #20. So, you have until the 24th to ensure that Eric drops in to your mailbox before the issue hits the shops. Speaking of which, issue #19 will be on general release online and in Australian newsagents on Monday 30th March.
For stockist details have a look at the FM stockists webpage. With any further questions not answered here, feel free to comment through our social media channels.
You can also come along to our Coffee & Classics V event in Port Melbourne on the 28th of March to pick up a copy.
A-lister Eric Bana decided to swap roles today, as he served the coffee in a Dublin cafe today.
The Time Traveller’s Wife star took a break from filming Jim Sheridan’s new flick The Secret Scripture and decided to start pouring coffees in Dublin coffee house Coffee Angel.
“Just the usual Sat @coffeeangelsouthannestreet… barista in training & lovely film star @ericbana67 pouring Flat Whites (-; #starbarista #coffeeangel #coffeeangelsas,” the company wrote on Instagram.
Eric Bana is set to play Uther, the father of King Arthur, in Guy Ritchie’s “Knights of the Round Table” for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.
Charlie Hunnam will play Arthur, with Astrid Berges-Frisbey playing Guinevere. Jude Law is also in talks for the role of the villain.
Ritchie will direct with a script from Joby Harold. Ritchie and Harold are also producing along with Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, though the pic is set to open on July 22, 2016. Niija Kuykendall and Cate Adams are overseeing for the studio.
The studio hopes the film can kick-start another franchise for Warner Bros., with the story to be told over six installments.
For Bana, the role isn’t the biggest, but the studio and Ritchie were always looking for a big name for the part to make a splash for the time he is onscreen, originally going to Liam Neeson before circling back with Bana.
Bana, who is repped by WME, recently wrapped production on Disney’s “The Finest Hours” and is also attached to star in the spy action comedy “Special Correspondents,” which has Ricky Gervais writing and directing as well as Jim Sheridan’s “The Secret Scripture.”
Their latest film role has seen them relocate to Ireland for the shooting process. Wrapping up warm while on set for the upcoming thriller The Secret Scripture, Vanessa Redgrave and Eric Bana, both donned quilted jackets on Thursday, 12. Braving the chill, the actors were seen taking time outs by their trailers as they awaited their cues.
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