Entertainment

Everything We Know About 'Loki' on Disney+

Tom Hiddleston is back and ready to cause mischief.

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Is everyone ready for more Loki, back from the dead? Despite having bitten the dust in¬†Avengers: Infinity War, trickster god Loki is returning for his own series on Disney+.¬†Loki¬†will find everyone’s favourite raven-haired Asgardian getting involved in some mischief as he hops through time. So what can we expect and when can we expect it? Let’s dive in.

When will Loki premiere?

As Disney+ announced at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour in February 2021, the first season of Loki is dropping June 11.

What’s Loki about?

If you’ll recall, when the Avengers were fighting with themselves in¬†Endgame¬†as part of their time traveling plan to stop Thanos, Loki grabbed the tesseract, thus freeing him from the captivity he was facing at the end of¬†2012’s¬†The Avengers¬†and giving him a second chance at life. (Yes, the timeline is confusing, just go with it.) The first look at¬†Loki¬†footage, released in December 2020, revealed that after he grabs that stone he’s blasted to a sandy locale. He’s eventually apprehended by the TVA, the Time Variance Agency.

What’s the Time Variance Agency?

Disney+ seemingly loves introducing new organizations in their slate of Marvel shows.¬†WandaVision¬†brought us S.W.O.R.D., and now Loki¬†will introduce the TVA, which has appeared in the comics before and is tasked with keeping all the timelines going on in the Multiverse under control. We’re now fully in the Multiverse phase of the MCU, where literally anything is possible. Presumably,¬†Loki¬†will somehow tie directly into the upcoming¬†Doctor Strange¬†sequel,¬†Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which fans are speculating will jump off whatever happens in the¬†WandaVision¬†finale.

Who is in Loki?

Obviously, Tom Hiddleston is back as Thor’s adoptive stepbrother, but the rest of the cast is stacked as well. Owen Wilson, rocking a mustache and a grey hair cut, is part of the TVA, as is Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Other cast members include¬†Sasha Lane, Sophia DiMartino, and Richard E. Grant. We’re also expecting some cameos from some familiar frenemies.¬†Need help finding something to watch?

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef,¬†Cuong Nguyen¬†will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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