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"The Wolverine" Jackman punches Russell
"The Gladiator" Crowe in play...
Jackman tried to punch Russell Crowe as many times
as possible during rehearsals for theatre production
Australian star keeps asking to re-shoot fight scenes
where he knocks Crowe out, because he enjoys it so
source told The Sun newspaper: "The crew find
it hilarious as Crowe would obviously sweep the floor
with Jackman in real life.
keeps ribbing Russell and winding him up but he's
been getting his own back by calling Hugh a twirlie,
which is showbiz speak for a singer/dancer."
Jackman has always had to be in good shape to play
muscular superhero Wolverine in the X-Men films, he
was recently told he had to bulk up to play the character
in the next movie, The Wolverine, as he had lost so
many pounds while appearing in Hugh Jackman: Back
said: "The studio wants me to bulk up. Singing
and dancing makes the suits nervous because weight
just falls off me, but I'd rather sing and dance on
Broadway than make movies."
is also no stranger to long fight scenes, having undergone
gruelling shoots against Michael Shannon in Superman:
Man of Steel, in which he played the titular superhero's
tweeted: "15km bike ride, umpteen hours fighting
Michael Shannon. He's very hard to put down. Hard
to tell who wins, we are still fighting tomorrow.
Bruce Willis and his heavily-pregnant wife make the
most of their freedom on a double date with Sylvester
may be two of Hollywood's biggest action stars but
recently Bruce Willis and Sylvester "Rambo"
Stallone showed off their softer sides.
actors enjoyed a double date with one another and
their wives as they met up for dinner in Los Angeles.
they emerged from Craig's Restaurant, Willis and his
wife Emma Heming looked in good spirits following
their meal, as they were making the most of their
freedom before the birth of their first child.
Stallone and his wife of almost 15 years, Jennifer
Flavin, had been giving Heming some parenting advice.
and Heming announced that they were expecting their
first child together last year, and judging by the
brunette's large bump, it won't be long until the
model was glowing as she left the restaurant holding
her husband's hand and smiled for the cameras.
wore a black and white printed dress that highlighted
her stomach with a waist belt, and completed her look
with a black jacket and matching flats.
Hard star Willis had also dressed for the occasion
and wore a smart dark suit and a shirt but looked
less enthusiastic as he left the building.
followed closely behind the couple wearing a red two-tone
blazer with grey trousers and a shirt.
wife dressed down in a pair of jeans and a blue leather
jacket, but she did make sure she was taller than
her husband by wearing a pair of black knee-high boots.
and Stallone recently reunited with one another to
star in the upcoming action sequel, The Expendables
film, which is due for release in August this year,
features an array of well-known action stars including
Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van
Are Bruce Willis And Sylvester Stallones Wives
Joining Season 3 Of Real Housewives of Beverly Wills?...
There has been many rumors that Sylvester Stallones
wife, Jennifer Flavin was asked to join season 3 of
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but no confirmation
just yet. The National Enquirer is now reporting that
Jennifer is "heavily recruiting" close friend
and Bruce Willis wife Emma Heming to join the show
as well! A Hollywood pal told The Enquirer, "They
know each other from their modeling days, and Jen
thinks the two of them together can take over
the show and she loves that their hubbies are
how exactly does Bruce and Sly feel about this? The
leak says, "While Jennifer says Sly is totally
supportive of the idea, shes trying to get Emma
to convince Bruce that this would be a good thing.
Hes wary because Emma is about to become a first-time
mom. Hes also not thrilled about having a reality
TV crew following them everywhere." The two couples
were seen having dinner last week and apparently "Bruce
told Jennifer he would consider the idea. But first
he wants to get past the impending arrival of his
Jagger and Richards mend relationship...
all need someone to lean on, and the founding duo
of the Rolling Stones say they are doing just that
after overcoming three decades of misunderstandings
with a year of that including some heavy conversation.
an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mick Jagger
and Keith Richards said they rebuilt their friendship
after guitarist Richards's best-selling 2011 memoirs
Life laid bare his pent-up frustration with the snake-hipped
the 1980s, for instance, Keith and I were not communicating
very well," Jagger told the pop culture magazine,
which celebrates the band's 50th anniversary in its
got very involved with the business side of the Stones,
mainly because I felt no one else was interested -
but it's plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded,
which is a pity. Time I reckon to move on."
right," said Richards. The pair the Stones in
1962 after they met in a London train station and
discovered their mutual love for American blues music.
and I have had conversations over the last year of
a kind we have not had for an extremely long time
and that has been incredibly important to me,"
far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very
raw, as I meant it to be - but I know that some parts
of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick
and I regret that."
Stone reported earlier this week that the Stones are
planning no concert tour for its 50th anniversary,
although it quoted Richards as suggesting that 2013
was a "more realistic" target for hitting
the road. (AFP)
Souris in the dark about casino sackings...
New South Wales Gaming Minister George Souris says
he knows nothing about the latest sackings at Sydney's
official inquiry is underway into the sacking last
month of Star's managing director Sid Vaikunta, for
allegedly inappropriate behaviour.
the casino has reportedly sacked three mid-level managers
for breaches of its internet and email policies.
manager is believed to have forwarded an email explaining
why responsible gambling rules do not apply to international
Souris says it is news to him.
matters relating to the operation of the casino that
arise during this inquiry are matters not for me,"
are matters for the independent Liquor and Gaming
Authority, and are specially in the hands of the independent
inquiry that has been commissioned by the authority
in the hands of Gail Furness SC."
Souris was confronting a media pack for the first
time since allegations were raised about the government's
involvement in the Sid Vaikunta episode.
state opposition has claimed the Premier's former
communications director Peter Grimshaw used his position
and his friendship with George Souris to conduct a
personal vendetta against the casino operators.
Souris says he has done nothing to compromise the
government over the affair.
has confirmed that he spoke to Peter Grimshaw about
keeping some information secret, but said it had nothing
to do with government policy.
conversation was deeply personal." he said.
had nothing to do with any decision the government
was considering or any matter of policy whatsoever
- nothing reflected or compromised the government."
Grimshaw has was stood down from his role pending
an investigation into allegations he forwarded confidential
Souris fronts media over Star allegations...
Tourism Minister George Souris has defended his role
in The Star casino scandal a week after being accused
of hiding from the media.
Souris has distanced himself from the widening scandal
that began with the sacking of the The Star's boss
Sid Vaikunta in February.
whole issue of the casino really does not reflect
on anything I have done," Mr Souris said, speaking
to journalists at the launch of the Sydney Racing
Carnival at Bondi.
is nothing whatsoever that I have compromised - everything
that I have done has been proper."
Souris has become the lightning rod for opposition
attacks over the casino, with Labor Leader John Robertson
saying he had breached the ministerial code of conduct
by withholding information from Premier Barry O'Farrell
about an investigation into The Star.
a text leaked to the media, Mr Souris told Mr O'Farrell's
communications director Peter Grimshaw he hadn't informed
the premier that one of Mr Vaikunta's alleged harassment
victims was in fact Mr Grimshaw's partner.
Grimshaw - who has been stood down by Mr O'Farrell
over another matter - has been accused of waging a
secret campaign against the casino, his former employer.
Souris has been grilled in question time for two weeks
over his dealings with Mr Grimshaw, with the opposition
calling for him to be sacked.
has also been accused of hiding from the media after
refusing to do interviews about The Star and being
absent at major announcements such as Thursday's launch
of the Vivid Sydney festival.
Monday, Mr Souris said the Independent Liquor and
Gaming Authority (ILGA) inquiry into Mr Vaikunta's
sacking would focus on the "real substance of
concerning the operation of the casino itself, that
is the true focus," Mr Souris told reporters.
can assure you not one breach of the public trust
has occurred in anything that I have been involved
in. No government decisions whatsoever have been compromised."
Souris once again defended his decision not to tell
Mr O'Farrell that Mr Grimshaw's partner was one of
the casino boss's alleged victims.
conversation was deeply personal. It had nothing to
do with any decision the government was considering,
or any matter of policy whatsoever," he said.
reflected or compromised the government. They were
deeply personal, and I believe I was able to offer
him a personal hearing board from which I respected
the confidentiality of it."
Souris's comments came as three more managers, including
one who forwarded an email revealing that the casino
allowed international high rollers to gamble non-stop
for more than 24 hours, were sacked from the casino,
Fairfax reported on Monday.
just don't even know anything about that," Mr
O'Farrell said he was concerned about the latest alleged
breaches at The Star but was confident ILGA would
authority is independent, doesn't operate at the direction
of government, but has shown itself proactive in the
past on these issues," he told reporters in Sydney.
EPIX Celebrates Superheroes and the Legendary Stan
Lee With Marvel Heroes Weekend April 27-29
--Hosted by Lee, Event Features World Television Premieres
of Captain America: The First Avenger & EPIX Original
Documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story --National
Free Preview Makes Marvel Heroes Weekend Available
to Subscribers of Affiliated Partners...
YORK, March 19, 2012 - EPIX, the multiplatform premium
entertainment service, will present Marvel Heroes
Weekend, April 27 - 29, a marathon of superhero movies
including Iron Man 2, Thor, the world television premiere
of Captain America: The First Avenger and the EPIX
Original Documentary With Great Power: The Stan Lee
Story. Hosted by legendary comic book creator Stan
Lee, the marathon also includes EPIX Extra: Mighty
Movie Superheroes, examining the origins and fan following
of the mighty team. The weekend celebration of Marvel's
famed superheroes and their creator features the movies
that have led up to the highly anticipated theatrical
release of The Avengers on May 4.
EPIX Original Documentary With Great Power: The Stan
Lee Story follows the life and creations of Stan Lee,
the co-creator of Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk,
X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and over 200 other
characters that can be found in Marvel comic books,
on movie screens and in retail stores around the world.
action-packed superhero films are some of the most
highly viewed titles among EPIX audiences across all
platforms," said EPIX CEO and President Mark
Greenberg. "We're excited to give fans more access
than ever before to the mastermind behind it all,
Heroes Weekend is part of a free preview of EPIX for
all subscribers of affiliate partners, which will
also showcase Hollywood blockbusters Transformers:
Dark of the Moon, Rango, Conan the Barbarian, True
Grit, The Lincoln Lawyer and more, along with EPIX
original comedy and music events Lewis Black: In God
We Rust, Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell and Amnesty International's
Secret Policeman's Ball. Over 30 million homes nationwide
will have access to the free preview, including over
150 titles available On Demand and more than 3000
movie titles available online at EpixHD.com and through
weekend event and free preview will be supported by
television, print, online and out of home advertising
and a national contest hosted by EPIX which will send
winners to the Hollywood premiere of The Avengers.
For more information or to enter, visit the EPIX Facebook
page at www.facebook.com/EpixHD . Additionally, EPIX
has partnered with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
for Avengers-themed sweepstakes promoted across Ryan
Seacrest's nationally syndicated radio shows and website
and across several local Clear Channel stations in
the top 10 media markets.
Disney in the red after film flop John Carter...
film has got a mixed bag of reviews. Most American
media are panning it and most Australian media love
it, so go figure!
Carter is expected to lose $US200 million for Disney,
dragging the studio's whole movie budget into the
says it will take the huge operating loss on the movie,
made by Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton about
a Civil War veteran transplanted to Mars, in its second
light of the theatrical performance of John Carter
($US184 million global box office), we expect the
film to generate an operating loss of approximately
$US200 million during our second fiscal quarter ending
March 31," Disney said in a statement.
a result, our current expectation is that the studio
segment will have an operating loss of between $US80
and $US120 million for the second quarter."
Taylor Kitsch and Willem Dafoe, the movie cost an
estimated $US250 million, but was met with a mixed
bag of reviews from critics when it was released earlier
was the first live action movie for Stanton, who won
best animated film Oscars for Finding Nemo in 2004
and Wall-E in 2009.
also wrote for all three Toy Story movies as well
as Monsters Inc.
2013 Oscars date set...
annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24
next year, organisers say.
nominations for those shortlisted for prizes on Hollywood's
biggest night will be unveiled on January 15.
ceremony will take place at the Hollywood and Highland
Centre ... and will be televised live by the ABC (America)
Television Network to more than 225 countries,"
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said
in a statement.
name of the show's venue - the Kodak Theatre, in the
heart of Hollywood - was changed at the last minute
this year after the bankrupt photo company negotiated
an end to its sponsorship deal.
is unclear if the name will change by next February
or remain the Hollywood and Highland Centre.
silent movie The Artist was crowned best picture at
this year's show.
Theron talks about motherhood...
Charlize Theron has opened up about motherhood, while
promoting her new sci-fi thriller 'Prometheus' at
California's 'wonder-con' convention.
36 year-old says it is everything she wanted, after
adopting her son Jackson four months ago.
is set for release later this year, marking Ridley
Scott's return to the sci-fi film-making industry.
actor Guy Pearce also stars in the film. Early buzz
is that the film will be a hit.
Stacy Keibler to judge X Factor?...
Keibler is in talks to join 'The X Factor'.
former professional wrestler - who is the main squeeze
aka girlfriend of actor George Clooney - has reportedly
been involved in a series of secret meetings about
the possibility of becoming a judge on the upcoming
second series of the US version of Simon Cowell's
pop star search TV show.
the blonde beauty and pop superstar Britney Spears
are believed to be filling the two panel slots left
vacant by axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger,
insiders have suggested Stacy's "lack of experience"
in the music industry means she could be more likely
to take over from former host Steve Jones.
leak said: "Stacy Keibler is also in talks to
join the show, but her lack of experience in the music
business may make her more appropriate as a host.
She looks fantastic and has bags of charisma."
Britney is believed to have been offered a deal worth
$10 million to become a judge, it is alleged she is
demanding "a lot more money".
source added to the New York Post newspaper: "Talks
are still ongoing with Britney and she is asking for
a lot more money than was originally offered. But
producers are confident Britney will realise this
is a great opportunity for her to reinvent herself
and accept their deal."
boss Simon - who is joined on the judging panel by
record label chief L.A. Reid - has previously admitted
he is keen for the presenter of the series to not
come from a hosting background.
said: "I always wanted a boy and a girl to host
the show. And I like hosts who don't kind of have
a hosting background, it's a different kind of dynamic."
HBO cancels Luck after horse deaths...
Dustin Hoffman's television series Luck, which earned
some of its critical acclaim for its portrayal of
thoroughbreds racing around the racetracks of southern
camera however the show has had some very bad luck.
horseracing drama series Luck has been cancelled after
the deaths of three horses, TV network HBO and producers
which is currently filming the drama's second series,
has abruptly suspended the use of horses on its set
following the sudden death of yet another one of its
series won't return for the second season run that
began production last month, it said.
horse was put down on Tuesday after it reared, fell
over backwards, and hit its head.
incident, which occurred on location at Santa Anita
racetrack north of Los Angeles, was the third fatal
accident involving horses in Luck's short history.
rights activists are understood to be outraged by
the development, and have called for police to launch
an investigation into possible breaches of welfare
blamed the "outrageous" deaths on "sloppy
oversights" by the makers of the show, created
by the Hollywood director, Michael Mann.
for its part, can barely afford more negative publicity
for the expensive show, which recently debuted in
the UK on Sky.
heavily marketed, and despite receiving positive reviews,
Luck has underperformed commercially, attracting just
625,000 viewers in the US.
a statement, the network said it was "deeply
saddened" by the horse's death.
promised "full co-operation" with an investigation
by the American Humane Association [AHA].
assertions of lax attitudes or negligence could not
be further from the truth," it read.
will not be filming horses until AHA completes its
week's fatal accident was witnessed by Gary Beck,
horse was on her way back to the stall when she reared,
flipped over backwards, and struck her head on the
ground," he said, in a statement.
the injury was too serious to respond to treatment,
euthanasia the only appropriate move, he added.
California Horse Racing Board, which has allowed HBO
to use Santa Anita during its off-season, said that
a full post mortem will now be carried out on the
we see several of these injuries in the stable area
every year," said its equine medical director,
are more common than people realise."
local animal welfare lobby is unlikely to be impressed
with the statement.
before this week's events, they were investigating
Luck's treatment of its equine stars, alleging that
two other horses who suffered fatal accidents during
the filming of the show's first series should never
have been allowed on set.
first season of Luck premiered in Australia on Showcase
Australian TV Ratings - Sunday 18th March 2012
My Kitchen Rules 1,710,000 2 Aust FIA Formula One
1,399,000 3 Sunday Night 1,304,000 4 60 Minutes 1,187,000
5 Seven News 1,179,000
Australian Box Office...
Week TITLE Weeks In Release Last Weekend ($) Total
John Carter NEW 3,092,526 3,092,526
Project X 2 1,098,478 2,920,967
Contraband 3 727,100 4,474,648
This Means War 4 673,397 7,263,919
The Vow 5 550,206 10,439,780
Safe House 5 429,402 8,131,194
The Artist 6 406,205 3,375,922
The Devil Inside 2 380,884 1,339,572
Hugo 9 296,163 9,830,145
My Week With Marilyn 4 228,551 2,161,960
Headhunters NEW 190,187 222,992
A Separation 2 173,093 563,630
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 3 145,330 1,187,455
The Grey 4 132,988 2,295,195
The Descendants 9 120,235 14,930,061
Taylor Swift Unveils Hunger Games Song "Eyes
Swift fans who can't wait to see The Hunger Games
got a special treat over the weekend.
country pop princess performed, for the first time
ever, "Eyes Open," the tune she contributed
to the would-be blockbuster hitting theaters this
really excited about it
but, I mean, you don't
think I'd get in trouble if I played it now? Probably
not, right?" Swift teased the thousands of screaming
concertgoers who packed Auckland, New Zealand's Vector
Arena last night.
then launched into a solo acoustic rendition of "Eyes
Open" that began with the refrain: "Everybody's
waiting/Everybody's watching/Even when you're sleeping/Keep
your eye-eyes open."
song is one of the best cuts off the Hunger Games
soundtrack, which hits stores tomorrow and also includes
"Safe & Sound," which Swift wrote and
performed with the singer-songwriter duo Civil Wars,
along with ditties from Arcade Fire, Maroon 5 and
Miranda Lambert among others.
you like it?" Swift asked the crowd, and her
fans do nuts.
WWE Sheamus Visit To Sydney On St. Patrick's Day News...
was great to see WWE make the effort to bring Sheamus
to Sydney, Australia this past Saturday. Sheamus was
friendly to all of the fans (he got to meet). What
wasn't so great was the way many fans missed out on
the opp to meet him, and the miscommunication of information
about the visit. One DVD - music distribution company
published the wrong venue in their media and fan send
outs, so some fans and media ended up going to Blacktown
Big W instead of Bankstown Big W. Many fans and a
number of media were also treated poorly by some security
guards. It's a shame that one or two bad apples can
spoil the show and put a black mark on the event.
Media Man is hopeful that Sheamus goes on to win the
World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 28
as he faces champion Daniel Bryan. By the way, check
out the revamped WWE website which is very social
media focused and looks fantastic.
WWE signs Australian Wrestler...
WWE has signed an Aussie! Sonny Elliot (formally Danny
Bolton). Sonny was South Australian based and trained
with Lance Storm in Canada. He was recently added
to the main FCW roster. We wish Sonny well as his
it fans. Stay tuned to Media
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