DiCaprio and Jonah Hill: Django Unchained co-stars
on Sydney Harbour
DiCaprio and Jonah Hill: Django Unchained co-stars
on Sydney Harbour...
DiCaprio and Jonah Hill enjoyed the weather during
a boat trip on Sydney Harbour last Friday. The Django
Unchained co-stars were with Hollywood friends Lukas
Haas and Kevin Connolly. Girls about were in bikinis
of course. Earlier in the day they arrived in lear
jet with Jamie Foxx, which Media Man understands was
organised by our friends at The Star (parent company
Echo Entertainment), where the celebrities will be
spending New Year's Eve tonight. They'll be joining
a swag of other stars including Chace Crawford, Matthew
Morrison, Colton Haynes and Samantha Ronson, who will
be likely making appearances at Marquee, with a possibility
of ducking into Cherry and grabbing a few drinks.
We heard a little something about James Bond or Bond
girls, but more on that later. Maybe later Leo and
friends might play a bit of poker too.
New Year's Eve is done and dusted many will fly back
to the U.S so they can also enjoy NYE celebrations
on their own soil. Hollywood or Las Vegas anyone?
Kids turning off TV: ABS figures...
statistics demonstrate Australian kids are viewing
less television than they were a decade ago.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey focuses
on children between five and 14.
found they have been watching an average of 15 hours
of television a week this year, compared to 22 hours
proportion accessing the internet increased from 64
per cent to 90 per cent over the same period.
ABS also found more children were taking up dancing
and martial arts, with 27 per cent more pursuing an
interest in dancing.
number taking to the netball court fell 8 per cent,
although netball still remains in the top three most
popular sports for kids between 11 and 12.
remains the most popular activity for kids between
five and 11.
FBI re-issues Marilyn Monroe files...
files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located
earlier this year have been found and re-issued.
files had previously been heavily edited, but more
details are now public.
files show the extent to which the agency was monitoring
the actress for ties to communism in the years before
her death in August 1962. They reveal that some in
Monroe's inner circle were concerned about her association
with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who was disinherited
from his wealthy family over his leftist views.
trip to Mexico in 1962 to shop for furniture brought
her in contact with Field, who was living in the country
with his wife in self-imposed exile. Informants reported
to the FBI that a 'mutual infatuation' had developed
between Field and Monroe, which caused concern among
some in her inner circle, including her therapist.
situation caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe's
entourage and also among the (American Communist Group
in Mexico),' the file says.
autobiography devotes an entire chapter to Monroe's
Mexico trip. He mentions that he and his wife accompanied
Monroe on shopping trips and meals. He mentions politics
only once, in a passage on their dinnertime conversations.
talked mostly about herself and some of the people
who had been or still were important to her,' Field
wrote in From Right to Left.
told us about her strong feelings for civil rights,
for black equality, as well as her admiration for
what was being done in China, her anger at red-baiting
and McCarthyism and her hatred of (FBI director) J
Hoover's watch, the FBI kept watch on the political
and social lives of many celebrities, including Frank
Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin and Monroe's ex-husband Arthur
Miller. The bureau has also been involved in investigations
about crimes against celebrities, including threats
against Elizabeth Taylor, an extortion case involving
Clark Gable and more recently, trying to determine
who killed rapper Notorious B.I.G.
AP had sought the removal of edits from Monroe's FBI
files earlier this year as part of a series of stories
on the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death. The FBI
had said that it had transferred the files to a National
Archives facility, but archivists said the documents
had not been received. A few months after requesting
details on the transfer, the FBI released an updated
version of the files that eliminate dozens of redactions.
years, the files have intrigued investigators, biographers
and those who don't believe Monroe's death at her
Los Angeles area home was a suicide.
1982 investigation by the Los Angeles District Attorney's
Office found no evidence of foul play after reviewing
all available investigative records, but it noted
that the FBI files were 'heavily censored'.
characterisation intrigued the man who performed Monroe's
autopsy, Dr Thomas Noguchi. While the investigation
concluded he conducted a thorough autopsy, Noguchi
has conceded that no one will likely ever know all
the details of Monroe's death. The FBI files and confidential
interviews conducted with the actress' friends that
have never been made public might help, he wrote in
his 1983 memoir titled Coroner.
the basis of my own involvement in the case, beginning
with the autopsy, I would call Monroe's suicide 'very
probable,'' Noguchi wrote. 'But I also believe that
until the complete FBI files are made public and the
notes and interviews of the suicide panel released,
controversy will continue to swirl around her death.'
Movie Box Office numbers: Avengers #1...
Avengers is #1 at Australian box office for 2012.
The superhero brands Iron Man, Captain America, The
Hulk and Thor besting rivals from Batman, TED, James
Bond and The Hunger Games.
10 Highest-grossing films of 2012 in Australia...
The Avengers $53,339,551
The Dark Knight Rises $43,163,860
The Hunger Games $32,019,203
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 $27,850,360
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift $27,554,158
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $24,125,713
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $21,080,526
Snow White and the Huntsman $19,806,983
Stan Lee; Comics Legend Turns 90...
Lee, the man almost synonymous with Marvel Comics,
turns 90 Friday. Born in 1922, Lee refuses to slow
down, making cameo appearances in films and staying
active on Twitter.
Lee was born Stanley Leiber. Before Lee defined comic
books at Marvel Comics, he worked in nearly every
aspect of the comics-publishing industry. Lee began
as an assistant for Timely Comics, and his first writing
credit was for text filler in Captain America
Comics." He became Timely's interim editor the
same year, 1941.
took nearly 20 years before Lee changed the comics
landscape forever. After DC Comics created the Justice
League of America - featuring Superman, Aquaman, Batman,
Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Wonder
Woman -- Lee was tasked to create his own superhero
team to compete with its success.
collaborated with Jack Kirby to create the Fantastic
Four. Timely became Atlas Comics in 1951, and it was
Marvel Comics by 1961. The collaboration between Lee
and Kirby during the 1960s created a slew of superheroes
that would dominate the comic-book industry and, later,
the film industry.
spearheading Marvel, co-created Spider-Man, Hulk,
Iron Man, Thor, and the X-Men, among others, with
Kirby illustrating many of the comics.
The Avengers dominating movie-theater
box offices this year, the successful reboot of The
Amazing Spider-Man, and the forthcoming Wolverine
and X-Men productions, Lee's legacy will continue
for the next generation of comic fans. Lee -- with
his trademark signoff, Excelsior! and
humor -- made cameo appearances in The Avengers
and The Amazing Spider-Man, and he took
to Twitter to thank fans for all the birthday wishes.
Lee did not pass up an opportunity to comment on the
recent death of one of his greatest creations, Peter
Parker. Lee sent a tweet to Dan Slott, the writer
responsible for the death of Peter Parker in The
Amazing Spider-Man #700, saying, What
a gift, some guys give a nice cigar, a watch, but
no not you, I get a dead #PeterParker Thanks for the
bday wishes my friend!