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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.
The Star Casino Nightclub To Lure Paris Hilton, Boyfriend
And Clique - End Of Month...
been mixed headlines for The Star over the past month,
but the powers that be are hoping the ship will turn
around after re pushing the celebrity card, now looking
to have netted Paris Hilton and friends.
Star in 'Sin City' Sydney will fly in some big name
celebs to help launch its new nightclub, Marquee.
sounds like its going to be a huge night come March
30, and one of the hottest tickets in town we bet.
producer and DJ Afrojack (Nick van de Wall) is signed
up, and Paris Hilton is as close to 100% as you can
heiress recently fuelled the rumours when she posted
this message on Twitter: "Congrats @NoahTepperberg
on@MarqueeSydney! @DJAfrojack is gonna kill it at
the opening party down there! I love #Australia!"
casino is looking to throw off the negative press
that came its way re the the surprise departure of
former boss Sid Vaikunta.
is a joint venture with Tao Group, which is responsible
for America's biggest nightclubs, including Tao in
Las Vegas and New York, and Marquee Nightclub and
Dayclub in Las Vegas.
Vegas managed to snatch the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce,
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, and 'Sin City' version
is hoping to at least equal that.
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
Brummer 'acted in self-defence' during nightclub scuffle...
former Home and Away heart-throb allegedly attempted
to bite one man, and punched and kicked another in
the scuffle at the city's Crown Casino after the actor
was turned away from a Logie Awards afterparty in
appeared in court in Melbourne on Friday (23 Mar 12)
to face charges of unlawful assault and attempting
to commit an indictable offence for allegedly trying
to bite the security guard.
the actor's lawyer, Andrew Dickenson, argued the incident
was "largely a case of self-defence" as
Brummer was being restrained by up to five guards
and had his hands tied.
asked for the case to be reviewed at a diversion hearing,
which allows first-time offenders to escape a conviction
by making amends for their actions.
magistrate granted the request and the diversion hearing
will be held on 1 May (12).
Soapies star tried to bite bouncer - court...
soapie star Dieter Brummer will reappear in court
in May for allegedly trying to bite, push and kick
Crown Casino security guards on Logies night.
36, was outside a Logies after-party at Melbourne's
Crown Casino on May 2 last year when he was restrained
by up to five security guards aka "gorillas in
Magistrates Court heard Brummer tried to bite one
of the guards and pushed and kicked another.
his lawyer argued he was acting in self-defence.
who shot to stardom on Home and Away and more recently
starred in two Underbelly series, appeared in court
on Friday facing nine charges.
lawyer Andrew Dickenson said Brummer had been restrained
by up to five security guards during the scuffle,
had a bloodied nose and his hands tied when he lashed
this is a case of self-defence, but whether or not
it's reasonable under the circumstances" he told
court heard Brummer had drugs in his possession but
they were later found to be prescription medication.
Dickenson asked for the matter to be referred for
a diversion hearing, given the circumstances.
Ann Collins initially had reservations, but agreed
after hearing Brummer's claim of self-defence.
these sorts of incidents are not the sort of incidents
that would be diverted," she said.
prosecution said the security guards were 'amenable'
to the matter proceeding as a diversion.
of the nine charges will proceed: attempting to commit
an indictable offence and unlawful assault.
was ordered to reappear in court on May 1 for a diversion
hearing, under a program which allows first-time offenders
to avoid a criminal conviction.
a winner of two silver Logie awards, walked from the
court with his lawyer without speaking to news media.
Red Dog Film To Become Musical; Set For The Star Lyric
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -
and Strictly Ballroom next year - the hit Australian
film Red Dog is to become a stage musical.
producer John Frost and film producer Nelson Woss
will meet next week to thrash out ideas for Red Dog
who has An Officer and a Gentleman opening at Sydney's
Lyric theatre in May, says the new show (''music by
Bach?'') is at least two years away. He thinks the
story is likely to stay "pretty close" to
the warm-hearted film, which was based on a true story
about a free-spirited red Kelpie who united an outback
mining community in the 1970s. And he hopes to do
what Woss managed with the film - attract such big
mining companies as Rio Tinto and Woodside as investors.
shows cost 7 or 8 million dollars," he told The
Herald's Garry Maddox. "It's a lot of money to
raise. It'll probably end up costing more than the
film cost, as did Priscilla."
Media Man publicity and internet agency just loves
the idea. "Ruff and ready, and should make a
motza of money for any half decent theatre that takes
it on", a insider was overhead saying.
Star Casino Fun And Games...
is everything, as management at The Star discovered
when the millions spent on flashy parties and celebrities
backfired after boss Sid Vaikunta was sacked for inappropriate
behaviour. Now the casino has yet another big-name
party to launch its new nightclub Marquee, sister
club to its racy Las Vegas counterpart famed for celebrity
high jinks. Enlisted for the launch next Friday are
Afrojack, Bobby Burns and Redfoo, of LMFAO fame and
the hit song Sexy and I Know It. Team Media Man and
Music News Australia is pretty keen to come to the
afterparty, and we're not that hard to find kids.
Marc Webb Talks Amazing Spider-Man...
Marc Webb reveals several details for the upcoming
reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man.
at the WonderCon that is currently being held in Anaheim,
California, check out what director Marc Webb has
to say regarding the upcoming movie, The Amazing Spider-Man..
Amazing Spider-Man follows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield),
a teenager who is an outcast from high school and
abandoned by his parents when he was young and is
now living with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt
May (Sally Field), spends his days trying to unravel
the mystery of his own past and winning the heart
of his high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase belonging to
his dad which leads him to his dad's former partner,
Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans). The discovery of his father's
secret will ultimately shape his destiny of becoming
"Spider-Man" and bring him face to face
with Connors" alter ego, the Lizard. Under the
direction of Marc Webb, the movie will swing in to
theaters on July 3, 2012.
Official Marvel Avengers Colognes Hit the Online Marketplace...
debuting at the International Toy Fair, Avengers colognes
become available for public purchase online and at
select comic stores throughout the U.S. and Canada
VALLEY, Md., March 22, 2012 - After debuting at the
International Toy Fair in true Super Hero fashion,
JADS International, LLC, a company producing fine
fragrances worldwide, is proud to announce that official
Marvel's The Avengers Colognes are now available for
public purchase through the company's online marketplace
(www.jadsinternational.com). Anticipation and excitement
for the colognes and perfume has been building as
the May 4 premiere of Marvel's The Avengers draws
for our official Avengers cologne and perfume has
been, pardon the pun, out of this world and we are
happy to report that fans can now get their hands
on our products before the film premieres," said
Andrew Levine, Chief Executive Officer of JADS. "Everyone
has conventional cologne and perfume at home, but
we take it to another level by offering supernatural
scents that will empower and bring out the Super Hero
in all of us."
JADS Spring 2012 Line for Marvel's The Avengers is
most accessible online and includes:
Avengers Cologne Set (four 60ml Eud du Toilette Vaporisateur
Spray Colognes, $59.99). Set includes four heroic
Cologne, Your Attack Plan: inspired by Captain America,
pays homage to the confident, stand-up to bullies,
hard working average Joe in everyman. The cologne
features hints of green lime and white pepper with
finishes of dry oak wood, sandalwood and tequila.
VII Cologne, Armor Up: inspired by Iron Man, combines
mandarin and jasmine with light patchouli to create
a contemporary expression of "I don't play well
with others" confidence; leaving you ready for
whatever a genius, billionaire, playboy-philanthropist
might encounter throughout their day.
Cologne, Posses the Power: inspired by Thor, is a
woody citrus cologne with a combination of bergamot,
frozen ginger and wheatgrass blended with a hint of
fresh natural grapefruit and layered with cypress;
creating a deep dry masculine almost "God-like"
Be Angry: inspired by Hulk, is a clean scent with
clear top notes of water lily and nutmeg, which carries
on an intense woody dry down, enriched with Indian
sandalwood, dry musk and warm cedar. Complimentary
to full range emotions, it wears well at work, in
the lab, or an evening out on the town.
Widow Perfume (50ml Vaporisateur Eau de Parfum, $29.99)
Russian spy, trained assassin, world-class
ballerina, girl from legal department. This perfume
has a clear shot of citrus slowly giving way to sensual
caramel and honey. The scent dries down with a blend
of bitter chocolate, clear patchouli and praline.
Formula Cologne (100ml Eud du Toilette Vaporisateur
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CIC of S.H.I.E.L.D., this cologne is a seductive fragrance
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risk everything to keep the dream of freedom alive.
And sure, you could describe it as a citron cocktail
smoothed over with a couple of stiff shots of tonka
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and know it makes you smell good.
Cologne (100ml Eud du Toilette Vaporisateur Spray
Cologne, $29.99) Inspired by Thor's bad brother,
Loki, this unisex fragrance combines a base of green
tea and amber with bergamot and cardamom in a dangerous-sexy,
yet playful way that wears well on anyone; day or
All fragrances are made in the U.S., never tested
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The website also supplies a list of comic retailers
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Marvel's The Avengers Marvel Studios presents "Marvel's
The Avengers"the Super Hero team up of
a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron
Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye
and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges
that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury,
Director of the international peacekeeping agency
known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a
team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.
Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo,
Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
and Samuel L. Jackson, and written and directed by
Joss Whedon, "Marvel's The Avengers" is
based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series
"The Avengers," first published in 1963
and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself
for an exciting event movie, packed with action and
spectacular special effects, when "Marvel's The
Avengers" assemble in summer 2012.
Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company,
is one of the world's most prominent character-based
entertainment companies, built on a proven library
of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of
media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character
franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.
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Well known JADS fragrance collections include Star
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The Godfather Movie Franchise Turns 40...
Ford Coppola's The Godfather turns 40 this weekend,
a surprisingly ripe old age for a movie that hasn't
aged a bit.
of the great American movies, The Godfather hasn't
stopped influencing popular culture since the day
it was released.
Scorsese owes much of his career to it, The Sopranos
wouldn't have made sense without it, and VH1's reality
show Mob Wives is a winking travesty of it.
film's alluring portrait of the mob as Old World charmers
with ice-cold hearts appears again and again in crime
films, comedies, video games, comic books, hip-hop
videos - the list goes on. In fact, nearly anything
that focuses on organized crime, corporate gamesmanship
or the glories of patriarchy - from HBO's The Wire
to AMC's Mad Men - seems unable to escape the long,
broad-shouldered shadow of The Godfather. You can
even play The Godfather online slot game at Bwin.Party
Digital Entertainment owned PartyCasino.com
Tell 'em the Media Man sent you.
for all its heavy themes (immigration, politics, business,
the American dream), The Godfather is also vastly
entertaining. It's a grand, macho soap opera full
of unfettered ids, violently settled scores and men
wearing enviable suits. And talk about a bromance:
Have you ever seen so many guys hugging and kissing
in a Hollywood movie?
Miranda Kerr and Jen Hawkins among richest models
in the world...
models Miranda Kerr, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Jennifer Hawkins
and Elle Macpherson have all made Grazia's model rich
magazine published a list of the 11 highest paid models
in the world in its latest issue and listed Kershaw's
earnings as more than the royals.
reported the Melbourne-born model earns $100, 000
a week, making her one of the highest paid models
on the planet.
mum Kerr has a net worth of $11.4 million, while Hawkins
earns $5 million a year.
industry veteran Macpherson dwarfs all of their salaries
with a total worth of $57 million.
Ireland was listed as the richest model in the world
with a fortune of $333 million. Controversial supermodel
Kate Moss is worth $75 million, while her rival Naomi
Campbell has $47 million.
by Forbes to become the "world's first billionaire
supermodel", Gisele Bundchen is well on her way
with an estimated fortune of $238 million.
stalwarts Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum are worth
$52 and $68 million respectively.
personality Tyra Banks is another one of the big earners
with profits from her television and beauty empire
worth $85 million.
Producer Offers Update On Quentin Tarantinos
a ton of casting news followed by some very basic
set photos, alls been quiet on the Django Unchained
front for some time now. Thats because writer/director
Quentin Tarantino has been working hard with his amazing
cast (Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Don Johnson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell, Samuel
L. Jackson, Anthony LaPaglia) to complete the film,
which is aimed at a December 25 release date.
seen some stuff and its amazing. Were
still shooting and my partner Stacey [Sher] is producing
with Pilar Savone who worked for Quentin and Reggie
Hudlin. Im exec-producing and were like,
maybe, half-way through. You have no idea. Its
the most amazing film cause, as you know, its
a spaghetti western about slavery and Quentins
vocabulary is such that its just pure entertainment,
Leonardos the bad guy, its gonna be awesome.
the update on a film thats still in production
but Shamberg not only produced Pulp Fiction for Tarantino,
hes also did The Big Chill, Reality Bites, A
Fish Called Wanda, Out of Sight, Contagion and many
more. Not a bad track record. And its good to
know theyre about half way done.
the film Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave freed by
a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph
Waltz). The pair team up to free Djangos wife
Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) who is held captive
by plantation owner and slave runner Calvin Candie,
played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Smelly Leo DiCaprio not a shower man, says girlfriend
DiCaprio reportedly refuses to use deodorants, while
his girlfriend, model Erin Heatherton, wants him to
clean up a bit and be hygiene-conscious.
has let his love for the environment take over his
whole world and it's killing his love life, he only
showers a couple of days a week to conserve water
and he considers deodorant to be unnatural,"
the showbizspy.com website quoted a source as saying.
loves him dearly but is starting to feel like Leo
loves the environment more than her. Erin has warned
him to clean up his act and his hygiene. If not, he
may wind up chasing off the woman of his dream."
WWE® Studios and Anchor Bay Films to Distribute
The Day - 23rd March 2012...
Studios WWE and Anchor Bay Films today announced a
partnership to co-distribute the provocative action
thriller, The Day. WWE Studios secured the U.S. distribution
rights to the film immediately after the film's initial
audience screening at the Toronto Film Festival.
Day was one of the most buzzed-about films at the
2011 Toronto International Film Festivals Midnight
Madness section. The film stars a stunning cast that
includes Shawn Ashmore (The X-Men trilogy), Dominic
Monaghan (Lost and The Lord of the Rings),
Shannyn Sossamon (A Knights Tale, 40 Days and
40 Nights) and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism).
the incredible audience reaction it saw at Toronto,
we knew that The Day would be a great addition to
our brand, said WWE Studios President, Michael
Luisi. By combining the marketing power of our
television, digital/social media and print assets
with Anchor Bays tremendous distribution capabilities
and successful track record, we look forward to bringing
this film to a broad audience.
are extremely excited that we are partnering with
WWE Studios in this venture, commented Kevin
Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and
Co-Productions. The films production team
has created a truly fresh story and brought in top
young talent to bring it to life. Audiences will be
thrilled, thoroughly entertained and will be left
hungry for more.
Studios continues to strategically diversify its slate
of films, which include theatrical releases and direct-to-home
premieres, under the guidance of President Michael
Luisi. Upcoming films for WWE Studios includes: No
One Lives starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus
Clay which was co-produced with Pathé Films;
and Barricade starring Eric McCormack.
a publicly traded company WWE, is an integrated media
organization and recognized leader in global entertainment.
The company consists of a portfolio of businesses
that create and deliver original content 52 weeks
a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family
friendly entertainment on its television programming,
pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms.
WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries
and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million
homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford,
Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami,
London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and
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
Celebrity real estate: Sinatra, Cruise homes hit market...
Keys is moving on from her gorgeous Manhattan apartment,
Frank Sinatra's former home is for sale, and the former
rental home of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes as well
as Russell Crowe is available for lease.
Keys lists 'Empire-State-of-Mind' penthouse
about moving on up. Singer and New York native Alicia
Keys did that a long time ago, trading her childhood
residence at the artist-friendly Manhattan Plaza apartment
complex in Hell's Kitchen for a slick SoHo real estate
Keys and her producer husband Swizz Beatz have listed
their Crosby Street penthouse for $17.95 million only
two years after the couple bought the place from funk/soul/rocker
Lenny Kravitz for $12.5 million.
to Sotheby's International, which holds the listing,
the apartment boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms,
four powder rooms and an enormous state-of-the-art,
windowed, gourmet eat-in kitchen with walk-in butler's
pantry. And separate formal dining room that faces
east encased in a glass solarium.
only the start of the grand tour of a pad once rented
by Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington. The place
also has an expansive living room with fireplace and
library/media room that are all surrounded by undoubtedly
one of the most beautiful private terraces in all
of SoHo. Upstairs, there's a separate private master
suite complete with spa, pass-through dressing area
and private terrace.
of former Sinatra home didn't stay long
Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey bought
Frank Sinatra's former Los Angeles home in November
2010 for $18.5 million, the famous Hollywood producer
had big plans to restore and renovate the brick ranch
that sits on a parklike 2.3 acres.
out that, in the end, the Sinatra house that inspired
Grey's dreams was merely a nice set for Grey's wedding
in April 2011 to his new wife, Cassandra. The wedding
was called lavish, and attended by the likes of Tom
Cruise, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez. The couple has
since moved to Bel Air, making Grey's ownership stint
a lot like Sinatra's.
client still owns (the Sinatra house) but I sold him
another property. He didn't want to go through the
process of renovating the house,'' said Stephen Shapiro,
who holds the listing at Westside Estate Agency.
property has been back on the market since September,
when Grey listed the Holmby Hills residence for $23.5
million. After a price drop on March 15, the former
Sinatra home at 320 N. Carolwood Drive was re-listed
for its current list price of $19,995,000.
to the Sinatra biography "The Voice,'' by James
Kaplan, Sinatra bought the house in 1948 for $250,000
at a time when his career was at a low ebb. Sinatra
had built a dream home in Palm Springs, and was strapped
for cash and on the verge of divorce.
like Tom Cruise or Russell Crowe for $100K a month...
do Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Russell Crowe have
star status and high-paying movie roles, all three
have at some point, for at least a little while, called
918 N. Alpine Drive home in Los Angeles.
Tudor-style home was rented by Katie Holmes and Tom
Cruise for $55,000 a month and then leased by Russell
Crowe while he filmed "State of Play."
2001, the nearly three-acre estate was also the filming
location for several scenes in the movie "Blow"
starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.
for someone with a celebrity-sized housing budget,
the home is available again this time for a
whopping monthly rental price of $100,000.
as a short or long-term lease, the Beverly Hills rental
is set back from the street perfect for privacy-seeking
celebrity tenants. With almost three acres of landscaped
property, 6,685 square feet of living space and three
separate guest apartments, the estate also has enough
room for the star with the biggest entourage of stylists,
security personnel and various and sundry assistants.
WWE signs Australian Wrestler...
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
Man and Street
Corner for more entertainment news and scoops
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- 10th April 2011
Kerry Packer and Ita Buttrose In New Cleo TV Show...
and media fans. You won't have to wait much longer.
The late Kerry Packer (played by actor Rob Carlton)
will be returning to Australian TV screens (and internet).
Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo, promises to be a
quality production that will also show some of the
more intimate details of the relationship between
the late Packer and Ita, as well as show us a bit
of our mate, Jack Thompson (in a Cleo spread no less).
Jack is understood to be pleased with the choice of
model just quietly. Yeah, we're going to get some
nudity boys and girls. The telemovie stars Asher Keddie
as Ita Buttrose and will tell the story of the magazines'
rise in the Australian media circa 1970s. The viewer
will also get some solid insight into the lives of
Packer and Buttrose. What do our friends at the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation have to say about it? "In
early 1972, 30 year old journalist and editor, Ita
Buttrose (Asher Keddie) and 35 year old Kerry Packer
(Rob Carlton), heir to what was then Australia's most
ruthlessly powerful and influential publishing family,
got together to create a magazine that became one
of the most dramatic sensations in Australian publishing
history. CLEO went on to help define women, Australia
and the relationship between the two." Buttrose,
who first cemented her place as the magazine's editor,
was a consultant on the production. "If there
was a supposed affair it didn't happen in this timeframe.
I have no idea if there was, we didn't raise it with
her," said producer John Edwards. A 2007 feature
article by The Sydney Morning Herald revealed on Packer
- Buttrose: "He soon proposed marriage and, despite
rumours to the contrary, she accepted him. But she
was less committed to the idea of marriage than he
was. She already had one failed marriage behind her,"
we were told. That marriage to Alasdair Macdonald
produced Buttrose's two children, Ben and Kate. "After
Ita accepted Kerry's proposal, Kerry told his wife
Ros, who knew about the affair anyway. She threatened
to take half his wealth and deny him custody of his
children, Gretel and James. Kerry found himself weighing
up the loss of half of his riches and the loss of
his children and finally had a change of heart. He
didn't want to lose either." Actor Carlton says
he approached the role of Packer with "an equal
dose of terror and exhilaration. Like most encounters
with Kerry Packer, I'm told". The two-part telemovie
will go to air at 8.30pm, Sunday 17 April (and) the
same time on Monday, 18 April, on ABC1. News media
is speculating is the son of the late KP, James Packer,
may get any positive spin offs or PR's from the telemovie
which is being touted to be the talk of 'Sin City'
Sydney, and perhaps even across Australia, such is
the interest in Packer and Buttrose. Buttrose is managed
by the Harry M. Miller Group, and Packer is well...
not easy to get in touch with, but the right approach
to Crown Casino directly can sometimes work wonders.
No, please don't ask us for more information on how
to, and no, we don't manage them either, but offer
online profiles on the two for folks who are interested.
From the leaks we've got on Paper-Cuts so far; 4 out
of 5 stars. "It's 1972. Skirts are up, pants
are down". Spin to win with Cleo, the telemovie,
not the slot!
Empire On Australia's Foxtel ...
the night if you have pay tv service Foxtel. The much
hyped Boardwalk Empire continues it's dream run on
Australian screens. We're 3 episodes in now and the
storyline is awesome. We hear that tonight a fella...
a bad guy arrives in hospital, giving a shit load
of problems for corrupt Atlantic City treasurer Nucky
Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Thompson's bro Eli, the
city sheriff (Shea Whigham), to make sure the witness
dies in hospital. Michael K. Williams (The Wire's
Omar) plays Chalky White, a black leader. It's a bit
like a Yankee version of Underbelly, but most critics
say the acting and production is much better than
the Aussie equivalent. No offence Firass Dirani or
John "Vulcan" Seru. Just saying.
Empire official website
Three Generations'; Travolta...
flick stars John Travolta as the leader of the legendary
and notorious Gambino crime family is: "Gotti:
Three Generations." Film spokesman Steve Honig
confirmed the title Saturday and says the biopic about
"Dapper Don" John Gotti will be shot on
a budget of roughly $75 million this year. Honig says
details would be released April 12 at a news conference
in New York, where the project will be filmed. An
insider spoke on condition of anonymity. It will be
produced by Marc Fiore and directed by Nick Cassavetes.
The infamous mob leader died in prison in 2002. His
son, 47-year-old John "Junior" Gotti, sold
film rights to Fiore last year for an undisclosed
Stallone Movie And Casino Industry Hotshot To Do Rambo
legend Stallone reckons he has what it takes for men's
fashion. The 64-year-old actor is working on his own
clothing line, inspired by his two iconic characters
in "Rambo" and "Rocky,". The collection,
set to debut in 2012, will fall under his new men's
lifestyle brand Sly Inc. and will feature "looks
for the rebel and the gentleman." "I thought
the time is now," Stallone said. "I've lived
a life where I know what has worked and what hasn't
worked. Clothing is the first step to building a character."
According to Sly Inc. president Michael Henry, the
collection, to be sold in mid-tier department stores
like Macy's, will first debut with jeans, shirts,
outerwear and watches, and will then follow by eyewear,
fragrance, shoes and grooming products. Stallone,
who recently starred in "The Expendables"
with Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Steve Austin,
said the idea to start his own line came up when he
lost 45 pounds between "Rambo 2" and "Rambo
3." "Nothing fit so I started buying custom
clothing," he said."I found out I really
like this world." He added, "I pay a great
deal of attention to the way I dress. When men learn
to put things together, they start taking care of
themselves better." I hope that what worked for
me will work for others," he said. "I really
believe I have an understanding of the male psyche
on all levels. I want to expose people to things that
will work and this is the apropos time. I'm not experienced
in this field, but we have the proper team to move
this vision along."
Dogg Does 'Sin City' Sydney's Star City; Official
only is SNOOP DOGG a living legend in hip-hop, he
is also one of the greatest rappers and pop culture
icons of our time. In a musical career spanning over
two decades, Snoop has amassed an impressive discography
consisting of ten solo albums and has sold tens of
millions of albums worldwide. He has scored acting
roles in over 40 movies, featured in his own reality
show and has endorsed numerous pop culture brands.
Its his natural appeal to both the hood and
Hollywood that has allowed Snoop to stay tremendously
relevant through the years. Since bursting into our
consciousness alongside famed producer Dr. Dre on
the 1992 classic The Chronic, Snoop has
remained a constant force in hip-hop and a household
name around the world. With 18 Top 20 singles in Australia,
including 3 number ones, NELLY is a Grammy Award winning
artist that has been topping the charts for over 10
years. With a genre-defying discography, its easy
to see why Billboard Magazine recognized Nelly as
the #3 artist of the decade (2000-2009). Hailing from
St. Louis, Nelly first burst onto the scene with the
massive worldwide hit Country Grammar,
and continued to consistently return to the charts
with hit after hit including Hot in Herre,
Dilemma and Over & Over.
Nelly became a rapper capable of crossing practically
all boundaries from the Dirty South to MTV and everything
in between. With 21 million album sales under his
belt, Nelly is also a successful actor and entrepreneur,
owning two clothing lines, Apple Bottoms and Vokal,
plus the energy drink Pimp Juice. Nellys latest
album 5.0 is out now featuring the hit
single Just A Dream which peaked at #3
on the Aria Charts. *Snoop Dogg has also appeared
in various film and TV shows such as Scrubs, Old School,
Bigg Snoop Dogg: Raw 'N Uncut Vol. 1, Snoop Dogg:
Drop It Like It's Hot, "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood",
Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: The Adventures of Tha Blue
Carpet Treatment, Snoop Dogg: On the Record with Fuse,
Snoop Dogg: On the Record with Fuse - The Lost Tapes,
Doggy Dogg: Smokefest 1996 Tour Video, Hood of Horror,
Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, Gang of Horror, Bigg
Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass Tour, Youth Authority:
California and Snoopadelic Films Presents: Welcome
to tha House - The Doggumentary DVD.
Celeb News: Media, Casino And Gaming Celebs, by Greg
Tingle - 29th January 2011
punters, celebrities, journos, high rollers - casino
whales, gambling millionaires and billionaires, poker
sharks, entertainment news junkies, media tycoons,
politicians, insiders, outsiders, legal eagles,...
one and all. You know who you are. Seems just about
everyone is a celebrity, or knows a celebrity these
days. God know the poker world is full of them. This
is our Aussie celebrity special, featuring Aussie
celebs from the world of media, gaming, poker and
more, and even a few ring-ins for good measure. Media
Man and Gambling911 with celebrities you love
to love, and even a couple you love to hate...
Warne...And Liz Hurley...
and Liz look to be in love, with each other and with
Twitter. The spinner is hanging out for a game of
poker or "poke her" with Liz, almost begging
Burley to come down under for a face to face. The
couple have taken to Twitter like ducks to water.
Warne and Hurley's developing romance is good fodder
out for their almost half a million Twitter followers.
They are now publicly planning her trip Down Under.
The poker - fashion babe might be in Australia within
weeks. Hurley has been tweeting about her new parrot,
Ping Pong. "I'm getting jealous of ping pong!
Think it's time you left ping pong alone for a while
& come visit me in Australia," Warne tweeted.
"No need for jealousy SW, she's not getting any
cuddles or kisses!" Hurley replied. The model
brunette is teaching the parrot to talk and Saints
fan Warne has urged her to teach it the St Kilda club
song. "Don't forget advance Australia fair !!!!
In tune too please ping pong . . . Ps organized kangaroos
and koalas for your trip," he wrote. The affair
between the former spinner and the movie - poker babe
went public in December and the pair were busted on
a romantic weekend in LA earlier this month. Both
have bounce back, and judging by the Tweets, can't
wait to bounce, fly and play together. Is it an Aussie
expression... a bird in the hand is worth two in the
bush? Never mind. Tweet me at twitter.com/mediamanint
Crowe: Ex Kiwi (On Defending His South Sydney Rabbitoh's
Star City Casino Deal)...
football club is a completely different organisation
from the leagues club. We don't have any control over
what the leagues club does; they run their own game."
then went on to defend the move by pitching Star
City as primarily an entertainment precinct and
putting forward society benefits from gaming revenue,
of which there is some truth in. Entertainment is
the name of the game, and its broken into sub sectors.
"This is an entertainment venue in general; it's
not just about gaming. Let's get real about this situation;
we're living in a state where they're telling us that
the revenue from poker machines is paying for our
hospitals. What we're talking about here is about
a connection between two organisations that are all
about entertainment, that are all about the future
of Sydney." Souths chief executive Shane Richardson
seconded the views put forward forward by NRL chief
executive David "Gambling" (MM satire) Gallop
this week that the association between sport and gambling
"is as old as sport itself". "Let's
be honest no sport in the world could ignore it, we're
not holier than thou, the NFL, the English Premier
League, wherever it is, there's gambling. As David
Gallop said all along, it's going to be there, it's
a major part of what sport is whether we like it or
not and we've got to be part of it to have some sort
of control over it." Crowe did concede that his
own personal beliefs on gambling were at odds with
the deal and recognised that problem gamblers were
an issue of concern. "I don't like them (pokies).
I'm not a fan of them; I've made that clear in the
past. "But in life I am a gambler. The fact that
I took on South Sydney underlines that." Media
Man and Gambling911 congratulate both the Rabbitohs,
Crowe and Tabcorp's Star City for taking a bet on
this. Life is a gamble, just don't let it get the
better of you, and always have fun... on and off the
field. Work hard and play harder!
is possibly Australia's most notorious public figure
in a strange sort of way. Hero or Villain? Guess it
depends on who you ask. If you ask Prime Minister
Gillard we think you know the answer! This weekends'
The Australian newspaper fueled rumours that the James
Bond franchise might like to have an Assange type
in an upcoming flick. The journo penned...Ian Fleming
could have turned the WikiLeaks boss into a villain
in a James Bond novel. Given the pervasiveness of
the Bond myth, it is no surprise that Assange, like
Osama bin Laden before him, should be likened to a
Bond villain. He has been labelled many things both
positive and negative, from champion of free speech
to cyber-terrorist. Perhaps the strangest, and for
many fans of popular culture most glamorous, epithet
applied to Julian Assange is that of Bond villain.
Moreover, it is an epithet that has found widespread
media acceptance. The connection has been made in
blogs and especially tabloid newspapers, and equally
it has surfaced in such diverse publications as Britain's
The Guardian, The Financial Times and the US's The
Washington Post. The most conspicuous parallel between
Assange and the fantasy world of Ian Fleming's James
Bond involves the Bond villain's lair. The WikiLeaks
HQ, known as the Pionen data centre, is a remodelled
Swedish nuclear bunker set in a granite mountain face.
Special thanks to Simon Caterson at News Limited.
We like your work mate.
once former flame of Brit gambling tycoon Damian Aspinall
has got busy again as of late. Elle
Macpherson and Cate Blanchett were guests at the
major bling event for the Portofino range at a dinner
in Geneva yesterday. They were joined by Lost's Matthew
Fox - looking heavier and a bit ratty in a Brad Pitt-style
Catweazle beard - plus Kevin Spacey, Ronan Keating
and more. We're sure it was a fun event. And we're
sure all received a special gift.
Aspinall (James Packer Mate) To Sell Aspinall's Casino
In Britain Following Bad Luck!..
does business with Australia's James
Packer, but its possible that soon that may come
to an end. The Brit has had relationships with glamorous
women, including the TV presenter Donna Air, Elle
Macpherson and Naomi Campbell. He confirmed the
scale of the clubs debts but said it was not
unusual for a casino business. He said: You
are talking about a business that has £250 million
a year drop (the money staked by its clients). So
it is a bit circular. You are looking at unlucky years.
That is the business we are in. Anyone in the
business with high value VIP tables will have years
when you do well and years when they dont do
well because it is volatile." Asked about the
houses performance last year, he added: Thats
completely normal. You are talking about a volatile
business. He said over a 10-year period Aspinalls
was winning 18 per cent of the money gambled at its
tables. But he added: You have years when you
do nine per cent and years when you do 24 per cent.
The most recent available accounts for the club are
for 2009 and Mr Aspinall said the club was now doing
better. He said that despite his plan to move away
from the elite clubs founded by his father such businesses
would not die out. I think there is a future.
You have got to be grown up about those sorts of investments.
You lose £10 million one week, and win £8
million the next. It is part of the business. When
you lose these amounts it is a knock for the casino
concerned, but you have weeks like that. We also had
a week where we won £11 million in six days.
It is big numbers these days. The winners could be
three people over a number of days, it can be one
person in one night. There are plenty of players all
over the world who have won and lost that sort of
money in a night."
law enforcement sources say Summit Entertainment which
is distributing Aussie Mel's upcoming movie, "The
Beaver" - gave Mel the final cut of the movie
on DVD. Mel
screened it at his home, and at 10:45 AM put the DVD
in his mailbox so a courier could pick it up and return
it to Summit. The DVD was rumoured to go missing in
action, not Mel!
Winfrey, Halle Berry and Marisa Tomei Among Oscar
Presenters...Tony Award winner and previous Academy
Awards host Hugh Jackman will be part of this year's
Oscar ceremony, according to the Associated Press.
Jackman will be a presenter at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Other presenters currently include Sandra Bullock,
Jeff Bridges, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and Marisa
Tomei. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements
of 2010 will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre
at Hollywood & Highland Center. The awards will
be televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning
at 8 PM ET. James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host
this year's ceremony. Jackman, who was seen on screen
in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine,"
earned a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway musical
The Boy From Oz. He is also known for his film roles
in the "X-Men"
trilogy, "Someone Like You," "Swordfish,"
"Kate and Leopold," "Van Helsing"
and the recent "The Fountain" and "Happy
Feet" (in voice). His stage credits also include
Trevor Nunn's staging of Oklahoma! at Britian's National
Theatre and award-winning work in productions of Sunset
Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast.
Travolta...(As John Gotti)...
was at Amici restaurant in Brentwood a few nights
ago. He wasn't giving much away about taking the role.
But Marty Ingels, Executive Producer of the movie
was much more direct, stating Travolta will play the
lead role in the movie, "Gotti." Leaks tell
us James Franco has been approached to play John Gotti,
Jr. Bang! Hit us up for an update soon.
is tipped to be very shortly flying to the U.S to
test the waters re the upcoming float on the stock
market on his CVC. Nine
Entertainment's private equity owners will assess
the health of the local equity and advertising markets
this month. After which, they will decide the date
for a $5 billion listing of the television, magazine
and digital group. According to market sources, Nine's
owner, CVC Asia Pacific, is yet to decide on the listing
date although most observers expect the debt-laden
group to test the waters as soon as April if global
equity markets remain relatively strong. Management,
including newly installed chief executive David Gyngell,
will travel to the US next month to gauge the interest
of potential offshore investors.
Poker Pros: Tyron Krost And Stewart Scott: Celebrity
Stars Going Down In Ratings; Direct Response To Poor
Showing In Aussie Millions 2011...
couple of poker celebs were on fire at some point,
but lately a shower has been thrown on their parade.
Both are former Aussie Millions champs - Krost from
last year, Scott from 2009. Fellas, time to win some
big games again or you might not even be thought as
celebs any more. Start performing or might those sponsorship
deals with PartyGaming's
pro Van Marcus, currently in Melbourne for Aussie
Millions, is the chap who has his red rare Ferrari
nicked from the Crown valet parking last year, in
a story that generated massive international headlines.
In the past days Marcus has been seeing driving around
Melbourne in what looks to be the same card, but this
time reportedly with a hot blonde or brunette in the
passenger seat. Hows the ride girls?
Chris Hemsworth Plays Father To Thor; Anthony Hopkins
Aussies and Brits are teaming up again in film, thanks
to our friends at Marvel Entertainment. The industry
is abuzz for Aussie Hemsworth and Brit Hopkins. Hopkins
has portrayed so many notable characters from history,
literature, and the arts, that its no surprise
we will see him in yet another role of stature. In
this years hotly anticipated Paramount
Pictures and Marvel
Entertainment epic adventure Thor, he will be
Odin, the major god of Norse mythology, and father
to Thor, (played by Australian Chris Hemsworth). The
film is based on the Stan
Lee comic book version, and directed by Kenneth
Branagh. Excelsior! Marvel Entertainment: Don't just
buy the comics and watch the movies, play the games
at PartyGaming. May the power of Thor be with you.
Packer And Co...
and gaming advisers to James
Packer have leaked that they see merit in having
an Aussie Millions branded online slot game. They
saw the popularity of Cleopatra and Sinatra in an
online environment, and well as PartyGaming's World
Poker Tour slot in land based casinos. They have
not confirmed a Kerry Packer themed slot game, with
some concerns it may be a uncomfortable proposal for
one or two of the Packer family, however many punters
and insiders think that Kerry would have loved the
idea, and further would have loved the concept that
a slot game will his likeness via tribute slot would
actually make Crown
Limited money. PartyGaming,
are keen to talk turkey with Crown Limited with their
online plans, which may also compliment what's in
store for the further development of Packer 50% owned
Who is tipped to the the contract?
based on their strong US land based casino deals,
ink still drying over the last few days, but you will
just have to keep watching the space.
they say on TV, I'm a celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here!
Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet
portal development company. Gaming is just one of
a dozen sectors covered
writer owns shares in Crown Limited and Ten Network
Celeb News; James Bond Casino Icon Connection, by
Greg Tingle - 29th December 2010
Greetings punters, entertainment news junkies, one
and all. Today we have a look at the latest from Aussiewood
and Hollywood powerhouses James Bond, with a Bondi
Beach twist, Marvel Entertainment (go Wolverine)..we
love you Hugh, Spider-Man, Underbelly and more.. Media
with your celebrity and entertainment news fix, just
in time for the New Year. Ho Ho Ho!...
Emerging from Bankruptcy; Wants To Produce James Bond
Studios is emerging from bankruptcy with a $500 million
line of credit, and its first Xmas wish is to produce
James Bond #23, rumoured to be directed by Sam Mendes
and starring Daniel Craig (again), despite many leaks
saying that means it will be a gay Bond (for real),
if you follow.
James Bond franchise has long been a fav of casino
and gambling lovers, with Casino Royale being the
top pick for most punters.
Studios has been going through the wars as of late,
with the filing of bankruptcy hanging around their
neck. Their massive financial troubles led to the
delay of not only The Hobbit, directed by New Zealander
Peter Jackson, but also James Bond 23 starring the
studio just underwent a giant restructuring and was
able to acquire $500 million worth of credit from
financial powerhouse JP Morgan, a good lot of which
will likely be spent on the sequel to Quantum of Solace.
MGM is expected to partner with Sony for co-financing,
as it has done a few times previously with Casino
Royale and Quantum of Solace.
fans, did you know that 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary
of Dr. No (1962), the very first James Bond movie
ever, which makes it bloody good timing to release
a new Bond movie. The studio will be attempting to
secure and shore up its cast, director, and screenplay
for the new movie in very short order.
studio had previously announced that Peter Morgan,
and frequent Bond collaborators Neal Purvis and Robert
Wade, would be penning a draft of Bond 23. Purvis
and Wade have worked on every James Bond flick since
The World Is Not Enough, and that includes Die Another
Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace - the last
two of which were rewritten, to some extent, by Paul
have been flying for months have indicated that Sam
Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) is leading
the pack to direct the new movie. Now, Mendes is not
a filmmaker known for his action style skills. He
did however direct Road to Perdition, co-starring
none other than Daniel Craig.
of press, James Bond will not be film in 3D. Oh, did
we mention Media Man is the agent and manager for
John Seru who played bad guy Gabor in Bond's 'The
World Is Not Enough'. In Nine's 'Underbelly' Seru
placed Kiwi Steve in the following episodes: Alpha
and Omega, The Good Lieutenant, Hurt on Duty (2010),
Saving Face and Women in Uniform.
is still technically under bankruptcy protection for
a couple more months.
Entertainment's The Avengers: New Mexico Connection...
Entertainment's biggest film project of all time is
is now New Mexicos biggest film production ever
as 'The Avengers' confirms its 2011 shooting locations.
not only hits off the summer movie season of 2011,
but it sets up events that will culminate in the Marvel
superhero team-up epic, The Avengers, the following
year. With story elements of Thor taking place in
New Mexico, and the production shooting in Santa Fe
and Galisteo, its of little surprise to see
Marvel Studios returning once again for their biggest
Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Marvel Studios
officially announced the agreement making The Avengers
the single largest film production in the states
history. The current schedule has Joss Whedons
The Avengers shooting in New Mexico between April
and September of next year, using both Albuquerque
Studios and of course, the beautiful and vast surrounding
locations that so many other major Hollywood flicks
Avengers also is set to shoot action in Michigan and
New York but production will primarily take place
in New Mexicos largest city Albuquerque.
Richardson talks to local economic benefits to New
Mexico: "In addition to being our biggest production
to date, The Avengers will be the most technologically
advanced and will provide cutting-edge training opportunities
for our crew
Im announcing this as a Christmas
present of sorts to the people of New Mexico. This
is a perfect example of the incredible job creation,
economic impact and global visibility this industry
has brought our state over the past eight years, and
of the need to keep it moving forward."
Marvel heroes fans, be looking out for Chris Evans,
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo,
Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg and
Samuel L. Jackson.
opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America
hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to
debut May 4, 2012.
Broadway No Match For Movie; Spidy Fans Disappointed;
Would Rather Play Spider-Man Games And Play Dress
new and much talked about Spider-Man musical has another
problem stuck in its web. Sick to death of waiting
for the problematic Broadway show to officially open,
critics for two mainstream news companies released
early and negative reviews of the $65 million musical,
which won't officially open until February 7.
for Bloomberg News, the influential financial news
wire service, veteran critic John Simon slammed the
show as "an unfocused hodge-podge of story-telling,
myth-making and spectacle that comes up short in every
department. A few good songs would help, in which
department the show is sorely lacking," Simon
wrote in the review late Sunday night. Like most rock
stars, Bono and The Edge havent a clue about
writing for the theatre."
U2 legends wrote the score for the show, which was
directed by Lion King helmer Julie Taymor.
Simon and Newsday's Linda Winer defended their premature
reviews on the grounds that the show was charging
full ticket prices in some cases more than $200 a
seat for the performances, and that the opening date
had been pushed back twice.
called the show's infamous high-flying acrobatics
"exciting and scary, in a circus way" but
dismissed the second act as "weak."
was also impressed with the flying scenes: "An
hour of anticipation for about 90 seconds of exhilaration,"
you believe four actors have been injured during the
show's rehearsals, including a horrible injury to
lead aerialist Chris Tierney last week.
almost never publish their reviews of productions
before the official opening night. Spider-Man: Turn
Off the Dark has pushed back its debut twice.
New York Times said in a posting to its arts blog
that it would not review the show until the official
Man loves Marvel Entertainment, Spider-Man and U2,
but this project does not sound good. Sorry guys.
TV Movie Legal Problems...
Nine may be forced to shelve forever one of its Underbelly
telemovies because of legal action in the state of
New South Wales.
Them Lucifer Was Here, the first of 3vtelemovies being
made under the Underbelly Files title, tells the story
of the 1998 murders of Victoria cops Rod Miller and
a probing investigation by the Lorimer Task Force,
Bandali Debs and Jason Roberts were found guilty of
the double murder in 2003. Debs was sentenced to life
in prison, Roberts to 35 years.
subject seemed relatively safe... for true crime.
Reader may recall the first Underbelly could not be
screened in Victoria.
anything that identifies "Debs" could be
a bit no go zone in NSW.
September 24, the Victorian Government Solicitor applied
to the Melbourne Magistrates Court to have Debs transferred
to a NSW prison for questioning over the death of
a Sydney prostitute 15 years ago.
lawyer, Michael De Young, did not oppose the application,
saying his client maintained his innocence and was
confident of being acquitted and returned to Victoria.
South Wales Police have been trying for 2 years to
question Debs...also was convicted in 2007 of the
1997 murder of 18-year-old sex worker Kristy Harty...and
reckon they have enough evidence to link him to the
transfer order was granted by the court, but Debs
had 14 days to appeal the decision.
Nine has 3 options: rush the Silk-Miller telemovie
out before NSW police have laid any charges that might
arise from the interview; release the telemovie in
all states bar NSW if charges are laid; or hold off
for a national release until any case has been heard.
has has yet to comment on this matter.
#4 To Hit Aussie TV...
4th Underbelly series to screen in 2011 promises to
showcase the birth of organised crime in Australia.
in Sydney in the roaring 1920s, Underbelly Razor tells
the story of the bloody battle between "vice
queens" Tilly Devine and her rival Kate Leigh.
Nine Network are calling it their most "ambitious
and daring" Underbelly series yet.
will be joined by 3 Underbelly telemovies - Tell Them
Lucifer was Here, Infiltration and The Man Who Got
Away...which were announced earlier in the year.
Poker Celeb King Shane Warnie Tag Team With Wolverine
Hugh Jackman In Cricket Nets; Jackman Hit In Balls
(Almost) In Lead Up To Boxing Day Ashes Test...
tag team led the celebrity contingent to the Melbourne
Cricket Group for the prestigious Boxing Day Test.
'Our Hugh' got hit in the balls by a Warnie spinner,
so it seemed, but he had a cup on, perhaps taking
safeguards, after getting hit in the eye with a foreign
object at his Oprah Winfrey grand entrance via way
of flying fox a couple of weeks ago. Wolverine Jackman
joined other famous mugs in the crowd, including Opposition
Leader Tony 'The Bruiser' Abbott and veteran English
talk show king Sir Michael Parkinson aka 'Parkie'.
Premier Ted Baillieu and wife Robyn also tagged along,
as did Eddie "Everywhere" McGuire, Cathy
Freeman and Molly Meldrum. In a smart and rather cunning
move, just outside the MCG sports stars and entertainment
biz celebs tag teamed a game of cricket which raised
money for the McGrath Foundation. The foundation ambassador
Lee Furlong joined ex-cricketers Justin Langer and
Michael Slater, Glen Moriarty, Kris Smith and Guy
Sebastian at the friendly game. Earlier, Shane Warne
made one of his very first public appearances since
the "Hurley-burley", acting as host for
his fav Shane Warne Foundation's annual Boxing Day
breakfast at Crown. Warne mate, James Packer, attended,
along with wife Erica in a show of support. Singer
Leo Sayer also entertained to an appreciative crowd
that included Glenn Robbins, Mark Taylor, Ian Healy,
Aaron Hamill and Bill Brownless. A great day was had
by all, as best we can tell.
Poker Celeb Shane Warne And UK Sort Liz Hurley: Come
Down Under And Come In Spinner?...
Liz Hurley coming to Australia? Getting spotted at
Heathrow Airport sent press into a frenzy and created
munch speculation she will keep her date with Warnie.
Friends of Hurley told the Pommie press she had dumped
the cricket spin legend after learning he had sent
more than 100 sexy text messages to another woman
behind her back. Warnie is known for his ability to
sent sexy texts that can get the right response. Now
it appears Liz may have reconsidered after attempts
to stop an imminent divorce and rekindle her relationship
with husband Arun Nayar reportedly failed. During
her public flirtation with the spinner on Twitter,
Hurley wrote that she was keen to attend the January
3 "Pink Test," which supports the Jane McGrath
Foundation. Talk about a play on words "Pink
Test", got to love her form. Liz also told Warnie
she would "definitely" make an appearance
on his Channel Nine chat show if she made it to Sydney.
Sources close to the Aussie spinner have said the
cricketer was devastated after being apparently dropped
by Hurley, having previously confided his desire to
marry her. Both Hurley and Warne announced on Twitter
that they had split from their respective partners
shortly after spending 2 delightful, fun filled nights
together at a luxury London hotel earlier this month
and being papped kissing outside a restaurant. Warne
was last week caught in the outfield sending erotic
texts, including, "I want to see you riding me"
to middle-aged Melbourne mum Adele Angeleri. In an
apparent attempt to win Hurley back after the messages
were published in the British tabloids he logged back
on to Twitter to pen "No matter what anyone says
if you know in your heart
who cares what people
think / say !!!" Hurley was snatched in the airport
mess at Heathrow, where snowy conditions caused widespread
cancellations from Saturday, leaving over 100,000
punters stranded, having their patience tested. A
fellow traveler said the swimwear model and well loved
celeb babe "looked nervous" as she attempted
to blend in with the crowd, wearing large sunglasses
and dressing down. "She'd dressed down and it
was clear she wanted to be left alone," the witness
told The Sun. "She looked like a woman with a
lot on her mind." Lizs office refused to
comment on her travel plans. Whatever the case, we
wish Liz (and Warnie) well on any of their upcoming
For Aussies On TV And Film Success: Not Yet...
Australia's remain pissed that they are not able to
bet on financial outcomes of upcoming TV shows and
motion pictures. Passionate Aussies has been reading
reports filed by Media Man and Gambling911 on Box
Office betting exchanges, but none of the action has
come to Australia, so us Aussies can't be on it. We're
not sure any Yankees of Canooks got to bet on outcomes
either. Sly, Arnie and Wall Street - when you read
this, give us an update please. We want to bet on
movie and TV outcomes. PartyGaming and Virgin were
rumoured to have some interest in the concept, but
nothing has eventuated from our probe as yet. Oh,
if you want to see the way Hollywood used to work,
do yourself a favor and rent or buy 'The Last Mogul',
which told the career story of the late Lew Wasserman.
Oh, we heard you want a review, so here it is mates...
Last Mogul: The Life And Times Of Lew Wasserman...
the second half of the 20th century, Lew Wasserman
was without question the most powerful money man in
show business, even if most people had no idea who
he was. Born in Cleveland, OH, in 1913, Wasserman
started out booking music gigs for mob-controlled
clubs, and quickly became an agent for Music Corporation
of America, which became the most lucrative music
agency in America. Funny that. As Wasserman rose through
the ranks at MCA, he established such innovative business
practices as "packaging" talent i.e: booking
hot acts and artists only in a package deal with other
artists who were not as talented, to put it politely,
and took the company into managing acting talent in
Hollywood, where he re invented the film industry
forever by negotiating a ground-breaking deal for
James Stewart on the film Winchester '73, which reduced
the actor's up-front salary in favor of a cut of the
movie's profits, earning the actor a mint in the process.
Under Wasserman's lead at MCA, the company took over
Universal Pictures, established the studio's television
branch and made it the most important production outlet
in the business), created the hugely successful Universal
City studio tours, and expanded MCA's recording branch
into one of the biggest record companies in the world.
Wasserman was also politically well connected. Ronald
Reagan was one of his early clients when MCA want
Hollywood), and was reputed to have some handy connections
to organized crime. Wasserman was a secretive fellow
who did not give interviews or commit anything to
writing if it could be avoided, but he knew nearly
everyone in show business. The Last Mogul: The Life
and Times of Lew Wasserman is a documentary that through
interviews with his friends and business associates
beautifully showcases his remarkable career, from
his childhood in Ohio to his death in 2002. Yep, there's
mob ties and such, but hey, that's show business.
er, punters, how did you like our report? What films
and celebs take your liking? As Shane Warne says,
'How good was that?!". Have you been naughty
or nice? Did Santa give you what you had hoped for?
What have you got planned for New Year's Eve? Tell
us in the forum.
you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over
it, and for God's sake, have fun.
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- Hollywood Entertainment News, by Greg Tingle - 29th
Stallone Sex Film 'The Party at Kitty and Stud's'
Sells For $400K on eBay...
The Italian Stallion himself, is back in action
action, sort of... The rights to a soft-porn film
starring Sylvester Stallone four decades ago, was
sold on e-Bay for $412,100. The then strapped-for-cash
star made his on-screen debut in the 1970 film "The
Party at Kitty and Stud's." Stallone played Stud,
a young man who, along with his oversexed lover Kitty,
enjoys inviting various women into their bed. The
71-minute movie was eventually renamed "The Italian
Stallion" by Bryanston Distributors after the
actor became famous in "Rocky." Now that
the rights have been purchased (the owner has not
yet been identified), it's likely the film will be
re-released, The Sun reported. In an interview in
the 1970s, Stallone, now 64, told Playboy that he
was so poor that he had to take the role. "It
was either do that movie or rob someone because I
was at the endat the very endof my rope.
Instead of doing something desperate, I worked two
days for $200." After filming "Rocky,"
the erotic filmmakers tried to sell the movie back
to Stallone for $100,000, but the actor said he "wouldn't
pay two bucks for it," according to AOL's Moviefone.
Last year MGM unsuccessfully tried to buy the flick.
Sly, you've cum a long way since then.
legend Bono Waits For Table At Australian Bondi Beaches'
snuck into 'Sin City' Sydney on Saturday. He headed
for a eat and a drink as he often does when down under.
The renowned Irish rock singer, who spent two weeks
at Sydney's Bungan Beach with his family in 2006 completely
undetected, casually strolled into Rose Bay nosherie
Catalina on Sunday for a seafood feed with guitarist
The Edge (David Evans) and the eatery's owner, Michael
McMahon. On Saturday night he arrived unannounced
at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at Bondi Beach and
like a normal person waited or a table at the "no
reservations" restaurant. "He was having
a red cocktail but didn't finish it because a table
became available," advised a deepthroat. No,
not a Stallone type of deepthroat you rascals. The
U2 360 tour begins in Melbourne this Wednesday night.
Michelle Rodriguez Star Teams Up With Sea Shepherd
babe actress Michelle Rodriguez, star of Avatar, was
in Fremantle supporting anti-whaling activist group
Sea Shepherd. Rodriguez has been aboard Sea Shepherds
flagship vessel MY Steve Irwin. The crew are replenishing
supplies before heading to the Southern Ocean in December.
The trip, dubbed 'Operation No Compromise', will be
Sea Shepherds seventh mission into the frigid
waters of Antarctica to attempt to stop the slaughter
of whales by Japanese "scientific researchers".
Among the crew are three Perth residents including
former Labor Attorney General Jim McGintys brother
Kevin McGinty, Steven Bennett and Georgie Dicks. Captain
Locky MacLean said the crew are looking forward to
having Rodriguez on board. The group, which uses rather
militant art of war tactics in its fight against whaling,
made headlines early this year when their stealth
vessel the Ady Gill was "cut in half" by
Japanese whalers. This year, a new monohull fast vessel
called the Ocean Adventurer will replace the Ady Gill.
SS are currently seeking a large sponsor which would
give them the naming rights to use 'Godzilla'. Something
like that. Sea Shepherds Australian Director
Jeff Hansen said: "It is great to see high profile
people like Miss Rodriguez giving up their spare time
to help promote our fight to defend the whales being
illegally targeted in New Zealand and Australian waters".
Media Man lost good mate Peter Carrette this past
weekend, approximately 48 hours after doing photography
at the Bondi Beach 'No Compromise' gig at Bondi Beach
last Friday. R.I.P Peter. We miss you mate.
Aronofsky Explains 'The Wolverine' Aussie Hugh Jackman...
you're wondering why "Black Swan" director
Darren Aronofsky was hired to tackle "The Wolverine"
for 20th Century Fox, wonder no more. Aronofsky himself
has broken his silence on the "Wolverine"
front in an extensive interview with Movie City News.
According to the filmmaker, his reasons for choosing
the "Wolverine" non-sequel as his next project
are quite simple: in the end, he just wanted to have
a good time. "I'm just trying to have fun,"
he said. "I think, for the first time in my life,
you know, every single film that I've done so far
I've been the only person in the room who wants to
make the movie. And, I kind of am excited about doing
a film where actually everyone wants to make it just
to see what the experience is like and to see if I
can do what I do in that world." It's not like
I'm going to change my process," he added. "I'm
going to be working with the same team, and making,
you know, really trying to do something very, very
different and see what happens." During the interview,
Aronofsky said that he's received a large amount of
support both from franchise lead Hugh Jackman and
Fox Studios head Tom Rothman, joking that Rothman
"doesn't even know how gutsy it is" that
he hired the outside-the-box filmmaker for "The
Wolverine." "I've been looking for a situation
where everything lines up really well. This just makes
sense; I think I'm being hired because of who I am.
I'm not being hired to turn into someone. I'm being
hired to do what I do. I don't know if (Rothman) knows
exactly what he's bought, but we're definitely going
to make something great, you know, but it will be
very different, and that's what I do. We're going
to try and have a great time with it."
Travolta and Kelly Preston 'Overjoyed' With New Baby
Benjamin; Travolata Not Gay...
legend and iconic star of Saturday Night Fever (the
movies and the online slot game), is delighted with
his new baby, but very unhappy about the gay rumours.
Actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston took to Travolta's
website earlier this week to announce the birth of
their 8-pound, 3-ounce son, Benjamin Travolta. "We
are overjoyed to announce the arrival of our son,
Ella's baby brother, Benjamin Travolta. Born November23,
2010 in Florida, Benjamin is healthy and doing beautifully.
Thank you for the congratulations messages and wishes...we
are beyond happy about the newest addition to our
family," the family said in the message. Travolta,
56, and Preston, 48, announced the pregnancy earlier
this year, celebrating with a dozen close friends
at a shower held at their Los Angeles-area home. "This
baby is such a healing baby," a family friend
told People magazine. The pregnancy was the first
bit of good news they had shared in a long time. "It's
impossible to keep a secret," they wrote in a
statement on Travolta's website in May, "especially
one as wonderful as this." We want to be the
first to share this great news with everyone that
we are expecting a new addition to our family,"
the online statement continued and like this week's
update, was signed "Love, John, Kelly and Ella."
John Travolta's family has been dealt another blow
as reports emerge that he has been allegedly cheating
on his wife...engaging in "lewd sex acts with
other men" as part of a "secret gay spa
subculture." Perez Hilton posted the story on
his website along with a cover of the National Enquirer,
carrying the headline "John Travolta Caught In
Cheating Scandal! "John Travolta has been cheating
on Kelly for years!" said Robert Randolph, author
of the memoir, You'll Never Spa in This Town Again.
"And when the details emerge, he's gonna make
Tiger Woods look like a boy scout." John has
been married to Kelly Preston for 19 years, with the
pair expecting their third child this year. They lost
their eldest son Jett in 2009 to an autism-related
Studios Films Flop At Box Office; Perform Well In
DVD Rental Market...
trade publication Variety published a report today
on WWE Studios's new films strategy "flopping"
at the box office, but perhaps finding a market on
home video. Variety followed up on WWE's third quarter
earnings report last Thursday by noting WWE reported
$3.8 million in revenue related to "Legendary,"
despite the movie drawing a measly $200,000 at the
box office. WWE executive Jim Connelly told Variety
that WWE is banking on strong storefront marketing
at retail locations such as Walmart to help boost
DVD and Blu-ray sales of their movies. Variety also
reported on WWE pushing their slate of movies to theaters
simply for marketing purposes before pulling the movies
and releasing them on DVDs. That was apparent with
WWE Studios's theatrical release schedule for "Legendary"
and "Knucklehead." Related to the planned
launch of the WWE TV Network potentially in 2011,
Variety reports that WWE is looking to their slate
of movies to serve as "more high-profile programming"
on the new cable tele channel. Going forward, Jim
Connelly told Variety that WWE will be re-evaluating
their movie release schedule for 2011 as they begin
to roll out the next slate of low-budget movies in
theaters with an eye on home video. Variety concluded:
"For now, it appears as if the future of WWE
Studios will play out on the smallscreen."
Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban To Appear On Oprah Winfrey
Show Tomorrow; Australia Catches Oprah - Oprah House
actress Nicole Kidman and huby singer Keith Urban
will be on The Oprah Winfrey Show tomorrow. Urban
has earlier confirmed that he would be performing
in the shows Ultimate Australian Adventure episodes
to be filmed later this year. "Tomorrow, two
of the hottest Aussies are here! Nicole Kidman and
Keith Urban! The countdown to Oprah's Ultimate Australian
Adventure starts now!," says a post on the official
Facebook page for The Oprah Winfrey Show. Keith Urban
was in The Oprah Winfrey Show earlier this November
where he confirmed his performance at the much anticipated
episodes set to be shot in Sydney this December. Urban
promoted his sixth studio album Get Closer to in the
United States. However, the Australia singer did not
comment on rumours that his wife Nicole Kidman will
also be on Oprah's Australian show. Tomorrow's episode
might just confirm if Nicole Kidman will indeed be
a guest on December 14 and 15 at the Sydney Opera
Max Revamped Movie #4 Will Happen Says Aussiewood
Insiders; Fury Road?!...
the Aussie cult film classic that went on to mainstream...Max
Max. They got to #3, always with Aussie tough guy
Mel Gibson in the lead as 'Max Rockatansky' aka 'The
Road Warrior'. Filming will take place near Broken
Hill, New South Wales. Gibson will not be reprising
his old role in Mad Max 4: Fury Road which will star
British actor Tom Hardy alongside Charlize Theron.
In November 2006, George Miller had stated that he
still had full intentions to make Fury Road, telling
the press that he was considering doing the film without
Mel Gibson, saying, There's a real hope. The
last thing I wanted to do is another Mad Max, but
this script came along, and I'm completely carried
away with it." The film's screenplay was co-written
with cult British comic creator Brendan McCarthy,
who also designed many of the new characters and vehicles.
Miller again confirmed his desire to make another
Mad Max at the 2007 Aurora film maker initiative.
However, he did say he thought Mel Gibson would not
be interested in the film because he is too old (not
Branson To Launch Apple iPad Lifestyle Mag...
live Branson and Virgin, so you'll love this...Word
of Sir Dick's plans to publish "Project"
for delivery on iPads came shortly after media mogul
Rupert Murdoch hinted that his News Corp empire will
soon publish a digital newspaper for the hot Apple
gadgets. News Corp, owner of The Australian, has been
tight-lipped about the project but 79-year-old mogul
Murdoch acknowledged in an interview last week that
"The Daily" is in the works. Sir Richard
said in invitations to the press that "Project"
themes will include entertainment, travel, business,
design, and international culture. The event in New
York City on Wednesday did not indicate whether "Project"
would be provided as passenger reading on flights.
Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard owns about half
of Virgin Atlantic airline with its aircraft that
boast internet-age amenities such as power outlets
at seats and wireless connections to the web. He recently
said that his Virgin Galactic enterprise is on track
to offer commercial space travel within 18 months,
and that space hotels are next on the drawing board.
Yeah, we know, Branson has appeared in films such
as Casino Royale, Around The World in 80 days, and
a good spread of other movies and TV specials. If
your going to be a media tart, you might as well be
very good at it.
Murdoch Acquires Ten Network Stake, Joins Shareholder
Aussie James Packer...
Murdoch, son of News Corp. Chairman Rupert, has recently
acquired a little over half of James Packers
stake in Ten Network Holdings Ltd. Packer bought a
17.88% stake, or 172.2 million shares, in the media
group last month through Cavalane Holdings Ltd. Murdoch,
through Illyria Nominees Television Pty Ltd. has agreed
to buy 93.4 million shares for A$128.2 million, according
to a regulatory filing to the ASX (Australian Stock
Exchange). The two gents will act in concert in relation
to the exercise of their votes, the statement said.
Packer and Murdoch agreed to join the board of Australias
third-ranked television broadcaster last month. Gina
Rinehart, Australias richest woman, lifted her
stake in the company to 10%. Packer also owns 49%
of Consolidated Media Holdings Ltd. which in turn
has 25% of Foxtel, down under's largest pay television
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The Media Man has left the building.
Man takes a close up look at the world of celebrity
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celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person
who commands a high degree of public and media attention.
The word stems from the Latin verb "celebrere"
but they may not become a celebrity unless public
and mass media interest is piqued. For example Virgin
Director Richard Branson
was famous as a CEO, but he did not become a global
celebrity until he attempted to circumnavigate the
globe in a hot air balloon. Another example is Al
Gore whose environmental crusade has elevated
him to celebrity status. On the other hand, mass entertainment
personalities such as soap opera actors or music stars
are likely to become celebrities even if the person
deliberately avoids media attention.
famous definition of celebrity comes from the cultural
theorist Daniel Boorstin. In his book, The Image:
A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, he cynically
describes celebrities as people well known for their
small number of celebrities can be considered 'global',
in that their fame has spread across the world, even
across linguistic and cultural boundaries. These celebrities
are often prominent political figures, actors, globally
successful artists, musicians and sports stars.
rise of international celebrities in acting and popular
music is due in large part to the massive scope and
scale of the media industries, enabling celebrities
to be viewed more often and in more places. The reach
of entertainment products is further extended by large-scale
illegal copying of movies and music, which makes inexpensive
pirated versions of DVDs and CDs available throughout
even less economically developed countries.
or cultural celebrities
culture and region has its own independent celebrity
system, with a hierarchy of popular film, television,
and sports stars. Celebrities who are very popular
in one country might be unknown abroad, except with
culturally-related groups, such as within a diaspora.
In some cases, a country-level celebrity might command
some attention outside their native country, but not
to the degree that they can be considered a global
celebrity. For example, singer Lara Fabian is widely-known
in the French-speaking world, but only had a couple
of Billboard hits in the U.S., whereas singer Celine
Dion is well-known in both communities.
entities or regions, or cultural communities (linguistic,
ethnic, religious) also have their own 'celebrity
systems', especially in linguistically or culturally-distinct
regions such as Quebec (a French-speaking province
in Canada) and Wales (a constituent country of the
UK). Regional radio personalities, newscasters, politicians
or community leaders can be considered as local or
regional celebrities. A local celebrity can be more
of a household name than a national celebrity and
may often experience the same type of attention from
the public as a national celebrity albeit in the confines
of their particular region. For example, while journalist
Lin Sue Cooney is a well known television reporter
in Arizona, she is little known outside the Southwestern
a smaller country, linguistic or cultural community,
a figure will be less likely to gain a broader celebrity.
Shakira and Daddy Yankee were known largely in the
Spanish-speaking world before becoming popular in
English-speaking communities, by performing English
language songs. Similarly, Spanish actors Penélope
Cruz and Antonio Banderas, who were country-level
celebrities in their native Spain, were able to become
global celebrities only after they became Hollywood
actors in English-speaking films.
media commentators and journalists will sometimes
refer to celebrities as A-List, B-List, C-List, D-List
or Z-List. These informal rankings indicate a placing
within the hierarchy. However, due to differing levels
of celebrity in different regions, it is difficult
to place people within one bracket. A Czech actor
might be a B-list action film actor in the US, but
be an A-list star in the Czech Republic. An objective
method of placing celebrities from any country into
categories from A-List to H-List based on their number
of Google hits has been proposed, but while this method
is quantitative, it only works for individuals with
distinctive names, e.g., Jason Mewes, not Kevin Smith.
that can make someone a celebrity
professional activities, by the nature of being high-paid,
highly exposed, and difficult to get into, are likely
to confer celebrity status. For example, movie stars
and television actors with lead roles on prominently
scheduled shows are likely to become celebrities.
High-ranking politicians, national television reporters,
daytime television show hosts, supermodels, successful
athletes and chart-topping pop musicians are also
likely to become celebrities. A few humanitarian leaders
such as Mother Teresa have even achieved fame because
of their charitable work. Some people are internet
celeberties and are found in videos online.
some film and theatre directors, producers, artists,
authors, trial lawyers and journalists have achieved
celebrity status, in general they are less famous
than actors of equal professional importance to the
with their own television show (or sections of television
shows) often become a celebrity, even when their profession
would not normally lead to celebrity status: this
can include doctors, chefs, gardeners, and conservationists
on shows like Trading Spaces and The
Crocodile Hunter. However fame based on one program
may often prove short-lived after a program is discontinued.
individual can achieve celebrity on the basis of their
profession, accomplishments, or notoriety, without
necessarily having any family or social connections
to aid them. However, there are families where the
entire family is considered to have celebrity status.
In monarchies, all members of royal families are celebrities,
especially when they are associated with a real or
perceived scandal. As well, there are artistic 'dynasties',
where several members of a family are associated with
a profession - such as in music, sports or politics.
include the Hiltons, Barrymores,
Braxtons, Osmonds, Osbournes, Redgraves, Jacksons,
the Kennedys, the Baldwins, and the Kapoors.
as a mass media phenomenon
the 1970s, academics began analyzing the phenomenon
of celebrity and stardom. According to Sofia Johansson
the "canonical texts on stardom" include
articles by Boorstin (1971), Alberoni (1972) and Dyer
(1979) that examined the "representations of
stars and on aspects of the Hollywood star system."
Johansson notes that "more recent analyses within
media and cultural studies (e.g. Gamson 1994; Marshall
1997; Giles 2000; Turner, Marshall and Bonner 2000;
Rojek 2001; Turner 2004) have instead dealt with the
idea of a pervasive, contemporary, ‘celebrity
culture’." In the analysis of the 'celebrity
culture,' "fame and its constituencies are conceived
of as a broader social process, connected to widespread
economic, political, technological and cultural developments."
Bob Greene’s article “The new stardom
that doesn't require paying any dues,” he argues
that for “most of man's history...people of
talent would work to create something--something written,
something painted, something sculpted, something acted
out--and it would be passed on to audiences.”
With the rise of reality TV shows, Greene points out
that audiences have been turned into the creators.
He argues that the “alleged stars of the reality
shows "Survivor" and "Big
Brother,"have become famous not for doing,
but merely for being.”
says that “You simply have to be present, in
the right place at the right time.” Whereas
“...public[ly famous] people were once defined
as such based upon the fact that their remarkable
skills had brought them to the attention of the public,”
Greene states that with reality TV, “one can
become a public person just by being a person, in
often have fame comparable to that of royalty. As
a result, there is a strong public curiosity about
their private affairs. Celebrities may be resented
for their accolades, and the public may have a love/hate
relationship with celebrities. Due to the high visibility
of celebrities' private lives, their successes and
shortcomings are often made very public. Celebrities
are alternately portrayed as glowing examples of perfection,
when they garner awards, or as decadent or immoral
if they become associated with a scandal.
magazines and talk TV shows bestow a great deal of
attention on celebrities. To stay in the public eye
and to make money, more celebrities are participating
in business ventures such as celebrity-branded items
including as books, clothing lines, perfume, and household
items. Celebrities can profit by exploiting public
curiosity about their lives by selling interviews
for magazines and television, and publicly appearing
at restaurants, nightclubs and opening nights.
in the 20th Century
James, the Australian writer, broadcaster and performer,
wrote a book on the phenomenon of fame in the 20th
Century. He contends that true fame was almost unknown
before the 20th Century, because of the lack of global
mass media, and the first true media celebrity was
Charles Lindbergh, initially because of his aviation
feats and later because of the tragic kidnapping and
murder of his son.
points out that celebrity eventually became distinctly
different from fame, resulting in the phenomenon of
people who are famous simply for being. He cites Elizabeth
Taylor as an early example, whose private life made
her more of a celebrity than her film career had.
He also contends that fame sometimes backfires on
those who seek it by depriving them of their privacy
for life, a point illustrated by the rise of the paparazzi
and there fanatic desire for pictures and personal
stories about celebrities.
argues that achieving great fame requires frequently
reinventing yourself as best exhibited by Madonna
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