Mega Jackpot Palladium
Branson and Media Man director Greg
Packer and Andrew
Warne and James
Tingle (Media Man director)
Packer and Richard
Gyngell and wife and reporter Leila McKinnon
Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra) is a Sicilian criminal
society which is believed to have emerged in late
19th century Sicily. It is a loose association of
criminal groups that share a common organizational
structure and code of conduct. Each group, known as
a "family", "clan" or "cosca",
claims sovereignty over a territory in which it operates
its rackets - usually a town or village or a neighborhood
of a larger city.
Offshoots of the Mafia emerged in the United States
and in Australia during the late 19th century following
waves of Sicilian and Southern Italian emigration.
2009 Media Man Australia widely referred to the poker
business association of Jeff Fenech, Shane Warne and
Greg Tingle as the "Gumleaf Mafia", a term
also used to describe the Australian actors in Hollywood
that are working, sometimes to the detriment of American
actors based in Hollywood.
Celebrity And Gaming News; Australia, Hollywood And
Internet World - 24th March 2012
"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
Spray Cologne, $29.99) Inspired by Nick Fury,
CIC of S.H.I.E.L.D., this cologne is a seductive fragrance
for not just any man; but only for those who will
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
bean and guaiac wood; or you could just put it on
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
on animals and are cruelty free.
information and additional comic inspired cologne
and perfume lines are available on www.jadsinternational.com.
The website also supplies a list of comic retailers
selling the products.
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.
For more information visit www.marvel.com. Super Hero(es)
is a co-owned registered trademark.
JADS International, LLC. JADS is a worldwide fragrance
company built on the principles of developing and
marketing niche high quality products and providing
exceptional service at a fair price. Our diversified
product range continues to grow by setting trends,
improving our standard products, and most importantly,
listening to the customer to exceed their expectations.
Well known JADS fragrance collections include Star
Trek (Tiberius Cologne for Men, Pon Farr Perfume for
Her, Red Shirt Cologne, Shirtless Kirk Cologne and
Sulu Pour Homme), Star Wars (Slave Leia Perfume, Eau
Lando Cologne), and Marvel (The Avengers, Spiderman
Cologne and Deadpool Cologne). For more information,
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
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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