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Gaming Expo report from Sydney; Australia - Day 3
- 23rd August 2012
arts for Paltronics by Human
by Eva Rinaldi
was the 3rd day for the most high profile and successful
gaming expo in Australia - the Australasian Gaming
Expo, which is being hosted by the Sydney Convention
Centre at Darling Harbour. It's gaming, gambling,
technology, sales...even creative arts elements and
It's a key time for the gaming industry in Australia
with all the regulation elements, responsible gambling
initiatives and such, and most of the big boys of
the industry were on hand to show off their wares,
with some exhibitors demonstrating significant creative
flair to help showoff their latest and greatest wares.
friends at Human Statue Bodyart were back again and
they had a couple of body models made up in bodypaint
(Anastasia as a butterfly and Victoria as a panda)
- complete with wings and sparkles, for leading gaming
brand Paltronics and its latest game 'Jungle Madness'.
expo centre itself is huge - 15,000 square metres
(about the size of an Aussie Rules football oval)
and this provided more than ample opportunity for
over 750 slot games on display.
Australasian Gaming Expo is by far the largest event
of its type in Australia and one of the worlds
learned through the grapevine that a trip for 2 to
Las Vegas will be won by a lucky visitor on each of
the 3 days of the Expo, and this is compliments of
the Gaming Technologies Association which owns the
event. It's understood the winner of the trip will
be named later this afternoon.
tipped over 20,000 people have walked through the
games expo thus far, with those in the business being
the majority, and no doubt a few punters, checked
through the gates (but note that the games on display
do not accept coins or notes).
done to everyone associated with the success of the
expo and we'll see you there again next year.
Australasian Gaming Expo www.austgamingexpo.com
Gaming Technologies Association www.gamingta.com
PALtronics Australasia www.paltronics.com.au
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre www.scec.com.au
Human Statue Bodyart www.humanstatuebodyart.com.au
Human Statue Bodyart Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/humanstatuebodyart
Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography
Eva Rinaldi Photography www.evarinaldi.com
Media Man News www.mediamannews.com
Casino News Media www.casinonewsmedia.com
Life Magazine, Street Corner, Media Man
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Entertainment Movies: Amazing Spider-Man, Thor 2,
The Avengers Et Al Boost Popularity Of Marvel Slot
agency reports that Marvel themed online slot games
across the network, and featured at partner PartyCasino,
are boosting the popularity of the superhero themed
online slot games. Bwin.Party currently offers The
Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man and
Fantastic Four, with more expected to soon hit the
popular gaming and entertainment website destination.
news, WWE current and future legends, NWO, Hollywood,
Australia, Sin City, Las Vegas, Olympics, gaming and
more... - 30th July 2012
Nash teases NWO - New World Order return...
Nash, who was likely joking, teased an nWo reunion
on his Twitter account recently, writing, "A
lot of you wanted an NWO reunion,there will be one.As
you know we only come in take over mode.Stay tuned!!!"
The message was then re-tweeted by TNA Executive Eric
Nash later wrote, "Rock will never walk out of
the Rumble with the belt we got Phils back... Sorry
@CMPunk we got your back!!!!"
also stated that Punk would be the leader and that
the nWo army would be there "to protect the gold."
Wrestling legend Rey wants Pacquiao-Floyd in WWE ring...
Rey Mysterio's tour stop in Manila, Philippines, Mysterio
teased a mixed tag match with top boxing stars Manny
Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who "competed"
at WrestleMania 24 four years ago. I love Manny.
In fact, Manny, if youre watching right now,
Im inviting you to join forces with Rey Mysterio
in the WWE to take on Money (Floyd) Mayweather,"
Rey said on Manila TV, playing off Mayweather and
Pacquiao unable to come together on a dream boxing
fight. "I know you dont need me to take
him on but this is just a teaser: me and you versus
him and Alberto Del Rio."
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and 'Iron' Mike Tyson at
WWE Summerslam weekend function...
Hall of Famers "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
and Mike Tyson are scheduled to attend a Summerslam
Weekend function in Los Angeles, according to WWE
announcer Jim Ross. Ross wrote in his latest blog
on jrsbarbq.com: "If you see me wandering around
L.A. Summerslam weekend, I'm there for a major, THQ
function at the Grammy Museum the night before the
PPV. Among those scheduled to attend the private affair
are @steveaustinBSR and @miketyson, among many others."
WWE Announcer Legend Jim Ross Blog Update...
Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with his latest blog
about Monday's 1,000th episode of RAW, here are just
a few highlights:
1000: "Memorable week especially kicking it off
with RAW1000 in St Louis. No guarantees that any of
us will be around for RAW2000 so I particularly enjoyed
my experiences Monday night.
reality of the matter is this...it is highly unlikely,
thanks Gorilla, that exact collection of performers
will EVER be under the same roof again. I look back
upon my attendance at RAW1000 as a privilege and am
grateful to have had the opportunity to see so many
old friends that have meant a great deal to me over
my long career."
Mick Foley in the WWE Hall of Fame: "@RealMickFoley
when asked who would induct him if/when Mick goes
into the WWE HOF mentioned Terry Funk and yours truly.
While I would love to honor Mick on that special occasion,
there is no way that I would ever put myself in the
same category with Terry Funk. Terry mentored Mick
and treated Mick like a son. While I'd love to induct
Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy into the WWE HOF, I think that
Terry Funk is the best choice. However, I stand ready
if called upon."
CM Punk would reform the nWo: "A follower on
@JRsBBQ on Twitter asked if I thought @CMPunk would
reform the nWo. I have no idea if this topic is any
thing more than speculation based on my friend Kevin
Nash having some fun with the subject on Twitter.
Bottom line is that I don't know but I would be surprised
if Punk headed up a faction at this time because he
seems to be such a solitary man. The only way that
I see that ever happening at this stage of Punk's
career is if he had complete control on who comprised
Pro Wrestling giant Great Khali has tumor removed...
wrestler Great Khali (Dalip Singh) had a tumor removed
on Wednesday, which will put him out of action for
2-3 months. The tumor was on Khali's pituitary gland,
which caused him to increase in height to over seven-feet-tall.
However, if left untreated, the tumor could have been
fatal, according to WWE's chief medical director,
Dr. Joseph Maroon. It's the same issue that affected
Andre the Giant. Surgery was performed at UPMC Presbyterian
in Pittsburgh, Pa.
TNA Video: Funny or Die Olympic training featuring
Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam...
stars Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam are featured in Funny
or Die video. The theme is Angle returning to the
Olympics with RVD as his trainer. You can check out
the video at Funnyordie.com/videos/636c3d08e1/olympic-trials-with-kurt-angle?playlist=featured_videos
Squirrelly move puts U.S. wrestler on
It began as a goof two brothers horsing
around, dreaming up exotic wrestling moves straight
out of the Vince McMahon WWE handbook and trying them
out on each other.
move has since gone viral as a YouTube sensation,
become a nickname and, before the 2012 London Games
are over, it might become part of U.S. Olympic lore
a highlight burned into our minds forever.
Coleman and his older brother, Lillashawn, used to
wrestle with each other at their high school outside
of Chicago when they would dial up crazy moves to
use on each other.
best of them was called the Flying Squirrel.
Ellis never forgot it, and now has turned it into
a cottage industry for himself.
at age 21 the youngest member of the six-man U.S.
Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team, has used the move
about a dozen times in competition.
the highest profile time he used it was in last years
Junior World Championships to come back and beat his
opponent in the semifinals. ESPN ranked the move third
on its Best of the Best Highlights
been crazy, Coleman said yesterday. Every
time someone sees it, kids are reaching out to me
on Facebook and Twitter asking me to show them the
the words of Coleman, one of a host of athletes at
these Olympic Games representing the New York Athletic
Club, heres how the move is executed: You
snap the opponents head down, leap over him
and, as you land on your feet, you grab his waist,
pull him over, pick him up and throw him down.
Greco-Roman wrestling, the competitors get points
for their various moves. Five points is the most you
can get for one move. Coleman said he has used the
move about a dozen times and usually gets at least
three points for it.
first unveiled it out of desperation in a match he
was losing, stunned his opponent with it and went
on to win it.
said he likes to use the move as an element of surprise
and isnt sure if he will use it in the Olympics.
Im losing, though, youll definitely see
it, he said. Its a risky move.
Its a spur-of-the-moment thing. Its so
sudden you cant stop it. I always pictured myself,
even in the Olympic setting and losing in the finals
match, third period with 15 seconds left, hitting
the Flying Squirrel and everyone going
crazy. I still picture it.
Colemans teammates chide him for the move, they
also embrace his guts for using it.
should probably put him on medication for even trying
that, teammate Justin Lester said jokingly.
Hes crazy for doing it, but thats
whats going to make him good in the long run.
Youve got guys like him who are innovative and
arent afraid to wrestle.
definitely a move of desperation, said
Dremiel Byers, the elder statesman and heavyweight
of the Greco-Roman team at age 37.
his wild card. It lets the opponent know hell
do anything to win.
Wrestling Greco-Roman coach Steve Fraser said Colemans
flash has brought a lot of attention to wrestling
and Greco. Hes talented, hungry and young
and a pleasure to work with. Hes a very coachable
kid. We love him.
Flying Squirrel craze reached such
a pitch that Coleman recently bought himself a live
flying squirrel pet and named him Rocky, who is about
45 days old and eats lot of apples and seeds.
bond with their owners, Coleman said.
He sleeps during the day and is very nocturnal,
so Ill take him out of his cage and hell
crawl on me and fly to the curtains. Eventually, when
he bonds with me, Ill be able to take him out
in my pocket and hell stay there without flying
dreams of flying away from these Olympics with some
hardware. Something gold, perhaps. (The New York Post)
NSW govt investigates 'floating casino'...
NSW government is investigating whether cruise company
P&O operated an illegal floating casino off the
Minister George Souris on Wednesday said a government
authority was investigating an allegation that passengers
could play blackjack, pontoon, poker and roulette
on a cruise that left Sydney on Friday night.
cruise ship also had 40 poker machines onboard and
let passengers charge $5000 on their credit cards
for gambling, News Ltd reported.
asked the Office of Liquor and Gaming to investigate
whether a casino operation was under way in NSW territorial
waters or whether gambling operations were under way
in commonwealth waters," he told reporters in
may be that NSW jurisdiction was breached, it may
be that the commonwealth jurisdiction was breached.
It may be even that both were breached."
said NSW had no jurisdiction beyond 12 nautical miles
are international waters," he said.
international shipping after the 12-nautical-mile
limit it opens boats to gambling but also to duty-free
James Packer to speak at tourism conference in Canberra...
James Packer will be the drawcard for hoteliers, resort
operators and owners attending a tourism conference
in Canberra in late October. Mr Packer will open the
Tourism & Transport Forum's annual "Leadership
gaming tycoon is a major tourism player given his
Crown resorts in Perth and Melbourne attract 25 million
visitors a year...
Jackman to Begin Filming Wolverine in
star Hugh Jackman will begin filming the next installment
of his X-Men spin-off movies in Sydney
next week, even though the female lead is yet to be
who admitted struggling to get into shape after packing
on the pounds to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables,
said his role as Wolverine, which he first played
12 years ago, was the backbone of my career.
love the character. I still love the character,
he said. I had no choice at the time, I was
going to take anything that came along, but I happened
to have walked into probably the most interesting
and complex of the superhero characters.
always loved playing it and when I stop loving it
Ill stop doing it, he added.
Melco Crown Project Gets Red Light on Casino...
casino operator Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. MPEL
+2.32% still doesn't have permission to build a casino
at its latest project, according to a revised government
contract published Wednesday.
Macao Studio City project, in which Melco Crown has
a 60% equity interest, is designated for a five-star
hotel and film facilities, indicates the latest government
contract detailing various revisions to the agreement.
But the document doesn't mention any casino facilities
despite the company's earlier statements they hope
to open up to 400 gambling tables at the property.
It's possible the government could give the green-light
on a casino later, but the uncertainty could complicate
the company's efforts to finance the project.
Crown, backed by Lawrence Ho and James Packerthe
sons of Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho and the late
Australian casino-and-media magnate Kerry Packeris
one of six casino license holders in Macau, where
it already runs two casino-resort properties in the
world's largest gambling hub.
representative for Melco Crown didn't respond to requests
June 2011, Melco Crown signed a $360 million deal
to gain control over the Macao Studio City project,
resolving a bitter dispute between the project's earlier
partners that had escalated to the Hong Kong courts,
stalling development for years. New Cotai Holdings
LLC, an arm of U.S. investment firms Oaktree Capital
Management L.P. and Silver Point Capital L.P., retained
its 40% stake in the project.
this month Melco Crown announced plans to enter the
burgeoning Philippines market by teaming up with local
property developer Belle Corp. BEL.PH -0.20% to partner
on a casino resort that will cost at least $1 billion
in an area the Philippines hopes will become Manila's
version of the Las Vegas Strip. (The Wall Street Journal)
First Second unveils André the Giant comic...
Second has confirmed its André the Giant biography.
Box Brown is working on the book charting the life
of the professional wrestler and actor, reports ICv2.
Roussimoff was a star and one-time champion of the
World Wrestling Federation (now WWE).
is also known for his role in cult classic movie The
has the condition acromegaly, which saw him grow to
7'4" in height. He died of heart failure in 1993
at the age of 46.
is the author of Xeric grant-funded graphic novel
Love Is a Peculiar Type of Thing.
untitled André the Giant biography is scheduled
for release in 2014. (Digital Spy)
The Expendables 2 slapped with R rating for extreme
star-laden sequel The Expendables 2 has been given
an R rating for its violent and sexual content in
Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger
and co will even be throwing some bad language into
the mix as they bat off hostile attackers in this
follow-up to the 2010 action-packed extravaganza.
was rumoured to have been considering a PG-13 rating
for the film, which is due for release in the States
on August 17th.
again, Stallone assembles his hardened team of old-school
mercenaries for a special mission - taking revenge
after one of their squad is murdered on the job.
Simon West was never in any doubt that the film would
receive such a high rating, given the 'very hard'
violence and language perpetrated by the all-star
cast throughout the film.
sure there were some financial people who wanted it
to be PG-13 because they thought it would somehow
make more money or have a broader audience, but there
was no way,' he told wegotthiscovered.com.
you get these guys on the set, they can't say a line
without putting the F-bomb in it, and they can't pick
up a gun without blowing several limbs off.' (Metro)
Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray and DVD Announcement
this fall, the third highest-grossing movie of all
time and the #1 movie in the world, Marvels
The Avengers assembles as youve never
seen it before on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray,
DVD, Digital and On-Demand platforms on September
25, 2012. In anticipation of this release, Marvel
is also launching an all-new App in July - The
Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App
(available for the first time on iPhone) that
gives fans unprecedented access to exclusive content
building up to the home entertainment release.
announcement comes as Marvels The Avengers
crossed the incredible $600 million domestic box office
threshold on June 26 only the third film in
history to do so. It has now grossed an estimated
$1.44 billion globally.
viewers with the ultimate in-home experience, the
premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique
ways to enjoy Marvels The Avengers
(on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital
Download of Avengers Assembled Music from
and inspired by the film) and brings to life the Super
Hero team-up of a lifetime in a whole new dimension
on Blu-ray hi-def with stunning visual effects, superior
sound and unparalleled bonus content.
include a gag reel, a first for a Marvel Studios film,
the chance to hear from the cast and Joss Whedon on
their experiences in bringing these larger than life
characters to the big screen, a behind-the-scenes
look at the groundbreaking visual effects and stunning
cinematography, the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.s
Helicarrier, Soundgardens Live to Rise
Music Video, deleted scenes and more!
for the first time ever, fans will be able to enjoy
even more of the Marvel Universe via the all-new The
Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App.
By downloading this onto a secondary device, consumers
will be able to gain unprecedented access to exclusive
content building up to the home entertainment release
on September 25. Pieces will be unleashed bi-weekly
in July & August and weekly in September leading
up to a full immersive experience accompanying the
film on Blu-ray. Content includes special access to
the S.H.I.E.L.D. database, becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D.
agent, invitations to special missions
either remotely or in the field, links to character
profiles, stories and scenes, interactive Marvel digital
reader comic books and more. App owners will receive
push notifications whenever new content is uploaded
and available for their viewing.
suggested retail price for Marvel's The Avengers
is: 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $49.99 U.S./$59.99
Canada; 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack =$39.99 U.S./$46.99
Canada; 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada. And
for Digital & On-Demand platforms, please check
with your television provider or favorite digital
retailer for pricing.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
June 29, 2012
Pop Culture Expo Hits Sydney, Australia - 16th June
Supanova pop culture expo has returned to Sydney,
Australia, and has warmly embraced the pop culture
phenom which is taking place at Olympic Park, Homebush,
in Sydney's west.
a 3 day pop culture mania bringing together fans,
actors, game players, information and tons of merchandise
and collectibles. Make no mistake - this is big business,
but also lots of fun. It brings out the kid lurking
inside all of us, no matter what our age.
the general public dress up as their favourite hero,
heroine or monster was just as much fun as the official
to the expo to join in the fun (and big business)
are over 40 international stars from various shows,
films, franchises and worlds including Christopher
Lloyd (Back To The Futures Doc Brown), Yvonne
Craig (the original Batgirl), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora
Tonks in the Harry Potter series, Osha in Game Of
Thrones) and Verne Troyer (Mini-Me from the Austin
our favorite real life superheroes of Australian pro
wrestling - AWF Wrestling turned up and put on some
very solid chain wrestling and brawling to the delight
of the crowd. The wrestlers were also a big favorite
with the media and the brawlers got somewhat crowd
mobbed with famed actor Verne Troyer (Mini-Me) from
'Austin Powers' fame joining in the fun and games.
Christopher Lloyd question and answer session was
very entertaining and educational, and was a much
sought after attraction for both news media and fans.
Lloyd shared stories from his illustrious acting and
show business career, much of which has been pop culture
included such as 'Back To The Future' franchise, where
he portrayed Dr. Emmett Brown. Lloyd even talked about
the cult film fav 'Suburban Commando', which also
featured pro wrestling living legend, Hulk Hogan (not
known for great acting), but a very entertaining showman,
none the less. Lloyd told the crowd of 500 plus that
he enjoyed working with Hulk and that he was a really
nice guy and didn't pretend to be a great actor. One
lucky fan asked Lloyd if he could have a "high
five", and the actor obliged, which got a nice
reaction from the jam packed crowd.
Star also at Supanova Sydney...
of Buffy, Mercedes McNab, has come Down Under for
Supernova and is loving it.
blonde is in Sydney for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo
at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park.
known for playing mean girl Harmony Kendall on 'Buffy
The Vampire Slayer', McNab has enjoyed a successful
career as a modern day scream queen.
the popular Hatchet horror movie franchise to spooky
shows such as Buffy and Angel, the 32-year-old says
she has come to feel comfortable within the genre
and loves "a good death scene".
hilarious. I never thought Id be considered
a scream queen, but I guess Ill take it.
think I gravitate more towards comedy and comedy can
sometimes be in a darker vein, like sarcasm."
edgy stuff started early for McNab, with her big screen
debut opposite Christina Ricci's Wednesday Addams
in The Addams Family movie and its sequel.
the age of 16 she auditioned for a supporting role
on Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a move
that would change her life.
were on a brand new network and the show was based
off a B-movie," she says.
one expected a spin-off to come of it or such a great
fan reaction. No one could anticipate how welcomed
and received the show was.
the beginning we never knew whether if we were going
to get killed off.
get the script and skip to the end to make sure you
werent going to die."
experienced quite a character turn on Buffy when her
superficial character was transformed into a vampire
and eventually went on to join the spin-off series
have Joss call you and have him ask you to be a part
of anything he does is pretty awesome."
that Whedon has found mainstream and box-office success
with the hit of the year - 'The Avengers' - McNab
says his loyal friends couldn't be happier.
such a genius. He's just proved to the industry what
he can do."
Pop Culture Expo is on today and Sunday at Sydney
Showground, Olympic Park.
Hero is no longer Expendable. Eric Roberts is The
Master of Supanova!
a career spanning five decades, Eric Roberts has become
recognisable to millions of film and TV fans. He has
appeared in almost 200 movies and in countless TV
shows including Heroes, The Drew Carey Show, Frasier,
Oz, Touched By An Angel, Law & Order: SVU and
even in a Doctor Who telemovie as the Doctors
nemesis, The Master.
has filmed in over 17 countries, including Australia
(in The Coca-Cola Kid), and received critical acclaim
for his performances in Star 80, Its My Party
and Truman Capotes In Cold Blood. In 2008, Eric
joined the cast of Batman: The Dark Knight as Gotham
gangster Sal Marone; in 2010 he appeared alongside
Stallone, Lundgren, Statham and Li in The Expendables.
of comics and animation know him as the voice of Mongul
in the Justice League cartoons. Hes such a familiar
face that he has appeared as himself in 63 productions,
often making light of his notoriously chequered movie-star
lifestyle. Brother to Julia Roberts and father of
teen actress Emma Roberts, Eric is a true Hollywood
therefore also the perfect guest to kick off festivities
for Supanovas TENTH ANNIVERSARY at the Sydney
expo, in addition to the Perth expo the following
weekend, with an exclusive Q&A and special appearance
at each of our Friday evening Preview Nights which
are exclusively for full weekend ticket holders (SUPA
FAN PASS), in helping us celebrate a decade of successful
Supanova Expos; something we couldnt have done
without your wonderful support.
will then spend the weekends meeting fans, signing
autographs and posing for studio portraits. (Supernova)
Nintendo Flies High at Supanova with Kid Icarus: Uprising!...
youre heading to Supanova this weekend, Nintendo
are hosting a Kid Icarus: Uprising Multiplayer Battle
Challenge! Bring along your Nintendo 3DS and copy
of Kid Icarus as its the perfect opportunity
to StreetPass with other Nintendo 3DS owners and enjoy
some friendly multiplayer fun with the Nintendo community.
3DS consoles and Kid Icarus: Uprising games will also
be available to use on the day so everyone is welcome
to join in the fun!
Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards only available at this
event will be a special bonus for those who play.
These AR cards are very exclusive and availability
is strictly limited so please ensure you are there
early to ensure you get your hands on one.
25 years after the original Kid Icarus game for NES
captured the hearts and imaginations of gamers worldwide,
Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure
of this beloved series to new heights and new
visual dimensions on the Nintendo 3DS system.
The dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army have
returned, and theyve got their sights set on
the heroic angel Pit. With the aid of Palutena, goddess
of light and guardian of the human race, Pit must
fend off this malevolent threat. The richly immersive
graphics of the Nintendo 3DS system offer incredible
depth as Pit battles enemies by air and by land. (Supernova)
Special guests appearing at Supernova Sydney and Perth
Street Fighter II: Turbo, Udon Comics,
Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Slave of Sondelle
Scion, New Avengers, Avengers: The Childrens Crusade
Lt. Selar, K'Ehleyr, the Female Q, Tarah, in TNG,
Voyager and Enterprise
Artist on Kabuki, Daredevil, Avengers
Author of Torn.
Author of the 'Seven waters' trilogy.
Batgirl in the 60's Batman Series, Orion Slave girl
'Marta' in Star trek
Family Guy, The Cleveland Show.
Author of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen.
Artists Alley promo...
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a spotlight for the local comic creators. That spotlight
is Artists Alley; the place where the fans can meet
the creators and explore worlds they may never have
known existed before. Whether its a 25 page self-printed
black and white comic, or a full color, fully bound
graphic novel, or even stunning computer art prints,
youll find something to astonish in Artists
artists are approachable and always willing to give
constructive feedback on artwork. As such, Artists
Alley can be a fantastic tool for the emerging artist
to improve their skills or make new connections and
possibly take their first leap into the professional
you to all involved in the promotion and success of
Supernova. We look forward to seeing you all out there
again tomorrow. As Marvel Comics living legend Stan
Lee says, Excelsior!
Pop Culture Expo
Voice news media report; Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park,
Sydney, Australia - 12th June 2012
Voice enjoyed a media conference at Hordern Pavilion,
Moore Park, this morning, with Voice coaches and finalists
there to help promote the smash hit TV show, as the
finals approach via Channel Nine.
culling of eight singers from The Voice last night
has set the stage for a controversial finale Channel
Nine's talent comp.
Leahcar, Sarah De Bono, Darren Percival, and Karise
Eden will battle it out in next week's grand final.
one singer per team was permitted to go through and
critics and viewers took to Twitter to complain about
the final line-up.
ruling meant fan favourites on the same team were
Leahcar and Percival battled a virus as well as the
high-pressure nerves, which told in their limited
vocal performances last night.
Charlotte rock god Joel Madden, who had culled Prinnie
Stevens and Layken Heperi, chose Sarah DeBono over
popular lad Ben Hazlewood.
the show's preamble, Madden likened the semi-final
line-up to The X Men: "We all have super powers.
No one is better than anyone else."
final performances will be on Sunday, with each contender
performing one cover and one original song. The winner
revealed on Monday night, no doubt to massive TV ratings,
the likes of which have not been seen by Nine for
years, is the inside word.
contender will perform one cover and one original
the best man or woman win, and hopefully its also
a win for the Australian entertainment industry.
TV Report With Ratings - The Voice leads...
Voice leaped to 2.13 million viewers as the talent
show heads towards to its finale.
figure (based on actual broadcast time - not the preliminary
figure of 2.15 million) is up on last Monday's 1.90
million audience in the capital cities and it appears
the two finales on Sunday and Monday should hit around
three million viewers for Nine.
program gave Nine a 29.6 per cent channel share against
Seven's 21.0 per cent and ABC1's 13.3 per cent, with
its current affairs line-up led by 736,000 viewers
for PM Julia Gillard's appearance on Q&A.
key result for Nine was Tricky Business's performance
into its fifth week. Preliminary figures from OzTAM
demonstrate the Aussie drama rose to 1.091 million
viewers, higher than its launch episode in May. But
the actual figures based on broadcast times show the
drama starring Gigi Edgley averaged 682,000 viewers
with its number rocketed by The Voice's over-run as
"Team Seal" decided its contestant for Sunday
and Monday's finale.
News came in second for the night with 1.55 million
viewers and rare wins over Nine in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Block continued to build for Nine, up to 1.49
million in the 7pm slot, besting Masterchef Australia
(1.08 million), ABC News (1.05 million) and Home and
Away (1.01 million).
continued its awesome run for Seven with 1.218 million
had a stronger Monday night than usual, led by Q&A.
Four Corners was up to 734,000 viewers, Australian
Story 719,000 and Media Watch 712,000, all well up
on their 2012 averages in the 600,000 region.
Sports Monday Night Football match between the Panthers
and Warriors bested the platform, with 278,000 viewers
while 210,000 watched the afternoon AFL match between
Melbourne and Collingwood. Seven's AFL figures were
not yet available for publication.
OVERNIGHT RANKINGS FOR MONDAY JUNE 11, 2012
THE VOICE Nine 2,154,000
SEVEN NEWS 1,549,000
THE BLOCK Nine 1,485,000
TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,296,000
NINE NEWS 1,279,000
REVENGE Seven 1,218,000
A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,137,000
TRICKY BUSINESS Nine 1,091,000
MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA Ten 1,082,000
ABC NEWS ABC1 1,053,000
HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,006,000
THE FORCE - BEHIND THE LINE Seven 998,000
BORDER SECURITY - AUSTRALIA'S FRONT LINE Seven
TEN NEWS AT FIVE Ten 837,000
BILLY CONNOLLY'S ROUTE 66 SNEAK PEEK Seven 799,000
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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
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
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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.
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