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Hollywood A-lister made Hugh Jackman clean up vomit in his trailer

<p>The Hollywood star wasn’t happy when Hugh Jackman’s best mate since kindergarten – Gus Worland - vomited in his trailer and he made the Aussie actor clean it up.</p> <p>Worland recapped the whole story on KIIS FM’s <em>Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> today and then he challenged listeners to call in and guess who the Hollywood star was.</p> <p>The incident happened in the earlier days of Jackman’s career when Worland was visiting Jackman on a movie set. One of Jackman’s co-stars invited them both to have a drink in his “much bigger trailer”.</p> <p>Worland said he walked into the trailer “… and it’s got a Cuban cigar in each corner with a cigar cutter … and there’s a tub of drinks and stuff.”</p> <p>“We sit down and start having a conversation and I’m struggling to get the words out because I’m so excited that I’m in his company,” Worland said about Jackman’s co-star.</p> <p>Worland’s nerves got the better of him and he said he was “drinking a little bit too quickly” and he found himself not feeling well, he said on the radio show.</p> <p>“Jacko’s looking at me going: ‘Are you OK, mate?’ I said, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine.”</p> <p>But he wasn’t. He added: “I’m smoking this cigar, I’m drinking these drinks and I’m hammered within an hour. I just go, ‘Oh no, I can’t hold this.’ I tried to shimmy out of the horseshoe [table] set up … which is a difficult thing to do … and I don’t quite get to the door of the trailer and I throw up everywhere.”</p> <p>Worland said that Jackman found it fairly funny but the other celebrity didn’t have the same sense of humour about the situation and he told Jackman he’d have to clean the whole thing up.</p> <p>“That takes Jacko about 20 minutes,” Worland recalled.</p> <p>Kyle Sandilands asked Worland: “He got Hugh Jackman to mop up your chunder?”</p> <p>“Yeah,” Worland said.</p> <p><strong>So, who was the Hollywood A-lister who wasn’t impressed?</strong></p> <p>Eventually a listener called through with the right answer – it was John Travolta and it was when Travolta and Jackman were filming <em>Swordfish.</em></p> <p>Worland was on the <em>Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> to promote a new initiative for his Gotcha4Life Foundation called the ‘Mind Your Mate’ campaign.</p> <p>“I want everyone to write down a list of all the people in their life that they love and actually go to our website <a href="https://www.gotcha4life.org/">gotcha4life.org</a> and pledge your mateship to them,” Worland said. “And I can send you some tips and tricks to make sure your relationship is stronger than ever before.”</p> <p>Gotcha4Life is an Australian mental fitness charity which Worland set up which takes action to engage, educate and empower people to improve their mental health and end suicide.</p> <p><strong>Image: Getty Images</strong></p>

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What to Watch: Olympic Games, Tedd Lasso and more

<p><strong>Anyone else in desperate need of new shows to watch during these trying times? Thought so. Thank goodness Pamela Connellan’s latest round-up of the best treats for your eyeballs is right here.</strong></p> <p>The 2021 Olympics are on right now and yes, they’re going to be different to other years but that doesn’t mean we won’t be glued to our television screens. In good news, Tokyo is only one hour behind Australia’s East Coast time zones and just two hours ahead of the West Coast so this makes these Olympics ideal viewing for Australians.</p> <p>As well, the experts are saying this could be a great Olympics for Australia because we could possibly pick up our highest medal tally since 2008.</p> <p>Channel 7 has exclusive broadcasting rights and coverage will be spread across three of the network’s channels – channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate. It will also be streamed online via 7plus and the network will host a 24/7 live stream covering all the games and commentary around the clock. Thankfully, all of these services are free.</p> <p>If you don’t have free-to-air, 7plus can be accessed via an app on AppleTV or Chromecast from a laptop. 7plus will require a login that just takes an email address and a few personal details. Channel 7’s coverage will start every weekday at 5:30am and 6am on weekends, finishing after midnight AEST.</p> <p><strong>When do the Paralympics start?</strong></p> <p>The Paralympics will kick off just over two weeks after the Olympics Closing Ceremony. Channel 7 is also hosting these Games and will be showing them across the network as well as online. The Paralympics Opening Ceremony is set to start on August 24th and will close two weeks later on September 5th.</p> <p><em>You can watch the 2021 Olympic Games on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate plus the events will be all be streamed live on</em>&lt; <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/reP1gVGpFKo" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Watch Ted Lasso on Apple TV – rating at Number Three across Australia</strong></p> <p><strong>Ted Lasso is a comedy TV series which scored 20 Emmy nominations this year and right now, it’s rating as the third most popular TV series in Australia by </strong><a href="https://www.justwatch.com/"><strong>JustWatch.</strong></a></p> <p>Critics are saying the series star, Jason Sudeikis, is very good along with his co-stars Hannah Waddington, Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein.</p> <p>Created by Bill Lawrence who also produced <em>Scrubs,</em> the plot revolves around an unflappable American football coach named Ted Lasso (played by Sudeikis).</p> <p>Ted is summoned to London to coach a Premier League soccer team and yet, he’s set up to fail in every possible way. Although no one appreciates him, particularly the club’s owner, Rebecca (played by Hannah Waddington), Ted responds with consideration and kindness all the time.</p> <p>Somehow, his optimism and enthusiasm are contagious, even to the gruff Richmond captain, Roy Kent, (played by Brett Goldstein).</p> <p>All in all, this is a feel-good comedy and is proving to be irresistible to audiences the world over. The first season is streaming now on Apple TV and the second season streams on Friday July 23rd on Apple TV+ with 12 half-hour episodes released weekly on the streaming service.</p> <p><em>Watch the first and second seasons of Ted Lasso on </em><a href="https://tv.apple.com/?ign-itscg=MC_20000&amp;ign-itsct=atvp_brand_omd&amp;mttn3pid=Google%20AdWords&amp;mttnagencyid=a5e&amp;mttncc=AU&amp;mttnsiteid=143238&amp;mttnsubad=-498734364170-c&amp;mttnsubkw=74330531010__5BSi2b5W_&amp;mttnsubplmnt="><em>Apple TV now…</em></a></p> <p><strong>There’s a new movie about the Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin – out soon</strong></p> <p><strong>Called <em>Respect</em>, the new movie traces the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from when she was a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her heady days of international superstardom. <em>Respect </em>is the remarkable true story of this well-known and loved music icon’s journey to find her voice.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qTtxoz3OIlU" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Music legends don’t get much greater Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson is the actor who plays the role of Aretha in this new musical biopic. This must have been a daunting task but as an Oscar winner, Hudson is well-equipped to take on the role. Recently, Hudson told <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> that she’d been handpicked for the part by Franklin herself:</p> <p>“I know that Aretha was adamant that [her life] be a film. If it’s not a film, it’s nothing. I’m just honoured that she picked me to play her. I mean, who can say that? And again, I would have never done it without her wishes,” said Hudson.</p> <p>Directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Tracey Scott Wilson, <em>Respect </em>is produced by Scott Bernstein and Harvey Mason Jr.</p> <p>Respect will be in Australian cinemas by August 19th…</p> <p><strong>The highly-anticipated third season of <em>Succession</em> will be streaming on Foxtel and </strong><a href="https://goto.binge.com.au/c/2231614/823586/11099"><strong>Binge</strong></a><strong> later this year</strong></p> <p><strong>Award-winning drama series <em>Succession</em> will return for a third season in the Australian spring. The first teaser trailer is here and the season looks set to be an all-out war. </strong></p> <p>Ambushed by his rebellious son, Kendall, at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins season three in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LVGE48hpWFA" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Set in New York, the bitingly funny, critically acclaimed drama series <em>Succession</em> explores themes of power, politics, money, and family, centred around the Roy family and their family-controlled media conglomerate. Joining the already impressive ensemble cast for season three are Oscar winner Adrien Brody (<em>The Pianist</em>) and Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgard (<em>Big Little Lies</em>).</p> <p><em>Season 3 of Succession will premiere in spring of 2021 and all episodes of the first two seasons are now streaming on <u><a href="https://binge.com.au/">Binge…</a></u></em></p> <p><strong>Yotam Ottolenghi’s <em>Keeping Cooking Simple</em> is streaming now on Stream from the Opera House</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w_c_msoXB1o" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>It’s hard to remember what we used to cook before Yotam Ottolenghi burst into our culinary consciousness. From his introduction of bold new flavours and ingredients, to his consistent foregrounding of vegetables in his meals, Ottolenghi’s books continue to excite and inspire food-lovers everywhere.</strong></p> <p>Spend an hour with Yotam Ottolenghi and Adam Liaw, as they discuss what makes a recipe simple, cooking for fussy children and how Ottolenghi’s books saved the humble cauliflower. This is an amazing talk and lasts for 55 minutes – all recorded live at the Sydney Opera House back when Ottolenghi visited in January 2019.</p> <p><em>Yotam Ottolenghi’s Keeping Cooking Simple is streaming now on the Opera House’s free channel, </em><a href="https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/stream.html"><em>Stream</em></a><em>, or on </em><a href="https://youtu.be/w_c_msoXB1o"><em>YouTube…</em></a></p> <p><strong>What’s My Marion’s Kitchen Channel All About?</strong></p> <p><strong>On her YouTube channel, Marion Grasby says she’s a little bit Thai (courtesy of her mum) and as you might be able to tell from her accent…a little bit Australian (courtesy of her dad).</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4FNQGT0kT1c" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/4FNQGT0kT1c">https://youtu.be/4FNQGT0kT1c</a></p> <p>Marion continues, saying she’s a food producer, television presenter and cookbook author who lives in Bangkok and travels all around Asia to find the most amazing recipes, dishes and ingredients to share with everyone on YouTube. She posts new recipes at least three times per week.</p> <p>So, on Marion’s channel, you’ll find recipes from all over Asia. From spicy Thai noodles to soup dumplings and Chinese fried rice. There are Thai noodle soups, Asian beef burgers, Japanese noodle soups and more. To find out more, take a look at her YouTube channel – <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN1h109PDDp_wYIFsoWmZrQ"><strong>Marion’s Kitchen</strong></a>.</p> <p><em>You can join in with </em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN1h109PDDp_wYIFsoWmZrQ"><em>Marion’s Kitchen</em></a><em> here – along with her other 1.38 million subscribers on YouTube…</em></p>

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Friends monkey trainer calls out David Schwimmer “despicable” behaviour

<p>David Schwimmer was not a big fan of Marcel the Monkey, labelling it the “worst thing” that happened during the filming of <em>Friends</em>.</p> <p>When on the reunion, the star admitted he did not enjoy filming scenes with the monkey, as he often “messed up” filming.</p> <p>“Here is my problem: The monkey, obviously, was trained. It had to hit its mark and do its thing right at the perfect time,” Schwimmer said during the reunion.</p> <p>“What inevitably began to happen was we would all have choreographed bits kind of timed out, and it would get messed up, because the monkey didn’t do its job right. So we would have to reset, we’d have to go again, because the monkey didn’t get it right.</p> <p>“It was time for Marcel to f**k off.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842335/friends-monkeu-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d32e56fbc3284465ad4048f38b68f18f" /></p> <p><em>Image: Friends screengrab</em></p> <p>Marcel’s trainer, Mike Morris, has called out Schwimmer for his “despicable” words.</p> <p>Morris told The Sun that the two monkeys who portrayed Marcel only had a problem with Schwimmer but the other cast members.</p> <p>“I didn’t watch the reunion interview but I heard from others what Schwimmer said. I just don’t agree with it, if anything he threw off their timing if we want to be truthful,” Morris said.</p> <p>“Schwimmer was fine with the monkeys for the first couple of episodes and happy to be there, but people would laugh at the monkey and I think he got jealous because it wasn’t him getting the laughs.</p> <p>“He seemed to get a little bitter about them being there after that, and of course the monkeys didn’t like working with him after he turned on them.</p> <p>“It made it harder to do the work. A five-camera show is hard to work on with animals anyway so if you have an actor that’s not very helpful, it makes it even worse.</p> <p>“My colleague who also worked on the show says that people would laugh at the monkey and throw Schwimmer off. He’s not the kind of actor who can improvise.”</p> <p>Morris went on to say Schwimmer only despised working with the monkeys, as he was not talented enough to ad lib.</p> <p>“I think a good actor can play off an animal,” Morris said.</p> <p>“We did a shot with Seinfeld and he played off the monkey and went with what the monkey was doing.</p> <p>“I think David had a little problem with that, he was very regimented and had to do what the script said.</p> <p>“I think he had a problem improvising with the monkey.”</p> <p>A capuchin named Katie was one of the two adorable monkeys to play Marcel, and she is still working in the film business.</p> <p>Sadly, the other monkey, known as Monkey, died of cancer in August of 2020.</p> <p>“Schwimmer was talking ill of the dead when he made those comments,” Morris said.</p> <p>“I find it despicable for him to still be speaking ill of her.”</p> <p>The reunion special wasn’t the first time Schwimmer has spoken of his experience with the monkeys.</p> <p>Morris admitted he will never watchthe ’90s sitcom due to Schwimmer claiming the monkeys threw poop and tried to bite him.</p> <p>“I have refused to (watch <em>Friends</em>) ever since he did an interview after the animals got written out of the show and he said they tried to bite him and throw poop at him,” Morris said.</p> <p>“They didn’t do any of that. None of it is true, when I was there none of that ever happened.”</p> <p>Morris said Katie doesn’t hold any bad blood toward Schwimmer despite his comments.</p> <p>“Katie can’t speak for herself so that’s why I’m talking out for her,” Morris said.</p> <p>“The monkeys definitely wouldn’t hold a grudge against David, if Katie had to work with him again tomorrow she would do it no problem.</p> <p>“I know he holds a grudge against the monkeys but they definitely don’t hold one against him.</p> <p>“They’re just good-natured animals and probably don’t even remember him.”</p>

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Willy Wonka star reveals Gene Wilder’s “favourite brat”

<p><span>A child star who had the opportunity to work alongside the infamous Gene Wilder has spoken out on the experience, 50 years since its first premier date.</span><br /><br /><em>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory </em><span>hit movie screens 50 years ago on June 30, 1971 and achieved rapid success almost overnight.</span><br /><br /><span>The film went on to become a phenomenon that was registered in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.</span><br /><br /><span>The child actors Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Michael Bollner, Paris Themmen and Denise Nickerson – who played Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Mike Teavee and Violet Beauregarde – all came together for a virtual reunion in honour of the film’s anniversary.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842239/willy-wonka.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b9da36eca8c24fbeb170655d6cf92150" /></p> <p><em>Image: Yahoo</em><br /><br /><span>The actors all had the opportunity to co-star together, and even got to explore the imagined Wonka Chocolate Factory.</span><br /><br /><span>The cast recounted such fond memories of exploring the film sets in Bavarian Germany and working with Gene Wilder.</span><br /><br /><span>Themmen admitted that he was indeed a “notorious troublemaker on the set.”</span><br /><br /><span>So much so that even Wilder called him “a handful”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I can corroborate that,” the actor, who played the television-obsessed rascal Mike Teavee, admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was younger than the others. I was 11, they were 13 and was naturally just sort of more high-spirited and rambunctious.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842237/willy-wonka-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a8d501bcedd64f7b97dd573169a7717a" /></p> <p><em>Image: Yahoo</em><br /><br /><span>The now-62-year-old opened up about one brief moment he shared with Wilder, in 1976 during a fundraiser screening for the film <em>Silver Streak</em> at the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut.</span><br /><br /><span>“I sat at the back of the room and he gave his commentary and then I went up to the front of the room afterwards with my poster in hand,” Themmen relived with a smile.</span><br /><br /><span>“I said, ‘Hi, Gene, how you doing? I’m Paris Themmen, I was Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka.”</span><br /><br /><span>“And he said, ‘Oh you were a brat!’ And I flashed all the way back 50 years, or 40 years at that time, and said, ‘Well, I’m 50-something now and maybe not as much of a brat.’</span><br /><br /><span>And he signed my poster, ‘To my favourite brat.’”</span><br /><br /><span>Wilder died in 2016 at the age of 83 after a long vibrant career.</span><br /><br /><span>Cole, who played Veruca Salt, said: “I think people kind of want us to tell you that he was like Willy Wonka offset, but he wasn’t.</span><br /><br /><span>“He was such a lovely, kind man, very unassuming,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“He was just down to earth, not pretentious, he was just a wonderful person to be around and to work with,” said Ostrum, who played Charlie Bucket.</span></p>

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Five of the best things to watch right now

<p><strong>From Bill Nighy in <em>Buckley’s Chance</em> to David Attenborough’s new documentary, Pamela Connellan brings you the scoop on the latest and greatest must-watch shows.</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>1. Buckley’s Chance</strong></p> <p><strong>A new Australian film, starring well-known British actor, Bill Nighy, and set in the Australian outback, has just started showing in cinemas here. Called <em>Buckley’s Chance,</em> the film also stars Milan Burch, who plays the role of the young boy, Ridley, along with a new screen star – a dingo called Buckley.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4WGivlcmmrs" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>After the loss of his father, Ridley is forced to move to the Australian outback to live with his estranged Grandfather (Nighy). During Ridley’s adventures, he becomes lost and befriends a dingo excluded from its own pack. A strong bond is formed as the two try to make their way home.</strong></p> <p>The film also stars beloved Australian actors Kelton Pell, Victoria Hill and Martin Sacks. <em>Buckley’s Chance</em> is a fascinating tale for all the family about fun, friendship and family, filmed on location in Broken Hill and the surrounding Australian outback.</p> <p>The film is directed by Canadian director Tim Brown (<em>Treasure Hounds, Devil in the Dark, Bite</em>) and produced by Brown with Gilbert Adler (<em>Valkyrie, Superman Returns, Constantine, House on Haunted Hill), </em>Scott Clayton <em>Guest House, The Driver, Joey and Ella)</em> and Andrew Mann (<em>Danger Close: Battle of Long Tan, Gold, The Chaperone).</em></p> <p><strong><em>Buckley’s Chance</em></strong><strong> is now showing in Australian cinemas…</strong></p> <p><strong>2. </strong><em><strong>A Perfect Planet</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Sit back and enjoy this new five-part documentary from David Attenborough</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xxibm1ODEpI" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>In this new five-part documentary from Sir David Attenborough – called </strong><em><strong>A Perfect Planet</strong></em><strong> - he explores the impact powerful natural forces have on the earth’s existence. He also looks at how the effect impending climate change will have on the earth in the future.</strong></p> <p>The documentary shows how life on planet earth flourishes as result of a perfect balance of a whole array of factors. Filming for the series took place over four years, across 31 countries, with crew navigating difficulties in extreme temperatures and remote locations. The series covers volcanoes, the sun, weather and oceans, with the final episode focusing on the human impact on the environment.</p> <p><em>A Perfect Planet</em> was shown on the BBC earlier this year to critical acclaim and it was one of the most popular programs on the BBC’s video on demand service, with the highest viewing figures in the platform's history.</p> <p>Reviewers praised the series, especially the content about weather and climate change as "perhaps the series' most dramatic scenes."</p> <p><strong><em>A Perfect Planet</em></strong><strong>, season 1, is </strong><a href="https://www.9now.com.au/"><strong>streaming now on 9Now</strong></a><strong> and new episodes are released on Saturdays at 7.30pm…</strong></p> <p><em><strong>3. </strong></em><em><strong>The Pact</strong></em><strong> – a story about five friends bound together by a fragile pact of silence – is now streaming on Stan</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vggtMuD-Ehc" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>An unexplained death and suddenly five friends are bound together by a fragile pact of silence. What really happened that night in the woods? The six-part thriller, </strong><em><strong>The Pact, </strong></em><strong>is now steaming on Stan.</strong></p> <p>When a young brewery boss is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws four of his employees; Anna (Laura Fraser; <em>Breaking Bad</em>), Nancy (Julie Hesmondhalgh; <em>The A Word, Broadchurch</em>), Louie (Eiry Thomas; <em>Keeping Faith</em>) and Cat (Heledd Gwynn; <em>Ordinary Lies</em>) into a fragile pact of silence, bound by a secret which will change their lives forever.</p> <p>Anna’s police officer husband, Max (Jason Hughes; <em>Three Girls</em>), investigates Jack’s (Aneurin Bernard; <em>Dunkirk</em>) unexpected death alongside his fierce superior DS Holland (Rakie Ayola; <em>Noughts + Crosses</em>), unaware that his own wife and her best friends are at the heart of a conspiracy. While brewery worker Tish (Abbie Hern; <em>The Twilight Zone</em>) becomes increasingly suspicious of her co-workers, Jack’s estranged father Arwel (Eddie Marsan; <em>Ray Donovan</em>) struggles to conceal dark family secrets.</p> <p>What really happened that fateful night? You’ll need to watch <em>The Pact</em> to find out but it’s clear, this is a gripping, contemporary thriller. Written and created by Pete McTighe who’s also worked on <em>Doctor Who, </em>this series comes with everything a thriller needs – mystery, intrigue and the elusive shock factor.</p> <p><em><strong>The Pact</strong></em><strong> is streaming now on Stan…</strong></p> <p><em><strong>4. </strong></em><em><strong>Wolfgang</strong></em><strong> – a documentary about the well-known chef – will stream soon on Disney+</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xDlGkFoj1TY" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>Wolfgang</strong></em><strong> is a documentary film which tells us the inspiring, true story of Wolfgang Puck, a man who survived a troubled childhood filled with a series of challenging obstacles but whose perseverance led him to become one of the most prolific chefs of our time and a household name.</strong></p> <p>From Emmy Award-winning director and producer, David Gelb, this is an inspiring and emotional film which is now streaming on Disney+.  As a teenager in Austria, Wolfgang Puck used his love of cooking to escape the harsh rule of his stepfather.</p> <p>A local apprenticeship allowed him to train at a revered French restaurant, before landing in America at the young age of 24.</p> <p>In the 70s in Hollywood, Puck began working at Ma Maison, crafting an original menu around fresh ingredients, making the once-tacky eatery a popular, acclaimed restaurant. Still, the lack of acknowledgement from Ma Maison’s owner pushed Puck to take the biggest risk of his career and open his own restaurant called Spago.</p> <p>Incorporating everything Puck knew about the restaurant trade, Spago was an instant hit and famous clientele came to enjoy his new American cuisine and his lively personality. Almost by accident, Puck created the concept of a ‘celebrity chef’ with his many television appearances. He built a global empire of restaurants, cafes and products for home cooks but at the same time, all of this hard work did take its toll on his family life and we see how this unfolds.</p> <p><em><strong>Wolfgang</strong></em><strong> will stream on </strong><a href="https://www.disneyplus.com/en-au"><strong>Disney+</strong></a><strong> on June 25th…</strong></p> <p><strong><em>5. </em></strong><strong>Spicks and Specks</strong><strong> has returned to our screens</strong></p> <p><strong>It’s been a long time – a whole decade in fact – since we've seen the very funny ABC TV music quiz show </strong><em><strong>Spicks and Specks</strong></em><strong> but luckily, the series has returned earlier this year for a brand new season!</strong></p> <p>Ten new episodes have been released every Sunday night. Everyone we know and love is returning including <strong>Adam Hills</strong> as the trivia master and <strong>Alan Brough</strong> and <strong>Myf Warhurst</strong> as the team leaders.</p> <p>As well, there’s a whole new range of guests making us laugh as they try to answer questions and sing songs for their team. Artists like <strong>Alice Skye</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>The Teskey Brothers</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>Vika &amp; Linda</strong> and <strong>Missy Higgins</strong> have all taken part. Plus comedians like <strong>Anne Edmonds</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>Nazeem Hussein</strong><strong>, </strong><strong>Luke McGregor</strong> and returning faves <strong>Dave O’Neil</strong> and <strong>Denise Scott</strong> are all onboard for the ride.</p> <p><em><strong>You can catch the new season of</strong></em><em><strong> Spicks and Specks</strong></em> <a href="https://iview.abc.net.au/?&amp;WT.srch=1&amp;WT.mc_id=Corp_TV%7cAdWords:%2Biview_b_g_339709145936_&amp;gclid=CjwKCAjwt8uGBhBAEiwAayu_9blDVROZfKeir8NyAsMUi78Fp4de3p04q6D0vBaDJX7EZNJnTU7f9RoCpQMQAvD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds"><strong>on ABC iView...</strong></a></p>

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Renée Zellweger has a new man on the scene

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Renée Zellweger has a new man on the scene and it’s none other than reality star Ant Anstead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The two-time Oscar winner, 52, reportedly hit it off with Anstead on the set of his upcoming Discovery+ series <em>Celebrity IOU Joyride</em>, a spin-off of <em>Celebrity IOU. </em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zellweger had the chance to appear in an episode earlier this month, and People have just confirmed the pair are official. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The actress and reality star’s romance didn’t spark off until Zellweger returned to the set to drop off work boots for Anstead. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The announcement of the couple follows just days after </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anstead finalised his divorce from ex Christina Haack, 37. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842036/zellwegger-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a94ddbb2551c42cd8d1cb6d16a44af70" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Together they share son Hudson, 21 months. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate. We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority," Haack wrote in September 2020. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An official divorce was filed in November 2020.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zellweger has had the bug of love a few times as well, as she was previously married to Kenny Chesney in 2005, and was in a relationship with Jim Carrey from 1999 to 2000. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The beloved star has also been linked to stars Jack White and Bradley Cooper.</span></p>

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Hugh Jackman calls on fans for tech support

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hugh Jackman is currently in hotel quarantine and facing an unusual challenge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Aussie star is counting down the four remaining days of his mandatory stay in Sydney, and trouble he has been having with the microwave in his hotel room is making the wait even more tough.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The struggle is real. Morning 11 in quarantine and I STILL can’t figure out how to make the microwave go longer than :30!!! #4moresleeps,” he wrote in the caption of a video shared on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the video, the actor said the microwave only heated for food at 30-second intervals and there was no lever to increase the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is my microwave and I still don’t know how to … When I press start, I get 30 seconds and I just keep pressing it every time because I don’t know how to put on more [time],” he said in the clip. “Can someone please explain? Please?”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQZd6sgDSGl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQZd6sgDSGl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luckily, fans came to the rescue with most suggesting the same solution.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I believe you should keep pressing start and it will keep adding 30 seconds each time. That’s how mine works at least,” one commenter said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Just press start again and again and again. Press the start button More than once,” another agreed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the star could have pulled some strings to get his hands on a new microwave, a mummy blogger revealed Jackman had specifically asked for no special treatment from staff while in quarantine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Little Hugh update: The nurse who called this morning said he is good and he has been great and insisted from the start he is treated the same as everyone else,” the blogger shared on Instagram.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: thehughjackman / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Meryl Streep reveals why she was “miserable” making her iconic movie

<p>Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has revealed the difficult time she had onset of one of her most well-known films.</p> <p>Streep perfectly incapsulated <em>The Devil Wears Prada</em> character, Miranda Priestly, who was the editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine and the blueprint for a boss from hell</p> <p>It has been 15 years since the world first got to see Streep in a new, brilliantly-played light, and now she and her co-stars have revealed what it was like working on the film.</p> <p>Streep is now 71, and boldly revealed that she employed method acting while filming.</p> <p>She often chose to retain elements of her icy, mean-spirited character, even off-set.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841857/meryl-streep-devil-wears-prada.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/621a7033204a429eb5d698af827deb40" /></p> <p>It became an often occurrence that she would brush off her co-stars Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway.</p> <p>“Meryl is so gregarious and fun as hell, in some ways it wasn’t the most fun for her having to remove herself,” Blunt told the publication.</p> <p>“It wasn’t like she was unapproachable; You could go up to her and say, ‘Oh my God, the funniest thing just happened,’ and she’d listen, but I don’t know if it was the most fun for her to be on set being that way.”</p> <p>Streep said filming the movie “was horrible!</p> <p>“I was [miserable] in my trailer. I could hear them all rocking and laughing. I was so depressed! I said, ‘Well, it’s the price you pay for being boss!’”</p> <p>She went on to say: “That’s the last time I ever attempted a Method thing!”</p> <p>Streep’s performance earned her a host of high-profile awards including a Golden Globe and a nomination for an Oscar.</p> <p>The star has since been nominated for the industry’s highest honour seven more times.</p> <p>Hathaway agreed with Blunt that Steep put up an unnatural wall during film, but admitted it helped.</p> <p>“I did feel intimidated, but I always felt cared for,” she explained.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841855/meryl-streep-devil-wears-prada-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/615433f6b7d84a6d8266b82b811ca3f4" /></p> <p>“I knew that whatever she was doing to create that fear, I appreciated [because] I also knew she was watching out for me.”</p> <p>Streep’s character has drawn comparisons to <em>Vogue </em>editor Anna Wintour who has had to knock down several rumours that she is an unkind boss.</p> <p>“I wasn’t interested in doing a biopic on Anna; I was interested in her position in her company. I wanted to take on the burdens she had to carry, along with having to look nice every day,” Streep said.</p> <p>The A-lister also spoke on the movie’s worldwide appeal, despite being marketed toward women as counter-programming for<em> Superman Returns.</em></p> <p>“Because they’d given us such straitened circumstances to make the film with a smaller budget, this opened up and said that a ‘chick flick’ can be a huge hit with a broad audience,” she said.</p> <p>“This is the first movie [where] men have come up to me and said, ‘I know how you felt; I have a company, and nobody understands me. It’s really hard.’</p> <p>It’s the hardest thing in the world for a man to feel his way through to the protagonist of the film if it’s a woman.”</p> <p> </p>

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Robert De Niro seriously injured on set of new movie

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robert De Niro is recovering after suffering a serious injury while filming.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">De Niro, 77, hurt one of his quad muscles while on the set of Martin Scorsese’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Killers of the Flower Moon</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in Oklahoma.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I tore my quad somehow … [It was] just a simple stepping over something and I just went down,” De Niro said in an interview with </span><a href="https://www.indiewire.com/2021/05/robert-de-niro-leg-injury-martin-scorsese-flower-moon-1234637854/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">IndieWire</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “The pain was excruciating and now I have to get it fixed. But it happens, especially when you get older; you have to be prepared for unexpected things.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luckily, the actor clarified that his injury was “manageable”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">De Niro went on to describe his role in the Scorcese film as a “sedentary” one.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t move around a lot, thank god. So we’ll manage,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a href="https://people.com/movies/robert-de-niro-leg-injury-update-pain-was-excruciating/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">People</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> magazine, De Niro returned to New York to receive medical treatment for the injury on Thursday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A representative for the actor reportedly told the magazine De Niro’s departure “will not affect production as he was not scheduled to film again for another three weeks.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">De Niro will play cattleman William Hale alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play Ernest Burkhart, Hale’s nephew.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The movie, set in 1920s Oklahoma, is currently being produced by AppleTV+. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Based on the nonfiction book written by journalist David Grann, the film will dive into the serial murders of the Osage Nation that sparked a “major investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover”, according to </span><a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5537002/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">IMDb</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

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Betty White opens up about loneliness while in quarantine

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in element-type-p"> <p>Betty White's agent Jeff Witjas has said that White is ready for some face-to-face interaction after a safe year at home.</p> <p>White, 99, has been isolating at home due to the coronavirus pandemic and keeping busy by "reading, watching TV and doing crossword puzzles at home", according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tmz.com/2021/05/11/betty-white-keeps-busy-quarantine-covid-update-summer/" target="_blank"><em>TMZ</em></a>.</p> <p>This doesn't mean White isn't counting down the days until she's able to safely interact with friends.</p> <p>Witjas confirmed that White's "ability to regularly interact with friends face to face," during the pandemic has "severely affected in her life," explaining that like many, she's "looking forward to summer when she can safely enjoy the outdoors and regain her freedom."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLSXVN2nVmF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLSXVN2nVmF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Betty White (@bettymwhite)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Despite being an animal lover, White hasn't had any furry friends to keep her company but has said there are a few ducks that keep her company that "walk up to her door every day to say hello".</p> <p>Wijtas declined on commenting whether or not White had been vaccinated.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Thor or Gladiator? Race to play Steve Irwin tightens

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rumours are continuing to grow as a </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/movies/biopic-rumours-about-steve-irwin-run-wild"><span style="font-weight: 400;">new Steve Irwin biopic</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> gains momentum in the big studios.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to movie insiders, the feature-length dramatised film about the Wildlife Warrior’s life has big names like Chris Hemsworth and Russell Crowe vying for the chance to play Steve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Woman’s Day</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has been told that Terri Irwin is considering lesser-known actors such as Lincoln Lewis too.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJa5G8oFiJ8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJa5G8oFiJ8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lincoln Lewis (@linc_lewis)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steve’s international appeal, particularly to American audiences, is helping fuel enthusiasm for the project, while friends of the family say the arrival of Bindi Irwin’s baby Grace has given them “a real sense of closure” in terms of losing Steve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The timing’s right to honour Grace’s grandad,” the insider added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The family will want Aussie actors for the film, which will pretty much tell Steve’s life story.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film is also expected to include “real footage of the family as they are now”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The insider said, “It’s a project they’ve considered before, but now they’re finally ready to give it the green light.”</span></p>

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Matt Damon stops off in small Aussie town

<p>The very small town of Jugiong had a very special surprise when Hollywood A-lister Matt Damon dropped into a local café for some coffee.</p> <p>The actor ducked into the Long Track Pantry in NSW’s South West Slopes for a quick stop, but one lucky fan managed to snaggle a photo with the actor.</p> <p>The Hilltops Council released its monthly tourism newsletter, and announced that Matt was visiting with his family and good friend Chris Hemsworth.</p> <p>“We hope they enjoyed their visit to our beautiful region,” council said in its newsletter.</p> <p>Since April, tourism has been incredibly strong in the small town.</p> <p>“It is great to see good numbers in all Hilltops information centres and hear reports of strong accommodation numbers across the region. We look forward to welcoming more visitors as the seasons change and people continue to explore New South Wales,” the council said.</p> <p>Matt Damon had no choice but to quarantine in Australia in February, in preparation for filming the upcoming Marvel movie<span> </span><em>Thor: Love and Thunder.</em></p> <p>The 50-year-old US actor, along with his wife Luciana Barroso and their three children, reportedly spent 14 days at a breathtaking European-style home in Knockrow, NSW.</p> <p>The latest<span> </span><em>Thor<span> </span></em>movie is being filmed in Sydney and will have an A-list cast including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt and Christian Bale.</p> <p>The film is being directed by New Zealand director Taika Waititi.</p> <p>Damon arrived in Sydney via private jet on January 17, admitting he was “so excited” to be heading Down Under for work.</p> <p>“I’m so excited that my family and I will be able to call Australia home for the next few months,” he said.</p> <p>“Australian film crews are world-renowned for their professionalism and are a joy to work with so the 14 days of quarantine will be well worth it.”</p>

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Biopic rumours about Steve Irwin run wild

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A biopic about the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin is rumoured to be in the works.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/celeb-news/steve-irwin-movie-67552" target="_blank"><em>Woman's Day</em></a>, the untitled project is said to be "gaining momentum" in Hollywood, with movie executives drawn to Irwin's appeal in America.</p> <p>"There's no way this project can go ahead without Terri and Bindi Irwin being involved every step of the way," says a well-placed insider.</p> <p>"Steve's international appeal, particularly to Americans, can't be ignored and this isn't the first time a project like this has been presented to them."</p> <p>"This time, however, any script that can be filmed Down Under is automatically top of the pile right now – and Hollywood bosses love Steve's life story. He was saving lizards when he was six! And while his story may have ended too soon, there's a real sense of closure now with how Bindi and Bob have taken up his legacy."</p> <p>Steve died in 2006 at the age of 44 after being pierced in the heart by a stingray barb, but was involved in several Hollywood films while he was alive.</p> <p>Steve appeared in Happy Feet (2006), Dr Dolittle 2 (2001) and appeared alongside his wife in the 2002 film<span> </span><em>The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course.</em></p> <p>"The timing's right to honour Grace's grandad," adds the insider.</p> <p>"The family will want Aussie actors for the film, which will pretty much tell Steve's life story."</p> <p>"And the end will include real footage of the family as they are now. It's a project they've considered before, but now they're finally ready to give it the green light."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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How Tom Cruise saved Elisabeth Shue's life

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The behind-the-scenes story has been shared by a camera operator from the 1988 film </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cocktail</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, claiming that Tom Cruise prevented a freak accident while in his mid-twenties.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Bill Bennett, Cruise tackled co-star Elisabeth Shue to the ground, saving her moments before she was about to walk into a “deadly” spinning helicopter blade.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the incident happened 33 years ago, details of the story were revealed when the aerial camera operator shared it in a Facebook group called Crew Stories.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14777696/tom-cruise-saved-elisabeth-shues-life-helicopter-blade/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>,</em> Cruise confirmed the details as true.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now a top TV and commercial cinematographer, Bennett said the crew were “shaken up” by the “close call” as he explained how dangerous the situation actually was.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I witnessed Tom Cruise save Elisabeth Shue’s life, for real,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were filming the scene from a helicopter, where Tom and Elisabeth are riding horses along the beach. We were shooting film, but I had a video recorder in the helicopter to record the camera’s video tap images.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“After a couple takes, the pilot would land the helicopter on the beach, and Tom and Elisabeth would come over to watch the shot recordings and get notes from the director. The only monitor was at my operating position in the left front seat of the helicopter.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In his recount of the event, Bennett explained they only intended to land for a few minutes so the pilot would leave the engine running and the blades still turning</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was also quite loud, and you had to shout to be heard over the noise of the engine,” he added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You have to know, when you are working around helicopters, that the area at the back of the helicopter, where the tail rotor is spinning is deadly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The rotor is invisible when it is spinning, and if you walk into it, it will kill you instantly. It is a totally ‘no go’ area when working around helicopters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So, after we landed for the second or third time, Tom and Elisabeth came over, I opened the side door of the helicopter and they leaned in to watch the shot on the monitor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The director gave them a couple notes, and Elisabeth, getting quite excited, took off suddenly, running towards the back of the helicopter.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since Bennett was strapped in a harness, he explained that he could not reach out after her and instead leaned over and screamed “stop”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though his screams were drowned out by the helicopter noise, it was “just at that same moment that Tom saw where Elisabeth was going”, he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He lunged after her, but was only able to grab her legs, tackling her to the ground.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He rolled her over, dragging her at the same time, and you could see the momentary anger on her face while she was yelling ‘Why did you do that?’</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But by that time he is pointing at the tail rotor which is now a couple feet away, screaming at her that she almost died.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At that point she turned white, and he pulled her back towards the front of the helicopter and they walked away.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though everyone in the helicopter was “quite shaken by the close call”, Bennett knew that Cruise had, “in that instant, truly saved her life.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident occurred in 1987,  meaning that “mandatory safety meetings were not commonly done”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the post gaining traction on social media, writer Mike Timm passed it onto </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mission Impossible</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> director Christopher McQuarrie - who is currently working with Cruise on the seventh instalment.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CK69alvFr2M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CK69alvFr2M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mission: Impossible (@missionimpossible)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to <em>The Sun</em>, Timm told Bennett, “[McQuarrie] loved the story and, of course, Tom confirmed it.”</span></p>

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Frances McDormand comes out on top

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frances McDormand is officially the greatest living actress as determined by Oscar wins, even beating Meryl Streep.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With three Oscar wins at Best Actress, McDormand is ahead of the pack that includes Streep’s win for a supporting role.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two-time winners of the Best Actress award include Jane Fonda, Maggie Smith, Glenda Jackson, Jodie Foster, Sally Field, and Hilary Swank.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The only one to beat McDormand was Katharine Hepburn, who claimed four prizes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">McDormand won Best Actress in 1997 for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fargo</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 2018.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 2021 Oscars saw McDormand win the award for her role in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nomadland</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chloe Zhao’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nomadland</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> also won Best Picture, and had been a strong contender for the award following wins at the Venice and Toronto film festivals more than six months ago.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMKpOr2BnVT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMKpOr2BnVT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nomadland (@nomadlandfilm)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nomadland </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">sees McDormand play a retired woman struggling to make ends meet following the 2008 crash, travelling through America’s west.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zhao, who is Chinese-American, also took home the award for Best Director, becoming the second woman and first woman of colour to win.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Frances McDormand won two Oscars tonight, one for Best Actress (her third win in the category) and one for Best Picture as a producer on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nomadland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Nomadland</a>. More here: <a href="https://t.co/QGwDlmpx6l">https://t.co/QGwDlmpx6l</a> <a href="https://t.co/POcXXH3azT">pic.twitter.com/POcXXH3azT</a></p> — IndieWire (@IndieWire) <a href="https://twitter.com/IndieWire/status/1386556898464333827?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">McDormand’s competition included actresses Viola Davis for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and Carey Mulligan for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Promising Young Woman</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following on from her win, the actress will soon appear opposite Denzel Washington in a </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Macbeth</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Quoting the play in her acceptance speech, she said, “I have no words. My voice is in my sword.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We know the sword is our work. And I like work. Thanks for knowing that, and thanks for this.”</span></p>

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Why James Bond would make a terrible spy in real life

<p>James Bond may have more than 60 years of experience saving the world from notorious villains, but he’d have a tough time getting a job in MI6 today, says Alex Younger, chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, in the <em>Guardian</em>. Apparently, there’s more to being an SIS officer than expensive cars, martinis and tuxedos.</p> <p>Even if Bond’s appreciation for the finer things in life were qualification enough, his recklessness on the job would likely cut his career short. “The violence, mayhem and death that seem to follow Bond wherever he goes are certainly one thing that would have gotten him early retirement from any reputable intelligence service long ago,” says Alexis Albion, the International Spy Museum‘s lead curator. “Also, his tendency to use his own name, lack of communication with headquarters, wanton waste of government resources, lack of discretion in his sexual dalliances … the list goes on.”</p> <p>In other words, James Bond would make a terrible spy.</p> <p>Think about it. It’s hard to be effective at espionage when everybody knows who you are. Agent 007 is the most famous spy in the world, yet he rarely wears a disguise and almost always uses his real name. Even if “Bond, James Bond” is actually a code name, why use it over and over again?</p> <p>Finally, 007 has a pretty terrible track record of getting captured by his enemies. Alec Trevelyan – aka Janus, from <em>GoldenEye</em> – even captured him twice! And how many times do you have to drink a poisoned beverage to learn that you shouldn’t consume anything given to you by your enemy? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool Bond twice, shame on 007.</p> <p>There’s also Bond’s inability to stay under the radar. Real-life spies go out of their way not to draw attention to themselves. Bond, meanwhile, is a magnet for attention. Just look at the types of luxury vehicles he drives: Aston Martins, Audis, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces. They’re way too eye-catching, and probably too fast; Bond’s need for speed is yet another problem. To quote Q in <em>GoldenEye</em>, “Need I remind you, 007, that you have a license to kill, not to break the traffic laws.”</p> <p>Then there’s the simple fact that Bond is an alcoholic. British researchers report that 007’s weekly alcohol consumption is over four times the recommended limit for an adult male. They also suspect that Bond suffers from alcohol-induced hand tremors as a result of all that drinking. That could explain his preference that his vodka martinis be “shaken, not stirred,” when, in fact, they should be stirred, not shaken.</p> <p><em>Written by PJ Feinstein. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/why-james-bond-would-make-a-terrible-spy-in-real-life">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our best <a href="https://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V">subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><em>Written by PJ Feinstein. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/why-james-bond-would-make-a-terrible-spy-in-real-life">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our best <a href="https://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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How the Oscars finally made it less lonely for women at the top of their game

<p>This year, with the nomination of both Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell in the Academy Awards’ Best Director category — and their films in Best Picture — it seems at last the Oscars powerbrokers have learned to count, putting more than one woman in the category for the first time. Women have been nominated for awards in the past, but it’s been lonely at the top.</p> <p>When Lina Wertmuller was nominated for Seven Beauties in 1977, her co-nominees were all male; fast forward to Kathryn Bigelow 33 years later when she became the first and only woman to win Best Director, and the same rules applied. Women, it seems, take up such space in the cultural psyche, perhaps two can’t fit. This affects the field in two ways.</p> <p>On the one hand, as we’ve seen with Bigelow and the Oscars, and Jane Campion as the only woman ever to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes (in 1993 for The Piano), being the singular nominee of your gender, makes these women “exceptional” and “iconoclastic”. They are mould smashers and rule breakers whose talent appears to strike out of nowhere and is singularly responsible for their individual success.</p> <p>While there is no disputing the “talent” part, the blinding light generated by Bigelow or Campion on these occasions hides the tall barriers women face in the resource-intensive world of commercial filmmaking. When viewed as singular successes, Campion and Bigelow are subjects of excellence and objects of isolation.</p> <p>Now two women have received Oscars nods for directing in the award’s 93rd year, and it’s noteworthy — both in terms of behind-the-scenes factors and the films they’ve created: Nomadland and Promising Young Woman.</p> <p><strong>Changing the rules</strong><br />Several factors have been credited for diversification of the Oscars and other award events this year, including subtle shifts in membership and eligibility criteria to unfold over the next few years and the holding off of some larger budget productions due to pandemic cinema closures.</p> <p>The contribution of big streamers like Netflix is also a matter of debate. The needle-moving role of each of these factors may not be known for a little while; after all, some changes aren’t due to bear fruit until 2025 or later.</p> <p>Regardless of the cause, there is no doubt this year the door has opened to more nominations for women and people of colour across all categories in all major ceremonies (the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Oscars).</p> <p>A number of things unite the female-helmed Best Picture and Best Director nominees this year: both Nomandland and Promising Young Woman centre their stories around a female protagonist; both are low-budget, independent films, with flashes of innovation in cinematic style.</p> <p>Both are about the dashing of dreams, due (in Nomadland) to the economic collapse experienced by itinerant workers in Trump’s America, or (in Promising Young Woman) to the scourge of sexual violence against women and the persistently unfair rules that privilege young male professionals over their female counterparts.</p> <p><strong>Films that speak to their times</strong><br />Along with a third female-directed film many believe should have been nominated — Kitty Green’s remarkable The Assistant — all these movies are uncannily topical. Green’s film depicts, in micro-detail, the demoralising experiences of a young female entertainment industry worker under a boss seemingly based on sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.</p> <p>The Amazon warehouse work that Nomadland protagonist Fern must resort to anticipates the unionising struggles of real-life Amazon workers in current-day Alabama.</p> <p>The sexual assault at the centre of Fennell’s movie, that takes place at a medical school party, could just as easily have come to pass among students at esteemed Australian schools and universities or, indeed, in the corridors of political and industrial power.</p> <p>Meticulously depicting disenfranchisement and gendered violence from the inside, these female-led films make a pitch for group solidarity. In Nomadland, the occasional visits Fern enjoys with fellow nomads bring welcome, though temporary, solace.</p> <p>In Promising Young Woman, Carrie’s difficulty with processing the rape and subsequent death of her best friend Nina, the eponymous woman of the film’s title, are compounded by the fact Carrie is isolated and, audiences are repeatedly told, “has no friends”.</p> <p>The film’s opening shots of masses of men’s bodies (gyrating on the dance floor) contrast sharply with the subsequent framing of Carrie on her own and vulnerable. In the logic of this movie, boys go out in groups and girls do not. This is considered a bad thing, whether you’re a student in med school or law school or, perhaps until now, a film director.</p> <p>There is no doubt Promising Young Woman contains a message for men. In the post-#MeToo era, phrases like “educate your sons” remind us that women’s safety is men’s responsibility and has nothing to do with women’s dress or behaviour. But the film has further insight to offer: women are stronger when we’re together. This year’s Oscars will give women at the top of their filmmaking game their first chance to live that message.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Julia Erhart. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-the-oscars-finally-made-it-less-lonely-for-women-at-the-top-of-their-game-157240">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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After Disney closed one of its major studios, animation is under pressure in pandemic Hollywood

<p>Last year’s computer-animated feature Trolls World Tour served as an early test case for movie releases during the pandemic. The film appeared on video-on-demand streaming services the same day as its limited theatrical run in April 2020. And the industry was keen to know whether audiences would be eager to stump up rental fees to watch new releases online when they couldn’t get out to the cinema.</p> <p>As it turned out, the movie quickly made over US$200 million (£142 million) in rentals. Its distributors Universal began doing deals with cinema chains for more films to be released online just weeks after their theatrical launches.</p> <p>The success of Trolls World Tour coincided with a supposed revolution in “remote” animation production, brought on by the pandemic. As on-location casts and crews continue to adjust to navigating new safety precautions and guidelines, feature-length cartoons by comparison appear well suited to remote working. Initially, there was even talk of an upsurge in the production of animated media that appeared somewhat pandemic-proof.</p> <p>Fast forward 12 months, however, and the situation looks a little more tricky. Economic pressures mean that the animated movie industry might just be starting to shrink even if they’re more viable to produce in a pandemic landscape. A case in point is the Walt Disney Company’s recent announcement of plans to shut its computer animation division Blue Sky Studios. Its sudden demise after 34 years will undoubtedly rob popular cinema of one of its most creative and imaginative studios.</p> <p>Blue Sky has made significant contributions to the shape and direction of US animation. Amid the late-1990s tussle for power between Pixar Animation Studios and its rival DreamWorks, Blue Sky came onto the scene somewhat under the radar compared with its larger competitors.</p> <p>Formed in February 1987 by animator Chris Wedge, the studio started out in software design and animated adverts before later shifting focus towards visual effects and character animation, providing CGI for a number of blockbusters like Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Fight Club (1999).</p> <p>Meanwhile, Wedge’s computer-animated short film Bunny (1998) won the Academy Award for best animated short film. This was quickly followed by Blue Sky’s debut digital feature Ice Age (2002), which led to a highly successful franchise spanning two decades. In the years that followed, Blue Sky produced 13 feature films and a host of short cartoons, spin-offs and television specials, balancing original franchises with imaginative re-tellings of a number of popular media products.</p> <p><strong>The future of animation</strong><br />While many animation studios have come and gone, the unforeseen closure of a such a leading player as Blue Sky will lead to hundreds of layoffs and the cancellation of its animated films already in production. Warnings about Blue Sky’s future were immediately sounded once it was acquired by the Walt Disney Company as part of its broader acquisition of previous owners 20th Century Fox in 2019. This meant Disney now owned two of the three major players in US animated production, following its earlier US$7.4 billion acquisition of Pixar back in 2006.</p> <p>Disney’s growing monopoly of the entertainment industry over the last two decades has certainly caused widespread alarm. Don’t forget, the Mouse House also bought Marvel for US$4 billion in August 2009. In the face of the success of animation during the pandemic, the demise of Blue Sky might appear part of a broader Disney corporate strategy to gain market advantage by purchasing and then closing competitors.</p> <p>The loss of a major animation studio in such circumstances could hardly be seen as good news for the sector. But Blue Sky’s sudden closure could also be interpreted as a signal that Hollywood animation more generally is under real pressure for the first time since Toy Story started a new era. Indeed Disney itself cited the “current economic realities” as the reason for Blue Sky’s termination.</p> <p>Blockbuster releases from Disney and Pixar are still to come this summer, of course, but these animated films started life years ago. We’ve yet to see how the pipeline of newly green-lit films will be affected.</p> <p>Meanwhile Universal’s Paris-based Illumination Mac Guff studio (creators of the Despicable Me franchise) temporarily closed down last year over coronavirus, leading to knock-on effects for its animated feature films. Release dates at all the major Hollywood cartoon studios have also seen shifts. In some cases theatrical releases have been skipped entirely (as was the case with Pixar’s Soul) because of slow production, tight delivery schedules and the pressures of domestic animation.</p> <p>Questions also remain over how sustainable remote working is for the industry, especially as Hollywood studios often outsource work to off-site facilities around the world, and consistently strong and stable global internet connections can’t be guaranteed.</p> <p>Whichever way you look at it, Blue Sky’s high-profile demise is momentous. Even if Disney decides to maintain some of the studio’s output – more Ice Age films for example – the unexpected end of Blue Sky ultimately points to the instability post-pandemic Hollywood is facing. It would be safe to assume that there are going to be several further cracks in the ice before too long.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Christopher Holliday. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/after-disney-closed-one-of-its-major-studios-animation-is-under-pressure-in-pandemic-hollywood-155164">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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George Clooney singles out Aussie as "best actress of her generation"

<p><span>George Clooney has paid tribute to Aussie starlet Cate Blanchett during the virtual G’Day USA American Australian Association Arts Gala which was held on Friday.</span><br /><br /><span>Blanchett is a critically acclaimed actress who has won two Oscars and three Golden Globes, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award.</span><br /><br /><span>The award was introduced by Clooney who kicked off the segment by joking: “Hi, I’m Brad Pitt. I know I don’t look so good. After I won the Oscar I just said, ‘To hell with it!’ I stopped taking care of myself.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLujRLiLWYW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLujRLiLWYW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by cate blanchett (@cate_blanchett_page)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>He then went on to praise Blanchett.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve been asked to say a few words about Cate who is winning a Lifetime Achievement award,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I have to tell you what an honour it is to talk about someone of her calibre.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve worked with her as a director, I’ve worked with her as an actor, and when I say calibre I’m not just talking about her obvious talent as an actress,” Clooney went on to say.</span><br /><br /><span>“She’s easily the best actress of her generation. She is a consummate professional. She solves problem on a set all the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“And more than that, is how she solves problems in the rest of the world. It’s what she does in trying to bring justice and hope to all the people who don’t have justice and don’t have hope.”</span><br /><br /><span>Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba and American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson also honoured Blanchett in the segment, saying: “There’s not a single time that I’ve worked with Cate where I haven’t had the eye-opening experience of watching real magic happen.”</span><br /><br /><span>When accepting the award, Blanchett thanked “all the trailblazers who paved the way for actors like myself”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLrt6Alrfzq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLrt6Alrfzq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by cate blanchett (@cate_blanchett_page)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“Australia is such an extraordinary country with a plethora of talent both in front and behind the camera and I do hope that as the cultural connection between Australia and America enters yet another exciting chapter, that we do find genuine and concrete ways to honour and to value the contribution of crews, creatives and casts on the ground in Australia,” Blanchett said.</span><br /><br /><span>“My career would not be anything without the extraordinary connection between these countries, so thank you.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Arts Gala was hosted by David Campbell and featured performances from Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem, Chris Sebastian, Dami Im and Johnny Manuel.</span></p>

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