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Friday, 24 October 2014

'Forbidden love': Aussie woman in Lebanon: Sunday Night - VIDEO

On Channel 7's 'Sunday Night' program, they follow the Australian couple who made headlines a few months ago when a young mother fled the country for Lebanon, and later asked the Australian government for assistance in returning.

Here is more to the story, below. But first, from the show's Facebook page:

'The shocking story of an Australian mother controlled by Islamic law - hunted by her estranged husband, charged with adultery and disowned by her family for being with a man who loved her.'
As per the 'Sunday Night' Facebook page:

'We follow the unthinkable struggle of an Australian woman fighting to leave a controlling marriage to be with the man she loves. But Mahassan has been shunned by her family and her culture and labelled a criminal.'

Here is a trailer for the interview, which screens this Sunday:

'Sunday Night' will screen on Sunday (and each Sunday) at 8pm, on Channel 7.

More photos of the couple released to media at the time of the headlines:

Between Two Ferns: Zach Galifianakis and Brad Pitt - VIDEO

The new ep of 'Between Two Ferns' by Zach Galifianakis is here, and it's Brad Pitt in the firing line. And yeah… there's an allusion to Jennifer Aniston…

Watch the soon to be viral madness:

For more, click here.

FCKH8.com: Young girls Drop F-Bombs for Feminism - VIDEO

Is it bad that I like this? After the initial shock of hearing little girl swear like sailors, of course.

It's the message, brought to you by FCKH8.com. I like. Watch:

Says the social media page for FCKH8:

Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism by FCKH8.com

Little Girls Drop “F-Bombs for Feminism” in Bluntly Comedic Viral Video Educating Adults On Sexism.
“Swear Jar Princesses” as Young as 6 Years-Old Use F-Word to Draw Adult Attention to More Offensive Words Like “Pay Inequality” and “Rape”

Los Angeles, CA– October 21, 2014 – Facing a future where women are still paid 23% less than men for the same work, and where 1 in 5 women are raped or sexually assaulted in gender-based violence, little girls between 6 and 13 years-old dressed as pretty pink princesses drop F-bombs to draw attention to society’s continued sexism. Asking the question, “What’s more offensive? A little girl saying f*ck or the sexist way society treats girls and women” these adorably articulate little ladies in sparkling tiaras turn the “princess in distress” stereotype on its head and contrast the F-word with words and statistics society should find shocking such as “pay inequality” and “rape.” The video also features a 12 year-old boy wearing a pink gown standing up against sexism saying, “When you tell boys not to ‘act like a girl,’ it’s because you think it’s bad to be a girl.”

Quotes from “Pink Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism”:
“Women make 23% less than men for the exact same f*cking work. I shouldn’t need a penis to get paid.”
“Stop focusing on the way I f*cking look and give me a book. My aspirations in life shouldn’t be worrying about the shape of my ass.”
“One out of five women will be sexually assaulted or raped by a man. Stop telling girls how to dress and start teaching boys not to f*cking rape.”

The girls appear along side women in the video sporting T-shirts with bold pink text declaring “Girls Just Want to Have Fun-damental Rights” and “This is What a #Feminist Looks Like.” The video is part of advocacy T-shirt company FCKH8.com’s charity T-shirt fundraising effort. The group’s website is making tees available starting at $15, with $5 from each tee sold benefiting five anti-sexism organizations and projects and asks website visitors to suggest their favorite groups to benefit.

Video producer Mike Kon comments, “Some adults may be uncomfortable with how these little girls are using a bad word for a good cause. It is shocking what they are saying, but the real shock is that women are still paid less than men for the same work in 2014, not the use of the F-word. The big statistic that 1 out of 5 women are sexually assaulted or raped is something society seems to find less offensive than a little four letter word and we love how these girls draw attention to that imbalance.” He added, “Instead of washing these girls’ mouths out with soap, maybe society needs to clean up its act.”


Thursday, 23 October 2014

'Soul Mates': Bondi Hipsters on ABC2 - VIDEO Trailer

After announcing the series earlier his year, 'Bondi Hipsters' co-creators Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier's kicked off their six-part TV series 'Soul Mates' tonight on ABC2 at 9:30pm (a repeat will air on Tuesday October 28, on the same channel at 9pm), and it was brilliant.

It goes beyond being a long overdue piss-take of the particular brand of folks who live in Bondi (hey, Housos takes a swipe at housing commission-residing 'Westies', and 'wogs' have been the butt of jokes for decades; it's definitely Bondi's turn).

No, this series is something else. Set in the past, the present, and the future, it's the future part that is the most entertaining, set in a time-travel travel agency, where everything is (virtual) madness and some one-liners are… too 'what the hell did they just say?'.

Like a scene where the co-worker is pregnant with a child (father-ed and mother-ed by a pool of people), and one of the attributes chosen for this child is 'a touch of autism.' YUP. (I actually said out loud, "Fucking, what?!" Coz, you know, I have a child with autism. But I do get it, the whole, designer babies of the future means that their attributes will be able to be chosen. It's good to know autism will become cool, yay).

No, I really do get the joke and found it strangely amusing… that's the beauty of this new series. You might find yourself being inexplicably hooked.


'Bondi Hipsters' six-part TV series 'Soul Mates' is on ABC2 at 9.30pm each Thursday (a repeat will air the following Tuesday at 9pm on ABC2).

RIP Nokia: Memes

After the massive cuts in jobs last month, it was apparent that Microsoft was planning to drop the Nokia brand (sniff).

The end was nigh for Nokia the day it got sold, and today... the Nokia Lumia brand has officially been laid to rest.

However, it's just the ‘Nokia Lumia’ brand that is going away, while the Nokia company will still exist and will continue to produce mobile phones as a separate entity, though under control of Microsoft Mobiles.

In memory of the ol' Nokia (who didn't own one?!) and it's indestructibility and sheer no-frill-ness, here are some of the best memes to honour the Nokia. RIP, 'brick.'

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Renée Zellweger Responds: Appearance Talk

Renée Zellweger has spoken out about basically being trolled for her appearance. And this is what she had to say:

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE magazine (US, sister mag to WHO magazine), the Oscar winner says she looks different because she is healthier and happier than ever – and she's okay with people taking notice. 

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," Zellweger, 45, says of the attention she received after an appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday. 

She called the conversation about her appearance "silly," and says she is choosing to address it because "it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door." 

"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," Zellweger continues. "For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things." 

She now shares her life with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall – and she's clearly happy with her life with him.

"I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself," she says. 

She adds:

"People don't know me in my 40s. People don't know me [as] healthy for a while," she says. "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy." 

Read the original People article here.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sam and Lisa Respond: 'The Bachelor'/'The Project' Interview: VIDEO

It's here, you guys.

Sam and Lisa respond to the interview with Blake and Louise on last night's 'The Project', by Carrie Bickmore.

UPDATED: the full video interview is below the transcript here.

Here is what went down with Sam and Lisa, after they watched the footage that WE watched (as seen in the transcript, in the link above… get it?)

Sam's response on watching Blake say that she had asked him not to reveal his love for Louise when he broke of their engagement…

“That’s the biggest load of shit I’ve heard in my life.”

Adds Lisa: “It’s just a web of lies.”

Adds Sam: "I had suspicions he was interested in someone else, because he’d said to me that he’d invested a lot of feelings in the top four, [but] when I raised my suspicions with him, he flat out denied it.”

“I would have preferred for him to say that because I don’t think it looks bad on me at all.”

Asks Carrie, did she have suspicions he had feelings for somebody else.

From last night's clip, Carrie asks: "How does a man how dumped you on live TV woo you again… and Sam responds to THAT letter Blake gave Louise.

Lisa says: "Well, he actually called me after the finale, and he said that he was quite upset about everything that had gone on, and I was giving him a bit of support but still letting Sam know that he was in contact with me, and then he asked me if I still had feelings for him, and I could still see a future with him."

Lisa's reply: "I told him to get lost… I said how dare you say that to me, and how dare you ruin the friendship between Sam and me. If you wanted to chose me, then chose me as your number one; I would never be second to anyone."

She adds: "I messaged Louise and told he tried to contact me… and she won't reply, I think she's a little bit too naive to actually believe it."

Lisa then adds that she's happy to have found her new friend in Sam. “I feel like I went on this journey to find Sam,” she says. Cute.

When, when will this drama end!?

To watch the entire interview, click here.