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Friday, 22 July 2016

'The Real Housewives of Sydney' Cast Revealed: PHOTOS

And so, here we are... 'The Real Housewives Of Sydney'. Announced, a photo:

Says the Facebook caption:

What a day to meet our #RHOSydney - Nicole O'Neil, Lisa Oldfield, AthenaX Levendi, Melissa Tkautz, Krissy Marsh, Matty Samaei and Victoria Rees!

Yes. Foxtel today unveiled the seven sophisticated and vivacious Sydney Housewives that will form the cast of the highly anticipated, glamorous reality series 'The Real Housewives of Sydney'. 

The series will begin filming in September and premiere on Foxtel’s Arena in 2017.

Says the press release:

The Real Housewives of Sydney will feature seven charismatic and engaging new Housewives who enjoy the extravagant, stylish and cosmopolitan lifestyle of Sydney. Between them they run successful companies, travel the world in luxury, attend the most exclusive parties and are the matriarch of their million dollar mansions. All women are fascinating in their own right and when put together create a diverse mix of magic and mayhem.

The Real Housewives of Sydney are; artistic, free spirit AthenaX Levendi; energetic ex-model turned real estate agent Krissy Marsh; funny, opinionated mother of two Lisa Oldfield; cosmetic nurse and Beauty Expert of Sydney Matty Samaei; triple threat, actress, model, singer Melissa Tkautz; photogenic party planner and former Miss Australia Nicole O’Neil; and last but not least, entrepreneurial mum and social scene queen Victoria Rees.   

Meet the Housewives:

AthenaX Levendi – Spiritual, eccentric and attractive, Athena is a painter, sculptor and jewellery designer. Australian born, she grew up in Athens only to return to Australia at the age of 20. She is married to an Australian Greek jewellery designer, who owns and runs Levendi Jewellers. Together they have three children and live in their beautiful Bellevue Hill home.   

Krissy Marsh – The quintessential Australian girl, Krissy is opinionated, warm, loyal, generous and not afraid to tell it like it is. Originally from Brisbane, she moved to Sydney for her modelling career at age 18 and never looked back. She has a love for Shanghai after living there with her family for  two years. Her husband is still based there for business and she now lives in Double Bay with her three children. Krissy is a real estate agent and previously ran her own successful company which she sold.

Lisa Oldfield  Married to well known former politician David Oldfield, Lisa is no stranger to controversy and being in the spotlight. Opinionated, provocative and passionate, she is a media commentator, seasoned world traveller, astute business woman and savvy tech guru. She is also a mother of two young boys and lives on the Northern Beaches with her family.

Matty Samaei  Known as the Beauty Expert of Sydney, Matty is the owner of The Medispa by Matty located in Double Bay. She is fun, eclectic and fair and has experienced both the highs and lows of life since moving to Australia at age 12 with her Persian family. She currently lives in Bellevue Hill with her partner and her two young daughters. Her favourite activities include shopping, travel and socialising.

Melissa Tkautz – Actress, model, singer; Melissa is a triple threat. With a career spanning over three decades she has appeared on many TV shows, over 80 magazine covers and is an ARIA award winner. She is also a mother of two young children that she raises in her Frenchs Forest home with her husband. She is an activist for many charities and when she isn’t busy juggling life as a mother, wife and career woman, she loves a catch up with her friends over champagne.

Nicole O’Neil – The ultimate beauty queen, Nicole is beautiful, smart, well travelled and a Miss Australia winner. Born in Dubai to a Swedish mother and Lebanese father, she was raised and educated in Sydney which is where she met her husband who was a childhood friend. She now owns a flourishing event planning and production company Prêt-a-Party, with a presence in both Sydney and London. Nicole’s two daughters have had an international upbringing, being raised in both Dubai and London and she loves that they can now experience the privileged lifestyle Sydney has to offer.

Victoria Rees – Funny, outspoken and carefree, Victoria is single for the first time in her life and loving the time it gives her to socialise with her friends, who are like family. She is mum to her twelve year old son and is always cooking and entertaining in her Bondi home. Victoria was previously an interior decorator and now has a beauty product called Wrinkles Schminkles.

The ten-part, one-hour series will once again be produced by Matchbox Pictures in conjunction with Foxtel. The Real Housewives of Sydney is the second Australian instalment of the world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise, following the success of The Real Housewives of Melbourne

The Real Housewives of Sydney will screen in 2017 on Foxtel’s Arena.

We really hope there are moments like this:

And: "Well don't look darling."

And, the Melbourne ladies on US TV:

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Garry Marshall Dies, Age 81: VIDEOS + Tributes

Happy Days.


Mork & Mindy.

Pretty Woman.

Laverne & Shirley.

Valentine's Day.

New Year's Eve.

Mother's Day.

The Princess Diaries.

All these movies / TV shows.

What do they all have in common?

Garry Marshall. THE director of our generation. Of many gens.

He has passed away, at age 81.

Some snippets here:

Here is how various media outlets reported his passing:

RIP, wonderful man. A true entertainment icon of our times.

Here is how the people he worked with feel about his passing:

First... these:

A photo posted by Julia Roberts ️️ (@juliarobertsoriginal) on

A photo posted by Julia Roberts ️️ (@juliarobertsoriginal) on

A photo posted by Julia Roberts ️️ (@juliarobertsoriginal) on

First Lady Michelle Obama Carpool Karaoke: VIDEO 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'


The First Lady Michelle Obama Carpool Karaoke, with the adorable James Corden, for 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'.

James Corden's White House tour takes an unthinkable turn when First Lady Michelle Obama joins him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce. Surprise guest Missy Elliott drops in to sing "This Is For My Girls."


And, you can download "This Is For My Girls" from iTunes:


Now... WATCH:

Bad Lip Reading: Comparison of Melania Trump and Michelle Obama’s speeches VIDEO

The Melania Trump/Michelle Obama speech was just too good of a spoof to pass up for the folks at Bad Lip Reading.

THIS quickly appeared on the BLR Facebook page. "I don’t know what all the fuss is about… they’re really not that similar to me..." they said. Watch:

Miranda Kerr engaged to Evan Spiegel, Snapchat founder

Miranda Kerr is engaged!

The Australian supermodel, 33, is now engaged to Snapchat founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, 26 - he's worth $US2.1 billion.
She captioned a photo on Instagram (below), only a few hours ago:
“I said yes!!!”
A photo posted by Miranda (@mirandakerr) on

Miranda Kerr engaged to Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel. Photo: Getty Images
They met at a Louis Vuitton dinner in New York City in 2014, although they first stepped out as a couple in June 2015.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Waleed Aly: Sonia Kruger, Fear, #sendforgivessnessviral: VIDEO

Did you see the speech from Waleed Aly from 'The Project' just now? He addresses the backlash directed towards Sonia Kruger today, after she made a statement on the 'Today' show, and her subsequent statement this morning.

He also makes some very clear statements about fear.

See that video from Waleed Aly below:

Stop the outrage and #SendForgivenessViral Written by Waleed Aly & Tom Whitty (@twhittyer) #TheProjectTV

This is in response to the statement made by Sonia Kruger today, in response to her position on The Grill, on the 'Today' show.

See those clips HERE.

Sonia Kruger: Today Show: "Ban on Muslim immigration" + statement

Today, Sonia Kruger - cohost on 'Today Extra' made a statement after the backlash from her comments yesterday during a segment on 'The Mixed Grill', on sister program the 'Today' show.

A tearful Sonia Kruger explained what led her to call for a ban on Muslim immigration: she was 'rocked to the core' after seeing a photograph of a child's dead body in Nice last week.

Her voice was emotional as she delivered a live statement at the beginning of her 'Today Extra' program on Tuesday morning.

'I saw the image of a baby covered in a plastic sheet with a doll lying beside her and it rocked me to the very core,' she said.

'I imagined what that must have been like for the people of Nice, for the friends and families of the lost and the thought that it could happen here terrifies me.'

She acknowledged that her call to end Muslim immigration to Australia may be seen as extreme, but has defended her right to voice her opinion after her comments on national television ignited a fierce national debate.

After issuing a statement on Twitter yesterday afternoon...

...She then opened up about the fallout from her comments that Muslims should be banned from Australia, and wasted no time in addressing the controversy this morning.

Her comment yesterday on the Mixed Grill segment, in which Kruger called for Muslims to be banned from entering the country due to terrorism concerns, sent social media into a frenzy.

Today, Sonia Kruger read a prepared statement this morning on Today Extra, following her controversial comments yesterday calling for a ban on Muslim immigration.

On yesterday's show, she said that while she had "peace-loving, beautiful Muslim friends", she was concerned about the number of Muslims entering Australia.

See today's full clip here:

And yesterday's clip here: