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- 10th April 2011
Kerry Packer and Ita Buttrose In New Cleo TV Show...
and media fans. You won't have to wait much longer.
The late Kerry Packer (played by actor Rob Carlton)
will be returning to Australian TV screens (and internet).
Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo, promises to be a
quality production that will also show some of the
more intimate details of the relationship between
the late Packer and Ita, as well as show us a bit
of our mate, Jack Thompson (in a Cleo spread no less).
Jack is understood to be pleased with the choice of
model just quietly. Yeah, we're going to get some
nudity boys and girls. The telemovie stars Asher Keddie
as Ita Buttrose and will tell the story of the magazines'
rise in the Australian media circa 1970s. The viewer
will also get some solid insight into the lives of
Packer and Buttrose. What do our friends at the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation have to say about it? "In
early 1972, 30 year old journalist and editor, Ita
Buttrose (Asher Keddie) and 35 year old Kerry Packer
(Rob Carlton), heir to what was then Australia's most
ruthlessly powerful and influential publishing family,
got together to create a magazine that became one
of the most dramatic sensations in Australian publishing
history. CLEO went on to help define women, Australia
and the relationship between the two." Buttrose,
who first cemented her place as the magazine's editor,
was a consultant on the production. "If there
was a supposed affair it didn't happen in this timeframe.
I have no idea if there was, we didn't raise it with
her," said producer John Edwards. A 2007 feature
article by The Sydney Morning Herald revealed on Packer
- Buttrose: "He soon proposed marriage and, despite
rumours to the contrary, she accepted him. But she
was less committed to the idea of marriage than he
was. She already had one failed marriage behind her,"
we were told. That marriage to Alasdair Macdonald
produced Buttrose's two children, Ben and Kate. "After
Ita accepted Kerry's proposal, Kerry told his wife
Ros, who knew about the affair anyway. She threatened
to take half his wealth and deny him custody of his
children, Gretel and James. Kerry found himself weighing
up the loss of half of his riches and the loss of
his children and finally had a change of heart. He
didn't want to lose either." Actor Carlton says
he approached the role of Packer with "an equal
dose of terror and exhilaration. Like most encounters
with Kerry Packer, I'm told". The two-part telemovie
will go to air at 8.30pm, Sunday 17 April (and) the
same time on Monday, 18 April, on ABC1. News media
is speculating is the son of the late KP, James Packer,
may get any positive spin offs or PR's from the telemovie
which is being touted to be the talk of 'Sin City'
Sydney, and perhaps even across Australia, such is
the interest in Packer and Buttrose. Buttrose is managed
by the Harry M. Miller Group, and Packer is well...
not easy to get in touch with, but the right approach
to Crown Casino directly can sometimes work wonders.
No, please don't ask us for more information on how
to, and no, we don't manage them either, but offer
online profiles on the two for folks who are interested.
From the leaks we've got on Paper-Cuts so far; 4 out
of 5 stars. "It's 1972. Skirts are up, pants
are down". Spin to win with Cleo, the telemovie,
not the slot!
Empire On Australia's Foxtel ...
the night if you have pay tv service Foxtel. The much
hyped Boardwalk Empire continues it's dream run on
Australian screens. We're 3 episodes in now and the
storyline is awesome. We hear that tonight a fella...
a bad guy arrives in hospital, giving a shit load
of problems for corrupt Atlantic City treasurer Nucky
Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Thompson's bro Eli, the
city sheriff (Shea Whigham), to make sure the witness
dies in hospital. Michael K. Williams (The Wire's
Omar) plays Chalky White, a black leader. It's a bit
like a Yankee version of Underbelly, but most critics
say the acting and production is much better than
the Aussie equivalent. No offence Firass Dirani or
John "Vulcan" Seru. Just saying.
Empire official website
Three Generations'; Travolta...
flick stars John Travolta as the leader of the legendary
and notorious Gambino crime family is: "Gotti:
Three Generations." Film spokesman Steve Honig
confirmed the title Saturday and says the biopic about
"Dapper Don" John Gotti will be shot on
a budget of roughly $75 million this year. Honig says
details would be released April 12 at a news conference
in New York, where the project will be filmed. An
insider spoke on condition of anonymity. It will be
produced by Marc Fiore and directed by Nick Cassavetes.
The infamous mob leader died in prison in 2002. His
son, 47-year-old John "Junior" Gotti, sold
film rights to Fiore last year for an undisclosed
Stallone Movie And Casino Industry Hotshot To Do Rambo
legend Stallone reckons he has what it takes for men's
fashion. The 64-year-old actor is working on his own
clothing line, inspired by his two iconic characters
in "Rambo" and "Rocky,". The collection,
set to debut in 2012, will fall under his new men's
lifestyle brand Sly Inc. and will feature "looks
for the rebel and the gentleman." "I thought
the time is now," Stallone said. "I've lived
a life where I know what has worked and what hasn't
worked. Clothing is the first step to building a character."
According to Sly Inc. president Michael Henry, the
collection, to be sold in mid-tier department stores
like Macy's, will first debut with jeans, shirts,
outerwear and watches, and will then follow by eyewear,
fragrance, shoes and grooming products. Stallone,
who recently starred in "The Expendables"
with Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Steve Austin,
said the idea to start his own line came up when he
lost 45 pounds between "Rambo 2" and "Rambo
3." "Nothing fit so I started buying custom
clothing," he said."I found out I really
like this world." He added, "I pay a great
deal of attention to the way I dress. When men learn
to put things together, they start taking care of
themselves better." I hope that what worked for
me will work for others," he said. "I really
believe I have an understanding of the male psyche
on all levels. I want to expose people to things that
will work and this is the apropos time. I'm not experienced
in this field, but we have the proper team to move
this vision along."
Dogg Does 'Sin City' Sydney's Star City; Official
only is SNOOP DOGG a living legend in hip-hop, he
is also one of the greatest rappers and pop culture
icons of our time. In a musical career spanning over
two decades, Snoop has amassed an impressive discography
consisting of ten solo albums and has sold tens of
millions of albums worldwide. He has scored acting
roles in over 40 movies, featured in his own reality
show and has endorsed numerous pop culture brands.
Its his natural appeal to both the hood and
Hollywood that has allowed Snoop to stay tremendously
relevant through the years. Since bursting into our
consciousness alongside famed producer Dr. Dre on
the 1992 classic The Chronic, Snoop has
remained a constant force in hip-hop and a household
name around the world. With 18 Top 20 singles in Australia,
including 3 number ones, NELLY is a Grammy Award winning
artist that has been topping the charts for over 10
years. With a genre-defying discography, its easy
to see why Billboard Magazine recognized Nelly as
the #3 artist of the decade (2000-2009). Hailing from
St. Louis, Nelly first burst onto the scene with the
massive worldwide hit Country Grammar,
and continued to consistently return to the charts
with hit after hit including Hot in Herre,
Dilemma and Over & Over.
Nelly became a rapper capable of crossing practically
all boundaries from the Dirty South to MTV and everything
in between. With 21 million album sales under his
belt, Nelly is also a successful actor and entrepreneur,
owning two clothing lines, Apple Bottoms and Vokal,
plus the energy drink Pimp Juice. Nellys latest
album 5.0 is out now featuring the hit
single Just A Dream which peaked at #3
on the Aria Charts. *Snoop Dogg has also appeared
in various film and TV shows such as Scrubs, Old School,
Bigg Snoop Dogg: Raw 'N Uncut Vol. 1, Snoop Dogg:
Drop It Like It's Hot, "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood",
Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: The Adventures of Tha Blue
Carpet Treatment, Snoop Dogg: On the Record with Fuse,
Snoop Dogg: On the Record with Fuse - The Lost Tapes,
Doggy Dogg: Smokefest 1996 Tour Video, Hood of Horror,
Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, Gang of Horror, Bigg
Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass Tour, Youth Authority:
California and Snoopadelic Films Presents: Welcome
to tha House - The Doggumentary DVD.
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celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person
who commands a high degree of public and media attention.
The word stems from the Latin verb "celebrere"
but they may not become a celebrity unless public
and mass media interest is piqued. For example Virgin
Director Richard Branson
was famous as a CEO, but he did not become a global
celebrity until he attempted to circumnavigate the
globe in a hot air balloon. Another example is Al
Gore whose environmental crusade has elevated
him to celebrity status. On the other hand, mass entertainment
personalities such as soap opera actors or music stars
are likely to become celebrities even if the person
deliberately avoids media attention.
famous definition of celebrity comes from the cultural
theorist Daniel Boorstin. In his book, The Image:
A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, he cynically
describes celebrities as people well known for their
small number of celebrities can be considered 'global',
in that their fame has spread across the world, even
across linguistic and cultural boundaries. These celebrities
are often prominent political figures, actors, globally
successful artists, musicians and sports stars.
rise of international celebrities in acting and popular
music is due in large part to the massive scope and
scale of the media industries, enabling celebrities
to be viewed more often and in more places. The reach
of entertainment products is further extended by large-scale
illegal copying of movies and music, which makes inexpensive
pirated versions of DVDs and CDs available throughout
even less economically developed countries.
or cultural celebrities
culture and region has its own independent celebrity
system, with a hierarchy of popular film, television,
and sports stars. Celebrities who are very popular
in one country might be unknown abroad, except with
culturally-related groups, such as within a diaspora.
In some cases, a country-level celebrity might command
some attention outside their native country, but not
to the degree that they can be considered a global
celebrity. For example, singer Lara Fabian is widely-known
in the French-speaking world, but only had a couple
of Billboard hits in the U.S., whereas singer Celine
Dion is well-known in both communities.
entities or regions, or cultural communities (linguistic,
ethnic, religious) also have their own 'celebrity
systems', especially in linguistically or culturally-distinct
regions such as Quebec (a French-speaking province
in Canada) and Wales (a constituent country of the
UK). Regional radio personalities, newscasters, politicians
or community leaders can be considered as local or
regional celebrities. A local celebrity can be more
of a household name than a national celebrity and
may often experience the same type of attention from
the public as a national celebrity albeit in the confines
of their particular region. For example, while journalist
Lin Sue Cooney is a well known television reporter
in Arizona, she is little known outside the Southwestern
a smaller country, linguistic or cultural community,
a figure will be less likely to gain a broader celebrity.
Shakira and Daddy Yankee were known largely in the
Spanish-speaking world before becoming popular in
English-speaking communities, by performing English
language songs. Similarly, Spanish actors Penélope
Cruz and Antonio Banderas, who were country-level
celebrities in their native Spain, were able to become
global celebrities only after they became Hollywood
actors in English-speaking films.
media commentators and journalists will sometimes
refer to celebrities as A-List, B-List, C-List, D-List
or Z-List. These informal rankings indicate a placing
within the hierarchy. However, due to differing levels
of celebrity in different regions, it is difficult
to place people within one bracket. A Czech actor
might be a B-list action film actor in the US, but
be an A-list star in the Czech Republic. An objective
method of placing celebrities from any country into
categories from A-List to H-List based on their number
of Google hits has been proposed, but while this method
is quantitative, it only works for individuals with
distinctive names, e.g., Jason Mewes, not Kevin Smith.
that can make someone a celebrity
professional activities, by the nature of being high-paid,
highly exposed, and difficult to get into, are likely
to confer celebrity status. For example, movie stars
and television actors with lead roles on prominently
scheduled shows are likely to become celebrities.
High-ranking politicians, national television reporters,
daytime television show hosts, supermodels, successful
athletes and chart-topping pop musicians are also
likely to become celebrities. A few humanitarian leaders
such as Mother Teresa have even achieved fame because
of their charitable work. Some people are internet
celeberties and are found in videos online.
some film and theatre directors, producers, artists,
authors, trial lawyers and journalists have achieved
celebrity status, in general they are less famous
than actors of equal professional importance to the
with their own television show (or sections of television
shows) often become a celebrity, even when their profession
would not normally lead to celebrity status: this
can include doctors, chefs, gardeners, and conservationists
on shows like Trading Spaces and The
Crocodile Hunter. However fame based on one program
may often prove short-lived after a program is discontinued.
individual can achieve celebrity on the basis of their
profession, accomplishments, or notoriety, without
necessarily having any family or social connections
to aid them. However, there are families where the
entire family is considered to have celebrity status.
In monarchies, all members of royal families are celebrities,
especially when they are associated with a real or
perceived scandal. As well, there are artistic 'dynasties',
where several members of a family are associated with
a profession - such as in music, sports or politics.
include the Hiltons, Barrymores,
Braxtons, Osmonds, Osbournes, Redgraves, Jacksons,
the Kennedys, the Baldwins, and the Kapoors.
as a mass media phenomenon
the 1970s, academics began analyzing the phenomenon
of celebrity and stardom. According to Sofia Johansson
the "canonical texts on stardom" include
articles by Boorstin (1971), Alberoni (1972) and Dyer
(1979) that examined the "representations of
stars and on aspects of the Hollywood star system."
Johansson notes that "more recent analyses within
media and cultural studies (e.g. Gamson 1994; Marshall
1997; Giles 2000; Turner, Marshall and Bonner 2000;
Rojek 2001; Turner 2004) have instead dealt with the
idea of a pervasive, contemporary, ‘celebrity
culture’." In the analysis of the 'celebrity
culture,' "fame and its constituencies are conceived
of as a broader social process, connected to widespread
economic, political, technological and cultural developments."
Bob Greene’s article “The new stardom
that doesn't require paying any dues,” he argues
that for “most of man's history...people of
talent would work to create something--something written,
something painted, something sculpted, something acted
out--and it would be passed on to audiences.”
With the rise of reality TV shows, Greene points out
that audiences have been turned into the creators.
He argues that the “alleged stars of the reality
shows "Survivor" and "Big
Brother,"have become famous not for doing,
but merely for being.”
says that “You simply have to be present, in
the right place at the right time.” Whereas
“...public[ly famous] people were once defined
as such based upon the fact that their remarkable
skills had brought them to the attention of the public,”
Greene states that with reality TV, “one can
become a public person just by being a person, in
often have fame comparable to that of royalty. As
a result, there is a strong public curiosity about
their private affairs. Celebrities may be resented
for their accolades, and the public may have a love/hate
relationship with celebrities. Due to the high visibility
of celebrities' private lives, their successes and
shortcomings are often made very public. Celebrities
are alternately portrayed as glowing examples of perfection,
when they garner awards, or as decadent or immoral
if they become associated with a scandal.
magazines and talk TV shows bestow a great deal of
attention on celebrities. To stay in the public eye
and to make money, more celebrities are participating
in business ventures such as celebrity-branded items
including as books, clothing lines, perfume, and household
items. Celebrities can profit by exploiting public
curiosity about their lives by selling interviews
for magazines and television, and publicly appearing
at restaurants, nightclubs and opening nights.
in the 20th Century
James, the Australian writer, broadcaster and performer,
wrote a book on the phenomenon of fame in the 20th
Century. He contends that true fame was almost unknown
before the 20th Century, because of the lack of global
mass media, and the first true media celebrity was
Charles Lindbergh, initially because of his aviation
feats and later because of the tragic kidnapping and
murder of his son.
points out that celebrity eventually became distinctly
different from fame, resulting in the phenomenon of
people who are famous simply for being. He cites Elizabeth
Taylor as an early example, whose private life made
her more of a celebrity than her film career had.
He also contends that fame sometimes backfires on
those who seek it by depriving them of their privacy
for life, a point illustrated by the rise of the paparazzi
and there fanatic desire for pictures and personal
stories about celebrities.
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