2010 Newspaper Articles
Posted 25 July 2010 - 12:39 PM
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:50 PM
Ultimate School Musical, Episode 2 Review
The Age -Green Guide
By Melinda Houston
"As is often the case with talent-quest reality shows, things really pick up in the second episode. So as we return to Essendon Keilor College, where they're preparing to mount a production of Fame, the bulk of the auditions are out of the way and we are starting to get to know some of the players.
And as Director Eddie Perfect pointed out last week, the real thrill is not so much seeing talented kids shine as seeing the untried kids emerge from the shadows. Produced by reality master Fremantle, in association with Foxtel, this is a class act all the way: singing coach Anthony Callea is doing a terrific job, Ruby Rose's outfits are an entertainment in themselves and Eddie Perfect is quickly emerging as one of the highlights of the series. A wonderful combination of the entertaining, the heart-warming and the frankly hilarious."
Posted 25 July 2010 - 02:01 PM
Campbell Gets Wickedly Candid
The Star Observer
It?ll be two years next month since the wildly successful Broadway musical Wicked opened in Australia. Starting with a 13-month stint in Melbourne, the Broadway hit has now been playing in Sydney for over six months, with the cast performing in a gruelling eight shows per week.
It?s a punishing schedule for even the most disciplined actor and, inevitably, cast members come and go. Anthony Callea decided to hang up his munchkin boots and retire from the role of Boq early last year. Now, Robert Mills is bowing out, having played the role of Prince Fiyero since the very first show.
In an odd reminder of just how small the Australian entertainment industry is, Mills? role is being filled by Callea?s partner, Tim Campbell.
?I did feel nervous about being the new kid on the block, but I think they all find it refreshing to have someone new to react to on stage,? Campbell told Sydney Star Observer when we met him backstage at the Capitol Theatre between rehearsals, ahead of his debut in the role on June 10.
?It?s a matter of slotting in with everyone else, because they already know the show.?
Is he disappointed he?s not performing in the show at the same time as Anthony?
?I don?t know how that would have been, not just for us but for the audience too ? the Prince and Boq both lust after the same girl ? I think us being in it together would?ve created a bit of a weird dynamic on stage,? he laughed.
Campbell?s candour when discussing his relationship with Callea is in sharp contrast to his initial guardedness when the pair announced their relationship some two and a half years ago. At the time, he publicly expressed concern about being pigeonholed as ?that gay actor?.
Surely being cast as the romantic lead in Wicked shows that he?s managed to escape such typecasting?
?I hope so. I auditioned, and I got the gig, so it obviously didn?t matter at all. But I have heard whispers in the past that some other producers express concern about [hiring openly gay actors]. You just want to punch them in the head, really.
?I mean, I still get people on the street telling me they loved the relationship between Leah and [Campbell?s character] Dan on Home and Away.?
Rather, Campbell explained that his initial reserve was due to the fact that he and Callea?s relationship was only in its early days when the tabloid media spotlight shone on them.
?I personally came out when I was 20. The ?public? outing happened when there was some gossip around about me and Anthony, so to nip it in the bud, you just go, ?Yeah, so??
?At the time we thought, shit, we?ve only been together a few weeks, give us time to figure out if this feels right.
?But before that, my ex-partner used to come on set at Home and Away. Even when I was 22 doing my first TV gig on Big Sky, I never hid it. People just didn?t care.?
Until, of course, he found himself in one-half of what website Defamer affectionately dubbed ?Australia?s first homo celebrity super-couple?.
Could he understand that, in a society with very few gay role models, two popular performers announcing they were in a loving same-sex relationship would be cause for interest or excitement?
?I understand the interest, but that?s not why we got together; we got together because we fell in love. We didn?t then go, OK ? we?ve got to be the big visible gay couple.
?But at the same time, we don?t want to shy away at all. I?m proud to walk down a red carpet with him. If those who aren?t used to having gay people around them, who find it a bit foreign and weird, can see us having a stable, public relationship, then that?s great. That?s my ?flag waving?. ?
And the pair haven?t been shy about appearing together in public. They even collaborated in a one-off Melbourne concert in early 2009 ? Callea was the headliner, with Campbell under him on the bill (perves amongst you, feel free to make your own assumptions about their bedroom habits based on this information).
Any plans to work together again?
?Who knows. To be honest, I get scared every time I have to sing on stage with him because he?s so good and I?m nowhere near. I keep telling him that when he does his next tour I want to be one of the back-up singers. He hates the idea, but I?d love to!?
For now, though, the focus is on spending whatever time they can together. Campbell cut short a stint doing the audition rounds in LA to perform in Wicked, while Callea remains based at their shared home in suburban Melbourne.
All this time apart would put a strain on any relationship.
?Anthony just left [Sydney] today actually, then he?ll be back up next week for my first show. And I have a couple of days off each week ? Bert and I can fly back to see our respective Pattis down in Melbourne,? he grinned.
?But we have a great relationship. After two and a half years together, it feels like it?s a ?forever? thing.?
Posted 25 July 2010 - 02:05 PM
Wog Boys Find it's Good to be King
By KYLIE NORTHOVER
May 12, 2010
A DECADE after his film The Wog Boy became one of the most successful Australian films of all time, Nick Giannopoulos and his co-stars held the world premiere of the sequel, The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2 in South Yarra last night.
Giannopoulos, who wrote, produced and starred in the original film, teamed up with writer Chris Anastassiades and co-star Vince Colosimo, for the sequel, filmed mostly in - of course - Mykonos, with Yarraville playing a minor role for the film's opening scenes.
In Wog Boy 2, Steve Karamitsis (Giannopoulos) and his mate Frank (Colosimo) head to the Greek island of Mykonos when Steve inherits a beach worth millions from an uncle he has never met.
The film's crew spent an enviable six weeks filming in Greece - which must have been tough going?
''It was great fun,'' says Giannopoulos. ''We loved every minute of it. And it was great to be back with the boys.''
The film, which stars Greek A-list model and actress Zeta Makrypoulia, is also set to open in Greece (where its title will be truncated to just The Kings of Mykonos) early next month. The original film already has a following there, says Giannopoulos.
''Greek audiences know the wog boys - it was released there in cinemas and on TV and DVD.''
Joining the film's stars for last night's premiere were a mix of local film, TV and sports stars, including Daniel McPherson, Buddy Franklin, Red Symons, Anthony Callea,Tim Campbell, Michael and Lindy Klim, Molly Meldrum, Zoe Badwi, Naomi Robson, Helen Kapalos, Anne Maree Cooksley and Nick Bracks. Giannopoulos hopes his sequel will be as successful as the original, which grossed $13.4 million at the box office, but perhaps Wog Boy 2 could also help promote tourism to the financially-stricken Greece? ''Maybe - Mykonos is a beautiful place,'' Giannopoulos says.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 02:10 PM
Stars Sparkle at the ASTRAS
Source: Sky News Online
It may not have the reputation of the Logies, but the pay TV equivalent is just as glamorous and the party well and truly kicked off on the red carpet.
Anthony Callea waltzed with Nikki Webster, and Gyton Grantly sang his school war cry at the top of his lungs as the best of the subscription television world strolled the red carpet for the 2010 Annual ASTRA Awards on Thursday.
The awards ceremony, now in its 8th year, recognises excellence in subscription TV and Sydney's State Theatre saw its fair share of frocked up celebrities getting up to their usual red carpet antics.
Sarah Murdoch took to the carpet in a stunning Grecian, blush-coloured Bianca Spender gown, her first public event since giving birth to her third baby 10 weeks ago.
Even though Murdoch looked amazing, she begged the photographers to shoot her above the belly as she laughed about her post-baby body.
'I feel good considering I just had a baby, but I'm trying to embrace the curves,' she told AAP.
'It's exciting to be out actually, it's a bit of a night for me, so it's nice.'
Murdoch said she doesn't get a lot of time to herself with the new baby, but admitted she indulged in an aromatherapy facial and had the ultimate chill-out day to prepare for the event.
Aussie fashion designer Alex Perry and model Charlotte Dawson from Australia's Top Model made fun of the fact Dawson wasn't nominated this year.
'I can't think of another personality I'd rather see take the top prize than Sarah Murdoch except Charlotte, but she's not even nominated,' laughed Perry.
'She's been nominated three times in a row, you know what they say, three times a bridesmaid, never the bride.'
'Well, that's also been the case,' added Dawson.
Meanwhile Perry was boasting about being Botox-free at the event.
'I'm three months out on Botox and I can even move my eyebrow ... if I try really hard,' he giggled.
MTV's Ruby Rose wore a Lady Gaga meets Madonna corset leotard, which was perfect attire for her DJing gig at the after party at exclusive nightspot Ivy.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 02:11 PM
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 02:18 PM
No Drama at Pay TV Awards
By Michael Bodey
THE pay-TV industry left the drama to experts as it handed out its annual kudos at a relatively subdued ASTRA Awards ceremony last night.
After last year's gauche and camp ceremony left some members of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association red-faced, the industry's main man covering the ALP leadership spill, Sky News reporter David Speers, was called in to preside over a more restrained celebration at Sydney's State Theatre.
The coveted channel-of-the-year prize, selected from more than 110 broadcast on Foxtel (part-owned by News Limited, publisher of The Australian), Austar and Optus subscription TV platforms, was xyz network's The Lifestyle Channel.
The channel has had a bumper year, with imported hits including Grand Designs, and new local programs riding the property boom. The channel also nabbed two popular prizes and two industry prizes. Selling Houses Australia and its host, Andrew Winter, were named most outstanding lifestyle program and most outstanding presenter, beating among others Sarah Murdoch and Brendon Julian. Winter and his program also won the publicly voted prizes in those categories.
In acting awards, Ben Mendelsohn was a worthy winner of the most outstanding male performance in the Showcase drama Tangle, while his co-star, Justine Clarke, was named best female actress. Satisfaction's New Zealand import, Camille Keenan, was named best new talent as the high-end drama network, Showcase, picked up three awards. UKTV's Australian-British co-production, False Witness, was named outstanding drama beating Tangle and :30 Seconds.
In other major awards, Speers watched as his colleague Kieran Gilbert was awarded the most outstanding performance by a broadcast journalist.
The Sound Relief concert on Channel V and Max was most outstanding music program and FOX8's Australia's Next Top Model was named most outstanding light entertainment program, which it also won in 2007.
And the humble The Weather Channel won in two "events", most outstanding news program or coverage and most outstanding documentary.
Among guests at the awards were Miranda Otto, Gia Carides, Anthony Callea, Matt Day, Matt Shirvington, Alex Perry, Dora The Explorer and ASTRA chairman John Bracks.
Posted 26 November 2010 - 01:21 PM
Vanessa is Our Star
The Queensland Times
Teenage singer Vanessa Maiolo tries her luck for a third time in A Star is Born.
SPRINGFIELD singer Vanessa Maiolo aims to try her luck on Australian Idol one day – so it’s no surprise she’s desperate to appear with Anthony Callea at this year’s Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight.
An estimated crowd of more than 10,000 will be at Ipswich Turf Club for the spectacular festive show on November 27.
And one lucky local singer will have the chance to sing on stage with Callea, as well as Deni Hines and the stars of the kids’ animated movie Madagascar.
Each year, Ipswich runs its A Star is Born contest to find a talented singer to perform at the carols concert.
Judging by her record in the competition to date, Vanessa has a great chance of success in 2010.
The 16-year-old is a two-time winner of the contest and is now hoping to forge a career in the performing arts.
“The first Star is Born was a bit nerve-wracking,” she said.
“I got to perform with Troy Cassar-Daley both years.
“I really want to compete again. It’s great just watching everybody get a kick out of it.”
Vanessa’s singing has been applauded at talent quests held at Woodcrest College and Logan Hyperdome.
Pop-rock is her preferred style of music, and American recording artist Alicia Keys her favourite singer – because of her vocal range and writing ability.
Local singers are invited to compete at Ipswich Central’s 2010 A Star Is Born event at 6pm on Thursday, November 18.
Ipswich Events Corporation (IEC) general manager Terry Hadnutt said the performances were scheduled before Santa’s Lantern Parade at the rotunda in Ipswich Mall.
“The judging on the night will be done by an industry panel who will select the individual or group to perform at the carols,” he said.
The closing date for entries is this Friday, November 5.
For details about A Star Is Born, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3812 2974.
Posted 26 November 2010 - 01:22 PM
F-111s to Feature as Carol Finale
The Queensland Times
YOU normally couldn’t beat a seven-minute fireworks spectacular as a finale to Mayor Paul Pisasale’s Christmas Carols by Candlelight event.
But this year organisers have done just that, with F-111s from RAAF Base Amberley scheduled to do a high-speed fly-over to close the family event.
The timing works out perfectly, with the F-111s set to be decommissioned from service only weeks after the November 27 carols in Ipswich’s 150th year.
Mayor Pisasale said that with the jets bowing out after nearly four decades of association with Ipswich, the fly-over was a fitting finale to this year’s Carols by Candlelight, which is sponsored by The Queensland Times.
“I think it will be a great way for Ipswich residents to salute the F-111s and their pilots and crews for their service,” Cr Pisasale said.
“The city has had a long association with the F-111 and I think this will be an excellent way to farewell them.”
Hosted by the Ipswich Turf Club at Bundamba, gates will open at 5pm with kids’ rides, fairly floss and face painting.
From 6pm a concert will start on the main stage with the Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Show and appearances by Toasted TV and Totally Wild personalities.
At 7pm the family entertainment starts, with highlights including performances by the Ipswich City Orchestra and well-known singers Deni Hines and Anthony Callea.
The fireworks show is due to begin at 8.45pm, with the F-111 fly-over straight afterwards.
Posted 26 November 2010 - 01:23 PM
F-111s to Light up Ipswich Carols
The Queensland Times
Riverfire – the upcoming Ipswich Mayor's Christmas Carols by Candlelight will feature the final F-111 dump-and-burn.
The RAAF Base Amberley-based jets are set to be decommissioned next month and their replacements, the F/A-18F Super Hornet, cannot perform the crowd-pleasing stunt.
Wing Commander Micka Gray, Commanding Officer No 6 Squadron, said a dump-and-burn would be performed at the carols event as a thank-you to the Ipswich community.
He said the city had always supported the jets and all RAAF Base Amberley personnel.
“It's a good way for the Ipswich community to see the F-111s for the last time,” Wing Commander Gray said.
“We just want to thank the people of Ipswich for their ongoing support for the F-111.”
He said doing a flyover for the November 27 event was good preparation for the F-111s' final journey just six days later on December 3.
As part of the final flight plans, four jets will leave RAAF Base Amberley at 11.30am before splitting off in pairs and heading on flights around south Queensland and northern NSW.
Ipswich residents will then be able to see the jets as they fly back over town about 1pm. Both times are subject to conditions.
Air force personnel will also be at the carols with a display featuring an F-111 escape module and information on the jets.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was excited the dump-and-burn would close the Queensland Times-sponsored event.
Hosted by the Ipswich Turf Club at Bundamba, doors open at 5pm. From 6pm, a concert will start on the main stage with kids TV personalities and a Ma dagascar: Escape 2 Africa show.
At 7pm the family entertainment starts, with performances by the Ipswich City Orchestra and well-known singers Deni Hines and Anthony Callea.
The fireworks show is due to begin at 8.45pm, with the F-111 dump-and-burn straight after.
Posted 26 November 2010 - 01:24 PM
Lantern Parade to Herald Christmas
The Queenslsnd Times
A GLITTERING parade, official Santa welcome and exciting talent quest herald the start of Christmas celebrations in Ipswich’s city tonight.
Twenty-eight singers will compete in the city’s A Star is Born quest from 5.30pm at the Ipswich Mall rotunda.
Ipswich Events Corporation (IEC) co-ordinator Lowana Moxham said the performances would be followed about 7pm by Santa’s Lantern Parade and a children’s show.
After Santa has been welcomed into the mall, he will be invited on to the rotunda with Mayor Paul Pisasale to turn on the Christmas lights.
IEC general manager Terry Hadnutt said the Lantern Parade was growing every year, with 25 groups in the line-up tonight.
“It’s a really magical sight to see Ipswichians welcome Santa to the CBD through a parade of lantern lights,” Mr Hadnutt said.
“The only limit to participants’ creativity is their imagination.”
The parade will begin at Darling Street and move down Waghorn, Brisbane, Bell and Ellenborough streets.
The winner of tonight’s A Star is Born will perform at the Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight on Saturday, November 27.
Popular entertainers Anthony Callea and Deni Hines are headline acts at the carols.
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