Penelope Cruz flogs Campari ... and doesn't put a chic foot wrong . . .


Today, Campari® is officially unveiling Penelope Cruz as the star of the 2013 Campari Calendar, which will be captured by Paris-based fashion photographer, Kristian Schuller.

The Spanish Oscar winning actress takes the lead in the 2013 edition making her the 14th star to feature in the world renowned Calendar.

Penelope, who was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award, is following in the footsteps of some of the world’s most elegant women who have adorned the pages of previous Campari Calendars, including, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Jessica Alba and Milla Jovovich.  The Spanish beauty, has previously starred in movies such as ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, ‘Volver’ ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ and ‘Non ti Muovere’.
On starring in the 2013 Campari Calendar, Penelope Cruz comments: “The Campari Calendar consistently works with talented and creative teams and photographers to produce world-class imagery. I have really enjoyed working in this project for one of the world’s most iconic brands, particularly with such an amazing history attached to it. I really feel that Campari fans across the globe will love the imagery when they see the finished Calendar, the theme in itself is intense, captivating and chic.”

Kristian Schuller is the latest photographer to capture the renowned Campari Calendar, for its 14th edition.  Kristian will be bringing his distinctive style and ability to push the boundaries of editorial imagery to create the dramatic photography which will make up the 2013 Campari Calendar.
Paris-based Kristian began his career studying fashion design with Vivienne Westwood and photography with F.C. Gundlach at the University of Fine Arts Berlin.

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari comments: “Every year, our intention with the Campari Calendar is to deliver an even more stunning piece of art which pushes creative boundaries and stimulates people’s imagination. The Campari Calendar 2013 continues this legacy and brings a contemporary edge to the theme, which we look forward to unveiling in the coming months.”


Oz swimming medallist, Christian Sprenger, strips off for Hottie . . .












Let the branding and the gains begin!

This morning, Christian Sprenger may have just scored Australia's 100m Breastroke silver medallist . . .but he had already won a zillion fans as the 'face' and 'body' of undies brand, Hottie.

Sirie Pelmos, who runs the undies brand, Hottie, just had an update from Chritstian's, umm, mum: "Hey Sirie. U have no idea of the emotion we are experiencing!!!! The messages are amazing. But most of all he is amazing. Saw him about 11pm and catching up for a big lunch tomorrow. Held the medal. Wow. It is huge. Thanks for your support. Xxxx"

Now a  silver medallist; a 3 medal winner at the World Cup and a double Commonwealth champion, Christian Sprenger fronts the campaign for Australian underwear brand Hottie Australia’s new men’s line.

Sprenger cuts an enviable toned 1.9 metre tall frame in his Hottie boxer briefs.  “Christian represents the best Australia has to offer; good humour, good sportsmanship, dedication and commitment to the community.  He is a university student, all-round nice bloke and an elite athlete. Hottie Australia is proud to have him on board.”  Says Hottie director, Sirie Palmos.

Mr Sprenger is emerging as one of Australia sport’s pin up boys, winning a silver today (and one at the Beijing Olympics), nine individual FINA World Cup races, even breaking Kosuke Kitajima’s 200m breast stroke world record at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

Sprenger produced the race of his career but revealed afterwards he almost never got to London as he considered quitting the sport last year.

However he said a change in coach and dropping his former pet event, the 200m breaststroke, had made all the difference.

"I lost a bit of drive in the sport, I think mainly because the 200m was dragging me down," an emotional Sprenger said, he told

"I wanted a bit more dimension to my swimming. My attitude changed at training, I changed coaches, just a new environment helped a lot.

"I was starting to focus on university a bit more, and thinking about life outside of swimming because obviously it's not going to last forever.

"The stars aligned for me tonight ... I'm thankful every day now I didn't give it up and gave it one more shot. "I'm just so glad to be here."

"My goal was to break the minute this year and sometimes you just have those swims and everything falls into place, and for me it was tonight," he said.

"This was it for me. So I went into the race thinking, 'this could be my only chance' and that's how I swam the race. I swam like there was no more races ever again."

Take a look at Christian in his mode . . .



Fun Mediaweek podcast: Molly, Charlotte Dawson, Brian Walsh & me, en route home from Olympics opening ceremony

Helloooo from London!

Driving back from the Opening Ceremony in the early hours of this morning and a quad of us were on a post-event high . . .

So, what great timing it was that Mediaweek editor and publisher James Manning and Triple M radio guru, Brendan Wood, grabbed us on the phone as we motored back to the hotel, to record one of their always great podcasts.

There was Director of TV at Foxtel; Brian Walsh (pictured) music guru, Ian 'Molly' Meldrum (below) Australia's Next Top Model, Charlotte Dawson (left and below).

Oh, and me, as the entertainment editor-at-large at giving our take on the whole Opening ceremony palaver . . . .

Take a listen. Molly is in absolute fine form! Get to the part where there is an unfortunate bathroom 'accident', but nowhere near as dramatic as the amazing recovery he has made since his near-fatal accident at the end of last year. He really is an extra-ordinary man . .  .

You'll hear a little bit about a wee slipping-in-the shower accident I had here too the first day I was here,  but with Nurse Dawson and Doctor Walsh in the Athaneaum house . . . you couldn't have asked for better medical assistance. Enjoy!

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