Pashing in a pandemic: Hollywood productions offered wax figures for make out scenes

Getting to first base has never been so risky, especially for actors and reality TV stars contracted to squeeze in a little lip-to-lip action with their co-stars.

Fortunately, Madame Tussauds Sydney has formulated an infectious-free solution for TV and movie productions to continue filming steamy scenes with zero contact and minimal risk – replace one actor in the shot with a wax figure for human-wax figure kisses.

The Darling Harbour attraction has offered to loan out its figures to any TV or movie productions currently underway in Australia who need their actors to partake in an on-air smooch or two.

A member of the Madame Tussauds Sydney team will accompany the figure on set to ensure its lips, cheeks, neck and any other pashed regions are thoroughly cleaned between scenes. The team member will also adjust hair, makeup and clothing on the spot to ensure thorough resemblance with the actor it is substituting.

Unlike plastic dolls, which some productions are believed to be using, wax figures have a softer human-like texture to help the remaining actor with their on-screen performance, and they come in various positions to accommodate a mix of make out situations from standing snogs to private dining French kisses and more. They can also be used for hand holding and passionate gripping.

“We won’t let productions push aside romance because of a pandemic!” a Madame Tussauds Sydney spokesperson said with the same on-screen passion as a soap opera star.

Nine Perfect Strangers, Elvis, Thor Love and Thunder and The Bachelorette – there are a number of movies and TV shows currently being filmed in our backyard and facing the same issue. Let us help.”

Visitors to Madame Tussauds Sydney can also get up close and personal with their favourite celebrities, snap a few selfies and gaze into their incredibly lifelike eyes. Celebrate the best of Sydney and save with a Sydney Big Ticket giving you access to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney and Sydney Tower Eye. For more information, visit: www.madametussauds.com.au

Source: Madame Tussauds Sydney


The Magical Boat Cruise Is Floating Into Sydney!

A huge Disney-inspired, boozy sing-along party is coming to Sydney this March! This is one Magical Brunch with a twist as you will be cruising to a magical, sensational world far, far away.

Whether you’re a wannabe Little Mermaid or a regular Prince Charming, you’re invited to The Magical Brunch Cruise. Join us as we bring to life some of your favourite childhood stories! We encourage you to dress up and sing-along as we transform a luxury yacht into a magical paradise for one weekend only!

Tickets for the brunch cost $75pp and include 2 hours of delightful, themed entertainment. The family friendly sessions include 1x drink and 1x delicious brunch meal. The evening soirée is a cocktail canapé style event and is restricted to adults only.


Australian Turf Club launches covid safe Everest Carnival with crowds

The prestigious seven-week Everest Carnival (September 19 – October 31) across Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens led by the world’s richest turf race, the $15 million The TAB Everest and the $7.5 million Iron Jack Golden Eagle, has launched at iconic Sydney location, The Tallawoladah Lawn, in front of spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour.

As part of the launch, the Australian Turf Club (ATC) and the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, announced an exciting new partnership, further cementing Sydney as Australia’s premier tourist and events destination, encouraging Sydneysiders and visitors to stay and spend locally in the famous Harbour City.

VIP guests included The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, The Hon. Kevin Anderson MP, Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, ATC Chairman, Matthew McGrath, four-time winning Sydney Premiership jockey James McDonald, Group 1 winning horse trainer Adrian Bott of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott Racing and Everest Carnival Ambassador Samantha Armytage, co-host of Channel Seven’s Sunrise and ATC Racing Ambassador and former Group 1 jockey, Katelyn Mallyon, as they discussed key highlights of the upcoming Everest Carnival and the importance of bringing the community together in a COVID Safe event environment.

The launch was also attended by a number of other VIP guests including ATC Everest Carnival Chef Partner, BLACK Bar & Grill Executive Chef Dany Karam, esteemed jeweller Nic Cerrone and ATC Official Stylist, Jess Pecoraro while the prized The TAB Everest and Iron Jack Golden Eagle trophies (designed by Cerrone) were on display in addition to retired racehorses-come trained stunt horses Mr Bean and Mojo.

In addition to the $41+ million in prizemoney and six Group 1 races, the social highlight of the world-class racing carnival is the Everest Carnival Fashion Lunch on TAB Epsom Day Saturday 3 October. The sold-out event will feature the Everest Carnival Spring Fashion Runway presented by Vogue Australia showcasing the latest Australian spring fashion trends, a three-course menu curated by The Star’s BLACK Bar & Grill, Dany Karam, performance by Natalie Bassingthwaighte, and a major raffle prize, a $30,000 Cerrone-designed necklace where all funds raised at the event will go to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation – to support the Emergency Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

For the first time, the Everest Carnival will launch an exciting new digital fashion competition, Spring Style Stakes, encouraging racing fans and fashionistas across the country to upload a photo or video in their fabulous raceday outfit from the races or at home. The competition will run across four major carnival racedays for women and men, with amazing prizes including $2,500 cash to be won, and builds on the Club’s Autumn Carnival digital fan engagement innovations.

ATC Chairman, Matthew McGrath said he was delighted to be launching the 2020 Everest Carnival, which commences this Saturday with Fujitsu George Main Stakes Day at Royal Randwick, providing an exhilarating and COVID Safe event for racegoers to enjoy this spring.

“The Australian Turf Club is incredibly excited to be hosting the 2020 Everest Carnival with crowds in a COVID Safe environment to see some of the world’s best horses, jockeys and trainers compete at Australia’s world-class racing, hospitality and entertainment venues Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens.”

“We are particularly pleased to be announcing our important partnership with the NSW Government through Destination NSW, to help strengthen Sydney tourism, and showcase everything this wonderful city has to offer, including a day at the races.”

 

“The health and wellbeing of our patrons, riders, supporters and staff is incredibly important, and we will have a limited capacity on site due to the Public Health Orders that are in place. However everyone will get the chance to enjoy the 2020 Everest Carnival whether they are lucky enough to be at the races or watching from home, live and free on Channel 7 or Sky Racing,” said McGrath.

In addition to on-course spectators The Everest Carnival is anticipated to be seen by over 9.5 million viewers across Australia and in over 66 countries internationally via the Carnival’s broadcast partners.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the Everest Carnival was an important and much-loved fixture of Sydney’s event calendar.

“The Everest is now undisputedly a signature event on the Sydney calendar. The public love to make something special of a day at the races and there are none more significant than the Everest and the supporting Carnival of events. Whether someone is visiting from the regions or interstate to attend, or they’re a local enjoying the full shopping and hospitality experience or even watching the races at home, these activities increase Sydney’s reputation as Australia’s premier events and lifestyle destination and provide a boost to our visitor economy.”

NSW Racing Minister Kevin Anderson congratulated the ATC and Racing NSW for their work in navigating the industry through the incredible difficulties of COVID-19. “Today’s event is more than just a launch of the word-class Everest Carnival; it is a celebration of the incredible shape of our state’s thoroughbred racing industry, despite the challenges of this unprecedented pandemic,” Mr Anderson said.

“In just a few short years, The Everest has succeeded in taking Sydney Spring racing to the world, and this year will be no different with a massive global audience expected to tune in to what has become one of the world’s great races.”

The 2020 Everest Carnival commences with the Fujitsu George Main Stakes Day at Royal Randwick and concludes with Golden Eagle Day at Rosehill Gardens on 31 October.

Source: Australian Turf Club


The Most Fun Party On Wheels In SYDNEY

Get your skates on because the Roller Disco Brunch is headed to Sydney on November 21, 2020. Glide back into the ’80s where bright leotards, sparkles and neon were all the rage, along with teased hair and tights.

It’s time to break out your iconic disco moves and strap on a pair of roller skates. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed and limbo winners!

 This is one brunch experience that will not be forgotten! Each session runs for 90 minutes to give you plenty of skate time.

This event sold out last year & tickets aren’t expected to be around for long! Tickets cost $65pp (excl GST) and include entry, skate hire, bottomless mimosas and 1x full pizza per person. Grab yours now!at https://zip-tickets.com/event/show/roller-disco-brunch-sydney-1547065

Source: The Brunch Club


FENDI Presents FENDI Renaissance in Tokyo with Anima Mundi

Rome’s luxury Maison FENDI presented a new streaming event FENDI Renaissance – Anima Mundi, in collaboration with the Tokyo University of the Arts, the highest seat of arts studies in Japan.

The third music performance worldwide, after Rome and Shanghai, features the students of the Tokyo University of the Arts Rio Arai, a violinist, and Kohei Ueno a saxophonist, playing the Finale of Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture. Anima Mundi represents the unifying principle from which each organism takes shape, articulating and differentiating itself through its individual specifications, to then unify under a Universal Soul.
The two musicians were both dressed in two different looks from the FENDI Prefall 2020 Collection.

Following his fearless journey in both spirit and style, switching up from the sharp contours of
The streaming event takes place at the Shibuya Sky, an observation area located 230 meters above the skyline of Shibuya, providing a panoramic view over Tokyo, and also at GINZA SIX Garden – the rooftop garden, located in GINZA SIX, a symbolic representation of a natural environment in the heart of a metropolis.

The initial idea is derived from the strong desire to deliver to the community a positive message of “rebirth through art, fashion and music” after the coronavirus worldwide pandemic. The performance is a symbol of ‘hope for the future’, a common prayer of all of us.

Like many of Rossini’s compositions with nearly visible effects of joy and thrill, the William Tell Overture leads the listener to climactic emotional heights and excitement. The collaboration between FENDI and the Tokyo University of the Arts, is an ode to the expression of aesthetics and creativity at the highest level.

Since the exhibition “FENDI – Un Art Autre: Another Kind of Art, Creation and Innovation in Craftsmanship” held at the University Art Museum in 2013, FENDI has continuously supported the Tokyo University of the Arts and reinforces this bond today.

Source: FENDI