Bridget Jones's Baby - First Trailer officially released

Everyone’s favourite singleton is back!

 

Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby.  Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting. 

 

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan.  Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new.  For once, Bridget has everything completely under control.  What could possibly go wrong?

 

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not.  In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

 

The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson to the cast.  Longtime collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films produce alongside Debra Hayward.  Universal Pictures will distribute Bridget Jones’s Baby in North America and select international territories. 


Mega vivid Sydney 2016 Line-up Announced

The longest ever Vivid Sydney will shine for 23 nights when it illuminates Sydney Harbour, new and much-loved precincts, and hosts vibrant music performances and big ideas talks, from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer-Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “This year Vivid Sydney is back with an incredible program where art, creativity and innovation meet, and are celebrated by local and international visitors.”

“Vivid Sydney delivers the world’s leading light artists in Vivid Light, cutting-edge musicians in Vivid Music, and creative innovators in Vivid Ideas. In 2015 the festival attracted a record 1.7 million attendees, and this year visitors to Vivid Sydney will have longer to experience the wonder of Vivid Sydney, and enjoy our biggest year yet.”

In a Vivid Sydney first, the sails of the world-heritage listed Sydney Opera House will celebrate the rich and diverse work of Australia’s Indigenous artists through the projection, Songlines. This exceptional work of art is directed by Sydney Opera House Head of Indigenous Programming, Rhoda Roberts of the Bundjalung Nation of NSW, and brings together six Indigenous artists whose work illustrates the extraordinary connections between Indigenous astronomy and the natural world – the celestial and terrestrial Songlines that weave through time and distance, earth and sky.

Vivid Sydney’s brilliant light also returns to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival’s first indoor precinct. Treasured attractions, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo, will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.

At Garden of Light, visitors will take a glittering journey through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as part of its 200th birthday celebrations. Grand installations will dazzle and delight including the impressive 60-metre long Cathedral of Light, made from hundreds of thousands of white LEDs which radiate gentle but brilliant light from all angles.

Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues with highlights including the world premiere of Björk Digital, a new virtual reality project from the international avant-garde artist and the inaugural Curve Ball – a large scale live music and art event from Fuzzy Music, both held at Carriageworks.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts including synth-pop legends New Order, indie folk band Bon Iver, jazz artist Esperenza Spalding and the Australian premiere of Anohni’s astonishing multimedia show.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will present The Sound Gardens: Vivid New Music performed by talented students with guest artists Natasha Anderson, Anthony Pateras and Clayton Thomas. Aussie hip-hop will be celebrated at Come Together @ Luna Park and One Day Sundays at The Factory in Marrickville. ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and 80s trailblazers the Models will join fellow chart-toppers the Machinations and a stripped down version of Dave Mason’s The Reels to present The Models, Machinations & The Reels for one night only at the Enmore Theatre.

Vivid Music venues joining the line-up in 2016 include Newtown Social Club, brand new venue Cake Wines Cellar Door and returning favourites including Oxford Art Factory, Freda’s and The Basement.

Vivid Sydney, now in its eighth year is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Vivid Sydney runs from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016. For more information visit VividSydney.com

 


Inside Kochie's birthday bash . . .

Koch built a career as a finance journalist before jumping to TV.

He will notch up 15 years at the helm of Seven’s breakfast show in October.

The birthday party included live music, drinks and food and plenty of embarrassing costumes as every guest took on the rock theme with a vengeance.

Kochie came as his music idol Michael Hutchence, in black and white striped pants, a loose black shirt and a wavy long dark brown hair wig.

His Seven stablemates were all dressed in full ‘inner rock star’ mode too, withSunrise co-host Sam Armytage doing her Olivia Newton John impersonation as ‘Sandy’ from the movie Grease.

Sports guru Mark Baretts chose Angus Young from AC/DC, while Natalie Barr went for Axl Rose from Guns ‘n’ Roses guns and Edwina Bartholemew opted for June Carter (as in the husband of country legend Johnny Cash) who was played by her boyfriend, Storyful executive, Neil Varcoe.

Kochie’s former Sunrise host, Melissa Doyle and husband John Dunlop also came to the party, showing there is definitely no ill will between the two.

In a quick round of speeches, Libby Koch, his wife of more than 30 years said the pair, like every couple, had their ups and downs.

“There have been of highs and lows,” said Libby, dressed as a spiky haired Alicia Keyes.

“He’s reached over and picked me up over the ledge and made me aim higher and I have reached down and given him a lift and we’ve gone on to have some fabulous highs.

“We’ve fallen into a few ice crevices and we’ve clawed our way out.

“But we have always stuck together because life is never going to ‘tear us apart’,” she said, referring Kochie’s favourite INXS song.

Kochie was also anointed a “finance nerd” and “daggy dad” in a fun joint speech by his four grown-up children.

In a philanthropic move, instead of gifts Kochie requested guests donate to Youth Off The Streets.

The night wasn’t complete until Kochie got up on stage to join the band to sing Never Tear Us Apart.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


Will Daniel Craig be back as James Bond? Miss Moneypenny hopes so

Speculation (or is that spectre-lation) mounts as to whether Daniel Craig will return as James Bond in the next, the 25th, in the mega-successful film franchise.

Actor Naomie Harris, who plays the long-suffering, understanding and dedicated Miss Moneypenny (who is the secretary to Bond’s boss, ‘M’) says she is very keen to work with Mr Craig again. Especially after the success of Spectre, the highest grossing Bond film of all time.

“I really hope so, I really do hope so,” she told news.com.au.

“But at this stage I don’t think anybody really knows. I don’t even think Daniel knows or whether he has made a decision about that. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Various reports have mooted names like Hugh Jackman, James Norton, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy as potential new 007’s, but whoever it is will need to continue the platonic and as yet, unconsummated relationship between him and Miss Moneypenny.

Is it just some film watchers (or just a few of us?) who notice a little bit of sexual tension between Miss Moneypenny and 007?

“I don’t think that he is really genuinely IN love with her, but I think he loves her and I think she really loves him. But I don’t think many people are particularly close to Bond at all.

“There are probably less than a handful of people, in fact, and the fact that she is one of them is actually a huge deal.

“I think Bond has few ways of relating to women and one of them is flirtation but I think they both know they wouldn’t cross the line.”

Naomie says she wants to keep challenging herself. And even scaring herself in her acting career.

“It’s such a precarious business but the roles just seem to be getting better and become more challenging and I just seem to grow more as a performer,” she said.

Whether Naomie will be back as Moneypenny is yet to be confirmed too but she is keen to reprise her role.

“If they have me I’ll definitely be there,” she smiles. “I love it, every second of it.”

The attraction to the character of Bond and the entire franchise is something that has gathered universal appeal.

“They have certainly created a character that most men want to be like, and most women want to be with — he’s just like the ultimate hero that everybody admires and wants to go on a journey with.”

Naomie says she admires and loves all of the technology used to make each Bond film bigger and better, but is kind of pleased she has nothing to do with it.

“Ha, I love it. But I leave all of that up to Q as Moneypenny is no techno whiz at all,” she smiles.

“Let’s face it, it is so often all about the cars as they really are like another character in the movie.”

*Melissa Hoyer was a guest in London of Fox Home Entertainment. James Bond in Spectre on Blu-ray and DVD is now available in Australia

 

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


Veuve Cliquot announces New Generation Award in Sydney on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, in front of 100 of the country’s young business leaders, Bianca Monley, Founding Director of Eat Fit Food, was announced as the Australian winner of the 2016 Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award.

The Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award is part of a global initiative, and recognises the success and vision of up-and-coming, entrepreneurial business women, specifically those less than 40 years of age. This age group has been selected as it correlates to the formative years of Madame Clicquot’s own tenure of the House. Madame Clicquot was just 27 years of age when she took over Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin following the death of her husband.

Bianca Monley was chosen by the panel of judges as the young female entrepreneur who best reflects Madame Clicquot’s values of innovation, audacity and fearlessness. Like Madame Clicquot, Bianca is a true innovator, identifying the market opportunity for healthy home-delivered food over a decade ago and staying ahead of the curve as the segment has exploded in recent years. She was selected from a strong field of finalists which included Bridget Louden & Emily Yue, Co-Founders of Expert360, and Julie Stevanja, Founder & CEO at Stylerunner.

As the winner of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award, Bianca receives a trophy, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 06, and a trip to France, where she will join the Veuve Clicquot International Business Woman Forum and visit the Manoir de Verzy and the House’s vineyards in Reims. There she will have a vine baptised in her name, recognising her legacy and lifelong relationship with Veuve Clicquot.

The Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award was judged by an expert panel comprising:

Sarah-Jane Clarke, Co-Founder and former Director of sass&bide; Mandy Foley, Founder and Managing Director of Stedmans Hospitality; Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Louise Olsen, Co- Founder and Creative Director of Dinosaur Designs and Maryanne Shearer, Co-Founder of T2 Tea.

Maryanne Shearer, Chair of Judges and a previous winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, commented: “Veuve Clicquot continues to celebrate the achievements of women in business all over the world. On International Women’s Day, we are very excited to be celebrating the talents and achievements of young women as they build their businesses, and to present this year’s Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award to Bianca Monley in recognition of her extraordinary entrepreneurship. Just as Madame Clicquot re-invented the world of Champagne, so this young woman has forged a business in a crowded marketplace though innovation, creativity and sheer tenacity.”

For further information on Bianca Monley and the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award, visit the website at www.veuvclicquotbusinesswomennetwork.com.au

Eat Fit Food’s Founder Bianca Monley is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and a health-foodie dedicated to changing people’s lives. Originally from Wanaka New Zealand, Bianca moved to Sydney in 2000 armed with a passion for health, motivation for business and vast knowledge of food, thanks largely to a childhood spent around her parents’ restaurant.

In 2002, at just 22 years of age, Bianca launched Eat Fit Food, a one-woman show operating from her tiny apartment kitchen in Bondi. Twelve years on, Eat Fit Food has evolved into a highly respected health food home delivery business, complete with a team of chefs, nutritionists and health experts, delivering across Sydney and Melbourne with plans to expand nationwide and beyond.

Established before the health food industry boom, Bianca blazed the health-conscious trail and cemented Eat Fit Food’s status as a trusted luxury health brand designed to support optimal health and weight loss. With an extensive cast of Eat Fit Foodie followers such as Hugh Jackman, Miranda Kerr, Lara Worthington and Ronan Keating, Bianca is recognised as the go-to person when stars are in town to ensure their nutritional needs are met. Today, her business delivers over 3,000 meals a day to people’s homes and offices, made from ethically and organically produced meat, fish and produce.

Bianca is open about the challenges she has faced along the way, explain that her business didn’t make money in its first decade and that at one point early on in her business, she had her equipment repossessed when she couldn’t pay her bills. Her response to the challenges in her business has been to push forward, learn from her mistakes and constantly innovate. Her motto? “Stay strong, never give up and keep inventing the things of tomorrow.”

Having recently bought a property in The Southern Highlands, Bianca plans to farm and grow organic produce to introduce into Eat Fit Food’s daily meals, in order to deliver a true farm-to-plate experience. She also this month launched her latest innovation – vending machines stocked with healthy options for corporate customers – in offices around the country. Her plans include expansion to Queensland and in 2017, her first foray into the US market. The future for Bianca Monley and Eat Fit Food does indeed look healthy.