As the year winds down, most Australian celebrities, like the rest of us, have one thing on the brain: Summer holidays. We quizzed stars on what they have planned for the next three months, but we also asked them to share their favourite Summer memories and their beverage of choice for when the days get hotter and longer. Click through for responses from Jennifer Hawkins, Lincoln Lewis, Laura Dundovic and more!
The Australian premiere of Diana was held at Event Cinemas on George Street in Sydney last night, and there was one notable absentee: the film’s leading lady, Naomi Watts, who portrays Princess Diana in the final years of her life. While Naomi was spending quality time with her partner Liev Schreiber, and their sons Sasha and Samuel in NYC, the Sydney red carpet was attended by a group of local TV, stage and music stars. Ronan Keating posed with his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz, and two eliminated contestants from his show The X Factor, Cat Vas and Barry Southgate, walked the carpet together. Blue seemed to be a theme among some of the guests, including Puberty Blues actress Brenna Harding and Magazine Wars (and AAMI’s Rhonda) star Mandy McElhinney, while Laura Dundovic looked chic in a green lace frock. The film has received mixed reviews but there are only two opinions Naomi cares about: those of Prince William and Prince Harry. She has said, “Hopefully if they get to see the film, they will feel that we have done it in a respectful and sensitive way. We try to honour the depiction of her character in the best possible way.” Diana is out Oct. 10.
Translating a literary work of 17 short stories to the big screen is no easy feat, but some of Australia’s best filmmakers and actors came together to make sure Tim Winton’s The Turning, his 2005 collection of short stories, made a beautiful transition from page to screen. Winton’s stories focus on themes such as relationships, death, regret and expectation, and they overlap in the lives of characters living in one Australian town.
The Turning had its premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August, and had stars such as Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Mia Wasikowska (her directorial debut) working behind the camera on some of the stories. The roster of talent onscreen is also incredible, including Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Hugo Weaving, Callan Mulvey, Dan Wyllie and Puberty Blues breakout star Brenna Harding. The 181-minute cinematic event opens on Sept. 26 in a limited season, so make sure you book your tickets so you don’t miss out. Watch the beautiful trailer after the break.
With the weather putting on a good show this week, we seemed to have a flurry of colourful things head our way to make our days even brighter! Top of the list? The very delicious Magnum Jess got to design at the Magnum Sydney Pleasure Store — the ice-cream company brought The Hills alum Whitney Port out as their ambassador, and Jess caught up with Whitney while they concocted personalised ice-creams. Alison received some beautiful poppies for her birthday during the week, and celebrated Taylor Swift's new Wanderlust fragrance yesterday, while Marisa caught up with stunner Ashley Hart at the Mix Apparel ColourScope collection launch. Click through to check out all our behind-the-scenes snaps from the week!
It's been a big week here in Sydney, with lots of red carpet events and celebrity sightings to fill up our time. PopSugar editor Jess was up to her ears in Aussie stars (and a couple international) when she hit both the AACTA Awards and the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters premiere in Sydney. We spied so many gorgeous dresses on people like Cate Blanchett and Jessica Mauboy, and we were loving Megan Gale's dark, voluminous waves when she stepped onto the carpet. Ali went to fashion showings and received a very cool, very Chanel gift, while Alison's been trying out some new nail polish colours and perfecting her travel beauty kit. There's plenty more behind-the-scenes action to see — click through to check it out!
The 2013 AACTA Awards took place on Wednesday to celebrate the achievements of the Australian film and TV industry, and we were on the red carpet at The Star to speak to the talented actors as they made their way into the ceremony. We asked lots of people what their favourite movies and shows from the past year were — no surprises that big winners The Sapphires and Puberty Blues got a lot of love — and tried to squeeze any scoop on the second season of Puberty Blues out of its cast. Click through to see what everyone had to say!
Oh, we do so love when our favourite celebs fly all the way down to Australia to see us! That was the case this week when Robert Pattinson — he of the hot vampire fame — hit Sydney to promote the final installment of Twilight, Breaking Dawn Part 2. While we weren't busy being distracted by Rob, we kept our eyes on the endless amount of royals who hit the town this week — from Kate Middleton sharing a laugh with some special guests, her father-in-law Prince Charles and his wife Camilla chatting to our own Kylie Minogue, to a certain "Royal Hotness" and more, it seemed like a good week to be a member of the royal family! Celebrities were kept busy, too — some were filming shirtless scenes on the beach in Hawaii (tough gig) while others were fitting in world premieres, grand balls, shoe shopping and charity lunches. Phew! We've got a much less exhausting way for you to catch up on all that happened in the celebrity world this week: just click through the gallery, and enjoy!
The inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival kicked off yesterday with a star-studded screening of The Master. The movie’s director, Paul Thomas Anderson, was on hand to introduce the picture to hundreds of film lovers who had travelled by ferry to the heritage-listed location, which has been transformed into cinematic hub for the next four days. Guests at the opening night gala included screen veterans Joel and Nash Edgerton and Alex Dimitriades, as well as seasoned TV stars such as Rob Carlton and Gyton Grantley. The young Puberty Blues cast, who are celebrating the confirmation of a second series in 2013, were also out in force, with Brenna Harding, Sean Keenan, Isabelle Cornish, Charlotte Best and Tyler Atkins attending the screening. The Cockatoo Island Film Festival runs from Oct. 24 to 28 and will feature major new releases, over 100 short films, and live entertainment.
Puberty Blues was a fantastic Australian drama in so many ways, but it wouldn’t have been half the show it was without its two young leads, Ashleigh Cummings and Brenna Harding, as best friends Debbie and Sue respectively. Ashleigh, 19, and Brenna, 16, played off each other perfectly, and portrayed a realistic best friendship between two girls coming to terms with growing up in the ’70s — parent problems, boy issues and more. That reel life relationship translated to real life, with the actresses becoming close off-screen as well. We caught up with Brenna recently to talk about her experience of shooting the drama and why she loved it so much — click through for her responses!
Puberty Blues is now available to own on DVD.
Over the past year we’ve been keeping an eye on fresh Australian talent on the cusp of superstardom. And there are certain moments that stand out so far: Jessica Mauboy and the cast of The Sapphires at the Cannes Film Festival; Rebel Wilson becoming Hollywood’s go-to funny girl; watching Ashleigh Cummings and Brenna Harding beautifully portray teenagers growing up in the ’70s on Puberty Blues. For the group of Aussie actors featured in this gallery, it’s just the beginning. They’re working with the likes of Bruce Willis, Angelina Jolie and more big names — it’s just a matter of time before they become the stars themselves!