There was plenty to keep our favourite celebrities talking this week. Not least of all, the Met Gala on Tuesday. . . Or more specifically, Gwyneth Paltrow's opinion on the high-society event, and singer Pink's reaction! This week has also seen a few announcements: Tom Cruise had some big news for fans of Mission Impossible, while Elizabeth Banks was mighty unimpressed about the cancellation of a certain show. No happy endings for her! Rebel Wilson and Lea Michele had more to celebrate — see why in here — Lara Bingle took a stand on the gay marriage debate and Lena Dunham reminded us that she's one very cool lady. There's much more to read — click through to see the best celebrity tweets this week!
Timomatic rose to fame when he placed third in the 2011 series of Australia’s Got Talent (before that you may have seen him on So You Think You Can Dance). This year he’ll be on the other side of the judges’ table as part of the all-star panel on Channel Nine’s revamped version of the show, which was dropped from the Channel Seven line-up at the end of last year. He’ll be sitting alongside former AGT judge Kyle Sandilands, UK comedy star Dawn French, and Geri Halliwell, who was last week confirmed as the fourth judge following court dramas that blocked Mel B from appearing on the show. I caught up with Timomatic to talk about his transition from contestant to judge and to find out who his favourite Spice Girl is.
So it’s been confirmed that Geri Halliwell will replace Mel B. How do you feel about her joining the panel?
Very excited. She knows entertainment very well, probably the most out of the panel. It’s cool — the panel is so fresh and new, and Kyle’s the only one that has done the show before, so I’m excited for a whole new fresh show.
Who’s your favourite Spice Girl?
My favourite Spice Girl? Ooh. Right now, it would probably be Mel B. But it could change!
How did you react when you got the call asking you to be a judge, coming from being a previous contestant?
[Laughs] It was very special. For me it was always something I always wanted to do, but I didn’t know it would happen this quickly. I was shocked. I was like, “Really? They want me?” You gotta understand, I didn’t win the show — I came third! It’s very big for me, the pinnacle of my life, and I can’t wait until it starts. It’s later in the year and I can’t wait to give people this opportunity that I’m kind of living right now.
More from Timomatic when you keep reading.
Australian magazine CLEO threw a star-studded party at Cherry Bar in The Star last night to celebrate its newly-relaunched issue. The special guest of honour was an Alex Perry-clad Kelly Osbourne, who flew into the country on the weekend — she’s the magazine’s back-page columnist and said she was excited to get on board “because the first thing they said to me was, ‘We’re not going to edit you, you can say whatever you want.’ I was like, ‘Yes! I cannot believe they’re going to let me say what I want!’” After discussions with editor Sharri Markson she said they would “make sure we talk about topics that readers want to hear about, and I can share what I’ve been through in that area, because I’m not going to talk about things I don’t know about. To me, that’s a great opportunity for me to share my experience with other people.”
Kelly brought her boyfriend Matthew Mosshart along for the trip, which has included a boat ride around Sydney Harbour and a visit to her “favourite pie stand” Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. She told us, “I usually get the meat pie with mashed potatoes and peas and gravy — it’s my absolute favourite. And I’ve been telling my boyfriend all about it, so tonight we’re going to go there so he can have it. We met people there who were getting married there! I was like, ‘Really?’ That is the most awesome thing ever.”
Inside the bash, where guests such as Laura Dundovic, James Kerley, Timomatic, Prinnie Stevens, Nikki Phillips, Darren McMullen and Zoe Marshall had gathered, Sharri hit the stage (after an introduction by the Stenmark twins, Jordan and Zac) to reveal that they shot Kelly for an upcoming CLEO cover, and to share an anecdote about a rude-but-funny joke that Kelly made when they went to dinner at Icebergs together. Kelly, who usually gives her style critiques on E!'s Fashion Police, gave her verdict on Aussie men (“I have to say — sorry, Matthew — but Aussie men are hot”) and thanked The Star for their hospitality, with a special cheeky mention to the security guard who refused her entry into the casino on Monday night because he thought she was using a fake ID.
Last night at Sydney's The Star, celebrities flocked to celebrate CLEO magazine's much-anticipated relaunch. New columnist Kelly Osbourne was flown in especially for the fun-filled event, walking the red carpet in an Alex Perry frock hot off the MBFWA runway (albeit in black, not ecru as shown). The local celeb-set joined the E! Fashion Police commentator in the festivities, bringing their party-dress best. Laura Dundovic shone in a sexy Manning Cartell two-piece, chosen by beau James Kerley, Zoe Marshall looked chic in a plunging lilac Suboo sheath, Celebrity Apprentice contestant Prinnie Stevens was elegant in white in Bless'ed Are The Meek number, Nikki Phillips went the embellished route in a red leather Isabel Marant shift, and editor Sharri Markson took Kelly's lead by opting for a corseted Alex Perry party frock. Want to zoom in on all the red carpet style? It's all inside. . .
Over the past few days we’ve been keeping track of the reality TV musical chairs concerning the judging panels for two popular Aussie shows: Australia’s Got Talent and The X Factor. Earlier this week it was confirmed that Channel Nine had signed UK stars Mel B and Dawn French for AGT, which it poached from Channel Seven last year, and last night they unveiled the promos for their third judge — Timomatic (real name Tim Omaji), who was runner-up on the 2011 series of AGT on Seven. It’s expected that Kyle Sandilands will be announced as the fourth judge on the extended panel today, making him the only judge to move with the show between the networks.
For the latest news on The X Factor, keep reading.
Event Cinemas on George Street in Sydney was decked out in pink for the Australian — and world — premiere of the new comedy I Give It a Year. Leading lady Rose Byrne, in a Jill Stuart dress, was on hand to walk the bridal-themed carpet, where she chatted with media and posed for photos with fans. In the film, which is released on Feb. 28, Rose and Rafe Spall play a couple trying to get through their first year of marriage, but an ex-girlfriend (Anna Faris) and handsome new client (Simon Baker), on top of the usual pressures of a new marriage, make reaching the one-year mark a seemingly impossible mission. We were on the red carpet to get the scoop from Rose on working with Simon and how true the movie is to that all-important first year.
Do you think this film could possibly deter people from marriage if they’re already unsure about it?
[Laughs] Yes and no. It’s very much a cinematic world that he’s [writer/director Dan Mazer] created so it’s to be taken with a grain of salt, but it does examine the first year of marriage, which I’ve actually always heard is really hard. I’m not married, but friends of mine say that first year is really hard, and if you can get through that you’re OK. That’s what I’ve heard.
Did you discuss it with your married friends and did they say, ‘Yes, that’s true’ about things?
I did! I definitely did. And Dan Mazer, our director, he was very open about that with his own marriage and the first year, and why it’s such a change and adjusting to that. And I’ve always loved the title because it very much sets up the world of the film very instantly, kind of like Bridesmaids, where you know right away what world you’re in.
What was it like to work opposite Simon Baker?
The dishy Simon Baker! Well I’ve known Simon socially for years and it was lovely. He’s so professional and fun, and our scenes were good too, we got to play around. And the dove scene, too, where they’re flying — oh my God. I’m scared of birds so that was rough [laughs].
Australian Miss Universe candidate Renae Ayris made the top five at the Miss Universe 2012 Pageant held in Las Vegas yesterday. The WA beauty was third runner-up, placing behind Miss Venezuela Irene Sofiá Esser Quintero, Miss Philippines Janine, and Miss USA Olivia Culpo, who is the first American to win the title since 1997. During the show the girls modelled swimsuits, evening gowns and national dress, and the top five participated in a Q&A. Renae is also good friends with Olivia as they were roommates!
Renae’s fourth place ranking puts her in the same group as previous Australian representatives who also made the top 10, including Laura Dundovic in 2008, Rachael Finch in 2009, Jesinta Campbell in 2010 (she won Miss Congeniality that year) and Scherri-Lee Biggs last year. Our most famous Miss Universe rep is still Jennifer Hawkins, who won in 2004. Yesterday’s competition also featured another Aussie star, Timomatic, who performed during the telecast. He tweeted, “Miss Universe is over!! This was the biggest performance of my life and I had the time of my life!”
- Viral hurdler Michelle Jenneke returns to the internet — The Vine
- The identity of Fifi Box’s baby daddy is out — New Idea
- Timomatic is performing on the Miss Universe telecast — Daily Telegraph
- Olivia Wilde calls Jason Sudeikis the "love of my life" — E! Online
- Did Dan Ewing and Marni Little get married on the weekend? — CelebrityFIX
- Romeo Beckham is modelling in Burberry’s new campaign — FabSugar
- Anne Hathaway broke her arm this year and kept it secret — OK! Magazine
- Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were adorable at a Gangster Squad shoot — PopSugar US
Beach days, barbecues and quality time with family are some of the responses we got when we asked some of our favourite local stars what they had planned for the Summer. Lots of them are taking time out as a reward for working hard all year and will be back with more exciting projects in 2013. We also wanted to know what they had on their Christmas wish lists — who says he’s happy with just "undies and socks"? Who wants artwork for their house? Who asked Santa for a car? Find out when you click through.
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