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CELEBRITY 101** My week avoiding Gerard Butler

As you probably know, I like to go to the odd party or two and love living in Sydney! As a Brit who’s flown the nest, I’ve been here 5 years now and am proud to call this country home!
I love that I get to see Sydney from a privileged viewpoint and don’t ever take it for granted! Coming from a small working class town in the North West of England, I don’t ever forget where I come from, I am thankful for the experiences that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of since arriving here in Jan 2009.
I recently had a week that just makes living in Sydney all the more surreal, yet all the more wonderful!
I went to the Sol Beer MTV VIP party on Friday 7th March, it was a great event, fab Djs, free beer and Mexican food and a great location – what’s not to love!
My lovely friend and I got to talking about out ideal man… as you do! My lovely companion advised that she tends to go for blue-eyed, preppy, clean cut blondies who are ambitious and independent, as a general rule!  I on the other hand couldn’t pinpoint my exact type without referring to an actual person – Gerard Butler – successful, British (more importanly Scottish), humble, likes a party and appears to not take himself too seriously and of course easy on the eye! We laughed at the slim chance of me meeting an A-list actor and carried on with our night….
Only for me to get home and check my Facebook to see that my lovely old boss Juliet had uploaded a picture with said A-list star at The Royal Hotel in Paddington, my old local and stomping ground… No it couldn’t be… could it?! Oh yes it was:
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Juliet proceeded to tell me that she had a few drinks with him throughout the course of the evening and that he was lovely! Of course he bloody well was!
Cue story in the morning after’s Daily Tele’s Confidential section advising that the lovely man in question had been ‘spotted’ at The Royal in Paddington with a ‘mysterious blonde’, who was of course the lovely Juliet ! What are the chances hey?!
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It appears that they’re not actually as far fetched as I initially thought!
Fast forward to the Saturday night, I had decided to go camping at The Basin instead of going to Future Festival as I was trying to be good and it was a friends birthday! The day after I found out my friend Sasha was there and had a great day – I wish I’d have known as I would’ve gone with her!
After a great night camping I decided to check my phone the Sunday morning… Cue the following status from Sasha – #GREEN!
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So once is a funny story, twice is a massive coincidence right…. It gets worse…
A week of work passes by and I decided to have a chilled Friday night with my friend – I cooked dinner, we chilled in the spa, watched Sleepless in Seattle… at about 10 I decided to check my Facebook to be greeted by not one, but two of the following statuses! Yup NOT EVEN KIDDING! This is getting a bit ridiculous…
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I didn’t let this get to me, I am happy for my friends – it’s not everyday one of your friend’s gets to meet an A list star (you’d THINK!)… Plus one of my clients is based at Fox Studios and I had a meeting there later that week, so who knows, I may bump into him whilst ordering my coffee before my meeting… here’s hoping!
Roll on Saturday, I went on a boat round the harbour during the day with 20 of my friends – a lovely day. I was due to go to the VIP launch of Casablanca Bar in Double Bay, but had other plans to catch up with some girlfriends… Low and behold who was the VIP guest at the launch… oh yes that’s right – Mr Butler himself! I give up!
You’d think that after all that, I’d start to think that the powers that be are trying to tell me something – we no, not me, resilience is my middle name… how did I know that this attitude would come to bite me back in the butt..?
I was messaging a friend of mine on the Sunday morning, who was also meant to be at the Casablanca event the previous evening, I was laughing and tell her about my ‘week avoiding Gerard Butler’ she advised that she didn’t go either – we arranged to meet up, she did say she was going to Winery, but I figured I’d go for a walk along the Watson’s Bay headland and take advantage of the sunny Sydney Sunday morning… the Sunny Sydney Sunday morning didn’t last very long as a storm broke out… so I sheltered in Bondi at Trios with my lovely friend Sprite!
After a day of relaxing, I went to the cinema to watch Monuments Men, a perfect way to end a lovely weekend! The film was only ok, I decided to walk back to Pyrmont as it was a nice evening, whilst walking I noticed I had a text message from my friend Natasha who I’d been chatting to in the morning about my week, I leave you on this note, I’ll leave it to you to imagine what my reaction was…
“So I’m walking along the street after having a big lunch with my gay friend at the winery and I notice Gerald butler is standing in front of me. He turns around and asks me to help him find somewhere to eat. So I find a quiet place on crown where it is literally dead as people have been harassing him, and we have coffee and he tells me all about this movie he is making here! I then stand up after an hour and a half and say I have to go and work and then say goodbye! Sooo random!! hahaha crazy after us texting about him this morning lol still can’t believe it!”
NO WORDS! I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – “Is there a camera following me around or what?!”

Social Spy** PLONK

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Maddy King and Kris Smith

Laughter flowed from the packed Cinema One at the Verona Paddington last night as the 150 strong crowd delighted in the preview of the first 2 webi-sodes of the much anticipated PLONK series.
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marc fennell (laughing centre).

Identities such as Kris Smith, Indira Naidoo, Andrew Hansen, Anna Bligh, Adam Ashley Cooper joined cast members Chris Taylor, creator and director Nathan Earl , Executive Producer Glen Condie, shirazamataz blogger Joshua Tyler and Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase in the sneak peak ahead of the online launch on Monday 10th February at http://www.youtube.com/roadtoplonk
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anna scrimshaw (left) and adam ashley-cooper.

And thanks to Wine Selectors the entire party enjoyed tasting wines from some of NSW most interesting vineyards.
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With support from Destination NSW, the wine industry and NSW wine makers including Andrew Thomas, Bruce Tyrell and Tim Kirk PLONK has already got a lot of national attention. The plot is simple – we follow the trials and tribulations of a feckless television crew as they travel through NSW trying to produce a unique, engaging and credible wine program. It’s a look behind the curtain of a TV production and the elements that can derail even the most benign of intentions.
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nathan earl and glen condie (right)

Welcome to the world of PLONK.
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Film 101** MALTESERS MOONLIGHT CINEMA RETURNS THIS SUMMER FOR ITS 18th SEASON

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With summer just around the corner, Maltesers Moonlight Cinema has announced its 2013/14 season dates that will see the cinema under the stars return for its 18th year across Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Over three months, Maltesers Moonlight Cinema will take place in some of the nation’s most beautiful and iconic parks and gardens and will once again roll out a jam-packed program comprising of advance previews, recent releases, classics and cult films.

Highlights of the 2013/14 program will include the highly anticipated THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE; the dark-comedy starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY; and the Disney children’s animation featuring the voice of Kristen Bell, FROZEN.

The season will also welcome the return of crowd favourite films including TOP GUN, THE CASTLE and Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN as well as romantic classics such as DIRTY DANCING and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

To complete their unique cinema experience, attendees at Maltesers Moonlight Cinema are encouraged to bring along a picnic hamper, hire a bean bed or sample the delicious menu on offer. For those wanting to indulge in a little luxury, Gold Grass tickets* provide reserved seating, premium viewing location and designated wait staff.

Ian Sutherland, General Manager of Maltesers Moonlight Cinema said, “We are thrilled to be returning for our 18th season and do so with new naming rights sponsor, Maltesers. Moonlight Cinema offers an entertaining, relaxed and social night under the stars. As the days grow longer and the nights become warmer, there’s no better way to watch a movie than outdoors on a summer evening.”

Maltesers Moonlight Cinema 2013/14 season dates are as follows:
Botanic Park, Adelaide: 28th November 2013 to 15th February 2014
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne: 5th December 2013 to 30th March 2014
Synergy Parkland in Kings Park, Perth: 11th December 2013 to 30th March 2014
New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse: 12th December 2013 to 23rd February 2014
Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Sydney: 12th December 2013 to 23rd March 2014
The Maltesers Moonlight Cinema 2013/14 program and tickets will be released on 7 November. For further information visit: http://www.moonlight.com.au

Gold Grass is available only in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

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Comedy 101** THE WORKERS LAUNCH BALMAIN’S BIGGEST LAUGH

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New comedy line-up every Wednesday

 

The Workers, Darling Street’s favourite destination for cocktails, cool tunes and live entertainment,will launch a brand new comedy night from Wednesday August 21.  Curated by the Campfire Collective, comedy at The Workers will be live, local, free and regular… and set to be Balmain’s biggest and best laugh.

 

Cheap beers will lubricate laugh muscles each and every Wednesday night, while even cheaper tacos will fly out of the Workers Canteen.

 

At just $3 each, The Workers more-ish tacos include “Nemo Ganzales” – Battered blue eye, slaw, salsa pico de gallo and baja sauce, “Shrimp on da Barbie” – Grilled marinated prawn, slaw, mojo verde and scallions, “Soft Shell Coq” – Grilled chicken, slaw, salsa guacamole and chipotie mayo and the “Pulled Porky Pig” – slow cooked pork shoulder, red slaw, pico de pina asado and coriander.

 

Share the laughs, plates of tacos and drinks at The Workers for the perfect hump day treat.

 

Ray Badran, one of Sydney’s finest emerging comics, will join a line-up of young gun comedians on Wednesday August 21st for the launch of ‘Balmain’s Biggest Laugh’ comedy night, every Wednesday at The Workers.

 

Also hitting The Workers stage for launch night are Cameron James, whose weird and wonderful comedy has been praised for “perfect comic timing” and “unplanned madness”, and Jacques Barrett, Jarred Jekyll.

 

Campfire Collective producer Michael Brown says, “It’s exciting to see a new live comedy stage launch in the Inner West and, after working with the Riversdale Group to bring comedy to the Standard in Surry Hills, we are thrilled to be working together again to bring some of Sydney and Australia’s best emerging and established comedians to The Workers.”

 

Paddy Coughlan, Riversdale CEO says, “As politicians often carry on like a bunch of bad comedians, and as The Workers is one of the birthplaces of the Australian Labour Party, we thought we’d launch our comedy night before the next Federal election.”

 

Adds The Workers bar manager Jeremy Baldi, “I love The Workers commitment to live entertainment, and doing it well.  That was a key reason why I came across from the Exchange Hotel in Balmain.  It’s exciting to be part of the first push to bring something fresh and new to Balmain.”

 

And while Wednesday will deliver ‘Balmain’s Biggest Laugh’ at The Workers. live music will continue every Thursday night (with some great new talent to be announced as part of the Red Door Sets) and Hawkey’s Happy Hour every Sunday (along with ping pong), with a drinks list and cocktails crafted from scratch by mixologist and bar manager Jeremy Baldi.

 

The Workers is open Wed-Sun from 5 pm ‘til late.

Address:                292 Darling Street Balmain

Website:                   www.theworkersbalmain.com.au

 

Movie 101: The Hangover 3

Sydney Social 101 was invited to review The Hangover 3 by Roadshow Films. Syrus Wynne, our roving movie reporter provides his view of the film…

So the Wolfpack are back for one last adventure as the Hangover trilogy comes to an end. I loved the first film and thought it was hysterical, even after watching it a couple of times. The second film wasn’t as good and I thought as it leaned on a lot of old jokes from the first. I was left wondering where the story was going to go.

Thankfully the setup for Hangover 3 had nothing to do with any hangovers and lost memories from the night before. This time everyone is fed up with Alan. He still hasn’t grown up and is still the imbecile that we all love to hate, so his family decide that he needs to go to rehab. After a bit of convincing and with the guidance of the wolf-pack, they all set off to Arizona. This is where it takes its usual turn for the worse…

Without spoiling the film, a gangster played by John Goodman wants the boys to find the insane Leslie Chow. He has been locked away in prison since the end of the second film, but has escaped. Doug is taken hostage and the the three regular cast members are left alone to sort things out. Again they get up to there same antics which lead them to Tijuana, Mexico, and then finally back to where it all started in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately even though I was happy to see a change in direction from the first movies, I felt that it strayed too far in the wrong direction. The jokes were there but not as often as in previous films and there was only a couple of time when the audience laughed out loud with a few chuckles along the way.

Alan, played by Zach Galifianakis, is where the usual jokes are, however at the same time he is made to stand out far beyond Bradley Cooper and Ed Helmes, Phil and Stu. Most the jokes revolve around him and Mr.Chow. There is nothing mildly as amusing as Stu and the lady boy from the 2nd movie. Though references to it do come up.

As always with trilogy’s, if you have seen the first two films then you need to know how it ends. Unless you are a big fan of the series, I think you will be disappointed by this one.

Do wait around after the first part of the credits as they do have a marvel style after credit scene. This will bring a few laughs and possible though hopefully not, open the doors for a fourth movie.

Sydneysocial101 gives ‘Hangover 3’ a not so funny 5/10.

Despite Sydney Social’s lukewarm review Box office results show that Australians are not quite over their Hangover, with the third and final instalment of the film claiming the number one spot on its opening weekend.

Director Todd Phillips’ conclusion to the three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions grossed approximately $8.9 million on 496 screens across Australia from Thursday to Sunday to be the biggest opening weekend for a comedy in 2013. It is also the year’s second highest opening weekend behind Iron Man 3 (3D).

The first two films of the record-breaking comedy franchise earned $54 million in Australia and just over $1 billion internationally.

“Australians have always been known for their wild sense of humour and with results like this it is clear that we are not ready for the party to be over,” said Roadshow Films Director of Marketing Phil Oneile.

THE HANGOVER PART III is rated MA15+ and was released in cinemas nationally on May 23, 2013.

Movie Review** THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE REVIEW

I had seen the same trailer for this film a number of times, each time I got more excited to see the final product. I hoped this would be a funny film that reached the same level of comedy as Anchorman or 40 Year Old Virgin. Did it live up to my hopes??

The film is about two lonely young boys who become best friends over a love of magic. Years later they grow up to become Burt Wonderstone, (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton, (Steve Buscemi).

Their shows become bigger and bigger until they finally have centre stage in the grandest casino in Vegas. All is not well as they two start to drift apart over their repetitive boredom of the same tricks each night and Burt’s big headedness. In the meantime there is a new street magician Steve Gray, (Jim Carey), who is performing daring street magic. Soon the friendship breaks and they need to find a way back to the top.

It is obvious that Burt and Anton are taking off Siegfrid & Roy, while Steve Gray is meant to be Chris Angel. There are other nods to magicians like David Blaine. Carell and Buscemi are a great double act even if they don’t look like a great pairing. Carey is back to the Carey we all know, and some may love, with other the top acting, after all that’s what he is best for. He does steal the show with some outrageous over the top tricks, which I wont spoil. The first one will turn a few stomachs. The main characters are back by Olivia Wilde, Burt & Anton’s assistant (Amazing), and Alain Arkin, Burt’s magician mentor. Both characters add a lot of humour outside of the main three.

A lot of the film is predictive but most are in this genre. It is the constant jokes that you would expect from comedians of this calibre that keep the film going. I’ve noticed with a lot of comedy films recently that the jokes start to slow down about half way through as if they are out of steam, not here!!

If anyone is a fan of Steve Carell or Jim Carey, then this is them at their best and you wont be disappointed. No its not an Anchorman or 40 Year Old Virgin, but this is definitely a film I would love to see again for an abundance of funny stand out moments. I haven’t heard a cinema audience laugh out loud for so long.

Sydney Social 101 gives The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 8/10. It was reviewed by Syrus Wynne, Sydney Social’s resident critic!

What’s On: THE BIGGEST STARS JAM PACKED INTO THE BIGGEST SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL EVER!

The ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival has announced its full program with over 150 amazing shows that will take place throughout Sydney and beyond, making it the biggest festival ever!

“With an overwhelming amount of applications and the addition of new venues including the iconic Harold Park Hotel, the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood, and an innovative new Container space at the Factory Theatre, Festival organisers have taken the plunge and rolled out 50 per cent more shows than ever before,” said festival director Jorge Menidis.

Continuing the expansion to new places, the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will visit regional New South Wales and Queensland for the first time ever with a line-up of some of the funniest and freshest acts from the Festival.

Following the first and second announcement of stellar headlining shows, the complete Sydney Comedy Festival 2013 program has now been unveiled and includes both Festival debuts and the return of crowd favourites.

Making his Enmore Theatre debut is the irrepressible David O’Doherty, pitching their tent at the Seymour Centre is the masters of physical comedy the Pajama Men and everyone’s favourite felt-faced raconteur Randy, will complete his first Sydney solo show at The Metro Theatre.

Performing at the Sydney Comedy Festival for the first time is UK-based Kiwi Jared Christmas, YouTube sensation Alex Williamson and the masked Mexican wrestling marvel El Jaguar.

Celebrating comedy from all over the world, the program also includes Singapore’s hottest new comics in The Sons of Singapore, a United Nations line-up of comedians including Angelo Tsarouchas and Tahir in the world famous Ethnic Comedy All-Stars and from the creators of ‘From Lebanon with Love’, Two & A Half Lebs.

Alongside the seemingly endless array of solo shows, the Festival’s much-loved showcases and special events will return bigger than ever before including the Secret Show, 60 in 60 and a re-vamped Festival Awards. Due to popular demand, Sydney’s biggest night of comedy, Cracker Night, will expand from one night to two and include a second Enmore show.

Rounding out the program is the return of the Festival’s Late Night Club at the Enmore Theatre’s Yalumba Wine Bar, where every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Festival guests can rub shoulders with their favourite comedians over a delicious beverage or two.

WHAT: The ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival
WHEN: 22nd April to 11th May 2013
WHERE: Various venues across Sydney
TICKETS: On sale now
COST: Prices are varied. Visit http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au or call the Sydney Comedy Festival Box Office: 02 9020 6966

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Movie trailer** The Hangover Part III

Hands up if you like The Hangover… No not the dreaded morning after feeling of fear and sickness… The amazing Hangover movies of course!

Here at Sydney Social 101 we’re HUGE fans!

As we’re lovely and kind folk, we thought we’d share the trailer with you, our loyal fans to give you a glimpse of what’s to come!

We can confirm that we are just a smidge *insert a LOT* excited about this one!

You’re welcome 🙂

Oscar nominations… Who’s your money on??

As the night of the Academy Awards is upon us, Sydney Social 101 would like to take a look at the films that have been short listed.

Who’s your money on? Why??

Good luck to all the nominees!!

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SOCIAL SPY** Tropfest

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Back for it’s 21st installment, Australia’s largest short film festival Tropfest had a stellar line-up of talent and celebrity guests yesterday!

This year, taking to the black carpet was a host of Aussie superstars, including Hollywood heavyweight Sam Worthington, who was one of this year’s judges.

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The ‘Clash of the Titans’ star, who won ‘Best Actor’ at the ‘2000 Tropfest festival’ for his role in short film ‘A Matter of Life’, revealed to the media beforehand what he was looking out for while judging.

“The thing I want to see is how the films connect with the audience,” he confided.

Also attending the bash as judges, was ‘Packed to the Rafter’s’ Rebecca Gibney, ‘Kath and Kim’ star Magda Szubanski and actor Richard Roxborough.

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The traditional signature item in each film this year was a balloon, and the story lines in each flick were original, ranging from water fights to time travel or milkshake bombs and many other themes portrayed in the 16 finalist clips.

The official event was held yesterday at The Domain in Sydney, with live sites set up across the country in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Wollongong, Hobart and Surfers Paradise.

The winner of the evening was Nick Clifford for his masterpiece ‘We’ve All Been There’, about a pregnant waitress who is down on her luck. Nick scored himself the top prize with a heap of goodies as well as a trip to LA for a week of meetings with film industry directives.

An impromptu award was created by ‘Avatar’ star Worthington yesterday, who offered $3000 for best personality in a feature. He handed this to Sydney Pensioner and dancing busker Raymond Borzelli, who appeared in Jefferson Grainger’s film ‘Better Than Sinatra’, which came in second place.

For more information on winners, check out the official website now – http://tropfest.com/au/

Sydney Social’s roving reporter Jennifer Fletcher attended last night’s event.

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