Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Real Steel Premiere With Hugh Jackman In Sydney, by Eva Rinaldi - 28th September 2011

 


Jackman's new flick 'Real Steel' enjoyed its red carpet premiere in Sydney, Australia tonight, in front of a crowd of about 500 screaming fans.

Jackman says he's finally made a film that gets the stamp of approval from his two children.

The actor might be best known for playing “X-Men’s” Wolverine but Hugh’s kids are right into giant boxing robots and the underdog spirit.

“This is the first time they’ve really connected with one of my films. I don’t let them watch ‘X-Men,’” Hugh told Access Hollywood before flying down under to Australia.

Jackman has also revealed how he believes adopting his children was his "destiny".

Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness were unsettled when they were advised they couldn't have kids naturally but now they know it was fate to welcome Oscar, 11, and six-year-old Ava into their lives.

He told Rupert Murdoch's Herald Sun newspaper: "It was painful. It's not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it's emotional. I think any parent can relate - trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that's not going to happen, there's a certain anxiety that goes with it.

"We thought we'd have a kid or two biologically and then adopt. But when we decided we'd had enough of IVF, we went ahead with adoption.

"From the moment we started the adoption process, all the anxiety went away. I don't think of them as adopted - they're our children. Deb and I are believers in I suppose you could call it destiny. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn't the way we were meant to have children."

Jackman was extremely generous with his time tonight with the fans and media, and I'm most grateful for the time he spent with my family who were in the fans section. Jackman is one of the world's most successful and popular actors, and he's still a big kid at heart, and you can see it in his eyes how much the 'Wolverine' appreciates his fans, both young and old.

The popular Aussie acting icon elaborated about his latest film: "It was great fun. It was like playing the best video game ever."

Starring in the science fiction film Real Steel which opened this week the acting legend plays former boxer Charlie Kenton, brought out of retirement when remote-controlled fighters reinvent fighting. "Think Rocky meets Transformers," Jackman joked.

When interviewed about the film by Event News Jackman shared that he also enjoys pro wrestling and was delighted to have finally stepped foot in a WWE ring, and event got to punch out Dolph Ziggler (as part of him getting behind underdog wrestling Zack Ryder). Woo Woo Woo lverine.

Industry buffs will be interested to learn that Real Steal is a DreamWorks film being released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures.

It seems that at the moment 'Our Hugh' is unstoppable and a real knockout, be it in boxing robot flicks, Marvel comic book movies, wrestling rings or anywhere else.

He's a champ and the movie is a champion effort that is bound to appeal to kids all all ages. 

Cast

Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton
Dakota Goyo as Max Kenton
Evangeline Lilly as Bailey Tallet
Kevin Durand as Ricky
Anthony Mackie as Finn
Olga Fonda as Farra Lemcova
Hope Davis
Phil LaMarr as ESPN Boxing Commentator
James Rebhorn
Karl Yune as Tak Mashido

Directed by Shawn Levy
Produced by Shawn Levy, Susan Montford and Don Murphy





Websites

The Real Steel

The Walt Disney Company

DreamWorks SKG Studios

Event Cinemas

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Eva Rinaldi Photography
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Splash News Online

Monday, September 26, 2011

Our hunt is just about over for the Australian premiere of 'The Hunter'.

Willem Dafoe - Photography Eva Rinaldi

Sydney might not be home to the Tasmanian Devil, but it's hard to argue with the choice of Dendy Opera Quays being the venue for tonight's Aussie premiere.

Willem Dafoe was most generous in his time with Australian press.

Defoe portrays a mercenary on the trail of the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger.

"It's true," Dafoe concedes in his instantly recognisable, gravelly voice over the phone from his home in Rome. "And that's not a bad thing."

The actor was wrapt to play the lead part of Martin in The Hunter, based on Julia Leigh's acclaimed novel of the same title.

The rising star actor told our friends at News Limited "First of all I didn't know it was freezing. But the fact that we were going to shoot in Tasmania was very important. Clearly you had this very good story set against this epic backdrop and that appealed to me not only for the adventure personally but it's also nice to find a movie that can do the things movies do best, something that television can't do for example. 

"I liked the fact that it was the central character with a slow transformation and that you got to spend a lot of time with him in the bush."

"The landscape is very tough and the weather is very tough but it really rooted what we were doing. One day it would be beautiful and sunny and the next day it would be snowing and freezing cold. And button grass - unless you have walked through a field of button grass you have no idea how difficult it is."

Dafoe advised he loves to travel the world to make motion pictures, thinking that exposure to different locations and new things helps makes actors "reconsider your condition and the condition of the world". He loved that Tasmania was so faraway from the movies business and was as "a magical place to film".

"You can really concentrate on what you are doing and the further you get away from the world, then that becomes the only world," he says. "Because it is so far away from everything it has a special charm."

The Hunter also stars Frances O'Connor and Sam Neill, with whom Dafoe has worked before.

Be sure to watch out for the ongoing struggle between loggers and tree huggers.

Dafoe has worked with some huge names in the modern era of movie making. Try on for size David Lynch (Wild At Heart), Martin Scorsese (The Last Temptation of Christ), Oliver Stone (Platoon) and Sam Raimi (Spider-Man). The Hunter was directed by Daniel Nettheim, in his first feature, but Dafoe says he enjoyed the opportunity to lend his considerable expertise.

"Let's face it," he says, "Martin Scorsese and David Lynch had to start somewhere. Also you are afforded a sense of collaboration. It's always difficult to adapt a very strong piece of literature and since you spend so much time with this character it was important to really suit him to me. 

"So there was lots of back and forth and working to make it a good fit. After I met Daniel I knew he was very bright and knew he was very open to working with me in that way."

Tasmania may be home for his current flick, but next stop is Mars for the rising star, thanks to Disney. Dafoe will play Tars Tarkas, a six-limbed, green Martian warrior.

For now, its apparent that Dafoe has found his place in the motion picture universe, and insiders tip he is an actor expected to go a long way, with his name up for some Hollywood awards later this year.

The Hunter opens Australia on Thursday.

Cast

Willem Dafoe - Martin David
Sam Neill - Jack Mindy
Frances O’Connor - Lucy Armstrong
Sullivan Stapleton
Dan Wyllie
Callan Mulvey
Jacek Koman
Morgana Davies - Sass Armstrong
John Brumpton - Publican
Maia Thomas - Shakti
Jamie Timony - Free
Dan Spielman - Simon
Finn Woodlock - Bike Armstrong

Director: Daniel Nettheim
Writers: Julia Leigh (novel), Wain Fimeri (original adaptation)


Frances O'Connor - Photography Eva Rinaldi

Finn Woodlock and Morgana Davis Photography Eva Rinaldi


Websites

The Hunter

Dendy Opera Quays

NIX Co

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Eva Rinaldi Photography


Music News Australia

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Star Attracts Stars: Casino And Star Celebs: Crowe, Olivia Newton-John, by Eva Rinaldi - 15th September 2011


The Star brought out the stars at tonight's official launch of the venue formally known as Star City Casino... (least we forget.)

The Star hopes and it appears, has succeeded, in loosing tags and Aussie nick names like "RSL on steroids".

Olivia Newton-John was snuck into Sydney yesterday to prepare for her role as ribbon cutter. The rumour mill says she snatched Lionel Richie's spot.

Conspicuous by their absence were NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Lord Mayor Clover Moore. We're guessing they're not exactly passionate punters, but The Star is as much about entertainment as it is gambling, so go figure.

The Star calls itself a "one-of-a-kind leisure and entertainment venue".

The super expensive $860 million transformation of Star City includes the re-orientation of the building to embrace Sydney Harbour and the city skyline.  Once fully complete, The Star will boast more than 20 restaurants, bars and cafes, a new luxury boutique hotel and 16 room spa, upscale retail collection, a 4000 capacity entertainment centre and world class gaming areas.

The Star is very much about great food. Joanna Savill, co-editor of the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, says The Star's line-up of "really great chefs" will "completely change the food landscape of Pyrmont and turn it into a new dining precinct for Sydney" capable of challenging Surry Hills.

Created by internationally acclaimed events producer David Grant, tonight’s ceremonial opening featured a dazzling light and visual arts display, centred on The Star’s new glass façade harbour-side entrance.

250 guests were picked up by motor yachts from The Rocks and brought across to Pyrmont Bay where they did the red carpet.

The colourful celebration featured a special appearances by Russell Crowe (flanked by his wife
Danielle Spencer), and Aussie showbiz icon, Olivia Newton-John. Crowe was a key in seeing South Sydney Rabbitoh's getting into a lucrative deal with The Star, so his appearance wasn't what you would call a huge surprise, but it was very welcome.

Guests dined in to a couple of The Star’s new showcase restaurants – BLACK by ezard and Balla.

Now we're off to an exclusive after-party at The Star’s new cocktail lounge, Cherry, while punters and rockers tune into live music via the Rock Lily venue with beats from Australian band Potbelleez.

Tonight may have been a big night at The Star, but our spies tipped us off on a few more big gigs coming up at the former ugly duckling casino, and stars, celebs and tons of world class entertainment are in the wind, all overlooking Sydney's world famous harbour.












 



Websites

The Star

Hausmann Communications

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Eva Rinaldi Photography

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Crazy Stupid Love Premiere At Bondi Junction Event Cinemas - 14th September 2011


The extremely funny Steve Carell has outdone himself in 'Crazy Stupid Love' in a flick that is tipped to snatch numerous 'love story of the year' awards.

Carell, well known for his great performance in 'Date Night' and the lead in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', puts on a tremendous show here.

The funnyman actor tells the press that the audience has to believe there is truth in the parts he plays, and it's one of the main reasons he was attracted to his latest comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, "There was something very truthful to me about it. And because of that, it's even funnier."

He elaborated, "It has a lot of heart. It's very human. You just play the character as honestly as possible, it should be funny in that context."

Carell, 49, plays a middle-aged man who is going through divorce after his wife, (Julianne Moore) confesses to an affair.

For the ladies that may be wondering, Carell is happily married to Saturday Night Live's Nancy Carell and they have two kids.

Carell looked sharp and was accommodating to fans and media at tonight's Sydney red carpet premiere of the film. Event Cinema, Westfield Bondi Junction, enjoyed a crowd of a few hundred fans waiting to catch a glimpse of Carell.

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman shipped off a copy of the script to Carell's production firm and he loved it so much, he decided to take it on.

"This guy, I feel, truly has his head in the sand and is somebody who has become very, very complacent. My character is sort of an unwilling ladies' man."

The actor was very impressed by his co-star Ryan Gosling, 30, who as a hot stud Jacob, teaches Cal how to snatch a woman with no emotional involvement.

For the actor, the funniest characters don't know whether they are in a comedy or a tragedy. "They're just living," Carell says. "You and I don't know if our lives are comedic or dramatic. It's just how we're moving through the day."

This movie will both move you and is touted as one of the funniest love stories in a long time.

The general public can see Crazy Stupid Love on 29th September.  It will be worth the wait, so make a date to see it. If you're crazy about your partner, or even just looking for love, this might be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writer: Dan Fogelman
Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore



                                                     Photography: Eva Rinaldi

John Requa, Steve Carell, Glenn Ficarra,


John Batchelor
Peter Helliar

Harry Cook
Annalise Braakensiek

Issi Durant

Nikki Phillips



Websites

Crazy Stupid Love

Roadshow Films

Village Roadshow

Warner Bros.

Event Cinemas

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ruby Rabbit Relaunch VIP Party Attracts Hip Crowd 300 +, by Eva Rinaldi - 8th September 2011



The name Ruby Rabbit has been known to the Sydney in-crowd for about 5 years, but now thanks to tonight's successful relaunch, the popular venue is back on everyone's lips, and is quite the talk of the town.

“Sexy and elegant, the newly renovated and re-launched Ruby Rabbit features a blend of bygone and contemporary furnishings across three levels,” shared an in-house Ruby Rabbit insider.

For the uninitiated 'The Rabbit', now easy found due to new pink neon sign, is at 231 Oxford Street, just 50 metres up the road from Taylor Square.

When they said re-launch, they meant it, with a complete refit - bars, walls, ceiling, all the decor...the whole box and dice. Don't get us wrong...the original was great, but there's nothing like a make over to get up with the times.

Renee Schembri is the hostess with the mostest, and early reports indicate she did a stunning job.

Schembri shared “The ground floor eatery combines custom antique, floral rusted wrapping mirrors and cages with a diorama filled bar front. "Ascend the stairs to the level one nightclub and find yourself in a land like a page torn from a Dr. Seuss book.

“Lounge on the lounges or look up to see a topsy-turvy world suspended from the ceiling all while enjoying the roaming dance space.”

Then: “Continue up the stairs, the home of the Ruby Rabbit cocktail floor, a fantastic meld of baroque and hyper modern.”

The Ruby Rabbit promotional blurb reads...

Ruby Rabbit is Oxford streets newest and hottest nightclub destination, a trendsetting party unlike any other. It promises to immerse the expected into the unknown.

The second floor Nightclub at the Rabbit offers a décor that expertly blends the bold theme with the upscale standards guests continue to only imagine. Its composed space encompasses a roaming dance floor, accentuated fixtures, alluring funky décor, and matchless extras designed to complement the clubs personality.

We dare you to step into this new age, ultra chic fantasia and experience the sounds of Sydney’s hottest DJ’s whether you chose to take the dance floor or simply to enjoy a low-key evening with friends. If you’re celebrating a party or other special event, this may just be the place to be.

The great news is that Ruby Rabbit will be open for business this Friday and Saturday nights, and will showcase a 'Wonderland' party this Sunday evening from 7pm, with DJ Kitty Glitter. spinning her discs.

Tonight's guest list included Dan Ewing (Home & Away, Dancing with the stars), Richard Brancatisano (Underbelly Razor), Casey Burgess (Hi-5), Adam Williams (Next Top model), Luda Kroitor (Dancing With The Stars), Lincoln Younes (Home & Away), Charles Cottier (Home & Away), Mike Goldman (Ch 10), Lisa Gormley (Home & Away), Jess Tovey (Underbelly), Conrad Coleby (Sea Patrol), Angus McLaren (Packed to the Rafters) Kristy Hayes (Home & Away) and Ashleigh Francis (Miss World Australia).

So there you go kids. Don't be left out. Check out the new Ruby Rabbit for yourself, and be prepared to be impressed... celeb night or not, 'The Rabbit' is once again super cool, hip, classy...all that and more.






Casey Burgess

Miss World Australia

Casey Burgess

Websites

Ruby Rabbit

Word Storm PR

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Music News Australia

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Johnny English Reborn Births At Entertainment Quarter Sydney, by Eva Rinaldi - 4th September 2011





Hollywood megastar Rowan Atkinson did the red carpet at Sydney's Entertainment Quarter aka Fox Studios, Moore Park, this afternoon, in stellar fashion.

About 500 Australian fans and dozens of news media witnessed Johnny English (and his wife) arrive in a dark blue Rolls-Royce. The famous Shaolin Warriors also added a lot to the overall excitement and action at today's premiere.

The UK's 'The Observer' newspaper has him as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy, and amongst the top 50 comedy actors ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians.

Atkinson has returned to the role of the improbable secret agent who doesn't know fear or danger in the comedy spy-thriller Johnny English Reborn. It's a classic James Bond 007 parody. He's the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty's Secret Service that you can imagine.  English is trying to stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global disasters.

English uses every trick in his playbook to protect the world.

The movie trailers found on the official websites are really funny, and as the blurb reads, disaster may be an option, but failure never is.

Special thanks to Micaela and the team at NBC Universal for helping make the day run so smoothly for us.

If you love comedy, you seriously need to see this film. 4 out of 5 stars.

Director: Oliver Parker

Writers: William Davies, Hamish McColl

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West and Gillian Anderson



Websites

Johnny English Reborn

Universal Pictures

Johnny English Reborn - Working Title Films

The Entertainment Quarter

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sydney Hilton Hotel Zeta Bar titillates with ‘extreme cabaret’ fairies- 26th August 2011

 
 
 

Hilton Sydney’s Zeta Bar continued to bring guests back to the sexy mystique of the nineteenth century underworld, or Underbelly if you will. It was yet another flirty Friday night, and the good news is that its on for young and old through to the end of September, with some talk suggesting the legendary nights may continue longer, so warmly embraced have been the carnival creatures and friends.

Management, guests and all and sundry have been having a ball of a time and the bar has enjoyed  huge business, as the 'Extra Cabaret' themed gets pushed to the limit such is the titillating and tantalising nature of the experience at Zeta’s ‘Extreme Cabaret’, now into its 6th sexy sly - devilish week.

The famous Zeta Bar was once again transformed into a theatrical era gone by. It's Moulin Rouge meets Burlesque, plus a dash of Underbelly, with live sensual themes to tantalise and titillate the guys and dolls. Don't forget the addictive cocktails and be sure to give the 'Green Fairy' absinth a go go. The theme may encourage adult style fantasy fun and games, and you're all over 18, so just go with the flow.

Zeta’s very own in-house ‘ringmaster’ of cocktails was back, and international expert bar consultant, Grant Collins, continues to deliver marvelous events via Extreme Cabaret at Zeta.

“To mirror the unique and vibrant event concept, I have developed a menu of cocktails with the same theatre and ‘shock factor’ as the dramatic décor and extraordinary acts,” Collins said. “Be prepared to expect the unexpected at Extreme Cabaret! I have no doubt that the acts, atmosphere and cocktails will amaze everyone who experiences them and keep them coming back for more.”

Be there every mystical and flirty Friday night, live entertainment will bring you to a lurid fantasy world, including extra extreme burlesque performers, juggling little people, fire acts, complete with shock-humour, freaky stuff and Ringmaster, and maybe even one or two unspeakables, but you will just have to get your body to turn up and find out for yourself you naughty boys and girls.

Tonight it was Human Statue models Anastasiya Bakss (rainbow fairy - feathered styled multi coloured number) and Julia Pabryzgaeva (risque absinth green fairy), and believe me, there was more skin than feathers darlings.

We hear that some Network Nine 'Underbelly Razor' stars were back in attendance tonight, but we've been asked not to name names.  You'll see a few of them back on Channel Nine this Sunday night as 'Underbelly Razor' enters its third week.

Special thanks again to Grant, Manual, Dave and Karina at the Hilton for keeping things running so great for us. Some guests may be tempted to do an overnighter at the Hilton and add themselves to the Hilton Hotel Honours Club like we did.

If your up to be titillated and tantalised in an acceptable, risque fashion, this is your opportunity to snatch the evening, and do 'Sin City' Sydney like it should be done.







*photography by http://www.evarinaldi.com">Eva Rinaldi Photography</a>

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Websites

<a href="http://www.hiltonsydney.com.au">Hilton Hotel Sydney</a> 

<a href="http://www.zetabar.com.au">Zeta Bar</a> 

<a href="http://www.zetabar.com.au/Cabaret.html">Zeta Bar - Extreme Cabaret profile</a> 

<a href="http://www.beautyspasolutions.com">Beauty and Spa Solutions</a> 

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<a href="http://www.evarinaldi.com">Eva Rinaldi Photography</a>

<a href="http://www.humanstatuebodyart.com.au">Human Statue Bodyart</a> 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

SARAH JESSICA PARKER TO VISIT AUSTRALIA

TO VISIT AUSTRALIA FOR – I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
One of the world’s highest profile actors Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) is heading to Melbourne Australia for
the first time in November to promote her latest film I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT.
The style icon’s visit will include a press conference, media junket and red carpet premiere event for the release of her
new film I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT and attendance at Crown Oaks Day.
National Publicity Manager Inge Burke commented “We are thrilled Sarah Jessica Parker can visit our country and we
are excited to show off Melbourne during Spring, such a beautiful time of the year. Her new film I DON’T KNOW HOW
SHE DOES IT will resonate with so many women as more and more these days balance their family life with their
working life”.
I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT also stars Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine), Christina Hendricks (Man Men) and
Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day).
Kate Reddy (Parker) devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes
home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard (Kinnear) and their two young children. It's a nonstop
balancing act, the same one that Kate's acerbic best friend and fellow working mother Allison (Christina Hendricks)
performs on a daily basis and that Kate's super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo (Olivia Munn) fully
intends to avoid.
When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job
he's been hoping for-and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new
business associate Jack Abelhammer (Brosnan), who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation.
I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT
releases in cinemas nationally on November 3, 2011



SARAH JESSICA PARKER