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Waleed Aly up for second Gold Logie as awards criticised for lack of women

Actor Jessica Marais the sole woman vying for top award as full list of Australian television award nominees released

The Project presenter Waleed Aly could become the first back-to-back Gold Logie winner in almost 10 years.

Not since Home and Away star Kate Richie took home the top prize in 2007 and 2008 has someone won consecutive trophies.

Aly was announced by TV Week on Sunday as one of six nominees alongside The Project colleague Peter Helliar, Family Feud host Grant Denyer and actors Rodger Corser and Samuel Johnson. Love Child and Wrong Girl actress Jessica Marais is the sole woman in contention for the Australian television accolade.

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TV hosts of The Project forced to act out the news after technical difficulties – video

Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore, Peter Helliar and Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald were left to improvise on The Project on Thursday night, after a technical glitch left the hosts without pre-recorded footage. ‘There’s nothing like a failed server to get the heart pumping,’ Tom Whitty, the series’ supervising producer, told Guardian Australia. Aly said: ‘We were just acting on instinct and it was great ... It’s about as much fun as I’ve had on a TV set’

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Britney Spears Makes Wacky Facial Expressions During Australian Interview—See for Yourself!

Britney Spears Makes Wacky Facial Expressions During Australian Interview—See for Yourself!
Britney Spears is head Down Under soon, you guys! The pop star spilled the beans in a video interview with Peter Helliar on The Project that she'll be visiting Australia sometime in the very future. "I will be back very soon," she shared on the program, but didn't divulge any further details. What she did share with the world, however, was a series of wacky facial expressions in reaction to Helliar's questions. But we're going to chalk it up to a satellite issue—leave Brit alone! The songstress hasn't travelled to Australia in just under six years, as her latest appearance was in November 2009 when she was touring the continent for The Circus Tour. That 14-stop...
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Russell Crowe-Directed Movie Up for Australian Film Award; Crowe Shortlisted Only in Acting Category

Director Russell Crowe Movie up for Best Film: Australian Academy Awards 2015 nominations (photo: Actor-director Russell Crowe in 'The Water Diviner') Aacta Awards: Feature Film Categories Best Film The Babadook Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere Charlie's Country Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr and Rolf de Heer Predestination Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Railway Man Chris Brown, Andy Paterson and Bill Curbishley Tracks Emile Sherman and Iain Canning The Water Diviner Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum Best Director The Babadook Jennifer Kent Charlie's Country Rolf de Heer Predestination Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Rover David Michôd Best Actress Kate Box The Little Death Essie Davis The Babadook Sarah Snook Predestination Mia Wasikowska Tracks Best Actor Russell Crowe The Water Diviner David Gulpilil Charlie's Country Damon Herriman The Little Death Guy Pearce The Rover Best Supporting Actor Patrick Brammall The Little Death Yilmaz Erdogan
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Kim Kardashian on Full-Frontal Nude Pics: They Gave Me a New Confidence

Kim Kardashian on Full-Frontal Nude Pics: They Gave Me a New Confidence
It seems Kim Kardashian's recent nude, full-frontal photo shoot gave her the confidence to wear latex on the red carpet.

The 34-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star donned a figure-hugging pale pink latex dress for the Fleur Fatale fragrance launch at Spice Market on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Melbourne, Australia, putting all her curves on display.

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While down under, Kim showed up on Australia's The Project and chatted with host Peter Helliar, Fifi Box, Natarsha Belling and Rove McManus about her decision to go completely nude for Paper Magazine. "I love the photos, I did it for me, I hope other people like them," she told the hosts. "Everyone should do what they they are comfortable with, and I'm never one to preach, but I felt really positive and really good about myself."

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Rove McManus returns from Los Angeles to co-host The Project

Comedian whose company produces the news panel show to join Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar for latter half of the year

Funnyman Rove McManus will return to Australian TV screens next month for a spell as co-host of The Project.

McManus, whose chatshow Rove Live enjoyed a nine-year run on Network Ten, will front the program from 18 August until December alongside Carrie Bickmore and Pete Helliar.

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ABC comedies break new ground

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Head of ABC TV comedy Rick Kalowski has commissioned a stand-alone pilot, a prototype he intends to test for further pilots, and he.s developing a sitcom to be filmed in front of a studio audience.

In a further break from the traditional approach to comedy, Kalowski is developing several shows that are each built around an established performer-writer. All that is in addition to eight series which are either in production or post.

The stand-alone pilot deals with an unusual subject- mental illness. Details of that sitcom are under wraps but Kowalski tells If he.s looking for other projects that are suitable material for pilots.

The studio-based comedy could be the ABC.s first since Mother and Son, the Geoffrey Atherden-created classic which ran until 1994. The show is being developed with writer . producer Marieke Hardy and would
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Another helping of It's a Date?

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The ABC is looking to commission a second series of It.s a Date, the narrative comedy created by Peter Helliar.

Brendan Dahill, Head of Programming for ABC1 and ABC2, rates It.s a Date and Upper Middle Bogan as the broadcaster.s stand-out comedy hits of last year. The shows aired back-to-back on Thursday nights.

Gristmill Productions. Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler are producing another eight episodes of Upper Middle Bogan.

Dahill says he is talking to the producers of It.s a Date, Princess Pictures, about a second series. The show explores the tension, expectation and complication of finding true love, with each episode following two self-contained dates as they head toward desire or disaster.

It had an all-star cast including Asher Keddie, Kate Ritchie, John Wood, Lisa McCune, Stephen Curry, Sibylla Budd, Shane Jacobson, Sophie Lowe, Nadine Garner, Pia Miranda and Helliar.

Helliar was lead writer with a team of Phil Lloyd,
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It's a win for It's a Date

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Peter Helliar.s narrative comedy It.s a Date has won the award for best scripted format in an international competition at the Mipcom market in Cannes.

ABC Commercial represents the series internationally, which won one of the key categories in the International Format Awards staged by C21 Media and Frapa, the Format Recognition and Protection Association.

The candidates for the awards were initially selected by C21Media.net.s community of 35,000 international TV executives. A panel of buyers then voted on 10 selected formats in seven genre categories.

Produced by Laura Waters, each episode of It.s a Date followed the people involved in two self-contained dates as they headed toward success or failure. The casts included Asher Keddie, Kate Ritchie, John Wood, Lisa McCune, Stephen Curry, Sibylla Budd, Shane Jacobson, Sophie Lowe, Nadine Garner, Pia Miranda and Helliar.

Waters tells If a second series is in development and discussions
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Ed Kavalee on self-funded comedy telemovie Scumbus

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It.s not surprising that comedic actor Ed Kavalee.s debut telemovie Scumbus is about to hit screens. What is surprising is that he used his life savings to self-fund the project, which was strong enough to attract come of the biggest names in Australian comedy including Glenn Robbins, Tony Martin, Peter Helliar and Dave Hughes.

.What do they tell you not to do? Don.t put your own money in,. Kavalee says. .But I didn.t have a choice . what am I going to do? Ring up a funding body and say I have this idea for a comedy telemovie? They would have hung up straight away. You know you get to this point where you say .I.ve got to do something.....

Kavalee has been winning fans over the past six years on radio and as a host and performer on TV shows such Thank God You.re Here; TV Burp; Santo,
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Ed Kavalee talks up self-funded comedy telemovie Scumbus

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It.s not surprising that comedic actor Ed Kavalee.s debut telemovie Scumbus is about to hit screens. What is surprising is that he used his life savings to self-fund the project, which was strong enough to attract come of the biggest names in Australian comedy including Glenn Robbins, Tony Martin, Peter Helliar and Dave Hughes.

.What do they tell you not to do? Don.t put your own money in,. Kavalee says. .But I didn.t have a choice . what am I going to do? Ring up a funding body and say I have this idea for a comedy telemovie? They would have hung up straight away. You know you get to this point where you say .I.ve got to do something.....

Kavalee has been winning fans over the past six years on radio and as a host and performer on TV shows such Thank God You.re Here,
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World Film Report Australia: Cannes Special

While this year's Cannes Film Festival might be bookended by Aussie talent, it be fair to assess this year's representation of Australia's Film industry as "short" in stature. A trio of films have been selected for the festival, and of the three we find a pair of short films. Muscles, written and directed by Edward Housden follows the story of boy and his sister who wants to be a bodybuilder, and will screen in Official Competition. Deeper Than Yesterday, (see trailer) written and directed by Ariel Kleiman (who received an Honourable Mention in Short Filmmaking at Sundance) tells the story of Oleg, who emerges after 3 months underwater and fears that losing perspective may mean losing himself. - While this year's Cannes Film Festival might be bookended by Aussie talent, it be fair to assess this year's representation of Australia's Film industry as "short" in stature. A trio of films have been selected for the festival,
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World Film Report Australia: Cannes Special

While this year's Cannes Film Festival might be bookended by Aussie talent, it be fair to assess this year's representation of Australia's Film industry as "short" in stature. A trio of films have been selected for the festival, and of the three we find a pair of short films. Muscles, written and directed by Edward Housden follows the story of boy and his sister who wants to be a bodybuilder, and will screen in Official Competition. Deeper Than Yesterday, (see trailer) written and directed by Ariel Kleiman (who received an Honourable Mention in Short Filmmaking at Sundance) tells the story of Oleg, who emerges after 3 months underwater and fears that losing perspective may mean losing himself. The short will premiere as part of Cannes Critics’ Week. The Tree, the Australian/French co-production will be the closing night film at the festival on May 23, as it makes its international premiere. Directed by Julie Bertuccelli,
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Yvonne Strahovski, Peter Dinklage and Brendan Cowell for "I Love You Too"

Yvonne Strahovski, the Australian actress known for her role in NBC's comedy "Chuck," will join Brendan Cowell ("Noise") as well as Peter Dinklage in "I Love You Too."   The film marks the debut of Laura Waters and Yael Bergman's Princess Pictures as well as newbie writer Peter Helliar.   Brendan Cowell stars as a man scared of commitment and Peter Dinklage apparently as a gifted New Ager with both men striving to win the women of their dreams.   Filming began on Monday in Melbourne. Daina Reid ("City Homicide," "Very Small Business") is directing the film.
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Yvonne Strahovski, Peter Dinklage and Brendan Cowell for "I Love You Too"

Yvonne Strahovski, the Australian actress known for her role in NBC's comedy "Chuck," will join Brendan Cowell ("Noise") as well as Peter Dinklage in "I Love You Too." The film marks the debut of Laura Waters and Yael Bergman's Princess Pictures as well as newbie writer Peter Helliar. Brendan Cowell stars as a man scared of commitment and Peter Dinklage apparently as a gifted New Ager with both men striving to win the women of their dreams...
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Yvonne Strahovski, Peter Dinklage and Brendan Cowell for "I Love You Too"

Yvonne Strahovski, the Australian actress known for her role in NBC's comedy "Chuck," will join Brendan Cowell ("Noise") as well as Peter Dinklage in "I Love You Too." The film marks the debut of Laura Waters and Yael Bergman's Princess Pictures as well as newbie writer Peter Helliar. Brendan Cowell stars as a man scared of commitment and Peter Dinklage apparently as a gifted New Ager with both men striving to win the women of their dreams...
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We Heart Helliar

Announced back in December 2008 as receiving backing from Screen Australia (http://www.filmink.com.au/news/screen-australia-loves-you-too/), I Love You Too has started shooting in Melbourne. The debut screenplay from TV favourite Peter Helliar (Rove) is produced by Princess Pictures (the company behind the ABC success stories We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High) and has the distribution backing of Roadshow. Described as a ‘romantic comedy about a commitment-phobic man-about-town and a gifted New Age dwarf on a quest to win the women they love', Helliar wrote the film to resonate with a broad cross section of audiences.
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3 Board I Love You Too

Aussie actress Yvonne Strahovski (NBC's Chuck), Brendan Cowell (Noise) and Peter Dinklage have boarded the romantic comedy I Love You Too for Roadshow Films.

According to Variety, Cowell plays a commitment-phobe and Dinklage a gifted New Ager, both on a quest to win over the women of their dreams.

Cast will include Bridie Carter, Steve Bisley, Travis McMahon and Oz model Megan Gale in her feature film debut.

The debut script from Peter Helliar began shooting Monday in Melbourne with Daina Reid helming.
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Chuck's Sarah Walker Gets A Rom-Com

Chuck ended its second season on NBC with a bang this Monday, with a big finale in which Chuck uttered the words "I know kung fu." Unfortunately low ratings means one of the most fun shows on television may not have a future, but it's good to know that if it's run ends hear, Chuck's stars won't be hitting the unemployment line. Moviehole reports that Yvonne Strahovski, the Australian actress who plays Sarah Walker on the show, has been cast as one of the leads in I Love You Too. Created by humorist Peter Helliar, the rom-com tells the story of two guys on a quest to win over the women they love. Brendan Cowell and the always underrated Peter Dinklage play the film's leads, with Yvonne and model Megan Gale filling out the rest of the cast.
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