Modern Family reveals first look at Australian episode
A sneak preview is out of the hotly anticipated Modern Family Down Under special – and early signs are there are no Aussie cliches left unturned in the mega-sitcom's vacation special.
"Whaddya say, mates?" shouts goofball Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) with the Opera House as the backdrop, before the clip cuts to him in the bush getting punched by a kangaroo as a horrified Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Sofia Vergara) looks on.
Another plot detail already out is the hapless Phil suffering an allergic reaction to Vegemite. Locations such as Bondi Beach and Hamilton Island feature in the special, which could reach 125 million worldwide, and "unbelievably hot" Aussie guys, a "beach babe" and a Crocodile-Dundee type are also expected to appear as extras in the show.
While filming here in February, executive producer Steven Levitan told Fairfax Media that the show aimed to represent what normal families would do visiting Australia.
"We're trying to be very Australia-friendly and paint a nice picture. There's enough beauty, and people are so nice, we're just trying to capture all of that. I mean, if a family were to come here, what might they do?
"Ultimately our stories at the end of the day try to be family stories, and our vacation episodes are family stories set with the backdrop of a vacation, so that's what we're doing here."
The entire cast came out for filming of the one-off episode, sparking a social media storm with sightings around Sydney and Queensland of actors including Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Rico Rodriguez and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.
Tourism bosses and Qantas, who invested heavily in encouraging the show to film here, will be hoping to see a similar response to that gained by the Ellen and Oprah shows, which visited last year and 2010 respectively.
Airing of the episode aside, invested parties have already benefited from the flurry of publicity generated while filming took place, from the obsessive following by the media to the multiple social media posts from the stars themselves, as they ticked off their own tourist checklist.
The episode airs in the US on April 23, and on Ten on April 27, alongside a behind-the-scenes show hosted by Angela Bishop.
Pop star Miley Cyrus admitted to hospital
Kansas I promise Im as 💔 as you are. I wanted so badly 2 b there 2night. 😿 Not being with yall makes me feel shittier than I already do 😷— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 15, 2014
US pop star Miley Cyrus has been admitted to hospital in Kansas City.
A spokeswoman for the singer says the 21-year-old has canceled her Bangerz concert in Kansas City on Tuesday after she was hospitalised for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.
Publicist Meghan Prophet says in a statement that Cyrus is on ‘‘medical rest’’ at her doctors’ advice.
Cyrus said on Twitter that she’s heartbroken to miss the show.
She also posted a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a hospital gown.
‘‘Kansas I promise Im as (heartbroken) as you are. I wanted so badly 2 b there 2night. Not being with yall makes me feel shittier than I already do,’’ Cyrus tweeted.
Tickets for the concert at Sprint Center are being refunded.
Ellen DeGeneres is America’s most powerful
It's official – I’m the top of OUT's Power 50. Thanks to everyone who got me here. Sincerely, Your Leader. http://t.co/i90L1Mlk1e— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 15, 2014
Comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has beaten the likes of producer/writer Ryan Murphy and actor Neil Patrick Harris to be named the most powerful gay celebrity in America.
The talk show presenter and Oscars host has topped Out magazine’s annual Power List, ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook at No.2 and US newswoman Rachel Maddow at No.3.Glee and American Horror Story creator Murphy was ranked No.6, while How I Met Your Mother star Harris took the 7th spot.
Other notable mentions include Glee actress Jane Lynch at No.20, X-Men director Bryan Singer at No.28 and R&B star Frank Ocean at No.42.Juno star Ellen Page, who 'came out’ in February, makes her debut on the list at No.29.
DiCaprio to star in The Revenant
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will star in The Revenant, a movie about an 1820s frontiersman.
The movie will be directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) according Variety.com.
The film is based on Michael Punkes’s novel, which follows a frontiersman who seeks vengeance against those who left him to die after a bear attack.
It is set to be released in 2015.
DiCaprio was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Lorde talks about on her ’wild’ life
Kiwi singer Lorde thinks her life is so wild right now.
The 17-year-old won two Grammy awards and international fame this year for her debut album, Pure Heroine.
Lorde appreciates her success and the opportunity she now has to explore fascinating cultures around the world.
‘‘Living in New Zealand, you don’t get these experiences,’’ she has told Teen Vogue’s May issue.
‘‘I spent so much time in my room before.‘‘My life is so wild right now. For me to be able to do something I really enjoy and for that to get me out in the world-to South America, to here, to London - every day I kick myself, I’m so lucky.’’
While she is jet-setting, Lorde uses social media to maintain communication with her fans.
‘‘I like Twitter because it’s a good direct link to people. You just reach out to someone you like and say, 'Follow me please, and then we can talk.’ I really like Instagram as well. It’s a good one, very simple. I’m also on Facebook and Tumblr,’’ she said.
Lorde was chuffed to learn a peer she respects attended one of her recent concerts.
‘‘Hilary Duff? Are you freaking serious? Hilary Duff was there last night? This is what dreams are made of!’’ Lorde exclaimed, before asking: ‘‘Was she vibing it? Was she bobbing her head?’’