CELEB GOSS: Beyonce serenades Michelle Obama

Beyonce serenades Michelle Obama 

Superstar Beyonce helped US First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate her 50th birthday in style by staging a special performance at the White House on Saturday night.

President Barack Obama’s wife hit the age milestone on Friday and they marked the occasion with a big party at the White House.

Guests, including musicians Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Herbie Hancock, Mary J Blige and Gladys Knight, actor Samuel L Jackson and basketball legend Earvin 'Magic’ Johnson, danced the night away to sets by Beyonce, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the bash, Robinson said, ‘‘We were here for the First Lady’s birthday and that was the highlight, and the president gave a wonderful, wonderful speech about her, and then Beyonce performed and wow.’’

Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z have grown close to the Obamas in recent years - the singer performed at the President’s first inaugural ball in 2009 and at his swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol last year.

She has also worked with Michelle on her Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity, reworking the lyrics to her hit Get Me Bodied to encourage kids to get on their feet and get exercising.


Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie secures Hollywood deal

Margot Robbie.

Margot Robbie.

Australian actress Margot Robbie will follow up her breakthrough performance in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street with a starring role in the highly anticipated film Z For Zachariah.

The deal was finalised in Los Angeles on Sunday.

It confirms the 23-year-old former star of the long-running drama series Neighbours as one of Hollywood's hottest emerging properties.

Z For Zachariah is directed by Craig Zobel and also stars Star Trek actor Chris Pine and 12 Years A Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor.

It is based on the Robert C. O’Brien novel of the same name.

Robbie is replacing actress Amanda Seyfried who had been signed to the film, but has bowed out.

Robbie is currently enjoying the heat of Hollywood's spotlight after playing the Brooklyn-born trophy wife of Leonardo DiCaprio’s greedy corporate raider Jordan Belfort in Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.

She also won fans among the star-studded A-list audience at last week's Golden Globe awards when she and Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill were left at sea when the autocue failed.

While both waited for the problem to be fixed, Robbie joked: "I've never done this before, so I don't want to improvise."

Michael Idato, SMH

Kyle and Jackie O launch KIIS 1065

Radio duo Kyle and Jackie O have launched their new breakfast show on KIIS 1065.

The duo took to the airwaves from 6.00am on Monday for their first ever show on the rebranded Sydney station, formerly called Mix 106.5 FM.

After the ‘‘golden microphone’’ was switched on, the pair briefly chatted about their summer holidays before beginning their show with a familiar quiz known as ‘‘insta-grand’’.

Hollywood actor Mathew McConaughey, Kylie Minogue and Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s Chris Jenner were the first celebrity guests on the new show.

Kyle and Jackie O farewelled listeners of their 2Day FM show in November.

They have been replaced by Jules Lund, Sophie Monk, Merrick Watts and Mel B.


Jennifer Lawrence deserves success: Hoult

Jennifer Lawrence.

Jennifer Lawrence.

Though Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult remain quiet about the status of their relationship, the actor says he couldn’t be prouder of the Oscar winner.

The couple co-starred together in X-Men: First Class and will be in the sequel as well. 

Hoult was on hand when Lawrence, last year’s best-actress winner at the Academy Awards, won best supporting actress at the Golden Globes last weekend.

‘‘She deserves it all,’’ Hoult said of Lawrence, who is nominated for another Oscar this year.

‘‘It’s fun to watch,’’ he said on Saturday.

Nicholas Hoult.

Nicholas Hoult.

Hoult has been having his own fun at the Sundance Film Festival; it’s the actor’s first time at the event. He’s promoting his movie Young Ones, which also stars Elle Fanning and is directed by Jake Paltrow, Gwyneth’s brother.

On Friday, Hoult attended the premiere of the drama Camp X-Ray. The film stars Kristen Stewart, who will star with Hoult in Drake Doremus’ upcoming fantasy love story Equals.

Hoult said Lawrence read the Equals script with him.

‘‘We both loved the script. It’s epic in proportion, but centered on these specific relationships,’’ he said.


Modern Family to climb the Harbour Bridge?

The cast of the hit US TV sitcom Modern Family have revealed a few clues about the episode they will shoot  this year in Australia.

They are yet to see a script, but it appears a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and snakes will be part of the storyline.

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, star Julie Bowen said the cast have been asked whether they were afraid of heights and if they were afraid of fanged animals.

The Modern Family cast won SAG’s outstanding comedy TV ensemble award.