CELEB GOSS: Modern Family headed to Australia

Picture: REUTERS

Picture: REUTERS

Modern Family headed to Australia

Modern Family’s bumbling Phil Dunphy will have an allergic reaction to Vegemite and be attacked by a kangaroo in an upcoming Australian episode of the hit comedy.

Nolan Gould, who plays Phil’s dim-witted son Luke in the series, has revealed that the family’s holiday Down Under will prove challenging for the disaster-prone dad.

‘‘A whole bunch of things start happening to Phil,’’ he told KIISFM on Wednesday.

‘‘He’s allergic to Vegemite and he gets hit by a kangaroo, and things like that.’’

Meanwhile, his pubescent alter ego Luke makes a beeline for Bondi to find some Australian beach babes.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Bondi Beach and Great Barrier Reef are all on the cast’s itinerary, the 15-year-old said.

Gould, who is also a member of high-IQ society Mensa, added he might mix business and pleasure while visiting.

‘‘I don’t have a girlfriend, but maybe I’ll find one down in Australia,’’ he said.

Gould’s been teasing for the trip Down Under in recent weeks, posting a WhoSay snap of himself last Friday with a copy of the closely guarded script and an Australian flag.

The caption reads: ‘‘Look what I have! I know what Modern Family is doing in Australia. Shhh, top secret. But I can be bought.’’

But fellow castmember Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays the uptight Mitchell Pritchett, spilled one secret - it does include a ‘‘dingo ate my baby’’ joke.

‘‘It’s pretty clever though,’’ he told 2DayFM, adding it might not make the final cut.

The Modern Family cast are expected to arrive in Australia in February and spend two weeks shooting the vacation episode.


Kim, Kanye plan TV wedding

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s marriage will be filmed for television, according to a report.

The reality TV star and US rapper got engaged last October after welcoming their daughter North in June.

Amid planning their wedding, Kardashian has reportedly twisted her fiance’s arm to have their nuptials - which will take place in France - caught on camera. 

The ceremony is expected to air on the 33-year-old beauty’s TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

‘‘Kim persuaded Kanye to let the cameras roll because E! will pick up most of the cost of the wedding and it’s a lot easier for a network to deal with logistics of a foreign wedding than if it were just the two of them planning it,’’ a source close to the couple told RadarOnline.

‘‘Both Kim and Kanye have very high expectations for their wedding. It will be an over-the-top affair and there will be pre-wedding festivities leading up to the big day for their guests. It’ll be like a festival!’’

Kardashian recently revealed to US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that she and West will get married in their ‘‘second home’’ Paris. 

However, the pair are keeping the exact venue under wraps for the time being.

They were recently rumoured to be having their ceremony at the grand Palace of Versailles. 

The prestigious building, which was once the home of French queen Marie Antoinette, allegedly turned them down and they are now looking elsewhere.


Lorde back in NZ with two awards in tow

Lorde performs at the Grammy Awards. Picture: REUTERS

Lorde performs at the Grammy Awards. Picture: REUTERS

After winning two Grammys at a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles, Kiwi pop star Lorde will be playing to a hometown crowd of eager fans.

The 17-year-old singer and songwriter will be flying in to Auckland Airport on Wednesday morning direct from Los Angeles after scooping best pop solo performance and song of the year awards for her hit Royals on Monday.

She shared the song of the year award with co-writer and producer Joel Little.

But there’s no rest for the New Zealand music royal, who’ll be playing a show to thousands at Silo Park in Auckland.

She was originally billed to play St Jerome’s Laneway Festival on Monday, but agreed to do a show on Wednesday night after she pulled out of the festival line-up to attend the Grammys.


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Scarlett’s sexy SodaStream ad banned

Scarlett Johansson’s new ad for beverage firm SodaStream has been banned from the US Super Bowl telecast this weekend because it mocks the event’s main sponsor, Pepsi.

The Avengers beauty recently signed on as the face of the brand and filmed a TV spot, in which she uses the SodaStream machine to make herself a fizzy drink and seductively sips the beverage through a straw.

The Super Bowl ad bosses had no problems with sexy Johansson, but they didn’t like the end of the ad, when the actress utters an apology to SodaStream’s competitors: ‘‘Sorry Coke and Pepsi’’, and now the 30-second clip has been rejected by broadcasting bosses at Fox, the US network which will air Sunday’s big game.

Johansson’s deal with SodaStream has already attracted headlines for other reasons - the actress was forced to defend her decision to represent the Israel-based firm while maintaining her role as an Oxfam Ambassador amid the ongoing unrest in the Middle East.

Addressing criticism from political activists, she stated: ‘‘I remain a supporter of economic co-operation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine. SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbours working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights ...

‘‘I believe in conscious consumerism and transparency and I trust that the consumer will make their own educated choice that is right for them. I stand behind the SodaStream product and am proud of the work that I have accomplished at Oxfam as an Ambassador for over eight years.

‘‘Even though it is a side effect of representing SodaStream, I am happy that light is being shed on this issue in hopes that a greater number of voices will contribute to the conversation of a peaceful two state solution in the near future.’’