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Kutcher club

Child groom Ashton Kutcher may not be making hit movies but he is apparently the "brains" behind a website called Blah Girls, which among other things offers up a new cartoon episode each week. There's a sample on the right. My verdict? Extremely derivative (think Powerpuff Girls blended with South Park), but at least topical with its Kanye West reference.

Nic of time. Not

The story was on this blog on July 26, and in other media slightly earlier, but smh.com.au has just caught up with the news that Nicole Kidman delivers the worst bang for the buck in Hollywood. It seems to be the same story based on the same Forbes study. Maybe with the release of Australia getting closer, the SMH thought it timely.
Update: Other media in Australia and the UK are running this story now, too - including The Independent, which was my source from two months ago! Bizarre.

Kylie's cash bonus

Kylie Minogue is reportedly receiving 2 million pounds (that's more than A$4million) to sing a one-hour set at the opening of a ritzy resort in Dubai. Is anybody worth that much?

Our richest stars

The Wiggles are once again Australian showbiz's top earners, according to BRW magazine. The kids' entertainers grossed $45 million in 2007-08. Of course, they have to share that among themselves. Better off financially, I suppose, is the No. 2 earner Kylie Minogue with $40 million to herself. The list also includes Russell Crowe ($36m), Hugh Jackman ($25m), Hi-5 ($18m), Cate Blanchett ($14m), Keith Urban (only $12.3m, and with a new mouth to feed!), AC/DC ($12m, but the release of their new album guarantees next year will be better), filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell ( $8.8m) and actor and football fan Anthony LaPaglia (a mere $8m). It's a lot of money for work that doesn't involve rocket science or heavy lifting.

Coke's no joke

The Daily Mail has published what it calls "a series of curious photographs with what appears to be drug paraphernalia" and featuring model Alice Dellal, the "face" of underwear brand Agent Provocateur (and, apparently, the "new Kate Moss" - because we're all so over the old one). Her friends are, of course, worried about her. Without passing judgment on Ms Dellal, I'd like to know how pictures like this - which regularly appear in the British press - never seem to lead to significant legal action. I'm sure if Joe or Jo Average were caught in similar circumstances to those allegedly portrayed in the Mail, they would quickly feel the full weight of the law.

Not a fan?

It's probably everywhere on the Net already, but if you've not seen it, here's the YouTube footage of Oasis songwriter/guitarist Noel Gallagher being attacked on stage at a concert in Canada. I can't imagine why the guy did it. Maybe he mistook Noel for his brother Liam. The story is here.

Provocative Peaches

Peaches Geldof is 19, she's married and she's got a job promoting lingerie firm Agent Provocateur. But is her dad, Bob Geldof, happy about it? The Daily Mail suggests she's provoking the old rocker by appearing scantily clad in Agent Provocateur's ads. Seems to me that it's a bit difficult to flog lingerie when you're fully dressed.

Show him the money

Tommy Lee Jones's claim for $10 million in extra payments for his role in the film No Country for Old Men is based on "additional services" he provided in promoting the film. I once interviewed Jones in a mini-media conference and found the experience quite dull - until the star ripped into one of my colleagues who had the temerity to suggest that the bleakness of Gotham City in Batman Forever reflected the realities of urban life in the US. "The last time I looked," Jones thundered, "it was the greatest country on Earth."

Joan's secret of success

How do you sustain a long career in showbiz? By constantly reinventing yourself. Joan Collins has been doing it for at least 40 years. From big-screen bombshell to small-screen bitch, she's now a newspaper columnist. She has a gig with the revamped, all-colour Sunday Telegraph. The story is here.
PS: When Foxtel had its Brisbane launch in the mid-1990s, the British star was the guest of honour. But she wasn't the only Joan Collins in the room. Also there was the wife of Australia's "Mr Movies", Bill Collins.

Global Fran club

The self-proclaimed greatest country in the world is sending Fran "The Nanny" Drescher to Romania, Hungary, Kosovo and Poland to improve the United States' international reputation. I am not making this up; it's here.

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