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Not dead yet

In fairness to Kyle Sandilands, here's a link to a story where explains that he has simply been sick, he's not been axed from Big Brother and he hasn't tried to kill himself.
PS: Speaking of cocky TV presenters, Paul "Fatty" Vautin has had to pull his head in after accusing a doorman at Brisbane's Caxton Hotel of being drunk. The guy in question is epileptic.

In good company

One of my favourite theatre companies, Mixed Company, is relaunching with a performance of three of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues at QPAC's Cremorne Theatre on July 12. Dlae Murison, Brad Ashwood and Bronwen Doherty star. Details here.

Give Goldman a go

"I would love to host my own Tonight Show-style late-night TV talk show. It would be a dream and if the opportunity ever presented itself then of course I would jump at it." So says Brisbane's Mike Goldman, who has been filling in (more than adequately by all reports) for the ailing Kyle Sandilands on Big Brother whilst simultaneously and diplomatically reiterating that he doesn't want Sandilands' job. The way Rove is going, Goldman deserves a chance at hosting his own show - if only as a reward for his loyalty to Channel 10 and unwillingness to dump on the eminently dumpable KS.
PS: And before anyone else says it, Ian Skippen deserves his own show too.

War of words

Thanks to Kuttsywood for alerting me to this story from The Sunday Mail (which, as the image at right shows, needs some headline corrections). Apparently, after a bidding war with Channel 9, Shane Webcke has "loyally" signed a three-year contract to anchor the sport coverage on Brisbane's Channel 7. What it means is that both Seven and Nine were prepared to change the line-ups of their 6 o'clock news, which has become a very competitive arena recently since many years of dominance by Nine. At Seven, it means more air time for Webcke and less for veteran reader Pat Welsh. If Webcke had gone to Nine, what would it have meant? "King" Wally Lewis getting pushed to one side? In any event, it means Nine remains open to changing its news line-up and I suspect we'll be seeing some changes sooner rather than later
PS: The story also says Nine offered Webcke "phone book-sized numbers". That would be in the tens of millions!
PPS: As a journalist I'm disappointed that, once again, that a job that used to be done by a journo (like Welsh) has been given to a former player. Webcke might know his rugby league, but what does he know of other sports, and will he be able to write his own scripts, or produce and edit stories? I suspect, at least initially, somebody who is earning substantially less than "phone book-sized numbers" will be doing all that.

Weller on his way

I didn't know this when I posted these videos a few days ago, but Paul Weller will be playing Australia in August - including a date at the Tivoli in Brisbane on August 23. As far as I can remember, it will be the former frontman of The Jam's first gig in the Queensland capital. He toured Australia with The Style Council many moons ago, but Brisbane was not on the itinerary - despite a spirited campaign run in the now-defunct Daily Sun. From memory, one reason given was that Weller was a white-knuckle flyer who did as little of it as possible.
Weller's full Australian itinerary is: Aug 13 Challenge Stadium; 15 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre; 16 Melbourne Forum; 19 Sydney Enmore Theatre; 23 The Tivoli.

Go see Rowe

Does it get any better than this? Normie Rowe at Broncos Leagues Club; one show only on August 16. Details here.

Going for bust

I suppose after the success of Puppetry of the Penis (which is going "legit" in its latest incarnation, playing at QPAC from June 17-21 as part of the In Stitches comedy festival), Busting Out just had to happen. The show, which plays at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane from June 11, features Emma Powell and Bev Killick taking a "most irreverent look at that much revered embodiment of womanhood – the breast". I'm sure you get the picture.

Doing the right thing

It's no secret that Aboriginal and Islander people often get a raw deal from the media, so it's interesting to see that Austereo (B105 and Triple M) and Channel 7 have today joined an initiative to create employment opportunities for Indigenous people in the commercial media industry in Queensland. A media release for today's launch at Mt Coot-that says, in part:

The Centre for Aboriginal Independence and Enterprise has developed this project and is pleased to announce that it has negotiated with the Seven television network and Austereo radio network ... to be the partners in this ground breaking agreement.
... Both these commercial media organizations will work with the CAIE in implementing the strategies from this document, which include employment opportunities, cultural awareness frameworks, mentorships and building more productive relationships with the Indigenous communities across Queensland.
General Manager of Austereo Richard Barker stated that their objective in this initiative “is to explore employment and development opportunities for qualified and suitable candidates within the Indigenous community, and in doing so, we hope to work towards eliminating any barriers that may exist. In addition, Austereo is keen to build a highly unique and capable talent bank of potential employees from all communities”.

I sincerely hope good things come from this.

Queenslander! (Orchestra)

Methinks the publicist for the Queensland Orchestra has become a bit carried away with State of Origin fever. How else could you explain a press release headed: "He’s led The Queensland Orchestra to victory before… Can Pietari Inkinen do it again with Berman on keys?" Details of the Berman Plays Brahms concerts on June 21 and 22 - and other events, including a gig with Judith Durham (right) - are here.

Not such a trivial pursuit

Temptation champ, comic, all-round entertainer and Richard III enthusiast Blair Martin will again be hosting Cab-Savvy, a fund-raising night of trivia and entertainment at the StageDoor Dinner Theatre in Brisbane's Bowen Hills on June 30. It will be the closing event of the Brisbane Pride Festival 2008, and a good time is guaranteed while you're raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities. You can book by email or on 33683948.

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