Wednesday, July 27, 2016

P.J. O'Rourke: 'Dangerous State of The Nation" at Sydney Opera House

 Best-selling author P.J. O'Rourke is heading straight to our stage to deliver his Dangerous State of the Nation.  Roaming foreign affairs correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine for 20 years,  He is also a libertarian Republican satirist who recently reluctantly backed Hilary Clinton as "the second-worst thing that can happen to [America]." Former gonzo Editor of National Lampoon and writer of Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government, he is now the H.L Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute.  TICKETS HERE for August 9th.
Read Susan Chenery's interview with O'Rourke in The Saturday Paper

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What the world needs now..

In an event organised by stage star Trevor Ashley at the Sydney Town Hall, fellow thespians lined up to appear in a concert to aid the victims of the terrible Orlando shootings :  From Sydney With Love – A Concert for Orlando. Among the performers :  Magda Szubanski, Joel Creasey, Bob Downe, Paul Capsis, iOTA, Emma Matthews, Simon Burke and Virginia Gay.
Her is the finale What The World Needs Now.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Barry wins the Archibald

 Louise Hearman's portrait of Barry Hunphries has won the 2016 Archibald portrait contest
Finalists 'Pat  by Alan Jones * Peter Weiss by Nicholas Harding* Deng by Nick Stathopolous* Self by Benjamin Aitken
                                                           Wendy Whiteley by Natasha Bieniek
Winner of the Wynne Prize:Spring Frost by Eiloth Gruner

           The Archibald Portrait exhibition is now open at the art Gallery of NSW : entry is free

Thursday, July 14, 2016

All yours for Fifty Bucks !

This is the beautiful island of Kosrae which is part of Micronesia. It's about 5000 kms from Sydney and when you think "tropical paradise" it just doesn't get much better than this. Beautiful beaches. friendly locals and constant sunny gorgeous weather.
And for $49 you can buy a ticket in a lottery to win the lovely little Nautilus Resort pictured below which is a "16-room complex emphasizes comfort, convenience and consideration. Striking tropical gardens surround the restaurant and bar, with an inviting swimming pool nearby for leisurely dipping".
The Australian family who built this resort in 1992 want to return to Oz. Whispers got a ticket but you have to hurry as there are just 11 days left.
Go here to get your winning ticket :  https://wintheislandestates.com/enter/

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Star Trek Beyond on a Winter's night

Star Trek stars with director Justin Lin (centre): John Cho,   Karl Urban,  Zachary Qunto,   Chris Pine
Another night and another Sydney opening. Tonight is was Star Trek Beyond. And what a night! Blustery, cold and wet and very uncomfortable. Still once we were ensconced in the warm theater to watch 2 hours of escapism it was jolly good fun. And what a rather empty Red Carpet. Not even Terri Biviano turned up on a night like this! Who is she? Well might you ask but she's a regular on the carpet along with assorted footballers and news readers who jostle to stand in front of a hastily erected  & dreaded "media board", the scourge of social snappers and paparazzi alike as they all get the same pic which is dated and unsaleable by tomorrow. Good movie though.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Gratuitous Justin Bieber pix

Yes it's time for the latest Justin Bieber (semi) nude pix that has the internet going crazy. Whisper's spy disguised as an intern in the Calvin Klein advertising agency says The Bieber gets an extra $1M every time he does this. So that's OK then. What has this to do with Sydney?. Nothing, It's all about clickbait and we are shameless,

Monday, July 4, 2016

Adventures in Paradise

                                     Ben May of Mrs Sippy.                                  photo by Tamara Dean

Earlier we reported on the success of the Balinese version of Bondi's famous Icebergs restaurant which has played host to just about every visiting celebrity who spends time in Sydney. Opened by Maurice Terzini in 2014 has become the hot spot for slebs and locals in the island resort.

Now Andrew Stanway who launched the highly successful Mrs Sippy restaurant in Double Bay is in the process of building his Mrs Sippy Bali right near the upmarket Potato Head Beach Club but dramas have broken out. Bali's highly partisan newspapers have claimed all sorts of dramas have caused work to halt on the almost completed luxury bar and restaurant. There have been claims of falsified documents and even the Bali police have gotten involved although that's pretty normal for Bali.  Usually booking a table at the local Policeman's Ball smooths those ruffled feathers.
               Fortunately a mediator has stepped in to negotiate a settlement between the warring parties that include Stanway and his partner Ben May and a local who claims to own part of the land Mrs Sippy is being built. Stanway has called the whole thing a storm in a Balinese teapot and says he will open his venue in September.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Gabi Grecko Update


That saucy minx Gabi Grecko ( see our tale below) has been revealing more about her latest antics that includes a "mile high sex romp with NYPD officers."


What can poor Geoffrey Edelston be thinking as his former flame appears to  have re-joined the Oldest Profession. And what does his mum think?
Whispers once sat with her at a table at a Melbourne charity do and she said "Geoffrey always falls in love with the wrong type of woman". Indeed.
According to the current issue of Womans Day Geoffrey say he "didn't know Gabi was a prostitute".

Read about Gabi's Mile High Tricks Here

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Gabi's new life in Brooklyn


I know Dear Readers, that you have been pondering on just what the fragrant Gabi Grecko has been up to since she departed these shores and from the life of fabled businessman Geoffrey Edlesten, pictured right at the Melbourne Cup.
A tale has just emerged in the Times of Israel titled :

"Ex-prostitute alleges Orthodox businessmen mistreated her "


 No they aren't referring to Geoffrey of the hideous colourful suits, but one Jeremy Reichberg of Brooklyn in New York who has been arrested for bribing police officers.

Gabi says she met Reichberg at a "Manhattan bachelor party" and that "she initially expected the job to be limited to “sitting on people’s laps and drinking with them.” She described the men as “really creepy and very rude and offensive.” 
Read it for yourself here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Society plays guessing game

It's been the talk of the Eastern Suburbs over the past week: who is the writer of this article referring 
 to?
Financial Review journalist Joe Aston who writes the gossipy Rear Window column has written a rousing defense of Roxy Jacenko who has been as would be expected, supporting her husband Oliver Curtis during his insider trading trial for which he has just been found guilty. Curtis will find out on Friday if he will receive a jail sentence.
Whispers met Curtis last weekend where he was keeping a low profile at a racing royalty Ingham's family christening held at Doyles in Circular Quay. We didn't like to bring up any controversial subjects. We've also attended many of Roxy's PR events and she's always pleasant and we find, one of the more efficient publicists in town. She's been receiving some flack for her choice of outfits while attending court but nothing new there- Roxy just dresses as she always does.
But this line has set the tongues wagging as names of columnists have been bandied about :
"And the laziest journos in the game, the furry-teethed ones with two decades of free canapes (literally) under their belts, write their one dog-tired column a week (don't ask us what their other workdays are devoted to), loathe Roxy" Ouch !

Read Joe's column here.
Update : Curtis was jailed for 2 years with a minimum of one year to be served.

High profile lawyer calls foul !

One of Australia's most successful (certainly for his clients) criminal lawyers Christopher Murphy is upset that the NSW Police have failed to charge a man who assaulted him.
Chris says he was walking home and minding his own business when he came across a 'tradie' van parked on the footpath. When he had a quiet word to the driver, the brute lashed out and clocked Murphy who despite being a fairly big man is now 68 years of age.
Murphy has reported the assault which surely comes under the One Punch laws that carry a mandatory sentence. Bashing anyone in this manner has caused recent deaths but Murphy is hitting a brick wall with the wallopers who are often on the losing side in some of Murphy's high profile cases.
 Whispers has heard talk around legal circles that other lawyers think it's an absolute disgrace the man hasn't been charged. Particularly as the offender is currently on remand for a hit and run accident as a disqualified driver. Right are some snaps Murphy took of his attacker.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Marie to tell All about Princess Diana

2017 will be the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales who died in Paris after a car accident with Dodi Fayed, the heir to the owner of Harrods, Mohamed Fayed.

Now the Australian charity worker Marie Sutton who engineered the very last public function attended by Diana in Sydney is to author a book on the tumultuous visit to Australia that marked Diana's retreat from public life. A few months later Diana was dead after a world-wind supposed affair with the tempestuous Dodi in the South of France.

Whispers knew Dodi well and lived in his Park Lane apartment for 3 months. Dodi's cocaine habit was legendary and Whispers, a non drug user, once saved the life of the secretary of a famous movie star in Dodi's apartment while Fayed and the movie star were literally, off their heads on cocaine.
                                                                         
Marie conceived of the project to get Diana to launch the Victor Chang Institute on the strength of being a pal of Dr Hasnat Khan who reputedly Diana was obsessed with. Once Diana agreed to come to Australia Sutton found the reins of the visit were snatched from her by then NSW premier Nevile Wran and a coterie of Eastern Suburb's society figures. But Diana remained loyal to Sutton and ensured Marie was by her side at every event during the visit. And we should know. We were there at the same time, once hiding under a rug in the back of a limo with Diana as she was whisked out of the Double Bay Ritz Carlton, avoiding the world's assembled media. It was on that occasion that Diana leaned out of the window of the car as we passed St Mary's Cathedral and she spotted a wedding party ascending the stairs and shouted "Don't do it !". Did the happy couple realize their heckler was the World's Most Famous Woman? . Marie also has the only known photos of Diana's grave on an island at the family property Althorp with some very touching mementos from her sons Princes William & Harry. Having seen them, Whispers has been sworn to secrecy but perhaps they will appear in Marie's expose.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

"Secret" wedding not so secret

It's being billed as the 'secret wedding' of Ginia Rinehart, heiress to her mum Gina Rinehart's fortune and one of her favoured children, to her ex-SAS bodyguard.
To be held on Hamilton Island the Oz media is hyperventilating about the "exclusive" guest list that includes Hayseed Central Barnaby Joyce and hamburger king Jack Cowin. Can you bear the excitement?
Whispers has been to Hamilton Island twice but the last time was 10 years ago. It's quite lovely but it's the sort of place you need to take your own company so it's ideal for the Rinehart clan and their pals. 
Mind you it's not a patch on Tangier in Morocco where Whispers attended the 70th birthday of publishing mogul Malcolm Forbes in 1989 and got sat at a table twice removed from Elizabeth Taylor who threw a bread roll at yours truly having mistaken us for someone else.
Even more exciting is the fact we can present you with a snap of Gina & Ginia from the website of the irrepressible Kua Hee Che. It doesn't get much better than this.
Below is a photo of the Concorde arriving in Tangier which Malcolm Forbes hired to jet his 200 guests to Morocco. Whispers only scored a regular flight and in Cattle Class at that. We didn't complain. 
CELEBRITIES WHO DATED / MARRIED THEIR BODYGUARDS:
Scarlett Johansson     Kim Kardashian                    Heidi Klum                        Joan Collins          Roseanne Barr

Friday, June 17, 2016

Register Now !

There are still some spots left for the amazing A Moveable Feast which will happen on Saturday 30th July at The Carriageworks. A MOVEABLE FEAST is an original and unique series of large scale experiential dining events, one for each season at a different location, with playful dress up styles, curated menus by renowned guest chefs, performances and installations. Gather up your friends and plan for a fantastic evening of food and good wines. Go to their website here.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Matt picks up a French Gong


 Good news for New York based director and former Sydney actor Matthew Newton. Matt has won a prize at the prestige Champs-Élysées Film Festival. The festival was created in 2012 by film distributor & producer Sophie Dulac and is held each June in Paris in 5 cinemas along the Champs-Élysées Avenue. The Festival brings together the best from French and American Cinema. The French take their arts very seriously and this win now brings Newtown to the attention of some of the world's most powerful European film industry identities. His film From Nowhere won the popular public inspired Prix de Public award.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Movie News

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban at the US Country Music Awards

  While the Australian media has ignored the activities of former Sydney based private investigator Frank Monte , the US media shows no such timidity. Monte along with his partner Sharon Sargeant upped stakes and moved to Beverly Hills nearly a year ago where Monte has always maintained an office. He is licensed to practice as an investigator throughout the US and has some pretty high profile clients from Hollywood stars to New York business moguls. He also acts for a famed Las Vegas casino.
Whispers first met Monte at a New York party given by US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Our snap below shows Monte with Trump and also on the Larry King Show. In total Monte has appeared in 1000s of US publications and TV shows.
Cindy Adams the show biz columnist on the New York Post's famous Page Six has now published a snippet about Monte & Sargeant's reality TV show The Private Eye &The Madam now in production in LA. Whispers hears that numerous TV networks are negotiating with Monte for his series including the giant Redo Globo in Brazil and Silvio Berluscini's  Italian Mediaset (Monte was born in Egypt & his parents were Italian).
Word now reaches Whispers that a long term Frank Monte project has fired up one Hollywood's top producers : a biopic on the life of Michael Rockefeller (left) the explorer who disappeared in New Guinea in sensational circumstances that gripped the world's media in 1961. Monte was hired by the powerful US Rockefeller family and has never revealed the truth of what happened to their son & heir except to the family. Monte penned a script for the film two decades ago which was picked up the powerful William Morris Agency with superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger buying the rights. Complex legal negations with the Rockefeller family stalled the project but apparently a settlement has finally been reached.

Sharon Sargeant & Frank Monte are regulars on the social circuit

Plenty of Gold

Last year Whispers attended the Gold Ball held at the Darling Point home of Aussie Home Loans boss John Symond. One guest crashed to the floor perhaps overwhelmed by the lavishness of the Symond digs with it's sweeping harbour views.
Fortunately numerous doctors were on hand, as guests, and our patient quickly recovered to enjoy the evening. This year the Gold Ball which raises funds for the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick- Nicole Kidman is a patron- packed in over 400 guests at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park and we are happy to report not one ball goer swooned and a massive $1.6M was raised for the kids. Our snap (below) shows nightclub mogul Justin Hemmes with John Symond on the right and Symond's wife Amber. Amber & John were married earlier this year and it's the second time round for both- Amber was married to former prime minister Paul Keating's son Patrick Keating (yes we were at that wedding too as out exclusive snap above right shows).
On the subject of Prime Ministers and kids- Justin held a fundraiser on Saturday night for Malcolm Turnbull at his magnificent Vaucluse pile The Hermitage (pictured above) and a bunch of children turned up correctly dressed and waving bundles of cash asking to be admitted so they could grill the PM over environmental matters. Sadly they were rejected.
photograph by Belinda Rolland

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Spotted..

Barry Humphries and wife Lizzie Spender were spotted celebrating Lizzie's birthday at Billy Kwongs in Potts Point this week. Joining the celebrations was film director Bruce Beresford who directed Barry in the Barry McKenzie films. Lizzie is 66 and is the daughter of the late famed poet Stephen Spender and his musician wife Natasha.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Women of Achievement

The Black and White Committee has been established for over sixty years now and is made up of a team of hard working ladies who organise several fund raising functions each year. 
Uniquely every single penny raised goes to aid Children’s Services Development Fund of Vision Australia. The Women of Achievement annual lunch was held this year at the Four Seasons Hotel near Circular Quay with over 440 guests who turned up to listen to this year's speakers : actress Marta Dusseldorp, SBS broadcaster Jenny Brockie and the president of the Human Rights Commission Professor Gillian Triggs pictured here in our snap.
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 I Got You Babe
Pictured left is the Black and White Committee's publicist Angela Belle McSweeney. Angela is the mum of Juliet Love who is married to horticultural expert Charlie Albone who is often seen on Foxtel cable TV shows. 
Charlie picked up yet another award at this year's Chelsea Garden Show where he is becoming a fixture. It was at Charlie's garden exhibit attended by Juliet and her mother Angela and Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge that the entire world got to hear that Kate's name for William is 'Babe' when the pair were admiring Charlie's peonies display. 
Isn't that fun ! 



below: Charlie Albone & Juliet Love   William & Kate
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Farewell to Kerrie

 It was to be artist Kerrie Lester's last exhibition and the night also would have been her 64th birthday. Lester passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer. Around 200 pals gathered in the Australian Gallery to toast & farwell Lester and by the look of the red dots that appeared, Kerrie's last show is a sellout. Folk historian Warren Fahey gave a talk about his good pal including his first meeting with Lester- he arrived at her house to find her with a large joint in her mouth and mowing the lawn.  Kerrie Lester's work is included in major corporate collections as well as the National Portrait Gallery and she was a favourite Archibald entrant once winning the Packer's Prize, Lester died from Leukemia at the age of 63.
GoggleBox stars Mick & Di                    Professor Ross Steele                      Martin & Michelle Walsh
Warren Fahey & Stuart Purves                                         V itek Czernuszyn & Deborah Thomas          

Monday, May 30, 2016

Taki's Take

It's been nearly ten years since Whisper's attended the Cannes Film Festival. We may be there next year for a film project we have been working on for years. We met Taki Theodoracopulos many moons ago in London at the launch of a book he contributed to : High Life, Low Life by Jeffrey Barnard. Barnard wrote a column in The Spectator titled Low Life while Taki wrote one called High Life. They were complete opposites. Taki is so far to the Right he makes Margaret Thatcher look like a Girl Scout. Here is Taki's take on Cannes. It's hard to fault him. Click here.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Vivid Sydney

Whispers ventured out on a chilly night with our Box Brownie to check out the cities colourful Vivd Sydney festival.