Now showing at The Star

Now showing at The Star

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Royal Randwick

There is every chance Prince William and Princess Kate (or Katie as the kids are calling her) will attend the Easter Carnival today at Royal Randwick.
This is the first chance the public will have to see the amazing new $150M pavilion that dwarfs the old Member's Stand.

On show for the young and hip is The Stables, a private member's club that should be a much sought after venue. Membership is rumoured to be $2000 a year but this is one of the nicest clubs we have been in as we discovered at a recent launch party. Lots of expensive paneled walls, billiard rooms and private booths and rooms, a Moet & Chandon Bar and 2 sensational balconies, one looking over the mounting ring and one with a sensational view of the race track. The Stables is the brainchild of bar and restaurant mogul John Duncan - pictured right with wife Angela - (he's the nephew of the actress Carmen Duncan) and ex-partner of Fraser Short. Together they opened some of Sydney's smartest nite spots like Surry Hill's Winery before going their separate ways last year
Looks like a winner to us.
The world's most glamorous bookie Tom Waterhouse left joined other glam guests
Bar heaven- chilled Moet
view of the race course and below the mounting ring

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Royal Update

A comment from a UK Time's reader :

Picture Post

The future King & Queen of Australia (etc) are in town showing off their son and heir Prince George.
We've tracked down a snap of grandma Her Maj on a previous tour in 1954 looking quite splendid in a canary yellow Norman Hartnell gown. Katherine's yellow frock is by Roksanda Ilincic.

Meanwhile in Melbourne last week at the Supernova Pop Culture Festival Austin Power's Mini Me actor Verne Troyer  ( above) was a guest. 

 Next month in Sydney get set for a tour in May of Cirque Mother Africa pictured here at their last gig at Dollywood with the irrepressible Dolly Parton.
 Check out the Shuttle's Youtube interview with Le Dolly.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baz Does It Again

We reckon Baz Luhrman and Catherine Martin (she did the costumes) have another hit on their hands : the stage version of Baz's original 1992 film hit Strictly Ballroom.
The show opened last night at the Lyric Theatre at that bastion of poker machines and roulette tables Star Casino.

Lots of celebs were on hand- Jack Thompson, Joel Edgerton and the much loved  Kylie Minogue. But where was Paul Mecurio the star of the film ?. If he was there we didn't spot him.

What can we say about Strictly ? It has heaps of colour and  movement, lots of gaudy frocks, fabulous dancing and of course terrific music ( lots of ABBA) and it's bound to end up in London and New York.
The standing ovation at last night's performance would tend to confirm this.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Play It Sam

The Shuttle's spy disguised as a multi-coloured cocktail umbrella at the glitzy new Double Bay nightclub Casablanca tells us there were a few ruffled feathers over the latest LattéLife Newspaper edition which pictured the club's manager Karim Gharbi surrounded by a bevy of beauties in it's What's Hot & What's Not page labeling the snap as "cringeworthy".
 Having worked in New York and London as a publicist for some pretty big names, the Shuttle was taught at early age : all publicity is good as long as the name is spelt correctly.
Apparently Karim has now seen the light and the value of such excellent publicity. Indeed it's a pretty handsome snap and Karim looks his always elegant self and if they are the staff members a customer would find in Casablanca- success is assured.

 However we haven't heard yet what the reaction has been from the delectable Laura Csorton who appears in the same newspaper with an opinion writer questioning Laura's decision to sponsor Harpic which is - a toilet cleaner.
Let's face it, if you look like Laura you can sell anything !

# The quote "Play it again Sam" is a common mistake made about the classic film Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart never actually said the words but Ingrid Bergman did say "play it Sam".

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weight Watchers

AFTER BANNING LARA BINGLE from his parade, designer Alex Perry is now flagellating himself after yesterday's opening parade for Sydney's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Perry has said that using ultra thin supermodel Cassi Van Den Dungen was a mistake.
As our snap shows Cassi does look rather gaunt although the camera can fib. Alex appeared on the 9 Network's Morning Show and told hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson that it "was a mistake" after looking at photos from the show.
Mia Freedom has bought into the debate on Mammia, describing the parade as The Hunger Games while Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank has expressed concerns over Cassi's health. Van Den Dungen helpfully Instagramed a snap of her lunch which seems to consist of 2 croissants, water and a hugely unhealthy energy drink- not the sort of thing to be recommending to young girls who may be following her career.
The obsession with thinness is always evident during Fashion Weak and anyone who has shopped with a larger lady as the Shuttle did last week knows how ridiculous it has all become. Looking for larger lingerie at both Myer & David Jones in Bondi's Westfield proved fruitless (and just finding an assistant was like Stanley discovering Dr Livingstone) Racks and racks of unsold stock- thin stock -was on display yet nothing for the average sized or above, woman as most Australian women are. 
Yet in the specialty shop Storm In A D Cup just down the road in Edgecliff they were doing a roaring trade with an assistant who not only knew her stock intimately but took over $3000 in the half hour we spent there. There are lessons all round which are bound to be ignored.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Café Boheme- it's the tops

Kellet Street in Kings Cross has always had a sort of Parisian feel. It has history too. In the 1920s the notorious Sydney Razor Gangs fought cocaine turf wars there. During the 1960s it became a street littered with bordellos catering for the R&R crowd- US infantry on leave from the Vietnam War.
Now several new restaurants have opened in the huge leafy terraces that line the street.
Café Boheme is the latest and it's run by top caterer Darren Taylor who sensibly runs his event catering firm from the terrace next to his new venture. The opening night party saw some top social names celebrating like Ashley Dawson Damer and PM Tony Abbott's sister, City Council member Christine Foster along with foodie royalty like acclaimed chef Christine Mansfield, Mandy Quinn and top wine expert Peter Bourne who travelled form Mudgee for the party. The Shuttle has sampled Darren's offerings at numerous parties and never been disappointed. Cafe Boheme is bound to be a success with excellent French food in an elegant surrounding. And the prices won't frighten.
# Café Boheme 3 Kellett Street Potts Point, NSW (02) 9331 0102

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bolly Dinner Date

Sunday in Melbourne is not to be missed. One of France's best exports the ever so elegant Guy de Rivoire (left) is hosting a bash for another famous French export- Bollinger champagne. It's the 50th anniversary of the Ultimate Cuvee Bollinger R.D launch.
Guests at the black tie bash will join a special tasting through the exquisite Bollinger champagnes expertly matched with cuisine in a special champagne salon at the event. But where we hear you ask ?. Well the location is a secret but it will be held in a palatial penthouse just of Collins Street in Melbourne with limos busing the guests to the bash. We can't wait.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Full Steam Ahead for Noah

 It's defied the critics and is a box office blockbuster. Noah starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly is sweeping around the world with premiers and taking the world by storm with $44M taken at the weekend in the USA.
Last night the cast were in Paris to attend a premier screening at Cinema Gaumont Marignan.
( we hope it was them-it was April 1st !)
Photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Why are people so unkind...

We like to think we are a cynical bunch at the Shuttle, not easily fooled and on the ball.  But even the new office cat Eva was taken in the by the possibility of a scoop- the tale that casino baron James Packer was spotted with supermodel Miranda Kerr in New York last week.

Alas it was an April Fool's Joke but one played on the Shuttle by a long time New York pal, one of the USA's top photographers who had vowed revenge after we stung him similarly 5 years ago.
How were we taken in ?. By expert timing.  Sending us the story and snaps (old ones nicked from the web) with knowledge of our publishing timetable - that we wouldn't twig to the fact by receiving the tale on the 30th of March and being told we must wait 40 hours to coincide with another publication.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Exclusive : James Packer & Miranda Kerr Together in New York

The Shuttle has scoffed in the past at tales of the supposed love affair between billionaire James Packer and supermodel Miranda Kerr but the exclusive amateur photographs we have obtained means we may have to eat humble pie.
Our source, an ardent fan of Kerr followed her from the ritzy Pierre Hotel in New York at 2pm one afternoon last week to a luxury apartment block on 56th Street. She disappeared inside and emerged around 6pm as the sun was setting and he snapped Miranda on his IPhone looking very discreet as she headed for a waiting car.
 But it was half an hour later that our fan got just a little curious as the same limo returned to the building. He took a snap of the extremely tall and casually dressed gentleman who emerged from the same apartment
block and slipped into the same car. A further source has confirmed that the apartment block contains a Packer company owned flat that is used for business.
So there we are- the very first photographs, grainy as they are of what may have been a liaison between Australia's richest man and undoubtedly Australia's richest model.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chiswick Turns Two

It's without a doubt one of Sydney's dining successes. Top chef Matt Moran's Chiswick in Woollahra turned 2 years old and they threw a small bash to celebrate.
Guests supped on apple and red basil martinis with fried zucchini flowers and mint- all picked from Chiswick's own garden that can be viewed from the restaurant. Now that is fresh and for a Tuesday night, the restaurant itself was packed.
And a scrumptious Bombe Alaska was dished up with guests helping blow out the candles.
Party host & Chiswick co-owner Peter Sullivan        Warren Fahey & Victoria Morish             Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Our Damehood Awaits

With the exciting news that Knighthoods and Damehoods are on the offering again we present former prime minister Paul Keating's views on the subject with his legendary Cultural Cringe speech in Parliament.
# The new Speaker (Dame) Bronwyn Bishop MP turfed out an hysterically laughing Labor MP from the House yesterday. What was her offense?. During a heated discussion on the new Imperial Honors a fellow MP was heard to quip 'unleash the hounds' as an LNP MP fumed at Labor's chortles. The poor woman collapsed in tearful laughter and was ejected.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Misogyny in Modern Australia

You have to love YouTube and the way it has become an outlet for creativity from the much maligned Justin Bieber (must say that-my niece adores him) to our Hill Billy dance vid below. Here is the latest operatic offering from Brisbane based composer Rob Davidson and choir Australian Voices with Julia Gillard's famous misogyny speech put to music : Not Now, Not Ever .

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Noah's Ark Steams Ahead

Noah premieres are popping up around the world. Moscow hosted a gala premiere with our Russ in attendance accompanied by our favourite Russian born Australian boxing champ Kostya Tszyu as the Shuttle's exclusive pic shows.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Noah Selfies

  above : Noah's Logan Lerman and Jennifer Connelly pose with fans

They're all the rage..the celebrity selfie. Here are two from the Noah premiere in Berlin.
Sadly the great man himself didn't attend so here is our exclusive selfie sent to us last week from Russell's rural retreat at Coffs Harbour where he was tending to some of those animals he saved all those aeons ago. Doesn't he look healthy and trim ?

## the Shuttle has just been in Los Angeles for 5 days and we managed to snap our very own selfie with a World Famous Comedian and Hollywood Royalty in a  restaurant car park. We'd just lunched together with mutual pals. Later that day his agent tracked us down to our hotel and said we couldn't publish it as it may "breach several agreements". We were impressed. And intimidated.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Croatian Get-Together

Many of the retailers in Sydney's historic Rocks area may be complaining about rising rents and plunging tourists numbers but Charles Billich's art gallery in the old Sailor's Home is thriving. Billich played host this week to Croatia's Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and Croatia's first lady Sanja. Billich was born in Lovran, Italy which is now part of Croatia and emigrated to Australia in the 1960s. No word yet on whether Croatia's PM realised that many of Charles's more erotic works are based on wife Krista Billich who was there to meet the couple. Several years ago the Shuttle came across a glittering ballroom event at the old Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast where hundreds of art lovers had queued to purchase Billich prints. Lying on a chaise lounge on the stage was Krista, totally nude with legs akimbo as Charles sketched her whilst guests sipped champagne and looked on in awe. Talk about great marketing !
Excitement is brimming over the soon to open new nightclub in Double Bay located in the old

Hungarian Restaurant in Bellevue Road under the auspices of restaraunter Karim  Gharbi (left-he calls his promotions company KGB). By co-incidence Karim is a great pal of the Billichs with Gharbi recently nursing Charles through a bout of ill-health. No expense is to be spared and one of Australia's top designers and man-about-town Alex Zabotto-Bentley right has been called in to work on the interiors and the theme- Casablanca !. Maybe they can pick up a few tips from this vid...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Photos Of The Week

Our exclusive snaps : our favourite wacky Afghan descendant politician Bob Katter MP is pictured with Pharrell Williams and the 2Today FM breakfast announcers Jools, Merrick and Sophie.

 Pictured backstage last night in Sydney at the sell-out Mrs Brown's Boys tour, cast members with Aagnes Brown herself (AKA Brendan O'Carroll) second left.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Final Last Word on the Oscars

How could we not mention our favourite media mogul Rupert Murdoch who tweeted just yesterday his distress that New Yorkers had the temerity to elect a Democrat mayor and that the city was now being run by "leftie incompetents" !.
Fortunately Rupert still made it to the Oscars with a new flame on his arm- Juliet de Baubigny who was named by Vanity Fair as 2013's as 'Silicon Valley's Most Stylish Person'!. One Big Question : Murdoch's News Ltd newspapers ripped into Cate Blanchett when she made some global warming comments last year. Will they still interview her now she has picked up the movie world's top gong ?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Last Word on The Oscars

And the Academy Award for the Biggest Faux Pas of the evening goes to Rupert Murdoch's beloved The Australian newspaper for the following :

Ultimate Oscar's Selfie

and the full version


So far..Cate Blanchett looking sensational on the 2014 Academy Award's red carpet in Giorgio Armani and Catherine Martin who has picked up the gong for Best Costumes for hubby Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby (pictured holding the brolly at the Sydney premiere)