Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Charles Turns 80

Sydney based, Croation born artist Charles Billich (left with wife Christa Billich) has turned 80 and he threw a bash to celebrate. Charles looks at least 10 years younger-how does he do it?
" I surround myself with beautiful people and they keep me young " was the reply and there were heaps of them with around 200 venturing into the sensational Billich Gallery in The Rocks on a Saturday night to party. One thing we love about Charles (apart from the art of course), the Pommery keeps flowing out of his very own stylishly decorated magnums. Here a few snaps from the night and below, some Billich art.
 And not just one birthday cake..80 !. OK they were only cupcakes but it's a neat idea.

Model agent Grant Dwyer & Don Spencer (he's Russell Crowe's dad-in-law) Fran McPherson (yes- she's The Body Elle McPherson's mum), Helen Appelton & Noushin Rahimia

Nightclub boss Karim Gharbi & glam date, Hans Whitman & Shari-Lea Hitchcock, Angela Belle McSweeney
Charles Billich's self portrait & some of his famous nudes

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wedding Bells

While the world's paparazzi have gathered in Venice to catch a glimpse of Hollywood heart throb George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin, New York ex-pat Aussies are heading to Central Park today for the nuptials of ex-Sydneysider Rupert Noffs and his partner Matty Bennett.

Noffs has been living in New York for four years and has been overseeing the set-up of his burgeoning shoe empire Gideon Shoes, favoured by young Hollywood types like Justin Timberlake, and which runs as a charity to aid young Aussies to enter the fashion world. Profits are ploughed back into the Street University in Sydney's western suburbs run by his older brother Mathew. He is also the grandson of the late reverend Ted Noffs the much loved founder of the Kings Cross' Wayside Chapel.
Rupert Noffs with partner Matty Bennett & mum Mandy Noffs in the middle
Ted Noffs
Wedding gossip :
# There is much talk amongst Hollywood insiders that Clooney's eventual plan is a run for Governor of California with many remarking that wife Amal 
Alamuddin has the charisma of Jackie Kennedy. 
 # One guest at the Noffs' nuptials will be top US publicist and reality TV star Kelly Cutrone who has guided Gideon Shoes to US success. Cutrone had a famous run-in with Sydney gossip scribe Ros Reines as we detailed in 2011.
# Rupert's grandmother was the flamboyant turban-wearing Double Bay identity Lois Rodie who owned the popular Coral Lea boutique.                                                

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Foto Fail

The Brownlow (football ) Medal circus has really gotten into top gear in the past few years and is now a fairly glam event as this picture selection shows- girlfriends of footie players in expensive gowns and jewelry.

But what possessed the picture editor of the newspaper who published the pics on the left, a series of snaps of footie players and their girlfriend clutching bottles of beer with the brand clearly exposed that just happened to match the name of the Crown Casino where the event was held?.

It's a big NO NO to ever publish photos of -especially- sport's stars holding identifiable alcoholic drinks like beer because of the obvious message sent to young readers. Glasses of liquid are fine as they could always be soft drinks. We won't name the newspaper ( Daily Telegraph) whose picture editor needs a good scolding

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Web Finds

Our web spotters include New York based Aussie marketing guru David Art Wales who snapped this friendly gent known to you and me as David Bowie on a flight from New York to Austin. And in Cattle Class !

Above is the Head Belieber, Justin who has supplied this quick video to us of him accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge (whatever that is) viewed below :

Finally the latest from Dame Edna Everage who is now in the second year of her Farewell Tour

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gary Shead's new exhibition

 Gary Shead with Shakespearean actor John Bell                                                          Peter Kingston & Stuart Purves
Gray Shead is regarded as one of Australia's finest lyrical, figurative painters. His new exhibition opened at the Australian Galleries in Paddington and is based on Dante Alighieri’s 14th century literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy.. By evening's end the gallery had sold nearly $750K worth of paintings but at his prices that may not be that many. They ranged from $16500 to $375,000. Here are a few snaps from the night. You can view the exhibition online here or at the gallery at 15 Royston Street Paddington until October 5th.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fashion Follies

New York Fashion Week has just concluded and TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has sent a reporter out to interview fashion punters attending. Just one hitch-every fashion 'name' and designer the reporter asks about is a phony.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Devil's Playground returns

Jack Thompson plays The Cardinal in Devil's Playground
stars of the show: Nicole Shostak, Jarin Towney, Andrew McFarlane, Morgana Davies, Don Hany, Simon Burke
Devil's Playground is a new psychological thriller & sequel to the 1976 Tom Keneally & Fred Schepsi film.The series begins in 1988 and features the character from the original film now grown up, (played again by Simon Burke) a secular confessor to the Catholic clergy who becomes entangled in political and theological intrigue. It stars Jack Thompson, John Noble & Toni Collette. We popped along to the Henrietta Supper Club in Kings Cross to meet and dine with the cast.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another star-studded evening!

 Well almost. You know you are possibly at the smartest shindig in town that night if the inevitable Stenmark Twins are rolled out. The occasion was the launch of some of the most extaraordinary Gin Palaces to hit Sydney. The type that are usually seen moored off Cannes or St Tropez.
Princess Yachts commandeered the sparkling new marina at Rose Bay to show off their latest wares and the punters were not disappointed. Luxury beyond compare, sleek and beautiful and looking very fast. And we did love the idea of plonking the odd Rolls Royce alongside the luxury boats. Or are they ships?
Kris Smith with Laura Csorton and the Stenmark twins        Larry Emdur and Sydney's top caterer Mandy Quinn

Kim Komes to Town


 The Kim Kardashian Circus came to Sydney and the required paparazzi moment was supplied.
Kim and assorted entourage stepped out last night and spent an hour at the new restaurant and bar,  Bar De Thé.

What a coup for them ! It opened quietly less than a month ago in East Sydney and has become a favourite meeting spot for Sydney's smart set.

Final word goes to Foxtel's Melissa Hoyer who was granted an audience with the reality star and received an allotted eight minutes.

And eight was what she got. Not a second more or a second less.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Peter & Hugh's Goodbye to Joan

 One little fact unreported about Joan Rivers' star-studded funeral- as she wanted it to be- was the song she was finally bade goodbye with that brought tears as well as applause to her last exit. The late Australian singer Peter Allen was a good friend of Joan's and each would go to see their respective shows in whatever city their paths crossed. Indeed the Shuttle who worked with Peter in London recalls Joan turning up to see Allen sing on three occasions when he appeared at a club called Madisons in Camden Lock.
And so Hugh Jackman who portrayed Allen in The Boy From Oz bicycled to Joan's farewell to sing the song Peter originally wrote about the late Judy Garland : Quiet Please There's a Lady on Stage.
Here is Peter's original recording of that song.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

'Aussie' Champagne Great Dies

Nicholas Feuillatte the man behind France's top selling champagne has passed away at the age of 88.
Born in Paris, Feuillatte divided his time between a Parisian townhouse, a Rushcutters Bay penthouse in Sydney and a grand villa in Morocco.  He first made a fortune selling coffee in the USA and in 1976 he took command of his family’s 12-hectare Champagne vineyard at Domaine de Bouleuse, in the Ardre Valley and began to produce the Champagne bearing his own name.
It is the number one selling Champagne brand in France and the third biggest-selling Champagne brand in the world. Due to his well known connections with this country in Paris Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne is dubbed "the Aussie champagne".
                                                    And he partied with the jet-set including Princess Diana, Lauren Bacall and Jackie Onassis who were all good friends. One close friend from New York found Nicholas' Moroccan villa to be the perfect holiday hideaway where she could hang out in peace-Great Garbo. In Sydney his close friend was the late Lady Sonia McMahon.

Party Of The Month

  Catalina Restaurant in Rose Bay, by the harbour, has now been one of Sydney's most popular eateries for 20 years and owners Michael and Judy McMahon decided to throw a bash. And what a party . Guests were delivered in a fleet of Jaguars, entertainment was by the world renowned trumpeter James Morrison and his big band and most importantly, the Pommery flowed. We think they should have a party every year like this !

right : Ronan Keating and girlfriend Storm 
Uechtritz enjoyed themselves

below : a sure sign of how well Catalina is thought of by fellow top chefs : Neil Perry & Luke Mangan (right) joined the party

Eileen 'Red' Bond had a ball did Tim Storrier and Justin Miller and this couple approved of the bubbles!

Vale the Queen of Comedy


Joan Rivers was in Sydney in 2009 to launch the (then) Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras at a small party at the Hilton Hotel, as seen in our snap here with drag queen Mitzi McIntosh.
A tiny lady, she took time to talk to every guest and was sweet as can be. And she gave an impromptu performance which mainly centered on superstar Tom Cruise. If only we could repeat the jokes- wicked, hilarious and totally unprintable ! That was Joan. Farewell dear lady.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Belvoir Celebrates it's Original Shareholders

above : Geoffrey Rush  Belvoir's original Artistic Director  Neil Armfield and the current one Ralph Myers
He may be  Hollywood Royalty these days but actor Georfrey Rush still finds time to assist local theatre and most especially at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Surry Hills where Rush got his start. Geoffrey was the MC for a special performance on Sunday for around a hundred Belvoir benefactors and original shareholders who clubbed together 30 years ago to get the theatre up and running. After a show that included a number of acts from early performers (one couldn't make it- superstar Mel Gibson) the crew walked down the road to the Belvoir's rehearsal space for a party.

actors at the Belvoir bash : Mike McLeish Julie McGregor and Simon Burke

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How They Party in New York

Well not quite New York City- it's the Hamptons where New Yorkers flee for a break. Shuttle long time associate Patrick McMullan who is the USA's most famous social snapper has a house there and here are a few snaps he took from a star studded last weekend. (that's Patrick in the middle at the right. As you can see he's pretty popular) 
Photographs (c) PMc Patrick McMullan

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hollywood Stars at the Helpmanns

Every year the Helpmann Awards for live theatre in Australia has become a bigger and grander event and this year it did not disappoint.
Held at the Capitol Theatre guests were treated to a two hour extravaganza featuring numbers from the Lion King and Strictly Ballroom and plenty more. And a host if international names turned up from Geoffrey Rush, Baz Luhrmann and Lou Diamond Phillips.
You can read the full list of winners here : but special congratulations must go to the superb new intimate Kings Cross theatre, the Hayes Theatre which opened just 6 months ago. Their production (and the Shuttle watched it from the very back row which has a superb view of the stage) of Sweet Charity, an ambitious feat, picked up three well deserved gongs.

Lisa McCune & Lou Diamond Phillips     Robyn Nevin & Nicholas Hammond   Silvia Colloca & Richard Roxburgh
Andrew Upton                          Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin                  Kelley Abbey & Craig McLachlan
Below : Nancye Hayes with Hayes Theatre Director David Campbell : Sweet Charity

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another Top Nite Spot Opens

 above :Rosie Cramer, Mathew De Groot                   Marni Wood, Michael Brown & Casey Burgess
Kings Cross may be in the doldrums but nightlife in the city itself is thriving with new bars and restaurants opening to cater for the burgeoning apartment blocks that are making inner city living Sydney a vibrant new destination.
Shelley Horton,Henry Roth Zoe Marshall, Steven Khalil
The  CBD’s newest bar and eatery Mr Tipply’s hosted its grand opening last Thursday night – and grand it was! In addition to a delicious selection of canapés designed by executive chef, Elaine Lee, guests were treated an array of sumptuous cocktails designed by internationally recognised head bar tender, Jonathan Coates. Patrons were also given an exclusive first look at the brand new cocktail bar, aptly named The Attic, which sits above the bustling space below. Taking pride of place in CBD nestled on the corner of Kent and Kings streets, Mr Tipply’s is sure to become a favourite watering hole for city-dwellers and visitors alike.

CaseyBurgess                                 Erin Holland                                             Jono Lance & Michael Hodge

Photographs by Dominic Loneragan

Monday, August 18, 2014

Diva Night at the Helpmann Awards

The 2014 Helpmann Awards will be held tonight, not at the Opera House as our pic implies but at the very beautiful Capitol Theatre in Haymarket.
Special guest will be US actor Lou Diamond Phillips.
Awards up for grabs include gongs for some of our fabulously talented female performers in musical theatre.
Below are just some of these terrific actors.
Lisa McCune                                             Katrina Retallick                                          Queenie van de Zandt                          

                  Christine Wheeler Brown                                                  Debora Krizak
                    Caroline O'Connor                                                    Geraldine Turner
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