Quote of the week: “Both my parents were the biggest supporters of anything we wanted to do. We grew up in such a happy, safe environment where we could really feel comfortable trying to live out this crazy job,” Liam Hemsworth told me as his parents watched on proudly as he schmoozed fans and media on The Dressmaker red carpet at Village Crown Cinemas this week.
Shane Jacobson feared for his life filming a racing segment for Go television show Manspace, which he co-hosts with Dan Anstey. The popular actor (Oddball, The Dressmaker) was badly shaken and checking for broken bones when his single racer buggy flipped a number of times. He’s thankfully okay.
Delta Goodrem owns two cats but has joked they are no inspiration as she continues rehearsal for her role as Grizabella (can’t wait to hear her sing Memory) in Cats the Musical which opens in Melbourne in December. “All my cats want to do is snuggle,” says Goodrem.
The historic Rivoli Cinema is holding a gala party to commemorate 75 years this Sunday. The event will screen the new Cate Blanchett film Carol, which has already attracted Oscar buzz. The Camberwell cinema has retained its rich art deco heritage and stunning style and decor over the years, screening both mainstream and art-house releases.
Aussie romantic/comedy Alex and Eve premiered at the Greek Film Festival with Richard Brancatisano (ex Home and Away) securing significant attention from the ladies on the red carpet and at the after-party at the Astor Theatre.
The LA based actor, who has the lead role in the film that sees a Greek boy fall in love with a Lebanese girl, told me that he’d just been advised his US series on the ABC, Chasing Life, had been axed after two seasons. He appeared to have taken the news well, already optimistically looking to the future and new projects.
Spotted: Once burly British chef Ian Curley (The European, Kirk’s Wine Bar) scampering across the racecourse to serve lobster and caviar as Melbourne Racing Club’s consulting chef, looking refreshingly lean. How has he lost those kilos?
Performer Rob Mills has apologised for having to postpone his cabaret show Surprisingly Good due to illness ( pharyngitis) but confirmed that the show will go on this Saturday at Chapel off Chapel. He’s also just announced he will “grow the mo” for charity Movember. He’s a good guy, that Millsy.
Young singer Harrison Craig disappeared overseas for four months and has hit the social scene running on his return. He told me at the Caulfield Cup that he’s been writing songs and collaborating with some incredible artists whilst also staying with mate Seal. He popped up at the Trewarne Jewellers boutique opening in Collins Street, days later.
Spotted: Ryan Maloney celebrating with friends and cast mates at Cecconi’s after notching up twenty years on the soap Neighbours.