Ellen Degeneres is coming to Australia for the first time.
The talk show host, who is married to Australian actress Portia de Rossi, made the announcement during filming of The Ellen Degeneres Show in LA this afternoon.
“So, I am actually for the first time in my life going to Australia. I’m going in March and I’m going to shoot a bunch of stuff in Melbourne and Sydney. We’re going to do tape pieces and meet the fans and hang out,” she said during a segment with surprise guest Nicole Kidman.
Ellen also revealed that each audience member would receive airfares and six nights’ accommodation for their own Australian holiday.
Unlike Oprah Winfrey’s Australian visit in 2010, there will be no full episodes of The Ellen Degeneres Show filmed locally. However, segments will be filmed in Sydney and Melbourne to be featured in future episodes.
1. Australian actors Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jacki Weaver have all received nods in the 85th Academy Award nominations, released today.
Jackman, who hosted the ceremony in 2009, has been nominated for the first time for his portrayal of reformed prisoner Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. His competition for the Best Actor gong includes Bradley Cooper, Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Watts’ performance in The Impossible, set during 2004 Thailand tsunami, has earned her a place in the Best Actress category, while Weaver received her second Best Supporting Actress nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, in which she plays the mother of a bipolar sufferer.
You can see the full list of nominees here. All will be revealed on 24 February – if the suspense is too much, why not distract yourself with this gallery of red carpet fashions from last year’s ceremony?
3. Destiny’s Child, the nineties pop group who gave us Bootylicious and Independent Woman, have reunited for the first time in almost a decade.
Band member-turned-solo-superstar Beyonce Knowles (of Single Ladies fame) announced the news on her website.
“I am so proud to announce the first original Destiny’s Child music in eight years! – Beyonce,” she wrote, alongside an image of the trio, including fellow bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (not to be confused with the Michelle Williams formerly of Dawson’s Creek).