1. Which Australian actress is set to play Julia Gillard in a new bio-drama?
The rumours were true, Rachael Griffiths is going to play Julia Gillard in a new bio-drama.
The series will focus on Labor leadership challenges of the Rudd/Gillard Governments. It is being based on Kerry-Anne Walsh’s book, The Stalking of Julia Gillard, and will pay particular attention to the media’s role in the former Prime Minister’s ousting.
And, it’s being produced by the same team who made Hawke and Curtin, so we have high hopes.
The project will most likely hit our screens in 2015.
2. Tom Cruise tells all.
Tom Cruise didn’t see his daughter, Suri, for 110 days after his split from Katie Holmes. That’s just one revelation from the Top Gun star’s recent defamation lawsuit against two US magazines who claimed that he had abandoned his daughter in their coverage of his divorce last June.
In the transcript of his testimony obtained by RadarOnline, Cruise conceded that 110 days was a long time, saying: “It’s not an ideal scene. It’s not an ideal situation.”
Despite their distance, Cruise said that he was able to parent Suri by telling her “wonderful stories” on the phone.
Cruise also hinted that struggles to decide upon custody arrangements also impacted on his absence. He said: “Listen, when there is a divorce — if you look at this also in terms of Suri coming to me and certain agreements that you have, when a divorce occurs thing change. And it’s more complicated, as everyone know when that is, when that occurs, and there are certain agreements; now you have to ask for permission and organize schedules to make things happen.”
Cruise’s case is expected to go to court early next year.
3. One of Australia’s most iconic brands is undergoing some major restructuring…
Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke have resigned as directors of their fashion label Sass & Bide, following Myer’s recent acquisition of 35% of the label (Myer took stock of 65% in 2011).
The duo, who began with skinny jeans 14 years ago built the empire to turnover annual sales of more than $50 million, will now focus their creative energies on the brand, maintaining their executive roles, as well as sitting on an advisory board.