They Don’t Call it the Silly Season for Nothing

After another eventful year that saw the Kabuki Boy team work across some the Entertainment Industries biggest, brightest and sparkliest events, we mistakenly thought that December would give us a moment to breath. After all, its almost Christmas, the internet is abuzz with ‘frenzied’ sales, digital snow is starting to fall across blog pages and cars around Australia have started to adorn themselves with reindeer antlers and giant red noses.

But as they say, there’s no rest for the wicked…

So with the team tackling the final few jobs for 2013, rest assured we’re well into planning some big, exciting and innovative new projects set to land with a splash for the first quarter of 2014. Let’s hope that somewhere between now and then we busy little Kabuki Boy elves get to pop a bottle of sparkly, read some terrible Xmas jokes and indulge in way too much sweets.

But until then, James, Maza, Bella and all of us at Kabuki Boy would like to wish each and every person we’ve worked with, spoken to or touched base with a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Joyous Kwanza and above all else, a safe and festive holiday.

And just a final reminder that the Kabuki Boy office will be shut from 20th December and reopen January 6, 2014. Of course if anything is urgent or you need to confirm dates, deliveries or need to discuss any existing or new projects, all our staff can be reached via their email and mobile phones across the break… except Bella, she’s a Pug.    

 

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He’s so hot right now!

Ahhh Fashion, you do keep us entertained. And this week it seems more than usual with Tokyo’s Fashion Night Out sending hordes of fashionistas into Tokyo’s Omotesando Hills to sample, indulge and completely succumb to the cutting edge of Japan’s design aesthetic. And in true Japanese style the lines between fashion, beauty and art blurred significantly with acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami -who previously teamed up with Louis Vuitton- and Shu Uemura launching their 6 Princess collaboration for the 2013 holiday season. Also hitting the Tokyo streets for some fashion fanfare was model turned actress turned Tokyo’s FNO ambassador Ai Tominaga, and a surprise guest in the form of controversial director turned skate-culture creative Larry Clark of Kids and Ken Park infamy.

Meanwhile across the waters, New York is diving head first into Fashion Week with film, music and television celebrities rubbing shoulders with designers, models, fashion buyers and any number of beautiful pseudo-celebrities in a buffet of Spring Collections and Couture genius. Proving its might as a leviathan of fabric and design alchemy this years catwalks will include frocks from the likes of Herve Leger, Sass & Bide, Diane Von Furstenberg, Vivienne Tam, Tory Birch, Betsey Johnson, Michael Kors, Y-3 and Tadashi Shoji to name but a few. And for those who love their reality TV, Project Runway, Victoria Beckham and Rachel Zoe will also be showing off their progeny.

And lets not forget this weeks biggest fashion faux pas courtesy of Russell Brand at the GQ Awards, when he not only reminded the onlookers of a certain German designer’s checkered past, but laid waist to the fashion magazine’s audience and corporate sponsors with typical Brand joviality. The brilliance of Russell Brand is that behind the laughter, no one can see you cringe.

Meanwhile closer to home, David Jones Sydney Store has just unveiled its annual Flower Show lighting up the city store’s windows in a blaze of colour themed The Enchanted Florence, a beautifully realized showcase of nature and shape inspired by the works of fashion icon Florence Broadhurst.

So regardless of your fashion credentials, this is the one week to make sure you look sharp… and stay classy.

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Dude, can you spare some Change?

And if you thought the numbers thrown around on yesterdays highest earning female actors list was impressive, wait to see the figures pulled by the men of the silver screen as Forbes milks its momentary flash of mainstream popularity for all its worth. But even more curious, and slightly more disconcerting than an outdated publication clinging to relevance in the digital age, is the vast chasm of wealth that separates the men from the women. And while equality in the work place remains a hot topic on the social pages in most western realms, it seems Hollywood isn’t looking to buck any trends anytime soon.

But for what its worth ladies, your Top 10 list is far richer in talent and respect than your hairy chinned counterparts.

1. Robert Downey Jr pissed away a fortune once, but older and wiser the Marvel Icon is far, far richer with $75 million under his belt.

2. Channing Tatum can now afford to stuff his own jocks with dollar bills now that he’s bagged $60 million of them.

3. Hugh Jackman proves that nice guys can finish in the top three with $55 million in change to help keep his claws sharp.

4. Mark Wahlberg should really consider hiring a voice coach to help with that whiney little bitch voice now that he’s cleared $52 million.

5. Dwayne Johnson continues his meteoric rise to become a real life cartoon character landing a hefty $46 million.

6. Leonardo DiCaprio has made lazing on super yachts surrounded by topless models cool again. Also cool, a $39 million pay cheque.

7. Adam Sandler is annoying, and makes annoying films that for some reason Americans love; a love worth $37 million.

8. Tom Cruise may have earned $35 million this past year, but that might drop a little once the Cult of Scientology take their cut.

9. Denzel Washington proves that Denzel is worth a whole lot of George Washington’s with a take of  $33 million.

10. Liam Neeson takes out the number ten spot with a cool $32 million. Remains awesome.

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Who’s the highest paid of them all?

Yep, its that time of the year again when Forbes Magazine strips back it’s eroding self-respect to navigate the blurred line between factual journalism and entertainment news by revealing the accountable paycheques of Hollywood’s fairer sex. So lets jump off of the soapbox, into the bandwagon and onto the coattails of Forbes to reveal the juicy, and somewhat surprising, revelations of Hollywood’s most cashed up ladies… and Julia Roberts.

1. Angelina Jolie, despite not appearing in any major role since her 2010 disaster The Tourist, comes in top dog at $33 million.

2. Jennifer Lawrence, aka Hollywood’s latest hit-maker, remains the girl on fire with an impressive haul of $26 million.

3. Kristen Stewart should be able to afford a working personality now that she managed to bag $22 million.

4. Jennifer Aniston‘s plan to cosmetically alter her fiancé into a Brad Pitt look-a-like is $20 million closer to reality.

5. Emma Stone continues her accession to becoming THE geek-girl pop-culture Godette with a cool  $16 million.

6. Charlize Theron was discovered throwing a tantrum in a bank. Now she can buy the bank with a tidy $15 million.

7. Sandra Bullock turns up the heat and defies gravity to blind side the ya-ya sisterhood with a $14 million net.

8. Natalie Portman remains the safe man’s sex symbol with a dangerous on and off screen portfolio of $14 million.

9. Mila Kunis bagged $67,484 per centimetre from toe to head becoming an $11 million woman who is well worth the climb.

10. Julia Roberts. Hmmm, I think she use to be someone…? Anyway JR rounds out the top 10 with $11 million. Go figure?

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21 Jumps from Elm Street to Wonderland aka My Depps of Despair

Champion of the Odd, Colonel of Cool and all-round nice guy Johnny Depp has sparked a speculative media frenzy over his latest interview with BBC Breakfast proclaiming that he is getting closer to quitting the acting game (Gasp!), but that he won’t be “dropping out any second.” (Sigh!) Part of the reason the entertainment media is sitting up and taking note is that the 50 year old teen heartthrob’s comments follow another interview which Depp recently gave to Rolling Stone magazine, where the 21 Jump Street breakout, who in true Depp style, expressed his dismay at the revelation he speaks more words per year from scripts written by other people than verbalizing his own thoughts. “You start thinking about that as kind of an insane option for a human being.”

But don’t lament a Deppless screen just yet as a quick IMDb search reveals that the man whose voice graces such shows as Spongebob Squarepants, King of the Hill and Family Guy has at least seven more films confirmed to carry his acting cred through to 2015, including a new Pirates of the Caribbean film and a rumoured sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

And while it may be too soon to offer a true Depp Retrospective lets take the time to look back at some of Johnny D’s finest films:  Private Resort (1985), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Nick of Time (1995), The Astronaut’s Wife (1999), The Man Who Cried (2000), The Libertine (2004), The Tourist (2010) and The Lone Ranger (2013)… along with 90% of all films directed by Tim Burton.

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A Night to Remember: The 2013 ASTRA Awards

With many a sore head slowly lifting from the pillows of Australia’s talent elite, the 2013 ASTRA Awards can safely say they delivered a night to remember. Hosted by the divinely exquisite  Deborah Hutton, who bought a mean golf swing and ample sex appeal to the main stage, the night rolled out a near perfect blend of humour, emotion and celebratory antics. From a heart felt standing ovation for Life Time Achievement recipient Bill “Mr. Movies” Collins to a hilarious fall from the stage by Luke & Wyatt’s Wyatt, who happened to be dressed in full medieval Armour, to floorboard splintering performances from Baby Animals, Kate Miller-Heidke and Justice Crew… not one person could be seen checking their watch at the grand Sydney Theatre.

But it wasn’t all about the on-stage entertainment as a bevy of eye-candy and fashionistas strut their stuff on the ASTRAs’ red carpet. At the forefront of the pack were none other than Jennifer Hawkins, Megan Gale, Jules Sebastian,  Charlotte Dawson, Kate Peck, the Australia’s Next Top Model Top Ten and Milly & Sui of The Faders who spun the turntable long into the night at the official after party. While representing the men in the fashion stakes were Didier Cohen, Danny Clayton, Alex Perry, Lincoln Younes, Andrew Winter and fan favouite True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello to name but a few.

And let’s not forget the Awards part of the ASTRA Awards with a sampling of the nights big winners. For the full list of winners, check out the official ASTRA Awards page.

Channel of the Year: Fox Footy

Favorite Personality Male: Andrew Winter

Favorite Personality Female: Shaynna Blaze

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor Male: Lincoln Younes

Most Outstanding Performance by and Actor Female: Catherine McClements

Favourite Program International: Kevin’s Grand Design

Favourite Program International Drama: Game of Thrones Season 2

Favourite Program Australian: Selling Houses Australia Season 5

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Red takes Yellow (quietly into the night)

Those crazy Chinese film officials are at it again after the sudden announcement that the smash hit animated feature from Universal, Despicable Me 2 won’t be granted a release. With no real reason given for the banning, its more than likely the film could be clashing with some domestic animated feature, as was the case with The Croods, which was pulled from screens in June when it showed signs of eclipsing the domestic box office and pushing local Chinese produced films into the dark.

But while execs at Universal will be lamenting the loss of ticket sales in what has become a major player in global box office takings, you have to feel slightly remorseful for the Chinese public who have been reading about the films popularity in the local press for the past month, but who are now denied the antics of the films goggled, yellow skinned stars, The Minions as well as the brilliant voice talents of Steve Carell,  Kristen Wigg, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan and Russell Brand. And while some might shrug at China’s heavy handed influence in box office manipulation, imagine if Film Australia decided to ban The Avengers to give The Sapphires a bigger chunk of domestic gross or side-lined Taken 2 in favour of Mental hitting more screens. Sure it would be better for Australian productions – then again, unlike Australian audience, Chinese film goers do actually pay for and enjoy Chinese Films – but it would raise a tsunami of civil unrest.

But it ain’t all bad news for the Chinese denizens with Pixar’s Monster’s University currently slated for a wide release on August 23rd beneath the five star flag. And of course serious animated film buffs can always jump the pond to Hong Kong where a fabled cinematic industry enjoys a blissful, deregulated freedom far removed from mainland politics.

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