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Friday, 20 October 2017

Ines Rau, Playboy's first transgender Playmate: PHOTOS + VIDEO

Since Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died in September, so many people - from columnists to the average punter - have written about what Hefner has contributed to the world. Some comments have been kind, some not so much.

One thing is certain - Hef was always been the envelope pusher.

In its 64 years of production, Playboy has done just that.

And now... Meet Ines Rau.

The 26-year-old French model of North African descent has been named Playboy's first-ever openly transgender Playmate.

Here is how Playboy posted about the news and Ines:

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And here is Ines paying tribute to Hef:

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Rau's photo editorial will be featured in the November/December 2017 issue, which will also pay tribute to the late founder on its cover. See that cover below:

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Lisa Wilkinson speaks for first time following departure from 'Today'

Lisa Wilkinson has spoken for the first time following her departure from 'Today'.

The now-former Today show host spoke from the window of her car this morning, as she left her Cremorne home to visit her biggest fan: her 89-year-old mother. Read more here.

“My phone has gone into complete meltdown, but I’m going off to see my mum,” she said.

“She’s very worried and I’m just going to go and let her know I’m OK, in fact I’m more than OK, I’m great.

Lisa Wilkinson: Karl Stefanovic pays tribute + Peter FitzSimons speaks

Following Lisa Wilkinson's shock resignation overnight from flagship Channel Nine show 'Today', her equally shocked co-host Karl Stefanovic has spoken about his "great friend." See video below.

And Lisa's husband Peter FitzSimons has just spoken about his beloved wife, with whom he just celebrated 25 years of marriage, after having renewed vows recently, and coming back from their second honeymoon in Byron Bay.

In radio reports this morning, Channel Nine was said to be "blindsided" by Lisa's decision to walk from the top rating breakfast TV show after contract renewal - and pay - negotiations broke down. In the meeting were said to be Lisa and her manager, and with reports emerging last night that the network could not match her pay to Karl's, she walked. Within less than an hour, Lisa was employed again... by the Ten network. And to the show 'The Project'.

In this report, Lisa's husband FitzSimons has emerged from the family’s north shore home, telling reporters she was recovering after an “extraordinary day”.

“She’s having a lovely sleep in after an extraordinary day, thank you. The best sleep in 10 years,” FitzSimons said.

Her colleague Karl said this morning:

“For 10 years, Lisa has dragged herself out of bed at 3:30 in the morning, fed the dogs and cats, put a load of washing on and came into work to inform you of what was happening in the world,” he said this morning.

“So for now this, thank you. Thank you for the laughs, the sage advice, the calmness, oh, the calmness. And thank you for all of your support. Thank you for being a great colleague. Thanks for being a great interviewer. Thanks for being a great dancer and a truly, truly terrible singer.

Thanks for being a great mum. I know you value that more than anything else and thank you for being a great friend.

“The rest I will leave for when I see you but whatever you do, and wherever you go, you do so having made your mark on this show and on this man.

“Mostly you go with my love, lots of love, all my love. We will see you soon, maybe after midday. Enjoy the sleep-ins.”

Monday, 16 October 2017

Lisa Wilkinson quits 'Today' show

Lisa Wilkinson has quit the 'Today' show today, in news that has just broken.

Yes, it's true.

The move is effective immediately, and was due to wage negotiations.

See below:

Wilkinson has made a shock announcement that she will quit the Nine Network program after 10 years - and will be joining 'The Project'.
She broke the news of her departure in a statement on Twitter, telling viewers she had already had her last day on the breakfast show’s desk.
“I have some news, I’m sad to say that today was my last day on the Today show,” she wrote.
Wilkinson shared a statement from the network, confirming the network had “been unable to meet expectations” in negotiating the star’s contract.
In a statement released less than an hour later, Channel Ten confirmed Wilkinson would be joining the network in a “senior hosting and editorial role effective January 2018”.
Wilkinson will join Ten’s popular news and current affairs program The Project in a hosting role, as well as hosting The Sunday Project.
“Further collaborations between Lisa and Network Ten will be announced in the coming months,” the statement said.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Chandon S Chic Easy: Event Tickets

Chandon has unveiled a chic new experience touring Australia this Spring, transporting guests into the world of Chandon S. A modern take on the traditional speakeasy, the Chandon S Chic Easy celebrates the re-imagination of the classic champagne cocktail in a stylish French setting at iconic locations around the country.

Paying homage to Chandon’s French heritage, the Chandon S Chic Easy experience comes to life in an elegant vintage tram, guiding guests through a range of different stations – from food pairing to cocktail creation, giving them a taste of Chandon S for all occasions. Chandon S is a refreshingly unexpected twist on the classic champagne cocktail. Created following the traditional French methode traditionnelle champagne making process, Chandon S adds a unique twist to the ‘dosage’ – the addition of Australian hand-crafted orange bitters. 

Each Chandon S Chic Easy event will give guests around the country a unique insight into Chandon’s innovative wine-making process and hear the story of Chandon S, discovering more about how the sparking creation came to life. 

The Chandon S Chic Easy will feature a traditional French boulangerie workshop, where guests can craft their own artisanal bread. Bringing to life its distinctive aromatic flavours, a French baker will explain the flavour profiles of the seven ingredients that come together to create the Chandon S bitters.

Chandon’s mixologists will host a cocktail making masterclass where guests will learn how to create the Perfect Serve - the best way to enjoy Chandon S over ice, as well as the Chic Serve, a new cocktail created especially for the Chandon S Chic Easy. Guests will have the opportunity to add their own personal touch to their Chandon S Chic Serve.

As part of the Chandon S Chic Easy, guests can also enjoy a refreshing Chandon S and a leisurely game of pétanque with friends on the Chandon S Lawn. 

Scheduled stops for the Chandon S Chic Easy will include Melbourne (7 and 8 October), Sydney (14 and 15 October at Pyrmont Park), the Gold Coast (21 and 22 October) and Perth (4 and 5 November). Tickets are $45 per person and are available from: https://tickets.myguestlist.com.au/v259910ae9622d9/chandon-s/

For discounted tickets, pop in this code: HandcraftedBitters - and get $15 off the ticket price (so the ticket is only $30!).

For those who are more spontaneous, walk-ins will be able to enjoy The Chandon S Lawn, with food and Chandon S cocktails available for purchase. 

Wanna know more about CHANDON S?

Just as Chandon Australia’s story begins in Champagne, so too does the story of Chandon S. The original Champagne Cocktail recipe was first published in 1862 by Professor Jerry Thomas and combined a lump of sugar with one or two dashes of Angostura bitters in a goblet of Champagne, served over ice with a twist of lemon peel. 

Made from a blend of Chandon sparkling and hand crafted orange bitters, Chandon S reimagines the original Champagne Cocktail over ice for a refreshingly unexpected beverage. The unique bitters flavour in Chandon S was created using seven natural, high quality, local ingredients including blood orange and navel orange peel, gentian root, fresh ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and green cardamom. 

Chandon S is best enjoyed over ice with a twist of orange.  

Website: www.chandon-s.com for more info

Follow the convo on socials: @Chandonaus #ChandonS #ChicEasy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chandonaus

Friday, 6 October 2017

'Wogs At Work': Nick Giannopoulos and Sooshi Mango: TICKETS + VIDEOS

Have you seen 'Wogs At Work' yet?

It's the all NEW show created by the Godfather of wogs, Nick Giannopoulos, the creator of 'Wogs Out Of Work', 'Acropolis Now', as well as the hit movies 'The Wog Boy' and 'The Kings of Mykonos', now featuring the talented guys from Sooshi Mango, who have had over 25 million views online of their hilarious videos, and both of which are Josie's Juice faves.

'Wogs At Work' has been playing all over Aussieland and has received rave reviews. I mean, c'mon: it's a show created by wogs, for wogs, and for anyone who knows a wog... which is EVERYONE.
Here are some clips to give you a taste. We love how Nick explains the whole wog thing: basically, if you've been subjected to racist bullshit over the years in the lovely land of Oz, and have been called a wog (and even if you haven't), then... you're a wog. But a non wog can't call a wog a wog. Got it? 

Get your tickets HERE.

Sydney shows left:

- Friday 6 October, 8pm
- Saturday 7 October, 7pm and 9.30pm
- Sunday 4.30pm

Then West Australia shows:

- Wednesday 11 October, 8pm
- Thursday 12 October, 8pm
- Friday 13 October, 7pm and 9.30pm
- Saturday 14 October, 7pm and 9.30pm

And here is more Nick and Sooshi Mango juice:

CLICK HERE for a recent Nick interview.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Tom Petty: Not Dead. Reports Retracted. Statement here.

In what is reminiscent of the Jeff Goldblum death misreporting, singer Tom Petty has not, in fact, died.

In a report just in, this one, absolutely verified.

For the past few hours we have believed Tom Petty had died. But nope. Alive... not well, but definitely alive. 
Fellow musos Courtney Love, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, and KISS's Paul Stanley were among scores of fans posting remembrances on Twitter, where Petty was the top worldwide trending topic. A memorial was even scheduled for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But the 66 year old entertainer is still alive, and news outlets that announced his death have now retracted their stories. The Walk of Fame tribute was cancelled. Oops!
So, how did the confusion start? With CBS News and the Los Angeles Police Department, where CBS published Petty’s obituary after tweeting that the LAPD had confirmed his death. The trade paper Variety followed, citing an unnamed source confirming the rocker’s death.
Here are some untimely tributes:
After the reports, the LAPD issued a statement saying it has no information on Petty’s condition and that “initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources.”
“We apologise for any inconvenience in this reporting,” the department said. CBS and Variety sites both amended their stories. CBS News also released a statement maintaining that it “reported information obtained officially from the LAPD about Tom Petty.” “The LAPD later said it was not in a position to confirm information about the singer,” the statement said.
The beacon of all breaking news, TMZ, said that emergency crews were unable to find a pulse after a 911 call by his wife from their Malibu home and he was showing no signs of brain activity upon arriving at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. It claimed that his loved ones made the decision to switch off life support a short time later.
TMZ even published audio of the 911 call made by Petty’s wife after she discovered her husband wasn’t breathing. Dana York can be heard telling the dispatcher she needs help because he’s not responding, to which she’s told to kneel down on the ground and give him CPR.
Tom Petty’s daughter also just took to social media to say her father was still alive.
Both CBS and Variety now cite TMZ reporting that says Petty is “clinging to life” after suffering cardiac arrest.
An LAPD spokesman said in an interview that its spokespeople did not respond to any incident involving Tom Petty.
Petty’s manager did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment Monday.
We wish Tom a speedy recovery and hope that those obituaries honouring his wonderful life are not written after all.
Here are some of Tom's most renowned hits:

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Hugh Hefner Dies Age 91

Hugh Hefner has died, age 91.

He was the founder of Playboy.

The iconic personality behind Playboy magazine, passed away Wednesday at age 91, his media company confirmedHugh Marston Hefner was born on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois. He began his publishing career as a copywriter for Esquire magazine before launching Playboy, according to IMDB.

The first issue of Playboy hit newsstands in 1953 and featured a nude calendar photo of Marilyn MonroeSelling for 50 cents a copy and was published without a date in case there wasn’t a second issue, according to CNN.

Here are some celebs who have graced the covers, and below some clips from Hugh including his 'Girls Of The Playboy' mansion show (aka: 'Girls Next Door'):

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Dannielle De Andrea: Australian Performances and 'The Call': INTERVIEW + VIDEOS

Dannielle De Andrea is currently in Australia and rolling out a series of intimate gigs around major capital cities, and this gorgeous and talented woman is a force to be reckoned with.

If you think you've seen Dannielle before, you'd be right!

And she's back in Australia to celebrate her new album titled 'The Call', which is a blend of jazz, soul and folk, and features the song 'High Dreams' (with Larry Goldings on piano), which is the winner of the jazz/soul division of the 'UK Songwriting Contest'.

Written from personal experience, 'The Call' traces Dannielle's relocation from Australia to America, and explores themes of insecurity, heartache, nostalgia and hopefulness.

After a string of performances in New York, Los Angeles, London, Italy and Nashville, Dannielle was dubbed the ‘Aussie Supervoice’ and her live shows are generating a genuine buzz on the international music scene. 
With three top 40 UK soul chart hits under her belt (as Danni'elle Gaha - yep, THIS is where you may remember her, from her days as Danni'elle Gaha), Dannielle’s music has been remixed by the likes of Joey Negro and Roger Sanchez and her vocals have appeared on releases by Sting, Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys. She has performed live with the likes of Jackson Browne, John Farnham, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Ariana Grande, Meagan Trainor and James Brown

Alongside her solo and backing vocal work, Dannielle regularly fronts the popular collective The Song and Dance Society. Dannielle has also collaborated with composer Christophe Jacquelin on the beautiful French project Leaving The Ozone, which featured in the IMAX movie Dolphins and Whales. 
According to Australian music newspaper Drum Media, "Dannielle De Andrea’s smooth and powerful voice ‘could quell riots and romance tyrants...'"
Danielle answered some questions just for Josie's Juice right here, and you can catch her at Venue 505, at 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills.
So, how did Dannielle De Andrea discover her love for singing?
"Well my mum was a dancing teacher and always played the best music at the dance school, in the car and in the house! My father was a drummer and a singer, so it was in the genes. Having said that I never really wanted to sing as a child, I liked it, but it wasn’t my dream to be a singer, all I wanted to do was dance like mum!

"She told me daily to “let the world hear ya darlin’”... she believed in me more than anyone and would get me to sing at the dancing school concerts and shows, so I knew I could and never had the fear of singing in public when I decided thats the career I wanted at 18 (mum was so happy, she even named me after a French singer). I don’t know if I would be singing if she hadn’t believed so much! Truly my inspiration and now I’m trying to get out on that stage to let the world hear me more than I ever have before!"

Talent is one thing, but when was THE moment Dannielle knew she could make a living out of singing?

"I actually auditioned for Glenn Shorrock's “One For The Money” show and got the gig and it started there! But I’ve never had that thing of “I wanna be famous and make a stack of money”.

"I’ve just always loved to sing and perform, since I was little - it’s my therapy. If I don’t do it, I don’t feel right! Making a living out of singing ain’t easy, - if money was the reason I was in it, I would have given up long ago, haha!"

You will recognise Dannielle as one of the Nissan Cedrics. SO, how did that gig pave the way for her career? And do people still recognise her from that?

"I actually had a record deal in the UK with Sony records, before The Nissan Cedrics and Club Buggery. I was the first Aussie artist to break into the dance/soul charts in the UK and had 3 top 3 dance hits with awesome videos, that not many people saw," laughs Dannielle. But mum loved them! I made an album, which never got released, came back to Australia and got the call from the lovely Jamie Rigg, for Club Buggery' (TV show). It couldn’t have come at a better time! I went in for the pilot, met everyone, and Louise Anton and I blended beautifully, and BOOM - the Cedrics were born! That show is still to this day one of the best experiences of my life - we all had so much fun and everyone was just so kind and caring!  There was not a mention who we go to sing on and sing with! 

Like many exceptional Aussie artists, we sadly lost her talent to another country.

"I moved to the US in 2006, for lots of reasons, but mainly I felt I had done all I could here in my own country, after being on what I reckon was one of the best variety TV shows in Oz,  releasing a solo jazz album, touring with John Farnham for 10 years, I kinda wanted to do more and was a bit afraid of staying here, getting on that safety merry go round and becoming a bitter cabaret singer, so I packed my two suitcases, got a visa and over I went, to start again!

"It was so hard, being the newbie, after being so established in my own country, but it was also great to be so free and just start again! What has come from that move has been more than worth it! I fell in love with the greatest guy (married 10 years in December) I have worked with some of the greatest musicians, I only dreamed about and used to read their names in the credits on the back of CD covers, I’ve toured with Jackson Browne, recorded at Capitol Studios,  become a better songwriter, performer and I”m so much more open to all styles of music! I’ve learned a lot about myself, my strengths and those things I still need to work on and no matter where I go, that old mantra in my head of “doing this because I love it” has proved to be so true and what I’m on this planet for! This year has been a big year personally - it’s been tough as I lost my number one support, my gorgeous mum and my Queen, so now I’m putting all my energy into doing what she said daily and “Letting the World Hear Me”.

Booking shows all over the world and just getting there and giving it a go! Feels good, a little scary, but she’s with me, I can feel her, so I have a strength I’ve never had before! Feels like she’s up there being the puppeteer and moving those strings, hahaha!"

So, what is Dannielle most excited about with coming back to visit Oz?

"I love Australia, we really are the lucky country, I love seeing my family and my friends for catch ups, I really love gigging in Oz too with my buddies, nothing has changed. It’s like I saw them yesterday! looking forward to my launch in one more sleep, which is in honour of Mum!

"I’m coming back in December for some more shows outside of Sydney too YAY!

Performers often feed off the energy given by the audience, and it goes both ways of course, where the audience gives positive vibes to the performer.
For Dannielle, the connection is "what it’s about kids..."

She adds that she loves performing live and loves connecting with her audience.

"Telling the story and feeling the audience go on the ride with you, there is nothing like that! 
We just did some acoustic shows in Italy (my gorgeous hubby Kyle and I) the whole audience were Italian and didn’t speak English, I sang my entire album in English and they were all crying! That’s what it’s about! Music is universal and if you can translate that feeling, then I reckon you can’t ask for anything more!

Here are some more ways to get nice and cosy and comfortable with Dannielle, and her signing style:

The End Of Chapel Road live in the studio:

And recording some of the album at Capitol Studios

See Danielle in the flesh on Thursday 28 September - Venue 505, at 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Samuel Johnson: 'The Project' Connie Johnson Tribute VIDEOS

Samuel Johnson.

What does one even say when it comes your love for your late sister, Connie Johnson?

He redefines love, I say.

We all know how much Sammy loves Connie.

But since her death 10 days ago, and fresh off the back of Connie's funeral today, well... it's another level.

Samuel essentially declared himself 'Head of Cancer Vanquishment'.

See his full interview here, in the two clips below:

And here is Sam's new pledge. Get your socks, people:

On a personal note, I love the way Samuel spoke.

On a 'high' after celebrating his sister at her funeral, this man vowed to amp it up ten millions notches, and he WILL. I also saw a raw vulnerability and such beauty in his melancholy and sadness, and his pain and commitment.

On a vastly different level, but understating the pain when you WANT so bad to honour your just passed loved one, I relate to his pain, and applaud his love and dedication to his sister.

Bless him and his nephew and brother in law.

RIP Connie.

Emmys 2017 Red Carpet: VIDEOS + PHOTOS

Emmys! The 2017 Emmys ceremony is underway in the US, and there have been some red carpet stunners.

Here are some video snippets, and below the best of the red carpet looks:

And here is the Emmys red carpet, with loads of photos to feast on (click on the toggle on the top right hand side to enlarge the image, then click left or right to see all the pics):

(*All photos from E! - see more HERE).

Sunday, 17 September 2017

'The Bachelorette' Men: Sophie's Choice(s) PHOTO

Sophie Monk is about to have dibs on 18 men who could become 'the one' for her, in next week's 'The Bachelorette' Australia...  the first time a celebrity has been chosen as the picker and chooser of the hit show.

And, interestingly, eight of the men are in their 20s.

The rest are in their 30s.

Not a bad line up for Sophie, who is 37.

Not that there's anything wrong with that age gap, of course...

And here they all are!

And here is the trailer again:

'The Bachelorette' starts on Wednesday 20 September, on Channel Ten, at 7.30pm.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Miranda Kerr: "It's important to make an effort in your relationship, for each other." VIDEO

Miranda Kerr recently gave an interview with Net-a-Porter's The Edit offering an insight into her  marriage with Evan Spiegel.

"My grandma taught me that men are visual and you need to make a little effort," she told the reporter, "with a wink".
"So when [Evan] comes home, I make sure to have a nice dress on and the candles lit. We make time to have a nice dinner together."
"It's all about balance," Miranda explains. "At work, I'm like, 'We need to do this!' and, 'This needs to happen!' But at home, I slip into my feminine side and empower Evan to be in his masculine."
The "slipping into her feminine" part to Miranda means: "Just be more in my feelings. More gentle, leaning back. It's a nice balance."
And overnight Miranda has further elaborated:

On US show 'TODAY' she shared photos from her wedding to Evan and talked about the heart-shaped crystal she carries with her.

And talks about how

"Well to be honest, I feel it's important to make an effort in your relationship, for each other."

See more here:

Photo: Miranda Kerr Facebook page