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MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 ENTERTAINMENT 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA HERALDSUN.COM.AU MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 NEWS 09 V2 - MHSE01Z01MA City ban on circus animals IAN ROYALL MELBOURNE is set to join 45 other councils around Australia in banning exotic circus animals within its borders. Councillors will review a proposal tomorrow to voice the citys opposition to nondomesticated animals, such as elephants, monkeys, lions and tigers. While Melbourne hasnt hosted many circuses featuring wild animals in recent years, Councillor Rohan Leppert said it was time the city declared its official position. The proposed ban comes as council officers push to ensure the welfare of animals involved in public events across the city. The move aims to force any event that requires a permit to assess the welfare of the animals involved. About 30 events each year fall into this category and include small festivals that may have farm animals for children. The new rules would also apply to the Melbourne Cup Parade, run by the Victoria Racing Club through the streets of central Melbourne. Tall order for tower A PROPOSAL for a $90 million apartment tower at Southbank faces council rejection after the application exceeded height limits for the area. Plans for the original development, 88 Queensbridge St, were given the green light by the planning minister two years ago. But an amendment from the developer, Decent Place, to make the building taller has hit a road hump at Town Hall. Melbourne council officers say the 61-storey tower is too high at 195m well above the recommended 160m limit. A report to be reviewed by councillors tomorrow also raises concerns about overdevelopment of the triangular site on Queensbridge St, near City Rd. Thor star Chris Hemsworth lends his voice to a Tourism Australia advert. ADVERTISEMENT Authorised by S. Frost, 104 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Liberal Party Preselection House of Representatives Applications are invited from Members of the Liberal Party seeking endorsement for the Division of Goldstein in the House of Representatives at the next Federal Election. Applications for endorsement must be lodged by 5.00pm, Monday 22 February 2016 with the State Director at 104 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 3000. Application Forms are available by calling 03 9654 2255. ADVERTISEMENT HOLLYWOOD heartthrob Chris Hemsworth was paid $450,000 to voice Tourism Australias 179second advertising campaign and thats his mates rate. Tourism Australia bosses confirmed the six-figure contract included having access to Hemsworth in an ambassadorial role for the entire 2016 calendar year. The Territorian and star of Thor attended GDay USA events in America last month, but no formal calendar of appearances has been agreed upon yet. Tourism Australia managing director John OSullivan told a Senate estimates hearing the $450,000 in taxpayer funds used to lure Hemsworth had generated a whopping $54 million in global publicity in less than two months. We think its a pretty good return on anyones investment criteria, he said. Hemsworths deep, iconically Australian voice booms across the cam paign, which highlights Australias beaches and waterholes. Mr OSullivan said it was critical Australia stepped up its global footprint in one of the worlds most competitive industries. We compete against some 190 countries around the world for the tourist dollar, he said. Some suggested Hemsworths body doesnt feature in the advertisement because it would have been too expensive for the government-funded organisation. But Mr OSullivan said images of iconic Australian tourist destinations had to be the heroes of the campaign. It is understood the contract is far less than Hemsworths going rate. Multiple industry sources claim Hemsworth would have charged more had the advertisement been for a corporate brand. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had developed a good relationship with the actor in the months before he penned the deal. Four Australian acts in running for Grammys COURTNEY Barnett and Tame Impala are among the few Aussies up for gongs at this weeks Grammy Awards. Barnett is nominated in the best new artist category against James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor. The nod tops a stellar few months for the Melbourne singer, who was crowned Australias best female artist and best breakthrough artist at last years ARIA awards. Perth band Tame Impala, who also bagged five awards at the ARIAS for their second album Currents, are up against Alabama Shakes, Bjork and others for the Grammy in the best alternative album category. The other Aussies nominated for Grammys are Keith Urban for best country solo performance for his song John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16, and Melbourne future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote in the R&B performance category for their song Breathing Underwater. Taylor Swift and rapper Kendrick Lamar dominate the list of nominations for this years awards. The 58th Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday (Tuesday Northern Territory time). Murdoch, Hall plan Fleet St nuptials LONDON: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former supermodel Jerry Hall will hold a marriage celebration next month at St Brides Church on Londons Fleet Street, the spiritual home of British journalism. The 84-year-old executive chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox Inc and Hall, 59, announced their engagement last month in a classified advert in the Times newspaper, one of the papers his group owns. The couples nuptials will be celebrated on March 5 at the historic church, famed for its wedding-cake spire and designed by Christopher Wren, who was also responsible for the nearby St Pauls Cathedral. He will be having a service to celebrate the marriage, Claire Seaton from St Brides told Reuters. She said the actual wedding ceremony would take place elsewhere. The three-times-married media tycoon and Hall, the former longtime partner of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, became engaged in Los Angeles, where they had been attending Hollywoods Golden Globes awards ceremony. Mr Murdoch divorced his third wife, Wendi Deng, a former executive at Murdochowned Star TV in China, in 2013 after 14 years, saying their marriage had been irretrievably broken. Hall was married to Jagger for more than 20 years but in divorce proceedings in 1999 the British musician claimed they were never legally married. There was no immediate comment from Mr Murdochs spokesman, but Britains Guardian newspaper said the couples former partners were not expected to attend. Among the 150 or so guests would be Robert Thomson, News Corps chief executive, and Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of his British media arm, the paper said. St Brides link with journalism dates back centuries. Manilow on mend after double dose of surgery WASHINGTON: Barry Manilow is out of surgery and doing well, according to his publicist, after the singer was rushed to Los Angeles following a performance in Memphis because of complications from emergency oral surgery. The 72-year-old, known for hits Mandy, Cant Smile Without You, Could It Be Magic and Copacabana, had performed a show in Memphis on Wednesday as part of his One Last Time One Last Tour. His next two concerts were cancelled and are being rescheduled. His doctors report that the surgery was successful and they expect no further compli cations, said an emailed statement from Manilows publicist, adding that he had been instructed not to talk or sing for the next 48 hours. Barry thanks everyone for their well wishes and concern, it said. On Thursday, a statement posted on the singers website and Facebook page said he had been rushed back to Los Angeles due to complications from emergency oral surgery that Manilow had on Monday. It said it was not clear if Manilow, whose latest album My Dream Duets is nominated for a Grammy Award, would attend Mondays ceremony in Los Angeles. Blanchett in mix for a fourth BAFTA success LONDON: Hollywoods finest are set to descend on London this weekend as Australian actress Cate Blanchett vies for another prestigious BAFTA trophy for her role in Carol. Blanchett has been nominated for the Best Leading Actress gong at the British film awards alongside Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, Dame Maggie Smith for The Lady in the Van, Rooms Brie Larson and Brooklyns Saoirse Ronan. The Aussie star, who is up for a coveted Oscar at the Academy Awards later this month, is already a three-time BAFTA winner. She first won the award in 1999 for her leading role in Elizabeth. Blanchett won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role gong in 2005 for The Aviator and won the Best Leading Actress BAFTA again in 2014 for Blue Jasmine. There is a lot of expectation on British stars at Sundays awards. American stars picked up almost all the top honours last year, with only Eddie Redmayne flying the flag for Britain by winning Best Actor for The Theory of Everything. He is up for the honour for a second year in a row, for The Danish Girl, while heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio will be hoping to continue his triumphant awards season tour for his role in The Revenant.
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