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16 ENTERTAINMENT TUESDAY JANUARY 6 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Diviner intervention is Aussie coup for Crowe SYDNEY: It turns out Wolf Creek 2 serial killer Mick Taylor and the combined star wattage of Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman were no match for Russell Crowe at the Aussie box office in 2014. It took just six days for the Oscar-winners directorial debut The Water Diviner to become the most successful Australian film of last year, raking in $5.68 million following its Boxing Day release. It was a close call. The Water Diviner narrowly beat out another war movie The Railway Man which earned $5.55 million of its $7.3 million gross during 2014 (it also released on Boxing Day, but in 2013). Horror sequel Wolf Creek 2 took $4.73 million. Universal Pictures Australia managing director Mike Baard and Entertainment One head of distribution Sandie Don said they were delighted Aussie audiences had embraced the film. Its that time of year when people are thinking about the future, and The Water Diviner reminds us of the possibility of hope, they said yesterday. It is so fitting in the year that we remember the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, that all Australians have a film which transports audiences to that time and place, but does so with a fresh perspective and such a positive and uplifting message which is relevant today. Crowe directs and stars in The Water Diviner as a father who travels to Turkey years after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and find his three missing sons. We wish ... this celebrity dream team would be epic MELBOURNE: Network Ten is apparently having a wee bit of trouble convincing celebrities to subject themselves to food rationing, creepy crawlies and certain humiliation on Im A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! Sophie Monk is rumoured to have already turned down an offer to battle it out with other celebrities in the South African jungle. Here is our dream cast: 1. LAURINA FLEURE Laurina, we miss you. Sam Frost may have nabbed the Bachelor bling (a sparkler worth a cool $58,000), Louise Pillidge snared the man himself, but the #dirtystreetpie hater won our hearts. The fashion boutique owner dislikes discussing vanilla and beige things, jazz hands and substandard pastries. She had the presence of mind to fix her hair mid-sky dive during a date with Blake Garvey because she couldnt handle the thought of looking ridiculous and dishevelled simultaneously. 2. JACQUI LAMBIE OK, we know this cant happen while Lambie is busy with her duties as a Tasmanian senator. But we can wish, right? Regardless of whether you agree with Lambies politics, she is undeniably feisty and, as my mum would say, has more front than Myer. 3. DEAN RAY The guy who should have won The X Factor would provide the broody, tortured rocker factor. He could sing a tune or two plus it would be interesting to see how Ray would fare without tight-fitting pants. 4. JOSH THOMAS For the laughs, of course. Thomas show Please Like Me rated poorly here but is generating buzz in the US. It was even nominated for an International Emmy last year. We do like you Josh and want to see you more. 5. BRYNNE EDELSTEN Deep in the jungle, if it were Brynne versus Gabi who would win? Geoffrey Edelstens former wife has remained unfailingly classy when asked about her ex-husbands new 25-yearold fiance, Gabi Grecko. Brynne says she isnt interested in a public spat with Grecko, who has accused her of desperately clinging to the Edelsten name. Would Edelsten have the strength of character to maintain such a mature attitude if deprived of sequins, fake tan and heels? Edelsten is a reality TV regular, appearing on Celebrity Splash, Dancing With The Stars and her own show, Brynne: My Bedazzled Life. 6. GABI GRECKO To enable the above mentioned showdown. And to see what attire she deems jungle appropriate (last month she took a naked stroll in Melbournes central business district). And how she copes without Instagram. 7. MARK HOLDEN Mark Holdens injected a touch of crazy, some would argue creepy, into Dancing With The Stars when he performed his infamous clown dance. The 60-year-old would provide just the right amount of weird to the show. 8. KEVIN RUDD No doubt our former prime minister would drive fellow celebrities nuts by wanting to be the boss of everything and be super sweary to boot. Dont you remember the Happy Lit tle Vegemite video message that surfaced on YouTube three years ago? Rudd would fume at fellow celebrities perceived incompetence and would probably scoff at anyone elses advice. He would toil well into the early hours of the morning while the other weak suckers slept. He was Kevin 24/7, right? We can also imagine the Ruddster thinking that he looks rad in a daggy safari suit. 9. SHANINA SHAIK An Aussie Victorias Secret model. Enough said. 10. SHANE WARNE Warnie is hoping to relaunch his undies line. No doubt Im A Celebrity ... Get Me Outta Here! would provide a welcome publicity platform to flaunt his jocks. Im A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! is due to launch next month. Wilson feeling heat on Pitch Perfect sequel Bada$$ rapper charged with punching guard SYDNEY: Rebel Wilson says the summer shoot of Pitch Perfect 2 was nothing less than brutal. The 28-year-old Aussie said they wanted the sequel to top the 2012 hit flick a hilarious comedy about an all-girl a cappella singing group. We wanted to do it for the fans and make it a more awesome movie than the first one, so we filmed in Louisiana in the summer where its over 35 degrees every day and 100 per cent humidity, she says. It was brutal. In Pitch Perfect 2, Wilsons Fat Amy and the other members of a cappella group the Barden Bellas are the underdogs again, but in a whole new competition the world championships of a cappella. And it wasnt just the singing and dancing that Wilson tackled this time around. I also did all my own aerial stunts in the second movie, so Im relieved its over and relieved I got to see the finished product, she says, adding that producer and star Elizabeth Banks showed her a cut. Its brilliant, Wilson says. I think we crushed it. Pitch Perfect 2 opens in Australian cinemas on May 7. BRISBANE: Bada$$ by name, Bada$$ by nature. Such is the case of US rapper Joey Bada$$, who has allegedly assaulted a security guard at the Byron Bay Falls Festival in NSW. The 19-year-old was making his way to the stage on Friday when he was stopped by a 20-year-old security guard who asked to check identification. Bada$$, 19, allegedly punched the guard in the face, breaking his nose. Police arrested the rapper when he finished his performance. Bada$$, whose real name is Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and was bailed ahead of a court appearance set for March 19. Director Russell Crowe on the set of The Water Diviner Pitch Perfect 2s Rebel Wilson By CARIS BIZZACA Joey Bada$$1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 9
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