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Gold Logie winner Samuel Johnson joined on stage by Molly Meldrum – video

Samuel Johnson wins the Gold Logie for the best personality on Australian television for his starring role in the miniseries Molly – bringing the real-life Molly Meldrum to join him on stage. The actor describes the experience as surreal and hallucinogenic: ‘It was like a crazy rainbow heart explosion thing’

• Samuel Johnson wins Gold Logie for Molly – then Meldrum ambushes speech

• Logies 2017: stars of Australian TV on the red carpet – in pictures

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Samuel Johnson wins Gold Logie for Molly – then Meldrum ambushes speech

Countdown host takes over microphone and stumbles through a rambling and expletive-laden story

The actor Samuel Johnson won the TV Week Gold Logie on Sunday night for his portrayal of the Countdown host, Molly Meldrum, in the eponymous television miniseries.

But his moment of triumph was overshadowed by a rambling, expletive-laden speech from Meldrum, who ambushed his acceptance speech.

Related: Logies 2017: stars of Australian TV on the red carpet – in pictures

And the Best Actor Award goes to... Samuel Johnson for his incredible portrayal of Molly Meldrum #TVWEEKLogies pic.twitter.com/7QSJA0Qzsh

I think @CaseyDonovan won the Logies. Extraordinary performance. Hope it translated to TV. #logies2017

Related: Molly Meldrum miniseries review – a surprisingly affecting tribute to man behind the hat

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'Hacksaw Ridge' dominates the AACTAs

Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge.. . Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th Aacta Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. . Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor. . .I need to thank Australia for making this film,. said Gibson in his acceptance speech. . He praised the "homegrown" film.s cast and crew, .the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.. . .I.m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,. Gibson said. .I.m honoured to receive this.. . . The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the Aacta Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall. . Odessa Young
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'Hacksaw Ridge' sweeps the AACTAs

Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge.. . Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th Aacta Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. . Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor. . .I need to thank Australia for making this film,. said Gibson in his acceptance speech. . He praised the "homegrown" film.s cast and crew, .the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.. . .I.m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,. Gibson said. .I.m honoured to receive this.. . . The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the Aacta Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall. . Odessa Young
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Star-studded lineup to help celebrate 50 years of Play School

This year, Australia.s longest running children.s series, Play School, celebrates 50 years on air. To mark the occasion, ABC Kids has enlisted some famous faces to join with Big Ted and Humpty Dumpty to host a special series. Entitled Play School Celebrity Covers, the mini-episodes will feature a lineup of popular Australian personalities, actors and musicians turning their hand to being a Play School presenter, either performing a song or reading a story. Daily episodes will air from July 4 on ABC Kids, as well as on iview. Featuring in Play School Celebrity Covers are: Adam Goodes, Annabel Crabb with Leigh Sales, Architecture in Helsinki, Benita Collings with Don Spencer, Bernard Fanning, Carrie Bickmore, Costa Georgiadis, Dami Im, Dan Sultan, Delta Goodrem, Emma Wiggle, Guy Sebastian, Hamish and Andy, Jeremy Fernandez, John Hamblin, Josh Thomas, Kate Ceberano with her daughter Gypsy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Kurt Fearnley with Rachael Coopes,
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Samuel Johnson quits acting to focus on campaigning for cancer research

Star of the Molly miniseries issues impassioned plea for science and says he wants to ‘be part of the push to solve cancer once and for all’

Samuel Johnson, the star of Molly, has announced his retirement from acting to focus on cancer research advocacy.

Johnson wrote about his decision in an emotional and intensely political Facebook post on the page of his charitable cancer foundation, Love Your Sister.

Related: Molly Meldrum miniseries review – a surprisingly affecting tribute to man behind the hat

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Seven unveils new channel 7Flix

Channel Seven has unveiled its new channel, 7Flix, which promises "movies to fall in love with", "big shows that you can't get enough of" and "stories that make you feel great"!

Beginning February 28, 7Flix will feature an assortment of popular TV shows such as Seinfeld, and movie perennials such as Pretty Woman and Love Actually.

Seven's answer to Channel Nine's successful 9Life channel, 7Flix was announced during the broadcast of Molly, the network's Samuel Johnson-starring biopic of Molly Meldrum.
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Seven unveils Jessica Mauboy drama

Jessica Mauboy will star in a new Australian family drama series for the Seven Network, which also unveiled local versions of three entertainment formats including a dating show from the creators of Married at First Sight.

These were among the highlights of Seven.s 2016 slate announced today as director of network programming Angus Ross said, .We are launching more new Australian shows next year than ever before..

Screentime is producing The Secret Daughter, which will star Mauboy as a part-time country pub singer who discovers she may be the daughter of a tycoon who has just died.

That leads to a confrontation with the man.s son and sees her character torn between the worlds of the haves and have-nots.

Screen Australia is investing in the series, which was developed specifically for The Sapphires star and will go into production next year with Greg Haddrick and Bob Campbell as executive producers.
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Mushroom re-enters film distribution

Michael Gudinski.s Mushroom group is re-activating its theatrical distribution arm, kicking off with the documentaries Unity and Heaven Adores Us.

Writer-director Shaun Monsoon.s Unity explores the themes of love, tragedy and hope as it examines humanity.s impact on the world.

The cast of 100 narrators includes Ellen DeGeneres, Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Aniston, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Spacey, Helen Mirren, Amanda Seyfried, Rose Byrne, Minnie Driver, Missy Higgins, Moby, Olivia Wilde, Phil Donahue, Portia de Rossi and Susan Sarandon.

Mushroom Distribution has booked 21 cinemas and the limited season begins on August 12 in a simultaneous worldwide release.

The venues include the Jam Factory, Cinema Nova and Rivoli in Melbourne; Event Cinemas George Street, Palace Cinemas Leichardt and the Chauvel in Sydney; Palace Centro in Brisbane; Palace East End in Adelaide; and Cinema Paradiso in Perth. A New Zealand season will follow.

Mushroom.s Kate Gudinski decided to buy the rights for
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Wentworth, Devil's Playground lead Astra noms

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Wentworth and Devil.s Playground have dominated in the 2015 Astra nominations, between them securing all nominations in the acting and Australian drama categories.

More than 30 Australian subscription channels have been shortlisted as finalists across the 17 Astra categories (finalists for Channel of the Year are announced separately).

This year, for the first time, a number of professionals from wider creative industries joined subscription television executives in the judging process. The result is a diverse range of nominations (for instance, in the Most Outstanding Reality Program category, Aussie productions The Real Housewives of Melbourne is nominated up against Outback Coroner and Afl football show The Recruit, as well as Us programs Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush) while, for the first time, community channel Aurora has earned its first Astra in its 20-year history.

.The finalists announced today represent the best content on Australian television,. Astra CEO Andrew Maiden said in a statement released to media.
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Ah, Countdown. My weekly dose of fantasy | Myf Warhurst

Like half the performers, the audience seemed to have no idea what they were doing there. But everyone had great hair

Prince Charles gives Molly Meldrum a royal ragging over Countdown interview

On Sunday nights at 6pm, for most of my childhood, our family would gather in front of the TV to watch Countdown. All four ratty kids would fidget incessantly, yelling at each other to “shaddup”, before settling down to inhale the latest music clips and live performances.

I would marvel wide-eyed and dream of dancing along like the teenagers in the studio audience, who usually looked slightly confused, as if they’d been bussed in from a nearby shopping centre to make up the numbers on the promise of a free bag of mixed lollies. Like half the performers, the audience seemed to have no idea what they were doing there. But everyone had great hair.

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Prince Charles gives Molly Meldrum a royal ragging over Countdown interview

Heir to the throne recalls disastrous 1977 TV interview, saying while there are warnings not to work with animals or children no-one prepared me for Molly Meldrum

Prince Charles has poked fun at Molly Meldrum in a segment of a new ABC series marking the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of music show Countdown.

Recalling a disastrous 1977 interview with Meldrum, the Prince of Wales said that while there are warnings not to work with animals or children no-one prepared me for Molly Meldrum.

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Prince Charles Comically Recalls the Worst Interviewer He Ever Faced

Prince Charles Comically Recalls the Worst Interviewer He Ever Faced
Up for watching a royally awkward interview? Let's go back to a notorious day in 1977, when Prince Charles endured the strangest encounter with an Australian TV presenter named Molly Meldrum. Charles, then in his late 20s, was appearing on the popular show Countdown. But Meldrum, the host, couldn't seem to get his act together - flubbing his introduction of Charles over and over, and getting increasingly agitated. To help celebrate Countdown's 40th anniversary, Charles, 65, recorded the new video below, in which he comically roasts Meldrum, now 71, for his breakdown - though the new interview with Charles, displaying his sense of humor,
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Film Victoria supports eight projects

Film Victoria is investing $1.14 million in three features and five TV projects through its new assigned production investment program.

Combined these projects will create employment for around 400 creatives, cast and crew and generate an estimated $11.8 million in production expenditure in the State, according to CEO Jenni Tosi.

.Under our assigned production investment program, which came into effect in July, Film Victoria.s equity, copyright and recoupment position is assigned to the producer, giving screen production businesses access to an increased level of returns and a greater financial capacity to develop new ideas and expand their output,. she said.

.The diversity of projects in this round reflects the significant production activity taking place in Victoria right now . activity that is being driven by our talented local screen practitioners." The projects are: Downriver, Happening Films Jannine Barnes, producer Grant Scicluna, writer/director

The plot follows a teenager, James (Reef Ireland) who serves
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Screen Australia greenlights 12 projects

The ailing screen production sector is set to get a major boost with more than $80 million worth of films, TV dramas and a documentary receiving funding from Screen Australia.

The agency is investing more than $12 million in four features, four adult dramas, two children.s dramas and a theatrical doc. In addition Scroz is providing completion funding to sex comedy The Little Deaths, writer-director Josh Lawson.s feature debut.

The projects include a Blinky Bill animated movie, a comedy set during the Cronulla race riots, the long-mooted Molly Meldrum TV drama and The Principal, the first drama commissioned by Sbs since Better Man.

.We have backed some of our great contemporary writers, directors and producers, alongside some exciting new voices, . said Screen Australia head of production Sally Caplan.

.The projects target audiences as diverse as Australia is today, with projects which are ambitious, risk-taking and culturally important, revealing we have
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Why Is British Music Going Down A Storm Down Under?

Why Is British Music Going Down A Storm Down Under?
While the British teen market singlehandedly keeps Neighbours on the map long after many of its homegrown viewers abandoned the Aussie soap, it seems that this trade in entertainment culture is not all one-way.

The Independent reports that British music – by which, inevitably, I mean pop and sort-of rock – is doing so well Down Under that the British Phonographic Industry is organising a trade mission to those shores, banking on the fact that the 22% of the Australian music currently belonging to UK artists can be exploited and increased. (Read more here...)

Adele is one of the British artists to enjoy equal success in Australia

So why is British music doing so well in this far-off land? As of recent times, a lot of credit must go to those two pop bookends Adele and One Direction, with Adele’s 21 album going 13-times platinum in Australia, and the cherubic quintet stopping traffic
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5 Impressively Nasty Comments Elton John Made About Madonna This Weekend

There’s only one diva big enough to publicly take on Madonna, and Elton John really went for the protruding jugular while discussing the Mdma singer during an interview with Australia’s Sunday Night host Molly Meldrum yesterday. “If Madonna had had any common sense, she would have made a record like Ray Of Light, stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly,” he rants. The fact that is by far the nicest thing he has to say about Madge during the entire segment is pretty telling. Touching on everything from Madonna’s on-going tour problems to her beef with Lady Gaga, the “Yellow Brick Road” singer had a number of choice things to say about Madge, comments that the rest of us wouldn’t even mumble under our breath lest we want a stiletto heel slashing our faces.
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'Madonna's Career Is Over'

'Madonna's Career Is Over'
Sir Elton John is convinced Madonna's career will be over after her current tour.

The Material Girl is currently performing shows across the world as part of her Mdna tour and Sir Elton turned the air blue during an Australian TV interview when he jumped to the defence of Lady Gaga, his son Zachary's godmother, over claims the singer copied Madonna's music.

Elton John says Madonna's career is over

He tells music mogul Molly Meldrum on Australia's Sunday Night show, "Why is she such a nightmare? Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn't happen to a bigger c**t...

What would Madonna say?

"If Madonna had any common sense she would have made a record like Ray Of Light and stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly.

"But no,
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Fox Sports wins channel of the year at the Astra Awards

Tim Winton.s cloudstreet and Selling Houses Australia Extreme were among the homegrown programs that did well at the Australian Subscription Television Awards last night in Sydney but Molly Meldrum stole the show when he presented Fox Sports with the award for channel of the year.

Showcase's cloudstreet won three awards, being for most outstanding drama, most oustanding performance by a female actor for Kerry Fox and best new talent for Lara Robinson. David Wenham was the third Australian actor recognised on the night: for his performance in TV1's Killing Time.

The Lifestyle Channel.s Selling Houses Australia Extreme was honoured in the section voted for by subscribers, winning the category for favourite local program and earning resident property expert Andrew Winter the crown for favourite male personality. Another Lifestyle personality, Donna Hay, was presented with the equivalent award for women.

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Molly Meldrum: 'I tried to break out of hospital after accident'

Molly Meldrum: 'I tried to break out of hospital after accident'
Molly Meldrum has said that he tried to escape from the Epworth Hospital following his serious accident. The entertainer spoke to Seven Network journalist Jennifer Kite in his first television interview since a life-threatening fall in December. Following a month at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, he was moved to the Epworth for further treatment. Meldrum, who jokingly compared the hospital to his "Alcatraz", said: "I thought, 'My God, what's happened here, who are all these people?' "I looked out of the window of the room I was in at the Epworth, and there was the McG all lit up and [the] Aami stadium. I thought, 'Oh my God, there's a game on!' So I started getting dressed, and a nurse came in and said, 'What are you doing, Mr Meldrum?' "I said, 'Well, I'm going to the footy, or whatever's going (more)
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