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Margot Robbie: Vanity Fair article was ‘really weird’ – video

26 July 2016 5:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Australian actor Margot Robbie describes a Vanity Fair profile of her as a ‘really odd interview’. She is speaking to Carrie Bickmore on The Project on Australia’s Channel 10 TV station on Monday. The Vanity Fair article, written by Rich Cohen, has been accused of being sexist and of patronising Australia

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We're not living in a multiracial television utopia yet. Here's what still has to change | Monica Tan

12 May 2016 11:44 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Waleed Aly winning the Gold Logie was a win for racial diversity on television, but the true measure of change is banality, not superstar exceptions

It’s hard to believe that when The Project invited Waleed Aly to the desk a year ago, it would have been considered a gamble.

Aly has brought gravitas, wit and charm to the show. His monologue segments go viral more often than anything else on the show, and little else in the country. And now he’s clutching the popular voted Gold Logie to prove Australia was, indeed, ready for a Muslim Australian presenter on prime-time commercial television.

Related: I'm thrilled Waleed Aly won the Gold Logie, but the reasons are complicated | Sunil Badami

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Related: Ready for this? Australia's next great teen drama has a largely Indigenous »

- Monica Tan

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Waleed Aly takes Gold Logie and challenges Australian TV on diversity

8 May 2016 2:18 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Project presenter says he is saddened that so few non-Anglo stars have been recognised but there is ‘absolutely no reason that can’t change’

The Project’s Waleed Aly has taken out the TV Week Gold Logie for most popular personality on Australian television and dedicated his win to people “with unpronounceable names like Waleed”.

“Do not adjust your sets … there’s nothing wrong with the picture,” the newcomer to television told the audience at the Palladium Ballroom, Crown Towers, in Melbourne. “I’m sure there’s an Instagram filter you can use to return things to normal.”

Related: The reason News Corp has it in for Waleed Aly? Not sure, sorry

Related: Logie awards 2016: stars of Australian TV walk the red carpet – in pictures

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- Amanda Meade

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Why are the Logies still Australia’s only dedicated television award? | Clem Bastow

6 April 2016 9:34 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

If the current uproar over the Gold Logie nominees proves anything, it’s that we need a proper alternative

Related: Lisa Wilkinson 'too white' for Gold Logie, jokes Karl Stefanovic

The announcement of any awards show’s list of hopefuls is always a fraught occasion, but the nationwide response to this week’s Gold Logie nominees list – among them Sbs’ Lee Lin Chin and The Project’s Waleed Aly – was especially unpleasant.

Related: The reason News Corp has it in for Waleed Aly? Not sure, sorry

We now find ourselves discussing a very silly event as though it were a serious cultural force

Related: The 20 hits and misses of Australian television in 2015

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- Clem Bastow

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TV hosts of The Project forced to act out the news after technical difficulties – video

31 March 2016 10:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore, Peter Helliar and Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald were left to improvise on The Project on Thursday night, after a technical glitch left the hosts without pre-recorded footage. ‘There’s nothing like a failed server to get the heart pumping,’ Tom Whitty, the series’ supervising producer, told Guardian Australia. Aly said: ‘We were just acting on instinct and it was great ... It’s about as much fun as I’ve had on a TV set’

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Round-Up: Mezco’s Chucky Action Figure, Shudder Labs, Hologrid: Monster Battle, Volumes Of Blood Blu-ray / DVD, Haunting At Foster Cabin VOD

31 March 2016 7:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This five-inch Chucky figure from Mezco Toyz doesn’t ship until this fall, but he can be pre-ordered right now. Also in this round-up: an update on Shudder Labs’ 2016 filmmaking programs, gaming details and a trailer for HoloGrid: Monster Battle, Volumes of Blood Blu-ray / DVD info, and Haunting at Foster Cabin‘s VOD debut details.

Chucky Action Figure: Press Release: “Chucky, the homicidal doll who contains the spirit of Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer better known as “The Lakeshore Strangler,” is now a 5-inch action figure, Mezco’s latest edition to its ever-expanding line of Chucky merchandise.

Mezco’s designers have created an all-new sculpt in an all new scale that not only captures the look of Chucky but the very essence of his red-haired menace. Every detail has been captured; from his classic coveralls to his striped shirt. His glistening, insane eyes, his sneering lips, and his shocking »

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Shane Warne snaps at Waleed Aly in awkward interview on The Project – video

10 March 2016 5:49 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

When The Project’s Waleed Aly asks the former spin bowler about his charity, which is being audited, things quickly get awkward. Warne appears hostile, claiming his foundation has done great work and ‘anyone who wants to have a go at us for it can go and get stuffed’. After the interview Warne wrote on Twitter, ‘Disappoints me some journo’s think in an interview being a dick is cool. Tip, if u want people back don’t be inappropriate, arrogant or smug’

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'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Allahu Akbar!': Nazeem Hussain's bogan-Muslim army

28 February 2016 8:09 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Melbourne comedian who is definitely not a host on The Project on what unites extremist Muslims and Australian patriots

Melbourne comedian Nazeem Hussain tells me he’s wearing his one and only “good shirt” (a paisley blue number) as per directions from his manager. One on one he’s more relaxed than his cranked-to-10 onstage persona; he’s thoughtful, funny and generous with a frothy, contagious laugh. Besides having two legs, two arms and a chinful of stubble, he does not look a lick like Waleed Aly.

Related: Comedy festival season 2016: 10 Australian acts not to be missed

They just want to lose their whole Muslim identity. It’s a sad reality but that’s what people do to survive

Related: Laughing in the face of danger: the state of satire in the Muslim world

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- Monica Tan

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Warner Bros. Pictures Releases Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice TV Spots; New Images From 2016 Slate Including Tom Hanks In Sully

11 January 2016 4:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled brand new photos from their upcoming lineup of films hitting cinemas in 2016.

Above is Tom Hanks with director/producer Clint Eastwood on the set of the upcoming film Sully. On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.

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- Michelle McCue

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