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Glee's Dean Geyer and Code Black Star Jillian Murray Are Married — See Their First Wedding Photo!

Glee's Dean Geyer and Code Black Star Jillian Murray Are Married — See Their First Wedding Photo!
Dean Geyer and Jillian Murray are officially husband and wife!

The entertainers — who got engaged last December — exchanged custom vows in front of 75 of their closest family and friends at a boutique venue in Santa Ynez Valley on Thursday, People can exclusively reveal.

“She is the love of my life,” Geyer said before the wedding. “She is gorgeous, strong, hardworking and always the life of the party.”

“Having my husband write me the most beautiful vos to me and then sing to me later in the evening was the highlight of my entire event,”says Murray. Adds Geyer: “I thought
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Aquarius, eOne to co-produce Stan Original 'The Other Guy' from Matt Okine

Matt Okine.

Filming has begun around Sydney on Stan Original The Other Guy, starring and written by Matt Okine..

The 6 x half hour series joins Wolf Creek, No Activity and stand-up series One Night Stan in the Stan Originals stable.

Based on Okine's own experiences (previously explored in his stand-up show) The Other Guy is the story of a successful radio host who finds himself unexpectedly back in the dating pool for the first time in a decade after discovering his long-term girlfriend has been having an affair with his best friend..

Co-written by Becky Lucas (Please Like Me) and Greg Waters (Soul Mates), the series stars Harriet Dyer (No Activity), Valene Kane (Rogue One), Magda Szubanski (Babe), Christiaan van Vuuren (Bondi Hipsters) and Amali Golden (Australian Idol) in addition to Okine..

Kacie Anning (Fragments of Friday), described by Stan's Chief Content Officer Nick Forward as "undoubtedly one of
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The Bachelor: why do we care so much about this stupid fake show?

In Guardian Australia’s bite-sized TV column, we take aim at Thursday night’s Bachelor finale – and carefully-crafted surprises that still manage to surprise us

#Putoutyourroses, Australia; the Bachelor chose the wrong girl.

That seems to be the consensus anyhow, as the Bachelor Australia’s Richie Strahan shocked reality TV-loving couch potatoes on Thursday night by choosing Alex Nation from Melbourne instead of fan favourite Nikki Gogan from Perth.

Here’S A Poem M8

Roses Are Red

You Chose The Wrong Girl

Love Is Dead

I Hate The World#TheBachelorAU

Noooooooooo #TheBachelorAU

This is actually more of a robbery than 2003 Australian idol #TheBachelorAU #TeamNikki

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ITV Studios poaches Motty

Nine Network Perth MD and network programming executive David Mott has been named CEO of ITV Studios (Itvs) Australia, succeeding Anita Jacoby, who departed in August after two years in the job.

Mott will start in November, reporting to Maria Kyriacou, MD of ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Ray Wardrop, a former Gm of the Seven. Network's Perth channel, will succeed Mott on November 2.

ITV.s slate includes I.m A Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here, which has been renewed for 2016, The Chase and Shaun Micallef.s Mad as Hell.

Augustus Dulgaro, who had been acting CEO, has been given the newly created role of COO, ITV Studios Australia. He will continue as executive vice president, distribution for Asia Pacific for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Mott was chief programming officer at Network Ten from 1997 until 2012 where he commissioned hits such as Big Brother, Australian Idol and MasterChef. He quit after
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Eurovision 2015: Guy Sebastian debuts his song Tonight Again – your reactions

The lyrics of Tonight Again appear to speak of challenges ahead – and with this nu-soul offering, it could be the challenge of all challenges to win in Vienna

Say what you like about the former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian – and many have – but the man is a grafter.

A fortnight after he was announced as Australia’s first (and possibly last) entry to the Eurovision song contest, Sebastian has debuted the song he will take to Vienna in May, a nu-soul track entitled Tonight Again.

I don’t want tomorrow,

Oh baby, tonight’s so good

Tonight’s so good.

This is one tough act to follow.

Oh baby, tonight’s so good.

Forget tomorrow – we can do tonight again.

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Guy Sebastian to star in indie feature

Guy Sebastian will make his acting debut in While It Lasts, a teen drama based on a best-selling novel by American author Abbi Glines.

The Australian Idol winner and former judge on The X-Factor who will represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest, Sebastian will play Krit Corbin, lead singer of a small town rock band who has numerous addictions, including women.

The novel is set in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, where an interconnected group of older teens hook up and break up. The protagonist is Cage York, who looked set for a free ride to college for baseball until a DUI.

His coach orders him to spend the summer baling hay, where he meets uptight, snarky brunette Eva Brooks, whose long-time beau Josh has just been killed along with four other soldiers near Baghdad.

Red Rock Pictures. Gary O.Toole secured the film rights, is
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Guy Sebastian selected to represent Australia at Eurovision

Former Australian Idol winner chosen to be Australia’s first official Eurovision entrant and will automatically qualify for the finals in Vienna

Guy Sebastian will be representing Australia at the 2015 Eurovision song contest. The announcement was made by Sbs Eurovision co-host Julia Zemiro on Thursday morning at the Sydney Opera House. “Apparently we’re part of Europe,” said Zemiro.

Sebastian, the first ever winner of Australian Idol in 2003, has automatically qualified for the contest’s final round, which will take place at Vienna’s Wiener Stadthalle on 23 May and be broadcast live on Sbs in Australia.

Related: Guy Sebastian: Madness review – shedding Mr Nice Guy in Us chart bid

Related: Eurovision: Turkey has whirling dervishes. Spain has flamenco. Australia has bogans | Mark Humphries

Related: Australia joining Eurovision turns the song contest upside down | Stuart Heritage

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Mark Holden was 'possessed' by clown in Dancing With the Stars disaster

Former pop star admits routine on Channel Seven programme went terribly wrong and says he had no idea what he said

Mark Holden has apologised for his disturbing performance in a clown costume on Dancing With the Stars and reassured audiences it was sober Holden who donned the Stephen King-esque costume, insulted the judges, made jokes about swingers and released smoke from his backside.

Holden, a 60-year-old barrister, 70s pop star and former judge of Australian Idol, and his partner, Jessica Prince, were given a score of four on the Channel Seven celebrity dancing program.

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'Born To Dance' Begins Principal Photography

Leading sales agent Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has announced that "Born To Dance," a fresh take on the hip hop dance genre, began shooting on Monday in Auckland, New Zealand.

The feature is choreographed by eight-time World Hip Hop Championships winner Parris Goebel, a faculty member of Monsters of Hip Hop, and recent star in her own right of "Step Up All In."

U.S. bombshell Kherington Payne plays Sasha, the female lead in the multi-million dollar feature. Kherington was propelled to fame with her top ten placing in the hit Us reality show So You Think You Can Dance, which led to a principal role as Alice in the 2009 remake of feature film "Fame." She was also the lead in E! Networks docu-drama The Dance Scene, and was a principal dancer for Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream tour.

"Born To Dance" is a coming of age tale told through the eyes of ‘Tu’, an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip hop dancer. When he is invited to audition for the best crew in the country, and meets their leading lady Sasha, his dreams begin to turn to reality.

Australasian superstar Stan Walker will play the role of Benjy, Tu’s best friend. Walker shot to fame when he won the first season of Australian Idol and has since cemented his stardom with multiple platinum albums, appearing as a judge on The X Factor New Zealand, and a leading role in the 2013 feature film "Mt Zion."

Tammy Davis will direct, following from his award-winning shorts "Ebony Society" and "Sonny, My Older Brother." New discovery Tia Maipi, a member of world championship hip hop crew The Royal Family, will take on his first major acting role playing Tu.

Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post are the post-production partner, while Vendetta Films will distribute in Aus/Nz. Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group begin world sales at the upcoming Afm. Noeltner says:

“We are very excited to be selling this high energy, exotic and incredibly choreographed film to the buyers at Afm. We are confident this will pick up where the Step Up franchise left off, and we see this as the next international music and dance sensation with terrific worldwide box office potential.”

About Cmg

Cmg, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has firmly established itself as one of the leading international sales companies. Recent successes include the 3D animated feature "Zambezia,"which saw its international box office climb to over Usd $37million. Other properties handled by Cmg which have had #1 openings internationally include "Khumba" and this holiday season’s 3D animated feature "Saving Santa." For more information, visit www.cinemamanagementgroup.com
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Born To Dance begins New Zealand shoot

  • ScreenDaily
Production has begun in Auckland on the dance feature that Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) will introduce to world buyers at the Afm.

Eight-time World Hip Hop Championships winner Parris Goebel serves as choreographer on the coming-of-age tale about an aspiring hip hop dancer who is invited to audition for the best crew in the country.

Film newcomer Tia Maipi, a member of world championship hip hop crew The Royal Family, will play the lead.

Kherington Payne from the Us plays female lead Sasha and herself starred in the reality show So You Think You Can Dance and was a principal dancer for Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream tour.

Australian Idol winner Stan Walker will play the role of the lead’s best friend.

Tammy Davis will direct and Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post serves as post-production partner. Vendetta Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

“We are very excited to be selling this high-energy
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Pop Idol: Zoe Birkett, Rik Waller - where are they now?

We're not going to lie - when we found out that Zoe Birkett was entering the Big Brother house earlier this week, the Digital Spy office got very excited indeed. What a blast from the past - and how much the "little podgy kid from Pop Idol with the dreadlocks" (her words, not ours) has grown up in the last 13 years. But it got us thinking - what happened to the other contestants? We put on our deerstalker, pulled out our magnifying glass and started digging...

Series One

Korben

Korben, whose real name is Chris Niblett, now seems to be going by the hybrid Korben Niblett. He previously worked at Jemma Kidd Make Up School, but according to his LinkedIn page (oh yes), earlier this year he launched his own company, Evolve Beauty. Not so much of the singing anymore, then...

Rik Waller

Well, for one thing, he's not Rik anymore - it's Richard now!
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Exclusive: The Chainsmokers' exuberant remix of Guy Sebastian's 'Like A Drum'

Exclusive: The Chainsmokers' exuberant remix of Guy Sebastian's 'Like A Drum'
The Chainsmokers are best known as the duo behind viral sensation “#Selfie,” but with their remix of Guy Sebastian’s infectious “Like A Drum,” Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall show off their considerable remixing prowess. HitFix is excited to exclusively debut the remix below. While not as well known in the U.S. yet, Sebastian is the best-selling solo artist of all time in Australia with seven multi-platinum albums. Sebastian, who appeared on Lupe Fiasco’s “Battle Scars,” will release his first album in the U.S. later this year. He was the first winner of “Australian Idol” in 2003 and then went onto be a judge on Australia’s edition of “The X Factor” from 2010 to 2012. He is the only male artist in Australia to land six No. 1 singles. The Chainsmokers’ remix showcases Sebastian’s soulful voice by keeping the opening of the song close to the original before the
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Siri Garber's Platform PR Opens New Offices in NY, Australia

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Siri Garber's Platform PR Opens New Offices in NY, Australia
Siri Garber is expanding her Platform Public Relations with new branch offices in New York City and Sydney, Australia. The Sydney office will be headed up by Platform's VP of talent Jane Negline, who joined the company after spearheading PR for “Australian Idol” and working on many Australian awards shows. Also read: CW's ‘Arrow’ Casts ‘The Pact's’ Caity Lotz as Black Canary (Exclusive) Negline's clients include: Grant Bowler (Syfy's “Defiance”), Kym Johnson (“Dancing With the Stars”), Samantha Harris (“The Insider”), Thea Andrews (“The Insider”), Harry Cook (“Accidents Happen”) and Stephanie Ellis (“The Sleepwalker”). The New York office is being headed up by Barbara Saint-Aime,
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Mip-tv: Is Interactive Israeli Format ‘The Big Picture’ This Year’s Next Big Thing? (Video)

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At last October’s Mipcom, Israeli interactive talent show Rising Star, was the hot property, selling local versions around the globe. At the Mip-tv market next month, The Big Picture, a new interactive entrant from Israel, is aiming to be the next big thing. The game show hails from Israeli format company A Cappella, which recently made U.S. and UK deals with eOne for religion-themed drama Reaching For Heaven. Big Picture is created by TV host and mentalist Nimrod Harel, whose first scripted series, The Believer, has been sold to Fox International Channels. A budget of $1M went toward developing and producing an English-language Big Picture pilot hosted by Andrew Günsberg (Australian Idol, Live To Dance), which A Cappella will shop at Mip-tv (see promo below). The trivia-based show asks a contestant to identify photographs projected on a 20-meter-high screen in the studio; the pictures can be of celebrities,
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Episode 6.02 RuPauls’ Big Opening, Part 2

We didn’t get a chance to look at the first part of the Season Six premiere (you can see it here if you want to catch up), but this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is looking too good to ignore.

Ru decided to shake things up this year by dividing the premiere into two parts, with seven queens introduced last week (Kelly Mantle was eliminated), and seven more this week. Also of note – No more immunity!

Let’s take a closer look at this week’s Dolls.

Bianca Del Rio

Strengths: Smart, sharp, biting

Weaknesses: Self-Proclaimed Clown. Can she glam it up enough?

Winning Potential: Definitely could be in final three, but can come off as cold and aloof.

Trinity K. Bonet

Strengths: “I’m as close as you’re gonna get to Beyonce”

Weaknesses: “I’m as close as you’re gonna get to Beyonce”

Winning Potential: Looks unseasoned,
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'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 6 premiere recap: Hot Glue and Desperation

'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 6 premiere recap: Hot Glue and Desperation
“This program will be broadcast in Hds: High Definition Shade.”

So said hostess with the mostess RuPaul, introducing the seven queens competing on Monday’s season 6 premiere, part one. Yep. You heard that right: Seven queens, part one. In an effort to shake it up like a stiff (no longer Absolut) cocktail, Ru changed the game for this edition of Drag Race. For starters, the premiere will take place over two weeks, with one batch of queens arriving the first week and facing elimination. The process will repeat next week because, as Ru put it, “The only thing better than
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Briefs: Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” “Loser Keeps Bieber,” and HBO’s … “Homos?”

Birthday shoutouts go to Brian Litrell (above), who is 39, Gloria Vanderbilt is 90, Rihanna is 26, Anthony Head is 60, Cindy Crawford is 48, and Sandy Duncan is 68.

We were thrilled when Nick Zano was cast as the male lead on NBC’s One Big Happy, and there’s more cause for celebration as his Happy Endings co-star Elisha Cuthbert has snagged the female lead. The show “centers on two platonic friends since childhood — a lesbian, Lizzy (Cuthbert), and her straight male best friend, Luke (Zano) — who have been living together and trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time. They finally get pregnant — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life.”

Anderson Cooper Decides To Keep Recent Gay Conversion Therapy Private. It’ll never last, “Marie.”

Marriage Equality Is Destroying Traditional Marriage, and Why That’s a Good Thing (An Open Letter)

Tptb at Looking talk
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Interview: Director Wayne Blair, Jessica Mauboy of ‘The Sapphires’

Chicago – In other countries and cultures, there are parallel moments going on that are interesting mirrors to U.S. history. In “The Sapphires,” a girl group from Australia entertains the troops in Viet Nam, with many of the same U.S. issues of war, peace and social discord. The film is directed by Wayne Blair and features Jessica Mauboy.

Based on a true story, the film reflects on the practice in Australia of the “stolen generation,” when lighter skinned native Aborigines were stolen from their darker skinned families and assimilated into the white society. This is a thread in “The Sapphires,” as a stolen cousin rejoins the singing group before they go into Viet Nam. The film co-stars Chris O’Dowd (the cop in “Bridesmaids”), who is the manager of the group, and falls in love with one of the singers.

Jessica Mauboy as Julie in ‘The Sapphires

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The Sapphires' Jessica Mauboy Talks the Movie's "Extraordinary" Real-Life Story - and Sings For Us!

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The Sapphires' Jessica Mauboy Talks the Movie's
Jessica Mauboy was launched to fame by Australian Idol, but this weekend, she'll make a splash on the big screen in The Sapphires. The movie, which she costars in alongside Bridesmaids and Girls alum Chris O'Dowd, tells the inspiring and harrowing true tale of an Aboriginal girl group in the 1960s who headed overseas to entertain the troops in Vietnam. The movie follows the civil rights movements in both America and Australia with a soundtrack of soul music, and it received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival last Summer. Jessica told us being a part of the movie inspired her to research her own Aboriginal background - with life-changing results. Check out our interview, and catch The Sapphires in theaters starting today.
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Video Q&A: 'The Sapphires' Stars Chris O'Dowd and Jessica Mauboy Sing for Their Supper

They say that anything too stupid to be said should be sung, and we here at NextMovie take maxims like that very seriously. So when it came time to interview Chris O'Dowd and Jessica Mauboy about their upcoming flick "The Sapphires," in which they, respectively, play a band manager and a member of an Aboriginal girl group desperate to make it big in any way possible, we knew that a simple spoken interview was out of the question.

Enter the NextMovie Soundtrack Challenge. Mauboy, a winner of Australian Idol, and O'Dowd, who is willing to bust out in song at any moment despite not winning any singing contests, were more than game to share with us — and sing a few lines from — important songs from their lives.

Be sure to check out the video above to discover the unique, self-composed gem that O'Dowd likes to sing in the shower, as
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