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Slightly drunk with suc­cess

CELEBRITY chef Cur­tis Stone (right) is the lat­est Aus­tralian to con­quer Hol­ly­wood with Amer­i­can busi­ness mag­nate Don­ald Trump and Oprah Win­frey in his cor­ner. Stone has fi­nally es­tab­lished him­self as a highly sought af­ter busi­ness­man in the US and this week ex­panded his TV brand by pitch­ing a smallscreen con­cept to net­work gi­ant NBC. ‘‘I’m so pumped be­cause I just fin­ished a meet­ing with NBC to talk about a new show,’’ the 34-yearold says from Los An­ge­les. ‘‘I can’t say much about it, but we are do­ing four shows— the To­day Show, The Big­gest Loser, Celebrity Ap­pren­tice and Los­ing It With Jil­lian with NBC now. It has turned into a mon­ster of a re­la­tion­ship, which is bril­liant.’’ Mel­bourne boy Stone will ex­pand his em­pire fur­ther when he is ex­posed to a po­ten­tial au­di­ence of more than 16 mil­lion with his stint on the third sea­son of Trump’s Celebrity Ap­pren­tice in March. Stone has en­joyed great suc­cess in the US, but he’s also made his mis­takes, in­clud­ing be­ing caught drink-driv­ing in Los An­ge­les. ‘‘Some­times the best lessons in life are the ones that suck the most. You have to learn from it and not make the same mis­take again,’’ Stone says. PLAY­BOY leg­end Hugh Hefner could be­come a one-woman man. The mag­a­zine mogul has re­vealed to E News that two of his three girl­friends, 20-year-old twins Kristina and Karissa Shan­non, are mov­ing out of the leg­endary Play­boy Man­sion and into the neigh­bour­ing Play­mate House. Hefner, 83, has ex­plained that though his re­la­tion­ship with

Mogul tries monogamy

Hugh fol­lows the Bird

AUSSIE ac­tor Hugh Jack­man is mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance on a reg­u­lar TV se­ries in more than three years af­ter scor­ing a gig on Se­same Street. He will fea­ture in the pro­gram’s 40th sea­son, which pre­mieres in Aus­tralia on ABC For Kids on Fe­bru­ary 1, in a star-stud­ded se­ries which in­cludes ap­pear­ances by First Lady Michelle Obama, Sex And The City’s Sarah Jes­sica Parker, NBA bas­ket­ball player Kobe Bryant and Lost’s Matthew Fox. While girl­friend Crys­tal Har­ris has been get­ting ‘‘more se­ri­ous’’, the twins have de­cided to do more Play­mate-re­lated pro­mo­tional work for the com­pany. Jack­man has hosted and pre­sented at var­i­ous award cer­e­monies in­clud­ing the Academy Awards last year, Se­same Street is his first TV ap­pear­ance on a reg­u­lar pro­gram since he starred in dread­ful mu­si­cal-drama Viva Laugh­lin in 2007.

Dra­matic achieve­ment

MELISSA Ge­orge has once again shown her am­bi­tious streak by re­veal­ing she writes a list of goals when the New Year ticks over. The Aus­tralian ac­tor and In Treat­ment star started pen­ning a to-do list two years ago. ‘‘I never show it, never— but I have th­ese lists that I write at night: what to achieve the next day, and it has to be done,’’ she said re­cently. ‘‘And at Christ­mas, be­fore New Year’s Eve, I write what I want to achieve the next year and then I put it in an en­ve­lope and don’t open it un­til the fol­low­ing year. Then I look at what I’ve done. Have I done what I said?’’

For­tune knocks for di­rec­tor

JA­SON Stephens, the creative force whose cred­its in­clude the tele­movie The King (for Fox­tel’s TV1), Choir of Hard Knocks and Triple Zero He­roes, con­tin­ues his rise at Fre­mantleMe­dia. Stephens, who re­cently com­mis­sioned the drama Killing Time (the se­ries for Fox­tel’s TV1 that is based on the true story of colour­ful lawyer An­drew Fraser), be­comes the pro­duc­tion com­pany’s creative di­rec­tor.

Ledger rises from the archives

ABC-TV’s new dig­i­tal chil­dren’s chan­nel ABC3 has dusted off the TV se­ries that launched the ca­reer of the late Heath Ledger. Sweat, a 1996 teen drama set at the fic­tional Sports West Academy, has been dragged out of moth­balls to run from Jan­uary 30 on ABC3, with Ledger in the role of Snowy Bowles, a gay cy­clist. Filmed in Perth and Syd­ney, the pro­gram also starred prom­i­nent ac­tor Martin Hen­der­son as Tom Nash, a swim­mer who never loses, and star Si­mon Baker.

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