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.
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.