iVillage Weekly Australian Celebrity News Column 4

Originally published at http://www.ivillage.com.au/ozgossip-mkr-shock-proposal-aussies-the-oscars-home-away-stars-sids-appeal/159711

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By ALICIA VRAJLAL  Get the scoop on this week’s best Aussie gossip – from new shows to hot frocks and dating shocks.  I can also be found gossiping at ‘I Am Starstruck’.

Home and Away bad boy turns good

He plays a fierce River Boy on Home and Away, but actor Dan Ewing is a softie at heart.

Dan and wife Marni have organised a fundraiser called ‘Twenty To Go’, aimed at raising funds and awareness about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Immense audience reaction to Dan’s onscreen son Rocco’s SIDS related death inspired their decision to organise the event.

Hosted by Dan and Home and Away costar Lisa Gormley, the cocktail-style event will be held on March 26 and is set to be a star-studded night with loads of local media personalities confirmed to strut the ‘red-nosed carpet’.  Members of the public are also encouraged to purchase tickets and contribute to this worthy cause.

For more information about the event and SIDS, click here.

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Aussie pride for the Oscars

This year’s Oscars has come and gone, and along with Jennifer Lawrence’s fall and Seth McFarlane’s boob jokes were an abundance of Aussie stars doing us proud in Hollywood.

Big names including Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and Jacki Weaver attended the ceremony whilst Miranda Kerr, Margot Robie and Jessica Gomes were spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party.

Back in Oz, stars of Channel 9’s ‘House Husbands’ Firass Dirani and Anna McGahan as well as ‘Mornings’ hosts David Campbell and Sonia Kruger attended the network’s charity Oscar luncheon.

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Jessica Mauboy the new face of NRL

In a bid to encourage more women and families to get involved in the game, Aussie singer and Sapphires star Jessica Mauboy has been appointed the new face of the NRL’s 2013 season campaign.

NRL commercial manager Paul Kind told The Daily Telegraph, “To have Jessica involved, who is so passionate about the game, that’s a really important component and you can see her bring her love of the game into the campaign”.

Being the first female used in an NRL campaign since Tina Turner in the 1990s, Mauboy sings a cover of the iconic Etta James’ hit ‘Something Got A Hold On Me’ in the advertisement.

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Myer Autumn/Winter fashion launch

Jennifer Hawkins headlined the catwalk for Myer’s new season fashion launch on Thursdays night, wearing a range of ensembles including a glittering Manning Cartel number and a sleek black and white Arthur Galan gown.

Joining Jen to parade the new season trends of leather, lace and peplum was fellow celebrity ambassador Kris Smith as well as model Alexandra Agoston.

Among the Aussie celebrities who hit the red carpet for the parade were Rebecca Judd, Laura Dundovic, Melanie Vallejo and Firass Dirani.

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My Kitchen Rules surprise proposal

Viewers of My Kitchen Rules were served a surprise treat on Tuesday when contestant Stefano Guerra proposed to his girlfriend and cooking partner Lisa Gabel.

But a series of low scores left the newly engaged couple at the bottom of the leader board with only 38 points and the couple were eliminated from the show the following night.

Did the excitement of the proposal throw the pair off guard in the kitchen?

Stefano told the Sydney Morning Herald that “the situation may have changed our performance in the kitchen”.

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2 new shows from 2 funny men

Great news for comediy fans: it was announced this week that ABC fave Chris Lilley’s new show has commenced shooting, and while details of the show’s cast and storyline have not been specified, industry speculation suggests a cross over of characters from Lilley’s previous seriesSummer Heights High and Angry Boys.

A new addition to the ABC line-up is comedian Josh Thomas’ show Please Like Me, which premiered last night. The coming of age comedy focuses on Thomas’ lead character who is dumped by his girlfriend who suspects he is gay (which he is).

Being screened on ABC’s spin off channel ABC2, Thomas suspects the homosexual themes have influenced the network’s screening decisions.  He told the Sydney Morning Herald: “People have suggested to me that ”too gay” is why they did it [put it on ABC2].  I would be shocked if that’s why but I also wouldn’t be”.

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