Cheeky gay bar shock for Hoges
Well, sort of. The scene in Crocodile Dundee in LA in which our
reptile-wrestling, knife-throwing cultural ambassador mistakenly walks into a
bar for those who are very happy has been deemed too risque for sensitive
Australians get a view of four out-there-and-proud bumcheeks when a couple of
cowboys with fashionably aerated jeans walk into the establishment, but
Paramount brought in the computer whizkids to tamper with Hogan's art by adding
digital underpants for the US version. Without these, they feared, they'd lose
the all-important PG rating.
Such is the devotion to duty of the Herald's roving journalist, Malcolm Knox,
that he bolted into an LA cinema to watch the movie and confirm our tip-off.
His report? Yes, one cowboy has purple underwear, the other gold and red. Having
learnt that, Malcolm immediately left the cinema, presumably because he was
having too much fun.
Meanwhile, Hoges seems to be suffering just a little hubris, having told
interviewers in the States: ``I paved the way. Now there's a rash of Australian
actors: Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush."
It seems Errol Flynn, Chips Rafferty and even Mel Gibson owe a great debt to
the way-paving bloke in the shark-tooth hat.
Photo? Say freeze
Martin Place gets all the spectacular lunchtime gigs. On Monday it was bikini
babes promoting Queensland holidays. Yesterday city workers saw a display of
simulated violence, with pedestrians shot down on a screen. Well, almost.
Innocent passers-by were caught on camera and projected onto a 10-metre screen,
with gunsight crosshair graphics superimposed on their faces.
Developed by the ever charitable Saatchi and Saatchi advertising group, it
looked much like a slick commercial with its caption: ``Last year 24,000
Americans didn't expect to be shot dead either."
The National Coalition for Gun Control campaign, calling for a ban on
semi-automatic handguns, was launched in passionate fashion by Andrew Denton and
rebutted in equally passionate fashion by Adrian Piccoli, NSW National Party
spokesman on firearms. He said the ``anti-gun propaganda" disgusted him because
it sent out a message that all gun owners are criminals.
If Ansett's current head, Gary Toomey, has become something of a daily
presence in our newspapers, a former Ansett head, Rod Eddington, is having
trouble getting arrested.
Eddington is now head of British Airways and, according to the British press,
nearly invisible. At a recent series of interviews for jobs in travel, The
Independent reports, candidates were asked: ``If you could ask Rod Eddington one
question, what would it be?" Nearly all answered: ``Who are you?"
``Climbing Everest from the inside is less perilous than scaling the outer
From Doug Roberts (by fax), in honour of the late, lamented Neddy Seagoon.
Glen Walls was a very happy winner of $40,000 of the Roche Contemporary Art
Prize on Tuesday night. So were runners-up Julie Fragar and Julie Rrap, who
earned $5,000 each.
Not so happy was installation artist Sangeeta Sandrasegar, 23, who claims she
was informed a few months ago she'd won $10,000 in the inaugural prize. She
even planned a working trip to London, only to get a second phone call via her
gallery representative, Stephen Mori, saying, sorry, they've made a mistake.
Mori is taking the matter to the Small Claims Tribunal, alleging the judges
initially chose seven winners to share the prize but lawyers subsequently
advised them the arrangement was against the rules. Mori says he learnt these
details from one of the judges, Annette Larkin of Christie's auctioneers. But
when Spike called she hung up on us.
Another judge, Mojo Partners regional creative director David Alberts, acted
as official spokesman, saying he had no knowledge of any such turn of events.
The exhibition of finalists (at PCL Exhibitionists, Strawberry Hills) is called
``sometimes bed is not an option", perhaps a reference to the prescription
drugs Roche manufactures.
Best prize award
``Australian" film Gladiator has picked up the most nods in the MTV Movie
Awards with five nominations.
MTV Movie Awards? Is there any organisation in the US not involved in the
glad-handing and back-patting industry?
Apparently not. Last year in the US alone there were 4,025 trophies given out
by showbiz-related organisations in 565 ceremonies. That amounts to about 1.5
ceremonies and 11 trophies a day.
The Washington Post estimates that the Weren't You Good business is now worth
$US4 billion ($7.9 billion) a year. No wonder there really is an awards
ceremony for awards ceremonies. Each year Chicago's Awards and Recognition
Association bestows a selection of honours including best new trophy and the
best new plaque.
Have a good weekend and remember: watch your speedo, not the road.
Our drawing of a yowie was not by ``Timothy, aged 6", as we so wrongly
suggested earlier in the week. It was by 59-year-old Rex Gilroy of the Blue
Today's the day the Queensland yowie hunt starts (Spike, Monday) but Mr
Gilroy, who has been searching for the elusive big Australian since he was a
teenager, is not happy about it.
``Those fellows in those big convoys are just publicity seekers," says the
man who calls himself the father of yowie research. ``They don't go anywhere
without the media and they just scare any creatures away.
``I'm after sensible, open-minded research. Those people are a discredit to
the whole field of cryptozoology."
Rex believes yowies are surviving examples of Homo erectus and says he's
found recently made primitive tools consistent with this. Read the whole story
in Rex's book Giants from the Dreamtime: The Yowie in Myth and Reality or,
indeed, see this month's edition of Australian Ufologist magazine.