Candids > 2011 > 13 January
As you may have heard, Queensland, Australia is suffering from extreme flooding. Some families situated there have lost everything, while communities at large are dealing with mass destruction. The Queensland government has asked for your help. Being that Hugh Jackman calls Australia his home, I felt it was especially appropriate to provide a link to help those in need. Please, if you wish to donate to Queensland’s flood relief fund, visit the following website:
Oprah surprised 302 of her in-studio audience members with trips to Australia to film her latest special, Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure. Now, her at-home audience will be able to experience the extravaganza in the comfort of their living room. Harpo has announced that the four-part special will air on The Oprah Winfrey Show from January 18 – 21. Below are the highlights for each episode; Hugh Jackman is scheduled to show up on the final day.
Jan. 18: Oprah has a close encounter with frisky koalas, enjoys the Great Barrier Reef and hosts a beach bash with celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Then, Oprah travels to Uluru for a dinner with local Aboriginal people. Next up, she meets Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a crowd of 10,000 in Melbourne’s Federation Square.
Jan. 19: Oprah surprises locals, popping in at one viewer’s weekly taco night dinner. Then, Oprah and her audience attempt a new world record attempt by climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb. And we get to see Oprah sail with Russell Crowe.
Jan. 20: Oprah hosts the first of two shows from the world famous Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Jan. 21: It’s the Australian grand finale from the Sydney Opera House with U2’s Bono and Hugh Jackman’s headline-making entrance. Also on hand: Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Olivia Newton-John.
In an interview with PopEater, Olympic ice-skater Johnny Weir briefly mentions Hugh Jackman:
Any celeb you haven’t met that you’d like to meet?
I’d like to meet Hugh Jackman. I want to dance with him on a stage.
THE list of Aussies attending the annual G’Day USA Aussie Ball in Los Angeles keeps growing.
Myer will host a fashion parade to start the night, which is rumoured to be hosted by Hugh Jackman.
New York-based Aussie models Alex Knight and Annaleise Smith have been selected to be part of the parade.
During the week both the girls, wearing Ellery and Aurelio Costarella, said it was an “honour” to be representing Australia.
The guest list is shaping up to be a big one for the January 22 ball, which is the culmination of a week of activities under the G’Day USA banner.
Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, actor Ryan Kwanten, Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have all confirmed for the big night. Local girls Pia Miller and Laura Dundovic will also attend.