In a showdown between two soulful voices on July 3, Team Delta's Judah Kelly earned more votes than Team Boy George's Hoseah Partsch and was crowned the season 6 champ of 'The Voice Australia.' I caught up with the winner the next day, and my interview can be read here.
Pop Culture Stories, Thoughts and Press Releases
It's hard to keep up with the world of pop culture, moreso now that I am working full-time again, but here is my page for current articles and reporting, random thoughts on TV, music, movies, etc., AND an occasional repository for all the fun press releases I get. However, the best thing is to check the WHO Magazine website, WHO Instagram account and WHO Facebook Page to see what things the magazine is covering — you'll usually find something I've worked on there!
Here are my previews on two geeky things on behalf of Deb's "What to Watch" section.
I first spoke to Darren McMullen when I was at People and he was in the US hosting Love In the Wild for NBC. Now I am the one in Sydney and he is the one living in LA when I speak to him about Australian series Behave Yourself on Channel 7. Small world, right? More of our chat is online here. Following his chat is one with Cleverman actor Rob Collins, whose humour is deliciously dry. Then, in Hot Topics, Australia has been following the off-screen love life of radio personality Sam Frost, the country's first Bachelorette. We updated her story this week, which was linked to by our fellow Pacific Mags weekly New Idea.
On the eve of watching the last episode of American Gods's first season, I had a chance to talk to the actor who plays Shadow Moon, Ricky Whittle. He did not disappoint. To read the interview, click here. I've excerpted some of it in the captions below the photos below.
As a Buffy geek, I enjoyed speaking with Alyson Hannigan as she prepared for Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne (July 1-2). She also joked how she was a little disappointed I was an American without an Australian accent interviewing her and howI should still try to end the call with a 'G'day,' which I did! We had a good laugh. More of our chat ran online, which you can read here.
After speaking to Family Law star Fiona Choi for our AACTA Awards preview last year, I got to meet her on the red carpet and she was fantastic. It's a pleasure to follow up with her for this season 2 piece. Here she is along with some other items in Back Chat for the July 3 issue of WHO.
Here are the events I wrote about in Hot Topics for this week (issue date July 3, 2017)
It's not really a review, but here is what I wrote about the latest Despicable Me movie, Despicable Me 3.
Living in Australia makes me see just how unique the Great White Way is to America, but I love the exuberance of it nonetheless!
After attending the Australian premiere of The Mummy at Sydney's State Theatre, I wrote up our listing item about the film, then interviewed Sofia Boutella. Here are all three components in reverse order. Also, to read more from Sofia, click on the link to the online story here.
It's not really a review, but I got to do the write-up of Wonder Woman for the release of the film in Australia.
Always a good thing to get in a Soundtrack of My Life feature!
While I got to interview Brenton Thwaites for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, I also wrote the copy you see on the whole Back Chat spread. In the List, I got to speak to Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng, which was a highlight.
Outside of the Casey Donovan and Eurovision Diary features in the May 29 issue, here are other items I reported. With Isabel and Kellan, I interviewed them in a video set-up — so strange for this print reporter!
In the battle of Brisbane teams, siblings Amy and Tyson Murr edged out mother-daughter combo Valerie and Courtney to win the 8th season of My Kitchen Rules. For a full recap of the finale, click here.
As My Kitchen Rules winds down, House Rules begins. I preview the competitors in a Meet the Teams spread. For Doctor Who fans, I talk to showrunner Steven Moffat about his final season.
So young in Love Actually, Olivia Olson has worked steadily since she belted out "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in that film, namely on Adventure Time.