During a difficult week for WHO, the staff worked hard to produce this issue, including our Grammys story, completed in half a day. So glad to be their colleague.
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. Check out TV Week's website and their Instagram account for more, and you’ll usually find something I worked on with WHO on their website.
Great gowns, sure, but a great statement about diversity in entertainment — that summed up the Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A. Glad to write about all of it for Who.
While the Screen Actors Guild Awards acknowledged diversity in Hollywood with hardware on Jan. 30, 2016, many are still looking for host Chris Rock to make a stand at the Oscars.
Was there a serial killer involved? Other relatives of Steven Avery or Brendan Dassey? I dip my toe into the Netflix phenomenon Making a Murderer for this week's WHO.
Following a spread featuring an interview with Jennifer Aniston, this coverage of the Critics' Choice Awards leads with Aniston and Justin Theroux. I loved being able to write from Reagan Alexander's file.
Reactions to this year's Oscar nominations are evolving and ever-changing, so capturing the zeitgeist, even for a moment, isn't the easiest task. Here is how I summed it up for Who this week.
I was proud to work with the WHO team to put together this tribute to David Bowie. 48 hours was not a lot of time to process how influential Bowie was to music, film, fashion and the arts, and how much he meant to me personally, but I found research and writing to be a tremendous salve.
Event Cinemas George Street hosted the black carpet and exclusive 70mm Roadshow premiere screening in Sydney of The Hateful Eight on Jan. 13, 2016, complete with a 12-minute intermission, programs and popcorn.
An enthusiastic Quentin Tarantino told the audience that any chill they may feel in the cinema wasn't from the air conditioning.
"This movie is cold," he said, referencing its dark tone and its white-and-windy snowscapes, which he added made the film just perfect for viewing in Australia's hot summertime. "But if you feel it getting colder, it's not just the snow," he said with a grin. "It's just good filmmaking."
Tarantino then introduced stars Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson to warm applause. Russell said he had not been in Australia "for 20 years, but it's always nice to be back."
Social media-savvy Jackson took a selfie with the audience for Instagram before speaking. "Hello Sydney!" Jackson said. "Let me offer you the first 'motherf---er' of the evening, because there will be a lot."
A bonus for fans — Tarantino, Russell and Jackson stayed to watch with the audience. In the carousel below are some photos Matt and I took from the carpet.
Below are the front and the back of the program provided at the screening:
Here is how WHO used the image of Jackson on social media, plus a photo of Tarantino also taken on the carpet:
But the actor I wish came to Sydney: Walter Goggins. I love his portrayal of Boyd Crowder from Justified (see this still from the show). In Hateful, Goggins provides electricity, unpredictability, humour and menace as Chris Mannix, the maybe-sherriff of Red Rock.
Working on the tribute for David Bowie limited my contributions to this year's Golden Globes coverage, but here are the spreads I helped to write.
This week, aside from some Star Tracks captions and Gossip to Go's, I wrote about Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin. While that was my only Hot Topic, there were two features in the magazine — the summary of great Bill Cosby reporting done by People staff and Emma Martin's portrait of Matt Kerr, Miranda's brother, and his restaurant in the Hunter Valley with fiancé Jimmy Wright. While I've included the Cosby and Kerr stories under the Who Magazine tab on the site under Telling Stories, they are also included here if you scroll through.
Yay, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here! My husband and I attended the premiere in Sydney on Dec. 15, 2015, and then I got to write about the star-studded global premieres in LA and London as well. The spread of "Spotted" is below, along with the cool premiere invite we got. To see photos from the Sydney screening, go to my Flickr album here.
This week, I got to write a couple small blurbs about big weight losses. This shouldn't be too tough as I used to cover The Biggest Loser in the US. Fun to do in between other bits of writing.
This week, I got to write about Kelly Rutherford's custody fight, Hugh Grant having four kids in four years, and Lamar Odom's slow medical recovery. Based on rumors of Chandler and Monica NOT dating in real life, I put together a Reel Life photo box for Backchat, too.
Some days, you have to write about Kim Kardashian's placenta. You also get to write about Australia's national treasurer (that would be Kylie Minogue) and both an engagement (Eva Longoria's) and a split (Ruby Rose's) on the same page.
Tricky to write about a singularly titled event that happens to be held in different locations over a different number of days, each event being hyped by a different radio station or ownership group and with different sponsors. Then again, it's all about the photos.
This week, Charlie Sheen continued to make news, this time because of a lawsuit filed by his ex-fiancée. I also adapted People's reporting on the San Bernadino shootings and put in some captions for Taylor Swift's Australian Instagram pics.
This week, I got to write about Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, Mary-Kate Olsen getting married, and Charlie Sheen's former personal assistant telling (almost) all about his old boss.
While the text for Who's coverage of the Paris attacks came from People reporting, I researched the material for captions and boxes and got to write those aspects of the story.
Another cover tag! This week, I got to write about Brad and Angelina, and the Danish Royals.
This week, I got to write about Justin Bieber hanging out with Kourtney Kardashian. that item made it to the cover as a banner item. I also got to write a few captions for a party.