Jodi Gordon quick in her heels for boyfriend Braith Anasta

FROM fashion shows to football games, Jodi Gordon made a mad dash on Saturday night in the of name love. Sigh.
Sitting front row at the 30 Days Of Fashion And Beauty designer parade – featuring Willow and camilla & marc, to name a few – the glamour WAG made a beeline for a waiting cab as soon as the show finished, bound for the Roosters versus Penrith match at Sydney Football Stadium (although still managing to grab a goodie bag).
She made it just in time in to see her beau Braith Anasta score a try in the first half but paid the price – constricted in a very Victoria Beckham leather Scanlan and Theodore two-piece and towering Tony Bianco heels for the whole game.
No jersey?
“No time to change,” she smiled. “My mum is saving my seat.”


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Home and Away sex scene too raunchy for NZ

A steamy scene on the soapie Home and Away has been deemed too raunchy for New Zealand.

An industry watchdog has found the scene involving adult characters Martha and Liam in an episode that aired on March 24 breached broadcasting standards.

The program has a G rating and airs at 5.30pm.

In the scene, Liam, played by Axle Whitehead, and Martha, played by Jodi Gordon, were filmed kissing as he takes off her bathrobe, leaving her dressed in only her bra and pyjama bottoms. He then leans back on a table as she straddles him before being interrupted by another character.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority ruled the scene “raunchy and sexually charged” and inappropriate for a predominantly children’s timeslot.

It concluded New Zealand’s network TV3, which broadcasts the show, had shown “disregard” for its G classification and the television guidelines.

“In our view, the scene was raunchy and sexually charged and went well beyond the level of sexual activity that should be included in a G-rated programme,” the BSA said.

It is the first time that a complaint about sexual content in Home and Away has been upheld.

TV3’s broadcaster TVWorks argued that as long as references to sex did not go into any detail and visual portrayals were limited to kissing and other initial indicators such as the removal of a robe, child viewers would not be alarmed or distressed by such scenes.

It said that the program had screened in a timeslot that was not considered to be predominately children’s viewing time on TV3.

TVWorks maintained children’s viewing time on TV3 was between 3pm and 4.30pm on weekdays and that Home and Away was broadcast in a line-up of programs aimed at an older G audience.

However, the BSA did not accept that argument.

“There is no distinction between children of different ages within the G classification; all G programmes must be suitable for unaccompanied children of any age,” the BSA said.

Children’s normally accepted viewing times extended until 8.30pm.

The watchdog also pinged a scene in American comedy-drama series Hung which depicted oral sex, following a complaint likening it to “soft porn.”

It found scene, in which a woman is shown to place her legs on the shoulders of the show’s lead character, male prostitute Ray, was “prolonged, explicit and gratuitous, leaving nothing to the imagination and designed solely for the purpose of shocking and titillating the audience.”

Lobby group Family First NZ said the welfare and protection of families had finally been put before the rights of broadcasters when it came to sexual and offensive content.

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Rebecca: It’s complicated

Rebecca Breeds has revealed when she met her Romeo Luke Mitchell, it was love at first sight – but because the pair work together, they took things slowly.

The Home and Away beauty, who plays Ruby Buckton, confessed she was instantly smitten with 25-year-old hunk Luke, who plays Romeo Smith, but she made him wait six months before they started dating to be sure it would work at work.

Rebecca revealed in a web chat with fans on the Home and Away website: “We’d liked each other since the moment we met but waited a good six months to date so we could really build a friendship and be sure, because work makes everything a little complicated.”

But the 23-year-old actress insists it was worth the wait.

She said: “Our first date was beautiful… it was very exciting. We went for lunch and to the beach.”

Rebecca, lives with co-star Tessa James, who plays Nicole Franklin on the show.

Asked who she spends the most time with on set, she revealed: “It’s a close call between my room mate Tessa and my boyfriend Luke.”

She really is a smitten kitten…

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“Romeo” to visit Culcairn Show

Luke Mitchell, star of hit soap Home and Away, will make a special appearance at the Culcairn Show on Saturday 2 October 2010.

Luke, whose visit is being partly sponsored by Regional Express (REX) Airlines, plays the role of Romeo Smith and won a Logie for Most Popular New Talent.

He previously had roles in Neighbours and H2O: Just Add Water.

“We are delighted that Luke has accepted our invitation to attend this year’s show to meet with fans and help judge the junior show girl/show boy competition which will be held at 11.30am,” secretary of Culcairn Show Society, Rosie O’Keeffe said.

“We are hoping that Luke’s fans in this local area will be excited about the opportunity to meet him in Culcairn.”

The show girl and show boy competition includes 10 categories including baby, tiny tots, juniors and intermediate age groups and senior show girl which is over 14 years and below 18 years.

“There will be many other things to see and do on the day including a large range of new amusements, face painting, sideshows and show bags.”

Mrs O’Keeffe said that there will also be the Champion Dog Show, horse events, sheep, goats, poultry, sheaf tossing, and lucky spot prizes will be announced throughout the day’s events.

The pavilion displays will include art, photography, needlework, cooking, cut flowers and school work from Billabong High School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Culcairn Public School and Gerogery Public School.

Mrs O’Keeffe said schedules are now available and further information can be obtained by contacting Joan Wood on 6029 8285, Rosie O’Keeffe on 6029 8197 or email

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Panic At Rock Island

Australian telemovies are often notorious for their vivid representations of real-life crime.

Joanne Lees: Murder In The Outback, The Postcard Bandit and Through My Eyes (the Lindy Chamberlain Story) are only mere selections of plotlines which provide the audience with engaging interpretations of crime realism.

Panic at Rock Island – produced by Tony Tilse and Rosemary Blight – however, offers an innovative fictional story which focuses on high-concept narrative – similar to the film plots of the ‘80s, or the type of realistic storylines you’d see in today’s ‘Midday Movie.’

Tilse is well known for his recent Channel Nine successes of Underbelly and Scorched, whilst Blight is also renowned for her work in Scorched and TV series Lockie Leonard.

These prominent producers within the Australian film industry have teamed up with an all-star Australian cast which includes Jessica Tovey (Home and Away), Grant Bowler (Ugly Betty/True Blood), Vince Colosimo (The Wog Boy) Dee Smart (Water Rats), Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly), Simone Kessell (Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Frost/Nixon), Anna Hutchison (Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities) and Christian Byers (The Tree).

Panic at Rock Island, which is due to be broadcast on The Nine Network later this year, depicts the story of music-crazed fans who are chilling out and enjoying life on a hot summer’s day at a top-act music festival. All is well in the world until a catastrophic disaster strikes when a deadly virus is discovered on the island. Its symptoms are shocking and it brings swift and painful death.

Filmed on Goat Island and the edge of Balmain overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour, Panic at Rock Island transports viewers on an emotional rollercoaster as they witness the lengths people will go to for the love of their family – challenging personal perception of the family unit.

The telemovie however doesn’t preach to the viewer or tell them what to think, but instead has been described by Tilse as a film you can sit down to on a Sunday night with a large bowl of popcorn.

Due to the impressive lineup of contemporary Australian rockband’s such as Spiderbait, You Am I, and New Zealand’s R&B group Smashproof, Tilse states the telemovie will inevitably appeal to a younger target audience; however it will also attract older viewers due to the storyline’s exploration of relationships and “family” in situations of panic.

With a budget of about $3 million, using Sony F900 camera’s and a time constraint of only four filming weeks, this Australian telemovie portrays an intrinsic realism which looks beyond the commercialisation of film and onto the necessity for Australian production values within the industry.

“It’s our passion and drive to return to these bigger and higher concept stories which tend to be shyed away from due to budget concerns,” Tilse told INSIDEFILM.

“Australian telemovies need to present something good and this [Panic at Rock Island] is a bolder concept than what has ever been done before.”

Nine and Universal Networks International (UNI) are financially supporting the 90-minute telemovie, with the latter even purchasing the film at the development stage purely on the basis of its “cinematically rare” and universal storyline.

UNI was also attracted by the telemovie’s focal setting within the iconic Sydney landscape which will provide positive International exposure to prospective tourists within the overseas market.

Due to the telemovie being shot on separate islands engulfing Sydney Harbour, Goalpost Pictures Australia had to organise for large barges to transport all production equipment to Goat Island – ranging anywhere from performance stages, to the kitchen sink.

“We had water boats on hire,” Tilse explains.

“Because Water Rats was also filmed on this same island many years ago, we were lucky to have access to people who were familiar with the system of how it all works.”

Although the filming process took a little longer than expected due to this strenuous bump-in process, the filming of live music performances – which inevitably require multiple takes – and a tight budget, Panic at Rock Island is set to be a stylistically unique television event which will whet the audience’s telemovie appetite, carving a more versatile future for the Australian screen industry.

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Rebecca turns gadget girl

After a five-week hiatus, the stars of Summer Bay are finally back on our screens to inject a ray of sunshine into the remnants a dreary summer – and, because we know you simply can’t get enough of those hot Aussies, one of the soap’s brightest rising stars made a special appearance on tonight’s episode of The Gadget Show.

All in the name of science (well, fun actually), Rebecca Breeds (aka Ruby Buckton) joined host Suzi Perry to test out the top five gadget games. And it wasn’t just any roundup. The duo went head to head for a Home vs Away-style battle – but who topped the leaderboard? Watch the clip to find out!

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Luke scores Torso of the Week!

Stars of some of the UK’s home-grown soaps might be busy celebrating after last night’s TV Choice Awards bash, but there’s no doubt about it: today’s true winners have to be fans of Home and Away’s Luke Mitchell (aka Romeo Smith).

Barely a week’s gone by since we revealed that the Summer Bay hunk had been pitted against True Blood’s Stephen Moyer in the battle to be crowned Torso of the Week, with the winner set to grace the pages of Heat magazine.

It was down to readers to decide who made the grade, and Home and Away fans have spoken. The real-life Romeo saw off the competition to win the public vote, and appears in the latest issue of Heat – shirtless, of course!

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