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'GMA' Presents the Week in Viral Animal Cuteness, Starring a Shark-Biting Dog and Baby Giraffe Named Hope (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 22nd 2011 2:40PM
A baby giraffe on 'Good Morning America'Lara Spencer delivered an animal-centric version of Pop News Friday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), covering stories about dogs attacking a shark and a giraffe born with backwards feet.

The first story is based on a YouTube clip from Australia where a couple of dogs attempt to herd sharks in shallow water. One of the dogs didn't like what he saw and bit one of the sharks. "Happy to report the dog was fine, the shark swam away intact, perhaps his ego a little bruised," said Spencer.

The second story was about a giraffe named Hope in the Topeka Zoo in Kansas born with hyperextended fetlocks, which means that it's back feet were folded back and pointed the wrong way. "With the help of the veterinarians there, she defied the odds," Spencer said. "She will live a long, long life." The giraffe was fitted with special wrapped shoes and was up and walking like a champ.

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Celebrate Australia Day With 11 Actors You Forgot Were Australian

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 26th 2011 4:45PM
Portia De Rossi, Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette

Today is Australia Day, which means millions of Aussies around the world are celebrating the discovery of their homeland in 1788. At TV Squad, we're celebrating by watching clips of 'Summer Heights High' and thinking about our favorite Australian TV actors.

Believe it or not, many of our biggest small screen stars aren't actually Americans -- they just play ones on TV. Take, for example, Portia De Rossi, hilarious actress and successful memoir author (not to mention wife of Ellen DeGeneres). Betcha forgot she comes from the land Down Under. Same with Ryan Kwanten, shirtless 'True Blood' star and all-around charming guy. Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning 'United States of Tara' star Toni Collette? Yep, a true-blue Sydneysider.

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Hugh Jackman Injured on 'Oprah' Set in Australia

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 14th 2010 6:20AM
Hugh Jackman reacts after injuring his eyeOprah-mania's reached fever-pitch in Sydney, Australia where she's been taping shows for the final season of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.'

Thousands of screaming fans have been attending the tapings, at an outdoor set at the Sydney Opera House, which has been renamed the "Oprah House" for the occasion. And it's been reported that one of Oprah's star guests, Australian actor Hugh Jackman, was injured taping a segment there.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Jackman had been attempting to enter the stage in dramatic fashion with a ride on the flying fox -- a heavy-duty wire set with a harness and handle assembly that slides on wheels -- when he hit the brakes too late and slammed into rigging.

"I'm not 100 per cent, actually," Jackman said, after struggling to free himself from his harness while dangling 30 feet in the air. "I've hurt my eye; it's not bad. I'm really sorry about this."

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'Australia's Next Top Model' Host Says Name Mix-Up Wasn't On Purpose

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 30th 2010 3:30PM
'Australia's Next Top Model'
By now you've seen the suuuuper awkward video of a very embarrassed Sarah Murdoch informing the two finalists on 'Australia's Next Top Model' that she had announced the wrong name as the winner.

If you haven't, a quick rehash: After Kelsey Martinovich had already begun celebrating her win on the show's live finale, Murdoch started holding her earpiece and saying, "I'm so sorry, oh my god, I don't know what to say." Eventually she did speak -- to explain that the actual winner was the other finalist, Amanda Ware.

Now Murdoch has spoken out about what happened: It was a "miscommunication," according to the Telegraph. The audio in her earpiece cut out when it was time to announce the winner, so she said the name of the girl who was in the lead a few minutes before. "I had nothing. It didn't come at that moment through my [earpiece] so I went with what I was last told.As far as I knew it was the right call, it was what I had been told."

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Oprah Announces Australia Trip for Entire Studio Audience (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 13th 2010 6:15PM
The audience members at today's episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) knew they were in for something big. After all, they were witnessing the final season premiere of Winfrey's long-running daytime talk show. Many were in tears and out of their seats before Winfrey even told them what they'd be getting. But they probably didn't expect this: Winfrey announced that every single person in the studio audience would be joining the show on a trip to the land Down Under.

In typical Oprah fashion, she broke the news in her unique sing-song way. "Maybe I should take all of you with me to the other side of the woooooorld!" she teased. "We're going to Australia! You and you and you and you are going to Australia!"

While confetti rained down from the rafters, men and women dressed in safari vests and traditional Aussie bush hats handed out mini Australian flags and John Travolta drove a mini Qantas jet onto the stage.

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Fox's 'Terra Nova' Will Film in Australia

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 9th 2010 10:00AM
'Terra Nova'Billed as an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, 'Terra Nova' will attempt to revive dinosaur dramas after the 'Jurassic Park' sequels and 'Land of the Lost' threw the genre into the tar pits. Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga and David Fury make up the dream team at the helm.

The big announcement today is that the series will be shot at locations on The Gold Coast in southern Queensland, including Warner Roadshow Studios. The Aussies are stoked since 80 percent of the crew, cast and extras will be pulled from the area. The production of 13 one-hour episodes will really help the high unemployment rate. Too bad they can't shoot in Detroit ...

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Australian Yaris commercial yanked after complaints

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2009 4:06PM
Some commercials are just suggestive when it comes to sex and others are just up front and blunt about it. Like this Yaris ad from Australia. I had to watch it twice to hear what the guy says at the very end.

Oh, the commercial has been pulled because of protests but lives on via YouTube!

[via Adfreak]

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Harry Connick Jr. shocked by Australian talent show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 8th 2009 2:33PM
Harry Connick Jr. is currently a judge on the Australian talent show Hey Hey It's Saturday, but he wasn't happy the other night. A group called "The Jackson Jive," several white guys in black makeup, appeared on the show and Connick gave them a "0" for the performance. The host tried to get him to change the score and then apologized to him for what happened. Connick said if he knew they were on he wouldn't have been on the show.

This isn't the first time they had been on the show, they actually appeared on the show in the '80s too. So is Connick right or was it just goofy funny and everyone's too PC now?

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New Chris Lilley project in the works

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 2nd 2009 3:35PM
summer heights highExciting news for both fans of Summer Heights High and men dressing as multiple characters in general! HBO is helping to launch a new Chris Lilley project called Angry Boys, set to begin production this month.

I've seen some of Lilley's other work and, while it's intriguing, none of it has been quite as amazing as the sheer ridiculousness that was Summer Heights High. It became a phenomenon on the Internet and found a good deal of success when it finally came to the States via HBO.

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Car commercial or slasher film?

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 10th 2009 2:29PM
This ad is from Australia, and features a creepy-looking, limping drifter guy prowling the roads late at night. Then a guy in a Suburu pulls to the side of the road to give the guy a lift and then...well, see for yourself. I think the ad is well-done up to a certain point, but not sure if it will sell cars.

[via Adfreak]

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Australian driving safety commercial is brutal but effective

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 13th 2009 4:29PM
Most "don't drink and drive" ads show the driver getting into his car sloshed (or "buzzed") and then ending up in some horrible accident that either kills himself or a passenger. This commercial from Australia shows the driver realizing that he's too buzzed, but it doesn't matter. I want to see a sequel to this ad. In under a minute this ad makes me want to know more about this couple and the people at that party. (Warning: ad is depressing.)

[via Adfreak]

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I have no idea why Jerry Seinfeld is doing commercials for an Australian building society

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2009 7:00PM
Well, this is odd. Jerry Seinfeld has filmed a commercial for Australia's Great Building Society. It shows him setting up a mic, amp, and stool/pitcher of water on the street and doing standup (the ads were actually filmed in a small New York town and not actually Australia.) He's going to do a series of media spots like this for the next couple of years. I guess he really loves Australia and/or building societies.

I think he should go on tour this way in America, just set up standup routines like this on various streets around the country without notice. Wouldn't that be great?

[via TV Tattle]

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New York City dubs Australian anti-smoking ad; makes it sound stupid

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 13th 2009 1:03PM
Doctor in NYC anti-smoking adSince Michael Bloomberg became mayor of New York, the city has been notorious for its mommy-state health initiatives. Part of that has been a series of harsh ads featuring folks like "tracheotomy guy" Rolando Martinez and ads featuring a smoker who has to get his gangrenous foot amputated.

The latest set of ads, which air three times an hour in New York, depict a sick woman getting a bronchoscopy. During this, we hear the whistling noise of air whipping around the tumor in the lung, and the doctor explains that at that point, it's "too late to operate."

The first few times I saw the ad, though, something struck me as odd: it was the doctor's voice. It sounded very dubbed and announcer-y, as if some Shakespearean actor was reading from a script. Upon further review, it looked like it was indeed a dubbing job, and not a very good one at that.

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Right Now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 21st 2008 2:27PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their latest musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

  • Disney's coming out with a non-Pixar animated movie. It involves Miley Cyrus and an adorable puppy! But is it any good? Find out when Cinematical reviews Bolt.
  • Apparently Australia makes movies. You know, other than the upcoming Australia. They're not movies I've ever seen, but the Cinematical Seven takes a look at the greatest movies to come from the former penal colony.
  • Look, if you're my fourteen-year-old niece, you're going to put on your Hot Topic arm warmers and see Twilight the moment it comes out. It will quickly become the Best. Movie. Ever., regardless of whether or not it's actually good. For those of you who are old like me, you may want to check out Peter Martin's review of Twilight to see if this vampire love story (that's what it is, right?) is worth shelling out ten bucks for.
  • Dude. Twilight is huge. Cinematical is taking care of all of your Kristen Stewart interview needs. She's the human lady, right?.
  • So the ending of 1986's Little Shop of Horrors? Not the original one. Cinematcial has the much darker ending here.

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Australian TiVo commercial is attractive, unoriginal

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 14th 2008 12:32PM


TiVo launched an advertising campaign in Australia recently to promote the release of the first TiVo set top boxes in that country. And at first glance, the ad looks pretty cool and creative. At least until that little light bulb goes off in your head. You know, the one that says "haven't I seen this ad before?"

As Gizmodo Australia points out, you probably have. Because it's practically identical to an ad that Apple used about a little while back to promote the iPod Nano.



I don't know about you, but I can't imagine this being a coincidence. The two commercials are just too similar.

[via Zatz Not Funny]

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