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Wil Anderson released without charge after airport arrest

‘Misunderstanding’ led to comedian’s arrest after police called to airport in Nsw’s Wagga Wagga over ‘disruptive passenger’

Comedian and television presenter Wil Anderson has been released without charge following his arrest at a regional Nsw airport, saying it was based on a misunderstanding.

The 43-year-old was arrested on Saturday afternoon after police were called to the regional Nsw airport over a “disruptive passenger” and was held for several hours before being released to perform at Wagga Wagga Civic Centre.

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2016 Australian culture quiz: from Triple J to the Archibalds and reality TV

Think of yourself as an arts lover? Just how much can you remember from the year that was?

• New quiz: how closely were you paying attention?

• Australian Politics quiz: there was an election, but what else?

A group of protesters stormed an awards ceremony this year. What were they dressed as, and what were they protesting?

Steaks, protesting the live cattle exports industry in Australia

Sausages, protesting the male domination of the Australian film industry

Milk bottles, protesting the nanny state and Sydney’s lockout laws

Schmackos, protesting greyhound racing in Australia

Which Australian artist won the most Arias in 2016?

Flume

Courtney Barnett

Keith Urban

Sia

After delivering a deeply odd apology to the Australian government for smuggling two dogs into the country, Johnny Depp appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and described Barnaby Joyce as:

A red-faced potato man

An overgrown baby

Inbred with a tomato

One child standing on
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'Hacksaw Ridge' dominates the AACTAs

Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge.. . Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th Aacta Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. . Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor. . .I need to thank Australia for making this film,. said Gibson in his acceptance speech. . He praised the "homegrown" film.s cast and crew, .the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.. . .I.m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,. Gibson said. .I.m honoured to receive this.. . . The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the Aacta Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall. . Odessa Young
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'Hacksaw Ridge' sweeps the AACTAs

Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge.. . Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th Aacta Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. . Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor. . .I need to thank Australia for making this film,. said Gibson in his acceptance speech. . He praised the "homegrown" film.s cast and crew, .the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.. . .I.m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,. Gibson said. .I.m honoured to receive this.. . . The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the Aacta Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall. . Odessa Young
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Wil Anderson, Judith Lucy, Tom Gleeson to star in Stan’s new stand-up series

One Night Stan..

Streaming service Stan has commissioned a new comedy series, One Night Stan. It will see a host of the country.s most popular stand-up comedians.—Wil Anderson, Judith Lucy, Tom Gleeson, Celia Pacquola, Tom Ballard and Sam Simmons.—.each star in their own feature-length comedy special.

Each show will be filmed live and exclusively for Stan over the summer at Melbourne.s Comedy Theatre.

.We are thrilled to be exploring new genres as part of our ever-growing slate of Stan Originals,. said Stan content chief officer Nick Forward.

.We are proud to be the first streaming service to commission stand-up comedy specials in Australia, and we.re excited to start by working with the best in the business..

.Aussies love their comedy and the stand-up circuit has long been a showcase of the best that the Australian comedy industry has to offer. One Night Stan will unite
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Rhys Nicholson to host 28th annual West Australian Screen Awards

Rhys Nicholson.

Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson will host the 28th annual West Australian Screen Awards (WASAs).

.Oh I can.t wait for the awards", Nicholson said. "Who doesn.t love awards? Losers I guess. I.m just so glad Joel Creasey was booked so I could host!.

After winning Best Newcomer at Sydney Comedy Festival in 2012, Nicholson has performed around the world, supporting the likes of Louis Ck (Us), Amy Schumer (Us), Kathy Griffin (Us), Fiona O.Loughlin (Aus) and Wil Anderson (Aus)..

.I.m looking forward to some type of Miley Cyrus/Nicki Minaj style feud", Nicholson said. "I won.t be satisfied until a key grip punches out a Dop and two nominees are wrestling in the aisles."

The 28th WASAs will be held on June 4 at the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

The awards are presented in conjunction with the Revelation
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Gruen returns to ABC in September

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Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder's Gruen is back for its 12th season on the ABC from September 9.

The series, which debuted in 2008, will return with Will anderson as host and executive producer. Advertising execs Todd Sampson and Russell Howcroft will also rejoin the panel.

But, according to a company statement, the show will include new panelists from spin doctors and marketing gurus both in Australia and visiting..

This time round the show will focus on the increasingly sophisticated methods advertisers are using to target their intended audience.

"We.re still the show that analyses what most other shows are there to sell: advertising. But we.re also the show that knows you can.t click on a link without surrendering all your personal data to a corporation trying to sell you shampoo," according to a Cjz statement..

"Gruen will run an X-Ray over advertising, spin, branding, positioning and image control, wherever they are found.
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Charlie Pickering, Gruen and the making of Australia lead ABC slate

Comic who quit Tens The Project will star in his own show amid a slew of documentaries based on the Anzac centenary

Charlie Pickering from The Project is joining ABC TVs lineup of comedians Wil Anderson, Shaun Micallef, Rob Sitch, Judith Lucy and Josh Thomas to headline new and returning shows in 2015.

Pickering, who quit the Ten news and entertainment show this year, will star in his own weekly news and comedy vehicle, which is yet to be named.

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Micallef, Pickering, Anna Karenina in ABC's 2015 line-up

Shaun Micallef as a fictional former prime minister who is desperate to stay relevant, a comedy series starring The Project.s Charlie Pickering and a modern re-telling of Anna Karenina.

These are among the highlights of the ABC.s 2015 line-up unveiled today by director of television Richard Finlayson. .The breadth and depth of our slate reflects the quality of Australian independent production,. Finlayson told If.

The executive acknowledges producers are fearful of the impact of looming budget cuts to be imposed by the federal government but says, .We know the cuts cast a pall of uncertainty but we are getting on with the process of commissioning as best we can. By and large it is business as usual.. Micallef will star in The Ex-pm as Australia.s third longest-serving Prime Minister who has far too much time on his hands and no one to waste it on in a Cjz
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Gruen Transfer won't be back this year leaving a big hole in ABC schedule

With host Wil Anderson working in the Us and producer Jon Casimir in a new role, the award-winning series is taking a break

The ABCs most popular franchise, The Gruen Transfer series, will now not make it to air in 2014 leaving a big hole in ABC1s schedule and the networks annual ratings.

And with its creators tied up with other projects, Guardian Australia understands the return of the award-winning series beyond its seven seasons on Aunty is not yet guaranteed.

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Aacta Awards: Goliath slays David

If the 3rd annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards could be categorised as a David vs Goliath battle between The Rocket and The Great Gatsby, Goliath is the hands-down winner.

Baz Luhrmann.s opulent romantic drama won six awards tonight, for best film, director, adapted screenplay, lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio, supporting actor Joel Edgerton and supporting actress Elizabeth Debicki.

That.s in addition to the six awards in craft categories plus the Aacta award for outstanding achievement in visual effects bestowed on Luhrmann.s film on Tuesday.

Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which had 12 nominations versus 14 for Gatsby, had to be content with just one trophy, for Mordaunt.s original screenplay.

The outcome is likely to reignite the debate about the near-impossibility of comparing a lavishly-mounted 3D film financed by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, which cost $160 million, with an independently-funded Lao-set film from a first-time director budgeted at about $2 million.
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Tommy Lee Jones to Write and Direct The Cowboys

Tommy Lee Jones (The Homesman) is set to write and direct a remake of Mark Rydell's 1972 film, The Cowboys.  In the original, John Wayne stars as rancher Wil Anderson who attempts to drive his cattle herd to market before suffering financial ruin.  When his ranch hands abandon him to chase dreams of riches in the gold mines, Anderson is forced to hire untested schoolboys to accompany him on the drive.  Along the way, the boys not only learn some harsh life lessons but also how to stand up for themselves.  Sounds like an old-fashioned, yet timely movie; they don't make em like this anymore.  The same could be said for Jones himself, who has yet to confirm whether or not he'll star in the remake.  Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Jones is on board to write and direct The Cowboys, with Warner Bros. distributing.  Watch the
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Howcroft safe on Gruen despite Ten move

Gruen Planet has moved to reassure its viewers that Y&R Brands boss Russel Howcroft’s move to Ten will not spell an end to his appearing on the ABC show.

After several fans took to Facebook to express their concerns about Howcroft’s job move, Gruen posted a message saying that Howcroft would still be allowed to appear.

Howcroft would not be the first media person working for a rival organisation with a regular ABC gig. Alan Kohler, who writes for News Limited’s Business Spectator is a regular on ABc television.

Along with Leo Burnett’s Todd Sampson, Howcroft has been with the Zapruder’s Other Films-created show since The Gruen Transfer first started pulling back the curtain on the advertising world nearly five years ago. last week, Gruen Transfer was revealed as Australia’s favourite TV show at the Mumbrella Awards. The show is hosted by Wil Anderson.
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Gruen Planet looks at smuggling, apologies and cigarette packaging

ABC’s Gruen Planet, last week voted as Australia’s favourite TV show, will this week tackle cigarette plain packaging, people smuggling and why apologising is good marketing. In the pitch is Group Hug Creative and Made4Media

The announcement:

Picking up where they left off last year, host Wil Anderson and regular key panellists Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft run the Gruen Planet scanner across the stories of the week, at home and abroad, pinpointing exactly where the truth stops and the spin, branding and image control begin.

Gruen Planet – Episode 5 (September 19 at 8:30pm on ABC1)

Guest Panellists:

Dee Madigan – Madigan Communications boss and Transfer legend.

Jeremy Nicholas – CEO of Bmf, one of Australia’s most awarded agencies.

In tonight’s episode:

People Smuggling – You may not know it, but one of the methods used by the Australian government to stop the boats is advertising. The Gruen team
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Wil they ever get it right?

In the world of promotion, media and marketing bugger-ups, it’s a brave network that hands Gruen Planet and its host such a ‘gimme’.

But that’s what Nine did when, in a scene for its new drama House Husbands, it altered a bus ad for Wil Anderson’s stand up comedy show Wilarious, presumably so as not to promote the ABC talent.

Instead, ‘Ilarious’ the new show by ‘Wil Anders’ got a mention, but Nine got the take down on Gruen last night.
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Gruen pitches Tourism Cronulla

The Sydney suburb of Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire will be the focus of a brief on advertising show Gruen Planet this evening.

The show has asked a panel of marketing experts to tackle the beachside community’s image problem not helped by the Cronulla riots and dramality show The Shire.

Tackling the brief will be Splash Agency’s Johnothan Naiman and Jack Watts Currie’s Colin Watts. Joining host Wil Anderson and regular panelists Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft will be Liquid Ideas’ Stuart Gregor and former Olympian and marketing specialist Jane Flemming.

As well as Tourism Cronulla, the show will also look at the controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal, his sponsors and How his charity will help him.

Aami’s Rhonda and Ketut’s unresolved sexual tension also goes under the microscope, a look at recent PR stunts – genius or stupid; and the worst performance by
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Good Wil traffic hunting

Ever wondered what a tweet from Wil Anderson does for a website’s traffic? Allow Dr Mumbo to answer that question.

Here’s a chart of Mumbrella’s Saturday morning traffic as Anderson tweeted a link to yesterday’s piece about Paul Henry’s somewhat robust exchange with a union leader on Ten’s Breakfast.

Thus far, traffic has been twice what Mumbrella would expect on a Saturday.

Dr Mumbo thanks you, Wil.
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Are undergrads really more influential than Gruen panelists? Klout thinks so

In this guest post, Sarah Ballard and Sean Rintel warn that marketers who rely too heavily on online influence measurement system Klout may be foolish to do so

Klout is increasingly becoming a hot new marketing metric. But basic tests suggest that it offers highly questionable results. We asked: Could undergraduate students really have more Klout than Gruen Transfer panellists Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft? While The Gruen Transfer’s panelists may be among the top Australians in the business of influence, the Klout online social influence measurement service shows that typical undergraduates appear to have as much online influence as Gruen panelists.

Online social influence is becoming one of the hottest new marketing metrics. Companies such as PeerIndex and Klout claim to measure influence by weighing up combinations of platforms, followers, and sharing. Klout is currently aggressively promoting itself by pairing with brands; for example, Cathay Pacific is currently
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Gruen looks to Olympics: Swifter, Higher, Stronger, Richer

The Gruen Transfer franchise is to return to ABC1 next month with a four episode Olympics special titled Gruen Sweat followed by ten episodes of Gruen Planet which goes beyond advertising into the world of spin.

Both shows will run at 8.30pm on Wednesdays in the timeslot currently occupied by Randling, which is also produced by Andrew Denton’s Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder.

Randling will move to 9.15pm.

Denton said in a press release: “Every four years, the cream of the world’s advertisers come together for the greatest marketing event in history – two weeks of elite competition played out while the whole planet looks on. This year it’s in London and for the brands taking part, their very presence is a testament to years of dedication and focus, of sweat and toil. What do they want for their efforts? Gold, gold, gold. They want to bring home glory, to
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Wil Anderson to have double hip replacement due to osteoarthritis

Wil Anderson to have double hip replacement due to osteoarthritis
Wil Anderson has revealed that he will need to have a double hip replacement. The 38-year-old Australian comedian, who is best known for his roles in television shows such as The Gruen Transfer and The Glass House, said that he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis last year during a compulsory medical check for TV employer The ABC. According to the Herald Sun, Anderson announced while on stage at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Wednesday night (April 4) that he will require surgery within the next five years. Anderson said that he had suffered from horrific back pain for years and said of the diagnosis: "My first reaction was, 'I can never go on The Amazing (more)
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