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Wednesday 30 January 2013

Julia Gillard announces 2013 election

In news just in, Julia Gillard has announced the date of the federal election: September 2013.

It's a surprise move: Gillard has broken with tradition by setting the election date months before the polling date - which essentially means a nine month election campaign.

"Time is not for wasting. So decisions have to be made about how we use our time this year," Gillard told the National Press Club in Canberra.

For more, click here.

Photo: smh.com.au

Celebrity Apprentice Australia 2013

The new slew of 'Celebrity Apprentice Australia' contestants has been announced, and here is the complete list:

Dermott Brereton: former AFL player

Roxy Jacenko: Sydney PR 
Brian Mannix, 80s rock stalwart
Prue MacSween: PR veteran
Jon Steffensen: Olympic athlete 
Peter Berner: comedian and TV presenter 
Layla Subritzky: runner-up 'Big Brother Australia'
Stephanie Rice: Olympic swimmer
Dawn Fraser: Olympic swimming legend 
Rob Mills: singer and actor 
Kym Johnson: Oz and US 'Dancing With The Stars' favourite 
Peter Everett: former TV presenter 
Jeff Fenech: former boxing champ
Prinnie Stevens: from 'The Voice' 

Quite an interesting mix. See below for who is in this series.

It'll be fun to watch the inevitable stoushes between the groups, and it can bring out the best and the worst in people, while producing some stellar TV moments [Deni Hines, anyone? She made for great TV...]

Will you tune in?

UPDATED: here is the preview clip for this year's show:

'Celebrity Apprentice Australia' begins filming this week and will air after Easter 2013, on Channel Nine.

Go on, have a guess: who do you think will win?

UPDATED: Here is first episode:


Tuesday 29 January 2013

Olay Total Effects Packs - Five To Win!

New year, new beauty regime, yes?

No? Then why not make it a time to clean up and simplify what you do every morning and night to keep skin looking bright and fresh. Don't cleanse every night? Look, I am not here to preach... but: skin that's cleansed and looked after gives you a glow that no moisturiser can ever even attempt to smooth over.

And, look at that: the folks at Olay Total Effects have been kind enough to offer FIVE packs of their two star products - Olay Total Effects Day Cream Gentle SPF15 (RRP $32.49) and the Olay Total Effects Cream Cleanser (RRP $12.99) - to Josie's Juice readers! Each pack is worth around $45 each.

Olay Total Effects was first conceived over 10 years ago when an extensive survey discovered that women across the globe, despite their differing ethnicities and geographies, were concerned about similar signs of ageing. 

Rising up to the challenge of finding one solution to address these multiple issues, Olay created 'Total Effects'. Harnessing the power of Niacinamide to help fight the seven signs of skin ageing in a single product, Olay Total Effects came to be, and gave women the kind of beautiful, younger looking skin they were searching for.

Guinea pig = moi. I have been trialing both products for several weeks now and I am smitten. As is my younger looking [but actually a tad older than I am told I look] skin.

Give it a go! Enter now! Here's how:

- 'Like' the Josie's Juice blog Facebook page [click 'like' button in top right hand corner)
- Share this link on your Facebook 'wall'
- In comments section below, tell us in as many words as you like why you'd love to win this box set
- Email me at josiegags@optusnet.com.au with your address details in case you win, so you are easily contactable

Good luck! Comp runs for one month from today, and is open to Australian residents only.

Ellen: CoverGirl Favourite Moments + CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast Eyeshadow

Ellen DeGeneres is a CoverGirl spokesperson, and in this clip below she recently shared on her show her favourite CoverGirl moments so far:

Meanwhile, one of my fave CoverGirl products is this one below: the CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast.

It has all my favourite elements in a makeup product: no fingers required unless you want to [so it's hygienic and requires no other 'tools' to apply] and completely portable and easy to pop in the car makeup kit.

The CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast eyeshadow is a two-in-one double-ended stick that features coordinated shades and two precision applicator tips to help create the coveted 'smoky eye'. One end of the stick features a shade for the base of the eyelid - the other features a shade for liner/crease. 

The eyeshadow is super easy to apply, smudge and blend to a smoky eye finish. It contains waxes for improved blending. Available in: Onyx Smoke, Silver Sky, Bronze Fire, Purple Plume, Citrus Flair, and Tempest Blue. RRP: $17.95 each.

SAG Awards 2013 Red Carpet - part three

SAG Awards red carpet coverage continues...

Don't miss part one and part two:

All photos courtesy of E!. For more, click here.

Monday 28 January 2013

Dramatic flood rescue: toddler winched from submerged truck in QLD floods

This will become one of the most enduring clips of the 2013 Australian floods: here, rescuers airlift a toddler and two women to safety after their truck became submerged in scarily fast-moving flood waters in Queensland. [Report is by Sophie Foster]. 

Watch this heart-stopping clip:

Clip from ITN News. 'Like' them on Facebook here.

To donate to the Red Cross flood appeal, please click here.

SAG Awards 2013 Red Carpet - part two

The 2013 SAG Awards has been another winner in the fashion stakes. Click here for part one, and scroll down for more...

All photos courtesy of E!. For more, click here.

SAG Awards 2013 Red Carpet - part one

The SAG [Screen Actors Guild] awards has just been televised, and while it's not as high profile as the Golden Globes, nor the Oscars, it's still a heavy-hitter in the red carpet fashion stakes.

Here's some fabulous examples [stay tuned for the E! Fashion Police ep on Wednesday night; details to come]:

All photos courtesy of E!. For more, click here.

Jennifer Lawrence 'Saturday Night Live' Monologue: 'Disses' Her Golden Globes Nominees and Explains That Meryl Comment

Jennifer Lawrence (who isn't having a J-Lar girl crush right now?) was rather hilarious in her turn as Saturday Night Live host, which just screened in the US and Australia. In her opening monologue she rather hilariously disses her Golden Globes nominees (she won the gong a few weeks ago) and explains why she said "I beat Meryl" during her acceptance speech.


Bad Lip Reading: Beyonce "LA FWAY"

Those funsters at Bad Lip Reading first released the Obama 2013 inauguration clip, with a little taste of Beyonce... and have now produced an entire clip just of Beyonce's singing (miming?).


Chris Lilley Collection: DVD Box Set. Competition - win one of four sets

Chris Lilley - THE genius of comedy has released his entire collection - 'We Can Be Heroes', 'Summer Heights High', and 'Angry Boys' on one DVD box set.

And it's a beauty. A gazillion hours (okay, 17 hours to be exact) of extras in addition to every episode from all three series means non-stop laughs... it's the perfect rainy weekend companion when you feel like a Lilley overload. I am always up for that...

To celebrate this huge release (I have never seen such well-presented, nifty little box set), Josie's Juice has four of these fantastic box sets to give away. Details on how to enter below:

How to be in running to win one of four Chris Lilley DVD box sets:

- 'Like' the Josie's Juice blog Facebook page [click 'like' button in top right hand corner)
- Share this link on your Facebook 'wall'
- In comments section below, tell us in as many words as you like why you'd love to win this box set
- Email me at josiegags@optusnet.com.au with your address details in case you win, so you are easily contactable

Good luck! Comp runs for one month from today.

Here are a few clips from the inimitable Chris Lilley:

Which is your fave Chris Lilley character?

Saturday 26 January 2013

'They're A Weird Mob' - An Australian Classic: A Tribute To The Best Country On Earth

Australia Day to me means remembering how incredible this country has been to my parents (RIP my father, who came out here in the 1960s to work as a kitchen hand at the Rex Hotel in Kings Cross in Sydney and flatted with several blokes in a terrace in the Cross), and for in turn giving us an exceptional future in the luckiest country of all.

It also means enjoying one of my fave movies of all time 'They're A Weird Mob', which means: Graham Kennedy, Les Girls, "your bloody shout", Kings Cross, pouring concrete while wearing a blue Bonds singlet in hot Aussie sun, cold beer, midi or schooner, the unchanged Marble Bar, Ed Devereaux, John Meillon, rolling your own, those delicate Aussie macaron things, Kay and Nino, that Olivetti typewriter [we still have it!], and archival footage I just can't get enough of, and much more.

Here is the trailer, plus some additional clips [and: BONUS! I found the whole movie on YouTube! Scroll down]. They always play this vintage flick on Fox Classic on Aussie pay-TV on Australia Day... check your guides! (Or... watch the whole movie in parts one and two of these clips below, after the trailer clip here):

Other classic scenes I have pulled out for you to enjoy:

I love that under this clip on YouTube is this insider comment:

A great funny movie that has not aged with time. The St George cab driver was Mr Robert (Bob) Smith of Punchbowl. One nite he picked up a fare who happen to be Michael Powell Director. The cabbie suggested he should use a real Australian taxi driver in the movie. Bob receives a call on the taxi two way well the rest is history. The car used is a Australian Valiant AP5, they were usually not taxi's in 1966, Holden were king.

And, fantastic footage from the world premiere the movie, at the State Theatre in Sydney:

"Your bloody shout!"

Appeared originally in Australian Women’s Weekly 29 June 1966. Sourced the digitised article from the Australian newspapers digitisation project athttp://trove.nla.gov.au/

What's your fave Aussie classic film, and what does Australia Day mean to you?