Big social media night in.

So here I am on a Thursday night updating my social media.

Logged into Twitter.

Added some connections on LinkedIn.

Reset the password on a Yahoo account that had 400+ unread messages…why do I have four email addresses again?

This blog in particular is long overdue for a post.

It’s not like I have been idle. I’ve had all the actual work writing to contend with…often requiring interviews at odd hours. Oh, and a family…kids parties…life…etc etc…

Anyways, here are some links to pre-written ready-made content and photos!

Recently I got the chance to chat to Daniel Dae Kim whose work I have been following since the days of Angel.

Read about his time on Hawaii Five-O here:

Earlier in the year when I was at the TCA Winter Press Tour in Los Angeles I attended the session for the new Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal starring Kerry Washington.

The lovely Annabel Crabb was happy  to chat about her new season of Kitchen Cabinet – she has high praise for the cooking skills of WA Senator Louise Pratt. Not so much so for poor Joe Hockey‘s barbecue prowess and the fact his oven still had plastic on it!

In an ideal world, I’d have posted the links to the kids’ movie reviews in the school holidays, not several days after they finished. Yes believe it or not, I watch TV every day and still go to the movies too!

Mwahahaha here’s Hotel Transylvania with the voice work of Adam Sandler “blah blah blah” , and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days with general silliness.

And let’s call it a wrap with Perth’s Mandy McElhinney aka Rhonda the safe driver soon to be known as Nene King.




Disney Promotion – Movie Giveaway!

Choo-Choo Express

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo-Choo Express

Parents often complain there are no suitable movies to take children to outside the school holidays. 

Complain no more because from May 6 the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo-Choo Express is pulling into Greater Union and Event Cinemas in Perth for a series of special $6 screenings aimed at pre-schoolers and their families. 

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo-Choo Express sees Mickey and his pals putting together the Clubhouse Choo-Choo Train to help Professor Von Drake deliver his special non-melting Easy Freezy Snow from Mistletoe Mountain so they can play in the snow year-round. 

Choo-Choo Express aims to inspire children with messages of teamwork, problem solving and adventure. For many children it will also be the first time they have seen Mickey Mouse on the big screen. Joining him for the adventure are old favourite Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck. 

As a special bonus, a never-before-seen episode of Playhouse Disney favourite Handy Manny will screen before the film. 

The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo-Choo Express will also screen on Foxtel’s Playhouse Disney channel on Saturday, June 26 and be available for purchase on Disney DVD on June 30. 

For the chance to win one of three family passes (admit four per family pass) courtesy of Disney to a special preview on Sunday May 2 at Event Cinemas Innaloo at 10am, visit my Twitter feed at  for details on how to win by answering a simple question. 

*Trivia: Trivia – Walt Disney originally wanted to call Mickey “Mortimer Mouse” but it was changed to “Mickey Mouse” when his wife Lillian said she felt that “Mortimer” sounded too pompous and suggested another name that personified the qualities of fun and humbleness. 

Visit Mickey House at Playhouse Disney Australia here 

Or click here for more information about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo-Choo Express. 

You can even get an idea of what Choo-Choo express will be like by watching this video from IMDB.

From Bert to Paris…a busy week

It has been a busy week of interviewing everyone from chefs and children’s performers to actors and presenters. With so many questions and phone numbers I am grateful I managed not to call the wrong one about the wrong subject.

One of the more amusing things to happen this week was learning one of the people I was interviewing had looked me up, presumably on Google, and read my Valentine’s Day review. Now that’s not something that happens every day.

In the last week I have also discovered which brand of batteries suck – of the eight pack purchased just last week about six are already dead including two sets that died mid interview. I got better life out of the cheap ones from Ikea.

Anyways, last week I finally had the chance to talk to TV legend Bert Newton about his TV show  20 to 1 among other things. A few years ago I had the chance to go visit Bert on the set of his new game show in Melbourne (forgotten the name already – it got axed) but it was a fly in and out tight turnaround that I just couldn’t sort out with the kids, so someone else went.

Bert’s refreshingly upfront and talkative – no airs and graces, no snobbery and not at all difficult like some other presenters I’ve talked to over the years.

So, here’s a link to the feature story from today’s edition of The West.

Bert had so much to say I could have written twice as much if space permitted.

In other news of all the movies I wanted to see this week, From Paris with Love was the only one I ended up getting to and alas, it wasn’t much chop.

Read my review here; shame they didn’t use a pic of John Travolta in character.

Movie night

Okay, been a bit busy with movies this week to properly post on matters pertaining to TV. Thank heavens for Twitter.

So here are some quick links to reviews of two films that opened this week, one for the family, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and one for the rom-com and chick flick lovers, Valentine’s Day.

The latter was a serious disappointment; not entirely unexpected given the bloated all-star cast including Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner.

As for the former, look out for the amusing performances of Uma Thurman and Steve Coogan, an unlikely pair of villains.

Both reviews appeared in The West yesterday.

Perth’s best kept secret?

I am surprised by the number of people who have fond memories of Perth’s drive-ins – who don’t realise we still have one.

As mentioned in a previous post, we recently went to the Galaxy in Kingsley to see Avatar. That’s north of the river for you south siders.

This week the feature is The Tooth Fairy and at the weekend (until Feb 3) there’s a double feature of The Tooth Fairy and 500 Days of Summer.

You can read my review of The Tooth Fairy here at The

500 Days of Summer was one of my favourite films of 2009, so I’ve also dug up the link to that review here.

Pack a picnic, the Aeogard, the doonas, pillows and Thermos and have a great night out.

Kid-friendly summer movies & fun at the drive-in

I’ve had a lot of parents asking me in the last week or so which films I would recommend they take their children to this summer.

Probably my least favourite family film this holiday season has been Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel.  Yet another sequel that fails to live up to the original and comes across as little more than a dash for box office cash. I gave it a 2 star rating, as you’ll see if you click on the link above to the story in The West.

Most of the parents I follow on Twitter have echoed my opinion.

The Princess and the Frog, on the other hand, was an old-fashioned delight. It should appeal to girls from about four to 10 and maybe some of their younger brothers. This is a classic Disney tale, in the hand-drawn animation style I grew up with.

Start with a familiar story,  add a twist, well-drawn (literally) characters, humour and catchy music and the rest falls into place. You can read the full review at The West here.

Adults will particularly enjoy Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox with George Clooney giving voice and life to the title character. The clever use of cuss for cusswords (cuss that!) was particularly amusing.

Although Avatar is rated M in Australia, we took the kids (9 and 5) to see it at the drive-in last week. Having already seen it without the kids in 3-D, we figured the five-year old would probably fall asleep and if he didn’t, he had come through all six Star Wars movies unscathed – even watching Anakin writhing in fire and molten hell before his rescue and resurrection as Darth Vader.

Interestingly it was Ms 9 who fell asleep several times in the home stretch and Mr 5 who stayed awake. He now likes to boast he has seen two rated-M movies ( I think Star Wars ep III is the other one).

While I generally wouldn’t recommend Avatar for under sevens, if you have children who have enjoyed and understood the earlier Harry Potter films, LOTR or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, Avatar shouldn’t do them any harm.

If you live in Perth make sure to take the family to the Galaxy Drive-In in Kingsley this summer. It is Perth’s last surviving drive-in and looks as though it hasn’t changed much in 20 years.

Grab some rugs, chairs, doonas and take-away and you’re set.  Best of all, it will cost you about half of what the cinemas do. Tuesdays are a bargain at $15 a car.

Avatar is screening until January 13 and at weekends there’s a double feature with Aliens in the Attic – although I suspect not many kids will stay awake for that one.

The drive-in is particularly popular with family groups and owners of 4WDs, station wagons and utes for the obvious reasons of comfort – just park backwards and leave the tail open.