Victoria’s Secret ditches ‘Angels’ in major brand overhaul

It’s the end of an era, with Victoria’s Secret finally saying goodbye to its ‘Angels’.

The lingerie, clothing, and beauty giant announced the massive rebrand overnight, launching a new campaign featuring a group of diverse women including American soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

The move is being described as one of the “biggest brand turnarounds in recent memory”, with Victoria Secret’s new CEO promising a bigger and better fashion show in 2022.

“When the world was changing, we were too slow to respond,” Martin Waters told the New York Times.

“We needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want.”

The new campaign, dubbed “VS Collective”, also features actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and LGBTQ model and activist Valentina Sampaio, with more women set to be added in the coming months.

The news is receiving mixed reactions from people across the globe.

“This is extremely exciting! I’ve missed shopping in the stores but was never able to actually buy a bra in store and felt out of place for being bigger. I’m so excited for this rebrand”, one person wrote.

While another commented “Such a sad day. I loved the Angels! It was a dream of mine to become one. They were sexy, feminine, and confident. I felt empowered by them. I hope you’ll reconsider bringing them back”.

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Qld film industry to receive $71M boost to entice blockbusters

The Queensland Government is injecting millions of dollars into the entertainment industry in a bid to lure more Hollywood blockbusters to the sunshine state.

We’ve been given another taste of the State Budget and the local film industry appears to be one of the big winners.

A massive $71 million has been earmarked for the industry, making it the biggest funding injection in six years.

More than $53 million will be going straight towards the State’s Production Attraction Strategy to bring international filmmakers into Queensland.

Those previously lured to the sunshine state by the strategy include blockbusters such as Thor: Ragnarok, Aquaman, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Godzilla vs. Kong, Love and Monsters, Escape from Spiderhead, Thirteen Lives, Ticket To Paradise and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic.

Around $4 million has also been allocated to boost the screen industry in the state’s north, while $10 million over two years has also been put aside for the “Post, Digital and Visual Effects Incentive”.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new funding would cement Queensland’s reputation as a production powerhouse, create jobs and support the state’s economic recovery.

“Queensland attracted more international productions than any other State in 2020 and this funding will help us to attract even more,” the Premier said.

“Our screen success is not an accident, but the result of long-term planning and strategic investment in the industry, led by Screen Queensland.

“It’s also due to how well Queenslanders have managed the COVID pandemic which has made filming here so attractive.

“Through the global pandemic our State has been a safe haven for local and international productions while others were shut down, keeping cameras rolling on COVID-Safe sets.”

Massive productions currently filming in Queensland include Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives, Season Two of the Amazon Original series The Wilds starring Rachel Griffiths, and The Portable Door, a co-production between Brisbane company Story Bridge Films and the renowned The Jim Henson Company.

The blockbusters keep on coming, with several upcoming productions set to call the sunshine state home.

Those include Joe Exotic, which will kick off filming at Screen Queensland Studios from July, Netflix’s Jessica Watson biopic and the much-anticipated Ticket To Paradise, starring Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

The full state budget will be handed down at 2pm tomorrow, when further details about the funding will be revealed.

Human Nature heading back to Las Vegas as a three-man band

Much-loved Aussie vocal group Human Nature has revealed they will be travelling back to Las Vegas with one less band member.

After more than 30 years together as a group of four, Phil Burton has made the tough decision to remain in Australia as the rest of the group heads back to Vegas for their upcoming residency.

However, fans of the band will be pleased to know Burton still very much remains apart of the group, which also includes Toby Allen and brothers Michael and Andrew Tierney.

“When there are opportunities to play, they’ll fly here and I’ll jump back on board, and it will be the four of us as always,” Burton told Stellar Magazine.

“Covid put things in stark reality… where do you want to be? Where do you feel at home? And Australia is where we felt the most safe as a family,” he continued.

Human Nature also reassured fans in a statement on social media this morning, with many fearing Burton had left the group completely.

“Today’s story is all true except the headlines are misleading. Phil has not left the group permanently,” they wrote.

“To put it simply for everyone Phil remains in Human Nature nothing has changed except for his postcode and mobile number.

“There are always new plans for Human Nature, as of now all four members are touring Australia wide and promoting a brand new EP Good Good Life that features our new single ‘Broken Humans.’

“Rest assured everybody — we are rock steady.”

Adults-only circus cabaret Infamous is coming back to the GC

Things are set to heat up on the Gold Coast this winter, with risqué adults-only circus cabaret Infamous to return to the city this month!

The Spiegel Big top will once again pop up at Broadwater Parklands, with the popular show to entertain those over the age of 18 from Friday 18 June – Sunday 8 August 2021.

First wowing Gold Coast audiences in 2018 with an epic double season at the Broadwater Parklands, the Italio-Australia Club and then at Helensvale, Infamous has since travelled all over the country delivering a cheeky cocktail of circus cabaret and uncensored burlesque.

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Assistant Director of Infamous , Michelle Jarman said the adult-only show features an extraordinary cast including bare-chested acrobats, naughty performers and dazzling dancers.

“We are so thrilled to bring Infamous back to the Gold Coast – it’s been far too long between drinks! We have always been warmly received by Gold Coasters – perhaps it says something about their flirtatious and fun-loving natures,” she said.

“In 2021, everything is amplified. This year Infamous will deliver even greater gravity defying aerial artistry and flying trapeze. Our favourite cheeky clown, Jessie Mikie Grant is back with hilarious antics and fresh comedy routines while Merrick and Joseph will have you on the edge of your seat with unbelievable stunts and Wheel of Death feats. There is also a stellar line-up of world-class dancers and singers that are sure to entertain and enthrall all night long!”

“You’ll laugh, you’ll blush, you’ll gasp with fear – it’s all a part of the Infamous excitement.”

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Infamous is an 18+ event, and it is on at Broadwater Parklands from Friday 18 June – Sunday 8 August 2021. For more information, visit: infamous.net.au 

‘The Bachelorette’ recruiting males and females for this year’s season

Australia’s next bachelorette has been announced, and this year there’s a bit of a twist!

Brooke Blurton, a 26-year-old proud Noongar-Yamatji woman from Western Australia will continue her search for love, after appearing in the Honeybadger’s Bachelor show and then Bachelor in Paradise.

Brooke identifies as bisexual, making this the first Australian bachelor/bachelorette season that will have both male and female contestants!

She says she’s ready to find her happily ever after.

“I’ve done it twice before and now, having the opportunity to choose my person and who I want in my life, is a truly unique and special experience.

“My perfect person is someone that loves me for me. I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others.

“All the dreamy things! I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for,” Brooke said.

Of course, the Bachelorette is nothing with host Osher Günsberg. He says he can’t wait to get started on helping Brooke find love.

“We are a nation of people from so many different backgrounds, so many different cultures and so many different experiences, yet we all have one thing in common – we all want to be loved in a way that is meaningful to us,” he said.

Casting is open now, with filming to get underway shortly.

Click here to apply.