Netflix launches crackdown on password sharing

The days of using your boyfriend’s brother’s Netflix account may be up, with the streaming giant launching a crackdown on password sharing.

According to GammaWire, Netflix is testing a new feature that could put an end to our cheeky account-sharing business.

Over the past few days, some viewers trying to use someone else’s account have reportedly been interrupted by a pop-up alert from the streaming platform.

“If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching,” the message reads.

Viewers are then asked to verify whether they’re authorised to use the account, by confirming with a text or email which is sent to the account owner.

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Netflix has confirmed that they are indeed testing the new feature, however, it’s not known whether it will become permanent.

“This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so – both by the member who owns the account and under our Terms of Service,” the company said in a statement.

Netflix’s terms of service state that accounts “may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.”

Film

Gold Coast Film Festival unveils 2021 program

Queensland’s biggest celebration of cinema is set to be one to remember in 2021, with the Gold Coast Film Festival announcing its eagerly awaited program after a year-long hiatus.

The line-up features more than 100 exciting films, pop-up cinemas, red carpet screenings, industry panels, and special events, taking over the Gold Coast from April 14 to 25.

The 12-day event will feature four World premieres, six Australian premieres, nine Queensland premieres, and two exclusive preview screenings across the Gold Coast from Coomera to Coolangatta, alongside Q&As with filmmakers and some of Australia’s leading cast and crew.

Headlining on Opening Night is documentary Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks, which shines the spotlight on Australian icon Valerie Taylor’s extraordinary life as a fearless marine protector and ocean explorer whose up-close-and-personal experience with sharks is unparalleled.

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Other films set to debut during the festival include the World premieres of This Little Love of Mine, an Australian romantic comedy shot entirely in Far North Queensland; Rhapsody of Love, an Asian-Australian rom-com many are calling the ‘Aussie Crazy Rich Asians’; local horror film House of Inequity from Gold Coaster Josh Hale; and teen series Dive Club, set to screen on Network 10 in Australia and Netflix globally later this year.

The festival line-up also boasts never-before-seen special preview screenings of J.J. Winlove’s June Again starring industry icons Noni Hazelhurst, Claudia Karvan, and Stephen Curry; and The United States vs. Billie Holiday on the festival’s Closing Night, directed by Oscar-winner Lee Daniels (The Butler; Precious) and starring Grammy-nominated musician Andra Day in her Golden Globe-winning role as Billie Holiday.

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Gold Coast Film Festival Director Aimée Lindorff says this year’s program includes something for everyone and is a celebration of the industry, inspiring movie fans to return to the cinema and cinema-hopefuls to pursue their passion for the silver screen.

“We have an incredible mix of national and international films and documentaries starring some big names and tackling even bigger story lines,” says Ms Lindorff.

“The prestigious Screen Industry Gala Awards will return at Movie World, where we will celebrate the Festival’s award winners and finalists alongside an In Conversation with producer Sue Maslin AO (The Dressmaker).

“Pitch In Paradise, the Festival’s new industry market, will also take place over two days with filmmakers invited to pitch their work to production companies, commissioners, and networks, as well as a program of industry panels designed for established and emerging filmmakers alike.”

Other special events in the program include the SIPFest Short Film Festival at its new home at Burleigh Brewing Co., and a new addition to the pop-up cinemas line up Film at the Footy, with a screening of Gladiator at Cbus Super Stadium as part of a new partnership with Gold Coast Titans.

To view the full program and purchase tickets visit gcfilmfestival.com

Bachelorette Georgia Love and Lee Elliott tie the knot

If you needed proof about whether reality TV dating shows really work, well… here it is.

Bachelorette Georgia Love and Lee Elliott met nearly five years ago on season two of the popular TV series, and now, they’re officially husband and wife!

The pair tied the knot in a fairytale wedding ceremony at Frogmore Creek Winery in Tasmania on Friday, surrounded by close family and friends.

Georgia stunned in a divine white wedding gown by Australian designer Jason Grech, while Lee wore a white tuxedo with a black bow tie.

 

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Following the ceremony, the party continued at the magical Shene Distillery, which was adorned with fairy lights above a pink dance floor.

The newlyweds took to social media on Saturday to share adorable snaps from their special day, with Georgia captioning her image “It was always you 05.03.21” and Lee writing “Our happy ever after”.

 

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Georgia and Lee are the third couple from the show to marry. Tim and Anna and Sam and Snezana have also tied the knot.

While Matty J and Laura Byrne are also engaged and share two children.

You can snoop more dreamy photos from Lee and Georgia’s magical wedding day using the hashtag #aloveleewedding.

Congratulations, lovers!

HOLY ROSES! The new Bachelor Australia has been announced

Network Ten have announced who the 2021 Bachelor Australia will be, and for the first time in a while, it’s someone we haven’t met before!

After months of speculation, airline pilot Jimmy Nicholson has been confirmed as the leading man for this year’s season.

“Romance is ready to make its return and Cupid’s bow is poised to strike firmly in the heart of Australia’s next Bachelor, Jimmy Nicholson,” the network said in a statement.

“With love and a fairy-tale ending set firmly in his sights, the 31-year-old airline pilot is looking to take on his greatest adventure yet.”

Channel 10 has described Jimmy as a “self-confessed romantic”, who is an “intelligent and passionate go-getter who is ready to find his happily ever after”.

“Like most singles, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jimmy had time to reflect on his life and what he hoped to achieve in the future,” the network said.

“While recognising that his career is important, love is more important. And, The Bachelor seemed the perfect way to find the one.

Jimmy says he can’t wait to begin the adventure and hopefully find the one!

“I am a big believer in embracing any opportunity that presents itself, especially if it has the potential to change your life for the better,” he said.

“The journey ahead will be one of the most challenging experiences that I have ever undertaken, however, I am very excited to meet someone that I could potentially spend the rest of my life with.”

The Bachelor Australia will once again be hosted by Osher Günsberg and is set to air on Channel 10 soon, however an exact date has not yet been confirmed.

 

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Sheppard to play free gig at Live on The Lawn this Sunday!

Get ready to Say Geronimo Gold Coast!

This Sunday, 1029 Hot Tomato is bringing Sheppard to The Star Gold Coast for a FREE Live on The Lawn performance.

The band is set to play an acoustic set at 4pm featuring all of their big hits, as well as some tunes from their brand new album Kaleidoscope Eyes.

“The album has had a nice reception, everyone has been enjoying it so far,” George told 1029 Hot Tomato’s Moyra & Baggs on Tuesday afternoon.

George said Gold Coasters of all ages are invited to attend the free performance.

“We are going to be meeting all our fans too. If anyone is around, come on down.”

Listen to the full interview with George below:

While there are no tickets required to attend the event, 1029 Hot Tomato is giving away tickets to an exclusive VIP area for those who are 18+.

Tune in to Galey, Emily Jade & Christo and Moyra & Baggs this week to win your way into the VIP area with drinks and the best view of the show.

Sheppard will perform at Live on The Lawn at The Star Gold Coast this Sunday 7 March at 4pm. For more information, visit: mygc.com.au/gold-coast-events/sheppard-live-on-the-lawn-at-the-star-gold-coast/