Australian actor Samuel Johnson is to retire from acting, choosing to focus on money-raising efforts to combat cancer.
Johnson has been campaigning to raise $10 million dollars for cancer research through the charity he and his sister Connie, who is dying of breast cancer, started to fund research into the disease. Johnson informed fans via his charity’s Facebook page, Love Your Sister, that he plans to devote his time to the fight against cancer. “I promised that I would help raise $10 million dollars for those bloody brilliant scientists and researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research,” he wrote.
The announcement comes just weeks after the launch of Johnson’s latest TV hit Molly, the story of DJ Molly Meldrum’s life being screened by Channel 7.
Aussie act Tame Impala cleans up at BRIT Awards
Australian psychedelic-rock group Tame Impala made its mark this week by scoring the International Group award at the BRITs on Wednesday night. The five-piece Perth band beat U2, Major Lazer and Eagles of Death Metal to the award with its third album Currents.
Frontman Kevin Parker accepted the award saying, “It’s pretty amazing to be invited to your award ceremony, to this night, let alone be given an award to accept.”
Jennifer Lawrence can finally call it even
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-paid entertainer among this year’s Oscar nominees. After complaining last year that she was paid less than her American Hustle co-stars, Lawrence has come out on top, pocketing almost $A72 million between June 2014 and June 2015, and receiving a best actress nomination for Joy to boot. She earned almost twice as much as the second highest-paid nominee, Leonardo DiCaprio ($A40 million).
Kylie and Josh announce engagement
Kylie Minogue and Joshua Sasse have confirmed their engagement the old-fashioned way with an official public announcement in a London newspaper. Minogue, 47 and Sasse, 28 made their debut as fiancées at the BRIT Awards where Minogue presented the award for best British solo artist to James Bay.
Their six-month courtship began after the pair met in the American musical comedy series, Galavant. The entertainment mags suggested the loved-up couple became engaged during a Christmas break in Switzerland.
Shane Warne wants his bling back
Serial celebrity and self-publicist Shane Warne, currently a star turn in Network Ten’s I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here, confessed to his co-stars that he wants his engagement ring back. Warne proposed to Liz Hurley in 2010 with a glamorous $60,000 sapphire and diamond ring, but when the couple split in 2013, having never sealed the deal, Hurley moved on with the ring in her grasp.
Warne discussed splitsville protocol with campmate DJ Havana Brown, who shed some light on the sticky situation: “If it was a good break-up, I think she should give it back. If you messed up, then she could keep it just to add spite.” – Samantha Barrie
Photo shows Sam Johnson preparing for his role as Molly Meldrum – from his charity Facebook page Love Your Sister.