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Aaron is a sub editor working and living in Christchurch. His first job included writing a review for the Franklin District newspaper, of a marae initiative promoting health and well being for kaumatua (the elderly).

Brought up on his marae Tauranganui in Port Waikato, Tainui with his grand parents, Aaron truly grasped the country lifestyle and embellished his cultural upbringing. With 10 siblings to nag at, Aaron learned respect and kotahitanga (together as one) from a very young age. Moving to the city at the age of 16 was a big step for Aaron and recalls “finding it considerably difficult to adapt to the fast paced lifestyle of a towney”.

His whanau ties include Tainui and Ngati Porou, East Coast. The majority of his family are spread out across New Zealand which gives him the opportunity to travel and experience life in other necks of the woods.

Mr Kirk loves the outdoors and is considered snap-happy when confronted with a beautiful landscape. Don’t be surprised if you see him in your town taking pictures. With a bachelor in communication studies, diploma in digital media and certificate in radio under his belt, Aaron hopes to secure a “dream job” in an industry he has grown to be passionate about.

Well, I just wanted to refamiliarise myself with how Throng worked. I have not been in agesss but it’s good to know people are still visiting.

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Kate Winslet will be fighting it out with her fellow Brits at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. It’ll come as no surprise that her competition includes Helen Mirren and Judi Dench.

But the three Brits will have to beat off Meryl Streep and Penelope Cruz if they want to take home the best actress award. Leonardo DiCaprio could have a good night as well, he’s nominated in the best actor category for Blood Diamond and also the best supporting actor group for The Departed.

In the TV world, Hugh Laurie got a nod in the best actor in a drama category for his role in House. Kiefer Sutherland is among his competition for 24. Only one Desperate Housewife received a nomination for best comedy actress this year… step forward Felicity Huffman.

For the full list of nominees, see below:

MOVIES
Actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond.
Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson. Peter O’Toole – Venus.
Will Smith – The Pursuit Of Happyness.
Forest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland.

Actress:
Penelope Cruz – Volver.
Judi Dench – Notes On A Scandal.
Helen Mirren – The Queen.
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada.
Kate Winslet – Little Children.

Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine.
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed.
Jackie Earle Haley – Little Children.
Djimon Hounsou – Blood Diamond.
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls.

Supporting Actress:
Adriana Barraza – Babel.
Cate Blanchett – Notes On A Scandal.
Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine.
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls.
Rinko Kikuchi – Babel.

Ensemble Cast:
Babel.
Bobby.
The Departed.
Dreamgirls.
Little Miss Sunshine.

TELEVISION
Actor In A Drama Series:
James Gandolfini – The Sopranos.
Michael C Hall – Dexter.
Hugh Laurie – House.
James Spader – Boston Legal.
Kiefer Sutherland – 24.

Actress In A Drama Series:
Patricia Arquette – Medium.
Edie Falco – The Sopranos.
Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victim Unit.
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer.
Chandra Wilson – Grey’s Anatomy.

Actor In A Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock.
Steve Carell – The Office.
Jason Lee – My Name Is Earl.
Jeremy Piven – Entourage.
Tony Shalhoub – Monk.

Actress In A Comedy Series:
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty.
Felicity Huffman – Desperate Housewives.
Julie Louis-Dreyfus – The New Adventures Of Old Christine.
Megan Mullally – Will & Grace.
Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds.
Jaime Pressly – My Name Is Earl.

Drama Ensemble:
24.
Boston Legal.
Deadwood.
Grey’s Anatomy.
The Sopranos.

Comedy Ensemble:
Desperate Housewives.
Entourage.
The Office.
Ugly Betty.
Weeds.

Actor In A TV Movie Or Mini-Series:
Thomas Haden Church – Broken Trail.
Robert Duvall – Broken Trail.
Jeremy Irons – Elizabeth I.
William H Macy – Nightmares & Dreamscapes.
Matthew Perry – The Ron Clark Story.

Actress In A TV Movie Or Mini-Series:
Annette Bening – Mrs Harris.
Shirley Jones – Hidden Places.
Cloris Leachman – Mrs Harris.
Helen Mirren – Elizabeth I.
Greta Scacchi – Broken Trail.

Annual Life Achievement Award: Julie Andrews.

The award ceremony takes place on Sunday 28th January 2007.

I’m a fan of Fearne Cotton an english tv presenter and DJ.

So it’s good news that we’ll be seeing more of her soon as she hot-foots it over to Hollywood to cover the Oscars for Sky TV. And it’s a gig she’s fairly happy with… so long as she gets to see one Tinseltown hunk in particular.

“I can’t wait to get out to LA for the Oscars,” she said. “Wearing a gorgeous frock, chatting to all the movie stars and watching all the glamour of the red carpet will be amazing. Also, the possibility of seeing Johnny Depp in the flesh is mind-blowingly brilliant. I’m looking forward to bringing back all the gossip.” I’m not jealous, much, I wonder if Keisha’s going.

While Britney is busy getting her legs out, short-lover Lindsay Lohan is now keeping hers covered. But has the young star gone all prudish on us? Hell, no.

Lindsay is just avoiding flashing her pins at the moment because they are so covered in bruises… from pole dancing. But before you get carried away thinking this is all because Lindsay has found herself a new profession, prepare to be disappointed. It’s all because Linds is playing a stripper in her next movie, I Know Who Killed Me, so she’s just putting in the practice now.

“I’ve been in pole dancing lessons, S Factor by Sheila Kelley, every day for four hours. I have bruises all over. That’s why I haven’t worn shorts,” she told People magazine.

Her rep, Leslie Sloane, confirmed to the New York Post: “Her character is a stripper, and she now realises that the job isn’t easy.” But Lindsay isn’t the first celeb to take up a bit of pole action, other fans include Kate Hudson, Teri Hatcher and Carmen Electra.

Oh, how we love it that Take That are back together. And if your Christmas wish is to see four more boys get their act back together, you may be in for a treat.

Blue’s Lee Ryan told New! magazine that the boys will be getting back together in the New Year. Lee’s solo career has been a bit of a none starter… But he said that the boys had their epiphany after seeing Take That’s successful reunion.

He said: “Simon and I went along to An Audience With… Take That. Simon turned to me and said we should do it. The next day we called the boys, and they were really keen, too. We’ve spent the last couple of days in the studio recording stuff.” Shift up Take That, make some room on the (boy) band wagon.

Eminem and Kim Mathers have completed their second divorce. The couple finished off the paperwork to make their separation official in Michigan, USA.

The rapper, real name Marshall Mathers, filed for divorce back on 5 April 2006, with the marriage failing to last four months.

In a private settlement, the pair have agreed to divide property and to share custody of their daughter Hailie Jade Scott, NME reports.

Judge Antonio P Viviano praised the couple for conducting “themselves with dignity and respect”. Marshall and Kim first got married in 1999, before splitting two years later.

Christina Ricci has had a bad week. And she’s working her socks off now to clear up the mess she’s made.

She was named one of People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals’ (Peta) worst dressed celebrity of 2006 after she appeared in fur on the cover of W magazine. And it doesn’t end there.

Even her fans turned their backs on her, resulting with her fansite being shut down due to fur usage by Christina. But now Ricci has had a change of heart and has insisted that she will be fur-free in 2007. She wrote: “After being named on the Peta worst dressed list for wearing fur on the cover of W magazine, I have been deluged with angry and disappointed fans. I never meant to hurt nor anger anyone with my insensitivity. For what it is worth, I have received the message loud and clear and will not be wearing fur in the future. I apologise for my offensive actions.”

It seems to have done the trick… A representative for Peta says Ricci’s name has been removed from the worst dressed list.

And the animal rights group is also sending her a Christmas basket full of “cruelty-free goodies to thank her for her compassionate decision”.

Two headed ‘dragon’ discovered

Scientists in China say they have uncovered the 145 million year old fossil of a two headed ‘dragon’.

The creature was not a fire-breathing monster but a deformed baby lizard, reports the Daily Mail. Researchers say it had two distinct heads and necks and is believed to be the earliest example of a creature developing in such a way.

Scientists think it belonged to an ancient family of now-extinct reptiles that grew up to three feet long. However the fossil is less than three inches long because it probably died shortly before or just after it was born.

The fossil comes from the choristodera family of reptiles which evolved crocodile-like characteristics. Such mutations occur among reptiles when the layer of cells from which an embryo develops splits incorrectly but this is the oldest one ever discovered.

Lead researcher Dr Eric Buffetaut from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, said: “This two headed reptile seems to be unique in the fossil record.”

Bruce Willis may wish to close his ears for a moment. His ex-wife wants to gush about her current hubby. Demi Moore, 44, told the Daily Mirror that Ashton Kutcher is probably the best spouse out there:

“My husband just may be the best husband in the world… and he’s not bad to look at either.”

Does she sound like a Carling ad? But Bruce can look again now, because Demi is also full of praise for him: “Bruce is a wonderful father. He’s present and he’s involved… I feel so unbelievably fortunate to have a relationship with our whole family.”

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Jen Gets Rejected

Surely a TV show would never get bigger than a star. Would it? Well yes, apparently.

According to the Daily Express, Jennifer Aniston has been turned down by 24 bosses, after she supposedly made a bid to appear on the Sky One show. Joel Surnow, one of the producers behind the drama which stars Kiefer Sutherland explained:

“You can’t put these people on because they’re too recognisable. They’ll take you out of the reality.”

It’s a shame – we can just picture Jen in 24-mode, hanging out down at CTU and perhaps getting it on with Jack Bauer… But Jen mustn’t take it personally. Rumour has it that funnyman Ben Stiller has also been turned away.