Australian songbird Kylie Minogue, known for her hits "LocoMotion" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head" was honored at the G'Day USA Australian Week black tie gala at Hollywood & Highland. Honorary Aussie, John Travolta, presented the award to her, as Ms. Minogue is a huge Grease Fan ( in which Travolta co-starred with Olivia Newton-John.) Olivia also performed at the event, which brought out a slew of celebs including Calista Flockhart, Mayor Villaraigosa, Bindi & Terri Irwin and the ubiquitous Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin. Seems Ms. Rinna is the new Cesar Romero, as she attends every event in town. Caught up with her at a recent gifting suite at the Luxe Hotel, grabbing every swag in sight.
Also honored was Director Phillip Noyce (The Bone Collector) whose award was presented by Harrison Ford, who he directed in Patriot Games.
|Presenter Harrison Ford|
The following week, the Ausies moved to New York for their USA campaign, which unfortunately was clouded by the untimely death of Heath Ledger. John Travolta gave a moving tribute to Ledger at the Lincoln Centre and stated, "Actors need other actors to be inspired, and he was my actor." In thinking about the doomed star, I am reminded of James Dean, and Rebel without a Cause, which has become classic - .not only because of the film's excellence, but the fact that Dean died soon afterwards. The same power will no doubt be extended to Brokeback Mountain - which will be immortalized for Ledger's legendary performance.
|Singer Kylie Minogue receiving excellence in entertainment award|
Got to admit that Travolta really gets around. A few nights later, he was among the Living Legends of Aviation lauded at the Beverly Hilton. These honorees include aviation entrepreneurs, record breakers, pilots and astronauts who have made an impact in the aviation industry. We were pleased to see our pal, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, who just celebrated his 78th birthday in Calgary, participating in the Dual Giant Slalom race course. Talk about getting around!
|Innes Wilcox, Consulate General of Australia in LA with Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin|
We include a photo Buzz, being interviewed by yours truly at Norby Walter's Academy Awards Party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Reminds me that Buzz, and at least 150 other celebs will be at this black tie viewing party on Sunday, Feb. 24th. This sit down dinner includes many past Oscar winners and nominees, and has been rated as one of the top Award parties by the Daily News and ABC's Good Morning America to name a few.
|Astronaut Buzz Aldrin "Living Legends of Aviation"|
Some of the celebs invited to attend include Jamie Fox, Richard Dreyfuss, Diane Ladd, Sean Astin, Amber Tamblyn and many, many more. The main sponsors include Bacchus - The #1 Energy Drink in all of Asia, American Airlines and Tummy Tuck Jeans -- Not your Daughters Jeans! There are a limited number of tickets available for $1,000 per seat. Please call 310-446-5416 for further information.
|Norby Walters, Christian Slater and Gary Walters at screening of Bobby, produced by Gary Walters|