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Cate Blanchett won the Golden Globe,
was named one of the best dressed and is
on track to win another Oscar.
It was a great night for the Australian
actress, who admitted knocking back a
few vodkas while waiting to hear if she
was going to win the dramatic actress
Globe for her performance as a fallen
New York socialite in Woody Allen's
Blanchett was not the only A-Lister
enjoying the night with a few drinks.
e Golden Globes have a history
of weird and wonderful speeches
and yesterday's ceremony lived up to
"A few vodkas under my belt and
here we are," Blanchett, who now has
three Golden Globes, told the star-
studded crowd inside the Beverly
While Blanchett was the short-priced
favourite to win, many of the other major
categories did not follow the script with
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas
Buyers Club upsetting the dramatic
actor race with a win ahead of Chiwetel
Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Idris Elba
(Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom),
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) and
Robert Redford (All is Lost).
e Dallas Buyers Club also had
another big win, with Jared Leto, who
plays a transexual prostitute with Aids,
claiming the supporting actor Globe.
Leonardo DiCaprio, for e Wolf of
Wall Street, upset another Oscar front-
runner, American Hustle's Christian
Bale, when he won the Globe's best
actor in a comedy-musical category.
e best drama was won by 12 Years a
Slave, con rming the lm's favouritism
for the best picture Oscar while Alfonso
Cuaron, as expected, took the directing
Globe for Gravity.
American Hustle won the best musical-
comedy Globe, giving it momentum and
a chance to cause an upset over 12 Years
a Slave at the Academy Awards.
In the television categories, Breaking
Bad cleaned up with the best drama
series and Bryan Cranston pocketed the
lead dramatic actor prize.
e new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine
upset Modern Family, e Big Bang
eory and Girls for the best comedy
series and its star Andy Samberg was
the surprise winner of the best comedy
e Globes, decided by the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association, are often a
train wreck as it is one of the few major
Hollywood ceremonies where the booze
Sean "Diddy" Combs summed it up
best when he appeared on stage and
told the audience: "Everybody just keep
drinking. It'll be over soon".
British actress Jacqueline Bisset, 69, set
the tone early when she won supporting
actress for a tv mini-series or movie for
Dancing on the Edge and then delivered
an awkward, rambling, expletive-laden
e seven-second delay button
received a good work out during the tv
telecast, including when Diane Keaton
dropped a few unpleasant words while
delivering a speech for Woody Allen
who decided not to turn up to receive his
Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement
Australian Wolf of Wall Street co-
star Margot Robbie had her own drama
when she appeared on stage to announce
an award and the teleprompter
"I have never done this before so I
don't want to improvise," the panicked
former Neighbours starlet said.
New Zealand claimed a Globe
victory with United States actress
Elisabeth Moss winning best actress
in a mini-series for her performance
in Jane Campion's New Zealand-shot
Top of the Lake.
Red carpet fashions are often more
competitive at the Globes than the
award battles inside and Blanchett, in
a black lace Armani Prive gown, had
"Blanchett always takes the art of
the red carpet dress to another level.
And today's Golden Globes look is no
exception," Los Angeles Times fashion
critic Booth Moore wrote.
Blanchett will almost certainly need
another gown for the March 2 Academy
e Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences will announce its Oscar
nominees on Friday and Blanchett is the
short-priced favourite to win the second
Oscar of her career after collecting her
rst in 2005 for e Aviator. --- AAP
Four people feared victims of a bush re
that razed 49 homes in the Perth hills
region have been found safe, while
re ghters are still battling to control
e one death attributed to the re was
that of a 62-year-old man in Hovea who
collapsed on the roof of his house on
Sunday while preparing for the disaster.
e re, which tore through 650ha in
the Shire of Mundaring on Sunday and
also destroyed two sheds, was contained
yesterday but re ghters were still
battling to control it.
A watch and act alert remains for the
eastern part of Parkerville, Stoneville
and Mount Helena.
One resident tried to get back to their
house yesterday afternoon and su ered
burns to the hands and feet.
Noelene Michels, from Helena Valley,
said she knew her house was close to
the re zone and that her son was still
there, but she could not reach him due
"We think it is okay, but we can't get
through to check," she said.
Sally and Gary Elwood, from nearby
Narla Way, already knew their home of
30 years was gone.
"I am a bit shocked, but until I
physically see, it won't hit me fully, but I
have seen it on Facebook so I know it is
ours," Sally Elwood said.
"I know it is gone, but my glass is half
full --- the kids are ne, everyone is ne.
We will just rebuild, at 48 --- bloody hell."
Mundaring Shire president Helen
Dullard said many residents were
relieved to escape the ames.
"Visually, it was a very ugly re. It was
scary," she said.
People who lost their homes will be
escorted to the ruins today.
e fate of livestock and pets is
unknown but residents are bracing for
the worst, while some re ghters have
been treated for heat exhaustion and bee
Emergency Services Minister Joe
Francis believes a power pole on private
property caused the re.
He said the blaze could have been
much worse and wiped out hundreds
"We pray this is the last re we see like
this, but there are no guarantees," he said.
"We deal with the lottery dealt out by
Francis admitted he was frustrated that
the re preparation message was not
e West Australian Government will
donate $1 million to the Lord Mayor's
Distress Relief Fund to help victims.
It will also provide $3000 to those
whose homes had been destroyed and
$1000 for damaged houses.
Western Power says about 700
properties are without power --- and will
remain so for days --- and more than 150
poles will need to be replaced.
"Poles and equipment are being
delivered in preparation for the rebuild,
which is not expected to be able to start
before Wednesday," a spokeswoman said.
Insurers have declared the re a
Attorney-General George Brandis
said the Australian Government disaster
recovery payment would also be provided
to eligible residents.
People can claim a payment of $1000
for each adult and $400 for each child.
Blanchett wins Globe, fashion races
e Golden Globes awards ceremony
hit a 10-year high in viewership.
According to US gures released by
Nielsen ratings company overnight, the
NBC telecast, with Tina Fey and Amy
Poehler co-hosting for a second year, was
seen by 20.9 million viewers. at was an
audience growth of 1.2 million viewers
(or 6%) over last year's show.
NBC said the telecast is currently
the season's most-watched awards
programme, topping the CMA Awards,
Emmy Awards, American Music
Awards and People's Choice Awards.
Fey and Poehler are set to return to the
Globes in 2015.
For the fth year, the Globes were
televised live to all time zones, and some
western markets also carried an encore
telecast following the live coverage.
20 million see Globes
Bernard Hill, left, the actor who played Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 Titanic movie, shakes hands
with Su Shaojun, chief executive of Seven-Star Energy Investment Group, during a news conference in
Hong Kong. SSEG announced the billion yuan ($197.495 million) project to build a life-sized Titanic
replica, complete with a shipwreck simulation, for a theme park in central China.
A life-size replica of the Titanic
will become the centrepiece
of a landlocked theme park in
China, featuring a museum and
a shipwreck simulation to give
visitors a harrowing sense of the
e Chinese version of "the
unsinkable ship", with a price
tag of one billion yuan ($197
million) and an expected opening
date in 2016, will be built at least
1500km from the nearest ocean in
the central province of Sichuan.
Su Shaojun, chief executive
of the Seven Star Energy
Investment Group that funded
the project, said Asia needed its
own Titanic museum.
"We think it's worth spreading
the spirit of the Titanic. e
universal love and sense of
responsibility shown during the
Titanic shipwreck represent
the spiritual richness of human
civilisation," he told a media
e project aims to be more
than a museum that replicates
the original ship and the 1997
movie that became a global hit.
e simulation will allow several
hundred people at a time to feel
what the shipwreck was like.
"When the ship hits the iceberg,
it will shake, it will tumble,"
Su said. "We will let people
experience water coming in by
using sound and light e ects.
ey will think, ' e water will
drown me, I must escape with my
e massive and luxurious
Titanic sank on April 15, 1912,
during its maiden voyage from
the English port of Southampton
to New York, taking more than
1500 lives with it.
e 1997 movie, starring
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate
Winslet, is the second highest-
grossing lm on record after
Avatar, bringing in nearly
$2.2 billion worldwide.
Bernard Hill, who played
Captain Edward Smith in the
movie and ew to Hong Kong to
show his support for the Chinese
replica, dismissed suggestions that
building a theme park based on a
tragedy was inappropriate.
"It's been approached in a very
delicate and a very sensitive way
and they're very aware of the
extent of the disaster in 1912,"
"I don't think it will belittle that
Hill said his ight and hotel
were paid for but he did not get
any extra money for taking part in
the media conference.
Construction of the Titanic
copy is due to begin early this
year. e Romandisea Seven Star
International Cultural Tourism
Resort will also feature a man-
made beach, a "6D" movie theatre
and replicas of a Venetian church
and European castles. --- Reuters
Titanic theme park to include sinking
A plant thief has stolen one of the
few sur viving examples of the world's
smallest water lily, which is extinct in the
wild, from the Royal Botanic Gardens at
Kew in London.
e tiny Nymphaea ermarum was
stolen on ursday from the Princess of
Wales Conservatory, a giant glass house
at the gardens in the southwest of the
capital, a Scotland Yard statement said
"O cers have been informed that the
plant would have had to have been dug,
or pulled up, from a shallow water lily
pond," the force said.
Richard Barley, director of horticulture
at Kew Gardens, said the theft was
a "blow to morale" of his sta who
are "dedicated to the conser vation of
"We take theft of our invaluable
scienti c collection of plants very
seriously and this matter is with the
Metropolitan Police," he added.
e white and yellow lily has pads just
1cm in diameter, compared to 3m for the
largest water lily species.
e ower was discovered in 1987 and
is native to just one location, Mashyuza
in south-west Rwanda, but disappeared
from the site two years ago due to over-
exploitation of a hot spring, according to
It now longer exists in the wild and
Kew has the world's largest remaining
cultivated collection, with 50 examples.
ere are also a few examples at the
Bonn Botanic Gardens in Germany,
according to the International Union for
Conservation of Nature. --- AFP
World's smallest water lily stolen
PICTURE: Getty Images
An employee of the Royal Botanical
Gardens at Kew handles a Nymphaea
ermarum water lily, the smallest
waterlily species in the world with
pads as small as 1cm in diameter.
Pope Francis has told the 19 men
he plans to elevate to the rank of
cardinal not to see their appointment
as a promotion and not to waste money
holding celebratory parties.
Pope Francis, who has made humility
and poverty the hallmarks of his papacy
and has warned against careerism in the
Roman Catholic Church, announced
yesterday the names of the men, who
come from 12 di erent nations.
In a letter to each of them which was
released by the Vatican overnight, the
Argentinian-born Ponti said they
should not let their appointment go to
"Being a cardinal does not mean a
promotion or an honour or a decoration,
it is simply a service," he said in the letter.
Pope Francis told them they should
not react by doing anything that smacks
of "high society or hold celebrations that
have nothing to do with the gospel spirit
of austerity, sobriety and poverty".
In the past, some prelates celebrated
their elevation to the rank of cardinal
with lavish receptions in their home
dioceses or in Rome.
Pope Francis is leading by example.
e former archbishop of Buenos
Aires has renounced the spacious papal
apartments in the Apostolic Palace used
by his predecessors and lives is a small
apartment in a Vatican guest house.
He uses the palace only to receive
heads of State and to address crowds
from a window overlooking St Peter's
He has also given up the papal
limousine and is driven around Rome in
a Ford Focus, sometimes sitting in the
front seat next to the driver.
e cardinals will be formally elevated
to their new posts at a ceremony on
February 22 known as a consistory.
Sixteen of them are under 80 and
thus will have the right to vote for Pope
Francis's eventual successor. e other
three will be made cardinal emeritus,
without voting rights, for their service to
the Church. --- Reuters
No parties, we're poor
tells new cardinals
Signed "Francesco" on its tank, the
1585cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super
Glide that will be auctioned for charity
in Paris on February 6 has an unusual
owner --- Pope Francis.
e Pope will sell his Harley
Davidson to raise funds for Caritas
Roma, a charity working on behalf of
the Church, auctioneer Bonhams said
e motorcycle was presented to the
head of the Roman Catholic Church
in June 2013 to mark the motorcycle
brand's 110th anniversary. It is not clear
if the Pope actually rode it.
"I suspect that it will (have) a very
limited mileage," Ben Walker, head of
motorcycles at Bonhams, said.
In line with his focus on the poor
and his well-publicised preference for
modest modes of transport --- he used
to take public transport as a cardinal in
Buenos Aires --- Pope Francis donated
the motorcycle to Caritas.
e Harley Davidson will be
auctioned at the Grand Palais in Paris
as part of Bonham's Les Grandes
Marques du Monde sale.
With an estimated worth of around
12,000-15,000 euros ($19,580-
$24,500), the motorcycle was signed on
the tank by His Holiness at a special
ceremony at the Vatican in November.
A Harley Davidson leather jacket
also signed by the Pope will be sold
immediately after the motorcycle.
e proceeds will go towards the
renovation of the charity's Don Luigi di
Liegro hostel and soup kitchen, based
in Rome's central Termini rail station.
e Pope with one of his Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Pope to sell Harley
Christine McVie back with Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac in 1975.
Christine McVie will
rejoin Fleetwood Mac
after retiring from the
band 15 years ago.
e news was con rmed
by founder Mick
Fleetwood who made the
announcement at a show
" is is the worst
kept secret there is, but
Christine McVie will
be rejoining Fleetwood
Mac," he told the crowd
at Uncle Willie K's BBQ
Fleetwood had just
Songbird with Willie
K and made the
announcement at the end
of the song, according to
McVie retired from
Fleetwood Mac in
1998 and moved back
to Britain. Her last
complete album with the
band was 1995's Time
although she was guest
on two tracks for 2003's
Say You Will.
Her only solo record
since leaving Fleetwood
Mac was 2004's In e
Speculation that McVie
was keen to become
active again started
last September when
she rehearsed with the
band in Dublin and
Amsterdam. --- Noise 11
Two German diplomats sur vived an
attack while on a visit to eastern Saudi
Arabia overnight, Saudi state news
agency SPA reported, but their vehicle
e agency quoted a police spokesman
as saying that authorities were
investigating the attack in the town of
No further details were immediately
available. --- Reuters
German diplomats attacked in Saudi Arabia
A judge has refused to grant a new trial
in a lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother
against the promoter of his ill-fated
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
Yvette Palazuelos ruled overnight
that there was not any basis to retry
Katherine Jackson's suit against AEG
A jury determined in October that
AEG Live was not liable for Jackson's
June 2009 death despite hiring the
doctor who was convicted of giving
the superstar an overdose of a powerful
Lawyers for the Jackson family
matriarch argued that jurors were given
an improper verdict form that didn't
allow them to consider all issues in the
case after ve months of testimony last
AEG's lawyers argued that there was
no mistake in the verdict form. --- AP
No retrial in Jackson case
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