Kerley makes his move
Loved up ... Laura Dundovic and James Kerley are about to move in together.
They briefly split earlier this year then patched things up, now Dating in the Dark host Laura Dundovic and first-time author and Go! presenter James Kerley are taking the next step and moving in together. But be warned, Laura: he's a self-confessed ''messy prick''.
Kerley, who says he grew up the son of a hoarder, reckons he's worked out the secrets to being a good housemate just in time to move into the couple's top-floor Mosman pad with a view of the Harbour Bridge: 10 minutes' cleaning a day, ''no stained sheets'', don't leave your ''grot mags'' around and ''pubey soap is totally gross''.
It all has something to do with manning up since he hit the big 3-0 and wrote a self-help book called The Man Plan about, basically, getting his ''shit together''.
Dundovic - or Dundy, as Kerley affectionately calls her - has been a sounding board throughout the project. ''We're back together - she's good for me. I've had to step up. We were apart for a month. I think we just needed a bit of space and that bit of selfish time to focus on yourself and sort yourself out.''
''I try not to preach but just tell the impact of things like drugs,'' he says. ''Guys are not usually hopeless, they just need to tweak a few areas of their lives.''
When S cheekily notes there's no chapter on the best time to get engaged, or when to have kids, he changes the subject quickly diverting to other sections in the book.
The chapters - some more graphic than others - cover such topics as ''dick tricks'', ways to turn a woman on and an SAS special forces guide, a top-secret military workout the army didn't want him to print.
There's also a section called ''Lady Love'' with an illustration of Vagina Island by a children's cartoonist. ''Pictures of vaginas are so medical and sterile!'' he laughs.
But more serious issues are canvassed, one being male suicide - a subject close to his heart as his uncle committed suicide 10 years ago.
''[The book] ranges from silliness to seriousness: cooking tips, to how to handle a washing machine, to the highs and lows of depression,'' he says.
Lung on the crest of Mexican wave
Entourage actor Emma Lung, who is getting married in January on the exotic Mexican island Isla Mujeres (Spanish for ''Island of Women''), was not one of the guests who took up artist Charles Billich's offer of being sketched nude at his Erotica exhibition opening on Thursday night. ''No, definitely not stripping!'' she laughs, posing in front of the nude sketches at Billich's gallery in The Rocks.
Her upcoming nuptials to writer/director Henry Zalapa sound more like an international celebration, or week-long fiesta, for 85 friends and family, with the trans-Atlantic actor saying she's been knee-deep in wedding plans for the past six months.
''It's been quite an undertaking!'' she says, admitting wedding plans had taken her ''off the market for quite a few jobs''. ''Henry's grandfather is from Mexico and it's just gorgeous - it's paradise, we've holidayed there and fell in love with it. And since we've been living in New York and a lot of our friends are from the northern hemisphere, we said, 'Let's do a destination wedding'.''
While Crave, the psychological thriller in which she stars alongside Josh Lawson and Edward Furlong, has been a hit on the global film festival circuit, Lung has also turned her hand to writing and started a production company with her husband-to-be this year.
''I'm actually in the middle of writing a feature film,'' she says. ''That's taking up most of my time. It's something I've had in my head for probably eight years - it's just sort of written itself, there have been a few serendipitous things that have happened along the way.''
No rest for busy working mum Collette Dinnigan, 47, who looks incredible after giving birth at the Mater Hospital in Sydney two weeks ago. The designer flew to Melbourne with her breastfeeding bubby boy, Hunter, and husband, Bradley Cocks, on Tuesday, when she launched her new boutique in High Street, Melbourne. It was a double celebration to mark a collaboration between the Collette Dinnigan kids' tutu collection and The Australian Ballet's 50th anniversary. Ten per cent of sales from the collection, sold in Target, go towards the ballet company's children's education program. Among those congratulating Dinnigan on the night were Miranda Otto and Gaynor Wheatley.
He says it's the question he has most been asked in his life: ''How's Quentin?'' Thirty years ago when veteran journalist Mike Willesee first interviewed cheeky seven-year-old Quentin Kenihan, confined to a wheelchair and suffering a rare genetic bone condition, the nation fell in love with the boy. He rapidly became a household name. Now a 37-year-old man, Kenihan, who still battles health problems, reunites with Willesee tonight on Seven's Sunday Night. And while back then Willesee openly bribed him with toys (''Every time you do a proper answer, you get a point. First one up to five. If you win, we go to the supermarket'') to get the answers he was after, Kenihan now apparently turns the tables and gives the interviewing legend a run for his money.
Ten sports presenter Victoria Murphy's wedding to financier Greg Woszczalski on Friday afternoon at St Mary's Cathedral brought a happy vibe to a miserable week after about 100 people lost their jobs at the television station. The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta gown, and 150 guests, including Brad McEwan and cricketer Shane Lee, as well as her bridesmaids - all journos she met as a cadet in the 2SM newsroom - kicked up their heels at the Sebel Pier One afterwards. Murphy told S she ''couldn't wait to marry the man of her dreams'', revealing she was leaving for their honeymoon at Bora Bora today. She baulked at S's suggestion of a potential honeymoon baby, though, quipping: ''Channel Ten might sack me! I don't think pregnancy would make me an attractive employee.''
Kate Ritchie has returned to her former stomping ground at Nova. From the first week in December the former Home and Away darling is taking up the seat left warm by Fitzy and Wippa in the brekkie slot alongside Sam Mac. The actor worked at the station for a few years with former hosts Merrick Watts and Tim Ross before leaving to concentrate on acting. ''Perhaps the horror of my 4am alarm has finally subsided,'' Ritchie says.