Win it ... Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford in Paranoia.
One of my favourite parts of this week’s cover story about the lovely Lily Collins was towards the end where she was talking about how her father, musician Phil Collins, might have to relinquish his unofficial ‘‘celebrity of the family’’ title.
“Apparently,’’ she says, ‘‘there was a radio station playing his music recently and the DJ said at the end, ‘For those of you that don’t know, that was Lily Collins’ dad.’ ” I’ll admit I had no idea who Lily was before reading the story. That probably dates me. Just as it does you.
That makes me feel old when the offspring of celebrities or sports stars are famous in their own right and I have more recollection of their parentage. I was watching a rugby league game with my son the other night – the Dragons versus the Bulldogs – and the Morris brothers, Josh and Brett, were playing against each other.
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There was some comment about their father Steve ‘‘Slippery’’ Morris, who was one of my favourite Dragons players as a kid, and I had to explain how I had watched their father play. You must be old, my own offspring said. Yes I am. Which is why I remember names like Pearce, Mortimer, Goodwin, Reddy and Grothe.
But just as these young men are making their mark, so too is Lily Collins. It must be hard to forge your own path when your parents have been in the spotlight but she seems to be doing pretty well for herself.
Just one good story in what turned out to be quite an eclectic edition. Hopefully there’s something for everyone.
Finally, before I set sail, a clarification. Last week Colin Steele described The World as a ‘‘residential cruise ship’’. The World advises that the description ‘‘privately owned residential yacht’’ is preferred.
Need it ... Baby Royal Tea.
Win tickets to the exclusive red carpet gala of Paranoia held at Dendy Cinemas Canberra on Wednesday August 21 at 6.30pm. Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be made available before the film to Dendy’s exclusive guest list. Paranoia is a thrilling corporate espionage movie based on the best-selling novel by Joseph Finder and stars Australia’s own Liam Hemsworth as well as Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Amber Heard. Much like the novel, you can expect edge-of-your-seat-action in this high-stakes thriller. Relax has five double passes to give away, courtesy of Dendy Cinemas Canberra. email email@example.com.
Read it ... Sinister Intent.
With her debut thriller Sinister Intent, former police officer Karen M. Davis has taken her years of experience and some shocking encounters to create characters you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley; a plotline that will keep you guessing until the last page; and authenticity that only a police officer with 20 years’ experience could deliver. Will have you wondering what’s fact and what’s fiction. A great read. (Simon and Schuster, $24.99.)
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