Gina Liano’s shock threat to Housewives rival

IT’S time for the annual mid-season Real Housewives holiday episode, giving these women a fresh and exciting new backdrop upon which to throw drinks at each other.

The ladies are heading to glamorous Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — a trip that clearly cannot come quick enough for Lydia’s dog Figaro as she says her goodbyes:

“The weather is phenomenal! It’s 31 degrees and I am SHINING,” says Jackie as the Housewives pull up to their OTT Mexican cliffside villa. Jax, you’re an unusually heavy sweater too? Relatable queen!

Taking in the view from the villa’s balcony, Lydia decides to give the group a little geography lesson. Lydia, of course, being the person who famously once informed viewers that the Louvre was in London.

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“Now, we are in SOUTH AMERICA,” she tells the other women, as if addressing a kindergarten class.

“No, we are in Mexico,” Janet explains patiently.

“Well, OK … it’s the south of America,” Lydia shrugs.

“Pretty spectacular, hey? You can’t even see where the ocean finishes,” says Gina, admiring the view.

Lydia sees an opportunity to continue her geography lesson.

“Well, ’cos it goes around. The world’s round, so if you go over, you tip over,” she says.

At this stage, we’re just relieved Lydia Schiavello is not, in fact, a flat earther. Thank heavens for small mercies.

Bless Newcastle girl Jackie who, gazing out from the master suite of this Mexican palace to the exotic view below, has one thing to say about her surroundings: “Ah, reminds me of Newy.”

The next morning, a few of the ladies congregate around the pool to sunbathe and enjoy a breakfast cocktail (pro tip: if you order one with a glacé cherry you’re basically #cleaneating). At their service is an on-site staff member named Diego.

“Diego is the organiser, for if we want to be driven somewhere, or if we want a boiled egg,” Lydia explains.

These, one must assume, are Lydia Schiavello’s dual primary care needs.

Lydia asks Diego if he has any fruit he could bring her — specifically, watermelons. Do you have big watermelons, she asks him? Do you have two big, juicy watermelons?

Diego giggles uncomfortably at this Benny Hill-level banter.

As they await their breakfast liquor, the first rumblings of a fight start between Sally and Gina. With Venus yet to join the holiday, Sally takes the opportunity to lay into the fellow new girl on the block, saying she needs to get a sense of humour. Gina seems utterly unimpressed while Sally holds court:

Venus, Gina counters, is fine — Gamble’s the bad egg. As Gina sees it, she’s a nasty, unhinged gold-digger.

“What, she didn’t marry that man because he’s got money? F**k off, as if,” Gina scoffs, dismissing Gamble and husband Rick’s entire relationship in one sentence.

Sally’s uncomfortable. “The blows seem to be getting lower and lower … I’m really not liking where it’s going,” she confesses to camera.

OH JUST YOU WAIT DOLL.

That night, the group all head to a restaurant for dinner, and no sooner have they sat down than everyone’s fighting — Jackie and Janet against Lydia and Gina, for the most part. At one point, Gina’s so confused by the back-and-forth bickering she says she can’t really remember what they’re arguing about.

“Hang on. You’re a lawyer, you’re meant to remember this sort of stuff, aren’t you?” asks Sally.

Gina turns to Sally, and delivers this bizarrely brutal non-sequiter:

“Well, you’re a woman, are you meant to be feminine?”

It appears that, according to Gina’s perfumed, hairsprayed worldview, Sally’s short hair marks her as unforgivably ‘masculine’. What was that Sally said about the blows getting lower and lower?

Gamble tries to enter the fray — but Gina bars her from the conversation.

“I have a point!” Gamble wails.

“It doesn’t matter,” says Gina, waving her off dismissively.

Gamble stares directly into the camera, as if willing the crew to drop a Xanax into Gina’s drink so she can actually get a word in.

Having finally arrived from Australia, Venus joins the table right in the middle of the fracas, but she’s upstaged by the guy at the bar just staring at this whole tequila-fuelled Housewives group fight with quiet awe:

Jackie’s had enough of the fighting. With a closing “f**k you” to both Lydia and Gina, she excuses herself from the table: “I’ve got to go to the toilet and … release all this negativity.” Mexican food, amirite???

Janet rushes after her friend, and suddenly the two of them are fighting, and all that earlier tequila-drinking in the hot Mexican sun seems to have caught up with them, because Janet’s straight-up climbing through the restaurant shrubbery yelling about how she’d do anything to prove her friendship to Jackie. It’s messy … but also makes for very entertaining dinner theatre.

“What do you want? Do you want blood?” Janet screams, as they stalk each other around the restaurant. Very little else they’re saying makes any sense — they appear to have reached a level of public intoxication most of us non-Housewife civilians can only aspire to.

Back at the table, Gina and Gamble are locked in an argument, with Gamble trying to get her voice heard, and Gina repeatedly telling her to shut up. From across the table, Sally interjects with a line that will instantly change the course of her Real Housewives destiny:

“Oh, stop being such a bully.”

Well. WELL. Gina’s head swings around, her black shark eyes resting on Sally as she considers whether or not she should rip out here heart out here and now, wrap it in a tortilla and eat it as a display of dominance to the other women.

Several agonising seconds of silence pass.

“Who are you?” she asks Sally, witheringly. S.A.V.A.G.E.

In a spectacular bit of editing, we see then Gina in a to-camera interview asking “Who is this woman, coming at me with her pointy finger and her f**king camel teeth?” …Then we’re right back at the table, where Gina’s sternly warning Sally to “not call me a bully, EVER.” Got that, folks? She’s not a bully, and if you say she is one she’ll call you a camel-toothed man.

Rising from the table, Gina delivers a parting threat using a very real currency among cast members on this show: Instagram popularity.

“You just lost a lot of followers, Sally,” she says, dramatically throwing down her napkin.

As the dinner comes to a close and we let that hilariously piss-weak threat marinate, let’s give a special shout out to Venus, who may have turned up late to this Mexican holiday but at least teamed with the theme:

Everyone’s pretty seedy the next monring, but there’s also a mystery afoot. Janet’s been bundled off to hospital. Various Housewives heard screams last night; some even saw blood. Is there a murderer in their midst? Was it Jackie Gillies in the conservatory with the candlestick?

No. Janet — old as the hills and at least three-fifths tequila by the end of last night — had a drunken late-night fall in her bedroom, leaving her with a gruesome gash across her expensive face.

Home from the hospital, Janet rests up in bed with bestie Jackie playing nursemaid.

“She looks bloody terrible,” Jackie tuts. Her bedside manner leaves a bit to be desired but reader, she … she is not lying.

Janet — who it transpires was going door to door around the villa after midnight last night with a bottle of tequila still looking for a party — has a simple explanation for a fall she can’t remember that cut her face to the bone.

“I think my bed was too low … wasn’t used to it.”

Yep, that must’ve been it.

Jackie suggests there’s a silver lining to be found: “Thank god you were drunk enough from the tequila to not feel that pain.” We’re not sure of the logic given the horrific injury was plainly alcohol induced, but whatever gets these ladies safely to their next bender.

“I am NEVER. DRINKING. AGAIN,” says Janet, possibly the funniest line yet uttered on this show.

Finally this episode, Jackie takes the group to a party thrown by one of she and husband Ben’s Mexican business associates (god this sounds so much more suss when written down). It’s more tequila, tequila, tequila – and yes, Janet is back on the booze, haters back off.

As this is a business event of sorts, Jackie explains that it’s important none of the ladies embarrass her. Perhaps Janet didn’t get the memo, because she sidles up to a group of younger partygoers, locking them into intense D&M chats with her new bung-eyed zombie stare:

Sally takes Gina aside for a chat, in an attempt to clear the air after their earlier confrontation. She’s not about to back down, instead quite reasonably explaining that she’ll always call out bullying if she sees it, and she thought Gina was steamrollering Gamble in that situation.

“Not your place though, doll,” Gina sniffs (how does she manage to make “doll” sound so icily threatening?).

“Gamble doesn’t NEED anyone. SHE doesn’t think I’m a bully.”

Gina insists she didn’t threaten Sally about losing followers, while at the same time giving her own 100,000-strong Instagram following carte blanche to harass her rival.

“I have fierce and loyal followers. You think they’re going to sit there while she has a crack at me? I don’t think so. She’s been warned. I don’t control them,” she shrugs.

Gina’s really not happy about this bully tag.

“Whoever the f**k you think you are, I’m not interested. You’ve told me with that one word [bully] that you don’t like me, so bad luck, I don’t like you either. See ya, thanks.”

With that, she storms off, leaving Sally to stand alone smiling half-heartedly while wondering what powerful Gina Liano fury she’s just unleashed.

Jackie approaches Sally to find out what happened, only for Gina to catch them both on her way back. “YEHHH WOTEVER,” she spits as she pushes past.

OH MY GOD IT’S ON.

Next week: A big ol’ Mexican boat party, more Gina / Sally flare-ups — and an explosive dinner walk out. Yessssss.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne screens 8:30pm Wednesdays on Foxtel’s Arena Channel. Check news.com.au right after each episode airs for our full recap — and chat all things #RHOMelbourne with camel-toothed recapper Nick Bond on Twitter at @bondnickbond.

Green Day musical is more broken dreams than holiday

JAZZ hands are nowhere to be seen in smash Broadway hit American Idiot – and one of the show’s leading ladies, Phoebe Panaretos, would not have it any other way.

Panaretos said the rock musical, a stage adaptation of punk rock band Green Day’s politically charged American Idiot album, is raw, gritty and unlike anything Adelaide audiences have seen before.

It tells the story of Johnny and his friends, Tunny and Will, who are searching for meaning after the September 11 terrorist attack.

“It resonates with people who are growing up and figuring out what path in life they want to take,” Panaretos, 27, of Melbourne, said. “Unlike a conventional musical, it is not all flowers, rainbows and happy endings, it is tragic.

“And it has unleashed something in me because the women in this show … are strong, assertive and powerful.

“You don’t have to worry about how pretty and lovely you look, how you are going opposite the leading man, but instead you get to tear it up, wear boots and have messy make up – I just love it.”

All the music is from Green Day’s American Idiot album, which sold 15 million copies following its release in 2004.

Panaretos, who has also starred in Strictly Ballroom and Dream Lover –The Bobby Darin Musical, plays the mysterious Whatsername, who befriends Johnny.

She is also gearing up to sing the national anthem and hit Wake Me Up When September Ends when the cast perform at the final leg of the Tour Down Under on Sunday.

American Idiot is at Her Majesty’s Theatre from January 19-28.

Details: bass.net.au/events/green-days-american-idiot

Trailer: Molly’s Game

MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob.

Cranberries back on top of charts

DEVASTATED Cranberries fans have sought solace in their music after the tragic death of singer Dolores O’Riordan, sending the Irish group’s music soaring to the top of the charts.

The group’s first major hit, the 1993 song Linger, reached number one in Australia on Wednesday.

Other hits were also ushered into the upper echelons of the iTunes Australian charts, with Dreams peaking at number two, Zombie at number four and Ode To My Family at number 25.

The band also had four albums reach the iTunes top 10 — Stars: The Best of The Cranberries reaching No.2, No Need To Argue peaking at No.4, Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? at No.8 and Something Else at No.9.

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Cranberries frontwoman O’Riordan died in London on Monday at the age of 46. The charismatic singer was found dead in her hotel room at the Park Lane Hilton.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

O’Riordan had been in London to record a cover of her Cranberries hit Zombie with the band Bad Wolves.

The star had three children — son Taylor, 20, and daughters Molly, 16, and Dakota, 12 — with her ex-husband Don Burton. The children live in Canada with their father, a former tour manager for Duran Duran.

The Limerick-born O’Riordan struggled with depression throughout her life, admitting that she struggled with fame.

The Cranberries — brothers Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler — paid tribute to their frontwoman in a moving Twitter post.

O’Riordan was forced to cancel most dates on a tour with the reformed band last year because of a bad back.

Her most recent project was the band D.A.R.K, which she formed with her boyfriend Ole Koretsky and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke.

Halle Berry risks wardrobe malfunction in daring dress

HALLE Berry left little to the imagination as she wore a daring see-through dress to the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards in California on Monday night.

The Oscar-winning actress looked stunning in the unusual gown that showed off her amazing physique, The Sun reports.

The strapless gown featured an embellished red and black bodice with the material continuing down the sides before cascading into a train.

The front and back of her dress was made up of a sheer black polka dot material with a strategically placed black lace panel up the middle.

Posing for the cameras, Halle, 51, showed off her toned bum in the racy number.

She let her dress do the talking and accessorised with black earrings, a ring and sling back stiletto heels.

The NAACP Image Awards took place on Martin Luther King Day.

They celebrate the “achievements of people of colour in motion pictures, television, music and literature”.

Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox was also in attendance and was delighted to meet her “inspiration,” Halle Berry.

Writing on Instagram, she said: “I finally met @halleberry tonight. I got teary. She has been such a huge inspiration for me for so much of my life.

“Thank you Ms. Berry for your incredible career and all the inspiration and being so sweet as I totally fanned out.”

Big winners on the night included Daniel Kaluuya who scooped Best Actor In A Motion Picture for Get Out and Octavia Spencer who won Best Actress for Gifted.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

Working with Woody ‘a privilege’: Baldwin

ALEC Baldwin is publicly supporting Woody Allen despite a growing number of Hollywood stars distancing themselves from the controversial director over sexual misconduct allegations.

Former 30 Rock actor Baldwin, who appeared in three of Allen’s films, said criticism against Allen was “unfair and sad to me” and working with him was “one of the privileges of my career”.

Allen, 82, has repeatedly denied claims that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, now 32, when she was seven years old in the early 1990s.

Sentiment has turned against Allen during the sex scandal sweeping Hollywood.

Defending Allen on Twitter, Baldwin said he did not intend to “dismiss or ignore such complaints”.

“But accusing people of such crimes should be treated carefully,” Baldwin added.

Kate Winslet raised eyebrows last month when she praised Allen.

“I think on some level Woody is a woman,” Winslet said. “I just think he’s very in touch with that side of himself. He understands the female characters he creates exceptionally well.”

Baldwin’s latest comments came as actors who have worked with Allen are publicly denouncing the New York-based director.

Rising star Timothee Chalamet this week became the latest actor to donate the salary he earned from Allen’s upcoming movie A Rainy Day in New York to the Time’s Up movement.

A Rainy Day also stars Selena Gomez – whose mother implored her not to work with Allen – as well as Suki Waterhouse, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, and Liev Schreiber.

Chalamet followed Rebecca Hall, Ellen Page and Mira Sorvino who have made donations or expressed regret about working with Allen in recent weeks.

Last week, Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig, who acted in Allen’s 2012 film To Rome with Love, said she would never work with him again.

Meantime Allen’s stepdaughter Dylan Farrow, who has long accused him of sexual assault, said any victim deserves to have their voice heard.

“I am credible and I am telling the truth and I think it’s important that people realise that one victim, one accuser, matters. And that they are enough to change things,” she said, in a US TV interview to air this week.

Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow, has been vocal in the past about her accusations of sexual abuse against the director.

She accused him of taking her into an attic and assaulting her in 1992, when she was 7 years old, which he has repeatedly denied.

“Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?” Dylan wrote in the Los Angeles Times.

Allen’s estranged son, Ronan Farrow, is one of the journalists who exposed disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of abusing women in Hollywood in the New Yorker.

Allen won Oscars for the films Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters and most recently, Midnight in Paris.

New details released about Han Solo movie

AFTER spending months of production shrouded in mystery, Lucasfilm has finally treated fans to the first official details about the upcoming film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Directed by Ron Howard, the film promised to follow the adventures of a young Han Solo, before he’s introduced to Luke Skywalker at a bar filled with nefarious characters in Star Wars: A New Hope.

This week, the official plot synopsis for the upcoming film was finally released.

“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the ‘Star Wars’ saga’s most unlikely heroes,” it reads.

While the synopsis may not seem like a lot, it’s the biggest piece of information fans have received about the film since its title was revealed in October.

Alden Ehrenreich will take on the title role of a young Han Solo following Harrison Ford’s appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Donald Glover has stepped in as Lando Calrissian, formerly played by Billy Dee Williams and Joonas Suotamo will take over for Peter Mayhew as a young Chewbacca.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and The Avengers’ Paul Bettany have roles as well, but more details are being kept under wraps.

While precious little is still known about the film, fans only have to wait until May 25, 2018 for it to hit theatres.

For more spoiler-free information, Starwars.com has organised director Ron Howard’s social media chronicle of filming on its website.

This story originally appeared in Fox News and is republished here with permission.