The brunette beauty, who is best known for her role on Australian soap Home and Away, has confirmed plans to marry Braith Anasta, who plays for the Sydney Roosters rugby team.
She tells Australia's New Idea magazine, "He's incredibly loving, determined, smart, sexy, intelligent. He ticks all the boxes - not just his physical appearance, but in every way I feel very lucky. The best thing is that Braith is going to be the most incredible husband and father in the world."
In a March (10) installment of the show two characters, Liam and Martha - played by Axle Whitehead and Gordon - were seen kissing passionately as he removed her bathrobe, showing her bra.
It provoked outrage from some viewers, who complained to chiefs at the Broadcasting Standards Authority - and earlier this week (begs20Sep10), the watchdog ruled the scene was inappropriate for its "general viewing" classification and 5.30pm timeslot.
They added that the episode was "sexually charged" and "did not observe standards of good taste and decency".
Home and Away bosses have avoided a penalty as it's the first time a complaint has been upheld against the show - but Gordon has brushed off the controversy.
Speaking on The Kyle & Jackie O radio show, she says, "You know what, Home and Away create the best story lines and are so tasteful in everything they do, and when I saw that (story) on the internet the other day I thought, 'That's so strange'."
The popular show has been mired in controversy in recent months following a string of highly publicised scandals involving its stars.
Actress Jodi Gordon, 24, was reported missing by friends after a night out in Sydney last summer (09), and was later found by police at the home of a suspected drug dealer. The star admitted "cocaine had been consumed" when she was questioned by cops.
Her co-star Todd Lasance was caught up in a police raid at a Sydney nightclub during the show's Christmas party in December (09). He was found in possession of cocaine and pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge last month (Jan10).
And Lewis also found himself in trouble when he was embroiled in a sex scandal - admitting he filmed an intimate encounter with an unnamed Australian television star and showed the footage to his fellow cast members and crew.
But the 22 year old, who is set to leave the TV series this year (10), insists rumours of persistent problems onset are just not true.
He says, "It's absolutely nothing like that. It's unbelievable how c**p that is."
Lewis credits bosses on the show for helping him through his crisis, adding: "I had the publicity team call several times a day to make sure I was all right. I had Channel 7's support. Friends and family - always there. And it was because of them that I was able to handle it. I have learnt my lesson in terms of waking up. You learn from your mistakes, that's just part of growing up."
The Home & Away star will film her final scenes as Martha McKenzie for the long-running TV drama in February (10).
Her decision to leave the show comes less than a year after her boyfriend reported her missing after she disappeared from a Sydney-area party.
She was found by police cowering in an apartment with another man.
The drama cost Gordon her relationship with media heir Ryan Stokes.
During her stint on Home & Away, Gordon, 24, lost her first love, Chris Burkhardt, to cancer.
A spokeswoman for the show tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "Jodi has put in a tremendous five years on Home and Away. It was a mutual decision for her to take this next step in her career."
Todd Lasance, who was recently named Most Popular Actor at Australia's Logie Awards for his role as Aden Jefferies in the show, was arrested in Sydney, Australia on Saturday (12Dec09) during a police raid at a nightclub.
The star, who is leaving the series in January (10) to pursue a career in Hollywood, was celebrating at the Home and Away Christmas party when cops allegedly caught him with a bag of white powder.
A police spokesperson says, "The 24-year-old Collaroy man was allegedly caught during a drug detection dog operation at the Darlinghurst Road club, just after 11pm (Saturday). He was issued a notice to appear in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 18 January 2010 on a charge of possessing a prohibited drug."
Lasance's manager, David Sheridan, says, "It's a legal matter and Todd is co-operating with authorities."
It's the latest in a long line of scandals for the TV show this year (09) - in June (09) actress Jodi Gordon was reported missing after a night out in Sydney, only to be later found by police at the home of a suspected drug dealer. She admitted "cocaine had been consumed" but was later released without charge.
Another cast member, Lincoln Lewis, also stunned fans after he admitted filming a sex tape with an unnamed Australian television star and showed the footage to his fellow cast members and crew.
A perfect husband a devoted father a loyal friend a successful architect—yes Steven Burke (David Duchovny) is the kind of flawless family man we only encounter in hankie-soaking Hollywood melodramas. He exists solely to be killed off just so his friends and family can become better people through their loss. So it comes as no surprise that Steven dies a Good Samaritan's death while on his way home—of course—from buying ice cream for his two kids. If that won’t get you crying nothing will. Steven’s death leaves his wife Audrey (Halle Berry) a mess. She can’t look after herself let alone her daughter Harper (Alexis Llewellyn) and son Dory (Micah Berry). Instead Audrey turns to Steven’s best friend Jerry (Benicio Del Toro) for help. Not really the smartest choice—Audrey despises Jerry for squandering his life and career on drugs. But Audrey’s desperate for a shoulder to cry on so she inexplicably invites Jerry to stay at her home while he tries to clean up his act. Quicker than you can say “rest in peace ” Jerry’s dispensing words of wisdom to Steven’s kids and in a moment of unintentional hilarity spooning with the lonely Audrey in her bed. Audrey naturally comes to believe that Jerry isn’t the strung-out leech she’s considered him all these years. Still we can’t help but count down the minutes until Jerry slips back into his old habits. Or wonder how long it will take for Audrey to kick Jerry out of her house when the inevitable happens. Things We Lost in the Fire serves an important purpose: to make clear that Halle Berry’s performance in Monster's Ball wasn’t a happy accident. As a widow unable to function without her soul mate Berry shakes up the otherwise maudlin proceedings with a rage and intensity that’s honest and fearless. Never afraid to present Audrey as occasionally cold and unsympathetic especially in regards to her treatment of Jerry and her children Berry nevertheless always makes us feel Audrey’s burning love for Steven without resorting to Joan Crawford-like histrionics. Too bad Audrey is defined only by her role as a wife and mother—Berry never receives the chance to show that Audrey has a life outside her family. She does share a good rapport with the typically brooding Benicio Del Toro whose ravaged face reveals more about Jerry’s lifetime of self-inflicted pain and suffering than words ever could. But there is a slight spark to be found in Del Toro’s sleepy eyes which gives us the impression that Jerry has what it takes to live one day at time with the support of his new friends. David Duchovny doesn’t do much beyond smiling like he’s just been named Father of the Year for the 10th time. Not that Duchovny needs to exert himself to make Steven charming and likeable—Steven is as happy and uncomplicated as Duchovny’s Californication philanderer is as sad and screwed up. Alexis Llewellyn and Micah Berry (no relation to his onscreen mother) nail the anguish confusion and profound sense of loss that comes with grieving for a dead parent without being annoyingly precocious. How disappointing it is to discover that not even the usually calm and collected Susanne Bier can turn Things... into something more than the standard Lifetime TV weepy of the week. The Danish director’s Hollywood debut is very much like her earlier character-driven dramas in that it is preoccupied with how established family dynamics shift in the wake of a life-altering event. After the Wedding and Brothers managed to be poignant without getting too gushy but Bier cannot keep Things... from drowning in its own sentimentality. The problem clearly lies with screenwriter Allan Loeb’s emotionally manipulative script which fails from the start to convince us Audrey would open her house to her late husband’s drug buddy. Ignoring Loeb’s hard-to-swallow premise Bier does an excellent job of establishing the relationship between Audrey and Jerry. Theirs is a well-presented study in co-dependency which results in an insightful—though occasionally obvious—exploration of drug addiction the grieving process and the pursuit of personal redemption. Things... smartly avoids making much of its interracial marriage—it would only overcomplicate matters—or taking Audrey and Jerry down a path that would led to an ill-advised romance. If only Bier and Loeb showed some guts in the way they portray Steven. Surely he had at least one skeleton in his closet to make him seem more human. Everything we learn about Steven—especially about the fire referenced in the seemingly cryptic title—merely reinforces the notion that he was too good for this world. Or at least the world Hollywood thinks we live in.
Julia Roberts showed great box-office legs as Universal's "Erin Brockovich" held on to the top spot on the chart.
"Erin Brockovich" The R-rated dramatic comedy, co-financed by Universal and Columbia, finished first in its second week with a sexy estimated $19.03 million (-32%) at 2,851 theaters (+3 theaters, $6,675 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $56.3 million.
"This is a picture that is obviously a crowd pleaser," Universal Distribution President Nikki Rocco said Sunday morning. "The exit polls were very indicative that the picture would have legs, and now we're just playing out.
"It's a difficult marketplace because the Academy Awards (Best Picture nominees) did take a huge visibility on a weekend like this. It's quite obvious when you look at what 'Cider House Rules' and 'American Beauty' did. There were tons of activity last night on the Academy nominated films. We had calculated this into the (release) plan. That's why we opened last weekend."
How will Sunday's Oscar telecast affect "Erin"? "We certainly feel that 'Erin' will suffer," Rocco replied. "We would normally have a great Sunday with this kind of film, and we know it will be impacted to some extent. We show that we're down 32% in our estimate. If it weren't for the Oscars, we probably would have been down 20%."
A drop of only 20% would have given "Erin" a gross of about $22.5 million for the weekend, about $3.5 million more than it's likely to wind up with, given its Oscar competition.
"We've got our version of Super Tuesday going the weekend of April 7, where we have six major (international) territories releasing, including the U.K., Spain and Germany," Sony Pictures Releasing President Jeff Blake said Sunday morning.
"I think it's a real sign of the times that even though Erin Brockovich is not a familiar name (abroad), certainly Julia Roberts is not an unfamiliar name. So we felt good about being aggressive and putting the international territories very close to the U.S. date. I think the tremendous publicity it's getting out of its back-to-back No. 1 finishes -- and I wouldn't bet against it next week, either -- will really put us in a great place. I think pretty much everyone around the world has now heard of 'Erin Brockovich.'"
Sony and Universal, he noted, "are 50% partners in everything around the world. They're releasing domestic, and we're releasing internationally."
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it stars Roberts, Albert Finney and Aaron Eckart.
Warner Bros.' R-rated hip-hop, kung-fu movie "Romeo Must Die" kicked off in second place with a knock 'em dead estimated $18.58 million at 2,641 theaters ($7,035 per theater). Its total to date after five days is approximately $25.1 million.
Its per-theater average was the highest for any film playing in wide release this weekend.
Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and produced by Joel Silver and Jim Van Wyck, it stars Jet Li, Aaliyah, Russell Wong, DMX and Delroy Lindo.
"'Romeo' is performing extremely well," Warner Bros. Distribution President Dan Fellman said Sunday morning. "The exit polls are excellent. CinemaScore actually ranked it an A-minus, which parallels our own exits. The majority of the audience is split evenly between male and female under 25. That's driven by Jet Li, Aaliyah, the music, the MTV video and, of course, a fantastic campaign created by (Warners' creative advertising head) Joel Wayne.
"It's the second-largest three-day opening of any action-adventure movie from January through April. That's only behind 'The Matrix.' Joel Silver has one and two (having produced 'Matrix' for Warners)."
New Line's R-rated suspense thriller "Final Destination" held on to third place in its second weekend, holding well with an estimated $7.10 million (-29%) at 2,587 theaters (theater count unchanged, $2,744 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $20.3 million.
Directed by James Wong, it stars Devon Sawa, Ali Larter and Kerr Smith.
"We're thrilled out of our minds," New Line distribution head David Tuckerman said Sunday morning. "For a teen-age horror picture to drop 29% when we had two teen-age pictures plus 'Romeo Must Die' open up on top of us -- it's terrific. We were hoping (for only a) 40% drop. Six million dollars would have been great."
Where does it wind up? "I would say it's going to be $35 million," Tuckerman speculated.
Buena Vista/Touchstone's "Mission to Mars" was falling in its third week, down two orbits to fourth place with a slower estimated $5.80 million (-48%) at 3,101 theaters (+41 theaters, $1,870 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $49.3 million.
Twentieth Century Fox's PG-13-rated romantic drama "Here on Earth" arrived in fifth place with a quiet estimated $4.60 million at 1,712 theaters ($2,687 per theater).
Directed by Mark Piznarski and produced by David T. Friendly, it stars Chris Klein, Leelee Sobieski and Josh Hartnett.
Columbia's PG-13-rated teen-appeal romantic comedy "Whatever It Takes" from Phoenix Pictures took only enough ticket sales to open in sixth place with a calm estimated $4.30 million at 2,272 theaters ($1,893 per theater).
Directed by David Raynr, it stars Shane West, Marla Sokoloff and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.
"It's a $15 million picture (in terms of cost), and we should gross that," Sony Pictures Releasing President Jeff Blake pointed out Sunday morning. "And with spring break coming up, the weekdays should be pretty good. We certainly won't get hurt. And it should have nice ancillaries."
DreamWorks' R-rated drama "American Beauty," the front-running Best Picture Oscar contender, held on to seventh place in its 28th week with a still beautiful estimated $3.90 million (+25%) at 1,662 theaters (+1 theater, $2,347 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $108.4 million.
Directed by Sam Mendes, it stars Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.
Warner Bros. PG-rated family drama "My Dog Skip" from Alcon Entertainment fell four rungs to eighth place in its 11th week with an OK estimated $3.24 million (-38%) at 2,331 theaters (theater count unchanged, $1,390 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $26.2 million.
Directed by Jay Russell, "Skip" stars Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson and Kevin Bacon.
Miramax's PG-13-rated Best Picture Oscar contender "The Cider House Rules" fell one notch to ninth in its 16th week with a solid estimated $2.80 million (+13%) at 1,671 theaters (-67 theaters, $1,675 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $49.7 million.
Directed by Lasse Hallström, it stars Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd and Michael Caine.
"It was at $23 million before the nominations," Miramax's David Kaminow, senior vice president for marketing, pointed out Sunday morning. He noted that "Cider" had more than doubled its total to date thanks to its high profile in the Oscar race (with seven nominations).
Rounding out the Top Ten was Warner Bros.' "The Whole Nine Yards," the R-rated 'hit' comedy from Morgan Creek and Franchise Pictures, down four pegs in its sixth weekend with a quieter estimated $2.08 million (-37%) at 2,109 theaters (-394 theaters, $985 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $54.2 million.
Directed by Jonathan Lynn, "Yards" stars Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry.
OTHER OPENINGS Last weekend also saw the arrival of USA Films' R-rated drama "Waking the Dead," placing 26th with a not very lively estimated $0.18 million at 63 theaters ($2,860 per theater).
Directed by Keith Gordon, it stars Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly.
SNEAK PREVIEWS Last weekend saw MGM hold 640 sneak previews Saturday night of its PG-rated romantic comedy "Return to Me."
"They were s upendous," an MGM spokesperson said Sunday morning. "About 60% were either sold out or three-quarters full. We did exit polls, and 85% were in the Top Two Boxes (excellent or very good) with an 80% definite recommend. They're pretty tremendous. It was 60% female."
"Return" opens Apr. 7 at about 2,000 theaters.
Directed by Bonnie Hunt, it stars David Duchovny and Minnie Driver.
EXPANSIONS On the expansion front, last weekend saw Fox Searchlight's "Boys Don't Cry" widen in its 24th week, placing 17th and benefiting from its Oscar acting nominations with an estimated $0.77 million (+51%) at 285 theaters (+25 theaters, $2,712 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $7.9 million.
Directed by Kimberly Peirce, it stars Hilary Swank, a leading contender in the Best Actress Oscar race, and Chloë Sevigny, a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee.
"It's caught four waves of publicity," Fox Searchlight Distribution President Stephen Gilula said Sunday morning. "The year-end Best Actress critics awards. Then it got the Golden Globes. Then it got the (Oscar) nominations. Two weeks ago, (Swank) had a round of publicity through all the talk shows -- from Charlie Rose to Rosie -- and then this week we've got the awards. With The Wall Street Journal (prediction that Swank would win), she got a whole new wave (of publicity). It's absolutely phenomenal.
"The surge that we've seen (is) in many of the theaters that have playing a long time. At the Sunset (in West Hollywood), in the 23rd week, it's up 80% this weekend. It's quite extraordinary. In New York City, theaters are up 40-50-60%, theaters that have been playing it for months. Each time we've had a round of publicity, it sort of reaches the consciousness of another group of moviegoers."
USA Films PG-rated suspense drama reissue "Rear Window" widened in its 10th week, placing 29th with a quiet estimated $0.069 million (-22%) at 39 theaters (+2 theaters, $1,780 per theater). Its total to date is approximately $1.4 million.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it stars James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Robert Harris and James Katz restored the 1954 film classic.
WEEKEND COMPARISONS Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 for the weekend -- took in approximately $80.41 million, up about 23.20% from the comparable weekend last year when key films grossed $65.27 million.
This weekend's key film gross was down about 6.95% from this year's previous weekend, when key films grossed $86.42 million.
Last year, DreamWorks' second week of "Forces of Nature" was first with $9.44 million at 2,224 theaters ($4,244 per theater) and Warner Bros.' fourth week of "Analyze This" was second with $8.67 million at 2,537 theaters ($3,418 per theater). The top two films one year ago grossed $18.1 million. This year, the top two films grossed an estimated $37.6 million.
STUDIO MARKET SHARES Based on business by key films, last weekend's top six distributors were the following:
Warner Bros. was first with four films ("Romeo Must Die," "My Dog Skip," "The Green Mile" and "The Whole Nine Yards") grossing an estimated $24.52 million or 30.5% of the market.
Universal was second with one film ("Erin Brockovich") grossing an estimated $19.03 million or 23.7% of the market.
Buena Vista (Disney, Touchstone) was third with four films ("Mission to Mars," "The Tigger Movie," "The Sixth Sense" and "Fantasia 2000") grossing an estimated $9.40 million or 11.7% of the market.
New Line was fourth with one film ("Final Destination") grossing an estimated $7.10 million or 8.8% of the market.
20th Century Fox (Fox and Fox Searchlight) was fifth with two films ("Here on Earth" and "Wonder Boys") grossing an estimated $5.37 million or 6.7% of the market.
Sony Pictures Releasing (Columbia and TriStar) was sixth with one film ("Whatever It Takes") grossing an estimated $4.30 million or 5.3% of the market.
(11) "The Ninth Gate"/Artisan Theaters: 1,684 (+37) Gross: $1.72 million (-51%) Average per theater: $1,015 Total to date: $15.4 million
(12) "Fantasia 2000"/BV/Disney Theaters: 54 (0) (all IMAX) Gross: $1.40 million (domestic) (-8%) Average per theater: $26,123 Total to date: $36 million (domestic)
(13) "The Sixth Sense"/BV/Touchstone Theaters: 876 (-2) Gross: $1.30 million (+25%) Average per theater: $1,500 Total to date: $290.3 million
(14) "Snow Day"/Paramount Theaters: 1,924 (-463) Gross: $0.88 million (-60%) Average per theater: $455 Total to date: $57.7 million
(15) "The Tigger Movie"/BV/Disney Theaters: 1,360 (-341) Gross: $0.90 million (-49%) Average per theater: $665 Total to date: $43.0 million
(16) "Drowning Mona"/Destination Theaters: 1,126 (-587) Gross: $0.79 million (-54%) Average per theater: $705 Total to date: $14.8 million
(17) "Boys Don't Cry"/Fox Searchlight (see EXPANSIONS above)
(18) "Wonder Boys"/Paramount Theaters: 1,210 (-248) Gross: $0.69 million (-42%) Average per theater: $570 Total to date: $18 million
(19) "The Next Best Thing"/Paramount Theaters: 1,682 (-353) Gross: $0.66 million (-60%) Average per theater: $390 Total to date: $14.5 million
(20) "Pitch Black"/USA Films Theaters: 917 (-467) Gross: $0.65 million (-55%) Average per theater: $705 Total to date: $37.6 million
(21) "The Green Mile"/Castle Rock/Warner Bros. Theaters: 438 (-335) Gross: $0.51 million (-15%) Average per theater: $1,164 Total to date: $135.1 million
(22) "Reindeer Games"/Dimension Theaters: 941 (-760) Gross: $0.49 million (-63%) Average per theater: $515 Total to date: $22.8 million
(23) "Beyond the Mat"/Lions Gate Theaters: 298 (0) Gross: $0.38 million (-61%) Average per theater: $1,260 Total to date: $1.6 million
(24) "3 Strikes"/MGM Theaters: 544 (-134) Gross: $0.36 million (-64%) Average per theater: $650 Total to date: $9.3 million
(25) "Scream 3"/Dimension Theaters: 763 (-553) Gross: $0.32 million (-65%) Average per theater: $415 Total to date: $86.5 million
(26) "Waking the Dead"/USA Films (see OTHER OPENINGS above)
(27) "The Hurricane"/Universal Theaters: 306 (-30) Gross: $0.13 million (-35%) Average per theater: $425 Total to date: $50 million
(28) "Topsy-Turvy"/USA Films Theaters: 101 (-8) Gross: $0.13 million (-6%) Average per theater: $1,260 Total to date: $5.6 million
(29) "Rear Window"/USA Films (see EXPANSIONS above)