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Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin, best known as the hybrid werewolf/vampire “Hayley Marshall” in the popular TV shows THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS, will appear at Oz Comic-Con in Sydney and Brisbane.

Tonkin’s other US television credits include a lead series role in CW Network’s US series THE SECRET CIRCLE, a guest lead role on the CBS drama series STALKER and a guest lead role in THE AFFAIR. She is currently in production on the Stan original TV series BLOOM, opposite Jackie Weaver, Bryan Brown and Ryan Corr.

Her Australian television credits include the internationally successful series H20 JUST ADD WATER in the leading role of “Cleo Sertori”. H2O screened in over 120 territories worldwide and saw Tonkin nominated for an AFI Best Actress in a TV Drama Award. She also recently appeared in the SBS mini-series SAFE HARBOUR.

Tonkin’s feature film credits include lead roles in TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN for Paramount Pictures; the feature film BAIT, opposite Xavier Samuel; the UK feature TAKE DOWN opposite Ed Westwick and Jeremy Sumpter; and Mark Webber’s feature film THE EVER AFTER opposite Teresa Palmer.

Tonkin joins a stellar line-up of film & TV guests attending the Brisbane and Sydney events including:

  • Tonkin’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS castmate, Aussie Nathaniel Buzolic who also starred in PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE.
  • Australia’s own Dichen Lachman best known as “Reileen Kawahara” in Netflix’s smash hit ALTERED CARBON. Lachman also starred in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, as well as AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, SUPERGIRL, THE 100 and NEIGHBOURS.
  • SHADOWHUNTERS heartthrob Matthew Daddario, who plays “Alec” on the TV series based on the popular “Mortal Instrument” books written by Cassandra Clare.
  • Dominic Sherwood known for his role in the teen vampire film VAMPIRE ACADEMY and more recently the hit fantasy series SHADOWHUNTERS.
  • Beloved voice-over star Christy Carlson Romano, who is best known for lending her voice to the titular character in Disney Channel’s KIM POSSIBLE.
  • Iconic Star Trek actress Gates McFadden, best known for portraying “Dr. Beverly Crusher” in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • Dominic Keating known for his role in the cult TV series, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE.
  • Clare Kramer, best known for her role as the vengeful goddess “Glory” in the cult classic BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
  • Anthrax guitarist and thrash metal legend Scott Ian, who also appeared in THE WALKING DEAD.
  • Nathan Jones, known as ‘The Megaman,’ an Australian actor and former WWE professional wrestler who starred in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and TROY (Brisbane Only)

All guests will participate in panels each day, as well as photograph and autograph sessions with fans.


Oz Comic-Con Brisbane – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – September 22 and 23

Oz Comic-Con Sydney – International Convention Centre Sydney – September 29 and 30

 

Tickets on sale now at www.ozcomiccon.com/tickets

Russell Crowe

At the moment, award season buzz is centering largely around the magnificent performances of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club.” The two men’s performances have reminded a lot of film journalists at how well some actors have depicted gay characters on screen over the years, so let’s take a look at some of the actors who played gay characters not only well, but tastefully and with respect.

Russell Crowe: Yes, it may come as a complete surprise to many, but the great Russell Croweonce played a homosexual character on the big screen. It was before Crowe was making Hollywood blockbusters like “Gladiator,” so people can be excused if they haven’t heard of the film, but it was in an Australian film called “The Sum Of Us.” If you haven’t seen it, then you may certainly want to hunt it down and give it a watch because directors Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling did a pretty decent job. The film itself has Crowe play Jeff Mitchell a young gay man searching for Mr. Right. His search brings him closer to his father, Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson), who is now in the look for Miss Right. Touching, yet entertaining, the film is just a true romantic drama.

Ian Somerhalder: Long before he was playing vampire Damon Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries,” Ian Somerhalder appeared in the very underrated flick “The Rules Of Attraction.” The flick was closely linked to “American Psycho,” was directed by Roger Avary and never really received the recognition it deserved as its alternative style of film-making made it an absolute gem. Somerhalder played Paul Denton, a young gay college student, who was disillusioned with the ‘queens’ around him and finds himself falling in love with the troubled and nasty Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek) who was accidentally breaking hearts right across the campus.

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal: How could anybody put together a list of actors who have played gay characters without mentioning Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger? When Ang Lee first put together “Brokeback Mountain,” even he admitted he wasn’t sure how the film would be received, after all was there a market for a film about a gay relationship between two cowboys? He need not have worried as the film went on to record 100 award wins worldwide, including three Oscars. It also earned Oscar nominations for Michelle Williams and the two male leads Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Ledger and Gyllenhaal put in brilliant performances as they played Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, two young cowboys involved in a passionate yet troubled relationship.

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon: When it was first announced that Michael Douglas would be playing Liberace and Matt Damon his boyfriend, Scott Thorson, the film world scoffed. In fact, they more than scoffed because the roles both seemed so out of character for both actors that many thought the film would just not work and it was pretty much decided that “Behind The Candelabra” was going to become a car-wreck of a film. People should never have doubted the creative mind of director Steven Soderbergh because he brought out the best in both actors, so much so that film critic Adam Ross was quoted on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show as saying “Douglas was so far into character it looked like he wanted to jump Damon between takes.” So good were Douglas and Damon’s performances that both have had their names mentioned during awards season.

Sean Penn: Another actor who ended up becoming an award winner while playing a gay character was Sean Penn. Penn picked up the Best Actor Academy Award in 2009 when he appeared in Gus Van Sant’s film “Milk” in the title role – playing gay activist Harvey Milk. His fellow co-star Josh Brolin also picked up the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for playing Dan White in the film that had critics ecstatic upon its release.

Tom Hanks: The great Tom Hanks also picked up an Oscar for playing a gay character when back in 1993. He played Andrew Beckett, a lawyer suffering from AIDS in the “Philadelphia.” The film not only educated the world on how hard it is for somebody infected with AIDS, but also dealt a valuable lesson about homophobia as Beckett is forced to work with a homophobic lawyer named Joe Miller (Denzel Washington). The film may be over 20 years now, but if you have never seen “Philadelphia” then it is certainly worth taking a look at.

With so many actors winning awards over the years for playing gay characters then it may seem like Mr. McConaughey and Mr. Leto might be in a good position as we all head into Awards season.

Television

Well it’s that time of year when television stations in the U.S. have to make the big decision, what should remain on the air and what should be dumped. Let’s have a look at how it his fairing at each network at the moment.

ABC

PICKED UP: Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Scandal, Suburgatory, The Middle

DUMPED: 66 Park Avenue, Body of Proof, Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23, Happy Endings, Last Resort, Malibu Country, Private Practice, Zero Hour

CABLE

PICKED UP: Cougar Town, Da Vinci’s Demons, Dallas, Defiance, Game Of Thrones, Justified, The Americans, The Walking Dead, Vikings

DUMPED: Burn Notice, Dexter, Monday Mornings, Southland, Spartacus: Blood And Sand

CBS

PICKED UP: 2 Broke Girls, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-O, How i Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person Of Interest, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, Two And A Half Men, Undercover Boss

Dumped: CSI: NY, Golden Boy, Made In Jersey, Partners, Rules Of Engagement, The Job, Vegas

FOX

Picked Up: American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Family Guy, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Following, The Mindy Project, The Simpsons, The X Factor

Dumped: Ben And Kate, Fringe, The Mob Docotr, Touch

NBC

Picked Up: Chicago Fire, Community, Grimm, Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Revolution, The Voice

Dumped: 1600 Penn, 30 Rock, Animal Practice, Deception, Do No Harm, Go On, Guys With Kids, Smash, The New Normal, Up All Night, Whitney,

THE CW

Picked Up: Arrow, Beauty & The Beast, Nikita, Hart Of Dixie, Supernatural, The Carrie Diaries, The Vampire Diaries

Dumped: 90210, Cult, Emily Owens M.D., Gossip Girl