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Comings And Goings
August 28 2007

Eliza Taylor-Cotter (Janae Timmins) has confirmed plans to leave on Anthony Engelman's MySpace, where she mentions only having five more weeks of filming left. This means that Janae will make her last appearance on Australian screens in early 2008, after almost three years.

Meanwhile, TV Week reports that two of the Australian Idol judges are set to make Erinsborough cameos. Marcia Hines will apparently appear in November, in time to pass judgement on Karl Kennedy's (Alan Fletcher) singing, while Ian 'Dicko' Dickson will film his appearance soon, and appear on screen in early 2008. Also paying a visit to Erinsborough will be actress Jane Allsop. Jane appeared in two separate Neighbours guest roles in the 1990s before becoming a well-known face in Australia thanks to her role as Jo in police drama Blue Heelers. Jane's latest Erinsborough role sees her playing lawyer Diana Murray, who will help Toadie (Ryan Moloney) at the law firm when Rosie (Natalie Saleeba) is called away suddenly.

Love Isn't In The Air
August 22 2007

Jesse Spencer (Bill Kennedy) and fiancee, and fellow House star, Jennifer Morrison, have reportedly called off their engagement. Jesse proposed during a trip to Paris at the beginning of the year but the couple, who had been dating since 2004, have released a statement explaining that they won't be getting married but "we are still very close, and we look forward to continuing to work together on House."

Meanwhile, Natalie Blair (Carmella Cammeniti) has denied recent rumours in the press that she is in a relationship with co-star, and on-screen sometimes boyfriend, David Hoflin (Oliver Barnes). Natalie insists that the rumours are just that, and that she and David have only been spending time together recently as friends.

Bank Holiday Schedule Change UPDATED
August 22 2007

The Bank Holiday on Monday 27th August will mean a slight change to the Neighbours timeslots - the episodes will be shown as 1.15pm and 6.40pm.

UPDATE: The evening showing has now been cancelled - there will only be ONE showing of Neighbours, at 1.15pm on Monday 27th August.

Ex-Cast News
August 16 2007

Annie Jones (Jane Harris) is currently filming a guest role on new police drama City Homicide - but narrowly missed out on being directed by her husband, and former Neighbours director, Paul Moloney. She's being directed by another former Neighbours crew member though - Jeffrey Walker, who directed several blocks of Neighbours episodes a few years ago.

Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) is preparing for the launch of her brand new single, In This Life. The song is said to reveal "a more sexy and mature sound" for the artist and is set to be released on Australian radio on August 28th, ahead of going on sale on September 15th.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland), meanwhile, is planning a move to Los Angeles to try and crack the notoriously difficult American music market, as well as looking for new acting roles. Her band, Rogue Traders are starting to see some success in the US, with the imminent release of their single Voodoo Child while, back home in Australia, they are preparing for the release of new album Better In The Dark later this year.

Ratings Stay Strong
August 16 2007

The launch of ITV's new teatime chatshow, That Antony Cotton Show may have been successful in beating rival shows Richard & Judy and The Weakest Link, but despite Antony pulling in 2 million viewers, Neighbours continued to win in its time slot, picking up a 17% share of the audience and 2.3 million viewers.

Caitlin Nominated
August 09 2007

Caitlin Stasey (Rachel Kinski) has been nominated in the Fave Female TV Star category for this year's Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Voting is open from Sunday 12th August until Sunday 23rd September. Also nominated in the category of Fave Band are Rogue Traders, the group featuring former Neighbour Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland).

Click here to vote for Caitlin and Nat!

Iconic Episodes: Volume Two
August 09 2007

Before the first volume of episodes has even hit the shops in Australia (it's due out there on Monday 17th September), word has reached us of volume two in the collection. Due for release on Monday 22nd October, the second box set will again contain three discs, each of which will have a different theme. Disc one will feature some of the major fires from the show, including the cottage fire from the 1992 season finale, the fire at number 26 from the Millennium street party and the Lassiter's fire which brought 2004 to a dramatic conclusion.

Disc two will have a 'Charlene' theme and will include her first meeting with Scott and her wedding to Scott amongst many others.

Disc three is entitled 'fan favourites' and will include episode 2000, the murder mystery party and Cheryl's death amongst others. To see a full list of the episodes which will be included, as well as a sneak preview of the cover design (featuring spoilers for UK viewers), click here.

Two Decades Of Hits
August 09 2007

Neighbours legend Kylie Minogue celebrated the 20th anniversary of her music career last Friday with a bash in London attended by family, friends and many of the people she worked with over the years, including long-time manager Terry Blamey and Pete Waterman, who helped her achieve success with her recording career in the UK and beyond. Kylie was also reunited at the party with her old flame and former Neighbours husband Jason Donovan. It was during her time starring alongside Jason as Charlene to his Scott that Kylie was first approached by Mushroom Records music mogul Molly Meldrum (who also once appeared on Neighbours in a storyline in which he tried to persuade Charlene to become a pop star!) to record a cover version of Little Eva's The Locomotion. Kylie and the rest of the Neighbours cast had performed the track at a benefit concert for a Melbourne AFL club in July 1987 and on August 3rd 1987, Kylie hit the No.1 spot in Australia with her version of the song. Also at the bash was fellow Ramsay Street resident turned pop star, Natalie Imbruglia (Beth), who joined Kylie in dancing the night away to some of her biggest 80s hits.

Music News
August 04 2007

Natalie Imbruglia (Beth Brennan), who this week lost her contract as the face of L'Oreal, will shortly release her new single, Glorious, closely followed by an album of the same name, which will contain some of her greatest hits, as well as five new songs.

Caitlin Stasey (Rachel Kinski) has shelved plans, for the moment, to start girl-group The Snow Bunnies, but still hopes to one day launch a pop career.

Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker) is reportedly taking a more upbeat approach to her third album. Four songs are apparently already earmarked as singles, with the album due for release later this year.

And Natalie Saleeba (Rosetta Cammeniti) has revealed that she is dating Tim Rogers, frontman of Australian alternative rock group You Am I.

Carla Bonner Fined
August 04 2007

Carla Bonner (Steph Scully) was yesterday fined $1000 for a car crash she was involved in a month ago. Following the incident, at Knox City shopping centre, in which Carla reversed into another car, Carla gave the name and address of a friend and was found to be driving with an expired driver's licence. She was not in court yesterday, as she had already pled guilty by letter and paid for the damage. The magistrate took these actions into account, as well as the fact that although she was charged with unlicensed driving, it was in fact a licence that had not been renewed.

Fremantle Speaks Out
August 04 2007

FremantleMedia has finally given a statement on the recent announcement that Neighbours will move from BBC One to Five next year. Having been described as "greedy" by the BBC when the change was announced, Fremantle have now said that, although money did play a part, they also felt that Neighbours had "become an invisible part of BBC's schedule" and that they were also swayed by the idea of an "Australian soap hour".

Old Faces
August 01 2007

The official Neighbours website, neighbours.com reports that fans have many returning characters to look forward to in the coming months. As well as the previously mentioned returns of Libby Kennedy (Kym Valentine), Valda Sheergold (Joan Sydney) and Daniel Fitzgerald (Brett Tucker), next week's Australian episodes will see Toadie's (Ryan Moloney) big brother, Stonie (Anthony Engelman) back in Erinsborough, while later in the year, Darren Stark (Todd MacDonald) will be returning, presumably with, or not far behind, girlfriend Libby.

Libby's young son, Ben Kirk will also be back - with a new face. Ben was played from his birth in 2001 until 2003 by Noah Sutherland, before Sean Berends took over the role in 2004. When Ben returns at the end of 2007, a third actor will be taking on the role - Blake O'Leary, who is the younger brother of Fletcher O'Leary, another recent cast addition as Mickey Gannon.


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