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Chris Hemsworth’s Dundee Super Bowl ad filmed in North West Queensland

The Crocodile Dundee ad that charmed Superbowl and Youtube audiences across the world may be for a f..

The Crocodile Dundee ad that charmed Superbowl and Youtube audiences across the world may be for a fake film but there is nothing fake about the North West Queensland locations in the video.

One of the best kept secrets in the region came out today after the big game in the United Stated when Adels Grove owner Gary Murray revealed that – apart from a few beach shots near Cairns – the video was all shot on location at Adels Grove, nearby Boodjamulla National Park and on the road to Riversleigh National Park,

The video featured Chris “Thor” Hemsworth and comedian Danny McBride who plays the role of Crocodile Mick Dundee’s long lost son. It was produced by Tourism Australia and although the original film was set in the the Northern Territory, the video was appropriately made in the same part of Queensland where many of the original 1986 movie’s scenes were filmed such as Fountain Springs and The Walkabout pub in McKinlay.

Hemsworth and McBride filmed their scenes in November and Adels Grove owner Gary Murray said it was a huge job to keep it a secret until Monday’s Superbowl which was watched by over hundred million people.

“They used Cloncurry Helicopters to put Danny on the cliff and ferry all the boom equipment and crew up on the cliff,” Mr Murray said.

“The bus they used was a Mount Isa coaches bus and they flew an art department up the week before to put a 70s retro wrap on it and spray paint fake dust on it.

“It was all done out of Mount Isa and it wasn’t easy keeping a low profile.”

The hyped, mock movie Dundee was in fact a massive tourism campaign to lure more US tourists to our shores though many are now calling for the film to be re-made.

The Mount Isa coaches bus that featured in the video

The Federal Government decided last April to buy a prime time advertising spot during the American NFL Super Bowl, one of the most watched TV shows in the States and across the world.

More than 400 million people have been reached on social media platforms and the video is likely to be a bonanza for Adels Grove resort which is located 10km from the Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park and 50km from the world heritage Riversleigh fossil fields

Chris Hemsworth on location at Adels Grove.

Chris Hemsworth on location at Adels Grove.

Mr Murray said Hemsworth was blown away by the natural beauty of Boodjamulla National Park, 300m north west of Mount Isa and it is only likely to add to the tourism potential of the region.

“The secret of Lawn Hill Gorge is out now,” he said.

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So, we guess this means Beyonce and Jay-Z are OK then

The first couple of pop music took the world by surprise by dropping their first album together last..

The first couple of pop music took the world by surprise by dropping their first album together last weekend. As you'd expect, it's a statement.

There is arguably no couple better at controlling their own press than Beyonce and Jay-Z. When a video surfaced in 2014 showing Bey's younger sister Solange attacking her brother-in-law in an elevator, rumours of a strained marriage proliferated.

Rather than battle the tabloids, the spouses used the gossip to fuel the creation of two critically beloved, commercially successful records: Beyonce's Lemonade and Jay-Z's 4:44. And, in them, they offered just as many details about their private lives as they chose.

Beyonce and Jay-Z on stage in France for the 2014 On the Run tour.

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Now the couple have continued their domination of pop music, surprising the world last Saturday by releasing their joint album Everything Is Love, which is something of a sequel to those two solo records. Though they have collaborated for at least 15 years, this marks their first joint album, which they dropped under the name The Carters.

The record is a victory lap from a couple who have mined their relationship for universal truths and then presented them as art. It's a fierce love letter to success, to family, to blackness – but, most of all, to each other.

Artwork for the album Everything is Love by The Carters, aka Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Photo: Karl Quinn

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Lyrically, it primarily focuses on two aspects of the Carters' lives: their marriage and their success. (more…)

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Rachel Griffiths: female characters are finally getting real on screen

Almost a year into the #MeToo era, Rachel Griffiths believes the likes of Mystery Road, Wentworth, P..

Almost a year into the #MeToo era, Rachel Griffiths believes the likes of Mystery Road, Wentworth, Picnic at Hanging Rock and Top of the Lake show that female characters are finally coming of age on Australian screens.

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Happy to see "more complex depictions of female experience": Rachel Griffiths (left) with Leah Purcell at the launch of #SheDirects.

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"[They are created to] make him hot, make him authentic, make him empathetic, make him fatherly, make him conflicted, make him grieve," she said. "In the male gaze, we are so often not the gatekeepers; we're not the ferryman. Sometimes the mentor but usually only ironically, like Judi Dench's M…

"Under-written and under-observed, brought into our sexual awareness precociously and prepubescent in order to accommodate the male libido.

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"Often in television we're used by lazy writers and producers who can think of nothing more interesting this week than 'let's have her have sex with X' or 'discover she's a lesbian – for an episode'."

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Rachel Maddow breaks down on air over Trump immigration policy

US television host Rachel Maddow has broken down on live air as she delivered the latest development..

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The youngsters are some of the 2,300 children who have been forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border since the White House announced a zero-tolerance policy on migrant families in May.

"The AP has just broken some new news," Maddow started.

"Um, this has just come out from the Associated Press, this is incredible. Trump administration have been sending babies and other young children – oh, hold on," she said, her voice breaking.

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Maddow attempted to get through the breaking news piece one more time before moving the show over to a guest. "To at least three – three tender age shelters in South Texas. Lawyers and medical providers… I think I'm going to have to hand this off. Sorry."

Maddow took to Twitter shortly after the segment aired to say sorry to her viewers. "Again, I apologise for losing it there for a moment," she wrote. "Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."

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"Decades after the nations child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents." (more…)

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