The stranger-than-fiction grouping of corrupt former Sydney detective Roger Rogerson, artist Adam Cullen and broadcaster Alan Jones will grace Alexandria’s Iron Duke hotel today. Cullen and Rogerson will unveil a painting depicting Rogerson’s fatal shooting of drug dealer Warren Lanfranchi in a Chippendale laneway in 1981, complete with a bullet tactfully adhered to the canvas and the observation ”He had a real bad day!” Jones will then send forth Rogerson’s memoir, The Dark Side. According to Rogerson’s lawyer, the former policeman Paul Kenny, Jones agreed to launch the book after being sent a copy. ”Alan wrote back to say that he had never met Roger, but had interviewed him several times,” Kenny said. ”He said he found him a fascinating and interesting person.” Cullen says that he and Rogerson were brought together by the equally notorious Mark ”Chopper” Read, for whom Cullen was best man at his second wedding. The painting is one of 26 works commissioned for auction to benefit The Alphabet Foundation, a new charity working to educate underprivileged and orphaned children. The gimmick sees artists and their subjects choose a letter from the alphabet to inspire an artwork; Cullen and Rogerson chose X, signifying the cross carved in the gutter in Dangar Place marking the spot where Lanfranchi was shot.FLAB-AGHASTEDAjay Rochester has emerged as the biggest loser in the ongoing battle between Woman’s Day and New Idea. The former TV host yesterday threatened Woman’s Day with legal action over unflattering photographs in this week’s issue showing off excess flab and loose skin- a result of previous weight loss – which Woman’s Day claims she planned to fix with $30,000 worth of plastic surgery. ”How dare they decide when or even if I should share what is a most sensitive part of my healing,” she tweeted furiously. Rochester appears to have got the Woman’s Day editor, Fiona Connolly, offside by participating in a story with its competitor, the Pacific Magazines-owned New Idea, which last week ran photos supplied by Rochester for a hefty fee of the once plump 40-year-old looking surprisingly svelte in a pink bikini. The story sparked rumours the supplied images had been subject to extensive digital retouching on Rochester’s part. This week Woman’s Day fired back with its less glamorous photos taken, it claimed, just six months ago. Both magazines were standing by their story yesterday. In a statement, Connolly said the magazine was yet to receive any legal correspondence from Rochester: ”She welcomed Woman’s Day into her home to take the photos she is now claiming are an invasion of her private life.”WITCHES CURSEDThe witches of Wicked were reportedly sounding croaky at a matinee performance of the hit musical on Sunday, but for good reason. Just hours earlier, the stars of the show, Amanda Harrison and Lucy Durack, were belting out the national anthem for the revheads at the Bathurst 1000. The witches’ co-star, Bert Newton, revealed all during his regular post-show chat to the audience. The two leads had risen at 5am for an early flight to Bathurst before being whisked back in time for the Sydney performance. According to some members of the audience, their performance was decidedly lacklustre as a result – a charge denied by a spokesman for the musical.SOURIS SONG’N’DANCEMeanwhile, the NSW Nationals appear to have revealed a hitherto secret plan to ambush the veteran state MP for Sydney, Clover Moore, in her long-held inner-city stronghold by playing to her large theatre-loving constituency. At least, that is one possible explanation for yesterday’s surprising press release from the normally blokey Nationals MP George Souris, which demanded that the State Government take immediate action to bring an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Love Never Dies, to Sydney. ”When it comes to attracting big musical theatre premieres NSW always lags behind Victoria,” thundered Souris, who happens also to be the Opposition spokesman for tourism and major events. The release goes on to exhibit an impressive knowledge of musical theatre, name checking Mary Poppins and Wicked, Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q and Miss Saigon.GOT A TIP?Contact [email protected]南京夜网.au or 92822179STAY IN TOUCHWITH MINNELLI’S NEXT GO AT MARRIAGEWHILE many of her contemporaries rest on their cabaret laurels, Liza Minnelli still harbours a hankering for the hot tickets in town. Which – in New York this year at least – is the filming of the second Sex and the City movie. In Sydney yesterday, preparing for her shows at the Sydney Opera House starting on Friday, Minnelli said rumours she would appear in the film are true. The 63-year-old told the Herald’s cabaret correspondent, Bryce Hallett, she would play a marriage celebrant at the wedding of two of the show’s gay characters, Stanford and Anthony, before performing the Beyonce hit Single Ladies backed by two female dancers in wigs ”just like me”. ”The choreography for the number is something I should have done when I was 22; it was really difficult but fun,” the showgirl chortled. ”I like rehearsals and I’m an old broad to be doing this stuff at my age.” In further SATC news sure to elicit shrieks from Taylor Square to San Francisco, Minnelli confirmed fellow diva Barbra Streisand would also appear in the flick’s lavish wedding scene.WITH FAMOUS FOODIESANNA BLIGH has been criticised for being part of Celebrity MasterChef, which she took annual leave to be on, but the Queensland Premier is standing by her decision to appear on the cooking reality TV show, shown tonight.”I think everyone does need a little fun, even premiers,” she told the celebrity cooking correspondent Ellie Harvey, adding that ”Queensland survived the couple of days it involved”. While Bligh considers the use of ”celebrity” a bit of a stretch when applied to politicians, the MasterChef judge Matt Preston has been making the most of his fame on the dinner circuit for the Sydney International Food Festival. On Sunday he was among 80 gourmands at a $320 per head 10-course dinner at Bentley Restaurant & Bar in honour of the visiting Spanish rock star chef Sergi Arola. Arola put on a show worthy of the tag celebrity chef, serving dishes direct to tables. ”This would never happen in Spain,” he said.WITH TRUMP CARDSIVANKA TRUMP looks to have inherited her father Donald Trump’s flair for self-promotion. This week the 27-year-old  launched her book of life lessons, titled The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, with a party at Trump Towers where guests sipped on Trump-brand vodka and sales benefited the Eric Trump Foundation, a children’s charity established by her brother. While Ivanka, a model, jewellery designer and executive vice-president of development and acquisitions for her father’s company, is happy to use the family name to promote business interests, she has been curiously quiet on the subject of her upcoming nuptials, to another rich kid, Jared Kushner, the owner of the The New York Observer and son of a New Jersey real estate magnate, Charles Kushner, on October 25. According to the magazine People, the couple plan a private ceremony for 500 guests – at Trump National Golf Course, of course.
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