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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 February 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2015 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A Family Affair to premiere After a successful launch in Greece and Europe, the Xylouris family documentary will premiere in Australia this Sunday The wait is finally over. The documentary A Family Affair, based on the famous Xylouris family, is set to premiere in Australia on Sunday 1 March in Melbourne and Sydney. Directed by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou, the much-anticipated film uses authentic footage that follows three generations of the Cretan family on their musical journey from Crete to Australia as they perform to their fans across the globe. "Gradually, the Xylouris clan accepted me into their world, and allowed me to observe the intimate moments of their lives. I have become fascinated by their unique bond to music, which connects them both to the land they come from and to each other," Angeliki told Neos Kosmos reporter Maja Jovic in 2013. Filmed on location in both Australia and abroad, Aristomenopoulou explores the family's history and the way music has always been at the core of their separation and reunification. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the film was made possible through the support of ABC TV Australia, the Greek Film Centre, OTE-TV, and Greek public broadcaster NERIT. The film's first premiere was in Greece in January, which then followed with the documentary being released in Crete and Thessaloniki. Its European release saw it featured in France at FIPA-International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, Biarritz, and will be released in the US shortly. The film's Australian premiere in Melbourne will also celebrate the film's Cretan background, with restaurant Philhellene catering the event before the screening. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for concession. To purchase tickets for either premiere, visit www. palacecinemas.com.au/ movies/afamilyaffair/ When: Sunday 1 March, at 7.00 pm Where: Palace Cinema Como, Melbourne and Palace Norton Street, Sydney Maria Menounos disowned by her father The Greek American TV presenter speaks about her father’s harsh reaction to her dating outside of the Greek community Greek American TV presenter Maria Menounos has revealed her heartache in dealing with the backlash from her family from dating boyfriend Kevin Undergaro. The 36-year-old admitted on camera that her “big fat Greek family” cut ties with her because of her boyfriend's nationality. "It was a major problem for my strict father, who disowned me when my relationship started," Maria Menounos said. "He wasn't Greek so my dad was very upset, pretty much disowned me, took my education away ... I was now pretty much homeless, no education, no degree, but I had Kevin." "It wasn't an easy situation," Menounos added. Menounos, Extra!'s red- carpet presenter, newscaster, Dancing With the Stars sensation, writer and professional wrestler who got her own reality show on Oxygen last year called Chasing Maria Menounos, had a really hard time when she was young. "I always listened to my dad. I wasn't allowed to date before I turned 18. I didn't," she explained. "But I knew when I met Kevin, the first time, Greek French composer picks up Oscar Greek French composer Alexandre Desplat took home an Oscar this week, after eight nominations without a win. The composer won the Oscar for his work on the Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel, one of two movie projects he was nominated for. During his speech, he thanks his Greek mother, the people of Greece and the people of France. Desplat was also nominated for his work in The Imitation Game, capping a very successful award season run. Makeup artist Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou was also nominated for her work on the Hollywood blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, but lost out to Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier from The Grand Budapest Hotel. Fellow Greeks to grace the red carpet were Jennifer Aniston and Maria Menounos. Best picture went to Birdman, while Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne received the best actress and actor gongs on the night. Alexandre Desplat receives his Oscar at the Acadamy Awards. PHOTO: JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP. Maria Menounos taking an ice cream break with her boyfriend Kevin Undergaro. that he was the one." And it seems she was right, as he has never left her side after more than 16 years and is the one she credits for her success. Italian American Kevin Undergaro also knew Maria was the woman of his life. "I just knew, as I knew she'd be a star," he said. Menounos admitted she wants the chance to have children, but that marriage is not that important to her. "The show was an opportunity to kind of let people see that everything isn't always perfect and that they can overcome these kinds of obstacles too is really important," she said. "We spent so many nights clinging to each other, crying in a basement on a mattress, surrounded with spiders, and it was terrible." "I didn't realise what a vision he had," she said. Determined to make her famous, Undergaro bought her clothes, styled her up and produced her resume tape which he submitted to a local news station, insisting she'd be selected from 500 applicants. "I knew her parents would come out to visit once we made it," he said. "My dad apologised to Kevin, which I think is such a sign of … I don't know a lot of men that can actually say they're sorry ... It's so hard to give the whole story but it was really tragic and really, really hard," Menounos added. Maria Menounos and her boyfriend/mentor/producer Kevin Undergaro are happy to be still receiving messages from people who have dreams and their families aren't supportive, whether it is an issue of making it in Hollywood, or wanting to marry someone outside their race, culture or sex. The new Zach Galifianakis The Hangover’s chubby funnyman, Zach Galifianakis, shot to comedic stardom, turning what would have been seen as a drawback into his main asset, with his spiteful sense of humour. The Greek American star used to cop the 'fat-shaming' insult repeatedly from the guests on his Between Two Ferns internet show. He seemed perfectly fine with his image until he changed it. The first shock came at the premiere of the much-praised film Birdman, where he debuted a slim figure and long hair. The 45-year-old actor appears to have lost at least 25 kilos since last year, taking the red carpet regulars by surprise. When asked by Alicia Quarles about his surprising transformation he said: "I'm dying." This was pretty much the only comment he made regarding his dramatic new look. Recently, he mentioned giving up a really old habit - alcohol. Zach Galifianakis came to the realisation his liking for drinking was turning into some sort of dependence and therefore decided not to drink again. "I'm lucky that I could just stop, but boy I miss it," he admitted. "But being light's fun! I can go up two flights of steps now and only need my inhaler twice!" One thing is for sure, this trim frame suits him a lot more. The new Zach.
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