• Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia

    Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia

    Facebook has threatened to block Australians from sharing news articles if lawmakers there approve a proposal to make it pay news outlets for their content. In a blog post dated Monday, the social-media titan indicated it will “reluctantly” stop users and publishers from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram rather than negotiate …
  • Huawei ends sports sponsor deal amid Australia ‘trade war’

    Huawei ends sports sponsor deal amid Australia ‘trade war’

    Chinese telecom giant Huawei is ending its oldest major sporting sponsorship deal, saying Monday it was breaking its contract with an Australian rugby league team after nine years because of a “great trade war” between China and Australia. Australia has barred the world’s largest maker of switching gear and major smartphone brand from involvement in …
  • ‘Five Bedrooms’ star Stephen Peacocke was a ‘jackaroo’ before acting

    ‘Five Bedrooms’ star Stephen Peacocke was a ‘jackaroo’ before acting

    Prolific Australian actor Stephen Peacocke makes his US TV debut in “Five Bedrooms,” now streaming on Peacock. “It’s really nice to know that our show has found an audience in America. I’m really chuffed,” Peacocke, 38, tells The Post. “And a story like this that’s not the typical tourism postcard that you sometimes get in …
  • Google says Australia’s paid news proposal puts free services ‘at risk’

    Google says Australia’s paid news proposal puts free services ‘at risk’

    Google says an Australian proposal to make tech giants pay news publishers for their content would put its free services in danger there. The Silicon Valley titan lashed out at the proposed “News Media Bargaining Code” in a Monday open letter, saying it could give large media businesses an “unfair advantage” in Google’s signature search …
  • ‘Five Bedrooms’ moves in comfortably on NBC’s Peacock

    ‘Five Bedrooms’ moves in comfortably on NBC’s Peacock

    At first blush, the premise of “Five Bedrooms” might seem cloying — but I promise you this ensemble dramedy is anything but. The eight-episode Australian series, which premiered last year on Network 10, has been renewed for a second season heading into its launch Thursday on Peacock, NBC’s new streaming network. It’s by turns charming, …
  • Tim Minchin tries to stay ‘Upright’ in dark, complicated comedy

    Tim Minchin tries to stay ‘Upright’ in dark, complicated comedy

    Two people take a wild ride through the Australian desert in “Upright,” a dark comedy on Sundance Now. The eight-episode series, which originally aired on Australia’s Fox Showcase and the UK’s Sky Atlantic, was co-written and co-directed by star Tim Minchin. He plays Lucky Flynn, a depressed musician driving to visit his dying mother, his …
  • Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘bizarre’ demands revealed by TV producer

    Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘bizarre’ demands revealed by TV producer

    Ellen left a less-than-DeGeneres impression Down Under. The television host’s staff were walking on eggshells as they made a series of “bizarre” demands during a 2013 appearance on Australia’s “Today” show, a former producer on the morning program claimed. “[Ellen DeGeneres’] producers called us aside … and said, ‘Now, Neil, no one is to talk …
  • ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ star Yvonne Strahovski jumps from Gilead to ‘Stateless’

    ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ star Yvonne Strahovski jumps from Gilead to ‘Stateless’

    “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Yvonne Strahovski jumps from the dystopian confines of Gilead to a modern-day detention center in “Stateless.” The Netflix drama follows flight attendant Sofie Werner (Strahovski), who gets swept up in a New Age-y cult run by a cheerful couple played by Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”) and Dominic West (“The Affair”). When …
  • Johnny Depp allegedly wrote Amber Heard’s name in pee at their vacation home

    Johnny Depp allegedly wrote Amber Heard’s name in pee at their vacation home

    Johnny Depp allegedly tried to write Amber Heard’s name in pee inside their trashed rental home while on a bender, a UK court heard Wednesday. Heard accused the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star of whipping out his privates while being escorted off the Queensland, Australia, property in March 2015 — telling security, “I need to …
  • Amber Heard allegedly ‘threatened’ assistant into lying after dog-smuggling bust

    Amber Heard allegedly ‘threatened’ assistant into lying after dog-smuggling bust

    Amber Heard “threatened” an assistant into lying to Australian authorities after the actress was busted smuggling her two pooches without proper paperwork, a UK court was told Wednesday. Heard, 34, had been arrested in 2015 — at one point facing up to 10 years in prison — for illegally taking Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo …