‘Australia’ Collides With New York

With the November 26 release date of Australia looming ever closer, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and a host of other celebs descended on the Ziegfeld Theater Monday night for the New York premiere of the romantic epic.

Kidman, 41, sported a gold and black Dries Van Noten dress for the occasion, and had hubby Keith Urban on her arm. Other notables on hand to watch the Baz Luhrmann-helmed period piece included supermodel Helena Christensen, Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively, Aussie songbird/actress Olivia Newton-John and a very pregnant Naomi Watts.

According to the Press Association, some in the crowd booed Kidman, apparently because she didn’t spend enough time on the red carpet before heading into the theater. Yes, it is possible to be loved too much.

Not that Kidman is likely to mind. The new mom claims that the movie holds personal significance for her and her four-month-old daughter, Sunday Rose. “I call it her film,” Kidman revealed.

Nicole previously claimed that the project’s year-long production was responsible for her conceiving Sunday Rose.

Jackman, meanwhile, thinks the movie will inspire viewers in a different way. “Baz listens to his audience,” the 40-year-old actor suggests. “The world is full of a lot of uncertainty. This movie, I think, offers a lot of hope.”