Haven't we all at some point in time fantasized about stepping through a cinema/TV screen and into the world of our favourite movies and television shows? I certainly have!

With its modern, urban setting and stunning harbour, it is easy to see why Sydney leads the way as an ideal and versatile shooting destination. Movies shot here have been set in New York (Godzilla: Final Wars, Kangaroo Jack), Chicago (The Matrix and sequels), London (Birthday Girl), Seville (Mission Impossible 2), Bombay (Holy Smoke), Darwin (Australia), Myanmar (Stealth), Mars (Red Planet) and the fictitious city of Metropolis (Superman Returns, Babe: Pig in the City).

Whether popular landmarks or off the beaten track locations that are often hard to find, you can now explore Sydney in a fun and unique way with the SYDNEY ON SCREEN walking guides. Catering to Sydneysiders as much as visitors, the guides have something to offer everyone, from history, architecture and movie buffs to nature lovers.

See where productions such as Superman Returns, The Matrix and sequels, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Candy, Mission Impossible 2, Mao's Last Dancer, Babe: Pig in the City, Kangaroo Jack, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Muriel's Wedding, The Bold and the Beautiful, Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure and many more were filmed.

Maps and up-to-date information on Sydney's attractions are provided to help you plan your walk. Pick and choose from the suggested itinerary to see as little or as much of the city as you like.

So, come and discover the landscapes and locations that draw filmmakers to magical Sydney, and walk in the footsteps of the stars!


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Click on the picture above to see a preview of all four walking guides and on the picture below to see larger stills of Sydney movie and television locations featured in the slideshow!

Copyright © 2011 by Luke Brighty / Unless otherwise specified, all photographs on this blog copyright © 2011 by Luke Brighty

Sydney on Screen guides are now available for purchase at the following outlets:

Travel Concierge, Sydney International Airport, Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall (between gates A/B and C/D), Mascot - Ph: 1300 40 20 60

The Museum of Sydney shop, corner of Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9251 4678

The Justice & Police Museum shop, corner of Albert & Phillip Streets, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9252 1144

The Mint shop, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2416

Hyde Park Barracks shop, Queen Square, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2311

Travel Up! (travel counter) c/o Wake Up Sydney Central, 509 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph (02) 9288 7888

The Shangri-La Hotel (concierge desk), 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9250 6018

The Sebel Pier One (concierge desk), 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8298 9901

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney (concierge desk), 27 O'Connell Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8214 0000

The Sydney Marriott Circular Quay (concierge desk), 30 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9259 7000

Boobook on Owen, 1/68 Owen Street, Huskisson - Ph: (02) 4441 8585

NSW, interstate and international customers can order copies of Sydney on Screen using PayPal. Contact us at sydneyonscreen@hotmail.com to inquire about cost and shipping fees.

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Channel Nine's shock exit of David Hasselhoff from Celebrity Apprentice was in fact a staged three-week arrangement

Celebrity Apprentice
Use-by date agreed: David Hasselhoff with fellow Celebrity Apprentices (from left) Nathan Joliffe, Jason Akermanis, Vince Sorrenti, Ben Dark and Ian 'Dicko' Dickson. Picture: Channel 9 Source: Supplied

The Daily Telegraph reports

His departure was billed as a "shock" but evidence is building that David Hasselhoff's stint on Channel 9's "Celebrity Apprentice" was a staged, three-week arrangement.

The former Baywatch and Knight Rider star reportedly "floored" contestants when he announced that he had to quit the reality show this week due to family commitments in the US.

However, spies say Hasselhoff, who shot his brief appearance on the show in the last three weeks of January, had a series of pre-scheduled commitments in both Germany and the US in early February, and that Nine was made aware of this at the start of shooting.

"It was always a three-week deal," a show insider told Confidential. "His departure was all completely staged and choreographed and was, in reality, a shock to no one."

What's more, Hasselhoff's work schedule had been on view to the public on his personal blog, giving the game away to anyone who bothered to take a squizz.

However, the 59-year-old's departure was packaged as a shock exit and described by Nine as "unfortunate and unavoidable".

A Nine statement confirmed that the network was "aware that there was a possibility David might get called away, as he had flagged this other personal obligation which could emerge during our schedule".

Asked yesterday why Hasselhoff was billed as a legitimate Celebrity Apprentice contender and not a "cameo", as appears to be the case, a spokesman replied: "You have the statement. 'Possibility' is the key word." Cute.

Meanwhile, the Celebrity Apprentice "boss" Mark Bouris continued with the charade yesterday, telling Triple M that, had Hasselhoff not left the series voluntarily, he would have "fired him anyway".

"I would have fired him that night - he was the weakest out of the team," he raged.

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