Sunday, April 8, 2007

NICOLE KIDMAN AND KEITH URBAN'S EASTER IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban in Sydney Australia

SYDNEY'S favourite daughter Nicole Kidman yesterday returned home with husband Keith Urban for a much-anticipated family reunion. The loved-up couple spent the day surrounded by family, with Kidman meeting newborn niece Sybella for the first time. "Easter is very important to me and spending Easter with my parents at home is a special treat," Kidman told The Daily Telegraph. "When I was growing up my parents always made a special Easter lunch - it was a big family occasion and it's wonderful I can share that experience with Keith now. "It is important for me to be here with my family for Easter because I'm away so much - and we're looking forward to meeting our new niece." The Oscar-winner's sister Antonia gave birth to her fourth child two weeks ago. Kidman and Urban flew in on a private jet. In a sign they plan on getting comfortable back in Sydney, minders unloaded 10 bags and suitcases into the garage of their waterfront home at Darling Point. The actress is in Sydney to prepare for Baz Luhrmann's epic new film Australia. Rehearsals for the movie, touted as the biggest Australian film ever made, begin tomorrow at Fox Studios. Filming in north Queensland is starting later this month. The couple are expected to be based locally for the next 10 months - Kidman's longest stint since filming Moulin Rouge! in 2000. But their stay together will be brief with country star Urban due to begin a 10-day European tour in Munich on April 19. He will then return to Australia to get ready for a national tour. Kidman yesterday said she couldn't wait to team up with Luhrmann for the project, which also stars Hugh Jackman and David Wenham. "I'm very excited to be home and I'm very happy that I will soon be working with my old friends again on Australia," she said. "I have not spent much time in the outback and working with Baz and CM (Luhrmann's wife Catherine Martin) will mean I will be able to see parts of Australia I haven't seen before. "I can't wait to get back on a horse and start filming. It's a great script and I'm really looking forward to being in this film. "Making it will be special for me because I'm working with a lot of old friends on the cast and crew." The pair looked extremely relaxed as they stopped off at Darling Point before heading out for the family lunch. They smiled and held hands as they took in the Sydney sunshine, looking very much like newlyweds. Now just two months shy of their first anniversary, Kidman and Urban have bounced back after the singer's 90-day stint in a US rehab facility for alcoholism. Urban has even scheduled a break in his upcoming US tour that gives him time off to celebrate their anniversary on June 25.

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