He's appeared on the US version of The Celebrity Apprentice where he finished fourth to Poison singer Bret Michaels in 2010.

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Stone fronts the pilot for Kiss The Cook which involves four single men preparing meals to impress a single woman.

The Block co-creator Julian Cress from Watercress Productions told AAP the pilot was filmed late last year and editing for the show was only completed in December.

He said there's been an enormous interest in the series already, both here and in the US where Stone's star continues to rise, and said selling the show shouldn't be an issue."We've made a full pilot of it and it came up really, really well, Cress said."We have Curtis Stone secured as the host of it."He's excited about it and we have a lot of interest from around the world now, in the US in particular to make it there."I have no doubt the show will be made very soon."Stone, who appears on the Seven Network ratings hit My Kitchen Rules this week, has made a name for himself in the US, both on and off the screen.

Cress says Stone is the perfect host for both the Australian and US versions of the series."He's a great character and he's been looking to do a series of his own and this is the one he has chosen, so we are really excited about the prospects of it," Cress said."He's becoming a really big name in America and so if we make the show in the US, it will be with Curtis in the US."Cress currently has two other shows, The Block and Reno Rumble, which starts March 21, on the Nine Network this year but as of yet the station has not committed to Kiss The Cook."It wasn't finished until Christmas with editing.

The disappearance of "hobbits" on the Indonesian island of Flores has been pushed back to 50,000 years ago after excavations revealed flaws in the original dating of the controversial species of primitive humans.

- discovered in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 - are between about 100,000 and 60,000 years old, and associated stone tools date between 190,000 and 50,000 years.

This overturns original dating that suggested the hobbit and its tools had disappeared as late as 12,000 years ago.

Professor Bert Roberts, of the University of Wollongong's Centre for Archaeological Science, who was part of the team that made the original discovery in 2003 co-authored the latest study.