Is Disney's Maui insensitive?

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson plays Polynesian demi-god Maui.

4 min ago  He's not a comic figure in most Polynesian cultures - he's a hero - so why is Disney making Maui a laughing stock?

Natalia Kills goes to the fair

Natalia Kills, who changed her name to Teddy Sinclair, said her and husband Willy Moon's new music was "an intravenous ...

10:18 AM  Former X-Factor judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon plunder 90s gangster chic for their new music video as duo Cruel Youth.

Tarzan's rumble in the jungle

Alexander Skarsgard was brought up on a diet of Tarzan films, so playing the role in The Legend of Tarzan is a delight ...

10:07 AM  Legend of Tarzan's Alexander Skarsgard talks tummy troubles and impressing his famous Dad.

A Harry Potter comeback?

Daniel Radcliffe attends AOL Build to discuss the movie Swiss Army Man.

9:07 AM  Daniel Radcliffe name checks Harrison Ford's Han Solo when he says he'd contemplate playing Harry Potter again.

Why we cling on to Star Trek video

First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness.

Trek is wonderfully escapist, but also brings you face-to-face with life's truths and dilemmas - and an ideal future.

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Artist loves going home to work

Artist Lisa Reihana at her home in Freeman's Bay.

Sitting in her cosy home in Freeman's Bay, artist Lisa Reihana​ says there is nothing quite like the feeling of going to her Henderson studio to work.

Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

Could Daenerys Targeryen be next in live for the Iron Throne?

Who will be next to die in pursuit of power? We take a look in order of most to least likely - Spoiler alert.

Spring Awakening tackles "taboo" topics

Ben Maynard (Moritz), Henry Ashby (Melchior), and Hannah Doherty (Wendla) rehearse.

The 18th Century German play about teenage sexuality is set to get people talking.

Mastermind semifinalist a trotting expert

Don Rae from Governors Bay is a semifinalist on Mastermind. His episode airs on July 10.

"I've got one of those odd brains that remembers useless facts ... I'd be able to rattle off sire and dam of a horse that raced 40 years ago."

Timaru talents raise funds for youth

On the far left is dance teacher Janelle Richardson with two of her students, from left, Suraya Johnstone, 6, and Tahlia ...

Turning her annual concert into a talent quest is one way a Timaru dance teacher is helping fund a youth centre.

Guilty: TV star admits fraud video

Reality TV show star Abby Lee Miller was charged last year with illegally trying to hide US$775,000 ($1.097 million) ...

Abby Lee Miller appears on Dance Moms but now she's pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud.

Coldplay kids join dad on stage video

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's kids rock out on stage at Coldplay's massive Glastonbury gig

Cutest backing singers ever? Chris Martin's kids joined him on stage at Glastonbury festival.

Alicia Keys is make-up free

Alicia Keys hopes her new no make-up look at the BET Awards spurs a "revolution".

Singer Alicia Keys has made headlines for attending an awards show for not wearing any make-up.

Lindsay Lohan's new man on red carpet video

Lindsay Lohan appeared for the Caudwell Children's Butterfly Ball in London this week with new man and fiance Egor ...

Actor Lindsay Lohan stepped out with her Russian business heir lover for a charity ball - but are they engaged?

Mind the crap!

Tomas Ford's Crap Music Rave Party: It's music. And it's crap.

Wham!, The Vengaboys, Aqua, 2 Unlimited: Meet the DJ who proudly plays only complete rubbish

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celebrities

Epic takedown of sexist heckler video

Hofstetter had opened the show by warning hecklers not to bother. "You will lose."

Comedian totally destroyed the man who made a sexist comment in front of his own daughters.

Guilty: TV star admits fraud video

Abby Lee Miller appears on Dance Moms but now she's pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud.

Alicia Keys is make-up free

Lindsay Lohan's new man on red carpet video

Video

Is Disney's Maui insensitive?

He's not a comic figure in most Polynesian cultures - he's a hero - so why is Disney making Maui a laughing stock?

film

Backstreet's Zombie Western trailer

Backstreet Boys Nick Carter and AJ McLeanstar in Western zombie flick Dead 7 film.

Everybody, Backstreet Boys' new movie trailer is Larger than Life.

Dynamic duo deliver the laughs

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart wring every possible laugh out of Central Intelligence's script.

REVIEW: In the hands of a couple of less likeable performers, this could have been the sorriest load of old rubbish you'll see all year.

Who's this before he was famous?

Temuera Morrison was just 11 when he appeared in Rangi's Catch.

This sweet-faced young boy grew up to play one of our most famous tough guy film roles.

Tough Dublin upbringing inspires Sing Street

Sing Street auditions attracted thousands of young hopefuls all over Ireland, director John Carney was adamant he wanted ...

Director John Carney's real Dublin boy's school was the inspiration behind Sing Street.

music

Coldplay kids join dad on stage video

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's kids rock out on stage at Coldplay's massive Glastonbury gig

Cutest backing singers ever? Chris Martin's kids joined him on stage at Glastonbury festival.

Mind the crap!

Tomas Ford's Crap Music Rave Party: It's music. And it's crap.

Wham!, The Vengaboys, Aqua, 2 Unlimited: Meet the DJ who proudly plays only complete rubbish

Lena disturbed by Famous video

Actress Lena Dunham "couldn't watch" Kanye West's Famous video.

The comedian and writer takes issue with the "unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women" portrayed in Kanye West's new video.

Timberlake in trouble with fans video

Justin Timberlake is in trouble with the internet.

Singer apologises for patronising response to being accused of appropriating black culture.

tv & radio

Kim Crossman's "dream job" set to air

New Zealand Actress Kimberley Crossman has plenty to keep her busy and excited about over the next few months.

Move over Kim Kardashian, Holly Madison and Chelsea Handler - the E! Channel now has a Kiwi star online

Kardashians not happy with Rob video

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna celebrating their engagement on social media.

The Kardashian clan were not happy when they learned of brother Rob's engagement via the internet.

The worst breakfast ever?

TVNZ Breakfast's Sam Wallace chows down on a dried millipede.

Watch: TVNZ's Sam and Rawdon gag while eating a dried centipede. Yeah, you read that right.

Jesse Williams, darling of the BETs

Jesse Williams delivered a rousing speech at the 2016 BET Awards.

The BET Awards featured tributes to Prince and Muhammad Ali, performances by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar. But it was the actor Jesse Williams who commanded the spotlight.

books

Review: The Ice Age by Luke Williams

The Ice Age, Luke Williams

A timely book on P addiction.

Reviews: Melie's Kitchen, Black Water

Black Water, Louise Doughty

A teen baking whiz writes a cookbook, and a crime novel with heart.

Contemporary and classic illustrations

Gallery director Cressida Bishop with an illustration by Phoebe Morris, from First to the Top by David Hill.

Bright and beautiful drawings from popular children's books are on display at a new exhibition.

Robert Glancy: Best books I never wrote

Please Do Not Disturb, Robert Glancy

Robert Glancy shares his favourite books.

arts

Timaru talents raise funds for youth

On the far left is dance teacher Janelle Richardson with two of her students, from left, Suraya Johnstone, 6, and Tahlia ...

Turning her annual concert into a talent quest is one way a Timaru dance teacher is helping fund a youth centre.

Swat away $560,000 on art

This Banksy artwork can be all your's for $560,000.

Rare Banksy piece on display for the first time in a decade.

IHC artists reach finals

Sonia Townley's artwork which was selected as a finalist in the IHC Art Awards 2016.

Kaikoura's artists remain at the forefront of the arts world, with two IHC artists named as finalists in the IHC Art Awards this year.

A picture of Auckland gallery

'Pop's Desk' was judged the winning image of this year's Nikon Auckland Photo Day.

Family, sporting and domestic scenes shine in 24-hour photo competition.

stage & theatre

Puppets, sand and oppression

Ella Becroft interacts with sand on the set of Red Leap Theatre Company's Dust Pilgrim.

Red Leap Theatre returns to Wellington with another physical stage show.

Bridging the gap for performers

Kit Haines and Verity Craft want to give performers an opportunity to make a career out of musical theatre.

A pair of theatre enthusiasts are hoping to provide people with more professional musical theatre opportunities.

London bound

Marlborough Boys' College student Jack Rainbird.

Marlborough teen Jack Rainbird loves acting because it allows you to reflect what you see around you. 

King of the Orcs plays idiot at theatre

Actor John Rawls is enjoying his time on Waiheke preparing for his role as comic character Sir Andrew Aguecheek in ...

Waiheke audiences will get the chance to see Hobbit movie actor John Rawls in Twelfth Night this July.

NZ Comedy Fest 2016

Comedy Fest review: Nic Sampson

Nic Sampson.

This is the tightest half hour of stand-up I've seen this festival

Sexism, spooning and mental health

Tim Batt chatted to Felicity Ward.

The stars of the NZ Comedy Fest do our job for us and interview each other...

Comedy Fest review: Wilson Dixon

Wilson Dixon.

Jesse Griffin's country singing comic remains a polished act

He married a lesbian and it's very fulfilling video

Comedians Zoe Coombs Marr and Rhys Nicholson got married in an act of protest.

Comedian Rhys Nicholson married a lesbian recently. It's going well.

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