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Kris Jenner's world has come crashing down, as her ex-husband fast-tracks his procedures to become a woman.

YouTube redefines celebrity

Connor Franta isn't a singer, chef, comedian or athlete, but he's angling to be Oprah for millennials.

Stephen Fry's costly 15 year cocaine habit

Sharon Osbourne collapses

film

DVD review: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead.

Few sights excite the senses quite like a rushing zombie.

Watching the watchers

T(Error) documentary looks at the use of FBI informants in counter-terrorism.

Deirdre O'Kane plays Christina Noble in a biopic of the Irish humanitarian.

Lack of subtlety harms Noble tale

REVIEW: Heavy handed approach undermines biopic of Christina Noble

music

Towers sing Lydia video

Towers perform Fur Patrol's Lydia.

To mark NZ Music Month, Wellington-based indie-pop band Towers will cover well-known Kiwi songs.

Dancing Man thrown own party video

Social media sensation gets to dance without shame.

Orpheus Choir conductor Brent Stewart.

Elijah draws a lethargic crowd

REVIEW: Once in a while, Mendelssohn’s 1846 oratorio Elijah - while not a work of great distinction - will do the trick.

tv & radio

Life-size mech highly realistic

he 8-meter high Patlabor AV-98 Ingram is being exhibited as a promotion for the upcoming film The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen.

5:34 PM  Movie manga robot model measures eight meters high and weighs 3.5 tonnes.

TV's back to the future

A new feature will soon let TV viewers scroll back to programmes they have missed.

Actress Anne Meara and husband Actor Jerry Stiller in 2008.

Actress, comedian Anne Meara dies at 85

New York-born actress and comedian Anne Meara, known for her opposites-attract comedy routine with husband Jerry Stiller, has died.

books

A sex romp with style

Author Krissy Kneen

REVIEW: Krissy Kneen's new "sex romp" isn’t easy to classify, but is the more compelling for it.

In short: book reviews

Short book reviews from overseas and New Zealand.

British philosopher and prolific commentator A.C. Grayling.

A.C Grayling on everything from Socrates to social justice

REVIEW: From Socrates to social justice, A.C. Grayling's new book covers almost it all.

arts

Art invites anyone to jam

There's always a bit of time to goof off for Haere Mai Taiko drummers Helen Au and Fumiko Goodhue

The sound of drums is something to wake people up on their way to work.

The naked truth about myself

They arrived, out of the blue, on my front doorstep, rolled up in a cardboard tube: images of myself, naked, sent to me by a stranger.

The principal cast stole the show in Moscow Ballet La Classique's Sleeping Beauty in Hamilton.

Ballet struggles to draw crowd

REVIEW: Principal ballerinas shine in La Classique's Sleeping Beauty, despite a poor audience turnout.

stage & theatre
British comedian Russell Brand is back in New Zealand in October.

Brand back with new stand-up show

British comedian Russell Brand is returning to New Zealand shores with his stand-up show Trew World Order.

Video

X Factor contestant sues Simon Cowell

Rejection hurts, but perhaps it's nothing a million-dollar law suit won't settle.

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Karen Tay on the joy of books

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Mike Kilpatrick talks TV