Emily Perkins writes a movie video

Author Emily Perkins: "The stories that are the hardest to tell can be the most important."

How did the author adapt the novel of another literary star - Eleanor Catton - to the big screen?

Trump inspires TV comedy

Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-stars in Braindead.

US political satire about aliens taking over the Senate finds Donald Trump helps add the laughs

Wentworth's transgender star

Wentworth stars Danielle Cormack as Bea Smith and fellow Kiwi Robbie Magasiva as Will Jackson.

Socratis Otto had a lot to learn when he took on a transgender role in prison drama

LaPaglia under the wire

FFXENT. Supplied image of Anthony LaPaglia for A Month of Sundays.

Aussie stars admits to being schooled by the Kiwi master on new film.

Lawrence Arabia's true brilliance

James Milne: "People so often assume the things a songwriter writes are gospel truth about their lives”.

Auckland songwriter James "Lawrence Arabia" Milne's new album Absolute Truth is his best yet.

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Red carpet at The Rehearsal video

Eleanor Catton paused for a photo with actress Ella Edward as Kerry Fox arrives at the premiere of The Rehearsal.

The stars arrived on the red carpet all at once, barely pausing as they poured through the doors in search of a coveted seat.

Stan Walker presses pause

Stan Walker is due to start his New Zealand tour in November.

Chart-topping singer has canned a shoot for his new music video over a legal wrangle.

Matt Damon: 'mass shooting not enough' video

Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne.

From Jason Bourne related topics to US gun control, Matt Damon shares his insights on why now is the right time to revisit the Bourne franchise.

Wonder Woman still super at 75

DISCO READY: Wonder Woman was perhaps the least sensibly clad heroine of all time.

She may not look it, but Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th birthday this year.

Peter Williams given the boot?

Peter Williams has been dumped from TVNZ's Breakfast line-up.

Talk is the veteran newsreader is on the out, but a friend says don't call time yet.

At my place: Anna Reeve

Global alopecia ambassador, blogger and mum, Anna Reeve.

Former model and Alopecia ambassador Anna Reeve talks about her Grey Lynn home.

Kim K plans blogger show video

Kim Kardashian is set to step behind the camera as an executive producer on a brand new project about beauty bloggers.

Kim Kardashian is combining her love of reality TV and beauty for a new competition series.

'You did what with who?!' video

Karl Urban and John Cho - well that got awkward.

She said she was going home with five guys. Star Trek star Karl Urban was stunned.

Walking Dead trailer released video

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes.

AMC has shared a sneak peek of the hotly-anticipated season 7 of The Walking Dead at Comic-Con.

Does Lip Sync Battle deserve an Emmy? video

Rapper LL Cool J hosts Lip Syn Battle.

Emmy nominations have confirmed it. We really like to watch celebrities goof off.

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Red carpet at The Rehearsal video

Eleanor Catton paused for a photo with actress Ella Edward as Kerry Fox arrives at the premiere of The Rehearsal.

The stars arrived on the red carpet all at once, barely pausing as they poured through the doors in search of a coveted seat.

Stan Walker presses pause

Chart-topping singer has canned a shoot for his new music video over a legal wrangle.

$170k to play poker with Jonah Hill?

Oliver Stone: Pokemon Go an 'invasion' video

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Red carpet at The Rehearsal

The stars arrived on the red carpet all at once, barely pausing as they poured through the doors in search of a coveted seat.

film

Comic-Con kicks off

Fans of superhero movies, comic books and pop culture arrive in costume for opening day of the annual Comic-Con ...

Hordes of zombies, Stormtrooper and superheroes hit San Diego for the pop-culture celebration.

10 careers Garry Marshall launched

Robin Williams was best known for his unique brand of comedy.

From Robin Williams to Anne Hathaway, the veteran film director gave us a lot more than just Pretty Woman.

Ka-pow! Cultivating Comic-Con

Jeffrey Walker is largely credited with bringing the comic book, science fiction and movie universes together in what ...

From a drab age before Trekkies and light sabers, Jeffrey Walker grew to transform the largest pop-culture bazaar into what it is today.

Michael Caine changes name, blames Isis

Michael Caine, now officially known as Michael Caine.

Actor Sir Michael Caine changes his name because of "Isis and all that".

music

1D's Liam Payne signs solo deal video

New deal: Liam Payne has signed to Capitol Records UK.

Is this the end of One Direction? Fans not sure what to think after Liam Payne announces new project.

August will be Maori Music Month

Maisey Rika is one of the artists involved in Maori Music Month, during August.

Maori Music Month will be launched in August.

Travelling Well with William Tyler

William Tyler performs on stage at Take Root Festival 2013 at De Oosterport.

I'm currently on holiday – but as blogging and column-ing is in the homework-for-life category of freelance writing I'm still turning up here to give you a few words on the required days.

King Kapisi to stop crooks video

King Kapisi won Songwriter of the Year for his single Reverse Resistance in 1999, which followed on the popular release ...

Police team up with local hip hop artist to put brake on car chases.

tv & radio

Rita Ora to host America's Next Top Model

Singer Rita Ora will host the new-look America's Next Top Model.

Move over Tyra Banks - Rita Ora has reportedly taken over the ANTM hosting helm.

Is Patrick Gower cracking? video

Newhub reporter Patrick Gower reports live from the Republican National Convention.

The TV political editor delivers a part news report, part travel diary, part stand-up skit from the Republican convention in the US.

$8m boost for NZ docos video

Uncharted, hosted by Sam Neill, has received a $1,500,000 grant from NZ on Air.

Sam Neill to host a Captain Cook doco, and Coast gets its second series.

Miriama on the man drought

Actress Miriama Smith is fronting a new reality dating show.

Filthy Rich star and marriage celebrant Miriama Smith talks about Maori Television's new reality dating show Finding Aroha

books

Bringing Superman back to life

Superman is back.

Superman, killed off by DC Comics a few years ago, once again battles Doomsday in the pages of Action Comics.

Mourning glory

Caitlin Doughty

Meet the LA-based undertaker bringing a fresh, natural, eco twist to the grim reaper.

Best Books I Never Wrote: Danyl McLauchlan

Danyl McLauchlan

Danyl McLauchlan shares his favourite books.

Reviews: The Revelations of Carey Ravine, Sunset City

The Revelations of Carey Devine

Historical fiction to escape into, and a rather implausible detective story.

arts

Monet, Van Gogh works seized

Van Gogh's La Maison de Vincent Areles is one of several paintings thought to be part of a major money-laundering operation.

Swiss authorities seize more than $1b paintings by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.

Post-it Pokemon

Pikachu completes the trio. thought some students have asked for Charmander.

Is that Pikachu in the window of a uni library?

Prepare yourselves, Disney fans video

The Magic Ice Festival involves characters from a raft of Disney favourites.

A massive Disney On Ice mash-up has arrived in New Zealand.

Kiwi takes operation to heart

Jeremy Scott takes a break after cycling through a sandstorm in the Dasht-e-Lut Desert in Iran.  The hottest land ...

He survived an attack by a hired-assasin in Iran, was robbed in Cambodia and escaped the drug mafia in the Philippines. 

stage & theatre

Lights, action, sparkles

South Canterbury Drama League Mamma Mia! cast members in June, from left, Chicane Sandford, Cam Sutcliffe, Alex McCoid, ...

Over 1000 costumes arrived in Timaru a few weeks ago for Mamma Mia!

Billy Crystal charms Auckland

Billy Crystal kicked off his first live stand-up tour of New Zealand at the ASB Theatre in Auckland.

Comedy icon's first NZ stand-up show covered everything from Meg Ryan to Muhammad Ali.

Mamma Mia, 'it's huge'

The South Canterbury Drama League held a dress rehearsal of its production Mamma Mia at the Theatre Royal on Monday ...

Drama league gears up to stage massive production of Mamma Mia.

New Chair for NZ Festival

Kerry Prendergast is passing on the flame as the NZ Festival executive chair.

As Kerry Prendergast moves on, the NZ Festival announces its next big boss.

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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