Taylor Swift plugs Kiwi artist video

Taylor Swift Jesse Will

Taylor Swift has thrown her support behind Kiwi artist Jesse Will, who covered her hit song Shake it Off.

Azalea threatened with sex tape video

Azealia Banks started a Twitter war with Iggy Azalea over a grand jury decision concerning the death of Eric Garner. But it has escalated.

Just when it looked like 2014 couldn't get better for Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, things have suddenly got a whole lot worse.

Live blog: The Amazing Race

BACK FOR MORE MAYHEM: The Amazing Race

This week, with Singapore a fading memory the four remaining teams head to the Philippines, where it's time to get down and dirty.

Dr Evil takes on North Korea video

Mike Myers as Dr Evil has 'hacked' <i>Saturday Night Live</i>.

Dr Evil from Austin Powers returned to condemn North Korea and Sony for blocking The Interview's release and giving evil 'a bad name'.

Patrick Gower leads a 'thug life' video

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TV3 political editor Patrick Gower admits his 'thug life' video wasn't for real, but reckons he should be known as 'TuPat' anyway.

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celebrities

Phil Rudd wants career back

PHIL RUDD: The former AC/DC drummer in the dock last month.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has said he wants to revive his reputation and win back his job. 

What Dan and George have in common

George Clooney and Dan Carter share some space in the gossip mags as baby rumours swirl.

Kourtney K reveals baby's name

Elton John marries David Furnish

film

It's official - the Hobbit films are long

LONG JOURNEY: The Hobbit trilogy are the only films based on books that have more minutes of screen time than book pages.

We all know the Hobbit films are really, really long - but now there is statistical evidence to prove it.

TS Spivet an exquisite adventure

This school holidays, take your young people for a trip down an idyllic memory lane.

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: Russell Crowe’s tale of a father searching for his sons in the aftermath of Gallipoli is undermined by saccharine moments and a morass of cliches.

Water Diviner hit and miss

Russell Crowe has turned out many a fine, Oscar-worthy performance in his career.

music

Phil Rudd wants career back

PHIL RUDD: The former AC/DC drummer in the dock last month.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has said he wants to revive his reputation and win back his job. 

Azalea blackmailed with sex tape pics video

Just when it looked like 2014 couldn't get better for Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, things have suddenly got a whole lot worse.

Taylor Swift Jesse Will

Taylor Swift plugs Kiwi artist video

Taylor Swift has thrown her support behind Kiwi artist Jesse Will, who covered her hit song Shake it Off.

tv & radio

Dr Evil takes on North Korea, Sony video

Mike Myers as Dr Evil has 'hacked' <i>Saturday Night Live</i>.

Dr Evil from Austin Powers returned to condemn them for blocking The Interview's release and giving evil 'a bad name'. 

Patrick Gower leads a 'thug life' video

TV3 political editor Patrick Gower admits his 'thug life' video wasn't for real, but reckons he should be known as 'TuPat' anyway.

BACK FOR MORE MAYHEM: The Amazing Race

Live blog: The Amazing Race

This week, with Singapore a fading memory the four remaining teams head to the Philippines, where it's time to get down and dirty.

books

What to read this summer

"The only real option we have is to sweat it out in our caves, wiling away the hours with a series of good books."

Feminists are good at reading, having learned to embrace it in place of all the boys who never asked us out on dates.

JK Rowling regrets killing this character

In a new short essay published on the Pottermore website Rowling said she feels guilty about killing off this character.

MARSDEN REVEALED:  ‘‘The real me is very different from what they have imagined,’’ says outspoken Australian author John Marsden.

Bringing out the inner adult

Australian author John Marsden has sold 5 million copies of teen fiction and is making his first foray into adult literature.

arts

Nothing much, something special video

DYNAMIC DUO: Sisters Sally and Elsie Bollinger of Pt Chevalier have written and created the Nothing Much To Do web series with two friends from Wellington.

Four Shakespeare lovers have modernised one of the Bard's most famous stories into a teenage web series.

Arts festival line-up revealed

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival audiences will have 70 different events to choose from.

New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts president Greg Chaston in its main gallery for the exhibition Art on the Wharf.

Cutting it fine: Rebuilding fine arts

The 132-year-old New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts has had a rocky year, but it's determined to rebuild.

stage & theatre

Setting the stage

Making history: From left, Andrew Foster, Tai Berdinner-Blades and Jason Whyte, winner of four Chapman Tripp Awards including Production of the Year.

The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, announced last night, included a salute to the low-profile Simon Elson, who had a big part in making Bats Theatre what it is today.

Dinosaurs return to Auckland

Dino-lovers rejoice. Tyrannosaurus Rex and his mates will make a thundering comeback when Walking with Dinosaurs returns to Auckland.

Different priorities: "Money isn't everything and, as a freelance musician, you being to realise that early on," says Madeleine Pierard.

Motherhood and Messiah

Just three weeks after Madeleine Pierard sang with Orchestra Wellington in the La Donna Ideale (The Ideal Woman) concert, she gave birth to her first child.

Video

Taylor Swift plugs Kiwi artist

Taylor Swift has thrown her support behind Kiwi artist Jesse Will, who covered her hit song Shake it Off.