Cosby producer breaks silence

"Obviously it's a challenging time for Bill Cosby and a challenging time for the show", says producer Tom Werner.

Tom Werner tries dodging sexual assault issue, calling it a "challenging" time for Cosby.

JLaw and Amy's counter-clique

Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence jet skiing. Are they working together, or is this a counterpoint to Taylor Swift's performative friendships?

Watch out Swift, Jenner et al, there's a new girl gang in town, and they have jet skis.

Feud overshadows Bobbi 

Bobbi Kristina Brown died in hospice care on July 26, six months after she was found unresponsive in the bath.

Tensions ran high at the funeral for Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Snoop Dogg stopped at airport

Snoop Dogg will likely pay a fine for the undeclared cash.

Italian police have stopped Snoop Dogg from boarding a plane with more than $420,000 in undeclared cash.

Charlize adopts baby girl

Charlize Theron has adopted a sister for her 3-year-old son Jackson, US media reports.

Actress Charlize Theron has adopted a second child, an African-American baby girl named August.

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celebrities

Cilla Black dies

British presenter Cilla Black has died at her Spanish home.

British television personality Cilla Black has died at her Spanish home. She was 72.

Cosby producer breaks silence

Tom Werner tries dodging sexual assault issue, calling it a "challenging" time for Cosby.

JLaw and Amy's counter-clique

Family feud overshadows Bobbi Kristina

film

Italian Film Festival folds

Italian Film Festival director Tony Lambert has decided to scrap the festival after 19 consecutive years.

"I've spent the last three years trying to keep it alive, but I came to realise it couldn't work anymore."

Five years without a body to bury

The story of the Pike River disaster has been told by the women left behind. PHILIP MATTHEWS reports.

Milo Cawthorne and Kimberley Crossman are the stars of Deathgasm, a "blood-splattered, heavy shredding comedy-horror" that won the Make My Horror Movie competition.

Film festival has variety and 'geysers of blood'

Hamilton film fans will be booking the best part of a month off work with the international film festival about to hit town again.

music

Zayn likes new 1D single

One Direction backstage at Auckland's Vector Arena in 2013.

Former bandmate Zayn Malik thinks One Direction's new single is sick.

Succesful attempt to lure Dave Grohl video

It seems 1000 Italian Foo Fighters fans were successful with luring the band in their town.

The boys from the Modern Maori Quartet are raising money to fund new suits needed for their trip to Uzbekistan.

Well-suited to breaking the Asian market

When the boys from the Modern Maori Quartet were told they were headed to Uzbekistan they had to pull out a map – well, Google Maps.

tv & radio

Pick of the Week: August 2 to 8

Taraji P Henson has been one of the standouts on Empire.

Hip-hop drama Empire reaches its crescendo

The' most un-gay gay' father on TV

House Husbands star Gyton Grantley talks suped-up prams, parenting arsenals and tackling the gay stereotype.

Kimberly Stewart used to be seen as a socialite, but family's kept her grounded.

Kimberly Stewart channels dad

Kimberly Stewart now stars in a reality TV show about her blended family, and has a fashion line inspired by her rocker dad, Rod.

books

Family secret 'led to Ripper'

A drawing from the Illustrated London News for October 13, 1888, around the time Jack the Ripper was terrorising Whitechapel, entitled "A Suspicious Character".

Jack the Ripper's final victim is being exhumed for DNA testing for the first time ever.

Jerome Kaino: the real deal

REVIEW: A new biography reveals how All Black Jerome Kaino grew up.

The labours of love lost

He wrote one of our most popular love stories, but author Louis de Bernieres has had a turbulent love life

arts

Riverlea Theatre land sale endorsed by city councillors

City councillors have agreed to sale the land underneath Hamilton's Riverlea Theatre for $460,000.

A last ditch proposal to halt the sale of land underneath Hamilton's Riverlea Theatre has been abandoned.

Piano signs tenants

New tenants have signed up for a music centre under construction in central Christchurch.

Poet pens a wild persona

Palmerston North writer Johanna Aitchison has penned her third book of poems.

stage & theatre

Sticky-fingered comedy fan

Urzila Carlson.

The mystery of Urzila Carlson's missing plaque.

From the corner dairy to the big screen

A Wellington playwright and actor is about to see one of his best-known plays made into a movie.

Disney on Ice skaters Kristy Wright of Fairport, New York, and  Laura Monachino of Auckland.

A glamorous gap year in show business

Kristy Wright and Laura Monachino have real world careers on hold while they tour as ice performers with Disney On Ice.

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