X Factor: A tale of two Steves

X Factor judges Stan Walker, Melanie Blatt, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Shelton Woolright.

After weeks of looking like he wanted to go home, Steve Broad has got his wish.

Bachelor steps in for royal baby

Bachelor Arthur Green talked to big sister Emily about which of the bachelorettes should stay and which should go.

The absence of a new royal left the imminent conclusion of The Bachelor NZ as probably the main story of the week.

GoT revived Keisha's passion video

Keisha Castle-Hughes in Game of Thrones

It was not luck but ingenuity which landed Keisha Castle-Hughes a key role in the fifth season of Game Of Thrones.

Big Bird's heart-breaking story video

A new documentary I Am Big Bird tells the story of the man behind the suit.

The yellow suit hid tears, depression and tragedy.

Walking Dead star's meltdown

The Walking Dead actor Chad Coleman.

Actor Chad L. Coleman who starred in The Walking Dead and The Wire has gone ballistic on a subway train in New York. 

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celebrities

Bachelor steps in for royal baby

Bachelor Arthur Green talked to big sister Emily about which of the bachelorettes should stay and which should go.

The absence of a new royal left the imminent conclusion of The Bachelor NZ as probably the main story of the week.

David Beckham's ballin' 40th gallery

It was a $500k bash featuring snake charmers, belly dancers, cocktails... oh, and a Spice Girls reunion.

Walking Dead star's subway meltdown

Jamie Foxx 'butchers' national anthem video

film

Smells like hard work video

Kurt Cobain was viewed as the "spokesman for a dissaffected generation", but really he just wanted to play music and create art, as new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck shows.

Brett Morgen spent eight years bringing together Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

'Star Wars' film loses director

Filmmaker Josh Trank is stepping down as Director to pursue other "creative opportunities."

Toni Collette plays a music journalist struggling to get her groove back in Lucky Them.

Lucky to have show-saving Collette

REVIEW: Toni Collette and Thomas Hayden Church help lift Lucky Them.

music

X-Factor, ‘hatbeard’ and the music pastor

Those who performed at the talent show at Majestic Church in November 2014 are, from left to right - Stevie Tonks, Olivia France, Endiah Kesha, Loren Sila, Ashy Batchelor and Josh MacGregor.

The curious tale of X Factor, "hatbeard'' and a Christchurch music pastor and vocal coach.

Review: Dennis Locorriere

REVIEW: Dennis Locorriere, the voice of Dr Hook, was in fine form but I couldn’t detect an ounce of enthusiasm from the rest of the band.

Conductor and trombonist Christian Lindberg

Fine trombonist, brilliant conductor

REVIEW: Clearly this concert didn’t look all that interesting to many NZSO regulars - the house was not very full.

tv & radio

X Factor: A tale of two Steves

Steve Broad sang his last on Monday night's X Factor results show.

After weeks of looking like he wanted to go home, Steve Broad has got his wish.

TV Picks of the Week: May 17 to 23

Appointment Viewing for SST May 10

Keisha Castle-Hughes in Game of Thrones

GoT revived Keisha's passion video

It was not luck but ingenuity which landed New Zealand actor Keisha Castle-Hughes a key role in the fifth season of Game Of Thrones.

books

Writer Ruth Rendell dies, aged 85

Ruth Rendell, pictured in 2008, feel ill in Janaury.

Ruth Rendell, best known as the creator of Detective Chief Inspector Wexford, died in hospital on Saturday.

Playing the long game

Best-selling children's author Anthony Horowitz has been in the game 38 years. He explains his remarkable survival in one of literary's toughest gigs.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the film Fifty Shades of Gray.

$10m payout for Fifty Shades publisher

A US jury found a Sydney publisher had committed fraud.

arts

"King of Claudelands" gets graffiti wall video

A mural in Konrad Smith's honor is being painted by graffiti artists and friends. His wife, Nicole Smith, with the couple's children, Karter, seven months, and Charlie, 4.

A man who spent the last years of his life crafting billboards for the city now has a wall of his own - just he's not here to see it.

Stephie Key: 'Rebellion is not the intention'

Cherry Bomb: Stephie Key on her art, her dad's job and her hyper-sexual artistic alter-ego Cherry Lazar ahead of her exhibition opening in Paris.

Taranaki Arts Community Trust board members Linda Wilkinson and Jeff Salisbury are disappointed about the imminent closure of New Plymouth's Real Tart Gallery.

Real Tart Gallery facing closure

A community art gallery showcasing the work of Taranaki artists is facing closure unless increased funding is found.

stage & theatre

An energy-sapping two hours of knockabout farce

Kathleen Burns, second from left, is an outstanding Beatrice who plays the breeches role with style and fervour in A Servant to Two Masters

REVIEW: There isn’t much improvisation or audience involvement in A Servant to Two Masters as the actors must for ever be thinking of the next pratfall.

Mastering a madcap comedy

An 18th century comedy adapted by the writer of Billy Elliot opens in Wellington tomorrow. The stars explain why it gives them more room to be funny.

Bernadette Byrne (Jennifer Byrne, left) and Victor Victoria (Vicky Falconer-Pritchard) of Australian act EastEnd Cabaret.

Roles of Engagement

Social media lets a colourful Aussie duo performing in Wellington from May 4 connect with audiences off stage.

Video

"King of Claudelands" gets graffiti wall

A man who spent the last years of his life crafting billboards for the city now has a wall of his own - just he's not here to see it.

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