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Blanchett warned mum about lesbian sex

Cate Blanchett's character engages in a steamy lovemaking session with another woman during her latest film, and she had to break the news to her mother.

Cate Blanchett gave her mother advanced warning about her lesbian sex scene in the film Carol.

JK Rowling's shock at Longbottom's underwear shoot

First Harry Potter lost his robe and now Neville Longbottom has stripped off, and JK Rowling was shocked to see him wearing nothing but underpants.

Flavor Flav arrested in Vegas

Beyonce fans are mad video

film

Rockstar sues BBC over GTA film

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Rockstar founder Sam Houser, the creator of Grand Theft Auto, in Game Changer.

Game Changer docudrama starring Dan Radcliffe allegedly using Grand Theft Auto trademarks without permission.

Winehouse was a girl 'trying to disappear' video

"I'm not a girl trying to be a star. I'm just a girl that sings," Amy Winehouse says in the documentary about her life.

Rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) heads to San Francisco to save his only daughter.

San Andreas coming to Chch video

Are Christchurch cinemagoers ready to see a blockbuster movie about a devastating earthquake?

music

Beyonce fans are mad video

Beyonce fans our angry about her pouring expensive champagne into a hot tub.

Beyonce fans are outraged at the singer's wasteful actions her latest music video.

Swift offers more beautiful life advice

An interview in Elle magazine has Taylor Swift being candid as ever with some more beautiful life advice.

Alanis Morisette

Morissette’s music memories

Alanis Morissette thinks there is a "timelessness" to her album Jagged Little Pill.

tv & radio

Campbell's parents still proud

John Campbell's parents Wendy and Jim Campbell.

John Campbell's going to take a month off to read books and watch the Hurricanes, his parents say.

Honouring the legend of Ted West video

Scoundrels and sex scenes: the Wests are back.

Hilary Barry

Barry criticised for TV breakdown video

Crying for John Campbell during news was "utterly unprofessional", former MP Michael Laws says.

books

Life as a woman in the Arab world: Headscarves and Hymens review

Author Mona Eltahawy

REVIEW: A new book about the oppression of women in the Arab world is brave and disquieting.

In short: book reviews

Book reviews from overseas and New Zealand.

James Cook's Lost World by Graeme Lay.

The Best Books I Never Wrote: Graeme Lay

New Zealand author Graeme Lay reveals his favourite books.

arts

Tutus and trumpets in the trenches

The New Zealand Army Band and the Royal New Zealand Ballet collaborate on Salute, a WWI commemorative show making its world premiere in Wellington on Friday night. Dancer Lucy Green with, from left, Corporal Marc Ellis, Yang Liu, Corporal Vaea Peterson, Lori Gilchrist, Private Jordan Seaton, Alayna Ng, Private Raynor Martin, Bronte Kelly, Private Joel Williams, Katherine Grange and Private Hettie Adams.

The army band meets the ballet in this WWI commemoration show.

'Anti Groovy' artworks painted on gallery walls

Artist Mark Braunias has painted creatures and mysterious forms directly only the walls of a Sydenham gallery.

Palmerston North rock band Dusk Till Dawn rehearse in one of the practice rooms at The Stomach.  From left: Lee Hamilton, Steven Whittaker, Jayson Harris and William Palmer

Musical dawn in Palmy video

Dusk Til Dawn are a rock 'n' roll band who are finding their way on the Palmerston North music scene.

stage & theatre

Comedy Convoy tour diary - part 3 & 4

Rose Matafeo and Guy Montgomery are concerned about what happened to Steve.

The Comedy Convoy troupe are documenting their journey around the country with a tour diary.

Making feminism fun

The multi-tasking Michele A'Court is trying to make make people laugh and think. 

Christchurch performer Hamish Parkinson has won the Billy T Award.

Hamish Parkinson wins Billy T Award video

Christchurch comedian Hamish Parkinson wins prestigious comedy award.

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For shizzle, Scrabble adds 6500 new words

It just got a whole lot easier to use up the "Z" tile in Scrabble.

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