Rhys Darby to star in new X-Files

Rhys Darby is heading to Vancouver to join the cast of the new X-Files

Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby is set to star in the new X-Files series.

Film industry hub for Auckland

An artist's impression of the proposed Film Studio Campus at Hobsonville Point.

Big screen productions could be attracted to a new film precinct at Hobsonville.

Humanity in grimmest settings

23062015 supplied photo: Still from the film Act of Kindness, directed by Costa Botes. Sven Pannell, left, speaks to Magnus Mazimpaka, a journalist working for Rwanda New Times in Kigali, Rwanda.

Wellington film-maker Sven Pannell returns to Rwanda 10 years later to track down his saviour.

Hoffman pans film industry

Even Dustin Hoffman can't lift Boychoir to any great dramatic heights.

Dustin Hoffman has taken aim at modern film-making, saying it is in the worst state he has seen in his 50-year career.

Pebbles Hooper quits job

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Pebbles Hooper daughter of World designers,  Denise L Estrange Corbet and Francis Hooper in a photoshoot at First Scene in Auckland.

Pebbles Hooper quits her job as gossip columnist after calling an Ashburton family's death "natural selection".

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Cosby got drugs to give for sex video

In 2005 Bill Cosby admitted getting drugs to give women he wanted to have sex with. The documents were released in spite of objections from Cosby's lawyers.

Bill Cosby testified in 2005 he got quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.

Stars pay tribute to Jerry Weintraub

George Clooney feels like he has lost a friend following producer Jerry Weintraub’s death.

Dustin Hoffman slates modern film industry

Michael Buble to be a dad again

film

Film industry hub for Auckland

An artist's impression of the proposed Film Studio Campus at Hobsonville Point.

Big screen productions could be attracted to a new film precinct at Hobsonville.

Dustin Hoffman slates modern film industry

Dustin Hoffman has taken aim at modern film-making, saying it is in the worst state he has seen in his 50-year career.

Mia Wasikowska stars as the eponymous Madame Bovary in a new cinematic adaptation of the famous novel.

Filming the unfilmable

Madame Bovary director Sophie Barthes on financing, flawed heroines and Flaubert.

music

Rapper's video sparks legal battle

Rapper Snoop Dogg is facing legal action in India after calls for his latest music video to be banned.

A music video featuring the rapper Snoop Dogg and an Iranian pop singer has become the subject of a legal battle in India.

Jihadi's Beatles an insult to Lennon - Yoko

Nicknaming terrorist "Jihadi John" is an insult to the memory of John Lennon, Yoko Ono says.

A new Kiwi summer festival hopes to recreate scenes from Coachella (pictured) right here in New Zealand.

New festival on the way this summer

The new McLaren Falls Music Festival promises Glastonbury and Coachella level entertainment at three-day festival.

tv & radio

Rhys Darby to star in new X-Files

Rhys Darby is heading to Vancouver to join the cast of the new X-Files

Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby is set to star in the new X-Files series.

No hard feelings for DWTS eliminees

A double elimination has brought relief, inspiration and upset in a dramatic Dancing with the Stars this week.

John Campbell poses with fans outside Apia Park on the eve of the All Blacks test against Samoa.

Campbell 'it's bloody magic' video

"I love you John Campbell. You are a good man." Leading voice for All Blacks-Samoa test swamped by fans.

books

Book Awards to return next year

Eleanor Catton won the fiction category of the New Zealand Book Awards in 2014 for The Luminaries.

The New Zealand Book Awards will return in 2016 with an annual fiction prize of $50,000, it has been announced.

How to write a tear-jerker

Nicholas Sparks sells millions of books and movie tickets by adhering to a strict formula. Want to copy him? Here's how.

Colouring books for adults are in.

Colouring books for adults a 'revolution'

Grab the Crayolas - welcome to the world of adult colouring in.

arts

Pencil drawing sells for six figures

'Dinner Time' by British artist L S Lowry commanded $95,000 at Dunbar Sloane's Wellington auction on Wednesday. The work beat Lowry's previous record for a work on paper of AUD $38,000, setting an Australasian record.

Pencil drawing of working-class men eating dinner snapped up for six figures in Wellington.

$3000 art prize - that's tinny

You usually slap it on a bit of toast, but Wairarapa artist Matt Guild had a different idea.

Colouring books for adults are in.

Colouring books for adults a 'revolution'

Grab the Crayolas - welcome to the world of adult colouring in.

stage & theatre

Magic success of Penn & Teller

Magicians Penn Jillette, left, and Teller have been entertaining their audiences for 40 years.

When Penn & Teller began conjuring magic feats nearly 40 years ago, they were not very good. But they shared a common goal.

Fakeleiti play based on life experiences

Dealing with discrimination is a part of everyday life for transgender people, actor says.

Jacob Rajan and Nisha Madhan star in Kiss the Fish.

Fish and hits

Monkeys, masks and Freddie Mercury all inform Kiss the Fish, a play presented by the Indian Ink theatre company in Christchurch this week.

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Cosby got drugs to give for sex

Bill Cosby testified in 2005 he got quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.

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