First review for Everest movie

Jason Clarke plays Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall in the movie Everest.

9:30 PM  REVIEW: Based on the tragic 1996 disaster on Mt Everest this is epic cinema - entertaining and emotionally enervating.

Fans freak out at Potter news

Times, they are a changing at Platform 9 and 3/4.

J.K.Rowling had fans in a froth overnight with movement at the station on Platform 9 and 3/4.

Offensive but unsurprising

Pretty Ricky performing in Christchurch on Saturday night.

OPINION: The problem with Pretty Ricky isn't what they did, it's how they did it.

TV show under fire for rape poll

Chrissie Hynde in Auckland, 2010.

TV show steps into hornet's nest stirred up by Chrissie Hynde's rape comments.

Six60 work with Pharrell

Pharrell Williams is working with Kiwi band Six60 on new material.

Kiwi band Six60 have confirmed they are working on new music with Pharrell Williams.

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celebrities

Why this selfie is a big deal

Rob Kardashian

Rob Kardashian has posted a selfie, and though it contained no nudity, profanity or anything out of the ordinary it was billed as a big deal.

White House addresses Kanye's bid

A White House representative has responded to Kanye West’s presidential hopes.

Jackman 'fine with sexy status'

Bullying didn't shape Quinto

film

How good is the Everest movie?

Jason Clarke plays Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall in the movie Everest.

9:30 PM  REVIEW: Based on the tragic 1996 disaster on Mt Everest this is epic cinema - entertaining and emotionally enervating.

Farewell The Professor of Horror

OPINION: Craven put our Nightmares up on the big screen

Daniel Craig claims the 24th Bond film will will be "Skyfall times 10".

James Bond, a feminist?

New Bond movie Spectre will see Daniel Craig as 007 in a less "sexist" role than ever before.

music

'Sex show' offensive but unsurprising

Pretty Ricky performing in Christchurch on Saturday night.

OPINION: The problem with Pretty Ricky isn't what they did, it's how they did it.

Former Christian band frontman releases solo single

Parachute Band former frontman, Omega Levine, has dropped his first solo single.

Pharrell Williams is working with Kiwi band Six60 on new material.

Six60 to work with Pharrell Williams

Kiwi band Six60 have confirmed they are working on new music with Pharrell Williams.

tv & radio

TV show under fire for rape poll

Chrissie Hynde in Auckland, 2010.

TV show steps into hornet's nest stirred up by Chrissie Hynde's rape comments.

Apple pursued Top Gear team

Apple is hatching plans to create its own original television shows, even making an audacious bid to secure the former stars of Top Gear, it has emerged.

Peeking duck

MasterChef Husbands spinoff pitched

The husband of MasterChef fan favourite Lily Brown has pitched a spinoff series involving contestants' partners.

books

The Best Books I Never Wrote: Lucy Sussex

Blockbuster! by Lucy Sussex.

Blockbuster author Lucy Sussex reveals her favourite books.

Fans freak out at Harry Potter news

J.K.Rowling had fans in a froth overnight with movement at the station on Platform 9 and 3/4.

Gut: The inside story of our body's most under-rated organ by Giulia Enders.

In short: book reviews

Brief fiction and non-fiction reviews.

arts

Beat maker goes old school

Cameron Wilkes is releasing a 10 track tape.

Electronic beat maker Cameron Wilkes is set to release some new tunes.

Christchurch Spamalot a ‘world first’

Eric Idle, the original Monty Python member, and writer and of Spamalot, confirms that the inclusion of an ''actual wizard'' in the cast was a world first for Spamalot.

Artist Michael Parekowhai has designed this $1.5 million "lighthouse" sculpture for Auckland's Queens Wharf.

Queens Wharf sculpture gets go-ahead

The lighthouse sculpture will be a scaled-down state house filled with chandeliers in a Matariki formation.

stage & theatre

Measure for measure this is passionate Shakespeare

Measure for Measure has been cut to 2 hours, 10 minutes for Bats Theatre, but still delivers.

REVIEW: A new version of Measure for Measure is just the right length to enjoy.

A long journey to the stage

Kiwi Robert Lord's play The Travelling Squirrel has never been fully staged in his homeland - until now

Hamlet: The Videogame opens at The Court Theatre on Thursday as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Shoot 'em up Shakespeare

Hamlet fights zombies and Ophelia is an intelligent computer. Welcome to Hamlet: The Video Game.

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How good is the Everest movie?

REVIEW: Based on the tragic 1996 disaster on Mt Everest this is epic cinema - entertaining and emotionally enervating.

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