Push for special princess 

EVERY GIRL WANTS TO BE A PRINCESS: The poster used for the petition to ask Disney to create characters with disabilities.

Disney movies have a variety of heroes - from cats, to princesses, to young children - but they have few heroes with special needs.

Celebs Halloween costumes

Taylor

It's Halloween and the celebrities are out in full force!

Trailer: Grumpy Cat's movie

Grumpy Cat's worst Christmas ever.

Paws everything — you're about to hear Grumpy Cat's voice for the first time ever.

North West is the cutest skunk

North West skunk

It is impossible not to melt away when looking at North West dressed for Halloween as a little skunk. 

Rowling's real life inspiration

REVEALING HER INSPIRATION: Author J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has revealed who she has based the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge on.

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celebrities

Celebrity Halloween costumes 2014

Taylor

It's Halloween and the celebrities are out in full force!

Zara Phillips: It's all about the feed

High performance horses and babies. They're all the same to the Queen's granddaughter.

North West is the cutest skunk

Biel congratulated on pregnancy

film

Mum petitions Disney for a hero with Down Syndrome

EVERY GIRL WANTS TO BE A PRINCESS: The poster used for the petition to ask Disney to create characters with disabilities.

Disney movies have a variety of heroes - from cats, to princesses, to young children - but they have few heroes with special needs.

The weirdest Superman movie?

Tim Burton's Superman would have been in therapy for a start.

Grumpy Cat's worst Christmas ever.

Trailer: Grumpy Cat's movie

Paws everything — you're about to hear Grumpy Cat's voice for the first time ever.

music

More bad news for Thicke

The late Marvin Gaye, who died in 1984.

US judge deems elements of Blurred Lines 'may be substantially similar' to Marvin Gaye song.

Lorde shares some secrets

Lorde used to break into boats and one time a rotten pear hit her so hard it exploded, she reveals in the cover story of Billboard magazine

CELEBRATION: Swedish folk musician Asa Jinder.

'Day of Swedishness'

Eurovision song contest winner Asa Jinder is in Wellington for the first time.

tv & radio

MKR winners happy to be home

KITCHEN RULERS: Neena Truscott and Belinda MacDonald are pondering their next move after taking the My Kitchen Rules NZ crown.

My Kitchen Rules NZ winners return to normal life as mums in Waikato town of Cambridge.

New day dawns for cult classic

The Gecko Brothers are reborn in Robert Rodriguez’s television spin-off of From Dusk Till Dawn, which is part of the line-up on the new Sky channel The Zone.

DRESSING DOWN: Gwilym Lee plays DS Charlie Nelson on Midsomer Murders.

Joining Midsomer Murders

New Midsomer Murders cast-member Gwilym Leee talks about his biggest fan and why he wants the subject of cricket worked into a storyline.

books

JK Rowling's real-life inspiration

REVEALING HER INSPIRATION: Author J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has revealed who she has based the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge on.

Live like a wizard

Pack your trunks, Potterheads. This hotel has a Harry Potter-themed suite.

Batgirl has a new look and a younger feel starting with issue number 35, which features a new creative team.

Batgirl gets a hipster makeover

Gotham City just got a lot more colorful - and a little more hip.

arts

Beautiful photos shine light on NZ

New Zealand Geographic photographer of the year Peter Quinn.

Photos of whitebaiters, the Tuhoe iwi and NZ's nightlife win Peter Quinn NZ Geographic award.

Erin Simpson, the artist

You will have seen her on your television screens in some capacity over the past decade, and now her work will be gracing a gallery near you some time in the near future too.

Alice Hutchison traded life in the vibrant art world of New York and Los Angeles for Masterton.

Manhattan transfer

So, what does Masterton have that Manhattan doesn't? Art curator and writer Alice Hutchison knows.

stage & theatre

A Christmas cracker

DANSE MACABRE: Ghosts dance in Scrooge's dream during a scene in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's A Christmas Carol.

Some may want to resist the encroaching yuletide season, but who can resist a ballet show with snow?

From frock shop to knock shop

Auckland strip club The White House will swap pole dancers for theatre actors when it hosts award-winning play Famous Flora.

LEADING LADIES: The cast of Blue Stockings, from left, Brianne Kerr, Ellie Stewart, Hilary

The blue stocking scandal

If women are educated, their reproductive organs will shrivel up and die - a common belief a century ago.

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Trailer: Grumpy Cat's movie

Paws everything — you're about to hear Grumpy Cat's voice for the first time ever.