Emma Watson is Disney's Belle

PERFECT MATCH: Emma Watson certainly looks the part.

10:50 AM  It's a tale as old as time. And one that seems perfectly suited to Emma Watson.

Singer Demis Roussos dies video

LARGER THAN LIFE SINGER: Demis Roussos

10:36 AM  Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s has died aged 68.

Cumberbatch: I’m an idiot

DEVASTATED: Benedict Cumberbach has apologised for using the term "coloured" to describe black actors.

Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an "idiot" to refer to non-white actors as "coloured."

Laneway's hits and misses gallery

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Laneway always delivers musically but struggles with a host of issues from missing shade, to long toilet lines and questionable sound quality.

Jury's out on panel shows

FINE COMEDY: Would I Lie to You? may have changed hosts but it is still going strong after eight seasons.

Not all comedy panel shows are created equal, as Duck Quacks Don't Echo and The Guess List show.

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Benedict Cumberbatch: I’m an idiot

DEVASTATED: Benedict Cumberbach has apologised for using the term "coloured" to describe black actors.

Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an "idiot" to refer to non-white actors as "coloured."

Gossip: When Jen and Ange met

Ange and Jen are "finally friends",  or was their long-awaited presence in the same room "the awkward encounter they had both been dreading for a decade".

What has happened to Giuliana Rancic?

Rowan Atkinson puts huge price tag on rare McLaren

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Emma Watson is Disney's new Belle

PERFECT MATCH: Emma Watson certainly looks the part.

10:50 AM  It's a tale as old as time. And one that seems perfectly suited to Emma Watson.

What Inarritu does best

REVIEW: If you truly love cinema, and like to be surprised still at the dances a genius director can make the medium do, then you will love Birdman.

UPSET: Although Birdman took out best ensemble cast at the SAG Awrds, its star, Micheal Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne.

Birdman tops SAG Awards

Birdman has topped the SAG Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star, Micheal Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne.

music

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies at 68 video

LARGER THAN LIFE SINGER: Demis Roussos

10:36 AM  Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s has died aged 68.

Bach to the future

Tom Cardy talks to the two ambitious organists who will play all 327 Bach organ works this year.

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Laneway Festival's hits and misses gallery

Laneway always delivers musically but struggles with a host of issues from missing shade, to long toilet lines and questionable sound quality.

tv & radio

The man behind Galavant

GALAVANT: Joshua Sasse plays Galavant in the musical comedy.

You might not know of Alan Menken, but you'll know his music. From composing Disney's finest, to Middle Ages comedy Galavant.

Of love, loss and laughter

As the fifth season of Offspring begins Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie) is again struggling to find her balance.

FINE COMEDY: Would I Lie to You? may have changed hosts but it is still going strong after eight seasons.

Jury's out on new panel shows

Not all comedy panel shows are created equal, as Duck Quacks Don't Echo and The Guess List show.

books

Magazine covers that shocked gallery

true bloon

As much as technology has changed, you can't deny the power a high-impact front page.

James Patterson creates self-destruct book video

James Patterson plans to shake up the publishing industry with the launch of his new novel, Private Vegas, which will self-destruct within 24 hours.

COVER GIRL: Kim Kardashian has revealed the cover of her selfie book.

Where's Kim's butt?

Kim Kardashian West has revealed the surprisingly posterior free cover of her selfie book.

arts

Vandals strike Waiheke sculpture exhibit

Auckland-based artist Cushla Donaldson’s sculpture The Precariats, seen here before the attack, was among the vandalised.

9:44 AM  A number of sculptures were vandalised at the opening weekend of the headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibit.

Dandelion sculpture takes shape

Giant dandelions made from recycled steel are towering over Matiatia Bay.

The Ragged boasts a cast of 30 in a unique play about early Wellington that is not to be missed.

Settler story on epic scale

Newly arrived settler Samuel Kenning is washed ashore at Owhiro Bay in The Ragged, the first in a series of four plays.

stage & theatre

All the world's a stage

First show: Kindle Theatre’s Emily Burns and Chris McCrae will perform The Last Five Years.

A lack of performance venues and career prospects has prompted a group of Christchurch theatre graduates to start their own artistic collective.

A force to be reckoned with

British comedian Eddie Izzard returns to New Zealand next month as part of a grand world tour.

Important issues: Amelia Reynolds as Amy measures the bus of Saraid Camerson as Sara in a play about eating disorders and female issues.

Stomaching bulimia on stage

The impact of eating disorders is often a taboo subject, but one show is hoping to change that.

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Greek singer Demis Roussos dies at 68

Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s has died aged 68.

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