Method to madness of MTV VMAs

Miley Cyrus twerks in front of Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013.

There really is a method to the madness that is the MTV Video Music Awards.

Horror King Wes Craven dies video

Wes Craven.

5 min ago  Film director Wes Craven, best known for his work on slasher hit 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' died.

Cyrus' barely there silver straps

Singer and show host Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015.

1:19 PM  Miley Cyrus shook a long, rock goddess ponytail and strutted in barely there silver straps at the MTV VMAs

Goodbye Downton Abbey video

Downton Abbey has one season left but is a movie in the works?

The final season of Downton Abbey previews an emotional goodbye..

Star Wars shuts down sexism

The new character Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie.

A new high-ranking stormtrooper to debut in the new Star Wars film has drawn sexist comments on Facebook.

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Taylor Swift evicts Sir Ian

Taylor Swift booted Sir Ian McKelen out when she bought Sir Peter Jackson's New York apartment.

1:30 PM  Sir Peter's NY apartment was home to Sir Ian McKellen, until Taylor Swift bought it.

Cyrus in barely there silver straps at VMAs

1:19 PM  Miley Cyrus shook a long, rock goddess ponytail and strutted in barely there silver straps on the arrivals carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Actors in LGBTI roles 'not brave'

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Wes Craven dies video

Wes Craven.

4 min ago  Film director Wes Craven, best known for his work on slasher hit A Nightmare on Elm Street' has died.

Blu-ray review: Chappie

If ever a movie trailer didn’t deliver on its promise, Chappie is it.

Poldark: Stunning.

DVD review: Poldark: Complete Series One

DVD review: Poldark: Complete Series One

music

A spectacular ensemble with stunning vocals

Some classy jazz playing and singers made for an impressive show by Postmodern Jukebox.

1:04 PM  REVIEW: Postmodern Jukebox's gimmick is unoriginal, but they still produced an impressive show in Wellington.

It's Sheeran v Swift at VMAs battle

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will battle it out with top nominee Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Miley Cyrus twerks in front of Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013.

Method to madness of MTV VMAs

There really is a method to the madness that is the MTV Video Music Awards.

tv & radio

MasterChef: The Lim report

Hayley experienced both the highs and lows of Masterchef in a single episode.

12:57 PM  Former Masterchef NZ champion Nadia Lim's dishes on who's rocked and who's flopped at last night's episode.

Spun sugar spells the end for Jemima video

An Auckland nurse credits her time on the wards with helping her to cope with the pressures of Masterchef NZ.

Miley Cyrus twerks in front of Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013.

Method to madness of MTV VMAs

There really is a method to the madness that is the MTV Video Music Awards.

books

Memories of a city lost

Jim Curnow, right, with a colleague in the Dainty Inn tearooms. Curnow ran the Dainty Inn on High St for 28 years. The view is from the kitchen through the pneumatic tube ordering system.

Five years after the earthquakes started, 19 elderly people have reconstructed the lost Christchurch from their memory.

Behind the Little Yellow Digger

A new show will reveal the secret works of the Little Yellow Digger illustrator Alan Gilderdale.

Oliver Wolf Sacks was born in 1933 in London, son of husband-and-wife physicians.

Oliver Sacks dies at 82

Famed neurologist and author of Awakenings dies after fight with rare cancer.

arts

Teen has a way with words

Eric McKee has written his first novel at age 15.

1:04 PM  A Palmerston North boy has taken a 100 word homework assignment and turned it into a novel, with plans for a trilogy.

One-man sound machine

As a hyperactive teenager Tom Thum started putting his restless energy into beat boxing.

Pennsylvania artist Nelson Shanks stands next to his portrait of Pope John Paul II.

Painter of presidents, royalty, dies

Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died.

stage & theatre

Some great dance with body, heart and mind

Light is projected on to dancer Jeremy Beck during a performance by Footnote New Zealand Dance for its 30Forward show in Wellington.

REVIEW: Footnote New Zealand Dance's 30Forward show another highlight for excellent ensemble.

Off the Hook in Auckland

REVIEW: Self loathing has never been so hilarious. Nor has the grim reality that we are all edging closer to death.

Kyle Jean-Baptiste has died after falling from a fourth-floor fire escape.

Les Mis actor dies in fall from fire escape

Actor dies after falling from a fire escape shortly after breakthrough Broadway debut.

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Wes Craven dies

Film director Wes Craven, best known for his work on slasher hit A Nightmare on Elm Street' has died.

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