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Author defends use of n-word

A scene from Dope, starring Shameik Moore as Malcolm (C).

The author of a movie review which used an ethnic slur multiple times says he stands by his words.

First glimpse of older Bridget Jones

Our first glimpse of an older Bridget Jones.

It's been 14 years since Renee Zellweger first charmed her way into the hearts of fans as a hapless, singleton obsessed with losing weight in Bridget Jones's Diary. 

Maori Party split on Chris Brown

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says New Zealand has its own people who have turned their lives around, who are better placed role models than American singer Chris Brown.

Marama Fox is at odds with her predecessor Tariana Turia over whether American singer Chris Brown is a role model.

Final teaser trailer for Bond film Spectre video

Daniel Craig as James Bone in the forthcoming Spectre.

The final trailer for the latest Bond film instalment, Spectre, has been released, as Spectre them tune rides high in the UK charts.

Collette aims to be less supportive

Famous, but not super-duper famous.

Actress Toni Collette decided it was time to stop playing second fiddle.

Band launch debut album with final gig

Brendon Rickard (drums), Jason Henderson (electric gat), Brett Wilson (electric gat/keys), Jesse Te Weehi (keys), Jon Clark (bass), Amanda Kraenzlin (vocals), and Nick Kraenzlin (lead vocals, acoustic gat) are Hamilton pop/rock band Sound the Ocean, who will play their final show on Friday night.

For most groups the launch of a debut album is usually the first step in their careers. Not so for Sound the Ocean.

Williams' family ends estate fight

Susan Williams, Robin Williams, and Zelda Williams attend the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" in 2011.

Robin Williams' widow and his three children from previous marriages have reached a settlement in their legal fight over the late actor's estate.

This Week's TV Picks

Wellington architect Chris Moller is the host of the New Zealand version of Grand Designs.

Grand Designs NZ begins, while 7 Days returns in TV highlights this week

A bloody masterpiece

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are perfectly-paired as the scheming central duo in the latest adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

REVIEW: Latest Macbeth adaptation a visceral rendition of a timeless melodrama

Cutting-edge drama

Lennie James stars alongside Catherine Walker in Critical.

Lennie James got a little carried away while working on his latest role

Kiwi comic hero Terry Teo takes a dark turn

The Terry Teo TV series cast. From right: Kahn West as Terry Teo, Drew Brice Ford as Caleb, Hanna Tevita as Polly, and Manon Blackman as Penelope Butterworth.

The beloved "Maori Tintin" of the 1980s shakes off his wholesome past for gang life.

Peter Jackson 'top tourism promoter'

Sir Peter Jackson's Great War Exhibition in the Wellington Dominion Museum commemorates the role played by New Zealand in World War One and has already attracted thousands of visitors.

Sir Peter Jackson was one of three Wellington-based winners at the national tourism awards.

Kiwi to take helm of Thor 3

From spoof vampire romps to blockbusters: Taika Waititi is tipped to direct Thor 3.

Taika Waititi in negotiations to direct next instalment of the Hollywood blockbuster, according to industry insiders.

Brokenwood filming goes to the dogs

Miranda Harcourt and Peter Hambleton in The Brokenwood Mysteries.

Miranda Harcourt relished her guest role in the latest Brokenwood Mysteries episode.

GoT creator teases over film rumours

George RR Martin has sent mixed messages about a potential Game of Thrones movie.

George RR Martin slams the door on longstanding rumours of a blockbuster finale – then just as quickly opens it again.

Grand Designs New Zealand set to launch

Wellington architect and Grand Designs New Zealand host Chris Moller.

Architect Chris Moller, host of Grand Designs New Zealand, tells why he wanted to be involved with the series.

DVD Review: Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One looks and feels like the original Star Wars trilogy.

So this is how Star Wars looks under Disney.

Kylie's making a Christmas album

Kylie Minogue announced the news of her new Christmas album on Twitter on Friday.

The pintsize Aussie popstar announces a new festive record - featuring an unexpected duet with rocker Iggy Pop.

Frankly, Kate

Kate Winslet says skills she's learned on movie sets have proved very valuable around the home.

New Zealand still holds fond memories for Kate Winslet.

Bieber and Henry get personal

Bieber and Henry get quite close.

Justin Bieber and Paul Henry compare abs, luxury cars.

Chris Brown praises Tariana Turia

Rapper Chris Brown has previously been denied entry to Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Controversial singer Chris Brown has expressed thanks to Dame Tariana Turia via his Twitter account.

NZOA funding favours diversity

Split Enz fans will be able to learn more about the band's successes and hardships.

Expect to seem ore about music stars, paralympic athletes and political figures on the box next year.

Buffy actor arrested

Nicholas Brendon has been in trouble with police before.

Buffy and Criminal Minds actor arrested after allegedly choking girlfriend.

Benicio Del Toro bullish on Sicario

Benicio Del Toro attends the UK Premiere of Sicario.

In Sicario, Benicio del Toro plays a man who is helping bring down a powerful head of a drug cartel.

Love and drugs themes of play reading

Alice Kennedy and Dave Taylor in a scene from the Carving In Ice theatre company's latest staged reading, The Effect, a story about drugs and love.

Hamilton theatre audiences will soon be able to experience new stories about drug trials, love, death and upper class excess.

Kiwi actor lands Game of Thrones role

Joe Naufahu with fellow actor Teuila Blakely at the premiere of The Last Saint.

Kiwi actor Joe Naufahu has secured himself a recurring role in the Emmy award-winning Game of Thrones, joining fellow kiwi castmate Keisha Castle-Hughes.

Memories from the darkness

Cormac McCarthy's The Road was always good for a few existential dilemmas.

Let's recall the dystopian novels which made childhood great.

Paul Henry's radio success

Paul Henry is making a dent in the breakfast radio market.

Mike Hosking continues to dominate morning radio, but Paul Henry is making inroads.

New male escort drama from Nip/Tuck creators

Matt Passmore and Stephanie Szostack in Satisfaction.

Australian actor Matt Passmore talks about Satisfaction, the US drama series in which he plays a male escort.

Beliebers fork out $4k to see hero

Justin Bieber on stage with American duo Rae Srmmund.

Diehard Justin Bieber fans spend thousands and wait hours to glimpse the popstar.

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