Kiwi girl's plea to Ed Sheeran

All 19-year-old cancer sufferer Jess Knight wants from pop darling Ed Sheeran is a little time.

John Campbell's DWTS announcement

Someone has taken over Campbell Live's Twitter account, announcing he's joining Dancing with the Stars.

How Scientology controls the stars

Ex-Church of Scientology officials reveal secrets and tell horror stories of psychological and physical abuse.

Williams banned image after death

It appears Robin Williams' image or name won't appear in future works until 2039 due to a unique legal move.

Jay-Z's Tidal sparks online backlash

Stars spark backlash after creating an online movement to promote Jay Z's new streaming service.

New Zealand's answer to Netflix

A new premium video streaming service is set to take New Zealand by storm - and we're not talking about Netflix.

NZ wine high on Top Gear team's demands

New Zealand wine features prominently on a list of backstage luxuries demanded by Top Gear presenters.

The return of James McMurtry

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I love James McMurtry. But, due to a lengthy hiatus between albums, I had almost forgotten about him.

Star turn for waiter in short film

Nelson production set for Cannes and Sundance

An Argentinian waiter has come off the bench to star in a short film being made in Nelson with the hope of entry to the Cannes Film Festival.

GoT author quits TV

George R R Martin will not write or edit any of the upcoming episodes of Game of Thrones.

Meet Jon Stewart's replacement

South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Bushwhackers enter WWE Hall of Fame

Legendary New Zealand tag-team The Bushwhackers were right in character for their induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Cult of celebrity a thriller

Why are Michael Jackson fans are performing his hit album Thriller at Wellington's City Gallery?

X Factor: Jumping the shark

The X Factor picked a theme which half of the acts didn’t adhere to and host Dominic Bowden jumped the shark.

Borat for Freddie Mercury biopic?

Rumour mill works overtime speculating whether - or not - Sacha Baron Cohen will star, write and direct Queen film.

Is Russell 'red hot' for Liz?

The gossip mags cover go from Ange's ovaries to royal baby-raising to Hollywood's new "power couple" - Russell Crowe and Liz Hurley.

Shayne Carter – a must-see gig


In May of 2011 I saw the best kind of gig - it was Shayne Carter's Last Train to Brockville show. He hadn't quite wrapped up Dimmer, but the band had released its final album. He wasn't about to offer a Straitjacket Fits reunion show, but there were plenty of Fits songs in the set. The DoubleHappys and Bored Games material hadn't yet been reissued but the songs were there on the stage, strutting and fretting for another hour.

Destiny's Child reunite on stage

A reunited Destiny's Child took the stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Saturday as singer Erica Campbell took home six awards, including the night's top honour.

Survey examines kids' TV habits

More cartoons and animal shows could be in for New Zealand on Air funding after new research showing this is what kids want.

007 crew's mid-air rampage

Drunken James Bond film crew vomit and urinate in plane's aisles, sparking international air safety alert.

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