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Vinyl making a comeback

Roger Liddle

International Record Store Day is a chance to visit independent record stores and celebrate vinyl.

Shoestring film off to Cannes

Amie Bentall

A 15-minute movie made by a NZ pair will screen at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival.

AC/DC singer denies split

ACDC

AC/DC has confirmed founding member Malcolm Young has a "debilitating illness" and cannot continue in the band for now.

Artist's art for everyone

Richard Adams

He can play the fiddle and paint incredible paintings but Richard Adams may yet do his most impressive work when he dances his way through a painting at the Arrowtown Autumn Festival.

Walker's brothers to help finish Fast & Furious

Paul Walker Tribute

Paul Walker's brothers are stepping in to help finish filming on Fast & Furious 7.

Meryl Streep working on rap skills

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep's "second career" as a rapper "beckons".

Sally Ridge claim 'doomed to fail'

Sally Ridge, Adam Parore

Sally Ridge must pay $100,000 court costs after failed bid for half of ex-partner Adam Parore's business.

Kiwi stuntwoman lands exciting roles

Genevieve Aitken

Stuntwoman Genevieve Aitken 'just fell into' the job, and now rubs shoulders with Hollywood stars.

Happy videos bring Pharrell to tears

Pharrell, Oprah

His music is happy but Pharrell Williams couldn't help but cry when he saw what fans had done.

Dobbyn fretted over Pike tribute

 Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn worried whether his new composition on Pike River disaster does it justice.

Gossip mags: Where's Wills?

Kate

One could easily infer from covers of this week's Kiwi gossip mags that the Duchess of Cambridge is a single mother.

Why the vampire movie is hard to kill

vampires

Screen incarnations of the endlessly popular vampire have evolved from cruel to cool and from vein to vain.

Writer closes chapter on life

Author finally puts down his pen

David McGill

Paekakariki writer and Kiwi slang expert David McGill is hanging up his pen after his fifty-first book.

Singer grateful for Major's advice

Oliver Sewell

A former choirboy turned Smokefreerockquest winner is now an up-and-coming opera star.

Parmenter returns home for Southland festival

'We need to dance more'

Southland Times photo

If you believe the media, modern life is a bleak sort of place.

Here's what Zach Braff did with your Kickstarter money

Zach Braff

Here's what Zach Braff did with your Kickstarter money.

Book review: The Fall of Arthur

The Fall of Arthur

REVIEW: J.R.R. Tolkien never ceases to amaze me, with unpublished work still surfacing 40 years after his death.

Lorde scoops Billboard nominations

FINDING LORDE: Kiwi songstress Lorde performs at Silo Park in Auckland.

Lorde eclipses other big stars to score 12 nominations for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

Peaches Geldof post-mortem 'inconclusive'

Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof's sudden death may remain a mystery for weeks, as police wait on a toxicology report.

Billy Connolly dons Nasa space suit

Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly will don an astronaut-style cooling suit when he returns to film scenes for the final Hobbit movie.

Peaches Geldof's death remains a mystery

Peaches Geldof

Coroner to open an investigation and decide whether an inquest - such as that into the death of singer Amy Winehouse - is merited.

Tiger Lily's love and loss

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily Geldof must deal with her tragic past without the support of her loving half-sister Peaches.

Erratic BB King 'painful to watch'

BB KING

Slowed by age and infirmity, including diabetes, B.B. King continues to tour, with sometimes painful results.

Mamma Mia: ABBA mark 40 years since breakthrough

Abba

Four decades on from the flares, fame and fabulousness, ABBA say they have no regrets.

Game of Thrones, Series 4, Episode 1 (spoiler)

Cersei Lannister

The deadliest soap opera returns with more intrigue

Peaches Geldof dies

Peaches

The mother of two and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates has been found dead age 25.

Nicholas film will 'surprise, shock'

Louise Nicholas

A film is being made about the saga of Louise Nicholas' rape allegations against several policemen.

Lorde wows crowed of 40,000

Lorde

Kiwi singer Lorde has wowed 40,000 people when she played Lollapalooza festival in Brazil on Sunday.

Morcheeba: All smiles and back together

Moorcheeba

Morcheeba were the toast of the 90s trip-hop scene, then they fired their singer. Skye Edwards talks about why they made up.

Review: Noah a load of old rubbish

NOAH POSTER

Oh Noah, he didn't, cries Sarah Watt after viewing Darren Aronofsky's Bible-inspired epic.

Drug bust in South Otago

marijuana

Police have seized more than 60 cannabis plants after a raid in South Otago.

Festival offers a tasty lineup for everyone

Get ready for arts festival

Mel Parsons

Rugby and duck shooting - for many in Southland, they're akin to a religion.

Kurt Cobain musical on the cards: Courtney Love

Courtney Love

A Broadway musical is among a number of Cobain tribute projects being considered 20 years after his death.

Actor's affair apology breaks social media records

Wen Zhang and Ma Yili

A Chinese film star has broken social media records after posting an apology to his wife for having an affair.

Actor's affair apology breaks social media records

Wen Zhang and Ma Yili

A Chinese film star has broken social media records after posting an apology to his wife for having an affair.

Calendar Girls' raises funds

Southland Times photo

The South Otago Theatrical Society president was delighted to hand over a cheque for $3400 to representatives from the Clutha Health First Palliative Care Fund at its annual meeting.

Wellington's Westpac tries to land The Eagles

Stadium targets rock legends

The Eagles' Glenn Frey and Don Henley

Wellington's Westpac Stadium is hoping to take it to the limit by hosting The Eagles for a one-off concert later this year.

The queen of the desert

desert

A 2700km solo trek through the Australian desert made for a popular book, but it has taken decades for the film.

The sound of success

Southland Times photo

Although contention was fierce for the top slot in Queenstown's Songstars event, winner Tai Forrester won top votes in all three nights of competition.

Peter Jackson's jet helps in MH370 search

 Peter Jackson's jet

Sir Peter Jackson's $80 million private jet is involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

This Nirvana cover makes Kurt Cobain relevant again

Kawehi

Wasabi Yo! Musician Kawehi has recorded an amazing cover of Nirvana's Heart-Shaped Box.

Naomi Watts compares Diana to sinking ship

 Naomi Wats as Princess Diana.

Naomi Watts says playing Princess Diana was a risk that didn't pay off.

Exhibition drummed out on high note

Southland Times photo

Dancing and drumming made for a lively farewell to a special exhibition at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

Oui, Minister

Quai d'Orsay

French satire Quai d'Orsay looks at the inner workings of the French foreign affairs ministry and there's plenty to laugh about.

Ginny holds hopes for Stan in States

Ginny Blackmore

There's no holding back Kiwi pop stars Stan Walker and Ginny Blackmore.

The other Elvis

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello is a poet with a punk heart. In three minute songs he can tell you a novel's worth of story.

Russell Crowe calls Noah criticism 'irrational'

Noah

Russell Crowe calls the criticism that the film Noah has received "irrational".

So Farr, so good for Gareth

gareth farr

This year is a big one for Gareth Farr with his first piano concerto and a commission by the Edinburgh International Festival.

In Hobbit heaven

NADINE HANCOCK

Weta Workshop extraordinaire, Daniel Falconer, has compiled this third book in The Hobbit Chronicles series and it is simply gorgeous.

Service to entertainment

Bandsperson of the year

Southland Times photo

Playing the tuba is something that takes a lot of concentration and time for Pukerau's Vic Herring, but he enjoys it.
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