'Cocaine didn't seem to do me any physical harm': Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry has said that his cocaine habit did not cause him any physical harm.

Auckland's SoulFest confirms Lauryn Hill and others

R and B legend Lauryn Hill has been confirmed to perform at this year's SoulFest.

US comedian Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, dies at 85

New York-born actress and comedian Anne Meara, known for her opposites-attract comedy routine with husband Jerry Stiller, has died.

Sky TV to let viewers scroll back to the future

A new feature will soon let TV viewers scroll back to programmes they have missed.

Campbell Live still popular

Supporters of Campbell Live have continued to tune in to the show in record numbers despite the axe coming down on its host last week.

Simon Cowell sued by X Factor contestant

Rejection hurts, but perhaps it's nothing a million-dollar law suit won't settle.

Anti-booing technology deployed to protect Russian contestant

An off-key contestant wasn't the only sound Eurovision 2015 organisers were dreading at the grand final in Vienna.

Romp with style: The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine by Krissy Kneen

REVIEW: Krissy Kneen's new "sex romp" isn’t easy to classify, but is the more compelling for it.

The Challenge of Things by A.C. Grayling roams wide if not deep

REVIEW: From Socrates to social justice, A.C. Grayling's new book covers almost it all.

Ghosts of Electricity

Simon Sweetman


Something I'm quite proud of, over on my Off The Tracks site, is the weekly Guest Blog by Jon McLeary.

NZ Music Month: Towers perform Fur Patrol's Lydia

To mark NZ Music Month, Wellington-based indie-pop band Towers will cover well-known Kiwi songs.

In-flight entertainment fails to deliver


Once upon a time the idea of being cooped up in an airplane with nothing to do but watch television for 12 hours would have filled me with joy.

Dancing Man is thrown his own party

Social media sensation gets to dance without shame.

In short: book reviews of Come as You Are; Kiwis at War and Landfall

Short book reviews from overseas and New Zealand.

Czech reality show offers Nazi experience

A new reality show in the Czech Republic has let a family of seven experience what it was like living under Nazi occupation during World War II.

Russell Brand back with new stand-up show

British comedian Russell Brand is returning to New Zealand shores with his stand-up show Trew World Order.

More cheers than tears for BB King at memorial

A standing ovation for BB King and more cheers than tears marked a memorial for the late blues great's life and legacy.

Sharon Osbourne collapses from 'mental and physical fatigue'

Sharon Osbourne's told to take a month off from daytime TV show The Talk after collapsing from "mental and physical fatigue".

Florence Welch and life beyond the machine

Florence Welch has experienced the darkness of depression, but her creative light still burns bright.

Orpheus Choir and Orchestra Wellington perform Mendelssohn's Elijah

REVIEW: Once in a while, Mendelssohn’s 1846 oratorio Elijah - while not a work of great distinction - will do the trick.

Sweden beat Australia to win Eurovision 2015

Australia's bid to show the Europeans how to do Eurovision is derailed.

Female stars speaking out about sexism

These incredible women have had enough of the entertainment industry's entrenched misogyny, and they're letting the world know.

Vin Diesel posts karaoke tribute to Paul Walker

Vin Diesel brings half the internet to tears with a moving tribute to his friend and Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker who died in a car crash in 2013. 

Grant Fell's greatest challenge yet

Musician, publisher and fashion icon Grant Fell is facing his greatest challenge yet.

Grant Smithies: On seeing myself naked

They arrived, out of the blue, on my front doorstep, rolled up in a cardboard tube: images of myself, naked, sent to me by a stranger.

Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos regains control of his life

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos has in recent years been more defined by his shaky mental health than by his music.

15 Minutes with... Jarryd James

Jarryd James is an Australian singer/ songwriter, based in Brisbane, tipped as Australian pop's "next big thing" after a big radio hit and tours with Angus & Julia Stone and the Nelson duo Broods. Interview by Grant Smithies.

Maori TV series Waka Warriors helps young people navigate modernity on a traditional waka

Young Maori are disconnecting from technology to reconnect with their culture on a new show called Waka Warriors.

Matt Dillon heads to Wayward Pines

REVIEW: Matt Dillon takes a detour into small-town horror with Wayward Pines.

Dave Dobbyn in studio with Phoenix Foundation

Dave Dobbyn is animated but relaxed as he talks about what he does best - write songs.

Jeremy Wells' Radio Hauraki Hosking parody Like Mike labelled 'racist'

Radio Hauraki has been rapped over the knuckles after a Mike Hosking parody by DJ Jeremy Wells angered some listeners.

Review: Noble

REVIEW: Heavy handed approach undermines biopic of Christina Noble

Pay TV Picks of the Week: May 24 to 30

SkyLights for On the Box Page Sunday News May 24

The Dirty Dozen: a celebration of the entertainment world's wild women

The entertainment world has provided a parade of bad-ass women and it's time to pay tribute to some of her headstrong forerunners.

Royal NZ Ballet and Army Band join forces for powerful and moving show

REVIEW: The Royal New Zealand Ballet's Salute is a parade of four impressive works.

Olsen twins reject Full House revival

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are way too busy for the Full House reboot. So they say.

T(Error) takes you inside an FBI sting

T(Error) documentary looks at the use of FBI informants in counter-terrorism.

A new film from Orson Welles, 30 years after his death, it's not out of the question

A new film from Orson Welles, 30 years after his death, it's not out of the question.

Selena Gomez 'planning reality show'

Selena Gomez has reportedly approached Kris Jenner about making a reality show together.

Michael Fassbender heads south for West

With a nod to Eastwood, Fassbender goes West in Slow West.

TV Review: The Odd Couple & Mapp & Lucia

REVIEW: The Odd Couple and Mapp & Lucia pale in comparison to their predecessors.

Rockstar sues BBC over Grand Theft Auto game violence censorship film

Game Changer docudrama starring Dan Radcliffe allegedly using Grand Theft Auto trademarks without permission.

John Campbell's parents still proud after show cut

John Campbell's going to take a month off to read books and watch the Hurricanes, his parents say.

Do you know what these new Scrabble words mean?

It just got a whole lot easier to use up the "Z" tile in Scrabble.

Antonia Prebble: on fame, nudity and ugg boots

Antonia Prebble has gone from child star to glam grandmother.

Home and Away star struggled with sex storyline

Bus crash injuries caused actress Cassie Howarth to question the show writers' choices.

A farewell to David Letterman and late night sexism

OPINION: David Letterman's exit from TV heralds the end of him being permitted to demean, humiliate and mock his young female guests. 

TV3's Sunday current affairs shakeup

More changes to come for TV3's current affairs division.

Cate Blanchett: I warned mum about lesbian sex

Cate Blanchett gave her mother advanced warning about her lesbian sex scene in the film Carol.
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