The 8 craziest music videos of all time

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Was it a bizarre attempt at mind control, or scenes from your worst nightmare?

Artist has time on his side

The Refusal of Time

South African artist William Kentridge explains the genesis of his video work. now on show at Wellington's City Gallery.

Hello, hello, hello . . . a Kiwi cop drama that's not clueless

Brokenwood Mysteries

Prime's new The Brokenwood Mysteries ticks every box; it's a wonder we didn't start making this series 10 years ago.

Tracy Morgan incredulous over Wal-Mart filing

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Tracy Morgan is incredulous that Wal-Mart is trying to blame him for injuries in a road crash because he didn't wear a seat belt.

Taken 3 trailer: Liam Neeson kicks butt


The trailer to Taken 3 (also known Tak3n) shows 62-year-old actor Liam Neeson in fighting form.

Netflix branches out into films


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel will premiere simultaneously online and in theatres.

Celebrity news roundup: Anti-poverty action

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Stars gather for an anti-poverty concert in New York and for fashion week in Paris.

Taylor Swift 'obsessed' with Lorde song

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Popstar Taylor Swift acts like a "proud mom" over celeb pal Lorde's new Hunger Games song.

Netflix feature film filming in NZ

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The sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be released via the Netflix platform next August.

Knocking it out of the park at 80

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Popular Problems, the latest album by the 80-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter, is wonderful. And feels complete.

Sex is getting better on TV

Masters of Sex

Some of the best shows on TV are also among the frankest and most thoughtful about sex.

Is Aretha's Adele Rolling in the Deep cover auto-tuned?

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Aretha Franklin covered Adele's Rolling in the Deep. Did she also use Auto-Tune?

Mastodon make metal twerk

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Metallers can't make head nor tail of why twerking is in their music, but they seem to like it.

Inside Michelle Williams' NY mansion


This 1200 square metre beautiful Brooklyn townhouse is the stuff interior dreams are made of.

Playwright makes a flying visit

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A Canadian great-grandfather has made a long trip to see his play performed at Auckland's Dolphin Theatre.

Star Wars animated series is strong

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The new animated series Star War Rebels will fill the void for fans eagerly awaiting the seventh film in the series.

NZ director scores Kiwi finance first

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Hollywood director Lee Tamahori scores a NZ first by crowdfunding backing for new movie.

Live blog: The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand

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We're just one week from the finale. Is this going to be an Aussie whitewash?

Watch: Louis Baker covers Purple Rain

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In an intimate live recording, Louis Baker croons the 1984 hit before a small audience.

Witherspoon hired hypnotist for sex scenes

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Legally Blonde star needed a hypnotist to soothe her nerves before filming racy scenes for new film.

Taylor Swift defends Emma Watson


Suggests that if a speech like that had been made sooner she'd have called herself a feminist earlier.

Carol Hirschfeld joins Radio NZ

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Radio New Zealand appoints Carol Hirschfeld as head of content, after her job at Maori Television disappeared.

Lorde's Hunger Games beat


Lorde releases her new single to feature in the upcoming Hunger Games film. Listen to it here.

Wal-Mart blames actor for his injuries

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Wal-Mart says Tracy Morgan is partly to blame for his injuries in truck crash because he didn't buckle up.

Home and Away star describes glacier terror

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Actor says dodging car-sized boulders during a rock fall on Franz Josef glacier was "surreal".

Kiwi fans cut out of Simpsons World


New app for planet's most popular animated family only offers full episodes to US subscribers.

Grieving Kidman thanks public for support


Aussie actress and country music husband "thank everyone for their love and prayers" after death of her father.

Amanda Bynes charged with drugged-driving

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Former child star Amanda Bynes was charged with drugged driving after she stopped in the middle of an LA intersection.

Who just died on The Simpsons? (spoiler)

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You might need to enter lockdown if you don't want to know which character has just been killed off on The Simpsons.

Civil ceremony caps Clooney's weekend nuptials

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin formalise their marriage in a civil ceremony in Venice.

Go see Harry Manx play

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Busker-turned professional guitarist Harry Manx is playing in NZ for the first time - and is worth hearing.

At last some great new Kiwi content

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OPINION: When it comes to local content we have plenty of renovation, traffic cops, and cooking programmes.

Fault In Our Stars author withering over book ban

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The Fault in Our Stars author has issued a sardonic response to news of his book's US school ban.

Home and Away star faces cancer

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Celebrities are wishing former Home And Away starlet Tessa James well after a cancer diagnosis.

Jane Fonda shares family trauma

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Jane Fonda has spoken open about her mother's sexually abuse and eventual suicide.

Almighty Johnsons actor takes on murder

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Actress Fern Sutherland has traded in Norse mythology for something darker in The Brokenwood Mysteries.

John Cleese's sexual link to New Zealand

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New Zealand is a memorable place for British comedian John Cleese - it's where he lost his virginity.

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes Today

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You wake up to the news that Thom Yorke has released a new album - it's cheap, you can buy it and have it straight away, within minutes of even knowing it existed. This is the modern world. Thom Yorke is a big name in music and he's more interested, it seems, in being a name associated with change in the industry, with breaking down and/or bypassing the processes, the gate-keepers, with delivering music to his fans in the quickest - most direct - way.

Shortland St addresses youth suicide

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Extra staff will be brought in to crisis helplines this week as Shortland Street tackles a youth suicide storyline.

Shane Warne back on the market

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Former Aussie cricketer Shane Warne has parted ways with his model girlfriend Emily Scott.

What the gossip mags say

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Pippa Middleton is either embarrassing her royal sister with her drunken antics or planning a wedding.

Newlywed Clooneys show off rings

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Perpetual-bachelor-no-more George Clooney heads out with his new bride Amal Alamuddin.

Road Trip: The pilot

Film-makers seek local talent

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Welcome to New Zealand's quirkiest Road Trip - where you can share your story with the world.

Review: Doctor Who - Time Heist

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REVIEW: Time Heist is a fun romp with a neat twist at the end which would be very at home in an episode of Star Trek.

Tom Jones trending, fans assume he is dead

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When Tom Jones fans saw his name trending on Twitter they assumed he'd dropped dead.

Vintage read: The Return of the Soldier

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Browsers Bookshop owner Rachel Pope finds a book to reflect upon in this World War I centennial year.

George Clooney marries in Venice

MARRIED: George Clooney.

World's most famous bachelor turns Venice's Grand Canal into an aquatic red carpet.

Review: Doctor Who - Domain of the Voord

Review: Doctor Who - Domain of the Voord

REVIEW: If you've only seen new Who, of the Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi ilk, this new audio series is a way of exploring the show's rich and diverse past.

Maze Runner a worthy competitor

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REVIEW: It sems if it's not set in a dystopian future, it's not a bestselling young adult novel nowadays.

Hip Hop-eration: Unashamedly feel-good

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REVIEW: Regardless of your age or musical inclinations, this unashamedly feel-good local documentary will have you tapping your toes and whooping for joy.
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