GLAAD makes historic decision to stop surveying LGBT characters - but not before slamming Chris Lilley

American TV is the most gay friendly it's ever been, historic survey says, but one Australian is being condemned.

Graham Brazier: His last interview

"Three subjects – death, love, and... beauty. But very much death and love."

New Plymouth actor and cop team up for murder mystery television show

When Fern Sutherland got cast as a detective in a New Zealand murder mystery, she asked an old school friend for insight into the world of crime fighting.

Justin Bieber highest new entry on NZ singles chart

Kiwi fans are lapping up Justin Bieber's latest effort.

Katy Perry ends Twitter feud with fan

Pop singer Katy Perry was the victor of a Twitter feud which earned her an apology from a fan.

Smithies on Brazier: 'He threatened to give me the bash'

Music writer Grant Smithies on "magnetic", "intense" Brazier.

Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier dies, age 63

Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier was working "on one of his best" albums when he died.

JK Rowling weighs in on refugee crisis

Harry Potter author JK Rowling and other celebrities have taken a stance by sharing their concerns on the refugee crisis.

Chrissie Hynde: No regrets about rape comments

Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde says if people don't like her opinion, they shouldn't ask for it.

New drama tells story of Monster Of Mangatiti

Mark Mitchinson portrays a rapist in the new TV One drama Monster Of Mangatiti.

Coronation Street actress on returning to Rovers

As soon as Bev sidled in behind the Rovers Return bar, she knew she had made the right decision.

New Zealand loses music icon Graham Brazier

Graham Brazier was best known at the lead singer of Hello Sailor, one of New Zealand's very best – and vital – rock'n'roll bands.

First look at Daniel Radcliffe's Grand Theft Auto film, Gamechangers

Despite potential legal action from Rockstar, the BBC's biopic about GTA creator Sam Houser is going ahead.

Te Papa drops $750k on Venice Biennale art by Simon Denny

Te Papa will spend a quarter of its annual acquisitions budget on four works by Simon Denny.

Television's WTF moments still raise the heckles

How I met your mother

Some are happy, some are sad and some are genuinely 'did that actually just happen?', but all count as genuine WTF moments.

Guest Blog: The night I stole Paul Kelly’s rider in Atlanta, Georgia

Simon Sweetman


For our final entry, and a fine way to close off the week, robjones tells us about the night he stole Paul Kelly's rider in Atlanta.

Spielberg says superheroes will go 'the way of the Western': Not so fast, Steven

Steven Spielberg says superheroes will go 'the way of the Western': Not so fast, Steven.

Stuff's Weekend Film Guide

N.W.A and Bill Bryson both get the big screen treatment in movies opening this weekend

Black Sabbath announce final tour kicking off next year

After five decades, Black Sabbath will launch a farewell tour next year, stopping in Auckland and Dunedin.

MTV Video Music Awards criticised for glorifying marijuana

MTV's Video Music Awards are under fire for multiple references to marijuana.

Fawlty​ Towers turns 40: Adam Zwar celebrates the greatest sitcom ever made

It's 40 years since the first episode of Fawlty​ Towers crept into the public consciousness with minimal publicity and a series of lukewarm reviews.

Bryan Cranston transforms from Breaking Bad drug pin to President

Guess which actor has morphed from drug pin to president of the United States?

TV Guide's Top 5 of the Week

Dramas real and fictional dominate the week's viewing highlights.

Pretty Ricky screamed 'Take your panties off' - and they did

Band members yelled at women to "take their panties off" on stage at Auckland's Pretty Ricky concert.

Masterchef judge Mark Wallbank using Wanganui Guineas to take break from kitchen

Promising colt Brighton's foody owners using Wanganui Guineas as first step in exciting season.

Flashback: 17 years since Peter Jackson secures Lord of the Rings

It was an announcement that transformed Wellington and it was all thanks to a boy from Pukerua Bay and Hollywood millions.

Jono and Ben ahead of bouncy castle lake crossing schedule

Lunch delivery goes down a treat with Jono and Ben during their Lake Taupo bouncy castle crossing.

Kermit's new girlfriend looks like Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer

Hours after Kermit's new girlfriend was revealed to the world, fans say she "looks exactly" like this Game of Thrones star.

Review: Straight Outta Compton

REVIEW: Straight Outta Compton is an insider's attempt to to lay out the story of N.W.A.

Jono and Ben set off across Lake Taupo in bouncy castle

Crossing Lake Taupo on bouncy castle? Jono and Ben have set sail.

Taylor Swift joins Colin Farrell and Anne Hathaway for worst on-screen wigs

Actors do some incredible physical work to inhabit a character. Or they can opt for a wig.

Review: Holding the Man

REVIEW: Holding The Man - a love story done fairly and well

Review: Everest takes 'disaster movies' to new heights

REVIEW: Based on the tragic 1996 disaster on Mt Everest this is epic cinema - entertaining and emotionally enervating.

Are Lorde and Nicki Minaj working on a song together?

Lorde may have already hit the recording studio to create a duet with the edgy hip-hop star.

Guest Blog: The reality of being a music journalist in New Zealand

Simon Sweetman


This week the inmates are running the asylum. Today's post, about the reality of being a music journalist in this country.

Director defends Taylor Swift's music video over whitewashing claims

Critics have slammed Taylor Swift's new African music video as portraying a stereotyped colonial-era view of Africa.

Review: A Walk in the Woods

REVIEW: Robert Redford delivers his most likeable performance in years in A Walk in the Woods

Jemaine Clement - a star in sheep claything

Jemaine Clement will be back on New Zealand screens soon as a sheep.

How to get the best out of Netflix

Kiwis have had their own version of Netflix for about six months, but there are a lot of tricks to make the experience better.

The White Guitar is a theatrical experience not to be missed

REVIEW: The story of rapper Scribe and his family in play The White Guitar is superb theatre.

Clever and insightful show Stutterpop is well worth seeing

REVIEW: Sam Brooks' stutter hasn't stopped him performing in a clever and insightful show.

Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name

Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over a toy hamster that shares her name - and possibly even her resemblance.

Review: The Art of Recovery

REVIEW: The Art of Recovery is interesting and inspiring

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger split

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have announced they're going separate ways after two years of marriage.

How TV networks decide whether to renew or cancel your favourite shows

Despite many ways to measure a programme's appeal, the network remains the important driving force behind whether it will be axed.

Wellington man's rare talent for standing still

This man's so skilled you could walk past and never notice him.

Wellington film company reaches a new audience

A film company with a small budget has called in favours, but has a worldwide audience thanks to the web.

The Rubens: jumping through Hoops

The Rubens have released an album of timeless rock songs. They play here supporting Imagine Dragons next week.

Inside The Monster of Mangatiti

Greta Gregory was determined to land the lead role in The Monster of Mangatiti
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