X Factor recap: What's wrong with it

Sunday’s episode of the X Factor sums up what’s wrong with New Zealand music.

Justin Bieber to join Zoolander 2, if Ben Stiller Instagram is to be beliebed

Justin Bieber has nailed his Blue Steel in what appears to be a sign he is joining Zoolander 2.

Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner on growing up with Sansa Stark

"If I arrive on set and they tell me I have five minutes before hair and make-up, then I head straight to my trailer for a nap."

Stephie Key: 'Rebellion is not the intention'

Cherry Bomb: Stephie Key on her art, her dad's job and her hyper-sexual artistic alter-ego Cherry Lazar ahead of her exhibition opening in Paris.

LMFAO's Redfoo is the third judge to quit X Factor Australia

LMFAO frontman is the third judge to jump ship from the reality show, leaving Dannii Minogue looking awfully lonely.

Writer Ruth Rendell dies, aged 85

Ruth Rendell, best known as the creator of Detective Chief Inspector Wexford, died in hospital on Saturday.

Review: Lucky Them

REVIEW: Toni Collette and Thomas Hayden Church help lift Lucky Them.

New series Find me a Maori Bride opens doors to culture

A new Maori TV series, Find me a Maori Bride aims to introduce people to the culture through laughter.

The art of finding long-lost families

Sunday Star-Times writer and television presenter David Lomas has become an expert in tracking down lost families - and reuniting them.

Kurt Cobain documentary a labour of love

Brett Morgen spent eight years bringing together Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

15 minutes with Spandau Ballet

Gary Kemp is a British musican and actor (The Krays, Lewis, Dog Eat Dog), and guitarist/ songwriter with reformed 80s pop band, Spandau Ballet.

Wet-plate photography: the beauty of imperfection

Wet-plate photography is complex, difficult, and easy to get work. It's been obsolete for 135 years - but a new wave of photographers are embracing its idiosyncrasies.

The Bachelor: Art kisses and tells

Secret dates, tipsy cocktail parties and lots of kisses - Art Green fesses up to life as The Bachelor.

Kim K: Baby making’s exhausting!

Kim Kardashian has revealed that trying for a second baby is "exhausting".

Bill Cosby list of accusers grows; two more allege sexual assaults

Two more women have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them.

'Star Wars' standalone film loses its director

Filmmaker Josh Trank is stepping down as Director to pursue other "creative opportunities."

Blues legend B.B King in hospice at his home in Las Vegas

Blues legend B.B. King was in hospice care Friday at his home in Las Vegas, according to a longtime business associate with legal control over his affairs.

The Daily Show: Jon Stewart slams New York Times reporter over role in Iraq War

Jon Stewart grilled a former NY Times reporter on her reporting on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

Music review: taking a trip with the Grateful Dead

REVIEW: In terms of rock'n'roll destinations, the Grateful Dead are a far city.

Soul singer Ben E. King, famous for song 'Stand By Me,' dies at 76

Soul and R&B singer Ben E. King, died of natural causes at the age of 76.

Fifty Shades of Grey publisher Amanda Hayward faces $10 million payout

A US jury found a Sydney publisher had committed fraud.

Demi Lovato slams 'vagina' tattoo artist

Demi Lovato has hit back at a tattoo artist claiming the singer pi**ed all over the toilet seat.

Ageless? Not anymore thanks to How-Old website

We test the How-Old website on some well-known faces with the results being both dubious and hilarious.

Lacey Turner's fighting spirit

In the new drama series, Our Girl, Lacey Turner plays an army medic on her first deployment to Afghanistan.

Swift looks West to move on from 1989

Taylor Swift is moving on from 1989 and may draft in an unlikely collaborator - Kanye West.

Russell Brand wants to be Prime Minister

Russell Brand has declared that he is “here to serve” the British public.

San Andreas movie promotion altered after Nepal earthquake

The promotional campaign for the upcoming earthquake movie is hurriedly being re-worked.

Robert Downey Jr. slams 'syphilitic parasite' journalist

Iron Man has found a new villain to rage against. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it's not the right one.

Weta Workshop starts work on new trans-Tasman TV series

Weta Workshop has joined production of Cleverman, a new cross-Tasman TV drama that stars Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen.

Patrick Dempsey's life is kind of a mess (spoiler)

No wife, no job, no mansion: Patrick Dempsey's life is kind of a mess right now.

CD Review: Josh Groban; Stages

CD Review: Josh Groban

Stephanie Cole's not Waiting for God

It may surprise many to know, but Stephanie Cole can only now finally call Diana Trent a contemporary.

Russell Crowe enraged by satire site's fake quote

Actor Russell Crowe has been had, throwing an online hissy fit about being misquoted on a satire website.

Author Anthony Horowitz on Bond, Alex Rider and four decades in children's books

Best-selling children's author Anthony Horowitz has been in the game 38 years. He explains his remarkable survival in one of literary's toughest gigs.

Alabama Shakes feasting on Southern soul food

Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard has a voice to sate your hunger for real music, reckons Grant Smithies.

Weird and HAPPYish as we head to Our Zoo


The two new shows I watched this week couldn't be further apart in terms of sensibilities or style

European warning: George Friedman's Flashpoints

REVIEW: Flashpoints: the Emerging Crisis in Europe

Discovering Blake Mills

Simon Sweetman


Today I wanted to tell you about my new favourite guitarist. My new favourite musician.

Kristen Stewart calls Hollywood "disgustingly sexist"

K-Stew hits out at Hollywood's misogyny ahead of new film.

Everclear - ready to 'sparkle' again

90s American rockers Everclear are celebrating a special anniversary says frontman Art Alexakis.

Russian politician sees U2 album as gay propaganda

Russia's politician ask if Apple violated Russia's ban on gay "propaganda" when it delivered U2's latest album.

Young adult author Laurie Halse Anderson on getting real

Young people should see their experiences reflected in fiction, says Laurie Halse Anderson.

Russell Crowe can't cope with Rusty

Russell Crowe has joked he's only successful in Australia because of his "annoying" nickname, Rusty.

The Chills' silver lining

New Zealand Music Month launches today, May 1. Martin Phillipps of The Chills explains why he's glad it is still celebrated.

Jeff Probst proves he's a Survivor

With 30 seasons under its belt, Survivor is one of TV's most enduring franchises

Asher Newbery's breathing life into art

Artist Asher Newbery doesn’t do things in halves and has a body of work made up of something bigger than just him.

The movies that ripped off Goodfellas

Goodfellas turns 25: Here's an incomplete list of all the movies that have ripped it off.

Stuff's weekend movie guide

Dustin Hoffman leads the choir and Sean Penn joins the over-50s action club in films releasing in New Zealand cinemas this weekend.

Competition: Who is your favourite The X Factor NZ judge?

Vote for your favourite X Factor judge and be in to win a trip to the grand final.

TV Central blames closure on funding rules

New Zealand on Air’s rigid funding criteria is being blamed for the Matamata based TV Central ceasing to broadcast from midnight April 30.
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