Lorde to choose Hunger Games soundtrack


NZ's reigning queen of pop asked to curate soundtrack to upcoming Hunger Games film.

Christchurch teen a rising star

Maya Payne


Christchurch teenager Maya Payne is attracting international attention with her music.

Chris Hemsworth's biggest challenge

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth says playing a female Thor could be his biggest challenge yet.

RNZ news boss steps down


Radio New Zealand news boss Don Rood has stepped down after 31 years with the state broadcaster.

Telecom Lightbox boasts 5000 hours of TV

Telecom's Sky challenger includes anytime-streaming of new series like Masters of Sex and House of Cards.

What to see at the movies this weekend?

eric bana strap

Cliff Curtis finally gets a leading role, Eric Bana battles demons and Gabriel Byrne finds romance in Paris.

Heart leads with soul not vagina



Vicki Anderson talks to pioneering rock chick, Ann Wilson, of '70s band Heart.

Adam Parore aims at bankrupting Sally Ridge

Sally Ridge, Adam Parore

Former Black Cap Adam Parore has hauled his ex Sally Ridge back to court in a bid to bankrupt her.

What kids can learn from Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Reading Harry Potter books may make kids more tolerant towards gays, immigrants and refugees.

Outrageous Fortune prequel gets green light

Frank Whitten

After six incredible seasons, Outrageous Fortune has gained funding for one more. A prequel.

The talented Mr Levinson

Mark Levinson

Despite the press reports, Mark Levinson never thought he was documenting the end of the world.

The Dark Horse: An instant Kiwi classic

Cliff Curtis in Dark Horse.

As Genesis Potini, Cliff Curtis gives the performance of his career so far.

Rolf Harris: Victims' groups decry lack of appeal

Rolf Harris

Victims of Rolf Harris let down by decision not to appeal his "lenient" sentence, groups say.

The further adventures of Donnie and Joe Emerson

simon sweetman


A couple of years ago I wrote about Donnie and Joe Emerson and their "lost" album, Dreamin' Wild.

Is Latta's new show worth a watch?

Nigel Latta

NZ isn't gifted with quality television, Jimmy Ryan says. Is Nigel Latta's new show a sign of better things to come?

Bieber taunts Bloom: You crybaby!


Justin Bieber has posted an image on Instagram of Orlando Bloom crying.

How much TV do our children watch?

Kids TV

A survey is planned on how much television New Zealand children watch.

Review: Disney on Ice Treasure Trove

Rapturous applause, dazzled kids

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice's latest offering is a kaleidoscopic parade of music and dance on ice, and it delights.

Pharrell loves Kiwi retirement home's version of Happy

Al Pharrell Williams

Kiwi retirees' charming version of Happy gets a big lift after a shout out from the man himself.

Tiki Taane urges young people to vote

Tiki Taane

The list of New Zealand celebrities urging young people to vote this election has a new addition: Tiki Taane.

Sara Bareilles brings acoustic show to Auckland

Sara Bareilles

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is coming to Auckland to play one intimate show.

Performance personifies power of women

Mana Wahine

Dance production that pays tribute to the strength and integrity of the female form is about to return to Hamilton.

Tour a showcase of ballet styles

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Mike Mather talks to Royal New Zealand Ballet artistic director Ethan Stiefel about the troupe's latest tour.

This is what's delaying Big Bang Theory

Big Bang

Production on a new season of The Big Bang Theory is being delayed.

Barrymore's sister found dead

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore's half sister Jessica has been found dead.

Kenny Rogers to play in Hamilton

	 Kenny Rogers

Did anybody gamble on Kenny Rogers playing in Hamilton?

Our musical guilty pleasures revealed

spice girls

They're the shameful songs you would never admit to knowing all the words to - but now Spotify has exposed our top 10 guilty pleasures.

Rhythm and Vines lineup announced


Chart-topping British indie band Bastille will headline this year's Rhythm and Vines music festival.

Johansson 'putting off wedding'

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is reportedly postponing her wedding until the birth of her baby.

TV Guide's top five picks this week

Amazing Race

Not sure what's good on TV? The TV Guide has rounded up the five best shows this week.

Bic Runga excited about playing for home crowds

Bic Runga

Bic Runga is excited to play to a New Zealand audience for the first time in three years.

Is Kiefer Sutherland a good or a bad boy?

 Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland's 24 co-star Louis Lombardi says he's "one of the most professional actors ever".

The Voice winner 'hasn't heard' her own album

Anja Nissen

The Voice Australia winner Anja Nissen is so busy, she hasn't even heard her record yet.

Bloom 'throws punch' at Bieber

Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom may not be a Belieber after footage appears to show him throwing a punch at the singer.

Headline exhibition reveals Bard habits

	 Russell Armitage

What's in a headline? "Shakespeare, usually," says Russell Armitage.

Beyonce's answer to break-up rumours


Beyonce Knowles has once again put rumours to rest her marriage is on the rocks.

Nothing kinky on Fifty Shades website

Fifty Shades

Fans expecting to see some titillating new images on the Fifty Shades website will find the exercise an anticlimax.

Rich pickings in Mexico City

Soumaya Museum

Such is the amount of art on show in Mexico City, it's being hailed as 'the new Berlin'.

Manic fandom

simon sweetman


Manics fans. A special bunch. Are they the most maniacal? Are they the most misguided?

McBoing Boing captivates the kids

Bret McKenzie

This was a kids concert, and the Opera House was full of excited, enthusiastic youngsters.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 9/11 promo fail

Ninja turtles

Paramount pulls shocking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 9-11 poster quickly back into the shell.

Ripping and real - it's how we like to see ourselves

Pirates of the Airwaves

Pirates of the Airwaves has some great advantages, but it would have been better as a movie.

Benny Tipene to open for American Authors

benny tipene

Benny Tipene will perform with American Authors and Andy Grammer in Auckland in September.

Marvel cranks up sarcasm for Guardians of Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

It has a 1970s pop soundtrack and a talking racoon, but this mega-budget film looks set to be a hit.

Kendall fighting Kardashian name shame

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner says being part of the Kardashian clan makes it harder for her to succeed.

Does GoT have a problem with women? (spoiler)

Daenerys Targaryen

Why does Game of Thrones hate women so much?

'Racist' casting claim for Ridley Scott's Exodus


Ridley Scott's latest epic is criticised for casting white lead actors to tell story of African history.

Cliff Curtis denies Mana support

Cliff Curtis

Actor Cliff Curtis denies he is endorsing the Mana Movement this election, saying he remains "absolutely apolitical".

Tiger Lily Hutchence to inherit little from her father

Tiger Lily

On her 18th birthday here was no sign of much inheritance from Tiger Lily's late father Michael Hutchence.

Singer hopes to bring jazz to Hamilton

Raewyn Watkins

Raewyn Watkins is aiming to become an expert in all that jazz - literally.
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