Eleanor Catton's problem with New Zealand

Eleanor Catton is uncomfortable being seen an ambassador for a country "dominated by neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, shallow and money hungry politicians".

Revealed: McCahon's hidden message

Secret message thought to have been penned by one of NZ's greatest artists is uncovered more than six decades after he wrote it.

What's the deal with Taylor Swift and Triple J?

It may be the biggest outrage for Taylor Swift fans since Kanye West barged in on her VMAs speech.

Ben Foster is Doctor Who's music maestro

Ben Foster has worked on the music for Doctor Who for a decade, next month he'll be pulling the strings at the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Auckland.

Emma Stone almost accidentally killed Naomi Watts

And still remained adorable while doing it.

Video Vault - Nambassa, How Bizarre, and Dennis Conner on Holmes

This week NZ On Screen's video vault looks back at Paul Holmes' famous interview with Dennis Conner.

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips tries to escape 'oppressive' contract

Claiming he has been forced to work for nothing American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is trying to escape his contract.

Nicole Kidman's phone 'was tapped' - Scientology doco

When Tom Cruise stopped calling, the Church of Scientology allegedly came up with an extraordinary plan to break up his marriage.

Top Gear changing channels in NZ

Top Gear's controversial visit to Patagonia will spearhead a new series of the widely popular motoring show as it starts life on a different New Zealand channel from next month.

Kanye West reveals bizarre reason why doesn't smile

Kanye West has explains why he doesn't smile for photos.

Woman's Day does terrible Photoshop job of Kate Middleton

The pregnant Kate Middleton has received a makeover courtesy of Australia's Woman's Day that leaves her almost almost unrecognisable.

Vandals strike Waiheke sculpture exhibit

A number of sculptures were vandalised at the opening weekend of the headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibit.

Benedict Cumberbatch says he's an idiot

Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an "idiot" to refer to non-white actors as "coloured."

Melissa Rivers files lawsuit over doctors who acted like groupies

Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing Fashion Police last week, Melissa River's lawyer says.

Emma Watson is Disney's new Belle

It's a tale as old as time. And one that seems perfectly suited to Emma Watson.

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies at 68

Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s has died aged 68.

Laneway Festival's hits and misses

Laneway always delivers musically but struggles with a host of issues from missing shade, to long toilet lines and questionable sound quality.

Michael Stewart and Richard Apperley: Bach to the future

Tom Cardy talks to the two ambitious organists who will play all 327 Bach organ works this year.

Lack of theatres prompts new collective

A lack of performance venues and career prospects has prompted a group of Christchurch theatre graduates to start their own artistic collective.

Man behind Galavant music creates songs of our lives

You might not know of Alan Menken, but you'll know his music. From composing Disney's finest, to Middle Ages comedy Galavant.

Live: Auckland's heating up for Laneway

The sun is out, the party is on! We'll be bringing you live updates from Laneway Festival throughout the day.

The jury's out on new comedy panel shows

Not all comedy panel shows are created equal, as Duck Quacks Don't Echo and The Guess List show.

Offspring defies categorisation

As the fifth season of Offspring begins Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie) is again struggling to find her balance.

Birdman continues rise at SAG Awards

Birdman has topped the SAG Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star, Micheal Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne.

Gossip: What 'really' happened when Jen and Ange met

Ange and Jen are "finally friends",  or was their long-awaited presence in the same room "the awkward encounter they had both been dreading for a decade".

Review: Birdman

REVIEW: If you truly love cinema, and like to be surprised still at the dances a genius director can make the medium do, then you will love Birdman.

What has happened to Giuliana Rancic?

Giuliana Rancic is a staple of the award season red carpet - but not today.

Kanye West, Paul McCartney and Rihanna unveil new song Four Five Seconds

Track featuring former Beatle Paul McCartney will have some fans scratching their heads.

Royal Blood: Saviours of rock'n'roll

Ben Thatcher of high-flying British rock duo Royal Blood had a lot of strange things happen to him and band mate Mike Kerr last year.

Review: The Winery Tour hits the spot at Villa Maria

The Winery Tour appeals, clearly, to those who have long tired of the filthy toilets and the moshpit.

Andrew Fagan and The People

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I'm excited about Andrew Fagan's current tour - it started before Christmas, then a few days off and now back into it.

Could New Plymouth become NZ's creative capital?

New Plymouth could be country’s creative capital, according to some.

Rowan Atkinson puts huge price tag on rare McLaren

Mr Bean has gone Mr Big with a whopping multi-million-dollar price tag on his rare crash-repaired McLaren F1 supercar.

Lindsay Lohan's epic Photoshop fail

Lindsay Lohan has gone online to make a joke about her ongoing battle with chikungunya, a virus transmitted by mosquito bites, which she picked up during a tropical vacation over the holidays.

Nicole Kidman proves critics wrong with a daring nude scene

Strangerland sees Nicole Kidman stripped bare for her most daring and compelling role yet.

Kiwi comics win Iron Chicken

Kiwi comic jugglers and acrobats plucked this year's Iron Chicken awards for their busking brilliance.

Rumour has it Adele's planning world tour comeback

Rumour has it Adele's planning a 'proper world tour' next year, and Lady Gaga fuels rumours of a collaboration between the pair.

Laneway: Princess Chelsea ready for centre stage

Princess Chelsea says she won't be hiding behind her instruments in her debut performance at Auckland's Laneway festival.

Flashback: Titahi Bay radio mast mast-er of the airwaves

Titahi Bay radio mast has broadcast news of wars, mankind on the Moon, and the Queen's coronation.

Why Meghan Trainor isn't just about that bass

Pop newbie Meghan Trainor hits back at critics who dismissed the All About That Bass singer as a one-hit wonder.

Rebel Wilson on success: 'I worked hard. I deserve it'

Rebel Wilson owns every bit of her Hollywood success. She tells Joel Meares why she's "crushing it".

Stomaching bulimia on stage at Bats

The impact of eating disorders is often a taboo subject, but one show is hoping to change that.

Julia Roberts to make 'Batkid' movie

San Francisco's smallest superhero has bagged America's Sweetheart to tell his story to the world.

'That was hot': Beyonce reacts to director Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey

'Wow, that was hot': Beyonce reacts after sneak preview of this year's highly anticipated erotic thriller.

Heavy heart in the suburbs

Top Kiwi songwriters count some surprising suburbs as home.

16 magazine covers that shocked and surprised

As much as technology has changed, you can't deny the power a high-impact front page.

Royal prank DJ Mel Greig says taxi driver assaulted her

Radio host Mel Greig, famous for her involvement in an infamous royal prank call, has claimed she was indecently assaulted by a taxi driver.

Shelton: Who’s Benedict Cumberbatch?

Blake Shelton thinks there is "no way" Benedict Cumberbatch is a real person.

Shaquille O'Neal gets pilot on truTV for 'workplace comedy'

Shaquille O'Neal is off the court and on the telly, with a pilot for a comedy show announced yesterday.

Emma Watson gave another powerful speech on gender equality

Emma Watson is urging men to champion women's rights.
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