What the gossip mags say

gossip mags

Coupling, potential uncoupling, more coupling, and a wedding feature in the gossip mags this week.

Long lost duet from musical legends to be released

freddie mercury and michael jackson

A long lost duet recorded by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson in the 80s will be released this year.

Meghan Heffern begins 'love letter to NZ'

meghan heffern

Bubbly Canadian actress relishing role in 'love letter' to New Zealand.

Colin Farrell confirmed in True Detective

colin farrell

Colin Farrell has been confirmed in one of the leading roles in the second season of True Detective.

Emma Watson: Gender equality is a man's issue too

emma watson

Emma Watson is calling for men to take a stand for gender equality at the launch of the HeForShe campaign.

Shortland Street suns it up in Fiji

michael galvin shortland st

It's sun, sand and surf in Fiji for some of the lucky Shortland Street cast - and all for a good cause.

Election weekend

simon sweetman


The best thing to come out of the weekend was the reminder to return to Bic Runga's album, Birds, and the chance to see Neil Finn live.

Vintage reads: The Shipping News

Woman reading on the grass

Mark Caunter of Hamilton City Libraries finds a Pulitzer Prize winner from the early 1990s that's still a winner.

In full flight

Juliet Best painting

Artist Juliet Best is grateful to have fantails, tuis and cabbage trees to paint, even if too often they are seen as cliches.

FBI investigating celebrity nude pic leaks

Kim Kardashian at the GQ Awards

FBI called in after more celebrity nude photos are leaked, with Jennifer Lawrence again a victim.

Star Wars 'anti-Vietnam War'

Star Wars

Book spills on famous trilogy, from it being an anti-war protest to the naming of Wookiees.

Octavia Spencer can weather clouds, shine on

Octavia Spencer

The expectations for Spencer since her Oscar win in 2012 are higher.

Review: Doctor Who - Listen

Review: Doctor Who - Listen

REVIEW: Steven Moffat, stand up and take a bow.

Cape Fear actress Polly Bergen dead at 84

bergen strap

Longtime actress and singer Polly Bergen, best known for role in 1962 suspense thriller, dies at 84.

Nude photos of Kim Kardashian leaked

kim kardashian strap

Latest A-list victims of hackers include Kim Kardashian, Mary-Kate Olsen and Hayden Panettiere.

Ariana Grande on brink of a major image problem

ariana grande strap

She could be the next pop culture princess - unless her diva-esque behaviour sinks her first.

The rise and fall of a music legend

Peter Utteridge

Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.

Rivalry building on The Block

The Block

The Block NZ's female contestants go at it hammer and nails in a crate-stacking contest.

Lorde to collaborate with Kanye?


He didn't bring his Yeezus tour here, but Kanye West might be teaming up with Lorde.

Bombshell on Broadway

Christchurch performer is no diva


She may be jetting off to New York to perform but Ali Harper says her life is anything but glamorous.

99 Luftballons with one red balloon

99 red balloons

Check out this amazing cover of the 1983 smash hit 99 Luftballons, using only one red balloon.

Art film oasis stands test of time in Aro St

aro video

Aro Video started with 180 VHS tapes in 1989 and it's still going strong.

Kidman farewells father


Nicole Kidman tells mourners at her father's funeral that he was her protector and confidant.

Why you should watch NZ's answer to Girls


It's a bumper time for women in comedy. Kiwi web-series Flat3 joins Broad City and Girls on screens.

Guy Williams: Making sense of the madness

jono & ben

It's been an insane election campaign, and Guy Williams is trying to make sense of it all.

Megan Boone: Back in black

Megan Boone

The Blacklist’s first season turned actress Megan Boone’s world upside down.

U2's album giveaway a 'punk rock thing'


Stirring things up and annoying people is the point, says Bono in defence of iTunes bomb.

Books about the surveillance state

George Orwell

So in the spirit of the election tomorrow, here are some insightful novels about surveillance.

Love in its right place

Sarah Jane Parton

So, what's wrong with hooking up someone in Courtenay Place, asks Sarah Jane Parton. It's still love, isn't it.

The strange, moody week that was

simon sweetman

It's been a funny ole week - a strange mood hovering. We're getting older all the time.

Star struck by Fassbender on ferry

Michael Fassbender

Hollywood star Michael Fassbender was spotted by fans on the ferry from Wellington to Picton yesterday.

The Bear essentials

Bear & Boy

While Boy & Bear have yet to conquer the Kiwi charts, in Australia they're one of the biggest bands of the past few years.

Miley Cyrus faces detainment


Miley Cyrus is at it again. This time she faces detainment after being spanked with the Mexican flag.

TV no movie killer: Study

sky tv

Video killed the radio star, but TV may have been wrongly blamed for movie-going's decline.

Katie Holmes talks Dawson's Creek reunion

katie holmes

Could a Dawson's Creek reunion be happening? Katie Holmes says she's keen.

A minute with Ethan Hawke

ethan hawke

Ethan Hawke opens up about finding his barbaric yawp with Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.

Opening at the movies this weekend

teenage mutant ninja turtles

In movies opening this weekend, we revisit the Step up dance crew, Sin City and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Crime fighting, Kiwi style


It's crime drama, New Zealand-style - tackling crims into bushes and finishing the day with a nice cup of tea.

Coverband pretty close to the real thing


The new Kiwi series Coverband is pretty close to the real rock star thing.

Sin City: Sexist but extremely beautiful

Sin City, Jessica ALba

REVIEW: I'll admit it. The latest Sin City won me over. Hell, you may not like the content, but the style's something else.

Winemaker takes top NZ literary prize


The BNZ Literary Awards winners have been announced with a Hawke's Bay winemaker taking the top prize.

Courtney Barnett is genuine, hilarious

courtney barnett

Courtney Barnett took to the stage, adopted a Joan Jett-esque hunch and threw out surprisingly heavy riffs.

Grappling on the canvas

Michel Mulipola

Arthur Whelan meets the Kiwi wrestler who's turned his sport into an artform.

Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat


Pawnee's most apathetic resident is going to be the voice of the moodiest cat on the Internet.

Twins just a little too self-absorbed

the skeleton twins

REVIEW: At The Skeleton Twins best it is terrifically likeable, but at its worst the urge to yell "why should I care?" was overwhelming.

They don't get badder than Walken

A View To A Kill had it all. Including the baddest Bond villian of all - Max Zorin, Geraint Jones writes.

Joan Armatrading's enduring charm

Joan Armatrading

Four decades after appearing out of nowhere, Joan Armatrading talks about weird lyrics, shyness and privacy.

The Lunchbox is a tender tasty treat

the lunchbox

REVIEW: Although reminiscent of Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan films, this poignant, tender tale certainly possesses its own unique flavour.

Review: Locke


REVIEW: The most original, interesting, and inventive film of 2014 so far? It's Locke. Hands down.

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

teenage mutant ninja turtles

REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles does everything you could hope for and delivers exactly what the trailer promises.
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