New Jagger songs mock Brexit

Mick Jagger has taken aim at Brexit.

2:27 AM  Rolling Stones frontman debuts politically charged songs, taking aim at Brexit and "lunatics and clowns".

Why Kiwis aren't reading

Reading can have important benefits such as improved academic performance.

Almost 400,000 New Zealanders didn't pick up a book in 2016. It's a worldwide trend we should be worried about.

Housewives star's sex doco

Julia Sloane (left), stands with other Auckland housewives Anne Blatley Burton and Angela Stone.

Julia Sloane, who was accused of a racist remark on reality doco, trying to reignite her on-camera career.

Weta sculpture 'mangled'

The Weta Workshop-designed British Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial.

Artist Dick Fizzell blasts war memorial, asking why the capital gets pieces like it "dumped on it".

A Trump cartoon is coming

The animated series will lampoon US President Donald Trump, with Stephen Colbert executive producing the satire.

Late Night talk show host Stephen Colbert is executive producing the animated satire about the US President.

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Words of advice in Book Month

Catherine Chidgey will talk about her work at a seminar on women writers at the Meteor Theatre on Thursday, August 10.

If you have fancied writing for pleasure or profit, August could be the month to learn how.

Abstract art wins $20,000 prize

Elizabeth Caldwell, the judge of this year's National Contemporary Art Award competition, was very impressed by the ...

Dunedin artist's memory and community-themed work judged best in show at Waikato Museum.

Disney imagineer dies, aged 83

Marty Sklar, who helped Walt Disney bring his vision to reality, has died aged 83.

Marty Sklar was part of the last generation that worked directly with Disney Land founder Walt Disney.

Fashion awards ready to go

Hokonui Fashion Awards wardrobe team Lyn Roughan, Irene McCall, Anna Balloch and Shirley Copland hold some garments ...

Hours of work will be on show in Gore this weekend for the Hokonui Fashion Awards.

Photographer snaps up gold

Ilan Wittenberg's Man With a Leather Jacket' was taken in February 2017.

A Castor Bay photographer has snapped up a gold at the NZ Institute of Professional Photography's (NZIPP) Iris Awards.

Bieber's six-pack pastor

Justin Bieber cancels his tour and fans speculate he's doing it for his new church.

It seems the popstar has seen the light after hanging out with his pastor - who has a six-pack might we add.

Amazon recreates Hollywood's golden age

Matt Bomer plays whiz-kid film producer Monroe Stahr in The Last Tycoon.

New series brings F Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood-set drama to life.

Tiny stamp WOWs designer

Hastings designer and artist Keryn Whitney, seen here with one of her glass works, is a regular finalist in the annual ...

Get ready for a garment made of carpet and inspired by a postage stamp.

Inspiration through dance

Step director Amanda Lipitz with her three main stars:  Cori Grainger, Talya Solomon and Blessin Giraldo.

Documentarian spent six years following charter school's Step crew.

Comedian meets gangster dad for first time

Comedian Rhian Wood-Hill is spinning some ludicrous yarns as part of a massive New Zealand tour for his new show, How I ...

Meeting dad for the first time at 21, finding out he's in the Mob (and he's sat beside the corpse of your granddad) and turning it into a stand-up show.

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Disney imagineer dies, aged 83

Marty Sklar, who helped Walt Disney bring his vision to reality, has died aged 83.

Marty Sklar was part of the last generation that worked directly with Disney Land founder Walt Disney.

Bieber's six-pack pastor

It seems the popstar has seen the light after hanging out with his pastor - who has a six-pack might we add.

Housewives star makes sex doco

Did Jolie 'taunt poor children'?

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Amazon recreates Hollywood's golden age

New series brings F Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood-set drama to life.

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Inspiration through dance

Step director Amanda Lipitz with her three main stars:  Cori Grainger, Talya Solomon and Blessin Giraldo.

Documentarian spent six years following charter school's Step crew.

Chekov beamed to Armageddon

Actor Walter Koenig as Star Trek character Pavel Chekov.

The actor who played Chekov in the original Star Trek series and films will visit Auckland with Armageddon Expo.

First lady of animation dead video

June Foray, who died on Wednesday, voiced Rocky and Natasha Fatale on Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. She was 99.

June Foray died just weeks short of her centennial. She not only voiced Natasha Fatale on Rocky and Bullwinkle Show but also Rocky the squirrel himself.

Valerian sure is one wild ride

As a feat of design – glaring, absurd, joyous and insane design – Valerian won't easily be toppled.

REVIEW: Valerian gives Luc Besson every opportunity to go bat-poo mad with the digital crayons.

music

Stuff Sessions: Goodshirt's Gareth Thomas

Singer-songwriter Gareth Thomas, formerly of New Zealand band Goodshirt.

He wrote it in high school to impress a girl (it didn't work): Goodshirt star sings his iconic track, Sophie.

Derulo's 3-date Kiwi tour

Jason Derulo will perform three New Zealand shows in November.

Jason Derulo​ will tour New Zealand alongside US girl group Fifth Harmony and English DJ Jonas​ Blue in November.

MJ estate owes millions

Pop star Michael Jackson died in 2009.

Famous music producer wins lawsuit for royalties and production fees from Michael Jackson's estate.

'Nothing ventured, nothing gained'

Chris Artley has been composing music for eight years, winning more than 10 awards for his choral pieces.

Chris Artley's success as a musical composer has "mushroomed" over the past decade, with his work published and performed internationally.

tv & radio

Amazon recreates Hollywood's golden age

Matt Bomer plays whiz-kid film producer Monroe Stahr in The Last Tycoon.

New series brings F Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood-set drama to life.

ZM's PJ and Jase say goodbye

Jase Hawkins and PJ Harding won't reveal where they are going but have confirmed they'll be leaving NZ by the end of the ...

The pair announced today that they'll be leaving NZ radio by the end of the year.

Teuila Blakely preps for 'backlash'

Teuila Blakely with her Filthy Rich co-star Miriama Smith.

The Shortland Street star plays a vixen on the Kiwi made drama and she's pretty sure Kiwis are not going to like it.

Chekov beamed to Armageddon

Actor Walter Koenig as Star Trek character Pavel Chekov.

The actor who played Chekov in the original Star Trek series and films will visit Auckland with Armageddon Expo.

Games

A Nazi walks into a milk bar... video

Pictured: man fighting giant Nazi mech.

Upcoming blockbuster game reveals a particularly tense encounter, involving a Nazi and a milkshake.

Dad builds his girl a killer robot

Amanda Carambat's dad just built her the ultimate cosplay suit.

Doting American father arms his video game loving daughter with her very own robot.

Review: Death Squared video

Death Squared

This Aussie-designed puzzler is a slick and stylish game that's right at home on the Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon No-Go

The world's first Pokemon Go Fest was not as happy-looking a place as this.

The crowd turns ugly at world's first Pokemon Go Fest in the US.

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'Our niche is Marlborough'

Dog Point Vineyard co-owners and event sponsors Ivan Sutherland, left, and James Healy read up for the Marlborough Book ...

With intimate venues and stunning surrounds, the Marlborough Book Festival is a little different.

Maverick traveller tells tales

A Maverick Traveller, the first of seven travel books by Queenstown author Mary Jane Walker.

Her many adventures include eating seal meat in Greenland and a visit to Standing Rock.

Sweet dog's story brought to life

Monique Richardson and Kate Kay, with their inspiration, sausage dog Rocky, at the book launch at Botany Library.

Two young East Aucklanders have written and illustrated a children's book based on real-life tales of a sausage dog.

Word journey challenge for writers

The Mirror Lakes and Central Otago Short Story competition logo

The Mirror is searching for the very best wordsmiths and writers in our district. Cash prizes and publication are up for grabs.

arts

Tiny stamp WOWs designer

Hastings designer and artist Keryn Whitney, seen here with one of her glass works, is a regular finalist in the annual ...

Get ready for a garment made of carpet and inspired by a postage stamp.

Hutt fits festival bill, Just So

Children in a captivated mood at the Just So Festival in England last year.

A three-day family, arts and musical camping event is coming to Upper Hutt.

A fine line

Artist John Tidball at work in his Ashhurst home studio.

A new exhibition from John Tidball is heavy on detail.

A classical night in Avondale

The West City Concert Band will play four classical competition pieces.

If you are looking for a bit of classical music out west on a Friday night, you might like to head along to this.

stage & theatre

Comedian meets gangster dad for first time

Comedian Rhian Wood-Hill is spinning some ludicrous yarns as part of a massive New Zealand tour for his new show, How I ...

Meeting dad for the first time at 21, finding out he's in the Mob (and he's sat beside the corpse of your granddad) and turning it into a stand-up show.

Bringing theatre to her community video

Massive Company's emerging artist show Chance To Ignite is on at Mangere Arts Centre in August.

Sieni Leo'o Olo's family isn't into theatre, but they go to all of her performances, a world she's proud to introduce them to.

The mad musical world of Tim Minchin

Matilda composer Tim Minchin - he's had a long day.

How would composer Tim Minchin describe his Matilda musical? It's "f...ing wholesome", he says.

Never too late to dance

Taking up ballet has been a good move for Derryn James, of Blenheim, who is pursuing her childhood passion once more.

Taking up ballet has been a good move for Derryn James, of Blenheim, who is pursuing her childhood passion once more. 

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