Taika talks Thor: Ragnarok

"Why come to work and stress out?" was Kiwi director Taika Waititi's attitude on the set of Thor: Ragnarok.

8:47 AM  "I'll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don't care," says Thor: Ragnarok's Kiwi director.

Dead duo live on in Quahog

Mayor Adam West will feature in five episodes in the upcoming 16th season of Family Guy.

9:38 AM  Even death can't silence Mayor Adam West.

Boozing on The Block

The Block twins Julia and Ali were in hot water this week after other teams found evidence they had been consuming ...

After a night on the booze, Mark Richardson has to play stern camp parent.

Resolve's poignant tribute

Pana Hema-Taylor is compelling as Chris Crean in Resolve.

8:34 AM  REVIEW: Sunday Theatre tells the tragic story of Chris Crean - 21 years on from his brutal murder.

Thor a happy accident for Cate

Cate Blanchett says her children inspired her to take a role in Thor: Ragnarok.

Taika Waititi's Marvel adventure will focus on Thor's midlife crisis.

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Nerds: Welcome to the new normal

The announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor Who hasn't been met with acclaim by all fans of the show.

OPINION: Wonder Woman, Ghostbusters and Game of Thrones have all shown it's a fantastical new world for women.

Princes regret final call with Diana

The princes William and Harry remember their mother Princess Diana in a new documentary.

Prince William and Harry speak about the last conversation they had with their mother just before she died.

Good boy could go bad

Orpheus Pledger plays Mason Morgan in Home And Away.

Home And Away's Orpheus Pledger suggests Mason's squeaky clean reputation could be about to change.

BBC women demand action now video

BBC presenter Clare Balding and others have told the UK's public broadcaster to speed up plans to address the gender pay gap.

Fix gender pay gap now so future generations don't face discrimination, TV personalities tell broadcaster.

The problem with lauding 'normal' girls

Ben Affleck with "regular girl" Lindsay Shookus in New York.

Ben Affleck's new girlfriend isn't Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez or Gwyneth Paltrow. That doesn't make her "normal".

Riverdale drops season two trailer video

Riverdale's Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) and KJ Apa (Archie Andrews) have become real-life best friends.

Archie's adventures in Riverdale are set to take an even darker turn in season two.

Ben Affleck: I'm still Batman

Ben Affleck as Batman, the ultimate vigilante.

There's only one Batman and his name is Ben Affleck. That is according to Ben Affleck.

Reality star's bizarre dress

Gemma said she was rocking her inner Lady Gaga.

It's all in the shoulders according to Gemma Collins, whose outfit has seen her compared to an American footballer.

Anika Moa tours songs for bubbas

Anika Moa Chop Chop Hiyaaa tour in Pukekohe

The singer-songwriter's Chop Chop Hiyaaaa tour is a delightful way to entertain preschoolers and parents alike.

Stranger Things 2 gets spooky

Eleven is back in the latest trailer for season 2 of Stranger Things.

It's Halloween in the creepy town of Hawkins, according to the new trailer for the Netflix hit show. But never fear - the Ghostbusters are here.

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Much-loved duo live on in Quahog

Mayor Adam West will feature in five episodes in the upcoming 16th season of Family Guy.

9:38 AM  Even death can't silence Mayor Adam West.

Taika talks Thor: Ragnarok

8:47 AM  "I'll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don't care," says Thor: Ragnarok's Kiwi director.

Thor a happy accident for Blanchett

The problem with lauding 'normal' girls

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Much-loved duo live on in Quahog

Even death can't silence Mayor Adam West.

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Ben Affleck: I'm still Batman

Ben Affleck as Batman, the ultimate vigilante.

There's only one Batman and his name is Ben Affleck. That is according to Ben Affleck.

Nice food, shame about the story

Even the luminous Diane Lane can't save Paris Can Wait from feeling something of a disappointment.

REVIEW: Eleanor Coppola's feature is a souffle of a film that only sporadically threatens to rise to any great heights.

The martyrdom of Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom and his possibly meaningful US flag cushion in the documentary Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web.

A new documentary explores the contradictions of Kim Dotcom.

Home Alone dad dies

John Heard was best known for his role in Home Alone.

Actor best known as Kevin's dad in Home Alone found dead in US hotel.

music

Anika Moa tours songs for bubbas

Anika Moa Chop Chop Hiyaaa tour in Pukekohe

The singer-songwriter's Chop Chop Hiyaaaa tour is a delightful way to entertain preschoolers and parents alike.

90 hospitalised after rap show

Chance The Rapper. 90 people were hospitalised at his show in Connecticut, US.

Excessive drinking and underage mayhem marked Chance the Rapper's show in Connecticut.

Christopher Bligh is the mystery man

Former The Dum Dum Boys member Christopher Bligh has found a professional career in music few others have considered.

REVIEW: Christopher Bligh is a musical pioneer in more ways than one.

China bans 'badly behaved' Bieber

It's too late now to say sorry for Justin Bieber, who's been banned from entering China.

It's too late to say sorry for the pop star as China tells him he's not welcome.

tv & radio

Riverdale drops season two trailer video

Riverdale's Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) and KJ Apa (Archie Andrews) have become real-life best friends.

Archie's adventures in Riverdale are set to take an even darker turn in season two.

Reality star's bizarre dress

Gemma said she was rocking her inner Lady Gaga.

It's all in the shoulders according to Gemma Collins, whose outfit has seen her compared to an American footballer.

Stranger Things 2 gets spooky

Eleven is back in the latest trailer for season 2 of Stranger Things.

It's Halloween in the creepy town of Hawkins, according to the new trailer for the Netflix hit show. But never fear - the Ghostbusters are here.

Home Alone dad dies

John Heard was best known for his role in Home Alone.

Actor best known as Kevin's dad in Home Alone found dead in US hotel.

Games

Crash Bandicoot's 'lost' level released video

You'll die a lot on Stormy Ascent.

Cut from the original game for being way too difficult, the level Stormy Ascent has finally been released.

David Tennant vs Zombies

David Tennant has made his way into the Call of Duty franchise, joining actors like Kevin Spacey and Kit Harrington.

Former time lord will hunt undead Nazis in the next blockbuster Call of Duty game.

Atari’s new gaming console

The Ataribox, Atari's first new gaming console in more than 20 years.

The Ataribox is coming, promising classic and current gaming content. But it's not coming soon.

He decides what we watch

Recently appointed chief censor David Shanks is defining the role of censorship in New Zealand.

There was a time when the NZ censor would cut out bits of film and sew it back together. Now the censor is transformed for the digital age.

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Helping kids feel brave

Avril McDonald will be travelling through the country visiting schools and children's charities to share the Feel Brave ...

Avril McDonald will be travelling the country visiting schools and children's charities to share the Feel Brave work.

22 essays on home and homelessness

Thom Conroy.

REVIEW: Collection looks at the ancient idea of 'home' in a range of new ways.

Smells like teen spirit

Teenagers at a dance at Upper Hutt Youth Club during the 1960s.

A new book looks at the development of the New Zealand teenager over the past 150 years.

A stimulating look at America's poor

Author Nancy Isenberg,.

REVIEW: A close look at America's poor whites,aimed at breaking down the illusion that America is a classless society.

arts

Beached as, mon frere video

A convincing sculpture of a beached whale near Notre Dame in Paris had locals and tourists turning heads.

A sperm whale that appeared to have beached itself in Paris was in fact a sculpture.

Robin White: globetrotting artist

White's workshop is littered with paintings and drawings.

White is a hard person to pin down. Not because she's difficult, but because she's often on the move.

REVIEW: Euan Macleod

An art exhibition by Euan Macleod, named Euan Macleod: The Painter in the Painting, is coming to Te Manawa in Palmerston ...

Painting yourself in the landscape seems the most natural of subjects, when handled by this artist.

Salvador Dali exhumed video

Spanish artist Salvador Dali died in 1989.

Spanish artist dug up in order to find genetic samples that could prove he fathered a girl decades ago.

stage & theatre

The Questionnaire: Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Teddy Tahu-Rhodes in Don Giovanni.

Kiwi opera hunk Teddy Tahu-Rhodes takes our tough Q and A.

Steve Jobs: The opera

Fittingly, the music for the Steve Jobs opera was written on Apple computers (file photo).

The man who revolutionised the mobile phone has been the subject of a book and film. Now there's an opera.

Review: Caress/Ache

Megan Goldsman and Calum Hughes play torn lovers Saskia and Cameron in Caress/Ache.

Tactile production impresses with evocative delivery and powerful performances.

One month to prep for production

Claire Chitham and Andrew Grainger, play Nell Gwynn and Charles Hart in Auckland Theatre Company's latest production of ...

Auckland Theatre Company actors have begun preparation for the company's latest production

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