Airini Beautrais wins $57k fiction prize at Ockham NZ Book Awards

Airini Beautrais’ Bug Week is the first short story collection to win the Acorn Prize in over a decade, and the second ever.

Beautrais beat out previous winners and nominees to take out the prize with Bug Week, only the second short story collection ever to win and the first in over a decade.

Saw-did horror: The downward Spiral of a movie franchise

It all started so promisingly when Cary Elwes woke up chained to a wall in 2004's Saw.

Ahead of this week's high-profile "reboot", we look back at the previous instalments of the noughties' cinema phenomenon.

Radio station jokes about sexual harassment in job ad

Iain Stables was a host on ZM, The Edge, and a judge on New Zealand Idol. He now owns Ski FM. (File photo)

A North Island radio station, owned by Iain Stables, has been criticised for joking about its “sexual harassment Sundays" in a job advert.

Why Netflix's Mitchells are the hilarious, heartwarming hit of 2021 video

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is filled with larger-than-life characters, laugh-out-loud moments and messages and ...

REVIEW: It's a tale filled with larger-than-life characters, laugh-out-loud moments and messages and moments that linger long after the credits roll.

Host Cantona steals the show in entertaining Manchester United doco video

Eric Cantona helped Manchester United to four Premier League titles and two FA Cups during his five years at the club.

REVIEW: Even if you loathe the Old Trafford occupants and their current owners, you'll love these tales of infamous moments and famous victories

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Wellington authors clean sweep First Book Awards at 2021 Ockhams

Author Rachel Kerr with her 'Victory Park' novel.

Wellingtonians have won all four Best First Book Awards at the 2021 Ockham NZ Book Awards.

Alli Dore reacts to Dani Soares’ pregnancy: 'I was absolutely elated'

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Weeks after Below Deck Sailing Yacht's Dani Soares confirmed she's pregnant, fellow Parsifal III stew Alli Dore has been showing love for her pal's exciting news.

Dr. Simone Whitmore just shared the most exciting update about her son Michael

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Dr. Simone Whitmore's son, Michael, is on the move.

One RHOA reunion moment had Kenya Moore calling Andy Cohen 'super shady'

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Part 3 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 13 Reunion aired on May 9, and there was plenty of shade thrown between the ladies.

See Julianne Moore begin to unravel in haunting Lisey's story trailer

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Julianne Moore struggles to figure out what's real and what's imagined in bone-chilling trailer for Apple TV+'s Lisey's Story, which is based on Stephen King's novel.

Andra Day opens up about her struggle with porn and sex addiction

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During a recent interview with InStyle, Andra Day revealed she struggled with sex and porn addiction. Read on for more on the star’s story.

celebrities

Maisie Williams unrecognisable with blonde hair and bleached eyebrows

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Maisie Williams turned heads (literally!) when she debuted a dramatic new look at the 2021 BRIT Awards.

Tom Cruise stands by his leaked Covid-19 rant

The outburst, which made headlines after leaking last year, was directed towards crew members who weren't taking Covid-19 precautions seriously.

Long before Billie Eilish, women wore corsets for form, function and support

Lorde's award for a billion streams of Royals

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Former Hawaii football star Colt Brennan dead at 37

After spending five months in a rehab center, former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan died at age 37 on Tuesday, May 11. "I captured every dream I had as a child," he said last month.

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Host Cantona steals the show in entertaining Manchester United doco video

Eric Cantona helped Manchester United to four Premier League titles and two FA Cups during his five years at the club.

REVIEW: Even if you loathe the Old Trafford occupants and their current owners, you'll love these tales of infamous moments and famous victories

Why Netflix's Mitchells are the hilarious, heartwarming hit of 2021 video

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is filled with larger-than-life characters, laugh-out-loud moments and messages and ...

REVIEW: It's a tale filled with larger-than-life characters, laugh-out-loud moments and messages and moments that linger long after the credits roll.

Watch the first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Watch the first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

The Andy Serkis-directed Venom sequel stars Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson.

New Zealand-owned cinema to open in Christchurch in July

Silky Otter Cinemas is set to open in July in Wigram, Christchurch.

“We’ve created something really special; I can’t wait to share it with the people of Christchurch," the founder of Silky Otter Cinemas says.

music

BRIT Awards 2021 winners: The complete list

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Did your favourite artists pick up any wins at the BRIT Awards? Find out who took home the gold.

Wellington group Kita pull together after lockdown

Nikita Tu-Bryant on lockdown “It morphed into this beautiful collaborative experience”.

Since emerging from lockdown, Kita have been busy workshopping songs, recording, mixing and mastering their new self-titled album.

Malcolm Black's final album released two years after his death

Malcolm Black’s posthumous album Songs For The Family was recorded just two months before his death in 2019.

“Songs for the Family is such an incredible gift for our family, for the little girls in particular - to have their Dad sing just to them,” Black’s widow, Julia, said.

Impressive costumes can't mask disappointing reality of Three's Singer video

The Masked Singer NZ: Nice costumes, shame about the format.

REVIEW: With questionable sustainability and a format seemingly ignoring any actual ability to belt out a tune, it's a show best enjoyed on-demand.

tv & radio

Radio station jokes about sexual harassment in job ad

Iain Stables was a host on ZM, The Edge, and a judge on New Zealand Idol. He now owns Ski FM. (File photo)

A North Island radio station, owned by Iain Stables, has been criticised for joking about its “sexual harassment Sundays" in a job advert.

Eat Well For Less NZ family cuts costs to buy first home video

The family are planning on buying a house next year.

The savings learned through the TV show have stuck for one Auckland family - they're even on track to buy their first home early next year.

Sky's Teina Sā the perfect showcase for the versatile Frankie Adams video

Frankie Adams in one of her multiple roles in Teine Sā – The Ancient Ones.

REVIEW: The Expanse star does a magnificent job in crafting four very distinct and fully formed creations within such short chunks of screentime.

The Masked Singer: Is this the most confusing competition on TV? video

There is a lot to take in here.

Two episodes in - and two celebrities have been unmasked. But what are the rules of this unusual game?

Games

Court documents reveal Fortnite made more than $12.5b between 2018 and 2019

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The figure's been revealed publicly due to the Epic v Apple trial that's got underway.

Death loop: Playstation 5’s new game Returnal is a horror show

Playstation 5’s Returnal will test your patience, your nerves, your commitment – and your itchy trigger finger.

REVIEW: Steel your nerves and get your itchy trigger finger ready if you want to survive the first big Playstation 5 game of the year.

Wāhine Māori view in new app series video

Renata said “the stories are a metaphor for life” and on how we engage as whānau then and now.

A new e-book, Aho Wahine, tells a series of interactive bilingual stories that breathe new life into the traditional stories of Aotearoa.

'A bridge too far': The line even Mortal Kombat won't cross

For all the world building and largely faithful rendering of fighters, what fans are really here for in Mortal Kombat is ...

For a bloody video game adaptation, Mortal Kombat plays up to its rating - but director Simon McQuoid says they drew the line at cutting some elements from the game.

books

Life lessons from Mr Bump: 50 years of the Mr Men books

The 50th birthday of the Mr Men and Little Miss books is being celebrated with new characters.

OPINION: A child psychologist explains why the colourful straightforwardness of Roger Hargreaves’ series is exactly what children need.

Author's transgender journey toward herself video

Award-winning New Zealand writer Kyle Mewburn, of Millers Flat in Central Otago, has spent the past year enjoying life ...

Kyle Mewburn was married for almost 25 years before confessing to wife Marion she was transgender.

Crime writer Kathy Reichs brings work experience to her thrillers

Forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs.

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs brings her own dramatic work experience to her blockbuster thrillers.

Simon Bridges says new book isn't about leadership video

National justice spokesperson Simon Bridges said New Zealand should mirror Australia's policy on deportations.

The National MP and former leader says his "deeply personal" memoir is not a pitch for the leadership. His leader says it's "excellent” the party has MPs writing books.

arts

Online kapa haka challenge removing barriers facing Māori and takatāpui video

#AUAHACHALLENGE2021 with Pere Wīhongi and his song E Raka e

Auaha Challenge 2021 is educating communities on the art of kapa haka while removing stereotypical barriers that face Māori and takatāpui.

Crime writer Kathy Reichs brings work experience to her thrillers

Forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs.

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs brings her own dramatic work experience to her blockbuster thrillers.

New data shows arts sector faring far better than forecast post-lockdown video

In-person concerts – like this one of Six60’s last month at Eden Park in Auckland – and engagement in other live ...

Kiwis are set to ramp up their engagement with the arts, despite initial concerns of plummeting interest at the start of the pandemic.

Nanette comedian Hannah Gadsby to tour Wellington and Auckland

Hannah Gadsby's new show Body of Work is heading to New Zealand.

Gadsby will tour her new show Body of Work in Australia first, before heading to New Zealand.

stage & theatre

'Another Mammal' rich with ideas and depth

Jo Randerson has written an abstract, familiar yet mythical piece, grounded in the characters of Y (Anya Tate-Manning) ...

Leave your ideas about traditional storytelling at the door, and enjoy the wild ride of ideas, emotions and laughter.

How a travelling theatre director packs home in a bag

Ania Upstill is a dual American and New Zealand citizen who is a theatre-maker, educator, and clown. They returned from ...

Ania Upstill prefers to sublet flats that have an air of "poor vintage chic".

A comedy show with no audience?

Angella Dravid, from Taskmaster New Zealand, says she’s been surprised by the uptake of this year’s comedy festival.

The Comedy Festival is on, but some are worried shows are receiving little or no fanfare.

A new play, a book in the wings, a lecture series - Jo Randerson is in a creative whirlwind

“I find the world is an amazing, strange, absurd place, but we tend to play in quite known realms, so it’s exciting to ...

Author, actor, writer, director Jo Randerson says the world is an amazing, strange, absurd place. And thanks God for that!

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