Netflix price hike: NZ safe video

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in You, the second seaon of which will be produced by Netflix.

5 min ago  The streaming giant is raising its US prices by 13 to 18 per cent, but NZ "will not see subscription prices increase".

Sam Hayes' agonising decision

Samantha Hayes had to abandon her ascent of of Argentina's Mt Aconcagua just 300m from the summit.

7 min ago  "In the end, I was shaking and spent, breathing so hard I was hyperventilating."

Directing your own sex scene video

Julia Davis' comedy Camping is inspired by her own 'really nice' camping trip.

19 min ago  What's it really like to direct yourself in a sex scene?

'Cash me ousside' girl is rich video

I'm rich b...." says former Dr Phil guest Danielle Bregli, now a rapper known as Bhad Bhabie.

9:52 AM  I'm rich b...." says the former Dr Phil guest, now a rapper known as Bhad Bhabie.

Promoters cancel R Kelly tour

R&B singer R. Kelly in 2008.

9:12 AM  The Australian promotors who claimed they would bring the R'n'B star here have pulled the plug in wake of 'controversy surrounding him'

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Top tips from garden expert

Love Your Garden host Alan Titchmarsh is hoping for more sun this year.

Garden makeover series host Alan Titchmarsh says 'be patient' when it comes to creating your dream outdoor space.

Music legend makes mates with mayor

Roger Hodgson, 68, frontman and founding member of progressive rock band Supertramp, landed in Queenstown on Wednesday ...

The mayor was just after a backstage pass, but got more than he bargained for while greeting a legendary rock star off the plane.

Grade hits the right notes video

Making the Grade is a film about the love of music and why that love is so essential to being human.

REVIEW: This delightful Irish doco is a tableau and a tapestry of gorgeous, funny, occasionally moving and always perfectly human vignettes.

800 Words actress' fav summer object

Actress Cian Elyse White is moving from acting to writing and directing.

Cian Elyse White explains why her greenstone pendant is special.

Aussie Storm doesn't strike twice video

Young Australian actor Finn Little delivers an impressive performance in Storm Boy.

REVIEW: This contemporary update/remake is saddled with too many ideas, agendas and narratives.

Country tunes to wow crowd video

Laura Lowe performing in the Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards in 2016. The 2019 awards are in Blenheim from January ...

Suzanne Prentice will be among the singers treating the crowd.

Wolf's Law rules on FBI video

FBI features all the traditional Dick Wolf production beats.

REVIEW: You can pretty much guarantee there will be a couple of false leads, a grandstanding speech and a sometimes crazy final act revelation to tie it all up.

YouTube bans dangerous pranks video

Jake Paul's Bird Box Challenge video. The YouTuber was one of many to try to do tasks blindfolded.

A US teen decided to cover her eyes and drive a pickup truck. She crashed - now YouTube has banned life-threatening clips.

Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed

The movie is the sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

New trailer shows Spider-Man taking a vacation in Europe. It doesn't go well.

Rihanna sues her dad

Rihanna is suing her father for violating her trademark.

Rihanna's lawsuit claims her father falsely suggested his business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.

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celebrities

800 Words actress' fav summer object

Actress Cian Elyse White is moving from acting to writing and directing.

Cian Elyse White explains why her greenstone pendant is special.

Rihanna sues her dad

Rihanna's lawsuit claims her father falsely suggested his business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.

Alicia Keys to host the Grammys

Doll steals tennis headlines

Video

Sam Hayes' agonising decision

"In the end, I was shaking and spent, breathing so hard I was hyperventilating."

film

Aussie Storm doesn't strike twice video

Young Australian actor Finn Little delivers an impressive performance in Storm Boy.

REVIEW: This contemporary update/remake is saddled with too many ideas, agendas and narratives.

Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed

The movie is the sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

New trailer shows Spider-Man taking a vacation in Europe. It doesn't go well.

All hail Mary Queen of Scots video

Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan deliver the goods in Mary Queen of Scots.

REVIEW: If you like your history served rare and well-spiced, then you'll love this drama.

Search for te reo Māori scriptwriters

The Dead Lands was the last film to be in te reo Māori.

The NZ Film Commission has earmarked $2.5 million for a te reo Maori film, but where are the reo scriptwriters?

music

Country tunes to wow crowd video

Laura Lowe performing in the Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards in 2016. The 2019 awards are in Blenheim from January ...

Suzanne Prentice will be among the singers treating the crowd.

Why Katy Perry got suspended

Katy Perry in concert at the TSB Arena, Wellington.

The singer was kicked out of school for pretending "a tree was Tom Cruise" and "making sexual motions ('pelvic thrusts')" to it.

Cranberries record tribute to Dolores video

The Cranberries have released a new single and details of their final album, which they hope will honour their late lead ...

"We knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do."

'Original language' gripe makes sense

Hinewehi Mohi caused controversy in 1999 when she sang the national anthem in Maori.

OPINION: He is right, we should go back to the "original language" of this land.

tv & radio

Wolf's Law rules on FBI video

FBI features all the traditional Dick Wolf production beats.

REVIEW: You can pretty much guarantee there will be a couple of false leads, a grandstanding speech and a sometimes crazy final act revelation to tie it all up.

Black Mirror's important life lesson

Fionn Whitehead in Bandersnatch. The film has an interactive element that allows viewers to control the story.

I am not a person who struggles with decisions. If the choice between two alternatives is easy, then there's no problem.

Jai's eye-opening Kiwi experience video

Australian actor Jai Courtney describes working on the New Zealand-shot Spartacus: Blood and Sand as a "special experience".

"There was a lot of nudity, a lot of violence and a lot of language."

Peter Williams on his radio move video

Peter Williams at home in Mt Maunganui.

''If I've developed a persona over time as the straight-up news presenter, then this year I might upset a few people.''

Games

Pokemon GO in 2019

In 2016 Pokemon Go reached a level of success that eluded some of the most traditional video games and Hollywood ...

OPINION: Almost three years after the app's initial explosion of popularity, I'm so glad Pokemon GO sucked me back in.

Why Fortnite isn't all bad video

Is Fortnite really such a bad thing?

OPINION: While we've been arguing over Fortnite's suitability, our kids have been busy learning life skills.

Jack Black joins YouTube

Jack Black has launched a YouTube channel.

The actor has plans to be "bigger than PewDiePie".

Backpack Kid sues Fortnite

The Backpack Kid shot to fame after dancing The Floss on US TV show Saturday Night Live with Katy Perry.

A 16-year-old says it is unfair for the video game to use his move, the Floss, without paying him.

books

Sinead Recaps: The Great Gatsby

Stuff's dating columnist Sinead Corcoran recaps the romantic classics. This week she takes on The Great Gatsby by F. ...

Rife with thirst trapping and fragile masculinity and the male gaze.

Maketū's breakthrough crime writer

Rotorua-born author Joshua Pomare.

A 30-year-old Rotorua-born, Melbourne-based writer had publishers fighting for the rights to his debut novel.

Short story: Emotional support animal

"I bat the flight attendant's hand away and open the zip on my handbag a fraction."

Kathryn van Beek is working towards a doctorate on 'writing to change the world'. And with this third-place winner in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards 2018, she will certainly change some perceptions.

Book review: Hits and Misses

The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport.

It would be a mistake to judge this 18-story collection by its incredible characters.

arts

Painter painted above Wellington

Auckland  artist Askew One, aka Elliot O'Donnell,  starts starts work on the Bond St mural.

The esteemed New Zealand artist - sans cigarette - has begun to appear on a Wellington wall.

Israel's 'McJesus' anger

An artwork called 'McJesus', which was sculpted by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen and depicts a crucified Ronald McDonald, ...

Christian protesters riot outside museum over artwork.

Glide Time star dies at 99

The original cast of Glide Time.  Ian McClymont, second from left, played Wally the caretaker.

Ian McClymont was an actor, potter and, in later life, a champion croquet player.

Small towns here we come

Jeremy Elwood will be on a stage near you soon.

OPINION: As a kid, Michele A'Court couldn't wait to leave her small town. Now she can't wait to get back into them.

stage & theatre

Hello, Dolly star Carol Channing dies video

Carol Channing was known for her performance in Hello, Dolly.

Channing delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly on Broadway and beyond.

Mandela musical for Auckland

Barry Conrad and Madeline Perrone, in a scene from Madiba.

Aucklander proud to help tell the story of Nelson Mandela in stage show.

'Hamilton' brings hope to Puerto Rico video

Lin-Manuel Miranda proudly wears a Puerto Rican flag.

An emotional play opening in Puerto Rico - not just for Lin-Manuel Miranda but an island still reeling from a storm

Aladdin is theatre at its best video

NZ raised Graeme Isaako-Purcell plays Aladdin beside Shubshri Kandiah as Princess Jasmine in the hit musical.

REVIEW: The Disney film is a hard act to follow, but the musical Aladdin delivers the goods.

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