Can Ron Howard save Star Wars?

All is not lost after the sacking of the Han Solo film's directors... but it's not all warp speed either.

NZ bans Japanese fetish game

Whipping teenage girls? Censor says no.

Johnny Depp: Perjury for puppies?

They're calling it the star's "war on terrier" as Australia re-opens investigation on his ex-wife's trespassing dogs again.

Shakira's world doesn't include NZ

She won't be going Whenever, Wherever as her 'world' tour only means Europe and America.

Dragon Tattoo actor dead from cancer

Respected Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist dead at 56, after a year-long cancer battle.

Why do movie trailers give so much away?

OPINION: Hollywood - it is possible to build an audience by trusting that people can make the choice about whether or not to see a movie based on just hints.

Ready for The Changeover?

The first trailer for Margaret Mahy's supernatural thriller is here ... and it's a bone chilling thriller.

Aussies faint, vomit at 1984

First the show left Broadway audiences feeling "ungood". Now notorious torture scenes are shocking Aussie crowds, too.

From raucous to heartbreaking and back

REVIEW: Monsieur Chocolat is an engaging, entertaining, angering and mostly very admirable couple of hours.

Britney slams lip-syncing accusers

The pop princess has something to say to those who claim she has been pretending to sing.

Twitch-inspired NZ doco

"I'm weird... I'd hate to be normal, it's so boring."

Oxford Dictionary's new last word

Several words have been added, but none quite as tricky to say and spell as the last one.

Grenfell victim lives on in novel

The offer was to name a character after the highest bidder. One man bid in name of a pupil who died. Hundreds joined him.

U2 bassist pays tribute to bandmates

U2 thanked by bassist for four decades of support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse.

Real life Hulk to the rescue

A man had a seizure at a comic convention. Luckily actor Lou Ferrigno was there to save him.

Coffee and homemade honey for alt-j

The way to alt-J's heart? A classic Kiwi flat white.

Kerr returns millions in 'scam' jewels

US authorities say jewels were given to the model as part of a money laundering scheme.

The demise of Sky TV

OPINION: Sky TV is yesterday's technology. Karl du Fresne, for one, will dance on its grave.

Authenticity missing in dramas

REVIEW: Conviction is devoid of human emotion but The Kennedys: After Camelot is worth a look - just for the laughs.

Rachel offers all the Weisz moves

REVIEW: A Daphne du Maurier adaptation that Hitchchock would be proud of

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