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Five things we want to see in the televised election debates

OPINION: Election season produces some of New Zealand's best television: the leaders debates.

Australian production company seeking actor to play David Bain for movie

An Australian production company is making a movie about the Bain family killings.

Five must-see movies headed to Kiwi cinemas in September

With the Toronto, Telluride and Venice film festivals taking place, September marks the start of the release of movies likely to be vying for honours during next year's Awards Season.

Netflix series Stranger Things will end on series 4 creators say

Netflix's 80s set drama Stranger Things will end after season four.

Gaz from Geordie Shore is to become a dad

Gaz from Geordie Shore is to become a father.

Diana: Her Story: Ten minutes of spite posing as history

REVIEW: One golden rule of television is that any programme which makes extensive use of pan pipes is an absolute stinker. And, boy, was there a bad smell coming off Diana: Her Story . Programme-makers Channel 4 justified this invasion of the late Princess of Wales's privacy with the claim that ...

What's the deal with Seinfeld's Netflix special?

Jerry Seinfeld will be going back to his comedy roots for his upcoming Netflix special.

Australian legend Paul Kelly to tour New Zealand

Life is definitely fine for singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, who is coming to NZ for a three date tour in November and December. 

What We Do In The Shadows rated one of the best comedies of all time

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's What We Do In The Shadows is one of the best comedies of all time according to a UK poll.

Why we need more novelists to come out of the 'dark woods' and focus on menopause

"Midway in the journey of our life," Dante's Divine Comedy begins, "I found myself in a dark wood." Joseph Conrad puts it differently. "Forty-five," he observes in Victory, "is the age of recklessness for many men." Recklessness of the type described by Hanif Kureishi in Intimacy, where a ...

Kiwi company Weta Digital creates visual effects for Game Of Thrones' most stunning episode

Winter has come to Game Of Thrones - and, as of Monday night's episode, so has Weta Digital.

Mark Wahlberg and Robert De Niro named Hollywood's biggest movie and TV stars

Robert De Niro and Mark Wahlberg are laughing all the way to the bank after Hollywood's revealed they've become the highest paid actors of the year.

Hilary Barry heaps praise on magazine for not removing her wrinkles on cover

Hilary Barry is more than happy about her latest exposure, featuring on the cover of The Australian Women's Weekly with her wrinkles and all.

In Between: Thought-provoking depiction of modern Tel Aviv life

In Between   Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud​ â˜…★★½

Seven Rivers Walking: A passionate clarion call for action on Canterbury's ailing rivers.

Seven Rivers Walking  Directed by Gaylene Barnes and Kathleen Gallagher â˜…★★½

New R. Kelly accuser steps forward with underage sex, abuse allegations

Following a recent round of allegations involving R. Kelly trapping young women in a "cult"-like atmosphere, a woman is speaking out about her own alleged underage sexual relationship with the star.

Human Traces, Waru selected for Toronto Film Festival

Two Kiwi features have been selected for next month's Toronto International Film Festival . Nic Gorman's debut Human Traces will join the multi-directed Maori filmmaking showcase Waru in the Discovery section at the prestigious celebration of global cinema. Both films premiered at the New Zealand ...

Indie rockers The National to play Villa Maria Winery next February

American indie rockers The National are returning to New Zealand next year for one night only at the Villa Maria Winery.

BodyHack's Todd Sampson experiences extreme lifestyles in the name of science

Todd Sampson came close to his physical and mental breaking point while training with the French Foreign Legion in the Amazon jungle. It was by far the most difficult of the epic adventures he undertook while filming his new television series.

George and Amal Clooney give $1m to combat US hate groups

Actor George Clooney and his humanitarian lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, have donated US$1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a US non-profit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups, in response to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

Mark Richardson was a topless waiter

Mark Richardson has revealed he once worked as a topless waiter.

Kiwi company Weta Digital creates visual effects for Game Of Thrones

Winter has come to Game Of Thrones - and, as of Monday night's episode, so has Weta Digital.

Would I lie to you? Australian Survivor sells bad, bad, bad behaviour as entertainment

OPINION: A month ago, Australia's Network Ten chief executive, Paul Anderson sat before a parliamentary committee and argued for an end to his obligation to commission and broadcast children's content.

If Joss Whedon is a serial cheater, can he still play the feminist card?

OPINION: So, Joss "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Whedon has just been outed by his ex-wife as serial-cheater and all-round cad.  

Now Eurovision Asia is a thing, New Zealand broadcasters are looking to join the show

Eurovision is coming to Asia, and the competition organiser is calling for suggestions for countries, performers and songwriters to enter the extravaganza.

Top of the Lake: China Girl explores themes of parenthood, patriarchy and prostitution

REVIEW: A by-product of our hyper-connected world has been the blurring of artistic genres – and Jane Campion's second Top of the Lake series is a masterful demonstration of how that can be harnessed to create seriously impactful television.

Latest new Blade Runner 2049 footage released

Sony have just released the latest new footage from upcoming film Blade Runner 2049 - and it still looks pretty damn bleak.

An Inconvenient Sequel: It's not just about the science

An Inconvenient Sequel.  Directed by Bonni Cohen â˜…★★★ Of course this is a partisan review.

Missing MasterChef? Try these two crazy cooking shows

Lamenting the loss of Gary, George and Matt from your television diet? Or had their mellifluous MasterChef musings, relentless positivity and endless exhortations to "push" driven you to distraction? Either way Sky's Food TV has a couple of options to help ease you through your post-MasterChef ...

Theatre group looks for Poppins potential to help celebrate milstone

A nanny with a magical way with umbrellas is set to help celebrate a special anniversary.

Twin Peaks' latest season is nothing short of TV hell on earth

Warning - some spoilers ahead  

The future remains unclear for Mana Magazine and its subscribers

The publisher of Mana magazine has held off refunding subscriptions because he says discussions are under way with "somebody who is interested in acquiring the magazine".

Inquest reveals final days of iconic New Zealand musician Peter Gutteridge

Eccentric Kiwi musician Peter Gutteridge died just days after revealing to a customs officer that he had "messed things up".

Film tourism expert Stefan Roesch taking New Zealand's lessons to the world

In the early 2000s, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films were a shot in the arm for New Zealand tourism.

Lorde dines with the diplomats at state lunch for Croatian president

First the Governor's Ball, and now Government House.

Is Bradley Walsh the new Doctor Who companion?

The Chase across space for a new Doctor Who companion is apparently on.

Game of Thrones: That love story... disgusting, awesome or disgustingly awesome?

WARNING: This article contains specific spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones. 

Taylor Swift reappears on social media, teases fans

Who can eclipse an eclipse? Why, Taylor Swift. Three days after going dark on social media, the pop star roared back with a vengeance on Tuesday morning  to give the solar eclipse a run for its viral money. She posted a mysterious, silent, 10-second video to her social media accounts that fans ...

Hillary Clinton didn't know who Veep and Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was

Former Seinfeld and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus says Hillary Clinton had no real clue who she was when she was asked to write a note to her.

The Chase star The Beast breaks his silence over questions about marrying his second cousin

The Chase star The Beast - real name Mark Labbett - is pretty good at answering question on the popular TVNZ 1 game show - but he was quick to dodge questions about his unusual marriage.

Unreal Estate, Location Location Location: Our lust for property shows continues

Whether the topic of soaring house prices has you rubbing your hands in glee or shaking an angry fist in the general direction of the much maligned Baby Boomers, one thing is for sure. Property porn continues to be a thriving television genre.

The Beguiled: A corset drama that's also a bewitching delight

The Beguiled ​93 mins â˜…★★★½

R18 films that might not deserve that classification anymore

A story about a psychologist observing "the intimate life of the modern American woman" – or put plainly – their sex lives, was considered one of the most raunchy films of 1963.

After 30 years, Dirty Dancing feels more relevant to women than ever in the Trump age

OPINION: Almost 30 years ago, on August 21, 1987, Dirty Dancing was released in US cinemas.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Leading ladies shine as Drake steps aside

When the credits rolled at end of Naughty Dog's cinematic masterpiece Uncharted 4, it felt like the perfect end to one of modern gaming's most epic adventures.

Foo Fighters and Rick Astley rickroll audience at Japan's Summer Sonic festival

The Foo Fighters may just have pulled off the ultimate 'rickroll'.

The Wall: Solid foundations lead to disappointing denouement

The Wall    ​81 mins â˜…★★ A kind of Phone Booth-meets-Enemy Mine by way of The Hurt Locker, Doug Liman's single-location drama is notable mainly for a fine acting performance and impressive evocation of space and place. It's 2007 and while President George W Bush has declared ...

Formula One launches eSports virtual drivers world championship

Formula One will crown its first virtual world champion at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after announcing on Monday the launch of an eSports series to run from September to November.

Game of Thrones goes Beyond the Wall, but some of us will want to come back


Music review: CSO brings Keaton's Our Hospitality to life

REVIEW: Our Hospitality, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Taddei, Isaac Theatre Royal, August 20.