The Luminaries has finally come home.
Cate Blanchett has given US talk-show king David Letterman a lesson in Australian history, displaying her sharp Aussie humour on the host’s popular late night show. The Oscar-winning actress tore the host to pieces with her wit and charm when she appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week to promote her latest film, Blue Jasmine.
New Zealand media puppet darling Thingee is set to make a comeback, with personality Jason Gunn confirming the pair had “caught up for a private meeting”. “We did have a bit of a private meeting, Thingee and I, which you have to because you can’t have a subtle meeting in a public place with him,” Gunn said.
BBC presenter Jo Whiley will be the face of UKTV’s six-hour simulcast highlights package of the famed Glastonbury Music Festival next Monday morning. She talks to James Croot about what viewers can expect, and her own colourful history with the event.
An area of New Zealand history that has been swept under the carpet is the subject of a new home-grown movie which releases this week. White Lies, adapted from Whale Rider author Witi Ihimaera’s novella Medicine Woman, is set in a time when new laws prohibited unlicensed healers, making the practise of much Maori medicine illegal.
The don has died. But in a double blow, the death of actor James Gandolfini claims not one life but two: he takes with him the peerless, compelling mafia boss Tony Soprano.
Hobbit star Stephen Fry has admitted he tried to commit suicide last year.
Christchurch musicians dominated the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore last night.
Dance guru Cris Judd will be juggling fatherhood commitments as well as critiquing Kiwi talent when he heads to Aotearoa as part of the New Zealand’s Got Talent judging panel.
The mother of rapper Chris Kelly told authorities in Atlanta her son became sick after taking cocaine and heroin on the night before he died, according to a police report.