New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks was living the dream, but it wasn’t his dream. Writing for one of the biggest comic publishers in the world in 2000, for iconic characters such as Batman, he lost his faith in storytelling and along with it, his artistic voice
The Illusionists The Civic, Auckland until June 2 Wow. I knew a magic show would likely blow my mind in some small respect but I had no idea The Illusionists would leave me as astounded as it did
It seemed like a celebrity stunt: a Broadway classic revived in concert form for a few nights and featuring a cast of, eww, television stars. Neil Patrick Harris may be suited for blithe hosting chores on the Tony Awards, and the Emmy show and the Spike TV Video Games Awards and the TV Land Awards and the World Magic Awards, but he’s no Raul Esparza
Visitors board Simba One, an oversize tram that will take you on a safari through “the Serengeti grassland system,” and as one fellow steps into the open-air vehicle, he asks, “Is it air-conditioned?” No, mate, this is reality. Real crocodiles lazing primordially below that rickety bridge
Celebrated Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan was awarded Best Director in Cannes on Sunday.
Three Disney monorail workers have been placed on paid leave just days after two monorail trains crashed at the Orlando, Florida, theme park, killing one of the train’s operators, according to a Disney spokeswoman. Walt Disney World spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez said the action was “part of an investigative process, not a disciplinary action.” The three workers were a monorail maintenance shop member, the monorail pilot of one of the trains and a transportation manager. Disney would not name the employees
Hong Kong Disneyland the beleaguered park that has drawn underwhelming reviews for its thin lineup of attractions needed a lifeline. On Tuesday it got one, when the Hong Kong government and Walt Disney executives reached a deal to expand Disney’s second Asian theme park over the next five years in an attempt to boost sales and stand up to competitors
Two of the biggest stars in the NBA will be teammates next season after a blockbuster trade which sees Shaquille O’Neal move from the Phoenix Suns to the Cleveland Cavaliers of league MVP LeBron James. The 37-year-old O’Neal is one of the all-time greats of basketball, winning four NBA championships, three straight with the Los Angeles Lakers and the other with Miami Heat
To Koma Gandy, the folks who mix her favorite tunes were always like the Wizard of Oz. “You go out to this party and the deejay is this mysterious entity behind a wall, where all this magic happened,” says Gandy, 34, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y
Kobe Bryant inspired the Los Angeles Lakers to a dominant 100-75 home win over Orlando Magic in the first game of the 2009 NBA Finals. The All-Star guard contributed 40 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to power his side to victory in front of a sell out crowd at the Staples Center in his sixth appearance in the finals. Firepower was also provided by Pau Gasol, who chipped in with 16 points, and Lamar Odom who scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Lakers as the Magic were left adrift.