British comedian Mel Smith, who became a household name for a series of television sketch shows in the 1970s and 80s which colleagues said had inspired a generation of comics, has died of a heart attack, his agent said overnight (NZ time). Smith, who died yesterday (NZ time) aged 60, found fame starring in hugely popular shows Not The Nine O’clock News and Alas Smith and Jones and went on to direct the films Bean and The Tall Guy.
Any autobiography that features a picture of the writer naked and riding a horse on the cover is bound to contain more than few juicy sex details. And former 90s MTV VJ Kennedy (yes, just one name) doesn’t disappoint on that front.
On Sunday night X Factor host Dominic Bowden said: “Something is sure; Somebody is going home right at 8 o’clock tomorrow.” That was obviously a promise only waiting to be crushed to pieces.
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
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Re “The Roar of the Tiger Mom” [Jan. 31]: As a young Chinese American who has been on the receiving end of this sort of discipline, I can say that the ways of the tiger mom are effective and laudable to an extent
On May 4, 2000, Lucie Blackman, wearing high heels and a silver and black ensemble coordinated to match her Samsonite luggage, disembarked from a 13-hour Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Tokyo and stepped into Japan’s national nightmare.
He is a millionaire many times over but lives in two small, slovenly kept hotel rooms. He travels with the fastest crowd in the country but rarely drinks and never snorts or smokes
The five sport-utility vehicles sat abandoned in the darkness.
The celebrities and the superrich who live in Isleworth, including Tiger Woods, would like to project a common touch. Every Halloween, residents of the gated golf community near Orlando, Fla., decorate their golf carts and drive trick-or-treaters door-to-door