Simon Cowell believes TV singing competitions are “beginning to look the same”. The X Factor mogul has appeared as a judge on numerous shows of this nature since appearing on the UK’s Pop Idol in 2001
A documentary is in the works about the late British soul singer Amy Winehouse and it features previously unseen material, the film’s distributor said. The film, which will include archival footage never seen by the public, will be directed by Briton Asif Kapadia, whose 2010 film “Senna,” about Brazilian auto racer Ayrton Senna, won a BAFTA for best documentary
A major exhibition of rare fine art works is being held in Wellington ahead of an auction in Auckland later this month. About 20 works from the auction, including works by Bill Hammond, Ralph Hotere, Charles Goldie, Don Binney and Michael Parekowhai will be on display in the preview show.
The critics reacted like heartbroken suitors, but Pixar’s Cars 2 got its motor running at about the same pace of the 2006 original. The G-rated sequel earned $68 million, according to early estimates, to win the weekend at the North American box office, while the R-rated Bad Teacher stormed into second place with $31 million
Travel Bookings Sidestep.com sidestep.com A couple of years ago we christened SideStep one of the coolest websites around, but since then it has added a whole bunch of new featuresincluding a handy Web-only version of its travel search engine and separate search engines for vacation packages and cruises. You can also try newcomer Kayak.com, which promises to scour more than 100 websites to find the best deals on airfare and hotel roomsbut only SideStep includes Orbitz.com listings in its search results
Investors are courting an old flame: bond mutual funds.
If you look at most history books, they’ll tell you ENIAC was the first true all-purpose electronic computer. Unveiled in 1946 in a blaze of publicity, it was a monstrous 30-ton machine, as big as two semis and filled with enough vacuum tubes , switches and blinking lights to require an army of attendants.
The economic recession may be ending but the independent film industry’s shakeout continues to roll, as we were recently reminded by Disney’s October decision to gut its Miramax division, cutting staff by more than 70%. It won’t be the last to fall under the knife, industry insiders predict, pointing to Universal’s Focus Features as the next likely victim.
Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi’s new state-of-the-art Formula One track, has many new features never seen on the F1 circuit.
Apple revamped its desktop and laptop lines Tuesday, dramatically redesigning the iMac all-in-one and MacBook laptop, and also adding a few updates to its Mac Mini line of small-scale desktops. It also introduced a handful of updated peripherals, with a multitouch mouse bringing the most thorough changes.