Saturday, 8 November 2014

X Factor's Stereo Kicks soldier on despite impostor being bundled off stage by security





X FACTOR eight piece Stereo Kicks had to deal with an impostor invading the X Factor stage during their performance tonight.


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Azealia Banks details troubles behind debut

Azealia Banks says she poured her "blood, sweat and tears" into her new album.The 23-year-old star, who surprised fans by releasing her long-delayed debut, Broke With Expensive Taste , directly to iTunes on Thursday, has revealed...


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Comedian Andy Dick arrest in alleged theft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles police have arrested comedian Andy Dick on suspicion of grand theft.The arrest of the former "NewsRadio" actor happened late Friday night in Hollywood.The celebrity gossip website TMZ.com, which first...


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Audio hangs over '7th Heaven' actor's divorce case

LOS ANGELES (AP) When audio of former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins purportedly confessing to molesting underage girls appeared on the website TMZ last month, it did more than just damage the veteran actor's career.The recording,...


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Friendly folk working on restoring Bob's basement

The Basement Tapes is one of the most mythical treasure troves of popular music. Now we have two new versions to contemplate.From June 1966 to October 1967, recuperating from a motorcycle accident in the aftermath of his rise to...


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I couldn't bear to live without my brother Paddington, says creator's daughter





JAYMI McCANN meets the daughter of Paddington’s creator Michael Bond, who explains why the bear from Peru is ‘family’.


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Benedict Cumberbatch's storm in a tea cup… he's fussy about a cuppa!





THERE may be trouble brewing for Benedict Cumberbatch’s new fiancĂ©e after the star admitted he is horribly fussy about his tea.


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'Warcraft' film teased at BlizzCon expo

ANAHEIM, California (AP) Orcs won't just be sword fodder in the upcoming film adaptation of the Blizzard video game franchise "Warcraft." The snarling green-skinned creatures will be respected just as much as the human characters...


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Audio hangs over 7th Heaven actor's divorce case

When audio of former 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins purportedly confessing to molesting underage girls appeared on the website TMZ last month, it did more than just damage the veteran actor's career.The recording, made during...


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Academy presents early Oscars at Governors Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) The first Oscar statuettes of the season are being presented Saturday night at the film academy's Governors Awards.The Hollywood ceremony honors this year's recipients of honorary Academy Awards: Actress Maureen...


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Audio hangs over '7th Heaven' actor's divorce case

LOS ANGELES (AP) When audio of former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins purportedly confessing to molesting underage girls appeared on the website TMZ last month, it did more than just damage the veteran actor's career.The recording,...


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Steve Backshall makes a complaint about 'rude' Strictly Come Dancing partner Ola Jordan





THERE seems to be trouble on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor for Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan.


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Mozart's Idomeneo: Nice opera, pity about the production





THE best way to enjoy this Trojan War opera butchered by bizarre socio-political staging is to shut your eyes and enjoy the music


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Happy Valley: Behind the blue line

Part two of compelling British crime drama Happy Valley screens tonight. Living caught up with Sarah Lancashire, who plays police officer and bereaved mother Catherine Cawood. Is this a cop drama? I think the tone of the piece...


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Benedict Cumberbatch makes his first public appearance after announcing his engagement





ACTOR Benedict Cumberbatch has made his first public appearance since news of his engagement was announced.


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P-lab house may be Block couple's next project

The Block NZ favourites Corban and Alex Walls are eyeing up their next potential project - an unoccupied state house that was the site of a P-lab explosion in March.The Pt Chevalier property is one street away from the million-dollar-plus...


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Is he the perfect man? Ask the ex

Candidates for the star of The Bachelor New Zealand will be probed by a psychologist - and their former partners could be quizzed - during rigorous screening checks.The Kiwi version of the hit reality show is coming to TV3 next...


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Boy is now a man

Teen star James Rolleston is building for the future. His latest film, Maori action flick The Dead Lands , shot to No1 at the New Zealand box office last week, leapfrogging Brad Pitt's World War II movie Fury.Rolleston, 17, is...


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NY fine, but music site gets Swift kick

On Welcome to New York , her latest hit single, Taylor Swift sings with wide-eyed enthusiasm about the experience of being a youthful, aspirational newcomer to the Big Apple."The lights are so bright," she notes, a not entirely...


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Cosby's art paired with African art at Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) Everybody knows Bill Cosby's humor, but the comedian has kept his artistic tastes close at home. Now the extensive art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby is opening to the public for the first time Sunday at the...


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Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge covers her baby bump with a clutch bag during visit to Wales





THE Duchess of Cambridge appeared to have put the worst of her morning sickness behind her as she visited the Valero Pembroke Refinery in Wales earlier on today.


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'I’m always older than God in these parts now': Dame Maggie Smith on lasting in acting





SHE is undoubtedly one of Britain's greatest actors who has enjoyed several acclaimed roles during her 62-year career.


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Motoring Review: Magic Mazda 2 does it again





YOU don't need us to tell you that small cars have become big business of late.


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Strictly's Flavia and Vincent sizzle in 'dance spectacular' Dance 'Til Dawn





LAUGHS, dynamite dancers and terrific tango, this piece of 'Hollywood noir' is great fun


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'It was like a Horror film': Heroic father describes saving Claudia Winkleman's daughter





A heroic father has opened up about the moment he saved Claudia Winkleman's young daughter Matilda in a horrifying Halloween accident last week.


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Lily thankful for her 'rock' Sam





POP STAR Lily Allen has paid an emotional tribute to her husband for his support after the death of their stillborn son.


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Going Down Under! Michael Buerk signs up for I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here





VETERAN BBC newsreader Michael Buerk is the latest star to sign up for I'm A celebrity Get Me Out of here.


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Win £1,000 worth of gift vouchers





GIFT Card and Voucher Week celebrates gift cards and vouchers as the ideal present to give friends and family in the run up to Christmas.


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Wonder mixes politics with music in tour kickoff

NEW YORK (AP) Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those...


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Exclusive: Foo Fighters album stream

It's been two years in the making but it's finally here. Foo Fighters eighth studio album Sonic Highways will be released on Monday - but you can listen to it right here, right now, for free. Our exclusive free stream is live...


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Presenter Terry Wogan: 'I feel passionate about Children In Need'





SIR TERRY WOGAN and Fearne Cotton have a star-studded line-up for Children in Need, so dig deep


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Friday, 7 November 2014

Ades 'Exterminating Angel' postponed until 2016

NEW YORK (AP) The world premiere of Thomas Ades' "The Exterminating Angel" at the Salzburg Festival in Vienna has been postponed a year until the summer of 2016.The festival announced the commission of the opera in 2011 but didn't...


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Urbanesia comes calling

Auckland is often referred to as the world's largest Polynesian city, yet many of its residents have little contact with Pacific culture. To rectify this after four years in its traditional stronghold in South Auckland, the Southside...


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'You can still do what you want to': Theresa May on how diabetes has changed her life





THE Home Secretary has refused to let her diagnosis hold her back. Here she talks injecting insulin at dinner, nibbling nuts in the Chamber and why she admires Sir Steve Redgrave


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Kate Beckinsale steals the limelight in daring cut out white dress





KATE Beckinsale flaunted a low-cut white dress as she attended the Battersea Power Station Global Launch Party in West Hollywood.


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Leguizamo laughs last after being called 'Fugly'

NEW YORK (AP) He who laughs last laughs the best. And John Leguizamo, who was called "fugly" (beyond ugly) at school, makes use of the nickname that made him suffer in a new anti-romantic comedy that he stars in and co-wrote."When...


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Rihanna announces Diamond Ball to support charity

NEW YORK (AP) Rihanna will host her first Diamond Ball on Dec. 11 to benefit her foundation that promotes education and arts globally.Rihanna announced Thursday that she would hold the black tie event at The Vineyard in Beverly...


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Movie review: Finding Vivian Maier

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Tanya Burr: The YouTube sensation shares her top tips on how to become an internet hit





THE lifestyle blogger, who shares make-up tutorials, beauty and style guidance with her millions of fans, reveals what it takes to be an online success


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Restaurant review: Medlar, 438 Kings Road, Chelsea





LAST Spring, I was making a speech at a conference at the Business School at St Gallen, and I happened to sit next to a young Englishman who had first moved to take a job in Switzerland with Glencore.


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London tops list of expensive properties with FOUR homes in world's top ten most expensive





BUCKINGHAM PALACE may hold the crown for most expensive residence ever - but three other plush London pads have also been deemed some of the most pricey in the world.


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Bioware: Mass Effect remastered for Xbox One and PS4 hinted as fans wait for ME4 news





BIOWARE general manager Aaryn Flynn has hinted a new Mass Effect remastered trilogy is being planned for the PS4 and Xbox One.


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VIDEO: 'I'm sick of dying on film,' Keira Knightley speaks out





BEGIN AGAIN is not only the name of Knightley's new film with James Corden and Mark Ruffalo, it represents an interesting new phase in her career


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Is Ellie Goulding engaged? Singer steps out with rock on her ring finger





THEY'VE been dating for a year, but has McBusted's Dougie Poynter decided to make Ellie Goulding his wife?


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AC/DC star could sue for hitman charge

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is considering civil action against police for "incalculable" damage he has suffered after they withdrew a charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men.High-profile defence lawyers have branded police...


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Kiwi craft leads the way in drone industry

Good old Kiwi ingenuity on a shoe-string budget could see the world's first unmanned aerial vehicle for long-range search and rescue operational within the next two years.The Coastguard has been working with Christchurch-based Global...


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Soloist, conductor excel in ingenious pairing

There may have been some discussion in the boardroom when Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra contemplated pairing Prokofiev with Bruckner in the one programme. But under the title of Romantic Bruckner, it proved an ingenious combination.Could...


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Michelle Hewitson interview: Elisabeth Easther

Elisabeth Easther, the sometime actress, playwright and part-time journalist, lives in a pretty little house in Pt Chevalier. I went to see her there because her play, Famous Flora, which is based on the famous Auckland madam Flora...


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Producers plan stage version of 'The Hunger Games'

LONDON (AP) Producers are betting there's appetite for a stage version of "The Hunger Games."Movie studio Lionsgate says it is teaming up with entertainment companies in the U.S. and the Netherlands to create a live version of...


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Toy Story 4 announced: 15 facts you probably didn't know about the animated films





AS PIXAR confirms that Woody and Buzz will be back in Toy Story 4, we reveal 15 surprising facts about the film franchise


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Katherine Jenkins dressed to impress in ladylike teal gown





THE opera singer looked effortlessly chic as she left the BBC Radio 2 studios on Friday morning.


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