anna_kinston-robyn-malcolmWe sat down to watch the pilot of Agent Anna on the weekend, excited at the prospect of Robyn Malcolm’s return to the small screen after her epic performance over six incredible seasons of Outrageous Fortune.  TVNZ had pegged the show quite closely to OF in its description as the story of an embattled solo mum who is down on her luck and turns to the world of real estate to reverse her fortunes but it is there that the comparisons end.

Malcolm wanted to play a different type of character to the Westie mum Cheryl West.

Anna (my character) was built on the idea that I wanted to play someone who had no hint of hero about her at all.

And hero Anna most certainly is not. Continue reading »

XFactorRubyRuby Frost has been appointed as one of the four judges and mentors for the first season of The X Factor New Zealand but who is she?

Ruby Frost was born Jane de Jong and is the daughter of Mark and Chris de Jong, the founders and directors of the Parachute Arts Trust – the christian organisation that has been running the Parachute Music Festival for the last 21 years.  Her parent’s charitable trust also runs a record label, recording studio and provides publishing and management services.

As a child she toured the world with her parent’s christian band. Continue reading »

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Smalley tweeted yesterday: “Another email from Facebook. They say unless I can prove ownership of my photo, they won’t remove it from their advertiser’s link. #argh!”

She told Fairfax Media: “It seems that these scams develop faster than the solutions to fix them. Facebook makes money out of selling advertising space and it has a responsibility to ensure those ads are legitimate. Continue reading »

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Campbell, whose film directing credits include Casino Royale, GoldenEye and The Green Lantern, will executive produce the drama pilot Reckless.

The pilot centres on David, a “resourceful problem-solver whose wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas”. He tries every legal option to rescue her without success before turning to means outside the law. Continue reading »

Volkswagen have been accused of racism in their Super Bowl ad where as white man speaks in a Jamaican accent in order to cheer up co-workers.

“Don’t fret me brother. The sticky bun come soon,” he says to a co-worker struggling with a vending machine.

“You know what this room needs? A smile. Who want to come with I?” he tells his co-workers after a depressing meeting.

Barbara Lippert from Mediapost.com said: “Didn’t anyone look at this? This is so racist. It’s just saying that black people are happy.” Continue reading »

On Ruby Frost’s appointment as X Factor NZ judge:

“I wonder if any of the auditions will be like idol “OMG, Mariah! I love you. I have loved you since 1994!!!!!”
“Holy shit! Hi Ruby! OMG. I’ve loved you since last week!”

Banshee640Antony Starr must be doing something right – his American series Banshee has been picked up for a second season.

Cinemax has ordered a second batch of episodes for 2014 less than a month since the show premiered.

The kiwi actor features as the lead in the drama series, which Hollywood Reporter critic Tim Goodman described as “taut, entertaining and smart”.

Starr plays Lucas Hood, an ex-con who assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff in a small town and goes about serving his own brand of justice among other things. Continue reading »