JulieAndrewsCelebrated British actress Dame Julie Andrews will appear on stage in New Zealand for the first time this year.

The Sound of Music actress will visit Auckland in June for An Evening with Julie Andrews, which will celebrate the film, TV and stage career of the acting icon.

The event will be hosted by Nicholas Hammond, the Australian actor who played Friedrich von Trapp alongside Andrews in The Sound of Music. Continue reading »

reevaA South African TV network has decided to go ahead with airing the reality series in which Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp features, despite her death this week.

The series, entitled Tropika Island of Treasure, will air as planned on SABC 1, just two days after Steenkamp was killed at Pistorius’ Pretoria home.

The hour-long show is described as a “pure adrenaline-fuelled drama … Whether diving off 22-metre Jamaican cliffs into the ocean, recreating cool runnings or meeting Jamaican celebrities”.

A statement issued on behalf of the show’s creator, Samantha Moon, said:

“As we grieve today with Reeva’s family & friends and struggle to make sense of this shocking tragedy, it has taken much deliberation to come to the decision to continue screening Tropika Island of Treasure 5 as planned.” Continue reading »

Downton-Abbey-2012She may be a one of the most important cogs in the Downton Abbey machine but Dame Maggie Smith has admitted that she has never actually watched the show.

The British actress was asked in an interview with 60 Minutes recently if she was proud of the show.

She paused for a moment before answering:

“Well, yes, of course I am,” she said. “I was just pausing because I haven’t actually seen it. I don’t sit down and watch it … I’ve never watched it.” Continue reading »

michael-le-vellCoronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been charged with a number of child sex offences.

The 48-year-old, who plays Kevin Webster on the British soap, is accused of 19 offences ranging from rape to indecently assaulting a child.

The actor, whose real name is Michael Turner, was first arrested in September 2011 and was questioned before the inquiries were dropped.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “Michael Turner, of Byrom Street, Hale, has been charged with 19 offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child. Continue reading »

If you haven’t seen the Herald Bombs that WhaleOil regularly posts of the poor reporting by the NZ Herald, here is the latest one regarding Julie Christie.


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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 69860 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:15pm)
  2. Citizen Khan: 31100 (TV ONE, 10:15pm – 10:50pm)
  3. Embarrassing Bodies: 29300 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Agent Anna: 26700 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Miranda: 25480 (TV ONE, 9:00pm – 9:40pm) Continue reading »

Seven Sharp’s ratings rose again (excuse the pun) last night to 362,610 while Campbell Live dropped back to 299,410.  Seven Sharp also manage to retain slightly more of the One News audience that it has been losing but still a concerning 37%.  Campbell Live again managed to retain 99% of the lead in from 3 News.


Most watched

  1. One News: 571,430 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Highway Patrol: 489,030 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 481,170 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:15pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 467,370 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Police Ten 7: 456,790 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm) Continue reading »

Joaquin Phoenix is featuring in a provocative new ad for PETA.

The actor is shown underwater, struggling for breath, with his voice-over explaining: “In water, humans drown just as fish suffocate on land. It’s slow and painful and frightening. … Put yourself in their place. Try to relate. Go vegan”.

The ad was supposed to air during the upcoming Academy Awards broadcast in the US but the ABC network deemed it “too political and controversial”. Continue reading »

British TV host Claudia Winkleman is fronting a new live dating show for Air New Zealand.

The Heathrow-based Blind Gate challenge is being filmed to form a five-part series for the Air NZ YouTube channel.

The purpose is to pair two singletons who will then fly off on a romantic weekend to LA in the airline’s Economy Skycouch seats.