Browse Month: November 2016

Mel B turns to fans for help catching thief

I’ll tell you want Mel B wants, what she really really wants – to catch the “scumbag” thief who broke into her car outside her Beverly Hills home. Mel B said the couple would wire the money across to anyone who helped them. “The police already have a good idea who you are, but in the meantime anybody who wants to make that $5000, DM my hubby right now,” said the X Factor Australia host. She said police were investigating but the couple wanted the public’s help. The former Spice Girl, 41, posted an Instagram video showing a man appearing to remove suitcases from the vehicle on Friday at 5:42am local time. The singer, whose real name is Melanie Brown, has offered a NZ$7000 (£4000) reward for any of her followers who could offer information.

Final Rogue One trailer debuts ahead of ticket sales opening

This would make it the second-highest US opening weekend debut for any film – behind last year’s Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, which opened to US$248 million. Early box office projections suggest it could rack up US$150 million in its opening weekend alone. In particular, the teaser showcases more of Alan Tudyk’s K-S20 – a droid who is set to steal hearts, much like fan-favourites BB-8 and R2-D2. The latest trailer, subtitled ‘Truth’, shows a mix of previously seen and brand new footage from the yet-to-be released blockbuster. Check out the final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story above. It focuses on the Rebel mission to steal the Death Star schematics from the hands of the ever-powerful Galactic Empire. With ticket sales opening tomorrow around the world – and less than a month left to wait – Star Wars fans have been given their final glimpse at upcoming spinoff Rogue One. Opening in New Zealand on December 15, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set prior to the events of the original Star Wars, 1977’s A New Hope. The trailer also gives another fleeting glimpse at returning villain Darth Vader, whose limited role in the film has created significant hype. 
Helmed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, Rogue One is expected to dominate the summer blockbuster season.

Kiwi’s unlikely instrument of protest

But Reweti says the ability to raise awareness of the Dakota pipeline issue through his music has been well worth the hardships. He says it tested his wife’s patients when his playing wasn’t so good. Reweti decided to use his music to support the people of Standing Rock by posting a video on the internet. Watch the video for the full story from The Hui. Reweti’s beloved harp is like his third child. Kemp Reweti was born and bred in Bulls, but he says the harp was the last instrument any Bulls native was going to learn. It’s become a big part of his life after taking his first lesson three years ago. Learning the harp has not been easy for the father of two. The video, filmed by the polluted ManawatÅ« River in Palmerston North where he now resides, has been viewed 14,000 times. Reweti told TV3’s The Hui his responsibility as kaitiaki of his own whenua and water connects him to the people of Standing Rock and their protest of the installation of the Dakota pipeline.

Allied review

The twists and turns of whom to trust in love and war wind their way gently yet engagingly through this story, pleasingly ramping up the tension with a welcome old-fashioned restraint, which worked for me but might be a little slow for others. Pitt and Cotillard have a gentle and compelling onscreen chemistry and together sell the love and the intrigue – perfect for rainy day romantics.      Allied
:: Director: Robert Zemeckis
:: Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Charlotte Hope, Raffey Cassidy, Jared Harris, Russell Balogh, Lasco Atkins
:: Rating: M – Violence, offensive language, sex scenes & content that may disturb
:: Running Time: 124 minutes
:: Release Date: In cinemas now It’s 1942, and the world is at war. Allied is authentically romantic and harks back to cinema of old, both obviously in look but also in the pace of the storytelling. Their romance looks real, and soon will be, as their story moves to London and their relationship moves to marriage. Three-and-a-half stars. But the war rages on, and their past and their present will soon merge into one. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard have a new film out, set against the backdrop of World War II. Allied is directed by the same man behind Forrest Gump and Back to the Future, and has just hit cinemas in New Zealand. A husband and wife meet in Casablanca – a husband and wife to the world, but total strangers to each other. Their mission is clear; their future is not.

Moana off to a flying start

Disney’s latest animated adventure Moana is set to hit the same numbers in its opening two days as Frozen. Frozen went on to earn NZ$1.7 billion globally. It’s on track to hit the $120-$125 million (NZD) during the five-day holiday break in the US. Moana, which stars  Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Polynesian demigod Maui, received an ‘A’ Cinemascore from audiences and has a 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Warner Bros Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finished a close second, taking in $13.5 million across the US on Thanksgiving Day. The animated adventure about a Polynesian princess is the frontrunner at the US box office, making $14 million (NZD) across the country on Thanksgiving Day – matching the pace of Disney’s 2013 smash hit.

2016’s biggest box-office flops revealed

8. Comedy dominated the list, including Sacha Baron-Cohen’s Grimsby and the Jane Austen spoof Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Zach Galifianakis, formerly a bankable comedy actor, starred in two films on the list – Keeping up with the Joneses and Masterminds. Big stars and good reviews aren’t always enough to guarantee a film won’t bomb at the box office. In addition to focusing on a relatively unknown title character, the film’s critical slamming and cast of less-known actors could possibly be to blame for its financial failure. Several dramas also cracked the list, with Oliver Stone’s Snowden at number nine, and the Matthew McConaughey-led drama Free State of Jones at number two, recouping less than half of its US$50million budget. Keeping up with the Joneses
5. Masterminds
9. Grimsby
7. Perhaps even more surprisingly, a superhero film – a genre which frequently crosses the billion-dollar mark – tops the list, at number one. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
6. Forbes’ list of the top 10 biggest box-office flops of 2016:
10. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
2. Max Steel, based on the eponymous toy-line from Mattel, grossed less than US$4.5million – just over half what the film cost to produce. Forbes Magazine has compiled a list of the top 10 biggest flops of 2016, which includes some surprising appearances. Max Steel Free State of Jones
1. While the films in the list below may have been the year’s worst-grossing, 2016 is still on-track to be the biggest year for cinema thanks to an impressive blockbuster season. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
3. While those films may also have received highly negative reviews from critics, well-received comedies weren’t spared audiences’ indifference. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the sixth-lowest performer of the year, received generally good reviews from critics and starred several household names, including Tina Fey, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. Ratchet & Clank
4. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, from musical comedy act The Lonely Island, was also widely praised but drew only US$9.5million from an estimated budget of US$20million.

CNN broadcasts 30 minutes of hardcore porn

“We have not had any reports of the programming issue you mentioned on CNN in Boston,” they wrote. CNN is in hot water after viewers in Boston were treated to hardcore pornography for half-an-hour instead of the news. It has not yet been confirmed how the mishap occurred. One of the porn stars featured in the transmission, Riley Quinn, tweeted CNN to thank them for the extra publicity. “Did anyone else with RCN in Boston see the hardcore porn that was broadcast by CNN by mistake?” one surprised viewer asked on Twitter. CNN has asked for an explanation.”
RCN’s CNN channel was taken off-air an hour after the incident occurred. RCN, a cable provider based in New Jersey, responded saying they were unaware of the inappropriate transmission. “If you’re still having an issue with that channel, please DM us your address so we can troubleshoot when you’re home.”
However, a spokesperson for CNN acknowledged the unfortunate mix-up, saying: “The RCN cable operator in Boston aired inappropriate content for 30 minutes on CNN last night. CNN earlier this week caused controversy after broadcasting an interview with a banner reading ‘Alt-right founder questions if Jews are people’. Tuning in to watch Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, subscribers were shocked to find the show’s name had taken on a whole new meaning, reports The Independent. Popular porn website Brazzers also mocked the incident online, tweeting “ironically showing 30 minutes of hardcore porn was probably the least offensive thing @CNN has done all year”.

Multimillion-dollar entertainment complex to open in Rotorua

Thousands are expected to attend today’s opening of New Zealand’s largest indoor entertainment centre in Rotorua, with Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison cutting the ribbon. The complex is expected to draw 200,000 domestic and international visitors a year. Motion Entertainment will offer the country’s biggest range of attractions under one roof, and is the first stage of the $13 million Lynmore Junction development on the city’s eastern arterial route. “Rotorua is a very, very busy tourist town, and there is not a lot to do late at nights, and there’s not a lot to do when it rains.  We thought this would be a great asset to support the other tourist attractions.” Developer Ryan Holmes says it will fill a gap in the market for an all-weather attraction that caters to all age groups.

Steven Seagal given Russian passport by Putin

Mr Putin has expressed hope that, with the election of Donald Trump as the next US president, relations will improve. In the past two years, relations between Russia and Washington have deteriorated to their worst level since the Cold War as a result of the armed conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, where Moscow and Washington backed opposing sides. At the time, a Kremlin spokesman cited Seagal’s “warm feelings towards Russia” and his celebrity as the reasons for granting the gesture. Reuters At a Kremlin ceremony on Friday, where Seagal signed his new passport in front of Mr Putin, the Russian leader said: “I want to congratulate you and express the hope that this is another, albeit small, gesture and it might be a sign of the gradual normalisation of relations between our countries.”
When Mr Putin then asked how he was doing, the actor replied that “everything is good. His movies, including such titles as “Under Siege” and “Sniper: Special Ops,” are popular with Russian audiences. Seagal is the latest Western celebrity to have been given a Russian passport in the past few years. For now just honoured to be here.”
Mr Putin, a fan of the kind of martial arts that Seagal often practises in his Hollywood action movies, signed an order at the start of this month to grant Russian citizenship to Seagal. We will talk later. Russian President Vladimir Putin has presented a Russian passport to US actor Steven Seagal and said he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how the fractious ties between Moscow and Washington are starting to improve. In 2013, Gerard Depardieu, a French actor, was given citizenship by Putin. For more than a decade Seagal, who according to his own website is 64, has been a regular visitor to Russia. Mr Putin has praised Mr Trump’s personal qualities, and the US president-elect has said he wants friendly ties.

48 Hour Film Festival winners announced

BEST DIRECTOR – NZBS Pig’s Guts Films – “A Disabled Account” (Lachlan Wilson)
BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR – ‘Morning after’ – Cool Story Bro (Lauren Porteous)
BEST ACTRESS – Karin McCracken from Tiny Talkies
BEST ACTOR – Aaron Jackson from Cinetrance
BEST SCRIPT -“Mahnamana” by Haynesfilm Bunch (Peter Haynes)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – ‘The Tender Grace’ by Cinetrance (Matt Sharp)
BEST MAKEUP – “Ghostfish: Catfished By A Ghost” by Prime Rib (Tanya Barlow)
BEST ANIMATION – ‘Love.exe’ by Bork! The film was shot over the weekend of November 16 – 18. The short film starts off in what seems to be an standard travel agency however it is not international flights the agents are booking, instead trips to the past. They also made it to the 2015 Grand Final in 2015 with their black comedy Clean Getaway. The film was hand-picked by Sir Peter Jackson to be a wild card in the final. The ground has taken away more than $100,000 worth of prizes including equipment, editing time and cash. A wild-card has taken out the top prize at the 2016 48 Hour Film Festival. At 7pm on the Friday, each production team is given a genre and a number of “random elements” that must be included in the film.  
Thomas Sainsbury wrote and directed (Time) Travel Centre which took out the Grand Champion award at The Civic in Auckland on Friday night. Full list of winners:

GRAND CHAMPION – (Time) Travel Centre – Chillybox
RUNNER UP : Ghostfish: Catfished By A Ghost – Prime Rib
2nd RUNNER UP : LOVE.EXE – Bork! BEST EDITING – “Ghostfish: Catfished By A Ghost” by Prime Rib (Jamie Linehan)
BEST SCORE – “Windows” by TBALC Prime (Scott Koorey)
BEST SONG – ‘Bromance’ by Team Indeed (Rob$tar)
BEST DISQUALIFIED – ’48 Hour Famine’by The Purple Dragons
BEST INCREDIBLY STRANGE – ‘BOB…Interdimensional Wool Courier’ by Don’t Panic Pictures
BEST SCHOOL TEAM – LOOP by Squad The production company behind (Time) Travel Centre is Auckland based content creation company Chillybox.

Kayakers’ incredible moment with ‘nosy’ orca

It’s just pure size and intelligence of these guys that made me nervous.”
He thinks they may have been tempted by the dead fish he had stored at the back of his kayak. Dave Clark and Patrick Sheppard were fishing north of Tairua on Thursday when the orca swam right up to their kayaks to say ‘hello’. Mr Clark quickly pulled out his Go Pro camera and managed to film the whale swimming underwater before popping back up to breathe right next to him. “At one point the baby came out to greet me which was cool. He was just being nosy, no sign of aggression,”
Mr Clark believes they were looking for food in the shallows of the water. “In the end they were just being nosy and they carried on their way and we got to see a few tail slaps as they were leaving.” Two kayakers have had a once in a life time encounter with an orca while fishing in the Coromandel. He described it as a “wicked experience”. “The baby just followed me around until I paddled into the shallows out of reach.”
“The nerves picked up after a minute when the baby didn’t leave me after checking me out and the biggest [orca] started heading straight for me to check out what was going on,”
“Even then there wasn’t any sign of aggression. He says he didn’t feel threatened but was aware of the animal’s power.

‘Brady Bunch mother’ Florence Henderson has died

More to come Florence Henderson, best known for her role as Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch”, has died at age 82. Her manager Kayla Pressman to Associated Press in a statement that she died surrounded by family and friends.

Gable Tostee makes brief New Zealand visit

It’s believed Tostee was visiting his girlfriend, Kiwi Lizzi Evans (real name Elizabeth Smith), who’s family run a winery in Hawkes Bay. Gable Tostee, who now goes by the name Eric Thomas, was seen in Ponsonby early on Sunday morning. The Australian man acquitted of murdering young Kiwi woman Warriena Wright on the Gold Coast has made a quick visit across the Tasman.

Kim and Khloe Kardashian flaunt butts in sexy fashion shoot

Kim’s troubled husband is The reality TV star and her sister Khloe posed together for a just-released bottom-heavy fashion shoot showcasing Yeezy Season 3 in German magazine 032c. Ever since she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, Kim Kardashian has robbed her fans of photo updates of her butt – until now. The pair wear bodysuits taken from Kanye West’s fashion range.