Browse Month: December 2016

Adele in NZ: Extra seating announced for Mt Smart Stadium gigs

Another 15,000 tickets to Adele’s Auckland gigs will go on sale on Tuesday, with a temporary stand at Mt Smart Stadium being built. Promoter Live Nation announced on Monday night an extra 5000 fans will be able to attend each show, with a grandstand temporarily gracing the stadium’s north bank. More than 100,000 people will see Adele over the three nights in March 2017. The new tickets go on sale on Tuesday at 9am, available from livenation.co.nz. The British singing superstar sold out her original two shows in minutes, and tickets to a third went in half-an-hour.

Confused koala mistakes man’s leg for tree

“Oh my god – are you filming this? “No, he’s just a koala,” his friend replies. I’ve never seen that before,” the friend says. It turned out to be just as interested in them, as they were in it. She was wrong – around three-quarters of koalas in the wild have chlamydia, and in rare cases it can jump species. An Australian man out to get closer to nature got more than he bargained for when a koala mistook him for a tree. “He thinks this is a tree… that’s not a tree!”
Mr Kearney wasn’t so thrilled. Trent Kearney was hiking in Morialta Conservation Park in South Australia when he came across the iconic Australian marsupial. Eventually, the koala finds a real tree to climb, to everyone’s relief. You have a baby koala on your leg. “Am I gonna get a disease from him?” he asks. Don’t run away from him.”
That’s when the koala made his move. “He’s gonna come on you,” an off-camera friend can be heard telling Mr Kearney in video supplied to network Channel 7. “He wants to come and see you.

Fate of the Furious trailer reveals Dom turning on his family

By “family”, he means both those related to him and his crew of renegade outlaws. In the just-released three-minute trailer, Toretto turns against his family, working with a new villain portrayed by Charlize Theron, for reasons unknown. Another surprise twist the trailer reveals is Jason Statham’s villainous character from the last Fast & Furious film joins forces with the very crew that brought him down, in order to handle the Toretto menace. The first full trailer for The Fate of the Furious shows Dominic Toretto turning on the rest of his crew, and a car vs submarine battle. One scene has an enormous wrecking ball used to destroy a fleet of vehicles while another sees a large submarine busting through ice and attacking the Fast & Furious crew, who are driving overhead. Paul Walker, another central character in the franchise who died in a car accident in 2013, features briefly in a photograph in the trailer. In addition to the shocking character revelations, franchise staples are showcased, including car races, scantily clad women and epic vehicular warfare. The trailer was premiered at a fan event in New York’s Times Square, with some of the film’s stars there in person. A movie poster, also revealed on Monday, features prominently the tagline “Family no more”, along with Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson turning on each other. Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, is the blockbuster franchise’s main character and has always talked about family being the most important thing in the world.

Everyone loves Star Wars Rogue One so far… except the alt-right

The first two IMDb user reviews were both illustrative of how the new Star Wars film is being politicised. Although official reviews are still currently under embargo, some critics who saw the film have tweeted about it, calling it “intense”, “so moving” and “gorgeous”. Celebrities invited to the premiere have also taken to Twitter to proclaim their love of the spin-off. In an ironic twist, alt-right figurehead Steve Bannon was recently appointed a role as senior White House strategist by US President-elect Donald Trump, before mentioning Darth Vader in a seemingly positive way. Although the posts have since been taken down, images of them were taken and posted by New Zealand filmmaker Jason Lei Howden. However, the Force is not strong with some internet users, as Rogue One has riled up many members of the alt-right. The “alt-right” is a collective term for a loosely defined online group of neo-Nazis, anti-feminists and far right conservatives and some of its members are targeting the film for its racially diverse cast and female lead characters. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gained cheers and applause throughout its end credits at the Pantages Theatre premiere in Los Angeles on Saturday night (local time). Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, like Ghostbusters and Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it, is facing a boycott from sub-Reddits and alt-right websites such as Return of Kings. The eighth Star Wars film premiered in Hollywood at the weekend and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, with the exception of online hate groups calling for a boycott. They also accuse it of promoting Judaism and the “anti-white movement”. “Darkness is good,” Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter. Darth Vader. It only helps us when [liberals and the media] get it wrong, when they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”
Whether or not the alt-right boycott will have any effect on the film remains to be seen and New Zealand fans will get to form their own opinions when it opens in cinemas here on Thursday. “Dick Cheney. Satan. That’s power.

Watch Dwayne Johnson and Jimmy Fallon reunite a military family

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson reunited a military family for Christmas on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, causing tears of joy from everyone. And we wanted to bring your husband home for the holidays.”
As the two embraced and wept, Fallon exclaimed he was “losing it right now” as he rubbed away his own tears. “I would love to give back to a military family that’s actually here,” Johnson told the audience, before he and Fallon pretended to search the crowd, until they went into the production room, where they surprised Karina with a visit from her husband Todd. Karina Kabalan is a producer on the show as well as an Army vet whose Air Force husband is currently deployed overseas. The Moana star is involved in several charities that help those serving in the armed forces, and in the latest episode of the US talk show surprised one veteran in particular. “[Jimmy and I] wanted to thank you and your husband for your service and your sacrifice, and I personally heard you are the most amazing person. At the end of Johnson’s segment with Fallon, he asked permission to help out a member of the audience. “You guys have been living apart for the past year-and-a-half because [your husband’s] 5000 miles away,” Johnson told Kabalan.

Shane Warne plays harmonica with Coldplay

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Warne thanked his “good friends” from Coldplay for inviting him up on stage with them. Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne has made a surprise appearance onstage as Coldplay continued their A Head Full of Dreams tour in Melbourne. The 47-year-old did his best to play along with the band on the harmonica as they performed their 2000 single ‘Don’t Panic’ – and he was surprisingly proficient. “I’m very grateful for that amazing experience & was truely an honour to join you [sic],” he wrote. “Also, a huge thankyou to the crowd for being so nice & cheering me when I played the harmonica (badly), you were all very very kind & awesome!”

The moment happened just a night after a fan proposed in front of thousands of people at the same venue, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium. At the Coldplay show in Auckland a week ago, Crowded House founder Neil Finn made a guest appearance to play ‘Four Seasons in One Day’.

Jeremy Clarkson’s The Grand Tour breaks piracy records

It is off the scale in terms of volume,” MUSO chief commercial officer Chris Elkins told the publication. Figures by MUSO, data analysts in the piracy market, say illegal downloads of The Grand Tour surpass even that of popular fantasy show Game of Thrones. The comeback show by former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, has reportedly cracked the record for the most pirated TV show in history. “The Grand Tour has become the biggest show premiere ever on Amazon Prime Video, breaking records around the world,” a spokesperson told the Daily Mail. The first episode of The Grand Tour was illegally downloaded 7.9 million times since its release on November 18. Downloads of episode two sit at 6.4 million, while episode three has been pirated 4.6 million times, according to the Daily Mail. But the numbers haven’t perturbed Amazon, which offers the show exclusively on its online Prime service. “It is the most illegally downloaded programme ever.

Patti Smith fumbles lyrics to Bob Dylan song at Nobel ceremony

She performed Dylan song ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ on his behalf, although that performance quickly fell flat after she forgot the lyrics. But while his music brought people together, the man behind it has always been somewhat elusive. In a career spanning six decades, Bob Dylan’s music is loved as much now, as it was then. Recognition of this sort is all too frequent for someone of Dylan’s stature. Dylan’s explanation was he was too busy with other commitments, but his failure to show up wasn’t exactly helped by the woman he sent in his place – Patti Smith. “I mean if you’re Bob Dylan, at this point they arrive in the post don’t they!” Mr Heylin says. It was always a controversial choice giving the award for literature to a songwriter. “The thing about the Nobel Prize is that it’s just one more notch on the belt, if you like, because [Dylan’s] got the Medal of Honour, he’s got two doctorates,” says prolific Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh tweeted it was a nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies. “I’m sorry could we try that again? The Swedish Academy that decides the Nobel Prize winners says it respects his decision – and perhaps if they did their research, it’s not that surprising. That was evident when Dylan didn’t show up to accept his Nobel Prize in Literature, even though he was the first musician to ever be awarded it. I’m sorry I’m so nervous,” she fumbled.

Loads of fun almost turns to tragedy when boy gets stuck in washing machine

APTN / After 20 minutes, the boy was released safe and sound. Firefighters in China have rescued a three-year-old boy trapped inside a washing machine. The rescuers took apart the outer shell of the washing machine and then unscrewed its inner barrel while being careful not to injure the boy. The firefighters rushed to the site upon receiving the call for help. Two of the firefighters calmed the shaken boy down while holding him steady with their hands. The boy, from Yingcheng City in Hubei Province, was playing when he fell into the dryer cylinder of the washing machine and had his two legs stuck in the narrow space.

Mouse cafes open in Sweden

Miniature cafes providing warmth and caffeine for mice have appeared on the streets of a Swedish town. “The idea was to use things mice themselves could have collected and reused.”

Members of the public have gotten involved, adding small details like mouse-themed movie posters to the scenes. Two of the tiny businesses – a bakery and a cheese shop – have popped up in basement windows in in the city of Malmo. “It’s just too darn charming to imagine a world where mice lives parallel to ours but just slightly out of sight [sic],” one representative of Anonymouse told The Huffington Post. While they seem to have appeared as if by magic, the 70x30cm stores are actually the creation of organisation ‘Anonymouse’. On the page, Anonymouse advises their followers to “expect cheese” – a play on the Anonymous activist group’s catchphrase, “expect us”. “They are built of things that we had laying around and also things we collected, like caps, lids from tin cans, matches, buttons, a lamp shade, Italian stamps etc. Their identities are unknown, but their Instagram page has almost 14,000 followers.

Artist fears legal action over ‘Trump’ photos

In recent years she has tackled everyone from the Kardashians to the British royal family. A British artist has been told she’ll be sued by US President-elect Donald Trump after publishing a series of photographs purporting to show the business mogul in compromising positions. Alison Jackson uses lookalike actors in her satirical photography to comment on the “cult of celebrity”.

Jennifer Lawrence apologises for ‘butt-scratching’ on sacred rocks

One rock that I was butt-scratching on ended up coming loose. “You’re not supposed to sit on them because you’re not supposed to expose your genitalia to them,” she said. “I really thought that I was being self deprecating about the fact that I was ‘the curse’, but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny and I apologize if I offended anyone.” And I’m round the corner going, ‘I’m your curse – I wedged it loose with my ass’.”
Her comments drew anger from indigenous activists who complained that her comments were culturally insensitive, prompting Lawrence to apologise on Facebook. Lawrence recounted the incident on the Graham Norton Show and struggled to contain her laughter. “I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people,” she said. “It was a giant boulder and it rolled down this mountain and almost killed our sound guy.”
She went on to add: “His whole station got destroyed, it was a huge dramatic deal and all the Hawaiians were like ‘Oh my god, it’s the curse’. “I, however, was in a wetsuit for this whole shoot so – oh my God, they were so good for butt-itching. Jennifer Lawrence has apologised after causing online outrage around her story of “butt-scratching” on sacred Hawaiian rocks while filming for The Hunger Games.

Michael BublĂ©’s son out of hospital in time for Xmas

“Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well,” Bublé told fans in Facebook post. The singer had just released his latest album, Nobody But Me, two weeks earlier. Singer Michael Bublé has revealed his son Noah will be well enough to spend Christmas outside hospital. He won’t be travelling home to Canada though, where the Bublé family normally gathers to celebrate Christmas. The three-year-old is battling liver cancer, and has been receiving treatment in a Californian hospital. Instead, the family will be staying in Los Angeles. It’s believed Noah has a good chance of beating the disease. Grammy-winner Bublé and his wife Luisana Lopilato revealed Noah’s diagnosis in early November, saying they were “devastated”.