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Ash Vs. Evil Dead Trailer Released at Comic Con

Ash Vs. Evil Dead Trailer Released at Comic Con

The first Ash vs. Evil Dead trailer has been screened at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. “If anyone was on the fence about bringing the cult classic horror tale to the small screen, this trailer…

Everest to Open the Venice Film Festival

Everest to Open the Venice Film Festival

“Everest, a new movie about the two rival missions up the mountain in 1996, has been chosen as the opening night film of this year’s Venice film festival – a spot which has recently proved…

Weta Smithy Peter Lyon in the Mix at Comic-Con

Weta Smithy Peter Lyon in the Mix at Comic-Con

Amongst the colourful characters who flood the San Diego Convention Center Comic-Con was New Zealand smithy Peter Lyon, who has worked the past 16 years for Weta Workshop. “When I started at Weta…

Comedian Rhys Darby Joins X-Files Cast

Comedian Rhys Darby Joins X-Files Cast

Actor Rhys Darby, who played werewolf Anton in What We Do in the Shadows, will join the cast of The X-Files “event series” as a man suspected by Fox Mulder to be the perpetrator…

Andrew Niccol Gets Green Light for Monopoly Script

Andrew Niccol Gets Green Light for Monopoly Script

Writer of The Truman Show, New Zealand-born Andrew Niccol has been hired to script the Monopoly movie, which will be a co-production between the game manufacturer Hasbro and Lionsgate. The companies called it “a film…

Fear the Walking Dead Releases First Clip

Fear the Walking Dead Releases First Clip

AMC has released the first clip from its Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, which will premiere in August. The clip shows a scene in which guidance counsellor Nancy (Kim Dickens) assures…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Thinks Big for Warrior Role

Keisha Castle-Hughes Thinks Big for Warrior Role

Not much more than a year ago, New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, 25, was a Game Of Thrones fan scouring Hollywood Boulevard for a long blonde wig to wear to an informal dress-up event…

New Zealand Film Festival Reveals Line-Up

New Zealand Film Festival Reveals Line-Up

The New Zealand Film Festival has revealed this year’s programme including ten New Zealand films. Act of Kindness is an “inspiring true story (that) follows a spirited young New Zealander’s search for…

Jemaine Clement Starring in People Places Things

Jemaine Clement Starring in People Places Things

Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement stars in the new “incredibly charming and sweet” dramedy People Places Things, which will be released in New Zealand on September 10.   The New Zealand actor plays Will…

7 Emerging Auckland Directors

7 Emerging Auckland Directors

“There’s no mistaking it; the city of sails sure does produce some talented directors thriving in the best kind of creative currents,” suggests global creative advertising site The Little Black Book in…

New Zealand Stunt Double Falls in Love at Mad Max Fury Road Set

New Zealand Stunt Double Falls in Love at Mad Max Fury Road Set

New Zealand stunt double Dayna Grant and Dane Grant have found their soulmate at the set of post-apocalyptic action movie. “The couple that does stunts together, stays together”, writes Andrea Romano for

Martin Henderson Joins Grey’s Anatomy

Martin Henderson Joins Grey’s Anatomy

New Zealand actor Martin Henderson has been cast as the new dreamboat doctor on Grey’s Anatomy, which is heading into its 12th season, to fill the void left by Patrick Dempsey’s departure in season…

Z for Zachariah – Terrifying Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangle

Z for Zachariah – Terrifying Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangle

“Surviving the end of the world is stressful enough, but add two guys battling it out over a girl, and you’ve got trouble. But that’s exactly what the characters are stuck with in for Z for Zachariah”,…

First Trailer of Everest Has Been Released

First Trailer of Everest Has Been Released

The first trailer for Everest, which tells the true story of the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster, has been released. The film follows a group of American climbers (Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Michael Kelly)…

Toa Fraser Directs 6 Days

Toa Fraser Directs 6 Days

Toa Fraser directs “embassy siege action thriller” 6 Days, starring Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish, which is currently being shot in New Zealand. 6 Days is based on the real events of the…

Fear The Walking Dead Teaser Released

Fear The Walking Dead Teaser Released

AMC has released a pair of sneak peek videos to celebrate the start of production on Walking Dead spinoff Fear The Walking Dead. A behind-the-scenes look at the show, which is set…

Mad Max Stunt Star Dayna Grant Tweets Action Shots

Mad Max Stunt Star Dayna Grant Tweets Action Shots

New Zealand stuntwoman Dayna Grant, 39, who doubled for Charlize Theron’s cunning warrior Furiosa in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, posted some behind-the-scenes snapshots on her Twitter page. Esquire shared them with its…

Slow West Set in Dauntingly Beautiful Landscape

Slow West Set in Dauntingly Beautiful Landscape

John Maclean’s “compelling” directorial debut Slow West set in Colorado in 1870 was shot in New Zealand and stars Michael Fassbender. South African-born New Zealander Caren Pistorius plays crofter’s daughter, Rose Ross “who even…

New Zealand International Film Festival Reveals First Titles

New Zealand International Film Festival Reveals First Titles

The first five titles of the New Zealand International Film Festival Line-up have been released, which include “a whole raft” of “films emerging from Sundance”. Umrika, written and directed by Prashant Nair won…

Michael Fassbender Channels Clint Eastwood in Slow West

Michael Fassbender Channels Clint Eastwood in Slow West

Michael Fassbender channels his favourite cowboy Clint Eastwood in his performance in the newly released action western thriller Slow West, which was filmed in New Zealand’s South Island. While filming in New Zealand Fassbender took…

Jacob Tomuri – More Than Tom Hardy’s Mad Max Stunt Double

Jacob Tomuri – More Than Tom Hardy’s Mad Max Stunt Double

“Mad Max Fury Road spends two hours denying audiences the chance to catch their breath. Much of that is thanks to the work of star Tom Hardy and his stunt double, Jacob Tomuri”, proclaims Kim…

Ethan Hawke Stars in New Zealand Directed Movie Good Kill

Ethan Hawke Stars in New Zealand Directed Movie Good Kill

New Zealand director and screenwriter Andrew Niccol’s new film Good Kill explores the post-traumatic stress experienced by drone operating military pilots. The movie, which is set in 2010, stars Ethan Hawke as Tom Egan, a…

iZombie Renewed for Second Season on the CW

iZombie Renewed for Second Season on the CW

DC Comics/Vertigo-based series iZombie has been renewed by the CW for a second season. “Scheduling and an episode count have yet to be determined”, according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter. iZombie stars…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Makes Memorable Debut on Game of Thrones

Keisha Castle-Hughes Makes Memorable Debut on Game of Thrones

New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes “made a memorable debut on Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones – The Sons of the Harpy, according to the New York Times blog ArtsBeat. Castle-Hughes’ character Obara Sand and…

Heath Cozens Grapples with Controversial Sport

Heath Cozens Grapples with Controversial Sport

New Zealand-born filmmaker Heath Cozens, 41, saw his first Japanese disabled pro wrestling match in 2010. At the time, he didn’t know what to think. Cozens, who spent 18 years in Japan as a video…

Peter Jackson Celebrates Life of Friend Andrew Lesnie

Peter Jackson Celebrates Life of Friend Andrew Lesnie

Peter Jackson has taken to Facebook to celebrate the life of Andrew Lesnie – his friend, ‘brother’ and frequent collaborator, who suffered a fatal heart attack this week. “I grew up wondering what…

Russell Crowe’s Water Diviner a Story Only He Could Tell

Russell Crowe’s Water Diviner a Story Only He Could Tell

Growing up a New Zealander-Australian, Russell Crowe, 51, was intimately familiar with the Dardanelles Campaign, a veritable slaughterhouse battle over a tiny Turkish peninsula also known as Gallipoli. In his latest film, The Water…

Sundance TV Launches The Red Road Prequel Graphic Novel

Sundance TV Launches The Red Road Prequel Graphic Novel

Sundance TV’s acclaimed drama The Red Road, starring New Zealander Martin Henderson “has gotten off to quite the intense start” in its newly released second season according to tvovermind.com. In season two “Harold…

WETA Digital Helped to Complete Paul Walker’s Scenes for ‘Fast & Furious 7’

WETA Digital Helped to Complete Paul Walker’s Scenes for ‘Fast & Furious 7’

WETA Digital has helped to finish current box office hit Fast and Furious 7 after movie star Paul Walker passed away in a car accident halfway through the filming. Walker’s accident left the directors with…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Starring in Game of Thrones Season Five

Keisha Castle-Hughes Starring in Game of Thrones Season Five

  New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes has joined the Game of Thrones cast in the series’ fifth season, which has just kicked off in the US and New Zealand. Castle-Hughes is starring as Obara Sand, one…

Shushila Takao Stars in Cook Island-Set Thriller Tatau

Shushila Takao Stars in Cook Island-Set Thriller Tatau

Like many of the cast of BBC3’s new supernatural thriller Tatau, Shushila Takao is a New Zealander. She stars alongside British newcomers Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs as Aumea in the television…

Heath Cozens’ Film on Japanese Disabled Wrestlers Premieres

Heath Cozens’ Film on Japanese Disabled Wrestlers Premieres

A documentary about a small troupe of Tokyo wrestlers with disabilities made by New Zealander Heath Cozens will premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto on 27 April. Five years in the making,…

Jemaine Clement Joins Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

Jemaine Clement Joins Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

Jemaine Clement is set to star in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG alongside Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall. “In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing…

Director Andrew Niccol Shines a Light on Drone Warfare

Director Andrew Niccol Shines a Light on Drone Warfare

Nobody wanted to back a film on the subject of drone warfare, according to New Zealand-born director Andrew Niccol, whose drama Good Kill, about that very subject, is on now in UK cinemas. “We had…

Anna Paquin Developing Miniseries with Husband and Jack Black

Anna Paquin Developing Miniseries with Husband and Jack Black

True Blood star New Zealander Anna Paquin, 32, is set to return to HBO as Madame X in a new miniseries she is developing with husband Stephen Moyer and Jack Black. TheWrap reports…

Lucy Lawless Brings a Defiant Edge to Salem

Lucy Lawless Brings a Defiant Edge to Salem

Television channel WGN America has upped the ante by recruiting New Zealander Lucy Lawless, “one of television’s most cult-inspiring actresses”, to join the cast of witchy tale Salem. The season premiere introduces a character played…

Dwayne Johnson Joins Disney’s Polynesian tale ‘Moana’

Dwayne Johnson Joins Disney’s Polynesian tale ‘Moana’

Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson has officially signed on with Disney to play the male lead in their newest film Moana. The actor will lend his voice to Maui, the lead male protagonist in the upcoming…

In iZombie Rose McIver Devours Her Brainiest Role yet

In iZombie Rose McIver Devours Her Brainiest Role yet

New Zealander Rose McIver, 26, looks awfully alive for someone playing undead, New York Times correspondent Kathryn Shattuck writes. “In iZombie, her new series, she’s a vision of iron deficiency – ghostly pallor,…

First Fear the Walking Dead Trailer Released

First Fear the Walking Dead Trailer Released

AMC has released the first trailer for the upcoming Walking Dead spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead during the 90-minute fifth season finale “Conquer”. Starring New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis alongside Kim Dickens…

Ken Rea’s Students Include Daniel Craig and Ewan McGregor

Ken Rea’s Students Include Daniel Craig and Ewan McGregor

For 30 years, Rotorua-born Ken Rea has been a tutor in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the oldest and most sought-after acting schools in the world. Rea’s students…

Frontier Comes To Life In New Zealand With Slow West

Frontier Comes To Life In New Zealand With Slow West

Slow West’ first trailer has been released – an indie western which was filmed in New Zealand, which doubled for the wilderness of Colorado, and which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film…

New Zealand’s Deathgasm the Latest Shining Example of Horror Genre

New Zealand’s Deathgasm the Latest Shining Example of Horror Genre

New Zealand is once again making a name for itself in the horror genre with Deathgasm thanks to Kiwi producer Ant Timpson. “With a title like Deathgasm, filmmaker Jason Lei Howden could have…

Simone Kessell Fit to Be Queen in Biblical Epic

Simone Kessell Fit to Be Queen in Biblical Epic

Actor Simone Kessell is off to Capetown in April to play the first Queen of Egypt in biblical television epic Of Kings and Prophets. Of Kings and Prophets is the pilot for the US ABC…

Rose McIver in ‘iZombie’ thrills 2.3 million viewers

Rose McIver in ‘iZombie’ thrills 2.3 million viewers

The kiwi actress newest project iZombie had a solid debut on The CW Tuesday night, averaging 2.3 million viewers for its 9 p.m. series premiere. Rose Mc Iver stars in the DC Comics-inspired…

Kiwi Actor Cliff  Curtis to Star in The Walking Dead Spin-off Cobalt

Kiwi Actor Cliff Curtis to Star in The Walking Dead Spin-off Cobalt

Cliff Curtis will star as one of the main characters in The Walking Dead spin-off Cobalt, which will premiere on AMC in late summer. The New Zealand actor stars as Sean…

Kimberley Crossman Joins Fox ‘Fantasy Life’

Kimberley Crossman Joins Fox ‘Fantasy Life’

Kiwi actress Kimberley Crossman has landed a role in U.S. pilot ‘Fantasy Life’ on Fox, which is based on the memoir by one of U.S.’ top fantasy experts, ESPN’s Matthew Berry. When a hard-working guy,…

Melanie Lynskey Reflects on Realism in Latest Roles

Melanie Lynskey Reflects on Realism in Latest Roles

From Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures to HBO’s new television show Togetherness, actor Melanie Lynskey reflects on what 20 years – and Charlie Sheen – have taught her about showbusiness. Jackson’s film introduced not only future…

Rose McIver in Rob Thomas’ ‘iZombie’

Rose McIver in Rob Thomas’ ‘iZombie’

Rob Thomas new series ‘iZombie’, starring Kiwi actress Rose McIver, will air in New Zealand on TVNZ on Demand from Thursday, March 19. The New Zealand native stars as Olivia (Liv), an over-achieving medical resident…

“What We Do in the Shadows” at the Top of the Pack

“What We Do in the Shadows” at the Top of the Pack

“What We Do In the Shadows” is so good, it wouldn’t be so creepy to have these lads rise from the crypt for a sequel”, proclaims Peter Howell, from The Record.com. Even…

Lucy Lawless Joins ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’

Lucy Lawless Joins ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’

Lucy Lawless will reunite with her “Xena: Warrior Princess” co-star Bruce Campbell on Starz’s “Ash Vs. Evil Dead”, which begins filming in Lawless’ native New Zealand in April. She will play Ruby, a…

Take a German Folk Music Tour with Hayden Chisholm

Take a German Folk Music Tour with Hayden Chisholm

Hayden Chisolm’s documentary, Sound of Heimat, which follows the New Zealand-born musician as he traverses Germany exploring the country’s folk music, screened in Rwanda at a recent film, photography and dance festival organised by…

Niki Caro’s Latest Feature Hits the Ground Running

Niki Caro’s Latest Feature Hits the Ground Running

New Zealander Niki Caro is the director of McFarland, USA, a Disney film based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a predominantly Mexican-American high school starring Kevin Costner. McFarland,…

New Zealand Shines As Bright As A Movie Star

New Zealand Shines As Bright As A Movie Star

“New Zealand might be best known for its breathtaking scenery, excellent wines and friendly locals; however, the land of the long white cloud has also earned a stellar reputation as a popular film location”…

New Zealander James Lucas Wins Oscar for Short Film

New Zealander James Lucas Wins Oscar for Short Film

Christchurch-raised James Lucas has won an Oscar in the category Best Live Action Short Film, for his “moving” and “well-deserved” The Phone Call, a star-studded film he co-wrote with friend, Briton Mat Kirkby. “Previous nominee…

Antidote To Mythical Bloodsucking

Antidote To Mythical Bloodsucking

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows, in which vampires mix with a mockumentary crew, is rapturously reviewed by the Wall St Journal’s Joe Morgenstern. The film, writes Morgenstern, is “a…

How Jemaine Clement Became 862-year-old Vladislav

How Jemaine Clement Became 862-year-old Vladislav

Being a vampire wasn’t entirely new to Jemaine Clement, co-director and star of What We Do In The Shadows. His first credited role was playing one in a 1995 horror short film called Blood…