7 Days set to hit the road for NZ tour

Taken from NZ Herald.

The 7 Days Live Tour is back this December, with a show mixing stand-up comedy and the familiar 7 Days format.

To kick-off each night, each comedian will deliver a seven-minute set, before coming together for a game of 7 Days, including 'Yes Minister' and a game of 'My Audience Member Could Draw That'.

The shows will be unscripted and, unlike what gets broadcast, unedited, making for a night of no holds barred performances.

Regular faces Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Dai Henwood, Urzila Carlson, Ben Hurley, Jeremy Elwood and Josh Thomson will hit the road to bring fans "a hilarious dose of comedy gags that follow all that is popular, embarrassing and shocking in the news," says MediaWorks.

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Shakespeare’s Pop-Up theatre an instant hit

Taken from NZ Herald, by Tess Nichol.

Ticket sales for productions at the Shakespearean Pop-Up Globe theatre in Auckland next year are so strong promoters have had to add a third play to the bill.

A full-scale temporary replica of the 1614 Shakesperean Globe theatre, seating up to 900 people in a circular structure, is being built in Auckland as an exact copy of the original theatre in Britain.

Already, 15,000 tickets to Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night have been snapped up and promoters today confirmed a third show, The Tempest, to the bill.

Pop-Up Globe artistic director Miles Gregory said tickets for The Tempest went on sale this morning and already "dozens" had been sold.

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Lucy Lawless zombie series to premiere in NZ

Taken from NZ Herald, by Ricardo Simich.

Global zombie fans will be green with envy to hear that New Zealand will be the first country in the world to see Lucy Lawless star in Ash vs Evil Dead, when it hits our screens at the end of this month for Halloween on Sky Channel The Zone. Australia has boasted it will be first, but it is running two hours behind us. The US screening will be a day later, according to Zone channel.

It's a coup for New Zealand. That the series is being produced in Auckland by Lawless' husband, Rob Tapert, with Sam Raimi, makes it all the better.

Lawless stars alongside king of the "horror" genre, Bruce Campbell, who has told fans at Comic-Con to expect "kegs of blood". Spy asked Lawless what her favourite Halloween outfit was this year and how she was finding shooting in New Zealand.

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Oz’s top show is about an Aussie shifting to NZ

Taken from NZ Herald.

A New Zealand-written and produced drama about an Aussie heading to Aotearoa to live is topping the ratings across the Tasman.

The third episode of the series, 800 Words, created by former Canvas columnist James Griffin and Maxine Fleming, and which stars Erik Thomson from Packed to the Rafters, was the most watched show on Australian television on Tuesday night for a second week in a row.

Its 1.17 million viewers beat the top-rated Seven News (1.11 million) and the X Factor Australia (1.083 million) as well as The Block (855,000) and long running soap Home and Away ( 827,000).

The series is a joint production between Auckland's South Pacific Pictures and the Seven network. It is due to screen on TVNZ in the New Year.

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Webseries: Showgirls

Taken from Screen NZ.

Set in a cinema, this mad cap web series centres around the capers of two girls and their eccentric boss. With never a dull moment and more film references than you can shoot a Nerf gun at, this is home-grown NZ hilarity at its best.

Featuring Sia Trockenheim (Step Dave, 2014 NZFA Best Actress Winner for Everything We Loved), Brian Gibb (King Kong, Lord of the Rings) and hot new talents Lisa Sorensen and Summer Gribble.

Showgirls is co-written by Alex Casey (staff writer for The Spinoff TV, contributor to NZ Herald and Flicks NZ) and produced by The Creative State.


Westside goes 80s in leather, lace and leopard print

Taken from NZ Herald, by Ricardo Simich.

In the second season of Westside, the Wests can finally get down to some 80s Iron Maiden. The Outrageous Fortune prequel started filming its second season on Sunday and, as speculated by Spy, the 70s have moved up a decade to 1981, the year Charles and Di got married and the true NZ Westie identity began to take shape.

Costume designer Jaindra Watson and hair and makeup designer Maya Bailey are the maestros behind updating the characters looks from the 1970s to the early 80s.

But they've passed over power suits and the new romantic look as they are dealing with, well, Westies. Instead, the Wests' look is faded denim and 80s bad taste chic with big earrings. The girls have big, back-combed hair and there is bound to be a mullet trend coming for the guys.

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TV3’s all-female comedy show

Taken from NZ Herald, by Ricardo Simich.

TV3 will be trying out an all-female cast in a new comedy show, in the male-dominated comedy scene. Funny Girls will feature Rose Matafeo, Jackie van Beek, Laura Daniel, Kimberley Crossman, Siobhan Marshall, Natalie Medlock, Madeleine Sami, Antonia Prebble and many more.

The show will be a series of sketches linked by a behind-the-scenes narrative and recurring characters, commenting on being a woman, modern life and the world we live in.

It was described to Spy as a bit like Inception - a skit within a skit. ­

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Arohanui Film Festival launches programme

Taken from Screen NZ.

Running over the weekend of Halloween, but with nary a nod to such shenanigans, the inaugural outing of the Arohanui Film Festival has now announced its line-up.

Scoring a world premiere is no mean feat for a new festival, but Arohanhui kicks off with one: Joe Hitchcock’s Penny Black. Shot on a 27-day, 1400km tiki tour of the north island, during which the high-class world of high-strung supermodel (the eponymous Penny Black) collides with a low-key anarchist and his zebra van.

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Investigating the second season of Brokenwood

Taken from NZ Herald, by Calum Henderson.

There can be few more enduring pleasures in TV watching than settling in and spending an evening solving a nice juicy murder. And the good news is we're at absolutely no risk of ever running out of them. Poor saps are forever meeting their untimely ends in Midsomer. Old Miss Marple's always got her beak in a case. And then there's Poirot, Frost, Morse. Murders never cease.

The Brokenwood Mysteries, which returned to Prime for its second series last night, has carved out its own niche in the genre. Its first series, which screened last year, drew upon the abundance of essential murder mystery ingredients on offer here in New Zealand - small towns, eccentric locals, strange love triangles, petty infighting - and distilled them all into the fictionalised country town of Brokenwood.

While the show mercifully never strays too far from the conventions of the genre, it has always had a good eye for our local peculiarities. One episode in the first series revealed that Brokenwood has an emergent and highly competitive wine industry, for example, and Peter Elliott's pretentious, wine-obsessed big city radio host was almost certainly a gentle parody of Mike Hosking.

It's playful, often quite funny, but rarely feels quirky or contrived. There are steady hands at the wheel - the credits are full of people who have been around long enough to have a sense for what works and, perhaps more importantly, what doesn't. And despite the uniquely local tone, there is a definite universal appeal. Brokenwood is weirdly big in France - earlier this year an episode was watched by 3.5 million viewers, the second most watched thing on French TV that night.

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AAANZ new website LIVE! Are you on it?

The AAANZ's new website has launched in collaboration with Showcast to create a new and exciting international database.

Accessible to casting directors worldwide, the AAANZ's talent section is the only NZ based website to compile all of New Zealand's working actors in one place.

Any actor who is already a Showcast member has automatically been added to the database. If you want to be part of this great new casting initiative and are not already a Showcast member, get in touch with us to discuss how you can go about it.

The Auckland Actors Team
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