Anika Moa to unleash new show that's a cross between 'Kath and Kim and Oprah' for TVNZ OnDemand

Anika Moa will be invading the homes of high-profile Kiwis in her new TVNZ OnDemand show Anika Moa Unleashed.

Speaking to TVNZ1's Breakfast host Jack Tame this morning, the bubbly singer outlined the premise of her new project.

"I go into their houses and interview them, because that's my specialty, then eat their food and dance with them. I had a karaoke off with Paula Bennett and Sam Neill.

"We just do lots and lots of fun things," Moa said.

When Tame asked how she got involved in TV after her illustrious singing career, Moa gave a typically honest answer.

"I have always wanted to be an actor but I can't act."

The show, which Moa says is like a cross between Kath and Kim and Oprah, will be available from 12pm on TVNZ OnDemand today.

Anika Moa Unleashed will see the singing star invading the homes of fellow famous Kiwis. Source: Breakfast

Britney Spears settles child support row with ex-husband

Britney Spears and her ex-husband Kevin Federline have come to an agreement in their row over child support payments.

The Toxic singer had been in dispute with the dancer for several months as he wanted the amount of child support she pays for their two sons, Sean Preston, 13, and 12-year-old Jayden, increased from $US20,000 a month and they have reportedly now reached a new deal.

The terms of the agreement are confidential, but a source told The Blast that Britney has agreed to increase her monthly payments to Kevin by "thousands more".

Britney's father, Jamie Spears - who is co-conservator of her estate and has control of her financial affairs - previously offered Kevin an additional $US10,000 a month but he turned it down.

Despite seeing her earnings rise since the original agreement was reached, largely due to her Las Vegas residency, Jamie insisted Britney hadn't changed the way she looked after the children.

He also argued the Womaniser hitmaker's success has nothing to do with the needs of the children and insisted his daughter wasn't responsible for taking care of Kevin and his other children.

Despite his requests for more money, the 39-year-old reality TV star - who also has children Kori, 15, and Kaleb, 13, with ex-fiancee Shar Jackson, and Jordan, six, and Peyton, three, with wife Victoria Prince - and his lawyer didn't specify a figure and couldn't give an example of where the boys' needs weren't being met.

Kevin argued he needed the increase because he is "simply less of a 'name' and less in demand than he was in 2008" when the child support was agreed on.

When the former couple got divorced in 2007, Britney paid her ex-husband $US1.3 million, and as well as continued child support payments, he also received spousal support for several years.

Britney Spears Source: Bang Showbiz


Demi Lovato spotted out in public for the first time since entering rehab

Demi Lovato has been spotted out in public for the first time since entering rehab.

The Cool for the Summer hitmaker was photographed out and about near the rehab facility she is currently residing in, nearly two months after her near-fatal overdose.

She was seen talking to a lady with a coffee in hand and she couldn't stop smiling, TMZ reports.

Meanwhile, a source previously insisted Demi is "working hard on bettering herself" whilst in rehab.

An insider said: "She's working very hard on bettering herself and staying on the right path. Sobriety is the most important thing in Demi's life right now.

"Demi has been fortunate to have her family and friends for support during this time. Demi's mother and her ex, Wilmer, have visited her in rehab when they can."

Demi's mother Dianna de la Garza had previously confessed she was still "shaken" by the incident, but said her daughter is now "happy" and "healthy" as she works toward her sobriety.

She shared: "It's still a really difficult thing to talk about. I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened that day. [Demi's assistant called and] said, Demi overdosed. So, I was in shock. I didn't know what to say.

"It was just something that I never, ever expected to hear, as a parent, about any of my kids. I just feel like the reason she's alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day when everybody found out what was happening.

"I don't think she would be here if it hadn't been for those prayers and the good doctors and Cedars-Sinai. They were the best. I couldn't have asked for a better team of people to save her life. She's happy. She's healthy.

"She's working on her sobriety, and she's getting the help she needs. That in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family."

Demi Lovato performing at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California on Monday (NZT). Source: Getty


The mystery of China's Hollywood acting star not heard from since July - where is she?

Chinese actor Fan Bingbing's management's office in Beijing is dark and abandoned.

Her birthday passed almost unmarked in China's hyper-adrenalised social media environment.

Fan, one of China's most well-known starlets and a rising name in Hollywood, has fallen off the map amid vague allegations of tax fraud and possibly other infractions that have put her at odds with China's Communist Party-appointed culture czars.

The actor has starred in dozens of Chinese movies and television series and is best known internationally for her role as Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

She was reportedly booked to star alongside Penelope Cruz in the Hollywood spy thriller 355 in 2018 and has a role in director Xiao Feng's upcoming film Air Strike featuring Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody.

Yet - for nearly three months - the 37-year-old has been missing from the public eye following a Chinese tax scandal over celebrities underreporting their earnings.

In June, she disappeared from social media amid rumours that she had been barred from leaving the country during a tax evasion investigation.

Up until that point, Fan had maintained a prominent presence on China's main microblogging service Weibo, where she had more than 62 million followers.

The account has not been updated since June 2, when she wrote about the work of her charity foundation.

Her boyfriend, actor Li Chen, has not updated his account since July 6.

Unconfirmed reports circulating online suggested that both actors were barred from leaving China as the authorities looked into claims that Fan was given dual contracts for her work: a public one giving her official salary and a private one stating her actual, much higher, pay.

Recent Chinese media reports have said neither Fan, her production company nor her agent can be reached, boosting speculation that all were caught up in the probe.

However, in a June 3 statement, Fan's production company stated that Fan had never signed any so-called "ying-yang" contract, so named because of their dual natures.

Police rarely comment on investigations until a conclusion has been reached.

One of China's wealthiest entertainers, Fan earned tens of millions of (US) dollars for her roles, along with high amounts of money in appearance fees and for product endorsements.

It's those contracts that appear to have landed her and her fiance in hot water with Chinese authorities.

Following the allegations, multiple brands pulled out of deals linked to the actor.

At Fan's management's office in Beijing's Dongcheng district, doors are currently locked, the lights are out and a calendar on a cabinet still displays the month of July.

A worker at an office across the hall from Fan's management's office told the Associated Press she couldn't remember the last time she'd seen anyone enter the company premises.

Fan turned 37 on Sept. 16, but only a handful of entertainment notables sent greetings online, a stark contrast from the past when her birthday celebrations were grand, marked last year by a public marriage proposal from boyfriend Li.

Over the summer the mysterious vanishing prompted many questions among members of the public, causing people to turn to social media for updates on the latest.

So far, with little result as to Fan's whereabouts.

"A person with such a big fan base, fame, high income and strong influence, one who seems so rich, has actually gone missing in modern China, in 2018, in an open China. This is a problem in itself", Chinese columnist and commentator Shi Shusi told the Associated Press.

On the streets of Beijing, some residents stressed that high-earners like Fan should not evade tax responsibilities.

One of the actor's fans said that she would like to defend Fan, but that it was difficult to do so while she is missing.

Chinese actor Fan Bingbing's management's office in Beijing is dark and abandoned. Source: Associated Press

Serena Williams and Meghan Markle have been 'relying on each other a lot recently'

Meghan Markle and Serena Williams have been "relying on each other a lot recently", according to the tennis star.

The Duchess of Sussex and the tennis star have known each other for a long time but she says they grow closer and closer by the day.

She told Australia's The Project: "We were actually just texting each other this morning. We have known each other for a long time, but we really are relying on each other a lot recently."

And Serena felt like she was "watching history" when she saw Meghan tie the knot with Prince Harry in Windsor Castle earlier this year.

"I felt like we were literally watching history. I feel like in a few years, when I look back at that moment, it's just gonna be so historic. It's gonna be something people never forget.

"The whole service was really wonderful and most of all, I just wanted to see my friend be happy and I think that's what happened."

Meanwhile, Serena previously revealed she feels "proud" of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex after she launched a cookbook in support of the victims of the Grenfell tragedy.

The 37-year-old royal has written the foreword to a recipe book from cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen, which is based in London.

Responding to the announcement, Serena wrote on her Twitter account: "I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project "Together" a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together.

"I could not be more excited about it and proud of you. It's beautiful - diversity, inclusivity, coming together in grief or joy."

Meghan Markle and Serena Williams. Source: Associated Press