Coffee stained Hunt for the Wilderpeople script fetches more than $2k for charity

Taika Waititi's annotated and coffee stained script for his latest movie has sold for $2110 after a Trade Me war involving 159 bidders.

The young star of the film, Julian Dennison, said that Taika barely slept while shooting the movie.

"This is the script Taika had in his hands (most likely all night long) and it could be yours!" the listing read.

It was sold as part of a charity auction to raise money for Foster Hope NZ, with other gems from the film also up for grabs.

A page from the Hunt for the Wilderpeople script.
A page from the Hunt for the Wilderpeople script. Source: TradeMe

Ricky Baker's "skuxx as hoodie" sold for $310, and Uncle Hec's "classic Swannie" sold for $1000.

Foster Hope NZ chairperson Louise Allnutt says they were the chosen charity because of the foster link in the film.

"It was a perfect fit and we are really pleased with the response," she said.

The money will go to "purchase essential items to go inside our backpacks which are given to children going into foster care around the country", says Foster Hope NZ.

The praise continues to roll in for Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Source: Breakfast

The adventure comedy has been a box-office winner, clocking up the biggest opening weekend for a New Zealand film, at $1.3 million.

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople script.
The Hunt for the Wilderpeople script Source: TradeMe



'The world news in an album' - meet the Kiwi trio taking Kiwi hip hop to new heights

Kiwi hip-hop trio High Beams' rise isn't slowing down anytime soon, releasing one of the most exciting albums of the year, and revealed as a headline act for the 2019 Laneway festival.

Appearing on TVNZ 1's Breakfast, two of the three members of High Beams spoke of their origins as a group, and their path to becoming one of New Zealand music's most exciting acts.

"We're all mates, we're mates before the music all came together," member Illbaz said.

High Beams came together from Melo and Raiza - who's absent today. They do mentoring and youth programmes at the Wesley Community Centre.

"I lived across the road, they would pop in after work and we would literally just make music."

The trio are a unique smorgasbord of ethnic backgrounds, containing Rwandan, Palestinian and Polynesian descent.

"It's like the hip-hop UN," Melodownz jokes.

"It's like the world news in an album."

High Beams' self-titled debut album also features collaborations with New Zealand music legend Che Fu.

Two of the three members of the group appeared on Breakfast this morning. Source: Breakfast

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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

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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