Kiwi Taika Waititi gets informal Star Wars job offer by franchise boss

Kiwi director Taika Waititi has received praise and an informal job offer by Star Wars franchise president Kathleen Kennedy.

During an interview with Newshub, Ms Kennedy said she thought the Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor director has "exactly the right sensibility". 

"I would love for him to direct a Star Was movie," she said. 

Last week Waititi spoke to Marae about how he viewed the state of the country. Source: Marae

The interviewer asked if it was a job offer, to which Ms Kennedy said: "Yeah". 

The latest Star Wars movie comes to screens in New Zealand on December 14.


Kiwi singer strong chance to take out Usher's global Megastar competition

A young Kiwi singer might just be our next global music superstar after entering a competition run by US singer Usher called Megastar.

Chris Black, 25, currently works in Motueka for a kayaking business, but that could soon change as he is currently sitting at number two in the top 10 of the US singing competition.

Megastar is an app based competition where potential singing stars send in music videos that are first judged by celebrities (including Usher) before being voted on by the public in a bid to win a trip to Los Angeles to compete for a $US1 million prize.

"I'm so passionate about it and it's something I want to do for the rest of my life so I think this is going to be a good kick start to it," Black told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

The top five contestants when voting closes on Sunday will head to Los Angeles where they will perform in front of Usher in the hopes of taking out top spot.

"I can't even describe it, to be able to meet Usher and potentially win $1 million would change my life," the 25-year-old said. 

The public can vote once per 24 hour period up until Sunday, for more info on the Megastar competition follow the link.

Chris Black works for a kayaking business in Motueka but sings any chance he gets. Source: Seven Sharp


Paul McCartney proves all you need is love, inviting man on stage to propose at Aussie concert - 'You got a ring?'

Sir Paul McCartney was given a memorable moment of his own during the first leg of his Australian tour, when he invited a fan on stage to propose to his girlfriend.

Martyn Davison had brought a sign to the Perth concert on Saturday night, reading, "can I propose to my love on stage?"

The sign caught the former Beatles eye, with McCartney inviting the man and his girlfriend on stage.

The superstar then told Mr Davison to "get down on one knee" as he asked the all important question in front of a packed house.

"We met in England on a Contiki Tour and I thought at the end of the tour that she listens to a lot of the Beatles and I know now that I have the world's biggest Beatles fan.

"It would be an honour, Saya, if you would take my hand in marriage" he said as the crowd cheered Mr Davison on.

His girlfriend Saya accepted the proposal, earning the pair a warm hug from their idol McCartney.

McCartney hits Kiwi shores for a show at Auckland's Mt Smart stadium on December 16.