Netflix show 13 Reasons Why causing controversy by addressing teen suicide

The show is being watched by millions around the world, but not everyone is happy with the ideas discussed. Source: Seven Sharp



Project Runway NZ recap: When a designer gives you lemons, make it work

This week, the designers drive themselves to a shopping centre where Andreas tells them that they’ll have to design a contemporary streetwear look embodying the colour, energy and fusion of sportswear and streetwear from the late 20th century.

Massy is enthusiastic about the challenge. This is more of his element, and he needs to redeem himself after last week’s fiasco.

Beth is not used to the style, hers is more a 1950’s silhouette than an urban look.

The designers have to get an item from one of the stores to incorporate in their garment.

Judy shopping for an item to incorporate on her design
Judy shopping for an item to incorporate on her design. Source: Tom Hollow

Peni runs after shoes. He loves shoes. As a kid his family couldn’t afford shoes, so he had to go barefoot to school. You would never see him wearing jandals. I couldn’t agree more. Every time someone refuses to wear jandals, an angel in heaven gets its wings.

After the designers have collected their items, Andreas has them hand it to the person standing on their left.

No one is happy about it. Kerry is appalled by Judy’s original item, a canary yellow blouse, and calls her on her bad taste in front of everybody.

Beau picks the item that Massey will end up using as part of his design.
Beau picks the item that Massey will end up using as part of his design. Source: Tom Hollow

With $200 they go to The Fabric Store where Judy is lost. She doesn’t know what to get for her design, her item is a pair of pink sneakers chosen at first by Caitlin. Streetwear is the opposite of her style.

With three hours to the end of the working day, the designers start on their garments.

Matt doesn’t like the silver backless slip-ons that he’s got from Benjamin.

Kerry is bothered by people asking him for constant advice. After all, this is a competition. He wants for them to leave him alone and do their own work. I can see his point, but he could be more gracious about it.

Kerry tries to include the blouse chosen initially by Judy in his design.
Kerry tries to include the blouse chosen initially by Judy in his design. Source: Tom Hollow

Benjamin seems to be the only one happy with the item he's got. He admits he’s now come up with a better design.

Lenon sets out to do something androgynous, a dungaree. Say what? A dun-ga-ree with poufy legs.

The next day, Andreas comes for feedback. He tells Beau not to lose the sense of streetwear. He’s doing a blouse with oversized bishop sleeves. I hope he’s on the top this week.

Andreas encourages Camille to keep exploring her experimental side.

Lenon seems to have changed his design from a day ago. Is she using the same fabric from the previous week?

On runway day, besides the regular judges, Sally-Ann and Benny, we meet guest judge James Dobson who is the founder and designer of Jimmy D.

After the anonymous runway show, Georgia asks Judy, Massey, Benjamin, Beth, Lenon and Camille to stay on the runway. The rest of the designers are safe.

The wining looks from Camille, Benjamin and Massey.
The wining looks from Camille, Benjamin and Massey. Source: TVNZ

First up is a nervous Judy. The judges only like the twisted gold leather work she’s done on her jacket’s sleeves. Guest judge James thinks it’s clever. But, there are issues with the rest of her look. The top is unfinished, and Sally-Ann thinks the shorts are not finishing at the right point of the leg. I see her point, but I like that Judy thought of shorts for her design.

Massey feels better about this week’s garment than he did with his first one. The judges are impressed with the design he’s created on his skirt’s fabric. The dark blue neoprene cape produces gasps from the judges when it’s opened to reveal the model’s left shoulder. I think the wrap is exquisite and the overall look of the model is flawless.

Although safe this week, Benjamin has managed to give us another chic perfectly designed and constructed garment. Sally-Ann thinks his denim overalls are commercial and sellable, they’re different and memorable. Although the inspiration comes from a Parisian woman, I can see Jackie Kennedy walking down Park Avenue in NYC in the 1970s.

The looks in the bottom from Judy, Beth and Lenon.
The looks in the bottom from Judy, Beth and Lenon. Source: TVNZ

Beth’s look is not a winner. Although she thinks it’s polished, the judges don’t know what to make of it. Benny thinks the back is interesting with the half skirt Beth has attached, but Georgia and Sally-Ann don’t agree. I don’t know what’s going on, but this isn’t ‘unicorn poop’ Beth promised in episode one.

Everybody seems to agree that Lenon’s fungus hood – as Benny describes it, is not the best. The top of the dress is not fitted, and on closer inspection, Sally-Ann and Georgia are not impressed by the finishing. Lenon hasn’t hemmed the garment. When the model put the hood on all I could see was the creature from "Alien" walking up the runway.

I thought Camille would be in the bottom, and so did she. Although the judges like her design on the runway, Georgia thinks it’s fun and flirty, they’re not impressed when they examine it up close. Benny changes his appreciation of it when the model takes the jacket off and sees that the top and the skirt are unfinished. I don’t know what they saw on the runway. On my screen, it looked terrible as soon as it hit the runway. Misty’s and Beau’s urban designs looked 100 times better than Camille’s droopy pink jacket.

Guest judge James Dobson, Benny, Sally-Ann and Georgia discuss which the winner look should be.
Guest judge James Dobson, Benny, Sally-Ann and Georgia discuss which the winner look should be. Source: TVNZ

In the end, Massey deservedly wins. What a comeback! Lenon walks. She’s disappointed because she had a lot more to offer.

* Project Runway is on TVNZ 2 at 7.30pm on Mondays and on TVNZ OnDemand

The designers learn about the twist in the challenge.
The designers learn about the twist in the challenge. Source: Tom Hollow


Meet the South Auckland singers who're stars in Croatia

Two South Auckland brothers have surprised themselves by finding singing success on the other side of the world in Croatia.

Seven Sharp reports Christian and Austin Malletoa-Brown, aka Klapa Samoana, toured a bit in Croatia but still had to keep their New Zealand day jobs - reluctantly.

Time passed and their dream of singing careers seemed to be getting further away.

Then the Croatian team qualified for the Football World Cup final and Christian and Austin made a video of their singing in a car.

Suddenly it went viral on Facebook and ended up on national TV in Croatia.

The duo have even had a town square named after them in Zargost, Croatia, and they were there for the opening of it.

Tim Wilson heard Christian and Austin's story and their songs in South Auckland, and you can see his full story in the video above.

Christian and Austin, aka Klapa Samoana, found themselves a hit as Croatia stunned at the football World Cup. Source: Seven Sharp


Emmy Award winning comedian Katt Williams jailed on assault charges in Oregon

Comedian Katt Williams has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a hired driver during an argument about taking him and his dog from the Portland, Oregon, airport to a performance in the city.

Williams, who was in jail today, came to Portland to perform in Nick Cannon's "Wild 'N Out" comedy improv show Friday night.

The town car driver had swelling and cuts on his face and was treated at a hospital, according to Port of Portland police. The comedian, 47, whose real name is Micah Williams, left in another vehicle and was arrested Saturday (US time).

Williams has been charged with assault in the fourth degree, and an arraignment is scheduled for Monday (US time0. He also was arrested for an out-of-state warrant from Georgia.

A publicist for Williams, whose comedy specials have appeared on HBO and Netflix, didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment. A jail official and a spokesman for the district attorney's office said they didn't know if the comedian had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

The incident happened at Atlantic Aviation, which handles private planes at Portland International Airport, police said. An employee who answered the phone  said her boss had told workers not to discuss the case.

Williams won the Emmy Award last month for guest actor in a comedy series for his appearance in "Atlanta," a TV show about two cousins in Atlanta's rap scene.

His arrest comes more than a year after Williams was sentenced to three years of probation in Los Angeles after pleading no contest to stealing a celebrity photographer's camera. Prosecutors said in April 2017 that he also needed to attend anger management classes.

In 2016, Williams got five years of probation after pleading no contest in Georgia to assault and battery tied to allegations he threatened a bodyguard while an acquaintance beat him with a baseball bat.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Katt Williams attends the LA Premiere of "Father Figures" in Los Angeles. Williams was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a driver. Williams is in jail Sunday, Oct, 7, 2018. He had come to Portland to perform in Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” comedy improv show Friday night. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Katt Williams. Source: Associated Press

Watch: Anika Moa says her new self-titled album reveals 'deep and personal' side of her

Anika Moa joked she was hungover when she wrote the songs for her new album, which was released last week.

Halting her trademark jokes for just a moment during a hilarious interview on TVNZ1’s Breakfast, Moa said the self-titled album revealed another side to her personality.

"I feel a lot, I get really deep and personal, this (the album) is the other side of me, very intense and very serious," she said.

The album was recorded in New Orleans, with Moa squeezing in the sessions in eight days between recording her Unleashed series for TVNZ OnDemand and hosting Seven Sharp.

She also flagged her personal highlights from the second season of Anika Moa Unleashed, saying comedian Urzila Carlson, Sam Neil, and Judith Collins were her favourite interviews.

Watch the second season of Anika Moa Unleashed here.

"He's (Neil) so gorgeous, and rugged and wine-y – as in wine, he loves wine," she said.

"I loved Judith Collins, she took on the role of my lover quite well, a little bit too well," she said.

"She was like 'what would my husband think', I was like he’d probably love it.'"

The musician and TV host also flagged her highlights from the new season of her Unleashed series. Source: Breakfast