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‘Star Trek’ actor Chris Pine pleads guilty to DUI

Hollywood actor Chris Pine, center, arrives at a courthouse in Ashburton, New Zealand, Monday, March 17, 2014. Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the "Star Trek" movies, pleaded guilty in the New Zealand court to drunken-driving charges. The 33-year-old was fined $93 New Zealand dollars ($79) and had his New Zealand driver’s license suspended for six months during a hearing at the Ashburton District Court. AP

Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” movies, has pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court to drunken-driving charges.

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Actor Chris Pine charged in New Zealand with DUI

In this Dec. 4, 2012 file photo, actor Chris Pine attends a press conference for his latest film "Star Trek Into Darkness" in Tokyo. Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the "Star Trek" movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand. Court officials said Wednesday, March 12, 2014, that the 33-year-old American is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday, March 17. AP

Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand.

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Grammy winner Lorde launches Twitter tirade at media

Lorde, left, and Joel Little accept the award for song of the year for "Royals," at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. AP

New Zealand teenage pop sensation Lorde complained about the “frightening” price of fame Wednesday after a media pack jostled her when she returned home following her Grammys success.

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Polynesian Wizard looks forward to ‘Wicked’s’ Manila run

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IN COSTUME as the Wizard of Oz, which Laga’aia plays “simply.” “He can’t be a caricature. He can’t fight with the show’s grandness.”

“I always feel that I have a responsibility to open doors for others. My 30-year career has always been about opening doors whether for Filipinos, Indians or Chinese. I see that as part of my job.”

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New Zealand airline reveals image of Hobbit dragon

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New Zealand’s national airline has unveiled a giant image of the dragon Smaug on one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy.

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Single Review: ‘Royals’ by Lorde

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A counter-culture artist is born… Lorde, whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from New Zealand. She is starting to quickly establish her own identity with music aficionados spanning every age group with her meaningful and well-crafted lyrics that speak directly from the heart of who she is as an artist. That right there explains a lot to me why there are so many teens now moving away from listening to artists like Miley Cyrus to more thought-provoking and sensible music that Lorde has to offer.

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Hobbits help draw tourists to New Zealand

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, a giant sculpture of Gollum, a character from "The Hobbit," is displayed in the Wellington Airport to celebrate the upcoming premiere of the first movie in the trilogy, in Wellington, New Zealand. AP FILE PHOTO

Hobbits, elves and dragons appear to be luring tourists to New Zealand as fans await their first glimpse of the second movie in “The Hobbit” trilogy.

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Middle Earth mania for Hobbit debut

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his picture taken on November 24th, 2012 shows flags advertising "The Hobbit" movie fluttering at Wellington airport in Wellington. AFP / MARTY MELVILLE

Huge crowds swarmed into central Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”, an event that has sparked Middle Earth mania in New Zealand.

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Hobbits, superheroes put magic in NZ film industry

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In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, a giant sculpture of Gollum, a character from "The Hobbit," is displayed in the Wellington Airport to celebrate the upcoming premiere of the first movie in the trilogy, in Wellington, New Zealand. AP FILE PHOTO

A crate full of sushi arrives. Workers wearing wetsuit shirts or in bare feet bustle past with slim laptops. With days to go, a buzzing intensity fills the once-dilapidated warehouses where Peter Jackson’s visual-effects studio is rushing to finish the opening film in “The Hobbit” trilogy.

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Gandalf actor chides New Zealand PM over gay ‘joke’

British actor Sir Ian McKellan poses with the Icon award during the 2010 Empire Film Awards in London, on March 28, 2010. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL

British actor Ian McKellan has criticized New Zealand Prime Minister John Key for using the word “gay” to mock a radio host’s attire, saying the term should not be casually used as an insult.

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Lady Gaga struck by pole during New Zealand show

Lady Gaga. AP FILE PHOTO

Lady Gaga has been struck on the head by a pole while performing a concert in New Zealand.

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There’s more to New Zealand cinema than the ‘Lord of the Rings’

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The cinema of New Zealand can only be described as varied and multifaceted, says Ambassador Reuben Levermore.

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