16:12 Hawkes Bay remain firmly on top of the ITM Cup championship standings after defeating Southland 35-28 in awful conditions in Invercargill.

16:08 New research shows most NZ'ers are in the dark about their home phone and internet contracts. Figures show 70% are unaware of fees and exit conditions

16:05 Air New Zealand is being accused of leaving hundreds of passengers to fend for themselves in Hong Kong after their plane suffered engine problems.

16:03 US President Barack Obama has offered his deepest condolences over a suspected US air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan, which killed 19.

15:35 He might not even be the England coach by the time the Rugby World Cup final is on, but Stuart Lancaster wouldn't be surprised if the Wallabies win it

Tue, 15 Nov 2011

Taika Waititi directing The Inbetweeners US pilot

News which has escaped much of the Kiwi entertainment fold thus far: Taika Waititi is responsible for directing a US version of the hit UK television show The Inbetweeners. For those who have not seen The Inbetweeners (British version), the show follows the lives of four adolescent boys as they near the end of high-school. Together, they pathetically trawl their way through each day, making clumsy passes at woman - efforts that serve to highlight the ill-informed advice they give one another. Throughout their extreme fantasy-driven innuendo and klutz-induced slapstick, lies a basic message: That we are all young once. The Inbetweeners Movie opened in the UK in August breaking box office records; the biggest UK opening weekend for a comedy ever. And now Kiwi Taika Waititi is responsible for its transition to US screens. May success await!

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