The Most Read Sections on our Hollywood-News-Entertainment-Sports website today are:
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3. Sports Horiwood
4. Sports Psychology
5. Sports Talent Management
6. World News
7. Olympic Games
10. Miley Cyrus
In California at this nanosecond on the Comedy Circuit, Butch Bradley is doing the rounds as rising talent. Thousands of Americans wing it across the 50 States of the USA to work the comedy club venues on the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood. Butch is interesting as he was raised by a single-parent mother in the USA. Like all comedians hoping to make it, Bradley’s aim is to make it onto one or two Late Night Talk Shows or a Hollywood comedy movie.
If stand up comics like Bradley do – the rest is the stuff that world famous, Hollywood comedians are made of. It happened for comic actors like Scottish-American talk show host, Craig Ferguson as it also did for Mr Chris Rock.
Chris is featured in the YouTube video clip below, talking about that alarming topic in the USA right now – Gun Control.
Love it that Chris Rock tried!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.8.12~
He crafted some of the best-loved and most enduring songs and scores in movie history. Marvin Hamlisch, who studied music at the school of Julliard since age 7, and who won numerous awards from Hollywood died yesterday at 68.
Christy Lemere writes for the AP: “Hamlisch’s music had a unifying factor — something intangible, an old-fashioned sense of showmanship, a feeling of substance and a respect for craft. He tapped into our emotions in a way that felt intimate and personal, yet he expressed yearnings that are universally relatable.”
Romantic and wistful but with an increasing power was the craft of his signature composition. His style, “starting out quietly and intimately with just a few notes on the piano, then building to a crescendo.” He was the man, the movie industry respected for creating a mood.
The LA Times newspaper from the Entertainment Capitol of The World, takes a look at his life. As guest commentary on Horiwoodblog today, the words of Elaine Woo follow.
Marvin Hamlisch won three Academy Awards for 1973′s ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘The Sting,’ a Tony and a Pulitzer for the 1975 Broadway sensation ‘A Chorus Line’ and four Emmys.
By the time he was 30, the former prodigy — the youngest student the prestigious New York school of Julliard had ever admitted — was a wunderkind composer for Broadway and Hollywood, whose contribution to American popular music would bring comparisons to Richard Rodgers and George Gershwin.
Hamlisch conquered an early fear of performing to become a draw on the nightclub circuit and later was principal pops conductor for several major symphonies, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.
She is the first African-American gymnast to win a medal at the Olympic Games. Wow!
How cool is Gabby Douglas, 16 of Virginia Beach, USA? Working under coach Liang Chow‘s team guidance, Douglas was able to take the lead on the vault and hold off two strong Russian competitors to catapault into the Olympic’s world history books.
Such a powerful story produced from Gabby of teamwork, focus, discipline and excellence for the American people at this time, and us all worldwide. :)
More @thehighbeam. Photo: WashPo. Go kid!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.8.12~
Pasifika photo of the day: Teal water ideal for snorkeling surrounds Ofu island in American Samoa National Park. Part of the Manua volcanic island chain, Ofu is sparsely populated and has miles of pristine beach. Photo: Carsten Peter, for National Geographic.
This morning I’m watching SWISS. The brotha was signed to Dawn Raid Entertainment record label and currently has a song on the US Top 40 reggae charts. Good for him?! Shall he do a Rihanna or a Rita Ora collaboration?
Frequency Media group’s press statement says: “Hot new Reggae signing SWISS has been going from strength to strength in the short time he’s been on the scene in New Zealand, and his EP Mr Slow Wind debuted in the Top 40 US iTunes Reggae chart and the Top 10 NZ PopiTunes chart a mere two days after its release.
His debut single was the most requested track at NZ Urban radio, and new single Blue Bayou is hot on its heels, seeing SWISS literally mobbed by new fans at each of his live performances.”
Right on! Check him out.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.8.12~
Reuters notes today: Amelia Earhart who flew in a Lockheed Electra10E broke a lot of boundaries as an artist and aviator.
Today would have been Earhart’s 115th birthday.
CBS News noted: A US group lead a search that Hillary Clinton had previously endorsed to look for the pilot’s remains and Earhart’s plane. The mission was unsuccessful.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, still believes Earhart and her navigator crashed onto a reef off a remote island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago this month, its president had told The Associated Press on Monday.
“This is just sort of the way things are in this world,” TIGHAR president Pat Thrasher said. “It’s not like an Indiana Jones flick where you go through a door and there it is. It’s not like that – it’s never like that.”
The U.S. State Department had encouraged the privately-funded voyage, which launched earlier this month from Honolulu using 30,000 pounds (13,608 kilograms) in specialized equipment and a University of Hawaii ship normally used for ocean research.”
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Earhart inspired on so many levels as a humanitarian artist. She inspired the idea of navigating your own potential, blocking out negativity and being an idea of global change.
She lived life beyond the limits of what society’s architectural design had prescribed in the day. Earhart’s message, she wrote across the skies. Airborne, as a writer of history, her body in momentum’s flight was her visionary pen.
Artists like Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton and any strong star that flies in planes a lot making a humanitarian difference in the world, perhaps now wear Earhart’s mantle. That’s what I reckon anyways.
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Darryl Gardiner offers sound parenting wisdom for parents of a nation on New Zealand’s TV some days. For the first time, Mr Gardiner’s eyes were missing their trademark mischievous twinkle.
Gardiner has understated Kiwi humility. Heart always in the right place for others. It’s nice Gardiner cares so much to make NZ a safer place for young people and parents of youth to want to live in while growing NZ up. Thanks Darryl.
As a Kiwi – Darryl is also well regarded in Singapore, Austraila, Britain, Europe, America, Fiji, and South America.
He has always had Maori friends whose work similar to Darryl’s at community level is the stuff that real Kiwi legends are made of. They are the unsung unrelenting heroes of stronger NZ communities, in their role as coaches to youth and their parents. For that, we say “thank you”, Mauri Ola! and rock on!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.7.12~
Legendary journalist, Diane Sawyer and ABC News’ weather reporting team, bring a significant story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.7.12~
"When in the course of human events ... you find yourself still standing... ask again what can I do for an idea of sustainable peace?"
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.7.12~
ASIA-PACIFIC OVERTAKES NORTH AMERICA AS THE REGION FOR GROWING THE MOST MILLIONAIRES WITH INVESTABLE MILLIONS TO INVEST
CNN News reports the changing face of Asia-Pacific’s millionaire populations.
Focus, dedication and working at a business can help grow economies quicker if people opt to be less distracted.
For the first time in the World’s history, Asia-Pacific is home to the highest number of millionaires in the world. The news was announced in the form of an annual global wealth report by Capgemini and Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management.
Asia-Pacific has over-taken North America in 2011 on the growing millionaire citizens front. Asia Pacific now has 3.37 million high-net-worth individuals (HNWI). A millionaire in the report is defined as anyone who has a lazy US$ 1 million available for investment. This excludes personal assets such as primary homes, collectibles, and consumer durables. (more…)
Nadine Chalmers Ross brought the story of Obama‘s Health Care proposal today. It is said to be a signature piece of legislation in POTUS’ Presidency.
Radio Australia reported: “The upholding of the insurance purchase requirement, known as the “individual mandate,” is a major election-year victory for Mr Obama.” Watch ABC USA footage above.
The plan argues strongly that all Americans be insured for health care. If they don’t they could be fined. The Republicans don’t like it, and say if they could over-turn the plan, down the track, they will threaten to try. This stance instantly appears naive to the wisdom of the presiding judges, so if the judges are real and still have their integrity in tact, I don’t like the initial stance from the Republicans so far. It is prattish, showing room from growth and maturity towards the people.
What do I think? It means that more Republicans will be New Zealand and Australia bound, with such a response. Although we like wealthy citizens and welcome them under our current government, we dont necessarily appreciate entitled brats though. Entitlement is the downfall of us all. Therefore we must live more wisely with measured compassion and Australian and New Zealand immigration must sieve, attitudes before granting access. To see one’s fellow country folk as a country’s living treasure, is a paradigm shift for Republicans yet it is achievable, with less wastage on the frivalous stuff (except for fashion -otherwise, what would Americans do?!).
Obama is right to want health care access for all American citizens. They would beat up on each other if there wasn’t a Maceys’ sale! (more…)
SUPERMOM’S SECRET ADDICTION: STEPPING OUT OF ADDERALL’S SHADOW TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE FAMILIES IN COMMUNITY
To save her family, Betsy Degree had to give up adderall and a habit towards nasty drugs as well as having to redefine expectations of what a good parent means. Photo ABC.
Yesterday I made a comment about “over prozaced-face” thievary clubs in banking driven politics, that aren’t always considering the needs of the entire community of citizens. I’ve also blogged about community leaders DUI politics (that can befall even the best people, addicted to long hours workaholism).
So many decision makers (or ‘stars’ in the world) are not only addicted to fame, yet they take so many pills. They are not conscious of the decisions they make, what state they’re in to make the decisions they do. They are addicted to being in the spotlight and taking a pill, to get them into the next moment of pressure. It’s an unnatural world, yet social media culture, has made this the norm perhaps more than what is healthy for many individuals in the ‘fame game’.
Addicts come in all forms and indeed addiction clusters often go together (though not always). The world can’t afford to always speed along in a reckless manner, that’s at times making Pharmaceutical and advertising companies so wealthy, leaving a wake in their path that is not good for the world or people either. People “are the gristle” in the billionaire’s games and wheels.
Perhaps that’s why I appreciated Nadine Chalmers Ross‘ news pick today, about one honest US mothers public battle with battling pharmaceuticals drug addiction. She got addicted for all the right reasons, “being a good mom,” yet she almost lost it all.
Betsy’s story as promo-ed by Dan Hill, goes like this: “All over America there are moms in the shadows drowning in their daily responsibilities and turning to the prescription drug Adderall for relief.” (more…)
Press Release: “Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have amicably separated. Please respect their privacy and, more importantly, the privacy of their children.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.6.12~
President Obama discusses his order to end the risk of deportation for many young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. when they were children. The move to pardon 800,000 immigrants has critics saying:
“By calling a halt to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, President Obama not only helps himself politically with two groups vital to his reelection — Latinos and young people — but also shows the advantage that comes with a seat in the Oval Office.”
More with Mark Z Barabak of the Los Angeles Times.
For young people who are exploited by others because they do not hold US citizenship, or a green card, this is a very humane decision.
These kids move from being unsafe into a ‘safer position’ in society. Oh happy day!
Photo caption: “Nancy Guarneros, 25, right, hugs Jorge Gutierrez, 28, as they join more than 150 students and Dream Act supporters who rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Friday to voice support for President Obama’s decision to halt the deportation of young illegal immigrants who have no criminal records and meet certain other criteria.” Photographer: Al Seib - Los Angeles Times / June 15, 2012.
[Top Photo: Olivier Douliery, Abaca Press - June 15, 2012].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.6.12~
Beauty pageants of any kind, can sometimes be reduced to ’cheating a look.’ Fame can be addictive, merely a substitute for true love.
In sports news: American cyclist Lance Armstrong has been acccused of sports enhanced cheating via BigPharma. Ie: a doping scandal.
Is this really true? Armstrong could be stripped of his seven tour de France titles if this is the case.
CNN news has the latest scoop. I think Lance breaking up with rock star Sheryl Crow was bad enough. Even after Crow did all that charity work for 9-11 fire fighter bros coping with grief and loss – in her New York hood, too. That was harsh!
Could Lance’s sports supplements ‘diet’ have had any baring on this?
Some of the allegations were fed via The Washington Post.
[What we learn from this: celebrity rehab centers are a good thing to concentrate on building, for all kinds of people. And, can sport be an addiction?].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.6.12~
The front page of the national paper in New Zealand says today, in some cities Kiwis moving to Aussie has increased 100% in the last year or two.
Or, Australia has become like the pied piper story, effectively mining New Zealand of population numbers in some key areas. I blame the ‘writers’ behind Gina Reinhart‘s giant magnate in the sky, held above Australia’s iron ore and metal (minerals) supplies, with Chinese backing … for that constructed phenomenon – of Gina and her ‘friends’ mangetic ‘star template.’ (I don’t really, I’ve never met Reinhart. But we all feel her presence).
As a ‘construct’ of ‘model Australian citizenship’ Gina and her kind can be criminal to the environment! Although you could argue Reinhart and co are redistributing wealth (in their own way), I’m beyond being down about it now.
To cope, I read Net Worth of American Family Falls 40% in 3 years ... The story also reminds me that redistributing wealth around most families is a phenomon of national shame, in many ‘civilized’ Western nations. We will look back on these years and go, “yuck!”.
Emerging classes are in a stranglehold of this miserly trend occurring around the world.
All it says is that greed is alive and well. The premise of the story is also dumb, as it posits that the only way out of the economic debate is ‘mining.’ A few are given the power to re-engineer over entire communities, busting them up – just to have first go, at the lucractive resources for a few wealthy families and their ‘imported’ new mining buddies. Or, with the aid of economic engineers (the World Bank, the IMF and banking actor architects hard at their schemings) some peoples’ cultures have been bombarded more so than others. “Class wars” are all the rage. And I find that topic really dumb too. New Zealanders are much more noble people at heart, across the board - than this thinly veiled elitist funneling to a few’s pockets.
The good news for New Zealand Citizens is that – It is a good problem to have: New Zealanders are lucky to have two options of fun countries nearby to take the family to visit, educate and raise their children in and live. New Zealand citizenship status’ flexibility allows for this choice. I prefer NZ. There’s no place like it. The views alone, are worth ten times more, than all of the paper gangsta carrots in the world. The landscape (our whenua) is more real, than all of their lies. :)
Mining in New Zealand: Mining in New Zealand must be in line with The Treaty of Waitangi’s spirit that shares with Iwi. Furthermore, Iwi should know more than most New Zealanders how valuable each New Zealand citizen is. We know what it feels like, to have missed out. Therefore, mining in New Zealand also must benefit New Zealand citizens in significant ways. Anything that erodes that fairness of spirit ‘in good faith,’ needs to be reviewed strongly – as it is illegal in New Zealand to engineer an economy in a way that only benefits a few, or to allow it to happen and impact within NZ’s EEZ territories. That’s why I like our Minister of Energy, because he is schooled to know what is noble and right.
Scientific Truism Conclusion: For every magnate in society, half a million fellow citizens could suffer from their paper money wrangling-effects. This is what the science of magnates’ engineering teaches us. Very disruptive!
[Photo: An Australian Science Lesson, Science Photo. Beefeaster's hat photo - Reuters].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.6.12~
Fox News reports today: “I’ll Have Another’s chance at horse-racing immortality ended when the winner of the Preakness and Kentucky Derby was scratched from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes after developing tendonitis in his left front leg.”
Kentucky hat wearers must be gutted.
Must be a slow news day today. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.6.12~
Philly mayor joins soda ban – after opening Shake Shack! – “On average, Americans drink 20 ounces of soda a day.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.6.12~
Once upon a time a Maori-Kiwi princess was born in The City of Angels.
All voices website noted today, Sunday Jun 3, 2012: Director Taika Waititi is a proud new dad. “I’m really loving it,” he told the Herald on Sunday. The USA-based brotha (Green Lantern) and his wife film producer, Chelsea Winstanley, welcomed baby girl Te Kainga o Te Hinekaahu Waititi into the world on May 20.
Te Hinekaahu was born at a birthing center in Los Angeles -reflecting the Kiwi spirit of community understatedness. Cute. Both sets of her grandparents were present to welcome their mokopuna into the world, in The City of Angels.
Te Hinekaahu represents the 1 in 5 Maori who live abroad away from their Kiwi cousins in the homeland where Maori-Kiwi children have been arriving as gifts to us all, for over a thousand years in New Zealand.
Her name means, The Homeland of the Girl Hawke or Eagle (of the Waters of the Puffinsus Griseus). Very cute name.
She is the first child of a Maori Hollywoood entertainer, to be born in the US. :)
With such talent in her whakapapa and love surrounding her life, who know’s what this princess will grow up to achieve? Wow!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.6.12~
In an interview promoting her book American Grown, Michelle Obama told People magazine if she had to be anyone else in life: ”I’d be Beyonce. I’d be some great singer… It looks like musicians just have the most fun.”
The fan club is mutual: In an open letter Beyonce had praised the First Lady as the ‘ultimate example of a truly strong African-American woman.’
Mrs Obama attended the first of Beyonce’s three concerts in Atlantic City with daughters Malia and Sasha Obama. The Huffington Post also reported Gov. Chris Christie was among the sell-out crowd packed into Revel Beach’s Ovation Hall.
The world’s most favorite sista from the USA said on her post-baby morphormation back to being r n’ b’s triple threat, Queen Bee: “Y’all don’t know how hard I had to work,” Beyonce told the crowd. “I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on the treadmill, eating lettuce.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.5.12~
Breaking News: “FRIDAY 10 PM UPDATE: A lot is riding on this weekend’s worldwide totals for Will Smith (back at cineplexes after a 4-year hiatus) and Sony Pictures (reviving a decade-long dormant franchise). Yes, Sony’s new #1 Memorial Weekend movie Men In Black 3 in 3D will beat Marvel’s The Avengers which is starting its 4th week in domestic release.” $US75 Million is the expected weekend box office talley.
MIB3′s foreign takings in theaters was strong: Russia: #1 opening grossing $3.5M (85% of the box office total). Ukraine scored a big $314K. United Arab Emirates took in $427K. Argentina took in $217K, Peru $134K, and Chile $62K. In Asia: Malaysia $369K, Hong Kong $341K, and Singapore $290K. More at the jump.
[Photos - FF].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.5.12~