UK soccer star, Wayne Rooney, returned to Euro 2012 listening to a play list of songs as his pre-match build up.
They were: Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid, Arctic Monkeys – Riot Van, Stereophonics – Maybe Tomorrow - Decade In The Sun Version, Bon Jovi – It’s My Life (child!), Various Artists – Oasis Tribute – Champagne Supernova (Cover Version), Cat Stevens – Father And Son, Damien Rice – Delicate, James Morrison – Up, Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven, Bruce Springsteen – Streets Of Philadelphia and last but not least: The Hummingbirds – Doesn’t Really Matter.
Belfast’s Sam Wallace reported: “England got to half-time at 0-0, gave the ball away and made mistakes but for once they did not fold under pressure. At times they figuratively climbed into the passenger seat and shut their eyes. Their confidence wilted with every good passage of play the Ukrainians enjoyed. To compound it, Rooney’s touch was heavy, never more so than when he had an excellent chance to score on 28 minutes. Then, his back-post header from Ashley Young’s cross from the left wing only needed steering inside Andrei Pyatov‘s post but instead he did not get the full connection. Rooney was not the only one. (more…)
Brad Pitt and Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik (Chopper) of Wellington, take some photos of their own at the film’s premiere in Cannes.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.5.12~
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
1. Chinese military spend up $106b & the Ray Charles of Chinese dissident lawyers in New York?
2. Lisa Marie Presley – American Idol performance
3. Richard Kahui news archives
4. Cliff Curtis Hollywood news
5. The Good Wine – Jesus First miracle
6. William Levy Gutierrez
7. Sam Cane – rugby squad
8. Robin Harfouche‘s Hollywood story
9. Miley Cyrus news archives
10.Tie A: Washington Post front page – 16th May 2012
10. Tie B: Faroes Island Viking Fish Fights
In France, the cast of Lawless debuted their movie walking the red carpet at Cannes. It’s a film that’s “set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.” Nikki Finke’s Hollywood website has more at the strut. Nick Cave co-wrote the script with Matt Bondurant. Jessica Chastain, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy also star in the film.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aoteroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.5.12~
[Picture - An oil painting for kids - How Stuff Works].
Should New Zealand just remain an oil and petroleum rich natural haven and just have… no “American” friends?
Although dolphin deaths are being blamed on oil exploration, the New Zealand government is intent on giving USA, UK et al (China) what they want – oil exploration’s extraction of fossil fuels from New Zealand.
Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley cites Taranaki as his model of success noting 3000 jobs were created there off the oily back of oil extraction and sending New Zealand’s oil elsewhere in copious quantites, that are set to escalate rather alarmingly in time.
Heatley also says, his government is looking to boost oil exports from $3 billion to $12 billion yearly. He claims (that aside from global shareholders of oil companies and foreign oil co-ordinators shifting New Zealand oil around the world – making the big dollars off New Zealand) that whatever does come back to New Zealand in the oil-shifting games, that “the money could help fund schools, hospitals and paid-parental leave,” he said.
Phil sees oil (petroleum) and gas extraction “sitting neatly beside dairy and tourism” in Taranaki, and in his one view he thinks, “there’s no reason why other regions can’t do that.” He also sees New Zealand’s East Coast and South Island’s West Coast as perfect for increased oil, gas or petroleum extraction.
His argument rests on the fact that the average job of oil industry money pays $70,000 pa.
Contrary to the findings of Christchurch City Coucil’s leadership team when looking at scientific research and numerous case studies all over the world of fracking’s effects of increasing earthquakes frequency in places where fracking happens and damaging water supplies too, or in some cases – destroying soil with toxicity levels for agricultural purposes for years later post extraction and the initial point of sale – Mr Heatley is still all cool with fracking.
In fact, Mr Heatley says “he had “no concerns” about hydraulic fracturing, where water, sand and chemicals are blasted into the ground to extract gas or petroleum.” Again he sites Taranaki as his twenty year case study of fracking being used.
What do you think? Do you think Mr Heatley’s views are right? Or, if you’re a lover of landscape in the current form that New Zealand has enjoyed for centuries, does New Zealand need a change of government? Or, is there a balance between the two? If so, what is this balance?
Politicians are being encouraged to give over all of a country’s gasoline, oil, petroleum, gas, fossil fuels to BigOil companies. The bribes are tremendous from these companies infiltrating all levels of power in the world. Banks also drive oil extraction games too quite substantially – taking their cue from the world bank’s execs – some of the biggest oil shark creators and fossil fuels shifters of us all.
So, with all due respect to Phil, it’s not as if you can take politicians words too seriously on the matter of oil, is it? Globally, the game is already rigged, long before it gets to MPs of NZ. And, there’s more important things in this world than someone pushing print on bits of paper with an ink press, floating it as “money” to get oil and fossil fuel supplies moving their way. (America & China!).
Just as a balancer to Phil’s comments (and God bless Phil always), the Oscar nominated documentary Gasland also features above – not in favor of Hydraulic Fracturing.
Between this documentary and what Phil posits, is a balance of truth – New Zealand must find for ourselves. We need to be secure in what we have, outside of bribes from those operating in false economies with ‘over-printed’ “money.” Multinational gas companies, don’t care about the landscapes of the territories they extract oil and fossil fuels from – why perhaps they’re perfect to do the job. They have zero emotional ties to history of forefathers legacy on landscapes they extract as much as they can get away with, from. It’s the first I’ve known for example that twenty years of fracking has been going on in New Zealand.
People can get sick and lesions can occur in their brain when fracking goes wrong. Again, watch the Gasland documentary.
In the oil game, the guys in the suits sound so convincing when assuaging valid concerns that fracking could be bad in some cases. By the time the real effects happen, once the land has been stripped – the guys in the suits are mysteriously, no longer there. New guys in suits have replaced them. This is why, we must look at what Phil’s saying and also do research into the matter (like Christchurch City Council have done for their own region’s future direction -obviously agriculture and other means of income gathering etc instead of fossil fuels fracking in Christchurch) about what oil companies designs are for New Zealand and the permits, that someone issued them to give them access to extract from NZ whenua.
If, little to no harm occurs, than what Phil is positing could be a valid way forward for New Zealand. We do have bills to pay in an environment where NZ is being pirated too much, quite frankly. However, if this is not the case with fracking’s effects as Phil seems to think at this moment and time it is okay, then why take the risk? No amount of money should matter if Aotearoa is going to be irrepairably destroyed longterm.
Watch this video trailer.
GASLAND – (2010) Directed by Josh Fox. Winner of Special Jury Prize – Best US Documentary Feature – Sundance 2010. Screened at Cannes International Film Festival.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.4.12~
With it’s fair share of drama and entertainment highlights and scandals, the Cannes film festival 2011 announced its winners this week.
The Hollywood Reporter shares that Robert De Niro’s jury planted Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life in Festival de Cannes history by awarding it the coveted Palme d’Or at a closing ceremony Sunday night.
Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn was named best director for his automotive thriller Drive.
Kirsten Dunst was named best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia as a depressed woman whose wedding is overshadowed by the approaching end of the world. The film, which will be released stateside by Magnolia, was in danger of being eclipsed by the controversy that erupted when von Trier jokingly boasted of being a Nazi during a press conference and then was declared persona non grata by the festival.
Von Trier, a past winner of the Palme d’Or was banned from attending the festival for his comment. On accepting her award, Dunst, who begin life on Hollywood’s big screen as a child turned vampire with Brad Pitt said, “Thank you so much. Wow — what a week it’s been,” Dunst said.
“This is an honor that’s once in a lifetime. Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for allowing the film to still be in Competition.”
French actor Jean Dujardin made himself heard among the jury though he doesn’t speak a word in Michel Hazanivicius’ The Artist, earning himself the prize for best actor. The film is about the demise of a silent movie actor’s career crumbling when sound was introduced to film.
A powerful metaphor, for the age of the internet and media being transmitted online more and more, perhaps in our modern times.
[Photograph - Brad Pitt star of the winning film, Tree of Life, is pictured here with Angelina Jolie. Pic via CG].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.5.11~
Cannes Film Festival is all about the people with movies getting attention on their hard earned projects beign showcased in France. Those who want to be a part of thea action for the love of cinema, are also welcome.
Blake Lively and actor Leonardo DiCaprio were snapped aboard a yacht with Steven Spielberg and actor Lukas Haas (not pictured) Tuesday in the French Riviera.
Looks fun. Exactly what a culture of entertainment, should be about. Good yachting reccie in between movies watching. :)
[Photo courtesy of Fame Pictures - Via People Magazine, USA]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.5.11~
Jane Campion is the Kiwi director whose a little bit quirky when she frames her actors in her movies through her masteterful storytelling camera. Her art evokes the emotional journey of all her central characters being conveyed well in cinema. A skill that’s quite difficult to do without actors overacting. Campion does this well.
The French in Cannes are big fans of Jane’s work this year, as they are of Uma Thurmans‘ also. Most of Uma’s fans would agree with the French this year. For instance, Uma makes kick boxing look like a mere doddle on the red carpet in some of her film work. She’s quite amazing.
The Washington Post reports, “Cannes judge Uma Thurman and actress Rosario Dawson were honored for their contributions to indie film. Also lauded were Sleeping Beauty director Jane Campion and the film’s producer, Jessica Brentnall, and a handful of other women.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.4.11~
Writes Kylie Mac of Wellywood & Hollywood – “Tax incentives, NZ contribution money & law change seal the deal between NZ & Warner Bros/The Hobbit.. Makes me wonder the old 80′s Aretha Franklin question; ‘Who’s Zooming Who?’. (Thx for link Kris:) http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/133632/tax-break-and-law-change-seal-hobbit-deal
[Image: Bollywood Star Deepika Padukone Cannes courtesy of Web, Documentary still Colin McKenzie of Forgotten Silver by Sir Peter Jackson. Music - retro Kids Incoporated singing Aretha Franklin - Queen of Soul from the late 80's. Hollywood's Mario Lopez on drums in this clip is Lol too!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~