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ALL NIGHT LONG – LIONEL RICHIE AND GUY SEBASTIAN REMAKE A HIT FOR CHRISTCHURCH CITY’S REBUILDING EFFORT

The soundtrack for the Rugby World Cup festivities has begun in an unusual way. Sports festivals favorite Lionel Richie has teamed up with one of the best male vocalists on the planet, Guy Sebastian of Australia to record a new version of Richie’s hit All Night Long. Sebastian was the first ever winner of Australian Idol reality TV Talent show.

The song that has been performed successfully at The Olympic Games in Los Angeles in prior years (1984 -watch video footage below) is being remade with a charitable focus in mind. Richie and Sebastian aim to help raise funds for the earthquake hit City of Christchurch, who lost loved ones in their hour of devastation. Says Richie of the joy of giving to this City:

“I can think of no better use for one of my most successful copyrights than to help raise needed funds for the people of New Zealand. New Zealand has been very good to me over the course of my career and I welcome the opportunity to return the kindness.”

Lionel selected All Night Long for the region of Canterbury, as “it will give people a reason to donate and celebrate the good times ahead instead of just dwelling in the past.” Word.

Richie and Sebastian will perform the song on stage during their current New Zealand tour.

Guy Sebastian, a gracious statesman of Australia in a pop cultural capacity added, “Being offered the tour with Lionel is a real honour but getting to record with him is truly humbling,” Sebastian said.

There is so much good will occurring in the South Pacific right now, it’s amazing to watch. What a good collaborative effort between two fine entertainers for noble-hearted people and for a noble cause.

Above is Guy singing Receba o Poder/ Recieve the Power with Australian-Polynesian R n B vocal princess Paulini, Espanol-singing artist Silva AlemãoRobert Galea (Italiano). Amélia Farrugia (France) in a song that guy and Gary Pinto penned.

Richie and Sebastian’s song has RedOne as producer on it. As we know RedOne is a producer who grew up in Africa with a cross-cultural daily reality and his work involves producing some tracks for Stefani Germanotta of the USA. I’m feeling that We Are The World giving vibe strongly on this one, aren’t you?

Here’s Lionel in action.

[Story penned by NZPA via The New Zealand Herald]

Artwork – Holly V. Hoof of Los Angeles to celebrate this moment that is humbling to blog about because goodness, kindness, compassion that is honoring life is being shared freely and willingy in hearts with such a gesture. So powerful.

Fine entertainment producing in action. If you’ve ever taken the time to read the lyrics of Christchurch’s national anthem, this is the “freedom’s ramparts on the sea” part of the anthem being fulfilled in entertainment for Christchurch City. As we know “ramparts” is also a word found in the Star Spangled Banner of the USA as well.

May Love & Peace always be our power shared equally and freely like pure drinking water flowing around the globe amongst people in our common bonds of shared humanity. To love others and be considerate to others is to be royal and warm-hearted. May that always be what we sing about and celebrate with and in our strong communities (the real celebrities of us all)… the most. True power is when we serve others like brothers and sisters into our comos-zealous destinies at the foot of The Tree of Life.

 

~Thanks Lionel, Guy & RedOne. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.11~


WILL AND KATE ASK WEDDING GUESTS TO DONATE TO CHRISTCHURCH CITY IN LIU OF GIFTS

“Prince William and Ms Middleton have chosen charities focusing on issues which matter deeply to them and, in the case of the Christchurch earthquake appeal, a charity which reflects the couple’s close ties to and affection for New Zealand,” Mr John Key, Prime Minister of Aotearoa New Zealand said.

“I believe it’s a mark of great respect for New Zealand that the couple have nominated the Christchurch earthquake appeal as one of those charities.”

Word. For a couple that have everything that’s a very sweet gesture and depicts the warm heartedness of these royal young lovebirds of the Commonwealth collective. Photo via Associated Press and the NZ Herald.

Will is currently in New Zealand for a memorial service for earthquake victims in Christchurch and also the Pike River Coal Mining gas explosion, fossil fuels mining tragedy that occurred in Greymouth. The Prince is pictured here with Minister of Meridian Energy Gerry Brownlee and Christchurch’s Mayor Bob Parker. More photos of Prince WIlliam can be seen here.

~Photograph courtesy of Getty Images. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.11~


RED CROSS FOR JAPAN – MEDIA ADVERTISING AWARD OF THE DAY 3.16.11

American Red Cross goes all out Schindlers List with this cute advertisement to allegedly help the people of Japan in crises.

What a photograph.

Deserves an Award today. To donate to the Red Cross of America, click on ad pick. As seen, front page WSJ today.

Japan as Israel in a nuclear holocaust. A powerful and motivating concept. True!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.11~


GERARD BUTLER STEPS OUT FOR CANCER AWARENESS

You don’t have to be perfect to help others.–Gerard Butler in Hollywood.

The end of cancer, begins with research–UCLA’s JCCC scientific manifesto.

According to Just Jared, cigarette smoker, Gerard Butler has been quite busy this week. Butler ‘ stepped out for a good cause on Wednesday for the Have a Heart for Children fundraising event, which benefited families of children who are fighting cancer.

Nice one!

Kids fighting cancer are some of these young people. Click on their pics to make a difference if you’d like to. With nuclear reactors being in crises in Japan today and in light of Chernobyl increasing cancer in people affected by such events, Gerards press is very timely this week. Go Scotland.

In addition UCLA is doing good cancer prevention exploration. Go here to see that if scientifically motivated. Peace!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~


SHINING A LIGHT ON PROJECT ANGEL FOOD – OF CALIFORNIA

Today I thought I’d sponsor a Project Angel Food advertisement here in Hollywood. Just because that is achievable with this platform and most of all because I am willing to help others and really want to. Hope you are too. :)

I saw Maggie the homeless lady today (read her story written on my Facebook page)- and I thought – bloody hell! We have so much to be thankful for.

Project Angel Food is a charity of Los Angeles feeding and helping the homeless of Hollywood all year round. Love them!

Watch their video clip below to see the work they do. And, of course, their link is here.

Their modus operandi: “For life, for love, for as long as it takes!” Can’t argue with that mission statement really. How can we be more like that in spirit and actions?

Always true celebrities in my book -they’re freeking awesome. So inspiring in Hollywood! :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.12.11~


CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR ALL

1 Fact: 1 billion people do not have clean drinking water. Where: Africa and India are most affected.

The threat: More people are lost in the world through this situation than war.

The solution: We can make a difference through UNICEF Tap Project. If you want to, please do.

True fact 2: For as little as $10, one person can have clean drinking water for a lifetime.

That’s like a beer at a Hollywood club with the tip. Amazing aye! Act. Bump this post on too. Let’s flow. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.25.10~


PEOPLE WHO JUST GOT COOLER THIS CHRISTMAS

All these people should be on every entertainment bloggers hot list. They’re pretty cool this year in the age of billionaire philanthropists. With that mega-celebrity buzz word forming in the form of this list of people joining a cool club to advocate and act for the needs at hand in the world, what does this mean?  Think 1000 Oprahs (plus) eventually. That’s gotta be good for the world.

PAUL G. ALLEN
 

LAURA AND JOHN ARNOLD
 

NICOLAS BERGGRUEN
 

MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG
 

ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD
 

WARREN BUFFETT
 

JEAN AND STEVE CASE
 

MICHELE CHAN AND PATRICK SOON-SHIONG
 

LEE AND TOBY COOPERMAN
 

BARRY DILLER AND DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
 

ANN AND JOHN DOERR
 

LARRY ELLISON
 

TED FORSTMANN
 

BILL AND MELINDA GATES
 

DAVID AND BARBARA GREEN
 

JEFF GREENE
 

LYDA HILL
 

BARRON HILTON
 

JON AND KAREN HUNTSMAN
 

CARL ICAHN
 

JOAN AND IRWIN JACOBS
 

GEORGE B. KAISER
 

SIDNEY KIMMEL
 

ELAINE AND KEN LANGONE
 

GERRY AND MARGUERITE LENFEST
 

LORRY I. LOKEY
 

GEORGE LUCAS
 

DUNCAN AND NANCY MACMILLAN
 

ALFRED E. MANN
 

JOE AND RIKA MANSUETO
 

BERNIE AND BILLI MARCUS
 

MICHAEL AND LORI MILKEN
 

GEORGE P. MITCHELL
 

THOMAS S. MONAGHAN
 

TASHIA AND JOHN MORGRIDGE
 

DUSTIN MOSKOVITZ
 

PIERRE AND PAM OMIDYAR
 

BERNARD AND BARBRO OSHER
 

RONALD O. PERELMAN
 

PETER G. PETERSON
 

T. BOONE PICKENS
 

JULIAN H. ROBERTSON, JR.
 

DAVID ROCKEFELLER
 

DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN
 

HERB AND MARION SANDLER
 

DENNY SANFORD
 

VICKI AND ROGER SANT
 

WALTER SCOTT, JR.
 

TOM AND CINDY SECUNDA
 

JIM AND MARILYN SIMONS
 

JEFF SKOLL
 

TOM STEYER AND KAT TAYLOR
 

JIM AND VIRGINIA STOWERS
 

TED TURNER
 

SANFORD AND JOAN WEILL
 

SHELBY WHITE
 

CHARLES ZEGAR AND MERRYL SNOW ZEGAR
 

MARK ZUCKERBERG
Go here and especially HERE to read why. Gratitude is a beatitude. It’s a beautiful trait of generosity of spirit. The beauty of gratitude is that these billionaires appear (quite publicly) to have it, but it is also relative in terms of what you personally have and what you do with it, to make the world a better place. For example you don’t need to be a billionaire to be just like these people, gratitude though is the common bond that links these people to ordinary folk who have the same heart and eyes looking out for the world. These people inspire me this Christmas to be more thankful, grateful and sharing. Let’s flow!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~

CHRISTMAS DIVORCEE CHEER FOR THE HOMELESSNESS SITUATION WITH ARIANA HUFFINGTON

[Arianna Huffington & Jesse Jackson and Diane von Furstenberg courtesy of guest of a guest]

First up, a happy Christmas Eve to all of these hardworking newsy entertainers this year: InstapunditJames Wolcott (Vanity Fair)John RidleyKausfiles (Slate)kottke.orgLeft, Right and CenterThe Moderate VoiceNDN BlogThe Notion (Nation)Oxdown GazettePandagonABCAccess HollywoodAl JazeeraAOL NewsAssociated PressBBCBloombergBoston GlobeC-SPANCBSChicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneChristian Science MonitorCenter for Public IntegrityCNNCongressional QuarterlyDaily TelegraphDemocracy Now!Drudge ReportE! OnlineEntertainment WeeklyForbesFortuneFox NewsFinancial TimesGlobe and MailGlobalPost.comGlobalVoicesGoogle NewsGuardianThe HillIndependentKCRW’s Left, Right and CenterLos Angeles TimesMcClatchyMediaiteMosaicMother JonesMSNBCNew York Daily NewsNew York ObserverBuzzMachineThe Corner (National Review)Crooks and LiarsCursorDaily KosDemocracy ArsenalFiredoglakeFrumForumJonathan AlterEric AltermanSidney BlumenthalEric BoehlertRon BrownsteinJoe ConasonDavid CornStanley CrouchEJ DionneJon FineHoward FinemanThomas FrankJon FriedmanJohn FundEllen GoodmanDavid KirkpatrickHoward KurtzNew York Times;

I was looking today at Arianna Huffington of that blog in New York City that is quite extensive in showcasing other peoples brainy thoughts all year round. It’s really entertaining this year observing how Ari has transformed herself into the Christmas Divorcee Santa’s little helper this year of The Big Apple. She just keeps on getting better as a blogger in that uptight Ari way. I like her Christmas a lot this year. Christmas time is a time where many people get divorced. Who knows why? Stress I guess. However I like Ari’s focus, that if you focus on families entirely worse off than your own, it just might help a lot to appreciate the family that you do have. Quite wise really.

Here’s her message, shared for the City of Los Angeles too this Christmas Eve:

Dear People,

“Merry Christmas. I’m back from Chile (Feliz Navidad) and Brazil (Feliz Natal), and celebrating with my daughters and my ex (see HuffPost Divorce) in New York. This year’s It’s A Wonderful Life Award goes to Gregory Schauer, the unemployed man who demonstrated the true Christmas spirit by taking in a homeless woman and her three children for the holidays. Remarkably, when we contacted Greg to tell him about all the people who had written in offering to help him, he told us: “Please let them know that the best thing they can do is pass it on so to speak. Instead of sending me anything, call a shelter, sponsor a family for Christmas, give to the food pantries, spread the spirit of Christmas to as many people as they can.” So, in Greg’s honor, please go to The Goods, our online store featuring goods and services for those in need, and make a purchase in Greg’s name* (My choice was to help pay the rent of a family in need).

*Before adding your selection to your cart, click the box that indicates you want your donation to be a gift, put down Greg Schauer as the recipient, and gregsholidaywish@gmail.com as the recipient’s email. We’ll make sure he gets your message.

Also check out these worthy bloggers too–if you get the time this Christmas: Funny or DieGeorge’s Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos)GothamistHotline On Call (National Journal)HullabalooInformed CommentNPRNewsweekPeoplePoliticoProPublicaRadarReutersRolling StoneThe RootSalonSan Francisco ChronicleSlateTIMETimes Of LondonTMZUSA TodayVanity FairWall Street JournalWashington IndependentWashington TimesWashington PostYahoo! NewsYouth RadioAltercation (Media Matters)AmericablogAndrew SullivanBAGnewsNotesBloggingheadsBoing BoingBrave New FilmsBuzzFeedPeek (Alternet)Political AnimalPolitical Capital (CNBC)Political WireRaw StoryRedstate.orgSeeing The ForestThe Swamp (Chicago Tribune)Swampland (Time)TalkLeftTalking Points MemoTapped (American Prospect)Taylor MarshThat Minority ThingTruthdigThink ProgressThis Modern WorldWashington Whispers (US News & World Report)WonketteThe Young TurksRoger E. HernándezChristopher HitchensRich LowryDick MeyerJohn NicholsJack ShaferRobert ScheerLynn SweetBrian TillGeorge WillMichael WolffPBS NewsHour.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~


THE HORIWOOD TOP TEN – WED 12.22.10

Zara Phillips and rugby football player Mark Tindall of the UK are engaged. Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news voted worldwide in our top ten (with bonus posts for the holidays) looks as follows. No. 1 is my favorite today with ‘heroine addict’ rumors having swirled through celebrity circles and in Hollywood the last two days. Ugh! So boring, if you live here. Yet another reminder how important it is perhaps, to be careful with our words. Congrats to the two stars pictured of the second royal wedding on the social calendar of 2011.

1. Reformed heroin addict Helen Baylor wows with a Christmas Carol, 2010.

2. Nicole Kidman 41st hottest star in Hollywood 2009

3. A Kardashian Family Christmas Kard 2010

4. Dark, weird & manipulative – Ryan Gosling & Kirsten Dunst

5. Katy Perry & The Wonderwoman movie rumor

6. Vanessa Bryant‘s got big basketballs

7. Grenade – Bruno Mars song as covered by Jake Coco

8. She conquered with EleganceMiss Elliette‘s epic Hollywood tale

9. Bong News: SNL, Salvia, Miley Cyrus parodies

10. Runway Action – Victoria’s Secret fashion show 2010 – Part III

Bonus Post: ENTERTAINMENT AND WORLD NEWS THIS CHRISTMAS – 12.21.10

In the spirit of sharing, click on these bloggers in between our bonus posts and say hi. Many of them work harder than I do all year round turning on an entertainment show as website writers and or bloggers. Let’s make Christmas happen for these girls and guys too, if we can. My only claim to fame is that by virtue of location living in Hollywood means that what is on Horiwood.Com is seen as being more credible at times then these hardworking people. I think that’s fair as to survive Hollywood–you have to be ten times tougher than bloggers who don’t live here. It’s part of earning your fame cred in the City of Angels, but with it comes a thorough understanding of the ‘unspoken Hollywood rules of fame.’ It really can’t be learned any other way than living here. A tough school I am thankful to almost have graduated from. To everyone whose ever supported me here in seen and many unseen ways that I have felt, thank you so much for making a Maori’s dream that I never once grew up dreaming, but fortuitously fell into by grace of opportunity, come true. :)

For celebrity bloggers who don’t live in Hollywood, know that all opinions aired and shared have validity in a democratic society of equal people, so let’s support such bloggers too, aye if we have the time and feel like it?! Thanks team. Any celebrity blogger who does charity posts and shines a light on the defenseless, the unheard, the misrepresented, the needy, the poor–will always be a star in my book in that moment they turn their light on such people, just like us. Only creative people have this ability to influence others for the good, which is why I’m affirming their energy and efforts today as stars in the world of entertainment. Alright, on with the show then. :)

Absolutely True

Bonus Post: TISH CYRUS AND BILLY RAY CYRUS PUT THEIR TOLUCA LAKE HOME ON THE MARKET

Accidental Sexiness

Bonus Post: Lady Gaga: AND WHY EXACTLY IS THAT HAND THERE? Operation Smile is the organization that helps out peeps born with that cleft palate situation. Click on pic, to make a dif if your smile’s fabulous and want a kid to know the same feeling. Cheers!

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