True Kiwi facts, Grey Lyn, Auckland City – New Zealand: Once upon a time a humble Samoan lad was born in Hayward, California. He and his family moved around a lot in his early years. He played football for the University of Miami and wanted to study to be a criminologist. The world called him to wrestle instead.
He followed in his dad’s footsteps. It took a while to get going as an entertainer in his own right, then Hollywood called him to act in movies.
His name is Dwayne Johnson, the rest is history unfolding and can be seen on the silver screen.
[Photo - O.Canada Entertainment, Sports News & News Website]
So, who’s cool and being read right now online?
1. Amy Rhodes
5. Miley Cyrus
Favorite The Rock quotes:
Who in the blue hell are you?
Just bring it!
Finally…The Rock…has come back to [whatever city he's in at the time]
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking!
It doesn’t matter what you think.
You will go one on one with the Great One!
… So silly! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteaoroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.9.12~
Wall Street must be thirsty today, when planning ahead.
The ten most read topics on the website today are:
1. Hollywood Entertainment News
2. Entertainment Celebrity News
3. Entertainment News
6. New Zealand
8. Dwayne Johnson
9. Action Stars
Two most searched for people are actors Dwayne Johnson & Taylor Kitsch.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.12~
The no.1 most voted Hollywood actor today is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Currently filming in the Chris Morgan penned script, The Fast & The Furous 6, The Rock is also slated to star in Anthony and Joe Russo‘s movie Ciudad and in the Chuck Russell remake of Arabian Knights with Australia’s Liam Hemsworth and Wales’ Anthony Hopkins.
The Rock is also the 3rd most influential box office earning actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine 2012. He is a good example of sports-Hollywood cross over as a star construct.
Read more at Industry website IMDB.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.7.12~
Dwayne The Rock Johnson checked in on Forbes Top 100 as the 3rd highest earning actor for the last year. The Rock earned US$34 million for his days on set at the office and touring promoting his films. Not bad at all.
In first place was box-office wrestler, Tom Cruise, with a [declared] earnings of $75 million. In second equal position was Leonardo DiCaprio and Happy Gilmour funnyman Adam Sandler both earning $37 million. Ben Stiller earned $34 million. Sacha Baron Cohen and Johnny Depp, Will Smith took $30 million. Mark Wahlberg earned $27 million.
[Shouldering the pressures of that level of fame, believe it or not, these guys have a tough job. Photo: Dwayne Johnson - Green Nobles].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.7.12~
Watching film professor and Merata Mita fan, Roger Horrocks on television reminds me of the power of documentary and film as a genre. Many people are avid film buffs in the world with a high profile, yet there are few people in the world more passionate about film in all its forms as Roger is. Film is written in his heart now. He has and always will be a rangatira of He Whakaata Taonga a Aotearoa, films of New Zealand.
Roger is organizing a film festival and he’s made a film of his own. He says he loves hearing immigrant stories on the screen and also New Zealand’s alternative “hippy” culture shining too in reinvented forms.
As I sit in the sun drinking a morning coffee, with the TV up loud so I can hear, the neighbors are singing the Maori song Toro Mai to Ringa. It’s a song I grew up singing too as a kid as well. Their music washes the soul, like timeless seas of the moana.
Last night I watched a documentary on the Tangata Pasifika TV programme. One of the producers of the show was Catherine Graham. It spoke of Samoa’s history as a nation who were continuously exposed to colonizing regimes. They were hunted, captured, exiled or had to flee to the hills when raiding boats tried to take over their culture. Eventually, their own independence arose within their spirits more as a sovereign nation maturing with technology’s advancements through history. (more…)
Samoan-American actor and Hollywood sports-megastar, Dwayne Johnson, is already signed up to play a version of Hercules. Now Dwayne can add another film role to his Hollywood resume.
Warner Bros has just signed Dwayne to star in Lore, the film based on the graphic novel penned by Ashley Wood.
Cory Goodman is writing with Jeremy Lott. Producers are Andrew Lazar, David Alpert and Rick Jacobs with Wood and Miri Yoon gettig the EP hats in the deal. The film is expected to dove-tail nicely with Men In Black‘s audience base, the sci-fi, action movie franchise whose next film installment sees Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) making an appearance in.
Dwayne is expected to up his profile in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in the months ahead as a part of Warner Bros’ key movie marketing US-propelled strategies ahead.
Is there anything this man can’t do?! He’s full throttle right now.
[Photo courtesy of Star Pulse].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.4.12~
It’s amazing what taro and doritos can do for your physique. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson on the Miami set of Pain and Gain – a movie where a pair of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.4.12~
Photo caption – Jon Chu photgraphs Dwayne Johnson in this pic.
In Hollywood Industry and Celebrity Wrap Up News, here’s a few links we’re reading:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.2.12~
Dwayne Johnson & Vanessa Hudgens new movie has been given an IMAX viewing date:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Feb. 3, 2011 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that the 3D family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán and Kristin Davis, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on Friday, February 10. The New Line Cinema film will open in 282 IMAX® theatres domestically, simultaneous with the film’s North American wide release. It will also open on 166 IMAX® theatres internationally, 143 of which will open as of Friday, February 10th, with the additional runs debuting over the following weeks. Additional playdates will be added as pending bookings are confirmed.
Giant Magazine cover artwork courtesy of GeoTV Blog.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.2.12~
Joshua Hutcherson stars with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in an island adventure film: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
The movie reads: “When his grandfather disappears, Sean Anderson partners with his mom’s boyfriend on a mission to find grandad, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island filled with mythological creatures.”
To watch the trailer at E.W click on top pic to view.
Hutcherson is set to be another young Taylor Lautner styled Hollywood action star when the upcoming The Hunger Games movie film franchise hits theaters this year.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.2.12~
Nikki Finke drops the juice on Hollywood casting news developments today, claiming “The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth is about to close a deal to star as ‘Chris’ in Empire State, an indie heist movie written by Adam Mazer (Breach, HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack) with Dito Montiel directing. Dwayne Dwayne Johnson may play ‘Ransone’.
Actors with a South Pacific connection are kinda hot right now in Hollywood, aren’t they? We have resources. :)
Perhaps we should create some more.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.12.11~
Dwayne is the 10th mosted voted star for 2011.
As a Hollywood actor of the action genre, Dwayne’s upcoming movies include:
He’s a busy lad!
[Photo via TheHunkies]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.12.11~
Tweet News for Manu Samoa via The Rock – “”Rugby World Cup: All Blacks & Manu Samoa. Ia manuia ma fa’amalo atu. Alofa fa’asamoa!”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.9.11~
Two blog posts read by a readership stemming from 50 nations (+) of the world, that have made the top ten (democratically voted) blog posts today are: TATAU – DWAYNE JOHNSON – THE ROCK of HOLLYWOOD (no.2) and rugby football’s,underwear/ heater model, at no.9.
[For the record, Luke McAllister's sporting/ culturalin France, rates at no.10 today]. Fancy that?! You’d never know that today, reading the New Zealand Herald… but it pays to have a blog… I guess, to find these things out.
Congratulations fellahs. Let’s keep entertainment that rates, flowing then.
[In 2009 this photo was snapped of McAllister and Alessandro Zanni of Italy, in a football game at the San Siro Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Milan, Italy. Photo by Paul Gilham/ Getty Images Europe, via Zimbio)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.7.11~
Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock is known for wrestling. He is the lad who is of Samoan origin, then grew up in New Zealand before wrestling his way with sports as his entertaining medium within the USA.
His audience appeal he then transitioned into show biz as an action star of cinema to then wow his fans via Hollywood in action movie roles often playing the exotic other in such roles.
He’s no.1 today on Horiwood.Com in our top ten entertainment and celebrity news posts. Here’s how you voted today. Thanks people.
Some bloggers and media outlets in the USA who like to cover Dwayne Johnson, star of Polynesia, The South Pacific are USA too are: NPR; Newsweek; People; Politico; ProPublica; Radar; Reuters; Rolling Stone; The Root; Salon; San Francisco Chronicle; Slate;Washington Times; Washington Post; Yahoo! News; Youth Radio; Altercation (Media Matters); Americablog; TIME; Times Of London; TMZ; USA Today; Vanity Fair; Wall Street Journal; Washington Independent
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.9.11~
Julian & Chelsea, circus stars appear again on Horiwood.Com in Hollywood. Ten posts we’re sharing via social media, from Los Angeles The Entertainment Capitol of the World, in this momento are:
Music – Sun Goes Down by Maori and Polynesan brotherhood Nesian Mystik depicting the centuries distilled cultural Kiwi artform of Bronaaki. So Kiwi irey, they’re all good!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.15.11~
X-MEN FIRST CLASS TRAILER, GERMAN BULL DYKES, THEIR IPHONES AND PASSION FOR ECHINACEA POTTLES – 2.10.11 @ 6.45PM
Three German bull dykes speak German in Hollywood while playing on their iPhones and swapping Echinacea pottles to read from the health store. Not that it matters as it is totally a closed conversation, but why don’t I speaka da Deutsch? Lol!
If I could speak German, I’d probably throw in some Ray Allen 3 point record talk as a conversation opener. I’d follow it up with some banter about Cisco. Peggy Rea and Axel Weber. I would definitely say the words ‘Born This Way’ to get their attention, with perhaps some work out hot tips terminology as read via Hugh Jackman’s build up press for X Men First Class. (Watch trailer at link). Hugh’s a big hit with dykes, oddly. Go figure! Then in my best Donald Trump I would mention the “s card.”
I decide an echinacea conversation is all a bit contrived and I’m feeling lazy today, so I choose not to interrupt this power health, dyke moment. Gosh. These girls are all set in echinacea euphoria land. Still, these girls make me ask, Why don’t I speaka da Deutsch?
Ten posts you’re digging right now in Hollywood, as noticed at 6.45pm are:
In Other News - Grey Lyn, Auckland City, Samoan raised action star Dwayne Johnson gets majorly segued into Hugh Jackman’s Hollywood mix, with an exclusive Fox news story (now not so exclusive) that goes like this:
It’s that time again, folks: Hugh Jackman is pumping iron and packing on the pounds to shape up for the next installment of Wolverine.
But who has he enlisted for help in achieving that rock-solid physique? Why, none other than The Rock.
“I got the diet from Dwayne Johnson, he put on 25 pounds for his last film and I saw him and was like, ‘wow’ so I called him up and he gave me his exact diet,” Jackman told FOX411′s Pop Tarts at the Audi Super Bowl celebration at the Audi Forum in Dallas on Friday evening. “I need to put on about 30-40 pounds, I don’t know if I can get there but I am up about 15 pounds so far. I’m trying.”
Jackman’s Johnson-inspired weight gain diet is comprised of 6,000 calories daily, and believe it or not, but its “hard work” to eat so much.
“Basically it’s steak or chicken, broccoli and cauliflower, and sometimes rice but only up until lunch time,” he explained. “That’s it eight times per day. It’s like a job in itself.”
Jackman, who hosted the Academy Awards in 2008, also shared some words of wisdom for this year’s hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
“Have fun, enjoy the first hour because it’s the best audience you’ll ever have and from then on there is a lot of seat fillers and people that are really tired and probably upset they didn’t win,” he said. “So just keep the show moving.”
And even though the Australian native grew up playing his homeland’s beloved form of football – rugby — he’s happily converted to U.S style.
“It took me a little while to get into, because I was used to rugby and played rugby,” Jackman confessed. “But I love that in every game there is great pressure and suspense. With rugby and Aussie Rules (another form of Australian football) it is just flowing all the time, but American Football is so full of suspense. I just love it. And the athletiscm, these guys are freaks. I love it.””
The world is changing so rapidly, that the US has its very own rugby football team. If you want to support them at Rugby World Cup in September this year. Get your hot tix, right here. You won’t want to miss it.
But why don’t I speaka da Deutsch? :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.10.11~
Be a reservoir via Hollywood of life for kids. To put it bluntly, 2 million kids die each year because clean drinking water is what 1/6th of the world still need.
Let’s flow. Thanks people.
[This photograph: Ethiopia]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~
Never underestimate a Polynesian action star in Hollywood. They’re fierce.
The movie opens Wednesday in the City of Angels. Go see. Tom Berenger and Mauricio Lopez and martial artist, Sidney S. Liufau also star in this George Tillman Jr. directed film.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~
The art of Samoana tatau – visibility as credibility in a battle of culture… Dwayne Johnson of Grey Lyn is The Rock of Hollywood.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
KJ ROCK – ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY MARINES HAKA FOR U.S SECRETARY OF STATE, HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA – 11.3.10
Hilary Clinton’s in New Zealand, so here’s one from the NZ military troops to celebrate the U.S Secretary of States presence in NZ waters, that they protect and serve.
A thought: Milky Bar Kids in New Zealand rock aye?! Men in New Zealand are just brought up culturally aware and nuanced in diverse cultural lore as this video clip represents a picture of. A colorful and vibrant culture is New Zealand.
Here’s the Royal New Zealand Navy doing the haka of New Zealand (Maori warrior war dance) at the Devonport Royal Navel Base in Auckland, The Supercity. As mentioned on this blog before, the haka has been performed as an expression of masculinity and one’s inner spirit of a warrior, for over one thousand years within New Zealand shores. It’s just a part of how we roll as a rugby football playing nation.
The troops of the Kiwi King, John Key, Prime Minister.
Top Pic: New Talent: Kalani Jones
Pic Below: Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock of Hollywood, Ca.
Haka video source: Jordan Samuel Graham – my nephew.
[Image of Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Day, because I cant find the pics of when Chelsea Clinton visited Queenstown, New Zealand from back in the day, so this one will suffice, aye. Question: When will the Obama's pay NZ a visit? We have good fiscal leadership in NZ, well worth a trip down to learn and see the countryside too with the girls. A family vacation?]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.3.10~
Aloha! Talofa, Kia Ora, Malo ni, ea mai koe? Kia orana, Malo lelei! ‘Sup? And, who are these two love birds then?
Who: Darrin & Kobez
Where: Hawaii, Obama‘s home State.
What: Vacationing love birds from New Zealand in Hawaii, USA.
Shout Out: Are you voting Parata for Mana electorate? I hear she’s the best candidate and most experienced for the job. Exciting stuff!
Btw: The chop suey at the Sidewalk restaurant in Oa’ahu, Hawaii, is even more amazing than the chop suey, Aunty Sia makes in Porirua, after Tongan Church on Sundays. Aunty Sia, would be impressed. Eat there. Yummy Polynesian delicacies. Their Ahi Poke is to die for, huge portions! (recipe: fresh tuna, cut in generous chunks, freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, plenty of sesame seed oil and sliced green, spring onion – yummo!). Try this at home in Porirua. Too good to be true.
However, Sidewalk’s or Aunty Sia’s chop suey, isn’t quite as good as the chop suey Miss Universe of Samoa, the one and only Aunty Martha makes (my Aunty and Aunty of Michael Jones and Cathy Collins & Mr Cool - Derek Jones too, obviously!). But definitely a close second.
Now back to our two lovebirds, Kobez and Darrin: You two Wellingtonians are both so lucky, to be in yummo chop suey, rich, Polynesian heat, right now! It’s raining today in otherwise sunny California – the home of Dwayne Johnson.,”The Rock” -formerly of Grey Lyn, Auckers.
Gosh, just thinking about Aunty Sia’s chop suey in Porirua and Aunty Martha’s as well is making me want to play down some major records of The Jets here in Hollywood, but I should show some respect to Brother Love with his Poly club classic we all can get our siva-salsa-haka dance grooves on to. He’s coco-licious cool.
Here’s Roimata for you Wellywood-Hawaiian birds of love to enjoy and all of Porirua City. Like Aunty Sia’s chop suey in colourful Porirua, Brother Love is the best. Playing it down from Hollywood today for all of us in Porirua City, Grey Lyn, California and Hawaii. Heck Yeah! Let’s go Porirua! Up!
To experience Hawaii too as a tropical getaway vaction location, here’s a good link.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.19.10~