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In totally illegal families news: George Clooney was arrested for civil disobedience after protesting at the Sudan Embassy in Washington.

Clooney’s dad, journalist and activist Nick Clooney was also arrested with Clooney Jr. for protesting “Sudan’s blockage of food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountain area of the country. George Clooney also raised his voice against the maltreatment of Sudanese by their own government.”

More here.

[Photo - Kevin Lamarque for Reuters].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.3.12~


His no.1 job is to endear people to like the complexities of America – to exude charm and draw people in.

He’s up for two Ocars considerations this year for acting and writing. When not dividing his time between Studio City, North Hollywood, Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas, Lake Como or movie locations, George Clooney ‘lives with chronic pain from a devastating accident in 2005; admits to bouts of loneliness, despite being surrounded by friends’ and is an insomniac who writes movie scenes through the night. Life hasn’t always been a bed of roses for George. He has been held up at gunpoint once – a situation he found scary. He recently turned down a $60 million movie role opting to star more in film roles he believes in.

As a political activist and humanitarian, Clooney has always been against the war in Iraq. He fears being alone in a bad relationship.

George has also given up the grog this year for a change. To read his cover story interview with the Hollywood Reporter as his Oscars PR build build up, click on cover above.

Actors often make the best writers as they’ve gleaned from industry experiences and a have an insatiable desire to create new acting roles for actors to evolve and grow into. In the years ahead, George Clooney’s ability to storytell will make a good contribution to the world.

In his debut writing effort, The Ides of March, Clooney explores the terrain of how political spot-fixing can be bought, undermining the spirit of democratic efforts. March‘s premise is a weighty topic for America’s ‘most charming actor’ to take on and serve up.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.2.12~


American singer Phoebe Snow dies. Her iconic song Poetry Man was what I most remember about this artist’s twangy guitaring and distinctive voice. My favorite song of Snow’s is the one featured above. What a loss this week to the USA’s entertainment sector of female music artist legends.

Some news links we’re reading:

Global Spotlight News:

Athens is Burning

Greece passes new austerity bill

USA News:

Phoebe Snow dies at 60; singer of 1974 hit ‘Poetry Man’

Whitney Houston – A Voice of Triumph and Pain

Officials probe whether Houston drowned

Whitney Houston’s body should be released to family soon

Chicago’s Kot: Houston had a voice that served the song

Adele‘s big night @ The Grammys

Glenn Campbell talks about Grammys, living with Alzheimer’s

European crude drives up U.S. gas prices

Santorum + Romney

Mitt Wins Maine

Newt’s ‘Dream Team’ Suddenly Very Quiet About Their Leader

Nazis in space hottest ticket at Berlin film festival

LA Times – Woman killed in hit-and-run near Forest Lawn

Solange Knowles: A style star is born

William H McRaven & Elite Forces Situation

Firm with Rahm Emanuel ties bolsters Chicago education agenda

How Zumba dance exercise is on the rise in the world

Find America’s best skiing

South Florida’s crumbling schools

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.2.12~


… sporting the “just got out of the shower look,” makes you less drippy?–W Magazine’s 2011 retropsective via The Berry.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.1.12~



Brad Pitt attended the Critics Choice Movie Awards 2012 this year. Full List of winners are:


BEST DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

BEST ACTOR George Clooney, The Descendants

BEST ACTRESS Viola Davis, The Help



Triple threat sports star (rugby football, rugby league and occasional boxing) Sonny Bill Williams says he has never been more committed to rugby football this year, than ever! Click on pic to watch video.

The Horiwood Top Ten today are:

1. 50 Top Voted Stars 2011

2. Honor & Dan - New Zealand Wedding Day

3. John 3: 16Tim Tebow

4. Nick Cannon

5. Aishwarya Rai Bachan - Baby News

6. Prayer @ The Center - David Yonggi Cho & Bruce Monk

7. Jonah Lomu - Unicef Ambassador

8. Richard Kahui - Rising Rugby Football Star

9. Laura Slade Wiggins

10. From The Hat – Search Trends 9.1.12

11. Full List of New Zealand Honours List 2011

Around The World

New Zealand News

Lack of rain sees tourist town run dry

Major companies raise petrol prices, but Gull stays steady

Rena sinking updates

Or, Brownlee takes a break from Christchurch Management to recommend

Or, Waihi Beach video – TV3

TV3 – The changing face of NZ tourism – Less Americans more Chinese & Indian tourists (more…)


It must be so difficult being a film judge, simply because every film has its own charm and winning qualities. This is the magic of cinema.

Alexander Payne’s The Descendants won Best Picture in voting Sunday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The winners of these awards are:

BEST PICTURE, Winner: “The Descendants.”

BEST PICTURE, Runner-Up: “The Tree of Life.”

BEST ANIMATION, Winner: “Rango.”

BEST ANIMATION, Runner-Up: “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.”

BEST DIRECTOR, Winner: Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life.”

Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”

BEST ACTOR, Winner: Michael Fassbender, “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Shame,” “X-Men: First Class.”
Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter.”

BEST ACTRESS, Winner: Yun Jung-hee, “Poetry.”
Runner-Up: Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia.”


BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION, Winner: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”
Runner- Up, “The Arbor.”

BEST SCREENPLAY, Winner: Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation.”
Runner-Up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, Winner: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult.”

BEST SUPPORTING. ACTRESS, Winner: Jessica Chastain, “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “Tree of Life”
Runner-Up: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs.”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life.”
Runner-Up: Cao Yu, “City of Life and Death.”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN, Winner: Dante Ferretti, “Hugo.”
Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

BEST MUSIC/SCORE, Winner: The Chemical Brothers, “Hanna.”
Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, “Drive.”

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.12.11~


All Black lock Ali Williams and his partner, Casey Green, at Blenheim airport. Photo by Mark Mitchell

1. Guns in Schools – Columbine Tragedy resonates years on

2. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie & family

3. Owls Do Cry in Los Angeles ink – tattooed portrait Kat VonD

4. Hone Tuwhare‘s No Ordinary Sun poem

5. Richard Kahui‘s mystery blonde

6. America’s Next Top Model reality TV redheads

7. Tom Cruise in Dubai

8. Dirty Pirates by Elijah Wood

9. Nesian Mystik & Sonny Bill Williams

10. Tie A: Ian Somerhalder & Nina Dobrev, 24th most voted stars 2011

10. Ti B: Roustam Tariko‘s Russian crush for Kiwi Vodka is a study

Bonus No.12: Tatau – Dwayne Johnson - The Rock of Hollywood

Around the World:

New Zealand News:

Dom Post – Shearer takes Labour race lead

White Collared Criminals News: CF charges to focus on guarantee scheme -The $1.7 billion fraud charges involving South Canterbury Finance are expected to allege the company duped Treasury when… More – $103m fraudster in court before Christmas

The New Face of a Labour Party Reshuffle – Chewing the fat with the two Davids

Kiwi describes Virginia Tech panic

Updated A New Zealand student at America’s Virginia Tech University has described her sense of panic upon learning a gunman was on the loose, at the scene of the world’s most notorious single gunman massacre. video Virginia Tech campus.TVNZ Video - Kiwi student ‘freaked out’ after Virginia Tech shooting

Kiwi-Saudi Diplomacy Humor – Winston won’t say if he backs burqa-ban MP

TVNZ – Flithy Coal Mining News: Pike safety manager told to ‘take concrete pills and toughen up’

TV3 Mining Scandals News: Rockhouse: Whittall ‘mocked, mimicked’ me

Three archangels watching over: Christchurch City – Consolation, comfort, and hope for a broken city. Three archangels will be watching over Christchurch this Christmas despite not having a cathedral to reside in.


Wedding Ceremony Events – Rugby royalty for Dan’s biggest match (+ photos)


ChCh The Press – Wedding watch: Graham Henry touches down

TVNZ – Little Lucas De Jong – Good Morning waves goodbye to Wellington

TVNZ – Spending slows before Christmas period

TVNZ – The most fascinating international sportspeople of 2011

Wellington News – Pumpkin prices sky rocket


Australia News:

Wild winds create havoc – Severe gales cause turbine to spin so quickly that it bursts into flames, sending orange embers flying through air.

ANZ to go its own way on rates – Goalposts shift as ANZ announces it will no longer pay attention to the RBA’s interest rate decisions.

By George, look who’s coming – Private Sydney: Clooney will collect a mouth-watering appearance fee.

TV’s disappointments 2011

Sydney’s quirkiest bars

Governor-general ‘healed’ a nation

Former governor-genral Sir Zelman Cowen

Sir Zelman Cowen, the governor-general picked to heal the nation after the bitter divisions following Sir John Kerr’s 1975 dismissal of the Whitlam government, dies aged 92.

Speculation grows PM plans a cabinet reshuffle

Showing off: Report reveals boom in ‘intangible’ wealth

National Well-being Index

Wellbeing has risen faster than GDP thanks to the boom in commodity export prices and big improvements in the combined knowledge of its people

Asia-Pacific – The Wall Street Journals Take:


Firms See End to Yuan’s Ascent:A significant shift in trading of China’s yuan is sending signals that investors and companies expect China to halt the appreciation of its currency, despite heightened pressure from Washington.

Dow Closes Down 198 Points

EU to Banks: Raise Capital: European banks must come up with a total of about €114.7 billion in new capital by next June, the European Banking Authority said

EU Drafts Rescue-Fund Plan


Tokyo Style (Photo):Tokyo-based fashion consultant Naoki Toyama wears one of Gauntlets “Union Made” quilted jacket over a mohair sweater by the label White Line

New China Life Raises $1.89 Billion in Two-City IPO

U.S. Defense Official Seeks to Reassure China: The most senior U.S. defense official to visit China since the latest controversial U.S. arms sales to Taiwan said she sought to reassure Beijing that it wasn’t the target of a U.S. strategic shift toward Asia, including the deployment of 2,500 Marines to Australia.

In China, it's panda census time

In China, it’s panda census time

USA News

Corzine ‘stunned’ that MF Global funds can’t be found

California prison guards shoot prisoners

Buffett’s company on shortlist for quake hit AMI Insurance

Tom Cruise: Top Gun 2 is coming

Eric Gay / Associated Press -Angels’ big play: Pujols and Wilson – They snag the most feared slugger and ex-Texas ace in what may be biggest one-day free-agent splash in MLB history. Above, Wilson pitches to Pujols in the World Series in October. Photos

Movie review: ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ | The austerity of Scandinavian filmmakers

U.S. household wealth takes biggest hit since 2008


BBC UK News:

Storm blackout hits Scotland

Iran displays captured US drone

War-gaming the Euro crisis

Sarkozy warns of Eurozone disintegration

Blur to receive career honour at Brit Awards

jerry mataparae

Matapare new smokefree patron – Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has become the inaugural patron of Quit Group, which runs the national stop smoking service Quitline.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.12.11~


Born this way – I believe that all children of the world were born to have access to clean drinking water whenever they need it.

BTW: At the moment 1 billion people don’t. 2 million children die through not having access to clean drinking water each year.

Born this way to drink clean water – is these kids and their parents’ dream day. We can make it a dream day everyday for them. Let’s make it happen fun people, by clicking on UNICEF’S TAP PROJECT link. Let’s FLOW! Thanks groovy people.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.29.10~


The wheels of Hollywood always spin. They are not dependent on any one person or studio to keep churning. Politics are the same as is biz and health circles in the US too. The wheels spin. Here’s some celebrity news, entertainment news and other newsy items occurring in the world at this moment as George Clooney replaces Robert Downey Jr. in the astronaut themed film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock.

Is Google getting too big? Steven Pearlstein, a Washington Post biz columnist would say heck yes! He thinks the government should start reviewing every one of the company’s acquisitions on antitrust grounds. Google has a cash hoard of $33 billion, a market cap of $189 billion, and a money-minting search franchise as the search engine company continues to go “Boom.”

Some news links today are:

Would you see Don Cheadle star as Miles Davis in a biopic? Yes!

Adele has announced her tour dates. Woot!

14 Dead After Roadside Bombing In Afghanistan

Desert Kings is a reality TV show on families who restore old cars for Discovery.

Ryan Seacrest & Bill Maher will appear on Larry King‘s final show tonight.

The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast

James McAvoy could play the lead in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Blake Edwards husband of Julie Andrews has passed away, aged 88. RIP.

Coming to Grips With Lugging an iPadGail Collins: The Crying Game

Can you be cast in a Hollywood franchise & not know? Ask Bill Hader & Anna Faris!

George Michael will judge on the US version of talent show X-Factor.

Police Arrest 131 Anti-War Protesters In Front Of White House

Best Ink a reality TV show premised on a “tattooist’s competition” heads to Oxygen.

Anthropology & archaeology in the USA is a theme of Treasure Nation reality show.

Bob Feller passes away, aged 92

Glee‘s Chris Colfer gets a SAG Award nod.

Gary Marshall casts Sarah Jessica Parker in his Valentine’s Day sequel.

McDonald’s lawsuit

To support Tennessee flood victims this year, go here.

Kim Kardashian continues her goal to stay single for her entire 30th year.

Bomb Hits U.S. Embassy Vehicle In YemenSouth Korea To Perform Weapons Drill

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.10~


Elisabetta Canalis attended the Ripple of Hope event last night in The Big Apple. Apparently George Clooney went with her. George is always carrying folders of paperwork these days. His new look.

The Ripple of Hope’s manifesto is: ““Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

The Awards recognize those who mentor others with good actions and is an event organized by The Mentor Network.

[Image courtesy of Splash]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.18.10~


Eye on Entertainment

Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire attend the Grammy Salute to Country Music honoring Lynn in Nashville while George Clooney goes to Capitol Hill to talk about the situation in Sudan.

Pictures: George Clooney followed by author and activist John Prendergast go in to meet with Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) about the situation in Sudan, on Capitol Hill in Washington..Country Music’s leading ladies and legend Loretta Lynn performs After the Fire Is Gone with country singer Garth Brooks during the Grammy Salute To Country Music honoring her in Nashville.

[Images courtesy of Assoicated Press and Reuters]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.13.10~


This Labor weekend, the movies weren’t what everyone was going to see. However, George Clooney‘s The American managed to nudge in ahead of Danny Trejo in Machete. $12.9 million and $11.7 million at the domestic box office, are the estimates given for the three day weekend. 

Nikki Finke’s analysis of the two films performance, is that Clooney’s audience is 35+ (allegedly cerebral and sophisticated), but yet despite his international appeal being a big star, he’s still not able to open a film over the $16.1 million mark, like a star of his calibre should be able to.

And Nikki’s thoughts on Machete’s movie marketing are an eye-opener in the always difficult Hispanic films marketing into mainstream audiences. Personally I believe that anyone who presents a Latino cast for mainstream audiences in any film genre, deserves a medal of honor as a human rights ambassador in America. They are brave and they are combatting hatred and stereotypes built up as a veneer over decades to masque corporate greed concerning Hispanic peoples labor and value. Such people choose when they make their films to see through color.

Machete is the first ever film starring a Latino Superhero in Hollywood. Here’s what Finke writes.

With an opening of only an $11.3M three-day weekend, it helps that 20th Century Fox acquired this Robert Rodriguez pic for only $6M. “We always believed the movie would be so strong in the Latino community. After all, it’s a Latino director with cachet, a great Hispanic cast, and part of our sell has been that Machete is the first Latino superhero,” a Fox exec explained to me before the pic opened with a “B” CinemaScore.

“Fox did everything it could to attract a Latino audience: big ad buys on Telemundo and Univision and Latino newspapers and radio and crossover stations. The studio also brought the cast to Miami for a press day to do 26 shows. At the premiere screening in Downtown LA, all the cast arrived at the Orpheum in low-riders.



This cover is just Tumeke!

Oh… that’s Maori for just “too much.”

Celine Dion heavily pregnant, Princess Dianna and George Clooney? Not bad. 

[Image courtesy of 7 Jours Magazine, France]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.2.10~


Humanitarian award winner George Clooney brought the humor to Emmys Modern Family cast. Clooney is pictured here with Elizabeth Canalis after accepting the Bob Hope Award

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.30.10~



Just smile. :)

[Image courtesy of Popsugar]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.25.10~


John Malkovich and George Clooney filmed a commercial in Milan, yesterday. 

[Image courtesy of Splash]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.3.2010~


Elijah Wood –world’s most famous hobbit, showed us today that to consider the welfare of animals is cute. He’s in Chile doing just that like the star that he is. Because I love dogs, here’s pics of George Clooney and Billy Holiday with their pet pooches. And… here’s how you voted your entertainment and celebrity news posts today. Enjoy! ;)

1. Quick Riser: Bret Michaels suffers a brain hemorrhage

2. Madonna’s latest photo shoot for Dolce & Gabbana  

3. Fuse TV: Green Day, Earth Day special

4. Andres Velencoso for Vanity Fair Italia  

5. Memphis Blues by Cyndi Lauper

6. Hollywood Maori Television — 10 Windows into Maori Culture  

7. Quick Riser: Knox Jolie-Pitt lives up to his name

8. Young billionaires of the world

9. Live Music: Midnight Oil‘s Beds Are Burning

10. Ruta Lee, Frances Davis and Jason Fulk rock it out at dinner

Bonus Post: Earth Day – 8 Tips to think Green

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.23.2010~


George Clooney is at it again. Oscars red carpet 2010, with Elisabetta Canalis.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.7.2010~


According to House MD actress, Olivia Wilde whose representing Artists for Peace and Justice– many of last night attendees at The Golden Globes are donating what they wore for auction to donate money to Haiti.

Watch Olvia Wilde speak about her clever arts-fashion plan that involves Meryl Streep, Gerard Butler and other celebs all donating their Award Show garments for the cause. Josh Duhamel and George Clooney also see the importance of Hollywood acting on Haiti’s behalf.



John Travolta is taking his generosity of spirit for Haiti Up In The Air. The actor has organized a plane to fly to Haiti in support of the devastated nation’s earthquake victims Island recovery.

Say’s Travolta: “I have arranged for a plane to take down some volunteer ministers and some supplies and some medics. I hope that inspires others as well. It’s needed.”

In addition to Travolta’s efforts for Haiti, the BBC is reporting that Bono, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys will perform in the Hope For Haiti TV fundraising event, organized by George Clooney.

George says that more than 40 celebrities are expected to participate in the Hope For Haiti event on 22 January that aims “to show the people of Haiti that the whole world is paying attention”.

Clooney and Wyclef Jean will host the benefit, being broadcasted on over a dozen US TV networks. Sting and Christina Aguilera will also perform.

Clooney attended the Golden Globe awards on Sunday, where he was nominated for best actor for his film Up In The Air. Clooney lucked out to Jeff Bridges of Crazy Heart but at least his generous heart is a winner where it most matters for the world.

Full creds for both Clooney and Travolta taking the Haiti relief effort up in the air via planes and broadcasting on the airwaves to make a difference. Nice one lads.

[Image of George Clooney via Huffington Post. Image of John Travolta via Poll SB.Com]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.18.2010~


The Golden Globe Awards hosted by the Foreign Press are now underway here in Beverly Hills. 

A bearded George Clooney hit the red carpet looking like de-ja-vu Sean Connery, Sandra Bullock wore a royal purple gown and actor Cory Monteith stuck to the basics in black and white.

Hollywood is very conscious of Haiti Emergency Relief tonight. Bullock has already donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders working in Haiti and Clooney is set to host a telethon to raise further monies needed to restore and rebuild Haiti and the Haitian peoples lives and spirits.

Let’s go Hollywood. :) 

[Images courtesy of Getty Images via Access Hollywood]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.17.2010~


Anna Kendrick may be young, but she sure knows how to work George Clooney into a place, where the ‘bachelor’ star can be inspired to give his greatest movie role yet.

On the Ellen show, Kendrick revealed how she had fun playing cupid to her two famous costars, Robert Pattinson and George Clooney, in the mutual Hollywood admiration club:

“I got Rob to sign a copy of GQ: ‘To George, Best of Luck. Hang in there. Love, Rob.’I gave it to George and George signed his Esquire back to him: ‘Dear Rob, Thanks for all the inspiration. I’m a huge fan. Love, George, two-time Sexiest Man Alive.’”

This girl is hilariously honest. Love her! Hollywood really is that ego-driven and male centric too. She’s like a junior Sandra Bullock in the way she is not intimidated by male star power and can still hold her own and deliver star performances. Love!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.8.2010. Source~


Here’s proof that the Hollywood life, is rough on “Hollywood kids.”

At a red carpet film premiere, Nina Warren, mother of actor George Clooney looks younger than he does! Nina reminds me of my Maori mom. lol! 

Well… almost. A nice pic of mother and son.

[Image courtesy of Wire Image]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.1.09~


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