True fact: I used to go to Beverly Hills exhibitions and read up on how leaders could get to sleep at night, when they authorized soldiers into battle. When soldiers died, how did a leader get to sleep, I would ask?
I would turn to someone like Ronald Reagan. An actor, who knew a life of safety on a movie set. How then did he morph from that kind of a work environment into leading a military nation, at that time – the no.1 nation on earth always scrapping with Russia.
Click on Ronald Reagan’s picture to see that he drew from theologians as well as policy advisors to do that.
In those days I used to write zany weird stuff like: “I’m not judging because in Hollywood, our souls are charcoled barbecued black. Black! I repeat, so black…”
I was a living Hotere painting in those days. Painted in heaps of black. Then in order to make sense of the ever-present cost of war and military in the US, I would go from that thinking to: (more…)
Ridley Scott is producing a film about Ronald Reagan‘s star turn from actor to US President. Mike Newell is slated to direct.
Industry news reports: “Michael Douglas may sign to play Reagan. The actor and active Democratic fundraiser is in discussions to star as the actor-turned-Republican President Ronald Reagan in the indie Reykjavik. Brit helmer Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is in talks to direct the film that once was being eyed by Ridley Scott as a directing vehicle.”
It’s specifically a USA-Russian historical movie.
The younger Douglas is always so good, whatever role he selects for the screen.
[Photos: Hollywood Reporter and blogger's own]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.8.12~
Fathers are people who gave life. Taught us what they know, the best they know how. Formed families as well as nations on strong foundations. Created opportunities for children other than their own. Created safe homes. Are magical with an ability to manifest fun.
Instilled in us gratitude in the hope of new opportunities we must create. Helped us to respect the earth. Taught us our relationship with nature and our responsibilities to it.
Acted as our angels, when we were not aware. Never quit believing in the times we quit on ourselves. Loaned us their courage, through their encouragement. Got us through with the sound of laughter.
Taught us “that if you don’t laugh at yourself, you could be missing the joke of the century.”
Spent time with us, investing their intellectual dna into the way we would ‘grow up’ to think more intelligently. Know how to navigate.
Taught us, never to be afraid to love. Taught us what a father’s heart is, with every action of sharing. Are wisdom personified, still learning. Constantly conserve for a “rainy day.”
Never in the world, has there been a need for the spirit of ‘fathers’ to move across the world.
This is the essence of God’s heart and also good people in the shared narrative of human experiences.
“God sets the lonely into families,” is a favorite axiom I am thankful for this dad’s day. “In order for women and children to be stronger, we need strong men to be healthy and strong too.”–(feminist Leonie P), is another one too.
My bioligical dad taught me how to pray. He’s an amazing gardener. Other role models played a part in fathering me too. For the gift that is this life . . . Thanks “Dad.”
[Photo caption: Lisa Larsen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images -Kirk Douglas hugs his son Michael in 1949]. Click on link to view more.
Lol! There are no words needed for this photo. Golden Globes Awards Hollywood fun at its best. Cheeky.
So let’s run it twice.
[Photo - Catherine Zeta Jones, Angelina Jolie & one of their husbands in this pic]
~Image via MK. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.18.11~
Picture, Sony‘s Jim Lee deals in super heroes (above – Los Angeles Times). Todays News - If I hear the words, “you’ve got good hair” in Hollywood again today, I swear I’m going to do the rugby haka. Joking. It’s called Maori hair btw. Found in Aotearoa New Zealand in abundance. Get on a plane and travel. Hair like mine grows like weed in New Zealand (ask Maggie Barry. See below). Again, go here to experience New Zealand hotness. Thanks! Redheaded Kiwis are just as hot too btw. :)
Here’s what’s rocking in celebrity Hollywood news, political news, a bit of Kiwi news from the Hollywood hood today. Enjoy!
Verizon provides iPhone 4 happiness to already phone-addicted fun kids. Big American news!!!
Andy Serkis is back in the ring for a Hobbit reprise. Big news today.
James Cameron isn’t feeling Battleship as a competitor film franchise to his Avatar.
Jared Lee Loughner’s Parents: ‘We Care Deeply About The Victims’ – Sucks to be them!
Jonah Hill digs Brad Pitt‘s undercover role of Moneyball‘s prankster. Hollywood kids.
Hong Kong China zooms in on multi-million dollar NZ forestry buy-up! Chinese-Kiwi pine trees.
Catherine Zeta Jones is cute on Michael Douglas now being in remission.
GLock sales surge after tragic Arizona shooting. Smart. Children and guns aren’t often a good combo!
Charlize Theron will play a bad ass in Snow White and The Huntsman.
Coldplay talks obsessive musicality. Very cool.
Gardening great Maggie Barry for a new Kiwi politician? Yes! Her Pike River consoling work was stellar!
MySpace restructures. Signs of the times in a Facebook cultural economy.
Smart biz. Because the world is so ‘scary’ - Macro future for NZ microchip firm. Likes!
Carey Hart Vs The Hard Rock Cafe – rocking legal publicity via Vegas.
Darren Aronofsky does have a point with b*tchy film critic, Armond White‘s comments.
Will.I.Am hearts Cheryl Cole coming to America.
Katie Price is single. A Cole void in the U.K perhaps?
Why is Washington trying to squash The Kennedy‘s bipoic? Joking.
The Obamas will crank up Air Force 1 for Tucson harmony.
Desperate Housewives may fini this season.
Sophia Bush on Christina Taylor Green‘s Arizona slaying. So sad.
Is Khloe Kardashian pregnant with a baby Laker? Maybe, maybe not. Yet.
Melanie Linsky‘s Two and a half Men co-star turns up for work.
Marlon Brando is still playing The Godfather for Hollywood’s Sheen-Estevaz boys. Lol!
Got your rugby world cup hot tix yet?
The new James Bond flick gets given a real date.
Sony beefs up film acquisitions with Woody Allen‘s new flick, Midnight in Paris.
Lea Michele keeps the spotlight in Glee‘s family. Girl, share it! Why not?! Love comes back.
Clinton Eastwood signs Gossip Girls Ed Westwicke to his J. Edgar Hoover biopic.
Scarlett Johansson is healing creatively from divorce heartache.
[This pic - the lovely Maggie Barry]
Life is a good beach — enjoy!
Aotearoa New Zealand beaches are one of the biggest perks you could ever see in the world, to vacation on, when visiting New Zealand. They’re transparently everyone’s property. Apparently.
Everyone in NZ feels a little entitled to own their fair share of sun-basting time on beautiful beaches like Onetangi all year round. Do you blame them? These beaches are a gift to all New Zealanders, at the moment. Tourists even more so. You just want to put the beaches of New Zealand in your own pocket and never do without them once you’ve discovered them.
My favorite thing to do at Onetangi is to swim and play chess with a friend, although the pawn pieces do get buried in the sand, if you’re negligent of them. So easy to do when drinking the superb Waiheke Island wines on offer. Or with ten guitars of locals playing around you at a beach BBQ too. If you’re lucky. Situated in the Hauraki Gulf, ‘the island is partially protected from the prevailing colder/wetter west and southwest winds, making it both drier and warmer than the Auckland isthmus.’ This makes it warmer and drier as the ocean moderates falling temperatures at night.
Michael Douglas, 66, has just completed chemotherapy for throat cancer. From the cover of The Hollywood Reporter he says he’s had “one hell of a year” and he plans on having a glittering recovery.
Douglas next role is to play pianist Liberace. Douglas, tells THR: ”With my health and my son’s incarceration, my ex-wife and the lawsuit — to be able to sit here and talk to you, I’m so happy.” January is when he will know for sure if the tumor in his throat has been eliminated. His chemotherapy he described as a being a “hellhole” to endure.
Here’s wishing Michael Douglas a better year in 2011. Leslie Nielsen‘s life and career is remembered too.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.1.10~
As Michael Douglas is battling cancer, a magazine claims that Catherine Zeta-Jones is pregnant.
The news has not yet been confirmed. A cute story though. Has all the elements of redemption, plus, an emotional roller coaster, too – with an unknown ending.
Just exactly the way a good Hollywood tale should be told. ;) A good cover story from a tabloid.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.20.10~
Says Kirk Honeycut of The Hollywood Reporter on Wall St 2: Money Never Sleeps:
“Thus “Money Never Sleeps” is that rare sequel that took its time — 23 years — so it not only advances a story but also has something new to say. The film overheats now and then but blame this on filmmaking passion. One senses a fully engaged filmmaker at the helm, driving the movie at a lightning pace as if in a hurry to get to the next scene or next aphorism that further illuminates this dark world.
Is Michael a Jewish Hollywood prophet right now, or what? :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.2010~
Michael Douglas is back on Wall Street. Movie Trailer above.
[News Source: Huffington Post]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.19.2010~
Actor Michael Douglas took children, Carys 6 and son Dylan 9 to the New York City Ballet & the School of American Ballet’s Nutcracker family benefit on Saturday in New York. Catherine Zeta Jones, is in rehearsals for her Broadway debut in “A Little Night Music.” It is dad’s turn to do the parenting.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.7.09~