Matthew Reeve, the son of late Superman actor Christopher Reeve, is in Australia discussing stem cell research and the future of spinal cord injury treatments.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.8.12~
True fact: Creative Maori-Kiwi kid, young Jakey Davis attends Catholic school.
He is so smart, when I’m in Jakey’s presence, my brain hurts tracking the zings that go through his thought processes at lightning Te Uira speed.
Can’t help admire his clever. Academically Jakey is definitely in the fast track. The self-described “one of the two best” in his Saturday mornings rugby team, Jake loves going to school every day. If he could go to school on the weekends too, Jakey so would. Such a Maori nerd!
New Zealand’s got smart talent rising up in Kiwi neighborhoods.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.7.12~
In New Zealand Weta Digital added their super expertise to make The Avengers box big at the box office for Disney films.
Nadine Chalmers-Ross reminded me today on TV, just why super hero characters (animated ones too) are such a hit with young people worldwide. Especially in nations like China, who like California are also importing New Zealand-made animation series.
Looking back, here’s 1o Reasons as to why Disney did buy Marvel and acquire the comic book franchise to their staple of material for film and merchandising.
1. Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Twilight Saga, Harry Potter are just some examples that prove that making film sequels is the way of the future. The Batman franchise (including the global-sales history making Dark Knight) came from a comic, and three of these examples came from print media first (books).
Film series centering on the one idea can be made for cheaper rather than doing brand new idea projects all the time. Comic books are written in sequels, providing perfect content for film franchise brands to evolve.
2. Marvel Comics allows what’s really going on in society to be reflected in cartoon form. This is a non-threatening medium that moves peoples consciousness forward under the guise of cartoon entertainment to accept change that is upon us. I cite President Barack Obama’s Spiderman Marvel Comic cover as my example here. The subtext, Obama is the superhero President America needs to climb through a recession.
3. In 2008, googles biggest trending topic was super heroes in all of their varieties. Marvel comics is full of them. The world is looking for super heroes strength to lead us through a global economic crises. Super heroes will still trend well this year.
4. Disney is tired and needs new and lucrative ideas to turn into films and entertainment. Marvel comics provides an archive of such great material.
5. The hottest stars of Hollywood are signed to Marvel Comic films, where cartoons are going to be turned into films. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine series and also Ryan Reynolds new spin off series show that Hollywood’s A-List want to play cartoon characters turned into real life cinematic heroes. It’s the way forward. (more…)
Russell Crowe (of Gladiator fame) is rating well on the blog today, as is Brit actor, Henry Cavill. Here’s their latest movie news in the new Superman film that features a stellar line up of acting talent:
“Julia Ormond will play Superman’s Kryptonian birth mother Lara Lor-Van, Russell Crowe will be his Kryptonian dad Jor-El, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will take on Pa and Ma Kent, and Michael Shannon will play the role of baddie General Zod. Laurence Fishburn takes on Daily Planet editor in chief Perry White, while Christopher Meloni is Col. Hardy and Harry Lennix is General Swanwick.
For more photos, click over to the Man of Steel Facebook page.”
I wonder if Russ and Henry and cast, will get some super heroes inspiration, by attending some Rugby World Cup matches, in New Zealand?
[Source, Huffington Post]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.9.11~
Stepping into the Superman suit of his older bro, Louis Jr, Jakey Davis (now 5), turned up for a whanau (family visit) armed with 4 reading books, coloring books too and art pads on his last visit with his big sis, Taylor Jane Davis. What a difference a year makes.
Jakey D is a super educated Maori kid! Love him!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.7.11~
As shared a while back, Taylor Jane Davis turned 18. This means in New Zealand she is now eligible to vote.
In addition, the mantle of youth and also impending leadership sit on her shoulders.
Terry Watts shared some encouraging thoughts for Taylor on her special night with whanu (family) and friends. The speech I heard that I liked too concerning her life’s great potential was a Maori proverb given by Brierly Yates. It went like this:
Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te
ngahere. Engari, ko te manu e kai ana i te
mātauranga, nōna te ao.
The bird that consumes the miro berry, owns the forest. However, the bird that consumes knowledge, owns the world.”
[Taylor, may your spirit soar into your good dreams concerning your life and may they be realized fruitfully in your life. Much love. xox].
[Photographs - Davis whanau archives]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.6.11~
RAISING SUPER HEROES CASTING – KEVIN COSTNER SIGNS TO SUPERMAN FILM FRANCHISE WITH HENRY CAVILL AND DIANE LANE
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption as a son.”–Paul The Apostle General writer.
When Kevin Costner is not fixing oil slick mishaps, he sometimes gets to make a movie. Warner Bros. is eyeing up bringing back The Bodyguard to cinemas in 2012, but now it’s Costner’s turn to play the role of the mentor to a bodyguard kind of film super hero.
Costner has just signed to play Jonathan Kent in Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot film franchise series. The role sees Costner as the adoptive dad of Henry Cavill‘s Clark Kent, playing opposite Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Cavill’s adopted mom in this film.
[Photo - Sydney Morning Herald]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.18.11~
A picture of Superman Tee Shirts appearing in many colors remind me of the richness of American diversity.
On the blog’s search engine “Tuwharetoa ta moko” rates in the top ten search terms” today. Almost half of Ngāti Tūwharetoa as a Maori tribe are under the age of 15. They are a people replenishing good things their ancestors gifted them.
May we always be super people, stemming from strong ancestors who gifted us life, insight, wehi, strength. Piki ake! Climb upwards!
[Photographs - Superman Tees in Hollywood- Horiwood.Com, Tuwharetoa ta moko artistry pic via Darby Tuhaka/ Brad Christensen]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.
“As an assistant helped him put on the Super-suit, Cavill recalls: ‘All I could think was: Oh, god. They’re going to look at me and go ‘He’s not Superman. Not a chance.’ The actor inside me was going: ‘You’re not ready! You’re not ready.”‘
Hollywood entertainment and your super celebrity news picks of choice today in our Horiwood top ten are:
“Amongst all the media chatter about the British actor playing Superman, one person has remained mum, and that’s the man himself, Henry Cavill. Well, the Tudors star has broken his silence in a big way: he’s featured on the cover of this week’sEntertainment Weekly, donning a leather jacket over a battered Superman T-shirt. Inside, he opens up about his audition for the role, in which he had to wear the Man of Steel’s spandex suit and shoot a screen test in front of director Zack Snyder (300).
According to EW, “Cavill was feeling less than super in the moment, at least about his ability to fill out the costume: He had just finished shooting a film with Bruce Williscalled The Cold Light of Day, and the part required to him to shed the impressive abs of steel and muscle tone he had put on for the movie he made right before that, the forthcoming mythic fantasy Immortals.
When Cavill was in the suit, “Snyder saw something — or rather someone — different. ‘He walked out, and no one laughed,’ says the director. ‘Other actors put that suit on, and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go “Wow. Okay: This was Superman.”‘”–BBC News.
[Sofia Vergara talks little exercise and liking fat on her body for Shape Mag]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.17.11~
If you have your money invested in the steel industries stock, you’ll be smiling like you’re Superman or Supergirl or something.
According to the Wall Street Journal today, “Steelmakers have increased prices six times, for a total increase of 20% to 30%, since November on basic flat-rolled steel, used in everything from cars to toasters, to offset higher input costs of raw materials, such as iron ore and coal. Higher costs for steel, which are expected to continue well into this year, are hitting bottom lines of companies and prompting additional price increases.”
For little people who don’t have this knowledge prior to fuels going up – keep pouring those coffees at Starbucks with a smile then. That’s insane.
[Superman's logo has nothing to do with this story or Henry Cavill's latest casting as the man of Steel reboot film franchise via The U.K]
“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”–director Zack Snyder describing Henry Cavill (The Tudors) casting as Superman in the well known film franchise reboot.
Reports Film Jabber, “Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent and Superman in the upcoming Superman reboot, to be directed by Zack Snyder and written by David Goyer and Christopher Nolan. Henry Cavill will be seen in the gritty, mythical action movie Immortals, in theaters this Novemeber. Superman is to be released in 2012, presumably in December.”
Congrats. It has to be said that the trend to cast UK actors in leading light Hollywood hero roles in unstoppable right now. A little nod to Prince William‘s rising presence in the world perhaps.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.30.11~