They’re back. Sunday Rose looks ecstatic to be having an L.A Christmas this year as she jets back from Sydney, Australia her other home with parents Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. Cute family snap shot of a traveling family for Christmas Day in LA today.
[Image courtesy of Just Jared]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.25.10~
“In the darkness there are treasures”–Rosie Foot, a twin who is a songwriter, country music singer, like Keith Urban is of New Zealand.
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”–King David, Psalmist Shepherd King.
Loss is a great teacher. There is no knowledge of true and pure joy without also seeing joy in the light of loss. Jewish mystiks tell us that in darkness there are hidden treasures. These can be found in places of grief, loss and grieving–believe it or not!
Nicole Kidman is evolving her entertainment resume as a Hollywood film producer while her peer Angelina Jolie is evolving as a Hollywood movie director. Here’s Nic’s movie trailer for Rabbit Hole a story about grief, as her debut producing effort of her Hollywood production film company, Blossom Films. Nic is Golden Globe nominated in this role.
Richard Graham the solid rugby football coach of The Western Force, Australia has backed Cameron Shepherd to return to his blistering best. Graham claims ‘the utility back has finally overcome a litany of injuries that threatened to derail his Super Rugby career.
Shepherd who was born in England but grew up in Sydney hasn’t missed a beat during the Force’s gruelling pre-season campaign, returning strongly from a hamstring complaint that kept him out of the recent Qantas Wallabies tour of Europe.
Graham believed Shepherd, who has suffered numerous setbacks since breaking his left fibula in eight places in 2007, would return to top form next season.
“He’s probably in the best condition he’s been in for a number of years,” Graham said at training on Wednesday.’
Fingers crossed then for Cameron Shepherd’s Rugby World Cup sports gladiatorial hopes for Australia next year. Hopefully Shepherd can stay in the clear from injury to compete at the world’s top sporting level.
Comcast/ Universal the Media conglomerate that broadcasts Keeping Up With The Kardashians and The Chelsea Handler Show here in the USA, will be broadcasting The Wallabies live across America in 2011 as new sporting entertainment via Hollywood, when the action goes down in New Zealand at The Rugby World Cup. To get your tickets this Christmas for you and to organize the mates, zip on over here to secure.
[Image of Cam in training via Zimbio]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.23.10~
You know when you’re a global entertainment brand when: These things (advertisements from entertainment companies featured below) start appearing above your blog posts’ search engine items on Google in Hollywood as people pay Google to put their ads above your posts. Who ever would have thought that would happen?!
Oh… and Oprah wanted to be a sailer for a nanosecond and dreamed that she would and could be–just so she could say that for a cool magazine interview in LA’s Parade Magazine, after leaving Chicago and heading to California to start her new TV network. In the interview her comments about television are so deep. (See bold bits).
I think for a split nano-second the big O wanted to be a very popular Australian sailing teen, like Jessica Watson (above). Why not?!!! Even role models need role models. Oprah’s found hers this year. By the way Jessica is a blogger too. She has her own merch and online store. Read Winfrey’s thoughts on sailing below these crazy ads. It’s so meshugenah that people are making money off this blog. ;)
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Says Oprah: “I was questioning, Why don’t I build a boat and sail around the world? Why don’t I learn French and find a nice little house in Provence? I could see myself bicycling with my baguettes and the whole thing. But I talked it over with my friends, and they all said, ‘You’re not going to be happy doing nothing.’ What will be a failure is if nobody comes and watches this network. What others will perceive as failure is if some shows don’t succeed. I’m concerned about the bigger overall picture: my belief that people are basically good and want to see the good in them reflected through their experiences and the shows that they watch. This is a gamble I’m taking. I believe that the banal state of television, the kind of insipid space that we’re in–that you can have as many channels as we have and not find anything that really interests you–means that to a great extent we’ve lost our way.”
Check out the full article here.
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of your name. I sing for joy at the work of your hands. Forever I’ll love you forever I’ll stand. Nothing compares to the promise I have in you.–song lyrics of Darlene Zschech.
It’s Christmas Time in Hollywood California. I don’t know why I’m so excited about Christmas this year, however it is exciting! In the festive spirit of Christmas, here’s Shout to the Lord a song that has sold around the world more than most pop star’s can claim selling a number 1 hit as sung by the cast of American Idol one year.
The song is written by Australian singer/ songwriter Darlene Zschech who started life as a child model doing Coppertone tanning lotion advertisements.
May you always know your great promise this Christmas. Merry Christmas from West Hollywood. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.21.10~
The ten most favorite things that Australians liked online in 2010 were:
- real estate
- commonwealth (more…)
Once upon a time an author wrote the story of an average American couple, who woke up one day to their four-year-old son, following their family pooch into the street, only to get tragically killed by a teenaged driver. This story is the premise of Rabbit Hole, the film that Nicole Kidman‘s film company has produced–that has been Golden Globe nominated and that deals with grief.
“There’s no way around it. We all eventually lose somebody. We are going to grieve. And some of us are better at it than others” as Rabbit Hole proves. “Kidman, who also produced the film through her own Blossom Films, had stumbled upon a review of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire four years ago, while having coffee with her husband, Keith Urban, one morning at a Nashville Starbucks.
“It sounded so poignant,” she said. “They just said it was so real and authentic. And they’re the sort of stories that I’m drawn to.”
It’s awesome seeing Nicole Kidman leap so effortlessly into producing. A risky business in this economy outside of the studio system, but this A-List actress, armed with courage, a good script, her talent and some talented friends like Aaron Eckhart is off to a good start to date.
The film opens Christmas day. Woot!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.2010~
Who did not enjoy Avatar? We learned that anyone whose bomb or trigger happy is antiquated and that virtual Indigenous People all combined into one tribe, painted blue with corn braids and feathers are really all of us who care about saving the planet.
Now Avatar‘s main cast are talking up a sequel. Here’s the main points of what’s been hyped at this early stage:
It’s Out There: “It’s going to be really cool and out there,” Australia’s Sam Worthington tells moviefone.
[Image via Laura Likey]
On James Cameron wanting to be Moses: “He’s still writing what he calls ‘The Bible’ and detailing the world. Once he’s detailed the world — more so than it’s already detailed in his big brain, anyway — then, he said he can write the script, and we can go explore the world. Things like going underwater….going in the floating mountains.”
On the saving the planet theme: “What’s the new dilemma? Is it just humans coming back, or is something even bigger than can threaten them, threaten the world? We can look at our world again, and see that we know we’re hurting the environment, and we know we can do things about it. But what else are we doing that’s wrong…?”
To read more vague thoughts from an actor who has not yet been fed the script that does not yet exist in full, go here to MovieFone. I swear Worthington could be the next Elena Kagan because that interview was pretty impressive at giving away little.
We also have to remember that the novels are meant to be arriving on book shelves before the film (according to James own words) and even before the film script of the sequel is ready. We also have to realize, that James Cameron was last spotted with Andrew Adamson brainstorming the concept of turning Vegas’ acrobats into 3D movie-telling mythological ideas.
James is in no rush to do an Avatar sequel–he’s happy just taking each day as it comes. Smart man.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.19.10~
ATHEIST’S NEWS: Our favorite, demure fiery redhead angel, (not supermodel Miranda Kerr) but Australia’s hot ginge Prime Minister and overt atheist, Julia Gillard is not as innocent or demure as many of us had thought.
In the latest wikileaks cables updates, we discover that Julia had greater ambitions for her fiery red hair colors as red as Ayers Rock, more so than most Welsh girls turned Australian later on in life. These news snippet quotes via The Herald Sun Australia say it all:
“Don Farrell, the right-wing union powerbroker from South Australia, told us Gillard is ‘campaigning for the leadership’ and at this point is the frontrunner to succeed Kevin Rudd, conceding that the Right did not yet have an alternative,” the cable states.
‘The revelation challenges the ALP’s version of events surrounding the leadership challenge – that a reluctant Ms Gillard was drafted by her caucus colleagues at the 11th hour to stand as a candidate against Mr Rudd, whose leadership had become terminal as public support was lost.’
The report even states that in ‘June last year Ms Gillard was trying to knock off Mr Rudd.’
Scandalous! A spokeswoman for Ms Gillard said the Prime Minister would not comment on the confidential cables.
Isn’t it weird that Julia Gillard and Julian Assange share the same first name. Australians have really stepped up to the plate in the limelight hogging stakes on the global stage, so late on in the piece this year. Good on ‘em! I mean even Oprah felt compelled to update her big move from Chicago to California this year/next year by posing in front of Ayers Rock with some of the Aussie red being snapped behind her own mug for good measure, only THIS week.
Who would have foreseen this?! I can’t quite wrap my Maori-Kiwi head around seeing Ms. Gillard as a Queen of Coups, but perhaps she is! We await her official comment on the matter.
[Ms. Gillard is pictured above with Tim Mathieson]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.10~
“It’s great to smell fresh air of London again,” Assange, 39, illuminated by a blizzard of photographers’ flashes, said after being released on $312,000 bail. “I continue on with our work. Clearing my name is not the highest task I have. The highest task I have is to continue with my work,” Assange added. Christine Assange, Julian’s mother (pictured below) had flown in from Australia to London to be with her son to “hold him close.” Aussie moms–How sweet.
Julian Assange has had quite a month. He proves that in a month, a dark horse outsider can: take the cover of Time Magazine; be listed as Time‘s no.2 most influential person of the year after a Facebook founder; can have Swedish girls fling themselves at him claiming rape, broken condom rumors–all after consensual sex with a man (go figure); have fame seekers like Michael Moore appear on camera to bail Julian out of jail.
JULIAN ASSANGE – THE GEEK FREEDOM FIGHTER WHOSE REORDERING WORLD TRENDS 2010 BY ACCELERATING GREATER TRANSPARENCY OF KNOWLEDGE-SHARING
First up: Julian Assange is granted bail and Michael Moore steps up to eye up his next documentary film subject in that process. Michael tweets: @MMFlint “London court has accepted bail money from me & others & has just released WikiLeaks’ Assange on bail! Cheering in courtroom.”
Second: After Mark Zuckerberg, Assange has been named Time Magazine’s most significant person of the year for 2010.
Why people cheer about J.A: Many talk show hosts or leading journalists in America feel smart if they mention or debate Julian Assange news or drop the name wikileaks right now. There is the slightest possibility this man may have given a window into many nations of the world from a selected/ edited American perspective via leaked cables documents.
As voyeurs of this information, journalists take on a tone of part spy and part Foreign affairs diplomat too, if they mention J.A’s name or leaked facts that they repackage as news content. For a journalist J.A’s leaks saga he began was like an end of year gift for a journo.
Being brought up as a neighbor of Australia I see this man as a geeky next-door-neighbor who with IT, believes he’s a freedom fighter of sorts simply because he reads more newspapers (cables), than the bloke next door gets delivered to his mail box each day.
Russell Crowe was spotted taking Oprah Winfrey yachting while dressed in Rabbitos team colors. Eagle Rock was the name of the star duos yacht they went for a spin on. Is Oprah having a blast in Australia or what? Looks like a lot of fun.
[Image via The Daily Telegraph Australia]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.13.10~
Watch this fan go boinkers for seeing Oprah and Gayle on the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia.
Precious! I would be like this if I met Sonny Bill Williams of the All Blacks rugby football team or Brooke Fraser that girl who sings songs of 3rd World countries, but good on this jogger–whatever works for her! A true testament to how loved Oprah is around the world.
This lady’s emotions are like a baby wallaby that just saw it’s mother for the first time. Lol!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.13.10~
Queensland Australia is a lot of fun. I first visited playing rugby football when I was 9 years of age. Brisbane was always a happy place to visit. Sweet pineapples and macadamia nuts are all grown in abundance, on the sun-kissed terrain that is called the Australia’s Gold Coast.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.11.10~
Kim Kardashian is the number 1 reality TV star earner of 2010. Jessica Simpson has quietly built an empire of $750 million this year with shoes, denim, swimwear, fragrances, and accessories–affordability to people is how she did it.
Achieving that goal in a global economic crises was no small feat. Good for her! Britney Spears, Jason Trawicke holiday in Mexico (below) and Jennifer Hudson is spotted with baby Daniel Ortega today. Cute. Hudson inspires us with an anthem of being grateful for the Spirit of Love that always brings us on through every threat hurdle or fear in life, as good shines in the World.
If there’s one person in America with first hand knowledge of the depth of love that resides in the American people and this nation’s great spirit it is this young lady. When she sings she dispels fear, instills courage and restores faith in the America Dream. I had the privilege to see Jennifer live because a friend kindly made that moment happened. We never left her concert the same. She’s a gift.
On that note–Let’s go people. Up!
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news post you voted worldwide today in Hollywood. Here’s our top ten. Thanks people.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.8.10~
“My cultural pride I will show, that you may know, who I am.”–song lyrics, Aaria.
Beautiful voices from The Shaky Isles today.
Mauri ‘Ola Tatou! Life to US!!!
[Footage: Singer Stan Walker & Whanau/Family from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia]
Lyrics: He kakano ahau i ruia mai i rangi atea (I am a seed scattered from Rangiatea)
FRAMING JULIAN ASSANGE – SWEDEN, SEXUAL ASSAULT RAPE ALLEGATIONS, THERMONUCLEAR INFORMATION SHARING AND A LEAKY CONDOM SCANDAL
The drama surrounding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is all ago today. Many media are now asking is Julian Assange being framed? And how did Rihanna know all this at Halloween when she appeared on US television dressed as Jessica Rabbit on The Dave Letterman Show weeks ago?
According to the CSM these things are occurring with Julian:
Deportation from the UK: He’s in a London jail cell awaiting deportation to Sweden. Accusations that Assange sexually assaulted two women in Sweden are being bandied about. Although both women in question claim they’ve had consensual sex with Assange, the ladies are allegedly using the “rape” word. Assange could face Sweden’s ”broken condom law,” (unprotected sex is illegal in Sweden) if he still continued without wrapping up, after his condom broke, as one of these ladies claim. Bad joke, the ‘leaky condom’ one! Meanwhile, the two ladies making allegations are getting ‘abused online absurdly by Assange’s supporters,’ says their lawyer who wants to be the Swedish Gloria Allred discrimination lawyer of the 2010′s.
According to the leaked wikileaks cable via ABC Australia, Ms Hilary Clinton asked for Australian Foreign Minister Mr Kevin Rudd‘s advice in March this year, on dealing with the growing power of China, asking him: “How do you deal toughly with your banker?“
A brilliant point as the borrower is subject to the lender–as a general rule of thumb.
Mr Rudd said “China should be integrated into the international community but that countries should be prepared to “deploy force if everything goes wrong.”" (more…)
If you’ve ever seen the movie, The Castle - Daniel’s story could be like this, except the ‘house’ isn’t a house it’s a website company his dad owns calls wikileaks. An airport (metaphor for foreign diplomats, dubious bankers, sketchy insurance people et al) all want to land on it and kill his father, maybe innocent Daniel too. Scandalous kid’s story–and Melbourne is such a chilled out happy multicultural city. There’s over 48 different nationalities who’ve settled there not too far from the Yara river. It’s always fun in Melbourne. Lots of smiles all round in this community-minded Cosmopolitan City. But not so for Daniel–he’s now an international target because he is the son of a man of mystery. Basically his father is the James Bond, or The Mission Impossible ‘maybe spy’ of this Century so far. All over computers and what information anyone can gather with data code created by people working in systems dependent on being addicted to typing, with those 26 consonants that make up the English (and American) written language. To own private control of data, makes people feel more powerful–but the thing is, this is a myth, because many people can own that data–you just don’t know it.
In a way, if you’re one of these people feeling more entitled to anyone else who uses a computer and typed data, and you feel your sense of power is being eroded because someone else can access your typed information–then grow up. You live in a bubble of false privilege and insecurity based on an identity in owning your own consonants arrangement on a computer screen, that can then be printed and shared. You need to find a deeper sense of identity and personal power than data ownership. Don’t get mad at Daniel’s father for teaching US all the obvious lesson and updating us all in the age of computer technology. Anyway, this is Daniel’s father’s story (mainly) so far. It’s box office shattering hot–all the way across the world from Melbourne Australia. Who would have thought?
Daniel is the 20 year old Melbourne-based, computer programmer son of Julian Assange founder of Wikileaks.
According to the website Crikey: Now with extra source, ‘When Daniel was 16 Julian asked him to join him in a website he called WikiLeaks. According to the news blog Crikey Daniel was sceptical and, not being on the best of terms with his father, declined. ”I never thought he was going to succeed,” he told the blog. Now Daniel seems to have warmed to WikiLeaks. On his website he wrote: ”I have much respect for my father and his cause, and these ridiculously ill-handled allegations of sexual abuse serve only to distract from the audacious awesomeness that he has actually done.”
Julian was born to a sixteen year-old single parent mom when his dad was 19. When he was one, his mother fled with him. (more…)
NEWS WIRE – PRESIDENT OBAMA PARDONS NINE PEOPLE AND VINTAGE ANDRAE CROUCH FOOTAGE, SINGNG FOR JAMES CLEVELAND
Andrae Crouch is as Hollywood as Michael Jackson was and Jackson’s star still is in music and entertainment. In this video clip Crouch speaks at James Cleveland‘s funeral, where he met the legend at a BBQ.
I saw Andre perform when I was about five years-old at the Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand. I saw him perform with the Jones family and the Smith family as well as Bonnie Houston of Rarotonga, New Zealand and Australia, then engaged to be married. All families along with my own, were involved in racial persecution of one person–who could not stand the fact we were colored (part Polynesian). As an ambassador of America to New Zealand in the 70′s, Mr Couch was like an angel singing before our eyes on his piano and with his siblings who pardoned us all for being in the world. He rocks.
Andrae Crouch is one of the most gifted music arrangers in American music history–often copied and imitated without credit all across his career because of Andrae’s religious beliefs that didn’t mesh well with corporates in the corporate world whose artists would incorporate Andre’s unique gospel riffs into secular hit music.
Andrae Crouch overcame these oppressors as well as a life of cocaine addiction to songwrite many well known gospel songs and to arrange the exquisite vocals on the song Man in the Mirror–an American pop anthem that became a world anthem–because of its honest message of seeing the world through another’s eyes–particularly the least, in living lives beyond the disease of entitlement. Michael Jackson–had no qualms in crediting Andrae Crouch as a talented American great on his albums as the world’s no.1 best selling solo artist.
In an act of forgiveness we effectively forgive ourself. Those we pardon become the mirror image of grace where we can see the world more honestly, as being made up of a world of imperfect people, learning from flaws, scars and mistakes as wisdom to become better–Horiwood on Pardons.
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–President Barack Obama chose to bless people convicted of mutilating coins, using cocaine and writing bad checks with his first presidential pardons.
In all, Obama pardoned nine people Friday for crimes dating as far back as the 1960s. Those pardoned had been sentenced to as little as one year of probation to up two years in confinement. Fines and damages for the offenders ranged from as little as $20 to $71,000.
When asked why Obama chose the group for his first pardons, Reid Cherlin, a spokesman for the White House, said, “The president was moved by the strength of the applicants’ post-conviction efforts at atonement, as well as their superior citizenship and individual achievements in the years since their convictions.”
Ronald Lee Foster of Beaver Falls, Pa., was among those pardoned. He was sentenced in North Carolina in 1963 to one year of probation and a $20 fine for “Mutilation of coins.” The statute he was charged under says it’s unlawful to, among other things, alter, deface, mutilate, impair, diminish, falsify, scale or lighten any U.S. coins.
Rebecca Ferguson is so cute singing on The X Factor. Adorable.
TV Presenters: Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole The Geordie of Newcastle on Tyne and Dannii Minogue.
Rebecca shows promising depth of soul in her voice from the U.K. Very Baby Aretha Franklin in her sound. Sing it sista!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.4.10~
“I have a great dog. She’s half chihuahua, half pit bull. A good combo. Sure, she might bite off my ankle, but she’ll bring it back to me.”
Hugh Jackman introduces his new pet pooch to the world, in NYC today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.2.10~