The sitar is always so pretty, exotic, otherworldly-twangy. Here’s AR Rahman’s performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010.
Indian dance choreography compliments his visual performance in a mode that only Bollywood fully knows and presents all year round to the world. Very cool.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.12.10~
This thanksgiving North Korea and South Korea’s escalating war could threaten the world. Burlesque was a fun movie I saw today with a terrible plot, bad scripting in parts–yet these elements could in no way detract from Cher and Christina Arguilera‘s talent. A feel good film you should see. There’s a couple of teary moments in it for Americans. Hold on, find strength and rebuild is the message.
I have so much to be thankful for this thanksgiving. I don’t know where to start. “Love Influencing Forgiveness Experiences” springs to mind this year–a motto of an events company of friends. Goodness has shone through this year. Of that I am thankful to you all. On that note, let’s let our top ten entertainment and celebrity news posts you voted worldwide, express the rest. Thanks cool people. Image of thanksgiving dinner today, with a happy Bollywood backdrop. God bless you all. Smile. Our top ten today are:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.25.10~
Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Hollywood and India’s Bollywood have signed a historic cooperation pact sealing a deal that ranges from production to distribution to content protection. Economic development and collaboration is what is sought.
Signing an official pact at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, the pact’s aim is to develop and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation, according to a release issued by the Motion Picture Association of America.
“This declaration reinforces our city’s commitment to attracting international production,” LA’s Mayor Villaraigosa said. “In the past year, we have already seen Hindi movies such as ‘My Name is Khan’ and ‘Kites’ filmed in Los Angeles, and we enthusiastically welcome further Indian production in Los Angeles.”
“In addition to the Hindi film industry, the southern and regional Indian film industries also welcome the opportunity to work hand and hand with Hollywood. Already we have seen significant collaboration in technology between Hollywood and South India, and we will soon see collaborations in production,” a Bollywood leader said.
According to the Motion Picture Association of America, in March of this year the two joined forces in Mumbai, India, to launch the Alliance against Copyright Theft, a Bollywood-Hollywood content protection coalition in India.
That’s epic. Nice one Cali and India!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.12.10~
Blame it on the boogie, Miley Cyrus shows off her tattoo in Madrid. From India, here’s a taste of a big Bollywood number to get used to. It’s like The Sound of Music goes Bollywood from “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” starring Kajol, Shahrukh Khan and stellar Bollywood friends. This movie is almost as old as Miley and it still holds its own. Go figure, aye?!
We are on the verge of living in a changing America. New trends, new faces, new people as America seeks economic partners to grow economies equally. Dance is King.
Entertainment celebrity news in Hollywood. Here’s our top ten. Enjoy.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.8.10~
No one can quite move their hips and hands, like the Kiwi-Tahitian girls dancing to cultural choreography in Auckland, The Supercity New Zealand. They’re the Polynesian version of beautiful Middle-Eastern belly dancers of the Middle East. These one’s are found in peaceful beautiful clean and green New Zealand, or, Middle Earth if you’re a fan of New Zealand cinema.
Anyway Kiwi-Tahitian girls are quite unique in New Zealand. Seen at the Pasifika Cultural festival (they’re the highlight) each year.
Check them out one year. Well worth it. :)
Happy global traveling and exploring diversely colorful dance cultures of the world. Chalk Auckland into your cities to visit. The city’s mayor Len Brown has this to say as an official invite to US all:
“Auckland Mayor Len Brown has taken the first steps towards making Auckland one of the world’s leading events cities.
The mayor has commissioned a report from the council controlled organisation Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development Ltd on how to make the city more of a destination for unforgettable local and international events.
“I want Aucklanders to have a sense of pride and excitement about the events in their city, I want Kiwis from other regions to come and experience the best we can offer, and I want international visitors to go home telling everyone Auckland is the place to go,” says Len Brown.
Next year, Auckland hosts international events such as the Rugby World Cup 2011 followed by Volvo Ocean Race, and the ITU World Championships in 2012. Auckland’s biennial arts festival celebrates its fifth birthday, showcasing artists and performers from New Zealand and abroad, and as every year, the city hosts the largest Pacific festival in the world, Pasifika.
“We will continue to attract high profile international events while promoting our distinctive local events to domestic and international visitors. Similarly attractions around the city, such as sculpture or wine trails, can be promoted as regional packages to our visitors. With all our attractions, stunning environment and friendly people, we have the potential to develop a world class reputation and a prosperous tourism industry,” says Len Brown.”
Fun, let’s do it then. Heilani Hula School, Hawaii also has Tahitian dancers too. This post also features Indian actress, Smita Patel. :)
Air New Zealand is the airline to give a whirl. They’re cool.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.8.10~
Watch clip here.
FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, laid all her American dance moves aside and leaped into some new fun and learning, dancing with young people in India.
Their traditional music, is a little bit hip, as reflected in this dance video too of Beyonce dancing at a block party with arms raised, Indian style also. (Kylie Minogue‘s arm/ hand movements choreography from her new music video Get Outta My Way, a few weeks before Beyonce was filmed, doing Indian-styled hip hop choregraphy, also reflects the same trait. Hands expression in dance is India).
Nice cross-cultural similarities being found and created right now in world history (in arts and cultural performing arts) between America and India with Mrs Obama. Quite novel really, who ever would have thought?
Also Britney Spears Bollywood choreography in her Circus World Tour was also a forward-thinking example of this. The most successful cross-over American artist in India’s history is Michael Jackson (1/4 of all music download in India, is that of MJ’s). Nice to see Michelle Obama going after the Jackson golden trail of cultural appeal that Indians like… in the dance of life that in universally shared by us all.
Janet Jackson also demonstrated this in her no. 1 hit, Runaway -the music video,15-years ago for American women crossing over into India by paying tribute and respect to Indian women’s legacy of dance as performing artists. That clip below. Michelle Obama makes it look so natural and easy for America to dance Indian. Love it, just like the world loves Janet doing the same thing. Mrs Obama is the first First Lady of America to do this. Go Michelle!:
Of course, being a Kiwi I ask the question, what would Bollywood musicals choreography look like, filmed in the colorful magic of 3D cinematic mastery? Now there’s the future of cinema and musical cinema(s) bridge-building cross-culturally smart, right there. A part of it, anyway. Peter Jackson directing a simulation of the Taj Mahal imagery in 3D could be quite hot, when filming action and choreography. Watching Mrs Obama perform in the above clip also reminds me of Avondale, a city in Auckland The Supercity and the culturally rich Kiwi-Indian community of New Zealand. Love them.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.8.10~
Freida Pinto is on the cover of Blackbook.
She says she hearts, the alternative Indian cinema industry, a lot, that is often never seen by the West outside of the big Bollywood film studio’s dominance. What Freida alludes to, as the “spice of Hollywood” back into India’s star system is that: a) alternative cinema has an actual storyline. And b) it’s been tough worldwide, so the chances are the realism of the underrepresented genre is a look, for Indian cinema to consider presenting to remain relevant. Good thoughts.
To read more on that, and see Freida’s latest magazine cover, go here.
[This image Smita Patel - great alternative cinema screen legend. Described as being "the realistic actress of Bollywood." Star of my favorite, alternative Bollywood film, Mirch Masala. Image sourced, here].
Smita worked constantly. Non-stop. She took good roles and bad roles, figuring that working within the realistic genre of film making, meant that the roles were going to be okay within this genre–as they were more realistic, therefore her range of emotion would be seen better as an artist rather than a mainstream Bollywood film, where actors just emoted for their next check, not just to sell an actual story with ‘a character going through real’ sh*t.’ Oops… sorry, but that’s what Smita stood for. Also a note for Freida to perhaps consider.
Smita was under-appreciated for the longest time, compared to the pampered poodles of Bollywood’s studio system. She’s legend for not caring and still giving good work playing roles of conflict in stories of substance. Smita gave a lot. I love this woman’s legacy in Indian cinema (and I like my “Bollywood brats?” in their more cheesy films too. Fun. :)
Go Freida Pinto–for raising these thoughts today to grow India’s alternative cinema profile –featuring realistic ‘village life’ narratives in film.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.6.10~
Alright, we interupt our American Halloween Show from California to bring some exciting news from Bollywood. It can’t be about Hollywood or Wellywood New Zealand news – all the time! Kiwi celebrity Hollywood bloggers like to share our celebrity focus and global spotlighting skills.
At the time of writing America is obsessing about a Bollywood-Political union of the romantic kind. A man really did marry a woman in India. That’s big news in America. The 7th trending topic in the US right now.
In particular, Vivek Oberoi whose Bollywood’s leading lad at playing an angry young man onscreen in blockbuster Bollywood films, has gone all gooey in the heart, waxing poetical for new wife (married October 29th) Priyanka Alva. A cute story:
Filmitadka reports: ‘In Vivek’s poems, one can feel the sadness yet optimism from a man’s point of view who has been through everything, check out what he wrote – “In a world of only two people who are each other’s world…”
“Every day with her (Priyanka) is a blessing. In a world full of storms, she’s my anchor. I live in a world of masks. I needed someone as real as she is. She is my home. She’s the one I can come home to. She has changed my life”.
‘Priyanka Alva is the daughter of Late Jeevaraj Alva, politician in Karnataka and danseuse Nandini Alva, Vivek and Priyanka married on 29th October.’
A sweet story.
~Congratulations to the newlyweds. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.31.10~
Love it. Not to be outdone by Tom Cruise‘s big budget movie, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, filming in Dubai this week, Keanu Reeves updates Hollywood’s cross-cultural appeal with a shout out to Bollywood (this year) on the set of his new movie, Generation Um. Go fella!
The Gatorade reference is a laugh in that Britney Spears eating her Cheetos kinda way. Incidentally, Britney just tweeted: “Have you guys seen Will Smith‘s daughter @OfficialWillow‘s video? SOOOO CUTE!!!! http://goo.gl/9Bpm -Britless than a minute ago via web.”
Very funny of Spears. But also funny as Willow‘s song, is exactly what Tom and Keanu do in their films and as actions stars. Here’s that video again.
[Image courtesy of Bauer Griffin Online]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10~
Writes Kylie Mac of Wellywood & Hollywood – “Tax incentives, NZ contribution money & law change seal the deal between NZ & Warner Bros/The Hobbit.. Makes me wonder the old 80′s Aretha Franklin question; ‘Who’s Zooming Who?’. (Thx for link Kris:) http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/133632/tax-break-and-law-change-seal-hobbit-deal
[Image: Bollywood Star Deepika Padukone Cannes courtesy of Web, Documentary still Colin McKenzie of Forgotten Silver by Sir Peter Jackson. Music - retro Kids Incoporated singing Aretha Franklin - Queen of Soul from the late 80's. Hollywood's Mario Lopez on drums in this clip is Lol too!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
JOHN KEY SUBSTANTIATES WELLYWOOD AS HOBBITSVILLE 3D COUNTRY AND A SUPPORTIVE TWIN CITY OF HOLLYWOOD’S 3D CINEMA MASTERY AND GREEN FILM LOCATIONS
Quote of the Year: “It was commercial reality. We did the business.”–John Key on bending Hobbit Law, to Warner Brothers recognition, of Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor‘s skills and preference to film The Hobbit 3D film in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s number one man, John Key shines in Hollywood today, with the announcement that New Zealand will restructure law, and contribute monetarily to help facilitate Sir Peter Jackson directed, The Hobbit films 3D filming and production in Middle Earth. This sends a clear message to Bollywood, Hollywood, Europe and Asia, that New Zealand is 3D film production fit for the 2010′s and beyond. Middle Earth is also the home of James Cameron‘s Avatar‘s 3D effects, filming and creation.
Via New York Times, Mr Key says: “I’m delighted we have achieved this result. Making the two movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders, but will also allow us to follow the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in once again promoting New Zealand on the world stage,” Mr. Key said. Video of speech can he found here.
“The industrial issues that have arisen in the past several weeks have highlighted a significant set of concerns for the way in which the international film industry operates here in New Zealand. We will be moving to ensure that New Zealand law in this area is settled to give film producers like Warner Brothers the confidence they need to produce their movies in New Zealand.
To structure the right deal to keep The Hobbit in New Zealand, new legislation is being introduced Thursday to clarify the difference between an employee and a contractor. The change in law would affect only the film industry.
Aotearoa/ New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Mr. Key said that the green paradise nation would offset $10 million of Warner’s marketing costs as the government agreed to a joint venture with the studio.
Mr Key also threw in an additional tax rebate for big budget films made in the country, making production companies now eligible for up to $7.5 million extra per picture–based on box office sales. New Zealand currently offers a 15 % rebate on money spent on major movies being produced within this paradise nation’s shores.
The UK Guardian reports that, had not Warner Bros and the New Zealand government come to an agreement, “Economists had said the loss of the production could cost the country’s film industry as much as $1.5bn and damage it in the long term.” Mr Keys also said via The Guardian, “”Making the movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders.”" A much welcomed break for New Zealand’s economy struggling with one of the highest E.E.C debts, currently. The news was much welcomed.
Although it is not know if any Maori and Polynesian actors have been cast in the film in key roles to date, the Guardian reports: “The Office star Martin Freeman set to portray the title character, Bilbo Baggins – a homely Hobbit who in Tolkien’s tale is bamboozled into joining a thrilling adventure by a wizard named Gandalf. Richard Armitage, of BBC TV series Spooks, will play the role of Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves.”
Good stuff. What a day for Hobbit lovers of Hobbitsville entertainment. And not a bad couple of days work either from Prime Minister Keys in his role of Minister of Tourism too. That deserves a beer or three in Hobbit fashion. Nice teamwork for the Prime Minister, Warner Bros, and our two Sirs who create Hobbits and a film industry working for and in tandem while reflecting back to Hollywood, from the other side of the world in New Zealand. Teamwork and mastery of a win-win relationship. Super heroes are being made in New Zealand in cinema texts and 3D cinema –for the world. Let’s go China and 3D action Chinese films in NZ.
This report gleaned from an original report penned byJohnathan Hutchinson, Michael Cieply and Colin Peacock. [Image above: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China's capitol, on July 7, 2010. Xinhua &Rao Aimin photo. New Zealand also grew diplomatic relations in Seoul Korea today, Michael Woodhouse Mp appears on day one in Seoul where he has toured Gyeonbok Palace. Does Korea have any 3 D films they may need made and told in Middle Earth too, one might ask? NZ is a busy Asian-Friendly and Hollywood friendly filmmaking nation. And on that note, let's go Bollywood in NZ locations, coming at ya in 3D cinema. Namaste! Haere Mai!]
. ~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.26.10~
Right now in America these topics are most viewed on google trends: royal bank of canada, back to the mac, consumer credit, typhoon and laser tag boxer - justin bieber to name a few. Indian actor Abhinav Kohli of Bollywood is right up there too.
Kim Kardashian turned 30 and celebrated her birthday, with a second celebration at Tao in Vegas. Ciara – the most flexible girl in pop music was on deck to celebrate with her – so Kim didn’t have to be the only celebrity spectacle on google live. Cute.
Celebrity and Entertainment news handpicked today as voted worldwide in Hollywood on Horiwood.Com are these. Here’s our top ten.
[Abhinav Kohli pic courtesy of Univision]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.17.10~
Indian Bollywood film actress Priyanka Chopra launches the latest Nokia N8 smartphone with Ovi services in Mumbai.
[Photograph - Mario Anzuoni for Reuters]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.13.10~
I have two words for India today – diversity rocks.
While reading the paper today, I noticed that our brothers and sisters of India, are being a little bit camera shy, in turning out in their droves to support athletes of the Commonwealth Games across a variety of sporting events. Many sports venues are half full. With the nation of India having 1/6th of the world’s entire population, it’s not like there’s not enough potential spectators.
Is India boycotting the games in their own hosting nation? Is racism a factor? The answer is ‘no’ as India’s first love is ‘cricket’ as a national sport. Most other sports, no one’s really into. So, this post is for my Indians of India. Some cricket news from the archives of sport.
Says The Independent, UK from their cricket archives – “Sometimes, sport is more than just sport. Sometimes, the greatest champions reach a zone of near-perfection that approaches the divine.
“As The Independent celebrates such moments in a week-long series, we bring you the greatest ever moments in Cricket.” Now if that doesn’t get India excited, this kind of verbage, nothing else much will. We’d have to call in the medics to do CPR, and find India’s national heart, and its pulse for the world. So here’s my contribution to cultural relations today. Acerbic as ever, but meant in love.
Talk cricket says: “In his 80th Test, on 4th February 1990 Sir Richard Hadlee dismissed Sanjay Manjrekar at his home ground, Lancaster Park, to become the first player to reach 400 Test wickets. Others have passed this landmark but only Muttiah Muralitharan has done so in fewer matche.” Above is some footage of Sir Richard Hadlee playing some of his best cricket against Australia. And below is Maori lad Adam Parore, somewhere amongst the fine line up of Young Guns cricketers.
And to see what India looks like, when motivated to rock out, here’s some Kucha Kucha Hota Hai tracks beneath Ghandi quotes – From the entertainment capitol of the World – to show the world exactly, what India is capable of when movitated. :)
Ladki Badi Anjani Hai-kuch hota hai – mix
This quote is for me (not India or anyone else – but worth a share too): A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Mohandas Gandhi coming at ya from the land of the Brave and the Free today.
Namaste India. Thanks for hosting the games.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.8.10~
Drew Barrymore has reportedly signed to join the cast of The Lifestyle, directed by Santosh Kumar Jain, reports the Hindustan Times.
Jain commented: “I really liked her performance in Charlie’s Angels and decided to cast her in my film. Fortunately, she liked the script and agreed instantly.
“The film is about three women from different walks of life, trying to assert their identities. Drew plays the role of a foreigner in the film. The other two will be top Indian actresses.”
Filming on the project is expected to begin in November, with producers looking at a 2012 release.
[Image of Ms. Barrymore courtesy of Indonesia Backpacker]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.21.10~
Entertainment Weekly seems to think that Sandra Bullock is the most powerful actress on the planet. When I look at Speed 2, somehow, I don’t think so.
In power dike talk, Sandra seems to love, these accolades being written about her. She okays them before they go to print. Interesting. Good on Sandra. True power though, is always being honest, otherwise you’re not powerful at all. Food for homework, for Sandra today, when she’s doing way too much today on the cover of E.W.
Let’s keep it real! This girl finds it hard to tell the truth.
I have a lesbian cousin, a lesbian niece, a lesbian Phd role model, and friends who have children to lesbians… they’re a lot more honest than Sandra is. To me, they have more personal power than her too because they are honest about who they are.
And a note to E.W when running such Bullock-fed headlines on their cover. Two concepts to consider: “Angelina Jolie” and “Bollywood actresses” in the world outside of the U.S, before this can even be remotely believable. I find this magazine cover to be very racially offensive for that reason.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.2.10~
. . . could turn out to be quite important. This article in U.S Media confirms that today. For more info–read Samuel Spengler. But if you’re Muslim –don’t go near him. There’s more humane writers for you to read, some are even promoted on this blog.
Isn’t it terrible how Barack Obama‘s image gets manipulated a gazillion different ways, when all the dude wants to do, is just play basketball–when he gets some downtime.
Oh well, it goes with the territory of being President of the U.S.A. It’s not a silly idea, to pray for this man.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.8.2010~
Bollywood’s Angelina Jolie, Aishwarya Rai attends the film premiere of Money Never Sleeps. The last time Aishwarya stepped out on the red carpet to support a film premiere for Hollywood, it became the #1 opening film in the world.
She’s a lucky charm for cross-over audience appeal. Love her work. :)
[Image courtesy of The Fashion Spot]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.18.2010~
Bollywood superstar, Aishwarya Rai brought the glamour of Bollywood to Cannes at the premiere of Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood movie.
Rai glided down the red carpet wearing a stunning blue Elie Saab Spring 2010 Couture gown.
Indian stunningness personified in support of a much loved and universal story, for a Hollywood great.
[Image courtesy of Bollywood Updates]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.13.2010~
Yay! Here’s Filmfare Magazine’s latest cover featuring Bollywood‘s women we love. Stars featured include: From l-r top row: Rekha, Sonam Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone. From l-r second row: Waheeda Rehman, Kareena Kapoor, Hema Malini.
Hot! These womens films reach as many people (if not more) than the lovely Angelina Jolie‘s films do.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.11.2010~
India floods Horiwood.Com today with Bollywood stars news rating big. Here’s the Taj Mahal with your top ten because life should be about building a monument of Love. Kia ora and Namaste from The City of Angels.
Bonus Post: Celebrity Bites: 3.22.2010
[New Zealand Beaches, Northland, North Island, New Zealand--Get there!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.23.2010~
[Nicole Kidman is pictured dressed in Bollywood attire in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge film masterpiece. She has some serious eyebrows going on]
Reports the Herald Sun, Australian director, Baz Luhrmann wants to go Bollywood. Says Baz who is in Indian at the moment:
“We want to create the right piece, for the right story, so that it can be told well,” Luhrmann said. “It’s my dream to make a movie in India.”
Luhrmann has met one of Bollywood’s leading actors, Amitabh Bachchan. Who knows, the two filmmaking legends might join forces. Bollywood is all about 2 1/2 hour long films, so let’s see what the script looks like. Exciting news!
[Image courtesy of HWT Image Library & Sujeet Kumaar]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.3.2010~
Wax on, wax off… global superstars Sharukh Khan of Bollywood gets the Madame Tussaud’s treatment in Hollywood and Heidi Klum does too in Berlin. Here’s your top ten entertainment and celebrity news posts tonight. Nice voting.
[Both images courtesy of Getty Images]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.28.2010~