“Our cup overfloweth with joie de vivre to share with others”–motto for 2011 onwards.
This Christmas Eve is the month where a Maori Hollywood entertainment celebrity blog made history and hit the 2.8 million threshold thanks to you all worldwide. That’s never happened before in Hollywood’s entertainment history. Hawaii takes the top spot as both the 44thPresident of America and New Zealand’s Prime Minister vacation at the tropical jewel isles location of the USA.
Here in California this artwork at the Wiedeman gallery photographed in Hollywood this eve, reminds me of the umbrella I’ve been living under while living here in Hollywood California to date. Very French with a Hollywood twist. And Jakey Davis shines with two of his biggest fans, sister Taylor Jane and his mom, teen mom’s champion life coach - The Maori Rose of Sharon across the world in New Zealand. It’s all about children and their world we help and support them create. As you can see, I’m on Jakey’s program as he’s already busting out his Peace sign moves for photos, so fine like already, on a Kiwi beach. Too cute.
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news on Christmas here in the Hollywood hood as voted by you the people worlwide. Here’s how we’re looking in our top ten today. Merry New Zealand Christmas and Happy Hollywood Christmas Eve. Thanks people.
Almost made it – The Bonus Posts:
Happy Kiwi Christmas and Merry American Christmas Eve.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
Warner Bros.; the dominant studio of Hollywood in terms of box office earnings has evidently unearthed 17 minutes of lost footage from Stanley Kubrick‘s sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The forgotten footage is believed to have been found in a Kansas salt-mine vault, according to Forgotten Silver (via Slash Film and The Film Stage).
Exciting news for film buffs worldwide. 2001 is an example of schlick filmmaking that altered time and space on film in its day. Nice PR. A forgotten treasure theme of culture, has a nice feel to it.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.22.10~
Horiwood.Com has reached the 2.8 million milestone as a Hollywood entertainment blog created and shared daily by a Maori New Zealander who lives in West Hollywood California. Yes, the moment does feel slightly juicy. Believe it or not, history has even been made.
At the 2.8 million mark this Christmas season, first up, thanks you fullahs worldwide, for your amazing daily interest and support online. Every day your presence makes me rise up and try harder as a person, shake off the crap and kick obstacles to the curb. The people you vote on this blog, I look at carefully and learn from. Thanks.
Let’s also think about the UN‘s latest message: that if war breaks out 2.8 million people of Sudan will be displaced. Harrowing news.
There’s always bloody something (or someone) else far more important to think about in the world isn’t there, before we can celebrate much these days? Oh well, welcome to being a global citizen I guess. Again… thanks a million.
Mauri ‘Ola. Life to US! Especially our brothers and sisters in Sudan this Christmas.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.21.10~
Apparently, if you have a long history in Hollywood this makes you industry fit. Wynona plays an aging prima ballerina replaced by the younger star, Natalie Portman, in Black Swan. Talking to GQ, Ryder says: “I thought it was a cool parallel. Being replaced by the young thing. I know that definitely happens in Hollywood. It’s harder to find good roles, and suddenly there’s new girls. I’m at that age I’ve been warned my whole life about.”
Winona also strikes her star against Mel Gibson‘s for a spark, re-entering the Hollywood ring, saying: “I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who’s gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it.
“I’d never heard that before,” Ryder continues. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”
Hollywood is a strange place. Here you have a Jewish girl who once shop-lifted and near over-dosed on pain killers daily for her kicks, talking “oven-dodgers” as a phrase that is not baseball related. Somehow this is Mel Gibson’s fault, her disappearance from Hollywood for the last half a decade? Huh?! I don’t get it. If you live in Hollywood you will know that (for reals) it is a virtual impossibility to be anti-semitic in Tinsel Town. Hollywood is proudly pro-Jewish and Gibson has mostly Jewish neighbors in his Mulholland Drive neighborhood. That’s a fact too. Mel was twitter’s 4th ranked star name for 2010. Out of over 6 billion other people’s names to talk about on twitter, people like talking about him–no one can take that away from Gibson.
Nice to see Winona back. Those eyes are so big and used to fame, they’d eat you. We’ve missed them.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.10~
I once remember filmmaking grande dame, Merata Merata of the Maori tribal home of the Ngati Pikiao iwi (tribe), who lived in Te Puke (The Hill), where my dad Graham Adrian Cruickshank grew up with his brother Wynne Edward. They were country kids all going to Te Puke high school in a rural faming community. Merata remembered my dad and his bro vaguely too.
One day, a miracle occurred when the notoriously private Mrs Murphy Brown (my name for M) granted a rare private interview for a student documentary-film camera on loan from film school.
One of the things I remember very clearly during the shoot is how Merata’s face lit up with glee and a radiant glow took to her beautiful Polynesian complection in early morning beach light bouncing off the shells on the beach up the hill to where we were filming. I could never forget the sparkling moment. It was dazzling, all because she was talking about her friend Anjelica Huston and the fun they would have as sisters judging on the Sundance Film Festival panel together and playing bridge in their hotel in their bathrobes at brekkie time.
On that note: Here’s the incomparable Ms. Anjelica Huston film industry bio with a reminder as to why Anjelica is a much loved great of Hollywood cinema and California, USA.
Anjelica Huston: A filmic Bio:
While once a delicate yet tall model, young Anjelica Huston decided to focus more on movies in the late 1970s, studied acting and began to get roles. The first notable part was in Bob Rafelson‘s remake of the classic 1940s noir movie The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) (in which Jack Nicholson, with whom Huston had been living since 1973, was the star).
Anjelica Huston was born this way, a star to a star father and a talented and beautiful mother. She arrived in the world on July 8, 1951, to an ecstatic director and famous actor John Huston. Her momma Enrica Ricki Soma of (from New York) was an Italian-American prima ballerina. Discipline, hard work, good family fun and a passion for the arts is what fueled the Huston family home.
Huston spent most of her fun childhood overseas, (more…)
Reports Urmee Khan for the UK Telegraph:
Channel 4 will light up the U.K’s television with footage of The Queen in 3D. Urmee says that the footage of her Majesty will look like a regular television picture until viewers, reach across the coffee table over the ruby, for their special glasses where the images will strangely appear to emerge from the screen. Right in your own living room.
It’s perhaps a way of Her Majesty saying, she has a unique perspective? A very cool idea.
Director Bob Angell and cameraman Arthur Wooster shot the colour newsreel as part of a package called Royal Review. The special 3D effect was achieved by using two cameras simultaneously at different angles before blending the archived footage into one single picture. It’s about blending two views of the same existing facts pre-recorder to reflect a more relevant view today, no one has ever seen from that unique perspective.
3D Royal filmic content: The 3D footage features Queen Elizabeth II at events she attended in the lead up to and after her Coronation in 1953. A visit to the Epsom Derby features and a wee trip on the Royal Barge on the Thames. How posh! Sailing along down the river then.
Angell and Wooster, are in their 80s, and have come out of retirement to make the documentary and get behind the camera one more time and create contemporary footage of the Queen. Grey Power are seriously rocking out a show to inspire the world. Very cool.
David Glover, whose rather grand job description defines him as ‘a specialist factual commissioning editor,’ says, “When I was told that there was unseen footage of the Queen’s coronation in 3D I didn’t really believe it at first. Watching it didn’t disappoint – it was like turning the TV set into a window – you draw back the curtains and look straight back into 1953.”
David Glover adds, “Watching period 3D documentary footage is about as close to time travel as one can get. You watch as the crowds wave at the coronation and you see the young Queen Elizabeth walking right past you,” he added. Sainsburys will distribute the special red and blue glasses for free in collaboration with Channel 4. It’s like Christmas.
The two, hour-long programmes, are made by Renegade Picture Ltd/Can Communicate, in association with the British Film Institute (BFI) and will be shown later in the year.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.8.10~
“Girls have an unfair advantage over boys: If they can’t get what they want by being smart, they can get it by being dumb.”–Yul Brunner on his experience with Hollywood’s leading lights. These days, it’s more the other way round.
Yul Brynner‘s life story is full of music, Russian gypsies, Lycée Moncelle tutoring, life spent as a trapeze artist, a Chekovian actor, he served Hollywood in roles as the exotic other that he played from Egyptian pharaohs to Western gunfighters (pictured). Yule unfortunately died of lung cancer and he was buried on the grounds of the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Bois Aubry, a short distance outside the village of Luzé. He won an Oscar for The King and I, but he was all good as a cowboy. Nothing wrong with that.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.3.10~
I saw that The University of Carolina is offering a Major in Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame. Pop music as a vehicle of leadership in nationhood’s direction is what kids want to study. Really a University should be offering science and advanced mathematics or physics papers in the US in an effort to close the gap on Education being an equipping tool towards being viable competitors in the future direction of a global economy.
If sociology is a lure to get kids into college to see what it’s all about, all good–perhaps they should be offering a 2 hour lecture in Rihanna Studies instead though. Kids would learn just as much, although Rihanna is not technically an American citizen. Although shaping American culture so much as an artist, rather humorously, her visa status is still that of an alien. She is the USA’s Alien Queen of the 2010′s.
In 2008, Rihanna was ranked in the top four on google New Zealand trends for the year. Her live performances in Auckland The Supercity were well appreciated from fans. A then relatively unknown American leader (to the-wider-world), Barack Obama, also made the top ten in this innovative and perceptive trend-spotting small nation. At this time, New Zealand’s current Prime Minister, was not yet ranked in the top ten (Sir Edmund Hillary was instead, at no. 7) yet Rihanna and Mr Obama were on New Zealand’s cultural radar of people they like.
As a comparison, Australia ranked Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith in their top ten and Mr Obama was not yet on the radar in Australia’s mindsets at all that same year in a significant way. Rihanna however (was ranked no.9 in Australia that year as a trend) denoting that she is a key figure and entertainer to the South Pacific and Asia Pacific territories. She was the only person of color in Australia’s top ten that year to ‘cross-over’ as an accepted trend, whereas New Zealand had 3 people of color trend that same year. It is fair to say, that as a star, leader and a cultural-architect artist of a modern world–that Rihanna is always a forerunner of the world’s elite leaders. This is her destiny as a person. Let’s look at what she’s gifted the American people, so far.
What would GQ be, without its Rihanna magazine covers in the US or Britannia? You need at least one Rihanna moment as your cover girl each year to be a successful men’s magazine. This girl is both pretty, tough and resilient in making a comeback when beaten down. She can also make a fashion accessory super hot–that all stars emulate and fashion designers incorporate into their styles of design. She’s the edge of trendsetting when she feels like playing the diva role.
She also gave America a powerful image of someone who recovered from post traumatic stress disorder of something unexpected that can hit a life in America, requiring a major rebuilding effort. Her Chris Brown domestic violence saga of the past catapulted Rihanna into superstar status. Resilience was added to her star exotic brand in that tragic moment of callous American mistreatment by young Chris towards a foreigner living and working in Los Angeles. That media moment was bloody awful. Thankfully Chris Brown has moved on from the incident too now, maturing from it also.
There has never been anyone who lived in Hollywood Hills, quite like Rihanna who has contributed to American culture in difficult years, offering hope or distraction or attitude or just good fun. She’s quite unique. Via Barbados and the Commonwealth, along with Beyonce she is the All American Girl inspirer of the last decade. Next year, I wonder if actor/ singer/ fashion sequer and stylist, Kat Graham, a newbie who is currently sporting top hats of British gentry of the UK, will get to land on GQ too?
In the meantime, here’s the hardworking Riri, amusing Britain with those looks. In the last 11 months, she’s just not stopped working. Respec. In fact Rihanna’s music accomplishments are second to none in America–she’s pop royalty and the Commonwealth’s black queen of pop. In 2008 when Rihanna performed live for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, she wore earrings reflecting the shape of the late Princess Diana‘s engagement ring, the same ring now being worn by Kate Middleton. With her symbology that constitutes pop star monarchy’s iconography, that millions of people worldwide follow–as symbols of empire that they think define them, Rihanna is always smart. Equally subtle as confrontation, a rare mix. Rihanna is a little naughty, she’s the only music artist to give the Queen a diva snear at the end of her performance, before she curtsied–an expression the Queen would never allow herself to do in public, even if she wanted to. The moment from Rihanna is cute.
Hitfix reports that Riri (who this blog is sorta named after too), is the no.1 charting artist of the millennium. The music website writes: “Only Girl In the World jumps to No. 1 this week, giving Rihanna her second single from Loud to hit the top spot. Two weeks ago, What’s My Name featuring Drake was at No. 1. Loud debuts at No. 3 this week on the Billboard 200.
Riri makes history. It is the first time (more…)
In Oscars Hollywood history, the Cocoanut Grove was the venue celebrating Americans much loved art form of Hollywood’s cinema’s best awards for excellence.
From this image we see a Palm Tree as a symbol of Peace. Whether a palm is found in California, throughout The South Pacific, in Israel or Iran provides a message for us all to ponder as a symbol.
A palm tree grows peacefully in earth’s soil, irrespective of how people draw up maps of territory. Its a very humble tree. It just grows. Its leaves offer shade in extreme heat conditions for people and camels alike. It always signifies that water is found nearby, water being a symbol of life that all growing things need to live. A palm tree’s fruit is eaten by people of Californian, people in Iran or Israel alike. A palm tree does not discriminate. It looks after people equally.
May leaders of the world (G20 Economies Summit leaders included) all have a movie date with Peace, in their hearts concerning the future direction of the world and showing mercy to others, not all that different from ourselves.
This is California’s story in the City of Angels. We are peace messengers in The City of Angels–just like a palm tree is. May the art of peace be the most glorified American art of all and bring forth its fruit in due season.
I think an emphasis on water systems watering people who don’t have it in the world with clean drinking water, would be an intelligent thing of G20 leaders to obsess on at this point in World History. With the existing wealth all G-20 Summit leaders nations have, let’s leak some water these nations way who are without.
That’s smart leadership. Instead of just “World Economy, War Economy,” as buzz words, let’s think “Water Economy” too for all people in the world. A war on lack for the least in the world is what’s needed. That’s true power, to think that way and shows respect for basic human rights in the world.
[Image - courtesy of Vanity Fair]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10~
Popeater is making big claims today, stating: “Angelina Jolie hates this holiday [Thanksgiving] and wants no part in rewriting history like so many other Americans,” a friend of the actress tells [Popeater's website owner, or so the website claims].
“To celebrate what the white settlers did to the native Indians, the domination of one culture over another, just isn’t her style. She definitely doesn’t want to teach her multi-cultural family how to celebrate a story of murder.”
“Angelina gets so grossed out by Thanksgiving that she has made sure her family will not be in America this year on Thursday,” claims the site.
First up, filming abroad means just that. Filming away from the US as Jolie is doing with her Untitled War Love Story movie. Secondly, Marlon Brando, a fellow oscar winner said it the best at the Oscars one year via a messenger. It’s very Hollywood to discuss maltreatment of Indigenous people for A-List actors who have little to lose in bringing attention to this.
My feelings are if we abuse Inidgenous People on any landscape, this sets a pattern to abuse all other people on the same landscape unless we get that right. Indigenous Peoples struggles (like native American Indians struggles) are a key theme on this blog too. Go here to read Marlon’s words.
Meanwhile in India (the country), Popeater’s equivalent One India, is obsessing over the possibility that there’s an Angelina Jolie Temple in the world famous Angkor Complex of Cambodia. Her PR machine is in overdrive today–even without her doing a thing.
I can’t see Brad Pitt going without a turkey dinner. I mean, this is the guy who got his start in Hollywood dressing as an El Polo Loco chicken, so whatevz. I love the message of Indigenous Peoples concerns though. Poignant at this time of year. Jolie often plays the role of “The Teacher” for America. This year, she brings a history lesson and questions hypocrisy, if these comments are at all to be believed as if she actually said them– and to be taken seriously.
The world’s new star system is anyone whose leading by “thinking green for the environment” and “thinking Indigenous Peoples concerns”–the most trusted (and perhaps emotionally invested) guardians of any nation’s national resources and their people. They live in dialogue with the earth, similar to how the people of James Cameron‘s Avatar do.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.24.10~
Hats off, part II. Oscars night at Romanos, 1954.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.24.10~
U.K fans of The Beatles are showing Apple some mad love at the minute with Beatles digital albums sales right now. The trendsetting music recording artists changed the way Hollywood films were made in the 1960′s as cultural influencers. They’re back in full force shaping the direction, tastes, flow of music sales right at this minute.
The Beatles have moved 450,000 digital albums around the world, in a single week of being on iTunes. Over 2 milion downloads of individual songs have also been purchased. 120,000 album sales alone occurred in the US this week. Sound Scan has yet to release their official stats.
Good news to date for The Beatles. Artwork image, courtesy of Weideman Gallery, West Hollywood for your entertainment.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.23.10~
“When they laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them out of their lands. We starved them into signing fraudulent agreements that we called treaties which we never kept. We turned them into beggars on a continent that gave life for as long as life can remember. And by any interpretation of history, however twisted, we did not do right. We were not lawful nor were we just in what we did. For them, we do not have to restore these people, we do not have to live up to some agreements, because it is given to us by virtue of our power to attack the rights of others, to take their property, to take their lives when they are trying to defend their land and liberty, and to make their virtues a crime and our own vices virtues.”–Speech for the Academy Awards protesting the treatment of American Indians, written by Brando courtesy of The New York Times.
|Marlon Brando–as photographed on the set of Missouri Breaks, 1976.|
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.21.10~
Wearing a Hollywood hat should always be about fun… the essence of what makes this town spin.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.18.10. VF~
Who can forget, when Russell Crowe became the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar for his role in Gladiator 2000. Russell is pictured here (through a beer goggle lens) from the Oscars night archives drinking a Steinlager beer.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.18.10. VF~
In New Zealand, the fiercest election ever has just occurred.
Here’s the ten finalists to be the next Milkybar Kid cowgirl or cowboy star of Middle Earth. Cute. For having dreams bigger than Texas these Kiwi Kids all stars in this Hollywood book, regardless of who took the most votes.
In no particular order, here’s the the finalists that were shortlisted to the top ten by Nestle, producers of fine creamy white chocolate. Creme de la creme chocolate makers.
1. Hinetaaproa Short of Roto-Vegas
2. Dominic Burrows of Invercargill
3. Astaria Tigerlily Te Aukura of Auckland The Supercity
4. Sam Kirby of Christchurch – The Garden City
5. Eloise Greenwood of Auckland The Supercity
6. Natalie Olson of Wellywood Wellington
7. Madison Hunter of Auckland The Supercity
8. Asher Quin of DunedinThe Scottish-Kiwi City
9. Benjamin Clark of Auckland The Supercity
10. Samyah Powell of Whangarei City, Northland North Auckland 10/10
Kiwi kids – Mauri ‘Ola – Let’s Rock the 2010′s! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.18.10~
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10. VF~
Who: Te Aute Boys High School and Hukarere Maori Girls High School of New Zealand.
What: Performing a Waiata Tira (Traditional Song). Their performing arts genre is called kapa haka.
Why: To perpetuate their unique Indigenous Peoples worldview and language in a modern world.
Their language: Smiles and Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs).
Star Draw: Their people have been doing this for centuries in beautiful Middle Earth, Aoteaora New Zealand.
Claim to Fame: Horiwood’s Aunt, “Aunty Waratah of Helensville” was the long-serving matron of Turakina Maori Girls College, a sister school of the Hukarere Girls school, featured here. This song in Hollywood goes up for her and what she believes is possible for all girls and children of Indigenous Peoples cultures in the world if they stay true to themselves and just express that in the world.
This is my Aunt’s life message as reflected in these kids singing. Some of her life’s work on display.
Aspiration: My Aunt is proudly of the Ngapuhi and Ngati Whaatua Maori tribes of New Zealand. Yet, she serves all other Maori tribal leaders childrens’ life’s purpose into the world equally.
She is not tribalist, she’s bigger than that. She’s a global thinker. I love my Aunt a lot for her largeness of heart and purity of spirit. An example for all Maori and Polynesian and Kiwi politicians to emulate perhaps as a take (cultural challenge of leadership) from Hollywood today.
In its purest sense (dating back over a century from NZ), my Aunt’s actions prove she believes in true equality, just like her ancestors believed and taught her. So do I. Hence going to the trouble of creating and sharing this post from The Entertainment Capitol of The World.
Political Point: May we always have the foresight, heart and wisdom to include indigenous peoples at the forefront of everything we do. Their worldviews are diverse and amazing. They look after landscape, people, the human spirit and have a message of preservation always for future generations.
What’s best about these kids: If you talk to any of them, they are all very funny. They have the best sense of humor. Funny kids, naturally.
Personally I like their message a lot. Wisdom as gifts for the world is contained in these young peoples’ culture and thinking. We need it. LOUDER!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10~
Swifty and Dame Liz - Two people who helped build the Hollywood star system. One threw the best parties each year, where next year’s deals were brokered and A-List star rankings were determined.
The other reenacted, what she knew of a star system that had worked for centuries. She acted like a Queen of a commonwealth of stars assembled in Hollywood that were drawn from all over America and the world. Liz Taylor was the center along with Samuel Lazar.
A beaut shot of two star makers – least we forget our manners and our knowledge of history in California today and how America’s brightest stars have been shaped and created. This tradition has always been a global effort.
To be a Maori-Kiwi and add your contribution to this tradition in a small way via a Hollywood blog daily, is what we call “tika” to do in our corner of the world. Always fun to do.
It’s called an expression of “tino rangatiratanga” or a sovereign expression of one’s spirit of liberty in the world, contributing to the future direction of it. Tino rangatiratanga as a part of the world’s new star system, also means “to think green for future generations as people living in a sovereign harmonious state, in dialogue with the environment and the earth.”
It’s a beautiful tradition that all Indigenous Peoples of the world have always believed. Today, Hollywood’s brightest stars think of others (including the least in the world) and they dare to think green for the planet and its people – over any other value system or reward system of fame.
James Cameron‘s film Avatar with this theme, proved this sentiment, achieving the best selling Hollywood film in box office history. Cameron’s direction as a Hollywood auteur bore witness with people the world over, that this is what we want from the City of Angels and other film making meccas of the world. It’s where Hollywood is at, in representing strong messages for the world in cinema and entertainment texts. Anything else, pales in its irrelevant meaninglessness and is archaic.
When I look at this image of Swifty and Dame Liz, they stood for something important. They took on the role of testing the existing star system and making it better, stronger, brighter and more relevant and meaningful. Today in Hollywood, so do a rising new generation of earth-conscious humanitarian stars. These people are re-altering Hollywood’s current star system, making it stronger by ignoring the dross and realigning entertainment with strong stories the world needs today.These stories are green, compassionate, human.
It’s fun living in Hollywood and California. I love being Maori and Kiwi and living right in the middle of it. It’s where Maori belong too. Positioned right in the Middle, shaping the form and future flow of fun! We are so Hollywood in the 2010′s.
~Image courtesy of Vanity Fair. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10~
LORD OF THE RINGS – PRINCE WILLIAM’S PRINCESS DIANNA TRIBUTE AS A SYMBOL OF HIS LOVE FOR KATE MIDDLETON
How romantic. In turning up for a photo call with the British Media – Prince William Windsor and his bride to be Kate Middleton both looked a picture of love and all things romantic pertaining to a lifelong commitment to each other and inspiring growth and well being for a Commonwealth Empire.
Their engagement ring belonged to Princess Dianna of Wales and of the ring appearing on Kate’s finger as her engagement ring, Prince William had this to say:
“It is very special to me. It was my way to make sure my mother did not miss out on today and the excitement that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
What a sweet thing to say and do. I don’t thing anyone in celebrity land can trump that. This couple are the super romantics of their generation. Needless to say, the woman that last wore this ring had one of the greatest hearts of compassion of any humanitarian of the modern world. Perhaps Kate as the wearer of this ring, will do the same in the world. But no pressure! :)
Image below of Prince William on his debut public presentation to the world, when his mother chose Waitangi of the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand to present this crown Prince to the world’s eyes.
She was a great woman who chose for her son’s presentation to be surrounded with songs, color and beauty of the Ngapuhi, Ngati Hine, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri maori tribes of New Zealand. On his presentation day to the world’s gaze, he was surrounded by the sounds of Te Reo Rangatira (or, the language of Chiefs). Below is a song, that was sung on this day, called Te Whare e Tu Nei – written by songwriter of Matauri Bay, Katerina Mataira - whose name ironically means Katherine in English. Her song’s title when translated means, This House That Stands. Diana had impeccable taste that her son seems to have inherited in his choice of a wife and a star maker of leaders of a modern world faced with new challenges, requiring a gift of wisdom to be creative towards sustainability in the world’s good future.
It’s nice to see William honor his mother by bringing her engagement ring back into play in the eyes of the world, as a homage to a woman who never saw this Kiwi-presented future King’s engagement day. It’s like full circle of their bond reclaimed in honoring Diana’s memory and his new love with Kate.
Top Image courtesy of Bauer Griffin Online. Image of Princess Diana wearing the ring as a teenager, courtesy of BER website. Image of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and baby Prince William Windsor at Waitangi, Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa/ New Zealand courtesy of New Zealand History.Net. A wooden buzzy bee Kiwi-made child’s toy was the first paparazzi photographed item, Prince William ever owned to amuse audiences worldwide. The toy that is made of wood is iconic to New Zealand. This one as featured on the cover of North & South magazine, courtesy of Buzzy Bee.Co.NZ .
Prince William is like every Kiwi’s little brother in a sense of those who watched his parents marry in 1981. Myself, being just one of many, now blogging about this momentus day in his life from California. Surreal stuff. To visit Waitangi for yourself – a right of passage for all people in the U.K who have followed the royals for years, go here to discover more on how to do that. It’s the region where I grew up.
Being British and growing up watching how the British monarchy rocked out jewels to make a power statement on special occasions, was great training for Dame Elizabeth Taylor when she got to Hollywood and set out to conquer this show biz town.
Liz always knew when to raise her value by wearing jewels that kept her ahead of her female peers as a star.
It’s also something that Hollywood’s lads know how to do also. James Cameron dropped some bling into his epic Titanic film, to garner Hollywood its second highest grossing film of all time worldwide. James totally tore a page out of Dame Liz’s star book, on that one. This piece Liz is wearing above was valued at $1 million in its day.
~Image via VF. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.16.10~
Dennis Hopper will always be remembered at The Oscars for wearing his cowboy hat in 1970, while taking his date Michelle Phillips of The Mommas & the Poppas .
How cool was he? Also pictured here with Jack Nicholson the year Easy Rider starring Peter Fonda became the modern version of the Buddy Movie which grew out of the Western film genre.
[Image courtesy of Vanity Fair -photo archives]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.16.10~
Singer, Nelly Furtado has her greatest hits album on the table. She’s halfway through righting a new album, working title Lifestyle that she says singing on her last album Mi Plan in Espanol is influencing. Being a latina hottie, whose also exotic to Canada, she’s a star of America’s future and Canada officially inducted this beauty onto the Canadian Walk of Fame’s cultural landscape in Canada, 2010 this week. She’s hot.
Courage to love, romance, sing and dance, live, touch, breathe and play rugby are all key themes of the hot topics rating today in Hollywood. Entertainment news we all love as voted by US worldwide here in the beautiful nation of America, is as follows in our top ten today.
Thanks People. With your power to vote, you all inspire here in Hollywood!
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[This image of Eddie Fisher and Dame Elizabeth Taylor at The Governors Ball 1960, where Liz lucked out on winning an Oscar for her role in Suddenly, Last Summer. She would win the following year for Butterfield 8 the film she starred in with Fisher. Oscars Night, via Vanity Fair]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.16.10~
History looks like Tony Curtis & Barbara Rush sharing a table at Oscars big night in 1960, when Jack Lemmon lucked out that night for his Oscar-nominated performance in Some Like it Hot . Curtis comments can be read below, about how Oscars parties back in the day, would determine the next wave of A-List film stars.
Today though in America, these ten topics are trending across the land, as observed from Hollywood California USA.
Black Ops News and The Beatles: Tweets:alenoir: Apple’s iTunes announcement was teased yesterday prompting…News@8pm: Beatles land on iTunes and Black Ops patch | T3 magazine – t3.com
Velvet Revolver is a band everyone loves.
Nelly Furtado‘s song lyrics, “All good things must come to an end” feature strong today in the US. The Canadian-Portugese singer features here with her dancers at the Latin Grammys via UK’s Daily Mirror News.
Whiz Khalif Arrest Freestyle can be watched here at Please Don’t Stare.
Cathy Black’s selection by the New York Mayor for Education has NYC happy: Here’s Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn, on that: “I was pleased today to speak with Cathie Black, the schools chancellor designee appointed by the Mayor. The State Legislature of New York has given the Mayor the authority to select a schools chancellor, and he is accountable for his selection. Today, as she shared with me her eagerness and excitement about this opportunity, I was impressed with her enthusiastic willingness to take on a job that comes with lots of challenges in addition to its rewards-and I wished her well. Our kids’ future depends on her success.
Then and now news is so much fun. A reason I love blogging in California and America. Locations so rich in history and trend setting potential.
~Images of Oscars night via Vanity Fair. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.16.10~