Patrick Swayze was a great inspirer of love, dance and great surf that we are mourning in Hollywood with his passing to pancreatic cancer. His fans in New Zealand and Australia were just as inspired by his dance of life that uplifted the underdog– as was his native America and other nations too. Montana born actress Michelle Williams life of triumph after tragedy with Heath Ledger also inspires us on the cover of Vogue. Out of grief can come hope and love again. Here’s how you voted in your top celebrity news and entertainment coverage on Horiwood.Com here in LA today. Enjoy!
Everything brings about its own opposite– words via Ananias, art: Gisele
Here’s the top ranking celebrity news and entertainment posts on Horiwood.Com tonight. Hollywood is in a festive summer’s mood today on 9.9.9! Historic symmetry.
2. Lady Gaga takes a dig at Madonna wearing this fashion ensemble. Meow!
3. Johnny Markoudarkis has heat in Young Hollywood. Casting agents take note. Likewise with Philipp Karner.who is an Extra TV America’s Most Eligible Bachelor Awardee. These lads are both up and coming young actors to watch out for.
4. Robert Pattinson takes the plunge for Twilight’s Queen, costar Kristen Stewart.
5. 10 Twilight Saga Tweets: Romeo & Juliet lives on in Forks and on twitter.
6. Kevin and Jodi Kreiger say stop watching Jon & Kate Gosselin
7. Nayleigh Kelly joins Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelly in Hollywood from Korea. Cute! Adoption is a beautiful thing.
8. Miley Cyrus‘ rap remix is smokin. It’s a party in the USA. Beyonce and Rihanna must be fuming that Miley created a way to get a piece of their man Jay-Z. A cute tribute from MC.
9. Khloe & Kourtney Kardashian can’t just go on a diet and shut up about it.
10. Kim Cattrall brings her blonde rocker fierceness to Sex & The City. At 53 she’s looking good.
Always smile. Horiwood’s latest tweet on twitter is: “Horiwood Bites: THE JACKSON SMILE: … always uplifts and gives hope. A smile is a gift you give away … http://bit.ly/Cu9MWabout 4 hours ago from twitterfeed
Courage To Love by Californian author Robert Ellis is created and written in the spirit needed in American schools today. In a Shakespearean love story set in the Middle East two young people from opposite worlds, find love from a sense of honesty only found in accepting each others difference. So romantic. Read it. It’s a great book for all American school children … and kidults too. Cover artwork is by the legendary surrealist artist, Salvador Dali.
Frank Ohara’s lunch poems captured the mood of Hollywoood so well. Like this poem about when Hollywoood star, Lana Turner died. It says it all.
to listen to the poem by Frank with audio, go here.
Kai Ora is a TV series showcasing the best of healthy Maori cuisine that is served up with manaakitanga, an expression of love and hospitality.
The series features Anne Thorp, a tohunga of kai harvesting, food preparation and cooking who is known internationally as The Maori Queen of Cuisine. She is the #1 Maori cook in The Entertainment World.
Set in Anne’s urban inner city Auckland home and her coastal wharemoana resort of Pakiri Beach, Kai Ora shows the health benefits of eating and living well from a Tikanga Maori view point.
Literally, Kai Ora means the food of life and in each episode through her food, Anne shows the best of healthy Maori living today across the Kai Ora series. As korero is also the food of chiefs, Kai Ora depicts many of Maoridom’s leaders sitting at Anne’s dining table savoring her food. They offer back their korero through shared stories and also waiata that they sing and perform in the show.
Whether she be gathering her kai and cooking it, or being a hostess manaaki extraordinaire, Anne Thorp Is New Zealand’s leading Mana Wahine of Maori cuisine; a tohunga of manaakitanga through healthy food. Anne has no like, equal or parallel. When it comes to food and Maori cooking expertise, she is unique. Kai Ora is where an astute audience can learn the invaluable knowledge that she shares.
Each episode, the Kai Ora TV series captures Anne’s tikanga based philosphy of food and lifestyle, which rests on the simple and yet profound premise of “fresh food made with Aroha.”
Kai Ora series 4 is rich in Te Reo Rangatira, Tikanga Maori, Korero Maori, Mana Tangata, Manawhenua, Mana Atua, Manamoana, Maori humour and Manaakitanga. All of these elements combine around Anne’s food making Kai Ora series 4 a Maori lifestyle program reflecting the power of tino rangatiratanga in full effect today.
Kai Ora is the TV series that brings all of these elements together in a visually beautiful masterpiece that shows the finest calibre of Maori kai and living with a healthy diet focus. Quality vs quantity. This is a TV series that could easily be positioned in America’s Food Network channel line up of TV programming from the beautiful land where the author of the Whale Rider and Maori Land Court Judges appear in this fun filled show.
As good as it gets
[A poem for Dame Atarangi Kahu – Maori Queen]
where the cross streets collide
on infamous hollywood and vine
your star crashed into my heart
as your wairua finally left your body
from the top of maunga taupiri
roimata eyed I played hori hop-scotch
between pavement cracks of the stars
on the hollywood walk of fame
that connects james stewart on the north
across street to maria callas on the east
diagonally to gloria swanson on the west
back over street southward to william holden
ai queen, you are more than a southern
cross news story today here from hollywood
i imagined a star being cut just for you
from rarity of ngai tahu pounamu
a whetu befitting for a much loved queen
with your name etched in royal maori font
that lee smith of te taura whiri had
signed off on, for the prime minister
it was then set in the pavement of a
walk of fame that does not yet exist,
but should, on auckland’s waterfront
in my mind, you were placed between
sir edmund hilary, denoting your magnitude
and hone tuwhare, for love of maori humour
[hone, being flanked by queen soloti of
tonga on t’other side, the lucky, cheeky
oh queen, how you won hearts and minds
of world leaders of the caliber of mandela
who’d call you on home phone direct
asking your opinions on global affairs
as you sat in front of telly, hot cuppa tea in hand
chuckling and chatting in te puea scarf and slippers.
dear dame ata, your gift to just naturally be
one’s unique maori self, was as good as it gets.
poetry by Sam Cruickshank, aka Horiwood, for Whetu Moana Lua, editors: Robert Sullivan, Reina Whaitiri, Albert Wendt. (c)
Difference is always a beautiful thing. It makes the world an interesting place to live in. Here’s part 1 of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. The exciting thing about democracy on the internet, is that Bollywood entertainment rates big. Internet search engines don’t discriminate against difference. They just rank what’s popular. Democracy is alive and well. Enjoy!
Little Shiloh-Jolie Pitt blows John Edwards headlining story, out of the water on the National Enquirer. Should a child even be on a cover of a magazine, without their parents consent?
Oh well, nonetheless, one must never underestimate kids. They are the future. If Shiloh enters show biz as she gets older, she will be a third generation Hollywood actor. There’s not many kids around who have that lineage in Hollywood.
Sergei Eisenstein was one of the greatest film editors, auteurs and director/ producers known to the art and science of film editing. Eisenstein could do it all.
At The University of Auckland, New Zealand where I went to film school, we all studied this man’s brain and way of thinking. Although his films were shot and edited in black and white, Hollywood’s film & TV editing owes much to Eisenstein’s clever innovation in editing the visual language of the moving image. In particular, the blockbuster action, big budget film owes its action sequence editing techniques to Sergei. The city of LA is built on other nations’ brilliance. It’s our history here.
Eisenstein’s ability under heavy censorship, made him a revolutionary of the people. He worked out a way to juxtapose images of military force of might by State that were contrasted against the softer face of human life.
Always, what was more important was the people, the masses, the majority and a sense of fairness that mediated between greed of politicians and the bourgeoise and the people who needed to be fed. I love the filmmaking aesthetic of this man as a film editor of revolutionary social and political change.
Above is Eisentein’s Que Viva Mexico documentary, 1932. With his spirit and life’s work contained on celluloid, he is still da man today! Viva forever.
“Thank you for making “Party in the USA” and the HM movie 1# on iTunes! You guys rock my world =]
34 minutes ago from web
“Say hello to the girl that I am. You’re gonna have to see through my perspective. I need to make mistakes just to know who I am.” – Britneyabout 1 hour ago from web
“Hollywood sucks you in but it won’t spit me out.”about 1 hour ago from web
At 16, this girl just keeps on getting prettier. Mad genes!
She helped Robert Pattinson go from gawky swimwear model of the UK, into international movie star.
That girl doesn’t get enough credit for what she adds to The Twilight Saga package, so effortlessly.
Robert is so thankful for Kristen’s cinematic magic. He gets paid more than her. A far step up from the days where he was a swim wear model.
Um, equal pay for woman in Hollywood please. Here’s Kristin and Robert’s latest make out pic from the latest New Moon trailer.
The Whale Rider is a book and a film, that moved audiences worldwide as a thirteen year old girl Pai, fights against traditional gender restraints to be the leader that she was destined to be. The role garnered, first time actress, Keisha Castle-Hughes, then 13, her first Oscar nomination here in Hollywood.
I learnt, Saturday, that the author of The Whale Rider, Witi Ihimaera, recently turned down a Knighthood and the opportunity to become Sir Witi Ihimaera, on the grounds that he did not want to diminish the effect of “Colonial oppression” on his indigenous Maori People of New Zealand by accepting the Knighthood. This was his personal choice.
I was trained by Witi Ihimaera at Auckland University. He writes stories that move oppressed people, regardless of race, age, gender or sexuality into a better place. He is the feel good writer to read when you want to: cry one chapter and laugh the next. The Whale Rider being proof of that. Not many authors can move you to laughter and tears throughout a book like Mr Ihimaera can. So I take my Hollywood cap off to him today, for his great storytelling ability in literature and film.
Hollywood needs more stories of the calibre of Ta Witi Ihimaera.
Another book of Witi Ihimaera’s that is a brilliant read is: “The Uncle’s Story.” It goes a little like this: “Armed with his uncle’s diary, Michael Mahana goes searching for the truth, about the secret the Mahana family has kept hidden for over thirty years, and what happened to uncle Sam.
Set in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam and in present day New Zealand and North America, Witi Ihimaera’s dramatic novel combines the superb story telling for which he is so renowned with the unflinching realism that made ‘The Whale Rider’ a literary and cinematic success. A powerful love story bravely told, it courageously confronts Maori attitudes to sexuality and masculinity and contains some of Ihimaera’s most passionate writing to date.”
Having been in Mr Ihimaera’s creative writing class in The English Department studying New Zealand Literature at The University of Auckland, the year Ihimaera was writing the Uncle’s Story, I know that the Sam in this novel, was unexpectedly named after me.
The Cliff in the novel, was named after Maori Hollywood actor, Cliff Curtis (pictured above). It’s weird that I now live in Hollywood. So…..
And, to everyone who wants a good read, you won’t want to miss reading this book. Go here to order it on Amazon. You will both laugh and have your heart torn out at the end. How Twilight Saga-ish in that Whale Rider kind of way!
With any luck, you can also read it on a kindle. But this comes with a Kindle Warning: You’ll need tissues to wipe your tears of laughter off the screen though.
As if he’d tell a paparazzi! Geez paparaazi guys in Hollywood really do ask celebrities the dumbest questions!
Cricket is the biggest summer sport in Australia. So much so, that GQ Australia, the men’s fashion +top gadgets magazine is featuring Aussie cricket captain, Michael Clarke on its cover.
Like any true blue Aussie lad, Michael Clarke’s interview doesn’t disappoint. He says: “It’s all about scoring runs.”
Gosh this top sportsman has got Hollywood bowled over already! Love it! Action movies next, Michael Clarke?!
Shakira rocks the cover of Latina Magazine. She is the Sonia Sotomayor of Latina pop justice, and her hips don’t lie. Love Shakira!
Here in Hollywood, here’s how you ranked your hottest celebrity news items tonight. Enjoy your choices. Thanks Team.
[Horiwood is a Maori New Zealander living in Hollywood. We call Maoris horis back in New Zealand. To travel to New Zealand, one of the prettiest adventure tourism destinations on the planet on your next vacation, go here.]
Looking like this, Mischa Barton arrived at work in Hollywood, Wednesday.
Such the picture of health. How I can relate! LOL!
I love me some Hinewehi Mohi. She brings the ethereal vocals of a Maori princess to the techno electro beats of an Underground UK night club world.
When this song is on full blast in Hollywood, the Latino’s all turn around and stare. You just know that Shakira would just totally pop her hips to Hinewehi’s unique sound and beautiful music.
Hinewehi Mohi of the group Oceania is just so stunning in every way. She’s like a walking aria whose heart is warmer and brighter than her amazing vocal talent.
I love wahine (Maori women) who can sing. They are the 8th wonder of the world. They are found richly in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Robert Pattinson and Megan Fox may be the pick for hottest actor and actress by American teens at The Teen Choice Awards, this week, but it’s your own choices on Horiwood.Com tonight that show your eclectic tastes in entertainment and celebrity news. Love it!
These results, perhaps shows we have a very diverse global audience going on in Hollywood on this website tonight. Namste India! Welcome.
Angelina Jolie is a fine example of why media who are not based in Hollywood should not pretend to do bold Hollywood scandal headlining cover stories that aren’t even true.
Angelina Jolie is not mad at Brad Pitt because he has a beer or ten. Grazia Magazine should know better, running with this bogus cover this week.
They get the media paddle award from horiwood.com today for false reporting.
Bollywood came to Hollywood last night, when Mallika Sherawat guest appeared at Brad Pitt’s Inglorious Basterds premiere. What a dress! She’s a reminder to LA that Bollywood makes more films than Hollywood does each year.
Only Steven Spielberg gets that, who is now Indian billionaire funded these days here in Hollywood. India + America + China = the future of entertainment in the world.
Angelina Jolie stepped out last night in her hometown of LA. The actress accompanied her beau, Brad Pitt on the red carpet in support for the premiere of Brad’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ film.
The premiere was held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, where my friends from New Zealand: Dale, Darren and Kobey all were too the last two weeks.
It’s such a small world! Angie is looking great!