… no matter how hard they try or how few lettuce leaves they nibble on a day, this magazine cover made me LMAO in empathy and the sheer ridiculousness of choosing this as a cover story from Vogue Italia.
I love it. Maybe this model can have a career as a comedian now with her own show. Thanks Italy! Priceless humor. What an unusual yet funny cover.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.22.10~
Olivia Wilde is a knock out as she covers this month’s Women’s Health Magazine. In preparing to be movie ready she confesses:
“I worked with a personal trainer, so I did about an hour of cardio five or six days a week. Weight training three times a week, mixed martial arts/fighting three times a week, and that’s a lot more than my normal routine.”On Friday in IMAX and 3D, you can see Olivia’s hard work onscreen when TRON: Legacy opens at the flicks.
Wilde’s unconventional marriage defies any Hollywood movie role she could ever play. She tells a story of how she eloped with Italian filmmaker Tao Ruspoli (the son of Prince Dada Ruspoli) after only six months of courting. Rather unconventionally and very spontaneously, the love birds who share film as their passion married on a school bus in Virginia. They’re still going strong after six years from their special day on a bus.
“You’re not thinking, ‘We must be perfect!’” Wilde shares. “It was, ‘Hey, isn’t this an optimistic thing to do? And if it lasts, we’re lucky.’” She says having a filmmaking husband has it’s benefits. Tao just gets it. Wilde says her husband doesn’t even mind when she’s got love scenes with other actors — as long as it’s only on set. ”I think he likes it, she says, borrowing an Italian sense of humor. “It’s a turn-on that I get to do these things. The confidence that comes along with doing well only makes you more desirable.”
Upcoming sci-fi flick, Cowboys & Aliens, is what Olivia will appear in next. The film co-stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell. To check out more from this pint sized cutie of action film, shoot over to Women’s Health Mag.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.17.10~
Four pics of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie promoting The Tourist in Rome, Italy.
[Images via Huff Po]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.10~
[Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian made a lot of dough together once upon a time this year]
‘The pay is crap, the stiletto time is uber high for the lives of America’s top reality TV stars–but the endorsements and back handers to espouse a message and set a trend of pop culture for another celebrity, aren’t bad’–the Kardashian sister’s story this year as California’s reigning version of Charlie’s Angels TV entertainment.
Well, this is no surprise, Kim Kardashian is listed as the highest earning reality TV star of America this year. No one blurs reality and surreality quite like California. It’s what we do. The best.
Having a family focus and creating employment, Kim’s strategy as a star to make ‘family the big thing’ she’s about; has garnered Kim’s two sisters as top-earning reality TV stars too in a new year-end list of rankings, The Daily Beast said Monday.
$6 million in reported earnings is what the Daily Beast rank Kim on. She’s a cover girl, a sports and military locker room pin up star. One of the key stars of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians Ryan Seacrest (really Kim) produced show, with a line of merchandising products ranging from timepieces to tennis shoes.
The beast reports Kim’s fortune is in-the-main amassed from the overall takings of the Dash Boutiques, a trendy chain of designer retail stores with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, and now Manhattan. A nice value add from Kim in steering information this way into he sisters collective brand power. (eg: spread your fame asap, and hedge your bets).
The Kardashian sisters, who have some of the best tabloid story line angles each week, just released a new book, Kardashian Konfidential, that has already sold 13,000 copies in its first week of release. Endorsement deals with Sephora and Bebe beauty brands are also their thing. (more…)
Namaste. Special thanks to all of you who read Horiwood.Com in Hollywood. May your holiday season be a good one and 2011 be prosperous and abundantly blessed for you all. Most of all, may your smiles increase and your spirits rise.
According to Quantcast, here’s what we all look like. Pretty diverse. I love you all. As a fellow global citizen, thanks for being my daily teachers who share yourselves on a New Zealand Maori Kiwi’s blog. You’ve taught me so much. As caring is sharing. Many thanks for your open hearts and your limitless abilities to share. Peace.
“How can you resolve things speaking in an alien tongue?” he asked in 1983. “The past can only be seen in the language of your ancestors.”–Sir John Turei
Sir Te Ahikaiata John Joseph Turei was remembered in New Zealand.
This great leader of Ngai Tuhoe Maori people did so much for his tribe and Maori in the revitalization of the indigenous Peoples language of New Zealand. His actions and wise words fathered us all.
Haere ra, e Ta. I salute you Tu from Hollywood, The Entertainment Capitol of The World. For the future of all rangatira hou, Mauri Ora Rewa Rewa Ruatoki katoa. Kia kaha tatou. May you exemplify the best of Sir John’s traits to remind us all, what good Maori leadership is and what key cornerstones of it always will be. This his legacy of faith, wisdom, discernment, foresight with prophetic giftings that were rare and love to us all. He saw with the eyes of his wairua, into men’s hearts before they ever opened their mouths. What a man.
Sir John’s humor at surviving the great depression of the 30′s as kid also defines this great man. Another example we need to draw strength from in this times, as defined by these words to the NZ Herald once: “But I suppose I was more fortunate than most in the valley because Dad milked cows. Anyone with more than five cows could survive. You could say I was brought up under a cow’s tit. Milking was something I had to do from the age of six.”
Her served in the Maori battalion in WWII in the Middle East, Egypt, Britiain and Italy. He was a warrior who overcame death, Hitler and death systems for Peace and Life, internationally.
He “played a leading role in the development of Maori language as a foundation member of the Radio Aotearoa Board. He was also a foundation member of the Lion Nathan Scholarship Board for Young Maori achievers and led cultural delegations to China, South Korea, India and the United States.”
He was a man of great faith. During the war he found inspiration from the Presbyterian branch of faith in God. Personally though, I remember him as someone who made me laugh when I saw him speak at Ruatoki. Though strict, he was funny and entertaining too.
Dr. Michael Basset describes his 30 year relationship as a politician with Sir John as knowing these things about him: “Sir John said for me it was a joy to come at an early age under the influence of Sir Apirana Ngata. While John took the name Turei from the man his mother (Te Ahikaiata) was meant to marry, his “biological father” (as John always called Tami Te Whetu), increasingly acknowledged his son and took him along to political gatherings. Long before Turei performed the wero in front of Lord Bledisloe at the opening of the Treaty House at Waitangi in 1934, he had met Ngata, then Native Minister. Having left school early because his grandmother couldn’t afford Te Aute’s uniform, John often accompanied Ngata and Te Whetu on ministerial trips. Carrying bags, polishing shoes and fetching hot water for Ngata’s shaving, enabled John to listen to the old man talking with his closest confidants. John was always a good listener. His eyes would sometimes close in meetings, but he heard everything.”
… Key words: “wise money management for Treaty Settlement monies,” “humbugs vs punctuality”…. He also believed new generations needed to be married with tradition while wanting them to embrace tikanga with diverse modern expression. What he also gave to the people of Panmure and Waipareira in my tribal rohe of Ngati Whaatua, for this too, I say thank you from Hollywood for all Maori in Tamaki – The supercity.
He passed away in Blockhouse Bay where he lived, a city where my own parents first met and fell in love at first sight. From Nga Puhi, my other Maori tribe, Sir John’s words were measured, spoken like bread made of the finest wheat from Whangarei for all in New Zealand. A trait we can all emulate in honor of this great and noble man.
He was a man of Spirit. He was also an academic Dr. He was an ambassador to America, during his lengthy lifetime as a New Zealand leader. “Very much missed.”
[Reporting and executive producing, Tini Molyneux. Presenter, Scotty Morrison. Both for Te Karere. Images of Te Kooti Calvert and his flag for the memory of E Ta Te Ahikaiata today].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.25.10~
There’s something about Italiano as a language, that can make even a film about an IT start up company’s journey, so much more sexy, just spoken in Italian.
Here’s the Social Network‘s movie trailer for Italy via fashion designer, Venette Waste of Milano.
It pops. Kind of like a film trailer in the Maori language. So sexy!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10~
Who: Caroline Loeb
What: Singing C’est La Ouate for France and Europe’s fashion jetsetters.
Via:Venette Waste, fashion designer of Milano, Italy with this message: 0rribili e dozzinali! Horus mi ha detto di dirvi che condivide..incredibile! Sapevo che non avesse grande simpatia per le oche in generale, ;-)
Thanks VW. Much love from Hollywood.
Humor US in European musique a la Milano. [ICU]
~Posted by Horiwoood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10~
Prime Visioni deserves a blog post today. Here’s Robert Pattinson allegedly for Ciak Magazine Italy.
Emile deRaven providing Ozzie girl bad presence, for every Twilight Mom in Italy to throw their pizza crusts at her, while watching Remember Me at home on DVD.
Actually, Italians don’t really have pizza crusts with authentico Italian pizzas, that’s an American invention of stodge during Chicago and NYC winters. (more…)
Today a friend called to say “think pumpkin pies” for no apparent reason except he’d met someone who’d just baked 1000 of them for Costco buyers.
As I don’t have a picture handy of a pumpkin pie – let’s go with this one, a watermelon embroidered on green felt by Elsa Schiaperelli as a stand in pic.
Pumpkin pies – halloween, Cinderella, desert with whipped cream and demi-tasse coffees, sound good for September’s remain. Like that.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com. Hollywood California USA. 9.22.10~
The Huffington Post reports today, that The Vatican is caught up in a money laundering scandal of sorts.
VATICAN CITY — Italian authorities seized euro23 million ($30 million) from a Vatican bank account Tuesday and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money-laundering probe.
“The [Pope] is perplexed and surprised by the initiatives of the Rome prosecutors, considering the data necessary is already available at the Bank of Italy,” it said in a statement.
To see a long list of Italian banker names being quoted in all this, go here. What a circus today for the Catholic Church.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.21.10~
Three simple black ring-bands: Giambattista Valli‘s stunning dress provides an image of American elegance today. Feral garden chic, as fur brings a hint of the huntsman’s woods into the neck and hem of a red on black rose print mini-length dress. Rose sprays alluding angel-winged strength adorn each shoulder. I had to write that as theirs no arm holes. Joking.
Jewelry broaches as three buttons, pinned as military medals in disciplined precision down the breast bone, add solidity finishing off this centre-piece creation. Obviously, Christina Hendricks of Mad Men, could not wear this beautiful dress.
An artistic bust with one uplifting message of American fashion today speaking of a promise, still to come: “When fashion arose, there were blooms abundant.” Photo by Evan Sung. QVC Amber neck jewels in translucent kauri tree, resin colored stones below. Day 2 of New York fashion week.
2. In an age of Willow Smith - its wise to go to tavi tulle for fashion analysis.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.11.10~
Lately, the art of West Hollywood cake making is being translated from American into Italian via google translate function, via this blog. It seems that Italian’s (though authentically proud of their spaghetti making ability) seem to love looking for cake art pictures on my Maori Hollywood blog. So . . . this one’s for you.
Guest Commentary on snobbish Italian cooks: “It’s only when I left Italy – where I was born and lived for 23 years – that I really realized how the world see us.
“As in most countries in the world, population and culture are different in different regions, and I truly believe the place where you grow up shapes you and the person you are going to be. However, I believe that if you are Italian (born and grew up in Italy), there is a part of you that will always share, not just with the Italian population, but with your country – meaning the geographical region, with that sun, that sea, that smell, that food.
“My husband told me more than once that he cannot wait to go to Italy to understand how a tomato tastes like. Because I can tell you right now, here in Canada I have never had the privilege to eat fruits and veggies with the same flavour. After all, we are not in Italy, and things – good or bad – cannot be the same.
I wish North American people could understand that every time they read the word “Italian” associated to any food, and I get so upset sometimes because to me it just looks like a trend, nothing more. I have to say I do not believe Italian food is the best in the world, and I’m glad I’m now able to learn and try so many different styles of cooking. But it really hurts when people pretend to know what Italian is, when the reality is they sell food we don’t even have in Italy!”
To read more, go here. And for a guest commentary on their blog about boxing go here. Of course being Maori I was gutted to read (on same blog) that Kumara or sweet potato fries are a calorie no-no, because sweet potato has five times the food value of potato so, I guess this is french fries propaganda, protecting McDonalds interests in the world.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.2.10~
Maori wisdom: “In a very old tree, you may be certain that the sapwood is on the outside, while the heartwood is in the middle… Desolate darkness, desolate brightness. … Care for the land, Care for the people, Go forward.”
Remembering my Hollywood Maori manners today from around the globe. This is what I’m wearing today in West Hollywood, California.
A Maori Koru taonga handcrafted from the Ocean, gifted by Doniece Mackay of Matapouri Bay of the Ngapuhi Maori tribe, who lives in both Rome & Paris, once put around my neck in Wellywood, New Zealand, with the words “You are an international Maori who is meant for the world. This taonga symbolizes our ancestors, who navigated our existence into this world. You, do the same thing”
The taonga rests on a Cotton Force tee shirt, as gifted by Dale Karauria of the Ngati Porou Maori tribe of the East Coast on Dale’s last visit to L.A. Brown cotton stitching on brow with a silver Maori ta moko print overlay.
This post going up for Cliff Curtis, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Temuera Morrison, Karl Urban and Rena Owen as a symbol of tino rangatiratanga, Kiwi ingenuity and in recognition of your abilities to dream big Maori dreams to entertain the world.
To Doniece and Dale–thank you both for being friends in Wellywood, New Zealand long before I set out for Hollywood. I wear you both across my heart. Much love and thanks. Sam xox.
Jewish whakatauki of Isaiah: “Ka hoatu ano e ahau ki a koe nga taonga o te pouri, me nga mea huna o nga wahi ngaro, kia mohio ai koe ko Ihowa ahau, e whakahua atu nei i tou ingoa, ko te Atua o Iharaira…. And I will give thee the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places…”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.28.10~
As shared and viewed on Horiwood.Com, 9.26.09.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.24.10~
In important news, the Jolie-Pitts have purchased a 15 bedroom, villa in Italy to chill out in for a cool $40 million.
Wow, that’s almost the price of 2 billion jalapeno peppers from the 99 cents store. Lol!
Spicy Italia star vacationing, even. The villa is believed to have waterfalls. Angelic flow.
[Image of not the villa, courtesy of Splash]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.23.2010~
Twilight Eclipse are having a blitz, as Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner rock the red carpet, at the movie’s premiere at Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome, Italia. Go kids.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California U.S.A, 6.17.2010~
Here’s a post for all of you specificly requesting to see ”More Johnny Markoudakis” today–buddy of Lady Gaga.
So, here’s a new pic–for your entertainment.Thanks Johnny. Music today - Paparazzi by Stefani Germanotta for West Hollywood via a performance at The Chapel, Australia.
[Johnny and Jocopo --Fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar--appear as a tribute for Greece and Italia's contributions to American pop, fashion and entertainment culture]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.13.2010~
“You’re as pure as a lily”– Puccini was such a gifted composer. I’m thinking about Madame Butterfly today after seeing the beauty of Japanese art at LACMA. Only witnessing this Opera live, would have surpassed a great day of art.
What an artist Giacomo Puccini was. He created such fascinating characters, with beautiful poetic lyrics, set to stunning music. Profound. Here’s a little of Madame Butterfly, for your entertainment.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.30.2010~
What’s hot in West Hollywood today?
Isabella Bentivoglio‘s Italian Spice Tea at Cafe Marcos.
Sweet, spicy, piping hot–warm and real. With a touch of Silk in it.
Isabella is wearing a pink bow hair clip today. (Too lazy to take photo :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.23.2010~
Russell Crowe –a current box office star of the World, with Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood being the number 1 movie globally– outside of US movie territories is just… such a Maori, with his love of singing in a roopu (group) of friends.
It’s just what Maori do. We sing, to celebrate life.
Here’s Russ with his “Merry Men” consisting of Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes and Alan Doyle singing a little waiata (song) on the Spanish Steps in Rome.
Though culturally, Russ should perhaps really be singing Ten Guitairs by Julio Iglesias at this momentus moment, because at any backyard bbq in both New Zealand and Australia where horis are gathered–Ten Guitairs is viewed as the Unofficial Maori National Anthem of the World, to sing with your merry friends. I kid you not.
Needless to say, the song’s “I have a band of men and all they do is play for me” lyrics are very Merry Men friendly too for a star line up of successful friends to sing over a heine. But anyways, here’s some hori bros, singing their waiata for you–just celebrating life. Ang again, Russell Crowe is just too real, and too darn funny! When you’re aware of how he started life… you’d know that an Oscar and fame hasn’t changed him much and you can’t help but love him.
Kia ora Russ. Nice one. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.16.2010~
Sports fans of Kobe Bryant have been obsessed this week of paraodying thier favorite LA Lakers basketball star and his little fashion jaunt for LA Times Magazine‘s White Hot photoshoot.
Here’s an image that amused the heck out of me this afternoon in LA. Too funny. Bryant’s stylist for the shoot, Italiano man, Jame Veleri is even funnier though, saying to the LA Times: “I went for high fashion, not something too easy or too predictable. I thought it was cool and not too mainstream, but not too gay or Twinkie-boy.” Lol!
And from Bryant’s White Hot Playlist–here’s some musique by Cee-Lo: I’ll Be Around (Club Mix), feat Timbaland.
[Photoshop art image of Kobe Bryant courtesy of Dead Spin]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.