“She has a young Reese Witherspoon look and fresh-faced appeal about her as a potential child-actor of the future in Hollywood”–Horiwood on Hinetaapora Short.
A Diverse View of Hollywood worthy new talent potential:
Should Hinetaaporo Short, 10, be cast as the next Milky Bar Kid!
One of this kid’s X-factors in the entertainment game already, is that Hinetaapora speaks Te Reo Rangatira – The Language of Chiefs - otherwise known as the Maori language of New Zealand) each day, at her Kura Kaupapa school in Roto-Vegas/ Rotorua, Hiobbit country.
Te Reo Rangatira is one of the two official languages that Middle Earth, New Zealand protects and speaks within its shores.
Should Hinetaapora be the Milky Bar Kid for chocolate makers Nestle? Heck yes! What a bilingual, intelligent and talented cutie pai. Adorable. The Milky Bar Kid is a New Zealand child’s ‘super hero’ figure of inspiring Adventure and fun adventuring activities with friends and community–the great Kiwi Way. Just like Hobbits represent such cultural heroes too. A Maori girl super hero? Heck yes! It’s time. What a splendid idea at updating Kiwi pop culture in the 2010′s.
Will Hinetaapora go on to appear in Hobbit in 3D films in Wellywood too and Hollywood? I hope so! She’s a doll.
Go honey! Mauri ‘Ola from Hollywood. Let’s hope Hinetaapora can sign on to the same Hollywood agent as Oscar nominee, Keisha Castle Hughes. My Hollywood agent recommend though for Hinetaapora’s Hollywood acting hopes, is agent: Steve Dontanville. –the agent behind Reese Witherspoon’s acting career in Reese’s initial early years until two years before Reese won her Oscar.
Imagine Hinetaapora Short in a 3D action adventure film? Could she be another Reese Witherspoon, with the potential to win an Oscar too? Only time will tell. But, go kotiro tutu! I love her chutzpah. This kid has spirit. She’s off to a good start at ten years-of-age.
UPDATE: Hinetaapora Short is on the Nestle casting team’s Top Ten Short List at this minute. Go honey! You have Hollywood’s big tick approval. The gorgeous Hinetaapora short is a descendant of the Te Whanau a Hinetaaporo subtribe (Haapu) of Ngati Porou. She also descends from the Te Arawa iwi of Aotearoa/ New Zealand. The same tribe as famed and globally-loved entertainer, the late Sir Howard Morrison. The son of a Maori All Black rugby football star, Temuera Morrison , Sir Howard’s song My Old Man’s An All Black - combated and addressed apartheid in South Africa back in the day. He’s still a legend in hearts and minds today. Good Kiwi Ambassadors and proven entertainment stock are the performance artists of this tribe. They do the right things with their fame for noble humanitarian causes.
Hinetaapora’s Te Arawa tribe are watched by globe-trotting visitors to New Zealand, every day of the week in Rotorua City when they perform live daily as consummate and gifted entertainers. They star in musical theater showcases daily and have been practicing mau rakau (traditional Maori martial arts) for over a thousand years in New Zealand on Mokoia Island. As warriors in performance, they are New Zealand’s indigenous action stars. Very similar to Japanese samurai or Old-World warriors of the Chinese Empire dynasty too. Sir Howard, their much loved late Entertainer king, is pictured wearing his cowboy hat above.
Courage to imagine, see and be true to… yourself.
Message to H.S: Mihi atu ki a koe Hinetaapora… are you practicing your American accent and learning Chinese each morning for Hong Kong filmmaking, 3D action movie/ co-productions in future years, before school? Hope so! Ka rawe! Tino pai kē! Kid, you’re too much! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
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~
When Hollywood’s Maori King introduces you to his enigmatic, mystery Asian bride, it is a very surreal and beautiful moment. Elevated elation is what you experience. This is how I felt yesterday, when legendary Maori actor, Cliff Curtis introduced me to the love of his life.
7 months after their wedding, this woman of radiant spirit is glowing with child; almost 7 months along, and she is beautiful in every way. What a privilege to meet such a gracious woman from the Mon dynasty, who is also half Chinese. A very significant moment in Hollywood.
In the Maori language of Cliff and past Oscar nominee (and working mother) Keisha Castle Hughes: “He Wahine Rangatira Ataahua, Nau Mai, haere mai ki Hollywood.” A warm welcome. Go girl! Fun family times are ahead.
This from the pages of history about the ancient Mon People (also residing now in Thailand and the U.K), and the beauty of Mon culture, now in Hollywood: “The Hintha bird is the symbol of the Mon people, some of the earliest settlers of South East Asia. In Bago (Pegau) it is said that two Hintha birds were flying during a flood and found only one rock poking up above the floodwaters. So the male landed on the rock and allowed the female to land on his back. As they stood there the Buddha and his decipiles appeared walking on the water. He delivered his teachings to the birds and told them that a great city would arise there one day. The city, then known as Hinthawaddy, became the capitol of an ethnic Mon kingdom for many centuries, and was the capitol of Burma for a time.”
Welcome to L.A. Since 1000 A.D the Mon people have always had a monarchy. Cute.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.21.2010~
Yesterday, I did a post about my late cousin Vicky who lived in the Australian outback, where cockatoo birds fly wild. Today, I saw this pic of Jared Leto (via Michael K) performing in Wales (no not Nicky Caro‘s move, video clip below), but the country where Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Sir Anthony Hopkins com from.
Jared thinks he is that Aussie outback cockatoo. Lol! Hairography (a la Gaga and her hats, weaves, extensions, wigs–twenty different hair style changes a day) gets you everywhere in pop music today. So before we put Jared on a whale’s back and tell him just to go back to black, let’s give this brotha a chance. Pop male chivalry to Stefani Germanotta‘s blonde song bird act, should be rewarded–so from Whales, Jared Leto gets a mention in Hollywood today. And in this video clip, Keisha Castle-Hughes wearing plumage in her hair, reminds us what 13 year-old Maori kids are capable of in the world…. Oscar nominations. :)
And Jared Leto in Wales… He’s Out-f*cking-rageous!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.23.2010~
~No matter what medium they choose, a true artistic, storyteller puts the love and detail into their Hollywood story~
Sean Sullivan takes an architect’s drafts pen and creates his art through drawing. His work is incredibly detailed. And being from the land of Oscar nominee, Kesha Castle-Hughes, Paikea and the legend of the Whalerider I can’t help but totally dig this piece and want to share it.
Sean’s website is Sean Sullivan Studio. Com where you can see more of his amazing work.
Artists and people with vision who create with their hands are the architects of a new America. Totally dig Sean’s shizzle. Detail, patience, creativity, diligence are his artistic rhetoric of leadership through art.
[Image of Sir Peter Jackson --prior to when Hollywood manorexia replaced his good old Kiwi hobbit body-- with Kesha Castle Hughes courtesy of RT website. Images of Sean and his art, courtesy of Horiwood.Com. You're welcome]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.21.2010~
Today, Horiwood.Com had another record breaking growth day today for this year’s viewership records. Thank you.
Here’s some indigenous yellow from Taranaki Maori of New Zealand, The Patea Maori Club with their song, Poi E that was once a record-charting #1 hit on the New Zealand music pop charts for weeks, back in 1984. I know… Miley Cyrus wasn’t even a mere country twinkle in Billy Ray Cyrus‘ Tennesse-raised eye back then. Lol!
Thanks for your support worldwide on this blog. Let’s “bop on down” to this song together and celebrate diversity in life, and entertainment of all kinds from the great City of Angels. Thank you.
Ps: Aren’t smiling Maoris swinging poi balls skillfully in the timeless joyfull dance of life, so much fun! Here’s a pic of Angelina Jolie as a child in Hawaii doing exactly the same thing. A-List stars of the world have always loved the poi dance. Thanks again and enjoy. Special thanks to Taranaki for the Maori magic in Hollywood today.
[Picture of Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie courtesy of James Haven's archives. Picture of Oscar-nominated Keisha Castle-Hughes courtesy of South Pacific Pictures via South Seas Cinema Website]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.2010~
BREAKING NEWS: BRAD HAAMI WILL WRITE OF WHALES FOR MICHAEL KING WRITER’S CENTRE, MAORI WRITERS RESIDENCY 2010
“Waitakere writer Bradford Haami has been selected for the first ever Maori writer’s residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport.
His latest project, with the working title IKA-MOANA: Whale Traditions of the Maori, will explore the special place whales have in Maori culture from pre- and post-colonial eras, right up to the present day.”
Brad is a bit of a whale-lover himself, so Kia Ora bro. Love it! This book of course, will not sell very well in Japan. Which is perhaps exactly why the thing needs to be written in the first place. For those of us in Hollywood… of course we have the Whalerider on dvd, to keep us amused and enthralled doing repeats upon repeats on the hallmark channel, until Brad’s book hits libraries worldwide.
Congratulations to brotha Brad. I’m sure my fellow-hori Sunny Californian resident, Keisha Castle Hughes, the Oscar nominated actress who played a whale tamer in her youth for world audiences who adore her, would agree that this was a great choice in commissioning new Maori Writing. Tres exciting. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.2010~
Maori culture made James Cameron‘s Avatar film come alive–infusing his Na’ivi tribal people with an otherwordly, presence onscreen in 3D.
So it’s no surprise, that Cameron’s ex-wife, and main Oscar nominated competition this year, Kathryn Bigelow has sent Hollywood insiders spinning, with talk that she really, really, really wants to work with past Oscar-nominee and Maori sweetheart, actress Keisha Castle-Hughes.
I heard this news from the publicist working on Burlesque here in Hollywood, so if things work out, as Bigelow hopes then this is some majorly exciting news. Perhaps Keisha will get her second Oscar nomination working with Bigelow. Kia ora girl! :)
In light of JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Bigelow‘s and Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock’s power contributions to box office and Hollywood cinema, the last decade–the power paradigm is beginning to shift more to women filmmakers in Hollywood. Equality for women filmmakers has made huge leaps and bounds in the hood. Exciting times are ahead for the girls in Hollywood. About time, really aye?
Maori have become the good luck charms, of Hollywood’s power directors and producers from Avatar on.
Taonga tuku iho, he tatou–we are treasures handed down from our ancestors
Here’s what high school Maori young people get up to down in New Zealand, in their spare time. Featuring the poi dance.
Yes, I know… everyone is Hannah Montana and grew up singing together as much as Destiny’s Child did in their youth, down in New Zealand. (Young people can sing, harmonize, song write, dance, act, theater, live performance, play guitar)… it’s all a natural part of the culture and socialization process in high school for Maori young people, without even thinking about it.
You can grow up Maori, and never once, hear the word that you’re talented as an individual. It’s the beauty of the culture. So natural. Always about community. For a Maori actor to take on Hollywood like Cliff Curtis (or Oscar-nominated Keisha Castle-Hughes) they break every code, they were ever socialized with to break away from the pack and shine as an individual star. That’s why I admire them ten times as much as Hollywood perhaps does. They’re amazing and strong people for daring to be different every day on their journey to entertain the world as individual artists and performers.
But back to these high school kids doing the Maori poi dance in the beauty of harmonious unison. Cool aye?! :) Angelina Jolie’s mom, Marcheline Bertrand also raised her daughter to know the poi dance too (pictured above). It’s great for developing reflexology in children and Maori in particular excel at sports and action on the sport field, like Jolie does taking on action movie roles. Can’t you just see this in Vegas, set to a drama and a legend of a Maori love story with a touch of Cirque? I can. It’s big future news and is an exciting new frontier. Perhaps by the time Avatar 2 hits the box office, Vegas will be ready for this, real and live encounter of indigenous-thinking live music artists.
Just don’t paint these precious Maori people blue! :)
~Sourced from HoriStylah. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.2.2010~
So with that thought in mind; the only hori Oscar nominee ever in Hollywood history (if you don’t count Russell Crowe who has 1/8th in him); Keisha reminds us that: thinking green is always “for the kiddlywinks.”
Cute! And so wise for one so young and talented. Maori have always been so Avatar thinking long before Avatar ever hit the 3D silver screen. You know it. We are both the past and the future. Let’s all think green. :)
We hear ya sister!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.25.2010~
I have been getting a lot of ‘fan mail’ from students at Universities in New Zealand with comments like “you’re amazing” to “you inspire us, blog on bro.” So, this blog post is especially for you–the emerging think tank in the world–and covers the concept of ‘Tino Rangatiratanga‘ which in my precious Maori language means ‘indigenous self determination.’
Avatar‘s recent inclusion and referencing of the Maori language by Hollywood’s reigning box office king and visionary filmmaker, James Cameron, has cast a global spotlight on Maori and Maori culture again from here in Hollywood and our ways of thinking for the planet culturally and future generations well-being like Cameron’s Na’vi people do in his 3D box office sensation film. (more…)
There are still 2 1/2 more months to go, until voting is complete, but at this stage Britney Spears and Beyonce Knowles are tied in a neck and neck race to be the most searched for celebrity women of 2009.
America loves a restored trainwreck star like Spears just as much as they love their President’s #1 pick of star entertainers like Beyonce. Britney has achieved her shared #1 spot at the pinacle of stars masterfully with her comeback Circus album and her successful Circus Tour that her critics said she could not complete. Spears just did it.
Beyonce has just always been an amazing talented quadruple-threat of entertainment from Day 1 when she debuted in Destiny’s Child. She just keeps getting better each year.
Here’s The Top 10 List of Most Googled Celebrity Women in America and the number of search requests for each per month, as at September 2009.
#1. Britney Spears –37,200,000 name searches per month -tie with Beyonce.
#1. Beyonce Knowles–37,200,000 searches per month– tie with Britney Spears.
#3. Miley Cyrus –30,400,00 searches per month.
#4. Madonna–24,900 searches per month.
#5. Taylor Swift–16,600,000 searches per month.
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.
Cliff Curtis is one of those Hollywood actors who helps other actor’s get nominated for Oscars.
When he was in Training Day, Ethan Hawke got nominated for an Oscar. When Cliff Curtis was in the New Zealand film, The Whale Rider, 13 year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes got nominated for her first Oscar.
Well, the Kiwi star is shooting a new film, The Last Airbender, so let’s see what magic Cliff Curtis comes up with in his latest film role offering.
Curtis is also an Oscar nominated producer for the short film, Two Cars One Night.
He’s quite a clever dude… and he’s a hori (an indigenous Maori New Zealander) just like I am here on Horiwood.Com. Let’s up the hori anti and go to work in Hollywood! :) [image source]
Hollywood, CA – New Zealanders in Hollywood paid tribute today to the sudden passing of legendary actors agent, Robert Bruce, aged 65.
In a special ceremony, held at Chateau Marmont, on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, New Zealanders gathered to toast the man behind many of New Zealand’s greatest entertainers in cinema and the visual arts.
Hollywood based publicist and journalist for Tu Mai Magazine, Sam Cruickshank who hosted the event, remembers Mr Bruce by these comments.
“His belief, that New Zealand could generate talent at Hollywood standards, will not be forgotten. What he gave the world in representing Oscar nominees, like Keisha Castle Hughes and emerging Kiwi action stars of international calibre, like the late Kevin Smith is a mark of his ability to both represent and inspire as a top agent. He was a world class agent and will be fondly remembered,” said Cruickshank.
“He raised possibilities that anything was possible for young New Zealand actors. Today in Hollywood, Karl Urban is a protege of the Kevin Smith’s and Cliff Curtis’ that went before Karl and paved a way in Hollywood. Robert’s stable of talent inspired Karl and Keisha, his legacy made it possible for young Kiwis to see, they have a place acting in Hollywood,” said Sam.
Born in Scotland, Mr Bruce started wrestling in London in 1967. Mr Bruce came to New Zealand in 1972 and gained national attention through his wrestling exploits. He then made a living as a bodyguard to film and rock stars.
He was a fight and stunt coordinator for film and television and worked on an impressive record of 39 films, 73 television series and 21 theatre shows as well as live shows and corporate events.
In New Zealand, The Robert Bruce Agency, established in 1978, represented such actors and performers as Temuera Morrison, Cliff Curtis, Frankie Stevens and Jackie Clarke.
Mr Bruce leaves behind his long time partner Gabriella who has asked for privacy during this time.
Bruce loved animals. He was a vice-patron of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Oscar nominated, Keisha Castle Hughes, shines in the movie The Whale Rider. Enjoy the beauty of New Zealand landscapes!