“If any of you have seen my shows, you know that I don’t skimp on them and the same is true for the gym. We spend what it takes to make a globally first-class gym. Our plan is to use Mexico as a place to fine-tune our brand and then expand it to other countries and, in the long term, develop a global brand that includes the United States.
Membership is $860 down (how else is Madonna going to make the Forbes Top celebs list next year?) and then in third month it is $40 per week to be a gym bunny a la Madonna.
[If Madonna wanted to stand for Governor of California and be in the running after Gerry Brown has had his turn, she is certainly doing all the right moves to get California voters attention here. Arnold Scwharzenneger spent the first part of his life in the gym, the next part of his life on movie sets--before he took office as Governator. I see where this going! Good for her. *jokes*]
[Image courtesy of Splash]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.30.10~
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.
Alright –this is the sort of stuff that gets beauty Queens blown up, not to mention makes America and Mexico look kinda dumb.
On the other hand, seeing the humor in all situations (including a potentially heavy situation) also takes the sting out of it. That’s a key part of freedom too.
Here’s two beauty Queens of America attempting politics and geography this weekend.
“Tonight I want you to join me in a prayer, about the attacks happening between the Chinas, so that the situation doesn’t worsen.”
Alrighty then now that she’s on the map and tabloid radars of 1.3 billion Chinese via Mexico, moving on to a so called politician of America, Sarah Palin.
Palin was featured last night on MSNBC News, quoted while yapping on Glen Beck’s radio show and sharing her foreign affairs knowledge outside of Alaska’s esteemed borders, saying as reported too by Hyper Vocal:
“This speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policy. But obviously we’ve gotta stand with our North Korean allies.”
Alright– although she got it totally wrong when America sides with South Korea at all times at this minute, at least Sarah sided with the Korea that actually has the nuclear bomb within their borders.
In a weird, moose-hunting, cold climated, unschooled, coquettish bumpkin kinda way?, Palin could be viewed as a little bit smart. Isn’t so much of politics about doing just what she did? So perhaps Palin was only half as dumb as she sometimes can be, with that answer.
Nobody is perfect and Palin does have a $1 million an episode reality TV series appearance fee being juggled currently with a no.1 best selling book, so she must not be totally stupid. All I can say is: thank goodness for Hilary Clinton as US Secretary of State! And apologies to all Koreans – North & South for the varietals of dinosaurs named Ignoramus that walk among us. Hopefully, ignoramus is a title that’s becoming “less US” day by day. I write all this making a note to myself to buy a map of the world tomorrow and learn me something also. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood california USA. 11.26.10~
She’s one of the most high profile Aussies the world knows, loves and trusts and who doubles as a resilient breast cancer survivor too. She also sings as a songbird for the U.K who also claim her as their own honorary national treasure.
Yes it’s true. Kylie Minogue has been added to the Macey’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrations in the US this Christmas! That’s top billing here in America. In marketing speak it means, a Kylie album will most probably be in your Christmas stocking this year. Now that’s a fun Christmas for America.
Here’s Ms. Minogue, with a message of “not getting boring” while performing her single Get Outta My Way in Mexico. Her warning shot is, if you look like a zombie and get boring, the world leaves you behind. Or, in pop diva speak, the hint is to have some balance when going Gaga and “little monster” crazy. Can’t argue with that, this girl’s been around for over two decades with number 1 pop hits. She sells on average 3 million albums a year since she began in music. She knows a thing or ten about longevity in show biz and she’s still standing.
Love it. I’ve always had a soft spot for girls who grew up eating good BBQ tucker that their dads cooked them. They’re good down-to-earth girls. In regards to Kylie’s pop music career, she has always sung live -no auto-tune or lip syncing for this Aussie girl. Having seen her at the Hollywood bowl here in Cali, I appreciate that about her. No pretense. What she gives is who she is.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
American history is made with Susana Martinez elected Governor of New Mexico. Here’s some vintage Como la flor by the late Selena to celebrate how far Latina women have journeyed in the US in political and cultural life.
Celebrity entertainment news in Hollywood as you voted worldwide. Caliente! Thanks everyone.
[Image courtesy of Energy]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.3.10~
“The only way is up”–Yazz, UK.
“like Monarchs facing sunlight on wood.”
[Image: Photog: Joel Sartore National Geographic Hotness as Nature's Teacher: "Millions of monarch butterflies travel to ancestral winter roosts in Mexico's shrinking mountain fir forests. Surfing winds from southern Canada and the northern U.S., they travel thousands of miles, taking directional cues from the sun."]
key words: travel + ancestral (paths) + mountains + wood + surfing + winds + navigation from the light, heat, warmth of the sun.
A message to any leader–to generate warmth of spirit in their territories. Monarchs live in such warm cultural environments.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.1.10~
“Please don’t tell me I won’t make it. That’s not going to do me any good. The promise is made to those who venture, San Francisco lift your load. I know I can be forgiven, with the broken heart of Mexico”–Brandon Flowers, Magdalena lyrics.
Musicrooms is reporting today that singer-songwriter, Brandon Flowers admits to growing up liking the same music as his mom.
Brandon’s mom used to listen to Brit punk bands and know all their ballads lyrics so she was kind of cool.
Go to MR to read the cute story. Already iTunes Ping, is changing the music distribution landscape with music stories like this. And to listen to Flowers new song, Magdalena, go here to Some Kind of Awesome for a right treat.
He’s early Bob Dylan and an early Bruce Springsteen fusion. As a poetic lyricist he’s hot.
<span><a href=”http://soundcloud.com/somekindofawesome/brandon-flowers-magdalena-radio-rip”>Brandon Flowers – “Magdalena” (Radio Rip)</a> by <a href=”http://soundcloud.com/somekindofawesome”>Some Kind of Awesome</a></span>
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.4.10~
[Image: Cast of The Last Airbender pose together]
Cliff Curtis, Maori Hollywood actor, is pictured here with Courage to Love, the new novel by Robert Ellis, about peace in Israel, Palestine and the Middle East. Cliff has also just clocked in at #1 at the worldwide box office in his role as Firelord Orzai for M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender film in 3D.
Variety reports, “Paramount’s 3D film “The Last Airbender,” which expanded to Mexico and China over the Aug. 27-29 weekend, claimed the top spot at foreign wickets. Pic’s weekend take of $20.3 million was enough to knock Warner Bros.’ “Inception” from the chart-topping position it had occupied for four straight weeks.
Screening in 51 territories at 5,843 locations, “Airbender’s” top take marks the second straight week of sizable grosses due to gusty expansions. In Mexico, the film debuted in the No. 1 spot with $4 million at 812.”
Congratulations to Paramount. To buy the book brother Cliff holds in his “happy hori” hands. Go here to read more about it. And, let’s go China, Mexico and Boston!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.4.10~
Mexico. Discover yourself.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.4.10~
Frieda Kahlo‘s painting Weeping Coconuts 1951 is currently on display at LACMA in The City of Angels as many in the world both weep [literally] and pray over oil spilling in the Mexican gulf and the strife surrounding the people of Gaza in the Middle East. Frida’s painting speaks today almost sixty years after the disabled artiste, crippled by pain, took to her easel to give us this image.
Today in Hollywood this one is going out, especially to two great leaders John Wooden and Merata Mita–at polar opposite ends of the world today–who have both graduated from this life and the legacies they left behind in sport and filmmaking. What great lights they were and still are. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.5.2010~
Because Lady Gaga was unavailable today (she’s filming her “hot like Mexico” music video here in LA, reflecting back the same message from the City of Angels instead) the beautiful Beyonce Knowles was seen heading to The White House to sing this evening, Wednesday 19th May 2010.
Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and first lady Margarita Zavala are guests of honor for the Obamas. Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and the United States Marine Band are singing too.
Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, (aka The Robin Hood Cannes latina and gorgeous, red carpet diva-ettes), Oprah Winfrey and George Lopez. were also invited.
Sounds a bit like… this blog (allegedly!!!)… a bigger blast than oil rigs exploding off the Coast of Mexico’s Gulf in flames! Love it.
And what really irks me, is that inspite of some of the most exciting people in the world, being present at this prestigious dinner party tonight… that Carlos Slim Helu, the richest bloke in the world, (and Mexico’s other president who owns most of Mexico’s infrastructure and telecommunications too) couldn’t even be bothered turning up.
When you have two of America’s #1 divas of pop, warbling a lesbian Telephone pop song, and all of these power players at the table too–that must have been a little bit disappointing, not to have Carlos present.
His biz model is one that America should adapt asap to aid America’s economy quicker. Slim Helu knows a thing or ten about how to make a buck. Fixing the immigration laws could help a little, in Arizona though, to get his attention. No one likes a strained welcome. But perhaps next dinner party, the Obamas will be successful.
That was America today, pretty much.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.18.2919. Source~
Latin Chemistry. Jennifer Lopez & Eduardo Verastegui are perhaps the hottest Latin pairing in Hollywood history. And… New York girl Stacey Orrico asks the question, There’s Gotta Be More To Life than what you can see or buy in a consumer culture–as your top ten celebrity and entertainment news choices look like this on Cinco de Mayo Day 2010, here in Hollywood. Woot!
5. Music video hotness: Song bird Miley Cyrus Can’t Be Tamed
Bonus Post: Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black for Twilight
West Hollywood Cinco de Mayo Spotlight: Raul Alvarez of the 3 Musketeers
Lyrics to Stacey Orrico’s More To Life song follow after the jump:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 5.5.2010~ (more…)
Gellatas de Boda Mexicana. What a beautiful image. For a poetic social-commentary on this pic go to THIS POST.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.23.2010~
Dear Frida Kalo [Census 2010] in the spirit of Dawnraid Entertainment by Horiwood and Pascale Petit
Dear Frida Kahlo, your people’s names in America
must be filled out and d-listed
in the 2010 census.
And Frida says:
I have a woman’s face
but I’m a little stag,
because I had the balls
to come this far into the forest,
to where the trees are broken.
The nine points of my antlers
with the nine arrows in my hide
Mexico has a lot to teach us, here in America. This year Mexico, produced the #1 richest man in the world, Carlos Slim Helu. His fortune is made in telephones and mobile telephony networks mainly. People loved to talk to the ones they love, as life is about sharing the most meaningful moments, with the ones you love, so Helu is making bank, everytime someone yaps on a telephone.
Reports Yahoo News via Forbes magazine’s news feed: “Riding surging prices of his various telecom holdings, including giant mobile outfit America Movil (AMX), Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has beaten out Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to become the wealthiest person on earth and nab the top spot on the 2010 Forbes list of the World’s Billionaires.
“Slim’s fortune has swelled to an estimated $53.5 billion, up $18.5 billion in 12 months. Shares of America Movil, of which Slim owns a $23 billion stake, were up 35% in a year.”
Bill Gates is only .5 of a billion behind Helu for the #1 spot.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywod California USA. 3.10.2010~
Jessica Alba, like Megan Fox is a master at channeling her inner Angelina Jolie poses and stares for le camera. Alba does it again for her latest Revlon ‘Coloburst’ lippie campaign. Not bad!
Commercial glamour aside; Alba tells Siempre Magazine that she has recently hired a Spanish tutor from Mexico, to teach her daughter Honor Marie Warren and herself the Spanish language of her Mexican heritage. The actress says she wants to help her daughter avoid the criticism she endured when she was eighteen and her non-fluency in Spanish made headlines. “God knows that I wish I was raised bilingual,” Alba says. “But it wasn’t to be.”
In all of the fakery of Hollywood, this gorgeous latina is seen to be keeping it real for herself and her family. Nice one J.A!
[Image courtesy of JA.net]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.30.2010. Source~
The international rescue effort for Haiti sees many nations pitching in at this time.
To find out what Mexico is doing for the relief effort… go here.
Nice one Mexico.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.15.2010~
Rafael Davidson‘s design and art aesthetic is yummy for this series of Mexican Export stamps. Simple lines. Bold yet subtle. Very nice.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.6.09~
Art: Mexican Export Stamp: Beef by Raphael Davidson needs to meet Big Back The Bull of Cohen Farm, from North Carolina, USA.
Simplicity, clean lines in art… is always so beautiful and yet so powerful too. Both Mexico and Raphael Davidson rock today! Sometimes good art conceptually resides in … the power of a bold outline.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.2.09~
Lucky for some! Actor Colin Farrell is having a great holiday down in Mexico. Sun, fun, rest. Good on him! :)
[Image courtesy of Los Angeles based Splash News Agency]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.30.09~
~The Sky is the limit, Carla Bruni Sarkozy for Vanity Fair~
Image of Carla Bruni Sarkozy, the First Lady of France, brought to you by le Clafloutis Restaurant, 8630 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. A restaurant on the Sunset Strip where stars dine.
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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.