Once upon a time an author wrote the story of an average American couple, who woke up one day to their four-year-old son, following their family pooch into the street, only to get tragically killed by a teenaged driver. This story is the premise of Rabbit Hole, the film that Nicole Kidman‘s film company has produced–that has been Golden Globe nominated and that deals with grief.
“There’s no way around it. We all eventually lose somebody. We are going to grieve. And some of us are better at it than others” as Rabbit Hole proves. “Kidman, who also produced the film through her own Blossom Films, had stumbled upon a review of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire four years ago, while having coffee with her husband, Keith Urban, one morning at a Nashville Starbucks.
“It sounded so poignant,” she said. “They just said it was so real and authentic. And they’re the sort of stories that I’m drawn to.”
It’s awesome seeing Nicole Kidman leap so effortlessly into producing. A risky business in this economy outside of the studio system, but this A-List actress, armed with courage, a good script, her talent and some talented friends like Aaron Eckhart is off to a good start to date.
The film opens Christmas day. Woot!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.2010~
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~
A REAL MUSIC PRODUCER KNOWS THEIR 16 WOODWINDS – QUINCY JONES ON KANYE WEST’S PERCEIVED PRODUCER VALUE
[Vintage image of Quincy Jones, courtesy of Lee Bailey's Electronic Urban Report]
Golly Guacamole! Don’t mess with Quincy Jones definition of a music producer. He’s too real.
When US Weekly Magzine insinuated to The Quincy, “Kanye West is similar to you in that he’s the producer everybody wants to work with in the last decade,” Jones wasn’t having a bar of it. Here’s what he said in reply:
“How man? No way. Did he write for a symphony orchestra? Does he write for a jazz orchestra? Come on, man. He’s just a rapper. There’s no comparison. I’m not putting him down or making a judgement or anything, but we come from two different sides of the planet. I spent 28 years learning my first skill. I don’t rap. It’s not the same thing. A producer has to have some sort of skills that enable him to be a producer. It’s totally different to know what to do with 16 woodwinds you know from piccolos down to bass clarinet. It’s a whole different mindset. No comparison. None.”
Um, good point. Kanye West is a pastiche producer. He does quick turn around music, and who really cares, as his fans accept it as music and buy it. He samples many other artists styles. Relying heavily on other artists work as ‘producer’ (this coming from a blogger, so I know!) is a lot different to original compositions and arrangements, like created from scratch (how Quincy creates with his collaborating music artists).
I guess Jones has a point if we’re talking authenticity as a music producer, for sure! A nice retort.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.23.1o~
“Emma [Thomas], the producer, said we’d get the script in January. Christopher said: ‘Script in January, shoot in May, finish in November.”–actor Michael Caine via Cinema Blend.
Exciting. The last Batman film was a beauty.
[Image: Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, director Christopher Nolan and Morgan Freeman]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.19.10~
Two of the best Kiwi film directors in the Hollywood game. Roger Donaldson (left) has an upcoming thriller starring January Jones of Mad Men and the mega talented Guy Pearce of Australia in the leads.
Roger is pictured here with Maori-Jewish Kiwi lad, Taika Cohen at the screening of Cohen’s movie Boy at Graumans Chinese Theater, Hollywood Blvd, this evening. I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a rural Maori community of children’s interaction with their country circumstances and world. Incidentally Boy was filmed where Taika grew up, in a town with a school of 30 children. He’s come a long way. Fun film. Go see.
For film students who love New Zealand Cinema, start writing, making shorts–and like these two lads prove, good film can happen from you. Good stuff.
[Pic - courtesy of Ms.M]
~Special thanks to producers: Merata Mita’s family, Cliff Curtis, Ainsley Gardiner and Michael E – with the help of Sundance and The New Zealand Film Commission. A good result achieved with Boy. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.6.10~
Anytime is a good time in Hollywood, to write a David Brown post:
With supportive friends – you can do great things.
Without support, it’s tougher to slice through the apathy, the hatred and doubt – JB, 2010′s
News via West Hollywood. Who exactly is hot on Jerry Brown, Governor Elect of California? Hold up, let’s C:
DreamWorks Founders Host Jerry Brown Fundraiser in WeHo
via Katherine Spiers of The Wrap: “DreamWorks founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen hosted a fundraiser for Jerry Brown Thursday night at West Hollywood’s Soho House, 9200 Sunset Blvd, Sunset Strip WeHo.
“The private club, more often the setting for decidedly non-political nightlife, is a members-only institution with another outpost in New York City.
“Thursday’s event was a $5,000-a-head reception, with a private party for donors at the $25,000 level.
“Katzenberg, Spielberg and Geffen have a history of publicly supporting Democratic candidates and have hosted fundraisers for Bill Clinton and President Obama.”
Not a bad line up at all of leading Hollywood producer lights, faces and names all in support of Jerry Brown, 72. And of course, Kiwi-Fruit Brown/Green thinking types do too. :) Maori Hobbits fans in this line up, included in West Hollywood. I may not be able to throw money his way, but I can give Jerry Brown support on this blog, with creativity and time.
Like good sheep, yes we brown Maori-Kiwi Polynesians do too. :)
Alrighty, I am still obsessing on the fact that Michael Jackson as a brand to entertain, still rocks on, because his architecture as an entertaining King, has a life force of it’s own–with or without him.
That’s nuts. For a fragile dude, he sure built a solid kingdom of entertainment to model. Look at this stuff fly. It’s the real deal of a King. Dance is celebrated in these images of art and performance. Monarch butterflies and Doves feature too.
These are the symbols that Jackson’s children and Miss Janet Jackson – MJ’s sister, are presenting to his fans and the world.
There is no more successful American who proved they could cross over and appeal to India, like Michael Jackson. He “lived beyond color lines, geographical borders and boundaries” to paraphrase his sister’s Rhythm Nation lyrics.
He was cross-cultural, all people he saw as being the same. As a culture maker, and America’s King of Pop he saw his role as creating symbology for his fans, so that they could have a sense of global culture that resonated with them all.
Seriously though, as New Zealand is the nation that creates Jackson-Taylor Monarchs in 3D in the 2010′s of cinema mastery –we perhaps need a ‘royal cinematic meeting of entertainment minds’ with one of MJ’s kids or his nieces or nephews (we’re not fussy), to star in our Hobbit films, to cement that point. What a cool idea.
Let me play ‘stand in’ Hollywood casting agent on this one… We’ll go for Blanket Jackson thanks, as a Hobbit prince of Latino descent. :)Having seen both Michael and Janet Jackson both perform live in concert in Auckland at Mt Smart Stadium, New Zealand with friend, Trinity Brooke, I think Blanket would rock, following in the footsteps of the family, in a Hobbit film shot in 3D and Middle Earth. Imagine that! A real Jackson Hobbit too. Perfect!
Enjoy these images, from Blanket’s Estates’ one page ad in the LA Times today. A paper that services a city and associated cities of 20 million people.
[Image of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Patron Saint portrait at The Abbey, West Hollywood, hung over fire's heat--Horiwood.Com's own like the hearth and kiln of a Queen. Music: Janet Jackson singing Nothing (Trust in Me)]. “Cherish each moment as if it’s your last. Nothing is more important than the one’s we love. Trust in me.”–lyrics paraphrased.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
Kalani Jones (L) of Auckland – The Supercity poses with Lani.
The Samoan-Kiwi hottie looks like her late grandmother, Aunty Maina Werne-Jones - a lady who died in Kenya while on safari, and who had the distinction of having the second most-attended funeral in New Zealand history in 1997 of a Kiwi not born in the green paradise nation. As a woman of Samoa with Mana in The South Pacific, Maina Werne-Jones was down to earth, heavenly-minded, loving and much loved.
Aunty Maina as she was affectionately known, is still sorely missed by Auckland City, Samoa and throughout The Pacific today. Her laugh was magic. She laughed a lot, always sharing her smile and joie de vie with a rare gift of joyful encouragement.
Kalani also looks like her gorgeous momma, Judi Jones. Kalani’s dad, Derek Jones can be found here with Judi, doing their bit providing Samoan-Kiwi flava and inspiration at a transitional time for Porirua City leadership in Wellywood – Hollywood’s sister-city for 3D film making expertise.
Porirua is currently in the middle of a surprise bi-election, as the US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton has just recently touched down in Wellywood, a film making nation’s capitol city, at the time of writing from Hollywood. There’s a lot going on in New Zealand right now. It’s a hot diverse entertainment nation, destination.
At the top, of the North Island of New Zealand, Kalani lives in Auckland, The Supercity of this beautiful paradise-green nation.
[Lena Horne -great entertainer and blacklisted activist for Humanitarian Human Rights issues and causes, Hollywood Star (the Maori koru taonga version), for Kalani Jones, Hollywood Walk of Fame–photog: Horiwood.Com’s own).
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.3.10~
THE FAMILY WE ARE – SARAH de JANIERO, NIK CARLSON, NATALIE CHLOE BLUCHER AND CLINTON RANDELL ARE CASTING NOW
Key-We Are… Family
or, Because we are key we will display strong pictures of Kiwi family
Reality TV is an Art – the banal fused with the surreal aspects of life: blend.
Currently they are casting for a brand new TV series: The Family We Are. It’s a show like “The Office” meets “The Kardashians” and is being webcast online. Shot in January, going to air in May.
If you’d like to be a part of this new show. Check them. The talented Pio Terei will be starring in this show.
Sounds fun. This talented line up all hail from hearty rugby country in the South Pacific and as culturally vibrant residents of Auckland –The Supercity, these talented people are a hospitable part of hosting The Rugby World Cup 2011 community and global rugby family of supporters too.
[Kia ora Sarah de Janiero!]
[Music: Brothers Against Violence - You Will Know - Poly Styles]
[Frida Kahlo image, Brewery Art Walk Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles - Horiwood's Own, original featured with Ukelele's, Image of Downtown Los Angeles, as a reminder that arial stock footage of a Supercity can never be beaten for opening credits, to set context and give wide scope of a story that is then about family. No matter what family we choose to create, depict and show--real issues in family serve global issues of family (Angelina Jolie). Family is always the 'Super Hero' of us all. That's why, Kim Kardashian is such a big reality TV & now a major merchandising star of L.A. Family = trusted tastes. Create with confidence, color, boldness, with depth of emotion by setting real situations and scenarios. Create strong and well, for this is key to who we are becoming.] One more thing, show me a gorgeous Polyeurasian girl who can wear shoes in any gritty situation and you have a hit show. Let’s take the ladies UP!
~Hosted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.31.10~
Gotta hand it to her, Laina Darling/ Laina Cheung has got a handle on the future of fun 3D glasses for Wellywood filmmaking in the 2010′s and beyond.
These glasses she’s rocking with her Kiwi Posse could do with a wee bit of hobbit hair though perhaps. Chubbier fingers, couldn’t hurt either. Come on now!
Always fun playing Entertainment-Franchising-FobnessING ideas with Ms Cheung. She’s the coolest. Laina Darling incites creativity. A gift.
Hey! EFFING 3D Hobbit glasses. Yes! TM that. Triple rings round this idea. Wellywood 3D filmmaking, here comes Laina Darling.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10~
“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~
JOHN KEY SUBSTANTIATES WELLYWOOD AS HOBBITSVILLE 3D COUNTRY AND A SUPPORTIVE TWIN CITY OF HOLLYWOOD’S 3D CINEMA MASTERY AND GREEN FILM LOCATIONS
Quote of the Year: “It was commercial reality. We did the business.”–John Key on bending Hobbit Law, to Warner Brothers recognition, of Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor‘s skills and preference to film The Hobbit 3D film in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s number one man, John Key shines in Hollywood today, with the announcement that New Zealand will restructure law, and contribute monetarily to help facilitate Sir Peter Jackson directed, The Hobbit films 3D filming and production in Middle Earth. This sends a clear message to Bollywood, Hollywood, Europe and Asia, that New Zealand is 3D film production fit for the 2010′s and beyond. Middle Earth is also the home of James Cameron‘s Avatar‘s 3D effects, filming and creation.
Via New York Times, Mr Key says: “I’m delighted we have achieved this result. Making the two movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders, but will also allow us to follow the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in once again promoting New Zealand on the world stage,” Mr. Key said. Video of speech can he found here.
“The industrial issues that have arisen in the past several weeks have highlighted a significant set of concerns for the way in which the international film industry operates here in New Zealand. We will be moving to ensure that New Zealand law in this area is settled to give film producers like Warner Brothers the confidence they need to produce their movies in New Zealand.
To structure the right deal to keep The Hobbit in New Zealand, new legislation is being introduced Thursday to clarify the difference between an employee and a contractor. The change in law would affect only the film industry.
Aotearoa/ New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Mr. Key said that the green paradise nation would offset $10 million of Warner’s marketing costs as the government agreed to a joint venture with the studio.
Mr Key also threw in an additional tax rebate for big budget films made in the country, making production companies now eligible for up to $7.5 million extra per picture–based on box office sales. New Zealand currently offers a 15 % rebate on money spent on major movies being produced within this paradise nation’s shores.
The UK Guardian reports that, had not Warner Bros and the New Zealand government come to an agreement, “Economists had said the loss of the production could cost the country’s film industry as much as $1.5bn and damage it in the long term.” Mr Keys also said via The Guardian, “”Making the movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders.”" A much welcomed break for New Zealand’s economy struggling with one of the highest E.E.C debts, currently. The news was much welcomed.
Although it is not know if any Maori and Polynesian actors have been cast in the film in key roles to date, the Guardian reports: “The Office star Martin Freeman set to portray the title character, Bilbo Baggins – a homely Hobbit who in Tolkien’s tale is bamboozled into joining a thrilling adventure by a wizard named Gandalf. Richard Armitage, of BBC TV series Spooks, will play the role of Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves.”
Good stuff. What a day for Hobbit lovers of Hobbitsville entertainment. And not a bad couple of days work either from Prime Minister Keys in his role of Minister of Tourism too. That deserves a beer or three in Hobbit fashion. Nice teamwork for the Prime Minister, Warner Bros, and our two Sirs who create Hobbits and a film industry working for and in tandem while reflecting back to Hollywood, from the other side of the world in New Zealand. Teamwork and mastery of a win-win relationship. Super heroes are being made in New Zealand in cinema texts and 3D cinema –for the world. Let’s go China and 3D action Chinese films in NZ.
This report gleaned from an original report penned byJohnathan Hutchinson, Michael Cieply and Colin Peacock. [Image above: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China's capitol, on July 7, 2010. Xinhua &Rao Aimin photo. New Zealand also grew diplomatic relations in Seoul Korea today, Michael Woodhouse Mp appears on day one in Seoul where he has toured Gyeonbok Palace. Does Korea have any 3 D films they may need made and told in Middle Earth too, one might ask? NZ is a busy Asian-Friendly and Hollywood friendly filmmaking nation. And on that note, let's go Bollywood in NZ locations, coming at ya in 3D cinema. Namaste! Haere Mai!]
. ~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.26.10~
Hollywood, Calif– to [Hobbitsville, Middle Earth], Wellywood a Poneke today. A message on Wellywood casting.
One headline to grow the film industry globally: KEY 3D CINEMA PARADIGM SHIFT – MAORI AND POLYNESIAN TEENAGED ACTION STARS IN 3D, 2010′s
Image of Taylor Lautner of Hudsonville (Ottawa and Potawatomi Native American Indian tribes, descendant) 18, earns more than US$8 million a film in Hollywood. That’s not including his merchandising of his mixed American-indigenous image.
A Native [American Indian] teen in Hollywood. He has yet to appear in 3D cinema texts.
I present Taylor today as food for thought for Maori and Polynesian action stars, who are Hollywood worthy as entertainers also. Remembering that Maori have practiced Mau Rakau martial arts for centuries in Middle Earth, Aotearoa/ New Zealand. We have this history for 3D cinema’s authenticity as Art and Entertainment texts of Hollywood and Wellywood worthy cultural significance.
This thought being presented in Hollywood today for the land of Hobbits and their Oscar-holding creators and auteurs of Middle Earth to mull over. Namely Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor with casting lenses of wisdom and foresight worn in New Zealand, to grow existing and new talent and film markets from New Zealand shores showcasing all of New Zealand’s diverse potential in film growth to our economy. Courage to develop new Kiwi action stars, who have the potential to develop new action film genres that appeal to Asian markets.
~Taylor Lautner’s image appears courtesy of a prior Hollywood tribute to Hekia Parata‘s entertaining spirit and personality in politics and global political life. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood, California USA. Image of Sir Peter holding Oscar, courtesy of Amoeba. Image of Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Sir Richard Taylor and Mark Stetson holding their well earned Oscars courtesy of Tribune India.10.25.10~
Why can’t Polynesian and Maori Kiwi kids, be a vital part of Young Hollywood pop cultural texts, icons, symbols generation, and leadership too?
Artists of the world, will always respond to an auteur. The Arts are always created when we cross cultures, to the center and push back in creative response. In this moment, we are the center of the world’s pop culture creation too as artists. We are creating the future by speaking back in response to the present in expression with our unique worldviews and artistic reo (voices) and vision too. Let’s go Maori and Polynesian filmmakers, musicians, artists and entertainers – Horiwood
Who: Kanye West
What: Hip Hop Art House Cinema as a new genre of filmmaking.
Title Work: Runaway, a short film
Duration: 34 mins, 32 secs aprox.
Starring: Selita EBanks and Kanye West
Key Themes: A commentary on America’s nationhood, in Kanye’s lifetime. The rise and fall and what is the rise back up again of the USA. Decadence fused with decay of empire.
The Michael Jackson death of the King of Pop reference, is both respectful and a little spooky in the form of a military like national guard parade, and a blown up head of MJ. The golden phoenix references are powerful. Selita Ebanks is pure art in this role. Naive, beautiful, out of place, learning of a new world–a metaphor of a nation rebuilding, and representing a younger generation in it–as also reflected in a gaggle of strong, youthful ballet-swans, depicted as youthful potential turned statues with their economic? wings ripped off by resulting circumstances of unwise political/ banking leaders of the past. Selita plays the role, of someone being introduced to America now as shown by Kanye, an auteur. She asks: how is it possible to be authentic and survive in your world, when most are cast in stone of economics/ current politics?
Perhaps indicating, patriarchal culture, Kanye’s response is: just stay with me anyway and make love to me. An interesting political commentary, when no one really has an answer to this question Selita posits.
Anyway, it’s a little weird for me, but I love the fact that Kanye has created the Hip Hop Musical, Art House short film genre of cinema. Not enough can be written about that. It’s revolutionary in African-American cinema that he’s done this. Creative plus!!!
Enjoy. And in honor of Taika Cohen‘s artistic filmmaking abilities – who could do the same, for Maori down under, I post this Korowai cloak, as a challenge (or take in Maori) to pick up in future years and do the same as an artist. Maori Art House Cinema, let’s go, thinking outside of commercial, Hollywood narrative structures too – into more artistic expression of Maori cinematic arts. Artists should always respond across cultures to other artists. It’s cultural manners and is also what true artists are about if we hail from centuries-old traditions of artists – which we do as Maori. Any culture with authentic artist will respond from their nation as global artists.
As Maori we are not passive. American culture is boring if it’s monologue. What we need is dialogue for US culture to even be relevant in our Maori mix at all. We don’t just consume from America, we speak back like mature adults, and put our own spin on our own future – as teachers (not children) of America too. So, where’s our film texts (musicals on cinema, please).
Who in New Zealand wants to respond to this, in cinema? I ask. Taika is a good start, with Awanui Reader writing the film’s score and starring in the lead. Ainsley Gardiner, an award winning film producer and Oscar nominated producer, as producer of such a project, showing the strength of good female leadership from New Zealand – would be hot.
But let’s get back to Kanye West’s brilliance and budget spend here. His interweaving on a sound sonic-scape with international accents (German and European) as well as importing the class of Rihanna ‘s hip hop and r n’b proven sound globally via Barbados of the Commonwealth (UK tributes and associations) show’s an American artist seeking cross-cultural ties and connections with a place for Americans in the world. Amidst the American ego–that his nation expects in their pop culture to fuel their own sense of identity, Kanye shows humility too for other nations cultures he’s learned and gleaned from as one of the 30% of Americans who have traveled outside of US borders and dared to be an American minority in another nation’s cultural life–and position himself as a student of the world. I like it that he has and it reflects in this film, from what he’s borrowed and interwoven into his art.
In particular, Kanye uses the elements a lot, of the sky. Perhaps indicating a future where, manipulating the earth’s elements (whether in visual depiction via news footage) or for real, will be common. An oil spill, was the last example of this we witnessed by a multi-national corporation in Mexico’s gulf for example. Oil from depth in the earth’s crust became vapor that filled the sky like a column of smoke. The world had never seen that before, as elements burned from the sea.
Kanye’s film is a version of a vision of America today. Powerful as art and social commentary. He raises the bar of hip hop artists and most music artists too, with this contribution. It’s his version, of “I am King” of pop culture and the arts eg: Muhammad Ali via cinema. Or, his version of “Presidential vision” or “if I was President” in that The Thompson Twins 80′s kinda statement way. Smile America. It does get better, is what West says here. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10~
In dance, we see God, the Lord of The Dance–Horiwood for Amelia Lynch 2010′s
Amelia Lynch is a dancer and a cutie pie.
I met Amelia in L.A, quite by chance, about 2 years ago here in Hollywood.
To find out about this Maori girl’s dancing ability in both Hollywood and in New Zealand check her on Facebook. Her spirit is beyond sweet.
The way New York is going, building a $100 million arts center at site Ground Zero, of which the main attraction is the big Dance Theater, I think Amelia has got a good shot at choreographing something amazing and performing a significant new work in front of world leaders in NYC in the future–if she wants to.
Maori women have such amazing stories. The women they descend from, have rich history to draw from, in stories of dance and resilient strength.
Having met Amelia, she’s got my vote. Amelia: Try to collaborate with a playwright initially just to structure a piece with you (not for, always with) and also look at the African-American choreographers, that First Lady Michelle Obama honored recently at The White House.
Stories of marginalization, struggle, slavery, loss, finding peace with loss and rebuilding a life – being redeemed through dance – this is the art of American dance narratives in the 2010′s. It’s all about redemption. Moving forward past loss, into freedom. Body as instrument as an expression of hope within the human spirit. It’s the fuel and form of American Arts for this decade.
Suggested homework – Take Maya Angelou‘s “Still, I Rise” poem, select favorite quotes from a Patricia Grace novel. Work with a musical composer to tell a story with them of an interwoven narrative from both of these two important female writers and voices of the US and also NZ.
Enter the character of “Wahine” whose story you’re telling. Be her, bring her alive in dance. Paint a portrait with movement, your body, your imagination. Who is she? What is her journey? How does her body move? What did she overcome? What was the climb of her journey? Her rise is? You. Show this in dance.
The resulting music composition, choreograph a 15 minute dance piece to it.
You’ll be rocking. Also look at the work of Donna Wood (also featured on this blog). Aroha and Kia Kaha beautiful!
Go dancer bee. Under my nieces umbrella, I got your back, for creative inspiration when you need! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10 – This one especially for Crystal Rachel my niece, a friend of friends and creative people, just like Amelia is a producer of Art, entertainment and talent-segueing too. Producers, 2010. More do, then talk. That’s US. Let’s go!~
Love it! Mana + Chutzpah = Stacey Daniels. TV presenter, mother, wife, all rounder media superstar, doubling as a Maori radio DJ and producer in the largest Polynesian city in the World. ICU Wonder Woman of Kai Tahu.
It’s hard to believe Stacey Morrison/ Stacey Daniels is a mom. He reka tenei wahine! Hollywood celebrity fit. Stacey epitomizes talent, and good taste in selecting and knowing what talent is, that can shape a culture ten years out, from any given moment she comments on. A highly perceptive leader, caped in light-hearted fun, entertainment. Always. Love her!!!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10
Uncle Sam says: “Dude, harden up! And have you written, recorded, choreographed and are dancing to your own tracks yet? I kinda like Kath Graham (aka Sassy song) and how she samples other artist’s styles and seques them together in little sound bites edited together, while putting her own stamp on it. Still waiting for yours. Come on now! :)”
In case you forgot, Jordan Samuel is a hip hop dancer, as featured in this video of J. Williams. Enjoy!
[Pictures of Jay-V being a hori clown with his buddies above. Lol! ps: love the F.O.B jandal flip flops - go Ninja Nesian!]
Ps: Your Uncle’s brain perhaps needs a break from blogging 24-7, so when you’re reading to take over some of the reigns on Horiwood.Com – let me know and I’ll log you in as a contributing writer. Thanks for the family support. You’re all awesome. Much love. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.20.10~
When I watch this clip of Adrian Grenier of Entourage making his first reality TV series in competitive Hollywood, as a past reality TV series director and writer, these are my thoughts on a teenage Paparazzo as a subject of Grenier’s producing/ director efforts in my hood.
1. Do Hollywood teenagers ever go to school?
2. Clearly Lindsay and Paris are ‘acting’ in this.
3. Good on this kid.
4. When I last caught up with Adrien, literally in the hood, two blocks from my place at Club Voyeur - I discovered that all of his paps (lines of them) were paid extras holding cameras.
5. If Lady Gaga hires paparazzi for her concerts – to look more famous, than what she is, then why can’t Adrian? What’s good for the swan, etc. That seems fair. And he is.
6. Tomatoes humor, a local art of true stars. :)
7. Grenier is very baby Ashton Kutcher in his Hollywood star template, pounding the pavements producing and directing reality TV series – for little thanks – except the hope of landing it bigger on film.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.28.10~
$3 BILLION PARAMOUNT MAN, TOM CRUISE LANDS HIMSELF SOME PAULA PATTON FOR MISSION IMPOSSIBLE REBOOT FILM FRANCHISING
She’s hot, adorably cute and a honey. Paula Patton has beat out all Hollywood competitors to star in Tom Cruise and JJ Abrams reboot film of the Mission Impossible film franchise. Let’s face it, the franchise is another James Bond action franchise.
In the past Cruise has boxed his weight for Paramount Pictures, being the draw for over $3 billion in box office earnings. Yet, he has never won an Oscar. Mrs Robin Thicke (Patton) will play an operative who works with Tom’s Ethan H character. The film will also star The Hurt Lockers‘ Jeremy Renner.
Looking for another big hit at the movies, Paramount will put up the $140 million to make the film, under David Ellison‘s Skydance banner. David is the son of billionaire software developer Larry Ellison. Brad Bird will wear the director’s cap.
Congrats to Patton and Cruise on a star cinematic pairing.
[Source: Mike Flemming news]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.3.10~
Don Selwyn was a Maori filmmaker who began his life in theater. He was the first person in the world, to bring to life onscreen a feature length film in Te Reo Rangatira (the Maori language) when he directed and produced, The Maori Merchant of Venice: A Shakespearean costume drama.
As a man who would give guest lectures to us at film school, he was like deep waters. A fighter, a political activist in his art for change concerning Maori and Polynesian peoples human rights. As a chief of New Zealand filmmakers he was also a peer and friend of courageous Indigenous Peoples filmmakers too, such as Merata Mita.
I got a lot out of hearing Mr. Selwyn’s struggles as a filmmaker, storyteller and artist. His Maori ancestry came from the Ngati Kuri tribe and Te Aupouri, my own grandmother’s ancestral Maori tribe of New Zealand. He was instrumental in training a new generation of Maori and Pacific Island broadcasters in an internship/ mentoring program he created against great odds with strength, courage and vision.
His film company was called He Taonga (Precious) Films. This man was quite an architect at adding to the diversity of world cinema’s body of work. He chose to create art that opened a window into Maori, Maori talent, he presented the beauty of Maori and Pacific Island faces and Maori culture. Today, I continue his tradition as a blogger in Hollywood providing a window into who we are in celebration of our resilient spirit, thoughts, dreams and history of survival. He was The Godfather.
Selwyn was a man of peace and saw beyond the temporary constraints regarding evolving politics concerning racism and human rights denial. For all he gave and taught the world as a fine artist, thanks Don.
And… Mauri Ora to the next generation of Don Selwyns. Life be to you! Always write. ICU.
[Image of Don courtesy of ihug website]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.20.10~