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Uma Thurman, Maya and Levon were photographed walking through the streets of Paris as a happy family, catching up together.

Photo courtesy of The UK Daily Mail, who also reveal that Uma is reteaming with director Quentin Tarantino and actress Daryl Hannah for Kill Bill III.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.27.11~



Darren Aronofsky one of Hollywood’s golden directors this year, has bowed out of directing Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine (a spin off film franchise of X Men films).

Aronofosky sights being away from his family for more than a year abroad (outside of the US filming this flick) as not being as important as being in the US with his family.

He seems to have a good perspective on the fame game and what’s important with work-life balance to him as a director. Nice one. Let’s hope Jackman and Twentieth Century Fox, find a good replacement director as good as Darren.

[Photograph courtesy of E Online - Kerry Hayes for 20th Century Fox & John Shearer for Getty Images]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.17.11~



Tired of waiting for the new installment of the next James Bond film? Not to worry.

Jeremy Northam’s audio interpretations of rua (two) James Bond novels by John Gardner, with Jeremy’s golden tones reading will be hitting the audio mp3 compressor by Orion in June and July. Licence Renewed (published in 1981) and For Special Services (1982) are the two audio books that will drop from this very popular franchise.

That’s not a bad gig for a voice talent!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.3.11~



Oh Numi Tutelar

(At the British Museum, London, 25 June 1998)

3 in the morning
The streets deserted I had forgotten
only derelicts & prostitutes are abroad in the night
forsaken lovers locked out
(and Maori attending dawn ceremonies)

Make way, Britannia, Albion, Victoria Imperatrix,
make way our putatara are braying to bring down
your walls The dawn is coming and with it
Magi, gift bearers from the South

Piki mai, kake mai, homai te wai ora
ki ahau

We have come
from the utmost ends of the earth a tribe of travellers
with our own Queen, ministers & warrior escort
to the land of our Treaty partner where
our treasures have been plundered
(and Roma & I halfway round the world
to read in a stairwell)

Make way, O Egypt, ancient Assyria, Greece, Rome
make way our own Cleopatra comes amid you
Semiramis, Te Arikinui, Imperatrix of Aotearoa
Maori women, gift bearers from the South

Haramai te toki, hui e, haumi e, taiki e

So here we are
climbing upward     the Museum opening unwilling
to the dawn, the kai karanga calling, the warriors
pulling us in & Maramena asks, ìHow can our
culture so small survive in this treasure house
of many cultures?î
(The answer is simple: Godzilla was wrong
size does not matter)

Oh antiquities of Asia, make way, lions of Judah
bow down, Babylon, stela of Islam make way
give space, Oh Nimrod, Horus, Mahomet
we are iwi Maori, gift bearers from the South

E taonga tū mai, tū mai, tū mai

And in the great hall
for the first time we see the past before us
the treasures of our ancestors a Pharaonic ransom
of immense psychic power, indeed we live
with our past the ghosts among us
(How can I explain? We have always walked
backwards into our future)

Oh, ancestors, stand forever! Stand for yesterday!
Stand for today! Stand for tomorrow! Stand
for always! Stand! Stand! Stand!

Take heed, O Gods of all other worlds, numi tutelar
We come chanting, we come singing, we come
proudly from Rangiātea, there our seed was sown
We come, still voyaging by star canoes
by aurora australis

We are from savage islands, far to the south
we move through your constellations
make way and where there is one
oh Gods, there are a thousand

We are Magi, bearing gifts
and our dawn is coming

Ka Ao, ka Ao, ka awatea






~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.22.11. First published in Whetu Moana (An Ocean of Stars) – Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English. Auckland University Press, April 2003, editors Albert Wendt (editor), Reina Whaitiri (editor) and Robert Sullivan (editor). Keisha Castle Hughes appears courtesy of the Whalerider film, via Celebrity Wonder~



There’s a rumor in Hollywood today that director Shane Black is being slated to direct Iron Man III.

Previously this year, Digital Trends reported that Shane Black had been hand picked by Warner Bros. to adapt the Death Note animae TV series to the big screen.

Death Note according to Digital Trends is a series about two brilliant people, two sides of the same warped coin, playing a supernatural game of cat and mouse. Originally produced as a manga, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the series has gone on to massive success in Japan, spawning a trilogy of live-action movies as well as the 37-episode series (not to mention a licensing bonanza that rivals Star Wars).”

Gosh, Death Note sounds a little twisted. Perhaps Shane Black would do justice on Iron Man 3 then if the negotiating rounds go well for him here in Hollywood.

Black has worked with Iron Man III star Robert Downey Jr. before.

[Pic courtesy of Teaser Trailer.Com]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.18.11~



3rd Rock from the Sun star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the actor who lost his bro recently.

He’s been cast in The Dark Knight Rises, the new Batman flick. Here’s the skinny on that news via Movies Online. CA and ComicBookMovie:

Well he has signed on to the film in a villainous role previously undisclosed until now. Levitt will be portraying Alberto Falcone aka the Holiday Killer.

He is the estranged son of former mob boss Carmine Falcone (portrayed by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins) who returns to Gotham to take over the underworld once fiercly ruled by his father before the arrival of Batman.

He’s a good actor. Should be a good role for this young man. Good Hollywood casting.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.13.11~



Talking to Hero Complex a division of LA Times, Aussie action star and a presenter at this year’s Oscars Awards show, Hugh Jackman, spills the beans on eating 6,000 calories a day to bulk up again in his role as Wolverine.

Last time, Hugh did that, Ryan Reynolds copied him, and now we have all of those Ryan Reynolds action film roles to sit through as well. It’s okay though, Scarlett Johansson doesn’t mind at all. Hugh reveals to journo, Geoff Boucher how he’s feeling about his upcoming projects. Say’s Hugh:

“I’m really, really pumped about it. I feel like all the planets are finally aligned to make a great movie. We finally have the character and with this mythology — ever since [the 2000 Bryan Singer film] “X-Men,” when I was kind of hanging around and reading all these comics,  because I was cast before I ever read any X-Men comics, so I was trying to get my hands on everything. I remember saying to [producer] Lauren Shuler Donner, “Lauren, I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen this Japanese story, and I think it’s so good. It’s just genius, it’s brilliant.” And we kind of always talked about it from there on. I sort of even wanted to do that in the third X-Men movie at first, but we thought, no, we really need to establish who he is at first, and we did that [with "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"], and now this is  sort of the cherry on top, to finally do it and have Darren Aronofsky direct it. I love his gung-ho attitude toward it and great vision. Straight off, it’s not a sequel, it’s a stand-alone, and I think we’re going to make one that people will describe as the best of the bunch.”

Hugh can say anything and get away with it, can’t he? 6000 calories a day? No that’s some serious chicken chomping.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollwood California USA. 2.3.11~



Looks like Tom Hardy is relishing his new role as Bane in the Batman movie’s film franchise upward journey, post Heath Ledger‘s legacy he left in Hollywood. His vintage Batman tee shirt is a hint that Tom is.

I don’t know why I like cotton tee shirts, but they’re kind of my thing. Must go with California sun, even in winter or growing up as a hori kid in the great outdoors in summer in beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand.

[Pic via Lainey Gossip]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.1.11~



Apparently, The Transformers film franchise movie star of the UK is cover girl worthy.

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Will Javier Bardem take the new role, MGM have offered the star in the Bond #23 film?

Let’s see if Javier says yes.

[Pic of Javiar and Penelope Cruz via Gather]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.30.11~



“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”–director Zack Snyder describing Henry Cavill (The Tudors) casting as Superman in the well known film franchise reboot.

Reports Film Jabber, “Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent and Superman in the upcoming Superman reboot, to be directed by Zack Snyder and written by David Goyer and Christopher Nolan. Henry Cavill will be seen in the gritty, mythical action movie Immortals, in theaters this Novemeber. Superman is to be released in 2012, presumably in December.”

Congrats. It has to be said that the trend to cast UK actors in leading light Hollywood hero roles in unstoppable right now. A little nod to Prince William‘s rising presence in the world perhaps.

[Pic via Fanpop & Deadline]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.30.11~




“At the coral reef, the beach tide was low like the flat Injun prairie plains of Boise, Idaho.”–Horiwood, a novel.

“You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”–Sir Edmund Hilary‘s humility as wisdom in Hollywood.

What’s up with this picture? It’s like when the cast of Mad Men went for berry martinis at The Abbey with the Hollywood Maori Harry Potter blogger guy, on the way to the Arclight theater to see a film with hobbits in it in 3D. That’s too many alluvial-intellectual levels of a horticulturalists nation’s, pop cultural quircke.

Anyways, in more simpler news. Ten Hollywood entertainment news posts, you’re sharing as culture right here on Horiwood.Com via social media are:

1. Kiwi Humor – A vintage Hollywood movie postcard for Sir Peter Jackson

2. The physics of super heroes - when good scientists become movie geek experts too

3. Benjamin Franklin & Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki quotes

4. Sir Ian McKellan will reprise the grey power fierce, for The Hobbit in 3D

5. Wisdom from the book In The Presence of a Gorilla

6. Yale Women’s Rugby Team & Rugby World Cup excursions 2011

7. Nesian Mystik music

8. Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe for Trevor Project teenagers

9. Maori Hollywood actors, the Courage to Love Novel, catching up with 3D star Cliff Curtis

10. Nicole Kidman joins Jon Hamm for presenting duties at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011

Bonus Post: Starbucks for AfricaRox in a Box lyrics with The Decemberists good folks band

Other Hollywood news websites, blogs and media outlets who sometimes share Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, The Hobbit news too are: E!Hollywood NewsHollywood ReporterAccess HollywoodHollywood.ComET OnlineDeadline.ComCelebrity GossipYoung Hollywood.; HuffPo.

[Photo of Elijah Wood courtesy of Elly's Elijah Wood Site. Pic of double taiaha Maori, martial arts, future action movies combat weaponry, courtesy of Aotearoa New Zealand]

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Hollywood box office King, James Cameron is enjoying writing his Avatar novel sequels and getting them just right.

According to, Cameron says Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 (the film versions) will be released during the Christmas holidays in 2014 and 2015.

“I am in the process of writing the next two ‘Avatar’ films now. We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. If you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form.”

He’s such a Hollywood tease, Lol! But at least James has finally gone on record as to when Avatar is getting a release date. Good stuff.

It’s a good thing we have Hobbits dropping in 3D to bridge that anticipation then, here in Hollywood.

[Image of James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis courtesy of Film Filia]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.24.11~




Pic via Vogue print via Hollywood Life via Mickey K.

Some hardworking loggers who will most probably run this cover too are: Dipped In CreamEthan SaysFor My Carlisle (A Peter Facinelli Fan Site)Read the rest of this entry »



Director Bill Condon already appears to be adding his golden movie-making touch to the Twilight Saga. Entertainment Weekly (print edition only) has an exclusive first peek at Breaking Dawn – Part I. The romance setting- Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) as husband and wife on their wedding night, sets this scene on Isle Esme.

“It’s one of the most anticipated scenes,” Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon tells EW. “I spent a tremendous amount of time thinking about it. The anticipation is part of it and you want to play with what people expect and maybe subvert it a little and surprise them.”

Stellar stuff from Hollywood industry’s no.1 ranked cinematic couple for box office sales future.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California. 1.13.11~



Yesterday I had a meeting with a writer who wrote the proto-type script for the Little Fockers film franchise. As you know this movie franchise has made over $700 million worldwide.

In their words: “You have such a good blog Sam. What is it that you need to be better and more visible?”

After a lengthy pause, the answer was simple “I think I need support from my own country. I’ve never really had that for this blog yet.”

Wow! Being honest is always such a load off your mind. Although I don’t see myself as “an artist” because I am surrounded by great artists here in L.A, many people see me as a blog artist. I see myself as a sharing global citizen – most of what I share is not my own. A blog relies on other peoples creativity and sense of fun being shared. It’s nice though to be thought of as a Maori-Kiwi blog artist in Hollywood then and have cool people read Horiwood.Com. For the support to date – “Kia Ora” and “thank you.”

As blogging (and all things entertaining) is always about trailblazing frontiers for the kids – here’s two cool images that remind us of that.

[Movie still courtesy of EUR Film Review website. Image of Maori-Kiwi baby courtesy of Huggelig Photography blog]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.13.11~



March 30, 2011 will see a docu-reality TV series about coal miners, called Coal go to air. Miners are hot – but, in a world of recycling and electric cars, coal is not. The series showcases (yet agin) the true-blue American hero. Spike TV will feature it, by producer Thom Beers, about the lives of Appalachian coal miners.  Spike speculates “older and broader” male audiences will watch the show, rather than Spike’s target demographic of 18-34. Will you watch it?

Sociopolitical ideas set in the future will star in Elysium, a film by Neil Blomkap & District 9‘s Sharlto Copley.

Robert Deniro will lead Cannes 9 member jury in May 2011.

ESPN will broadcast the 1 hour documentary, Tim Tebow: Everything in Between, tonight at 7pm. The doco directed by Chase Heavener tracks Tebow’s rise from college quarterback to the Pros. Hot sporting TV.

Pulp is the new J.J Abrams TV series being pitched with Fringe‘s producers Monica Breen and Alison Schapker at the helm.

Ridley Scott & Kevin Macdonald‘s film project Life in a Day will feature at Sundance and premiere on YouTube. The film is like movie-making Facebook. Meaning it relies on the 4,500 hours of footage made by other people, with MacDonald doing the edit. Hot. Everyone of the 26 people (Egypt to the Ukraine) whose footage was used gets a co-director credit. How cool! January 28th at 7pm is when Life will broadcast. It is subtitled in 25 languages. Is this the future of democratic filmmaking?

Ultraviolet News: Hollywood everywhere. UltraViolet content this year through digital online retailers and digital rights that come with packaged media, giving consumers the ability to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms such as connected TVs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones is now being pushed for by leading Hollywood players. Six of Hollywood’s largest studios including Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. today announced their support for the UltraViolet service and format created by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE).

TV Guide reports financial big mouth, Suze Orman will host Money Class series on OWN. One word. Why?

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.6.11~



Like many of you, I’m a big fan of all kids in the world having clean drinking water whenever they need. 1 billion people don’t have access yet. 54% of all people in Africa need us to act on their behalf for their better water situation as well.

Click here to make a difference if feeling it. Let’s flow. Thanks peeps. Water.Org is asking for $10 to makes this pivotal dif. Sweet!

[Music: Kings of Leon] Their message:”It’s in the water.”

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12. 27.10~

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“I think I intended not to work again,” Kiera Knightly, 25 tells The UK’s Telegraph in a recent interview, describing filming back-to-back filming schedules for Pirates of the Carribean when she was 22.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons Kiera prefers to film outside of Hollywood where she can.

Really though most 25 year-old actors can’t relate to a comment like this right now–they’re all looking for a break, but good on ya Kiera for speaking your mind.

Emma Watson declared the same thing after wrapping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back-to-back filming schedule too. At the moment Watson has been recalled to reshoot scenes for Harry Potter 8, so these words from Kiera will be amusing Watson and getting her through, no doubt.

British starlets do appear to have decency standards they expect from their film franchise bosses to consider, by the looks. Good on them!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.13.10~

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Posted by horiwood on December 13, 2010 in Film Franchises, Kiera Knightly, Movie News, UK


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Daniel Assange has a story that could be as big as The Social Network film. His own life story.

If you’ve ever seen the movie, The Castle - Daniel’s story could be like this, except the ‘house’ isn’t a house it’s a website company his dad owns calls wikileaks. An airport (metaphor for foreign diplomats, dubious bankers, sketchy insurance people et al) all want to land on it and kill his father, maybe innocent Daniel too. Scandalous kid’s story–and Melbourne is such a chilled out happy multicultural city. There’s over 48 different nationalities who’ve settled there not too far from the Yara river. It’s always fun in Melbourne. Lots of smiles all round in this community-minded Cosmopolitan City. But not so for Daniel–he’s now an international target because he is the son of a man of mystery. Basically his father is the James Bond, or The Mission Impossible ‘maybe spy’ of this Century so far. All over computers and what information anyone can gather with data code created by people working in systems dependent on being addicted to typing, with those 26 consonants that make up the English (and American) written language. To own private control of data, makes people feel more powerful–but the thing is, this is a myth, because many people can own that data–you just don’t know it.

In a way, if you’re one of these people feeling more entitled to anyone else who uses a computer and typed data, and you feel your sense of power is being eroded because someone else can access your typed information–then grow up. You live in a bubble of false privilege and insecurity based on an identity in owning your own consonants arrangement on a computer screen, that can then be printed and shared. You need to find a deeper sense of identity and personal power than data ownership. Don’t get mad at Daniel’s father for teaching US all the obvious lesson and updating us all in the age of computer technology. Anyway, this is Daniel’s father’s story (mainly) so far. It’s box office shattering hot–all the way across the world from Melbourne Australia. Who would have thought?

Daniel is the 20 year old Melbourne-based, computer programmer son of Julian Assange founder of Wikileaks.

According to the website Crikey: Now with extra source, ‘When Daniel was 16 Julian asked him to join him in a website he called WikiLeaks. According to the news blog Crikey Daniel was sceptical and, not being on the best of terms with his father, declined. ”I never thought he was going to succeed,” he told the blog. Now Daniel seems to have warmed to WikiLeaks. On his website he wrote: ”I have much respect for my father and his cause, and these ridiculously ill-handled allegations of sexual abuse serve only to distract from the audacious awesomeness that he has actually done.”

Julian was born to a sixteen year-old single parent mom when his dad was 19. When he was one, his mother fled with him. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by horiwood on December 5, 2010 in Film Franchises, Melbourne, Movie Ideas


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He’s done two films already in the bat suit, and he thinks the upcoming third Dark Knight film could be his last as the caped super hero.

Says actor Christian Bale to E! Online, ”The thing is that this will be, I believe, unless Chris [Nolan] says different, this will be the last time I’m playing Batman.”

The last film, The Dark Knight was pretty amazing, let’s see if Nolan wants to make more Batman films after this third one with Bale.

[Image courtesy of Wallpaper Chase]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.23.10~


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“Middle Earth is a 3D film making environment of film making excellence, rich in imagination facilitating diverse culture’s vision (their tino rangatiratanga and unique cultural sovereignty of culture) and their vibrantly entertaining expression in 3D film. Middle Earth is rich in acceptance of others’ difference & a film making haven of World Peace”–Horiwood, 2020′s.

“In 3D, all nations are created equal, in Wellywood film making practices, imagination, execution and delivery of film production excellence.”–Abe Lincoln and Horiwood.

A film is not a film, unless it is made in the Spirit of the experimental filmmaker–Len Lye, filmic artist, Taranaki.

In New Zealand we collaborate and create the world’s next array of Super Heroes in 3D, with powerful messages of good that impact and change the global consciousness and future direction of the world, through Kiwi made pop culture in cinema, merchandising, music soundtracks and entertainment distribution–2020′s

Writes Barry Glibb of the :

“Perhaps unemployed Americans should move to New Zealand to become underpaid production assistants for all these movies.”–Barry was responding to: “JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR SOARS AHEAD ON WINGS OF HOBBIT LAW CHANGE”

A response: HORIWOOD – What a great idea Barry. The lifestyle that nature has to offer Americans, when not on set in New Zealand – is accessible to all – and would more than make up for any pay cuts.

Also, travel – let’s all people grow up and learn, outside their own cultural frames of reference.

It shows security within peoples own sense of identity, when Americans become a minority on distant shores and blend with the world too. Happily.

In New Zealand, people like dialogue, (not one-sided cultural monologue–so Americans will be more than fine in that switch and exchange). Exciting.

With New Zealand’s potential to attract Bollywood and China to New Zealand landscapes to film musicals and action films in NZ too in 3D in the future, the Americans who do make early inroads into NZ 3D filmmaking NOW – will be set with work for life.

NZ is going to become busy. A globally sought after 3D filmmaking nation. How New Zealanders welcome warmly diverse cultures of the world and overseas actors and crew members too (including those from Hollywood, Bollywood, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Dubai, Russia, UK–every now and again–France), will determine the return rate of these nations to NZ as a filmmaking nation. As far as America is concerned (Avatar’s record breaking success as Hollywood’s leading film of all time box office history), New Zealand is a culturally friendly place for Americans to work and conquer from, with a Hollywood-Wellywood partnership.

Conclusion: Your blog Barry, is rocking, albeit as minimalist as it is, I enjoyed the guide to your twitter account. Thanks for commenting. Incidentally New Zealand has 5% more women than men in its total population, so there’s a few girls that wouldn’t mind marrying an American crew member and sharing citizenship and beach views like no other. A lot to look forward to, aye?!

Wellywood is the box office winning 3D Film Franchises Haven of the film making world. Those who find success with their franchises, will all own homes in New Zealand on beach fronts and live there for most of the year. Their kids will be raised there. It’s the new more-relaxed mecca of box office power players, that can deliver proven results. Well, in 2020, this will be so–Wellywood is the World’s 3D Mecca. It is Middle Earth. A meeting place in The Middle for all cultures to realize the cinematic visions, without culture being compromised in the film making process. New Zealand is a culturally rich haven, paradise nation for this to occur for 3D film makers across the globe.  Good change ahead in Middle Earth.

I like your thinking Barry, where yes, film crew getting roughed around in Hollywood should move to NZ. Why not! NZ is a nation based on immigrants who joined the Indigenous Maori People, so as one of them, NZ can handle you bonding with us Maori-Kiwi lot. It’s how we came to be as a nation, just like America.

Incidentally how any nation has treated their Indigenous Peoples, is the barometer of all human rights relations in the world. It’s the gage of whether other cultures can be trusted dealing within our shores fairly as nations. So as a Maori-Kiwi if you want to move to NZ, I say… Go for it! Get on board brother. More studios other than WETA will spring up in New Zealand too, in order to handle the demand and keep a fair and competitive 3D filmmaking industry occurring in NZ. The economic possibilities are exciting.

[Images - Costume Design worthy -runway fashions - China in Tokyo & Indian sari]

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She’s a student at Brown University in Rhode Island who also has a new movie to promote. HP7, Part I – for those of us who can’t count as good as young Emma, 20, can.

Here’s Emma Watson giving a lesson on just exactly how you do that. Says Watson about being like every other kid who watched her in The Harry Potter films (and still do).

In an interview with British Vogue, Watson says she was given an allowance of $75 per week as a kid. Then when she was 17, she had a “money conversation” with her dad, Chris Watson. Here’s what she has to say.

“By the third or fourth film, the money was starting to get serious,” she told Vogue, according to published reports in the U.K. “I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional.”

People magazine report ‘Watson is now said to be worth $32 million, give or take a few pounds sterling.’

The ‘I had no idea’ humor is very British lady humor. Nonchalant funny like a fine comedian of the British Empire’s gentility. Emma Watson is one funny edu-ma-cating herself naughty-and-nice-with-it girl. Lol!

It’s like saying, ‘I had no idea I was in a film about wizards, I thought I was in the British version of Glee all those years except none of us sing in them, really.’ Lol!

Humor aside, what an amazing opportunity Watson got, because her star maker J.K Rowling imagined, wrote and agreed to cast Emma as a child in her now legendary stories. The success story of Rowling rolls on with Emma today. It’s a darn good story.

Incidentally, ‘I had no idea’ J.K Rowling was so country girl. On Rowling’s official website, she keeps it country, with the sounds of birds chirping, a dog barking and wind whistling through – presumably a farm or forest. Cute sonic layering on her website. After ten minutes a phone rings, and goes unanswered. The banal made strangely fascinating is what Rowlings does. With the exception of Emma Watson, who is fascinating with her sense of humor, of course.

[Images - iHeartEmmaWatson.Net and British Vogue]

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I got totally owned by Batman this year, for Halloween, who wanted to say “Hola to the Maori people of New Zealand.”

Adds “The Batman Named Jose” playing an American super hero: “I’m a big fan of Rena Owen in the film . Awesome film. Made us all cry. You guys are the hot sh*t.”

Alrighty then, go Rena!!! Inspiring Hispanic-Americans like few Kiwi’s can. Demonstrating staying power, that in Maori films with Maori actors a market still exists and is strong, years after good ‘Maori’ Kiwi films have been made. That’s the power of one Maori woman actor giving an outstanding performance.

Like Niki Caro proves when speaking Maori, working with iwi (Maori tribes) and adapting and directing a filmic story by a great storyteller, Ta Witi Ihimaera you don’t have to be Maori to serve Maori stories with a stellar Oscar-nominated Maori cast to an audience the world loves.

Likewise, Ainsley Gardiner, Taika Cohen and Cliff Curtis also demonstrate these traits as producers/ directors of the Berlin Silver Bear award winning film, Boy. Following in their footsteps is The Auckland University schooled and  Scorsese and Spike Lee (at Tisch NYC) trained Reina Webster currently working on her first feature film I hear.

I don’t know why, but when I hear about Reina’s news in Hollywood and listen to Jose talk with enthusiasm about Maori film, I know that we have a Hobbit industry, a 3D Hollywood ancillary sister-city industry for Hollywood’s biggest earning films of all time and a Maori film industry beating like a strong pulse for the world. It’s humbling and yet invigorating to feel at the same time, while I stand on Hollywood concrete–in The City of Angels (The city of messengers with a message) that is known far and wide as being The Entertainment Capitol of The World. Go Maori and Polynesian filmmakers, I reckon!

Batman agrees.

In celebration of Neil Hamilton‘s legacy in Hollywood (the dude who played Commisioner Gordon in the Batman TV series of the 1960′s), this one’s also going out to H-Town - Hamilton, New Zealand with H-Town brothers Katchafire‘s new reggae song, showcasing the wonders of animated hori pop culture moments.

Wherever these lads play around the world, clouds of Marijuana rise above their audiences. Why is that? They have the Bob Marley star factor as reggae rocks stars down pat. I imagine that Katchafire will be mega busy in California this year. Shikes if Proposition 19 goes through at the ballot, they could live in California for half of every year, and just play major Hollywood events. Now how can we get a Katcahfire song onto a movie soundtrack. I can’t believe no one in New Zealand or Hollywood has done that yet, with Prop 19 having had millions thrown in to campaign for it. Heck, the Facebook movie guys (funding Prop 19′s campaign largely) would have had Katchafire in their film’s soundtrack lineup, had they heard of these lads.

Like, they’d be perfect for something like The Hangover 2 for example, if you watch one’s American politics on the Bill Maher Show.

Enjoy our reggae brothas Maori music featured here.

If you don’t like reggae, all good, here’s my choice of cinema today too of a piece of entertainment worth watching, depicting the beauty of Maori-Kiwi humor, with the Oscar-nominated short film, Two Cars, One Night–a Kiwi classic short. Beneath the skin color, it’s actually a small town, Country Music values story, really.

It’s very clear, Maori have gifts as filmmakers that heal human rights rifts in the world. That’s what our presence in the film making world is capable of. It’s what we do with Spirit. Every Maori knows we do. No point pretending anymore we don’t have the gifts our ancestors gave us, to get this job done in the world, to make it a more fair place. Hopefully in 3D too soon. We (and our New Zealand and Hollywood film texts) are box office stars too. Are you ready for US? Hope so.

[Thanks Jose & to a star that burns bright in the minds of Hispanic-America and Mexico (people living in two nations who share a gulf containing oil) --for a legacy that's still memorable on celluloid for everyone. Thanks Rena for giving a performance that lingers in hearts and minds and burns so bright, like a star does, still today in our consciousness.]

[This post for Aunty Robin Cheung of Kawerau country, Bay of Plenty --now of West Auckland, who says she prays for me every day. Thanks Aunty Robin for your love and thoughtfulness. "You fly!" May I do your prayers justice in this Maori-Kiwi life I was given to serve others, for our lives to be good and "to matter" to "people that matter who need us to matter." Thank you].

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The Hollywood Winter 2010

                                             by Horiwood

Winter in Hollywood 2010

looks like men and women on skates n’ skis

From TV sets of maple leaves

Sporting-glory caps mere mortals

Championing elite mountains of men

Olympic Oscars gold

Is hung ‘round necks again

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It’s no secret in Hollywood that the two break out male stars of New Moon from Summit Entertainment this year are Taylor Lautner and Alex Meraz. Both came in at #4 and #2 respectively out of any other celebrities in Tinsel Town this year. They’re hot.

Their X-factor is that they both play action lad were-wolfs who also happen to be Native American Indian actors as well. This is a winning combo at the box office this year. Taylor Lautner was ‘the gimmick’ that has helped Summit Entertainment garner $600+ million at the box office worldwide so far. ‘Injun’ werewolf lads are hot.

On the back of the were-wolf hotness of New Moon, The Howling werewolf film franchise series is being revived. Joel Kasterberg will produce with Joe Nimziki making his directorial debut.

The original Howling, was originally directed by Joe Dante (Piranha, Gremlins spooky films) from a script by John Sayles, was released in 1981 and generated six sequels. Dee Wallace-Stone rocked it out in this film franchise as a news anchor who was stalked by a serial killer who turned out to be a werewolf.

The Howling Reborn begins filming in February 2010 and will be in movies by Halloween.

One tip for Joel Kasterberg… make sure you cast a Native American Indian in the lead role, if this franchise choice is a Twilight inspired move on the Hollywood chess board. Chaske Spencer would be good for the role. He’s ‘bad boy’ tough and comes with 100 million Twilight fans.

[Image of Chaske Spencer, Courtesy of Zimbio]

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Summit Entertainment are in sequel and film franchise mode. With an idea as good as Stephenie Meyer‘s The Twilight Saga has meant that Summit has been able to grow their film marketing and distribution model so well that, thanks to Meyer’s book series being adapted to film, that the machinery is now in place to market film franchises as the preferred model of filmmaking and distribution.

Here’s some hard facts about Twilight Saga’s New Moon from Summit.

1. Summit want a follow up to Vampires asap.

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Posted by horiwood on November 21, 2009 in Film Franchises, Movie News


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