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Since Heath Ledger passed away, Michelle Williams, his better half is kind of like, a Hollywood saint. Here’s Williams promoting her Marilyn Monroe upcoming movie role on IO Donna magazine via

Also, on a matter of pop cultural Hollywood commentary, the New Yorker, that high brow magazine, questions whether California and The Oscars is going via Egypt this year as a theme of the awards show. There’s so much happening in Mid-East nations right now (as well as New Zealand) with revolution… or recovery… as the theme, that this cover is very interesting via NY. Whatever does it mean other than news interweaving between Egypt/Facebook/oil news and the Oscars?

[As sighted by Cover Awards website. Thanks NYC]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.22.11~



Prince William and Kate Middleton continue to amuse at US check out aisles. Their latest US tabloid flaunts a wedding like Will’s mom, Diana‘s. Poor Charles. :)

I was thinking today, how much we have in America to be thankful for. A lot. If we live in the US in community, we know that we have each other. That’s awesome. The diversity here in Los Angeles is amazing. Like a sea of twinkling stars from many nations, reflected in the pulse of Hollywood. It’s humbling to be a part of the ‘class’ in 2011. Not that Hollywood is a school per se.

I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It’s been a privilege to be here, interact with American people in Hollywood and dream a dream with Americans towards better and noble things. I believe in the best for America, of America, and with America. It’s in my Maori-Heart to be pro-USA.

I don’t know how many Americans have put up with me some days, but I am very thankful that Hollywood and beautiful California, has. Thanks Cali. And thank you all worldwide for your support of this blog.  :)

Here’s our top ten celebrity and entertainment news posts voted today. Nice choices.

1. Brahim Zaibat

2. Britney Spears video portrait artistry – Hold it Against Me

3. Tatau – Dwayne Johnson is Samoa and New Zealand’s Rock of Hollywood

4. Hollywood humor - Olivia Wilde does all the stuff Megan Fox won’t do

5. Elaine & Ken Langone‘s Giving Pledge letter for Berkshire Hathaway angels

6. Justin Bieber can act – CSI

7. Hawaii – Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green‘s sun-kissed romance

8. Branding by Sir Richard Branson

9. Cynthia Germanotta‘s sad day

10. Justin Gaston & friends – reality TV stars Kim Kardashian follows

Bonus Post – Te Mata Tini O Te Ra – is what we’re made up of. Maori culture on display is vibrant and authentically inspiring.

Vintage Hollywood stamp art – Aunt Elvira‘s stamp collection – Marilyn Monroe original stamp.

True Royals today are all of US, who give safe water to those in the world who don’t yet have it. That’s 1 in 6 of US. Go here to make a difference if you want to. Perhaps we should start the Red Scallop Water Trust, just for kicks, to ensure this happens in the 2010′s. :)


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



The guy wearing the leather proud tee shirt opposite me at the Cafe today, with Larry King suspenders over the top (so not leather, whose he kidding) reminded me I haven’t done enough quirky blogging today.

He has two iPhone telephones (1 to grind) and 1 for business. So sketchy. Or is that just called ‘organized’ in that ‘got his game on’ way in L.A. It is the weekend. Funny!

Like his telephones, even his laptop is an Apple.

Anything that resembles hair, his eyes all over it. I think he should get a dog. Like a husky puppy or something via Russia. It would be a win-win combo. Obviously he’s ready to be a daddy.

The girl with hair as red as Christina Hendricks except Rapunzel length, talks loudly on her phone to a girlfriend, “You know, Carlos called again last night. You know, he’s always wanting me to go out with him. But it’s not like that. He doesn’t get it. My feelings for Carlos have never been like that.”

She talks in English. I feel like I’m watching an episode of Modern Family, like, live. She is curvaceous and beautiful.

Seeing twin-phone dude’s three-toned shoe laces over vinyl sneakers or hearing Phone girl now break out into Spanish and cascading laughter at intervals of her chat (laughter usually always follows the Spanish language I’ve noticed), reminds me of how I am often not diverse enough when I blog from Hollywood and L.A as a Maori-Kiwi Hollywood blogger.

You know, you just can’t do it all and cover everything.

Thankfully, you – the audience – do it all everyday for me. In your own words then let’s take a look at some topics searched for today, on Horiwood.Com’s search engines fed by search engines around the world. Of course, the more obscure topics – um, can not be mentioned – hence the cut off point of the list – where things get a wee bit too creative (gosh!). This is a child friendly website – but those search items do make me laugh out loud, during a lull of Hollywood news. You’re all funnier most days!

With music and visuals by Frank Sinatra and a vintage image of Marilyn Monroe doing that thing she did with fabric like a Vanessa Redgrave movie title over a grating.

UPDATE 10.25PM – A husky puppy really did turn up for leather proud tee shirt guy. The moment was too cute.

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If you live in West Hollywood, at every turn (almost) you see artist Rubini making a packet off late Hollywood film icon, Marilyn Monroe‘s peroxided to mars and back star-visage.

People buy these things like there’s no tomorrow, and the twinkles in Marilyn’s eyes just keep getting more and more sparkly and sassy with every one Rubini sprays onto canvas. That’s enough sparkles I think in the eyeballs department Rubini. Sheepers creepers! OOC profiteering.

The truth is Rubini does what we all do in Hollywood. Look at this blog! I can’t help but think Betty White as a subject for Rubini for a bit of variety would make a refreshing change though. You know… Betty… Marilyn… same person really! At least Betty’s alive and still quipping!!!  Switch it up Rubini. Notice how Rubini paints Angelina Jolie’s eyeline outline onto Marilyn as well in these things. Pretty funny! Literally.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.10.11~



Born this way – I believe that all children of the world were born to have access to clean drinking water whenever they need it.

BTW: At the moment 1 billion people don’t. 2 million children die through not having access to clean drinking water each year.

Born this way to drink clean water – is these kids and their parents’ dream day. We can make it a dream day everyday for them. Let’s make it happen fun people, by clicking on UNICEF’S TAP PROJECT link. Let’s FLOW! Thanks groovy people.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.29.10~

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1. Whangarei Boys High School haka for Rugby World Cup

2. Supermodel beach by Kate Moss

3. Alejandro by Lady Gaga

4.  Katy Perry and Russell Brand marry in India

5. Video – Lady Gaga ‘s interview with Anderson Cooper

6. Scottish Abs by Jared Leto

7. Exquisite Songwriting by Brooke Fraser

8. Vincent Cassel & Mila Kunis for Natalie Portman Oscar

9. The Rock‘s Pastor Miles McPherson has Courage to Love

10. Zoe Saldana stars in Colombiana

These were our top ten Hollywood Entertainment and celebrity news posts today. Movie of Natalie Portman in Black Swan courtesy of Hollywood Photo. Image of Jack Betts starring in Barrymore –a play at The Marilyn Monroe Theater, Lee Strasberg Institute currently, Horiwood.Com’s own. Black swan, Christchurch City coutesy of TravelPod. Image of Short Korowai in colour code 27 Black with paua tinge courtesy of ShopEnzed.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.25.10~


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Who:Jack Betts, Barrymore

What: A Play

Where: Marilyn Monroe Theatre, Lee Strasberg Institute, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Fairfax.

Los Angeles has a great theater scene supporting the movie industry and the Arts here in The City of Angels. Go see a play in California on your next visit. Always choose to visit California. Fun.

Here’s Kim Kardashian and Betty White on that fact.

~Images photographed in West Hollywood today. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.23.10~


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Marilyn Monroe inspired a generation with her beauty and sense of sexy. Not only in America, but across the globe. Here’s Michelle Williams take on Monroe, in My Week With Marilyn currently in production in L.A.

So much of iconicism, is caught up in a bottle of peroxide. But I love Michelle’s take on a great. Bruised, vulnerable, present, open. Very cool. She is more a young Elizabeth Taylor than Marilyn in her take on her.

A little bit overdone on the halo effect photo shopping surrounding babe’s head though. Lol!

[Image courtesy of Coming Soon.Com]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.8.10~

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Posted by horiwood on October 9, 2010 in Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Williams


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Very few supermarkets, work the Hollywood spectacle angle, to market and sell food produce, like Trader Joes of West Hollywood does.

Here’s the latest, Vintage Sodas, featuring the likeness of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe going for a bike ride, suspended on pine wood wall.

Very cool.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.19.10~

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Posted by horiwood on September 19, 2010 in Marilyn Monroe


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World Peace – Hollywood fashion piece. White fabric chiffon strip. 

May transparency be our fabric of peace, as we grow up in love. Let’s go Hollywood and California USA. 

May we always have courage to press beyond a miraged desert terrain veil of seemingly ‘worlds apart’ media-constructed ‘difference,’ for this is the same desert terrain yet palm beautified story, of how Los Angeles came to be. ICU

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.16.10~


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Angelina Jolie is promoting Salt worldwide at the box office. She’s aware that Lady Gaga, bottle-blonde pop upstart has the #1 fame ranking, with President Barack Obama sitting firm at #2. Hollywood’s reigning Queen, daughter of Jon Voight (who stars in the upcoming flick National Treasure), drives it down the middle, Tiger Woods golfing green styles, by announcing today that she’s going to play Hollywood’s most iconic bottle blonde, Marilyn Monroe in an adaptation of the book The Life And Opinions Of Maf The Dog, And Of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by author Andrew O’Hagan.

Andrew added (as sourced via Monsters & Critics) that George Clooney, will play the role of Frank Sinatra, who gave Marilyn a dog named Maf, whose eyes the narrative of this film will be told through. Cinematic puppy love.  In celebrity talk, Angelina is saying: “Hi blonde puppy of Obama” to Lady Gaga. The real seasoned celebrity b*tch is now in the room.” I love it.

With good humor, Jolie also sends a message to Washington to up the anti and not follow pop cultural trends, but to create them yourself through action and that’s always a good move. No one likes kennel politics based on following puppies new appeal around for populous vote rankings, so this is good mature leadership for America today–as to where the paparazzi’s spotlight should go and the purpose of why.

Good sporting fun between Hollywood and D.C’s leaders to create American culture with this announcement.

With double Oscar winners in the lead roles of Maf (can dogs win Oscars too now? this could be a trifecta), this move on the Hollywood chess board is about as surreal-real as Hollywood can get.

Angelina Jolie is both humorous and totally hot today. She says, “see me through a dog’s eyes for goodness sakes. I’m good for that. It’s never about a big shot director. Even a standard poodle dog could see me and get me.” Love her! Diva. 

Whether Jolie does this film or not, is not the point, she sends her message and frees the U.S President up from obsessing about Gaga’s popular appeal, while promoting Salt worldwide with a simple question from this casting news: Who is Marilyn Monroe of Hollywood? Wow. What a move from Hollywood’s most active global humanitarian!

Images of stamps below, courtesy of the late and beloved Aunt Elvira Kanim. ;)

Here’s how you voted our top ten today. Thank you. 

1. Madonna celebrates her 52nd birthday in London 

2. Justin Gaston‘s Psalmist-King‘s ink holds

3. Anna Kendrick jetsets for Scott Pilgirm

4. Nikki Six still holds a torch for Kat Von D 

5. Suzanne Hinn is divorcee bad, but we love her

6. Leonardo for more Chris Nolan

7. Team Alex Meraz

8. Grainy Poetics: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson

9. Liam Neeson for Ireland

10. Humor: Jared Leto goes blonde

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.16.10~


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On the night she died, I sat beside Aunt Elvira‘s bedside, and as she breathed her last breaths, I read these words about ‘Attitude’ on her bedside wall.

As I read these words sitting beside her watching her life hang in the balances, I realized I was showing the most signs of room for improvement, perhaps out  of anyone on the planet.

She was a very special Aunt and sister to her family and I choose to celebrate her today on my Hollywood celebrity news blog, one month after her passing, and share a little bit of what she taught me about valuing the gift of life in yourself and others. So for Elvira’s great legacy of love, here we go:

Attitude is everything: Attitude is the way you think. Your attitude is something other people can actually see. They can hear it in your voice, see it in the way you move, feel it when they are with you. Your attitude expresses itself in everything you do, all the time, wherever you are.

Positive attitudes always invite positive results. Negative attitudes always invited negative results. 

Attitude makes a difference every hour, every day, in everything you do for your entire life. What you get out of each thing you do will equal the attitude you have when you do it.

Anything that you do with a positive attitude will work for you. Anything that you do with a negative attitude will work against you.

If you have a positive attitude, you are looking for ways to solve the problems that you can solve, and you are letting go of things over which you have no control.

You can develop a positive attitude by emphasizing the good, by being tough-minded, and by refusing defeat.”

I share these thoughts with the definition of the word ‘celebrity’ which is “someone who is worthy of being celebrated.” May a sweet attitude always be the star of us all. Aunt Elvira was a sweetheart. 

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.14.10. Originally posted as Beattitudes of The Classics.~

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Posted by horiwood on August 14, 2010 in Hollywood History, Life, Marilyn Monroe


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~L.A last night. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.11.10~

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Posted by horiwood on August 11, 2010 in Marilyn Monroe, Paris Hilton


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Marilyn Monroe was a Hollywood legend.

Stamps, do a lot because legendary people write

golden letters, across 50 great States. And living legends send messages to other nations too. 

[Image: courtesy of Elvira Kanim]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.30.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on July 30, 2010 in Hollywood History, Marilyn Monroe


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According to Shelf Life, Farrar, Straus and Giroux has announced that they plan to release a collection of Marilyn Monroe’s own writings. Fragments will include poems, correspondence, rare photos, as well as reproductions of documents handwritten by the blond bombshell herself. The book is available this fall as George W. Bush’s memoirs book, Decision Points drops  on Novemeber 9th.

Because let’s face it, the whole President and Marilyn Monroe rhetoric being spun simultaneously is just so American in any given decade. And I have to say, both books are looking very worthy to buy. Although, Marilyn’s book appears to be relying on the magic of a talented ghost writer, even more so than George W’s book did. Nice to see beaut American books being produced. Hot!

And the George W.Bush memoirs book–is going to be the book of the year. Can’t wait.

[Image of the beautiful Marilyn Monroe, courtesy of Fashion Psychology]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.27.2010~


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Not that America has a Latino President, and that the president’s name is George Lopez, but I thought it was really cute that Jennifer Lopez dressed up as Marilyn Monroe and sung happy birthday to George.

Too cute! JLo also busts out on the cover of US Weekly Magazine to talk about how awesome her body is. J-Lo has never been shy of coming forward to talk about herself… and when you’re Latina in the US, I think that’s a good thing. All power to her.

She’s everywhere right now, and her new movie The Back Up Plan is out in theaters too. Go see it if you love yourself some rom com entertainment.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.23.2010~


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This picture of Marilyn Monroe by the artist Rubini is much loved in the West Hollywood hood. You have to pass it on Santa Monica and West Knoll to walk to the best night clubs in West Hollywood. Love it.

~Image Horiwood’s own. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.8.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on April 9, 2010 in Art, artist, Marilyn Monroe, West Hollywood


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I love this pink glitter, multimedia painting from the West Hollywood hood. It’s so hot. It pops. Marilyn Monroe –West Hollywood 2010. This image defines America right now. Powerful. Enjoy!

Support West Hollywood and Californian artists. Obviously-they rock!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.8.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on April 9, 2010 in Art, artist, Marilyn Monroe, West Hollywood


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The art of celebrity is a mass produced image. That’s often all it is. As Warhol showed.

Mass = fame. Quantity over quality. If you can combine both, a quality star product plus mass produce their image… as an artist you’re onto a winner. Or, originality isn’t always the biggest way to sell or generate money for the economy. Mass production is in these times.

I’m having a pop focus on Horiwood.Com at the minute, because one of the best things America has to help recover a trillion dollar deficit, is an ability to make and sell pop art, pop artists and pop culture around the world. So, let’s try and support that. Banana yellow is always such a great color, when looking at pop art’s commentary on American society. Too true. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.14.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on March 15, 2010 in Andy Warhol, Art, artist, Economy, Marilyn Monroe


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Support Californian Artists. Buy California Art.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.2.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on March 2, 2010 in Art, artist, Marilyn Monroe


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It’s about the work–Lee Strasberg, method acting guru.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.23.2010 as part of the Until the Sun comes up on the Santa Monica Blvd series~


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Guy Hepner gives one of the best social commentaries of the times from West Hollywood with Lady Gaga and Marilyn Monroe inspired art themes this Valentines Weekend. Sublime. Bold. Punchy. Hot!

This is the American art scene today as told from sunny and beautiful California. Guy Hepner has great tastes in reading pop cultural trends and presenting them to the American aesthetic palate as fine art. Go boy!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.14.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on February 14, 2010 in America, Art, artist, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe, West Hollywood


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The New York Post is reporting that new photos of Marilyn Monroe photographed by Len Steckler are up for sale. The photos were shot in December 1961.

Years after her tragic death, Marilyn Monroe still continues to fascinate the world. 

I wonder how much these pics will sell for?

[News Image version of Stecklers photo via Reuters website]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.5.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on February 5, 2010 in Art, artist, Marilyn Monroe, Photography


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