Here’s the movie trailer for the no.1 film in the USA currently. Have you taken the kids to see it yet?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~
Here’s the movie trailer for the no.1 film in the USA currently. Have you taken the kids to see it yet?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~
Photographed today in West Hollywood. This is not what I call good surfing views on this billboard for the film, for Battle: LA. The film hit theaters 3.11.11. At the time of writing it’s sitting in the no.3 box office position, behind Limitless at no.1 and Rango at no.2. Ahead of The Lincoln Lawyer at no.4, Battle: LA has taken $16.4 million as of Saturday night at the weekend domestic box office.
The studio marketing for this flick says – “There are patterns that cannot be explained. There are warnings that cannot be ignored. In 2011, nothing can prepare you for what’s next. “–the trailer for this aliens invade the USA movie depicting war over America.
Our battle is economic. This movie billboard depicts surfers surfing while aeroplanes on fire fly overhead these lads on surfboards in the ocean. It’s a battle that occurs on coastlines. Where fuel is.
The movie’s website invites viewers to be more participatory than spectatorial. We are invited to Play The Game. That is, the video game, of course!
The Royal Gazette’s review of this movie goes like this: “Battle: Los Angeles” doesn’t rely as much as its genre brethren on the gleeful horror of seeing familiar landmarks burn. (We don’t even get a shot of the “Hollywood” sign in flames.) Instead, this West Coast version of alien invasion distinguishes itself as an urban warfare film and a patriotic advert for the Marines. Like so many of these films, “Battle: Los Angeles” opens on urgent news reports announcing that “the world is at war” CNN snippets are laced throughout the movie, and it’s easy to see their function in relaying exposition. But it’s rather terrifying to think that even extra-terrestrials can’t stop the 24/7 stream of cable news.
The date is August 12, 2011. Alien ships, first appearing like a cluster of meteors, “breach” the Earth and quickly make their violent intentions clear, shooting gun-like weapons and discharging flying mechanical droids. One of the 12 ships lands just off the shore of LA’s laid-back Santa Monica. All the hallmarks are here [for a conventional war movie], with handheld cameras and rousing, “ooh-rah” solidarity just with the notable exception of enemy species.”
Military hierarchy is the ‘religion’ observed in the scripting of this film’s Hollywood cult-like propaganda. But Staff Sergeant Nantz keeps the group focused and grounded, much as the talented Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight,” “Thank You For Smoking”), who plays Nantz does for the film.
Clearly the military are looking to recruit in Los Angeles, California with this film.
I write this on the last day, of the advised week where we have been on “earthquake watch” in Los Angeles (March 19th – 26th). Now this! We are meant to be in a continual state of spooked-out-ness. Clearly!
As I write this blog post in a Hollywood Starbucks, Scott, a 6’4 body builder and voice over talent (huskier in the base tone department than someone like Orson Welles was) introduces himself. “You’re the calmest person I’ve seen in a while. I’ve been watching you for an hour. What is about you? You’re like Ghandi man.”
We shake hands. “I’m from New Zealand. We value calmness of spirit” is all I say.
Chal, Scott’s mate, a chiropractor here in LA says “Keep that calmness, you Kiwi people are known for that.”
I guess Kiwis are. We get excited when our cricket team wins a match. The rest of the time, we’re quite calm people. Anyway, if you’re not scared enough, or, if you want a vision in special effects of what people may or may not be experiencing on the front lines of war (via this sci-fi film genre movie) you might like this film.
My Fishy Stuff, a YouTube subscriber has posted this trailer of the film. Press play below to listen to the film’s sound track. ‘The movie stays surprisingly close to the ground, bogged down in block-by-block combat. Los Angeles traffic triumphs again. (In reality, 90 percent of the film was shot in low-tax Louisiana.)’
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~
Crazy fun, as ever. Watch it.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.25.11~
For many new people arriving in the USA from Egypt, Libya, Bahrain in the upcoming months, as someone who moved from another country five years ago – know that often everything you are, do, create, share or have culturally within, will be viewed as a scientific experiment when you move to the US. You will perpetually be judged. Be prepared for that feeling, never to go away, the whole time you are here. Remember that most people judging you, have never travelled or been as brave as you have by living in a culture they weren’t born into like you have. So take their criticisms with a grain of salt on your brave journey forward, as well as seeing all comments as constructive criticism too. For what purpose? only you will know that if you find these new comments useful.
I don’t think anything prepares people outside the US for the degree that America is a consumer nation. Also a nation that can be voyeuristic too, watching on average per US citizen, 34 hours of TV a week (2010 survey results). The US thrives on consuming exotic culture and hand picking the parts of your culture most useful.
You’ll get used to it. But yeah, it does make you feel like a lab hamster at times.
Here’s that word again, EXPERIMENT. If you’re one of these people who are a new arrival from the Mid East into America to aid you on your settling in process into US community life. Via Dictionary Reference.Com Experiment means:
Adam Sandler is well supported in Madrid with two of America’s sweethearts, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker, standing beside this power producer of Hollywood entertainment (named 7th highest box office earner across 2010). Sandler and peers appear at the Madrid premiere of their new romantic comedy film, Just Go With It.
Wings, movie trailer below.
[Photograph via Wenn.Com]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.22.11~
Growing up in New Zealand, I worked on a dairy farm with my dad each day. It was a sunup til sundown existence in my teens with basketball and friday nights in town and rugby football at school. The weird thing about being a country-raised Kiwi kid was that your life was shaped by two realities. The key factors were the weather variables of each season, as well as, market forces of the global economy.
Maybe I’m a little sentimental, because I found this story about New Zealand farmers and their families getting a good pay check this year, to be Hollywood news worthy here in the USA.
“There has been a fundamental change in supply and demand for food internationally which has pushed prices to their current levels,” says Andrew Ferrier, dairy giant company, Fonterra’s, Chief Executive.
What this means for New Zealanders is that exports are up, where as imported food produce is a little steep. The leveler, is that the price of milk has remained the same. New Zealand has the best dairy produce on the planet. I kid you not.
Go Kiwi famers towards a good year.
Although we never get your delicious milk in our Starbucks lattes here in the US, that’s some good news for New Zealand’s rugby football obsessed farming communities and families.
Good country folk set to have a good year this year. Good news!
Believe it or not, country life, is a topic that is indie filmmaker worthy, as in this film clip of Danielle Cormack and Star Trek/ Judge Dredd’s Karl Urban starring in the film The Price of Milk. The film was a little weird, but we liked it in New Zealand.
[Pic of Andrew Ferrier, CEO of Fonterra courtesy of Life Magazine Online]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.21.11~
Thor‘s new movie trailer starring Natalie Portman and an Aussie chap, has everyone talking. Watch it.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.18.11~
Seen it yet?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.12.11~
Three German bull dykes speak German in Hollywood while playing on their iPhones and swapping Echinacea pottles to read from the health store. Not that it matters as it is totally a closed conversation, but why don’t I speaka da Deutsch? Lol!
If I could speak German, I’d probably throw in some Ray Allen 3 point record talk as a conversation opener. I’d follow it up with some banter about Cisco. Peggy Rea and Axel Weber. I would definitely say the words ‘Born This Way’ to get their attention, with perhaps some work out hot tips terminology as read via Hugh Jackman’s build up press for X Men First Class. (Watch trailer at link). Hugh’s a big hit with dykes, oddly. Go figure! Then in my best Donald Trump I would mention the “s card.”
I decide an echinacea conversation is all a bit contrived and I’m feeling lazy today, so I choose not to interrupt this power health, dyke moment. Gosh. These girls are all set in echinacea euphoria land. Still, these girls make me ask, Why don’t I speaka da Deutsch?
Ten posts you’re digging right now in Hollywood, as noticed at 6.45pm are:
In Other News - Grey Lyn, Auckland City, Samoan raised action star Dwayne Johnson gets majorly segued into Hugh Jackman’s Hollywood mix, with an exclusive Fox news story (now not so exclusive) that goes like this:
It’s that time again, folks: Hugh Jackman is pumping iron and packing on the pounds to shape up for the next installment of Wolverine.
But who has he enlisted for help in achieving that rock-solid physique? Why, none other than The Rock.
“I got the diet from Dwayne Johnson, he put on 25 pounds for his last film and I saw him and was like, ‘wow’ so I called him up and he gave me his exact diet,” Jackman told FOX411′s Pop Tarts at the Audi Super Bowl celebration at the Audi Forum in Dallas on Friday evening. “I need to put on about 30-40 pounds, I don’t know if I can get there but I am up about 15 pounds so far. I’m trying.”
Jackman’s Johnson-inspired weight gain diet is comprised of 6,000 calories daily, and believe it or not, but its “hard work” to eat so much.
“Basically it’s steak or chicken, broccoli and cauliflower, and sometimes rice but only up until lunch time,” he explained. “That’s it eight times per day. It’s like a job in itself.”
Jackman, who hosted the Academy Awards in 2008, also shared some words of wisdom for this year’s hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
“Have fun, enjoy the first hour because it’s the best audience you’ll ever have and from then on there is a lot of seat fillers and people that are really tired and probably upset they didn’t win,” he said. “So just keep the show moving.”
And even though the Australian native grew up playing his homeland’s beloved form of football – rugby — he’s happily converted to U.S style.
“It took me a little while to get into, because I was used to rugby and played rugby,” Jackman confessed. “But I love that in every game there is great pressure and suspense. With rugby and Aussie Rules (another form of Australian football) it is just flowing all the time, but American Football is so full of suspense. I just love it. And the athletiscm, these guys are freaks. I love it.”"
The world is changing so rapidly, that the US has its very own rugby football team. If you want to support them at Rugby World Cup in September this year. Get your hot tix, right here. You won’t want to miss it.
But why don’t I speaka da Deutsch? :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.10.11~
The trailer for Scream 4 is out. Internet sensation, Hayden Panettiere has a starring role.
Congrats Kevin Williamson. Snappy dialogue. Nice job.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.21.11~
After having a chat to Amy the girl who looks like a younger version of Lucy Liu and who works at my bank that is not Bank of America, about The Green Hornet movie I couldn’t help but notice Amy’s ecstatic excitement about this film. As an Asian-American beauty born in Los Angeles, Amy is tots stoked that Taiwanese actor Jay Chou is crossing over in film in the US. Chou is a huge Asian pop-star Amy loves.
I’m so dumb, I’d never even heard of Jay before this movie. But Amy’s heard all about Jay and has his albums too.
In The Green Hornet – although Jay is far more talented an entertainer than Seth Rogen, Jay is cast as Seth’s spoiled American brat’s ‘mechanic and coffee maker.’ How ridiculous. Yet this is supposed to be believable here in the US. Lol!
Anyway, if you don’t laugh, you’ll just keep seeing the crazy, so let’s let America’s own do that in making sense of what Hollywood thinks is culturally smart entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »
Screenwriter John Stancari writes in an email today:
Here’s the links to some of my comedy shorts on Funny Or Die.
I’m the writer and co-producer, John Stancari
and here’s my IMDB link:
You’re welcome John.
Check John’s work out. John works harder at his screenplays in development than I do on this blog. He’s always perfecting a script at the local Starbucks. Go John!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.17.11~
Very hot. Well worth sharing today.
The film’s publicist Graham Taylor brings us this account of the film’s story line if you haven’t seen it yet: “Blue Valentine is an intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage.
On the far side of a once-passionate romance, Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) are married with a young daughter. Hoping to save their marriage, they steal away to a theme hotel. We then encounter them years earlier, when they met and fell in love—full of life and hope.
Planes, jets, “fast cars,” “defenders of the world,” green technology subtexts, with American boys in the leading roles in Hollywood action film texts like The Green Lantern & The Green Hornet. The latter being more Asian friendly in casting.
Which trailer do you like?
Hornet’s Storyline featuring Seth Green & Jay Chou: “Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles’ “The Daily Sentinel” after the sudden death of his father. Britt’s party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero “The Green Hornet”.”
Lantern Storyline featuring Ryan Reynolds: “A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.7.11~
True grit is something you need in L.A. Kerouac once described L.A as “the harshest city in America.” I think he meant, L.A develops unique character and strength if you stay. Jack was but a tourist on the outside looking in for a fleeting second.
On the note of developing grit, here’s a movie trailer – going West.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.6.11~
Sixteen hours ago this movie trailer was uploaded to You Tube.
Natalie Portman stars in The Other Woman - a movie about being Amelia Greenleaf, a wife to a man named Jack Wolf who already has a family prior to another woman. Lisa Kudrow makes a strong performance too in a non funny role.
A modern story? Grief and overcoming it by appreciating existing community is this story’s message.
Portman is everywhere at the minute. She’s like a pop cultural blitz at the flicks. You can’t miss her. A clean sweep take over heading into Oscar’s nominees season next year?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.28.10~
“In the darkness there are treasures”–Rosie Foot, a twin who is a songwriter, country music singer, like Keith Urban is of New Zealand.
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”–King David, Psalmist Shepherd King.
Loss is a great teacher. There is no knowledge of true and pure joy without also seeing joy in the light of loss. Jewish mystiks tell us that in darkness there are hidden treasures. These can be found in places of grief, loss and grieving–believe it or not!
Nicole Kidman is evolving her entertainment resume as a Hollywood film producer while her peer Angelina Jolie is evolving as a Hollywood movie director. Here’s Nic’s movie trailer for Rabbit Hole a story about grief, as her debut producing effort of her Hollywood production film company, Blossom Films. Nic is Golden Globe nominated in this role.
“Based on the legend of the Ninth Legion, an army of 3000 unstoppable Roman warriors who vanished without trace, Centurion is the tale of their vicious conflict with a murderous adversary, the Picts. Find out more at IGN.com”
Movie Trailer Pick: Cherry Joy.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
celebrity buzzwords: Julian Assange Vs Angelina Jolie, now Vs Rihanna.
As humans, as people–we look over the fence at our neighbors, in a game of keeping up with the Joneses. The fear of being left behind, or missing out–is the basis of spying–be that polite, or secretive in the form of Espionage.
In fact, there is no trend-setting ability of leaders (fashions mimic others by spying), without observing what peers are doing, than advancing new or similar forms and better ways of doing things.
But when does research–verge into Espionage? Where is that line? Or does it not exist anymore in an age of new technology? The WikiLeaks case gives us all time to discuss that–on Facebook, a community far bigger than WikiLeaks, holding more information about individuals, than WikiLeaks ever could claim to hold.
Julian Assange of Wikileaks is the pin up boy of “Common Similarities between the US and the UK” that still exist today. Will this one man’s fate be decided by a US/ UK jury? His crime? He is a spy of spies because he owned IT that could track others spying tendencies in an obsessively voyeuristic political digital age–where most people don’t even watch politicians in the world, at all. Only other politicians do? Julian shared these politicians favorite (digital) media to read with other media. Anyway,
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Espionage is defined as being: ”the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company.” The origins of espionage is French, as in:
“French espionnage, from Middle French, from espionner to spy, from espion spy, from Old Italian spione, from spia, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German spehōn to spy. First Known Use: 1793.”
We are also encouraged to look at the word “spy” as in: “to watch secretly, usually for hostile purposes; and, to catch sight of or, SEE. Spying is the active activity of espionage. Who really, has time to do that? No one whose creative that’s for sure, only people copy, others creativity. (I’m a blogger, so at times I can be accused of that. Just saying).
The Espionage Act: According to the UK Guardian: “The US Espionage Act is a little-used law dating from 1911 – the same year as the UK’s Official Secrets Act, with which it has much in common.”
The current law can be used to prosecute those who leak and publish classified information that creates a national security risk. The law’s purpose is to tackle espionage. It has never been used on foreign press or any media organization before.
[Image of Rihanna via Trend Hairstyle. Angelia Jolie stars as a Spy in The Tourist above, after starring as an assassin who spied on her husband in Mr & Mrs Smith, and an accused spy in Salt. In fact playing spies is kind of a hot celebrity topic when you consider Jolie's film career.]
Never underestimate a Polynesian action star in Hollywood. They’re fierce.
The movie opens Wednesday in the City of Angels. Go see. Tom Berenger and Mauricio Lopez and martial artist, Sidney S. Liufau also star in this George Tillman Jr. directed film.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~
Some Justin Bieber today. Here’s the new 3D trailer for Bieber’s Never Say Never 3D film, that drops Valentine’s Day 2011. Um, let’s just say that this is the way to do Christmas retail marketing. Cut straight to Valentine’s Day next year and Christmas anticipation retail is in the bag. So clever.
The suspense of teens worldwide waiting for the day this movie hits is out of this world!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~
Natalie Portman and James Franco‘s new movie trailer, Your Highness can be watched above. The film is rated R and is very silly.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10~
The generous soul, shall also be watered–King Solomon of Israel.
Today is my sister Rachel‘s (US) birthday. Happy 40th sweet sister! May joy be Unstoppable in your giving, sweet, kind, loving and generous life. Denzel Washington & Chris Pine‘s #2 movie’s trailer is your birthday card.
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news you all love and voted worldwide today. Woot! Love your choices. Here’s our top ten. Enjoy.
2. About Horiwood: Hekia Parata - video portrait – Climb is a beauty
America’s political tastes look like this right now on the TPM blog:
Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson are the big news of the blog today. A wedding is ahead for these American folk. Image courtesy of Just Jared.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
Parenting is never easy. Being a kid going through puberty isn’t either. Set in a Maori small town community on the Coast of New Zealand, this is a story of what happens when your dad gets out of prison to resume his parenting role with his young son. A delightful community centered film.
What: Boy - a film (trailer below)
Who: Taika Cohen - writer, actor, director!
Feat: a stellar line up of Maori child actors. So talented.
Genre: Comedy set in a small rural New Zealand coastal community, East Coast, North Island New Zealand.
Debut in Hollywood: Grauman’s Chinese Theater
Audience Vibe: Well received, appreciative, inquisitive to know more about the unique worldview of Maori New Zealanders that Taika presents in Boy.
Highlight: The tributes to the heroization of the late Michael Jackson, King of Pop. Very funny.
Awards to Date: Winner of The Silver Bear Awards, Germany 2010.
The Coolest Thing?: A unique soundtrack that reflects Maori music tastes.
What to do?: Definitely go see this film. Press play.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.6.10~
Introducing a new parental word: “Slam Piece “- FWB, PG 13
A rom com that is sure to be a hit with the twenty-something, thirty-something movie markets, it’s comedy that works for a mature audience.
Timberlake singing Third Eye Blind, is a riot.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
Justin Bieber‘s Never Say Never in 3D has dropped. Watch his dream rising in the movie trailer. If 3D televisions don’t sell as a result of this in every US family with a kid and teen, when this film hits DVD, I’d be surprised.
Dude’s on a roll.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1o.26.10~
There’s something about Italiano as a language, that can make even a film about an IT start up company’s journey, so much more sexy, just spoken in Italian.
Here’s the Social Network‘s movie trailer for Italy via fashion designer,
It pops. Kind of like a film trailer in the Maori language. So sexy!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10~