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Because whanau is the most important thing on this earth…. here’s to you Su! Some Whitney for the USA.

He whakaaro mo te ra.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.3.11~



Alright, Japan is getting a walloping right now. So sad.

‎ RT : tweets: Strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off Chiba prefecture in Japan, force strong enough to sway buildings in Tokyo.

‎ - No tsunami warning was immediately issued but the agency warned of a possible change in sea levels. — AFP
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.15.11~


Jun-Min (R) & Ja-Yoon (L) from South Korea segue in to our hot Hollywood blog mix today on vacation (3 days) in the hood.

We are listening to K-Pop together at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf next door to Chateau Denim.

They are so sweet!

They write: “Hello ~~~ nice to meet you Los Angeles;) Thank you for picture.”

Welcome, South Korea!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.8.11~



1 Fact: 1 billion people do not have clean drinking water. Where: Africa and India are most affected.

The threat: More people are lost in the world through this situation than war.

The solution: We can make a difference through UNICEF Tap Project. If you want to, please do.

True fact 2: For as little as $10, one person can have clean drinking water for a lifetime.

That’s like a beer at a Hollywood club with the tip. Amazing aye! Act. Bump this post on too. Let’s flow. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.25.10~

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Posted by horiwood on December 26, 2010 in C F Goldie, California, Cam Gigandet, Cameron Diaz, Camila Alves, Camilla Belle, Canada, Cancer Awareness, Cannes, Carey Hart, Caribbean, Carlos Slim Helu, Carmen Electra, Carrie Prejean, Carrie Underwood, Cars, Casey Aldridge, Cash Warren, Cassie, Casting, Catalina Island, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Celine Dion, Censorship, Chace Crawford, Chaka Khan, Chanel Iman, Channing Tatum, , Charlie Sheen, Charlie Wilson, Charlize Theron, Chaske Spencer, Chaz Bono, Chelsea Clinton, Chelsea Handler, Cher, Cheryl Cole, Chicago, China, Chloe Sevigny, Chris Brown, Chris Martin, Chris Matthews, Chris Pine, Christchurch, Christian Audigier, Christian Bale, Christianity, Christina Applegate, Christina Arguilera, Christina Hendricks, Christina Milian, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Nolan, Chuy, Ciara, Cindy Crawford, Cindy McCain, Cinematography, Civil Rights, Claudia Schiffer, Cliff Curtis, Clint Eastwood, Coco, Coco Chanel, Coffee, Coldplay, Colin Farrell, College Football, Colorado, Columbine, Comedians, Commonwealth, Community, Compassion, Conan O'Brien, Corey Feldman, Cornflakes, Costa Rica, Cougar Treats, Country Music, Courage To Love, Courtney Cox, Couture, Craig Ferguson, Cricket, Cristiano Ronaldo, Croatia, Cuisine, Cultural Imperialism, Culture, Cy Waits, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sade, Salma Hayak, salman khan, Salvador Dali, Sam Cooke, Sam Cruickshank, Sam Mendes, Sam Worthington, Sam Wyly, Samantha Ronson, Samoa, San Diego, Sandra Bullock, Santa Monica, Sara Bareilles, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Palin, Sasha Baron Cohen, Sasha Obama, Saudi Arabia, Scandals, Scarlett Johansson, Science, Scotland, Scott Bryan, Scott Disick, Seal, Sean Diddy Combs, Sean Penn, Sean Preston, Selena Gomez, Serena Williams, Sex & The City, shahid kapur, shahrukh khan, Shakira, Shanghai, Shania Twain, Shannen Doherty, Shaquille O'Neal, Sharon Stone, Sherri Shepherd, Sheryl Crow, Sheryl Crowe, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Shirley Temple, Shoes, Sia, Sienna Miller, Silverlake, Simon Baker, Simon Cowell, Singapore, Sir Apirana Ngata, Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Howard Morrison, Sir Paul McCartney, Slavery, Slovenia, Smashproof, Smile Club, Smokey Robinson, SNL, Snoop Dog, Soccer, Social Networking, Sojourner Truth, Solange Knowles, Song Lyrics, Sonny Bill Williams, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sparrow Madden, Spencer Pratt, Spike Lee, Spirit, Split Enz, Splitsville, Sports, Sports Horiwood, St Patricks Day, Stanley Kubrick, Star System - The Art of American Celebrity, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stefani Germanotta, Stellar, Stem Cell Research, Stephanie Pratt, Stephen Donald, Stephen Moyer, Stephenie Meyer, Steve McQueen, Steven Colbert, Steven Spielberg, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Stuart Townsend, Sudan, Summit Entertainment, Sundance Film Festival, Sunday Rose, Sunglasses, Sunny Oglesby, Super heroes, Suri Cruise, Susan Boyle, Susan Kanim, Susan Sarandon, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Swizz Beatz, Sydney, Sylvester Stallone, Water, Young Hollywood, Young Royals


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Perhaps, no one loves their pop music stars quite like the Koreans. Here’s highlights of pop musics biggest K-Pop stars via Masa.

Thanks babe!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.20.10~


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Garrett Hedlund would rather be fat than skinny.

Disney’s Tron: Legacy opens big. IMAX.

Employment Rate On The Rise In Most States

Demi Lovato is a junior Katy Perry?

Why Americans became disillusioned with the war.

University of Maryland say Fox Network viewers know nada about politics.

Strassel on Republican spending.

Amber Rose & Amare Studemire know each other?

Paul Krugman: Wall Street Whitewash

Interview‘s list of Young Hollywood faces 2010.

North Korea Warns South To Stop Drills

Tony Romo & Candice Crawford are engaged.

Larry King

Madonna says she needs music to to. New album? Yes.

Blow: Whose Party Is It?

Parenthood casts John Corbett in a cameo role.

Carbon market

Tori Spelling drinks at Mr. Chows Beverly Hills.

Nigeria Drops Charges Against Cheney, Halliburton

Was there any emotion over Scarlett Johansson‘s split with Ryan ReynoldsPossibly.

Opinion: The 111th Congress’s Final Insult

Fox audiences weren’t wild for Colin Hanks.

Film: The Revolution Is Being Shot on Digital Video

Kevin Smith Clerks & Silent Bob sequels.

Afghanistan Red Cross sees grim outlook for civilians

Baby Junia Rosa Ruth joins Zach Hanson and Kate Hanson‘s family.

Man gets 7 years for defacing Jewish cemetery

The Jackson children have renovated their dad’s ranch.

Don’t ask, don’t tell goes to a Saturday vote in the Senate.

Richard C. Holbrooke’s last mission

Fifty Cent loans his mug to a music-copyright lawsuit awareness moment.

A judge awards Mel Gibson more parental time with daughter Lucia.

Madoff’s Victims Recover $7.2B In Settlement

Gwenneth Paltrow may join Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages musical film.

Rihanna‘s dating status is talked about.

Chloe Sevigny hearts method actor’s therapy.

Sharon Osbourne calls Cheryl Cole Bambi.

Jerry Seinfeld will do one show at UK’s O2 Arena.

Humor: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie rumors: a Rajasthan wedding? Yoga has saved them from arguing/ vodka. Lol!

Will & Kate‘s wedding: Will the Obama‘s be invited? If so, will they accept?

Bobbi Kristina does her own press.

Santo funeral opens door for Wood’s return

Hot dogs & ice cream are Kim Kardashian‘s NYC weakness.

Kathy Griffin loves being skinny and dissing Taylor Swift.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.17.10~


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The wheels of Hollywood always spin. They are not dependent on any one person or studio to keep churning. Politics are the same as is biz and health circles in the US too. The wheels spin. Here’s some celebrity news, entertainment news and other newsy items occurring in the world at this moment as George Clooney replaces Robert Downey Jr. in the astronaut themed film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock.

Is Google getting too big? Steven Pearlstein, a Washington Post biz columnist would say heck yes! He thinks the government should start reviewing every one of the company’s acquisitions on antitrust grounds. Google has a cash hoard of $33 billion, a market cap of $189 billion, and a money-minting search franchise as the search engine company continues to go “Boom.”

Some news links today are:

Would you see Don Cheadle star as Miles Davis in a biopic? Yes!

Adele has announced her tour dates. Woot!

14 Dead After Roadside Bombing In Afghanistan

Desert Kings is a reality TV show on families who restore old cars for Discovery.

Ryan Seacrest & Bill Maher will appear on Larry King‘s final show tonight.

The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast

James McAvoy could play the lead in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Blake Edwards husband of Julie Andrews has passed away, aged 88. RIP.

Coming to Grips With Lugging an iPadGail Collins: The Crying Game

Can you be cast in a Hollywood franchise & not know? Ask Bill Hader & Anna Faris!

George Michael will judge on the US version of talent show X-Factor.

Police Arrest 131 Anti-War Protesters In Front Of White House

Best Ink a reality TV show premised on a “tattooist’s competition” heads to Oxygen.

Anthropology & archaeology in the USA is a theme of Treasure Nation reality show.

Bob Feller passes away, aged 92

Glee‘s Chris Colfer gets a SAG Award nod.

Gary Marshall casts Sarah Jessica Parker in his Valentine’s Day sequel.

McDonald’s lawsuit

To support Tennessee flood victims this year, go here.

Kim Kardashian continues her goal to stay single for her entire 30th year.

Bomb Hits U.S. Embassy Vehicle In YemenSouth Korea To Perform Weapons Drill

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.10~


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[Pictured above Brasil's leader, Dilma-Rousseff]
  1. Justin Bieber
  2. Dilma Rouseff
  3. Lady Gaga
  4. Julian Assange
  5. Mel Gibson
  6. Lil Kim
  7. Zilda Arns
  8. Kate Middleton
  9. Kim Hee Chul
  10. Joannie Rochette

This list, reflects the diversity of the Twitter community. Way cool.

[Kim Hee Chul Korean pop star and artist, courtesy of Korea Sparkling]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.15.10~


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It is the second time Brad Pitt has seen Megamind. This time Mr Pitt is pictured with Angelina seeing the film again in Paris, France.

Wikileaks US leaked docs news dominates our top ten celebrity, entertainment news posts here in Hollywood. A shock, because this is not a political blog but an entertainment celebrity blog. I guess world leaders are celebrities right now then, if they’re rating above known celeb names. A good sign.

Here’s John Key‘s quote on the 1600 documents that relate to New Zealand, 1400 hundred of them stemming from Wellington: ”My understanding is it’s more likely to be the odd sort of comment which is colourful in nature, the sort of thing that you might say to your mate around the coffee table but not necessarily something you’d want written down and read by the person that you were reporting on—I see biodocuments (documents about people) or I see reports that come in from our embassies and high commissions around the world. They always have a degree of colour or [creative] licence about them. I take them with a grain of salt. Generally the positions we hold we make them public anyway.”

Good advice on how Wikileaks docs should be read. Just like most things written on this blog really. On that note, our top ten voted worldwide today are:

1. Pic: Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson vacation in Capri

2. Saudi Arabia and Arab leaders side with Israel’s view of Iran

3. Olivia Wilde does all the stuff Megan Fox won’t do

4. Jay-Z and Beyonce have late lunch in New Zealand

5. Wikileaks: Saudi gives President Obama “glowing” review like John Key will get

6. Kate Middleton’s comparisons to Princess Dianna are prevalent

7. Zahara Jolie-Pitt has the Naomi Campbell pouts down pat already

8. Kim Kardashian covers W Magazine

9. Art: Kanye West & Lady Gaga

10. TIE A: Is there ‘lost trust’ in the USA over the wikileaks docs scandal?

10. TIE B: Jay-Z’s tribute to lost Greymouth Miners

“No one is under any illusions about how we feel about the Fiji administration at the moment or what’s happening in Afghanistan so I’d be surprised if there’s anything there”–JK for NZ.

TVNZ reporting via NZPA on NZ’s Position about the US criticism in the Wikileaks Doc: ‘After revelations via Wikileaks that diplomats were told to spy on United Nations figures, the US is accountable, NZ’s leader says.

‘Among the documents released was a classified directive to US diplomats sent on behalf of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July 2009 which sought intelligence on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the ambassadors of the other permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, Russia and France.

The “new national human intelligence collection directive” was sent to US representatives at the UN missions in New York, Vienna and Rome, and 33 embassies and consulates. The UN has reacted saying it will take up concerns with the US and that its operations under the 1946 convention on the privileges and immunities of the United Nations included immunity from search or interference by member governments.

Key did not criticise the US when asked about the controversy this afternoon.

[Brad and Angelina, Paris courtesy of Getty Images. This image - Two Keys via NZ Herald]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.30.10~


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The front cover of The Washington Post focuses on a Haiti election after the quake. South Korea and North Korea policy relations status is a sound bite. A story about one woman’s perseverance lands a photo and the conservatives new buzz words are America: The Exceptional.

The Post takes a mature view with the wikileaks-Washington story stating: “With better sharing of data comes danger.” Well, if you’re honest from the outset, there’s not really all that much danger. But okay.

On the Post’s website, popular topics are: Wounded soldiers and Irvin Kershner the man who directed Empire Strikes Back passes away along with actor Leslie Nielsen.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.29.10~

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Posted by horiwood on November 29, 2010 in South Korea, Washington D.C


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Namaste. Special thanks to all of you who read Horiwood.Com in Hollywood. May your holiday season be a good one and 2011 be prosperous and abundantly blessed for you all. Most of all, may your smiles increase and your spirits rise.

According to Quantcast, here’s what we all look like. Pretty diverse. I love you all. As a fellow global citizen, thanks for being my daily teachers who share yourselves on a New Zealand Maori Kiwi’s blog. You’ve taught me so much. As caring is sharing. Many thanks for your open hearts and your limitless abilities to share. Peace.

United States 11,875 53.82 123 53.81 102
United Kingdom 1,635 7.41 147 7.24 157
Canada 1,115 5.05 128 5.00 134
Australia 765 3.47 220 3.37 230
New Zealand 515 2.33 848 3.07 1,116
Germany 450 2.04 55 2.03 81
France 345 1.56 42 1.54 47
India 315 1.43 59 1.41 84
Brazil 310 1.40 32 1.36 39
Philippines 265 1.20 108 1.19 103
Italy 250 1.13 41 1.10 52
Spain 210 0.95 39 0.93 46
Mexico 190 0.86 34 0.82 32
Indonesia 185 0.84 52 0.82 68
Malaysia 180 0.82 89 0.87 97
Netherlands 170 0.77 52 0.74 57

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Alright –this is the sort of stuff that gets beauty Queens blown up, not to mention makes America and Mexico look kinda dumb.

On the other hand, seeing the humor in all situations (including a potentially heavy situation) also takes the sting out of it. That’s a key part of freedom too.

Here’s two beauty Queens of America attempting politics and geography this weekend.

The first is former Miss Universe Alicia Machado who Agencia Mexico, reports wrote the following on :

“Tonight I want you to join me in a prayer, about the attacks happening between the Chinas, so that the situation doesn’t worsen.”

Alrighty then now that she’s on the map and tabloid radars of 1.3 billion Chinese via Mexico, moving on to a so called politician of America, Sarah Palin.

Palin was featured last night on MSNBC News, quoted while yapping on Glen Beck’s radio show and sharing her foreign affairs knowledge outside of Alaska’s esteemed borders, saying as reported too by Hyper Vocal:

“This speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policy. But obviously we’ve gotta stand with our North Korean allies.”

Alright– although she got it totally wrong when America sides with South Korea at all times at this minute, at least Sarah sided with the Korea that actually has the nuclear bomb within their borders.

In a weird, moose-hunting, cold climated, unschooled, coquettish bumpkin kinda way?, Palin could be viewed as a little bit smart. Isn’t so much of politics about doing just what she did? So perhaps Palin was only half as dumb as she sometimes can be, with that answer.

Nobody is perfect and Palin does have a $1 million an episode reality TV series appearance fee being juggled currently with a no.1 best selling book, so she must not be totally stupid. All I can say is: thank goodness for Hilary Clinton as US Secretary of State! And apologies to all Koreans – North & South for the varietals of dinosaurs named Ignoramus that walk among us. Hopefully, ignoramus is a title that’s becoming “less US” day by day. I write all this making a note to myself to buy a map of the world tomorrow and learn me something also. :)

[Image via Famous Wallpapers]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood california USA. 11.26.10~


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Here’s a groovy image, for the Peace of North and South Korea from Los Angeles this Thanksgiving holiday season.

Life is always worth giving thanks for. Family made up of people crossing borders in harmony is worth celebrating too.

Here’s a beautiful cover image from Katherine Heigl and daugther Naleigh Kelly for W Magazine

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.26.10~


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This thanksgiving North Korea and South Korea’s escalating war could threaten the world. Burlesque was a fun movie I saw today with a terrible plot, bad scripting in parts–yet these elements could in no way detract from Cher and Christina Arguilera‘s talent. A feel good film you should see. There’s a couple of teary moments in it for Americans. Hold on, find strength and rebuild is the message.

I have so much to be thankful for this thanksgiving. I don’t know where to start. “Love Influencing Forgiveness Experiences” springs to mind this year–a motto of an events company of friends. Goodness has shone through this year. Of that I am thankful to you all. On that note, let’s let our top ten entertainment and celebrity news posts you voted worldwide, express the rest. Thanks cool people. Image of thanksgiving dinner today, with a happy Bollywood backdrop. God bless you all. Smile. Our top ten today are:

1. President Obama pardons a couple of turkeys

2. Tatau by Dwayne Johnson - The Rock of Hollywood

3. Thanksgiving Day history lesson by Angelina Jolie

4. Kylie Minogue shines at Macey’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

5. Joseph Dunbar a 17 year-old Mawhera miner is remembered

6. Queen Elizabeth II sends her condolences to miners families

7. Ryan Seacrest & Julianne Hough

8. Cameron Diaz & Alex Rodriguez chill on a yacht in Miami

9. Actor Cliff Curtis has Courage to Love

10. The Washington Post 11-23-10

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.25.10~


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No Ordinary Sun by Hone Tuwhare for lost Māwhera Miners & Korea North & South
Tree let your arms fall:
raise them not sharply in supplication
to the bright enhaloed cloud.
Let your arms lack toughness and
resilience for this is no mere axe
to blunt nor fire to smother.
Your sap shall not rise again
to the moon’s pull.
No more incline a deferential head
to the wind’s talk, or stir
to the tickle of coursing rain.
Your former shagginess shall not be
wreathed with the delightful flight
of birds nor shield
nor cool the ardour of unheeding
lovers from the monstrous sun.
Tree let your naked arms fall
nor extend vain entreaties to the radiant ball.
This is no gallant monsoon’s flash,
no dashing trade wind’s blast.
The fading green of your magic
emanations shall not make pure again
these polluted skies . . . for this
is no ordinary sun.
O tree
in the shadowless mountains
the white plains and
the drab sea floor
your end at last is written.

Source – Hone Tuwhare Poems

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North Korea has bombed South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island. Two South Korean soldiers were killed and a dozen were injured. North Korea fired many artillery shells onto the South Korea Island, setting 60 houses ablaze.

Tense times.

North Korea had objected to South Korea’s military exercises in the area. The North is experiencing political turmoil as their ailing leader Kim Jong-il prepares the ground for a dynastic succession that will see power being handed to his youngest son, Kim Jong-un. It’s a tense time all round.

North Korea has a nuclear program being developed. Not everyone is enthused about that.

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


Posted by horiwood on November 23, 2010 in South Korea, War


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Alright. I’ve been putting this post off for about five days now, because I’m all about supporting leaders, not knocking them. However this requires a word.

I am aware that I have lived in America over double the time that President Barack Obama has been the 44th President of the United States, so I will try and be lenient regarding other peoples comments on his economic policies. It matters neither way to me, as I can’t vote, but here’s the economic forecast:

Germany’s view on America economics via Bloomberg News:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, addressing a business audience in Berlin today, said she told Obama in a phone call that cutting government debt is “absolutely important for us.” She adds: “If we don’t get onto a path of sustainable economic growth but have rather a growth bubble, then if the next crisis comes we won’t be able to pay for it.”

South Korea calls Obama out on his dodgy economic policies as diagnosed by America’s own first Sewell Chan, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and David E. Sanger of Reuters for The New York Times via Mercury News:

“SEOUL, South Korea — President Barack Obama’s hopes of emerging from his Asia trip with the twin victories of a free-trade agreement with South Korea and a unified approach to spurring global economic growth ran into resistance on all fronts Thursday, putting Obama at odds with his key allies and largest trading partners.

The most concrete trophy expected to emerge from the trip eluded his grasp: a long-delayed free trade agreement with South Korea, first negotiated by the Bush administration and then reopened by Obama, to have greater protections for U.S. workers.

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South Korean figure skating gold medalist Yu-Na Kim is one talented pint-sized diva.

Here she is singing up a storm on the ice. Too much!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.1.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on March 2, 2010 in South Korea


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