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Charlotte Rampling is an actress that always brings an air of maturity to every film role she’s appeared in. Here’s Rampling’s mug today, for a different Hollywood view.

While fine filmmakers like James Cameron are offering technical tips to filmmakers here in the USA today recommending an increase from 25 FPS 24 FPS to 48 or 60 FPS to reduce strobing on digital film cameras while capturing the moving image for a better quality film product; down under in Kangaroo country, filmmakers are wrangling up their own private investors quite well to get their films made. It’s exciting stuff revealing pride of culture and traditions in celebrating a sense of place.

The stories have a local theme. A good thing, because it’s not a bad thing to hear the Aussie accent in cinema texts some times – not just at awards shows, right? This exciting buzz shows a renewed passion for Australia’s arts and culture in their local filmmaking community. The story can be read after our top ten today in Hollywood. James Cameron‘s filmmaking advice can be read here.

Here we go! :)

1. Moussa Koussa in London

2. Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez are friends

3. Kris Jenner talks creating your own economy

4. Olivia Wilde

5. Owl tattoos from Kat Von D

6. Australia’s trends

7. The judge who intervened in Wisconsin’s labor wrangles

8. Beatrice of York exits the club

9. US trends on

10. Rugby football humor – black or white? by Dan Carter

Private investors are jumping on board filmmakers visions to offer a view of culture that reflects the Aussie way of life. Films in the works are, Beneath Hill 60 (a military drama about WWI Aussie miners deployed to tunnel under the great Western front once). Townsville, a mining town with locals are funding the filmmakers vision.

As the story goes, Film producer Bill Leimbach, ‘raised $2.5 million in private investment for the $10 million film through mining industry suppliers, including a publican, the owner of a construction company, a truck operator, scaffolder, lawyer, excavator, road builder, property developer and a rock crusher.’

The private investors blend with government funding seems to be accelerating new ideas to be made into films. Out in May is Mad Bastards, a drama set in the Kimberley – once again funded by the areas mining community.

In August comes Red Dog, a heartfelt tale about a cattle dog that becomes a hero in the Pilbara, which has local investment from Rio Tinto, Woodside, WesTrac and regional airline SkyWest.

September sees a cultured adaptation of Patrick White’s novel The Eye of the Storm,that stars Oscar winner, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling. Producer Antony Waddington says private investors have contributed ”several million dollars” towards the $15 million budget. Rather than chasing a fast buck, they are fine-art lovers – discreet enough to want anonymity – who wanted to support a quality Patrick White project.

Although the investors who are investing in these Aussie films (do not necessarily expect to get their money back). “These stories need to be told” is the common bond that is causing the private sector of Australian film investors to believe in these stories being shown on the silver screen.

Bill Leimbach is upbeat to be progressing with two new film projects. One centers on the wool industry in a film titled Banjo and Matilda, a love triangle that centres on Banjo Paterson writing Waltzing Matilda (Australia’s national anthem) during a shearers’ strike lull.

Another film idea is from the Singaporean community for a $45 million co-production about the fall of Singapore. Two new films are also being made in Australia, the Willem Dafoe drama The Hunter and the Joel Edgerton-Teresa Palmer mystery drama Say Nothing. :)

Australian film news today via Sydney Morning Herald. Film trailer, no.1 box office film in Hollywood history – with the best message.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~



Did you know that 3D movie making culture was the break out trend of the last 18 months? 3D production is currently driving film, box office, movie experiences as well as all of the ancillary 3D home entertainment products being made to grow the entertainment-driven economy. Read that here. Zoe Saldana is Hollywood’s reigning Queen of 3D box office sales. Fascinating stuff! 3D film is just one aspect of entertainment culture being created for normal good folks.

Culture is being created constantly 24 hours a day. An example of this, is these ten entertainment blog posts being shared via social media from California right now – on Horiwood.Com. Here in The City of Angels, creating and sharing cultural moments for others is what we all do. Hopefully you’ll find these entertaining. Smiles are US. Enjoy.

1. Ten tweets from Arizona actor Alex Meraz

2. Meet Israel Dagg, rugby football player with quick sporting reflexes

3. Updated laws of CaliforniaArnold Schwarzennger News – 1.1.11

4. Reese Witherspoon movie news – Like Water for Elephants

5. Aspen ugg boots action – Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson travel

6. Triple Elvis by Andy Warhol as Pop Art Culture

7. Ferras Alqaisi & Adam Lambert get to work.

8. Does supergirl Teri Hatcher want to resign from that Housewives hit series?

9. Celine Dion‘s boys.

10. Music anthems: Crowded House & Nelsen MandelaDon’t Dream it’s Over

Humanitarian Hotness Post: Pure Water Royalties for ALL (not just Maori-Kiwi) children of the World. This 1 for Kenya!

Other people who create culture and share via blogs too are: Funny or DieGeorge’s Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos)GothamistHotline On Call (National Journal)HullabalooInformed CommentInstapunditJames Wolcott (Vanity Fair)John RidleyKausfiles (Slate)kottke.orgRead the rest of this entry »



Although James Cameron surely must be in this list, Johnny Depp, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are who Hollywood thinks are the hottest stars this year. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt fared well too.

Only one person of color made the list, thanks to Cameron’s casting and her dual turn in both Avatar & Star Trek. Our diversity radar totally went out the window this year. Oh well. My question is: how do we get a Maori-Kiwi on this list, aye?!

IMDB’s Top 25 Stars ranked on their StarOmeter across 2010 here in Hollywood were:

25. Scarlett Johansson.

24. Emma Stone

23. Sandra Bullock

22. Mila Kunis

21. Rachel McAdams

20. Natalie Portman

19. Bruce Willis

18. Dakota Fanning

17. Nicolas Cage

16. Matt Damon

15. Zooey Deschanel

14. Taylor Lautner

13. Ryan Reynolds

12. Tom Cruise

11. Angelina Jolie

10. Zoe Saldana

9. Megan Fox

8. Gerard Butler

7. Christian Bale

6. Robert Downey Jr.

5. Brad Pitt

4. Leonardo DiCaprio

3. Robert Pattinson

2. Kristen Stewart

1. Johnny Depp

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~