David Hasselhoff News
4.2K views | +0 today
Follow
David Hasselhoff News
David Hasselhoff news & all things Hoff
Curated by Marina N.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

David Hasselhoff & Berlin Wall: The Hoff Lends Star Power To New Campaign - Huffington Post

David Hasselhoff & Berlin Wall: The Hoff Lends Star Power To New Campaign - Huffington Post | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it

BERLIN — David Hasselhoff put his name behind a campaign to preserve one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, calling it a "sacred" monument to cheers Sunday from Germans who fondly remember his schmaltzy hit "Looking for Freedom" as one of the soundtracks to their peaceful 1989 revolution.

The actor, best known for starring in "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch," joined ordinary Berliners in protesting a real estate developer's plans to move part of the wall to make way for an access path for a luxury housing development.

"It's like tearing down an Indian burial ground. It's a no-brainer," said Hasselhoff, before recounting his own memories of visiting East Germany – grim cities, grim food – shortly before unification.

Plans to move part of the East Side Gallery – a 1.3 kilometer (3/4 mile) stretch of wall painted by artists after the fall of communism and popular with tourists – sparked angry protests earlier this month. Activists have denounced it as part of a wider trend of steamrolling Berlin's tumultuous history to make way for gleaming but soulless developments in the heart of the city.

At least 136 people died between 1961 and 1989 trying to cross the wall that divided the communist-run East Berlin from West Berlin. Most of the wall has since been destroyed, with only two large sections remaining as memorials.

"It's a stupid idea to rip parts of the wall out for luxury apartments," said Roland Junge, one of thousands of locals who accompanied Hasselhoff on an impromptu walk along the wall Sunday.

"This last piece of the wall is really sacred," Hasselhoff told reporters. "It's about people and it's about hearts that were broken, hearts that were torn apart and lives that were lost. That's what we're talking about today, not a piece of real estate."

Asked if he thought his song – belted out by a million people on both sides of the wall during a New Year's Eve concert in 1989 – had played any role in bringing down the most visible section of the Iron Curtain, Hasselhoff said: "Whether it had anything to do with anything, it's a song about freedom and it stuck in their head because it had a good hook."

Berliners can prepare for a reprise if talks involving the developers, authorities and campaigners fail to reach a compromise next week.

"If it goes to the next step, we'll come back with a huge concert and really rock Berlin," said `The Hoff.'

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Hasselhoff calls for Berlin Wall to stay up - Herald Sun

Hasselhoff calls for Berlin Wall to stay up - Herald Sun | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
Hasselhoff calls for Berlin Wall to stay up
Herald Sun
SINGER and actor David Hasselhoff has returned to Berlin, this time to make a plea NOT to tear down the Berlin Wall.

Hasselhoff first came to the city in 1989 and symbolically sang for freedom in front of half a million people after the fall of the hated barrier.

This time the Baywatch and Knight Rider star was in the German capital to back protests against plans to remove part of the Wall's longest surviving stretch.

"I've come to lend my support because I believe this is a piece of history," the 60-year-old told a crowd of several thousand who turned out under unseasonably chilly but blues skies on Sunday.

"And it's very important to remember all the people who lost their lives in search of freedom," he said.

Hasselhoff has a large and loyal fan base in Germany and is remembered for his now legendary performance of his song Looking for Freedom at the iconic Brandenburg Gate on December 31, 1989.

Fans in the crowd, some of whom shouted "David, you're our hero!" as others held aloft lifebelts, a reference to his role as a lifeguard in Baywatch, were rewarded by the actor singing the chorus of his hit.

Opponents have rallied several times along the 1.3km stretch of the Wall, known as the East Side Gallery, since the beginning of March when a first panel was taken away.

Since 1990, the outdoor gallery has been covered in brightly coloured graffiti murals, including the famous Fraternal Kiss depicting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and his East German counterpart, Erich Honecker.

The 3.6-metre-high stretch is a tourist magnet and a must-see for history buffs retracing the dark chapter of Berlin's 28-year-long division who are otherwise hard pressed to find remnants of the Wall to photograph.

Plans to provide access to a 63-metre-high residential development along the banks of the Spree river as well as access to a planned bridge require a 22-metre segment of the Wall to be dismantled.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

David Hasselhoff returns to Berlin to save the wall he helped to topple - The Guardian

David Hasselhoff returns to Berlin to save the wall he helped to topple - The Guardian | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it

The Guardian David Hasselhoff returns to Berlin to save the wall he helped to topple The Guardian

Despite being celebrated for the righteous war he and his robotic car waged on criminals, for his selfless, slow-motion patrols of the beaches of Los Angeles – not to mention the hard-won wisdom he has imparted to countless Britain's Got Talent contestants – David Hasselhoff is in no doubt as to his finest hour.

In 1989, the star of Baywatch and Knight Rider stood atop the Berlin Wall and captured the hearts of millions of Germans with a New Year's Eve performance of his song Looking for Freedom.

The anthem topped the German pop charts for eight weeks and became, for many, the soundtrack to the peaceful revolution that culminated in the reunification of east and west Germany.

"I didn't realise the significance of Looking for Freedom in east Germany until a few months ago," said Hasselhof on Sunday. "On my last tour there were thousands of Germans holding up signs saying 'We love you, thank you for Mauerfall [the fall of the wall].'"

Nearly 25 years on, in one of fate's more unlikely twists, the Hoff is back in Berlin to help save the wall he once helped destroy, vowing to do everything in his power to preserve its longest surviving stretch, which is under threat from property developers who want to tear down part of the historic monument to provide access to luxury flats.

"This last piece of the wall is really sacred, it's the last memorial to the people who died and to the perseverance of freedom," Hasselhoff said as he visited Berlin's East Side Gallery and was mobbed by thousands of fans. Plans to remove part of the mural-covered wall, he said, were as outrageous as destroying the Ground Zero memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks in New York.

After 1989, most of the wall was removed, with larger sections being sold to museums across the world and countless tiny fragments being flogged to tourists as souvenirs. A few smaller sections remain intact in Berlin, the largest after the East Side Gallery in its original spot at Bernauer Strasse in the north of the city, now the site of a permanent exhibition about life with the wall.

Demolition work on the 20-metre section of the 1.3 km (0.8 mile) stretch of wall – decorated with dozens of paintings by artists from all over the world – was suspended this month after activists formed a human chain in front of it. The scale of the following protest, attended by 10,000 demonstrators, prompted Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit to oppose the ''unnecessary'' demolition.

But the 60-year-old actor fears he lacks the riches needed to take on property developers Living Bauhaus, who bought the land from the Berlin senate last October. "I don't think I can afford to buy the land," Hasselhoff told the Guardian. "But we could raise the money – maybe we will." If the developers pressed on with their plans, he added, he might find himself compelled to organise an all-star celebrity benefit concert for the cause.

Events, however, may yet overtake them. Activists worry Living Bauhaus could send their construction workers back to the wall this week. Much will hinge on Monday's meeting between project investor Maik Uwe Hinkel and Berlin's senate and district government, at which alternative solutions are expected to be put on the table. But if the demolition does continue, Hasselhoff's support could help fund a legal battle to uphold the East Side Gallery's status as a protected historical monument.

"David offered to do anything to help, he said the wall was special to him," said Lutz Leichsenring, a spokesman for the Berlin Club Commission, which represents the interests of the city's clubs – and which has launched a petition that has attracted 77,000 signatures. Leichsenring added: "We've talked with him about creating an online platform to raise legal fees to fight the development."

With a bit of luck, he went on, Hasselhoff's return to Berlin would keep up pressure on Berlin's politicians. "We need him to keep media coverage up," he said.

The crowd that greeted the star was so large and so enthusiastic that he had to abandon plans to walk along the wall and retreat instead to a bus. Still, he did serenade his fans with lines from Looking for Freedom.

"David Hasselhoff was here when the wall came down and now he's here because he wants to save the last piece," said Theresa Sheppard, a 28-year-old protester. "He's the only celebrity who's trying."

But what had brought her to the barricades: the wall or the Hoff?

"Lots of people just think he's funny, they don't take him seriously," she said. "We think saving the wall is important but we probably wouldn't have come to the protest if he hadn't been here."

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Everyone's excited for England's pulsating Six Nations finale against Wales... even Baywatch superstar David Hasselhoff

Everyone's excited for England's pulsating Six Nations finale against Wales... even Baywatch superstar David Hasselhoff | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
David Hasselhoff tweeted about his excitement over England's crunch Six Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff this weekend.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

David Hasselhoff adds voice to Berlin Wall protests

David Hasselhoff adds voice to Berlin Wall protests | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it

He once complained that his role in the reunification of East and West Germany had been overlooked following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Now the Baywatch and Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff has added his voice to those opposing the demolition of the longest remaining fragment of the barrier, to make way for a bridge leading to a block.

The US actor, who is adored by fans in Germany after his 1989 performance of his song Looking for Freedom on top of the Berlin Wall, told his Twitter followers that he would sign a petition opposing the further removal of remnants of the wall at Berlin's East Side Gallery.

"How can you tear down the wall that signifies freedom, perseverance and the sacrifice of human life?" he tweeted on Monday morning, along with a link to the petition, which has already been signed by more than 62,000 people.

The partial demolition of the 0.8-mile (1.3km) stretch of the wall in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain has triggered outrage and led thousands of protesters to turn out at the site on Sunday.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Interview: David Hasselhoff

Interview: David Hasselhoff | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
That's right - The Hoff! (News: Last week we were lucky enough to interview the man, the legend, THE HOFF - David Hasselhoff, while he was...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

The Hoff does the Harlem Shake radio edition - Radioinfo (subscription)

The Hoff does the Harlem Shake radio edition - Radioinfo (subscription) | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
Radioinfo (subscription)
The Hoff does the Harlem Shake radio edition
Radioinfo (subscription)
Everyone's doing the Harlem Shake, a new viral song phenomenon. Check out Kyle & Jackie O's version, with help from The Hoff.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Photo Gallery: David Hasselhoff + Dylan Hartas - The Hi-Fi (15.02.13) | the AU review

Photo Gallery: David Hasselhoff + Dylan Hartas - The Hi-Fi (15.02.13) | the AU review | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
An independent online publication run by a group of dedicated music and arts journalists and photographers in Australia.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

The Hoff laid bare - Newcastle Herald

The Hoff laid bare - Newcastle Herald | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
The West Australian The Hoff laid bare Newcastle Herald "I'm the Baywatch guy and the Knight Rider guy and The Hoff and I kind of embrace it all because it's just part of my life and I don't look back," David Hasselhoff tells Weekender on the line...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

David Hasselhoff Photos: 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Arrivals

David Hasselhoff Photos: 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Arrivals | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
Actor David Hasselhoff attends the 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on February 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Looks like The Hoff is backing Wales to win in Cardiff - JOE

Looks like The Hoff is backing Wales to win in Cardiff - JOE | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
JOE
Looks like The Hoff is backing Wales to win in Cardiff
JOE
Looks like The Hoff is backing Wales to win in Cardiff. today at 12:40 pm.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Division Lands David Hasselhoff for Gaming - Fort Mills Times

Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Division Lands David Hasselhoff for Gaming Fort Mills Times MX Digital, a game developer co-owned by Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Television (BHE TV), today announced the upcoming launch of “The Hoff” series of games,...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Division Lands David Hasselhoff for Gaming

MX Digital, a game developer co-owned by Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Television , today announced the upcoming launch of “The Hoff” series of games, starring pop culture icon and celebrity David Hasselhoff.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

David Hasselhoff rallies support for Berlin Wall - The Local.de

David Hasselhoff rallies support for Berlin Wall - The Local.de | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it

US entertainer David Hasselhoff on Sunday tried to rally support to halt the planned demolition of part of the Berlin Wall for luxury apartments along the German capital’s riverfront. Matthew Luxmoore reports. “This is like tearing down an Indian burial ground. It’s a no-brainer,” the 60-year-old former Baywatch star told reporters at a packed press conference at a club near the Wall. “This is the last memorial to the people who died and to the perseverance of freedom.”

“Somebody said to me: ‘What if they tore down the Brandenburg Gate?’ I think there’d be a bit of a protest there too. If you tried to get near 9/11, where [the terror attacks] happened, you’d have a lot of problems,” he said.

The segment of the Wall in question is known as the East Side Gallery, a tourist attraction and one of the few remaining signs of Berlin's Cold War division. After German reunification in 1990, the 1.3-kilometre stretch of concrete barrier was covered in colourful murals from artists around the world.

But plans for a high-end residential development along the banks of the Spree River as well as providing access to a footbridge require a 22-metre part of the Wall to be dismantled. After angry demonstrations in recent weeks, the plans have been put on hold. Talks with the Berlin government and local district authorities are set to commence on March 18.

After hearing about the demolition work, Hasselhoff, known affectionately by his fans as The Hoff, decided to travel to Berlin to voice his support for the protestors fighting to keep the East Side Gallery intact. He also took the opportunity to recount his experiences of traveling through East Germany shortly after the Wall fell.


“It was staggering and overwhelming. The only place they had a flat road was in front of where politicians lived,” he said. “The food in Leipzig tasted like shoe leather. There was acid rain all over the cars. They had lived in acid rain for the last twenty odd years.”

When asked by The Local if he’d consider buying part of the Wall, he laughed and said: “There’s no way I could afford it. But together we can work to raise the money.”



As he left the conference to begin the planned walk alongside the last remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, he provided a heartfelt rendition of his 1989 hit “Looking for Freedom” to the delight of the crowd awaiting him outside.

Hasselhoff has repeated stated that singing the song to half a million East and West Germans in front of the Brandenburg Gate just a few months after the Wall fell was one of the most special moments in his life.

But many of the thousands of people who turned up to witness the spectacle were sceptical about the difference The Hoff’s presence would make.

“Anything that raises awareness will help. But you’ve got to ask yourself whether people are here to support the Berlin Wall or whether they’re only here to see David Hasselhoff,” Lisa Goldschmidt, an onlooker, said.

The general opinion, however, was that anything that brought attention to the cause and garnered extra publicity would have a positive effect.

“Whether you take him seriously or not, you have to recognize that his appearance today has mobilized a lot of people,” Phil Boyd, who was keeping his distance from the melee provoked by Hasselhof's exit from the riverside club.

"The fact that international media have turned up to cover this will only increase awareness of the situation."


Photos: http://www.thelocal.de/gallery/news/1759/#.UUcY_TebV21

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

David Hasselhoff sings to save Berlin Wall - New Zealand Herald

David Hasselhoff sings to save Berlin Wall - New Zealand Herald | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
David Hasselhoff sings to save Berlin Wall
New Zealand Herald

US singer and actor David Hasselhoff has returned to the city where he symbolically sang for freedom in front of half a million people after the fall of the detested Berlin Wall in 1989.

But this time the Baywatch and Knight Rider star was in the German capital to lend star power backing to protesters of plans to remove part of the Wall's longest surviving stretch.

"I've come to lend my support because I believe this is a piece of history," the 60-year-old told a crowd of several thousand who turned out under unseasonably chilly but blues skies on Sunday.

"And it's very important to remember all the people who lost their lives in search of freedom," he said.

Hasselhoff has a large and loyal fan base in Germany and is remembered for his now legendary performance of his song Looking for Freedom at the iconic Brandenburg Gate on December 31, 1989.

Fans in the crowd, some of whom shouted "David, you're our hero!" as others held aloft lifebelts, a reference to his role as a lifeguard in Baywatch, were rewarded by the actor singing the chorus of his hit.

Opponents have rallied several times along the 1.3km stretch of the Wall, known as the East Side Gallery, since the beginning of March when a first panel was taken away.

Since 1990, the outdoor gallery has been covered in brightly coloured graffiti murals, including the famous Fraternal Kiss depicting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and his East German counterpart, Erich Honecker.

The 3.6-metre-high stretch is a tourist magnet and a must-see for history buffs retracing the dark chapter of Berlin's 28-year-long division who are otherwise hard pressed to find remnants of the Wall to photograph.

Plans to provide access to a 63-metre-high residential development along the banks of the Spree river as well as access to a planned bridge require a 22-metre segment of the Wall to be dismantled.

 

Link for video: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10871943

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

David Hasselhoff joins Berlin Wall demonstration

David Hasselhoff joins Berlin Wall demonstration | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it

David Hasselhoff has joined a campaign to stop bulldozers breaching the longest surviving remnant of the Berlin Wall.

The actor, who has a wide fan base in Germany, joined a protest against developers who want to build apartments there.

From a van at the site he sang Looking for Freedom, the song he performed at the Brandenburg Gate on New Year's Eve 1989.

His appearance then came shortly after the wall dividing the former East and West Germany came down.

 

Marina N.'s insight:

To watch the video click on the title.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

WATCH: David Hasselhoff Wants To Save The Berlin Wall

WATCH: David Hasselhoff Wants To Save The Berlin Wall | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it

"Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" star David Hasselhoff joined HuffPost Live Friday to talk about joining the effort to preserve a section of the Berlin Wall scheduled to be demolished later this month. Hasselhoff, who gained a massive following in Germany in part due to his iconic concert on the wall in 1989, told HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps that he's willing to give another concert in Berlin if it means saving the wall.

"I think the best way to do this is to fight capitalism with capitalism," Hasselhoff said. "If you get the whole world behind it, I'd be happy to come over and help and do what I can and do a concert. If you're gonna fight money, you gotta fight money with money."

Demolition of part of the wall near Berlin's East Side Gallery to make way for a residential real estate project began last week, sparking mass protests at the site. An online petition at Change.org aimed at halting the project stated:

The Berlin Wall, once hated by Berliners, is now a a huge part of the cultural heritage of the city and of Germany. What remains of this important historical and cultural landmark is now under threat. Berlin construction investor "Living Bauhaus" owned by Uwe Hinkel started to take down part of the so called "East Side Gallery" on March 1 in order to build high-end apartments on what was once called the "death strip."

The Hoff echoed the need to preserve this history, saying "If this did happen in Manhattan and you tried to tear down something about 9/11, you'd have a hell of a lot of problems... This is about history."

WATCH THE FULL SEGMENT ON HUFFPOST LIVE.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

EXCLUSIVE: The Hoff does the channel (+ 6 photos) - ARNnet

EXCLUSIVE: The Hoff does the channel (+ 6 photos) - ARNnet | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: The Hoff does the channel (+ 6 photos)
ARNnet
So some facts: The multi-talented David Hasselhoff was in town to do some shows and also promote Kaspersky and Tech Titan.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

VIDEO, GALLERY: No hassles as the Hoff lends a hand

VIDEO, GALLERY: No hassles as the Hoff lends a hand | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
IT’S fair to say David Hasselhoff has his critics. But the star of TV’s Baywatch and Knight Rider proved he’s not short on professionalism or generosity when he appeared in Newcastle yesterday.
more...
Julia K.'s comment, April 16, 2013 8:04 AM
https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/am-i-ever-gonna-see-your-face/id632415234 Order on Itunes! Am I ever gonna see your face again!
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Interview: David Hasselhoff - 2SER - Real Radio 107.3 FM

Interview: David Hasselhoff - 2SER - Real Radio 107.3 FM | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
David Hasselhoff is visiting  UTS for O-Week,  Jack and Jessie spotted him out the back and dragged him into the studio for a chat a... (@_jessecox He was a champ!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

The Hoff on Sunrise

The Hoff on Sunrise | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
The man himself David Hasselhoff joins us at Brekky Central to talk about life as the Hoff and his new one-man show.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Hasselhoff: 'The Hoff' Brand Dominates My Life: Video

Hasselhoff: 'The Hoff' Brand Dominates My Life: Video | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
Actor and musician David Hasselhoff and Ike McFadden, director of business development at MX Gaming, talk about launching "The Hoff" game series, brand management and Hasselhoff's other career ventures.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

GalaBingo.com Brings Celebrities LIVE Onto Facebook - Starting With the Hoff - PR Newswire (press release)

GalaBingo.com Brings Celebrities LIVE Onto Facebook - Starting With the Hoff PR Newswire (press release) GalaBingo.com, a household name and one of the U.K's leading online Bingo brands, today announces the arrival of an original new Facebook App...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

Eric Bischoff Working With David Hasselhoff - Details - Wrestling News

Eric Bischoff Working With David Hasselhoff - Details - Wrestling News | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it
In a story for Yahoo Finance it was revealed that the MX Digital game development company owned by Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey has announced the launch of a game series featuring David Hasselhoff. "The Hoff" series ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Marina N.
Scoop.it!

David Hasselhoff, Pinterest and the Upside of One Hit Wonders

David Hasselhoff, Pinterest and the Upside of One Hit Wonders | David Hasselhoff News | Scoop.it

Hasselhoff, on the other hand, managed to take his early career as the star of the television show Knight Rider and propel himself to rock star status in Germany and across much of Europe for his musical career. He even made a cameo at the MTV European Music Awards a few months ago with Psy on stage to perform Gangnam Style. So “the Hoff” as he is often called, was actually “big in Europe.”

more...
No comment yet.