I’m always leery of bands trying to save the world through music or ideas. But when Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and more than 67,000 activists took to the streets to show support for the people displaced by the Ugandan government, the effort was impressive. “We decided to put our money where our mouth is,” said Wentz, about his band’s commitment to help impoverished children.
The evident, organized by the California nonprofit group Invisible Children, was called Displace Me, in reference to the two decades’ worth of children displaced by Uganda’s bloody civil war. But evidently, sleeping in cardboard boxes and eating only crackers and water wasn’t enough for Fall Out Boy, who then traveled to the Central African nation to film a music video and help raise awareness of the conditions there.
While 24 and America’s Next Top Model probably don’t share many viewers, they do have one thing in common: a goal of season greenness. Entertainment Weekly recently announced that season 9 of ANTM is jumping on the green train. While green has always been a popular color, fashionwise, Exec Producer Ken Mok told the magazine that the show is taking steps to educate the contestants (and no doubt the viewers as well) on important every day issues.
Mok elaborated by saying that Tyra and the girls will be chauffeured around via biodiesel and living in a mansion that is not only painted green but equipped with tips on “using water and electricity.”
I’m guessing most of us don’t need to be taught how to use water and electricity. But that’s why we’re not models…
If you thought Sarah Michelle Gellar stopped saving the world when “Buffy” went off the air, think again. She may not be fighting vampires anymore but, thanks to her involvement with CARE, a leading humanitarian organization, she’s doing her part to fight global poverty. As she told SELF magazine:
“…3 billion people in this world live on less than $2 a day. And 1 billion of those people live on less than $1… One of the greatest experiences in my life was also during one of the saddest times in my life. It was right after 9/11 on the ‘Buffy’ set. […W]e raised $60,000 to help buy Christmas presents for all the women and children who lost their husbands and partners in the [WTC]. And it was amazing to see on that little scale what difference we can make.”
For those of you who’ve been too engrossed in Britney’s custody battle to follow other celebrity news (she lost and was ordered to hand the kids over to K-Fed on Wednesday), Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie auctioned off her barely-driven Hummer on eBay and donated the money to Global Green USA. After 964,468 bids, the small penis compensator (with only 7,341 miles on it) sold for $64,199.91.
Not a bad sum for a used vehicle that guzzles gas and is too big to park anywhere. What’s gotten more coverage than the vehicle itself, however, are the vicious message board jibes at Fergie’s “generosity”:
“umm, i don’t quite get why global green usa is participating on this. last time i checked, hummers do nothing to help global warming…” said one posting on the dark side of eBay.
Throw in a few hybrid cars and reduced lighting and you’ve got yourself a “Green” awards show. At least that’s what FOX seemed to think when it launched its “Green with Emmy” campaign. I’ll admit, the effort itself was impressive. But is Hollywood really prepared to pull it off? At least without complaining?
Let’s start backstage in the press room. Noticeably absent this year was the generator-backed air flow unit that kept a room full of journalists from boiling over. I heard more than a few people say, “Who turned off the air back here?” Replaced instead by a plastic bag-looking mechanism that swelled up like a sausage (excuse my lack of expertise in alternative air flow vernacular). But brownie points for the CFL & LED lighting, which pleased Emmy award winner Al Gore. He said “The Emmys have gone green, and I want to give them credit for that. So, whatever lighting they used, they’re one step ahead.”
As promised, the rockers came back to G Living today to show off their Veggie RV. At first glance, I wondered, “is it going to make it?” I was told the beauty lies not on the outside (nor apparently on the inside with its post Milli-Vanilli/pre-Nirvana decor) — the real attraction is underneath the Ford Diesel engine, which was recently converted to run on vegetable oil.
On the Road Again
For the next 30 days, the band’s five members, along with the sound man and Merc Girl (in charge of hocking CDs and shirts at the shows) will share this 10-year-old home on wheels. The group has had it for four years and has logged two non-Veggie Oil tours under its belt. When asked whether or not they use the kitchen (I found a few pantry items under the bed and the fridge was all rocker with two cans of beer, three bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne), Woven claimed to eat better on the road than at home in L.A., adding that the tour’s Northern California leg will set the pace with a farm delivering fresh food to the gig. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The recent story about Matt Peterson and Brad Pitt’s collaborative efforts to build green apartment units in New Orleans is so unbelievably refreshing, it makes me want to cry. Not only because it’s such a ridiculously brilliant way of double trouble shooting environmental and socio-economic crises, but because I can actually understand what it is that they’re talking about! Brad and Matt are improving the quality of life for low-income victims of Hurricane Katrina using cost-effective and sustainable materials such as non-toxic paints and solar panels.
See and hear Brad talking about Global Earth and how paying for electricity is unnecessary.
Can utility bills really be eradicated just because Brad says they can? It is projected that these residents will be able to cut their bills by 70%. We won’t know for sure until people are actually living in them.
But eradicate electricity bills entirely? Rather than hauling in a team of experts I’ve never heard of, Brad directs our attention to the sun, the water, the wind. If these houses, once completed, do indeed succeed in lowering costs by 70%, no card stacking of expertise will be necessary, as a simple electricity bill would prove the point.
Skinny Bitch authors, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin were interviewed on the Today Show to talk about the surprise success of their diet book, Skinny Bitch, 2 full years after its release. The book shot up in sales 20% in June, thanks in part to the media sensation caused by the overrated skinny Posh, Victoria Beckham. Beckham’s publicist stated that she hasn’t actually read the book, but she does follow a balanced vegetarian diet. Everyone’s talking about this book now, and it has its share of fans as well as some obstinate critics.Click here to watch the interview.
Is it just me or is there something hot about a band rocking out on a glacier in Antarctica to a sold out crowd of 17 scientists, and an entourage of Empire Penguins? It’s not something you see every day (or ever). If you missed this clip during last Saturday’s global concert for climate crisis known as Live Earth, here’s a second chance to see the debut performance of Nunatak, Antarctica’s most popular — ok, only — rock band. But they’re quite good, and they’re scientists! Enjoy.
The last time Spinal Tap members Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls “reunited” on stage was back in 2001, for a nine-city “Back from the Dead Tour.” But with old tensions still unresolved, the musicians known for heavy metal hits like “Big Bottom” and “Stonehenge” couldn’t hold on to their brief union. They parted ways again, launched fresh careers involving ferrets and colonic chairs, and sadly, put music behind them. Until now.
According to “official” sources (Wikipedia that is) Spinal Tap plans to reunite again–this time performing at Live Earth this July 7 to help raise awareness for global warming. “They’re not that environmentally conscious, but they’ve heard of global warming,” said This is Spinal Tap mockumentary filmmaker Marty DeBergi, “Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing–that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler.” Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Thinking about seeing the new comedy Evan Almighty this weekend? If so you may be happy to know that your ticket purchase will be supporting Hollywood’s first official “green movie.” Evan Almighty tells the story of newly elected Congressman Evan Baxter (played by Steve Carell), whose life turns topsy-turvy when God (played by Morgan Freeman) appears and summons him to build a modern-day ark to save the world from a great flood. Lucky for Evan, help behind the scenes made sure the on-screen ark would be a sustainable one.
Director Tom Shadyac wanted the film’s production to be in line with the film’s subtle green theme so he instituted several practices to minimize the environmental impact of production. Recycled paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass were used on the set. Shadyac even bought mountain bikes for the crew members to reduce their dependence on gasoline while shooting. Trees were planted near the site of the ark as a personal thank you to the local community of Crozier, Virginia where the film was shot. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
“I put Gisele plus three down on the guest list; my friends are like, [dismissively] ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.'”Photo: Melissa Hom
David Moltz just celebrated his first anniversary as a server at raw-food mecca (and popular anniversary spot!) Pure Food and Wine. He isn’t going anywhere — at least not until his band Salt and Samovar takes off — and why would he? He’s had the opportunity to serve everyone from raw foodists such as Woody Harrelson to fellow omnivores such as Bill Clinton (“I couldn’t believe it when he walked in,” says Moltz. “He rolls with a crazy entourage.”) We asked him to spill the beans Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos