It’s ironic that the two people most likely to be chosen as fantasy stranded-on-a-desert-island partners have chosen each other. (Selfish sods.) According to Ahlan! Live.com, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have purchased their own private island with the world’s so-exclusive-it’s-eponymous address.
Situated off the cost of Dubai in the Arabian Sea, The World (as the island complex is called) is the brainchild of state-owned developers Nakheel. Consisting of over 300 hundred islands, it was formed using 90% reclaimed land and is fast becoming the “it” destination for the Robb Report set.
I’m a Brad Pitt fan. Have been ever since I saw “Kalifornia”, while not a movie for everyone is my version of a modern classic. Throw in “Twelve Monkeys”, “Fight Club” and stir, and you’ve got an unparalleled cinematic resume.
I even had a brief encounter with Brad. I was on the Fox lot, where he was shooting “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”. I was walking down a long hallway and I saw him coming toward me. I’m not usually starstruck, but there’s something undeniably magical about seeing The Brad in person. So much so that I stopped in my tracks. Literally. Like a huge dork.
But apparently this sort of reaction was nothing new for Brad, who continued walking toward me, completely unfazed. As he passed, he smiled understandingly, looked me straight in the eye, and said “Hey, man. How’s it going?” Not a pivotal moment in history, but it concretized my impression of Brad as the coolest movie star on the planet.
In an interview with Charlie Rose on the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Brad Pitt says, “I wish it was taken care of at a federal level, state level, even local level. But if this be the case where we got to hit it at a grassroots level, so be it.”
While grassroots is not a word you’d necessarily associate with this actor and Hollywood heartthrob, that’s exactly what Pitt has been doing. Not only did Brad make a commitment to the area after it was devastated by the worst natural disaster in American history, he and his family have been part-time residents of the city since January 2007.
His latest initiative, “Make It Right”, plans to build 150 affordable, environmentally friendly homes over the next two years, focusing on the poorest and hardest hit area — the Lower Ninth Ward. Pitt and philanthropist Steve Bing each pledged to match $5 million each in contributions to the project (that’s $10 million for those of you who are mathematically challenged).
When Brad Pitt engaged 14 of the world’s leading architects to submit designs for his Make It Right project to rebuild New Orleans, he requested a strict standard of sustainability and practicality.
Mixing local designers from New Orleans with various national and international firms, Pitt aimed to create smart urban planning that incorporated a modern feel while maintaining the spirit of the city’s culturally rich Lower 9th Ward.
From the Make It Right site: “MIR’s goal is to join the history of this tradition with creative new architectural solutions mindful of environmental and personal safety concerns in order to encourage both the evolution of aesthetic distinctiveness and the conscientious awareness of natural surroundings.”
In an interview with Charlie Rose on the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Brad Pitt says, “I wish it was taken care of at a federal level, state level, even local level. But if this be the case where we got to hit it at a grassroots level, so be it.” Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
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.