Entertainment behind the scenes
from Environment Forum:
Dozens of the world's top movie, television and music stars showed off their green cred on Saturday night at a Hollywood-style fundraiser honoring the Natural Resource Defense Council's 20 years in Southern California.
The event at Beverly Hills' Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel was a who's who of Hollywood environmentalists, including actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Redford, and Laurie David, a global warming activist and producer of the Al Gore movie "An Inconvenient Truth." All three are trustees of the NRDC's Southern California office. In 2003, the group even dedicated its new building to Redford.
It's no secret that the environment and climate change is a hot cause in Hollywood, and it's hard to imagine another social issue drawing as much star power to one event. The party also raised a hefty $2 million.
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm and designer Tom Ford also attended the party, which was hosted by "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and included a musical performance by Grammy-winning rockers Maroon 5. Actress Rosanna Arquette deejayed the after party.
In honor of Earth Day on Wednesday, environmental Web site GreenDaily.com has named singer Mariah Carey the “least green celebrity.” What did Carey do to deserve the dis? She was quoted as saying that she flies her personal trainer from St. Barts in the Caribbean to New York to keep her on a workout regimen.
The AOL-owned GreenDaily.com created the “least green” celebrity list in cooperation with social networking site Bebo.com, based on an online poll.
Celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio, Forest Whitaker, Tobey Maguire and will.i.am are out to convince young people to vote — and they have made a series of public service announcements for the cause in partnership with Google, YouTube, Declare Yourself and MySpace.
While many of the celebrities have shown their support for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, the PSAs are meant to be non-partisan in tone and content, so don’t expect any digs at Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate.
In the first ad, stars including Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, and Ashton Kutcher, address viewers directly and urge them in a tongue-and-cheek way not to vote, before going on to not only call on the viewers to vote but to make sure they are registered and that their friends, too, are registered and are voting. You can watch it here.
The PSA was produced by DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way Productions. This past weekend, we interviewed DiCaprio and he talked about his desire to get young voters to the polls. “My big message on this next election is that, hopefully, the youth movement will come out in full force this time,” DiCaprio said. “Hopefully we will have a true representation of this country because enough young people who care about policies for the next 50 years will go out to the polls and vote for the candidate they think best represents the United States.”
It’s not easy making love in Hollywood — at least not in front of movie cameras.
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, 33, and Kate Winslet, 32, had a lovemaking scene in the upcoming drama “Revolutionary Road,” which was directed by Winslet’s husband, Sam Mendes. Winslet said filming the scene took some adjustment.
“I just kept saying, ‘This is too … weird,’” Winslet told Entertainment Weekly magazine.
“And Leo was like, ‘Oh get over it.’ And I’m going, ‘Yeah, a little reminder: You’re my best friend. He’s my husband. This is a bit weird,” Winslet told the magazine.
For DiCaprio and Winslet, the sex scene was a reprise of sorts, because they had some steamy on screen lovemaking together in the 1997 blockbuster hit “Titanic.”
Actress Rachel McAdams, 31, the Canadian-born star of “The Notebook” and “Mean Girls,” took a similar position on love scenes in an interview with the New York Times publication T Magazine.
“A kiss with anyone, on or off camera, can be intimidating,” McAdams said in the interview, which was featured on the magazine’s Web site on Friday.
“I’ve been kissing for nearly two decades now and I’m always convinced I’m not doing it right. Chemistry is so important in a great kiss. You can act your way through anything, but it’s hard with a kiss.”
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)