The State of California has experienced some of the worst drought in 10 years. The state has been battling to conserve what little water it has left. Many lawns across the state have transitioned from green grass to drought resistant plants and landscaping.
As we all know the state is also home to Hollywood and movie stars. As the drought continues on and Californians are forced to pay fines and higher water fees as the drought rages on, many wonder how celebrities and their estates are coping with the dry spell. Here’s our scoop on celebrities and their lawns.
Sad to say the Hidden Hills estate of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West still looks like a green oasis in the middle of a parched desert. Their wealthy neighbors of course are in an outrage.
“The Kardashian flowers and hedges are right in our face. It’s disgusting. You walk by and you can smell the freshness,” says one disgruntled neighbor.
Many celebrity homes are served by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District has mandated that residents cut off water use by a staggering 40%. However, the mandate is useless with a maximum fine of a measly $100 for residents that don’t follow through.
“We’re right up there with Beverly Hills,” said one official who estimates 70 percent of the district’s water is going to the lawn maintenance of about 100 manicured estates. “And that means we have to get the A-listers on the bus.”
Other celebrities who decided to continue with their lawn and garden upkeep include Jessica Simpson, Khloe Kardashian, Petra Ecclestone, Hugh Hefner and Barbra Streisand.
There are celebrities that did cooperate and are helping to conserve water. While aerial shots of their estate still looks green, it can clearly be seen that some of them did switch to planting local flora, drougt resistant plants and even changed their lawn to a desert-scaping.
Cher who has a house in Malibu for example, still has green grass and well trimmed hedges but it is clear from aerial photos that she has shifted many plants to local fauna. In her front yard for example, Cher has water-saving palm trees planted and drought resistant succulents in her backyard.
Julia Robert’s estate also boasts green grass but it is also clear that the actress has shifted to native plants and harscpaing.
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Another actress who tried is Jennifer Anniston. When the “Good Girl” actor found out that it takes 30 gallons of water to make one bottle of wine, she promptly tore down her vanity vineyard in her Bel-Air estate and replaced it with drought resistant plants and wood. So now her front yard is made up of tress while her courtyard is made of stone.
Celebrities are not like us. They drive expensive cars and live in modern homes and mansions that can only be described as grand, even compared to Houston. However, this drought affects all Californians so wouldn’t it be better if we all cooperated and did our part?
James Bond always features amazing looking exotic cars in his many movies. Illustrious brands such as Jaguar and Aston Martin is usually viewed as the “official” spy car all thanks to him. This is probably one of the reasons why many movies get eclipsed by the car. Here are some of the best cars to be featured in movies.
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Dodge Challenger Fast and the Furious
The 1960-70 Dodge Challenger has been featured in many movie and TV shows. The 1969 Challenger nicknamed General Lee can be seen in the Dukes of Hazard TV show. Another Challenger stole the show in the 1970 movie Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. But perhaps the most famous Challenger was seen in the original Fast and the Furious movie which debuted in 2000. The black racing machine was driven by Vin Diesel with its supercharger sticking out of its hood. There was no doubt that this Challenger was insanely cool.
1982 DeLorean Back to the Future
This movie is about a time traveling car, so what’s not to like? In Back to the Future, Marty McFly uses the DeLorean to travel in time to correct mistakes and commit them. The movie also gave the car legendary status. The DeLorean was designed by Giorgetto Guigiaro and it is thanks to its futuristic look that the car is now an unforgettable piece of Hollywood History.
Ford Coupe American Graffiti
Before Star Wars became a worldwide phenomenon, George Lucas shot American Grafitti. The movie not only became insanely popular it also featured some of the best looking hotrods in the country. The Canary Yellow 32 Ford Coupe for example stood out thanks to its Chevy 327 V8 engine. It will also be remembered for its dramatic drag race on Paradise Road against an equally beautiful ’55 Chevy.
1964 Aston Martin Goldfinger
Nothing says car like a 007 movie. There are many cars worth mentioning but perhaps the most beautiful of all is the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used by James Bond in the movie Goldfinger and Thunderball. The car was used without spy modifications in the movie and it looked beautiful. However, it is due to the spy modifications that made the car into a movie icon. The ejector seat, machine guns, ram bumper and oil-slick sprayer are very memorable.
1973 Ford Falcon Mad Max
Australians like Americans love powerful cars. In the movie Mad Max, the third generation Ford Falcon gained cult status. In order to make the car special and extra powerful for the movie, the crew mounted a new nose at the end and emblazoned the body with huge flares and gave the car fat tires. To make it the Mad Max car it was they also put a supercharger sticking out of its hood. Sad to say however, that the supercharger was only for the movie.
Aside from eating, what better way to enjoy food than to watch movies about it? Food is an important component of our lives because it keeps us alive through nutrition. When we eat good healthy food we are feeding our bodies the nutrients it needs in order to survive and be healthy. But when you can’t get all the food you want watching a movie is the next best thing. Here are some movies foodies will surely enjoy.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Who does not love movies where it rains food? In Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Flint creates a machine that turns water into food. This is all fun and delicious at first but becomes problematic when the city becomes flooded with uneaten food. The best scene in the movie is the ice cream storm.
I am Love
I am Love features Emma played by Tilda Swinton who marries into a powerful Italian family. During the movie, Emma discovers that the rich life isn’t really for her making her feel unfulfilled. Enter Edoardo Gabbriellini’s character Antonio who plays a chef and reawakens Emma’s passion for life with food!
Julie And Julia
Meryl Streep fans will love this 2009 movie. It is about a woman’s attempt of trying to cook through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The move features a lot of food and food preparation. The movie will inspire you to cook all the dishes especially the boeuf bourguinion.
This documentary follows the life and cooking of 3 chefs who are each amazing in their own way. Watch them cook food from Michelin-rated restaurants to their backyards for barbecue. This movie is all about food and the passion for cooking it no matter where the kitchen is.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
If you love sweets and chocolates this movie is for you. This book-turned-movie features rivers of chocolates, roomfuls of sweets and trees made from candy. Take a trip with Charlie in Wilie Wonka’s factory and watch him save his parents and grandparents from poverty while at it.
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Go on a food adventure with a pregnant Jenna practice pie making in the hopes of winning the state fair and leaving her husband. Enter a handsome doctor and Jenna’s pie making becomes a new form of therapy. Prepare to have pie cravings after watching this movie.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This classic food documentary follows Japanese chef Jiro Ono a world famous chef dedicated to the art of making the perfect piece of sushi. Watch him in his pursuit of perfection as Jiro creates not only sushi that is visually appealing but mouth watering as well.
Eating the right kind of food and following a balanced diet can have a great impact on health and fitness. When it comes to staying healthy eating the right kind of food is also important. Combining meals with exercise such as cardio on a stationary bike or lifting weights with an adjustable dumbbells can help improve overall wellness and keep diseases at bay.
Thanks to actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Reeves, it is common to see physically fit actors take major roles in movies. This has not always been the case however. At one time, industry bodybuilders were not taken seriously as actors and used in films only as bit parts to help with the story or for comic relief. Steve Reeves was the first to break that stereotype, and now most actors we see on TV and in movies are in great shape.
During the 1950’s and well into the ‘70’s, a body builder was considered to be a freak. The prejudice was that these were a group of mindless men, narcissistic in nature who spent the majority of the time preening themselves in front of a mirror. They were not taken seriously in Hollywood and used only in stooge roles to look big and act intimidating.
Hercules and Steve Reeves
A well known mythological figure, it was necessary to cast an actor who had a perfectly shaped physique in this role. Steve Reeves fit the description perfectly and he soon became a household name for his onscreen personae. Still, he was not taken seriously as an actor in Hollywood, and would never be given a role that did not market on his brawn.
Dr. Ben Casey and Muscle Beach
Another early bodybuilder success story was with Vince Edwards, a New Yorker who had taken up residence at Muscle Beach hoping to land a big movie role. Just as his hope was running out, he auditioned for the role of Dr. Ben Casey and won the lead due to his disdain. The series was a huge success, and Dr. Ben Casey with his muscle bound physique was inside of American living rooms for seven seasons.
Things got even better in the late 1970’s once Arnold Schwarzenegger landed a few movie roles. A championship weight lifter, Arnold was known for his free weight created strength and larger than life muscles. It was his role as Conan that got the best reviews and helped to make him a star for the next 4 decades. This paved the way for hundreds of other body builders who had their eyes on becoming a Hollywood star. With the help of the highest end exercise equipment like adjustable dumbbells and rowing machines, their awesome physiques would help them in landing roles that called for larger men with incredible force.
Today, Hollywood is full of actors (and actresses) who are in prime physical shape, and still get the roles that put their names on billboards. Body builders images have evolved over the decades, forcing the movie executives to take them more seriously and give them active parts in film that will make them a star.
Who doesn’t like a bit of laughter! And we could all use a personal jester in order to make us laugh! If however, this is not possible for you since you live in the 21st century, you can always rely on movies to cheer you up! Among the hundreds of movies which can put a smile to your face, I definitely have some favorites which always manage to cheer me up. Therefore, I have decided to share with you which movies are in my opinion deserving to be on the list of top five comedies of all times! This of course, is just my humble opinion, but I truly hope you will enjoy this list, and perhaps watch some of these movies if you already haven’t! So let’s start with the list!
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
If you like movies about spies, Austin Powers will definitely cheer you up. Not only that it is funny, it is hilarious! If you are in the mood for some spy action, mixed with a whole lot of humor, make sure you don’t miss out of watching Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery!
Not only that the film has made international success, but the song is as famous as the movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a definite must-see, a movie which you cannot allow yourself to miss out on. This hilarious comedy will remind you of how easily you can get rid of those ghosts, just call the (ta-na-na-na-na) Ghostbusters!
- Dumb and Dumber
All right, so sometimes we all feel dumb, but watching Dumb and Dumber is a slapstick which you must not miss out on! Next time you’re in doubt which movie you should see, watch Dumb and Dumber and it will definitely make your day!
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If you are a Star Wars fan, you might have probably heard of the movie called Spaceballs. If you haven’t, seriously, how could you have missed out on this movie? Quickly! Go watch Spaceballs! You will love it!
- The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Here’s one of those movies which will make you laugh so hard until you try. The 40 Year-Old Virgin is not only a film about sex but it is also about friendship. Take a journey with this middle aged man on his journey to finally have sex for the first time in his life. Great deal of the film was actually improvised, which only proves to show what an amazing comedian Steve Carell is. Steel Carell was also the co-writer of the movie script, and since it was released the movie has had literally millions of fans and a ton of positive reviews. Make sure you see it, if you haven’t seen it already!