Celebs Support Earth Day with James Cameron

James Cameron and Wife at 40 Anniversary Earth Day, LA

Big names stars and the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles came out to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with James Cameron at JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles.  The event was sponsored by Bing and Global Home Tree Radio.  Acclaimed Director James Cameron( Titanic, Avatar) is friends with Richard Greene the host of the event and appears on the radio show as often as he can.  Cameron expressed Greene’s idea, “Around some of the themes of Avatar, a radio program to raise awareness about environmental issues and how that impacts the economy.” The show addresses what we can do about it and to empower people.   On a more personal note Cameron, shared with MCCN as 9 feet tall Navi Impersonators walked behind about his wife being a “organic food Natzi.  She makes sure that there is nothing but organic food in the house.”  Cameron grew up on a farm in Canada.  He adds that he and his wife grow food at both of their homes.

Celebs like former NBA star and talk show host John Salley got into the spirit of thing wearing green.   Salley shared with MCCN about his vegan lifestyle.  Look  out for video coming soon of John Salley sharing one of his favorite salad recipes.  Other stars in attendance include Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez, Esai Morales, and Adrian Grenier.

MCCN Editor’s spoke with her favorite celebrity crush, Esai Morales. He talked about his passion in recognizing Earth Day, ” I want to become a part of the solution and not part of the problem.  It is not a left or right issue.”  Using his age of 47 as a frame of reference, Morales discussed changes in his diet  like vegetablesand whole grain pasta.  He says, “You don’t have to have a big meaty meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.    It is not neccessary and quite  frankly that is why a lot of us are coming to an early grave.”

Shifting Gears,  Entourage star Adrian Grenier promoted his website shft.com.   He describes it as, “a site where we are sharing what we like in the green space…shifting in our thoughts on how we view the world.”  When asked what food comes to mind when he thinks about earth day, Grenier pointed out that it was no so much food but water.  He says that he is “big into water and having clean water to drink.”

 

Article by Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor

Photos by Crystal Johnson and Eduardo Zamora, Multi Cultural Cooking Network

Sam Worthington Attends G’Day USA: Australia Week

While being interviewed on the photo set for Vogue Magazine, Sam Worthington(Avatar & Terminator: Salvation) said of  James Cameron, ” He picked the crazy, young, Aussie.”  This may cause a bit of confusion for some because the actor is Brittish born;however, he did grow up in Australia.   And his accent which accidently pops up in both films is clearly Australian.

Photo Credit: Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos: Sam Worthington

Worthington was among many other Australian celebrities such as Olivia Newton John, Simon Baker and Nicole Kidman at the G’Day USA: Australia Week signature event, the Los Angeles Black Tie Gala on January 17, 2010.   The festival from January 9-22, 2010, showcasing all things Australian, including food and wine, travel, film, arts, culture, fashion, business and investment. The event is produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Qantas Airways, Tourism Australia and Austrade. 
Learn more About Australia Week at http://www.australia-week.com/

Dinner & The Golden Globes Best Picture Nominee Review

With the Golden Globes on Sunday here is a quick breakdown of the best picture category of the diverse films nominated:

 Avatar
Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox

The Movie: Avatar is perhaps one of the greatest technical films in cinematic history and has racked up the box office numbers to become the second highest grossing film in history. James Cameron proves that he is a true visionary by turning in a breathtaking film. Avatar is a contender, but due to script issues it could end up on the outside looking in.

The Dinner: Zoe Saldana, Avatar’s star, hails from Puerto Rico. Serve someCrunchy cod fritters) or empanadillas (turnovers with lobster, crab or beef) to sample some of the great cuisine.

Bacalaitos

Up In The Air
Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures

Its strange to say that Up in the Air is a dark horse, but with a unfamiliarly brilliant mix of comedy and drama Up in the Air could either be hailed as a film of the moment and steal the Golden Globe, or it could be slammed as opportunistic and be passed over. Either way it has solid performances and a script that will make you laugh and think at the same time.

The Dinner: Have a cheese tasting session with a good pairing wine to experience a bit of Wisconsin, George Clooney’s character’s home.

The Hurt Locker
Voltage Pictures; Summit Entertainment

The Movie: Directed by Katheryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker is an in depth look at one of the most intense jobs in the War on Terror: Bomb defusing. The Film features Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie in a very intense ride through a tour in Iraq. Look for The Hurt Locker to win if the Hollywood Foreign Press can get around the public perception of current war films.

The Dinner: While C-Rations would be fitting, try serving a skewer with either beef or lamb along with some hummus and flatbread.

Inglorious Bastards/Brad Pitt

Inglourious Basterds
The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg GmbH Production; The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures

The Movie: Quentin Tarantino delivers a film that was in the making allegedly as long as Avatar, however with Basterds Tarantino capitalizes on his skills as a writer and creates a taut film that utilizes every character and actor fully. Its hard to say if the Hollywood Foreign Press will vote for this film over Hurt Locker, but its hard to count Tarantino out of anything when he’s crafted such a great film.

The Dinner: Try Knockwurst and saurkrat paired with a great German Beer like a Krombacher or Beck’s.

Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production; Lionsgate

The Movie: Precious burst onto the scene at Sundance and between its presenters (Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry) and its strong box office run it isn’t hard to say Precious is a strong contender. With recent festival wins and strong performances from Mariah Carey, Moniqiue, and Paula Patton you can’t count out this indie film that could.

The Dinner: After a well crafted but tough film to watch, cut and serve a slice of New York Cheesecake to cheer your party up a bit.

Review by Michael Fusco, MCCN Movie Critic

Zoe Saldana: Her Color Doesn’t Make Her Blue

In the hit film Avatar, Zoe Saldana is the color blue.  No sooner than the film, premiered the world wanted to know more about the lead female warrior character in the James Cameron film.  People are learning that the talented actress, Saldana is Afro-Latina.  Born and reared in the United States until she was 10 years old, her  multi-cultural heritage includes her father being of Domincan descent and her mother Puerto Rican.  She lived in the Dominican Republic until age 17.  Believe it or not, some parts of the world are not aware of the Afro Latino or the identity of  the Latino image bearing Black skin too.  It is great that Zoe’s success is shedding more light on culture.  What is also exciting is seeing her land a role in the film Colombiana as the lead.  It makes a strong statement about the star power she brings despite many Latin American countries still struggle with Black as Beautiful in their heirarchal scale.  Saldana embraces her physical identity as Black and her culture as Latin.  She never let Hollywood’s typical ideal leading lady concept be a hurdle for her.  She has simply jumped over the hurdles.

What do  Zoe and co-star Michelle Rodriguez have in common? Find out at: http://www.multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/component/k2/item/113-the-other-latina-star-of-avatar-michelle-rodriguez.html

Read Dinner and Movie Review for Avatar: http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/dinner-and-a-movie.html