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Green Celebrity, Film, and TV News

Where else would you find Jessica Alba’s baby, Angelina Jolie’s movie, Emeril Lagasse’s TV show, and Ed Begley Jr.’s book in one blog post?! Read on after the jump for more on the latest “HollyGreen, CA” news:

“Hellboy II” Gets a TerraPass

Hollywood Going GreenThe 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival announced that it is implementing numerous changes to produce an eco-friendly, “green” Festival this year, as part of a company-wide greening initiative by Film Independent – the non-profit filmmakers organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, as well as the Spirit Awards.

The Festival has partnered with NBC-Universal, which is a green company, on both Opening Night (Thursday, June 19) and Closing Night (Sunday, June 29) of the Festival. The Opening Night premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Wanted” (starring Angelina Jolie), as well as the Closing Night premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” will be produced in an eco-friendly fashion.

Changes being made for the overall Festival will impact everything including the use of bio-diesel fueled generators and the recycling of all paper, wood, glass and plastic used at the Festival. Printed materials will be produced on recycled paper using eco-friendly inks, and catering will use organically-grown produce purchased from local farms within a 150-mile radius of Los Angeles. In addition, all carbon emissions created by the production of the 2008 LA Film Festival will be offset by TerraPass, which funds clean energy and carbon reduction projects, including wind power, farm power, and landfill gas capture.

Green Honors to Alba

Congrats to Prius-driving celebrity and new mother Jessica Alba, who just gave birth to a girl named “Honor” this past weekend. In an interview in February, Jessica said she was excited about doing some “green” nesting, doing eco-friendly renovations to her house, recycling, as well as re-furbishing old furniture.

BAM! Emeril Goes Green in July

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is coming to Planet Green for a new original series entitled Emeril Green, which will be shot on location at Whole Foods Market and will launch in July. He’ll be kicking it up one organic, locally-grown notch at a time. (Maybe while he’s there he’ll be able to ask the Whole Foods folks why so few of their cut flowers are organic, or even pesticides-free?) Planet Green, which just launched last week, is Discovery Communications’ global, cross-company initiative “with a commitment to document, preserve and celebrate the planet,” including the first-ever 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network.

And, of course, Ed Begley Jr.

You can’t mention celebrities and “green” in the same post without plugging HGTV star Ed Begleys Jr.’s book Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life. This guide (available new on Amazon for about $12) really is highly entertaining as well as informative — I mean, this is a guy who has been “walking the ‘green’ walk” for over 30 years. Who’d have thought celebrities like Leonardo di Caprio would be jumping on Ed Begley Jr.’s bandwagon?!

Written by Deb Hiett

Deb Hiett spent several years in New York City, where she was an actress, dancer, musician, and playwright. In reviewing her first original one-woman show, The Village Voice called her "the bold new voice in solo . . . a sure-shot writer." Her work has won The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts “One on One” Writing Competition and The Western Stage's “Starving Artist” Playwriting prize, and her short stories have appeared in several literary journals.

Deb’s love of writing married her passion for healthful, organic, and environmentally-conscious living once she moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. She has spent the past year planning her wedding, writing screenplays, and applying a variety of broad-spectrum sunscreens.

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