Written by Michelle Kretzer
isn't a chick alive who doesn't love Ryan Gosling, from the ones he woos
in theaters (guilty) to the ones
he helps on factory farms. He was spotted saving the
latter recently by eating
vegan at Los Angeles' Flore Vegan Cuisine.
animals aren't normally allowed to go to concert venues, Jay Sean invited them into his
living room. The rapper performed an online Stageit show from his home and
donated all the proceeds to PETA's
"Angels for Animals" program, which provides neglected,
chained dogs with doghouses, toys, and lightweight tie-outs.
a slightly larger screen, Bones is set to air another animal
rights–themed show. Vegan star Emily Deschanel says she loves hearing
from fans that the Bones episode on chicken farming made them stop eating
chickens, and now the Fox thriller is tackling the exotic-animal smuggling trade.
Fran Drescher is hopping on the vegan
train as well, telling RadarOnline about some of her delicious recipes: "Lately,
I have been eating vegan and gluten-free, so I have been making delicious kale
soup and gluten-free pasta with sautéed arugula, garlic, olive oil and pesto. I
also like my recipe for white bean hummus, as well as a good simple field and
micro green salad with my special house dressing of olive oil, lemon, Dijon
mustard and salt and pepper. I like to add raw veggies to it, like peas, corn,
carrots, and zucchini."
James Cameron is growing vegan. The director just purchased 2,500 acres of rural land
in New Zealand, and part of his property includes a former dairy farm. The
government is requiring Cameron to continue to farm on part of the land, and the
director, who grabbed a PETA Proggy Award for Avatar, said that since he and his family are striving for a more plant-based diet, they will likely grow crops.
is no stranger to awards, and neither is our friend Kate del Castillo, who snapped up several
of Telemundo's nominations for its inaugural Premios Tu Mundo Awards.
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Other celebs were busy
representing animals in the Twitterverse this week:
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Written by PETA
Yes, you read that right. The upcoming movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Planet of the Apes, has done the original one better. Unlike Planet of the Apes, no great apes were used in the production of the sequel—it relies entirely on computer-generated imagery (CGI). As seen in the just-released trailer, the movie’s lead ape character is actually actor Andy Serkis, who, through the magic of CGI and motion-capture technology, is turned into the chimpanzee leader, Caesar.
The spectacular digital effects are courtesy of Weta Digital, the Oscar-winning team behind Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and King Kong (whose director, Peter Jackson, earned a Proggy from PETA).
Chimpanzees and other great apes used for entertainment are torn away from their mothers as babies and physically and psychologically abused during training. When they reach adolescence and become too strong to control, they are often dumped at miserable roadside zoos, as was the fate of Chubbs, one of the chimpanzees used in the Tim Burton-directed Planet of the Apes.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes has a new director, Rupert Wyatt, who wanted to make the point that in this age of advanced realistic CGI technology, there is no need to use great apes in films. Here’s hoping that other studios will take note.
You’ll definitely want to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It sounds like a great contender for another Oscar for Weta, and perhaps a PETA Proggy Award too.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Since signing up to join the vegan crew of Sea Shepherd, Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez has decided to chuck chicken—and other dead animals—from her plate. Here's her logic: "[Y]ou can't be a hypocrite; you can't be sitting there trying to save animals and then killing them. That's just weird." Word.
Written by Karin Bennett
1/26 Update: You can call me soothsayer. Avatar has sunk Titanic and is now the highest-grossing movie of all time!
Confession: While I was watching Avatar, I found myself mumbling, "I want to go to there," as I grabbed at the three-dimensional floating mountains in front of me. But the best films are those that entertain while also sparking important conversations, and Avatar is certainly one of those films. Through a mastery of CGI and an unparalleled script, Cameron beautifully shows that all nature is interconnected and that all beings—no matter their species or race—deserve to be treated with kindness, respect, and dignity.
For making a film with an overarching message of decency, understanding, and compassion—as well as breathtakingly beautiful CGI that heralds a new era in filmmaking (one that we hope marks the coming end of the use of live animals in entertainment)—we have awarded James Cameron our 2010 Proggy Award for Outstanding Feature Film.
Avatar has already become the second-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide (the number one blockbuster of all time is Titanic), truly making Cameron the "King of the World." My prediction: Cameron will beat his own global box-office record with Avatar (and pick up an Oscar or 10 on the way) long before I'm done learning to speak Na'vi.
Written by Logan Scherer
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.