A Pre-Oscar Party for a Good Cause, Simon Cowell's Meaty Makeover, and More


Photo via steepways @ flickr

Get your Oscar celebration rolling early at Global Green USA's Pre-Oscar Party, where a host committee that includes James Cameron, Adrian Grenier, Woody Harrelson, and Orlando Bloom put together an evening of performances from Camp Freddy (featuring The Cult's Billy Morrison, Janes Addiction's Dave Navarro, and Velvet Revolver's Matt Sorum), Joel and Benji Madden, and Mia Maestro.
General admission ticket prices start at $75, but if you're willing to shell out for Patron level tickets ($2,500 each), you'll get VIP lounge access and seating for the show, plus two tickets to the after party. Proceeds benefit Global Green USA's mission to "fight climate change by creating healthy, green homes, schools, and communities."

Twilight Vampire Poses for PETA

As one of Twiight's "vegetarian vampires"--meaning he's part of the family of vampires that eats wild animals instead of humans--Kellan Lutz isn't exactly following PETA protocol. But offscreen, the actor is the newest face of PETA's animal adoption campaign, cuddling his rescue dog, Kola, while encouraging fans to choose pets from shelters instead of from breeders and pet stores. In the video above, Lutz talks about the first time he saw Kola ("I looked in her eyes and it was one of those, "You're for me"), why he didn't mind choosing a mutt over a purebred, and what other animal causes keep him occupied in between filming battles with werewolves and other vampires.

Olympic Snowboarder Goes for the Gold in Green

Photo via The Ski Channel

Been hooked on cheering for the red, white, and blue in ladies snowboarding and halfpipe? Then you've also been cheering for green--in the form of Olympian Hannah Teter, who sticks to an organic, vegetarian diet; donates her prize money to humanitarian causes, from Hatian earthquake relief to well-building in Kenya; and signed up to help PETA with a campaign to help end baby seal hunts. Post-Games, she plans to live part-time into a yurt in Vermont--in the same woods where her dad makes maple syrup that Teter sells for her charity, Hannah's Gold. "Mom has a huge garden and fruit trees, and I love it there," she told People magazine. "I helped my parents get solar power this past year, and I'll be running on solar and hopefully wind power with my yurt so I can be completely off the grid." (Via Ecorazzi)

Simon Cowell's Meatless Makeover

Photo via DayMix

Simon Cowell may be leaving American Idol after this season, but the show isn't the only thing he's giving up: at the request of X Factor winner Leona Lewis, the producer has agreed to join Sir Paul McCartney in Meat-Free Mondays. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Lewis says Cowell (who confirmed his engagement to make-up artist Mexghan Hussainy this week) was more than happy to help her support her favorite cause: "Anything I ask Simon to get involved in regarding my charity and environmental concerns he always does. He's cool like that." (Via Vegetarian Star)

Tags: Activism | Actors | Animals | Celebrities | Vegetarian