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Hottest Luxury Real Estate Trend: Creating Celebrity Private Islands

Celebrity Private Islands -- Dubai

This is a rendering of a celebrity private island planned for Dubai.

Oh, those clever Dutch! Taking inspiration from their own water-logged terrain, they’ve figured out a way to construct the ultimate in luxury real estate–your own private island, made from scratch. I kid you not. It’s just been announced that Christie’s International Real Estate  and a floating development company called Dutch Docklands are collaborating on self-sufficient, eco-friendly, buoyant islands in chic locations all over the world.

Tomorrowland Movie Review — Here Today…

Tomorrowland movie reviewBy Lisa Johnson Mandell

First and foremost, you need to understand that Tomorrowland is NOT a George Clooney movie. The handsome superstar appears for a few brief moments at the beginning, and then it goes for very loooooooong stretches without him. Tomorrowland IS a kids’ movie, and not Disney’s best effort. This is essential information when you’re making your movie going decisions.

Channing Tatum Buys a Home That’s Not XXL

Channing Tatum Buys

I’m always impressed when an A-list actor exercises a little restraint in his or her star-studded life. Such is the case the Foxcatching Magic Mike, otherwise known as Channing Tatum, and his wife, actor/dancer Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Although they could doubtless afford something in the eight-figure range, they’ve settled into an immaculate Beverly Hills Cape Cod, for which they paid a modest-by-Hollywood standards $6 million. While his latest movie may have XXL in the title, the title on the home didn’t come at an XXL price.

MAD MAX FURY ROAD Review: Action to the Max

Mad Max Fury Road reviewBy Staci Layne Wilson

When you look at the title of this 34-years-after-the-first reboot — Mad Max: Fury Road – you know exactly what you’re getting. Lots of Max and a road that’s as fast as it is furious. As our titular hero zips across a post-apocalyptic Australian Outback in a contraption filled with females, it’s breakneck to say the least.

Directed by George Miller, who made his bones with the first Mad Max film (there were three altogether), and who later helmed Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet, Mad Max: Fury Road is a two-hour, manic moving target, never once slowing down to let the engines cool.

Miley Cyrus Buys a Homey Equestrian Estate

Miley Cyrus Buys

The posh community of Hidden Hills just got one celebrity richer, as twirking pop-singer/actress Miley Cyrus just paid $5 million for a five-acre equestrian and vineyard property with a 6,500 square foot ranch-style house. While it’s certainly not the fanciest place in the neighborhood where numerous Kardashians and J-Lo reside, it is one of the largest parcels in an exclusive wooded community just north of Los Angeles.

PITCH PERFECT 2 Review: Elizabeth Banks on a Hit

Pitch Perfect 2 ReviewWith apologies to Elton John, “The Pitch is back!” and better than ever, in no small part thanks to the efforts of first time helmer Elizabeth Banks, who also appears as Gail, the snarky acapella competition commentator in the film. Who knew what talent lurked inside The Hunger Games‘ Effie Trinket? Pitch Perfect 2 is bigger, faster and funnier than the original sleeper hit, and while the jokes and quips fly fast and furious, fresh and feisty a cappella music still rules the day.

Mad Max Fashion — Apocalyptic Chic

mad-max-fury-road-modelsBy Staci Layne Wilson

Mad Max: Fury Road costume designer Jenny Beavan won the Oscar a few years back for The King’s Speech (and has been nominated for many other films), but she’s never had quite the thrill she did working with director George Miller on his retro-futuristic reboot, which is going #1 with a bullet (OK, an arsenal).

“Costumes are all about storytelling with clothes,” explained Beavan in a recently interview with Yahoo. “Once you are embedded in the George Miller world of Mad Max, things begin to be clear in their own mad way! I love creating characters, so give me a bunch of old bits and pieces, car accessories, ethnic bits of fabric, leather, string, and a character I can hinge onto and I am happy!”

Bye Bye McDreamy: Patrick Dempsey Lists His Malibu Pied a Terre

Patrick Dempsey Lists

And another one bites the dust. You can now count Patrick Dempsey and his wife, makeup artist Jillian Fink, among those celebrity couples who are splitting and selling off the real estate as the divorce settles. They’ve just listed their Malibu country estate with the Frank Gehry designed main house and the Air Stream guest cottage for a steep $14.5 million. Since they’ve been married a little over 15 years, chances are they’ll split the proceeds 50/50.

There are all sorts of unique things to love about this property, situated on 3.23 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In accordance with the industrial preferences of the architect, the main residence is sided with corrugated steel and is rhomboid in shape.

BGBG Founder Max Azria Lists His Outrageously Posh Estate

Max Azria Lists

My favorite mansion in one of L.A.’s favorite neighborhoods was just listed by my one of my favorite clothing purveyors. BCBG founder Max Azria and his brilliant wife Lubov, the company’s chief creative officer, both of whom have impeccable, au currant taste, have decided to sell their beloved Maison Du Soleil. The estate is located in elite Holmby Hills, where the buyer would live in close proximity to the Playboy Mansion and what was formerly known as the Spelling Mansion. Such an intense concentration of glittery estates like these doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. And you will definitely have to pay to play. Maison Du Soleil has a list price of $85 million.