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The 91st Academy Awards

Saturday, Feb 23 2019 by

The Academy Awards, often called the Oscars, is Hollywood’s night to shine. All the industry’s elite, the actors, directors, musicians, and behind the scenes talent, gather together to recognize the best work produced in movies in the last year. They walk the red carpet and discuss their wardrobe, thoughts on nominees and celebrate a year of fabulous films.

Holywood Sign (StreetView)
Holywood Sign

The industry’s most coveted awards will be given out this Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The theater, which opened in 2001, was designed with hosting the Oscars in mind.

Originally called the Kodak Theater, the Dolby Theater got its new name from a sound company that works closely with the movie industry.

Dolby Theatre (Birds Eye)
Dolby Theatre

Everyone will be hoping that the Academy recognizes their hard work and talent. Most will go home empty handed, honored just to have been nominated; let’s look at some of the celebrity homes that might have a new statue on the mantle come Monday morning.

Christian Bale

Christian Bale, a constant presence in film since his youth, has already won one Oscar, in 2010 for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter. This year he has been nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Vice.

He has multiple homes around the world, including two homes in the Los Angeles region. He has a home in Brentwood Park, which he purchased in 2017 for about $9 million.

Christian Bale's House (Google Maps)
Christian Bale's House

He lives with his family in a Sullivan Canyon ranch, which he purchased for $13.5 million in 2008.

Christian Bale's House (Google Maps)
Christian Bale's House

Amy Adams

Amy Adams has been both critically acclaimed and loved by the public for her roles for decades. She has been nominated for six Academy Awards but has yet to win, including this year for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Lynne Cheney in Vice. Hopefully this year she won’t go home empty handed.

No matter what, she’ll be returning to an awesome home, a mansion in the enviable Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles.

Amy Adams' House (Birds Eye)
Amy Adams' House

Spike Lee

Spike Lee, a famous director and producer, has been nominated for Oscars before but this is first Academy nomination for directing, for his movie BlackkKlansman, which has several other nominations. If he wins, it will be his first Oscar.

Lee, in spite of his Hollywood career, spends most of his time in New York City, where he cheers for his beloved Knicks and Yankees. He has a nice townhouse in New York, as well as other homes in Massachusetts and California.

Spike Lee's House (Former) (StreetView)
Spike Lee's House (Former)

Rachel Weisz

British actress Rachel Weisz is nominated alongside her castmate Emma Stone for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Favourite. Rachel already has an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, which she won in 2005 for her role in The Constant Gardner.

While Rachel is British, she spends most of her time in New York, and sometimes on her farm outside the city. She bought the 1700s era farm house and surrounding land in 2008. While she doesn’t spend most of her time here, it would be an ideal place to retreat from the media and enjoy a little quiet time after the Oscars, with or without a statue to take home.

Rachel Weisz's House (Birds Eye)
Rachel Weisz's House

It will be exciting to watch the Academy Awards, admiring the amazingly dressed celebrities, rooting for your favorite films, stars and directors as awards are given out.

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The 61st Grammy Awards

Sunday, Feb 10 2019 by

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, or Grammys, will air on CBS this Sunday, February 10. It’s the night when musicians and artists from every current genre are honored and the best of the best are recognized for their efforts and success.

Check out some of the venues and homes associated with this year’s awards show.

Staples Center

The Staples Center is the go-to facility for sports in Los Angeles, but on Sunday it will be the epicenter of the music world as it hosts the Grammy Awards. This will mark the 17th time the center has hosted the show since it opened in 1999.

Staples Center (Birds Eye)
Staples Center

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is hosting the awards show for the first time this year, and after hosting the hit television show The Voice, she will be a natural on stage for “Music’s Biggest Night”.

She bought this Englewood, New Jersey home in 2013 for around $10.5 million from actor Eddie Murphy.

Alicia Keys' House (Birds Eye)
Alicia Keys' House

Diana Ross

Diana Ross is one of the industry’s most beloved and talented singers and performers. She has a long history in the music business, starting out in Detroit with Motown as part of the Supremes, and moved on to have an extremely successful solo career.

She is performing at the Grammys as a tribute to her 75th birthday and significant contributions to the industry.

She spends much of her time in this Belle Haven, Connecticut estate, which she has owned since 1980. After putting the home on the market in 2008 for more than $39 million, she has since delisted the home and continued to live there.

Diana Ross' House (Birds Eye)
Diana Ross' House

She also maintains a home in Los Angeles, as most celebrities do. The five bedroom, seven bathroom home was purchased in 1996 for $725,000.

Diana Ross' House (Birds Eye)
Diana Ross' House

Another view can be found here.

Diana Ross' House (StreetView)
Diana Ross' House

Drake

Drake has been nominated seven times for various works this year, including his record “God’s Plan”. He is one of the most successful artists in history, having sold over 150 million digital songs, and having three albums go platinum. He has won three Grammy awards and been nominated 27 times.

Drake owns an awesome home in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles, with a full tennis court and out of this world landscaped pool complete with grotto, which he says was a big reason for purchasing the $8 million home.

Drake (rapper)'s House (Birds Eye)
Drake (rapper)'s House

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is in the lead with nominations this year, with eight nominations for record, album, song and more. He is known as the “new king of hip hop” by many for his artistic success and ability  to work with so many other famous musicians.

Lamar started his career as a teen in Compton, California, where he grew up. Lamar’s childhood had all the markings of what people stereotype when hearing about Compton, including drug-related murders taking place outside his small apartment complex.

Kendrick Lamar's Childhood Home (StreetView)
Kendrick Lamar's Childhood Home

He has risen far from that small apartment, and has been able to share his financial success with his family. He reportedly purchased a mansion in Calabasas, California for his mother and sister in 2014, for more than $2.5 million.

Kendrick Lamar's House (Google Maps)
Kendrick Lamar's House

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has been nominated six times for Grammy Awards, including three this year. She is a powerhouse musician, often compared to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. She has a strong reputation as a pop artist, and has been at the center of both controversy and tragedy as an artist. In May 2017, a suicide bomber killed 23 people after her concert in Manchester, England.

Grande grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, and maintains strong connections to her family and hometown. She grew up with her parents and siblings in this home before they divorced when she was young.

Ariana Grande's house (Birds Eye)
Ariana Grande's house

Like most celebrities, she maintains at least one home in the Los Angeles. As of 2016, she was renting this 8,000 square foot mansion in Sherman Oaks, California.

Ariana Grande's House (leased) (Birds Eye)
Ariana Grande's House (leased)

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is one of the most talented, and most outspoken, musician of our time. She has tone, pitch, volume and charisma that make her a star! Since 2008, she has been nominated 24 times and won six Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling musicians in history, and has had success in EDM, pop music, soft rock and jazz.

Her nominations this year are related to her critically-acclaimed movie A Star is Born, in which she stars with Bradley Cooper as an up-and-coming musician. Nominations include Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, grew up in an apartment in this beautiful building on the Upper West Side, and still spends plenty of time in New York City.

Lady Gaga's House (Birds Eye)
Lady Gaga's House

She also owns a mansion compound in Malibu, California. She paid more than $22 million for the six acre property, which includes 10,000 square feet of living space, stables for animals and even an underground “batcave”.

Lady Gaga's House (Google Maps)
Lady Gaga's House

As you watch the Grammy Awards this weekend, you can have fun knowing where these celebrities will be headed after the show, and rest assured that they will have plenty of space to store any awards they are lucky enough to bring home.

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NFL Stadiums

Tuesday, Feb 5 2019 by

If the commercials, game and epic snacks weren’t enough to keep you entertained this past Super Bowl Sunday, check out some of the stadiums from around the league. The stadiums for the 32 teams are as unique and varied as are their fans, but here are just a few of the most interesting.

MetLife Stadium

The MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands located in New Jersey, just outside New York City, is home base for not one but two NFL teams, the New York Giants and the New York Jets. It’s design allows for both fan bases to feel right at home even though they have to share the stadium throughout the year.

MetLife Stadium (Birds Eye)
MetLife Stadium

The stadium was built in 2010, and at $1.6 billion, is the most expensive stadium ever built. It has one of the largest seating capacities as well. Because the stadium houses two teams, it has several unique designs to allow for the separate logos, lighting and mascots, including separate locker rooms for each of the home teams.

MetLife Stadium
Photo Credit: Stadiums of Pro Football

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The Superdome has always been a popular destination for football, as well as college basketball and football in the sports-crazed south.

Louisiana Superdome (Google Maps)
Louisiana Superdome

However, it gained national fame in 2005 when it served as a refuge of last resort for thousands of New Orleans residents stranded during and after Hurricane Katrina. Flooding, the roof caving in, thousands of families stranded for days without plumbing or electricity or shelter took their tool on the structure.

Superdome
Photo Credit: USA Today

Nonetheless, the stadium reopened one year later, after a nearly $400 million cleanup and restoration effort. The symbol of the disaster of Katrina and the New Orleans spirit of triumph are embodied in the Superdome to this day.

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field, the outdoor arena in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is arguably the best stadium, and for a variety of reasons including the passionate fan base, historical stadium and community feel. At over 80,000, it has the largest crowd capacity. Constructed in 1957, it is also the oldest continually in use.

Lambeau Field (StreetView)
Lambeau Field
Lambeau Field (Birds Eye)
Lambeau Field

The fans at Lambeau Field are among the most dedicated fan bases. Diehard Cheeseheads cheer on their beloved Packers in the open air arena, even if there’s a blizzard, it’s below freezing or both! Games have been played in temperatures as cold as 2° F, and on several occasions, fans have helped to shovel out the stadium on game day!

Lambeau Field
Photo Credit: Fox Sports

AT&T Stadium

Home to the Dallas Cowboys, one of the most loved or hated teams in the NFL, the AT&T Stadium is either loved for its sleek design and enhanced features or loathed for its distractions from the game itself.

AT&T Stadium (StreetView)
AT&T Stadium
AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys) (Birds Eye)
AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)

Second only to the MetLife Stadium in cost, the AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas was opened in 2009, and has every amenity a fan could dream of. A 160 foot jumbotron, over 300 additional television screens throughout the stadium and two end zone displays ensure you don’t miss a minute of action.

AT&T Stadium
Photo Credit: ThrilList

Over 100,000 seated and standing fans can watch the game, making it the largest overall capacity venue. Fans say that the retractable dome that opens allows God to watch football on Sundays, but that’s assuming God is a Cowboys fan. Love them or hate them, the Cowboys have a fun stadium they call home turf.

Next time you’re watching a game being played in any of these stadiums, look for the interesting features, like the Cowboys jumbotron or the freezing crowd at Lambeau Field, and share with your friends what you know during time outs, commercials and half time!

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