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Cynthia Nixon fights back against New York senators who voted against gay marriage

http://nyc75.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/cynthia-nixon.jpgGod bless Cynthia Nixon for standing up for our rights..

The two-time Emmy winning actress is a powerful spokeswoman for LGBT equality and has joined up with Fight Back New York and made this video below that you have just got to see.

She says in part: “I’m supporting Fight Back New York so we can finally show these anti-equality senators that there are consequences to their actions. That they can lose their seats for voting against our rights. Fight Back New York is smart, strategic political action committee with the sole purpose of defeating senators who voted ‘no’ on equality.”

“We tried the carrot,” she adds. “Now it’s time for the stick.”

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Meredith Vieira apologizes for comments: “My support of the gay and lesbian community is longstanding and well documented.”

http://tvcocktail.ivillage.com/entertainment/MeredithVieiraView.jpgI have a lot of respect for Meredith Vieira and know she’s a top-flight journalist who seems like a really cool woman.

So I was really surprised how she handled an interview with some of the Oscar winners for The Hurt Locker the other day where she made it sound as if two men hugging meant they might be gay and if if it was something she needed to “worry” about.

I figured it was sleep-deprivation on her part but didn’t like it. I’m glad she has issued a statement to GLAAD explaining and apologizing:

“During an interview with the cast of the Hurt Locker on Monday, I turned to actor Anthony Mackie and made a joke about ‘man hugging’ in reference to a hug he and fellow actor Jeremy Renner had shared a few weeks earlier on our air. It was meant to be lighthearted, but some were offended by what they believed to be a homophobic comment. That was never my intent, but that doesn’t matter. Words are extremely powerful and should never be chosen lightly, even in a lighthearted moment. I apologize to any and all that I offended. My support of the gay and lesbian community is longstanding and well documented. It has not and will never waver.”

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Classic Movie Wednesday: Lauren Bacall asks Humphrey Bogart if he knows how to whistle

http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Entertainment/images-5/Bogart-and-Bacall.jpgIt was so wonderful to see 85-year-old Lauren Bacall get an ovation at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. She received a well-earned honorary Oscar presented last November and was on hand to be acknowledged once again.

Bacall, still looking glamorous and healthy, is still making movies more than 65 years after her 1944 film debut opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not.

As we all know, the two leads fell in love during the making of the film, got married and had two children. They also made three more movies together before Bogart’s death in 1957.

Of all their movies together, the most famous scene is this one when Bacall says to Bogart: “You know how to whistle don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

Enjoy!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Dominic Monaghan!

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http://four815162342.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/lost_dominic_monaghan.jpgI’m such a fan of Dominic Monaghan for his talent as an actor and for who he is as a person.

Currently portraying Dr. Simon Campos on the ABC series FlashForward, the 33-year-old actor is, of course, best known for his roles on Lost and in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also had a role in last year’s X-Men Orgins: Wolverine.

I did an interview with Dominic last year when he called me from Manchester, England. He rang at 7 a.m., an hour earlier than scheduled, so he actually woke me up! It was so nice to have the phone ring, to answer it sleepily and to have this cute guy with an accent say, “Good morning Greg, it’s Dominic.”

He was promoting his movie I Sell the Dead which was a hoot! He does this morning stretch that turns into a dance that I just loved and told him so when we met at the LA film Festival last summer.

Not only is he a terrific actor, Dominic is also a wonderfully engaging talk show guest who is funny, smart and best of all, authentic.

“It’s the closest thing to live theater,” he told me.

I was especially touched by an interview he did in May 2007 on The View when he talked about marching to the beat of his own drummer since he was a kid no matter what anyone thought -ever. He said he sometimes wears make-up, the occasional skirt and likes jewelry.

“No one ever told me when I was growing up that make-up and skirts were just for girls,” he explained before adding that he was always a kid with an artistic bent who also wore a Spiderman costume to school sometimes.

“If you’re confident and you own it, [the other kids] are fine with it…I’ve always supported the lifestyle that I will do what I please and deal with it.”

I told Dominic how much his words meant to little kids who may be different and certainly to gay people who may have serious struggles navigating an overwhemingly straight world.

“It’s not something i do on purpose, leading by example,” he said. “I can’t be someone else other than me. I never feel more at home than as I am. It always feels very icky to me in be something that doesn’t feel natural. I felt that I was going come from a place of truth. If you do, when you look In the mirror you will never be mad at yourself. You can sleep at night.”

“I’ve always been hugely supportive of the gay community,” he added. “In my younger days as an actor, there was talk about if I was straight or gay and I always said it is a completely irrelevant question. i think your sexuality is something that is you and you don’t have to explain. If that has been inspiring then I’m all about it. Anytime the scenario has involved gay people, I’ve been embraced.”

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Chloe Sevigny talks to The Advocate about “Big Love,” kissing girls and her dress ripping incident

CHLOE SEVIGNY X390 (WARWICK SAINT/AUGUST) | ADVOCATE.COMI had no idea Chloe Sevigny had done so many lesbian roles besides Boys Don’t Cry. The Golden Globe Award winning Big Love star talked with Brandon Voss for The Advocate about those roles and other tops including the dress rip heard around the world.
Here are some excerpts:

When lesbians hit on you, do you break their big gay hearts gently or shoot them down quick?
I have to shoot ’em down quick. [Laughs] They always want to buy me drinks, but I’ll be like, “Save your money. I get free drinks here.” It doesn’t happen all the time, but it may happen if I go to certain gay spots — like on Saturday night, when I was at this super-lesbo party [Choice Cunts] downstairs at Santos Party House. It was fun.

You’ve said that people thought you were a lesbian while growing up in Darien, Conn. Why do you think that was?
I was a tomboy and went through a lot of different phases. When you shave your head and pierce your nose during your junior year in high school, that’ll do it. But you didn’t need to do much back then.

In a 2000 New York Times profile, you said, “I’ve questioned issues of gender and sexuality since I was a teenager, and I did some experimenting.” Did you mind that some people branded you as “bisexual” after that?
There were a lot of articles that made reference to that, but at this point I couldn’t care less what people call me. I still kiss girls occasionally, but I wouldn’t say I was bisexual.

Could you ever see yourself in a relationship with a woman?
Probably not, no. I need more meat and potatoes — with more of the meat part, I guess. [Laughs]

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A few days after the Golden Globes ceremony, when I discovered on Greginhollywood.com that the escort who stepped on your dress, Joe Everett Michaels, was gay, I thought, Great, another reason for people to hate us: As if our pesky demands for equal rights weren’t enough, now we’ve gone and ripped Chloë Sevigny’s Valentino!
Oh, geesh, I know. He actually found me in the ballroom afterward, came up to me, and was going on and on, like, “I’m so, so, so, so sorry!” The poor guy. Accidents happen, so of course I accepted his apology. You know, I had a feeling something was going to happen. I thought I was just going to stain the dress or that I was going to trip, but leave it to the gays! [Laughs]

Related post: A chat with the guy who stepped on – and ripped – Chloe Sevigny’s dress at the Golden Globe Awards

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Commentary: Why on Earth did NBC cut kiss between Kathy Griffin and Mariska Hargitay on “Law & Order: SVU”?

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Good grief, aren’t we passed this kind of nonsense by now?

Kathy Griffin, a gay icon, guest starred on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU last week as a lesbian activist. The promo for the episode featured a kiss between her character of Babs Duffy and Mariska Hargitay’s Det. Olivia Benson.

The episode airs and the kiss is nowhere to be seen.

I write about the omission in a story posted on Fancast.com. Check it out!

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“Spartacus” star Andy Whitfield has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and to begin treatment

http://filmreviewonline.com/wp-content/gallery/spartacus-blood-and-sand/spartacus-andy-whitfield.jpgKeep Andy Whitfield in your thoughts as the star of the new hit series Spartacus begins treatment for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The cancer was discovered during a routine checkup as Whitfield prepared to begin shooting the second season series which is filmed in New Zealand. The Starz network, which airs the series, says production has been postponed while Whitfield undergoes treatment.

According to the network, doctors say the cancer was detected in its early stages and is “very treatable.”

he Australian actor and former model who had to whip himself into incredible shape to film the series in New Zealand. I got to chat with Andy at the Television Critics Association press tour in January and he told me he had to get into incredible shape for the action adventure series on which he plays the title role.

The series had been scheduled to resume production in April. I wondered if Andy had anything planned in between professionally.

I’m going to rest,” he said. then “I’m tired physically, obviously. You get to a certain point and you get injuries and you have to carry on around those injuries. But also emotionally it was very draining as the series progresses you’ll really what happens with these characters.”

Best wishes Andy!

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Video: Gabourey Sidibe’s potential red carpet threesome with Gerard Butler and Billy Bush

I’m leaving for Palm Springs in a little while to spend some time in the desert watching the tennis tournament that is about to begin there where the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick will be competing.

But first, I’ve been catching up on some of the Oscar wrap-up shows like Access Hollywood and this moment really jumped out. I do think nominee Gabourey Sidibe is really a gay man because when she saw Gerard Butler on the red carpet she said to Billy Bush: “I’d hit that.”

Of course Billy had to let Gerard know that and the sexy star suggested that Billy would “hit that” too! Then talk of a threesome and Gabby suggesting getting some champagne to see where the night took them!

Gerard then suggests getting a room! Very fun stuff!

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When will Jennifer Aniston visit “Cougar Town”?

http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2007/parties/041207_aniston_400X400.jpgIt seems to be more of a question of when rather than if as far as Jennifer Aniston doing a guest stint on her BFF Courtney Cox’s ABC comedy Cougar Town.

I asked Courntey about it last Friday night when I was covering a Cougar Town event at PaleyFest for Fancast.com:

“She’s so busy, I’m sure at some point she would do it maybe,” Courtney told me before the start of the panel. “It would be something fantastic, something she would just have a blast at.”

Jennifer would seem an ideal guest for this breakout comedy hit more so than when she did a guest spot on Courtney’s previous series Dirt on FX. Her most recent TV role was an Emmy-nominated turn on NBC’s 30 Rock.

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My chat w/Julie Benz of “Desperate Housewives”

Desperate Housewives, Dana Delaney, Julie BenzI had a lot of fun covering a few nights of PaleyFest last week for Fancast.com and one of the highlights was chatting with Julie Benz before the Dexter panel.
You can read the entire piece on the Fancast site but I wanted to share with you the part where we chatted about her character on Desperate Housewives becoming romantically involved with Dana Delany’s Katherine.

“She’s an older woman who’s been married and has kids and so all of a sudden for the first time she’s with a woman and it’s a little shocking for her,” Benz said of Katherine. “It’s really about Katherine’s journey and her struggling with the fact that she really connects with this woman. For the first time, she really has made a connection with someone. Should she run away from it because it’s a woman? It’s really calling into question her sexuality.”Sexpot Robin could not be more different from Rita so Benz said she was surprised to be approached about the role.

“For me ‘Desperate Housewives’ was completely unexpected,” she said. “I remember when they called I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Do they actually know who I am?’

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John Barrowman on “Desperate Housewives”

This is a photo of the oh-so-handsome John Barrowman in a scene from an upcoming episode of ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

If Barrowman is on it, I’m so watching.

AfterElton.com has posted a few more shots so check ‘em out!

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“As the World Turns” Dr. Reid Oliver news!

Luke’s bio-dad Damian is in full wacko mode right now and hopefully he will reach a grisly end.

Thanks to AfterElton.com’s We Love Soaps column, we learn that Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) is gay:

This week the ‘is he or isn’t he’ question about Reid is answered and it comes from the good doctor himself. Luke and Reid are having another one of their usual bitch fests when Luke accuses Reid of being a homophobe.

Reid counters by telling Luke that isn’t the case, because he’s gay himself. Luke is taken by surprise by Reid’s admission and the back and forth continues, until Luke tells Reid that he’s not the jerk that he seems to be and that there’s a nice guy under all that bluster, leaving Reid with food for thought.

Meanwhile, Henry Coleman is still in a tailspin about Reid and Katie’s friendship, certain that Reid has a thing for his BFF Katie. But a newly returned Chris Hughes doesn’t understand why Henry is so upset since Reid is, after all, gay. Is that the only thing that Chris knows about Reid that Henry… and Luke might want to know?

Let’s hope the show actually lets the handsome doc have some romance – with Luke!

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Tuesday Morning Man: James Van Der Beek!

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http://cm1.theinsider.com/media/0/132/86/james_vdb.0.0.0x0.429x600.jpegJames Van Der Beek has come a long ways since his days on Dawson’s Creek.

This week, he debuts as Dr. Joe Briggs, the new womanizing ICU chief on the NBC medical drama Mercy. It’s his first recurring role since a stint on One Tree Hill a few years back.

Dawson Leery was a real good guy so it seems like James is specializing in darker characters. He played a religiously fanatical serial killer on Criminal Minds portrayed real life kidnapper Anthony Steven “Tony Zappa” Wright in the Lifetime television movie Taken In Broad Daylight.

He also starred in the NBC miniseries The Storm and did guest spots on How I Met Your Mother, Medium and Ugly Betty.

The handsome young actor turned 33 on Monday and is also newly single after splitting with wife Heather McComb.

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Roseanne on her rant against Osmond family and Mormon church: “I am so sorry for being wrong and insensitive”

http://scotsavage.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/roseannebarr.jpgI thought Roseanne Barr had lost her mind when she ripped into a grieving Marie Osmond last week regarding the suicide of her son Michael Blosil writing on her blog: “Please get some integrity and tell that church of yours that you will leave it and stop giving it ten percent of your money if they don’t stop trying to destroy your kids’ and all gay people’s civil rights and dreams and hopes.”

Whatever Roseanne’s point was, it was shocking that before this young man was even buried, she would write these things. The fallout, understandably, has been huge and now the Emmy winner has reflected on her actions and is sorry.

She writes:

”Michael’s friends and family say he was not gay. If that is true, then I owe a huge apology to the Osmond family and to Marie Osmond for the words I wrote here. I read several published sources before I said anything, but–I did not know him, and I don’t know his family either. I just reacted and said what I said because I have known so many gay mormon kids who committed suicide, as well as non mormon gay kids too. I am terribly ashamed of myself this time for shooting off my big mouth, and offending or hurting people who already were hurting. I don’t expect anyone to forgive me, but I am so sorry for being wrong and insensitive.”

”I am sorry to have hurt Marie Osmond, who is the most open minded person in her whole family…. I will leave this up for a while, and then I am just done. I appreciate the letters from gay people who thank me for speaking out on their behalf, but y’all are just going to have to take up the slack I will be leaving behind me. I am old now and tired, and not really feeling up to being the only person who says things that no one else will say. It definitely is not a good way to live my life anymore. I don’t want to end up a martyr for truth.”

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Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars!

http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/news/00031140.jpgNeil Patrick Harris had denied via Twitter that he was going to do an opening number duet at the Oscars. That’s because it was a solo number! He says in the interview below that it was top secret and he spent a week using side doors and wear hoodies for the last 10 days or so.

He and partner David Burtka beelined to the Governors Ball after the show to beat the rush and have dinner. Neil reported to the set of Glee at 6 a.m. this morning! While in his dressing room after performing at the Oscars, Neil studied his lines for Glee which were written on index cards stuffed inside his tuxedo coat pocket.

He’s a busy guy and very in-demand. It’s his fault for being so damned talented!


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My favorite Oscar moments: Bullock’s speech; Streisand presenting to Bigelow; John Hughes tribute, Oprah’s words

Sandra Bullock OscarWell, I’ve had a busy day so am just now getting around to posting this. Overall, it was a fine Academy Awards telecast even though that interpretive dance numbers was complete torture.

I thought Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were an absolute riot as co-hosts, very funny together and just edgy enough. That was a big success. … The tribute to John Hughes featuring the stars of his movies including Jon Cryer, Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick, MacCauley Culkin and Ally Sheedy was absolutely perfect and very moving. … Oprah Winfrey was just so wonderfully eloquent in talking about Gabourey Sidibe as part of the best actress presentation and Gabby’s emotional reaction was just Oscar magic … I was rooting for Meryl Streep to win best actress and feel she deserved to win. But Sandra Bullock had the “momentum” as they say. But Bullock’s extraordinarily gracious and down-to-Earth speech just won me over and feel happy for her. Still, the Oscars are supposed to be about being the best and Streep absolutely was. … Best supporting actress Mo’Nique paid tribute to Hattie MacDaniel who was the first black woman to win an Oscar back in 1940 and the only one for the next 50 years when Whoopi Goldberg won. Mo’Nique pointedly thanked the Academy for making her win “about the performance and not the politics.” … Best actor winner Jeff Bridges was as big of a shoo-in as Mo’Nique but he expressed a lot more joy onstage than the Precious star did. I was damned happy to see this man win, it just felt so completely right. … So did the victory of Kathryn Bigelow for best director and how perfect it was that it was presented to her by Barbra Streisand who helped pave the way for Bigelow and others. Streisand should have been nominated for Yentl and especially for The Prince of Tides which got several other nods back in 1992 including best picture. … As for the photo of presenters Bradley Cooper-Gerard Butler? Their just walking on the stage together was one of my favorite Oscar moments!

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More on the Oscar snubs: Why include Michael Jackson and not Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur?

http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20080430/300.fawcett.farrah.043008.jpgThe Academy is not apologizing for its glaring omission of Farrah Fawcett in its In Memorium segment last night which I think just makes an unfortunate situation worse.

Everyone noticed. It was wrong to exclude someone with her many film credits, her level of fame, and the widespread grief her death brought.

Here’s what spokeswoman Leslie Unger told Radar: “It is highly unlikely that we forgot about Farrah Fawcett but we unfortunately don’t include everyone each year. There are many angles that are looked at as to who to include and unfortunately we don’t include everyone.”

Added Oscar producer Bruce Davis: “It is the single most troubling element of the Oscar show every year. Because more people die each year than can possibly be included in that segment. You are dropping people who the public knows. It’s just not comfortable.

I posted earlier a partial list of Farrah’s many feature films including Extremeties, The Apostle and Dr. T. and the Women.

People have been writing in with other omissions including Bea Arthur who had memorable roles in the films Mame (she’s the one and only Vera Charles) and was wonderful in the 1970 film Lovers and Other Strangers. Her final film was 2001′s Enemies of Laughter.

If three films is not enough to warrant a mention, then why the inclusion of Michael Jackson? As far as I know, he film credits equal two: The Wiz and the concert film This is It.

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Sean Hayes talks to The Advocate about being openly gay: “I am who I am. I was never in”

1037 COVER X300 | ADVOCATE.COMWell, better late than never.

Sean Hayes has, for the first time, publicly discussed being a gay man in an interview with The Advocate. He seems a bit grumpy about it because the magazine had been hard on him in the past about not being public with his sexuality.

He may not be as flamboyantly gay as his television alter-ego Jack on Will & Grace but he is gay and has acknowledged that as he prepares to make his Broadway debut in Promises, Promises.

The cover story explains that once Hayes began to play Jack, everyone wanted to know if he himself was gay and how he felt about playing a gay character. Faced with the very real prospect of jeopardizing his chance at landing straight roles down the road, he started reciting stock answers, variations on what he told the Detroit Free Press early on: “When I play a gay character I want to be as believable as possible. And when I’m playing a straight character I also want to be as believable as possible. So the less that people know about my personal life, the more believable I can be as a character.”

Hayes never pretended to be something he wasn’t like walking some pretty woman down the red carpet or faking a straight relationship.

While he was a riot as Jack, I think his being so tight-lipped made it difficult for gay fans to embrace him.

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http://korrekt.com/09.07.07_fashion_rocks_review/sean_hayes_008.jpg“I believe that nobody owes anything to anybody,” Hayes says in the interview. “Nobody owes anything to anybody. You are your authentic self to whom and when you choose to be, and if you don’t know somebody, then why would you explain to them how you live your life?”

Then he makes this point: “I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it. You’re welcome, Advocate.”

The four years since Will & Grace have allowed Hayes to reevaluate things. “I was anxious to get back to my life before Will & Grace,” he says. “You do need that time to find who you are again. Who am I without this? With fame you can’t help but lose yourself. You want to be the one who says I’ll always remain the same, but it is humanly impossible to disallow fame to change you.”

He opens up just a tad about his personal life: “I spend time with a special someone in my life,” he says. But after years of being burned, he won’t say another word about him or the quiet life they lead. “That’s it. That’s all I need,” he says. “I don’t need events. I don’t do a lot. I live my life like an 85-year-old man. I’m just quiet. It’s fantastic.”

To read the entire article, go to Advocate.com.

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Farrah Fawcett unfairly snubbed on Oscar telecast

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http://www.accesshollywood.com/content/images/92/230x306/92707_ryan-oneal-and-farrah-fawcett-at-the-1989-oscars.jpgWe lost a lot of movie stars last year including Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson, and Brittany Murphy among them. On last night’s Oscars, James Taylor took to the stage and performed The Beatles’s In My Life as pictures of the recently departed flashed on the screen.

So where was Farrah Fawcett? How could she not have been included in this tribute?

Farrah may have had her most famous roles on television but she made plenty of feature films including an acclaimed role as Robert Duvall’s wife in 1997′s The Apostle and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her riveting performance in 1986′s Extremities in a role she originated off-Broadway.

Her film debut was in 1970s Myra Breckinridge, appeared in 1976′s Logan’s Run and her first lead came opposite Jeff Bridges in 1978′s Somebody Killed Her Husband. She starred with Bridges again in in 1989′s See You in the Morning.

Other features included Dr. T and the Women opposite Richard Gere, Saturn 3 with Kirk Douglas, Sunburn, Man of the House, Cannonball Run and her final film appearance of any kind was in 2004′s The Cookout. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

There’s no excuse for not including Farrah.

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Lunch Break Video: Affleck, Damon, McConaughey, Dempsey, Sting & Lowe on “Jimmy Kimmel”

http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/blink/2009/04/06/JimmyKimmel.jpgIf you didn’t catch Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscar show last night, then you’ve got to check out this really funny ‘Handsome Men Club’ skit.

It is an unbelievable group assembled for this: Matthew McConaughey (he wants to eject Jimmy from the club for not being handsome), Taye Diggs, Patrick Dempsey, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Lowe, Josh Hartnett, and, best of all, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon who have been in some classic Kimmel bits in the past. He and Affleck are especially close at the end of this video.

Enjoy!

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