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Stephen Moyer & Alexander Skarsgård Wage ‘The Battle Of The Fang’ 2010

Shirt tales

Earlier this year, True Blood co-stars Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård were great sports and participated in a TB fan-driven charity event called The Battle of the Fang and, as I understand it, helped raise thousands of dollars for each actor’s favorite charity. The team able to raise the most money thruout the challenge won the right to have both Stephen and Alexander wear t-shirts designed by the winning team. Here are supercute photos of Moyer and Skarsgård modeling the winning t-shirt designs and a bit of info about the contest itself:

Since True Blood has decided to amp up season 3, we’ve decided to amp up the Team Eric vs. Team Bill rivalry. Instead of wasting your breath in a heated, “My vamp is better than your vamp”, debate, put your money where your mouth is honey. Join us as we battle! It’s the Viking Lovers against Bill’s Wick’d Women, in a Looziana Grudge Match charity throw down! We have some items coming up for the fund raiser that you’ll love but that’s not the best part … Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård have both agreed to wear a T-shirt designed by the winning actor and their team – and be photographed wearing it! Therefore, if you don’t want to see your beloved Eric Northman (Alexander) walking around in a Moyer’s Muffin T-shirt then join in the fun! Let’s put Steve in a Mrs. Skarsgård T-shirt! Both actors are good friends in real life. They demonstrate their good hearts and their sense of humor participating in this contest that is aimed to include any fan site, organization, or single fan who wants to work to benefit these two great causes.

SUPPORT ALEXANDER’S AND STEPHEN’S CHOSEN CHARITIES

Stephen Moyer is truly saddened by the devastation going on in the Gulf of Mexico due to the BP oil spill, so he would like to reach out and help Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, which have been so damaged by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The mission of the Gulf Relief Foundation is to provide relief to the fishing community of the Gulf Coast and their families, and to address the long-term challenge of restoring and protecting America’s Coast wetlands. For more information visit www.gulfaid.org.

Alexander Skarsgård would like to see the fund raising in his honor go to SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that focuses on family-based, long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. At SOS Children’s Villages and SOS Youth Facilities they experience reliable relationships and love once again, meaning that they can recover from what they have experienced, which has often been traumatic. They grow up in a stable family environment, and are supported individually until they become independent young adults. We will be working with the SOS Swedish branch (Alexander’s native country) to fund a Children’s Village in Bovary, Ukraine.

Not only am I impressed by the ability of a network of fan websites to organize a contest like this but I am also impressed by the willingness of these actors to play along and participate. And how much did fans raise to get these guys to model these t-shirts? Team Bill raised $35,043 while Team Eric raised $34,223. Congrats to the winners for their hard work and kudos all around for finding a very fun way to raise much needed funds for two important charities. Aren’t these photos great?

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World AIDS Day 2010

Universal Access and Human Rights

Every December 1, the world collectively works together to raise AIDS awareness by commemorating the day as World AIDS Day in an effort to raise money for AIDS treatment and research. The theme of World AIDS Day 2010 is Universal Access and Human Rights:

The theme for World AIDS Day 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognising these as fundamental human rights. Valuable progress has been made in increasing access to HIV and AIDS services, yet greater commitment is needed around the world if the goal of universal access is to be achieved. Millions of people continue to be infected with HIV every year. In low- and middle-income countries, less than half of those in need of antiretroviral therapy are receiving it, and too many do not have access to adequate care services. The protection of human rights is fundamental to combating the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. Violations against human rights fuel the spread of HIV, putting marginalised groups, such as injecting drug users and sex workers, at a higher risk of HIV infection. By promoting individual human rights, new infections can be prevented and people who have HIV can live free from discrimination. World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us – individuals, communities and political leaders – to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.

If you would like to participate in the World AIDS Day campaign in an effort to commemorate the theme of Universal Access and Human Rights, you can get more information on how to do so HERE. OR, you can do something as simple as wearing a red ribbon today to show your commitment to fighting to find a cure for AIDS:

The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. The red ribbon started as a “grass roots” effort; as a result there is no one official AIDS ribbon manufacturer, and many people make their own. It’s easily done – just use some ordinary red ribbon and a safety pin! If you want to take your awareness raising a step further then try finding a local event to take part in. Around the world there are hundreds of activities taking place to mark World AIDS Day, including candlelight vigils, art shows, marches and religious services. If you can’t find anything in your area then why not organise an event yourself?

Even simpler, you can make your mark on a social network calendar and help turn the world red by participating today in the #turnred campaign:

Wednesday, December 1 marks (RED)’s World AIDS Day, where landmarks around the world will be illuminated in red lights to highlight the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization’s goal is for the year 2015 to mark the beginning of the first AIDS-free generation. To raise awareness, social network users can help to turn a map of the world red using Twitter and Facebook or by attending a (RED) Meetup. Foursquare users can also participate by including the hashtag “#turnred” when they check in at any location, which will unlock a special (RED) badge. The checkins (if they’re posted to Twitter), tweets and Facebook profile photos will be posted to a map on the (RED) website. Countries that see the most activity across the different channels will turn a deeper shade of red. You’ll be able to filter the activities based on the social network — foursquare included — that generated it. (RED)’s primary objective is to raise awareness and funds for the Global Fund, which supports efforts to eliminate AIDS in Africa. A significant portion of their funds are raised by brands like Apple and Gap that offer special (RED) versions of their products and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Global Fund. You can follow (RED) on foursquare to find retailers near you that offer (PRODUCT) RED.

World AIDS Day is all about raising awareness, doing something very simple in unison with millions of people around the world can help make a difference. Silence = Death. I urge you to make the commitment today to be silent no longer.

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Eliza Dushku & Rick Fox Serve Thanksgiving Dinner To The Needy In Boston

Giving back

Lovebirds Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox were among the 200 volunteers who were on hand yesterday to serve Thanksgiving meals in Boston, MA in an effort to give back to those in need. As you may recall, yesterday we saw photos of some of the celebs who served Thanksgiving dinners here in SoCal but Eliza and Rick were doing their part to give of their time and energy in Boston:

A [trio] of celebrities spanning the sports, political and entertainment helped serve Thanksgiving Day meals at a Boston homeless shelter. U.S. Senator Scott Brown was joined Thursday at the Pine Street Inn by actress Eliza Dushku and former pro basketball player Rick Fox, who’s fresh off a run on TV’s Dancing with the Stars. The three are the best known of the 200 volunteers who will help serve 1,500 dinners Thursday. The Pine Street Inn planned to roast 63 turkeys, and the fixings include 460 pounds of mashed potatoes and 307 pounds of corn and peas. Deserts were also chosen from an assortment of 188 traditional pies.

I just love these two so much and I really love that they decided to give so generously of their time to help feed the needy in their beloved Boston community. Much love and thanks goes out to not only Eliza, Rick and Senator Brown but also to the 197 other Bostonians who were on hand to help serve Thanksgiving meals yesterday at The Pine Street Inn as well as the countless other volunteers who continue to work with the needy all around the world. So many of us, me included, take for granted how rich our lives are … I’m always so impressed with the folks who work to enrich the lives of others. Well done Eliza and Rick … you guys rule!

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Celebs Celebrate Thanksgiving 2010 By Feeding The Hungry

The reason for the season

Kirk Douglas and some of his celebrity friends made their way to Skid Row here in downtown Los Angeles yesterday to serve Thanksgiving meals to the thousands of homeless and needy people in the area. Kirk and his wife Anne have been leading the feed the hungry charge each holiday season and this were were joined by actors Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Blair Underwood (The Event), John Schneider (Nip/Tuck, Smallville, The Dukes of Hazzard), Brandon Molale as well as local government dignitaries Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Police Chief Charlie Beck and many, many more. Here are a few photos and some deets from yesterday’s event:

Celebrities and political leaders volunteered on Wednesday in downtown L.A., where thousands of people turned out for the annual Thanksgiving meal at the Los Angeles Mission. Officials said they expected to serve 3,500 meals by the end of the day. “I think we’re all on this planet together as a community, and to whom much is given, much is expected,” said “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Sarah Drew. “I’ve been given a lot in my life, and I think it’s really important for me to give back.” Actor Kurt Douglas and his wife Anne have been volunteering at the event for years, saying it’s a way for them to give back to the community. The celebrity couple says they’ve seen an increase in the number of people on Skid Row … “We who are not homeless, we always get together on Thanksgiving with our families, but we don’t ever want to forget that those are families out there who don’t have homes, but they’re still families, and we want to see them happy and be together,” he said. With the economy in bad shape, the Los Angeles Mission is seeing a lot more families in need of help. “We continue to see more people than ever. We’re seeing a different face of homelessness, many who are maybe not on the streets, but living in someone’s basement, garage, maybe in their car,” said Herb Smith of the Los Angeles Mission. Meals were served until 3 p.m.

It is so easy to forget that there are countless people in need on a day like today when many of us are overwhelmed with family, friends and good eats. I, personally, am thankful today for the many folks who give so generously of their time and energy to help brighten up the lives of so many people in need all around the world … not just on Thanksgiving or Xmas but each and every day. Unfortunately, the people who need help far outnumber those who are willing to give back but as long as there are generous people in the world, there is hope that things can get better. No matter where you are in the world today, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, please take some time to be thankful for all the blessings in your lives. My personal thanks goes out to the people pictured here at the LA Mission yesterday and all the unsung people around the world who are also giving back this holiday season.

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Justin Gaston Goes Nekkid For PETA . . . Again

No Fur Allowed

Back in July we got our first look at a batch of photos that feature If I Can Dream stars Ben Elliott, Giglianne Braga and Justin Gaston posing nekkid for an anti-fur campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Today, we get to see a new promo photo for the PETA campaign which features these very attractive, very nekkid folks one more time:

This summer, the world got a sneak peek at the If I Can Dream cast’s anti-fur campaign—and now Giglianne Braga, Ben Elliott, and Justin Gaston are ready to reveal their provocative new ad, which features the three sexy housemates embracing one another au naturel next to the words, “If You Need Fur to Keep Warm, You’ve Got Problems.” As shown in a recent episode of If I Can Dream, all five castmates welcomed PETA representatives into the house to talk about the fur industry. After watching a graphic video that showed how animals who are killed for their fur are beaten to death and often skinned alive, Braga, Elliott, and Gaston all agreed to strip for PETA’s anti-fur campaign. The housemates also sat down for exclusive interviews with PETA. “When I first saw the footage, I was pretty upset about it,” said actor Ben Elliott. “Like, I didn’t know animals got treated that way, and were, like, literally skinned alive … that’s awful.” Model Giglianne Braga, who is a lifelong vegetarian, added, “I don’t understand how people can do that, really. Just torture and kill like that for the sake of fashion.” The trio enjoyed the shoot—despite the awkwardness of going completely nude around their roommates. Musician Justin Gaston explained, “This is definitely the … raciest thing I’ve ever done.” But because it was “for a good cause,” Gaston was “really, really glad” that he got to be a part of it. Braga, laughing, added, “It was fun being naked with those boys.” Braga, Elliott, and Gaston join a long list of celebrities—including Eva Mendes, Pamela Anderson, Khloe Kardashian, Dave Navarro, and Joanna Krupa—who have bared their skins to save animals’ skins. For more information and to view the ad, please visit PETA.org.

I still LOVE that Justin Gaston felt the need to get Bible verses tattooed to such interesting places on his body … but that’s beside the point. You gotta love a threesome of attractive 20-somethings who have no problem stripping down for a good cause … am I right? After the jump, check out some behind the scenes video from this shoot because, well, have I mentioned how attractive these people are? Click on … More »

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Tim Gunn Films A PSA Video In Support Of GLBT Youth

"As a 17 year old youth ... I attempted to kill myslef"

Yesterday we got to see a few videos recorded by celebs in support of young GLBT people who may be feeling hopeless and, very sadly, suicidal due to harassment, bullying and/or rejection from others. Today I want to share one more video that features fashion guru and Project Runway host Tim Gunn sharing his own story of attempted suicide. As you may recall, we learned last month about Gunn‘s suicide attempt when I talked bout his new book in which he shares his story. In light of the tragic string of GLBT suicides in recent weeks, Tim Gunn was inspired to share his story personally in a video of his own:


Messages like this have more impact when they come directly from someone who endured the same situations in their youths. I can’t think of a better person to look to as an example of the fact that “It Gets Better” than Tim Gunn. This man tried to end his life at 17 … was thankfully unsuccessful in his attempt and found the strength to soldier on and achieve major success in his adult life. Of course the same staggering success cannot be promised to everyone but life does get better from the youthful despair that so many young people suffer. I love Tim Gunn so much … his decision to share his personal story in an attempt to help save the lives of other is just so inspiring. It does get better … and The Trevor Project is there to offer help and support 24/7.

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Celebrities Create PSA Videos In Support Of GLBT Youth

It Gets Better

In the wake of so many suicides by GLBT youth due to bullying in recent weeks a bunch of celebrities have banded together or filmed videos on their own to spread the message of hope to the young people who fell hopeless. Much like Dave Navarro did on his official website last week, all kinds of celebs have decided to speak out in order to spread hope. A flurry of It Gets Better videos have been popping up recently in an effort to spread the message as far and wide as possible. Here is a video which features Anne Hathaway, Kristin Cavallari, Jenny McCarthy, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Roberts, Candice Accola, Ian Somerhalder, Candis Cayne, Erika Jayne, Greg Grunberg, Rex Lee, Julie Benz, Michael Chiklis and Kat Graham:


My good friend Pauley Perrette, who stars on NCIS, decided to film and release a video of her own:


As did Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden:


This message that life gets better is so important because it is so easy for young people who feel hopeless and alone to think that no one understands what they are going thru as they figure out who they are … even worse, many believe that they are unloved, unwanted and will not be missed if they decide to take their own lives. It is my sincere hope that these messages of hope can reach the people who need to hear them the most. The Trevor Project was set up so that young people in need of support can call at any time of the day or night to find the help that they need. Information on The Trevor Project can be found on their official website HERE or they can be reached by calling 1-866-4UTREVOR (866-488-7386). It truly may seem hopeless sometimes … but things do get better.

Pink reader Sarah points us HERE to see the rest of the It Gets Better PSA videos. Check ‘em out, post ‘em on Facebook … help spread the message.

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Lindsay Lohan Visits A Shelter, Shows Off Her New SCRAM

Rehabilitation

Lindsay Lohan surfaced in public for the first time since she was incarcerated and then released from jail last Friday in a presumed attempt to try and rehabilitate her bad girl image. Late last night Lindsay and her crew showed up at The Dream House shelter in Echo Park, CA in an effort to spread cheer and goodwill to the children and families there. To be honest, it seems fairly transparent that Lindsay‘s attempt at goodwill prolly had more to do with rehabilitating her image than helping the less fortunate but, well … let’s give her the benefit of the doubt?

Two days after getting out of jail, Lindsay Lohan has emerged from hiding. Accompanied by two friends, sister Ali and mother Dina, the troubled starlet, who will be heading back to rehab possibly as soon as Monday, spent part of Sunday evening visiting the Dream Center, a mission and outreach center connected to the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood. According to a source, LiLo’s business manager Lou Taylor, who also was part of her group, is a supporter of the facility and encouraged her to visit. While there, Lindsay met with children and families, signing autographs and handing out purses to some of the teen girls … “What a great place The Dream Center is here in LA… had a nice time there today, it’s so important to give back. I feel blessed,” Lohan later tweeted. The source said Lohan wanted to make a return visit to see some of the young women housed there, but one thing was clear: She would not be checking in there herself. Lohan plans to check into rehab, but that it would not be at the Dream Center facility, said the source.

LOL!! I can’t believe that anyone would think that Lindsay would be seeking help at The Dream House. She may be willing to dirty her hands a bit with a quick photo opp visit but there’s no way in Hell you could drag her ass there for actual treatment. Rumor has it that Lindsay will be checking herself in to a more posh rehab facility outside of LA “sometime this week”.

And so … now that Lindsay is going back out in public, it’s time to revive the SCRAM Watch. TMZ has the first image of L. Lo and the return of her fave fashion accessory, which you can check out after the jump … More »

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UK Rugby Player Gavin Henson Gets Naked For Charity

Good Deeds

Gavin Henson, British rugby stud and newly separated fiancée of Charlotte Church, stripped down to his birthday suit in order to appear in a promo photo for Cosmopolitan magazine meant to raise funds and awareness for the Everyman Campaign. The Everyman Campaign is the UK’s leading prostate and testicular cancer campaign and chose well when they decided to get Henson to strip down for the cause … check out his husky and hot photo:

Having braved sub-zero temperatures for a new reality TV show, stripping off under warm studio lights was not exactly going to be a problem. But Gavin Henson wasn’t just showing off his toned and tanned physique as a treat for his female admirers. Instead he dared to bare all for a magazine shoot to raise awareness of male cancer for the Everyman charity. Gavin, 28, stripped off for a special photo shoot for next month’s issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. It was for the Everyman campaign to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer and encourage men to get themselves regular checked. His picture was inspired by his forthcoming reality TV show 71 Degrees North, which starts on ITV this Saturday. The programme will see Gavin compete against other celebrities including actor Shane Richie, TV presenters Andrew Castle and Konnie Huq and Ultimo bra boss Michelle Mone, to be the first to reach the northern-most point of Europe – latitude 71 degrees. Each week they will be given a ­daring task to complete while ­enduring the freezing wastes of ­Norway.

While this photo is meant to be a nod towards Henson‘s upcoming new show, I could honestly care less where the lad decides to strip down … and in what setting. In all seriousness, tho, testicular and prostate cancer is a very serious matter and anything that can be done to bring awareness to the disease is very important and very welcome. That being said, I’m just glad that Gavin Henson is contributing to the cause in as hot a way as possible. We don’t really have professional rugby here in the US so I hope y’all Brits don’t mind us yanks appreciating your crop of hunky men ;)

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Ryan Reynolds Films A PSA For The Natural Resources Defense Council

Real life Superhero

Ryan Reynolds, who plays the fictional superhero Green Lantern in the upcoming film of the same name, is featured in a new public service announcement for the Natural Resources Defense Council wherein he advocates the use of alternative natural energies rather than, say, oil. Here are a few screencaps from this new video and some deets about the ad campaign:

When Ryan Reynolds was filming his superhero flick The Green Lantern in New Orleans, he was inspired to spring into a different kind of action: activism. Exploring the Gulf region plagued by spilled oil was an eye-opening experience for the leading man, 33. “I flew over the Deepwater Horizon site and saw what looked like the opposite of all the news reports – it looked more like somebody had spilled water into a Gulf filled with oil,” Reynolds says. Wanting to make sure similar spills never happen again, the actor has teamed with the Natural Resources Defense Council for a PSA to encourage the use of alternative energies. “What we’re doing is literally the same thing cavemen did,” he says. “We set things on fire to produce energy. There are so many viable alternatives.” He adds: “I see this whole thing as a wake-up call, a chance to shift to cleaner energy and build a greener economy.”

Essentially, this PSA is 30 seconds of Ryan Reynolds talking about the importance of using alternative energies … as we stare into his piercingly beautiful eyes. Yes, it is very distracting. After the jump, check out the PSA and see for yourselves … More »

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