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.
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 ;)
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 »
Sandra Bullock has plenty of fight left in her – and she’s putting it toward a good cause. Months following the BP oil spill, the Oscar winner, who adopted her son from New Orleans, is joining stars like Blake Lively and John Goodman for Restore the Gulf’s “Be the One” campaign. “What can you offer?” Bullock asks in the PSA, standing along the coast. “Your voice. Speak up.” Other celebs featured in the PSA include New Orleans native Peyton Manning, chef Emeril Lagasse, who runs several restaurants in town and musicians Dave Matthews and Lenny Kravitz. The campaign was started by the Women of the Storm, a non-partisan alliance of Louisiana women, to rally support for the cleanup.
As we have done many times before, I hope we are all able to come together and do what we can for the affected people who need our help. The people who make a living from the Gulf of Mexico have been devastated by the oil spill and their lives will be drastically changed for a very long time, if not forever. After the jump, check out the promo video for Be the One and find out how YOU can lend a helping hand … More »
Betty White, Hollywood’s beloved new “It” Girl, is releasing her first-ever calendar and today we get our first look at what’s in store. The 2011 Betty White Calendar will go on sale in September and proceeds from its sale will benefit the The Morris Animal Foundation. Here is our first look at this hot new calendar:
The 88-year-old Betty White will be available all year long with THE BETTY WHITE CALENDAR, a 24/7 tribute to one of America’s most beloved actresses, comediennes, and winner of multiple Emmy Awards. From her new hit television comedy – Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) – to her #1 Super Bowl commercial (Snickers) with the not-dead Abe Vigoda – Betty is classy, earthy and unassuming . She’s also got a fantastic sense of humor about herself – and that’s our idea of a centerfold! The last surviving member of The Golden Girls cast – Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty died between 2008 to 2010 – Betty White has also starred on Life with Elizabeth, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Carol Burnett Show as well as Mama’s Family, That 70s Show, Boston Legal and Malcolm in the Middle. Deemed the “First Lady of Game Shows” by the entertainment press, Betty appeared on What’s My Line?, To Tell the Truth, I’ve Got a Secret, Match Game, and Password, among others, in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Earlier this year, Betty hosted Saturday Night Live after a grassroots Facebook campaign called “Betty White to Host SNL (Please)” attracted 500,000 fans and Betty became their oldest host ever. Ratings were SNL’s highest since 2008 and a show hosted by Ben Affleck. The Betty White Calendar 2011 is priced at $12.99 and will go on sale in September. Betty White has dedicated herself to improving the lives of animals and this calendar is no exception: All of Ms. White’s proceeds will benefit The Morris Animal Foundation based in Denver, Colorado. www.morrisanimalfoundation.org
OMG, how much do I love this? A year full of Betty White surrounded by hot, half-nekkid men. Does it even get more perfect than that? After the jump, check out one of the photos that will be featured in The Betty White Calendar … More »
Britain’s Prince Harry has a pretty good arm. Harry threw the ceremonial first pitch with a bit of zip before the Mets played the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, the second day of his visit to New York. “He did well,” said Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey(notes), who tutored Harry for a few minutes before his pitch. Without much fanfare, Harry walked to the mound when the Mets ran onto the field before the first inning and received polite applause from the Citi Field crowd. He was wearing a blue Mets cap and a white T-shirt with “walking with the wounded” written on the front in red lettering. The Mets had made him a pinstriped jersey with “Wales” and the number 22 on the back … Standing on the pitching rubber, Harry sheepishly waved to the crowd before shaking his right arm several times and doing a full body jiggle to loosen up. He then made a hard, accurate throw that was a little high, forcing catcher Rod Barajas(notes) to stand from his crouch to make the catch of the pitch that crossed the plate. Dickey spent about five minutes with Harry before the game helping him with his mechanics. He said the prince was throwing with a more straight-armed cricket throw so he told him to bend his elbow. “We didn’t talk about Parliament or anything,” Dickey said. “We’re just two guys having a catch” … A lieutenant in the British Army, Harry spent several innings in a luxury suite with Mets owner Fred Wilpon, the founder of Welcome Back Veterans, a charity which provides support and treatment for soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder.
HMMMM … don’t you think that Prince Harry looks pretty good as a baseball player? It looks like he’s got his form down, I think the Mets should do everything they can to sign him up. But in all seriousness, yeah, Harry looks like he would make a right good baseball jock. The look suits him. After the jump, check out a few photos of Harry walking with the wounded in Central Park this morning as part of the Achilles Hope And Possibility Race … More »