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Madonna adopts Malawi with helping hand
Madonna adopts all of Malawi... as a cause,
that is. She didn't simply swoop in take all the
children back to her English estate (although
there's probably enough room there).
Undaunted by media criticism of her
involvement in the impoverished region —
and when was Madonna ever daunted by
anything anyway? — the singer has pro-
duced a documentary titled "I Am
Because We Are," about the plight of
the millions of AIDS orphans in the
Directed by Nathan Rissman and
naiTated by Madonna herself, the title
comes from a quote from Archbishop
Desmond Tutu and concerns the inter-
connectedness of all life.
The movie will benefit Madonna's char-
itable foundation, "Raising Malawi,"
and recently premiered at the Tribeca
Film Festival. Future screenings, via
a theatrical release or TV premiere,
are still in the works.
Cynthia Nixon is 'Distracted'
The Internet may be buzzing
with concerned fan reaction to the
"leaked" information that a tragedy
(possibly even a death) will befall
one of the main characters in the
soon-to-be-released "Sex and the
But life goes on for its stars.
Cynthia Nixon, everyone's
favorite real-life lesbian cast mem-
ber, has more stage work in her
She'll take the lead role in the off-
Broadway comedy "Distracted," from
playwright Lisa Loomei; at New York's
Roundabout Theatre Company, where,
she'll play a concerned mother trying to
find the cause and cure for her son's
apparent Attention Deficit Disorder.
So far, Nixon is the only known cast
member, but more information will be
Meanwhile, patient fans have a while
to wait, as performances don't begin until
Ang Lee's gay Woodstock
In decades' worth of media examination
of hippies and the Woodstock generation,
there have been numerous documentaries
but few narrative features about the leg-
Meanwhile, gay participants are
often relegated to the sidelines as
microculture curiosities within the
larger counterculture — that is, if
they're recognized as having exist-
ed at all.
But film audiences may find
themselves surprised to discover
that it was a gay man, Elliot
Tiber, who was instrumental in
issuing the very permit
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required for the mud-soaked music-fest that
defined the late 1960s.
And now "Brokeback Mountain" director
Ang Lee will adapt Tiber's memoir, "Taking
Woodstock," for Focus Features. "Wedding
Banquet" and "Brokeback" collaborator (as
well as Focus CEO) James Schamus will work
with Lee on this film, as well.
Only just now announced, audiences can
expect to wait until at least 2010 to sing along
to that infamous Hendrix "National
Borat finds another blonde to chase
Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" saw the
comedian's alter ego obsessed with
"Baywatch" beauty Pam Anderson,
who gamely showed up for the
filming, reportedly in on the
joke the entire time.
And now, for Cohen's
hijacking of reality,
along for the ride —
the ubiquitous (to fans of real-
ity television, anyway) Trishelle
Already known for showing up
for any camera pointed in her
direction (a "partial" credit list:
"Real World: Las Vegas,"
"Playboy: Girls of Reality TV,'!
"The Surreal Life," "Fear
Factor," "William Hung:
Hangin' with Hung" and "The
Lingerie Bowl"), the fame-hun-
gry vixen will play herself in the
"Bruno: Delicious Journeys
Through America for the Purpose
of Making Heterosexual Males
Visibly Uncomfortable in the
Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a
And you thought the wrestling
scene from "Borat" was gay!
By John Wright
Do you consider the word
"It depends on the
context it's delivered
in. If it's delivered in
an insulting, deroga-
tory way toward gays,
yes. If it's used to
refer to a flower, no."
"Definitely I find all
ethnic slang terms Gary Prophet
"No. I think it's silly. I
don't even know what
a pansy is. I'm too
old to get offended
by something like
that. I would just
"Yes. A teacher once
told me you curse
because you have no
command of the
language, and I
think that's a good
example of not
being able to come
up with a better
"Yes. I think there
are enough labels in
this world already. If
we could stop using
words like that, I
think we'd all be a
lot better off. People
need to stop and
think about what
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