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Openly Gay Actor-Comedian Taylor Negron Dies Of Cancer At Age 57

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Openly gay actor and comedian Taylor Negron, known for his part with Sean Penn in the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, died of cancer at the age of 57 on Saturday reports ABC NewsHis cousin and former Three Dog Night musician Chuck Negron announced Taylor's death in an emotional video posted on YouTube. Before his death, Taylor wrote a piece about his life, starring in bit roles and being "That guy," for XO Jane. 

Said Negron:

"Instead, I am the Alternative Everyman. I have been your postman. I am the man who delivered your pizza. I was the gang member who kidnapped your daughter at gunpoint. I’m a nanny for children. I am a stylist for Stuart Little. I am your shrink. I direct porn films. I am the groom and the maid of honor ...

"I look at my alternative everyman predicament this way. By letting go of what you thought was going to happen in your life, you can enjoy what is actually happening...That is what I do. I'm That Guy."

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 1.10.31 PMTaylor's movie credits include Stuart Little, The Last Boy Scout, Angels in the Outfield, Bio-Dome and Vamps where he reprised his pizza delivery scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Negron got his start in comedy and Hollywood working as Lee Strasberg's assistant in a work-study program and interned under Lucille Ball, who was a guest teacher, at Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in 1977 at the age of 19. Negron also wrote the critically acclaimed The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron – A Fusion of Story and Song, which debuted in the Green Room at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and later ran at the SoHo Playhouse and Barrow Street Theater. Negron is also an accomplished painter and was featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as Los Angeles' Laemmie Royal Theater and the Hotel de Ville Lifestyle. 

Negron's final film roles include the short film H., in a narrator role, and upcoming film Alienated, where he plays a character named Griffin alongside actor George Katt and actress Jen Burry. You can watch Negron's scene with Sean Penn's Spicoli, who orders a pizza in the middle of class, in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Moneybomb for Marriage Equality: Join Us in Raising Funds for 'The Four' States That Need Help

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Today, we're joining with The Four in an effort to raise money for the campaigns to approve marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, and Washington, and to fight the anti-gay amendment in Minnesota.

It’s 25 days until the election.

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Sean Penn and Kid Rock Have Bipartisan Bromance, Attend Gay Wedding in New 'Americans' PSA: VIDEO

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Sean Penn and Kid Rock have released a heavy-handed PSA called "Americans" meant to encourage civil discourse and come to terms with our political differences.

CosmoThe description to the heavy-handed, 11-minute clip reads:

The goal of the film is to tear down the one-dimensional political stereotypes portrayed by the media by confronting them head on. It reminds us that what really matters is that we're all Americans, with diverse thoughts, opinions and stances on issues. We are millions of unique, individual parts, the sum of which comprise a whole that is the shining beacon of freedom throughout the world. The film reminds us to be proud of our differences, and to never forget that we're all in this together as Americans.

The clip shows the two stars arguing over political issues (and dick sizes) in a bar before a news report about military deaths in Afghanistan comes on, at which time they decide to embrace each other's differences in the name of freedom, and then embark on a bipartisan bromance in which they buy a Prius, attend an environmental rally, and a gay wedding (where one of the men wears a bridal veil). Kid Rock even convinces Penn to stop drinking Cosmopolitans (presumably the liberal wussy drink) and try a beer!

At the end, they exchange PETA and NASCAR t-shirts and walk on a beach as the sun sets.

While the message is certainly an honorable one, the execution is often cringeworthy.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Sean Penn Calls Out the Tea Party on Racism: VIDEO

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Sean Penn calls the Tea Party like he sees it in a Piers Morgan interview from Friday night:

"You have what I call the ‘Get the N-word out of the White House party,’ the Tea Party. This kind of sensibility, which is much more of a distraction...I don't think there's any doubt about it: If you ask any representative of the Tea Party, 'OK, Social Security, socialist, get rid of it?'' they're going to get very confused. At the end of the day, there's a big bubble coming out of their heads, saying, 'Can we just lynch him?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Sean Penn as a Sad, Sensitive Goth Rocker

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In This Must Be The Place, Sean Penn stars "as an oddball ex-rocker determined to track down the Nazi who humiliated his late father" according to Movieline, adopting a Robert Smith-style new wave Goth look for what looks like another juicy character role.

But I was sold at Frances McDormand.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The film is set to debut this month at Cannes.

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Movies: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Golden Globes...and Scooby Doo?

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 Remember when Penn was fighting for that Harvey Milk holiday in 2009? Worthy cause.

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You don't really want to talk about Nicolas Cage's Season of the Wig oops Witch do you? I thought not. Let's move on. That's the only big new release. The rest is Oscar-focused screen count scrambling.

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Pennasmilk  road Sean Penn will soon be honored with a humanitarian award. No, it's not another honor for his excellent portrayal of gay activist Harvey Milk. This prize is for his excellent work as Sean Penn, being quite the activist himself. He's definitely done a lot for Haiti relief recently. Each year the Producers Guild of America hands out the Stanley Kramer Award. It's named after the producer and/or director of high-minded classics like Judgment at Nuremberg, Inherit the Wind, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and High Noon. The prize usually goes to a film (recent winners have included Precious, An Inconvenient Truth and Hotel Rwanda) but Penn will be the first actor to receive it. In the PGA's own words:

"We are proud to honor Sean Penn with this award as he truly exemplifies the Stanley Kramer legacy. Sean is a committed activist who has used his extraordinary talents and influence to shed light on powerful stories, causes and individuals—through film, journalism, and global humanitarian organizations."

Meanwhile at the cinema, Sean Penn will next play Brad Pitt's son (ah, the magic of the movies) in the upcoming Terrence Malick film THE TREE OF LIFE. The trailer is a beauty. Can't wait.

 road Remember last year's Golden Globes when Burlesque was just a crazy dream and not a reality and Cher & Christina Aguilera presented the Best Original Song prize and hit the after parties?

They're baaaa-aaack. MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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