Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Dead People Giving Concerts Are All The Rage This Season

This whole mess started when my beloved Tupac was resurrected in the form of a hologram to perform at Coachella this past weekend. It was weird and awkward, and I don’t know why it happened. As much as I love Tupac, which is a whole lot, I wouldn’t want to see him perform. Because he’s dead. And if I were Snoop Dogg, I don’t think I’d want to perform with my friend that, you know, has been dead for 16 years. Is that a hard thing to understand?

Apparently it is, because Tupac’s probably going on tour:

“This is just the beginning,” Digital Domain’s chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich,told the Journal Monday. “[Dr.] Dre has a massive vision for this.”

Spokespersons for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have declined to comment, but Dr. Dre’s production team first approached Digital Domain a year ago about creating a virtual Tupac. The team started focusing on the Coachella performance around four months ago, according to the newspaper.

The months of creative and technical planning aside, a stadium tour is feasible, or possibly smaller arenas, to bring in the talents of Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa.

But wait, the madness doesn’t stop with Tupac! No, it looks like Michael Jackson could be gearing up to go on the road one more time as well:

The late music legend’s brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon just announced that they are joining together for Unity Tour 2012, a 27-city jaunt that kicks off June 18 in Louisville.

It marks the first time they’ve toured together since the Victory Tour in 1984.

“I just wish Michael was here with us, but I’m sure his spirit will be in the house,” Jackie exclusively told me this morning.

And he may be with them afterall. Jackie said a Michael hologram could very well be part of a bigger tour they’re planning for next year after they release a new album with their recently reunited record label Motown.

“It could have Michael—absolutely,” he said. “Wouldn’t that be wonderful? As a matter of fact, we had that idea two years ago for Michael’s Cirque du Soleil show.”

The brothers are still working on the set list for Unity. “There are so many songs,” Jackie said. “That’s the hardest part because we want to include all the favorites and not leave anything out. We’re going to sing some of Michael’s stuff, too. We’re going to honor him on the stage. He’d want us to do our thing to the best of our ability.”

Wow, sounds super! But hey, you know who I’d really like to see in concert? Someone who’s been dead for much, much longer. Can you help me out, Dr. Dre?

Jimmy Hendrix and Marvin Gaye? Sounds like a blast, Dre, but holler when you can get me someone like Billie Holiday or John Phillip Sousa, someone who’s been dead for a real substantial amount of time. If we’re going to do this thing, let’s do it right. I’ll see you guys at Bonnaroo, I hear Mozart is going to do some sweet mash-ups with Skrillex, and Jesus is going to be the MC.

Josh Hutcherson Is Amazing

A photo of Josh Hutcherson

You guys. You guys. Josh Hutcherson is the best thing that’s ever happened to Hollywood. Josh Hutcherson is the best thing that ever happened to the world. I know it’s a little sudden, but I’m starting to think that Josh Hutcherson might be to me what Adrien Brody is to Sarah. He’s headed in that direction, at least. It’s a big deal.

But why is he so amazing, you might be wondering. Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in, because I found not one, but two stories about Josh today that absolutely warmed my heart.

Here’s the first one: did you know that Josh Hutcherson is a huge supporter of gay rights? This weekend at the GLAAD Media Awards he’ll receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to a person in the entertainment industry who has done a significant amount of work in promoting equal rights. He’s also the youngest recipient of the award at 19 years old. He does a lot of work with a group called Straight But Not Narrow, whose mission is to help influence younger people, primarily, that any sexuality at all is ok. Here‘s a little from Josh about that:

“My mom has always been a big advocate, especially in the gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual community so for me it’s always been a part of my soul,” Hutcherson says.

He recalls a letter that Straight But Not Narrow received from a 14-year-old high school freshman in Florida. “He was in this very right wing and religious sort of area and he sent a letter saying how SBNN changed his life and how he was able to feel more comfortable coming out to his friends,” Hutcherson says. “I was almost bawling reading it. That makes all our work worth it.”

He also reveals that two of his uncles died from AIDS right around the time he was born, and that they have a little bit to do with his passion:

“This is what my family is most proud of and the same for me,” Hutcherson says. “Acting is one thing, but actually trying to change the world and the way people think to make people’s lives better? That’s the stuff I’m most proud of.”

When I ask if he thinks his uncles are looking down at him, Hutcherson says, “I’m not a religious person in that sense. But at the same time I do believe in some sort of something, just not sure exactly. But yeah, I’d like to think that they see what I’m doing and that they’re proud of me.”

And here’s the second story: he adopted a puppy! The dog is a pit bull, and probably came from a rough environment, because Josh couldn’t adopt him until he had surgery for a broken femur, and he’s also missing a few toes. But Josh says that “He’s incredible. He’s doing great,” and that “His eyes are like that grey, silvery-blue pit eyes. They’re so beautiful.” And here’s the picture:

A photo of Josh Hutcherson

See what I mean? Amazing, right?

Marina and The Diamonds Did A Justin Bieber Cover

You remember Justin Bieber‘s latest hit, “Boyfriend,” don’t you? It was a song that featured a little bit of rapping, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of swag. You couldn’t possibly forget it.

But you might when you hear one of my very favorites, Marina and the Diamonds, covering the song. It’s really a little bit more of a reworking of the song than it is a cover – where Justin’s song is all about “if I was your boyfriend,” Marina’s version is all about “when you were my boyfriend” – but it’s absolutely lovely. She made this shitty, shitty song by Justin Bieber into something magical, and that’s why I love her so much. To be fair though, she did cut out a couple of parts, one of them being my favorite line from the original song (“swag, swag, swag on you, chillin’ by the fire while we eatin’ fondue”), so maybe that had something to do with it?

No, Marina’s just awesome like that. A couple of years ago, she took a song by 3OH!3, which I love for different reasons, and redid it in a similar way. Here’s the original song:

And Marina’s outstanding cover:

See what I mean?