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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden are engaged

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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden have only been dating for about 6 months, but apparently things have been going well. So well, in fact, that the pair have reportedly decided that they want to get married and are now engaged! At least according to US Weekly

“Everyone thinks it’s wild but are so happy for them,” one source told Us. “Benji always tends to fall in love easily, but this time it’s for real and he landed a great girl. They obviously both make each other incredibly happy and there’s nothing better than that.”

“He is more traditional then her,” the pal said. “She really doesn’t care about getting married but wants babies. He wants to get engaged and married first.”

Huh, I feel like I’ve read lots of interviews with Cameron in which she says she doesn’t really want a house full of rugrats, but maybe I’m imagining that and projecting a bit. If this is true, I suppose a congratulations is in order for them. It sounds like a disaster in the making to me, but crazier things have happened!

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Ashlee Simpson is pregnant!

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Ashlee Simpson, lesser of the Simpson sisters (which isn’t saying all that much), is apparently pregnant with her second child – her first with new husband and grandson of Diana Ross, Evan Ross. E! News confirmed the “news”, though frankly it wasn’t much of a surprise since Evan was hyped on telling the press as recently as last month that he wants loads of kids and that he and Ashlee were already “working on it”.

You probably remember this (vaguely?), but Ashlee already has a 6-year-old son named Bronx Mowgli from her marriage to Pete Wentz.

Congrats to Ashlee and Evan – what a nice Christmas gift! (I’m trying to be nice.)

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Who’s excited for the Backstreet Boys documentary? Anyone? No?

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The Backstreet Boys were MAJOR in the ’90s. You were either a Backstreet Boys girl or an N*Sync girl (I was neither, but if I had to choose, I’d go with the latter) and stanning was LIFE. Teen girls all over the world were building Angelfire and Geocities shrines to these bros despite the fact that they were, for the most part, only minimally talented and wore weird clothes (silk blouses with oversized jeans? No, thanks).

Anyhoo, the BSB are riding the wave of nostalgia that seems to be hitting women now in their late 20s and early 30s and trying to make a few last bucks off their boy band days with the release of their new documentary, entitled Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of. Well, that’s a bit of a mouthful.

What do you think? Will you see this crap?

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‘The Interview’ won’t be released, after all

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Well, it’s finally happened. We ‘Muricans have let the terrorists win! After the Sony hackers – a group which calls themselves the Guardians of Peace – threatened to go 9/11 on every theatre who went ahead with showing the stupid Seth Rogen and James Franco “comedy” (it’s all relative, guys) The Interview, Sony has decided to scrap the film’s scheduled Christmas Day release altogether.

Here’s Sony’s full statement on the matter:

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

In a way, I guess I sorta understand why they made this decision. The individual theatres were pulling out of showing the movie, so frankly they didn’t have much choice. They can still make a ton of money by releasing it VOD or whatever – after all, nothing makes people more interested in something than not being able to have it.

Then again, it’s all getting a bit ridiculous. Since when did we bow to bullshit threats like that? Steve Carell’s apparently had a similar movie scheduled to come out and that’s been cancelled now, too, and he called it a really sad day for creative expression, and I kind of agree. Franco and Rogen have even pulled out of all remaining press for the movie because I guess they’re shitting their pants about being assassinated or whatever. I don’t know, I just think this whole thing is fascinating, and a bit of a mess.

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British man spends $150,000 to look like Kim Kardashian

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I suppose I owe you all an apology, as I know you’re going to have this image burned into your retinas for all eternity. This 23-year-old old British man, whose name is Jordan James Parke, apparently spent upwards of $150,000 to look more like Kim Kardashian. The resemblance is uncanny, don’t you think?

“I love everything about Kim,” he told The Sun. “She’s the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair, everything about her.”

Apparently he’s had “lip and cheek fillers, laser hair removal, Botox, eyebrow tattoos and veneers”. God help us all. This is such a sad state of affairs on so many levels. I hope this guy spends his next $150k on some professional mental health counseling.

Also, shame on plastic surgeons who are so money hungry and unprofessional that they willingly cater to people like this, who are clearly not mentally stable. This goes above and beyond helping someone feel more confident. This is just ridiculous.

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Want to spend New Year’s Eve with Jennifer Lopez?

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If your answer is “Hell yes!”, then today is your lucky day. I mean, you won’t actually get to spend New Year’s Eve with Jennifer Lopez in any real, meaningful way, but you can at least watch her televised concert special, Dance Again, which will air on HBO on the night of December 31st. Talk about exciting!

The special follows Jennifer on tour, of course, and shows plenty of live concert footage, but it also promises to cover the “dizzying heights and the lo’s” (nevermind the fact that it’s completely incorrect grammar – get it? Lo’s?) of her behind-the-scenes life. Sounds… boring. But okay!

Here’s the trailer for Dance Again, just for you:

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Taylor Swift is a “rule breaker”, apparently

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Taylor Swift, we can logically say, has had a damn good year. Her latest album, 1989, has turned even the most ardent haters into reluctant… well, toleraters, at the very least. It’s a great album, and Taylor Swift makes a great pop star and those two things combined have made her star soar pretty much out of sight. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that TSwift is on the cover of pretty much every magazine going, including The Hollywood Reporter, which is more traditionally reserved for stars of screen, stage and TV. But you see the headline – Taylor Swift is a “rule breaker”!

I suppose I’m a bit confused by the concept. Which rule(s) has Taylor Swift broken, exactly? She’s an upper-class white girl living the perfect popstar dream, colouring within the lines, playing by all the rules… or so it seems. I can buy her as a lot of things: America’s sweetheart, the darling of pop, a talented, independent woman, a feminist… but a rule breaker? Eh, sorry, no.

I suppose the implication here is that because Taylor decided to do some straight pop – which anyone who ever listened to Red would have seen coming anyway – she broke the rules of country music. Uh, I guess? Here’s her explanation:

“The biggest challenge this year actually was convincing members of my own team that this was a good call. I’d get called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who’d say, ‘Are you sure that you want call the album 1989? We think it’s a weird title. Are you sure you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it? Are you positive that you want to take a genre that you’ve cemented yourself in and completely switch to a new one that you are a newcomer to?’”

Pretty small potatoes to fry when you’re already on top of the world, to be honest, so I’m not all that moved by this. Who knows, maybe it was a risk? But either way, it looks like one that’s paid off in myriad ways.

Here’s a vid from Taylor’s interview with THR:

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