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Update: General Aladeen to Attend the Oscars

Photo: Admiral General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) poses with his Oscars tickets Whoa! This is huge! Yesterday, Sacha Baron Cohen, as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, rallied support---on the "Today" show and online---for the Admiral's permission to attend the Academy Awards. Fictional Admiral Aladeen has been petitioning the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and "Zionists" to attend the Oscars in Baron Cohen's stead. And the Academy has decided to indulge him! Us Magazine: An Academy rep initially said it didn't feel "appropriate" for Cohen, 40, to arrive in cost...

Watch This: Kristin Chenoweth Goes Full Sedaris on ‘Letterman’

Some of you might remember that Kristin Chenoweth is my other spirit animal. (Yes, OK, maybe it's more of a spirit zoo. I have a whole spirit menagerie that I regularly visit for inspiration.) Anyway, here is Chenoweth on last night's Letterman. And I am not kidding: whoa. Chenoweth ordinarily strikes me as cute, chirpy, and sincere, but this time, she goes "full Sedaris." Fortunately, I love Amy Sedaris! I love all the Sedares. I wonder whether the Talent Family is in need of another sibling. I'm not sure whether Chenoweth's Oklahoman accent matches Amy's North Carolinian one (my ear honestly has trouble hearing the difference), but shouldn't these women be best friends, at least? They can go out together for ice cream in matching A-line dresses! In the video, Chenoweth purports to be on loads of Benadryl. I was skeptical at first, but no, the Jezebel comments section is filled with hilarious Benadryl anecdotes. /> Some of you might remember that Kristin Chenoweth is my other spirit animal. (Yes, OK, maybe it's more of a spirit zoo. I have a whole spirit menagerie that I regularly visit for inspiration.) Anyway, here is Chenoweth on last night's Letterman. And I am not kidding: whoa. Chenoweth ordinarily strikes me as cute, chirpy, and sincere, but this time, she goes "full Sedaris." Fortunately, I love Amy Sedaris! I love all the Sedares. I wonder whether the Talent Family is in need of another s...

Rumor Mill: Will Sacha Baron Cohen Be Banned from the Oscars?

Hey, look! A video from the fictitious Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, supreme commander of the Republic of Wadiya! Genius actor/satirist/provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has been out of the limelight for a little while now---he's been hard at work on his latest, The Dictator---but with the movie nearly finished, it's time to drum up some promotional controversy! The Academy caught wind that Sacha Baron Cohen---who is attending the Oscars along with the ensemble of Hugo---planned to arrive, in costume and in character, as General Aladeen. The Academy is not amused. The initial rumor was, Baron Cohen had been banned from the Oscars entirely. Not so! an Academy spokesperson emphasizes. Sacha Baron Cohen is still invited! Just, not in costume. "His tickets haven't been pulled," the spokesperson explains; "we're waiting to hear back." "We want him to come to the show," adds Academy president Tom Sherak, "but we would like him to come as Sacha." In a way, when Baron Cohen claims, in character, that he was "banned from the Oscars," he is being completely authentic: Admiral General Aladeen really was banned. This morning, Baron Cohen spoke to the "Today" show: Hey, look! A video from the fictitious Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, supreme commander of the Republic of Wadiya! Genius actor/satirist/provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has been out of the limelight for a little while now---he's been hard at work on his latest, The Dictator---but with the movie nearly finished, it's time to drum up some promotional controversy! The Academy caught wind that Sacha Baron Cohen---who is attending the Oscars along with the ensemble of Hugo---planned to arrive, in ...

Love It or Leave It: Ashton Kutcher and Alessandra Ambrosio’s Fashion Ads

Photo: Ashton Kutcher and Alessandra Ambrosio pose for Colcci In my teenagerhood, I paid a lot more attention to print campaigns. Is that weird? But yeah, I'd tear out and keep any fashion spreads I liked and then pin them to my door. I feel like Versace was always really good (especially those latter-90s Courtney Love ads). But Ashton Kutcher? Hmm. I don't think I'm feeling it, sorry. The Huffington Post: The jokey "Two And A Half Men" star, who actually began his career as a model, has formed a close relationship with Colcci, the Brazilian fashion ...

Quotables: Lindsay Lohan Is In the “Home Stretch”

A photo of Lindsay Lohan Ms. Lohan, you're in the home stretch. The probation officer is pleased with your progress. ---Judge Stephanie Sautner on Wednesday, to Lindsay Lohan. Whoa, right? Huffpo: Lohan, 25, now has to work 14 days at the morgue and attend five therapy sessions before the judge ends her probation on a 2007 drunken driving case that has dogged Lohan for years. She is due back in court on March 29 for what could be her final court appearance if she stays out of trouble. The morgue! I'd totally forgo...

Nicki Minaj’s First Love: Lawyering

Photo: Nicki Minaj goes green in this month's 'Vogue' "What are you, a lawyer?" …is my third-favorite line from Rushmore, and I love saying it to people. If I ever said it to Nicki Minaj, though, she would probably punch me because, two things: 1) Nicki Minaj is not a lawyer. 2) Nicki Minaj totally wanted to be a lawyer. In this month's Vogue, my favorite space alien is all greened-up like a Star Trek character, and she is freaking hot, OK. And then there is this quote: A huge part of me wanted to be a lawyer! I would do a really...
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