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6Another Fighting Champ Found Dead!

What’s with this fighting champ curse???

UFC middleweight titleholder Evan Tanner was found dead in the mountain area near Palo Verde, California on Monday. He was 37 years old.

Tanner had trekked into the desert on a journey to “cleanse” himself, according to Douglas Vincitorio of Tanner’s management team. “He went out to the desert to do a ‘cleansing’ as he called it. Kind of like ‘Survivor Man.’” These short trips were not new to Tanner, said Vincitorio. It is something that he has done numerous times over the years.

“What we were told is that (sheriff’s officials who found him) believe his motorcycle had run out of gas, so he went to walk out in like 115 to 118-degree heat,” said Vincitorio. “He was miles away from his camp. That’s where the helicopter found him. Right now, they just think that he succumbed to the heat.”

On Aug. 10, Tanner wrote a blog on Spike TV’s website, proclaiming his desire to start an adventure in the desert east of his new home in Oceanside, Calif. An avid outdoorsman and wandering spirit, he wanted to escape civilization for a while.

“I’m not just going out into the desert, I’m going out into the desert to hunt for lost treasure,” he wrote. “I’m going on a pilgrimage of sorts, a journey to solitude, to do some thinking, and to pay my respects to the great mysteries.”

On Aug. 16, Tanner wrote about collecting supplies for his journey, and wrote about the dangers he might face.

“I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life,” he said. “I’ve been doing a great deal of research and study. I want to know all I can about where I’m going, and I want to make sure I have the best equipment.”

Evan’s MySpace page is still viewable here.

And you can read his blog here.

RIP, buddy.

September 9, 2008 at 9:19 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Evan Tanner

5More Borat Lawsuits Tossed Out

Don’t always be so quick to sign releases to appear in films, folks — the courts seem to side with the filmmakers. They’ve thrown out three more lawsuits against the producers of the Borat film by people who either disliked the way they were portrayed in the film or wanted a cut of its profits.

The Baltimore-based driver’s education teacher who gets behind the wheel with Borat and two etiquette coaches (including the one who had to explain that human feces belong in the toilet, not at the dinner table) each sued Cohen and 20th Century Fox for allegedly engaging in fraudulent tactics to get them to appear on film.

But U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska noted in her Sept. 3 ruling that all three plaintiffs consented to participating in a “documentary-style movie” by accepting money for their efforts and signing releases that freed the filmmakers from liability.

So far, none of the unwitting stars of the Borat film have been successful in their lawsuits. All have been dismissed.

September 9, 2008 at 9:10 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen

12Paris, Not France

Paris Hilton and Benji Madden hit up the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday for the premiere of Paris, Not France, a documentary film about — what else? — the life of Paris Hilton.

The film is the first feature effort for director Adria Petty.

With close access to Hilton, Petty shot extensive footage of Hilton talking about her image, her notorious sex tape, the tabloid photographers who follow her and just the business of being herself.

“I’m basically being judged, and they’re creating this false person, and I can’t do anything about it,” Hilton says in the film.

Featuring interviews with Hilton’s parents, sister Nicky, publicist Elliott Mintz and such personalities as Donald Trump, “Paris, Not France” follows her on business meetings, a promotional trip to Japan and everyday tasks such as getting a burger at a drive-thru while dozens of photographers take shots of her ordering.

“It’s amazing that this woman is a human being and that people actually can be ruthless enough to forget that,” Petty said. “That’s the one thing about this movie and about that experience with her is I could have just been shooting fluff, but she gave me a lot more.”

Um, is it wrong that I can’t wait to see this film?

Also: WTF is Paris wearing here? Ick.

September 9, 2008 at 9:03 pm by Evil Beet

114It’s Working!

After McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as VP and the Republican National Convention, John McCain’s numbers went up six percent, mostly because he gained a TON of support from independent voters, and even won over quite a few Democrats.

Here’s my theory: Before the Sarah Palin nonsense, Barack Obama’s campaign had all the hype, all the glamor, all the excitement. Sarah Palin brings those things to the McCain campaign, which had previously been a non-story about an old white dude who’s run for this office countless times before. The convention also gave the campaign numerous chances to showcase the adorable Palin kids and the gorgeous McCain women.

Americans want to understand and care about the issues, sure, but, more than that, they want EXCITEMENT and BEAUTY.

Now the McCain camp can deliver those things. I’m beginning to think this Sarah Palin thing might have been secretly a brilliant move on McCain’s part. Never overestimate the intelligence of the American voter!

Did you change your mind about McCain after the RNC? If so, why?

September 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Uncategorized

17Usher’s Expecting Baby #2

Usher and his shim of a wife, Tameka Foster, are expecting another kiddo, one of his close friends confirms.

The couple already have one son, Usher Raymond V (nicknamed “Cinco”), born in November 2007.

I guess I should be excited for the couple, but I really hate this chick he’s married to. I think she’s butt-ugly and all I hear is what a diva bitch she is. I’m still bitter on behalf of Chilli.

September 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Tameka Foster, Usher

17Uh, Ashton Kutcher’s Coaching High-School Football

The freshman football team at LA’s exclusive Harvard-Westlake school just got a whole lot cooler than varsity.

Ashton Kutcher is their new assistant coach.

And, no, it’s not for a role. “I asked him why he wanted to coach,” said the head coach of the team about Ashton’s interview process. “He said he’s a dad, he has three daughters, and none of them are into sports. He loves football, and he said he’d always wanted to coach.”

Ashton will attend practice five days a week and receive a salary for the gig. I just think this is funny because I bet there were a handful of frosh dudes who made the varsity or JV teams and acted like they were the fucking coolest thing ever because of it and now the guys they were being dicks to are all like, “Yeah, dude, enjoy playing on JV. I’ll be there next year. This year, though, I’m just gonna enjoy getting head from every chick in school because Ashton Kutcher is my fucking football coach. Peace.”

And don’t waste your time scrutinizing every inch of the team’s website for Ashton’s contact info or naked locker room photos — neither is there. I already looked. A lot.

September 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Ashton Kutcher