Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Everything’s Coming Up Shia LaBoeuf

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You see this? This is the casual, cocky, pocketed-hands look of the Next Big Thing.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: doesn’t “boeuf” mean “beef” in French? I don’t remember. But, more importantly, who is this kid? Why is his name popping up fucking everywhere these days? Who the hell actually saw Disturbia?

A fair number of people, it turns out, as the movie claimed this weekend’s box office top spot with $23M.

If you’re twelve years old, you remember Shia from Even Stevens, the Disney show I’d comment on if I had ever seen it in my whole life. If you’re not twelve years old, you don’t know who he is. But that’s gonna change soon, as Chia Pet LaBeef is taking the Indiana Jones reins out of Harrison Ford’s wrinkled, shaky hands for the 2008 release of the fourth Indy movie. And you better believe a $23M opening is gonna look like spare change when that little boulder rolls through theaters.

Welcome aboard, Shia. Try to stay away from Paris Hilton.

T.R. Knight Not Quite Over That Whole Thing Where Isaiah Washington Hates Gays

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On Saturday night, T.R. Knight, along with Kate Walsh and Katherine Heigl, arrived at the GLAAD Media Awards, which are given to recognize accurate depiction of gays and lesbians in the media. Grey’s Anatomy won the outstanding individual episode award for their “Where the Boys Are” episode (recap here), despite the controversy surrounding the show in recent months due to Isaiah Washington’s rare case of Homophobic Tourette Syndrome.

Access Hollywood interviewed T.R. Knight — the focus on Washington’s remarks — at the GLAAD awards, and it’s clear that life on-set is perhaps not as peachy-keen and brotherly as we’re supposed to believe.

When asked about how things are on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Knight [said], “We have about twenty days left, not that I’m counting…It’s going to be nice to have two months away, you know. I think everyone’s looking forward to it.”

When … asked if the break from work would finally give Knight time to reflect over the entire season he said, “Yeah, to learn from it. Grow. That’s the hope; that’s my hope.”

In talking about whether or not the cast has reached a point of healing and unity, Knight said, “I don’t know. We’re showing up and doing our work…There’s a lot of work to be done so that’s my focus.”

When asked how he would work on the process of healing the relationship between he and co-star Washington, Knight said, “I just focus on doing the work. That’s my job; that’s what I’m paid for; and I think that’s enough.”

The full interview airs tonight, so be sure to tune in to rubberneck.

Don’t Hate The Player

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Check this out:

NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Angry crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of Richard Gere on Monday after he swept a popular Bollywood actress into his arms and kissed her several times during an AIDS-awareness event.

He kissed the gal pictured above. Her name is Shilpa Shetty.

In Mumbai, members of the right-wing Hindu nationalist group Shiv Sena beat burning effigies of Gere with sticks and set fire to glamorous shots of Shetty.

Note that they set fire to “glamorous” shots of Shilpa. This wasn’t her in the pajamas pants with the bunnies on them. Now, you may remember the name because Shilpa was involved in a controversy with Big Brother UK. You see, Shilpa was made fun of by the UKers for being *gasp* Indian. They managed to make fun of her accent (though I’m fairly certain none of them spoke decent Hindi) and butcher the pronunciation of her name.

Here’s some video of that big fun:

So, to recap, the Brits offended her and the Yanks molested her.

I have to say for me the most offensive part of this was that it was Richard Gere. I would like myself to be burned in effigy! Then you know you’ve made it. I also hope the issue of AIDS awareness gets washed away in these protests because while people shouldn’t be allowed to kiss in public they should be allowed to hook another person up with a disease in private.

Madonna’s Back in Malawi

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When Her Madgesty touched down in Malawi today, along with 18-month-old David Banda, whom she adopted from the country, and daughter Lourdes, it set off rumors of another adoption. Not true, says Madonna’s camp. Her publicist stated that she was in the area “overseeing the building of a children’s health-care center. She is absolutely not adopting another baby.” Other sources indicate that Madonna is there to film a documentary about Malawi. While no itinerary has been released, Madonna spent her first day in the country touring the village of Gumulira.

Our Condolences

Breaking news is that 20 students have been fatally shot at Virginia Tech. They have locked down their classrooms and cancelled all classes. For more information please click here.

The students and faculty of Virginia Tech our in our prayers.

Evidently more information can be found on the Virginia Tech website but it isn’t loading at this time.

Update: This is the deadliest campus shooting in United States history.

Ed Update: It’ll probably wind up being the deadliest mass shooting in all of U.S. history. The White House’s response to this? “The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed.” I mean, it’s way sad that all these people are dead and shit, but, like, before we get carried away here, let’s be clear on the fact that this should in no way open up a national discussion on gun control. Just so we’re all clear. K? K.

Great Headline of the Day

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Here you go:

Imus’ firing leaves doubts about Imus Ranch for cancer-stricken kids

I think I speak for us all when I say justice has finally been served.

A quote near the end of the article clearly and concisely sums up this whole debacle:

“Sometimes he was kind of funny, and sometimes he would say things he shouldn’t say,” said Lovato, downing a hamburger in La Risa Cafe. “I really don’t think he’s a good person.”

Amen to that.