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Thursday night’s episode of The Office paid tribute to Nathan Robinson, a 15-year-old high school student who died on March 14 of “flu-related complications” and was a huge fan of the show.

The episode ended with an “In Memoriam” and the clip above, of Nathan playing the show’s theme song on the piano.

Producers of The Office learned about the teen when the Boston Globe ran a story on him after his death.

This is so sweet, and really wonderful of the folks at The Office, but what I want to know is how a 15-year-old boy dies of “flu-related complications.”

The Boston Globe piece is here. It says:

Nathan, a 15-year-old freshman at Newton North High School, continued to play the piano, and later the clarinet, every day until just before his death Friday of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, pneumonia, and influenza at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Can someone please explain this to me? How can you not be able to treat the flu in an otherwise healthy teenager? This just makes me angry.

Anyway, Nathan seemed like a kickass guy, and I’ll keep his family in my prayers.

April 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Uncategorized

13In Case You Missed It

Here’s the New Kids on the Block announcing their reunion on the Today Show.

This is insane. I cannot believe how excited people are about this. Who are these people? Seriously, guys, let go of the mid-’80s. Just let it go.

The interview is actually kind of amusing, though. When they’re asked what fans should expect from the New Kids this time around, Joey McIntyre responds: “The economy, healthcare and job security.” Heh.

Part two of the interview is after the jump.

Also: I have no idea if there’s any truth to this, but a video for a song called “Click Click Click” is wandering around the Internet, and it’s supposedly their new single. I’ve included that after the jump, too.


April 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm by Evil Beet

6The Lindsay Lohan Album: Coming This Fall


I am such a huge loser, but I’m actually really excited for the new LiLo album. I loved her first two, and I’m excited for the next one, which is reportedly going to be released this fall.

“She already has four songs [completed]. It’ll be a fall release and they’re looking to sneak a single to radio this summer,” says a source.

Oooh, if they’re looking to get a single on the radio this summer, it means tracks should start leaking online any minute now.


April 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Lindsay Lohan

7Look Who’s Still Funny

Hillary continues to promote her new campaign platform — “Hillary Clinton: Not Actually An Evil Robot” — with an appearance on the Tonight Show where she makes yet another funny.

“I was worried I wasn’t going to make it — I was pinned down by sniper fire at the Burbank airport,” she says about 30 seconds in.

I actually think Hillary Clinton probably does have a great sense of humor. But comedic timing and delivery isn’t really her forte. It’s cute that she’s trying, though. I think it actually accomplishes the goal she has in mind — to humanize Hillary Clinton in the minds of the American voters — but not in the way she intended. Instead of being like, “Oh my gosh, Hillary Clinton is so funny, I had no idea,” I’m like, “Oh my gosh, Hillary Clinton is bad at something. How cute is that!” It’s like in My Best Friend’s Wedding when Cameron Diaz gets up to sing and she’s just so damn horrible but the whole thing actually makes you like her more? Hillary Clinton’s jokes are like Cameron Diaz’s bad singing.

April 4, 2008 at 3:33 am by Evil Beet

12Naomi’s Free!


Naomi Campbell was released on bail on Friday after being arrested for spitting at a police officer at an airport.

Next stop?

Re. Hab.

Naomi’s been arrested more than once for shit like this, and she always gets off with a slap on the wrist. She’s never served a minute of jail time. But spitting on a police officer? God, I hope they throw the book at this chick. Her best bet at this point is to check herself in for some serious rehabbery, because I think it’s safe to say homegirl’s drinking again.

April 4, 2008 at 2:58 am by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Naomi Campbell

10Taryn Manning Is Alive

Taryn Manning at Premiere of Jack and Jill Vs. The World, Pictures, Photos

Taryn Manning and Vanessa Parise at Premiere of Jack and Jill Vs. The World, Pictures, Photos

Here’s Taryn at the premiere of Jack and Jill Vs. The World. She kind of looks like hell. I dunno, maybe it was just a few bad pictures. I generally like her quite a bit.

In the second photo, she’s posing with Vanessa Parise, the film’s director. I met Vanessa a couple years ago. At the time, was working actively with independent film directors (they still may be, I dunno, I’m too busy searching the Internet for celebrity porn to be involved with any other aspect of that site — much to their chagrin), and we had several dinners with Vanessa. She was perfectly nice to me, and was really an all-around great chick, but I totally hated her. Why? At the time, she was dating actor Robin Dunne, who came with her to every meeting with us, and was ridiculously hot and sweet and charming and funny and amazing and I was totally in love with him. Huuuuuuge crush. I hadn’t thought about him in a really long time.

Heh. I just went back to and found the article I wrote about the meeting at the time. Here’s a snippet:

Vanessa’s here with her boyfriend (and her film’s star) Robin Dunne, who briefly played Katie Holmes’ boyfriend on Dawson’s Creek and is currently filming a sci-fi flick called Sanctuary in Vancouver. I grill him on Katie. He has nothing but kind things to say about her — a good kisser, he says, but only when I press the issue. His girlfriend’s sitting next to him when I ask, but I don’t think she’s listening. Robin is gorgeous and charming and kind and funny — and Vanessa is all those things, too — and I can’t help but be a little tiny bit envious of her. Oh, well.

Robin produced this film and starred in it, and I didn’t see any photos of him on the red carpet, so of course, being a stupid girl, I’m like “Oh, yay, maybe they broke up and I can finally have a shot at him!” I even checked my cell phone to see if I still had his number. (I did.) And then I’m like, “Okay, Beet, don’t be stupid. You should first check WireImage to see if there are any recent photos of them together.” Seriously, that thought alone is tragically pathetic. But even worse, there’s a photo of them together and smiling and happy from this February. So I doubt they’re broken up. Also: I am such a stupid girl.


Taryn’s also the lead singer in a band called Boomkat. They released a single in 2003 called “The Wreckoning,” and, to this day, it’s one of my favorite songs. I’ve included the video below.

April 4, 2008 at 2:31 am by Evil Beet
Filed Under: Taryn Manning