Butler ‘gutted'; Owen reported ‘distraught’

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The comics industry was first shocked, then stunned and then just gobsmacked as news leaked out this week of the engagement of The Beat and writer Ben McCool, of Birmingham, UK.

“MacDonald’s constant posting about ‘DDGB’ always makes me chuckle,” said DC publisher Paul Levitz. “I hope that isn’t going to stop.”

“When The Beat runs all those beefcake pictures of Marvel movie stars, box office is guaranteed,” echoed Marvel e-i-c- Joe Quesada. “This could mean a real blow to our bottom line.”

Industry concerns over the removal of these and other popular Beat Fave Hotties regularly featured on the site were allayed somewhat when news of a prenup spread. “The Beat will not change,” a close friend of the couple revealed. “She will continue to post just as much silly crap as before.

“The only big change is that The Beat is now required by law to support Aston Villa,” the pal continued.

As for Beat regulars, Gerard Butler and Clive Owen, neither could be reached for comment.

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Friends of Butler, say the 300 star has been in seclusion. “He’s completely gutted and has been driven to take a role as a widowed father of 7 who must chase a kitten through a zoo in order to win the heart of Sarah Jessica Parker,” said one insider.

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Owen is said to be similarly distraught, and has vowed to devote his now-empty life to playing hard boiled tough guys who never smile or miss a shot.

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McCool’s only comment was “Go Villa!”

Comments

  1. Congratulations!

  2. Ali Kokmen says:

    Yeah, congratulations! Let us not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments, and all that. Mazel tov!

  3. Unmarried male geeks the world over must be weeping.

    Best wishes!

  4. Congrats, Heidi!

  5. Indeed, my quasi-IM-based-crush is destined to be unrequited. Congratulations!

  6. You’re not kidding. I still haven’t gotten over Whitney at Pop Candy being hitched.

    Best wishes, Heidi!!

  7. That was the awesomest/hilariousest engagement announcement blog post ever. Congratulations!

  8. Mazel Tov!

  9. Torsten Adair says:

    Wow. Congratulations! I want details! Who proposed? How did you meet?
    Poor Owen. He re-enters public life, and has to deal with this. I’m sure he’ll get over his heartbreak.

  10. Gratz to you and Ben–AMAZING NEWS :)–now get back into your limo…Bob needs to hit the road again! Yee-ha!

  11. AWE. SOME.

  12. Is The Beat moving to Birmingham?

  13. Congrats!

    (And mucho thanks for the reassurance that rippling man-ab coverage will continue unabated).

  14. Congratulations!

  15. Congrats!

  16. Best wishes from everyone at Green Brain Comics.

  17. WOW. Rock. On.
    Great news! One of the biggest, coolest things you can do!
    (But Aston Villla? Now the Beat will have to be biased in support of the “Villans.”)

    And I second the above concern as to The Beat’s possible relocation to Birmingham…

  18. Trish M. says:

    Hee Hee hee! Best announcement EVER!

  19. CONGRATS!!!

  20. Ben McCool says:

    Luckily enough, and due to being a rather stupendously nice bloke, I will not be requiring that The Beat relocates to Birmingham, or that she cease her untold passion for DDGB or sorry spawn of Coventry Clive Owen.

    I will, however, be inflicting Fox Soccer Channel upon her on a tragically frequent basis.

    See? Us Brits really do make the most spectacularly sinister bad guys.

  21. Congrats to ‘The Beat McCool’ hivemind.

  22. “I will, however, be inflicting Fox Soccer Channel upon her on a tragically frequent basis.

    See? Us Brits really do make the most spectacularly sinister bad guys. ”

    C’mon. Do the evil laugh. Us Colonists love the evil laugh.

  23. Mark Coale says:

    Thankfully, you are not trying to make her an Arsenal or ManU or Liverpool fan.

  24. Congrats! Yay!

  25. YAY! Oh my goodness- congrats you two! What great news! :D

  26. HEY HEY HURRAY! Many awesome returns!

  27. Jackie Estrada says:

    Fabulous–Congratulations! Will you now be Heidi MacDonald McCool, aka Heidi MacMc?

    And did Ben guarantee you a lifetime supply of those Brit chocolates you fancy?

    Jackie E

  28. Oh good lord, however will I be able to talk you out of marrying a smarmy Brit? And from Birmingham, yet!

    Congrats, Heidi and Ben. Robin and I are thrilled for you. If you ever need any pointers on binational wedded bliss, you know where to turn!

  29. Congratulations! Does this mean more Man U and fewer UFC references?! :-)

  30. Christopher Z. says:

    Wicked cool! Or wicked McCool, depending on your level of fanboy obsession.

  31. “Heidi McCool”=truth in advertising.

  32. I propose “McBeat.” Or maybe “McTheBeat.”

  33. “McTheBeat: rocks, if you ask me.

    And, again, congrats! And Mazel tov! And loads of happiness and everything good!

    Don’t worry, I’ll track down Clive and Gerard and by them a pint.

  34. Congrats!! Married life is awesome with the right person!

  35. Gobsmacked, indeed! Congratulations!

  36. Clive is SUCH a baby about these things. That’s why we ‘lose’ his invites to the family reunions – so we don’t have to hear all the whining. Really, he should have made his move while you two were in Venice that time. His loss is Ben’s gain.

    This Owen is very, very happy for you, Heidi!

  37. ~chris says:

    This McCool chap shows excellent taste in women and beer. Congrats!

  38. Susan Daigle-Leach says:

    Well, this explain why GB was flippin’ off photogs in Miami.

    Massive congrats to you both, and wishing you oodles of conjoined bliss from me and G.

    Woo hoo!

  39. Mark Coale says:

    >> Does this mean more Man U and fewer UFC references?< <

    Not if my role as helper monkey gets me a vote on the matter. :>

    that said, I’m all for more futbol coverage here. Go Everton~!

  40. Congrats…we’ll have to bang some glasses together in San Diego, if not before.

  41. Mike Brisbois says:

    Great news !!

    On the one hand, I cannot imagine Heidi MacDonald acceding to patrimony and accepting her husband’s last name.

    But on the other hand, on a semi-conscious level I always expected she’d find SOME way to become — legally — “Heidi McCool.”

    Is this how she does it? I honestly never saw that coming!

    In any case, hooray hooray! Where are you guys registered ?

  42. Mike Brisbois says:

    Great news !!

    On the one hand, I cannot imagine Heidi MacDonald acceding to patrimony and accepting her husband’s last name.

    But on the other hand, on a semi-conscious level I always expected she’d find SOME way to become — legally — “Heidi McCool.”

    Is this how she does it? I honestly never saw that coming!

    In any case, hooray hooray! Where are you guys registered ?

  43. Congratulations, Heidi!

  44. Ed Brubaker says:

    Heidi – Congrats! That’s so cool.

  45. Aston Villa?

    Surely I thought The Beat would have better taste in men.

    (mind you at least it’s not a Chelski-man)

  46. Jeez, I leave New York for a couple of years and this happens.

    Congrats!

  47. john shableski says:

    Puh leeeze please tell me there will be singing at the wedding! Maybe a Zepplin duet? Here is a refresher of the lovely singing voice that so enchanted her suitor!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho50g6O8-3w

    It sure beats the hell out of singing the Chicken Dance song

  48. That’s wonderful, Heidi. Congratulations.

  49. Congratulations! May they toss comics instead of rice.

    No trades though. That would hurt.

  50. Cheryl Lynn: Well, Heidi has talked a lot about having piles of comics she can’t give away!

  51. MartiZH says:

    Yeah Heidi & Ben!! Congrats!!! I cant wait to see the sparkler! Go Arsenal!

  52. Congratulations!

  53. In the words of Strongbad, HOLY CRAP!

    A shot of nuptial benediction shall be yours in the vicinity of the NYCC, Beat McCool.

  54. Hey Ace,

    Congrats and all best wishes to you and Ben! I am very happy for you!

    Carl

  55. so, i guess it was more than One Night At McCool’s, eh? :P

    congrats heidi!!! you know, i am ordained…if you need a minister. :)

  56. Ade Brown says:

    That Villa business makes me feel so sad.
    Just as well the other part was much better news.

    Congratulations to you both.

    Withe all the love you’ve been dreaming of.

  57. CONGRATS, Heidi! That is so freaking cool!

  58. Congrats to you both! I wish you many decades of geeky bliss! :D Hell, just having the last name “McCool” or “MacDonald-McCool” is worth celebrating on it’ own merits.

  59. Trisha Lynn says:

    Holy schnikes! Congratulations, Heidi. It couldn’t have happened to a better comics-lovin’ gal, and I wish you and your McCool the best. Keep that UFC-lovin’ coming, too, because I got hooked on the Ultimate Fighter show because of you.

  60. Mazel Tov Ace!!!

  61. Brian Spence says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! God, I need to read the Beat more often (and really, who doesn’t?). Not only getting married, but getting into football?? That’s great. Besides comics, I’m a big fan of DC United (ok, it’s american soccer, and not the English Premiere League, but it’ll do!).

    Best of luck with the wedding preps and all. Congrats again.

  62. Tom Peyer says:

    Congratulations!

  63. Hurray for Heidi and Ben!
    Such awesome news.
    And as for Gerard and Clive:
    You snooze you lose!

  64. Congrats to you both!

  65. Chris Midweeker says:

    Congratulations, Heidi!

  66. CONGRATULATIONS! Marriage is like the best thing, i can’t say it enough.

  67. I just saw this while catching up after WonderCon. Best to you both!

  68. Dan Slott says:

    CONGRATS, you two!

  69. Holy crap. I decide for the first time in ages to get caught up with the goings-on in comics, and this is what I find? Jebus! Also, frickin sweet! Congrats!

  70. Muy buen blog. No veo la hora de que llegue el mundial de futbol en sudafrica 2010

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