Marcel Thomas/FilmMagicShia LaBeouf has been heavily promoting the latest 'Transformers' film.
Shia LaBeouf could have used some protection from Optimus Prime at the SoHo Grand on Sunday night. A source tells us that when the "Transformers" star asked the hotel's staff where he could find a "cool" soiree to attend, he was directed to the Pride Party at the Yard, an outdoor space that the Grand recently opened, where the Misshapes and Matt Kays were providing the entertainment.
Little did LaBeouf know, the celebration was chockablock with gay men who, our insider says, "swarmed" the actor when he arrived with his girlfriend. The source says the quick-thinking LaBeouf used his lady as a buffer and the two started "hard-core making out," just in case any of the boys were getting ideas.
BOOTSY COLLINS brought the funk and Dr. Cornel West to B.B. King on Sunday night. The former Parliament-Funkadelic bassist and his all-star Funk U-nity band - which included P-Funk vets Bernie Worrell on keyboards, Blackbyrd McKnight on guitar, Frankie Kash on drums and Public Enemy's Colonel Hardgroove on bass and vocals - tore the roof off the packed house with the help of the Princeton professor. West declared Collins an "unadulterated genius" before performing "Don't Take My Funk," a track off Bootsy's new CD, "Tha Funk Capital of the World." West guest-stars on the album, too, as does his Obama debating partner, the Rev. Al Sharpton.
EMILY SANDBERG is bucking the assumption that models should be seen and not heard. The runway vet intends to pull the curtains open on the fashion world with her new blog, Supermodel Blogger.
"I'm at a point in my career where I'm okay to say some stuff, and I've got a lot to say," Sandberg tells us.
The beauty's latest feather-ruffling post seeks to show the hypocrisy of comments that Italian designer Giorgio Armani recently made about the increasing influence of banks in the fashion industry. Sandberg found the comments curious, given the nickel-anddiming she experienced when Armani wanted to use her services. (An Armani rep did not respond by deadline.)
Sandberg, who's working on a book, says she's writing "what a lot of people can't say or don't have a platform to say." And yes, she has already lined up her next target. Fashion agents, you've been warned.
ELIOT SPITZER'S days as a CNN talk-show host may be numbered. We hear the former New York governor has been informed that his show, "In the Arena," formerly "Parker Spitzer," will not be on the cable news network's schedule much longer. The issues-oriented program, which runs weekdays at 8 p.m., has been foundering in the ratings. One insider tells us that with buzz growing about a pending cancellation, staffers "are happy, not because they don't like Spitzer, but because the show's performance is not helping the network." When we asked a CNN spokeswoman for comment, she replied that "speculating on CNN's lineup has become a pastime of many, so we will decline to comment."
IS KRIS HUMPHRIES getting tired of people asking him where fianc�e Kim Kardashian is? The Nets forward just gave us a blank stare when we asked him if he was "rolling solo" at the Ainsworth on Sunday night. Humphries hit the W. 26th St. sports bar for a party for his mentor Trent Tucker's upcoming All 4 Kids Foundation Golf Tournament. Tucker's former Knicks teammates Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and Johnny Newman were also on hand. Later, Humphries did share that unlike a lot of athletes who are "broke," he lives modestly in Hoboken and doesn't have a lot of cars. "I drive an Escalade," he said. Just wait until you get married, buddy.