Movie stars can’t rely on their box office revenue forever. They have to sell, sell, sell! Whether it’s their perfumes, itunes singles, organic clothing line, or their innocent souls, they have to sell something other movie tickets. But what happens when those endorsements don’t go so well? It could be a wardrobe malfunction. It could even be a clash of creative differences that make the deal go south. Whatever it is, the world will never forget these terrible endorsement fails.
Scarlett Johansson talked about her love for her new baby on “Saturday Night Live,” but critics did not love her advertisements for the Israeli home carbonation product company SodaStream. The company ran one of its factories inside Ma’ale Adumim which was the third largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, according to Know Your Meme. The factory was built on land taken from Palestinian towns by the Israeli army. She even released a statement defending her position as a spokesmodel.
Paris Hilton walked into a 2006 trade fair for the video game industry and introduced her new game. “I’m really excited to have my own game, Diamond Quest,” said Hilton. It’s too bad that she got the name of her game wrong. As Eurogamer pointed out, her first mobile game was actually called “Jewel Jam.” Kim Kardashian may not have done mobile games first, but she did it way better.
Picture this: a “Shake Weight” in your mouth. That’s what Deadspin called the endorsement by Cristiano Ronaldo where he is in a Japanese commercial and holding a flapping exercise ball that you’re supposed to put in your mouth. The problem is that Ronaldo can’t even bring himself to put the ball in his mouth for the commercial. Why did you even do it if you can’t even fake it, Ronaldo? Stick to the underwear!
Not Snooki! Anyone but poor Snooki! Huffington Post reported that luxury brands were giving her free designer bags of rival brands so that their own bags wouldn’t be associated with her. Simon Doonan, the creative ambassador-at-large at Barney’s, said, “As much as one might adore Miss Snickerdoodle, her ability to insire dress-alikes among her fans is questionable. The bottom line? Nobody in fashion wants to co-brand with Snooki.” Get that free swag, though.
Don’t ever cross Oprah Winfrey! She has powers! These are powers that no human on earth can ever comprehend and you would be in big trouble if she ever found out you lied about that book you wrote. James Frey probably got a big payday though. He wrote the book “A Million Little Pieces” and Oprah promoted it while thinking it was nonfiction biography. “I feel duped but more importantly, I feel that you betrayed millions of readers,” said Winfrey.
Who knew green beans could cause so much controversy? We’re not talking about the green beans you eat with steak and mashed potates. Green coffee beans provided an extract that catapulted Dr. Oz into the national spotlight after reports came out about the questionable research behind their supposed diet benefits. “The sponsors of the study cannot assure the validity of the data,” the researchers Joe Vinson and Bryan Burnham told CBS News.
She is flying high now with Kanye and baby North West, but Kim Kardashian got into trouble with her endorsement for the dieting supplement QuickTrim. A New York-based law firm named Bursor & Fisher filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit against the Kardashian sisters on behalf of disappointed customers. According to the Journal of Family Practice, colon cleanses like the QuickTrim product could cause mild cramping and kidney failure. People would probably lose more weight just taking selfies like Kim.
Charles Barkley was the spokeman for Weight Watchers in 2012 but then made a big mistake. He didn’t check the microphones were turned off before dissing the company he was endorsing! During an Atlanta Hawks game, he called it a scam. “I thought this was the great scam going-getting paid for watching sports, this Weight Watchers thing is a bigger scam,” said Barkley. He didn’t even get fired! A spokesman said they were thrilled to have his unfiltered personality, according to NY Daily News.
Where’s Bumblebee when you need him? None of the Autobots from the “Transformers” movies could save Michael Bay from a Samsung press conference that had him shaking in his boots! Bay was there to promote curved UHD TVs and something happened with the teleprompter, according to Gizmodo. “I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing,” Bay blogged.
For only $2999, fans of the band KISS can buy their own Kiss Kasket. These are burial caskets that bear the logo and theme of KISS. According to Metal Insider, they “offer fans a unique expression of their love for this iconic rock band. KISS fans worldwide have been awaiting these products…from as far away as The Netherlands.” One of the caskets had a flame design on it so maybe fans would want to pretend they will burn in the afterlife.
Burger King should have done something better for Mary J. Blige. Perhaps they could have had her taking over for the Burger King and be made into a Burger Queen. Ranch dressing, crispy chicken, flour tortillas are what she is singing about in this commercial for the chicken snack wrap. Hopefully, Blige never has to do another fast food commercial like this again. She looked pretty good in the commercial though.
Heidi Klum had her face on a bag of candy. Was it flavored like German chocolate or the tears of rejected “Project Runway” fashion designers? Neither. It was a line of fruit candy that was called Flirtations. They had 31 grams of carbohydrates per serving and a bunch of sugar, according to Livinlavidalocarb.blogspot.com. Klum should stick to being a house-burning girlfriend in Sia’s music videos. At least that’s not bad for our health.
There is one writer in the world who chose to be the ghostwriter for Kendall and Kylie Jenner rather than grading freshman composition papers in Iowa. Her name is Maya Sloan. She wrote the book “Rebels: City of Indra” which bears the Jenner name on its cover. “I’m writing for a living and it’s a gift to be a working writer,” Sloan told the LA Times. Meanwhile, Kendall misread a teleprompter at the Billboard Music Awards and said, “Guys, I’m the worst reader!”
The world turns and Brad Pitt’s influence turns with it. Brad Pitt had to defend his smell, or his fragrance I should say, in terms of the commercials for Chanel No.5. It was a black and white commercial that was trying too hard to be artistic. “I’ve been overseas, so I’ve been blissfully protected from the backlash. I haven’t seen the parodies, but I say absolutely fair play,” Pitt told Access Hollywood.
Dunkin Donuts has seasonal donut flavors like pumpkin or other things like that. After the Rachael Ray disaster, they should have a flavor called “damage control.” In 2008, the brand had to pull an online advertisement featuring Ray after they received complaints that a scarf she wore supported Muslim extremism. She was holding an iced coffee in front of pink blossoms. Yeah, those blossoms and iced coffees will surely get ya.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.