It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the tons of celebs who are going to San Diego this weekend for Comic-Con! You should know it’s not just about the comics. The biggest cultural convention in the world is about the fans and the things that the fans love. There are comics, movie premieres, celebrities, and Benedict Cumberbatch who is already taking over Twitter because people are freaking out over him. Literally, people are having emotional breakdowns because they can’t be one of the hundreds of girls screaming his name when he makes his appearance. Check out these celebrities who came out to play at Comic-Con.
From starring in the movie “The Joy Luck Club” to being the personification of joy for fans everywhere, Ming-Na has done it all. Ming-Na Wen strutted her nerd cred while wearing a Marvel t-shirt at the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel. Wen plays the character of Agent Melinda May and gets to do special secret stuff while protecting people from threats that may or may not be mutant-related.
Mark Ruffalo was at the Marvel Studios panel to sit next to Chris Hemsworth and they appeared to be laughing up a storm. He’s the Hulk in the Avengers movies and it looks like we’ll be seeing him again. Ruffalo was also in the critically acclaimed “The Kids Are All Right” starring Annette Benning and Mia Wasikowska. Wouldn’t that be interesting to see Mia dressed up in her Alice in Wonderland dress battling the Hulk?
Ladies and gentlemen, Ian Somerhalder was there and you can look him up on Google. You wake up and plan to head to Comic-Con in San Diego. The sunlight peeks through your window and you wonder who you just might meet at the convention center. You get into your car and drive not too fast and not too slow. You drive just the right speed because you just got a text from your friend saying they are taking a selfie with the one and only Ian Somerhalder.
Orlando Bloom was at Comic-Con but he was not promoting another Caribbean pirate movie. Miranda Kerr was also nowhere to be seen. This man is playing Legolas in the movie “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and flew from far away to arrive at the convention center. Orlando Bloom is not the average celebrity. He gets to be a bunch of very successful elf and pirate movies.
Paul Rudd is going to be in the new Ant-Man movie. Ant-Man is a scientist who created a substance that allows him to change his size. If he shrinks himself to “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” proportions, he would be vulnerable to the elements and stray dogs. On the other hand, if he makes himself the size of Godzilla then it would be awkward walking around without stepping on people. This is like the Nutty Professor meets Gulliver’s Travels.
Anna Paquin and the purple crayon that she took from that little kid named Harold from those children’s books are the talk of Twitter for her new hairdo at Comic-Con. She’s walking around with the vampire from “True Blood” and they are promoting the next season while looking fierce. It’s a purple or a kind of light blue-ish purple in some pictures. In other pictures, it looks brown or black so that just has to do with monitor resolution.
On August 5, the movie Divergent starring Shailene Woodley was released on Blu-ray and DVD. That is the answer to the question “Why is Shailene Woodley at Comic-Con?” and “Didn’t that movie already come out?” Well not on DVD, it did not. The best part of this is that the name of the sequel to the hot movie is “The Divergent Series: Insurgent.” It just sounds awesome when your brain calls it “Divergent: Insurgent.”
Ian Ziering escaped the hills of “Beverly Hills 90210” and fell into the depths of Sharknado infested waters when he starred in the cult smash “Sharknado” on SyFy. Ziering has yet to cosplay as Sharknado, wearing anything but a tornado outfit with razor sharp teeth. They have a lot of teeth, those sharks. It’s enough to eat you with, my pretties. Ian Ziering was on this talk show recently and it became apparent that he likes to be called “Eye-ann.” Alrighty, then.
Robert Downey Jr. took a photo with a fan. That’s just great. Wow, there are a lot of people in the new Avengers movie. There’s so many that the cast pictures just start to look like extended family gatherings where everybody has to be in the shot. Imagine how long it takes to shoot a big picture without someone accidentally blinking or sneezing. It takes forever. Iron Man is usually the funniest guy.
Rosario Dawson sat near Josh Brolin and Jessica Alba at Comic-Con. That can only mean two things. It means there are a lot more awesome pictures of her on Instagram and there is going to be a sequel to the “Sin City” movie. The sequel will be called “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” and Dawson will unfortunately not be the dame that is to kill for. Also, Lady Gaga is going to play a waitress in this movie and come on, that’s random.
Wesley Snipes is going to be in “The Expendables 3.” Google that bit of info and it won’t be long before you run into rumors of Snipes talking about a sequel to the movie “Blade.” They could just shoehorn vampires into the plot of “The Expendables” and it wouldn’t be the most unheard of thing to ever happen in a movie. Rambo meets the vampire-killing Blade in this mash-up of violently explosive killing sprees.
Seth Green and his toy-centric show Robot Chicken brings parodies of “Game of Thrones,” video games, and toys like Strawberry Shortcake. You haven’t seen good television until you’ve seen Kirby binge and purge, the female ninja turtle, Rainbow Brite talking about dating, Sailor Moon appearances, Pikachu clubbing with female Pikachus wearing bras, Mario and Luigi parodies, and other shenanigans.
Dylan O’Brien is in “Teen Wolf” and “The Maze Runner.” He put on glasses in the movie “The Interns” to play an intern at Google. There was a girl at Comic-Con who started crying because she was so overwhlemed by her intense love and emotion for Dylan. Dylan apparently greeted her and gave her his name tag. Somewhere there must have been somebody wondering whether they were the only person in the room that thought this was just a little bit awkward.
Jim Parsons will be a voice in a Dreamworks movie with Rihanna. Rihanna was not at Comic-Con and robbed the world of an Instagrammed selfie with the guy from “The Big Bang Theory.” She must be too busy shining bright like a diamond somewhere else. Parsons went to graduate school in San Diego so it must be extremely fulfilling to come back and be like, “Oh yeah, I went to school here and now I’m a superstar.”
Benedict Cumberbatch must not have known how many girls he was trolling when he sat behind a “kissing booth” at Comic-Con. He’s the cronut of the Comic-Con world. The rockstar of the stage. He’s the guy who voiced Smaug in “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” and now will be a wolf in “The Penguins of Madagascar.” It was alleged that there were some nervous girls asking him questions during a panel. Here’s a question: Where do you get your winning charisma and how do we get some?
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.