Who can forget being terrified along with Ripley in the iconic space-thriller Alien? Before she became a sci-fi hero, Weaver had already made several critically acclaimed films in the ‘70s, including Annie Hall and Serpico.
Sigourney has been keeping busy on the big screen during the decades since. She has starred in blockbusters such as Avatar, and the uber-creepy The Cabin in the Woods. Recently she received critical acclaim for her role in USA Network’s Political Animals mini-series, and she is a very active philanthropist.
Perhaps known for her sarcastic titular role in Murphy Brown, Bergen made her film debut in a Sidney Lumet production of The Group while still in college. She shot to stardom in the 1971 flick Carnal Knowledge, and went on to star in classic films like Rich and Famous with Jacqueline Bisset.
Nicknamed “The Ice Queen”, Candice has stayed visible on the screen, recently playing Rob Lowe’s mother in the true-crime story telling of the murders of hoteliers ernice and Ben Novak Jr., Beautiful and Twisted.
It helps to have family in show business. Sissy’s cousin, actor Rip Torn was an influence in her acting inspirations. She made her first big impression in the 1973 violence-flick Badlands, co-starring with Martin Sheen. She horrified us with her portrayal of bullied prom queen in Stephen King’s Carrie in 1976, and scored a Best Actress Oscar for her starring role in Coal Miner’s Daughter in 1980.
Spacek has stayed active in film throughout the decades, starring in In the Bedroom, and the family drama series Netflix Original series Bloodlines.
1976 was a very good year for Jessica. She won a New Star of the Year Golden Globe Award for her professional film debut in giant ape thriller King Kong. She moved on to even bigger roles, appearing in All That Jazz, a part that was specifically written for her by Bob Fosse.
Still quite the looker, Lange continues to act. She’s been the central character the last few years in the FX hit anthology series American Horror Story. Jessica Lange still regularly acts. A photographer, she has had several exhibitions, and has released several books of her work, while also serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef.
Though she had appeared in previous films, Fonda didn’t become famous until winning her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 1971’s Klute. She continued her winning streak in the 1977 comedy Fun With Dick and Jane.
While she furthered her famedom by releasing several leg-warmer inspiring workout videos, Jane has stayed busy in show biz both on and off screen. She stars with Lily Tomlin in the Netflix original Grace and Frankie, and she continues to release health-related videos.
Originally appearing in Starsky and Hutch, Carter didn’t become a household name until she donned Wonder Woman’s golden lasso in 1975. A singer as well as an actress, she released an album called Portrait in 1978.
Lynda continues to stay busy in show business and the music industry, with appearances on Two and a Half Men and Smallville, and two more albums: Crazy Little Things and At Last. She’s also lent her voice to The Elder Scrolls video game series characters.
This English beauty had a brief appearance in Richard Attenborough’s 1970 Oh! What a Lovely War, but received international acclaim for her Bond Girl role in Live and Let Die in 1973. She went on to star in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and Battlestar Gallactica, before starring in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.
Still a stunner, Jane continues to act, with cameos in episodes of Franklin and Bash and Castle. She has the writing bug as well, and has written several books on motherhood, romantic living and self-help.
Everyone’s favorite hot man in uniform, Estrada shot to fame playing Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, a California Highway Patrolmen in the TV series CHiPs. He also spent plenty of time featured in fan-mags like Tiger Beat with fellow actors Robin Williams and Tony Danza.
Once he took off his badge, Eric turned stayed busy on the reality circuits, and has lent his voice to several cartoon characters. He promotes car seat safety as the face of D.A.R.E., and recently announced on Twitter that he’d become a real-life police officer as a reserve officer with the St. Anthony Police Department in Idaho.
Hackman began his acting career when he enrolled in the Pasadena Playhouse, where he was allegedly voted least likely to succeed. He proved his naysayers wrong by appearing in several films before getting an Oscar Award nomination for I Never Sang For My Father in 1970. He continued his success with The French Connection, Night Moves, and the Wilder comedy Young Frankenstein, as well as some less than memorable crime thrillers. His last film was Welcome to Mooseport with Ray Romano.
Gene is now retired, but has turned his sights to writing, penning four historical fiction novels. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Duvall had been in several small roles before scoring big with critical success in 1972’s mafia movie The Godfather. He carried that winning streak on with fantastic roles in the sequel Godfather II, and will be remembered forever for his Golden Globe winning role in Apocalypse Now.
In recent years, Robert continued acting and directing, but has now stepped away from the silver screen. He presently dedicates his talents to promoting historic preservation, helping families in Northern Argentina, and supporting the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
This self-proclaimed women’s rights activist has had a stellar career. His start in show biz began in burlesque shows, but his big break came when he was in the middle of filming a movie inside the Utah State Prison and the M*A*S*H* pilot script was sent his way. His portrayal of Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce has had a massive influence on television content, and is still relevant in popular culture.
Alda is still active on the movie circuit, recently starring with Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies. He’s also kept up with technological shifts in media; he starred this year alongside Steve Buscemi, C.K. Louis, Edie Falco and Jessica Lange in Louis’ online comedy-drama Horace and Pete.
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.
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