The nominees for next year’s Grammys came out this weekend, and the faulty selection made it no better than the recent VMAs. However, as the awards’ night is still more than a month away, there’s still hope if they consider these suggestions…
Heaven sure did gain some new residents. [on a lighter note] We’re bidding goodbye to 7 of the known celebs and personalities who have passed away this year:
It’s been several days after Paul Walker‘s death, but we’re still reeling in from the shock.
Pumped up for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show? These babes are teasing us once more!
Fresh from the pool, hottie Tom Daley is diving into a relationship…with a man.
Is it life imitating art? This might be the case regarding Paul Walker‘s death.
Old school hunk Tom Cruise might still have his ‘mojo’, as he allegedly dates with the lucky Laura Prepon!
Taylor Swift is adding another accomplishment to her bucket list: rockin’ out with a prince!
Jennifer Love Hewitt turns from ‘ghost whisperer’ to a baby whisperer!
With the considerably loud protestations made by some quarters regarding what is purported to be as unfair advantage to the crowdfunding mechanism of the Kickstarter platform of known personalities and celebrities, it is certainly food for thought how important the celebrity factor is in getting project funds. Kickstarter has been existing since 2009 for the primary reason of bringing together project creators and financial backers. The end goal is to see through the complete fruition of the project with the creator’s efforts and the financier’s funding.
The highly successful funding of the movie “Veronica Mars” through the Kickstarter platform followed by like proposals from known personalities is creating a somewhat negative impression in the public’s mind. Rob Thomas raised $ 5.7 Million to film “Veronica Mars” starring Kristen Bell. Actor Zach Braff has raised at least $ 2.6 Million to make his own film. Spike Lee for himself recently reached his funding goals, thanks to 5,000 backers.
Is there anything wrong about this? Probably none, except for the possibility that these popular personalities are “competing” at an advantage with other creators who are technically “unknown”. Kickstarter however has pointed out that known personalities have actually done the platform a favor because of the attention and the participation these people have encouraged in giving financial pledges. It has reiterated its goal of helping all creative developers regardless of popularity status.
The advantage of being part of Kickstarter does not begin and end with successful funding. Taking as an example the above-mentioned movie, it has already long surpassed its original funding goal of $ 2 Million but still continue to have additional backers. It has even come out with merchandise like stickers and t-shirts which they give as rewards to its supporters.
Other successfully-funded projects have moved on to the more commercial concerns like selling the finished products. Online stores like the ForeverGeek Kickstarter Store for one does not actually sell the products but directs those interested to the creator’s page. There is no doubt that the chance given to the public to buy Kickstarter products offer more advantage to product developers.
Going back to the question of how important the celebrity factor is in getting project funds, there must be an ounce of truth to the concerns being raised. That is if there is any truth to the news that Brendan Fraser‘s proposed Kickstarter project has achieved at least a million dollars in pledges, even without a project page in sight. I seriously doubt that an unknown individual can achieve that.
Celebrities are interesting in their own right. Many of us would do anything to become famous and catch the spotlight. There are, however, many quirky facts that remind us that celebrities are not so different.
There’s no end to the bromance that’s James Franco and Seth Rogen!
This year’s installment of the American Music Awards is officially done, but not without some shockers and triumphs to hold us over ’til the next one!
People Magazine surely hit the nail on the head when they crowned Adam Levine as the year’s “Sexiest Man Alive”, but they didn’t stop at one! Check out the others after the jump:
Adam Levine has proved that his sexier-than-sexy “moves like Jagger” are enough to drive everyone mad!
Almost four years after Brittany Murphy died, new evidence is pointing to fairly strong clues of poisoning.
R. Kelly is revving up his ignition again as he sings some steamy jams with two of today’s hottest acts!
Justin Bieber decided to atone for his sins by helping a damaged Philippines via…spray paint?
Movie adaptations of fairy tales are nothing new, but what keeps ‘em interesting are the actresses who are next in line to spin around in dresses! Let’s check out the confirmed ones, shall we?