Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fake North Korea photos: More lying clickbait

Online content distributors like Taboola, Revcontent and Adblade need to find some maps and get educated on world geography.
I’ve seen numerous examples of link-sharing services promoting articles on North Korea that use pictures from the U.S., China and South Korea.
These promoted articles usually claim to have photos of life in North Korea that will astound you. They always use photos of attractive Asian women.
Here are some recent examples.

A Taboola sponsored article titled “Unnerving photos of life in North Korea” used a photo of South Korean model and actress Clara Lee throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a KBO League game in South Korea.
She caught flak for wearing sexy form-fitting leggings for the event, which was at a Doosan Bears-LG Twins game in May 2013.

The same Taboola article also was promoted with a photo of South Korean singer and actress Kubin throwing out the opening pitch for the Doosan Bears at another KBO game.

Another article titled “These unnerving photos of life in North Korea are mind blowing” used a photo of Korean American pop star Tiffany Hwang throwing out the first pitch before the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 6, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Lastly, an Adblade sponsored article titled “30 shockingly illegal photos that show the real North Korea” used a photo of a muddy woman taken at a Rebel Race in the U.S. about six years ago.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Lying clickbait scourge continues

Google and Facebook have taken steps in recent weeks to crack down on fake news from people gaming their online networks for clicks and advertising revenue. (See articles by the New York Times and Recode.)
But I’m still seeing a lot of lying clickbait from the likes of Taboola, Outbrain and Revcontent. These services are using photos not related to the subjects they are advertising in sponsored articles and promoted content. This practice needs to end now.
What follows are some fresh examples I’ve come across.

A sponsored article on Yahoo titled “17 WNBA players that will blow your mind” included a picture of an attractive blonde basketball player.
That woman is Antonija Sandric, a Croatian professional basketball player. She has played European and Olympic basketball, but has never played in the WNBA.

Another sponsored article on Yahoo titled “These Olympians are completely jaw dropping now” featured a picture of a busty lady taking a selfie.
That’s no Olympic athlete. It’s curvy Russian model Anastasia Kvitko.

A Taboola sponsored article titled “The most priceless moments ever caught on cam” used a photo of a fetching young lady whose car appears to have spun out in the snow.
The promoted article presents the photo as though it was captured spontaneously. It wasn’t. It’s from a fetish website that depicts sexy women having car trouble. The website, CarStuckGirls.com, uses models and cool cars for its pictorials.

Another deceptive sponsored article is titled “After losing 100 pounds, Precious is a total babe.” It features a picture of actress Gabourey Sidibe, best known for the movie “Precious” (2009), side by side with a picture of actress-singer Jennifer Hudson. Sorry, but they are different people.

And finally, lying clickbait articles are constantly trying to pass off live celebrities as having died. Here are some examples featuring actress Jennifer Coolidge and actor Tom Selleck.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Post-apocalyptic movies and TV shows alive and well in 2017

Last week, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its symbolic Doomsday Clock closer to midnight. The group said the world is closer to catastrophe due to threats such as nuclear weapons and climate change under U.S. President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Hollywood is feeding off the public’s concerns with a steady stream of movies and TV shows set in the post-apocalypse.
On Friday, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” opened. It’s the latest in a zombie apocalypse series of movies starring Milla Jovovich.
Two other zombie apocalypse movies will follow in February: “Patient Zero” (Feb. 17) and “The Girl with All the Gifts” (Feb. 24).
The next big post-apocalyptic movie will be “War for the Planet of the Apes,” due out on July 14.
Other post-apocalyptic movies set to debut this year include “Cargo,” “Future World,” “Hostile,” “Last Broken Darkness,” “Scorched Earth” and “The Tribe.”
On the small screen, a record 16 post-apocalyptic TV shows are currently airing.
Season two of “Colony” premiered on USA on Jan. 12. “The 100” returns for season four on Feb. 1. And “The Walking Dead” has its season-seven midseason premiere on Feb. 12.
Other PA shows currently airing include “The Last Ship” (TNT), “The Leftovers” (HBO), “Z Nation” (Syfy), “The Strain” (FX), “12 Monkeys” (Syfy), “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox), “Wayward Pines” (Fox), “Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC), “Zoo” (CBS), “Into the Badlands” (AMC), “The Shannara Chronicles” (MTV), “Van Helsing” (Syfy) and “3%” (Netflix).
By the way, the best resource for keeping up with post-apocalyptic entertainment is Post-Apocalyptic Media.


Comprehensive list of post-apocalyptic movies

List of post-apocalyptic TV shows

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sexy Dorothy of Oz portrayals

Dorothy Gale, the main protagonist in “The Wizard of Oz” stories, is a preteen girl in the original books. But Hollywood often depicts her as a young woman.
This could be because Hollywood doesn’t want to show a young girl in peril. Or, more likely, it wants to sex up the story with a nubile woman.
Pop-culture artists go even further, making Dorothy a smoking-hot sexpot or buxom adventurer.
What follows are some examples.
Most of these illustrations were done for a series of Oz stories by Zenescope Entertainment, a comic book publisher known for putting a sexy spin on public domain stories.
Up top is an illustration by Singapore artist Stanley Lau of Dorothy Gale as a busty country girl.
Below is an illustration in a similar vein for Zenescope by Nei Ruffino.

These next two are the work of J. Scott Campbell. The first is for Zenescope and the second is in the style of Campbell’s Fairytale Fantasies calendars.

The next two pictures of Dorothy are by Elias Chatzoudis.

Here’s a kinky illustration by Ale Garza for Zenescope showing slutty Dorothy and dominatrix Wicked Witch.

This next Zenescope art by Jamie Tyndall depicts a sexy warrior Dorothy.

I haven’t been able to identify the artist behind this “Wizard of Oz”/”Seven Year Itch” mashup. If you know the artist, please let me know.

Dutch artist Lois van Baarle created this sexy depiction of Dorothy Gale.

And finally naughty British artist Ben Newman made this risqué “Wizard of Oz” illustration depicting an exhibitionist Dorothy.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Actresses who have played Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The latest adaptation of the classic children’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is the NBC drama “Emerald City,” which premiered Jan. 6.
It stars Adria Arjona as Dorothy Gale, a Kansas girl transported to the fantasy world of Oz.
In the new series, Dorothy is a 20-year-old nurse. In the books series, started in 1900, she was a preteen girl.
Many actresses have portrayed Dorothy in live-action movies and TV shows. What follows is a list of those actresses.

Bebe Daniels, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (1910)
Violet MacMillan, “His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz” (1914)
Dorothy Dwan, “Wizard of Oz” (1925)
Judy Garland, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
Joy Dunstan, “Oz” (1976)
Diana Ross, “The Wiz” (1978)
Fairuza Balk, “Return to Oz” (1985)
Ashanti, “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz” (2005)
Zooey Deschanel, “Tin Man” (2007)
Paulie Redding, “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz” (2012)
Matreya Scarrwener, “Once Upon a Time” (2014)
Shanice Williams, “The Wiz Live!” (2015)
Teri Reeves, “Once Upon a Time” (2016)
Adria Arjona, “Emerald City” (2017)


Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

Diana Ross in “The Wiz” (1978)

Zooey Deschanel in “Tin Man” (2007)

Adria Arjona in “Emerald City” (2017)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Donald Trump could make porn parodies great again

Billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump has been president of the United States only since Friday, but already he has been featured in more porn parodies than any other politician ever.
Trump has been lampooned in 14 porn parodies to date, topping Sarah Palin (10), Barack Obama (7), Hillary Clinton (6), Anthony Weiner (6) and Bill Clinton (5).
Before he became a politician, Trump was mocked in two porn parodies based on his NBC reality TV show “The Apprentice.” The rest are since late 2015 when he announced plans to run for nation’s top job.
More porn parodies are certainly in the works, especially with fresh allegations that Trump cavorted with Russian prostitutes and is being blackmailed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, Hustler Video announced Friday that it has re-stocked DVDs of its parody adult film “The Donald” after learning of “increased consumer demand,” Xbiz reported.

Related articles:

List of the top real-life targets for porn parodies and exploitation.

Porn movies based on real-life events or public figures.

Photos: Promotional photo from “The Donald Trump Sex Tape from BaDoinkVR (2016)” and “Brazzers Presents Erection 2016” (2016).

Friday, January 20, 2017

Celebrities who vowed to leave the country before a Trump presidency

President Donald Trump was inaugurated today and already election-season promises are being broken.
Specifically, over two dozen celebrities said they would leave the country if Trump became president. Of course, none of them are leaving now.
These celebrities made their idle threats in the hope that the general public might be swayed by their convictions. But no one cares what self-important liberal celebrities think. This election proved that once and for all.
What follows are some choice quotes from cheap-talking celebrities who have gone back on their word to flee the country before a Trump presidency.

Samuel L. Jackson: “If that motherf*cker becomes president, I’m moving my black ass to South Africa.”

Bryan Cranston: “Absolutely. I would definitely move.”

George Lopez: “If he wins, he won’t have to worry about immigration, we’ll all go back.”

Raven Symone: “My confession for this election is if any Republican gets nominated, I’m going to move to Canada with my entire family. I already have my ticket.”

Amy Schumer: “I will need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain or somewhere.”

Amber Rose: “I can’t even think about it! I’m moving, I’m out! I can’t. And I am taking my son with me!”

Lena Dunham: “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this (move if Trump is elected), but I really will.”

Omari Hardwick: “I’ll move from Denver to Italy … If Donald Trump wins the presidency, I’m out.”

Barbra Streisand: “I’m either coming to your country (Australia), if you’ll let me in, or Canada.”

Ne Yo: “I’m moving to Canada straight away. Me and Drake gonna be neighbors if Donald Trump becomes president.”

Ali Wentworth: “If Trump wins, we’ll start looking at real estate in Sydney, Australia. No crime, no guns.”

Miley Cyrus: “I am moving if this is my president! I don’t say things I don’t mean!”

Eddie Griffin: “If Trump wins, I’m moving to Africa.”

Neve Campbell: “I’d move to Canada.”

Kanye West: “We’ve got enough money to buy our own island or some shit. I’ll be damned if I raise my daughter around ignorance and flat-out blatant racism.”

Chelsea Handler: “I did buy a house in another country just in case, so all of these people that threaten to leave the country and then don’t, I will leave the country.”

Related articles:

Celebrities Getting Cold Feet About Leaving the U.S. After Trump’s Victory (Fox News)

Canadians lash out at celebrities threatening to move to their country after Trump win (Daily Mail)

Celebs moving if Donald Trump wins (CNN)

If Donald Trump Wins Presidency, These 18 Celebrities Will Leave US: Will Canada Be Their New Home? (International Business Times)

Celebrities Threatening to Move to Canada if Donald Trump Wins (Heavy)

These 23 Celebrities Say They’ll Leave The Country If Trump Is Elected (Frank151)

16 Celebrities Who Will Leave the U.S. if Trump Wins (Breitbart)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Most noteworthy magazine covers of 2016

After reviewing the most controversial magazine covers of 2016, it’s time to look at the most significant and noteworthy magazine covers of the year (excluding final issues and those with naked cover models).

Playboy, March 2016

The first nude-free issue of Playboy magazine featured Instagram-famous model Sarah McDaniel on the cover.
(See articles by the Daily Mail, the New York Times and AdAge.)

Variety, Jan. 26, 2016

Entertainment trade journal Variety covered the #OscarsSoWhite controversy with a whitewashed cover titled “Shame on us.”
(See articles by the Huffington Post, CNN and AFP.)

The New Yorker, May 2, 2016

The New Yorker magazine paid tribute to the passing of musician Prince with a cover that evoked his hit song “Purple Rain.”

Vogue, June 2016

Vogue scored a coup by getting Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, for her first magazine shoot, which landed her on the cover.
(See article by the Daily Mail.)

Attitude, July 2016

Kate’s husband, Prince William, was the first royal to appear on the cover of a gay magazine when he graced the July 2016 issue of U.K. gay lifestyle magazine Attitude.
(See articles by the Daily Mail, People and the Telegraph.)

Vanity Fair, Summer 2016

Continuing the royal theme, Queen Elizabeth II posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Vanity Fair.
(See article by the Daily Mail.)

Women’s Running, July 2016

Marathon runner and transgender woman Amelia Gapin broke barriers by appearing on the cover of Women’s Running.
(See articles by New York magazine and the Daily Mail.)

Harper’s Bazaar, India, October 2016

Tracey “Africa” Norman and Geena Rocero became the first transgender women ever to appear on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.
(See article by the Daily Mail.)

Sports Illustrated, July 4-11, 2016

Continuing the transgender theme, Caitlyn Jenner posed for the cover of Sports Illustrated 40 years after she won the gold medal for decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics as a man, Bruce Jenner.
(See article by the Daily Mail.)

Glamour, August 2016

Actress Mila Kunis started a craze when she posed (nearly) makeup-free for the cover of Glamour magazine.
(See articles by E! Online and the Huffington Post.)

V magazine, November 2016

Singer Alicia Keys followed Kunis by going makeup-free for V magazine’s cover.
(See articles by MSN and V magazine.)

Time, July 11-18, 2016

Time magazine covered Britain’s exit from the Europe Union, aka Brexit, as potentially the first domino to fall in the EU.

People, Oct. 10, 2016

People magazine had to scramble to cover the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, one of the biggest entertainment news stories of the year.
(See articles by CNN and the New York Post.)

Sports Illustrated, Nov. 14, 2016

Sports Illustrated featured the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on a winning cover.
(See article by Sports Illustrated.)

People, Nov. 28, 2016

People named Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as its “Sexiest Man Alive!”
(See articles by the Daily Mail and People.)

Sports Illustrated, Dec. 19, 2016

Sports Illustrated named NBA star LeBron James as its “Sportsperson of the Year.”
(See article by the Daily Mail.)

Sports Illustrated, Dec. 26, 2016

Sports Illustrated spotlighted Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps on the cover of its year-in-review issue.