TIME NextDraft

This Is How Much Money Hollywood Stars Make and Other Fascinating News on the Web

October 3, 2014


1. I Know What You Made Last Summer

They say there’s no business like show business. But it turns out that when it comes to money in Hollywood, art really does imitate life. A very few folks at the top make a ton of dough while the rest of the industry suffers the reality of reality show salaries. From Robert Downey’s Jr’s Iron Man gold to the hourly pay of an agent’s assistant to the day rate of the average on-screen cat, The Hollywood Reporter reveals what you can expect to earn if you try to make it in a biz where Crystal the monkey makes twice as much as the average actor (and probably has a better parking spot in the studio lot).

+ Should Jennifer Lawrence have an IPO for herself?

+ The split between the haves and have-nots is one the the world’s recurring storylines. And like most sequels, each version seems to get bigger — and worse — than the one before. The Economist sums up the trend: “Vast wealth is being created without many workers; and for all but an elite few, work no longer guarantees a rising income.”

+ In 1992, the Walton family’s net worth was equivalent to the net worth of every person Atlanta. Want to apply a similar filter to their current net worth? You’re gonna need a bigger city.

2. Blame the Messenger?

“The failure of police to stop or punish the violence is certainly feeding into perceptions that what happened is some sort of collusion.” In Hong Kong, protestors have been attacked by opponents of the movement. Are these isolated incidents or the beginning of a broader effort to clear the streets?

3. Weekend Reads

“Then I remember light. Thousands of lights. Waves of tiny diamonds. The whole stadium flashing and Jason, who would die five months later on the side of a south Georgia highway, leaning into my ear and whispering, Maddux.” In SB Nation, Jeremy Collins shares a story of friendship and baseball: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At
Greg Maddux

+ “San Francisco’s most gripping story isn’t on the baseball field. It’s up in the broadcast booth, where one of the team’s most popular and enduring figures is fighting an epic battle … with a little help.” ESPN’s Steve Fainaru with what will remain the biggest story for San Francisco Giants’ fans regardless of how the team does in the playoffs. Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, a muscle disorder, and a giant friendship.

+ “I knew I needed to do something bold or I would be making photocopies and answering the phones for the rest of my career. This was the year that was finally gonna bring on the magic. What happened next was about to change music history.” Robin Sloan Bechtel shares the story of the first website for a band and answers the question, What The Hell Was Megadeth, Arizona?

+ “Like a visiting emperor, I have the power to confirm or destroy dreams with a thumbs up or down. I don’t deserve this elevation.” Claire Gordon-Webster shares the Secret Life Of A Guinness World Records Judge.

4. The Software Forcefield

“Protocols were followed by both the physician and the nurses. However, we have identified a flaw in the way the physician and nursing portions of our electronic health records interacted in this specific case.” Was America’s Ebola patient sent home because of bad software?

+ This software glitch is yet another reminder of the massive contrast between our local Ebola story and the one that is ripping huge communities to shreds. Consider the fact that about 4.4 billion people around the world still don’t have Internet access.

+ An NBC News cameraman is being flown home after testing positive for Ebola.

5. Bombastic

The airstrikes on ISIS have dramatically hampered their social media propaganda efforts. (Is that what it takes to quiet social media?)

+ “Married women who converted were told by ISIL that their previous marriages were not recognised in Islamic law and that they, as well as unmarried women who converted, would be given to ISIL fighters as wives.” From Foreign Policy (No registration required for ND readers), an inside look at the brutal ways of ISIS: Women and Children for Sale.

+ “When Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the Gulf War.” From The Atlantic, the story of the war photo no one would publish. (Not publishing is its own form of propaganda.)

6. Is That Everyone?

“Unlike recent attacks on retailers, we have seen no unusual fraud activity related to this incident. Your money at JPMorgan Chase is safe.” Your data, however, isn’t. FastCo on why the JP Morgan Chase hack is so scary. Spoiler Alert: Because it affected 76 million households and they are a friggin’ bank! (If you live in one of the four households not affected by recent breaches, please submit your data now.)

7. Will The Designer Come Home to Roost?

The rooster on the Sriracha bottle has made its way to iPhone cases, t-shirts, and water bottles. But no one (not even the founder of the company) knows the name of the street artist who created the now famous logo.

+ The secret history of the Michelin Man.

8. iOS State

The path to Cupertino is the modern era’s equivalent to the path to enlightenment. So what college should you attend if you want to score a job at Apple? Hint: You might be better off at San Jose State than you would be at Harvard.

9. The Tortoise and the Hairless

I live in Northern California where you’re required throw on spandex shorts and a racer’s jersey by the time you advance beyond training wheels. But even out here, the leg-shaving ritual is usually reserved for serious cyclists. Many of them can’t explain why they do it, but it turns out it really can shave a few seconds off your time. (I think I’ll stick with my Breaking Away Cutter’s T-shirt.)

10. The Bottom of the News

“Like God, Oprah is everywhere: in the glasses of Chardonnay I drank, in the Soul Library book set and hoodie I bought, in the face of every arena attendant who stood around with a smile and gave me unsolicited hugs.” From NY Mag: I survived a weekend with the Cult of Oprah.

+ Syndicated from Kottke: “The sound made by the Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883 was so loud it ruptured eardrums of people 40 miles away, travelled around the world four times, and was clearly heard 3,000 miles away.” (My son made the same sound when I tried to take away the iPad this morning.)

+ BBC: What’s it like being a cat? (If you care enough to click through, then you have no idea.)

+ Cannonball, humpback whale style.


TIME Family

Passive-Aggressive Dad Is Back With Instructional Video About How to Load a Dishwasher

Wait until you get to the "advanced" level.

Will Reid is an ordinary dad with an ordinary problem: His teenage children are completely inept (and we mean that in the nicest way possible) when it comes to incredibly menial tasks.

So Reid has made a series of “Teenage Instructional Videos” to teach them the complex art of loading dishwashers — the “advanced level” involves pressing things that “look like the buttons on your Xbox or Playstation” — and replacing the toilet paper roll.

The videos have clearly resonated so much that they have gone viral, inspiring Reid to make his own line of cups and instructional shirts.

May the profits go to a beach vacation sans kids. You deserve it, Will.

Here’s the toilet paper video. Can also be shown to lazy roommates for the single audience:

MORE: Dad Makes Hilariously Passive-Aggressive Instructional Video to Get His Kids to Do Chores

TIME animals

Bear Desperately Trying to Keep Summer Alive Goes for a Swim in Somebody’s Backyard Pool

It's time to just embrace autumn, silly bear

Most of us have accepted that summer is over, and we’re now welcoming fall by wrapping ourselves in sweaters, tucking our feet into our favorite Ugg boots and sipping on pumpkin spice lattes. But not this bear. Determined to keep the spirit of summer alive, this bear decided to go for a swim in somebody’s backyard pool.

The creature managed to break a fence and make its way into Dominic Lombardi’s yard in Hanover Township, Penn., a local ABC affiliate reports.

This is not the first bear to help itself to a little pool time. Last month, a black bear in southern California pulled the same shenanigans to help cool off amid searing temperatures. Must be a new trend.

TIME celebrity

Harry Styles Helped a Fan Propose at a One Direction Concert


If there’s one thing we can learn from the Sad Dads at a One Direction Concert video, it’s this: Finding a man to take you to a One Direction concert is a challenge. Finding a man who will take you to a One Direction concert and conscript band member Harry Styles to help propose to you is even harder.

Bradley Chisenhall wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Christine Kozlowski, during the One Direction concert in Atlanta and reached out to the band via Twitter to make the moment happen.

Fans helped draw attention to Chisenhall’s plea by using their impressive numbers to get the #1Dproposal hashtag trending. By Wednesday evening, some so-called Directioners noticed that Harry Styles had started following him on Twitter. Sure enough, something was in the works.

The band stopped their show on Wednesday night and Harry Styles said that his “friend Brad” wanted to do something. The spotlight turned to Chisenhall who dropped to one knee and pulled out a ring as the entire audiences swooned. Kozlowski quickly said yes and the crowd erupted in cheers. In classic Directioner style, the night was well-documented on social media, resulting in the #1Dproposal trending again.

@beerad4220 Jumbotron love bae. #1Dproposal

A photo posted by Christine Kozlowski (@bombshell_barre_bae) on

While any proposal has inherent risks, getting down on one knee at a One Direction concert is especially hazardous. Not only may your intended be overly dazzled by the presence of Harry Styles, but the earsplitting sound of thousands of girls simultaneously shrieking, “Squee!” could actually be detrimental to your hearing. These two may have a lifetime of hearing tests in their future, but they can face that together.


Nik Wallenda to Wear Blindfold for Tightrope Walk Between Chicago Skyscrapers

The stunt will air on the Discovery Channel on Nov. 2

Apparently walking a tightrope between two 65-story Chicago skyscrapers isn’t exciting enough for daredevil Nik Wallenda. The stuntman has decided to kick the thrills up a notch by walking the tightrope blindfolded.

The thrillseeker, who most recently completed a tightrope walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon, will stroll between Chicago’s two 587-foot Marina City towers, which is the highest skyscraper walk in the history of his famed Flying Wallenda family, according to Deadline.

The stunt, which will air on the Discovery Channel on November 2, will be divided into two parts. In the first act, Wallenda will walk blindfolded over the streets of downtown Chicago. In the second act, the rope for Wallenda’s two-block walk will be slanted up at a 15-degree angle, which is the first time Wallenda has attempted such a steep angle. “I’ll not only need incredible physical strength to complete this walk, but laser-focused concentration,” Wallend said in a release.

Wallenda announced the new stunt on Today, and host Matt Lauer spoke for us all when he asked Wallenda a simple question, “Why?”

Wallenda said, “It’s about challenging myself and through challenging myself, inspiring other people.” While Wallenda may hope to inspire, it never hurts to add, don’t try this at home, kids.

TIME society

It’s October 3rd: 19 Ways to Celebrate Mean Girls Day

Quality: Original. Film Title: Mean Girls/Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert & Amanda Seyfried. Copyright: TM&Copyright ©2003 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. For further information: please contact your local UIP Press Office.
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It's not like a regular holiday, it's a cool holiday

Every day is the perfect day to quote Mean Girls, but October 3rd is a particularly noteworthy date for fans of the 2004 hit movie. (A brief refresher: it was the day when things really started to heat up between Aaron Samuels and Cady. He asked her what day it was, and she replied, “It’s October 3rd.”)

Most fans celebrate this occasion — unofficially known as National Mean Girls Day — on social media. But we’re here to help you take your celebration off the screen and into the real world. Here, 19 ways to celebrate all day long.

  1. Start planning your sexy Halloween costume. You can be a mouse, duh!
  2. Eat lunch in the bathroom stall by yourself, just to remind you of the hard times.
  3. Go to Taco Bell, even if you’re on an all-carb diet. (Make sure to stop by Barnes and Noble on your way back to work).
  4. Make your face smell like peppermint.
  5. Polish your fertility vase of the Ndebele tribe.
  6. Eat as many cheese fries as you want. There is no limit to how many cheese fries you can have. THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST.
  7. Make sure you’re in the right school auditorium.
  8. Wear a wig made out of your mom’s chest hair.
  9. Push someone’s hair out of their face and tell them their hair looks sexy pushed back.
  10. Wear pink, even though it’s not Wednesday.
  11. Bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone will eat and be happy.
  12. Start a toaster strudel Twitter nostalgia campaign.
  13. Treat yourself to another pair of white gold hoops. Live every day like it’s Hanukkah.
  14. Spike your mocktail because you’re not a regular mom, you’re a cool mom.
  15. Purge yourself of your secrets and get a Brazilian blowout.
  16. Wear sweatpants AND a vest.
  17. Ask someone why they’re white.
  18. Use the word “grool” at least three times throughout the day.
  19. Watch a Danny DeVito movie. You love his work.


TIME Bizarre

Feel Good Friday: 16 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From American flag kilts to octopus helmet covers, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

TIME NextDraft

Debating the Use of Real Names Online and Other Fascinating News on the Web

October 2, 2014


1. My Name Is…

In a moment of distinguished poignancy, the esteemed philosopher Eminem once said: “I am whatever you say I am, if I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?” It turns out that what seemed like a rhetorical question has become more difficult to answer in the age of social networks. After much protesting by a group of drag queens, Facebook has issued a public apology and promised to tweak its policy of requiring that all profiles include user’s “real names.” As The Atlantic’s Jessa Lingel and Tarleton Gillespie explain, what seems like a narrow issue has broader implications: “If we’re willing to look past the glitter, the makeup, and the fabulous hair, the issue beneath is an important one … Must we be ‘ourselves’ online? Can we allow people to be playful or protective about their online personas, while still avoiding the abuses that seem to accompany pseudonymity? And most importantly, who decides?” And won’t the real Slim Shady please stand up?

+ The New Yorker: Who’s real enough for Facebook?

2. Spread Dread

“As a precaution, the four people who live in the home where [Thomas E]. Duncan was staying have been ordered to stay in their apartment and a law enforcement official has been posted outside.” Officials in Texas are working to monitor around 100 people who may have had some kind of contact with the Ebola patient or his family members.

+ Here’s Thomas Frieden, the direct of the CDC: “I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or case, of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country.” And here’s NPR: Why is Frieden so sure this virus won’t spread beyond a handful of cases?

+ One of the key challenges facing officials was finding medical workers who were willing to clean the apartment where Thomas E. Duncan was staying.

+ “You see people dying like chickens.” While there is understandable concern around America’s first case of Ebola, it’s worth connecting this relatively minor story to the terrifying, isolating reality of life on the front lines of the Ebola crisis.

3. Secret Agent, Man

“The 6,700-member agency, long an elite class of skilled professionals who prized their jobs, now suffers from diminished luster and historically high turnover rates … Some agents who have sworn to take a bullet for the president and his family have little faith in the wisdom or direction of their ­senior-most leaders.” The turmoil surrounding the Secret Service has led to the resignation of its director, Julia Pierson, who has only held the top spot for eighteen months.

+ “I don’t lose sleep about it. Because the realities are, as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station.” Jelani Cobb: Barack Obama’s Safety.

4. Hard News

In these days of Internet hoaxes and Twitter journalism, we sometimes forget about the excellent journalists who do the hard work of digging deep into hard news. These stories often have a huge impact. Meet Carol Leonnig. You are definitely aware of her work. From Yahoo News: The reporter who brought down the Secret Service’s director.

+ Want to see how big an impact investigative journalism can have? Check out the work of my friends at the excellent Center for Investigative Reporting: 3 investigations, 3 new laws.

5. Be Courteous, Kind and Dangerous

As the protests continue to grow, Hong Kong’s chief executive has offered to have his second in command seek talks with demonstrators.

+ “Rather than presenting scenes of smashed shops or violent confrontations with the police … the photos from central Hong Kong show smiling students sitting around doing their homework, passing out donations of food, and meticulously picking up litter — even sorting out the recyclables.” From Slate: The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

6. Jihadiville

“They have earned their reputations over the past four years by being the first to report key developments later confirmed by mainstream research and reporting — such as the split between the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, the burst of jihadi recruitment in the West, and the entry of Hezbollah into the Syrian battle.” They are not part of any intelligence department. They don’t work for the government. They are self-made experts with an internet connection. From The Boston Globe’s Thanassis Cambanis: The Jihadi Hunters.

7. Enter the Sandman

Netflix has signed Adam Sandler to an exclusive four-movie deal. Don’t laugh. Sandler’s movies have grossed a cool $3.9 billion worldwide. In a prepared statement, Sandler explained: “When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only … Netflix rhymes with wet chicks. Let the streaming begin!” ($3.9 billion…)

+ I find it hard to cheer about content exclusives. I want to watch what I want to watch where I want to watch it. But this deal is probably a good one for both Netflix and Sandler, who as Chris Plante explains, just became Billy Madison: rich, entitled, and rewarded for putting in the least effort imaginable. (And they said the American dream was dead.)

8. Going With the Norm

“He was to shed the gentle Irish intellectual Carroll O’Connor to become the poorly educated, full-of-himself blowhard Archie Bunker, spewing a kind of rancid, lights-out conservatism for a television audience that grew quickly to more than 50 million people.” The Hollywood Reporter has some excerpts from Normal Lear’s new memoir. When it comes to exploring issues of race on television, Norman Lear was ahead of his time. And ahead of our time.

+ Why Tom and Jerry cartoons carry a racism warning.

9. The Offspring of My Discontent

“Nothing in life is allowed to be more important than our children, and we must never speak a disloyal word about our relationships with our offspring. Children always come first … Once our gods have left us, we try to pick up the pieces of our long neglected marriages and find new purpose. Is it surprising that divorce rates are rising fastest for new empty nesters?” Astro and Danielle Teller share their take on how American parenting is killing American marriage. (I can’t wait to see how their kids respond on Snapchat.)

10. The Bottom of the News

“I respect Starbucks for its business sense, customer service and amenities including clean bathrooms and WiFi. But unless I am checking a new store off my list, I would not go there for the coffee.” And this guy (who calls himself Winter) should know. He’s been to 11,733 Starbucks so far.

+ The honey lobby wants the feds to define honey. While we’re on the topic, why do honeybees die when they sting?

+ Mayor Bill de Blasio has never been to the High Line. New York Mayor Bill de Blassio.

+ Elon Musk sent Tesla’s stock soaring with a cryptic Tweet that read: “About time to unveil the D and something else.” The last time I said something like that I ended up spending the night in jail.


TIME Pictures of the Week

Pictures of the Week: Sept. 26 – Oct. 3

From growing protests in Hong Kong and an intruder at the White House, to child jockeys in Indonesia and George Clooney’s wedding, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

TIME Opinion

Subway Wants Women to Stay Skinny So They Can Wear Sexy Halloween Costumes

This new ad reminds you that it's never time to stop dieting

You thought it was over. You thought it was finally safe to sit down at lunch and eat one, just one, burger. Subway wants you to know that YOU THOUGHT WRONG.

Thank your lucky thigh gap the sandwich chain, which recent research asserts is just as unhealthy as McDonald’s, is here to remind you that it’s your moral obligation to stay skinny. Because “bikini season may be over” — that’s an actual quote from the company’s YouTube page — “but there’s more reasons right around the corner to stay fit.”

Namely: To wear skimpy Halloween costumes. Cue a video montage set to the tune of waiting room music where an excessively perky woman models an array of sexy costumes.

Except, Subway clearly isn’t allowed to say sexy. Rather, it’s a “hot devil” (too literal), “sassy teacher” (literally smacking a ruler against her hand), “foxy fullback” (please, let’s get into how women feel about the NFL right now), and our personal favorite, “attractive nurse.”

Luckily for Subway, there’s an emerging sexy (albeit bizarre) Christmas costume market, so that they can keep their “it’s never ok to break a diet” campaign going.

Your skinny coworker lunch buddy will be watching you!

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