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Nicki Minaj brought the party to New York City yesterday morning as she performed to a full plaza for the TODAY show’s concert series presented by Toyota. The young money rapper made everyone dance including Hoda and even Jordin Sparks.
Hilary Duff keeps it chic and casual in basics as she picks up her adorable pet pooch Lola from a veterinarian’s office on Thursday (August 9) in Los Angeles.
That same day, the 24-year-old actress tweeted about Lola: “Hi! I’ve abandoned my twitter 4 a few days. Lola got very sick again and it’s been very hard :( pray for my girl,i get to bring her home today.” We hope she’s feeling better, Hilary!
"Subject 6" a psychological thriller in the vein of "Dark City" and the cult classic "Cube".
A young woman sealed in an isolation room under constant surveillance, known only by her number "6" believes she is a paid participant in a behavioral study, but she soon discovers she is actually a prisoner in a deadly game of mind control and must find a way to escape.
Also, if you didn't see the previous post or hear about it, Hilary has signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV for a half hour long comedy.
Now she has a new television show, an album in the works (I wonder who will sign her?), her third book is coming out in April, and this potential movie!!
Dazed and Confused September 2012
preview of her article:
"I really enjoyed interviewing her. She's an extremely smart and driven person," says Sciortino. "The intensity of her ambition is almost scary. You get the sense that there are no laws or limits to what she will do to get where she wants to be. She's really funny, blunt and flips her hair a lot – like the classic 'bitch from a teen movie' hair flip. It's a good move. My interview with her inspired me to flip my hair more."
Benedict Cumberbatch has claimed that the second series of Downton Abbey was "f**king atrocious".
The actor told the Reader's Digest September issue that he was not a fan of last year's episodes.
"We're remembering that there was a world before the First World War," Cumberbatch said of his role in BBC Two's Parade's End.
"We're living in a culture now that's revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s.
"Although Downton traded a lot on the sentiment in the last series... but we won't talk about that series because it was, in my opinion, f**king atrocious."
He added: "There was that fear, yes. I thought, 'Are we pandering to a taste?' But this is so much more sophisticated, so much more unusual.
"You rarely see a piece about this class of people that's this accurate, funny and pointed. We're not making some clichéd comment, 'Oh, isn't it awful the way there's this upstairs-downstairs divide' (lol, why am I not surprised?)
"This is about class and love, an elegy to a dying era. It's the final mad waltz of Edwardian society into this war-game idiocy."
Cumberbatch said of the era: "Everyone was held in their place, but what was honourable about it was that there was a duty of care from the top down. (are you being fucking serious with this line? jfc)
"That shouldn't be tied in with any sort of fat-faced, flatulent Cameron effort at what Toryism - horribly - is now."
I literally can't with this vile, vile reptile.
This is so qt.
Michael Phelps 'has a gambling problem and friends fear he could squander millions away'
Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps is obsessed with poker and could squander away millions of dollars in winnings and endorsements, his friends reportedly fear.
Phelps, who is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, has been playing poker for years and claims to have met some of his closest friends at the table. But now they say that the competitive mindset that garnered him so much praise and success in the pool could be extremely damaging to his bank balance. 'All Michael thinks about is gambling,' a poker-playing friend told the National Enquirer (lolz so credible).
'Michael has a "don't quit until you win" attitude which was great while he was swimming but could be costly playing poker.'
Phelps has said he would love to be a professional player, but friends fear he cannot walk away.
The source added that Phelps has wagered 'hundreds of thousands of dollars on poker already, and now that he's retired from competitive swimming, everyone's worried he'll be betting millions more.' Phelps is worth around $45 million, but experts have predicted this fortune could triple with future endorsements.
He first learned to play poker online, and started with $1 and $2 games before graduating up to games with higher stakes. He now plays a weekly card game with a $25,000 buy-in, friends said.
'I love to play, it's fun, it's exciting,' Phelps said in a 2008 interview, adding that he was not drawn to the game for its competitive aspect, but more as an opportunity to unwind. 'It was more something so that I could have time to myself,' he said. 'I could relax, I could be myself, and I could have fun. It’s a place where I can be me.'
He went on: 'I’ve met some of my best friends at a poker table. Some of the kids I’m always with, who I talk to every day.'
He even lives with a professional poker player, Jeff Gross. But sources told the National Enquirer they fear these friends are not the best influence on Phelps, who has a reputation as a playboy.
In 2008, he was photographed smoking marijuana at a party from a bong that had been given to him by Zachary 'Carter' King - a professional player who was later arrested for marijuana possession.
'This is not a good element for Michael to be hanging out with,' a source said. 'It's just going to get him in trouble - big trouble.'
It was not advice Phelps heeded last week when he took a deserved holiday with his poker-playing friends to the Maldives - where his aspiring model girlfriend Megan Rossee was nowhere to be seen.
The guys-only trip saw Phelps skip out early on the London Olympics and miss the closing ceremony in favor lounging around on white-sand beaches and working on his tan.
Now that the Olympics are over, Phelps will have time to work on his poker game - but also said he has plans to improve his golf handicap with Tiger Woods' former coach Hank Haney. He has also signed on with Louis Vuitton as part of the fashion brand's Core Values campaign.
the most credible source in the world
It's from the Daily Mail who got it from the National Enquirer so it's totally trueeeeee.
Reezy would never.
The release of Pixar's Brave went off without a hitch earlier this year-- but it would have been very, very easy for that not to happen. Pixar is usually a tightly oiled machine when it comes to both making their movies and getting them out there, telling touching origin stories about their characters-- how Wall-E was born from Andrew Stanton playing with a pair of binoculars, for example-- and constantly talking up the Pixar Brain Trust, the team of collaborators who look over every work in progress at the studio and tear it apart in order to make it better.
All of that happened to Brave, and in doing interviews-- like this one-- director Mark Andrews had great stories of his own, of being interested in Scottish history for years, and taking fact-finding trips with the rest of the Pixar team. But his co-director Brenda Chapman was absent from all of these press opportunities, and even though Andrews and everyone else spoke highly of how she guided the project, it wasn't hard to see why-- Chapman was taken off the project and replaced with Andrews with just over a year left to go before Brave's release date. That's happened a handful of times in Pixar's history, but Chapman was to be the studio's first female feature director. And the fact that she had come up with the story on her own, inspired by her own experiences as a mother, sure didn't bode well for the studio to move on without her.
But Brave turned out just fine, if not as critically acclaimed as some of the studio's other films, and to date has made $374 million worldwide. Apparently that clears the way for Chapman to speak out at last; as part of a fascinating New York Times piece about getting more female voices in Hollywood, Chapman shares the "heartbreakingly hard road" she has traveled in the year and a half since she was taken off Brave. She doesn't go into too many details, but here is one of the more stirring excerpts:
"This was a story that I created, which came from a very personal place, as a woman and a mother. To have it taken away and given to someone else, and a man at that, was truly distressing on so many levels. But in the end, my vision came through in the film. It simply wouldn’t have worked without it (and didn't at one point), and I knew this at my core. So I kept my head held high, stayed committed to my principles, and was supported by some strong women (and men!). In the end, it worked out, and I’m very proud of the movie, and that I ultimately stood up for myself, just like Merida, the protagonist in "Brave.""
Chapman is smart to stand by Brave-- and she's clearly right that the movie still contains a lot of her ideas-- but it's very rare for anyone to criticize the process behind one of their films, and even rarer for that to be a Pixar film. Chapman will inevitably take heat for this, but her relationship with Pixar seems to be over anyway-- she's left the studio to take on a role at Lucasfilm on a still-mysterious project. And it's inspiring to see her say out loud what many have suspected about Pixar's operations-- that as open and friendly as the studio can be, it is in fact dominated by male voices, and that can make it difficult for some women to get their stories told.
I'm glad that she kept her head up and decided to stand by Brave even after what Pixar did. I'm looking forward to her next project at Lucasfilm, hopefully she has a better experience there.
Bar Rafaeli was seen in these interesting blue pants while in London for the Olympics (she is rumored to be dating Shaun White).
On a recent episode of Pretty Little Liars, Hannah Marin (Ashley Benson) was seen in these Dylan George Watercolor jeans that you can find at Nordstrom.
Some other examples of celebs in patterned pants are Olivia Palermo, Rihanna, and Beyonce.
I can’t say I’m a fan of this trend myself, but it seems to be all the rage this Summer (and Fall). What do you think? Do you like this trend? And who here wore it best?
I think they're kind of ugly myself, but maybe I'm just bitter because my hips are too big to ever pull this look off.
Having seemingly found that special someone whom he wishes to spend the rest of his days with, Jimmy Kimmel is officially an engaged man!
The "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" talk show host's rep has confirmed that the 44-year-old Brooklyn native is set to exchange vows with fiance Molly McNearney.
With Jimmy and Molly's relationship having sparked at the workplace - as she's a head writer for his ABC program - the two have since became engaged after Kimmel popped the question during a recent vacation in South Africa.
The marital plans mark the second walk down the aisle for Kimmel, who divorced ex-wife Gina in 2002 and dated Sarah Silverman before linking up with his bride to be.
The BBC have confirmed that Doctor Who will return on September 1 (with the series likely to air on BBC America later the same day), they’ve also released official synopses for the first three episodes!
Episode 1: Asylum Of The Daleks
“Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter… the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Ponds’ marriage.”
Episode 2: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
“An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction – unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo… of dinosaurs! By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.”
Episode 3: A Town Called Mercy
The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun!), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one!) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.
Captain Jack is coming to The CW!
John Barrowman is joining the network’s new fall action-drama Arrow.
The Doctor Who and Torchwood star has signed for a recurring role in Arrow’s debut season. Producers are not saying much about his character, only revealing that he will play a “well-dressed man” who is “as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”
Hmmm … one suspects the character is from the Green Arrow comic mythology. Philanthropist Stanley Dover Sr., perhaps? Unless they’re doing a new twist on Brick or the Green Lantern…
Barrowman is a choice that’s sure to rally fans of his Torchwood work. The actor was also cast in Shonda Rhimes’ recent ABC pilot effort Gilded Lilys.
Arrow recently drew raves during a pilot screening at Comic-Con. The show debuts Wednesday, Oct. 10 on The CW.
It was a starry, saucy night at the BFI on London’s South Bank.
Ex-Blue Peter man and Radio 5 Live host Richard Bacon fielded a lively panel with many questions coming, refreshingly, from the programme’s younger fans (and I mean children).
But Moffat led the way with his Big Surprise: “This room froze in a strange way when…” something strange and unexpected happened on screen. “I know it’s a big ask, and I know it might make you feel a bit silly – not as silly as I feel right now – but I know it will be a better show for keeping that one piece of information back. Please. Just. DON’T!” Everyone in the room clapped. So that’s that sorted, Steven.
He confirmed that there’ll be five new episodes this autumn, the Christmas special is being filmed now (“It’s a heatwave so we must be filming Christmas!”), with eight new episodes next spring. Did he mind the way this seventh series was being split up, asked Bacon. Not at all, said Moffat. “It means more first nights! And if we get more Radio Times covers, that’s useful.” We’ll do our best, Mr Moffat.
Bacon cheekily, and relentlessly, quizzed Moffat about his plans for a “multiple Doctor episode” for the 50th anniversary, claiming the exec had recently been spotted dining out with David Tennant. Had he been schmoozing Christopher Eccleston and Sylvester McCoy, too? “Are you asking if I’ve eaten in the presence of any previous Doctors? Would you like me to give you a list?” joked Moffat. “I’ve had Sunday lunch many times with Peter Davison!” (dis bitch trollin' rn, ain't no one here for that Moffat)
Caroline Skinner, who joined the series last year, intimated that there’s nothing “pinned down” for the anniversary but they have “huge ideas for live events” and that 2013 “will be the biggest year for Doctor Who across the board”. And she knows her Doctor Who: “My dad was massively into all sci-fi/fantasy stuff, so I sat down and watched a lot of the early episodes with him when I was far, far too young and far too scared.”
>b?Matt Smith confirmed that he’s signed to play the Time Lord until 2014 and that this has always been the case. </b>“I was always going to be around. It’s going to be exciting next year.” He also revealed he never looks at online forums: “That was the first thing Steven said to me. Never, ever to go on the internet... So, BBC Sport website, and that’s kind of it really.”
Naughty Bacon also asked, “Did you and Karen ever come close to, um, like, having a thing?” (WHO THE FUCK ASKS THAT) “Absolutely not!” huffed Matt, once the laughter died down. “That was another conversation with Steven… No, we’re professionals!” “This is so embarrassing,” laughed Karen, blushing.
An audience member wanted to know why Matt is the only panellist yet to be seduced by Twitter. “It’s just not my cuppa tea. I don’t see it happening any time soon,” he said. “I figure who cares what I’m doing?” Only millions, possibly..? And then Moffat revealed that in episode four, The Power of Three, “the Doctor just says the word ‘Twitter!’ – into which Matt puts his entire disgust. It’s rather magnificent.”
Significantly, these five adventures build up to the departure of Amy and Rory, and Matt is already missing his co-stars. “This Dalek episode is about marking what brilliant companions these two are, and they’re both spellbinding in it, and they get better throughout the five. In the last episode it’s heart-wrenching to see them go.”
Arthur Darvill said their final scenes are “emotion-led” and that for ages “Karen wouldn’t read the script. I’d read it and really wanted someone to talk to.” “I didn’t want to make it real,” Gillan explained. “I’m going to miss these guys. We’re good friends now. I’m also gonna miss just running down corridors away from monsters, because that’s the most fun, and now I’m going to do TV shows where I’m just talking at people.”
Darvill admitted that Doctor Who “will never leave us. There’s a huge network of people who’ve been involved in the show. It will follow us for the rest of our lives.”
At the glittering after-show bash, I congratulated Steven Moffat on a spectacular episode and he told me he hopes each episode will come across like a mini-blockbuster. He confirmed there’ll be a different look to each title sequence and logo across the next five episodes: “Daleky, dinosaurs, cowboy-western…”
In a packed room I spotted Nicola Bryant, who played 1980s companion Peri, lending some glamour and having her photo taken with Karen and Arthur. I met Doctor Who’s casting agent Andy Pryor who said to expect some further major guest-star coups imminently. I bumped into actor Nicholas Briggs again after many years. He does all the Dalek voices (and there are so many in Asylum!) and proved yet again he’s an authority on all things Dalek.
Mark Gatiss spoke excitedly about his forthcoming drama on the early days of Doctor Who, which has a particular focus on its complex original star, William Hartnell. “I’ve been thinking about it for nearly 12 years, ever since reading his granddaughter Jessica Carney’s wonderful biography [Who’s There?].” It’s too early to go into detail about the project, but it’s clear it will feature many key personnel and re-create special moments from the programme’s 1963 inception. (I need that book tbh, shame it's been out of print forever B|)
I met writer Chris Chibnall for the first time, and we found ourselves chatting about 1980s Who, which RT is now covering in our Doctor Who Story Guide. It’s an era he loves and is currently exposing his kids to. He’s holding back the pleasures of the 1982 Peter Davison classic, Earthshock. He promises his two coming episodes, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three, are very different stories. One is finished, the other is still having final edits. Expect a full interview with Chris on radiotimes.com very soon.
Caroline Skinner, who joined Who hot from BBC3’s award-winning but dropped series The Fades, is always interesting and I’d like to speak to her in greater depth about the influence she’s having on the new series. Without realising (as no one introduced us), I was standing right next to Asylum director Nick Hurran; I’d really wanted to congratulate this man. Better luck next time.
I expect the party went on into the night, but I had to catch a tube train and put on my reporter’s cap for RT.
If you’ve been wondering what David Cronenberg would do with a huge budget and a caped crusader, prepare to keep wondering forever. The chance of Cronenberg taking on a superhero movie is somewhere between zero and nothing, according to his interview with NextMovie.
“A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids. It’s adolescent in its core,” explains Cronenberg. “That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is, you know, supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the f**k they’re talking about.”
The suggestion that directors like Christopher Nolan have elevated the genre doesn’t resonate with Cronenberg:
“I think it’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape … Christopher Nolan’s best movie is ‘Memento,’ and that is an interesting movie. I don’t think his Batman movies are half as interesting, though they’re 20 million times the expense. What he is doing is some very interesting technical stuff, which, you know, he’s shooting IMAX and in 3-D. That’s really tricky and difficult to do. I read about it in ‘American Cinematography Magazine,’ and technically, that’s all very interesting. The movies, to me, they’re mostly boring.”
His dismissal of the genre doesn’t extend to its cast, however; Cronenberg admits he’d love to act in a superhero movie. More on that at the source.
Synopsis: A psychological thriller about 2 gals on the run in the backwoods of Idaho up through Oregon.
Starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Samantha Jacober, and Paget Brewster. FT. Matthew Gray Gubler
Directed, Written, & Produced By Jaffe Zinn
Filming started mid July in Idaho and wrapped up earlier this month.
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Jaffe and Matthew tyfyt ♥
The Mindy Project has just lined up some slam-dunk guest casting: New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, free agent guard Baron Davis, and Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will play themselves in the fourth episode of Mindy Kaling’s new Fox comedy, EW has learned. In the episode, Kaling’s gynecologist character goes on an outing with her co-workers to a nightclub, where she winds up hanging out in the VIP section with the three NBA players .
The romantic/workplace comedy debuts Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m., after New Girl. Computer owners wanting a sneak peak can watch the first episode online starting Aug. 27. (it will be on hulu & fox.com, and on demand.)
Is it just me, or does it feel like Morris Chestnut has been on the quiet side lately? I know he was last in Think Like A Man, but his role wasn't a significant one (he wasn't in the starring cast, in the kind of film that he'd usually be on the short list of black actors being considered to star in).
He's also done some TV - American Horror Story, most recently.
Wasn't there a time when he was considered leading man material, with potential to grow even further, as far as black actors are concerned? Is he still on your short list? An opportunity missed by Hollywood?
But maybe today's news will help put him back on that track, as it's been announced that Chestnut has been cast as the male lead, opposite Halle Berry, in Sony’s thriller The Hive.
Brad Anderson is directing the film, which co-stars Abigail Breslin. Principal photography has already begun.
What's The Hive about again?
Set against the backdrop of a 911 call center, this fast-paced suspense pic will find Berry playing a 911 emergency operator who takes a call from a teenage girl (Breslin) who has been abducted and carried away in the trunk of a car. Berry's character must face her own fears in order to save the teenage girl from a disturbed killer. The kidnapping plays out in real time as the pair work together to track down the killer.
Morris Chestnut will play Halle Berry's love interest in the film, who's also a cop. Good look Morris... good look.
BUT that's not it!
Mr Chestnut has also joined that cast of Kick-Ass 2, playing the guardian for the character played by Chloe Moretz. The role is said to be a significant one. How significant? We'll wait to find out.
Up next for Chestnut, look for him in the comedy ID Theft, which stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.
The Spice Girls first hit the music scene in 1994 and iconized the Union Jack dress, platform shoes and "Girl Power," but 12 years after unofficially breaking up, the British girl group reunited to perform at the Olympic closing ceremony in London. And Mel "Scary Spice" Brown says the reunion brought back that "girl power feeling."
"We didn't realize it was such a big, you know, worst-kept rumor," the Spice Girl told MTV News on Tuesday. "And now that we've known that we all kind of find it funny. And, at the same time feel kind of very lucky and happy that people were so excited about it."
The Girls had not been together on stage since a reunion tour in 2007. Since then, each has gone her separate way. Victoria Beckham, most notably, is a blossoming fashion star and wife of Los Angeles Galaxy heartthrob David Beckham.
Alas, time is no match for the prowess of the Spice Girls.
"Whenever we get together, whether it be we go out for dinner or you know we just launched our ['Viva Forever'] musical, we just click back into how we were 20 years ago with each other," Brown told MTV News. "It's kind of very comfortable and very respectful girl power feeling that we have between each other. It's like we just saw each other yesterday always."
Although the group has always promoted "Girl Power," some are looking to the Spice Girls as inspiration for "Middle-Aged Woman Power."
"They have all fallen in love, had children, some have stuck with their men, others have split up," wrote Alison Phillips from the U.K.'s Mirror. "They’ve raised kids, cared for their families, worked and retained friendships. Between them they’ve had the highs and lows of most women their age in the country. And they’re still standing, looking great and being strong. Now that’s Woman Power."
Rumors of another Spice Girls reunion tour began to spread after the closing ceremony performance. RadarOnline.com reports that Brown is the one pushing for it, but Beckham's schedule might be too full.
"Mel B is spearheading the crusade for the band to do a reunion tour as they had a total blast performing at the Closing Ceremony," a source reportedly told RadarOnline.
"Geri Halliwell, Mel C and Emma Bunton are all on board, but, of course, the lone holdout is Victoria. Vicky says she just has way too much on her plate right now with her fashion label and so busy being a mother to four young children, and wife to David and it just doesn't seem like she wants any part of a reunion tour," the source added.
Whether or not a Spice Girls reunion is an actual possibility or just a fool's wish is unclear. As for the Girls, they seem to still be riding high on the success of their Olympic show.
I've been on such a Spice Girls high these last couple of days. Watched "Spiceworld" five times, watched a few documentaries and music videos on YouTube, AND found some old Spice merch that I'll be making full use out of! Best part of the Closing Ceremony. Fifteen-ish years later and those ladies still gave such a fantastic performance. Love them.
Yuna brings her music to a global audience
Twenty-five-year-old Yuna Zarai, the Muslim singer-songwriter from Malaysia, gave up a comfortable life in her native country to move to Los Angeles to try and bring her songs to a global audience and soon discovered her music transcends both language and religion. Anthony Mason reports.
Yuna performing "Lullabies" on CBS Evening News
Pharrell Williams from N.E.R.D. produced her song "Live Your Life"
The Olympic cauldron is extinguished and the Olympic flag has passed from London to Rio de Janeiro.
For the athletes of the 2012 London Olympic games, the results are in the history books, and for a few of the most amazing athletes, the record books. Now for many of these world class athletes, it’s time to temporarily switch their attention away from athletic competition to the corporate boardroom.
So which Olympians left their mark on the 2012 games and are the biggest names in business? What names will sports marketers and sponsors be looking to sign?
Here’s a look at five Olympic athletes you can expect to cash in between now and the start of the next summer Olympics. (Note: To be eligible for consideration, athletes cannot complete in a professional sports league — so LeBron James, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May-Treanor are out.)
1. Michael Phelps, Swimmer aka that one time Zeus fucked a dolphin
The king stays at the top. London 2012 cemented Phelps' legacy as one of the all-time global sports icons. Phelps leaves London with staggering career numbers — a record 22 medals, 18 of them gold.
The swimmer says he’s hanging it up and won't compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Many of his endorsement deals with the likes of Speedo, Visa, Omega and Nike run through 2016. Phelps’ agent Peter Carlisle of Octagon's Olympic & Action Sports division estimates that Phelps could earn $100 million from endorsements, sponsorships and appearances over his lifetime. So even if he’s not in the pool, the most-decorated Olympian of all time will remain a top marketing force the next four years.
2. Missy Franklin, Swimmer
If Phelps leaves the swimming pool behind, there’s another swimmer ready to take that spotlight. Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin is poised to be the new face of USA Swimming.
Franklin established herself as a swimming star in London, with four gold medals, including a world record in the 200-meter backstroke. She is entering her senior year in high school and says she plans to compete with her high school team before heading to college and the NCAA.
Remaining an amateur means Franklin is leaving anywhere from $1 million to $2 million on the table right now, but you can bet sponsors will be knocking on her door before the 2016 Games. As a swimmer, Franklin has a long Olympic career in front of her, and sponsors will need to pay a premium when the time comes for her to give up amateur status.
3. Gabby Douglas, Gymnast
Gabby Douglas epitomizes how a medal-winning performance in the Olympics can turn an athlete from an unknown to international star in just minutes. The gymnast wasn’t even on the U.S. Olympic team until March, a time when most Olympic sponsors have already signed their athletes.
Douglas did get a couple of quick deals with Procter & Gamble and Kellogg before London, but her sponsorship slate remains wide open. Don’t expect it to remain that way for long. Bob Dorfman, the executive director of Baker Street Advertising says Douglas could earn as much as three million dollars between now and the start of the 2016 games.
With a smile as bright as the gold medal she earned in all-around gymnastics, Douglas is not only a hot commodity but an available one in the wake of the London games.
4. Usain Bolt, Sprinter
When the conversation focuses on where an athlete falls on the Olympic “legend” scale, there will be no shortage of companies looking to attach themselves to Jamaica's Usain Bolt. As the world’s fastest man heading into the London, Bolt was already one of the Olympics’ brightest and most marketable stars, and by some estimates he earned more than $20 million in the year leading up to the London Games.
Bolt's primary sponsor is German sportswear company
Adidas puma, which pays him $9 million a year. He also has deals with Gatorade, Swiss watchmaker Hublot, Virgin Media, Visa and Nissan Motor, among others. Another four years as the world’s fastest man, Bolt will remain a hot commodity even if he opts not to participate in Rio de Janeiro.
5. Jessica Ennis, Heptathlete
The pressure to perform in the Olympics can be tough for any athlete, but imagine being the athletic face of the nation hosting the Games. Such was the pressure facing Jessica Ennis, who had a sponsor, British Airways, go so far as to paint her image on a field near Heathrow Airport with the words "Welcome to Our Turf."
Ennis lived up to the hype, winning gold in the heptathlon, as part of “Super Saturday.”
In addition to BA, Ennis also has deals with Jaguar, Coca-Cola-owned Powerade, Aviva and Olay, but she is likely to reach a new level after London. Some British sports marketing experts predict Ennis could earn $3 million a year in the lead-up to Rio.