3 Facts to Understand the Emma Watson Nude Photos Scandal

We know for sure that celebrities have their share of online rumors about them, but the recent Emma Watson nude photos scandal leaked  is currently one of the most controversial, in part due to some dubious activity of some sites hoping to gain attention.  Whether you like it or not, there are some valuable lessons to learn from these somehow trivial matters. Let’s recall 3 short facts about the scandal you should know if you want to get your head around it.  You can also understand how the controversial issues around this event shows a little bit more about social standards for women change or resist to changes and as well about how online information needs a better user-evaluation of its credibility.

1.  Emma UN speech for Feminism

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Emma Watson UN speech was a well-received piece that supported feminist action and women empowerment. As a Women Goodwill  Ambassador, her UN speech delivered a message of gender equality , focusing on some very specific example of her own experience: her media sexualisation at only 14 years old, her observation of female dropouts of traditionally “masculine” sports and her labeling as a “bossy” girl at only 8 years old as examples of institutionalized ways of excluding girls and making them feel unworthy of doing  “manly” jobs.  She also outlined some of the most common stereotypes associated with the label “feminist”, like being unattractive, or hating men. She is also considered the initiator of the HeforShe Campaign, aiming at getting boys and men to support feminist goals.


2. Emma Watson Nude Photos Threat

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Following this, a message with a link to emmayouarenext.com  went viral  on the internet. Speculation was made that, due to recent events of photo nudes of celebrities leaked on 4Chan, this could be an indicator of the fact that Emma Watson would be the next celebrity to have her mobile phone hacked for naked photos. The site had a clock countdown that indicated  the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until what was speculated as being that moment.  It was widely seen and analysed in press as a response to her empowerment message and a sign of mysoginistic action against women daring to challenge patriarchal perspectives in society.  Moreover, there is also o growing body of voices saying that the events perfectly express how women are constantly under scrutiny not only for how they look, but also for how they choose to address their social position.  Using threats to leak Emma Watson nude photos pictures a grotesque, yet a widely used strategy to put women in what is traditionally known as their places with the help of their sexualized bodies as a mean of extreme exposure. If you are exposed as woman for the male gaze, you are surely in a vulnerable position that sometimes means a form a shaming.

3.  Photo Nudes Thereat Actually a Prank Aimed at 4Chan

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Later, the site proved to be a hoax initiated by Rantic, an anonymous organization that intended to gather protestors against 4Chan, the initial leaker of the nude celebrity photos series. An later on, this also proved to be more precisely a marketing stunt from Rantic Marketing aimed at shutting down 4Chan, but who exactly knows anymore?

However, this is a sign of a more general tendency of marketing strategies to play with people’s mind when using online viral information. Whether is user-generated or a grand master plan of a PR strategist, it is safe to say this event shows, on one hand,  how online marketing is more pervasive than we might think and also, on the other hand, how fragile and susceptible to lack of credibility viral news and online information are. Emma Watson nude photos scandal is not about Emma Watson, nor about photos with naked bodies. The whole issue tells a story about gendered ways of being in the public eye, about the unequal way women are treated when they show signs of getting power, as Emma showed with her new ambassador role. Finally, they show a darker side of the power of online spread of opinions, positions and the so-called news.

What to Expect from American Horror Story Freak Show

One of the most exciting TV series in a very long time is American Horror Story. The first three seasons gave us everything we could ever wish from a horror TV series. The first season called Murder House gave us chilling ghost stories, the second season called Asylum was set in a mental institution and was all about insane people; season three is called Coven and it dealt with witches and witchcraft. The much anticipated fourth season is American Horror Story Freak Show. The teasers and trailers look creepy as hell and we can’t wait for the premiere on October 8 on FX.

1. American Horror Story Freak Show Will Be Way Darker Than Coven

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From what we’ve seen in the teasers and trailers, the new season of American Horror Story is much creepier and darker that the previous season, Coven. And that dealt with some pretty dark issues, like witches and witchcraft. The new season is called Freak Show and will take place in the 1950s in a circus/carnival. It will deal with plenty of, you know, freaks, like the Siamese girls, a super evil clown, the lady with a moustache and a three-breasted woman. If that’s not creepy enough, we don’t know what else is.

2. Jessica Lange is The Circus Mistress

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We love Jessica Lange. She’s such a talented and beautiful actress and her roles in American Horror Story so far have been brilliant. In the new season she plays the role of Elsa Mars, a former cabaret performer who owns the circus where Freak Show is set. Jessica Lange said about her character that she’s manipulative and at the same time cares for her “freak” performers.

3. Sarah Paulson as the Siamese Twins

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When we first saw one of the teasers of American Horror Story Freak Show it really freaked us out to see the amazing Sarah Paulson and her other…head. That’s right, Sarah will play two characters in one body: Bette and Dot. Sarah’s character can really be called a true freak.

4. Kathy Bates is the Bearded Woman

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Kathy Bates never disappoints. We loved her in Stephen King’s Misery and we love her in American Horror Story. In the fourth season, Kathy will play Ethel, the bearded woman, who used to be a circus star in the 30s and now is Elsa’s right hand. Ethel became a drunk after having a baby and Elsa saved her life, the creator of the series told the press. We’re dying to see more of her character and the background story in the new season of American Horror Story Freak Show.

5. Angela Basset is the Three Breasted Woman

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Have you seen the pictures of Angela Basset as the three-breasted woman? She reminds us of the character from the original Total Recall, remember? Angela will play Desiree Dupree in the upcoming season of American Horror Story called Freak Show and she will wear a prosthetic third breast on her chest.

6. John Caroll Lynch is Twisty the Clown

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One of the most terrifying teaser of American Horror Story Freak Show is the one where that extremely creepy clown appears. It will be played by actor John Caroll Lynch who said that some of the scenes in which he plays the clown were so scary that a third of the filming crew left the set because they were really freaked out. Twisty the clown is an evil and murderous clown from what we’ve heard and we’re certain he will give us nightmares but we can’t wait to see it.

What do you think about American Horror Story Freak Show so far? Are you dying to see it?



Upcoming Horror Movies That Will Scare You This Halloween

September is almost over and October is right around the corner. You know what’s October most famous for, right? Halloween, of course. And what do we love most about Halloween (besides trick or treating and lots of candy)? It’s the season when a lot of horror movies are released. We already have a few favorites that we’re dying to see but we want to share with you some of the most anticipated upcoming horror movies of this year and 2015.

10. The Babadook

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What’s a Babadook, you might ask? It’s a fictional monster created especially for this upcoming horror movie. The storyline is simple: the movie is about a mysterious bedtime story that begins to haunt a mother and her son. We’ve seen the trailer and it looks really scary. It’s got us curious and we will definitely going to see it. The movie was shown at the Sundance Festival and has already received some excellent reviews from critics.  The official release date is November 28.

9. Horns

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You might recognize the lead actor from the upcoming horror movie called Horns from an obscure little movie called Harry Potter. That’s right, Daniel Radcliffe stars in this adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel. Joe Hill is actually the son of the master of horror himself, mister Stephen King, so we’re guessing his son has inherited a bit of talent on how to scare the bejesus out of us. This upcoming horror movie is about a guy who wakes up one day with horns on his head. The movie will be released on October 31.

8. Annabelle

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You remember The Conjuring, right? It was one of the best horror movies of last year. Well, if you liked that one you will be probably love Annabelle because it’s a sort of a prequel to the events that happened in The Conjuring. It’s one of the most anticipated upcoming horror movies of 2014 and we’re certain it won’t disappoint. The film tells the story of a young man who gives his wife a creepy doll, possessed by a satanic force. The trailer looks pretty scary and we can’t wait to go see it on the 3rd of October.

7. Exists

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Blair Witch Project was one of the scariest movies ever. One of the upcoming horror movies on our list is Exits, directed by the same guy who directed Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez. It tells the story of a group of friends who find themselves face to face with a horrifying bloodthirsty creature from the woods. The movie is set to be released on October 24. Go see it, the trailer looks really good.

6. Tusk

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Justin Long is known for his romantic comedies but Tusk is anything but romantic. It tells the story of Wallace Bryton who is after strange people to tell their stories. He encounters a man named Howard Howe and things begin to take a terrifying turn. Tusk has already received some favorable reviews from movie critics and from the look of its trailer we think it will be a pretty scary movie.

5. Extraterrestrial

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There are plenty of upcoming horror movies we’re excited to see and Extraterrestrial is one of those movies. From the trailer it looks like a really cool episode of X Files and we love the X Files. There really haven’t been that many horror movies about aliens lately and this one could be it. The movie will be in cinemas from October 17.

Other upcoming horror movies worth mentioning are Jessabelle, Pyramid, Ouija, The Town That Dreaded Sundown and Catch Hell. Any other upcoming horror movies you’re looking forward to see this Halloween?






6 Upcoming Stephen King Movies

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t read at least a novel by Stephen King? If there is, we’re pretty sure everyone has seen at least a movie adapted from a book by the master of horror. The first movie based on a book by Stephen King was Carrie, directed by Brian De Palma in 1976. It has achieved cult status and it’s still considered one of the best Stephen King movie adaptations. We want to take a look at the upcoming Stephen King movies because there are few that are being produced as we speak.

1. It

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I remember seeing the first incarnation of It when I was very young. It was a three-part TV movie that scared me to death. I used to have nightmares every night after seeing the evil clown Pennywise. When I got older I read the book and it’s way more profound and terrifying. Now, rumors have it that True Detective director Cary Fukunaga will be making two movies based on the Stephen King novel. They are already working on a script and we’re dying to see the result. It will probably start filming in 2015.

2. Rose Madder

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Rose Madder is one of my favorite Stephen King novels. It’s one of the least known one and, in my opinion, one of his best. Stephen King is more terrifying when he writes realist fiction because there’s nothing scarier than human nature and Rose Madder delivers one of the creepiest book character ever. I was super glad to find out that it’s going to be one of the upcoming Stephen King movies. In the hands of a visionary writer and director it could be made into a brilliant cinematic experience.

3. 11/22/63

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Recent news announced that the critically acclaimed 11/22/63 will be made into a movie soon. This is one of those upcoming Stephen King movies a lot of people are waiting to see. The book is about the assassination of JFK and how a man tries to go back in time and try to stop it. J.J. Abram has said that his production company will turn it into a nine-hour TV series. So stay tuned to Hulu because that’s where this upcoming Stephen King movie will broadcast.

4. A Good Marriage

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One of the upcoming Stephen King movies is A Good Marriage directed by Peter Askin and written by Stephen King himself, adapted from his collection of short stories Full Dark No Stars. The movie is starring Kristen Connolly, Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia and Stephen Lang. A Good Marriage will be released on October 3. We’ve seen the trailer and it looks great. P.S : read the short story.

5. The Dark Tower

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This is one of the most anticipated upcoming Stephen King movies. It’s mostly anticipated by the fans of The Dark Tower books and it was rumored at one point that it will made into a movie by JJ Abrams, then announced as a trilogy. Some say that Javier Bardem was going to play Roland Deschain but we still haven’t heard any official confirmation. If and when it will be made, we don’t know for sure, but one thing’s certain: it could be an epic fantasy movie in the hands of a great director.

6. Cell

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Another one of the upcoming Stephen King movies is Cell. The movie is already in post-production and it will star John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Cusack and Jackson have already appeared together in another Stephen King movie adaptation called 1408.

Other upcoming Stephen King adaptations are Gerald’s Game, Big Driver and Lisey’s Story. Are you as Stephen King fan? What book would you love to see made into a movie?




The Worst Analogies Ever Written

When I read a good analogy I feel a warm glow like when you leave the kettle boiling for too long and the water evaporates and the kettle burns your house down. However, if there’s one thing I like more than a good analogy it is to look at some of the worst analogies ever.

Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever

Extravagant Vocabulary and Worst Analogies

Most of the bad analogies we will look at here are from real student exams. This beauty was written by an unknown poetic genius. I think you’ll agree that we’ll be hearing a lot more from this young star in years to come.

John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met

Humming birds, meeting and the worst analogies

We can thank a student called Russell, from Springfield, for this piece of sparkling prose. It brings to mind the beautiful image of, err, a couple of small birds flapping about madly in different places. Come to think of it, am I the only person to find hummingbirds mildly annoying? They get me all nervous and uptight with all their hyperactive wing flapping and stuff.

The little boat drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t

Little Boat, Bowling Ball and Worst Analogies

This is another classy analogy credited as coming from the inspired pen of Russell in Springfield. Who is that analogy creating monster? If you have ever seen a bowling ball not floating across a pond then this stunning analogy will bring the memories flooding back.

I slept like a log

Log, Sleeping and Worst Analogies

This isn’t one that was written by a student but you’ve probably heard it countless times in your life. You might even have used it at some point, you crazy fool. So, if you slept like a log how exactly did you sleep? Like an inanimate piece of timber that doesn’t actually sleep?

The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease

Hailstones, Maggots and Worst Analogies

Gary from Silver Spring brings us the next joyous analogy. I don’t know anything about this guy but it seems safe to suggest that he has some less than wholesome pastimes.

It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall

Hurting Tongue, Stapler and Worst Analogies

The best analogies are the ones that transport you to another time and place with their timeless grace and beauty. In this case, the unknown author makes us recall those crazy, hazy days when we carried out popular hobbies such as accidentally stapling our tongues to the wall.

I felt a nameless dread. Well, there probably is a long German name for it, like Geschpooklichkeit or something, but I don’t speak German. Anyway, it’s a dread that nobody knows the name for, like those little square plastic gizmos that close your bread bags. I don’t know the name for those either

Nameless dread, Square Plastic Gizmos to Close Bread Bags and Worst Analogies

This is just sheer poetry and it makes us know exactly what kind of fear the writer felt. I don’t know what the little plastic gizmos are called either.

Like is like a box of chocolates

Life, Box of Chocolates and Worst Analogies

This is, of course, a quote from Forrest Gump and you might argue that it is a metaphor rather than an analogy but I don’t care; I just hate the damned thing. Life is resolutely not like a box of chocolates in any way. It’s more like one of those mystery pizzas you order at midnight when you’re drunk and then in the morning you can’t work out what is even on it. Actually, it’s not like that at all, either.