McGregor tweeted the discovery of ice on Mars by the Mars Phoenix Lander in 2008, back before Twitter, now eight years old, had broken through to most of the general public. “I never expected it to be picked up like this, in such an important document,” said Rossdale, the lead singer of Bush, in an email to Reuters, about his cameo in Twitter’s filing, known as an S-1. CELEBRITY OMISSIONS Largely absent from the curated celebrity list in the filing were tweeters who mostly appeal to younger audiences no Kim Kardashian, the reality star, or singers Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga, for example, even though they are all prolific tweeters with millions of followers. Those omissions are likely very deliberate, in order to avoid giving any type of fly-by-night feeling to the filing, says Joe Fernandez, the chief executive of Klout, a company that measures social-media influence. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In addition to the generic, boilerplate warnings about currency fluctuations and litigation, every company has its own unique risk factors that reveal something special about the organization. Facebook Inc alerted investors that founder Mark Zuckerberg controlled the majority of the company’s voting shares and that negative publicity about its privacy practices could harm its business. Google Inc warned that some people were displeased by the fact that its search technology could be used to help people find hateful or derogatory information on the Web. A windfall of riches is another common risk factor for Silicon Valley Internet companies. Twitter, like Google and others before it, warns that the early employees with low priced stock options which have surged in value after the IPO may lose focus and that sudden disparities of wealth within the rank and file could cause inter-company tension. And while Twitter is counting on celebrities and regular Joes to broadcast their latest musings to the world, the company admits that its 140-character messages, often larded with symbols such as # and $, can leave some potential users scratching their heads.
What celebrity sex tape ‘stars’ really get paid
Not quite, according to others. One source close to the situation tells FOX411 the former Teen Mom star only got about 1/100 of that amount. Thats right: $10,000, not $1 million. And Kevin Blatt, who has brokered several celebrity sex tapes himself, said Tami Erin, who once portrayed Pippi Longstockings, got the same offer. Tami Erin was offered $10K up front which is standard for Vivid, Blatt told FOX411. It is what they offer every celebrity, not a million dollars. Another adult entertainment industry insider backed up Blatts claims. In reality she (Abraham) got $10,000 upfront and 30 percent of sales, minus the cost of production,” the source said. The entire celebrity sex video genre is a lot of unsubstantiated marketing with very little truth behind it. Its all publicity. Its all hype. (FOX411 reached out to Abraham, who had no comment.) Indeed in the era of free Internet porn and the decline of the DVD, porn insiders say celebs are making less and less for having sex on camera. Paris and Kim made millions, but thats because it was a different time, Blatt said. People were buying DVDs then. Our sources say Paris Hilton made over $13 million for her tape, released in 2004, while Kim Kardashian made over $8 million for her 2007 sex tape with hip hop singer Ray J. President of Vivid Entertainment Steven Hirsch would not talk numbers, but said: “I think after doing these deals for so many years I know how to properly structure them.We aim for fair deals for all involved and if they weren’t profitable, we wouldn’t be in business for almost 30 years.I’m happy with our track record.” Jasmine Waltz, a sometime actress and model most famous for dating celebrities like David Arquette and Ryan Seacrest, released her sex tape, “Real Jasmine,” for Exquisite in 2011. She told us anyone looking to parlay her 15 minutes of fame into a big sex tape payday better watch out. Vivid told me they would give $125,000 and 25 percent of the back end, all the sales that are made.Basically, youll never see the back end after advertisement.