Will The Celebrity-backed Push For Obamacare Enrollment Work?

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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 4 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Cruises to launch ship-wide gaming Cruise Log Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:50 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free app. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises) Alaska SHARE 83 CONNECT 67 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE For those who want to play poker at the pool and slots at dinner, Celebrity Cruises has teamed with Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming for a cruise industry first mobile gaming you can access ship-wide. Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free application, Cantor Mobile Casino, to their smartphones or tablets via the ship’s Wi-Fi. PHOTO GALLERY: Tour a Celebrity ship After creating a “virtual wallet” at the ship’s casino desk to activate and fund their accounts, cruisers will be able to choose from games including slots, table games and video poker to play anywhere onboard. One caveat: The ship needs to be in international waters. “This state-of-the-art technology allows guests to play outside of the action-filled casino, whether relaxing by the pool, or waiting for their partner to get ready for their night of onboard dining and drinks, and will be an excellent addition to the edgy entertainment we offer onboard,” said Celebrity Cruises’ senior vice president of operations Greg Purdy, in a prepared statement. The Cantor gaming app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The new technology will be installed on Celebrity’s five Solstice-class ships and four Millennium-class ships in coming months, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

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As he did in 2009 , Siegel said the events beneficiaries have fallen short in promoting Funniest Celebritys sale of tickets (which cost $200 this year) or tables ($2,500). Were really a pass-through charity, he said. We create the event, we sell a little bit more and we give a vehicle for the charity to make some money. Yet under tax law, Funniest Celebrity is no mere event planner: Its an official tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit. But to the eye of charity experts, its ratio of expenses vs. donations is out of whack. In 2009, when White House economist Austan Goolsbee was crowned the Funniest , the show netted more than $14,000, after some $12,000 in event costs, according to the groups tax filings for that year which cite $0 in charitable donations. (Reps for the events beneficiary, Stand Up for Kids, did not respond to a request for comment.) Jon Lovett in 2011. (Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post) In 2010, when President Obamas speechwriter Jon Lovett bested ABC reporter John Hendren, the show also cost about $12,000 but netted nearly $19,000. Tax records indicate that Fisher House, which provides lodging for wounded vets and their families, saw $1,710 of that. (The charitys reps confirmed that they received a donation but would not disclose the amount.) And in 2011, when then-Sen. Scott Brown and then-Rep. Allen West did standup, Funniest Celebrity netted $17,530 (after grossing a remarkable $53,000), and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation got a check for $1,020. However: That check bounced, a Komen rep told us and they have no record of receiving a replacement. Siegel maintains that Komen received $1,400 from Funniest Celebrity.

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Such marketing, with a few exceptions, does worse with viewers across the board, said Jonathan Symonds, executive vice president of marketing for the television analytics company Ace Metrix. Of the 2,000-odd political ads released during the 2012 campaign, the ones for which Team Obama enlisted the help of Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogues Anna Wintour, among other celebrities, were the worst performing, Symonds said. Still, to build a balanced market for Obamacare, the administration needs an estimated 2.7 million Americans between the ages of 18 to 35 to sign up, many of whom arent tuned in to traditional news and have little to no understanding of the laws specifics. Celebrities can drive awareness, and there are not a tremendous amount of creative angles out there for [Obama] and others to talk about implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Symonds said. This is an easy way to say, I can go to this person and have them explain it rather than have a less well-known person explain a complex issue. Thats where the attention-grabbing and shareable ads, aimed at people who use Twitter to follow celebrities rather than track the congressional debacle, can play a role. A lot of people the White House and administration are trying to enroll dont exactly read Politico every morning. A lot of people the White House and administration are trying to enroll dont exactly read Politico every morning, said Ronnie Cho, who served as associate director of public engagement for the White House until last month. Plus, the measure of success is different this time. The ads are not intended to be political, he said, and awareness more than politicking and persuasion is the objective. Funny or Die, a humor website with 19 million unique monthly visitors, lent a hand with a series of promos. If we can help make [signing up for Obamacare] a normal thing, something that isnt politicized, something that comes as second nature to younger people like putting your seat belt on, that is something wed want to do, Funny or Dies president, Mike Farah, told Mother Jones after the meeting. Cho, who previously worked at The Daily Beast as community editor, dismissed any notion that the July gathering was of particular significance, saying the administration has hosted a stream of strategic conversations about implementing Obamacare, with attendees varying from youth groups to CVS pharmacy. All are vital to getting the word out about implementation to as broad an audience as possible, he said. But conservative lobbyists have been airing anti-ACA ads for months, including a particularly controversial spot featuring Uncle Sam peering between a womans legs in the doctors officeand theyre doing fairly well with viewers. According to data provided by Ace Metrix, of the nine health-care-related ads aired this year, the Democratic National Committees Impact of Obamacare scored lowest, while the three highest scoring came from groups across the aisle. Thats no deterrent to the administration, said Cho.

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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. You wont get the money. Its a very untrustworthy business, she said. Lawrence Fishburnes daughter got burned really, really bad.She got $60,000 dollars and never saw another penny. Our industry insider confirmed Waltzs story, adding: Montana Fishburnes tape sold pretty well. That was a completely different time.It was $60,000 up front, but she didnt get 70 percent of the tape sales. Fishburne, the daughter of actor Lawrence Fishburne, who at 18 years old made her own porno and had Vivid distribute it in 2010, advises young women to think twice before having sex on camera for money. I dont encourage people to go into the porn industry.Youre not going to be famous, or be a movie star. You may end up having a really sucky life, she said. If you look at the celebrity sex tape, these girls are not your average girl next door jumping into porn and for the average girl to get into porn and have those results wont happen.You have to look at where you come from.My idea is go to school and have life experience but dont just jump into something blindly and have a big pay day.If youre going to be going into porn, you have to have a very clear head. Newly minted celebrity sex tape star Myla Sinanaji famous for dating Kris Humphries after he was dumped by Kim Kardashian — and who released her video with VividCeleb in September — disagrees. Its not a big deal to me.Everybody does it.I have friends that do, it but I profited on my tape, Sinanaji said. I feel like if other people were given the opportunity to make a tape for that amount of money they wouldnt be so quick to judge. Were going into 2014.Schools are handing out condoms now. Diana Falzone is a FoxNews.com contributor and the advice columnist for My Wingman Diana on Military.com .