Gilligan’s Island won’t see Dawn again.

Famous actress playing the sweet-natured castaway Mary Ann on the classic 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island, died at the age of 82, on Wednesday, according to her publicist.

Dawn Wells, who won the title of Miss Nevada in 1959 and competed in the Miss America competitions, departed due to complications of COVID-19.

Born on October 18, 1938 in the gambling city of Reno, Dawn Wells perfectly played a Kansas farm girl Mary Ann Summers, one of seven castaways stranded after their boat, the S.S. Minnow, became battered in a storm during what was supposed to be a three-hour tour from Hawaii.

Prior to her acting career, she studied theatre at the University of Washington, and headed to Hollywood after her beauty pageant success.

Wells even beat out actresses like Raquel Welch for her role in the sitcom as it ran for three seasons from 1964-67.

This means there only a lone survivor among the cast members of Gilligan’s Island, 86-year-old Tina Louise.

The sitcom, which ran for 98 episodes, drew the wrath of many critics, yet, its innocent fun feels had caught the viewers’ eye. Given the fact that the show surfaced on one of America’s trying times as the assassination of the President took place and the rise of the civil rights movement and the escalation of the Vietnam War, Gilligan’s Island truly made an impact for the public.

Wells, playing a cheerful brunette Midwestern farm girl, appeared in the series wearing short shorts, midriff tops and pigtails. Whilst, Louise, playing a buxom red-headed sensation akin to Marilyn Monroe, wore slinky, form-fitting dresses.

The two inspired what became an enduring pop culture question for men: Ginger or Mary Ann? And for Wells, it was the most common topic mentioned to her by fans.

In an interview with Forbes last 2016 Wells stated “Mostly they’ll pick a favorite, Ginger or Mary Ann. For some reason, they feel they have to make a choice.”

Sadly, Gilligan’s Island was cancelled by network executives despite reputable ratings, and then became pervasive in syndicated reruns. Addressing that, Wells added during the interview “A misconception is that we must be wealthy, rolling in the dough, because we got residuals. We didn’t really get a dime.”

Wells said she was paid $750 a week, despite Sherwood Schwartz, the producer, reportedly making $90 million on the reruns alone.

The show, being prominently popular during the 70s, made three movie adaptations with progressively far-fetched plots. Wells also lent her voice to the animated Gilligan’s Planet in 1982, in which the castaways become stranded on a far-away planet.

On a positive note, Wells also capitalized on her fame by writing Mary Ann’s Gilligan’s Island Cookbook, and later, What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life.

Truly, Dawn Wells embraced her pop culture status but said there was more to her than just being Mary Ann.

She told Forbes “I’m deeper, smarter, more ambitious, and funnier. I think if you meet me for 15 minutes, there is nothing you won’t know: what you see is what you get.”

Bindi Irwin shares sweet ‘bumpdate’ 26 weeks into preganancy


She’s 26 weeks and counting and now Bindi Irwin has invited her followers to share in her pregnancy excitement and thank them for their support.

The wildlife warrior has taken to Instagram to post a ‘bumpdate’ on her and husband Chandler Powell’s unborn daughter.

“Thank you for your lovely comments and support on this remarkable journey. Now that I’m 26 weeks pregnant, our daughter is about the same size as a shingleback lizard,” she wrote alongside a photo of her lovingly clutching her pregnant belly.

Irwin also included a photo of her holding shingleback lizard Pinecone to give illustrate exactly how big that is.

In a sweet message to her husband, she wrote: “Thank you for for (sic) being the most extraordinary husband and soon-to-be dad. Baby and I both love you beyond words.”

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Rove McManus was among the many well-wishers liking the post, offering words of encouragement: “Doing great. Hang in there, you amazing family”.

Irwin has been posting regular updates about the progress of her pregnancy to her four million followers.

Earlier this week she posted a photo alongside brother Robert and Powell, joking about her baby girl.

“Love these guys. *Not pictured is baby girl karate chopping, wanting me to hurry up and eat the pumpkin gnocchi!” she wrote.

In November, she shared an intimate glimpse of her pregnancy, uploading footage of her ultrasound appointment.

With Powell behind the camera, 22-year-old Irwin could be seen laying on a bed while images of their baby girl were beamed on to the screen in front of her.

Clearly thrilled to see her little one, Irwin grinned widely before cooing to her husband of eight months: “This is so exciting, look at our daughter. She’s so beautiful.”



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AFL news: Dale Thomas, Georgia Love, Twitter, Instagram feud, The Bachelorette, revenge, celebrity, entertainment


Former Carlton star Dale Thomas enjoyed some long-awaited revenge on TV personality Georgia Love after she dobbed him in for drinking two days before an AFL game in May, 2019.

Thomas was embarrassingly stood down by the Blues leadership group after it was revealed he’d consumed alcohol at a charity function in the lead-up to their 13-point defeat against St Kilda in round 10 last year.

The 250-game veteran reportedly told club officials he’d only had a couple of drinks, only for Love to rat him out on social media.

Love, who starred on the second season of The Bachelorette in 2016 before becoming a TV presenter, wrote on Twitter: “I was there and saw him. There’s no way he’d only had 3 drinks.”

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Thomas was forced to publicly apologise. “I let my guard down at the event and this is not an excuse in any way, clearly I need to be better,” Thomas said.



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Dale Thomas, Georgia Love, Twitter, Instagram feud, The Bachelorette, revenge, celebrity, entertainment


Former Carlton star Dale Thomas enjoyed some long-awaited revenge on TV personality Georgia Love after she dobbed him in for drinking two days before an AFL game in May, 2019.

Thomas was embarrassingly stood down by the Blues leadership group after it was revealed he’d consumed alcohol at a charity function in the lead-up to their 13-point defeat against St Kilda in round 10 last year.

The 250-game veteran reportedly told club officials he’d only had a couple of drinks, only for Love to rat him out on social media.

Love, who starred on the second season of The Bachelorette in 2016 before becoming a TV presenter, wrote on Twitter: “I was there and saw him. There’s no way he’d only had 3 drinks.”

Thomas was forced to publicly apologise. “I let my guard down at the event and this is not an excuse in any way, clearly I need to be better,” Thomas said.

Although he was reinstated into the Blues’ line-up after missing just one game, Thomas never forgot Love’s betrayal.

Eighteen months later the opportunity to square up presented itself when Love took to Twitter to vent about trolls.

She’d excitedly announced the purchase of her first home with fiance Lee Elliot on Tuesday, writing: “Because launching two businesses and planning two weddings during a global pandemic wasn’t stressful, interesting or financially draining enough, we thought, ’why not buy a house too?’.”

But it was apparently met with some criticism, prompting her to tweet: “Current situation: being trolled because I tried to celebrate buying a house. That’s enough internet for today.”

Thomas couldn‘t resist the irony and replied: “Being trolled for having a good time and enjoying your own life sucks aye! At least mine was for charity!!”

Thomas’ reply drew more than a thousand likes and was described by former basketball star Andrew Bogut as “A grade tweeting”.

Poor old Georgia was left to lament another post that had blown up in her face. “Being trolled for calling out that I was being trolled is really the epitome of 2020, hey,” she wrote. “You can respond and call me all the names and tell me to die all you like, I’m out for the year. Merry Christmas guys.”



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How Pornhub’s creators monopolized the world of adult entertainment


When PornHub was hit with claims that it is hosting child rape videos on its site earlier this week, prompting Visa and Mastercard to cut ties with the site, its reign as the world’s leading porn website was plunged into sudden uncertainty.  

While the website is ubiquitous, little is known about its owners and operators or how much it is worth. 

They are Stephane Manos, Ouissam Youssef, Feras Antoon and Matt Keezer, who founded the site in 2007, two years after YouTube was founded, in Montreal, Quebec. 

They all knew each other for years earlier while attending Concordia University and had a shared love of the internet and pornography.  

Antoon is the only one who retains a formal active role as the CEO of PornHub’s parent company MindGeek.  MindGeek is a private company whose headquarters are now in Luxembourg. It has more than 1,200 employees.  

It’s unclear who came up with the PornHub concept but Keezer is who bought the domain name PornHub for $2,750 from someone he’d met at a Playboy mansion party.

Pornhub was launched by Canadian college grad Matt Keezer in 2007 after he bought the domain name for a mere $2,750

Canadian Feras Antoon (left) is currently the CEO of Pornhub’s parent company MindGeek. Of the founders, he’s the only one who retains a formal operational role. Matt Keezer (right) is one of the founders. He now runs a travel booking company 

Stephane Manos

Ouissam Youssef

Stephane Manos (left) and Ouissam Youssef (right) were other co-founders. Now,they run Valsoft which buys and boosts software companies to make them more profitable

Keezer now runs a flight-booking website and Manos and Youssef head up Valsoft, which acquires and scales up software companies. 

Originally, they bonded over a love of foosball in college and it was their shared interest in technology and porn that drove the venture, they say. 

In 2003, Keezer, Manos, and Youssef, then students, had already founded websites like Jugg World, A** Listing, KeezMovies, and XXX Rated Chicks, where people could look at pictures of porn and download short videos but it was nothing like PornHub, where they could surf  and browse hundreds of videos that were hosted all in one place. 

Antoon's brother Mark (above) serving as the company's vice president

Antoon’s brother Mark (above) serving as the company’s vice president

Back then, those sites were run under a parent company known as Mansef.  

In an interview with New York Magazine in 2011, Antoon explained how the three others focused at first on featuring women with large breasts.  

‘The big-t*ts niche was so cheap,’ he told New York Magazine. 

They then realized there were other ‘niches’ like breasts in general, MILFs and other categories.

‘They saw, wow, that t*t niche is huge. 

‘Then they realized that the MILF niche—the older-woman niche—is even bigger. 

‘And they became the masters of the big-t*t–MILF niche,’ he said. 

Together, they founded Brazzers – a pay site whose name was a play on their Middle Eastern backgrounds and their pronunciation of the word ‘brothers.’

Under Brazzers, they started rolling out more and more porn videos by contracting with producers in LA and Vegas and having them put together high-quality videos. 

Their signature was, as Antoon described, large-breasted women and so they were credited with the revival of breast implants in the industry. 

The operation continued to grow and Antoon – who is Manos’ brother-in-law – was brought in to help. 

Every year, the company doubled in size. 

The roles were, according to New York Magazine’s profile on them, as follows;  ‘Youssef was the business visionary, Manos the salesman and motivator, Keezer the savant of search-engine optimization.’ 

Antoon called Keezer ‘by far the best in the world’, saying: ‘Who can get “porn” and “sex” to be No. 1? We’re the No. 1 result [for each]. You know how hard that is?’ 

PornHub went online in early 2007 and quickly grew in success but was hated by the industry which complained that it – like YouTube – was ripping off pay-for websites by slapping content on their sites without charging people for it and instead making their money through banner ads. 

It was not part of Mansef but instead was managed under the company Interhub.

Pornhub currently has over 22million registered users worldwide and draws a staggering 120million visitors daily, placing it above Amazon and Netflix in online traffic rankings

Pornhub currently has over 22million registered users worldwide and draws a staggering 120million visitors daily, placing it above Amazon and Netflix in online traffic rankings

MindGeek is also the owner of other popular YouTube-like adult portals, including YouPorn and RedTube (stock images)

RedTube stock image

MindGeek is also the owner of other popular YouTube-like adult portals, including YouPorn and RedTube (stock images)

Pornhub's parent company MindGeek bills itself as a tech company. It has 1,200 global employees

Pornhub’s parent company MindGeek bills itself as a tech company. It has 1,200 global employees 

In 2010, after rolling out several other brands under the umbrella company, Interhub and Mansef were sold to German millionaire Fabian Thylmann for an estimated $140million. 

Following the acquisition, Thylmann changed the company’s name to Manwin and continued to snap up more pornographic websites after raising $362million in financing from Colbeck Capital. 

Three years later, he sold his stake back to Antoon for $100million.  By now, the company had been rebranded as MindGeek. 

Antoon, according to Le Journal de Montreal, bought two sprawling luxury condos for $730,000 in 2017. 

Some of the co-founders are said to have invested in a 600-condo development in Montreal and one of the men mentioned investing in Florida and the Middle East.

Some of the co-founders are said to have invested in a 600-condo development in Montreal and one of the men mentioned investing in Florida and the Middle East. 

Another article from the newspaper reported that the men boasted online about investing some of their money in real estate both in the US and oversees. 

In 2017, Feras Antoon bought two apartments in this building in downtown Montreal for just over $700,000

In 2017, Feras Antoon bought two apartments in this building in downtown Montreal for just over $700,000 

They are said to have invested in a 600-condo development in Montreal and one of the men mentioned investing in Florida and the Middle East. 

None share any details of their private lives online. They do not have public social media pages. 

In a 2016 interview with Vice, Mark Antoon described MindGeek more as a tech company than anything to do with porn. 

Montreal, he said, was the ideal hub for it. 

‘Montreal provides an ideal setting for tech talent. It has a unique multicultural backdrop, a great joie de vivre, and an affordable standard of living that make it a very attractive option for tech resources,’ he said.  

MindGeek, which is based in Luxembourg, with offices in Montreal, Cyprus and London, has been criticized for its monopolistic power in the industry, due to its ownership of major production companies as well as streaming and distribution services. 

Under the helm of parent company MindGeek, Pornhub currently has over 22million registered users worldwide and draws a staggering 120million visitors daily, placing it above Amazon and Netflix in online traffic rankings. 

ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD RAPE ON PORNHUB 

Earlier this week PornHub was forced to crack down on its unverified users following a scathing report by New York Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof.

Kristof highlighted a number of young girls who appeared in videos uploaded to Pornhub without their consent. Even after the videos were flagged and removed, downloaded copies continued to circulate, often with severe personal consequences. 

Pornhub said that it doesn’t knowingly allow images of sexual abuse of children.

But, in a blog post on Tuesday, the company listed steps it was taking to further protect against images of abuse and nonconsensual activity on its site. 

Pornhub said next year it will announce ways in which individuals can become verified users.  

It will still allow new material from partners it knows, like porn production companies. 

The website has a huge volume of material: 6.8 million new videos were uploaded last year, but the company could not say what percentage of that was from unverified users. 

‘Today, the use of our cards at Pornhub is being terminated. Our investigation over the past several days has confirmed violations of our standards prohibiting unlawful content on their site,’ Mastercard confirmed in a statement to DailyMail.com. 

‘As a result, and in accordance with our policies, we instructed the financial institutions that connect the site to our network to terminate acceptance. In addition, we continue to investigate potential illegal content on other websites to take the appropriate action,’ the company added. 

Visa, which is conducting its own probe on the matter, said that it is ‘suspending Pornhub’s acceptance privileges pending the completion of our ongoing investigation.’

American Express has a longstanding policy of not working with adult websites.

Pornhub said Tuesday it was halting unverified users from uploading videos after a New York Times column alleged that the pornographic website was ‘infested’ with videos of rape and underage sex.  



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Troye Sivan sports Aussie mullet in clip for Easy, teaming up with Kacey Musgraves and Mark Ronson


Perth-raised singer Troye Sivan has finally released his latest single, a re-work of Easy from his EP, In A Dream, weeks after it was teased.

The track features American singer Kacey Musgraves and Mark Ronson, who is responsible for creating bangers with Lily Allen, Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus, and also stars an Australian icon – the mullet.

Sivan’s hair isn’t the only nostalgic throwback, with the styling, visuals and sound taking inspiration from the 80s.

The clip for the pop anthem follows the 25-year-old and Musgraves — who co-wrote the new version of the song — on a night out in Nashville, dying their hair from a box in a motel, driving in old cars and going to drag shows.

In a recent interview, Sivan said the mullet trend was everywhere.

“I’m at a shopping centre with my mum and I swear to god, every second boy has the exact same haircut as me,” he hold Vogue.

Sivan first teased a collaboration with “two of my fav artists of all time” last month on Twitter.

“Made something ssiiiiiickkkennningggggg yesterday. Don’t wanna speak to soon but has potential to be my fave music video we’ve ever made,” Sivan wrote on Twitter.

Troye Sivan in the clip for Easy.
Camera IconTroye Sivan in the clip for Easy. Credit: YouTube

“Maybeeeeeeee there’s a feature on In A Dream after all. Maybe two of my fave artists of all time,” he added.

Earlier this week Sivan gave fans a sneak peek of the project in a series of video clips.

The single had more than 100,000 views on YouTube within an hour of its release while the original song has over 72 million combined global streams.

The EP has more than 243 million combined streams.

Sivan has amassed over 8.4 billion combined global streams and his sophomore album, Bloom, was named as one of the best albums of 2018 by critics at Rolling Stone, Billboard and The Guardian.



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Nine Entertainment Co officially opens North Sydney campus


Nine Entertainment Co has opened the doors to its new offices at 1 Denison Street in North Sydney.

The television, publishing and radio company, which owns The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, hosted politicians, business executives and shareholders at an event on Friday evening to mark the official opening of the new campus which will be home to most of the $4.1 billion company.

Nine Chairman Peter Costello opens the new Nine offices in North Sydney in December 4, 2020. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Nine first announced plans to move into the tower, which is currently the biggest in North Sydney, in 2017 before expanding its 12-year-lease to include extra levels that could accommodate for its 2018 merger with Fairfax Media. Television producers and presenters have moved into 1 Denison over the last two weeks, marking an end to Channel Nine’s studios in Willoughby which had been occupied for more than five decades.

Nine’s sales team, newspapers and television network are all expected to occupy the building, which will eventually hold about 2000 of the company’s staff.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, NRL boss Andrew Abdo, Rugby Australia executives Hamish McLennan, Rob Clarke and former Fairfax Media boss Greg Hywood were among the attendees hosted at the new campus by Nine chairman Peter Costello and outgoing chief executive Hugh Marks.

“From a board’s point of view an investment like this doesn’t come cheap. Willoughby was a grand dame in her day but she has faded and this was a huge investment in our future. It’s coming together and as long as we stay focused it’ll be a great future. With that I say we open the new era and I formally open 1 Denison Street,” Mr Costello said.

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Rebel Wilson announces she has passed weight loss goal during her ‘year of health’


Rebel Wilson’s “Year of Health” has paid off with the Australian actress announcing she has reached her goal weight — with a month to spare.

Hard dieting, gruelling exercise and changing up her mindset helped Wilson shed more than 20kgs to hit 74.6kg, slightly less than her 75kg goal.

It was a milestone she excitedly shared with her followers on Instagram alongside a snap of the scales.

“Hit my goal with one month to spare!,” she wrote”

“Even though it’s not about a weight number, it’s about being healthy, I needed a tangible measurement to have as a goal and that was 75kg’s.”

Rebel shared the exciting news with her nearly 10 million Instagram followers.
Camera IconRebel shared the exciting news with her nearly 10 million Instagram followers. Credit: Instagram

The 40-year-old Pitch Perfect actress has previously admitted she was eating around 3000 calories on most days before starting her health kick in January.

She has been sharing her weight loss journey with her nearly 10 million social media followers ever since.

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She was a self-confessed emotional eater who turned to food to help cope with the “stress of being famous”.

“I was going all around the world, jet setting everywhere and eating a ton of sugar that was kind of my vice. I have a very sweet tooth, I love desserts,” she said on The Drew Barrymore Show.

Now she has adopted a high-protein diet featuring fish, including salmon, and chicken breast.

She also credited the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent slow down with helping her shed the kilos.

“I think I was emotional eating, and overeating at times, because I wasn’t loving myself enough either. And it does come down to that self worth and self love.”

Despite the incredible weight loss Wilson has said she does not want to get to”too skinny” because she “ loves her curves”.

“And I don’t know whether it’s a thing with ladies when you turn 40, I feel like I really have come into my own now and not just with health but with my career.”

Wilson is dating millionaire ice cream heir Jacob Busch, who she says she met when she was at her heaviest.

The actress was forced to clap back at trolls who claimed he only fell for her after she lost weight.

“It’s not like I suddenly lost weight, and then you’re like, oh, you get a hot boyfriend — that’s not how it works,” Wilson told E! News.

“This guy liked me at 100 kilos and now 75 kilos, I just want to clear out that.”



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‘The Crown’ Stokes an Uproar Over Fact vs. Entertainment


Mr. Neil, who went on to be a broadcaster and publisher, is no reflexive defender of the royal family. Suspicious of Britain’s class system, he said he had sympathies for the republican movement in the 1980s. But he grew to admire how the queen modernized the monarchy after the upheaval of those years, and has been critical of renegade royals, like Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan.

The events involving Mr. Neil did happen: The queen became frustrated with Mrs. Thatcher when she refused to join the 48 other members of the British Commonwealth in backing sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa. This highly unusual clash spilled into public when The Sunday Times published its front-page report, attributed to palace officials, which said the royal family viewed Mrs. Thatcher as “uncaring, confrontational and socially divisive.”

But Mr. Neil disputed several elements of “The Crown’s” retelling, not least that Buckingham Palace made the queen’s press secretary, Michael Shea, the scapegoat for the incident. The show depicts his being fired for having leaked the story, even though it suggests that he did so at the queen’s behest. There is no evidence of this, Mr. Neil said, but it fits Mr. Morgan’s “left-wing agenda.”

“He gets to depict Thatcher as pretty much an ally of apartheid while the queen is the sort of person who junks loyal flunkies when things go wrong, even when they are just doing her bidding,” Mr. Neil said.

The brickbats are not just from the right.

Simon Jenkins, a columnist for the left-leaning Guardian, regards members of the royal family as artifacts of celebrity culture irrelevant to a country grappling with real-world challenges like Brexit. “They are practically defunct,” he said. “They are like anthropomorphized figures of a head of state.”

Yet he, too, is angered by how “The Crown” portrayed the events of the 1980s, when, as political editor of The Economist, he wrote about how Prince Charles had been drawn to the now-defunct Social Democratic Party. (He based the report on an off-the-record interview with the prince.) Mr. Jenkins said that because this season of the “The Crown” deals with contemporary history and people who are still alive, its liberties with the facts are less a case of artistic license than an example of “fake news.”



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WIN 1 in 5 Soul prize packs thanks to Disney+


WIN 1 in 5 Soul prize packs thanks to Disney+

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The film is all about what makes you… YOU! Soul introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) –a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before –a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tried to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions. Further details at Disneyplus.com

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