Television shows have changed in the last few years. We still have our sitcoms and dramas, and the occasional movie, but something new has come on the scene lately, and it is giving these other types of shows a real run for their money. I'm talking of course, about reality shows. Reality shows started to appear on television a few years ago, and they have grown in popularity, until you cannot go through three or four channels without coming across some type of reality show.
Reality shows used to give people their fifteen or twenty minutes of fame when they first started out, but in the last couple of years, there have been some people who have found a bit of lasting fame from their appearances on some reality shows, and the public has really latched onto some of these new celebrities. There are so many different types of reality shows nowadays, and some of them seem to be more apt to launch their contestants into fame and fortune than others. Today, you can choose to watch reality shows such as, Survivor, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Fear Factor, No Opportunity Wasted, American Idol, The Apprentice, So You Think You Can Dance, Hell's Kitchen, The Hills, and these are just a few reality TV shows!
Survivor has churned out more than one new celebrity, and probably the two most popular was a couple who fell in love during their time on the show. Rob and Amber were very popular after competing on Survivor, and a lot of people have followed their lives, even years after the show. Add this to the fact that they appeared as contestants on The Amazing Race together, and came in second place in 2005, and their celebrity status doubled!
Chef Gordon Ramsay is another person who has achieved major celebrity status by appearing as the star on a reality show. His show, Hell's Kitchen, did so well, that he is now doing another reality show, called Kitchen Nightmares, where he takes restaurants that are not faring so well, and turns them around. Chef Ramsay is getting a lot more recognition on the street since he has been doing these shows.
Another reality show that has turned out a whole lot of stars is American Idol. Some of the winners of this singing reality show have not been so successful, (Justin Guarini has been the butt of many jokes) but a lot of the winners have sold multi-million records. Some examples are Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry and Taylor Hicks. This is one type of reality show where contestants definitely have a good chance at becoming an instant celebrity. Singers have a place in one of the most popular group of celebrities in the world, right along with actors and actresses.
If you want to achieve "celebrity status", appearing on a reality show could actually be a smart way of doing so. Just do your research and make sure that you pick the right one. Don't audition for a show that you have no talents for.
Visitors to Madame Tussauds wax museums come face to face with life like replicas of famous celebrities and notorious personalities. The life sized wax statues are meticulously crafted using molding materials to create duplicate images of actual persons. It is a real honor to be called upon to be immortalized in wax for the entire world to see.
When celebrities are contacted to pose for a wax sculpture they may not have any idea that they will be photographed from every angle and asked to donate an article of clothing that they have actually worn. Furthermore the intended work of art may not know that a cast of their entire head will be taken using molding materials that are applied to the face and neck.
Not to worry, the celebrity victims are given straws to breath through as the molding material is placed over their eyes, nose and mouth. Making a cast allows the artist to work from a full scale actual impression of the model. Once dry the cast is removed and cleaned then filled with molding materials that create the foundation of the wax duplicate.
Other applications of molding materials with similar uses have been introduced by special effects teams working on movies to create transformations like Michael Jackson turning into a ware wolf for his music video featurette Thriller. Just as the artists that build the wax models for Madame Tussauds, special effects professionals build masks and sculpt body parts from molding materials that capture the actual physical features of the actors that are appearing in the films.
Molding materials and casting kits preserve perfectly the appendages and faces of actors that may be violently torn apart or blown up as part of the visual effects for a feature film.
Meanwhile back at the wax museum the model that has been created from molding materials applied to the original celebrity model undergo a series of makeup treatments to capture the skin tones and coloring of the celebrity.
The eyelids are cut out of the wax figure and matching glass eyes are placed inside the skull of the wax figure. Hair is also matched in texture and weight to the original and groomed to reflect the style at the time of the rendering. The finishing touches of clothing and accessories are added to the figure that may also be an exact duplicate taken with additional molding materials used on the body of the celebrity over a skin tight bodysuit.
Not to worry, the molding materials are completely safe for use on human skin and are fully environmentally safe if discarded after use. Once finished the glamorous celebrity look a like is placed on display for the entire world to see and appreciate.
It is common to hear people say that time flies and it is true. I have put together a list of screen idols who passed away ten years ago. When I began researching this list of screen idols' obituaries, I was surprised to read who had died and how old they had become when they died. I have listed them by date. Doesn't time fly?
Hedy Lamarr: 86, Viennese born movie star, whose seductive beauty tempted all the male stars of the 1920's and 30's. Credited as co-inventor (with composer George Antheil) of a patented device for radio-controlled missiles. Old age, Orlando, Fla., Jan 19, 2000.
Durwood Kirby: 88, Kentucky born TV personality, announcer and foil to Garry Moore. Host of 'Candid Camera'. Cause undisclosed, Fort Myers, Fla., March 15, 2000.
Claire Trevor: 91, Brooklyn-born movie actress. The brash moll in 'Stagecoach' and the Oscar-winning alcoholic singer in 'Key Largo'. She played in nearly 70 films. Of respiratory disease, Newport Beach, Calif., April 8, 2000.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr: 90, U.S. actor and producer. He created a motion picture career despite being under his father's shadow. Best known for 'Gunga Din' and 'The Prisoner Of Zenda' in the 1930's. Cause undisclosed. New York, May 7, 2000.
Sir John Gielgud: 96, legendary British actor. Long time star of stage and screen in the UK and US. Remarkable Shakespearean actor. Won an Oscar for 'Arthur'. Old age, Aylesbury, UK, May 21, 2000.
Walter Matthau: 79, U.S. actor. Best known as Oscar Madison in the 'Odd Couple'. He was everybody's favourite grumpy old man. Of a heart attack, Santa Monica, Calif., July 1, 2000
Sir Alec Guinness: 86, renowned British actor. Best known for Oscar-winning performance as the mad colonel in 'Bridge Over The River Kwai' and Obi-Wan Kanobi in 'Star Wars'. Very versatile actor. Old age, West Sussex, UK, Aug. 5, 2000.
Loretta Young: 87, U.S. picture star from Hollywood's golden age of the 1930's and 40's. Oscar winner for 'The Farmer's Daughter' (1947). Emmy winner for 'The Loretta Young Show' (1954-63) on TV. Of ovarian cancer, Los Angeles, Aug. 12, 2000.
Richard Farnsworth: 80, U.S. actor. In films for 60 years, first as a stunt man, then at 57 as an actor. Twice nominated for an Academy Award including 'The Straight Story'. Suicide, Lincoln, N. Mexico, Oct. 6, 2000.
Steve Allen: 78, U.S. comedian, entertainer and songwriter, who pioneered the late-night TV show format of the. He wrote over 5,000 songs, including 'This Could Be The Start Of Something Big' and 'Impossible'. An apparent heart attack in Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 31, 2000.