Big Brother 11 First Look At House

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From reality blurred:

The Big Brother 11 house—singular, not plural—has been revealed via the footage of the media day, emphasis not on the word “media.” It has a modern appearance but with an eco-friendly, environmental theme, and is entirely normal except for a room that looks like a swimming pool and has rafts on the beds instead of sheets. In other words, it’s pretty normal, with the exception of one room that seems designed to punish its inhabitants.

Footage of the house is below, but in an epic 7,449 word piece that’s the written equivalent of watching the Big Brother feeds except from inside someone’s mind, B-Side Blog proprietor Ben Mandelker writes about his experience in the house, focusing on the game play, but he also describes the houseguests’ future living space.

He writes that “the entire house had a very modern, well-appointed look to it — sort of like a best-of from Ikea and CB2,” and the “the theme for the season was ‘Going Green,’ and this was reflected by the presence of compost machines, recycling bins, an Aero-garden, and several fresh herbs growing in the window sill. The backyard even featured a mural of windmills, which I found rather pleasant to gaze at from time to time.”

Ben says the Head of Household’s room, better known as the HoH room, “proved to be one of the best yet — if not the best. It had a very swank, trendy look … with a very cool trickling waterfall behind the bed. One side of the room had exposed wooden beams leaning inwards with a seaside mural behind it, thus giving the impression that we were in some awesome mansion in Malibu.”

In addition, there’s “an Asian motif that permeated the house. There were plenty of Buddhas and sake bottles about — the latter of which featured real sake. Not a smart idea. Around dinner time, we all helped ourselves to a shot from the bottle before producers reprimanded us for drinking from a prop. Technically we were at fault, but I’d say it’s not a brilliant idea to have actual alcohol on the wall for decorative purposes. Something tells me that by the time the season airs, the bottles will either be gone or filled with water.”

Here, in three installments, is an edited version of the day-long press game, which included Jen from Big Brother 8 as a contestant, and she’s still just as annoying as ever. Besides a look at the house, the only real revelation is that slop is also back, because the producers insist on annoying us with that for yet another season, apparently.

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Big Brother 11 News and Rumors

As the start of BB11 looms nearer, the rumors begin. Actually, the rumors about the season’s twists should have leaked out months ago. This year it seems all insiders clammed up and fans are itching for any news at all. So here are some rumors I’ve come across.

1. House split like tribes: Apparently half the house will live in luxury while the other half live in poverty. Didn’t Survivor do this and fail miserably at it?

2. BB House Goes Green: With the economy the way it is and “green” getting so much attention it makes sense that BB would get on the bandwagon.

3. No Guaranteed Half Mil: Rumor has it that the prize money will start at $0 and house guests must earn money as the game progresses. Kudos for them for finding a way to save money.

4. House Calls Cancelled: Alas, this one is confirmed. House Calls apparently couldn’t pick up a sponsor. I never watched it anyway so it doesn’t bother me at all.

For some reason I’m just not excited about this season like I usually am. I didn’t even buy the feeds this year. (basically because it’s a pain in the butt to cancel) I hope I change my mind because the summer wouldn’t be the same without Big Brother.

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Michael Jackson Overdose? Doctor Missing From His Home.

From TMZ

We’ve learned law enforcement is looking for a doctor who lived at Michael Jackson’s home — and the doctor is nowhere to be found.

Law enforcement sources tell us a BMW belonging to the doctor was towed from Jackson’s home last night.

Cops are looking to interview the doc.

A law enforcement source says the doctor gave Jackson an injection before he died.

Jackson reportedly may have OD’d on Demerol. As we first reported, family members were concerned that Jackson was taking too much morphine.0625_michael_jackson_ex3

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Actor David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

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by AP

BANGKOK – Actor David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu” who also had a wide-ranging career in the movies, has been found dead in the Thai capital, Bangkok. A news report said he was found hanged in his hotel room and was believed to have committed suicide.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, confirmed the death of the 72-year-old actor. He said Carradine died either late Wednesday or early Thursday, but he could not provide further details out of consideration for his family.

The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation cited unidentified police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room and is believed to have committed suicide.

Carradine was a leading member of a venerable Hollywood acting family that included his father, character actor John Carradine, and brother Keith.

In all, he appeared in more than 100 feature films with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby.

But he was best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin priest traveling the 1800s American frontier West in the TV series “Kung Fu,” which aired in 1972-75.

He reprised the role in a mid-1980s TV movie and played Caine’s grandson in the 1990s syndicated series “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.”

He returned to the top in recent years as the title character in Quentin Tarantino’s two-part saga “Kill Bill.”

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Susan Boyle Stuns Again!

May 24, 2009, 05:15 PM | by Ken Tucker

Categories: Music, Television

Susan Boyle won the popular vote — the “public vote,” as they say in England — on tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent, singing “Memory” from Cats. Her voice quavered a little at the start but soon became clear and strong. Wearing a glittery brown dress, standing behind a backdrop of clouds with a spotlight behind her head making it look as though her face was emanating from heaven, Boyle pulled off her second major public appearance with ease.

During the first of five live semifinals on Talent, Boyle said she wanted to win “more than anything ever in my life.” Granted, the competition didn’t seem very fierce: she defeated, among others, Darth Jackson (a guy in a Darth Vader helmet who danced to “Thriller”) and Nick Hell, who attached a pickaxe to his ear-lobes and broke a dinner plate with it.

If Boyle had any competition in terms of crowd sentiment, it was adorable 10 year-old singer Natalie Okri, who burst into tears when Simon Cowell cast the final vote against her. (On this show, the public calls in votes. At the end of the episode, the “public vote” winner is revealed, and then the show’s three judges pick from the two other highest vote-getters; a dance troupe called Diversity beat Okri.)

Boyle said a win for her — the victor will be announced next weekend — would “prove that I am a worthwhile person.”

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The ‘American Idol’ Finale: Kris Allen Wins

By Dave Itzkoff AND JON CARAMANICA

In a turn of events that viewers have variously found surprising, validating and frustrating, the underdog contestant Kris Allen was named the winner of “American Idol” on Wednesday night, receiving more votes than Adam Lambert, who was perceived (by some) to be the likely champion. Even Mr. Allen was slightly stunned by the news: after the host Ryan Seacrest had told him he had won, he said, “Adam deserves this.” (By contrast, Simon Cowell appeared to lodge a silent protest from his seat, declining to stand and applaud Mr. Allen’s victory with his fellow judges.)

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