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'Big Brother': And the evicted contestant is...

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UPDATE: My full recap is live! Devin and Caleb started the house as strong competitors, quickly establishing their ability to perform in competitions and forming the core of a seemingly powerful alliance.

Flash forward a couple weeks. The Bomb Squad exploded onto itself. Caleb went crazy for Amber. Devin just went crazy, crazy, crazy. Devin was the clear target this week. But Caleb’s increasingly stalker-ish behavior began to turn people against him. Caleb agreed to go on the block and agreed to throw a competition–two classic signs of eviction-episode surprise departures.

And yet: People really wanted to kick out Devin. So who went home?

Well….

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And the second evicted contestant from 'Big Brother' is...

Every day, it seems Devin is getting crazier and crazier. For those who follow the live feeds, it may be more like every hour. Unfortunately as the HOH, he’s a crazy person with power. After his alliance almost fell apart because no one else wanted to vote off Brittany, Devin used his power of veto and replaced her, his own nominee with loud mouth Zach instead of following through on his promise to Pao after she “threw” the challenge last week to keep him in power and save her. Can’t wait for karma to start playing the game.

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And the first evicted contestant from 'Big Brother' is...

[UPDATE: My full recap is live!] The first week of Big Brother saw the rise of a powerful new All-Male alliance called the Bomb Squad, which immediately became an All-Male-Plus alliance after Devin’s sudden, perhaps rash late-night addition of not-male Amber and Christine. The first week of Big Brother also saw the brief rise and hilariously accelerated fall of an All-Female alliance, “El Quattro” (or, as they should have been known, “Michelle Quadriguez.”) On night one, the ladies were willing to play together…but when Joey tried to reform the alliance after a few days, she immediately became a target.

That put Joey up on the block next to Paola, aka PowPow, aka The Queen of Caltoru. So who would be the first contestant sent home in Big Brother‘s 16th season? Well, the results are in…

…and…

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Ask Dalton: How to stop watching 'Big Brother' (you can't), and other queries

Are DVR battles hurting your marriage? What are the ethics of sneaking food into theaters—or watching lowbrow reality TV? Our resident pop culture omnivore Dalton Ross offers his sage advice.

Should I feel bad about smuggling soda and snacks into the movie theater? —LUCAS
Ask yourself this question, Lucas: Do movie theaters feel bad about charging you $12.75 for cold popcorn and a Fanta filled with 63 percent ice? Not only should you not feel bad, you should revel in your culinary craftiness. I encourage your anarchic cheapskate ways, but with a few simple caveats. Don’t be that dude cracking open cans and rummaging through loud plastic bags during the film. Pop the top during one of the approximately 11,274 previews before the movie (during an explosion, if at all possible), and house all prearranged snacks in whisper-quiet packaging. Stealth mode is a must when acting as the world’s foremost concession-stand ninja. (Also, nothing too pungent, please. That’s just common courtesy.) READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother': New cast? Snap judgments!

Big Brother returns in six days. And early Thursday, we got our first look at the 16 people who agreed to spend the summer trapped inside an urban treehouse debasing themselves in the hopes of winning half a million dollars. Hopefully without the racism this time! Soon we’ll get to know all about these contestants: Their hopes, their dreams, their thoughts, their schemes. But in the interest of maintaining a shallow, skin-deep perspective on the pantheon-worthy reality show, EW set two Big Brother obsessives to work on snap judging the new cast. Warning: Baseless theories and celebrity siblings ahead!

Erin Strecker: Kicking things off we’ve got “YouTube Personality” Frankie Grande — who, per wikipedia, is Ariana Grande’s older half-brother. This means Ariana is totally running a challenge, right? Also: Is Ariana Grande’s brother so hard-up for cash/promotion that Big Brother seems like the right choice?

Darren Franich: Everything about this is incredible news. CBS is telling the kids of the world: “We get it. You want HD. You want treehouses. You want Ariana Grande…’s older half-brother.” READ FULL STORY

Entertained or ashamed: What is happening with violence on reality TV?

When we go to see an action movie or play certain video games, we expect the violence that usually comes with those genres of entertainment. But while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta? It seems that reality shows today have become more violent and central to a show’s plotline, making it a part of the story.

When Vanderpump Rules‘ Tom punched Jax in the face to see if he “could actually feel anything” after sleeping with his girlfriend Kristen and lying about it for months, you almost expected the blow. That’s what the story arc of the season had been leading to all along. That’s the ending we wanted and committed to the show to see. Why? Because that’s what makes good TV.

These aren’t just your random drunken Jersey Shore bar brawls, but full-on sparring battles with pent-up anger and tension and sometimes even personal betrayal. The second season of Vanderpump Rules, about Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR and its staff, ended with a literal bang when two violent outbursts (one female-to-female slap, one man-to-man punch) resulted after a season filled with lies. As Lisa herself said, you can understand some of this behavior but never condone it. So why should we have to watch it then? READ FULL STORY

'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant Evander Holyfield says homosexuality is disability -- VIDEO

Here we go again.

Boxer Evander Holyfield, who is currently on the U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother, is in hot water for remarks he made on the program comparing homosexuality to a disability, saying both can be treated by a doctor. All together now: Ughhh.

Holyfield made the remarks on Sunday when reality star Luisa Zissman asked him if there were any gay boxers, according to TMZ. He responded that homosexuality is something doctors can fix.”That ain’t normal!” he says. “The Bible lets you know what’s wrong and what’s right.” He continued his “handicap” analogy: “If you were born, and your leg was turned this way, what do you do? Go to the doctor and get it fixed…The only thing I’m trying to tell you is you know how handicapped people, you can’t say because they’re born that way you can’t move that…Yes, it is a choice.”

When Zissman repeatedly told him he was wrong, and also that they shouldn’t even be having this conversation in the 24/7 camera house, Holyfield replied he was “just telling her my opinion.” While the content of what he’s saying is obviously offensive, the conversation between the two was fairly civil.

Here’s where things get interesting: Unlike on the most recent version of the U.S.’s Big Brother — which also made headlines for racist and homophobic remarks by many of the castmates — on the celebrity U.K. version, producers called out the negative remarks instead of just letting things play out without interference. Holyfield — who never apologizes —  was brought into a room and told by producers his comments were “inappropriate,” and they “aren’t the views that are held by a large section of society.” He was then given a warning to not say remarks like that again, but he continues to be on the show.

Watch both the conversation and the talk with producers below, courtesy of TMZ: READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother' season finale: And the winner is...

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[UPDATE: Check out my full recap by clicking here!] The Big Brother house is a lot like a Jenga Tower. When the game begins, everything fits together perfectly. And then the blocks start to move, and things become unsteady, and eventually the whole thing comes tumbling down. In this metaphor, the Big Brother contestants are Jenga blocks, the “things becoming unsteady” is a season filled with backstabbing, Amanda is the older kid who knocks everything over just because they can, and Julie Chen is our collective babysitter picking up the pieces and putting us all to bed early without our supper.

The point is, fellow viewers, this season of Big Brother is over, and a new winner has been crowned. It came down to three Exterminators: Andy, the eternal backstabber who successfully managed to play pretty much everyone in the house this season; GinaMarie, the competition fiend who had an out-of-nowhere second act as a power player; and Spencer, the recordsetting pawn. Who would win the final Head of Household? Who would win the half a million dollars? Well, the votes are in…

…and that winner is…

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'Big Brother': John Cochran's Clip Show Diaries

Well, our nation’s summer-long nightmare is nearly over. After months (years?) of enduring Moving Companies and Cherokee charmers and mattress flippers and cock-a-roaches, we’re down to the final three. And what better way to celebrate such an electrifying, engaging group of finalists than to have GinaMarie, Andy, and Spencer sit around the kitchen table and reminisce about everything that’s happened on this season of Big Brother?

Yes, this was essentially a clip show. But it was so much more than that, wasn’t it? It was also a sobering reminder of how we’ve spent the last three months of our lives. READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother' eviction: Who went home?

UPDATE: My full recap is live! The Exterminators are a team of misfit toys who somehow managed to destroy the Big Brother endgame and rebuild it in their own image. Aaryn, Amanda, Elissa — bing, bang, boom. When the live eviction episode started, they had a final target: McCrae, the grieving widower and house lone wolf. Did the Exterminators complete their Final Four plan? Or did McCrae manage to pull himself off the block and live to fight another day? Well, the votes are in…

…and…

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