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NewsMarch 20, 2015

The Week in News: Orgies, Blackface and the Return of Mr T

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Time is a Flat Bloner
This morning Twitter blew up with the news that True Detective would feature an exquisite orgy scene in season two. Hiring a multitude of porn stars to fill the roles, The Hollywood Reporter stated that the show promises a “a deliriously vast, Eyes Wide Shut-caliber orgy sequence involving dozens of naked bodies.” Pity Woody Harrelson isn’t on set anymore to make name-based boner jokes, eh?

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 5.39.25 pmBlackface Blindspot(t)
With the evacuation of Willy Moon and Natalia Kills from the X Factor NZ universe this week, we found out yesterday who will be replacing their still-warm seats. Natalie Bassingthwaighte of Neighbours fame, and Shelton Woolright of I Am Giant, have begun work with their assigned groups today. Unfortunately the controversy train hasn’t quite left the station, with Shelton coming under fire today for vehemently defending his use of blackface in the past. Looking forward to Minstrel week.

Lightbox to Chromecast
Online video service Lightbox will be available on Chromecast within a few weeks, the chief executive confirmed today. The small device plugs into the HDMI output on the TV, and provides a wireless way to stream video from the internet.

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 1.08.16 pmBachelorettes Gone Wild
Buried under the X Factor controversy earlier this week, it has also come out that two NZ Bachelorettes have criminal records. Danielle L was discovered over the weekend to have several fraud charges, including rent arrears and using a false name. A background check was not run prior to the casting of the show. Another contestant Dani was also revealed to have a drunk driving charge, which she had declared to producers. In a statement, MediaWorks said they are “conducting a review of processes related to the management of its reality TV shows including the selection of contestants.”

I Pity the Tool
Just when you thought Mr T’s bizarre foray into various TV formats was over, he’s back and better than ever. He’s been given his own home improvement show on The DIY Network in the States, entitled I Pity the Tool. Mr T will be joined by interior designer Tiffany Brooks as he visits people’s houses and gives them new kitchens and gold chains, presumably. Monsiuer T reportedly spent a fair bit of time in the demolition game before becoming an actor. Bodes well.

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