Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Latest BB Cast Rumor #BB15

Earlier today, rumors about Survivor Malcolm being cooped up in the Big Brother 15 house all summer were flying around like crazy.  Then suddenly those rumors fizzled as quickly as they started.

Then rumors started flying about Rachel Reilly's sister Elissa being part of BB15.  I'm not sure she would be considered the "familiar" face on this year's cast, but I guess I could talk myself into that.

The whole thing started after a volley of tweets between Rachel and her sister this afternoon.  Take a look.

Big Brother Super Fans immediately latched on the tweet about the potential "trip to Greece".  Of course, this harks back to the BB14 JanelleGate that was such an important part of last year's preseason gossip.

Why, even Janelle herself got in the act with this witty comment.

For some reason, there is a lot of hatred spewing from all corners about this rumor, and lots of name-calling being hurled at the Reilly sisters.  Before we all get too upset about this, can this possibly be true?  I can think up a handful of reasons to support either side of this debate.

REASONS WHY IT COULD BE TRUE

1.  Tough competitors like Rachel Reilly just don't come along every season.  Especially those who are so polarizing and memorable.  I can see why Alison Grodner would want to cast the Next Best Thing to Rachel for BB14.

2.  Elissa is no stranger to reality TV and does not seem to be camera shy.  She appeared on The Brides of Beverly Hills with Rachel as they "shopped" for Rachel's wedding dress.  She also appeared on another one of those bride's shows to shop for her own wedding dress.  And she appeared on Rachel's WE-TV wedding show, as well.  So she's game, I would imagine.

3.  Elissa and Rachel don't look like twins, but they do look quite similar.  You might even say Elissa looks "familiar".

4.  Elissa got married and has a new last name now (Slater).  So I guess it's possible for her to play the game without being detected as Rachel's sister right away.  Her presence would not be as obvious as Willie Hantz was last year.  As long as she doesn't talk about "me and my man" and say "Obvie!" she might be able to conceal it.  Assuming of course that she doesn't not have a big "Reilly Rules" tattoo on her back ala Brandon Hantz.  (ha ha ha what a dumbass)

REASONS WHY IT COULD BE A BIG FAT LIE

1. Rachel Reilly is certainly no idiot.  I don't think there is any way she would tweet in such a suggestive manner with her sister if Elissa was truly going to be on BB15.  She would not jeopardize the situation because she is a CBS Company Girl and also a Big Brother Super Fan herself.

2.  The tweets between them do not seem genuine in the exchange above.  I know from watching Rachel all summer long during BB12 and BB14 that Rachel is extremely close to Elissa.  She would not conversate about Elissa's purported honeymoon location via Twitter.  She would speak to her about it.  Duh.

3.  This is the time of year where the former house guests are asked to get involved, like when they are asked to Tweet something about the show that can be scrolled on the CBS show.  You do know that happens, right?  Evel Dick spilled those beans a long time ago.  The fact that Adam Poch (BB12) is also involved makes me smell a rat, too, or maybe that's just the odor of stale bacon.

I'm sure there will be another round of rumors tomorrow, too, so trust I will keep an eye on that.

***ALSO***

I read on Twitter that there are rumors of having three nominees for eviction for the first few weeks.  I guess this would make sense with that "nomination couch" but I don't understand what is so exciting about that.  I guess that could change the house voting dynamics but I still expect there to be plenty of sheep in that house who just don't want to make any waves and will just go along with the house.  (Speaking of Adam Poch...)

Answer: What is Big Brother Jeopardy?


Survivor Jeopardy is yet more Reality Infotainment from the great minds at Rob Has a Podcast.  Actually, I think it is only Rob's mind, but don't let that keep you from admiring Rob's continued streak of creativity.


Rob put out the call a few weeks ago for brave Big Brother Superfans to compete in this first-ever event.  One of the contestants is Ian Terry (Winner, BB14) and the other two contestants are civilian fans.  Rob did not include any BB14 questions since that would give Ian an unfair advantage, and avoided all BB1 questions since no one on Earth cares about that season.    Note that one of the civilians sports a red T-shirt identical to the one we saw Dan wear for 94.2% of BB14.  Did he buy that shirt from Dan on Ebay?  If so, is he also the guy who bought Dan's filthy flowered board shorts on Ebay?  Unfortunately Rob didn't ask him these crucial questions, so I guess we'll never know.

***SEE IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW***



Rob paid tribute to Alex Trebek with his mustache here, but refrained from donning a curly wig.

This was a really good match of wits that is well worth 50 minutes of your time.  I actually listened to it on a podcast from iTunes and was pleased that the game was not as one-sided as last year's game of Survivor Jeopardy.  I did not know who would be the triumphant winner until the very end.

Here is the link to Rob's website where you can watch this.  You might be surprised how many of the answers you know.....or don't know.

***IMPORTANT UPDATE***

The BB "civilian" wearing the "Dan T-shirt" who was a contestant on Big Brother Jeopardy has contacted me on Twitter, making himself available for questioning.  (How did we manage the summer BB process without Twitter?)

Just so you are well-informed, this is the "Dan T-shirt" in case you were under the influence of crack last summer and either didn't see it, or don't remember it..  Let's call this Exhibit #1.

There was conjecture that the BB Civilian Ryan had purchased some of Dan's rare Big Brother collectibles that may or may not have been thoroughly cleaned, or not cleaned at all.  By conjecture, I mean that I, the FeedWatcher, typed up a sentence stating that on or about June 18, 2013.

Allow the court to introduce Exhibits #2, 3, and 4.

 

After further questioning, BB Civilian Ryan has testified that he purchased the "Dan T-shirt" on Mr. Dan Gheesling's website, along with some other items he referred to as "wristbands".


Let the record show that BB Civilian Ryan claims he did not buy the Filthy Flowered Shorts, and is not  the dreaded "Vern from Wisconsin".
 

If "Vern from Wisconsin" would like to come forward and give his or her testimony with regard to said Filthy Flowered Shorts, know that I will be fair but firm in my reporting, and will not divulge sources or names, at your direction.

***ALSO***

I think this goes without saying, but if anyone has information they'd like to share with me about any of the BB15 house guests, please get in touch and I will do my best to protect your identify, while still dishing your dirt. 




A New Tweet From Malcolm to Stop the Chatter. But Will it Stop? #BB15

Malcolm just tweeted a new Tweet, just as were were all working ourselves into a tizzy about him being the "familiar face" on BB15.


But this IS NOT the Tweet from Malcolm that I saw that disappeared.  What happened to that Tweet, Malcolm?

My real business is going to go right down the toilet if Malcolm is indeed one of the Big Brother 15 house guests.  I can barely keep up with things today, just fretting about these Malcolm rumors, and have let three calls go to voicemail.

There will be Malcolm Shower Watch, Malcolm Showmance Watch, etc to fill my time.  Damn damn damn.  I will be kind of unhappy if it happens, and kind of unhappy if it doesn't.

Know what I mean?

Is He? Isn't He? Hopes (and Fears) of Malcolm on BB #BB15

So, the internet is bubbling over with chatter about who Julie Chen might be talking about when she said there would be "sixteen new house guests, with one familiar face".


Some SuperFans think this means that a former Survivor player will be in the BB15 house.  Of course Malcolm Freberg's name is being tossed around.  After all, he was Fan Favorite for Survivor Caramoan and just missed being the Fan Favorite for Survivor Phillippines, because apparently Lisa Whelchel had Jesus' vote to put her over the top.

I'll just say it....I said it first, way back on June 12th (virtually a year in BB time....), complete with pictures.  Of course, I was kidding.  I don't think CBS would put him on Big Brother because then they can't really put him back on Survivor.  And you know they'd just love to do that so he can win.

The third time is a charm, Malcolm.  Or the fourth time, if you are Boston Rob.

So even though I think this may be an unfounded rumor, it's fun to chat about it anyway.  I find the pre-season gossip to be DELICIOUS.  And of course chit-chatting about Malcolm adds another tasty layer to the conversation.

Well, I have something to say about this.  I've been following Malcolm on Twitter since he had less than 300 followers, way back before his first season of Survivor aired. (Don't ask.)  I'm certainly not a Malcolm Stalker, but I did notice this tweet that he circulated yesterday.

I had no idea what he was referring to, but it might have something to do with one of the cases that Nancy Grace is covering non-stop right now.  She has to have something to fill the time until the Jodi Arias Show starts again so she is flogging a case about a dead baby and the mother's potential guilt.  Allegedly. 

But here's the thing:

Malcolm has been tweeting once per day since last Wednesday.  Just once per day.

And here's the other thing:

A Tweet did appear from Malcolm that disappeared almost instantly.  It had come on the heels of this Dead Baby Tweet, but is gone now.

Yes, it disappeared almost instantly.  It was some sort of "complaint" by Malcolm about having to shop in the girl's department.  It caught my attention and I scrolled down to read it again, thinking it must have been related to hair care products.

I was actually going to tweet at him to ask if he was wearing a Scrunchie.  I don't send a lot of Tweets to famous people because I think that is kind of lame, but I was going to consider sending this one because the word Scrunchie is so funny to me.

But the Tweet disappeared.  Will it re-appear later?  If so, then we might have something to really gossip about here.  Meaning that whoever is manning his Twitter account messed up and Tweeted twice in a row.

Of course, there are certainly rumors that Malcolm will return to Survivor 28 in some sort of capacity, if it is an All Stars season or if it pits him against another notorious player.  If that is the case, Malcolm would be leaving the US to get ready to film that season in the next few weeks, right?

I don't think he will be on Big Brother, but can you imagine the situation if he is?  Somewhere Jeff Schroeder is sweating bullets and consulting his hair dresser about getting extensions.

Big Brother Goes Back to the 60's #BB15


Pictures of the new Big Brother 15 house started surfacing last night and it is clear that Scott Storey, Production Designer is a fan of the AMC show Mad Men.  In fact, after watching Julie Chen's tour of the house, I was expecting to see Don Draper blowing smoke in the back yard and maybe see Megan Draper come out of the WC to powder her nose.

Here are a few snaps I took of Julie's video.  As usual the Chenbot is enthusiastic and excited about the new season, and is looking fab in a 60's inspired frock.  Before we start our tour, I must remind you that the design elements chosen for the house do not necessarily indicate anything about the new season.  Sometimes they are just that....part of the decor.  (Remember the BB8 Alice in Wonderland house?)

Julie tells us that the BB15 house will be filled with "16 new house guests", but with "one familiar face".  Hmmm..  Does that mean that a former Survivor will be in the house?  A celebrity?

She also says that America will have a HUGE role in the game this year that will impact nominations.  In fact, America will be asked to get involved before the first nominations take place (I think that is what she said.).


There are a lot of arrows in the house, and the designer says he was inspired by the opening credit sequence of the movie Catch Me If You Can.  If you watch these credits, you can certainly see the influence.  Here it is if you'd like to take a short, calming break before continuing Julie's tour.


OK.  One of the first things Julie pointed out is the little couch that has replaced the nomination chairs, but she won't tell us how that fits into the BB15 theme.  To me, it's obvious the house guests will be playing in pairs and will be nominated together (at least at the beginning of the season), but what the hell do I know?  Julie also points out the new fireplace, but tells it it doesn't work before reminding us to "Expect the Unexpected".


Julie then pointed out something else that doesn't work---the typewriter.  I am showing you this picture so you can see Julie's enormous rock!  Wow just look at that!  You know that it was just announced that Julie's husband Les Moonves made over $62 million dollars in 2012, right?  (You can read about that here.)  And yet Julie still works so hard on The Talk every day, and of course slaving away on Big Brother all season.  She's an earner too, our Julie.


And here is a Bar Cart where we would expect to find Don Draper sloshing a few fingers of scotch.  I already wish I had a dollar for every time the house guests complain about the lack of booze in the Bar Cart.

 


The kitchen has been fashioned into a circular shape, and Julie points out that there is a stripe that runs through the space, culminating in an arrow-shaped counter.  Things get pretty crowded in that kitchen for the first half of the game, but I guess they had to sacrifice function for form this year.  I predict plenty of broken plates and glasses falling off the edge of that thing.


And here is Julie showing us "The Lounge", which is obviously tricked out to resemble sitting by the window in an airport lounge.  I have to say I LOVE this room and would set up shop in there.  Not necessarily this view...


But this one, the one you would see if you were lounging in that space.


Julie points out that the blue lights are "actual runway lights", which may be the coolest thing I see this week.  Now, I'm not recommending that everyone visit their local private airstrip to lift a few of those lights for yourself, but I'll admit I'm tempted.  OK, I'm tempted.  Lucky for the private airstrip located just a few miles from my house, Big Brother 15 is here now, so I don't have time to leave the house to begin a criminal career (but Catch Me If You Can...).

This is the "Eames" bedroom that looks somewhat like an office, with filing cabinets to store the house guest's belongings.  The drawings on the wall are sketches of the famous Eames furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames that defined the shape of modern furniture.

I have some friends who collect vintage Eames pieces, but I never really feel like I can sit down and be comfortable because they are always pointing out how much everything cost.  Let's face it, that is tacky.


And this bedroom is described by Julie as the "It's a Small World" room.  No it's not the Have Not Room.  These colors are too much for me, so I guess it's a good thing I will not be a house guest on BB15.  I would probably cop a huge 'tude if I was forced to sleep in here.  (By the way....where will everyone sleep?  If this season has the most house guests ever?  Just asking, Julie.)

If you have ever lived in Orlando, then like me you have probably ridden the "It's a Small World" ride at Disney World at least once with a ripping hangover.  If so, you will know what I mean about this room.  Maybe it will look better when everyone has strewn their clothes all over the floor and hangs them over every available surface.  Which should happen within about 30 minutes of entering the house, of course.



And here is the bathroom, where many whispered conversations will take place.  It looks just like a spa, and apparently it is built from cedar so it smells like one, too.  I would love it if Julie excused herself during one of these annual tours to visit the WC.  But of course, we all know The Chenbot doesn't have standard bodily functions.



One room Julie didn't show us was the Have Not Room, which was all locked up.  She said that the house guests might find that they can't sleep in there, because they just can't seem to lie down.  I know Julie wants to surprise us, but of course she probably means that the Have Not Room has airplane seats for beds.  And probably not those new British Airways First Class Seats that fold out flat, with cubicle walls for privacy.  The "beds" are probably similar to this, but we can still act surprised when we see them.


And the HOH room is simply spectacular.  Unbelievable work, Scott Storey.  They have created it to appear as if you are living in a glass-walled penthouse overlooking downtown Los Angeles and LAX.
Wowza.  Everything is decorated in shades of black, white and gray, with the skyline being the pop of color.



There are a couple of places where you can find the videos of Julie touring the BB15 house to watch for yourself, but here is the one with the video from ET.  It looks like Dreamer from Jokers Updates was the source of this video, even though I found it somewhere else.  Thanks Dreamer, for your work every year on Big Brother videos.  We SuperFans all appreciate it!