Ghostbusters Star Harold Ramis Dies

Actor, Writer and Director Harold Ramis Dies

at his Chicago Home


Rolling Stone reports that legendary comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis has died at age 69. Ramis will be most well known to the public as Egon, one of the leading Ghostbusters alongside Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

But few will realise he wrote or co-wrote so many classic comedy films between the late 70’s and the new millennium. They include unforgettable films like Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Analyse This and Analyse That. He also directed most of them.

Ghostbusters Harold Ramis

Ghostbusters; Harold Ramis with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson

By David Fear
February 24, 2014 1:10 PM ET

If you like screen comedy—the raucous and raunchy kind, with lots of four-letter words and flipped birds to authority—then you owe Harold Ramis a huge debt. The Chicago native, who died Monday in his Chicago home at age 69 from complications due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, met many of his future collaborators (John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner) at Second City’s legendary improvisational theater; he later wrote and acted alongside them in New York when National Lampoon launched its radio hour program. The Canadian TV show SCTV offered a slightly bigger platform for Ramis’s acting skills and skewed, cutting wit.

It was once he started writing and directing movies, however, that Ramis become a bona fide comedic force. He co-wrote the seminal Animal House (1978) with fellow Lampoon-ers Chris Miller and Doug Kenny; the movie helped launch Belushi into the stratosphere, broke box office records, and turned raunch comedy into a genre. His follow-ups Meatballs (1979) and Caddyshack (1980), the latter also being his directorial debut, took snobs-versus-slobs storylines and made them foolproof plans for minting money. When you think of late ’70s, early ’80s comedy, you’re thinking of Ramis’ sarcastic, snarky voice; to quote a line he wrote for Stripes (1981), “That’s the fact, Jack!”

Most folks would recognize the geeky, bespectacled comedian as the resident science-nerd Dr. Egon Spegler from the gajillion-dollar-making Ghostbusters (1984) and its sequel. More refined comedy fans would point to Groundhog Day (1993), however, as his masterpiece: A Zen-existential comedy in which Bill Murray is forced to relive one day over and over again until he “gets it right,” it was proof that Ramis could be profound without losing his anarchic edge. Then they would point to Analyze This (1999), his mobster-in-therapy farce that eerily predicted The Sopranos, as proof that he was also capable of getting belly laughs without being relying on potty-mouthed gags. Just ask Judd Apatow, or Adam McKay, or anybody else who makes people laugh for a living: When it came to screen comedy, Ramis was a guiding voice and the real deal.

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Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis dies aged 69

Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis: November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014

Believe it or not Harold got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine’s joke editor and reviewer. From that illustrious start four of the films he wrote, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Animal House and Caddyshack were listed in the American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest Movies.

Harold worked with some of the most talented comedians in Hollywood, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, to name a few. But he was right up there with them, although he did not always share the spotlight.

Harold Ramis will be missed, but he has left us a great body of work to keep us smiling. Rest in Peace Harold.

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INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

Never Tear Us Apart the Story of INXS



The mini series / bio pic of the Australian band INXS aired the second and final episode on Channel 7 last night. As stories about musicians and rock bands go Never Tear Us Apart was not bad. These type of films are often cringeworthy with their interpretation of how things operate in the music business.

The first episode, covering INXS‘s rise to fame from a covers band called the Faris Brothers in Perth, was in many ways much more entertaining than the second part. When the band started to hit the skids, so did the film itself. Coverage of the dramatic scenes could have and should have been much better and the English accent of the actress playing Paula Geldof was a low point.

But the final scenes, leading up to Michael Hutchence suicide, did redeem the episode and what really saved it was of course the music of INXS.

It took a while to get into the first episode, as the actors playing Michael Hutchence (Luke Arnold), Tim Faris (Nick Masters) and Andrew Faris (Andrew Ryan), in their Mullet wigs, all looked so similar. It was not until you had seen them in several scenes that you could work out who was meant to be who. But once that was established the story and the fun started to take shape.

INXS Cast

INXS: Back row: Gary Gary Beers ( Hugh Sheridan), Michael Hutchence ( Luke Arnold), Kirk Pengilly (Alex Williams) Front Row: Jon Faris (Ido Drent), Andrew Faris (Andrew Ryan), Tim Farriss (Nick Masters)

The boys refused to play covers anymore, moved back to Sydney and got a manager who, before he turned to religion, gave them their name, after watching an IXL Jam commercial. As a final act of faith, in the band, he handed them to big time music promoter Chris Murphy (played by Damon Herriman) to manage their developing popularity.

Film of the boys playing on the road to ever bigger venues, while Michael Hutchence was bedding ever more glamorous women, was interspersed with interview scenes of various members of the band.

At the end of the first episode INXS were at their peak, with their album Kick going platinum and playing Wembley stadium in London.

INXS Playing Live

INXS Live: Michael Hutchence ( Luke Arnold), Tim Farriss (Nick Masters)

The second episode began with things not going so well for INXS. Their follow up album to Kick did not sell so well and they suffered at the hands of the Australian press, executing the tall poppy syndrome. The music media was bagging them for not doing enough at home and they were trying to drive a wedge between Hutchence and the band.

When the band decided to take a year off, their manager Chris Murphy made it hard for them. They explained to him how the constant touring and recording was taking it’s toll on them and Jon Faris was shown hobbling around on a walking stick, although quite why was not explained at all.

Michael Hutchence dated and dumped Kylie Minogue, played by Samantha Jade, who bore a striking resemblance to the real Kylie in some scenes, but not all of them. He then famously dated and dumped super model Helena Christensen (Mallory Jansen) for Paula Yates/Geldof (Georgina Haig). This brought down the ire of the British press upon them, not to mention that of Saint Bob Geldof.

Never Tear Us Apart Hutchence and Yates

Never Tear Us Apart: Michael Hutchence (Luke Arnold) and Paula Yates (Georgina Haig)

This was around the time the mood and quality of the film dipped. Hutchence was shown taking a lot of drugs, having mood swings after he had been punched and cracking his head in Denmark and getting ever more frustrated with Bob Geldof preventing Paula moving to Sydney with her daughters.

The scenes leading up to Hutchence demise were quite moving, but this may have been more to do with knowing the final real life result, than the quality of the story or acting.

All in all I would say it was a more than passable film and there are certainly a lot worse rock bio pics you could spend your time watching.

This mini series could well see a resurgence in the popularity of INXS as the music was by far the star of this film. Their catalogue of great songs was well featured throughout.

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The real surviving members of INXS will be featured on the Sunday Night show, next week on Channel 7, telling their own stories and revisiting some of their old haunts.

Of course this reminder of the passing of Michael Hutchence raises the old question of why so many in the music business pass so young. What comes first the artistic nature, or the poor life decisions? Does one fuel the other, and can you make great art without suffering yourself?

The answers are probably for people far more qualified than me, but Michael Hutchence was not the first to follow that path and check out early and he sadly will not be the last.

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Roger Lloyd Pack, star of Only Fools and Horses, dies aged 69

Trigger Goes to Meet His Maker


Del Boy and Trigger

Del Boy (Sir David Jason) and Trigger (Roger Lloyd-Pack)

It was sad to hear of the passing of Roger Lloyd-Pack who died of pancreatic cancer yesterday.

Roger famously played Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, from the first to last episode of Great Britain’s favourite sitcom. His dead pan delivery was perfect for John Sullivan‘s comedic lines.

We would like to pay tribute with a few clips of his most memorable scenes in Only Fools and Horses.

Trigger
notoriously always called Rodney Dave. In this clip Rodney tries to clear up the issue.


Alright Dave!

Trigger was an old mate of Del Boy‘s and in this clip he acts as his wing man, when they try to pick up some Yuppy birds. When I first saw this scene I literally cried with laughter, and even without the element of surprise, it still raises a smile.


We’re on a winner here Trigg

Roger Lloyd-Pack also had long running roles in two other sitcoms. The Vicar of Dibley, where he played Owen Newitt, who was a very similar character to Trigger, with a different accent.

He also starred in The Old Guys with Clive Swift and Jane Asher and even had a role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as numerous other films and TV shows, but he will always be loved and remembered as Trigger.

So, a couple more clips from Only Fools and Horses seems a fitting farewell.

Roger‘s deadpan delivery is to the fore in this short clip where he tries to help Rodney emphasise his point.


Trigger and Gandhi

And finally who could forget Trigger‘s Broom? Trigger explains to Del Boy, Rodney and Boycie how he has swept roads for 20 years with the same broom.

Sorry about all the gumph on this clip, but it is the only one I could find of the scene, anyhow it’s the dialogue that’s important.


Trigger’s Broom

You can read Roger’s full obituary on the BBC Website

Farewell Roger Lloyd-Pack, rest in peace, at least you’ve got John Sullivan and Trigger to keep you company.

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David Letterman off his Game

The Late Night Host fails to Deliver


I caught the David Letterman Show last night where he interviewed English actress Emma Thompson and TV producer and chat show host Andy Cohen and the Late Night host seemed to be really off of his game.

The show started out well enough, with Josh Groban singing a Top Ten of suspect Christmas songs. Letterman feigned surprise at how good Groban‘s voice was. But it was hardly a surprise to anyone else, the man has sold 25 million records and sings opera, pop and everything in between.

David Letterman and Emma Thompson

The problems seemed to start when Emma Thompson came on. Letterman treated her as something of a stranger, despite the fact she has been on the show numerous times before and has always been a fun guest on all of the chat shows that I have seen her on.

Letterman‘s line of questioning has become very predictable, to the point that Martin Short commented on it the last time that he was on “Oh lets talk about the kids or what we did for the holidays…”

So Letterman launched into talking about a round the world trip that Emma Thompson took with her daughter, that they both seemed to enjoy. But he wanted to know about when they wanted to come home and when they had had enough of it. Which Thompson said they never did. The conversation was stilted and disjointed, due to his interjections. He then moved, with no effort at a link, to talking about the film that she was there to promote.

The film, Saving Mr. Banks, features Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers the author of Mary Poppins and covers her part in the making of the musical film with Walt Disney. The film looks like it could be well worth seeing, much more so than this interview.

Things got worse after the break. There was a pathetic joke about “lighting up the Intern” in place of lighting a Christmas tree. Then Andy Cohen was introduced. Letterman seemed to have little interest in him and decided to talk about himself and how he had given up alcohol when he was 35. At that point he cut the interview short and asked Paul Shaffer if he had any questions. Shaffer‘s question about the celebrity bar men on Cohen‘s chat show was even more awkward and dead ended. With that, it was over. I can not see this guy wanting to come back.

You are going to need to raise your game Mr Letterman, there are plenty of younger comedians with better repartee ready to step in.

Craig Ferguson‘s show, which parodies the late night genre, with his robot skeleton side kick, invisible band and pantomime horse, is far more entertaining and I’ve never seen Ferguson crash two interviews on the trot like that.

The show did finish with some good music though. Nick Lowe sang Go Where I Send Thee from his Christmas Album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for the Whole Family. But Letterman annoyed me again by not mentioning one of my favourites Eli “Paperboy” Reed, who played guitar and sang backing with Nick Lowe.

CLICK HERE to download Quality Street – A Seasonal Selection for all the Family by Nick Lowe, or individual tracks It looks like it could be an excellent buy for the festive season.

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Anxiety and Depression in the Big Brother House

Interesting Possibility of a Real Life Issue in the

Big Brother House


Some interesting issues were raised in tonight’s show regarding Ben and the possibility of him suffering from anxiety and depression. First of all when Mike Goldman interviewed his mother, before the eviction, she mentioned the hard time he was having earlier in the year. Then, in a clip of Ben speaking to Tim, Tahan and some others in the kitchen, Ben mentioned his anxiety and his normal tendency of avoiding mixing with others. This is a common trait amongst the depressed and anxious, but sadly it is also a cause of depression.

Big Brothers Ben and Sonia Kruger

Ben gets to meet Tina Sparkle (Sonia Kruger) sooner than we hoped

For anyone that doesn’t know, anxiety and depression are closely aligned mental disorders. Anxieties, such as phobias and social discomfort, often lead to depression.

Big Brother's Ben Zabel stand up comedian

Will the real Ben please stand up

There were rumours around earlier in the week that Ben was actually a stand up comedian. Someone uncovered a bill of Ben appearing at a stand up show many years ago. This led to some people believing that his whole persona on the show may be fake. I hope that this did not lead to his eviction from the show. But it’s hard to understand how he would go from regularly being top of the “voting to save” list, to the bottom.

Many people thought that Ben was sweet, because of his eccentricities and vulnerabilities. There is no reason that this would prevent him from trying out stand up comedy, or anything else for that matter. Many people who suffer with anxiety and depression do a very good job of masking it from the world and often try out things that test their limits, so that they can try and get past them.

I was sorry to see Ben evicted from the house tonight, I was hoping that he would be this years winner. For me, the show will be a lot less interesting without him. Society outside the house includes a wide variety of characters and personalities. Without Ben the house will be a lot more vanilla.

If Ben really has suffered anxiety and depression, I hope that his experiences in the house and those yet to come, as a result of being involved, will help him recover.

Intruder Swap Over



There was some shameful milking of emotions when Nathan gave up his place in the house to allow the two girl intruders to continue. The producers wrung every tear they could out of the event by making the housemates choose which intruder they would like to stay in front of them. Then, when that was over and everyone believed that Madaline was leaving, they unleashed Nathan‘s chat with Big Brother where he said he no longer wanted to stay, so that everyone could cry again.

Can you imagine if Tully was still there for that? They would have had another flood Queensland.

Prospects for Remaining House Mates



As far as the remaining housemates are concerned I really do not have a favourite to win.

Tehan I like to see stay as she is so good to look at. But she can be very mean at times and excusing it as just being honest doesn’t really cut it. There is a line between honesty and rudeness and mature people know where that line falls.

Big Brother Jade and Ed on their date

Jade and Ed not a match made in heaven, or the Garden of Eden

Jade is also very easy on the eyes and I think she is quite a sweet girl, but very naive and needy. I think she will see very little of Ed when she leaves the house and that will hurt her. But if she won the quarter of a mill I am worried that someone may take it off of her, because of her trusting nature.

Ed just isn’t that interesting, I would much rather he had left tonight. He seems to be making the best of a difficult situation with Jade. But I have no doubt that he will dump her when they leave, as he seems to have no commitment to her or the relationship. He doesn’t really need the prize money, as he already has everything else, the looks, the sports career and his business.

Drew has had his win, he seems to have acquired a new girlfriend in Tully, who he has already said that he is in love with.

Mikkayla irritates me at times, other than that she seems like a reasonable person, but doesn’t seem like the sort of person who has won in the past.

Tim is considered the master manipulator and if the prize should go to the person who tried hardest to win it, then it should be him. But that is not the way I see the show. It originally started out as a social experiment to see how strangers would react when left alone in a house with no outside influences, distractions or support. I know it has moved on from that now and it is heavily controlled. Big Brother is the master manipulator.

That leaves the intruders Madaline and Boog. Who calls themselves Boog?

An intruder has never won Big Brother, so I am pretty sure that they will be voted out as soon as they can be. But, in the short period that they have been in the house, we have discovered that Boog is a Personal Trainer, who doesn’t look like one and Tim has professed his love for her. That is kind of hard to believe, based on his history of manipulation and his interactions with her.

Madaline seems to be able to perform wonders with makeup, looking totally different when she is not wearing it. But that may be a good thing, as some of the promo shots before she went into the house had her looking like a secretary from a porn film.

I suppose I will see the show through until the end, but it is a lot less appealing without Ben.

Do you have a favourite to win? Let us know who and why in the comments section below.

The official site for the show is http://www.bigbrother.com.au

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#Tully is Finally Deleted from The Big Brother House

A Big Week of Broken Romance and Intruders

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The emotional one has finally gone. Social Media Strategist Tully was evicted from the Big Brother house this week. She had been a favourite to go for quite some time, due to her emotional outbursts and crying at the drop of a hat. Which some people saw as emotional blackmail.

Time To Go Tully

Time To Go Tully

One of Tully‘s earliest outbursts came at the first eviction when her name was announced and she heard the crowd boo her.

But Tully managed to survive several nominations, as her romance with Drew seemed to grip the viewers and compensated for her constant tears and negativity.

I was, in fact, sorry to see her go this week, as that partnership was a big talking point in the house and outside and it was interesting to see how it developed and how it affected the other housemates, many of whom felt excluded by the Drully pairing.

I would much rather have seen the Sugar Sisters, Katy and Lucy get the boot, as they offer far less to the house, except giggling and banal conversation.

Drew fessed up to Big Brother that he did not know how he was going to cope inside the house without Tully. But he seems to have managed pretty well so far.

Intruders

Nominations were abandoned this week and all house mates were nominated by Big Brother. In place of nominations on Tuesday, we got the introduction of two intruders.

Justynn is a lumberjack from New South Wales and was billed as schemer. He made lots of threats in his introduction video clips about taking people down and stirring up trouble.

Justynn Big Brother

Obnoxious schemer Justynn

For a change, this was no idol threat and he has proved to be fairly obnoxious from the moment he walked in. I am not saying that this is a good thing. He pretty much annoys me as much as the people who are having to live with him.

I really do not understand the mentality of people who get their amusement from pissing other people off. But Justynn is even more confusing to me, as he does not seem enjoy it in the way that Tim does. He has also made no allegiances in the house, unlike Tim who obviously gets on with Drew and probably Tahan.

The two schemers, Tim and Justynn, were tasked with passing a mind reading game in order to get this weeks house mate’s luxury dinner. They failed, but decided to tell the others that they had passed and then schemed how they were going to roll out the nasty surprise over the dinner they did win, of prawn crackers and water.

They put up some difficult, or just plain insulting subjects, to discuss over dinner and the planned role out of course after course of prawn crackers was abandoned by Justynn after the ‘first course’, when he seemed to get wound up himself by the discussion and proceeded to throw packets of prawn crackers from the kitchen benches in the general direction of the others who were sitting at the table.

The housemates won the food task this week, a stupid and unimaginative one, whereby they had to laugh uncontrollably at jokes from Big Brother and each other, no matter how unfunny they were.

But when it came to ordering the food for the week Mikkayla foresaw that Justynn was going to pose a problem and warned him that they had a system for doing this. The warning simply served as a red rag to a bull and Justynn informed everyone that he was a dietician and knew more about food than all of them put together. He demonstrated his ‘know it all’ talent by deconstructing every food item on the list.

I’m not sure that he got much of his own way, but did succeed in putting everyone offside, no doubt including many of the viewers, especially this one.

I will be glad to see the back of Justynn when he is kicked out on Monday, as he surely will be. He is not welcome in my house on the TV every night, so I have to sympathise with those that are forced to live with him in the Big Brother house.

Nathan Big Brother

Nicer Nathan

His competition to stay in the house is the other intruder Nathan, a gay man from New Zealand with a mixed heritage, including some Maori. Nathan has taken up a much lower profile in the house and is really doing his best to get on with everyone, although he has brushed with Justynn himself.

Nathan‘s strategy seems to be working. He is more popular with the house mates and less abrasive to the public and, as he said himself, he is allowing Justynn enough rope to hang himself. Which he is doing with great enthusiasm.

Showdown Games

The Showdown Games this week saw the winner having the privilege to save themselves and another house mate from eviction nomination.

Tahan won a final against Jade, which seemed to prove that neither of them have a tremendous amount of general knowledge, but Tahan was able to walk faster in divers flippers to pick out the flags that were required for the answers.

Tahan Big Brother Surfing

Tahan saved Ben, who I am sure would have been safe anyway, but it was a pleasant change for him to be moved off of the nominated bench, rather than onto it.

Tahan stirred things up a little more by selecting Ed to go to the Presidential Suite with her. Ed decided to leave a gift of his boxer shorts for Jade to show that he was thinking of her, classy.

Jade did not show much jealousy, but I am sure that she felt a few pangs. She was actually talking later about telling Ed that she loves him. It is quite sad to see her low self esteem and poor judgement, to pin so much hope on a man that frequently rejects her.

So this week everyone except Tahan and Ben are up for eviction. So who do you think will go?

I am again hoping to see the back of the Sugar Sisters, but that seems unlikely, as they came out top of the votes last week.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Big Brother Week 6 – The Bitch is Back

Bitching is the Order of The Day in the

Big Brother House


Bitching has been big in the Big Brother house in week 6. It probably all started when Tully was saved from eviction again and the more popular Heidi was evicted.

As most people in the house are sick of Tully‘s crying and negativity, many of them wanted her to go. Because there has been much speculation and conversation on the outside about her relationship with Drew and whether or not she is cheating on her real life girlfriend, she was left as the last on the couch with Heidi when the evictee was announced.

Big Brother's Tully, Tahan and Heidi

Tully and Tahan edged out Heidi

Tully saved one of her biggest emotional breakdowns for this eviction. She was sobbing and hugging everyone who would come near her. She later told Big Brother that for the last two weeks that she would rather have gone home herself than those that actually did. But you get the feeling that all of the tears are for her own situation and not tears of sympathy or loss.

I wonder if we will be saved from a big emotional spectacular at the next eviction, as Tully is not even in the frame to go. Maybe, but somehow I doubt it, as she has now made eviction night her own.

Heidi continued her bitching even after she was evicted. In her farewell message she run down Ben, unfairly I thought and reduced him to tears. He was consoled with some wise words from Tim.

Tahan Big Brother

Forget about it boys, no amount of make up will make you this pretty.

We all know eviction night usually means dressing up for the house mates, especially those that are nominated. But Drew went totally over the top this week. He has been hanging around with Tim too much. He was wearing so much make up he actually looked like a drag queen. Lets tone the make up down boys and let the girls be the pretty ones.

Nomination night saw the claws out and most house mates are no longer so touchy about nominating and are not afraid to tell Big Brother who they don’t like and why.

An amusing light spot in the nominations was the Sugar Sisters, who both cover their mouths in the booth when the other one is speaking.

I know the game has designated that these girls are joined at the hip, but wouldn’t you like to see a trial separation for a few days and find out if Katie has any personality or voice of her own?

Surprisingly Drew was given the voting power play by Heidi. He was “The Predictor”. He had to predict who each housemate would nominate and each one he got right gave him a nomination point, with the potential to have 18 points to use as he wished. But he only got 7 right and did not use his points wisely, nominating his friends Jade and Ben.

Ed was given a major conundrum. He picked up the most nomination points and when Jade and Tim tied for the 6th place he had choose which one of them would be up for eviction, and they were told it is going to be a double eviction.

Strangely Ed found this a big problem to decide between the beautiful woman who has a huge crush on him and the man who manipulates the game to his own advantage at every opportunity.

Ed took the coward’s way out, putting Jade up for eviction, as he did not think he could beat Tim in the public vote.

He later regretted this, shedding a few tears and consoling Jade who was in tears herself.

The situation became even more complicated after the Showdown Games. Drew won and released Jade from nomination, despite having given her 2 points himself, and put Ed‘s bestey, Matt, into the mix.

Tim and Lucy Big Brother

Tim and Lucy trashing it up in the back yard

Ed looked kind of down after that. I think it’s time for Ed to go. He lacks intestinal fortitude (guts) and despite all of his over thinking, he still comes up with the wrong solutions.

Tahan was right behind Ed in the nomination points and seems to be universally disliked by the girls in the house for her bitchiness. Although we see little of this on screen, but she can be blunt at times and makes no secret of her disdain for the sugar sweet sisters Katie and Lucy.

So who do you think will go next week?

Ed is my tip. He didn’t pick up many votes the last time he was nominated and escaped eviction by the skin of his teeth, when Caleb picked up marginally less.

Tahan and Mikkayala can never really be considered safe, even though the latter supposedly has nine lives. And the novelty of the sugar sisters has worn off, despite Lucy trashing it up a little this week, pashing with Tim and flashing her boobs in the yard.

I think Ben and Matt are relatively safe, based on previous voting figures.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Big Brother Shock as Tully is Saved and Fireman Caleb Slides Down the Poll

Big Brother Week 5 Sees More Manipulation

and Miraculous Escapes


Monday’s eviction on Big Brother provided another shock when Tully, who appeared to be universally disliked, both inside and outside of the house, escaped eviction and house favourite Caleb was shown the door.

Tully had been booed by the studio audience on the previous week’s eviction, but this may have been the very thing that saved her this week. Those that do support her seem to have rallied when she was most likely to go and cast enough votes to give her at least another week.

Big Brother Eviction Caleb went, Tully was saved and Tim picked up 40% of the vote

Tully’s frequent tearful outbursts and emotional reactions to almost every minor set back had made her unpopular with many house mates and it appeared to be the same on the Big Brother Facebook Fanpage and forums. But obviously some people identified with her and a strong group of supporters has grown.

Big Brother Australia's Drew and Tully more than friends

Big Brother Australia’s Drew and Tully, more than a friendship

Inside the house Tully has formed a strong bond and many believe ‘more than a friendship’ with Drew, despite having a long term partner on the outside. This has divided opinion of her. Most of the guys in the house see this as wrong and cheating on her real life girlfriend. They also dislike Tully for monopolising much of Drew’s time and the two of them spending every moment together.

This feeling is reflected by many on the outside and, according to one site, this includes Tully’s girlfriend who has dumped her.

On the other side are her Support group, who seem to identify with Tully’s neediness and offer encouragement and votes to keep her there.

This is a great little soap story and for that reason we would love to see Tully and Drew stay a little longer.

In our report last week we said we would like to see either Caleb or Ed go, for the benefit of the entertainment in the house. But we had no idea how much the public would agree with us, with Caleb leaving and Ed only percentage points behind him.

Caleb’s eviction had a big effect on the house. Many inside saw him as a potential winner and they came to realise that nice guys do not always win.

While Tim was in full flow with his manipulation, many house mates said that they would now be more tactical in view of the eviction result. But little did they know how successful Tim’s manipulation had been, he alone picked up 40% of the votes to save.

Big Brother forced the issue on nomination night, instructing house mates to nominate based only on strategy. This changed the nominees somewhat, but they do tend to vary from week to week anyway.

Master manipulator Tim tied with Heidi, on 10 nomination points. Tahan was just behind on 9. Drew and Mikkayla picked up 4 each and Tully just slipped into the nomination group with 3.

But the Showdown games once again came to the aid of the cat with nine lives. Mikkayla won the games, released herself and put Ben up for eviction, assuring him it was only because she was sure that he had a strong support group and would be safe. Tully of course sulked at this and for losing the putting game narrowly to Mikkayla.

Big Brother Eviction Nominees Week 5

Familiar Faces, this weeks Big Brother Eviction Nominees

It’s a difficult choice this week. I would love to see Tahan stay, purely to keep the eye candy in the show. But I believe that she is in most danger, based on previous votes. I would happily see Tim or Heidi go. I’ve had enough of Tim’s manipulating, whinny voice and eye make up. It’s time to see someone else have their moment in the spotlight. Heidi is loud and opinionated, but not really entertaining to me.

Ben I would like to see stay all the way until the end, as he is so different to the rest and entertaining. I would also like to see the Tully and Drew soap drama spin out for a little longer.

Given the choice of anyone, I would like to have seen the Sugar Sisters go this week. Their novelty has worn off and they come in only second to Tully for over emotional reactions and without the side romance interest.

I would also have picked Mikkayla for backing Tony Abbott when he appeared in the house in his cheesey promotion video. You would think someone working in education would have more sense.

Who is your choice to go this week?

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Big Brother’s Jasmin Gets the Boot, Tully Gets the Boos

Tactical Voting and Manipulation are Big in the

Big Brother House this Week


Jasmin and Tully Eviction

Tully has hugs for Jasmin tears for herself.

At this weeks eviction on Big Brother there were a couple of shocks. Firstly Jasmin was evicted ahead of Mikkayla, who was favourite to go and secondly the boos that Tully received from the studio audience when Sonia Kruger spoke to her in the cross to the house. But the boos were only really a shock to Tully herself, her constant crying and complaining has made her unpopular both inside and outside of the house.

Tully heard the studio audience boo and jeer when her name was mentioned by Sonia Kruger and had an hysterical breakdown as Jasmin was leaving. But the tears were all for herself not the housemate that was leaving. This was revealed in the following night’s show and surely will make her even more unpopular with the viewing audience.

This puts Tully in extreme danger of being the next to be evicted, as the housemates showed their disdain by giving her by far the most nominations for eviction on Tuesday.

Jasmin’s eviction was not really that big a surprise; she was certainly amongst the potentials to go based on previous voting figures. But certainly those inside the house expected Mikkayla to be leaving. But the lady really does seem to have nine lives. If not being saved by the housemates or herself, she is saved by the public. Could she be the winner this year?

Tim and Jasmin kiss

Tim and Jasmin lock lips

Jasmin seems like a very nice girl, but did not provide too much entertainment in the house. Her clashes with Tim were interesting flash points. but in her final week she had a kissing session with the permed one. It’s amazing what confinement with people will do to you.

This week’s nominations were turned on their heads. Caleb and Ed, who have never before been up for eviction, were heavily nominated, with many house mates voting tactically. Tully who escaped receiving any nominations the previous week, when she had the voting superpower, saw a complete turnabout and received the most nominations. She of course sulked about this.

Nominations were widely spread too, with five house mates receiving three points and tying for the sixth spot. It was Tully’s choice which of them would be up for nomination and predictably she picked Mikkayla, as she sees her as the best chance to be evicted ahead of herself.

But the Tim show put paid to Tully’s lifeline. Tim won Thursday’s Showdown games and released Mikkayla from nomination and, in a supreme show of arrogance, put himself in the frame.

We heard from Tully, in a conversation with Big Brother, how Tim has been manipulating the game even more than we see in the daily highlights. She says that he picked a fight with both Xavier and Jasmin before their evictions and he had tried the same with her this week. He was running down Tully on the Basketball court in the yard, while she was hidden away with Drew in the hidey hole next to the Gym. She heard all of his comments and maybe she was supposed to. That seems to be the way that Tim plays the game. He could be the biggest manipulator we have ever seen on the show. Do you think all this manipulation can win it for him?

Tahan and Jade kiss

Tahan and Jade enjoyed a smooch too

Personally I am a little tired of Tim. Not only his arrogance and manipulation, but his whiny voice and penchant for wearing more make up than the girls is also bugging me. But he really has to stay because he makes the show more interesting by stirring the pot, to use a well worn Big Brother phrase.

Of the other nominees both Jade and Tahan must be in danger too, based on previous votes where they escaped narrowly ahead of the evictees.

New boys on the block Caleb and Ed are wild cards. Who knows how they will be placed in the voting? They both seem like nice, affable blokes, but do not really contribute much in the way of entertainment.

Tully is of course the most likely to go, but right now I would like to see her stay. Her relationship with Drew is getting interesting and if say Ed were to go, it would be even more spicy to see how the three way love triangle developed between Drew, Tully and Jade.

So my choice eviction this week would be Ed. Who is yours?

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Big Brother, Evictions, Nominations and What We Are Not Seeing

Xavier is Evicted From the Big Brother House


The second eviction from the Big Brother house must have been the earliest double eviction that there has ever been on the show. As expected, latecomer Rohan was ousted, but a big surprise to me was that Xavier and not Tully was the second to go.

There seems to be a lot that we are not seeing in this series of Big Brother. Most of the air time seems to be filled with house mates chatting to Big Brother in the diary room and events organized by him. This comes at the cost of footage of the house mates interacting with each other. So much so that many of the things that house mates were nominated for were not even seen by the public.

Big Brother Evictees Rohan Xavier Sonia Kruger

Big Brother Double Evictees Rohan, Sonia Kruger, Xavier and Sonia’s Twin Sister

One of the reasons that some people nominated Xavier was that he had an argument with someone and carried it on the next day. But none of this was seen on TV. The same seems to be true of the reasons house mates give for nominating Jasmin, Mikkayla, Mathew and Tahan and who wouldn’t want to see more of Tahan? Replacing the house mate interaction with too much of Big Brother himself makes this far less of a social experiment and much more of an organized game show.

Maybe the reason for the early double eviction was because they put too many house mates in the house in the first place and that was making it hard to get to know any of them very well.

Big Brothers Tahan

We are not seeing enough of some housemates

Rohan’s departure was no surprise to me. I said from the outset that he was not playing a smart game. Stating and making it very clear that he was there to win and that he has little emotional attachment with anyone was never going to make him popular, either inside or outside of the house.

But Xavier getting the boot was quite a shock, especially when Tully was up against him. From the beginning I thought that Xavier had a good sense of humour and was quite a funny guy. But we did not see too much of that on screen, or enough of him to make a judgment either way.

Tully on the other hand will cry at the drop of hat and is generally miserable most of the time. I am sure that I am not the only one bored with this. We know the house mates are and many people commenting on the Big Brother Facebook Fanpage were of the same opinion. But somehow she has more support out there than Xavier. So we lost him too soon.

To add insult to that particular injury, Tully won the Showdown games and the voting superpower. So she never got nominated this week, as most of the housemates thought that she may be watching their nominations from the diary room.

That particular round of nominations saw six girls go to the half-way house with Matthew as the only male nominee. Regulars Mikkayla, Jasmin and Tahan were there, the sugar sisters proved too sickly sweet for many and Jade’s flirting with the boys made her unpopular too.

But their time in there was very short, overnight the ninjas went to work and the dividing walls came tumbling down. The lounge and yard became much bigger and the half way bedroom was given a makeover and turned into luxury accommodation, maybe even more elaborate than the safe house bedroom.

The weekly Showdown games were moved to Thursday night and Jade won, riding a kiddie’s three wheeler trike over the finish line. That gave her the right to swap a nominated house mate for one of the safe ones. She freed herself and put Ben in the frame for eviction.

On leaving, Xavier said that he thought Ben could win this series and I think he could be right. So who do you think will be going this week? My money is on Mikkayla, but Jasmin and Tahan could be in danger too. The sugar sisters are still a novelty and based on last week’s voting Matthew and Ben should be safe.

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