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I’m a Celebrity winner Scarlett Moffatt teases new TV project

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I’m a Celebrity and Gogglebox favourite Scarlett Moffatt has gone blonde.

Taking to Instagram yesterday (October 14), she showed off her hair transformation while writing: “Last week of being in my 20s. Turning the big 30 on Saturday.

“I know I’m becoming an adult because I like red wine and olives [laughing emoji] any advice for what life is like in your 30s or anything you wish someone had told you as you approached 30? Love you lot [heart emoji].”

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But that’s not the only bombshell Scarlett dropped, as over on her Insta Stories she also announced a new TV show (possibly titled Love Bites).

“I can finally announce what it is I’m filming,” the 29-year-old told her followers.

“So I’ve got a brand new show coming this autumn, so very very soon, on ITV2 and it’s sort of Dinner Date meets Ready Steady Cook meets Blind Date. It’s all the things I love thrown into one and honestly I just cannot wait, I cannot wait for you to see it.”

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Teasing what’s to come from the show, she explained: “Some of the food’s ended up amazing; some of the dates have ended up going with the people they’ve fancied, some haven’t; some food’s looked like… I don’t know how to describe it other than like vom on a plate [laughs].

“What a giggle we have had!”

Love Bites will air on ITV2 in the coming weeks.


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Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard and Amy Hart reunite for project

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Love Island 2019 star Curtis Pritchard got the “full-on surprise” of his life recently when his one-time partner Amy Hart made an unexpected appearance on his and brother AJ’s podcast.

The dancer-turned-reality star was recording the first episode of the siblings’ new series when former air hostess Amy, whom he was romantically linked to during his time in the villa, was brought in as a guest during the recording of new podcast series AJ vs Curtis.

“It was a full-on surprise,” he said on Lorraine this morning (October 19).

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“We were recording the second episode and AJ was trying to set the cameras up in a certain way and I was like, ‘No, we need to do it this way’ and he was like, ‘No, we’ve got to do it this way’, so I was like, ‘Alright fine, we’ll have it your way,'” he continued.

“Then we started recording and I didn’t expect Amy to come on. She popped on and my heart skipped a beat, I didn’t know what to say. But it was great, it was a good episode.”

His trepidation is understandable given how the pair split publicly during last year’s Love Island.

After spending a few weeks joint at the hip and becoming half-boyfriend and half-girlfriend on the show, Curtis realised that he wasn’t quite feeling the relationship as much as she was while staying at Casa Amor.

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Upon his return, he broke things off with Amy, before later developing feelings for fellow Islander Maura Higgins – something that prompted Amy to leave the competition for good.

But this isn’t the first time the pair have crossed paths since the end of Love Island, with Curtis recently admitting that they’ve “always” been friends after he was asked about running into Amy on a night out last month.

“Amy’s lovely, we spoke after the show and stuff,” Curtis said. “We’ve been in contact and were always friends and never were like, ‘I’m never talking to you again’. We’ve been friends so it was just nice to see her and good to catch up.”

Love Island airs on ITV2 and is available via catch up on ITV Hub. AJ vs Curtis is available on Apple Podcasts.


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5 biggest moments from the Lovecraft Country season finale: “Full Circle”

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What happens in the Lovecraft Country finale?

There is no denying that HBO‘s Lovecraft Country has outdone all expectations with its critically acclaimed first season, leaving many wondering what to expect from the highly anticipated final episode. Fans were not disappointed as the series tied up several of its loose ends while brilliantly leaving certain aspects open to exploring in a follow-up run.

The first season finale, “Full Circle,” had no shortage of shocking moments that undoubtedly had subscribers dropping their jaws to the floor

. From spell-casting showdowns to robot armed death chokeholds, here are the five of the most significant moments from the biggest episode of HBO’s Lovecraft Country.

1. Taking a bite out of Titus!

Leti and Tic return to the mysterious tunnels via the magic elevator they encountered back in episode four, “A History of Violence,” in order to resurrect Titus Braithwhite. They bring the racists sorcerer back from the dead in order to remove his protection spell and grab a piece of his chest in the process to give Atticus the advantage against Christina.

But the resilient, dynamic duo isn’t alone in this daunting endeavor as Tic’s mother, Hattie, and Hanna help take down Titus in a spellbinding showdown many years in the making. Later we see Tic commemorate this win by eating the piece of Titus’s chest, washing it down with some satisfying blood, further proving Lovecraft Country’s excellence in outdoing all expectations.

2. That’s not Ruby!

It was hard to tell where Ruby’s loyalties lied due to her body-swapping relationship with Christina. The two had become romantically involved, so it seemed like she may not come thru for Leti when her sister asks for some of MS. Braithwaite for a spell. Shockingly enough, Ruby comes through with some Christine DNA in a potion vial.

But we soon learn that Ruby was caught during her effort to secure a sample for her sister resulting in her untimely demise. The Ruby we see on screen is just Ms. Braithwhite in disguise, thoroughly indicating the ambitious sorceress is as merciless as she is relentless.

3. Kumiho to the rescue!

Ji-Ah has been one of the best parts of the series, and it was pretty apparent they were setting Jaimie Chung’s character up for something big before the credits rolled. And the nine-tailed fox spirit came through in a big way.

The shaman’s prediction of the Kumiho becoming one with the darkness came true as she absorbed the dark energy expelled during the ritual, attaining the same effects that would have occurred had Ruby succeeded in her efforts. As a result of Ji-Ah’s interference, Christina’s plan is thwarted, and viewers are given a montage of vision showcasing Montrose’s letter being delivered to Hippolyta, Tic teaching Diana how to Shoggoth whisperer, and Ruby’s unfortunate fate providing a powerful climax to an epic battle.

4. The death of Atticus Freeman

There was always a chance that one of the main characters wasn’t going to make it out of the first alive, and a lot of us figured Atticus would be the one to bite the dust. Time and time again, he showed that he was ready to sacrifice himself as necessary, and unfortunately, that was the case with the well-crafted season finale.

During the ritual, his blood was drained thanks to Christina cutting some pretty devastating wounds on Tic, and then when you add in the lethal side effects of certain incantations, the chances of survival, no matter how magical a person is, are not good. It’s hard to count out a return from Atticus at some point, given the fact that time travel and other dimensions exist, but for now, the champion of Lovecraft Country has earned some much-needed rest.

5. Diana gets a robot Winter Soldier arm

Just when audiences thought the Lovecraft Country season finale had no surprises left, it brings us back to the place of the ritual with Christina trapped under a pile of rubble. Her cries for help go unnoticed until Diana, and her new pet Shoggoth arrive on the scene.

Christina askes for help, but Diana reveals her new robotic arm that Hippolyta must have constructed for her. She then proceeds to strangle the sinister sorceress until her neck caves in, leaving a bloody mess all over her pretty face. It will be very interesting to see how Diana’s new upgraded appendage factors into future Lovecraftian adventures down the line.

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Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland Has Recorded a Podcast From Prison

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A little over two years into his six-year prison sentence and three years since Fyre Festival burned spectacularly on the funeral pyre of internet schadenfreude, Billy McFarland is back. He’s back in podcast form, one called  Dumpster Fyre, according to the Daily Mail. The brains behind the doomed festival is releasing the episodes from inside prison, while “Billy’s team” markets it on his Instagram, per his account’s bio. 

So far, all the media around the podcast—the trailer, the photos on Instagram—are pretty outré, let’s call it. It uses all the visual touchstones of prison to glorify McFarland’s situation, like photos of him with his fellow inmates in the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution yard and an apparent stock photo of a person in an orange jumpsuit. In the opening teaser, he introduces himself by his inmate number first, and then says, “otherwise known as Billy McFarland.” 

To make the podcast, host Jordan Harbinger reportedly recorded 15-minute conversations with McFarland over the course of a week. It’s like Serial, the 2014 Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder joint that launched a billion podcasts! Koenig relied, in part, on recorded phone calls from the inside to make that one as well. And speaking of the inside, Earlonne Woods’ Ear Hustle is an exploration of prison life created inside San Quentin State Prison. That one is done well.

This one, well. You hate to judge a podcast by its 27-second trailer and marketing materials but it’s hard to see the guy who got six years for some of the most obvious, spectacular public fraud this side of Bernie Madoff (and then ran another fraud while out on bail) handling this with delicate self-reflection and honestly earned remorse. People can surprise you though.

McFarland reportedly makes gestures at a mea culpa in the podcast, saying, “I’m not going to hide behind my mistakes; I’m going to share everything that happened.” But underpinning all is McFarland’s need to take hold of the narrative. Most people who find themselves in white-collar legal trouble wait until they’ve served their time to do a well-placed sympathetic interview and get accepted back into society, but it’s 2020 I guess. Why not do a podcast? Plus, “just wait” doesn’t seem to be in this guy’s vocabulary.

According to the Daily Mail, McFarland tells Harbinger that he wants to set the record straight in light of the documentaries on Netflix and Hulu, the latter of which he was reportedly paid to consult for. Which brings us to the question: after the actual Fyre Festival in 2017 and all the reporting on the Fyre Festival and its pop culture and legal fallout in 2018 and the documentaries about the Fyre Festival in 2019, do we really need to relitigate Fyre Festival right now? Short answer is no. 

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