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Orange is the New Black and the New Pop! Vinyl.

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I do love me some Pop! Vinyl figures.  While my collection is small (Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon and Injured Daryl Dixon – AHS Coven’s Fiona Goode – Game of Thrones Brienne of Tarth and Orphan Black’s Alison Hendrix) there’s always room to add more and now, some of our favorite Litchfield inmates and prison guards are coming our way in mini vinyl form thanks to the highly popular Pop! Television series by Funko.

That’s right, mini versions of Piper (Taylor Schilling), Alex (Laura Prepon), Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), Red (Kate Mulgrew) and Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) are currently up for pre-order are and slated for a July 2015 release, which oddly enough, misses the season 3 premiere of the show.

I’m still waiting for my very own Pennsatucky with tinsel halo, bad teeth and wooden cross Pop!

Want your very own Alex or Piper?  Check out the pre-order links below from Entertainment Earth by clicking on each of the images!

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Friends, Seinfeld, Saved by the Bell, Sailor Moon, MacGyver, Once Upon a Time, The Strain, and Clueless are all slated to pop up in Pop! form very very soon though I’m still awaiting a Melrose Place Pop! Television announcement because you all I know I need me a Sydney Andrews as stripper Jungle Jane and Kimberly Shaw with removable wig Pop!

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Showcase to Marathon OITNB Season 3

Ruby Rose joins the cast of Orange is The New Black's third season
Ruby Rose joins the cast of Orange is The New Black’s third season

Showcase are bringing us the entire run of Orange is the new Black’s third season in one marathon event at the same time the show premiere’s in the US – Jan 12th!

It’s great news for fans of the quirky prison drama (who have access to Showtime via Foxtel) as the channel is also planning a seasons one and two marathon prior to the onset of season three.

So what can we expect for season three?  Netflix are keeping most details hush hush but we already know that local Ruby Rose has joined the cast and that Jason Biggs will not be returning (for season three at least).

Veteran actor Mary Steenburgen will appear playing Pornstache’s (Mendez) mother but how exaclty that will play out considering his current imprisonment and that actor Pablo Schreiber who plays Mendez is a series regular on another show (The brink) and Laura Prepon’s Alex Vause will return as a major player again after being somewhat absent for most of season two.

So mark your calendars – June 12th for the entire third season of Orange is the new Black on Showcase!

My 2015 SAG Award Score Card

Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black"
Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”

My SAG award score card looks better than my Golden Globes one did a few weeks back.  I’m choosing to actually forget those choices (or wins) actually occurred.

I still was a miss on a few categories, but overall, no where near as bad as the globes!  Check out the winners list and my results below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

My pick: Mark Ruffalo/The Normal Heart.  Winner: Mark Ruffalo/The Normal Heart.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

My pick: Frances McDormand/Olive Kitteridge.  Winner: Frances McDormand/Olive Kitteridge.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

My pick: Matthew McConaughey/True Detective.  Winner: Kevin Spacey/House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

My pick: Tatiana Maslany/Orphan Black. Winner: Viola Davis/How to get Away With Murder.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

My Pick: William H Macy/Shameless. Winner: William H Macy/Shameless

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

My Pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus/VEEP. Winner: Uzo Aduba/Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

My pick: Homeland.  Winner: Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

My pick: Orange is the New Black.  Winner: Orange is the New Black.

So I hit 50%, 4 out of 8.  Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis’ wins i’m more than fine with!  Were my second choice…you know….if I was allowed to have one!

Orange is The New Black for Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose will be donning an Orange Jumpsuit for OITNB season 3
Ruby Rose will be donning an Orange Jumpsuit for OITNB season 3

How exciting!  The future is looking a little more orange for the stunning Aussie presenter/DJ/model Ruby Rose after announcing that she’ll be joining the cast for the hugely popular prison comedy/drama Orange is the New Black’s third season.

Making the announcement via US Elle magazine, Rose used twitter to let us all in on her characters name with the hashtag #StellaIsHere.

The upcoming third season will see Rose as Stella Carlin, an inmate “whose sarcastic sense of humor and captivating looks quickly draw the attention of some of Litchfield’s inmates.” including Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) and Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling).

The news of Ruby’s involvement in series three has already boosted the talented Aussie’s profile in the US with numerous news and entertainment outlets jumping on the Ruby Rose bandwagon.

Ruby Rose: 5 Things to Know About Orange Is the New Black‘s Newest Addition – People Magazine
Australian Model Ruby Rose Is The Newest Addition To The Orange Is The New Black Season 3 Cast! – Perez Hilton
Ruby Rose, model and DJ, set to appear on ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 3 – New York Daily News
Meet the New Love Interest on Orange is the New Black – TIME

 

In addition to the casting of Rose to season three, familiar faces from season one and two including Samira Wiley (Poussey), Yael Stone (Morello), Dascha Polanco (Diaz), Selenis Leyva (Mendoza), Adrienne C. Moore (Black Cindy), and Nick Sandow (Caputo) have all been upgraded to series regulars!

Orange is the New Black doesn’t return until June where it will stream to Netflix subscribers while here in Australia, Foxtel channel Showcase airs the series.

Orange is the New Black Returns

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Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) has blood on her hands

It’s bigger, it’s better, it’s more ballsier and it’s back with a bang! The quirky sleeper cult hit Orange is the new Black (OITNB) returned for it’s second season via Netflix this month (the entire season released in one hit) and is due to hit Australian screens July 16th and thankfully, the show does not suffer from second season disappointment (Dexter anyone?).

With the foundations laid for the main characters during season one, season two brings us Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) loosing some of her spotlight to the supporting characters that have now been beefed up and brought to us front and center. Characters including Big Boo (Lea DeLaria), Leanne Taylor (Emma Myles), Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) and Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) – among others, are given more time to shine, grow and allow us to learn more about them – making OITNB less of a show about Piper Chapman’s foray into prison and more of a wonderfully dark, funny and touching ensemble.

So with the focus less on Piper and more on the inmates, the prison staff and on Piper’s friends and family, one need not worry about the show changing too much and straying away from what made us love the show in the first place.  There’s a new character joining the prison in Vee Parker (great casting of Lorraine Toussaint), a returning inmate with past connections to Red (Kate Mulgrew) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks) and who plays a major part in this second season shake-up that brings race wars to the forefront between the black, Hispanic and white groups and leaving Red (Kate Mulgrew) trying to keep herself afloat in the bid to be top dog.  The suspicions of Fig (Alysia Reiner) and her penchant to spend prison money on personal items come to light along with prison guard John (Matt McGorry) and inmate Diaz’s (Dascha Polanco) pregnancy woes plus we get to learn a little more about Morello (Yael Stone) and her mystery fiancee Christopher.

The incredibly diverse roster of characters – from race to religious beliefs and sexuality, so varied it is, is only viable due to the shows setting yet each identifiable trait is given just the perfect amount of vibrancy and life.

If there was one thing that I was disappointed by – it would be the under-use of Taryn Manning as Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett who (no real surprise) survived her beating by Piper in the season one finale.  Pennsatucky played such a major part in season one – right until the season finale that seeing her being ‘muted’ down in this second season was a let down.  Don’t get me wrong, Pennsatucky still has some killer scenes and one liners and getting to see her struggle with identity is a fresh angle for the character but it’s nothing on what we were offered in season one.

While the closing scenes of this second season are in no way as brutal or shocking as it’s lead-in, we are left with some clean slates and some minor loose ends that lead the way for an exciting third season.

Orange is the New Black starts Wednesday July 16th 8:30pm on Showcase for FOXTEL.

 

The Orange is the New Black Season 2 Trailer is Everything!

As the title states, this Orange Is The New Black season 2 trailer is everything!

Oh my.  If I were wearing pearls around my neck, I’d be clutching them by now!

So it looks like Chapman ended up in SHU after self defending herself from a cross wielding Pennsatucky (how freaking awesome is Tarryn Manning btw?), new faces come to stay, Daya and John are still going strong with their somewhat secret relationship and a returning inmate nicknamed Vee is looking to cause some trouble for both Red and Rosa.

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Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix for it’s second season on June 6th.  Foxtel sometime in Sprint 2014.

Orange Is The New Black Pulls No Punches

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Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling

Tonight’s second episode of Orange Is The New Black (airing on Showcase 8:30pm) is funnily enough titled “Tit Punch”.  It’s not often you find shows willing to be so blatant about it’s episode titles.

For those still yet to tune in, think Wentworth but not as dark and with stereotypical male prison guards (sleazy and greasy) yet has some insanely graphic scenes that may make you squirm.

After last weeks episode, “Tit Punch” still wants to remind us that Red (played wonderfully by an almost unrecognizable Kate Mulgrew) served Chapman (Taylor Schilling) a tampon in her lunch.  It was a VERY full-on scene and the fallout of Chapman’s rant against Red’s cooking continues on tonight.  We finally also get a little insight into ‘Reds’ back story leading up-to how she found herself in prison.

The best scene in tonight’s episode is another showdown between Red and Chapman.  She’s still being starved out by the prison chef and has had enough!

Orange Is the New Black airs tonight on Showcase, 8:30pm

Showcase Picks up Orange Is The New Black

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I’ve talked about my love for this show, which aired earlier this year in the US on Netflix, and now, those with access to Showcase via Foxtel will soon have the chance to watch this great show!

Orange Is The New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Shilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal jail. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade

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her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs) , for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes about herself and the world at large.

As she struggles to adjust to her new reality, she finds unexpected laughter, tears, conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates.

Orange Is The New Black  will première, Wednesday October 9 at 8.30pm on Showcase.

Coming Soon: Orange Is The New Black

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Cast of the the Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black’

Jenji Kohan is no stranger to television shows based around drugs and suburban housewives.  Back in 2005 and lasting 8 seasons, Kohan brought us Weeds,  the quirky dramedy about a suburban mother who turns to dealing marijuana after the death of her husband and now, Kohan has followed that up with Orange Is The New Black.

Based on the real-life memoirs of Piper Kerman, Orange Is The New Black brings us an often funny and sometimes dramatic look at Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), who finds herself leaving behind her perfect suburban life (including loving fiancée, witchy mother and a soon-to-be successful business) for 15 months inside a low-security women’s prison for transporting drug money across international borders 10 years earlier.

Orange Is The New Black is more Winners and Losers than it is Wentworth.  Wentworth gave us a tough, in your-face and highly gritty look at life inside a women’s prison, Orange Is The New Black offers a somewhat satirical view even giving us the women’s prison genre typecasting – waspy blonde thrown into the lions den of heavy-set lesbians, aggressive black women from the Bronx, horny prison guards and even a transsexual, but, every character is so well cast and acted, this is easily forgiven.

So Orange Is The New Black worth a look in?

I say absolutely.  The all-star cast (all playing against type) is worth a look alone.  Joining Taylor Schilling is Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show) who plays Piper’s ex-girlfriend Alex Vause and Jason Biggs (of American Pie fame) as Piper’s fiancée Larry Bloom.  Natasha Lyonne, Tarryn Manning, Lea DeLaria and an unrecognisable Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek Voyager) with Russian accent as prison chef Red are all involved too.

I’m currently 5 episodes in and loving it – though  a word of warning, brace yourselves for Laura Prepon’s eyebrows. They alone, need a show of their own.  

Orange Is The New Black is due to hit our screens before the end of the year and has been confirmed for a second series.