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Sex Box and Other Reality Shows We Can’t Believe Are Actually Real

From 'Dating Naked' to 'Who is the Worst Driver in the Netherlands?'

Friday marks the U.S. premiere of Sex Box on We TV — a show in which struggling couples actually have sex inside a box onstage. Sure, the box is soundproof and there’s no camera inside. And yes, the idea is that the couples will be more vulnerable and honest after the act, when they talk to a panel of expert in the hopes of solving their issues. But that doesn’t make it any less cringeworthy.

The premise is so simple, so bizarre, that it’s something you’d fact check before posting about it on Facebook because there’s no way it could be real. But Sex Box is no parody. The U.K. show of the same name aired in 2013 and received tepid reviews. But it’s only the latest in a series of reality shows that we can’t believe got the green light.

Here are other reality shows that make The Bachelor look totally sensible:

Born in the Wild
This Lifetime series, premiering March 3, is about women who give birth in nature. “No inductions, no epidurals…just expectant mothers facing and giving birth in the arms of Mother Nature,” boasts the show’s YouTube page.

Who is the Worst Driver in the Netherlands?
The series, which has run in several different countries, gathers the worst drivers in a specific region and has them show off their lack-of-skills behind the wheel. In 2011, a Netherlands contestant proved himself worthy of the title after he accidentally ran over the show’s host. (No one was seriously injured).

Are You Hot?
Before there was Tinder there was a show in which people walked down a runway and displayed their goods to judges who essentially swiped right or left. Are You Hot? aired on ABC in 2003.

The Will
CBS may have agreed to pick up the 2005 reality show — in which family and friends of a rich benefactor compete to be included in his inheritance — but the network had the good sense to cancel it after just one episode.

Dating Naked
A contestant actually sued VH1 for showing a little too much nudity.

The Swan
This show was a heartwarming retelling of The Ugly Duckling in which producers turned contestants into swans by giving them lots and lots of plastic surgery. The series was more than a little problematic.

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Stop and Look at This Koala Trying to Steal a Land Rover

No arrests have been made

A 15-year-old Australian boy came home from school yesterday to a terrifying sight. His family’s Land Rover was in the process of getting carjacked — by a koala.

Sam Box, who lives on a sheep farm in Victoria, told 9news.com.au that he got off the school bus and was greeted by a koala holding tight to the driver’s wheel, “trying to drive.”

“It was checking me out as much as I was checking him out,” he said. “I opened the door and he just got out and walked away.”

No arrests have been made.

[9 News]

TIME viral

Listen to Ed Sheeran Adorably Read the Weather Report

"You will need some lip balm because your lips will dry"

In the UK, the weather is cloudy with a chance of ginger.

Singer Ed Sheeran co-hosted Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 show Tuesday morning when his BFF (but not gf) Taylor Swift came on as a guest. And his crowning moment came when the singer got to read the weather report, fulfilling an Ed Sheeran weatherman fantasy we never knew we had.

“The weather outside is brisk — if you walk out you will get very, very pink cheeks, um, very quickly,” Ed Sheeran said, hopefully while blushing.

He continued, “You will need some lip balm because your lips will dry, and that will happen. Also there is a chance that you will step in a puddle today so please do not wear slippers outside.”

Ed, where were you during the polar vortex? You would have made things so much more pleasant!

 

 

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TV Viewers Deserted the Oscars This Year

onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Kevin Winter—2015 Getty Images 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre

Preliminary numbers say ratings were down 14% from 2014

The preliminary Oscars ratings are in, and it doesn’t look good for the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted awards ceremony.

According to The Wrap, 36.6 million viewers tuned into the 87th Academy Awards. (Although the show ran through midnight). That’s down almost 7.1 million from 2014 viewership when Ellen DeGeneres hosted the broadcast to 43.7 million viewers.

Although there were shining moments — especially in terms of musical performances — the show was met with lukewarm reviews.

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[The Wrap]

TIME Television

Watch the Nostalgic New Trailer for Mad Men’s Final Season

Revisit the show's highlights before it returns for a final bow April 5

Before going forward with its new season, Mad Men wants viewers to take a trip down memory lane.

AMC premiered a new trailer for the Season 7, Part 2 during Sunday’s Oscars. Aptly called Nostalgia, the minute-long teaser shows key clips from throughout previous seasons.

There are no spoilers for what’s to come, of course — although we’re sure fans with a lot of time to kill before the show’s April 5 premiere will be busy dissecting the relevance of the video footage AMC chose to show. Could Peggy and Pete be revisiting their past?

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Turkish Men Are Wearing Miniskirts to Fight for Women’s Rights

Turkey Protest
Emrah Gurel—AP Some men wear skirts to show solidarity with women who have been protesting against violence against women since the recent murder of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old woman, during a march in Istanbul on Feb. 21, 2015.

They launched an online protest following the murder of a 20-year-old student

Men throughout Turkey and neighboring Azerbaijan are donning miniskirts to honor Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was allegedly murdered after fighting off a sexual assault by a minibus driver.

After Aslan’s burned body was found by a riverbed, the BBC reports, young people in Turkey were galvanized to protest violence against women. And these protests took place both on the streets and on the Internet:

On Wednesday, a group of men in Azerbaijan are believed to have started the hashtag #ozgecanicinminietekgiy, which translates to “wear a miniskirt for Ozgecan.” Since then, the hashtag has become viral.

A related Facebook page for participants explains, “If a miniskirt is responsible for everything, if [wearing] a miniskirt means immorality and unchastity, if a woman who wears a miniskirt is sending an invitation about what will happen to her, then we are also sending an invitation!”

Turkish lawyer and activist Hulya Gulbahar told CNN that the protest is “very effective.”
“People try to find excuses for rapes and killings,” she said. “But they didn’t find any in this case, because Aslan was very innocent, purely innocent. The protest shows that a short skirt is not an excuse for rape.”

[BBC]

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Going to Disney World Just Got More Expensive

A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse stands in front of
Bloomberg/Getty Images

Tickets pass the hundred-dollar mark

Entrance into the happiest place on Earth just got pricier.

The Walt Disney Co. on Sunday upped the ticket prices to all of its U.S. theme parks by $3 to $6 a ticket. While a single-day ticket at the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orland, Fla., used to cost $99, this week the price broke the hundred-dollar barrier to $105. One day tickets to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., now costs $99 for the 10-and-over crowd, up from $96. Prices also increased for children.

The parks’ prices usually increase annually, Disney spokesperson Suzi Brown told the Associated Press: “We continually add new experiences, and many of our guests select multiday tickets or annual passes, which provide a great value and additional savings.”

In the final quarter of 2015, Disney parks saw a record attendance bump of 7%.

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel Prove No One Knows Anything About Oscar Movies

But they'll pretend they do

How could Benedict Cumberbatch not take home an Oscar after all of those hilarious celebrity impression in the Immitation Game? And how could the Academy overlook Angelina Jolie’s heartbreaking performance as Rosa Parks in Selma?

No idea what we’re talking about?

In Sunday’s Oscar edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian sent a camera crew to the streets to ask people on Hollywood Boulevard what they thought about made-up moments from nominated films. This proves that just because people didn’t see the Academy Award-nominated films doesn’t mean that they won’t pretend to have very strong opinions about them.

Watch the full segment below:

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Watch John Oliver Slam the Way Britain’s Labour Party Woos Women

"You are trying to appeal to adult some voters the same way that Mattel attempts to appeal to 8-year-olds"

John Oliver is not impressed with how the Labour Party has decided to court women voters.

On Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, the HBO host slammed a pink van that the party has designated for female outreach—now dubbed “The Barbie Bus.”

“Wow, it is a little insulting that you are trying to appeal to adult some voters the same way that Mattel attempts to appeal to 8-year-olds,” Oliver said. “And at least Barbie’s pink bus had the good sense to unfold into a sweet hot tub and party den combo. That thing was sick.”

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TIME movies

Goldie Hawn on the Infuriating Reason There Wasn’t a First Wives Club Sequel

Greg Gorman

"You don't own me..."

Nineteen years ago, The First Wives Club proved that a movie starring self-proclaimed “women of a certain age” could not only become a huge cultural phenomenon, but could also be a box office success.

So why didn’t the instant classic (which cost $30 million to make but grossed $181 million) get a sequel? In a recent interview with Harvard Business Review, Goldie Hawn says that we can thank Hollywood’s notorious gender pay gap:

The big money goes to kids and young men—big tent-pole movies, which are expensive but have a great return. The smaller movies aren’t being made as much. For instance, First Wives Club. We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it so the studio could make what it needed. We all took a smaller back end than usual and a much smaller front end. And we ended up doing incredibly well. The movie was hugely successful. It made a lot of money. We were on the cover of Time magazine. But two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal. We went back to ground zero. Had three men come in there, they would have upped their salaries without even thinking about it. But the fear of women’s movies is embedded in the culture.

While it’s certainly disappointing that there was never a Second Wives Club, it’s good to know that Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Hawn took Lesley Gore’s mantra to heart:

[Harvard Business Review]

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