Mike once arrested for “elaborate scheme” to smuggle Batman & Robin footage; may not own Belly.

Mike once arrested for “elaborate scheme” to smuggle Batman & Robin footage; may not own Belly.
The Smoking Gun has uncovered documents showing that Mike Carri–the same Mike that’s living in the Big Brother 2 house, even though he now goes by Mike Malin–was arrested and charged with five misdemeanors for breaking into the set of Batman & Robin and taking hidden camera photos and/or video a few years back. Mike and friends had done the same thing twice previously, selling the footage to Inside Edition. Additionally, The Smoking Gun was unable to find Mike’s name on licensing or ownership documents kept by California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
+ also: We Like Mike? Not quite: The guestbook postings on a Mike fan site are nearly all full of invective. A protest is even being planned for tonight at Belly, the club Mike co-owns.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.