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04/19/2007


HBO Announces End of 'True Blood'

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True Blood will end its run in 2014, HBO announced today, the HuffPost reports:

“'True Blood' has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said in a statement. "Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an Unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show."

Said Alan Ball: “From the moment I read Charlaine’s books, I thought there was potential for something really special. Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights in Bon Temps with us."


'True Blood' Gets Steamy With Dreamy Jason Stackhouse And His Faerie Friend, Ben: VIDEO

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This week's episode of 'True Blood' found Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) lusting after, and shaving, a male faerie named Ben...in his dreams, the Huffington Post reported. Though the HBO series, now in its sixth season, has put plenty of homoerotic action on display, our own recent countdown of its steamiest man-on-man scenes shows just how little of this sexy show's sexuality is gay, plain and simple. Thus far, dreams, manipulation, shirtless stand-offs, and death have marked the show's gayest moments. Throw us a bone, HBO - we want some true romance. 

For now, though, getting lost in Jason's dream is just fine.

Watch the sensual encounter, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ryan Kwanten Dishes On 'True Blood' Season Five

KwantenTrue Blood's new season got off to a fast and furious start last week, and where that show will go next is anyone's guess.

While the cast is absolutely forbidden from discussing specific details, Parade magazine managed to get Ryan Kwanten, the drool-worthy actor who plays Jason Stackhouse, to offer a few details on where his character is headed.

Kwanten also spoke out about Stackhouse's acceptance of [SPOILER] nemesis Rev. Steve Newlin, who has come out as a "gay vampire American."

"When you look at Jason in season one he had a very tunnel view of the world and some would say an ignorant view. And now, that speech he gave to Newlin was 'Look, I accept who you are, whether it's a vampire, whether it's a gay man, or both. But that's not the way this dog barks,'" he said.

"That's a huge step for Jason to change his spots...Towards the end of the season, which we are shooting now, he puts the things he has learned into practice and starts to show his true colors."

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Chris Meloni is the Vampire Authority in Epic New 'True Blood' Trailer: VIDEO

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This new 90-second trailer should whet your bloody appetite for the new season of True Blood.

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'True Blood' Teases Flesh, Fangs of Season 5: VIDEO

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The first True Blood teaser for Season 5 has arrived:

The first to actually show new footage and characters from the upcoming Season 5, the short 30-second clip gives a montage of scenes with a voiceover from an assumed Authority member (which will be led by Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni as Roman). Clearly, the movement to have humans and vampires coexist isn’t on their agenda.

“So as the beetle nourishes the lark,” the ghostly voice says. “So shall human nourish vampire.”

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Movies: Colin Farrell Scares in "Fright Night", Channing Tatum Strips in "Magic Mike"

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I know it's tempting but do not invite him in.

GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

 
YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
Colin Farrell has something of a wolf's reputation as a celebrity and it serves him well in Fright Night, a remake of the 1985 vampire comedy, while playing a shameless monster. Yet, for all his rabid dog violence as vampire Jerry -- "a terrible name for a vampire!" --  the most adorable moment in his performance is positively kittenish. While stepping around a beam of sunlight during one action setpiece he hisses at it with instinctual annoyance. You can't scare sunlight away, dumb Jerry! It's a silly bit of actorly business but the new Fright Night soars whenever the cast or director are having a bloody good time.  Good times at the movies are as infectious as vampirism, though thankfully more common. 

Full disclosure: I've never seen the 1985 Fright Night and affections for previous versions usually dull love for new takes. But a quick bit of research suggests that the new version uses the same basic characters and set-up but plays fast and loose with the twisty details and basic temperament. The premise is ingeniously simple and relatable. What if you found out you lived next door to a monster? Charley (Anton Yelchin) resists the question at first, betraying his former best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in the process, but soon he comes to know the truth: his next door neighbor is indeed a vampire. Jerry is rapidly eating the population of an isolated and rather transient suburban town outside of Las Vegas. Charley, his girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and his mom (the sadly wasted but always game Toni Collette) may be next. Enter, sort of, Peter Vincent (David Tennant of Doctor Who fame) theatrical magician, vampire killer and total poseur.

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Hey, that's not holy water! [MORE AFTER THE JUMP]

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