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Preview Clips From Episode 2 Of 'Banshee'

January 17th, 2013 1:22pm EST
Banshee Antony Starr
 

Hanson (Toby Leonard Moore), a desperate underling of Proctor, holds a rave in an Amish barn, selling homemade E pills stolen from his boss to Banshee youth, including Deva (Ryann Shane), Carrie’s rebellious daughter. Catching wind of the plan, Lucas and his team orchestrate a raid, but the effects of a tainted batch of pills send many revelers into convulsions, with one notable fatality. Though Deva is ferried home safely by Lucas, Hanson isn’t as fortunate when he returns to Kai’s mansion following the debacle.

The next episode of 'Banshee' airs on Friday, January 18th at 10 p.m. ET/P...
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Alan Ball's Cinemax Action Series 'Banshee' Starts Production In North Carolina

May 1st, 2012 1:24pm EDT
Ivana Milisevic
HBO/Cinemax has begun production in and around Charlotte, N.C., on the action series "Banshee", executive produced by Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. Scheduled for 10 hour-long episodes, the show will debut on Cinemax in 2013.

"Banshee" stars Antony Starr ("Rush") as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of "Banshee", Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.

The new series also stars Ivana Milicevic ("Charlie’s Angels," HB...
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Alexander Skarsgard Says Swedes Have A Lot Of Sex

October 11th, 2011 8:54am EDT
Alexander Skarsgard in Out Magazine
In the latest issue of Out magazine, "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgård chats with filmmaker and fellow Swede Jonas Akerlund about why Swedes are so liberal regarding their sexuality, the American media’s obsession with nudity, and the how the his HBO series is changing attitudes.

Skarsgård recognizes that even "True Blood," considered envelope-pushing in America, remains "very tame, by Swedish standards." He tells OUT "...that always strikes me as weird because parents in the States freak out if their kids see a nipple or a butt cheek, but, at the same time, they’re OK with their kids ...
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Quentin Tarantino Sues Alan Ball Over His 'Pterodactyl-Like' Birds

March 11th, 2011 9:36am EST
Quentin Tarantino
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is taking legal action in a bid to silence his neighbor's collection of "obnoxious" birds.

The Pulp Fiction director is suing Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, claiming he has been unable to work on new scripts due to the "blood-curdling screams" coming from the "exotic bird menagerie."

In the lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday and obtained by TMZ.com, Tarantino also alleges that True Blood creator Ball has "done little to eliminate the macaws' daily cacophony," which he describes as "obnoxious pterodactyl-like screams."

Tarantino is asking a j...
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15 'True Blood' Spoilers: Plus, Why Powerful Vampire Eric is 'Completely Lost'

March 7th, 2011 10:07am EST
Alexander Skarsgard | Photo Credits: Doug Hyun/HBO
Trying to get True Blood executive producer Alan Ball and the cast of the HBO series to give away anything about the upcoming fourth season is not easy. Oh, but how they love to tease! During Saturday's PaleyFest panel, we heard all about fairies, demon babies, amnesia (poor Eric!) and why — brace yourselves — Sookie and Bill are doomed for the time being.

Bill's not getting back into Sookie's, er, good graces any time soon. It's going to take a long while for her to get past Eric's...

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'True Blood' Recap - 'Evil is Going On'

September 13th, 2010 1:56pm EDT
True Blood
Finally, finally, finally Bill Compton shows his true colors on "True Blood." Maybe sometimes he can be lovey dovey and adorable with Sookie, but he can also be a snake in the grass who is desperately obsessed with his fairy-blood girlfriend. This finale was about a lot of secrets being revealed all at once, which makes it perfect for them to clean everything up and start anew next season. And what was up with Russell being even funnier during his last episode on screen? Apparently a charred face just ups the comedy value.

So, Sookie is saved by Eric and she immediately runs out to the sun...
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True Blood Recap - 'Fresh Blood'

August 31st, 2010 12:23pm EDT
True Blood
So in True Blood Eric's plan for Sookie and Russell comes to fruition, and it's a little anti-climatic but it works too. The little hints about Sookie's abilities and what her blood means as a fairy did come full circle here. And while it's hard to say if Eric sacrificing himself means he's forgiven for locking her in a dungeon and draining her, it does head in the right direction. Plus, it seems like the slow death of the Sookie/Bill relationship might finally come about. Yay! (Sorry, shipper fans).

Bill comes looking for Sookie and gets a faceful of silver pepper spray from Pam for the e...
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True Blood Recap - 'I Smell A Rat'

August 23rd, 2010 12:06pm EDT
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There's something very depressing about watching one of the best characters on True Blood spend an entire episode preparing for his death. Now obviously Eric Northman is going nowhere, but there was a genuine sadness to seeing him make preparations anyway. Meanwhile everyone's going crazy as always and no one knows what Russell is going to do next. And humans hate vampires more than ever again. Good thing the weres are still hidden in this world, or they'd have to deal with this too. Oh! And Sookie Stackhouse is a fairy.

That's right, they start the episode with her revealing the fact she'...
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True Blood Recap - 'Everything Is Broken'

August 18th, 2010 8:56am EDT
True_Blood
A very shocking fact: True Blood only has three more episodes left. Has this season flown by considerably fast, or is that just me? I was starting to wonder what the ending of this season was going to start resembling, and luckily by the end of the last episode, it all started to become clear. This deviates from the books considerably, but so does the rest of the show so not very surprising. In some ways, it's more interesting, because it speaks to a grander world-wide level of insanity that this insular show usually ignores. We haven't left Bon Temps or the southern area very often, but th...
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Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer Get Naked For The New Rolling Stone

August 17th, 2010 4:33pm EDT
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"True Blood" Stars Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer reveal plenty of secrets about their hit HBO series in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

Moyer puts in his perspective on his real-life relationship with Paquin: "We pretty much consider ourselves married now, even though we aren't yet."

And Paquin elaborates on what it's like to be bit by a vampire, comparing the feeling to one of the many piercings she's had in the past, including her tongue.

"The bottom barbell kept hitting against my teeth... [a]nd it gave me a lisp," she explains.

Much of the real dirt on the se...
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True Blood Recap - 'Night On The Sun'

August 10th, 2010 8:26pm EDT
True Blood Recap
True Blood is great in a lot of ways, but sometimes you wonder if it'll ever give the audience a chance to breath. Even when the cast moves back to the currently calm world of Bon Temps, it doesn't really let up for more than a few moments. Having an adrenaline rush for an entire hour is intense! Last week the episode ended with Sookie screaming her head off at Bill, and Anna Paquin has some major pipes on her, because every scream she does is just earsplitting. Eventually she shoos everyone out of the room and she and Bill break up for real this time. Of course everyone knows it won't actu...
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'True Blood' Recap - '9 Crimes'

July 12th, 2010 1:39pm EDT
True Blood
Wow. I feel like we constantly say 'wow' at True Blood, and it will never stop happening. Remember when finding Gran dead was the most insane thing we'd seen on the show so far, and then Rene was the killer and then Maryann turned everyone into zombies, and last week Bill turned Lorena's head completely around while they had sex? Yeah, this keeps getting crazier. One thing I'd personally like to see is a werewolf clan that isn't crazy, because we've seen plenty of the V-addicted sorts, and Alcide and his sister Janice seem pretty solid and interesting all on their own. Let's not get a stere...
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'True Blood' Recap - Beautifully Broken

June 21st, 2010 12:57pm EDT
True Blood
True Blood, what did we ever do without you in our life? It's so good to have the show back, and they're wasting no time before blowing the audience's collective mind. Previously on the show, Bill was kidnapped, Sookie was freaking out, Tara was committing suicide because Eggs is dead, Jason was guilty because he killed Eggs, Eric was in trouble because of the illicit V selling thanks to Sophie-Anne, and Jessica had killed a man. Sucks to be basically everyone on this show! The last thing we saw was Bill taking on a wolfpack.

The episode starts right up there, with Bill covered in blood an...
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Q&A: Ian Somerhalder On His Return To 'Lost' And His Thoughts On 'The Vampire Diaries'

February 2nd, 2010 10:04am EST
Ian Somerhalder Q&A
Ian Somerhalder is probably having the most fun of anybody on The CW's series The Vampire Diaries. He gets to play bad boy vampire Damon Salvatore. Free from worrying about being sympathetic, he's actually the guy audiences love to hate. The show airs Thursday nights on The CW.

In real life, he might be the nicest handsome man I've ever met. I've met Clooney and Jackman, but Somerhalder certainly didn't need to be so generous and personable. Yeah, he's got a show to promote, and spending an hour standing in a corner as journalist after journalist hounds him with questions is part of the ...
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Q&A With Michael Ausiello: TV Fan, Media Journalist, and Neo-Celebrity (But Don't Try To Tell Him That!)

September 30th, 2009 11:15am EDT
Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello, "Entertainment Weekly's" TV writer, is the "outbreak monkey" of his field. There is a new virus that is affecting the field of media journalism, and that plague is celebrity. The new neo-celebrity status of these journalists has a patient zero - the person we see as the beginning of it all - and that is Ausiello himself.

The line between celebrity and non-celebrity has blurred in the past 15 years thanks to a change in how we interpret and apply entertainment and media into our daily lives. This change has created a domino effect that has also hit the field of journ...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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'True Blood' Recap: Evan Rachel Wood Disappoints, People Act Stupid

August 31st, 2009 11:44am EDT
True Blood
"True Blood" is a pretty remarkable show in that the second season eclipsed the first one in terms of writing and excellent acting, which was a big deal since the first season was critically acclaimed and beloved already. There are a lot of fans who say that they liked the premiere season, but they've started to love it this season. Every episode has been strong and interesting and weird, so it stands to reason that one episode eventually had to suck. Just so that "True Blood" didn't get too arrogant. This was that episode. It didn't suck so much as ... it was kind of treading water getting...
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'True Blood' Makes An Impression At Comic-Con

July 29th, 2009 11:53am EDT
True Blood
When "True Blood" first premiered on HBO last year, it already had quite an eager and excited audience. Perhaps it was the viral ads that HBO kept running, or the vampire-mania that was beginning to get attention again, but at least some of it had to do with its strong, vocal presence at the San Diego Comic Con. Thousands of people saw huge posters all over the con advertising the show and got a few first looks, so this year at a comic con it was like the cast was coming home to an inbuilt fanbase. Almost every major actor on the show appeared at the panel, and Ballroom 20, one of the large...
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'True Blood' Star Kristin Bauer Talks Whales & Vampires

July 16th, 2009 3:14pm EDT
Kristin Bauer
If you don't know her as vampire Pam from HBO's "True Blood," you may recognize Kristin Bauer from "Dark Angel", "JAG" or from the classic "Seinfeld" episode where she played Jerry's "Man Hands" girlfriend, Gillian.

Kristin recently talked to Starpulse about her passionate advocacy for animal welfare, as well as her role as a vampire. She has worked with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Tails for Whales campaign, which raises awareness about the threats facing whales and their habitats, including commercial whaling and climate change.

Starpulse: When you started w...
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Everything Geeky: Onscreen Inaccuracy - Necessary or Needless?

June 30th, 2009 11:34am EDT
The Tudors
I was recently flipping through channels on a quiet Sunday evening when the new show "Merlin" caught my eye. It was originally a British TV drama that did fairly well and premiered in the US on June 21. So far it's viewership isn't too bad and they even got a second season, but seriously? It's terrible. It's terrible in that awesome way where the plots are silly and the acting is somewhat ridiculous, but yet you can't help but keep watching. It has a certain badly budgeted charm that is a reminder of "Hercules: The Legendary Journey" and "Xena: Warrior Princess." Only it's lighter, fluffier...
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'True Blood' Gives HBO Best Ratings In Two Years

June 16th, 2009 4:11pm EDT
True Blood
True Blood's second season premiere on Sunday saw excellent ratings. According to HBO, 3.7 million viewers tuned in, up some 157 percent over the season 1 premiere and 51 percent over last year's finale. Those numbers don't suck (sorry had to do it). These numbers make it the most watch series since "The Sopranos" finale two years ago.

Get set for some adventure in this second season, Alan Ball, "True Blood" creator, gave us a few hints on what to expect this season as well as commenting on Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer real-life relationship and how it enhances their on-screen love affai...
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Q&A: 'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball Talks New Season, Characters

June 12th, 2009 3:25pm EDT
True Blood
The second season of HBO's True Blood promises to be sexier, gorier, funnier and deeper than the first season, according to creator Alan Ball. He's absolutely right.

Starpulse had a chance to review the upcoming season's first four episodes and participate in a conference call with Ball. "The show is really finding its identity," he explained. And it's an identity we can really sink our teeth into.

Since season one finished last year, there have been some developments on the "True Blood" set. Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer, who play star-crossed lovers Sookie, a human, & Bill, a vampir...
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Carrie Preston Dishes About 'True Blood,' Giving Birth To Her Husband & More

February 26th, 2009 9:20am EST
Carrie Preston
"True Blood" doesn't return until sometime this summer but natural blonde Carrie Preston, who plays spunky redheaded waitress Arlene, revealed some tidbits about season two (more creatures - yeah!) and what other projects she's currently working on.

Starpulse: 'True Blood' is a little more graphic than I thought it was going to be.

Carrie Preston: Uh, yes, soft porn. It's good though, that's part of why people like it. It's surprising that way.

What can you tell me about your character Arlene in the new season?

Arlene is one of those people who is not very good without...
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Tyler Perry's Treatment Of Writers No Cause For Celebration

October 10th, 2008 9:32am EDT
Tyler Perry
Atlanta - Saturday, October 4th: At a glittering gala event, a bevy of Hollywood power players including Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and Sidney Poitier, entertainers (singers Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Gladys Knight) and sports legends (Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds) gathered to fete writer/actor/director Tyler Perry, who made history by becoming the first African-American to launch a major film and television studio.

Amidst a backdrop of champagne uncorking and a band playing "The Impossible Dream," media outlets like People Magazine, CNN and Entertainment Tonight snapped pictures and gath...
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HBO Renews 'True Blood' For Second Season

September 18th, 2008 9:24am EDT
True Blood
HBO has renewed the new drama series True Blood for a second season. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes early next year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2009.

The Sept. 7 debut episode is proving to be a hit with HBO audiences, attracting more than four million viewers to date, while the debut of the second episode on Sept. 14 posted an unprecedented 24% gain in viewers over the first week's debut.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, "True Blood" takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coff...
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'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball Discusses Vampire Sex Appeal & More

September 2nd, 2008 9:30am EDT
True Blood
Vampires are the "it" supernatural species of the moment. When the CBS series "Moonlight" was canceled earlier this year, fans were devastated. Readers of the popular "Twilight" series attended midnight release parties across the country this month to get their hands on the final book. And on Sept. 7 "True Blood" will premiere on HBO.

Adapted from the Charlaine Harris novels, "True Blood" follows the romance between telepathic Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and a civil war-era vampire named Bill (Stephen Moyer).

There's something very sexy about vampires, ...
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Carrie Preston Discusses Her 'True Blood' Role And More

August 21st, 2008 9:26am EDT
Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston is not only an actor, she has her own production company. So although she is featured in the new HBO series "True Blood" and has a cameo in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," she is also currently making the indie movie tour with her latest release, "Ready? OK!" We caught up with the classically trained actor in transit and found her to be bright, charming, and a woman of many talents.

Hey Carrie, what's going on?

I'm going to a film festival in North Carolina with a movie that I produced and was in with my husband Michael Emerson ("Lost.")

Tell us about...
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Anna Paquin Talks About New HBO Series 'True Blood'

August 11th, 2008 1:31pm EDT
True Blood
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the new HBO series True Blood kicks off its 12-episode season Sunday, Sept. 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). Starring Academy Award® winner Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, the series is createdand executive produced by Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”), who also wrote the first three episodes and directs two episodes of the show, which is based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels of Charlaine Harris.

Q: How did you get involved with 'True Blood?' Had you been considering getting into television?

Anna Paqu...
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Vampire Series 'True Blood' Debuts Sept. 7 On HBO

July 7th, 2008 4:43pm EDT
True Blood
In the not-too-distant future, vampires have come out of the coffin. Thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood, vampires no longer need humans for their fix and can walk freely, if not yet comfortably, among their living counterparts – though they can still come out only at night.

Meanwhile, in the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps, Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress at the down-home bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly normal, she has unusual qualities of her own: Sookie can read minds, which complicates her world in endless ways. But Sookie's life gets a lot more in...
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Is HBO Losing Its Edge?

April 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
The Sopranos
Remember the slogan, "It's not TV, It's HBO?" Well, up until a couple months ago this marketing ploy actually rang true. HBO has long been the trendsetter of original series that break all boundaries and push audiences' perception of what television is and should be.

Unfortunately, thanks to the culminations of the network's most beloved quartet of series - Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and most recently The Wire - the Crown Royal of premium cable programming is in threat of losing its edge over the best of the rest.

There was a time when HBO stood for first-run...
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