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Joe Manganiello stunned by friendship with childhood hero Arnold Schwarzenegger

March 28th, 2014 4:10am EDT
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True Blood star Joe Manganiello can't thank director David Ayer enough for handing him a role in new action movie Sabotage, because it gave him the chance to get close to his hero Arnold Schwarzenegger.

After missing out on a role in Training Day, which Ayer wrote, Manganiello found himself living out a dream on the set of the writer/director's latest project, and he admits it was intimidating and daunting at times to act opposite the guy who used to stare at him from a poster on his bedroom wall.

He tells WENN, "I had a poster of Arnold and all the other Mr. Olympias on my wall as a kid....
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Joe Manganiello battled drink problem

December 4th, 2013 3:10am EST
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Joe Manganiello has revealed he once battled an alcohol addiction before getting sober 11 years ago.

The Magic Mike hunk is known for his healthy lifestyle and buff body, but before he became a well-known actor, Manganiello struggled with a drink problem.

In an interview with HuffPost Live, he confesses, "There was a period of about four years where I needed to quit drinking. And the drinking always got in the way of my career... My life was ruined... I was homeless, careless and broke with no career, so it was worth it to get sober."

"It was one of those obstacles that I had to get over...
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Alexander Skarsgard joins Prince Harry's polar trek

September 8th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Prince Harry
Actor Alexander Skarsgard is to join Britain's Prince Harry on a charity trek to the South Pole.

The True Blood star will lead a team of wounded American soldiers in a race against the royal's British rivals and a third troupe from the Commonwealth nations led by The Wire's Dominic West.

The teams will cover a distance of around 208 miles (335 kilometres) and those taking part have already started a gruelling training routine.

The Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, which will raise money for charities to help wounded soldiers, will take place in November (13).
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HBO Vampire Drama 'True Blood' To End After Seventh Season

September 4th, 2013 2:21pm EDT
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HBO's hit vampire drama True Blood is set to come to an end following its seventh season, the network confirmed on Tuesday.

The show, which stars real-life couple Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, began in 2008 and has, *ahem*, killed it in the ratings for the pay TV network.

"True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," said Michael Lombardo, HBO's head of programming. "(Creator) 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 fan...
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The Morning Roundup: Katie Couric Engaged, 'Fifty Shades' Fans Angry, 'True Blood' Ending In 2014 & Gisele Sings!

September 4th, 2013 9:53am EDT
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Jennifer Lopez has confirmed that she'll be returning to the judge's panel on "American Idol" alongside Harry Connick Jr. and last season's lone holdout Keith Urban. J. Lo's boyfriend Casper Smart leaked the news a month ago, and on Tuesday Jenny from the block told Idol host Ryan Seacrest that she'll be back. (story)

Katie Couric is engaged to marry for the second time. The newswoman was blindsided by her financier boyfriend John Molner over the weekend when he surprised her with a sunset proposal on a beach in East Hampton, New York. They've been together for two years. Katie's first hus...
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True Blood To End After Seventh Season

September 3rd, 2013 2:23pm EDT
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Vampire drama True Blood is set to end after its seventh season in 2014.

The popular U.S. TV series, which stars real-life couple Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, has boasted high ratings for U.S. network HBO since its debut in 2008.

Announcing the decision to go out on a high, HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo says, "True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO. 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 a...
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'True Blood' Star Rutina Wesley Files For Divorce

August 21st, 2013 3:11am EDT
Rutina Wesley
True Blood star Rutina Wesley has filed for divorce, two days before the season finale of the cult vampire drama aired.

The actress has split from her husband of eight years, actor Jacob Fishel, citing irreconcilable differences.

Wesley lodged her papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court on August 16 - two days before the latest True Blood series wrapped up.

The couple met as students at drama school and exchanged vows when they graduated in June 2005, according to TMZ.com.
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Alexander Skarsgard Goes Full-Frontal In 'True Blood' Season 6 Finale Nude Scene

August 20th, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Alexander Skarsgard
Alexander Skarsgard left nothing to the imagination in a full-frontal nude scene during Sunday night's True Blood season six finale.

(Spoiler Alert!) The scene came as Skarsgard's vampire character Eric Northman sunbathed nude on a lounge chair on a snowy Swedish mountaintop while reading a book, when he suddenly bursts into flames, getting up to run for shelter from the sun -- revealing both his manhood and his apparent demise as he exits the camera frame burning.

Rumors of a major character getting killed off have been around all season, but it was another character's demise that spelle...
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A.M. Roundup: Chris Brown Cancels Canadian Shows, 'True Blood' Recap, Demi Lovato Joins 'Glee'

August 20th, 2013 10:36am EDT
Chris Brown
Chris Brown has pulled out of a string of concerts in Canada after his recent health scare. The star suffered from a non-epileptic seizure (NES) earlier this month because of all the recent stress in his life from court cases and backlash from the press. (story)

Lady Gaga dropped the video for her new single, "Applause", on Monday -- her first promo in over two years. The new video is a hot mess, with lots of flashing lights, and a very scantily-clad Mother Monster gyrating throughout. (watch it here)

Demi Lovato is heading back to TV. The actress will join the cast of hit FOX show "Glee"...
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A.M. Roundup: Alexander Skarsgard Gets Naked In 'True Blood' Finale, Lohan Talks Rehab, 'Butler' Tops Box Office

August 19th, 2013 10:41am EDT
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"Lee Daniels' The Butler" has topped the weekend box office, pulling in nearly twice as much as superhero flick "Kick-Ass 2" and almost four times as much as Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs". Daniels' chronicle of the civil rights movement in America pulled in $25 million for its opening weekend, while the "Kick-Ass" sequel failed to cover half of its $28 million budget, pulling in a dismal $13.5 mil and landing at number four. "Jobs" opened in seventh place with just $6.7 million in ticket sales. (story)

The "True Blood" season six finale was a doozy. Check out the full breakdown...
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'True Blood' Season 6 Finale Review And Musing

August 19th, 2013 9:54am EDT
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Well, I feel vindicated that Warlow really was as pathetic as I always believed. There wasn’t much closure in this episode. It felt more like a penultimate episode, not a finale. Overall, this season was entertaining but without the cohesion of a good ending, it couldn’t truly be as great as it set out to be.

And as much as I love a time jump, you have to set up interesting and compelling storylines to make it worth tuning into another season. Is Jason’s quest to have sex with Violet compelling? How about Sookie’s boring relationship with Alcide? Jessica’s watchful eye over Andy’s kin? Tar...
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'True Blood' Season 6 Episode 9 Recap: 'Life Matters'

August 12th, 2013 12:03pm EDT
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This would have been a great, action packed episode without the unnecessary flashbacks and funeral scenes. They did their part to completely kill the tension. If the funeral had been in any other episode, it would have been really emotional, but it was too back and forth. I definitely preferred the scenes filled with tension. The vampire and fairy storylines this season have been so great, but everything else bogs down the show.

Here are some bullet point observations from last night's "True Blood" episode:

• Great line in the first scene, I love when Sookie swears.
    
• Sookie takes a ...
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'True Blood' Musings: Episode 'Don't You Feel Me'

July 21st, 2013 10:05pm EDT
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Last night’s "True Blood" episode was promoted as the big death episode. If you saw the last episode, you might have been able to easily guess what was going to happen. It definitely didn’t feel like the “big” death. That makes me think that we have something huge coming up in the next episode. Anyway on to this episode…

Last week’s episode ended with the possessed Lafayette trying to kill Sookie. Predictably it took less than ten seconds before she was saved by a vampire, so much progress undone in seconds. Warlow called Sookie “my love.” You’ve spent literally a few hours together, cool ...
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Robert Kazinsky had $3 to his name before landing True Blood

July 17th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Robert Kazinsky
Actor Robert Kazinsky was left penniless as he struggled to find work after leaving his native Britain and moving to Los Angeles.

The True Blood star, who found fame on long-running British TV soap EastEnders, found it hard to make ends meet as he tried to break into Hollywood.

He tells People magazine, "I didn't work for two years (after moving to Los Angeles). I had lost motivation and had $3 to my name. But just waking up to sunlight makes your struggle that much happier."

He went on to land a role in the hit vampire series in 2012 and now stars in Guillermo del Toro's new film Pacifi...
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Anna Camp was hospitalised with concussion during True Blood

July 2nd, 2013 3:03am EDT
Anna Camp
Actress Anna Camp was hospitalised with concussion after a stunt went wrong while she was filming the sixth and current season of True Blood.

The Pitch Perfect star, who plays Sarah Newlin on the popular TV show, bumped her head during a chase sequence and was taken to the emergency room as a precaution.

She tells New York Magazine, "Towards the end of the season, Sarah finds herself in a very physical situation, a very confrontational situation, and I was doing a bit of my own stunt work. I was fortunate to have a great, great stuntwoman with me, but during one of the takes, I rolled, I ...
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'True Blood' Season 6 Recap: So Far, So Bad

July 1st, 2013 11:59am EDT
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There’s a point in every season of “True Blood” where the show goes from silly fun to something… bothersome. I’ve been an avid viewer since season 1, but haven’t enjoyed the show since about midway through season 3, when I realized the “fun” I thought I was having was more of a prolonged sense of awe. “True Blood” is a show where things happen and happen and happen, but nothing ever matters – for the characters or the viewers.

Take for instance my one-time favorite aspect of the series: Jessica and Hoyt. Their romance was truly riveting: a baby vampire with a wild side who was robbed her i...
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Stephen Moyer and Samantha Barks heading to Chicago

June 21st, 2013 3:11am EDT
Stephen Moyer
Brits Stephen Moyer and Samantha Barks will be heading back to America's prohibition days when they take to the stage for a three-date run of Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles next month (Jul13).

The True Blood star will take on the role of lawyer Billy Flynn while Les Miserables beauty Barks will play seductive murderess Velma Kelly.

In a post on Twitter.com, the actress writes, "Very excited to announce that I will be playing Velma Kelly in Chicago at this year's Hollywood Bowl!! I'm so excited!"

Drew Carey will play hapless husband Amos Hart, while Lucy Lawless will star as...
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Joe Manganiello spent first True Blood pay cheque on a trainer

June 17th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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Actor Joe Manganiello was forced to live off his savings while shooting the first season of hit U.S. TV show True Blood because he blew his entire pay cheque on a top fitness coach.

The Magic Mike hunk landed the part of buff werewolf Alcide Herveaux in 2010, and because he was constantly forced to strip down in the fantasy drama, he used all his earnings to pay for a trainer to keep him in top shape.

He tells Men's Fitness magazine, "All the money I was paid as a guest star that year - which was not a lot, after I'd paid out my expenses - I spent on training. I netted zero. I lived off m...
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New 'True Blood' Premiere Pics Plus Stephen Moyer Reveals Names Of His & Anna Paquin's Twins

June 12th, 2013 5:00pm EDT
Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer got people buzzing at the "True Blood" season six premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday after the actor revealed the names of their baby twins.

He told E! News that he plans on spending Father's Day "hanging with Poppy and Charlie." The 10-month-olds are the couple's first children together. Moyer also has Lilac, 10, and Billy, 12, from a previous relationship. The actor apparently has a thing for naming his daughters after flowers.

Paquin and Moyer looked happy as can be at the event and put their arms around each other as they posed for photos.

At the end of ...
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Game Of Thrones season 3 finale is most pirated TV episode

June 11th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Game of Thrones
Game Of Thrones has landed a dubious honour - the popular series' season three finale has become the most pirated TV episode of all time.

Website bosses at TorrentFreak.com noted that the drama's latest episode, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (09Jun13), notched a record 170,000 simultaneous shares on file sharing service BitTorrent.

During the 24-hour period since the episode, Mhysa, premiered on U.S. network HBO, over one million people have already downloaded the episode, beating all previous records for a TV series.

Bosses at the network also confirmed on Monday (10Jun13) that, wi...
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TV Ratings: 'True Blood' Ends Strong

August 30th, 2012 7:33pm EDT
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There wasn’t much of note on the broadcast networks this ratings week. ‘America’s Got Talent’ was tops in the final summer doldrums, while CBS reruns of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘NCIS,’ among others, did well.

More interesting news was on cable, where HBO’s ‘True Blood’ wrapped up with a healthy 5 million viewers on Sunday. ‘The Newsroom’ also finished fairly well for the network, netting 2.3 million viewers its season finale.

Over on FX, meanwhile, ‘Anger Management’ ended its season with 2 million viewers. Its ratings for the season were good enough for FX that it triggered a 90-episod...
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'True Blood' Bonus Scene Offers Season 6 Teaser

August 27th, 2012 2:58pm EDT
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HBO has a treat for fans of "True Blood." Although the season 5 finale aired on Sunday night, there's a bonus scene available through the network's GO interactive viewing experience.

Creator and executive producer Alan Ball wrote the extended scene, which fans can access via HBOGO.com or via the HBO Go app. He explained, "True Blood fans love to interact with the show and each other. I'm excited to give them something extra to talk about even after the season 5 finale credits roll."

The HBO Go viewing experience includes full-length episodes along with never-before-seen bonus content. The...
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Carrie Preston on 'True Blood' Season 5 and Stepping Into the Director's Chair

August 26th, 2012 11:35am EDT
Carrie Preston
Tonight marks True Blood's fifth-season finale, and Carrie Preston has enjoyed what the season has brought for her character, Arlene Fowler - even though the spotlight isn't on Arlene directly. Rather, the actress has enjoyed getting to know the history of Arlene's significant other, Terry Bellefleur (played by Todd Lowe).

"I love playing with Todd Lowe. He's so great and he's so present and he and I have the same work ethic," she gushed. "This is a great season for him and so it was really great to see the evolution of his character, to go a little bit into his past. I really enjoyed play...
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Sneak Peek: True Blood Season 5 Finale 'Save Yourself' Trailer And Pictures

August 25th, 2012 11:00am EDT
True Blood Season Finale 'Save Yourself'
The fifth season of True Blood concludes this Sunday August 26. HBO was kind enough to send us some pictures and a video clip of the season finale titled 'Save Yourself.' The pictures are somewhat revealing and might serve as spoilers. They depict some interesting alliances and confrontations, so if you don't want a leg up on what might happen, consider skipping them. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts on what might happen!

View the clip and browse through for more finale photos.
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Stephen Moyer Desires Another Gay 'True Blood' Scene

July 20th, 2012 8:47am EDT
Stephen Moyer
Stephen Moyer wants to sink his teeth into a gay storyline on his hit vampire series True Blood after having "an awful lot of fun" filming a steamy scene with Sam Trammell.

Moyer jumped at the chance to go topless with co-star Trammell for the racy dream sequence, and admits he has asked bosses to put him in a similar scene with Alexander Skarsgard, who plays his onscreen adversary Eric.

He tells The Advocate, "We had an awful lot of fun that day, and I happen to think Sam's a very good-looking man. Not that that particular scene was a challenge, but anything that seems like it could be...
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Stephen Moyer Is Open To Angry Vampire Sex With 'True Blood' Co-Star Alexander Skarsgard

July 13th, 2012 11:36am EDT
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Remember last season when Sookie fantasized about a threesome with vampires Eric and Bill on "True Blood?" Well, that fantasy could have been much, much steamier.

Stephen Moyer, who plays Bill, told The Advocate he has definitely thought about the two vampires getting down in dirty in bed: "I’ve been asking myself that question for a long time. Alex (Skarsgard) and I would absolutely embrace that. Last year, when Sookie had her fantasy about the two of them with her, we even suggested it. Of course, Bill and Eric together isn’t necessarily Sookie’s fantasy."

Off screen, Moyer and Anna Paq...
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'True Blood' Recap: 'We'll Meet Again' (Season 5, Episode 4)

July 3rd, 2012 3:52pm EDT
Goodbye Creepy Vampire Kid
Last week’s ‘True Blood’ left many of us hoping Pam would ignore her natural instincts as a maker and let Tara fry in the tanning bed, putting her and us out of misery. No such luck.

So what’s up this week?

Pam saved Tara and forbade her ‘as your maker’ from ever trying to kill herself again. You know what that means, right? We’re never getting rid of Tara. Thanks for nothing, Pam. Although, as someone who enjoyed Alcide telling Sookie to ‘shut up’ last week, I have to give Tara props for pretty much single-handedly getting all of Bon Temps on her side. Folks find out you turned your best...
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HBO Renews 'The Newsroom' & 'True Blood'

July 2nd, 2012 3:46pm EDT
The Newsroom
Although critics were on the fence about "The Newsroom," HBO has ordered a second season of the drama about a cable news anchor.

In June, 2.1 million people tuned in to the series premiere, which is a solid debut compared to "Girls," which drew just 1.1 million in its premiere. "The Newsroom" is among the network's most-watched recent premieres, including "Game of Thrones" (2.2 million) in April 2011 and "True Blood" (1.4 million) in 2008.

"The Newsroom" still has time to gain momentum. The "Game Of Thrones" season two premiere increased to 3.9 million, and the "True Blood" season five...
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'True Blood' Recap: "Whatever I Am You Made Me' (Season 5, Episode 3)

June 26th, 2012 11:20am EDT
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Last week ‘True Blood’ left us with a lot of cliffhangers, most of which didn’t get answered Sunday night. But since I couldn’t care less about Luna’s wolf-baby and Terry and Arlene’s storyline is already getting tired, I’ll just scold HBO for not giving us any Russell and leave it at that.

So what’s up this week?

They didn’t miss a beat to start the show. We saw Tara stalk and attack a stranded motorist and I though, just for a moment that Tara might do something exciting, and instead she apologized to the girl for attacking her and ran off. Pam had an amazing line to end this episode a...
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'True Blood' Recap: 'Authority Always Wins' (Season 5, Episode 2)

June 18th, 2012 9:43pm EDT
Christopher Meloni - True Blood
Last week’s “True Blood” season premiere set up the season nicely. Tara is now a vampire, Bill and Eric are in trouble with the Authority, Jessica is enjoying freedom as a single, maker-less vamp, the werewolves are pissed at Alcide and Terry is letting his past in Iraq make him crazier than we thought he was. Meanwhile, Reverend Steve Newlin is back as a “gay vampire American” with the hots for Jason and we know for sure Russell is on his way back. This should be fun.

So what’s up this week?

Tara has become the Tasmanian Devil She-Vampire. This is the thanks Lafayette and Sookie get fo...
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