True Blood Season 5 Blu-ray +DVD Release Date Announced

True Blood Season 5 is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on May 21, 2013. It’s a season of broken love triangles, neophyte vampire doldrums and prison.

Two key special features include a season 6 “autopsy,” which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the episode. Also in “Authority Confessionals” viewers will get the 411 on True Blood‘s “Authority” from Nora, Kibwe, Rosalyn, Salome, Steve and Russell.

Pre-order True Blood Season 5 now:

Exclusive Interview: Janina Gavankar Gets her Game On with ‘True Blood’ and ‘The League’

She’s bright, beautiful and is a diehard gamer. We caught up with Janina Gavankar, who plays shape-shifter Luna Garza on True Blood and the inspiration for the Shiva Bowl in The League on the red carpet of the FX Maxim Party at Comic-Con.

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In addition to catching up with her shows, Gavankar shared how she spent her week at Geek Prom AKA Comic-Con and what video games have been keeping her busy this year. She’s a mad gamer, and is consumed with the Portal and Assassin’s Creed titles. And if you must ask, yes, she has a Playstation Vita and counting down the days for October 30, when Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation hits the street. After watching our interview, is there any question who Gavangar will dress up at next year’s Comic-Con?

Movie Review: Magic Mike – The Thrills Are Cheap; So What’s Wrong With That?

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Would it matter If I said Magic Mike was a bad movie? Are there persuasive enough words to scare off those who are jumping up and down to see Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Kevin Nash (WWF/WWE wrestler), and Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) strip down to thongs? I didn’t think so. And as you continue shaking your head no, I can honestly say that Magic Mike is a good time, even though it’s not necessarily a great movie.

Tatum is “Magic Mike,” an entrepreneur with bad credit, living out the dreams of young men by having a casual sexual relationship with a liberal psych major (Olivia Munn). Mike also moonlights as a stripper at Tampa’s finest establishment for male revue, the Xquisite. He also gets a percentage of the club’s cover admissions so what little spare time he has, Mike uses it to rope in any prospecting customer on foot. The thought being, if Xquisite succeeds, so does everyone it supports.

His eyes go “cha-ching” when he stumbles upon Adam (Pettyfer), a typical directionless 19-year old who reminds Mike of his younger self, opening to him a world no young man could resist: money, women, and life as one continuous joy ride. Xquisite takes him in instantly, run by a rowdy, former feature dancer, Dallas played impeccably by Matthew McConaughey.

Adam saves the club on this night after one of the dancers becomes intoxicated; to everyone’s surprise he is a born natural. Scratch that, Adam has no inhibitions, showing that he has the skills and the body to be successful in this line of work. His dancing on the other hand, leaves much to be desired, but it’s nothing that Dallas’ boot camp can’t correct, and thus, “The Kid” is born. Adam’s responsible, older and maternal sister Brooke (Cody Horn) doesn’t see Mike’s influence on her brother as a good thing. Mike makes a promise to her to take care of Adam–an obvious premonition of bad things to come.

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Mike fell into the industry too but refuses to let it define him, even though he’s been doing it for several years. His real passion is finding discarded objects and creating new furniture out of it. Breaking Bad‘s Betsy Brandt makes a brief but memorable performance as a banker who Mike visits for a loan to start his business, but fails to exhibit a reputable job history or the financial strength, despite bringing $13,000 in cash. As Brooke eloquently says to Mike, “That’s a lot of ones.”

EDITOR’S PICK: Read our interview with BETSY BRANDT who talks about MAGIC MIKE and her scene with Channing Tatum.

In the span of a few months, a surge in business allows Dallas to unveil new plans to move the club into a larger space in Miami, where the bigger market entices everyone to take one tiny step closer to their dreams. New opportunities allow Adam’s irresponsibility to foster and that’s where the party bus hits the brakes.

There’s been plenty of stories about strippers, or just the classic tale of a young adult working the discreditable job to pursue their real dreams, like Coyote Ugly, for instance. They exploit the ups and humble the audience with the downs, leaving an unclear picture of the road ahead. Some are more hopeful than others, and even though there are far fewer stories like this about men than women, there isn’t much new brought to the table–well, except for a penis pump.

Some of the most amusing details of the story are not explored, or simply, not examined far enough. Like, where are the gay patrons and/or dancers? Where was a scene of Mike actually making his custom furniture? His passion is only confirmed by his knowledge of industrial designers, as if there was a set designer baseball cards released. We see clues around the apartment that he does in fact have a passion for creating incredible things out of found objects–we just don’t see him exercise that talent. Perhaps that’s the point. That his passion was merely a hobby and that he doesn’t know what he wants out of life, and that kind of uncertainty doesn’t always translate.

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Reid Carolin wrote the script, inspired by Tatum’s actual beginnings in the entertainment business as male revue dancer. Steven Soderbergh directs and his flair for the visual is present and know, this is a much more successful venture than Haywire. Still, it’s almost as if they didn’t quite see what gold could have been mined had they pursued one of the other subplots or went completely into a bit of fantasy like The Cooler or a hip Ocean’s 11 or Tarantino-esque ending could have put a better seal of approval. Is Magic Mike trying to paint the highs and lows of stripping? Is it showing one man’s exit out of the industry and another’s entrance, or neither? We’re not really sure where Mike is at by the film’s end.

What is pursued and not so subtly, is Mike’s hopeful romancing of the stone–both figuratively and literally–in Brooke who has as much flavor as instant mashed potatoes. Appearing to be so put together in the first half, Mike concedes nearly everything in the second. Nevermind if Adam continues his wicked inclinations in Miami, where temptation is amplified. Both Brooke and Mike would have to deal with them–eventually, but there’s no room for that in a rush to make the audience go “awwww.” In fact by the film’s end, I found myself wanting to follow Dallas and the dancers to South Beach instead of being left in Tampa with Mike and Brooke.

Above all of this complaining, the dancing is fun, admirably athletic and wildly entertaining. To my knowledge there were no stunt actors and that makes it even more pleasing. And while he could still use work as a dramatic actor (Mike’s stammering apology to Brooke is one of the most painful scenes to watch this side of Human Centipede), Tatum deserves all the credit as an electrifying dancer (which he first showcased his skills in the Step Up films), and the comedian we enjoyed in 21 Jump Street.

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If there’s anyone who earns his tips in this movie, it’s McConaughey, who ignites every scene he’s in, and I’m not talking about his abs–which are prominently paraded throughout. Yes he’s a one trick stallion but he is the most vivid of many characters who are portrayed honestly. He gives the film texture, some teeth, and even sings a pretty good tune or two. And for those wondering, McConaughey does eventually take the stage in a fitting climax to send the crowd home with a happy ending. (Ugh. I knew writing this review would have its problems.)

Women and gay men will line up to see the film with not a care for the story, but the real challenge at the box office is getting straight men to see it too, because that’s what’s going to keep the film out past a month. I sat in a screening of 400 people and I’m not exaggerating when I say that men accounted for 10% of the audience. It does act out several young male fantasies, probably more so than what most women would ever want to admit to knowing the behavior of the tipping extras in the film. There are even more naked breasts (Munn) than exposed packages seen on the screen. Oh and some dweeby college frat boys get a righteous fist-pounding. So, chest-beating macho men, that should be enough reason to see it, right?

But that’s the difference. Where women could be satisfied with seeing almost everything and filling in the blanks with their mind, so too are the paying customers of the Xquisite Male Revue. And I’m sure there will be women perturbed at the double standard in the lack of full frontal nudity. Yet, women know revue is a cheap thrill and happily go home to their men at the end of the night. When do we ever see or hear about women trying to save a male stripper from his industry, or falling in love after a private dance? And don’t worry guys, they’ll come home to you too after seeing this movie. They’ll probably tell you that like the adult industry, Magic Mike had its highs and lows, as noted above, but they’ll be smiling inside knowing they got their share of cheap thrills because that more than anything is what will stick with them.

Magic Mike
Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Screenplay by: Reid Carolin
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: June 29, 2012


6.0 / 10

Summer Heats Up: ‘True Blood’ Season 5 starts Sunday

Those hot summer days are about to be joined by some hot summer nights. True Blood season five premieres this Sunday on HBO and fans are anxiously waiting to pick up where we left off on last year’s season finale.

The last time we were in Bon Temps, Tara (Rutina Wesley) was shot in the head. Rumors are circling that Tara will return, but as what? Maybe she’ll die and posses Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis). Maybe she’ll become a ghost or better yet a zombie. There is always the possibility she could become the one thing she truly hates: a vampire. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out.

Jason (Ryan Kwanten) was last seen with Reverend Newlin (Michael McMillian). Newlin was once the outspoken leader of “Fellowship of the Sun.” But he’s now a vampire and has it in for Jason. Side note: does anyone else wonder if Jason has a litter of warepanther babies running around HotShot? Hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of what’s going on there as well as what crazy Newlin is up to.

On the romance front, Sookie (Anna Paquin) kicked both and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) to the curb at the end of season 4. Her heart may be broken but it finally leaves room for hot werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello) to slide in. One small hiccup is that Sookie killed Debbie, Alcide’s ex-fiancé. Sure Deb and Alcide were over and Debbie held a shotgun to Sookie’s head, but killing Deb could be a deal breaker in their relationship. Lets pray they get it on before they start confessing.

The best cliffhanger from season 4 was Russell Edgington’s (Denis O’Hare) escape. The super old, super powerful and super insane vampire is on the loose again. Last time he was free he killed a magistrate, ate the heart of a news anchor on live television, oh and also he tried to suck Sookie dry. There is no telling what he’s capable of now, especially since he’s had ample time to think about how he’ll get revenge.

On top of the cliffhangers from last season there are a slew of new characters about to be introduced. One is Eric’s sister, Anna (Lucy Griffiths) who is a member of the Authority. Christopher Meloni also joins the cast this season as Roman, the head of the authority. We’ve waited 5 seasons to meet this allusive “Authority” and no doubt Meloni wont leave us disappointed.

There are so many more promising storylines for season 5 it’s hard to keep up. Also, this is showrunner Alan Ball’s last season. No doubt he’ll want to leave his mark, which is sure to make season 5 a season to remember.

True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date Announced

HBO has just announced that bloodsuckers the world over can get ready for True Blood Season 5 with the DVD and Blu-ray release of True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season.

True Blood‘s fourth season hits Blu-ray and DVD on May 29, 2012.

Blu-ray Features (along with all DVD extras):
– Includes “Blu-ray with HBO Select”: DVD + Digital Copy
– Enhanced Viewing:
— Character Perspectives (picture-in-picture): Find out the back story of what happened in Bon Temps while Sookie was missing in Faerieland and get the inside scoop from your favorite characters including Andy, Arlene, Crystal, Debbie, Don Bartolo, Godrick, Jason, Lafayette, Luna, Maxine, Melinda, Nan, Pam, and Tara.
— Vampire Histories/Character Bios and Hints/FYIs: Get even more background on favorite characters, trivia facts as well as show hints and clues.
— Flashback/Flash Forward: Move through time in the world of Bon Temps. Flashback to relive pivotal moments or Flash Forward to reveal the significance of a certain scene.
— True Blood Lines: Uncover secrets from relationships past and present in this engaging, fully interactive guide and archive.

DVD Features:
– True Blood: The Final Touches: join show creator and executive producer Alan Ball as he reveals an exclusive, never-before-seen glimpse in the post production process of True Blood.
– Inside the Episodes: get the backstories on each episode with revealing interviews from the show writers.
– Audio Commentaries: six commentaries with cast and crew including Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammell, Fiona Shaw, and more.

See ‘True Blood’ Star Ryan Kwanten & ‘Entourage’s’ Jerry Ferrara in ‘7500’ Trailer

This new trailer for 7500 feels like a combination of Lost meets Final Destination.

The new Horror/Thriller has a rich roster of actors from some of cable TV’s hottest shows, including: Amy Smart (Showtime’s Shameless, Robot Chicken), Ryan Kwanten (HBO’s True Blood, New Girl), Jerry Ferrara (HBO’s Entourage) and Leslie Bibb (FX’s The League). It also features Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy), Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass) and Christian Serratos (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1).

While it may freak you out if you already have a fear of flying, you may still dig the creepy remix to “I’m leaving on a jet plane” playing in the background.

7500 is directed by Takashi Shimzu. It comes to theaters on August 31, 2012.

Watch the trailer below:

7500 concerns a group of passengers who encounter what appears to be a supernatural force while on a transpacific flight.

True Blood Season 5 Teaser – Long Live King Russell?

He’s back… or is he?

HBO has released a very short and cryptic teaser trailer for the upcoming Fifth Season of True Blood. I suppose it’s worth a watch, but you’ll mainly be seeing dirt and the words “Nothing Stays Buring in Bon Temps Forever”.

That could only mean that King Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) is finally making his way back to the show? If you remember, Bill and Eric tag-teamed on burying the old vampire in a heaping helping of concrete at the end of Season 3. Hopefully, this video signifies his return as he’s easily the baddest villain the show has seen.

Season 5 will also mark the debut of Law and Order SVU alum Christopher Meloni, who hasn’t been seen on HBO since his time on Oz as Chris Keller. Meloni is rumored to be playing an ancient and powerful vampire who will control the fates of Eric and Bill.

Take a look for yourself and check out the next season of True Blood this Summer.

Vamps, Hogwarts & Gleeks Still En Vogue in People’s Choice Awards Nominations

The Vampire Diaries, Glee, True Blood and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 dominated the People’s Choice Nominations, announced this Wednesday.

Over 20 nominations were claimed between these famed entertainment brands.

TVD took home three nominations, including Favorite Network TV Drama and Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show. Nina Dobrev grabbed a Favorite TV Drama Actress, while Ian Somerhalder grabbed a similar nom for Favorite TV Drama Actor.

Glee took home two Favorite TV Comedy Actress noms for Jane Lynch and Lea Michele, while Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith both got nods for Favorite TV Comedy Actor. Continuing the tale of twos are Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth, who both landed noms for Favorite TV Guest-star. Needless to say, the gleeks came out in full force to ensure the Favorite Network TV Comedy nom.

True Blood stands at odds with TVD. The premium cable series took home a nom in Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show as well. TB also got a nom for Favorite Cable TV Drama.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 steamrolled through the movie categories. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton all took noms for Favorite Movie Star Under 25. There were only 5 nominations in this category with Chloe Moretz being the odd one out. Harry Potter also got nods for Favorite Book Adaptation, Favorite Movie, Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast and Favorite Action Movie.

By the way, Twilight fans got their say by nominating Water for Elephants in two categories and Robert Pattinson in Favorite Male Actor.

The People’s Choice Awards airs on CBS on Jan 12, 2012. See the complete list of nominations.

The Best and Worst Moments of ‘True Blood’ Season 4

It’s been a week since the action packed season 4 finale of True Blood. After we’ve had time to digest lets take a look back at some of the best and worst moments of season.

Best: Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll)

Two of the sexiest characters on the series finally got it on. They may end up as the most balanced pair on the show. Jason seems to be shallow and sex crazed on the outside but has an inner soft side; whereas Jessica seems to be innocent and sweet but has an inner sex goddess. I see them going places.

‘True Blood’ Season 4 Episode 11 Review: Soul of Fire

In the first 3 seasons of True Blood, the penultimate episode has turned out to be the most action packed and interesting. Season Four’s eleventh proved to be no different. Fairy’s return, wolves die and witches perish. With surprising twists and questions still unanswered it will be a long week ahead in anticipation for the season finale.

Jason (Ryan Kwanten) had a beefed up role in the episode. It was good to see him take charge again. He called out Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) for complaining about having to save “F$ckin’ Sookie,” when she’s saved them both time and time again. He helped save the vampires from walking into Marnie’s (Fiona Shaw) sun wall. In the end he even took responsibility for his feelings for Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), he can’t blame her blood anymore. He will have to be honest with Hoyt in the finale. With the loss of his love and best friend, I think Hoyt (Jim Parrack) may loose it.

The Alcide (Joe Manganiello), Sam (Sam Trammell), and Marcus (Daniel Burman) conflict came to a head this week. Marcus tried to steal his daughter and run away with Debbie (Brit Morgan). I know Marcus is the pack leader, but is Alcide’s girlfriend really the one you should be messing with? Alcide is over six feet and “wider than a door,” maybe he’s not the one you want to piss off. Sam and Alcide find Debbie and Marcus together in Alcide’s bedroom. Sam beats the crap out of him but lets him live. When Marcus tried to pull a gun on Sam, Alcide killed him. The scene was great, it was right that Sam wasn’t the one to kill Marcus. Deep down Sam is still a good guy and there would be no way he could be a step dad to Luna’s (Janina Gaavankar) daughter if he was responsible for her real father’s death. It was a good choice by the writers. Alcide was badass after he killed him and dumped Debbie. Now that he killed the pack master does that make him the new master?

A fairy made a quick appearance to seduce Andy (Chris Bauer). I’m glad they didn’t forget that storyline. I predict they will have more of a presence in season 5, but I am definitely interested in learning more about them.

Eric, Bill, Jessica and Pam (Kristen Bauer) all showed up at Moon Goddess to destroy Marnie. She told Eric and Bill they should lay down their lives to save Sookie, which they both agreed to willingly. Why do the writers keep pretending they are going to kill Bill or Eric? It isn’t suspenseful because we all know they are going to live. The only interesting part about the scene was the Sookie seemed to be more connected with Bill than Eric at that moment he was going to “die”.  The episode was fine on it’s own we don’t need to keep pretending they are going to die.

In the end Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) saved everyone with his scary demon magic and Marnie got shot. After all of the bloodshed this season her quick death was fitting. Although Eric sipping her heart like it was a Capri Sun would have been good too. In an exciting twist her spirit possessed Lafayette. The two together may not be as powerful as Marnie/Antonia but it will be much more difficult to destroy her without hurting Lafayette.

I still want to see more of Sookie and the new Eric. Their relationship has taken a whole new turn now that he has his memory and they haven’t explored any of it. It’s just gone back to a love triangle. Hopefully they can get more into it in the finale.

Bon Temps is still in peril as we move into the season finale. I still have my fingers crossed for some Nan Flannegan (Jessica Tuck) back-story, but I’m not counting on it.