TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Karma”

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In “Karma,” True Blood has kept its final season ship afloat — after it took on so much water to start things off — by keeping a balance between the supernatural and the homespun.  Scores are settled by the Yakuza and the Hep V vamps, while back in Bon Temps, a family has to explain to their kids why they aren’t allowed to have sex with each other, even if they aren’t related by blood.  So, you know, the best of both worlds.  Hit the jump, after you go and buy some anti-glamour contacts from Walgreens, of course.

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Lost Cause”

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“Lost Cause” finally gave True Blood fans what we’ve been wanting for years from this show, but most particularly, were hoping to get from this season.  After the promise of a return to the calmer side of things, True Blood did almost anything but that in its first few episodes back.  And even in those few moments when it did slow down, it went all wrong: extended time spent with characters we didn’t know was dull, while favorites were killed off unceremoniously and without much comment.  “Lost Cause” did a lot to right that, making it one of the best episodes the show has had in a very long time.

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Death Is Not The End”

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True Blood‘s long goodbye continued in “Dead Is Not The End,” this time allowing an extended look back at the origins of Fangtasia.  That reverie, unlike some of the others the show has had this year, actually had some bearing on the rest of the episode (at least, the part about the Underground Railroad).  But it also was a nice reward for fans who have been around since the beginning, because it showed how Pam and Eric ended up running the club in the first place, where so much of True Blood originally happened.  Hit the jump for why “almost every I’ve ever known or loved is dead. I don’t give a fuck about you or your problems.”

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th Includes MAD MAX, THE HOBBIT and Marvel Studios Presentations

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The Saturday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has been announced.  Warner Bros. is bringing an eclectic presentation with appearances made by the recently pushed Jupiter Ascending, the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road and Peter Jackson’s (likely) last foray into Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Legendary Pictures also has a presentation scheduled, but have declined to disclose which projects they’ll be presenting.  LAIKA Animation’s The Boxtrolls will also be making an appearance in the big hall followed by Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.   That’s all capped off by Marvel’s presentation later in the day followed by the big Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Television panel which will feature a look at Constantine and the world premiere of Gotham among other shows.

Outside of Hall H there’s cool TV stuff like The Blacklist and what’s probably the final True Blood Panel.  Hit the jump to take a look at some highlights from Saturday’s schedule, and click here if you missed the Wednesday/Thursday or Friday schedules. Comic-Con 2014 runs from July 23rd to July 27th.

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Fire In the Hole”

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In “Fire in the Hole,” True Blood made clear that in addition to seeing old faces and spending nostalgic time with the main characters, it also plans to kill off a bunch of people.  This house cleaning should have been done years ago — the show added villains just to kill them off each season, but meanwhile, also expanded its arsenal of supernaturals to unwieldy proportions.  It’s not that the sprucing is a bad idea, it’s just poorly timed.  Now, it just feels like a way to create some drama in a season that is ping-ponging around too much to create any depth on its own.  Will it turn out that the entire series is just LaFayette’s drug-induced dream?  It would make more sense.  Hit the jump for why “we can’t be biting, fucking and sucking in the moonlight.”

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “I Found You”

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In this second episode of True Blood‘s final season, Arlene says something to the effect of: “I did not survive four husbands, including a psycho murderer and the loss of my beloved Terry, to die in the basement of a vampire bar!”  This is surely how many fans felt after the season premiere: whatever, we’ve come this far — let’s press on.  And there was a reward.  Sure enough, “I Found You” settled down and did exactly what had been promised: less supernaturals, more focus on Bon Temps, and the beginning of a long farewell.  Hit the jump if you’ve been blaming the Nyquil.

TRUE BLOOD Season 7 Premiere Recap: “Jesus Gonna Be Here”

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Oh, True Blood.  What would your season premieres be without unintelligible chaos that takes viewers until the opening credits to discern the who and the what? (But never the why).  Last year, the series seemed to be in free fall after creator Alan Ball left (which was also kind of a good thing), but then the new showrunner left, too.  Eventually, one stayed, and the show’s sixth season actually went far in righting the ship after Season Five’s disastrous Billith situation.  For this final run, viewers were promised a return to a focus on Bon Temps, and the humans (like Season One), but did “Jesus Gonna Be Here” deliver?  Hit the jump for more.

Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, and Carrie Preston Talk TRUE BLOOD Season 7 (the Final Season)

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The hit HBO series True Blood is back for its seventh and final season, with major deaths, new hook-ups, plenty of naked bodies, life-threatening dilemmas, and all of the characters you’ve grown to love.  To celebrate the show’s return, the cast and creative team turned out for the bit Hollywood premiere, and Collider was invited to chat with some of the cast and see how they’re all feeling about saying goodbye to their much-loved characters.

During the interviews, Anna Paquin (“Sookie Stackhouse”), Stephen Moyer (“Bill Compton”), Joe Manganiello (“Alcide Herveaux”), Deborah Ann Woll (“Jessica Hamby”) and Carrie Preston (“Arlene Fowler”) talked about what it was like to shoot Season 7, knowing that it was their last, gaining perspective on what it’s like to have been a part of this show, when they knew the show was really special, where their characters are headed this season, their most fun storyline, the emotional final table read, and how they feel about where it will all end up.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: BREAKING BAD: The Complete Series, LONE SURVIVOR, ROBOCOP, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the non-limited edition complete series set of one of the greatest TV shows of all time, the latest from director Peter Berg, the supposedly “final” cut of Oliver Stone‘s historical epic Alexander, and a sci-fi remake from earlier this year that failed to make much of a splash.  Briefly:

New Full Trailer for TRUE BLOOD’s Seventh and Final Season

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Last night before its Sunday programming, HBO unveiled a new True Blood season 7 trailer for the show’s upcoming final batch of episodes.  Though the previous teaser only hinted at the troubles to come for the folks of Bon Temps, this one delves a bit deeper into the peril that results from the zombie-like Hep V-infected vampires.  The trailer opens with multiple flashbacks that show just how much Bon Temps/True Blood has changed since its early seasons (spoiler alert: a lot), but I’m encouraged by the smaller focus of this final stretch of episodes.

Hit the jump to watch the True Blood season 7 trailer.  The series stars Anna PaquinStephen MoyerDeborah Ann WollRutina WesleySam TrammellJoe ManganielloRyan Kwanten, and Chris Bauer.  True Blood kicks off its seventh and final season on HBO Sunday, June 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

First Images from TRUE BLOOD’s Seventh and Final Season

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HBO is ramping up the marketing campaign for the upcoming seventh and final season of the vampire series True BloodA trailer arrived online a little over a week ago, and now a batch of the first True Blood season 7 images has been unveiled.  I stopped watching the show a few seasons ago so I’m not quite sure where everyone stands going into the finale, but from the looks of the trailer it appears that vampire zombies have now been added to the fantastical hodgepodge that is True Blood.  Producers have promised a more focused final season for this last batch of 10 episodes, and moving the action exclusively back to Bon Temps is certainly a good start.  It should be interesting to see how this unabashedly campy—and oftentimes crazy—series comes to a close.

Hit the jump to check out the True Blood season 7 images.  The series stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Deborah Ann Woll, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Kwanten, and Chris BauerTrue Blood kicks off its seventh and final season on HBO Sunday, June 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

New Trailer for TRUE BLOOD Reveals First Footage from the Final Season

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HBO has released a new True Blood season 7 trailer that reveals footage from the upcoming final season.  I know next to nothing about the show.  Whenever it’s brought up in conversation, all I can think is, “That’s the one about blood and fucking, right?”  I know it’s more than that, but as someone who’s unfamiliar with this series, I watch this trailer and think, “So the final season is about Hurricane Katrina but with vampires?”  It does have a reputation for being a strange show, so perhaps this will get fans amped for the resolution of the series.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  True Blood returns June 22nd at 9pm.

Premiere Dates Set for HBO’s New Series THE LEFTOVERS and the Final Season of TRUE BLOOD; Teaser Trailer for TRUE BLOOD Released

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HBO’s much-anticipated drama series The Leftovers, from Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perotta, has finally been given a premiere date.  The series, which deals with The Rapture, will straddle the end of Game of Thrones and the beginning of True Blood‘s final season on the schedule.  Hit the jump for the exact dates, and more on both series (including a True Blood teaser).

Joe Manganiello Talks SABOTAGE, Working With Arnold Schwarzenegger, the End of TRUE BLOOD, MAGIC MIKE 2, and More

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In filmmaker David Ayer’s Sabotage, elite DEA task force agent John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) heads a team that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels.  But after the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they mysteriously start to be murdered, one by one, making everyone a suspect, including the team members themselves.  The film also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau and Martin Donovan.

At the film’s press day, actor Joe Manganiello spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he wanted to be a part of this film, what he liked about his character, how nice it was to do a scene in a strip club where he wasn’t one of the performers on stage, and the pressure of making an action movie with an action icon like Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He also talked about what it’s like to be shooting the final season of HBO’s True Blood, that his directorial debut, the real-life male stripper documentary Le Bare, will be in theaters in June, shooting the comedy Tumbledown with Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall in April, getting permission to use the catalogue of The Smiths music for a film he’s producing called Shoplifters of the World, and that Magic Mike 2 will shoot this fall.  Check out our Joe Manganiello interview after the jump.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Other TV Bests of 2013

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When it comes to TV bests in 2013, it’s hard to be restrictive.  Even splitting up new shows and returning shows leaves so much unexplored.  What about miniseries, for instance?  There were so many greats.  And what about all of those amazing season finales, not to mention all of the full series we also said goodbye to?  And still, there’s more.  To finish up my list of worthwhile television of the year, here’s a list (in no particular order) of 10 programs, episodes, dearly departed series and sundries – leftovers, in the best sense, and with a few overlaps — that deserve a mention.  If 2014 does half this well, things should look pretty good.

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