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True Blood Actor Died After Trying to Detox: Family

Father of Nelsan Ellis says his son's body simply gave out during alcohol withdrawal

(Newser) - The family of Nelsan Ellis has confirmed what his manager, Emily Gerson Saines, said immediately after his death : that the True Blood actor died of complications from heart failure. Now more details are emerging, with Ellis' father revealing to the Hollywood Reporter through Saines that Ellis' heart failure had come... More »

True Blood's Nelsan Ellis Dead at 39

Actor who portrayed 'Lafayette' died of complications of heart failure

(Newser) - Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for his memorable portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood, has died at age 39. Ellis' manager, Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed the actor's death in an email Saturday. The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report Ellis' death, quoted her as saying... More »

(Some) HBO Shows Headed to Amazon Prime

Sorry, no 'Game of Thrones'

(Newser) - Soon, Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream HBO shows—but before you get too excited, be warned that the announcement mostly applies to older programs. Game of Thrones isn't part of the exclusive deal, though seasons of shows like Girls and Veep will appear some three years... More »

Paquin, Moyer Have Twins

'True Blood' babies doing well

(Newser) - It's time to raise two glasses to Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer: The True Blood stars are new parents to twins, reps confirm to Us . "The babies were born a few weeks early, but are in good health and both Mom and Dad are overjoyed," says a... More »

True Blood's Muse: Rick Santorum

Former candidate inspired Season 5: creator Alan Ball

(Newser) - True Blood's just-begun Season 5 has its roots in the Republican primaries. No, there weren't any known vampires running for office—but the policies of Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum were scary enough, says show creator Alan Ball. While watching the primaries, Ball found himself "asking what... More »

Paquin, Moyer Expecting

'True Blood' co-stars due in the fall

(Newser) - Get excited, vampire fans: True Blood co-stars and real-life husband and wife Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are having a baby. Their reps confirmed the pregnancy to Entertainment Weekly ; it will be Paquin's first child, but Moyer has two already. Paquin, who married Moyer in 2010 , is due in... More »

Paquin, Moyer Get Hitched

Costars tie the knot at private residence in California

(Newser) - Anna Paquin’s True Blood character might be involved in a love triangle, but in real life, Paquin has settled on Vampire Bill, aka Stephen Moyer. The couple, who got engaged a year ago, wed last night near the beach in Malibu, Us reports. Guests included at least one True ... More »

True Blood Stars Get Naked, Bloody for Rolling Stone

Show's creator: Vampires are 'all about sex'

(Newser) - This week Rolling Stone puts three True Blood stars on its cover—stark naked and streaked in blood. In a preview of the sure-to-be-buzzed-about cover story, creator Alan Ball says his show, unlike other vampire franchises (ahem, Twilight ), is all about sex. "The idea of celibate vampires is... More »

Apple TV Adds 99¢ Rentals

Price covers streaming shows, not downloads

(Newser) - Apple is trying to hammer out deals with TV programmers to allow it to rent individual programs for 99¢ rather than the $1.99 it currently charges to permanently download a program in standard definition, sources tell NewTeeVee . Users will have 30 days to watch each rental, and unlike the... More »

Soft-Core Porn Rules Premium Cable

(Newser) - Some things are certain: death, taxes, and Cinemax showing women with their shoes on having sex late at night. Soft-core porn is "in our DNA," an exec with the parent company of "Skinemax" tells the LA Times . "We're not running away from it." Neither are... More »

Vampires Rule at People's Choice Awards

Mariah Carey, Johnny Depp also among winners

(Newser) - Vampires were big winners at last night’s People’s Choice Awards, with Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries all taking home trophies. Mariah Carey, helped to the stage by husband Nick Cannon to accept her Favorite R&B Artist award, later addressed the question of whether or not... More »

AFI's Best Movies, TV of 2009

From The Hangover to The Messenger , AFI jury chooses its faves

(Newser) - Two men—one Serious, one Single—made it into the American Film Institute ’s 10th annual selections for Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of the Year. The top 10 films:
  • Coraline
  • The Hangover
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Messenger
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
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Brits Eat Up Steamy Yank Vampires

Fangs a lot, gush new True Blood fans

(Newser) - The sizzling TV vampire series True Blood is ringing just as true with British audiences as with American fans. Why? Brits love the "gripping blend of southern American small-town mentality and hideous murders" in the series peopled by "Daisy Duke" Anna Paquin and her "chisel-cheeked" lover played... More »

Gentlemen Prefer Zombies

Vampires are sensitive wimps

(Newser) - Give a guy a good, old-fashioned zombie any day over a vampire. "Dudes don't dig bloodsuckers because vampires pretty much look like girls," writes John DeVore in The Frisky . "We prefer zombies, because we love chainsaws, flamethrowers, and samurai swords." But primarily, guys realize their "... More »

Point of Vampire Craze: No Sex Is Deviant Anymore

Bloodsuckers of today just want to fit in

(Newser) - A cultural obsession with vampires usually coincides with changing sexuality, writes Stephen Marche. The vampire is a realized sexual other—whether an aristocratic libertine or an AIDS victim—with the human characters representing the mainstream. Usually, the normals have killed the other, but our current vampire moment is different: Whether... More »

True Blood Kills With Metaphors (and, Uh, Sex)

Kinky sex meets social commentary

(Newser) - Critics are gushing about HBO's hit True Blood, which manages to marry kinky vampire sex to social commentary, writes Gina Bellafante in the New York Times. The barrier-busting series touches on gay marriage, racial profiling, capitalism run amok, and right-wing religious extremism. In the current season, a crazed Christian cult... More »

True Blood Stars Paquin, Moyer Engaged

(Newser) - True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are engaged, People reports. The two have been open about their 6-month relationship and how it affects their onscreen romance. Says Paquin, 27: “If you're already with that person, then you're not having to sort of get over the 'Wow,... More »

Why Do Vampires Turn Us On?

(Newser) - Vampires have always been sexy, from Bram Stoker’s original smooth operator to Brad Pitt in Interview With a Vampire. But why have True Blood and Twilight sunk their fangs so thoroughly into today’s erotic zeitgeist? For starters, they're modern-day Romeos for angsty Juliets, Newsweek reports, a hypersexualized update... More »

Family Guy Scores Nod; 30 Rock Leads With 22 Noms

Mad Men also rakes them in

(Newser) - The list of Emmy nominations, out today, is full of familiar names. One surprise: Family Guy is nominated for best comedy series—it's only the second animated show to get a nod in the category, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Fox stalwart is up against Entourage, 30 Rock, The ... More »

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