'True Blood' season 5: Check out 11 spoilersThe racy HBO series "True Blood," which stars Anna Paquin, real-life husband Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard, returns on June 10.
Season 5 will see two major characters becoming closer, a massive vampire power struggle and the return of some familiar faces.
Check out 11 spoilers below.
1. There's a bromance a'brewin' ...
Vampires Bill and Eric, played by Moyer and Skarsgard, have fought over part-fairy Sookie, played by Paquin, for the past four seasons and basically hate each other. But in season 5, the two join forces because "they have to,' according to Skarsgard.
"They killed the wrong vampire at the end of season 4," he told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent Maria Sansone at the Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday, May 30. "They shouldn't have done that. So they've got some powerful enemies now and because of that, they have to learn to work together and that's weird and awkward but then suddenly Eric's kind of like, 'Damn I kind of like this guy now' and that's the new feeling and he's uncomfortable with it."
Moyer added: "We've put ourselves into this really dark situation that if we don't work together, we're going to do die so we will do it together."
2. ... and Sookie's oblivious.
Paquin told OnTheRedCarpet.com that Sookie "doesn't really know" about the Bill-Eric alliance.
"We the audience know that," she said. "But Sookie, as far she knows, thinks they're still hanging out in his house in bathrobes."
3. Meet The Vampire Authority.
Lucy Griffiths is one of the newcomers to "True Blood." She plays Eric's sister, Nora, a member of the Vampire Authority.
"I think in the past ... the vampires have been isolated a little bit," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I mean you've had Pam and Eric together and you've had to an extent, Bill and Eric together, working kind of as a team but there's a team of vampires in this season who are members of The Authority, which is like a vampire government, and they are extremists and as a result, not necessarily kind to the humans."
Christopher Meloni, formerly of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," makes his debut on the fifth season of "True Blood" as the Guardian, or ancient leader of the Vampire Authority.
4. Speaking of ancient vampires ... guess who's back ... and hungry ...
Russell Edgington, the evil former vampire king of Mississippi, was revealed in season 4 to have apparently survived after being buried in a deadly mix of silver and cement.
"I get to dance, I get to sing a little bit, I get to fall in love again," Denis O'Hare, who plays the character, told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I get to fall in love with a new person. I get to eat again after being buried under cement. I get to put on weight and I think I ever fly a little bit in the season, I can't remember. I get to come back to life, which is the most exciting thing of all."
5. Will Sookie bat for the other team - Team Werewolf?
Season 4 saw Sookie and werewolf Alcide, played by Joe Manganiello, get a bit cozy as she continued to deal with her feelings for Bill and Eric.
"Something may or not happen between Sookie and Alcide this year - you never know," Manganiello told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
However, before the two can even think about romance, there's some cleanup to be done in Sookie's house. Alcide's troubled lover and fellow werewolf Debbie was less than thrilled with his special friendship with Sookie. She attacks her with a shotgun, but her bullet hits the girl's best friend Tara instead. Sookie then kills Debbie.
"We've got a big ol' mess in the kitchen to clean up after the whole Debbie Pelt terror shotgun head incident," Paquin told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It's going to have a bit of fallout as far as the Alcide of it all because 'Oops, I had to blow your ex-love of your life's head off with a shotgun because she may have just murdered my best friend.' Maybe a little bit of a hurdle for romance. Or maybe not."
" Also, the boys have gone off to sort of do their own thing and she's sort of said goodbye to both of them, both to Bill and to Eric, and she can't really every get those guys out of her life forever.," the actress added.
6. There's probably going to be a LOT of howling.
Manganiello said there is "a whole bunch of new werewolves on the show this year," including Alcide's father. Kelly Overton, who plays another one named Rikki, told OnTheRedCarpet.com that portraying a "True Blood" werewolf is "just amazing."
7. Pam's history is revealed.
Eric's sidekick Pam, played by Kristin Bauer van Straten, has always been a little .. odd. Season 5 will explain why she "is the way she is," the actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
8. Welcome, Scott Foley from "Felicity." Hope you like it hot.
Season 4 saw Scott Foley, formerly from the sci-fi-ish drama series "Felicity," make his debut as Patrick, the war buddy of Terry, Arlene's husband, played by Todd Lowe. Terry was astonished to see him when he showed up at Merlotte's Bar and Grill, because he thought he was dead.
"We're going to see the start of what's going on with Terry," Lowe told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "We're going to get a little bit of clue, that's going to involve some fire. What I can say about Terry is that there's going to be some fire involved and we'll see where it goes from there."
9. Watch out, Sam ... and everyone else ..
The fate of shapeshifter and bar owner Sam, played by Sam Trammell, remains in question.
"There was a werewolf who looked like he or she was going to eat me, so we'll see a resolve to that," the actor told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "This is really one of the most dangerous years for me, for Sam."
"Everybody's just trying to stay alive. There's the Authority and then there's a whole kind of entity that's pissed off about supernatural beings running around," said Janina Gavankar, who plays Luna, Sam's girlfriend and a fellow shapeshifter.
Lauren Bowles, who plays Wiccan waitress Holly, says "everyone is in survival mode" in season 5.
10. Luna gets a bit looney.
"It's a tough year to be a shifter," Gavankar said. "Luna is trying to just keep things together. I thought when I was experiencing her last year that it was rough for her last year but oh my goodness me - she can't control herself and when you're a shifter who can't control yourself, that means many different things and through this season you will find out what that means."
11. Oh hi, Tara. And Jesus.
Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara, appears in at least the first three episodes of season 5 of "true Blood," according to episode synopses, indicating that the character did survive the shooting. The actress was all smiles at the Los Angeles premiere. She said season 5 will be more of a "politically-charged drama."
"This season, we're going to meet the Authority and we're going to see all the sort of power struggles and political struggles that is between the Authority's agenda," she said. " The characters, as far as the rest of us characters, we're going to have to kind of figure out which side we're on this season and it's going to be really interesting to see how that plays out."
Kevin Alejandro played Jesus, boyfriend of Sookie's coworker and friend Lafayette, and was killed in season 4. The actor also spoke to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of season 5.
"I might pop up here in the show," Alejandro said. "My death did have a really big effect on Lafayette's character and the people around him so my presence is definitely felt. Everyone is afraid of getting killed off but on this show, it's like, 'Eh, I might come back some day.'"
O'Hare explained the dynamics of character deaths on "True Blood" pretty well, telling OnTheRedCarpet.com: "Unfortunately if you're staked and your head's cut off and you're reduced to a blob of goo, you're gone. But you can come back as a ghost, which is fantastic, so as long as your head is intact, you're OK."
Katia Winter to Strip for Dexter in the Name of Mother Russia
Is good to be the Dexter Morgan, no? Yes! There's perks to being killer. Now, the dark passenger is ready to take deep whiff of the former communist black with the latest casting news from "Dexter" Season 7! Is good! You like!
TVLine reports that Swedish born actress Katia Winter (pictured right), best known for her role as Lutz’s seductress in last year’s Hunger Games-esque action thriller Arena, is joining the show cast in a recurring role as a Russian stripper who works in a Miami club.
One of the most acclaimed shows on television, "Dexter" stars Michael C. Hall, who has earned multiple Emmy nominations as well as a Golden Globe award for his role as a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department who moonlights as a serial killer. The show has received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for best television drama series, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award in 2008, and was twice named one of AFI's Top Ten television series.
The series also stars Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, and James Remar. Season 7 guest stars announced thus far include Ray Stevenson and Jason Gedrick. John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, Manny Coto, Tim Schlattmann, Wendy West, and Michael C. Hall are the executive producers .
* Do I have to spell it out? Nudity galore...on Dexter? Don't think so. Katia probably topless in one or two episodes.
Trishna - Official Trailer [HD]
Release Date: 13 July 2012
Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed and Anurag Kashyap
Directors: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Thomas Hardy
Studio: IFC Films
Plot: The story of the tragic relationship between the son of a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner.
Fifty Shades of Grey casting
This is who I pictured while reading E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Enjoy!
5 Reasons Why Sex Scenes MatterGuest Blog by Rebecca Rogers Maher, author of Snowbound with a Stranger
I recently watched the Jake Gyllenhall/Anne Hathaway movie, Love and Other Drugs. It was pretty good overall, but when it came to the sex scenes, HOLY COW. That was some of the most intense, realistic, and powerful sex I’ve seen in a mainstream movie. You might think I’m pervy for wanting to see this on screen, but I would argue that you can’t truly understand a romantic relationship without understanding the conflicts and dynamics of a couple’s sexual life, especially in the beginning.
My newest release—a contemporary romance novella from Carina Press called Snowbound with a Stranger, contains a whole lotta sex scenes. Even though it makes dinner conversations with extended family VERY AWKWARD, I’m proud of this aspect of my book. In fact, I think we should see more sex—on screen and in books—and I’m here today at Love Romance Passion to tell you why.
1. Sex Scenes Help Us Understand the Characters.As writers we constantly put our characters in precarious situations, just to see what they will do. When I read a book, what motivates me to dig deeply into the story is a curiosity about how the characters will handle the challenges set before them. Will they be courageous or cowardly? Generous or selfish? Cruel or kind? I want to know what they’ll do, and to think about what I would do, or how I would feel, in their shoes. As writers and readers we set our characters up over and over to face difficult, scary, exhilarating situations. Well, sex is all of these things, and most adults find themselves in sexual situations quite regularly (one hopes). So why wouldn’t we put our characters there too, to see how they would handle themselves?
Sex is a vulnerable experience. In romance novels we have the luxury and privilege of exploring the most vulnerable kind of sex—the kind that springs from a deep, personal connection to another human being. The kind that comes from love. In these scenes, we find out who a character is deep down, with all their defenses stripped away.
I love those moments when a character is completely laid bare. Because that is how you know who someone truly is—when you see that person in his or her most vulnerable state.
2. Sex Scenes Advance the Plot.That is, they should. I’ve read many novels in which the relationship slowly develops, where the hero and heroine gradually get to know one another and learn each other’s histories and idiosyncrasies, and then we get to the sex scene and suddenly for ten pages we’re in a porn flick, and then afterward the relationship resumes. That’s almost more frustrating than no sex scene at all. Something happens emotionally when two people make love, especially when they’re falling in love. Conflicts, fears, insecurities, power issues, secret desires—they come up in the bedroom, and these feelings are connected to and indistinguishable from any of the other issues that arise between two people who are knitting their lives together.
It’s interesting to me how people navigate these tender moments when the stakes are so high and so heated. Sex brings all our issues to a boil, and the way characters navigate these boiling waters will help move the story forward, either by intensifying the conflict or helping to heal it.
3. Sex Scenes Help Us Explore Women’s Sexual Agency.One of the best things about the romance genre is its celebration of female desire. Our heroines are passionate women who need and deserve satisfying sexual relationships. Last night I watched the pilot of the HBO show, Girls, a show that’s received a lot of critical attention. I respect Lena Dunham and admire her work, but I really hate the way sex is presented in this show and in her film, Tiny Furniture. Essentially, the women get nothing out of it, physically or emotionally. I understand that that’s a realistic, though sad, depiction, but I prefer the way of the romance novel. In romance novels, our heroines experience deep sexual connection and satisfaction.
Without having read these books at a young age, for example, I would never have known that this is what I was entitled to. I wouldn’t have known what to look for and what to demand. I would have settled for a nice, bland guy (if I was lucky) and spent the rest of my life frustrated. But I knew my husband by the bolt of lightning that ran from his body into mine the first time he put his hand on my arm. We’ve been together for fifteen years now and like most couples we’ve had our ups and downs, but that spark is stronger than ever. I believe that that almost cellular physical connection is completely necessary in a strong romantic relationship, and it’s romance novels that taught me this. Specifically, it was the sex scenes in romance novels, and the hotter the better. In them, women get their sexual needs met, and this is exactly how it should be.
4. Sex Scenes Show That There’s Nothing Shameful About Sex.There’s a lot of weirdness about sex in our culture. Everywhere you look there’s an advertisement using sex to sell a product. People spend a kajillion dollars on porn every year, and half the people you meet are secretly daydreaming about sex while you’re trying to have a conversation with them. Yet we get all squirrelly when the subject comes up directly in real life. Well, guess what? People have sex with each other every single day. We think about sex. We struggle with sex. We enjoy sex. IT’S HAPPENING. And there’s no reason why we can’t explore it directly in art. There’s no reason why we can’t wonder how people navigate it or describe how they do so. Sex is natural and beautiful and it doesn’t need to be hidden. A powerful sex scene makes that statement loud and clear.
5. Sex Scenes Are Fun.I wouldn’t write romance novels if I didn’t have a good old time writing about sex, and I wouldn’t read ‘em if I didn’t enjoy seeing other people do the same.
Life is short. Sex scenes are fun. They also can be emotionally powerful and challenging. The best ones are all three at once.
Rebecca Rogers Maher lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and children. She is the author of the Recovery Trilogy—I’ll Become the Sea, Snowbound with a Stranger and the forthcoming Fault Lines (September 2012)—from Carina Press.
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