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June 8, 2012 | Ellen Gray
TRUE BLOOD. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.   I'd like TO SAY you can't get "True Blood" from a stone, but as HBO's vampire drama enters its fifth season Sunday, I'm pretty sure that's exactly what it is doing.   Silly doesn't even begin to describe most of what goes on in the first few episodes, which include a veiled shout-out to former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, an enormous wink involving the folk standard "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and, as always, an unruly number of subplots.
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July 4, 2010 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It scarcely seems plausible that an ordinary human could be the most vivid character on HBO's ghoulish True Blood , a show teeming with supernatural, larger-than-death freaks. Then again, "ordinary" is probably not the best way to describe Lafayette Reynolds, an emphatically gay man in a small Southern town. Brilliantly played by Nelsan Ellis, Lafayette is a redneck-thumping, drug-dealing diva with a tongue saltier than the gumbo he serves up as the grill cook at Merlotte's honky tonk.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2010 | By JOE FLINT, Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES - Vampires are hot, but what about vampire reruns? HBO will find out soon enough. The pay-cable channel is starting to shop repeats of "True Blood" to commercial cable networks. The show, which just started its third season, has turned into HBO's biggest hit since the days of "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos. " About 12 million viewers tune in to each episode to watch Sookie Stackhouse and vampire Bill Compton (not to mention smoldering Swede and main Compton rival Eric Northman, played by Alexander Skarsgard)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2010
TRUE BLOOD. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. IF I'D EVER bothered to think about vampire politics before HBO's "True Blood," I suppose I'd have guessed modern vamps would lean libertarian, Count Dracula notwithstanding. Turns out, though, they're still royalists, subject to a strict hierarchy and seniority system. Oh, and for reasons that escape me, they appear to observe the seemingly arbitrary lines between the 50 states of a country that wasn't even in existence the last time some of them were living, breathing human beings.
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June 26, 2010 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Vampires and werewolves go together, it is becoming increasingly apparent, like a hearse and carnage. You simply can't have one without the other. In olden days, it took the likes of Abbott and Costello to broker a rare summit between these creatures of the night. Now they've become a package deal - fangs and claws. Even HBO's vampire feast True Blood is getting into the act, introducing shaggy hellhounds of its own as the third season begins. At this point, you can't swing a possum on that set without hitting a rabid monster of some kind.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It probably shouldn't have surprised us to see Katherine Helmond turn up in the ghastly precincts of HBO's True Blood this week. After all, the grande dame of the small screen has done everything on TV but host Meet the Press . She's guest-starred on shows from Mannix to The Glades . She's had recurring roles on series including Coach and Everybody Loves Raymond . In TV biopics, she's played everyone...
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April 13, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
Some stories work in any language. It's not good news that stories about the horrific abuse of children figure among them. Game of Silence , a new drama about childhood friends reunited years after a prank gone wrong landed four of them in a nightmarish juvenile detention facility, arrives at 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC looking like some other network dramas. There are secrets. There are lies. And there are conspiracies meant to be labyrinthine enough to stretch beyond a single season.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2010 | Daily News wire services
A gay-rights campaign that features a declaration of bisexuality by Anna Paquin has received so much traffic that its Web site crashed. The campaign was launched Thursday by singer Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund. The Web-based initiative hopes to educate for "the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. " The campaign drew particular interest because the video features Paquin, the 27-year-old star of HBO's "True Blood," declaring she's bisexual. Paquin is engaged to her "True Blood" co-star Stephen Moyer.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2010
Daybreakers . (Lionsgate, '10) $29.95. 98 mins. A plague that has turned humans into vampires is leaving the bloodsuckers with a dwindling supply of blood. With Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill. R (strong bloody violence, profanity and brief nudity) (CC) Edge of Darkness . 1/2 (Warner Home Video, '09) $28.98. 117 mins. When a detective's daughter is killed in front of him, he suspects that he was the intended target and does some investigating. With Mel Gibson, Bojana Novakovic and Ray Winstone.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Perhaps the Emmys should add a category for the year's most derivative, mediocre dramas. Two new entries this week would be top contenders - Fox's middling if fun sci-fi-ish crime procedural Second Chance ; and Shadowhunters , an adaptation of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments YA fantasy book series from Freeform, formerly ABC Family. There's an old sheriff in town Second Chance , premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday, is a predictable rehash of gimmicky crime procedurals from the Six Million Dollar Man to Knight Rider and Minority Report . The show is a basic crime-a-week whodunit featuring a 75-year-old cop who dies and comes back to life a thirtysomething super-stud.
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April 13, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
Some stories work in any language. It's not good news that stories about the horrific abuse of children figure among them. Game of Silence , a new drama about childhood friends reunited years after a prank gone wrong landed four of them in a nightmarish juvenile detention facility, arrives at 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC looking like some other network dramas. There are secrets. There are lies. And there are conspiracies meant to be labyrinthine enough to stretch beyond a single season.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Perhaps the Emmys should add a category for the year's most derivative, mediocre dramas. Two new entries this week would be top contenders - Fox's middling if fun sci-fi-ish crime procedural Second Chance ; and Shadowhunters , an adaptation of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments YA fantasy book series from Freeform, formerly ABC Family. There's an old sheriff in town Second Chance , premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday, is a predictable rehash of gimmicky crime procedurals from the Six Million Dollar Man to Knight Rider and Minority Report . The show is a basic crime-a-week whodunit featuring a 75-year-old cop who dies and comes back to life a thirtysomething super-stud.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2015
HOLLYWOOD kept a low profile yesterday, when everyone who's everyone, including the nonstop partying (and according to TMZ, allegedly Rihanna lip-locking) Leonardo DiCaprio , ought to have stayed in their jammies and rehydrated themselves post Sunday's Golden Globes. In case you missed the endless awards-show rehash, the reviews and rumors went like this: Hosts Amy Poehler and Upper Darby's own Tina Fey dissed longtime Philadelphian Bill Cosby , and did a just-OK job co-mastering the ceremonies.
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November 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
British photographer and writer-director Joanna Hogg spent her formative years working with some of the leading lights of London's film scene: Her mentor, Jim Jarman, helped her on an early film that won her a place at the National Film and Television School, where she cast a young Tilda Swinton as the lead of her graduation short. After a spell as a TV director, she made her feature debut with 2007's Unrelated , an intimate portrayal of upper-middle-class Brits on vacation in Tuscany, a setting that inspires their repressed sexual and destructive urges.
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July 10, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
If it looks as if fashion and pop culture have been mooning you as of late, you're right. Beyoncé is sporting a buttock-baring onesie on her "On the Run" tour. Entire bridal parties are flashing their fancy fannies on your Twitter and Facebook feeds. And then there are all the everyday bottoms hightailing it through the city in hot pants just a tad too tiny. Whoa. "We are seeing so many short shorts and shorty shorts and short overalls, too," said Ann Gitter of Knit Wit on Chestnut Street.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
FORGET those chocolate beers that are all the rage on Valentine's Day. Those are for lovey-dovey sweethearts. If you want to get into the libidinous spirit of Cupid's heart-piercing arrow, there's only one brew for you: Blood Beer. Yeah, I'm talking about really red ale. Straight from the vein. Plasma Porter. Clot Rot. A transfusion on tap that'll have you all hopped up on hemoglobin. This is no fictional brand out of "True Blood," either. Blood Beer is a real thing.
FOOD
August 30, 2013 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Will Janette Desautel ever cook her famous crawfish ravioli again? The fictional chef in HBO's Treme practically ripped her business partner's head off like a crawdaddy at a boil when the subject arose at the end of last season. "No. No [expletive] frozen crawfish, ever," said Desautel. "It is a seasonal special. People will look forward to it all year long. " Fans of Treme , the series based in post-Katrina New Orleans that has earned a relatively small but devoted following, are surely looking forward to its final season, debuting this fall, when Desautel's culinary fate, along with the show's numerous other story lines, are hopefully resolved.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2012 | Ellen Gray
TRUE BLOOD. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.   I'd like TO SAY you can't get "True Blood" from a stone, but as HBO's vampire drama enters its fifth season Sunday, I'm pretty sure that's exactly what it is doing.   Silly doesn't even begin to describe most of what goes on in the first few episodes, which include a veiled shout-out to former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, an enormous wink involving the folk standard "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and, as always, an unruly number of subplots.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers
There's a wide variety of new DVD releases hitting stores this week. Man on a Ledge, Grade B-: The purely escapist filmmaking from novice director Asger Leth looks at the efforts of former New York detective Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) to prove he's been falsely charged with the theft of a $40 million diamond. The falsely-accused-cop gambit has played plenty of times before, but it gets a twist from the towering setting. The script by Pablo F. Fenjves falls apart under scrutiny.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It probably shouldn't have surprised us to see Katherine Helmond turn up in the ghastly precincts of HBO's True Blood this week. After all, the grande dame of the small screen has done everything on TV but host Meet the Press . She's guest-starred on shows from Mannix to The Glades . She's had recurring roles on series including Coach and Everybody Loves Raymond . In TV biopics, she's played everyone...
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