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Last week, we tackled the best serial killers the silver screen had to offer, so this week we’ve moved to the small screen (guess we’re just in a serial killer kind of mood). With the same rules in mind (our killers must have no supernatural abilities and must be insane), we surfed through our DVRs […]

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The internet is exploding with speculation over who is joining Henry Cavill in the Man of Steel sequel that’s supposed to start filming in early 2014. I’m not talking about Lex Luthor or Brainiac or anything like that. The sequel is supposed to feature Superman taking on the only man who has ever defeated him, […]

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Each month, Stars & Popcorn will be teaming up with Meg Schutz Photography to bring you its newest feature, the Girl of the Month. This month, we feature the stunning and surprisingly nerdy Heather Edwards as the protagonist of ​True Blood ​(and resident vampire bait), Sookie Stackhouse (​Anna Paquin​​). Vampires are a hot comodity right now, so it only seemed right to tip our hat to one of the most popular shows on television. Since Sookie always seemed to be surrounded by vampires, we got help from the beautiful Catriona Forgey to play undead dream boat Eric (Alexander Skarsgård​). So sit back and enjoy the photos and the interview as we present Stars & Popcorn’s April Girl of the Month!

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Can’t say I expected this. An unfamiliar woman occupies a stool at Merlotte’s Bar and Grill. Minutes later, she understandably shouts some version of, “I don’t know what the hell is going on!” Providing some necessary context, said lady sits before the particularly pregnant fairy Maurella (Kristina Anapau) as she births quadruplets atop a pool table with blatantly orgasmic moans. This just seems to be the point of the show now: outdo the ridiculousness of last week, last year. And while it can be enjoyable to a certain extent, some instances just leave eyebrows raised to uncomfortable heights.

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Setting the scene for a grand finale. Strutting around in her bloody birthday suit, Lilith’s (Jessica Clark) introduction was bone-chilling. The deity’s apparition to Bill (Stephen Moyer) immediately engaged the audience, allowing Compton’s ensuing schizophrenic sequences to seize the viewer’s curiosity. But doubt dwells within the halls of the Authority as there can only be one… chosen one. Or can there?

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The best episode of the season (finally). From the get-go, I knew “Gone, Gone, Gone,” wouldn’t disappoint. Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) proof that she can wield chopsticks better than most comes in the most innovative form of staking to date, once again giving viewers a reason to accept her often unentertaining character in the hour of screen-time. And no, at this point, her fairy background is hardly sufficient rationale. When Claude (Giles Matthey) revealed how fairies were such skilled dancers, I couldn’t help but snicker, “Damn right you’ve got nothing else to do.”

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Wrapping up storylines at a breakneck pace!: Terry’s (Todd Lowe) unbearable tale has finally concluded. Praise Lilith! In an absolutely astounding turn of events, Scott Foley’s underdeveloped persona takes a few bullets to the brain. Snore. Arlene’s (Carrie Preston) aggression and successive stab of Terry’s former CO was a momentary triumph, but it faded all too fast when the following realization came over me: A whole other year with these bumbling buffoons.

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Einstein was half-fairy, in case you were wondering. With the karaoke blood bonanza concluded, the newly-devout vampires stroll into Authority headquarters on a blood-sugar high, sporting Mardi Gras beads like they earned ’em. But I think I speak for every fang fan when I ask, “Who’d have thought Eric would ever be the moral compass?”

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Laughable. In an episode that included stitching mouths shut (and unpleasantly unstitching them), stabbing old witches, and a vampire buffet bonanza, Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) emerges the duke of depravity, forcing audiences to shudder in terror as he pelvic-thrusts the midnight air in a Barack Obama mask.

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Lilith’s existence: a not so far-fetched notion at this point. “It makes my d*** hard!” In probably the most enjoyable interview television has ever seen, the insidious Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) pinpointed that as the true rationale for his depraved bloodlust. The juxtaposition of this agent of chaos with the order-seeking Roman (Christopher Meloni) was genius. Their few moments sharing the spotlight were high in tension and rife with golden one-liners. But when Guardian’s iStake (a comical app linked to a vest, effectively staking the wearer on command) cried “performance issues” I managed to roll my eyes just once before “Hopeless’” startling conclusion induced an involuntary “What the H!”

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I have some good news and some bad news. True Blood’s latest endeavor commences with a particularly passionate make-out session between the always open for business Sookie (Anna Paquin) and mancandy of the month, Alcide (Joe Manganiello). And for those unimpressed by the prospect of Sook’s sloppy thirds, Writer Angela Robinson knows the ultimate remedy: there’s nothing like a good puke. Thankfully for our innocent eyes and Alcide’s dignity, the character’s designer jeans remain on, saving Manganiello from a sticky situation and the men comfortable enough with their sexuality to watch this show from well… a good reason to be uncomfortable.

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As generic as it sounds… the plot thickens. Since the closing of Season 4, True Blood has daringly strayed away from Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). Alan Ball and company have committed to developing unexplored characters and rounding out the one-hour runtime with some necessary variety. The cast has followed suit. Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) have found more important matters to attend to, such as locating the vile Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) so as not to be executed… for now. Tara (Rutina Wesley) has abjured her blonde counterpart out of hatred for her involuntary transformation. And possibly choosing the absolute worst time to come clean, when one considers her lack of allies, Ms. Stackhouse has betrayed Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and divulged the truth concerning Debbie Pelt’s (Brit Morgan) death.

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