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Q&A: ‘True Blood’ season three

By Rebecca Ford, Metromix

If you thought season two of “True Blood” was dramatic, terrorizing and oh-so-sexy, you haven’t seen anything yet. The upcoming third season of the hottest vampire show in town (that’s right, we said it, so chew on that, “Twilight”) will be amped up to the next level. How? Werewolves, sexy new vampire vixens and a desperate hunt for a missing Bill Compton.

We spoke to some of the familiar Bon Temps residents and some new visitors to town about the upcoming season, and all the wonderfully delicious surprises in store. Go ahead, take a bite.

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New on DVD: ‘Alice in Wonderland’

This week’s movie and TV DVD releases

By Rebecca Ford, Metromix

Metromix DVD pick of the week:

“Alice in Wonderland
Stars: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

Tim Burton takes on the classic Lewis Carroll tale, combining live-action and CGI-animation to create a visually stunning world of floating cat heads and enlarged red queen heads. While the story is on the simple side, and Johnny Depp’s role as the Mad Hatter leaves something to be desired, the twisted, imaginative world that comes to life on screen will leave you wishing for your own trip down the rabbit hole.

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Week in TV: The MTV Movie Awards and more…

By Rebecca Ford, Metromix

At last year’s MTV Movie Awards, Brüno’s buttcheeks ended up in Eminem’s face and Kristen Stewart proved her endless clutziness by dropping her award on stage. We can bet that this year’s show will be even more ridiculous with the hilarious Aziz Ansari hosting (we’re praying for a Raaaaaaaandy-filled monologue).

Also, a slew of summer shows start this week, mostly of the self-improvement nature for fat families (“Losing It with Jillian”), crappy teenaged babydaddies (“Dad Camp”) and talentless chefs (“Hell’s Kitchen”).

…Go to Metromix to read more.

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New on DVD: ‘True Blood’

By Rebecca Ford, Metromix

Metromix DVD pick of the week:

“True Blood: The Complete Second Season”
Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley

The second season of HBO’s vampire-human love story includes everything from a killer maenad to a vampire-hating church camp and—why not?—a couple of orgies. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her blood-sucking lover, Bill (Stephen Moyer), set out to protect Bon Temps from a mysterious murderer, this dark, sexy drama with a ridiculously attractive cast continues to satisfy with every bloody drop. (See Metromix’s review.)

Extras: Audio commentary; “The Vampire Report” featurette; “Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light” featurette;
Price: DVD: $59.99; Blu-ray: $79.98

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Week in TV

This week, “The Bachelorette” begins, “24” ends…

By Rebecca Ford, Metromix

It’s been a tough month for TV lovers. “Lost” ended last week, and now “24” comes to an end after eight seasons. But that’s nothing compared to “Law & Order” and its 20 seasons on the air (it was almost old enough to drink!).

But it’s not all goodbyes. Ali, the career woman who chose her job over love with Jake on “The Bachelor,” will return to find her own Prince Charming on the new season of “The Bachelorette.”

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Viewers still lost after the finale of “Lost”

I wanted to write some thoughts on “Lost” before I begin talking to others about it.

**Lots of spoilers, so leave now if you are the one person in the universe who hasn’t watched it yet.**

Well, two and a half hours later and no one knows what’s going on.

While that’s not entirely true, it became pretty clear that after the finale there were still a whole lot of questions left unanswered.

I was watching a local newscast right after the finale and they were interviewing an “expert” “Lost” blogger, who said she believed that they were dead the whole time, which I firmly believe is NOT the case.

Some critics didn’t even seem to get it. Even this New York Times critic thought they were dead the whole time, until he rewatched it and heard from other viewers:

On rewatching the scene last night it was immediately clear, as many of you have pointed out, that the characters hadn’t been dead all along and that the narrative was meant to have stretched for some undefined period of time after Jack’s death. Mea culpa. That new understanding will be reflected in my longer take on the finale, to be posted later today.”

So did the creators of “Lost” succeed? I think so. The show was always about the character arcs, and less about the mysteries of the island. In that respect, we got to spend some time with our favorite characters in the sideways/purgatory lives, which was meaningful and enough closure for me.

There were some beautiful parallels to past seasons of “Lost,” most obviously Jack’s eye closing and Locke’s fall from the cliff. And there were some beautiful moments when true loves were reunited. The flashes from the island when one of these characters would remember their past were powerful because we too were remembering their past on the show.

A word about the purgatory story line. I’ll admit I had a moment when I thought, “I can’t believe they pulled the ‘you’re dead’ thing!” but after sleeping on it, I realized that it fits the show. This show is about the big issues: love, destiny, and life…and death. Because no matter how many times they outran the polar bears, or battled the Others or healed from a gunshot wound, death is inevitable, even for Richard Alpert.

“Lost,” if nothing else, proved that nothing is certain but death and TV finales.

I’ll miss “Lost” for everything it did for TV. Proving that audiences will commit to a show that takes patience and loyalty. Showing how to do an ensemble cast show right. And proving, once again, that TV makes anything possible.

Here’s a list of what other critics had to say:

Televisionary: “To me, the end of Lost‘s narrative is the final scene of Jack in the bamboo grove, his story having come full-circle to the place where it began, a lone sneaker dangling solemnly from a bamboo tree, its laces now rotten and old where once they were new.”

Los Angeles Times: “Saying what the Island is is like saying what the meaning of life is; it’s a question you can ask but never receive a really satisfying answer to.”

Time: “The End” was an epic, stirring two and a half hours of television, full of heart and commitment, that was true to “Lost”’s characters as we knew them from season one.”

Entertainment Weekly: “I was so moved by Jack’s heroism and sacrifice and the glorious significance of ending where he began, as well as that Doubting Thomas allusion there at the end.”

TV Fanatic:I found myself almost bored, anxious to get everyone enlightened so we could get to the show’s overarching resolution.”

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GLEE Live in concert! review

Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of “Glee.” So, going to “Glee LIVE” at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles was pretty much a win-win situation for me.

But the show blew me away.

I came in with somewhat low expectations because I realize that on the show their voices are edited when they sing, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be lip-synching. TV is a magical, magical place where even the least talented can come off looking pretty good, so who knows that they would sound like LIVE right?

This show proved how talented this cast really is. Lea Michelle’s voice was clearly created by angels. She’s the vocal powerhouse of that cast, and comes off even better on stage. Her star power is nearly blinding. Chris Colfer also has the vocal chops to carry a show, and I can only hope he’ll have even more solos in the future.

The cast sang many songs from the earlier episodes of the show, including “Bust your windows” and, of course, “Somebody to Love.” We even got a visit from Vocal Adrenaline. From the above, slightly blurry photo, you can see we got a sneak-peek of the “Bad Romance” number and elaborate costumes before it airs this Tuesday. Pretty amazing.

But the real surprise of the show? The supporting characters. Heather Morris, who plays ditzy cheerleader Brittany, has more stage presence than most anyone else up there. I realized that in the show she’s only now becoming memorable, but in the LIVE versions, her talent is really on display. She’s an amazing dancer, with natural rhythm oozing for her every pore. She’s also a comedic talent, and I hope to see more of that in the TV version.

In the same way, Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang on the show, has never really had a plot line, but on stage he’s a force to be reckoned with. He’s an all-star dancer who should never be put in the background of anything. He’s in an extremely talented dancing crew called Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, who opened the show. If you’ve never heard of them, check out this website, although they are even better live.

There were only a couple of things missing to make this show perfect. Namely, Matthew Morrison. He visits on the video screen, but without any songs from the Broadway star, the show feels like it’s missing something really big.

And just a note for the stage crew, the break between the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers opener and the actual show was way too long.

But even that wait was really worth it for this outstanding show. Here are a couple more photos:

Bad Romance
The End
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‘The Bachelorette’: Meet Ali’s bachelors

By Rebecca Ford, Metromix

Ali left alone and in tears on the last season of “The Bachelor,” choosing her job over love with pilot (and general snoozefest) Jake.

Now it’s Ali’s chance at televised true love with 25 eligible bachelors looking to win her heart. Before the season starts, get to know the men hoping to become the next Mr. Ali, and learn a bit about their favorite things, their ideas of a perfect date and—why not?—their tattoos.

…See more at Metromix

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New on DVD: ‘Invictus’

By Rebecca Ford
May 18, 2010

Metromix DVD pick of the week:

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

Director Clint Eastwood dramatizes recent historical events when newly elected South African President Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) attempted to unite his divided country not through politics, but through sport. Mandela asked rugby captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) to inspire the nation with a victory in the World Cup.

See the rest at Metromix.