True Blood finale: awesome or what the bloody hell just happened? (spoilers)

The finale for True Blood’s fifth season aired last night. Instead of doing a full recap of this show, I’ll just give you some highlights that someone more motivated and organized than I am compiled. This show is somehow ridiculous, awesome and campy allat the same time and there’s no way I’m not tuning in next season to see what happened with crazy Bill, the evil Phoenix rising from the pool of ancient blood. A lot of vampires bit it in the finale, and enough remained to prove dangerous, particularly Bill. Bill is the new Russell Edgington, since we had the pleasure of seeing Edgington’s face melt. Other awesome deaths included Rosalyn dying after Sam shifted inside her (brilliant!) and Salome getting staked by Bill after he slipped some silver in her drink. I want to know why some vampires’ faces transform for a few seconds when they die and others just explode immediately. It seems to correspond with how central a character they are to the show.

Anyway here are some highlights from last night. We’ll have to wait until next year to see what happens, but you know Sookie isn’t going to die. “Must all roads lead to f’ing Sookie?” I’m with you, Pam.

Goodbye Awesome: R.I.P. Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare). He was the absolute coolest. Psychotic and power hungry, Russell obviously had to die, but we will miss his perfect speeches and (sometimes) irresistible Southern charm. After some fairy light rays and quick action, Eric finally got his centuries-old vengeance. Eric saves Sookie (Anna Paquin) yet again.

Father of Fairies: It was only last week that Andy (Chris Bauer) slept with Maurella (Kristina Anapau) and found out that he was going to be a father. In one of the more hilarious ridiculous scenes, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Arlene (Carrie Preston) and Holly (Lauren Bowles) are all on hand to witness the miracle of life and Maurella’s interesting reaction to birthing and post-labor. Surprise! Andy has four babies and it’s the father’s job to raise them. Peace out!

Bill Is the New Lilith: Bill’s arc throughout this season has been his path to religious fanaticism. He’s slowly and methodically weeded out the competition for top dog in this nuthouse. His final action was poisoning Salome (Valentina Cervi). And if you thought Bill’s crazy death explosion was shocking, so was his ascent out of the blood pool.

Shift and Rescue Operation: Adorable puppy Emma needs some rescuing. While Sam (Sam Trammell) tries to appeal to Bill’s non-psycho side, Luna (Janina Gavankar) skinwalks into Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian). Good plan, no? No! Steve Newlin is in a bit of hot water for killing some frat boys and has to go on TV to talk himself out of trouble. Meaning Luna does. But remember this shifting into humans is bad for shifters. Season six consequences, y’all.

Rightful Place: There’s a new sheriff in town. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) finally takes his place as pack leader. He’s hot and good at making speeches—he’ll definitely do well in his new position. Presuming he doesn’t go power hungry like Bill.

Rewind Moment: After some longing looks and a little banter, Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) finally make out. And there was a very brief Pam and Eric reunion. Presuming everyone survives to next season, we need more of our favorite Maker-Progeny. Pam and Eric have been separated far too long this season, it makes us hurt deep in our hearts.

 

[From E! Online]

 

I agree that the makeout session between Tara and Pam was awesome, as was Jessica’s reaction: “I knew it!” I paid no attention to the werewolf subplot, and the fairy birth scene was just mildly amusing, not hilarious. I did like how the peanut gallery at Merlotte’s kind of voiced our thoughts on how ludicrous yet entertaining some of this season was, particularly when they were watching TV and witnessed Steve Newlin shift back into Luna. Lafayette said “I did not see that shift coming,” or was it “sh*t“?

 

Also, what the hell was going on with Jason seeing visions of his dead parents and suddenly turning against all vampires? I mean he came through when it counted, and he didn’t kill the good guys, but I feel like his character is constantly getting the shaft. He’s smarter and more aware than anyone seems to give him credit for, particularly the writers. Jason already went through all this when he rejected the Fellowship of The Sun.

 

Next season, I see more of a lasting romantic relationship between Sookie and Eric, and I see Bill getting deprogrammed somehow and coming to his senses. I could be wrong, he could bite it or go into hiding like Russell, only emerging at the end of the season when they need another villain. I’ve read most of the books but I’ll be damned if I can remember the plot, which isn’t a guide to the series at all anyway.

 

If you didn’t get enough True Blood, HBO has a bonus scene available on their website. I won’t give away any details, but I will say that I enjoyed it and am looking forward to next season.

 

Did Katie Holmes get to keep the millions of dollars of loot from her marriage?

Last week, Agent Bedhead had the breakdown of what Katie Holmes got in her divorce from Tom Cruise – it wasn’t much, as far as celebrity divorces go. Katie walked away with about $400,000 a year in child support from Tom ($33K a month), plus he pays all of Suri’s education costs (including college), plus all of Suri’s medical bills. Katie will not receive any alimony, and the sources seem to think that Katie did not get any lump-sum payout from Tom either – at least officially, although some of us think Tom might have made a lump-sum payment to Katie separately from the divorce proceedings.

What was not discussed in TMZ’s report last week, and what has not been discussed in the months of divorce coverage up until now is that for years during her marriage to Tom, Katie was a champion shopper. Katie spent money like water during her marriage, at various times “blowing through $200,000 at Barney’s in one year and spending $43,000 in spa treatments” during one season in 2009, and reportedly dropping $14 million over the course of six months when Tom and Katie were living in New York. So, what happened to all of that loot?

Katie Holmes didn’t get a huge payout from ex-husband Tom Cruise because of an ironclad prenup, but the Dawson’s Creek star will be keeping “millions of dollars in jewelry, designer handbags and other gifts” given to her by the Mission Impossible star during the course of their marriage, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

“Tom was extremely generous to Katie with lavish gifts during their marriage and she will be keeping millions of dollars of jewelry, Hermes handbags and other luxurious items,” a source tells Radar.

“Tom gave Katie diamond earrings as a birthday gift one year that easily cost over $500k and he had custom design pieces made for her. Under terms of the divorce, Katie is keeping all of the jewelry, handbags, accessories, and designer clothing. What she does with it is up to her. For the time being, the jewels are being kept in a very safe place and knowing Katie, it’s likely she will one day give them to Suri once she is old enough.

“Katie was never with Tom for the money. When it came time for the divorce, she just wanted it to be done quickly and with as little disruption to Suri’s life as possible. Suri has always been Katie’s number one priority and concern. During the divorce settlement talks Katie just wanted to make sure that she and her daughter would be taken care of from a financial standpoint,” the source added.

As we previously reported, Holmes will have primary custody of Suri, with Cruise having liberal visitation. The former couple married in 2006, with Holmes deciding to pull the plug on the marriage earlier this summer.

‘Katie’s handbag collection includes custom made Hermes Birkins that would make any fashionista swoon,” the source reveals. “Katie has an oversize Birkin in a gorgeous shade of red. She also has several iconic Hermes Kelly handbags. Katie probably got at least ten Hermes handbags as gifts from Tom during the course of the marriage, ranging in price from 10k-50k, each! If Katie were ever to decide to auction the handbags off she would get top dollar because she was married to Tom Cruise when she got them. Katie’s Hermes handbag collection definitely rivals her pal Victoria Beckham’s.”

[From Radar]

Is this a strategic leak to dent the image of Saint Katie, who cares nothing for material items nowadays? Perhaps. But I also think it’s probably true – I’ve heard similar things in other celebrity divorces, and I think it’s quite normal for “assets” received by the wife during the marriage are hers to keep in the divorce. So maybe Katie was feathering her nest all along – she allegedly gets to keep millions and millions of dollars worth of clothes, handbags, shoes and most importantly, jewelry. And before you say,“But Katie left during the night, she probably didn’t take any of that stuff with her, she only took Suri and one pair of booties.” BS. She was preparing her getaway for months. You know she moved out all of her pricey stuff before she even dropped the divorce filing.

Here are some new photos of Katie and Suri in NYC over the weekend.

Ashton Kutcher is begging Demi Moore to divorce him, since he’s with Mila now

Yesterday we saw photos of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis taking in a Dodgers gamefrom some sweet seats. Mila looked annoyed to be there in the photos I’ve seen, although of course she knew she would be photographed. I wonder if that was a calculated move so as not to look too thrilled with her new lovah, or maybe she just finds baseball boring. She went public with Ashton, so it must be serious on some level. She could have begged off going.

The Enquirer has a new story this week that I’m not entirely sure is accurate, namely because I believe the rumors that Ashton and Demi were never officially married. I think they’re hoping that that the public will ignore the fact that neither of them has filed for divorce, because to do so might expose the news that they were only married under their Kabbalah cult and never in the eyes of the law. I could be wrong, though. Here’s that story, from Mike Walker’s column:

“Ashton always wanted Demi to take the lead in filing for divorce, and in her own good time,” said a source. “He didn’t press her too hard because she was going through heavy emotional distress and he didn’t want to pile it on her.

“But now he’s calling Demi and begging her to file, driven by Mila’s agony over being in a romance with a still-married man.”

While Demi remains civil toward Ashton, she’s unmoved by his pleas.

“It stings her that he’s fallen in love with a girl much younger than she is,” said the source. “She’s not in the mood to make things easier for him.”

[From The National Enquirer, Mike Walker’s column]

Again, if these two weren’t really married, and we’ve heard rumors about this for some time, no one would need to file for divorce, which I do think the public will overlook. The gossip-press and the gossip-obsessed among us will know if no divorce happens and it might get some coverage, but it won’t go wide like a big scandal or a wedding would. Now, this could get complicated if Ashton and Mila got engaged for instance. If that happened, I bet some of the mainstream outlets will start bringing it up, even if it’s a couple of years from now. Like “why aren’t Ashton and Demi divorced yet?” If they are/were really married, I do believe Walker’s account that Demi is dragging herfeet. We’ve heard for months that she’s hoping for a reunion, and we know she’s not easily letting go even though she supposedly has a “new boyfriend,” the announcement of which coincided with news of Ashton and Mila’s romance.

In related Demi news, Star is claiming she’s had another boob job. They use the photos of her super skinny compared to how healthy she’s looking now. Those are the two photos below. They say she had some kind of lift, which is possible. It could also just be simple weight gain, which she sorely needed.

Demi in July, with Martin Henderson.

Is Angelina Jolie refusing to do ‘Today’ interviews out of allegiance to Ann Curry?


Throughout the years, it became clear that Ann Curry was a full-fledged Brangeloonie. A Brangeloonie recognizes the lunacy in others, and I have to admit, Ann never really hid her Brangeloonie-status. To give Ann some credit, I think Angelina Jolie chose to give Ann many exclusives because Ann was known to be a sympathetic (and easy) interview. Angelina must have talked Ann up to Brad Pitt, because Brad began giving exclusives to Ann Curry for a while too – until Ann began fondling him during an interview at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago, after which, I don’t think Brad ever sat down with Ann again. Still, Angelina and Ann were still friendly, and now Radar claims that Angelina has (privately) declared her allegiance to Ann Curry, and Jolie says she’ll never give an interview to NBC again if it’s not with Ann.

In the days after Ann Curry was sacked from her co-host gig on the TODAY show, Angelina Jolie reached out to the veteran journalist and told her if NBC wanted an interview with her, or fiance Brad Pitt, it would be conducted by Curry, and definitely not any of the current cast of the embattled morning news program, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

“Angelina reached out to Ann Curry after she was fired from her gig on the TODAY show and was very clear, if ANY news program from NBC wants an interview with her, or Brad, Ann will be the only one to do it,” a source close to the situation tells us.

“Angelina has tremendous respect for Ann because of the work she has done on bringing awareness to Darfur. Ann has developed a professional relationship with Angelina and Brad, and they trust her implicitly because of her integrity. Their working relationship has developed into a friendship, and it meant the world to Ann that Angelina had reached out to her. Angelina made it clear to Ann that no one from the current TODAY show cast would get an interview with Angelina or Brad, and with rumors of an upcoming wedding for the couple, NBC will lose any interviews with the actors in the future if Ann isn’t allowed to do it,” the insider added.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Nielsen ratings released Monday indicate ABC’s Good Morning America beat TODAY last week, despite huge momentum for the NBC morning program, which was coming off two dominant ratings weeks with their exclusive coverage from the London Olympics.

GMA beat TODAY by an average of 162,000 viewers, according to the Nielsens, as TODAY only won Monday out of the five-day week. TODAY had squashed GMA during the two weeks of the Olympics by an average of more than 1.5 million viewers a week, but lost all five weeks in the ratings battle prior to the games in London.

Furthermore, Matt Lauer is “hated” by several long-time producers of TODAY and the crew is in turmoil, all as a result of the morning show host having pushed NBC executives to dump Curry as his co-anchor.

“There are several producers that have been with the TODAY show for a very long time, over ten years, and Matt Lauer is now hated by them because they feel that he is responsible for Ann Curry’s being fired. Ann was tremendously popular with the producers, cameramen, and other staffers of the show because she truly is a team player. Ann was all about the news, and breaking stories, just a true pro,” asource previously told us.

“Angelina doesn’t have a publicist, she never has, and she hand picks who she does press with. Angie doesn’t like how Ann has been treated by NBC. Yes, she is a very busy mom of six, and her work as an actress and activist, but she has been very aware of what is going on with her friend. Angelina told Brad he should let Ann interview him for all of his work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and Brad feels the same way about Ann that Angie does,” the insider says.

[From Radar]

I keep hearing that NBC higher-ups and Today Show staffers are having “buyer’s remorse” with Ann’s replacement, Savannah Guthrie. I don’t think Savannah is actively bad or anything – she’s bubbly and cute, and she and Matt Lauer flirt with each other on air often. But there is something lacking. Of course, there was something lacking between Lauer and Ann too. Despite all of the stories about how everyone “misses” Ann now, I really don’t think NBC would ever admit their mistake and ask her to come back. Not even if Angelina Jolie threatens to withhold exclusive interviews. More likely, Angelina will just go somewhere else with little effort – like, she’ll start to give her exclusives to Anderson Cooper, or Katie Couric at 60 Minutes, or Good Morning Americaor whatever.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

Kristen Stewart dropped from ‘SWATH’ sequel, now it’s just ‘The Huntsman’

Oh no! Bad news for Kristen Stewart. It looks like her career really IS going to take a hit after she Mini-Cooper’d her married director, Rupert Sanders. In the immediate wake of the Sanders-Stewart scandal, it was widely reported that Kristen was still attached to a sequel of Snow White and the Huntsman, and although Sanders wasn’t contractually obligated to direct the sequel, he could and might do it. Well… not so much, for some of it. The Hollywood Reporter says that SWATH will be getting a sequel, and that Rupert Sanders might have something to do with it… but Kristen Stewart will not be returning. It’s just going to be about “The Huntsman” now. Which means another vehicle for Chris Hemsworth:

Universal has decided to shelf its planned Snow White and the Huntsman sequel and is instead focusing on a solo Huntsman movie starring Chris Hemsworth. Kristen Stewart will not be invited to return if the follow-up goes forward.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the sequel to June’s Snow White, which starred Stewart, Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, is being reconceived as a spinoff movie. It’s unclear whether director Rupert Sanders will return, though one sourcewith ties to the production says he will.

However, screenwriter David Koepp, who had been hired to pen the continuation of the original film, is being settled out of his rich contract, according to sources, as the project is being transformed into something other than the movie that Koepp had been hired to write.

“The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise,” a Universal spokeswoman says.

The move comes in the wake of Stewart, 22, and the married Sanders, 41, apologizing publicly for a romantic affair after compromising photos of the duo were published in July. (Stewart was dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.) While it might have been awkward for Stewart and Sanders to reunite for a sequel, it is not clear why the decision to move forward without Stewart was made.
It is highly unusual for Hollywood studios to drop stars of franchises between the first and second installments. The original plan, according to sources, was to make two films featuring the Snow White character and a third film spinning off the Huntsman, similar to how Fox’s X-Men series has spun off Wolverine.

It’s far from clear whether a Snow White follow-up will ever get made. The movie was a modest hit for Universal, grossing $389.2 million worldwide on a budget of about $170 million. But Stewart, one of Hollywood’s top stars thanks to the Twilight franchise, commands a hefty salary. Declining to pick up her option would shave millions from the budget of a second movie.

Universal is looking for a new writer, and insiders hope to start filming in July when Hemsworth, who also stars in Marvel’s Thor series, becomes available.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

The wording on this is very weird. At first, I really thought it was the studio completely behind this decision, but after re-reading the report… I’m not so sure. I think Kristen Stewart might have gone to the studio with some qualms about the sequel, and they were like, “Eh, maybe we just won’t have you in the sequel anyway” and Kristen rolled her eyes and said “Whatever, dude.” It just feels more like a mutual split rather than a studio bouncing Kristen from a sequel. It feels like Kristen is trying to pull back from roles that will “look bad” – like playing a trampy little thing in Cali, or working with Rupert Sanders again in a SWATH sequel.

Maybe she just needs or wants some time off. Which might not be the worst thing. Whenever a young actor gets in over their head, I always suggest it: take a year off, get out of LA, get out of your own headspace. Go travel the world, do some charity work and come back in a year, refreshed and ready to work. Kristen should do that.

Lindsay Lohan looks less cracked-out at the wrap party for ‘The Canyons’

Here are some new photos of Lindsay Lohan looking somewhat presentable and less cracked-out last night in LA. LL was at the “wrap-party” for the micro-financed film, The Canyons. So, the film only had a budget of something like $200,000, but they managed to make it stretch for a month of filming, plus their coke budget, plus an after-party budget. Fine, I’ll say it. This is going to be a really terrible film. Do you want further evidence? Lindsay’s p0rn costar, James Deen, told TMZ that Lindsay totally “helped” him:

Lindsay Lohan personally helped p0rn star James Deen reach new levels of prowess — this according to the p0rn star himself, who says acting with Lindsay was one of the greatest learning experiences of his life.

James was leaving Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills Saturday when he was asked about working with Lindsay in their new film “The Canyons” — and he replied, “Working with her was awesome. She’s super professional. Super great. She’s a fantastic actress … I feel like I learned a lot from her.”

Deen said working with an actress like Lindsay “brings the best out of you. It was very helpful to me as an amateur.”

[From TMZ]

I just felt a twinge because I remembered all of the nice things Tina Fey used to say about working with Lindsay on Mean Girls. Poor Tina.

Meanwhile, remember how both LL and Charlie Sheen were planning to take roles inScary Movie 5? Well, as it turns out, they really will have scenes together – death scenes. Is this even worthy of a spoiler? Fine. Spoiler: The studio says Charlie and LL will be “the world’s hottest new couple” in the movie, and one or both will be killed in the movie’s opening sequence.

And here’s another “WTF?” piece of Lohan news – remember how Lindsay was all up on James Franco last year? Yeah, I had forgotten about that too, but Franco hasn’t forgotten. James Franco is going to make a movie about her. Sort of. Maybe. Franco has put a “casting notice” out that he’s looking for “James Franco types” and “Lindsay Lohan types” for a new project he’s directing.

I’m also including a photo of Lindsay at will.i.am’s album release party a few nights ago – that’s the photo where she’s got a pissed-off expression and she’s wearing the black sleeved thing. LL and Will were joking around about a possible collaboration (true story: I wrote that as “collabortion” at first).