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True Blood Finale

How the Sexual Progressivism of ‘True Blood’ Imploded on Itself

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I knew True Blood‘s series finale was bound to be terrible when there was no nudity warning on HBO Go. Three seasons past its deserved expiration date, True Blood had long held my attention on the strength of Ryan Kwanten’s abs and little else, so what was the point of watching last night’s final installment without the promise of another Eric/Jason scene (or some other form of blatant fan service)? “Thank You” wasn’t a godawful conclusion for its simple lack of sex, though. For a show that made its name on sexual liberation, True Blood‘s finale felt retrograde, conservative, and bizarrely off-tone.
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When Celebrities Sue Celebrities: A History

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The news that Donald Trump is dropping — for now, anyway! — his monumentally stupid (even for him) lawsuit against Bill Maher may be good for the humorless blowhard and reality TV star, but it’s disappointing for late-night comedy writers and celeb jurisprudence fans. C’mon, admit it: that would’ve been a fun trial, if for nothing else than Maher’s testimony. At any rate, while we’re waiting to see if Trump holds true on his threat to return to the matter at a later date, here’s a look back at other instances of celebrities — real and C-list — who’ve taken each other to court.
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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Earlier today Tina Brown announced that after 80 years as a print publication, Newsweek will move to an all-digital format beginning next year. The new incarnation of the magazine, Newsweek Global, will be available to readers through a paid subscription model. [via Media Decoder]

2. There’s not a whole lot to see… Read More

10 Viciously Backlashed Movies We Still Like (and Why)

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Backlash is a funny thing. It’s always been present in popular culture, but it feels as though it’s become particularly prominent over the past few years, an unavoidable step in any celebrated film, band, book, or television show’s penetration into the cultural landscape: first comes critical acclaim, then financial success, then ubiquity, and then the inevitable backlash from those who object (or who have turned, perhaps because of said popularity and/or ubiquity). Sometimes, the pendulum swings back and the backlash fades — but often, the negative connotation is what sticks, and that’s what becomes the lasting perception.

This week’s 3D rerelease of Titanic got us thinking about backlash, and how often we find ourselves defending movies that were, at least in the beginning, critical and popular hits, but have since fallen out of public favor. Thus, we’ve collected ten movies that the worm turned on — but that we’re standing by, damnit, and we’ll tell you why. Check them out after the jump, and add your own in the comments.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Radiohead debuted two new songs at the kick-off show for their 2012 world tour in Miami last night. Watch the live footage of the band performing “Identikit” and “Cut A Hole” here.

2. This can’t be good: series creator Alan Ball has confirmed that he’s stepping down from his duties as True… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Instead of that Zombieland sequel that everyone has been talking about, word is that Fox and Sony Pictures Television are developing a “potential half-hour comedy” that’s based on the film. We wonder how much this decision has to do with the runaway success of the second-season premiere of The Walking Dead. [via … Read More