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'Cedar Cove' star Andie MacDowell was a 'hard rocker' in high school

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Andie MacDowell, who currently stars on Hallmark Channel’s sun-soaked series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, may have grown up watching Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons, but there was definitely a wild streak. After explaining that she still doesn’t sit down long enough to watch a lot of TV—unless it’s binge-watching the first season of Girls with one of her daughters —the subject turns to daughter Margaret Qualley working with Liv Tyler on The Leftovers.

 

“She went to see Aerosmith. And I did go see Aerosmith when I was in high school,” MacDowell says. “I was a hard rocker when I was in high school. Not very me now, but I was diggin’ it, big time.” What does she remember about her concert experience? “I’ve been very open and honest with my children on what not to do. I told them the truth: there are a lot of things I wish I hadn’t [done]. I was straight by the time I was in the eleventh grade—and that’s a pretty scary comment—but I did go see Aerosmith in the tenth grade,” she says. “I was not legally drinking, but I was drinking. We drank tequila, and there were three of everybody by the time I got to the concert. I went to the bathroom, and I thought it was very strange that everybody parted when I walked in. But thank goodness I got that out of my system really fast, and by the time I was in my senior year, I was making really good grades and I had my act together….We’re laughing about it now, but it really was sad. I regretted it.”

What else can you learn about MacDowell through pop culture? Watch the video and read the full transcript below. Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark. READ FULL STORY

Ranking the Emmy acceptance speeches

The Emmys honor the best performances on television, but the telecast is all about celebrating the best speeches. Here’s how we called it:

1. Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Lead Actor in a Drama Series: It was Cranston’s night. He had the perfect amount of humility (“Even I thought about voting for Matthew”), humor (“I love you, especially those scenes in bed,” he told Anna Gunn) and inspiration (find your passion, Sneaky Petes).  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' auctioning off Sookie's bloody finale dress

Spoiler alert: If you’re a True Blood fan who loved the final scene between Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer), you can now own a piece of it. EW has the exclusive first look at a few new items being added to the True Blood auction on Screenbid.com today.  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' fans predict Bill's death. But what about Sookie's fate?

As True Blood fans prepare to say goodbye with the series finale airing Sunday (9 p.m. ET on HBO), most of them have chosen to accept Bill’s fate. According to a poll in EW‘s recap of the penultimate episode, 76 percent believe Hep-V infected Bill (Stephen Moyer) will get his wish and meet the true death before the hour is over. (By comparison, only 17 percent think Alexander Skarsgard’s healthy Eric will end the series in a pile of bloody goo. The risk for Kristin Bauer van Straten’s Pam rises to 37 percent. And as for Anna Paquin’s Sookie, whose home is presumably about to get swarmed by the Yakuza, only 25 percent expect her to bite it.)

A large factor in Bill’s choice not to drink the cure (the blood of Anna Camp’s Sarah Newlin) is his belief that Sookie (Anna Paquin) will never move on from him as long as he’s on the planet. Those poll results are more mixed: Roughly 54 percent believe Bill needs to get over himself—Sookie’s realized he’s her first love, not only love. Twenty-eight percent agree with Bill—she’d always compare every man to him. And 18 percent think the point is moot—Sookie shouldn’t have to move on because they’re meant to be together.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Joe Manganiello and the men of 'La Bare' play Never Have I Ever

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Director Joe Manganiello’s well-received male stripper documentary La Bare is now available On Demand and on iTunes. To celebrate, we asked Manganiello and three of his subjects—Cesar, Channing, and JD—to play a game of Never Have I Ever. Watch the video below and read a full transcript to find out about wardrobe malfunctions, unusual injuries, and big tips (money, people, MONEY). READ FULL STORY

Watch George Takei reference 'Deep Throat', 'Bambi' in same interview

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George Takei’s laugh is as recognizable as his voice, and you’ll hear a lot of both in the new documentary To Be Takei, which covers the 77-year-old Star Trek star’s life from his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp, to his journey from closeted actor to activist alongside his husband/business partner Brad Takei.

You also hear a lot of laughter when Takei takes our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video and read a full transcript below. To Be Takei opens in select theaters and hits On Demand and iTunes Aug. 22. READ FULL STORY

'Gang Related' star Ramon Rodriguez really loves Lucy (also Cheetera)

The season finale of Fox’s Gang Related (airing Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. ET) is going to be a dramatic one, as Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez) and Sam Chapel (Terry O’Quinn) seek vengeance for the murder of Jessica (Shantel VanSanten), Ryan’s girlfriend and Sam’s daughter. But Rodriguez’s mood was considerably lighter when he stopped by EW to reveal his first celebrity crush, what he used to act out as a child, his junior high jams, and his prized pop culture possession.

Watch the video and read a full transcript below. READ FULL STORY

Last call: Vote for all 15 EWwy categories here, honor Emmy-snubbed

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With polls for our 7th Annual EWwy Awards honoring the Emmy-snubbed closing Friday, Aug. 15 at noon ET, it’s now or never to fill out your ballot. Below are this year’s 15 categories. Vote away.

Winners will be announced live Monday, Aug. 18 on EW Radio (SiriusXM 105), starting at 10 a.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

Who's the biggest Emmy snub? EWwy voting is incredibly tight

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Polls for EW.com’s 7th Annual EWwys, our reader-voted awards for the shows and performers left out of this year’s Emmys race, remain open through noon ET on Friday, Aug. 15. Every vote counts—really. At this second, just nine votes separate first from second in the Best Variety Series category. Equally impressive, less than a thousand votes separate first from sixth. Which nominee (listed alphabetically) deserves the coveted golden ewe statuette: @midnightDrunk HistoryInside Amy SchumerKey & PeelePortlandia, or Watch What Happens LiveHit the comedy categories and tell us.

The closest race on the drama side, at this moment? Best Supporting Actor. Those nominees, again in alphabetical order: Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Peter Sarsgaard (The Killing), and John Slattery (Mad Men). Head here for the drama categories.

EWwy winners will be announced live Aug. 18 on EW Radio (SiriusXM 105), starting at 10 a.m. ET.

'True Blood' auctioning off Eric's throne

Well, this is one way to pump up fans for the Aug. 24 series finale of True Blood: Props, costumes, and most importantly Eric’s Fangtasia throne, will be auctioned off from Aug. 20 through Aug. 25 on Screenbid.com. New items will be added daily, but as of now, here’s EW‘s top 10 most wanted: READ FULL STORY

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