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'True Blood': Is it Sookie/Bill or Sookie/Eric? -- VOTE

In honor of March Madness, EW is launching a tournament to determine the Greatest TV Couple of All Time. But before we can finalize the brackets, we are turning to you, our hopeless TV romantic readers, to decide which five couples – all part of a love triangle on their shows — make it out of a qualifying round to fill the final slots. First up, Sookie & Bill versus Sookie & Eric on True Blood.

Sorry, Edward & Bella: When it comes to vampire love, you can’t beat the sexy, smoldering stares of a Viking… Or is it you can’t beat the stares of an old-school Southern Gentleman?

You can see where we run into problems. For one of our qualifying polls to determine the Greatest TV Couple of All Time, we need your help to decide if real-life loves Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) should be the True Blood relationship that makes the cut – or if Sookie and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) is the real love worth dying for.  Apologies to Alcide: He may be a shirtless werewolf hunk, but his ill-fated brief make-outs with Ms. Stackhouse aren’t enough to elevate him to potential boyfriend status.

Personally, I prefer Eric Northman. He’s sarcastic and playful, which is exactly what you should be looking for in a vampire boyfriend. He may have originally tricked Sookie into drinking his blood, but Bill’s hands aren’t exactly clean when it comes to manipulation either. Their seasons-long flirting was fun to watch, but things really heated up when Eric’s memory was wiped by an evil witch in season 4 and Sookie had to take care of him. They fall in love, have steamy sex in the moonlight (not to mention all over her house), and — although they are now broken up — last season he still protected Sookie, and didn’t allow his “sister” Nora to hurt her. Plus: That smile! READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2013: Elton John, Bono, Jim Carrey, Heidi Klum with table-talk, sour notes, giant steps


A fresh rhythm, more big-stage flair and a classic songbook were among the promises that accompanied the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night and it’s hard to imagine a better hook to catch the attention of the Federation – no, not the Star Trek thing, this one is the new celebrity super-group that gathered Sunday near Table No. 18 at Elton John’s annual Oscar viewing party. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The cast, characters, and crazy new season of 'True Blood'

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When penning the fifth season of True Blood, the frightening yet disarmingly funny vampire drama that returns to HBO this Sunday, creator Alan Ball found inspiration (in all places!) by watching the scary-in-their-own-right presidential primaries.

“My first instinct about going into religion and politics was from watching Michele Bachmann, who thinks she has a direct line to God.” Ball told EW. “What would happen if she became president? A lot of right-wingers would like to see a theocracy in America. From there we thought, ‘What would a vampire theocracy be and how would you justify it? What kind of impact would it have on humans?’”

The result is a battle between the Tru Blood-sipping Authority, headed by Roman Zimojic (Christopher Meloni), and religious extremists like the Sanguinistas, who believe humans were created by God for one purpose only: to serve as a hearty meal. “Sanguine is from the Latin word for blood, and I was trying to find a name that like a real movement,” explains Ball.

We think it works!  READ FULL STORY

Nominated for Nothing: Are you there, Oscar? It's me, 'Margaret'

Every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars.The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Persona, Breathless, Hoop Dreams, King Kong, Caddyshack — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: Margaret, Kenneth Lonergan’s long-delayed opus about an Upper West Side high-schooler named Lisa (Anna Paquin, never better) who inadvertently causes a terrible accident that takes the life of an innocent pedestrian (Allison Janney), after she flirts with a bus driver. The next two hours show the complex evolution of her guilt as she launches legal proceedings against the driver, while not fully acknowledging her own role in the tragedy. Lonergan, who immediately established himself as a master of quiet relationship studies in his debut, 2000’s You Can Count on Me, crafts a coming-of-age tale with novelistic richness, showing Lisa’s clashes with her shallow actress mother and her mom’s new boyfriend (Jean Reno, doing his best “Most Interesting Man in the World” impression); her heated foreign policy discussions in debate class;  her first sexual encounter (with Kieran Culkin!); and a budding romance with a self-righteous teacher (Matt Damon). How Lisa’s life and daily routine slowly unravel as a result of her complicity in that horrific traffic accident is a beautiful and terrifying thing to watch. READ FULL STORY

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