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Joe Manganiello talks new book 'Evolution,' makes a plea for his male stripper doc, and passes our Personality Test -- VIDEO

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There are many reasons you might want to check out the new fitness book by Joe Manganiello, Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted. For starters, the blurb his Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum penned for it claims each purchase comes with a lap dance. “That’s Channing getting me in a lot of trouble, because hopefully I’ll sell a lot of books and that would be a lot of lap dances,” Manganiello tells EW, laughing. “I guess we’ll see how it does.” There’s also a step-by-step guide to the six-week workout program he uses to get camera-ready to play werewolf Alcide on True Blood, and personal stories he hopes inspire people to want to go to the gym. “The people who have read it have found it to be very motivating, and that was definitely the goal,” he says.

One of the most interesting stories is what happened after Manganiello got what he thought would be his big break, being cast as Flash Thompson in 2002’s Spider-Man; he wouldn’t act again for four years.
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This Week on Stage: Alcide makes some new fans, 'Kinky Boots' recoups

More shows a-comin’ in what looks to be a busy fall, but it’s a summer Tony winner that’s still packing ‘em in. Kinky Boots, which scored Best Musical, Best Score (for Cyndi Lauper), and Best Actor in a Musical (Billy Porter), among other trophies, recouped its running costs in what’s been a staggering seven months for Broadway (even The Book of Mormon took longer, though Kinky has a few hundred more seats per show to sell, in all fairness). The Glass Menagerie, boasting ecstatic reviews (including ours) has extended seven extra weeks to play through February 2014, Taxi stars Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch take on Neil Simon in L.A., and the season’s love affair with Tennessee Williams continues in New Haven this time, with resident True Blood hottie Joe Manganiello (Alcide, to HBO fans) taking on brutish, bruised Stanley Kowalski: (click on the links below to read the full reviews):

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This Week on Stage: Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones slay critics, Walter White as LBJ

If you had anything to do with John Tiffany’s new revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic memory play The Glass Menagerie, chances are you had an extremely good week, as the production received raves by NY critics, signaling a must-see to the theaterati. (And make sure you get tickets soon, as it closes Jan. 5.) Actually, Tennessee Williams seemed to inform much of this past week; joining Menagerie is an unearthed work by William Inge that explicitly references another Williams play (they were famously pals), and look sharp for an upcoming review of True Blood star Joe Manganiello in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, playing up in New Haven, CT. And yes, he does appear shirtless, but don’t even think of snapping a photo of him during the show! And a little-known TV star named Bryan Cranston (you know, from that small show Breaking Bad) takes on Lyndon Johnson in a new play with designs on Broadway (click on the links below for the full reviews): READ FULL STORY

'Longmire' star Katee Sackhoff takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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This season on A&E’s Longmire, which returns tonight at 10 p.m. ET, we’ll dive more into the private life of Deputy Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and her struggles with her husband (Michael Mosley) and her feelings for Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor). Don’t ask Sackhoff, a veteran of the Battlestar Galactica shipper wars, which way she wants Vic to go in the end. “I always wanted Starbuck to end up with Anders [Michael Trucco], and I think I probably pushed it that direction, so there’s some fans that, like, hate me because they were like, ‘No, Apollo! We love Apollo!’ So dare I say,” Sackhoff explains. “But I think it would be really funny, at this point, to have to do a sex scene with Robert because I know his wife and his kid, and he knows my fiancé [film producer Scott Niemeyer]. It always gets more awkward the more you know someone. Like toward the end of [Battlestar] when I was doing scenes with Michael Trucco, and then I’d go out with his wife or something, she’d be like, ‘How is it making out with my husband all day?’ I’m like, ‘It’s so good. Thanks. Would you like to call Scott? I mean, if you really want to. It’s only fair.'”

Below, Sackhoff takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test. If you can’t guess from that anecdote above, it’s one of our best yet. READ FULL STORY

Happy Birthday, Joe Manganiello!

Joe Manganiello turns 36 today, and to celebrate, here’s a quick look back at his greatest EW hits.

• That time he told us about borrowing clothing from the Los Angeles fire department for his memorable MTV Movie Awards appearance: “It was hilarious. It was me, Channing [Tatum], and Matthew [McConaughey] backstage. I’ve got no shirt on and this real, f—in’ huge fireman axe I’m throwin’ around, and I’m meeting Oscar winner Charlize Theron, who’s tellin’ me about how they hired a fireman stripper for her mom’s birthday one year. [Laughs] I’m listening, but I’m nervous…. They told us ahead of time that Elizabeth Banks won. They’re like, ‘Dude, you should f—in’ carry her off.’ I’m like, ‘Okay. God bless her, I hope she goes with it.'”  READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' react: 12 Horny Women

Joe Manganiello is extremely attractive.

That seemed to be the central idea of Monday night’s How I Met Your Mother, the second in Manganiello’s two-parter that had Marshall’s law firm suing a pharmaceutical company being defended by Marshall’s one-time law school bro, Brad.

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'How I Met Your Mother' recap: The last-minute curveball

And here we thought that Joe Manganiello’s return was the only reason to be excited for tonight’s episode.

“The Stamp Tramp” featured a potentially life-altering moment for Marshall and a funny, sweet Ted/Lily subplot. But the scene that’s really going to get fans talking is the last one of the episode, featuring Robin and Barney — who has gone from declaring his “fake” love for Robin to kissing her passionately after a drunken night at a strip club.

While the couple’s lip lock certainly wasn’t unexpected — if these two are going to get married this season, they’ll have to stop dancing around each other sometime soon, right? — it was a little surprising that it served as the culmination of such a silly storyline. Robin spent the episode serving as Barney’s “strip club agent,” trying to find a go-to topless joint to replace Quinn’s tainted stomping grounds. Then again, How I Met Your Mother is no stranger to last-minute curveballs; remember “Bad News”? (Warning: Do not read if the thought of our Marshmallow in pain gets you feeling teary.)

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The Bible is suddenly the hottest thing in Hollywood. What other scriptural tales could work as feature films?

Hollywood is — if nothing else — a land of over-stuffed bandwagons, and as studio suits begin to tire of super-sizing fairy tales, the latest micro-trend in “let’s-try-launching-this-kind-of-franchise” appears to be feature films based on the Bible.

The first, director Darren Aronofsky’s take on Noah, just recently wrapped filming in Iceland with Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. The rest of the Bible-based projects remain in some stage of development without an official greenlight, but many have A-list names hovering around them. According to Deadline, there are two possible films about Moses, with Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg respectively circling the directors’ chairs. Will Smith is reportedly eyeing the story of Cain & Abel as his directorial debut. Paul Verhoeven is developing a biopic about Jesus, based on Verhoeven’s own book and research, that strips away all the miracles of the New Testament. Most recently, screenwriter Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) penned a script about Pontius Pilate — i.e. the man who condemned Jesus Christ to the cross — that was just snapped up by Warner Bros.

But that is just scratching the surface when it comes to Bible stories that are ready-made for the big screen, especially in the Old Testament. In the interest of providing Hollywood with even more half-baked ideas, my colleague Darren Franich and I humbly suggest the following ecclesiastical tales as sure-fire potential box office blockbusters:  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' predictor polls: What's gonna happen before the end of the season?

With two episodes left of True Blood‘s fifth season, we can’t wait to see how the many wars play out: vampire vs. human, vampire vs. fae, and V-drinking wolf vs. hot shirtless wolf (to name a few). Since we have no clue, really, we’re throwing it to you. Weigh in on the polls below.  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood's Kristin Bauer van Straten needs you to help save Africa's elephants and rhinos

Next month, Kristin Bauer van Straten, better known as True Blood‘s Pam, will leave for Kenya, where she’ll spend four weeks filming a documentary about the effort to stop elephant ivory and rhino horn poaching — a cause dear to her South African husband’s family. His grandfather was a professor of physiology who helped treat, relocate, and save wildlife. Just as the experts need help to keep elephants and rhinos from going extinct, Bauer van Straten needs help to fund her film project.

With 19 days left on her Kickstarter campaign, she’s reached roughly two-thirds of her $30,000 goal. She expects the documentary, Out for Africa, to cost triple that. As incentives for pledges, she’s recruited her True Blood castmates to sign items ranging from the common (magazine covers and comic books) to the rare (Joe Manganiello’s modesty sock, which secured a donation of at least $1,000, and Anna Paquin’s signed “super snatch patch,” which has yet to go up for grabs). Forthcoming items include a signed Sookie bra, an Authority necklace, and the Walmart sweatshirt Bauer van Straten wore to EW’s Women Who Kick Ass Comic-Con panel. Members of the cast and crew are also offering their time, whether it be a 30-minute phone call or a dinner. We caught up with Bauer van Straten last week. READ FULL STORY

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