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'True Blood' returns tonight: Where we left off

On Sunday, HBO2 is running a full season 5 marathon starting at 9 a.m. ET, leading into the season 6 premiere at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. If you don’t want to get sucked into that but do need a reminder where we left off 10 months ago, here’s a quick refresher. (Read our full recap of the season 5 finale here.)
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Why 'Point Break' is the best summer movie EVER

Summer is no fun without a truly insane, over-the-top action movie. Fast & Furious 6 seems to be the one to beat this year…. unless The Smurfs 2 has a really incredible Parkour chase. But even Vin Diesel vs. a tank cannot come close to the ludicrous brilliance of 1991′s Point Break. It’s got a pretty beach setting. An even prettier cast (Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze). A non-brain-taxing plot (Surfing bank robbers!). And Gary Busey! What more do you need? Okay, well here are a few more reasons why it’s the best summer movie of all time:

  • Because it’s about surfing bank robbers who dress up like former Presidents when they commit crimes.
  • Because Keanu Reeves character is a former college football star named Johnny Utah and no one ever giggles.
  • Because Patrick Swayze’s character is named Bodhi and no one ever giggles.
  • Because Kathryn Bigelow directs the hell outta this movie. Surfing and skydiving have never looked better on film.
  • Because Keanu says lines like, “You gotta go down!” and no one ever giggles.
  • Because Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis plays a character named Tone.
  • Because Swayze has got great hair in this movie (see above photo). Bangs!
  • Because Patrick says lines like “Back off Warchild, seriously.” and no one ever giggles.
  • Because Lori Petty starred in this and like four other movies before completely disappearing. Where are you, Lori?
  • Because there’s an entire action sequence that hinges on a lawnmower malfunctioning.
  • Because Gary Busey’s performance is the least insane part of the movie.
  • Because the foot chase between Johnny and Bodhi through alleyways is still one of the most viscerally thrilling action scenes ever.

Disagree PopWatchers? Then what do you think is the best summer movie?

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A la carte cable? John McCain wants to make it possible

An interview with my DVR (his name is Leonardo — after the Ninja Turtle, not DiCaprio in case you were wondering), confirms that despite regularly watching up to 30 different scripted television shows a week, I am only using a handful of the channels currently offered to me by my cable provider. Should a new bill from Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain pass, Leonardo might be recording my favorites from a far smaller batch of networks.

McCain’s proposed legislation, called The Television Consumer Freedom Act, aims to establish a television environment in which cable television customers only pay for the channels they choose.

By current practices, certain companies — like Disney and NBC Universal — sell their channels in bundles, thus charging cable operators for lower-profile channels, an expense that is then passed on to consumers. McCain’s proposal would seek to remedy that by forcing networks to unbundle channels and encourage cable operators to do the same. (What’s in it for them? Incentives around licensing.)
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Bradley Cooper or ice cream? One woman has to make a choice in new commercial -- VIDEO

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Hot guys selling ice cream? It might just be the new trend of the summer.

On the heels of True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello shilling for Magnum Gold, a new commercial features former Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper chilling at a fancy party eating some Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Cue Cooper locking eyes with a beautiful lady and then — of course — trying to leave the party with her. But does said pretty gal want Cooper… or his dessert? I think you know where this is going.

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'SNL': All this week's 'Fox & Friends' corrections

Once again, Saturday Night Live opened with a sketch that poked fun at Fox News’s Fox & Friends — and ended with a fast-moving scroll that listed a few things the show’s fact-checkers wanted to set straight before going to break. As always, the corrections were topical (“Jason Collins was not turned gay by a Washington Wizard”), totally random (“New York exists outside the mind of Billy Joel”), and everything in between.

Here’s the full list:

Kentucky Derby losers are not turned into Ikea meatballs.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not accidentally blow up vowels in his own name.

The chupacabra does not deliver presents on Cinco De Mayo.

President Obama does not want to take away T-shirt guns.

Most women have only two breasts.

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Justin Bieber's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2013: A timeline

Oh, Biebs, not again!

Justin Bieber has always made headlines, but lately, the the 19-year-old superstar is making news that doesn’t cast him in the most positive light. The latest report: Swedish police discovered a small amount of drugs (reportedly marijuana) and a stun gun on one of Bieber’s tour buses. It’s the latest in a series of incidents that have plagued the singer throughout the European leg of his Believe Tour. From orphaned monkeys and on-stage spewage, to late-starting concerts and ill-thought-out messages left at solemn historical sites, Bieber isn’t doing much to dispel claims he’s shaping up to be pop-music’s foremost enfant terrible. Indeed, Bieber’s 2013 has thus far been marked by one unfortunate escapade after another.

We’ve rounded up some of Bieber’s bigger missteps over the last few months to put this latest incident in perspective. Check out our timeline of Bieber’s decidedly un-swaggy 2013 below. READ FULL STORY

Durham Bulls celebrate 25th anniversary of 'Bull Durham' in awesome(ly bad) ways

To honor Bull Durham, the 1988 film that made both their team and comical minor league baseball ballpark promotions famous, the Durham Bulls are hosting movie-themed activities throughout their 2013 home schedule. Cue the “Bull Durham Racers,” people wearing mascot-size costumes of Nuke, Crash, and Annie, who run across the warning track and then mingle with the crowd for photo ops. Check out a video below.

Trivia contests are also planned, along with videos of current and past players reciting famous lines from the Kevin Costner-Susan Sarandon film. Other tributes include the “Nuke Dog” at concession stands, various giveaway items, and Bull Durham-era throwback jerseys worn by the team at all Saturday home games (which will be auctioned off for charity at season’s end). If you’re a diehard Bull Durham fan with some vacation time, you may want to head to North Carolina on Sunday, June 16, when the players will also wear those throwback jerseys for a “game-long tribute to the film coinciding with the exact weekend it was released a quarter century ago.” Hope you enjoy that, visiting team (Indianapolis Indians)! And you know that bull mascot is goin’ down. READ FULL STORY

'I Want to Marry Ryan Banks': Writer of Bradley Cooper TV movie looks back

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In 2004, ABC Family premiered the TV movie I Want to Marry Ryan Banks. It stars a post-Alias Bradley Cooper as a talent manager who convinces his friend/falling star client Ryan Banks (Jason Priestley) to do a Bachelor-type reality show to rehab his image. The twist: The sane, likable contestant Ryan is supposed to choose, Charlie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Emma Caulfield), falls for Cooper’s character instead.

If you’ve seen the movie — penned by Chad Hodge, the future creator of NBC’s The Playboy Club who is currently developing the Twin Peaks-esque limited series Wayward Pines with M. Night Shyamalan for Fox — odds are you’ll be thrilled to hear it’s debuting on Hallmark this Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET. And after reminiscing with Hodge, we can confirm that you are not alone.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Are you aware of how much people love this movie, or did our interview request come as a complete shock?
CHAD HODGE: Your email was forwarded to me, and I laughed because I have had that conversation with so many people — people I know and people I don’t know. I’ll be out at a bar with friends, and they’re like, “That’s the guy who wrote I Want to Marry Ryan Banks.” And it’s like, “You wrote that movie? I’ve watched that movie 19 times.” I love that of all the things in my career, this is the thing that everyone’s obsessed with.

I imagine it’s women like me, in their mid-30s.
Totally. And women in their mid-20s: Girls who were in high school and sick with a cold for three days probably saw it, and they’ve just been watching it ever since. I don’t know. It’s so funny. Girls of every age. Or gay guys, of course. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men' premiere, 'New Girl' features a special date, and 'Jurassic Park' returns to theaters

Early April is one of entertainment’s awkwardly quiet down times, in which the summer blockbusters aren’t out yet, television shows are winding down but not quite at their finales, and most new albums are awaiting a  release. But that doesn’t mean that your week has to be boring. You still have some great options. Unless, of course, you don’t think that the premiere of Game of Thrones, the return of New Kids on the Block, and  the re-release of Jurassic Park in 3-D are great …
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There's a water crisis, but don't worry: Matt Damon is on the case -- VIDEO

PSAs sure go down a lot more easily when they’re cleverly animated, legitimately funny, and narrated by Matt Damon. In fact, if it weren’t for the brief water.org plug, you might not even recognize this video as a PSA at all.

The clip takes one of our most pressing global health issues — the developing world’s lack of clean water — and illuminates it in a charming, irreverent way, mingling horrifying facts (more people worldwide have cell phones than toilets; only 8 percent of the world’s fresh water is unpolluted) with goofy jokes (calling a bowel movement “taking a Nixon”). The main takeaway: “Next time you’re drinking fancy bottled water from the South Pacific or moving your stocks while moving your bowels, take a moment to consider that the water six inches beneath your butt is cleaner than the drinking water of one billion of your neighbors.”

Happy Water Day, everyone!

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