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Entertainment Geekly: A serious attempt to understand why every movie is about Magic Blood now

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

This summer, it’s all about the blood. Young Harry Osborn was hankering for some Spidey-plasma in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, because Peter Parker’s very special blood is a cure-all for the Green Death Disease that apparently afflicts all Osborns. Mystique’s blood was the secret sauce that transformed the Sentinels from giant gawky robots to shapeshifting protean-powered T-1000-bots in X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Confused? It’s all here in this pamphlet.)

In the underrated Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise huffs an alien attacker’s hemoglobin and winds up absorbing the alien’s reboot-button superpowers. And in the exactly-rated Trans4mers, evil nerd scientists corpse-mine some dead space robots and come up with a new element that allows anyone to create anything they want. This element is called “Transformium”–which could mean that, in the world of Transformers, human blood is referred to as “Humanium.” READ FULL STORY

Sucked dry: Is the vampire trend dead?

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It’s almost hard to remember a time when the vampire genre was dead.

It was before Twilight, of course. Before the film version of Stephenie Meyer’s novel was released in 2008 to the sound of millions of squees, vampire movies were considered somewhat risky investments and TV networks rarely ordered shows starring the undead. Since the conclusion of The WB’s Angel in 2004, there was FX’s Blade: The Series (flop) and CBS’ Moonlight (flop). On the big screen, the genre’s popularity varied from films like Van Helsing and I Am Legend (hits) to Queen of the Damned and 30 Days of Night (flops).

Then it happened. KStew. His hair. Sparkles. Abs.

TV networks, in particular, dove right in — HBO’s True Blood, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and spin-off The Originals, Syfy’s Lost Girl and Being Human.

After six years, however, there are signs the vampire genre is dying. READ FULL STORY

A newbie and a superfan discuss 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.' Will the romance work on a Twi-virgin?

ADAM B. VARY: Last year, I guided my colleague Dan Snierson through his very first experience with a wizard named Harry Potter — Dan had neither read J.K. Rowling’s books nor seen any of the movies, and we both wanted to see what would happen when a Potter newbie watched the final Potter movie. He had fun, I had fun, and I daresay at least four or five readers of our subsequent conversation about the experience had fun too.

And now it would seem the wand is in the other hand, or the the promise ring is on the other finger, or something. Because as I write these words, the final feature film in The Twilight Saga is nigh upon us, but this time, I’m the one who has never read any of Stephenie Meyer’s books nor seen any of the feature films. As I gear up to become the pop-culture guinea pig and see Breaking Dawn — Part 2 with only the second-hand knowledge I’ve absorbed walking the halls of EW, you, Denise Warner, have bravely agreed to escort me through all the vampiric romance and Taylor Lautner shirtlessness. I mean, there will be shirtlessness, right?

DENISE WARNER: You know, I can’t promise shirtlessness. READ FULL STORY

Google goes gothic in new Doodle: Happy Birthday, Bram Stoker

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With just eight days to go until Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Google is trying to help you focus on another vampire – a cooler and scarier and not even a little bit involved-in-an-inane-love-triangle one – in the form of its latest homepage Doodle.

In honor of Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday, the creator of Dracula (published in 1897)  is commemorated with a spooky – although sadly sound-free – homepage tribute. The doodle features the bloodsucker himself, as well as terrified villagers. I especially enjoy the sketch I’m dubbing “Steve Newlin” holding garlic leaves and a wooden stake. When you click anywhere on the picture, you’re taken to the search results for “Bram Stoker books,” with images of all of his works on a carousel at the top of the page.

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Kristen Stewart plays coy about Robert Pattinson relationship -- VIDEO

Are Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson back together or what? If so, we’ve got living confirmation that Prince concerts heal all wounds. If not, Donald Trump — who could really use a pick-me-up right about now — should be pleased.

Naturally, Stewart herself elected to dodge that question when Savannah Guthrie posed it to her on Today this morning. The inevitable query came around three minutes into a three and a half minute interview that had already covered Stewart’s ambivalent feelings about the Twilight franchise ending — “I’m okay walking away, but at the same time, I could keep it for another five [years]” — and her character’s transition from clumsy high schooler to butt-kicking vampire mama.

“Funny you mention that,” Stewart told Guthrie with practiced nonchalance when Pattinson was brought up. “I’m just going to let people watch whatever little movie they would like to think our lives are, and go for– you know. Keep ‘em guessing, I always say.”

Really, KStew? Because I thought “Dude, you slapped a fiiiiish” was what you always said. Clip below:

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Stephenie Meyer says more 'Twilight' books a possibility, but not today

Just when you thought it was over, it’s not!

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer refused to commit to the rumor that she may write additional volumes of her already elaborate teen vampire saga at a press conference for the final film in the series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. She did say, however, the idea of more blood, sex and tears in future books wasn’t impossible either.

In fact, she admitted to having already thought through the entire story. “I planned out where it would go for a couple more books,” she said. “So, I knew exactly what would happen,” of the storyline that involves Jake, played by Taylor Lautner in the films, and Renesmee, played by Mackenzie Foy, following the end of Breaking Dawn.

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'Twilight' is over! The cast shares memories, regrets and weird fan encounters

“I don’t have to walk away,” actress Kristen Stewart told a room full of reporters at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills during her final American press conference for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Yep, the phenomenon that you couldn’t get enough of (or get away from, whichever your feeling on Twilight), is coming to screeching halt with the release of the final movie November 16.

Is Stewart glad it’s all finally over? The 22-year-old actress who essentially grew up on the set of Twilight movies, (the first one was filmed in 2008 when she was just 17), is relieved. “I am so happy that the story is told, you have no idea,” she said. “The fact that this thing is out and not weighing on us anymore, super excited about that.”

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'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' press tour watch: Robert Pattinson talks 'Marley & Me' and his sex-face

It’s nearly November and you know what that means. No, not Thanksgiving, you cretin. It’s almost time for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2! Of course, the walk-up to this year’s Twilight is much more interesting than what we’ve seen in previous years. For one, it’s the final film. Two, Bella’s a vampire now. Three, there’s a hybrid vampire baby! Hmm. Am I forgetting anything? Ah, yes. The teensy, tiny matter of Kristen Stewart’s affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.

For months, we’ve waited with bated breath to see how Stewart and Robert Pattinson would handle the forthcoming media blitz. (We won’t mention that it’s a bit anti-climatic now that they’re back together.) Well, it’s started and (click for dramatic music if you’re so inclined) the general tactic seems to be over-sharing. Earlier this week, Pattinson made an appearance on the Australian program The Kyle and Jackie O Show, where he discussed everything from his sex faces to Kristen Stewart farting (seriously). The interview’s split into two parts, which we’ve included below, but in case you’re feeling lazy, here are the highlights:

1. His favorite Twilight scene reminds him of flatulence: Pattinson revealed that his favorite scene from the movies is when Bella walks by behind Edward in the first film — but not for the reason you might think. “Whenever I see it, I’m just making the most ridiculous facial expressions. I was so serious. It looks like she’s farting as she walks by. It’s terrible.” READ FULL STORY

Five things we can't wait to see in Guillermo del Toro's TV adaptation of 'The Strain'

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Another vampire series is coming to TV,  and we couldn’t be more excited.

Guillermo del Toro is adapting The Strain Trilogy that he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan as a series for FX. According to Deadline, the two men will pen the pilot episode, and Lost veteran Carlton Cuse is expected to be the showrunner.

I know what you’re thinking, naysayers. Another vampire TV show? But the Strain Trilogy — which includes The StrainThe Fall and The Night Eternal – is a totally different take on the vampire mythology, and honestly, one of the scariest book series I’ve ever read. In a pop-cultural landscape overcrowded with romantic vampires, it’s nice to see true monsters make a return. So in honor of the pilot order, here are five things from the book series we can’t wait to see on TV. (HUGE SPOILER ALERT, of course): 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

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