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Kevin Alejandro talks about going from 'Southland' cop to 'True Blood' vamp

Where you know Kevin Alejandro from is a kind of Rorschach Test for your TV viewing habits: To you, he may be Hilda’s late husband Santos on Ugly Betty, or Celia’s passive-aggressive Mexican kidnapper on Weeds, or gangland police detective Nate Moretta on Southland. And now he’s juggling two cable favorites with TNT rebooting the formerly-on-NBC Southland and HBO’s True Blood hiring him as a new love interest for blood dealer/short-order cook/male prostitute Lafayette. He called us from the set of the steamy vampire drama — which returns for season 3 this summer — to chat about fighting gang warfare (which comes to a head on tonight’s Southland, at 10 p.m. on TNT) and wooing Bon Temps’ vampiest multitasker.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How has Southland‘s switch from NBC to TNT been?
KEVIN ALEJANDRO: We’re finally at a place where everyone understands the show we’re trying to make and we can make it our way. They seem to understand it a little better. They’re a little edgier.

Does that mean more swearing and nudity?
I’m not sure about that. But there will be a lot more rawness. READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: 'Gone with the Wind with Vampires'

From the creative mind that brought us the series of “premakes” of iconic movies comes another freakily accurate recategorization: Gone with the Wind with Vampires.

The best part is definitely at 1:42.

What classic do you want to see mashed up next, PopWatchers?

Willem Dafoe in 'Daybreakers': Any other kitschy good performances in kinda crappy movies?

Every now and then you get a memorable performance in a forgettable film. Willem Dafoe’s in the gory new vampire flick Daybreakers is one of them.

SPOILER ALERT! The year is 2019, and most humans have turned into vampires. Slight problem: That means the blood supply is about to go extinct. A decent, chain-smoking vampire hematologist (Ethan Hawke) at a greedy corporation that farms humans for their plasma, needs to find a blood substitute to save both the human race and his toothy brethren. (Starvation degenerates the latter into naked, screeching, winged, bats— crazy beasts.) After a not-clandestine-enough meeting with Dafoe’s Elvis, a former vampire/gruff mechanic who became human again and rolled his jeans following a daytime car accident that involved burning and water, he learns there’s something better: A cure. Together — along with a woman you thought for sure would let a pointy-eared Hawke feed on her during sex but who only ended up cutting her wrist and bleeding into a cup (boo!) — they go on the run until they can recreate the conditions necessary to get Hawke a heartbeat. The situation gives a deadpan Dafoe the opportunity to deliver awesomely bad lines like the one he utters when Hawke asks him if the humans’ hideout is safe: Being human in a world of vampires is “about as safe as barebackin’ a $5 whore,” he says. Dafoe’s response when the human-hunting vampire army has zeroed in on their location, and Hawke wants to stay behind to finish the experiment while the others flee to a new place: “F— it, I do love a good barbecue.” READ FULL STORY

Here's the Situation: Abs, abs everywhere

Are six-pack abs having a moment? I mean, they’re always having a moment, but seems they’re having a particular moment right now. The Jersey Shore‘s Situation has built an entire identity (right down to his moniker) around his rippling torso. And now the new issue of Men’s Health features shirtless actor Sean Faris on the cover, talking about getting ripped for his upcoming role as Mystic Grill’s new bartender on The CW’s Vampire Diaries. Considering that Men’s Health‘s last cover featured Taylor Lautner next to the line “Six-Pack Abs,” and considering New Moon made a somewhat ridiculous fetish of its slow-motion shirt-doffing male stars, does this mean we’re entering a new phase of completely unrealistic body ideals for men? Or perhaps, this is just a moment where something that’s around us all the time just feels really in our faces. Tell me readers: How’s your situation?

Photo Credit: Mike: Scott Gries/PictureGroup/MTV

'True Blood' castings fill me with hope

It’s been a busy casting week for True Blood, and it all seems like good news from where I’m watching: Alfre Woodard as Lafayette’s mom? Awesome. James Frain Tara’s vampire lovaaaah? Sure, let’s do it. A beautiful model as Eric’s new sexytimes buddy? My cup runneth over! You know, with vampire blood.

True Blood is its best when everyone has a meaty, long-term storyline going — otherwise, it’s just Sookie and Bill (I mean “Suhkieh” and “Beeyul”) out-drawling each other. Tara is way overdue for some pulpy, non-Marianne fun, and a creepy love interest might be just the thing…especially for those of us who were not Team Eggs. We already know about Tara, Jason, and Sookie’s childhoods, but our favorite line cook’s background hasn’t gotten the same attention. And any time there’s an opportunity for Eric to smolder or writhe, I will be first in line.

Which supporting character deserves more screen time this season, PopWatchers? I’m going to say Eric, because I have eyeballs, but I’ll put Lafayette as a close second.

Photo credits: Tina Gill/PR Photos; Frain: Sara De Boer/Retna

'Howl': Who wants a new TV show about werewolves?

Oh, good. We definitely need another TV show about werewolves. MTV’s proposed Teen Wolf remake series was not cutting it for me. Now, Fox is developing Howl, a saga about warring families of werewolves in a small Alaska town. It is presumably not about beatnik werewolves, the best minds of our generation. Does this mean Fox is on Team Jacob? OMG LOL. Actually, Fox did air a series called Werewolf (starring Chuck Connors, pictured) from 1987-88. Thanks to reader Jeff for Werewolf‘s complete unofficial site, which is completely terrifying because when you drag your cursor over the menu options, someone…or someTHING’s heart pounds.

According to screenwriter Joshua Miller, “Howl is about the psychology of living with change.” Perhaps it will offer tips on how to maintain the will to live while a large percentage of the population freaks out about vampires and werewolves. My preliminary casting wishes include Tracy Jordan, Jerry Seinfeld with a shaved chest, not Mario Lopez (who has Wolf Pack envy), Lucille Bluth after she got plastic surgery, and recently blonde Sandra Bullock. Oh, and Jason Bateman, Too. Vote below.

Image credit: Everett Collection

'New Moon': Men, did you like it better than 'Twilight'? Which vampire franchise is right for you?

A common refrain from the actors promoting The Twilight Saga: New Moon has been that men will like this film better than the last one. “I think guys won’t mind if their girlfriends drag them to a Twilight film this time because there is a very masculine side to this film. It brings a whole different level of excitement. The vampires are older and more suave and mature. The shapeshifters are not. We are young, aggressive and have tons of testosterone and nudity. It will make for a more balanced date night movie selection,” Alex Meraz (aka werewolf Paul) insisted to EW at the Los Angeles premiere. “And even if they don’t want to see it, if they want to see their girlfriends, they better go because that’s where their girls will be. And I feel like we are buttering up their girls with our abs so they could get lucky.”

We could poll his “get lucky” theory, but instead, let’s put aside the vaguely sexist implication that action films only appeal to men and see if New Moon really was more enjoyable for men than Twilight

Now, here’s something everyone, regardless of gender, can enjoy. Find out which vampire franchise — Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood — is right for you with the quiz we created with Hunch.com.

Photo Credit: Kimberley French

Michael Sheen: Interview with 'New Moon' star on fitting in with the cast

Michael Sheen is best known for his roles as Tony Blair in The Queen and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. So it was a bit of a surprise that this serious actor, with a great ability to transform completely into real-life characters, would want a role in the frothy Twilight series. EW.com chatted with Sheen about his New Moon experience.

What made you want to sign on to this project?
I knew about the whole Twilight thing, primarily through my daughter, who’s 11 and is a big fan of the books. She’s read the books many, many times. And I knew how much people got into them. These weren’t just books you read. She was really into it. That was my introduction to it. I read the scripts and the book myself and saw the first film. And I thought it was a wonderful story and a great character. And then [director] Chris Weitz sent me a really lovely letter. It was a terrific thing to get involved with.

What was your daughter’s reaction to your playing Aro?
It was a whole mixture of things. She was very excited to think I was going to be a part of this, but she also thought her father was taking over something that was hers. But she got over that pretty quickly and was in the end just excited about going to the premiere really.

That’s what it all boiled down to, her chance to meet Robert Pattinson?
Yes, but actually her favorite is Ashley Greene.

Ashley spoke very highly of her time working with you.
She’s lovely. They all were very nice but they kind of treated me like an elderly uncle. READ FULL STORY

Ashley Greene: Interview with 'New Moon's' Alice Cullen

Nothing like a role in Twilight to break you into show business. That’s the case for Ashley Greene, who had spent most of her time in Hollywood as a hostess in an L.A. restaurant prior to her fame-making role as Alice Cullen. The Floridian native just finishing touring the country in support of New Moon and she’ll start filming the horror film Apparition in Berlin in February. We chatted with Greene days before New Moon started breaking records.

Are the reactions to Twilight the same all around the country?

I was impressed in Chicago, actually. Chicago was really, really intense and loud and I think it was one of the bigger responses that we had. But there’s always a lot of people, a lot of passion, a lot of screaming, a lot of crying. So really it’s all measured in terms of how deep the screaming goes.

Was it much different than last year?

I guess it’s more intense. I’m much more comfortable with this whole thing. I didn’t really know what to expect at all when I first got into it. It was my first gig, and so it was a little crazy and I was really nervous. READ FULL STORY

'New Moon' Volturi member Jamie Campbell Bower wants more power

New Moon newcomer Jamie Campbell Bower plays Volturi member Caius. EW spoke with the 21-year-old British actor about what it takes to play a vampire, his craziest fan encounter and what powers he wished his character had.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about what it’s like entering this crazy phenomenon.
JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER: Bizarre. You know it’s funny, we go in and do our job and never really expect anything else, as long as you’re happy with what you’ve done that’s all you really want. And then you do a movie where it has such a huge following and it’s definitely not something I was aware of at the time. I mean I knew of it, but it wasn’t something that was at the forefront of my mind or something that I had experienced yet.

Had you seen Twilight before?
I had, yes. I actually wanted to be involved in the first film. And I read the script for the first one and upon reading the script for the first movie I read all the books. So I had seen both the film, read the script and all the books. READ FULL STORY

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