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Stop everything! Mermaids are real?

Like Ariel, are mermaids just longing to be part of our world?

If you believe filmmaker Charlie Foley, whose “documentary” Mermaids: The Body Found aired this past weekend on Animal Planet as part of “Monster Week,” then yes.

The speculative documentary (a.k.a. not real. A mermaid is not going to attack you while you nap on the beach, okay?) explored the myth of the underwater princess — but she’s not the sweet-singing Disney version. The CGI mermaids from the film were dead ringers for the scary merpeople from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, or rejects from the set of Avatar. The theory presented by the movie suggested that long ago, a group of human ancestors evolved to become sea creatures — this is called the aquatic ape hypothesis and is an actual theory put forth by some researchers. If you buy into it — or maybe saw The Thirteenth Year too many times as a kid — then this is where mermaids come from. The Animal Planet movie explains that when a real-life mermaid was found alive on a beach, a big government cover-up ensued so that no one would find out…until now. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The bizarre, brotherly bond between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

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This week’s cover story about the offbeat vampire saga Dark Shadows pries open the coffin lid on the longtime friendship between Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton, who have collaborated on eight movies over the past two decades.

Those who work alongside the actor and filmmaker tell Entertainment Weekly that the duo share a kind of secret twin language. “None of us gets their jokes, but they get their jokes and they’re laughing, so whatever,” says Helena Bonham Carter, who should know. She’s as close to the pair as anyone could get, being mother to Burton’s two children, and co-starring in many of their movies, including this one.

Depp agrees with the sibling comparison. “I feel as though he’s my brother,” the actor tells EW. “It’s a weird understanding, this kind of shorthand we have. I truly understand him and know him, I think, just as well as anybody can. He certainly knows me as well as anybody can.”

Burton and Depp bonded years ago over their shared fascination with the abnormal, though the director underplays their much mythologized partnership. “We don’t wear our ‘This Is Our 8th Movie Together!’ t-shirts every day,” Burton says.

Well, not every day, of course. (Sometimes it must be laundry day.)

On Dark Shadows, out May 11, their preoccupation with the peculiar aims to resurrect an eccentric 1966-71 supernatural soap opera that both of them adored as little boys. Set in 1972, it chronicles the life – or whatever you want to call what he is – of 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, who returns to his hometown after being buried alive for two centuries and seeks vengeance on the jealous witch (Casino Royale’s Eva Green) who originally transformed him into a bloodsucker.

His oddball descendants, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, and their live-in psychiatrist (Bonham Carter) join forces to help him fight her latest advances – and also, maybe win the heart of a nanny (Bella Heathcoat) who may be the reincarnation of his long-lost love.

The crew who regularly turns up on Burton and Depp’s projects are kind of an odd lot, too. “A film family is a family, and it’s a beautifully dysfunctional family,” says Burton.

And like any family, they deal with adversity, newcomers, and yes, even death — sadly, not always the made-up kind.

To find out more, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, May 4.

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'Being Human' react: Mitchell Who?

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Before you get upset about the title of this post, hear me out: I stole it from one of you, who promised in the comments to last Sunday’s
Being Human Q&A that by episode 3, Damien Molony’s posh new vampire Hal would have us asking “Aidan who?” in reference to Aidan Turner’s dearly departed, long-loved bloodsucker John Mitchell. I just think it happened a week earlier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not foolishly saying that Mitchell wasn’t Being Human’s cornerstone for the last three years (he was), that I don’t love him (I do), or that I’m glad he’s gone (I’m not). But the hole left by the death of Mitchell—and his then best friend, George—closed up for me yesterday night… [If you haven’t watched last night’s Being Human on BBC America, rentaghost to another post immediately if you don’t like spoilers]

…right around the moment when Hal finally met Tom and Annie.

If the point of last week’s premiere was to say goodbye to George, establish werewolf Tom and ghost Annie as the protectors of “war child” Baby Eve, and introduce Hal, then episode 2 was about bringing Tom, Annie, and Hal together to reestablish Being Human’s werewolf-ghost-vampire holy trinity. Hal, a very old, apparently once very vicious vampire, has spent the last 55 years dry and living above an Essex barbershop with his best friends Leo (a werewolf) and Pearl (a ghost). Then Leo, who is dying, hears the voice of an “angel”—presumably the mysterious Girl in Yellow from 2037, who might be the grown up Baby Eve, but also wants to kill Baby Eve—that instructs him to go to Barry where a werewolf and a ghost are caring for an infant who could save his life.

But Baby Eve has no such powers and Leo does die, taking Pearl, who declared her 50-plus year love for him, to the other side, and leaving Hal to live with Tom and Annie. I assume this was the Girl in Yellow’s plan all along: But was it so that Hal, who can read the skin scroll, will be there to protect Baby Eve when the Old Ones finally arrive in the U.K. or because he’s the supernatural most likely to bite her face off? My guess is the latter—which nearly happens when the Girl in Yellow appears on the TV coaxing Hal to “do it” while he’s holding the infant—but the former is what actually happens. After Leo’s death, grief sends bloodthirsty Hal to Eve’s crib (where he is intercepted by Tom) and then to attack the owner of a local pawnshop (where he is intercepted by Tom and Annie). But then when he’s back at Honolulu Heights, safely ensconced on the couch with a cup of Annie’s black tea, he admits that he really wants the skin scroll’s prophecy to be true and that he hopes Baby Eve is the war child who will wipe out vampires forever.

NEXT: Mitchell vs. Hal vs. Tom vs. George

Nicolas Cage is not a vampire, or so he claims -- VIDEO

Last night, Nicolas Cage took time out from promoting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance on Letterman to address one antique dealer’s claim that he is, in fact, a vampire. Last fall, the man posted a photo online from the 1860s that bears a striking resemblance to the actor and said it proves Cage is the walking undead. “Well, let me say that there is a resemblance, but how can I be polite about this?” Cage told Letterman. “It’s a, uh, somewhat slowed-down version of me.”

There are similarities, Letterman noted. “But it’s slowed-down,” Cage reiterated. He says he doesn’t drink blood, he has a reflection in a mirror, and a photo can obviously be taken of him, so that proves he’s not a vampire. But isn’t that exactly what a vampire would say? Watch or read enough vampire stories, and you inevitably get to one that argues the reflection bit was a rumor started by vampires to throw off humans. The vampires drink more than blood on The Vampire Diaries. I’m not saying Cage is a vampire…. I’m just saying he hasn’t proven he’s not yet. Technically.  READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Vampire Diaries' stars talk about the red-hot Damon-Elena-Stefan triangle

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Somehow, for a series packed with vampires, werewolves, witches, hybrids (and yes, even the occasional ghost), it’s a love triangle between two undead brothers, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), and one very mortal girl, Elena (Nina Dobrev), that gets The Vampire Diaries fans the most riled up. (And judging from the chemistry in our cover photos, it’s not hard to see why. Check out collectors’ covers No. 2 and 3 after the jump.)

When executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec decided that they were finally ready for bad-boy Damon to share a legitimate kiss with Elena — after more than two years of buildup — they knew it would have to satisfy two avid fan bases: those who wanted to see Elena

get with Damon, and those who were still holding out hope for her to work things out with soul mate, Stefan.

“It’s one of those things that you want to be able to defend,” Williamson explains to EW. “But even more importantly, you’d rather not defend it. You want it to feel real and right and natural by all the audience.” Satisfying the “shippers” (a term used to identify fans who root for fictional characters to have relationships), is a challenge both Williamson and Plec have faced each time they’ve tried to advance the triangle. Asks Plec: “How can we service this moment between our characters that we really want, a Damon and Elena kiss, without getting the Stefan-Elena side of the fandom to give up hope and give up on us? And vice versa, when we want Stefan and Elena to have a moment together, how can we do that and not have our Delena fans outraged?”

This week’s EW cover story also features interviews with Vampire‘s stars — Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, and Paul Wesley — who talk about keeping the love triangle red-hot, where they fall in the Stelena-Delena shipper wars, and all rumors swirling around their real-life relationships. Says Dobrev: “The rumor mills were ‘Is Nina with Ian or is Nina with Paul?’ Ther

e was a lot of speculation.” Notes Somerhalder coyly, “Nothing has been confirmed yet.” READ FULL STORY

Emma Stone's eyes have really done it this time

Every time I see Emma Stone’s new Revlon commercial, I think to myself, this is it, this HAS to be the time she’ll crack herself up and let us know how ridiculous she KNOWS it is that she’s showing us how to apply Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup. Moments later, I’m left in a trance, unable to focus on anything except how slowly and tenderly I would caress my translucent skin if I, too, were a beautiful green-eyed vampire. What day is it? How long have I been out? Where is my magical pot of beige-speckled goo? READ FULL STORY

Robert Pattinson's new buzzed 'do: Love it? Hate it?

Just when the tween world had started to recover from the shock and “awww” when Justin Bieber chopped his famous windswept locks, Robert Pattinson started the mourning process all over again when he debuted his newly buzzed dome at last night’s People’s Choice Awards. (If Taylor Swift decides to get rid of her bangs, the tween world as we know it may just collapse in on itself.) READ FULL STORY

'Twilight: the Musical': It's happening

Broadway is about to get a little extra sparkle in those famous neon lights.

It was recently announced the Twilight musical is officially happening. Before you book your tickets to NYC (or, conversely, get the heck out of Times Square) you should know it’s not expected to have a very long run. Twilight: The Musical will make its off-Broadway debut as a one-night-only staged reading on January 16, and the proceeds will benefit the charity Blessings in a Backpack.
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This Week's Cover: The 'Breaking Dawn' stars talk blood, sex, and that vampire baby -- EXCLUSIVE

Twihards have long been anticipating seeing Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) honeymoon on Isle Esme and consummate their marriage amid flying feathers. And as audiences will see when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 arrives in theaters this Friday, the love scene does not disappoint. But, according to the stars of the movie, things could have been even more steamy — if it weren’t for director Bill Condon needing to keep the action PG-13. “There’s a version where it was really intense,” recalls Pattinson in this week’s EW.  “Cinematically, cut all together, it’s awesome,” says Kristen Stewart. “But we didn’t really do that scene. ”

“And when we did,” adds Pattinson, “they kept telling us to stop.”  READ FULL STORY

Is Rob Pattinson punk enough for a Green Day movie?

The new Pop-Up Video isn’t just for music nostalgia anymore. A recent episode of the resurrected VH1 staple featured Green Day’s “21 Guns,” and the bubbled-up footnote that Billie Joe Armstrong once named Rob Pattinson as his top choice to play the lead in the cinematic adaption of the American Idiot musical proved enough to fire up the Internet today. To be accurate, it seems as if Armstrong told Spinner.com back in 2009 that Pattinson and Ellen Page were the perfect couple to play Christian and Gloria, the lead characters from their followup album, 21st Century Breakdown. “He’s a good actor. There’s still more to come with that kid,”he said.

But no matter. Two years later, Pattinson remains a pretty solid choice for either role. READ FULL STORY

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