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PC #55: Political Animals

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe, Regan Cellura and Melodie Aikels discuss the latest celebrity headlines and TV storylines, including:

Amanda Bynes was accused in a third hit and run. Bret Easton Ellis dissed White Collar and Magic Mike star Matthew Bomer over 50 Shades of Grey. What is the Jackson family doing now? Taylor Swift is dating a Kennedy, but will she end up writing or and singing about the relationship? Olympian Gabby Douglas found herself in a hair controversy after winning Gold in gymnastics.

The PC gang then dish about USA Network's hot summer TV series Suits, Covert Affairs, White Collar, Burn Notice and Necessary Roughness. Why aren’t more people watching Political Animals? Has True Blood jumped the shark? PC’s Jamey Giddens weighed in. Former The Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell guests on Single Ladies.  Luke wanted Jamey to explain some of Awkward’s past twists on MTV. 

The Great Gatsby was pushed back to summer 2013. One PC co-host is looking forward to it, another not so much. Lindsay Lohan is in talks to star in Scary Movie 5, but would anyone insure a film with both Lohan and Charlie Sheen in it?

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast.


PC #54: Snow White and the Hunchin'

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe and Regan Cellura dive into the latest pop culture news, headlines and TV series storylines.

The Batman: Dark Knight Rises tragedy at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado rocked the country. The PC gang weighs in on the tragic event.  Kristen Stewart was photographed cheating on Robert Pattinson and issued a head scratching statement. Are their relationship problems getting more coverage than deserved? The 2012 Summer Olympics kicked off with a cameo by James Bond star Daniel Craig.

TV lost an icon with the passing of Sherman Hemsley and the PC crew shares their favorite memories from The Jeffersons and Amen.  The team discusses the latest twists on TNT’s delicious Dallas. Political Animals reminds Luke of a political version of Brothers & Sisters.  Does True Blood need to refocus because it has too much going on? Dancing with the Stars announces the returning cast list for Dancing with the All-Stars.  The original Teen Mom is ending its run.

The Jackson family is acting out and Jillian says it’s a sad day when La Toya Jackson is providing the voice of reason. Is there a plot by Jackson siblings to get their hands on Michael Jackson’s money? Katherine Jackson went missing. Allegedly, Janet slapped Paris and Paris slapped Janet right back.  Did Janet go along to protect her own fortune from her brothers? A judge awarded Tito’s son TJ temporary custody of Michael Jackson’s three children.

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast!


True Blood Recap: “Let's Boot and Rally”

Sunday’s True Blood began right where things left off for Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello).  They made it to the bedroom while making out.  Shirts came off.  Alcide growled he’d wanted to do this for “so long.”  Then, Sookie got a look of horror on her face, bent over, and threw up all over Alcide’s shoes.  As if the mood hadn’t been killed enough already, this was when Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) walked in, with the Viking vamp quipping, “Alcide, you sure know how to treat a lady.”  When Sookie saw both her exes there, she dry heaved.  READ MORE

True Blood Recap: “We'll Meet Again”

This week’s True Blood started at the Curl Up & Fry tanning salon.  Pam (Kristin Bauer) raced to a searing Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Maker-commanded her to never try suicide again.  Needless to say, this made Tara more pissed.  Plus, she was very bitter about risking her life for Sookie’s—and getting killed because of it this time.  Pam decided to take her new family under her wings, and commanded her to start feeding on pretty, willing humans.  She even got her a casket for the daytime, right by her side.  Aw!  READ MORE

PC #52: Pop Culture Dish With Celebuzz Executive Editor Joseph Kapsch

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe, Regan Cellura and Melodie Aikels are joined by Joseph Kapsch, newly-installed executive editor of Celebuzz, to talk about his decision to leave The Hollywood Reporter for his new gig at Buzz Media. Kapsch also dishes the latest in primetime TV, music, movies and Hollywood gossip with the PC gang.

During the podcast, the panel dives into TNT’s Dallas, True Blood, Snooki & J-Woww and other series on the boob tube this summer. Then they tackle the latest in celeb gossip, from Chris Brown and Drake's nightclub brawl, to the most recent Kardashian and Lohan dramas.

Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike premieres this weekend, and is sure to have the ladies—and more than a few gentlemen—snapping up tickets to see Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez strip down to their G-strings. Will you watch? 

The summer music scene is heating up and Kapsch reveals he’s a “Belieber” in Justin Bieber’s new album.

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast.

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True Blood EXCLUSIVE: Dale Raoul Dishes Playing Bon Temps' Scene Stealing Bigot Maxine Fortenberry


There isn't a mama on television who makes child smothering look as side-splittingly amusing as True Blood's Maxine Fortenberry. Whether she's spouting off bigoted remarks about vampires, getting freaky while under the spell of a visiting Maenad or flirting with Vampire Bill, Maxine manages to keep things interesting as the one woman Greek Chorus for the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana.

I recently caught up with Maxine's portrayer, the insanely talented Dale Raoul, who for five seasons has recurred on the hit HBO serial. We dished about Maxine's glee over her boy Hoyt's (Jim Parrack) bust up with flame-haired vampire Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). Does Raoul think Maxine will ever be tolerant of fangers and those who bang them?

The in demand character actress, who is currently appearing in three web series, as well as a feature film, also shared her thoughts on the news that Mark Hudis will be taking over as True Blood's showrunner from creator Alan Ball next season. Does Raoul think the transition will be a seamless one? Read on to find out.

Daytime Confidential: Maxine Fortenberry is easily one of True Blood's most hilarious, recurring scene stealers. Is there anyone you model the character on?

Dale Raoul: There are actually three women I am familiar with who have contributed to Maxine’s character, although I could never say who they were as they would probably be offended! She is not known for her fashion style or her kind heart, after all. But she does have a fabulous sense of humor, in my opinion!  And Maxine thinks she is a fashion plate.  Her accessories always match her outfit and her hair is always, always perfect.

DC: Maxine and Hoyt, played by Jim Parrack, are humans in what is fast becoming a predominantly supernatural Bon Temps. Do the two of you ever have conversations about how to keep your characters viable among all the vampires, werewolves, fairies and shapeshifters?

DR: Jim and I represent the town of Bon Temps, the human citizens. Our characters are important as they show the contrasts to the supernaturals, but sometimes the humans don’t seem to be the best species! Hoyt is more open minded and unafraid. Of course, our True Blood writers are fantastic and deserve all the credit — we just get to say the fabulous lines they come up with.