August 19, 2013 |
Mysterious faerie/vampire Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) reveals his monstrous self -- and eventually gets staked in the heart -- on “Radioactive,” the sexy, gory, action-packed Season 6 finale of HBO's “True Blood.” Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) breaks the news to Warlow that she's not ready to go vampire and spend eternity together. Her vamp friends are safe, no longer needing Warlow's sun-resistant blood, so maybe dating is better than nuptials. As for her undead friends, they're dancing in the daylight, stripping off their Vamp Camp prison garb and engaging in orgiastic sex. They also want to play croquet and volleyball.
August 12, 2013 |
With the “true death” about to strike down all the inmates at notorious Vamp Camp, rivals Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) come to the rescue in “Life Matters,” Episode 69 of HBO's “True Blood.” In the previous episode, Eric drained nearly all the blood from Warlow (Rob Kazinsky), an ancient faerie/vampire who can walk the earth day or night. Now vampire Bill wants what's left of that blood to save his imprisoned subjects. But that's a nonstarter for Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin)
August 9, 2013 |
A transfusion of blood tainted with West Nile virus most likely caused the death of a hospitalized cancer patient in 2012, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Friday, researchers urged doctors to suspect the virus in patients who had lowered immunity and had recently received transfusions. "Although WNV is rarely transmitted through screened blood products, clinicians should consider WNV disease in patients with compatible symptoms who were recently transfused," wrote lead author Dr. Sharon Kelly, a pathologist at Presbyterian/St.
August 8, 2013 |
Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, out since a June 26 surgery to remove a blood clot in his armpit, made a rehabilitation start for triple-A Salt Lake Thursday night, give up four earned runs and four hits, including three home runs, striking out two and walking three against Round Rock. Vargas threw 72 pitches, 42 for strikes, probably enough for him to make his next start with the Angels. But the team will evaluate him Friday before deciding when he returns. Center fielder Peter Bourjos, sidelined since June 30 because of a broken bone in his right wrist, also began a rehab stint with Salt Lake Thursday, going one for five with a run-scoring single and a nice running catch.
August 7, 2013
Feeling more like a mid-season episode of some television detective serial than a self-contained film all its own, "Blood" is a dour British crime drama that lacks much of a beating heart. Directed by Nick Murphy from a screenplay by Bill Gallagher, the story is set amid a small coastal town near an island that is cut off when the tides roll in, creating a place where locals often try to store their secrets. That includes a brother detective duo (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham) who learned their trade from their father (Brian Cox)
August 7, 2013 |
Older chocoholics may have a new excuse to indulge their cravings: The dark stuff not only soothes the soul, but might also sharpen the mind. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, researchers reported that chocolate may help improve brain health and thinking skills in the elderly . The Boston-based team found that older people who initially performed poorly on a memory and reasoning test and also had reduced blood flow...
August 5, 2013 |
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) wrestles with an incredibly huge decision in “Dead Meat,” Episode 68 of HBO's “True Blood.” If Sookie persuades faerie/vampire Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) to donate his sunlight-resistant blood, her imprisoned vamp friends will escape a fiery “true death.” But in exchange for Warlow's cooperation, Sookie must marry him and lose her mortal self. "If I do this, I want you to be mine -- forever,” insists Warlow, who's loved Sookie for nearly 6,000 years and understandably can't wait much longer to tie the knot.
August 3, 2013 |
It was a Thursday night and the place was packed: the Italian American Social Club was saying goodbye to one of its own. Singer Mark Giovi was leaving town, and the dress-for-success crowd sipped martinis and watched him work the room with the verve of a Rat Pack member. Just like the old days. Over more than five decades, the venerable social club and restaurant on Sahara Avenue, a few miles east of The Strip, has seen its good times and bad: Sinatra was once a member here and Dino (Martin)
July 22, 2013 |
Perhaps the saddest, most poignant sequence of "True Blood" Season 6 unfolds in the "Don't You Feel Me" episode when Todd Lowe's character -- war-scarred veteran Terry Bellefleur -- is shot by a sniper. He bleeds out in the arms of his loving wife, Arlene (Carrie Preston), as she comforts him by singing a lullaby. Since the critically acclaimed HBO drama launched in 2008, this is the first time an original, regular cast member has met the "true death," in "True Blood" speak. Making Terry's demise even more tragic is the fact that the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder crippling his gentle soul finally lifted when he's "glamored" into forgetfulness by a vampire.
July 15, 2013 |
The risk of elevated blood pressure among children and teens has risen 27% over a 13-year period, and is probably caused by over-consumption of salt and rising obesity, according to a new study. In a paper published Monday in Hypertension , a journal of the American Heart Assn. , researchers examined health and nutrition data for more than 11,600 children ages 8 to 17. Study authors concluded that changes in eating habits over the last two decades, dependence on processed foods and excessive salt intake were putting more U.S. children at future risk of stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.