Questions surround 'True Blood' finale
September 13th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Questions surround 'True Blood' finale

Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, September 12 episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”

Well, that’s that. Was the finale everything you hoped it would be? Even though I felt the episode was clunky at times and really didn’t leave us with an "OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY TOOK IT THERE" cliffhanger, the writers brought Alcide back and that was good enough for me.

So, what happened? There were lots of little things that added up to a whole lot of awesome.

Sam plied Tara with a stack of hoecakes and broke the news that he was a shapeshifter. It went over like a lead balloon and, having had enough of Bon Temps and its propensity for supernatural happenings, Tara cut her hair and appeared to leave town. Not helping matters was finding her mother in a compromising position with the local (married) pastor.

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Cher 'turned back time' at VMAs
September 13th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Cher 'turned back time' at VMAs

It didn't look like Cher needed to turn back time at the VMAs last night.

The 64-year-old singer proudly walked out onto the VMA stage Sunday wearing an outfit nearly identical to the iconic (and revealing) one she donned in her 1989 music video, “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Even her hair was reaching its former heights.

“I’m the oldest chick with the biggest hair and the littlest costume,” she told the audience. “I have shoes older than most of these nominees.”

Cher was on hand to announce the winner of the Video of the Year award, which went to Lady Gaga for “Bad Romance.” Gaga is known for making a statement or two with fashion as well, and accepted her award in a dress made of meat. No, really - Gaga's rep told CNN that the dress was made by House of Gaga out of actual meat.


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Critics unimpressed with VMA's Chelsea Handler
September 13th, 2010
11:52 AM ET

Critics unimpressed with VMA's Chelsea Handler

Hopefully Chelsea Handler will have a sense of humor when she reads the reviews of her VMA hosting gig.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the comedian and E! talk show host was raked over the coals for her MTV stint, with the New York Times describing her as being "among the worst [hosts] in the show's history."

Though the Times called Handler's "Chelsea Lately" show "consistently hilarious," her VMA appearance was no laughing matter. "Here, she never looked comfortable, undone by nerves, brittle material, and the wattage of those around her," said the newspaper, which critiqued her as being "purposefully out-of-touch, with brief, alarming flashes of off-color racial humor."

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Who were the soldiers with Lady Gaga at the VMAs?
September 13th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Who were the soldiers with Lady Gaga at the VMAs?

Lady Gaga had not one, but four dates on her arm as she strode into last night's MTV Video Music Awards at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre: gay and lesbian soldiers who were discharged or opted to leave over the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

"I'm here for a very, very important cause tonight," the eight-time Moonman winner, 24, told MTV. "These are all my friends and they are with SLDN.org, which is an organization that was founded in 1993 under the reaction to the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policies. Their stories are very inspiring and there's so much we can do right now."

According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the soldiers are former West Point cadet Katie Miller, who resigned in August to protest the policy; and former U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall, former U.S. Air Force Major Mike Almy and former U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Stacy Vasquez, who were all discharged.

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Amanda Bynes deletes Twitter account?
September 13th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Amanda Bynes deletes Twitter account?

First she took a break from acting, and now it seems Amanda Bynes has retired from Twitter. The "Hairspray" star appears to have deleted her account over the past few days.

Bynes, who goes by the handle "chicky" on the social network, had been using the account to share childhood photos, YouTube clips of her old TV commercials and her deep – and occasionally confusing – thoughts on everything from family to heartbreak to men.

In June, however, the 24-year-old actress left no doubt that she was ending her 14-year run in show business. "If I don't love something anymore, I stop doing it. I don't love acting anymore, so I've stopped doing it," she tweeted.

One month later, she changed her mind, informing her followers with a simple, "I've unretired."

Perhaps Bynes, who plays a super-religious high school student in the new comedy "Easy A," due in theaters Friday, will have a change of heart and bring chicky out retirement too.

Winners at the VMAs
September 13th, 2010
08:15 AM ET

Winners at the VMAs

Video of the Year: "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

Female Video: "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

Male Video: "Not Afraid," Eminem

Rock Video: "Kings and Queens," 30 Seconds to Mars

Pop Video: "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

Hip-Hop Video: "Not Afraid," Eminem

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Filed under: MTV VMAs • Music
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