After four years as serial killer Dexter Morgan's other half on Showtime's hit Dexter, Julie Benz's on-screen alter ego was murdered in one of the year's most jaw-dropping season finales. But with a recurring role on ABC's Desperate Housewives and her new romantic comedy Uncorked, Benz is proving life after death can be sweet, even funny. "I got my start in comedy years ago and then Joss Whedon discovered me and made me a dramatic actress," she says. "Everybody views me now as a dramatic actress and people forget that I'm actually funny." In Uncorked, airing Saturday at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel, Benz shows off her comedic chops as Johnetta "Johnny" Prentice, a workaholic CFO who finds life (and love) outside the boardroom on a business trip to California's wine country. Between Uncorked and Benz's recurring role on Housewives, she's busier than ever. "Johnny is definitely the career woman in me," she says. "I love what I do. I am most comfortable on-set working and Johnny is obviously most comfortable in the boardroom, working. She's the extreme of that for me." Despite the marked differences among career woman Johnny, stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold Robyn and the recently slain Rita, the 37-year-old Benz says there's a common thread in all three roles. "They're all parts of me. I possess their sensibilities in me, just different parts are accentuated. If you take the nurturer that's inside of me and multiply by 100, that's Rita," she says. "What I love about the character on Desperate Housewives is that she has this really great heart and this tremendous spirit. Everything is so exiting to her. I feel I have that. Even showing up on Wisteria Lane, I still can't believe I get to go to work on Wisteria Lane everyday." Benz may be pinching herself over her latest gig but the actress says Dexter will always hold a special place. After all, she did receive the offer to appear on Housewives the day following Dexter's bloody season ender. "It would have really been awful if Rita had died and nobody cared. The fact that it had that impact and had that shock value to it was huge," she says. "After getting over the fact that I'm not going to be on the show anymore, when I look at the storytelling, it really is amazing." Following the Season 3 finale, Benz has enjoyed taking part in the series' recent awards recognition, such as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild wins for co-star Michael C. Hall - while enjoying the lighter side of acting. "I did promise my mother that I would do my best to get into a comedy where I don't get shot," Benz says. "My mom is kind of tired of seeing me die." Source Here
Still haunted by the sight of Rita's lifeless, bloody corpse floating in her and Dexter's bathtub? Then this next story is going to dredge up a lot of bad memories for you. Prior to last night's PaleyFest '10 event honoring Dexter, exec producer Sara Colleton took a few minutes to answer all of my burning questions about the Showtime drama's highly-anticipated fifth season (slated to premiere in September). Needless to say, Rita's horrifying murder will have enormous implications for America's most beloved serial killer. Beware, major spoilers To Read More Click Here .
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the nominations for the 36th Annual Saturn Awards, revealing the domination of "Avatar" and "Lost". The big budget sci-fi movie has a chance to have its glorious moment in the event as it earns ten nominations while the hit ABC series grabs the most nods in TV categories with eight. Beside "Avatar", those which receive multiple nominations in feature film categories are "Sherlock Holmes" with eight, as well as "Inglourious Basterds" and "Watchmen" which are tied with seven each. "Lost", in the meantime, is followed close by "Dexter", "Breaking Bad" and "True Blood" with five nods each. The winners of the 36th Annual Saturn Awards will be announced at a ceremony held on June 24 in Burbank, California. Beside honoring movie and TV, the awards show will also recognize excellence in home entertainment (DVD) and stage presentation. To Read More Click Here .
Michael C. Hall has grown closer to his wife Jennifer Carpenter since battling cancer - and the couple now cherishes "every second" together. The "Dexter" actor began treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma last year, but he kept his diagnosis a secret until last week, January 13, when he revealed he had been battling cancer and is now in remission. And Carpenter, who plays his adopted sister on the hit series, is counting herself "very lucky" that Hall is now on the road to recovery. She tells Access Hollywood, "He's great. Very lucky (he) caught it early - it's 98 percent curable, so it's basically choosing the treatment and sticking with it. After two rounds of treatment, he was in complete remission. He's just finishing up to make sure it stays that way. He wanted to let everybody know and he's been receiving so much support and good thoughts. That's been the kick that he needed to just finish it up." She adds, "It's always felt like an opportunity to get closer and I'm just so impressed with him and anyone who's had to go through it. Every second's special with him, it sounds corny but it's true. I'm very lucky." Source Here
Finally, "Glee" gets to go home with a trophy at 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The critically-acclaimed drama series is named Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical, stamping over older shows like "30 Rock", "Entourage", and "The Office" as well as fellow newbie "Modern Family". All the "Glee" cast including Lea Michele and Cory Monteith ascend the stage to take the honor from presenters Kiefer Sutherland and Olivia Wilde. With "30 Rock" failing to get the Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress for Tina Fey, "Dexter" and "Grey Gardens" officially become the TV series and TV movie which win big. Each of them grabbed two victories. "Dexter" won through Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow while "Gardens" won Best TV Movie and Best Actress in TV Movie for Drew Barrymore. To Read More Click Here .
Dexter star Michael C. Hall says he has been diagnosed with cancer and is "on the road to completing" successful treatment. Hall, also known for his role in Six Feet Under, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. "I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition," Hall said in a statement. "I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care." The 38-year-old actor is planning to attend the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday and the Screen Actors Guild awards the following Saturday. He's nominated at both ceremonies. He is also expected to film the movie East Fifth Bliss, and will return to production on the fifth season of Dexter later this year. Source Here
In the days following the Dexter season four finale, we've heard from show producers and show stars such as John Lithgow and Michael C. Hall. Everyone had a lot to say about Rita's shocking death, but fans have been waiting all week to hear from Julie Benz herself. How did she react when told of her character's demise? Will Rita turn into a ghost? E! News asked these questions, and many more, of the actress. Her candid replies are below... To Read More Click Here .
This week, television taught us that all good things must come to an end. Californication's Hank Moody made a difficult choice. The brothers of Nip/Tuck performed an ethically questionable surgery for personal gain. So You Think You Can Dance finally acknowledged the high art that is krumping. And Dexter , a show about a serial killer, made death surprising again. Welcome to Coolest Moments: Finale Fever Edition. 9. Worst Production Values: Dear Oprah Winfrey's Producers: In the future, when you are interviewing the president of the United States at the White House, even if it's for a Christmas special, please remember to change the filters and camera set-ups from "Tearful Movie Star/Victim of Tragedy Tell-All" to "Important Political Figure." A wartime nation dealing with a shaky economy does not want to see its leader in loving, dewy-eyed, soft-focused close-up. Save those flourishes for Travolta's next visit. Thanks! Love, Us 8. Best Confession: In the closing moments of Californication's third season, Hank Moody gets into a fistfight with Mia's agent. Backed into a corner by the extortionist suit, Hank admits to Karen that he slept with Mia when she was 16, just before the police show up to arrest Hank for assault. Talk about violating the penal code! 7. Best Solution to a Situation: Conan O'Brien, not satisfied with the moniker the Jersey Shore nickname generator gave him, asks Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino for a replacement. The washboarded stud dubs the Tonight Show host "The Solution." "I love it!" O'Brien gushes. "Ladies, if you have a problem, I am The Solution!" Next up: transforming him into a "guido." 6. Grossest Surgery: Christian and Sean face an ethical dilemma on Nip/Tuck when a district attorney offers them a deal: If they perform liposuction on a death-row inmate who is too heavy for lethal injection, their son Matt will be released from prison. They agree, and the subsequent surgery scene is beyond graphic - even by FX standards. The surgeons remove layers of bloody flesh like they're folding bed sheets. After watching, you won't need lipo; you'll never eat again. 5. Nicest Surprise: The Sing-Off sounds too corny to be good. But a group performance of Queen's "Under Pressure" in the premiere episode demonstrates the show's cool factor. It's like watching really good karaoke, but sober and with better wardrobe. To Read More Click Here .
Following a startling season finale, we've heard from a pair of Dexter producers. But fans have been waiting to read what star Michael C. Hall thought of the episode-concluding twist that has left the Internet buzzing since Sunday night. The award-winning actor spoke with Entertainment Weekly about it today and, as you'd expect, he had A LOT to say... On killing off Rita: I thought it was brilliant. I was really proud of the writers, and the network, for not backing away from so bold a step. It really propels us forward in a way that we wouldn't have enjoyed otherwise. On the blood-filled bathroom scene: It was tough... the actual shooting of it was much more frantic and to the point. Coming in, seeing this baby in the blood, turning my head, seeing Rita there, realizing what's happened, picking up the baby, leaving the room - it happened much more quickly than [how] the scene plays. But it was horrifying. It's the kind of thing that only in its aftermath can you begin to deal with. In one way or another, Dexter will be reeling from it for a long time to come. But Julie in that tub was just heartbreaking - and the baby on the floor. It was very somber. To Read More Click Here .
Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier this morning. Did your faves get recognized? Check out the complete list and see: Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical): 30 Rock Entourage Glee Modern Family The Office Best Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical): Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Steve Carell, The Office David Duchovny, Californication Thomas Jane, Hung Matthew Morrison, Glee Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical): Toni Collette, The United States of Tara Courteney Cox, Cougar Town Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Tina Fey, 30 Rock Lea Michele, Glee Best Television Series (Drama): Big Love Dexter House Mad Men True Blood Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama): Glenn Close, Damages January Jones, Mad Men Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Anna Paquin, True Blood Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama): Simon Baker, The Mentalist Michael C. Hall, Dexter Jon Hamm, Mad Men Hugh Laurie, House Bill Paxton, Big Love Best Director for a Motion Picture: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker" James Cameron, "Avatar" Clint Eastwood, "Invictus" Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air" Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, "District 9" Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker" Nancy Meyers, "It's Complicated" Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air" Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical): "(500) Days of Summer" "The Hangover" "It's Complicated" "Julie & Julia" "Nine" Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical): Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal" Marion Cotillard, "Nine" Julia Roberts, "Duplicity" Meryl Streep, "It's Complicated" Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia" Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical): Matt Damon, "The Informant!" Daniel Day-Lewis, "Nine" Robert Downey Jr., "Sherlock Holmes" Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "(500) Days of Summer" Michael Stuhlberg, "A Serious Man" Best Motion Picture (Drama): "Avatar" "The Hurt Locker" "Inglourious Basterds" "Precious" "Up in the Air" Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama): Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart" George Clooney, "Up in the Air" Colin Firth, "A Single Man" Morgan Freeman, "Invictus" Tobey Maguire, "Brothers" Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama): Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria" Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side" Helen Mirren, "The Last Station" Carey Mulligan, "An Education" Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious" Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture': Matt Damon, "Invictus" Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger" Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station" Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones" Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds" Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Penelope Cruz, "Nine" Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air" Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air" Monique, "Precious" Julianne Moore, "A Single Man" Best Animated Movie: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" "Coraline" "Fantastic Mr. Fox" "The Princess and the Frog" "Up" Best Miniseries or Made-for-Television Movie: "Georgia O'Keeffe" "Grey Gardens" "Into the Storm" "Little Dorritt" "Taking Chance" Best Actor in a Miniseries/Made-for-Television Movie: Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance" Kenneth Branagh, "Wallander: One Step Behind" Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Endgame" Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm" Jeremy Irons, "Georgia O'Keeffe" Best Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-Television Movie: Joan Allen, "Georgia O'Keeffe" Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens" Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens" Anna Paquin, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby" Best Supporting Actor (Television): Michael Emerson, Lost Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother William Hurt, Damages John Lithgow, Dexter Jeremy Piven, Entourage Best Supporting Actress (Television): Jane Adams, Hung Rose Byrne, Damages Jane Lynch, Glee Chloe Sevigny, Big Love Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm" Best Foreign-Language Film: "Baaria" "Broken Embraces" "The Maid" "A Prophet" "The White Ribbon" Source