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Joe Manganiello talks full-frontal nudity for 'Magic Mike'

Joe Manganiello talks "Magic Mike" and his character Big Dick Richie

Joe Manganiello doesn't want to hear any bellyaching from his "Magic Mike" costars about baring their bodies. After all, the actor says, nudity is a part of his day job.

"It's not that different from what I do on set on 'True Blood,'" Manganiello told the Huffington Post. "I wonder if some of the other guys have done it before -- taken their clothes off on camera.

"For me, it's just a typical day at the office," he said.

Manganiello will star in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" -- alongside longtime pal Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, whose experiences as a young exotic dancer served as inspiration for the flick. 

Having taken it off since the beginning of his career, Manganiello isn't intimidated by playing a sizable character.

"When I was in college, I did an off-Broadway show where I was full-frontal on stage, so I guess all of these crazy parts have been coming my way for a long time," he said.

"Magic Mike" begins shooting in mid-September, but expect more Manganiello as the fourth season of "True Blood" winds up and Emmy Awards festivities unfurl. 

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Photo: Joe Manganiello in Los Angeles on Aug. 23, 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Alexander Skarsgard, Kate Bosworth call it quits

Alexander Skarsgard and Kate Bosworth have broken up.

Alexander Skarsgard and Kate Bosworth have reportedly ended their relationship.

The blond duo were going strong for roughly two years, though neither party has ever commented on their romantic status. 

"It was very mutual and it happened a while ago," a source told Us of the split.

Skarsgard and Bosworth sparked in August 2009 on the set of their flick "Straw Dogs," which will see a wide release this September (not the first time this year a break-up has been followed by a promotional campaign).

The quiet courtship saw sushi dates and the occasional music festival -- Skarsgard even dined with Bosworth's parents in March to celebrate her Nylon magazine cover.  

The "True Blood" hunk recently attended Comic-Con 2011, where he allegedly flirted with a brunette, Us said. "He's single," added a second source, "and he is loving the attention!"

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Photos: Alexander Skarsgard; Kate Bosworth. Credits: Charley Gallay / Getty Images; David Livingston / Getty Images


Meet Kevin Alejandro: 'True Blood' has a magic man

Kevin Alejandro plays Jesus on "True Blood" We've said it before -- it's hard to be a mere mortal in Bon Temps. The creatures of "True Blood" and its fictional Louisiana town are cold-blooded, hot-tempered and loaded with drama, so what's a guy got to do to compete? 

For Kevin Alejandro's Jesus, a little magic goes a long way. As the show's resident Wiccan and boyfriend to Nelsan Ellis' Lafayette, Alejandro is enjoying his upgrade to series regular with a shady storyline for the just-premiered fourth season.

Photos: Memorable TV witches

Things you need to know about Alejandro:

He's joining the shirtless ranks: "Come on, it's 'True Blood'!" he said when we asked if creator Alan Ball would have him shirt-free or even in his skivvies in the coming season. He's in good company with Alexander Skarsgard and Joe Manganiello.

He has fun with the man-love: Alejandro and Ellis play lovers, but there's no to-do about the dude action. "We keep it really light and have a lot of fun. And it's really clear we have a great chemistry. I've learned a lot just watching him act." 

He's an unlikely pioneer: "It's not lost on me that Jesus is a male witch and a male nurse. He's so well written and, yeah, I guess pushing the envelope." 

He's a dad: In real life, Alejandro has a 3-year-old who's "full of personality. He's at this point where he really can't shut it." He and his magazine editor wife raise their little guy in Venice Beach, something he says encourages a relaxed and artistic vibe. "We have a lot fun here, riding our bikes or catching a movie. I didn't fall in love with L.A. until we lived here." 

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Photo: So, Kevin Alejandro walks into a bar -- there's no punch line, but he's certainly pleasant to look at sitting in that bar. Credit: Matt Edge / MattEdge.com


'True Blood' casts a spell on Hollywood at Season 4 premiere

True Blood premiere: Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer

The "True Blood" campaign for Season 4 has hinged on the phrase "waiting sucks" -- but the wait for more Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello and the rest of the gang is almost over.

That could be a good thing for Rutina Wesley, who plays the show's oft-distressed Tara. "They put me through a lot," Wesley said Tuesday at the "True Blood" premiere, "but this is what I signed up for and what I studied.

"You wanna duct tape me to a toilet? Let's do it."

True Blood premiere pictures (Semi-spoiler alert: Things are a lot different for Tara this year, across the board.)

The residents of fictional Bon Temps, La., turned out in Hollywood on Tuesday at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome to kick off another season of Alan Ball's adaptation of the Charlene Harris vampire novels.

Married couple Paquin and Moyer walked the carpet together, trailing Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Manganiello and Wesley.

The show's vampire-friendly watering hole, Fangtasia, was re-created just blocks from the theater, attracting cast, admirers and a few members of the HBO family after the screening.

Fan favorite Kristin Bauer van Straten, who received many compliments on her waifish figure and outrageous costumes, shared her secret: "It's the corsets. They usually throw me three or four a year."

Skarsgard, sans girlfriend Kate Bosworth, sipped beer and greeted many an admirer and costar, including Kwanten, Kevin Alejandro, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis and Deborah Ann Woll. Manganiello stuck with  fiancée Audra Marie and wolfed down some meat and potatoes, while costar Sam Trammel got compliments on his recent "Funny or Die" sketch, "Hot Dudes With Kittens." 

Palm-reading witches and plastic fangs peppered the bash, which saw support from other HBO stars, including Perrey Reeves of "Entourage," "Big Love" alums Amanda Seyfried and Douglas Smith, and  Rebecca Creskoff of "Hung." Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

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Top photo: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer on the "True Blood" Season 4 red carpet. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Bottom photo: "True Blood" star Rutina Wesley. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


'True Blood' star Joe Manganiello says he would go ugly on command

Joe ManganielloJoe Manganiello is devoted to his craft, so don't be fooled by his werewolf bod on "True Blood." He says he'd go from beefcake to hamburger in a heartbeat.

"If Alcide was described as weighing 300 pounds with a comb-over and missing his front teeth, that's what I would look like," he said in a recent interview.

Good luck with that. Manganiello is back in top form for the fourth season of the HBO vampire show, in which he plays the tortured lupine Alcide Herveaux. Last fall, however, he was trying Superman's cape on for size.

Pictures: 'True Blood' Season 4 premiere

Manganiello told GQ he was in the running for Zack Snyder's reboot of the superhero, thanks to all of his howling at the moon.

"He and his wife are huge fans of 'True Blood,'" Manganiello said.

Though he didn't land the role, he'll continue to exhibit supernatural powers on Alan Ball's mystical Southern creation, which has its season premiere on Sunday.

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Photo: Joe Manganiello in Santorini for the GQ summer style guide. Credit: Carter Smith 


Alexander Skarsgard on 'True Blood' love scenes, competing with father Stellan

Alexander Skarsgard

It's easy to see Alexander Skarsgard as the brooding and mysterious vampire Eric on "True Blood," but in a new interview he tries his hand at full disclosure, touching on his steamy love scenes with his costar's wife, and stirring up some family rivalries.

Skarsgard gets hot and heavy in the upcoming season of the HBO series with Anna Paquin -- who is married to costar Stephen Moyer.

"It's really clear to Steve and to everybody else what the deal is — which is that Anna is like a sister to me ... Those love scenes take quite a bit of acting, actually," he tells GQ.

Acting runs in his Swedish blood -- his dad is thespian Stellan Skarsgard. He's aware of Hollywood's legacy system, but insists he's not trying to eclipse dear old dad.

"I don't think I came to acting to compete with my father. But, you know, he wasn't around as much as normal dads, and seeing his passion … Maybe it was a way to get his attention," he said.

"I mean, if anything, we're trying to take care of him. He's over the hill."

Stellan isn't taking that lying down, from Alexander or his four younger brothers.

"Of course I'm threatened," the patriarch said of his kids. "They're younger, they're better-looking, and they're all trying to kill me."

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'True Blood's' Evan Rachel Wood says she's bisexual, 'into androgyny in general'

Evan Rachel Wood tells Esquire she's bisexual, 'into androgyny in general'

"True Blood" vamp Evan Rachel Wood has let it be known: She's bisexual.

"I grew up in love with David Bowie," she told Esquire. "So I was always into very androgynous things. Guys, girls ... I'm into androgyny in general," she said, which is why ex-fiance Marilyn Manson was so appealing.

"I'm more kind of like the guy when it comes to girls. I'm the dominant one. I'm opening the doors, I'm buying dinner. Yeah, I'm romantic."

Wood, 23, stars in HBO's "Mildred Pierce" with Oscar winner Kate Winslet, whom she said she'd marry if she could. She also stars in Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" and George Clooney's upcoming flick "The Ides of March." You might have also seen her in "The Wrestler" or "Thirteen."   

"I'm constantly changing, I'm constantly growing. I think I'm a little controversial?" Wood said. "I just try and keep some mystery, so hopefully people can't really put their finger on it."

The actress said she doesn't do drugs, recently quit smoking and doesn't drink much. But it was her affinity for tattoos and androgyny that she kept revisiting for the mag.

"I'm up for anything. Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl," she teased.

Perhaps she's following in her costar Anna Paquin's footsteps, who last April famously announced her sexual preferences in a PSA with Cyndi Lauper and Clay Aiken.

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Photo: Evan Rachel Wood at The Conspirator" premiere April 11. Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters.


'True Blood' stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer get married

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer

"True Blood" costars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer were married Saturday in Malibu, their rep confirmed to Us Magazine

After the ceremony at a private residence, the groom, 40, took the plunge in a different way -- stripping down to board shorts and jumping into the Pacific Ocean while the bride, 28, and dozens of guests cheered him on.

We imagine anybody who slogged through the Southern California heat this weekend would give Moyer and company a big high-five for the manuever. It was bloody hot, even at the beaches.

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