Dexter airs tonight

The brand new season of Dexter starts tonight.  Be sure to watch or set your DVR to record it.

Dexter’s Julie Benz cuts loose


This Sunday sees the eagerly anticipated third season debut of Showtime’s Dexter. On the series, Julie Benz plays Dexter’s girlfriend, Rita, who is very unaware that her loving boyfriend is in fact a serial killer – albeit of other killers.

I had the chance to speak to Benz about Dexter‘s return, along with her other upcoming projects. It’s a busy time for the Buffy and Angel alum . Besides Dexter, she’ll be seen in two films before the year is finished – Saw V and Punisher: War Zone, and we touched upon all those projects in our conversation.

IGN: Your character on Dexter has obviously evolved from when we met her and she was so closed off. Where do you think she is now? Has she reclaimed her old self completely?

Julie Benz: I think in Season 3, you see a much more strong and confident Rita. Rita and Dexter have been through a lot and I think you see that they’re happier together.

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A new peak at ‘Saw V’

The first TV spot for “Saw V” has been brought forward. The television promo outed firstly by Joblo teases fans with more heart-pounding footage. For those who have seen the red band clip of this horror thriller, some snippets from this video helps to find out the conclusion of the Pit and the Pendulum-inspired sequence and the fate of the man strapped below the sharp pendulum.

Though most scenes of this TV spot still highlight on the tattooed man like the previous clip, it manages to reveal brand new and never before seen clips. One of them reveals another deathly trap set by Jigsaw for Meagan Good’s character, Luba. Desperately attempting to escape alive, Luba who is tied in the neck to a thin piece of string yells out that it is not the time yet to the woman in front of her.

Continuing the popular “Saw” franchise, “Saw V” is said to be following Hoffman, who looks like to be the last person alive to carry on Jigsaw legacy on making others grateful of their lives by putting them in lethal traps. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman is forced to go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends. It stars also Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson and Julie Benz. Directed by David Hackl, it is due October 24

Dexter season 2 out today!

The DVD set for Dexter season two is in stores today!  Be sure to pick up your copy.

Julie talks ‘Punisher: War Zone’

Julie Benz (Rambo, “Dexter,” “Angel”) hit the green carpet of The Incredible Hulk premiere Sunday night at the Universal City Walk to support Gale Anne Hurd, who not only produced this Friday’s Universal release, but also Benz’s upcoming action-thriller, Punisher: War Zone. Benz, who confessed she’s a “big Hulk fan,” stopped to chat with Hype! about the new “Punisher” film, for which the trailer should be out “within the next three weeks,” according to Hurd.

CS/SHH!: What can you tell me about “Punisher: War Zone”?
Julie Benz: It comes out in December and you’re going to see a much darker, edgier Punisher than you did in the past.

CS/SHH!: Did being a brunette help you get into character for the film?
Benz: Oh yeah. I play this kind of New York Italian cop’s wife and had to do an accent and everything. It was great. I’ve never been brunette before and I loved it.

CS/SHH!: Tell me more about your character.
Benz: I have a small daughter in the movie. Stuff happens and I get very angry.

CS/SHH!: Why do you get so angry?
Benz: There’s no good guy to me. Everyone is bad.

Benz talks ‘Saw V’

In a red-carpet interview with ShockTillYouDrop, actress Julie Benz spoke a little about her SAW V experience, and what kind of character she portrays.

“I play a very unlikeable character… Her name is Brit and she’s a real estate developer. That’s all I can say. You know how those things are. You sign your life away in blood.”

What you can take away from this is that “Brit” is most likely the object of Jigsaw/Hoffman/whoever the f*ck the writers conjure up as the new villain’s deadly “game.” Certainly Benz won’t be portraying one of the series’ throwaway victims…

Benz goes on to say: “They were all laughing because it was my first time doing a movie of that genre and I of course had to have a bucket on standby because I was getting nauseated and thought I was going to throw up. Some of the things I had to do was really grossing me out.” That’s a SAW movie for you, baby!

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