Friday, April 10, 2009

True Blood Music Video of the Day: California Dreamin'

From our good friends at the HBO forum- See you girls soon!

A fan tribute video of Alexander Skarsgård. This video is dedicated to all of us going to the True Blood Panel event at the Paley Center in Hollywood! It was made by a fan for all Alexander Skarsgard fans.

Dallas says "We will see the luscious Stephen Moyer too !"

Loving True Blood in Dallas at Paleyfest!

Well, we are all finally off. What a great adventure !
Remember to check the tweet box which you can see right here on the right . Even if you aren't on twitter you can keep up with everything that happens by just watching the blog.

I will take photos , videos and tweet and blog as much as I can ! I am most excited about meeting all the other fans ...

True Blood Paleyfest
April 13, 2009
True Blood
Monday, April 13, 2009
7:00 pm PT

Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood

In Person
Alan Ball, Creator/Executive Producer
Anna Paquin, "Sookie Stackhouse"
Stephen Moyer, "Bill Compton"
Ryan Kwanten, "Jason Stackhouse"
Sam Trammell, "Sam Merlotte"
Rutina Wesley, "Tara Thornton"
Nelsan Ellis, "Lafayette Reynolds"
Carrie Preston, "Arlene Fowler"
Alexander Skarsgård, "Eric Northman"

Sexy and twisted, True Blood has enlivened the vampire saga with the undead coming out of the coffin and demanding equal rights. Adapted from The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris, creator Alan Ball has infused his HBO series with creepy Gothic romanticism and bloody good fun, serving up his idiosyncratic “popcorn for smart people.” Murder and mystery abound in Ball’s swampy Louisiana town after telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played to Golden Globe perfection by Anna Paquin) falls for the 173 year old, but still hot vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). With blasts of comedy and fantasy, True Blood tries to determine if humans and vampires can coexist.

Sookie Stackhouse fans may also be: Lost in Fiction

Fascinating article posted in the Wall Street Journal and written by Alexander McCall Smith about fan relations with fictional characters. Boy, Did we need this article !
Many of you are also watching the new HBO series the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" which is based on the books written by Smith

Alexander McCall Smith on the intense personal relationships readers form with characters and the ways that complicates the lives of authors

A few weeks ago, on a book tour of Australia, I found myself signing books in Sydney. As the line of readers moved, two young women presented copies of books for signature. These books were from a Scottish series I write, one featuring a heroine called Isabel Dalhousie. Isabel, who is in her early 40s, has a boyfriend considerably younger than she is -- by 14 years, in fact. As I signed their books, one of the women mentioned that she thought that this relationship between Isabel and Jamie, the younger man, was not a good idea at all.

The answer came quickly. "Because it's not going to go anywhere."

"But I thought it was going rather well," I protested.

Again my reader lost no time in replying. "No, it isn't," she said emphatically.

That was me put in my place. After all, I was merely the author. As it happens, Isabel's relationship with Jamie had not been my idea in the first place, but had come about because at an earlier stage in the series I came under attack from a journalist -- another woman -- for not allowing Isabel to become romantically involved with Jamie. I had originally intended that their friendship be platonic, but had been told in the course of an interview with this journalist that I really had to allow something closer to develop. "Your readers will expect it," she said. "And it would be so empowering for them."


Let In' The Swedish Vampires from NPR

Let In' The Swedish Vampires
In Let the Right One In, Eli and Oskar are both lonely 12-year-olds — but one of them happens to be a vampire. Critic-at-large John Powers calls the Swedish film "the best vampire movie in the last 75 years."

Fresh Air from WHYY

by John Powers


It's an essential feature of vampires that they're able to live forever. The same is true, it seems, of vampire stories.

Almost two centuries after John Polidori wrote the first vampire tale in English, these blood-drinking fiends are bigger business than ever. Last fall, as our financial firms sank, the blue chip cultural stock of vampirism was soaring, with the blockbuster film of Stephanie Meyer's bestseller Twilight, the launch of the hit HBO series Tru Blood and — last but not least — the art-house cult-favorite that's invariably described as "the Swedish vampire movie."

Its name is Let the Right One In — the title comes from a song by Morrissey — and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it's probably the best vampire movie in the last 75 years. Because it originally appeared in limited release, most of you wouldn't have had a chance to see it. But now it's out on DVD and anyone can marvel at how Tomas Alfredson's brilliant film manages to inject new blood into what seems like an anemic old story.

Read on here

True Blood Recipe: Sookie's warm and delicious Baked Apples

Sookie in Book 8, 'From Dead to Worse' makes her special baked apples:

"I fixed baked apples stuffed with raisins and cinnamon and butter and popped them in to bake"

Baked Apples Recipe

4 large good baking apples, such as Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, or Jonagold (see cooking apple varieties)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup currants or chopped raisins
1 Tbsp butter
3/4 cup boiling water


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Wash apples. Remove cores to 1/2 inch of the bottom of the apples. It helps if you have an apple corer, but if not, you can use a paring knife to cut out first the stem area, and then the core. Use a spoon to dig out the seeds. Make the holes about 3/4-inch to an inch wide.

2 In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, currants/raisins, and pecans. Place apples in a 8-inch-by-8-inch square baking pan. Stuff each apple with this mixture. Top with a dot of butter (1/4 of the Tbps).

3 Add boiling water to the baking pan. Bake 30-40 minutes, until tender, but not mushy. Remove from the oven and baste the apples several times with the pan juices.

Serve warm with vanilla icecream on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

True Blood is: True love, with fangs

By cara van miriah, in los angeles

Blood. Violence. Sex. That was what drew award-winning American screenwriter Alan Ball to The Southern Vampire Mysteries. He stumbled upon the bestselling series by American Charlaine Harris in a bookstore and it inspired his latest HBO television series.

True Blood, which premiered yesterday on Max (StarHub Channel 59), stars Anna Paquin in a Golden Globe-winning role as telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse who falls in love with a 173-year-old vampire named Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). The screenwriter, who shot to fame with his Best Original Screenplay Oscar for American Beauty (1999), says the story was 'just so much fun'.

'It's scary, dark and funny,' he adds in an interview at The Lot studio in Farmosa Avenue, Los Angeles.

'Vampires are sexy but they will do anything without constraint, without morals. Yet they are objects of fancy for a lot of women,' he muses, with a laugh.

In the world of the book and TV show, vampires are 'coming out of the coffin' to live among humans, thanks to readily available synthetic blood called Tru Blood.

Vampire novels have been fodder for movies ever since 1922's Nosferatu, an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula novel. Since then, adaptations have ranged from Hollywood blockbusters such as Interview With The Vampire (1994) to the recent Swedish arthouse flick, Let The Right One In (2008).

Read on

True Blood airs every Thursday at 9pm on Max (StarHub Ch 59).

True Blood markets its roll-out in Asia on HBO/MAX

Man, the HBO/Max Asian bloggers and reporters have really been plugging away at promoting True Blood. Sometimes the articles have been great -sometimes..uh, not so much! Even the promotional event arranged for the bloggers by HBO/Max in Singapore last week was "interesting. "

More here :

Here is video from another attendee:

HBO's True Blood Blogger Preview In Singapore from Daryl Tay on Vimeo.

MORE videos here of blogger contests

Stephen Moyer confirms that Bill Compton is an iVamp !

Just another celebrity photo of Stephen Moyer but what I got a kick out of was that "Vampire Bill" is holding my exact white iPhone !! Haha

This is really not a Hollywood/Celebrity or TV fan blog, I guess I'm just too much of a bookie for that, but True Blood is now part of the Sookieverse so I will link to and post some of this stuff. If this is what you really like there WILL ALWAYS be a million other sites to get this kind of stuff from.

I'm sure it's a glamorous life these actors live but having your picture taken everytime you step out of the house must be a drag ....


Blood Copy Volume 6: Vampire politics on the rise

We are revisiting the Blood Copy videos which were part of the HBO True Blood viral marketing campaign that helped introduce the True Blood television series in the summer of 2008. We will be doing a radio show on this topic soon.
Previously we have see the mysterious packages were being received, the gatekeeper awakened on a mysterious website, .... Blood Copy website HERE

The blog and videos not only were a marketing ploy but they also served as a prologue to the series ...
Here is the blog entry for that time period HERE ( July 13, 2008)
It's great to watch these videos but you also must read the blog entry for that day.

Behind the scenes with Anna Paquin on the set of 'The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler '

The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazi's for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

From IMDb

Nathanial Parks web page( Anna's costar: interesting write up.

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Where the streets have no name by Pet Shop Boys

Where the streets have no name by Pet Shop Boys LYRICS

Thanks, rnbs20032003