Wednesday, July 15, 2009
watch them all here
ooohh In the TV guide picks Anna does not get chosen but Nelsan and Ryan get for best Support Actor ...hmm? ( I'm pulling for Nelsan !)
TVGuide.com's Emmy Picks
Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday morning (8:30 am/ET, check your local listings). Here are our 11th-hour picks. There are many familiar faces on the list (Charlie Sheen, Tina Fey, etc.), but with just enough new blood (Jim Parsons and, er, True Blood) to keep things interesting.
Now that we've had our say, who are you rooting for? Tell us in the comments below.
Best Drama Series
24: For avoiding prior seasons' narrative preposterousness (rowr, says the cougar)
Dexter: For making a serial killer a daddy
Lost: For keeping our attention through time and space
Mad Men: For all the beautiful meltdowns
The Shield: For justice
True Blood: For creating a show about vampires that's really about so much more
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
James Callis, Battlestar Galactica: For his well-acted redemption
Jeremy Davies, Lost: For becoming the brains, and then the heart, of the operation
Nelsan Ellis, True Blood: For shattering gay stereotypes
Walton Goggins, The Shield: For a heartbreaking downward spiral
Ryan Kwanten, True Blood: For playing dumb wicked smaht
John Slattery, Mad Men: For both seducing and repulsing
Ricklibrarian reports on the ALA ( American Library Assoc. ) panel that Charlaine was part of ( yes, that the reason she was in Chicago)
Sunday at the American Library Association was my day to attend programs on subjects about which I knew little. I started with Things That Go Bump in the Stacks: Whole Collection Advisory for Paranormal Fiction, introduced and moderated by Neil Hollands of the Williamsburg Regional Library. Neil presented a brief history of these books with their vampires and other dark creatures. They differ from fantasy in that they bring magic into the everyday world. They spring from horror and often include appeal factors from romance and mystery. Some are even literary. Their rise has been spotlighted by the success of the Twilight novels by Stephanie Meyer.
With Neil were three authors. Marjorie Liu has spent much of her life in foreign countries and draws on her travel and diplomatic experience in crafting settings. She began her writing career in 2005 with Tiger Eye, a paranormal romance paperback. Liu says that she includes many forms of creatures in her novels, including her Dirk & Steele and Hunter Kiss series. she already has over a dozen books.
Charlie Hudson is a classic rags to riches author, having been everything from a struggling actor to a bartender before becoming a successful author. His books are violent and often reflect life in the underside of society. Since his debut with Caught Stealing in 2004, he is known for the Hank Thompson trilogy and the Joe Pitt series. He jokes that he writes for maladjusted young men. "Splatter" is his favorite word.
Charlaine Harris is the most known of the panelists. She began her career writing Southern mysteries and segwayed into paranormal in 2001 with Dead Until Dark. Her latest book Dead and Gone, the ninth title featuring Sookie Stackhouse, debuted at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List.
Harris sympathized with librarians asked to recommend paranormal novels to readers. She said they range from cute and sweet books to titles filled with violence. She urged us to discover the differences before we put the books out. Huston agreed, admitting that his books are not for every reader, especially the young.
There is just tons of great stuff for paranomal readers on the Readers Advisory website.
read on here
It's a rare thing for a blogger to land an interview with a published writer, and to land an interview with a New York Times bestselling author is even more difficult. Fortunately, ScriptSuperhero.com has overcome the odds and landed an exclusive interview with just such an author, Charlaine Harris, best known for her Sookie Stackhouse novels that last year were transformed into the HBO original series TRUE BLOOD by Alan Ball, currently airing its second season.
Ms. Harris granted us an extensive, wide-ranging interview of nearly unprecedented depth in which she discusses not only her recent success, but her career as a whole and the craft of writing in general.
This interview will be published in eight parts, beginning today, with each successive part scheduled to debut at 11:59 PM Central Daylight Time until the interview is complete. In tonight's first installment, Ms. Harris discusses the benefits and pitfalls of sudden success.
Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry and plays.
After holding down some low-level jobs, she had the opportunity to stay home and write, and the resulting two stand-alones were published by Houghton Mifflin. After a child-producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of writing mystery series, and soon had her own traditional books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden. Her first Teagarden, REAL MURDERS, garnered an Agatha nomination.
Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series. The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences.
When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she'd always wanted to write. Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, DEAD UNTIL DARK, broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn more readers. The southern vampire books are published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France, and Russia.
In addition to Sookie, Charlaine has another heroine with a strange ability.
Harper Connelly, lightning-struck and strange, can find corpses. and that's how she makes her living.
In addition to her work as a writer, Charlaine is the past senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church, a board member of Mystery Writers of America, a past board member of Sisters in Crime, a member of the American Crime Writers League, and past president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance.
She spends her "spare" time reading, watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and going to the movies.
ScriptSuperhero: Ms. Harris, thank you for agreeing to this interview. In the past year, you have enjoyed quite a bit of success. You recently saw your ninth Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire novel, DEAD AND GONE, published, and the second season of the HBO series based on that series of novels, TRUE BLOOD, debuted in mid-June. Let's start out by talking about your recent success. How much has all of this attention provided an obstacle, if any, to your regular writing schedule?
Charlaine Harris: Success is its own obstacle, as it turns out. At times, I've done three interviews a day by phone and a couple more via email.
Sometimes reporters are scheduled to come to the house, along with photographers. With the best will in the world, it does get tiresome and intrusive answering the same questions over and over and over. However, I'm sure this is only a small sampling of what people on the film end undergo.
SS: To what extent are you consulted in the production process for True Blood? How much has Alan Ball brought you into the show's creative process?
CH: I'm not consulted at all. I wrote the books, and they're the basis of the show. That's a huge involvement, and one I'm comfortable with. They're the experts on producing television; I'm not. I picked the right person to trust, and for me that was the best choice I could make.
SS: Are you satisfied with your level of involvement?
CH: Yes. If I were more involved with the show, I'd have even less time to write the books.
Emmys are announced tomorrow morning and it looks like HBO is thinking that Anna will have something to talk about on the late night talk shows.
Thursday, July 16
David Letterman: Anderson Cooper, Anna Paquin, Grizzly Bear
Friday, July 17
Jimmy Fallon: Anna Paquin, the Dead Weather
Money Success Fame Glamor by Felix da Cat LYRICS
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