Monday, August 31, 2009
Star Trek earned 17 nominations and tops the list of nominees for Spike TV's SCREAM 2009 Awards, an annual event honoring the best in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic genres. Watchmen and X-Men Origins: Wolverine also found a lot of love from the special advisory board responsible for overseeing the selection of nominees, each earning 13 nominations. And HBO's sexy vampire series True Blood picked up 9 nominations including Best Villain (Alexander Skarsgard) and two nominations in the Best Actor category (Ryan Kwanten and Stephen Moyer).
Commenting on his nomination, Skarsgard said, "Everyone knows it's the villains who have the most fun. Thanks to the 'SCREAM' team and congrats to everyone at True Blood. This is very exciting for the whole show."
Check out the full list of nominees: Spike TV's SCREAM 2009 Awards Nominees: HERE
The bomb that shattered the living room left carnage in its wake.
The floor is slick with blood, tattered bodies litter the room, and an unrecognisable goo stuck to the wall spurts mauve blood.
"I'm gonna ask everyone to clear the set who is not actually dying on it," yells Scottie Gissel, a first assistant director for the hit vampire series True Blood.
True Blood is based on the Southern Vampire books by Charlaine Harris.
Alan Ball, who created Six Feet Under and wrote American Beauty, brought True Blood to TV in 2008, where it emerged as the most popular show in the United States.
An average of 7.8 million US viewers were watching by the end of the first season.
With a fervent fan base, including nearly a half-dozen fan-run websites, True Blood is hoping to prove in its sophomore season that even in the Twilight age of vampire overkill, it can maintain its success.
True Blood takes place in a world where vampires have come out of the coffin, so to speak, aided by the invention of a synthetic blood substitute called "Tru Blood" that keeps their primal appetites at bay.
Still, prejudice against the undead abounds, with many of the show's human characters motivated by a hate and fear that is as destructive as even the most unrepentant bloodsucker.
Season one established the main action: True Blood is set in the fictional backwater town of Bon Temps, where a telepathic good girl named Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) works as a waitress in a raucous bar called Merlotte's.
When a mysterious vampire named Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) comes to town, Sookie falls in love with him.
A high body count and muddy graveside sex ensue.
Ball initially read Dead Until Dark, the first in Harris' Southern Vampire series, five years ago.
By the time Six Feet Under was filming its final season, he was interested in bringing the books to television.
Ball says the cultural clout of his broodingly dark funeral-parlour drama left critics and the public unsure what to think of the zany, Saturday-matinee movie serial that is True Blood.
“Beyond Here Lies Nothin”
In the season two finale, the mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill’s inquisitiveness; Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss; and Hoyt has a hard time swallowing Maxine’s endless stream of insults. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam is forced to put his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally.
by Michael Ausiello
What’s that? The True Blood spoilers I gave you yesterday didn’t adequately quench your thirst? You’re in luck. The latest episode of Ausiello TV contains a scoop about the Sept. 13 season finale straight from the show’s notoriously tight-lipped creator, Alan Ball. (He doesn’t deliver it on camera himself, but I assure you it came from him. Seriously!) And wait, there’s more! The fresh ATV ep also features some good news/bad news for fans of Chase and Cameron on House. The good: They’re finally getting a juicy storyline. The bad: It’s going to wreak havoc on their marriage. Oh, and speaking of wreaking havoc, she’s back. You know who I’m talking about. Yeah, her.
Believe-it-or-not a lot of work goes into making these dolls. Well, it's kind of not "work" because I enjoy it sooo much, but I call it "work" because it's part of my list of weekly responsibilities. I also don't make any income from all the work I put into these babies... unless I receive a generous contribution from a fellow True Blood fan, or fan of my artwork. This is not a plug for you to make a donation, but this guy needs to concentrate on earning a living, too! ;)
So why Jason this week? Well, besides the fact that I've been enjoying Jason's character much more recently... I had his sketch ready for a while. This past week was also a bit of a "crunch" for me, and I haven't had as much time to devote to making True Blood babies... so the choice was practically made for me.
Now some of you may be miffed that you haven't seen an Eric paper doll yet. True, Eric is a devilish slice of heaven and a major character on the show. Also true that there is only ONE more episode of True Blood this season! *gasp* So.... you know what? You guessed it: Eric will be making his appearance here with the season finale. You know what they say: "Save the best for last". (Well, Bill is "my best" ...but I'm not going to get into that here.)
BTW- I will have some special paper doll goodness posted next week, even tho True Blood will be on break. So check back next week to see what I'm talking about.
Thanks again to all of you who follow my art, help to promote my work, and *most importantly* enjoy playing with these dolls! It's a labor of love for me, and I'm seriously tickled to death that they are such a hit with people.
photo gallery here
HBO's True Blood is riding the modern day vampire wave, showing off fan favorites like a cross-dressing short-order cook and a smoldering blond vampire with tin foil in his hair. But the lack of capes hanging in the wardrobe closets hasn't stopped the show's avid devotees from sinking their teeth into the fanatical world of dressing up in costume and role-playing.
No one's more surprised than the show's stars.
"It's been a little bonkers!" Michelle Forbes, who plays a sexy "Maenad" creature named Maryann Forrester, told ABCNews.com. "I was a part of Battlestar Gallactica, so I'm used to that world. But I didn't expect it with True Blood. I thought it was a show about a sleepy little town in Louisiana."
That fictional "sleepy little town" is Bon Temps, home to a cluster of vampires who are fairly newly "out of the coffin."
The plot follows Anna Paquin's Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton, played by her real life fiance Stephen Moyer.
video and photos
Anna Paquin covers the September issue of Nylon magazine. She's wearing a vest by Diesel and a Dolce and Gabbana skirt in the photograph above.You can see more of the photos here on Nylon's website. Anna Paquin stars in HBO's steamy vampire series, True Blood, which has featured a number of nude scenes. Anna told Nylon that she doesn't think a nude body is "particularly shocking or interesting."
On her Nude Scenes: "I don't think a naked body is particularly shocking or interesting... It's not the culture I was raised in. I was not brought up in the United States. I don't share the [attitude] that you can have graphic violence, but - God forbid � you see someone's nipples."Here is a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot and interview. Take a look.
On Going Blonde for Sookie: "I don't look like a Barbie doll, and probably never will. People are incredibly literal in how they view you. You have dark hair and pale skin? You must be brooding. The second you dye your hair blonde and get a spray tan, people treat you as if you're a bit stupider and happier. Suddenly, it's like you're hot and sexy."
On TV Acting: "It never occurred to me that one form of acting was better than another. I think if you approach your career like that you're limiting yourself to a very boring path. For me, it's about the material."
After all the hype, Evan Rachel Wood finally made her debut as Sophie Ann, the vampire queen of Louisiana, on last night’s (second-to-last!) episode of “True Blood.” Dressed as a glamourpuss with perfectly coifed hair and retro duds, she portrayed the young queen as a rather petulant and affected ruler, with a hint of Valley Girl thrown into the mix (”Helllllo? Evolution!”). The off-kilter performance may have been her (and creator Alan Ball’s) intent, but she certainly didn’t give off any vibes of “fear me, fear my power.”
Sophie Ann kicks off the rather slow-paced, expository episode with a scene of her feeding on a willing victim and asking Bill, on business from Bon Temps, if he wants to join in. (Marilyn Manson would be proud). Bill politely declines, but finds himself forced to act as Sophie Ann’s playdate for the day, “sunbathing” by the pool and playing Yahtzee, before she answers the question he’s come to ask her about: How can he kill Maryann, who’s technically an immortal maenad? Turns out, the deed isn’t impossible. All maenads live a nomadic life, waiting for a Godot-like Dionysus to show up. Since he never will, the key to vanquish-ment is attacking the maenad at her weakest moment: after she’s provided the requisite sacrifice (preferably supernatural) and is waiting for her god to come.
From E Online ( the title made me giggle)
Welcome back to Bon Temps, TV fans! This week we fans of True Blood are arming ourselves with flame throwers, grenades and advice from the Queen in anticipation of the climactic final battle with maenad Maryann. She's marshaling her troops, and we're marshalling ours, but there's no telling yet who will have the upper hand in the end.
If you've haven't watched yet, sit down with your Snickers-and-Tabasco cassarole and spin up that DVR! But if you have seen tonight's installment of True Blood and you're ready to talk, fly on here.
What We Learned
Good Night, Tiny Humans: Best part of the episode? Eric and Pam’s reactions to Arlene’s children—Pam thought they smelled funny, but Eric thought they were kinda cute, calling them "teacup humans" and gleefully showing off his fangs upon request. Truth be told, Eric being nice to small children was swoonworthy and we do not mind one bit that Alan Ball toyed with our hormones like that. In fact, we’d like some more please. P.S. Eric can fly?! What the heck?
Don't Go to the Dark Side: In other news, Sookie and Lafayette revealed to each other that sucking Eric's blood had turned them into saucer-eyed freaks of a sort. Both admitted to being subconsciously sexually obsessed with the Viking vamp, and Lafayette even seems to be contemplating a crossover into the world of the undead. Count on that being a continuing storyline for all parties involved.
Oh Those Wacky Vampers! Love that 2,000-year-old Sophie looks and sounds indistinguishable from a Valley girl, and that she is significantly less insane than the other ancient vampires we’ve met lately. (Godric, we’re looking at you.) What did you think of her Yahtzee fetish? Adorable or annoying? The sun room was unquestionably fabulous, and the foodie-style appreciation for free-range, organic human was a nice touch. Do you trust her advice on maenads? Will you be happy if she sticks around for a while?http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b141868_true_blood_redux_raise_your_hand_youre.html
From the wonderful Mark ( who was great on the show last night) You can hear him hatch ( haha) some of the ideas live on the show last night ..podcast at right.
Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments on this week's episode of True Blood.
(Warning: Spoilers Ahead)
Okay, look... I know it's hard to be a television writer. You've got character development and plot continuity and about six million other things to think about, and you're usually juggling multiple episodes at once. From that perspective, it's a miracle that any episode of any series is ever any good, which is why I can forgive my favorite shows when they have a bad episode or two.
And I'll definitely have to forgive True Blood for this week's installment, "Frenzy." It's pretty much a disaster.
But let's start with the high points---except for the Sucker Punch of the Week, of course, which will give us a happy ending. (Ew. Not that kind of happy ending.)
Trapped beneath the flaming rubble of this hour, there are a few lovely exchanges between characters. Lafayette and Sookie's scene on the porch, for instance, lets them connect in a believable, low-key way about their mutual ties to Erik, and the episode gives Nelsan Ellis several other meaty moments. Swinging between sauciness, terror, bravery, and loyalty, he delivers a captivating performance.
also read Mark Blankenship http://www.thecriticalcondition.com