Monday, September 7, 2009

‘True Blood’ star stakes claim

True Blood” star Rutina Wesley says it’s not easy playing Tara Thornton, the orgy-attending, organ-devouring spellbound buddy in Alan Ball’s bloody good HBO vampire hit.

“I open up the script and there’s orgies and things going on and I’m like, ‘You want me to do what? In the freezing cold? With the contact lenses again?’ But then I figure, it’s for the theater, it’s for the cause, and you just do it and the reward comes when you see the show and say, ‘Oh my gosh, it all comes together!’ ”

Wesley was in town this past weekend - courtesy of the RCN cable company - to promote the “True Blood” season finale Sunday night and an RCN- Red Cross “True Blood” blood drive Sept. 17 at Boston University’s Hillel House .

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Stephen Moyers on Regis & 'not Kathy Lee' this morning

Fresh blood for vampires and their followers

From Los Angeles Times

The undead are alive and thriving, with still more movies ('Twilight' sequels, 'Dark Shadows') and TV shows ('The Vampire Diaries') coming to feed an unholy hunger

Forget the garlic, the crucifixes, the security of daylight. Nothing is holding the vampires at bay these days. With the wild popularity of movie, TV and literary properties including "Twilight" and HBO's hit series "True Blood," the bloodthirsty undead are dominating the pop culture landscape in ways Count Dracula could have never imagined, and the trend seems unlikely to abate any time soon.

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon," the second film adaptation of the popular series of novels, is set for release in November, with the third installment to follow in June 2010. "True Blood," drawing some of HBO's largest audiences since "The Sopranos," concludes its second season on Sunday. Now, the CW network is taking a stab at the genre with "The Vampire Diaries," which premieres Thursday.

"Vampires are the bad boys," says series co-creator Kevin Williamson in trying to explain their popularity. "They're dangerous, but they're also just sexy and they can protect you. You can challenge them. There's so much there -- epic love, epic romance, epic epic! Everyone wants their life to be epic."

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Anna Paquin Stephen Moyers interviews with NW

How’s life as a blonde?
It’s very high maintenance.

It must be...
Yeah it turns out my hair grows really fast and I have really dark hair naturally so, you know, this even the tiniest bit of roots, not okay. But now that we’re wrapped it’s okay because I’m not suppose to look like a natural blonde but not really a fan for sitting still for the hairdresser once every ten days for a couple hours. Makes me feel really vain and nutty.

Do people treat you differently?
It’s such a cliché but yes. I really didn’t think that was going to be the case, but people stare at blonde girls. It’s funny. It’s bright and shiny and it catches the light. Like a magpie.

Do they think you’re less intelligent?
I sometimes get that sense, yes.

Why does the world like vampires so much right now?
The honest answer is I don’t know. I mean they’re dangerous and sexy and most films and TV shows cast very good-looking people which probably helps!

How is it working with your fiancé Stephen Moyer?

He’s great. He’s really talented, and so is every other member of our cast and crew and writing staff and directors I mean, we have, we have such an amazing group of people and it’s a real treat.

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How are you enjoying this crazy role?
I’m having a lovely time, thank you very much.

Is it difficult to have an on/off screen relationship with Anna Paquin?
Our relationship obviously started at the beginning of the show. We got together because we loved being together and created the thing in the first place. So I think this might be easier because the crew has grown up with us, watching us as a couple and we feel comfortable with them. So, we are able in some ways to explore an intimacy which maybe some people aren’t able to.

Was it love at first sight?
No, we both were absolutely single and we were doing this job and HBO puts us in the same hotel. We were the only two out of towners as everybody else lived in LA.

And there’s nothing else to do, right?
[Laughs.] That’s right. There was nothing else to do! No, we just had some time off so we started hanging out together and literally finished the pilot, went home and felt very strange not being together suddenly. And I think we were both really surprised about that. Really nicely surprised by that.

Is it hard not to talk about work non-stop?
That’s a good question. I’ve never thought about that. I don’t think we do. Certainly, I’ve got enough going on in my life that work is not my be -all-and-end-all and it certainly isn’t Anna’s. We do talk about that a lot. Of course we do, but it’s don’t think anymore excessively than any other couple.

Are you comfortable with all the racy scenes? Happy with your sock?
I love the sock! Everyone has got a different size sock, as you can imagine.

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Fashion & Costuming: Interview with Costume Designer Audrey Fisher

from Fashionably Marketing

This past year, I had the pleasure of working with Audrey Fisher, costume designer for HBO’s True Blood. As someone who loves fashion, I thought costuming would be closely aligned with the ever revolving door of fashion trends and style as they exist now and in the future. What I found was quite the contrary; costume design and fashion are quite different. Fashion is mask, it tells the story that it’s creator want to tell the world, while costume design goes below the surface to tell an inner story.

Audrey, how did you become a costume designer? What was your inspiration or the force that drove the passion?

From a very young age, I was always making costumes for myself, my friends, and my family. My path to costume design, however, was roundabout. In college, I had actually started toward a career in the literary department of theater studies, but in my extremely academic graduate program I found I was still making costumes in my spare time. It was all connected: I was interested in the way costumes could tell stories. Based on some hats I was making for an art class, a director asked me to design the costumes for her production of Medea at a downtown theater. That’s when costumes became my professional passion, with that first off-off-off-broadway show.

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Charlaine Harris to talk at the Southern Arkansas Community College

Best-selling area author to be first speaker in SouthArk Lecture SeriesArkansas Community College Lecture Series.

“A Southern Novelist Discusses Her Creative Process: An Evening With Charlaine Harris,” a free event open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the SouthArk Gym at 300 S. West Ave. in El Dorado.

Harris, of Magnolia, is a Mississippi native who has been writing mysteries for more than 20 years. She published the Harper Connelly series, the Aurora Teagarden series and the Sookie Stackhouse book on which is based the TV series True Blood.

5 Reasons Why Sookie Stackhouse Is Awesome

From Shattersnipe

...So let me cut to the title of this piece: Sookie Stackhouse – and Charlaine Harris – are awesome. With each book, I find myself making notes on exactly why the series works; I can’t vouch for True Blood, not having watched it (yet), but here are my top 5 reasons why Sookie Stackhouse beats the pants off every other vampire-lovin’ heroine on offer:

1. The Setting

Sookie Stackhouse lives in a little town in Northern Louisiana called Bon Temps. Unlike Sunnydale, home of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bon Temps is not endowed with a local hospital, seaport, airport, military base or university campus as the narrative requries: rather, it genuinely is a small town, and manages to remain so despite Sookie’s many adventures. Despite her strong cast of locals, Harris feels no pressing need to set every single incident in Bon Temps, happily moving events to bigger cities like Shreveport, Dallas and New Orleans; and when she does write about Sookie’s home ground, there’s always a strong sense of local humdrum. People hold grudges; they get married, or engaged, or pregnant; and while these happenings aren’t at the core of the series, they nonetheless glue everything together.

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True Blood: Something is afowl (sp) in Bon Temps

Something is "afowl" in Bon Temps and we are getting a little "eggstatic" about the quickly approaching end to the season 2. We don't know "which came first" the Maryann or the egg and we don't have any way to know why the chicken crossed the road.

We don't want the ending to be "over easy" or "scrambled" We are all going to "flock " next week to watch episode 12 and we are hoping that the "yolks" not on us.

I'm sure you have a couple ...

Hoyt is one "hen-pecked" son...
Maryann is cooking up some "chicken soup for their souls"
Jane Bodehouse has eaten way too much of her "chicken-catch-a-whorey"
Looks like birds of a feather do more than "flock" together
I'm thinking it wasn't "chicken little" laying that egg
Maxine has been "cooped-up" for too long
Eric is still "cock of the walk"
Pam has said hardly a "peep" this season
Andy was running around like a "chicken with his head cut off"
but all "poultry in motion
I wonder if no hot water still "ruffles" Maryann's "feathers" have a "paltry" name...
Sheriff Bud can really "shake those tail feathers"...
Lafayette is finally getting his "pluck" back...
thank goodness Sam didn't "fly the coop"...
Coby and Lisa were "hunting and pecking" for food...
Tara and Eggs are really doing one hell of a "hatch-it-job" in gran's room...
Dang...this show get me all "eggstatic"...

Thanks, Buell

True Blood Fashion Season 2

thanks smvgrey74

September 7, 2008 : YOU WERE THERE !

Tell me what happened on that day ....

September 7, 2008
The fantasy television series True Blood premieres on HBO with the episode “Strange Love.” The series is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris. In the episode, telepath Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin, first encounter the vampire Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer, at the bar where she works. entry

True Blood Crossword: Season 2 Episode 5 ' Never let me go'

Thanks to the wonderful Kristie, we have something to keep ourselves busy with by the pool today.

We now have 11 crossword puzzles here
Let me know if you'd like to make crossword puzzles or word search games and I'll show you how !
Everyone loves them so much!

Never Let Me Go

Talk Blood 11.5: what the hell was that on the table in the Sookie House of Horrors ?

We had a great little show last night , thanks to everyone who joined us.

We still didn't get to all the calls, but we will get in everyone next week. We are staying on live for 2 hours immediately following the finale.

*Dallas looks like the kid from the Home Alone movie *

The question of the night seemed to be how are they going to tie up all the loose ends in just one more episode. The consensus answer was- they aren't.

A great caller, Tokunbo from Baltimore agreed with @Sookie's description of Gran's house as a 'House of Horrors' but was concerned about the "head" that was on the table.

Thanks to Tokunbo for sending a screen-shot.

I think we all agree that it's an animal head a cows or maybe horse head that we see on the table. I did note that this was the only scene this whole season that I thought was truly scary.
Listen here if you missed last night's show.

True Blood Soundtrack CD: Order your Nathan Barr autographed copy today!

Thanks to the great folks at Dark Delicacies in Burbank you can purchase a signed copy online of Nathan Barr's True Blood soundtrack CD. Order today if you want a signed one quantities are limited!

The soundtrack includes :

1. Take Me Home Vocal by Lisbeth Scott (2:33) ( see new video below)
2. Hairclip (1:45)
3. Bill’s Lament (1:07)
4. Gran’s Story (1:51)
5. Bill’s Entrance (1:28)
6. First Taste (1:22)
7. Tara In The Pool (1:23)
8. Tripping (1:42)
9. Tara And Mother (1:06)
10. Grieve to Grave to Groove (3:15)
11. The Tribunal (2:32)
12. Amy’s Goodbye (2:12)
13. Bill And Sookie Together (2:24)
14. Priapism (2:15)
15. More Than You Can Imagine (1:43)
16. The Cabin (5:22)
17. The Funeral (2:36)
18. Sancto Erico Vocals by Lisbeth Scott & Nathan Barr (1:39)
19. Bill And Sookie’s Reunion (1:23)
20. Jason And Amy (2:17)
21. Love Theme Piano by Lisbeth Scott (2:57)

Music composers Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica) and Nathan Barr (True Blood) will be signing CD’s this Sunday, September 13th, at 1pm at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA.

The event details are:

Dark Delicacies
4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
Sunday, September 13th, 2008, 1pm

You can order your signed copies online at the Dark Delicacies website and have them mailed to you.
Click on signings and events top left -$27 includes shipping and handling.

If you just want to buy a non autographed one :

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Battlefield by Jordin Sparks

Battlefield by Jordin Sparks LYRICS

Thanks, rgtmonmore