Tuesday, October 6, 2009

True Blood behind the scenes: Big Patty's Pie House

Remember in Season 1 in episode 11 when Sam and Sookie went to Big Patty's ?

Well, it's actually a Chip's Restaurant at 11908 Hawthorne Blvd Hawthorne, CA

Above and left is how it looked last week! Thanks Robi and friends !

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Penguin Classics On Air: Vampires on Paper: The Enduring Appeal of Vampires in Literature.

This month we are showing Vampires on Paper: The Enduring Appeal of Vampires in Literature.

In this episode, Penguin Classics Editor, Elda Rotor interviews Twilight expert Donna Freitas about the appeal of Stephanie Meyer’s vampire series and how it compares to Emily Bronte’s enduring classic Wuthering Heights.

Elda then speaks with Dacre Stoker, a direct descendent of Bram Stoker, and Ian Holt, authors of Dracula: The Un-Dead, who explain why Dracula and other vampires are such popular characters in literature. Alan Walker introducers listeners to The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham on “Reading the Classics from A to Z.” Stephen Morrison offers up the opening to Bram Stoker’s Dracula in his segment, “First Pages.”

“Penguin Classics On Air” is part of Penguin Group (USA)’s recently launched “From the Publisher’s Office” Online Network. It is hosted by Penguin Classics Editorial Director Elda Rotor and features in-depth conversations on new, timely, and rediscovered classics. Other features include, “Reading the Classics from A to Z”, a delightful review by Alan Walker, Senior Director of Academic Marketing, on one of the classics he has recently read , and “First Pages”, a sampling of a featured classic read by Associate Publisher Stephen Morrison


Pop Rocks: Zombies Vs. Vampires Is This Generation's Beatles Vs.Stones

Another take on Zombies vs Vampires

topped the box office last weekend with $25 million, a respectable haul for a relatively low-budget horror-comedy whose biggest star (Woody Harrelson) hasn't top-lined a movie in over ten years. By comparison, the first installment in the Twilight series opened a year ago to the tune of $69 million.

It would go on to gross almost $200 million domestically, a total Zombieland won't come within brain-eating distance of. I point this out in order to draw attention to the disparity in the current popularity of bloodsuckers and brain/flesh-eaters, and to explain why this is actually a desirable state of undead affairs.

Vampires have a much richer history, it's true. Ancient cultures like Persia and Rome all have some version of bloodsucking spirit, but the vampire in its current incarnation really became popular in Eastern and Central Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries.


True Blood: Casting Werewolf Alcide and Psycho Ex-Girlfriend

We've been hearing about a bunch of new characters coming on board for the third season of True Blood but so far, only Tony winner Denis O'Hare has been cast to play Russell Edgington, the King of Mississippi. Now Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello reports that casting is underway for Werewolf Alcide, who debuted in the third Sookie novel Club Dead and will be prominently appearing on the new season of the HBO series, and his psycho ex-girlfriend Debbie Pelt.

While the specifics about Werewolf Alcide have not been disclosed, the casting people behind True Blood have made it known that Debbie Pelt would be played by a 20 to 30 something knockout and is described as "sporty and spiteful, with black hair."

Off the top of my head, I think that Shannyn Sossamon, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Brown or Milla Jovovich would be plausible fillers for the character of Debbie, whom True Blood creator Alan Ball describes as "bad news." To refresh your memory, Sossamon is known for her role as Coraline on Moonlight, Milano appeared as Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed and most recently as Billie on My Name is Earl, Brown currently plays Claudia Zacchara on ABC soap General Hospital and Jovovich is popularly known as Alice in the Resident Evil movies.

Speaking of Sossamon, wouldn't it be great if Alex O'Loughlin was cast as Werewolf Alcide? I highly doubt that he'll be available though since he's currently starring on the CBS medical drama Three Rivers. I guess a little Moonlight reunion is just wishful thinking so I shouldn't even be hoping that Jason Dohring would get the part either.

What are your thoughts on Werewolf Alcide and Debbie Pelt? Do you have any suggestions on which actor to cast?

read on: http://www.buddytv.com/articles/true-blood/true-blood-casting-werewolf-al-31668.aspx

Why Zombies Make Better Horror Movies Than Vampires

The battle of the undead on the big screen has been under way for some time now, and after months of hearing that vampires are taking over pop culture, it seems like we shouldn't quite put our friends the zombies (no, not those ones) down for the count. Over at Newsweek, Sarah Ball put together a few reasons as to why zombies will never beat vampires in a pop-culture zeitgeist-off thanks to our long-standing love-affair with the pale tortured types. But just this weekend, audiences proved that when it comes to the walking dead, the zombies still have what it takes to bring in the crowds.

Everybody has their personal preferences (and man I love those bloodsuckers), so even though I've watched more vampire content than I care to remember (I even sat through the pilot of The Vampire Diaries), and I'll always be a dedicated 'fan of the fang', I think that sometimes those drooling bumbling walking corpses might be better suited (at least these days) to the world of horror. Here's why:

After the jump: my top 3 reasons Zombies (might) make better horror movies.


The Blood Has Spilled - the 2009 International Vampire Film Festival Line-Up

New Orleans, LA. October 6, 2009 - The Vampire Film Festival (Vampire Fest) is finally coming home! “After two years in Los Angeles we wanted to permanently move the festival to the city most connected to the vampire myth - New Orleans. This glorious city is a place of mystical allure, the city where Anne Rice rethought the myth of the vampire. With its Gothic architecture, above the ground graves, voodoo and colorful history, New Orleans is the perfect location to celebrate the vampire myth and build the foundation for an annual must attend film festival event,” announced Festival Director, Asif Ahmed.

The 4- Day Vampire Festival slated for Oct. 23- 26 will showcase films, a vampire ballet, a New Orleans Jazz Style Funeral and a French Quarter scavenger hunt.
Over 50 films will screen from over 11 countries this month in New Orleans. Vampire Fest has declared 2009 the Year of the International Vampire and will screen films from Japan, Spain, France, Italy, Norway, Austria, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. We will screen films that could be classified in the context of vampire, supernatural, the bizarre, the grotesque, the mysterious or the desolate. The legend of the werewolf is interconnected with that of vampire and Vampire Fest is open to films of the Gothic, zombie, werewolf or ghost genre.

“This will mark Vampire Fest’s first time in NOLA!” Mary Beth Romig, Director of Public Relations and Communications for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently declared, “We are excited to welcome the Vampire Film Festival to what we think is the perfect city for showcasing this genre. With our reputation for being one of America's most haunted cities and our rich history, we feel our city will be the perfect backdrop for the festival this year and for many years to come, adding another exciting and unique festival to the line up of great events in New Orleans."

The lineup screening at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center is as follows (tickets are now on sale at www.vampirefest.com):

True Blood Music Video of the Day :Running up that hill by Placebo

Running up that hill by Placebo LYRICS

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