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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Posted by " Dallas " at 7:26 PM
They purposely played down their romance on set – even fooling their costars – but True Blood creator Alan Ball says he was on to Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer from the start.
"I know that they think that nobody knew about it until the end of the season," Ball tells PEOPLE at the 5th annual GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles, "but I knew about it by episode two."
Ball, 52, sensed a connection between the stars after filming the scene where their characters first meet. "Stephen comes into the bar, and takes [Anna's] hand, [and] I thought, "Wow, they have chemistry!" But sometimes actors have chemistry when they're acting together, but they cannot stand each other while off set."
Not the case here, it turns out, of course.
"When I found out that they were dating," Ball says, "my reaction was, 'Uh-oh! I hope that this doesn't blow up in our face.' "
"But this has been happening long enough that it's very clear that it is the real thing," he says of the engaged duo. "They're very, very happy, and I'm just thrilled for them."
He was a tall, cadaverous old man with white hair and eyebrows so bushy they almost created a unibrow. His fingers and ears formed points; his palms were hairy. The breath, rank.
This Dracula, as immortalized by Bram Stoker in 1897, was not the handsome, romantic figure that vampires have become in modern film and literature. No, this evil creature is far removed from the face of the vampire today: actor Robert Pattinson's portrayal of the angst-ridden Edward Cullen in "Twilight," an impossibly beautiful, porcelain-skinned teen with a loving soul who refuses to drink human blood.
Stoker's "Dracula" wasn't the first book about vampires — John Polidori's "The Vampyre" from 1819 is given the credit for that — yet Stoker's book remains the definitive vampire novel even as hundreds of similar books continue to be released. The hunger for vampire stories is so intense today that these new books are quickly spawning film and television adaptations.
I sure hope everyone bought this Sookie short story anthology ...it is such a pretty little book. It's not much bigger than a paperback and the moon on the cover is sparkledy. The book also has some really neat illustrations (see one below)- just because you've read the stories you still need to add this great little book to your Sookie collection.
From Tulsa World
Sookie, Sookie everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Until now.
At least, that is how author Charlaine Harris explains simply in the dedication to this collection of five previously published short stories that feature Sookie Stackhouse: "For all those readers who want every last sip of Sookie."
It's a literary beverage that a great many people have found quite tasty over the last couple of years, thanks in large part to the HBO series "True Blood," created by Alan Ball and based on Harris' series of novels about the adventures of a barmaid named Sookie Stackhouse who lives in a Louisiana that's rife with vampires, shape-shifters and other such creatures.
However, the short stories in "A Touch of Dead" can only be fully understood if one already has a knowledge of Harris' "Southern Vampire" novels — from 2001's "Dead until Dark" to "Dead and Gone," which came out earlier this year.Arkansas native Harris brings humor and a straight-forward writing style to her unique twist on the paranormal romance genre, blending fantasy, science fiction and a healthy dash of sexual tension.
She has a knack for moving her stories along quickly, but without sacrificing the complexity she gives her characters. And just when action gets serious, she brings in some levity to keep it from becoming completely morose or disturbing.
The five stories here are arranged according to how they fit into the overall chronology of the series — interludes between the novels, so to speak.
Readers familiar with the Sookie novels will enjoy the stories of her meeting the Vampire Queen of Louisiana for the first time in "One Word Answer," and her role in solving a murder at a strip club for fairies in "Fairy Dust."
The light-hearted "Dracula Night" shows a childlike enthusiasm from the usually ruthless and calculating vampire Eric. The story takes place during a time when Sookie and Eric, who is the sheriff over the regional vampire territory, are flirting with the idea of being a couple. In the vampire culture, Dracula's birthday is a holiday, and Eric views the iconic legend as Santa Claus, hoping for a visit. After the leotard-wearing, pudgy Prince of Darkness arrives, he finds Sookie irresistible, leading to a brouhaha.
....Sorry British broadcasters, it's an HBO love-in this week, especially now that True Blood has made the leap from the outer limits of FX, where the first season aired in July to a terrestrial debut on C4. I ignored it in the summer partly because I was on holiday the week it kicked off but also because I think vampires suck. But I kept an eye on it… and of course it doesn't suck at all.
In a one-croc town somewhere in the deep south wherein bloodsuckers roam free-ish, surviving mostly on synthetic blood but sometimes the real thing, after dark, obviously, and on the fringes of society (where having sex with a vampire is apparently something "everybody should do once"). Here, among the southern squelch and steam, kooky 'n' cute waitress Sookie Stackhouse (li'l Anna Paquin, all growed-up) meets sexily undead Bill Compton, aka Stephen Moyer, who always looked like he could go the distance from Brentwood, Essex to Brentwood, LA (anybody remember Men Only or NY-LON a handful of years ago? No, fair enough) so it's good to see he's finally found a role he can get his tee… No, OK, I won't, I promise. In fact I believe it may be a sacking offence.
Anyway, this show not only has the coolest HBO title sequence since the Alabama 3's "Woke up this morning/ Got yourself a gun…" (Jace Everett singing "Before the night is through, I wanna do bad things with you…") but the discovery that Moyer and Paquin are not only a couple in real life but actually engaged and therefore soon to be married (in which case – yippee! – till death they do part), may explain why their chemistry is hotter than a bowl of something Cajun with chillis, cooked by Jamie in a bit of a strop – while the dialogue is dark, the sex properly steamy and that whole trendy vampire shtick as gruesome and twisted and funny as you'd expect from Alan Ball. Who gave us Six Feet Under, for which are truly grateful, Amen. Now, let's see those plates licked clean – yup, blood and guts and gore, and spilt milk, and greens, and all…
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Alainanoel tell us that Alan Ball will be a presenter at Virginia Film Festival
Festival Announces 2009 Line-Up
Special Guests To Include Actors Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick and Cherry Jones; Academy Award-Winning Director Norman Jewison, Legendary Cult Filmmaker and Author John Waters, Academy Award and Emmy Award-Winning Writer and Director Alan Ball, Noted CNN Political Commentator Candy Crowley and Others