Monday, April 5, 2010

“Dead in the Family” review by Ben Steelman

This morning’s mail brought an advance copy of “Dead in the Family” by Charlaine Harris (Ace Books, $25.95), the 10th novel in her “Southern Vampire” series starring Sookie Stackhouse.

Long before “Twilight,” Harris found a niche, and a new curve, in vampire fiction, basing her stories in Bon Temps, La., a small Southern town in an alternate universe, where the Japanese have invented artificial blood and the vampires have come out in the open — or come out of the coffin, so to speak.

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Carrie is asked about Arlene in Season 3

Everyone thinks this means that you're not going to be on 'True Blood.'
That's so funny. Well, obviously I can't comment on what's happening on 'True Blood,' but I will say that I go through stretches where they don't need me. We have a cast of about 1,000 on 'True Blood.' [Laughs] I'm not kidding, we've got 20 series regulars, or at least people who do more than half the episodes. Then we have at least another 20 guest stars and stuff, so the writers are servicing many, many people. We all end up -- even Anna [Paquin] and Stephen [Moyer] -- having a stretch of time where we're not working. 'The Good Wife' caught me during one of those times, so I did an episode and right now, we're in discussions with 'True Blood' for me to do more.

More episodes of 'The Good Wife'?
Yes, yes. But, I'm definitely not going to be with 'The Good Wife' full-time; it's recurring.

Fans pointed out that Arlene isn't in the third book that much ...
That's correct. Although, we're not really following the books at all

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'Interview With A Vampire' Author Anne Rice Next Up For 'Female Force' Biography Comic Line

From "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer to comedian Ellen DeGeneres, Bluewater Productions' line of "Female Force" biography comics has covered a wide range of pop-culture personalities, and now we have your first look at the next subject in their popular series: best-selling author Anne Rice.

One of the most widely read authors in the world, Rice is best-known for her "Vampire Chronicles" series — specifically, "Interview with the Vampire," her first novel. Scheduled for release in June, "Female Force: Anne Rice" promises to follow the author "from her formative years in her beloved New Orleans through the tragedies that influenced the creation of her most popular novels and her fervent rediscovery of Catholicism."

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True Blood Season 3 "Waiting Sucks" Promo #3 (Tara Version)

Sometimes, vampires are attractive. When it comes to a dark strangers with abnormal physical strength, what's not to love? Other than the creature's forcefulness and potential to turn you into an undead bloodsucker yourself, of course!

That's the question that seems to be at play in HBO's latest promotion for the third season of "True Blood," which debuts in June. We've already seen Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) facing down a difficult situation, but it looks like trouble has reared in the direction of Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), one of Ben Temps' most troubled mortal civilians.

Want more details? Hit the jump and we'll give you the rundown!

In the latest scene — which is billed as the first take of scene four, filmed at 5:47 AM — Tara, last seen with her heart broken over the apparent murder of "Eggs" Benedict Talley (Mehcad Brooks), is sitting in a stairwell with a mysterious stranger at her side. When the seemingly genial meeting turns south, Tara runs away and tries to leave the house, but the stranger physically restrains her from leaving.

"Let me go," Tara trembles.

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: Mystery by Brooke Fraser

Mystery by Brooke Fraser

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