Friday, July 16, 2010
This week’s Entertainment Weekly welcomes five new characters to the True Blood family: Denis O’Hare (as Russell Edgington), Theo Alexander (as Talbot), Lindsay Pulsipher (as Crystal), James Frain (as Franklin Mott), and Joe Manganiello (as the werewolf Aclide). EW talks to the new stars about what it’s like working on the provocative hit series.
O’Hare discussed feeding time – the show’s fake blood is made of a sugary syrup, and for O’Hare, getting the unappetizing goo down is just a matter of commitment. “If you’re in the moment, it’s actually really fun,” he says. “It’s only after, when you’re thinking about it, that you get the shakes.”
Manganiello opens up about being nude on camera. “You have three options,” says the actor of the show’s penis-covering protocol. “A sock, a thong, and the ‘manty’ or man panty. You can go sans sock, [but] I come from a good Pittsburgh up-bringing that raised me to wear a sock.”
Frain, who has also starred on Showtime’s The Tudors, says that wearing the regal period clothing during that show was much more of an occupational hazard than the costumes on True Blood. “You’ve got on a fur coat, jacket, shirt, and we’re indoors in the summer shooting and they couldn’t use the AC because it makes too much noise,” he says. (Feature, Page 58)
Stephen Moyer is baring his fangs like he means it. Over and over and over again. In character as the 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton, the star of HBO's campy drama "True Blood" is hovering midair, poised for a real throw-down.
Fans won't see this scene for several more weeks, so revealing the bizarre and complex events that have led to it would only spoil the fun. In this densely plotted series, which recently garnered its first Emmy nomination in the drama series category, each episode is so revelatory that HBO has built its own wiki to help fans keep up. So far, 11.7 million of them are up to the task, tuning in each week for what show creator Alan Ball calls the " 'I can't believe I'm watching this' moments."
On this massive West Hollywood soundstage, the mood grows tense as Moyer's flying rig repeatedly sends him swaying ever so slightly off his mark. The crew eventually pulls it together. And to his credit, Moyer is believably vicious every time. After all, in the "True Blood" universe, the timing of a "fang bare" can make or break a scene.
If the "True Blood" television series and the original Sookie Stackhouse novels aren't enough to satisfy your craving for all things Bon Temps, don't worry — series creator Alan Ball is doing bad things to you in comic book form now, too.
Released through IDW Publishing, the first issue of the "True Blood" comic book series arrives in stores later this month, courtesy of a story from Ball and television series writers Kate Barnow and Elisabeth Finch. The issue itself was written by the team of Mariah Huehner and David Tischman with art from David Messina.
Want to know whether or not the first issue is worth sinking your fangs into? All you need to do is hit past the jump for our advanced review of "True Blood" #1!
In the third season of True Blood, Sookie Stackhouse gets some supernatural protection -- and a possible new love interest -- from the burly, sexy Alcide Herveaux, played by actor Joe Manganiello.
Manganiello told Parade.com why Alcide and Sookie are a good match, what it takes to meet fans' soaring expectations and his thoughts on the complicated etiquette of "werewolf dating."
Jumping on the True Blood bandwagon.
"I watched the pilot episode and it made me really upset after I watched it. That was probably because everyone looked like they were having so much fun and I was really jealous. It was basically like a giant Halloween party. And I got bummed out."
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Ever wonder what your favorite TV show would be like if a different actor played one of the main characters? True Blood fans don't have to use their imaginations. The TV blog Remote Patrolled just posted footage from the HBO show's original pilot, where the character Tara was played by an alternate actress:
Here's True Blood's Tara—Sookie's spiky best friend who's now immortalized by Rutina Wesley
But Rutina wasn't the first actress to play Tara. Check out Brook Kerr—the original Tara—in a memorable scene from the vampire saga's first episode.
Kerr is best known for playing Whitney on the soap opera Passions for 8 years on NBC. She left the role in 2007—straight into True Blood—but was replaced after filming the unaired pilot. No official reason was given.
"Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories" edited by Michael Sims; Walker & Company (480 pages, $17)
Most vampires aren't handsome, romantic or protective. They kill. When they rip out your throat, you die smelling corpse breath and terrified.
If you need proof, read "Dracula's Guest," a superb collection of vampire fiction - and non-fiction - from writers dealing with the undead.
Michael Sims has culled stories from the Victorian era to make a collection guaranteed to delight anyone who enjoyed Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901, but Sims stretched his selections to the beginning of World War I in 1914. He includes several non-fiction pieces reaching back to the 1700s.
It's uncertain whether he's crossed political paths with Gov. Haley Barbour during his reign as the vampire king of Mississippi, but it would make sense.
If you've lived 2,800 years on Earth, chances are you'd probably have connections with most movers and shakers, particularly those in your home state.
Of course, Edgington isn't the only vampire in town. Now that Jackson is one of the fictional settings for HBO's popular series, True Blood, a host of vampires and werewolves are roaming the capital city.
Created by Oscar winner Alan Ball, the show is based on The Southern Vampire Mystery (book) Series written by Tunica native Charlaine Harris.
This season, lead character Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a waitress with telepathic powers, travels to Jackson to investigate the disappearance of her vampire boyfriend, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).
Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will work on a new adaptation of "Dark Shadows"
In news guaranteed to satisfy a unique coalition of vampire obsessives, soap opera devotees, and Jane Austen lovers, Warner Bros. has put the long-discussed remake of Dark Shadows on the fast track with the hiring of a new screenwriter. According to Variety, Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will work on a new adaptation of the 1966-1971 supernatural soap. Tim Burton will direct Johnny Depp for the millionth eighth time.
I haven’t watched very much of Dark Shadows, but from what little I remember about tuning into reruns of the show on the network formally known as the Sci-Fi Channel, the vampire melodrama was played pretty straight. Between Burton, Depp, and Grahame-Smith, you have to figure that the movie version will lean in a slightly more absurdist direction. Just imagine what sort of exciting new accent Depp will invent to play lead vamp Barnabas Collins!
Are you excited about this news, PopWatchers? Is this one vampire film too many, or do you think that this creative team will inject a little life into the genre?
WATER STREET & TIME OF WONDER BOOKSTORES
- Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.: Several writers included in the anthology, "Crimes By Moonlight," edited by Charlaine Harris, will be on hand. Brendan Dubois, Toni L.P. Kelner, and Dana Cameron will all be reading.
Question: I love True Blood. I love Eric. Scoop, please. —Angi
Ausiello: Is it too soon to be talking about the finale? No? Cool. Exec producer Alan Ball tells me that there will be a “lot of Bill-Sookie-Eric stuff” in the season 3 finale. “It involves blood, it involves trust, and it does not go where we expect it to go.”
Charlaine's book closet is overflowing so it is time to clean it out. The book sale will run through Friday, July 30.
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