Sunday, December 5, 2010
The Vulture Transcript: Anne Rice on Twilight, Her Casting Dreams for a New Lestat, and Her Ever-Evolving Religious Beliefs
Thirty-five years ago, Anne Rice single-handedly launched a permanent pop-culture vampire fixation with Interview With the Vampire, the first installment of her best-selling ten-book series The Vampire Chronicles. Today, the author is interested in a different sort of eternal life: the kind that comes from religious salvation instead of erotic damnation. Raised Irish Catholic, the author re-converted in 1998 after years as a self-avowed atheist. Her spiritual awakening was followed by a transition to more explicitly Christian material: first the Christ the Lord books, which fictionalized the early life of Jesus Christ, and most recently, the Songs of the Seraphim series, about a reformed hit man named Toby O’Dare who becomes — of course! — a time-traveling angel-for-hire. (And then in July, Rice stunned her Christian fan base by announcing — on Facebook, no less — that she was leaving organized religion “in the name of Christ.”) She is currently making appearances in New York (tonight at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble) and California to promote her second Seraphim novel, Of Love and Evil. For a sprawling Vulture Transcript, we called Rice to discuss demons and angels, and her potential new entries in her Christ the Lord series, as well as more secular topics, like her takes on Twilight and True Blood, and whether she thinks Robert Downey Jr. should succeed Tom Cruise as the next Vampire Lestat.
As if Sookie Stackhouse just doesn't have enough to worry about, Jason Stackhouse joins the supernatural world in Charlaine Harris's novel, Dead as a Doornail. The author strays from the exciting Sookie formula novels with a dry sidebar about the character's brother, Jason, who just can't see to escape trouble.
Book five finds him becoming a panther on page one, adding fear for Jason's safety to the mounting problems Sookie has since she discovered the supernatural world.
Dead as a Doornail begins with the expected change of Jason into a panther under the guidance of Calvin Norris. Since meeting Norris in Hotshot, his hankering for Sookie endears him to help her out, even with her aggravating brother causing problems on Norris' home turf with the relationship with his niece. Hotshots' secrets are now part of Bon Temps as Jason crosses over into a creature of the night. While Jason is being inducted into the culture, Sookie takes time to reminisce on her now defunct relationship with Vampire Bill. She met him at Merlottes, her full-time job that she rarely goes to because of her busy life. Working with vampires has netted her cash to keep her and her house secure for now. She can continue to work and focus on her brother, the main man in her life at the moment.
The Grammy Award nominees were just announced, and True Blood received two nominations for music from Season 2!
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
1. CRAZY HEART (Various Artists) [New West Records]
2. GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOLUME 1 (Glee Cast) [Columbia Records]
3. TREMÉ (Various Artists) [Geffen]
4. TRUE BLOOD – VOLUME 2 (Various Artists) [Elektra]
5. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (Various Artists) [Summit Ent/Chop Shop/Atlantic]
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
1. DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS (FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG)
Randy Newman, songwriter (Dr. John) [Walt Disney Records]
2. I SEE YOU (FROM AVATAR)
Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell & James Horner, songwriters (Leona Lewis) [Fox Music/Atlantic Records]
3. KISS LIKE YOUR KISS (FROM TRUE BLOOD)
Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello) [Elektra]
4. THIS CITY (FROM TREMÉ)
Steve Earle, songwriter (Steve Earle) [Geffen]
5. THE WEARY KIND (FROM CRAZY HEART)
Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters (Ryan Bingham) [New West Records]
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media – Award to the Artist(s) and/or Producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album, or, in the absence of either, to the individual(s) actively responsible for the concept and musical direction and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable.
- CRAZY HEART (Various Artists) [New West Records]
- GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOLUME 1 (Glee Cast) [Columbia Records]
- TREMÉ (Various Artists)[Geffen]
- TRUE BLOOD – VOLUME 2 (Various Artists) [Elektra]
- THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (Various Artists) [Summit Ent/Chop Shop/Atlantic]
- DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS (FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG) Randy Newman, songwriter (Dr. John) Track from: The Princess And The Frog [Walt Disney Records; Publisher: Walt Disney Music
- I SEE YOU (FROM AVATAR) Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell & James Horner, songwriters (Leona Lewis) Track from: Avatar [Fox Music/Atlantic Records; Publishers: Franglen Lupino Music, Horner Music in Motion, Suga Wuga Music, Sony/ATV Harmony & TCF Music]
- KISS LIKE YOUR KISS (FROM TRUE BLOOD) Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello) Track from: True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series -Volume 2 [Elektra; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane, Lucy Jones Music]
- THIS CITY (FROM TREMÉ) Steve Earle, songwriter (Steve Earle)Track from: Treme Soundtrack [Geffen; Publisher: Exile On Jones Street Music]
- THE WEARY KIND (FROM CRAZY HEART) Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters (Ryan Bingham) Track from: Crazy Heart [New West Records; Publishers: Lost Bound Rails Publishing/Henry Burnett Music]
"True Blood" stud Ryan Kwanten was named Australian GQ magazine's Man of the Year in a sparkling ceremony, The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.
Although exhausted, top prize winner Kwanten sizzled on the Sydney Opera House's red carpet Tuesday in Ralph Lauren, and said he was set to spend more time in the air than on the ground in the coming days.
Having only flown in Tuesday, he was set to fly back to Los Angeles Wednesday and go straight to the set of the cult vampire series that made him an international star.
Firass Dirani, of Australian hit show "Underbelly," took the award for TV Actor of the Year -- and unofficially won most flamboyantly dressed in an eggplant Gucci blazer.
"It's all about the suave tonight -- it's GQ," he said.
Deadline reports that in addition to Gavankar’s role as Luna, a sexy shapeshifting school teacher, Alexandra Breckenridge will also be on board as Daisy, a Wiccan in league with Marnie (series regular Fiona Shaw). Last but not least, Jessica Tuck is now a “full-fledged series regular,” the website reports. Production begins next week on the fourth season. Let’s hope it gets entertaining again.