Charlaine Harris, the author of the Southern Vampire Series that True Blood is based on has announced her 2011 book Tour for her newest release Dead Reckoning.
These are the dates according to her website:
NEW YORK, NY
Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 PM – BARNES AND NOBLE UNION SQUARE, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 PM – BARNES & NOBLE, 1 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701, 508-628-5567
Thursday, May 5, 7:00 PM – ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP, Tivoli Theater, 5021 Highland Avenue , Downers Grove , IL 60515, 630-963-2665
MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL, MN
Friday, May 6, 7:00 PM – BARNES & NOBLE - EDINA, South View Middle School, 4725 South View Lane, Edina, MN 55424, 952-920-0633
SEATTLE - TACOMA, WA
Saturday, May 7, 7:00 PM – UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, 800-335-7323
Monday, May 9, 7:00 PM – POWELL'S PRESENTS, The Bagdad Theater & Pub, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-5146, 503-228-4651
SAN DIEGO, CA
Tuesday, May 10, 5:00 PM – MYSTERIOUS GALAXY, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste 302, San Diego, CA 92111, 858-268-4747
Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 PM – TATTERED COVER BOOK STORE, 1628 16th St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80202, 303-322-1965
KANSAS CITY, MO
Thursday, May 12, 7:00 PM – BARNES & NOBLE, 4751 West 117th Street, Leawood, KS 66211, 913-491-4535
Friday, May 13, 12:00 PM – MBTB AUTHOR LUNCHEON SERIES, The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027, 713-524-8597 or 1-(888)- AGATHA – This event is ticketed and limited to 200 people, the ticket includes the purchase of a book.
Friday, May 13, 6:30 PM – MURDER BY THE BOOK, 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, 713-524-8597 or 1-(888)- AGATHA
Saturday, May 14 – WJXB-FM AUTHOR SERIES, Knoxville, TN, 865-656-2975 – Exact location to come. B&N will be handling booksales
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 PM – BARNES & NOBLE, 14709 US Hwy 31 North, Carmel, IN 46032, 317-844-2501
Monday, May 16, 7:30 PM – NICOLA'S BOOKS, The Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 98104, 734-662-0600
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Charlaine Harris, the author of the Southern Vampire Series that True Blood is based on has announced her 2011 book Tour for her newest release Dead Reckoning.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Anne Rice, author of "Interview with the Vampire" and its sequels and, most recently, the 2010 novel "Of Love and Evil," is auctioning personal items on Ebay in a kind of online yard sale.
The auction, which went online Tuesday night, includes items from Rice's wardrobe -- think black skirts -- as well as jewelry, a few books, some furniture and some religious icons.
Most of the listed items have a minimum bid but also have Ebay's "buy it now" feature; by Wednesday morning, most of the jewelry and some lovely French-influenced chairs, which had been listed for around $300, were already gone
I have to admit that's the only scene I never watched ...I guess I'll have to go back and watch it now.
True Blood was honored with a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States on Saturday for the show’s depiction of dog fighting in the season 3 episode “Hitting the Ground”. Stars Carrie Preston and Lindsay Pulsipher attended and accepted the award on True Blood‘s behalf.
[NATE]: TRUE BLOOD, Episode 4.07, “Cold Grey Light of Dawn” (Re-release of Nate) [NATE] Caucasian, Male, Late 20s to 30s. He is an imposing wolf, at least 6 feet tall. Recurring Co-star. Sometimes he will have no lines; could possibly recur into season five...
I didnt think it was possible that I would liek the Being Humas US better than the UK version but I love it !! Yay! to season 2 !
The network formerly known as SciFi will renew Being Human for a second season. The original series, which is a remake of the BBC show of the same name, drew an impressive (for cable) 2.14 million viewers in its second episode.
Now, fans of the show will have the chance to watch the continuing adventures of a trio of friends -- a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost -- who must attempt to be human even though, they aren’t.
New episodes of the series are currently airing on Monday nights on the SyFy channel at 9 pm EST.
The 173-year-old vampire's return to his ancestral home of Bon Temps has been anything but tranquil. In love with Sookie - and struggling to reconcile their complicated lives - Bill also finds himself warding off threats from a growing cadre of powerful vampires. Throw in the responsibilities of his newly turned fledgling Jessica, and it's almost enough to make Bill yearn for the good old days of lurking in the shadows.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
It's interesting to learn that some popular True Blood " fan sites" are really owned by Media companies that run these kind of sites for many TV shows and not just True Blood ! Fascinating.... For what it's worth I am not running a media business nor do not run other fan sites.
On Friday, March 11th at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, True Blood panel
You may recall a buzz back in 2008 when various bloggers began receiving mysterious dead language mailers and posting about them. These mailings served as the beginning of a marketing push for HBO’s True Blood, which premiered on the small screen later that summer. Representatives from some of the agencies involved in the campaign’s creation joined an HBO executive, a True Blood fan site co-owner to describe how it all happened during the SXSW panel, Fan to Fanatic: True Blood’s Marketing Hook on March 11, 2011.
Zach Enterlin, Senior Vice President of Programming for HBO, explained that the True Blood experience wouldn’t have been possible without the vision of Alan Ball, the show’s creator. Ball brought the show to HBO after the end of the hit Six Feet Under, and asked them how they could educate viewers about Bon Temps, Louisiana, as well as a world where vampires exist and live among us. Enterlin, a long time follower of Campfire’s work, brought this dilemma to them. Campfire jumped in with enthusiasm: Enterlin recalled that Brian Cain read all six books published at the time in the space of one weekend. Campfire wasn’t working alone. In fact, season one had ten agencies working on the campaign, and the HBO marketing machine was strongly backing the project. Enterlin credits the gusto all the vendors had for the work for how coherently so many different moving parts were able to move together. It just worked, he said, because everyone was on the same page together.
You can listen to the panel now at SXSW’s site.
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An Excerpt from Dead Reckoning
I enjoyed driving to work for the evening shift when it was still light outside. I turned up the radio and sang “Crazy” right along with Gnarls Barkley. I could identify.
Jason passed me driving in the opposite direction, maybe on his way to his girlfriend’s house. Michele Schubert was still hanging in the relationship. Since Jason was finally growing up, she might make something permanent with him . . . if she wanted to. Michele’s strongest suit was that she wasn’t enthralled by Jason’s (apparently) powerful bedroom mojo. If she was mooning over him and jealous of his attention, she was keeping it perfectly concealed. My hat was off to her. I waved at my brother, and he smiled back. He looked happy and unconflicted. I envied that from the bottom of my heart. There were big plusses to the way Jason approached life.
The crowd at Merlotte’s was thin again. No surprise there; a firebombing is pretty bad publicity. What if Merlotte’s couldn’t survive? What if Vic’s Redneck Roadhouse kept stealing customers? People liked Merlotte’s because it was relatively quiet, because it was relaxed, because the food was good (if limited) and the drinks were generous. Sam had always been a popular guy until the wereanimals had made their own announcement. People who had handled the vampires with cautious acceptance seemed to regard twoeys as the straws that had broken the camel’s back, so to speak.
Monday, March 21, 2011
A Bone to PickBy Charlaine Harris, Berkley, 262 pages, $32.50
No one does eccentric southern Gothic quite like Charlaine Harris. Of course, Sookie Stackhouse and the vampires of Bon Temps, Louisiana, are now the stars of HBO’s True Blood. But Harris’s talents go far beyond fangs and fancy, and A Bone to Pick hasn’t a Goth in sight. Instead we have Aurora Teagarden, librarian of the small southern town of Lawrenceton, attending three weddings and a funeral.
The funeral is for her friend Jane Engle, whom Roe knew through their membership in a local (now disbanded) crime study club. It appears that Jane has left her very substantial estate to Roe, and it includes a house with a skull hidden in the window seat. The clues fall fast in this clever little puzzle, but it’s the strange characters who keep the story running.
V - True Blood
In True Blood, Vampire blood is the new crack/meth of the world. It plays a big part in the show as its acquisition is the center of several plots throughout. V represents the drug war in contemporary America. Its uses seem fun in moderation, but the prohibition of it causes much of its conflict. Actually, it seems characters used it subtly. WHAT? True Blood being subtle? No way. Anyway, the stuff is dangerous to posses, acquire, and consume, but it can lead to Lizzy Caplan naked so... WORTH IT.
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http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/a/-/entertainment/9029197/kwanten-a-low-key-superhero/There is no doubt Aussie star Ryan Kwanten could have suited up as a superhero in one of Hollywood's comic-book blockbusters coming out this year and next. He is, after all, on top of the world as the star of the cult vampire series True Blood. And he suits the part. He's 34. He has boyish good looks and flashy blue eyes. He's rugged yet likable. And with solid small roles in his pocket, he's now on the verge of serious fame and fortune.
"There have been chances to audition for various superhero roles," Kwanten admits during a break from filming season four of True Blood. He won't say which roles, and one can only guess how he'd go in Spider-Man's spandex tights or The Hulk's stretchy purple shorts.
With the sharp and explicit HBO series True Blood going into its fourth season, a trio of that show’s stars held court in the IGN Theater of the 2011 C2E2 in Chicago for a question and answer session. Sam Trammel who plays the coincidentally named “Sam,” Kristin Bauer “Pam”, and Brit Morgan “Debbie,” were hosted by IGN’s entertainment director Chris Carl who started the event by asking each actor about how they heard about True Blood and became part of the cast.
Sam had heard about the script when it was being tossed around Los Angeles during pilot season and fell in love with it. He met with the casting director, did a test and got the part. Kristin was also excited about the script and tried out for a different role than the one she eventually received. However, back then the time between audition and casting was so great that she went off to shoot a movie in the Philippines and completely forgot about True Blood when she got the news. Arriving back in LA almost right away she was shuttled off to have her teeth cast for vampire fangs. This caused Sam to laugh, and for Kristin to expose him of being a big fan of her costumes on the show, but perhaps only because she gets to wear clothes while Sam is frequently naked on screen. This caused a lot of laughter and hoots among the panel and the appreciative audience. Brit, who didn’t get cast until the third season, claimed that she was so nervous during her first audition she started to stutter, “but by some miracle” she said, she got a second chance and nailed it.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Diaries: The Return: Midnight will be out this week and, if you haven’t been following the controversy, it’s the last book in TVD series that will be written entirely by L. J. Smith herself (the series is being taken over by a ghostwriter). Personally, I’m all over Whedonistas, a collection of essays by female authors that celebrate the awesomeness of Joss . And if your into science and gadgets, check out Physics of the Future, which predicts that we will have invisibility cloaks, Internet-accessible contact lenses, modular robots, and flexible paper this century.
Friday, May 13th, 12:00 p.m.
$65 (includes a copy of Dead Reckoning)
Tickets on sale now.
Friday, May 13th, 6:30 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris will sign and discuss her new Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Reckoning (Ace Books; $27.95) at both an evening event and a luncheon. With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.
Charlaine Harris a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly. After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare's Counselor.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Sookie Stackhouse has proven to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO television series Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new HBO series based upon the books He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008 . It was an instant success and is now filming its fourth season.
In October 2005, the first of Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. After four novels, this series is on hiatus.
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, Sisters in Crime, and the International Crime Writers Association. She is a past member of the boards of Sisters in Crime and MWA. She is also a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America, just to make sure she’s covered. Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously. Her house is full of rescue dogs.
Alexander Skarsgård has confirmed that Eric will lose his memory in the fourth season of True Blood.
Speaking to Access Hollywood, Skarsgård explained that the situation will make Eric vulnerable.
"I don't think it's a secret that he gets amnesia this season," he said. "A witch casts a spell and he doesn't know who he is."
Skarsgård continued: "I don't want to reveal too much, but he's kind of like a very big baby suddenly. He doesn't know who he is and he needs protection suddenly and you haven't seen that before."
The fourth season of True Blood premieres on June 12 at 9pm on HBO.
NATALIE: Remember that creepy doll we saw at Jessica and Hoyt’s new home in the season finale? “I can tell you that the doll is more than just a doll,” executive producer Alan Ball tells us. “That doll has a passenger.”
Question: True Blood. Alcide. Go. —Josh
Ausiello: Season 4 is “about him dealing with power,” Joe Manganiello shared at PaleyFest over the weekend. “Him dealing with that beast inside of him. The more he lets it out, the more difficult it is to control. You’re going to see him wrestle with that a little more. You also see him wrestle with his feelings for Sookie.” Bonus Manganiello: I hear the in-demand thesp was recently approached about reprising his role as Marshall’s buddy Brad on How I Met Your Mother. Sadly, it doesn’t look like it’ll work out.
Question: What can you tell us about the fourth season of True Blood? —Nanni
Ausiello: I can tell you that a male character has a sex dream involving Jessica and Hoyt but — major twist alert! — “not at the same time,” reveals Hoyt’s portrayer, Jim Parrack.
Question: Can you give me any scoop on True Blood — specifically about Sookie and Eric? —Arden
Ausiello: We grilled Alan Ball about those two at PaleyFest and this was his intriguing response: “Sookie’s got romantic entanglements with a lot of different people. It’s not just Bill and Eric. It’s Alcide now, as well. And I don’t think Sam’s ever completely given up on her either. She is definitely going to grow closer to one individual in particular… [and] I think people who read the books will not be surprised.” Wait a second, no one said this job would require me to read.
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Ventura55: Got any True Blood goodies? Because waiting does really suck!Let's talk to the man himself, Mr. Alan Ball! When we asked about the many loves of Sookie Stackhouse at the 28th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival event for the show, Ball said, "What Sookie (Anna Paquin) said to Bill (Stephen Moyer) at the end of last season, she meant it, and it's going to take a lot from him to win her back if he ever will, and I don't know if he ever will or not. And there are complications with Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) that she didn't see coming, and there are complications with Alcide (Joe Manganiello) she didn't see coming." Ball also told us that our fave vamps need to keep a watchful eye out for witches, because they're joining the show this year, and they're gonna be trouble. Ball says, "I don't think it's a rule that vampires and witches that don't get along, but there are certain witches who are really dabbling in dark, dark magic, necromancy—powers over the dead. So vampires aren't going to like that." Last but not least, it sounds like poor Rutina Wesley is going to have a little more fun this year. Ball tells us, "It's a new Tara [this season]. It's a less victim-y Tara. Tara has healed her wounds a little bit."
Sherry575: True Blood please.Expect much angsty awesomeness from Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt (Jim Parrack) this season! Jim tells us, "We're living together, and when I get home from work I find she's been sleeping all day because she has to, and everybody told us there would be problems, but...Deborah and I said before the season, let's make this decision: Let's say we told ourselves, 'It'll never be us. We'll never be that. Our love is bigger and stronger. And now...life is starting to say otherwise.'" Jim also told us, "I like episode three this season; I get to do a great, great scene in that episode. Alan wrote that episode, and I get this wonderful Tennessee Williams-ish scene." But Ball isn't done with him yet, saying, "Well...[Jim] hasn't even begun. Obviously he hasn't read episode seven or eight yet. Those are major. It's not as easy being a couple as perhaps they thought."
alisonwallace: True Blood scoop!We're not feeling so Rosemary's Baby about Arlene's (Carrie Preston) whole pregnancy after talking to Alan Ball. We asked him if Arlene had been impregnated with a demon seed, and Ball said, "I can't tell you yes or no, but there is certainly concern that it might be, and it certainly looks like it might be." And Todd Lowe says, "I don't know if it's devil babies…It's babies. Neonatal, strange, possibly possessed human babies." But here's the thing—as any new mom can tell you, normal human babies behave just like possessed babies, what with the endless screaming and the projectile vomiting. Arlene's probably in the clear, she just won't know it for a while.
Photos: More couples who met on set
On Saturday night, the cast took to the stage at the 28th annual William S. Paley Television Festival in Los
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston.
After all, once you turn someone's head around 180 degrees during grudge sex so that missionary position becomes some kind of dead-on-the-highway doggy-style, you just can't call a spanking kinky anymore.
To be fair, there were some lacking moments too. The whole fairy storyline had way too many Renaissance Fair moments, and we can't believe that anyone would knowingly leave an extremely pissed-off and powerful vampire king buried alive in concrete and not expect that to come back and haunt them later.
To be fair, we've established that most of the series' protagonists a) aren't terribly bright; and b) have the survival instinct of a lemming on meth listening to This Mortal Coil's It'll End in Tears.
Still, as always we're looking forward to the new season in June, and HBO has finally released a trailer containing the first of the music we'll be covering in this column.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Nelsan Ellis, who plays Bon Temps' sauciest short-order cook, tells us that fans aren't shy about asking him personal questions, "How are you like Lafayette? Are you gay? Do you wear makeup? Are you that sassy? Are you that tough?" He also tells us that the truth is, "I'm just a country boy, and to be a part of something so magnificent and big [as True Blood] is weird for me."
Anna Paquin has joked she hopes her character Sookie Stackhouse won't end up with a vampire or a werewolf like Bill, Eric or Alcide on True Blood.
"None of them," she laughed, speaking before attending a special Q&A with fans in LA.
Standing next to husband Stephen Moyer, who plays vampire Bill Compton on the show, she teased she wants Sookie to find "a nice normal boy, who's not a superhero!"
Fans queued for hours to hear the cast of the hit fantasy show talk at this year's PaleyFest in Beverly Hills.
"I still constantly feel lucky to be a full-time employed actor," Anna admitted.
"I think that in itself is kind of an amazing achievement to be able to say that your full-time career is in any creative arts, let alone a show that has kept people interested for coming on four seasons and hopefully more."
Filming for Season 4 is currently under way. Anna revealed she's loved watching Sookie grow and change as a character.
"I think that's what is really exciting about doing a series," she explained. "You do get more than two and half hours in the life of that character to evolve with them.
"From Season 1, if you just think about where everyone was when we first encountered them until now, everyone has had pretty major life events and changes and it's all very exciting as an actor."
The executive producer of True Blood has promised that the witches in the fourth season will be "dark".
Speaking to E! Online, Alan Ball explained that the new characters may clash with the vampires.
"I don't think it's a rule that vampires and witches don't get along," he said.
"But there are certain witches who are really dabbling in dark, dark magic, necromancy - powers over the dead. So vampires aren't going to like that."
The fourth season of True Blood will begin on June 12 at 9pm on HBO.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PFLAG National will hold its third annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala on Monday, March 14 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Straight for Equality – a national outreach and education project created by PFLAG National – educates and empowers straight allies to advocate for and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
This year's honorees are Academy Award®-nominated actress Rosie Perez (DO THE RIGHT THING, FEARLESS), who will receive the Straight For Equality in Entertainment award, champion college wrestler-turned-coach Hudson Taylor, who will receive the Straight for Equality in Sports award, and best-selling author Charlaine Harris (The SOOKIE STACKHOUSE series, basis for the HBO series TRUE BLOOD), who will receive the first-ever Straight for Equality in Literature award. Financial services leader MetLife will receive the Straight for Equality in Business award.
The upcoming season of "True Blood" will borrow at least some of its key plot points from "Dead to the World," the fourth novel in mystery writer Charlaine Harris' long-running series about telepathic cocktail waitress/fairy Sookie Stackhouse and the supernatural creatures vying for her affection in Bon Temps, La.
But Alan Ball, the creator of the hit HBO series adapted from Harris' fiction, wasn't too generous with the gory details at the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest's tribute to the hit show this weekend at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, especially when it came to questions about just how a potential romance between Anna Paquin's Sookie and Alexander Skarsgard's vampire Eric Northman might play out.
Still, the wildly devoted fans assembled for the event didn't seem to mind. The clip Ball showed from the season premiere, which is set for June, and the presence of 16 of the series' cast members -- including Paquin and her off-screen husband Stephen Moyer, in addition to Skarsgard -- were more than sufficient to generate deafening applause.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sam Trammell and Missy Yager March 7True Blood star Sam Trammell is certainly going to have his hands full in a few months. Sam and his longtime girlfriend Missy Yager are expecting twins!
A rep for Sam confirmed the joyous baby news to Access Hollywood.
The couple has been dating for eight years and reportedly met in New York while performing in theaters.
Missy has previously appeared on Mad Men and Boston Public.
Sam will reprise his character Sam Merlotte on Season 4 of the hit HBO series True Blood premiering this summer!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
yet another take ...
Trying to get True Blood executive producer Alan Ball and the cast of the HBO series to give away anything about the upcoming fourth season is not easy. Oh, but how they love to tease! During Saturday's PaleyFest panel, we heard all about fairies, demon babies, amnesia (poor Eric!) and why — brace yourselves — Sookie and Bill are doomed for the time being.
Bill's not getting back into Sookie's, er, good graces any time soon. It's going to take a long while for her to get past Eric's big revelation in last seaon's finale: Bill (Stephen Moyer) had been sent for Sookie by Queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood) from the very beginning. (Bill even let Sookie get beaten to a pulp in the first episode just so she'd have to drink his blood and ensure a connection!) "The betrayal is so deep that I don't think she sees a way back from that," Ball says. "That's why we need 17 seasons!"
True Blood makes way for Eric's maker: Godric returns!
Speaking of Bill, we last saw him and the Queen, midair, ready to fight. They're weren't alone! Yes, Sookie can uninvite him from her home if she wants — Bill's still not done protecting her. "There is a bite-off [between Bill and the Queen]. Things happen," Ball says. "It's not just the two of them involved."
The entire cast of HBO's vamp-tastic True Blood held court on the second night of PaleyFest at Beverly Hills' Saban Theatre on Saturday night. Yes,16 of them, make that 17 if series creator Alan Ball is included.
Nothing earth-shattering was revealed during the session, unless you consider the incessant screams -- the longest and loudest out of all the cast members -- for tall Swede Alexander Skarsgard (Eric) during panel introductions breaking news. (Keep your eyes peeled for exclusive video interviews from the carpet with the cast and creator of True Blood.)
After a sizzle reel of the most memorable scenes from the first three seasons played, a moment from Season 4 whetted the appetite of the blood-hungry crowd. [minor spoiler alert!] The brief scene featured lovebirds Hoyt and Jessica with Pam in front of Fangtasia, as they fend off some protesters. Things get hairy, to say the least.
The topic of True Blood's large ensemble cast was frequently touched upon. New series regular Joe Manganiello (the werewolf Alcide) shared that he was itching to work with Chris Bauer (Andy) and Sam Trammell (Sam), while Kevin Alejandro (Jesus, revealed to be a witch; wiccans play a role, Ball said, adding that "they are not the bringers of evil") joked to loud laughter: "I guess Alex so I can see why everyone screams so much."
'True Blood' scoop: Sookie and Bill breakup will stick! Eric hangs with some telepathic fairies! And more...
The 500 or so fans who packed the Paley Center’s tribute to True Blood on Saturday in Los Angeles were treated to a fourth season sneak peek in which Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Pam (Kristin Bauer) encounter a protest by anti-vamp religious nuts outside Fangtasia. Hoyt defends his love for his undead date with words and fists and Pam, per usual, steals the scene with a couple of wicked quips about “post-Russell Edgington society.”
But other than the clip, Blood creator Alan Ball and the drama’s 16 cast members were loathe to share spoilers with the crowd, including details on the show’s main love quadrangle between Bill (Stephen Moyer), Sookie (Anna Paquin), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello). When pressed to divulge the overarching theme of the fourth year, Ball put on his deep serious voice and answered, “the duality of existence.” “I come up with a stock answer each season although we don’t really think in terms of themes,” Ball continued. “The theme is true blood, more true blood. We just want to have this fantastic, escapism, emotional, sexy, romantic, terrifying journey with them because that’s really fun.”
Read live tweeting from last nights event http://twitter.com/TrueBloodHBO
When True Blood returns to HBO this summer to showcase a new menagerie of supernaturals (Blood boss Alan Ball offhandedly mentions "witches, mediums, ghosts and possessions"), all those new kids are going to have to work overtime to distract us from the real focus of this show: Alexander Skarsgård's notorious and deadly Eric Northman.
Sadly, this season, fan-fave antihero Eric won't be nearly as dangerous as usual, because...
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Our favorite Viking vampire suffers from amnesia for a large portion of the season—as Skarsgård puts it, "He messed with the wrong people,"—and because he loses that crucial matchup, he also loses his memory and therefore his entire personality.
At the 28th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival in Beverly Hills, Skarsgård told assembled fans, "This powerful character is just gone—it's not what we've built up over the past three years; it is just gone. And it's a lot of fun for me because it's the polar opposite of who Eric really is…He is lost. He doesn't know how he is, he knows he's a vampire, but he slowly finds out stuff, like, 'Did I do that? I killed those people? Why would I do that? Oh. Really?' It's not easy to hear—and not knowing who he can trust, who's a friend or an enemy. He's very vulnerable."
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Saturday, March 5, 2011
Charlaine Harris Book and blog : she talks about reading new books, meeting Sam's family and the fast approaching Spring
I found a very interesting biography of L. Frank Baum, Finding Oz. I’ve been rereading the Oz books and wondered what kind of man he was. As I discovered, Baum was in some ways as fantastical as any of his creations. His mother-in-law was a famous feminist at a time when feminists were despised, his wife a strong-willed woman who was not as idealistically focused as her mother but who nonetheless had her own way of ruling what she considered her territory. After trying a number of ways of making a living (selling lubricant, selling knick-knacks, running a baseball team, producing a newspaper), and failing miserably at all of them, Baum moved his growing family (four sons) to Chicago at the time of the World’s Fair. Schwartz gives the reader a clear blueprint of how previous events in Baum’s life came together to inspire “The Wizard of Oz,” and it’s amazing to follow his particularly yellow brick road.
When writers lament that allowing the couple to finally come together kills the tension in a book series, I always mention Jeaniene Frost. In her Grave books, Cat and Bones are still the hot duo they’ve always been, married or unmarried. This Side of the Grave is a continuation of the ongoing story of this vampire couple as they struggle to establish a safe position in the vampire world. Cat’s unusual eating habits and lineage make her a propaganda tool in the war of the ghouls vs. vampires, and she and Bones must visit Marie Laveau to enlist her aid in the war effort. Cat’s mom has a small part in this book; she’s in training at Cat’s old stronghold, to do the sort of job Cat did before she met Bones. (Justine is a character I’ll never trust or like, and she’ll go on my little list of Fictional Characters To Throw Under a Bus.) I really enjoy Frost’s style, and I’m always happy to read a new book of hers.
She also posted about Sam's family 394 duckpond100 2011-03-03 07:50
You will meet Sam's whole family in the novella in the Sookie Companion, "Small Town Wedding."
Yes- that would be Reznor from 9 Inch Nails, amazing .
Hollywood is treating Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor pretty well these days. The industrial God picked up an Oscar last weekend for his score of The Social Network. Now he’s in talks with 20th Century Fox to not only score the upcoming adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he may act in the film. Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Reznor is in negotiations to play Jack Barts–the vampire who kills Lincoln’s mom.Twilight pretty much killed the whole vampire thing for us, but with Reznor on board, we admit, we’d reconsider shelling out for a matinee.
I love these local writers stories, he works at the Mestle plant ...it might be good!
Dunkirk native William (Billy) Wdowiasz will be signing copies of his novel, "The Forbidden Vampire: The Inception," at The Book Nook on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. Wdowiasz, who currently works as a packing line operator in the Nestle Purina plant in Dunkirk, has been writing for pleasure since grade school. The experience of writing means a lot to him, so much so that he hand-writes his stories rather than typing them into a word processor.
"The Forbidden Vampire: The Inception" is the first in what Wdowiasz hopes will be a saga of four to six novels. From the conception phase to the actual writing, Wdowiasz refined his ideas for almost a year. Fascinated by vampires long before Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight," Wdowiasz cites "Nosferatu," Bram Stoker, Bela Lugosi, Anne Rice and, most of all, Christopher Lee (as Dracula) as forming his own version of what a vampire should be. Though these earlier portrayals created his initial sense of vampires, the "Twilight" Saga, "Underworld" Saga, and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" all contributed to his ever-widening interest in vampires. Wdowiasz boasts that he would read (and enjoy) a story about the Count Chocula cereal mascot if only someone would write it!
Friday, March 4, 2011
Yes, Charlaine Harris is a New York Times best-selling author. Yes, she is quickly becoming a household name in conversations from quilting circles to high school hallways both through her writing and the advent of HBO’s “True Blood” based on her Sookie Stackhouse novels. Yes, it “only” took her a quarter century to attain this level of popularity. And, yes, she is talented — very, very talented.
But did you know, besides her husband, children, dogs and one duck, the Mississippi Delta native now living in Arkansas is passionate about improving the lives of people at home and around the world?
Harris is an advocate for Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, the ASPCA and the Crime Lab Project. The Crime Lab Project promotes bringing crime labs into the modern age. "CSI" is TV, folks — fiction.
Q. “Dead Until Dark,” the first in the Sookie Stackhouse series, broke traditional genre boundaries and started an avalanche of new authors for enthralled readers. But all writers share a love of reading. What books or stories first captured your interest and inspired you to write?
A. “Dead Reckoning” will be on the shelves in May, but “The Sookie Stackhouse Companion” won’t be available until Aug. 30. It wasn’t shaping up as quickly as we wanted, and I had some family things to deal with, so it got moved back. “Home Improvement: Undead Edition,” the latest anthology edited by Toni L.P. Kelner and myself, will be out Aug. 2. I’ll have a story in “Down These Strange Streets” (edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois) in October. That’s my publishing year.
I loved Poe when I was very young, and I read broadly, anything I could get my hands on. I loved “Jane Eyre,” still do. I’m a great Jane Austen fan. But I also read lots of mysteries and lots of science fiction, particularly Ray Bradbury and H.P. Lovecraft. I was born wanting to write, I think.
Admittedly, this poster would be way cooler with a naked vampire on it, but I understand the concept of decency standards. So keeping those old things in mind, this poster promoting the True Blood‘s panel at PaleyFest is pretty awesome. Truth be told, it took me several glances to notice the vampire profile in the blood. Then, suddenly, it blew my mind and made me wonder if that’s supposed to be Eric or Bill. (See a larger version here.)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Update: HBO has finally announced that True Blood: Season Three will make its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on May 31, a couple weeks ahead of when season four is expected to premiere on-air. I also have the True Blood: Season Three Blu-ray cover art below to check out which boasts an enhanced (re: picture-in-picture) viewing mode for each of the 12 episodes that span 5 discs.
So you're a fan of True Blood, the HBO drama about vampires, werewolves and other supernatural oddities, but can't want until June for juicy tidbits on the new season. Lucky for you the Paley Center for the Media will host the entire cast, as well as show creator Alan Ball, as part of PaleyFest 2011. Each season the show seems to one-up itself with its interesting additions of less than humanly characters. Last year there were werewolves and this year fans can expect witches to play a major role. Who knows, now that Charlie Sheen's out of work, maybe we can expect to see him in season five. All he'd have to do is play himself.
Just The Facts
What: Cast of True Blood, and show creator Alan Ball
Where: Saban Theatre; 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
When: Saturday, March 5th at 7pm
Contact: For more information visit www.paleycenter.org/paleyfest2011-trueblood, or call 323-655-0111
I just don't get this blog... I sure hope it gets better
by Gianna Sobol
THE MEETING: The Concept Meeting
WHERE IT TAKES PLACE: True Blood conference room
WHO ATTENDS: Alan Ball, Gregg Fienberg, the writer and director of each episode, and all department heads (costume designer, stunt coordinator, extras casting, etc)
WHAT IT’S ABOUT (according to 1st Assistant Director Sunday Stevens): "The concept meeting, led by the 1st Assistant Director, is the first meeting that brings all the department heads together. We go through the script to discuss the different elements in each scene that have to be addressed. For example, if we have an action scene with a panther, we have to discuss stunts, animal wrangling, make-up effects and visual effects to figure out how to make the sequence work on the day we shoot it. This is a chance for each department head to figure out who should be doing what and how they can go about doing that. It is essentially the beginning of prep for the department heads."
Lauren Bowles reunites with the filmmaking Farrelly Brothers for the R-rated comedy Hall Pass, and at the movie's world premiere Bowles talked about the brothers and about another project she's working on: the fourth season of True Blood.
While Bowles couldn't reveal anything about what's going on the set, she did talk about her True Blood co-stars. "My answer is always when I'm asked about that, it's those pat answers that when I see other people give I'm like, 'Oh shut up! They're not all nice.' But they really are. It's like I can't tell you what a dream job it is. It's the cast, the crew, it all starts with Alan of course, but it really is just a dream job. In fact, my first day in the make-up...you get all the good scuttlebutt from like makeup and hair, so I'm like, 'Okay, how is everyone really?' And they're like, 'Really, there's not a bad apple.' She goes, 'Trust me, if they are - if someone's a pain in the ass - they don't last long.'"
@emilyanne18 (via Twitter): Do you know any new spoilers related to season four of True Blood?
We talked to Sam Trammell this weekend at an event for the True Blood: All Right Now graphic novel, and he told us about Sam’s future, “What’s great about this year is that we explore the shape-shifter community a little bit more, so there’s going to be a lot of cool mythological stuff that we talk about, shape-shifter rules and what shape-shifters can do and who they are. Sam’s [also] got a new love interest that’s going to happen this year for him. I don’t have really good luck with the ladies, they usually die—so hopefully she’ll survive.” Everybody wish Sam’s new girlfriend luck on that whole “surviving Bon Temps” thing!
@nathalia004 (via Twitter): Do you have any True Blood scoop?
True Blood star Rutina Wesley shares, “You’re going to find out where Tara goes, and there’s going to be some happiness for her. It won’t last for long, this is True Blood. It’s a new Tara, and I think the fans are going to like it. She’s not duct-taped, she’s not tied up, she’s got this personal strength and I think it’s really awesome to see her. Sookie (Anna Paquin) and I will have some stuff this season—she’s my best friend, so we’re always going to have little moments. And we’re going to get back to how I felt about Sam Merlotte, finding out that he was a shape shifter, so we are going to have a little moment about that. And I think Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) the only one that knows where I am, and he gives me some great advice.” Hmm…
@JulischkaHH (via Twitter): True Blood!
How about some Jessica-Hoyt scoop? We chatted with Deborah Ann Woll this weekend, and she told us, “[Jessica and Hoyt] ended in a very positive place but obviously that won’t last for long. We definitely pick up with a bit more trouble happening. Bon Temps is a scary place! The first two episodes are very interesting—Jim [Parrack] and I had some really fun stuff to play with like right off the bat. But maybe the first episode is my favorite as of now, just because it is the most varied.” Deborah also told us that Jessica and Bill (Stephen Moyer) grow closer this season, saying, “I think we’re definitely also in a healing stage where he’s finally accepting that he has a progeny, that he has a daughter vampire, and he needs to give me tools to actually survive. So he’s definitely more cooperative and participatory in my growing up.”