Saturday, December 31, 2011
Now on to Season 2 of the US version of Being Human !
Meredith writes ....
How does the second season of Syfy’s Being Human stack up to the first? Read our review!
We've seen the first two episodes — here is our slightly spoilery run-down on the new season.
We watched the episodes "Turn This Mother Out" and "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" back-to-back, and here is our first impressions of the new season.
The GoodBeautiful Monsters: After we watched Bishop's head fly magnificently into the good night one thing was certain, Being Human was starting to look good, real good. Gone away is the odd shaky lens that haunted the first few episodes.
This show has finally found a look all its own, and removed itself from "new TV show shot in Canada for Syfy" category. While still very simple and budget conscious, we noticed little touches of light and color, and the sets felt authentically Bostonian (which is where the series takes place). We're thrilled that whatever changed halfway through the first season (most likely $$$) hasn't been lost in the second.
I sure hope you enjoyed American Horror Story - if you didnt watch it live you can now catch it as reuns on HULU and at FX chanel. Our buddies Brian Juergens of Camp Blood ( for After Elton) and Meredith Woerner for io9.com did excellent jobs recapping the episodes !
Season 2 will be a completley new haunting location and mostly (?) new actors and characters ! Yippee
There are already fascinating clues as to Season 2 location ..... South Dakota anyone ???
BJ - http://www.afterelton.com/tv/recaps/american-horror-story-112-what-child-is-this
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Are you ready to have a fangtastic New Year's celebration? HBO is presenting a special three-day marathon of True Blood season 4, starting December 29.
Episodes 1-3 air Thursday, December 29 at 8 p.m. ET, then episodes 4-8 follow on Friday, December 30
Friday, December 23, 2011
(sung to the tune of “Winter Wonderland”)
Werewolves howl, are you listening?
In the dark fangs are glistening
A frightening sight, the dead walk tonight
Living in a vampire wonderland.
Over there stands a shifter
And a blood draining drifter
A typical sight in Bon Temps tonight
Walking in a vampire wonderland
Near a tombstone I can see a new grave
Soon a vampire rises from the dirt
He will want to drink blood in the worst way
Gosh I hope this isn’t going to hurt!
Later on we’ll conspire
To have sex by the fire
And face unafraid the marks that he made
Living in a vampire wonderland.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Meeting Denis O’Hare should be scary as hell. After all, this is the man who plays two of TV’s reigning supervillains: The horny vamp leader on True Blood and a mysteriously deformed psychopath who just suffocated a potential homebuyer on American Horror Story. But today, in the back of homo-hot-spot Saint Felix in West Hollywood on his day off, O’Hare doesn’t project any of that eeriness.
So far during the debut season of the smash FX show, O’Hare, as the scarred weirdo Larry Harvey, has doused a house in gasoline, killed another man’s mistress and fought fervently for a home that’s become a tough sell — and not just because the economy sucks.
“I don’t think he’s evil,” O’Hare says. “He’s acting out of a particular desire for something. For me, all characters have a justification for their behavior; they always think that what they’re doing is necessary for a reason. Even the Phantom of the Opera has a real reason: He was in love with someone, he was scarred, he wants love and revenge.”
True Blood Christmas Carols- Eric the Vampire
(sung to the tune of “Frosty the Snowman”) Eric the vampire
Was a very scary guy
With his ice blue eyes and his big white fangs
And the fact that he could fly Eric the vampire
Owned a Shreveport bar they say
He sat on a throne and it was well known
That he lay as dead all day. There must have been some magic in that
Telepath they found
When Sookie solved Longshadow’s crime
Eric thought “She will be mine”. Eric the vampire
Was determined as can be
He brought Bill to trial, with a wicked smile,
Brought back Jessica with glee Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Look at Eric’s eyes.
Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Through the night sky he flies. Eric the vampire
Wants a telepath we know
With Pam by his side Eric tried and tried
To get Bill to let her go Sookie is frightened
Of the ancient Viking vamp
Can Bill keep her safe? Will his vampire waif
Drive Sook into Eric’s camp? Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Look in Eric’s eyes.
Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Through the night sky he flies.
If you are a newer fan of True Blood you may not know all these great True Blood inspired Christmas Carols ... They were created by the amazing and talented fans that once populated the HBO fan site called HBO forum.
It's gone now but I save them and I enjoy them every year ... I'll post a few everyday for the next few days!
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Away in a Graveyard (sung to the tune of "Away in a Manger")
Away in a graveyard,
Just dirt for his bed,
Vampire Bill Compton
lay down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky
looked down where he lay
The Vampire Bill Compton,
asleep in the day.
The maenad is roaming,
The vampire wakes,
But Vampire Bill Compton,
no victim he takes;
I love you Bill Compton,
I see how you try
To only drink True Blood
so no one will die.
Be near me, Bill Compton
And let us not fight
Just love me forever,
and love me tonight
I know you're a vampire
You can drink from me
Just don't bite my neck, dear
Where others can see.
I can't tell you how much I have loved American Horror this year!
7. American Horror Story (FX) The series was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who previously worked together on Glee. The central story has Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott moving into a house where the previous tenants were found dead. Bianculli says it "may be the scariest TV show" he's ever seen, and it leaves him thinking about the characters long after he's turned off the TV set.
10. True Blood (HBO) The HBO vampire series created by Alan Ball is a soap opera, pure and simple, said Bianculli in a review that aired originally on June 9, 2010. "Or more accurately, it's a soap opera, impure and complicated." The show's constant plot twists — and the regular introduction of new characters — keep Bianculli hooked. And "for a safe, long-term investment in pop culture's fascination with the paranormal, I say take your money and let it ride on vampires," he said last May. "They're undead in more ways than one — every generation, they always seem to earn a brand new life.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
*includes Sookie short story " Gift wrap"
New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, Carrie Vaughn, and Karen Chance-along with ten other masters of the genre-offer stories on werewolves and the holidays, a fresh variation on the concept of birthdays and vampires found in Many Bloody Returns.
The holidays can bring out the beast in anyone- particularly lycanthropes. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest, saddest werewolf tales by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon with a silver bullet close at hand.
Whether wolfing down a holiday feast (use your imagination) or craving some hair of the dog on New Year's morning, the werewolves in these frighteningly original stories will surprise, delight, amuse, and scare the pants off readers who love a little wolfsbane with their mistletoe.
Shakespeare's Christmas (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 3):
Even in a sleepy Arkansas town, the holidays can be murder.
Lily Bard is going home for the holidays. More comfortable in baggy sweats than bridesmaid's frills, Lily isn't thrilled about attending her estranged sister's wedding. She has moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas, to start a new life, cleaning houses for a living, trying to forget the violence that once nearly destroyed her. Now she's heading back to home and hearth--just in time for murder.
The town's doctor and nurse have been bludgeoned to death at the office. And Lily's detective boyfriend suddenly shows up at her parents' door. Jack Leeds is investigating an eight-year-old kidnapping and the trail leads straight to Lily's hometown. It just might have something to do with the murders...and her sister's widowed fiancé. With only three days before the wedding, Lily must work fast to clean up the messy case before her sister commits...marriage!
I hadn't thought that True Blood opened the door for the wave of Fairy Tale TV shows ( i love Grimm!)
In the past couple of years there has been an increase of supernatural and mystical themes in television, and the viewers (including myself) are eating it up at an astronomical rate. Vampires, witches, werewolves, and fairytale characters alike are all popping up on our television screens, much to our excitement.
So why do we love these other worlds so much? Isn't it obvious, our lives are so busy and stressful that we need a true escape. All TV is an escape from reality, but when we open our minds and our homes to these mystical beings we are truly in a different place. For example, when you tune into The CW's hit, The Vampire Diaries, you are whisked away to a world where vampires and humans are falling in love. Who hasn't had a daydream of a supernatural love? Especially if said vampire looks like Damon (Ian Somerhalder). We watch Elena struggle with the battle between her love for Stefan and her budding love for Damon. Who does she choose? Either way she hurts someone she loves, and breaks viewers hearts.
Time Warner Cable customers who subscribe to HBO or Cinemax will soon get to use HBO GO and MAX GO, the premium cable networks’ instant-streaming services.
On HBO GO, viewers will have access to 1,400 titles such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos Sex and the City and Deadwood. They’ll also get to watch HBO original films, miniseries, sports, documentaries, specials and blockbuster theatricals. MAX GO offers 400 titles including movies, indies, cult favorites, the MAX After Dark series and primetime series.
Most new content uploads to both services as the content premieres on the networks. Viewers also will get the “Watchlist” that keeps track of bookmarked content for later viewing; bonus content including interviews, recaps and behind-the-scenes extras; and customizable views showing titles in slideshow, grid or list format.
Once the services launch, Time Warner Cable customers can access them at HBOGO.com or MAXGO.com using their TWC usernames and passwords.
Earlier this year, HBO released HBO GO apps for Android and iOS. HBO GO launched in February 2010 and already is available to HBO subscribers of AT&T U-verse, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network, Google TV, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FIOS.
This isn’t an original idea, but it’s one I’m going to emphasize. From now until Christmas, we’re going to be in hurry, hurry, hurry and panic, panic, panic, mode. We may spend and eat too much. We may be determined our house will be perfect for the holidays, and we may be convinced that we have to have a huge pile of gifts under the Christmas tree.
None of that is necessary. You know that, right?
In a year, who will remember that your house was perfectly clean and orderly for the holiday? Who will remember that every single item on the wish list wasn’t under the tree? No one. Unless you have some seriously odd relatives.
Here’s my suggestion: make a ritual of necessity. When you wrap gifts, put on Christmas music. Make sure the house is as empty as you can get it. Assemble everything you’ll need. While you wrap, think about the people you’re giving to, and why you’re giving them a gift. I guarantee you’ll be happier.
When you clean your home, set aside some time to do it and give it that time and no more. Don’t make yourself crazy, and delegate. Enlist help if you need it. Even if you can simply assign one family member to clean all the mirrors and TV screens in the house, that’s something.
If at all possible, start cooking early and freezing things.
Nothing will prevent the holidays from being anything but busy, but you can cut down on the frantic rush.
Listen to me handing out this good advice . . . and wondering if I can stick to it myself!
Relax. Smell the Christmas trees.
Deadlock Chapter 2 posted read here
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
True Blood is now filming - so these little things will trickle in -
Photo Double 5’8 Long Blonde hair / TRUE BLOOD 11/16/2011 THRU 12/12/2011
Photo double / Female / Caucasian / 20 – 30 / A photo double who must have LONG Blonde hair, be 5’8, waist 26, bra size 34C, and shoe size 9. You must be these sizes exactly as you will be wearing the actresses clothing. Should be comfortable playing a corpse, with blood in your hair.
Frat Guys and Sorority Girls 18-23 / TRUE BLOOD 12/5/2011
Background / Male or Female / Caucasian / 18 – 23 /A few featured Guys and Girls to play Frat Guys and Sorority Girls. They are looking for people who are comfortable interacting with the Principles, and also for some people with Newer American Cars that are in REALLY good condition. ie: Newer Mustangs, Chargers etc
Nude woman to play a Prostitute Corpse / TRUE BLOOD 1/3/2012 THRU 1/16/2012
A woman who is comfortable being completely naked and playing a corpse. There will be extensive body make up, as well as fake blood to imply you were killed by vampires. This scene takes place in 1905, so they are looking for a woman who has not had a breast job or ANY plastic surgery. They are also looking for a woman who is Not a size zero. Women back then were definitely more curvy. Having a Belly is great for this one. Dress size between 8-14. Looking for a Character woman. The more unattractive the picture, the better.
Topless Women to work in a Brothel / TRUE BLOOD 1/3/2012 THRU 1/16/2012 Background / Female / Caucasian / 18 – 45 /Women who are interested in working as Prostitutes in a Brothel. This is a Flashback to the 1900′s so they are looking for women with Natural breasts, and who have had NO plastic surgery whatsoever. You would have to be comfortable walking around the brothel in Skimpy outfits, or with your breasts exposed. They are looking for all types of women. But Especially women with dress sizes between 8-12. They are looking for women who would not be considered classically Beautiful. The more unattractive the better. Character looks are encouraged
Charactery Guys to Play Johns in a Brothel / TRUE BLOOD 1/3/2012 THRU 1/16/2012
Background / Male / Caucasian / 18 – 65 /
Guys to play johns in a 1900′s brothel. They are looking for people who look like they could be from this era. You would have to be comfortable walking around in your Boxers if they asked. And must be comfortable around nudity, or possibly sexual situations
Very Featured Character Lady / TRUE BLOOD 1/2/2012 THRU 1/31/2012
Background / Female / Caucasian / 25 – 60 /
A very funny featured bit. A lady sitting in a diner, that the leads will be talking about. They refer to her as Manic depressive and crazy. The more charactery, the better. So looks like we’ll be having a flashback from 1900′s, and even if I’m not sure about Kristin Bauer’s sizes, it could very well refer to the flashback where we learn how Pam became a vampire
Possible sneak peak of this week’s True Blood filming in Los Angeles
CAR EXPLOSION, 6PM – 12AM
Interior and exterior dialogue, Intermittent pedestrian control, Intermittent traffic control – 2 minutes standard, Equipment on sidewalk, in curb lane & across street, Wetdown, cranes and condors, prop bomb in car. trucks downloading equip on street., walk and talk, water based smoke. Condor. Crane. Generator. Picture vehicles. Scissor lift
Possible first episode synopsis
“As the dust settles in Bon Temps, Sam and Luna’s plans for a fresh start are interrupted by a new arrival, hell-bent on revenge.Meanwhile: Sookie’s vow for a life without vampires is put to the test; Lafayette struggles with his latest acquisition; Patrick calls in a favor from Terry, that will put his relationship with Arlene under pressure; Jessica takes a backseat, while Jason caters for an unwelcome house guest; Pam tries to make amends, and Bill and Eric plan their escape from the forces now pursuing them, but are soon drawn into a plot that will shatter the very foundations of the vampire hierarchy, and bring them face to face with their deadliest enemy”
If I resurrect the radio show this summer ( pun intented !) I'd like to have on Vampire guy!
I just reviewed a book in the “Thrall” series by Adams and Clamp. You can read it here. It really raised the question of what is meant by “vampire”. The bad guys in the Thrall series are vampire parasites. They attach themselves to the nervous systems of human hosts and take over. The concept reminds me of the aliens in Robert Heinlein’s “The Puppet Masters” which I enjoyed many years ago. They also remind me of “The Borg” in Star Trek: Next Generation.
So what’s the problem? The concept is based on other things that I’ve liked. And yet, are we still talking about “vampires”? The authors like to refer to the bad guys as vampire parasites and they get transferred to the hosts by biting. But I get the feeling that the authors are trying to trick me. Vampire fiction is hot, parasite fiction isn’t.
God, I sure hope everyone is watching American Horror Story . It's by far the best thing on TV since a wierd little vampire show about a telepathic barmaid started a few years back ;-) !
Meeting Denis O'Hare should be scary as hell. But today, in the back of homo-hotspot Saint Felix in West Hollywood on his day off, O'Hare doesn't project the eeriness he does as a horny "True Blood" vamp and mysteriously deformed man who just suffocated a potential homebuyer on "American Horror Story."
So far during the debut season of the smash FX show, O'Hare, who plays Larry Harvey, has dosed a house in gasoline, killed the-man-of-the-house's mistress and fought fervently for a home that's become a tough sell - and not just because the economy is sucking.
"Murder House," as it's called, is a freaky L.A. residence with a dark past and a new family: the Harmons, a threesome hopeful for a new start. But what's up with the neighbors, including Jessica Lange's crazy super-mom Constance? And who's this Larry guy and why is this house so important to him?
O'Hare leans back after taking a sip of his cranberry/orange/seltzer water concoction - his "incredibly demanding diva drink" - and tells us. "I don't think he's evil. He's acting out of a particular desire for something. For me, all characters have a justification for their behavior; they always think that what they're doing is necessary for a reason. Even Phantom of the Opera has a real reason: He was in love with someone, he was scarred, he wants love and revenge."
Monday, December 5, 2011
The Grammy Award nominations have been announced , True Blood’s Soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 12, 2011 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.
The nominees in this category are:
* Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1 (Various Artists) [Elektra]
* Burlesque: Christina Aguilera [RCA Records]
* Glee: The Music, Volume 4 (Glee Cast) [Columbia Records]
* Tangled: (Various Artists) [Walt Disney Records]
* True Blood: Volume 3 (Various Artists) [WaterTower Music]
True Blood’s creator Alan Ball and music supervisor, Gary Calamar for receiving a nomination for the Volume 3 soundtrack.
True Blood may have many years left to it, but author Charlaine Harris has announced that the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels (a.k.a. the Southern Vampire Mysteries) on which the hit HBO series is based will conclude with the thirteenth volume (volume 12 is due out next year). I recently sat down with Harris for an extensive interview, which I'll be presenting in three parts. The next two parts will focus on Harris's thoughts about True Blood and on her upcoming graphic novel Cemetery Girl. But after the jump, you can read the first part of our conversation, in which Harris discusses her approach to writing, her influences, the creation of Sookie Stackhouse, the character's upcoming final adventures, and what she might do next.
You just finished writing the twelfth Sookie Stackhouse novel…
The penultimate book, because I'm going to finish with the thirteenth.
Is it tough to finish this series, to let it go?
It's tough to walk away from the money. [Laughs.] Yeah, it is going to be tough.
But you don't have to.
No. I don't have to. But I just felt like I'm finishing the story. I don't have anything left. That's what I've got. I don't want to keep writing when I'm running on empty. I think we all know writers who have continued to write the same characters when they run out of gas apparently. I just don't want to be like that.
SpoilerTV released the title for episode 5.02 “Authority Always Wins” as well as casting calls for Ep 1 and 2
Season 5 General - Series Regular
20 to 40. THE Salome from the Bible. Dark haired with dark features, exotic looking, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and /or African. An ancient vampire who is a world class seductress and fiercely intelligent. She also has quite a lot of madness in her. She is the most powerful person in every way yet capable of hiding this power when it serves her purposes.
SERIES REGULAR ACTRESS MUST BE WILLING TO DO NUDITY
25 to 35. Beautiful, any race, centuries old. A double agent working within the Vampire Authority. Eric's vampire "sister" a progeny of Godric. Intelligent, intimidating, cool under pressure and a very good liar. She loves Eric deeply, but has dedicated her life to a higher purpose.
SERIES REGULAR POSSIBLE NUDITY
[RIKKI] In her mid 20s, a dirty-beautiful werewolf, she demands to know what's become of the pack leader...RECURRING
[J.D.] 50s, a particularly large Marine-type werewolf, he refuses to bow down before the new pack leader...1 speech, 1 scene RECURRING
[ANNIE] In her late 40s, maybe 50, she's a powerful, respected werewolf within the pack due to her late son's position. She's determined to perform a particular ritual...RECURRING
[JUDGE CLEMENTS] 50ish, corrupt, a former athlete whose body has been neglected, this judge radiates power and uses his position to get a speeding ticket for his son fixed...3 speeches & 2 lines, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURRING
[ROCKY] 16, Caucasian, a hunter, he is Holly's (Lauren Bowles) eldest son who doesn't think very highly of Holly...7 lines, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURRING
[WADE] 14, Caucasian, a hunter, he is Holly's (Lauren Bowles) youngest son who is still willing to give Holly the benefit of the doubt...5 lines, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURRING (22)
[DANIELLE] This female werewolf wonders how much longer a prisoner is going to last under interrogation...1 line, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURING
[KENNETH] This male werewolf thinks a prisoner is stubborn and may not crack soon...1 line, 1 scene (40) POSSIBLE RECURRING
[CAT] 40, a vampire with no sense of humor, she's part of an underground railroad for vampires...2 lines, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURRING
[CAMMY] This sorority girl with an especially hot body takes a liking to Jason (Ryan Kwanten) at a party and assumes they'll be having sex...GUEST STAR
[ZANDER] A particularly handsome frat boy, he feels an instant attraction to Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) at a party. They enjoy playing Rock Band 3 and singing a Jimi Hendrix song together...
[FRAT BOY #1] This frat boy enjoys playing drinking games at a party...3 lines, 2 scenes
[SORORITY GIRL #1] She attends a house party and declares Jessica the coolest vampire she's ever met...3 lines, 2 scenes
[HAYES] A large vampire of Eastern European descent, he is dispatched by the Authority to give the True Death to some other vampires...3 lines, 2 scenes
[BUDDY] In his early 20s, a road crew member and a friend of Hoyt's, he mocks Jason with the other guys...2 lines, 1 scene
[TEAM CAPTAIN #2 / DONNIE] Seen in flashback, this 6th grade boy bullies Sookie and is very angry and disturbed when she reveals something private about his life...3 lines, 1 scene
[TEAM CAPTAIN #1] Seen in flashback, this 12-year-old boy is a bully who doesn't pick Sookie for his kick ball team...1 line, 1 scene
Episode #502, "Authority Always Wins"
[KIBWE] Early 40s to early 60s. A slender African gentleman vampire, he's an Authority council member who believes rehabilitation for prisoners over stricter punishment...STRONG RECURRING
[ROSALYN HARRIS] 40s to 60s. A Texas vampire with "hair high enough to interfere with air traffic," she's an Authority council member with a homespun wisdom-spouting mouth and a firm hand...RECURRING
[ALEXANDER] 9 years old. An impetuous young vampire who was turned at the age of 9, he's an Authority council member who loves cigarettes and razzing his fellow council members...RECURRING
[DIETER BRAUN] 40s to 50s. Mature and self-possessed, calm and authoritative, with a piercing gaze, this vampire of average build is nevertheless extremely intimidating, and he uses innovative methods to torture a prisoner during an interrogation...
[CHRISTINE VAN HEUSEN] Late 20s to 30s. Seen on TV, she's a cute brunette newscaster for a CNN-type program who conducts a high-profile, in-depth interview...1 speech & 5 lines, 2 scenes
[CLERK] 30s to 40s. The kind of guy who buys pork rinds, he lives in a trailer and works at the Stake House, a home protection store that sells weapons designed to hurt vampires...3 speeches & 3 lines, 1 scene
[BOY] 14, determined, hurt, and angry, he punches Jason in the face for sleeping with his mom and breaking up his parents...6 lines, 1 scene
[ELLIS] 20s to mid 30s. A member of Jason's former road crew, he punches Jason in the face for sleeping with his wife...5 lines, 1 scene
[NIGEL] 30s to 40s. A grotesque-looking vampire prisoner, he's been scarred, burned and deformed -- punishment for his predilection for eating babies...5 lines, 1 scene
[WASHCLOTH HELEN] 20s to early 30s. Seen in flashback to 1905 in San Francisco, she's a young prostitute who snorts cocaine...2 lines, 1 scene
[HOT GIRL] A hot female college student at a kegger, she's excited when a notorious, unexpected guest shows up...3 lines, 1 scene
[HOT DUDE] A hot male college student at a kegger, he's excited when a notorious, unexpected guest shows up...2 lines, 2 scenes
[MAN] 30s to 40s. Seen in flashback to 1905 in San Francisco, this pleasant, well-dressed, seemingly non-threatening man is actually quite dangerous...2 lines, 1 scene