Monday, January 12, 2009

HBO threw the hottest after-party in town

Gossip. Not only did HBO clean up in the television categories at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, the network also threw the hottest after-party in town. Leonardo DiCaprio showed up, as did the Globes-winning cast of “30 Rock” (including Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer and Jane Krakowsi) and the nominated cast of “Mad Men.” Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley and Alexander Skarsgard were among the “True Blood” cast members we spied at the safari-themed HBO fete post-awards at the Beverly Hilton congratulating co-star Anna Paquin for her win as the best actress in a TV drama.

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True Blood Episode Seven : 'Burning House of Love ' recap from HBO site

I'm posting the episode recaps from the HBO site. I think we should have them in our archive; they are really long so I will also post them in their entirety as a word document to our scribd site. I think they are worth carefully re-examining for clues!

After Sookie experiences her two "firsts" with Bill in front of the fireplace at his house, she soaks in a hot bath, still giddy with the experience she's shared with the vampire sitting next to her. Comfortable in the moment, she takes the opportunity to tell Bill one of her deepest secrets: Her Uncle Bartlett molested her as a child. She's relieved to get it off her chest, though she doesn't notice the glare of violent revenge that creeps across Bill's features.

Jason drops in on Lafayette - interrupting the cook's work on a rapidly escalating video for his porn site - in hopes of picking up some more V. Lafayette recognizes Jason's sweat-drenched desperation as a liability and reminds him of the screw-ups he's already made. Lafayette tells him to leave, but Jason makes a run at the mini-fridge. Big mistake. Lafayette grabs him in a choke hold, applying enough pressure to make it very clear what he's capable of, before throwing Jason out of the house. He heads over to Sookie's, where she soon catches him rounding up Gran's most valuable possessions to hawk. Sookie strips him of most of it, but he manages to get away with a pair of silver candlesticks.

At Tara's house, Lettie Mae explains to her daughter that she needs $445 to pay a woman to remove the demon from her body. Flippant as ever, Tara suggests the demon get a job of its own, but when her mother spills the booze-spiked coffee she's drinking - and licks the mess off her own clothes while weeping that the demon has control of her - Tara seems less assured that her mother is just making more excuses. She heads over to Sam's place to try to smooth things over with him and finds the bar owner in a foul mood while he tries to fix up his dilapidated trailer. She offers a hand, understanding for the first time that the two of them both yearn for the same thing: A real home. But before they can settle into the moment, her cell phone rings with a call from the local bank. Lettie Mae has come in for money and thrown a fit when the loan officer wouldn't give her any. Tara arrives just in time to see her mother call the man a bigot, offer to sleep with him and then begin screaming about the demon inside her. Demon or not, Tara sees that her mother's suffering is real, so she agrees to pay a woman called Miss Jeanette to heal Lettie Mae.

Episode Seven ( S1) HBO Recap

Anna Paquin + Cast Of True Blood Celebrate Win For Best Actress pt 2

Ryan Kwaten, Alexander Skarsgard and Sam Trammel help Anna celebrate her Golden Globe win !

Anna Paquin + Cast Of True Blood Celebrate Win For Best Actress pt 1

Paquin in 'surprise' Golden Globes win

By GREER McDONALD -Reuters New Zealand

GOLDEN TOUCH: Anna Paquin's Golden Globes win is the second time she has pipped more fancied actresses for a major prize, after she won an Oscar at age 11.

Kiwi actress Anna Paquin is the toast of Hollywood and her "Wellywood" family after beating out A-list actresses to take home her first Golden Globe.

Paquin, 26, won the best actress in a television series award for her role on the HBO vampire television series, True Blood.

International media have labelled her the "surprise winner" after she beat Sally Field from Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order actress Mariska Hargitay, Kyra Sedgwick from The Closer and January Jones from Mad Men.

Paquin, adorned in a deep purple gown, accepted her award about 2.30pm NZ time yesterday.

"This is awesome, I'm so excited," she said.

When she spoke backstage after she received the award, she said she fought hard to land the role.

"I was the pale brunette from New Zealand, and I'm playing the Southern tanned blonde, essentially a Hooters waitress," Variety magazine quoted her as saying.

"It wasn't the most obvious casting choice, but I just really wanted it and I didn't stop until they said yes."

She said she could not compare her Globe win to her Oscar win for The Piano at just 11-years-old.

"I don't even remember that, it was very blurry and crazy," she said.

"This is quite blurry and crazy, too, but at least I'm old enough to drink and stay out past 10pm."

Her family also expressed their excitement at her win through a statement delivered by Green Party co-leader Russel Norman whose partner, Katya, is Paquin's older sister.

"On behalf of the New Zealand family, we are absolutely thrilled and very proud of Anna," he said.

"We'll certainly be toasting Anna tonight, we'll crack open a bottle of bubbly and toast her."

Paquin missed out on her first Globe in 1993 when she was nominated for her supporting actress role in The Piano. Winona Ryder took home the award.

Just weeks later, Paquin made history when she beat Ryder and won an Academy Award for her role.

In 2008, Paquin was nominated for an Emmy for the TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

True Blood is set in a small town in a world where, thanks to the invention of synthetic blood, vampires no longer have to feast on humans.

Paquin plays the character of Sookie Stackhouse who has the ability to hear people's thoughts, so is open-minded about the integration of vampires with other humans.

Prime Television took advantage of the win, announcing it had secured the 12-part series which would be screened "shortly".

Does a 'True Blood' win signal an HBO comeback?

Maybe. But unlike the glory days of 'The Sopranos,' this time the cable competition is fierce.
January 12, 2009

Yay, "True Blood." HBO's vampire drama was, believe it or not, the only new series from last fall honored at Sunday's Golden Globes.

Of course, a show has to be nominated to win, and on that score, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. pretty much ignored the networks' latest offerings in this strike-impacted season. Not even ABC's "Life on Mars," based on the type of bracing BBC series Globe voters usually adore, could catch a break. So the Globes' ultimate TV choices this time around had a "been there, seen that" quality not typical of an award show that usually helps at least one tyro series start building a case for Emmy love come September.

AMC's "Mad Men" repeated as best drama. "30 Rock" already has its Emmy laurels, so Sunday's Globe for best comedy was superfluous. And the slew of prizes for HBO's costume epic "John Adams" surprised absolutely no one, with the possible exception of the producers of "Recount."

Paquin stars as surprise victor

Anna Paquin's win as the telepath Sookie Stackhouse in "True Blood" therefore stood out. She wasn't a shoo-in (although two of her competitors, Kyra Sedgwick and Mariska Hargitay, have already won Globes for their roles), and the series itself has earned mixed critical reaction and so-so ratings.

(As in so many other ways, cable seems to be topping network TV when it comes to quality of material available for female actors; a network show hasn't taken home the best actress award since Geena Davis did for 2005's "Commander in Chief." )

As for "True Blood," well, it's a long way from "The Sopranos" or even "Six Feet Under." Whether the Globe will provide the finger on the scale at Emmy nomination time this summer remains to be seen, but heading into Season 2, any series can use all the oomph it can get.

For the network, a ray of hope

In fact, after several fairly disappointing years in ratings and prize counts, HBO had plenty to feel relieved about, if not exactly celebrate. Including Gabriel Byrne's win for "In Treatment," this was the first time since its "The Sopranos" annus mirabilis of 1999 that the network took home both top Globes in dramatic series acting.

Does this mean the network is restored to its glory days of earlier in this decade? Not exactly. As the producers and cast of "Mad Men" trooped onstage again to pick up their drama prize, we were reminded that an HBO series hasn't made that trip since "Six Feet Under," way back in 2002.,0,5232682.story

True Blood Music Video of the day

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Anna winnng video plus after party interview ..

True Blood on E's Golden Globes preshow

This ia all the E- pre show coverage edited together.

Anna takes home the Globe

(Anna Paquin with her Golden Globe - please, no naughty sniggering - for True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris’ novels, poses with Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine) On the TV front it was slim pickings for the fantastic genres at the Globes (after several years of shows like Lost, Galactica and Who trumping many TV awards lists we seem to be in a little trough for the genre as far as awards go at the moment) - The John Adams biopic mini-series again hogged the TV categories (as it has in several other awards, especially in the US), with the only show flying the flag for telefantasy being True Blood, which is based on Charlaine Harris’ lovely series of Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries (small town waitress with psychic powers has complicated relationship with Bill, a member of the recently outed vampire community now living openly in human society), which I have a bit of a soft spot for - The X-Men’s Anna Paquin took the Best Actress (drama) award for her role as Sookie.
Forbidden planet

Anna Paquin, who won as best actress in a TV drama for the vampire series "True Blood," looked dazed as she sat at a table waiting to dig into some steaming chicken. Grilled scallops, rice, macaroni and cheese and beef tenderloin rounded out the menu.
"I'm loopy, and the adrenaline has started to wear off. Now I'm just hungry," said Paquin, happy she didn't have to be at work the next day until
7 a.m.

Meanwhile, the best thing about the HBO vampire series True Blood is definitely its star, Anna Paquin, so it's great to hear that she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama. She, too, was up against stiff competition, including Sally Field, Mariska Hargitay, and Kyra Sedgwick.

Paquin won a supporting-actress Oscar at age 11 for The Piano (1993), but this is her first Golden Globe win after two nominations. How are things different now from her Oscar win? "I'm old enough to drink and stay up past 10," Paquin said. We'll be seeing more of Paquin's performance as Sookie
Stackhouse: True Blood was renewed for a second season in November.
Mark Wilson-about

Paquin won Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series for her role as Sookie Stackhouse, who has the ability to hear people's thoughts.
'This is awesome I'm so excited," she said before going on to thank an army of people.
True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire book series, is a drama featuring vampires who drink a synthetic blood that allows them to live among mortals in a small Louisiana town.
Paquin stepped into the spotlight when she won a best supporting actress Oscar at age 11 for her role in the Jane Campion film The Piano.
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