Tuesday, January 13, 2009

True Blood behind the scenes: 4th Man is in a Boy Band

In the photo on the left you will see Renard Parish Coroner, Mike Spencer and his assistant Neil Jones.

We see Neil in many episodes of True Blood but one of the most memorable in episode 6, when they discuss the conditions of Gran‘s body. Mike Spencer talks about " defensive cuts to her hands " and he answers “hard core “ . Spencer is discussing the wounds that were suffered by Gran as she fought off Rene. We also saw him briefly in episode 4 at Fangtasia and here he is below as a fangbanger at the bar in his full goth mode. ( i think Sookie briefly hears him think " i hope she doesn't recognize me )

*We also see him at Dawn’s house and he’s the young man pushing Uncle Bartlett’s wheelchair into the funeral.

This young man is actually Kevin McHale and did you know he in the boy band, NLT (not like them )? He is also from Dallas, well actually the Dallas suburb of Plano but he is a fellow resident of Area 6 here in the Kingdom of Texas !

You can check out his band’s web pages here: http://www.nltmusic.com/

Or visit his MySpace here: http://www.myspace.com/nlttug

He is the " 4th Man in the Fire" as the theme song for that episode describes but he is also 4 man in a boyband.

Here is his demise in episode 8.

All together now.....Awwww

Urban Fantasy Authors- Crossword

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True Blood Episode Eight : 'Fourth Man in the Fire ' recap from HBO site

Sookie stands shocked and inconsolable at the scene of the vampire nest fire, and then she breaks free of Andy's grasp and darts to the row of burned coffins. The gruesome sight - four bodies reduced to boiling blood and tissue - immediately drives her back, and she runs home in anguish.

Tara, however, wakes up to a strangely idyllic household, with her mother cooking breakfast and throwing out a monstrous stash of booze. Still somewhat shocked, Tara sits down to eat, allowing herself for the first time to believe things might be different. But when she heads over to Sookie's house - unaware of what's happened to Bill - she finds herself arguing with her closest friend over the fang marks on her neck. Sookie shoots back at her: "Do you have any idea what I've been through today? A friend would ask!" Then she kicks Tara out of the house. Later though, when Sookie goes to place flowers on the grave from Bill's previous human life, the vampire bursts from the dirt - safe and unscathed - and makes love to her on the spot.

At Jason's house, he and Amy lounge in bed, still luxuriating in the afterglow of V. Neither has felt such a strong connection with another person, though it shocks Jason to learn that they never even had sex. Amy's stash of vampire blood is gone, but Jason opens up to her nonetheless, explaining how his parents died in a flash flood and that he feels responsible for his rough relationship with Sookie. Amy takes him in her arms.

Outside Merlotte's Terry helps Sam carry some taxidermy animals into the bar. Terry asks Sam why he was running naked through the woods, but the bar owner dodges the question, guiltily allowing the PTSD-suffering vet to think he's been seeing things again. Once the bar opens and Sookie shows up for work - in a fantastic mood, no less - Sam's faux sympathy at Bill's death turns to irritation at the vampire's reappearance. Jason turns up to eat with Amy, who jumps in to help Sookie with a swarm of waiting customers and earns herself a job as Dawn's replacement - exactly the role Sookie expects her to fill for Jason. But when she tries to warn Amy off of dating her brother, the girl tells Sookie she shouldn't judge him so harshly.

Episode Eight ( S1) HBO Recap

Fashion faux pas in Sookieville: Dallas Cowboys t-shirt

Who wore this and in what book ?

I have to say I really love that I have been able to stump you guys with some of these ....

Now of course , this t-shirt has special significance to we in Area 6, Kingdom of Texas (even if they don't win anymore!)

This is worn by the Vampire drainer / addict that comes into Merlotte's in book 5.

Under the coat, the woman was wearing a very old Dallas Cowboys T-shirt. She began shivering, and I wondered if she’d been sampling more conventional drugs. Terry made a show of patting soda on the wine stain. Following my hint, he delved into the pockets. He looked down at his hand with disgust, and I heard a clink as he threw the vials in the trash can behind the bar. He returned everything else to her pockets.

If you don't like it you can just bite me ! ( 7)

This is the bite marks from one of the character in True Blood.

Do you know who this is ?

Do you know who the vampire was that did the biting ?

Post answer in comments !

So who is this with Sam and Nelsan ?

So who was this with Sam ?
Darn, I can't find that photo of Nelsan with his "friend' from the GG either .

Someone send me the link , please-- if they know what photo I'm talking about with Nelsan and please tell me who this is is with Sam ???

Email: True Blood in Dallas

Kay says it's; Missy Yager ( thanks kay)


Now can anyone find that photo of Nelsan with his guest and tell me who that is ?

So you wanna be in pictures ??

With all the excitement of the Golden Globes do you think you could be the next superstar ? Do you want to try to be cast as an extra in True Blood ?

In Los Angeles here :

Fangbanger Productions
Extras Casting
1040 N. Las Palmas Ave.
Bldg.2 South,2nd Floor
L.A.,CA 90038

In Louisiana here :

Ryan Glorioso
318-603-4560 (o)
888-584-8542 (f)

Crew /Locations etc in Louisiana
Louisiana Production Consultants, Inc.
9595 Mansfield Road, Suite 102
Shreveport, LA 71118
Phone : 318 219 2011
Fax : 318 219 2411

True Blood Music Video of the Day

Love is a stranger by the eurythmics

Stephen's , Ryan's Red Carpet interview at Golden Globes

Moments of delight from the Golden Globes

just saying ..

Anna Paquin winning! Since True Blood is a show that people either adore or loathe, I thought she was a long shot. When she won I was embarrassingly over-enthused. After her name was announced, she stole a smooch from Stephen Moyer (who looked quite proud). Sookie and Bill are dating in real life! I’m going exclamation point crazy!!! See what I mean about embarrassing?

from the dopebox @ http://thedopebox.com/

Other highlights of the night for me include Anna Paquin winning Best Actress for "True Blood" - and confirming that she is dating co-star Stephen Moyer who plays vampy Bill.

from popwrap @ http://blogs.nypost.com/

you watch the kiss and decide for yourself

TV Guide interviews Anna at the Golden Globes

HBO's True Blood: Bloody Fun

From Jul 11, 2008 02:58 PM by Matt Roush

Vamp fans- and you know who you are (I hear from you often enough)- I know you've had a tough year, still mourning Moonlight and Blood Ties and all. Time to cheer up, and get ready for a wild ride this fall with HBO's frightfully funky Southern Gothic ghoulash True Blood (premiering Sept. 7). With equal parts humor, horror and a sexuality that goes beyond the usual supernatural swooniness to graphic raunchiness, Alan Ball's 12-episode adaptation of Charlaine Harris's cheeky novels- the first season roughly follows her first book, "Dead Until Dark"- is one of the few buzzworthy shows to emerge in the new season.

Still, you'd never accuse Ball of (pardon the pun) sucking up to the die-hard cultists. Asked if he'd taken any lessons from the cancellation of CBS's Moonlight, for example, he quips: "I think it's pretty lame when you let your vampire out in the day just because you don't want to shoot at night." Ball, who happened across Harris's novels by accident, says he's never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel or read Anne Rice. "This is really my first foray into the world of vampires. All I knew was the movies that I'd seen." (He considers Near Dark "the best vampire movie ever made.")

Ball, whose previous HBO hit Six Feet Under had its own decidedly morbid streak, told critics during a TCA panel on Thursday: "After five years of peering into the abyss and contemplating life in the presence of mortality, I felt like let's do something else." True Blood is something else, all right. It's an unapologetically brazen hoot, all about a waitress named Sookie (Anna Paquin) who works in a Louisiana dive bar where she reads minds- more a curse than a gift- and who falls hard for the soulful and drop-dead-gorgeous vampire named Bill (Stephen Moyer) who walks into the bar one night. His mind is closed to her, which she finds delightfully and mysteriously appealing. And he's drawn to her for reasons he can't explain. ("What are you?" he continually wonders.)

The mythology is provocative: A synthetic blood product has allowed vamps to emerge into the open, no longer requiring humans for fuel. But the stigma follows them everywhere, and as debates rage on cable news about a pending Vampire Rights Amendment- decried, naturally, by the religious right- it's hard not to see in the vampires' otherness a metaphor for the current gay-rights struggle.

"All of that is in the books," Ball says, while cautioning: "I really don't look at the vampires as a metaphor for gays in a very specific way. For me, part of the joy of this whole series is that it's about vampires, and so we don't have to be that serious about it. However, they totally work as a metaphor for gays, for people of color in previous times in America, for anybody who is misunderstood and feared and hated for being different. I think because of the cultural climate that we exist in today, it seems like, oh well, they are a metaphor for gays because of gay marriage and gay rights and that kind of thing. But I think it's a bigger metaphor and at the same time it's also not a metaphor at all. It's vampires."

One of the more refreshing aspects of True Blood is that it doesn't really seem to be aiming for deeper meaning or moody self-importance. It's a juicy story, purely impure and often outrageous entertainment, surrounding Sookie and Bill with a colorful collection of Southern-fried characters, including Sookie's oversexed redneck brother and vampire-friendly granny (the wonderfully eccentric Lois Smith) and a hilariously tough, trash-talking best friend.

HBO has only made two episodes available for screening so far, so it's hard to tell just how divergent this new breed of vampires will be from the classic model. Ball teases: "In our world, a lot of the myths about vampires were created by vampires themselves over history so that they could pass. Because if you could convince everybody that you couldn't be seen in a mirror or that you would freak out if somebody shoved a crucifix in your face, then you could prove you weren't a vampire pretty easily."

Ball also talks of designing "a certain kind of physiology for the fangs" so they retract and click forward like rattlesnack fangs. "I wanted to approach the supernatural not as being something that exists outside of nature, but something that is more deeply rooted in nature." He also wanted to avoid "the instantaneous incineration or the instantaneous turning into dust" when a vampire is staked. (We haven't yet seen exactly what happens when stakes enter the picture, although there is a vivid demonstration of vampire poachers draining a vamp's blood for profit.)

"I didn't really want to focus too much on visual effects or special effects," says Ball. "I wanted it to be a show about characters and to really explore what it means to be 170 years old and what it means to fall in love with somebody who basically part of the relationship would involve, in a world that's mutually satisfying, being fed upon. Not being able to see this person except at night. Having the entire town think, what, are you crazy? That kind of thing."

OK, now that we've fed the cult fires, let's tackle the important question: Does HBO know what it's gotten into, giving the ravenous legion of vampire-TV fans a new crusade should True Blood not be an instant hit?

This was posed to HBO's newly installed entertainment president Sue Naegle, who good-naturedly described herself as "a bit of a nerd myself," someone who understands the passion people have for TV. Like "when they send tons of peanuts for Jericho."

"I wouldn't want them on my doorstep, but I can appreciate that passion," Naegle says. "I hope that this show gets that kind of rise out of people, as long as they don't send a bunch of coffins to my office. But I think that people care deeply about characters and their television shows, and when they have a community- in our modern world of blogs and online communities, people come together. There's bound to be a passionate voice. So bring it on."

Anna Paquin agrees: "How is having people who are really excited about your show a bad thing? I mean, come on. That's what you hope that a show is going to have, and if they are already there, waiting to be really excited, then awesome."


Charlaine Harris on True Blood

charlaine_sm.jpgThe road from novels to movies isn’t always smooth but some authors are pleased with the transistion their books have made to the screen.

Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels about a vampires and a waitress who can read minds have been made into the HBO series True Blood.

The series stars Oscar-winner Anna Paquin; executive producer is Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty).

Paquin just won the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama series. True Blood also was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Alan and I have a deal,” said Harris during Bouchercon. “He doesn’t help me write my books and I don’t help him make the series.”

And she’s more than pleased with the arrangement.

From the beginning, “I was convinced that Alan understood the books and where I was coming from.” The series is “funny, violent and bloody,” just like the books, she said.

Harris has visited the set and one of her first Hollywood experiences was meeting a star of the series.

“The first actor I met was the dog that plays Sam.”

And the second actor?

The cat.


More American Adults Read Literature According to New NEA Study

Now this is good news ...we have some vampire books we can recommend :) From the National Endowment for the Arts

News release: "For the first time in more than 25 years, American adults are reading more literature, according to a new study by the National Endowment for the Arts. Reading on the Rise documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature, with the biggest increases among young adults, ages 18-24. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as Reading at Risk and To Read or Not To Read."