Tuesday, March 31, 2009

True Blood - Season 2 Coming Summer 2009 Promo

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A few more tidbits about Season 2 of True Blood

I have a real feeling that maybe Eric's past has been coordinated between Alan and Charlaine as both Dead and Gone and Season 2 will delve into his past...

Whee! New True Blood gorgeousness!

HBO just graciously confirmed that our favorite Southern vampire friends return for season two on June 14.

BTW, our True Blood source tells us that your favorite Viking vamp, Eric, will indeed be a big part of season two. (Yay!) We'll apparently get to know another side of him when we meet an important figure from his past.

And to answer your fan Q's to tvdiva@eonline.com: Yes, season two was inspired by the second novel and it follows some but not all of its major storylines—there will definitely be a few big surprises and deviations.

Now for the part you've all been waiting for: Many new True Blood season-two photos below the jump...

Charlaine Harris : Guide to Literary Masters and Their Works,

Charlaine Harris was born on November 25, 1951, in Tunica, Mississippi. Her father, Robert Ashley Harris, was a local school principal, and her mother, Jean Balentine Harris, a librarian. She first developed an interest in writing in the fourth grade and began writing plays when she entered Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Eventually, she earned a B.A. in English and communication arts in 1973 from Southwestern University at Memphis. Upon graduating, Harris held a variety of jobs at newspapers in Clarkesdale and Greenville, Mississippi, including a darkroom operator from 1973 to 1974 and a typesetter from 1974 to 1978. Her first marriage ended in divorce. In 1978, she married Hal Schulz, a chemical engineer, with whom she would have three children.
Harris was living in South Carolina when she wrote her first novel, Sweet and Deadly (1980), about a female journalist's attempt tosolve mystery of her parents' murder in a small southern town. She followed this in 1984 with A Secret Rage, in which the victims of a serial rapist band together to track down their assailant. With the publication of Real Murders in 1990, Harris embarked on a prolific career as a writer of series mysteries. This novel was her first to feature Aurora Teagarden, a professional librarian and amateur detective who discovers someone in her small Georgia town is committing murders patterned on well-known murders from history.
In subsequent novels, including A Bone to Pick (1992), Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (1994), The Julius House (1995), Dead Over Heels (1996), A Fool and His Honey (1999), Last Scene Alive (2002), and Poppy Done to Death (2003), Aurora balances personal romance with murder investigations in the traditional cozy mystery fashion. Harris's penchant for creating strong, frequently underestimated female characters continued with her Lily Baird Mysteries, inaugurated with Shakespeare's Landlord in 1996. Lily is an emotionally scarred woman who survived a brutal attack and who, although educated, prefers to hold a menial job, from which she occasionally stretches to do amateur sleuthing in her town of Shakespeare, Arkansas. The Lily Baird mysteries were praised by critics for their sharp edge and complex character studies, and Harris alternated sequels in the series-Shakespeare's Champion (1997),Shakespeare's Christmas (1998), Shakespeare's Trollop (2000), and Shakespeare's Counselor (2001)-with her Aurora Teagarden novels.
In 2001, Harris inaugurated her new Southern Vampire series, a mix of supernatural fantasy and mystery. The novels, beginning withDead Until Dark, are all narrated by Sookie Stackhouse, a ditzy waitress with psychic powers who lives in a small Louisiana town in an alternate reality where supernatural creatures have rights and mingle freely with mortals. The sequels Living Dead in Dallas(2002), Club Dead (2003), Dead to the World (2004), and Dead as a Doornail (2005) all feature humorous scenarios in which Sookie grapples with werewolves, sorcerers, and representatives of the undead, and inadvertently gets into mischief with thesupernatural hierarchy that controls the destiny of her vampire boyfriend. These novels were the first of Harris's books to become best-sellers in hardcover. Harris was a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters and Crime, and alternated as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance.
Essay by: Stefan Dziemianowicz

Dead Until Dark, True Blood tie-in cover comparison

Telma from Portugal writes

Hello Dallas,
How are you? I'm very excited to listen to this week's show.
As promised I send you the Portuguese book cover of Dead Until Dark, that will be in book stores April 9th. As you will see, the cover was changed. The fangs were placed in their "traditional" place, not upfront as in the show. I really don't know why they decided to changed them, but still on the publisher's forum the peoples reaction to it is very positive and they feel it is more "natural" being portrait this way.
Also, the show and the book are named "Sangue Fresco", meaning Fresh Blood, a little different from True Blood. I guess it was just because it sounded better! So, from top to bottom you can read:

Charlaine Harris

Fresh Blood - The Saga
Dead until Dark
Read the book series that is generating one of the biggest HBO television successes in the world.


Laurell Hamilton's Vampire Hunter heads to TV

The Independent Film Channel is teaming with Lionsgate for a TV movie based on the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter books, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project is the network's first-ever feature-length production and could be the basis for more Blake projects if successful.

In the books, Blake is a vampire hunter with a lousy dating life who also works as a police consultant investigating supernatural crimes. She attempts to come to terms with her own abilities, and navigate romantic and political relationships within the vampire community.

The 16-books-and-counting Blake novels by Laurell Hamilton include elements familiar to fans of True Blood (vampires are part of regular society) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (tough young female fights supernatural forces). The project will be adapted by Glen Morgan (X-Files, Final Destination), who also serves as executive producer along with Courtney Solomon (Dungeons and Dragons). IFC is targeting the movie to its core base of men ages 18-34 and plans to air the movie next year.

"The popularity of the network in this demographic indicates that there is a clear demand for films that delve into provocative topics and nothing is more classically provocative than vampire lore," said Jennifer Caserta, executive vp and general manager of IFC. "Anita Blake fits perfectly with our successful original programming."


True Blood Season 2 photos: Keep the party going !

Now let's take theses photos one at a time and carefully look at them.

(from left to right) Chris Bauer and Michelle Forbes in HBO's TRUE BLOOD(2009).

Let's keep the party going ! This might be episode 2.
This maenad ( Maryann ) knows how to party and she's got Andy ( Detective Bellefleur, to you ) into the act..I think that's Tara dancing with Mike Spencer in back right ?
Not sure , what do you guys think ?

True Blood Season 2 photos: Awww Sookie and Bill

So far so good for Bill. She's still speaking to him after learning about Jessica, huh ? Ha!

So what's with the shirt Sook ?

She still has the curly hair like from S1E12 and S2E1- but Bill is in a different shirt. It doesn't look like a t-shirt Bill would own and it's not a Henley. Everyone thinks he's wearing the shirt we saw him in the behind the scenes shot here

Could this be after the maenad attack ? This would be Eric's shirt ?- I think it was a dress shirt in the book, it's not a Fantasia shirt ? Dont know ..

hmmm, what do you guys think ?

True Blood Season 2 photos : Being all fanged up with Eric, Pam and Chow

Unless they are just having fun here being all fanged up..I have no idea.

I would think this is the famed Fangtasia basement and this is in episode 3 "Scratch my Back" and this the scene where Dr Ludwig is treating Sookie for the maenad scratch by having all the vampires partially drain her...

(from left to right) Kristin Bauer, Alexander Skarsgard and Patrick Gallagher in HBO's TRUE BLOOD(2009).

A female LITTLE PERSON, she is a no-nonsense, take-charge medical healer who tends to a severely wounded Sookie (Anna Paquin). Clearly disdainful of Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), Dr. Ludwig is "no fan of the fang," but tolerates vampires as their blood is of great value to her profession.sptv050769..4 speeches & 9 lines, 3 scenes (8)

True Blood Season 2 photos: Daphne, the new waitress at Merlottes

Daphne, the new Merlotte's waitress and Sam squeeze ?

Ashley Jones in HBO's TRUE BLOOD(2009).

This would have to be Episode 1 because we know this from the casting call

Late 20s / early 30s - Daphne is sexy and down to earth, a real country girl, not the greatest waitress, but Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) couldn’t care less, once he gets to know her better. Common sense, no-nonsense, funny, definitely not neurotic. Nudity is preferable in this role…6 episode arc beginning with this episode.

(from left to right) Carrie Preston and Ashley Jones in HBO's TRUE BLOOD(2009).

I'm guesssing she and Arlene won't hit it off...

What else ???

True Blood Season 2 photos: Fellowship of the Sun

Ted and Sarah Newlin

I just can't stand the FotS

Jason with Sarah Newlin

(from left to right)Ryan Kwanten and Anna Camp in HBO's TRUE BLOOD(2009). © HBO/ Jaimie Trueblood

The Light of Day Institute is the FotS Camp that Jason attends . Remember the bus that was spotted on a True Blood shoot last month in Encino, CA.
What else ? Besides that Jason has clothes on ? Episode unknown -first few I'd think

True Blood Season 2 photos: Sookie meets Jessica

Mom, she just followed me home -can we keep her ? ( like finding a little lost puppy)

Bill tries to explain Jessica to Sookie
I'd say this is Episode one - Sookie is just home from the bar

Bill has on his piano playing clothes from episode 12
(from left to right) Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in HBO's TRUE BLOOD(2009

Same episode but Bill has made Jessica change and is trying to encourage True Blood ..

Anything else ?

True Blood Season 2 photos:Oh My God, Lafayette is dead !

Now let's take theses photos one at a time and carefully look at them.

Now, I think this is the moment of discover for Sam of Layette's body in the car...he would come out of Merlotte's in response to their screams..

What think you guys ? Anything else we should notice here ?

Note :Sookie and Tara have on their "two week later " clothes ( see below)

Anna Paquin: The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler

If you sign up under 'press' on the Hallmark site you can watch many movie clips of the movie as well as see photos from the film, the movie looks FABULOUS! Also click on Interviews and you can watch a great interview with Anna.

I have no idea why they are hiding all this stuff...but just sign in and enjoy!

This was a little part of an interview with Anna ..there is also a teacher section which has not yet had information added but Hallmark Hall of Fame educational materials are usually fantastic.


ANNA PAQUIN (Irena Sendler)

QUESTION: When the script first came to you, what made you want to play this part, and help tell this story?

ANNA PAQUIN: I hadn’t heard of Irena Sendler before I got the script, and as I read it I thought, ‘She sounds so incredible she can’t actually be real.’ But of course, she is real. The fact that she saved thousands of lives during the war, got nominated for a Nobel Prize, and lived to be 98 – it seems almost unreal that one person could’ve done so much in one lifetime.After the initial ‘Wow!’ I thought, ‘Please, please let me get this part!’ I also thought, ‘You don’t hear a lot of women’s stories from World War II. The story of this remarkable woman and the dozens of women in her underground network is one that needs to be told. They are role models for us all – tough, brave, strong.’The more I read about Irena Sendler, the more research I did, the more fascinated I became.

Q: What did your research tell you about Irena’s character?

She was extraordinarily strong. And she was extraordinarily modest.She had no sense of being in any way special or heroic. She was angry aboutwhat was happening to the Jews she knew personally, and the thousands more she didn’t know. She said the only way she could live through that terrible time was to do something. She felt she had no choice. When she was asked years later, ‘Weren’t you scared?’ sheanswered, ‘Yes – but my anger was stronger.’ It speaks to her sense of mission and her sense of humility that
for the rest of her life, looking back on those war years, she felt she
hadn’t done enough.

Q: It’s winter here in Riga [Latvia] – what’s it been like filming,especially the exteriors?

It’s been freezing cold, with snow blizzards, but I love beingpart of something that feels so real. I’ve seen photographs of Warsaw andthe Warsaw Ghetto in the 1940s, and this looks very real. Sometimes it’s alittle depressing, recreating that sad history here – but the fact thatwe’re doing something important counterbalances that. When we shot the scene where I’m smuggling my best friend and grabbing them and throwing them into trucks. Yes, you’re ‘just’ making a film, but it’s still frightening.

Q: You’re working with a lot of children in this film. What’s that been

We are so lucky, we have so many naturally talented young people in this cast. Some have acting experience, like Rebecca Windheim, from Montreal. She’s only 10, but she’s incredible. When I’m doing scenes with her it feels completely real. The casting people have done an amazing job finding all these young people, many of whom have never acted before, and our director, John Kent Harrison, has done a great job coaching them and capturing
heartbreaking images of them on film.

Q: What do you hope viewers will take away from this film?

From my research into Irena, I can tell you that she didn’t take no for an answer. If someone said, ‘That’s not If you really believe in something, you’ll figure out how to overcome the obstacles. I think that’s a powerful attitude to have toward life.

Anna Paquin will star in Irene Sendler story : what's the Irene Sendler Project ?

This is a fascinating project and you will want to know more about it and the life of the amazing woman that Anna will portray.

Protestant kids from rural Kansas, discover a Polish Catholic woman, who saved Jewish children. Irena Sendler and students from Uniontown, Kansas have chosen to repair the world (Tikkun Olam). This web site shares the legacy and life of Irena Sendler, plus her 'discovery' for the world.

In the fall of 1999, a rural Kansas teacher encouraged four students to work on a year long National History Day project which would among other things; extend the boundaries of the classroom to families in the community, contribute to history learning, teach respect and tolerance, and meet our classroom motto, “He who changes one person, changes the world entire”.

Students from rural Kansas, discover a Catholic woman, who saved Jewish children. Few had heard of Irena Sendlerowa in 1999, now after 270 presentations of Life in a Jar, a web site with huge usage and world-wide media attention, Irena is known to the world. How did this beautiful story develop? Read on for the answers.


What's more undead than goth fashions? Vampire fashion.

The LA Times picks up on the Vampire fashion craze

Last winter, we listed the goth resurgence as one of the top 10 fashion moments of 2008, after L.A. fashion house Rodarte went to the dark side in February of that year and brands like Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior did black lip gloss. Not that the look had gone too far underground, witness the goth weddings we profiled in 2007 (see pictures here).

The sensibility's still emphatically undead. Aside from goth, goth and more goth at L.A. Fashion Week, things seem to be trending toward, how shall we put it -- vampire-specific style.The website Trend Hunter shows us what's at stake with this video.


Vampire Bill's house featured on The Exterminator -it's a Racoon haunting

Ha Ha, this has really tickled me, Poor Bill. Thanks to my birdie for the tip!

Does this house look familiar ? It's vampire Bill Compton's house in Bon Temp from True Blood. I have done tons on research on it HERE

His house was infested by raccoons and was featured on a recent edition of the A&E program called, The Exterminators

'The Racoon Haunting' --haunting/ hunting get it, huh? Ha !
Watch the video HERE

True Blood behind the scenes : Baton Rouge casting

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True Blood Season 2 double talk

This from frear.net and this is perfect example of the TB Season 2 double talk-hahha

1.season 2 will closely follow the plotline of the second novel, Living Dead in Dallas
2.some but not all of its major storylines – there will definitely be a few big surprises and deviations

So it's the same but it's different !

Our favorite TV vamps finally have a premiere date for season 2. According to E! Online, HBO's True Blood will return to the small screen June 14th. The series, based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, takes place in the Louisiana bayou, in a world where vampires walk amongst humans without needing to feed, thanks to a synthetic blood created by the wacky Japanese. Of course, fresh human blood is always tastier than the Twinkie version. What will season 2 be about? Hit the jump to find out.

According to E! Online, season 2 will closely follow the plotline of the second novel, Living Dead in Dallas (much like Dexter's formula of one-book-per-season). Dallas sees Sookie (played by Anna Paquin) attacked by a poisonous creature. When a vampire sucks out the venom – thereby saving her life – Sookie agrees to return the favor, and use her telepathic power to find a missing vamp. But don't think just because you've read the book you can skip this season. E! Online tells us that the season follows "some but not all of its major storylines – there will definitely be a few big surprises and deviations."


True Blood : Australia

Thanks to Althea for sending us the True Blood Australia web site !

Cool site and videos ..


True Blood Music Video of the Day:Slap by Ludacris

Slap by Ludacris
Thanks Noctunraraven