Saturday, April 4, 2009

Club Dead: a look at the cover art

OK, let's look at another Sookie book cover ..

This is the cover art for Book 3, Club Dead

What do we see in the book cover that tells us something about the story?

You can buy these fabulous prints from the artist , Lisa Desimini

Dallas will be twittering from True Blood Paleyfest

You guys decide, I can't.

Which of the twitter feed boxes do you guys like? Check them out right and below.

There is a black slick looking box or a blue one beneath it that looks like tweet feed, what think anyone about them ???

I will be twittering from California next week and I want to have the best one ....

Or you can follow me and or check here

True Blood: Bloody thrills

From The Star Malaysia By ELIZABETH TAI

It’s finally here: a chance for Malaysian fanpires to sink their teeth into True Blood.

FORTUNATELY for British actor Stephen Moyer, vampires are enjoying peak popularity these days. There are vampire detectives (Moonlight), angst-ridden teenage bloodsuckers (Twilight) and then there’s Bill Compton, hit drama True Blood’s brooding, fanged Southern gentleman.

“I love playing him,” says Moyer in an interview transcript provided by MAX (formerly Cinemax), HBO’s sister channel. “Bill is this tortured soul who is, in fact, trying to be a decent man and trying to hold on to morality of humans when, in fact, he’s immortal.” (Interestingly, Bill Compton is not Moyer’s first vampire role; he also played a bloodsucker in a 1998 British series, Ultraviolet.)

In True Blood’s world, vampires have “come out of the coffin” to be responsible members of society. This is tough on human folk; they are keenly aware that they are vampire food (although vampires now have synthetic alternatives) and are suspicious and fearful of their new neighbours. Vampires, on the other hand, have fallen from being predators at the top of the food chain to being a disdained minority; not all bloodsuckers enjoy this power shift.

Love knows no bounds ... Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton (Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer) open up to each other in True Blood.

Yet, Bill, a 173-year-old vampire, decides to build a life for himself in a small Southern town called Bon Temps. He ruffles more than a few feathers in the vampire-free town – especially when he sets his eyes on one of the residents, Sookie Stackhouse.

“It’s a parallel world, like our world, but one where vampires exist,” notes Moyer. “And you have to buy into that straight away and you have to believe it’s real. And when you have someone like Alan creating this world, you do,” Moyer says, referring to the show creator Alan Ball.

Bill is also a metaphor for discrimination, Moyer points out.

“Bill represents minorities and taboos like addiction, sexuality, racism – whatever metaphor you want to bring to the table,” he says.

And Moyer enjoyed the opportunity of playing a character that is considered a pariah: Humans fear him and his fanged peers look down on him because he is “mainstreaming” (trying to fit into human society).

“I was fascinated by that because it makes him the ultimate outsider. It’s a fantastic role,” he enthuses.

Bloody timely

And to think that Moyer nearly didn’t become Bill!

By the time Moyer, 37, born and raised in Brentwood, England, started work in the United States, he had already established himself a decent resume.

After studying at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and forming his own theatre group, The Reject Group, Moyer appeared in popular British series like Midsummer Murders, Peak Practice and Cold Feet, and in Hollywood thriller 88 Minutes with Al Pacino.

But it was his role in the 2007 US series The Starter Wife that made viewers and casting agents sit up. As Sam, he was the perfect dreamboat for Debra Messing’s lead character, a spoiled L.A. socialite. Rugged, attractive with a mysterious past to boot, Sam made hearts flutter.

He was on the verge of breaking out in Hollywood. And he thought he would when he was lined up to play a character “who was a bit like the new Jack Bauer (24)”. But plans for the show fell through.

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‘True Blood’ premieres on MAX (Astro Channel 412) this Thursday at 10pm.

True Blood: A true winner

From The Star Malaysia

WHEN True Blood premiered in the United States in September last year, not all critics were thrilled. Some thought that a show populated by vampires, rednecks and a telepathic waitress was too lowbrow for a channel that brought award-winning heavyweights like Sex and the City, Sopranos, Deadwood and Rome. Could True Blood save HBO from its much-publicised series slump and perhaps bag it an award? Most doubted it.

But fans adored it. Perhaps it was the tongue-in-cheek viral marketing campaign that did the trick. (Vials of fake blood were sent out randomly, and there were online advertisements promoting “Tru Blood”, the synthetic blood drunk by “mainstreaming” vampires like Bill Compton.)

Or perhaps in a world beset by political turmoil and one of the worst financial crises since the Depression, True Blood offered a well-crafted escape into a world where vampires are fighting for “equal rights” and “fangbangers” – human beings who have sex with vampires – are the latest kind of groupies.

And it wasn’t difficult for viewers to be swept away by the forbidden love between psychic waitress Sookie Stackhouse and “vampire Bill”, a 173-year-old former civil war soldier – even if their romance can be painfully maudlin at times. It was just good fun.

True Blood creator Alan Ball certainly thought so when he picked up Charlaine Harris’ Dead until Dark, the first in the series, in a bookstore one day.

“I loved the way it was funny and scary and sexy and romantic, and it had a lot of interesting things to say about what it’s like to be other than mainstream,” says Ball, who became addicted to the series. (The series’ ninth book is coming out next month.)

So that’s how he ended up pitching True Blood to HBO.

But unlike Six Feet Under, his award-winning TV series about a family of undertakers, True Blood has a much lighter tone to it, says Ball. “It’s more of an adventure. It’s a story and a world you’ve never seen before. It’s fun.”

But while Harris’ novels are fluffy and mostly light-hearted, Ball injected more than a bit of his trademark dark humour and nihilism into his screen version.

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True Blood Recipe : Bethany's Bat's Wing Coconut Cake

Bethany's Bat's Wing Coconut Cake

Ingredients Cake:
. Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake but substitute 1 cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk for regular milk, recipe follows .

. 3/4 cup sugar
. 1 cup sour cream
. 4 tablespoons milk
. 1/2 cup flaked, sweetened coconut
. Frosting . 1 recipe 7-minute Frosting
. Flaked, sweetened coconut, for sprinkling

Directions Follow directions for Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake, substituting coconut milk for regular milk. While cake is baking, prepare filling. Stir together sugar, sour cream, milk, and coconut in a bowl until well blended. Remove cake layers from oven and allow cake to remain in pans as you prepare to stack and fill. Remove first layer and invert onto cake plate. Using the wrong end of a wooden spoon, poke holes approximately 1-inch apart until entire cake has been poked. Spread 1/3 of filling mixture on cake layer. Top with second layer, repeat process. Top with last layer and repeat process again. (As I stack layers together I stick them with toothpicks to prevent cake from shifting).

Prepare 7-Minute Frosting. Frost top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top and sides of cakes with additional coconut.

Yield: 1 (3-layer) cake
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Ease of preparation: Easy

Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake:
. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
. 2 cups sugar
. 4 eggs
. 3 cups sifted self-rising flour
. 1 cup milk
. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans. Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla and continue to beat until just mixed. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Level batter in each pan by holding pan 3 or 4 inches above counter, then dropping it flat onto counter. Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure you of a more level cake. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling racks.
Cool completely and spread cake layers with your favorite frosting to make a 3-layer cake.

Yield: 3 layer cakes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 to 30 minutes
Ease of preparation: Easy

7-Minute Frosting:
. 1 1/2 cups sugar
. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
. 1/8 teaspoon salt
. 1/3 cup water
. 2 egg whites
. 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler. Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. (If this happens, it could cause your frosting to become grainy). Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

Yield: Frosting for 1 layer cake or approximately 8 to 12 cup cakes Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 7 minutes Ease of preparation: easy

True Blood Crossword: Season 1 Episode 3 'Mine'


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True Blood Tourism : Spotlight 3 shines on vampires in Northwest Louisiana : ABC Shreveport

The lady is standing in front of the 'Monroe vamp house ' I've visited these locations many times HERE

if you missed this because the link was previously down here it is again ...
Vampires have become the rage these days on the big screen and on TV. "True Blood" has become HBOs latest hit series. It's based on the books written by Magnolia, Arkansas author Charlaine Harris. It all takes place in a fictional community near Shreveport. The series has put Shreveport on the radar of "True Blood" fans. Arlena Acree heads up Shreveport's film department. She says interest in the show has pumped new blood into the area's tourism industry. KTBS 3's Ed Walsh has more in this Spotlight 3 report.

HBO announces air date for 'Trouble the Water,' season two for 'True Blood'

From the Times Picayune

Kimberly Rivers Roberts' Oscar-nominated handmade Hurricane Katrina documentary "Trouble the Water" will air on HBO at 7:30 p.m. April 23.

Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin star in HBO's 'True Blood.'

Building on 15 minutes of home video 9th Ward resident Roberts made of the storm and its levee-failure aftermath, filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal follow Roberts and her husband Scott on a two-year recovery ordeal.

In addition to its Oscar nomination, the film won the documentary grand prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Set in Louisiana and shot in part in the Shreveport area, HBO's "True Blood" launches its second season June 14.

Starring Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, the series is based on the novels by Charlaine Harris and is produced by "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball.

Andy Hallett, the demon Lorne on 'Angel’ dead at 33

Andy Hallett, an actor who made his mark playing green-skinned good-guy demon Lorne on the TV series Angel, died Sunday after a five-year battle with congestive heart disease. He was 33.

Mr. Hallett proved himself a fan favorite on Angel, a spinoff of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He played a show-tune-loving, red-horned demon seer who runs the karaoke club Caritas and can read a person’s aura when they sing, revealing their problems and futures.

The series ran for five seasons on the WB before it was canceled, ending in 2004.

Molly Burnett to Appear in True Blood

Molly Burnett (Melanie) is set to appear in the second episode in Season 2 of the HBO series True Blood, according to reports. Molly will be playing the part of Amanda, a young Christian girl who plays in an all-female Christian band. The episode is entitled "Keep This Party Going."

True Blood takes place in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana and revolves around a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin. Sookie is open-minded about the integration of vampires, especially when it comes to Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer. Alan Ball is the series creator. True Blood is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris.

Season 2 is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, June 14, on HBO. Thus, Molly Burnett will appear as Amanda soon afterwards. More details will be posted on the exact date of her appearance as they become available.

Pictured: Molly Burnett as Melanie Layton

True Blood Music Video of the Day: 'Bad to the bone' by George Thorogood"

Bad to the bone by George Thorogood LYRICS

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