Wednesday, July 8, 2009

News: Loving True Blood in Dallas Blogtalk change

I am going to put the Monday night Blogtalk show on hiatus during the rest of season 2.

We will be continuing our fabulous Sunday night show " Talk Blood" immediately following the Sunday night True Blood broadcasts.

On Sunday nights, I will continue to be joined by my fabulous cohost @Sookie BonTemps,the Twitter Sookie and we will have special guests, Buzz reports with reactions from the major fan sites and forums, callers and our unbelievably fun chatroom.

After the season is over we'll go back to our Monday night schedule.

Thanks for all your continued support!

Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner

Nice review from Deep Thoughts blog

Vampires and Birthdays are the subjects of this collection of short stories by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Kelsey Armstrong, P.N. Elrod, Christopher Golden and Tanya Huff, among others.

Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic waitress, features in "Dracula Night" by Charlaine Harris- all over the world, Vampires celebrate the birthday of Dracula, and Vampire Bill's Boss Eric Northman is no exception. Sookie is invited to the celebration at Fangtasia- where she finds out it is rumored that Dracula makes an appearance at one of these parties- and Eric hopes it will be Fanstasia this time. But if Dracula really does show up, what could happen?

In "The Mournful Cry of Owls" by Christopher Golden, Donika, raised a normal teen in America, faces her sixteenth birthday, and a terrible tale of her true parentage from her mother...

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Kristen Bauer interview

Actress Kristen Bauer is best known for her role as Pam, the blood-thirsty diva on HBO's True Blood. Kristen is committed to her acting, but she is also deeply committed to working for great causes, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Kristen talked with's Ted Simmons about saving domestic and wild animals, preserving the planet, and life as a vampire.

Ted Simmons: You're on this wildly successful show, True Blood, and you pl
ay Pam. How would you describe Pam?

Kristen Bauer: Pam is just unremorseful. What's fun about her to play is she's a true vampire. How humans look at a Big Mac, that's how she looks at humans. They're just an entertainment and a food source. So she's endlessly fun to play. The costume people are ama
zing. Pam is just all about being immortal, powerful, and having an outfit for every occasion. It's such a blast.

TS: It really is fun trying to play those evil characters, the ones who are maybe a little unlike you.

KB: I know that's the thing. I don't know why it's so unbelievably fun to play someone who's just 100 percent evil, but it's a blast. There are no complicating feelings, there's
no feeling bad for anybody. It's just 100 percent selfish.

TS: True Blood just started its second season. What's your schedule been like as the episodes are coming out?

KB: When we do work there's a huge cast and so many story lines going on, we only work a few days an episode. But when we do, we work long hours; especially last
season. Whenever there are special effects or a lot of blood, it takes a long time. And because we're vampires, if the scene is outside we're shooting at night. So we're shooting 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Though the hours are really long, and half the time you're delirious, the fun part is once you get past the physical pain of either the clothing or the hours or the special effects, you get sort of giddy. And Alexander Skarsgard is so funny. And Stephen [Moyer] and Anna [Paquin] are so much fun, and they're also the ones I'm in scenes with. We just laugh and have such a ball. It's just a fun set to be on. And the directors are nice, and [show creator] Alan Ball is
so lovely and gracious.

TS: You mentioned that you're a painter, and I saw some of the paintings you did and they look quite professional, at least to me. How did that avenue kind of come to be?

KB: I started drawing probably in junior high. My sister went to fine arts school, so I kind of was aware of it, and my school had a small art department. Then by high school, when I was trying to think about what I might want to do in college, I was so sick of academics. I couldn't imagine the pain of having to go to college to study math and science and history.
It just made me want to hang myself. So I just started drawing a lot and got a portfolio together so I could get into fine art school, which is what I did.

I mainly drew, I didn't paint very much. And then one my first acting jobs was with Peter Falk I did a Colombo movie of the week. And he's a big art lover. So, he mentioned this art school in L.A. that was wonderful, that taught people how to really paint like they were masters.

So I enrolled and started painting for at least a decade, maybe l
ess. And when you have been drawing as long as I have, painting is just sort of the logical next step. So I've been doing portraits and landscapes and drawing weekly for almost, what feels like 20 years, but I've taken a few breaks when I get busy.

TS: Is it nice to turn such a passion of yours into something you can really pursue and get out there, post on the Web and stuff like this

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Vampire-basher in ‘True Blood’ has ties to Houma

From Houma Today

Every week when Wes Brown morphs into Luke McDonald, a competitive ex-football player hell-bent on oppressing Louisiana vampires as part of HBO’s sultry hit series, “True Blood.” It’s such an original show,” Brown said. “It’s by far the most original thing I’ve ever worked on. There’s nothing like ‘True Blood’ on television right now.”

Protesting vampires could be new turf for the young actor, but the show’s mystical Louisiana setting is familiar ground.

The 27-year-old Brown was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but grew up in Baton Rouge, where he lived from infancy through his college graduation from Louisiana State University.

Brown moved to Los Angeles in 2005, but his family ties remain in south Louisiana. He has relatives in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Raceland and Houma, including his uncle, Houma lawyer Paul Brown.

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True Blood S2 Episode 2 Subtitles " Keep this party going"

True Blood S2 Ep2 Subtitles

True Blood Sucker Punch: Episode Three

ooopps forgot to post Mark's episode 3 review last week

Welcome to Sucker Punch, the only blog post that ranks the gaudiest moments on this week's episode of True Blood.

To introduce this week's installment, "Scratches," let me quote my favorite line:

Sarah doesn't whip out her pudding for just anybody.

Yes, that's what Reverend Steve Newlin says after his wife gives Jason Stackhouse a dish of sweetness.

There's so much to unpack there. For one thing, the quote comes right after Sarah and Steve kiss in front of Jason for a really long time. Like... long enough that somebody should light a cigarette. And then there's the fact that earlier in the day, Jason and Sarah share a kneeling prayer over their mutual past as vampire sympathizers. It's very tender, and it wins Jason a dinner invitation. He's clearly the golden boy.

But when Steve praises Sarah's "pudding," he's not just talking dessert. Like... what does it mean to be chosen by the Fellowship? Does it mean Jason's been "chosen" to hold the camera or "chosen" to wear the costume?

The sexy shenanigans would be gauche enough if the Newlins were tax collectors, but since they're religious leaders, their come-ons are delicious. And I think the Newlins know how sexual they sound. In True Blood, power always comes with devious wisdom.

I can't declare Pudding Time this week's Sucker Punch, however, because it's clear the Newlins have something crazier in store.

Meanwhile, their dynamic with Jason parallels Maryann's relationship with Tara: In both cases, powerful figures are reaching out to guilty souls, and their succor has strings. Both Tara and Jason are so hungry to belong somewhere that they overlook warning signs.

Except that Tara's waking up. It's a relief to see her notice what a Bacchanal Maryann's party has become, and Sucker Punch Honorable Mention goes to the return of the witch's pig, relaxing in its own little playhouse. My quibble with this episode, however, is that Maryann's arc is repetitive. Yes, Tara gets suspicious and the carousing intensifies, but we saw the black-eyed boogie last week in Merlotte's. We need more information about what the revelry means.

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True Blood Recipe: Octavia Fant's No Nonsense Spaghetti Sauce recipe


* 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 1 green bell pepper, chopped
* 1 clove garlic, chopped
* 2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
* 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
* 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
* 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
* 1 tablespoon
* Worcestershire sauce
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup water


Brown the beef in a large, heavy bottomed pot, then drain off the fat. Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic and saute until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, seasonings, and water. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool. The sauce will keep for several days covered and refrigerated. Serve with spaghetti or your favorite pasta.

New T-shirts and more at True Blood HBO store

I have always been a huge critic of the HBO store mostly because it completely failed to see the popularity of Eric and never properly merchandised him or the whole show ...well, I am happy to report they have gotten their shit together this season...

They also have a Eric poster, new V coffee cups and more and they all meet with Dallas's approval ;-)

Living Dead in Dallas published in Portugal

Our Friend Telma from Portugal ( you met her when I did the interenational show )

writes.....I'm writing to you because this week, July 10th, the Portuguese edition of "Living Dead in Dallas" is going to be released, and it's a great coincidence to be out on my birthday!

It's named "Dívida de Sangue" meaning "Blood Debt" and it's cover resembles the American Beauty poster. Huum, a strange coincidence?

Anyway, the book synopsis refers that "after Sookie being attacked by a strange creature on the woods, Eric helps to save her life. She stays in debt with him and when he request her a favor, she has to comply."
The translation of the first book was quite good and I'm happy to know the translator remains the same.


True Blood Music Video of the Day: "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The LIttle Mermaid.

"Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The LIttle Mermaid.

Thanks, wickedspice83