Thursday, October 22, 2009

True Blood star helps Brentwood Theatre

THREE local schools will get to see Brentwood Theatre’s Christmas show – thanks to an American vampire and his fans.

US fans of Stephen Moyer – the actor patron of Brentwood Theatre and star of the international TV hit series, True Blood – have donated £1,500 to the theatre to mark his 40th birthday.

The gift will pay for coaches to bring pupils from cash-strapped schools to see The Twits, in December.

Stephen, who was born in the borough, was in the UK promoting the American series over his birthday weekend. The show has just launched on Channel 4.

US fans liaised with Brentwood Theatre administrator Mark Reed to e-mail greetings and cash pledges to the actor, to mark the event.

Mark said: “The idea was to do something to celebrate Stephen’s birthday and I spent all day Saturday on the computer, collating messages and cash gifts.”

This is not the first time Stephen’s fan club has raised money for a Brentwood Theatre project – it also chipped in to support the appeal to build new dressing rooms.

Stephen plays vampire hero Bill Compton in the TV series, which is set in a small town in Louisiana, populated by humans and vampires, who live on synthetic blood.

The show is about to start filming a third series, and has been a winner with its American audience.

Last year, True Blood won an Emmy – the TV equivalent of an Oscar.


How To Date A (Real-Life) Vampire

From YourTango

These days, it seems, everyone wants to bed a vampire. Forget Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, a hideous foreigner intent on taking the life and the virtue of nineteenth-century English ladies. Today's vampires, like True Blood's Bill Compton and Twilight's Edward Cullen, are portrayed as crush-worthy hunks. Their combination of unearthly beauty, perfect chivalry and dangerous nature make them irresistible to women.

Bill, Edward and co. are the stuff of fiction, but there is, in fact, a community of people who identify as vampires and existed long before the current pop culture craze. So what's it like to date a real-life vampire? To talk about that, first you have to know a little about vampires.

Understanding Vampires
Most real vampires believe they were born with a "vampiric nature," meaning they have to feed in order to maintain their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. There are two main types of vampires: sanguinarians, who feed on actual blood, and psychic vampires, who feed on energy.

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'The Vampire Is Just Not That Into You'

From Houston Chronicle

Great title but the paperback's fangs miss my funny bone. However I'm going for the soft breakup here: It's me, not the quirky little vampire book.

Vlad Mezrich is the pseudonym for a spirited group of Scholastic editors, including David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.)

Sample chapter titles: "Are you his (blood) type?," Knowing when your relationship has been bled dry," and "Coaxing him out of the crypt."

The book is filled with graphics, lists and short advice blurbs.

On pages 42-43, there is a discussion of the scents that will drive a vampire wild: fear, desperation, adrenaline, longing and blood. Longing scent is described as: "Sweet with a light overtone of decay, the smell of your longing will intoxicate him.

America's love affair with vampires has grown even stronger this Halloween

From Detroit News

Forget those vicious vampires made famous by scary guys like Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee. Today's vampires are lovesick teenagers, studly heartthrobs, folks just like you and me -- except for that taste for human blood.

And right now, the mythical creatures are sinking their fangs into every aspect of pop culture. Books, movies -- Friday's "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" being only the latest -- TV series, video games, this month's Playboy magazine, have put vamps front and center.

This Halloween, fancy $25 fangs are among the most popular things on the shelves, said Errin Johnston at Halloween USA, a seasonal costume store in Boulder, Colo.

"I've had young girls come in, and they wanted the teeth and the outfits to go along with 'Twilight.' They think vampires are cool."

The popular "Twilight" book and movie franchises aren't the only things turning vampires desirable. The smash TV show "True Blood" and scores of teen novels present vampires as the coolest, cutest guys in school.

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: Broken by Lifehouse

Broken by Lifehouse LYRICS

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