Thursday, September 30, 2010

Allan Connects With Fans

Earlier this year you shot “Exteriors” with director Patrik Syversen in Los Angeles but it is mainly a Norwegian film. Will “Exteriors” be distributed in the US?
Could you tell us about your character?

That is right, yes. “Exteriors” was an extremely small production consisting of only Patrik Syversen, Marie Kristiansen, Christian Schaanning and the actors and I actually only had one day of work despite the fact that I am in the first 30 minutes of the movie. It is a drama about
“being seen” and how we perceive ourselves around other people. Specifically, it deals with two young actresses who are in LA to try out for the same part and their journey to get there.

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True Blood Hottie: No Naked Magazine Covers for Me!

Nelsan Ellis admits his True Blood costar Joe Manganiello makes him want to be a better man—at the gym, that is.
Ellis, who plays Lafayette on HBO's hit vampire series, says he wasn't so caught up with how fit he was until…
"It didn't affect me until Joe came along." Ellis says. "You can see people on the set getting smaller and more cut. I held off because I like to eat but I was like, ‘I'm going to get to the gym,' because when you're standing next to Joe you look silly."

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"Modern Family meets True Blood": NBC developing 'Munsters' revival

The Munsters
Speaking of Guillermo del Toro

NBC is reportedly developing a revival of the 1960s series The Munsters.

The comedy focused on a family of supernatural creatures and spawned a number of spin-off movies.

NBC has now ordered a pilot of the remake, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The show, which has been described as "Modern Family meets True Blood", is being written by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.

Meanwhile, rumors have suggested that Guillermo del Toro is interested in working on the project. 

The Vampire Film Festival aka Vampire Fest Takes Over New Orleans October 27 - October 31, 2010

Coming to New Orleans to celebrate the spookiest weekend of the year? Make sure that the Vampire Film Festival, the area's premiere event dedicated to the creatures of the night and their brethren, is on your to-do list! The festival runs from October 27 until October 31 at the Shadowbox Theatre at 2400 St. Claude in the Marigny district.


This year the international film festival will add voodoo films to the mix in addition to vampire films, gothic films and mythic horror films.  "Expect a diverse collection of films including titles from Lebanon and the Russian Federation when the announcement is made next week," offered festival programmer and NPR Film Week critic, Tim Cogshell.

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Stephen King talks vampires in introduction to comics series

stephen-king-american-vampireStephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot helped to bring vampires back to their Bram Stoker origins, with an emphasis on the heartless, frightening nature of the bloodsuckers combined with a side-focus on real estate, so he knows a little something about the creatures of the night. In his introduction to the first volume of the upcoming American Vampire series from DC Comics, the horror maestro makes his feelings about how vampires should really be portrayed known: That is, as truly monstrous and evil, not fanged and fabulous. And most definitely not as “lovelorn southern gentlemen,” “anorexic teenage girls,” or “boy-toys with big dewy eyes.”
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Guillermo del Toro Talks The Fall, Vampire Lore and what vampire books he recommends

The Fall, the second chapter in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's Strain Trilogy, was released by HarperCollins last week, and the publisher has shared with us a great video interview of del Toro discussing the book and the vampire lore that inspired him.
New York is in chaos. Fires burn uncontested on deserted streets and avenues. Looters have their way with abandoned shops. Desperately overextended and underinformed emergency response teams are all that remain of the city’s shattered infrastructure. Masses of panicked citizens clog the highways and train stations, frantic for any means of escape. And what they don’t know is that they are fleeing a fate much worse than death. 

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Here are the vampire books he talks about in video :

The Natural History of the Vampire (Illustrated)

With 'Let Me In' opening, a look at the 5 most savory vampire movies

These are dangerous woods to venture into, for sure.
Choosing the five best vampire movies is sure to stir the ire of the multitude of fans of the genre, people who are proprietary about this romantic, fearsome figure. But with the opening this week of "Let Me In," it's as good a time as any to sink our teeth into the topic. (Sorry, the puns are just too easy.)
These are five I like best, in no particular order. You will notice that none of them includes the word "Twilight" in the title:
— "Let the Right One In" (2008): We may as well begin with the Swedish thriller that inspired "Let Me In," a film that was rightly hailed for its inventiveness, scares and soul. A lonely, bullied boy befriends the mysterious, barefoot girl who's just moved into his shabby Stockholm apartment complex — only she warns him they can't be friends, and she's not really a girl anyway. She's been 12 "for a long time," as she puts it. Director Tomas Alfredson offers plenty of startling scenes, but the real allure comes from the suspense that builds in the stillness, and the sweetness that arises from these two misfit characters forging a relationship they both desperately need, even though they know it can't last.

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: We forget

Eric & Pam | We forget

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Alexander Skarsgård exclusive with GQ UK !

Alexander Skarsgård is big. Very big. But that much was apparent even before meets all 6'4" of him in the flesh at a central London hotel, because when we announced on Twitter we were set to interview him we received an astonishing number of replies - mostly, it has to be said, from would-be fangbangers. Zoolander aside, the towering Swede first came to our attention as Sergeant Brad "Iceman" Colbert in the exceptional Iraq war miniseries Generation Kill, adapted from Evan Wright's book by The Wire alumni David Simon and Ed Burns. But it wasn't until his turn as the broodingly menacing 1,000-year-old vampire sheriff Eric Northman in another HBO must-see, True Blood, that we really bit. A peripheral but compelling presence in season one, Eric comes to the fore with arguably the most satisfying character arc in season two, currently airing on Channel 4 ( season three has just finished in the States).
He's since been shot by Annie Liebovitz for American fashion brand Hickey Freeman, crippled Lady Gaga in the video for "Paparazzi" and is now starring opposite Rihanna in upcoming big-budget blockbuster Battleship. "It's pretty exciting. It's a crazy production. I've never worked on anything of this magnitude. It's so big. We're shooting at Pearl Harbour on big ships. It's a lot of fun." Not least because he's filming in Hawaii. "I went up to the North Shore and took a surf lesson and it was amazing. That's definitely something I'm going to pick up. I've lived in California for for six years and I've never surfed." Despite having been up since 4am (on account of jetlag rather than any nocturnal bloodsucking), he mainlined coffee and talked to us about fame, season four and why he "loves being naked"...

Alexander Skarsgård on...

Good vs evil
In season one, you don't really get to know Eric. He's in a couple of episodes and he's in the background: the evil boss of Bill. Everyone was like, "You're the villain." To me, there was so much more to Eric than that. So it was great in season two to actually get a chance to show that people might be wrong when they label someone as good or bad. That's what I find interesting not only in Eric but in any character I play.  A character on screen that's the "good guy" or the "bad guy", they're never interesting. There's got to be an internal struggle, the duality is important to find. I had a lot of fun when you finally see this guy that is labelled as the bad guy can actually show compassion…

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Alan Ball Set to Appear Live on NPR 's UpClose on October 14th

True Blood Creator Alan Ball Set to Appear Live on UpClose True Blood creator Alan Ball is scheduled to sit down with "At the Movies" co-host Elvis Mitchell for "UpClose". The conversation will be recorded by and on October 14th.

Alexander Skarsgard in Poland for True Blood


and at the Premier

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SCREAM 2010 Tuesday, October 19 at 9PM, ET with Alan Ball, Sam Trammell, Kristen Bauer and Rutina Wesley

I enjoyed every minute of the Scream awards last year - can't wait for this year!


Show Will Also Feature “Back To The Future” 25th Anniversary Tribute To Marty McFly’s Flux Capacitated Adventures Featuring Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson And Elisabeth Shue

Also Set To Attend:  Sir Anthony Hopkins, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts Wes Craven, Aaron Eckhart, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Ball, Sam Trammell, Kristen Bauer, Rutina Wesley And Many More  Two-Hour Event Premieres Tuesday, October 19 at 9PM, ET/PT

With enough star power to light up the Los Angeles night sky, Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2010″ will tape at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, October 16.  The ultimate celebration of all things sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book, the 5th annual “SCREAM” is the first and only global event of its kind to honor and celebrate the hottest films, TV shows, comics, actors, creators, icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped these genres.  The two-hour event premieres on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 19 (9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT).
“SCREAM 2010″ will feature a host of world premieres, including footage from the highly-anticipated fourth installment of one of the most influential franchises of all time – none other than the original cast and creator of the movie “Scream” along with new stars from the upcoming “Scream 4.”   David Arquette and Neve Campbell, along with 2006 Scream Mastermind Award-recipient and creator of the “Scream” franchise Wes Craven, as well as “Scream 4″ co-stars Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere will present never-before-seen footage from the just-wrapped “Scream 4.”  The show will also include an appearance by Academy Award Winner Sir Anthony Hopkins, who will introduce world premiere footage of his upcoming supernatural thriller “The Rite,” and those in attendance at the Greek and the millions watching worldwide will also be treated to an exclusive first look at “Paranormal Activity 2,” with many more films to be announced shortly.

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Ryan Kwanten talks about the mythology of both "Legend of the Guardians" and "True Blood."

Watch Spine-Challenged “True Blood” Anchorman in Back Pain Commercial

From the boys at Camp

“Hey, folks. Are you suffering from back pain due to a 3,000-year-old gay vampire ripping your spine out of your body on live television? Try Thermacare!
Not sure if anyone else has noticed this yet, but while watching the Scream Queens finale last night Andy and I nearly plotzed when we saw our favorite America’s Psychic Challenge host-cum-ill-fated-True-Blood anchorman, John Burke, in an ad for nothing other than a back pain wrap.
I’ll give you a moment to soak in the brilliance of that particular irony.

James Frain Exclusive Interview TRON: LEGACY

Was it particularly difficult to do some of your scenes on this past season of True Blood, especially when your character, Franklin, was terrorizing Tara (Rutina Wesley)? Is it hard to get to that place?
FRAIN: No, it’s not because, if it’s going well, meaning that the writing is good, the directing is good and the other actor is present with you, then it’s always fun. It’s make-believe. It becomes difficult when there’s something not working in the equation. What’s remarkable is when you watch stuff back afterwards and you go, “Oh, my god, that’s terrifying! I remember when we were doing that and it was really good fun.” Especially when it comes to that intense stuff, sometimes it’s even more fun than not because it’s so absurd, over-the-top and extreme. But, Rutina Wesley is just a very open and generous actor, and we just had a blast.

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'Let Me In' director at first was reluctant to remake Swedish vampire film

**Tell me the ( Kevin Bacon ) Degrees of separation game links from " Let me in " to True Blood ? How are they connected and by who ?

That long, pained groan you heard a few months back?
That was fans of the Swedish vampire hit “Let the Right One In” upon learning that Hollywood was remaking the movie about a lonely 12-year-old boy and a vampirous little girl next door.
Matt Reeves can identify. He did end up directing the Americanized version, “Let Me In,” which opens Friday.
But Reeves, the man behind 2008’s monster-tears-up-New-York hit “Cloverfield,” said it took some time before he could justify his participation in the remake. After all, when Tinseltown tries to Americanize a great foreign film, usually a lot is lost in translation.

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GLAAD: 'True Blood' has most gay characters Study finds number increasing on cable after two-year decline

"True Blood" is the show with the most gay characters on TV.

The HBO drama topped the annual survey by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which tallied the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.

The "True Blood" score (six) is part of an overall rebounding by cable networks in the 15th annual study, which found the number of gay characters off-broadcast increasing after a two-year decline.

Across all of television, gay characters have climbed once again this year, representing 3.9% of all TV characters. With 35 characters total, that's up 40% from last year.

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: Strike Me Down

Strike Me Down - Sookie (True Blood)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Big Business Of Vampires

For those not bitten by the vampire bug, the whole thing may seem a little silly. Blood-sucking, night-crawling creatures are just a fad, right? Think again - franchises like "Twilight," "True Blood," and even parodies like "Vampires Suck" are raking in the millions at a time when discretionary spending is low. Here is a look at some of the top-grossing vampire entertainment investments, and reasons why they're so successful. (Success in Hollywood isn't just measured by ticket sales. Check out Movie Genres That Make The Most Money.)
IN PICTURES: Celebrities With Big Dreams That Paid Off
  1. Twilight Saga
    It's hard to imagine when you see how successful the Twilight Saga is today, but it all started with a simple idea. Author Stephenie Meyer was a stay-at-home mom who had a dream with such vivid characters, she just had to write the story we now know as "Twilight". "Twilight" was followed by "New Moon," "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn," and Meyer also wrote a book for adults called "The Host". The Twilight Saga, though intended for teens, has captured a wide audience of all ages. So what did this stay-at-home mom's idea gross? Book sales have been wildly successful, selling millions of copies of the series, with book sales estimated at 100 million copies. Movie sales of the first three Twilight Saga movies, including DVD sales, have grossed an estimated over two billion. With at more movies in the works covering the "Breaking Dawn" book, and large merchandising earnings estimated at $500 million, the Twilight Saga is the entertainment industry's answer to the end of the Harry Potter series. Stephenie Meyer's net worth is an estimated $125 million - not bad for a dream. (Learn more about the top films in Top 10 Successful Movie Franchises.)

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    Teen Twilight fans may think that the series invented vampires, but the genre has made money long before the first book in the Twilight series even made print. Twilight fans' parents probably remember "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". The 1992 movie made close to $17 million; in 1997, a TV series was launched starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, which prompted spinoff "Angel" and gained a huge cult following even beyond its last episode in 2003.

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: My Never (Inside Your Heaven)

True Blood: My Never (Inside Your Heaven)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Charlaine Harris's Mom's obit in Tunica Times

Doris Jean Balentine Harris

Doris Jean Balentine Harris, 84, died Sept. 20, 2010 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital after a long illness. She was born Nov. 23, 1925 to May Laine and Lemuel Balentine of Rocksprings, TX.

Following her marriage to R.A. Harris in 1946, she became a devoted member of Tunica Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Harris taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served as an elder. Mrs. Harris briefly taught school in Tunica and for several years worked as a librarian at the Tunica County Library.
A lifelong avid reader, Mrs. Harris was also an enthusiastic fan of  the St. Louis Cardinals and a notable cook.

Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her husband Robert Harris; her son Ashley Harris, and his wife, Linda House Harris; her two sisters, Georgia May Gobble and Vivian Hutchins; and her brother Jack Balentine.
Survivors include daughter Charlaine Schulz, Charlaine’s husband Hal, and their children, Patrick, Timothy, and Julia.  Mrs. Harris also leaves a nephew, Rodney Balentine, a brother in law and his wife, Buddy and Jean Harris, and their children and grandchildren.
The family gratefully acknowledges the individual help of Linda McKinley and Angela Vardamon.
Visitation will be Friday, September 24, 2010 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Nowell Memorial Funeral Home in Tunica. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at the Tunica Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Paul Husband officiating.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Tunica Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, Charlaine asks that you please send donations in her mother's name (Jean Harris) to the Tunica Library, where she worked for many years, or to her mother's church.

The Robert C. Irwin Public Library
1285 Kenny Hill Avenue
Tunica, MS 38676-9501

Tunica Presbyterian Church
1251 Woolfolk Drive
Tunica, MS 38676

Ears We Trust: True Blood/Dexter Music Supervisor Gary Calamar

Go Music president and Grammy-nominated producer Gary Calamar is music supervisor for TV shows True Blood, House and Dexter. He DJs Sunday nights on KCRW in Santa Monica, and has just released the book Record Store Days. Here’s what he’s listening to and loving.

Freelance Whales: Weathervanes (FRENCHKISS / MOM+POP)
The five-piece band from the streets and subways of NY mixes synthesizers with banjo, glockenspiel, harmonium and, um, waterphone? Far out and beautiful.

Best Coast: Something In, The Way and Make You Mine EPs (POST PRESENT MEDIUM, GROUP TIGHTENER)
Sun-bleached and fuzzed-out girl group sounds from the City of Angels.

David Bowie: Hunky Dory (EMI)
A perfect album of timeless, cinematic pop. All killer, no filler: “Life On Mars?,” “Queen Bitch,” songs about Warhol and Dylan. Smart and fun. Released one year before Ziggy Stardust, when changes were a-happening. “Kooks” kills me every time.

Whenever I listen, I discover a new favorite song for all time. “September Gurls” and “Thirteen” are simply brilliant. R.I.P. Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel.

Various Artists: One More Record Please (BEAR FAMILY)
A record about records from mostly obscure country and rockabilly artists. For those who were born in ‘45 and turned 33 in ‘78. Go down to your local record store and check it out.

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Their love with Mia Rose - Just Us

True Blood - Their love with Mia Rose - Just Us