Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Charlaine Harris blogs about the True Blood season 3 premier

I’ve been asked by more than one reader to give a better account of what actually happens at a premiere, so here goes.
The premiere for “True Blood” has been held every time at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. For those of you who don’t remember what Cinerama was, it was a new way of filming  back in the sixties, and you could go to special theaters and view the action on a sort of curved semicircular screen. This Cinerama is the original one, but now the building has a regular flat screen, as far as I know. You can Google it if you’re interested. This theater seats 800.
The arrivals of the principal people are orchestrated. I was an early arrival, since I’m not that important in the “True Blood” scheme of things, and I have no problem with this. Premiere night is to celebrate the show and the people who work on it, particularly the actors. So us lesser fry (the woman who plays Ivetta, the young man who plays the lover of the King of Mississippi) get there earlier. Then come the more important people like Todd Lowe, Rutina Wesley, Kristin Bauer Van Straten. Then the even more important people come – Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard. So the event always starts late. We had a start time of 7:30, and we finally all got seated at 8:15.
Anyway, to get back to drop-off time. There actually is a red carpet. When I scramble out of the limo, my family is ushered inside the theater and they’re checked off the list and given special bracelets to wear to verify that they’re invited guests. I’m assigned a handler from HBO who takes me along the red carpet where the press stands behind a waist-high barrier. Every reporter is backed up with a cameraman or two and usually one or two other people. They’re from all over, and represent very big organizations to very small ones. HBO itself, MTV, and on and one; some French, some Spanish, most American.
The handler very kindly explains who I am to the reporter, I step close to the barrier and answer four or five questions, we indicate we’re through with each other by saying “Thank you!” I step back, and my handler and I wait for the next free reporter.
So that’s how it works, and if I’ve described this before, I’m sorry. All the seating in the theater is assigned, too. The HBO executives are there, the actors and their plus ones are there, and I was able to bring my agent, my husband, and my three kids. I noticed that Alan got a whole row to invite – I was envious!
The after-party was held a few blocks away at a place that specializes in such things. The decorations were amazing; stuffed wolves, fountains, a huge projection of the poster on the wall, various food stations with “southern” food (much fancier than the real thing) and about a million waiters who picked up used glasses and plates, brought drinks, and generally kept very busy. I had a designated table there, again not in the Great People corral, but special enough.  Some readers stopped by to have their pictures made with me, I got to have a nice conversation at the theater with Michael Emerson from “Lost,” and director Alexander Woo. Rutina was as warm and charming as she always is. I did get to speak to Anna and Stephen briefly at the after-party, and Alexander (Skarsgard) was sweet enough to let me get a picture of him with my daughter.
So, that’s how it works. We were glad to get into our car and go back to the hotel afterward, and I reflected that it’s oddly easy to get used to almost anything.
Charlaine Harris

Sookie says her name like Bill does ! Ha!

Ryan Kwanten interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM

Ryan Kwanten interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM

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“Blood Work!” “True Blood” vlog 3.2: Beautifully Batshit

Andy and I are back with more disposable commentary on this season of True Blood! Did episode 3.02, “Beautifully Broken”, mark the return to all the batcrap Bon Temp craziness that we came to love in the first place?

(Computer says “yesssssss”….)

You’ll have to watch to find out! Plus, Whatever, Sookie!, our first Wolf Bag letter, and what might be a news flash about the whereabouts of one Bill Compton! Might.


Shapeshifter Lays The Smack Down On Vampires & Werewolves!

There are many dangerous creatures lurking about on "True Blood" from vampires to werewolves, but one supernatural species that often gets overlooked is the shapeshifter. Previously only represented by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), the shape-shifting world has opened up considerably in this third season thanks to the arrival of Sam's brother Tommy Mickens, played by Marshall Allman.

During our exclusive interview with Marshall, we asked the "True Blood" actor if he thought that a shapeshifter could hold its own in a fight against a vampire and a werewolf. Not only did Marshall say that a shapeshifter would hold up just fine, he believes that the shapeshifter would win without any difficulty whatsoever!

"The shapeshifter wins instantly!" he declared, saying that the werewolf would be the first supernatural creature to fall in the fight.

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Listen to Talk Blood Radio podcast of Episode 2 "Beautifully broken" and check out chat room fun!

What ---you didn't list to Talk Blood Radio last Sunday night ?
You can listen now and check out the log from the chat room!!

Please join us this Sunday night and call- in and let us know what you think of TB episode 3!



True Blood Filming location for the "Sam finds Mickey" at the Cornejo Tire shop scene

Seeingstars has figured out where the filmed this Season 3 scene by finding the real Cornejo Tires which is the sign we see as Sam pulls up

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Vampire Con's anti-'Twilight' stance: Go for the jugular

Hero Complex contributor Nicky Loomis is back with a look at a local event out for new blood in its second year.

For a couple of self-described “horror film geek freaks,” the idea to start a vampire convention came natural.

But as Wendi Mirabella, an event planner, and her longtime friend, Lotti Pharriss Knowles, a writer/filmmaker, set out to separate themselves from the current vamp-scape of pretty-boy fangers and TwiPhones full of Edward Cullen head shots – it left them feeling a little long in the tooth.

"It almost seems like there is a bit of vampire fatigue,” said Mirabella, the organizer behind the 2nd Annual Vampire Con, a Thursday-Saturday (June 24-26) film festival that celebrates the original gangstas of vampire lore – not the current breed who've perfected creating a good brood and, well, looking pretty.

Fang fatigue there may be, but with the recent "True Blood" Season 3 premiere (they've added sexy werewolves to the mix), and "Twilight's" third installment, "Eclipse," premiering June 30, there's no shortage of blood in this town yet.

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: Jessica is a "Sweet heart killer" by say Hi to your Mom