Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Six issue Comic book: True Blood: The French Quarter

IDW Publishing has announced a miniseries titled True Blood: The French Quarter.
Based on the hit HBO show, the six-issue story will serve as a sequel to the firm's previous effort All Together Now, reports MTV.

The plot sees protagonist Sookie Stackhouse and the vampire Eric Northman travel to New Orleans to track down a killer whom they thought was long dead. Other characters from the TV series, including Bill Crompton, Pam and Lafayette, will appear in the comic.

All Together Now's creative team of writers Mariah Huehner and David Tischman, and artist David Messina, will return for the follow-up. Additional illustrations will be provided by Claudia Balboni.

True Blood enters its fourth season on June 26 at 9pm on HBO.

The French Quarter arrives in stores in August.

'True Blood's' Alexander Skarsgard on Eric's animal instincts and fondness for tracksuits

We think you'll agree that "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard has found a way to play vampire Eric that keeps him quirky and deadly at the same time. We now understand a bit more about the actor's process in playing the character.

When Skarsgard was preparing for the role, he was watching a nature program on lions in Africa, which gave him the brilliant combination that makes Eric.
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From Dead to the World

"True enough," he said. "We vampires are all murderers."
"But in a way, you're like lions."
Eric looked astonished. "Lions?" he said weakly.
"Lions all kill stuff." At the moment, this idea seemed like an inspiration. "So you're predators, like lions
and raptors. But you use what you kill. You have to kill to eat."
"The catch in that comforting theory being that we look almost exactly like you. And we used to be you.
And we can love you, as well as feed off you. You could hardly say the lion wanted to caress the
Suddenly there was something in the air that hadn't been there ...

A new discovery about mosquitoes reveals why vampires will never exist

Scientists have found a type of bacteria that kills off the mosquito that carries malaria. That's good news. The way the bacteria works means it could also be used to make sure there is never a plague of vampires. That's even more good news. Anopheles gambiae, the blood-sucking, malaria-carrying mosquito has been a deadly adversary to humanity for a long time. Malaria kills almost a million people per year. Researchers have come up with hundreds of potential ways to combat the disease, from engineering a malaria-proof mosquito to shooting the mosquitos that carry malaria out of the sky with lasers. This latest effort might also fight more mythical foes of humanity.

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Fall TV season: Are witches the new vampires?

Guys with fangs are so last year. This fall, witches are taking over.
You'll find them on HBO's "True Blood," where Sookie will face down a coven this season. They'll be casting spells on their fellow high school students in the CW's "The Secret Circle," a drama from "The Vampire Diaries" creator Kevin Williamson. A particularly wicked one shows up in ABC's "Once Upon a Time" to place a curse on the town of Storybrook. Plus, with NBC's mystery "Grimm" riffing on various fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel's friend with the black pointy hat might soon join the others.

So where did all the soft-hearted, sharp-toothed Edward Cullens go? Since women generally watch more television than men, the networks are greenlighting more female-skewing shows for fall, including ensemble dramas lead by female characters (ABC's "Pan Am," NBC's "The Playboy Club," ABC's "Good Christian Belles") to comedies anchored by actresses (Christina Applegate's "Up All Night" and Whitney Cummings' "Whitney" on NBC, Zoey Deschanel's "The New Girl" on Fox). And viewers seem to like bad girls best: CBS' "2 Broke Girls," starring an insult-slinging Kat Dennings, tested better than any comedy or drama in CBS history, and two of the season's most highly anticipated shows, "Good Christian Belles" and ABC's "Apartment 23," originally had titles that featured a word that rhymes with witch. For networks seeking female viewers and mean girl heroines, witches offer the perfect double threat.

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WebMD Q&A With True Blood's Stephen Moyer

The film and TV star talks to us about working with his co-star and real-life wife Anna Paquin, raising a family, and maintaining those killer abs.

As sexy vampire Bill Compton in the hit HBO series True Blood, actor Stephen Moyer has earned heaps of praise and thousands of fans. Though he started his acting career on stage in his native England, he's truly come into his own as a film and television actor, appearing in more than a dozen movies and more than 20 television series since 1996. The award-winning actor sat down with WebMD the Magazine and dished about his feelings about love, children, middle-age, fitness, and how he's learned to love blood.

Your hit HBO series True Blood returns for its fourth season in June. WebMD wants to know: Do you know your own blood type?

Noooo! That's awful -- I should! That's crazy! I don't remember! My doctor knows, because we've talked about it. Even Bill Compton [the 175-year-old vampire Moyer plays on TV], whom I'm really, really close to, I don't even know what his favorite type of blood is.

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Anna Paquin on Marrying her True Blood Costar, Life as Sookie Stackhouse, and Stalking Aaron Sorkin

The Academy Award-winning actress tells Health about everything from life with Stephen Moyer to her number one workout motivator in the June 2011 issue, hitting newsstands May 20.

On whether she ever gets sick of costar and husband, Stephen Moyer:
“No. I miss him when he leaves. That’s nauseating, I know. My me-time requirements are quite small.”

On how playing Sookie motivates her to work out:
“If you’re going to be spending literally every single day of your working life wearing clothes that barely cover your body, you’re gonna be extra-diligent…There’s just a little extra motivation of, ‘Hmmm, teeny white shorts and a bikini top? I think I will go to Pilates this morning.’”

On her favorite TV show:
“I re-watch – and when I say the entire series, I literally mean the entire series of – The West Wing every year. I'm sort of secretly stalking Aaron Sorkin. I'm obsessed with his work. I think he's a genius.”

On how she handled Hollywood at such a young age:
“I have a really, really, really normal family. And by normal I mean we’re all nuts on some level. I think you’ve gotta be a little nuts to pursue any kind of creative job. I was also a really good kid…I didn’t rebel in the traditional sense.”

On the difference between looking healthy and being healthy:
“People in this town have a weird tendency to say, if someone's lost weight, ‘Oh my God, you look amazing.’ And you're like, ‘I just had my tonsils out and didn't eat for three weeks,’…But it's not healthy."