Friday, August 12, 2011

'True Blood's' Chris Bauer: 'Andy as a portrait of an addict is pretty accurate'

Say Hallelujah Chris ! "I may be testing yours and a lot of the audience's patience" with the V addiction storyline.

When "True Blood" made a year time jump into Season 4, a lot of characters were doing something completely different from when we last saw them in Season 3 and Chris Bauer's Sheriff Andy Bellefleur was no exception. His V addiction has ramped up Andy's already-explosive personality.

"As soon as Season 4 opening, it was pretty obvious he was deep into the effects of vampire blood. I think he's been at it pretty hardcore for awhile," Bauer tells Zap2it. He laughs as he adds, "I may be testing yours and a lot of the audience's patience" with the V addiction storyline.

But Bauer also says (and we agree) that while "True Blood" can be lighter fare, it really is portraying a serious subject matter in Andy's drug addiction.

"I think for all of the comic book-type action and energy of 'True Blood,' some situations are paradoxically pretty deep. Andy as a portrait of an addict is pretty accurate. As is with the case with an addict, it's got to get really, really, really bad and there's got to be consequences before you're going to change much," Bauer tells us.

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InsideTV Podcast: Was the Sookie and Eric sex on 'True Blood' worth the wait?

They did it outside. They did it inside. They did it in different rooms. They did it in different positions. Yes, after all that anticipation, Sookie and Eric finally hooked up on True Blood. Was it worth the wait? True Blood aficionado and “supernatural sexpert” Mandi Bierly weighs in with her thoughts as we break down the current season. Which side are we rooting for in the witches vs. vampires war? What storylines haven’t been working this season? And why is Sam’s brother Tommy such a colossal bummer? We discuss and debate all the twists and turns in Bon Temps and even offer some teases as to what to expect in the next few episodes.

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Real witches cry foul at portrayal on "True Blood"

I'm surprised this has taken so long ... in the books Charlaine makes clear that some of the witches in her books have nothing to do with the Wiccan religion - I guess Ball isn't really making that distinction

(Reuters) - Critics of bloody violence and excessive sex on TV have long had HBO's vampire drama "True Blood" in their cross hairs, but now the popular series has another group of wary citizens -- witches, real ones.
The series' fourth season has focused on Marnie Stonebrook (Fiona Shaw), a seemingly harmless medium and leader of a Wiccan group who becomes the physical conduit for Antonia, a long dead witch who is hellbent on vengeance against vampires who persecuted and burned her at the stake.
Marnie winds up as the mouthpiece for Antonia's spell to drive the bloodsuckers of fictional "True Blood" town Bon Temps into the daylight. And that sort of deadly revenge, say some modern-day witches, is what gives witchcraft a bad name

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Win Prizes and help Loving True Blood in Dallas and Talk Blood Radio : buy raffle ticket

Please buy a $20 raffle ticket (each ) and help us pay the costs of running the blog and producing the radio show this year. I have created a very sensible budget for this year and am raising the money through Talk Blood episode sponsorships and the raffle. It is the only way I can keep this all going, we ain't there yet so please help...

Your chances of receiving a prize are astoundingly good and we have wonderful items like:  autographed Sookie books by Charlaine Harris, True Blood collectors grab bags, an original signed Andy Swist ( Yes, as in the True Blood paper dolls ) wonderful portrait of Eric & Sookie, True Blood collectors poster ( one of a kind !) more books, and various other gift certificates and other goodies from some of our sponsors!

***I received 3 more prize donations this week!!  WOW!!!!

But best of all you know you helped keep your favorite True Blood Blog or radio show going for another year!

Thanks, Dallas

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The Poster For Alan Ball’s Upcoming Amish Series On Cinemax

What ?? haha

The L.A. Times reports that Cinemax has picked up a new original series from Alan Ball — creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood — that reportedly takes place in Pennyslvania’s Amish Country.

Amish Country + Alan Ball + Cinemax? I think we all know where this is heading…

Spoiler alert: We like spoilers!

Go ahead and turn to the ending. A new study shows knowing what happens in a story actually increases our enjoyment

Call off your dogs, spoiler police. A new study from the University of California at San Diego suggests that knowing the outcome of a story doesn't ruin it -- in fact, it increases its pleasures. Rosebud is a sled, bitches!For their study, Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt provided participants with a variety of "ironic-twist, mystery and literary" short stories from authors including John Updike, Roald Dahl, Anton Chekhov, Agatha Christie and Raymond Carver. Some readers read the stories in their original forms. Some were given a preface with the spoiler. Others had a spoiler rewritten into the middle of the story. Now here's the SHOCKING TWIST: Nearly every time, the readers preferred the "spoiled" versions. And the more of a gotcha the story contained -- like Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" -- the more readers enjoyed knowing the outcome ahead of time. By the way, he's dead. You're welcome.

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Stephen Moyer on Jimmy Fallon last night !

Interview with Joe Manganiello (True Blood) part 1. ( Video)

Pt 2
Pt 3

Pt 4

Is Stephen Moyer jealous of Anna Paquin & Alex Skarsgard’s sex scenes?

Well of course,  the tabloids are reporting that these three actors are incapable of doing their work as professionals and are jealous of each other ..lots of this stuff forgets that these scenes were filmed as long ago as fall of 2010.

I know - I know-- I don't post this crap but posted this photo and caption of AS and it made me laugh,  so I'll post this and the link ;-) to article

Meanwhile, Alex was snapped looking all lanky and sultry in New York City this week. Honestly, a man should need a permit to stand like this:

True Blood Season 5 Officially Announced

*Note: This is really late this year - its usually announced the first weeks of the season.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2011 – HBO has renewed the hit show TRUE BLOOD for a 12-episode fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes later this year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2012.
“I am thrilled that TRUE BLOOD continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics,” noted Lombardo. “Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.”
“I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers,” says Ball. “I can’t imagine having more fun than this.”
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the Emmy®-nominated show takes place at a time when vampires have come out of the coffin, and follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Series creator Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”) is also an executive producer of the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
The 12-episode fourth season of TRUE BLOOD, which launched June 26, has inspired critical raves, with USA Today calling it “exuberantly entertaining,” as well as hailing the “superb crew of writers and actors,” while the Washington Post called the show “a rollicking good scream” and “addictive.”
TRUE BLOOD recently received four Emmy® nominations, including Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Alfre Woodard).
Season four credits: TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball, Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers, Brian Buckner, Mark Hudis, Nancy Oliver, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo; co-producer, Christina Jokanovich.

Vampire Dog movie filming in Moose Jaw

I'm not kidding, could I make this up? ..

A boy unwittingly adopts a reluctant vampire dog and soon discovers that when they face their fears they can do anything.
Vampire Dog is a feature length family film about finding courage and discovering that you belong.

Ace, a 12-year-old boy is new in middle school. His grandfather from Transylvania passes away at the ripe age of 99, and sends him his dog, Fang, to look after. Ace soon discovers that Fang is a vampire dog.

Professor Warhol, a mad scientist and his bumbling assistant Frank, try to capture Fang to steal his DNA, in order to live forever. They are constantly in pursuit of Fang but Fang’s superpowers manage to keep him and Ace safe.