Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rules of the Ball game

Maybe S5 will be the last for True Blood...what do you think ?

Screenwriter Alan Ball talks death, TV and beta-blockers, writes Kylie Northover.
WHEN you create a TV series built entirely around the central premise of death, you're asking to be forever after referred to as ''death obsessed'' - but it's a tag that screenwriter Alan Ball, writer of the funeral home-set Six Feet Under and True Blood, rejects.
''I don't know that I'm obsessed with it; I don't think about it every day. I think we all definitely think about it, we're all aware of it,'' he says.
But even Ball's appearance at the Wheeler Centre this weekend is billed as a discussion of his ''ongoing preoccupation with death and suburban America''.
Ball, originally a playwright whose first screenplay, American Beauty, picked up five Academy Awards in 2000, concedes that death entered his life in a way that was ''impossible to ignore''.
When he was 13, he was in a car accident with his sister - she was driving - and she died in front of him.

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Urge to prick the skin of heroes and villains

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'True Blood': Original Eric is the best Eric

[Editor's Note: Yes, we're a little late with this one, but it's because we wanted to savor it. By the way: This post contains spoilers for the September 4 episode of HBO’s “True Blood."]
Season 4’s penultimate episode was a real barn burner. There were some great moments, as well as a setup for the finale that had me clutching my pearls. "True Blood," I’m really going to miss you when you go.
At Moon Goddess, Sookie told Marnie that the vampires were prepared to attack and a freak out commenced. When one young witch tried to escape, Marnie killed her. Antonia had an “Aha!” moment and once again vacated Marnie.

She confronted Marnie over what she’d done, and only Lafayette could see both sides of their conversation. Marnie cast a binding spell to force Antonia to stay with her – double your power, double your trouble, you know? Although Antonia fought the spell, Marnie ultimately won.

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Conversations / Live Q&A Behind 'True Blood': Charlaine Harris discusses her Sookie Stackhouse series

Was Live today here is chat trasncrpt

Charlaine Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series that inspired the hit television show "True Blood," chatted with readers about her about Sookie, her latest projects, what she thinks of "True Blood" and more.

Take the poll: Who is your favorite True Blood character?
To what may we please look forward?
Are you able to please tell us something about what projects are "in the works", how far along are they, when may we expect them, and, while I don't expect you to give away any plot spoilers, what are some of the things you are able to tell us about them?

Charlaine Harris :

I'm working on the editorial changes for the next Sookie, DEADLOCKED, out next May. Next I'll write two short stories, one for my next anthology and one for a Joe Lansdale anthology. Then I'm working on the graphic novel I'm working on with Chris Golden, CEMETERY GIRL. It will appear next year. After that, I'll begin Sookie 13, the final installment.

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Blood Work! "True Blood" Recap 4.11: Stop, Drop, and Roll

The guys will be joining me Sunday night for the HUGE Talk Blood Season finale party on Talk Blood radio !

It's the most fun of the year! Join us

True Blood Season finale spolier : loose one season regular ??

who ??? Lafayette ?? Terry ???

Question: Any True Blood scoop ahead of Sunday’s finale? —Scott
Ausiello: By the end of the hour, the show will be down at least one series regular.

Kristin Bauer on ‘Fox & Friends’

True Blood Music Episode 4.11 - Soul of Fire

“You Need Love” by Muddy Waters (Marcus tries to talk Debbie into going away with him and Emma)

“What Shall I Wear” by Modern Music Nashville (playing on the TV at Luna’s house)

“Soul of Fire” by Witch (closing credits)

A little rough of a video but great performance at SXSW in Austin

Alan Ball says TV more grown up than film

True Blood creator Alan Ball is a big fan of the Australian television series Rake, which he says is another great example of how television is able to be a lot more grown up and complicated than film.
Ball, who also created Six Feet Under and wrote the film American Beauty, is in Australia for two on-stage conversations in Sydney and Melbourne.
While he has worked in both television and film, Ball says the small screen is able to tackle more sophisticated storylines.
"Partially it's because the economic models are different and partially it's because you have hours and hours to tell a story where as in a movie you just have two hours and you have to simplify everything down to its pure essentials.
"I also feel that in America, at least, movies are all targeted at 15-year-olds and there's nothing wrong with that, they're the ones that are buying tickets, but as an adult I feel that TV is a much more welcoming place for complicated, adult writing."

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