Romantic Dilemma Brewing For Sookie Stackhouse On True Blood

August 30, 2009

Sookie's True Blood MenMTV’s Hollywood Crush asks True Blood fans to “find out which Bon Temps Man is your Perfect Match.”  It’s looking more and more like Alan Ball is setting up poor Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) for a tough choice.  Maybe Sookie should take a look at MTV’s handy guide so she can make a more informed decision.

She’s already taken a pass on “the do-good loner,” Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) in Season 1. You know the type, the one that would bring you breakfast in bed than ditch you for the big game. The only problem is you don’t really know him since he won’t tell you about his childhood.

With current flame, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), he has lit Sookie‘s passion and won her love. It seems that Sookie loves:

“The southern gentleman. A guy who’ll open doors, carry your packages and even risk frying in the sun to ensure your safety.”

He is the quintessential man (vampire) who sweeps you all your feet with his southern charm and makes you feel that you are the most important person in the world to him and you would always know that his love for you is eternal.

However, now that Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) is making a play for Sookie and has tricked her into drinking some of his thousand-year-old blood, she’s finding that he’s more than the tough guy we got to know in Season 1.  She’s learning that Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) is:

The bad boy with the big heart. Your guy is like a Tootsie Pop: hard on the outside, but soft and gooey on the inside — once he lets you in, that is.

Sookie‘s dilemma will likely not be resolved in Season 2, so viewers have a lot more romantic drama to look forward to with Season 3.

Which Bon Temps man would you choose?  Maybe you crave the wise, old soul type. A man who knows a lot about himself and the world around him.  If that is the case then Godric (Allen Hyde) would be the one to fulfill your fantasies.

Perhaps you prefer the brawny, blue-collar worker type who always looks good with his shirt off and you don’t mind having to teach him a few things about staying away from the wrong crowd.  He could sure teach you a few things that you never knew about as well.  Then your type would be Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) who is adorable both inside and out.

If you like your man to be good with his hands and a good fixer-upper but,  don’t mind he has a few skeletons in his closet then Eggs (Mehcad Brooks) is the one for you.  The perfect guy to nurture those old wounds that are not visible on the surface.

Or maybe you just want some fun-loving guy you can party with and not worry he will every take advantage of you and will always tell you the truth about how you look in those jeans. If you want a man like that then Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is the guy you want.  You may not be his type but, you would always know you can rely on him to be there for you when things get tough.

Check out MTV’s perfect match descriptions to see all the choices.

SOURCE: MTV’s Hollywood Crush

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True Blood Invaded by Dead Space

August 30, 2009

trueblood_wiiFor those of us True Blood fans out there, it’s not a new fact that Bill Compton owns a Nintendo Wii. He didn’t seem to pleased when he and Sookie went to the house and found out Maxine wasn’t herself, and the only remedy to keep her under control was to play Bill’s Wii. Makes you wonder with Bill playing games like this, maybe that is why he seems to be always so calm? I don’t know about you, but my curiosity went haywire after seeing that clip of Maxine going crazy on a game that I definitely wanted to sink my teeth into.

After doing some research, we found out that a gaming company by the name of EA is doing a prequel type game to the successful Dead Space series. For those of you who own gaming systems and love the horror survival genre (I do), this game is for you.  Its appearance created a series of questions: “Why did it appear on True Blood?”, “When can I get it, and what else exists that has do with this twisted game?” To answer theses questions let’s start by thinking rationally, shall we? True Blood is one, of if not, the hottest show on television right now. So what better place to market a cool game like Dead Space:  Extraction? Secondly, the majority of True Blood’s audience consists of Mature audience (and this game is rated for mature audiences) Nintendo strays from accidentally scaring the crap out of little kids,and stays out of trouble with would be mad parents. Finally, what else is on TV that ties in with the game? There was a movie that was released called Dead Space:  Downfall.

The plot:   in the distant future, due to interstellar space travel advancements, humanity has started setting up massive mining operations on other planets. Alien life has not been discovered yet, but a certain mining site uncovers a ancient and mysterious artifact which seems to be related to a religious current that places a similar object at its base. The massive artifact is being prepared to be transported to Earth on a transport ship but upon its arrival strange events take place involving the personnel of the mining facility. Paranoia, delusions and a unexplained wave of violent incidents among the miners. The source of these increasingly strange events starts pointing more and more towards the alien object, and the senior security officer on the ship is the only one that seems to foresee the danger.

The action develops quite intensely from there, so I don’t want to give to much more away. Then you have the original Ps3 game,“Dead Space“.  The player takes the role of Isaac Clarke (named after science fiction writers Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke, an engineer who must fight his way through a stricken mining ship infested with hostile, grotesque monstrosities called Necromorphs, which are human corpses transformed and reanimated by an unknown alien organism. The game features an ‘over the shoulder’ third-person perspective, similar to the game-play in”Resident Evil 5” and “Gears of War“. Players can upgrade modules, including suit and weapons. Its definitely worth checking out.  I would highly recommend checking these games out, just be cautious you don’t run into Maxine while trying to purchase them. She might wanna come over and play with you. Tune into True Blood this Sunday at 9pm on HBO to see what other surprises might show up, and to see if Maxine advances out of the current level she’s stuck in.

SOURCES:

multiplayerblog.mtv.com

www.actiontrip.com

comic-con.gamespot.com

www.totalgaming.co.uk

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True Blood Vampires The New Bad Boys In Town

August 30, 2009

bill-and-sookie-posterGone are the days of leather jackets, bad attitudes, and cigarettes.  The new bad boy just has to have fangs.  With True Blood and Twilight gaining so much popularity, it has females viewing vampires as sex symbols.  Stephen Moyer, the actor who portrays Bill Compton on HBO’s True Blood, expressed his thoughts in the latest issue of Nylon.  He says:

“The thing about vampirism is that it taps into a female point of view-you have an old-fashioned gentleman with manners who is a f***ing killer…it’s an interesting duality, because in our present society it would be an odd thing for a woman to say, ‘I want a man to be physical with me’…It’s difficult for a bloke, but a vampire gets away with it.”

Tressugar.com listed the top five reasons they believe vampires are the new bad boys.  They are as follows:

  1. They’re bad, but not too bad. In books and movies, vampires are dangerous. But since most of us aren’t dealing with vampires in real life-it’s a safe danger to fantasize about.
  2. Substance abuse isn’t sexy. Sure, drinking blood is kind of gross, but it’s also fantasy. For many teens, a fictional need to suck blood is easier to stomach than rebels with serious abuse issues like drinking, drugs, and DUIs.
  3. Eternal youth means eternal hotness. Vampires never age, therefore making them hot young things-like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt circa Interview With a Vampire-for all eternity.
  4. Vampires=4-eva. Along with that whole eternity thing comes the possibility that vampire love can last forever. No commitment issues here!
  5. They’re dark and mysterious. The whole concept of vampires appeals to fans of conspiracy theories and the idea that an unknown world just waits to be discovered.

I believe that this appeal has grown, because vampires are finally being portrayed the right way on the small and big screen.  With vampires, you have to bring sexiness and romanticism and less gore.  They are after-all supposed to be the ultimate sexual creature that can captivate and sweep you away just by gazing in your direction.  That’s the fantasy in it all.  And I say fantasize away, it’s a lot safer than the real bad boys of the world.

SOURCE:  tressugar.com

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True Blood: Vampires Are In Our System

August 30, 2009

true-blood-bill-sookie-togetherHave you noticed how things go in cycles? We’ll have a rush of alien movies hit the box office or perhaps it’s the year of “save the earth from natural disaster” type films. There is nothing wrong with this;  marketers are simply feeding off of the viewers’ opinions about what it is they want to see. Do you think the same applies to this recent wave of vampire love that has swept across viewers?

Just in case you haven’t noticed, allow me to give you a few examples. Anne Rice came onto the scene in the 1970s with her infamous novel  Interview With A Vampire. It wasn’t until the late 90s when we all saw Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise roaming the streets in Neil Jordan’s directed adaptation. Several of her other stories went on to become major motion pictures – some even became television series and seen on ballet stages. Even Elton John stepped up to write the music for the Broadway production.

More recently we have the Twilight series that has swept the world by storm, much like the Harry Potter series did. Girls are flocking from all over the globe to Forks, Washington to see the high school and houses where the characters lived. The fan base is mostly tween to teen girls, but there are some males that seem just as addicted to the books as well as the movies.

Moreover, Stephenie Meyer’s books aren’t the only vampire books causing a stir: filmmaker Guillermo del Toro became an author this year with a best seller called The Strain and last year, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel was adapted into the Swedish movie Let the Right One in and became an art-house hit.

HBO has added to our need to vampires with the hit TV show True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries. It provides a more erotic-like story with Sookie Stackhouse falling for Bill Compton, a vampire that seems to do whatever it takes to keep her with him. The popular show averages about 11 million viewers tuning in each week to view episodes. HBO isn’t the only one with a vampire TV series. The CW has a teenage vampire series rolling out later this fall based on author L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries.

Why do we have such an attraction to any creature with fangs that appears on our television sets? President of FEARNet, Diane Robina says,

“This may sound crazy, but vampires are beautiful, gorgeous men and women who have been caught at their prettiest. They go out at night, they never get old. They’re like rock stars.”

It certainly is true. I can’t recall any vampire movie or TV show that I have ever watched where an “ugly” person was cast as a vampire; just take Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard for instance. Casting agents are making sure to draw in the female audience with some eye candy, and we’re not going to complain.

Author Richelle Mead has written the popular “Vampire Academy” series knows all about writing about vampires. To give more clarity to our addiction, she says,

“There is a big romantic element to the stories, which draws the girls in. There is an element of danger, and there is action. But romance will always get the girls.”

To add to that, Ashley Dos Santos, a senior account execute for Crosby Volmer International Communications, says,

“Hollywood is providing angst-ridden tween and teen girls with a slew of undead, poster-ready boyfriends. Take the magnetic idea of love and add the tragic element of connecting on a level that an average couple would never achieve.”

Any girl could relate to that. There has never been a girl I’ve met that hasn’t sat back at some point in her life and daydreamed of her knight in shining armor. We thrive on romance, and hot romantic guys. You add in the adrenaline rush of action and suspense; no doubt about it – we are hooked, line, and sinker. That’s why romance novels are so popular among women. It helps aid our daydreaming and the happily ever  after we all dream of. Mead confirms this, saying:

“Reading in general is sort of an escape. The paranormal takes that escape to the ultimate level. It’s about people who are kind of human but kind of forbidden. And you can’t get too creepy or scary: you can’t fall in love if it’s too out there.”

bill-compton-sookie-stackhouse-season-newShe does have a good point  there. Luckily, Hollywood is good at balancing a character’s good and evil traits – just enough killing to balance all the gushy love moments. Eric Northman wouldn’t be so appealing to everyone if all he did was kill nonstop. We’re intrigued by his admiration towards Sookie Stackhouse, his role of authority, and his dedication to Godric. He has the bad boy image that so many of us are attracted to, yet has the sweetness exposed before we can begin to hate him. Or Bill Compton, the civil war era vampire who has the old, southern, gentlemanly charm yet at the same time has the power to rip someone’s jugular to defend his love Sookie. It is not wonder Sookie and millions of fans are attracted of his ability to be a moral vampire but, when pushed he will fight back.

Robina hits the nail on the head with saying, “There’s just something about forbidden love. It’s a concept that never gets old.”Lucky for us fans, our favorite genre doesn’t seem to have an expiration date. Old-fashioned kinkiness never expires either. Robina is sure to add, “Sucking on the neck? Come on, there’s just something sensual about it.”

Whether you’re an avid reader who goes through page after page of a vampire story, or sits by your television set making sure to catch all the latest vampire-related shows/episodes, we can all agree that there is something intriguing about these gorgeous creatures that don’t die as we humans do. The forbidden element of love is always  there and the theatrics from Hollywood add to the mysterious element that is the paranormal. No matter which series you are into, there is one thing all fans can agree on: Vampires have gotten into our system and we’re not about to let them go.

Credit: azcentral.com

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True Blood Season 2 Spoilers: Photos From Episode 11

August 29, 2009

Here are some spoiler photos from Episode 11, Frenzy of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood. Looking at these photos we can see that there is going to be alot happening in this upcoming episode.  So True Blood fans get ready for lots of excitement and a rollercoaster ride this Sunday, August 30 at 9 pm EDT on HBO. To enlarge click the photo then click the box in the bottom right-hand corner to expand to its original size..

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MICHELLE FORBES: Mysterious Maenad

August 29, 2009

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Originally from Austin, Texas, Michelle Renee Forbes, always dreamed she would be a ballet dancer.  Even though, by her own admission, she was “dreadfully shy” as a child, she gravitated towards the arts and eventually attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston when she was 16.  While still in high school, she was signed to the legendary William Morris Agency and, upon graduation, moved to New York City to start her professional acting career.  There, Michelle honed her craft by performing in the theater until landing a juicy double role as memorable, mischief-maker “Sonni/Sonita Carrera” on the stalwart soap opera “The Guiding Light” for which Michelle garnered  Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominations.

After The Guiding Light, Michelle began to work in film, most notably as photographer, Carrie Laughlin in 1993’s “Kalifornia”, starring opposite David Duchoveny and Brad Pitt (for which she was nominated for a Saturn Award), and Dawn Lockard, the female lead in the 1994 black comedy Swimming with Sharks” with Kevin Spacey, just to name a few.

But episodic television seemed to beckon Michelle back to the small screen.  She went on to star in a myriad of memorable recurring roles on acclaimed television shows such as medical examiner, Dr. Julianna Cox on “Homicide: Life on the Street” and as Presidential Advisor, Lynne Kresgeon on  “24”  (SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble).  Ms. Forbes also has the covetable distinction of being indoctrinated into Science Fiction history for her contributions as Admiral Helena Cain in “Battlestar Gallactica” and, of course, she is forever ingrained into the Star Trek universe for portraying disgraced Bajoran Star Fleet officer Ensign Ro Laren on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.   In addition, if you’re a gamer, you might also recognize her voice from video games like “Chronicles of Riddick” and the very popular “Half-Life 2”.

Of late, Ms. Forbes is being awarded high praise for her starring roles on two HBO hit shows:  “In Treatment” as repressed housewife Kate, of Gabriel Byrne’s therapist character, Paul, and as supernatural Maenad, Maryann Forrestor on “True Blood”. This year, Michelle also joined the cast of the Canadian psychological drama series, Durham County as forensic psychologist, Dr. Penelope Verity, which is set to air in the U.S. on The Movie Network and Movie Central sometime in 2010.

Ms. Forbes resides in London and Los Angeles, the latter where she just completed filming season two of “True Blood”.  Fans hope she will return for more midsummer mischief in season three.  Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, the future doesn’t look so good for ol’ Maryann, especially if Jason Stackhouse has anything to say about it!

MICHELLE FORBES CAREER

True Blood …. Maryann Forrester (14 episodes, 2008-2009)

“Durham County” …. Dr. Pen Verrity (6 episodes, 2009)

“In Treatment” …. Kate (15 episodes, 2008-2009)

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (2009) (VG) (voice) …. Captain Gail Revas

“Wonderland” …. Dr. Lyla Garrity (8 episodes, 2000-2009)

Diplomacy (2009) …. U.S. Secretary of State

“Lost” …. Karen Decker (1 episode, 2008)

“Waking the Dead” …. Sarah (3 episodes, 2007-2008)

Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007) (VG) (voice) …. Dr. Judith Mossman

Unthinkable (2007) (TV) …. Jamie McDowell

“Boston Legal” …. Juliette Monroe (1 episode, 2006)

Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006) (VG) (voice) …. Dr. Judith Mossman

“Prison Break” …. Samantha Brinker (7 episodes, 2005-2006)

“Holby City” …. Rhetta Slattery (1 episode, 2006)

“Battlestar Galactica” …. Admiral Helena Cain

“The Inside” …. Zoya Petikof (1 episode, 2005)

“Alias” …. Dr. Maggie Sinclair (1 episode, 2005)

Global Frequency (2005) (TV) …. Miranda Zero

“Love Is the Drug” …. Reena (3 episodes, 2004)

Half-Life 2 (2004) (VG) (voice) …. Dr. Judith Mossman

Al Roach: Private Insectigator (2004) …. Dede Dragonfly

Messiah: The Promise (2004) (TV) …. Susan Metcalfe

Dandelion (2004) …. Mrs. Voss

“24” …. Lynne Kresge (18 episodes, 2002-2003)

“Fastlane” …. Lena (1 episode, 2002)

American Girl (2002/I) …. Madge Grubb

Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine (2002) (TV)

Johnson County War (2002) (TV) …. Rory Hammett

“Strong Medicine” …. Assistant District Attorney Jill Sorenson

Messiah (2001) (TV) …. Susan Metcalfe

Perfume (2001) …. Francene

“The District” …. Helen York (7 episodes, 2000)

Bullfighter (2000) …. Mary

Homicide: The Movie (2000) (TV) …. Dr. Julianna Cox

“Brimstone” …. Assistant D.A. Julia Trent (1 episode, 1998)

“Homicide: Life on the Street” …. Dr. Julianna Cox (32 episodes, 1996-1998)

Dry Martini (1998) …. Valeria

The Prosecutors (1996) (TV) …. Dist. Atty. Rachel Simone

Escape from L.A. (1996) …. Brazen

“The Outer Limits” …. Jamie Pratt (1 episode, 1996)

Black Day Blue Night (1995) …. Rinda Woolley

The Chosen One (1995) …. The Mother

Just Looking (1995) …. Mary

“Seinfeld” …. Julie (1 episode, 1994)?    – The Big Salad

Swimming with Sharks (1994) …. Dawn Lockard

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” …. Ensign Ro Laren (9 episodes, 1991-1994)

The Road Killers (1994) …. Helen

Kalifornia (1993) …. Carrie Laughlin

Love Bites (1993) …. Nerissa

“Shannon’s Deal” (1 episode, 1991)

“Father Dowling Mysteries” …. Gym Instructor (1 episode, 1991)

“The Guiding Light” (1952) TV series …. Dr. Sonni Wells  Carrera (1987-1989)

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True Blood Season 2: Episode 10 – “ New World in my View”

August 29, 2009

Sookie and Jason return to Bon Temps with Bill in a travel coffin. On arrival they find Bon Temps trashed and upside down. On further exploration they find everyone possessed by (unknown to them) Maryann. At Bills house Hoytt tried to contain Maxine’s possessed actions as Jessica tries to (unsuccessfully) contain her Vampiric rage.On returning home, Sookie finds her house inhabited by Maryann who has taken it upon herself to do a little redecorating. In an attempt to evict Maryann, Bill finds that his usual defense is powerless, but Sookie discovers that she holds an unexpected reaction to Maryann’s violence.

Maryanne: Megatroll from Hades

Maryanne: Megatroll from Hades

Arlene lures Sam out of hiding and to Merlottes where Sam discovers a trap filled will Zombionic townsfolk all hungry for his blood. Andy and Sam take extended refuge in the freezer until they are saved (for a moment) by Jason Stackhouse. Just before Sam is taken to Maryann’s and lost for good, Jason and Andy concoct a plan that although unorthodox, is brilliant beyond words.
Tara while being held safe at Lafayette’s house is visited by Sookie and Bill. After an extended session, Tara is finally freed of Maryanne’s grip. Bill, knowing that he can’t face Maryann alone leaves to find answers from the only person who he knows could stop her, but is he too late

Top 5 of New World in my View

1. Jason Stackhouse’s dramatic scheme to free Sam Merlotte from the Townsfolk. So unconvincing – unless you were zombified by Maryann.

2. Jessica’s struggle to remain composed during Maxine’s outbursts. I think we have all been there!

3. Maryann’s redecorating. Although non traditional, it works in a supernatural Martha Stuart kinda way.

4. Welcome Back Tara!

5. The feeling that these characters have all walked into a B grade Zombie Horror film. It will be interesting to see how the town gets cleared up after.

[Editor’s Prerogative: for my top spots and one demerit below]

  1. Everything Jason.  Can you believe the double entandre of having Jason fake being ‘The God Who Comes’?  And Ryan played it perfectly.  Was I the only one that saw his ears perk up and rotate forward when a new waitress at Merlotte‘s was mentioned?  I think that because she died before he got to score her she might have been the one that got away….
  2. Bill is Back!  Where have you BEEN handsome?  Bill bonding with Jason (finally the father Jason always needed, who trusts him and treats him like a man).  Bill putting himself between Sookie and danger. Bill standing up to Eric. Bill trusting everyone.. Sookie (you fool!), Jason (good call!), Jessica (Oh Boy!)…  Bill and Sookie working together to bring back Tara was just awesome! This is going to be a great thing in the long run.. something they can do together.
  3. Lafayette, as always, best lines of the night.  “If there was ever a time to trust a white man, this is the time.”  You don’t get much whiter than dead… “Just because Jesus and I decided to see other people doesn’t mean we don’t talk from time to time.” LOL!  Is there a name for that finger octopus he did in that chick’s face to back her out?
  4. Dale Raoul played a bang up Maxine Fortenberry.  Yeah I still think Maxine is pathetic but that woman can play one wild, demonic game of Wii!

Even though I loved the episode there are only four favorite scenes tonight because it was just too damn SHORT!  Seriously, I doubt they ran out of material so what’s the deal?  And then we’re bombarded with advertisements? Isn’t the reason that we pay for HBO because we don’t get a lot of ads?  I understand that times are tough and that True Blood is attracting huge viewer numbers and it’s tempting to try to put it next to your WHOLE line up but 42 minutes?  Really? One demerit, see the nun in the corner for your time out.

Please put your top choices in the comment section WAY down at the bottom of the page!
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True Blood Season 2: New Promo From Episode 11 “Frenzy”

August 29, 2009

tara-sookieHBO has released another video promo for Episode 11, Frenzy set to air this Sunday, August 30 at 9 pm EDT on HBO.  This sneak peek video takes a look at Sookie and Tara and Tara‘s pleas to help save Eggs from the the clutches of Maryann.  What will Sookie do?  Will she try to save Eggs and if so can he be saved?  Just one of the plots many True Blood fans are waiting to see play out in these final two episodes of season 2 of True Blood. Oh I hate saying that because it just reminds me we will have to endure a long wait until True Blood return for season 3.  Just savor every moment for now. Click play and then double click the screen to enlarge.

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Anna Paquin’s Healthy Lifestyle

August 29, 2009

anna-1When it comes to staying in shape, Anna Paquin knows how to make good choices. After all, her True Blood character, Sookie Stackhouse, gives her body plenty of exposure on national television. But more than looking good, Anna makes healthy decisions to keep herself feeling good.

She is a very active person and enjoys lots of different things. She says that she is “obsessed with Pilates.” She also goes swimming in the ocean, is learning how surf, rides her bike, and has taken some trapeze classes.

Being on a television series sometimes requires actors to work 18-hour days. Anna finds time to take naps and give her body rest. She also stays out of unhealthy habits, but says,

“Kombucha and coffee are my two biggest vices.”

(For those of you who are wondering, Kombucha is a type of tea.)

It’s lovely that Anna seems like a celebrity who cares about staying healthy, but not about starving herself to stay thin. She talks about avoiding unhealthy habits instead of denying herself every food she enjoys. And she clearly exercises in ways that are fun for her. All of that in addition to her demanding job on True Blood!

SOURCE: fitsugar.com

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Brentwood Theatre: Mission Accomplished

August 29, 2009

The Twits poster by Karen McInnisBrentwood Theatre, where True Blood’s Stephen Moyer learned his theatrical skills, announced that all of their backstage facilities have finally  been completed. The new facilities include proper dressing rooms, a new theatre office, washroom facilities, galley kitchen, multi-use space which can be used as dance studio with full mirrors, rehearsal area, dressing room, and a forty-seat studio theatre, proudly named  “The Audrey Longman Studio”.

It was on September 2005 when Brentwood Theatre started the appeal to raise £350,000 (around $578k) to replace their existing temporary facilities. From then on, it has been reported that over £400,000 (around $660k) has been raised from fun runs, naked calendars, special dinners, and the famous Buy a Brick program – wherein they gave out an all- American section because of the large number of support.

Later this year on December 30, Brentwood Theatre Company will be presenting Roald Dahl’s “The TWITS”. And they are fortunate to have its poster designed by none other than Karen McInnis, an Emmy Award winning artist and animator. Apparently, McInnis being a fan of Stephen Moyer and True Blood, immediately offered her services after hearing about the theatre.

Mark Reed, from the community theatre stated:

“One of the American fans of our patron, Stephen Moyer, offered her services as a professional designer and created this wonderful unique artwork for us.”

On the other hand,  McInnis said:

“When the guys started asking people what sort of image should be used to promote this show, I sketched out some ideas…They fell in love with my designs and, several adjustments later, we came up with this picture…I am so pleased to be supporting the theatre in this way and wish them the best of luck.”

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