VIDEO: Anna Paquin From The Set of The Romantics

November 26, 2009

Anna-Paquin-The-RomanticsEntertainment Tonight recently interviewed Anna Paquin and the rest for the cast from the set of “The Romantics” where Anna and the various cast members discussed their roles and the making of the film.  This appears to be a very funny movie and one of those “feel good” films that many will find enjoyable.

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VIDEO: Ryan Kwanten’s Appearance on the Chelsea Lately Show

November 26, 2009

Ryan-Kwanten-Brown-HairRyan Kwanten, best known for his amazing portrayal of the lovable Jason Stackhouse on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood appeared on The Chelsea Lately Show on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 which was recorded in Australia at the Sydney’s Foxtel Studios.  It very enjoyable to watch Ryan as he told a very funny incident that happened when his mother attended a Hollywood gala function with him.  It was very cute!  Enjoy!

SOURCE: E!Online.com

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Happy Birthday Kristin Bauer!!!

November 26, 2009

We here at TrueBloodNet.com want to wish Kristin Bauer aka Pam a very Happy 36th Birthday today!!! We are all looking forward to seeing Kristin return for Season 3 of True Blood and seeing her play the delightfully sarcastic vampire Pam.  Have a wonderful day Kristin!

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Happy Thanksgiving From TrueBloodNet!

November 26, 2009

We here at TrueBloodNet.com would like to wish everyone who is celebrating today a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!  We would like to say thank you to all the wonderful people who visit our site.  What we are thankful for is the wonderful opportunity to share with other fellow True Blood fans the love and appreciate 0f one of the best TV shows on television:  True Blood.  Thank you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Ryan Kwanten Comes Home To Australia To Film

November 25, 2009

Ryan KwantenRyan Kwanten who portrays Jason Stackhouse in True Blood is the lead  superhero in the upcoming Australian independent film entitled Griff The Invisible.

Griff The Invisible is directed and written by Leon Ford who believes that it might be Australia’s first superhero film and superhero romantic comedy. Griff is an office worker by day and he turns into a crime-fighting superhero at night.

From Ryan’s words we can sense a feeling of both attraction and desperation for this Aussie flick. He said,

“This film was something that went straight to my core. It’s the kind of story that you read and, even if I hadn’t got the role, it would have stuck with me. I put myself on tape in the States, and at the end of my audition I really just wanted to say ‘f*** guys, believe me I can do this. I am right for this.

The cast and crew have been shooting the film in the past month in inner Sydney. They also have filmed in Surry Hills alleyways, Hyde Park in the CBD, main hall at Central Station and around Pyrmont.

According to IMDb, Griff The Invisible is set to be released on June 1, 2010 in Australia.

Kwanten added,

“This was such an incredible story to be able to be a part of, and it was a total labour of love for everyone. It was really something special, and I hadn’t seen that in a while, because in the States they tend to, rather than solve things creatively, sometimes just throw a little too much money at it.”

Ryan Kwanten‘s acting performance in True Blood is quite a blast. So there’s no doubt that he’ll perfectly sync into Griff’s character in this film!

Source: news.ninemsn.com.au
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Bite Me! Please!! Why We Are Attracted to Vampires

November 25, 2009

bigger photo of vampires_on_true_blood-13751It looks like 2009 is emerging as the Year of the Vampire. Judging from the fan girls’ responses to the recent release of New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight saga, vampires seem to have no trouble sending heart rates racing. At the recent London premiere of New Moon, Robert Pattinson was greeted by hundreds of screaming girls. Twilight, the film, released in the UK last year, took £11 million in the UK and its soundtrack has sold more than 200, 000 copies.

But lest we forget, the vampires of New Moon are merely the latest in the long line of vampires appearing on a screen near you. And the list is growing longer than my arm. We have, for example, the Korean film Thirst, a film Korean director Park Chan-Wook, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes (2009). We also have the Swedish film, Let The Right One In, directed by Thomas Alfredson, based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s book of the same name. As N. Hayes indicate, not all of these

“are arthouse flicks either. Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire Assistant, which opened a couple of weeks ago, might have been a big box-office hit had it been anything other than vein-openingly tedious from start to finish.”

However, as vampire lovers all know, it being the Year of the Vampire, vampires are also appearing on our small screens too and stalking us across the pages of vampire fiction, a burgeoning field in itself. On the small screen in the UK, we have Being Human where the traditional comedic set-up of a flat-share is given a delightful spin by having a ghost, vampire and werewolf share a house in Bristol. The Vampire Diaries is another offering on the small screen. Based on L. J. Smith’s novels The Vampire Diaries, this TV series follows the love affair between a vampire and human girl.

And last, but not by the longest shot, least, we have the steamy Southern Gothic True Blood. This hit HBO series has set hearts alight, sent pulses racing and fans swooning in heated fantasies about what they would do to the True Blood vampires if and when they get their hands on them. Poor vampires. No longer the creatures to be feared these fanged creatures are now the subject of fans’ lustful responses and heated fantasies. Can you blame me for feeling some sympathy for our True Blood vampires?

N. Haynes isn’t the first one to wonder aloud about why we are so in love with the vampire. According to Haynes, she suggests that,

“First, they fulfill our need for monsters. People have always needed epic storytelling […] We want gods, heroes, and monsters, because fantasy takes us away from the pedestrian world in which we live. And when the economy is faltering and the news depressing, we look for escapism even more than usual.”

Haynes also continues to suggest that part of the allure of being with a vampire and becoming vampire is because

“You become immortal […] You don’t get ill, you don’t get old. In a culture that worships youth above all things, is it any wonder that we are falling for ever-young, ever-strong vampires? […] Vampires are also the acceptable face of fetish. The universal vampire characteristics are being pale, going out at night, wearing dark clothes and having nice manners […] and biting isn’t too deviant, on a sliding scale from nought to Max Mosley [A/N: UK readers will probably smile at this statement, appreciating the irony of this comparison of vampires to Moseley]”

But I heavily suspect there is more to this vampire mystique than merely the act of biting or having the fantasy of being forever youthful. Surely Botox could cover that need sufficiently? If message boards, chat rooms and fan clubs are any indication, the whole scenario of being seduced and surrendering control to a powerful dangerous immortal being is a huge part of the fantasy. In short, and not to mince one’s words, compared to sex with mere mortals, the potential of death via vampire sex gives the vampire a lot of their sexual edge. Indeed, Katherine Ramsland, Professor of psychology at DeSales University has even suggested that,

“It’s kind of autoerotic asphyxia […] In terms of fantasy, the vampire mystique is 90 per cent sexual. It’s a metaphor for dangerous sex. Because if it goes wrong, you’re gone […] I think it’s weird to be the impaled one, the seduced one […] There are so many women who want to lose control. And I thought women had come a little further than that.”

And the contemporary vampire, whether it’s Edward Cullen, Spike, Angel, Vampire Billbill and sookie Compton or Eric Northman allow those fantasies to be played out through them. They become our mirror on which we project the wide spectrum of our modern 21st century fantasies. Whether it’s a sweet old-fashioned vampire romance; dangerous sexuality; or steamy fantasies; our attraction to vampires boil down to the classic tormented relationship with forms of otherness.

As our mirror, the contemporary vampire, in his various incarnations on the small and big screen, appears as the glamorous outcast, sexual deviant, rebel, rogue and tortured soul. We only have to cast our minds back to Spike, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and remember how he updates several of these conventions associated with the image of the vampire as alluring, sensual outsider and, as such, is the latest contribution to the image of the sympathetic and charismatic vampire as anti-hero. Spike, as sympathetic vampire, reaches back to ideas about vampirism stemming from the Romantic Movement and indeed back to Lord Byron. The vampires of the hit HBO series True Blood are also firmly walking in that long-standing tradition. No longer the crazed, loathsome shambling outsider of the Nosferatu legend; these True Blood vampires are creatures who inhabit our contemporary cultural landscape. Judging from the heated responses to Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) and the Viking vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard), we are head over heels in adoration with these fanged creatures of the night.

As we know by now, the introduction of the sympathetic vampire in the early years of the 20th century simultaneously generated a dedicated and large fan club which persists today. Similarly, Hollywood produced a number of sympathetic vampires, including Bela Lugosi’s lonely depiction of Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931). A decade later, Universal produced a second sympathetic version of Dracula in House of Dracula (Erle C. Kenton, 1945) in which the vampire was portrayed as genuinely longing for release from his vampiric ‘malady’.

Following firmly in the footsteps of the vampires preceding them, the sympathetic and ambiguous vampires of True Blood (rather than vampire-as-menace) who are intent on mainstreaming have similarly produced enormous fan cultures. And these vampires are more than capable of sating the fans’ appetite for vampires who embody the full spectrum of vampire allure and sexuality.

imageWhere Vampire Bill might epitomize the gentility of Southern charm and manners and Eric Northman unruly cool; within True Blood fandom, both characters conjure images of hidden suffering and enforced ‘outsider’ status. Just witness the fans’ responses to the back stories of both Bill Compton and Eric Northman. Where once Lord Byron, James Dean and Rochester were capable of making female readers and viewers swoon; it now appears that the True Blood vampires have assumed that much coveted status.

In short, our attraction to vampires is because they represent the otherness of vampires and dangerous sexuality, having become inexorably intertwined since Stoker’s iconic sexual predator Count Dracula took a little nip of Mina and Lucy back in 1897. Our modern vampires have come a long way since Count Dracula. While they have been humanized through their desire to mainstream, these vampires still embody a perverse yet attractive hypersexuality. Coupled with the potential for danger and death, Vampire Bill and Eric Northman share the dubious and envied ability of making some of the most unlikely of women yearn for the vampire embrace.

SOURCE: Timesonline

Photo credit: HBO Inc.

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Carrie Preston At The 2009 CNN Heroes Awards

November 25, 2009

Carrie-Preston-True-BloodThe lovely Carrie Preston best known for her role as Arlene Fowler on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood attended the 2009 CNN Heroes Awards held at The Kodak Theatre on November 21, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

The 2009 CNN Heroes Awards recognizes ordinary people who have made a difference in their communities and this year ten honorees from around the world were honored for their efforts. The telecast of the event is set to air on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 9:00pm EST/PST on CNN.

SOURCE: rpulse.com

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Ryan Kwanten On The Chelsea Lately Show Tonight!

November 24, 2009

Ryan-Kwanten-Jason-StackhouseDon’t forget!!! Ryan Kwanten, who plays the lovable Jason Stackhouse on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood, will be on the Chelsea Lately Show tonight, Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 11:00pm EDT on the E! Network. Tonight’s show is set in Australia at the Sydney’s Foxtel Studios in front of a live audience that will feature Ryan and Australian guests Guy Branum, Heather McDonald, and Wil Anderson. So don’t forget to set up your DVR because it sounds like it is going to be lots of fun to watch.

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Carrie Preston Enjoying Her Success

November 24, 2009

Carrie PrestonCarrie Preston‘s rise to fame has been slow and steady with increasing success and recognition with each project she has been is involved in.  Starting with parts in films such as Transamerica and The Stepford Wives, to making guest appearances on TV shows like Arrested Development and Sex and the City, Carrie is now making a big splash as the red-headed waitress Arlene Fowler on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood.

In her latest project, That Evening Sun, Carrie takes on the role of Ludie Choat, a farm wife trying to survive on a former homestead of an aging Tennessee farmer (Hal Holbrook) which is based on Southern author William Gay’s short stories.  Carrie‘s talented performance shines throughout this movie as a demonstration of her ability to play an array of complex characters and a testament to the deserved success of this Georgia native.

“When I became a classically trained actor, I lost the accent,” she says. “And then my first major Hollywood movie was My Best Friend’s Wedding where I was playing a Southerner. So you can take the girl out of Georgia, but you can’t take the Georgia out of the girl. I’m glad because I like being able to call it up when I need it. I think it’s nice to have the luxury to distinguish between different types of accents, different types of class, you know, different characters, whereas a lot of actors in Hollywood just sort of put on this Tennessee Williams thing.”

Carrie has worked hard to get where she is today by not only going after opportunities but creating them as well. In 2004, she created her own production company, Daisy 3 Pictures, along with James Vasquez and Mark Holmes and directed her first feature, 29th and Gay. Later on she starred in her 2007 production of Ready? OK! alongside her real-life husband Michael Emerson (Ben Linus on Lost).

“If you’re not being hired, then every little brick that you lay, you know, ‘I built something here,’” she says. “I feel like since True Blood came on the air, a lot of things just all came to a head at the same time. It’s been a really good year for me.”

We are confident that Carrie will continue to have many more good years, not only through her role on True Blood, but in all of her endeavors.

SOURCE: pastemagazine.com

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What’s Cookin! – Louisiana Seafood Fetuccini

November 24, 2009

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Lafayette comin’ atcha here.  Youse know that I am an Entrepreneur!  I work on da road crew to keep myself lookin’ hot and SEXAY and line my pockets with a little jingle.  Then at nights I cook at Merlotte‘s bar where all the local necks hang out.  So now I’m branchin’ out and I’m goin’ to be Bon Temps version of da BAM! man.  I mean no one has more Bam! Bam! Bam! than ‘lil ole me!  And I kin cook too! Every week or so I’m going to teach y’all to make food good enough to melt even Nan Flanagan‘s heart. Bon Chika Wow Wow – Appetit!

Louisiana Seafood Fetuccini

Welcome back.  Howyamamaanddem?  Child, I sho hope you all doin’ well.  We done had a scare down in these here parts over da past couple of days.  Since those hurricanes ran up in here over da past couple of years, everybody kind of gun shy, ya heard me?  I know youse remember seeing all dem people in New Orleans after Katrina hit.  Katrina was a real witch, you know what I’m sayin?  She did a serious number on us and nobody here’s gonna forget about her anytime soon.

Well, we nearly had another visitor over da weekend – that being Ida, a hurricane turned tropical storm.  Ida had everybody kinda scared round here.  Everybody in Bon Temps was buying up all da water and canned goods. That crazy-azz Maxine Fortinberry still in her storm cellar I hears tell. Not me – I said I ain’t even much gonna worry my nerves bout that storm.  If she come here, then I was just gonna deal with it then.  Lord knows I done been through a whole lot worse than a little ol’ storm.

Anyway, it’s time to get back down to bidness and that means me bringing y’all some more finger lickin’ grub.  Now here’s a recipe that is easy and tasty – kind of like ya boy!  Jokes – I got jokes – so let’s get to the recipe.

Ingredients:

1 pound of crawfish tails or shrimp

1 stick of butter

1 yellow onion (doan let no vampires cut these, we don’t needs no blood in our seafood!)

1 green bell pepper

1 stalk of green onions

1 large can of cream of mushroom soup

½ block of Velveeta (not the super industrial size, hooka use some sense!)

Directions:

Saute onions, bell pepper and seafood in butter until tender.  I like to do a little dance while my food simmers.  You do what you like, but doing a little jig makes it a heck of lot more interesting and the time flies by.  Next, you want to add a can of cream of mushroom soup and can of water.  Cook until smooth and then add chunks of Velveeta.  Cook and stir until completely smooth.  Serve over fetuccini noodles, angel hair or bowtie pasta.

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Graphics Creation Credits: Steven Easterly

To read more yummy Lafayette approved recipes go to the “What’s Cookin‘” archives!

Disclaimer: These recipes are provided for entertainment and culinary purposes only and should be made by ordinary humans only with ordinary ingredients.  This column is a parody of the Gothic fantasy series, True Blood, and as such, is presented here for your amusement.  What’s Cookin’ and the various writers that contribute to it, have no relationship/affiliation to HBO, True Blood, or any of the cast or crew of said nor any relation to Charlain Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels.

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