VIDEO: Alexander Skarsgard At the HBO’s The Pacific Premiere

February 28, 2010

Alexander Skarsgard attended the premiere of HBO‘s “The Pacific” on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the Chinese Theater on in Los Angeles, California.  Alexander took the time before the premiere to sign some autographs for fans and take photos as seen in this video.  Enjoy!

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AUDIOS: True Blood Cast Interviewed for UK Premiere

February 28, 2010

As True Blood continues to gain international popularity, UK fans can let out a collective sigh of relief – season 2 finally premiered on Friday, February 26th!

Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman),  Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), and Michelle Forbes (Maryann Forrester) sat down with TV.Com UK Podcast and talked about everything from dialect coaching to their off-screen relationships.

What was Eric REALLY saying during season 2’s Swedish scenes? Do the cast members believe in real vampires? What do they hope happens to their characters is season 3? All this (and more) is discussed in this two-part podcast special.

The podcasts can be downloaded for free at http://cdn.cnet.co.uk/tvcom/podcast/xml/podcast.xml.  Once on the page left mouse click the mp3 and then click the “Save link as” to download it.

You can get involved with any of TV.com’s our podcast discussions via their our twitter feed @TVdotcomUK.

SOURCE: TV.Com

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Alan Ball Talks to the Guardian about True Blood Season 2 in the UK

February 28, 2010

Executive producer Alan Ball is immersed in work on Season 3 of True Blood, but he took some time to think back on the second season since those episodes began airing in the UK this week. Speaking with the Guardian, Alan discusses the many things that make the show so addictive.

He told the story of buying Dead Until Dark that has become so memorable to us now as the birth of True Blood. Charlaine Harris’ books quickly had him hooked, and it was impossible for him to read just one chapter and stop:

“It’s the way people watch TV a lot now, in the DVD boxiest. You watch an episode and you gotta watch the next one. And there’s something kind of fun and dare I say addictive about that. I think it’s all great for the show.”

He loved the blend of horror, humor, and romance in Sookie‘s story, and he has sought to maintain that on the show. He also finds a lot of interesting material to develop in the Southern setting:

“Originally when I started working on the series, I wanted to explore the twin polarities in the South of Sunday morning revival church meetings, and Saturday night at the bar where you go and get so drunk that you give yourself permission to do the things you wanna do. Because they’re opposite sides of the same desire, which is the desire for transcendence.”

There are plenty of things about True Blood that people criticize, but Alan cites the mindset of HBO as the reason they are able to take risks. Otherwise, the show might be diluted to appeal to more people’s sensibilities, but it would also prevent them from being as creative in their storytelling on True Blood:

“The executives at HBO don’t want things to be easy and overly explained and pre-digested. They want things to be complicated. If this show was on a network then Bill and Sookie’s relationship would be perfect and he’d never do anything horrible and it wouldn’t be messy and you’d never see them have sex and him actually bite her. But that’s the point.”

He knows that the show is more for an adult audience, but he also doesn’t believe that some younger people are as sheltered as they are expected to be:

“It’s never been for young teenagers. I’ve always thought it was a show for adults. And by the way, if people think teenagers aren’t having sex, they’re out of their minds! I mean teenagers are like vampires. They basically are sex!”

A bit of a shocking remark to end the interview on, but it’s no surprise coming from him! Fans love the show just the way it is, and we are grateful that Alan can be just as twisted as his heart desires!

SOURCE: guardian.co.uk

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Get Bitten at the True Blood Convention in the UK

February 28, 2010

British fans of the popular HBO series, “True Blood,” will finally have their thirst for blood quenched in the form of a “True Blood” convention. Vampires and shape-shifters alike are taking a break from the steamy heat of Bon Temps this summer to meet their devoted fans in the UK. So get ready all of you bloody Brits – some of your favorite actors and actresses from “True Blood” arrive this August:

Basic Event Details:
Massive Events Presents:  Bitten

When:  August 6th-8th, 2010
Where:  Northhampton, England
Venue:  The Park Inn

Cost:
Standard Pass  £78 ($120)
Silver Pass         £135 ($209)
Gold Pass           £195 ($302)

All participants must be over the age of 16.

The various passes will allow participants to attend events.  The level of pass will determine which events you can attend.  Events are being added daily, so make sure that you check the convention site to get the latest info.

Want to meet your favorite characters from the show? Enjoy a glass of wine with fellow “True Blood” fans? So far, the schedule sounds pretty exciting with the following events already confirmed:

  • Exclusive wine reception
  • Autograph Sessions
  • Professional photo-shoot sessions
  • Themed parties
  • Sunday night “chill out” party
  • Guest talks and panels
  • Souvenir program
  • Dealers room
  • More to come

Bitten has also two confirmed guests for the convention:  our favorite bar owner and shape shifter Sam Merlotte, played by Sam Trammell, will be on hand as well as Fangtasia’s sexiest bouncer, vampire Pam, played by Kristin Bauer. Massive Events is also working to confirm more exciting guests from the show.

UK fans, make sure to keep checking back for further information as it becomes available because this is an event you don’t want to miss.

SOURCE:  Massive Events

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“Flame on!” Ryan Kwanten as the Human Torch?

February 28, 2010

On comicbookmovie.com, fansite member LEEE777 posted his opinions on who he’d re-cast for the “Fantastic Four ” movie.

Based on the comic book character, super hero Johnny Storm (the Human Torch), in addition to flying, has the powers of generating flames and surrounding himself with them.

“He can engulf his entire body in flames, is able to fly, can absorb fire harmlessly into his own body and can control any nearby fire by sheer force of will. “Flame on!”, which the Torch customarily shouts when activating his full-body flame effect, has become his catchphrase.”

Stating that, when compared to his beautiful and compassionate sister, Johnny Storm is brash and impetuous, perhaps LEEE777 had in mind Ryan Kwanten in his “True Blood” role as Jason Stackhouse when he wrote, “No brainer really, Ryan is Human Torch.”

Should there ever be a remake of “Fantastic Four,” fans would probably find Ryan a very believable human torch.  Flame on!

SOURCE: comicbookmovie.com

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Charlaine Harris: A Female Force To Be Reckoned With

February 27, 2010

In exciting news for fans of HBO’s “True Blood” and the Sookie Stackhouse series on which it is based, author Charlaine Harris will be featured in Bluewater Productions’ Female Force comic book biography series.  This follows hot on the heels of the news that Charlaine’s Harper Connelly series is to be published in graphic format.

Bluewater Productions is a publishing company that specializes in comic book, graphic novel and multimedia stories of classic myths, science fiction and superheroes.  They have also recently begun to publish the biography comic series FEMALE FORCE and POLITICAL POWER.  According to the Bluewater Productions, Charlaine is the first subject of a graphic format biography to agree to participate in its production and spent considerable time with the comic’s writer, Kim Sherman.

Female Force: Charlaine Harris will trace the writer’s career from the publication of the lighthearted Aurora Teargarden mysteries to the phenomenon of her vampire-infused Sookie Stackhouse stories.

Here is the Official Press release:

Bluewater brings to life the story of Sookie Stackhouse‘s and “TRUE BLOOD” creator

It’s the rare author who achieves superstar status. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Tom Clancy, John Grisham and J.K. Rowling may be household names. But for every one of them, there are hundreds of struggling writers who watch as their masterpieces never make it anywhere near the New York Times’ bestseller list.

For most of the more than 20 years that Charlaine Harris has spent writing mysteries, she fit squarely into that later category. She had her fans, but she was nowhere near a household name. Then she created a character called Sookie Stackhouse, and everything changed.

Sookie Stackhouse is now the featured character on HBO‘s hit southern gothic vampire series True Blood. And Harris, who will release her 10th Sookie Stackhouse book this summer, is finally one of those household names.

This May, Harris will also star in her first comic book, as the subject of Bluewater Productions’ latest entry in its popular Female Force line of biographical comics. Harris herself participated in Female Force: Charlaine Harris, granting extensive interviews to writer Kim Sherman. This marks an important first for Bluewater: Harris is the first celebrity to be interviewed for the Female Force series.

“Gathering first-hand information and feeling the strength that Harris exudes, both personally and professionally, immensely contributes to the originality and authenticity of this Female Force book,” said writer Sherman.

Nathanlie Ooten provided the interior art for Female Force: Charlaine Harris, while artist Patricio Carbajal provided the cover.

Female Force: Charlaine Harris will trace the writer’s career from the publication of the lighthearted Aurora Teargarden mysteries to the phenomenon of her vampire-infused Sookie Stackhouse stories.

This book is an especially appropriate one for Sherman. Earlier, Sherman wrote Bluewater’s Fame: Robert Pattison, profiling the actor who stars as the vampire with a conscience in the hit Twilight movies. In profiling Harris, Sherman is again exploring the world of literary vampires.

For Bluewater president Darren G. Davis, the Harris biography provides another chance to introduce new readers to the world of comic books.

“With our Female Force, Fame and Political Power biography comics, we’ve introduced countless new readers to the joy of sequential storytelling,” Davis said. “These comics have proven to be exceptionally popular. We expect Charlaine Harris‘ story to attract even new readers to the graphic format.”

Female Force: Charlaine Harris will retail for $3.99, and will include 32 pages.

Charlaine Harris is an inspiration to young writers everywhere,” Davis added. “Harris never quit on her dreams to become a published writer. And she kept writing until she reached the explosive success that her Sookie Stackhouse books now enjoy. I’m thrilled to present this talented writer’s story to the fans who only know Stackhouse from True Blood.”

Way to go Charlaine!

SOURCE:

MTV Splash Page

Bluewater Productions

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What Creatures May Be In True Blood’s Future

February 27, 2010

The Southern Vampire Mysteries are full of paranormal creatures. Some, like vampires, are obviously there from the very beginning. Others, however, come much later in the series. One of those creatures is the werewolf, which as we know will be appearing in True Blood‘s upcoming season three, and presumably for as long as True Blood continues to create new seasons. In future books (beyond book three) and possibly future True Blood seasons, there could be many other new creatures too. An upcoming plotline for season four of True Blood will most likely involve Eric Northman getting amnesia and becoming completely antithetical of what we know him to be, acting almost as though he’s “fallen out of a Twilight novel”.

Another possibility for future seasons of True Blood is the introduction of faeries. Should they be introduced, we’d probably meet a pair of twin faeries with a connection to one of True Blood’s lead characters. We could also meet a couple of other new characters important to the lead characters of True Blood, including John Quinn, a weretiger who will be very important to Sookie, and Charles Twining, who has the awesome designation of being a vampire pirate bartender.

So, we’ve now got vampires, shapeshifters, and other were-creatures for sure, but there’s still more that we could find added to the cast of our favorite show. At this point, we could also see witches, demons and maybe even a mixed creature that is a werewolf and a vampire!

Of course, none of this is for sure, since season three is still in the works, but of course, anything is possible in the magical True Blood world that Alan Ball is creating.

SOURCE: Sky Entertainment

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All About True Blood, Philosophically Speaking

February 27, 2010

Mystical hierarchies, gods and goddesses, the blurred line between good and evil … philosophers can have a field day with the happenings in “True Blood.” And apparently, they did. They had so much to talk about, they’re publishing a book about it: True Blood and Philosophy.

Dr. William Irwin has a new addition to his “… and Philosophy” series, a series where he and various authors and editors put together essays extracting philosophical theories from pop culture hits. Past books have included Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Office and Philosophy, and The Matrix and Philosophy. His most recent publication, True Blood and Philosophy, will analyze our favorite folks in Bon Temps. And it’s about so much more than vampires:

“Now True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history’s great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on such topics as Sookie and the metaphysics of mindreading; Maryann and sacrificial religion; werewolves, shapeshifters and personal identity; vampire politics, evil, desire and much more.”

These books tend to be very intellectual and give readers a chance to examine their favorite shows and characters from a whole new perspective. Irwin has a knack for appealing to both sides of the spectrum – “True Blood” fans could brush up on their philosophy and maybe some philosophers will find themselves glamored by “True Blood.”

This book will be released on June 1, 2010, coinciding nicely with the second season DVD release and of course the start of the third season. June can’t come fast enough.

True Blood and Philosophy: We Want to Think Bad Things with You (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

SOURCE:  wiley.com

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True Blood Season Two DVD Blu-ray Details

February 27, 2010

Who could forget the events of “True Blood’s” season two? Sookie and Bill travel to Dallas on a quest to find Eric‘s beloved Godric, only to have Sookie locked in the basement of the Fellowship of the Sun church and Bill held captive by his maker, Lorena. Jason attempts to find answers and redemption at the Fellowship of the Sun‘s Light of Day Institute. Maryann arrives in Bon Temps, rescues Tara, but manages to manipulate all the townsfolk, commit two murders and attempt a third of Sam! Sam thinks he has found a shape-shifting companion that understands him but who is really part of Maryann‘s master plan. Let’s not forget about the new-found love between Hoyt and Jessica, Tara and Eggs, and Terry and Arlene. Lafayette escapes Fangtasia with the help from Sookie but his mental health may never be the same. Bill enlists assistance from the Queen of Louisiana to destroy Maryann. Will Bon Temps ever be the same? Only June (and the premiere of season tell) will tell. In the meantime, you can re-live season two in all its vampy, passionate and, sometimes, preachy glory when HBO releases the season 2 DVD and Blu-ray set on May 25, 2010.
Both the standard and Blu-Ray DVD editions are currently available for pre-order in HBO‘s online shop. The standard version will cost $59.99 and the Blu-Ray, $79.99.
The standard DVD will include:

  • Steve and Sarah Newlin‘s Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light “rules to live by”
  • The Vampire Report: Special Edition including the year’s biggest vampire news, politics and pop culture stories
  • Audio commentary from Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Michelle Forbes, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, plus more

The Blu-Ray version will also include:

  • Enhanced viewing with picture-in-picture interactive content for all 12 episodes
  • Character perspectives from Hoyt, Pam, Karl and Steve Newlin
  • Flashback/Flash-forward capabilities to allow the viewer to relive climactic moments and underscore the importance of specific scenes
  • Pro/Anti-Vampire Feeds including news and information from both the Light of Day Institute and the American Vampire League
  • Trivia, hints and clues

While you are waiting for your new DVD to be shipped, you can watch the HBO encore of season two beginning March 21, 2010.

True Blood: The Complete Second Season (HBO Series) [Blu-ray]

SOURCE: CinemaBlend.com

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PHOTOS: Chris Bauer Attends the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

February 27, 2010

True Blood‘s Chris Bauer attended the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California to show his support for Audrey Fisher nominated for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series. True Blood against “Mad Men”, costume designer – Janie Bryant and “The Tudors”, costume designer – Joan Bergin.  As we know by now True Blood lost to Mad Men, however it was great to see Chris dressed up and out about showing his support for the show.


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