Allan Hyde Stars in a Short Film

February 24, 2011

Oh My Godric:

Allan Hyde's "Franky, Frankly"Allan Hyde, the actor we know for playing Godric on HBO‘s True Blood, is starring in a new short film titled Franky, Frankly.  The film is described as a “moral tale, about the human experience”.  The story centers around a man (Mikandrew Perdaris) who is wandering around, lost in the city, as well as in his head.  He’s trying to have a meaningful experience with his friend Madison (Allan Hyde), and the girl that just might be able to save him, played by Bella Dayne.  The film was written and directed by Matthew Anderson, and produced by Kevin M. Slee.  When asked for the scoop on working with Allan Hyde, Mr. Slee had this to say:

“Allan is a wonderful actor and person. It was great working with him and seeing him in rehearsals, on set, and in his element. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Hyde on board and hope to work with him again soon. We will release some images with Mr. Hyde and the other actors soon, and will update you on those developments.”

Franky, Frankly should be hitting the festival circuit some time in April.  Let us know if you’re planning on seeing it!

Source: Allan-Hyde.net – A Few Words With “Franky, Frankly” Producer Kevin Slee

(Photo credit: Allan-Hyde.net)

Edited by: Shanea O’Connor

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All Together Now: True Blood Comic Book Collection

February 24, 2011

Compilation Now Available from HBO and IDW Publishing

True Blood All Together Now ComicThe first ever hardcover True Blood Comic collection has officially launched! Volume 1, titled True Blood: All Together Now, is a compilation of the first six True Blood comic issues. The hardcover also includes bonus content and a cover gallery.

All Together Now was developed by show creator Alan Ball, writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. Illustrations were done by artist David Messina, with additional art by J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie.

Regarding the series, Alan Ball had to say:

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the amazing success of the comics and are excited that the release of the comic collection will make the series even more accessible to fans”

All Together Now is currently available in bookstores.

Source: www.comicbookmovie.com – COMICS: IDW & HBO Announce The Launch Of The True Blood Comic Book Collection

(Photo: HBO, Inc. & IDW Publishing – Artist David Messina)

Edited by: Shanea O’Connor

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten’s Newest Movie Impresses at Berlin’s Film Festival

February 23, 2011

Griff the Invisible Wows the Young Audience

Griff the InvisibleRyan Kwanten’s latest movie, Griff the Invisible, has met with thunderous applause. It was viewed last Friday as part of the youth section, Generation 14-plus, at the Berlin International Film Festival. The audience of over a thousand youngsters was impressed with what they saw.

Griff the Invisible is another Australian movie for Ryan, but it is certainly one for the younger audience, unlike his last movie, Red Hill not to mention his regular role on HBO’s True Blood. This story, by Leon Ford, revolves around a shy man (Ryan Kwanten) and his secret life as a superhero.

After the movie aired, Ford, Kwanten, actress Maeve Dermody and producer Nicole O’Donohue took to the stage to answer questions about the movie. Ryan had this to say:

It was like therapy for me to read the story and get over my little socio-phobias, so it was nice to know it can affect everyone. If it can affect even half of you as it affected me, then we’ve made something really special.

Whereas, Ford described how the movie came about after witnessing a small boy running around a cafe in a Batman suit:

I thought, ‘I’d like to do that’, but if I did I’d be locked up and lose all my friends. But if I can’t do that, what’s wrong with us?

Be sure to check out Ryan’s latest movie, regardless of your age. It is due to hit Australian cinemas March 17, 2011. Its US release has yet to be determined.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald – Australian hero story touches Europe’s youth

(Photo Credit: grifftheinvisible.com)

Edited by: Diana Edwards

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True Blood’s Anna Paquin To Lend Voice Talents on Popular Show Phineas And Ferb

February 23, 2011

Star-Crossed Lovers

Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) will be providing her voice talents for a Season 3 episode of the popular Disney animated show Phineas & Ferb.

According to ToonZone.net, Paquin will play a star-crossed lover in a vampire/werewolfstoryline. Season 3 premieres on Disney on March 4, 2011. The series features the summertime adventures of two stepbrothers and their nemesis sister, Candace. Phineas & Ferb is the number one animated series in several categories for kids aged 6-14.

Variety calls her appearance an “homage” to her True Blood role. Obviously the casting couldn’t be more perfect!

Sources: ToonZone.net– “Phineas & Ferb Season 3 Premieres on March 4, 2011”
Variety– “Starry guests gather for ‘Phineas'”

(Image Credit: DisneyDreaming.com)

Edited by: Shanea O’Connor

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Joe Manganiello Answers Fan Questions at Eyecon 2010

February 23, 2011

Joe Manganiello, True Blood Alcide, at Eyecon 2010

While at Eyecon 2010, Joe Manganiello had a fan Q&A in which he discussed several topics, including his interest in True Blood, the process it took for him to become Alcide, and much, much more. Check out what went on in the Q&A below.

Joe Manganiello: Good morning. Do we have any questions? Guest Pictures? All right, then I guess I’ll talk a little bit. I was a huge, huge fan of True Blood. When the show came on the air, I watched it when it premiered. I had no idea it was based on this series of books. I got an email from one of my best friends, who said “You’ve gotta check this out!” I checked this little web link and it took me to a blog site and fans of Charlaine Harris’ books were blogging about their fantasy casts and who should play all of the characters when they show up in certain seasons and there were a bunch of fans who were posting pictures of me and saying I should play this werewolf when he shows up. I went wait a minute, there are werewolves in this story? I loved the werewolves in the old Lon Chaney Jr. horror movies since I was a kid. So I went to Amazon and ordered the books and started reading them. Sure enough, I read the description of the character where Sookie opens the door and looks up and has to look up again and there’s this giant, dark haired guy with long, untameable black hair and said if he’d shaved in the morning, he’d have to shave again. I thought, okay, I can do that. Then it said that Charlaine described him as having biceps the size of boulders that Sookie could do pull-ups on. I thought, “Oh great, thanks Charlaine.” So I started bugging my agency managers saying, “There’s this part of a werewolf coming up, you gotta get me in, you gotta get me in” and this is very Season One.

Two years later, I get this phone call from this guy that I’d met pretty randomly and he said he was best friends of the casting director and they were out at breakfast and he’d seen the blogs posted online that were posted of me. And the casting director said wow, that waiter would make a great werewolf, if only he was an actor.

This guy said, “No, you know who would make a great werewolf? This guy,” and he showed her a picture of me. And it was because of that that she agreed to see me for the part of Cooter. So I went in for the part of Cooter and my audition scene was the one in the back seat of the car where they’re all drinking blood and spitting blood into each others mouths and sucking blood off of Bill. I was literally about 12 inches in front of the casting director’s face snarling, growling and frothing at the mouth. You know this casting director was about 4’8”, this casting woman and she was sitting Indian style on her chair and she has this really Long Island accent and I’m snarling and growling and she says “Oh my gaawd, he’s an animal.” Alan Ball was in the room with Gregg Fienberg, who’s one of the other executive producers and a whole bunch of the other producers. There were about 12 people in the room. I had probably the best audition of my life and I left there feeling great. They called me back a couple of days later and said we want you to come back in again so I went in the second time for Cooter. I went in, had another great audition. They called me back a couple days later and said you’re not going to get that part—for a second I was kind of bummed out—but we want to you come back in and chemistry read with Anna Paquin for this other part, Alcide. That was the part I won. The one the fans are blogging about. So this was in December and they wanted me to come back in January and chemistry read with Anna. Actually, I’d gotten another offer for a project, so I called HBO and said I have this other offer, they want me to do it. What do I do? They called us back later that day and said come in in two days, here’s the Alcide audition, script and we’ll bypass the chemistry read because Anna’s not available so I went in two days later and read Alcide and they called me back two hours later and I got it.

Question: We were curious, what are you looking forward to most for Season 4?

Joe: What am I looking forward to most in Season 4? Well, obviously I think everyone’s curious to see what happens to Alcide and Sookie. But I’m interested in seeing what happens with the pack. You know what we’ve seen in Mexico where you knock off a drug lord and everyone goes crazy, you know the fact that Cooter got shot in the face. I’m kind of curious to see what happens with the pack and all the jockeying and then you know Colonel Flood is really ineffective.

Question: I don’t think Alcide’s relationship with his pack has been explored enough.

Joe: You know, hopefully Alan Ball thinks the same thing. So I’m curious to see what happens with the pack and obviously Debbie is still at large. You know like I said I was a huge fan of the show  before I got on it so I’m curious to see what happens to see with everyone else.

Question: What was the project that you turned down?

Joe: Actually, I had the option of doing another season of One Tree Hill. They wanted Owen back for one more season. I was in the middle of the True Blood deal and that process so Owen didn’t come back and Alcide was born.

Question:
You’ve done characters where you were happy and fun loving, and now you play a character who’s kind of depressed. What do you like better happy go lucky or depressed and tormented?

Joe: So the question is, what do I like better? Happy go lucky or depressed and tormented? You know I guess it depends on my mood I think. There was a time I shot this Navy Seal movie in Puerto Rico and it was just me and a bunch of dudes bench pressing, knife fighting and gun shooting for six weeks and no girls. When I was done with that one, I was ready to go do some One Tree Hill. I like working in comedy a lot and working with How I Met Your Mother. I love it, there’s nothing like it getting together with Jason Segal and Neil Patrick Harris and trying to crack each other up and laugh all day. But then you get done with that and you’re ready to go growl and run around and fight some people in bars.

Question: So everybody blogged to get you the part of Alcide. Now everyone’s blogging to get you the part of Superman.

Joe: I love my fans! I met with Warner Brothers. We’re talking about it. There’s a lot of factors obviously, but we’re talking about it. Thank you. What else do I want? Can we start blogging about a billion dollars, a private jet, my own island? I’d also like to be James Bond, if they let an American play Bond.

Question: If there’s one director you want to work with, who would that be?

Joe: That is so tough, I love Zack Snyder, I love Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Scorscese…

Question: First, I wanted to ask what made you want to be an actor? Secondly, I want to thank you from the Fort Carson Army  Base, Army wives support group. Thank you, thank you for wholesome family entertainment. I also shared this comment with Sam Trammell because we appreciate that good wholesome family entertainment, especially while our husbands are deployed. I want to thank you very much for keeping us happy.

Joe: Thank you and thank you to your husbands for keeping us safe. I got to work really closely with Navy Seals a couple a years ago when I shot that movie and my cousin is also a Lt. Colonel with the 82nd Airborne in Fort Brag.

What made me want to become an actor? I was an athlete; I played football, basketball and volleyball. And it looked like I was going go on to college in either one of them. My father wanted me to be an athlete and I was certainly big enough but I always had an artistic side. A lot of the guys around me in high school were starting to do steroids and getting pretty big but we had a TV studio in high school and I took TV class and I would write, produce and act in movies with my friends and I would write parts for my friends. We made this giant, full length, feature mafia martial arts action movie in high school. We had squibs, we had gun shot effects, we’d fill condoms with fake blood and then put fire crackers underneath light them up on our knee caps and hearts, we were crazy. It was my first love. I’d wake up at 6am to go film it and I just loved it. I was returning a kick off against Joe Montana’s old high school and I was in the mud and I got hit in the knee and tore my MCL and had to sit out and rehab that knee. I had to think about what I really wanted to do. I didn’t play football again, that was my last game. I started taking acting classes and wound up getting a scholarship to Carnegie Melon University to study classical theatre. I went to study Shakespeare, ancient Greek, Checkoff and I got done with my four years. The week I got out of college I wound up getting an agent, getting a manager, I turned down a TV holding deal because I was gonna do film only and wound up screen testing for Spiderman, for Sam Raimi and got the part. From there, that was it. All of the high school coaches were telling me I was making a mistake, what was I doing? I was turning down colleges but somewhere in my gut I just knew. I get to go have my 15 year high school reunion over Thanksgiving and I get to go see everyone for the first time since, so that should be pretty fun.

Question: First off, I want to second her comment. My husband and I are in active duty and you definitely have kept us both occupied the last few months. The whole ship is now a huge fan of True Blood; all of the guys are hooked. My question is: what was it like working with the wolves?

Joe: What was it like working with the wolves? Nothing can prepare you for how big they are, some of them are over 150 lbs, which is huge. Their shoulders are pretty high off the ground, they look like lions.  They have these bright yellow eyes and the trainers take them out and walk them on thick chains; it’s really intimidating. But with that said, the wolves are trained from about six months old and they’re really a lot better at hitting their marks than a lot of actors I work with. They’ll stick a little rock out and say “go to your mark” and they’ll walk around in circles and go and sit right on the mark, they’re really smart.  They kind of give you the idiot’s guide to working with wolves when you get there. Don’t eat meat around them, don’t have food in your pockets, don’t make sudden moves and you’ll be ok. There was a scene in one episode where Debbie kicks down the door, when she’s going to fight Sookie. She kicks in the door and she has these two wolves behind her and one got excited when she kicked the door and jumped up to playfully nip her.  The trainer said ok, we’re done for the day and they took the wolves out. The trainers are on hand and really good and responsible. It was a little scary but you get used to them.

Question: I just wondered when you were watching the show, were you Team Eric or Team Bill and why?

Joe: I’m Team Alcide. I’m a fur-banger. I’m Team Sookie, if you really want to break it down.

Question: I was wondering who you have the most chemistry with off-screen?

Joe: I hang out Stephen [Moyer] a lot, he’s become a good friend of mine. Denis O’Hare, who plays King Russell is hilarious. He owns a building of apartments in New York so I stayed there when I was in New York. He’s become a really good friend. Anna [Paquin] and Stephen went to Disneyland and I jokingly said I based Alcide loosely on Eyore; he lives in a cave, he’s grumpy and doesn’t want to go out. So Anna brought me back this stuffed Eyore from Disneyland and it sits on my bed.

Question: I want to know that after you read the books. Did you feel that the TV show was giving the books justice?

Joe: Yes, and I’ve had lots of talks about it with Charlaine as well. Charlaine is actually working on the eleventh book right now. I think we both agreed that fans of the books can have a completely different experience watching the show and the show is different enough that it can surprise readers of the books to see what’s going to happen next. You know Alcide is similar to the character in the books but there are certain differences obviously, he kind of smells a little more of money in the books and is kind of “lumber-jacky” on the show. And of course, as the story goes on it will get further and further away from it. I always say Alan is kind of like dad and Charlaine is kind of like mom. It’s her creativity that birthed the whole thing and Alan kind of keeps it in line.

Question: Is there going to be any interaction where you’re side by side with Alexander. I heard you have about a half an inch over him.

Joe: I’m about half an inch taller than Alex. I heard when I auditioned for the part, not only was Alcide huge in the books but they were looking for someone his size that could square off against him. I haven’t heard that yet but am curious to see.

Question: We saw you in Coconut Creek and it was a pleasure to meet you. You’ve mentioned doing films on your own and such with friends. Do you see yourself directing in the future?

Joe: Yes, there’s actually a documentary that I’m getting off the ground as we speak. I really got into acting through the back door—writing and producing—so definitely and there are a couple of projects that I’m trying to set up around town. Right now, they’re more like actor/producer projects. But down the line, yes. My dad always thought I would wind up as a producer because I’m so bossy.

Question: Would you cast wolves in the film?

Joe: Could be, if we found the right story. But I’ve got my hands full with all the werewolves on True Blood right now. I’ve got enough were wolfing for the next six years at least.

Question: I know there’s a lot of alpha male syndrome between Bill, Alcide, and Eric during the show. Does that translate off screen when you’re off set?

Joe: No, there’s enough room for us all. Everyone is so cool and so welcoming and I did kind of fear that because I have worked on other projects where there was a set alpha male star of the project and didn’t take kindly to other big guys coming around, there was a little Napoleon complex going on. I won’t name names but I’ve definitely come in contact with some of that. But I have to say that True Blood was 100% nice and welcomed me in. I was only signed for six episodes and I didn’t have any idea how long I was going to be around. But everyone treated me like I was a regular, like I belonged there. I think that’s what makes the show so good.

The actors that I truly love and respect the most, I find that in their personal lives, they’re not dramatic. They’re not the tabloid fodder, they’re not getting in trouble every weekend and clubbing. They’re really normal, good family people. That’s really indicative of the cast. They’re really normal in their real lives and really crazy when you turn the camera on. I think that’s makes a really nice combination.

Question: Other than the role of Alcide, what is the ultimate dream role that you would like to play?

Joe: I want to play a super hero, definitely. You know I’d like to do a football movie for my dad, because he didn’t get the football player. So there’s something in me that wants to do something like that for him. Other than that, running up a wall in slow motion, killing aliens, beheading zombies but I also love romantic comedies, I like How I Met Your Mother. Something like that would be great.

Question: In the books, Alcide becomes the Pack Master. Would you like to do that on the show?

Joe: Yes, I’d love to. There’s also cage-fighting matches in the books, that would be a blast.

Question: Hi Joe, first I want to welcome you to Orlando and congratulate you on your engagement. I wish you many, many years of happiness together. I know you’re a big comic book fan. What comic is your favorite of all time and what type do you like to read or watch?

Joe: I like X-Men, which is interesting because I work with Rogue everyday. I was a big fan of The Punisher, you know this big kick-ass Italian guy. I was a big fan of the old black and white Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Casey Jones especially. I was so nervous last weekend to watch, but so unbelievably stoked with The Walking Dead. I’ve been jonesing all week for another episode. Those are a few.

Question: I used to take care of Wayne Crevet of The Giants; they’re really good friends of mine from New Jersey. If you stood in for someone, what team would you want to play for?

Joe: Pittsburg Steelers. I’m a die-hard, bleed black and gold fan and we play you guys on the 19th and I’m going to be there, I’m going to be home.

Question: I was just wondering if you come from a big family and if you’re Italian? Your name sounds very Italian.

Joe: I come from a small family.  It’s just me and my brother, he’s bigger than I am at 6’7” so it’s a little family and my parents were both born in Boston. My father is Sicilian. I was recently in Italy and everyone there pronounced my name right, so that was very nice. And my mother’s side of the family is Austrian, German and Armenian, so it’s a very long story. That’s where I come from.

Question: Thank you for looking over here on the blind side. I would like to thank you for getting me through all my surgeries. My husband probably thanks you too. I just couldn’t remember if you’ve got a six pack or a twelve pack.

Joe: I’m not The Situation. He’s starts doing Shakespeare; I’ll start taking my shirt off. It’s probably like an 8.

Question: I was just wondering, I don’t want you to go anywhere from True Blood, but I wondered if you knew why they wanted Owen back on One Tree Hill?

Joe: Why? Hopefully they liked what I was doing acting wise. I don’t know but I will say that Mark Schwann, the creator, who’s become a great friend of mine over the years, he wanted to bring me back for one more farewell episode, where Millie goes to Alcoholics Anonymous and winds up meeting Owen there after his big crazy drinking, pill taking bout. It’s very dramatic. So I think that one episode had to do with an abbreviated version of a longer plot, but I’m not sure.

Joe really made the fans happy during his appearance at Eyecon. He was charming and funny and VERY wolfish.. I mean, look at that grin! He was also very nice to talk to anyone who wanted to spend a minute or two with him at the Vampire’s Ball. Can’t wait for next season to see what happens with the best werewolf on TV!

(Photo Credit: K S Rose)

Transcription Credit: Tammy Harris

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True Blood Cast Members Signing First Volume of Comic Book

February 23, 2011

Be at Barnes and Noble on Saturday 2/26 at the Grove

All Together Now Cover

Attention Truebies! Are you interested in meeting some of your favorite cast members and getting the just released first volume of the True Blood comics, All Together Now signed? Well if you are in or are planning to be in the Los Angeles Area this coming Saturday, you’re in luck!

Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) will be on hand at Barnes and Noble at the Grove this Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of the first volume of the comic collection.

The True Blood comic series has become IDW Publishing’s best-selling title.  Now, all six issues from the first series will be available together in a deluxe, hardcover compilation entitled “All Together Now.”  Available in bookstores nationwide February 15, 2011, the compilation features the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for and treats readers to new insights and untold stories of their favorite characters.  In this storyline, Sookie and the rest of the Bon Temps gang find themselves waiting in Merlotte’s bar for a strangely portentous raging storm to subside.  Soon, they discover they’ve been trapped by an entity that feeds on raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated.  The compilation features a cover gallery and introduction by Ball.

Fans should note that wristbands will be given out starting at 9AM with the purchase of the volume. No other memorabilia will be allowed and there will be no opportunity for posed photos. So please be aware of that if you are considering attending this event.

The signing will be located at:

Barnes and Noble: The Grove at Farmer’s Market
189 Grove Dr. Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Signing begins at 1pm, wristbands given with purchase starting at 9am.

Let us know in the comments section if you will be attending!

Submission thanks to: HBO

Got a True Blood related tip? Submit it here! Just select the Subject drop down ‘Contribution Request’ and send us your news item!?

Source: BarnesandNoble.com– “True Blood, Volume 1: All Together Now
Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll.”

(Image Credit: Barnes and Noble.com)

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Ask Dr. L — Healthy Addiction?

February 22, 2011

For a small fortune (and the promise of a steady supply of medicinal quality V) TrueBloodNet.com has gotten Dr. L to agree to answer your supernatural medical questions. Ask Dr. L is written by Dr. L (any resemblance to any characters living, dead or undead is purely coincidental), also known as Doctor to the Supernaturals, and was founded by her mother, Philine Paullips. It is the most popular and widely syndicated supernatural medical advice column in this world — or any other. Known for its uncommon nonsense and immortal, or just darn old, perspective.

February 22, 2011

Dear Dr. L,
With the flu season hitting the humans hard, most of the humans I have been dining with have had the flu vaccine in them. This has given their blood and very unique and wonderful flavor. I fear I may be getting addicted to the new flavor and have very little hope of going back to the regular flavor. I was wondering if you might know where I can get some flu vaccine to use or how I might wean myself off this new flavor?

Regards,

In Perfect Health

Dear Healthy Friend,
You know, of course, that I wouldn’t care if the whole lot of you took a sunbathing vacation and obliterated yourselves, except that I need your blood for it’s healing properties. Otherwise, I would try to add some garlic juice to some flu vac and give it to you. Drat! What’s a doctor to do?
So, call me and set up an appointment. We’ll trade- your blood for a supply of flu vaccine, sans garlic. It won’t be an even trade, mind you- I have staff to pay and all. But it will be as fair as I can be with low lifeless scum.

Hi Dr. L,
Just got a quick question for ya.
Will a vampire’s fangs grow back if they are pulled out?

A Little Curious

Dear LC,
Just a quick question for you- do you actually HAVE a life? And if so, how on earth do you find the time to come up with such ridiculous questions? Jeeze Louise, give me a break!
But tell you what, you get close enough to a vamp to pull out the fangs, and then let me know. I’ll be sure to monitor the situation and get back to you.

Dear Dr. L,
My no good, lying, cheating ex-husband left me. Now, ordinarily I’d be happy. But he also left me with his seven year old son from his first marriage and who I believe might be a shape shifter. He growls in his sleep and sometimes I catch him sleepwalking and “marking his territory” inside and outside of the house in the middle of the night. What can I do for the little fellow besides putting him to bed in a big kennel every night?

Sincerely,

The Step Mom

Dear Step,
Bravo for you getting rid of your ex. I’ve been with my share of those kinds myself, and a few of them actually survived. But I digress…
Your little gift he left behind does sound like a bit of a problem. All of the behaviors you mention are earmarks of shifters. Personally, I think the crate idea is a good one, but I am not sure the powers that be would go along with that.
Why not set up an appointment with my office and bring the little tiger in? I take cash, check and most major credit cards, and I will do the best I can to house train him for you. Oh, and would you like him to learn any cute little tricks while we are at it?

Hey Dr. L,
Something happened to my cows. I was out in the field the other day and noticed four large marks in the field, bigger than my tractor, it looked like the earth was scorched. Two days later, I discovered nearly all my cows were pregnant. Dr. L, since we inseminate our cows, there’s just no way that they could all be pregnant. Do I take a chance that the cows are carrying some sort of mutant calfs or just ship the lot of them off to the meat packing plant?

Thanks Cher,

LaRoy Thibodeaux

Dear LaRoy,
Oh come on, whre’s your sense of adventure, of joi de vivre? (that’s real French, you know). What an opportunity for scientific advancement! I personally would love to see what your cows produce, and I know many others in the medical and scientific comunity would, as well.
So please, keep me posted. And then, if they start dropping two headed creatures with big, buggy eyes, I say EVERYONE OFF TO THE MEAT PACKING PLANT. PRONTO!

Dr. L,
I just turned 13 and had the best birthday party ever. The problem was right after I blew out my birthday candles I started seeing things. At first, I thought someone spiked the punch, but nobody else seemed bothered by it. I want to tell my parents but I’m afraid they’ll send me away like they did my Granny when she said she could see other people between the lines. I didn’t know what she meant, but that’s just exactly like what I see. People between the lines, in between the colors. Does this make sense? Should I tell my parents that I see them or is there a way I can make them disappear?

Hope you can help,

Britney (that’s not my real name though okay)

Dear Britney (or not Britney- that is the question…oh, I LOVE Shakespeare!),
First of all, congratulations for living long enough to reach the age of impossibility, of angst, of self hatred and hatred of others. It’s a real milestone.
Now, as for your problem, it is not really a problem at all. I have known people like your granny (in fact, I think I knew your granny…). Maybe in less enlightened times, the rank and file felt these people were crazy. But now, everything goes. You ever watch TV and see these folks talking to dead people? They make a bundle, and have a long waiting list of people wanting to pay to see them. So I say use it, make people pay you to tell them what you are seeing. Then, when you make enough money, you can make an appointment with me, andI have an elixir to cure what ails you.

Be sure to Submit your questions in the Comments Section below and if you’re unlucky enough Dr. L may choose to answer your question (and send you a bill.. how does she find us? Does she use mail Owls?)!

To view past Dr. L words of wisdom just do a search on Dr. L in the box in the upper left of the page.

Disclaimer: These answers are provided for entertainment purposes only and should not be followed by ordinary humans. This column is a parody of the Gothic fantasy series, True Blood, and as such, is presented here for your amusement. Ask Dr. L 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 Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.

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Enter to Win a “Dream” Consultation with True Blood’s Tanya Wright!

February 21, 2011

Tanya Wright Announces a New Contest for Butterfly Rising

Tanya-WrightDo you have a dream? Is it something you’d like to accomplish but for whatever reason you don’t think you can? Tanya Wright (Dep. Kenya Jones) would like to help you turn your dreams into reality!

In addition to being an actor, Ms. Wright is also a published author of a book entitled Butterfly Rising. But writing the book was only the first part of her dream. Butterfly Rising is now a movie that is both written and directed by Wright. The film is due to make its way onto the film festival circuit this summer. In celebration of her dream coming true, Tanya is holding a contest to help one lucky winner realize their dream with the help of a consultation with her!

The Details

In the movie, Butterfly Rising’s leading ladies Rose and Lilah Belle set out to meet the “Lazarus of Butterflies, a legend who can heal you and make your dreams come true.” In the spirit of the movie, Tanya would like to offer one lucky winner a one on one strategic planning session with her to figure out how they can make their dream into reality! The winner will also receive a copy of the book Butterfly Rising.

To enter, all you have to do is write your dream on Butterfly Rising’s Facebook wall here. Whoever receives the most likes from the community will win.

There is one catch, however. While Tanya Wright will help you strategize about how to make your dream come true, you MUST be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

So if you are willing to do whatever it takes but don’t know where to start, write your dream on the Butterfly Rising wall and it just might come true!

Sources: Facebook– “Dream Made Real Contest”
ButterflyRisingtheMovie.com– “Writer/Director:  Tanya Wright”

(Image Credit: Westchester Magazine.com)

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True Blood’s Kristin Bauer Advocates for Animals

February 21, 2011

Bauer van Straten Shows Support For Animal Rights

Kristin Bauer van StratenKristin and Abri van StratenKristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) attended a benefit for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Legislative Fund (PCRM LF).  The organization is fairly new and according to Ecorazzi the group’s focus is to:

“Raise awareness for preventative medicine and ethical research.”

They promote healthy eating habits in order to prevent diseases later in life and the elimination of animal testing, things Kristin is passionate about.  If you want to get involved with this great cause it’s easy.  Write to your congress members.  Be an advocate yourself for the changes you want to see happen and ask your congress members to sign on.  If you are for animal rights and preventative nutrition this is a group that needs your support!  Kristin is passionate and involved in animal rights and the promotion of eating well and living healthy.  Her example and commitment is inspiring.  You can find more information on PCRM LF here.

Source: Ecorazzi

(Photo credit: Kristinbauer.com)

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True Blood Season 4 Spoiler: Denis O’Hare to Return?

February 21, 2011

The King Has Entered the Building

True Blood's Denis O'Hare (Russell Edgington)Denis O’Hare recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he may be returning to True Blood. This is very exciting news since he had such a great season with the show last June. Many of the most memorable moments from Season 3 were provided by O’Hare’s character, Russell Edgington, the vampire King of Mississippi.  Speaking of returning to True Blood, he shares:

“I left them on a high. They have been very, very nice to me, and they tell me that they think I’m going to come back… And I’m waiting. We’ll see what happens.”

While he was very close-lipped about what the story line would be surrounding his return, True Blood fans are never disappointed with Alan Ball‘s creative mind.  The only thing he did say about it is that it would be something believable, but that fans never would have put together.

Current Projects

O’Hare is keeping busy these days.  He is in the recently released film, The Eagle, which stars Channing Tatum. He will also start working this month with Leonardo DiCaprio in a Clint Eastwood movie, titled J. Edgar Hoover.

This True Blood fan would be very excited to see the King put a hurting on Bon Temps.  He always seems to steal the show with his crazy Southern antics!  Season four is just around the corner!

Source: hollywoodreporter.com– Denis O’Hare May Return to ‘True Blood’

(Photo credit: HBO)

Edited by: Diana Edwards

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