The Vault wishes HAPPY HOLIDAYS to the True Blood cast and crew and all the True Blood fans!
Shad and Lynn
Since a season of True Blood accounts for maybe a week of “show time,” and the show airs in the middle of summer, there hasn’t been the chance to experience the joy of putting together a Christmas episode. So, Giana Sobel asked writer Mark Hudis what things might look like in Bon Temps during the most wonderful time of the year, and here’s what he had to say…
Over at the Huffington Post, Laura Brounstein has contemplated the reasons we are so turned on by vampires. I can tell you that they are just plain “sexy”, in my opinion. She has elaborated on what we all know to be true as to the why’s of this phenomenon.
I was bitten by the vampire bug early. I’ve always loved supernatural stories. You could say that I like stretching my imagination the way some of my SELF coworkers like stretching their quads. I grew up an only child, and I filled the childhood spaces that siblings might have inhabited with close friendships — some with people and some with characters from books and on screens big and small. It may seem odd, but my fictional companions were as important to me as my actual ones, and, in some ways, that’s still true as an adult. When Buffy (the Vampire Slayer) longed for Angel, her vampire soulmate, I felt her pain. When True Blood’s Sookie agonizes over Bill, I’m equally entranced. Recently, watching The Vampire Diaries, my heart broke for Elena’s travails with her wayward swain, Stefan, and I empathized just as strongly for Bella when, in the latest of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, she finally mated with Edward, with thrilling and terrifying results.
Getting swept up in the romances of these lovers and fighters has always felt more seductive and less scary than embarking on romantic adventures of my own. Stories about vampires and demons may seem silly to the uninitiated, but when done well, these otherworldly elements heighten the drama, as in any good tale. Vampires may be unreal, but they serve as apt stand-ins for human beings, experiencing the same highs and lows that come with loving, losing and surviving. Take the example of Buffy having sex for the first time with her boyfriend, Angel. Afterward, he changed, becoming cruel and dismissive. In his case, the alteration was due to a gypsy’s curse meant to prevent Angel from experiencing real happiness. But the reason isn’t important: How many teenage girls (or grown women, for that matter) have experienced the same scenario and been betrayed after giving themselves over for love? We all relate to the fear of being rejected when we let down our defenses and open ourselves up to someone. Buffy, like many women, dared to stick out her neck — and she got bitten. That’s one of the reasons we love her.
In some cases, it’s the vampire and not the human who is taking the greater risk in love, as Jessica’s plight in True Blood makes clear. To truly connect with someone rather than experience only a superficial one-night stand, Jessica must reveal her authentic self: She has fangs, she cries blood-red tears, and she possesses superhuman strength — she’s a vampire. Like many of us, she struggles with the fear that if a man sees all of her — her deepest self — he’ll find her too dark, intimidating, weird or frightening. In other words, if she dares to let her guard down, he’ll find her unlovable and reject her. Scary! Yet Jessica keeps putting herself out there. And each time she takes a chance on love, she’s braver about it. She’s able to be more honest about who she is and what she desires, growing ever more confident that she can find love, vampire-style. Isn’t that kind of courage the true definition of female empowerment?
There’s a simple no-pain, no-gain lesson here. The only way to experience something amazing is to open up and be real……..To read the rest of her article, go to: huffingtonpost.com
Could True Blood become a reality? We’ve heard of testing of this blood before for emergency use, and back in January 2010, we reported on the experiments that are taking place and the blood equivalent has even saved a woman’s life in Australia. Now, there is real discussion taking place as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science 2011 on the topic.
Vampires on the “True Blood” television series are already enjoying the advantages of synthetic blood. While this may seem to be only the imagination on the big screen, the true benefits of blood manufactured from embryonic stem cells may be less than a decade away.
It is unclear however whether society can develop an acceptance of cultured blood – or an appetite for synthetic meat produced by related technology. For this reason it is vital the public has every opportunity to get involved with the latest developments in stem cell research, say researchers from the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Genomics Network.
Clips from the hugely popular True Blood TV show as well as the Twilight book and film series will provide a starting point for debate on recent biotechnology developments, including stem cell research, at a public event organised as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science 2011.
The audience will be able to discuss a range of issues from Twilight’s ‘vegetarian vampires’ to the possibilities of ‘in vitro’ meat. “The fact that synthetic blood features so prominently in the True Blood series is a great opportunity to get a new – particularly younger audience – thinking about these issues,” emphasizes Dr Christine Knight. “The biotechnology developments that enable production of blood and meat in the laboratory are likely to affect all of us in the coming years.” For example, the potential to manufacture blood on demand for use in transfusions (up to 2 million units are needed a year) from embryonic stem cells could be a reality in just a decade from now.
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True Blood was all but snubbed by the Emmy Awards this year, but they sure don’t lack kudos for being influential with their fans. Online influence measurement company Klout released a list of the “Top Ten Most Influential TV Shows”, and True Blood grabbed the #1 spot.
True Blood and the other shows on the top ten list have done a great job of engaging their fans: not only on the TV screen, but on your computer, tablet, and mobile phone.
The #2 show is Lifetime’s Project Runway, followed by ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, Comedy Central’sThe Daily Show and Fox’s Glee.
True Blood led Sunday primetime (broadcast & cable) with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, steady versus last week (though down a few total viewers). At the 11pm showing it got a 0.7 rating.
HBO has signed a multiyear deal with True Blood creator Alan Ball—though reportedly, the contract only locks him into that show for one more season. However, Ball offered his own assurance to fans that he has “no desire to leave,” only that he may then consider taking on a reduced role while he looks into developing new programs. In the meantime, he says that the writers are already well on their way toward developing stories for next year, including one about “how one of the vampires was made.” “Made shirtless,” we’re guessing he meant. How did that vampire become shirtless? You will find out!
Who is the 17th Century Spanish dignitary shown in the photo below? It’s a new actor to True Blood and his name is Ryan C. Burney.
Tonight we saw Ryan for the first time, in his Spansh garb during Episode 4 of True Blood. As we all know, he was in a flashback scene (which I love), or dream sequence, if you prefer, since it was Marnie’s dream. The scene depicts Marnie as she witnesses her possessor, Antonia being burned at the stake. Ryan plays a 17th Century Spanish dignitary of the town who watches the burning after presumably passing sentence.
He will also be seen in Episode 6, so be sure to look for him again. Ryan doesn’t know if he has a future as a Spanish noble on the show, but he would love to continue his association with True Blood, since he is also a fan, and I hope that happens for him because he’s a great guy!
I first met Ryan when I went to see Abri and Chris Pierce play at the Foundry a couple of months ago and we talked while he tended bar. I found his part just fascinating and wanted to know more. He couldn’t tell me about it then since, as we all know the cast are sworn to secrecy until the episode airs, but now since his first episode has been seen, he could share his experience with all of us.
“About my True Blood experience: I guess my True Blood experience could be best described as having a little taste of “V”. I felt great being there — the cast and crew were so wonderful and professional, the set was beautiful, and I left wanting much, much more.
Before the day of shooting, I went to Hair & Make-Up so they could trim my beard. Within minutes my five-month long beard was on the floor, and I looked like Ponce de Leon. Afterwards, I was on to Wardrobe to try on different costumes of the mid-1600s. Wow, not only is the Wardrobe department a ton of fun, but they are all so talented. I hope that both the Hair & Make-Up and the Wardrobe team of True Blood get some recognition after this season because they have certainly earned it. The next day we began shooting early in the morning on an outside lot at Universal. The stage was set for a good old-fashioned 17th century Spain witch burning, and I, as the Spanish Dignitary of the town, was ready to give the command to “burn baby, burn.” The town center had a crowd of villagers, some of whom were vendors selling bread and vegetables, and in the center of it all was a stack of wood at the feet of a witch. To my left was our town Priest advising me how the burning will get rid of this evil witch, and entering left of us both (although unable to be seen by our characters) was Marnie (played by Fiona Shaw) passionately pleading for us to stop the burning. Her performance was so moving that for a second I actually thought to myself, “I should stop this burning.” She made me feel as if I was doing something wrong, and I still had time to correct it. She is awesome and, which I’m sure you will agree, a fantastic addition to this season. Now, without giving away or spoiling any Hollywood Magic, I can assure you that no one was actually burned. There were a multitude of safety precautions taken by the Special Effects Pyrotechnicians and Fire Department, and we were given a safety briefing, as well.
By the end of the day when it finally came time to wrap, I honestly didn’t want it to end. I certainly hope I get the chance to come back — I’ve had a taste and now will forever be addicted to TRUE BLOOD.”
Below is a photo of Ryan, out of costume, with his girlfriend Shannon Steckloff from last Thursday night when I saw him again at the True Blood & Music for the Amanda Foundation fundraiser.
Becomegorgeous’ new collection of True Blood’s makeup is inspired by our favorite show and now means that you can capture the essence of the supernatural and also look great! We hear that this is a huge trend lately due to the high level of seductiveness it is capable of creating.
Apparently, vampires still manage to fascinate and it’s no surprise why as the accentuated eyes and red color have always been a magnet for attention, a color of seduction. Makeup can truly be your BFF, especially if you’re using high quality products which contain ingredients which not only benefit the skin, but also deliver those flawless results you’re seeking. One of the labels which seems to have made its target to offer natural ingredients based makeup products is Tarte Cosmetics and their latest fall 2011 makeup collection for True Blood is definitely worth your attention.
The makeup collection offers variety with their palette due to the diversity of fabulous eye shadow colors that can be used to create natural makeup looks such as Sookie’s as well as sultry makeup looks such as Pam’s.
We enjoy the love triangles, the sex scenes, the intricate storylines, but we also love “True Blood” for the outrageousness of it and sometimes it can get even downright disgusting. It’s been gory, gruesome, gross, hilarious, vomit-inducing, but it’s all quite bloody good.
Fancast recently chatted up the stars of the show to find out what their own favorite gross-out moments are. Here’s what they said…
Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler): When Bill twists Lorena’s head around when they are having sex – the entire head. That was pretty gross.
Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby): When Eric bit the arm off of the guy Royce in the basement. I think it was the first episode, second season. It was pretty disgusting. I like that a lot.
Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton): Bashing Franklin’s head in. That was gross, and a lot of fun to do.
Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur): Lafayette on that wheel and then somebody had to use the bathroom in a bucket in the back. That was a disgusting place.
Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry): I think when a redneck gets his hip bone pulled out by Eric in the beginning of [season] number two, the viscera and veins – that’s pretty gross.”
Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur): I love the gross moments the most. I like the blood vomiting. Early on when vampires have been killed, they puked up all this green power vomit stuff on people. I love that. I’m so sick, I loved when they showed Adele, the grandmother [dead]. She was the sweetest character and she was just gutted from top to bottom. How funny was that, though? The cat couldn’t go in the same room with her.
Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens): When Tara bites the psycho vampire Franklin’s neck, I nearly puked. That was singularly the grossest moment on the entire show.
What was your favorite gross scene in True Blood? Please tell us in the comment section below.
With True Blood’s third season on British tv right now, SFX magazine latest issue is all about vampires.
The latest SFX Collections Special Edition (on sale Thursday) is not one magazine, but two – and the theme of both is vampires! Not only a special about True Blood but also additional info about Stephen’s upcoming movie Priest.
In one magazine you’ll find everything you could ever possibly want on True Blood:
• Interviews with big names from the show – including Stephen Moyer (Bill), showrunner Alan Ball, Nelsan Ellis (Layfaette), Sam Trammel (Sam), Joe Manganiello (Alcide) and Linday Pulsipher (Crystal)
• A complete episode guide to all three seasons
• The first half of issue one of the fantastic IDW True Blood comic
• The results of a reader poll to find the best ever episodes
• A look at True Blood merchadise
• A Bon Temps tourist brochure
• The show’s wildest ever moments
• The best cliffhangers
• A guide to swearing on the show
The other magazine encompasses the whole world of vampires, in TV shows, movies and more.
• The Vampire Diaries
• Being Human
• Universal’s Son Of Dracula
• ’80s classics Fright Night
• How Buffy The Vampire Slayer owes everything to The Lost Boys
• Plus, a look at the saucy vampire films of notorious Spanish film director Jess Franco
• There’s also the return of grumpy teenage cartoon character Jack the Vlad!