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On Seeing The Great Denis O’Hare’s “An Iliad”

Posted by Lynnpd On January - 18 - 2014

I went to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA on Wednesday night and sat in the front row to see “THE GREAT DENIS O’HARE,” in his one man extravaganza, “An Iliad.” Yes, that’s what I think of him, I think that he is a great actor. Ever since I first saw him in True Blood, I have been a fan, but now I think even more of him after seeing his mesmerizing adaptation of Homer’s epic poem, “An Illiad” directed by Lisa Peterson.

Denis O'Hare in "An Illiad"

The Broad Stage program says of the show:

Homer’s epic poem roars back to life in a contemporary new telling. Obie Award-winner, Lisa Peterson directs Tony Award-winner Denis O’Hare in this stunning show that captures the grief and glory of the battle for Troy. An Iliad races through time to become breathtakingly relevant. The New York Times calls it, “Spellbinding… smartly conceived and impressively executed.”

Now, I’m not much of an epic poem fan, but when you see Denis O’Hare on stage, giving everything he’s got to such a production, you just have to be in awe of his amazing talent. He made the epic poem inspirational and extremely interesting.

Like most of our readers, I was first introduced to this amazing actor when he was cast in Season 3 of True Blood in the role as the King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington. As I watched him throughout the season, I thought he had  really “absorbed himself into the part,” but also seemed to be having alot of fun acting such a campy role. As I remember it now, I think my very favorite scene of Denis as Russell Edgington has to be the one when he tore out the backbone of the TV newscaster. However, it wasn’t that shocking act that made the scene special for me, it was the lecture he gave the public after that made it resonate.

Watch it below:

Although this scene from True Blood has a lot of passion, you can tell that it didn’t take anywhere near the energy that the 1 hr., 40 min. production of “An Iliad” takes to do. He certainly doesn’t need to go to the gym while performing his part of “The Poet” in this show because you can see that it takes a lot of energy to do it.

Perhaps because of his experience in TV and in “True Blood,” when telling the Illiad story on stage, Denis seemed to relish the battle passages, bringing alive the murderous chaos of battle and the bloodlust it unleashes, similar to his tirade as Russell Edgington in the scene above.

That’s not to say that it’s apparent he is using all of his strength, instead it looks just the opposite. He parades all over the stage, climbing on tables and chairs telling the tale and making you follow his every move. He owns it,  that’s what I mean and that’s a very difficult thing to do. And he brings the play into our world, as said in a NYTimes Review, trying to explain why the exhausted Greeks didn’t abandon the battle, weary after nine years of fruitless fighting, he compares their attitude to the frustration you feel in a supermarket line: “You’ve been there 20 minutes, and the other line is moving faster,” he says. “Do you switch lines now? No, goddamn it, I’ve been here for 20 minutes, I’m gonna wait in this line. Look — I’m not leaving ’cause otherwise I’ve wasted my time.”

Read an excerpt from LA Weekly which describes the event perfectly:

Picking up from Robert Fagles’ authoritative translation, this version channels the urgency of the original into a forceful reminder of the power of theater stripped to its essentials. Performing on a barren stage cluttered with backstage detritus (designed by Rachel Hauck) and lit by a single bulb (lighting design by Scott Zielinski), O’Hare assumes the guise of a weary bard, compelled to repeat his narrative as long as humanity has need of it – in other words, forever. After invoking the muses, via music beautifully wrought by accompanying bassist Brian Ellingsen, O’Hare launches into his tale, seasoning it liberally with sly anachronisms. He pauses and breaks and backtracks, his voice rising and falling, his words swooping from nervous jangle to indolent lilt and back again, charting a narrative by turns savage and tender, escalating finally into an explosive, rapid-fire recitation of each major conflict in human history. This is poetry as it was meant to be experienced, primal and raw, thrilling and transcendent.

Oh, and Denis is not totally alone on stage, the subtle, dramatic music of Mark Bennett is primarily played live by the bassist Brian Ellingsen, coaxing an amazing variety of sounds from his instrument and adding a lot to the mood of the play.

Another nice treat for having gone to the show was meeting up with Kristin Bauer van Straten and her hubby, Abri van Straten and also, Sam Trammell and Missy Yaeger. It was nice to say hello to them and snag a quick photo of each outside as they were on the red carpet.

The play continues through February 2, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.  Go here to get your tickets.

See photos of Denis in the play:

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Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at

Vampire Ball 4: Michael McMillian & Jim Parrack Talk True Blood

Posted by Jason Smith On November - 15 - 2013


Sean Harry’s Starfury events has been running conventions for 16 years now, and his Vampire show convention was back for it’s 4th annual event. True Blood guests this year were Michael McMillian who plays the Reverend Steve Newlin and newly turned Vampire. Denis O’Hare was originally billed to be appearing too, but had to cancel due to acting commitments on American Horror Story. He was replaced with a few days to go by Jim Parrack who plays Hoyt Foddenbury.

I had met Jim before at another convention and he was a great guest so was happy with him to be replacing Denis. I was also looking forward to meeting Michael for the first time.


It was return to the Thistle Hotel at Heathrow for this years convention, a venue used for the Vampire Ball two years previously so I was familiar with the location and layout of the hotel. The con rate for the hotel was a very reasonable £60 a night for a twin/double without breakfast. And a regular ticket for the convention cost £90 making this a very affordable convention to attend. I arrived early this year and was looking forward to meeting fellow Truebie friends and catching up.


The opening ceremony was in the main convention hall which was laid out with big round tables seating 20 odd people to a table so we all sat together for it. Sean Harry introduced the guests in turn and told us that Jim Parrack would be arriving the following morning on the red eye.


The meet and greet for Gold Ticket holders followed this and then it was the first themed party of the weekend, Movie Maniacs. There were some great cosplays on the dance floor, including one of my favourites, Ash from the Evil Dead. I work my Sheriff Andy Bellefleur costume for this party. The party went on until 2am, as it did for every night of the convention. Talks the following day were scheduled to start at midday, so this worked well with the late night party the night before. Vampire Ball is known for it’s laid back atmosphere which the guests enjoy and mingle more with the attendees at the parties because of this. Guests were dancing on the dance floor and chatting to people outside for a good portion of the evening.


Saturday saw a 2pm photo shoot with Michael and Jim. I wore my Sheriff’s outfit for this photo shoot along with Talbot, a crystal urn prop filled with jelly to look like Russell Edgington’s spiked Vampire lover. Michael commented on what a great prop Talbot was which was nice of him.


The first of two talks featuring Michael and Jim was after this. Jim talked about his directing work and his method as an actor. Michael spoke about his comic book work as well as that of his part as the Reverend Steve Newlin.


The autograph session for Gold Ticker holders was at 5pm and some Regular ticket holders were allowed in after this so I decided to get my autographs then. I have a fake arm cast with signatures from a dozen odd True Blood actors on it so I got Michael and Jim to sign that.


The cosplay parade was the first event of the evening followed by a gig by Christian Kane. We entered the cosplay parade as Vamp Camp, from Season 6 of True Blood. Three of us wore blue scrub with the numbers 1-4 on them and we were guarded by a guard in body armour. Talbot even had a little blue scrub outfit of his own. It was great fun to take part!
The evening party was the Vampire Ball with some people going in Masquerade with masks on. One of our friends had a birthday surprise cake and we all ate this along with the jelly from Talbot, which has become a bit of a tradition at conventions now.

The party went on late into the night again and everyone had a great time.


The next morning we were all meeting at 10am for a photo shoot with Michael in our blue scrubs from Vamp Camp. He thought it was great and came out to talk with use afterwards after the photos had been printed and he could take a look.


The afternoon saw another talk from Michael and Jim with some more behind the scenes stories from the set of True Blood. The closing ceremony was packed and we managed to get a table towards the front for this. The guests all said they had a great time and there was a birthday cake brought out for Sean for the 16th birthday of Starfury. The party went on late once more and Jim Parrack spoke to some of my Truebie friends for a good portion of the night.


Another great con from Starfury. Next years event is September 26-28 at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole. Janina Gavankar (Sam’s shapeshifting girlfriend Luna) has already been announced as a guest.

Looking forward to see who else from True Blood will be announced!
Note: You may also recognize the ladies from the Great Northern True Blood Pilgrimage in some of the photos below.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

I'm a true blood fan who is a big fan of conventions featuring actors from the show and love cosplaying as characters like Andy Bellefleur and Vampire Eddie.
Jason Smith
Jason Smith


On Sunday night, October 27, 2013 I attended The Amanda Foundation’s annual Bow Wow Beverly Hills Halloween event. This year the title of the event was The Big “BARK” Theory because the event host was Kaley Cuoco who plays Penny on the show, “The Big Bang Theory.”

It was held at the same prime location as in the past at 2 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Teri Austin and Tracy Jones put on a great event for all the many animal lovers who attended. Pets, of course, were welcome and some were even dressed up  for the annual Halloween costume party. It was a fun time that also included silent auctions, great food, drink and music for all.

I arrived in time to watch Kaley Cuoco receive the “Worthy of Love” award from the head of the Amanda Foundation, Teri Austin.  Teri also spoke about a doberman who desperately needed an operation on his leg and she asked for attendees to donate for that operation.  I’m happy to report that our furry friend will be having the needed operation as many who were in the audience stepped up to contribute.

Kaley Cuoco and Teri Austin

Many celebrities attended to show their support for The Amanda Foundaiton in addition to Kaley Cuoco, such as Melanie Griffith, Jade Tailor, Glenn Hughes, Abri van Straten, who came with his wife, True Blood’s Kristin Bauer van Straten.

Kristin being interviewed by the press.

Kristin arrived later than most as she had just come from another charity event.  She told me she had also just flown back from Tulsa, OK earlier that day where she had appeared at a Halloween event on Saturday night.  She sure is a busy lady.

However, that didn’t keep her from being very friendly and generous with her time to all.  She posed for the photographers and then gave interviews to all those that wanted one. Kristin is such a caring and genuinely giving person, I wasn’t surprised a bit.

Lucky me, got to “hang out” with Kristin and Abri for a bit and I asked her if she knew anything about True Blood Season 7  and when it would be starting production? Just like all the other cast members I’ve asked, she said she knew nothing and that she hadn’t heard a thing from HBO yet about a start date.  She did say that she expects production will start up in early January, as has been reported. I chatted with her and Abri for a while and they told me that they are about to leave for a vacation in Tahiti.  I’m sure this is well deserved as Kristin has been very busy making lots of public appearances during True Blood’s hiatus, so I wished them the best for a wonderful holiday.

Kristin Bauer van Straten and Abri van Straten At 2013 Amanda Event

Kristin and Abri van Straten

Below are some of the photos I took at the event.

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Below are three videos from the event.

The first is one I took amidst the crowd of photographers of Kaley Cuoco getting her “Worthy of Love” Award, (sorry about the shaking; it was very crowded).

The next two are of the photographers shooting photos of Kaley and Kaley on the red carpet:

Kaley Cuoco on the red carpet

Kristin Bauer van Straten on the red carpet

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Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at

The Great Northern True Blood Pilgrimage 2013 – Part 3 of 3

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 10 - 2013


We returned to LA and for our last two nights in the US we stayed at the Sofitel Beverly Hills. This was used for  the interiors of Hotel Carmella in season 2 when the vampires went to Dallas. Instead of a bottle of True Blood in the hotel bar, for us, a glass of champagne and a cocktail was the order of the day!


Sofitel Hotel

We had come all this way to see him at Comic Con and just as we were leaving for the US, we found out that he would not be there.  We were gutted. So, on our last day before traveling back to England we thought we should, at least try for one more True Blood adventure, to glimpse Stephen Moyer at his rehearsal venue for Chicago. It was a long shot but after traveling over 5,000 miles we just had to try.

I contacted Lynnpd to see if she might be able help us and she was able to arrange a time for us to “run into him.” Stephen would be leaving the Chicago rehearsal location at 6pm and that he had agreed to a meeting. She told us that although Stephen is always extremely generous with his time, asking him for the meet was a huge exception, as she and Shadaliza don’t like to impose on Stephen’s time unless absolutely necessary, and the meet was only possible because we had come such a long way and had missed seeing him at Comic Con. Oh, and being from the UK, might have helped, too. We were told not to say where we were going and to be sure not to take up too much of his time as he would be rushing to a dinner and could only stop for a couple of photos.

We arrived at the venue at the appointed time and saw the other dancers and cast members leaving, and then, Stephen walked out and came over to speak to us. Well, we were floored. All during the trip, we had hoped to see him but never actually believed it would happen, and now it was.

He asked us where we were from and if we had enjoyed Comic Con. He told us all about his rehearsals for Chicago and that he was enjoying getting back into musical theatre. He asked us what we thought of season 6 and said that the cast are looking forward to shooting season 7. Stephen mentioned that he had some new projects lined up that he was looking forward to. He made time for photographs and autographs which we are so grateful to him for spending the time.  

See our photos below:




All in all we could not have wished for a better ending to our epic adventures. Mission accomplished!

After seeing Stephen we met up with Lynnpd and had a lovely dinner at Hollywood and Highland where we told her the story of our adverntures throughout the vacation.

Check out the other parts of our adventure:

Part 1 – New Orleans and Los Angeles

Part 2 – Comic Con 2013

Below is PART 2 of the adventures Jennifer and her two friends Suzanne and Katy had when they came here from the United Kingdom specifically to attend Comic Con, see True Blood locations, and generally have a good time.


After 3 days in LA visiting theme parks we travelled to San Diego for Comic Con. We had a lot of fun cosplaying the Avengers on the Friday and we are excited to experience the madness that is SDCC.



Lynnpd had recommended getting in line early, so we arrived in full Merlotte’s uniform at midnight on the Saturday morning ready for the panel at 3pm. We had nothing but our blankets (Thank you Delta Airlines!) a few bottles of Mountain Dew and a fully charged IPAD.



It turns out when you really want to get a good seat in Ballroom 20 that’s all you really need. After a long cold wait through the night we were let in to the convention center at 8am and managed to secure seats near the front. We watched the Once Upon a Time panels, The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy and American Dad panels and finally it was 3pm.

The True Blood cast was announced. Attending was Rob Kazinsky, Michael McMillian, Anna Camp, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Deborah Ann Woll, Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Showrunner Brian Buckner and Anna Paquin. Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård were not scheduled to attend due to other commitments (Stephen was rehearsing for his role as Billy Flynn in Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl and Alex was vacationing in Iceland), but it was still fangtastic.

Follow this link to watch videos of the True Blood panel.

On our last day at SDCC we were shopping in the exhibition hall and as we came out of a store we bumped in to Michael McMillian. He was kind enough to take photos with us before his panel with Chronicle Books. Michael was promoting his latest book Steve Newlin’s Field Guide to Vampires (and other creatures of Satan).

MM Field-guide-to-Vampires

Below are links to the videos of the panel that Michael McMillian participated in  for Chronicle Books:

Follow this link to see all three videos of Michael’s panel, courtesy of

After the panel Michael was kind enough to sign some autographs! It was a fabulous to end our crazy time at Comic Con and I recommend it to anyone who is a die hard fan of any show.


Check out the other parts of our adventure:

Go to Part 1 – New Orleans and Los Angeles

Go to Part 3 – Meeting Stephen Moyer


Below is PART 1 of the adventures Jennifer and her two friends Suzanne and Katy had when they came here from the United Kingdom specifically to attend Comic Con, see True Blood locations, and generally have a good time.

The following are the tales of our epic adventures to see all things True Blood and Stephen Moyer!

How did we meet? The three of us met at Bitten, the first Unofficial True Blood convention in the UK in 2010. We hit it off immediately through our shared love of the show (and our wicked sense of humour) and have attended the convention together for the last 3 years. The final convention was in 2012 and we wanted to continue experiencing as much of the show as possible. We decided there and then we wanted to go to see the True Blood panel at San Diego Comic Con.  Hotels were reserved, flights were booked and after a very nerve-wracking queue for Katy in SDCCs “Epic online waiting room” (that’s actually what it’s called!) our badges for Comic Con were all reserved.

Suzanne, Katy and Jennifer




New Orleans

The first stop on our tour was New Orleans. This was even more appropriate after the shenanigans in True Blood Season 5 on Bourbon Street. Sadly no vampire piggybacks or karaoke I’m afraid. We tried the local cuisine (gator hash anyone?), hospitality (cocktails in the street is encouraged) and local tourist sites including a steamboat ride down the Mississippi river, a trip on a bayou with Captain Dave and a day trip to the Oak Alley Plantation where some scenes from the film, “Interview With A Vampire” were filmed.

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana (scenes filmed her from Interview with a Vampire were filmed here)


Los Angeles – Visiting True Blood Filming Locations

Our second stop was Los Angeles, California. We arrived early in to LAX airport and after picking up our car rental we headed straight out to some of the True Blood filming locations.

Big Patty’s Pie House

From the airport we went to Big Pattys Pie House from season one. It is actually a fully functioning diner called Chips located in Hawthorne.


Location used for Big Patty’s Pie House from Season 1


Bon Temps Police Station

We stopped for a quick photo op and then went to find the Bon Temps Police Station. This is also a working Police Station in Hawthorne but no one seemed to be home that day.  Exciting for us “Bon Temps” is still written on the entrance door.


Location used for Bon Temps Police station


Fangtasia Bar

Next on our travels was a trip to Long Beach to find the outside location for Fangtasia. Ironically the real name of the venue is Alex’s bar. We decided that perhaps not all the car park is genuine in the show as it is much smaller that it appears on the screen compared to what you see when Eric and Russell Edgington are baking in the sun in season three.


Outside the original location for the Fangtasia Bar


Fellowship of the Sun Church

From Long Beach we drove to Whittier to the Rose Hills Memorial Park. This is the church used in season two for the Fellowship of the Sun. It is set on a stunning hillside and the grounds are beautiful. The church is located at the top of the hill so we highly recommend driving as its quite a distance from the entrance.

location of "Fellowship of the Sun" church from Season 2

location of “Fellowship of the Sun” church from Season 2

We then set out to Las Virgenes near Malibu for Sookies house. The building was custom built for the show and it is set on a private road. We wanted to see how close you could get but as it turned out you could only see the rooftop from a distance. It was good enough for us though.

If you are interested in visiting the same locations the addresses are below.

  1. Big Patty’s Pie House, Chips Restaurant, 11908 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA
  2. Bon Temps police station, Hawthorne Jail, 4440 W 126th St, Hawthorne, CA
  3. Fangtasia, Alex’s Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA
  4. FOTS Church, Sky Rose Chapel, Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA
  5. Sookies House, TV set, 1199 Las Virgenes Road, Agoura Hills/Malibu, CA

Go to Part 2: Comic Con

Go to Part 3: Meeting Stephen Moyer

A Night of True Blood Music Benefitting Amanda Foundation

Posted by Lynnpd On November - 24 - 2012

A True Blood hug from Tara and Kristin

On Thursday, November 15, 2012, I attended the Amanda Foundation benefit “Night of True Blood Music.” Hosting the event this year was True Blood’s Pam, Kristin Bauer Van Straten and Ginger, Tara Pierce (Buck). The event featured the music of Kristin’s husband, Abri Van Straten and Tara’s husband, Chris Pierce.

Teri and Tracy of the Amanda Foundation were there and also provided a silent auction with many True Blood items. The Vault donated original autographed items that included an SFX Magazine, photo of Kristin Bauer and Alexander Skarsgård and an illustration of Deborah Ann Woll in an outfit from Season 5. I’m happy to say that the items were sold to benefit the dogs and cats at the no kill shelter.

While there, out in front of Molly Malones, where the event took place, I interviewed Tara and Kristin together. We discussed The Amanda Foundation, Kristin’s new documentary, “Out For Africa,” their latest acting projects and, of course a tiny bit about True Blood.

Watch it below.

Here are some photos of Teri and Kristin when they visited the farm where they saw the elephants and rhinos as Kristin mentioned in the video.

Read more about Tara’s new film, The Pact here and Kristin’s new pilot for Cinnamon Girl, here.

And, below are a few photos.

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Thanks to Shadaliza for editing the video.

Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at

True Blood Fans Meet Janina Gavankar at F.A.C.T.S. in Belgium

Posted by Lynnpd On November - 10 - 2012

True Blood’s Janina Gavankar attended the F.A.C.T.S. in Flanders Expo Ghent, Belgium the weekend of October 21, 2012 and two fans from Belgium, Karen and Els attended.   They were kind enough to share their photos with us and provide a brief bullet list of the highlights of their experience.

As Belgian True Blood fans, we could not miss this.

A brief summary of our adventures Sunday.

First we went for an autograph. She told us that she had visited 5 different chocolate shops.

Then there was a Q & A with Janina and here are a few highlights from it.

  • If she should play another character, she would choose for Lafayette.
  • Her second day at True Blood was her most bizarre day ever. She filmed that day the scene that she was naked in the grass with Sam, then turned into a horse and run away. It was a very cold day.
  • Playing the skin walking scenes are harder than the one in which she changed into an animal.
  • As Sam had to play the skin walking Luna in season 5, she first presented to Sam how she would play it, Sam had it all recorded and then he played it beautifully.
  • She found Stephen Moyer a good director, she loves directors that talk face-to-face.
  • She finds Alexander a cool and jovial guy. He let her feel immediately comfortable on the first day and went even after a coffee for her.
  • She likes to watch ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Game of Thrones’.

At the end of the day, there was a photo shoot with Janina and below are some photos:


Thanks to Els and Karen for sharing their experience and the photos.

Review: Joe Manganiello’s Magic Mike – “Women Love the Tease”

Posted by Babs by the Beach On October - 27 - 2012
Magic Mike

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This week, Joe Manganiello’s film, Magic Mike comes out on video and Warner Brothers was nice enough to send us a copy to review.  Guest writer, “Babs by the Beach,” has watched the film and gives her review below.

Magic Mike “is a window into a world that you have never seen.” Over hot dogs, yes, hot dogs, Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh agreed to make MM about Tatum’s 19 year-old experience as a stripper and apparently never looked back. I’m actually glad they didn’t because there are many stories buried in Tatum’s ”world”that need to be told.

Tatum’s life as a stripper is truly amazing, because a guy that is 6’1”, literally defies gravity as he makes his body move in ways that, well ladies, you’ll just have to buy the DVD to believe. Sure he moves and grooves in “Step Up,” but frankly, the boy had his clothes on; and you just can’t truly appreciate Tatum covered up with all that baggy fabric. The same goes for all the boys in MM. Matthew McConaughey’s Dallas is not only the carnival barker, MC, ring master, and almost-pimp, but he’s got some serious moves as well, so much so that the ladies in the audience (mind you these are women being paid to be the audience) take method acting to a new level when they liberated Mr. McConaughey of his rather skimpy thong. (Sigh)

Focus, focus, ladies, there are more tales to be told.

As we learn that Mike attempts to diversify his employment portfolio, you can only strip for so long, he’s also a good soul who tries to help along a down-and-out failed college football stud, Alex Pettyfer, Adam “The Kid.” And thank goodness he does, because, while it’s not quite Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, it is a buddy film that shows how the fast life can also make for a faster fall. Mike and Adam begin running together in South Miami the only way two young and overly attractive men can: booze, drugs and sex, and more booze, drugs and sex.

There is the attempt at a love connection between Mike (Tatum) and Alex’s sister Brooke (played by Cody Horn), that somewhat gives the story line depth, but it also somewhat gets in the way of the real fun, the real emotions, the real deal crux-of-this-whale-tale: male bonding. It’s not that women should not be in the film, but as Joe Manganiello says in the DVD Backstage on Magic Mike, “it’s the dance scenes that steal the movie.” It’s the way the guys move on stage as a team that makes it more than eye candy, you can tell they are having fun. There is so much acting potential wasted as just eye candy. These boys have their acting chops: Big Dick Richie (Manganiello–True Blood), Ken (Matt Bomer–White Collar), Tito (Adam Rodriguez–CSI: Miami), and Tarzan (Kevin Nash–The Punisher), but in most scenes they have only a few lines and fill in the background. The energy that Dallas (McConaughey) stirs up, and the guys feed off of, electrifies the movie. But all of this gets shut down as Mike chase Brooke.

This is why, in MM II, IMHO, I hope that not only the dance scenes take center stage, but Fireman Big Dick Richie lights my fire (which is why we need more Joe), Ken pops out of his box more, Tarzan swings into our hearts and Tito makes those legs spin faster than a top. Manganiello nails it again, when he says, “there’s a real sense of camaraderie and I think the dance moves are what brought that all together.” That’s what I want to see more camaraderie (and of course, more dancing).

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Kristin Bauer van Straten goes sightseeing in Rome

Posted by Shadaliza On October - 3 - 2012

Kristin Bauer is in Rome where she will attend the screening of True Blood tonight during the Roma Fiction Fest. She is making the most of her time in the eternal city by visiting as many monuments as she can with her husband Abri van Straten.

I had the honor and pleasure of accompanying the couple this Monday (October 1st) and visited places with them like Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese. It was their first visit to Italy and Kristin was in awe of the history and art that can be found on every Roman street corner. Rome is not my hometown but having been there a couple of times before, I did manage to give her a little background info about the city and the places we visited. I also acted as translator because the driver of the car Kristin had at her disposal didn’t speak two words of English. It was quite the experience being driven through Rome in a black Mercedes with the Roma Fiction Fest logo printed on the side.

Kristin truly is the nicest, sweetest and most sincere person and it was a pleasure hanging out with her and Abri. One of the things that struck me was when we were walking through the park, she picked up a piece of stray plastic and threw it in the trash bin. This lady is one class act.


Kristin Bauer

Kristin Bauer on Piazza Navona


Shadaliza loves the Internet, film and TV shows, writing, running websites and charity fundraising; she has found the perfect combo in the fansites to express her creativity and passion. Shadaliza is Dutch, but has lived in Italy for many years and works as Marketing Executive for an Internet hosting company.

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