Whether you are a fan of the fang or a FOTS supporter, the online HBO shop has something for everybody.
New Light Of Day t-shirts for him and for her and Fangtasia caps.
Michelle Forbes who plays the mysterious Maryann Forrester was interviewed by TVGuide. Michelle likes it that Maryann is such an enigma. It reminds her of how she got the acting gig. “I was told a lot, yet very little, and that is the riddle of Maryann,” she says, quixotically. “I was so lost initially.” Join the club. You may have heard that Maryann is a maenad, and that’s technically accurate — but it’s certainly not the whole story. Forbes was gracious enough to help us understand Maryann’s maybe-not-so-evil-after-all ways in this two-part interview. (After you watch Sunday’s episode, come back Monday morning for the juicy bits of Part 2.)
We know what it’s like with opinions….. everybody has one…. and Latoya Peterson the writer of the article “Vampires, and the Sluts and Virgins Who Love Them” sure does have one.
I get the feeling that Latoya has a crush on Buffy and that makes her lash out to Bella and our very own Sookie and the fans who love them and their vampire companions.
“The latest in the genre is HBO’s True Blood. From its opening down-and-dirty guitar peals (chorus: “I want to do bad things to you”), it taps into the old notion of vampires as our own ids, unleashed. Sookie Stackhouse, the major protagonist in True Blood, is tender, chaste, and completely inexperienced in the ways of love. In her case, being a virgin marks her as different in the Southern town of Bontemps, where sleeping around is one of the few recreational activities available. Particularly in the first season, when women who lay with vampires are marked as loose (and quite a few end up dead at the hand of the town’s deranged serial killer), a theme emerges dividing the “good girls” from the “bad girls” or “fangbangers.” Sookie, who sleeps with her undead suitor Bill, ends up marked as bad, although she ultimately gets the upper hand on the killer.”
Know your material…. Jace Everett sings: “I want to do bad things WITH you”, that gives the song a whole different meaning.
“Stephanie Meyer, the author of Twilight, has been criticized for emphasizing chastity in the story arc between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Quite often, their scenes together felt like an extended tease, or a test of will, exemplified by Edward conquering his lust for blood (read: booty). Some critics attributed it to Meyer being a both a Mormon and a housewife when she started the series. Alan Ball, the creator of True Blood, may have more progressive politics than Meyer—he openly discusses the allegory that the struggle for vampire rights on the show is a pop culture critique of the current climate toward gay rights. But, from a feminist perspective, he is still transmitting the same idea: To be desired, a woman should be beautiful, virginal, and submissive.”
I must have been watching a different show, because I don’t think that it EVER even crossed Alan Ball’s mind that woman should “be beautiful, virginal, and submissive to be desired”.
You can read the complete article here.
Kristin from E!Online spoke with Deborah Ann Woll, Alan Ball and Sam Trammell.
Deborah gives away a few minor spoilers about what will happen with Jessica. Alan has some useful advice for all you vampires out there: “If you’re a vampire you’re not going to want an all-white house.” And Sam calls the writers crazy: “The writers are crazy; they’re not playing it safe at all this year. They’re taking huge chances.”
Are you ready for tonight? I hear that “Shake and Fingerpop” is going to be a wild ride and it was written by the master himself… Alan Ball.
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On the “Steppin” Out” issue of June 24 the lovely Carrie Preston tells us why according to her so many fans are fascinated by True Blood and that it is definitely a show for an adult audience.
Just in case you are a new True Blood fan and don’t recognize Carrie…. she is of course Arlene, the redheaded Merlotte’s waitress.
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Jace Everett is of course best known for True Blood’s theme song “Bad Things”, but he released a new CD just a couple of weeks ago entitled “Red Revelations”.
Blast spoke with Jace about his new CD and asked him how it feels to know that millions of fans are singing along to your song every Sunday night when they tune in to watch the show.
“It’s great! Being a guy who’s trying to make a living, I’m hopeful that people who love the track will transfer that onto my new music and I hope that it’ll draw them in. But even if it doesn’t… shit, I write songs and I yell into a microphone! There’re far more talented people than me that never had this opportunity so I’m very grateful for it and it’s a huge honor.”
Read the complete interview on Blast.
Cast and crew of True Blood are filming part of the Season 2 finale this week in Baton Rouge and Clinton. Several local news media were invited to the set yesterday to conduct interviews with the cast. So watch out for info on the following newspapers and tv stations:
- The Advocate (Baton Rouge newspaper)
- WBRZ – Channel 2
- The Watchman (Clinton newspaper)
- The Reveille (LSU newspaper)
- NBC 33
- Around Town Show David Spunt – WAFB -Channel 9
- Capital City Lagnaippe (Mid-City newspaper)
- Photographer for Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau & 225 Magazine
The show’s creators spent weeks scouting locations for the fictional town of Bon Temps. They found what they were looking for in Clinton, the town in East Feliciana Parish. The production will also film in Baton Rouge at several locations.
“It’s really important for them (the actors) to get a chance to be in Louisiana and feel the heat and see the town,” said executive producer Gregg Fienberg.
Governor Bobby Jindal on Thursday enacted a law that would give projects like “True Blood” a 30 percent tax credit on whatever is spent in the state.
“Nothing really looks like the South except the South, so our show is set in Louisiana and that’s a big part of what works and what it is and it’s important to come down here and capture it,” said Anna Paquin.
“True Blood” will finish its second season of filming in the area over the weekend.
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To many Stephen Moyer fans charity is no stranger. The Brentwood Theatre in Essex (UK) received thousands of dollars in donations made by fans in honor of the theatre’s patron Stephen Moyer.
This past week True Blood fans have again begun to pool together for a very worthy charity:
The Choroideremia Research Foundation.
Choroideremia is a degenerative hereditary eye disease that attacks the peripheral vision and slowly erodes it over time until total blindness.
One might ask what the connection is between True Blood and the Choroideremia Research Foundation. The answer is simply, his name is EJ Scott and he and several of his family members are affected by Choroideremia. EJ is the boyfriend of Deborah Ann Woll.
In an interview I did with Deborah earlier this year she talked about EJ :”He has a rare eye disease called Choroideremia, which is causing him to slowly go blind. He is so courageous and proactive about preparing for this inevitability in the face of something so scary, I can only be awed by his strength and commitment.”
Besides his eye condition EJ has another problem: overweight caused by a crappy diet. The idea is to combine the two: losing weight for charity. You can sponsor EJ for every pound of weight that he loses and donate that money directly to The Choroideremia Research Foundation by Paypal, check or wire transfer (tax deductible for US residents). No amount is too small. For example if you sponsor EJ for 25c per lb and he reaches his goal of 60 lbs weight lose, your total donation will be $15.
Even though there is a little playful rivalry between the book fans and the show fans, between the Bill fans and the Eric fans, when it comes down to it we are all fans of True Blood and we support the show and it’s actors, let’s show that support by pooling together for such a worthy cause as the fight against Choroideremia.