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Photos of Alexander Skarsgård from Beyond the Pole

Posted by Lynnpd On October - 30 - 20095 COMMENTS

Here are some new photos on the set of Alexander Skarsgård in the recently released film, Beyond the Pole.  It’s about a documentary film crew that follows the first carbon neutral, organic, vegetarian expedition ever to attempt the North Pole. Simultaneously Saving the Planet and getting into the Guinness Book of Records. Learn more about this film by going to our previous post.

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On November 21 and 22 there will be a Mega Gathering of Sci Fi Movie Stars and Fans, both Old and New at New England’s Largest Multimedia Fanfest, Boston Mega Superfest 2009, where fans mingle with their favorite creators of comics, TV and Movies stars, and even Rock & Roll artists! The event will e held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel so mark your calendars for this star studded event that only happens once in a year!

Take this chance to not only take home your own celebrity guest signings, but to also ask your favorite star about the question that has been brewing in your mind for years with the Q & A Sessions. Whether you’re wondering where Spock got his haircut, or how Spike toned that dashboard abs of his, there will surely be an answer once you ask the celebrities themselves!

As promised, this part of the East Coast will be filled with TV stars, like James Marsters (Spike from Buffy and Angel and Brainiac of Smallville); Ray Park (Edgar from Heroes, Snake Eyes of G.I. Joe, Toad of X-Men, and Darth Maul); and Brent Spiner (Data of Star Trek Next Generation).

Old school TV favorites will also be having a reunion, starting off with Bionic Woman’s Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, and one from the show’s villains, Janice Whitby. Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will follow up by and revive the Meet the Monkees, and even stay to give out autographs for fans to cherish.

Of course, the convention will be incomplete without the glitter and glamour of celebrity vixens! The ladies that will keep you awake with your energy levels high are: Kristin Bauer (Pam of True Blood); Erika Eleniak (Baywatch, Under Siege, Bordello of Blood); Gena Lee Nolin (Baywatch actress, Playboy and Maxim model); Jennifer Corbin (super model, actress, and host); Alexis Amore (model and film star); Josie Lee (international pin up and fashion model, actress, and TV host); Colleen Marie (Playboy Miss August 2003); Daphnee Duplaix (model and actress); Danielle Darko (model); ODB (TNA Women’s Champ); Crystal Louthan (TNA wrestler, model and actress); Daffney (TNA wrestler); and Mia St. John (Female Boxing Champ).

New England’s largest costume contest and party will also be commencing in this event, so don your favorite superhero or villain costume complete with their trademark weapons like guns, swords, or other intergalactic weaponry and win fabulous prizes!

For further convention information, please visit the Super Mega Fest website.

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Charlaine Harris did not want to Kill Bill

Posted by Shadaliza On October - 30 - 200950 COMMENTS

Alan Ball and Charlaine Harris at the True Blood premiere

Alan Ball and Charlaine Harris at the True Blood premiere

At the Paley Center, True Blood: Inside the writers room, last Wednesday  Alan Ball responded to one of the most sent in questions for the panel: the fate of Bill. In the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, the character of Bill Compton is reduced to an occasional guest appearance and many Bill/Stephen Moyer fans feared the same fate for him in True Blood.

Alan Ball eases the fans’ minds: “Stephen Moyer will not be marginalized. The characters of Bill and Sookie may go through some rough patches that may last longer than team Sookie/Bill might like but Bill and Sookie have a connection that will never die in the TV world. I know in the book world that Charlaine had to be talked out of killing Bill in the last book but I’m saying in our world Sookie and Bill have a connection that will not die.”

Alan’s remark about Charlaine Harris ‘killing Bill’ seems to confirm what many fans already thought, but the writer of the books voices a different opinion on her messageboard.

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I understand that Alan was commenting on the differences between the future of the series and the plot of the books at Paleyfest, and remarked that I’d been “talked out of” killing Bill. That’s leaving an inaccurate impression with many readers, my moderators have told me.

Unfortunately, in a conversation with Alan some months ago I did tell him that when I was finishing DEAD AND GONE I did consider the possibility that Bill might die in the fairy assault on the field hospital. I did not realize that Alan might remember and repeat my words. During the course of the Sookie series, I’ve considered killing off several characters who haven’t bitten the dust yet and may never. That’s one of the choices a fiction writer considers with every book. And you’ll notice that in the end, I decided that Bill had more story to tell.

So please don’t give Alan’s words any more weight than they’re due, or blow them out of proportion. It never occurred to me that he might repeat a casual remark of mine about a possibility that never came to pass.

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Kristin Bauer posing as Pam for IFAW

Kristin Bauer posing as Pam for IFAW

Join True Blood actress Kristin Bauer at the Santa Monica LUSH Cosmetics store on Saturday, November 7 in support of the IFAW Tails for Whales campaign. LUSH is a generous supporter of IFAW’s marine mammal programs through its Charity Pot program.

Kristin asked The Vault to spread the word and she invites the True Blood fans to come and meet her at the Lush Store:

Kristin Bauer: “I’ve partnered with LUSH and IFAW. LUSH has created a cream for IFAW and is donating the proceeds to help save the whales from unnecessary deaths and extinction. I will be appearing at the LUSH store in Santa Monica on the third street promenade Nov 7th from 1pm -3pm and I’ll trade you a photo for a photo. Mine signed for yours making the Whale Tale! Let’s take a bite out of whaling!”

Whales face more threats today than at any other time in history. IFAW’s Tails for Whales campaign is a grassroots visual petition advocating for stronger policy and U.S. leadership in whale protection through photographs of Americans making a ‘whale tail’ with their hands. Kristin Bauer has been a tireless advocate for IFAW and protecting whales, and looks forward to meeting the supporters who make our work possible!

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Event details:
Saturday, November 7, 2009
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
LUSH Cosmetics
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
RSVP to tailsforwhales@lush.com and

If you can’t make it, get involved by uploading your photo and learning more at www.ifaw.org/tailsforwhale

photo by Larry DiMarzio

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True Blood: Inside the writers room

Posted by Shadaliza On October - 30 - 20091 COMMENT

True Blood’s writers and producers sat down with fans of the show Wednesday at the Paley Center for Media. Writer’s Assistant Elisabeth Finch, Script Coordinator Kate Barnow, Co-Executive Producer Brian Buckner, Creator and Executive Producer Alan Ball, Co-Executive Producer Nancy Oliver, Supervising Producer Alexander Woo, Producer Raelle Tucker answered questions and revealed some tidbits of things to come in True Blood’s Season 3.

You can listen to an audio recording of the event here: http://truebloodtwitter.com/vote/

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Sam Trammell comes home in Charleston

Posted by Shadaliza On October - 30 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Charleston is taking Halloween to a whole new level with its HallowEast celebration. Headlining the fun-filled weekend is a hometown boy turned TV superstar.

Sam Trammel grew up in Charleston, graduated from George Washington High School and his parents still live here, and even though he’s gone Hollywood in a major way, he is still happy to be home.

“It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Trammel spent years successfully working on Broadway along with TV and movie roles, but it wasn’t until he signed on for HBO’s vampire themed smash hit True Blood that Trammell truly became a household name.

“People kind of went crazy over it, so it’s definitely changed my life a fair amount,” he said.

Trammell plays bar owner Sam Merlotte. But in the small Louisiana town where the show takes place, nothing is as it seems.

In the show he also plays a shape shifter who can transform from human to animal- a role that requires a lot of nudity and courage.

“The worse thing than seeing yourself naked is seeing yourself naked and running, there is no hiding what you’re body really is, there’s no hiding,” Trammell said.
Two seasons of true blood have created a massive fan base and Trammell will soon start work on number season three and a storyline that will include Sam finally meeting his biological parents.

“It’s not going to be a Norman Rockwell sort of thing. They’re probably going to be really sketchy, in-debt, scary people,” he said.

Good thing in real-life he is surrounded by a great family and a place he can always call home.

“People here are so nice, the nicest people in the country and I’m always so proud to say that I’m from West Virginia. It’s great,” Trammell said.

Trammell will be back in West Virginia later this week for “HallowEast,” a four day fundraiser for Charleston’s East End. He’ll headline an interview session Friday at 8 p.m. at the Kanawha Players location on Beauregard Street in Charleston.

To find out more about “HallowEast,” go to halloweast.com/.

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True Blood cast Bow Wows for animal charity

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Rutina Wesley, Michelle Forbes, Kristin Bauer, Mariana Klaveno

Mariana Klaveno, Michelle Forbes, Rutina Wesley, Tara Buck, Kristin Bauer and Patrick Gallagher attended the 4th Annual ‘Bow Wow Beverly Hills’ benefiting the Amanda Foundation at Via Rodeo at Two Rodeo Drive on October 29, 2009 in Beverly Hills.

The Amanda Foundation was founded in 1976, and has since placed thousands of homeless animals. It is a nonprofit organization that rescues dogs and cats who, through no fault of their own, are spending their last days at City and County Shelters.

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Short Interview with Stephen Moyer

Posted by Lynnpd On October - 30 - 200921 COMMENTS

Recently, Stephen Moyer answered a few questions for The Ticket:

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Besides vampires, what are the themes of True Blood?

I think the show represents many different things. You could watch it and think it’s a camp, frothy, sexy thriller. But equally it could be a satirical comment on society. Bill’s a vampire, an outsider that arrives in town and is ostracised, but he’s trying to be a decent man.

When it comes to your love scenes, do you think it helps that you and Anna are a
couple in real life ?

I would like to think that, as a professional, if I have to have a love scene with somebody else it would be just as good!
What made you fall for Anna?
She’s sharp, funny, brilliant, incredibly talented and an ultimate professional. She’s probably the most straight-talking woman I’ve ever met and she’s caring, generous and kind – I can’t say enough! And I think she’s beautiful.
Is there pressure on you as an actor to look fit?
I think the thing is that when you’re working against someone like Ryan (Kwanten), who is an insane body fascist, I’ve got no choice but to look as good as I can. I’m never going to look like him but, equally, when I’m 60 I don’t want to look at the DVDs and see my flabby belly.

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A Paley Center Vampire Weekend in New York

Posted by Lynnpd On October - 29 - 20091 COMMENT

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Friday, November 13, 2009 to Sunday, November 15, 2009 – New York

For those of you who were unable to attend past PaleyFest events, and you live on the east coast, you can now see screenings of these events as well as attend a panel with other fans to discuss them at the New York Paley Center for Media - 25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019.

The Paley Center for Media has partnered with Entertainment Weekly to explore what’s going on with the craze for vampires. EW’s Ken Tucker will moderate a panel of informed fans to debate the relative merits of vampires across media, with special attention to the rankings of the Paley Center’s TV Vampire Poll (vote through November 2). A display of EW’s coverage of the undead phenomenon will be on view in the Spielberg Gallery through November 15.

And don’t miss the screenings of several past PALEYFEST events—with reunions of the casts and creative teams of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, True Blood, and Dark Shadows—along with the uber vamp Nosferatu and Guy Maddin’s hypnotic Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary.

Tickets- Screenings are free to Members and $10 (general admission) for nonmembers. No reservations are required.

The Saturday Vampire panel: Free to Members and $10 (general admission) for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended. The first 200 ticket holders will receive fang-tastic vampire giveaways.

Friday Screenings, 2:00 to 4:30 pm

PALEYFEST: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion (2008) – The cast and creative team of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunite to discuss the groundbreaking series. With Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joss Whedon. [Own a DVD of this event.]

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors (1922)
The German Expressionist silent vampire classic—on the big screen!

Saturday Screenings, 12:00 to 2:30 pm

PALEYFEST: Angel (2001) – Angel’s actors, writers, and producers on everybody’s favorite brooding Irish bloodsucker. With David Boreanaz and Joss Whedon.

PALEYFEST: True Blood (2009) – The cast and creators of television’s hottest vampire series take you behind the scenes of steamy Bon Temps. With Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, and Stephen Moyer.

Saturday Event, 2:30 to 4:00 pm - TV Vampire (s)Takedown

Our panel of expert fans will debate the relative merits of different vampires across media in an appropriately spirited and irreverent fashion. Special attention will be paid to the rankings of TV vamps determined by the Paley Center’s TV Vampire Poll (vote through November 2).  Come argue for your vamp of choice. Trivia, special gifts, and a bloody good time for all!

Panel:
Angel Cohn, Senior Editor, Television Without Pity
Sammy Buck, Blogger, tvland.com
Chelsea Doyle, Freelance Writer, Starpulse.com
Jim Pierson, Author/Producer, Dark Shadows DVD releases
Moderator: Ken Tucker, Editor-at-Large, Entertainment Weekly

Free to Members and $10 (general admission) for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended. The first 200 ticket holders will receive fang-tastic vampire giveaways!

Sunday Screenings, 2:00 to 4:30 pm

PALEYFEST: Dark Shadows (2001) – Dark Shadows alumni reunited to discuss the classic series. With Alexandra Moltke and creator Dan Curtis.

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002)
Guy Maddin’s visionary ballet based on the Dracula myth.

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Sam Trammell – Shapeshifter coming back home

Posted by Lynnpd On October - 29 - 20092 COMMENTS

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George Washington High School graduate Sam Trammell, who plays shapeshifter Sam Merlotte on HBO’s “True Blood,” returns home Friday for a fan gathering and “Inside the Actor’s Studio”-style live interview.

“Most TV shows, you get scripts a week before you shoot them,” he said. “You might get pages the day before you shoot.”

Often, a show begins its season with only some of the episodes completed. This especially happens with shows like “Lost” and “Heroes,” which have broad storylines but are open to making changes later in the season based on earlier rating successes or failures. Ball doesn’t work that way. “Alan likes to have everything done,” Trammell said. “He wants to finish shooting the season before it airs — just in case he needs a re-shoot.”

About what to expect with the upcoming season, Trammell doesn’t know for sure, but he has some ideas.

“I think Sam is going to go toward the vein of trying to find his biological parents,” he said. “That will definitely end in some bad stuff.”

For Sam Trammell, the toughest thing about filming HBO’s “True Blood” isn’t the blood or the gore. Working all night is hard, says the actor
You get to the lot at around 5,” he said. “Then you shoot right as it gets dark and go until the sun comes up.”

This comes with the territory when you work on a show mostly about vampires. And, really, Trammell doesn’t mind the dark. He’s even fine with the occasional sleep deprivation.

“It’s the cold, believe it or not. I don’t like the cold.”

Trammell remembers one particular night this past season. They were shooting a scene involving an orgy and a bonfire. Some of the townspeople of Bon Temps (the fictional town where the show is set) were under the sway of an evil temptress. There was a lot of bare skin, and everyone had to pretend it was a sweltering, summer night in Louisiana.

Of course, they’re not filming in Louisiana, but in a canyon in Malibu, where it gets down into the 30s.

“I didn’t have to be naked or anything,” he said, “but I was in short sleeves. It was pretty cold.”

Trammell, 38, is mindful of just how chilly it gets because of the nature of his character, Sam Merlotte. Merlotte is a shapeshifter who can turn from a man into a dog, a bull and who knows what else. The side effect is that he tends to lose his clothes in the transformation and gets to do scenes in the buff.

The nudity doesn’t seem to bother him. Trammell is having a great time with the show.

“It’s a lot of fun, pulpy entertainment,” he said, “but also kind of heavy.”

Filming for season three begins shortly. Trammell wasn’t entirely clear on what the schedule was but knows “True Blood” creator Alan Ball tends to work in advance. Trammell thought the scripts were probably already finished.

Other than that, he didn’t know, but he might have more to say about it Friday night.

SAM TRAMMELL HALLOWEAST EVENTS
: Tickets are still available for a fan gathering with Trammell at 6 p.m. at the Culture Center and an 8 p.m. “Inside the Actor’s Studio”-style interview at the Kanawha Player’s Theater, 309 Beauregard St. The fan gathering is $100 and includes admission to the interview and Kanawha Players’ production of “Dial M for Murder.” The interview is $50 and includes admission to the play. Visit www.halloweast.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

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