True Blood fans help cure blindness

Posted by Shadaliza On August - 30 - 2009ADD COMMENTS
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We have already made several posts about the Choroideremia Research Foundation and we will continue to raise awareness for this degenerative hereditary eye disease leads to total blindness.

One might ask what the connection is between True Blood and the Choroideremia Research Foundation. The answer simply is EJ Scott.  EJ is the boyfriend of True Blood actress, Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) and he and several of his family members have been diagnosed with Choroideremia.

There is no cure for Choroideremia.

But the Choroideremia Research Foundation has made enormous progress in the development of a cure.
Cory MacDonald, Executive Director of the Choroideremia Research Foundation: “At this point, we are potentially within two short years of human clinical trials to CURE Choroideremia! Yes, we have come this far, and with the proper funding, we can ensure that people like EJ (and me, for that matter) don’t have to lose the rest of their sight!”

You can ensure that the Choroideremia Research Foundation will be able to continue their work by making a donation, no amount is too small. Many True Blood fans have already donated, join us…. so we can all say in a couple of years that the True Blood fans helped to cure blindness!

Donate safely with your credit card or PayPal clicking the button. Donations are tax deductible for US residents.

This PayPal button was provided to the Vault by Cory MacDonald, Executive Director of the Choroideremia Research Foundation.

For more information visit our special page here.

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Alexander Skarsgård photoshoot

Posted by Shadaliza On August - 30 - 200926 COMMENTS

Alexander Skarsgård photographed in Shreveport by Chris Maluszynski. Watch the slide show on the photographer’s website here.

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Stephen Moyer on Live With Regis and Kelly

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58169898shadaliza8252009112830amThe show of “Live With Regis and Kelly” featuring Stephen Moyer will air on September 7, 9:00 AM on WABC. The show was originally recorded on June 10.

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New Wallpapers for New World In My View and Frenzy

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 30 - 20099 COMMENTS

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After doing research on Queen Sophie-Anne, seeing last week’s episode, “New World in My View“, and looking forward to this weeks, “Frenzy“,  I was inspired to do a some wallpapers. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Queen and Bill Compton interact and what help she can give to Bon Temps. To see all of my wallpapers, go to Sunlight On Your Skin Wallpapers where there are many more. I provide two sizes for each wallpaper on the site, but they can also be custom sized to fit your monitor.

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Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq – series vs. books

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 30 - 200921 COMMENTS
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Attention: Big Spoiler Warning

After reading so much about Evan Rachel Ward recently, I thought it would be interesting to dissect what we know about Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne  Leclerq overall before we learn about how Alan Ball will treat her in the series, True Blood.

First off, we know little about how she will be portrayed in the series.

What we know so far about her in the SERIES

The casting call for True Blood described Queen Sophie-Anne as an almost five hundred year old vampire. She is charming, wily, ruthless and wise. With one foot in the old world and one in the new, she rules all vampires in the state of Louisiana, and engages with Kings and Queens from other states. Brilliant and far-sighted, she is a consummate diplomat, politician and adversary. Incredibly cultured, has known many of history’s most famous people personally — as well as had affairs with many of them — she is entertaining, funny, dangerous and delightful.

Wood revealed in a recent interview with The Daily News that “Sophie-Anne has a female human partner who will play a large part in the series, and that Sophie-Anne possesses one particularly interesting capability that may connect her to another main character”.She can communicate telepathically with other vampires,” Evan Rachel Wood teased. “That’s something that was in the books. I don’t know how much they’re really going to explore it on the show, but that might lead to a connection with Sookie.”

Wood told EOnline.com. “Her human partner is a girl, but I’m pretty sure she goes both ways. I think vampires are like that in general.” Wood promises that Queen Sophie-Anne’s love life will be unpredictable.

What we know about her in the BOOKS

evan-rachel-wood_lThe first time we see Sophie-Anne is not in the books, but a  short story ‘One Word Answer’, by Charlaine Harris, when Sophie-Anne comes to Sookie’s house to tell her that her cousin Hadley has died.  We then, “officially” meet her when Sookie describes Sophie-Anne in book 6 of the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, Definitely Dead, as beautiful and pale as milk, with reddish brown hair, large and tilted brown eyes. Sophie-Anne is also portrayed as an elegant woman, around five foot two, always groomed down to the last eyelash. “Makeup, dress, hair, stockings, jewelry-the whole nine yards”.

According to Wikepedia, Sophie-Anne is portrayed in the books as an 1100 year old vampire, (although some say 500-600 years old) , who died in her early teens. She is originally from northern France (Lotharingia) and was the daughter of the wealthiest man in town. Her name then was Judith. When she was about ten or twelve, a peddler came to her village carrying what Sophie-Anne now believes to be a form of influenza. Within two weeks of his visit the town was wiped out except for her and an older boy named Clovis. Though she’s forgotten why, the boy did not like her. He raped Sophie-Anne and took her to the next town, where he offered her for money and food. They were camped out in the woods when a very hungry vampire attacked Clovis, most likely because he was bigger, and then decided that Sophie-Anne would make a good companion. His name was Alain, and they traveled together for around three years. Alain kept promising Sophie-Anne that he would bring her over – she wanted the strength – but he would do the same thing Clovis had, selling her for money. One night they came to a village where the head-man knew what Alain really was – Alain had forgotten that he killed the man’s wife while passing through. The villagers bound him with silver and left him in a hut to keep him until the priest returned from a trip. They did not tie Sophie-Anne up for they knew that she was human and that Alain had abused her. The head-man’s family wanted to take her as a slave. She sneaked into the hut and told Alain that she would free him when he changed her. After some bargaining, he agreed. She dug a hole big enough for her body in the dirt floor. They planned that Alain would drain her and bury her under that pallet that he lay on, smoothing the dirt floor as best he could. On the third night, she would rise, break his chains, and they would flee in the darkness. But the priest returned before the three days were up. By the time Sophie-Anne dug herself out, Alain was dead. The hut the villagers stored Alain in was the priest’s, and he was the one who told Sophie-Anne what had happened. She told him that she was the angel of death and that she was passing him over for being so virtuous. After a few years, she discovered an orphan, like her, roaming in the woods, like her, being forced, like her. That orphan was Andre, and they’ve been together ever since. Andre becomes Sophie-Anne’s personal bodyguard, companion, and, at a time, lover. She has also made Sigebert and Wybert (Saxon warriors) vampire and they are also Sophie-Anne’s bodyguards. She has a special ability, a gift, in which she can talk to her “children” telepathically. She says she can keep her children with her, talking to and loving each other physically. This differs from normal “maker”/”child” relationships which start out as companions or lovers but do not last long (in vampire standards). Usually, the child will leave the maker, and must only come again when he/she is called upon by the maker.

When we meet up with her in the books, Sophie-Anne is the vampire queen of Louisiana. She is New Orleans’s most famous and visible vampire and she has been brave, strategic, and busy in her career as a vampire leader. Sophie Anne sends Bill Compton back to his hometown of Bon Temps to find and seduce, if necessary, Sookie Stackhouse because Sookie’s telepathic ability might be valuable.

In the sixth book, Definitely Dead, Sookie learns that Sophie-Anne turned Sookie’s cousin, Hadley, into a vampire and had a romantic relationship with her. Unfortunately, the queen had to end their relationship due to the queen’s business commitment to Peter Threadgill, vampire king of Arkansas. They had previously agreed to marry each other. In this same book her political marriage to Peter Threadgill ends (he is killed), thus making her queen of Arkansas. In the seventh book, All Together Dead, Hurricane Katrina damaged her New Orleans headquarters as well as her entertainment estate. Also in this novel, the queen is tried in the vampire summit for her husband’s death. Jennifer Cater, Peter’s second in command, brings a lawsuit against Sophie-Anne for murdering him, but the queen is found innocent. Unfortunately, a bomb explosion in the hotel where the summit was held left her severely injured and she eventually loses her legs. Sophie-Anne is killed in the take over by the Nevada king, Felipe de Castro in the eighth book of the series, From Dead to Worse.

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True Blood is EW “Entertainer of the Month”

Posted by Shadaliza On August - 30 - 200929 COMMENTS

True Blood is EW “Entertainer of the Month” and is featured with a 2 page article in the September 4 issue.

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Playing a Vampire is in Evan Rachel Wood’s blood!

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 29 - 20091 COMMENT

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In the next episode of True Blood, we get to meet the Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne Leclerq as played by Evan Rachel Wood.

Playing a vampire is in Evan Rachel Wood’s blood. Pun intended. The “Thirteen” actress’ father, Ira David Wood, once appeared as Dracula in a theater production, her brothers are huge fans of horror, and her mother used to read Anne Rice to her when she was a kid.“Vampires are both romantic and dangerous,” Wood told the Daily News of the undead’s appeal. “They could kill you or they could make you live forever. And it’s that anticipation of what’s going to happen that drives people crazy.”

Wood is an accomplished actress who in 1994, auditioned for the role of Claudia in “Interview with the Vampire“, but Kirsten Dunst got the part. She then moved to L.A. with her mom and brother, Ira, to pursue acting. She guest starred on “American Gothic” for a couple of episodes, and appeared in some movies including “Digging to China” and “Practical Magic” before landing her big break on the tv show “Once and Again” playing Jessie Sammler. The show lasted 3 seasons and was suddenly canceled in 2002. Since then, Wood has appeared in a number of movies, including “Little Secrets“, “Thirteen“, “The Missing“, and most recently, “The Upside of Anger” and “The Wrestler”. She is trained in dance and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She loves to sing, swim, rollerblade and go horseback riding. Her favorite actress is Cate Blanchett and her favorite actors are Edward Norton and Ewan McGregor. In 2003, Vogue Magazine named her one of the “It Girls of Hollywood.”

On a conference call in which The Vault participated, Alan Ball said the following about Evan Rachel Wood playing Sophie-Anne:

“She is going to be playing, Sophie-Anne the vampire queen of Louisiana. The vampire political structure in the state is that each state has a king or queen they are where the buck stops in terms of vampire politics. She does exist in the books but she doesn’t show up until the fifth or sixth book. It turned out that it had made sense for her to show up in the second season. I had actually gotten a call from Evan’s manager last year, during season one, saying that said she loved the show and would like to do it sometime. I thought great, if we find a role where she fits we’ll definitely make that happen. Then we decided to have the queen appear in season 2 that was the first person that came to mind. In the book she is a young woman, or a young looking woman, she’s more than 400 years old. And Evan is really beautiful and pale and she looks like a vampire to me!”

Wood said, that when he finally called with a part, she didn’t even read the script before saying yes and she thinks she’s perfect for the role of a bloodsucking queen because she has a vampire complexion.

The former girlfriend of goth rocker Marilyn Manson, says she’s sure she’ll become a hit among the make-up team. She says: “Make-up is gonna love me because I’ve got the skin for it; they don’t have to put white make-up on me – to look like a vampire – because I never go in the sun.” The actress added: “I can’t wait to get fitted for the fangs. I’ll probably steal the fangs when I’m done.”

Wood expects that somewhere down the road, she’ll have to get naked for the role. “It’s happened to everyone on the show, so it will probably happen to me,” said Wood. “For me, it always depends on who it’s for and what the context is. I’d probably do it for Alan Ball.”

Queen Sophie-Anne, is decidedly open to trying new things. “She’s not necessarily a lesbian, and I don’t know if I am having sex with anyone yet,” she says, “but I certainly have a steamy scene with someone that I don’t think you’d really expect.” While vampires do have a history of being quite omnisexual, there has been quite a bit of hype surrounding Wood’s character, and based on her own comments as well as those of others involved with the show, it’s been reported that Sophie-Anne was going to be a lesbian. But with only two episodes left of season two, it doesn’t leave much development for Sophie-Anne, so we’ll have to wait and see. I’m glad that it’s already been determined that Sophie-Anne will return in Season 3.

Wood says, “I feel like I have 500 different sides of myself, so when I read something that’s kind of different and weird, I’m curious about it and I want to dive in,” she said. “I love the acting on the show. There are a lot of new faces involved, everybody does a great job. I love the writing – it’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s vampires, it’s me.” The best part about guest starring on True Blood are the sexy costars. “That’s another great thing about my job,” Wood says with a laugh, “I was surrounded by beautiful people constantly.”

She will make her first appearance on August 30 when a desperate Bill seeks Sophie-Anne’s advice. When asked about Wood’s participation on the show, creator Alan Ball was tight-lipped about her character’s significance, though, saying that she will be “more important to some than others.”

You can find out lots more about Evan Rachel Wood by visiting this fan site.

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Video: The making of True Blood

Posted by Shadaliza On August - 29 - 200914 COMMENTS

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57644834shadaliza610200925622amWith so many characters living in and around the world of Bon Temps, “True Blood” is more jam-packed than Fangtasia on a Saturday night at sundown. But from the minute she first appeared at Eric’s side, Pam has been one of the best — and most memorable — sources of comic relief the show has in its arsenal.

And according to Kristin Bauer, Pam’s coming back from a brief on-screen hiatus with a bang!

Or more specifically with bangs because she is totally eighties’d out this Sunday! Her return also signals the resurgence of the Lafayette/V storyline that has vexed many fans and caught Bill’s eye.

But as the show hurtles toward its season finale (on Sept 13), Kristin has some intriguing details about what fans can expect not only in the last two episodes, but on the DVD special features. It turns out there’s a lot more to Pam than meets the eye!

PopWrap: Where’d Pam go?!?
Kristin Bauer: I know, but she’s back on Sunday! And her outfit will definitely make up for the absence. It’s the most hilarious, incredible thing I’ve ever seen! Audrey Fisher ["TB's" costumer designer] had it made special and there are just so many sequins. It’s totally 80s.

PW: Does she reappear because Eric’s back from Dallas?
Kristin: Yeah, she’s reconnecting with Eric, back at his side, being a henchwoman. She’s been keeping Fangtasia running.

PW: Do you think she’s a better or worse boss than Eric?
Kristin: Worse, I think. I just go back to that scene where she asks, “Can I kick him?” Pam just doesn’t really think of the big picture. I think out of everybody, she loves being a vampire the most.

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Sneak Peek for True Blood Episode 2.11 “Frenzy”

Posted by Shadaliza On August - 28 - 20097 COMMENTS

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