Another wonderful video made by Lou. The song is “Addict Me” by The Local NYC.
You can find more of Lou’s work on Youtube.
You can tell how much True Blood has infiltrated pop culture because videos are being created by fans on JibJab. The JibJab site allows visitors to create their own e-cards and a very talented True Blood fan made this video of the sexy men of True Blood.
JibJab is a digital entertainment studio based in Venice, California. Founded in 1999 by Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, the company achieved international acclaim during the 2004 US presidential election when their video of George Bush and John Kerry singing ‘This Land is Your Land’ became one of the biggest viral video hits in history.
From comedy videos to Sendables eCards, the company’s mission is to “help more people share more laughs than any other company in the history of the world”.
Earlier we reported that the long awaited title for True Blood’s second season finale was “Before The Night Is Over”, in fact it is still listed as thus on IMDB.com. But on the HBO schedule for True Blood a different name for this episode has occurred. According HBO.com the title is “Beyond Here Lies Nothin‘”, named after the song by Bob Dylan used in several promos for season2.
Lyrics of “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’”
Oh well I love you pretty baby
You’re the only love I’ve ever known
Just as long as you stay with me
The whole world is my throne
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ we could call our own
Well I’m movin’ after midnight
Down boulevards of broken cars
Don’t know what I’d do without it
Without this love that we call ours
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ but the moon and stars
Down every street there’s a window
And every window made of glass
We’ll keep on lovin’ pretty baby
For as long as love will last
Beyond here lies nothin’
But the mountains of the past
Well my ship is in the harbour
And the sails are spread
A-Listen to me pretty baby
Lay your hand upon my head
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ done and nothin’ said
It might not have been the best idea, given that he was attending a promotional event for FC Barcelona, but Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard didn’t show up wearing the famed purply-blue and red uniform of the Catalan champions.
Alexander Skarsgård with Swedish football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who also plays for Barcelona.
Skarsgard was wearing green and white, instead – a Hammarby jersey. As he explained this, there was a chorus of boos from the spectators in the Nike Ricardo Montalban theater in Los Angeles. The audience was all about Barcelona, and they had little tolerance for any divided loyalty.
Skarsgard tried to explain. He mentioned that as a Swede, he was excited to be there to support Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish player recently signed by FC Barcelona.
“Soccer in Sweden is like a religion,” Skarsgard said, “Growing up in Sweden, in the south of Stockholm, we supported Hammarby.”
He paused briefly.
“They’re terrible,” Skarsgard continued. “We don’t really have any good players. We don’t have any money. We almost always lose. It’s not a lot of fun.”
The crowd hesitated, unsure what to make of such a withering description of a club by an alleged fan.
“You don’t have to feel threatened by us,” continued Skarsgard, “We won’t ever defeat or take anything from Barcelona. The Swedish league is weak. Our good players leave. The good players go to clubs like Barcelona.”
A few cheers went up at this, but most people were taken aback, or perhaps feeling sympathetic for Skarsgard.
When the host of the celebrity segment mentioned in a commercially pandering segue that Hammarby was sponsored by Nike, and could perhaps improve, seeing how Nike sponsored a winner like Barcelona, Skarsgard shook his head vehemently.
“Nike paid like three dollars to sponsor this,” he said, one hand on his Hammarby jersey. “We’re not even the best team in Stockholm.”
At this point, most in the room decided Skarsgard was joking, and chose to laugh along.
Skarsgard grinned and said he might not even be able to comprehend Barcelona’s skill on the field. “I’m used to watching slow – it’s probably going to be too fast for me.”
One thing Skarsgard never said, however, was that he would give up being a Hammarby fan.
Loving a winner is easy, and Barcelona has had droves of fans following their every move even before they conquered the stunning treble of wins this past season.
The FC Barcelona players don’t need to sign autographs until their feet are sore; they don’t need to take time out of their day to talk to local press after their practices; they don’t need to fly coach or stay at budget lodgings. So they don’t, for the most part, do any of those things.
Really, Barcelona doesn’t have to win Skarsgard over – the club doesn’t really need new fans. They have plenty of them already and collect more with every victory.
The glamor of the sport lies in clubs like Barcelona, who engrave their names on the big events, but the heart and soul of the game lies in clubs like Hammarby and the loyal fans that support these smaller organizations, far from the red carpets and the glittery reflections from multiple trophies.
Soccer would not be played all around the world if people just turned on their televisions to watch the big clubs play. The sport’s growth and longevity has often rested on the tribal aspects of a club representing a community. Those communities also serve as the cradle for developing players.
This week is vampire week on Entertainment Weekly, Vampire Bill on the cover and a poll on their website.
Let’s all vote in the poll and get our vamps on the first places:
Deborah Ann Woll is nominated on the Hottest Female Vampire. This is her first poll so let’s make her win it!
The boys Stephen and Alexander are up against each other (again) on the poll for the Hottest Male Vampire.
Entertainment Weekly’s issue of August 7 will be a vampire special.
This week’s Entertainment Weekly delivers the ultimate guide to vampires. You’ll find interviews with the authors behind Twilight and True Blood, our list of the 20 greatest bloodsuckers ever, and Anne Rice’s pick for the best new vampire — as well as a talk with her about how she revolutionized the vampire legend decades ago with Interview with a Vampire.
With Twilight a phenomenon, True Blood attracting converts by the millions, and hordes of new vampire projects looming in the shadows, bloodsuckers are haunting every corner of our lives: bookstores, television, movies, and more. Why has pop culture thrown open its door and invited them in? “The traditional vampire story, with monsters and victims, chases and chills, is more plain fun,” says True Blood’s executive producer Alan Ball. “But they can often reveal the general state of the cultural psyche.”
Vampires are such versatile symbols now that they can express both conservative and liberal views. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels are steeped in her Mormon values. But True Blood speaks in part for gays and, as Ball puts it, “eight years of institutionalized demonization of pretty much any group that wasn’t on the bus with Mr. Bush.”
It may come as a surprise to learn that Meyer – reigning queen of pop culture’s vampire coven – has an uneasy relationship with them. Back in 2003, when she was writing the first draft of Twilight, she refused to show it to her husband. “I was embarrassed,” she said. “It was about vampires.” In fact, last year, she told EW that her great wish was to reclaim some time to write something new. “Look, I’m not just a vampire girl,” she said emphatically. “I can do other worlds.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter books, has her own thoughts on the Twilight phenomenon. “Stephenie Meyer has come and she’s taken the genre that I sort of pioneered. Her original audience was 11- and 12-year-olds, so she – very rightly – sanitized the genre. She took out a lot of the sex and violence, especially for the first book…I ask people, Why has this really captured you? What I heard from all ages is that it was very romantic that he was willing to wait for her and that there was no sex. They like the idea that [Bella] was like the fairy princess and [Edward] is the handsome prince that rides in and saves her. The fact that women are so attracted to that idea – that they want to wait for Prince Charming rather than taking control of their own life – I find that frightening.”
When asked why people find vampires so appealing, Anne Rice (author of the series The Vampire Chronicles) says, “I think people are intrigued by what they would do if they were offered the opportunity to be a vampire. Would they be willing to drink human blood in order to be immortal? Maybe they would.”
For more about vampires, including our list of the 20 Greatest Ever and Anne Rice’s pick for the coolest of the new crops, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly onstands as of July 31. And be sure to check out our 27 hottest TV/movies vampires gallery, online now.