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Comic Con 2011: True Blood S4 shower scene confirmed, season preview clip!

Fans attending this years Comic Con True Blood panel were treated to a generous gathering of the stars of everyone’s favorite vampire soap opera.  Traditionally, True Blood is  one of the few panels that routinely offers up such a large number of its cast for the Q&A session and this year was no different, with Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin in attendance to spark questions about the possibility of fans finally getting to see the infamous “shower scene”.  To our collective overwhelmingly-excited-anticipation, the answer to that is (from Alan Ball)…

“There will be a moment in the show when Sookie and Eric are together in a shower,” he said. “It may not exactly be what happens in the books. It may be weirder… and dirtier. Maybe.”

When asked if Sookie has multiple personalities, referring to her upcoming change of attitude toward Eric and the show’s other vampires, Anna Paquin quipped…

“Part of her has really dirty vampire sex on a regular basis — with possibly multiple vampires.”

Eagle-eyed viewers noticed some wardrobe inconsistencies for Eric in the first episode of the season.  Not too many complains about the shirtless & shoeless hunk wandering the roadside near Sookie’s house (why missing just the shirt and shoes?  Eh, who cares!), but how does Sookie just happen to have a warm-up suit that will fit a 6’4″ Viking vampire?  Alexander Skarsgard suggested maybe it’s somehow one of Hoyt’s via Jason, but Alan Ball cleared the air on this one…

“I believe that if you took the Latin of the spell that was cast on Eric and were to translate it,” Ball explained, “there would be a part that said, ‘And by the way, you will lose your shirt, and then you will find a really dorky outfit that you will wear for several episodes in a row … and still be insanely hot in.'”

Of course, one of the best things about Comic Con is getting to see the preview clips of the upcoming films and television seasons.  Here’s the teaser trailer for what’s coming up in Season 4!

Wanna see the panel Q&A?  Check out the videos below!  (Courtesy of magicinthenumbers’s YouTube channel)

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Here Comes the Viking! GQ interview with Alexander Skarsgård

“Out of the misty north there arrived in Hollywood a fair-haired stranger: Skarsgård the Younger, Alexander the Tall, son of Stellan the Comparatively Famous. With his totally convincing American accent and eyes deep as a glacial fjord, he won over fans of HBO’s True Blood. Now, with three major films opening soon, Alexander Skarsgård is poised to conquer the rest of us.”

Written by Brett Martin of GQ magazine, this interview with everyone’s favorite Viking is told as more of a narrative than a question-answer session.  On a whale-watching tour with Alex, during which they see no whales but “some great bird activity”, Martin quizzes Skarsgård about early life as the son of a famous Swedish actor, monkey business on the True Blood set, his upcoming film projects, and rumors of his involvement with Kate Bosworth.  In a quirky, sometimes self-deprecating, retelling of their uneventful jaunt at sea, Martin paints a picture of a man who, while on the fast track to Hollywood superstardom, is still surprisingly real and grounded.  Read on for snippets from the article, or go here to see it in its entirety! 

Every day they observe what is known as the Roll Out, in which Stellan and whichever children are around escort the clan’s 81-year-old matriarch, Gudrun, in her wheelchair to a hallowed old beer hall named Kvarnen that functions as fan headquarters for Hammarby, the local soccer team and one of Skarsgård’s obsessions. Gudrun will have one beer and two shots of Fernet-Branca. (“She’s over food,” Skarsgård says.) Later Stellan spends the rest of the afternoon cooking, his primary passion. The tribe gathers once again for dinner and wine.

Tongue-twister much? Hah!

Skarsgård is the first to poke fun at the notion of the Swedish military, which saw its last serious action around the time of the Northern War, 300 years ago, but it was an important challenge for him. “It was my way of going off into the unknown,” he says. “I didn’t want to just be somebody’s son.”

On playing Eric in True Blood…

In True Blood’s ever expanding ensemble of fairies, werewolves, shape-shifters, telepaths, werecats, telefairies, vamp-shifters, and God knows what else, his Eric has become a solid center—the only character to display that essential quality shared by great HBO antiheroes past (think Tony Soprano or Omar Little or Al Swearengen): genuine unpredictability. Skarsgård’s minutely calibrated deadpan somehow makes him the show’s funniest, most cerebral, and most ferally frightening personage. “He does this thing with his eyes,” says creator and show-runner Alan Ball. “It’s like they become slightly unfocused and all of a sudden they’re mirrors to this ancient, 1,000-year-old soul.” Indeed what Eric is, his relative humanity, may be the only moral mystery to be found amidst all the steamy, gothic froth.

Not that Skarsgård emerges suds-free. Those rooting for Eric in the increasingly explicit love-blood triangle he shares with Anna Paquin’s Sookie Stackhouse and Stephen Moyer’s Bill Compton are surely aware of the extra frisson provided by Paquin and Moyer’s real-life marriage. Does it also mean on-set awkwardness?

“It’s really clear to Steve and to everybody else what the deal is—which is that Anna is like a sister to me,” Skarsgård says. “Those love scenes take quite a bit of acting, actually. A lot of acting.”

On his role as Charlie Venner in the Straw Dogs remake…

…in which Venner rapes Amy, who is played in the remake by Kate Bosworth. Tabloid followers will be aware of the widely reported news that Skarsgård and Bosworth are romantically involved. (When asked about the relationship, he shuts down, smile disappearing, with a completeness and efficiency that could only come from growing up in the public eye. “My father always kept the family out of the press,” he says later, almost apologetic.)

It was, by all accounts, a brutal scene to film, taking place over two days.”In the beginning, Kate would be crying after every take and Alex would try to comfort her,” says Lurie. “By the end, everybody got really raw.”

When the film was in postproduction, Skarsgård brought his father for a visit to the editing room at Sony studios, and they watched the scene as it was being cut together. “They seemed more like best friends than father and son,” says Lurie. At the end, Stellan stood up and spoke those words every boy longs to hear. Says Lurie, “He proclaimed it ‘the best rape ever filmed.’ “

On acting, and the difference between the Swedish and Hollywood cultures…

“Hollywood can be like kids playing marbles on the schoolyard,” he says. “Everybody wants the shiny marble until one kid says he doesn’t. Then nobody will touch it. So it’s important that I make good decisions now. “

That doesn’t mean he has trouble ricocheting from the highbrow world of von Trier to the soapier True Blood; nor way beyond, to the green-screen-and-explosion bonanza that Battleship promises to be. (You were expecting Strindberg’s take on a board game?) “If you’re an actor in Sweden, you do drama, you do comedy, you do action, you do film and live theater. You do whatever there is,” Skarsgård says. “Vanity is death to an actor.” Ball describes him as “the least actorly actor I’ve ever met.”

Now for some eye candy!  Here are the photos published in GQ (and a couple that weren’t… in my copy at least!)

Oh, and as an extra juicy tidbit, fans of Fox’s hit show Glee will be excited to know that June’s issue of GQ also features a wedding fashion spread on Darren Criss, better known as mega-crooner Blaine Warbler. Click here to see him in GQ, or check out some of the photos below…

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True Blood S4: Mmmm trouble (in Bon Temps)!


Which of our favorite characters will be causing trouble this season?  Oh, you can bet on just about all of them. *grin*

Click play below for a yummy “screen test” of the familiar faces.  

No spoilers this time, Scout’s honor!

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True Blood S4: Some pre-season mojo for Eric & Sookie


Will this be the season of Eric & Sookie, or will we be seeing even more (har har!) of Bill?  Can’t say for certain, but I’m crossing my fingers for Team Eric!  (PS: the cute little image above is by iluvbsbkevin on DeviantArt… adorable!)

Here’s an awesome fan-made video montage to Slipknot’s “Snuff”.  It’s well done and the flow of the video fits the song.  Enjoy the trip down memory lane!  *grin*

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Fangtastic Friday: Waiting (for True Blood S4 still) Sucks…

*** Season 4 spoilers in the video & post below.  Do not click the Play arrow OR read on unless you want a sneak peek of what’s happening in S4! ***


OooooOOOooo, sexy-Eric and brooding-Bill shots.  Yum!  *grin*  Dead Reckoning is out this week, and it’s all about the Sookieverse!

With the talk of the “new coven in town”, I’m speculating just how much of S4 will coincide with the book and how much will be off on a tangent (hello, Marianne!)… and I’m really rooting for less down-the-rabbit-hole than more, after the out of control maenad plotline.  

This video segment must be from early in the season, maybe the first episode, since Eric still has some idea of who he is (enough to threaten Bill, anyway).  As far as I’m concerned, the more of the confused/tender/open Eric we get to see, the better!  I mourn the fact that Alexander Skarsgård has such short hair – how will Sookie braid it?!  /sniffle

Stay tuned for more Waiting Sucks preview snippets as we count down the days til the TB:S4 premiere!

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Michael Sheen chats about Aro in Breaking Dawn

After a premature announcement of his involvement in the upcoming film Dark Shadows, Michael Sheen took a few minutes to chat with Collider about his continuing role as Aro in Breaking Dawn: Parts 1 & 2 of the Twilight Saga.  Here’s what he had to say…

What can you say about what you’ll be doing in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn?

MICHAEL SHEEN: It’s the same part that I played before – Aro.

Was there anything you got to discover in playing him this time around, that you hadn’t learned the last time you played him?

SHEEN: He’s more of a presence in these films than he was in New Moon, so I got to explore the character a bit more and probably fleshed it out a bit more. I don’t think that there’s anything that I learned. I just was able to go into the insanity of the character a bit more. I got to show what’s under the surface a bit more this time, which was fun.

How was Bill Condon to work with, as a director?

SHEEN: Bill was wonderful. He was terrific. He’s a very, very friendly, warm person. He obviously has a very varied and interesting body of work, and brought that to bear. He made everyone feel very comfortable. It must be quite hard, coming onto a film where people have already been together for a long time. Each film is a different director and you think, “What’s this one going to be like?” But, everyone really warmed to him and thought he was terrific. I think he did a really good job. It was a huge organizational thing. We had something like 40 new characters being introduced in this film, and the big battle scene took about four or five weeks to film. It was a huge undertaking, and he handled it brilliantly.

When a new director comes on and you already know the characters from having done previous films, do you feel like you know the characters more than the director, or does each director really bring something new out of you?

SHEEN: Personally, I was only on New Moon for two weeks, so it’s not like I got used to it. But, for the other actors, there’s probably a wariness about, “Is this person going to come along and not really get what it is we’re doing, or are they going to try to change it too much?” For a director coming on board, I would imagine there’s the pressure of wanting to make your mark and be different to what other people have done, but at the same time, not wanting to go against the flow of the whole series. I would imagine it’s quite a difficult balance to strike, but everyone seemed very happy on it and seemed to enjoy working with Bill.

What are you going to be doing in Dark Shadows?

SHEEN: I’m not in Dark Shadows.

Was that just misinformation?

SHEEN: No, it was something that got talked about, but it’s not happening. It was a bit premature.

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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, one of the 25 Fittest Men in the World

Let’s get the week started off with some gratuitous muscle-gazing (see, Monday’s aren’t all bad!)…

Everyone’s favorite True Blood werewolf (Joe Manganiello, of course!) will soon be celebrated as one of the Top 25 Fittest Men in the World by Men’s Fitness magazine.  Being uber-fit is nearly a requirement of landing a part on True Blood lately, considering just about every major cast member has some sort of revealing scene, but Joe really took it to the next level when he started buffing up for the part last year.  He works out twice a day at least 3 days a week, then does other cardio and strength-building workouts on three additional days.  Two workouts a day… whew, that’s dedication to your physique!  And we appreciate it, yes we do.  Thank you Joe!  ❤

Also recognized, are Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga’s Emmett Cullen)…

Jason Momoa (the new Conan, also Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones & Ronin Dex from Stargate: Atlantis)…

Chris Evans (the new Captain America & Johnny Storm from The Fantastic Four)…

Also rumored to be on the list is Chris Pine, Captain James T. Kirk in the revitalized new Star Trek franchise.  Check out the June/July of Men’s Fitness for the complete list of the World’s 25 Fittest Men in 2011, due out on newstands on May 9th.  Until then, enjoy your eye candy!  *grin*

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True Blood S4: An Invitation to the Set

This week, Alan Ball and the cast of True Blood Season 4 take us on set for an inside peek.  Check out the video below, but beware spoilers!  This video will include small bits of info about this season’s story, so if you don’t want to know, don’t click!  =)

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Taylor Lautner MTV interview: Abduction & Breaking Dawn clips!

The Twilight buzz has been primarily about Rob Pattinson lately, with his upcoming Water for Elephants film release, but it was all about Team Jacob at MTV last week, as the much-anticipated MTV First interview for Taylor’s new film Abduction was released.  Abduction is a Bourne-esque action flick featuring Taylor Lautner, who finds his photo on the Missing Persons label of a milk carton, and Lily Collins as his parner-in-crime-slash-love-interest, as they run the gamut of conspiracy, chaos, and government entanglements.  Taylor also talked to MTV about Breaking Dawn and the end of filming of the Twilight Saga.  Look for Abduction in theaters on September 23, 2011.  Check out the interview clips and some stills from Abduction below!

Trailer for Abduction

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to imbed the rest.  =(  Click the links under each description for a pop-out window with the clip, then come right back!  *wink*

On smooching with Lily & how this role differs from Jacob
On doing his own stunts and his workout regimin
Flashback to a 2008 Twilight interview & Taylor’s reaction
Flashback to Taylor’s fight for the Jacob role in New Moon
On shooting the last few days of Breaking Dawn
On working with Mackenzie Foy (as Renesmee)
On the possibility of doing other “Jacob” films
On getting tossed around the Cullen’s back yard by Bella
On maybe dating a fan and singing Britney on Glee
On Kristen’s cooking, what he first sees in a girl, & travel

Still want more Taylor?  See all the clips at MTV.com!  Here are a few stills from Abduction…


Fangtastic Friday: How to host a Twilight party!

First of all, WTH is Fangtastic Friday?

It’s my new “celebrate the awesomeness of vampires” day.  Friday is a pretty awesome day all on its own, so jazzing it up with a little fang can only make it better… right?!

Read on, my friends, and check out our first Fangtastic Friday recap!

This past Sunday, my friend Monique (TxTwilightGirl) had a big Twilight-inspired birthday bash.

Now you might be thinking “ok, that’s weird”, but it’s actually pretty appropriate considering we all met through the Austin Twilighters meetup group.  That, and Monique is generally enthralled by all things Twilight… and especially Edward.  But hey, as long as he leaves his shirt on, who can blame her?!  *grin*

Anyway, the party decorations were fantastic (erm, fangtastic anyone?) so I took a few photos to share with all of you.  Sonia, a craftily talented new member of our group, did all the heavy scrapbooking and she did an awesome job.  Monique and our meetup group Coordinator, Ashley, also whipped up a yummy red velvet cake and decorated it with Eclipse-themed photo icing (purchased from this Etsy store).  To see the eye candy, check out the photos below (and above!)…

SO!  If you’re a Twihard, or are hosting a party for a TwiFan, here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  1. Get out of your headspace and just have fun. Don’t feel silly or think you’re “too old” to enjoy the theme!  Women (and men!) of all ages love this series, so don’t be ashamed to enjoy yourself.
  2. The invites can be as reference-rich as you have the smarts to make ’em.  Monique made up a cute little rhyme for her evites (I’ll put it in the section below this) that matched the style of party she was having.
  3. Photos of/references to Edward, Jacob, and Bella are a must, but don’t forget about the other cast members! Maybe your Twihard has a Carlisle crush or keeps an eye on Alice’s fashion trends?  Feel free to go with that instead of overdoing the Holy Trinity deco.
  4. Quotes from the movies/books set in inexpensive frames (scrapbook style) can look trendy and fun and still be affordable.
  5. Table settings and other accent decorations don’t have to be “official” twilight items, nor do they have to be expensive “vampire” novelty items.  Look for things that represent items or themes from the books that are more widely available, like large chess pieces (pawns or queens) and red apples.
  6. The menu can be anything from chocolate strawberries to fresh berries and cookies to red velvet cake with photo icing.  Find out what your Twihard likes, and be imaginative!
  7. The entertainment can be anything from a sparkle-tastic poolside shindig to a cozy living room viewing of your favorite Twilight movie(s)… or anything that brings your group together!  (We voted between True Blood S3 and Van Helsing… and of course True Blood won out, because who can resist Eric Northman?!)
  8. Last, but certainly not least, find out if your Twihard is Team Edward or Team Jacob, and try to find one of those life-sized cardboard stand-ups of the character.  Comic book stores usually have these, although they can be pricey, or you may have some luck online.  If you order online, keep in mind it will probably have to be folded, so shipping might be higher (and unless you drive a school bus, you’re going to have to fold it to get it into your car anyway… 😉 ).
“How long have you been 24?”
Let’s just say…Awhile….
It’s time to bring on 25 with a brand new style!
The party’s out by the pool
where the sun is hot, and the water’s  cool.
So, don’t worry if you sparkle,
this isn’t Forks High School!
So bring your towel and your swim suit, and jump in the pool with a loud woot, woot!
I’ll have food to satisfy your thirst,
but you can bring your favorite chips or “snack” in case you’re eternally cursed 🙂
Come for food and some games,
And maybe a movie if it rains.

So, I’ll say it…OUT LOUD,
HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!
Let me know if you’ll be part of the crowd!

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