My pal, Cinnamon, recommended this wonderful fan video of Jason Dohring as Josef Kostan. Cool Moonlight scenes are used..... such as..... Josef baring those fangs, fighting beside Mick, shirtless (Yea!) and the funny moment of Mick calling Josef "daddy." The music used is the song Who's Your Daddy by Shannon Lawson.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
My pal, Cinnamon, recommended this wonderful fan video of Jason Dohring as Josef Kostan. Cool Moonlight scenes are used..... such as..... Josef baring those fangs, fighting beside Mick, shirtless (Yea!) and the funny moment of Mick calling Josef "daddy." The music used is the song Who's Your Daddy by Shannon Lawson.
Monday, September 29, 2008
We have tons and tons of wonderful photos of Alex O'Loughlin as Mick St John. Can the man take a bad picture?! ha! Remembering faves due to the anniversary brought this image to mind. It is from Moonlight's Sleep Beauty episode (#1x10).... another favorite of mine :) This Mick photograph struck me so that I had to have it as wallpaper. I thought I would repost it to share with you in honor of yesterday's premiere anniversary.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thinking about the first anniversary of Moonlight's television premiere has brought to mind many of my favorite moments from the show. In this video, we see Mick & Beth's 1st & 2nd kisses. Definitely one of my all time top scenes! I remember the impact it had on me while watching the Arrested Development episode (#1x05) last Fall. Still does!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The fans from Moonlight the Italian Cure have created this great video to promote the WorldWide Moonlight Red Cross Donation Campaign :) As you know, the idea is to honor the anniversary of our show's premiere. Since September 28th is a Sunday this year, donations made on Monday, September 29th will also be counted.
More info ~
Friday, September 26, 2008
Not only did I admire him for his incredible acting ability and gorgeous, manly presence. I look up to his charity work! As he said, "A man can only be judged by his actions, and not by his good intentions or his beliefs." Paul Newman put his fame and tons of money to good use for others. I thought you might like to check out the amazing organization, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, he founded to lift the spirits of sick children ~
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married for 50 years! How long is that in Hollywood years? That doesn't happen often even outside of celebrity land. He famously said, "Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?"
A typical, self-effacing Paul Newman quote....... "I picture my epitaph: 'Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.'"
Back in June, Shawn Levy (who is writing a biography of Paul Newman) authored an amazing post about the man.
Going, Gently or Otherwise, into That Good Night
by Shawn Levy
So every day, between blogging and seeing movies and writing about movies and doing all the other things I do (and don't), I sit in a rented office in NW Portland and write a few (and sometimes more than a few) pages of a biography of Paul Newman. It's my fifth book, and it's the first that is about someone I can admire unqualifiedly. So even though it's a massive job of work (dude's been famous more than 50 years), it's a pleasure to share my brain space with him. Funny, upright, smart, brave, moral, talented, faithful, honest, manly, wise, humble: he's simply good people. A mensch, in fact and deed.
I have known for a while that Newman was very ill, probably with cancer, and today the internet is flooded with the news that it's lung cancer and that it's not good; there aren't very good sources on any of these stories, and nobody has any shocking exlusives, but given what I know I find every word of them credible (here's an example, for completeness's sake). He's 83, and his next birthday is in January, and we can only hope he'll make it. I suspect I'll be writing an obituary before I hold a copy of my book in my hand.
But, if my publishers can forgive the sentiment, my work seems very unimportant right now, and so, it seems to me, is a repetition of the man's amazing accomplishments on screen, on the race track, in the fields of food sales and philanthropy and as a family man, public citizen and friend. What matters is that a good -- and maybe a great -- man is passing from among us, and our world will be just that much smaller when he has gone.
So just this, then: Godspeed.
Photograph #1 ~ Close up of Paul Newman & those mesmerizing blue eyes
Photograph #2 ~ Beautiful black & white picture of Paul Newman (Brick) and Elizabeth Taylor (Maggie) from the film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Thursday, September 25, 2008
by Robert Seidman
HBO announced it is renewing its new series True Blood after only two airings. Please note that where it says 4 million people have viewed the season premiere from September 7, HBO is counting the cumulative views of the first airing and all the re-airings of that episode. The premiere drew 1.4 million in its first airing and the second episode drew 1.8 million in its initial airing. Though the numbers are weak compared to the glory days of The Sopranos and Sex and the City, the growth for the second episode is impressive and HBO seems to like that people are actually watching the additional airings. HBO loves it some Alan Ball! I’m really looking forward to seeing how the True Blood/Entourage combo fares against Dexter and Californication starting September 28. Here’s the release from HBO:
HBO RENEWS TRUE BLOOD, NEW SERIES FROM “SIX FEET UNDER” CREATOR ALAN BALL, FOR SECOND SEASON, WITH PRODUCTION TO BEGIN EARLY NEXT YEAR
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2008 - HBO has renewed the new drama series TRUE BLOOD for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, Programming Group and West Coast Operations. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes early next year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2009.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the critics and our viewers have embraced TRUE BLOOD,” noted Lombardo. “Alan Ball has done it again - made an addictive series that is unlike any other.”
“I am thrilled to be able to continue to work with such a talented group of writers, cast and crew to explore the characters and world created by Charlaine Harris in her novels,” Ball said. “It really is a joy to go to work every day and I couldn’t be happier to be back home at HBO.”
The Sept. 7 debut episode is proving to be a hit with HBO audiences, attracting more than four million viewers to date, while the debut of the second episode on Sept. 14 posted an unprecedented 24% gain in viewers over the first week’s debut.
Critics across the country in Detroit, Baltimore, Denver and Orlando have proclaimed TRUE BLOOD one of the best new shows on TV. USA Today called it “wildly imaginative,” with “one of the best ensembles of the new series,” while the Washington Post found it “audacious, outrageous and playfully grisly.” TV Guide hailed the show as “graphically sexy and scary, and often wildly funny,” and “a broadly entertaining, deliciously twisted slice of modern Southern Gothic.”
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, TRUE BLOOD takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans for their fix. Set in a backwoods Louisiana town, the show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy(R)-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”) created and executive produced the show, as well as wrote and directed episodes of the series, which is based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
The cast also includes Ryan Kwanten as Sookie’s brother Jason, Rutina Wesley as her best friend Tara Thornton, Sam Trammell as Sookie’s good-hearted boss Sam Merlotte and Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds, a cook at Merlotte’s.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Note : You must be a member of the site in order to listen to Alex O'Loughlin's interview. If you don't mind, please let them know that I sent ya by putting my name ~ Kandyegirl (like you didn't know *grin*) ~ as the answer to "How did you find out about Vampires & Slayers?" Thanks :)
MOONLIGHT AUDIO INTERVIEW: ALEX O'LOUGHLIN AT NEW YORK COMIC CON
by Edward Gross ~ Editor of the Damned
Last spring both Alex O'Loughlin and Jason Dohring appeared at New York Comic Con to promote Moonlight, which was yet to return for its final four episodes. At that time, V&S editor Edward Gross caught up with both actors (the interview with Jason has previously been posted here), and what follows is his conversation with Alex O'Loughlin. Note that Jason was sitting next to him at the time doing a separate interview -- and pay attention early on to Alex's discussion about his pizza, which is amusing. The conversation covers a number of topics, most notably the sequence in which Josef turns Mick back into a vampire.
Use this link to hear Alex O'Loughlin's interview :
Photograph ~ Alex O'Loughlin (Mick St John) and Jason Dohring (Josef Kostan) talking to fans during the Moonlight panel at the New York Comic Con
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The always clever Kelcouch has made a wonderful fan video to promote the Worldwide Moonlight Red Cross Donation Campaign :) She selected very appropriate scenes from our show (for example, Josef saying "Remind me to donate a little something to charity" ~ ha!) to go along with the theme. Music used is the song I'm Not Over by Carolina Liar.
Monday, September 22, 2008
The international community has come up with a splendid idea. Fans are being asked to donate to the Red Cross in honor of Moonlight. With all the horrible hurricanes, earthquakes, floods & other disasters, the money is definitely needed. Be sure to notify the charity that you are donating in the name of Moonlight :)
Please note : Your funds should be donated directly to the Red Cross!
Here are a few details ~
Dear Moonlight Community,
Over at Moonlight en Español we (Latinamerican and Spanish fans) have been discussing a world wide campaign to raise Moonlight awareness. We decided to organize one day where fans from around the world could make a monetary donation to the Red Cross in Moonlight's name. We suggest a monetary donation because this is more approachable than a blood drive, and this way the Red Cross can invest in what is necessary. The date we have set is the 28th of September, Moonlight's premier anniversary. The donations go from 0.50 cents to 50 dollars, which will go directly to the country's Red Cross. These donations can be made in a number of convenient forms depending on the country and/or region. This includes via a phone call, the Internet, and of course, at the local Red Cross headquarters.
This campaign is readily accessible to fans all over the world, and will take place in one specific day, the 28th. The plan is to draw media attention to the widespread nature of our donations. With events that are simultaneous and worldwide there is much more coverage and impact than if it were done locally, as it occurs, for example, with worldwide movie premiers. Therefore it is important to adhere to the date and make sure that our donations are done on time.
We have been asked to include copies of the campaign and to send them to major parties, such as Nina Tassler, Joel Silver, CBS, WBTV, etc. which we will gladly comply as soon as we have gathered the results.
We are still working to include more countries. So far we have contacted and recieved a positive response from the United States of America, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, the UK, Australia and Latinamerica.
For more info on contributing........
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Wondergirl created this great banner for the campaign!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
In this video clip from True Blood, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) asks Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) the question we all must ask our Vampires......... Exactly how old are you? I like how it leads to Bill talking about his experience in the Civil War, which gives us more of a glimpse into his personality. So sweet that he simply wants to make Sookie happy. As usual, she ends the scene on a funny note ~ "that's creepy." :)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This fan video is all about Mr Josef Kostan, played by the wonderful Jason Dohring. Great scenes of his work from Moonlight ~ including Josef vamped out, baring those dangerous fangs, drinking a little blood, kissing Sleeping Beauty, biting Mick, etc. Oooooo..... and shirtless *wink*
Friday, September 19, 2008
Alex O'Loughlin/Moonlight Blood Drive
LaVergne, TN Old Timers Day
Saturday, September 20th, 2008
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
@ Veterans Memorial Park
Floyd Mayfield Drive
Thursday, September 18, 2008
DVD News and Reviews
For Moonlight Fans, a "Bite" of Good News
by Matt Mitovich & David Lambert
People want their Mick at night... and in the daytime... and, heck, whenever else they please. And yet thus far, the avid fans of CBS' short-lived Moonlight have been frustrated by the lack of a release date for a DVD set. Further exacerbating the sorry sitch is the fact that a November Region 2 (aka European) release was announced while Statesiders were left in limbo.
But the long wait may be about to end for us Yanks. Earlier this week in an online chat with DVD enthusiasts, reps for Warner Home Video advised Moonlight fans to "stay tuned for good news you can really sink your teeth into in the next month."
The good news: It sounds like a firm U.S. DVD release soon will be announced. The bad news: Dollars to donuts, the discs you are so blood-thirsty for won't be on shelves in time for the holidays, but rather just before or after New Year's.
Photograph ~ Mick St John (Alex O'Loughlin) half vamped out in Moonlight's Fever episode (#1x04)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Oooooo.... one quibble.... the show's action is set in Bon Temps, LA, not New Orleans as stated in the article. As you can guess, I'd love to see them take a trip to NOLA :)
HBO orders second season of 'True Blood'
By Andrew Wallenstein
HBO is ordering a second season of new series "True Blood" after just two episodes.
The series, which follows the adventures of vampires in New Orleans, will go back into production early next year in anticipation of a new batch of episodes for the summer of 2009.
While the premiere episode of the series received a modest audience, HBO cited an "unprecedented" 24% increase in viewers for the second installment. In addition, the "Blood" premiere drew 4 million when additional runs of that episode were tallied.
"We are absolutely thrilled that the critics and our viewers have embraced 'True Blood,'" said Michael Lombardo, president of programming group and West Coast operations at HBO. "Alan Ball has done it again--made an addictive series that is unlike any other."
"I am thrilled to be able to continue to work with such a talented group of writers, cast and crew to explore the characters and world created by Charlaine Harris in her novels," said Alan Ball, executive producer of "Blood."
Photograph ~ Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) in True Blood television series promo photo
NOTE : You must be a member of the Vampires and Slayers website in order to hear the audio file.
MOONLIGHT AUDIO INTERVIEW: SOPHIA MYLES
by Edward Gross ~ Editor of the Damned
While Alex O’Loughlin has been featured on Vampires & Slayers several times already, this is our first opportunity to present an interview excerpt with Sophia Myles, who, of course, played Beth Turner on Moonlight. This interview with Sophia was conducted by editor Ed Gross just as the show was getting ready to go back into production following the strike of the Writer’s Guild of America.
Use this link to listen to the interview with Sophia Myles ~
Photograph ~ Beth Turner (Sophia Myles) and Mick St John (Alex O'Loughlin) in Moonlight tv series promo photo.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Photograph #1 ~ Shannyn Sossamon looking gorgeous while splashing through the fountain
Photograph #2 ~ Shannyn Sossamon striking a tough pose
Photograph #3 ~ George Clooney & Shannyn Sossamon receiving direction for their commercial
Monday, September 15, 2008
It has been almost a year since Moonlight originally premiered on CBS. At that time, Ed Gross had the opportunity to interview co-executive producers Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman. He has reposted the three part audio chat for those who missed them the first time, or just wanna listen again.
Note : You must be a member of the Vampires & Slayers website in order to access the interviews.
MOONLIGHT: AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH HARRY WERKSMAN & GABRIELLE STANTON
by Edward Gross ~ Editor of the Damned
At about the time that that Moonlight was shooting its fourth episode, V&S editor Edward Gross had the opportunity to talk about the show with co-exectuve producers Harry Werksman and Gabrielle Stanton. Below is part one of the interview, and after the jump you'll find parts two and three of that interview.
Use this link to listen to the interviews......
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Inching first one way and then the other, but never reaching safety. A confused puppy faltered while cars honked, skidded and sped around him. My sweet Tommmmmy swooped to his rescue! He threw on the emergency brake & jumped out into the street. Other thoughtful drivers stopped to block the traffic in each direction so that he could reach the frightened puppy without being hit himself. There were many smiles of relief. One lady rolled down her window just to yell thanks!
No momma dog or other pups to be found.
Once they were finally safe in the warm, dry truck, Tommmmy called me. When I answered, the first thing he said was ~ "We have a new addition to our family!"
I want to introduce you all to Jasper :) We do not know what kinda dog he is, aside from adorable. Any ideas? Click on the photos above for a closer look.
Update ~ Monday, September 15th, 2008 ~ I can not believe how many wonderful comments, emails & text messages we've received about Jasper. You guys are the best :) When I first saw Jasper, I said he looked like a Pit Bull mix.... but everyone disagreed with me. Many of you have backed me up in your guesses about what type of dog you think he is ~ thank you!
We took our little guy to the vet today. Check up time! Everyone at the office fell for him, including the doctor & his assistant. Not that I'm bragging or anything *wink* Oooooooo..... by the way..... they think he could be a Pit mix also. But, the doc came up with the possibility of Jasper being part Chihuahua because of his "dome."
He didn't even flinch when the doc gave him a shot. Tough! They guessed that he is about 5 weeks old. He weighs a whopping 2 pounds (after eating ~ ha!). Jasper is spending the night at the vet's clinic for observation. I hope he doesn't think we abandoned him.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Photograph #1 ~ Beth Turner (Sophia Myles) and Mick St John (Alex O'Loughlin) in Moonlight's Fever episode (#1x04)
Photograph #2 ~ Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) in the new movie, Twilight. Twilight's release date in the US is November 21st, 2008.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sophia Myles On Her First On-Screen Kiss
by Jeanne Wolf
Scottish beauty Sophia Myles makes the transition to Hollywood as she branches out into more rebellious and edgy roles. She received a cult following in the vampire series Moonlight — fans unsuccessfully petitioned for its return after it was canceled in May.
And she’s out to capitalize on her high-profile big screen romance with James Franco in Tristan and Isolde. She has a juicy role in the dark drama Mister Foe in which she co-stars with Jamie Bell. Then she joins Jim Caviezel in the sci-fi epic Outlander playing a Viking princess.
Q: In Mister Foe you have some pretty sexually explicit scenes. Was that uncomfortable for you?
Sophia Myles : I’ve always been very, very particular about nudity and sex in the movies I do because I think a lot of the time it’s very gratuitous, especially when a female is involved. So I’ve been very strict. I think the scenes in this film are of a sexual nature but they are not sexy at all. Actually, I quite enjoy keeping my clothes on. I don’t even like looking at my naked bottom in a mirror.
Q: Ever feel a little silly?
Sophia Myles : I did in Tristan and Isolde when another actress and I had to take off our clothes and hug a naked James Franco to thaw him out after he nearly froze to death. We found it so funny we couldn’t stop laughing. I think we did about 60 takes.
Q: Do you remember your first on-screen kiss?
Sophia Myles : I think Johnny Deep was one of the first. People think that it’s all so glamorous and sexy, but actually it’s so different than how it is in real life. You’re not doing it for real. It’s all fake. And most of the time you’re just conscious of the camera and hoping that you don’t look like you have a double chin or something.
Q: You were in a very high profile relationship with David Tennant who is famous as Dr. Who. How has it been since that ended?
Sophia Myles : I think when I was younger I was kind of looking for somebody to come along to complete me. And I’ve realized now that I have to basically be complete — I have to complete myself. And then the right thing will come. I’m enjoying the single life. I’m enjoying taking this time for myself because I think it’s important.
Q: Could you call that growing up?
Sophia Myles : As I’ve gotten older, the more I learn about myself and the more work on myself I’ve done. I’m more conscious of my needs and wants. And I’ll probably be more vocal now than I would’ve been. People pleasing, I guess, is one of my character defects, but I’m trying to not do that so much because it’s not very good for me.
Q: You’ve been spending a lot of time in L.A. How are you adapting to Hollywood?
Sophia Myles : I’ve had two major waves of homesickness that have lasted for about a month each time. And I understand now why they call it homesickness because you do actually feel quite ill. L.A. can be quite an isolating place because of the car culture. The one thing I miss about Europe is being able to just walk everywhere. And so I find that your world can become quite small when you’r e in your car.
Q: Was it fun to be a Viking princess in Outlander?
Sophia Myles : It was great to go back in time again after Tristan and Isolde because this time I get to kick some butt. I did loads of sword fighting and I had to get very fit. It’s set in 709 AD but on page two of the script, an alien ship crash lands so it’s kind of a mixture of old period drama meets science fiction.
Photograph ~ Kate Breck (Sophia Myles) and Hallam Foe (Jamie Bell) in a scene from Mister Foe film
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Silvervintage has created a new Moonlight fan video using music by one of my favorite singers.... favorite voices.... Billie Holiday. The clip uses great scenes from the series. I will let Silvervintage describe the idea behind making this particular video ~
Moonlight (Classic Film Style): The Very Thought of You
Moonlight, the old-fashioned way.
We thought we'd try to capture some of the old film style of Moonlight that they liked to show from time to time. We used the main cast, but mostly focused on Mick and Beth.
Song: The Very Thought of You by Billie Holiday
Mick St. John: Alex O'Loughlin
Beth Turner: Sophia Myles
Josef Kostan: Jason Dohring
Coraline: Shannyn Sossamon
Sarah Whitley:??? We couldn't find the name of the actress.
Well anyway, we hope you enjoy the video to one of our favorite songs. Besides, who doesn't want to see Mick as the chivalrous vampire?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Right now, Moonlight is still #1.... that is due to the continued dedication of the fans. However, Alex O'Loughlin has fallen from #2 to #3, and the rest of the cast completely out of the Top Ten. Just think ~ you get to tell everyone what you think about our show, Sophia Myles, Alex O'Loughlin, Shannyn Sossamon, Jason Dohring, Brian J White, David Blue and Eric Winter while helping to maintain its visibility :)
Update : I just found out that my Alex O'Loughlin fan blog has its own listing on Hey Nielsen! http://www.heynielsen.com/view/alex-oloughlin-fanblog/ WOW! Not sure how this happened. They did not contact me, so I don't know if the website staff simply picked my page or if the fans nominated it. Either way.... it is a great honor. Thank you for all your wonderful support :) It means a great deal to me!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The great Absolutely Sophia has provided a video of Sophia Myles' new interview from the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She is supposed to be there to promote the release of her movie, Mister Foe, in the States. However, they don't really talk that much about the film... which usually happens on Craig's show. He is so funny. A brief preview clip of our girl being seductive, in Mister Foe, is shown.
Craig kept talking about Vampires before Sophia comes out. I knew that meant he would ask her about our show. When he wonders why Moonlight was canceled, she simply replies "I don't know."
We find out that Sophia's work visa expires next June, and she plans to stay at least until then. Often, she has said how much she is loving California. In this chat, she admits that she wouldn't mind becoming a US citizen.
Sophia's wallet was stolen! URGH! On top of that, she didn't even like the movie she was seeing at the time. For those who haven't heard of it, she is talking about Don Cheadle's new action/spy flick, Traitor.
I've received lots of mail from those asking who Sophia Myles is dating. Now you have your answer. According to what she told Craig, she does not currently have a boyfriend.
Hmmmmmm..... she also says that she doesn't have a pet. Around Christmas of last year, she got a puppy named Jackson. What happened to him? :(
Do they not use the "shame on you" sign in the UK? Cute that Sophia had never heard of it.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Ten Questions for The CW Boss Dawn Ostroff
By Josef Adalian
That giant whooshing noise heard by residents of Burbank, Calif., last week was the sound of the entire staff of The CW exhaling.
After another painful summer filled with barely-on-the-radar ratings and rumblings about the future, the first week of September produced some pretty good news for the folks at the 3-year-old network born from the ashes of The WB and UPN.
First, its cultural phenom “Gossip Girl” returned to near-record ratings. Then the super-hyped “90210” delivered network-best numbers for a scripted series. And while the Sept. 3 return of “America’s Next Top Model” didn’t wow, it did OK, given some strong unscripted competition.
At the center of the action: Dawn Ostroff, president of entertainment for the CW. While her network has done a good job of developing buzzworthy shows, from “Gossip Girl” and “90210” to “Aliens in America” and “Reaper,” translating hype into ratings has proven a tougher task.
Are the numbers for “90210” good enough to turn The CW around? Why didn’t the network pick up the CBS cult fave “Moonlight?” And are any more remakes of classic shows in the works?
Ms. Ostroff took a few minutes out of her busy week to answer 10 e-mailed questions from TelevisionWeek's Josef Adalian.
TVWeek: “Supernatural” and “Smallville” are solid players for you, and point out how well sci-fi does with your audience. Did you seriously consider picking up “Moonlight”? Is the genre a priority?
Ms. Ostroff: We look at all genres during development. Right now, in terms of new programming, we’re very focused on building The CW’s brand as a destination for young women. If a sci-fi/fantasy show came along that was really well done and would appeal to our young women demo, then we’d certainly consider it.
Of course, I only focused on the question dealing with Moonlight. To read the rest, follow this link ~
Thanks to the lovely Sergio for making sure I had this information :)
Photograph ~ CW Network President of Entertainment Dawn Ostroff
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Photograph ~ Beth Turner (Sophia Myles) in Moonlight TV Show
True Blood Television Show Trailer
Hollywood 411 ~ TV Guide ~ True Blood : Interview with creator, executive producer, writer & director Alan Ball
Alan Ball, writer of AMERICAN BEAUTY and SIX FEET UNDER, comes back to HBO with TRUE BLOOD starring Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (as Sookie Stackhouse). He's done with the dead and has moved on to the undead. Get a taste for the new series here.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I think I will use one of my fave photos of Alex to go with this post :)
Today's News: Our Take
Got any news on what the new CBS show starring Moonlight cutie Alex O'Loughlin will be about, and when it will start? — Susan
Matt : Would that I did, if only because it would make me the most popular news blogger on the Web. Alas, insiders tell me it may be a while before Alex O's new gig is a go, seeing as new series development is an "inexact science." It's simply hard to predict what project he'll get attached to, or when it will come to be.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Vampires: Sexy or not sexy?
By Jevon Phillips, Stephanie Lysaght, Denise Martin and Patrick Kevin Day, Times Staff Writers
The debate over vampires as heartthrob vs. heart-devourer is old but still valid. For every studly Dracula, rising out of his coffin like Hugh Hefner (back in the 1960s), there's another bloodsucker with giant fangs and creepy eyes and gore-encrusted claws. Just last year we had the horrific "30 Days of Night" and this year we have smoldering Bill from HBO's "True Blood" and, of course, the doe-eyed Edward of "Twilight."
But are they really hot, or horrific? And where do they stack up against the many other bloodsuckers who have slunk across the screen? Our crack team of experts ponders the sex-appeal (or lack thereof) of creatures of the night.
We’d be a little ticked too. Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin) was turned into a vampire on his wedding night. By the bride. Not cool. But 55 years later, he’s still smoking hot and fighting crime. It’s a shame CBS didn’t have the heart to keep him, and his show “Moonlight,” around.
Photograph ~ Mick St John (Alex O'Loughlin) vamped out for fight scene in Moonlight's The Mortal Cure Episode (#1x12). Click on the picture above for a larger version of the image.
The Six Sexiest TV Vampires Ever
by Angel Cohn
With True Blood premiering this weekend, I was inspired to take a look back at the hottest bloodsuckers to grace the small screen. I have little doubt that TB's own fanged Bill will be joining this list in the coming weeks, if they stick at all close to the smokin' hot books (which are filled with seriously smutty vampire sex... and I mean that in the best possible way), and judging by the first two episodes they kind of are. So here's a look at the other cold-blooded creatures that can make your blood boil... with or without the help of those fancy glamor things.
1. Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)Loyal, sexy, smart, romantic and just a little bit dangerous makes for a delicious combination. His tortured relationship with his soulmate Buffy served to make him even hotter. And then he ditched Sunnydale for L.A. and became a badass detective out to take down the man (well, evil demon man), while fiercely protecting his employees and singing badly. Swoon. And I swear he doesn't top my list just because we share a name. That's actually caused me more trouble over the years than it's worth.
2. Mick St. John (Moonlight)I wanted to hate him, because the show seemed like a rip-off of my much beloved Angel -- he's another vampire who happens to solve crimes and be in love with a mortal girl and has issues with the she-vamp who sired him. But, well, Mick St. John's just freakin' pretty, and while the show wasn't exactly the best written program on television, there's a lot you can be willing to overlook for hot, broody vamp romance.
3. Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)Angel was the classic romantic, but if you wanted a gritty, dirty, fun-loving, rollicking bad boy with bite, Spike was your guy. His hot, bleached-blond tresses and his unabashed love of being undead were compounded with the really angry but kinda awesome relationship he had with Buffy, the ex-girlfriend of his best frenemy. Oh, and did I forget to mention how amazing his singing voice was during the musical episode? If I hadn't already been a fan, that would have changed my mind.
4. Barnabas Collins (Dark Shadows)I'm not even going to lie, I put this one on my list solely because of my mother. She was obsessed with this soap in the early '70s and wanted to name me Angelique, after Mr. Collins' witchy lover. So therefore, while he's not my typical dreamboat, Collins did have an air of mystery and broodiness about him that captivated audiences in several incarnations of the series.
5. Drusilla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)Sure, Darla was gorgeous and sired Angel (though I still have trouble watching Julie Benz on Dexter and thinking of her as innocent), but Drusilla was on a whole different level. If she found me in a dark alley, I'd hand myself over willingly. She was dark and twisted and always entertaining, plus she looked smokin' in those cleavage-revealing costumes. (Yeah, I'm a little jealous.) She embraced her inner undead beauty, and I'm all for that. If I ever become a creature of the night, I hope that I'm like her: that hair, those eyes, that perfectly curvy body. Hmm... I would put her higher on the list, but I'm trying hard (and failing) to not be all Buffy-centric.
6. Sheriff Hartwell (The X-Files)Well, depending on if you believe Mulder or Scully, Sheriff Harwell (played by the more attractive Wilson brother, Luke -- at least he doesn't have a stupid twisty nose) was one dishy cop who just happened to have green eyes and be very protective of his fanged community. In the awesome he said/she said episode "Bad Blood", Mulder though he looked like a bucktooth hick, but that's mostly because Scully had a little bit of blood lust for the small-town fella. So what if the law-enforcer drugged them so much they couldn't remember their experience with him. It was for their own good... well, sorta, because Scully becoming a vamp FBI agent would have been a really amazing twist.
Southern vampire novels adapted for HBO's new series 'True Blood'
Canadian Press: Kinney Littlefield, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
As fictional lovers go, bubbly blond Sookie Stackhouse and tall, pale Bill Compton are as massively mismatched as they come.
After all, Sookie (Winnipeg-born Anna Paquin) is exuberantly human and Bill (English actor Stephen Moyer) is, well, totally undead in HBO's flamboyant new vampire saga, "True Blood."
"Bill is really genteel but that doesn't stop him from being blood-hungry," Moyer says of his menacing 173-year-old character in "True Blood," adapted for television by Alan Ball ("Six Feet Under") from the popular series of Southern vampire novels by Charlaine Harris.
"The tension between Bill and Sookie is quite palpable," Moyer says in between scenes in which the courtly vampire, who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, escorts his lady friend Sookie, a telepathic roadhouse waitress, home on a dark and eerie night.
That sexually suggestive tension is key to "True Blood," which will be seen in Canada on Movie Central and The Movie Network. Set in a small Louisiana town (actually the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles), the edgy series chronicles a time when synthetic blood supplies enable Bill and other vampires to live openly among humans, without necessarily feeding on them.
Like Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) in the classic vampire soap opera "Dark Shadows" (1966-1971), Bill has returned to his ancestral home, where he woos Sookie and tries to fit into human society. Like Frid's Barnabas, Moyer's Bill is an unresolved paradox - part seductive protagonist, part menacing monster.
"He's not typically vampiric," says Moyer, who played a vampire in the Brit miniseries "Ultraviolet." No long black cape and ghoulish grin for Bill, who dresses yuppie-casual. "But we do get to see him sort of sex-starved at one point," Moyer says. "And there are moments when he is quite confrontational with other vampires, when other people are predatory with Sookie."
"True Blood" also pushes the content boundaries of premium cable, with plenty of extravagantly gushing arteries and over-the-top bedroom antics to rival Showtime's "Californication" - all mixed with a good dose of Southern gothic goofiness.
Ball was looking to produce "lighter" fare after the life-and-death introspection of critically acclaimed "Six Feet Under."
"Charlaine has just created this amazing world that's funny and vibrant and scary and also a sort of social treatise, you know what I mean?" Ball says.
"The books are violent and that's part of the appeal," he says. "It's visceral and predatory and unapologetically sexual. And it's unapologetically romantic in the sense of an old-fashioned romance novel."
The centuries-old vampire metaphor is "also about the terrors of intimacy, and about any kind of misunderstood, hated, feared minority - homosexuals, other cultures," Ball says. "When I first pitched 'True Blood' to HBO, I called it 'popcorn TV for smart people.' "
Still, vampire series are not always surefire. Last season, CBS spiked "Moonlight," despite its loyal following for undead hero Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin).
Like "Moonlight," "True Blood" plays on the thrill of a vampire-human hookup. But the mechanics of Bill and Sookie's romance proved tricky for Moyer and Paquin during filming.
"You do get fangs caught in places," Paquin says, remembering her first lip lock with Bill's lethal teeth, which pop down when he's lost in bloodlust. "Perhaps it's like people with braces trying to make it work. Puncture wounds aside, one gets used to it," she teases.
Although Ball says his series "is true to the spirit of the novels," there are differences. "True Blood" takes the powerful and ruthless nature of vampire clans a little further than the novels do, he says. Sookie narrates the Harris books but not "True Blood." Instead, Ball has given Sookie a female best friend and confidante named Tara (Rutina Wesley).
The events in the 12 episodes play out over a fast and furious two-week period, like they do in Harris' first vampire novel, "Dead Until Dark." As in the novels, Sookie's mysterious boss Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) is very much in evidence, keeping close to Sookie.
But Ball has greatly expanded the characters of the roadhouse's gay short-order cook, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), and Sookie's bumbling and sexually indefatigable brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten).
"They've given me some really outrageous story lines," Kwanten says. "Jason just jumps into things before he thinks about them. He thinks he's Louisiana's answer to Casanova. Any reservations or inhibitions I had before starting the show have well and truly gone now in a good way," he says of his sex scenes. Then he laughs. "One of the grips jokes that he sees me naked more than he does his girlfriend."
Photograph ~ Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) & Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) showing his Vampire fangs in True Blood tv series.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
East Coast Moonlight Convention & Alex O'Loughlin Blood Drive
Friday, Saturday & Sunday ~ September 5th to 7th, 2008
DoubleTree Hotel Biltmore
Funny.... you can kinda hear Alex O'Loughlin's voice in the background cuz he is being interviewed at the same time by someone else.
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MOONLIGHT AUDIO INTERVIEW: JASON DOHRING
Having broken onto the scene and really captured people's attention as a part of Veronica Mars, actor Jason Dohring reached new cult TV heights with his role as vampire Josef Kostan, Mick St. John's best friend, on the late (and lamented) Moonlight. Earlier this year, V&S Editor Edward Gross had the opportunity to speak to Jason at the New York Comic-Con, this interview taking place prior to the show's last four episodes airing following the Writer's Strike. One note about the audio quality of this interview: he and Alex O'Loughlin were sitting next to each other, participating in separate interviews, so the "noise" level gets high at certain moments.
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