Thursday, June 23, 2011


I might have posted this before, like I said, I all fugazi with so many videos and interviews at once.
Who would ever mind more Askars anyway? From  EXTRATV

From Melody at Bookies, I hope it's just for a stunt and not an answer to Ausiello's spoiler about a loved character's demise.

Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2011, 12:52 PM 
Episode 412, "And When I Die"
[BODY DOUBLE FOR LAFAYETTE (NELSAN ELLIS)] Male, African-American, 20s to 30s, the body double of Lafayette (played by Nelsan Ellis). ACTOR MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEASUREMENTS
‎5'11" 150 lbs
40 chest (maybe 42 suit)
34 waist x 30 inseam
16 neck x 34-35 sleeve

By the way, I might have forgot to mention when I posted Mike the Fan Boy's video that he has pics of all the noobs who were at the premiere with their names at his site.

Fanpop has some photos, I don't recall seeing this one before. Ok, I see it for the new Rolling stone article ( some posted below), from HBO by their TB photog John P Johnson.

The new season keeps up the standard of excellence, with more fetishes, more lust, more evil, more startling ways for bodies to change and transmogrify. There are more unmentionable surprises. There are old faces and new faces. There are more strange creatures we haven't seen before. But mostly, there's more love gone wrong, which is something Bon Temps never runs out of. And inevitably, there's a moment where somebody gets Sookie's name wrong and calls her "Snooki." (That one had to happen, right? Who knows? One day they might throw in some were-guidettes.)
The cast is still amazing: Anna Paquin has hit her stride as Sookie, grappling with her true nature and conflicts in her sex life. Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård compete to see who can be the fiercest undead glowerer around, and Nelsan Ellis has perfected his queeny sneer as Lafayette (walking into a séance, he sniffs, "This must be where old air fresheners go to die").
You might have expected True Blood would have run out of fresh perversions by now, but the longer it keeps rolling, the better it gets, because the characters are cursed with longer and uglier memories. Even the sexiest vampires, like Bill and Eric, have to drag their bloody pasts and foul consciences around with them. On True Blood, all that mileage just makes the drama more intense, delving into issues of guilt, loss and (a True Blood specialty) revenge. But it nails the way regular human experiences — coupling up, separating, grieving — warp people you thought you knew into total strangers, if not total monsters. That's the secret of True Blood — all the creatures that roam Bon Temps become a metaphor for our insatiable lusts and inner desires. Humans craving what they can't have and those secret appetites transforming them into beasts, or even killers.
It all ultimately comes down to the tension between Sookie and Bill — the more history they share, the more painful their relationship gets. Last season, Bill told her, "It is who you are, not what you are, that I love." But love makes it harder for any of these people to guess who or what they really are — and that's also what turns them on.
There's a moment in the new season where somebody asks Sookie, "What are you?" Her reply: "I'm really sick of being asked that question. That's what I am." And yet, like everybody on True Blood, she can't stop asking the question herself, because the answer is never the same. That's how True Blood keeps getting more fascinating – all that throat-chomping and trachea-­slurping adds up to a spectacularly vivid story about the terrible things we do for love. has character bits for S4-
Alexander Skarsgard on his character, vampire sheriff Eric Northman, losing his memory: "He's suddenly very vulnerable and you haven't seen Eric like that before... It's just been a lot of fun playing that, because the discovery for Eric -- for him to discover who he really is and what he's done, all the horrific things he done over the last 1,000 years, for someone who's that innocent and nave, it's pretty brutal."
Stephen Moyer on Bill Compton's life after his Sookie breakup: "He's lost her and he's become a completely different person. He's had to take on something he didn't necessarily want and he's also trying to iron out all those errors that [Season 3 vampire king] Russell Edgington made the year before."
Nelsan Ellis on Lafayette discovering he's more than just a short order cook: "You're gonna see some different things go on with Lafayette this season. It'll be interesting to see what the fans think of it because he won't be quite himself... He's gonna be very serious this season. So we won't see much of the funny Lafayette this season... I've got a feeling he has something going on with the central issues... and we'll see quite what that is. I will say he puts some main people in quite a bind."
Joe Manganiello on the troubles coming for Alcide: "He doesn't get along with shape shifters, there's gonna be some conflict with the shape shifters.... And you're going to see him continue to wrestle with that beast inside of him. There were times this season where I've gotta say I felt like I was a different character on a different show."
Ryan Kwanten on Jason Stackhouse's power grab and the peril's his character will face: "One would think that [it] would be a scary thing to give Jason Stackhouse any ounce of power, but it's the first time where a young boy is sort of made to man up and the change comes from him, which I think is the most powerful point of change... Jason is known for being poked, prodded and punched, but this season really takes it to a new level. He, I think, more so than any other character this season, goes through, and may be lucky to even survive this season."
Anna Paquin on Sookie beginning her life as a single woman: "I think that the more she's been exposed to the wild world of vampires and werewolves, shifters and now witches, the more she grows and I think she's learned a lot in a very short amount of time and she's definitely more independent this season."

After Elton talks about the new season  and more, I'm only posting spoilerish so go to the link for the whole deal and piccies!
The season picks up right where last season ended … and then it doesn’t. Instead it leaps ahead in time, although unlike other shows that have tried the same gimmick – Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters – a rationale for the jump is provided here and it’s actually a fairly satisfying one.

The time shift proves to be a saving grace for the show in that it reinvigorates all those secondary storylines that had seemed so stagnant last year. In fact, much of the fun of the first episode is discovering the new circumstances in which familiar characters are now portrayed – in some cases barely recognizable from previous seasons. Even better, this dramatic momentum builds, and by the end of the third episode, most of the characters are in even stranger circumstances than at the season’s start.
Bill (Stephen Moyer), for example, who always struck me as being as close to a wet blanket as a vampire could possibly get, is given a powerful new vocation that has him demonstrating a startling craftiness that brings out dark undertones to his character. Jason too benefits from the time shift. While I’ve long admired Ryan Kwanten’s unique, um, talents, and Jason could always be counted on for hilarious one-liners, his character particularly seemed aimless for the past two seasons. This year, his storyline moves to the forefront and manages to become one of the most intriguing, bringing with it a series of nasty shocks.
Given how wasted their talents have been in the past, I’m particularly grateful that favorites Tara (Rutina Wesley), Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) are finally connected to the main narrative arc. In fact, they’re brought directly into the inner circle of this season’s Big Bad.
About that Big Bad ... she’s played by acclaimed Irish actress Fiona Shaw, who like all acclaimed British actresses is most recognizable to American audiences for being in the Harry Potter movies.
Marnie is about as far from Maryann the orgy-hosting, Eggs-scrambling Maenad and Russell “now for the weather” Edgington as one could get in a potential villain – a timid grandmotherly type (one can just image all the cats in the den, the mothballs in the closet, and the hard candies on the coffee table) who operates one of those New Age-y candles-and-incense boutiques where, naturally, a local coven meets during off hours.
It’s easy to underestimate her, not only for us as viewers but also for the show’s vampires, who make the mistake of thinking she and her little coven are easily disposed of. That mistake has major repercussions for both Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexsander Skarsgard) in ways I wouldn’t dream of spoiling.
Although far removed from this main storyline, there’s also plenty going on with Sam and his twerpy brother Tommy, lovebirds Jessica and Hoyt, Alcide and his psycho ex Debbie Pelt, and even withArlene and Terry, plus even more droll screentime for my personal favorite, Pam (Kristin Bauer), and a more central role for American Vampire League P.R. head, Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck).
By the end of the third episode, I was having so much fun watching that I hardly cared how all these parts fit together, or even if they would at all.
Which is why I’ll happily embrace Season Four and look forward to each upcoming episode, witches, warts, and all.

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