Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Eat, Drink and Be Bloody

                                        Happy Thanksgiving week to everyone, be safe and relax.
Carrie Preston's tweet to us fans: Happy Thanksgiving from me, Michael and Chumley !
Happy Birthday to the wonderful Ryan Kwanten, thankful to Oz for this man.

Joe's movie with AHHHHnold is now titled Sabotage.
Joe Manganiello at the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Launch Party and Reveal in Playa Vista. Source: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin via Zimbio
Joe will be on ABC's The Chew with Mario Batali. Thursday December 5 and this is his book tour info-
12/2/13 7:00 PM at Book Revue – New York Avenue. Huntington, NY. 
12/3/13 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Union Square. New York, NY. 
12/4/13 7:00 PM at Boulevard Books – 13th Avenue. Brooklyn, NY. 
12/5/13 6:00 PM at Barbara's Bookstore – Village Center Drive. Burr Ridge, IL. 
12/6/13 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Old Orchard Center. Skokie, IL. 
12/7/13 4:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Settlers Ridge Center Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sam Trammell - Reloading Life: The Art of Peace, Anti Gun Violence event held a The Supperclub. More
Sam Trammell at GQ's Gentleman's Ball, talking about his Gucci suit, on how excited he is to be honored at tonight's event,his work with Oceana, being a surfer, wanting to give back.  The Gentlemen's Ball Presented By Nautica, Movado and BMW at IAC in New York, NY. 
More on Walking with The Wounded, I didnt know Dominic West was doing it as well with Skarsgard. More photos and videos HERE
Five Questions with Rutina from Theatermania
TheaterMania chatted with Wesley about her work in the new drama (a coproduction of Cherry Lane Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and why despite making her living in television and film, theater is her one true love. Go to the link to read the whole Q&A.
Here's a review of the play, more at the link. 
One Night, Charles Fuller’s searing and solidly crafted drama about the impact of the emotional wounds of war which continually upend our veterans’ abilities to live peaceful, regular lives outside war zones. Fuller’s powerful character portrayals of vets, Corporal Horace Lloyd (in a sterling performance by Grantham Coleman), and Sargent Alicia G. (a powerful, engaging and emotionally driven Rutina Wesley) rivet the audience, building complexity throughout the play to the stark conclusion. Fuller’s brilliant writing with each stroke and in each scene strengthens the basic premise and pounds out a theme of even greater relevance: women’s service in the military and their treatment by their fellow soldiers.

Getting my dog bone dress on...literally. For an#Amandafoundation shoot today.
HuffPost Canada TV sat down with van Straten when she made a brief stop in Toronto, and we chatted about Pam and Tara's relationship, how she wants Pam's story to end. More at the link.
HuffPost Canada TV: How do you feel knowing that "True Blood" is coming to an end?
Bauer van Straten: I don't like ends. Beginnings are sometimes good, but middles are awesome. Our middle is now over, and I don't know what's going to happen next year. I'm, of course, excited and also sad. I get to hang out with these people for another eight months and say these words and wear this clothing, and have this accent. [Laughs] It's kind of a nice problem to have.
What about leaving the character? Leaving Pam behind?
What a great character. I often think, "God, do I get two [characters] in this life?" "Nurse Jackie" came around after "The Sopranos" [for Edie Falco], so it's possible. But this is a great female character. She's really free from concerns that plague humanity. It's so refreshing, even between action and cut, to take that one-and-a-half minute break from any fear or worry or concern. She has two -- clothing and Eric.
And herself.
[Laughs] OK, three.
If you could decide, what would you like to see happen to Pam in the final season?
I know nothing. One of the most significant things about Pam is Pam and Eric's relationship. I'll be very interested in whatever happens there in Season 7. That's a relationship I've enjoyed a lot -- it has many layers to it, but it's incredibly pure.
What about your relationship with Tara?
Ah, that was fun. I love that pairing. I want to find out what happens with that relationship as well. It was so multi-layered. I went through a whole season trying to kill her, and I have to make her, so now she's my baby, and she's hot, so now I'm making out with her. [Laughs] I think that's how life is, it's messy. I like how -- the HBO shows in particular -- have those contradictions. Life is lived in the grey area.

Stephen Moyer stopped by last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC and talked about the process of getting ready to appear in "The Sound of Music Live!".
"It's slick and it's ready to go and it's exciting," said the True Blood star, adding "Carrie's [Underwood] done an incredible job. She came fully word-perfect, off-book. Just rarin' to go!"

More videos for  "the making of SOM" at this youtube page.
Huffpo talked to Stephen as well-
How do you feel going into the final season?
I don't know anything and I’m directing the first episode. I haven't gotten a script yet and we start shooting in January. I’m really excited, really sad. It’s just a group of people that I absolutely love and it’s certainly the happiest and warmest set I’ve ever been on, so that’s going to be hard to walk away from.
Did you always know that Bill was going to be a good guy in the end?
No, but I thought it was great for the show. I’m a really strong believer in doing what’s best for the show and if that means being a sh-t then that’s fine.
What do you think about the possibility of a Sookie-Bill reconciliation?
I don’t know whether it’s possible given everything that’s happened. The first mistakes he made at the beginning of the relationship were definitely mistakes that were trying to protect her. It’s not anything he was doing that was necessarily bad. He was sent there, but he kept that from her purely because he didn’t want to hurt her and he didn’t know he was going to fall in love with this girl. I think that he will always be and always was a key for Sookie to unlocking her womanhood and who she became and who she is and who she was. She won’t forget that part of him. Whether there’s any possibility of anything else, I don't know.
What about Eric? Do you think we’ll see him in the next season?
I don't know. If I told you that I don’t know you probably wouldn’t believe me, but I don’t.
Do you have your own twisted fantasy about what you hope to happen?
Alex (Skarsgard) and I have been pushing for an Eric-Bill love scene for a long time, but they always said no. But our dream would be for my football team, West Ham United, to play his Swedish team, and would end up in some match-up that Bill and Eric happen to be able to get to. (oh yesh, IKE and MARCELLUS!!!!)

That would be pretty great, but I don’t think Sookie would be to happy about that.
I’m sure Sookie would find a way to be part of the action. She usually does.

Kristin done got her makeup did by Jacqui, who is in this pic.
Alexander's latest Walking with the Wounded photo, you can sponsor a KM HERE.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Think Happy Thoughts

Goofy Big Al is the best
From the  the series finale of Eastbound and Down as Kenny Powers' son.

Alexander in blue (the big Galoot) and Prince Ginge reaching the South Pole.

Los Angeles Local News, Weather, and Traffic
The hills are alive! Good Day LA

True Blood's Stephen Moyer was brilliantly entertaining during tonight's Q&A at NYFA Union Square! (this was from Sunday's Q & A)

Guyliner? Oh yeah baby.

The Vaulters were at the Field Guide to Vampires book signing, maybe they'll do one on NYC??                                                 More at Zap2it
There's a lot of love between the cast of "True Blood," even if it means supporting an actor who was recently killed off the show. The man behind the late Steve Newlin, Michael McMillian, held a book launch event for his novel "Steve Newlin's Field Guide to Vampires" at West Hollywood, Calif.'s Book Soup on Nov. 18, and his fellow castmembers Deborah Ann Woll and Anna Camp showed their support by attending.
Gotta love McMillz
Walking in the village, see Denis, his hubs and child in the back. zimbio
They are too cute, babies are not to be trusted, they will undo your gothiness.
Joe Manganiello attends Hamilton and Los Angeles Confidential Magazine's announcement of the 7th Annual Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre  Source: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images 
Kristin Bauer van Straten, Internationl Fund for Animal Welfare Ambassador, and Azzedine Downes, President and CEO of the IFAW prepare to deliver Straten's personal family heirloom ivory pieces to a rock crusher as the U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service destroys six tons of confiscated ivory during U.S. Ivory Crush at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America via Zimbio

From the premiere of Denis OHare's movie Dallas Buyer's Club, he is on around 1:30.

 An Iliad is on the program for the 2014 Adelaide Festival MORE Thanks Skarsjoy!
From TVLine
Question: Is it true? Carrie Preston’s doing another episode of The Good Wife? —Joshua
Ausiello: It’s true! “I got permission from HBO to do one last [episode] before I go back to work [on True Blood],” Preston tells us. “It’s not that they don’t want to support me; it’s just a contractual thing.” Storyline-wise, the Emmy winner insists she has no idea what brings Elsbeth back into the fold. Seems like a safe bet that she’ll get caught in the middle of the war between Team LG and Team FA though. “That would be tough for her,” concedes Peston, although… “I think she can play both sides of things. Wherever she’s needed, that’s where she wants to be!”

Rutina Wesley & the Cast of Charles Fuller's One Night…Salute America's Veterans on Opening Night. Broadway.com
Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Fuller’s explosive drama One Night..., about the lingering effects of trauma our servicemen and women suffer from when they come home, officially opened at Cherry Lane Theatre on November 20. This unflinching look at what is happening to women in the U.S. Armed Forces, produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, features True Blood star Rutina Wesley, Grantham Coleman, K.K. Moggie, Matthew Montelongo and Cortez Nance Jr. Directed by Clinton Turner Davis, One Night... is scheduled to run off-Broadway through December 15. More photos here.

From THR- The Strain is moving forward at FX. The cable network announced Tuesday that it has ordered a 13-episode freshman season of the vampire drama, which comes from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse. The series, based on del Toro and Hogan's book trilogy of the same name, is set to premiere in July 2014 -- with Cuse serving as showrunner.
“The Strain books are near and dear to my heart and now, Chuck and I have the blessing of a partnership with Carlton and FX that holds great promise,” del Toro said. “Working with FX has yielded an amazing experience with total creative freedom and support.”
FX Networks president and GM John Landgraf told reporters in March that The Strain, which was then prepping to film its pilot, already had assembled a writing staff and picked up additional scripts -- a strong sign the pilot would earn a series order.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer will really be sinking his teeth into the show’s Season 7 premiere — and not just because it’s the first of the HBO hit’s final 10 episodes ever.
Moyer will step behind the camera to direct the installment, which goes into production in early January ahead of a June 2014 bow. TVLine
More on The Sound of Music from TVLine-
When NBC announced that Stephen Moyer was joining its three-hour holiday event The Sound of Music Live! (Dec. 5, 8/7c) as Capt. Georg Von Trapp you could almost hear the collective, “Huh?” But long before he was sinking his teeth into on and off screen love Anna Paquin on True Blood, the UK-born actor was a song-and-dance man, er, kid.
“I started out as a chorister in the village that I grew up,” explains Moyer, who performed in some three dozen musicals before enrolling in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon graduation, he starred in a touring production ofRomeo and Juliet and had a role in the theatrical version of Pete Townshend’s The Iron Man, before segueing into TV and film full-time. Now, some two decades later, Moyer is rekindling his love affair with the stage in a big way.TVLINE | Why get back into musical theater now?Back in ’95 I was doing a Romeo and Juliet world tour and I had a moment of panic. I had been doing theater back-to-back-to-back for years and I [needed] a break for a bit. And, sure enough, a TV job came along pretty soon after. And then another one. And then a film. And before I knew it, two years had become five had become 10 and then 18. And a couple years ago I got to a point where I was going “I’ve really got to get back on stage.” And then Chicago came along at a time when I really wanted to do something. More
They are filming SoM in Long Island, I met someone gathering costumes/props this week. Posting another vid of SM singing in Chicago, more singing coming with NBC's Sound of Music (which is filming now).

More photos of Sam at the GQ Gentlemen's Ball(s) and Oceana's Partners Awards Gala. Source: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin via Zimbio as usual.

                                                      From Joe's Twitter.
GQ's "Last Night's Best Dressed List" Source
From Out Mag,- The fact that he’s always playing nasty characters hasn’t gone unnoticed by O’Hare. “I probably killed in excess of 587 people on True Blood,” he quips, referring to his vampire character, Russell Edgington, on HBO’s popular supernatural sudser.He’s also returned to Ryan Murphy’s creepy American Horror Story anthology TV series this season, after appearing as a barely recognizable burn victim in the first season. Then there’s the sinister, one-legged evangelical minister who chides Jonathan Groff in this fall’s C.O.G., the movie adaptation of a David Sedaris story. But this year, he also worked on two important films about the AIDS epidemic.
“It was funny being able to do Dallas Buyers Club on the one hand, and then The Normal Heart on the other,” he says. In both he once again plays less-than-likable characters, but that doesn’t seem to faze the upbeat O’Hare, who, along with his husband, is in the process of adopting his foster son. “They shot The Normal Heart out at Fire Island at one point, and there’s Ryan Murphy on the beach in what looked like a black caftan, lolling on a towel, directing away. It was just so, so fantastic.”
Some fan photos from AHS.
The king rocks the red carpet for his latest, "Dallas Buyers Club".
      with the lovely Kristin back in October.  My favorite vampire .

Previews of Charles Fuller’s One Night…, which were originally scheduled to begin Oct. 17 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, commence Nov. 6. The delay was due to a death in playwright Fuller's family. Rutina Wesley portrays Alicia in a company that also features Grantham Coleman, K.K. Moggie, Matthew Montelongo and Cortez Nance Jr.
Show times are Tuesday at 7 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street (three blocks south of Christopher Street, west of Seventh Avenue South). Tickets may be purchased by visiting cherrylanetheatre.org or by phoning Ovationtix at (866) 811-4111. Individual tickets are $66, $25 for patrons under 3
0 years old and theatre artists, $20 for military with valid ID, and $20 for students with valid ID. Source Source

Thanks to sweet Annie for the link
Conspiracy Movies released three new images from  Rio, Eu Te Amo , a series of short films recorded in Rio de Janeiro. The pictures show scenes with Ryan Kwanten, Marcelo Serradom, Fernanda Montenegro, Regina Case, and behind the scenes with Fernando Meirelles and Frenchman Vincent Cassel.

Stephen and James Purefoy (Hail Caesar!) at GQ's Men of the Year Party, Captain Picard is in the back. MORE 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Let's Start This Bloody Week.

The first still of the film shows the bedraggled and bloodstained troop of Vikings on a cliff meant to be on the coast of Scotland.True Blood fans will recognize Ryan Kwanten as the very rough-looking warrior monk, Conall. 
Northmen: A Viking Saga, one of the many action-driven genre titles that will vie for buyers' attention at next week's AFM, has put out the first image from the Claudio Fah-directed feature, which just wrapped principle photography in South Africa.
The story follows a gang of Viking marauders setting out for a raid of the British Isles who are caught up in a storm and shipwrecked on the coast of Scotland. With the help of an enigmatic warrior monk they set off to their way through enemy territory to reach the safety of a Viking stronghold. MORE @THR
For me it's the end of my work week, but does it matter? It's good to see Ryan every day of the week.

When "True Blood" star Ryan Kwanten isn't on set filming, he's venturing into the great outdoors that Southern California has to offer! Although Los Angeles is separated into 114 different neighborhoods, Ryan's favorite area to relax is on the west side--including Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu and other beach-side towns. For this weekend getaway, he chooses to spend it training with lifeguards in Hermosa Beach as they practice the competitive sport of surf life saving, drinking and chowing down with his buddies along the coast and hiking through the mountains with an athletic friend on a gorgeous day!

Preaching to the choir, no way did I ever think Sookie would turn or give up the sunbathing to keep vamp hours. Washington Post.
FORT WORTH, Texas — The final book in Charlaine Harris’ best-selling series about telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse provoked such an outcry that some fans sent death threats and curses.
But after spending the last 15 years writing about the intrepid small-town Southern girl whose adventures have featured a host of supernatural beings, Harris says she has no regrets.“I had to be true to my own vision for the books otherwise, what kind of writer am I? Not a very good one,” said Harris, adding that fan reaction to the end of the series was distressing.
Harris said she knew it was time to end the Sookie books, which inspired the hit HBO series “True Blood,” when she wasn’t approaching each new addition with excitement.
“And I thought, ‘You know, this is the time to end it, when I still have something to say.’”
She released her final nod to Stackhouse and her world this week with “After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse,” an illustrated book that lists the myriad of characters that appeared in the 13-book series and tells readers what happens in the ensuing years.But, Harris says, don’t expect any revisions. “I wrote the ending the way I wrote it and I’m not going to change it.”
The uproar over her “Dead Ever After” started when an online review appeared about two weeks before its official May release date. (A reviewer obtained a copy from a German bookseller.)
“I thought I had two more weeks to brace for it, but I didn’t, and it was just overwhelmingly awful,” said Harris, 61.
The most vehement were angry that Stackhouse didn’t end up with the vampire Eric. Harris said she’d been steering readers to that eventuality.
“Not only is who she ends up with not the point of the books, but I said all along: ‘She loves the sun. She doesn’t want to just be able to go out at night,’” Harris said.
“And I said in every interview I gave when someone would ask me: ‘Sookie will never be a vampire.’ And still: shock, horror, amazement, accusations that I’d sold out. I thought, ‘If I would have sold out I would have written the ending you wanted.’”
Ginjer Buchanan, editor-in-chief of Ace Books, which published the series, said it was a credit to the books that fans were so passionate. “What wasn’t good was that they just went totally overboard,” she said.
But as fall approached, Harris said the reaction calmed. And she even got some apologies.
Harris published her first book in 1981. After years of writing conventional mysteries, she wanted to try something different, something supernatural.
It took two years to sell the first Stackhouse book, but it wasn’t long after “Dead Until Dark” was released in 2001 that Harris knew she had a hit.
Buchanan said it was published at a time when urban fantasy was becoming popular. And, she said, Harris set herself apart by basing the series in the fictional town of Bon Temps, La.
“This is a series that once readers found it they were fans for life,” said Kaite Stover, director of readers’ services for the Kansas City Public Library in Missouri. “Charlaine Harris actually crafted in that first book a wonderful blend of romance, women’s fiction, Southern humor and urban fantasy.”
Harris’ next series is set in Texas. She and her husband settled into the countryside outside Fort Worth about two years ago after living in Arkansas for about two decades. So far she’s signed for three books in the series.
Stover predicts that those fans upset by the ending of the Sookie series will be happy. “They will remember when the new book comes out what they love about Charlaine Harris,” she said.
“Midnight Crossroad,” to be released in May, is about “a mystical crossroad in a little dead Texas town,” Harris said. “It’s at an old town that’s partly derelict but there are a few homes and businesses still in use there. A town called Midnight. And there is a reason the people who live there are living there.”
“I didn’t really intend it to be as supernatural as it’s turning out to be. It’s like I just can’t help myself.”
Will there be vampires?“Well, there might be one vampire,” she said, eyes twinkling.Online:http://www.charlaineharris.com
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FuckYeahJoeManganiello has all the scans up from this article HERE.
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The only vamp movie I have been intensely excited over in a long time.
Denis OHare as batshit crazy Spalding on AHS.