Monday, June 30, 2014

I Found You S7E2 Continued

HBO                                           Unfuckingbelievable  -Pam
                      Best bartender EVERRRRRR. Look at Jason's face, the look of LOVE.
The Advocate said the show broke the net- Ryan Kwanten and Alexander Skarsgard, who portray True Blood characters Jason Stackhouse and Eric Northman,nearly broke the Internet on Sunday's episode of the HBO drama. Just as the clothes were coming off in their steamy scene, Kwanten jerked awake in a church pew, cutting short one of the show's most salacious same-sex, human-vampire trysts yet.
This isn't the first time that True Blood, which has portrayed a groundbreaking number of same-sex characters through its seven-season run, has delved into dream sequences in order to showcase even straight characters like Jason Stackhouse in the arms of another man.

Another article talks to Kristin- Looking back on these parallels between the real and fictional world of the show, Kristin Bauer van Straten, who has portrayed the lesbian vampire Pam De Beaufort since season 1, reflects on how groundbreaking True Blood truly was in its portrayal of characters and stories that staked at the heart of what it means to be a minority in America.
“I always wonder how many people just enjoy the show and how many people see the depth that Alan Ball began,” Bauer van Straten says, referring to the show’s gay creator. “And for me, that’s what gives HBO and the character of Pam in this show a lasting presence.”
“Crazy stuff happens in Bon Temps,” she adds. “But really, it’s nothing crazier than what we deal with in life on earth.”

OK I perved out along with the internetzzz, Dream Rendezvous without tongue.
That's our Jason and his O face.
Behind, ahem, the scenes with Ryan Kwanten, TVLine-
TVLINE Were you told about this scene ahead of time, or did you just see it on the page?
There was word on the street that a scene was coming, and to be honest, Alex and I had been — not necessarily begging to work together — but we’d been pondering the thought, “What if we were ever put in a scene where it was just the two of us? What would happen?” And this is what our illustrious writers came up with.
TVLINE | This being the final season, it kind of felt like a gift to longtime fans.
[Laughs] I wouldn’t call that a gift, but hey, you can interpret it any way you want, man.
TVLINE | How long did it take you to film?
Eh, a couple hours.

TVLINE | And what was the vibe during the shoot?
I always have a lot of fun, and I think that’s the important thing to remember. We’re just there to have fun and to stay true to the characters. Thinking back to this particular scene, I just remember Alex and I laughing a lot.
TVLINE | Have you gotten a chance to watch it yet? It turned out, I’d say, pretty elegant.
Not yet, and I certainly wouldn’t have thought it would turn out elegant, but I’m happy about that. I don’t think too many of Jason’s scenes can be called elegant. I’ll take it.
TVLINE | Can you clarify why this dream happened now?
[Laughs] Well, obviously, Jason has had these dreams before, with other vampires whose blood he’s had. I mean,
 Eric’s gotten himself into some trouble, and I think Jason sensed that
TVLINE | He’s a good guy, that Jason.
Jason, to me, has always been the kind of character you can never have a bad day with. He’s always upbeat and rambunctious, even under life-threatening conditions.
TVLINE | Is that a quality you’ve inherited from him?
Not yet, but I’m trying. I want to be more like Jason.

My Campblood friend-o Buzz has his recap up early this week, yeah!
Sookie the Danger Whore (Anna Paquin) listens as Sam (Sam Trammell) and Andy (Chris Bauer) argue about the search for the missing Bon Tempsians. Sookie mentions the dead chick she stumbled over in the woods, and they agree that they should trace her origins. The Reverend Daniels (Gregg Daniel) asks Sam to inspire the flock, and Sam tells them to clean up the mess at Bellefleur’s. Once a bar manager, always a bar manager! Still, his message is “Be of service.”
Lettie (Adina Porter) wants to “check on Lafayette”. I think there’s something going on with this chick…
Andy tells Adilyn (Bailey Noble) not to let Jessica in, and she’s all, “Hahaha me whaaaaaaat? Of course not! Teehee!”
Lala (Nelsan Ellis) – wrapped in a crocheted afghan, AS YOU DO – greets Lettie Mae, who wastes no time asking him to summon Tara for her using his powers of witch realness. He shuts her crazy ass down.

Addy tries to convince Kenya (Tanya Wright) that the mob is coming for the guns, and eventually she believes her – but it’s too late, because the mob is there. The vigilante lady convinces Kenya that Jason Stackhouse is “The Man” (Dream Eric would agree!) and gets her to turn on Adilyn, but she just microwave-fingers Kenya across the room and gets the hell outta dodge. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) awakens when she feels Addy in peril. Oh – and Maxine calls Adilyn out on being a newborn, which is kind of hilarious. Jess tries calling Sookie but of course Sookie is an idiot and threw her phone away.Read it all here. GIFS by IHFS
Meredith has her pros and cons up-
Pro: OMG it's Eric. IT'S ERIC!!!!!!
Pro: Jason and Eric get the whole '90s sexy body camera pan treatment. There's lots of gasping and moaning, and I know this is all adult stuff and I should be an adult about it, but I can't help but feel like this is actually a parody the Top Gun sex scene—like a parody of the sex scene parody in Hot Shots.
Pro: Wait, wait, wait, Eric makes the drink for Jason? Look, I know these two are five shakes of a lamb's tail away from creating the two-backed beast, but this was surprising—and thoughtful. Eric even remembered the twist!
Pro: Jason's go-to seduction move is to shove Eric. Aaaaaand it works!
Con: And now we pick up right after the church meeting. Let's hope this episode makes more sense than the last one... oh wait, no... Sookie just now decides to tell the entire police force of Bon Temps that she saw a dead body yesterday and was like, "Hey, a dead body. You know what movie I haven't seen in a long time? Stand By Me."
Con: Sookie takes the law enforcement back to the body she found in the woods and quotes something she read off a tombstone (believe it) about the brutal indifference of life. Hey Sooks, where was your compassion for this poor soul when you stumbled over her cold, dead body the previous night and decided, "No, no, first I need some Jack Daniels and some sex, and then I'll report to the authorities about the poor dead girl in my backyard. I'm sure the coyotes won't eat her face off too much for an open casket funeral." Please, someone, please call her out on this bullshit.
                                who the saddest widdle vamp girl? Willa, for sure.
EW went inside the dream, (don't we all want to go there?) Jason you are the tops!
Ryan Kwanten: Alex and I would really only see each other in table reads once every two weeks at best [over the years], and we always would end up talking at the end of a table read about how we never work together. [Laughs] I guess finally the writers wanted to put us together, and this was the end result.
Howard Deutch: Bucky [showrunner Brian Buckner] and Kate asked me for my input, and I felt like the more ownership of the scene I gave Alex and Jason, the more they’d be able to channel it. So it wouldn’t be me being a puppeteer or them just acting, they could be it. This is Jason’s dream, so Alex kept saying, “Well, you tell me what to do, Ryan. It’s your dream.” And Ryan would go, “Well, I don’t know. What do you want to do?” It started like that until Alex said, “Well, you know, I could f–k him or I could kill him. I’m not sure.” And out of that came the notion that there’s violence in the eroticism. There’s a sense of, What is gonna happen here? It’s not just romantic. It’s dangerous as well.
Deutch: Ryan came up with that. Ryan was like, “I need to tackle him. That’s gonna turn Jason on.” I was like, “Got it, okay.”
Deutch: Did she tell you this story? I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I don’t care. All the girls have major understandable crushes on Alex. We were doing the scene, and at a certain point, Kate came up to Alex to tell him about a line change, and as she was telling him, he started to play the part with her, and he looked in her eyes and connected with her, and she started to swoon. I had to catch her. It was hilarious. I’m not making it up. It’s true. MORE!

                              Vince, Bon Temps own Putin. More pics here at Skarsgardfans.
AVClub, they hating this seasonI Found You” puts in the work to make these roving packs of sick vampires seem like a threat. The show wants Sookie and company rolling up on a completely abandoned town to seem eerie and full of doom. It even occasionally succeeds, like with the mass grave right off main street. But as quickly as the dread builds up, it fizzles out when the whole endeavor turns into yet another way for Sookie to feel bad about herself. It’s not enough that, seven seasons later, Sookie’s story hasn’t evolved at all. It’s that the show still feels it must underline this story and then put an exclamation point on it by having her find a diary of a woman going through a very similar situation.True Blood, I guarantee that we get it. We didn’t need the Diary of a Vampire Loving Anne Frank read out loud to us to spell it out. What’s crazy is that everyone is trying their hardest to find Holly, Arlene, and Nicole, but no one has the bright idea to check out the damn vampire bar. So instead of the humans being smart enough to figure out what’s happening, storm in on all the vampires during the day while they are sleeping, and save their friends, the show writes entire, mostly-pointless scenes for these Hep V-infected captors, even though it’s obvious they are all going to be dead soon. The only saving grace is Arlene realizing she knows one of her kidnappers and using that connection to attempt to get them released, which turns into one of the more reliably entertaining bits of the episode. Carrie Preston is consistently better than the material True Blood gives her, and she does hilarious work with a better-than-usual setup here, using all of her innate humor and manic likability to make this staid hostage situation story a lot of fun. When it ends with her captor dissolving into goo while feeding on her femoral artery, well, that’s what True Blood is supposed to be. It’s good to see they still remember it.
If people just stay in their houses at night, don’t invite vampires inside, and the authorities root out vampire nests during the day, won’t they be able to get this threat in control rather quickly? How many infected vampires are really out there? How the heck were they able to wipe out a whole town, unless that whole town was full of morons?
IGN mentions the obvious blunders about St Alice- I get that these are supposed to be dirt nothin' towns, but it being 2011 (the show's timeline is a few years behind) doesn't mean that they'd be without means to contact - or drive to -someone who could help out. I mean, even Sam and Sookie figured out that they could get out of town during the day time. And Alcide even went so far as to mention that he and Sookie could, theoretically, just keep driving. And leave Bon Temps behind. The vamps didn''t come in and cut the power. They didn't slash everyone's tires. They didn't trap people inside a force field. True Blood's playing off certain zombie apocalypse tropes, but the world's not falling apart. The infrastructure's still intact. The vamps can only attack at night and they can only come in when invited. You'd think people - those who chose not to clear out once the sun came up - could figure out how to protect themselves.
And the infected vampires themselves turned out to be a lot less intimidating than I originally assumed. They're not rabid or insane from their degenerative disease. They're just regular vamps (meaning they come in all shapes and sizes) who are constantly hungry. They bicker. They have names like Ronnie. They're not the horror squad everyone thinks they are. And so there's a big tonal dichotomy between the vamps we meet and the mass grave we see in Saint Alice.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Let's Bleed Together

Big whoop I know, People and their lists

The Mrs, . as Frenchie and yours truly as Blanche.
Saturday was the last day of filming and Stephen Moyer's Instagram has photos and memories from the set- It's a wrap on our last Friday/Saturday/Fraturday 5.36am. Goodbye Compton House.
Spotted this today behind the bar in Merlottes/BB&G. The amazing Alan Ball and Charlaine Harris. 7 years ago last week .@_annapaquin and I started shooting in this bar. Finished tonight. #trueblood #truetotheend#tbs7 #truebloodhbo
Heidi Pascoe ‏@Heidiverstunts Wrap party pics!!! #TrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #tbs7 #bondedbyblood
Looking back with the cast on their memories and favorites from the show on Read all 12 at the link-.Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds),
What was the audition process like? “On my fourth audition, I decided to base the character off of my mother and do everything that my instinct told me to do.” What was your favourite scene to shoot? “Beating up the rednecks in the AIDS burger scene because I found Lafayette's strength.” What was the scariest thing you’ve shot? “The dungeon scene where Eric held me captive and killed the other prisoner.” What is the funniest thing you've seen on set? “Eric in a dress.” What is the weirdest thing you've seen on set? “Eric in a dress.” If you could be any of the fantastical creatures from the series—vampire, faerie, shapeshifter, werewolf, goddess, maenad, witch—which one would it be and why? "A vampire, because the sex seems amazing.”
On set w @gdfearless with a good view of fx blood explosion test. Hair protection provided by my black cardigan. What scene could this be for????
                                        Well lookie, lookie, Crystal Norris after so long.
Cool little IG video here, that looks like a good parteeee.
            Greg Feinberg speaking, Anna and Buckner behind.
Grant Bowler, Cooter, was there and taking pics too.
                                                      Tramaywag #trueblood series wrap party!

                                             Adina Porter tweeted more wrap party pics.
The Globe and Mail interview with Kristin-
I don’t have to tell you why the vampire myth persists, why creatures of the night – of the shadows where all illicit things happen – who are simultaneously young and ancient, wised-up and disdainful about the puny concerns of humans, have always been attractive. One of the great jokes of the show is how much better-looking the vampires are than the mortals. Of course, the mortals willingly give themselves over, both as food and sexual partners. (Having the big Swede Alexander Skarsgard, who plays the vampire Eric, on hand to be their perpetually nude poster boy doesn’t hurt, either.)
But for me, the hero of the show has always been Pam, played by Kristin Bauer van Straten. Eric’s devoted lieutenant, perpetually dolled up in dominatrix-wear, her deep voice dripping venom, Pam sashays through the series doing what she wants, regretting nothing, never apologizing. Not only is she not conflicted about her vampire nature, she revels in it. As the show evolved over the years – the seventh and final season began on June 22 – it became less revolutionary, more soap opera. But Pam’s character remains pleasingly flinty.
“Pam says what we’re all thinking, but aren’t allowed to say,” Bauer van Straten told me during an interview in Toronto. “We’re all living vicariously through her – me included.”

This cemetary sure gets a lot of traffic at night this season, Sookie and now Al, who's next?
IHFS gifs

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I Found You S7E2

Episode 7.2  "I Found You"  writer: Kate Barnow, director: Howard Deutch
A trio of hostages taken in the Bellefleur’s attack looks to a familiar face as a possible liberator from the H-vamps. Sookie and Jason visit the neighboring town of Saint Alice, where a young woman’s diary offers clues to the potential fate of Bon Temps. Spurned by Lafayette a desperate Lettie Mae turns to Willa to channel her family past. Vince whips his fellow vigilantes into a dangerous frenzy. Pam’s search for her maker leads her to a very familiar place.HBO.

Cast info HERE Spoilers HERE
           Before Jason gets the upper hand, you don't deny Jason Fucking Stackhouse.

Recaparama commencing first up is a taste of Vulture's talk with Kristin, go to the links to read more of the recaps/interviews- 
After abandoning her vampire bar Fangtasia (which became a base for Hep-V-infected vamps) and her progeny Tara (who since found the True Death), Pam finally found what she was looking for — but was she too late? At least Eric didn't die during his nude sunbathing session, but he's got a separate affliction now, something he shares with 1/8th of the world vampire population — Hep-V. What does this mean for our favorite Viking vamp, and his progeny? Kristin Bauer van Straten chatted with Vulture about Pam and Eric, playing Russian roulette, and her new appreciation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Pam has been wandering the world trying to find Eric, and when she finally does...
... she finds out he has V, Hep-V. Her worst fear was that she couldn't find him, or that she would be too late, and then she finds him, and she sees that he is dying. What I imagine was that Pam looks at her life, at the end of season six, and looks at her life without Eric in it, and can't face it. She has to know that she did everything in her power to find him. And then of course when she sees him, we'll see how far she'll go to try and keep him with her as long as possible.

From EW- Cut to Pam walking solo into a home (or church?) in France's Rhone Valley. "Un-f---in' believable," she says, then heads downstairs. There are two lingerie-clad women, one who complains that "he" won't take her blood. Pam sees who it is. We know. It's Eric. "You found me," he says, echoing the opening scene with Jason. He's sitting in a chair. His black tank top shows the Hep-V veins on his chest. Even his hair looks sad. Nooo. We've spent the last nine months wondering how Eric would survive bursting into flames—still going with an avalanche theory, personally—only to lose him to Hep-V?
Arlene convinces teacher vamp to help them get out and she feeds her from betwixt Arlene's legs (what a sight) and hep v vamp dies, splats on Arlene's chartreuse dress. 
TVLine's- REAPER MADNESS | Over at Fangtasia, Arlene hatched a hair-brained scheme to save herself, Holly and the ever-relevant Nicole from the Hep-V vampires. The craziest part: It actually worked! (Though not the way Arlene intended, necessarily.) Recognizing the vamps’ designated “reaper” as an old acquaintance from Bon Temps, Arlene convinced poor, confused Ms. Harris — a nod to author Charlaine Harris, perhaps? — to help them escape using what little time she has left. She eventually agreed, but when she went in for a pre-rescue feeding around Arlene’s lady parts, she melted all over the screaming restauranteur. (Does Arlene have some sort of antidote coursing through her lower half? Can we get an actual doctor to weigh in on this please?)
Annie this is your best work, lol, damn Marcellus is jealous (a Haiku) IHFS
Some raslin's then some sexing in Jason's mind, daydreaming in church.
IHFS also did this with the quickness, Jason is a top. Get your man Stackhouse.
Artbeat's BlogSeason 7, Episode 2 Talk about fan service! On Sunday night, “True Blood” opened with its two resident studs, the Viking vamp Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and the Louisiana lech Jason (Ryan Kwanten), getting it on — shirtless, kissing, dim light, chamber music on the soundtrack. It was as if Cinemax had broken into the HBO satellite feed.
It was a dream, of course, and the best thing about the scene was Jason, in his deputy’s uniform, waking up in a church pew and falling over while making ecstatic little noises. Mr. Kwanten knows how to make every little detail funny, and the mixture of curiosity and alarm on Jason’s face as he stole a look at his crotch was priceless.

TVFanatic start's off with our couple of the week-
Somewhere Steve Newlin's spirit shed a tear as Eric made his return on True Blood Season 7 Episode 2 via Jason's steamy dream. Having been brought back from the brink of death by everyone's favorite Viking, Jason's subconscious showed it was still under the influence of Eric's saving blood.
Jason: But I can't get you out of my head. You probably hear that a lot don't you.
Eric: For a thousand years, only twice have I felt it in return.

Right about the moment I swore to never eat another carb, Jason woke up in a church pew of all places, and brought the episode back to Bon Temps.

Skarsjoy couldnt wait to cap, she shot the tv screen, dedication.
Hitfix's is pretty good this week-
n the real world, the hunt continues for the vampires who made off with Holly, Arlene, and all those other bodies without names. Andy confesses his frustration over not knowing how to “narrow the search.” Sookie, taking a breather from looking downcast over all the hateful messages coming over her telepathic CB antenna, announces that she has an idea. “I found a dead girl in the woods last night,” she says. “I didn’t recognize her, just like I didn’t recognize a single one of those vampires. So what if they came from another town, and brought the girl with her?” Whatever else you can say about “True Blood”, it’s still the only show where the line “I found a dead girl in the woods last night” is likely to turn out to just be the pretext for a road trip. Having deduced that the girl is from the nearby town of St. Alice, a posse consisting of Andy, Sookie, Sam, Jason, and Alcide head out to see what’s what. Before they leave, Sam, in the folksiest touch on this show in many a moon, asks that everyone set to work tidying up the restaurant, so that it’ll look nice for Arlene after the rescue. (He has an ulterior motive: he hopes that giving the citizens a busywork project will keep them from lapsing into hysteria and despair.) Sookie, seeing the words “The Brutal Indifference of Life” on a tombstone, is moved to deliver a soliloquy on the theme. I missed most of it, because I was trying to remember if “The Brutal Indifference of Life” was the title of a “True Detective” episode.
                                      and he makes a perfect Martini.
Kenya is still mad about Jason being higher up the ladder than her, tsk tsk.
Entertainment Weekly's Lost and Found-The clean-up effort at Bellefleur's takes a nasty turn when former mayoral candidate–turned–vigilante leader Vince shows up. Sam being on a mysterious field trip and the discovery of corpses in the freezer makes this the right time to tell the scared townsfolk about Sam shifting into a dog. Hoyt's mother, Maxine, says it wasn't just the NyQuil then that had her seeing Sam shift from a bear a year ago. Somehow Vince and his followers convince the sane townspeople that dog Sam, telepathic Sookie, and Bill-protecting Andy are in cahoots and can't be trusted. They have to arm up. Luckily, Adilyn overhears dead cop Kevin's lady friend/coworker Rosie thinking about the weapons at the police station, so she convinces her crush Wade to leave. His brother Rocky stays behind and, on Vince's suggestion, starts tearing apart Bellefleur's to make stakes.
With Kenya, the other cop in town, at the station, Adilyn warns her that the vigilantes are coming to arm up, and together with Wade, they start to hide the department's arsenal... but they're too late. The mob arrives and, in Kenya's words, tries "that NRA hillbilly bulls---." She knows more of them would have been killed last night if they'd been armed, but then, she's asked to think about Andy not promoting her as promised and about him giving less-experienced Jason all the real work. Is it because she's a black woman or just because she's not a lead character on the show? It's a smart card to play. Kenya goes to handcuff Adilyn, who Maxine had pointed out was a newborn the last time they all checked, and Adilyn fairy-zaps her. Adilyn and Wade are led away, and while Jessica can sense it, with it being daylight, there's nothing she can do. (Throwing your cell away was so stupid, Sookie.) Let the mob target practice/party commence. This is why you don't give these people guns, though that shot of Maxine practicing her trash-talk in a computer screen is perfection.

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               Damn doggie couldnt you just sniff out all those dead bodies in the pit?
Pizza forensics? Jason proves it to be a real thing, but what he is really good at...

Lafayette was right on about drunkie/junkie Lettie Mae, damn, she burned her hand on a iron skillet to get some vamp blood from Willa, then she Hallucinates Tara on a cross with a Boa.
                                                   Number 1 Asshole on to die list.
Sookie, sneakysneaky gets Al to take a shower and she runs off to go see Bill, alone, in the grave yard, smart.