TCPalm agrees with many fans that think that Stephen Moyer should not be overlooked for award nominations ...
I personally think many of the "critics" do not understand the 175 year old, Southern, vampire gentleman that Stephen Moyer is bringing to life from the Charlaine Harris " Sookie Stackhouse " books.
Stephen Moyer in "True Blood" for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
TV's best new series, "True Blood," got much-deserved nods for TV series and also for its lead actress, Anna Paquin, but how those two occurred without naming Moyer, who plays the mysterious, yet lovable vampire, Bill, makes no bloody sense to us.
Friday, December 19, 2008
TCPalm agrees with many fans that think that Stephen Moyer should not be overlooked for award nominations ...
The Connecticut Post puts TB at #8
This was a dark year for television.
First, the writers' strike completely fractured last season, grinding most shows to a halt for what seemed like an eternity and preventing some (including Fox's "24") from airing at all last year. While most shows returned from the strike break, many of them felt rushed and not up to their regular standards.
The effects of the strike were still felt this fall, with a smaller-than-average crop of new shows -- most of which were mediocre to poor in quality.
Yet there was still plenty of good shows, and more than enough material for a year-end top-10 list. Here's a list of 2008's best TV series, starting with the very best.
8. "True Blood," HBO: With the success of this series, about a romance between a vampire man and a human woman, and the craze over the film adaptation of "Twilight," it was a red-letter year for bloodsuckers. Though I haven't seen (or read) "Twilight," I do understand why HBO's "True Blood" emerged as one of the year's sleeper hits. Funny, campy and clever, the series got better with each episode and featured a fine supporting and guest cast of some of the industry's best character actors.
Tara and Lettie Mae stop at the De Soto Pharmacy to buy some Pepto on their way back from Mamaw's Mudbugs in Keachi but some how they ended up Canoga Park, California ( note the palm trees )
Finding humanity "Let the Right One In" offers great vampire horror, while drawing sympathy for the characters.
I enjoyed this article and I enjoyed the film, " Let the Right One In "
It's still playing in Dallas - you might want to check it out also in the Moyer's interview posted earlier the interviewer asks him if he's seen it
Somewhere between the emo soap opera of "Twilight" and the deep-fried whimsy of "True Blood" you'll find the sweet but brutal world of the Swedish vampire drama, "Let the Right One In."
Director Tomas Alfredson and screenwriter John Ajvide Lindqvist (who adapted his own novel) have created one of the most absorbing horror films in recent memory. Somber and frequently gory, it covers all the ground you'd expect from a vampire tale, but its real brilliance is the way it maintains its focus on the humanity of the characters no matter how horrific the action involving them.
In a drab apartment complex in early '80s Sweden, we meet 12-year-old Oskar (Kare Hedebrant), a sweet-faced spindly boy who lives with his divorced mother. Friendless, unhappy and the target of constant bullying at school, Oskar keeps a secret scrapbook of newspaper clippings about horrible crimes and slips outside at night to fantasize about killing his tormentors with a hunting knife. It isn't hard to imagine Oskar making a few headlines himself in the future, accompanied by quotes from the neighbors about what a quiet boy he was.
I also posted about it here : http://lovingtruebloodindallas.blogspot.com/2008/11/swedish-vampire-no-not-that-one-let.html
Mariana Klaveno has been upped to series regular on HBO’s “True Blood.” Klaveno’s credits include Hallmark telepic “While the Children Sleep” and “ER.”
More images of Mariana here
A audio interview she did and mentions TB here
imbd listing here
Video below Lorena turns Bill ....
Again, we need the Swedish translator - hmm and Stephen is English, right ? (Ha)
the title of this article is "Jag älskar Skarsgård"
You can see it here: http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/article4030638.ab
The handy translator here :http://www.stars21.com/translator/swedish_to_english.html
Here is the gist of the interview :
Then Stephen Moyer talks about vampires, romance with his colleague Anna Paquin in "True blood" - and his love of Alexander Skarsgård.
He plays 175-year-old dead guy.
CADAVEROUS, with black hair and both stab teeth and a look that can kill.
Bill Compton is a vampire with "sydstatsdialekt". ( i think maybe this is "southern drawl" but i'm told it is literaly "south states dialect" )
In reality, Stephen Moyer, 38, brown hair, an infectious smile and a dialect which testify that he is true Englishman was close to giving up his Hollywood career to stay home and be the father.
He said " I had gone to the U.S. for a huge job in a TV series that was predicted to become the new "24". But then it was withdrawn by Fox -it was incredibly frustrating.
He has has enough- He was divorced because of his career. The long periods abroad had left their mark. And Stephen Moyers also had two small children in London and he wanted to be at home.
He said "I had had enough after having gone back and forth for so many years. My manager did not want me to give up because everyone in the industry knew I still had this incredible role, and now it was my chance. But I was tired of being disappointed."
But as it so often happens once its been offered you just can't say no . In Stephen Moyers case it was a role in the new HBO series "True Blood" which is about a world in the not too distant future where people live side -by -side with the vampires who are now living on the synthetic blood.
He said " I emailed a TEST video to director Alan Ball. He saw it, called back and I flew over to the U.S. the day after to see him and Anna Paquin and it became my role. Everything was decide in three days.
"It is complete nonsense"
In his new role, he also found love. But the only time Stephen Moyer is taciturn during the interview is when rumors of romance with Anna Paquin, 26
- Is it possible rumors about it?" I can not really talk about it, "he said, laughing nervously.
Love for Alexander Skarsgård, who also plays vampire
-SM says " I love him! We are very close to each other. He is extremely funny, a little crazy and dark in mind though he does not seem to be there. Anna said that her favorite moments on the recording is when we are together. It is complete nonsense and we are talking nonstop."
Moyer on ...
The second season of "True Blood":
- I am thrilled and the series has incredible potential. I usually say no to playing the same role twice, but now I see genuine forward to the second season that we start filming soon. I have already been offered several other jobs, thanks to this role, which I hoped would happen.
The new Swedish vampire film "Let the right to In":
- I have heard about the fact and that it should be pretty good. It is about a child who is a vampire, right? I really need to see it. Exciting there to be an American version, too.
On being a dad who plays a vampire:
- It is a nightmare. My son named Bill, so he thinks the series is about him. It is a pity that he can not see it, it is far too bloody. But he knows that it is about vampires and when is get home he says I am the king of all vampires.
On its role in nature:
- He is a very moral person, because of his background and how he became a vampire. He is also very sexual but diabolical in mind and is fearless on revenge on those who do wrong. The series turns up and down the stereotypes about vampires and depicts how different a vampire world could be.
Name: Stephen Moyer. Age: 38. Occupation: Actor (played theater, made TV series and movies for 17 years). Lives: London. Family: Divorced. Have kids Billy, 8, and Lilac, 6. Current: As the Vampire Bill Compton in "True blood" which is broadcast on Canal +. SVT is shown in the spring.
The set-up: Jack Bauer receives an urgent message from the president about a situation in Baton Rouge where domestic terrorists have taken over the city. The national guard has already been brought in, but they’re all dead, so now they need the country’s most powerful weapon to take over, which is obviously Jack Bauer.
Why this would be awesome: Jack bursts into the city guns blazing, and soon meets up with Bill Compton, the only sane vampire left in the city. Together they sweep the streets while receiving location updates from Sookie via earpieces. Soon they discover the vampire’s ultimate plan, they’re going to blow up the nation’s silver reserves with A NUCLEAR BOMB. The clock starts ticking.
Mark Brown, The Chicago Sun-Times (nov.11,2008)
I'm afraid I've lost my wife to a vampire.
Actually, it's a whole town full of vampires, and every Sunday night at 8 p.m., like clockwork, they use some kind of mind control to capture her complete attention.
Luckily, there's usually a decent football game to watch at the same time, so I try not to worry for the hour or so that it takes her to snap out of it. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I had some long-range concerns, seeing as how this isn't the first time I've encountered this behavior.
With the success of HBO's "True Blood" series following close on the heels of an explosion in vampire-related romance novels, my guess is that many other men are experiencing the same problem. Therefore, I hope I speak for most of them when I ask:
Could somebody explain, once and for all, what it is that women find so appealing about vampires?
I mean, c'mon, they're creepy, and is that really the kind of man with whom you want to spend the rest of your life, and a potentially short life at that?
It's best if we learn the truth as soon as possible because the situation may get worse next month with the scheduled release of the movie version of "Twilight," based on the popular series of vampire books by Stephanie Meyer.
Meyer has been touted by some as the new J.K. Rowling, and her youth-oriented work threatens to leave future generations of men as befuddled as me.
'THE NECK-BITING THING'
My wife, a past devotee of the Anne Rice series of vampire novels, has been unable -- or unwilling -- to give me a satisfactory explanation.
"There's just something about the neck-biting thing," she said dreamily after emerging from a weeklong stupor that resulted from her late discovery of the "True Blood" show, which she remedied by watching all the back episodes in the space of a few days.
Oh, sure. Women love the neck-biting thing, until you actually give them a little nip, and then they're mad if you've left a mark. Am I right?
While I've never understood the attraction of vampires, I also have to admit that I find them a little frightening, which is another reason I won't be joining my wife in front of the television on Sunday nights.
In a Halloween article in the Wall Street Journal headlined "Real Men Have Fangs," Salon.com critic Laura Miller explored some of the reasons behind what she calls a "booming fictional genre that's aimed primarily at women and girls."
"While America's men may still regard the vampire as a nasty, blood-guzzling villain who prowls cheap horror films, to female readers he now appears as the latest incarnation of Prince Charming," Miller wrote.
Not surprisingly, Miller explains, these Price Charmings are usually excruciatingly good-looking, fabulously wealthy and ridiculously romantic.
Then there's the sex.
"A man who has lived hundreds of years could be quite experienced," observed Shanna Vaughn, a 35-year-old southern California college financial aid administrator who in her spare time produces vampiregenre.com, a Web site devoted to reviewing vampire novels.
LOOKING FOR INSIGHT
I had called Vaughn for some insight into my wife's affliction. Under the pen name Vicky London, Vaughn has reviewed about 350 vampire books in the three years since she started her site, which she said is only a fraction of the vampire books published during that time. In other words, she knows her vampires.
Vampires, Vaughn said, "are kind of the ultimate bad boy. Bad boys are more interesting, more complex, than your average hero is. That's something women are looking for."
Always with the bad boys. You'd think they'd get over that in high school.
I realize there are some men who like these shows, too, for which I am similarly confused, except I can promise you some of them watching "True Blood" are hoping to take advantage of any arousal in their partner resulting from the sex scenes.
On HBO's official "True Blood" Web site, there's even a link to what bills itself as "the best human vampire dating site."
I asked her if she was interested in dating a "human vampire," whatever that is.
"No, no, no, no, no," Vaughn said.
Part of the attraction of vampires is that "it's fantasy, not reality," she said.
"When you take it into the realm of reality, it's creepy."
Come to think of it, was that really a bottle of V8 in the refrigerator?
Comment at suntimes.com.
1) "True Blood" - HBO's vampire drama came on at first like a soft-core-porn "Dark Shadows," but it found writer-creator Alan Ball, formerly of "Six Feet Under," developing a new set of expressions for his old obsessions. Late in the season it also developed a sense of itself and, even more important, a sense of self-deprecating humor reminiscent of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." It's easily the best of a bad bunch.
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