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June 22, 2011 | 5:04 p.m.

‘True Blood’ star Alexander Skarsgard on Eric: ‘There has to be an element of danger’

Alexander Skarsgard (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
Viking vampire sheriff Eric Northman plays a major role in the fourth season of HBO’s hit series “True Blood,” which kicks off Sunday — after losing his memory at the hands of a coven of witches, he has to turn to telepathic barmaid/fairy Sookie Stackhouse for help.  Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard has gained a fervent following for his portrayal of the icy, sexy vamp, and he recently sat down for an interview with Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre to talk about what’s ahead for Eric and the character’s relationships with Anna Paquin‘s Sookie and Kristin Bauer van Straten‘s sardonic Pam. GM: Were you excited about Eric’s story line heading into this season? AS: I was excited. It was quite different from what we’ve seen before. It’s been difficult because he doesn’t …  it was difficult finding the right tone. He […]
June 21, 2011 | 8:30 a.m.

‘True Blood’s’ Stephen Moyer: Sookie and Eric romance will be ‘great for the show’

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If you’re talking about “True Blood,” it’s the inevitable question that arises — Team Bill or Team Eric? The vampires duel for the affections of telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) on the HBO series adapted from Charlaine Harris‘ bestselling novels, and each has his loyal core of supporters. But Stephen Moyer, who plays Southern gentleman vampire Bill Compton and is married to Paquin, insists that, off screen, there’s no animosity between Alexander Skarsgard, the towering Swedish actor who portrays Viking Eric Northman, and himself. In fact, he believes that the romance that might be brewing between the two blonds could inject new life into the already vibrant show, which returns for its fourth season June 26. Moyer recently spoke to Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre about the appeal of the Alan Ball-created series and the enduring appeal of […]
June 19, 2011 | 4:00 p.m.

‘True Blood’ star: Bela Lugosi was the first sexy vampire

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Baby vampire Jessica Hamby might not appear in any of Charlaine Harris‘ Sookie Stackhouse mystery novels, but there’s no question the character, as played by actress Deborah Ann Woll on HBO‘s vampire series “True Blood,” fits seamlessly into the multidimensional world show-runner Alan Ball has crafted from the work of the bestselling author. Playing the good Christian girl turned angsty adolescent vamp gives the USC grad (and self-professed horror fan) plenty to explore week to week. Woll recently spoke by phone to Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre about the upside of portraying an impulsive young woman struggling to find herself — who just happens to have a taste for human blood — and what fans can expect from the striking redhead in the series’ upcoming fourth season, which begins June 26. GM: What can you reveal about Jessica’s story arc […]
May 26, 2011 | 1:35 p.m.

‘True Blood’ in 3-D: Alan Ball says it could happen

Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) in "True Blood" (HBO)
“True Blood,” HBO’s sexy, soapy vampire series based on the bestselling novels from mystery writer Charlaine Harris, returns for its fourth season June 26, and while creator Alan Ball is staying mum on details about the twists and turns the story line will take, he did confirm earlier this week that the hit show is experimenting with the stereoscopic technology that’s all the rage at movie theaters these days. “We did a scene in 3-D this season just to take a look at it,” Ball said in an interview. “HBO asked us to do one. It was pretty cool. I don’t think it’s going to air. We just did it as an experiment, because I don’t know if they’re going to want to take the show 3-D at some point, maybe like a season premiere or a season finale or […]
May 25, 2011 | 1:33 p.m.

‘Twilight’ to ‘True Blood': Why we suck the evil out of vampires

"Twilight" (Summit Entertainment)/"True Blood" (HBO)/"Underworld" (Screen Gems, Inc.)/"Blade" (New Line Productions)
GUEST ESSAY Vampires are everywhere in film, television, novels, comics and beyond and there’s no end in sight. But when did they shift from malevolent predators to conflicted antiheroes? Those are the questions asked by  Christopher Farnsworth, a writer living in Los Angeles whose latest novel, “The President’s Vampire,” is on sale now. It used to be you’d never see a vampire as the good guy. After all, a vampire, by its nature, hunts and kills human beings. There are centuries of folklore detailing how mankind has been forced to defend itself against these lethal parasites. That’s not a reputation you lose overnight. But today, vampires have moved into the light – metaphorically speaking, anyway. Edward Cullen and his family of vampire vegetarians – who only drink animal blood – are only the most famous examples. The ranks of on-screen vampire […]
Feb. 09, 2011 | 3:28 p.m.

‘True Blood’ too draining? Charlaine Harris says Sookie Stackhouse novels must end [updated]

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“Dead Reckoning,” the 11th installment in author Charlaine Harris‘ Sookie Stackhouse mystery series, is set to arrive this May — not long before the hit TV series inspired by the franchise, HBO’s “True Blood,” returns for a fourth season — but the novelist now is looking ahead to the conclusion of her long-running saga. [FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post misstated the numeric place of  "Dead Reckoning" in the Harris series.] “Truthfully, the next two books will probably be the last two books in the series,” Harris said last week. “I still love Sookie, but I’m beginning to want to write something else, and Sookie’s kind of taken over my life. I was able to write other things for the first few years I was involved in Sookie, but then after the start of the television show […]
Nov. 04, 2010 | 11:24 a.m.

‘True Blood’ star Ryan Kwanten finds his real voice in ‘Red Hill’

Ryan Kwanten (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Most Americans who recognize Ryan Kwanten probably know him as Jason Stackhouse, the gleefully clueless, frequently shirtless womanizer from the hit series “True Blood.” But moviegoers who turn up for the gritty, western-tinged thriller “Red Hill,” which opens Friday in limited release, will not only see a very different side of the actor than the one he displays on the raunchy vampire soap opera, they’ll hear one too. To give voice to the character of Shane Cooper, a young city cop who relocates to a small town with his pregnant wife after being shot in the line of duty, Kwanten speaks with his native Australian accent rather than Jason’s convincing Louisiana drawl. “Americans in general are very surprised,” Kwanten says of the reactions to his real voice. “I’m amazed that they forever think I’m putting on this accent now, that […]
Oct. 20, 2010 | 6:41 p.m.

‘Crow’ remake: Who should play the title role?

Alexander Skarsgard in "True Blood" (HBO)
Word in Hollywood is circulating that Mark Wahlberg is being offered the lead in the new version of “The Crow,” the adaptation of James O’Barr’s graphic novel first brought to the screen in 1994 and perhaps most famous for the tragic on-set death of its star, Brandon Lee. For some fans, though, Wahlberg — an Oscar nominee perhaps most famous for his tough-guy persona cultivated for movies such as “The Departed” — might not exactly be an obvious fit for the goth-friendly antihero. Before the ink dries on any contract, we thought we’d offer some other choices for leading men to appear in the signature makeup for director Stephen Norrington (“Blade“) and screenwriter Nick Cave.   Alexander Skarsgard: It’s not such a stretch from Eric Northman, the brooding vampire sheriff on HBO’s hit series “True Blood,” to Eric Draven, one […]
June 23, 2010 | 2:30 a.m.

Vampire Con’s anti-‘Twilight’ stance: Go for the jugular

Hero Complex contributor Nicky Loomis is back with a look at a local event out for new blood in its second year. For a couple of self-described “horror film geek freaks,” the idea to start a vampire convention came natural. But as Wendi Mirabella, an event planner, and her longtime friend, Lotti Pharriss Knowles, a writer/filmmaker, set out to separate themselves from the current vamp-scape of pretty-boy fangers and TwiPhones full of Edward Cullen head shots – it left them feeling a little long in the tooth.  “It almost seems like there is a bit of vampire fatigue,” said Mirabella, the organizer behind the 2nd Annual Vampire Con, a Thursday-Saturday (June 24-26) film festival that celebrates the original gangstas of vampire lore – not the current breed who’ve perfected creating a good brood and, well, looking pretty. Fang fatigue there […]
June 09, 2010 | 4:23 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘True Blood,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and Captain America among the Comic-Con 2010 exclusives

COMIC-CON 2010: JULY 22-25 It’s never too early to start talking Comic-Con International. For collectors, the premier pop-culture expo has become especially enticing because of the one-time, exclusive comics and toys that are made just for the convention. Diamond Comic Distributors, the Maryland-based company that sits at the very center of the modern American comics industry, has announced nine of those exclusive items; you can see four of them below — these are all “variant” covers for comics and limited to 2,000-3,000 copies — and there’s a full list after the jump.   Here’s the rundown from the Diamond news release about Comic-Con exclusives, including some cool “Alice in Wonderland” chess pieces … PREVIEWS Announces 2010 Exclusives for Comic-Con International: San Diego TRUE BLOOD #1 RETAILER EXCLUSIVE 2010 SDCC EDITIONExclusive SDCC variant cover! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted, in […]
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