“True Blood” â€” the new HBO vampire series from “Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball â€” is more blood than true. The show, which bows at 9 p.m. Sunday, seeks to fill the void of R-rated hits on HBO left by the departed “Six Feet Under” and “The Sopranos.”
The irony is that “True Blood” might become an R-rated hit if it didn’t try so hard to be one. Read more of this entry »
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The “Harry Potter”-like frenzy building for the midnight release of Stephenie Meyer’s novel “Breaking Dawn” â€” the conclusion of her teen vampire romance series â€” is but a taste of things to come.
On Sept. 7, HBO premieres “True Blood,” a sultry vamp series from the folks who gave us “Six Feet Under” by way of Charlaine Harris’ sassy Sookie Stackhouse novels. I’ll post a full review Sept. 5. But I couldn’t resist commenting now on a striking parallel between Meyer’s PG books and the R-rated HBO series, which partly answers the question Freud posed â€” What do women want?
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If you’ve never seen Hip-hopopotomus vs. the Rhymenoscerous, go here right now to watch the video. I’ll wait.
If you do know what I’m talking about, I’ll help you pass the time by sharing my favorite passage from the song:
They call me the Hiphopopotamus
Flows that glow like phosphorous
Poppinâ€™ off the top of this esophagus
Rockinâ€™ this metropolis
Iâ€™m not a large water-dwelling mammal
Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
Did Steve tell you that, perchance?
Actually, my REAL favorite passage is this: “They call me the Hiphopopotamus / My lyrics are bottomless” and then Jemaine is speechless, as he has no lyrics. Get it? But it doesn’t translate as well if you’re reading instead of listening.
I like this part, too:
Other rappers dis me
Say my rhymes are sissy.
Why? Why? Why?
Be more constructive with your feedback, please. Why?
OK, I really like the entire song. You can get the entire lyrics here
, as well as the lyrics to another one of my favorite songs by the Conchords, “Think About It.” I’m not going to start quoting those lyrics, because before you know it, the entire song will be in here. OK, just go to this site and you can download the lyrics to the songs in each episode. Recommendation: “Part-time Model,” the third song on this
lyrics sheet (episode 1, “Sally.”).
Sorry, got sidetracked from the actual NEWS, which is that HBO’s hilarious and criminally underrated Flight of the Conchords is coming back next year. Read more of this entry »
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HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s some more casting news for a few sci-fi pilots/shows, including one from HBO.
First, the rock star of the bunch, Ã¢â‚¬Å“True Blood,Ã¢â‚¬? on HBO from Alan Ball, creator of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Six Feet UnderÃ¢â‚¬? and director of American Beauty. Anna Paquin, the Oscar-winner (she was 11 when she won) and portrayer of Rogue in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“X-MenÃ¢â‚¬? movies, has been cast as Sookie Stackhouse in the series, which is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.
In the books, vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood and a group then integrates into a small town in Louisiana.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Next, we have Life on Mars. David E. KelleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s adaptation of the BBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s drama will be directed by Dwight Little, whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done lots of TV, including episodes of 24, Millennium, Vanished, Day Break and The X-Files.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Lastly, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pushing Daisies.Ã¢â‚¬?
Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and former Ã¢â‚¬Å“Boston PublicÃ¢â‚¬? principal Chi McBride, Lee Pace and Anna Friel will star in the pilot. McBrideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s character goes into business with the main character, “a man who falls in love with a deceased woman after he figures out how to bring the dead back to life.” The show’s created by Bryan Fuller, who brought us the quirky Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dead Like MeÃ¢â‚¬? and Ã¢â‚¬Å“WonderfallsÃ¢â‚¬?
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