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Doctor Who Premiere Tops Cable’s Stickiest List

In Television on 11 September, 2014 at 10:06 am

Doctor Who The 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi)

When it comes to engaging viewers the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) rises above the cable competition. It seems that more viewers who tuned into the the premiere episode of Doctor Who Season 8 stuck around to watch the entire episode than any other show airing on cable that week. The Doctor Who premiere also had a higher stickiness index, according to Rentrak, Inc. than the stickiest shows on broadcast TV during the same period.

The Season 8 premiere episode of Doctor Who may have been the most engaging show of the the, however, it didn’t garner the most attention on social media. That honor went to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards show. Interestingly the MTV awards show, which aired the day after the Doctor Who premiere ranked fifth on the Stickiness Index for Cable shows indicating that fewer viewers who did tune in to the broadcast kept watching until the end credits rolled.

Rentrak is the leader in measuring movies and TV everywhere. Social media and viewer engagement results are for the week ending August 24, 2014.

The Last Vampire Inks Movie Deal

In Authors, Books, Film, True Blood, Vampires on 22 September, 2013 at 8:49 am

“In The Last Vampire series we are introduced to an entirely original world, in a universe vastly different from other vampire stories. This legend is born from the more classic genre of Bram Stroker’s “Dracula”, steeped in history, mythic lore and even religious beginnings. Our main character is not only one of the first vampires, she is also believed to be the last surviving – but all that is just page one of this ‘roller-coaster’, action-adventure fantasy ride,” comments Michael Preger.

If you think that sounds like a great premise for a film, you’re right. You, and thousands of fans of Christopher Pike’s series of young adult novels now known as Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice are also in luck because Preger, the producer behind the highly anticipated movie version of Vampire Academy (scheduled to arrive in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2014), and his team at Preger Entertainment just signed a deal to bring Sita to the big screen.

Sita is not your usual vampire even by 21st Century standards. For starters she’s well a girl. And not just any girl (if girl is the appropriate term: female? woman?), Sita is the first and the last of the vampires. Her reality is far different from that of ordinary humans, though she tries to blend in, at least she tries up to a point. This ancient being is no less than a 5,000-year-old predator. Arguably Sita is the best predator, not to mention the most efficient and successful of her kind. Like most vampires, she is capable of great violence and horrific brutality however she is also capable of great spiritual beliefs and compassion that is almost human-like. She leads a chameleon-like existence in a world rife with danger from ancient, supernatural secrets as well as modern man.

The film deal, which is reported to be in the six figure range, was negotiated on behalf of Preger by Wayne Alexander of Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes, & Labowitz and Laurence Becsey from the Intellectual Property Group. Ryan Nord of Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman represented author, Christopher Pike. No word on who may be adapting the screenplay let alone directing or possible casting, however the cover of the retitled book reveals a female with blonde hair, golden or amber eyes and pouty lips that is not dissimilar to Anna Pacquin. What do you think, truebies: Could you see Sookie, not just as a vampire but as The Last Vampire?

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Hitting the Streets of Death Valley

In Characters and Creators, Death Valley, Entertainment, Shape Shifters, Television, Vampires, Zombies on 21 August, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Image courtesy of MTV

Where would you go if you were a Vampire, werewolf, or Zombie?

Death Valley, of course!

With the success of Teen Wolf, it is not surprising to find that MTV is premiering another preternatural show, Death Valley. In a mix of Cops meets Shaun of the Dead, Death Valley looks as if it may be an extremely funny Vampire/Zombie/Werewolf parody. Premiering August 29 at 10:30/9:30c, viewers are in for a bumpy ride as they go to the streets with the cops as they fight to end the supernatural invasion.

A year ago, vampires, werewolves and zombies mysteriously descended upon the streets of California’s San Fernando Valley. Death Valley is the dark comedy that follows the cops that capture the monsters, and the camera crew that captures the cops. 

Follow the horrific yet comedic exploits of the newly formed Undead Task Force (UTF), a division of the LAPD created to combat the emergence of monsters in the San Fernando Valley. Death Valley showcases the outrageous and courageous men and women working the toughest beat in the US: Death Valley. 

Balancing dark humor with horror, the show is built upon cold-blooded conflict and character driven comedy, following the cops bent on keeping the streets safe from the presence of the paranormal. Documenting each case of zombie, vampire and werewolf encounter is the daring camera crew that is embedded within the task force, quickly revealing that the monster problem goes much deeper than anyone could have possibly imagined. 

Full of subtext about living in today’s insane world, Death Valley is at its core a fun, non-stop thrill ride featuring chases, hardcore kills, and extraordinary creatures. The zombies are disgusting, menacing and brutal, the vampires are dangerous, smart and powerful and the werewolves are beastly and insane. From “blood-for-sex” prostitution busts to undead traffic jams, every call from dispatch will take you to a place you’ve never been: right to the bleeding heart of Death Valley.

Source: MTV

Inside True Blood’s “Spellbound”

In Characters and Creators, Entertainment, Shape Shifters, Television, The Fae, True Blood, Vampires, Wizards/Witches/Pagans, Zombies on 21 August, 2011 at 10:23 am

Did last week’s episode of True Blood leave you a little foggy?

Fans everywhere had mixed feelings about ‘Spellbound’. Go inside with Alan Ball and Director Daniel Minahan as they discuss the episode. See what their ideas and plans for the episode were and see if you can discover the true meaning behind being ‘Spellbound’.

Things seem to have finally cooled down a bit in Bon Temps. Does it seem the icy breath of death has come to stake claim on the town?

Tune into tonight’s new episode of True Blood, “Let’s Get Out of Here“, at 9/8c to find out!

Going Too Far, When Fantasy Overrides Reality

In General, Television, True Blood, Vampires, vox populi on 20 August, 2011 at 6:10 pm

When you think of Vampires, where do you imagine they live?

Most would say places such as Transylvania, Paris and New Orleans, just to name a few. Never would anyone believe Galveston, TX to be home to such a predator.

This coastal community was shocked to learn that Lyle Monroe Bensley had been arrested for attempted Vampirism?

Actually, the 19 year old man was arrested for home burglary with the intent to commit a felony. Having broken into a local woman’s home, Bensley attempted to suck her blood. The police arrived to find him clothed only in a pair of boxers, hissing and growling in a parking lot. Heavily tattooed and pierced, Bensley claimed to be a 500 year old vampire who needed to feed.

Bensley is currently being held on a $40,000 bond in the Galveston County Jail. He is awaiting a psychological evaluation.

As with all cases that are similar in this nation, a debate over the behavior and its connection to popular culture has arisen. How much blame can honestly be put on the entertainment industry that produces Vampire-based shows that have violence and sex? How about the dozens of books that are published monthly, that feature Vampires within their pages?

In April, a  Wisconsin man took a plead deal for felony child abuse, after biting the neck of a three year old boy he was babysitting. He claimed to have been watching the popular HBO series True Blood with the child. Afterwards, he and the boy “were goofing around, wrestling and nuzzling”. The boy’s mother discovered the discolored marks and reported the incident to the police.

While, Bensley doesn’t claim to have been “inspired” by any form of entertainment, the debate continues to rage on.

Where does the line between fantasy and reality exist and who is ultimately to blame?

Suggested story: When True Blood Fandom Goes Too Far

Are Truebies Screaming “Let’s Get Out of Here”?

In Characters and Creators, Entertainment, Shape Shifters, Television, The Fae, True Blood, Vampires, Wizards/Witches/Pagans on 20 August, 2011 at 1:07 pm

The battle in the cemetery has left things changed forever. Lines have been drawn and crossed. The Vampires and Witches have come to blows and several have been hurt in the process.

Convalescing after her latest near-death trauma, Sookie envisions a world where there’s room for both Bill and Eric. Jesus tries to purge the restless spirit out of Lafayette; Marcus enlists Alcide to help him deal with the Sam situation; Bill and Nan Flanagan clash over their agendas; Hoyt asks Jason to make a delivery to Jessica; despite Tara and Holly’s misgivings, Marnie plots her next move against the vampires, during a “Festival of Tolerance” event at Shreveport.

Source: IMDB

With the way things are heating up in Bon Temps, don’t be surprised if a lot of the residents begin saying, “Let’s get out of here!”

Check out tomorrow’s episode on HBO at 9/8cst or you can tune in at HBOGO.

Tweeting about the show? Remember to tag your tweets with #OutofHere to join in the conversation with truebies everywhere!

Eric and Sookie Music Video Challenge

In Characters and Creators, Television, True Blood, Vampires on 19 August, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Are you tired of suffering from the weekly Monday fangover, followed by five days of True Blood withdrawal?

Well never fear! Eric and Sookie Lovers has a contest that will get your creative juices flowing!

Introducing their ‘Eric and Sookie Music Video Challenge’, this site is allowing fans of the famed couple to fight through their TB withdrawal and design their very own music video.

Here are the rules for this first challenge:

  • Must contain Eric and Sookie scenes from Season 4
  • Must contain at least one kissing scene and one making love scene
  • Must be to the song, “I Wish I Was The Moon” by Neko Case
  • All videos must state (when you upload to You Tube), “Entered into the Eric & Sookie Music Video Challenge at ericandsookielovers.com” or “This video is featured in the Eric & Sookie Music Video Challenge at ericandsookielovers.com”
  • Submit your video by no later than Aug. 27th
  • Email the link and/or file of the video to: contests@ericandsookielovers.com

Prize package:

  • 1 autographed poster signed by Charlaine Harris from Polaris 25!
  • 1 program book signed by Charlaine Harris from Polaris 25!
  • Winning video will be featured in a prominent place on ericandsookielovers.com!
So put on your Viking helmets and your Merlotte’s shirt and get to creating!
For more details visit here.

Official launch date announced for “Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon”

In Games, Television, Wizards/Witches/Pagans, Zombies on 18 August, 2011 at 1:48 pm

photo courtesy: Comedy Central

It won’t be much longer until gamers everywhere can get their hands on the first Comedy Central branded arcade game,” said Dan Yang, general manager, 345 Games. “We’ve been working hard to infuse ‘Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon‘ with a combination of addicting game play and the comedic sensibilities that has made the show such a success. We feel that we’ve created an original and memorable game play experience.”

According to 345 Games, the video gaming arm of Comedy Central and Spike TV launched earlier this year, the widely anticipated shooter game Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon will be launching for Sony’s PlayStation®Network on 30 August, 2011 and for Xbox LIVE®Arcade on 31 August, 2011. The retail price will be $9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points.

Published by Comedy Central Games and developed by Backbone Entertainment, this hilarious game unites the humor and spirit of the popular animated comedy-horror series Ugly Americans with classic and addictive dual analog shooting gameplay. Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon features four playable characters, each with their own unique abilities, weapons and strengths. Players comb the streets of New York City, trying to pacify or eradicate raving demons, delinquent man birds and zombies by lactating fire or hurling wacky objects from flying demon skulls to fish to wrenches and even baseballs. As players investigate case files from the Department of Integration, they will find themselves battling devastating and distinctive bosses at the end of each mission. Each case brings players one step closer to discovering just who is trying to bring about the end of days!

Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon features all the voice actors from the popular show. In fact, the script was penned by the writers of Ugly Americans and original characters were created by show creator Devin Clark. Ugly Americans airs on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central. Check your local listings for station information.

The Cat’s Out of the Bag: The Nine Lives of Chloe King Finale Airs Tonight

In Characters and Creators, Entertainment, Television on 16 August, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Possessed with the strange and ancient power of the Mai, Chloe King survived her first death. Now faced with a destiny that she is not entirely willing to follow, Chloe must choose between the life she wants for herself and the path that has been laid out in front of her.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King, is inspired by the series written by Liz Braswell, which follows the life of Chloe King. Believed to be a “Uniter”, Chloe is the only hope to end the Mai-Human war that has raged on since Ancient Egypt. As a Mai, Chloe possesses the following qualities:

  • Enhanced strength, speed, and stamina
  • Magnified reflexes and agility (allowing Mai to land on their feet after falling great distances)
  • Increased healing and resistance to poison
  • Heightened senses including hearing and smell
  • Improved night vision
  • Retractable claws

The Nine Lives of Chloe King will air its season finale tonight on ABC Family,  at 9/8c.

Still coping with her unresolved feelings for Brian, Chloe agrees to accompany him to meet his grandmother, Olivia, who was presumed dead. As Brian and Olivia become reacquainted, Chloe finally receives the email she’s been hoping for. Meanwhile, Valentina’s life hangs in the balance when she realizes that Zane’s intentions have nothing to do with his feelings for Jasmine.

Source: IMDB

Being a teenager is hard enough without the pressure of the fate of an entire race resting on your shoulders. Will Chloe fulfill her destiny or will teenage angst be the cause for disappointing a destiny thousands of years in the making?

Area 5 celebrates @KingNorthmanA5

In RP, Shape Shifters, The Fae, True Blood, Twitter, Vampires, Wizards/Witches/Pagans on 14 August, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Last night was @KingNorthmanA5’s death day and the glitterati and political-elite of the supernatural world were out in force to celebrate the Turning of the vampire King of Norway. The invitation-only fete, organized by @Scarlett_Area5 and @PamR_Area5, was the resounding social success of the summer.

Eric Northman is a fixture in Louisiana society, as owner of the popular club Fangtasia and vampire Sheriff of Area 5.  His influence goes far beyond that, both in terms of geography and species, as the guest list shows. Joining his loyal followers from Area 5 were representatives of the fae (ok, one, @Fae_Celeste was a gift to Eric from Scarlett), Weres, humans, demons and even witches. Fellow Sheriffs, @RomanLucious (accompanied by his lady @Tammyjo__) of Mississippi’s Area 2 and Godric, @SheriffArea_9 of Texas attended. Vampire royalty was well represented by Louisiana’s own king @WTCompton while Andre Paul, @KingBigDaddesty, King of Arkansas and Maude, Queen of Minnesota also made the guest list.

As impressive as the creme-de-la-creme of vampire society is, this party had a very personal feel and it is obvious Northman is well-loved by his progeny. His newest Childe, @TrinityBodare attended with her husband @CaptainRaynes1. They were also accompanied by @TamaraLanglee. Elder Childe Pam Ravenscroft had her hands full helping to organize the event but still managed to find for a lengthy tete-a-tete with King Bill. Scarlett, whom Northman referred to as his bonded during the evening, certainly went to great lengths to see that his party was an amazing event. One can’t help wondering, however, why she was seen leaving in the company of @LF_Snow, whom, it had been rumored was flirting earlier in the week with Pam….

The gifts alone put Northman among the most envied of vampires ranging from a fae to original artwork to a red Aston Martin convertible to a free vacation in Biloxi. One might wonder who is trying to buy his favor or, perhaps, buy their way out of trouble.

By all accounts the party was a hit from the Russian Blood Cake to the music of the night. Should we start looking forward to next year…?