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1. First Look: ‘Montage of Heck,’ Part-Animated Kurt Cobain Doc

Kurt Cobain's life and art is brought to life by animation directors Hisko Hulsing and Stefan Nadelman.

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2. Review: Oliver Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

I missed this Pulitzer Prize winning novel the first time around and after watching the first 15 minutes of the new HBO mini-series I know I had to read the book. Reading a book whilst simultaneously watching the television show has its own challenges but for the most part I managed to read behind watching […]

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3. The Normal Heart and the resilience of the AIDS generation

By Perry N. Halkitis

On 25 May 2014 and nearly 30 years after first appearing on the stage, Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart will be aired as a film on HBO. This project, which has evolved over the course of the last three decades, documents those first few harrowing years of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. The Normal Heart debuts at a time when much attention is being cast upon the early days of AIDS and the lives of gay men, who survived the physical and emotional onslaught of this disease in a society that often shunned us because we were gay and because we were afflicted with this disease.

Now a generation of gay men, my generation—the AIDS Generation—stands proudly as testament to our individual and collective resilience which has brought us all into middle age. Certainly there have been huge hurdles along the way—too many deaths to enumerate, the havoc that the complications of this disease wreaked on our bodies, the lack of support. Even today, darkness and disrespect lurks in every corner, and no one is immune. For some in our society, identifying what is wrong with us as gay men comes to easily. We are reminded of it daily as right wing zealots fight against marriage equality, as young boys take their lives. Despite these conditions, despite the inaction of our national and local politicians, and despite a large yet ever-shrinking segment of our society that continues to view us as weak and sick, we stand together as a testament to the fortitude of our bodies, minds, and spirits.

The theme of resistance or resilience permeates the words, the thoughts, and the actions of the protagonists in The Normal Heart and many depictions of the AIDS epidemic.

Taylor Kitsch as GMHC President President Burce Niles in HBO's The Normal Heart. (c) HBO via thenormalheart.hbo.com

Taylor Kitsch as GMHC President President Burce Niles in HBO’s The Normal Heart. (c) HBO via thenormalheart.hbo.com

Behavioral and psychological literature has attempted to delineate sources of resilience. Dr. Gail Wagnild posits that social supports in the form of families and communities foster resilience in individuals. I also adhere to this idea. Although the sources of resilience are still debated in the literature, there is general agreement that resilience is a means of maintaining or regaining mental health in response to adversity the ability to respond to and/or cope with stressful situations such as trauma, conditions that characterize the life of the men of the AIDS Generation.

For many of the men of the AIDs Generation, grappling with their sexuality was closely tied to the development of their resilience. In other words, resilience developed in their childhoods as young men grappling with their sexuality as stated by Christopher: “I also think that wrestling with my own sexuality and trying to navigate through that in my teenage years taught me how to just ‘keep pushing’ and to do what needed to be done.” Some, including myself, found support among our families. Even if parents were loving and supportive, this did not ameliorate the burdens experienced being raised in a heteronormative and often-discriminatory world in which men were portrayed as weak, effeminate, and sickly.

As we watch The Normal Heart, we will be reminded of those dark, confusing early days of the epidemic. And while we must celebrate the resilience of a generation of gay men to fight this disease, we must also be reminded of our obligation to create a better world for a new generation of gay men, who despite our social and medical advances, need the love and support of their community of elders as the navigate the course of their lives.

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health (Steinhardt School), and Population Health (Langone School of Medicine), Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, and Associate Dean (Global Institute of Public Health) at New York University. Dr. Halkitis’ program of research examines the intersection between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health burden in LGBT populations, and he is well known as one of the nation’s leading experts on substance use and HIV behavioral research. He is the author of The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience. Follow him on Twitter @DrPNHalkitis.

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4. How I created the languages of Dothraki and Valyrian for Game of Thrones

By David J. Peterson

My name is David Peterson, and I’m a conlanger. “What’s a conlanger,” you may ask? Thanks to the recent addition of the word “conlang” to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), I can now say, “Look it up!” But to save you the trouble, a conlanger is a constructed language (or conlang) maker — i.e. one who creates languages.

Language creation has been around since at least the 12th century, when the German abbess Hildegard von Bingen created her Lingua Ignota — Latin for “hidden language” — an invented vocabulary she used for writing hymns. In the centuries that followed, philosophers like Leibniz and John Wilkins would create languages that were intended to serve as grand classification systems, and idealists like L. L. Zamenhof would create languages intended to simplify international communication. All these systems focused on the basic utility of language — its ability to encode and convey meaning. That would change in the 20th century.

Tolkien: the father of modern conlanging

Before crafting the tales of Middle-Earth, J. R. R. Tolkien was a conlanger. Unlike the many known to history who came before him, though, Tolkien created languages for the pure joy of it. Professionally, he became a philologist, but he continued to work on his own languages, eventually creating his famous Lord of the Rings series as an extension of the linguistic legendarium he’d been crafting for many years. Though his written works would become more famous than his linguistic creations, his conlangs, in particular Sindarin and Quenya, would go on to inspire new generations of conlangers throughout the rest of the 20th century.

Due to the general obscurity of the practice, many conlangers remained unknown to each other until the early 1990s, when home internet use started to become more and more common. The first dedicated meeting place for conlangers, virtual or otherwise, was the Conlang Listserv (an online mailing list). Some list members came out of interest in Tolkien’s languages, as well as other large projects, like Esperanto or Lojban, but the majority came to discuss their own work, and to meet and learn from others who also created languages.

Since the founding of the original Conlang Listserv, many other meeting places have sprung up online, and through a couple of decades of regular conlanger interaction, the practice of conlanging has evolved.

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Conlang typology

Conlangs have been separated into different types since at least the 19th century. First came the philosophical languages, as discussed, then the auxiliary languages like Esperanto (also known as auxlangs), but with Tolkien emerged a new type of language: the artistic language, or artlang. At its most basic, an artlang is a conlang created for artistic purposes, but that broad definition includes many wildly divergent languages (compare Denis Moskowitz’s Rikchik to Sylvia Sotomayor’s Kēlen). Finer-grained distinctions became necessary as the community grew, and so emerged the naturalistic conlang.

This is where the languages of HBO’s Game of Thrones and Syfy’s Defiance come in. The languages I’ve created for the shows I work on come out of the naturalist tradition. The goal with a naturalistic conlang is to create a language that’s as realistic as possible. The realism of a language is grounded in the reality (fictional or otherwise) of its speakers. If the speakers are more or less human (or humanoid) and are intended to be portrayed in a realistic fashion, then their language should be as similar as possible to a natural language (i.e. a language that exists here on Earth, like Spanish, Tagalog, or Cham).

The natural languages we speak are large, but also redundant and imperfect in a uniquely human way. Conlangers have gotten pretty good at emulating them over the years, usually employing one of two different approaches. The first, which I call the façade method, is to create a language that looks like a modern natural language by replicating the various features of a modern natural language. Thus, if English has irregular plurals, such as mouse~mice, then the conlang will have irregular plurals, too, by targeting certain nouns and making their plurals irregular in some way.

The historical method: making sense of irregular plurals in Valyrian

Game of Thrones DaenerysA contrasting approach is the method that Tolkien pioneered called the historical method. With the historical method, an ancestor language called a proto-language is created, and the desired language is evolved from it, via simulated linguistic evolution. The process takes a lot longer, but in some ways it’s simpler, since irregularities will naturally emerge, rather than having to be created by hand. For example, in Game of Thrones, the High Valyrian language Daenerys speaks differs from the Low Valyrian the residents of Slaver’s Bay speak. In fact, the latter evolved from the former. As the language evolved, it produced some natural irregularities. Consider the following nouns and their plurals from the Valyrian spoken in Slaver’s Bay:

hubre “goat” hubres “goats”
dare “queen” dari “queens”
aeske “master” aeske “masters”

Given that the singular forms all end in ‘e’, one has to say at least two of the plurals presented are irregular. But why the arbitrary differences in the plural forms? It turns out it’s because the three nouns with identical singular terminations used to have very different forms in the older language, High Valyrian, as shown below:

hobres “goat” hobresse “goats”
dāria “queen” dārī “queens”
āeksio “master” āeksia “masters”

Each of these alternations is quite regular in High Valyrian. In the simulated history, a series of sound changes which simplified the ends of words produced identical terminations for each of the three words in the singular, leaving later speakers having to memorize which have irregular plurals and which regular.

Conceptualizing time

Simulated evolution applies to both grammar and the lexicon, as well. For example, natural languages often derive terminology for abstract concepts metaphorically from terminology for concrete concepts. Time, for instance, is an abstract concept that is frequently discussed using spatial terminology. How it’s done differs from language to language. In English, events that occur later in time occur after the present (where “after” derives from “aft,” a word meaning “behind”), and events that occur earlier in time occur before the present. Thus, time is conceptualized as a being standing in the present, facing the past, with the future behind them.

In Irathient, a language I created for Syfy’s Defiance, time is conceptualized vertically, rather than horizontally. The word for “after”, in temporal terms, is shei, which derives from a word meaning “above”; “before”, on the other hand, is ur, which also means “below” or “underneath”. The general metaphor that the future is up and the past is down bears out throughout the rest of the language, where if one wanted to say “Go back to what you were saying before”, the literal Irathient translation would be “Go down to what you were saying underneath”.

Ultimately, what one hears on screen sounds and feels like a natural language, regardless of whether or not one knows the work that went on behind the scenes. Since the prop used on screen is a language, though, rather than a costume or a piece of the set, the words can be recorded and analyzed at any time. Consequently, a conlang needs to be real in a way that a throne or a 700 foot wall of ice does not.

It’s still extraordinary to me that in less than 25 years, we came from a time when many conlangers were not aware that there were other conlangers to a time where our work is able to add to the authenticity of some of the best productions the big and small screen have to offer. The addition of the word “conlang” to the OED is a fitting capper to an unbelievable quarter century.

David J. Peterson is a language creator who works on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Syfy’s Defiance, and Syfy’s Dominion. You can find him on Twitter at @Dedalvs or on Tumblr.

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5. Games of Thrones: Season 5, Casts Bowen Marsh


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Anyone who’s been keeping up with their reading of   George RR Martin’s  A Song of Ice and Fire opus, knows  Bowen Marsh, the First Steward of the Night’s Watch, is one of those side characters who becomes a player.  It’s now confirmed by actor Michael Condron’s agency  to Watchers On the Wall.com  he will be playing the part in HBO’s Game of Thrones .  The actor has also confirmed that he will appear in three episodes, directed by Mark Mylod, Michael Slovis and Jeremy Podeswa.  He has previously appeared in The Tudors and the British mini-series Fairy Tales.





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6. Game of Thrones trailer: Bowie and Blood and Beards, oh my

Game of Thrones fans –  your official season five trailer is here! Can we talk about that choice of music? The use of a “Heroes” cover here is basically perfect.

HBO published the official version of the trailer, previously only seen in the nation-wide IMAX showing, after a bootleg version made its way around the internet. The show’s fifth season premieres on April 12, on the heels of the current IMAX event, which put the show in the history books as the first TV series to be broadcast in IMAX format.

As a fan of the book series, I have concerns about the show’s fifth season based on the source material – the fourth book was the most difficult for me to digest – but between the depictions of Littlefinger, Tryion, Daenerys, and Cersei, there’s enough here to draw my attention.

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7. Ben Stiller Teams with Jonathan Safran Foer for HBO Pilot

Ben Stiller is going to produce, write and direct a pilot called All Talk to HBO. Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Everything is Illuminated) has been tapped to write it.

The pilot is about a Jewish family living in Washington, D.C. It has been described as“politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually, and sexually irreverent.”

Alan Alda is in talks to play Ben Stiller’s father, making the first time he’ll be on a series regular since M*A*S*H*.


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8. Gyllenhaal, Ifans and Gerwig In Talks for The Corrections TV Show

Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary), Greta Gerwig (Greenberg) and Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) are in talks to star in TV adaptation of Jonathan Frazen’s The Corrections for HBO.

Gyllenhaal is up for the part of Denise Lambert, the talented bisexual young chef and family mediator. Gerwig would play Julia Vrais, middle child and Chip’s married girlfriend and Ifans would play Julia’s Lithuanian husband, Gitnas, in a cameo. Bruce Norris, playwright (Clybourne Park) and theatre actor is in talks to play Banker and amateur photographer, Gary Lambert.

The show, which will be written by Franzen, has already cast Diane Weist and Chris Cooper as Enid and Alfred Lambert. Ewan McGregor has also been casted to play the peter pan like Chip Lambert, the most outwardly screwed up member of the Lambert Family of St. Jude, Missouri.

It is rumored that the show will air in 2013 and will be produced by Scott Rudin (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.)


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9. HBO’s ‘Girls’ — Why We Have A Love/Hate Relationship With The Show

If you haven’t heard about HBO’s new show, “Girls,” directed by and starring Lena Dunham, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past few weeks. It’s been years since we’ve seen so much virtual ink spilled over a television... Read the rest of this post

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10. Girls’ star and creator Lena Dunham on her reading habits

Lena Dunham, the creator and star of the hyped and critical darling HBO show Girls, spoke to the New York Times about what she likes to read and where she does it. Currently she is reading “Bad Behavior” by Mary Gaitskill (a collection of stories, one of which became the inspiration for the movie Secretary,) Diane Keaton’s memoir and “Having it All” by Helen Gurley Brown, among other things. It’s not surprising how well read Dunham is since it is evident in her writing.

What are your thoughts on Lena’s reading list? Have you watched GIRLS?

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11. Daniel Clowes news roundup: new TV show being developed, bad interview, signing

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Daniel Clowes is in the news! So much going on.

§ HBO is developing a half-hour comedy created by Clowes called “The Landlord”, which he’s co-exec producing with John Lesher. The logline: “After inheriting a shabby apartment building in a remote California town, a volatile college professor with Utopian delusions drags his family into the unforgiving netherworld of small-town America.”

Yeah, we can see Ice Haven as an HBO show. The Little Miss Sunshine duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris is interested in directing. “We just looked over the script and it’s still very early, but we’re excited by trying to do something in TV, particularly at a place like HBO, where you can have nine hours instead of two,” Dayton told Variety.

Despite being the king of the literary comics world, Clowes has had a fruitful time in Hollywood. In addition to the GHOST WORLD and ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL films, Clowes has been hired to write several screenplays. And of course Alexander Payne, poet laureate of alienated losers, is developing a film based on Clowes’ graphic novel WILSON, the ultimate portrait of an alienated loser. Talk about a perfect match of material. Will they promote it at Comic-Con?

§ For a chance to see Clowes and fellow genius Chris Ware together, the two are in conversation TOMORROW at the Oakland Museum of California in conjunction with the soon-to-close Art of Daniel Clowes exhibit.

In a talk moderated by guest curator Susan Miller and Senior Curator of Art René de Guzman, Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware will be speaking at OMCA’s James Moore Theater on Friday, July 27, 2012 from 7-8:30pm. Seating will be limited and is expected to fill up quickly.

§ Finally, this Proust questionnaire-like “interview” with Clowesat The Guardian was subject to more than the usual editing:

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I’d like to think I’d go kill Hitler or verify the divinity of Christ, but really I’d like to see what my neighbourhood was like when my house was built in 1912. Or perhaps to hang out in Bodega Bay while Hitchcock was shooting The Birds.

I like to think I’d go kill Hitler. 

Ah, the limitations of the printed page. Thank god no one needs to worry about that any more.

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12. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones Book Trailer Visits TV Set

Chronicle Books will publish the official companion to the Game of Thrones television series, Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones. Unlike most book trailers, this video visited the set of a popular TV show.

As of this writing, the trailer has received more than 36,000 views. The $40 book will be released on October 1st, containing 300 color images and photographs.

Series screenwriter Bryan Cogman write the book. Showrunner David Benioff partnered with screenwriter D.B. Weiss for the foreword. Series author George R.R. Martin also wrote a preface.


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13. Neil Gaiman Writing American Gods Pilot for HBO

On Twitter, Neil Gaiman shared the fact that he is currently writing an American Gods pilot for HBO. We’ve embedded the tweet above.

Click here to read the first five chapters of the award-winning novel, “a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth.” The news of the possible adaptation emerged last year.

If you want to listen to the American Gods playlist on Spotify, follow this link. We’ve embedded the songlist below, a great collection of writing music.


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14. Review – Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto

GalvestonI have been completely and utterly addicted to (and obsessed by) True Detective so when I found out the show’s creator and writer had written a crime novel I had to read it. And what a cracking book it is. Using some of the same elements as his television show Pizzolatto has constructed a highly atmospheric, slow burning thriller.

Roy Cady is a bagman who has just been diagnosed with cancer and sent on a job where he thinks his boss has tried to have him whacked. Now on the run he must navigate his way from New Orleans to East Texas with a young woman and her sister in tow. Roy is conflicted between his own short-term survival and that of the two girls now under his protection.

Just like True Detective Pizzolatto shifts time perception to perfection, drip feeding you bits of information, past and future, that leave you craving to know more.The raw emotion of Roy Cady is brutally and poignantly displayed and the way Pizzolatto describes the gulf coast landscape is an amazing blend of desolation and beauty.

We already know from True Detective that Nic Pizzolatto knows how to tell a story. Galveston proves that this talent was evident well before his HBO series.

Via Buzz Feed A list of dark, weird, and southern gothic books that every fan of HBO’s True Detective should read.

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15. #TBWithdrawl: First 8 Minutes of True Blood (Ep 4.01)

The final preview of the first episode of Season Four came up on HBO GO. In the extra two minutes, Sookie and Grandaddy Earl are running from the fey and Queen Mab. We (possibly) meet Claude, Claudine's brother (not as hot as the books convey…). And it ends on such a cliffhanger (pun intended). Can't wait for June 26th!!

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16. Neil Gaiman Hopes Write ‘American Gods’ Sequel

Author Neil Gaiman hopes to write a sequel to his novel, American Gods. According to an interview with MTV News, the novelist has a “boxful of stuff” he would include in the sequel.

Gaiman told explained: “The first book was very much about the grifters and the lowlifes, and you don’t really get to see much of the new gods and you don’t really get a sense of those gods who are doing incredibly well in America. In the second book, I definitely want to go into both of those things.”

Gaiman (pictured, via) released the 10th anniversary edition of American Gods on June 21st. This edition (the author’s preferred text version) contains 12,000 additional words–expanded chapters, essays and interviews.


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17. True Blood Episode 4.02 Recap: "You Smell Like Dinner"

For those who were fortunate enough to see Episode 4.02 via HBOGO are going to say "old hat" to this recap, but I am not one of the fortunate ones so I had to see it for myself this week. (Boo Cablevision!)

Sookie Stackhouse visits the kingSookie
We pick up from last week where Eric and Sookie were discussing how Eric bought her house. He tells her that she needs protection because Sookie "Tastes like freedom" and "Your blood is like sunshine in a pretty blonde bottle" or something like that. How sweet! He wants to protect her but she is not having any of that since she thinks he just wants to bang her. I love Eric's comment about Fairy-Sookie being "saucy". Cracked me up!

Sookie heads to Bill's house where she interrupts Bill and Katie adjusting their clothing (more on that later). She tells Bill that Eric bought her house and she wants him to do something about it, or possibly not, she tells him that every time she wants to know something, she ends up regretting knowing it.

Sook goes to Fangtasia to meet with Eric but he is not there. She talks to Pam trying to get her on her side but not possible when Eric is Pam's Daddy. Love her line, "Too bad, he gives good string." Typical Pam.

Bill Compton in 1982 London during his underground punk fazeBill
After Sookie leaves, Bill flashes back to the 1980's where he was in London and fed off a bartender. He let the man go and glamoured him so he wouldn't remember what happened. In pops Nan Flanigan and wants to recruit Bill for the fight for Vampire rights. Louis Pasteur is a vamp apparently, and she tells Bill they are working on a synthetic blood so that they can come out of the coffin soon. He joins in. Later he flashes to the confrontation with Sophie Ann and they fight for a few minutes then human soliders come in and shoot her with wooden/silver bullets and kabloom she explodes. Poor Sophie Ann I really liked her. Nan comes in and promotes Bill to King of Louisiana. Nan asks about Sookie and Bill tells her that Sophie Ann was obsessed with Sook for no reason. At least he did something good for Sook..

Later, Bill summons Sheriff Eric and asks him to sell back the house to Sookie. Eric (of course) refuses. Bill also tells him that there is a new coven in town and they are necromancers. Eric takes this personally and chooses to handle the situation. I loved the little bow he did, hilarious!

Sookie and Tara
Sookie gets out of her car and has major "Fey are chasing me" flashback, screams, and drops her groceries. Hope there weren't any eggs in there. Turns out it was just Tara sneaking up on her. They say their hellos and catch up for a moment before going inside. Sook sees her door is fixed, a new microwave, and a carafe of blood in the fridge. Love her line about Eric being a frat boy. Then she finds a lovely new armoire but opens it to see Eric's new sleeping hidey-hole. LOVE her reaction.

Arlene and demon baby
Arlene grows genuinely afraid of her new baby and when she is looking at him she bursts a blood vessel in her eye. Ouch. She freaks out and runs out. Terry is so adorable with the demon baby, gotta love him!

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18. True Blood Episode 4.04 Recap: "I’m Alive and on Fire"

Sookie, Eric, and Alcide (Triangle? hmmm..) 
We start off where the last episode ended. Eric gets drunk off Claudine and falls over (HILARIOUS). He jumps up and pinches Sookie's bum several times. She tells him to come inside it's almost dawn and he tells her to 'catch him' and he runs away.

Sookie enlists the help of Alcide to help find Eric. He changes (holy hell is his body hotter than last season, if that is possible) and he sniffs out Eric to a nearby pond. Eric is swimming in daylight (from an excess of fairy blood) and wants Sookie to join him. He starts to smoke and Sookie and Alcide bring him in.

Sook brings Eric to his hidey-hole and tells him to go to bed. He wants her to stay with him but she refuses. Alcide and Sookie talk about her situation with Eric she compares it to his with Debbie, he concedes and they hug (awww) and he leaves.

Alcide & Debbie 
There was a quick scene with Alcide and Debbie. She asked him if he shifted that day and he told her he was helping Sookie. She said she wasn't mad but I am starting to see the old Debbie Pelt in there waiting to come out!

Bill demands that Pam tell him where Eric is and she says she has no idea, but will let him know when she does. Later he speaks to Nan and she is not happy that Bill sent Eric after the Wiccans. Later he visits with Portia, Andy, and Grandma Bellefleur. Andy is not too pleased. Bill and Grandma talk about families and realize their connection to each other, they are related. Bill tells Portia he can't see her anymore because of that. Good decision #1 as King Bill.

Bill seeks out Sookie and demands that his guards search her house since Eric owns it. She tells him to trust her and he folds.

Poor Jason! His first shot of the episode is him being raped by a random Hotshot girl. Then the next one comes in and she's like thirteen. He pleads with her to let him go and she does. He runs away but Felton catches on quickly and changes to chase him. Jason kills him (finally!) and Crystal is happy. She watches Jason run away telling him that she will see him at the next full moon. Jason falls near the road where Jessica and Hoyt find him. Jessica offers some vamp blood to him.

Sam and Luna
Sam stops by Luna's house and she is not happy. We discover that she had been hiding the fact she has a daughter. Sam tells her that he loves kids and doesn't care. She also tells him that the baby Daddy is a werewolf and he can get crazy. Poor Sam.

Demon Baby
Terry leaves Demon baby alone for a minute and it writes on the wall via red crayon: "Baby not yours". Creepy huh? The whole family freaks out.

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19. True Blood Episode 4.05 Recap: "Me and the Devil"

Godric and Eric
First look at Eric this episode is him coming into Sookie's bedroom while she is sleeping. Godric appears and tells Eric all humans are good for is feeding. He uses his maker powers to force Eric to drink from Sookie. He soon wakes up in his hide hole, it was all a dream!

Tommy & Sam
We pick up right where we left off with Tommy in a chain leash. He escapes out of it and ends up killing his dad and accidentally killing his Mama. He runs to Sam for help and they transport the body. V-addict Andy stops them and gives Sam a hard time after he sees blood on the van. Tommy turns into a gator and freaks out Andy enough for them to be let go. Sam and Tommy dump the bodies in a lake and throw marshmallows at the water so that gators come up. TB Fun Fact: Gators lurve marshmallows…who knew?

Lafayette and Jesus leave Marnie after she put a rot-spell on Pam, they are freaked out that the vamps are going to come after them soon. Jesus takes Lafayette to his grandfather (who made him kill a goat and lick the blood when he was nine). Jesus thinks he can give them the power to reverse the spells and protect themselves.

Marnie gives a palm reading to Sookie and Gran contacts them. Sookie hears Gran through Marnie and she tells Sookie to get away from the witch and that her situation with Eric is just temporary (hopefully she means temporary brain damage, not their relationship..)

Katarina returns for Marnie and captures her under Bill's request. Bill questions Marnie for Eric's whereabouts and about reversing Pam's rotting spell but she has no idea, even under Bill's glamour.

A small scene with Alcide shows a pissed off werewolf-y guy who is apparently the Shreveport Packmaster. Alcide says he and Debbie want to be free agents but the Packmaster is not happy. Alcide slams the door in his face.

Portia still wants Bill and argues with him about incest (kind of a funny conversation). He glamours her and tells her that she will want to scream and run away whenever she sees him. Another hilarious moment.

Bill has a meeting with other sheriffs in his area and they want to kill the witches. Pam gets worked up and spills about Eric and that he is at Sookie's. Bill is outraged and storms out.

Jason, Jessica, and Hoyt Sandwich..
Jessica puts Jason to bed after giving him some of her blood to heal him. Hoyt is grateful but Jessica pushes him away (sad face). Jason dreams about Jessica because of their blood exchange and he is all for it except that she keeps calling him Hoyt and Hoyt actually appears in the dream, doing some pretty OMG things. Very funny scene.

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20. True Blood Episode 4.07 Recap: “Cold Grey Light of Dawn”

The episode opens with Katie playing some iPad game when she hears yelling from Marnie's cell. She tries to stop Luis from attacking Marnie but it's just a distraction. Luis (under Marnie/Antonia's spell) makes Katie move the guards so that Antonia can escape. Then he kills her. I never really liked Kat anyways... :)

Switch to Pam facing off with Tara and Naomi. They succeed in peeling off some of Pam's skin and hair but Pam knocks out Naomi and lifts Tara off the ground by her throat. A group of Generation Xers with their cell cameras film Pam, hoping to get a vamp killing a human on video. Pam let's Tara down with the warning that she will kill her at some point. Goodness I hope so! I'm not loving Tara this season...

In Mexico, Jesus's grandfather explains to Jesus and Lafayette that the rattlesnake helped channel Tio Luca to show that Lafayette is a medium. Jesus tells Layfaette that he (Lala) and Marnie are the only mediums he has ever known and he (Lala) needs to channel someone more powerful than Antonia to defeat her.

Alcide and Debbie get initiated into the Shreveport pack via blood smeared on their foreheads. Alcide is not as happy as Debbie is (and she is slowly reverting back to her white-trashness). Debbie is upset that Alcide is worried about Sookie during the full moon but cocedes to help her. They stumble upon a very naked Sookie and Eric doing the nasty in the middle of the woods. Poor Alcide..

Luis goes to Bill in his office and starts blabbing about how he made a 'terrible mistake' and relays a message from Antonia, and proceeds to shoot Bill with Kat's gun. Bill gets hit but manages to get his own gun and shoot Luis. They fight over the fancy schmancy stake and Luis pushes the stake into his own heart and gives the message "Resurrection". Dayum 2 deaths in 10 minutes!

Tara breaks up with Naomi because she wants to protect her lover from her effed up life. She watches Naomi drive away and sobs.

Hoyt comes over to Jason's and talks about his non-werepantherness and how sad he is about Jessica…yadda yadda. And apparently sloppy joe's can fix even the most downtrodden southern man.

Bill has a Daddy-Daughter talk with Jessica about Antonia. He tells her that Antonia wants all vamps to meet the sun, yadda yadda. Bill meets with the other sheriffs and gives the  411. He gives them the option to leave Louisiana or chain themselves with silver. Apparantly Bil put his Big Boy King pants on this morning!

Sookie and Eric bust into Sookie's house and they bang bang all over it. They have some cuddle time after where Eric listens to Sookie's heartbeat (ADORABLE!). Eric asks Sookie if she will still want him when his memories come back and she says she 'hopes so' ( 

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21. True Blood Episode 4.08 Recap: “Spellbound”

Jason jumps through the front door and saves Jessica before she is burned by the sunlight. She attacks him but he ends up getting the door shut in time. They wrestle for a bit until Marnie stops the chanting. Jessica comes back out of her craze and kisses Jason. She apologizes but he reaches up to kiss her back. Bill is screaming for Jessica from the basement and Jason carries her down. She is upset about killing Buckey and Bill informs her that his family will be compensated. Bill informs Jason that the witches might start up again so he needs to chain Jessica once more until it is dark out. Jason tries to soothe Jessica and Bill interrupts them and tells Jason they need their rest. Also he tells Jason not to document Buckey's death, Jason agrees with the promise that Bill not get him in trouble by telling anyone about the guard he shot (in the shoulder) outside.

Marcus has a meeting with the Pack about the witch/vampire fiasco. He tells the were's to stay out of it. A pup gets out of line and Marcus shuts him down. Alcide asks Debbie if she said anything and she says no.

Sam goes over to Luna's to apologize again for Tommy. He tells her that Tommy was abused his whole life and he killed his parents. Luna eventually forgives him and invites him in to help with lunch, but Emma wants a playmate instead.

Sookie pulls the silver off Eric and he shouts curses at her in another language. His wounds are not healing since he hasn't fed in a while. Sookie offers her blood. He makes sure she is serious and then tells her to keep silver nearby incase he oversteps his boundaries.  He feeds off her and then he offers his blood so they can be one.

Jessica goes home to break up with Hoyt, and he cries like a baby and tells her that he can't live without her. During his meltdown she slams his head and kills him. Jason waits for Jessica in his truck and is turned on by the blood all over her face. He wants her to jump his bones and bite him at the same time. Jessica then wakes from her dream (gotcha) in Bill's basement when a human donor arrives in her cell to help her heal.

Jason and Andy are at Beula Carter's vampire remains. Andy relapses and almost sucks up her blood from the ground. Jason tries to snap him out of it. Hoyt's mother is at the scene talking to a reporter when Bill arrives and glamours the reporter into letting him give a statement about how Beula committed suicide.
Sookie and Eric are in the shower, high off each others blood. Sookie goes to turn on the water and it begins to snow inside the house. They pull the curtain to show a snowy forest with a fur covered bed. The

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22. True Blood Episode 4.11 Recap: “Soul of Fire”

No one storyline is ever not important in True Blood but I am going to change the format slightly for this recap. The major conflict was Marnie versus the vamps and that is what I am going to focus the majority of the post on.

Sam and Alcide are still in the bike shop and they threaten the other Were but he is not budging. Luna comes in and yells at the guy because Marcus took Emma out of school without telling her. Sam tells Luna that Marcus killed Tommy.

Meanwhile, at Alcide's, Debbie (in very little clothing) is with Marcus. He wants her to leave with him and Emma but she refuses because she loves Alcide. He wants to know why she is with him then and she says because Alcide has been unfaithful.

Emma calls Luna and Alcide recognizes the number as his own, they hurry off to save her. At Alcides, Sam and Alcide go into the bedroom and Alcide freaks out on Debbie. Sam tells Marcus he will kill him without shifting. They wrestle for a bit and Sam is on the winning side but he wants Marcus to live with his decision. Marcus attacks when Sam is turned and Alcide crushes his windpipe and Marcus dies. Debbie freaks out and Alcide disowns her.

Andy & the Fairy
Andy is still on his way home when he sees a light ball in the forest. A woman (presumably fey) comes out from it and feels threatened, she light beams him to the ground. When Andy comes to, the fairy woman tells him that if she is going to make love to him he needs to swear on the light to protect her. She pulls some E.T. trick with her finger and Andy swears. Afterwards, Andy arrives at home and Arlene is there worried sick. He tells her what happened and she thinks that it is residual from the V. She tells him that his real life is better than his made-up one and he needs to be grateful for that.

Witch War
The four vamps (Eric, Bill, Pam, and Jessica) are about to blow up Moon Goddess Emporium. Sookie tries to convince Marnie that they will all die unless they leave since the vamps do plan on taking the place down. Roy tells the witches they can't leave and Marnie disagrees, she throws a knife on the ground and tells anyone who wants to leave they can with the protection of the knife. One of the witches attempts to go but Marnie magic's the knife and stabs the girl in the stomach.

Marnie freaks out a bit and in the words of Lafayette, "puked a b*tch out". Antonia tells Marnie she wants to leave because she murdered one of their own. Marnie is not having it and she binds Antonia to her. Jesus informs the other witches that now they are in light terms, screwed

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23. Ypulse Essentials: Streaming Boxes Take Over TVs, Interactive Retail For Kids, Food Marketing Fight

The TV industry is under attack, with Xbox Live nailing down deals with Verizon, Comcast, HBO, Crackle, and more (hoping to entice users to the console platform with TV content. Speaking of disrupting TV, popular music platform Spotify is teaming up... Read the rest of this post

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24. Youth Media & Marketing Jobs: Waggener Edstrom, Kraft Foods, Kaiser Family Foundation

Today we bring you our weekly sampler of cool youth media and marketing gigs. If your company has an open position in the youth media or marketing space, we encourage you to join the Ypulse LinkedIn group, if you haven’t yet, and post there for... Read the rest of this post

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25. IDW & HBO to Release the First Ongoing ‘True Blood’ Comic Series

Even though author Charlaine Harris will be ending the Southern Vampire novels, True Blood fans need not fret. Publisher IDW and HBO have announced that they will be adapting True Blood for an ongoing comic book series.

HBO show creator Alan Ball gave this statement in the release: “With this new ongoing series, Truebies will be able to find a new comic in stores every month. We’ll also have even more room to create in-depth drama and further explore the world of Bon Temps.”

The first issue of the new series is slated for release in spring 2012. So far, IDW has published three True Blood series: All Together NowTainted Love and The French Quarter.

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