Screen Junkies » alan ball http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ben Stiller To Invent Chippendales http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-to-invent-chippendales/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-to-invent-chippendales/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:59:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260765 Your aunt thanks him.

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He’s made a mint by dancing around inside fat suits, now Ben Stiller is hoping to be successful doing the opposite of that. He’s signed on to star in I Am Chippendales, which sadly isn’t a male revue version of I Am Legend. Stiller will play Nick DeNoia, “the former choreographer/partner who helped conceive the idea for the dance troupe [Chippendales] with [Somen "Steve"] Banerjee and attorney Steve Nahin and played a big part in the expansion of the act on a global level.”

American Beauty and True Blood writer Alan Ball will write and direct so definitely expect to see Stiller more nude than you’d like. (Variety)

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Cinemax Prepping Coolest Amish Show Ever With Alan Ball http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cinemax-prepping-coolest-amish-show-ever-with-alan-ball/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cinemax-prepping-coolest-amish-show-ever-with-alan-ball/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:08:19 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224264 Beards. Will. Fly.

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Cinemax, which recently got into producing original programming that isn’t softcore porn, is prepping what could possibly be the coolest sounding Amish series ever. Alan Ball of True Blood and Six Feet Under fame is attached as executive producer. According to the LATimes, Banshee, written by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, is “set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish Country and features an enigmatic ex-con/martial arts expert posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own interests.”

Buuuuuuuuuuuuh? How does one pose as a murdered sheriff? Is there a supernatural element to this show? Can you be so badass that you’re both an ex-con AND a martial arts expert? And most importantly, does Chuck Norris have an offer on the table? And here I thought Witness and Kingpin did all that could be done with Amish Country. You’ve proved me wrong again, Brother Ball. (Deadline)

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Shirts Off, Everyone: ‘True Blood’ Gets Fifth Season http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/shirts-off-everyone-true-blood-gets-fifth-season/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/shirts-off-everyone-true-blood-gets-fifth-season/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:51:56 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222688 Bring on the crazy.

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If there was ever any doubt that True Blood would be back to melt faces or bang relatives for another season, you can dispel them now. Though HBO has yet to renew the series (technically), they have signed show creator Alan Ball on to run the show for at least another year. This was revealed by Ball at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

“I have no desire to leave,” he said. “Doing the show, I’m having more fun than I have ever had in my life.” He later said that he and the show’s writers are already breaking stories for Season 5 and one of them is about “how one of the vampires was made.”

Ball’s deal actually extends past this season should he choose to stick with the show, or take a backseat in order to develop more programming for HBO. Personally, I’d stick around at least until the introduction of sexy Black Lagoon creatures. (Deadline)

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Loud Macaws Are Delaying Quentin Tarantino’s Spaghetti Western http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/loud-macaws-are-delaying-quentin-tarantinos-spaghetti-western/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/loud-macaws-are-delaying-quentin-tarantinos-spaghetti-western/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:09:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201156 The "obnoxious pteradactyl-like screams" coming from Alan Ball's "exotic bird menagerie" are making it really difficult for next-door-neighbor Tarantino to lift ideas from 'Danger: Diabolik'.

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Looks like Quentin Tarantino is having some rich man’s problems. Yesterday he filed a lawsuit against”True Blood” and “Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball.

It turns out that they are next door neighbors, and Ball’s pet birds are too loud for Quentin to concentrate. Which is weird because Quentin always seems to have laser-like focus. Tarantino claims in the lawsuit that the “obnoxious pteradactyl-like screams” coming from Ball’s “exotic bird menagerie” have “seriously disrupted [his] ability to work as a writer in his home.”

He’s tried to settle with Ball in the past but to no avail. Seriously though, shut those birds up. They’re standing in the way of Quentin’s process. He can’t drink absinthe out of ladies shoes while wearing a gimp mask with all that racket going on. And how are forgotten stars of the 70′s and 80′s supposed to deliver Oscar-winning monologues if he is too distracted to write them? Treat Williams has waited long enough, dammit. (THR)

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Alan Ball Mines the Macabre Once Again With ‘Death’ Pilot For HBO http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/alan-ball-mines-the-macabre-once-again-with-death-pilot-for-hbo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/alan-ball-mines-the-macabre-once-again-with-death-pilot-for-hbo/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 What a sicko.Between "True Blood," "Six Feet Under," and that time he suffocated a hobo, it's obvious that Alan Ball has a fascination with death. But don't take my word for it:“Obviously death is a theme I’m fascinated by.”Thanks Alan. His attraction to blood on the outside of bodies is ruling his work once more with the news that HBO has greenlighted his pilot "All Signs Of Death." Based on the novel The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Ball's homie Charlie Huston, "Death" tells the story of a slacker crime scene cleaner who becomes embroiled in the underbelly of L.A.. You know what that means: murder, dangerous women, and strip malls that don't house five-star restaurants. I know, so sleazy.

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What a sicko.

Between "True Blood," "Six Feet Under," and that time he suffocated a hobo, it’s obvious that Alan Ball has a fascination with death. But don’t take my word for it:

“Obviously death is a theme I’m fascinated by.”

Thanks Alan. His attraction to blood on the outside of bodies is ruling his work once more with the news that HBO has greenlighted his pilot "All Signs Of Death." Based on the novel The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Ball’s homie Charlie Huston, "Death" tells the story of a slacker crime scene cleaner who becomes embroiled in the underbelly of L.A.. You know what that means: murder, dangerous women, and strip malls that don’t house five-star restaurants. I know, so sleazy.

 

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‘True Blood’ Recap: Pack of Wolves S3E1 http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/true-blood-recap-pack-of-wolves-s3e1/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/true-blood-recap-pack-of-wolves-s3e1/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Hey gang. I've been tapped by my pals at SJ to cover "True Blood." Not because of my sterling prose or daring wit, but because I have HBO. So you're stuck with me. I'll keep it light and try to hit the key points of each episode. It will not be a shot-for-shot breakdown. Other sites handle that better than I could and if you wanted that, well, you could just watch the show, right?MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hey gang. I’ve been tapped by my pals at SJ to cover "True Blood." Not because of my sterling prose or daring wit, but because I have HBO. So you’re stuck with me. I’ll keep it light and try to hit the key points of each episode. It will not be a shot-for-shot breakdown. Other sites handle that better than I could and if you wanted that, well, you could just watch the show, right?

MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

So anyway, previously on "True Blood":
-Sookie got some new powers (sparkly hands) which don’t really seem to do anything yet.
-Sookie is now linked to Eric after drinking his blood.
-Eric is VERY interested in Sookie, either for her power, her bod, or some other nefarious purpose.
-Shapeshifting Sam’s looking for his shape-shifting parents.
-Jason (Sookie’s brother) killed Tara’s boyfriend, Eggs.
-A maenad (whatever that is) started a cult in Sookie’s grandma’s house.
-Lafayette is ALSO now linked to Eric after drinking his blood and is slinging V for him (via the Queen’s orders).
-Bill was forced to adopt a 16 year old vampire as a daughter (Jessica).
-Bill got kidnapped after proposing to Sookie.
-Lots of other stuff.

And now you’re about as up to speed at I am (the last new episode of "True Blood" was in September of last year).

We start right where we left off – Sookie screaming for Bill, Jason freaking out after killing Eggs, Sam driving to his find his parents, Jessica returning home with dying truck driver in tow, and Bill being held captive in the back of a car with his kidnappers.

Sookie gets no help from the local law since it looks like Bill just bailed after she said "no." But she does get a ride into town, which is nice.

The police are also busy at Merlotte’s investigating Eggs’ shooting, which Andy is nice enough to take the blame for. Tara gets plenty heated at the allegations that Eggs was a serial killer and Lafayette drags her off to Sookie’s house before she goes to fisticuffs. (Sookie’s house, really? Isn’t it still totally trashed from Maryann’s cult?)

Jessica is at home with her victim, begging him to stay alive (remorseful? She’s like a Twilight vampire). Sookie interrupts her to let her know that Bill’s been kidnapped then bounces. Jessica feeds her blood to the trucker to try and save him.

Bill’s captors are now mainlining off Bill while still en route to wherever they’re taking them, while Bill warns them that they’re in danger of killing him if they keep draining him.

Andy joins Jason at his place to fill him on their coverup. I’m glad these two are still teamed up. They were pert hilarious last season trying to save Bon Temps from Maryann’s psychos. Andy’s orders for Jason: act normal (meaning get laid. Jason’s rep as a man-slut is hilarious). "Conscience off, dick on" says Andy. Hey, my family motto.

Sookie heads to Fangtasia, the greatest bar on Earth, to find Eric. Eric is busy having turbo-sex with his newest dancer but stops to have a naked chat with Sookie about how he didn’t kidnap Bill but he is duty-bound to find him.

Bill decided he doesn’t like being captive anymore and breaks the neck of the driver, totally wrecking his own Beemer as a result. Fortunately, Bill is undead and isn’t too badly hurt by the wreck. Unfortunately, he’s going to have to drive a PT Cruiser rental for weeks while his whip gets fixed. Bill calls for Jessica using the vampire mind trick.

Sookie heads home, finds Tara and Lafayette, and finds out about Eggs. "Uh oh Tara, I totally read his mind and let him remember that he’s a multiple murderer." Tara goes into Tara-mode and starts screaming at Sookie. I don’t know if it’s the character, the actress, or the situations they put her in, but Tara is so f’ing annoying. They have like 40 other characters on this show, it can’t hurt to kill off just one.

Eric’s in his sex dungeon yelling at someone for failing to successfully kidnap Bill but we learn that the guy arrived AFTER whomever actually kidnapped Bill. Eric’s #1, Pam (wearing some ridiculous fetish gear), tells him that he needs to call the Queen because he’s losing his shit.

Sam’s in a hotel looking through the phone book when Bill shows up for help. Bill hits on Sam and we get dangerously close to a gay porn before Sam wakes up. Vampire blood man. I thought I had crazy dreams. Sam gets the world’s most helpful phone call. He finds out his parents were evicted but they have a son, he also finds out his name and where he works. Convenient!

Tara’s mom shows up at Lafayette’s house ad we’re reminded where Tara gets her annoying from. Maybe when they kill Tara off her mom can go down with her.

Sookie shows up at the sheriff’s office to get help from the sheriff himself (not the badass vampire kind, the lame human kind). We’re treated to some of that thinly veiled racism metaphor when the sheriff says that vampires aren’t even real people. Sookie counters with the respect-your-elders bit because Bill’s like, really old. Worst counter-argument ever?

Sam meets his brother, but his brother lies and says that the guy he’s looking for skipped town. Not sure if Sam believes him or not, but he drops his name on the way out.

Bill goes all Night of the Living Dead on us and crawls up out of the ground he dug himself into to wait out the day.

Jessica wakes up next to Larry the Cable Guy‘s corpse (stinky) and Hoyt calls. She says she misses him too and then hangs up on him because, like Eric, she is losing her shit.

The Queen shows up at Fangtasia and kicks everyone out like she’s P Diddy. She’s with the magister played by this guy, who plays a prick in every movie or show he’s in:

He’s worried about the V problem in Louisiana so he’s asked the Queen for help and she suggested Eric. "True Blood"/"Wire" mash up?

Back at Merlotte’s Jason is doing what Jason does best and hitting on two chicks at once. Deputy Andy looks on in jealousy. Oh Andy. A reluctant Hoyt joins them and they all head back to Jason’s place.

The magister leaves Fangtasia and the Queen goes all hissy-vampire on Eric and tells him to sell the entire supply of V.

Sookie shows up at Bill’s to get Jessica’s help finding Bill and the two set off on what I’m sure will be a wacky road trip comedy.

Or maybe not because Bill feeds on a nice old lady and will be in tip-top shape in no time. Do you think old lady blood tastes horrible?

Sam tails his newly-found brother home from the tire shop and checks the mail to see who lives there. It’s definitely the right place. 

Jason’s at his place hooking up with one of the new girls but is having "performance" issues because he murdered Eggs and keeps seeing bullet wounds on her forehead. So her friend comes in to help and poor Jason can’t even get it up for a threesome. Man, his guilt runs deep. Jason tells the girls that he keeps seeing bullet holes in their heads and they leave. Probably a good idea.

Bill puts the old vampire charm to work on the old lady he drained and finds out he’s in Mississippi. In the distance a wolf howls. Subtle.

Lafayette comes home in time to find Tara gulping down dozens of pills. Tara’s such a moron it’s probably vitamin C.

Jess and Sookie find Bill’s car and a dude inside with a weird scar/brand on his shoulder blade. They look the symbol up some magical website that has every symbol ever and what it means. Turns out this one means "Project Werewolf."

Bill runs through the forest thanks to some horrible special effects and is attacked by a pack of wolves. Normal-sized, normal-looking wolves. NOOOOOO!!!

It’s just like Twilight! Has no one seen Dog Soldiers, Silver Bullet, or The Howling? If they just turn into wolves why is that scary for a vampire? And how are they different than Sam? He can turn into a wolf. So bummed. Michael Jackson was scarier in Thriller. Bill goes into fang-mode and flies at the wolves and the show ends.

Ok, well that’s the season three opener. I think all the stuff with Eric and his V operation is interesting. Sam’s background might be interesting. I’m curious as to why the werewolves want Bill. I continue to be annoyed by Tara and couldn’t care less where her story line goes. What do you all think?    
 

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New ‘True Blood’ Season 3 Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-true-blood-season-3-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-true-blood-season-3-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 A new full-length trailer for "True Blood" has glamoured the Internet, and I'm sharing it with you so you can forward it along to your girlfriends. They're going to love this season considering the vampire-centric show is now dabbling in the world of werewolves, officially making it one pained expression away from becoming full-blown Twilight for television. But don't you dare move off that couch. You sit their with your baby cakes and subject yourself to every single minute of it. At least it's HBO, so breasts and people erupting into flames are guaranteed. Buncha filthy pyros over at that network... Sink your eyes into the trailer after the jump. Tell your g.f. season 3 of "True Blood" premieres June 13th, if she doesn't already have a sticker on her bejeweled day planner for it.

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A new full-length trailer for "True Blood" has glamoured the Internet, and I’m sharing it with you so you can forward it along to your girlfriends. They’re going to love this season considering the vampire-centric show is now dabbling in the world of werewolves, officially making it one pained expression away from becoming full-blown Twilight for television.

But don’t you dare move off that couch. You sit their with your baby cakes and subject yourself to every single minute of it. At least it’s HBO, so breasts and people erupting into flames are guaranteed. Buncha filthy pyros over at that network…

Sink your eyes into the trailer after the jump. Tell your g.f. season 3 of "True Blood" premieres June 13th, if she doesn’t already have a sticker on her bejeweled day planner for it.

 

(Collider)

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Bill & Sam are Gonna Makeout and Stuff on ‘True Blood’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bill-sam-are-gonna-makeout-and-stuff-on-true-blood/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bill-sam-are-gonna-makeout-and-stuff-on-true-blood/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 You don't need to read my mind to see my boner. In True Blood's idiotic second season finale, Bill needed to save Sam by squirting him full of his magic vampire blood (SPOILER ALERT). Well, who knows who will be squirting what in the new season. Show creator Alan Ball tells Michael Ausiello that the vampire and shapeshifter now share "not just any connection, an erotic connection," as a result of the transfusion. Ball wouldn't disclose how erotic the scenes will be, but let's assume the monster-mashing is nestled somewhere near Van Helsing and New Moon on the Gay Monster Scale, or GSM as it's more commonly called. (Ausiello Files)

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You don’t need to read my mind to see my boner.

In True Blood’s idiotic second season finale, Bill needed to save Sam by squirting him full of his magic vampire blood (SPOILER ALERT). Well, who knows who will be squirting what in the new season. Show creator Alan Ball tells Michael Ausiello that the vampire and shapeshifter now share "not just any connection, an erotic connection," as a result of the transfusion. Ball wouldn’t disclose how erotic the scenes will be, but let’s assume the monster-mashing is nestled somewhere near Van Helsing and New Moon on the Gay Monster Scale, or GSM as it’s more commonly called. (Ausiello Files)

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‘True Blood’ Back in Production Teaser http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/true-blood-back-in-production-teaser/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/true-blood-back-in-production-teaser/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Alan Ball's HBO series True Blood is back in production, and they're letting everyone know with the above industrial video. I haven't seen that many bottles of blood since I rummaged through Angelina Jolie's jewelry drawer. (io9)Drink these links down real good-like.25 Eggs with Sharpie Faces (HolyTaco) Bubba Watson's Awesome Trick Golf Shot (TotalProSports) Hot Pics of Hot Jessica Chobot (TheChive) Mark McGwire's Guide to Hitting (Maxim) Check Out The Interactive Netflix Map (FilmDrunk) A Year in 120 Seconds (SuperTremendous) Ten Movie Couples Not to Have a Threesome With (Pajiba) Megan Fox Armani Underwear Pictures (CelebJihad) Fight Club Style Airline Manuels (Unreality) Consumer Reports Hates Your Snuggie (Asylum) The Answer to a Big Back Door Problem (RegretfulMorning) 10 Best Gadgets at CES (MadeMan) Cris Collinsworth NASCAR Fail (AllLeftTurns)

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Alan Ball’s HBO series True Blood is back in production, and they’re letting everyone know with the above industrial video. I haven’t seen that many bottles of blood since I rummaged through Angelina Jolie’s jewelry drawer. (io9)

Drink these links down real good-like.

25 Eggs with Sharpie Faces (HolyTaco)

Bubba Watson’s Awesome Trick Golf Shot (TotalProSports)

Hot Pics of Hot Jessica Chobot (TheChive)

Mark McGwire’s Guide to Hitting (Maxim)

Check Out The Interactive Netflix Map (FilmDrunk)

A Year in 120 Seconds (SuperTremendous)

Ten Movie Couples Not to Have a Threesome With (Pajiba)

Megan Fox Armani Underwear Pictures (CelebJihad)

Fight Club Style Airline Manuels (Unreality)

Consumer Reports Hates Your Snuggie (Asylum)

The Answer to a Big Back Door Problem (RegretfulMorning)

10 Best Gadgets at CES (MadeMan)

Cris Collinsworth NASCAR Fail (AllLeftTurns)

 

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