Posts Tagged ‘vampires’

That Face

September 24, 2009

I’ve been seeing billboards around town for a new show on TV, and kept seeing this face, driving me nuts as to who it was. I knew the face, I knew I had watched him perform in some previous TV show. As I was on my Sunday walk to meet with the friend’s niece, and I was staring at his face yet again on the side of a bus passing me by at Pershing Square, I finally remembered.

I remembered watching the actor had been a guilty pleasure, that the show just didn’t quite do it for me, and yet I kept watching, to see if it would get any better. It got cancelled in that first season. I remember I used to watch it on my TV (before the digital transition when I still had a signal), and someone sent me a screener copy of an episode to me at my work place because they thought it would help me with my screenplay I was taking a course working on. That means it had to be the 2007 TV season, since I quit my job in  2008, before last year’s TV season began. A-ha!

I tried to focus on the guilty pleasure part. Was he a bad actor and just eye candy enough to keep me riveted? The title of this new series he is in started me thinking about places, maybe the title refers to a place in Australia? Why was I thinking of Australia? Wait, he had an accent, not noticeable in the role he played, as he and the leading lady were both from English speaking, non-American countries. He was from Australia! And yes, he was the guilty eye candy pleasure, but not really. Once he took his shirt off in one of the episodes, I thought he thought too highly of himself. Big turn off.

This is the billboard I keep seeing for Three Rivers, his face the middle of the three:

And here he was as the star of Moonlight:

Alex O’Loughlin, that’s his name! Had to go to IMDb, just to figure that out. Apparently he has a huge following. Just in trying to find some images of him, there’s the Alex O’Loughlin Rocks! fansite, where the billboard picture came from, and for your cache of more modelling, sexy smouldering shots, there’s Alex-O-Loughlin based in Germany. Oh and look at that, CBS was the home of Moonlight, CBS is now the home of  Three Rivers. Guess they like this guy.

What I always thought of as funny was the fact that the female star of Moonlight, Sophia Myles (the blonde here with her back to us in the above photos), played a human; but when I first remember noticing her was in Underworld, where she played a vampire.

And that Alex O’Loughlin is in that new movie White Out, with Kate Beckinsale, who played the protagonist in Underworld, as a vampire and Sophia Myles was her quasi -rival/sidekick.

So you see, instead of the Six Degrees of Separation with Kevin Bacon game, really it is time to be playing how is everyone connected to a vampire character? Who hasn’t played a vampire, will soon be the question, what with True Blood and The Vampire Diaries  and those Twilight movies now on these days. We have come a long way since Dark Shadows. Or have we really?

In finally remembering Mr. O’Loughlin’s name and where I had seen him before, I discovered that I had missed the last seven episodes of Moonlight! There on IMDb it said, 16 episodes. Huh, I last saw Sophia Myles’ character stab in the chest the ex-wife (formerly a vampire) of the Alex O’Loughlin character with a wooden stake, and him protesting, but she was human now! What did happen after that?

After a night of watching all missed seven episodes, I now know. Phew. And all for noticing a face on a billboard. Gotta love the internet!

Squandering Talent

July 3, 2009

Squandering talent is a terrible thing to waste.

I have been watching the first two seasons of Dexter, the Showtime series about a serial killer hidden in the midst of the Miami Police force as a forensics expert on blood spatter. Who would know it better than an actual killer?

Anyway, my ability to pay the bills just arrived in the mail today, and I feel like such an ingrate, accepting it. Worse still, here I have been not working for over a year, claiming all I really want to do is write, while I haven’t been working on any of my ideas when I have the time.

So Dexter, and his struggles deciding whether he should listen to his urges or not, has put me in the proper mood to work on one of my novels in progress. Mixing genres, it is the tale of a vampire serial killer and the cop who chases her. And their love affair, never knowing the prey from the stalker. And already I am off to a good start, telling the story from three points of view, the good, the misguided and the evil, and from more than one story time point. A three subject notebook is helping keep it straight, as I jump around. It’s fun, trying to find three distinct voices, and listening to their perspectives unfold.

It’s not like I haven’t thought about these characters before, as this was the project I worked on for a year and a half when I was taking screenwriting classes. I have worked on more than one alternative story line trying to get the tale out, but could never finish it. My classmates repeatedly told me to give up on the screenplay, just write the damn trilogy of novels it was begging to be, and then option to write the screenplay when the movie rights sold. I am listening to their advice now, as I feel time is running out of my mid-life break in career action.  

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And all thanks to Dexter, the fictional serial killer, and his choosing at the end of Season Two, to not squander his special talents. Now that’s good writing!