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Scream Queens of Today Whole Different Breed From Past

Boo!  Yes, that’s right, when Halloween is upon us, there is nothing scarier than turning on the television and seeing “Psycho’s” Janet Leigh get stabbed in the shower or her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis being chased by Jason in “Halloween.”  For many years, these were two of the women who held Hollywood’s title Queens of Scream.  But what of today’s top scream queens?

First of all, we must broaden the definition, what with the new millennial trend toward fraternization with socially-acceptable vampires and other monstrous types.  Yep, these days, rather than trying to run away from the scary guys, our heroines often run toward them.  For real.

You don’t see Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan scream so much as appear stressed, greatly stressed or stressed beyond reason in her love for vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and really strong like for werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).  Sometimes, she is startled and a slight “ah” may emerge from her lips.  Yet how could anyone leave Stewart off their list of top scream queens of today?  She just won the Best Fantasy Actress Award at Spike TV’s Scream 2010 awards and she has “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” due out next year.  In it, we’ll see Bella and Edward’s daughter!  Stewart and Pattinson are a real-life couple as well, in case you somehow managed to escape the news.

Anna Paquin – same thing.  Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s “True Blood.”  Oh, yes, she’s a fraternizer, all right, with her lover, vampire Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer, who Paquin married in real life in August.  The Oscar winner is also among the stars of next year’s hotly anticipated big-screen “Scream 4.”  She MUST be on the Scream Queens list.

Nina Dobrev is torn between the affections of two vampire brothers — Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley — on the CW’s “Vampire Diaries.”  Not surprisingly, the rumors are out there that she’s also being romanced by one or the other in real life.   Paparazzi captured photos of her and Somerhalder at LAX!  But it turned out they were just flying out to location.

In 2009, Evan Rachel Wood of “True Blood” was dating Alexander Skarsgard – you guessed it, her vampire boyfriend on the show – if you believe Socialite Life.com and other gossip outlets.  But she got back together, until August, with her on-again, off-again fiance Marilyn Manson, which is almost the same as having a vampire boyfriend.

But back to the issue at hand – about those scream queens of today.  We have Milla Jovovich in the “Resident Evil” movies, but she’s not screaming in fear of zombies — she’s taking the suckers out.  And sure, we hear Katie Featherston scream in the “Paranormal Activity” movies, but it is she who is the thing to be feared.

Scream Queens 2010 style — it’s a different world.

‘True Blood’s’ Lindsey Haun Takes Her Music to New Level

Lindsey Haun "True Blood" HBO photo

Does Lindsey Haun know the future of her “True Blood” character, Hadley Stackhouse?  “I do, but I can’t tell you.  It’s so frustrating – all my friends are fans of the show, and they want to know, but I can’t say anything,” admits the beautiful blond actress-singer-songwriter, whose character lives in the vampire world as the lover of vampire queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood).

Lindsey certainly has a full plate of activities to focus her attention upon while awaiting reveals on the popular HBO show.  Her labor of love album “The Haun Solo Project” is coming out Aug. 14.  She’ll be heading out on tour in support of it with her Haun Solo Project group, beginning with concerts in L.A. and New York.

“After I left my old label, I wasn’t even sure if I’d do music again.  It left a bad taste in my mouth.  I didn’t want to be a pop star – not Taylor Swift, not Britney Spears,” she says, though she felt the pressure of such expectations from outside parties.

She goes on, “I’d gone through a big breakup, and I wound up going to my dad’s cabin in Utah.  I wasn’t planning on writing, but I ended up writing an album.  The drummer in my hard rock band said, ‘We have to do something with this.  We can’t just let it lie.  It’s something you have to share with the world.  I’m not going to let you not do anything with it.’”

Haun, who is a performer in monthly residency at the Cat Club on Sunset Blvd. in L.A., got nudges from other friends and colleagues as well.  She eventually asked her father – guitarist Jimmy Haun — to produce the album because “there was no one I wanted to work with more.  He’s a composer, a musician.  I’ve grown up around the studio watching him record.  He’s taught me a lot.  It turned out to be a wonderful bonding experience.”

INDUSTRY EYE:  “Drive” is finally heading into production in mid-late September with Ryan Gosling behind the wheel — after years of stops, starts and stalls through development and a detour when it appeared the James Sallis mystery adaptation would have Hugh Jackman as lead.  Casting of a few subsidiary characters (a Latino couple, their young son) is being finalized for the new noir crime thriller that has Gosling as a movie stunt driver who gets an adrenaline rush by serving as wheel man in a string of robberies.

DÉJÀ VU AND DÉJÀ TWO:  Casting is underway for “Painting in the Rain,” an indie film about a guy who is given the opportunity to live his relationship again and again until he gets it right.  Um.  They already got it right, in a movie called “Groundhog Day.”

Ashley Jones Was Moonlighting Literally When Shooting ‘True Blood’

ashley-jones-photographAshley Jones definitely took the term “moonlighting” to the maximum with her nine-episode recurring role on “True Blood” this season.  The actress known as Bridget Forrester to fans of CBS’s “Bold and the Beautiful” found herself doing night shooting into the wee hours on the hit HBO vampire drama, then “I’d have to be at ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ by 8:30.  That happened a half dozen to a dozen times.  There were times I didn’t sleep for 48 hours.”  However, “I loved every single minute of it,” says Ashley.

For one thing, “This character is so different form anything I’ve played before; she has a happy-go-lucky feel to her.  At the same time she’s very energetic, and really, there’s a sensuality to her that I’ve never played before,  It’s such a paradigm shift from my character on ‘Bold and the Beautiful,’ who is not the kind of girl to ever go skinny dipping.  This girl, down in Louisiana, skinny dipping, alligators and all, it’s a regular thing.  She’s not scared of life, she’s fearless and fun, a country girl with an East Texas-Louisiana accent, educated only as much as she has to be.”

Jones just wrapped “True Blood” this week, with “B and B” about to go dark on its summer hiatus.  “It gives people enough time to rejuvenate, to visit their families.  Or, in my case, the way I roll, it’s enough time to do another job, another side endeavor.”

HOTTER AND HOTTER:  Emilie de Ravin is in the big-screen “Public Enemies” and is filming the romantic drama “Remember Me” with “Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson, but the blond beauty who rose to fame on “Lost” does expect to be back filming episodes of the series’ season 6 in August.  As fans know, her Claire Littleton character was in hiding during season 5.  “I have no idea where I’ve been,” she tells us.  “It will be fun going back.  It’s going to be great going back and seeing what they do with their last season.  It’s going to be so interesting to see how they tie everything up.”

INDUSTRY BITS:  Christine Lahti and Cary Elwes are set for the big-screen drama “Flying Lessons,” and now the question is, who’ll play the film’s 24-year-old lead character Sophie, who returns to her small town, the boyfriend she left behind, her mother – and her past.

Fans of fantasy football will probably not be too surprised to lean that a TV pilot about fantasy football is in the making.  Called “The League,” it’s described as a semi-improvisational half hour comedy about a group of pals who are fantasy football guys.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Valerie Cruz, Coming Aboard ‘True Blood,’ Credits Alan Ball for Going Extra Miles

Valerie Cruz

Valerie Cruz

Valerie Cruz, who comes aboard “True Blood” this season as the show’s first Latina vampire, Isabel, recounts that she was surprised to find series creator Alan Ball on hand when she first went in for a casting meeting

“Funny, I wasn’t even expecting him to be in the room.  A lot of producers nowadays, it’s like they can’t even be bothered to be in the room anymore.  They want it on tape,” says the actress, known as Sylvia Prado — Jimmy Smits’ wife — to “Dexter” fans.  “There are a lot of things you can’t get from an audition tape — the energy when someone walks in, their interaction.  Alan is such a class act.  He’s there at every table read.  The writers I’ve spoken to say he’s incredibly gracious – he trusts the people that he hires to really do a great job.  The cool thing about it is, once you’re cast, one the whole thing is put together, he takes a step back and lets people do creatively what they want to do.”

One thing she did, as Isabel, “I definitely asked for the wardrobe.  Everyone was pretty gracious about that.  She’s 600 years old and definitely from the time of the Spanish Inquisition in my mind.  It’s pretty clear where she comes from.  She speaks still with a Spanish accent.”

Adds Cruz, “I’ve always loved vampires so I was really excited about doing the show. Well, you’d be hard-pressed to find an actor who doesn’t get excited about the prospect of playing a character with this mindset that you live forever.  The world just weighs on you differently, you know?  That’s part of what makes vampires so interesting to play.  In a sense they lack humanity, but in another sense there is a great humanness about them.”

Cruz says she became an avid fan of “True Blood” in its first season. “My handful of Sunday nights when I could watch TV were ‘Mad Men’ and ‘True Blood,’ even though I was working on ‘Dexter’ at the time.  It made me feel a little bit of a traitor.”

THE INDUSTRY EYE: With Diane Keaton okay after her visit to the hospital last month (she bumped her head during a sumo wrestler scene while making Nancy Meyers’ “Morning Glory”) production is heading toward a wrap.  Interestingly, they just added to the cast of subsidiary characters – a beautiful, sophisticated upscale woman in her thirties, who’ll share the waiting room at a fertility clinic with Alec Baldwin’s character.  The romantic comedy, reuniting Keaton with her “Something’s Gotta Give” director Meyers, also stars Steve Martin.

NO REGRETS: VH1’s “Best Week Ever,” which spoofs pop culture news every week, is officially on hiatus until 2010, though many see this as an unofficial cancellation.  While its future is up in the air, one of the show’s stars, Doug Benson, says he’s been lucky to be a part of it because it’s definitely helped his career.  In fact, the stand-up comedian, who is known for his love of marijuana, says he’s been able to acquire new fans who might not have otherwise seen his work.  “Some people don’t go that far up on their dial, but I get recognized all the time from being on VH1,” Benson tells us.” At first, though, they’re like, ‘Is that just some stoner or that guy from VH1?'”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster