Alan Ball


Co-workers! Pffft! Amirite? Yeah! You know what I mean! It looks like Elizabeth Banks feels me too, as she is set to star in Alan Ball‘s dark comedy What’s The Matter With Margie? as a “downtrodden” office drone who snaps and kills her co-workers. Fun! Deadline Henderson reports that Daniel Minahan will be directing the film, which comes from producer Balls’ own original screenplay. Not much else is known about the project at this time, but so far, it sounds like a perfect fit. Banks has long been due her own comedy vehicle, and she’s terrifyingly adept at going off the rails in hilarious fashion (her freak-out in this week’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting is one of the film’s rare bright spots, and she’s also done it in films like Wet Hot American Summer, The Details, and The 40 Year Old Virgin). Ball’s brand of dark American humor is a solid fit for this film, which is (shockingly) only his third screenplay. Yet, considering his first was American Beauty, we’re lucky to be getting another film from such a talented scribe. While this will be only Minahan’s second feature, the director has a lot of great TV gigs under his belt – including Deadwood, John From Cincinnati, Game of Thrones, and two Ball properties – Six Feet Under and True Blood.



Russell Edgington is a prime example of a great villain. Not only was he smart and calculated, but he also had the power and strength to get things done on his own. And when Edgington got down and bloody, he looked cool doing it. The vampire king was one of the few vamps on True Blood that seemed interested in actually having fun. He always looked as if he was going to a party and simply looking for a good time, especially with the help of his slick 70s style wardrobe. Sadly, Edgington isn’t around this season, but don’t fret. As actor Denis O’Hare says below, the plan is for him to return. Things didn’t end well for Edgington last season, but the King of Mississippi had persistence and ambition, so there was no real reason for us to be doubting his return. While Denis O’Hare isn’t on this season, the actor was still kind enough to make the time to discuss his role on the show. Throughout my whole chat with O’Hare he wore his love for Edgington on his sleeve. From discussing the character’s past to his childlike wonder, the actor remained enthusiastic.



After displaying a bit of his vengeful side last week, Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Sookie (Anna Paquin) take a some time away from each other.



After the discovery of Dawn’s murder, Jason Stackhouse again finds himself the prime suspect in what appear to be a series of vampire related killings.



Sookie Stackhouse has the unfortunate pleasure of meeting some of Bill’s more blood-thirsty vampire brethren, a group who make their lust for real blood plainly obvious


True Blood: The First Taste

The relationship between Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) progresses after Bill returns the favor of her rescuing him in the first episode.

Neil Miller

Review: Towelhead

Features By Neil Miller on September 12, 2008 | Comments (2)

Alan Ball goes back to his American Beauty form with a story of a young girl’s struggle to understand her own sexual obsessions.



Yesterday we reported on the fact that and Islamic-American group is offended by the title of Alan Ball’s new film. Today, Ball, the author of the novel upon which the movie is based and the studio have made their statements.


Towelhead, Directed by Alan Ball

Another day goes by and someone else is offended by a movie that is closing in on its release date. This time, it is a group of Islamic-American’s who aren’t too fond of Alan Ball’s upcoming flick Towelhead.


Reelz Channel has released the first trailer for American Beauty director Alan Ball’s film Towelhead, which has been making its way around the festival circuit. It premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival under the title Nothing is Private, but was then retitled and played considerably well at Sundance this year.

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