Rutger Hauer, the Dutch wunderkind of an actor whose steely intensity made his presence unforgettable in films like Blade Runner, Nighthawks, and other challenging projects, died on July 19 2019 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness, per Variety. He was 75.
The blond-haired actor with piercing blue eyes was a force majure on screens big and small. There was always an expected nervousness he gave the viewer when playing characters, there was always a wonderful unsettling feeling he gave to the energy of whatever might have been going on in a picture, and his magnetism went toe to toe with screen stalwarts like Harrison Ford in Blade Runner and Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams in the underrated crime yarn Nighthawks.
HBO’s True Blood series was a phenomenal hit by any measurement. Based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, they follow the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepath in Louisiana who possesses an extraordinary lack of self-preservation. Constantly in danger, she aligns herself with and against supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves, all the while seeking to find her place in the world. Sookie, played by Anna Paquin in all seven seasons, finally seems to find herself living a normal life after the end of the final season. But fans have continued to clamor for more. Will HBO ever deliver?
Our dear friends over at CCD Art & Supply Co., a collective of mainly NYC-based artists, is having another one of their fun art shows this weekend, with the theme this time around being the TV shows of HBO!
CCD Art & Supply Co. presents “THE HBO SHOW!” will take place this Saturday, June 20, 2015 starting at 8pm at the Irish Haven in Brooklyn, NY. Admission is free, but original art and prints will be for sale, with over 19 artists contributing create original art pieces on display that celebrate the original programming of HBO throughout the years.
The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is True Blood: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set for only $118.99 (that’s 60% the list price of $299.99).
This 33-disc Blu-ray box set includes all 7 seasons of the HBO series True Blood, which starred Anna Paquin as telepathic waitress (and then some) Sookie Stackhouse and Stephen Moyer as her vampire lover Bill, along with Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, and many more. The set also contains bonus features for each season, including interviews with the cast, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.
The DVD box set is also on sale today at 64% off – $89.99 (down from $249.99).
For this week’s edition of The Digital Wire we’ve got a slim selection of offbeat titles from the film and television domains, including one influential horror classic. Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.