‘True Blood’ Gets Its Own Makeup Collection

Cross-marketing, y’all! Nail polish guru Deborah Lippmann and HBO have teamed up for a True Blood-inspired line of makeup in an array of bloody and/or deathly pale vampire colors.

The True Blood makeup line is available this August will include lipstick, nail polish, body cream, body shimmer, a fragrance (in an extremely tacky bottle), a candle, and a diffuser. All the products got clever vampiric names like New Flesh, Bad Blood and Bite Me  — all evocative of the sexy Southern Gothic show. Prices are a bit on the high end (Lippmann’s day job, for those of you who aren’t in the know, is selling $16 bottles of nail polish), so it will be interesting to see how well the line sells on the Home Shopping Network. For instance, the Forsaken set is $28 for a deep burgandy polish and blackberry lipstick, which Lippman told InStyle magazine "beckons a vampire’s bite." 

Beckons? Beckons. I never thought I’d see the day when getting bitten by a vampire would be a selling point.

Is Johnny Depp Hollywood’s Sexiest Vampire?

The latest Tim Burton-Johnny Depp collaboration, Dark Shadows, won’t open until May 11, but today a featurette on the film hit the web, showing off some never-before-seen footage and giving us a glimpse into Collinwood, the mansion Depp’s movie family, and the characters played by a supporting cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, and Jonny Lee Miller.

But despite the excitement another Burton-Depp collaboration — the pair’s eighth — brings, this isn’t the first time we’ve all been to the sexy vampire rodeo. Take a walk down memory lane with us, will you?

There’s, of course, Alexander Skarsgard’s Eric Northman on HBO’s True Blood, perhaps the hottest bloodsucker—sorry, Vampire Bill—to ever cower from the sun.

And naturally, we have Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, he has enough brothers, sisters and fake vampire parents that one of them has got to get your blood boiling.

Whether it’s Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt who’s your favorite, it was impossible to walk out of Interview with the Vampire without hoping to end up with one of these fangers clamped onto your neck.

Wesley Snipes’ titular character in Blade might have only been half vampire, but he was all hunk.

Like your vampires more New Wave? Keifer Sutherland and company, in 1987’s The Lost Boys offer eternal evil and Wayfarers. It’s a winning combo.

He might not be the megastar he once was, but Colin Farrell’s flesh-eating neighbor from the recent Fright Night reboot can come over and borrow a cup of sugar from us any time.

More Bloodsuckers, Courtesy of Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone

What the world needs now is more vampire stories, no? Mercifully, film director Amy Heckerling and her former Clueless star Alicia Silverstone are poised to resolve the crisis. According to Screendaily, the soon-to-start-production, Vamps, will tell “the modern-day tale of two female vampires who live it up in New York until love enters the picture, when each has to make a choice that will jeopardise their immortality.” Somehow, a snarky variation on the old Smucker’s slogan comes to mind: “With a double entendre like that, it’s gotta be good!”

Not to disparage Heckerling or Silverstone too much, but neither of these talents have exactly been thriving during the aughts. I want desperately to like Heckerling, if for nothing else Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless, but I can’t discount her having also helmed the Look Who’s Talking pictures and, albeit without credit, A Night at the Roxbury. Neither of her offerings in the new millenium were nearly as toxic as these, but they didn’t sing either. Both Loser and I Could Never Be Your Woman struck me as very earnest failures—faint praise to be sure—but at least they kept me alive to what Heckerling might be up to next. Now it seems she’s boarding the Vampire gravy train.

As for Silverstone, she has less to indemnify her against the charge of cashing in and/or terminal irrelevance. Clueless is clearly the outlier among a body of work that includes Batman and Robin, Beauty Shop, and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. But then, to be fair, perhaps she’s due for a comeback. Silverstone’s currently on Broadway in the Donald Margulies play, “Time Stands Still”, where she’s earned some favorable reviews—nothing to sneeze at considering she’s acting opposite Laura Linney. Still, the idea seems like a longshot.

As much as I hate to make this kind of arch projection so far in advance, Vamps looks like a simultaneous attempt to rustle up some old magic and tap in of one of the more tiresome cultural trends of the zeitgeist. If it ends up being the next Let the Right One In, I vow to literally eat crow.