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DollBites: HBO Seeks 'True Blood' Game

PLUS NEWS ON: Vampire ratings success; 'The Passage'; 'Paranormal Activity'

HBO has filed a trademark for a video game based on the wildly popular vampire television series, "True Blood."

The filing lists several development categories, including video games, electronic games, online games.

There's no word on what the game will entail should it find life. This venture could be anything from a major console title to a simple Flash game. However, considering the show's growing popularity, a serious, in-depth product is likely. -- [Joystiq]

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Vampires mania strikes The CW, HBO: Vampires continue to glamour audiences into creating Nielsen success.

The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" lured in 4.9 million viewers Thursday, the network's biggest series premiere yet, and more than doubling the crowd for Tuesday's debut of "Melrose Place" (2.3 million) and the return of "90210" (2.4 million).

For the second-season finale of HBO's "True Blood," the network enjoyed 5.1 million viewers, doubling last year's finish. -- [USA Today]

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'The Passage' attracts Oscar-winning talent: John Logan will adapt "The Passage," based on the Jordan Ainsley vampire novel that Ridley Scott may direct.

Logan and Scott last collaborated on the Oscar-winning film "Gladiator."

In "The Passage," terminally ill patients find health after they're bitten by bats in South America. As a result, the government conducts secret tests on human subjects to see if the virus can cure illness, resulting is an apocalyptic assault of bloodthirsty vampire test subjects.

Fox 2000 acquired the book two years ago, paying seven figures for the three-book series after its publishing rights sold to Ballantine for $3.75 million. -- [Bloody-Disgusting]

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'Paranormal Activity' screenings set: Paramount Pictures' "Paranormal Activity" will screen at midnight in eight cities, Sept. 24.

Making its debut at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival, the low-budget indie fright flick is now set to show at midnight at the Alamo Draft House in Austin, Texas, Sept. 24, as part of Harry Knowles' Fantastic Fest. Paramount Pictures will also hold midnight screenings that night in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Seattle. A limited release will follow the next day.

The film follows a young San Diego couple terrorized by things that go bump in the night; think "Blair Witch," but in a cozy suburban house.

For more information on the screenings, click here. -- [EW]


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