Favorite Vampire Season 1

November 30, 2008

Here is the first True Blood Poll for Season 1. Who’s your favorite vampire on True Blood? Be sure to take the poll and find out if your favorite vamp makes the cut!

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Jim Parrack as Hoyt Fortenberry

November 29, 2008

Jim Parrack

Jim Parrack

Jim Parrack as Hoyt Fortenberry

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Kristin Bauer as Pam

November 29, 2008

Kristin Bauer as Pam

Kristin Bauer as Pam

Vampire 2nd in command to Eric, VP of Fangtasia

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Chris Bauer as Andy Bellefleur

November 29, 2008

Chris Bauer as Andy Bellefleur

Chris Bauer as Andy Bellefleur

Chris Bauer as Andy Bellefleur

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Lois Smith as Adele (Gran) Stackhouse

November 29, 2008

Lois Smith

Lois Smith

Lois Smith as Adele (Gran) Stackhouse (born November 3, 1930) is an American actress whose career in theatre, film, and television has spanned five decades.

Smith was born Lois Arlene Humbert in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Carrie Davis (née Gottshalk) and William Oren Smith, a telephone company employee. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.

Smith made her film debut in East of Eden in 1955. Additional film credits include Five Easy Pieces, Up the Sandbox, Fatal Attraction, Fried Green Tomatoes, How to Make an American Quilt, Dead Man Walking, Twister, Minority Report, Tumbleweeds, Hollywoodland and Sweet Land. Much of Smith’s career has been spent in television, appearing in early anthology series (Studio One, Robert Montgomery Presents), soap operas (Another World, Somerset, The Edge of Night, All My Children), and numerous primetime dramas, including The Defenders, Dr. Kildare, Route 66, thirtysomething, The Practice, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Smith made her Broadway debut in the 1952 comedy Time Out for Ginger. has made much of her career in Chicago with the Steppenwolf Company, but her presence on Broadway goes back to Time Out for Ginger (1952). She won Tony nominations for The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child and has played memorable roles in The Trip to Bountiful, The Iceman Cometh and Orpheus Descending.

Smith lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is currently starring in “The Trip to Bountiful” at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

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Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman

November 29, 2008

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman, a thousand-year-old vampire Viking

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman Photo Credit: HBO / Prashant Gupta

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman Photo Credit: HBO / Prashant Gupta

Alexander Skarsgård (born August 25, 1976, Stockholm, Sweden), son of Stellan Skarsgård and brother of Gustaf Skarsgård, is a Swedish actor and director. He most recently appeared in the HBO mini-series “Generation Kill”.

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Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynold

November 29, 2008

Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds Photo Credit: HBO / Jaimie Trueblood

Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds Photo Credit: HBO / Jaimie Trueblood

Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynold, colorful cook at Merlotte’s
Nelsan Ellis is currently shooting the upcoming HBO vampire series “True Blood,” directed by Alan Ball. He recently wrapped “The Soloist,” opposite Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx and Catherine Keener. Last year, Ellis completed filming “The Express” for Universal Pictures.

Ellis’ television credits include the Fox television series “The Inside” produced by Brian Grazer and the HBO film “Warm Springs,” opposite Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon and Kathy Bates.

While studying at Julliard, Ellis wrote a semi-autobiographical play called “Ugly,” which was not only performed at the school, but he received the Martin Segal Award by Lincoln Center. Further productions of “Ugly” were performed at the Fringe Festival, Storm Theatre and the Santa Monica Playhouse.

Nelsan Ellis was born in Alabama and later raised in Chicago. He currently resides in Los Angeles…

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Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte

November 29, 2008

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte Photo Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte Photo Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, the owner of the restaurant in which Sookie works

Sam Trammell studied at Brown University and the University of Paris and has worked in theater, on-Broadway, off-Broadway, and in film and television.

Sam Trammell is an accomplished New York stage actor whose credits include a Tony nominated performance in “Ah, Wilderness!” at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway, he starred in “Dealer’s Choice,” “My Night With Reg,” “If Memory Serves,” “Ancestral Voices,” and most recently, “Kit Marlowe” at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, where he received outstanding reviews.

Trammell’s feature films include “Autumn in New York,” “Wrestling With Alligators,” the soon-to-be-releases “Beat,” and most recently a starring role in the independent feature “Undermind.”

In television, Trammell was a regular on John Wells’ “Trinity,” while simultaneously appearing in a recurring role in Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Maximum Bob.”

Source: Showtime’s “Going to California” press kit

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Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton

November 29, 2008

Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton Photo Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton Photo Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

 Sookie’s best friend
            Classically trained actress, Rutina Wesley, always brings a passion and intelligence to her work whether it is on the stage or behind the camera. She has been likened by some to a young Angela Bassett, an actress with true range who can make an audience both laugh and cry at the same time.

            Currently, Rutina is co-starring on the upcoming HBO series “True Blood,” based on Charlaine Harris’ popular “Southern Vampire” novels. The show is produced by Academy Award winner, Alan Ball, and tells the story of vampires living amongst humans buying synthetic blood and living in the American South. Rutina plays the role of Tara, best friend to Anna Paquin’s Sookie Stackhouse.

            Rutina, a native of Las Vegas, made her film debut starring as the lead in the Paramount Vantage/MTV Films, “How She Move,” from British director Ian Rashid and produced by Canada’s Sienna Films. She played the lead role of Raya Green, a young girl who returns home to the inner city after the traumatizing death of her sister and her dismissal from an elite private school her family can no longer afford. She hopes her talent as a step dancer can win her enough money to escape back to the suburban private school life. Through her friends, Raya realizes that the secret to her future happiness lies not in escaping her past but embracing it. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (World Competition) and received high praise with numerous publications singling out Rutina’s performance. The Hollywood Reporter said, “Young Wesley displays an intense charisma and powerful moves in the central role…”

            In the short amount of time following her graduation from Juillard, Rutina has amassed some high quality credits for her resume. She was a part of the pre-Broadway workshop of the Tony nominated musical “The Color Purple” and starred in “In Darfur” at New York’s esteemed Public Theatre. Rutina made her Broadway debut playing a role in the high profile production of “The Vertical Hour,” by acclaimed playwright David Hare, co-starring Two time Academy Award Nominee Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy. The show was directed by critically-acclaimed director, Sam Mendes and produced by Scott Rudin and Robert Fox.

            Rutina received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville and prior to that she attended the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. She also attended the prestigious Juilliard School (Drama Division, Group 34). In addition to her studies at Juilliard, Rutina also spent a summer studying Shakespeare at the well-known and well-respected Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. While in the program, she was able to tackle the highly sought after role of Juliet in a production of “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Nona Sheppard.

            She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York. Rutina is represented by Endeavor Talent Agency and managed by Inspire Entertainment, LLC…

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True Blood Is Going International

November 29, 2008

tbdvdseasonone“True Blood” is a phenomenal hit here and in North America and it seems that the rest of the world will soon discover this fantastic show.  According to trueblood-online.com Sweden is already enjoying “True Blood” but soon Spain, France, the U.K. and Brazil will  join the millions who are already entralled by this HBO hit TV series.  The premiere dates for the following countries are:  Spain (December 4, 2008), France (December 23, 2008), Brazil (January 18, 2009) and the U.K. (April 2009).  It seems each country will have their own website dedicated to the show.  To obtain further information and links to the various countries’ websites, click the links below.

SOURCE: trueblood-online.com France Information

trueblood-online.com Spain Information

trueblood-online.com Brazil Information

U.K. Premiere of True Blood

(Photo credit:  HBO, Inc.)

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