Ryan Kwanten From True Blood Video Interview

February 23, 2009

ryanvidaboutRyan Kwanten From True Blood was interviewed by Rebecca Murray from About.com at the 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards held on Saturday, February 21, 2009.  In this video interview Ryan discusses his role of Jason Stackhouse in Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV series True Blood.  One of the first questions that Rebecca Murray asks Ryan is how he feels about all the nudity that his character has to do.   He says he trusts Alan Ball and the reasons why certain scenes need to be played out the way they are in order to tell the story.  He knew before going into the show what may be involved with his character and he is quite comfortable with his body he states. Later on in the video he discusses the differences between the books and the show and his other projects.  To watch the video interview with Ryan Kwanten click the image below to be taken to the link.

SOURCE:  About.com

ryanvidabout2

Share

Alexander Skarsgard From True Blood Video Interview – Part 2

February 23, 2009

alexvid2Alexander Skarsgard From True Blood was interviewed by Rebecca Murray from About.com at the 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards held on Saturday, February 21, 2009. In this Part 2 video Alex discusses with her his role as the 1000 year old viking vampire, Eric Northman in the show and his work on Generation Kill. To watch Part 2 of the video interview with Alexander Skarsgard click the image below to be taken to the link.

SOURCE:  About.com

alexvid3

Share

Alexander Skarsgard From True Blood Video Interview – Part 1

February 23, 2009

alexnameAlexander Skarsgard From True Blood was interviewed by Rebecca Murray from About.com at the 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards held on Saturday, February 21, 2009. Alex discusses with her his role as the 1000 year old viking vampire, Eric Northman in the show and what we may expect for season 2. He states that the story will follow book 2 loosely and they will be going to Dallas. He says that he is enjoying playing the role of Eric and that it is great working with everyone on the set of True Blood and Alan Ball has a very laidback style which is great. He goes on to mention the additional sets to be added to True Blood are “really cool”. One of the questions that most of Alex’s fans want to hear is how does he feel about the huge fan base that has developed for him. Alex being quite humble states that he was not aware of the huge fan base and did not expect it coming into True Blood. Does he ever check online to see what people are saying about him? No, he says because if nine comments are positive and one is negative, it is that one that is going to stick with him. On a personal note, that is why True Blood fans should praise all the actors on the show for the superb work they do in providing fans such a tantalizing experience watching True Blood. To watch Part 1 of the video interview with Alexander Skarsgard click the image below to be taken to the link.

alexvid1

SOURCE:  About.com

Share

Charlaine Harris And Her Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Part 6

February 23, 2009

chpt6vidCharlaine Harris talks about her Sookie Stackhouse novels and others with Barbara Peters of Poisoned Pen Press and Bookstore in Arizona in the sixth and last part of the six part series. Charlaine talks to Ms. Peters about her writing, her various novels and books in general. Hopefully you enjoyed listening to the series and hearing Charlaine Harris talk about her novels.

Share

True Blood Season 2 Casting News: Episode 2.05 “Never Let Me Go”

February 23, 2009

bill-and-sookieTrue Blood season 2 casting news has come out for episode 5 entitled “Never Let Me Go” which is set to begin filming on March 5, 2009.   Now please be advised that the information comes from Spoiler TV and we have heard from Alan Ball in a recent interview that they actively plant misinformation to throw people off and to keep the element of surprise in the series. Therefore, some of these cast characters may or may not appear in season 2.

Character: Stan: Is a metrosexual male vampire appearing to be in his 40s with a tendency to dress in expensive Western clothes. He is Godric’s lieutenant in Texas and considered to be a volatile troublemaker.  1 speech & 12 lines, 2 scenes (31)

Character: Isabel:  Is an elegant Hispanic vampire in her 30s and Godric’s other lieutenant.  1 speech & 13 lines, 2 scenes (31)

Character: Gunnar: A badly wounded and bleeding Viking in his 20s speaking Old Norse in a flashback scene to the tenth century AD.  5 lines, 2 scenes (43)

Character: Hrolf:  A badly wounded and bleeding Viking in his 20’s speaking Old Norse in a flashback scene to the tenth century AD.  4 lines, 2 scenes (43)

Character: Well-dressed woman: This woman comes to the Hotel Carmilla seeking work and clearly has been with vampires frequently due to fang scars all over her chest and neck  She has no idea that Sookie and Barry can read her every thought.  1 speech & 2 lines, 1 scene (16)

Character:  Guy:  This guy is a bank teller who has come to a training camp for vampire hunters and cannot make it through the Boot Camp.  Probably due to being overweight and definitely not in good shape he collapses in near tears.  1 line, 1 scene (24)

Character:  Man:  This gentleman is in his 30s to 40s, maybe overweight,  arguing with his wife in Merlotte’s and complaining about Arlene’s poor service. 2 lines, 1 scene (37)

Character: Woman:  This woman is in her 30s to 40s, maybe overweight, arguing with her husband in Merlotte’s and complaining about Arlene’s the poor service. 2 lines, 1 scene (37)

SOURCE: Spoiler TV

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

Share

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the Vanity Fair’s 2009 Oscar Party

February 23, 2009

oscarsmap1Anne Paquin and Stephen Moyer from True Blood attended the Vanity Fair’s 2009 Oscar Party on Sunday, February 22, 2009 held at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California last night. Below are a series of pictures with Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin arriving at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Also as an added treat there is a video from Vanity Fair that lets you take a look inside the exclusive Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

oscarsmap4

oscarsmap3

oscarsmap5

oscarsmap6

oscarsmap7

SOURCE:
news.yahoo.com
Vanityfair.com
NYPost.com

(Photo credits: AP Photo/Evan Agostini and REUTERS/Danny Moloshok, UNITED STATES)

Share

True Blood Season 2 Filming Continues as SAG Board Rejects Tainted New Deal

February 22, 2009

True Blood Season 2 filming continues as the new deal brought to the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) on Saturday was quickly rejected as expected. New talks of strikes by the contentious Members First branch of SAG were just as quickly rejected by the board as such a vote by the full membership is unlikely to pass in such tough economic times.

In an attempt to take advantage of the infighting that has been plaguing SAG, the producers added a ‘new’ condition that the deal must go for three years from the time of settlement instead of from the date of the old deal. This is a clear attempt to permanently separate SAG and AFTRA negotiations thus reducing the leverage of both unions. AFTRA split from SAG this past summer, taking the almost unchanged deal that SAG is now likely to accept if this new hurdle can be overcome.

The attempt at leveraging a better deal for The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) puts into question whether the producers are negotiating in good faith as this was not discussed during the meetings with the federal mediators last year.

“We simply cannot offer SAG a better deal than the rest of the industry achieved under far better economic conditions than those now confronting our industry,” the AMPTP said.

This statement is confounding because the sticking point has nothing to do with SAG getting a better deal as the new negotiators, in place after months long legal and political wrangling, have signaled a willingness to accept the current industry standard pay scale for work done strictly for new media such as DVD and internet productions.

While the only likely next step would be behind the scenes negotiations or ‘back-channel’ talks, such discussions are likely to drag on for months more. Currently, SAG has continued to work under the terms of the old contract. It is possible that the studios could attempt to simply put into place the new terms without any signed agreement but this would not seem to be to their advantage as the new offer has some slight improvements in pay and conditions as compared to the currently expired contract SAG members have been working under. Even more unlikely would be that the studios would lock out the actors until a contract is signed. This would hit the studios as hard as SAG and they are still not recovered from last years Writers guild strike.

There is hope, now that Doug Allen and Alen Rosenberg have been ousted and replaced by a committee headed by John McGuire, that Robert Iger (Disney CEO) and Peter Chernin (News Corp president) could reengage the discussions in an attempt to iron out a deal. After helping DGA and WGA (the Directors and Writers guilds) achieve a contract last year they attempted to help SAG as well but quit when Allen and Rosenberg made it clear that they were not willing to accept the same deal that the rest of the industry took. The new SAG committee has signaled a willingness to accept that deal but doesn’t wish to be split off from other guilds timelines for negotiations for fear of losing negotiating clout.

It’s not entirely out of the question that SAG will continue to work without a deal going forward and hope to rejoin the other guilds in hammering out a contract two years from now. This would paint Allen and Rosenberg and their supporting Members First contingent as completely tone deaf as to the wishes of the majority of its’ members and highlight the foolishness of standing firm against the deal while AFTRA moved to sign.

SAG and AMPTP both put out official statements and are refusing to comment further. Here is the text of the two statements:

Statement by the AMPTP

The Producers’ offer is strong and fair – and has been judged to be strong and fair by all of Hollywood’s other major Guilds and Unions. We have kept our offer on the table – and even enhanced it – despite the historically unprecedented economic crisis that has clobbered our nation and our industry. The Producers have always sought a full three-year deal with SAG, just as we negotiated with all the other Unions and Guilds, and have offered SAG a way to achieve an earlier expiration date without contributing to further labor uncertainty. We simply cannot offer SAG a better deal than the rest of the industry achieved under far better economic conditions than those now confronting our industry.

STATEMENT FROM SAG NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS — SAG NATIONAL BOARD REJECTS AMPTP LAST, BEST AND FINAL OFFER

Los Angeles, (February 21, 2009) – The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors today voted 73% to 27% to “reject the AMPTPs last, best and final offer dated February 19, 2009.”
We entered this round of negotiations sending an unmistakably clear message that we were ready to make a deal. In an effort to put the town back to work, our negotiator agreed to modify the Guild’s bargaining position to bring the Guild in line with the deals made by our sister unions. The AMPTPs last-minute, surprise demand for a new term of agreement extending to 2012 is regressive and damaging and clearly signals the employers’ unwillingness to agree to the deal they established with other entertainment unions. The demand for a new term of agreement was not part of their final offer of June 30, 2008; it was not part of the federally mediated talks of November 2008, and should not have been inserted into the discussions when we returned to negotiations on February 17, 2009. What management presented as a compromise is, in fact, an attempt to separate Screen Actors Guild from other industry unions. By attempting to extend our contract expiration one year beyond the other entertainment unions, the AMPTP intends to deleverage our bargaining position from this point forward. Screen Actors Guild’s goal is to successfully complete these negotiations and get the industry back to work as soon as possible. The AMPTP has clearly stated their need and desire for financial certainty and industry peace. This new proposal does the exact opposite, and will only result in constant negotiating cycles and continued labor unrest.

Sources:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2009/02/sag-1.html
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/22/sag.talks/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-handel/sag-rejects-studio-offer_b_168895.html
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118000436.html?categoryId=13

Share

True Blood Season 2: Meet Annalise Basso

February 22, 2009

annaliseTrue Blood season 2 news about another cast member has just been published in IMDb. The latest addition to Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV series “True Blood” is Annalise Basso. Annalise has been cast to play the role of Eden Hamby, Jessica’s 9 year old younger sister. She will make her appearance in Season 2 Episode 2: “Keep This Party Going” with a recurring role. She has also appeared in two movies “Ghost Image” and Bedtime Stories”. She will be appearing in two new upcoming films entitled “Dark House” and “Alabama Moon”. The accompany photo was taking on the set of “True Blood” with Annalise Basso in the center, Deborah Ann Woll to the left and Anna Paquin on the right.

SOURCE: IMDb.com
(Photo credit: IMDb.com)

Share

Charlaine Harris And Her Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Part 5

February 22, 2009

chpt5vidCharlaine Harris talks about her Sookie Stackhouse novels and others with Barbara Peters of Poisoned Pen Press and Bookstore in Arizona in the fifth part of a six part series. Charlaine talks to Ms. Peters about her writing, her various novels and books in general. Enjoy the fifth part of this series and come back tomorrow for the sixth and final part.

Share

Damaged – True Blood: Bill and Sookie Fan Video

February 21, 2009

This fan video was made by jenniferKemmis on YouTube done to the song “Damaged”. The music is very haunting and at the same time very otherworldly and matches the intense passion that Bill and Sookie feel for each other. At the same time the video shows that sometimes even with the deep love that they have for each other their “damaged” hearts sometimes get in their way. This video is emotionally powerful.

Share

« Previous PageNext Page »