True Blood Season 3 Casting News: Meet Marshall Allman

November 30, 2009

Marshall-Allman-True-BloodMarshall Allman who is best known for his portrayal as LJ Barrows in Fox’s “Prison Break” and guest star appearances on AMC’s “Mad Men” and FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” will be joining the cast of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood as a regular for season 3.

Marshall will play the role of Tommy Mickens, Sam Merlotte‘s (Sam Trammell) long-lost younger brother who works at a Tire Depot in Arkansas.

Very exciting to finally see faces being attached to the characters for season 3!

Are you excited about these developments?  Any speculations about what you think may happen?  Click here to be taken to the discussion area on our forum to share your thoughts and feelings with other True Blood fans.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo credit:  Fox Broadcasting Company / C. Hodes via starpulse.com)

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True Blood Season 3 Spoiler News: True Blood – Episode 3.02 – Beautifully Broken

November 30, 2009

Yes True Blood fans it is true, spoiler news is coming out and this time it is regarding Season 3 Episode 2 of True Blood entitled “Beautifully Broken.”  According to SpoilerTV several casting calls are out and based on the descriptions of the characters we get some information about the scenes that they will be in.  Episode 2 is written by Raelle Tucker and will be directed by Scott Winant.

SPOILER ALERT!!!! DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW!

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In season 3, episode 2 it looks like we WILL meet the folks from Hotshot (book readers will know who these people are as it seems Alan will be introducing them earlier then the books). We will meet Crystal Norris who is to have a very strong recurring role and is described to be in her 20’s, mysterious and hauntingly beautiful who will have an electric connection with Jason before she disappears into to the trees.   We will also meet Calvin Norris, described as a big, rugged bare-chested man in his 40’s who is upset when police arrive with a warrant to search his rundown trailer.  At this point Calvin Norris is stated to have a strong recurring presence on the show.

We will see the beginning of Sam‘s backstory as he starts searching for information regarding his family.  Listed as a strong recurring role, Melinda Mickens (according to previous spoiler reports she is Sam‘s mother) is a dirt-poor, hung-over, trashy-looking woman in her 5o’s wearing stained clothes and living in a shanty house that looks like it was previously a dumpster. Alongside side Melinda is her husband, Joe Lee Mickens who is also a dirt poor, poorly educated man in his 50’s who seems amazed when he realizes Sam‘s link to his wife’s early life. According to the spoiler he will also have a strong recurring role as well.

In this episode we will always have a flashback scene to World War II where we will see a were-bitch female in her 20′-30’s naked, trembling and speaking German pleading for help while Sgt. Kinney, a baby-faced American G.I. in his 20’s tries to assist her and gets a terrifying surprise by her transformation.

We also meet some other characters in this episode including Ruby Jean Reynolds described as an African-American woman in her late 40s to early 50s is who clearly mentally disturbed and is intensely religious and viciously homophobic.  She is being cared for in an elite private facility and by the name alone we may very well be meeting a relative of Lafayette‘s perhaps.

Tara will show her fury in this episode as two drunk, lowlife hillbillies (Shane and Kris) make fun of someone who recently died.  With Shane refusing to apologize to Tara about his remark, Tara proceeds to beat him up.

We will see a female new reporter interviewing authorities about some recent “animal” attack and we will also have our first encounter with a member of the biker gang as reported in previous spoiler reports.

It seems that a creepy biker, who is in fact a biker/werewolf will menace Sookie, but he will find out that she’s not the easy victim he anticipated.

With so much happening in this episode it will definitely be one that will require multiple viewing.

Can’t wait for season 3 to begin!  These spoilers will definitely help fill the time by allowing us to develop theories as to what we believe is going to happen in the show.

SOURCE:  SpoilerTV

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

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Charlaine Harris Interviewed in the Author Hour

November 30, 2009

charlaine HarrisFor someone who writes in the fantasy genre with such a twisted point of view, Charlaine Harris would choose a very practical supernatural power for herself: perpetual good health. That’s not nearly as flashy as the abilities she has given to her characters like Sookie Stackhouse, but thanks to her great imagination, life is still very exciting for Charlaine these days as she relishes in her immense popularity and success. In an interview with “The Author Hour,” Charlaine Harris talks about her books, past and future.

During the introduction, you get a sense for the vast scope of Charlaine’s accomplishments in her 26-year career as an author. The Sookie Stackhouse series has made her an international bestseller. She has been nominated for various national book awards. Charlaine is also a member of a number of organizations–for mystery writers, romance writers, horror writers, female writers, Arkansas writers–and has leadership positions in some of them, too. Each of the groups that she participates have different goals, one of which is to help new writers who are trying to get into the business. She is pleased by all of her success, but she still remembers the years when not many people were reading her books and looks to help those starting out in the field.

Charlaine discusses the Southern Vampire series and how telepathy was the worst thing she could come up with to be a burden on Sookie:

“Well, when you think about all the unkind things you think of everyday. You know, like, ‘Oh gosh, her butt looks so big in those pants.’ Or, ‘This driver ahead of me is a total idiot.’ Or, ‘Gosh, if this woman doesn’t stop talking, I think I’m just going to scream and walk away.’ You know, all those little thoughts, if we could hear all those, this would be a terrible world.”

Charlaine has at least three more books to write about Sookie and her life of vampires, shifters, and faeries. Along the way, she might decide to conclude things with Book 13, if she feels like the spark is gone from the story. That’s what happened with her previous series–Charlaine felt like she had said everything she wanted to say with Lily Bard, Aurora Teagarden, and Harper Connelly, although she might one day return to them if she feels so moved. Her next projects are to make the editing changes to Dead in the Family, and to write a novella for the Sookie Companion, which will be released next year. Charlaine promises that Book 10 “answers a lot of questions.”

On the topic of the hit HBO vampire series inspired by her books, Charlaine says that True Blood has been delightful to watch. She thinks Alan is a genius, and loves the work that the cast and crew are doing to produce such a fun and excellent show. She doesn’t know what direction the third season will take, or how closely it will adhere to her corresponding book, Club Dead, but she seems to enjoy being surprised.

Charlaine also talks about Grave Secret, her latest in the Harper Connelly series. She sees those books as more of the classic detective stories “with a little twist.” Harper was struck by lightning and discovered that she had the power to locate dead bodies. She travels to different places, making a living by finding out how people died.

To hear the complete interview with Charlaine, visit the Author Hour website!

SOURCE: Matthew Peterson / theauthorhour.com

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VIDEO: Behind-The-Scenes From Deborah Ann Woll’s Mother’s Day

November 30, 2009

Deborah-Ann-Woll-True-Blood-Jessica-HambyAs many True Blood fans are aware Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) has been busy working on different projects while True Blood has been on hiatus including the remake of the 1980 cult horror film, Mother’s Day.  In the film, Deborah portrays the daughter of a psychopathic family who will terrorize the new owners, and their guests, upon returning to her childhood home. Here is the latest behind-the-scenes clip from the movie, which looks very intense.  Looking forward to seeing it when it is released.

SOURCE: moviefone.com

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc., screencaps courtesy by James)

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And We Thought Vampires Were The Stuff Of Our Dreams

November 30, 2009

A_-Skarsgard1Do vampires really exist? The answer to this question depends on your definition of the word vampire. If you feel that vampires, such as those creatures depicted in movies such as Near Dark and in books such as Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries, Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire exist, then I would have to say no.

And as much as we want to believe, nay fervently desire, that the Viking vampire Eric Northman and Bill Compton, both vampires from the hit HBO series True Blood, exist; as much as it disappoints me to admit to this, I’d certainly wager that these glamorous creatures do not in fact walk among us. In fact, to date, I have not met or even heard of a verifiable fact that such creature do in fact exist.

spike from buffyIf, on the other hand, you believe that vampires are people who are basically normal with the exception of one or two abnormalities such as hypersensitivity to light, heightened psychic abilities, and the physical need to consume blood, then my answer would be yes, albeit a hesitant yes.

Of course, as fictional or mythological characters, from Stoker’s Count Dracula to Spike to the bewitching Eric Northman, Pam and Bill Compton of True Blood, we have come to accept and celebrate the vampire. But for many people, vampirism isn’t just a literary genre. It’s an identity and a lifestyle. Yes, this even includes the blood-drinking.

And though it may sound incredulous, some experts say that there’s a little bit of a vampire in all of us. As Katherine Ramsland a forensic psychologist and author of Science of Vampires, explains,

“The vampire image is sexy because it’s a trespass […] It’s not just kissing, it’s biting […] the vampire has the ability to make you want it, even though you’re frightened of it.”

According to K. Ramsland, cultures all over the world retain some belief in their folklores that in a vampire like creature capable of sucking the life force. The ‘vampire metaphor’ common in the United States is derived from the Romanian Dracula, she said. But in other cultures, there are variations, for example, some cultures believe that vampires are only female or that they only go after children. Others believe that the vampire emerge only after a suicide, rather than after a vampire‘s bite. Despite the different ways the metaphor is manifested, certain elements remain, regardless of where it appears.

As Ramsland further clarifies,

“Whatever comes and depletes you is a vampiric image […] It’s not always blood. It’s a human metaphor, a representation of a human dread that’s both frightening and exciting.”

And it is hardly surprising, attracted to the powerful and sexy image of, for example, Lestat, Spike, Angel, Ericbill and sookie Northman or Vampire Bill, legions of people around the world have formed subcultures that reflect various parts of the vampire identity.

But according to Ramsland, there is a continuum of responses to the vampire metaphor that draws in members of this subculture. For some, it’s merely an outlet for creativity. For others, it manifests the belief, no matter how mistaken, that they need the blood or energy of another person or animal to subsist. Unfortunately, in very rare cases, Ramsland indicates, it gives structure to paranoia and delusion. Regardless of how it’s manifested, however, it’s a very powerful metaphor, Ramsland explains,

“People can participate in whatever ways they want to […] Some of us are more the blood drinkers or the victim or the hunter. All of us participate in the metaphor in some manner […] It allows for so much elasticity.”

Unsurprisingly, this diversity, of practice and belief systems, makes the exact size of the vampire community difficult to quantify. For starters, apparently, not all real-life vampires drink blood. While ‘sanguine’ vampires say they need to drink human or animal blood to revive themselves. Some sanguine vampires even draw blood from a vein, transfer it to a glass and then drink it. On the other hand, ‘pranic’ vampires claim they do not require blood, saying that they can simply feed off the energy of other humans. The word ‘pranic’ stems from the Hindu notion of prana, or energy. Well, I learn something new every day…

Belfazaar, who works as a spiritual consultant at a shop called Voodoo Authentica, is a ‘sanguine’ vampire, the blood drinking type of vampire. And if you’re wondering, he practices mouth-to-wound feeding. At his most hungry, Belfazza will ingest six ounces of blood but he acknowledges that this can make ‘mundanes’, normal humans in vampire lingo, sick. Whether you choose to believe him or not, Belfazaar maintains, however, that vampire feeding is crucial for him to stay healthy, claiming that it can also provide an erotic experience,

“Even though the vampires are taking from someone there is an energy that we give off […] For some people, they describe it as calming, other people describe it as sensually arousing.”

Belfazaar agrees to demonstrate what he refers to as “a safe blood feed”. In front of the cameras, Belfazaar removes his prosthetic fangs, rinses his mouth with mouthwash and sterilizes the skin of his willing donor, called Bo. Belfazaar used an exacto knife to make a small cut on Bo’s back. As blood flowed, Belfazaar drank it directly from the wound. Apparently, this isn’t Bo’s first time,

“It’s not comfortable, but it doesn’t hurt […] I mean, it’s not any worse than getting a piercing or a tattoo […] It’s a rush of energy. There’s a bond between the two individuals.”

Jade, a tarot card reader in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and considered an elder in the New Orleans vampire community agrees, claiming that she needs to feed on sex and blood. In fact, the more, the better,

“I can do it once a week and stay balanced. I can do it twice a week and stay happy. I can do it daily and just be really happy.”

Doctors, however, claim that there no medical value is derived from a ‘blood feed’. Apart from the obvious danger of ingesting blood tainted with HIV, hepatitis or other viruses, Dr. Jeffrey Hobden, an infectious disease expert at the LSU Health Sciences Centre, explains,

“To ingest the blood, biologically speaking, it has no value whatsoever in making any medical difference [but] The placebo effect can be very powerful […] Not only is the person who’s ingesting the blood at risk, but the person who is donating the blood who was cut is also at risk from infection. “

Belfazaar disagrees,

“I’ve been doing this since I was 13, so that’s 31 years of never being bothered by any of the other infections […] So if there’s something that bothers a normal — what we call a mundane — human, for some reason they don’t bother me.”

As Katherine Ramsland, author of The Science of Vampires, clarifies,

“It’s a worldwide phenomenon […] Some people are misfits […] Some people are just creative people who don’t feel they fit into normal society. Some people find the vampire a very empowering figure and they want to identify with that.”

william dafoe as vampireRamsland also acknowledges that, in some cases, people suffer from clinical vampirism, which is the psychotic delusion that one needs to ingest blood in order to survive. Convinced that they need to drink blood, some people cut their own arteries or have killed loved ones. But as Ramsland emphasizes, this condition is very different from forming a persona around a vampire and participating in a subculture that celebrates it.

E. Mark Stern, an independent psychotherapist and professor emeritus at Iona College in New York, has published widely on psychotherapy. Although he has not studied the vampire subculture specifically, he has dealt with a number of people who have claimed vampire tendencies.

Stern acknowledges that currently, there are certainly manifestations of the phenomenon, noting that some cults have exploited the blood theme to perpetrate fatal crimes.

But aside from these examples, he said, using blood as a way to bond people to a community is not entirely beyond the mainstream.

He cites the example of taking communion in the Catholic tradition which carries the metaphor of receiving the flesh and blood of Christ. However, he acknowledges that the blood bond also exists outside religion,

“When I was 9, we were buddies forever – ‘blood brothers.’ We pricked our fingers, mixed them and sucked them […] In that sense, it’s a way of binding a community beyond the usual forms of understanding. On a rational basis, you can say ‘what the hell are they doing?’ But on an instinctive basis, then we’re bound much more.”

However, Stern cautions that vampirism comes with extremes. In fiction, we are now familiar with the vampire. From the classic novel Dracula to the hit HBO series True Blood, vampires are portrayed as immortal, bewitching predators with supernatural powers such as Eric Northman’s ability to fly or Dracula’s ability to shape shift. On the other hand, today’s self-described vampires do not claim to be immortal or have superpowers. And they say they don’t prey on strangers. They have willing donors, who are often friends or lovers. Now that I know vampires don’t merely belong to my dreams, I can only wish that the True Blood vampires walk among us too.

You can watch some of the clips from ABC’s “20/20” program’s look at real-life vampires here.

SOURCES:

Real-Life Vampires: abcnews.go.com

Coming Out of the Coffin: abcnews.go.news

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Alexander Skarsgard Interviewed in DARK Mag

November 30, 2009

Alexander-Skarsgard-Dark-MagAlexander Skarsgard who portrays the 1000-year-old vampire viking, Eric Northman on True Blood is featured in the December issue of the French magazine, DARK Mag.   Alexander is interviewed in the magazine and discusses his character and the show just before season 2 premieres in France December 1st.

Alexander explains that when he first heard that True Blood was a show about vampires he wasn’t sure about it, wondered what it might look like, and actually thought that it was a joke.  That was until he until he heard that Alan Ball was involved, who wrote and co-produced the award winning American Beauty film and TV series Six Feet Under.  Once he heard that Alan was behind the creation of True Blood he knew it was going to be great.

Alexander admits that before True Blood he was never into the urban fantasy genre, however once he got the role of Eric he immersed himself into that universe 200%.  He watched classic vampire films such as Nosferatu, Dracula with Bella Lugosi, to Francis Ford Coppola to study the vampires to give his role a credible and modern interpretation.

Since France will begin watching season 2 starting December 1st, Alexander explains in the interview the storyline that his character Eric will experience. He mentions that in season 1 the audience didn’t see much of Eric but in season two he plays a bigger role searching for his maker Godric, a 2000-year-old vampire who has disappeared.  He describes how it is very important to Eric to find him and it allows the viewers to see another side on his character.  A vampire who is very loyal and compassionate, which is rare among vampires.  It shows that for him, being a sheriff is not just a job but a profession of faith.

To read the full interview with Alexander you can find it in issue 3 of DARK Mag, on newsstands December 1, 2009 (It is in French).

SOURCE: Translated from fantasy.fr

(Photo Credit: DARK Mag via fantasy.fr)

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Stephen Moyer’s Final Day On The Set Of The Caller

November 29, 2009

Many thanks to Eva from the wonderful website, Puertorican Twilighters who each day would try to present as much information as she could from the set of The Caller starring Stephen Moyer in Puerto Rico.  Today Eva was fortunate enough to get up close and personal with both Stephen Moyer and Rachelle Lefevre.  As she states on her website, she had to get up quite early in the morning in order to find the location of the set (which wasn’t to hard to do) and once she got there Stephen Moyer, Rachelle Lefevre and Luis Guzman were rehearsing a scene outside. Since the scene was being shot outside, she had the opportunity to be quite close to the action and watch them act out their scenes.  She observed that “in between takes, they had their make-up retouched and carried little hand-held fans to keep cool (it was hot this morning).”

This was the final day of shooting for Stephen in the movie and at the end of filming “everyone on the set applauded his work and had a photo shoot before he left. Later, Rachelle and Stephen exchanged phone numbers and talked for some time, before going to lunch break.” Eva mentions on her website that Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin will be leaving Puerto Rico as Stephen has completed filming.  Stephen was able to wrap up his scenes in The Caller just in time before shooting begins for season 3 of True Blood on December 3rd. Click on the photo and go to the bottom right hand corner and click the box to enlarge it to its original size.

Once again thank you so much Eva from Puertorican Twilighters, you look fantastic in the photo.

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Eva and Stephen Moyer

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Rachelle Lefevre and Stephen Moyer

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Stephen Moyer and Rachelle Lefevre

SOURCE: Puertorican Twilighters

(Photo credits:  Puertorican Twilighters and Rachelle Lefevre on twitter.com/RachelleLefevre – twitpic)

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True Blood’s Masters FX Effects

November 29, 2009

Sookie-InjuredWe have seen True Blood‘s special effects and somehow we now have an idea on how True Blood vampires would die if you staked them.  The Twilight Saga, New Moon, hired the same company that True Blood uses to do their special effects. That company is none other than the 22-year-old Los Angeles-based company – Masters FX.

Masters FX is owned by Todd Masters, a graduate of Sammamish High School. Masters is a drop-out of Seattle’s Cornish School of Arts after attending for just a day when he was 18. But this did not impede his dreams and look at where he is at the moment. His company is credited for the contributions to films like Predator, Mortal Kombat, Nightmare on Elm Street and the t.v. show Fringe. The company’s latest assignment was Twilight Saga’s New Moon. Among his company’s contribution to New Moon were the wounds, scars, tattoos of the Quileute characters and the very sparkly vampire death.

But Masters is not into the sparkly death of vampires He said,

“We’re not really into the whole sparkly vampire thing. Vampires don’t sparkle.”

However, Masters FX worked their expertise in the third installment in the franchise, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which is due out in June.   If he doesn’t like the sparkly deaths of Twilight vampires, perhaps he loves True Blood vampires‘ messy death.

SOURCE: blog.seattlepi.com
(Photo credit: HBO Inc., screencaps courtesy by James)

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Ryan Kwanten At His Birthday Party At Lavo In Las Vegas

November 29, 2009

ryan-kwanten-birthday-lavo-las-vegasOn Saturday, November 28, 2009, True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten attended his birthday celebrations at the Lavo Nightclub in Las Vegas where he posed for photographers on their red carpet before heading in for the party.  As you will see in this video, the flashes from the photographers seemed to go on for quite some time.  Therefore if you are sensitive to these types of videos please use caution when viewing.

(Photo credit: JustJared.com)

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Vampire-Themed Wedding Shocks UK Registrar

November 29, 2009

truebloodlipsNigel and Alex Harvard from Surbiton, Surrey knew they didn’t want a “big white wedding,” but registrar Anne Wood wasn’t quite prepared for the ceremony they planned instead.  Alex arrived in a red and black dress, and the couple were both wearing fangs.

And if marrying two vampires wasn’t strange enough, the guests arrived in costume as well.  The registrar told reporters:

“I had no idea what the couple had planned before the ceremony.

It was only when I saw a skeleton and a group of witches in the car park that I knew it wasn’t going to be a conventional wedding.

It is a good job I am not of a nervous disposition as one of the witnesses was dressed as a werewolf, complete with huge hairy hands and a full head mask with fur and red eyes.

I could see him in the corner of my eye throughout the ceremony.”

The couple had to remove their fangs in order to make their vows since witnesses were having trouble understanding what was said.  Otherwise, the couple stayed in full costume throughout the entire ceremony, and red wine rather than Champagne was used for the wedding toast.

Bride Alex said that the theme was Nigel’s idea, and she was thrilled that the guests got into the spirit of the event to make their special day unique.

SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk

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