True Blood Men Featured In “Shirtless Men of the Week”

December 29, 2009

Chicagonow.com features the men of True Blood in their “Shirtless Men of the Week” posting of Show Patrol with a gallery of photos featuring the handsome vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) the good-looking viking vampire Eric Nothman (Alexander Skarsgard) and the adorable Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) to name a few.

Since HBO is presenting a True Blood season 1 marathon (starting Monday, December 28 airing 3 episodes from 8:00pm – 110:00pm EST each night through to December 31) it is another wonderful incentive to tune in to help quell the True Blood withdrawal that many are suffering while waiting for season 3.

Here are a few of the wonderful images on their gallery:

To enjoy the wonderful photos in the gallery click here.

SOURCE: Chicagonow.com

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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Talks about Alcide

December 28, 2009

Trust Michael Ausiello from EW.com to have the latest scoop on all our favorite show! Today, Michael posted his interview with Joe Manganiello, True Blood‘s newest hunk for Season 3, werewolf Alcide Herveaux on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire drama.  From the responses that Joe provided it seems he is the perfect Alcide!

The first question Michael asked Joe was regarding how he found out that he got the role of  Alcide.

I had three meetings with Alan Ball. [After the last one], I got a call from my agent and manager. And whenever you get a call from your agent and manager, you have a pretty good idea that something good is about to happen.

Joe’s reaction to learning that he was Alcide was quite emotional as he was not shy to reveal in his answers that he actually cried upon learning that he got the role.

I’m not afraid to admit that I started crying. I was just so excited. It’s a dream come true. When I was a little kid, the nun at my elementary school said if you pray for something hard enough, it’ll happen. And I would pray every day with all of my heart that God would turn me into a werewolf. And when it didn’t happen, I kind of thought, “You know what? Maybe this stuff doesn’t work. Maybe I’m getting gypped.” So here it is 25 years later and my prayers got answered and I’m going to be a werewolf.

As to Joe‘s appeal to being a werewolf, it seems it stem from his childhood as he always had an inkling towards monsters according to his response.

I just loved Halloween. When I was 4, my mother dressed me up as a vampire and brought me to a haunted house. When I think about it now, bringing a 4-year-old kid to a haunted house is pretty intense. There was a vampire in the haunted house that jumped out of a coffin and I went up and tried to climb into the coffin with him. He wound up picking me up and putting me in the coffin with him and closing the lid. I [just] always liked monsters. There was something interesting about having this thing inside of you that you can’t control that comes out when you get angry. There’s something cathartic about the idea of having a beast inside you.

The response about the “beast within that you can’t control” is quite interesting since after all, isn’t that kind of what The Hulk is, along with so many other beloved characters from the last several decades? The description allows us to really feel for the character, which makes them become an integral part of our lives.

Joe mentioned that he is a big fan of the show and has seen every episode of the show and when asked if he had the opportunity to meet Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) to which he stated “not yet”.

The next question that all True Blood fans are probably interested in is when will he start filming? His stated:

Late January, so I’ve got some time. Every day right now is all about the Werewolf Workout. It consists of Krav Maga, which is an Israeli fighting technique, and Cross Fit, which is kind of a gnarly crazy high-intensity workout. And I’m doing a little bit of weights in between.

Krav Maga is “a practical and tactical system which teaches how to prevent, deal and overcome all kinds of violence and attacks.” This type of martial arts is also used in by many military and government groups including the FBI and Israel’s Mossad. (If you want to learn more about it, just check out the link here.)

The final question, was in response to Joe’s previous answer, and asked whether or not Alan Ball had asked him to do such intense workouts.

No. This is something I wanted to do on my own. I’m a big guy to begin with; I work out a lot anyway. In my mind, I see the character as having a big chest, big arms — ripped the way an animal would be. Vampires have a supernatural strength to them, so you can have a vampire that is a little slighter. But a werewolf is this big, powerful, half man, half animal. I want to get as close to that as I possibly can.

Sounds like Joe is mentally prepped to become Alcide, and is working on the physical preparation as well! True Blood fans will be anxiously waiting to see how Alcide will shape up in the coming season of True Blood!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the interview where Joe will discuss Alan Ball’s approach to Alcide and if it will differ from Charlaine HarrisAlcide? His time commitment to True Blood? And perhaps one of the biggest question that many True Blood fans are wondering is should they be worried about Alcide getting in between Sookie and the two vampires vying for her attention.  Part 2 of the interview will be very enlightening or maybe it will be a tease.  We will have to wait and see.

SOURCES:

EW.com

International Krav Maga Federation

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True Blood Has Hot Vampires

December 28, 2009

Fancast.com is featuring their “Hot For Vampires” list and of course our favorite vampires from Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV series True Blood are included.  Fancast is presenting the hot vampires in a slideshow with the smoldering, handsome Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) known as the gentleman vampire.  As Fancast states “Vampire Bill has won the heart of telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, the sweetheart of Bon Temps (Anna Paquin)…for now.”  The other hot vampire that may be trying to start something with Sookie is the hot 1,000 year old viking vampire Eric Northman. As Fancast states, “Vampire Bill, he has some competition for Sookie‘s affections from Vampire Eric.” Which is going to be very interesting to see how it all play out in season 3.

The hot vampire list is not limited to the male vampires on True Blood but also includes our delectable, sharp-tongued Pam and the wicked Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana portrayed by Evan Rachel Wood.

Another best list for True Blood fans to boast about and to enjoy. You can enjoy Fancast‘s photo gallery of hot vampires by clicking here.

SOURCE:  Fancast.com

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True Blood Season 1 Marathon on HBO

December 28, 2009

For all True Blood fans who are craving for some True Blood to get them through the holidays, well HBO has answered your calls.  Starting tonight, Monday, December 28, 2009 at 8:00pm EST, HBO will be having a True Blood Season 1 Marathon with 3 episodes back-to-back each night.  A wonderful way to get your True Blood fix and the perfect way to start the New Year with a healthy dosage of Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Sookie Stackhouse, Jason Stackhouse, Sam Merlotte, Lafetteye Reynolds, Tara Thornton and Pam to get you through the long wait till season 3 begins.  Enjoy!

Click here to see the complete listing of airing of the episodes.

SOURCE:  HBO
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True Blood Keeps Topping Lists For 2009

December 27, 2009

Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood continues to receive recognition and praise from various news outlets as 2009 draws to a close.  Here we would like to present what some news organizations are saying about this amazing show that has captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world.

The UK publication, The Independent states that True Blood is one of the Best TV show for 2009 and lists it as the best American Import of the Year:

“For sheer entertainment, nothing beat Alan Ball‘s True Blood (Channel 4) which rescued the vampire genre from the Twilighters and launched it into a campy, Deep-South soap opera. And forgive me a shallow moment if I feel compelled to mention that it featured Vinnie from Home and Away in a near-permanent state of undress.”

Cleveland.com lists it in its TV Top 10 for 2009 which we all can agree is well deserved.  They provide the following reason why True Blood is worthy of being on the top TV show’s list and the reason behind its success:

“It’s true. Executive producer Alan Ball‘s vampire series became a richer, sharper, more intriguing metaphoric mix in its second season. The peripheral characters grew in number and complexity, but the heart of the story remained the romance between telepathic Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).”

Boston.com states that True Blood is a show that is “worthy of attention, and attention spans” for its superb writing and the incredible acting from the multi-talented cast:

HBO’s True Blood’’ was definitely not about creeping emotional impact. This blackly comic supernatural drama was fast and smart during its entertaining second season, with each episode building to a cliffhanging crescendo. Alexander Skarsgard as Eric, Michelle Forbes as Maryann, and the rest of the cast were extraordinarily vivid, and the writers beautifully balanced personal drama with supernatural metaphor. The season’s towering moment was when the ancient, peaceful vampire Godric slowly faded into the sunset while Anna Paquin’s Sookie stood watching in tears.”

True Blood has caught the world by storm in 2009 but we all know that for season 3 in 2010 it will be a colossal success and a true indicator that it will be seen as a classic for decades to come.

SOURCES:

The Independent

Cleveland.com

Boston.com

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Alexander Skarsgard Interview with SciFiNow Magazine

December 26, 2009

Being in the mist of the holiday season one would think that there would be little news on the True Blood front.  Well it seems that True Blood and the various cast members are so popular that even during the holiday season the news about them doesn’t take a break which is good news for True Blood fans.  This time thanks to the people at AlexSkarsgard.net they were able to provide the latest interview that Alexander Skarsgard did with the UK publication SciFiNow Magazine.

Even though Alexander has probably been asked the same questions over and over again he never to seem to lose his enthusiasm to discuss his good fortune landing the role of Eric Northman on True Blood and working with Alan Ball.  As he has stated many times, and in this interview as well, that once he heard from his agent that Alan Ball was producing a vampire series he definitely wanted to be a part of it. He states that he was a big fan of Alan‘s work and once Alan told him about the part of playing a 1,000-year-old Viking vampire, and I was like “Hell yeah, I’ll do that.”

As Alex mentions the transition from shooting Generation Kill in Africa for seven months to True Blood was great because for him as an actor, he likes a challenge and doesn’t want to be typecast playing the same type of role over and over again.

For someone who hasn’t seen the show Alex describes it as:

“It’s really a wild ride.  True Blood is funny, and sexy, and it definitely has that Southern flavour.  But at the same time it’s very smart – it’s obviously fictional but you can definitely draw parallels to our society that we live in, and issues that we deal with.”

As Alex explains in the show vampires are trying to obtain civil rights which is used as a metaphor for whichever minority group one wants to imply that is trying to fit in and be treated as an equal in society.

When Alex is asked if he took any inspiration from the book version of Eric in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Alex states that:

“I don’t know about Eric, because he doesn’t play a big part during the first season.  But I got the books and read the first five when we started shooting just to get a bit of knowledge and to understand the character a little.  And it obviously helped me a lot to understand Charlaine Harris’s world that she created.”

In response to the question of the Sookie and Eric relationship developing, Alex mentions that he is aware that it does develop later on in the book series and plays a big part in the books but at the moment the tension is certainly there and Eric is intrigued by Sookie, which is definitely bound to grow.

With the enormous success of the show Alexander is still taken aback by it because as he states:

“Yeah, I’ve never experienced this before.  I really enjoyed it when we worked on it and I thought it was great, but you never anticipate that.  It’s so wild and it’s crazy how big it’s gotten – something happened between season one and two and it just seemed to explode when season two started.  I was in Sweden for a month and I got back as the first episodes of season two were airing in the States, and it was crazy how different it was.”

Of course when Alex was asked what we can expect for season 3 for Eric to which he responded he doesn’t know and that “we start next month we haven’t gotten the scripts yet – bloggers know more than I do” [Editor’s note:  apparently this interview took place a while back and was just recently published in the magazine].

As to where True Blood will be shooting season 3 Alex states they will be shooting in Hollywood, and in and around Los Angeles.  He further elaborated that there will be more flashback scenes which he is very excited about and looking forward to filming.

All True Blood fans will be anxiously waiting to see what Alan Ball and his team of creative writer will have in store for us for season 3. Till then we all wait impatiently.

SOURCE: SciFiNow Magazine via AlexSkarsgard.net

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Stephen Moyer One Of The Sexiest Vampires in Hollywood History

December 26, 2009

The huge website iVillage.com put out their “15 Sexiest Vampires in Hollywood History” and states that these vampires, “they want to suck your blood — and you wouldn’t really mind,” which we have to agree when it comes to our True Blood vampires.

The charismatic Stephen Moyer who plays the handsome 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton is recognized for being one of the “Sexiest Vampires in Hollywood History” which which we agree with their choice.  The site states in their post:

“Sorry, True Blood fans—life is imitating art! In August 2009, smoldering Stephen Moyer got engaged to co-star Anna Paquin, which is bloody hell bad news for his female fans.”

Well as long as we get to enjoy Stephen‘s smoldering good looks and scenes as Bill Compton on True Blood we are happy and we are all glad that Stephen and Anna found love and happiness with each other. Now where can we found our own hot vampire to sink their teeth into us?

SOURCE:  iVillage.com

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True Blood Top TV Show For 2009 on TV.com’s List

December 26, 2009

The accolades for True Blood keep coming in and as long as True Blood keeps receiving them we will keep on presenting them.  This time TV.com presents their Top 10 TV Shows of 2009 and True Blood is at the number 6 position (of course all True Blood fans would place it at the number 1 spot) and we are all very excited and pleased for the recognition that it is receiving from all the media sites. TV.com states the following about True Blood in its Top TV shows list:

“Yes, yes, we were a little late to the party. But thanks to HBO on Demand, we’re ready to sing the praises of Bon Temps, the little town where not only can anything happen, but when it does, it’s often in the nude. (Thank you, Cable!) While daughters everywhere were deciding whether to be on Team Edward or Team Jacob, TRUE BLOOD fans knew the real battle is between those who want to bare their necks for Bill and those who’d rather sink their teeth into Eric. That’s what we call a win/win.”

We agree that True Blood is one of the best TV shows on television and that both Bill and Eric are two vampires that we would love to have their teeth sink into us.

SOURCE:  TV.com

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True Blood Season 3 Video Teaser

December 25, 2009

It seems HBO is giving all us True Blood fans a special holiday treat by presenting to us all a new end of the year video promo featuring clips from its various series including clips from season 2 of Tue Blood and some teaser clips from season 3.  The season 3 teaser begins at the 1:31 mark and just seeing a few seconds of our favorite True Blood characters including Bill Compton, Sookie Stackhouse, Jasaon Stackhouse and Jessica Hamby is a wonderful holiday gift that HBO could give True Blood fans to help quench their thirst for a awhile.

[Editor’s note:  The video which was originally removed is back up again and now we have the original full-length promo that belongs with the write-up above.]

SOURCE: HBO

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“Take Me Home” Singer Lisbeth Scott Discusses Her Recent Work

December 25, 2009

Lisbeth Scott, who lent her beautiful voice to “Take Me Home” from the True Blood soundtrack, also sang some of the music for James Cameron’s new blockbuster, Avatar. In an interview with the Atlanta Examiner, Lisbeth talks about working with some of the biggest composers in film and television, and why music is so important in her life.

She has collaborated in the past with award-winning composers like Hans Zimmer and John Williams. On Avatar, she was thrilled to work with James Horner for the first time. She has had great experiences with these composers:

“I loved working with them, because I feel I have a connection with them. I understand how they work, and I think they understand how I think and how I like to be creative.”

Lisbeth says that many times, she feels something in the music that indicates how she should approach the vocals.

She also describes the special working relationship she has with True Blood composer Nathan Barr:

Nathan and I have worked together a lot, and we really work together quite effortlessly, and most of the time we know what the other wants to do instinctively. We started working together, actually, on a small film a while back called The Virginian. After that, we worked on a couple of my releases and a bunch of his films. And when True Blood came along, there were several instances where a song was needed, and that was that. We work so well together, and it’s such a joy. It’s very organic and effortless.”

Among the projects that she has for the upcoming year, she will be doing something new with Nathan, but she did not get into specifics about it in the interview and is scheduled to perform The Passion of the Christ soundtrack in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City in June.. She also mentioned that she was working on some stuff of her own, which can be found at www.lisbethscott.com.

Lisbeth offers her thoughts on music and why she does what she does:

“My feeling is, I came into the world with a voice, and I want to use it. I want to reach as many people as is physically possible because it fulfills me in my heart and I see how happy it makes people, and there’s nothing better than that! For me to work with such a beautiful piece of music in one of the most gorgeous places on Earth, I can’t really ask for more.”

We certainly appreciate her sharing her musical gifts with us and hope that her future work with Nathan Barr involves something True Blood-related!

SOURCE: examiner.com

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