Anna Paquin’s Film The Romantics Reviewed from Sundance

January 29, 2010

An early version of Anna Paquin’s upcoming wedding dramedy, The Romantics, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah earlier this week. A critic for USA Today says that the movie “has potential to be one of the festival’s breakouts.” The Romantics tells the story of a group of college friends who come together for the marriage of two of their own. All the usual shenanigans ensue, from drunken toasts to surprising hook ups.

Aside from Anna as bride-to-be Lila, the cast includes Katie Holmes as the maid of honor who was once involved with, and still has feelings for, the groom-to-be, played by Josh Duhamel. Their friends are played by Malin Akerman, Adam Brody, Jeremy Strong, and Rebecca Lawrence. Dianna Agron and Elijah Wood play Lila’s sister and brother. When interviewed, the actors have praised the project for being funny and real. They think that people will be able to enjoy it and relate to the characters.

One reviewer from the Hollywood Reporter singles out Anna in particular for bringing a spark of life to her role that makes her stand out from the others, although The Romantics is mainly about the journey of Katie Holmes’ Laura. The film is based on a novel by Galt Niederhoffer, who adapted the screenplay as well as directed.

When people viewed it at Sundance, the post-production was not quite finished. The music score has yet to be added, and Niederhoffer mentioned that she would be making a few more changes. There is no US release date as of yet.

People have said such great things about Anna’s performance, it will be great to see her in this whenever it does come out!

SOURCES:

hollywoodreporter.com

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True Blood Season 3 Casting News: A Few Additions

January 29, 2010

Well True Blood fans, today we have some casting news for you. We know that in season 3, episode one, which is entitled “Pack Of Wolves” introduces the character Missy who will be played by C.C. Sheffield. We also know that Season 3, episode two, which is entitled “It Hurts Me Too” will feature 3 new characters. A creepy biker who will be played by Andy Mackenzie, Rosie who will be played by Tess Alexandra Parker, and a vampire server who will be played by Ethan Stone.

To learn a little bit more about some of these actors we have found out that Andy Mackenzie has been seen in movies such as “The Zodiac” and “Shoot ‘Em Up”. The biker/werewolf that Andy will be playing in True Blood will be a menace to Sookie, but he will find out that she is not the easy victim he anticipated.

Tess Alexandra Parker has appeared in “The Ugly Truth” and “Wonderland”, while C.C. Sheffield’s character, Missy, is one of the college girls that will end up in bed with Jason Stackhouse. The girls try to get him all excited for some threesome fun by making out with each other. Unfortunately Jason doesn’t seem very enthusiastic about it. Jason seems to be haunted by what he did because he can’t seem to stop picturing them without bullet holes in their heads.

Everything we seem to find out about the new season of True Blood just seems to get fan’s blood racing. We can’t wait to see the new storylines and how they will play out with these new characters and phenomenal actors!

Andy Mackenzie
Andy Mackenzie
C.C. Sheffield
Tess Alexandra Parker
Ethan Stone

SOURCE:  IMDb.com

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Mehcad Brooks Talks About True Blood

January 28, 2010

Mehcad Brooks was recently interviewed by Jim Halterman from jimhalterman.com, and during the interview (which is mostly about his character on the new ABC show The Deep End), Mehcad talked about what it was like being Eggs on True Blood.

The main True Blood question Jim asked was what was Mehcad‘s experience during Season 2 of True Blood. Mehcad‘s response was pretty funny! He said:

It was just insane. It was weird. It was crazy but it was actually kind of therapeutic and great for an actor. It’s the type of role that you dream of. You’re able to have the dramatic moments and have these dramatic storylines and arcs but at the same time you get to devour heart pie! One moment you’re having an orgy in the middle of the woods and it’s 45 degrees outside and you can see your breath. You’re actually discussing Kafka and Puccini between pelvic thrusts. And you’re pondering how it is you’re being paid for this and trying to make it seem real.

Mehcad‘s experience sounds immensely entertaining, and the mental imagery to go along with his statement is pretty fun too!

Of course, there are many other questions in the interview, including one about Mehcad‘s willingness to portray a gay character if he were offered such a role.

This is definitely a very interesting interview with Mehcad that everyone should read and we encourage you to visit the site to read it in its entirety.

Also, we must extend a big thank you to Jim Halterman for informing us about his interview with Mehcad and sharing it with us.

To read the full interview, please click here.

SOURCE: JimHalterman.com

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Win a True Blood Package from the SAG Awards Final Online Auction

January 28, 2010

The Screen Actors Guild Awards is running their annual online SAG Awards Auction with proceeds from the auction benefiting the SAG Foundation, currently celebrating its 25th year, to help make possible the Foundation’s nationwide children’s literacy programs now reaching 100,000 children per week through BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and Storyline Online, the Foundation’s Actors Center and Foundation programs providing emergency relief to members in economic distress, emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members and scholarships for performers and their children.

The last installment of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® online auction to benefit the SAG Foundation starts Thursday, Jan. 21 and closes Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST. The auction offers a variety of exciting items and experiences in celebration of this year’s SAG Awards®-nominated films and television series. Among the collectibles are sheet music from the hit show “Glee,” signed by the cast; a special photo book shot, put together and signed by “Crazy Heart” star Jeff Bridges; TravelPro luggage from “Up In The Air,” Signed copies of SAG’s official photo of Life Achievement Award recipient Betty White and her latest book “Here We Go Again,” a day paired with a celebrity in the 1st Annual SAG Foundation Golf Tournament at Lakeside Golf Course, plus many more exciting items including an exclusive 16th Annual SAG Awards® tote bag signed by this year’s Actor® recipients.

The Ceremony auction includes the follow True Blood item along with other items up for auction that fans may be interested in:

• “True Blood” swag including poster signed by Anna Paquin, the complete Season 1 DVD, hat and Merlotte’s Bar & Grill t-shirt

• “30 Rock’s” pilot script autographed by Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, and Tracy Morgan
• A Wynning Event: Two consulting hours for Party Planning with Awards Event Supervisor Andrea Wyn Schall via phone and a free downloadable version of her book “Budget Bash.”
• “An Education” screenplay autographed by Lone Scherfig, Carey Mulligan and Nick Hornby
• Betty White Memorabilia: “Here We Go Again” book, Life Achievement Photo and Screen Actor Magazine, all signed by Betty White
• Champagne Taittinger Rauschenberg Collection 750ml bottle from their limited production of the 11th Taittinger Collection Series. An American painter, sculptor, printmaker, photographer and performance artist, Rauschenberg was the latest artist to create for the Taittinger Collection Series. This 2000 vintage champagne, from one of the last family-owned and most esteemed champagne houses, is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir
• Chef Suzanne Goin offers dinner for four at her restaurant Lucques as well as an autographed copy of her James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook, “Sunday Suppers at Lucques”
• Columbia Pictures offers two tickets to a 2010 Premiere
• “Crazy Heart” Special Edition Photo book autographed by Jeff Bridges. (1 of 1500)
• “Curb Your Enthusiasm” box set DVD’s seasons 1-6, t-shirt, sweatshirt and hat
• “Dexter” Memorabilia Gift bag including Bobbleheads, Figurines, Coasters, Season DVDs, Dexter Cap
• Dry Creek Vineyard’s 6 liter Cuvée Wine bottle celebrating their 10th Anniversary with the SAG Awards
• “E! News” set visit for two people
• “Extra” Set visit and gift basket
• “Georgia O’Keeffe” Set Props including Shabby Chic Porcelain Serving Dishes, Retro orange and green ceramic jewelry box, Classic hand-painted and polished wood jewelry box, Leaf-detailed Iron chest, Hand painted Bird chest with Wrought Iron tray, and Vintage Mini-Traveler’s Trunk with detailed wooden serving tray
• “Glee” lyric sheet signed by Matt Morrison, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Jane Lynch
• “Glee” sheet music signed by Matt Morrison, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Jane Lynch
• “Grey Gardens” DVD and frame of East Hampton estate
• “Inglourious Basterds” poster signed by Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Rod Taylor, Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino
• “Law & Order, SVU” T-shirt and cap, photo signed by Christopher Meloni and nominee Mariska Hargitay. The script is signed by Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Tamara Tunie, Dann Florek, and Ice T
• “Major League: Back to the Minors” poster autographed by Scott Bakula
• “Medium’s” script of the pilot, DVD set of the 3rd season and photo all signed by Patricia Arquette. She will also leave a personal voice recorded message to the winner.
• “Modern Family” autographed Script by Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould
• “Necessary Roughness” photo and college football signed by Scott Bakula
• “Nine” Autographed Posters by Nicole Kidman, Fergie, Penelope Cruz and director Rob Marshall
• PEOPLE Magazine’s Gala Gift Bag
• “Poltergeist” Movie poster signed by JoBeth Williams (poster is 11×17)
• SAG Awards swag including a black backpack, 11th tote bag and 12th-16th hats in various colors
SAG Foundation‘s Actors FORE Actors: A day of golf with a celebrity for four people in the 1st Annual SAG Foundation Golf Tournament at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank
• “Saving Grace” Poster autographed by Holly Hunter
• Shelley Fabares memorabilia including autographed posters of “Spin Out” “Girl Happy” & “Clambake” and her hit record “Johnny Angel”
• “Star Trek” DVD autographed by writers Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
• “Taking Chance” DVD starring Actor® nominee Kevin Bacon
• Tavern’s Picnic Box by Chef Suzanne Goin including the food served at the 16th Annual SAG Awards
• “The Good Wife” script autographed by nominee Julianna Margulies
• “This Is It” CD autographed by Kenny Ortega and Orianthi
• “Up in the Air’s” Travelpro® Platinum® 6, 22” Expandable Rollaboard® Suiter, as used by nominees Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga

To place a bid for your chance to win the True Blood pack with a poster signed by Anna Paquin, Season 1, a hat and a Merlotte’s shirt click here.

To bid on items at the full auction site click here.

So what are you waiting for True Blood fans, start bidding!

SOURCE: SAG Awards

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True Blood Season 3 Spoiler News: Arlene’s Dilemma

January 28, 2010

More True Blood season 3 spoiler news from Michael Ausiello from EW.com.  This time Michael answers two fan questions who are wondering if he can share any more season 3 spoilers.  Well it seems that Michael is able to provide us with a few more tidbits this time regarding Arlene and Jason.

Carrie Preston hints that “something very unexpected is going to happen with her character Arlene… [She] might just be nervous enough about the supernatural characters around her that she will try to do something about it. I think she is going to try to figure out a way to protect herself. She gets very upset. She doesn’t think vampires should be around children.”

“He finally discovers the long lost art of love,” reveals his portrayer, Ryan Kwanten. “Well, at least his version of. It gets him into more trouble that he expected. He’s also dealing with the fact that he committed a small crime in that he killed [Eggs].” What’s been his biggest acting challenge so far this season? “I start the season in bed with two girls,” he says. “Not that I couldn’t do it, but a challenge? Sure.”

It appears that there will be an interesting twist occurring with Arlene.  As to what, how and why we will have to wait till June when season 3 returns.  In the meantime let’s start speculating in the comment section below.

SOURCE: EW.com

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True Blood’s Denis O’Hare Talks about Being the King of Mississippi

January 28, 2010

While at the premiere of ‘Edge of Darkness,’ Denis O’Hare, one of the movie’s stars, and the upcoming Vampire King of Mississippi on True Blood, took the time to chat with Rebecca Murray from About.com. They discussed his part in ‘Edge of Darkness‘ then took some time to discuss True Blood and what will be coming in Season 3.

At the time the video was shot, Denis had already filmed two episodes for the show including a scene with Stephen Moyer, (Bill Compton) where their sexy vampire counterparts discussed love and commitment.

At the end of the interview, Denis openly admitted to being a True Blood fan. He acknowledged that he had read some of the books and discussed how his character’s appearance differs from the books to himself.

Please watch the video and read the transcript of this fantastic interview with Denis O’Hare as he provides us with our first look at the Vampire King of Mississippi.

Click here to enjoy this revealing interview!

Many thanks to our good friend Rebecca for informing us about her interview with Denis and sharing it us!  It was a great interview that will put a smile on your face and one that you must see!

SOURCE: About.com

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Alexander Skarsgard’s “Beyond the Pole” Needs Your Help

January 27, 2010

Alexander Skarsgard‘s, mockumentary UK indie film, Beyond the Pole produced by Shooting Pictures in association with Polite Storm, and directed by David L. Williams has received high praise and Variety has said that it brings “a breath of satirical fresh air” to the issue of global warming.

However, Mr. Williams needs help from True Blood/Alexander‘s fans to get it noticed and picked up by movie distributors.  He needs 10,000 Facebook fans on the official Beyond the Pole Facebook page to get the movie noticed and in theaters!

To help, become a fan of Beyond The Pole on Facebook by clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beyond-the-Pole/172486521602

So True Blood fans show your support and become a fan of Beyond the Pole to get it in theatres near you!

SOURCE:  Variety

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PHOTOS: Kristin Bauer at the Best Friends Animal Society Event

January 27, 2010

As Janie Logan previously posted, True Blood‘s Kristin Bauer (Pam) attended the Best Friends Animal Society event, which ran from January 15th to January 16th, 2010. Kristin was showing her support for their Puppies Aren’t Products campaign, which reminds people that there are great dogs in shelters who need good homes and are ready to be adopted.

Many thanks to Lenny Bruce Lee at http://jalbum.net/users/ojaidesign/ who graciously sent to us some photos he took at the event to share with the True Blood fans here on the site.

Also many thanks to Kristin for supporting animals and reminding people that great dogs can and do come from shelters! Enjoy these fantastic photos from Lenny Bruce Lee!

Click on the photo and then click the box in the bottom right-hand corner to enlarge to its original size.

Photo credit: Lenny Bruce Lee

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FXUK Channel Adds to their True Blood Content

January 27, 2010

FXUK has thought of a great way to keep up the anticipation for Season 2 of True Blood for the British fans. They have announced that they’ll be showing exclusive content to go with the show in an effort to keep their current viewers and gain new viewers.

The new material will be shown during the premiere of Season 2 of True Blood with the first three episodes. The bonus features will include behind the scenes footage and interviews with cast members in lead positions, as well as Alan Ball. (One can only hope that these features will also be included with the Season 2 DVD and Blu-Ray sets).

The general manager of FXUK, Cecilia Parker, continued to explain the decision, saying:

“The aim is to offer a seamless broadcast experience for fans of True Blood so that viewing remains intact throughout the whole airing.”

The hope is that with these special features, viewers will watch commercial breaks, even if they previously recorded the episode of True Blood.

By the way, don’t forget to check out the True Blood FXUK website! (There’s one for Season 1 and another for Season 2, which so far features an ad for Season 2.) FXUK has three carriers: BSkyB, Virgin Media, and Talk Talk.

SOURCE: mad.co.uk

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True Blood Nominated for the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

January 27, 2010

I am constantly amazed by this outstanding series. True Blood is such a pure work of art and I am so proud that the show is constantly being recognized for its amazing efforts. True Blood is once again being recognized for its exceptional costume design. The Costume Designers Guild is having their 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards and True Blood and their costume designer, Audrey Fisher have been nominated for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series. The will be competing against “Mad Men”, costume designer – Janie Bryant and “The Tudors”, costume designer  – Joan Bergin.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.  If you are interested in attending the ceremony you can get more information about tickets, sponsorship, and table reservations by calling 310-491-1401.   We all know that True Blood is very deserving of this award. Ms. Fisher always keeps our favorite True Blood stars looking awesome!! We wish Ms. Fisher and True Blood the best of luck! GO TRUE BLOOD!

SOURCE:  Costume Designers Guild

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