PHOTOS: Carrie Preston Attends the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

February 27, 2010

Anna Paquin was not the only True Blood cast member attending the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. True Blood‘s Carrie Preston looked beautiful on the red carpet as she was there to show her support for Audrey Fisher nominated for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series. True Blood against “Mad Men”, costume designer – Janie Bryant and “The Tudors”, costume designer – Joan Bergin.  Even though True Blood lost out to Mad Men (again) True Blood is a winner to fans.


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VIDEO: Alexander Skarsgard’s True Blood Season 2 Promo For The UK

February 26, 2010

As “True Blood’s” popularity continues to sweep across the globe, fans who reside in the United Kingdom will be the next group to experience season two.

This video trailer gives UK fans the first taste of what to expect for “True Blood’s” second season. The promo helps explain that the vampires in “True Blood” are different from a lot of their blood-sucking counterparts in today’s pop culture. They are a darker, more intense and not afraid to step outside the box. Fans will also delight to know that the show doesn’t deviate from its no-holds-barred approach to issues like addiction, prejudice and sexuality.

To help UK fans satiate their blood lust for the upcoming season, this promo features Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman) and Michelle Forbes (Maryann) who provide a few teaser bits of information about the upcoming season.

When asked about season two, Alexander Skarsgard can only respond:

“I guess, yeah, it’s pretty wild.”

Michelle Forbes also adds a little extra information about her character Maryann:

Maryann initially is quite mysterious and we don’t quite know what she’s up too … she seems somehow fixated on Tara, we know she has a history with Sam, we don’t know what it is and then in season two all of this is answered and revealed …”

Be sure to watch the video to the end for an extra special treat: Michelle Forbes responds to the question: Who would win in fight between “True Blood” vampires and the “Twilight” crew?

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PHOTOS: Alexander Skarsgard Attends Calvin Klein Collection After-Party

February 26, 2010

Alexander Skarsgard hit the New York City fashion scene last week along with his Straw Dogs co-star Kate Bosworth. Both attended the February 18th Women’s Fall 2010 Calvin Klein Collection after-party.

Alexander and Kate reportedly finished off the night by grabbing drinks and a bite to eat on the 18th floor of the ever-exclusive The Standard Hotel. During the night, someone spilled a drink on Kate’s dress, prompting Alexander to come to his friend’s aid and help her clean up the mess before leaving the swanky establishment.

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True Blood Fans Watch and Wait

February 26, 2010

So many questions were left unanswered after the season finale, and the tidbits of news that we hear from the cast and crew keep the fans on the edge. What happened to Bill? How far is the love triangle going to develop with Sookie, Eric, and Bill? Will Hoyt and Jessica mend their relationship? Is this new boyfriend of Lafayette’s the real deal or is there a hidden agenda behind him? Is Tara going to cope with Egg’s death in a healthy way? Maybe find a new love? Eric is supposed to have a new lover, a new dancer at Fangtasia. So much has been said that the fans can’t wait for the third season, and this is what some of them are saying:

“After I finished watching the 2nd season I thought to myself, “How can they move on from this? It was such a great season.” After reading this I am so excited. I would love to be a writer on this show.”- Becca – www.myspsace.com

“Wow, fantastic teaser. I’m sure, like all of the shows fans, we are very anxious about the return of “True Blood“. I have been watching some of the repeats of season one on HBO, and they’ve made me realize how much more evolved season 2 is, (though I loved and still love season 1!). Wow, Alfre Woodard will be a fantastic addition as Lafayette’s mother! Sounds fantastic. Cannot wait but will have to, I guess!” – Marcia – www.myspace.com

“Wow! She is stunning! I thought this Yvette character was only a rumor but I guess its confirmed now. I hope she’ll only be his lover for a little while. I’m all about Eric and Sookie getting together!! YAY!”- Amy – www.truebloodnet.com

“My theory is that Eric has him [Bill] or at least another vampire does, if you remember earlier in episode 12 or even episode 11. Eric was in talks with the Queen who has instructed Eric to take care of Bill. At the end of E12 someone took Bill with a silver chain or net (curse my memory). Did any one notice that this person was wearing black leather gloves?”- Kassidy – www.truebloodnet.com

“I know that there are those who are skeptical at how well season 3 is going to work, with all the new characters and multiple story arcs that it looks like are going to be featured, but I have high hopes. I think the shows creators should have more idea of where they’re heading, and the regular cast are more settled in their characters. The shows success should mean a larger budget and the network allowing more risks. Plus, we’re getting weres this season! And more flashbacks!”- aphroditemf – www.imdb.com

“I am actually pretty excited for season 3. I am looking forward to all of AB’s added extras.”- Eric Rocks – www.hbo.com

“But I can’t wait to see Sookie and Eric interact. This is a crucial time for the threesome. I love Eric, his personality is just great. The other characters I will wait on commenting about. There are some good ones coming but I don’t want to ruin anything for those of you who haven’t read the books.”- jen s. – www.hbo.com

As you can see we all are excited for a bit more of, “True Blood“.  June isn’t just coming fast enough for us.  At least we’ve got the May release of the second season on DVD to tied us over, as well as our copies of the first season.

(Photo Credit:  HBO Inc.)

Jennifer Mack

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PHOTOS: Anna Paquin Presenting at the Costume Designers Guild Awards

February 26, 2010

True Blood‘s Anna Paquin speaks onstage at the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards with Presenting Sponsor Swarovski held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 25, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.  True Blood‘s Audrey Fisher was nominated in the category for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series. True Blood was up against “Mad Men”, costume designer – Janie Bryant and “The Tudors”, costume designer – Joan Bergin. Unfortunately True Blood lost out to Mad Men (again). However, in our eyes they are winners and as we can see we have one of the best looking cast members on television.

Enjoy the photos of Anna backstage and presenting!

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PHOTOS: Anna Paquin Attends the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

February 26, 2010

True Blood‘s Anna Paquin attended the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. True Blood‘s Audrey Fisher was nominated in the category for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series. True Blood was up against “Mad Men”, costume designer – Janie Bryant and “The Tudors”, costume designer – Joan Bergin. Unfortunately True Blood lost out to Mad Men (again). However, in our eyes they are winners and as we can see we have one of the best looking cast members on television.

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PHOTOS: True Blood Women At The Premiere of HBO’s The Pacific

February 26, 2010

The True Blood cast were out in full force on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the Chinese Theater on in Los Angeles, California for the premiere of HBO‘s “The Pacific“.  The Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks war miniseries production is set to air next month on HBO.  The True Blood women including, Deborah Ann Woll, Michelle Forbes, and Carrie Preston (with her wonderful husband Michael Emerson from “Lost”) were all in attendance and looked gorgeous on the red carpet.


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PHOTOS: True Blood Men At The Premiere of HBO’s The Pacific

February 26, 2010

The True Blood cast were out in full force on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the Chinese Theater on in Los Angeles, California for the premiere of HBO‘s “The Pacific“.  The Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks war miniseries production is set to air next month on HBO.  The True Blood men including, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell and Ryan Kwanten, were all in attendance and looked fabulous on the red carpet.


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Ashley Jones’ Exclusive Interview with TrueBloodNet.com

February 25, 2010

We here at TrueBloodNet.com had the privilege of interviewing the multi-talented Ashley Jones who not only charmed us with her wit but her down-to-earth personality.  When she was not busy portraying Daphne on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood at night she was Bridget Forrester during the days on The Bold and Beautiful.  It was just one of the example of Ashley‘s dedication to her work and at the same time her ability to have fun with whatever come along her way.  Ashley is definitely and truly an inspiring woman and one to watch as her star continues to rise.

Ashley Jones True Blood Daphne at EyeconTBN.com: We know you studied at Pepperdine University in Malibu and then you went to Florence, Italy. How did that all work out? Was that just a semester abroad?

Ashley: Yes, that’s exactly what it was it was, through Pepperdine.

TBN.com: Did you get to act there?

Ashley: No, I did not. That would be such a dream to get something over there. I did act a little bit at Pepperdine, but not overseas. I studied  art and art history and a little Italian while I was there.

TBN.com: Great! Art and art history. Well that adds a whole new dimension. So who is your favorite painter?

Ashley: I have quite a few. I was recently in Italy and got inside the basilica, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Seeing Michelangelo’s work all over again is absolutely fascinating.

TBN.com: If you didn’t act over there, were you acting in college?

Ashley: I did a little bit. I grew up in theater…and I’m always wanting to do more. One of my favorite plays I tried to tackle in college is Harold Pinter’s BETRAYAL, which was ambitious. I filmed a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and a Lifetime movie and was a regular on The Young and the Restless.

TBN.com: What was your first performance?

Ashley: My very first was a play called The Women. Then, I did The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold, directed by Kate Revnell Smith. Laurel was the character’s name. I was 11 or 12. She was a very precocious girl that lived with her grandmother in England. When I was doing theater growing up, I worked with amazing people and that’s really where I learned almost everything. It was a theater group run by a Broadway actress – her name was Chris Wilson. Anyone that knows or has worked in Texas would know Chris Wilson and the Alley Theater. Brandon Smith, her son, has done a lot of work in Hollywood.
TBN.com: So you’ve done a lot of plays, and you’ve done TV … Have you done any movies?

Ashley: I have. I was in Old School I’m proud to say because I worked with seasoned comedians and actors. Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Todd Phillips – who is a very talented director/ writer. I had a small part in that. It was actually bigger when I worked on the show for two and a half to three weeks with Will Ferrell mainly. I played Tracy the caterer, who was having an affair with Craig Kilborn.
TNB.com: So do you have a favorite medium then? Do you prefer TV, movies, plays?

Ashley: I don’t have children yet but if I have kids, I kind of imagine film would be a great place to be because if you could work it out to do one or two films a year. But, comedies and —I’m extremely happy doing whatever comes my way, though. I’m rambling, sorry!

TBN.com: Oh, that’s okay. We like these kind of answers.

TBN.com: You were recently at EyeCon. What is your impression of conventions in general?

Ashley: It’s a lot of work to be honest and you have to be “on” a lot. You know – you were there when I was doing the question and answer. I was honored people were coming to the Q&A. The fans were really gracious, intelligent, lovely people.

TBN.com: You were certainly the life of the party at EyeCon and it was wonderful. It was great of you to get the other actors involved with the audience at certain points and we all certainly appreciated your presence there.

Ashley: Well that is so kind of you. Thank you. It’s really been a pleasure.

TBN.com: Well I think you’re absolutely amazing. When you were at EyeCon, you were talking about both doing the soap opera exactly the same days you were doing True Blood …

Ashley: It was a bit nutty. I worked on The Bold and the Beautiful in the day time and on True Blood, we work vampire hours, so I would work nights sometimes. There were probably a half a dozen days or nights that I would be on a ranch in Malibu working on True Blood pretty much till like 7:30 in the morning and I would have an 8:30 call at CBS, which was about an hour away in traffic so I wouldn’t even go home. I would go from Malibu to CBS and there was one day I got there they thought, “Well, you still got your make up on, we don’t even need to redo your make up, just a touch up.” The two production companies were amazing.
TBN.com: Did you start to feel like you had a dual personality going on?

Ashley: At times, yeah, I have to say.

TBN.com: Alan Ball understands and shows respect to that region and to those people. He shows respect because throughout all the craziness, he goes on with their lives. You know, Maenads and shape shifters and vampires and soon to be werewolves throughout all of that, he makes them real and genuine. I mean, Tara says these horrible things to every person that happens to disagree with her and she says, “you’re a racist” and that kind of thing but he respects her, she’s still a good person …

Ashley: Oh, absolutely. Respect is a good word. I always find his writing and vision to be very authentic, too.

TBN.com: Would you be open to returning to True Blood?

Ashley: Of course I would be touched and honored – especially because I’ve never been able to play a character like this. You become so attached. I thought I was going to do a job for a limited time, but it really did change me in a lot of ways. It opened up a lot of doors for me. You don’t expect to fall in love with the production people and the fans and the cast.

The fans are just wonderful and they’re really loyal. A couple of people have said what was so disappointing was Sam really finding some form of love and it was ripped away from him again. The way the characters grow together (Daphne and Sam) … they’re very few, but the moments were so real.. Setting the scenes in the swamp swimming and talking … there’s a certain intimacy there in the way they were shot that you felt that you were right there with them.

TBN.com: Because this is a fantasy show; it’s possible that you could come back as a completely different character. With all the make up, you could not look like Daphne at all.

Ashley: You’re totally right and of course anyone who has been with the show would want to come back! With that said, it’s Alan Ball and it’s a fantasy. So really between those two forces, anything could happen.
TBN.com: Well we are looking forward to that possibility!

Ashley: Oh, that’s so sweet. Thank you very much. Just the fact that anyone ever thought of that kind of validates the work that I was able to do on the show.

TBN.com: We all loved you on the red carpet and you’re just … you’re Bridget Forrester and fashion is in your blood. Is it in Ashley Jones’ blood and if so, who gave you your fashion sense? You are the belle of the ball on every red carpet.

Ashley: Well thank you. That’s so sweet. I don’t quite have the accessibility or the finances really to wear everything I would want to wear. My mom’s always been privy to trends and has a phenomenal eye for interior design and style and fashion. I try to have fun with that form of expression.

TBN.com: So I have some goofy questions that we ask everybody …

Has True Blood reshaped the way you think about good and evil?

Ashley: The lines of good and evil get blurred with more life, don’t they. There’s a lot of grey in there. True Blood depicts that….but, nah, ultimately, it’s a fun show about vampires.

TBN.com: You seemed to play Daphne as if she was very innocent. Did you do this on purpose?

Ashley: I was literally unaware of storyline when I did filmed the first couple of episodes. I didn’t know she was a pig. I didn’t know where the scratches came from; I just created the character with a little backstory and her own little secrets. And then the more and more I found out about her, the more layered and complex she became. So, innocence was there organically.

Ashley Jones True Blood Daphne

TBN.com: And do you have a favorite charity?

Ashley: Yes I do. I work closely with a charity in LA that’s called Step Up Woman’s Network.

TBN.com: Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Ashley: It connects women with other women in different professions and helps them open the line of communication but most importantly, it connects professional women and underprivileged teens and young women with very young children to so they can see the reality of what they can become.

I just met my new mentee!

www.suwn.org

TBN.com: Very nice, you get personal contact it’s not just something you send a check off to and forget about nine months out of the year …

TBN.com: Thank you so much Ashley for your generous time!

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VIDEO: Kristin Bauer Supports the Tails for Whales Campaign

February 25, 2010

Kristin Bauer, who is widely known as Pam on HBO’s True Blood is a big supporter of the “Tails for Whales” campaign. She talks about the dangers that whales are facing today by ship strikes, pollution, and being slaughtered needlessly in Japan. Kristin explains that you can help the whales by joining IFAW‘s grassroots campaign called “Tails for Whales“. Anyone who is interested can go to the IFAW‘s website, www.ifaw.org/whales, and submit a picture of themselves showing their “tail” with their hands.  This simple act can have a lasting result on the whale population. According to IFAW‘s website, all photos are being used to encourage governments around the world to create laws for whale conservation. The more people who show their “tail”, the more impact this campaign will have on lawmakers around the world.

SHOW YOUR “WHALE TAIL”

SOURCE:  ifaw.org

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