Kristin Bauer Has Pam’s Personality

April 30, 2010

Like her witty, sarcastic vampire character, Kristin Bauer admitted to ALIVE Magazine that she has pretty much been defiant and insubordinate much of her life. When she got the role as Pam on HBO‘s hit series True Blood, Kristin was delighted.  “Great!  I get to be sarcastic, witty, in great clothes killing people.  I’m there.”

While in art school at Washington University, Kristin did very poorly in the classes she didn’t like but excelled in the ones she enjoyed.  Her attitude carried over outside the classroom and she could only keep a job for two weeks before getting fired.  But now, True Blood will be starting its 3rd year (June 13) and Kristin‘s Pam is still co-owner of the vampire bar Fangtasia.

Acting was not in Kristin‘s original plans.  She wanted to play rock ‘n roll guitar.  But in the 90’s she was approached on a Los Angeles street and offered an acting role.  That original ambition, however, is not lost to her.  In August of 2009 she married South African guitarist, singer and songwriter Abri van Straten.

In the interview, Kristin said that since her character is not in the 3rd book of the Sookie Stackhouse series (on which True Blood is based), she has to wait for the new scripts to learn what comes next.

When she was asked which of Pam‘s vampire powers she finds most alluring, Kristin answered “I’ll go for the immortality – I’ll go for getting to stick around awhile.”  Without botox.

SOURCE:  alivemag.com

(Photo credit – Larry DiMarzio via ALIVE Magazine)

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Interview: Dawn Olivieri – “True Blood’s” New Werewolf

April 30, 2010

The role of Janice Herveaux goes to actress Dawn Olivieri as season three of HBO’s “True Blood” — starting June 13 — brings more supernatural beings into the open, with werewolf Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) and his sister making appearances.

According to an interview with Runway Fashion Magazine, Olivieri has a raw talent that has her rising in the industry with her portrayals of edgy, mysterious, strong female characters. Her credits include 10 television projects, including “How I Met Your Mother” and HBO‘s “Entourage.”  She appeared in the NBC series “Heroes” in its fourth season and did the voice of Pepper Potts in the animated series, “Avengers.”  This year she’s added at least three films to her resume, including “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Dozers.”  And this summer, watch for Dawn‘s debut appearance as Janice in “True Blood‘s” fourth episode titled “9 Crimes.”

Now for some insight into this actress from her runwaylive.com interview.

Olivieri said she’s had several special experiences as an actress that she considers achievements.  But rather than keep track of each one, she tries to stay humble and enjoy each moment she has in the profession she loves. She has not had formal acting training and although it comes naturally, Olivieri refers to herself as a sponge and continues to absorb and learn.

When asked what she does for fun, Olivieri responded that she loves the outdoors and travelling. She keeps fit with outdoor sports and activities, such as camping, hiking, some rock climbing and playing beach volleyball. She also enjoys painting, playing the guitar, photography and working with animals.

Several of the responses Olivieri gave to her interviewer were down to earth. Finding endless possibilities for the future, she has no real plans and she values her dreams, memories, challenges and everything else she has in her head. She lives in the moment and seems to truly enjoy her life.

With regard to advice for those trying to break into show business, Olivieri says to tap into what sets you apart from everyone else. In other words, be you.

SOURCES:

runwaylive.com

tvguide.com

(Photo credit:  Caesar Lima at caesarlima.com)
Edited by: April Lollar

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Alexander Skarsgard’s “Beyond the Pole” Wins Best Comedy

April 30, 2010

True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard is guest starring in “Beyond the Pole” which is a small independent film directed by David Williams, but it is taking over the film festival circuit!

It started for Williams as a Facebook effort, and now the fan page for the movie has nearly 5,000 fans.  The movie was recently shown at the London Independent Film Festival where it won Best Comedy. So far the film has racked up eight awards at various film festivals throughout Europe and America. Williams had this to say about the film and its success:

“It’s so rare for British comedies to win over fans and critics but ‘Beyond the Pole’ seems to be doing just that. Critics have compared it to a cross between ‘The Office’ and ‘Touching the Void,’ which is very flattering, but in all honesty I don’t think there’s been a film like it. It’s funny, moving, very dark in places and the performances from the actors are career bests. I think the industry is gradually waking up to the fact that they’ve got a genuinely independent feature here that is funny and to be cherished and I really hope the actors get the credit they deserve when BAFTA season comes round!”

Besides Alexander Skarsgard, the film also stars Stephen Mangan, Rhys Thomas and Helen Baxendale, who is also the executive producer of the film.

“Beyond the Pole” will be screened next at the Los Angeles United Film Festival on May 1 at 7 pm. Williams will also be at the event to answer questions for the screening.  If you would like to purchase tickets for this event you can do that here.

SOURCE:  Examiner.com
(Photo Credits: David Williams)
Edited by: April Lollar

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Nelsan Ellis Hosting Fight Night After Party in Las Vegas

April 29, 2010

True Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis will be hosting a Fight Night After Party in Las Vegas, this Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Blush Boutique Night Club. So True Blood fans if you are in the area here is your chance to meet and mingle with Nelsan.

SOURCE: @BlushNightclub

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True Blood Almost had Alternate Opening Song

April 29, 2010

The opening sequence of True Blood has become an integral and recognizable aspect of the show. For fans, the sequence is a humorous mixture of menace, sexuality, and of course, anticipation. Interestingly, the use of Jace Everett’s Bad Things” was originally just a temporary track that Alan Ball liked, while Gary Calamar, the music supervisor for True Blood, searched for the perfect song.

This little tidbit of information was discussed at the Sync Up Conference in New Orleans that ran simultaneously to Jazz Fest as a local professional-development outreach endeavor by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Gary Calamar’s panel, “Creating Music For Film and Television“, included Treme music supervisor Blake Leyh, Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin, and “Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense” producer, John W. Comerford.

While the visuals were created for the opening sequence by Digital Kitchen, it was up to Calamar “to find the song,” while Jace Everett’sBad Things” was considered just a temporary track. Calamar discussed that C.C. Adcock, a New Orleans Jazz Festival favorite, was in the running with his song “Bleed 2 Feed“, which Adcock submitted himself. Calamar notes:

He’s a great musician and a great – I don’t know if hustler is the right word — hustler in the best sense of the word.

Of course, as we all know, “Bad Things” went from being a temporary placeholder to one of the most recognizable aspects of the show. Luckily, C.C. Adcock’s song was later used in the first-season’s soundtrack.

In the end, True Blood fans received the best possible outcome: “Bad Things” as our episodic sing-a-long and “Bleed 2 Feed” on the soundtrack Calamar facilitated.

SOURCE: Nola.com

(Photo credit:  jaceeverett.com)

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Michelle Forbes Signs on To Dragon*Con

April 29, 2010

True Blood‘s Michelle Forbes, better known to fans as Maenad Maryann, will be joining the ever-expanding list of stars attending Dragon*Con 2010.

Michelle joins a number of “True Blood” actors already scheduled to attend the event, including Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis and Kristin Bauer.

Dragon*Con is a multi-media pop culture convention focusing on sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comics and arts. The event will be held this Labor Day weekend, September 3 – 6  in Atlanta, Ga.

Memberships are $80 until May 14, after which the price will increase. You can purchased tickets through their website here.

SOURCE:  Dragon*Con

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

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True Blood Season 3 Spoiler: Lafayette’s Love

April 29, 2010

Michael Ausiello from EW.com is once again giving us a little spoiler about season 3 of True Blood.  This time he is answering a fan’s question regarding anymore scoops he may have heard.

Question: This is my first time asking a question. I feel a little giddy! Do you have any more scoop on the upcoming season of True Blood? June 13 still seems so far away! —Carrie

Ausiello: The Bon Temps rumor mill is rife with speculation that Lafayette’s love story will have a supernatural tinge to it. Translation: Boyfriend’s not just a nurse.

SOURCE: EW.com

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc./Prashant Gupta)

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Andrew Paquin Interviewed about Open House

April 28, 2010

With the Tribeca Film Festival currently going on in New York, Andrew Paquin speaks about his directorial debut, Open House. Thanks to his True Blood connection (namely, his sister and future brother-in-law being the stars), Andrew’s film features Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in cameo roles. The cast also includes the very talented Brian Geraghty from The Hurt Locker and Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer.

Andrew described in an interview how he came up with the concept for the movie and what he learned from his first filmmaking experience. Open House is a psychological thriller about a woman trying to sell her house, when one of the prospective buyers hides out in the basement and takes her captive at night. Andrew explains that the point of the film was to alter horror conventions:

“The first act of our film could be a standard home invasion horror, [but] I wanted to find out what would happen if you turned that kind of a construct on its head. Instead of the monsters wear[ing] a mask through the whole movie, what happens if you de-mask the monsters much earlier and you end up seeing the world through their eyes?”

Recounting the story of how Brian Geraghty came to play the role of David, Andrew calls it “crazy good luck with casting.” He also describes the filmmaking process as a great opportunity for active collaboration:

“You have to guide people with a clear vision, but I think more than anything you have to simply understand how to enable people who really know what they’re doing in an expert kind of way.”

Because they filmed Open House in only one location–Andrew’s own home–the movie has a definite sense of claustrophobia throughout. Andrew says he and his production team looked at other films that were shot primarily indoors, including Alan Ball’s Academy Award-winning American Beauty, to see how to keep the setting visually interesting.

Reviews from those who have seen screenings of Open House this week are largely positive, praising the performances and the change of perspective from the victim to the predator. For these reasons, and for the scenes with Anna and StephenTrue Blood fans should keep an eye out for when it becomes widely available to see!

SOURCE: tribecafilm.com

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Ryan Kwanten Honored with Breakthrough Award

April 28, 2010

On May 13, 2010, Ryan Kwanten will be receiving his Breakthrough Award along with Chris Hemsworth, thanks to the Los Angeles-based Australians In Film organization. Ryan‘s much-deserved award comes from his success as the entirely-lovable Jason Stackhouse on True Blood, as well as the four feature films he’s starring in this year, one of which will debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Australians In Film organization is now in its sixth year, and it celebrates Australian talent found in Hollywood. Ryan‘s Breakthrough Award will have him joining the ranks of other famous Australians, such as Sam Worthington and Isla Fisher.

Our congratulations to Ryan on such well-deserved accolades! We can’t wait to see more of your work!

SOURCE: ABC News Australia

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VIDEO: Alexander Skarsgard Reveals Season 3 Scene About Eric’s Father

April 28, 2010

True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard revealed a little bit about True Blood Season 3 in regards to his character, vampire Eric Northman and his father, King Ulfrick during his press conference at the Tribeca Film Festival.

It seems Alexander was caught off guard as he explained that his character Eric will be dealing with the theme of vengeance.  Now the reporters at the press conference pressed on and inquired if it had something to do with his dad King UlfrickAlexander responded by stating:

“Oh man! How do I get out of this weird situation?” he asked sarcastically about our query. “[The season] is about vengeance — I can’t say what — but yeah, something happened when Eric was still human a thousand years ago. Early on in season three, he gets an opportunity to kind of avenge someone’s, uh, death…It might be his father … or maybe not!”

Watch the video below to see for yourself.

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SOURCE: Hollywoodcrush.mtv.com

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