True Blood Season 3: Carrie Preston Discusses Expanding Cast

May 29, 2010

True Blood Season 3 is going to be full with so many new story lines and new faces that Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler) puts fans’ concerns that it may be too much to follow at ease. As she stated to Fancast.com,

“I would go to the table reads and there would be 30 people sitting there, and I thought, ‘How are they going to juggle this?’ And then we saw the first episode cut together and they totally pulled it off…I just have to trust,” she says of the influx of fresh meat (so to speak). “We’re in good hands.”

In the video below Carrie states that season 3 will “unspool at breakneck speed” with new supernaturals and still take the time to visit the “emotional places” with the human characters on the show.

You can watch Carrie‘s video interview by clicking on the link here.

SOURCE:  Fancast.com

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True Blood Season 3: Cast Having a Ball

May 29, 2010

It seems unanimous that the cast and creator of HBO‘s blockbuster series, True Blood, are having a blast.  Not just because the fan base doubled during Season 2, but because they never know what’s coming at them next.

Anna Paquin, the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, said in an article on USAToday.com that there’s no way to get bored on this show.  Because just when you think you’ve done it all, “something weirder and wilder comes out of the woodwork”.

And Season 3 promises to provide that weirder and wilder scenario.  While the season will somewhat follow Charlaine Harris‘ third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, Club Dead, we will certainly be seeing lots of werewolves in addition to vampires and other supernaturals.

We fans can only wait until Season 3 airs on June 13. The cast is already having fun on the set.  According to Kristin Bauer van Straten, vampire Pam, she received a phone call to come in for a coffin fitting.  Stephen Moyer, Sookie‘s vampire boyfriend Bill Compton, was delighted with the real wolves brought to the set.  “They’re extraordinary creatures.  They never stop moving.  They’re enormous and powerful.”

Creator Alan Ball is also having, well, a ball!

“It is so much fun.  If you had told me I would be doing a vampire show with werewolves and would be having more fun than I’d had in my life, I would have said, ‘You’re high.”

As a screenwriting Oscar winner (for American Beauty), Alan is well aware of the necessity of keeping the characters grounded.

“We might as well have a sign in the writers’ room that says, ‘It’s the emotions, stupid.’  We try to make sure the characters’ emotional lives are what’s driving the story.  Otherwise, it’s set pieces and special effects.  We have such good actors that they can play the romance, the yearning, the weaknesses, the upsets, the disappointments and the triumphs.”

So what about the plot for Season 3Deborah Ann Woll, teen vampire Jessica, marvels at the new faces around the script reading table and said it feels like there are several shows going on simultaneously.  In some respects, she’s correct.

We have one storyline with Sookie trying to find the seemingly kidnapped Bill.  Within that story is the assignment of werewolf Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) by vampire sheriff Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to assist Sookie.

According to Alexander, Eric hates werewolves.  “In his opinion, werewolves are very primitive, stupid, disgusting, not sophisticated.  After a while, you’ll find out there’s a deeper reason he hates them.”

Shapeshifter Sam Merlotte, played by Sam Trammell, is in a search for his biological parents – another main story this season.  And he’s in for surprises (as if last season wasn’t enough for the poor doggy).  He kind of opens a Pandora’s box.  “But he can’t put the top back on the box.”

Meanwhile, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) are trying to deal with the death of Tara‘s boyfriend from last season, who, by the way, was shot and killed by Jason.

Thrown into the mix is the vampire politics, which we’ll learn a lot more about as we meet the vampire king of Mississippi (Denis O’Hare) as he interacts with the vampire Queen of Louisiana (Evan Rachel Wood).

Anna Paquin was asked if she would be interested in continuing with the show if it were to include all of Charlaine Harris‘ 10-13 books.

“I’d do it until they pull the plug,” she says.  “I don’t know how long everyone’s going to want to watch us running around biting each other and having all the sex and blood, but I think we’ll do this until they tell us we have to stop.  It’s a dream job.”

We have just 2 short weeks for the much anticipated Season 3.  Can we really wait that long?!

SOURCE: USAToday.com

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Ryan Kwanten in InStyle’s Sexiest of Summer Issue

May 29, 2010

InStyle Magazine photographed a dozen of Hollywood’s sexiest stars for their annual Sexy summer issue. Although vampires may not prefer the hot, sunny summer days, three of InStyle’s sexiest are some of our favorite vampires!

Kellan Lutz, Twilight’s Emmett Cullen, and Ashley Greene, who plays Alice Cullen, were both included into this summer’s sexiest stars. And of course, Ryan Kwanten, True Blood’s Jason Stackhouse, lays poolside for his InStyle Sexy summer photoshoot.

Although Ryan offers fans some eye candy, he notes that photoshoots are definitely not his favorite part of the job:

“I will be keeping my shirt on [for this shoot]. You get enough of that in the show. The Aborigines have a philosophy that photos steal your soul, so I haven’t loved photo shoots, but have come to realize they’re a necessary evil in my business.”

Click here for Ryan’s online-only photos. The full story and photoshoot will be available  in the InStyle’s June issue, which is out now.

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True Blood and Philosophy: A Book Review

May 29, 2010

I just had the pleasure of reading True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You, published by John Wiley & Sons. It’s a great book, and one that I think is something all True Blood fans should add to their bookshelves. True Blood and Philosophy takes many aspects of True Blood and breaks them down into several sections, then takes those sections and breaks them down further into singular arguments that are left open for you to think about.

The first section of True Blood and Philosophy regarding Vampire/Human Ethics, and is further broken down into the ethics of a vampire turning a human, vampires assimilating into human culture, and the life forms in the True Blood world and their interactions. In this section, I had one major problem with the first chapter. Though it made many good points, it harped on Bill turning Jessica without explaining the reasons behind that incident. For me, that kept me from giving my full attention to the chapter, even though it made several good points both for and against vampires turning humans. Other than that, I found myself completely enjoying this section of the book.

The next section of True Blood and Philosophy discusses Vampire Politics. This section breaks down into Social Contracts between humans and vampires, whether or not vampires can be good citizens, and about the “artificiality” of vampires and them becoming involved in human politics. Once again, this was a great selection to read, and everything written had me questioning both True Blood and my own beliefs in real life.

Following Vampire Politics in True Blood and Philosophy is a section about the Eros, Sexuality, and Gender in True Blood, and more specifically discusses the Coming out of the Coffin/Coming out of the Closet perspective of the show, Sookie and Feminism, and Sookie and Freud. For me, the section discussing Freud and the Edible complex was the hardest thing for me to get through, but I really loved the first part of this section, since it also discussed one of the characters in the Sookie books (that we have not met on True Blood) and how when it comes to his sexuality, he’s a double-entendre. That section also discusses the use of “God Hates Fangs” as it’s used in the opening credits of True Blood. Once again, it made me think about what I was reading and the meaning behind it all.

The fourth section of True Blood and Philosophy is about the Natural, Supernatural, and Divine, and is broken down further into a section about sacrifice, scapegoats, and good times, another section questions whether vampires are natural or not, and a third section is devoted entirely to whether or not God hates fangs. My favorite part of this section was the piece discussing the “naturalness” of because it brought up the excellent point about how we as humans define the term natural.

The final section of True Blood and Philosophy covers the metaphysics of supernatural beings, and breaks it down further into a vampire’s ability to love, keeping secrets from Sookie, and also about how personal identity works for supernatural creatures. In this section, I really enjoyed the final part of this section, as it talked about how we’re still the same, even if we are change some of our views. After all, whether a vampire, shifter, were, or human (or anything else), we all have a special kind of magic within us.

True Blood and Philosophy is a pretty short book (it’s only about 235 pages), but it’s filled with tons of information. My best suggestion when reading True Blood and Philosophy is to take your time and read it section by section. Then, take a break and let what you just read, and your own opinions on the topic simmer in your mind before going on to read the next part. This way, you won’t become overwhelmed by the whole book. No matter what, True Blood and Philosophy is a great book, so get a copy and enjoy! And once you read it, let us know what are your thoughts of True Blood and Philosophy.

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Charity Auction for True Blood Premiere and After Party Tickets

May 28, 2010

Another great opportunity for True Blood fans can be found at charitybuzz–this time for 2 passes to the big Season 3 premiere night! It will be held in L.A. on June 8th. The first episode will be screened at the Cinerama Dome at 7:30pm PT, with an after party following at Boulevard 3.

Proceeds from this auction will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The winning bidder will be able to take him or herself, plus one other guest to the event. Travel and hotel expenses are not covered.

The current bid on the item is $1,750, with nine days remaining. It closes on Monday, June 7, at 3:00pm ET. With this, and the walk-on role also up for bidding, HBO is generously giving fans of the show these amazing, once-in-a-lifetime chances to be right up close with the cast, while supporting worthy causes!

SOURCE: charitybuzz.com

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Ryan Kwanten is Territorial About Bon Temps

May 28, 2010

At the Los Angeles launch of video game Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Ryan Kwanten, as True Blood‘s Jason Stackhouse, joked about vampires and his fictitious Louisiana town, Bon Temps.

Rumor has it that the last two episodes of the Twilight series will be filmed in New Orleans.  Now this is True Blood territory and latimes.com reported Ryan‘s take on this infringement.  Evidently he has no problem with additional vampires moving into the neighborhood.  However, “Jason” did warn, “We fight dirty down in Bon Temps.  You’re dealing with Southern vampires, and we’re real dirty.”

When not talking about or fighting vampires, Ryan said he enjoys video games.  But we’ll see him back in Bon Temps when Season 3 airs on June 13th.

Source: latimes.com

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Early Review of True Blood Season 3

May 28, 2010

Hey everyone! Jace at Televisionary has seen the first few episodes of Season 3 of True Blood, and wrote an article about it. It has some light spoilers, but from what he said, it sounds like Season 3 is going to be the BEST True Blood season yet! He even commented that he loves the new cast members and what they add to the story lines for True Blood.

In Jace’s own words:

It’s time once again to invite HBO‘s gloriously addictive vampire drama True Blood, returning in just a few weeks’ time with its third season, back into our homes.

Based on the strength of the first three episodes of the season, there’s no need for it to use a glamour, as viewers will only be too willing to let it in without a struggle.

When we last saw the inhabitants of Louisiana bayou town Bon Temps, they were recovering after their brush with the immortal maenad Maryann (Michelle Forbes) and tensions were running high. When poor, doomed Eggs (Mehcad Brooks) finally remembered the actions he had taken while in her thrall, he sought to make a confession to Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), only to be shot to death by Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Elsewhere, Sookie (Anna Paquin) considered a marriage proposal from Bill (Stephen Moyer), only to discover that he had been kidnapped.

I had the opportunity to watch the first three episodes of Season Three of True Blood and was quickly sucked back into a world of supernatural intrigue, illicit passion, and seductive darkness.

In order to read Jace’s review in its entirety, please go to televisionaryblog.com and enjoy!

SOURCE: Televisionary

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True Blood’s Alcide Compared to a Child’s Toy

May 28, 2010

Sookie Stackhouse is going to have several suitors for season 3 of True Blood, and one of them is Alcide Herveux, played by Joe Manganiello. Alcide is a werewolf hired on by vampire Eric Northman to keep Sookie safe as she searches for her boyfriend Bill. (Eric chooses him because Alcide‘s a good person and very protective, and he also owes Eric a debt.) Joe sees Alcide as having a lot in common with a famous child’s toy; a slinky!

Joe explained,

“I describe [Alcide] as a slinky. It’s this coiled piece of metal that when it’s coiled a certain way, it can walk downstairs and do these amazing things. But if you were to try and straighten that slinky out, it would cease to be special. That’s kind of how I see Alcide in a way — he’s this amazing creature trying to live within the confines of human society. It’s a lonely existence.”

Do you think Joe‘s take on Alcide is a good one? Let us know what you think in the comments.

SOURCE: Hollywood Crush

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New Music Scores for True Blood’s Season 3

May 28, 2010

It appears that HBO‘s hit series True Blood has many fans among musicians.  Thanks to Jennifer Vineyard’s article in Rolling Stone, we learned that the show’s producers have recruited an impressive list of top artists for the Season 3 soundtrack.

Among those who will be contributing their music – both old and new material – are Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Beck, Robbie Robertson, Lucinda Williams, the Eels and M. Ward.  When asked about the show’s appeal, Elvis Costello joked, “Who isn’t a fan of nakedness and vampirism?”

After providing a demo to Gary Calamar, the show’s music supervisor, Lucinda Williams worked closely with Gary and took his suggestion to pair up with Elvis Costello.  Together, Lucinda and Elvis collaborated with True Blood‘s in-house composer, Nathan Barr, to give their compositions the right mood.  According to Nathan Barr, “Cello is central to the scores that I write.  If there’s not some cello or heavy guitar, it won’t sound like True Blood.”

It has not yet been determined which scenes will feature the songs by Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello.  Season 3 is still in production, although it airs on June 13.  But Lucinda has a request.

“I want it to be a totally hot, steamy, lustful scene between Sookie and Bill,” she says. “That would be perfect – Bill comes back, and they have torrid sex. Yes!”

I think we’re all in agreement.

Source: rollingstone.com

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True Blood Walk-On Role Featured in Charity Auction

May 28, 2010

Ever wished you could enter your television screen and become a part of the True Blood world? You have a chance to do just that, as an extra in a future episode of the series! HBO has donated this amazing opportunity to charitybuzz, and the proceeds from the winning bid will go to support GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

The winner of the auction will be able to bring one guest with them to the set in Los Angeles, but only the winner will be an extra on the show. There’s no guarantee that the scene(s) you film will make it into the final cut of the episode, but you still get to be there with the cast for a day!

The role is non-speaking, and you will be paid for your time, the minimum fee for a background artist. Therefore, you should bring with you the paperwork to fill out an I-9 form.

You get to make your True Blood dream come to life with an experience you’ll never forget, and you’re supporting a good cause. The current bid is $3,750, with five days remaining. The item closes on Wednesday, June 2, at 3:14pm ET, so if you’re interested, be sure to check it out soon!

SOURCE: charitybuzz.com

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