My True Blood Experience at Comic-con 2010

July 30, 2010

Exactly a week ago today, I was at Comic-Con, pumped up for the True Blood panel and everything else True Blood related that I could see and do. There was a TON of True Blood stuff at Comic-Con, and regardless of what someone told me, True Blood was THE talk of Con once again! (That person told me Inception would be all people were talking about.)

For me, the True Blood experience started Wednesday when I arrived in San Diego for Preview Night at Comic-Con. I was lucky enough to be staying at the San Diego Bayfront Hotel, which is the hotel that had the True Blood elevators. I loved those elevators, and each trip up and down was an absolute pleasure!

I did attend Preview Night, and while there, I did get my hands on the True Blood comic book issue #1 with the IDW exclusive cover. However, Preview Night was pretty overwhelming for me, so I left early in order to get extra sleep and prepare for the first official day of Comic-Con.

On Thursday, the first day of Comic-Con, I went to the composer panel that featured not only True Blood scorer Nathan Barr, but many other composers who I really admire. As a massive surprise to myself and the rest of the audience, Charlaine Harris opened the panel. It was great, and hearing Charlaine talk about how important music is was a great treat!

As the panel went on, Nathan (who was third from the right on the panel) had a lot to say about scoring, but one thing that really stood out to me in the panel was when Nathan talked about how he has some weird instruments, including one made from human bone! (It’s a human bone trumpet, it came from Tibet, and it’s made from a femur.) Talk about something that’s both creepy and cool! Of course, lots of things were said that were really interesting. Musicians and composers often have great tales about their projects you wouldn’t hear about otherwise, so if you have a chance, take advantage of that and talk to the composers of the shows you like! You never know what you may hear from them!

After the panel, I had the chance to say hi to Nathan again (I’ve met him a couple of times previously) as well as send him another hello from my godfather, who knows him. Nathan was super sweet, as always, and I’m grateful that he and the other composers were all willing to take time for the fans.

Thankfully, that was an easy and very fun part of Comic-Con. I only wish Friday had gone as well as Thursday did.

Friday at Comic-Con was absolutely insane. Not only was I surrounded by 125,000 of my closest friends, my first experience of the day was an absolutely frustrating one. I made sure to arrive early so I could say hello to a friend at a booth before heading towards the WB booth to wait for hours until the True Blood signing.

Once I got over to the area where the WB Booth was, everything was pure pandemonium. First, I had to find a place to sit near the wall, and security at Con was not very good. Every time a new security person came around, new directions were issued at me and everyone sitting around me. It was very frustrating, and only got worse as the hours went on.

During that wait, I sat and talked to tons of True Blood fans about what they liked about Season 3, and everyone had nice things to say about how intense True Blood is and how waiting for a new episode every Sunday can be painful because everyone wants more, and they want it now! To me, it was like being in TrueBloodNet’s fan community, where I’ve heard the same thing over and over again!

There was one strange surprise during that wait time, though. Sarah Palin was at Comic-Con. I didn’t believe it was really her until I walked up to her (as a nice fellow fan saved the area I was sitting at) and saw that it really wasn’t Tina Fey in costume. I did say hi, then walked back to where I was sitting. The other True Blood fans and I all joked around about the reasons Sarah might have for being at Comic-Con, but really could’t come up with any reasons. Either way, it was a nice distraction during the long wait for the True Blood signing.

This is where the pandemonium began. The line setup for the True Blood signing line was absolutely horrific. There were probably around 1,000 fans eagerly awaiting the True Blood signing, and all had been told different things by security. By the time lining up for the panel was approved, there was a whole set of new usurpers in the “official” line, and those people were the ones who got in over everyone else. Security also allowed a smaller aisle near the WB Booth to be entirely blocked by even more fans waiting for the True Blood signing! The final effect was that a lot of people, myself included, could not get into the panel and were very upset. Were I to have been in charge of security and lines near the WB Booth, I would have done a lot of things differently. First, I would have put the signing in a different room and not on the dealer’s floor. Second, I would have held drawings to get in line for the signing. The insanity would have been prevented had that done been done. Hopefully next year, the True Blood signing line will be set up differently.

That’s not the end of my story, though. I was lucky, once again, to get into the True Blood panel, thanks entirely to a friend. Once I got in (a couple panels early), I searched for a seat and even found a really good one. I was in the second set of seating (behind the first main aisle) on the left side of the room. My seat was not as close as it was in 2009, but it was pretty close! However, I was not in that seat for very long. Instead, as soon as the question line was announced, I walked over to it and sat there for the majority of the panel.

The panel was fantastic! The moderator of the panel was awesome, and he made sure to spread his time and questions amongst everyone on the panel. There was also a very amusing moment where Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin brought a cardboard cutout of Alexander Skarsgard to the panel and jokingly caressed it as they set it down. The panel audience was howling with laughter!

There were several great moments throughout the panel, and a few really stick out in my mind. One was a joke aimed at Rutina Wesley about how Tara should try dating using Match.com. I thought it was really funny, and a lot of the audience agreed! Another great moment was hearing directly from Alan Ball that Joe Manganiello is now going to be a full cast member for Season 4. Lots of cheering and hooting was heard after that announcement.

For me, though, the top moments of the panel over anything else were Alan Ball’s declaration that Bill and Sookie are soul mates and getting the chance to ask a question during the panel.

I was the second to last question that the panel answered, and I asked Stephen Moyer about how Bill’s evolution as a character has affected him as an answer. I swear I could feel myself glowing when Stephen told me that I’d asked a good question!

I had one other True Blood experience while at Comic-Con. Like the previous year, True Blood hosted the annual blood drive (which it turns out that my godmother named), so on Saturday, I went over and donated blood. In exchange for the blood, I got a really cool “My Blood is True” t-shirt, a True Blood water bottle, and a couple of other minor things. The other thing I came home with from donating blood? A giant bruise that’s still healing now. However, even without the stuff, I’m really happy that I gave blood, as blood banks everywhere need the donations!

All in all, even though some of the things that happened to me at Comic-Con were sincerely frustrating, I had a great time. I just wish it all hadn’t happened so quickly, because I can barely remember a lot of what I experienced. Thankfully, though, you all can join me in seeing what I saw live by clicking here and watching the videos of the True Blood panel!

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Denis O’Hare Says It’s Good To Be King

July 30, 2010

Fancast.com had a few questions for the vampire king of MississippiTrue Blood‘s King Russell Edgington, played wonderfully by Denis O’Hare, is causing a great deal of angst this season for Bill and Sookie fans.

When asked about the king’s intended plans for the vampire blood addicted werewolves in his employ, Denis said that all his plans have to be revised due to certain events occurring in episodes 7 and 8.  “Things start to go really crazy.”

Now we’re intrigued.  What about more somewhat disturbing scenes such as the eating frenzy of the stripper in the king’s limo?  All Denis would share is that Russell is in bed with someone in episode 10 when stuff happens.  He would not say what things, nor would he admit to his bed partner being male, female, human, vampire or werewolf.

Of course playing with wolves has been one of Denis‘ more fun experiences on the show.  He said working with real wolves is incredible.

“I got to meet one young wolf and actually sit down and pet him before he knocked me over on my ass.  They’re fantastic animals.”

Stating that it is, indeed, good to be king, Denis admitted that Russell can do whatever he wants – order people around, eat who he wants.  “It’s fantastic.”  And yes, the show should move from Bon Temps to Jackson, where there are better restaurants and large plantation houses.

Asked if he was rooting for Bill or Alcide, with regard to Sookie, Denis put it simply.  “I’m on Team Russell.  My team.”

Watch more True Blood drama unfolding Sunday night on HBO.

Source:  fancast.com

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Reality Bites – Session 7: Gory Days

July 30, 2010

Every week, a diverse panel of Bon Temps residents gather to watch and discuss each new episode of HBO’s True Blood. The sessions are moderated by Nina Harken, PhD candidate interested in finding out what the real folks of Bon Temps think of the portrayal of their town and their people on HBO‘s hit series.

NINA:
Wow…that was quite an intense ending…anyone care to share any thoughts?

[CHUCK and ELIJAH both have their fangs out and are staring at the TV screen intently.  ELIJAH’S gaze shifts toward MADISON.]

ELIJAH
Would you like to step out for a drink?

MADISON
I’d love too.

[MADISON’S Mother smacks MADISON on the shoulder.  MADISON shakes her head and blinks a couple of times.]

NINA
None of that, Elijah. That was the deal.

[ELIJAH’S fangs retract as he looks somewhat defeated.]

MADISON
How cool is it that Eric is that close to fulfilling a 2,000 year old promise of vengeance?

BYRON
It is quite interesting to see Mr. Northman maneuver around all of the players in this game.  We clearly know what he wants, but it is fascinating to see what he will do to achieve it.

CHUCK
They better not kill off that Sookie girl.  Not only is she hot but she’s one of the few main girl characters who will actually get naked.

NATHAN
I mean, I know they won’t kill her. You can’t kill off the main character of the series. But… man, they sure know how to make you nervous, showing clips of her in the hospital…

MADISON
Yeah! That was freaky.

NATHAN
But supposedly they’re going to kill someone. Or a few someones.

NINA
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here. What about this episode?

NATHAN
I don’t know… I thought the King’s whole plan of world domination seemed a little lame. He sounds like a bad comic book villian.

ELIJAH
Russell had a point, though, about the human race destroying itself. Sad, really.

NINA
Was he right about supernaturals not getting along?

[Silence]

TRACY
It just ain’t that easy.

BYRON
Supernaturals, as I understand, are just like nationalities, very set in their ways, their traditions. It makes adjusting to each other unnecessarily difficult.

ELIJAH
And humans do not make anything easier with their judgements and self-entitled attitude.

MADISON
Excuse me?

ELIJAH
Sorry, darlin’, but it is true.

MADISON
What about Lafayette and Jesus? It’s so sad that Jesus left him.

CHUCK
Can’t say I was too comfortable with that whole situation.

MADISON
Seriously? They were adorable.

HENRIETTA
But that Lafayette is a drug dealer. That boy is only trouble. Even Jesus couldn’t save him.

MADISON
We don’t know that yet.

NATHAN
Is Jesus something?

NINA
What do you mean?

NATHAN
Like, a supernatural of some kind? Clearly not a vampire, but a shifter or something?

TRACY
Don’t think he’s a were.

BYRON
It is very possible he is some kind of supernatural, perhaps one we haven’t seen yet.

NINA
Well, we can’t discuss this any further until we see more episodes.  How about the whole Tara story line?

HENRIETTA
How could Tara not know to use a stake?  Heaven Almighty, the good Lord grace that child with several weapons that could have easily been used as a stake and she chose that?

CHUCK
Easy there grandma.

TRACY
Yeah, Tara’s pretty much screwed.  Though it was awesome how she out-thought that werewolf from Coot’s pack to save Sookie.

MADISON
I was also happy to see that Alcide didn’t abandon Sookie.  And OMG, we finally saw him as a wolf!

TRACY
Oooo, thats so exciting…it’s like we haven’t seen any other wolves yet.

ELIJAH
So here’s a query:  I’m ecstatic that Jessica is feeding like we ought to be feeding, but if she is so upset that she’s going to kill her dinner, why doesn’t she just drink True Blood?

CHUCK
You can actually suck that stuff down?  I thought you were better than that.

ELIJAH
You thought?  Most impressive.

MADISON
Is there really that much of a difference between human blood and True Blood?

ELIJAH & CHUCK
Yes.

NATHAN
Elijah is right, they do stock True Blood at Merlotte’s.  Why doesn’t she just drink that?

HENRIETTA
I gotta say this: The people who make this show finally got something right about Bon Temps.  That lady in the bar who was there ’til all hours of the evening is just like that Tillie Thibedeaux.  Walking ’round town with curlers in her hair, in her night gown. Mmm-mmm.

MADISON
Oh, I know that lady! My friends say she likes to come into the diner right before they close and orders a huge meal.

HENRIETTA
In’t she something? Rudest woman to walk this good earth.

NATHAN
Was anyone honestly surprised about the whole dog fighting thing with Sam’s brother? I thought that one was too easy.

TRACY
Dogs fighting is one thing. It happens. Dogs will be dogs. But to be forced to do it for money? Horrible.

BYRON
That Tommy needs to stand up for himself. No man, shifter or otherwise, should be forced into something so violent at someone else’s behest.

MADISON
Is there really dog fighting around here?

BYRON
No there is not.

NINA
Oh, I just thought of something. This episode was awful bloody. Too bloody?

ELIJAH
Never.

MADISON
I don’t know… Tara biting into Franklin’s neck was pretty gross. Really gross.

NATHAN
Lorena messed up Bill real good. It had to be like slow torture.

ELIJAH
I’m just assuming that was her point.

MADISON
Would a vampire really do that?

ELIJAH
… I don’t know. I do know that the show has properly indicated the bond between a vampire and his maker. Whether it is like a parent and child, or two lovers, there is blood shared. The relationship is a lasting one. To kill your own creation cannot be easy.

CHUCK
Yeah, what he said.

MADISON
But why would she let the werewolves drink his blood? That seemed mean.

TRACY
Those two weres are trash.

CHUCK
I’m the drinker. I don’t want nobody drinking from me.

TRACY
Who would want to?

NINA
Alright, alright. I’m glad these conversations can go on their own without too much intervention on my part. I appreciate it. To encourage more True Blood fan feedback, our Bon Temps Residents panel has agreed to field questions and comments from fellow “Trubies.”  Leave your question or comment in the space below and perhaps someone from our panel will respond directly to you. Thanks and good night.

Authors: Sarah Pugh and Cory Brin

Header: K. Rose

This column is a parody of the Gothic fantasy series, True Blood, and as such, is presented here for your amusement. “Reality Bites” and the various writers that contribute to it, have no relationship/affiliation to HBO, True Blood, or any of the cast or crew of said nor any relation to Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels.

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The Journal of Eric Northman – Edelweiss

July 30, 2010

I think it is Monday but when you have seen over a thousand summers, time and dates have little meaning.  Since the Great Revelation there have been many things that deserved preservation for the sake of history but not nearly enough time to suffer the tedium of scribing them onto parchment.  The monotony of existence has gotten even worse with the invention of that vile concoction, True Blood. The elixir that enabled my kindred to emerge from the shadows and live as equals with our food.  Imagine that, being an equal with… mere mortals. Disgusting. I have killed thousands of them during my journey down through the course of history and have become inured to their pathetic little lives. I thought I had stomped out all sense of humanity, all interest in humanity, until recently when Bill Compton started dating that mind reader, Sookie Stackhouse.

When I first met her she was so brash and fiery that she reminded me of Pam.  I was amused by her sense of entitlement at first,  but when Bill killed another vampire to save this mouthy human, I decided to take a closer look.  There was something about Sookie that drew me to her.  I cannot put my finger on it.  When we were attacked by the suicide bomber from the Fellowship, I thought it would be amusing to trick Sookie into sucking the silver from my body and with it my blood thus binding her to me.  The fact that this would annoy Bill was just an added bonus to the charade.  But then when Sookie got close to me, I found the scent of her blood… intoxicating. The smell of her lingers in my memory; it recalls fields of the elusive edelweiss and the long, lazy, misspent summer days of my unbridled youth. Her every warm touch against my cold skin was exquisite. I knew then that I had to have her blood and her body.  Given my disdain for humans, this issue is vexing but time is on my side.

On another note, Bill Compton is in Jackson with Russell Edgington and his maker LorenaRussell has wanted to take over Sophie Ann‘s dominion for a long time.  Being a survivor, I was going to let the dust settle to see who I would be answering to.  But when the magister got involved and threatened my child Pam, I had no choice but to go to Mississippi and sink deeper into vampire politics which I wholeheartedly despise.  During a tour of Russell’s estate, I found my father’s crown prominently displayed among his trophies.  I have been searching for my parent’s killer for a millennium and it turns out he has been hiding in plain sight the entire time.  Russell is 3000 years old and will not be easy to kill.  But make no mistake, I will extract my revenge on His Royal Highness and use everything and everyone at my disposal to do so including Ms. Sookie Stackhouse.  I only wish that my maker Godric was here to witness my triumph.  He was not a fan of Edgington’s and my instincts told me the king had some convoluted plan involving the humans Godric came to admire. Now that I know what it is, to domesticate the humans, I myself am rather disinterested but I know that Godric at the end of his days would not have approved. Perhaps derailing the King’s plan may have given him a reason to stay longer upon the Earth, to not to leave me here without him.  Alone. Times like these are when I miss him most.

This column is a parody of the Gothic fantasy series, True Blood, and as such, is presented here for your amusement. “The Journal” and the various writers that contribute to it, have no relationship/affiliation to HBO, True Blood, or any of the cast or crew of said nor any relation to Charlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse novels.

Header credit: K. S. Rose

Co-Authored by K. S. Rose and Jim Gash

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Alexander Skarsgard Enters the Fashion World

July 30, 2010

Alexander Skarsgard seems to be entering the fashion world with his new stint as Hickey Freeeman’s new face for their 2010 Fall line.  Hickey Freeman is a well known suit maker that previous to this has been more traditional.

“We want to attract the younger and younger-thinking customer,” says men’s fashion designer Joseph Abboud, who also serves as the company’s creative director. “Hickey Freeman was much more traditional under the old regime. It lacked sex appeal.”

It is going to get lots of sex appeal with Alexander.  We are excited to see Alex no matter what he is in.

Source: justjared.buzznet.com

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Anna Paquin’s Film “Margaret” to be Released in 2011

July 30, 2010

Anna Paquin‘s film “Margaret“, in which she plays a traumatized witness to a bus accident, is finally set to be released in 2011.  The film, which co-starts Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo and was directed by Kenneth Lonergan, was filmed in 2005 and has been stuck in the editing room for the past 5 years.  There was some doubt as to whether it would ever be released but Fox Searchlight confirmed earlier this week that they have the final cut and it would be released at some point in 2011.

The film was made from a large 168 page script and the delay had reportedly been due to Lonergan’s inability to complete a film that made him happy.  One benefit to the delay in the film coming to the screen is that Anna’s role as Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood has made her a much more recognizable star.

Source: Incontention.com

Photo Credit: The Playlight Blogspot

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VIDEOS: Joe Manganiello on Good Day LA

July 30, 2010

What does the cast of True Blood do when they aren’t on set? Promote True Blood, of course! Joe Manganiello stopped by the set of Good Day LA to give fans some early morning eye candy to start the day.

Joe spent the morning talking about two of his favorite things: Alcide Herveaux and football. The actor talked about his character, werewolf Alcide Herveaux who is employed by Eric Northman to protect Sookie. While he’s trying to keep Sookie safe from danger, he’s also nursing a broken heart; ex-girlfriend Debbie Pelt has not only left him for another werewolf but for a V addiction too.

However, the thing Joe loves to talk about more than his role on True Blood is football. As a high school student, football almost became Joe’s life’s calling until acting stepped in his senior year. Even though he isn’t a pro football player, he still enjoys watching the games, especially when he gets to support his favorite team the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the second part to Joe Manganiello‘s interview with Good Day LA, the actor talks more about his role as Alcide and weres, the newest supes to be introduced into the True Blood world. While fans are trying to figure out who Sookie will end up with, Bill or Eric, the 3rd season seems to have a brought another possible love interest: Alcide. It seems that Alcide and Sookie will be spending a lot of time together this season, and from what fans have seen of the show, there is definitely a chemistry. Joe further talks about his role and what fans can expect to see of the newest were hottie.

SOURCE: redlasso.com

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VIDEOS: Joe Manganiello and Kristin Bauer van Straten Talk To MTV

July 30, 2010

Without the fans, Hollywood wouldn’t exist; without Truebies, True Blood wouldn’t be such a success. While this is true, fan love can sometimes get a little awkward.

Joe Manganiello, who plays werewolf and Sookie’s bodyguard Alcide Herveaux, gives MTV an example of an awkward moment: a fan who wanted to be licked by a wolf, preferably him. Was she trying to be flirty or was she serious? Who knows, but Joe says the moment left both parties speechless and confused. Good thing Joe had other fans to focus on.

Asking to be licked may be a bad request from fans, but asking to be bit might be worse. Kristin Bauer, who plays the sassy and tough vampire Pam, answers these teeth sinking requests with a laugh and an adamant no. However, she is really very sweet to her fans; in her eyes, they’re the reason she has a job and appreciates their devotion.

So what does Kristin do for her fans to show her love for them? She teases them with True Blood exclusives, of course. In a separate interview with MTV, Kristin confesses to what the 3rd season of True Blood will bring for Pam. For fans who purchased the True Blood Season 2 Blu Ray DVD, Pam’s history and how she came to the decision to be turned is revealed. Apparently though, fans watching season 3 will get see who Pam is, more of her history, and how loyal she is to her maker Eric.

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Joe Manganiello: Red Sox Werewolf

July 30, 2010

Joe Manganiello will be coming back for the fourth season of HBO‘s True Blood now that it has been officially announced that he will be a regular on the show.  Joe gave an interview to the Boston Herald, where he discussed  his role, his acting history, and how he maintains those howlin’ abs.

Firstly, the abs. Manganiello worked with Hugh Jackman‘s trainer, spending six days a week working out and keeping a strict diet. And this was a five-month procedure. His hard work landed him on the cover of the August issue of Muscle & Body magazine. Well done, Mr. Manganiello, well done.

Secondly, there’s the pressure of playing such a role as Alcide. Thank to fans who got the the ball rolling by getting his name out there as the actor to play Alcide, Joe then decided to read Charlaine Harris‘s books to see if indeed he could play werewolf Alcide. It was a year or so later when he landed the role.

“It’s amazing, first and foremost… It’s a dream come true, and I want to pull my weight alongside what I think is the best ensemble of actors possibly ever put together.”

“True Blood” has been putting Sookie in situations that make us question her romantic interests. Bill, Eric,… now Alcide?

“He could have easily taken advantage of Sookie, but he’s just not that guy… I think it’s a matter of Sookie figuring out where she is and Alcide shaking off (his past) and moving on. I think that’s kind of the interesting thing for viewers. Where does it go? Where will it go? Who knows?”

The Boston Herald took a particular interest in Joe, thanks to his family roots to New England. His grandmother was a Red Sox fan, a tradition he carried on.

Joe graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and credits his education for his success as an actor. He’s thrilled he hasn’t been typecast which enables him to play lots of different roles in film and television. He notes, however, he had to work twice as much just to earn a living. But the tides have changed in his favor.

“Being on an HBO show, especially this show, validates you in a lot of ways… I couldn’t be happier.”

Be sure to check out the entire article here.

Source: bostonherald.com

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 3 Spoiler: Sam Clip

July 29, 2010

Sam Merlotte is really working hard to make his family’s life at least a little better. In the most recent True Blood episode, we saw Sam ask Andy Bellefleur about if there was dog fighting near Bon Temps. When Andy told Sam what he needed to know, Sam drove off in search of it, hoping to find Tommy before anything else could happen. This new clip from HBO shows the beginning of what happens next, and a bit of what we’ll see in the next new True Blood episode. What do you think is going to happen next?

A HUGE thank you to BLT & Associates and HBO for sending this video to us!

Ep. 31: Clip – Sam
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