Denis O’Hare Shows His Support For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

September 30, 2010

Denis O’Hare Attends 2010 BC/EFA Flea Market

Denis O'Hare at BC/EFA Flea MarketDenis O’Hare (who plays Russell  Edgington on True Blood) attended the 2010 BC/EFA Flea Market & Grand Auction September 26, 2010.  The flea market and auction were held in Shubert Alley and admission was free for the general public.  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a non-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization.  They have raised over $195 million since 1988 by drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community.  BC/EFA awards grants to over 400 AIDS and family service organizations annually. To learn more about the organization click here.  The Broadway Flea Market was sponsored by Continental Airlines, The New York Times, Junior’s, Discovery Times Square Exposition, A&E Television Networks, and Times Square Alliance.

Patrons in the flea market were able to pose for pictures with celebrities, purchase signed playbills and show posters and grab hard to find items for the theater lover in their life.  The main draw of the event was the Grand Auction. Some of the lots that attendees were able to bid on were:

  • Attending the opening nights on Broadway for La Bête, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Importance of Being Earnest, Elling, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Driving Miss Daisy, The Scottsboro Boys and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
  • Ozian Backstage Experience – From wardrobe call to final curtain, experience the various backstage workings of this blockbuster musical during an actual performance of Wicked
  • Set visits at “NCIS” and “Modern Family” in Los Angeles
  • A package to go to Las Vegas and see a Cirque du Solei show.

Source:  Broadwayworld.com — Photo Coverage: 2010 BC/EFA Flea Market!

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Mariana Klaveno at Eyegore Awards 2010

September 29, 2010

With True Blood’s 3rd Season, fans had to say goodbye to the lovely Lorena. However Mariana Klaveno, the actress who portrayed Bill Compton’s psychotic maker, is only beginning her time in the spotlight. The beautiful Mariana was recently at the 2010 Eyegore Awards.

Here are some pictures of the True Blood star posing and presenting an award.  Fans may have loved to hate Lorena, but there’s no way they can hate such a wonderfully talented and elegant actress like Mariana. Thanks so much to Shannon for sharing her True Blood news with us!

Submission thanks to: Shannon

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(Photo Credit: Shannon)

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Alexander Skarsgard To Appear in Indian Film?

September 29, 2010

Is Alexander Skarsgard Appearing in His First Indian Film?

Alexander Skarsgard - Expressen News ArticleSwedish newspaper Expressen recently reported that Alexander Skarsgard had signed on to star in an Indian film. Skarsgardnews.com confirms that this is not true.

The newspaper stated that Skarsgard was going to play alongside Mikael Spreitz from ‘Flickan som lekte med elden’ (The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest) in the Swedish-American cooperation.  However, according to skarsgardnews.com this is purely either a rumor or a made-up story.

Submission thanks to: skarsgardnews.com

Got a True Blood related tip? Submit it here! Just select the Subject drop down ‘Contribution Request’ and send us your news item!?

Source: skarsgardnews.com – Alexander Skarsgard to Star in Swedish-Indian Film? Nope

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True Blood Items for Amnesty International Auction

September 29, 2010

True Blood Goodies for Charity Auction

Season 3 promo shot of the True Blood Cast

What could be better than owning a piece of memorabilia from season 3 of HBO’s True Blood?  How about knowing that your purchase also counted as a donation for charity?

Items up for  bid for the Amnesty International auction include: True Blood drawstring bag, season 3 8 pack of mini posters, dvd of the season 3 “minisodes”, an Eric Northman dog tag, promotional notebook handed out to HBO employees and volume 2 of music from the series. Winning bids from the US will enjoy free shipping.  Foreign bids are allowed, but there will be a shipping charge if you win.

For details and information on all the items please visit http://skarsgardnews.com/?page_id=8457

SOURCE: http://skarsgardnews.com/ — True Blood Season 3 Collectibles

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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True Blood’s Godric to Participate in Spooky Empire Convention

September 29, 2010

True Blood's Godric, as portrayed by Allan HydeTrue Blood’s Godric (Allan Hyde) Will Appear on a Panel

Allan Hyde (Godric) will be participating in a Question & Answer Panel on October 10th, 2010.  This special event will be held at the Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend hosted by Wyndham Resort in Orlando, FL on October 8th through October 10th, 2010.

Mr. Hyde will be answering questions about True Blood outside the Siesta/Biscayne room in Salon B at 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 10th, 2010.

The doors to the Spooky Empires event will be open Friday the 8th at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday the 9th & the 10th at 11:00 a.m.

So for the True Blood fans who will be in the area attending this Ultimate event, enjoy!  You will be in for a special & handsome treat meeting and talking with Allan.  Can we say Trick or Treat!

Source: Spooky Empire

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Denis O’Hare of True Blood to Perform at Long Wharf Theater

September 28, 2010

True Blood’s Denis O’Hare Live!

Denis O’Hare (Russell) will be performing Selected Shorts at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT on Monday November 15th.  Mr. O’Hare is also slated to return to Broadway later this season in Elling.

The evening will feature tales about identity, race, guilt and understanding American writers Sherman Alexie, Percival Everett, and O. Henry winner John Biguenet.

Mr. O’Hare is a Tony Award winning actor, noted for his performances in Take Me Out

and Sweet Charity. If his amazing acting on True Blood is any indicator his participation in this show will be stellar.  Tickets are a steal at $25 and you can get them by calling 203-787-4282 or visit the website for the Long Wharf Pier at www.longwharf.com

(Source: Theater Mania, Dan Balzco)

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Ryan Kwanten Talks True Blood, Legend of the Guardians and Upcoming Projects

September 28, 2010

Ryan Kwanten Chats about True Blood, Voicing an Owl and Upcoming Movies

Ryan Kwanten filming Legend of the GuardiansFans of True Blood are used to hearing Ryan Kwanten talk like a good old boy from down south. It can be hard to reconcile that with his heavy Australian accent which he gets to use in his newest film ‘Legend of the Guardians’. During Press Day for the film, Kwanten and the other actors sat down for interviews to talk about the movie and upcoming projects.

Legend of the Guardians

Kwanten’s latest role is playing Kludd, a young owlette who makes some wrong choices in ‘Legends of the Guardians’. The film is based on a series of books called Guardians of Ga’Hooleby author Kathryn Lasky. Kwanten was initially approached about reading for the role of Soren, which would later go to Jim Sturgess, but felt a deeper connection to Kludd. Kwanten says that this movie is not your typical family movie saying:

“I think a lot of animated films play such a rosy picture of the world, and this was saying, “Look, bad things do happen in life. It’s how you choose to deal with those things that defines who you are.” My character chooses to go a far darker route than what you probably should. Soren, on the other hand, chooses to really embrace his destiny and follow the right path.”

The film was made over a period of two and a half years with Kwanten working his filming around his True Blood role. He says that having the filming stretched out over such a long period of time made it easier to grow and change the character. While the brothers in the film start out close as a family, it is the subtle changes that Kwanten embraced. He felt it was important to show the story of the brothers growing up so that you had a chance to emotionally connect with the characters.

One of the benefits of the role was that Kwanten was able to speak without working on his accent. When he initially started to work in Los Angeles he only wanted to do characters with an American accent, so that he could get himself established. Kwanten says that he hopes that after watching the film, it has a lasting effect and people are able to assess their own lives and the choices they have made. Since this movie is based on the first three books in the series and there are 12 more, there is definitely a chance of a sequel and Kwanten is looking forward to exploring the character and story further.

True Blood

Season 3 of True Blood recently finished up and we left off with Kwanten’s character Jason Stackhouse taking over to help the residents of Hot Shot and Sookie disappearing with Claudine, among other cliff hangers. Kwantendid not give much away about what we can expect to see in Season 4, but he did say that he is excited to see where the writers take the story. He talks about how he never quite knows how a story is going to play out saying:

“There hasn’t been anything that has not surprised me, in every episode. Every single scene has played out differently than where I thought it was going to go, and that’s a good thing to be constantly surprised. I like to pride myself on being able to guess where things are going, and I’ve never been able to do that with my character.”

He does reveal that he will start shooting Season 4 in late November.

Upcoming Projects

Kwanten recently finished filming ‘Knights of Badassdom’with Steve Zahn and Peter Dinklage. He describes the film as a “comedy mixed with horror” film. In the film Kwanten’scharacter finds out that his girlfriend cheated on him and he goes into a depression. In order to help pull him out of that, his friends kidnap him and force him into a live role playing game. Eventually the “role” becomes real and he is forced to get involved.

Kwanten’s film ‘Griff The Invisible’recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and in that film he plays a sociophobic superhero. By day he can’t leave the house, but by night he believes he is saving the world.

In November his film ‘Red Hill’, described as a revenge western, releases in theaters. The film, costarring Steve Bisley and Tommy Lewis, centers on a young policeman (Kwanten) who works in a small town police department that has come under siege from an escaped convict.

Sources: Blog.moviefone.com – Ryan Kwanten, Jim Sturgess and Zack Snyder on Playing Owls and (Not) Getting Fans Pregnant

Collider.com – Ryan Kwanten Exclusive Interview LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS; Plus Updates on TRUE BLOOD, KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, More

About.com – Exclusive Interview with Ryan Kwanten on ‘Legend of the Guardians’

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Read Our Exclusive Twitter Interview with Kristin Bauer Van Straten

September 28, 2010

Kristin Bauer, Abri Van Straten, Pam, True Blood

On September 14th, 2010, we interviewed True Blood‘s queen of fashion and snark, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, via Twitter. There were misspellings aplenty and the constraints of the 140-character limit, but it was a great new experience that gave thousands of followers a chance to witness the live interview with this wonderfully kind actress as she talked about her trip to South Africa, her love of animals, her involvement with The Amanda Foundation, and much more.

TBN.com: Tonight we’re pleased to be hosting the world’s first Twitterview with #TrueBlood’s Pam, Kristin Bauer van Straten!

Kristin is here to support The Amanda Foundation.

Kristin: YES I AM!

TBN.com: Hi Kristin, thanks for tweeting with us tonight!

Kristin: HELLO!

TBN.com: We hear you were in Africa last week, what was that like?

Kristin: Africa was stunning. Very different & very misunderstood by us Westerners. I will soon have some photos up on my site.

TBN.com: We can’t wait to see the photos!

Kristin: I am working with IFAW in Africa to try and stem the animal slaughter, poaching, ivory trade, and what I am researching is interesting.

All of these environmental things are very connected to the economy.

People do awful things at times because they don’t know better or it’s the only job they have—I fell in love with Africa for its wildness and want to see what could be done to keep it wild and beautiful.

TBN.com: Where did you go in Africa?

Kristin: We were in Cape Town, Stellenbosch (the wine lands), and then up the harden route to Plettenberg Bay. We stayed with family. Plett is unreal.

TBN.com: How exciting! Was it your first trip there?

Kristin: We went to an elephant orphan sanctuary. And on a Southern Right whale watch and saw baboons in the yard!

And yes, it was my first trip there. I had to meet my in-laws for the first time!

I had 55 family at my wedding and Abri had one friend. It was just too far for them all.

TBN.com: Elephants are so incredible. They are so intelligent and have deep emotions.

We’re very excited to hear that you’ll be informing us more about the poaching situation.

Kristin: Yes when I figure out what we can all do about poaching I will speak up! I hate to tell people of bad news without something they can do.

TBN.com: When you do, we’ll cover the story for all our readers.

Kristin: Great! Thanks for covering it!

We really can change things together. Alone and separate we’re doomed I think.

Amazing how we have this technology that can unite us for good.

Look what the Cove guys have done! 1.7 million signatures to Japan to stop slaughtering dolphins!

TBN.com: Yes, very inspiring!

For those interested in signing the petition against dolphin hunting: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/724/210/624/

So you got to meet all of Abri’s family. That sounds great!

Kristin: It was wonderful. I understand him even better now. It really fills in so many gaps.

TBN.com: Let’s get to why you are here tonight. The Amanda Foundation.

What does the foundation do exactly?

Kristin: Ok…Amanda Foundation. Run by Teri Austin, who was on Seinfeld and Knots Landing, btw.

TBN.com: I didn’t realize that! How wonderful of her to use her talents to help animals!

Kristin: Yes! Teri is amazing! It is really her calling. Tireless efforts and it makes her happy to save lives from the pound.

TBN.com: So they do animal rescues? Saving abandoned pets?

Kristin: Yes! Teri saves them from any and all situations, gives them vet care, food, shelter, walks, love, and will keep them their entire lives until they get a great home. Not just any home.

I’ve known Teri for 15 years. A GREAT woman! She’s saved 1000s and still remembers every single name of every single one.

TBN.com: Holy moly! I can hardly remember my own name some days!

And I hear they have a spay program as well, for strays?

Kristin: She has a spay and neuter mobile hospital they take to a different neighborhood over 300 days a year and give people vet care who can’t afford it. It also stems the tide of pet overpopulation.

I’ve seen the van. It’s amazing. Designed by Teri. She told me she’d rather have this van than a Ferrari!

TBN.com: Have you been involved with them for long?

Kristin: I have known them for 15 years. I do anything I can think of for them.

In this economy and with so many disasters overseas, many local charities are closing or down 70% in donations!!! I feel we need to remember to take care of those here too!

TBN.com: And how did you first get started with them?

Kristin: I adopted a cat when I first moved here. Then I took a friend there years later and reconnected with Teri. We became friends. We bonded over our love of the animals.

TBN.com: Can you tell us about some of your events? When you’ve worked with them?

Kristin: We did an event last year, “True Blood Hounds” on Rodeo in Beverly Hills. Michelle Forbes, Tara Buck, Rutina and Mariana (@Klavenofarmgirl) came. Chow too! It was very cool of everyone.

Then we also had one recently. A fashion show I did at the Pacific Design center. I walked a very cute dog who was dressed up down the runway.

TBN.com: Did you get your adorable dogs from The Amanda Foundation?

Kristin: I got my two dogs now from all over. One from a bad shelter here. My rottie mix. Then my other guy—I was fostering a litter and the rottie and the little lab/pit/jindo mix stayed!

They just find me from all over. I am so lucky! Now I am down to two dogs. Soon I bet another will find us. I really miss my cat, who I had found. He was awesome.

TBN.com: You’re so sweet to help all those fur folks!

Kristin: It really is so rewarding to rescue. It’s really a very selfish endeavor! I can’t imagine life without them!

They just love me no matter what. Pimples. Money, no money. Fat, thin…They just love us.

TBN.com: And you’ve got a very special item. You’re auctioning off for the proceeds to go to them?

Kristin: YES!!!

I did a drawing of Alex Skarsgard! AND we both signed it!! ALL proceeds go to the Amanda Foundation.

Alexander Skarsgard, Eric Northman, True BloodTBN.com: This is all very exciting, and you’re going to be doing more cast drawings to benefit Amanda Foundation?

Kristin: Who should I draw next?

TBN.com: I think a sexy Stephen Moyer might go over well…

Kristin: Also we have t-shirts, don’t we?

TBN.com: We will very soon! Maybe next week 🙂

Kristin: Yes! Ok! A sexy Stephen Moyer sounds great!!! Stephen said he’d love for me to draw him!

TBN.com: Heck, I might have to bid on that 😉

Kristin: And yes, I think I will just do one cast after the other! They’re all very drawable!

TBN.com: They are all yummy. That’s why our site’s motto is: Team True Blood. Why choose?

Kristin: Yes, why choose?!

Thanks SO MUCH for your help on this!

And thanks to all you folks bidding and tuning in, too!

And thanks to Abri who just brought me snacks 🙂

TBN.com: How wonderful for the fans and The Amanda Foundation, what a rare opportunity!

Can you tell us a bit about getting Alex involved? About posing etc.?

Kristin: First I asked him if he’d be up for it and of course he said yes! Then I found a photo of Alex online that I loved as he looks like an old movie star in it, a la James Dean. I then finished it and brought it to him to see. He said, “You’re good.” 🙂

TBN.com: A man of understatement 😉 You’re great!

Kristin: Alex is a truly great guy. He also did a Tails for Whales photo, and supports Janet Casdawan’s necklaces for whales for IFAW. He’s truly sweet.

It’s an amazing group of people that make up True Blood.

TBN.com: Is Alex an animal lover too, then?

Kristin: I don’t think Alex’s as crazy as I am about fur! But I think he’s a sweet man who wants to help.

Wow. I really cant ype!…I eman, type. I mean…I mean type.

TBN.com: You’re doing fine, everyone on Twitter speaks typo! Right, guys?

Kristin: Thank God. I never took typing in high school. The ONE thing I would still be using.

TBN.com: And you’ve both autographed the drawing?

Kristin: YES, we both autographed it. Alex even added the little Swedish sign, for the soccer team? Rugby?….It’s Swedish anyway!

BTW, sorry all you others that will get 1 billion tweets from me today. I don’t normally talk on and on like this anyone but Abri.

TBN.com: We’ll be giving out the web address for the auction in a few, folks 🙂

Kristin: GREAT!

I can’t tell you how great this rescue and so many are. They are doing the work we want done but are too busy doing our own lives. We can help them to help easily.

Are we doing the prints, too, today or later?

TBN.com: Later.

@BauervanStraten just loves leaking little tidbits to whet your appetites, guys. Yes, it’s true, there is more yummy Alex stuff to come!

So it sounds like charity work is a family thing for you. Your husband, Abri (who looks like a Norse GOD, BTW) cut a CD and is selling it to benefit the whales?

Kristin: LOLOL! Weeeellll….that might just beeee….MY HUSBAND!!!

And for the rest of this week, I will send an autographed Pam photo with Abri’s CD “Sunlight and Shadows” through Amazon.

You can hear it on www.abrivanstraten.com

He wrote “Monet” for me!!!

TBN.com: You are SO lucky! What got him involved with whales?

Kristin: I got him involved with IFAW and whales. Then he wrote the song “Voices” off this new CD and gave it to them. We donate proceeds.

TBN.com: What kind of music does he play?

Kristin: His music is like James Taylor, Sting, Chris Rea…classical guitar and a deep sexy South African voice! I heard “Rain” off his last CD and tracked him down and asked him out! I LOVE his music. It’s very romantic and soothing.

TBN.com: You go! Does he have any performances scheduled in the near future?

Kristin: Yes, I will let you all know when Abri plays out soon. Looks like he’ll be playing EyeCon in Orlando in November.

TBN.com: We’ll retweet them! 🙂 And cover them at EyeCon, of course.

So back to the CD. Where can a fan get a copy?

Kristin: Amazon.com—Abri van Straten “Sunlight and Shadows”

TBN.com: Click through TrueBloodNet.com to Amazon to help us out!

Kristin: I better go soon. Gotta walk those dogs and be up early to talk to a radio station in Milwaukee.

I can do an autograph with each CD for the rest of this week. Then we’ll resume when I am back in the US in a month.

TBN.com: Ok, sorry this went longer than expected.

Kristin: IT’S BEEN FUN!!!

TBN.com: We just can’t let you go without saying how great Pam has been this season!

Kristin: THANK YOU!!!

You guys rock! Anything else you want to ask before I go?

Thanks so much for so much help!

TBN.com: It’s really been our pleasure. Helping animals is a true love of ours.

Thank you so very much for your time tonight.

Kristin: My pleasure too! You are so awesome! THANK YOU!!!

TBN.com: *blushes* You da bomb, lady. Very brave to do the 1st Twitterview AND help all the creatures of the world.

So that’s it folks, be sure to bid early and bid often on Kristin’s beautiful drawing of the equally beautiful Alex and help out The Amanda Foundation and a lot of very sweet puppies and kittens!

Update: Last week, Kristin’s drawing sold for a winning bid of $1,005, all of which will go to benefit The Amanda Foundation! 100 prints of the Alex sketch are now available for auction. Details here.

(Photo credits: celebweddings.com; Kristin Bauer Van Straten; ifaw.org)

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Joe Manganiello and Ryan Kwanten Give Out Dating Advice

September 28, 2010

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse in True BloodWhat’s better than perfect dating advice, maybe if that advice is coming from True Blood’s hot hunks Joe Manganiello and Ryan Kwanten.  In a recent interview both men give their outlook on dating and tips for leading ladies in their lives.

How to tear in to Joe’s heart

Joe Manganiello feels it is very important to let the man lead and even though some it may sound old fashion or traditional, a woman should let the man open the doors for her and pay for dinner.  When it comes to being physical,  Manganiello says to post pone it as long as possible in order to prove just how much the man likes the woman. Then came the subject that viewers have seen Joe Manganiello play all season on the show True Blood where his character is battling his ex girlfriend, Debbie.

“Move on. People just keep bouncing off their exes and wasting each other’s time. If you go back, you’ll be dealing with the same stuff that drove you apart in the first place.”

Be Ryan’s mystery woman

Ryan Kwanten spoke on some very interesting points on ways that women should remain mysterious to men. Many women will begin a relationship where they want to express to much of themselves and not leave anything for the man to discover. Also many woman become to emotional and often say the “I love you’s” way too soon.

“I like exploring the mystery of a relationship instead of laying it all out on the table in the beginning.”

Both guys gave great advice to steal their hearts! Good luck ladies!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com — Three Hunks Do the Rules

Photo credit: Screen caps HBO

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Opens Up About Legend of the Guardians

September 28, 2010

Kwanten Interviewed About New Film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Ryan Kwanten voicing the character Kludd in "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole."Aussie Actor Ryan Kwanten, True Blood’s Jason Stackhouse, recently talked to Teen Hollywood about his new animated film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, which opened in second place at the box office.

In the film, Kwanten gives voice to the character Kludd, one of the warring owl brothers, which the film based on the popular novels by Katryn Lasky centers around.

Kludd is the older of the two siblings who Kwanten says, suffers from OSS (Older Sibling Syndrome) the need to be overly-ambitious, which allows him to be persuaded to the dark side.

When asked if he saw an emotional comparison between Jason Stackhouse and Kludd, Kwanten responded,

I think there’s a vulnerability to them both and an innocence but I think Kludd has more willpower and perhaps more mental capacity. [laughter]

The film took 3 years to complete, and for Kwanten was recorded during his breaks from True Blood. He says it was a nice escape from Jason Stackhouse, who he loves playing but is the last thing he wants to dive into when not shooting.

Although the film is animated, Kwanten revealed during the interview that he did not watch much animated TV as a kid.

It was three boys at home and we were kicked out of the house pretty much at any moment. It was easier for us to be dealt with outside the house than inside. So we were forced to use our imaginations and play outside.

Directed by Zack Synders (300) and also starring Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe), Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is in theaters now.

Source: TeenHollywood.com — Ryan Kwanten and Jim Sturgess are a “Hoot”!

(Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)

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