True Blood Items to be Auctioned off Live in Stockholm

September 27, 2010

On October 2, Bajen Aid will be hosting a live auction that will feature memorabilia from True Blood as well as from movies like Straw Dogs. The auction will take place in Stockholm on October 2, 2010 in order to raise money for the Hammarby football club. Alexander Skarsgard will be there in person to present the memorabilia from True Blood, Straw Dogs, and more.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Stockholm, swing on down to the auction wearing your Hammarby jersey. (If you don’t have one you can get one from the Hammarby Shop on Hornsgatan 98 or visit the online shop at hammarbyfotboll.se.)

To learn more about the event check out bajenaid.se.

Submission thanks to: SkarsgardNews.com

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True Blood’s Yvetta in NY

September 26, 2010

Natasha Alam as True Blood's YvettaTrue Blood’s Natasha Alam (Yvetta) Hosts Parties.

Natasha Alam hosted a couple of parties  in Long Island, New York this past weekend.  Natasha plays Yvetta, a new dancer that works for Eric Northman at Fangtasia.

Not only is Natasha known for her character on True Blood, she  also was Playboy’s  Magazine cover model for this year’s past July’s cover.

Ms. Alam hosted a party at Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale on Friday night and at  Karma of Patchogue on Saturday night.   The Crazy Donkey gave out free drinks from 10:00  p.m. – 12:00 midnight in honor of Natasha. The club had flyers you could download to participate in the free drink special and free admission to the event before 11:00 p.m.

The Karma club hosted the same promotion as the Crazy Donkey on Saturday night.  It sounds like a lot of True Blood fans had a great opportunity to have fun!

Source: Examiner.com – True Blood Star Makes Appearances This Weekend Around Long Island

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Video: Rutina Wesley of True Blood dishes on being 17

September 26, 2010

Video:  Rutina Wesley on being 17 and her funkadelic prom!

Most people look back at their senior prom as one of the highlights of their highschool experience.  On MTV‘s show ’17 Again’ actress Rutina Wesley (Tara) of True Blood talks about her experience going to prom her junior year with her good friend Adam. They chose to go all out 70’s and  Ms. Wesley clearly lived up to their chosen theme of the night.

“I had these green tights with fuchsia platforms, and afro puffs with bobby pins with pearls on the end and a zig zag part I thought I was real cute!”

She did in fact look very retro.  Ms. Wesley goes on to recount how unique her look was even then and her friends acknowledge that in a sea of tuxedos and formal dresses Ms. Wesley and her date Adam stood out.  The blast from the past didn’t end there as she recounts that they danced on the strip to ‘Stayin’ Alive’.  Clearly Ms. Wesley’s flare for unique looks began early and hopefully we’ll be seeing more of her fashion sense in Season 4 of True Blood.

Sources:  Dimewars.com – SHE BEEN SWIRLIN’: Rutina Wesley (From True Blood) Been Getting Her Swirl On Since She Was In The 11th Grade

MTV.com – Big Boi, Rutina Wesley, Joey Lawrence Reminisce on ‘When I Was 17’

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True Blood Nominated for 8 SFX Sci-Fi Awards

September 25, 2010

True Blood Earns 8 Nominations in 6 Categories at SFX Awards

SFX Awards LogoTrue Blood has been nominated for 8 awards in 6 categories for the SFX Sci-Fi Awards to be held in the United Kingdom in February 2011.  Voting is open from September 22, 2010 to December 14, 2010 and by voting you could win tickets to see the awards live, along with other prizes.  Only 10 of the awards will be announced at the live show, with the others appearing in issue 206 of the SFX Sci-Fi Magazine in February 2011.

True Blood has been nominated for the following awards:

Best TV Show
Best TV Episode – “Everything Is Broken”
Sexiest Male – Alexander Skarsgard 
Sexiest Male – Nelsan Ellis 
Sexiest Female – Deborah Ann Woll 
Sexiest Female – Michelle Forbes 
Best Villain – Marianne
Best Line of Dialogue – Lorena threatening to “wear your ribcage as a hat”

Click here to vote now!

Source: Sfx.co.uk – Win Tickets to the SFX Weekender

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How the True Blood Cast Perfect Their Southern Accents

September 25, 2010

Liz Himelstein, Dialect Coach Extraordinaire, Reveals the Secrets Behind the True Blood Accent

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton, Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse on HBO red carpetTrue Blood cast members hail from places all around the world, not that you can tell from their perfect Southern accents thanks to Liz Himelstein their dialect coach.

Recently, Himelstein, who has 20 years experience in film and theater under her belt, opened up to CNN about how the cast manages to sound perfectly at home in Bon Temps.

In the interview, Himelstein revealed she had Stephen Moyer, True Blood’s Bill,  listen to propriety recordings of older men from the South to help him develop the antiquated Southern drawl women have fallen in love with.

Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie, listened to poetry from the South. According to Himelstein, Paquin and Moyer took to their accents for the show quickly.

For the show’s pilot, Himelstein was impressed with the cast, who she says had fun working on their accents together.

The secret to how the cast manages to keep their accents going? Alan Ball, creator of the show, who was born in Georgia. Ball writes in Southern dialect, which helps give the cast an idea of how they should sound. According to Himelstein, reading Ball’s writing is like reading a piece of music, if you follow his rhythm, you won’t get lost.

Source: CNN.com — How to talk like a vampire, and anyone else

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Grant Bowler Describes Life Before True Blood

September 25, 2010

Grant Bowler Talks About His Life, Struggles and Family

Grant Bowler, True Blood, CootIn Season 3 of HBO‘s True Blood, we were introduced to several new characters, both good and bad.  One of the bad characters was Coot, a vampire blood-addicted werewolf played by Grant Bowler, who was involved in kidnapping Bill Compton.  Bowler talked with the Herald Sun in Australia about his childhood, his struggles to break into Hollywood and his life after True Blood.

Growing Up

Bowler’s mother was a single mom who took on various jobs to support her children.  When he was two years old they moved from New Zealand to Australia so his mother could pursue new work opportunities.  Life for his family was stressful until his mother found a career in finance and married John Bowler.  Although John Bowler was not Grant’s biological father, their bond was cemented and they are very close. Growing up Bowler felt like an outsider being neither an Aussie or a Kiwi and not coming from a “typical” family.  Being an outsider and observing everything around him shaped who he is today.

Discovering Acting

Bowler did not catch the acting bug until he was 19 years old.  Working as a copywriter, he wrote an advertisement with an actor that he had seen on television but when they showed up to film the commercial, the actor who was scheduled to appear didn’t show.  His friend suggested that Bowler do the acting and he caught the bug.  He moved to Sydney at the age of 20 and was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art which prepares people for careers in theater, film and television.  He met his wife Roxanne Wilson on the set of a movie in 1999 but the two did not become involved until a few years later.

Breaking into Hollywood

After working 12 years in Australian television doing shows like ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘All Saints’ and ‘Border Security’, Bowler felt it was time he made the change and moved to Los Angeles.  He arrived in Los Angeles in 2003 and a few weeks later they discovered his wife of 18 months was expecting their first child.  Finding work was proving to be extremely difficult and the family suffered a huge financial setback.  They lost their home, were $60,000 in debt and had no jobs.  The couple supported each other and continued to work hard at breaking into Hollywood while family members kept telling them to come home.  They would go broke, return to Australia to earn enough money to go right back to Los Angeles.  Bowler returned to LA alone in 2006 and slept at a friend’s house.  He then got his first big break landing a role in the HBO series ’12 Miles of Bad Road’ with Lily Tomlin.  Unfortunately due to the writers strike his episodes never made the air but from there his career started to take off.  Bowler went on to work on ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Lost’ and then to True Blood.  His role on True Blood has led him to film roles as well.

Life Today

Bowler’s family lives in Sydney and he travels back and forth for work.  They keep in touch via Skype and while the separation is hard, they don’t want their children moving around that often.  Bowler says that he would prefer that his kids not go into acting, joking that he doesn’t want the competition. He says:

“I don’t want the competition. They’re much cuter than I am and I don’t want them cutting my grass.”

Source:  Heraldsun.com.au – ‘Grant Bowler: In My Own Words’

(Photo Credit: The Daily Telegraph)

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True Blood’s Mariana Klaveno at Eyegore Awards

September 24, 2010

Mariana Presents Horror Award

Mariana Klaveno, True Blood, LorenaFriday, September 24, 2010, marks the opening of Hollywoood Horror Nights at Universal Studios. This special ticketed event will take place for 17 nights in September and October. Kicking off this year’s opening are the presentations for the Eyegore Awards. Hosted by Corey Feldman, Mariana Klaveno, who plays our favorite psychotic female vampire Lorena Krasiki on HBO’s True Blood, will be joined by fellow presenters Sherrie Moon Zombie, Rob Zombie, Costas Mandylor and Tobe Hooper.

The award honorees  for the night are set to include Christopher Lloyd, Betsy Russell, Sid Haig, Gina Holden and Eli RothElizabeth Schieffer, winner of the Rob Zombie scary movie competition will have her video, Jasper,  screened as part of the festivites.

For more information on the event and tickets you can go to the official website http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/

SOURCE: http://www.fearnet.com The Eyegore Awards Get ‘Blood’-ier

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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Stephen Moyer Describes True Blood Nudity as Part of the Job

September 24, 2010

Stephen Moyer on Nudity

Stephen Moyer portraying Bill ComptonStephen Moyer was interviewed by Metro.co.uk about his work as Bill Compton on True Blood. He discussed several things, including dating and then marrying costar Anna Paquin, sex scenes on True Blood, and an unfortunate comment he made about Robert Pattinson that was picked up by media sources that spread around like wildfire.

Stephen said that he and Anna kept their relationship secret for a long time to prevent the drama that could have occurred if they had broken up and decided they hated each other. Thankfully, of course, that didn’t happen and the couple is happily married now.

Of course, marriage is something that Stephen didn’t step into lightly. First, he talked to a friend of his who made Anna’s engagement ring for him. Then, in a simple set up, Stephen proposed. He says he proposed for several reasons:

It got to the point where you are calling somebody that you intend to stay with for the rest of your life your ‘girlfriend’. That’s what I’ve called everybody I’ve ever been with – and that’s not to say that those relationships weren’t important, because they were, I’ve got two amazing kids. But it felt ridiculous to call the person that you really are going to spend the rest of your life with your ‘girlfriend’. I felt she should have a title so I could joke and say ‘the missus’, make lots of wife gags.

It probably also makes working simpler when an actor is doing sex scenes with someone they really know. Stephen says that nudity is just “part and parcel” of his job and it’s really not as glamorous as it appears to be on True Blood. In order to look their best for sex scenes, the cast of True Blood works out and they don’t eat before a scene is shot. For Stephen, if a sex scene is shot after lunch, it’s a nightmare because all he thinks about after filming a sex scene is food.

And not all sex scenes are made the same. Some of the scenes do have the cast and crew talking to each other before they’re ever filmed. Keeping up the conversation reminds everyone that sex scenes are a job, not real life. One example is a scene between Bill and Sookie from the third season that is very provocative and had people questioning whether or not the scene was consensual. Stephen talked with his fellow cast and crew-mates to make sure that everyone knew what was going on.

Stephen also commented on paparazzi and an unfortunate comment he made about Robert Pattinson. The comment referred to Pattinson’s character Edward Cullen and called him “the diet coke of vampires” among other things. Stephen said that he was asked this one day while he was trying to go somewhere with his daughter and a paparazzi wouldn’t leave him alone, so he made the comment off the cuff. He continued, saying that he’s never seen Twilight and only knows a few things about it.

Paparazzi can be annoying, but Stephen takes them all in stride. He’s grateful that anyone even cares enough about him to want to take pictures of him doing menial tasks. After all, Stephen also claims to have the best job in the world, so he’ll take the attention happily.

SOURCE: Metro.co.uk — True Blood’s Stephen Moyer: Nudity is Part and Parcel of My Job

(Image Credit: HBO, Inc)

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UPDATED: True Blood’s Todd Lowe Performing With The Pilbilly Knights

September 24, 2010

Pilbilly Knights Promo Art Photo Credit: Facebook pageTodd Lowe’s band, The Pilbilly Knights, Will Be Performing at the Viper Room

The Pilbilly Knights will be performing at the Viper Room next Tuesday. Todd Lowe, who plays Terry Bellefleur on HBO‘s True Blood,  provides vocals and plays the guitar in the band. Details for the show are:

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 28 · 9:00pm – 11:30pm
Location:The Viper Room, 8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

Also performing are Los Einstein and 29 Mules. The Pilbilly Knights are scheduled to go on at 9:00 PM, so make sure you are there! If you go to the show, we’d love to see your pictures and hear details about it. Use the contact us page to send us what you’ve got, and be sure to select “contribution request” so we can properly credit you.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this gig has been cancelled by the band. Hopefully they’ll be able to reschedule soon.

Source(s): Facebook, Zimbio – Todd Lowe’s Pilbilly Knights at the Viper Room

Photo Credit: Facebook Event Page

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Print of Kristin Bauer’s Drawing Of Alex Available!

September 24, 2010

Couldn’t afford the Original?

Here’s your chance to own a high quality signed print!

Print of Kristin Bauer, True Blood Pam, Drawing of Alexander Skarsgard, Eric, to benifit Amanda Foundation

Kristin Bauer, who plays Pam on True Blood, is not only a talented actress, but also a wonderful artist. She recently did a matted pencil drawing of Alexander Skarsgard, Eric Northman. One hundred limited edition, numbered and signed prints of this drawing will be up for auction for the benefit of the Amanda Foundation.

The Amanda Foundation LogoKristin Bauer van Straten and TrueBloodNet.com have teamed up to help The Amanda Foundation. The Amanda Foundation is a pet rescue organization that was founded in 1976, and has since placed thousands of homeless animals into loving homes. A nonprofit organization, they not only rescue dogs and cats who, through no fault of their own, are spending their last days at city and county shelters but they also sponsor a free web page for those that need to re-home their furry, feathered or scaled companions; sponsor spay and neuter education programs and operate a spay-mobile; and have their own veterinary hospital. They also run a feral cat spay/neuter and vaccination program that has treated over 1000 feral cats including 200 in one day! All profits from this auction go directly to The Amanda Foundation to support their worthy work.

The auction will run from September 22nd, 2010 until the run of 100 prints is sold. In order to participate, you must be registered to bid. Registering is free and registering now will get you set up for future True Blood charity auctions.

These high quality limited edition prints on art quality paper are numbered #/100 on the back and signed by Kristin Bauer van Straten.

These prints are NOT matted. They are high quality 11” x 14” art prints from the original drawing that was done in the classic black and white Harrel style of the iconic movie stars: James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart. Alex is best known to our readers as True Blood’s Eric Northman but his work as Brad Colbert in HBO’s “Generation Kill” has also been highly acclaimed. This auction is supporting a great cause! Please join Kristin Bauer and TrueBloodNet.com in supporting the wonderful Amanda Foundation and register to join in on the auction!

Drawing courtesy of Kristin Bauer

Logo courtesy of The Amanda Foundation

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