Spoiler: Ryan Kwanten Talks About Season Four of True Blood

March 23, 2011

Season Four Starts One Year Later:

True Blood's Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten)Season Four of HBO’s True Blood will pick up one year later, according to Ryan Kwanten, the star who plays Jason Stackhouse.

This means that the cliffhangers involving Sookie and Bill from season three will be well and truly resolved by the time the next season starts. It will be interesting to see which way the cards will fall, and what impact they will have on Bon Temps.

Kwanten also revealed that Jason Stackhouse will be a fully-fledged member of the police force. So now we will just have to wait and see whether Jason looks better with his police uniform on — or off!

What do you think of this timeline? Do you approve? Or are you more interested in seeing Jason putting people in cuffs? (wink wink)

Source: YourTV – True Blood’s Next Season Will Pick Up One Year Later

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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“Griff the Invisible’s” Maeve Dermody Dishes on True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten

March 23, 2011

Falling in Love:

Griff the Invisible's Maeve DermodyIn a recent interview with Adelaide Now, Maeve Dermody described what it was like working with Ryan Kwanten on the Australian superhero film/romantic comedy, Griff the Invisible.  In case you’ve forgotten (because it’s been so long since HBO‘s True Blood has been on the air!), Kwanten portrays Bon Temps’ famous playboy, Jason Stackhouse.

In Griff, Kwanten plays the title role, and Dermody plays his love interest.  This was actually her first romantic comedy, and she’d like to do more.  Although she wasn’t too sure about Kwanten being cast as the male lead, she quickly warmed to the idea.  She shares her initial reaction:

“I’m a huge True Blood fan and I thought, ‘Oh no, they have cast a name. It’s going to ruin it!’  But then we met and he is so much closer to Griff than he is to Jason Stackhouse.  Of course, he is also a very good actor.  But he’s an odd guy.  Brilliant.  But odd.”

Was it easy, pretending to be in love with Ryan Kwanten?  Or rather, with his character, Griff?

“From the beginning of rehearsal we fell in love with each other in a way that had nothing to do with Ryan and Maeve… It was really confusing.  We got to the end of it and we had just been through this kind of love fest and then it was time to say goodbye to Ryan.  Only it wasn’t Ryan, it was Griff.”

Dermody will be coming to Los Angeles later this year.  Although she and Kwanten send each other an occasional email, she doubts she’ll be looking to him for advice when she gets to L.A.  The same goes for her ex, fellow Aussie Sam Worthington (Avatar).  She explains:

“I don’t know that I would model myself on either of them.  There’s no one path, no classic way of doing anything.  No one was surprised – I certainly wasn’t – when Sam got Avatar, but it was also hugely lucky as well.  He manages (fame) in his own bizarre way.  And Ryan manages it in his own bizarre way.  Whatever you get thrown, you just have to deal with it with whatever grounding you have got.”

It sounds like this blonde beauty has got a good head on her shoulders.  We wish her luck in Tinseltown!

Source: AdelaideNow.com.au – Maeve Dermody’s Movie Smarts

(Photo credit: Nic Gibson/News Limited)

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Rocks the Mediocre

March 23, 2011

Kwanten Opens Up to The West Australian About His New Film

True Blood's Ryan Kwanten plays a not so typical superhero in his new filmThese are definitely the days of the superhero. It seems we’re introduced to a new screen superhero every few months, which is hardly surprising given the billion-dollar business of the Batman flicks and the X-Men franchise, but there’s a new kind of superhero emerging, one that’s a little less super and a bit more mediocre. A mediocre superhero like True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten’s Griff the Invisible.

Griff the Invisible is not your typical superhero movie. It didn’t have a huge budget, it doesn’t have crazy special effects, it doesn’t have over the top costumes, and it only took four weeks to film. Similar to Kick-Ass, whose production was financed independently since no major studio would go near some of its dark and seedy ideas, and The Green Hornet, directed by the uncontrollably imaginative Michel Gondry, Griff is the kind of movie anyone anywhere can relate to. Kwanten, who admitted to being approached by studio executives to play big superhero roles, saw something in Griff that he couldn’t ignore:

“What I liked about Griff was that he isn’t your average superhero. He is full of faults. But who’s to say his reality isn’t better or worse than ours?”

Griff the Invisible follows a sensitive and slightly eccentric young man who, by day, is something of a loner in your typical office environment, where he is either bullied or ignored. However, at night he watches for crime from his state-of-the-art set-up, before suiting up in costume to go to the rescue of whoever needs rescuing. But then, along comes oddball Melody (Maeve Dermody), who is so similar to Griff that it forces him to re-evaluate his life, his past, and his true identity. Our favorite True Blood hillbilly redneck (and Kwanten’s alter ego), Jason Stackhouse, definitely isn’t a superhero, but he did spend much of season four pretending to be a cop, which gave him a huge ego boost and a bit of a superhero swagger. Kwanten filmed Griff in-between seasons three and four, so maybe his stint as the mediocre superhero helped with Jason’s cop swagger.

Griff was shot in Sydney, Australia, allowing Kwanten time to reconnect with old friends and crash at his parent’s house, where he got to sleep on his “old squeaky single bed with the cheesy leopard print sheets”. Right now, life is pretty great for Kwanten. His schedule makes it easy for him to thrive as a breakout star of our favorite vamp drama, while having enough down time to pursue other roles:

“The beauty of it is that I get to explore characters like Griff and Shane from Red Hill in the off-season. It’s no rest for the wicked.”

It’s hard to imagine, but Kwanten’s detour into acting wasn’t intentional. His passion was of the athletic kind, whereas for his two younger brothers, it was of the artistic kind. But in a twist of fate, Kwanten was pulled into one of their auditions, and the rest is history. He spent the next several years playing Vinnie Patterson on Home and Away. Kwanten relates his journey:

“Acting was something I never intended to do. I have a business degree but acting was one of those things that kept knocking on my door. I finally got to a point where the roles slowly got bigger and meatier and I couldn’t deny it anymore. It got to that tipping point where I had to go that business route or take a chance on the acting caper. I asked myself which one would I regret the most and acting shone through.”

It wasn’t easy, either. Kwanten struggled and had a difficult time landing roles and acquiring leads, but it’s hard to deny his natural charm and incredible talent. After struggling for nearly a decade, his mantra, “the harder you work, the luckier you get” paid off.

Griff the Invisible hit theaters in Australia March 17th and is headed to the U.S. in June. Any Truebies seen it yet? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Source: The West Australian – Kwanten a low-key superhero

(Photo Credit: ABC News)

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Ask Dr.L — Check Under Your Bed!

March 21, 2011

Ask Dr. L is a True Blood parody on Dr. Ludwig

For a small fortune (and the promise of a steady supply of medicinal quality V) TrueBloodNet.com has gotten Dr. L to agree to answer your supernatural medical questions. Ask Dr. L is written by Dr. L (any resemblance to any characters living, dead or undead is purely coincidental), also known as Doctor to the Supernaturals, and was founded by her mother, Philine Paullips. It is the most popular and widely syndicated supernatural medical advice column in this world — or any other. Known for its uncommon nonsense and immortal, or just darn old, perspective.

March 21, 2011

 

Hi Dr. L,

My mommy says there aren’t any mosters that live under the bed or in the closets but she also said there were no vampires and now you see them all over the news! I figure you’ll tell me the truth. So.. is there a monster under there?

Sleepyhead

Dear Little Tyke,

You did, indeed, come to the right place for truth. Because if I don’t know the truth, I can, and will make it up.
Honey, not only are there vampires out there, but there are also werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and faeries who are not exactly Tinkerbelle. The last thing I would worry about, if I were you, is the monster who lives under your bed.  You’re what, 7 or 8? And you can’t be very large, so you must have a small bed. He can’t be all that big to slip in and out from under your bed every night. So don’t give him another thought. Now, nighty night- and sweet dreams!

 

Hey Toots,

Was wonderin’ howsya feel about datin’ a werewolf from Jersey? I gots style and even one o dem fancy horns what plays different tunes so’s when I picks ya up I can honk out da theme ta “Love Story.” So what’s ya say? My moms always wanted me ta date a doctor.

Fuzzy Dice

Dear Dicey,

Excuse me, while I go take a shower, to wash away the slimy residue that crept over me as I read this letter from you. Euuuuwwwwww! Tell Mom you will have to go elsewhere to look for your dream doctor. I rarely date werewolves- and NEVER anyone from Jersey! (especially one with fuzzy dice). Try Dr. Ruth…

 

Hi,

I was curious if you know anything about that new astrological sign? I used to date a Scorpio and it wasn’t a very good match. We fought all the time. But now, he’s under that new sign Ophiuchus and I was wondering if I should give him another shot. He definitely had his advantages.. if you know what I mean!

Sign me,

Ophiucurious

Dear O-Curious,

You see, even though I am a woman of science and medicine myself, I sometimes think these guys with their big telescopes and such get a little bit bored, and just look for stuff to mess with us about. I mean, come on- after all these millions of years, they suddenly find a “new” horoscope sign? Personally, I think they were a bunch of geeky guys at a planetarium, smoking a little something, thinking if they came up with something cool like changing the whole astrological system, that would turn them into chick magnet. I mean, look at the name- seems it could be pronounced, O-F*#k us, doesn’t it?
And I’m with you on the Scorpio guys. They have a lot of stamina, but they are moody creatures. Don’t take a chance.

Be sure to Submit your questions in the Comments Section below and if you’re unlucky enough Dr. L may choose to answer your question (and send you a bill.. how does she find us? Does she use mail Owls?)!

To view past Dr. L words of wisdom just do a search on Dr. L in the box in the upper left of the page.

Disclaimer: These answers are provided for entertainment purposes only and should not be followed by ordinary humans. This column is a parody of the Gothic fantasy series, True Blood, and as such, is presented here for your amusement. Ask Dr. L 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’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.

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Sam Trammell Gushes about True Blood’s Comic Book Success

March 18, 2011

Trammell Talks to MTV about Why the Books Work

True Blood's Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) talks comic booksThere have been major accolades for the True Blood’ comic books since the first one debuted last year (and sold out in less than two months), some reviews claiming the books are top notch, a must read, and sexy as hell. Nearly every cast member has applauded the show’s comic book adaptation, and Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) spoke to MTV earlier this week and offered up yet another opinion:

“There are just so many characters and so many potential scenarios that could happen, it’s great to have a publication that explores different possible relationships and events. We don’t actually on the show have time to explore everything that can happen in Bon Temps.”

Just last week the first collection,All Together Now,” took a bite out of the #6 spot on the New York Time‘s best selling list, and the first book in the second series, True Blood: Tainted Love,” debuted last month to big sales.

To order your copy of “Tainted Love #1” click hereTainted Love #2will be released on March 31, 2011 but you can pre-order by clicking here.

Source: Digital Spy – Trammell praises ‘True Blood’ comics

(Photo Credit: NY Daily News)

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Charlaine Harris Honored at Straight for Equality Awards

March 18, 2011

Author Awarded for Fair Representation in Books

Charlaine HarrisThe author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, Charlaine Harris, was honored at the 3rd Annual Straight for Equality Awards. She received the Straights for Equality in Literature award. It was the first time the award in literature was given out.

As reported on daemonsbooks.com, Charlaine made comments on her blog about the award.

“When I began to write the Sookie series, over a decade ago, I made a conscious decision to parallel the struggle of vampires with the struggle of gay people to gain basic rights. I also realized that a lot people wouldn’t care about the subtext of the books, and that’s okay, too. I’m not trying to preach. I just want to make a point in my own way.”

Straight for Equality is an educational group promoting awareness and equality for gays, lesbians, bi-sexual, and transgender people.And while rights and acceptance have come a long way since Harris started writing the series, we still have a ways to go. Other honorees include Rosie Perez, wrestling coach Hudson Taylor, and MetLife. The awards were given out on March 14th.

Source: daemonsbooks.com – Sookie Stackhouse Creator Charlaine Harris to be Honored at Straight for Equality Awards

(Photo Credit: charlaineharris.com, Sigrid Estrada)

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Happy Birthday Adina Porter!

March 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Adina Porter!

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Today may be a day to wear green, but it’s also a day to celebrate the wonderful and talented Adina Porter who plays Lettie Mae Thornton! TrueBloodNet would like to wish Ms. Porter a very happy birthday and we hope that you have a great day. We can’t wait to see what season 4 brings to your character!

(Image Credit: Happy Birthday Clip Art.com)

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Inside True Blood Season 4: On Set with Sam Trammell

March 16, 2011

On Location

The Inside True Blood blog posted another season 4 update written by Gianna Sobol assistant to True Blood creator Alan Ball. This post talks about Sam Trammell who plays Sam Merlotte. Gianna took us behind the scenes of season 4 and got a report from Sam, who was shooting on location with Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur). Sam was quoted as saying about the picture:

“It was too cold to sit that day.  We were standing by the heaters.”

Source: Inside True Blood Blog – Sam Trammell’s Location Report

(Photo credit: Inside True Blood Blog/HBO, Inc.)

Edited by: Shanea O’Connor

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Happy Birthday Tara Buck!

March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Tara Buck!

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Today is none other than our favorite Fangtasia employee, Tara Buck’s birthday! Her character Ginger may be known more for her screaming abilities than actually working,  but that doesn’t stop truebies from loving her all the same. We here are TrueBloodNet would like to wish Tara a very happy birthday and hope she has a great day. We can’t wait to see where Ginger goes in season 4!

(Image Credit: Happy Birthday Clip Art.com)

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True Blood at PaleyFest 2011: A Fan’s Perspective

March 15, 2011

Wow! I went to PaleyFest 2011’s True Blood panel, and I’m still blown away by how amazing it was! It felt like the entire cast was there (all major characters were well represented), including the brains behind the show, Alan Ball. I should also mention that this Paley Fest panel actually took place at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, rather than at the actual Paley Center, which has far fewer seats.

The panel started late, and opened with a clip package from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Those of us in the audience who are/were Buffy fans cheered and clapped at this, since it can be argued that True Blood is the vampire show that took Buffy’s place on television and in film history. Afterwards, Alan came back to the podium to share a special clips package from True Blood seasons 1, 2, 3, and a special unfinished clip from season 4! The clip featured Jessica, Pam, Hoyt, and followers from the Fellowship of the Sun who were protesting in front of Fangtasia. Hoyt was a good boyfriend and defended himself, Jessica, and their relationship to the protesters. He told them that he felt he was a better Christian than they were because of the love in his heart, rather than the hatred. It was a beautiful scene, and I can’t wait to see the finished version when Season 4 finally begins this summer!

Right after that, the panel and it’s attendees were announced. My ears are still ringing from all the cheering for the cast! As shown in order in the photo below, there are 18 total people on stage. From left to right, they are: the moderator of the panel, Alan Ball, Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler), Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur), Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam de Beaufort), and Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux). Please click on the image of the cast to see a larger, cleaner version.

A majority of the panel focused on basic questions and answers, though lots of detail came out about the stars, their characters, and the future of True Blood. One of my favorite moments was when the actors all shared about their most embarrassing/awkward fan encounters, and Joe once again shared his story about a fan who asked him to lick her. Though the debacle has been shared before, the way in which Joe presented it had the audience groaning, laughing, and in my case, blushing furiously while trying not to laugh. Another favorite was Chris Bauer’s story, which ended up being a case of someone who didn’t recognize him, but instead told him that he had bird excrement on his back while at lunch with his wife. The audience howled at the story!

The story that I most appreciated came from Anna Paquin, and it wasn’t so much of a story as an experience she’s had several times over. Anna described how amused she is by fans who come over to say hi to her and Stephen Moyer, only to ogle Stephen and then pretend to be interested in Anna as well. Anna made the audience smile appreciatively after saying that she totally understands and is actually pretty okay with fans ogling her husband.

Several spoilers were spilled, and a couple of my favorites were very minor. When the moderator asked each actor who they hadn’t worked with yet but wanted to, Rutina and Kristin said that Tara and Pam should meet. Alan Ball confirmed that Sookie’s best friend and Eric’s right hand woman will meet in Season 4. The audience was ecstatic from the news and the cheers echoed quite a bit in the theatre! Once confirmed, Rutina and Kristin looked at each other and smiled.

Another spoiler I liked came from a question about what animals will be seen in Season 4. Of course, some are obvious, like dogs, wolves, and a few panthers. One that’s not so common? An alligator. When Alan confirmed that particular new creature, I was stunned to say the least. It leaves me curious as to why it might be important to the series.

One other comment made in the panel really made me think. When a fan asked if Bill and Sookie are still soul mates after everything that’s happened, the response was yes, but it will take a long time for them to get back together. While continuing to answer the question, Alan referred to Bill’s actions against Sookie as a “perceived” betrayal. That definitely leaves the show open to possibly have a flashback where we see what happened from Bill’s point of view, rather than just seeing what happened to Sookie and her take on it.

Aother sort-of non spoiler was about Jessica and Hoyt. We knew their relationship wouldn’t be easy (which was shown by that special clip aired at the panel), but I’ll be very upset if anything happens to them. I find them to be one of my favorite couples on True Blood, and they’re just so cute together!

Of course, a lot more was said, with hints for fans to not expect to see Niall yet (my fingers are remaining crossed that David Bowie will somehow play the part), more clues about Arlene’s evil baby, new shifters on the horizon, and some very important wiccans. Season 4 is going to be awesome!

To get a bit of a feel of what the panel was really like, check out this video clip that the Paley Center posted on their website:

Anyways, after the panel closed, fans rushed the stage to talk to the stars and get autographs. I became trapped in the throng, which was quite uncomfortable, but I did get to talk to Carrie Preston about her film That’s What She Said and tell her how excited I am to see it when it comes out. I also spoke to Todd Lowe as well as Alexander Skarsgard for a moment (he was very sweet to everyone and stayed later than almost all of the stars who were signing). Just when I figured that I couldn’t have any more luck, Sam Trammell came over and I got to speak with him as well!

As always, I came with gifts for a few members of the cast, but I was unable to deliver them to the stars by hand. Instead, one of the people at HBO took them from me and handed them out backstage. Kristin Bauer confirmed that she got my gifts, so I hope that everyone else did too.

I gave Kristin a pillow I created that was inspired by her character, Pam. (Though you can’t see it, the actual pillow within is made of a black fabric with silver spider webs on it in honor of Pam’s tough-as-nails-persona. The pink case is in honor of Pam’s favorite color.) I also gave Kristin a t-shirt I’d made previously that says Ravenscroft/Stackhouse 2012 on the front and ‘Pam for President’ on the back. (At the time I made the shirt, Pam’s last name had not been changed.) I also created a similar shirt for Anna, which says ‘Sookie for VP’ on the back. The final gift I brought was for Alan Ball. He too got a pillow, but that one was directly inspired by True Blood.

Kristin Bauer van Straten’s Pillow

 

Alan Ball’s Pillow

The True Blood panel at Paley was absolutely fantastic, and I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to get to go!

(Image Credits: Isis Nocturne)

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