April 30, 2011
Sookie Stackhouse and “True Blood” fans will rejoice to hear that bestselling author Charlaine Harris will be one of the guests in attendance at the twenty-fifth Polaris convention this July. The 11th novel in her exceptionally popular Southern Vampire Mysteries series, Dead Reckoning is due to arrive in May 2011 (her first novel, Dead Until Dark, was released in 2001). “True Blood” is a stunning HBO adaptation that stars the gifted Anna Paquin and has won multiple awards including an Emmy.
Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood author Charlaine Harris will be a guest!
Harris’ presence at the twenty-fifth anniversary of Polaris is of special note, as this will be the first time she has attended a convention in Canada. She will be involved in a variety of activities at Polaris such as a question and answer stage appearance and a book-signing, so eager “blood”-deprived Canadian fans should register early to guarantee they get the chance to meet this popular and talented writer.
Polaris’ roots began as a Star Trek convention in 1986 and it has grown to focus on a variety of sci-fi and fantasy novels, television shows and movies, as well as various related genres such as horror, comics, and more.
Generosity also plays a large role at Polaris, as the not-for-profit convention raises funds every year for various causes including the Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto charity.
Polaris 25 will be held July 15-17 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel. For more information, visit http://polaris.tcon.ca, or phone 416-410-TCON.
Credit: Polaris 25
Photo Credit: Sigrid Estrada
April 30, 2011
A Most Talented Thespian:
New True Blood cast member Fiona Shaw appeared at the UCLA-run Hammer Museum this past Sunday. She was part of a lecture titled “Shakespeare and Friends, Ibsen and Enemies with Fiona Shaw.” Her discussion was to include the importance of language in theater.
Fiona has an extensive career in film, television and in particular, theater. She’s taken on roles in “Medea,” “Electra,” and “Richard the II,” famously playing a male role in the Shakespeare piece. Though at this time, she’s probably best known for her turn in the Harry Potter films as Petunia Dursley.
Look for her in season 4 of True Blood as Marnie the witch. Surely her experience and talent will be a wonderful addition.
Source: L.A. Times Blogs – Culture Watch: Fiona Shaw at the Hammer Museum
(Photo Credit: Deadline.com)
April 29, 2011
True Blood Star in New Computer Virus Movie
A new movie entitled Subject: I love You, starring True Blood actress, Kristin Bauer, is due for release this Friday at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It is based on the malicious virus that circled the world in May 2000. While it went by many variants other than the one used in the title of this movie, it was anything but romantic.
The film’s promotional blurb:
This action-packed romantic drama is based on the destructive ‘I Love You’ computer virus. This virus spread around the globe at the turn of the millennium, shutting down computer systems at the Pentagon, Parliament and the CIA. For Victor he will do anything to reconnect with the only woman he’s ever loved – even if that means entangling himself in an international criminal investigation. Never have the words “I love you” almost ruined the world.
While this movie is saying it is based on the real events that occured in 2000, it has certainly been tempered with creative license. Check it out for yourself in the trailer below:
Source: Naked Security – I LOVE YOU – Virus-inspired movie trailer and world premiere
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
April 29, 2011
Sharing During a BlogTalkRadio Interview:
Many know Tanya Wright from her role as Deputy Kenya Jones on True Blood, but what you may not know is that in addition to acting she’s also a writer and director. Published last year, Tanya’s book “Butterfly Rising” is a poetic inspirational story about friendship and courage. The film of her screenplay, Butterfly Rising, marks her directorial debut. BlogTalkRadio host, Cyrus Webb recently interview Tanya to discuss her acting career, new book, and film.
“The story is about two women who have had enough of their small town life and they’ve set out on the open road to meet this mythical medicine man named Lazarus of the Butterflies. And it is their hope that their dreams will come true. Ultimately they do, not in the way that they think however. And I think that’s true of life and certainly of all of us. We have an idea of how things should be, or how we would like them to be. And when those things happen, they sometimes don’t look the way that we think they would, or even should.”
When asked by interviewer Cyrus Webb what she hopes the audience takes away with them, Tanya replied:
“Well, the visual metaphor for the book and the movie is the butterfly. The butterfly is the symbol for change. It’s the symbol for metamorphosis. It’s the symbol for transformation. And it’s something that we will not, any of us, escape in this life – change. Good, bad or indifferent. So I hope that people embrace change in their lives. And more easily as a result of this movie.”
The world premiere of the film Butterfly Rising will be held May 8th at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle.
Fans in New York City had a great opportunity to meet with Wright on April 9, 2011. She was at the Hue-Man Bookstore for a book signing and movie preview for Butterfly Rising. A friend of skarsgardfans.com was able to attend and take pictures of the event (see below photo). Wright also met with fans in Washington D.C. at Howard University on the 19th for a book signing and discussion.
Source: skarsgardfans.com – True Blood’s Tanya Wright Talks Butterfly Rising
(Photo Credit: CreateSpace Publishing and N.B.)
April 29, 2011
New Images Released of the Lars von Trier Film:
Hot off the press! Stills from Melancholia, one of the latest film projects of True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård, have been released today. Taking off his Vampire Eric Northman fangs, Alexander plays the groom to be in Lars von Trier‘s psychological thriller. Additionally, a trailer for the film can be found on the film’s relaunched website Here.
Per the film’s site:
“Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth… MELANCHOLIA is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier.”
Alongside Alexander Skarsgård, the film stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård.
The world premiere of Melancholia will be at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It’s believed the film will be released in US theaters this fall.
(Photo Credits: Christian Gesinaes)
April 29, 2011
The Inside Scoop on Allan Hyde’s New Film:
Fans of Allan Hyde rejoice — you can see the actor who plays Godric, Eric Northman‘s maker on HBO‘s True Blood, in a new movie titled Franky, Frankly. We were fortunate enough to land an interview with producer Kevin Slee, so read on for the inside scoop!
TBN: When did you know you wanted to do this kind of work? Did you try other things first or have you always known?
I have known for some times that I loved storytelling. When I was young, around the age of five, my parents began taking me to the theater to see films and musicals. I saw Beauty & The Beast and was mesmerized. From that age on I would film myself and direct my dad in filming me as I told and acted out stories – it all grew from there. When I was about sixteen I began thinking about this whole filmmaking thing as a career, it just seemed natural.
TBN: How long have you been involved in The Biz? What is your experience prior to this?
I don’t know if I’d necessarily call myself someone in “the biz”, but I’ve definitely been working as a filmmaker for some time now and have had the privilege of collaborating with a vast array of talented individuals. I have produced and/or directed over twenty short films, and more recently some of them have gotten a great deal of acclaim and feedback. I associate produced my first feature, Dispatch, which was directed by Emmy nominated filmmaker Steven Sprung. Currently, I work with film producer David Foster (The Mask of Zorro, The Thing, etc.) as a Development Executive. In the short film arena I recently produced Election Day, which stars Jordan Jacinto, Lexi Sakowitz, and Ari Stidham of ABC’s Huge. Further, I produced and directed The Secret Life of Jonathan Sky and then, of course, produced Franky, Frankly, which stars Allan Hyde of True Blood and actor Mikandrew Perdaris.
TBN: Is this your first movie? If not, what was? What was it about? Did it get released?
The first film I ever did was a short entitled The Petals & the Thorns. It starred Steven Sprung (Emmy nominated editor on shows such as Entourage, Community, Arrested Development, etc.) and Elliot Olson. It was a short film, and did not get any sort of distribution, but was a great learning experience.
TBN: Who wrote Franky, Frankly? Did you read it and decide to do the short or did you have an idea and find a writer?
Franky, Frankly was first a short story written by our director, Matthew Anderson. From there, it was adapted for the screen and then brought to me to produce.
TBN: What’s the story about?
Franky, Frankly is a moral tale, in an ambiguous sense, a throw-back to Eric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales”. The film takes place in a night, following a young man (Mikandrew Perdaris) caught between two places – lost in the city as he is lost in his own head. It’s an inspection of Franky’s close relationship with Madison (Allan Hyde), and a girl that might be his salvation (Bella Dayne).
TBN: What was the best moment for you while creating this movie?
Working with everyone involved. I am very, very fortunate to be able to work with an incredibly talented team and have been able to utilize that team on film after film. My composer, John W. Snyder (www.johnwsnyder.com), is my go to man. He did a wonderful job scoring and recording the soundtrack for the film and is signed on to the upcoming short, The Secret Life of Jonathan Sky. My sound designer, Eric Hoehn, adds a whole new dimension to how the film sounds, feels, etc. – it really does elevate the film into a whole new level. Lastly on the sound front, my score mixer, Grammy nominated Andy Hay (co-founder, Other Records), has been able to take what both Snyder and Hoehn have done and bring it all together.
Another wonderful aspect of working on this film was being able to collaborate with Matt. Matt is a confident filmmaker with a strong vision and a great attitude. Watching him work with Allan and Mikandrew was incredible, and the results show on the screen.
TBN: What was the worst moment?
Every film has its obstacles, but they are never moments that I would classify as “worst moment”… We know full well what we’re getting into when we set out to make a film – ups and downs are all apart of the process…
TBN: What is the biggest thing you learned while doing this?
I learn something new on every film. I learn new ways of approaching the process, and by doing I better my craft, my team – It all just grows.
TBN: Where did you meet Allan?
I met Allan through Matt, our director. Allan came by and did a read with Mikandrew, and we went from there casting him in the film.
TBN: What’s it like to work with Allan?
Allan has been wonderful to work with and is a very talented actor. I have seen a few of Allan’s other shorts, and of course his work on True Blood. I am very pleased to have him on board for Franky, Frankly and very pleased to have him as a friend.
TBN: What’s Allan’s role in the movie?
Allan Hyde plays Madison, an affluent young man mourning the recent death of his brother. His desire to escape the situation is thwarted upon reuniting with Franky (Mikandrew Perdaris) where the two of them engage in a game that draws blood.
TBN: Will Franky, Frankly be making the art film circuit?
Yes indeed. We plan to begin with our LA and NY premiers and then go from there. We hope to seek DVD and online distribution as well as play the festival circuit. We will keep everyone updated on the film, and they can keep in the loop on Facebook and Twitter
NOTE: @AAFilmCo, @KevinMSlee, @Mikandrew, @MCAFilm, @AllanHyde
TBN: Do you have any other films in the works? What are your future plans?
I am currently in post on a film I directed and which was produced under Artistic Analogies Film Co. – it is entitled The Secret Life of Jonathan Sky. The film stars Amir Malaklou and Lexi Sakowitz (Election Day) and involves many of the same team behind the camera. We have a May release.
TrueBloodNet.com would like to thank Kevin for his time and this lovely interview. We hope you all have a chance to see Franky, Frankly!
April 28, 2011
True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Tears It Up at the NewNowNext Awards:
Logo Network held its 4th annual NewNowNext Awards on April 11th and Joe Manganiello and Kristin Bauer were in attendance. One of the nominees for their ‘Because You’re Hot’ award was Joe Manganiello. As we all knew he would, he won!
There is a wonderful backstage interview with Michelle and Loretta who let us know he was accepting his award with:
“Grace, and talent, and HOTNESS.”
Ever the gracious winner he also thanks his cast mates who also have to work out and diet so they can all “run around in the woods naked.”
Check out the interview with Loretta, Michelle and Joe here.
Source: LOGO network
Photo credit: Just Jared
April 26, 2011
Check it out and tell us what you think.
April 25, 2011
Includes Interviews With the Cast and Alan Ball:
This video shows interviews with the cast, including Anna Paquin (Sookie) and Alexander Skargård (Eric). Alan Ball also has something to say about the direction in which he will be leading the show.
There are plenty of hints about the witches that are making an appearence this season, as well as a suggestion that Eric will lose his memory – something that will make followers of the Charlaine Harris books VERY happy.
Here is the trailer in full – Enjoy!
Source: Unreality Shout – See new True Blood Season 4 extended spoiler clip, plus ‘Waiting Sucks’ collection!
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
April 25, 2011
Off to the Movies:
Lars von Trier’s new movie “Melancholia”, featuring our favorite Vamp from HBO’s True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård, has had its first trailer released. Expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this summer, the film will be released in the U.S. later in the year. Appearing alongside Skarsgård are: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, and his father, Stellan Skarsgård. The film is a sci-fi drama about a planet that is slated to collide with Earth, while on planet Earth a wedding is taking place. Justine and Michael (Dunst and Skarsgård) are having a gorgeous celebration, but their impending doom is obviously throwing a wrench into things.
The trailer shows a wedding being held with the normal tension between families in a dramatic setting, and all the while a planet looms ahead. The families are awaiting the arrival of the possible end of times, and struggling with how to lead their lives knowing they could be cut short. A dramatic Kirsten says:
“Life is only on Earth — and not for long.”
Click below to view the trailer.
Since we can’t have True Blood yet, it’s nice to see Alexander Skarsgård in any role he plays… sigh, waiting truly sucks!
Source: FirstShowing.net– First Beautiful Trailer for Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia
(Photo Credit: HBO)