July 31, 2011
The Cast and Alan Ball Answer Moderator and Audience Questions:
The True Blood cast came out on stage at Comic–Con to rousing applause and it’s clear from these videos, there were many die-hard fans in the room. Many spoilers were announced and teasers were uncovered. The panel included: Anna Paquin (Sookie), Stephen Moyer (Bill), Ryan Kwanten (Jason), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Alexander Skarsgård (Eric), Kevin Alejandro (Jesus), Kristin Bauer (Pam), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), and Alan Ball.
A few juicy bits gleamed from these videos:
- Rutina Wesley “secretly loves the UFC”.
- When an audience member asked if Eric will remember his time with Sookie, Alan replied: “I feel like that’s too much to give away…no, yes, maybe” Of course, the one question we all wanted answered!
- When asked if there was any hope for Bill and Sookie the audience started to cheer, but it quickly turned to boos.
- Anna takes you through the “sausage party” that consisted of her, Joe and Alexander filming the scene at the lake – minus the clothes for the men.
- The panel is asked what their favorite parts of the season have been so far – some answers might surprise you!
- The Comic-Con panel contains actors from many nations and it’s apparent when the audience starts asking questions that they are just as multinational.
- My favorite question of the night was to Alexander Skarsgård: “What in his (Eric’s) history created such a straight up badass?”
- The most interesting bit of news came from an audience member who asked if the show keeps up the pace it has with the books (a book a season). How long will this show stay on the air? Alan’s response: “As we get further down the road less and less, this season is based on the book…I think the show has a tremendous amount of life. I hope to get to the point where it becomes a problem for us in the writers room why the vampires are aging.”
- Noticable absences were Sam Trammell home expecting his baby twins, and Joe Manganiello who is working on a film project.
There is so much more to see in these videos. Check them out and tell us what questions you would have asked, or what answer you would have liked to hear!
(Image credit: Comic-Con.org)
July 30, 2011
On the Soundtrack for “I Wish I was the Moon”:
“The haunting twang and dark sexiness of The Spares mixed very nicely in the world of True Blood,” says Gary Calamar, the show’s Grammy-nominated music supervisor. True Blood was also nominated for four Emmy Awards earlier this month.
Calamar chose the song “Mexico” to include in an episode entitled “I Wish I Was the Moon” (Season 4, Episode 6). The track was written and recorded by The Spares in 2005 for the group’s first CD, Hand Me Down. “Mexico” was also named “Country Song of the Year” in 2006 by the Independent Artists Company.
“‘Mexico’ is about someone who is frustrated with day-to-day life, and who dreams of making a dramatic change to shake up that routine,” says Steve Hendershot of The Spares, who wrote the song along with lead vocalist Jodee Lewis. “What I had in mind at the time was wanting to quit my job at Northwestern University to be a musician. But I can see how it would apply equally well to the people and vampires of Bon Temps, Louisiana.”
The Spares have released three CDs since Hand Me Down, including Beautiful and Treacherous Thing in 2007 (a finalist for “Americana Album of the Year” in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards) and 2010’s Everything Is Easy, released last August at a sold-out concert at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.
True Blood’s Calamar was introduced to The Spares by Brooke Blocki of KMA Licensing (http://www.kmalicensing.com), a Chicago-based music licensing company that helps musicians gain television, film and advertising placements.
“We’re thrilled to be able to introduce The Spares to millions of people worldwide,” says Blocki. “This will also draw national attention to the great independent music that comes from Chicago.”
The Spares’ original acoustic music has been described as “hauntingly gorgeous” (Maverick Magazine), “simple, aching and hearty” (NewCity Chicago), and “somewhere in heaven between Gram Parsons and Alison Krauss” (Smother Magazine). “Their sound kind of tracks their personal journeys in encompassing the range of the American heartland,” says Alison Cuddy of WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR affiliate). “That may be why, in spite of the literal spareness of their music, it can be hard to categorize.” Indeed, The Spares’ songs fuse country, folk, blues and rock. The lyrics are thoughtful and honest, just as the music is raw, beautiful and compelling.
Listen: “Mexico” is available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other Internet music retailers. The song is also available for streaming at http://www.thespares.com/
Upcoming Performance by The Spares: The Spares’ next Chicago performance is Friday, Aug. 19 at the Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago). 9:30pm, all ages, $15, tickets at thespares.com.
About the Spares: Jodee Lewis and Steve Hendershot formed The Spares in 2005. They write and sing twangy, bluesy, roots music about characters who are desperate and hopeful, buoyant and brokenhearted—sometimes all at once. The stories hint at love and truth in ways that the characters themselves don’t always recognize. For more information, visit www.thespares.com.
About Gary Calamar: Gary Calamar, True Blood’s Grammy-nominated music supervisor, runs Los Angeles, CA-based Go Music Supervision.In addition to his work on True Blood, Calamar also handles music supervision for House and Dexter, and hosts a radio show at Los Angeles NPR-affiliate KCRW. (http://www.
About True Blood: True Blood, the latest hit series from Emmy Award-winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), delves into the meticulously crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris. The show tracks the lives of vampires and humans who coexist uneasily in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The show, which stars Anna Paquin as waitress Sookie Stackhouse, was nominated for four Emmy Awards earlier this month. (http://www.hbo.com/
Contribution credit: The Spares
(Image credit: HBO, Inc.)
July 29, 2011
Will it Happen?
There has been plenty of speculation from True Blood fans about the infamous shower scene that occurs in book four, Dead to the World, by Charlaine Harris. Will it happen, or won’t it? Fans of the books have been more than a little concerned that the scene would be dropped from the HBO series since Sookie (Anna Paquin) has already been involved in another hot shower scene in Season 3, involving her ex, Bill Compton (played by real-life husband, Stephen Moyer).
Well, it can now be revealed that Alan Ball has this to say about the relationship between Sookie, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and that scene:
“There is a shower scene. But it is not a direct re-enactment of the shower scene in the book. It goes to a slightly different place. Sookie and Eric are in the shower together. Everybody who’s been waiting for Sookie and Eric to hook up, this will be a very good season for them.”
Then, at Comic-Con 2011, he followed up with:
“There will be a moment in the show when Sookie and Eric will be in a shower. It may not be exactly what happened in the books. It may be weirder and dirtier.”
Now fans of the books are left wondering what is weirder than using the term ‘Mr. Happy’ to describe a part of Eric’s anatomy and refering to Sookie’s breasts as “quivering like puppies who wanted to be petted”?
What do you think the shower scene will be like?
Source: Wetpaint – Sookie and Eric’s Shower Scene: All the Spoilery Details About Their Steamy Encounter!
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
July 29, 2011
Truebloodnet is bringing True Blood fans their favorite quotes from episode four. Each week, fans can’t wait to see the new episode of True Blood and then race to the water cooler on Monday to talk about what happened on Sunday’s show. Here is our way of bringing those favorite scenes back to you.
The first quote is from Sookie who stares at Eric like a puppy who has messed on her new carpet:
“You can’t have any more, there isn’t anymore, you drank the WHOLE fairy, and you’re going to your room!”
Eric had other plans though:
“Hey! Did you just pinch my butt?”
While Eric was frolicking in the woods, Pam was being grilled about his whereabouts by Bill. After making her mad, the third great comment of the night comes:
“You like the feel of it don’t ya, Bill? That crown.”
“There’s big gators in there you crazy viking, get on out and let’s go home before one of them chomps off your you-know-what!”
Eric, we can’t let that happen, you better get out of that water!
Cat Scratch Fever
Quite a few great quotes came from Jason’s ordeal. Viewers first find Jason tied to a bed where a woman from Hot Shot is taking full advantage of his situation.
“Well, I don’t know why you’re crying, I’m the one getting raped,”
he says to her.
Next one comes from Luther who yells to Jason:
“Breed, Ghost Daddy, breed!”
The fifth quote comes from Crystal Norris who finds Jason in the woods after he has escaped and killed Felton. She is very happy to see him and even happier that Felton is dead.
“I’m big momma kitty now.”
And that you are Crystal, that you are.
The witches this season have been dangerous and full of great lines. Since Marnie has cast the spell on Eric, Lafayette, Jesus, and Tara have 24 hours to have her reverse the spell. She tries to tell them that she can’t remember. Lafeyette will not hear any of that!
“You get her ass on the gotdamn Goddess line and you tell her to turn this curse a-f***in-round!”
Well, that’s one way of putting it. While that group is trying to reverse the spell, Nan Flanagan is giving Bill Compton hell about sending Eric to the Moon Goddess Emporium.
“Some old hippies levitated a dead bird, so what?”
Well Nan, it was a little more than that, which Pam later learns when she says the famous line,
“Are you f***ing retarded?”
I think it’s fair to say that Marnie won that fight.
Love Comes in All Kinds
Quote number eleven is from Debbie Pelt who is not concerned with Alcide helping Sookie:
“You’re in my bed, boy — I aint worried about no Sookie.”
Debbie obviously did not see how Alcide and Sookie looked at each other.
Number twelve and thirteen have to do with families. First, is the shocking revelation of finding out that Bill is related to Portia Bellefleur:
“You’re my great-great-great-great-granddaughter.”
“Baby not yours”
was found written on the wall at Arlene’s house. It appears that the baby wrote it, but I am skeptical.
The Tangled Webs
The last two of the night come back to Sookie’s love triangle. While the situation between her and Eric hasn’t escalated, it is obvious that Eric would like more with Sookie.
“If you kiss me, I promise to be happy.”
Yes, Eric I would be!
Bill soon shows up at Sookie’s house and asks to search it looking for Eric. Sookie feels a need to protect him so she tops the night with the best quote of the night.
“When have I ever lied to you? Ever?”
Well they do say there is a first time for everything.
So this is our list from episode four, did you find your favorite quote of the night?
(Photo credits: HBO)
July 29, 2011
Exciting Things to Come?
Joe Manganiello (Alcide) was recently interviewed by New York magazine. He had a lot to say about his workout regime, his True Blood role, high school and of course more True Blood! Just because he is finished filming this season of True Blood does not mean that he can relax. He was recently cast in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, alongside Jenifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz.
Workouts are a necessity when you spend most of your screen time with your shirt off. Manganiello’s trainer, Ron Mathews also works with Hugh Jackman. But Manganiello doesn’t starve himself stating:
“I’m allowed to eat anything I want, ’cause I’m a man. I choose not to, because I’m disciplined about my job.”
Captain of his high school basketball, football and volleyball teams, Manganiello has always been ruggedly manly. He talks about the more artistic side that he says was “pushed aside” growing up in western Pennsylvania. You would think this future werewolf stud would have had girls lining up around the block for him, but he didn’t even go to his prom! Instead he went to see a re-release of Blade-Runner. He relates this back to Alcide saying:
“I guess I identify with Alcide that way. I didn’t really see eye-to-eye with the jocks… I was somewhere in the middle.”
Season of the witches has been the theme of Season 4 and the werewolves are not immune to their influence. Manganiello said that their “actions trickle down”. He also stated that shape shifters and werewolves are going to “butt heads big time”. Perhaps a Sam/Alcide showdown is in the future?
We’ve all wanted to see more of Alcide and everyone’s been wondering if he and Sookie will ever hook up. Manganiello’s response:
“I really do believe – and some of the producers and writers agree with me – if Sookie didn’t disappear, Alcide would’ve built that house for her. As you can see in episode three, Alcide is obviously worried. The way the door was answered, he wanted to kiss her! Being a werewolf, he’s had to stomp on a lot of his impulses. All I can say is when anybody continually stomps on impulses, there’s going to be a reaction. What’s amazing this season is that you see those emotions and physical reactions.”
A werewolf bottling up his emotions sounds like a ticking time bomb! Can’t wait to see how this plays out.
Manganiello has said that he gets naked a lot this season, but five episodes in we’ve hardly seen any nakedness. His response:
“Everyone has to take their turn, and it’s just my turn. Yes, there is some nudity, and you’re gonna see some werewolf sex here.”
Exactly who will be having that werewolf sex? We aren’t sure, but we will be tuned in to find out.
Do you think there is any hope for Alcide and Sookie? Share your theories and ideas with us in the comment section.
Source: New York Magazine – True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello On An Alcide-Sookie Hook-Up, Werenudity, and Working Out
(Photo credit: HBO)
July 28, 2011
True Blood Net Writer Defends Vampires:
Recently, my husband, who is a fan of Aussie radio station Triple J, was listening to it on his drive home from work. Guests on the show included members of the band Warpaint, and Liz Cambage of the WNBA. One of the many topics of the day was the current vampire trend, and The Doctor (DJ) requested to speak to fans of HBO’s True Blood and vampires in general. People rang up to say they were fans; there was also some discussion as to why people like vampires, or why they don’t. Being the opportunist that my husband is, he insisted I send Triple J a text.
So I did.
And this is what happened (the whole podcast goes for over thirty minutes; the vampire talk starts at around 18 minutes, and my call comes in after the 29 minute mark):
For more info on the True Blood themed Halloween party in Melbourne, “Club Fangtasia”, click here.
Source: Triple J/Rachel Tsoumbakos
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
July 28, 2011
Why Pam is So Popular:
Recently, The Daily Beast asked Kristin if she shared any similarities with Pam. While she admitted that they both share the same dry wit when it comes to humor, she also stated that they have their differences. Besides her passion for animal welfare, she is also prone to tearing up! In fact, that soft, vulnerable side to her had her labelled at one point as the ‘sweet blonde girl’ character:
“I had a hard time in my career at that time… I had to segue into dramas and one-hours and [was told] it was almost impossible to see me as a character with any edge… It’s kind of incredible that I ended up with Pam. I was trying to think of an edgier character and I couldn’t… Pam is like a stylish serial killer with integrity.”
However, last season did see Pam show her vulnerable side. Little did we know that her Achilles heel would turn out to be her maker, Eric Northman (played by Alexander Skarsgård). Season 4 has expanded on this theme. Now that Eric has lost him memory, and Pam is trying to hide him from their new King, Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer), it will be interesting to see how far she will go to protect him.
Speaking of Alexander, Kristin was also asked about her relationship with the actor. While onscreen, since they are bonded by blood, she must trust him implicitly; but she has also found that she trusts him as much offscreen:
“In our relationship as Pam and Eric, there are overlaps with Kristin and Alex, because I have complete faith and trust in him. You have to do some things playing an immortal character where you just have to dive in and look ridiculous… Alex is so incredibly sweet and funny.”
In Kristin’s earlier days as an actress, she almost left the profession and went back to her roots. Being raised in Wisconsin, she had an ethic of hard work. After gardening for three months straight, as an alternative to therapy, she decided to stick with what she knew:
“I realized if I didn’t want to lose my house, I’d have to go do the only thing I had ever been paid to do. It was that or being a hooker. Heidi Fleiss was in jail, so I thought I’d go back and audition.”
You could just imagine Pam saying that exact same line!
Kristin also admits to maintaining an Internet presence through Twitter and Facebook. While she likes to keep up to date with her fans, she is careful about how much she reads about herself and her acting roles on the net. She is happy that fans seem so positive about her as an actor, but she does not feel the need to see the negative opinions as well.
We here at True Blood Net couldn’t possibly imagine what anyone would have to say about this wonderful woman that is negative! Make sure you check out the full interview here.
Source: The Daily Beast– True Blood’s Scene-Stealer
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
July 28, 2011
The Sexy Stars of True Blood Q&A at Comic-Con:
The cast of True Blood made their appearance at Comic-Con this past weekend and looked good doing so! Many of the cast members, as well as creator Alan Ball, were there and took part in the discussion. Fortunately for us, many of the questions we have regarding Season 4 were answered or at least alluded to! (Click here to see pictures of the cast at Comic-Con)
Jason/Jessica/Hoyt Possible Love Triangle?
One of the most burning questions after last week’s episode was: What will happen between Jessica and Jason now that Jason has ingested her blood? Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica) was the first to comment suggesting that she’s more interested to see what will happen to Jason once the effects of the V wear off. Jason’s ceremonial werepanther rape scenes were also a topic for discussion. Ryan Kwanten (Jason) joked that he felt Jason might have actually enjoyed being called “ghost daddy.” Kwanten also stated that filming those scenes was quite the challenge for him, considering he was only able to use his face in order to act them out.
The Origin of Eric’s New Attire?
Perhaps one of the more humorous discussions was the topic of Eric’s new wardrobe upon his unexpected arrival at Sookie’s place. Alexander Skarsgård (Eric) suggested that his new choice of attire more than likely wasn’t Jason’s but could possibly be something that Hoyt might have left behind at some point in time. Skarsgård joked:
“It’s the mystery of the season.”
while Alan Ball added that it was a “really dorky outfit,” but one that Skarsgård could wear “and still be insanely hot.” I must admit, I second that notion!
What Will Come of Bill & Portia’s Relationship?
When the topic of Bill’s incestuous relationship with Portia Bellefleur (Courtney Ford) was brought up, Stephen Moyer joked that it would have probably been a good idea for Bill to have “gone to the local library,” and then added, “maybe it wasn’t open at night.” Moyer reassured the crowd that Bill and Portia will see each other again but that at the moment, “Bill has bigger fish to fry.”
Pam’s Appalling New Look:
Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) discussed the current state of her morbid appearance and how time-consuming the process was to look that convincing. She added that one way they achieved her dreadful appearance included a mixture of tapioca pudding and coffee grinds. When asked whether or not we would get to see how and why Eric created Pam, his progeny, Ball was quick to answer no. He added that we’ll “definitely see it in Season 5.”
Is Baby Mikey Evil?
Another pressing topic was that of baby Mikey. Is something wrong with him or is it that dreaded doll that keeps showing up? Is René’s evil spirit haunting Arlene? When asked if we would find out what exactly is going on with Arlene’s baby, Ball answered:
“Yes, we will find out, and it’s something really creepy.”
There you have it folks, straight from the usually-more-cryptic horse’s mouth. Is this going to be a good season, or what?
Sources: Buzz Sugar – True Blood 2011 Comic-Con Panel
Pop Sugar – Pictures of True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, and More at Comic-Con
(Image credit: HBO)
July 28, 2011
LARP Trailer Shown at Comic-Con:
Besides the fabulous Ryan Kwanten, the cast includes: Firefly’s Summer Glau, Community’s Danny Pudi and Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage. Fans of LARP (Live Action Role Playing) will surely find this movie appealing.
Kwanten plays the role of Joe, who after being dumped by his girlfriend, dons a foam sword and gets stuck into some LARPing. Mistakenly, a spell is cast over a pentagram, which unleashes Beth, the succubus from hell!
It all goes to hell fairly quickly after that. Ryan says:
“Blood and guts start appearing randomly, and he’s forced to pick up the pieces.”
The film was shot in Spokane, Washington, last summer. The stars actually had to learn how to LARP. Peter Dinklage turned out to be a natural at it:
“They said, ‘Go spar!’ Peter Dinklage smoked every single cast member in one fell swoop. It was amazing. He was like, ‘Boop. Boop. Boop. Narnia.’ And he just walked off. The Dinklage conquered us all.”
Said director, Joe Lynch.
Watch the trailer, and make sure to keep an eye out for this action-packed, hilarious spatter-fest:
Sources: USA Today – These ‘Knights’ bring foam swords into fashion
SummerGlauNet on YouTube – Knights of Badassdom Trailer
(Photo Credit: USA Today/Peter Moroz)
July 28, 2011
Top 15 Quotes From This Episode:
The third episode of season four of HBO’s True Blood is titled If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’? I love the title of this episode. It accurately sums up scenes where the characters are in so much pain caused by the one who supposedly loves them.
Starting from the beginning, the first quote comes from my favorite sassy waitress, Sookie Stackhouse to Eric Northman:
“I am not your f***ing dinner!”
Right after punching him in the nose. You go girl!
After being punched, Eric begins to have flashbacks on his time at the Moon Goddess Emporium.
“Everything I was, was taken from me.”
This quote isn’t funny, but it leaves fans feeling the emptiness that Eric is feeling, while going through this confusing time. It seemed to really get Sookie’s attention as well.
Number three comes from the lippy Tara Thornton:
“It’s been a while since I got attacked by a vampire, and guess what? It still sucks.”
Quite literally, actually.
“Bill, I am not stupid, I’m just unfaithful.”
Number five is a line we heard in the previews all Spring:
“Witches? Oh great, now I have to deal witches?!”
Sookie says this to Pam when she finds out that it was witches who took Eric’s memory away. Eric is still very confused during this conversation and is enjoying learning that he has tasted Sookie’s blood previously. The next one, also coming from Sookie, promptly removes Eric’s lovely smile:
“Yeah, against my will, so technically you fangraped me.”
Across the swamp, Tara, Jesus, Lafayette are trying to figure out what to do with the fact that Eric was harmed by Marnie and he knows all of them personally. Lafayette thinks the best idea is to seek Eric out, which the rest of the group is strongly against. This is where quote number seven comes from. Jesus says to Tara,
“Don’t worry, I can convince him not to do this in a way that’ll make him think it was his idea.”
Oh we know what you mean!
Quotes eight and nine come from people trying to make amends… well, sort of. Andy Bellefleur is definitely fighting his own demons trying to control his addiction to V.
“God grant me the serenity to… f**k it.”
Bad Andy, bad Andy!
Sookie goes to Alcide’s house to try to find shelter for Eric — what she finds instead is Debbie Pelt who is now clean from V, and wants to apologize. After the apology, she does what every Southern woman does:
“You want a Vienna sausage?”
I literally laughed out loud! Come on, who serves Vienna sausages these days?
Love is in the Air
Love is ever present in this series and it’s only right that quote ten and eleven come from a place of love. A misguided and confused place, but love nonetheless.
“I’m gon’ be momma to all your baby cubs.”
This comes from a crazed Crystal Norris to poor Jason Stackhouse as she tends to his wounds.
“Do her a favor and stop flirting with me.”
Please don’t stop flirting! We love the way he looks when he is looking at Tara!
While the next one doesn’t have to do with love, it does have to do with love making:
“You are the smartest most powerful man I know, and I am the smartest most powerful woman I know.”
Portia is so full of herself as she pours her Southern charm all over Bill Compton.
Jessica is so down right bad giving Arlene’s sweet baby this disgusting baby doll, but she does it so eloquently:
“No, no, that’s just age. Um yeah, that doll’s been in my family for a long time, it’s kinda like an heirloom.”
Number fourteen comes from another female confronting an enemy, but Tara is much more vocal in telling Pam how she feels when trying to save Lafayette from her dungeon once again:
“Bet you don’t think the wooden bullets inside are too damn funny.”
Watch out Tara!
Last but definitely not least, the best quote of the night of course came at the end from Sookie:
“You just killed my fairy godmother!”
So these are our favorite quotes from episode three, tell us yours!
(Photo Credits: HBO)