True Blood Season 4: HBO Makes It Official

July 21, 2011

True Blood Season 4 has been given the green light by HBO according to their press release!  Many True Blood fans are extremely excited to hear that it is official that the series will be returning Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 PM EST for season four!

Looking for spoilers? See the True Season 4 News and Spoilers.

View Comic-Con 2011 teaser for upcoming weeks of True Blood Season 4

View teaser for upcoming weeks of True Blood Season 4

View the first six minutes of True Blood Season 4

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of True Blood regarding this wonderful news! Here is the official press release from HBO.

HBO RENEWS HIT SERIES TRUE BLOOD FOR FOURTH SEASON

HBO has renewed the hit show TRUE BLOOD for a 12-episode fourth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes early next year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2011.

“The new season of TRUE BLOOD is off to a terrific start, as enthusiasm for this unique show continues to build among both subscribers and critics,” noted Lombardo. “We’re looking forward to more chills from Alan Ball and his gifted team next year.”

“I am beyond thrilled to be able to continue working with this amazing cast and crew,” says Ball. “This is the most fun I have ever had.”

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, TRUE BLOOD takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and her boyfriend, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who went missing at the end of season two, and is now the object of a frantic search. Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”) created and executive produces the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

The 12-episode third season of TRUE BLOOD, which launched June 13, has already inspired critical raves, with Entertainment Weekly calling it “faster, sleeker, more vicious, more fun than it already was,” as well as “summer’s best TV.” USA Today hails the show as “fabulously wild,” while the Washington Post describes it as “electrifying.”

Season three credits: TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball and Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers, Brian Buckner, Nancy Oliver and Alexander Woo; supervising producer, Raelle Tucker; producer, Mark McNair.

SOURCE:  HBO

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

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True Blood Script Signed by Alexander Skarsgård to be Auctioned on eBay

July 20, 2011

Season 3 Episode 2 – Beautifully Broken Script:

Alexander Skarsgard holding the script that is up for auctionSo who would like a little piece of Alexander Skarsgård all to themselves? Well, now you can have it!

Currently a pre-loved script belonging to Alexander Skarsgård is being offered for auction on eBay. The price is already over $3,000!

There is a more serious side to the auction though. It is to raise money to help out the family of Jesse James Cartwright (1972-2011). Jesse worked for the Transport Department of True Blood and tragically lost his life while filming Episode 4 of Season 4.  TrueBlood-News, Sam-Tramell.com, AlexSkarsgard.net & FYeahJoeManganiello are all helping out to raise money to assist his wife and three children.

This script has notations made by the True Blood actor himself. It has also been signed by the star (who plays vampire, Eric Northman), and was handed to the seller personally.

Make sure you get your bids in early as the auction ends on July 23, 2011.

You can follow the link here to eBay.

Sources: Askarsgard.com – In Memory of Jesse…

eBay – True Blood Script Signed by Alexander Skarsgard

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Video: Janina Gavankar’s Shapeshifting Fantasies

July 20, 2011

Fantasy Talk:

Janina Gavankar for Complex Magazine credit Jeaneen LundIn an interview with Complex magazine, Janina Gavankar (shifter Luna Garza on HBO’s True Blood) shares some of her deepest desires.  Well, sort of.  Want to find out whether she’d prefer necrophilia or bestiality?  Can you guess who she’d rather be friends with — Sookie or Snooki? Come on Truebies, that one’s no contest. Read the scoop here, and don’t forget to check out the video.

Source: complex.com – Video: Sexy “True Blood” Star Janina Gavankar’s Shapeshifting Fantasies

(Photo credit: Jeaneen Lund/Complex Magazine)

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Video: TV Guide Talks to Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård and Joe Manganiello

July 19, 2011

The Men of True Blood Talk:

Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard and Joe Manganiello posing for TV GuideAs Alan Ball so succinctly said about the men of True Blood:

“They’re all insanely beautiful.”

These three are also great trapped in a room together being photographed and interviewed for TV Guide. Their camaraderie is immediately apparent, especially when talking about working on the set together. Joe Manganiello (who plays Alcide Herveaux) commented about being the new guy on set:

“The new guy on a show can feel like an outsider. There can be egos and things like that. But Anna was completely friendly, welcoming. Still, the guys won’t let me make eye contact.”

Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) was quick to follow up with:

“I make him get on his knees so we’re eye-to-eye.”

TV Guide had plenty of questions about upcoming episodes in Season 4. Firstly, they wanted to hear about how the lives of their characters had changed since the end of Season 3. While Bill seems to be growing as a result of his promotion and finally being able to let go of Sookie, Alcide and Eric (played by Alexander Skarsgård) appear to have many personal struggles ahead of them. Although Stephen does concede that the Eric and Sookie storyline will be the talking point of the season.

This led to conversation revolving around the fact that while Bill and Sookie have split, Stephen and Anna (who are married in real life), haven’t. While there must be some awkwardness between the actors, they are quick to dispel this. They all take on the roles, and the complicated scenes dished out, as adults.

TV Guide was interested to hear about Anna Paquin in real life. Stephen was the first one to volunteer:

“She’s merciless in her ridicule of everybody, and she expects the same back.”

Joe admits that he spent his first season dressed in what Anna referred to as “Giant Joe’s Giant Jumpsuit.” There was also a song composed to go along with it.

And once again the onset camaraderie was bought up with talk about the ‘sock’ (this is a modesty device worn by men in nude scenes) being tossed around as well as a reference to a Valentine’s Day shoot that involved Alexander, Joe, an animal and a large body of water. Joe described the day as:

“Water, an animal, lots of nudity and lots of screaming.”

And speaking of animals, Joe revealed that the sex scenes this season will become increasingly more risque. There will be werewolf sex this time around!

TV Guide finished up asking the three about their workout regimes. While Stephen and Alexander both work out three days a week, Joe ups the ante by working out twice a day, six days a week. According to Alexander, Joe can make his pecs dance. Joe’s response?

“Alex hasn’t looked me in the eye once. I’m like, ‘Up here, Alex. Up here.’”

Make sure you check out the TV Guide video of the ‘unholy trinity.’

Source: TV Guide – Exclusive: The Men of True Blood Revealed!

(Photo Credit: TV Guide)

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Best Quotes From Episode 38 of True Blood

July 14, 2011

“You Smell Like Dinner” Quotes:

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton, all covered in QueenWe all know that HBO’s True Blood is best known for all its blood and risque scenes, but a close runner up is its long list of fabulous quotable one liners.

We all have a fave quote, but weekly, new ones pop up to challenge them. BuddyTV.com has a great list of new quotes from Episode 2: You Smell Like Dinner.

I have listed my fave top 5 below. Make sure you check out the full list here. How many of my favorites are yours too?

  • “It’s not that I don’t appreciate all the licking, cuz I do, but I’m more of a Band-Aid kind of guy.”   – Jason to Timbo
  • “And what do you think’s gonna happen when I do come to grips with it? Do you think my legs are gonna magically open for you?” – Sookie to Eric. Which is quickly followed up with:
  • “Well that was saucy. It must’ve been Fairy Sookie talking. I like it when she comes out.”            – Eric to Sookie 
  • “I am a Christian, God damn it.” – The ironic statement of an anti-vampire protester
  • “Now go clean yourself up. You’re covered in Queen.” – Nan to Bill
Source: Buddy TV – Best ‘True Blood’ Quotes from ‘You Smell Like Dinner.’
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 3 – “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

July 14, 2011

Soundtrack for Episode 3:

TB Season 4 poster-redIn an episode that put Pam in a tizzy over Eric’s erased memory, and left Jason helpless as he was forced to breed werepanthers, we have a solid music list to back it all up. Alcide reappeared for the first time this season, but with Debbie by his side. And Bill’s professional relationship with Portia Bellefleur expanded to a sexual relationship, at Portia’s request. Tara protected Lafayette and caught up with Sam. And Marnie sacrificed her own blood, offering herself as a vessel for another spirit.

Below is the soundtrack for the third episode of season four, “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

J. Novak – The Wreck of Us
Pam feeds on Jethro at Fangtasia.

Boxing Gandhi’s – If You Love Me (Why Am I Dyin)*
Lafayette, Tara and Jesus have a beer and discuss their next move regarding Eric.

Ohio Sound Machine – Montgomery Moonlight
Sookie visits Alcide.

Michelle Malone – Restraining Order Blues*
Tara enters Merlotte’s and asks Sookie to talk to Eric. Sam comes over.

G. DaPonte – Nowhere
Sam and Tara talk at Merlotte’s.

Astrud Gilberto (Thievery Corporation remix) – Who Needs Forever*
Upscale restaurant, Bill leaves Eric a voicemail; Portia Bellefleur rejoins him at the table and they discuss the nature of their relationship.

Dave Pezzner – Child’s Play
In Fangtasia’s basement, Pam speaks with Lafayette about Eric’s memory issues.

Karen Elson – Season of the Witch*
End credits.

Source: HBO.com – True Blood Music

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True Blood Season 4, Episode 3 “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?” – Review

July 13, 2011

Alcide is Back and Eric is “Gone”:

Skarsgård as Eric Northman (ep. 39)“I know what I am, Snooki.”

Whew. After his initial monologuing, Amnesia Eric was a delightful surprise. Finding Debbie in Alcide‘s pretty new house? Horrible surprise. But more on that later…

I’ve seen/heard a few complaints that this season “isn’t as good” or “it’s gotten weird.” Let me just say – #1, We’re 3 episodes in, haters! Don’t judge a season so quickly. And #2, I just have to plain disagree. Season 4, so far, has been at least on par with previous seasons. And I’ll tell you why.

True Blood has been loved from the very beginning for its soapy-meets-campy tone. Fluffy meta moments lighten up the drippy drama of a faerie living in a vampire hierarchy. Hence, Sookie reading a Charlaine Harris novel. Look, whenever a series throws in new characters, or changes characters drastically – either temporarily or permanently – fans are always quick to turn on their favorite show. All I’m saying is give it time before you start trolling comment threads. You can’t judge a whole season until it’s over. And I don’t know about you, but I’m in no rush.

Rant over. On to the good stuff —

Eric’s newly innocent state has proven to be the most adorable thing ever. I know I said that last time about his wooing Sookie with appliances, but I mean it even more this week. Between his apologies (“sorry”) and the ever-so-sincere tone when he asked Sookie “Would you like to be mine?”- sigh. Alexander Skarsgård did an outstanding job making Eric vulnerable without being too ridiculous.

Pam was quick to panic when she learned the news, and now she’s all uber-suspicious of Bill. Is it really possible that Bill would set up Eric like that? True, he already tried once. And yes, Sookie did ask Bill for help with Eric’s home-owning situation. But Bill’s angry voicemail makes me think otherwise.

Jessica and Hoyt are having relationship issues, yes. And while it was nice to see Jess reunite with her maker, the scene felt a little awkward. Seeking relationship advice, Bill and Jessica’s talk didn’t feel “father-daughter” “brother-sister” or “best friends.” It just felt weird. Although it did garner one of my favorite quotes from the episode: “Vamp up.”

What about that doll? It freaked me out the first time we saw it on the floor of Jess & Hoyt’s new place, then seeing Hoyt holding it was a whole other level of creepy. At least Baby Mikey seems to be enjoying it.

So Tommy wants to steal from the woman who has taken him in. Charming. I liked Tommy best when he worked at Merlotte’s – he had great chemistry with Jessica and he could be involved without some contrived storyline. Now, Tommy’s character just seems lost.

Bill and Portia, huh? Like her or not, you got to respect Portia’s bluntness. Girl knows how to get to the point.

I’m not sure why, but I just can’t get into Lafayette and Jesus. I’m bored when their wiccan ways are discussed. Sure, Marnie is fascinating and I’m curious to see if the spirit will accept her sacrifice. But otherwise, eh.

Poor Jason! For real, that boy just can’t win. His entire storyline was disturbing this week. That scene with all the girls watching? Yikes. I hope Jason gets to spend an episode not tied to a bed soon.

Finally, Alcide. I was so happy to see him. He and Sookie are all cute and then who walks in, but former V-addict/Russell Edgington dog Debbie. Blindsided by that one. Clearly, Sookie wasn’t thrilled, either. Totally ruined her plans. Where will that relationship go?

Sam and Tara had a cute moment. It’s nice that they’re still friends. That’s really all I have to say on the matter.

So Eric drained Claudine, huh? I was a little confused – did Eric appear because he heard Sookie yell at Claudine or just because he smelled her or something?

This was a good episode for certain characters while others stalled out in the background. But with only 55 minutes or so, we can’t always see everybody.

What’d you all think?

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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New Movie Stills and Trailer for Griff the Invisible

July 13, 2011

Coming to Theaters Friday August 19:

Kwanten as Griff in yellow raincoat (Indomina Releasing)Griff the Invisible is the latest movie offering from True Blood actor, Ryan Kwanten. While Ryan normally plays hottie Jason Stackhouse, this movie shows a decidedly different side to the actor.

The official synopsis:

The world can make us invisible. Courage can make us incredible. Love can make us invincible.  Ryan Kwanten of TV’s “True Blood” stars in this charming, quirky and totally unpredictable romantic comedy about the superhero in all of us. Griff (Kwanten), a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night. Griff’s secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody), a cute but unconventional daydreamer. She quickly becomes fascinated by his idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own. In the face of mounting pressure to live in the “real world,” it’s up to Melody to rescue GRIFF THE INVISIBLE for the sake of herself, Griff and their newfound love for each other.

 It is sure to be a wild ride!  Check out new stills and the movie trailer below:

 Kwanten as Griff at table (Indomina Releasing)

Kwanten as Griff in blue suit (Indomina Releasing)

Kwanten as Griff in black suit (Indomina Releasing)

Kwanten as Griff in shadow (Indomina Releasing)

 

Release details are listed below:

CAST:
Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody

DIRECTOR:
Leon Ford

WRITER:
Leon Ford

GENRE:
Romantic Comedy

RELEASE SCHEDULE:
August 19, 2011 – Los Angeles, Berkley, San Francisco, New York
August 26, 2011  – Boston, San Diego, Seattle, Denver
September 2, 2011 – Washington DC, Philadelphia
September 9, 2011 – Atlanta, Minneapolis
September 16, 2011 – St. Louis

RUN TIME:
93 Minutes

STUDIO:
Indomina Releasing

RATING:
PG-13

WEBSITE:
http://releasing.indomina.com/griff-the-invisible/

FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/grifftheinvisible

TWITTER:
@Indomina

 

Thank you for the scoop, Brandy!

 
Source: Brandy Fons/Fons PR

(Photo Credits: Indomina Releasing)

 

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Deborah Ann Woll Auction to Raise Money for Choroideremia Research Foundation

July 12, 2011

Portrait to be Auctioned on eBay:

Deborah Ann Woll poses with her PortraitTrue Blood fans who follow Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) on her official Facebook page, have been urged to help raise money for the Choroideremia Research Foundation (curechm.org) by bidding on a signed portrait of Deborah.

The portrait is by Croatian artist Tamara Grozaj. A personalized note to the winning bidder will be included. Signed magazines are also included in the package. A total of six autographs are included: The outer sleeve of SFX UK magazine is signed by Deborah Ann Woll, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The second magazine (True Blood) is signed on the cover by Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer and signed inside by Deborah Ann Woll.

Make sure you check out the auction link below and get your bid in early as the auction finishes up on the 17th of July.

Portrait + magazine signed Deborah Ann Woll True Blood

Souce: Deborah Ann Woll Official Facebook Page – Portrait + magazine signed Deborah Ann Woll True Blood

(Photo Credit: The Vault – True Blood-Online.com)

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Video: Preview Episode 4, “I’m Alive and on Fire”

July 12, 2011

Preview Next Week’s Episode:

TB Season 4 poster-redHBO has released a preview of next week’s episode of True Blood, titled “I’m Alive and on Fire”.  Apparently, everyone is in a tizzy because of Eric’s amnesia, and Marnie is searching for help in order to break the spell she has cast on him.  It looks like Bill might be in trouble with the AVL as well because of this, and he goes to Sookie’s house in search of Eric, but she’s resistant.  Could this be the beginning of the Eric/Sookie romance? Possibly not, if he manages to bite her without permission!

What do you think so far, Truebies?  Are you excited for next week’s episode?

Ep. 40 Preview

 

Source: HBO – I’m Alive and on Fire 

(Image credit: HBO, Inc.)

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