True Blood Composer Represents at WonderCon

March 31, 2012

Nathan Barr Attends 3rd Annual “Behind The Music” Panel:

One of the most impressive things about True Blood is the music. Not only the various songs borrowed from other artists, but the original compositions as well. Who doesn’t remember the beautiful Sookie and Bill theme?

Nathan Barr has traveled the world and studied music extensively from a very young age. This definitely comes out through his compositions. True Blood has had some truly unique music over its four seasons. During the panel at this year’s WonderCon, Barr and many other Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Animated television series composers discussed with fans the ways in which they evolve and elevate music composition to new heights.

Also in attendance at the panel was Ellen Greene, star of ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” and Warner Brothers’ “Little Shop Of Horrors,” Jim Dooley (FX’s “Wilfred”), Robert Duncan (ABC’s “Castle”), Mark Isham (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”), Danny Jacob (Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”), David Ari Leon (Disney XD and Marvel Entertainment’s “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”), and Blake Neely (CBS’ “The Mentalist.”).

WonderCon 2012 Behind the Music Panel

Source: CW3PR

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Game of Thrones Season 2 Press Release

March 31, 2012

Emmy®- and Golden Globe-Winning HBO Series Game of Thrones Begins Its Second Season April 1:

War is coming to Westeros. As the cold winds rise and five kings vie for power, bonds are forged and broken, identities are challenged and romance blossoms. With the stakes higher than ever before, who will survive the chaos to claim the Iron Throne?

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES is an epic drama set in the world of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land whose summers and winters can last years. The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning fantasy series begins its second season SUNDAY, APRIL 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by other episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time.

Created and executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the ten-episode second season of GAME OF THRONES plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter – the season of the white raven. In King’s Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and his uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed Hand of the King. But the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. Robb Stark, son of Ned Stark, the slain Lord of Winterfell, seeks autonomy in the North and has taken Cersei’s brother Jaime prisoner in battle. Daenerys Targaryen looks to shore up her depleted power in the East with her three newborn dragons. Stannis Baratheon, brother of the late King Robert, rejects Joffrey’s legitimacy and aligns with a powerful priestess to raise a naval attack. And Renly, Stannis’ charismatic brother, has maintained his own claim since fleeing King’s Landing.

In the meantime, a new leader is rising among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding fresh perils for Jon Snow and the order of the Night’s Watch. With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, the second season of GAME OF THRONES will be a thrilling journey through an unforgettable landscape.

Returning cast members include:

Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane).

Also returning for the second season are:

Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Conleth Hill (Varys), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), James Cosmo (Commander Mormont), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Donald Sumpter (Maester Luwin), Ron Donachie (Rodrik Cassel) and Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon).

New cast members in the second season include:

Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte).

April’s episodes:

Episode #11: “The North Remembers”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: April 1 (10:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 3 (11:05 p.m.), 4 (10:00

p.m.) and 7 (10:15 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 2 (9:00 p.m.), 5 (8:00 p.m.), 6 (midnight), 8 (4:00 p.m.) and 20 (9:00 p.m.)

As Robb Stark and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters, Tyrion arrives in King’s Landing to counsel Joffrey and temper the young king’s excesses. On the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon plots an invasion to claim his late brother’s throne, allying himself with the fiery Melisandre, a strange priestess of a stranger god. Across the sea, Daenerys, her three young dragons and khalasar trek through the Red Waste in search of allies, or water. In the North, Bran presides over a threadbare Winterfell, while beyond the Wall, Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch must shelter with a devious wildling.

Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.

Episode #12: “The Night Lands”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: April 8 (11:00 p.m.), 10 (11:00 p.m.), 11 (10:00 p.m.) and

14 (1:00 a.m. ET/11:45 p.m. PT)

HBO2 playdates: April 9 (9:00 p.m.), 12 (8:00 p.m.), 13 (midnight), 15 (2:35 p.m.)

and 20 (10:00 p.m.)

In the wake of a bloody purge in the capital, Tyrion chastens Cersei for alienating the king’s subjects. On the road north, Arya shares a secret with Gendry, a Night’s Watch recruit. With supplies dwindling, one of Dany’s scouts returns with news of their position. After nine years as a Stark ward, Theon Greyjoy reunites with his father Balon, who wants to restore the ancient Kingdom of the Iron Islands. Davos enlists Salladhor Saan, a pirate, to join forces with Stannis and Melisandre for a naval invasion of King’s Landing.

Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.

Episode #13: “What Is Dead May Never Die”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: April 15 (11:05 p.m.), 17 (11:00 p.m.), 18 (10:05 p.m.) and 21 (11:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 16 (8:00 p.m.), 19 (8:00 p.m.), 20 (11:00 p.m.) and 22 (6:00 p.m.)

At the Red Keep, Tyrion plots three alliances through the promise of marriage. Catelyn arrives in the Stormlands to forge an alliance of her own. But King Renly, his new wife Margaery and her brother Loras Tyrell have other plans. At Winterfell, Luwin tries to decipher Bran’s dreams.

Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Alik Sakharov.

Episode #14: “Garden of Bones”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: April 22 (11:00 p.m.), 24 (11:00 p.m.), 25 (10:00 p.m.) and

28 (1:30 a.m. ET/12:15 a.m. PT)

HBO2 playdates: April 23 (8:00 p.m.), 26 (8:00 p.m.), 27 (midnight) and 29 (1:10 p.m.)

Joffrey punishes Sansa for Robb’s victories, while Tyrion and Bronn scramble to temper the king’s cruelty. Catelyn entreats Stannis and Renly to forego their ambitions and unite against the Lannisters. Dany and her exhausted khalasar arrive at the gates of Qarth, a prosperous city with strong walls and rulers who greet her outside them. Tyrion coerces a queen’s man into being his eyes and ears. Arya and Gendry are taken to Harrenhal, where their lives rest in the hands of “The Mountain,” Gregor Clegane. Davos must revert to his old ways and smuggle Melisandre into a secret cove.

Written by Vanessa Taylor; directed by David Petrarca.

Episode #15: “The Ghost of Harrenhal”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: April 29 (11:00 p.m.) and May 1 (11:00 p.m.), 2 (10:00 p.m.)

and 5 (11:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdate: April 30 (9:00 p.m.)

The end of the Baratheon rivalry drives Catelyn to flee and Littlefinger to act. At King’s Landing, Tyrion’s source alerts him to Joffrey’s flawed defense plan and a mysterious secret weapon. Theon sails to the Stony Shore to prove he’s worthy to be called Ironborn. In Harrenhal, Arya receives a promise from Jaqen H’ghar, one of three prisoners she saved from the Gold Cloaks. The Night’s Watch arrive at the Fist of the First Men, an ancient fortress where they hope to stem the advance of the wildling army.

Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by David Petrarca.

In September 2011, GAME OF THRONES received two Emmys®, including Outstanding Main Title Design and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage, who also received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

The first season of GAME OF THRONES inspired critical raves. TV Guide called the show “a crowning triumph” and “brilliant,” while the Los Angeles Times termed it “a great and thundering series,” as well as “wild and bewitching.” The Hollywood Reporter praised the “excellent storytelling, superb acting and stunning visual effects,” and the New York Post observed that the “art directing, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series.”

The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger; co-executive producers, George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, Alan Taylor, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis; produced by Bernadette Caulfield.

 

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HBO Gives the First Taste of True Blood Season 5

March 31, 2012

New Promo for Season 5 of True Blood to Premiere Before Game of Thrones:

HBO True Blood LogoWhile the wait certainly isn’t over, HBO will at least be giving True Blood fans a “taste” of what’s in store for the popular show’s fifth season. A new promo is set to air Sunday, April 1, just prior to the season 2 debut of Game of Thrones.

The long and eagerly awaited first glimpse of True Blood’s fifth season follows the thirty-second teaser, tag line “Nothing Stays Buried Forever”. Earlier this week, fans were treated to three more teaser videos.

While the teasers showed only set interiors and featured voice over dialog from Season 4, the upcoming promo promises new characters and footage from the upcoming fifth season.

Don’t forget to tune in to HBO at 9 PM on Sunday, April 1, to catch the first glimpse at some of what’s in store for True Blood fans in Season 5!

After the broadcast debut on HBO, the promo will be available for viewing at HBO and YouTube.

Source: HBO

 

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Tanya Wright’s “Butterfly Rising” for Kindle On Sale!

March 29, 2012

Tanya Wright, True Blood's Kenya, presents her premiere novel, Butterfly Rising.

Tanya Wright, True Blood's Kenya, presents her premiere novel, Butterfly Rising.

Sale!

Tanya Wright who plays the strong, down-to-Earth Kenya on True Blood reached out to let us know that the Kindle version of her acclaimed book, Butterfly Rising, is on sale from Amazon for only 99 cents until April 8th, 2012. The novel, the first that Tanya Wright has written, won a “Debut Novel” prize at last year’s Brooklyn Book Festival. Don’t miss out on your chance to get this wonderful book!

Book Description

Publication Date: August 5, 2010
Lilah Belle has always been a trifle odd to folks in her tiny town of Lucasville; a “singer who didn’t sing no more,” Lilah is prone to dancing in the streets, dressing outlandishly and weaving fantastic stories. But when her beloved brother dies suddenly, Lilah’s grief sends her into a topsy turvy tailspin. Desperate to escape her painful new reality, she hits the road with the unlikeliest of travelling companions: Rose Johnson, a newcomer whose scandalous behavior in the small, sleepy town has branded her a scarlet woman. Anxious to escape their bleak realities, the women strike out in a stolen vintage pickup truck, barreling toward a fated encounter with the mythical, magical Lazarus of the Butterflies. Legend has it that Lazarus can “heal you and make your dreams come true.” The adventure that unfolds will transform their destinies, binding Lilah and Rose together forever. Richly evocative, Butterfly Rising is a timeless tale of friendship and courage, etched with pain and joy.

Reviews:

K. Moll said on Amazon.com:
The story of these two women really captured my heart as I read about how their friendship changed one another’s lives.
Bill Homes said:
I loved the friendship that was created by Lilah and Rose, two unexpected characters who were complete opposites, but had more in common as they discovered during their journey from Lucasville to Newhope to beyond.
Christina Marsee said at GoodReads.com:
I loved the friendship that was created by Lilah and Rose, two unexpected characters who were complete opposites, but had more in common as they discovered during their journey from Lucasville to Newhope to beyond.
You can follow Tanya on Twitter @tanyaTTwright
Credits: Amazon.com, GoodReads.com
Cover Art via Tanya Wright
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Game of Thrones Viewer’s Guide and New Season 2 Poster

March 28, 2012

Game of Thrones, Season 2 is Coming — Catch Up on Season 1 with the Updated Viewer’s Guide!

New Game of Thrones Season Two Teaser PosterJust in time for the upcoming premiere of Game of Thrones‘s second season, the immensely popular online Viewer’s Guide (http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/) will soon be updated and have new, advanced features to help viewers, both fans and newbies, catch up on the memorable moments from the first season. Viewers will be updated by being led through each significant storyline with an easy visual layout. Viewers will also be able to share each and every favorite moment through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and others.

With the suspenseful arrival of Game of Thrones, Season 2 on April 1, the Viewer’s Guide will be updated once again with new second season content, including the first official map of Essos ever published, updated family trees and character pages, an expanded Appendix with particular new details on the Westeros, and custom map overlays that illustrate Season Two’s most mind-blowing action. Fans will be able to share this new, exciting information also through sites like Facebook, Twitter, and others.

Source Credit: HBO

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True Blood Season 5: Death, Lube, and Drinks

March 26, 2012

What a Normal Day on the Set of True Blood is Like:

Wall of True DeathSo we know that HBO’s True Blood isn’t your normal, average, everyday kind of show. If it were, True Blood definitely wouldn’t be the phenomenon it is today.  The production office has a Wall of True Death so they can keep track of those Bon Temps residents that are among the dearly departed.

Set costumers design quite the fantasy-oriented clothing for True Blood cast members — this includes lubing up Pam de Beaufort’s latex outfit.

Latex and Lubricant

Do you ever think about how the prop department keeps track of all the drinks being served at Fangtasia and Merlotte’s? Well now we know the process doesn’t look all that sophisticated! Seeing these pictures reminds me that we are that much closer to Season 5!

Mixing up Drinks

Source Credit: HBO

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A Little Birdie Told Me: True Blood’s Courtney Ford’s Surprising Announcement

March 21, 2012

Congratulations to Courtney on Her First Child!

Courtney Ford with husband Brandon RouthTrue Blood’s Courtney Ford (Portia Bellefleur) announced on her Twitter page that she is expecting her first child; it was then confirmed by her husband Brandon Routh on his Twitter Page. The news was first announced on eonline.com. In the article it was revealed Brandon Routh announced they were expecting.

Courtney and Brandon said:

“It’s been so hard keeping the news to ourselves,” Routh admitted to People. Added Ford, of her growing belly: “It started getting difficult to hide what was happening. Flu and food poisoning excuses only work for so long, and by the last episode I could no longer button my pants! I just tried to joke that I had a big lunch.”

Ford met Routh in 2003 when he was a bartender in Hollywood, years before he played Superman. The couple married in November 2007.

Source: eonline.com – Brandon Routh and Wife Courtney Ford Expecting First Child

(Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com via eonline.com)

 

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Alexander Skarsgård Takes a Break From Filming True Blood to Appear at WonderCon 2012

March 21, 2012

After a Night of Portraying Eric Northman, Skarsgård Promotes Upcoming Film:

First, a little background. WonderCon is a comics and Alexander Skarsgård at WonderCon 2012media convention produced by the same group who brings us the San Diego Comic-Con. While much smaller in attendance (by several thousand) than its big sister, WonderCon does not fall short in quality programming.

I attended WonderCon on Saturday, March 17. It was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, not far from Disneyland. A primary, although not singular, motivation was to see the panel promoting the upcoming film ‘Battleship’. Panelist Alexander Skarsgård, who portrays Viking vampire Eric Northman on HBO’s series True Blood, plays Stone Hopper in ‘Battleship’. This is my first-hand account from dead-center in the room and reflects my perceptions, observations and opinions.

Living just outside of Los Angeles, I have been privileged to see Mr. Skarsgård in person four times, including WonderCon. I have previously attended the True Blood panels at both Comic-Cons in which he appeared, as well as PaleyFest in 2011.  He is typically very engaging and witty, answering questions openly and teasing fellow panel members.

When Mr. Skarsgård was introduced and entered the stage, a large group of 6-8 women seated around me gave a collective gasp. They all watch True Blood but apparently were unaware either that Mr. Skarsgård was in ‘Battleship’ or that he was scheduled to appear that day. The group began to giggle and squeal, shifting in their seats, several of them saying – in loud voices – “It’s Eric Northman!”

Mr. Skarsgård typically wears a suit to panel appearances, but this day he was dressed more casually in jeans, gray Converse tennis shoes, a gray t-shirt and dark jacket. It could have been a concession to exhaustion (due to a late night filming of True Blood) or to the unusually heavy rain storm we experienced. Rounding out the panel was Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom) and co-star, Brooklyn Decker (Just Go With It).

The first video clip shown was an actual sequence from the film. It featured Ms. Decker, Mr. Skarsgård and Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, John Carter). Mr. Kitsch plays Alex Hopper, brother to Mr. Skarsgård’s character (who did not attend the panel). Mr. Skarsgård’s performance in the clip ranges from funny, to brotherly, to annoyed, to resigned and culminates in horrified surprise. It was entertaining and a pleasure to watch.

Skarsgård Found Working on “Battleship” to Be “scary”:

Skarsgård in BattleshipWhen the panel moderator asked Mr. Skarsgård what it was like working on such a large and complex production, he answered: “Scary”. He then explained that in a particular scene, a window is blown out and the glass and debris strike him. The shot was accomplished with a large air gun that Mr. Skarsgård said resembled a World War II cannon. The blast had been strong enough that his reaction was genuine; no acting had been required.

Peter Berg, who directed the film, paid Mr. Skarsgård a compliment. He said that when casting, he seeks out smart and complicated actors, which he considers Mr. Skarsgård to be.

Two more clips were shown of the film before the panel was concluded. On the whole, the movie appears to be a traditional summer action flick that could prove to be highly entertaining. In addition to the cast already mentioned, it also stars Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Schindler’s List) and singer Rhianna in her acting debut. Mr. Skarsgård’s role seems to be sizable and significant and makes me wonder if this won’t be what catapults him from genre popularity to outright stardom within the U.S.

Battleship releases overseas in April and hits theaters in the U.S. May 18th.

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Video: Carrie Preston’s True Blood Season 5 Predictions

March 21, 2012

Is Arlene’s Family In Danger?

Carrie Preston, True Blood’s ArleneAccording to True Blood actress Carrie Preston, season 5 of the show will be the one to watch. As always, one of the best things about any new season is the host of new characters that come with it. Chris Meloni (Law and Order: SVU), and Scott Foley (Felicity), will be joining the cast this season. Meloni stars as an ancient and very powerful new vamp, and Foley joins as Patrick Devans, a war veteran carrying dangerous baggage.

Preston was quick to note that Foley will be causing more than a few problems for Arlene and Terry. It isn’t yet clear at this point exactly what way Foley will threaten Arlene’s happy marriage, but the actress had this to say during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival:

 “Arlene wants to hold onto her man and her family and that’s always going to be her MO. Anything that comes into her situation and is threatening, she’s not going to take that lying down.”

 

So what are your predictions for what these two guys will get up to during Season 5 of True Blood? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Hollywood Crush

Photo: HBO

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Video: Trailer For Carrie Preston’s “That’s What She Said”

March 17, 2012

Carrie Preston Directs Feature-Length Independent Film:

Carrie Preston - Director, That's What She SaidActress Carrie Preston portrays waitress Arlene Fowler on HBO’s True Blood. She recently went behind the camera to direct, ‘That’s What She Said’. Ms. Preston’s production company, Daisy3Pictures, produced the film that was shown at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

The trailer for ‘That’s What She Said’ would lead you to think the movie is about a woman getting support from her friends after her date stands her up. Really, it’s about BeBe, seeking support from her cynical best-friend Dee Dee, the day of the most romantic date of her life. They find themselves inexplicably joined by Clementine, a stranger-turned-friend, who has just endured a break-up and can’t stop discussing a certain part of her anatomy. Ms. Preston explains:

“As the day goes on, the friendship gets more honest, more crude, and it introduces one of life’s greatest riddles; why does everything always have to be so hard?”

‘That’s What She Said’ is based on the play, ‘Girl Talk’. The play was written by a friend of Ms. Preston, Kelly Overbey (Unforgettable, The Good Wife), who also appears in the film. Ms. Preston directed the play eight years ago and always dreamt of one day helming the film. The cast also includes Anne Heche (Hung), who plays cynical best-friend Dee Dee; Marcia DeBonis (Curb Your Enthusiasm) reprises her lead role in ‘Girl Talk’, BeBe; and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) rounds out the cast as self-professed nymphomaniac, Clementine. Ms. Preston describes the film as:

“It’s a look at how friendship can survive chronic sarcasm, bizarre stranger danger, an unexplained itch, and a dangerous dildo.”

Ms. Preston’s film, ‘That’s What She Said’, has been accepted for screening by several film festivals, some or all of which, Ms. Preston will be attending.

Atlanta Film Festival
Friday, March 30th

Soho International Film Festival
Saturday, April 14th

San Francisco Women’s Film Festival
Sunday, April 15th

Sarasota Film Festival
Wednesday, April 18th

Nashville Film Festival
Saturday, April 21st

USA Film Festival
Saturday, April 28th

Check out the trailer, and let us know what you think!

That’s What She Said – The Official Trailer from David Hudson on Vimeo.

Source and photo credit: thatswhatshesaidmovie.com

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