November 27, 2012
Marshall Allman’s Wife is Expecting Twins:
Now I don’t know what is in the blood on the set of HBO’s True Blood, but it must be magical since this is the third set of twins announced for the show! First we had Sam Trammell’s wife, Missy Yager, giving birth to twin boys in 2011. Next was Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer with their two bundles of joy this year, and now Marshall Allman has announced his wife, Jamie Anne Allman, is also expecting twins:
We were ecstatic to find out we were pregnant and overjoyed to learn they were fraternal twins … twins run in both of our families so we were prepared for the possibility, but we know we’re gonna need all the prayers and help we can get.
Marshall played Sam’s (Sam Trammell) brother, Tommy Mickens, in HBO’s True Blood. His wife, Jamie, is also an actress and probably best known for her role in AMC’s The Killing.
All the staff and fans at TrueBloodNet would like to congratulate Marshall and Jamie Anne on their fantastic news.
Source: Examiner.com – ‘True Blood’s’ Marshall Allman, Wife Expecting Twins
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
November 26, 2012
Janina Gavankar Releases a Creative Music Video Showcasing Her Musical Side:
Actress Janina Gavankar plays shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO series True Blood. Ms. Gavankar has released a single and accompanying music video for her song, “Waiting for Godot”. A very creative artist, Ms. Gavankar plans to release a video for each track on her upcoming EP, and has consciously tried to break unstated rules of both music and video production.
Ms. Gavankar studied classical music and percussion as a child. Her EP is still in production with Randy Jackson’s label, Dream Merchant 21. She is unsure what the rest of the tracks will sound like, but has completed at least one other that she talks about in this way:
“very strange, all a cappella, and no moment is like the moment that came before it.”
While acknowledging it as a lofty goal, Ms. Gavankar intends to produce a music video for each track on her EP.
“But I really feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s the way that I think, it’s the way that I create. It’s all kind of one and the same. I don’t know how to do anything small-scale, much to the dismay of some of the people around me.”
Adding to her creative credentials, Ms. Gavankar produced the “Waiting for Godot” video herself. It was directed by her friend, Caitlin Pashalek. Several years ago, Ms. Pashalek also helmed the video for Ms. Gavankar’s cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown”.
“One stake we set in the ground from the get-go with this was this it wasn’t going to be a ‘regular music video.’ I don’t give a sh** about following any sort of norms. I don’t really care if people think I’m hot. I really set out to make something beautiful that had a strong narrative.”
Ms. Gavankar believes that all people are complex and multi-sided. Music and videos are ways in which she expresses the duality of her own nature. While most of her True Blood cast mates know about her musical side, Ms. Gavankar says she has not outwardly advertised it, but she knows most are aware. She believes her music videos are evidence that, as an actress, she is able to bring true creativity to her performances.
You can watch Ms. Gavankar’s music video here:
November 25, 2012
There is Less Than 1 Day Left on Stephen Moyer’s Charity Auction:
Make sure you bid before this Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton on HBO’s True Blood) charity auction is over! There is less than one day left to score a ‘King Bill’s Loyal Subject’ T-shirt signed by the star himself. All money raised will go to the fantastic Movember cause which brings awareness during the month of November to men’s health issues, in particular, prostate and testicular cancer.
This auction includes the T-shirt only, but has been signed and worn by Stephen Moyer. The shirt motif is designed by Shadaliza of AllStephenMoyer.com.
Make sure you get your bid in now by clicking here.
Source: eBay.com – King Bill’s Loyal Subject T-shirt signed by Stephen Moyer, star of True Blood
(Photo credit: eBay.com/AllStephenMoyer.com)
November 25, 2012
Check out what Sam’s lady love, Luna, will be up to in the near future:
Since HBO’s True Blood season 5 finale ended in multiple shocks, we still aren’t quite sure what will happen to Sam’s (Sam Trammell) love Luna, played by Janina Gavankar. Since she shifted into a human, usually a shapeshifter won’t live after. We saw this with Sam’s younger brother, Tommy (Marshall Allman).
What we do know is that it has been confirmed that Gavankar has secured a multi-arc role in the new CW show, Arrow. She will portray a vice cop described as “tough, sexy, and considerably formidable.”
What do you think, Truebies? Will we see Luna survive next season? Will you tune in to Arrow to see Gavankar? To find out more, check out the link below!
Credit: Zap2It – ‘Arrow’ casts ‘True Blood’s Janina Gavankar in Major Recurring Role
(Photo Credit: IMDb.com)
November 20, 2012
The HBO Star Exchanges his Muscles for Muffins in Upcoming Episode of How I Met Your Mother
True Blood‘s sexy wolf Joe Manganiello takes a break from being ripped to play Brad, Marshall’s muffin-pocketing law-school classmate on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother. In this clip, watch how Brad doesn’t quite make the best first impression during a job interview:
And never fear, the new paunch is 100% fake! As much as we may miss his seeing his muscles, his comedic skills are a great replacement!
This hilarious episode airs Monday at 8 P.M ET on CBS.
Sources: WetPaint.com – Joe Manganiello Plump (and Peculiar) on How I Met Your Mother – First Look!
Tvline.com – Exclusive How I Met Your Mother Video: Joe Manganiello Chows Down, Screws Up
(Photo Credit: Richard Cartwright/Fox ©2012 FOX Television)
November 18, 2012
True Blood coming to an end:
Since Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s True Blood, has left the show, rumors have been running amok that the upcoming season of True Blood could be it’s final.
It’s no secret that shows can’t last without their foundation. Another potential piece of evidence? The’s show will be putting forth 10 episodes instead of it’s usual 12. However, Alan Ball was quoted as saying that it was due to the economy and to help accommodate Anna Paquin’s (Sookie Stackhouse) pregnancy.
What do you think Truebies? Will True Blood face the true death after Season 6?
Credit: Wetpaint – Will Season 6 of True Blood Be It’s Last?
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
November 14, 2012
True Blood Brings Rob Kazinsky On Board for Season 6
Make way, Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), and Alcide (Joe Manganiello): True Blood‘s got another hunk for its Season 6!
English actor Rob Kazinsky is set to play season regular Ben: a charming, Southern faerie favoring both women and men. Along with assisting Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) to discover more about their parents’ murders, he is also said to be covering a much darker side to him…we’ll just have to wait and see!
Kazinsky is most known on television as a doctor on Brothers & Sisters and will be joining Blade Runner‘s Rutger Hauer on True Blood. Hauer is set to play the series regular Macklyn, an ominous and enigmatic character with strong connections to Sookie and Jason.
Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood airs in June 2013. Stay tuned to find out just who these characters are!
Sources: TVLine.com – True Blood Exclusive: Rutger Hauer Joins Cast as Regular — What’s His Connection to Sookie?
TVLine.com – Scoop: True Blood Adds English Hunk to Season 6 Cast as Sookie’s New Love Interest
(Photo Credit: Claire Newman Williams/IMDb.com)
November 11, 2012
There is no denying that True Blood is one of the best supernatural shows on television:
The People’s Choice Awards will reveal the results in January of 2013.
To vote, visit this website!
Credit: People’s Choice.com – Nominate Your Favorites!
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November 11, 2012
Fans in Adelaide Will Also See Nelsan Ellis on the 16-18th November
But wait, there’s more! Next weekend (16-18th November), Adelaide will host the second Supernova event of which Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette in HBO’s True Blood) will also be guest appearing. This event is not exclusively a True Blood convention but there will be plenty of other great stars to see, including some of the cast from the Harry Potter movies, Doctor Who stars, the voices of some of our most favourite cartoons and authors such as Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician Trilogy) and Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampire series).
If you aren’t attending this event, why not check out the Sydney Morning Herald video interview with Nelsan Ellis before his Brisbane Supernova appearance and find out what his dream role (besides playing Lafayette in True Blood) is.
Follow the link here to view the video.
Please let us know if you attended this event, or plan to attend the Adelaide event next weekend, in the comments below.
Sources: Supernova website – Supernova Pop Culture Expo
SMH.com.au – A Vampire Who Hates Blood and a Knight Who Loves Stunts
(Photo Credit: Supernova.com.au)
November 4, 2012
True Blood Stars at Autograph Signing for Aussie Fans:
Recently, I was given the opportunity to interview two stars of HBO’s True Blood: Tara Buck (Ginger) and Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens). It was certainly an amazing experience and so much fun to catch up with the friendly and down to earth stars before they did their signing event at Club Fangtasia. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them at this event and you live in Melbourne, Australia, you also had the opportunity to meet up with them on Sunday 4th November during the First Contact Full Blood convention. Or, alternatively, see them at the Club Fangtasia Halloween party on Sunday night.
Even with their hectic schedule, the stars were happy to sit down and have a chat about True Blood with TrueBloodNet. Tara was straight into talking about her favourite True Blood moment: riding Pam’s coffin in Season 5. A moment that she didn’t know was to occur until she actually jumped on the coffin and it started to move. Which led to the first fan question, sent in by Lenore Mills, who asked if coffin riding was similar to horse riding? Tara was quick to declare that it wasn’t, but it was fairly close to mechanical bull riding!
Marshall then described his craziest True Blood moment, one which involved having to (while naked) jump and transform from a human into a bird. Besides the fact that he was jumping about naked, he kept making ad hoc transforming sound effects. As a result, they had to retake until he could jump without making any noises at all!
This was the opportune time to ask the question sent in by KL Joy: Since there are so much naked moments for shifters in True Blood, were there any awkward moments? Allman pointed out that being naked on set gets very old very quickly and it’s just a matter of getting on with the job.
It was also interesting to discover how the pair of them researched their roles. While Marshall plays a shifter and a character who is not in the Southern Vampire Mystery books by Charlaine Harris, he still found it easy enough to research:
Tommy had been basically raised as a dog fighter, so I watched ‘The Dog Whisperer’ and he did a whole episode on pitt bulls. He talked a lot about the nature of the pitt bull and how the breed has been trained. When pitt bulls experience pain, they don’t have a threshold for it and go crazier. They will attack until they die. So learning that, it was kind of like, wow, Tommy’s a lot like that, you know, he just doesn’t know when to stop.
Ginger, on the other hand, is a character in the books, so it is possible for her to draw on that. Although, Buck prefers to go with her own special version of her character. But, because Ginger dies in the books, there was a concern that the Ginger in the HBO series would suffer the same fate:
We shot a scene, that never made it to air, the very last scene of the last episode of Season 3, where Ginger runs into Fangtasia and her head is backwards and so you don’t know what has happened but clearly a spell has been cast and so, when I read that, I actually said to Alan Ball; “Oh my gosh, Alan, you killed me!” To which Alan replied; “No, no, no, Tara, don’t worry, your head’s just been turned around, but you’re still alive.”
Which is such a relief to hear, since so many people love Ginger. This bought me to the source of the most popular questions for Ginger: her scream. While it was never a part of the audition process for Tara Buck, when her character witnessed the death of Long Shadow in Season 1, it became an organic, ad lib process in the scene. Once she started wailing, everyone thought it was hilarious so they asked for more of it. Then, of course, she started throwing up, so they asked her to scream and throw up and then scream some more.
Truebie fan Eve Lynch, wanted to know how the the both of them got into acting? Tara announced that she fell in love with Michael J. Fox while watching him in the movie ‘Back To The Future’. Even though she was only 8, she decided that the only way to meet the celebrity, was to take up acting! Marshall, on the other hand, had originally planned to be a professional soccer player, but was, unfortunately, injured before he could live out that dream. On a whim, a friend suggested he try out on a talent search The rest, as they say, is history!
True Blood fan, Kate Rodaughan, wanted to ask Tara Buck if it was fun to play Ginger. To which the actress responded with a definite yes:
I don’t even know where to start. I love the costumes. They’re tiny – it’s like Halloween every day! Her hair is big and crazy and it’s just fun. I love it.
Another fan, Cindy Burrows, wanted to ask Marshall Allman about his role in Sons Of Anarchy. In particular, what it was like to play such a gullible character in a scene (where Allman’s character, Devon, is propositioned by a transvestite hooker) that fans have declared as hilarious, in a show that is not often known for its humor:
Oh man, it wasn’t hard at all! I absolutely loved playing the role of Devon. That scene was so much fun to shoot.
And fans of both Sons of Anarchy and Marshall Allman will be pleased to know that the role should be reprised in Season 6.
I can’t wait. You can go in so many different directions because he’s so wide-eyed and he has no idea what the culture is like.
I was also curious to know, besides True Blood, what is the strangest role either of them have ever had to play? Tara Buck is actually known for playing unique characters. So, for her, the weirdest ones, so far, are the roles of crazy Rhea Reynolds in Nip/Tuck and a character in her upcoming film ‘K-11′; who is a transgender inmate. She actually plays the role of a man playing a woman!
Allman has also had his share of interesting roles. Besides his stint as Devon in Sons of Anarchy, he has starred in the movie, ‘The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle’. In this movie he plays a janitor who gives birth to blue fish after becoming addicted to experimental cookies.
Now, if you want to see more of Tara Buck and Marshall Allman, they have plenty of stuff hitting the screens. Tara has a new movie coming out called ‘Tomorrow You’re Gone’ (also known as ‘Boot Tracks’), which stars Willem DaFoe, Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan. It’s directed by David Jacobson and should hit the big screen early in 2013. The film, K-11 (which stars Goran Visnjic) is being released shortly.
Marshall Allman has just completed a movie called ‘Jane Mansfield’s Car’. It stars Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall. You can also see Allman in the upcoming independent film, The Bounceback.
Thank you to Tara Buck, Marshall Allman, HBO, the crew at First Contact Conventions and Garth O’Hehir for making this interview possible.
(Photo Credits: ClubFangtasia.com.au/HBO Inc.)