November 7, 2013
Northmen – A Viking Saga Due for Release in 2014:
Ryan Kwanten is probably best known as Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) hot but (mostly) clueless brother, Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood. As for Vikings, the hottest one we know goes to Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) – but that just may be about to change!
Kwanten is starring as Conall in Northmen – A Viking Saga, due for release in 2014. While technically not a Viking, Conall is actually a Christian monk who likes his sword as much as his Viking counterparts. You can read the synopsis below:
A gang of Viking marauders under the command of their young leader, Asbjörn, bear down on the coast of Britain, intent on pillaging Lindisfarne of its gold. But, caught in a vicious storm, their longboat is dashed to pieces on the rocks off Scotland. Trapped deep within enemy territory, the shipwrecked mens’ only chance of survival is to reach the safety of the Viking stronghold Danelag.
With only the enigmatic Conall, a monk who preaches with his sword to help them, they cut a bloody swath through anyone who gets in their way. But the journey becomes a race for their lives when the King of Scotland sends his most feared mercenaries, the Wolf Pack, after them. Traversing an unfamiliar and hostile land, they are pursued relentlessly. However the hunters become the hunted when the Vikings, eager for battle, set deadly traps and mercilessly decimate their pursuers one by one…
Wow! This sounds good. While the movie is still filming, the principle photography has just been completed. You can check out the first official promo still below.
Sources: Northmen – Official Website
Entertainment Focus – Principal photography wraps on Northmen
(Photo Credit: Joe Alblas)
November 5, 2013
True Blood’s Jessica Clark Talks About Being Lilith:
So the epic Aussie True Blood event, Club Fangtasia, has come and gone. There were plenty of fantastic costumes on the night, great merchandise to purchase, a rocking band to dance to and some amazing cocktails designed by world champion barman Jamie Chesher.
And, of course, there were the True Blood stars!
Thanks to TrueBloodNet and the owners of Seamus O’Toole’s (the establishment that hosts Club Fangtasia), Garth O’Hehir and Jason Rigopoulos, I got the chance to not only rub shoulders with Tara Buck (who plays Ginger the screamer in HBO’s True Blood) and Jessica Clark, but interview them as well!
My first interview this week is with the lovely Jessica Clark, who plays Lilith in True Blood. Jessica is a relative newbie to both True Blood and the acting scene, having been a model previously. She was such a fantastic person, who was easy going and great fun during the night.
TBN: Firstly, I want to ask you about that make up.
JC: Oh my goodness, wasn’t it amazing? They took four hours and two special effects make-up artists working on me. So, at the beginning they spray painted me. They did my whole body, top to toe. Inside my ears, inside my nose – everything, using air compressors. Then they painted me with what’s called Reel Blood. There are all different kinds: aged blood, fresh blood. They painted it on with brushes and sponges because they wanted me to appear like I had risen up out of the blood.
It was amazing, but also, for me as a character, it was so fun. Sometimes I would walk past a mirror on the way to set and see myself and get freaked out because you forget it’s you and that you’re wearing all that stuff.
TBN: Is it sticky?
JC: Yes. It gets stickier and stickier as like the hours go by. Basically, after a couple of hours you’re so sticky you stick to anything that you touch. So I would have to stand there with my arms out and rest my fingertips on poles they provided for me.
TBN: So, by the end of the day, you would be exhausted!
JC: I would literally be standing like this [puts arms out like on a cross], because if I put my arms down, they would stick to my sides and if someone called me over I would rip myself. They would have to spray me with water to separate my skin. But it looked amazing, so it was worth it.
TBN: It was an amazing costume – I guess you’d call it a costume.
JC: It was definitely a costume, but that was also the funny thing because in Season 6 Lilith wasn’t so bloody. It was my minions that were. So in Season 6 I had to go to wardrobe and I didn’t know where to go. I was like ‘Excuse me, um where’s wardrobe?’ And they’re like ‘Oh, we get to put clothes on you this time!’
TBN: Yes, it’s whole different level of nudity. Did you know you were going to be that nude when you auditioned for the show?
JC: I knew. Originally Lilith was only going to be in one episode, so they definitely explained what the situation was. They were very clear and super professional about it. Although I didn’t know I would be naked the whole season. But I was a fan of the show already and I watched it from the very first episode ever, so I was just so excited and happy to be part of it all. Also, Lilith was such a cool, interesting character. She was so dark, so powerful and I got such a kick out of that. She wasn’t weak, she wasn’t a victim.
TBN: Being a fan of the show beforehand, what is the pressure like going in when you watch the show already?
JC: The pressure that I put on myself because I love the show so much was huge! It was such an honour to be cast. I wanted to do the best job possible. You just don’t want to mess it up, you know what I’m saying? I was so excited and scared because these are actors and writers that I admire so much. I love their work and I’m just happy to be amongst them and I wanted to bring it. So I did, I put a lot of pressure on myself. But the thing that is amazing about them is the cast is so welcoming.
Most of my scenes are with Stephen Moyer who’s so talented and such a professional and so welcoming. On my first day when I rose up out of the pool of blood – that was my first scene ever – it was intense. Afterwards everyone came up to us and they were like ‘Good job and congratulations. We know that would have been rough.’
JC: Of course I watch it! And it’s funny because I was always such a big fan of the show, I still kind of watch it like a fan, like it isn’t even me. Plus, we only get our scripts for the episodes we’re in. If you’re not in that scene you don’t get the script. So some episodes I don’t know what’s going to happen next.
TBN: How did you react to Terry Bellefleur’s death? And Steve Newlin as well? I think most people were shocked about Terry dying but Steve was there right from the start too.
JC: Oh yeah. It was awful. Although, you know the one that wasn’t a death, but was an exit that really got me was Hoyt Fortenberry. I sobbed.
TBN: It was such a beautiful story line that one.
JC: I did an appearance with Jim Parrack (who played Hoyt) a month or so ago and I told him that scene, that episode, made me cry. The writing was so good, he was so amazing. It was like he went from being a boy to being a man. The whole thing with Jessica Hamby and him choosing to walk away, it was so powerful. I love that the writers didn’t kill him. It was such a gracious, smart, intelligent exit.
TBN: Now I know you were a model beforehand, but which do you prefer: modelling or acting?
JC: Oh, my gosh, there’s no contest: acting! When I was modelling, I was training as an actress, so I was at school nights and weekends. Any time I wasn’t at a job I was learning. But I was a little scared because there’s, um, a little bit of a stigma, you know? And rightfully so because I think, as a model, you do tell a story.
TBN: It’s a different way of storytelling.
JC: [Nods] It’s certainly a different way of storytelling and, I have so much respect for the actors on shows like True Blood. So there was that big question in my mind of ‘Well, do I legitimately have talent. Do I have something to offer, or am I just being one of those people?‘ I struggled with that for a little while. But then I was like ‘Well I love it so much’ and I worked really hard and even if I’m not the best I’m going to work and work and work to be as good as I can be. Also, you grow and you learn. I love it, every day’s a challenge. And sometimes I get an audition or a part and it’s hard being completely different to who you are as a person. I’ll get stressed out but then I’ll say to myself ‘You wanted this.’
TBN: Now that True Blood’s finishing…
JC: I know…
TBN: If you could take one thing from the set, what would it be?
JC: If I was going to be really feisty, I would say Eric Northman’s throne. Remember the first time we ever met Eric? And when it pans to that shot on him on the throne – so hot! And he has the hair; you know what I’m talking about? So good, so good!
TBN: That’s certainly a good memento to take away.
JC: One of my other favourite scenes is in Merlotte’s with Lafayette, when the guy comes in and they’re being homophobic and Lafayette licks the burger. So maybe his apron, or something?
TBN: So, who’s your favourite actor to work with on True Blood?
JC: Stephen Moyer. He’s amazing. He taught me a lot, gave me guidance. He directs, produces, does all these things. He’s so multi-talented it’s inspiring. And he has a successful relationship and family. He really does it all and he does it well. My other two favourites were – not that I worked with them – but just in terms of their work, would be Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette and then Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam.
TBN: Everyone says that about Kristin.
JC: Everyone one loves Pam because she’s so hard, yet she has that vulnerability underneath. Then you see Kristin and she’s such a lady. Nelsan, too, is so, so different as Lafayette. When I grow up, I want to be just like them.
TBN: What do you have lined up for after True Blood?
JC: HBO have lots of shows coming up. I’m kind of working with them, trying to figure something out. So hopefully something will come together soon. As soon as anything is confirmed, you’ll be the first to know.
TBN: Awesome. Well, Jessica, thank you for taking the time for this interview, and I hope enjoy the rest of Club Fangtasia as well as your time in Australia.
JC: Thank you, no problem. I sure will.
Thank you once again to all the staff at Club Fangtasia who made this interview possible. And make sure you hang around for our interview with Tara Buck!
(Photo Credits: Club Fangtasia/Lenore Mills)
November 2, 2013
Rutina Starts Previews for Her Latest Stage Production:
Want to see Rutina Wesley (who plays Tara Thornton in HBO’s True Blood) in the flesh? Live in New York City? Then head on over to the Cherry Lane Theater website and order your tickets now!
Rutina is about to start previews for One Night, a Cherry Lane Theater production. You can find out all the details below:
By Pulitzer Prize-winner CHARLES FULLER
Directed by CLINTON TURNER DAVIS
Grantham Coleman, K.K. Moggie, Matthew Montelongo, Cortez Nance Jr., Rutina Wesleyet
Set John McDermott, Costumes Jessica Jahn, Lighting Nicole Pearce, SoundSean O’Halloran, Video Gil Sperling, Fights UnkleDave’s Fight-House, PropsStarlet Jacobs, Stage Manager C. Renee Alexander, Assistant Stage Manager Kristin Pfeifer
November 6 – December 15
Mon and Tues at 7pm, Thurs and Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2pm and 8pm, Sun at 3pm
What happens to our servicemen and women when they come home?
Exploring the lingering effects of trauma, injustice, and one woman’s recompense,One Night… takes an unflinching look at what is happening to women in the US Armed Forces when their decision to serve exposes them to an unforeseen battle against their fellow soldiers. One Night… was commissioned by Cherry Lane Theatre.
Running time: approximately two hours, plus one 10 minute intermission.
Reg $66, Student and Military $20 with valid ID at the box office
For group rates, please contact Toni Israel: email@example.com / 718-703-2260
5% of ticket proceeds benefit IAVA, the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Learn more and support the Next Greatest Generation at IAVA.org.
~Provided by Cherry Lane Theater website
I wish I live close enough to check this out! Let us know if you get the chance to see this show by commenting below!
Source: Cherry Lane Theater – One Night
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Cherry Lane Theatre)
November 2, 2013
Tune in to The Getaway on the Esquire Network to Find Out More:
Luck for fans of HBO’s True Blood, Ran Kwanten escaped without harm when he had a run in with a shark when he was a child, otherwise we would never have had the chance to see him bring the role of Jason Stackhouse to life.
But this is no laughing matter, considering many people do not live to talk about their tale, or end up seriously maimed when encountering a shark. Kwanten talks to The Getaway on the Esquire Network about how this chance run in his home country of Australia, led him to train for Surf Life Saving:
I started competing in Surf Life Saving at the ripe old age of 5 back in Australia, which happens to be where the sport was invented in 1907.
Ryan Kwanten will explore Los Angeles in his episode, not only discussing his passion for Surf Life Saving, but taking in all the other sights, sounds and gastronomical delights from this amazing place. The Getaway airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Esquire Network. You can view a sneak peek of this episode below:
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Source: NBC News – ‘True Blood’ star talks shark attack and surfing on ‘The Getaway’
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
November 1, 2013
How Will it End For Lettie Mae Thornton and Her Daughter:
In True Blood Season 6, many fans became concerned when Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) mother, Lettie Mae Thornton gave up her blood to nourish the daughter she had always neglected. They thought it might be a trap, that Lettie Mae was a carrier of Hepatitis V, a disease that causes no ill effect to humans, but is devastating to vampires. HBO quickly assured their audience that Lettie Mae was actually just trying to make up for lost time towards a daughter she had rejected both when she was growing up, and then again when she was turned into a vampire.
Well, now it seems that this storyline will be a juicy one in Season 7, since it has been confirmed that Adina Porter (the actor who plays Lettie Mae) has been bumped up to series regular on True Blood.
Porter now joins Bailey Noble (Adilyn Bellefleur), Amelia Rose Blaire (Willa Burrell), Luke Grimes (James) and Karolina Wydra (Violet) as newly announced series regulars.
So, how do you think the relationship between the religiously devout Lettie Mae and the baby vamp Tara will pan out in Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’ Promotes Adina Porter to Series Regular
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)