Alexander Skarsgard May Attend Beyond the Pole Premiere in Los Angeles

April 26, 2010

Alexander Skarsgard shows quite a different side in “Beyond the Pole,” a film which will be screened in Los Angeles on May 1 at the United Film Festival.

Alexander may make an appearance at the festival himself to witness his big screen debut as a cocky, gay Norwegian in a film that has been advertised as a satirical romp through the North Pole.

Characters Brian and Mark set out to reach the North Pole as the first carbon neutral, vegetarian, and organic expedition. Their high hopes for the journey include making it into the Guinness Book of Records and somehow saving the planet from global warming.

What they don’t count on are two Norwegian comrades who are also carbon neutral, vegetarian and organic — and faster! Their other obstacles include a polar bear and Mark’s mental breakdown.

You can order your tickets for the United Film Festival here.

In an outtake from the film, posted on the film’s Facebook page, Alex tries to “warm up” his comrade rather intimately. Rumor has it that another outtake features Alex‘s character naked, drunk and singing a song by Queen. Guess fans will have to check the DVD’s special features!

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Alexander Skarsgard Teams Up With His Father For Sci-fi Drama

April 21, 2010

Stars and family members collide in Melancholia, a science fiction disaster movie by Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, which will start shooting in July in Southern Sweden.

True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard will star opposite his actor father Stellan Skarsgard, whose popular film credits include “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Mamma Mia.”

24‘s” Kiefer Sutherland and “Spiderman‘s” Kirsten Dunst have also been cast. Kirsten‘s role was originally slated for Penelope Cruz, who reportedly jumped ship for the next installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” where she will play the daughter of Blackbeard.

The film centers on Planet Melancholia, an enormous planet that looms threateningly close to Earth. Lars only comment on the film — “No more happy endings!” — could very well be its tag line. Stay tuned, Skarsgard fans.

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Mississippi: True Blood’s New Bon Temps

April 15, 2010

True Blood‘s film crews set up shop in Natchez, Mississippi this week, using the town as the fictional Bon Temps to film four episodes for Season 3, according to the Natchez Democrat.

Filming took place at Longwood, (also known as Nutt’s Folly) is owned by the Pilgrimage Garden Club and is the largest octagonal house in America.

Crews would not comment on their work in Natchez, but resident Ed Godfrey said it was only a matter of time until the town made it onto the show.

“The man who used to be with the Louisiana film commission is a Natchez native, and he got them up here antiques shopping. I always say, if you can get people to Natchez they will love it every time. The production manager took one look at Longwood and said she wanted (the historic house) in next year’s series.”

Ed, who has been managing the site for the film company, said he hopes the show will draw curious tourists to Mississippi.

“It will without question generate tourism for Natchez. This is the first time that Longwood has been used in any type of film production.”

The film crew is also expected to purchase 300-400 hotel nights — a big economic boost for the area, Ed said.

Below is a video of this beautiful mansion.  Now True Blood fans what do you think this home will be used for in season 3?

SOURCE: The Natchez Democrat

(Photo credit:  Ben Hillyer / Natchez Democrat)

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Dead in the Family Secret Revealed

April 12, 2010

(The following post may contain spoilers related to the ninth and tenth books of Charlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse, aka Southern Vampire series.)

Charlaine Harris‘ tenth Sookie Stackhouse novel, “Dead in the Family,” reveal why Eric Northman couldn’t immediately come to Sookie‘s rescue when she was kidnapped and tortured by the faes in book 9, “Dead and Gone.”

The scanned pages, posted here, are from the end of “Dead and Gone” in paperback which presents a preview of Chapter 1 of “Dead in the Family” and pick up where a previously released portion of Chapter 1, posted here, leaves off.

Sookie is at the gym with JB du Rone, working to regain her strength after sustaining severe injuries in the Fae War. Tara, JB‘s wife, is reading a baby book, and she and Sookie talk about which doctor Tara plans to see during her pregnancy. JB smiles when Sookie is able to lift 10 pounds more than their previous sessions. Tara asks Sookie to babysit sometime for their child after it is born, and Sookie finds herself looking to the future — presumably something she hasn’t done since her horrific confinement.

The next paragraph skips ahead a few days. Sookie, in bed with Eric, has awoken from a nightmare, which she cites as a typical occurrence. She is crying, and Eric, sensing her pain, is crying too. He begins to explain why he couldn’t come to her rescue when she was taken by the faes. His boss, Victor Madden, would not allow him to leave, and chained him to the wall with silver to prevent it. Victor used the excuse that he could not allow Eric to get involved in the war, no matter what happened to Sookie. He pretends to forget that Sookie and Eric are married, even though he witnessed the ceremony. It took a clandestine call from Pam to Felipe de Castro,vampire king of Nevada, Louisiana and Arkansas, to gain Eric‘s release. Felipe owes Sookie for saving him from Sigebert.

Sookie is skeptical of Eric‘s story at first, but allows herself to believe him. It is clear to her that he suffered the torture along with her, even if he didn’t experience it firsthand.

These pages are surely just a taste of “Dead in the Family’s” secrets. The book hits shelves in May, so be sure to save your appetites!

SOURCE: The Unread Reader

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Carrie Preston Quiets ‘Good Wife’ Rumors

April 10, 2010

Fans concerned about losing their favorite red-haired Merlotte’s waitress need not fear, said Arlene actress Carrie Preston.

“Let me put it this way, we’ve done half the season and I’m still there,” she said, responding to rumors that a recurring role on the CBS‘s “The Good Wife” signals the end of her time on “True Blood.”

“That’s so funny. Well, obviously I can’t comment on what’s happening on ‘True Blood,’ but I will say that I go through stretches where they don’t need me. We have a cast of about 1,000 on ‘True Blood.’ I’m not kidding, we’ve got 20 series regulars, or at least people who do more than half the episodes. Then we have at least another 20 guest stars and stuff, so the writers are servicing many, many people. We all end up — even Anna [Paquin] and Stephen [Moyer] — having a stretch of time where we’re not working. ‘The Good Wife‘ caught me during one of those times, so I did an episode and right now, we’re in discussions with ‘True Blood‘ for me to do more (episodes of “The Good Wife).”

While she will not be on the show full time, her role on “The Good Wife” is recurring, she said. While she agrees that Arlene isn’t really prominent in the third book, she also admits, “we’re not really following the books at all.”

She said she was happy her brief departure caused such a stir. “I’ve been happy to hear the fans get extremely upset about the idea that Arlene might not be a part of ‘True Blood.’ That made me feel very appreciated.”

She also praised the intensity of “True Blood” fans, which she is now experiencing first-hand via Twitter (follow her at @carrie_preston).

“I recently joined Twitter, and I just can’t believe how excited people are about the show. It’s really great for me because, like I said, I don’t really experience the fans out in the world, but I am starting to experience them cyberly through Twitter and through the Internet. Especially with this whole breaking news about me doing ‘The Good Wife‘ — just being able really see into the minds of the fans has been fun.”

She also shared the bizarre experience of following a fan who is Tweeting as her character, Arlene Fowler (follow her at @ArleneFowler). “I sent her a Tweet that said, “I’m following you now, girl. You’re doing me proud.” Six minutes later, I had a tweet back that said, “Gulp, I think my wig just fell off.” … We just kind of have a fun little rapport going. She stays in character and I talk to her as if we are Arlene.”

Season 3 is even bigger than Season 2, she said, with residents of the small town of Bon Temps dealing with new breeds of supernatural beings. There’s blood and death and fun all at the same time, she said.

“The writers have really found their stride, I think, and are having a great time. For us in the cast, it is so interesting because everybody will have time off and then you show back up and somebody is lying in a pool of blood. It’s pretty messy, but it’s pretty exciting I have to say.”

Meanwhile, on “The Good Wife,” Carrie plays a lawyer defending Chris Noth‘s character. Her character is not a ” ‘Law & Order‘ kind of talking head lawyer,” she said. “My character is definitely a little off-kilter. She’s definitely got one of those brains that works a million miles a minute, and she gets seduced by the next thought all the time and goes from A-to-Z in a second flat. I’ve only done the one episode. It was really fun and I’m longtime pals with Julianna Margulies, so it was fun to do a scene with her because I’m a friend.”

Carrie‘s upcoming movie projects include “What’s Wrong with Virginia” and “A Bag of Hammers.”

Carrie also confesses that she’s a bit of a “Lost” fanatic, and though she’s married to Michael Emerson, who plays Ben Linus, she has managed to keep herself spoiler free for the show’s final season.

“I make Michael keep everything from me. I don’t want to know… I really want it to be that I’m seeing it fresh.”

SOURCE: AOL Television

Photo credit: HBO Inc.

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FEARnet Glimpses Future of True Blood Comic

April 8, 2010

Comic book publisher IDW released some wonderful news at WonderCon 2010 — it will be publishing a True Blood comic book.

Correspondents from FEARnet.com were there at the San Fransico event to catch a glimpse of a banner advertising the new comic. It features key members of the True Blood television cast, including Sookie, Bill and Eric. Here’s a wide shot of the banner but take note that the banner does say that this is not the final art.  Therefore, changes in the characters’ appearance may be made along the way.

Their booth was a miniature Merlotte’s, where waitresses kept fans refreshed with cups of the official TruBlood beverage.

The series will contain six, 32-page issues priced at $3.99. It is schedule to debut in July at the San Diego Comic-Con. IDW‘s Anna Maria White told FEARnet that the writers are working closely with Alan Ball to make the comic’s integration into the True Blood world seamless.

“It’s not gonna be adaptations of the scripts. It’s gonna be additional stories in that world.”

In the first issue, Sookie and friends are trapped inside Merlotte’s by an entity that feeds on emotion and is killing off patrons.

The story was developed by Alan and series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow. It’s co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner, with interior and cover art by David Messina and cover art by J. Scott Campbell.

Source: FEARnet.com

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True Blood Season 3 Casting Call for Episode 3.09

April 6, 2010

As excitement builds for the Season 3 premiere, a casting call reveals a new character and an intriguing episode title.

The Internet Movie Database, IMDb.com, has posted a casting notice for Episode 3.09 of True Blood Season 3.

The episode, titled “Everything is Broken,” is directed by Scott Winant and written by Alexander Woo. It is set to start shooting April 22 in L.A.

The parts of Hunter, Hadley‘s 4-year-old son and Sookie‘s nephew, and an unnamed famous newscaster will be cast.

Hunter is described as a distressed, scared little boy who has a telepathic conversation with Sookie at an aquarium. The part has seven lines, one scene.

The famous newscaster is described as male, aged 40-50, and has one speech in one scene.

Source: IMDB.com

Photo credit: HBO Inc.

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True Blood’s Jim Parrack aka Hoyt Cast in “Joint Body”

March 30, 2010

True Blood‘s Jim Parrack, who plays vampire Jessica‘s human squeeze Hoyt Fortenberry, has been cast in an independent film “Joint Body,” produced by James Choi and Max Velez.

He joins a cast of TV show alums, including his “Supernatual” cast mate Mark Pellegrino (“Lost“) and Alicia Witt (“Friday Night Lights“). Mark stars in the film by writer and director Brian Jun as a parolee who is abandoned by his family. After saving a stripper’s life, he faces challenges to his own freedom, including past demons.

No word yet on what part Jim will play in the film, which starts shooting in Illinois next month. Check back for updates on Jim‘s role in this indie drama.

SOURCE: Variety, via comingsoon.net

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Kristin Bauer Joins Dragon*Con Guest List

March 27, 2010

True Blood‘s” Kristin Bauer, who plays Fangtasia co-owner Pam, will join Sam Trammel and Nelsan Ellis at this year’s Dragon*Con.

The multi-media and popular culture convention, which focuses on science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film, will be Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6, in Atlanta, Ga.

A confirmed 154 guests and bands will attend, according to the convention website. The event will also feature writers workshops led by A.C. Crispin, best selling science fiction and fantasy author, and chairwoman and co-founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s famous volunteer group, Writer Beware.

Memberships cost $80 until May 14, $90 until July 15 and $100 after. The fee covers admission for all four days of the convention, all panels, events, demonstrations, concerts, performances, contests and refreshments.

SOURCE: dragoncon.org

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True Blood’s Kristin Bauer as Pam
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True Blood’s Popularity on the Web and TV Go Hand in Hand

March 25, 2010

The Internet has become a companion to television, rather than killing it off like industry experts feared, according to a Financial Post article.

Blogs and social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have enhanced the viewing experience by allowing people to participate in forums and live chats while tuning into their favorite shows.

The Internet, television and radio are all part of one media mix, said digital expert Dré Labre, creative director at advertising agency Rethink Toronto.

“The Internet is not going to kill television. They also said radio was dead with the advent of television, and we can all see that it didn’t die, it just became another part of the media mix.”

Interest in prime time shows, such as “Glee,” “Heroes,” “Lost,” “Mad Men” and our own “True Blood” and live event shows like the Oscars and the Super Bowl has been fueled by viewers ability to participate. Just ask Michelle Dupuis of Toronto, who watched the Oscars in the company of her laptop, following Entertainment Weekly‘s live blog and friends’ and celebrities comments on Twitter.

“The Academy Awards this year were boring. The only thing that made it interesting was Twitter.”

The number of people watching TV while surfing online increased 35 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 over the same period just three months earlier, according to a report by Nielsen Co. Award shows telecasts also saw a boost. The Oscars drew 41.3 million viewers, its largest audience since 2005, and more than 13 percent of Oscar viewers simultaneously spent time on the Web. The Grammy Awards were up 35 percent, the Golden Globes were up 14.3 percent, and the People’s Choice Awards were up 15 percent. Super Bowl XLIV also set a record as the most-watched Super Bowl to date, with 51.7-million households. It topped the series finale of M*A*S*H, which had 50.2-million households in 1983.

Nearly 60 percent of TV viewers now use the Internet once a month while watching television, media product leader Matt O’Grady said in the report.

“The initial fear was that Internet and mobile video and entertainment would slowly cannibalize traditional TV viewing, but the steady trend of increased TV viewership alongside expanded simultaneous usage argues something quite different.”

How does “True Blood” factor into all of this? Nikki Stafford, writer of the Finding Lost series and several other TV viewer guides, said HBO uses Twitter to interact with viewers who have created online personas for their favorite characters. These viewers help disseminate trivia and teaser clips, especially now that Season 3 is approaching. Fan interest online translates to more press and blog coverage, helping to boost ratings. Season 2‘s live finale was watched by 5.1 million viewers, she said.

“(HBO) really jumped into the viral marketing and took advantage of the fan community out there online.”

Dré Labre said the ritual of watching TV is something that will remain constant, but TVs as we know them will likely change to include more computer-like features.

“I think people like to come home and sit on the couch and watch TV, and I don’t think that is going to change. The business model behind TV is going to change. TVs are going to have hard drives in them, built-in PVRs (and) will evolve as a piece of hardware evolves . . .but the reality is, that it still going to be the centerpiece of our couches.”

We can see for ourselves the growing popularity of True Blood on Facebook and on Twitter as the official True Blood Facebook Fan Page has already reached over the 1.2 million mark, @TrueBloodHBO has almost 61,000 followers and our own @truebloodnet Twitter account, where we post the latest True Blood news and tidbits, reaches over 33,000 Twitter users daily.

SOURCE: Financial Post

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