True Blood’s Allan Hyde and Sam Trammell are Headed to RingCon

March 12, 2011

The Fantasy Convention Will Take Place October 14-16 in Bonn, Germany:

True Blood's Sam Trammell and Allan Hyde are headed to RingCon2011 is certainly turning out to be a great year for ‘True Bloodfans in Germany. Season one of our favorite vampire drama is set to debut on RTL II on March 16th and now RingCon has announced that Allan Hyde (Godric) and Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) will appear at the convention’s 10th annual meeting to be held at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany.

RingCon is Europe´s biggest fantasy convention and got its name from being an exclusive convention for ‘Lord of the Rings‘. Later RingCon was extended to a fantasy convention when it began to cover all fantasy related media and publications.

Three-day tickets are available for $125 dollars and three-day gold tickets for $416 dollars, which includes one autograph and photo presentation of all present special guests, a T-shirt, mug, lanyard and front row seats (as you can imagine, these gold tickets are very limited so act fast!). Daily tickets will be available approximately six weeks before the event.

For more information please check out RingCon’s website

Credit to: Allan Hyde News

Source: Allan Hyde News – Allan Hyde to Attend German Convention

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Joe Manganiello Gossips about True Blood’s Boy Sandwiches

March 11, 2011

The WereHunk Talked to Access Hollywood about Season Four at PaleyFest 2011:

Joe Manganiello talks about True Blood at PaleyFest 2011True Bloodfan favorite Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) revealed some excitingly delicious details to Access Hollywood on the red carpet at PaleyFest, one in which he promises there will be lots of boy sandwiches on the season four menu. Um, yes please!

“There’s definitely going to be some boy sandwiches this year with Sookie in the middle. For sure!”

Manganiello’s smile when talking about the chemistry between Alcide andSookie really says it all! And now that the 34 year old is a series regular, Manganiello couldn’t be happier about his place among his fellow cast-members:

“I really feel like I have a place at the table now. Where last year I felt like a kid getting bussed to another school in another district and this year I actually feel like I belong. I have a home there.”

Up until recently, Manganiello was being courted to play the role of Superman in the film’s 2012 reboot, Superman: Man of Steel. He was asked to screen test for the role and even got so far as giving his measurements for the suit, but the timing just didn’t work out.  Manganiello let some big news slip, indicating that filming for Superman would have taken up 11 weeks of his ‘True Blood’ season five schedule. So, season five, huh?! Best. News. Ever. Check out the interview in its entirety below:

Source: WetPaint– Joe Manganiello Dishes on True Blood’s New Season

Access Hollywood– Joe Manganiello at ‘Home’ on ‘True Blood’ & Explains ‘Superman’ Movie Rumors

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True Blood’s Lafayette is Lonely No More

March 10, 2011

Nelsan Ellis Talks to The TV Junkie at PaleyFest 2011

True Blood's Nelsan Ellis at PaleyFest 2011If you haven’t already heard, this year’s PaleyFest was raucous good fun for the True Blood cast and fans. We got a little delicious sneak peak at season four and we saw a lot of great interviews. The TV Junkie has just released a short video interview with Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), in which Ellis chats about his alter ego’s (sometimes) lonely life. As Alan Ball has said in the past, characters are only allowed to be happy for one episode, which is evident in the rollercoaster of emotions that the characters ride from one episode to the next. When asked about Lafayette’s loneliness, Ellis disagreed that his character appeared to be one of the lonelier habitants of Bon Temps, but then changed his mind:

“…yeah, it sounds like a sad life, like a very sad life…he did go home by himself and service people when they came…but now he has somebody who’s a fixture in his house and he’s certainly not lonely this season. We learn last season that Jesus is a brujo, which is a witch, a wiccan…and he’s my protection.”

While Ellis doesn’t delve deeper into the flourishing relationship between Lafayette and Jesus, he has (coyly) said recently that Lafayette trusts Jesus because he’s under his spell. Does that mean that Jesus has literally put a spell on Lafayette to get him to fall for him? Or, is he figuratively speaking about the spell-like feelings evoked by Jesus’ charm and handsomeness?! What do you think Truebies?

Watch the interview in its entirety below.

Source: The TV Junkie – Nelsan Ellis of ‘True Blood’ at PaleyFest2011

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True Blood’s Stephen Moyer Helps Facing the Atlantic

March 5, 2011

Maiden Voyage for the Charity will Set Sail in December

Maiden voyage of Facing the Atlantic is scheduled for December 2011Like many of his cast-mates, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) spends a lot of time off-camera supporting charities to help make a difference.  Facing the World (FTW) is a UK-based charity founded in 2002 that offers facial surgery to children with disfigurements, and it has become very close to Moyer’s heart over the past couple of years. Moyer’s mission as of late is asking his fans and supporters to help spread the word about the daring project, Facing the Atlantic (FTA), that is aiming to raise over $400,000 to support the humanitarian organization.

A Race of Epic Proportions

Facing the World was co-founded in 2008 by Martin Kelly, the late husband of actress Natascha McElhone (‘Californication‘), whom Moyer met and became friends with while attending the London Academy for Music and the Dramatic Arts. The impact that Kelly left behind on his friends and loved ones is what forged Facing the Atlantic, a nautical race across the Atlantic. Actor Bert Portal and personal trainer James Cash make up the FTA team who will race in a two-man row boat from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to English Harbour in Antigua, the West Indies.

Portal was a close friend of Kelly’s, as well as a personal friend of Moyer – he was the best man at Moyer and Anna Paquin‘s (Sookie Stackhouse) wedding last summer. Portal made a promise to Kelly and Facing the Atlantic is the mission he will undertake to fulfill his promise.

The race is scheduled to begin on December 4, 2011 and will possibly take more than 60 days to finish. The twosome will cover a distance of 2,500 nautical miles, the same distance from London to Dubai, and will operate a shift system of 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day in a continuous cycle. Portal is more than ready:

“This charity is close to my heart and 60 days of heightened physical and indeed mental danger is nothing compared to what these children go through.”

As more details are released about the charity and the maiden voyage of Facing the Atlantic, we’ll be sure to keep all you Truebies up-to-date on how you can help. You can make a direct donation by credit card or PayPal to FTA here.

Source: Examiner – Stephen Moyer aids Facing the Atlantic

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Rutina Wesley and Deborah Ann Woll Talk Comic Books and True Blood Season 4

March 1, 2011

The True Blood Beauties Open up to Collider

Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammell, and Rutina Wesley at a book signing for the True Blood Comic Book series, All Together NowTrue Blood‘s Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) may not necessarily join forces on camera, but off camera the duo enjoys getting together to promote their hard work on the vampire drama. On February 26th, Wesley, Woll, and Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) were on hand at a book signing at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles to celebrate the huge success of the first True Blood comic series, All Together Now.  The three cast members signed copies and greeted fans, and Wesley and Woll gave an exclusive interview to Collider where they gushed about the books and dished on season four (they’re just finishing up shooting episode four).

There’s been a lot of news lately revolving around what it is about True Blood that lends itself to other mediums, and both Wesley and Woll gave their opinion as to what this is for the comic book series:

Wesley: “Because it’s fantastical. You’ve got vampires and other supernatural beings, so I think it’s perfect for a comic book setting. I think this is only going to increase the audience and it gives people who are die-hard True Blood fans something else to delve into, when the show’s not on.”

Woll: “I think a lot of drama, nowadays, is character-based and development-based, but True Blood is very plot oriented. I think there are great characters, but something is always happening. You never end one episode at the place where you began it, and what’s great about that is that you can tell that kind of story in any medium, whether you’re reading it, drawing it or filming it. There’s an advantage to it being a very fast-moving show.”

Woll gave some insight as to how season four will differ from previous seasons, and it definitely sounds like more struggles will be highlighted:

“I think things are more complex this season. We’re playing more with these being greyer times. There is no black and white, or good and bad. Everybody has a little of that in them… There’s a lot more of the politics coming into play. Vampires have to be very careful in a society where they witness Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) commit an act of terrorism, essentially. How do you then become accepted again?”

Wesley gave a little teaser about her character, Tara Thornton, who ended season three with much shorter hair, a darker outlook on life, and hoping to leave behind the horror that she had endured in Bon Temps:

“There will be a little bit of happiness, but then there will be some drama that’s going to set in. She’s going to go off in some other directions, but I think she’s definitely a lot more stable. She finds her feet. It’s a new Tara, without saying too much. I think people are going to really like where she’s going.”

To read the interview in its entirey, click here. All Together Now Volume 1 is available in bookstores nationwide, as well as online at the HBO Shop.

Did any Truebies attend the book signing?  Let us know the details in the comment section below!

Source: Collider– Rutina Wesley and Deborah Ann Woll Exclusive Interview TRUE BLOOD: ALL TOGETHER NOW Vol. 1; Plus an Update on Season 4

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Charlaine Harris to Dabble in Video Games

February 26, 2011

The Author Talks to CNN About Her Next Big Project

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for DaylightWe all know Charlaine Harris as the author of the Sookie Stackhouse book series and the inspiration behind our favorite TV drama, ‘True Blood‘. Soon enough, Harris will have a new following in the form of video gamers. Her new project, a downloadable PC puzzler called “Dying for Daylight” is being produced by iPlay and stars a wise-cracking fashionista vampire named Dahliawho is searching for a potion that will allow vamps to survive in the sunlight. Hmm, sounds like a certain vampire King might like the sound of this.

Something to Sink Her Teeth Into

Since Harris recently admitted that the Sookie book series will soon come to an end, possibly after book 12, she’s been looking for additional ways to satisfy her creative urges. For hardcore Harris fans who will no doubt delve into the game world of “Dying for Daylight,” you’ll definitely recognize Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, who has appeared in several of Harris’ short stories. Harris is excited about going into the gaming industry, claiming “it’s a fresh and fun market for many writers; the chance to do something different is always interesting.”

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for DaylightA lot of authors have dabbled in video games – Stephen King, James Patterson, Michael Crichton – but not just any author can pull it off. Horror, mystery, science fiction, and crime book genres seem to make the more successful video game adaptations, so Harris certainly fits right in. When asked whether more authors will make the transition into video games, Harris said:

“I’m sure more will, simply because it’s another way to publicize your books, after all. And it’s a fresh and fun market for many writers; the chance to do something different is always interesting. I’m hoping that people who enjoy playing the game will decide to read my books, naturally. This is a chance to reach out to a whole new audience.”

Harris has revealed that she’s not the most savvy gamer and has gotten stuck when navigating through “Dying for Daylight,” not truly knowing what next step she should make. Her gaming skills may not be up to snuff, but her writing skills certainly are. Her fiction has enjoyed increased interest from game companies, television networks, and comic book publishers, with another of Harris’ characters, Harper Connelly, getting the graphic novel treatment soon, as well as CBS’ interest in the Connelly mysteries with an eye toward developing them into a prime-time series. Needless to say, Harris’ beloved Sookie series may be coming to an end, but her career definitely is not!

Dying for a chance to play Dahlia? You can download a free trial of “Dying for Daylight” here.

A screen shot from Charlaine Harris' new video game, Dying for Daylight

Source: CNN – ‘True Blood’ author rewrites the script on video games

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten to Play a Badass Knight

February 24, 2011

A Sneak Peak at Kwanten’s New Film ‘Knights of Badassdom’

True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, who plays Jason Stackhouse, in his new film Knights of BadassdomDirector Joe Lynch has leaked a couple of pictures from his new film ‘Knights of Badassdom’, starring True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), and the movie stills are full of chainmail, armour, and intense expressions. The movie follows live action-role players who conjure up a demon from hell by mistake and must deal with the consequences. The film also stars Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage, Margarita Levieva, and Jimmi Simpson. The film is in post-production and will hit theaters sometime this year.

What do you think Truebies? Will Kwanten rock at playing a hot knight as well as he plays a hot simpleton? We think so. We’re definitely digging the scruffy hair and beard look!

Source: FEARNET– Look! It’s Ryan Kwanten in ‘Knights of Badassdom’

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True Blood’s King of Mississippi Will Be Back

February 20, 2011

Denis O’Hare Talks to The TV Junkie about His Current Projects:

Denis O'Hare plays the King of Mississippi on True BloodWe may have season four spoilers of HBO‘s True Blood dancing in our heads, but we certainly haven’t forgotten how season three ended, especially for Denis O’Hare‘s character, Russell Edgington. Of course we don’t think he died given that he didn’t meet the true death before our eyes, but how long will he be encased in cement, slowly going insane? That’s up to Alan Ball and the genius writers, but O’Hare himself confidently told The TV Junkie “I am so not dead.  I’ll be back…I hope!”

Other Projects:

O’Hare left the King of Mississippi frozen in cement to play a tasteless psychiatrist in HBO’sBored to Death,’ as well as a Roman soldier in the new film ‘The Eagle‘. ‘Bored to Death’ is a comedy series revolving around a writer who moonlights as a private detective, and the show returns for its third season this September. Regarding his role as Dr. Worth, O’Hare stated “it was so hilarious to be a completely inappropriate psychiatrist. I was in heaven.”

The Eagle‘ hit theaters February 11th and stars O’Hare as Roman soldier Lutorius. The film is about a young Roman soldier in Roman-ruled Britain who endeavors to honor his father’s memory by finding his lost legion’s golden emblem. Regarding the movie and filming in Budapest, O’Hare exclaimed:

“He (the director) has made an incredibly exciting, sexy, and yet historically accurate movie about what it must be like to be in 180 A.D. in the wilds of England, to be a Roman soldier.  It’s a huge movie… Budapest is a really hip, fun, young city. It feels incredibly alive, it feels very very active…I don’t drink anymore but if I still drank, I would have had an incredible time!”

Check out the video below to see O’Hare’s full interview.  ‘Bored to Death’ season three premieres in September and ‘The Eagle’ has been in theaters a little over a week. You can also see him in ‘The Good Wife‘ as Judge Charles Abernathy. Congratulations to O’Hare on his new projects!  Of course, we are the most excited to see him reprise his role in season four of True Blood (maybe!).

Source: The TV Junkie– Denis O’Hare Talks ‘True Blood’ and ‘The Eagle’

Video Credit: Youtube.com – TheTVJunkieDotNet

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SPOILERS: Casting Call for True Blood Season 4 Episode 5

February 17, 2011

I Hate You, I Love You:

True Blood's Bill Compton, played by Stephen MoyerAll this waiting for season four of HBO‘s True Blood is probably about as traumatic as starvation is for a vampire. Thankfully, more spoilers are trickling in and the latest revolves around episode five, ‘I Hate You, I Love you.’ Hmmm, wonder who’s going to be doing the hating and who’ll be doing the loving? We have spent way too much time thinking about the possible implications of True Blood‘s casting calls, and the most recent casting call for episode five has us stammering about possible conspiracy theories!

DON BARTOLO: 40s – 60s, a bad-ass Mexican man, seen in a flashback in his 40s, as well as in present day (grayer and more weathered), he is Jesus‘s terrifying, intimidating grandfather, a hardcore brujo (witch or shaman). Actor must speak Spanish.

YOUNG JESUS: 9, male, Hispanic, seen in flashback to 1985, he is Jesus as a young boy, living in the Chihuahuan desert with his mother and his terrifying shaman grandfather, Don…2 lines, 1 scene.  Actor must speak Spanish.

JESUS’ MOTHER: 30s, Mexican, she is Young Jesus’ mother seen in flashback to 1985. She is desperate to protect her son from her father’s brujo influence…2 lines, 1 scene. Actress must speak Spanish.

GUARD: 30s, male, one of Bill‘s guards, he is frustrated by a video game on his cellphone…1 line, 1 scene .

PADRE SANTIAGO: 50s, male, seen in flashback to 1610 Spain, this sarcastic vampire priest feeds on a woman in a medieval dungeon. Actor must speak Spanish.

SHERIFF 1 AND SHERIFF 2: 30s – 40s, male, these snickering vampire sheriffs, under Bill’s purview, disagree with his decision regarding a witch‘s fate…1 line, 1 scene.

FEMALE SHERIFF: 30s – 40s, this female vampire sheriff cheers on Pam…1 line, 1 scene.

First of all, it appears that Bill’s rank in season four is going to be one of more power, especially if he has a guard and is giving orders to Sheriffs. Right? Which seems like a HUGE spoiler, one of which Alan Ball wouldn’t actually reveal in a casting call, but who knows? Is Bill’s new power because of Eric going missing / getting amnesia? Or is Bill dreaming?

Secondly, who’s the witch that Bill is potentially going to kill or not kill? Could it be a witch that we meet at the start of season four or is it a witch that we may have met in season three (maybe Yvetta?)?

What do you think, Truebies?

Source: Bookies True Blood, FaceBook – TRUE BLOOD, Episode 405, “I Hate You, I Love You”

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Ryan Kwanten Captures the Flag for Heart Health Awareness

February 16, 2011

Star-Studded Games Will be Played Across the Nation

Ryan Kwanten runningRyan Kwanten and his alter ego Jason Stackhouse share more than just insanely defined abs. They both thoroughly enjoy being active to keep that six pack in place and Kwanten can now add capture the flag to his list of athletic abilities. On February 1st Kwanten was on hand at a one of its kind “Capture the Flag” game launched by Diet Coke® and Heidi Klum to help raise awareness and funds for women’s heart health education and research. Two teams faced off at the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Drake Stadium to raise funds for two heart health organizations: UCLA Preventative Cardiology Program and the University of California, Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program.

February is American Heart Month and Diet Coke® has partnered again with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to support The Heart Truth® campaign. This year Diet Coke® is asking supporters to visit DietCoke.com/HeartTruth where they can capture flags with a click of the mouse to trigger a donation from Diet Coke®  to heart health programs.

Diet Coke® will be hosting “Capture the Flag” games in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Seattle, and Washington D.C. Through these games, the launch event in Los Angeles, online “Capture the Flag” program, and a special partnership with SUBWAY® restaurants, Diet Coke®  will be donating over $300,000 to local heart health organizations in February.

To learn more about these events and how you can help, please click here.

Kwanten hasn’t revealed whether he’ll be attending any of the other games across the nation, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted about any potential sightings!

Source: MultiVu – DIET COKE® AND HEIDI KLUM WAVE A FLAG FOR WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH

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