More Secret Vampire Swag! – Thanks!

August 21, 2014

Surprise Pkg from HBO True Blood - Whatever can it be?

Surprise Pkg from HBO True Blood – Whatever can it be?

I’ve been a member of fandom for a lot of years. It started when I was nine and became an instant Start Trek fan (I am now, and will always remain, a Trekie!), then the Monkees, The Highlander, and after a long wait, finally, eternally, True Blood. I’ve been on Parmount’s lot, I’ve been in Disney’s attic, I went to Roddenberry’s memorial, to Davy Jones’ birthday party, and have been on vacation with Q and his kids. But I have NEVER been so well treated by any organization as I have been by True Blood and HBO. I was invited to go on the set and got to sit where Vampire Bill sits on his first visit to Merlotte’s, I got to meet with Stephan Moyer when he was in my ‘neck’ of the woods, and we have been gifted by True Blood and HBO with many items to give away to the most important folks of all, you, the fans. (We’ll be giving away the last of these posters during the series Finale on Sunday, Aug 24th 2014!)

Since season 7 has started, I’ve gotten surprise packages from HBO and True Blood. It’s like a secret Santa campaign, only, it’s August and it’s vampires! (Hey, they both look great in red!) First I got a Joe Manganiello doll, then an awesome piece of art from the set (still trying to figure out the provenance of that if anyone can help!) Then today, the big brown truck visited and delivered this:

Well that looks… spookie! No not SOOKIE it looks SPOOKIE!

I gingerly opened it up…

A coffin - with our name on it!

A coffin – with our name on it!

 

And then I #PulledaGinger! How amazingly freakingly kewl is THAT! (And a bit scary!) It’s a True Blood coffin with my name on it!  I wanted to see what was inside.. but what if it’s a voodoo doll with my name on it! I decided to have a little drinkie poo to steel my nerves first. Those that follow me know, it was True Blood beverage and tequila! (I didn’t need the full LaLa which would have included a bit of ‘medication’ and I’m flat out of V so…

True Blood Thank You Card

True Blood Thank You Card!

 

A thank you card, from True Blood! It says, “TrueBlood To the Truebies who have celebrated seven seasons and are staying #TrueToTheEnd Your dedication warms the coldest hearts. We raise a bottle of Tru Blood to you!”  I had to get a hanky then, OK, it was industrial strength paper towels but you know those blood tears just stain everything!

I sipped my cocktail and sneaked a peek under the card.

Coffin Contents

Coffin Contents

On no! It was a Voodoo doll! Oh, wait, it’s OK, I don’t have a beard. It’s a Alcide Herveaux doll! And…. what is that rolled up at the bottom? Why it’s a #TrueBlood T-shirt!

 

 

Bloody T Shirt

Bloody T Shirt – the perfect thing to wear during the finale!

You can’t really see it, but that dripping blood is filled with a zillion twitter account names! Pretty kewl. And of course, it says True Blood on the back. I’m going to wear it for the finale. At least when I start crying you’ll hardly be able to see the bloody teardrops. Also, in the box was a the most awesome keychain  that’s made of a true blood beverage cap, some tats, a merchandise discount card, and a book of quotes from you the fans!

Oher swag in the coffin

Oher swag in the coffin

 

So to @TruebloodHBO and everyone associated with the show – a deeply felt THANK YOU! This is FANGTASTIC! And you really didn’t need to do it, you had me at “Sookeh!” But while you’re in a giving mood, what about a spin off or a Special or even a movie in a year or two? You know, to give we Undying Fans something to come out of the coffin for…

#TrueToTheEnd #GoodbyesSuck #UndeathIsForever #BillMustLive #Fangs4TheMemories

Credits: HBO, @HBOTrueBlood

Photo Credits: Kasandra

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Truebies – Do you recognize this picture?

August 17, 2014

Unknown framed artwork sent by HBO

Unknown framed artwork sent by HBO

Hello all Truebies! As we wind down the last two episodes of True Blood (SOB!) I received this picture in the mail from HBO. It’s like they knew my walls are lined with fake Dutch master floral paintings! It’s a wonderful gift.. and I can but assume it was from one of the sets because there was ABSOLUTELY NO NOTE!

So I’d like some help.. does anyone remember this picture hanging in a house or office or anywhere? I’d love a little provenance to go with my new treasured picture.

Alcide Rubber Doll

Alcide Rubber Doll

Oh, I also got one of these, no packaging, just tossed into a giant box and sent with no return address. It took me 2 weeks to figure out it was Alcide! LOL What a fun little surprise! Thanks to the powers that be. :) It turns out it’s made by Funko and you can get one of your own from HBO!

Credits: HBO, Inc

Photo Credits: Funko

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VIDEO: *MAJOR SPOILER ALERT* True Blood Season 6 Episode 7 Promo

July 19, 2013

Removed by request.

Our apologies but while we do ‘spoil’ on occasion, we don’t normally release this deep a spoiler. We don’t want to ruin your enjoyment of the show this Sunday, nor do we want to take advantage of a mistake on the part of the mother of all things True Blood, HBO. We have several other approved teasers posted on the site and we hope you enjoy one of them.

No blame is affixed to anyone but myself, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

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True Blood Renewed for Season 7

July 15, 2013

True Blood Cast

HBO has just announced that True Blood, it’s hit show based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, has been renewed for a 7th season.

Many rumors have flown among fans that True Blood Season 6 would be the last for the popular HBO vampire show, thanks to a less than shining opinion on Season 5. Then there was the announcement that Season 6 would be shortened to 10 episodes and the rumormill really went into meltdown!

But thanks to a large fan base and a Season 6 premiere night that bought in 4.5 million viewers (and then 4 million per episode for the next 4 instalments), HBO announced on Monday July 15 that True Blood Season 7 would return in the summer of 2014. But was there ever any doubt, considering that True Blood is HBO’s third most watched original scripted TV show, being beaten only by juggernauts The Sopranos and Game of Thrones?

Michael Lombardo,  HBO programming chief announced:

‘True Blood’ remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers. Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV.

It seems that whatever pep talk Alan Ball gave to Mark Kundis and Brian Buckner is obviously working! Buckner will also be retained as the showrunner for True Blood Season 7.

Congrats to the cast and crew of True Blood.

Source: HBO, Inc.

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True Blood Tunes: Delta Rae

June 12, 2013

Bottom of the River

Delta Rae:Grant Emerson, Elizabeth Hopkins, Ian Holljes, Mike McKee, Brittany Holljes and Eric Holljes.

Group shot of Delta Rae: Grant Emerson, Elizabeth Hopkins, Ian Holljes, Mike McKee, Brittany Holljes and Eric Holljes.

Recently we at TrueBloodNet.com had the great pleasure of chatting up members of the band, Delta Rae. They, like all of us, love True Blood. Imagine their delight at finding out their song, “Bottom of the River” was being used in the season 6 promo reel.

TBN: Thanks for joining us today guys.

Delta Rae: Great to be here.

TBN: So let’s jump right into the big question, how did your song, ‘Bottom of the River’ get selected for the True Blood season 6 promo?

Delta Rae: We honestly don’t know. Our best guess: Magic.

TBN: Fairy or Wiccan? :laughter: Was “Bottom of the River” selected by Gary Calamar? [Editor's Note: True Blood's Music Guru] How did you find out about the selection and what was your reaction?

Delta Rae: We found out the day it came out. One of our fans tweeted that they had heard it in the trailer and so then we looked it up on YouTube and totally freaked out. We’ve been big fans since episode 1!

TBN: Wow, that must have been an awesome surprise! Some songs featured on True Blood are tweaked toward its dark theme. Did they use the original recording or did you need to do any changes?

Delta Rae: The song was dark enough to begin with I think, but they did edit it to fit the length of the trailer. They had to squish a lot of the big vocal parts into one short clip!

TBN: Is this the first time your music has been used on True Blood?

Delta Rae:  It is! Hopefully not the last time though…

TBN: We hope not either. In fact, I think “Morning Comes” would be a great human theme song. So, who wrote ‘Bottom of the River’? Was it a collaboration? Can you share your thought processes with us? What were you thinking about, what was the mood you were trying to create?

Eric: It was a collaboration between me and my brother, Ian. I woke up at 3 am with the chorus in my head and I ran to my phone in a haze to record it before falling back to sleep. That has never happened to me before, or since. A few weeks later I remembered that I had recorded it and I brought it to Ian. He got the feeling immediately and we wrote the verses in the same gospel, Old Testament feel. I don’t know where the inspiration for the song came from. We just tried to follow the thread.

TBN: Can you tell us a bit about making your video version of ‘Bottom of the River’? It must be very different from performing live, does that make it more difficult, from an artistic viewpoint, to perform without the audience feedback?

Delta Rae: Making music videos is a very challenging feat because they have so many moving parts, and in our case, we needed to do it in one take so everything had to come together in a single exceptional moment. We made this video about a year before we were signed to Warner Brothers, so we had no money and relied heavily on friends, like director Lawrence Chen, and local talents, like our dancers in DefMo and the Sigma Step team. On a wet and misty night in September, the band, about 20 dancers, and a dozen crew got together at the Duke Homestead (built in the 1800s, and VERY “True Blood”), blasted this creepy song into the darkness and started our stomping march. It was high pressure because we had to beat the sunrise. Overall I’d say performing that song has never felt more natural than it did on that haunted piece of land, freezing and foggy, trying to beat first light just like genuine vampires. When we perform it live, it’s about transporting everyone to that place.

"Bottom of the River" video by Delta Rae

Bottom of the River Video Delta Rae

Delta Rae

TBN: That sounds really spooky. Let’s talk about the group for a minute. Three of the group are siblings, is that correct? Can you tell us how you all ended up as Delta Rae?

Eric: The three siblings have been singing since we were tiny. My brother and I started writing songs when I was about 10 years old and he was 12 and we fell in love with it. When we graduated college we knew we wanted to go into music and we reached out to our sister and a childhood friend from California, Liz Hopkins,  we loved both their voices. We all moved into a house in the woods of North Carolina where we rehearsed non-stop and then started touring on the weekends while all holding down part-time jobs. About a year in, we linked up with our amazing drummer, Mike McKee, and badass bass player, Grant Emerson, and Delta Rae was complete!

TBN: Can you tell the fans a bit about who does what in the band? Do you all contribute to writing some songs or do only a few of you do the writing? What instruments do the band members play?

Ian: Eric and I write all the songs. Everyone participates in writing and arranging harmonies and instrumental parts. Eric plays piano, guitar and sings. I play guitar and sing. Brittany and Liz both sing and play percussion. Grant is on bass, and Mike plays drums and occasionally trashcans. I think this will continue to change as we grow as a band, but that’s what’s happening now.

TBN: That must look interesting on Mike’s resume: Trashcan artist. If you couldn’t be musicians (an ugly thought to be sure), what else would you want to do for a living?

Eric: Yes, this is a terrifying prospect. But here goes. I’d like to be a Filmmaker.

Ian: A writer.

Liz: A teacher.

Brittany: A Farmer.

Grant: A psychologist.

Mike: A music store owner

TBN: What’s the hardest part of the musician’s or singer’s lifestyle? If you could eliminate one aspect, what would it be?

Delta Rae: The travel in a van for hours and hours can be rough. It’s close, uncomfortable quarters and not everyone smells great all the time… but I still wouldn’t eliminate that time. We laugh a lot in the van, and get to think and read and see the country. You can’t eliminate the worst parts of this lifestyle because then the best parts wouldn’t feel as hard won.

TBN: I won’t ask for any smelly names… What is your favorite song that Delta Rae does?

Delta Rae: It changes daily. I’m really excited about some of the new songs we’re performing. They’re not on an album yet, so you have to come see us live!

TBN: I’d love to. I’ll have to check your website for the schedule.  [Editor's note: www.deltarae.com] What is your favorite song or musician, outside of Delta Rae?

Delta Rae: Impossible question. Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Jeff Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Tom Petty, RHCP, James Taylor, Mumford & Sons, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Kings of Leon, James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Michael Jackson, to name very few…

TBN: There are a lot of great musicians on that list. What’s the most rewarding part of the musician/singer lifestyle?

Delta Rae: The shows. Connecting with people who have been moved by the music is an incredible gift.

TBN: What are your plans for the future? Do you want to expand into writing for other bands or, say, movie or TV scores?

Delta Rae: We’re playing a lot of great festivals this year and then we’re in the studio working on album 2!

TBN: That’s great news for your fans! I can’t wait to hear what’s coming next. So, there will be new music soon.

Delta Rae: YES.

TBN: You said you love that audience feedback at your concerts. Are you appearing anywhere in the next few months?

Delta Rae: We are almost literally appearing everywhere :) Bonnaroo, Firefly, ACL, Voodoo Experience are the big festivals we’re playing and they’ll be extremely fun. True Blood fans would love Voodoo Experience. It is in New Orleans, which is one of my favorite cities we’ve explored, and last year at the festival we lost our minds watching Metallica.

TBN: Voodoo Experience in New Orleans! You can’t get more “True Blood” than that. [Editor's Note: Fans can check out where Delta Rae will be here: http://www.deltarae.com/tour/upcoming]

TBN: Do you have a website you’d like to share with the fans?

Delta Rae: We would love for people to find us all over the internet! [Editor's Note: They are EVERYWHERE:  www.deltarae.com ; https://twitter.com/DeltaRae ; https://www.facebook.com/deltarae ; http://instagram.com/deltarae]

Demons in the Bottom of the River video by Delta Rae

Demons in the Bottom of the River video by Delta Rae

True Blood Fans

TBN: What was your first impression of True Blood?

Brittany: I remember having heard about the show for a little while before it came out and I was SO excited to see the first episode. I majored in ancient Mediterranean religion, which is just a fancy way to say Paganism, and I eat fantasy novels for breakfast, so this show felt like it was made for ME! I was hooked from the first moments and once that theme song played, I knew it would be one of my favorite shows of all time.

TBN: Who is your favorite True Blood character?

Brittany: My favorite characters are Lafayette, Alcide, and Jessica. It’s changed from season to season, but that’s where I’m at now.

Ian: Jason is my favorite.

Eric: Eric Northman

TBN: Have to stick with your namesake! If you could be any type of character from the show, which type (vampire, human, werewolf, witch, fairy, shifter, etc.) would you guys want to be.

Brittany: Fairy or shifter. I’ve wanted those powers since I was a wee babe.

Ian: Shifter.

Eric: Shifter.

TBN: Do you visit fan sites to read about yourself or interact with them?

Brittany: Right now most of our fan interaction happens on Twitter and via Facebook, we answer almost every message we get. Liz and Grant run the band Twitter account, and they are REALLY good at reaching out to fans and answering any questions fans have!

Eric: I answer almost all the Facebook messages, which is very rewarding because fans write us beautiful and personal notes. Occasionally, I email them to the whole band, because they remind us all that the music we are making can have a big impact on people’s lives.

TBN: We like to turn the tables a bit when interviewing. Is there anything you’d like to ask your fans?

Brittany: I’d love to know what fans enjoy most about our live show. We always want to give fans what they’re after and enhance the show, so tell us your favorite things and we’ll try to do more of them!

TBN: We know you twitter as a group (@DeltaRae), but do any of you have a personal twitter you’d like to share with the fans?

Delta Rae: Yes please!

Brittany: @BrittanyHellyes

Eric: @EricHolljes

Ian: @IanHolljes

Liz: @BatSparkles

Mike: @MikeMckeeDrums

Grant: @nosremetnarg

TBN: Thanks guys.. almost done. Just one more True Blood question. Will you be watching the True Blood premiere?

Delta Rae: Of course!!! We all will. Probably won’t be able to catch it on TV, unless we get really lucky and our hotel rooms have HBO… but we’ve got HBO-Go and will be watching as soon as it’s available!

TBN: Beware of Twitter if you don’t get to see it live — spoilers will abound! Thank you for your time and the great music!

We’d like to thank Delta Rae for taking the time to answer our silly True Blood questions. Best of luck on their new album! But just for True Blood fans, Delta Rae is giving us a few CDs to hand out. Keep tuned to Twitter where we’ll give the details during the Season 6 premiere!

Photo Credits: Delta Rae

Feel free to leave comments below and we’ll forward them to the band!

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Looking for True Blood Fans for Fun Casting Opportunity!

June 12, 2013

True Blood Season 6 - Blood Will Spill

True Blood Season 6 – Blood Will Spill

Attention TRUE BLOOD FANS in New York, New Jersey & Long Island!  

Are you a fan of the Fang? Wild about Weres? Does waiting for True Blood make you Shift into your a raging bull? While waiting for Sunday’s Season 6 premiere of True Blood, why not publicly declare your Truebie self? People Farm Inc. (People Farm Casting) is currently seeking fans of TRUE BLOOD to be featured in a promotional campaign of the new season.

Press Release:

Should you be selected to participate in the project, you will be compensated for your time.  We want  everyone from the loyal fan to the die-hard fangbangers! If you love True Blood and are excited about season 6, let us know! We would love to interview YOU.

Applicants should be between the ages of 20-50 years old, should be a current cable subscriber and should live in a home with at least one other adult over the age of 18. Must live in the New Jersey, New York or Long Island Area.

To submit yourself or to nominate someone you know who is a true blood fan, contact Teresa Mason with People Farm Casting at: TERESAMASONCASTING@GMAIL.COM and include the following information:

  • Full Name, Age, Phone & Email address
  • Recent Photo (doesn’t need to be professional)
  • Current location (city & zip)
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS THIS FRIDAY JUNE 14th! Auditions will be held in New York on June 20-21st, by appointment only! Don’t miss out!
It doesn’t get much more exciting than that, Trubies. Just a note, this is not an offer to be on True Blood. This is, just like vampires, shifters, fairies and weres… something else.
Credit: People Farm Inc.
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New Art from Season 6 of True Blood – Is This Foreshadowing?

May 15, 2013

Season Six of True Blood Teased with Key Art Release

Who is Dying on True Blood Season 6?

HBO has released some key art for Season 6 of True Blood that may foreshadow the loss of one (or more) of the characters on the show. On the other hand, even though Alan Ball has left the showrunner position, he is still around and he’s been teasing us for six years now. Sometimes, Alan releases total falsehoods, twisty misleading truths and teasing dual-meaning innuendo. But woven in among all those evil tidbits, Ball has been known to tell just enough of the truth to keep us listening.

What do you think this key art means? Please leave your comments below.

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

 

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Contest! Win a pair of True Blood Headphones from V-moda by Following Us on Sulia!

July 15, 2012

V-80 True Blood Headphones with Fangtasia personalization

V-80 True Blood Headphones with Fangtasia personalization

Winner!

Everyone please congratulate @Liras for having the Secret Code and winning this wonderful headset! Please check out V-moda’s website as a thank you for sponsoring the contest!

Contest

TrueBloodNet.com and V-moda have teamed up to present the chance to win one of their exquisite V-80 True Blood headphones to one lucky Trubie!

The Rules

Pay close attention to the rules as you must keep track of the secret number and have a 24 hour window to respond!

  1. You MUST have a shipping address in the US or Canada.
  2. You MUST follow TrueBloodNet.com on Sulia!*
  3. You need to retweet our Sulia contest tweet between 5 pm Sunday July 15th, 2012 and midnight 12 pm July 22nd.
  4. Write down the secret code that will only be visible on Sulia and have it ready in case your tweet is selected!
  5. You need to be willing and able to supply the secret code you wrote down along with your name, address, email address and a phone number to us within 24 hours of the contest winner announcement.

*Sulia is a Twitter-based agglomeration of topic experts — including TrueBloodNet.com — that seeks to bring you the highest quality reporting in a specialized area of interest.

V-80 True Blood Headphones features

V-80 True Blood Headphones features

The Prize

Specifications

  • Type: Supraaural (on-ear)
  • Speaker Drivers: patent pending 40mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Fidelity Driver
  • Impedance: 28.5 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 5 – 30,000 Hz
  • Sound Pressure Level: 105 dB
  • Standard Cables: Kevlar® reinforced, 52” 1-Button mic cable, 52” audio only cable
  • Plug: 45 degree, 24k gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo plug
  • Weight: 180g (headphone only)

For more info please visit the V-moda site

The winner

The winner will be picked randomly from everyone who follows those rules and will be announced via Twitter Monday July 22nd! The winner then has 24 hours to contact us, with the secret code, or we will pick another winner. Same rules will apply about contacting us in 24 hours or we repeat the process.

Your prize will be shipped directly from V-moda so once we contact you we’ll need your name, address, email address and a phone number that we’ll be supplying to the V-moda representative. We will also provide you with the his email address in case you need to talk to him directly.

Sources V-Moda, Sulia

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True Blood Season 5 Poster – Pam!

May 31, 2012

HBO's True Blood's Pam played by Kristin Bauer poster

Less Than 30 Days to True Blood Season 5!

The posters are out for the HBO True Blood stars for season five! There will be one for each actor and we at TrueBloodNet.com have decided to present one per post in order to give each its own top billing. We saved our very favorite vampire for the last poster we’re sharing before the ten day countdown to True Blood: Pam. Pam, played by the stunning Kristin Bauer van Straten, is the one that has humanized vampire sheriff Eric since season one. Although to everyone else, Eric has been less than human, through his relationship with cold, ironic, snide, perfectly-dressed Pam we’ve learned that Eric still held the kernel of humanity inside him. At the end of last season, when Eric got his memory back but was still in touch with his humanity, he turned on Pam and upset her enough that she ran off (I hope she didn’t ruin her pumps!) Unexpectedly, Pam has someone that humanizes her too, and that’s the ever-loyal Ginger. There are sure to be more fireworks at Fangtasia as Eric and Pam rework their relationship. Maybe it’s time for Pam to get a special friend? We can only hope!

Photo Credit: HBO

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True Blood Season 5 Poster – Lafayette!

May 24, 2012

HBO's True Blood's Lafayette Reynolds played by Nelsan Ellis poster

Less Than 30 Days to True Blood Season 5!

The posters are out for the HBO True Blood stars for season five! There will be one for each actor and we at TrueBloodNet.com have decided to present one per post in order to give each it’s own top billing. At the end of the first season, True Blodo fans were freaked out that Alan Ball had killed off fan favorite Merlotte’s hillarious and touching out-of-the-closet chef, Lafayette Reynolds. Lafayette is played brilliantly by Nelsan Ellis and when the body in the back of the car turned out NOT to be Lafayette but the scammer VooDoo woman, Twitterdom went wild (and Opossums everywhere celebrated!) But last season, Lafayette’s lover Jesus taught him how to use his latent medium abilities. Sadly, Jesus didn’t make it through the season alive and Lafayette will really be alone this season with both his cousin and his lover passed over to the other side. On the other hand, every night could be a séance at Lafayette’s house. You just know he’s going to be offering Tarot readings in his spare time. Hey, he has to recover his income now that he’s not selling V any more!

Photo Credit: HBO

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