Deborah Ann Woll Talks about Acting, Brooklyn, and True Blood

June 15, 2010

Deborah Ann Woll, who plays newly turned vampire, Jessica Hamby, on True Blood, recently gave an interview with the NY Daily News and claims that she knew she would be an actress from birth. The Brooklynite began acting at age 14 at her high school, Packer Collegiate Institute, and in various programs in New York City. At age 25 she has already achieved acting stardom with True Blood and is currently featured in three upcoming movies.

Ms. Woll says that in Season 3, Jessica will be trying to find her identity: exploring her vampire and human natures and trying to find a balance. She says that Bill and Eric live very different vampire experiences, and she has to find her own path, whatever that may be.

She admits that co-star, Jim Parrack, who plays her boyfriend, Hoyt Fortenberry, is her favorite “hot guy” on the show but that they are all “sweet guys”.  She says, “They’re definitely more concerned with doing a good job and being nice and considerate to everyone than looking attractive.” Naturally, she says her first and only man is her boyfriend, whom she met on Match.com. They are both originally from New York and were living in LA when they met.

In order to portray both a vampire and a victim of one, Ms. Woll watched animal attacks! She says she viewed “a lot of big cats and crocodiles [taking] down deer and antelope” to get the feeling of “something more powerful than [her] taking [her] life”. She also says that the vampires on the show have two sets of fangs – a hard set and a soft set that are worn “like a retainer”. For her, she claims that the fangs work with her overpowering mouth and add to the teenage awkwardness of Jessica.

As for her three upcoming films, Ms. Woll will play a diverse set of characters from a virgin daughter participating in a heinous murder/torture game in “Mother’s Day” to a mother that is part of a group that wins a lottery in “Highland Park“. In “Little Murder” she plays opposite Josh Lucas as a participant in a crime in which he leverages supernatural means to solve. When asked what she misses most about Brooklyn, she says the “neighborly, pleasant quality” community feeling which is not as prevalent in LA.

Although brief, the interview gave us some insight into the actress who portrays our favorite teenage vampire!

Source: nydailynews.com

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Lindsay Pulsipher Revealed

June 9, 2010

Lindsay Pulsipher has been revealed, and not as a Werepanther, if that’s what you were thinking! After True Blood Season 3 premieres on Sunday, Lindsay Pulsipher may forever be known as Crystal Norris, Jason Stackhouse‘s newest love interest, but not one of the panther variety. Although Charlaine Harris made Crystal a Werepanther in the Sookie Stackhouse book series, Lindsay has revealed that Alan Ball will not in the TV series. So while Crystal‘s real nature remains a mystery, Lindsay‘s is an open book (well, almost).  Here are some facts about Lindsay you may not know:

She appeared on Patrick Swayze‘s TV series, The Beast, CSI: NY, House, The Eleventh Hour, NCIS (which a couple of other True Blood stars have also guested on), and Touched by an Angel.

She was raised as a member of the Latter Day Saints and has five siblings, although she eventually left LDS.

She has a love of vintage – clothing, movie posters, and antiques – perhaps as a result of receiving many hand-me-downs as a child!

She enjoys Audrey Hepburn movies.

She loves TV including Breaking Bad and Big Love (no irony there!).

Lindsay‘s nickname is Looper.

There you have it – Lindsay Pulsipher, one of the newest members of the True Blood cast. Tune in Sunday night to see what Season 3 reveals about her character, Crystal Norris.

SOURCES: TheFrisky.com, IMDB.com

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Joe Manganiello Voicing Audio Book Dragon Bones

June 6, 2010

Alcide fans rejoice! Buzzy Multimedia has just announced that Patricia Briggs’ latest fantasy novel, Dragon Bones, is in audio production and will be performed by Joe ManganielloManganiello currently plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the Season Three of True Blood and previously appeared in the tv series How I Met Your Mother and One Tree Hill and in the film Spiderman 3.

Patricia Briggs is the author of many fantasy novels including the Alpha & Omega and Mercy Thompson Series.

(Source: Buzzy Multimedia)

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Kristin Bauer Reveals Pam Tidbits in New Interview

May 26, 2010

The Lesbian and Bisexual Blog, AfterEllen, recently interviewed Kristin Bauer about Pam‘s role in Season 3 and Kristin‘s take on the show’s approach to civil liberties. The majority of the interview focused on Pam‘s sexuality and her relationship and interaction with Eric in Season 3. Kristin Bauer became a series regular this year, and Pamtakes on a bigger role in the upcoming season, coming out as “omnisexual” and also delving into her first “relationship” with a woman.  The interview reveals a few interesting details about the show (Eric and Pam actually communicate with each other in Swedish) as well as Kristin‘s enthusiasm for portraying Pam and her interest in the social issues the show tackles.

In the interview Kristin confirms that Pam is going to play a bigger role this season due to the character being a fan favorite! She says she was unsure how things would play out as her husband had told her that Pam really didn’t have a larger role until Book 4.

“So, this is Season 3 and I thought “OK, maybe next year,” and then they called and said “No, we wanna do it this year.” So it was really a mystery and also good, a huge Christmas gift.”

Kristin also reveals that Pam is “definitely bisexual” and she has an “amusement” this season (she believes Pam‘s only real relationship is with her maker, Eric).

AfterEllen complements Pam‘s fashion sense saying that often times people assume lesbians have poor fashion taste. Kristin confirmed that “Pam is definitely going to be a gay woman with a sense of style.”

Kristin revealed that Alexander Skarsgaard actually helps her translate parts of her script into Swedish, which is the language Pam and Eric speak to each other (and I always thought it was Vampirese!).  She claims to “have no idea what [she’s] saying!”

Kristin also believes that the show is a “metaphor for life” and shows all sides and aspects of humanity.

“I love to be part of a show that doesn’t shy away from the whole rainbow — not to make a cliche — of life. The whole spectrum. You know, we’re gonna have to figure out how to live together, and we’re gonna have to figure out how to go, “OK, this is my thing, but if that’s your thing, cool. I’ve got my hands full over here with my life, I don’t need to worry about your life.”

Lastly, at the risk of making Producers “mad”, Kristin conceded that Queen Sophie-Anne is definitely around in Season 3!

Kristin is clearly more than your average actress, and it looks like Pam will continue to surprise and captivate fans in Season 3Season 3 starts June 13 on HBO.

SOURCE:  afterellen.com

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True Blood Inspires Fashion Line

May 19, 2010

There are a lot of ways to promote a television show, and HBO seems to have spared no expense when it comes to their latest guilty pleasure, True Blood. Viral ads, clips, and posters designed to entice already hooked fans as well as curious new viewers abound. In an interesting marketing move, Warner Brothers Home Video has paired with Australian fashion house, Saint Augustine Academy, and designer, Alvin Manalo, to cross promote the release of Season 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray in a vampire-inspired fashion show during Australian Fashion Week. The designer debuted a collection containing pieces for both men and women in black, white, and – of course – red. Pieces included goth-inspired, yet flowing dresses, one-piece rompers, structured shirts, and metal accents. Models wore heavy boots and unruly hair. The makeup was a severa pale base with red or black lips, chrome fangs, and metal-embellished eyebrows.

Mac Pro makeup artist, Karen Hopwood, summed up the seemingly odd collaboration best when she said, “music and film are really influencing fashion”.

Mumbrella writer, Emma Tom, noted that the current return of the popularity of the vampire genre has renewed an interest in goth style and that designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Christian Dior have previously presented collections in the same spirit.

Although vampire fashion may not be for everyone, the fact that True Blood-inspired a couture collection is reason enough to celebrate your favorite vampire‘s style (whether Jessica‘s envelope-pushing, teenager-rebelling outfits, Pam‘s tailored suits, or Bill‘s clean cut togs). True Blood vampires are not the exotic or extreme variety presented by Manalo, nevertheless, their unique fashion sensibilities are worth a second look at Season 2, which will be released on May 25.

(Sources:  Mumbrella.com, TheAustralian.com)

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True Blood Season 2 DVD Review

May 16, 2010

In advance of the release of True Blood, Season 2, on DVD May 25, the-trades.com reviewed the the series and the five disc set. I won’t recount the entire season here, as most of us have already seen it, but I will focus on the site’s review and the DVD set’s features.

The-Trades.com cites their highlights of the season, including:

1. Sookie‘s discovery of another telepath in Dallas

2. Eric‘s opinion of human children just before asking Sophie-Anne a favor

3. Bill‘s reunion with his maker, Lorena

While the site gave a very thorough and concise rundown of Season 2, I think it fell short when recounting Season 2 hits.

There were several well acted arcs and scenes beyond those noted above:

1. Jason‘s slow descent into the Fellowship of the Sun and his interactions with Steve, Sarah, and Luke (who could forget when Sarah tells him that God wants them to be together or when she tells him they must confess to Steve?)

2. Sam‘s shift in front of the deranged, brain-washed townsfolk (and Jason and Andy‘s reactions)

3. Sookie‘s blood bond with Eric, and the effect it has on her, in addition to her affinity to and compassion for Godric

There are too many more to recount! Luckily, the Season 2 disc set will let you relive your favorite scenes again and again. In addition to all 12 episdoes, the set also includes commentary on episodes 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12 from all the major players including Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, and Alexander Skarsgard. Bonus features also include Fellowship of the Sun sermons designed to incite the vampire hate in you led by either Reverend Steve Newlin or his wife, Sarah; and, “The Vampire Report” news magazine covering all current events involving vampires with a commercial for the American Vampire League and public service announcements geared toward vampires (have you been tested for Hepatitis D?). All in all, a well conceived season with a series of bonus features designed to enhance the existing episode content and further your entrenchment into the supernatural world of Sookie Stackhouse.

Season 2 will be released on Standard DVD, Blu-Ray disc, and in digital download format on May 25 and will be available from the HBO Store, Amazon, and iTunes.

(Source: The-Trades.com)

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True Blood’s Season 2 Soundtrack Track List Released

May 13, 2010

For those of us enjoying the unique musical score of True Blood Season 1, HBOhas released the track list for the Season 2 soundtrack to accompany the release of Season 2on DVD May 25. The soundtrack will include new material and classics as well as an acoustic version of the show’s bluesy theme by Jace Everett, “Bad Things“. If the vampire and supernatural-inspired names of the songs alone don’t tempt you, music by such renowned artists as Beck, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bob Dylan should.

The tracks include –

Howlin’ for My Baby by M. Ward

Evil (Is Going on) by Jace Everett and CC Adcock

Bad Blood by Beck

How to Become Clairvoyant by Robbie Robertson

Shake and Fingerpop by Jr. Walker and The All Stars

Frenzy by the Screamin’ Jay Hawks

Kiss Like Your Kiss by Lucinda Williamswith Elvis Costello

Gasoline and Matches by Buddy and Julie Miller

You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp) by Chuck Prophet

You’re Gonna Miss Me by The 13th Floor Elevators

Fresh Blood by the Eels

The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix) by Thievery Corporation

New World in My View by King Britt and Sister Gertrude Morgan

Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ by Bob Dylan

Bad Things (Acoustic) by Jace Everett

Ain’t No Invisible Man by Jakob Dylan

You Can’t Drive Me Away by Stone Temple Pilots

Dig by Headbone featuring Bubba Kendall

Get your iPods charged for continuous play to get you in the mood for the debut of Season 3 on June 13!  (The Season 2 soundtrack will be available via HBO’s Shop, Amazon, and iTunes.)

(Source: EW.com)

(Photo Credit: Covershut.com, HBO, Inc.)

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Carrie Preston to Participate in Reading of New Comedy

April 21, 2010

Carrie Preston, flame-haired Merlotte’s waitress, Arlene Fowler, on True Blood will participate in a reading of the new Chad Beguelin comedy, HARBOR. Chad Beguelin is the Tony Award nominated book writer and lyricist of “The Wedding Singer“.

The free public reading will be hosted by the Echo Theater Company and directed by John Lawler on Monday, April 26, 2010 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm at The Electric Lodge on 1416 Electric Avenue in Venice, California.

In addition to our beloved Carrie Preston, the reading will include David Burke, William Dennis Hurley, and Jeanne Syquia.

If you are in the Venice area, go out and support Carrie on Monday night for what is sure to be a fun evening!

SOURCES: 

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ChadBeguelin.com

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Deborah Ann Woll’s “Mother’s Day” Revamp Ready for Viewing

April 16, 2010

Director Darren Lynn Bousman has finished mixing his sure-to-be-a-hit remake of the 1980 scare flick, “Mother’s Day.” FEARnet.com writer, Joseph McCabe, claims that fans will be impressed to see TV favorites such as Deborah Ann Woll, “broaden their range … on the big screen”. Ms. Woll, of course, appears as our favorite vampire-in-training, Jessica Hamby, on “True Blood.” In “Mother’s Day” she plays Lydia Koffin, the only daughter in a family of five hell-bent on revenge against the family that is currently living in their childhood home.

Thriller/horror genre fans will delight in the plots fine points. The Koffins take the current homeowners and their guests hostage and exact sadistic games against them.

FEARnet.com‘s McCabe previewed two scenes from the film and recounts their psychological plot points. In one scene a Koffin brother is mortally injured in a fight and is determined not to die as a virgin. His mother intends for one of the female hostages to deflower him. Two of the male hostages must then fight to save their spouse/girlfriend and prevent the act from occurring. In a second scene a female prisoner manages to escape but a male prisoner must bring her back or his spouse/girlfriend will be killed. Ms. Woll appears alongside Deborah De Mornay, who plays Mother. McCabe calls the cast “impressive” and the film a less campy retake on the classic. No word on a release date just yet but as soon as we have the information we will post it. In the meantime you can visit the movie’s Web site to see the latest photos.

SOURCES:

FEARnet.com

IMDb.com

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“Dead in the Family” Hits Shelves May 4

April 8, 2010

book-sookie-stackhouse-charlaine-harris-dead-in-the-family-10A Book Reviewer from Wilmington, North Carolina’s Star News Online received his advanced copy of Charlaine Harris‘ “Dead in the Family” this week. For those of you who have been faithfully reading Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, this is the long-awaited tenth book. Harris’ blog acknowledges that the book has an underlying theme of family and specifically refers to those of Sam, Sookie, Eric, and Bill. The Star News Book Reviewer makes no note of the family theme, but he does give a general plot summary. I will try not to regurgitate too much here, but if you have not yet read this far in the book series, you may want to stop now.

Apparently Harris has Sookie mourning the loss of both her beloved Fairy Godmother, Claudine, who was killed during the Fairy War in “Dead and Gone“, and her grandfather, who has returned to the Fairy World permanently. Sookie attempts to make amends with Eric, and their struggle with defining their complicated relationship continues (Sookie inadvertently symbolically “married” Eric in the last book). In the biggest hint yet at what the book holds, the Reviewer notes that at least one of the Fairies did not return to the Fairy World and continues to exist in the Human World for the purpose of seeking revenge on Sookie. I see another mystery in readers’ futures!

This Reviewer’s preview certainly whets the appetites of those of us eagerly awaiting Sookie‘s next adventure. Given Harris’ blog post and lack of detail in either her notes or the Book Reviewer’s, I still wonder what will transpire between Sookie and Eric, Sookie and Bill, Sam, and Jason. Will Sookie’s discontentment with Alcide resolve (I can’t help but want her with him, though Harris seemed to dash that hope in the last few books!) Harris claims she had “big plans” for several characters but did not want to cram everything into this book and is holding some back for the next – giving fans more reasons to devour “Dead in the Family” and start awaiting the next. Fortunately, we have True Blood to tide us over in the interim!

SOURCE:  Star News Online

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