Nelsan Ellis Has A Soft Spot for Pups

September 26, 2009

89631806tk052_melanie_segal-1-735779True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis, who portrays Lafayette Reynolds, made an appearance at Melanie Segal’s Teen Choice Lounge last month.  Nelsan took the time to hug a puppy that was available for adoption through Tails of the City Animal Rescue.  Tails of the City holds adoptions every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at Petco on La Brea in Los Angeles.  They also have a facebook group, Tails of the City Animal Rescue.


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Nelsan Ellis Attends RCN Party In Chicago

September 20, 2009

hamiltons_091109-134_print1RCN Corporation is a leading provider of all-digital and high definition video, high speed internet and premium voice services.  RCN hosted a Fangtasia event on Sept. 11 and Nelsan Ellis made a guest appearance.  Two hundred fans showed up for the event and the line stretched down the block.  To turn Hamilton’s into Fangtasia, the building was filled with coffins and tombstones.  Their version of True Blood was also being served along with food and other refreshments.

Twenty fans were able to meet Nelsan and get autographed photos.  Nelsan is a Chicago native and is best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood.  Tom McKay, general manager of RCN Chicago, says:

“The turnout for ‘Fangtasia‘ surpassed our expectations. Thanks to our partnership with HBO and Nelsan Ellis, who was very interactive with the crowd, the event was an excellent way for us to reach out to our customers including college students in the surrounding area.”

RCN will also be sponsoring blood drives at the University of Illinois Medical Center on Sept. 17 and 24 to continue with the True Blood theme.  Donors will be receiving giveaways.  Visit for more information.


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True Blood’s Beauty Secrets

September 17, 2009

kqnefhgbn6th9d3erfldcw19872Brigitte A. Myre , leading make-up artist for True Blood, recently shared some beauty secrets from the show with  Sookie’s look for the first season was a simple and innocent, giving her a virginal appearance.  Brigitte uses Cover FX foundation to make Anna Paquin’s complexion look flawless. Light lipstick and mascara completed Sookie’s look for season oneSookie is more sultry for season two, so Brigitte made her make-up more dramatic.

Jessica has a very smooth look.  Her skin looks like porcelain and Brigitte doesn’t take credit for that at all.  She says:

“Actress Deborah Ann Woll is blessed with a nearly blemish free complexion.”

Brigitte simply applies Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer to get Deborah ready for the camera.

For Tara‘s look, Brigitte uses two shades of Bobbi Brown foundation to give her a smooth and even skin tone.  Brigitte says:

“Like many women of color, [actress] Rutina Wesley has some hyperpigmentation.”

Brigitte also reveals the secret behind Maryann‘s stare.  She uses lots and lots of false lashes.  In addition to her work on True Blood, Brigitte is also an Emmy award winner for her make up artistry for Buffy, The Vampire Slayer.


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Alan Ball Nominated for Golden Derby

September 14, 2009

aball_252Alan Ball is nominated for a Golden Derby in the category of Creative Person of the Decade for Six Feet Under and True Blood.  The other nominees in that category are as follows:

J.J. Abrams (Alias, Felicity, Fringe, Lost, What About Brian?), Jerry Bruckheimer (Amazing Race, Cold Case, CSI franchise, Without A Trace), David Chase (Sopranos), Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant (Extras, Office), Brian Grazer (Arrested Development, Felicity, Friday Night Lights, Sports Nights, 24), David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Boston Public, Practice), Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night, Studio 60, West Wing), and Joss Whedon (Angel, Buffy, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible, Firefly). was the first Web site devoted to predicting all the top showbiz awards.  The Web site was launched in 1999 by Tom O’Neil.  O’Neil was most interested in how each award affects the other. All ballots for the Golden Derby Awards must be received by midnight on Friday, Sept. 25.  The winners will be announced in a chat room ceremony and in a thread in the Emmys forum of  The date will be announced later but it will be in late September.


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True Blood Cast Speak with

September 13, 2009

Charlaine-on-the-set-of-true-bloodSam Trammell, Charlaine Harris, Michael McMillian, and Alexander Skarsgard were recently interviewed by to discuss their experience working on True BloodCharlaine and each cast member shared their opinions which ranged from comparing True Blood to the books and other vampire series to their interpretation of their characters.

Although True Blood deviates quite a bit from Charlaine‘s books, she was asked how she felt about the deviations on the show this year.  Charlaine responded by stating said:

“Well I think it provides two forms of entertainment instead of one; I’m all for it, I love the differences. I like to be surprised.”

She says the biggest surprise for her and happiest change was the character JessicaCharlaine says:

“Without a doubt I thought, ‘Oh I wish I had done that.’ She’s brillant, it’s brillant to give Bill a child.” jokingly asked Sam Trammel if his character, Sam Merlotte, will ever make it out of town, to which he replied:

“He tries. He tries to get out of town. He’s very loyal to Bon Temps, he’s a very protective person and I think that ultimately he knows that he can’t leave people hanging. And that’s basically where he’s at right now. So Sam‘s…sticking around.”

Sam and Charlaine went on to state during the interview that they are not intimidated by the other vampire shows that are soon to air like Vampire Diaries or I Heart Vampires and wish them the best of luck. asked Michael McMillian to describe his interpretation of his character, the vampire hating leader of the the Fellowship of the Sun church, Rev. Steve Newlin.  He said:

“People seem to love Steve Newlin. I’ve been told I’m creepy and hateable but out on the floor at Comic Con there’s been nothing but love, I have to say. I think people are just so excited, thankfully, by the characters on the show. I think it’s the kind of show where the bad guys are just as fun to watch as the good guys. And who’s to say that Steve is really a bad guy.”

Michael was asked if there seemed to be a lot of unnecessary touching between Steve and Jason.  He said:

“Well Jason is a very magnetic personality. Obviously he caught the eye of Mrs. Newlin. I just think Steve is so infatuated with how popular and capable Jason is. I think we’ll see where it goes. I think it’s a lot of fun. I like flirting with danger as an actor for lack of a better term. And it became really apparent to me really quickly that there is something about Jason that Steve is drawn to. If you are familiar with the books and you know the future to Jason‘s character, it’s sort of a subtle wink to an aspect about he and Sookie.”

One notable scene from season two was when vampire sheriff Eric was getting his hair highlighted.  When Alex Skarsgard was asked how the scene came about he stated that it was Alan Ball’s idea.  He adds:

“Well, I was wearing a wig…and we all felt that maybe it was time to get rid of it. And they kinda needed a way to get rid of it, and came up with that, and I just kinda loved it. I thought it was a great idea.”

Alex was asked if there would be more flashbacks with Eric and Godric to which he stated:

“I truly hope so. We have like…I wanted more stuff with me and Godric, I thought that would be fun. Because Allan Hyde, the guy that plays Godric, is really good, a really fun guy, and he’d be fun to…I mean…I mean Eric and Godric hung around for almost a thousand years together and had a lot of fun together so I think there’s definitely a possibility for more flashbacks.”

Alex went on to elaborate on certain aspects of his about his character, Eric.  He feels that Eric is over humanity and doesn’t really find humans to be interesting at all.  He adds:

“He’s kind of like, whatever, they’re kind of naive and that interaction doesn’t give him anything at all. But Sookie‘s obviously different; there’s something interesting about her and he doesn’t really know what it is and I think that kind of triggers him.”


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Nelsan Ellis and Rutina Wesley Talk to Bay Windows

September 11, 2009

gw4331Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynold) and Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) from Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood recently made a guest appearance at Kings bowling alley and restaurant that had fans lining down the block for a chance to meet the stars. Nicole Mortimer from Bay Windows News had the opportunity to ask the stars some questions about the reasons behind the success of the show.  Ms. Mortimer asked them both the question that since Nelsan‘s character is gay, but he himself is not, how do they feel about the large gay following the show has? Rutina credits the gay community with keeping the show on air and are moved by “out” stories.  Both were asked to give their opinion on what it is like to work with the Golden Globe and Emmy award winning Alan Ball, the creator of the show.  Rutina states:

“Working with Alan Ball is an actor’s dream. He knows how to communicate and not make you run into the corner crying. [He’s] an actor’s dream. I feel lucky to be part of the show.”

To which Nelsan adds:

“A god among men. He’s a terrific boss, terrific writer, terrific director, he’s great.”

When asked about the most challenging aspect of their characters, Rutina says it is the “range of emotions” that she has to work out of her system. After playing over and over again such very deep emotional scenes, after the season ends “it takes a couple of months to get Tara out of my body.”

For Nelsan the most challenging aspect for him is:

“[Lafayette] has no structure. No family issues…he’s the only character who is independent of everyone. It’s hard having nothing to go on. And kissing a man.”

Rutina mentions that she loves that she does not portray the stereotypical black woman on television and it allows her to create Tara how she sees her, which is very different from the books.  Nelsan‘s states that his favorite characteristic of Lafayette is his strength and his willingness to be who he is despite what society says “and he does it with pizzazz. His defiance I love.”

As a final teaser question both Rutina and Nelsan were asked to give their impression of another well-known vampire franchise out there called Twilight ( I’m, sure you must have heard of this one).  Rutina states that ’Twilight’ is for the teens and True Blood is for the adults. It’s raw.”  Nelsan concurs by stating that it is a ” little PG for me but it opens it up to people like my kid who couldn’t watch True Blood.”


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Charlaine Harris’ 10th Book Entitled Dead In The Family

September 6, 2009

collageCharlaine Harris has announced the title of her 10th book in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series entitled “Dead In The Family” which is set to be released May 2010Charlaine wrote on her blog that the concept for Dead In The Family was originally different from the book that she ended up writing.  She states that at first she thought that her 10th book would be very episodic, however it turned out to have a very unifying theme and “to have a crazy night of resolution.”

The Amazon UK site has posted a summary of the tenth Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead in the Family, but as to whether or not it is correct it may be too early to say   The states the following synopsis:

Sookie Stackhouse has finally settled into a relationship with the Viking vampire Eric, and her errant brother Jason seems to have his life in order too. But all the other people in Sookie‘s life –Eric himself, her former lover Bill, her friend and boss Sam-are having family problems. Eric‘s maker shows up with Eric‘s ‘brother’ in tow, the ailing Bill can only be healed by a blood sibling, and Sam‘s brother’s marriage is about to take place…or will it? The furor raised by the coming out of the two-natured has yet to settle; some people are just not ready to sit down to dinner with a man who turns into a dog. And Sookie herself is still recovering from her last ordeal. She’s definitely improving, physically and mentally, but she’s always going to have some dark moments to show. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passersby in the Stackhouse woods; now Sookie is about to come face-to-face with one of ther distant relatives.

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Write Your Own True Blood Episode For Entertainment Weekly

September 5, 2009

gw433Undoubtedly, we will be miserable this Labor Day weekend without a new episode of True Blood.  However, Entertainment Weekly has come to the rescue.  Ken Tucker invites you to submit your entry into the “Write Your Own True Blood Episode” competition.   Here are the details:

“Starting now until Sunday at 9 a.m. EST, please use the comments section to write a quick summary of the True Blood episode you wish was airing this Sunday, Sept. 6.”

All you need is a few sentences that outline your plot.  Ken says:

“Describe an episode in a way similar to those ‘log lines’ that your cable provider gives you. You know, like ‘Bill asks the Vampire Queen for help; Sookie and Lafayette try to save Tara but encounter an angry Maryann’-that sort of thing.”

Your plot should go along with season two’s storyline.  Winners will be announced on Sunday night, Sept. 6 at 9 p.m.  There will be categories such as Best Written, The Funniest and The Craziest.  Don’t miss True Blood’s season two finale on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9pm EDT on HBO.


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Eric Northman Is One of TV’s Top Villains

September 5, 2009

truebloodblog_eric-hair-blood1Popwatch’s Mandi Beirly was wondering if Eric Northman was going to eat the children in last Sunday’s episode of True Blood. Alex Skarsgard does such a tremendous job with his role as Eric, some may wonder how much of the character is scripted, and how much of it is Alex‘s acting ability.   Several actions from Eric‘s scenes from episode eleven were pointed out from the way he leaned on his elbow as he listened to Sam ask for help, the wink he gave to Arlene’s kids, the way he fixed his hair after flying in to see Queen Sophie-Ann.  Before you start thinking that Mandi is giving Alex too much credit, she points out that Alex worked closely with the show’s costume designer for the hair foil scene in season two’s second episode.  It’s not doubted that Alex is doing an excellent job with his portrayal of vampire sheriff, Eric

Popwatch mentions that TV’s bad men (and women) tend to play second fiddle to big-screen evil and need to be celebrated.  So they are asking readers to let them know who are the best bads seen on the small screen.  Currently Eric seems the be the favorite bad guy on the screen right now.


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Ryan Kwanten Talks About His Role as Jason Stackhouse

September 2, 2009

jason-stackhouse-true-blood-hboRyan Kwanten, who portrays Jason Stackhouse on True Blood, spent most of season one with his clothes off.  Ryan has no issues with exposing his body on screen.  He says:

“I feel like it’s something Jason, my character, would actually do. I never feel like I’m putting myself out on a wire, because the writing is always so good as well. And most of the time the actresses are more nervous than me anyway.”

The 32-year-old Australian actor tries to stay in good physical condition for the show.  Ryan says:

“I just try and cater the body to the role, obviously Jason is someone who looks after himself. He’s very vain. He’s aware of his looks, so it’s important that I stay on top of it but I also just enjoy fitness in general.”

Ryan was a star on the Australian soap Home and Away before taking on the role of Sookie Stackhouse’s brother.  Ryan says most fans are surprised that he is Australian.  He says:

“It’s a nice compliment to get even American people or people from the South coming up and saying where in the South am I from, and then when I actually talk they think I’m putting this accent on.”

Though season two of True Blood is coming to a close for fans in the U.S., the season does not begin until September 15th in Australia.  The Australian fans may be disappointed to find out that Jason Stackhouse remains clothed for most of season two.


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