True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Joins ‘Bolden’ Cast

August 11, 2014

Nelsan Cast as Manager of the Bolden Band:

Nelsan Ellis True Blood LafayetteRecently we reported that True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis was appearing in the latest James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Well, it seems he has scored another music movie role, this time in the upcoming, Bolden. It follows the story of Buddy Bolden, considered by many as the father of jazz music. Nelsan will play the role of Bolden’s band manager.

The movie is directed by Dan Pritzker from a script he wrote four years ago. Some of this movie was shot back in 2010. As a result of this time delay and due to schedule conflicts, the role of Buddy Bolden has been recast. Gary Carr (of Downtown Abbey fame) will now take over from Anthony Mackie. Ian McShane has been cast as Judge Perry, Bolden’s  nemesis.

Jon Cornick and Michele Tayler will produce this movie, with Leonard Loventhal, Ed Arrendell and Wynton Marsalis are listed as executive producers. Wynton Marsalis will also compose and perform music in this new movie.

Source: Variety - Ian McShane, ‘True Blood’ Actor Nelsan Ellis Join Jazz Biopic ‘Bolden’

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Two Extra True Blood Cast Members Announced for Dragon Con!

August 10, 2014

Nelsan Ellis and Michael McMillian Will Attend Dragon Con 2014:

Dragon Con 2014 Nelsan Ellis and Michael McMillianRecently we announced that True Blood’s Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays vampire Pam) will be attending this year’s Dragon Con. Well, we can now confirm that there will be two more True Blood stars attending!

Firstly, Nelsan Ellis, who plays the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds, is the first new guest we can announce. Michael McMillian, who played anti-vampire activist turned gay American vampire is the second new cast member attending.

Dragon Con runs from Friday August 29th through to Monday September 1st 2014 – so you better hurry if you want to attend this fabulous event!

If you want to purchase tickets, of to find out additional information about this event, you can click here.

Source: Dragon Con – website

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True Blood Season 7: Lafayette Gets ‘Happily Ever After’

August 10, 2014

Nelsan Ellis Confirms a Happy Ending For His Character Lafayette:

James (Nathan Parsons) and Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) get cosy in HBO's True Blood Season 7For fans of HBO’s True Blood, the biggest fear coming into Season 7, is which of their favorite cast members will survive to the very end. For Lafayette Reynolds fans, at least, it seems that there is a happy ending in sight for his story line. In recent episodes we saw the start of a new relationship with vampire James (played by Nathan Parsons). While Nelsan doesn’t truly confirm that Lala makes it to the very final episode of True Blood, there is confirmation of love for this flamboyant character:

He does get that happiness, and it’s a long time coming. He had to kill his last boyfriend [Kevin Alejandro]. This season for him is about redemption and taking command of his happiness… I think the relationship with Kevin’s character, [Jesus], was deeper, but I think the relationship with Nathan [Parson]‘s character is more stable. I think it’s lasting. He’s in it for the long run, and you know there’s a lot of different things that will play into him being a vampire and living for how many years. But I think [with] this relationship, Lafayette is thinking, “I need to settle down. I’m done.” Lafayette used to be a prostitute, and I think he’s just like, “We love each other. Let’s just do it.” I think that they made a decision, and Bucky [showrunner Brian Buckner] was like, “We’re going to give him a happy ending” — no pun intended.

You can read the full interview Nelsan Ellis did with The Hollywood Reporter by clicking here.

Are you glad to see Lafayette get the happiness he deserves? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter - The actor promises “a happy ending” for his character’s new relationship when the series concludes.

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VIDEO: True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Talks About ‘Get On Up’

August 9, 2014

From Lafayette to Bobby Byrd in the Latest James Brown Movie:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True BloodNelsan Ellis may be leaving HBO’s True Blood behind but has managed to walk straight into an iconic movie part; that of playing Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Originally though, Nelsan auditioned for the main role of James Brown:

I originally was supposed to audition for James Brown, but it’s funny because I called Tate and I was like “I don’t know which character I like more, James Brown or Bobby Byrd.” In my heart of hearts I knew I liked Bobby Byrd more. For some reason I had a connection to him. I auditioned for James Brown. It went alright but he came back to me and said “You’re not right for James Brown, but we all agree that you look like Bobby Byrd.” They offered me Bobby. It was meant to be.

Synopsis:

A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Director: Tate Taylor

Writers: Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd

You can also view a video interview Nelsan recently did with EuroWeb below:

Sources: Euroweb - Jill Scott and Nelsan Ellis Share Favorite Scenes From ‘Get On Up’ (Watch)

Men’s Journal - Nelsan Ellis Bares His Soul

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Who Does Nelsan Ellis Channel to Become True Blood’s Lafayette?

August 7, 2014

HINT: It’s a Female Singer:

Nelsan Ellis looks fabulous as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Blood Season 7For many fans of HBO’s True Blood, Lafayette Reynolds is a character that is loaded with flamboyance and fabulous one liners. Each season has seen Lafayette progress from one gorgeous look to the next. Fake eyelashes, loads of gold and outrageous scarves being part of his signature look. But how does the actor, Nelsan Ellis, get his Lala on? Recently The Hollywood Reporter asked him this very question, to which he replied:

I listen to Beyonce — “Partition” please — and then I’m sitting there and I’m getting all feminine. Rihanna used to be the one, but then this season, [Beyonce's] album is so sexual and feminine and marvelous. It gets me to that place. They put the makeup and the eyelashes on, and I listen to “Partition,” and I’m doing the switch and the hand movements, and I turn into my mama, and I turn into Lafayette.

Well, there you have it! You can watch the video clip of Beyonce’s Partition below and decide for your self whether Nelsan has indeed channeled the former Destiny’s Child singer. Just be aware that this video is the explicit version, so is not entirely safe for work ;-)

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter - ‘True Blood’s’ Nelsan Ellis on Series Finale and Favorite Lafayette Moments (Q&A)

YouTube/Beyonce VEVO - Beyoncé – Partition (Explicit Video)

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COMIC CON 2014: What if There Was a True Blood Season 8?

August 2, 2014

The True Blood Cast Discuss Their Show For the Last Time at Comic Con:

Kristin Bauer van Straten stars as vampire Pam in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 (entitled 'May Be the Last Time')For the cast of HBO’s True Blood, attending San Diego’s Comic Con this year was bittersweet. While they got to celebrate their show one last time, it also churned up the emotions too. For Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays vampire Pam – a character with, ironically, very little display of emotion) it was particularly trying. As a person who gets very emotional very easily, she felt worn out and dehydrated by the end:

It’s been really intense. I’m totally dehydrated. I feel like I’m ten months pregnant and I just need a c-section because it’s going on forever.

While Kristin never wanted the show to end, she is certainly over having to relive the end of it!

And what if they did go into a Season 8? Where do they think their characters could have gone? Is there anything their character hadn’t done that the actor would liked to have seen happen if there were another season? Carrie Preston, the actor who plays Arlene Fowler, was happy with Arlene’s story line, but she felt it would have been interesting to see her character become a supernatural!

You can watch the full Comic Con interview EW did with the True Blood cast below:

What would you have liked to see if there was a True Blood Season 8? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

Source: EW/YouTube - Comic-Con 2014: True Blood cast reveal the moment she felt she was *really* on ‘True Blood’

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COMIC CON 2014: True Blood Cast Hints at a ‘Not Happily Ever After’

July 29, 2014

Are Eric and Pam True Blood’s Version of ‘True Love’ Then?

True to the End HBO True Blood Season 7 promo posterLast weekend at San Diego’s Comic Con 2014, Zap2It got to talk to the cast of HBO’s True Blood about things such as true love and happy ends and do they exist in the Sookieverse. So how do the residents of Bon Temps and Shreveport view love in this TV series?

According to Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam, she feels her character’s relationship with her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) transcends the idyllic notion of true love – after all they have been together for more than a hundred years. She suggests that their love is perfect and unconditional after all their time together.

Nelsan Ellis (who plays the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds) thinks that his character could definitely find true love. And then immediately backs it up with a ‘but we’ll have to wait and see‘ stock response. Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), on the other hand, believes his character has come to forgive vampires and has had the realization that vendettas are actually pointless. Once he discovers this, he also finds out that he is no longer alone in this word any more.

As for Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur) and Anna Camp (who plays god-shopper and resident baddie, Sarah Newlin), both women agree that Arlene could possibly be the only person who could talk some sense into Sarah. But apparently the pair never get a scene together, so it is a moot point. Although, this would indicate that Sarah Newlin’s story line could be held entirely in Dallas for this final season. And what a shame too, that is one southern scrag fight I would have loved to see!

Stephen Moyer’s (who plays vampire Bill Compton who is currently suffering from an accelerated dose of Hep-V) words are possibly the most telling though. When asked about whether there will be a happy ending for anyone in True Blood Season 7, his reply was:

I’m not sure that’s how Alan Ball conceived things. Even though Alan’s not running the show any more, happily ever after is something that we have always known on our show that as soon as something good happens to a character, something bad is about to happen. So, do you ever know? Are they ever happy? I don’t know.

You can watch the full Zap2It video interview and make up your own mind on the fate of True Blood:

How do you think True Blood will end? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Zap2It – ‘True Blood’ Cast Teases the End of Season 7

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True Blood Cast Eye Off Mementos

July 28, 2014

What Would You Keep?

With only five  more episodes to go in this final season of HBO’s True Blood, cast members talk about what mementos they 5 eps leftwould like to have from their time on set.

Anna Paquin (who plays main character, Sookie Stackhouse) said that she has lived so much of her life on that set:

This has been creatively, the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do, I mean, I’ve gotten to live with this character for seven years…

Kristen Bauer (Pam) tells us that her eye is on a leather jacket, the one with studded shoulders that was made for her. Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), thinks the only thing he’d like is the “Stackhouse” badge that he wears as a cop in the series.

As for Deborah Ann Woll (who plays vampire Jessica Hamby)?

I would really, really like her little red riding hood cape.

Lauren Bowles (Holly Cleary) and Sam Trammel (Sam Merlotte), would both like something from Merlotte’s:

It was my place of employment, they’ve got the gumbo, I’ve looked at it; when ever I’m bored or sad, I stared at them…

Nelsen Ellis would  like to take Lafayette’s eyelashes:

… ’cause they made me feel pretty.

Check out the video below, you can watch the full video on what the True Blood stars would like to keep from their time on set:

As a diehard  Truebie, what would you like if you were on set on that final day?

Personally, I think I’d like to take one of Alcide’s shirts.

Source: TV Guide - What Items Are True Blood Cast Members Stealing from Set?

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Win Tickets to the Latest Nelsan Ellis Movie!

July 23, 2014

Nelsan Ellis is Set to Star in the James Brown Story, Get On Up:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True BloodFor fans of HBO’s True Blood, there are only five episodes left of their favorite vampire show. This means they are eagerly lining up to watch anything they can find that contains True Blood cast members. If you’re a Lafayette Reynolds fan, than look no further! The actor who plays Lala, Nelsan Ellis, is set to star in the James Brown Story, Get On Up (Universal Pictures). The movie will be released on August 1st 2014. But for all you fans who live in South Florida, there is the chance to win tickets to the advanced screening of this fantastic movie. Check out the details below from Flick Direct:

Simply enter by tweeting (using the button below) and following FlickDirect on twitter. All names will be entered into a drawing for two complimentary tickets to see the advance screening of GET ON UP in West Palm Beach, FL.

Contest ends July 26, 2014. For more information please visit the GET ON UP movie page on FlickDirect.com or the official website at http://www.getonupmovie.com.

Also, if you own an iPhone/Android or iPad, be sure to download the Movie Hype app to have your device countdown with you until GET ON UP is released in theaters.

HE BROKE RULES. HE BROKE BARRIERS. HE SHOOK THE WORLD. FROM THE DIRECTOR OF “THE HELP.” CHADWICK BOSEMAN, NELSAN ELLIS, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE VIOLA DAVIS AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNER OCTAVIA SPENCER STAR IN “GET ON UP” (THE JAMES BROWN STORY). ON AUGUST 1ST, FEEL THE FUNK.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Rated PG-13. Winners will be contacted by their twitter account to provide address information.

True Blood's Nelsan Ellis stars in the James Brown Story. Get On Up

Let us know how you go with this competition by commenting below!

Source: Flick Direct – Win a Complimentary Pass to See an Advance Screening of Universal Pictures’ GET ON UP

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True Blood’s Nathan Parsons Discusses His Character’s Love Life

July 23, 2014

James the Vampire is in a Love Triangle with Jessica and Lafayette:

James (Nathan Parsons) and Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) get cosy in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' and previously titled 'Return to Oz')In Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood, we saw newly made vampire, Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), falling for the brooding James (then played by Luke Grimes) while both were trapped in Vamp Camp. Now, with Season 7, it seems James has not only gotten a new look (with the role being taken over by newcomer, Nathan Parsons), but also a new direction in relation to his love life! While many fans have been busy wondering if Luke Grimes left because of other movie commitments or as a result of a diversion in character that he wasn’t expecting, for his replacement, Nathan Parsons, he is just happy to be on the hit show.

While James and Jessica have been turning into a boring old married couple getting comfortable with each other and the changing world around them, there has been one human that has been helping James: Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis). It is through this new friendship that we learn of how James was turned and how he is also bisexual. With one thing leading to another, we found Lala and James in the back of a car in Episode 5 (entitled Lost Cause) last week.

Recently The Hollywood Reporter got a chance to ask him all about this story line, and in particular the fact that gay relationships are not as openly physically portrayed on television even though there are now plenty of gay couples gracing our screens. Nathan had this to say:

We just had to be really careful about how we went about it. We didn’t want it to be uncomfortable to watch or over the top. It has to be something that is seemingly organic and loving, instead of just having sex for the sake of having sex. I think that was the difficult line to walk. It comes out of nowhere and we have to do it tastefully, and we all have to be comfortable with what’s happening. But Howard [Deutch], the director, was great about it. Nelsan and I just went along for the ride, and I think it turned out really well.

And this story is important and should be told and needs to be shared. It’s a story that’s being told all over the place, and TV doesn’t pay enough attention to it. The “Do I love this guy or love this girl?” and “Is this right or is this wrong?” becomes more important than the act itself, and that I think was really well done by the writer [Craig Chester] and Howard and Nelsan and myself.

While it seemed Jessica was pretty shaken up by catching out the pair, will there be a rekindling of their relationship? According to Nathan, no, there won’t be. Especially since Jessica will have a new situation to deal with. Nathan didn’t expand on what this would be, it makes fans wonder if maybe Jessica will contract Hep-V like Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and, more recently, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)? Or is he simply alluding to the fact that Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) girlfriend, Violet (Karolina Wydra) knows all about the tryst he and Jessica had not long after Jessica discovered James and Lafayette together?

You can read the full interview Nathan Parsons did with THR by clicking here.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter - ‘True Blood’s’ Nathan Parsons on Sex Scene: A ‘Difficult Line to Walk’ (Q&A)

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