Nelsan Ellis Joins the cast of ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’

October 19, 2014

The Stanford Prison Experiment is Based on an Horrific True Experiment:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True BloodTrue Blood’s Nelsan Ellis (who played flamboyant Lafayette in the HBO vampire series) will join the cast of The Standford Prison Experiment alongside actress Olivia Thirlby.

Set in 1971, this true story is based on a psychological experiment conducted in which college students were sorted into ‘prisoners’ and ‘prison guards’. The results recorded shocking and sadistic behavior from these students.

IMDb lists the full movie synopsis as:

The Stanford prison experiment was ostensibly a psychological study of human responses to captivity and its behavioral effects on both authorities and inmates in prison. It was conducted in 1971 by a team of researchers led by Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University. Undergraduate volunteers played the roles of both guards and prisoners living in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. Within one day things got out of hand, and the “guards” used unmonitored brute force on many of the inmates. The experiment was cancelled after 6 days instead of the planned 14.

Nelsan Ellis will play a character called Jesse Fletcher, but little else is known yet about what role his character will play in this movie. Olivia Thirlby will play Christina Zimbardo, the wife of Dr. Philip Zimbardo (played by actor Billy Crudup), the man behind the experiment who would later go on to write a book on the psychology of good and evil behavior. Also starring are Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, James Frecheville, Johnny Simmons and Ki Hong Lee.

Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features will finance The Stanford Prison Experiment with Tim Talbott and P.W. Hopsidor having written the script. Brent Emery will produce along with Lizzie Friedman, Greg Little, Brian Geraghty and Lauren Bratman. Kyle Patrick Alvarez will direct.

Sounds like an interesting movie. Let us know if you will be watching The Stanford Prison Experiment by commenting below!

Source: Deadline – ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ Adds Olivia Thirlby, ‘True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis, More

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Nelsan Ellis’s ‘Bolden’ Movie Needs YOU!

September 4, 2014

Calling All People in the Atlanta Area Today:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True BloodAs we recently reported, True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis is set to star in the new movie, Bolden. It is a biopic based on the life of the cornet king, Buddy Bolden. Ellis has been cast in the role of Bartley, Bolden’s band manager. Currently filming is underway for this movie which is billed for cinematic release in 2015. But, if you are in the Atlanta area today (5th September 2014) and have not already auditioned for any extra work on set of this movie, now is your chance! All the casting details are supplied below:

THUR, FRI
ALL WEEK, SEPTEMBER 4, 5

For FITTINGS ALL WEEK – We are looking for AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES and FEMALES of all types to play 1900’s PICNIC IN THE PARK types. FRESH FACES – meaning you have NOT been fit to work on BOLDEN already. Looking for MALES who are 5’10 or SHORTER and should have a waist between 34″ and 40″. FEMALES should be no taller than 5’6, and have a bust SMALLER than a C. You MUST be available for a wardrobe fitting THIS WEEK. You must be willing to grow, trim, or cut your hair, and shave, or have your mustache/facial hair styled by our hair and makeup professionals.

SUBJECT – 1900’s PICNIC IN THE PARK (WEEKDAY of your availability – ie. Thursday Fitting)

Please Include 3 Photos of yourself:
– 1 Head shot style**
– 1 Medium**
– 1 Full Length**
– 1 Additional photo if you have any from a previous period film (ie, ‘Ring of Fire’, ‘Bessie’, ’42’,or any period film or TV show with a period feel )
**These photos should have been taken recently and MUST reflect exactly what you currently look like (well lit & in focus)

Please Submit to the email below and include the following:

1. Legal Name
2. Phone Number
3. Email
4. Age (Date of Birth)
5. Height
6. Weight
7. Hair Color/Style – Are you willing to change it? (Yes/No)
8. Tattoos (Yes/No – Location on Body)
9. Shirt/Blouse Size
10. Pant/Dress Size
11. Shoe Size
12. Current City
13. Car (Year/Color/Make/Model)

SUBJECT LINE: 1900’s PICNIC IN THE PARK (WEEKDAY of your availability – ie. Thursday Fitting)
PLEASE SEND YOUR SUBMISSION TO:
JazzMHC14@gmail.com

Let us know if you are auditioning for this by commenting below!

Source: Access Atlanta – Biopic “Bolden” needs extras in Atlanta this week

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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VIDEO: Watch the Full Comic Con True Blood Panel

August 31, 2014

HBO Has Released the Full Video of the True Blood Cast at San Diego’s Comic Con 2014:

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer San Diego Comic Con 2014Considering us truebies have nothing to watch this Sunday, it seems HBO has taken pity on us and released the entire video of the True Blood panel interview from San Diego’s Comic Con 2014. So sit back for the next hour, and get stuck into watching – and reminiscing – about the very last time there will be True Blood panel at Comic Con. Just be warned though, Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays vampire Pam) is crying as she walks onto stage, so make sure you have the tissues ready! And remember, watching it in hindsight is completely different to previously too because we all know exactly what they are talking about when they hint at upcoming events on True Blood Season 7.

The full panel includes: Nathan Parsons (James), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Carrie Preston, Arlene Fowler), Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin) Brian Buckner (showrunner), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pamela Swynford De Beaufort), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) and Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse).

Let us know your favorite moments from this video by commenting below!

Source: YouTube – True Blood Season 7: Comic-Con Panel (HBO)

(Photo Credit: San Diego Comic Con/HBO Inc.)

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Dragon Con 2014: True Blood Stars to Attend This Weekend

August 28, 2014

Dragon Con Opens on Friday 29th August:

True to the End HBO True Blood Season 7 promo posterTruebies will be able to get their True Blood fix this weekend at Dragon Con 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Doors open early on Friday 29th August and there is plenty going on besides the True Blood cast. If you are into cosplay, science fiction, comics, fantasy and gaming, then this is the place for you to be.

Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Michael McMillian (Steven Newlin) and Grant Bowler (Cooter) will be appearing during the course of the weekend. While Grant Bowler will be present for the Defiance panels, the other three cast members will be appearing at the times below:

True Blood—REBROADCAST ON DCTV
A look back at HBO’s supernatural series N.
Ellis, K. Bauer, M. McMillian

Friday 10:00 am; Peachtree Ballroom

Saturday – 11:30am; Centennial II-III

Sunday – 1:00pm; Peachtree Ballroom

Color Me Intrigued: Defiance Cast Q&A
The cast of Syfy’s hit show take a vacation from
their little slice of heaven to discuss all things
human and Votan. A. Sagers, K. Grazier, G. Bowler,
J. Rath

Friday 11:30 am; Peachtree Ballroom

Defiance: The Hard Way
No one is exactly who they appear to be, and
who better to shed light on the motives and
motivations of the characters than the cast who
play them.

Saturday 1:00 pm; Peachtree Ballroom

Defiance: Let Us Be Strong—REBROADCAST ON DCTV
The cast talk about the city they call home, as
it is both on screen and behind the scenes.

Sun 5:30 pm; Peachtree Ballroom

For a full schedule on the Dragon Con event, please click here, or visit the website here.

Let us know if you are attending the event by commenting below!

Source: Dragon Con – website

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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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

(Photo Credits: HBO Inc.)

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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.

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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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)

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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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’

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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