July 29, 2014
Are Eric and Pam True Blood’s Version of ‘True Love’ Then?
Last 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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July 28, 2014
What Would You Keep?
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?
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
July 23, 2014
Nelsan Ellis is Set to Star in the James Brown Story, Get On Up:
For 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.
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.
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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
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Universal Pictures)
July 23, 2014
James the Vampire is in a Love Triangle with Jessica and Lafayette:
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)
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
July 22, 2014
Truebies Can Check Out the Latest Instagram ‘Thank You’ Videos:
Truebies are honored during this final season of HBO’s True Blood with the hash tag #GoodbyesSuck and a slew of thank you videos from the cast on social media sites, including Instagram.
You can check out each Instragram video below for the following True Blood cast: Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) and Tara Buck (Ginger the screamer). All you need to do is click on each image and it will take you straight to their personal Instagram video message on True Blood’s official Instagram page (truebloodhbo)
Be sure to check back for more later on!
*EDIT: You can view Ryan Kwanten’s thank you video by clicking here.*
Raise a glass of Tru Blood for Rutina Wesley as she thanks fans for support and love throughout the years. #GoodbyesSuck #TrueBlood
A message of thanks to all of the LaLa fans from Nelsan Ellis. #GoodbyesSuck #TrueBlood
@JoeManganiello is “grateful for all of your support,” Truebies. #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood
“You went on this ride with us & it was so fun.” Sam Trammell thanks all of the Truebies for experiencing Bon Temps with him. #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck
Tara Buck says thanks to all Truebies the only way she knows how. Read her full interview at www.TrueToTheEnd.com. #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck #TrueBlood
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc/.Instagram)
July 19, 2014
Find Out What Nelsan Ellis Has to Say About Lafayette:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood can tune into The Today Show this Monday 21st July 2014 to hear Nelsan Ellis (who plays the colorful Lafayette Reynolds in True Blood Season 7) chat about True Blood finishing up. Nelsan will be appearing in the 7.00 – 7.30am time slot alongside Kate Hudson, Dan Aykroyd and Craig Robinson.
Make sure you check back here if you miss it and we will post the video interview as soon as it becomes available!
Source: OregonLive - TV talk shows: Monday, July 21
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
July 7, 2014
Deborah Ann Woll’s boyfriend, EJ Scott, Interviews a Whole Heap of True Blood Stars:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood can check out the latest podcast interviews with EJ Scott (the boyfriend of True Blood actor Deborah Ann Woll). EJ will be interviewing a whole heap of actors leading up to the True Blood Season 7 finale. So far, the list of cast interviewed are as follows:
- Joe Manganiello (1/27/2014)
- Chris Bauer (3/20/2014)
- Marshall Allman (3/27/2014)
- Sam Trammell (5/13/2014)
- Rutina Wesley (6/23/2014)
- Ryan Kwanten (7/3/2014)
Clicking on the links will take you straight through to EJ’s podcast interviews, but make sure you check back here regularly as we know of at least two more interviews (with Stephen Moyer and Nelsan Ellis) pending thanks to EJ’s shoutouts on Twitter.
Source: EJ Scott – Podcast Interviews
(Photo Credit: EJScott.com)
June 18, 2014
True Blood Cast – Past and Present – Walk the Red Carpet:
With only a few days to go until the premiere on HBO of True Blood Season 7, fans are in for a much needed treat: the red carpet premiere event! Trubies around the globe are lamenting the fact this will be the VERY LAST red carpet premiere event. But, with this sadness, there is still excitement. While most fans couldn’t attend the event – even from the sidelines – let TrueBloodNet fill you in on what went down!
While many of the cast members including Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Sam Trammell (Sam), Joe Manganiello (Alcide), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), Ryan Kwanten (Jason), and Chris Bauer (Andy) turned up at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, a notable exception was – once again – Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman). However, this was to be expected. This is not because HBO are keeping him under tight wraps until his story line is resolved (involving that full frontal suntanning incident in True Blood Season 6), but because his is currently in London for the movie, Tarzan.
ExtraTV was on hand during the premiere event and you can watch their video interviews below:
What I found the most interesting with these videos is something Anna Paquin said: while the story line for True Blood Season 7 has been written, scenes are still being shot – so does this mean that things may change still? Only time will tell!
Something else interesting that popped up during the red carpet event was the appearance of Janina Gavankar and Michael MacMillian. Janina’s character, Luna Garza, died in Season 6, so why was she at the Season 7 event? Perhaps Luna will be one of the characters promised to return this season? Michael’s character, Steve Newlin was another character who didn’t survive Season 6, and with his wife, Sarah Newlin (played by Anna Camp), still alive and kicking could there be more to his story line as well?
As well as posing for pictures, many of the cast posed with a placard displaying the hashtag #TrueToTheEnd – do you think True Blood Season 7 will remain true to the end? Let us know in the comments below!
Finally, you can view all the Twitter and Instagram shots taken during the event by the stars themselves in the photo gallery below.
Sources: ExtraTV - ‘True Blood’ Cast Spills Details on Final Season at L.A. Premiere
(Photo Credits: Twitter (see links above)/Instagram (see links above))
June 15, 2014
Who Teams up for Some Same-Sex Action on HBO’s True Blood Season 7?
While not a lot has been revealed yet, TVLine have released this very interesting teaser for an upcoming episode in Season 7 when a fan asked or a spoiler on the final season:
How about what’s sure to be the most talked-about sex scene in True Blood history? And yes, it’s crazier than that time Bill [Compton (played by Stephen Moyer)] climbed out of his grave and had sex with Sookie [Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin)] in the graveyard. This same-sex hookup, between two non-gay characters, goes down in Episode 2 of the show’s final season — and trust me, it was worth the wait. I can’t say much more, but in case you’re wondering, this particular “love” scene is accompanied by strings.
Strings? As in 50 Shades of Grey type of strings? Or maybe they just mean there will be strings attached? Either way, this will be one interesting love scene, that’s for sure!
So who will it involve? While Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) is openly gay in True Blood, this would seem like the most likely person. However, it would not be a shock to see him pairing up with another guy – after all, we’ve already seen that when he hooked up with the awesome Jesus (Kevin Alejandro).
But, remember back in Season 6 when Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) healed Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and there was the promise of a Jason/Eric dream pairing there? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we got to see this in Season 7? And according to True Blood’s show runner, Brian Buckner, this might just be a reality:
I think you can reasonably expect it. With our show there is an appetite — Alan from the get-go called it “popcorn for smart people.” And popcorn is addictive: You keep eating it and expect there to be another piece of popcorn right away. My favorite shows on TV make you wait for things. So the idea that I failed to deliver on a promise when I only made one episode after that promise … You know, sometimes things are better when we wait for them. I would love to get our audience conditioned to the idea that this might be a show that delays gratifications sometimes. Because of course we know people want to see that dream. The setup wasn’t written lightly. And believe me, there were HBO executives who were saying, “You have to give us the dream!” And we will. Of course we will. But that doesn’t mean it has to come in the very next episode.
If it’s not Eric and Jason – who would you like to see hook up in True Blood Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!
Sources: TVLine - Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Castle, Revenge, True Blood, Suits, Good Wife, Mindy Project, Teen Wolf and More
Vulture - True Blood Showrunner Brian Buckner on Season 6, the Werewolf Problem, and the Jason-Eric Sex Dream
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May 9, 2014
Promo Stills from the Final Season of HBO’s True Blood Reveal Little:
It’s that exciting time of year when HBO starts releasing all the delicious teasers in relation to the season return of True Blood! This year though it is both exciting and sad as this will be the very last time we get to squeal in excitement at the tasty morsels HBO are throwing our way.
While there are photos of all our faves: Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), there is nothing to show for those other faves whose lives hang in the Season 6 finale limbo. Since Brian Buckner confirmed that Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) will be appearing in True Blood Season 7, we have not seen a single glimmer of hope in any of the promotional ephemera released so far. The same thing can be said about Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten).
So, will they live or die in Season 7? And what of the others? What can we glean from the nine released pictures?
Only time will tell! You can view all the images below. Let us know your theories in the comments.
(Photo Credits: Tony Rivetti/HBO Inc.)