October 22, 2013
Nelsan to Play Bobby Byrd in Get On Up:
Fans of Lafayette Reynolds in HBO’s True Blood will still be able to get their Nelsan Ellis fix after the show finishes next year. Deadline has revealed he has been cast as Bobby Byrd in the newest James Brown biopic entitled Get On Up. Bobby Byrd was James Brown’s long time friend as well as his musical collaborator, so fans will get to see quite a bit of Nelsan Ellis in this role.
The movie is being directed by Tate Taylor for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger will be producing and the lead role of James Brown will be played by Chadwick Boseman.
Filming begins in November in Mississippi but no release date has been set as yet.
Who is excited to see Nelsan Ellis in this movie? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Deadline - ‘True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Gets Key Role In James Brown Pic ‘Get On Up’
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October 21, 2013
TrueBloodNet.com would like to wish Michael a very happy birthday! May all your wishes come true!
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October 18, 2013
Landing the Role of Lilith Was a Fan Girl Dream for Jessica Clark:
I was a fan of True Blood from the [first] pilot episode. I like Bram Stoker and Interview with The Vampire – of all those supernatural characters I’ve always responded to the vampires the most. That weird combination of the power – I’ve always considered them very sexual, sexually voracious.
And boy oh boy didn’t Lilith supply a lot of that sexuality for the last two seasons! Her trademark lack of clothes was the talk of many a True Blood fan. Speaking exclusively to DIVA magazine, Clark was very open about the show’s nudity. In fact, she actually found it important when playing the role of Lilith, but for a reason other than what you may think:
With Lilith, very little about her nudity is sexual to me. It’s primeval and powerful – that raw essence of what it means to be that demi-god, demon, however she’s perceived. Yes, it can be titillating because we all like to see naked bodies. But that doesn’t seem like its sole purpose.
She raises a very good point there. Sometimes the audience’s interpretation of a character or scene, or indeed, costume choice, may be entirely different to what was intended by the show. When asked about how she thought the show should be interpreted, Jessica had a very insightful reply:
[True Blood] uses different supernatural species to [represent] different minorities that exist within our real world. They explore what it is to be marginalised or discriminated against, or to be a subculture that’s fighting for recognition. I love its basic premise, but it can be interpreted on a number of levels. It can either be a super-sexy vampire soap opera, or a searing commentary on society… it depends on what you’re looking for and how you approach it.
To read the full interview, visit www.divadigital.co.uk and download the latest issue.
Also, make sure you keep an eye out in November when TrueBloodNet scores their very own exclusive interview with Jessica Clark thanks to the Club Fangtasia event being held in Melbourne!
Source: DIVA Magazine – Jessica Clarke Interview
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
October 14, 2013
Aussie Band, Cut Copy, Tease With ‘Free Your Mind‘ Clip:
Australian band, Cut Copy, have just released a music video clip for their latest song, Free Your Mind. Besides the song being a catchy tune, True Blood fans will find themselves enraptured with the clip, thanks to an appearance of Alexander Skarsgard (who plays Eric Northman in HBO’s True Blood). In this video he plays the role of a charismatic cult leader, even donning a long blond wig for the part.
Free Your Mind is also the title of Cut Copy’s upcoming album, and if you pre-order it on iTunes, you can download the title song FOR FREE! The album is due for release at the start of November but if you can’t wait that long, Cut Copy are currently touring the US. You can book tickets by clicking here. Below is the complete tour dates and stops. Make sure you scroll down after that and check out Alexander strutting his guru stuff in the Cut Copy Free Your Mind video clip.
OCT 27 MOUNTAIN OASIS FESTIVAL - ASHEVILLE, NC, UNITED STATES
OCT 30 THE DEPOT - SALT LAKE CITY, UT, UNITED STATES
OCT 31 KNITTING FACTORY - RENO, NV, UNITED STATES
NOV 1 ROSELAND THEATRE - PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES
NOV 2 FOX THEATER - OAKLAND, CA, UNITED STATES
NOV 3 HARD DAY OF THE DEAD @ LA STATE HISTORIC PARK - LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES
NOV 6 MARQUEE THEATER - TEMPE, AZ, UNITED STATES
NOV 7 TRICKY FALLS - EL PASO, TX, UNITED STATES
NOV 8 FUN FUN FUN FEST - AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES
NOV 9 WAREHOUSE LIVE - HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES
NOV 10 CAIN’S BALLROOM - TULSA, OK, UNITED STATES
NOV 11 THE PAGEANT - ST LOUIS, MO, UNITED STATES
NOV 13 MAJESTIC THEATRE - MADISON, WI, UNITED STATES
NOV 14 RIVIERA THEATRE - CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES
NOV 15 DANFORTH MUSIC HALL - TORONTO, ON, CANADA
NOV 16 HOUSE OF BLUES - BOSTON, MA, UNITED STATES
NOV 26 OVAL SPACE - LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
NOV 28 ATELIER - LUXEMBOURG DISTRICT, LUXEMBOURG
NOV 29 BEURSSCHOUWBURG - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
NOV 30 TRABENDO - PARIS, FRANCE
DEC 1 MELKWEG – OLD ROOM - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
DEC 3 GEBAUDE 9 - COLOGNE, COLOGNE/BONN METROPOLITAN REGION, GERMANY
DEC 4 PRINCE CHARLES - BERLIN, GERMANY
DEC 6 PIPL - MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
DEC 7 TELE CLUB - EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
DEC 8 IDEAL SPACE VASYA+1 - NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
DEC 10 KAGELBANAN - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
DEC 11 KULTURBOLAGET - MALMO, SWEDEN
DEC 12 PUSTERVIK - GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN
DEC 13 VEGA (SMALL ROOM) - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Is anyone attending any of these concerts? Do you like the video clip? Would you join a cult if Alexander Skarsgard was their leader? Let us know in the comments below!
Sources: CutCopy.net – Free Your Mind Tour
YouTube - Cut Copy – Free Your Mind (Official Video)
iTunes – Free Your Mind Cut Copy (Pre-Order)
Purple Sneakers - Watch: Cut Copy ‘Free Your Mind’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
(Photo Credit: CutCopy.net)
October 8, 2013
‘Nobody Should be Safe’ Says True Blood Writer Raelle Tucker:
Fans of True Blood’s main character, Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), will be shocked to hear that the Bon Temps telepathic waitress nearly didn’t survive True Blood Season 5! If series writer, Raelle Tucker, had her way, she would have come to an untimely demise in order to shake things up for the vampire loving audience. Recently she told the audience at the Rio Film Festival:
In Season 5 I pitched to kill Sookie, I really did because I think nobody should be safe.
It’s always a fine line writers have to walk: that of keeping the audience happy, and shaking things up just enough so fans tune in for the next episode. Tucker went on explain that it is a writers job to kill of characters, yet, when asked how she feels when their intended audience is upset about character deaths, she had this to say:
It’s a good feeling if the audience is feeling upset when a character dies, that means we have done our job right.
Raelle was very thankful to be writing for television in a day and age such as this one. She was also very excited about the advent of viewing platforms such as NetFlix, Amazon and Hulu, but was most thankful to HBO, citing the studio and network for the long term success of True Blood. She summed up her thoughts on television in the digital age by saying:
It feels that the only limitation on television is what you can imagine, there is no boundaries of what you can say, what you can do.
Do you think Sookie should have died in Season 5? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Hollywood Reporter - Rio Film Festival: ‘True Blood’ Screenwriter Talks Killing Off Characters
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October 7, 2013
Jacob Hopkins is Set to Get His Geek On:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood will remember Jacob Hopkins as the feisty perma-child Vampire Authority member Alexander Drew from Season 5. They will also remember his splattery demise when it was revealed he was not really an advocate of the popular mainstreaming movement being pushed by the Vampire Authority, he was, in fact, a secret Sanguinista. Once video evidence was revealed, it was time for Roman (Christopher Meloni) to do away with the perpetually 9 year old vampire.
Well, now the 11 year old actor is back on television! You can check him out in ABC’s The Goldbergs. He will be guest-starring as Chad Kremp, a character who is billed as being cool on the outside and pure geek on the inside – another chance for Jacob to play a double-sided character! There is also the opportunity for this role to expand and become a recurring one. Hopkins will first appear in Episode 107 when he becomes instant best friends with Adam (Sean Giambrone).
Besides his guest role in The Goldbergs, you can also check out Jacob in the Lifetime movie, Missing at 17, which will premiere on October 19th 2013. He has also recently been cast as the voice of Gumball Waterson in third season of Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball due out in the spring of 2014.
Let us know if you will be watching any of these shows by commenting below!
Source: The Wrap - ‘True Blood’ Actor Jacob Hopkins Lands on ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs’ (Exclusive)
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October 4, 2013
Trubie Fans Can Donate to KickStarter:
Darwin is an original webseries directed by Carrie Preston (who plays Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur in HBO’s True Blood) and created by Christopher Gerson, Karl Kenzler and Lynn Rosen. Preston is currently raising awareness for this series in a bid to complete the final episode. Recently, she took to Facebook with the following message:
Carrie Preston also released the following statement on why you should help fund Darwin:
I felt inspired to bring DARWIN to the screen because I fell in love with the very flawed, wonderfully specific and heartbreakingly funny characters. I wanted to take the elevated language in the script and match it with a directing style that was equally heightened. So I created a palate of shots and points of view that allow the audience to find intimacy with the characters and at the same time experience the slightly off-kilter nature of them.
Fans who help out via the KickStarter campaign not only get the sense of achievement gained from helping the cast and crew get this series finished, but the other incentives also include:
- a digital download of Season 1
- access to premium content on the Darwin website
- a limited edition postcard signed by Carrie Preston
- a personalized Facebook thank you video from the cast
- a personalized shout out on Twitter from two time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger
- a Twitter shout out from Hemlock Grove’s Dr. Johann Price (played by Joel de la Fuente)
- for True Blood fans, Carrie Preston will give a person shout out while on set!
You can help fund this KickStater project by clicking here.
You can view the promotional video below:
Source: KickStarter- Darwin: The Series
(Photo Credits: KickStarter.com/Carrie Preston Facebook page/The Vault screen print)
October 3, 2013
Trubie Fans Can Spend Halloween with Vampire Pam!
True Blood fans who live in the Tulsa area are in for a treat this Halloween with the confirmation that Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays Pam in HBO’s vampire series) will be the celebrity guest at the annual Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Halloween Party and Costume Contest. This event is being held on October 26 2013.
In order to enter this contest as well as being able to participate in a meet and greet with Kristin Bauer van Straten, you must turn up in costume between 8-11 p.m. at Hard Rock, 777 West Cherokee Street in Catoosa. You must also be 21 years of age or older, have a Cherokee Star Rewards card as well as a valid, government-issued photo ID. Entrants have the chance to win a share of $6,000.
Let us know if you are attending (or have attended in the past) by commenting below!
Source: Tulsa World - ’True Blood’s’ Kristin Bauer van Straten set as celebrity guest for Tulsa’s Hard Rock Halloween party
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
October 2, 2013
Help Kristin by Backing a New Movie Venture:
Fans of Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays vampire Pam in HBO’s True Blood) are well aware of the environmental stance the actress holds. Recently she appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher: Backstage Pass with Jeremy Seifert in a bid to raise awareness for GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Many people are unaware of GMO’s and just how broadly they have entered our food chain. With little testing on their effects on humans, there is now concern these products may end up causing us harm, even though their original intent was to provide more easily accessible food. Kristin Bauer van Straten and Jeremy Seifert discuss the role of GMO’s and organics in our lives.
You can view the full video interview below:
You can support the cause by donating to the KickStater project here.
Sources: YouTube - Real Time With Bill Maher: Backstage Pass with Jeremy Seifert
KickStarter - GMO Film Project (Untitled)
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard cast in Young Adult Dystopia Adaptation of Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’
October 1, 2013
Skarsgard Cast as Main Character’s Father:
It seems that Alexander Skarsgard is very busy – even with the demise of True Blood after Season 7 in 2014! There are reports he will have the starring role in Tarzan. Added to the mix is his current training for his race to beat Prince Harry to the South Pole for the charity Walking With The Wounded. Now it seems he has signed on for a role in the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel, The Giver. Skarsgard is reportedly set to play the father of main character, Jonas.
This movie will tell the story of Jonas, a young boy who has inherited the job of ‘Giver’ for his local community. In a world that is ruled with an iron fist in regards to their ‘sameness’ rule, it is a daunting task for him.
Along with Alexander Skarsgard, the cast is reported to include Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift. Jeff Bridges will play the title role of The Giver.
Principal photography on the Weinstein Company and Walden Media co-production is due to commence Oct. 7 in Cape Town, South Africa, while the movie is scheduled for release on August 15 2014.
Sources: E! Online - Taylor Swift Joining Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Alexander Skarsgård in The Giver
Hypable - ‘The Giver’: Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard in talks to join cast
(Photot Credit: HBO Inc.)