September 19, 2014
The True Blood Actor Shapeshifts Into a Homicide Detective:
Up until recently, Janina Gavankar starred as shapeshifter Luna Garza in HBO’s True Blood. Howver, she has now joined the cast of NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura which premiered on September 17th 2014. The Mysteries of Laura follows the life of homicide detective Laura Diamond (played by Debra Messing). Janina plays fellow detective, Meredith Bose, a character who is not only is envious of Laura, but also finds her husband, Jake (Josh Lucas), attractive:
We’re going to see why Meredith is like that. … I just know that Meredith has hero worship and hatred at the same time. [Laura's] just so good, but d***it, Meredith just wants her shine. It sucks to be in the shadow of somebody… Meredith is a very classy lady and would never do anything to be disrespectful in the workplace, but I think she thinks Jake is real cute. [However] a lot of things can happen [on the show] and we don’t know what those are yet.
It seems Meredith may cause complications between Laura and her husband – even though the pair are in the midst of a divorce!
According to IMDb.com, the series synopsis is as follows:
A single mom NYPD homicide detective cracks case after case while raising wild twin boys and locking horns with her less than helpful police detective ex-husband.
Let us know if you watched – or are planning to watch – The Mysteries of Laura by commenting below!
Source: Zap2It – ‘Mysteries of Laura': Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar play potential romantic foils
IMDb.com – The Mysteries of Laura (2014– )
(Photo Credit: NBC)
September 18, 2014
True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Attends the Human Rights Campaign Seattle Dinner:
Recently, Joe Manganiello (who played werewolf Alcide Herveaux in HBO’s True Blood) attended the Human Rights Campaign Seattle Dinner to accept his Ally for Equality award. Joe had this to say in his speech:
I never set out to be an advocate. I’m simply a person who believes in equality for everyone and I’m a person who believes in standing up for his friends.
Joe achieved this accolade by supporting the work of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) at past galas as well as being a strong advocate for equal rights for the LGBT community.
Joe’s girlfriend, Sofia Vergara attended the event with him and was kind enough to post a couple of pictures to Instagram:
You can view the video of Joe accepting his Ally for Equality award below:
Well done Joe Manganiello! Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
Sources: HRC.org – Joe Manganiello: “I’m a Person Who Believes in Standing Up for Equality”
Instagram – Sofia Vergara
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./ Instagram/ Sofia Verara/ WhoSay)
September 17, 2014
Nathan Parsons Goes from From Vampire to the Civil War:
It has just been announced that Australian actor Nathan Parsons (who played vampire James in Season 7 of HBO’s True Blood) has joined the cast of Point of Honor. He will play the main character John Rodes. According to Deadline, who broke the news, this is the synopsis for the pilot:
[Point of Honor] centers on best friends and brothers-in-law, John Rodes (Nathan Parsons) and Robert Sumner (Christopher O’Shea), who find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
This TV show will join others in Amazon’s fourth pilot season. Point of Honor is directed by Randall Wallace. Wallace and Carlton Cuse are listed as writers. The show also stars Brett Cullen (Ralston Rhodes), James Harvey Ward (Cutler), Keith Tyree (Mr. Craddock), Luke Benward (Garland Rhodes) and Cory Scott Allen alongside Nathan Parsons and Christopher O’Shea.
Let us know if you are planning on tuning in o this new show by commenting below!
Source: Deadline – Nathan Parsons To Topline Amazon Pilot ‘Point Of Honor’, Luke Benward To Co-Star
(Photo Credit: IMDb.com)
September 16, 2014
True Blood’s Sam Trammell Stars in White Rabbit:
White Rabbit was a movie released to Switzerland in 2013. It starred True Blood’s Sam Trammell alongside Britt Robertson (Under the Dome), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and The Descendants Nick Krause. Thanks to Breaking Glass Pictures acquiring the rights to the movie, the US can now get a chance to view it as well.
You can view IMDb’s synopsis for White Rabbit below:
Harlon has been tormented since childhood by visions of the white rabbit his father forced him to kill while hunting as a young boy. Now a bullied teenager, Harlon’s undiagnosed mental illness is getting worse. He begins to hear voices and imagines the characters in his dark comic books are speaking to him. The rabbit along with other imaginary characters taunt him into committing one final act of revenge.
Tim McCann directed the movie. Robert Yocum (Burning Sky Films), Shaun Sanghani (SSS Entertainment) and Jacky Lee Morgan are acting as producers with Sanghani having this to say about White Rabbit:
White Rabbit is one of the most controversial, daring films in the last several years, and its social relevance is as significant as ever. We are thrilled to be working with Breaking Glass Pictures so audiences everywhere now have the chance to see what we believe is a must-see film.
Let us know if you will be checking out this movie by commenting below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter – Psychological Drama ‘White Rabbit’ Acquired by Breaking Glass for North America
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc./Burning Sky Films/SSS Entertainment)
September 16, 2014
Todd Lowe Returns to the Horror Genre in His Latest Movie:
Fans of True Blood’s Todd Lowe (who played Terry Bellefleur in the HBO vampire series) will see the star returning to the horror genre in his upcoming movie. Thomas Della Bella will be directing the haunted house movie, The Remains. It will also star Brooke Butler (of All Cheerleaders Must Die fame), Lisa Brenner (from the movie The Patriot) and Ashley Crow (from the TV series Heroes)
You can view the official synopsis below:
The film follows Lowe, a recently widowed father, who moves his family into an old Victorian home to start a new life but soon discovers a malevolent spirit awaiting their arrival with the intent of possessing his children.
Production on The Remains is expected to start in the Fall, with IMDb listing its release date as 2015. We will keep you updated on this movie as more information arrives.
Are you looking forward to seeing Todd Lowe in this movie? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Sources: IMDb – The Remains (2015)
Joblo.com – Brooke Butler and Todd Lowe join The Remains
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
September 15, 2014
Alexander Skarsgard Rings in From London to Chat on Ralphie Tonight:
Alexander Skarsgard (who played viking vampire Eric Northman in HBO’s True Blood) discusses the morality of his latest role in the movie adaption of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel, The Giver.
For fans of the book, Alexander will play the part of Jonas’s father. He is a character who, according to our moral standards is possibly a character who is morally corrupt. Alexander Skarsgard argues against this opinion as, for his character, his moral standing is based on a criteria that is vastly different to ours. You can view the partial synopsis for this movie below:
The setting is a utopian society in the year 2048. After “a big war”, the community had decided to get rid of colors, therefore different races and feelings. All the citizens have had the memories from before erased from their minds. The communities are run by the Elders, a circle of senior citizens who have supreme authority over everyone’s way of life.
Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is an 18-year-old about to graduate from school with his best friends Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan). Jonas’ father and mother (Alexander Skarsgård and Katie Holmes) are anxious at what path their son will be chosen for. At the graduation celibration where the entire community attends, Jonas is skipped over until the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) awards him as ‘Receiver of Memory’ as his future. According to the law, the Receiver must receive the only memories of before from the past receiver, The Giver (Jeff Bridges). The Receiver of Memory is the only individual in the community who has the memories and must advise the Chief Elder, and the other Elders, on the decisions for the community, who are unaware of anything that happened before their community.
The full synopsis can be read here, but please be aware it may contain spoilers.
Alexander also talks about jamming with Taylor Swift on the set of The Giver – or his lack of it!
You can listen to Alex’s full interview below:
Source: Ralphie Tonight – INTERVIEW: Alexander Skarsgård On ‘The Giver’ And Working With Taylor Swift
(Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company)
September 15, 2014
Indie Movie Freeheld Will Grapple Gay Marriage:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood will remember Luke Grimes as vampire James in Season 6. In Season 7, however, the role was taken over by Nathan Parsons. Since then, it has been announced that Luke will take on a gritty new role in the Indie movie, Freeheld. According to Variety, the synopsis is as follows:
[The] story follows a New Jersey car mechanic and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester who both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits after she’s diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Grimes plays a secretly gay cop on the police force who, in solidarity with his colleague, comes out of the closet to support her fight against the local government for domestic partner rights.
Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ellen Page and Michael Shannon will also star in the movie. The production crew on this movie include Michael Shamberg, Stacy Sher, Ellen Page, Kelly Bush, James D. Stern, Richard Fischoff, Duncan Montgomery, Jack Selby and Cynthia Wade. It will be directed by Pete Sollett with the screenplay being written by Ron Nyswaner.
This movie will follow a stellar line up of movies for Grimes which include the movie adaptation of the phenomenally successful BDSM book, Fifty Shades of Grey. He will also be starring in American Sniper alongside Bradley Cooper this December as well as Shangri-La Suite which is slated for release in 2015. This movie tells the story of Karen and Jack (Luke Grimes) who meet in a mental facility. Jack is under the assumption that his one true destiny is to kill Elvis Presley.
let us know if you are planning to check out any of Luke Grimes’s new movies by commenting below!
Source: Variety – ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Actor Luke Grimes Joins Julianne Moore in ‘Freeheld’ (EXCLUSIVE)
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
September 14, 2014
The Tony-Nominated Broadway Revival Debuts This Month:
The final cast has been announced for the revival of the Tony-nominated stage production of A Trip to Bountiful and True Blood’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell (who played Nicole in the HBO vampire series) has been named among the cast. While her role title has yet to be disclosed, you can view the synopsis for this production below:
“The Trip to Bountiful” tells the story of Mother Watts, played by Tyson. She is an elderly woman forced to live with her overprotective son, played by Underwood, and domineering daughter-in-law played byWilliams. Mother Watts’ dream is to return for one last time to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas. Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope, faith and family.
The full cast list includes Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Devon Abner, Wade Dooley, Arthur French, Pat Bowie, Russell Edge, Dalila Ali Rajah, Keiana Richa’rd, Duane Shepard, Sr. and Desean Kevin Terry. It will be directed by Michael Wilson.
Preview screenings will commence September 17th through 25th. The official opening night will be September 26th 2014. You can find out more information or purchase tickets by calling (213) 972-4400. Alternatively, you can visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $115 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012. You can also purchase tickets online by clicking on the image below:
Source: Broadway World – Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Devon Abner & More Join the Cast of THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL at the Ahmanson
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./A Trip to Bountiful/Center Theatre Group)
September 11, 2014
The True Blood Star Sheds Weight For Latest Role:
It seems that the viking physique of vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) has been shed since the star finished filming HBO’s True Blood earlier this year. Instead now Alexander has taken on a role that has required him to shed weight for a role in the thriller movie, Hidden.
According to the press release, this movie follows a family who spend 301 days hiding out in an underground bunker after an undisclosed epidemic spreads across the US. Skarsgard will play the role of Ray, who is the father of this family.
Recently US Weekly tweeted a picture of Alexander Skarsgard on the set of Hidden:
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 30, 2012
Hidden is currently being filmed on location in Vancouver, Canada. It is written by Matt and Ross Duffer. The movie is being directed by Matt and Ross Duffer (known as The Duffer Brothers). It also stars Andrea Riseborough as Claire, Emily Alyn Lind as Zoe, Heather Doerksen as Jillian and William Ainscough as Joey Neary. Hidden has a production date of 2014 but, as yet, no release date has been announced.
Let us know if you are looking forward to watching this movie by commenting below!
Source: Twitter – US Weekly
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Twitter/US Weekly)
September 10, 2014
From Fairy to Business Owner of Color It New:
Truebie fans will know Kristina Anapau as the fairy, Maurella, in HBO’s True Blood. She was the one who seduced Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) before producing four offspring for Andy to raise on her behalf. Adilyn (Bailey Noble) being the only one to survive to adulthood.
As if acting wasn’t a busy enough career for Kristina, she has now taken on business ownership as well!
Her company is called Color It New and Kristina fills us in (sort of) on what the product is:
I was constantly facing a particular fashion dilemma and realized that if I was having this challenge, that millions of other people probably were too. I looked for a solution already on the market and couldn’t find one, so decided to develop a product myself. After almost four years of research and development later, Color It New is ready to be shared with the world!
Her new company is reported to change people’s fashion closets forever. While the product is yet to be fully disclosed, you can join the mailing list so you can find out all about this product as soon as it is ready. You can sign up by clicking here.
With this new business, does that mean we won’t get to see any more of Kristina gracing our screens? Or does she plan to juggle the two roles?
I’ve been able to juggle both so far, so we shall see! I plan to bring some really great people on board in short order after the launch, so that should allow me to give my acting career the time it needs as well as work on some additional business ideas I have.
Well, that’s a relief! Let us know what you think by commenting below,
Source: ABNewsWire.com – True Blood Actress Lauches New Company Color It New
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)