True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Talks About His Shark Attack

November 2, 2013

Tune in to The Getaway on the Esquire Network to Find Out More:

True Blood's Ryan Kwanten and Anna PaquinLuck for fans of HBO’s True Blood, Ran Kwanten escaped without harm when he had a run in with a shark when he was a child, otherwise we would never have had the chance to see him bring the role of Jason Stackhouse to life.

But this is no laughing matter, considering many people do not live to talk about their tale, or end up seriously maimed when encountering a shark. Kwanten talks to The Getaway on the Esquire Network about how this chance run in his home country of Australia, led him to train for Surf Life Saving:

I started competing in Surf Life Saving at the ripe old age of 5 back in Australia, which happens to be where the sport was invented in 1907.

Ryan Kwanten will explore Los Angeles in his episode, not only discussing his passion for Surf Life Saving, but taking in all the other sights, sounds and gastronomical delights from this amazing place. The Getaway airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Esquire Network. You can view a sneak peek of this episode below:

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Source: NBC News - ‘True Blood’ star talks shark attack and surfing on ‘The Getaway’

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Adina Porter Moves to Series Regular for Final Season of True Blood

November 1, 2013

How Will it End For Lettie Mae Thornton and Her Daughter:

Adina Porter stars as Lettie Mae Thornton in HBO's True BloodIn True Blood Season 6, many fans became concerned when Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) mother, Lettie Mae Thornton gave up her blood to nourish the daughter she had always neglected. They thought it might be a trap, that Lettie Mae was a carrier of Hepatitis V, a disease that causes no ill effect to humans, but is devastating to vampires. HBO quickly assured their audience that Lettie Mae was actually just trying to make up for lost time towards a daughter she had rejected both when she was growing up, and then again when she was turned into a vampire.

Well, now it seems that this storyline will be a juicy one in Season 7, since it has been confirmed that Adina Porter (the actor who plays Lettie Mae) has been bumped up to series regular on True Blood.

Porter now joins  Bailey Noble (Adilyn Bellefleur), Amelia Rose Blaire (Willa Burrell), Luke Grimes (James) and Karolina Wydra (Violet) as newly announced series regulars.

So, how do you think the relationship between the religiously devout Lettie Mae and the baby vamp Tara will pan out in Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Hollywood Reporter - ‘True Blood’ Promotes Adina Porter to Series Regular

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True Blood Star Officially Cast in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’!

October 28, 2013

No, It’s Not Alexander Skarsgard But Luke Grimes:

Luke Grimes stars as vampire James in HBO's True BloodFans of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James have heard many rumors flying about who will play the lead character of Christian Grey, the tortured entrepreneur who has a fetish for whips and chains. Even True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard was suggested to fill the part, a rumor that ended up being unfounded when Charlie Hunnam (of Sons of Anarchy fame) was officially signed on. However, his part in this movie was short lived and due to filming conflicts, the role was then handed over to male model and actor, Jamie Dornan.

Now that the main characters have been cast (Dakota Johnson, the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, winning the lead female role of Anastasia Steele), a frenzy has started over who will play the other characters in the movie. This time we can confirm that a True Blood actor has managed to score a part – and a big one at that! Luke Grimes (who played vampire James in Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood) has won the coveted role of Elliot Grey, the brother of Christian.

Now all we have left to wonder about, casting wise, is who will play Anastasia’s close friend, Kate Kavanagh? Is there any other True Blood stars that could possibly fit the bill? Guess we’ll have to wait and see…

It has been reported that filming for Fifty Shades of Grey will begin on November 5th in Vancouver.

Who was planning to see this movie before Luke Grimes was cast? Who is now only going to see it because Luke is in it? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: E! Online - True Blood’s Luke Grimes Cast in Fifty Shades of Grey!

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Carrie Preston: How it Should End for Arlene in True Blood

October 23, 2013

Carrie Preston Talks to OK Magazine About Her Alter Ego, Arlene:

Carrie Preston stars as Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur in HBO's True BloodIn HBO’s True Blood Season 4, we saw Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur (played by Carrie Preston) lose the love of her life, Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe). This, however, bought her an unexpected windfall of cash. Using her head, she invested this money wisely by buying Merlotte’s and renaming it Bellefleurs (much to many a Truebie’s disgust).

Recently Carrie Preston chatted to OK! Magazine about how she would like to see Arlene’s story play out in the final season of True Blood next year. The actress was already impressed with how Arlene’s life had changed in Season 6, but had this to follow up with:

My hope for her would be to see that she continues to grow into this self-sufficient women who is okay with not having a man in her life, and gives herself proper time to grieve for the love of her life, who has only just been lost. I hope they stick with that. I hope they don’t put another romance in there. It would be nice to just have her be a single mother and a powerful woman with a business.

While Preston is happy for Arlene to stay a stable constant in Season 7, she is also happy to see Arlene kick some more butt after her run in with Scott Foley (who played Patrick, the man who ultimately shot and killed her on-screen husband, Terry):

I got to stab him in the neck with a pencil and then pull a gun out. That was my Clint Eastwood moment. I was very happy about that.

While Preston is having a ball playing Arlene, with the ultimate end of True Blood in 2014, she is also a little saddened about the end of an era. When asked is there was anything she would like to keep from the set of True Blood, she had this to say:

If anything I would want to grab something from the Merlotte’s set, even if it is just like one of the pool balls. Or there are all these photos that are stuck up in the back in the bar that nobody really sees, but there are really cool photos of like Alan Ball standing with Charlaine Harris that has been on the set from the beginning. Just little inside stuff like that.

You can view the full interview with Carrie Preston here.

Source: OK! Magazine - OK! Exclusive: Carrie Preston Talks Her Roles On The Good Wife, True Blood, And The Following

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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Cast in James Brown Movie

October 22, 2013

Nelsan to Play Bobby Byrd in Get On Up:

Nelsan Ellis Stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Blood

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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Happy Birthday Michael McMillian!

October 21, 2013

Michaell McMillian stars as Steve Newlin in HBO's True Blood

TrueBloodNet.com would like to wish Michael a very happy birthday! May all your wishes come true!

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Jessica Clark Talks to DIVA Magazine About True Blood and Nudity

October 18, 2013

Landing the Role of Lilith Was a Fan Girl Dream for Jessica Clark:

Jessica Clark stars as Lilith in HBO's True BloodFans of HBO’s True Blood will recognise Jessica Clark as the blood smeared Lilith from Season 5 and Season 6. But according to Jessica, scoring a role on True Blood was a dream come true:

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

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VIDEO: True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard in New ‘Cut Copy’ Video Clip

October 14, 2013

Aussie Band, Cut Copy, Tease With ‘Free Your Mind‘ Clip:

Alexander Skarsgard (who plays Eric Northman in HBO's True Blood) stars in Cut Copy's music clip 'Free Your Mind'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)

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Writer Reveals Sookie Stackhouse Nearly Died in True Blood Season 5!

October 8, 2013

‘Nobody Should be Safe’ Says True Blood Writer Raelle Tucker:

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True BloodFans 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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True Blood’s Youngest Vampire, Jacob Hopkins, to Appear on ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs’

October 7, 2013

Jacob Hopkins is Set to Get His Geek On:

Jacob Hopkins starred as Alexander Drew in HBO's True Blood Season 5Fans 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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