Alexander Skarsgard on the Logistics of Burning in Snow

August 19, 2014

Especially Tricky When the True Blood Set is in Hollywood and Not Sweden:

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Eric Northman in HBO's True Blood Season 6 finale, Episode 10, entitled 'Radioactive'Many truebies who were Team Eric went into absolute meltdown in the Season 6 finale of HBO’s True Blood last year. When Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) burst into flames, there was a panic of tweets asking if the viking vampire had met the true death or not. There was so much hysteria that showrunner Brian Buckner had to confirm Eric would indeed return in Season 7.

But how was that scene filmed? Recently Alexander Skarsgard spilled the beans on the naked scene:

That scene was just me on a rooftop in Hollywood — that’s where we shot it, with a green screen. And it was a very hot day, so I didn’t need the sock. It was supposed to be, when the scene was written, Bucky [Brian Buckner], the showrunner, and I talked about potentially trying to go back to Sweden, to shoot it there. We were very excited about it, and then we realized that it might, you know, be a little bit expensive [laughs] to fly the crew over to Sweden just for that one short scene. Then we were going to shoot it in the Rocky Mountains instead, and then that didn’t happen, for many different reasons, so then we ended up shooting it on the parking structure on the lot where we shoot the show in downtown Hollywood. And it was in June, so it was like 100 degrees. Yeah. Not quite like the mountains of northern Sweden!

So there you have it; it wasn’t Sweden, and it wasn’t even real snow!

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Source: Vulture - Alexander Skarsgård on The Giver, True Blood, and the Sack of Destiny

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VIDEO: What Does Being Part of True Blood Mean to the Cast?

August 18, 2014

Watch as the True Blood Cast Get Asked This Question and Are Speechless:

#RIPTrueBlood vidoFor us truebies, there is a horrible bittersweet moment about to occur: the end of True Blood. We have been steeling ourselves against the inevitable. Enjoying the final season but also sad at all the ‘lasts’  we’ve had; the last first episode, the last promo video, the last Comic Con…

But what of the cast members? They have been a part of this family for just as long as we have, for some, even longer as production started well before we witnessed that very first episode. So, how do they cope with the end of an era such as True Blood? You can find out by watching this video below when the cast are asked the question: ‘What does being a part of True Blood mean to you?’ But, be warned, you WILL need tissues…

Let us know what being a part of True Blood means to you by commenting below!

Source: YouTube - True Blood Season 7: No Words (HBO)

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True Blood’s Jim Parrack on Hoyt & Jessica & Why They May Not Last

August 18, 2014

It May Not be a Happy Ending For Hoyt & Jessica in HBO’s True Blood Finale:

Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) get back together in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Many truebies were jumping up and down in excitement when Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and vampire Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) seemingly got back together in Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7. With only one episode left, fans were placing this story line in the ever growing ‘finished and packed away‘ pile.

Hoyt and Jessica’s relationship was doomed originally, but many fans hoped that with Hoyt returning in Season 7 after the death of his mother, Maxine (Dale Raoul), things would be different this time around. After all, Hoyt and Jessica have both changed over their time apart. Hoyt has manned up and learned how to stand on his own two feet and Jessica has explored the darker side of being a vampire. It seemed time for the pair of them to settle back down together.

However, actor Jim Parrack has ruffled the feathers a little by making the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter just recently:

I don’t think they’re meant for each other. In the beginning, what maybe Hoyt had to offer Jessica was acceptance, to look at her when she felt freakish and say, ‘you’re beautiful.’ That would help, and then beyond that, there’s no indication that these two are wired to do well together.

Oh. No.

While Jim does go on to say the thought the relationship had ‘potential’ and there was the possibility of a ‘hopeful ending’, it has left fans wondering if maybe Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and James (Nathan Parsons) were the only characters getting a ‘happily ever after’ once True Blood concludes next week.

What do you think? Will Jessica and Hoyt live happily ever after? Or will Hoyt break her heart, leaving the door open for Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) to enter once more? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter - ‘True Blood’s’ Jim Parrack on Hoyt and Jessica: “I Don’t Think They’re Meant for Each Other”

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True Blood’s Tara Buck Talks About Ginger & Eric & THAT Scene!

August 18, 2014

Tara Buck Describes the Logistics of a Sex Scene with Eric Northman:

Ginger (Tara Buck) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) get intimate in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Well, wasn’t Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 interesting? For one cast member in particular, it was the climax of a promise made years earlier! If you haven’t watched the episode yet, you can read our recap by clicking here.

Tara Buck, who plays everyone’s favorite screamer, Ginger, finally got her moment on the throne with Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). And – surprisingly – she didn’t even scream:

In the script, there was a wonderful note: Ginger doesn’t scream. Everybody’s expecting her to scream, so do something else. What they wrote was a high-pitched, almost electric sound that’s almost a little eerie. So we tried all kinds of things. I thought it would be fun if there was a moment where you think Ginger’s actually having a heart attack—you think it could be the end for her.

While Ginger has been an Eric Northman groupie for longer than most of us truebies, she admitted that for Ginger, the anticipation leading up to her sexual encounter with the viking vampire, may have been her very undoing – and why that sex lasted such a short amount of time.

With the deed completed in only a few short moments, in reality, it took hours of filming to get the scene just right. This meant that by the end of the day’s shooting, Tara’s core strength had gotten quite a workout:

I had the stunt double and was thinking to myself, “I only get three pumps. I am not letting somebody else come in here and finish this off.” [Laughs] So the only way to have a dismount is to slowly fall back. In my head, I imagined the funniest thing would be climax and then Ginger just falls out of frame. But we couldn’t shoot it that way. I had imagined a soft pad or something that I could just fall off of him onto. But when we were doing rehearsal, there was no pad there yet. So from the noise—the tea kettle, sort of hissing—she just sloooowly falls backward and then slides off of him. Mostly I slid off of him because I was trying not to get hurt in rehearsal.

Considering Ginger is the ultimate Team Eric groupie, Tara fully admits she ‘took one for the team‘ with last night’s encounter with Eric:

I do love that after everything that Ginger’s been put through, she finally got hers. As an actress who looks after her character, loves her character, feels very emotionally connected and attached, I am proud of Ginger. I feel that she worked very hard for that carrot at the end of the trail, and good for her. I also think Ginger became the archetype for Alexander’s fans, so for all the ladies out there, I took one for the team, and I couldn’t have been happier to do that. [Laughs]

You can read the full interview Tara Buck did with Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.

What did you think of the sex scene between Ginger and Eric in Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7? Hilarious or cringe worthy? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly - ‘True Blood’ postmortem: Tara Buck talks Ginger’s moment

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True Blood Quickie: True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 “Love is to Die” Recap

August 18, 2014

It’s only a short recap this week as so much was wound up. But here’s what went down in Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7:

  •  Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) gets released in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) really does choose to die, it’s not just a cliffhanger. As a result both Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) and Sookie Stachouse (Anna Paquin) are PISSED. Jess to the point that she asks to be released from Bill. Sookie to the point of slapping him silly until Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) intervenes.
  • Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) has made his decision and decided to follow the mother of his child to Chicago.
  • Jessica and James (Nathan Parsons) sort out their differences and that story line is done and dusted.
  • Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and Bridgette (Ashley Hinshaw) work out they just aren’t right for each other. As a result of this, Jess and Hoyt finally get their thing on after Jessica admits they used to be involved and it seems they are back together again.
  • Poor Bridgette finds consolation in the arms of Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) – and not even in a sexual way. For the first time in Jason’s adult life he lies next to woman in bed and it stays G rated. I smell a blossoming romance here!
  • Bill and Eric have words. Bill explains why he is refusing to be healed. He thinks he is bad news for Sookie, and there is probably a little of his old time religion and beliefs mixed in as well tainting his decision to meet hte true death. Eric argues with him about how Hep-V can turn you into an emo, but, in the end, Eric agrees to talk to Sookie on Bill’s behalf.
  • For some reason the Yakuza have decided Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) should be a blond again – and who else should be her hairdresser but Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten)? It seems vampires will play a higher price for blond antidote hookers…
  • Eric talks to Sookie about Bill and calms her down enough for her to take Bill’s call. On the way to meeting with Sookie he stops at his grave stone, which kind of scares me after watching the promo video for the Season 7 finale.
  • Remember how we speculated over who will be having weird and hilarious sex in Episode 10? Well, it turns out we were right! Ginger (Tara Buck) and Eric get frisky in that throne Ginger bought all those years ago.
  • Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee), in the meantime, has returned from his trip to Dallas and now has Pam held hostage in the Fangtasia dungeon. She is hooked up to a horrible torture device and every time Eric refuses to answer, a rope is chopped and a wooden stake drops lower and lower… Thankfully Eric finally caves and tells the truth about Sookie knowing about Sarah being the Hep-V antidote. Now they want to know where she lives. Uh-oh
  • Bill finally arrives at Sookie’s house <insert credits here> WHAT?!?! NO!! Now we have to wait until next week to find out how True Blood will meet it’s true end!

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) star in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')

*Just on a side note: did anyone else notice that Jessica is wearing what appears to be the same black dress that Sookie has on in the promo for the True Blood finale? Wonder what that all means?

What did you think of Episode 9 of True Blood Season 7? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 7 Finale Episode 10 (Thank You) Sneak Peek

August 17, 2014

 Sookie Stackhouse Deserves the World According to Bill Compton:

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood Season 7 finale, Episode 10 (entitled 'Thank You')But what if all Sookie (Anna Paquin) wants right now is to see Bill (Stephen Moyer) live? This is the very question asked by Sookie in the opening of sequence of the sneak peek trailer release of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 finale.

Besides the pressing issue of Bill surviving Hep-V or not, we also get plenty of other juicy tidbits:

  • It seems Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) has escaped yet again.
  • Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) still have a battle to fight regarding Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee).
  • Speaking of Pam, whose neck is she feeding from? The person is wearing something blue, but that is the only hint as to the identity – wait, wasn’t Sarah wearing something blue earlier on in the clip?

It seems True Blood is nearly ready to meet the #TrueEnd. *cries bloody tears* Let us know your thoughts leading into the final week of True Blood Season 7 by commenting below!

Synopsis:

Episode #80: “Thank You” (series finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) weighs a future with and without Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee). Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) makes a choice, while Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.

Ep. 80: Preview

Source: HBO.com - True Blood Season 7 finale Episode 10 Promo

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Kristin Bauer van Straten Talks About Reading the True Blood Script Ever

August 17, 2014

SPOILERS: At Least Pam Makes it to Episode 10!

Kristin Bauer van Straten stars as vampire Pam in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 8 (entitled 'Almost Home')For many fans of HBO’s True Blood, Season 7 has been particularly hard, knowing it will be the very last one. But, even with our multitude of combined tears, it is pretty obvious that the person most upset with True Blood meeting the true death is Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays Pam, the vampire with more snark than anyone). But how did she cope with receiving – and reading – the very last script?

It is so funny. We were so heavily immersed in shooting and also night shooting. There were so many moments that were just business as usual, and then it would hit me that we’re coming closer to the end. I saw script 10 in my email and thought, “I’ll bring my iPad so I can read it when I’m in hair.” I didn’t think anything of it.

Then, my makeup artist had a paper copy of the script and said to me, “I skipped to the last couple of pages and read those first.” I thought, “What is she talking about?” Then I realized, “The last few pages? Oh my God.” It hit me so hard I couldn’t read the script. I put off reading it. I couldn’t even confront looking at the first page. It took me a day or two to even go into Adobe Reader and look for my Pam scenes.

So, at least we now know that Pam has scenes in Episode 10 (entitled Thank You). But for this vampire, it has been a tough season, aside from the actor’s grief. Pam has not only had to deal with the death of her progeny and lover, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), but she has been trying to pull her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) back from the brink of death. In the process, we have seen a more vulnerable side to Pam. One that Kristin was happy to explore:

To have Eric weaker and to know that their time is limited makes Pam more human. We see their child/father relationship. We really don’t have relationships like this as humans. Our relationships can’t be so multi-faceted. You can’t be a lover and then also a maker and a father and an enemy and then go back to being a lover. Also, our human relationships can’t span over a century. I can imagine if I had over a 100 years with my father, who was one of my greatest allies, and that’s something that is hard to lose. It was hard for me to lose my dad after 30 years, much less a 100 years. I can layer that with my friendship with Alex Skarsgard.

While we saw her maker healed in Episode 8 (entitled Almost Home), there still appears to be issues for her to sort out right until the very end of Season 7 with Kristin hinting that Pam is still not over the death of Tara yet. I wonder just how that will unfold?

You can read the full interview Kristin Bauer van Straten did with Comic Book Resources by clicking here.

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Source: Comic Book Resources - Kristin Bauer van Straten Talks Gore, F-Bombs and the End of ‘True Blood’

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten to Be the Voice of Blinky Bill

August 17, 2014

The Blinky Bill Movie Gets Retold:

Ryan Kwanten HBO Promo S4Aussie fans of HBO’s True Blood probably grew up with the Blinky Bill show. It was a cartoon series about a lovable koala set in the Australian outback and was based on a series of books written by New Zealand born Dorothy Wall. In 1992 Blinky Bill made it to be the big screen when Yoham Gross Film Studios turned it into a movie.

Now it seems Blinky Bill will return to the big screen for a second time. It will still be animated and will center on telling the story of Blinky Bill’s search for his missing father. True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten (who starts as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood Season 7) has been cast as the voice of Blinky Bill. The movie will be directed by Deane Taylor (Carnivale, Duck Ugly) and Simon Stone. Additionally, the screenplay will be written by Fin Edquist (House Husbands, McLeod’s Daughters) and Barbara Stephen will produce it.

There is no news yet on when this movie will be released.

For Truebie fans who live outside Australia, here’s a YouTube video of the original opening credits of the Blinky Bill TV series:

Sources: Pedestrian - A Blinky Bill Movie is in the Works

YouTube - 1993-1995 The Adventures Of Blinky Bill – OPENING THEME

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Which True Blood Star Drinks Blood – For Real?!

August 16, 2014

Drinking Fake Blood is All in A Day’s Work for the Cast of HBO’s True Blood:

Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) meet up again in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 8 (entitled 'Almost Home')But what if one of the stars were into drinking the real stuff? For Jim Parrack (who stars as Hoyt Fortenberry in HBO’s True Blood Season 7), it seems that his work habits have rubbed off on his personal life, when he admitted to Vulture recently that he likes to drink human blood. He did reassure the magazine that it is not a full time habit, and when supping from his girlfriend, it is only in small amounts:

I wouldn’t say regular, no. No, not regular. Uh … [Laughs.] I don’t know. Maybe a couple times a year? It’s more like on an impulse. When you make me spell it out like this, it sounds strange… I guess the best way to put it is sometimes I just like the way it tastes… Absolutely. I’m absolutely particular. [Laughs.] It’s not like it’s just anybody’s! That particular night, it was my girl. Yeah.

Speaking of girlfriends, what did Jim think of rescuing his current girlfriend as well as his ex (who he can’t remember dating thanks to being glamoured) in Episode 8 (entitled Almost Home)?

It was mostly just a reactionary thing. It was not really heroic, or part of a stance against vampires. It’s just, My girl ran off. I want to see where she is, I walk into this room and there’s this hellish torture unfolding. I guess the reaction to that would be, if you had a gun, to shoot whoever is carrying it out. That’s sort of the way I played it, just like, Holy shit! This is different! And then he’s got to smoke the person who’s causing the problems. And he saves a whole roomful of people. But it’s not because of a decision that’s made as much of a response to what’s happening in front of his face.

You can view the full interview Jim Parrack did with Vulture by clicking here.

Let us know your thoughts on Jim’s blood drinking ways by commenting below!

Source: Vulture - Jim Parrack on His True Blood Return, Hoyt’s Dream Girl, and Drinking Blood IRL

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Alexander Skarsgard: His First Crush & Those Christian Grey Rumors

August 16, 2014

Listen to Alexander Skarsgard Talk About his Newest Movie & the End of True Blood:

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Eric Northman in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')It seems Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays Eric’s progeny, Pam) is not the only one crying over the demise of HBO’s True Blood. Eric Northman actor, Alexander Skarsgard, admitted he too was in tears after the end of the long running vampire series this year.

Besides this endearing revelation, he also discussed the following in a radio interview with Mark and Mercedes on Mix94.1FM:

  •  His upcoming movie, The Giver, which was released in theaters this week.
  • How his first ever screen crush was with Jessica Lange after he saw the movie Tootsie and whether or not he has ever told Jessica Lange about this crush.
  • When his next holiday will be.
  • His True Blood contract and whether it contains a clause about vampire actors being able to tan or not.
  • Just what Tru Blood really tastes like.
  • Why he thinks it was a good time to end True Blood with Season 7.
  • And, finally, he puts the Christian Grey rumors to bed with the admission that while he knows the producer of the 50 Shades of Grey movie but he wasn’t approached to play the role.

Along with this great interview, click on the image below (which will take you to the radio interview on Mix94.1FM) and listen in as Alexander agrees to gag call the program director, Charese.

Alexander Skarsgard's radio interview with Mix94.1FM

Let us know your thoughts on Alexander Skarsgard’s radio interview by commenting below!

Source: Mix94.1FM - Alexander Skarsgard Interview

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