November 8, 2014
Ever Wondered What a Vampire Death Looked Like on the Set of HBO’s True Blood?
With the 11th November 2014 release date for True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season, there has been a flurry of competition activity in relation to this final event in the life (and death) of True Blood. But what extras are included?
Well, the sneak peek video entitled Tricks of the Trade has just been released to whet your appetite. The clip features Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pamela Swynford De Beaufort), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), and Karolina Wydra (Violet) and shows some of the behind the scenes work that goes into making True Blood so magic for the audience.
Let us know what you think of this video by commenting below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’ Blu-ray extra shows how the special effects magic happens
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
August 28, 2014
Kristin Talks About Pam and Eric’s Ending in the HBO True Blood Finale:
It seems for a show like HBO’s True Blood, there was much to cry about with Season 7. Besides the fact this would be the vampire show’s final season ever, many of the characters either lost their lives or had to deal with the loss of those loved ones.
But there was one story line that got a truly happy ending; that of vampires Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). For Kristin, though, she had no idea where her character might end up by the end of Episode 10 (entitled Thank You):
It was a total surprise to me. I had no idea, and I tried to not have expectations, because that’s how you keep your sanity as an actress. I was just happy to be still on the show. You can never tell with an HBO show where it’s gonna go. To get to spend all that time with Alexander, have Eric and Pam together, and then to have so many varied emotions to play throughout the whole season? We’ve had the highest highs we’ve had in any year, and the lowest of lows we’ve had in any year. For an actress, it was a dream.
With Eric and Pam now running a giant corporation and selling their stolen New Blood product, what did Kristin think the moral to their story was?
The main thing that I felt was that Pam and Eric really do have an unconditional love that really does endure. In my mind, it was an immortal connection. That was what I really began playing from fairly early on, but it didn’t really sink in until year three when we saw Pam’s vulnerable side and when Eric was possibly dying. Because Alex and I got along, it really helped, and this last year, it was just really kind of a true love story that transcended a romantic relationship even.
Another person within her story arc also got a happy ending, that of Ginger (Tara Buck). Many fans have wondered how Pam might have reacted to this. Kristin had this to say:
There was a draft where she did have a reaction. He walks back into the office, and instead of not finding Pam, Pam said, “Did you just have sex with her?” I think Pam said something like, “I always thought it would’ve been louder.” [Laughs] Pam was a little surprised that there wasn’t the Ginger scream, which of course was the writers’ joke, that for once she didn’t scream. It was too much.
You can read the full interview Kristin Bauer van Straten did with Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.
What did you think of Pam and Eric’s story line? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly – Kristin Bauer van Straten talks Pam’s ‘True Blood’ ending
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
August 24, 2014
Check Out These Photo’s of the True Blood Cast From BEFORE They Were on True Blood:
For many True Blood fans, the HBO vampire series introduced them to some amazing new actors. However, these actors weren’t all fresh from acting school. Some, like Denis O’Hare (who played villain Russell Edgington) had starred in many, many TV shows and movies before they were introduced to truebies via True Blood.
So lets have a look at some of them via Mashable’s recent list:
Before Anna Paquin was a telepathic waitress called Sookie Stackhouse, she won an Oscar when she was only a child in a movie called The Piano:
Stephen Moyer starred as Prouix the Architect in Quills alongside Geoffrey Rush and Kate Winslet long before he took on the role Bon Temps resident vampire Bill Compton:
Alexander Skaragard starred in many Swedish movies before starring as a male model called Meekus in Zoolander. However, his earliest role was that of Kalle Nubb in Åke och hans värld (Åke and His World). Of course, we all know him now as the 1000 year old viking vampire, Eric Northman:
Before Ryan Kwanten was a dimwitted southern deputy called Jason Stackhouse, he starred as Vinnie in a long time recurring role on Australia’s Home and Away:
Rutina Wesley may be known as Tara Thornton, the bestie of Sookie who managed to die twice in True Blood, but before that she was Raya Green in How She Move:
And as for Kristin Bauer van Straten who plays vampire Pam? Well, she will forever go down in history as Jillian, the woman with man hands in Seinfeld:
You can view more images of the True Blood cast by clicking here.
Source: Mashable – 11 ‘True Blood’ #TBT Photos That Definitely Don’t Suck
(Photo Credits: MiraMax, Fox Searchlight, Filmhuset AS, Seven Network Australia, Sienna Films, Castle Rock Entertainment)
August 24, 2014
How Much Have Our Favorite True Blood Stars Changed From Season 1 to Season 7?
As we lead up to the final episode ever of HBO’s True Blood, let’s take a moment or two to look back over our fave True Blood characters who have managed to survive from Season 1 through to the Season 7 finale, Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) of the hit vampire show:
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin)
For a human, there’s surprisingly little change for telepathic fairy Sookie:
Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)
It seems consuming the blood of Lilith and then contracting Hep-V has actually improved Bill:
Alexander Skarsgard (Alexander Skarsgard)
He still smoulders, but we sure are glad Eric Northman ditched the long hair:
Pamela Swynford De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten)
While Pam has had to deal with many time eras via flashbacks, her everyday look has become more casual in Season 7 as opposed to Season 1:
Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis)
While his predilection to head scarves have remained (except for that short time when he rocked a modern Mohawk), Lafayette’s addiction to eyelashes and accessories has grown:
Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell)
Sam is sporting a few more grey hairs and a less structured style than in Season 1:
Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston)
Gone is the red wig for Arlene. She has also shortened her hair and gone with a darker, less sunset shade of red:
Ginger (Tara Buck)
I thought Ginger had changed more than this over the seven seasons. Besides less eye make up in Season 7, she is still as blonde as ever:
Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer)
It seems that Andy has gotten buff since Season 1:
Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten)
Look how young Jason is in Season 1! Still as chiseled as ever in Season 7 though:
Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack)
Hoyt is another character who has grown up over the seven seasons, but his darker, broodier Hoyt in Season 7 is certainly more appealing than the puppy that tagged along behind Jason in Season 1:
Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll)
In Season 1, Jessica Hamby was a 17 year old virgin. In Season 7 Jessica is also a 17 year old virgin, it’s just she’s a vampire now. While she has explored her dark side in previous seasons, Season 7 brings Jessica back to a more innocent version of Jess:
Lettie Mae (Adina Porter)
Lettie Mae has always been partial to a good floral frock (even when passed out drunk), but gone are the hats in Season 7:
Who do you think has changed the most over seven seasons of HBO’s True Blood? Let us know in the comments below!
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc.)
August 17, 2014
SPOILERS: At Least Pam Makes it to Episode 10!
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.
Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: Comic Book Resources – Kristin Bauer van Straten Talks Gore, F-Bombs and the End of ‘True Blood’
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
August 13, 2014
Who Makes it to Episode 10 (entitled Thank You)?
With only two more episodes left of HBO’s True Blood, fans are starting to worry at how all the loose ends will be tied up. Who will die? Who will live happily ever after? Who will Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finally chose?
Well, we have the press release for the True Blood Season 7 finale! Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) makes it to at least the start of the episode, but it seems he is still suffering from his virulent dose of Hep-V – will he take the antidote or meet the true death? Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) makes a choice – hang on a minute didn’t he already do that in Episode 9? How many choices does Sam have to make? Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) also make it to Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) of True Blood. It seems they are not entirely comfortable with their relationship with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) though – could one of these three die? And, finally, we come to an interesting little titbit: Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) gets an unexpected inheritance. This one disturbs me, after all it wasn’t that long ago that Bill was seeking legal advice about his will. Could Andy be the benefactor of Bill’s estate? And, if that is the case, does Bill die?
You can make up your own mind on this synopsis and let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Episode 10 Synopsis:
Episode #80: “Thank You” (series finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Sookie Stackhouse weighs a future with and without Bill Compton. Eric Northman and Pam struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus. Sam Merlotte makes a choice, while Andy Bellefleur comes upon an unexpected inheritance.
Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.
Source: HBO Inc./SpoilerTV – True Blood – Series Finale – Press Release
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
August 7, 2014
Playing a Vampire in HBO’s True Blood Has Taught Kristin Many Things:
For Kristin Bauer van Straten, 2014 will be forever known as the year she cried a multitude of tears over the demise of HBO’s True Blood. She lived it, she owned it, and there is plenty of video footage left over from San Diego’s Comic Con to prove it. Obviously, playing Pam the snarkiest vampire on earth has gotten under the actor’s skin. Besides loving playing the role, did Kristin ever feel she and Pam had any similarities? And did she take anything away with her after playing Pam? Kristin had this to say to After Ellen recently:
I think I have and I wish that I’d taken more. I truly admire her lack of concern over being liked. I think that’s one of the harder things for me and for humans [because] I really don’t like upsetting people and she could care less for speaking the truth. Because she really isn’t overly vicious or blunt, she’s actually overly truthful. I think that’s why she’s fun to watch because she says what we’re all thinking. And I wish I had that comfortableness in my own shoes. And I think people do gain that ability over the course of a lifetime; vampires just have many lifetimes.
As for die hard Truebies, it is exactly Pam’s attitude that is by far one of her most endearing attributes. Some fans love her attitude so much, in fact, that they even made a video of her best snarky lines from over the entire show. You can check it out below if you like, but just remember than Pam has no censor, so you may not want to watch this video at work 😉
Sources: After Ellen – Kristin Bauer van Straten talks “True Blood,” Pam’s best lines and losing Tara
YouTube – True Blood + [Shit Pam Says]
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
August 6, 2014
Anna Camp Tells Fans to Prepare For Battle – Southern-Style:
With the net quickly closing in on Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp), it appears Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard), Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) may have their hands firmly on Sarah in Sunday’s upcoming Episode of HBO’s True Blood. But don’t expect Sarah to go down without a fight in Episode 8 (entitled Almost Home) – even if she is claiming to be the Messiah. It seems there will be an old-style battle of the Southern wits before Sarah possibly meets her maker. According to Anna Camp, Sarah and Pam will have a run in some time soon:
Pam hates my guts, and she is definitely not holding any of that back. She is one of the actresses that I have always wanted to have scenes with on this show. You see these two Southern belles who are pretty girly, and we have some great one-liners. There’s a handful of scenes that I’m really excited about seeing because she’s awesome to work with.
Who can’t wait for this clash? But will Sarah finally meet with a grisly end after a Hep-V antidote is synthesized? No one is spilling the beans on that Season 7 secret, but it does look likely with Anna Camp having said Sarah ‘definitely deserves to die‘ in several interviews.
What do you think will happen to Sarah in upcoming episodes of True Blood? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: TV Guide – True Blood Postmortem: Anna Camp Breaks Down Big Twist, Talks Sarah’s Future
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
July 30, 2014
Eric Northman: Martyr or Suicidal?
This extremely short second sneak peek into Episode 7 (entitled May Be the Last Time) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 reveals an Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) who may or may not be suicidal. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) also seems on the verge of desperation when she queries him about his motivation for still wanting to kill Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) even though she is now the antidote to his dose of Hep-V.
*NOTE: This episode has also previously been published with the title One Last Time*
Eric Northman, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) close in on Sarah Newlin in Dallas. Adilyn and Wade find a temporary haven, and unexpected hospitality. Refusing to accept the inevitable, a desperate Sookie turns to unexpected resources in search of a miracle. Bill recalls the inexorable forces that led him to his marriage 170 years earlier. A familiar face resurfaces in Bon Temps. Sam (Sam Trammell) faces a quandary.
What do you think? Is Eric suicidal, or is there more to it? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: YouTube – True Blood Season 7: Episode #7 Clip (HBO)
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
July 23, 2014
Audrey Fisher Spills on Those Republic**t Costumes:
For HBO’s costume designer, Audrey Fisher, it is always a challenge to find just the right costumes for a show like True Blood. But she must be doing something right as fans and cast alike have continuously raved about her costume choices. For the record, she states that for each episode, her main focus is:
Try to get costumes that definitely were a big wink, but that weren’t too comical.
As for last week’s episode (entitled Lost Cause), there were certainly some extra challenges with making Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) just the right blend of republicomical:
I had to make at least doubles of it, maybe even triples. I sketched it up. We found a great fabric that we could get enough of, because he’s a tall man—it’s a lot of yardage, more than just the average suit. And a wonderful tailor in Koreatown whipped up these beautiful suits that fit like a glove and have really beautiful Western detailing. We topped it off with not a 10-gallon hat—that would be too comical—but a really beautiful Western hat.
As for Pam’s matching ‘republic**t’ costume, her task was a little simpler. Writer Craig Chester had already penned in a purple sequined gown as port of the scene requirement, so while Audrey didn’t have to design something from scratch, she did have to find the dress quickly. She found the near perfect gown and with a few minor alterations, had the perfect dress for Pam ready to go:
So his outfit I got to custom make, and her outfit I had to piece together a little more. That’s pretty typical of True Blood. Sometimes I’m able to make it from soup to nuts, and other times, I have to use all my wits to figure out a way to pull it off in 48 hours.
As for one of the other costumes used during the republican gala event, Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) mother, Nancy Crabtree, was supposed to wear a red suit. However, due to the amount of blood shed in that scene, her outfit was changed to a pale pink suit so that the blood spray would show up better.
And, as for all those 80’s flashbacks, Audrey looked to Richard Gere in American Gigolo as inspiration for Eric Northman’s outfits!
What do you think of Audrey Fisher’s costume choices for True Blood? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’ costume designer talks Eric and Pam’s formal, flashback attire
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)