October 23, 2014
Check Out Sookie’s Clothes and Tara’s Fangs:
If you are in the Brownwood area of Texas leading up to Halloween, why not check out some authentic props and costumes from the set of HBO’s True Blood? Depot Liquor has the following items on display:
- Sookie’s Season 3 werewolf bar outfit. This ensemble includes a white lace shirt, blue jean skirt, wedge shoes and earrings as worn by Sookie actress Anna Paquin.
- Items belonging to Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley). Included is a slightly bloodied Vamp Camp suit and Rutina’s set of prosthetic fangs.
- A pair of bloody sunglasses that Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) wore in Season 5.
- A full glass of wine from Eric Northman’s (Alexander Skarsgard) Fangtasia bar.
- One empty Tru Blood bottle.
This display has only just opened up for the general public and are items were purchased through the True Blood props and costumes auction held back in August 2014. You can also participate in a True Blood themed taste testing at Depot Liquor. All the details are below:
The Depot Liquor gang [located at 1001 Vine Street in Brownwood], being huge fans of the show, is hosting a True Blood themed taste testing from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to come in costume and to enjoy the tasting. So plan to dress up and visit Depot Liquor to see a part of Hollywood come to Brownwood and enjoy a little Halloween fun on Saturday.
Let us know if you visit by commenting below!
Source: Brownwood News – True Blood Wardrobe Pieces and Props on Display at Depot Liquor
(Photo Credit: Brownwood News)
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.)
July 2, 2014
Kristin Also Talks About Being Pam and the Parallels Between Sookie and Buffy:
After fans of HBO’s True Blood saw Tara (Rutina Wesley) die off screen in the very first episode of Season 7, many thought she wasn’t dead thanks to the fact that Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) doesn’t seem to notice the death of her progeny. It seems the actor who plays Pam has something to say about that during her recent interview with Vulture:
We do find out more about that later. There is something about that in episode three. I can’t totally tell you about it, but it is something that is addressed, and it was kind of an editing decision, but it will be addressed.
She doesn’t explain further, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out in Episode 3. Perhaps Pam was busy playing Russian roulette and had to keep her cool about Tara, or maybe there is the possibility we are on a different time frame to the events occurring back in Bon Temps?
And now Pam has to deal with the fact her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) has contracted Hep-V. Although, considering Eric’s sister, Nora (Lucy Griffiths), died so quickly from her infection, many fans are worrying Eric may have jumped straight out of the burning sun and into the sudden death round! Although, Kristin Bayer van Straten suggests there may still be hope:
…we see with human illness, when people get the same disease, such as cancer, the outcome can be very different. That’s explored a lot during this season. That’s a huge subject. And I feel like we’ve gotten to know over the years, especially after we saw Pam’s flashback, how important Eric is to her, because he saved her. The life she was headed for was going to be hard and short and lonely, and she really chose, and forced him, to either allow her to die in that moment, or become a vampire and create that special bond. And whenever he’s been in peril, she’s been so vulnerable. That’s when we realized how much he meant to her. And to find him in such a state… Their relationship is more complex than a father/daughter relationship, but that’s the closest thing we have as humans. A best friend and a father that’s been stretched over a hundred years. It’s inconceivable for her to think of existing without him.
Besides acting as Pam in HBO’s True Blood Season 7, Kristin Bauer van Straten also has time to catch up on another great vampire series; Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Considering the show she currently stars in, it seems she can’t help herself drawing parallels between the two blonde leads:
I’m in the middle of season four, they’re in college, and Buffy is trying to get away from trying to be the Slayer, but of course, she can’t. She’s being sucked back in, and she’s not having so much luck with human boys. Sookie doesn’t have the easiest time in relationships, either. And neither did I! And when Buffy slept with Angel, and he became a monster, that was hard for me, because we root for them to be together, and it was so brilliant of the writers to make it impossible. If they ever truly abandon themselves in each other’s arms, he will lose his soul. There’s parallels there between Bill and Sookie, when he became not such a good guy.
It will be interesting to see what Kristin makes of the rest of the Buffy series – and how Pam’s story line will conclude in True Blood Season 7. You can read the full interview Kristin Bauer van Straten did with Vulture by clicking here.
Let us know your thoughts on this by commenting below!
Source: Vulture – True Blood’s Kristin Bauer van Straten on Pam’s Eric Issues and Her Newfound Appreciation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
June 23, 2014
HBO’s True Blood Premiere Had Trubies Questioning What Went Down With Tara Thornton:
On Sunday night with the premiere of HBO’s True Blood Season 7, many fans – even though they had been warned – were still left wondering if they really did see the very final death of Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley). As a result, True Blood fans headed straight to Twitter demanding to know if the newly made vampire really was dead since, technically, we didn’t see her demise onscreen. Tara’s maker Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) also seemed to be none the wiser about her progeny’s death, so fans pointed immediately to that as evidence that Tara might still be alive.
But actress Rutina Wesley herself has been quick to announce that Tara really is dead this time:
She’s dead. But I can tease that dead doesn’t always mean gone on True Blood.
she told told Entertainment Weekly recently. She goes on to explain that the short stint we saw in Episode 1 (entitled Jesus Gonna Be Here) of her mother Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) high on V might not be the last time we see Lettie Mae claiming to ‘see’ Tara, that there may be more of Tara’s story line unfolding and therefore the opportunity for visions and/or flashbacks of Tara. This Tara, however, will be a gentler version of the one we know and love.
And how did Rutina react when she received the news that her character would die in Season 7:
I think it’s great. I think somebody had to go. To have a main character right off the bat go, that’s gonna bring everybody into the show. It’s like, “Okay, and the show has started.” It’s kind of like the catalyst for everything else that’s gonna probably happen… They’ve given me such an incredible journey on this show that I’ve never had any complaints about what they’ve written for me. So when I found out, I was just like, “Okay, great. Let’s get it started. This is the final season. We can’t all make it to the end.” You wouldn’t have a show. There wouldn’t be any drama. It wouldn’t be True Blood if somebody didn’t die.
As for how Pam will eventually react to the death of her newly formed progeny and lover, Kristin had this to say:
“I think that it informs a lot of [who] Pam [is for] the rest of her season. She already chose to go look for Eric over staying with her progeny at the end of last season, but she didn’t imagine that she would die. But she did abandon her, and I think that only ups the stakes for Pam, because now she really has to find Eric, she has no one else left… We’ve only seen two people in seven years that matter to Pam, and Tara became one of them.
So it appears it won’t be an easy season for Pam this year – but is it ever?
Let us know what you thought of Tara’s death by commenting below!
And don’t despair at not being able to see Rutina Wesley any more in True Blood, since you can check out the trailer below for her newest movie, 13 Sins:
Sources: Entertainment Weekly – Rutina Wesley talks ‘True Blood’ season premiere twist (and what Tara should sing in that ‘True Blood’ musical)
Zap2It – ‘True Blood’ Season 7: Tara’s loss informs Pam’s journey, says Kristin Bauer van Straten
YouTube – 13 Sins Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Mark Webber Horror Movie HD
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
June 23, 2014
True Blood Season 7, Episode 1 and Already We Say Goodbye:
Last chance guys…
Okay, so I am guessing you have either seen the first episode, or you are happy to read ahead through the spoilers about Episode !
So, it is with a heavy heart that within the very first episode of True Blood Season 7, we have to bid farewell to Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) – and right when it seems she could have made amends with her mother too!
Many fans are happy to see the death of a character that has bought them more grief than joy over the years, but, for others, there are a great many tears. This is not the first time we have seen the death of the smart mouthed bestie of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin); at the end of Season 4 she was shot, but Sookie acted quickly in Season 5, and had Tara turned into a vampire.
This time it seems like her luck is well and truly up.
Although, as fans have already pointed out – why didn’t Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) notice the death of her progeny? Even though we see Tara’s mom, Lette May (Adina Porter) covered in what looks like vampire goo, we still have to ask: is Tara really, truly dead this time? Well, according to Kristin Bauer van Straten, you will just have to tune in to True Blood Season 7 Episode 2 to find out why Pam didn’t ‘feel’ Tara die…
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Rachel Tsoumbakos)
May 10, 2014
Vampire Tara Will be Reliving the Past:
Fans are beginning to anticipate what will be going down in the very last season of HBO’s True Blood. Besides wondering what will be the outcome of those zombie-like Hep V infected vampires, there is also much conjecture about Eric Northman’s (Alexander Skarsgard) fate – especially considering he is yet to show up in any of the True Blood Season 7 promo items.
But what of the other characters? How will their stories conclude in Season 7? Will everyone get closure?
For newly made vampire, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), it seems there might be some sort of closure for her past for her with E!Online dropping this delicious spoiler recently:
Expect to see a major Tara-centric flashback in one of the final episodes of the season, one that will give us a look at her troubled childhood. In the trip down memory lane, viewers will see Joe, Tara’s scary, abusive drunk of a father, as well as a young Sookie and Lafayette.
Considering Tara’s born again mother, Lettie Mae (Adina Porter),proclaimed a renewed – and apparently unbiased – love for her daughter in the final episode of True Blood Season 6, it could be possible that dealing with her mommy issues might also bring up unresolved daddy issues.
What are your thoughts on this story arc in True Blood Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: E! Online – Spoiler Chat: Scoop on The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, True Blood, Arrow and More
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
May 9, 2014
Promo Stills from the Final Season of HBO’s True Blood Reveal Little:
It’s that exciting time of year when HBO starts releasing all the delicious teasers in relation to the season return of True Blood! This year though it is both exciting and sad as this will be the very last time we get to squeal in excitement at the tasty morsels HBO are throwing our way.
While there are photos of all our faves: Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), there is nothing to show for those other faves whose lives hang in the Season 6 finale limbo. Since Brian Buckner confirmed that Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) will be appearing in True Blood Season 7, we have not seen a single glimmer of hope in any of the promotional ephemera released so far. The same thing can be said about Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten).
So, will they live or die in Season 7? And what of the others? What can we glean from the nine released pictures?
Only time will tell! You can view all the images below. Let us know your theories in the comments.
(Photo Credits: Tony Rivetti/HBO Inc.)
September 1, 2013
Or Will Pam Continue Her Search For Eric Northman?
At he end of HBO’s True Blood Season 5 we saw a passionate kiss between Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and her newly made progeny, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley). In Season 6, with all the separation between the two of them at vamp camp and a Pam who announced early on in the season that their relationship was not going to be a love story, things looked grim for the hot new pair.
But what about in True Blood’s Season 7? Could their romance bloom now they are free from the claustrophobic environment of vamp camp? Could being able to (briefly) walk in the sun bring them closer together? Or will Pam spend the entire season looking for her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard)?
Michael Ausiello from TVLine got the opportunity to ask True Blood’s newest showrunner, Brian Buckner, about where the relationship between Pam and Tara is headed. Here is what Buckner had to say:
As the audience heard Pam say in Episode 1, life is long — especially for vampires. She also told Tara that this is not going to be a love story. But I would urge [fans] to be patient. Because if the show delivers on the audience’s expectation every week, that’s not storytelling. Where’s the surprise in that? These [story] threads can be picked up later. I want to be able to tell more interesting, circuitous stories at times and not always deliver on the junk-food promise of the show.
Well, isn’t that interesting? It seems we just have to be a little more patient in this department, but it sure sounds promising.
What do you think? Are you loving the Pam and Tara snark combined into the one relationship? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: TVLine.com – Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Once, Bones, Chicago Fire, True Blood, Parks and Rec, Dixie and More!
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
July 17, 2013
Is Tara Meeting the True Death?
While there was plenty to talk about with Rutina’s character, the biggest question was ‘Who is going to die in Season 6?’ With many people claiming Episode 6 will be the one in which this character dies, the clock is ticking rapidly towards their demise it seems. This assumption is based on the fact that Episode 7 was, until recently, entitled The Funeral (now known by the title In the Evening). Of course the title for Episode 6 raises plenty of questions if this is indeed the killing episode. Don’t You feel Me? is it’s name, and to me, this makes me think of the bond between vampires and their makers. Could it be a vampire that bites the dust? Or perhaps a Stackhouse sibling?
Katie Krause asked Rutina Wesley if she would give us a hint:
You want me to say who it is? No, absolutely not. I love my job too much.
Krause was persistent though and we have this little gem from Rutina about the round table read:
We kept reading… We stopped for a moment… let that sink in and gave that person their due and then we kept going. I can tell you that much.
My, doesn’t the plot thicken? It kind of sounds like Rutina mourned for someone else. So is Tara safe? Only time will tell. So make sure you tune into HBO this Sunday for True Blood Season 6!
You can view the entire interview below.
Source: YouTube – Rutina Wesley True Blood Interview – The Funeral Spoilers, Pam and Tara and Warlow’s Intentions!
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)