Comic-Con: Brian Buckner Plans to Rein in True Blood

July 21, 2013

True Blood Season 6 Goes Back to It’s Roots:

Comic Con 2013 Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood Season 6)With Season 5 of HBO’s favorite vampire series, True Blood, fans were beginning to question how long the show would last. The story lines were complicated and with so many new characters arriving all the time, it seemed many fans were left scratching their heads in bewilderment.

Well, it seems that Brian Buckner has heard everyone’s pleas to return to the golden age of True Blood Season 1 and had the following to say at Comic-Con this weekend:

I feel like this show is ultimately about the relationships between vampires and humans and it’s about this town, and I actually want to bring it in. My hope is to get all these people we love living under the umbrella of one story and one threat.

This one comment bought cheers from the True Blood audience. But wait, there’s more! When asked about the True Blood Season 6 finale, he reiterated his stance on the show:

You’re going to feel that the show is going to return back to its roots and be about this gang of people living in Bon Temps. We’re going to try and condense the number of stories we’re telling and really make this feel like we’re going home.

With so many fans proclaiming that True Blood Season 6 is fast becoming the show’s best season yet, it seems that Brian Buckner is right on the money!

What do you think of True Blood Season 6? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Vulture - Comic-Con: True Blood’s New Showrunner Wants to Bring the Show Back to Its Roots

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc. via Instagram)

 

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Comic-Con: All The True Blood Season 6 News & Gossip!

July 21, 2013

ComicCon is the True Blood Place to Be:

Comic Con True Blood cast

Credit: TV Guide via Twitter

Well, all the Comic-Con news, video and gossip is arriving fast and furiously!

There will be plenty of snippets from the event, photos, videos of your fave True Blood Stars and so much more. But why spend the day trying to view it all by yourself? Instead, let us do it for you!

So make sure you check back here at TrueBloodNet.com for all the latest on Comic-Con 2013.

(Photo Credit: TVGuide via Twitter)

 

 

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HBO’s True Blood Comic-Con Merchandise

July 18, 2013

Want Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) to Sign it For You?

True Blood: A Field Guide to Vampires co-authored by McMillian and series associate producer Gianna SobolTruebie fans are in for a treat if they are attending Comic-Con on Friday July 19th – Steve Newlin actor Michael McMillian will be there! Make sure you get in early though and pick up your merchandise beforehand and then head on over to Autograph Area #19 between 12:00pm-1:30pm in order to get your True Blood gear signed.

Michael McMillian is particularly eager to sign your pre-order copy of True Blood: A Field Guide to Vampires. This book is co-authored by McMillian and series associate producer Gianna Sobol.

And I must say, this book sounds hilarious! Firstly, it’s Steve Newlin’s journal (from back in the days when he was a god-fearing human). In it he has scribbled down everything he knows about Bon Temps’ Creatures of Satan. As if that wouldn’t be funny enough, it appears Eric Northman has gotten his hands on it and then proceeded to deface and correct it for the good Reverend!

The other new True Blood book, True Blood Bites & Drinks, will also be available at Comic-Con. If you haven’t already picked up you copy, you can do so by heading over to the Chronicle Books booth #1506.

Let us know if you are attending Comic-Con this year and whether you got to meet the awesome Michael McMillian by commenting below.

Source: HBO.com – Official HBO Comic-Con 2013 Merchandise

(Photo Credit: HBO.com)

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Vamp It Up With the Club Fangtasia Halloween Party!

July 16, 2013

Ticket Sales to be Announced Shortly:

Australia will be rocking it out True Blood-style again this year with their annual Club Fangtasia Halloween party announced. While the tickets are yet to go on sale, we have a date set in stone and the hint of more True Blood celebrities this year with the following announcements being made via the Club Fangtasia Facebook page this week:

True Blood's Allan Marshall (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) at Club Fangtasia 2012

Credit: Club Fangtasia Facebook page (13th July 2013)

 New web site has gone live tonight.. Within the next few day all info regarding who from Sheveport and Bon Temp will be joining us…

http://www.clubfangtasia.com.au/

Source: Club Fangtasia Facebook page (15th July 2012)

Both General Admission and the exclusive (and very elusive) V.I.P tickets will be available again, but you need to get in fast as numbers will be strictly limited this year – there will be only 60 V.I.P available to the public! So what does the V.I.P ticket get you?

  • Exclusive access to the upstairs section of Club Fangtasia (the place where fans got to hang with Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) last year)
  • One free True Blood fangtail of your choice
  • Drinks being made and served by world champion bar man Jamie Chesher
  • Fancy Food: Delicate canapes and traditional finger foods will be served throughout the night.

But don’t fret if you only manage to score a general admission ticket, your night will still be bloody fangtastic! There will be the Fangtasia dancers to keep you entertained, plenty of dance space and some amazing draws to enter into. And the True Blood prize pool is bigger and better than last year!

The revamped Club Fangtasia website is now up an running so you can check out all the fun had at the event last year by viewing the photos here.

Make sure you keep checking back here at TrueBloodNet.com for all the latest updates for this event! And let us know which celebrities you would like to see attend Club Fangtasia this year by commenting below.

Sources: Club Fangtasia – Facebook page

Club Fangtasia – Website

(Photo Credit: Club Fangtasia)

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HBO’s True Blood Panel Scheduled for Comic Con 2013

July 10, 2013

Just announced: True Blood Panel Scheduled to Appear at Comic Con International 2013

Comic Con 2012

Comic Con True Blood Panel 2012

True Blood fans from all over the world are gearing up to attend San Diego’s Comic Con International. Once again, the cast of HBO’s True Blood will be in Ballroom 20 on Saturday July 20 at 3:30 PM to tease plot lines and answer fan questions live.  Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack will again be the panel moderator. Scheduled to appear:

Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Showrunner Brian Buckner, Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) and Rob Kazinsky (Ben Flynn).

Ryan Kwanten walked on his hands like a (very sexy) trained monkey to the delight of the crowd last year, and Joe Manganiello did a little bump and grind for the ladies.  What will happen this year?  A few thousand lucky fans will find out first hand on July 20.

For more information on Comic Con International, visit www.comic-con.org

Source: TrueBloodFanSource.com Comic Con 2013: True Blood Panel Announced with Attendees

Photo Credit: Jennifer Kitzman

 

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Club Fangtasia Halloween Party is Set to Rock Australia!

June 27, 2013

Details of the True Blood-Inspired Party are Arriving Daily:

Club Fangtasia Halloween party at Seamus O'Toole's 2013Recently we announced the news that Seamus O’Toole’s would be hosting yet another of their awesome True Blood-inspired Halloween parties in Melbourne, Australia.

Have you got your costume ready yet? Me neither, although I do have a few ideas. It wil lbe interesting to see if there are any outstanding costume ideas in upcoming HBO True Blood Season 6 episodes.

Besides talk of costumes and True Blood’s Season 6, we now have some more details for you! Yesterday the following was posted to the Club Fangtasia Facebook page:

Club Fantasia is the hottest True Blood party in Australia!

 

So not only do we get to show off our True Blood Season 6 costumes this November, but we can get a sneak preview of what’s to come at OzComicCon in July!

If you want to attend Seamus O’Toole’s Club Fangtasia party, you need to bookmark their website (please click here), sign up to their newsletter and keep your eye on the site as ticket sales will be available soon.

News has also just broken that the dancers have been booked for this event, so it will be interesting to see if they are the same ones present last year. I guess we’ll have to wait until the 4th of November to find out!

Source: Club Fangtasia – Facebook page

(Photo Credits: Club Fangtasia/HBO Inc.)

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Australia WILL Host Another True Blood Spectacular!

June 24, 2013

Seamus O’Toole’s Opens the Doors to Club Fangasia Again:

True Blood Club Fangtasia halloween Party Promo Poster 1There were rumors last year that the True Blood-inspired Halloween party held at Club Fangtasia (AKA Seamus O’Toole’s) would be the last True Blood event for the establishment.

This disheartened so many Australian True Blood fans, I can tell you!

2012 was the third year Seamus O’Toole’s had hosted the popular vampire-inspired Halloween party – and boy did they excel all expectations! Not only was there plenty of Tru Blood on tap, prizes on offer and dress ups on guests, but they also managed to lure some of the True Blood cast to turn up!

Even with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and the advent of some major shuffling of True Blood cast members, they still managed to pull in Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and everyone’s favorite screamer, Ginger (Tara Buck)! TrueBloodNet even managed to tie down an EXCLUSIVE interview with them.

Well, with the arrival of True Blood Season 6, it was recently confirmed that Seamus O”Toole’s WILL be hosting another True Blood event!

While information is still scant, make sure you check back here often for all the latest updates. Alternatively, you can sign up to Club Fangtasia’s newsletter by clicking here and supplying your email address.

Source: Club Fangtasia Facebook page – 18th June Post

(Photo Credit: Club Fangtasia/HBO Inc.)

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 6: Live From the Set- Steamy Q&A

June 20, 2013

True Blood’s Season 6 Premiere Kicked Off In a Big Way:

True Blood Season 6 Cast Live from the Set

True Blood Season 6 Cast/HBO/Live From the Set

For those of you who may have missed the live social media event hosted by HBO prior to the Season 6 True Blood Premiere, HBO has posted all the Q&A’s on their HBO Connect website!  For the first time ever our favourite cast members appeared live on the set of Fangtasia to answer fans burning questions.  True Blood’s Season 6 is sure to come with many ups and downs…check out some of my favourite questions, and hit the link to the HBO site for full Q&A details! Or you can check out the actual You Tube video if you have 15 minutes to burn!

Q (For all cast members): Without giving too much away are there any scenes in Season Six that made you cry in real life?

A): This is a season that takes its toll on the humans for sure.

Q(For Alex) 1st Season Eric was evil, then amnesia Eric wasn’t – do you think THIS SEASON’s Eric is a nice mix of the both, or more evil?

A): I’d say the old Eric is pretty much back. But the Amnesia changed him fundamentally, and he’ll always carry that experience within.

Q): Who does the best impression of other characters on True Blood?

A): Chris Bauer: Without a doubt the best mimic on our set, and in my opinion most underrated actor, is Sammy Trammell. If anyone wants to have a conversation with Alexander Skarsgard, and he can’t be there, just have Sam imitate him instead. It’s uncanny.

Check out full Q&A here: http://connect.hbo.com/events/true-blood/trueblood-live-set/?cmpid=ABC162

 

Source: HBO Connect-#TrueBlood Live From the Set-Archived Q&A with #Trueblood:Live from the Set

Video Credit(YouTube.com) True Blood Season 6 Live From the Set

Photo Credit(Wetpaint)-True Bloods Season 6 Cast Parties for Premiere!(PHOTOS)

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HBO’s True Blood Cast to Host First Ever Social Media Event!

June 6, 2013

Season 6 Premiere Kicks Off In a BIG way!! 

True Blood Cast

Credit: Photobucket.com

 

In case the build up and anticipation of the world premiere of HBO’s True Blood on June 16 in and of itself was not enough, HBO has yet another surprise in store for its millions of fans!  A major social media event has been scheduled to coincide with the Season 6 Premiere of True Blood!  This first ever social media event will be broadcast live from the set of Fangtasia.

The Season 6 media event is said to be a:

“two-part social media event beginn[ing] on June 16, 9:00 a.m. ET, when HBO will reveal exclusive #secretsfromtheset via the True Blood profiles on Facebook (Facebook.com/Trueblood), Twitter (Twitter.com/TruebloodHBO), Instagram (Instagram.com/TruebloodHBO) and Vine. This all leads up to a fan-fueled interactive pre-show, #TrueBlood: Live from Set, airing on HBO at 8:45 p.m. ET/PT hosted by comedienne and Parks and Recreation actress Retta”.

In a world that thrives on social media this could not be a better opportunity to engage with the millions of fans of the hit show! “#TrueBlood: Live from Set” will allow the fans of True Blood to directly engage with the cast members and be given the opportunity to ask questions, and the cast will provide behind the scenes secrets of Season 6! This is surely an event that none of us will be missing!

Pamela Levine, executive vice president, HBO Marketing said:

“Social media has been core to the marketing strategy for True Blood since the first season, leading to one of the most engaged fan bases of any television series”.

13 of our favourite cast members are scheduled to participate in this event including “Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston, Todd Lowe, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten and Joe Manganiello”.

For all you “true” True Blood fans start following @TrueBloodHBO on Twitter for your opportunity to be featured in the broadcast in a “never-before-done execution with Twitter and powered by Mass Relevance”. Be sure to get on Twitter and see how you can prove you are #TopTruebie!

Source: Spoiler TV-True Blood Season 6 Cast Members to Participate in Live Social Media Event

Photo Credit: Photobucket.com- True Blood Cast

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Recap: True Blood Halloween Party at Club Fangtasia

January 11, 2013

Australia Gets to party with True Blood Stars at Seamus O’Tooles:

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) arrive at Club Fangtasia, the HBO True Blood inspired Halloween event

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) on the red carpet outside Club Fangtasia

So another Halloween has passed and yet another outstanding True Blood Halloween party has been held at Melbourne’s Seamus O’Toole’s who transformed into the decadent Club Fangtasia for one night only.

This year, I veered away from my usual Sookie (Anna Paquin) theme and decided to dress up as Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). My husband decided on copying that famous (and blood thirsty) scene from episode 4 of Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood and got all blood spattered as Roman (Chris Meloni).

There was the hotly anticipated arrival of the True Blood cast members, who arrived via limousine and were ushered down the red carpet after attending the First Contact Conventions Full Blood convention. Fans lined the walkway and there was plenty of blood-curdling screaming going on when Ginger passed by.

Getting photo bombed by Marshall Allman (who played Tommy Mickens in HBO's True Blood). With Lenore Mills, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Tara Buck (Ginger)

Getting photo bombed by Marshall Allman (who played Tommy Mickens in HBO’s True Blood). With Lenore Mills, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Tara Buck (Ginger)

For holders of the extra special VIP tickets, not only did you get to party until the wee hours, drink Tru Blood fangtails, go into the draw for some awesome prizes and participate in charity auctions, you got to hang out with Marshall and Tara in the VIP room upstairs! Both cast members were happy to chat to fans all night long and there were many great True Blood stories told by both of the stars (neither of whom could believe my transformation from Merlotte’s Jessica Hamby for the exclusive TrueBloodNet.com interview the previous day into Red Riding Hood Jessica Hamby for the Halloween event!)

Due to the adherence to HBO guidelines, there was no photography in the venue on the night, but that didn’t hinder anyone’s enjoyment as authorized photographers were on hand to take photos of the party goers. So for those of you who attended (or wished you had), make sure you head on over to Club Fangtasia’s Facebook page and check out all the great pics of the night!

Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Sherryn Pickering all bloodied up for Club Fangtasia's True Blood event

Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Sherryn Pickering all bloodied up for Club Fangtasia’s True Blood event

If you weren’t lucky enough to score a VIP ticket, there were still opportunities to see the stars in action when they made a few guest appearances downstairs. They chatted to the audience, helped out with the auctions and announced prize winners.

Speaking of prize winners, Kim and Matt (in the picture to your left, won a True Blood poster signed by several member of the True Blood cast, just by buying a ticket and turning up – and this was only second prize! The first prize was a signed True Blood picture as well as a brand new iPad. As for the coveted best dressed award? Well, this prize went to a couple who were outstanding in their costume design as well as maintaining their persona for most of the night. The prize (of $200) went to Sharon Taylor Alford and Paul Tabone for their original outfits. You can view the winning costume here.

Band Red Rockit rocked it up at Seamus O'Toole's Club Fangtasia

Band Red Rockit rocked it up at Seamus O’Toole’s Club Fangtasia

Marshall Allman and Tara Buck left late in the evening, but that didn’t stop the party. There was still plenty to do! Not only was there the awesome Aza MC, pole dancers and a rocking band Red Rockit, but DJ Courtney arrived straight off the plane and helped out also. There was a great chill out area outside the venue for when it got too hot inside. Many people mingled here and it was just as much fun outside as what it was inside. At the very back of Seamus O’Toole’s there is a large section of booths – a great place to put your feet up after dancing the night away!

Every year I go to this event, I am amazed at the dedication and sheer amount of hard work that goes into setting up this event. Garth O’Hehir, Jason Rigopoulos and Paul Allen orchestrate the event and this year they excelled themselves. Also, their staff and the various helpers that all band together to make this event work so well on the night are a credit to the team.

It truly was (yet again) an awesome night!

Oh, and if you wanted a drink in the VIP section, this is the guy that served you:

Bar staff at True Blood's Club Fangtasia

Bar staff at True Blood’s Club Fangtasia

(Photo Credits: Club Fangtasia.com.au)

Also, a special thanks goes out to Lenore Mills, Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Sherryn Pickering, Red Rockit and the bar staff for allowing  me to use their images for this article.

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