True Blood Season 7 – Latest Teaser Video Clip! #TrueBloodForever

April 21, 2014

Sookie Stackhouse Predicts Impending Doom for Season 7:

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) predicts impending doom in HBO's True Blood Season 7 #truebloodforeverWith only 62 days until the premiere episode of the very last season of True Blood – here is the latest teaser for us to pore over until HBO’s True Blood Season 7 returns for the very last time.

There are plenty of new tidbits to be gleaned from this short 35 second teaser video:

  • There is an attack on the church. This is voiced by what sounds like Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and we can assume it is the same church we saw Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) give his speech in the final episode of True Blood Season 6
  • We can see plenty of vampires feasting – one of which looks like one of the infected vampires we saw at the very end of  Season 6’s Episode 10. So we can probably assume the church is attacked by Hep V infected vampires
  • Violet Mazurski (Karolina Wydra) has her fangs out and is throwing wooden stakes
  • There is a freezer filled with what appears to be humans. A strange man opens the freezer door – but is that Sookie behind him? Who is this new character ? And why do all the people in the freezer appear to have puncture wounds?
  • Sookie claims the government is leaving everyone for dead. Is it just me, or does this still sound like a vampires vs. zombies thing? There is a decidedly apocalyptic feel to this teaser video!
  • Sookie and Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) watch on in shock as a man throws someone to the ground
  • Sookie tells us that the town is turning on each other – and then we see Hoyt’s mother Maxine Fortenberry (Dale Raoul) pulling a gun on someone else
  • The clip ends with Sam, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Sookie, Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) and Sheriff Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) all in a row. Sookie states: “There’s no one left.” Is this in relation to the attack on the church, or is this is an indication of who will be left standing at the very end of True Blood Season 7?

What did you think of the latest True Blood Season 7 teaser video? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: YouTube – True Blood Season 7: Clip Tease (HBO)

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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TrueBloodNet’s Exclusive Club Fangtasia Interview With Jessica Clark

November 5, 2013

True Blood’s Jessica Clark Talks About Being Lilith:

Jessica Clark stars as Lilith in HBO's True BloodSo the epic Aussie True Blood event, Club Fangtasia, has come and gone. There were plenty of fantastic costumes on the night, great merchandise to purchase, a rocking band to dance to and some amazing cocktails designed by world champion barman Jamie Chesher.

And, of course, there were the True Blood stars!

Thanks to TrueBloodNet and the owners of Seamus O’Toole’s (the establishment that hosts Club Fangtasia), Garth O’Hehir and Jason Rigopoulos, I got the chance to not only rub shoulders with Tara Buck (who plays Ginger the screamer in HBO’s True Blood) and Jessica Clark, but interview them as well!

My first interview this week is with the lovely Jessica Clark, who plays Lilith in True Blood. Jessica is a relative newbie to both True Blood and the acting scene, having been a model previously. She was such a fantastic person, who was easy going and great fun during the night.

TBN: Firstly, I want to ask you about that make up.

JC: Oh my goodness, wasn’t it amazing? They took four hours and two special effects make-up artists working on me. So, at the beginning they spray painted me. They did my whole body, top to toe. Inside my ears, inside my nose – everything, using air compressors. Then they painted me with what’s called Reel Blood. There are all different kinds: aged blood, fresh blood. They painted it on with brushes and sponges because they wanted me to appear like I had risen up out of the blood.

It was amazing, but also, for me as a character, it was so fun. Sometimes I would walk past a mirror on the way to set and see myself and get freaked out because you forget it’s you and that you’re wearing all that stuff.

TBN: Is it sticky?

JC: Yes. It gets stickier and stickier as like the hours go by. Basically, after a couple of hours you’re so sticky you stick to anything that you touch. So I would have to stand there with my arms out and rest my fingertips on poles they provided for me.

TBN: So, by the end of the day, you would be exhausted!

JC: I would literally be standing like this [puts arms out like on a cross], because if I put my arms down, they would stick to my sides and if someone called me over I would rip myself. They would have to spray me with water to separate my skin. But it looked amazing, so it was worth it.

TBN: It was an amazing costume – I guess you’d call it a costume.

JC: It was definitely a costume, but that was also the funny thing because in Season 6 Lilith wasn’t so bloody. It was my minions that were. So in Season 6 I had to go to wardrobe and I didn’t know where to go. I was like ‘Excuse me, um where’s wardrobe?’ And they’re like ‘Oh, we get to put clothes on you this time!

TBN: Yes, it’s whole different level of nudity. Did you know you were going to be that nude when you auditioned for the show?

JC: I knew. Originally Lilith was only going to be in one episode, so they definitely explained what the situation was. They were very clear and super professional about it. Although I didn’t know I would be naked the whole season. But I was a fan of the show already and I watched it from the very first episode ever, so I was just so excited and happy to be part of it all. Also, Lilith was such a cool, interesting character. She was so dark, so powerful and I got such a kick out of that. She wasn’t weak, she wasn’t a victim.

TBN: Being a fan of the show beforehand, what is the pressure like going in when you watch the show already?

JC: The pressure that I put on myself because I love the show so much was huge! It was such an honour to be cast. I wanted to do the best job possible. You just don’t want to mess it up, you know what I’m saying? I was so excited and scared because these are actors and writers that I admire so much. I love their work and I’m just happy to be amongst them and I wanted to bring it. So I did, I put a lot of pressure on myself. But the thing that is amazing about them is the cast is so welcoming.

Most of my scenes are with Stephen Moyer who’s so talented and such a professional and so welcoming. On my first day when I rose up out of the pool of blood – that was my first scene  ever – it was intense. Afterwards everyone came up to us and they were like ‘Good job and congratulations. We know that would have been rough.

Jessica Clark (Lilith) and Tara Buck (Ginger) attend Australia's Club Fangtasia eventTBN: So do you watch it afterwards now?

JC: Of course I watch it! And it’s funny because I was always such a big fan of the show, I still kind of watch it like a fan, like it isn’t even me. Plus, we only get our scripts for the episodes we’re in. If you’re not in that scene you don’t get the script. So some episodes I don’t know what’s going to happen next.

TBN: How did you react to Terry Bellefleur’s death? And Steve Newlin as well? I think most people were shocked about Terry dying but Steve was there right from the start too.

JC: Oh yeah. It was awful. Although, you know the one that wasn’t a death, but was an exit that really got me was Hoyt Fortenberry. I sobbed.

TBN: It was such a beautiful story line that one.

JC: I did an appearance with Jim Parrack (who played Hoyt) a month or so ago and I told him that scene, that episode, made me cry. The writing was so good, he was so amazing. It was like he went from being a boy to being a man. The whole thing with Jessica Hamby and him choosing to walk away, it was so powerful. I love that the writers didn’t kill him. It was such a gracious, smart, intelligent exit.

TBN: Now I know you were a model beforehand, but which do you prefer: modelling or acting?

JC: Oh, my gosh, there’s no contest: acting! When I was modelling, I was training as an actress, so I was at school nights and weekends. Any time I wasn’t at a job I was learning. But I was a little scared because there’s, um, a little bit of a stigma, you know? And rightfully so because I think, as a model, you do tell a story.

TBN: It’s a different way of storytelling.

JC: [Nods] It’s certainly a different way of storytelling and, I have so much respect for the actors on shows like True Blood. So there was that big question in my mind of ‘Well, do I legitimately have talent. Do I have something to offer, or am I just being one of those people?‘ I struggled with that for a little while. But then I was like ‘Well I love it so much’ and I worked really hard and even if I’m not the best I’m going to work and work and work to be as good as I can be. Also, you grow and you learn. I love it, every day’s a challenge. And sometimes I get an audition or a part and it’s hard being completely different to who you are as a person. I’ll get stressed out but then I’ll say to myself ‘You wanted this.

TBN: Now that True Blood’s finishing…

JC: I know…

TBN: If you could take one thing from the set, what would it be?

JC: If I was going to be really feisty, I would say Eric Northman’s throne. Remember the first time we ever met Eric? And when it pans to that shot on him on the throne – so hot! And he has the hair; you know what I’m talking about? So good, so good!

TBN: That’s certainly a good memento to take away.

JC: One of my other favourite scenes is in Merlotte’s with Lafayette, when the guy comes in and they’re being homophobic and Lafayette licks the burger. So maybe his apron, or something?

TBN: So, who’s your favourite actor to work with on True Blood?

JC: Stephen Moyer. He’s amazing. He taught me a lot, gave me guidance. He directs, produces, does all these things. He’s so multi-talented it’s inspiring. And he has a successful relationship and family. He really does it all and he does it well. My other two favourites were – not that I worked with them – but just in terms of their work, would be Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette and then Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam.

TBN: Everyone says that about Kristin.

JC: Everyone one loves Pam because she’s so hard, yet she has that vulnerability underneath. Then you see Kristin and she’s such a lady. Nelsan, too, is so, so different as Lafayette. When I grow up, I want to be just like them.

TBN: What do you have lined up for after True Blood?

JC:  HBO have lots of shows coming up. I’m kind of working with them, trying to figure something out. So hopefully something will come together soon. As soon as anything is confirmed, you’ll be the first to know.

TBN: Awesome. Well, Jessica, thank you for taking the time for this interview, and I hope enjoy the rest of Club Fangtasia as well as your time in Australia.

JC: Thank you, no problem. I sure will.

TrueBloodNet writer, Rachel Tsoumbakos, with Jessica Clark (who plays Lilith in HO's True Blood)

Thank you once again to all the staff at Club Fangtasia who made this interview possible. And make sure you hang around for our interview with Tara Buck!

(Photo Credits: Club Fangtasia/Lenore Mills)

 

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True Blood Renewed for Season 7

July 15, 2013

True Blood Cast

HBO has just announced that True Blood, it’s hit show based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, has been renewed for a 7th season.

Many rumors have flown among fans that True Blood Season 6 would be the last for the popular HBO vampire show, thanks to a less than shining opinion on Season 5. Then there was the announcement that Season 6 would be shortened to 10 episodes and the rumormill really went into meltdown!

But thanks to a large fan base and a Season 6 premiere night that bought in 4.5 million viewers (and then 4 million per episode for the next 4 instalments), HBO announced on Monday July 15 that True Blood Season 7 would return in the summer of 2014. But was there ever any doubt, considering that True Blood is HBO’s third most watched original scripted TV show, being beaten only by juggernauts The Sopranos and Game of Thrones?

Michael Lombardo,  HBO programming chief announced:

‘True Blood’ remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers. Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV.

It seems that whatever pep talk Alan Ball gave to Mark Kundis and Brian Buckner is obviously working! Buckner will also be retained as the showrunner for True Blood Season 7.

Congrats to the cast and crew of True Blood.

Source: HBO, Inc.

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True Blood Tunes: Delta Rae

June 12, 2013

Bottom of the River

Delta Rae:Grant Emerson, Elizabeth Hopkins, Ian Holljes, Mike McKee, Brittany Holljes and Eric Holljes.

Group shot of Delta Rae: Grant Emerson, Elizabeth Hopkins, Ian Holljes, Mike McKee, Brittany Holljes and Eric Holljes.

Recently we at TrueBloodNet.com had the great pleasure of chatting up members of the band, Delta Rae. They, like all of us, love True Blood. Imagine their delight at finding out their song, “Bottom of the River” was being used in the season 6 promo reel.

TBN: Thanks for joining us today guys.

Delta Rae: Great to be here.

TBN: So let’s jump right into the big question, how did your song, ‘Bottom of the River’ get selected for the True Blood season 6 promo?

Delta Rae: We honestly don’t know. Our best guess: Magic.

TBN: Fairy or Wiccan? :laughter: Was “Bottom of the River” selected by Gary Calamar? [Editor’s Note: True Blood’s Music Guru] How did you find out about the selection and what was your reaction?

Delta Rae: We found out the day it came out. One of our fans tweeted that they had heard it in the trailer and so then we looked it up on YouTube and totally freaked out. We’ve been big fans since episode 1!

TBN: Wow, that must have been an awesome surprise! Some songs featured on True Blood are tweaked toward its dark theme. Did they use the original recording or did you need to do any changes?

Delta Rae: The song was dark enough to begin with I think, but they did edit it to fit the length of the trailer. They had to squish a lot of the big vocal parts into one short clip!

TBN: Is this the first time your music has been used on True Blood?

Delta Rae:  It is! Hopefully not the last time though…

TBN: We hope not either. In fact, I think “Morning Comes” would be a great human theme song. So, who wrote ‘Bottom of the River’? Was it a collaboration? Can you share your thought processes with us? What were you thinking about, what was the mood you were trying to create?

Eric: It was a collaboration between me and my brother, Ian. I woke up at 3 am with the chorus in my head and I ran to my phone in a haze to record it before falling back to sleep. That has never happened to me before, or since. A few weeks later I remembered that I had recorded it and I brought it to Ian. He got the feeling immediately and we wrote the verses in the same gospel, Old Testament feel. I don’t know where the inspiration for the song came from. We just tried to follow the thread.

TBN: Can you tell us a bit about making your video version of ‘Bottom of the River’? It must be very different from performing live, does that make it more difficult, from an artistic viewpoint, to perform without the audience feedback?

Delta Rae: Making music videos is a very challenging feat because they have so many moving parts, and in our case, we needed to do it in one take so everything had to come together in a single exceptional moment. We made this video about a year before we were signed to Warner Brothers, so we had no money and relied heavily on friends, like director Lawrence Chen, and local talents, like our dancers in DefMo and the Sigma Step team. On a wet and misty night in September, the band, about 20 dancers, and a dozen crew got together at the Duke Homestead (built in the 1800s, and VERY “True Blood”), blasted this creepy song into the darkness and started our stomping march. It was high pressure because we had to beat the sunrise. Overall I’d say performing that song has never felt more natural than it did on that haunted piece of land, freezing and foggy, trying to beat first light just like genuine vampires. When we perform it live, it’s about transporting everyone to that place.

"Bottom of the River" video by Delta Rae

Bottom of the River Video Delta Rae

Delta Rae

TBN: That sounds really spooky. Let’s talk about the group for a minute. Three of the group are siblings, is that correct? Can you tell us how you all ended up as Delta Rae?

Eric: The three siblings have been singing since we were tiny. My brother and I started writing songs when I was about 10 years old and he was 12 and we fell in love with it. When we graduated college we knew we wanted to go into music and we reached out to our sister and a childhood friend from California, Liz Hopkins,  we loved both their voices. We all moved into a house in the woods of North Carolina where we rehearsed non-stop and then started touring on the weekends while all holding down part-time jobs. About a year in, we linked up with our amazing drummer, Mike McKee, and badass bass player, Grant Emerson, and Delta Rae was complete!

TBN: Can you tell the fans a bit about who does what in the band? Do you all contribute to writing some songs or do only a few of you do the writing? What instruments do the band members play?

Ian: Eric and I write all the songs. Everyone participates in writing and arranging harmonies and instrumental parts. Eric plays piano, guitar and sings. I play guitar and sing. Brittany and Liz both sing and play percussion. Grant is on bass, and Mike plays drums and occasionally trashcans. I think this will continue to change as we grow as a band, but that’s what’s happening now.

TBN: That must look interesting on Mike’s resume: Trashcan artist. If you couldn’t be musicians (an ugly thought to be sure), what else would you want to do for a living?

Eric: Yes, this is a terrifying prospect. But here goes. I’d like to be a Filmmaker.

Ian: A writer.

Liz: A teacher.

Brittany: A Farmer.

Grant: A psychologist.

Mike: A music store owner

TBN: What’s the hardest part of the musician’s or singer’s lifestyle? If you could eliminate one aspect, what would it be?

Delta Rae: The travel in a van for hours and hours can be rough. It’s close, uncomfortable quarters and not everyone smells great all the time… but I still wouldn’t eliminate that time. We laugh a lot in the van, and get to think and read and see the country. You can’t eliminate the worst parts of this lifestyle because then the best parts wouldn’t feel as hard won.

TBN: I won’t ask for any smelly names… What is your favorite song that Delta Rae does?

Delta Rae: It changes daily. I’m really excited about some of the new songs we’re performing. They’re not on an album yet, so you have to come see us live!

TBN: I’d love to. I’ll have to check your website for the schedule.  [Editor’s note: www.deltarae.com] What is your favorite song or musician, outside of Delta Rae?

Delta Rae: Impossible question. Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Jeff Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Tom Petty, RHCP, James Taylor, Mumford & Sons, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Kings of Leon, James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Michael Jackson, to name very few…

TBN: There are a lot of great musicians on that list. What’s the most rewarding part of the musician/singer lifestyle?

Delta Rae: The shows. Connecting with people who have been moved by the music is an incredible gift.

TBN: What are your plans for the future? Do you want to expand into writing for other bands or, say, movie or TV scores?

Delta Rae: We’re playing a lot of great festivals this year and then we’re in the studio working on album 2!

TBN: That’s great news for your fans! I can’t wait to hear what’s coming next. So, there will be new music soon.

Delta Rae: YES.

TBN: You said you love that audience feedback at your concerts. Are you appearing anywhere in the next few months?

Delta Rae: We are almost literally appearing everywhere 🙂 Bonnaroo, Firefly, ACL, Voodoo Experience are the big festivals we’re playing and they’ll be extremely fun. True Blood fans would love Voodoo Experience. It is in New Orleans, which is one of my favorite cities we’ve explored, and last year at the festival we lost our minds watching Metallica.

TBN: Voodoo Experience in New Orleans! You can’t get more “True Blood” than that. [Editor’s Note: Fans can check out where Delta Rae will be here: http://www.deltarae.com/tour/upcoming]

TBN: Do you have a website you’d like to share with the fans?

Delta Rae: We would love for people to find us all over the internet! [Editor’s Note: They are EVERYWHERE:  www.deltarae.com ; https://twitter.com/DeltaRae ; https://www.facebook.com/deltarae ; http://instagram.com/deltarae]

Demons in the Bottom of the River video by Delta Rae

Demons in the Bottom of the River video by Delta Rae

True Blood Fans

TBN: What was your first impression of True Blood?

Brittany: I remember having heard about the show for a little while before it came out and I was SO excited to see the first episode. I majored in ancient Mediterranean religion, which is just a fancy way to say Paganism, and I eat fantasy novels for breakfast, so this show felt like it was made for ME! I was hooked from the first moments and once that theme song played, I knew it would be one of my favorite shows of all time.

TBN: Who is your favorite True Blood character?

Brittany: My favorite characters are Lafayette, Alcide, and Jessica. It’s changed from season to season, but that’s where I’m at now.

Ian: Jason is my favorite.

Eric: Eric Northman

TBN: Have to stick with your namesake! If you could be any type of character from the show, which type (vampire, human, werewolf, witch, fairy, shifter, etc.) would you guys want to be.

Brittany: Fairy or shifter. I’ve wanted those powers since I was a wee babe.

Ian: Shifter.

Eric: Shifter.

TBN: Do you visit fan sites to read about yourself or interact with them?

Brittany: Right now most of our fan interaction happens on Twitter and via Facebook, we answer almost every message we get. Liz and Grant run the band Twitter account, and they are REALLY good at reaching out to fans and answering any questions fans have!

Eric: I answer almost all the Facebook messages, which is very rewarding because fans write us beautiful and personal notes. Occasionally, I email them to the whole band, because they remind us all that the music we are making can have a big impact on people’s lives.

TBN: We like to turn the tables a bit when interviewing. Is there anything you’d like to ask your fans?

Brittany: I’d love to know what fans enjoy most about our live show. We always want to give fans what they’re after and enhance the show, so tell us your favorite things and we’ll try to do more of them!

TBN: We know you twitter as a group (@DeltaRae), but do any of you have a personal twitter you’d like to share with the fans?

Delta Rae: Yes please!

Brittany: @BrittanyHellyes

Eric: @EricHolljes

Ian: @IanHolljes

Liz: @BatSparkles

Mike: @MikeMckeeDrums

Grant: @nosremetnarg

TBN: Thanks guys.. almost done. Just one more True Blood question. Will you be watching the True Blood premiere?

Delta Rae: Of course!!! We all will. Probably won’t be able to catch it on TV, unless we get really lucky and our hotel rooms have HBO… but we’ve got HBO-Go and will be watching as soon as it’s available!

TBN: Beware of Twitter if you don’t get to see it live — spoilers will abound! Thank you for your time and the great music!

We’d like to thank Delta Rae for taking the time to answer our silly True Blood questions. Best of luck on their new album! But just for True Blood fans, Delta Rae is giving us a few CDs to hand out. Keep tuned to Twitter where we’ll give the details during the Season 6 premiere!

Photo Credits: Delta Rae

Feel free to leave comments below and we’ll forward them to the band!

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VIDEO: New Season 6 True Blood Trailer

May 4, 2013

We Finally Get a Longer Look at Season 6:

HBO's True Blood Season 6 promo still of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin)Well, hasn’t it been a great week for Season 6 promo trailers of True Blood? Currently, there are so many deliciously tantalizing videos to view and wonder about.

Now HBO have released another video. This one goes for a minute and a half and has so many things going on in it that I just may have to watch it a few more times yet!

Let me know what you think of this one by commenting in the section below.

Source: YouTube – True Blood Season 6 Trailer

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

 

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TrueBloodNet Exclusive! Club Fangtasia Interview With Tara Buck and Marshall Allman

November 4, 2012

True Blood Stars at Autograph Signing for Aussie Fans:

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) with TrueBloodNet writer Rachel Tsoumbakos at Club FangtasiaRecently, I was given the opportunity to interview two stars of HBO’s True Blood: Tara Buck (Ginger) and Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens). It was certainly an amazing experience and so much fun to catch up with the friendly and down to earth stars before they did their signing event at Club Fangtasia. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them at this event and you live in Melbourne, Australia, you also had the opportunity to meet up with them on Sunday 4th November during the First Contact Full Blood convention. Or, alternatively, see them at the Club Fangtasia Halloween party on Sunday night.

Even with their hectic schedule, the stars were happy to sit down and have a chat about True Blood with TrueBloodNet. Tara was straight into talking about her favourite True Blood moment: riding Pam’s coffin in Season 5. A moment that she didn’t know was to occur until she actually jumped on the coffin and it started to move. Which led to the first fan question, sent in by Lenore Mills, who asked if coffin riding was similar to horse riding? Tara was quick to declare that it wasn’t, but it was fairly close to mechanical bull riding!

Marshall then described his craziest True Blood moment, one which involved having to (while naked) jump and transform from a human into a bird. Besides the fact that he was jumping about naked, he kept making ad hoc transforming sound effects. As a result, they had to retake until he could jump without making any noises at all!

This was the opportune time to ask the question sent in by KL Joy: Since there are so much naked moments for shifters in True Blood, were there any awkward moments? Allman pointed out that being naked on set gets very old very quickly and it’s just a matter of getting on with the job.

It was also interesting to discover how the pair of them researched their roles. While Marshall plays a shifter and a character who is not in the Southern Vampire Mystery books by Charlaine Harris, he still found it easy enough to research:

Tommy had been basically raised as a dog fighter, so I watched ‘The Dog Whisperer’ and he did a whole episode on pitt bulls. He talked a lot about the nature of the pitt bull and how the breed has been trained. When pitt bulls experience pain, they don’t have a threshold for it and go crazier. They will attack until they die. So learning that, it was kind of like, wow, Tommy’s a lot like that, you know, he just doesn’t know when to stop.

Tara Buck rides Pam's coffin as Ginger in HBO's True BloodGinger, on the other hand, is a character in the books, so it is possible for her to draw on that. Although, Buck prefers to go with her own special version of her character. But, because Ginger dies in the books, there was a concern that the Ginger in the HBO series would suffer the same fate:

We shot a scene, that never made it to air, the very last scene of the last episode of Season 3, where Ginger runs into Fangtasia and her head is backwards and so you don’t know what has happened but clearly a spell has been cast and so, when I read that, I actually said to Alan Ball; “Oh my gosh, Alan, you killed me!” To which Alan replied; “No, no, no, Tara, don’t worry, your head’s just been turned around, but you’re still alive.”

Which is such a relief to hear, since so many people love Ginger. This bought me to the source of the most popular questions for Ginger: her scream. While it was never a part of the audition process for Tara Buck, when her character witnessed the death of Long Shadow in Season 1, it became an organic, ad lib process in the scene. Once she started wailing, everyone thought it was hilarious so they asked for more of it. Then, of course, she started throwing up, so they asked her to scream and throw up and then scream some more.

Truebie fan Eve Lynch, wanted to know how the the both of them got into acting? Tara announced that she fell in love with Michael J. Fox while watching him in the movie ‘Back To The Future’. Even though she was only 8, she decided that the only way to meet the celebrity, was to take up acting! Marshall, on the other hand, had originally planned to be a professional soccer player, but was, unfortunately, injured before he could live out that dream. On a whim, a friend suggested he try out on a talent search The rest, as they say, is history!

True Blood fan, Kate Rodaughan, wanted to ask Tara Buck if it was fun to play Ginger. To which the actress responded with a definite yes:

I don’t even know where to start. I love the costumes. They’re tiny – it’s like Halloween every day! Her hair is big and crazy and it’s just fun. I love it.

Marshall Allman who stars as Tommy Mickens in HBO's True BloodAnother fan, Cindy Burrows, wanted to ask Marshall Allman about his role in Sons Of Anarchy. In particular, what it was like to play such a gullible character in a scene (where Allman’s character, Devon, is propositioned by a transvestite hooker) that fans have declared as hilarious, in a show that is not often known for its humor:

Oh man, it wasn’t hard at all! I absolutely loved playing the role of Devon. That scene was so much fun to shoot.

And fans of both Sons of Anarchy and Marshall Allman will be pleased to know that the role should be reprised in Season 6.

I can’t wait. You can go in so many different directions because he’s so wide-eyed and he has no idea what the culture is like.

I was also curious to know, besides True Blood, what is the strangest role either of them have ever had to play? Tara Buck is actually known for playing unique characters. So, for her, the weirdest ones, so far, are the roles of crazy Rhea Reynolds in Nip/Tuck and a character in her upcoming film ‘K-11′; who is a transgender inmate. She actually plays the role of a man playing a woman!

Allman has also had his share of interesting roles. Besides his stint as Devon in Sons of Anarchy, he has starred in the movie, ‘The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle’. In this movie he plays a janitor who gives birth to blue fish after becoming addicted to experimental cookies.

Now, if you want to see more of Tara Buck and Marshall Allman, they have plenty of stuff hitting the screens. Tara has a new movie coming out called ‘Tomorrow You’re Gone’ (also known as ‘Boot Tracks’), which stars Willem DaFoe, Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan. It’s directed by David Jacobson and should hit the big screen early in 2013. The film, K-11 (which stars Goran Visnjic) is being released shortly.

Marshall Allman has just completed a movie called ‘Jane Mansfield’s Car’. It stars Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall. You can also see Allman in the upcoming independent film, The Bounceback.

Thank you to Tara Buck, Marshall Allman, HBO, the crew at First Contact Conventions and Garth O’Hehir for making this interview possible.

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Sookie’s True Blood Bra on Auction to Raise Money for Charity!

September 11, 2012

Raise money for Kristin Bauer’s Charity: ‘Out For Africa’

Episode 6, Season 4 of HBO's True BloodYou have less than 24 hours to bid on a valuable piece of True Blood memorabilia! For fans who have always wanted a piece of Sookie (or Eric) can now bid on the bra she wore for the scene involving Alexander Skarsgard in Episode 6 of Season 4, entitled ‘I Wish I Was The Moon‘.

Besides the piece of infamous underwear, which is signed on the strap by Anna Paquin herself, a photo of Pam is also part of the prize. Kristin Bauer will sign and personalize the photo for the winning bidder.

All proceeds will go to the charitable organization; ‘Out For Africa‘. A charity run by the amazing Kristin Bauer van Straten and her equally fabulous husband, Abri. Their mission is to help save the majestic Elephants and Rhinos of Africa.

You can bid for this item here. Or, alternatively, you can check out the other items on offer from this charity. Make sure you check out the Out For Africa website for more information on what the charity does.

Sources: OutForAfrica.com

eBay.com – TRUE BLOOD Authentic Sookie Bra worn and signed by ANNA PAQUIN

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True Blood Season 5 FINALE Episode 12 “Save Yourself” Recap

August 28, 2012

Hold Onto Your Hat – It’s a Bloody Ride!

Season 5 finale for HBO's True Blood Episode 12: "Save Yourself'Kids gone to bed: Check.

Tru Blood cocktails ready: Check.

Gran’s Pie and a box of tissues: Check.

You are now officially ready for HBO’s Season 5 finale! So what went down?

Well, for starters, Russell Edgington went all sparkly thanks to his high consumption of fairy blood and the fact that the entire fae army were hitting him with every available microwave finger they could find! Luckily, before he could get into fairyland, Eric Northman showed up and ‘helped’ him find his true death. Nora also arrived and, surprisingly, had never smelled a fairy before. It got a bit fangy for a moment but Eric takes control and brings about order. (And was that an attempt at wooing Sookie?)

Jason seems to be ‘off with the fairies’ after being hit accidently by their light in the last episode. He is now seeing and speaking to his dead parents and they want all the vampires dead! Throughout the whole episode, they appear, giving their crackpot advice. Will Jason go back to the way he was when he joined the Fellowship of the Sun?

Sam is taken to Bill as a food parcel. He promises to never tell a soul about what he has witnessed in Authority HQ for Emma’s safe return. Bill doesn’t believe him and once Sam realises this, escapes by turning into a fly. Boy is Bill angry after that. The hunt is on!

Eric and Nora return to Fangtasia only to find Pam has been arrested by the Authority. Eric, Tara and Nora arrive at Sookie’s manage to convince her and Jason to join them in their attempt to free Pam, Bill and Jessica.

After admitting to Salome that he killed Kibwe for thinking he was the one true leader, Bill also claims Lilith had appeared to him. It gets a bit awkward here, since Salome had also had the same vision, but Bill tells her that Lilith announced to him that Salome was the one true leader. I think Bill has a plan. Maybe he isn’t as bad as we’ve been led to believe this season.

Sam returns to Luna, who is trapped in a cell with the other bloodbags at Authority HQ. He tries to convince her to escape at the first sign of trouble. Luna can see her daughter in the next cell and refuses to leave. Sam tries hard to convince her otherwise, but only time will tell if Sam got through to her. Sam shifts back into a fly and disappears. He must have a plan also.

Jessica and Pam are stuck in a cell. Jess is convinced that Eric has turned to the Sanguinista way of life. Pam just wishes she didn’t have to keep hearing about precious Sookie.

Alcide and his father are bonding when Martha arrives with an extremely high Rikki. It seems she’s been forcefed V by JD. Martha is concerned Rikki may overdose, but it turns out Jackson has a remedy for that. The side effect, though, is that as the V leeches from your body, it’s not at all pretty. While she’s sweating blood, she shares a few horrible details about JD and what he’s doing to the pack. Alcide gets mad and vows to fight him – even if he has to take V to make it an even fight!

Jason and Sookie (loaded up with a trunk full of coffins filled with vampires), break into an anti-vamp store and start loading themselves up with equipment. Their parents keep appearing to Jason, who is starting to work himself up into quite a fevour as a result. I sure hope Jason doesn’t get too hot-headed around our fave vamps!

Lafayette is making Cajun margaritas and getting Arlene and Holly tipsy. Jane Bodehouse doesn’t need them, since she is so well past drunk, it’s surprising she can perch on her bar stool. Lucky, since when Andy and his pregnant fairy arrive, she doesn’t even bat an eyelid when Maurella goes into labour – or drinks a large amount of salt. The fairy-labour scene is awkward – to say the least. Not only does Andy have to confess his sins to Holly, but she then proceeds to act as midwife to Maurella. Just when you think it can’t get any weirder, it appears fairy birth is like an orgasm mixed with fireworks!

Reverend Steve Newlin arrives and takes Emma out of her cage. Is that really him or is it a shifter? As Steve is leaving Authority HQ, he gets interupted by Chelsea, the Authority receptionist. She notices his lack of a southern accent. Steve tries hard to deflect her questions, but he finds even more trouble awaiting him when he has to give a blood sample at the elevator: not to mention the fact that headquarters are in lockdown! It’s not Steve, that’s for sure – but who is it really? This dilemma is moot once Rosalyn arrives – she is furious with Newlin for his little drinking party at the frat house. Thankfully, damage control includes having to follow her out of the building!

It turns out Maurella is giving birth to more than one child. After the first girl (minus an umbilical cord) arrives, she promptly goes back into labour and we are forced to watch her orgasmic lightshow again. Four children later, Maurella appears to be done. She promptly gets up and announces her departure. It ‘s apparently the man’s job to raise children in fairyland. How’s Andy going to cope with four children? How will Holly cope?

Alcide takes on JD and wins – with the help of Martha, her crossbow and a dose of V. I wonder who’s blood is stronger than the blood of Russell which JD had consumed? It seems Alcide is now officially pack master!

Eric and Nora returns to Authority HQ with three hostages: Tara (pretending to be a mainstreaming spy) , Sookie and Jason (human beverages). And after a quick chat with secuirty, they’re back in the Sanguinista nest – as simple as that!

Steve Newlin is put in the spotlight on national television and made to apologise for his and Russell’s actions in the frat house. Only a few sentences into his TV appearance and he starts to get sick. After vomiting, he shifts: into Luna! She promptly (on live television), starts telling America about what is really going on in the Authority headquarters. This makes Rosalyn madder than a cut snake! She rushes at Luna, but swallows a fly in the process. That fly is Sam, who quickly shifts back into his human form, making Rosalyn’s death a literal explosion! Sam turns around just in time to see Luna faint. Is she going to make it?

Bill watches Salome via security cameras as she approaches Lilith’s blood. It will be interesting to see what happens when she drinks it.

Salome in the Season 5 finale of HBO's True BloodHowever, we are interupted from finding out as the scene shifts to Jason, Sookie and the rest of the crew getting ready to kill some vampires as they ride up in the Authority elevator. Chelsea is horrified, briefly, as the doors open and Jason sends her to her final death. A security alarm sounds. That doesn’t stop Jason though. Authority reception quickly turns a vivid shade of red as he takes out vampire after security vampire. Level two protocol is enforced and all the lights go out. Tara leads the way for Sookie. Eric and Nora lay in wait and take out more security. The body count is enormous.

Tara and Sookie find Pam, but they need to wait for Nora and Eric to open the cells. It takes time (Jason manages to take out another vampire while he’s waiting), but soon they are free. Tara and Pam throw themselves at each other – can anyone say ‘Hot new romance for Season 6‘?

Bill and Salome seem oblivious to what is going on around them as they discuss what Lilith wants. Eventually Salome downs Lilith’s blood and it seems we will discover what effect that will have on her.

Except, we are now taken back to Sookie and the gang. Jason has made up his mind about Jessica – it seems he can no longer stomach the undead. Eric and Nora meet up with them. Eric and Sookie decide to rescue Bill, and the rest escape Authority headquarters.

Ah, now we find out what has happened to Salome. It seems she is weakened by it and Bill is taking great pleasure in telling her about all the silver he put in Lilith’s blood. Apparently Salome was too excited about the upcoming rapture to notice it. Bill then goes on to stake Salome – is that a vial of blood he has? Oh my goodness, is he going to drink Lilith’s blood himself now?

Eric and Sooke arrive and try to convince him not to drink the blood. It seems Bill truly has travelled to the dark side and says some completely horrible things to Sookie. Eric appears to be in complete shock. Bill rants about how he finally feels like he is no longer an abommination AND DRINKS LILITH’S BLOOD!

***If you haven’t yet seen the final episode and are Team Bill, look away now***

After spewing up blood, his head explodes and he melts down into a blood puddle. Sookie is in shock. Eric is horrified. I am screaming. My cat is running from the room in fright.

Eric tries to comfort Sookie. In the process, he notices movement in the Bill puddle. Bill rises up all bloody and naked and Billith. Is he a god now? Needless to say, Eric and Sookie panic. Eric tells Sookie to run. The credits appear.

Season 5 finale of HBO's True BloodSo, what did you think of the finale? Let TrueBloodNet know in the comments below.

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HBO’s True Blood Season 5 Finale – Gran’s Pecan Pie Recipe

August 25, 2012

Gran’s Cryin’ Pie

HBO's True Blood Season 5 FinaleSo what is everyone doing for the Season 5 finale for HBO’s True Blood? Are you glad to see the season end, or are you begging for more? And while finale night means a lot of questions are answered, it also means there is a huge gap of time before you get your next new fix of Bon Temps.

Of course, finale night means party night also! This year at my place there will be Tru Blood Plasmapolitans (Tru Blood, Vodka and lime juice) as well as a good dose of crying.  Sookie’s gran’s famous Cryin’ Pie from Season 1, when her gran met an untimely demise and Sookie blubbered her way through the entire thing, is just the comfort food needed for this!

This year, I have attempted to replicate gran’s pie. I think I’ve come pretty darn close. So here is the recipe for you all to enjoy. For a more authentic recipe, omit the maple toffee.

Gran’s Cryin’ Pecan Pie

Gran's Cryin' Pecan Pie

Gran’s cryin’ pie before the maple toffee has been added

Ingredients

Pie Crust

1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
113grams cold, unsalted butter, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pie Filling

395gram tin sweetened condensed milk
60grams brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsps Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur (or 1 tsp of vanilla extract)
1/4 cup maple syrup
Pecan halves, to decorate

Maple Toffee

Brown sugar
Maple syrup
Water

Method
  • Add all the pastry ingredients to a food processor and whiz until totally combined.
  • Grease a pie dish and, using your fingers, press out the pastry dough until smooth.
  • Bake in the over at 340 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Add all the pie filling ingredients (except the eggs) to a pan and heat on a medium temperature until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Turn off the heat and allow to cool for five minutes.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking quickly to prevent them cooking unevenly.
  • Turn the heat back on to low and whisk until the mixture thickens into custard.
  • Pour into the pie crust and decorate with pecan halves
  • Firmly pack 1/3 cup brown sugar into measuring cup. Top up with maple syrup to the 1/2 cup mark. Add to a pan along with 1/4 cup of water.
  • Turn on the heat to high and let the mixture boil. Keep checking the toffee by pouring a small amount over the back of a cold metal spoon. As soon as it becomes super sticky, pour the whole lot over the top of your pie.
  • Refrigerate until set and serve with either whipped cream or ice cream
  • Enjoy! (But don’t forget to cry while eating it.)

Source: Rachel Tsoumbakos – True Blood Season 5 Finale – Gran’s Pecan Pie Recipe

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True Blood Season 5 Episode 11 “Sunset” Recap

August 20, 2012

So Many Lives Hang in the Balance in this Bloody Episode!

HBO's True Blood: Fairy Elder from Episode 11 of Season 5For the second last episode of HBO’s True Blood, this one is surely filled to over-flowing with bloody gore. For starters, we find the typically bloody Lilith appearing to Bill Compton and trying to convince him that he is the chosen one.

Next, we find Nora contemplating her previous vision of Godric being beheaded by Lilith. Is she having second thoughts perhaps? Or is she just missing her maker? Salome appears and cheers her up though. Seriously, Salome has made her way through a large chunk of the vampire cast of True Blood – and she’s only one season old!

Jessica seems to be edgy and wants to keep Jason sheltered from the non-mainstreaming vampires. She tries to convince Bill to let her bring him back to Authority HQ. This backfires though and it looks like she will have to turn him in order to protect him – oops! Will Jason make it out of this episode alive?

It seems all Nora’s contemplating has resulted in her defection from the ways of Lilith and the Sanguinista. We find her making amends (and getting naked) with her brother, viking vampire Eric Northman, in the very next scene. My, isn’t the plot thickening deliciously for the season finale next week!

Sookie and Jason are sitting in fairyland and discussing the fact that Sookie was sold to a vampire over 300 years ago, thanks to the contract between a previous Stackhouse relative and Warlowe. Jason vows to protect her before leaving fairyland – I wonder how long it is before Jessica tracks him down?

The army is now concerned with the way vampires are behaving of late and a military general is sent to Authority headquarters to speak to Roman about it. Since Roman is dead, it gets a bit awkward here. The vampires there try to convince the general that Roman is unavailable. The general is not impressed but announces that the military knows vampires bombed the Tru Blood factories and tries to blackmail the vamps by letting them know that they are aware Russell Edgington is alive. If the general is killed then video footage of Russell and Steve Newlin killing college students en mass will be released to the general public. This probably would have worked too, except Eric goes all renegade and kills the general. What is he playing at? Once everyone calms down, Eric and Nora claim they can clean up the mess by glamouring everyone involved with the dead general. Bill seems suspicious and makes them take a security team with them. At least Eric is finally free of the Authority! And when Eric goes to change the channel in the car and kills the front seat passengers, he is also free of the security detail!

Jessica finds Jason. He starts to get suspicious as soon as he sees the security surrounding Jessica. It worsens when Jess starts talking about trust. It seems she is trying to send a message to Jason, but he is his normal thick-skulled self and doesn’t get with the program. Jessica is forced to bite him in an attempt to turn him to placate her security. When Jess’s security team are burying her and Jason, it seems he certainly did understand what she was saying earlier and jumps up and shoots the two shovelling vamps before they even know it – go Jason! He’s still mad a heck at Jess though.

Pam and Tara are cleaning up the remains of Elijah. Tara gets a crash course in what the Authority are and why she has done the wrong thing by killing the new Sheriff. While this is going on, Jessica arrives in a panic and wants to be hidden by them. Pam is against the idea until Jess admits she knows where Eric is.

Sookie is taken to meet a fairy Elder. This fairy is a distracted dancing fairy who seems more interested in finding out Sookie’s music taste rather than discussing Sookie’s ancient contract. Finally, Sookie gets her to concentrate and the Elder admits that hers, Sookie’s and Warlowe’s paths are intertwined. Before she can divulge any further information, Jason arrives and the mere mention of Russell Edgington’s name is enough to put fear into the fae. All the fairies agree to fight the vampires. Sookie and Jason devise a plan to lure Russell Edgington closer so the Elder can get rid of him.

Holly gets her kids to apologise to Andy for putting his butt on Facebook. Andy promises to look after their mom. It seems this may be an impossibility since later on in the episode, Maurella arrives and expects Andy to protect her and their unborn child. Apparently, Andy rejecting her is considered an act of betrayal against the fairies and there is a possibility this may lead to an outright war! I don’t think Holly is going to happy with Maurella and Andy when she finds out about this.

A whole scene occurs while Alcide is shirtless and chopping wood. I’m not sure what was said the first time round (Alcide + no shirt = total lack of attention span), but with the second watching, it turns out that a former member of Jackson Herveaux’s pack arrives to warn them that there is a lot of baby vamp attacks going on in the area. Luckily, Jackson has his trailer surrounded in silver. While it won’t keep older vampires out, it will protect the weres from the younger, dumber ones.

Pam, Jessica and Tara discuss the change in Bill and Pam decides it is a sure case of nest mentality. When she leaves, Tara and Jess seem to sort things out a little. Rosalyn arrives at Fangtasia next, looking for her progeny, Elijah. When Rosalyn threatens Tara, Pam owns up to killing him to protect Tara – go Pam! Rosalyn has Pam arrested though – will Pam survive this season?

More Lilith hallucinations are occurring for Bill.  The problem is, Lilith seems to be messing with all the vampires. When Bill goes to drink her blood, he finds Kibwe there – also professing to be the single vampire chosen by Lilith. Bill decapitates him. Next it is Salome’s turn to think she is the chosen one. Is it vampire blood or peyote in that vial they’ve all been drinking from?

Alcide and his dad are surrounded by baby vamps, luckily the silver fence does it’s job. When they move on and decide to harass another trailer load of food people, Alcide has had enough and manages to take out a few baby vamps before getting overwhelmed. It’s lucky his father steps in and kills the rest. It seems Jackson isn’t a nasty as we first thought.

Jason is patrolling Sookie’s house, waiting for Russell to arrive. Surprise, surprise,  the plan works and Russell arrives with Steve Newlin. It seems to be failing though when Russell glamours Jason and he reveals a lot of information about the fairies. Needless to say, the end result is the same: Russell is led to the fairies.

Sam and Luna are mousing their way around Authority HQ looking for Emma. While nudity is an unfortunate by-product of shifting, it turns out to be their savior when they are caught unaware by Authority security. It seems there is a bunch of naked people being held as vampire beverages and they mistakenly think Luna is one of them. While security are “returning” Luna to the cell filled with the other nudies, Sam volunteers to be vamp refreshments. More than a few main characters lives appear to hang in the balance this season. While this is going on, Pam and Jessica arrive at HQ as well. Jessica and Bill have an argument while Pam recognises Sam. It will be interesting to see how all this pans out in the finale. But once again, Pam and Eric are separated, their roles now reversed: Pam is trapped and Eric is free.

Russell can smell the fae when Jason leads them to the fairy field. The Elder arrives and attempts to send Russell into another dimension but hits Jason with her microwave fingers instead – Uh-oh! Just when you think it can’t get any worse, Russell captures the Elder and drains her dry! (Is it wrong to be happy this annoyingly distracted dancing fairy is gone already?) The nasty side-effect of this is that Russell can now see the entrance to fairyland. Does this mean he can also access it? I guess we’ll find out next week in the season finale.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Also, is anyone planning a season finale party for next week? Let us know all about it. I, for one, will be baking Gran’s pecan pie and washing it down with Tru Blood cocktails.

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