Sam Trammel to Star in Upcoming Amazon Pilot

November 15, 2014

Check Out the True Blood Actor in the Amazon Pilot Cocked:

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte in HBO's True BloodEvery year Amazon releases a selection of pilot episodes. These pilots are potential new series for the retail giant and they release them to the general public to help them decide which ones should be signed on for a complete season. So far, Alpha House and Transparent are just two of the most successful new series commissioned by Amazon thanks to their pilot preview.

This year there are several new shows up on offer, all of which you can view below, but the most interesting one – for Truebies – by far is the first one, entitled Cocked. This pilot stars Sam Trammell, who played Merlotte’s bar owner, Sam Merlotte through all seven seasons of HBO’s True Blood.

Cocked: The dark comedy follows liberal Richard Paxson (True Blood’s Sam Trammell) as he returns to his rural Virginia home to help with his family’s gun business. His older brother will be played by Jason Lee (My Name is Earl).

Down Dog: A charming and handsome yoga instructor for the rich and beautiful sees his life turned upside down when he and his girlfriend — the owner of the yoga studio where he teaches — break up.

Mad Dogs: An American adaptation of a U.K. series, this comedy centers on a group of high school friends (including Steve Zahn of Dallas Buyers Club and Billy Zane of Twin Peaks) who reunite in Belize. But the trip goes south when old grudges lead to an unraveling of lies and a murder. Shawn Ryan of The Shield will executive produce.

The Man in the High Castle: Based on Philip K. Dick’s book of the same name, the drama considers what would have happened if the Allied forces lost World War II. The series was penned by The X-Files’ Frank Spotnitz.

The New Yorker Presents: The most original idea of the bunch, this half-hour docu-series will bring articles, fiction and poetry from The New Yorker to life. The project boasts an all-star cast, including Alan Cumming (The Good Wife).

Point of Honor: The Civil War drama from Lost’s Carlton Cuse is about the son of a wealthy southern family who sets his slaves free while fighting for the Confederacy.

Salem Rogers: Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) and Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) star in the comedy about an overly blunt former supermodel who re-enters the world after spending 10 years in a cushy rehab facility and tracks down her former assistant to help her make a comeback.

The Amazon Pilot series will premiere in 2015.

Let us know if you will be tuning in to watch any of the Amazon Pilot episodes by commenting below!

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VIDEO: Find Out Where Nelsan Ellis Got Lafayette’s Catch Phrase From

November 13, 2014

Nelsan Ellis and Rutina Wesley Discuss the Final Season of HBO’s True Blood:

Nelsan Ellis as LafayetteHave you ever wondered where actor Nelsan Ellis got the catch phrase of ‘Hookah’ for his True Blood character Lafayette Reynolds? Yeah, me too! Well, you can find out who he stole the phrase from in the video below.

As well as Nelsan, you can tune in and find out what Rutina Wesley (who played Tara Thornton in the HBO vampire series) thought about her very last scene filmed for True Blood Season 7.

The pair also chat about their very first scene together on set as well as why Nelsan thinks Rutina was perfect in the role of Tara.

You can check out the video below for all the answers and more. Plus, don’t forget to purchase your copy of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 on DVD and BluRay. Alternatively, you can pick up the complete box set of True Blood Seasons 1-7. Both editions are available from Tuesday November the 11th 2014.

Sources: TVGuide – True Blood Video: Go Behind the Scenes of the Show’s Final Season

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Evan Rachel Wood Cast in Disney’s Strange Magic

November 12, 2014

True Blood’s Evan Rachel Wood Lends Her Voice to Disney:

Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Sophie-AnneDisney has recently announced it would be producing a new animated movie based loosely on William Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. The movie is called Strange Magic and True Blood’s Evan Rachel Wood has been cast as one of the voice actors. Truebies will remember Evan in the role of Sophie-Anne LeClerq, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana. She appeared in Seasons 2 through to 4 of HBO’s vampire series.  As yet there is no news on the role Evan will be playing, but here is the cast list for Strange Magic as announced so far:

  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Evan Rachel Wood
  • Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph
  • Sam Palladio
  • Alfred Molina
  • Elijah Kelley
  • Bob Einstein
  • Peter Stormare
  • Meredith Anne Bull

And here’s the synopsis:

Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Gary Rydstrom will direct Strange Magic. The screen play is written by David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi and Gary Rydstrom from an idea originally penned by George Lucas (of Star Wars fame). Marius de Vries is listed as musical director and composer and it has been revealed that Strange Love will feature modern day pop songs.

Evan Rachel Wood is not the first True Blood star to lend her voice to a Disney production. Anna Camp recently took on the role of Princess Ivy in the Disney Junior movie entitled Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy.

Let us know if you will be checking this out when it hits our screens in January 2015 by commenting below!

Source: Hero Complex – ‘Strange Magic’: Lucasfilm musical based on ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

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Tune Into CBS’s Scorpion to See True Blood’s Jessica Tuck

November 11, 2014

Jessica Will Play Cabe’s Ex-Wife:

Jessica Tuck as Nan FlanaganMake sure you tune into watch CBS’s Scorpion next week because True Blood’s Jessica Tuck will be appearing in it! Truebies will remember Jessica as Nan Flanagan, the face of the American Vampire League as well as the Vampire Authority. Poor Nan met her true death in Season 4 of HBO’s True Blood but managed to turn up again thanks to some flashbacks occurring in Season 7.

The episode is called Rogue Element and you can read all the details about it below:

“Team Scorpion must help protect Cabe’s ex-wife after she uncovers evidence that suggests foul play in the death of a prominent congressman, on SCORPION, Monday, Nov. 17 (9:00-9:59 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Jessica Tuck guest stars as Cabe’s ex-wife.”

It is unclear yet as to whether this is a guest appearance for Jessica or whether it will lead to further appearances in the show.

Do you watch CBS’s Scorpion already or will you be tuning in just because Jessica Tuck is making an appearance? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Carter Matt – ‘Scorpion’ episode 9 preview: First look at ‘True Blood’ star’s appearance

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Warcraft Cast Officially Announced at BlizzCon

November 11, 2014

True Blood’s Robert Kazinsky to Play Orgrim:

Robert Kazinsky (Warlow / Ben Flynn) and Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) star in the HBO True Blood Season 6 finaleWhile the cast announcement for Legendary Pictures movie version of Warcraft is no surprise, thanks to BlizzCon last weekend, it is now official! Robert Kazinksy (who played Warlow in Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood) will play a character called Orgrim. The full cast is listed below (thanks to AceShowbiz.com for this comprehensive list):

THE ALLIANCE:

  • Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel, of History Channel’s Vikings fame): The lead protagonist of The Alliance, a war hero who has sacrificed everything to keep the people of Azeroth safe.
  • King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper): The leader of The Alliance city of Stormwind and a beacon of hope to its people in a time of darkness.
  • Medivh (Ben Foster): A mysterious and reclusive protector known as “the Guardian” who wields formidable power.
  • Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer): A gifted young mage embarking on a daring search for the truth.
  • Lady Taria (Ruth Negga): The royal Queen of Stormwind, King Llane’s great love and most trusted counsel.
  • Garona (Paula Patton): A strong-willed survivor who is caught between the Alliance and the Horde and must decide where her true loyalty lies.

THE HORDE:

  • Durotan (Toby Kebbel): The lead protagonist for The Horde, the noble Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan battling to save his people and his family from extinction.
  • Orgrim (Robert Kazinsky): Durotan’s right hand and a brave warrior destined to wield the Doomhammer: a weapon of orc legend.
  • Blackhand (Clancy Brown): One of orc-kind’s most fearsome and titanic warchiefs known as “The Destroyer.”
  • Gul’Dan (Daniel Wu): A supreme orc ruler, fueled by a dark magic that even he cannot control.

Warcraft Poster (Photo Credit: Legendary Pictures)

I certainly can’t wait to see this movie! Let us know if you will be watching Warcraft when it is released in March 2016 by commenting below.

Source: AceShowbiz.com – ‘Warcraft’ Movie Characters Officially Announced

(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Legendary Pictures)

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Chris Bauer: True Blood Was Like Dipping Your Hand Into the Candy Jar

November 11, 2014

Chris Bauer Chats About His Time on HBO’s True Blood:

Andy Bellefleur meme censoredFor Chris Bauer who played the bumbling sheriff – but fan favorite – Andy Bellefleur, leaving HBO’s True Blood was a sad event. While he is not sure the show could ever be resurrected successfully, he was so happy with his time spent on set over the last seven years, that he would turn up regardless:

It would be really hard to think of a scenario where you could really resurrect the atmosphere and the tones and the playfulness of True Blood for its own sake. If they called me and said we’re gonna shoot something and everybody is gonna show up on this day, I would be there early.

But in terms of the audience, I feel like it would be hard to come up with a reason to tell those stories again. Bottom line is, if you throw a party, I will be there!

But what of the popularity of True Blood? What does Chris think was the reason behind the show’s success? He attributes the show’s longevity to the fact that living forever and the allure of sex were ever present topics. However, he thinks the main appeal was the fact that it never took itself too seriously – even when tackling serious undercurrent topics:

You can never discount how fun it was to watch True Blood. On a pop culture level, it had a lot to enjoy, it was like the candy drawer. You can put your hand in and pull out something that tastes good, no matter what. Then it had the fundamental myth, which is the struggle of life and death, and in the face of death, what do we have available to us as a consolation?

What do you think were the main reasons True Blood was so successful?Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Digital Spy – True Blood’s Chris Bauer: ‘7 years was a damn good run’

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True Blood Cast Bid an Emotional Farewell to Fans on New DVD Release

November 10, 2014

Watch as Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Rutina Wesley and Others Say Goodbye to All the Truebies:

True Blood Season 7 FinaleWith the release of True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season approaching fast, Truebies just can’t see, to get enough of the little sneak peeks into the behind the scenes of HBO’s True Blood!

Well, here’s another one for you. In this video we get to see emotional farewells from the cast of True Blood, including Anna Paquin (Sookie Sackhouse), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman) and Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton). As well as these, we can get some exclusive behind the scenes snippets of the shooting of the final episodes of Season 7.

Let us know your thoughts on this video by commenting below!

Source: ETOnline – Anna Paquin and the Cast of ‘True Blood’ Bid an Emotional Farewell to Their Fans

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Find Out How True Blood is Helping College Students Transition

November 8, 2014

American Beauty to True Blood: Drama of Alan Ball Now on Offer at Monmouth University:

Bill-and-Sookie-200x300Have you ever wished that you could study True Blood at university? Well, now you can! Monmouth University has a new freshman seminar course on offer. It is entitled American Beauty to True Blood: Drama of Alan Ball and is being taught by Sheri Anderson (who also wrote a trivia book about True Blood).

This course is designed to help students transition from high school students to university students. While researching True Blood, Sheri Anderson realized just how much the values and lessons hidden within the vampire TV series could help students with one of the biggest upheavals in their young lives:

Many of them are living away from home for the first time, they are trying to figure out who they are as individuals and they are trying to adjust to new social surroundings and everything that transition includes … The reasons I thought this was appropriate for college students is that right now they are at a major turning point in their lives, where they are the new people and they are the ones trying to fit it. So seeing vampires trying to fit into society is funny, it’s dark and it’s interesting, but’s it’s also very human … ‘True Blood’ was able to tackle the very grown up issues dealing with fitting in to the main stream and stepping ‘out of the coffin. Depending through which lens you are viewing it, that could be a civil rights metaphor, it could be a gay rights metaphor or it could just be someone who is on the outside just trying to fit in.

During the this freshman seminar course, students are able to view three episodes of HBO’s True Blood and then are instructed to find journal articles and secondary source materials that relate to what they have learnt.

Surprisingly, this is not the first time Professor Anderson has taught True Blood related courses at Monmouth.

Let us know your thoughts on studying True Blood at university by commenting below!

Source: NJ.com – Vampires 101: Monmouth University professor makes ‘True Blood’ part of curriculum

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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True Blood BluRay Reveals the Vampire Tricks of the Trade

November 8, 2014

Ever Wondered What a Vampire Death Looked Like on the Set of HBO’s True Blood?

Violet in HBOs True Blood Tricks of the Trade sneak peek videoWith the 11th November 2014 release date for True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season, there has been a flurry of competition activity in relation to this final event in the life (and death) of True Blood. But what extras are included?

Well, the sneak peek video entitled Tricks of the Trade has just been released to whet your appetite. The clip features Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pamela Swynford De Beaufort), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), and Karolina Wydra (Violet) and shows some of the behind the scenes work that goes into making True Blood so magic for the audience.

Let us know what you think of this video by commenting below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’ Blu-ray extra shows how the special effects magic happens

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UK Truebies: Want to Win HBO’s True Blood Season 7 on DVD

November 6, 2014

Win Copies of the True Blood Season 7 Boxset:

HBOs True Blood Season 7 DVDWant to win a copy of Season 7 of HBO’s True Blood? Then make sure you check out the following competitions celebrating the release of Season 7 to DVD and BluRay on the 10th November 2014:

First up we have a chance to win one of three copies of the Season 7 boxset on offer courtesy of Big Gay Picture Show. The details are below:

For your chance to win one of the three copies of True Blood – Season 7 on DVD that we’ve got to give away, answer the question below and fill in your details, then press submit! The competition closes on November 19th 2014, so get answering and good luck!

QUESTION: Which of these True Blood stars are married in real life?

This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. Entries close 11.59pm (UK time) on November 19th, 2014. To read the fine print on this contest or to enter, please click here.

The next competition is from Entertainment Focus and is open (once again) to UK residents over the age of 18. You can enter this competition once per day up until 11.59pm (UK time) on November 21st 2014 to increase your chances of winning, however, multiple entries per day will not be counted. You can check out the details below:

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of True Blood Season 7 on Blu-ray, just answer the question below.

Where is True Blood predominantly set?

To read the fine print on this contest or to enter, please click here.

Sources: Big Gay Picture Show – Win True Blood – Season 7 On DVD & See How It All Ends!

Entertainment Focus – Win True Blood Season 7 on Blu-ray

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