25 Things You Didn’t Know About Joe Manganiello

September 4, 2011

True Blood Werewolf  Reveals Surprising Facts:

Joe Manganiello True Blood S4 Ep3Joe Manganiello, True Blood’s sexy Alcide, sat down with US Weekly recently to reveal twenty-five things previously unknown about himself. Be prepared Truebies, there are some surprises, but they only make our favorite werewolf more endearing.

Without further ado:

 

  1. I am excellent at knife-throwing.
  2. My eyes are so bad, they can’t be corrected by laser surgery.
  3. I made the junior Olympic volleyball team when I was 16.
  4. I worked as a roadie for the rock band Goldfinger.
  5. I was an altar boy.
  6. I once planned on playing college basketball and joining the FBI.
  7. I love Disneyland.
  8. I was asked to skip two grades in elementary school but chose not to.
  9. I shaved my head twice and got my front teeth pulled out for stage roles in college.
  10. I sang backup on one of the Used‘s albums.
  11. I love Karaoke.
  12. My favorite city is Venice, Italy.
  13. My favorite movie is Fight Club.
  14. My first concert was Pantera.
  15. I won third place in a chess tournament when I was 6.
  16. I got a 750 on the math portion of the SATs.
  17. I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
  18. I trained as a boxer and was a sparring partner for an NHL player.
  19. At age 16 I got paid to dress up like Captain Morgan at bars.
  20. My favorite play is A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
  21. Last summer, I caught a touchdown pass from Joe Montana in a charity game.
  22. My favorite book is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
  23. I appeared full-frontal nude in an Off-Broadway play.
  24. I have a bachelor of fine arts degree in classical theater.
  25. When I was young, I prayed that God would turn me into a werewolf.

The thought of a knife-wielding, hockey playing, karaoke singing, theatre-loving, full frontal, intellectual werewolf is enough to send any Truebie into a frenzy. All we can say is we want 25 more things! What facts did you find most surprising about Joe Manganiello? Let us know all about it in the comment section below.

Source - Us Weekly25 Things You Don’t Know About Me: Joe Manganiello

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A Tribute to Tommy

September 1, 2011

We Say Goodbye to a Character:

Marshall Allman as Tommy S4 Ep9During episode nine of season 4, titled “Let’s Get Out of Here”, Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman) who plays Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammell) brother, again shifts into Sam. He is able to “skinwalk” because he killed his parents. We found out that could happen from Luna, Sam’s love interest. Her mother died giving birth to her, and she shifted into her mother once. Tommy shifts into Sam to protect him from werewolf pack leader Marcus, who was married to Luna. Tommy as Sam goes to meet Marcus, and when he arrives there are other pack members, along with Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello). After some heated words, all the werewolves (except Alcide) proceed to beat the living daylights out of Tommy. After several blows, Tommy turns back into himself. Marcus becomes alarmed, and Alcide picks Tommy up and leaves. During the last episode, “Burning Down the House”, Alcide wants to take Tommy to the hospital, but Tommy declines, sensing that he’s not going to make it, and prefers to go home instead. They arrive at Merlotte’s the same time as Sam, who is frantic, and wants to get him some vampire blood to save him. Tommy declines, knowing he is dying, and having come to terms with it. Inside, the brothers share some last words, and a tender moment, seeming to work through their issues. Sam sheds some tears, and Tommy dies.

We’re sorry to see Marshall go, he played his character well. Here is a small photo tribute to Tommy:

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Truebies, will you miss Tommy and/or Marshall?  Leave us a comment sharing your thoughts.

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True Blood Season 4, Episode 8 “Spellbound” Recap

August 28, 2011

Sookie in Wonderland?

Sookie and Eric ShowerEpisode 8 begins rather intensely considering Jessica is on the verge of meeting the sun, thanks to Antonia’s summoning spell.  Lucky for Jessica, Jason learns of the spell just in time to run through the doors and tackle her to the floor before the sun is able to do any damage.  Jessica, still under the spell, wants nothing more than to sink her fangs into Jason’s neck, but right before doing so she is released from the spell and realizes that he saved her life.  She then kisses him.  Jason, of course, kisses her back and then takes her back downstairs, where he re-chains her down with silver.  I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when he told Jessica to “think about the good things, like hot summer days and barbecuing,” even though Jessica is unable to enjoy either of those things considering she’s a vampire.  It’s the thought that counts, right?

Alcide and Debbie attend Marcus’s party with the rest of their newly joined pack, and Marcus makes it known that he intends for their pack to stay out of the newly formed war between the vampires and witches.

Sam and Luna also begin to reconnect after the whole “skin-walker” situation with Tommy.

Meanwhile, back in Eric’s “hidey hole” at Sookie’s place, she begins to remove the chains off of Eric as painlessly as possible.  Eric is weak and explains to Sookie that it will take him extra time to heal, but she insists that he take her blood so he can heal quickly.  As soon as she gives her donation, he gladly offers her his blood as well.

Jessica finally explains to Hoyt that she just can’t handle being in a relationship anymore.  Hoyt then begins to cry and beg her not to leave profusely because if she does he suggests that he would surely die.  She simply replies, “then die!” and smashes his head.  Thankfully, all of this was only a dream and Hoyt was unharmed.  Later in the show, when she does actually break things off with him though, crying is the last thing he does.  Rather than respond in any way similar to what she had dreamt earlier, he instead goes off on her, making more than one extremely hurtful retort.

Andy ends up being called in to investigate the surprising vampire suicide (Maxine Fortenberry’s neighbor, Beulah), and can’t seem to remove his focus from the remains laying strewn about the ground.  It’s more than obvious his V addiction is really beginning to come to a head and Jason notices rather quickly.

Before long, we are back to more of the Sookie-Eric love fest.  For most of the episode, Sookie and Eric take turns exploring each other’s bodies. First, it starts snowing while they’re in the shower, and then a beautiful bed randomly appears in a wooded forest outside the shower stall.  And from that point on, you can only imagine what happens!

Back across town, at Marcus’s party a fight breaks out between two werewolves.  During the fight Alcide intervenes and holds one of them back.  Marcus appears to be impressed by Alcide’s sudden action and points out to him that he has alpha in him and suggests a possible political position.  Alcide is hesitant of course and turns down the offer, but Debbie seems enthused with the idea.  Later, Debbie suggests that Alcide cut ties with Sookie, because she doesn’t want to lose the acceptance of the pack.

Once again, Tommy is back to his old habits and decides to steal clothes, shoes, and make up from Maxine in order to skin-walk as her, so that he can sell her land and keep the money for himself.  After going back and forth with Paul McClatchy for a few minutes he finally decides to sell the entire plot for $5,700, or in other words he just sold Maxine’s entire home and land without her knowing.

Once Sookie and Eric take a break from their love making, she convinces Eric that the two of them should stand up and join in the fight with Bill and the other vampires in order to take on and bring down the witches.  After disagreeing with her statement at first, he finally agrees to join in the fight with her and the others.  Bill, however, doesn’t like the idea of Sookie having any part in it, but gives in to her once she demands to be a part of it regardless of the risk.

The woman who has been seen talking to baby Mikey from time to time ends up taking over Lafayette’s body.  Once in control of him, Lafayette breaks into the Bellefleur’s home, steals Andy’s gun, takes the creepy doll and baby Mikey, and leaves.

In a not-so-surprising twist, Marcus ends up being the possessive ex-husband of Luna.  He drops by Luna’s house unexpectedly and upon seeing Sam immediately tries to be the “alpha”.  Surprisingly, Sam does not appear to be scared of Marcus, or at least not yet.

Jess decides to visit Jason and attempts to finish what was somewhat started at the beginning of the episode and has been hinted at for the past several episodes, but is unsuccessful.  Jason refuses to do that to his best friend and ends up rescinding Jessica’s invitation into his house.

Finally, Bill and his fellow vampires and Sookie, and Antonia and her followers show up.  The original plan was for Bill and Antonia to meet alone, but it is apparent that neither of the two trusted the other, which wasn’t surprising.  The battle begins and it looks as though Pam is probably going to finally get what she has been wanting for quite some time, but just as she is about to destroy Tara, Bill shows up and forbids her to do so.  During the battle, Antonia ends up casting yet another spell over Eric, and Sookie gets shot in the stomach and falls to the ground.  Bill attempts to help her but he ends up being silvered, so Sookie is then picked up and carried off by someone else.  Wanna take a guess at who takes her?  You guessed it!  Alcide.  Debbie is then seen, watching from the sidelines as Alcide picks Sookie up and runs through the forest in an attempt to get her back to her house and help her.  Debbie is infuriated and it seems as though Sookie may have yet another enemy.

Any thoughts on Episode 8?  What about Lafayette?  Any guesses as to what may happen to him now?  Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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True Blood Season 4, Episode 7—“Cold Grey Light of Dawn”

August 26, 2011

There’s a Lot of Loving and a Lot of Hating Going Down in Bon Temps:

Once again, True Blood grabbed our attention from the beginning of the episode and didn’t let up throughout itsLafayette and Jesus (Nelsan Ellis & Kevin Alejandro) entirety. Was there anyone who didn’t get enough Sookie/Eric loving last week? If so, this episode will gladly satisfy your thirst. All I’m going to say is the porch, the floor, AND the bed… Need I say more? (No complaints here, though!) Anyone curious to know more about what happened during “Cold Grey Light of Dawn”?

The Vamps:

Speaking of Sookie and Eric, Eric confesses to Sookie that he doesn’t want his memory back and that he would rather continue being the person (or vampire rather) that he is now, than gain all of his memories and revert back to the “old Eric.” Not only has Eric changed, but Sookie has as well. Is it just me or is Sookie’s love for Eric different than her love was for Bill? There’s something about her being in love with Eric that I like more than when she was in love with Bill. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bill Compton, but there is just something about Sookie and Eric that I love more! As for Bill, this was an intense episode for him and his progeny, Jessica, as well as all the other vamps. Because of the current situation with the witches, all vampires in the area were forced to evacuate, aside from those of higher importance, (Bill, Jessica, Eric, Pam, and the other Sheriffs of Louisiana) and Maxine Fortenberry’s neighbor, Beulah, who unfortunately met the sun in this episode. Those who didn’t evacuate were forced to bind themselves down with silver, other than Pam who bound herself within a rather striking pink coffin. Because of Pam’s current zombie-like physique, she is given a “new” skin and required to take six shots, four times a day. Can you say OUCH?! So we’ve experienced the Sookie-Bill-Eric love triangle for quite some time now and this season a new love triangle is being brought into the open. You guessed it, Jessica, Hoyt, and Jason. It’s depressing to see Hoyt’s sadness over the feeling that he is slowly losing Jessica, but the worst part is that he does not yet know he might possibly lose his best friend as well. At first I really enjoyed the Jessica-Hoyt romance, but lately I’ve gotten bored with it. When Jessica was first brought onto the show, the last person I saw her in a relationship with was Jason. Surely I wasn’t the only one that felt that way? Anyhow, I am really enjoying the Jessica-Jason storyline that has been going on lately. It’s just a matter of time before something happens, regardless of how much they try to fight it! Jason has always been crazy about women and a good time, but after his near-panther experience in Hotshot, I think his views have changed.

The Witches & the Mediums

Marnie (AKA: Antonia) views Antonia as a victim who suffered drastically throughout her incarceration, but so far all that we have witnessed about Antonia’s previous life was her imprisonment and horrific death. What did she do to get arrested in the first place? Most likely it was for practicing witchcraft, but how can we be sure? Tara feels drawn to Antonia and completely supports her cause. She has been harassed, attacked, and raped by vampires, why wouldn’t she feel compelled to join her? Tara also decides to cut all ties with her girlfriend during this episode. While it was the right thing to do, I have a feeling that it will take her a little while to get back on track. Who knows, maybe if things don’t work out for Luna and Sam, Tara and Sam can hook up again. As for Holly, I was a little disappointed that she joined the clan. I can see why she might support the cause, but not knowing how things could turn out and the fact that she has children to worry about frustrated me a little. Who would take care of them if something happened to her? Enough about witches, let’s move on to the mediums. According to Jesus, Lafayette is a medium, just as Marnie is. Scary, huh? That has me very curious as to what’s in store for Lafayette in the near future…

The Shifters

So from the previous episode, Luna was under the impression she slept with Sam and then he turned into a complete jerk. Unfortunately for her, she slept with Tommy unknowingly because of his skinwalker abilities, and now she and Sam are stuck in quite a sticky situation. How would you get over something like that? Granted, neither she nor Sam had a clue what was going on, but regardless that would have to be extremely awkward to work around. So after the revelation of the Luna-Tommy/Sam situation, Sam decides to officially ban Tommy from his life. I don’t blame him, but now I have a feeling that Tommy is going to end up doing something extremely stupid, although I doubt he’ll attempt to steal money from Sam again after what happened last time. As for Alcide, he and Debbie seem to be getting along just fine, but she can’t seem to get over the idea that he has feelings for Sookie. He definitely cares for Sookie, but at this point I’m not sure just how much he cares for her. Does he care for her in a sibling sort of way or something more?

The episode ends with Jessica breaking free from her silver chains, crawling up the stairs, and opening the front door of Bill’s house.  The sun shines brightly through the door and the credits begin to play across the screen.  Will Jessica meet the true death?  What thoughts do you have about this episode?  Where do you think the Jessica-Hoyt-Jason storyline will end up if she survives her meeting with the sun?  Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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Jim Parrack Talks About Hoyt, Jessica, Jason and That Scene

August 24, 2011

Not to Mention His New Movie, Sal:

Jim Parrack (True Blood’s Hoyt Fortenberry)Jim Parrack plays nice guy Hoyt Fortenberry on HBO’s True Blood. While Jason Stackhouse has always been his faithful sidekick, we have seen tension between not only the pair of them, but between his vampire girlfriend, Jessica, also. Season 4 has not been so kind to this little trio.

New York Magazine recently asked the actor about what is in store for Hoyt in the upcoming episodes of True Blood. While Parrack didn’t give a lot away, he did hint at Hoyt unleashing his darker side:

“Well, Hoyt’s father is dead and gone. His mother is dead to him. So he only has two people left: the love of his life and his best friend. And if they’re gone, what is there? That’s the kind of thing people kill people over, or destroy their own lives over. And Hoyt is somewhere between those two poles. He has nothing now. People took him for granted and misused his love. So I think we’re just barely scratching the surface of how dark he can go.”

While Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) is breaking up with Hoyt for all the right reasons, Jason seems to be stuck trying to work out where he stands morally after having a dream which involved not only Jessica, but Hoyt too! Parrack had this to say about that scene:

“I still haven’t seen that, but to play the cowgirl straddling my buddy? [Laughs.] That was a very interesting scene to shoot, to say the least.”

Besides playing lovable Hoyt, he is also getting ready for the premiere of his latest movie, Sal. It will debut at the Venice Film Festival this month and is about the actor Sal Mineo. Parrack will play the role of Keir Dullea, who was rehearsing alongside Sal for the play P.S. Your Cat is Dead, when Sal passed away. The movie is directed by James Franco and stars Val Lauren as Sal Mineo.

You can check out the full article here.

Make sure you keep an eye out for Sal. Meanwhile, what do you think is in store for Hoyt, Jessica and Jason?

Source: New York Magazine – True Blood’s Jim Parrack on His Character’s Dark Side, Working With James Franco, and Riding Jason Stackhouse

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Video: New True Blood Cast Member Scott Foley

August 18, 2011

A War Veteran Named Patrick:

Scott Foley (True Blood’s Patrick)Recently, Wetpaint did a video article on True Blood’s newest cast member, Scott Foley. He will join the cast of True Blood for the finale, but will be back in Season 5.

Foley will play the role of Patrick, Terry Bellefleur’s platoon leader from when they served in Iraq together.

Now, fans of Grey’s Anatomy may be a little concerned about the upcoming prominent supporting role Foley will play in Season 5 of True Blood. Will he have to turn down his recurrent role on Grey’s? Well, you need not worry, the filming schedules of both shows are different, so he will be able to maintain both roles.

So how do you think Terry will react to Patrick showing up? Let us know once you check out the video!

Source: Wetpaint -True Blood Season 4: Scott Foley Joins the Cast of True Blood

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Video: Brit Morgan Talks to Maxim About Being Debbie Pelt

August 17, 2011

Check Out Brit’s Hot New Shoot!

Brit Morgan, Debbie Pelt on HBO's True BloodRecently, Brit Morgan, who plays Debbie Pelt on HBO’s True Blood, talked to Maxim. She discusses what it like to do a shoot with them, what she looks for in a man and what it’s like to be on True Blood.

Make sure you check out the video for the full interview!

 

Source: Maxim – Brit Morgan: Ferociously Sexy

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Highlights and Lowlights of True Blood’s “Cold Grey Light of Dawn” Episode

August 13, 2011

The Frisky Dish up the Good, the Bad and the WTF:

Bill and Jessica in True BloodAccording to The Frisky website, Episode 7 of  HBO’s True Blood was basically soft-core porn. While yes, there was a whole lot of sex going on, there were also plenty of other things too.

Here’s their list of the good, the bad and the WTF moments from this episode of True Blood:

The Good

  • Pam and Tara’s fight getting interrupted by the patrons of Merlotte’s. You can’t fight with the logic of  “That’s exactly what a zombie would say,” after Pam exclaims: “I am not a zombie!”
  • Alcide getting upset over seeing Sookie and Eric getting jiggy
  • Eric and Sookie in bed together after the aforementioned ‘jiggy’
  • Eric in something other than that awful sleeveless hoodie. Yay flannel!
  • Andy asking Holly out, even if it was in a brown suit — at least there were roses…
  • Fiona Shaw getting all witchy as opposed to dithering
  • Marnie as Antonia getting Tara to do something other than run away from her problems
  • Hoyt’s mom watching her neighbor burst into flames
  • Jason being the hero and running to save Jessica from the sun

The Bad

  • Marnie/Antonia not getting their full revenge on Luis. Surely HBO could have dragged it out and really made this baddie suffer?
  • Werewolf induction ceremonies suck! And not in a good way…
  • Bill’s ridiculous plan to save the vampires from walking out into the sun. There were just way too many burning flesh shots going on here
  • Bill and Jessica get all sweet. It seemed like the audience was just being set up to feel sorry for her
  • Jessica doesn’t love Hoyt
  • Alcide and Debbie getting it on

WTF?!

  • Jason doing handstand push ups while wearing boxing gloves. How on earth did he do that?
  • Pam getting skinned alive to slow down the rotting process. Although her screamed obscenities were very Pam!
  • Lafayette’s hair. Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse than that ferret-style he had happening in Episode 1, he goes and braids it. For a super stylin’ dude, he has got it all wrong.

So, what did you think were the highlights and lowlights of Episode 7?

Source: The Frisky – The Good, The Bad & The WTF: The “True Blood” Plot Thickens

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Manganiello Answers: Do Werewolves Wear Underwear?

August 12, 2011

Dishing on an Alcide-Sookie Romance, Raw Meat on Set, and ‘The Sock’:

Joe Manganiello as alcide-true-blood-season-4-episode-4True Blood star Joe Manganiello (Alcide) recently chatted with Access Hollywood Live, dishing on plenty of behind the scene details. And the answer to hosts Billy Bush’s and Kate Walsh’s burning question:

“No, werewolves do not wear underwear.”

But they do wear ‘The Sock’. For those not familiar, the infamous sock is worn on set by male cast members for health purposes and modesty.

Manganiello also dished on the possibility of an Alcide-Sookie romance. While Sookie (Anna Paquin) is currently in fang deep with amnesiac Vampire Sheriff Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), we’ve got to wonder if it will last? The actor weighed in:

“Obviously my character’s very close and she (Sookie) has stuff going on with Eric right now, but as you can see from the last episode, the ghost of her grandmother channeled through this medium (Marnie) and told her to not give her heart to the guy she may be falling in love with. So obviously, the door’s still open.”

We’ve got to wonder – what does this mean for Alcide and Debbie?

Aside from romances, Joe shared insight on the real wolves on set:

“Here’s the thing, when the wolf is present and they bring them out on big thick chains… My brother jokingly said he was gonna sneak into my trailer and switch out my sock for a sausage casing. But there’s literally a trainer standing in back of me, waving raw meat at this thing to get it to look at me… and I’m naked.”

As soon as you’re done wiping the drool off your face, tell us Truebies — do you see a future for Alcide and Sookie?

Source: Yahoo News - Joe Manganiello Talks Possible ‘True Blood’ Romance With Sookie & If Werewolves Wear Underwear

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Jessica’s Video Blog: True Blood Vamp Contemplates God

August 12, 2011

“Born Again”:

Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica S4 Ep4It seems like everyone is blogging these days, including vampires on True Blood. Jessica Hamby, Bill Compton’s progeny, has a video blog called “Baby Vamp Jessica”. In a post on July 31 entitled “Born Again”, Jess contemplates what it truly means to be born again –  whether you’re a Christian, vampire or werepanther. In the video she talks about what she has lost by becoming a vampire (her family), but also what she has gained. This video blog gives the viewers a rare glimpse into the mind of a True Blood character.

Check out the video below and take a look at baby vamp Jessica’s other video blogs. What would you like to hear Jessica blog about? Leave us a comment below.

Source – HBO: Baby Vamp Jessica – “Born Again”
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