October 8, 2013
‘Nobody Should be Safe’ Says True Blood Writer Raelle Tucker:
Fans of True Blood’s main character, Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), will be shocked to hear that the Bon Temps telepathic waitress nearly didn’t survive True Blood Season 5! If series writer, Raelle Tucker, had her way, she would have come to an untimely demise in order to shake things up for the vampire loving audience. Recently she told the audience at the Rio Film Festival:
In Season 5 I pitched to kill Sookie, I really did because I think nobody should be safe.
It’s always a fine line writers have to walk: that of keeping the audience happy, and shaking things up just enough so fans tune in for the next episode. Tucker went on explain that it is a writers job to kill of characters, yet, when asked how she feels when their intended audience is upset about character deaths, she had this to say:
It’s a good feeling if the audience is feeling upset when a character dies, that means we have done our job right.
Raelle was very thankful to be writing for television in a day and age such as this one. She was also very excited about the advent of viewing platforms such as NetFlix, Amazon and Hulu, but was most thankful to HBO, citing the studio and network for the long term success of True Blood. She summed up her thoughts on television in the digital age by saying:
It feels that the only limitation on television is what you can imagine, there is no boundaries of what you can say, what you can do.
Do you think Sookie should have died in Season 5? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Hollywood Reporter – Rio Film Festival: ‘True Blood’ Screenwriter Talks Killing Off Characters
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June 7, 2013
Season 5 Recap Video:
What are you to do?
Well, have no fear! Catch up on all the important events in Season 5 by watching the following video:
Source: YouTube – True Blood Season 6: Season 5 Extended Recap
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May 20, 2013
Hypable.com Have a True Blood Drinking Contest:
Want to win your very own copy of True Blood, Season 5 on DVD or BluRay? Then head on over to Hypable.com and get involved in their drinking game competition. All you have to do is think up a rule for their True Blood drinking game and leave your suggestion in their comments to go into the draw.
If you can’t think of anything, don’t worry, you can also enter their Rafflecopter giveaway to also go into the draw for the same prize.
But you need to hurry as the Rafflecopter event finishes in 4 days!
Source: Hypable.com – Create a ‘True Blood’ drinking game rule, win season 5 on DVD/Blu-ray
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March 15, 2013
Release Date Set as May 31st:
The release date has been set as May 31st and Highdefdigest.com has announced the Blu-ray edition of Season 5 will include the following extras:
1080p (1.78:1) video, an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio Commentaries on Select Episodes; Enhanced Viewing Modes; Hints/FYIs; Inside the Episodes; Flashbacks/Flash Forwards; Anatomy of an Episode; True Blood Lines; Authority Link-Outs; and Character Bios.
The recommended retail price is $79.98. Make sure you order your copy now so you can catch up on Sookie (Anna Paquin), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), Bill (Stephen Moyer) and the rest of the Bon Temps gang!
Source: High-Def Digest – ‘True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season’ Dated and Detailed
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March 13, 2013
The HBO Star Talks About ‘That’ Costume:
That bloody Lillith costume was something, wasn’t it? Have you ever imagined how long it would take in make up to look that bloody? Or what it would be like to wear something like that? Then why not check out the video below and find out exactly how actress Jessica Clark coped with being Lillith:
Source: Huffington Post – ‘True Blood’ Star Jessica Clark Talks Lillth, Cardboard Tube (VIDEO)
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
October 11, 2012
The Fearless HBO Drama Adds to the Vampire Phenomena:
True Blood has touched almost every taboo topic from sex to voodoo. It’s no wonder they chose politics and religion for the premise of season five!
The complex vampire politics that dominated this most recent season were brought to life through the new character of Roman Zimojic played by Christopher Meloni. This terrifying Authority leader fiercely believed in a moral coexistence between the vampires and humans and carried out his belief through the vampire movement of “mainstreaming.”
The political aspect of the show seemed to come at an appropriate time for creator Alan Ball. He said:
“Some of the things being said by some people during the Republican primary were so horrifying to me that I thought, ‘What if vampires wanted a theocracy? What would that look like?’ Whenever anybody thinks they know what God wants and wants to apply that to government, whether Americans or the Taliban, it’s kind of a terrifying thing.”
Although religion had been touched on in past seasons, such as Steve Newlin’s (Michael McMillian) ardent Fellowship of the Sun religious group and Jesus’s (Kevin Alejandro) family voodoo, the vampire queen Lilith and her effects on the vampires of the show bring the fifth season to a whole new level.
True Blood continues to add to the vampire myth with its concept of vampires in a group as a race living among humans. Early myths portray vampires as simply humans under an evil possession, according to Mark Jenkins in his book Vampire Forensics. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the vampire is demonic, he abuses humans, and is quite sexual, preying on women. The myths seem to change and develop as they are passed down to other people and cultures.
In True Blood, however, as vampires suddenly “come out of the coffin” and live among humans in modern day society, they have broken the established order. Although the vampires of the show are not demonic as they have been portrayed to be in other vampire stories, they represent a mistreated, misunderstood race, especially when compared to other species (shape-shifters, fairies, and even humans) who have also shown how they cruel they can be.
As great as a concept as it is, the provocative HBO drama was not the first to introduce a vampire society. It’s also seen in Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire. In her Vampire Chronicles, readers drew parallels between the vampires and the gay community of real life. Rice retorted that her book was “bigger than any gay allegory, and so is any gay allegory,” going on to explain:
“Gender influences everything but determines nothing! Vampires transcend gender. We as a modern people transcend gender, though we can never escape it. Ours is a time for which there are no precedents with regard to gender and freedom. Look in vain to ancient Rome. Look in vain to the Middle Ages. There has never been so much affluence, scientific knowledge and so much common awareness of violence and injustice. There has never been so much real wealth for so many, combined with instantaneous media confrontation of poverty and suffering. Some of us see life as a horror story, but a horror story with great, great meaning.”
True Blood also draws similar parallels to real society roles, politics, and religion throughout all five of its seasons, sometimes conjuring up more mischief than the characters can manage! With all of this behind them, can’t wait to see what the upcoming sixth season will bring to them!
Source: Huffington Post
October 3, 2012
It’s for the Best That Russell Met the True Death:
Denis O’Hare played 3,000 year old vampire Russell Edgington onscreen for only two seasons, but his presence definitely colored a third. Mr. O’Hare says that he had a great time working on HBO’s True Blood, but there was no question that it was Russell’s time to die. The love story between Russell and Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) made working on Season 5 a pleasure, and Mr. O’Hare can’t rule out a Godric-esque flashback for his character, but he maintains that true death at the hands of Eric Northman (Alex Skarsgård) was right.
Mr. O’Hare says that he didn’t know definitively for some time that Russell was going to meet the true death. There was much discussion and controversy as to how it should happen. There was never any question that Russell would die at the hands of Eric, the only question was the circumstances. In the end, making him drunk on fairy blood and leaving him vulnerable to a sneak attack from Eric was the most plausible, given Russell’s greater age and power. While some have speculated as to why Russell wasn’t more strategic about the time of day he drank the fairy blood, Mr. O’Hare replied:
“There’s no fairy blood handbook. No one has any schematics on how much fairy blood you should take to be in the sun, how long you can survive in the sun on it. Is it good for a year? A day? And Russell is more instinctual versus strategic. I’m not sure he has a plan, so he’s not thinking, I should wait until 7:30.”
The final moment of Russell’s life pleased Mr. O’Hare. He enjoyed the disappointed but accepting reaction. Mr. O’Hare believes that Russell has lost the enjoyment of living and the pursuit of power simply is no longer enough. His attachment to Steve Newlin was pleasant, but simply not enough. Mr. O’Hare says that one of the most enjoyable things about Season 5 was working with Michael McMillian. They worked well enough together to be able to improv and adlib scenes and dialog. While much of it was edited out, there were still many things that made it to the screen.
Mr. O’Hare Talks of the True Blood Cast and Speculates on the Future
Of the many things Mr. O’Hare says that he will miss about working on True Blood, he names the cast as what he will miss the most. Not only did all the actors work well together, but they were friends as well, often hanging out together onset. One member of the primary cast (who Mr. O’Hare will not name), continued to advocate to keep Russell Edgington alive. Alan Ball and the head writers sadly could not agree and said:
“For credibility’s sake, he has to go. We can’t let him survive again.”
Mr. O’Hare was asked to speculate on the future of True Blood storylines, and Russell’s possible place in them. He says that Bill Compton’s story is so divergent from the books there is no way to guess which direction it will go from here. While Mr. O’Hare has written a complete backstory for Russell, and provided it to the show writers, he has no idea if any of it will ever be incorporated into the show. For that reason, he’s not sure if Russell’s maker will ever become known, or if he has any progeny who might provide opportunities for flashbacks or visitations. Mr. O’Hare says that it’s possible that Eric is the closest Russell has ever gotten to feeling as though he had a true son:
“There was a lovely scene in season three where Russell and Eric had an intense moment, where Eric accepts his authority, and kneels before him, and you discover how Russell never had a son and he adopts Eric. That scene was cut, but there is an echo of that when Eric kneeled before him again this season. And for Eric to take Russell’s life, it was appropriate, and Russell knew that and he welcomed it. This was the only person he’s ever accepted as a son.”
How did you feel upon witnessing Russell’s true death? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Article and Photo Source: Vulture
September 17, 2012
Jessica talks breakups and growing up.
Hey Trubies in Jessica Hamby first Vblog she discusses Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood, but in particular, her break up with Hoyt Fortenberry. She talks about no longer being a baby vamp or an old married vamp but a teenage vamp! There is also news about her break up feelings:
“She is going to compartmentalize her breakup blues. She is going to pretend her breakup blues are locked away in a box and she is going to throw away the key, she said that’s the only way to cope with bad situations. She also said that feeling are like air they are here one minute and poof gone the next.”
She also introduced us to a frat guy from the party she is throwing named bobby from UNL. you can watch the video below or click on the source.
I, for one, think she needs to stay with Hoyt. What do you think of her new vblog you can comment in the comment section below?
Source: youtube.com– True Blood Season 5: Jessica’s Vlog #1
(Photo Credit: Leilani and museled.blogspot.com )
September 17, 2012
Trubies, What Do You Think of HBO’s Decision?
Hey Trubies; I for one am not happy, with True Blood only being 10 episodes for next season. Wetpaint.com has posted an article about True Blood being reduced next season. Wetpaint references a TVguide article that you can read here. In the article Alan Ball says:
“[We are] moving production to January to accommodate [Anna’s pregnancy],” but there will also “only be 10 shows next season, partly because of Anna and partly because of the economics.”
About the show in Season 6, he also states:
“There will also be some other characters maybe who we know and love who are pursuing a less than generous agenda,” Alan spilled, also noting that Jason “might be” a danger to all of Bon Temps’ vampires!”
He also had news about Sookie and Alcide possibly rekindling their very brief romance in the next season.
What do you think about Season 6 being only 10 episodes long trubies? Let us know what you think by commenting in comment section below.
Source: wetpaint.com-True Blood Season 6 Will Only Be 10 Episodes!
(Photo credit: John P. Johnson/HBO ©2012 Home Box Office)
September 12, 2012
The Actor Talks About “Super” Hate-Crimes and Copious Nudity
Noting that Sam Merlotte is probably leading the cast in number of nude scenes, Details‘ writer Mike Ayers joked with Sam Trammell at the beginning of August about the season’s biggest events, Trammell’s childhood in Appalachia and the South, and being a shifter.
This season, viewers were given a simultaneous visual feast on Trammell’s acting chops and hindquarters. His character has shifted *wink* from a major softy to man-on-a-mission against shifter-haters. He reminds us,
[Sam’s] two friends who were shape-shifters got shot. Then he got shot. Then Luna got shot. You get mad when you get shot. I say they shot us because of who we are, a hate crime, pretty much—at least to Sam. You can see the good ol’ boys that were doing it, that it wasn’t random, that it was specifically because of who I am.
These life-mirrors are what make True Blood so riveting, in my opinion. The reality of public ignorance is made apparent through fantastic(al) metaphor. Pure genius. And we get some man-butt (which Trammell jokingly has said to have “developed an eating disorder” to maintain in order to keep up with the likes of super-cut Kwanten and Manganiello.)
For more shifter-loving dish, read the full DETAILS interview here.
Details.com – “True Blood” Actor Sam Trammell Talks Vamps, Shifters and Nude Scenes
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