True Blood’s Costume Designer Discusses the Season 7 Costuming Choices

July 23, 2014

Audrey Fisher Spills on Those Republic**t Costumes:

Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) suits up in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' and previously titled 'Return to Oz')For HBO’s costume designer, Audrey Fisher, it is always a challenge to find just the right costumes for a show like True Blood. But she must be doing something right as fans and cast alike have continuously raved about her costume choices. For the record, she states that for each episode, her main focus is:

Try to get costumes that definitely were a big wink, but that weren’t too comical.

As for last week’s episode (entitled Lost Cause), there were certainly some extra challenges with making Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) just the right blend of republicomical:

I had to make at least doubles of it, maybe even triples. I sketched it up. We found a great fabric that we could get enough of, because he’s a tall man—it’s a lot of yardage, more than just the average suit. And a wonderful tailor in Koreatown whipped up these beautiful suits that fit like a glove and have really beautiful Western detailing. We topped it off with not a 10-gallon hat—that would be too comical—but a really beautiful Western hat.

As for Pam’s matching ‘republic**t’ costume, her task was a little simpler. Writer Craig Chester had already penned in a purple sequined gown as port of the scene requirement, so while Audrey didn’t have to design something from scratch, she did have to find the dress quickly. She found the near perfect gown and with a few minor alterations, had the perfect dress for Pam ready to go:

So his outfit I got to custom make, and her outfit I had to piece together a little more. That’s pretty typical of True Blood. Sometimes I’m able to make it from soup to nuts, and other times, I have to use all my wits to figure out a way to pull it off in 48 hours.

As for one of the other costumes used during the republican gala event, Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) mother, Nancy Crabtree, was supposed to wear a red suit. However, due to the amount of blood shed in that scene, her outfit was changed to a pale pink suit so that the blood spray would show up better.

And, as  for all those 80′s flashbacks, Audrey looked to Richard Gere in American Gigolo as inspiration for Eric Northman’s outfits!

What do you think of Audrey Fisher’s costume choices for True Blood? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly - ‘True Blood’ costume designer talks Eric and Pam’s formal, flashback attire

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True Blood’s Nathan Parsons Discusses His Character’s Love Life

July 23, 2014

James the Vampire is in a Love Triangle with Jessica and Lafayette:

James (Nathan Parsons) and Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) get cosy in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' and previously titled 'Return to Oz')In Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood, we saw newly made vampire, Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), falling for the brooding James (then played by Luke Grimes) while both were trapped in Vamp Camp. Now, with Season 7, it seems James has not only gotten a new look (with the role being taken over by newcomer, Nathan Parsons), but also a new direction in relation to his love life! While many fans have been busy wondering if Luke Grimes left because of other movie commitments or as a result of a diversion in character that he wasn’t expecting, for his replacement, Nathan Parsons, he is just happy to be on the hit show.

While James and Jessica have been turning into a boring old married couple getting comfortable with each other and the changing world around them, there has been one human that has been helping James: Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis). It is through this new friendship that we learn of how James was turned and how he is also bisexual. With one thing leading to another, we found Lala and James in the back of a car in Episode 5 (entitled Lost Cause) last week.

Recently The Hollywood Reporter got a chance to ask him all about this story line, and in particular the fact that gay relationships are not as openly physically portrayed on television even though there are now plenty of gay couples gracing our screens. Nathan had this to say:

We just had to be really careful about how we went about it. We didn’t want it to be uncomfortable to watch or over the top. It has to be something that is seemingly organic and loving, instead of just having sex for the sake of having sex. I think that was the difficult line to walk. It comes out of nowhere and we have to do it tastefully, and we all have to be comfortable with what’s happening. But Howard [Deutch], the director, was great about it. Nelsan and I just went along for the ride, and I think it turned out really well.

And this story is important and should be told and needs to be shared. It’s a story that’s being told all over the place, and TV doesn’t pay enough attention to it. The “Do I love this guy or love this girl?” and “Is this right or is this wrong?” becomes more important than the act itself, and that I think was really well done by the writer [Craig Chester] and Howard and Nelsan and myself.

While it seemed Jessica was pretty shaken up by catching out the pair, will there be a rekindling of their relationship? According to Nathan, no, there won’t be. Especially since Jessica will have a new situation to deal with. Nathan didn’t expand on what this would be, it makes fans wonder if maybe Jessica will contract Hep-V like Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and, more recently, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)? Or is he simply alluding to the fact that Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) girlfriend, Violet (Karolina Wydra) knows all about the tryst he and Jessica had not long after Jessica discovered James and Lafayette together?

You can read the full interview Nathan Parsons did with THR by clicking here.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter - ‘True Blood’s’ Nathan Parsons on Sex Scene: A ‘Difficult Line to Walk’ (Q&A)

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HBO’s True Blood Offends the Republicans!

July 23, 2014

In Episode 5 of Season 7, Pam Utters a One-Liner and Offends a Political Party:

Kristin Bauer van Straten stars as Pam in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' nd previously titled 'Return to Oz')For HBO’s truebie fans, a social agenda and foul words are as common to witness in each episode of True Blood as fangs, gore and sex! But it seems this time that HBO’s resident snarky vampire, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), has topped the lot as far as offending goes. In Episode 5 (entitled Lost Cause) of Season 7, Pam uttered the following line:

Oh. My. God. I’m a Republic**t.

While many fans thought the line was hilarious, there were people out there who found it a less than flattering term to use for the Republican party – like republicans! But when Pam and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) crash a Ted Cruz fundraiser set at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas which then turns into a Yukuza supported massacre, it seems a more personal reply is needed. Ted Cruz took to social media afterwards to voice his opinion on Facebook:

Not happy with just this humorous right of reply, he then took to Twitter a couple of hours later:

 

So, what did you think of this episode of True Blood? Were you offended? Or was it all just in good humor? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Sources: Facebook – Ted Cruz fan page

Twitter – Official Ted Cruz page

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True Blood Season 7: Meet Newcomer Nathan Parsons

July 22, 2014

This Aussie Loves Being the New James:

Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) and Nathan Parsons (James) star in HBO's True Blood Season 7With the final season of HBO’s True Blood already half way done now, we are now meeting an amazing new character who is enjoying a fabulous story line.

Born in Australia, but raised in the US, Nathan Parson’s, took over the role of James the vampire for this season after Luke Grimes stepped away from the role at the end of Season 6.

As Nathan says in an article with Australian newspaper The Morning Bulletin;

The character of James wasn’t that well established in season six…You sort of met him but you didn’t get his story. It is odd taking someone’s part, but he was such a small character in season six now I think we can go a totally different direction with it and I think we will be forgiven.”

And what a different direction that is! The love triangle between James, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) started in the first episode of this season when James opens up to Lafayette about how he was turned.

Nathan says it was his friendship with Deborah Ann Woll, and mentor-ship of  Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton),  that has helped him settle into the role alongside all the complex characters.

We [Deborah] went to college together so it was really comfortable to just step in… So much happens so quickly it sort of takes your breath away. This is how True Blood works. You get on the show and you’re thrust into the blood, sex and violence.”

The direction of the James character has also been helped along by Stephen Moyer, who gave him tips on how to be a vampire!

Every vampire show has different rules and different ways of doing things. It was good to have Stephen there to say ‘okay when your fangs click out this is how I do it, this is what you need to think about’. I got tips on being a vampire from Vampire Bill himself.

Stay tuned to see what happens to this new delicious vampire in True Blood Season 7′s second half!

Source: The Morning Bulletin - True Blood newcomer sinks teeth into new role

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 7 Episode 6 (Karma) Promo Clip

July 21, 2014

Bill Has Hep-V While Pam & Eric Anticipate Their First Sunrise Together:

Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) are set to meet the sun in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 6 (entitled Karma)Here’s the sneak peek clip for Episode 6 (entitled Karma) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7. It seems Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) dose of Hep-V is not behaving as it should. Meanwhile, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and his progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) have been captured, wrapped in silver chains and are destined to meet the morning sun! Also, remember how Violet (Karolina Wydra) busted Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) getting it on, but didn’t confront them? Well it looks like the games are on now in this episode!

Synopsis:

Sookie makes a shocking discovery; Eric and Pam forge an unlikely alliance.

Ep. 76: Preview

Source: HBO - Watch the Ep. 76 Preview

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Anna Paquin on Larry King Now – “Auditioned for The Piano on a Whim”

July 21, 2014

True Blood Fans Are Glad Anna Paquin Made This Choice:

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBOs True Blood Season 7Make sure you tune into Larry King Now on Monday 21st July 2014 at 5PM ET for the full interview Larry King did with True Blood star Anna Paquin (who stars as telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO vampire series). But, in the meantime, here’s a few snippets to keep you satisfied until then.

In the first sneak peek, we find out that Anna Paquin only decided to audition for The Piano (for which she won an Oscar for her part at the age of only 11!) because she was tagging along with a group of friends – and aren’t we glad she made that snap decision!

In the second sneak peek video we find out just what Anna Paquin thinks of having to act in all the sex scenes on HBO’s True Blood:

In the final sneak peek video we find out just how brutal True Blood Season 7 is going to get! Anna discusses not only the deaths of Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Sookie’s werewolf boyfriend, Alcide (Joe Manganiello), but why HBO chooses to kill off so many of it’s much loved characters – and why they are preferable to a high body count of redshirts. And as for whether Sookie Stackhouse will survive Season 7, well, you’ll just have to watch on:

I can’t wait to watch the full interview on Monday! Let us know if you’ll be tuning in for the complete interview on Larry King Now by commenting below!

Sources: Larry King Now – Anna Paquin – Sneak PeekSex Has Become Relatively MundaneTrue Blood Has A High Body Count

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True Blood Quickie: True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 “Lost Cause” Recap

July 21, 2014

Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) get their Texan on in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' and previously entitled 'Return to Oz')Here’s what went down in Episode 5 (entitled Lost Cause, but also previously titled as Return to Oz) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7:

  • Kenya (Tonya Wright) is dead! Yeah, totally missed that last week.
  • Willa Burrell (Amelia Rose Blaire) is pissed as hell at Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and wants to be released. Eric strikes a deal with her; tell him everything she knows about Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) and he will. Turns out Sarah is in Dallas – and she has a sister who is a vampire!
  • Poor Ginger (Tara Buck) – she’s a sex slave to Eric, but without the sex. No matter now much she begs, Eric will neither take her to Dallas with them or have his wicked way with her.
  • Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) returns to an empty house with an empty heart – lucky Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is there, ready to throw her a big party – is this the feast that Riley Smith (Keith the vampire) was hinting at? Lafayette wants a celebration of Alcide’s (Joe Manganiello) and Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) lives rather than a gloomy funeral. Alcide’s dad, Jackson (Robert Patrick), agrees with Lala, right after he bags up all of Alcide’s stuff (until Sookie is ready to deal with it).
  • Sarah’s sister, Amber Mills (Natalie Hall), has Hep-V – and wants her sister dead, so agrees to help Eric anyway she can. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) totally wants wants to be besties with this vamp now.
  • Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) wants to go to Sookie’s party but her husband won’t let her go on account of all the booze and vampire blood. Can anyone say allergy pills? He is sleeping like a babe in no time.
  • Bill (Stephen Moyer) has a whole heap of civil war flashbacks while at the party. It seems he was a southern deserter who ended up fighting rather than risk his family anymore. Interestingly, we learn that Jane Bodehouse (Patricia Bethune) is a descendant from the saloon owner in Bill’s time.
  • Violet (Karolina Wydra) spends this entire episode being unlikable. This results in Jason (Ryan Kwanten) ending up in the arms of Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) again. And why would Jess let that happen? After all, she has a boyfriend, right? Wrong. Turns out she caught James (Nathan Parsons) in the… erm… back seat of her car with Lafayette.
  • But at least she made up with Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) before the party when to hell for her.
  • Speaking of Andy, he finally proposes to Holly (Lauren Bowles). Of course this is totally the funniest awkward proposal ever. Thankfully Holly says yes – even if it is before he even has a chance to pop the question!
  • Eric and Pam dress the part of socialite republicans before attending the gala event that Sarah Newlin’s parents will be attending. Turns out Eric is now at Stage 2 of Hep-V. He is stoic about it – even if Pam is barely holding it all together.
  • Keith turns up at Sookie’s party and Arlene (Carrie Preston) goes all gaga over him. Sookie steps in to remind Keith to turn his sexiness down and he lets Sookie know that Arlene is the prettiest thing he has seen in 300 years – and that he will see her later on in her dreams.
  • After that, Sookie and Arlene chat about losing loved ones to stray bullets and Alcide’s dad listens in before leaving Alcide’s jacket behind for Sookie to find once everyone has gone.
  • Lettie Mae arrives right at the end of a speech Jackson is giving in honor of his son. Lala tries to send her home but Sookie asks if Lettie Mae would like to say a few words about Tara. Which she does – with grace – is she finally changing?
  • Bill seems sad throughout this entire episode.
  • Sookie is drunk and in everyone’s head after that. Seems everyone loves Sookie now. That is until she overhears something Lettie Mae is muttering. Something about Willa and vampire blood… Oh no! Lettie Mae stabs Willa before Sam (Sam Trammell) can step in and stop her. Willa is okay – she’s a vampire after all – but Lala takes his aunt away before she can do anymore harm.
  • Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is totally not down with celebrating the dead and after much putting up with it all, finally cracks. Sam has to take her home.
  • Back in Dallas, and we find Sarah has holed up her mother in the ladies and is attempting to get back into her good books. Seems the Yukuza incident a few episodes ago has really shaken up Sarah. Meanwhile, Eric has glamoured Sarah’s dad. But before he can get any information out of him the damn Yukuza arrive and start shooting, so it’s R.I.P. Mr and Mrs Newlin. Sarah is running for her life after that – and runs straight into Eric Northman! Before he has a chance to strangle the life right out of her, he has to take out the Yakuza. Wonder if Sarah will be spared – she might even be able to help out with a cure for Hep-V? Seems we’ll have to wait until next week to find out.
  • Finally, we end this episode with Bill getting out of the bathtub. Oh no, now we know why he was all mopey at Sookie’s party – he has Hep-V too!

Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) takes a bath in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' and previously entitled 'Return to Oz')

So, what did you think of Episode 5 of True Blood Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!

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Carrie Preston: Being Arlene and Returning to HBO After True Blood

July 20, 2014

Find Out What Carrie Preston Thought of Arlene’s Death Experience:

Carrie Preston stars as Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 4 (entitled 'Death is not the End')For fans of Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur (Carrie Preston), things got a little scary in last week’s episode (entitled Death is not the End) with the redheaded waitress nearly dying after becoming a feast for Hep-V infected vampires! For actor Carrie Preston, though, it was more exciting to see the return of her onscreen love, Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe):

I was most surprised and excited about Terry coming back, because obviously I love Todd [Lowe]. We’ve kept up, but it’s not the same as having him on set. I also thought the episode does a great job of giving Arlene this major obstacle: What makes her want to come back? Because Arlene dies, we definitely decided that—it wasn’t like she was on the brink of death, she actually goes. It’s Terry who encourages her to go back.

While we were all terrified we were witnessing the demise of yet another of our favorite characters, Carrie was glad to see that Arlene and Terry got some sort of closure:

[It was good] to have a moment of closure between Arlene and Terry, because when he died, it was so quick and sudden and tragic that it was really nice to have a little coda between them.

But, in order for Arlene to be saved, she had to drink the blood of vampire Keith (Riley Smith). And we all know what that means – sex dreams! While Riley Smith recently denied a full blown romance between them in Season 7, Carrie had the following to say about getting blood from a vampire:

I thought, “Okay, you don’t introduce an entire new vampire without having some kind of follow-up.” I was curious what that was going to be, and I hope that the fans will remain curious. Riley is sweet, and he jumped right in.

she told Entertainment Weekly recently. She also went on to say that she was certainly glad to rid of the dress she wore for the first four episodes of Season 7. But, as far as Bon Temps and Arlene is concerned, there is still another six episodes to go before the town can get any semblance of normal back.

And what then?

Well, we will still be able to catch up with her on HBO, thanks to her upcoming appearance on Getting On:

I’m going to be doing a guest spot on Getting On. I start shooting that in a couple of weeks. I’m hoping I can get another show. I really love doing TV. I got my fingers crossed that I get a regular gig on another show.

Well, isn’t that great news? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly - Carrie Preston talks ‘True Blood’ tearjerker (and her next HBO gig)

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True Blood Newcomer Riley Smith Spills the Beans on the Final Scene

July 20, 2014

Playing vampire Keith, Riley Smith Talks About the Last Day of Filming:

Riley Smith stars as vampire Keith in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 4 (entitled Death is not the End)With the very near death of Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur (Carrie Preston) in Episode 4 (entitled Death is not the End) of HBO’s True Blood last week, we got introduced to Keith (Riley Smith) the vampire. Keith is a member of James’ (Nathan Parsons) band and is called in at the eleventh hour to donate blood in a bid to draw Arlene back from the afterlife. Luckily it works, and by the looks of things, there will be a little more to the story line between Keith and Arlene:

Obviously, there’s going to be some sparks between Arlene and Keith in future episodes… I know that they wanted Arlene to have some sort of great ending with a love interest, and so I think there enters Keith, but there really just isn’t enough time in the last season to drum up all this craziness for Keith and also keep those other story lines going. There’s just not enough camera time so, you know, in a good way for Keith he doesn’t really have time to go to the dark side but, you know, I guess with more time he probably could have.

So we have some sort of an idea about how Arlene’s story will wind up in Season 7, but what about the rest of the characters on the show? Riley was surprisingly open with what he had to say about the last day of filming:

I do think that the ending of the filming was the absolute perfect way that any show could have ended, like, everyone together under like a really peaceful night. It was perfect…. We ended it right because the last shot of the entire show was pretty much the core group of cast mates all together. And so we were shooting outside of Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) house under these beautiful, lit trees, all having a nice meal together. And, you know, we were shooting late. I think it was like 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m., and we finally got done, and they did a really nice speech and then they did a series wrap on everybody and everybody had a moment to get recognized, and then it was done.Everybody stood around and hugged each other for at least an hour. And then we all ended up outside of our trailers with a shot glass of whiskey and told stories.

Now, before you get all excited about how the very last scene in the last episode of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 will play out, let’s break this down a little. While Riley has plenty to say, he is a little vague about whether he is actually talking about the last scene of the show or the last scene that was shot – and we all know there is a big difference between the two. If it was the last scene shot, then it could have been a scene – or, alternatively, a re-shoot of a scene – that occurred earlier in the show.

But I guess we will just have to watch and wait to find out!

Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Source: SheKnows.com - How will True Blood end? Riley Smith reveals finale spoilers

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Jim Parrack Discusses Why He Returned to True Blood

July 20, 2014

Hoyt Fortenberry Gets an Unwelcome Phone Call From a Friend He Can’t Remember:

Jim Parrack stars as Hoyt Fortenberry in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 4 (entitled Death is not the End)In Episode 4 (entitled Death is not the End) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7, we witnessed a scene between Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and his glamoured ex-best friend, Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack). Not only was the scene heart breaking to watch because Hoyt learns of the death of his mother, Maxine Fortenberry (Dale Raoul) but because it is a conversation between two men who were once best friends. Of course, after Jason slept with Hoyt’s girlfriend, Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), the friendship was over and Hoyt made the decision to move away and have Jessica glamour both her and Jason out of his memories completely.

While Truebie fans were glad to see Hoyt return to True Blood (even if it wasn’t under the best of circumstances), actor Jim Parrack was at first hesitant to return to the vampire series:

I liked the arc I had where, in the first season Hoyt was very much like a child, and by the end of it he made a man’s decision to strike out on his own. So I couldn’t have been happier with it. I liked the way it ended. I felt like I had done everything I could with that character without starting to repeat some things. Also, I’m creatively satisfied, I have other things going on (movies, Broadway).

But after thinking about it, he decided to return for the following reason:

The thing that made me want to come back was just my friends on the show, really. We took big cuts on the money, the schedule was crazy, but there are a couple dozen people on the show that I consider to be my friends. Two years is a lot of time for an actor when you’re growing. I’m a much better actor than I was when I left the show. It’s nice to reinvent the role and think about what may have changed for Hoyt. So I could come back and be a different kind of actor about it, and also do it with my friends. I owe so much of my professional success to the opportunity that (creator) Alan Ball gave me on True Blood. So I wanted to be there for the end if I could.

What did you think of Hoyt’s return to True Blood Season 7? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Toronto SunTrue Blood’s Jim Parrack Hopes Show Goes Out on a High Note

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