Michael McMillian’s New Comic Book Series

April 10, 2010

Michael McMillian, True Blood‘s Fellowship of the Sun leader, Steve Newlin, adds author to his resume.  His new comic book series is titled LUCID and publisher Archaia Comics announced at WonderCon 2010 this month that the comic series will launch in August.  Advance copies will be for sale at their booth at Comic Con in San Diego in July.

An article by Comic Book Resources recaps the Archaia announcement:

“This August, a new series called “LUCID” will debut, written by Michael McMillan with art by Anna Wieszczyk in association with Zachary Quinto and his production company. Described as a pop-action fantasy and “James Bond with magic powers,” Stephen pointed out that the art of the book is very reminiscent of the popular manga series “Cowboy Bebop.” Each issue will be standalone, but will all be linked together in telling one larger story.”

According to Multiversity Comics,

LUCID is set in a world where magic exists and centers on Matthew Dee, a combat mage who serves as the U.S. President’s first line of defense!”

Unlike his alter ego, Steve Newlin, it seems that Michael does have an affinity for magical creatures after all.

SOURCE:  

comicbookresources.com

multiversitycomics.com

(Photo credit:  fellowshipofthesun.org)

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Anna Camp Discusses Her Role as Sarah Newlin

August 25, 2009

the-beautiful-sarah-newlinForever ingrained in our memories seductively dancing to “Louisiana Hot Sauce,” will be Anna Camp who has been an interesting, and often amusing, addition to True Blood this season. Playing the wife of Michael McMillian’s Rev. Steve Newlin, she became a significant character in the Fellowship of the Sun storyline, especially for Jason Stackhouse.

Televisionary had an opportunity to speak with Anna about her role on True Blood, her possible future on the show, and acting in general.

Having auditioned originally for the part of Sookie, Anna was delighted when Alan Ball called her later and offered her the Sarah Newlin character:

“I just fell in love with the storyline and, being from the South originally, I had to be on this show at some point. It’s just so creative and not like anything else on TV right now and I was really glad that he gave me that call.”

When asked how she would describe her character, who seems to be full of contradictions, Anna responded:

“I think that she is discovering who she is all the time, too. She comes in very strong and knowing who she is and believing in God and following her husband. Then she faces all of these situations that he’s putting her through and surprising her. She’s definitely taken a journey that she didn’t expect to go down. She meets Jason Stackhouse and is thrown off guard by that relationship when she’s already doubting her husband and her faith. She’s faced with something that’s completely the opposite of what she was brought up to believe and seeing how her husband treated Sookie and seeing he wants to cross the line into killing the vampire sympathizers, that’s not something that Sarah wants to do. She’s lost and she’s confused.”

She also discussed the chemistry that developed between her, Ryan Kwanten, and Michael McMillian as they were working. They all had a lot of fun and were committed to playing their characters, so that translated into a great dynamic on screen. And even though what Steve and Sarah were doing was a little scary, they got to provide some comic relief because of how extreme they were. Anna said she enjoyed the comedy aspect of her role:

“I grew up acting since second grade and always watched these old movies and these dramatic scenes and wanted to be a very dramatic actor. But it’s just so refreshing to have fun, to truthfully have fun and play with the other actors in a really safe, fun environment where you all want the same goal and trust each other so that it’s really easy to be funny… I love to make people laugh and it’s also fun to balance that line because Sarah has some great scenes where she wasn’t funny and was incredibly distraught. To be able to go from scene to scene believably, hopefully, is great and it’s great that the writers gave me such diverse scenes to play.”

Anna became pretty tight-lipped when the questions turned to what the last three episodes and beyond hold for the Newlins. Not wanting to give anything away, all that she would say was that things go to a surprising place and that Sarah and Steve are left open-ended. She has heard rumors that she and Michael will return to the show in some capacity:

“I am hoping that they let us come back in and cause some more trouble or do something fun and exciting. We’ll see.”

Having grown up in South Carolina, Anna finds True Blood to be a pretty accurate depiction of Southern culture and relationships. In particular, she likes Bill Compton as “a very gentlemanly vampire and I think it’s just mysterious and sexy.”

The conversation turned to her stage experience, having appeared opposite Daniel Radcliffe last year in Equus:

“On stage you can be incredibly free because you can do so much physically and with your voice, because you’re trying to reach over 1000 people in a room … But theatre is hard work; there are weeks where you can’t sleep, you can’t eat, you walk into the same theatre every day.”

Working in television and film has provided Anna with a very different acting experience:

“When I got [in front of] the camera, I became a little more constrained because I was worried about not being too big or not being over the top. But then you realize it’s very freeing as well because you can say something just with a glint of your eye that you could never do in the theatre because the person in the back row could never see it. So it’s really rewarding how focused and how small you can be.”

Whatever happens, Anna just wants to continue doing roles that are challenging and  allow her to grow as an actor.

We last saw her True Blood character arguing with her husband on the news, so it will be interesting to see how Sarah and Steve come into play in the rest of Season 2. I’ve been enjoying Anna‘s portrayal of Sarah, but most of all, I’m glad that her story arc provided one of the best lines in True Blood history: “I reckon I’ve already been to Heaven. It was inside your wife.” *punch*

SOURCE: televisionaryblog.com

(Photo credit: HBO, Inc.)

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Wes Brown: True Blood’s Luke McDonald

July 9, 2009

wes_brown_courtesy_hbo-jaimie_truebloodvu_t180Wes Brown made his appearance as the character Luke McDonald in season 2 of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood as Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) new roomie, at The Fellowship Of the Sun Leadership Camp [to me it seems like more of a militia]. In the Houma Courier Wes talks about his roots in Louisiana before he moved to L.A., his transition from model to actor and his enjoyment and surprise of his role on True Blood.  On True Blood Brown says:

“The quality of the people on this show is really ridiculous,” Brown said, citing series creator Alan Ball “as tops on the television totem pole.” “When he speaks, I shut up and listen,” Brown said, “because I know nothing compared to these guys.”

On describing his new role Wes says:

Luke is a Texan, who is “extremely religious” and a “very competitive” former football player who due to injury, has channeled his pride and energy into the anti-vampire movement. His competitive nature sometimes puts him at odds with his buddy, Jason.”

Wes also said on the excitement of getting his role in True Blood:

“My car was parked at a bank near my home when my manager called to tell me I won the “True Blood” role. I grew so wrapped up in the moment that I started walking home while talking on the phone. I actually got so excited I forgot my car.”

Wes Brown started out as a model and in the article he talked about how modeling was a gateway to acting.  Brown said, he moved to L.A “to test the waters” and he was more lucky than most actors who spend sometimes years trying to find an agency and management to which he replied: “I was very fortunate.” When talking about his cast mates Wes only had praise in describing the atmosphere of the set which he described as:

“They don’t take it so serious to where it’s life and death. At the end of the day, they’re like, ‘We’re making a show about vampires. That’s fun,’ ” Brown said. “It seems like the more you have fun in creating these types of shows, the better they end up looking.” The show’s actors radiate authentic kindness and challenge him to improve, he said. “It (the show) makes me want to be better,” Brown said. “Wanting to be better is fun.”

To read more of Laura McKnight’s interview with Wes Brown it’s available at:
tv.com/topstories
(photo credit: Jaimie Trueblood – HBO Inc.)

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True Blood Season 2: Fellowship Of The Sun Rules On Marriage

June 9, 2009

steve-and-sarah-newlin-true-bloodThe Rev. Steve Newlin and his wife Sarah are featured in this Fellowship of the Sun video on the sanctity of marriage.  Rev. Newlin preaches on the meaning of the wedding vows and how they cannot be applied to human and vampire relationships.  As we will see in season 2 of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV series True Blood the Fellowship of the Sun will be spreading their hate beliefs to the masses and unfortunately Jason fall under their spell.

(Photo credit: HBO Inc.)

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True Blood Season 2: Fellowship of the Sun Recruitment

June 6, 2009

fellowship-of-the-sunBefore the return of season 2 of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series TRUE BLOOD the Fellowship of the Sun is launching their recruitment campaign.  They have already started their media blitz by broadcasting their commercials to recruit more members to fight for their cause. Which side of the fence do you find yourself on?  Do you support the Fellowship of the Sun‘s agenda or do you agree with the American Vampire League‘s viewpoints?  Haven’t made up your mind yet.  Here is a clip of the latest commercial from the Fellowship of the Sun and see if you agree with what they have to say.

SOURCE:  HBO Inc.

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Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin

January 4, 2009

Michael McMillian

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Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin

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Steve Newlin – Michael McMillan

January 3, 2009

Steve Newlin © 2008 HBO, Inc.

Steve Newlin © 2008 HBO, Inc.

Reverend Steve Newlin – (Michael McMillan)

Steve Newlin is the leader of the Fellowship of the Sun (FOTS) collation whose mission is to keep Vampires from assimilating into society, and destroy their existence.

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