Cast Members Give Golden Tidbits about Season 4 at the HBO Golden Globes Party

January 17, 2011

Hot off the Press from the Golden Globes

Ryan Kwanten as Jason StackhouseOh Truebies, don’t you wish you could have been a fly on the wall at Sunday’s HBO Golden Globes Party? Well I can do you one better! On the heels of last night’s True Blood teaser, the King and Queen of TV scoop Michael Ausiello of TV Line and Kristen Dos Santos from E! have posted some very juicy True Blood tidbits!

Ausiello had the opportunity to catch up with Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) and he asked the Aussie star about what we can expect for Jason this season. As fans may remember Jason was last seen being left in charge of the largely inbred werepanther community of Hotshot.  In true Jason fashion he took on the responsibility for his lady love Crystal Norris (Lindsay Pulsipher). But things aren’t exactly rosy between the couple as Kwanten reveals:

“[He is] dealing with the highs and lows of being in love [with Crystal.]…Jason in particular doesn’t seem to pick his female companions too well. Crystal turns out to be not what he was expecting. It’s a very rough road. Plus he’s also now a cop. And if anyone shouldn’t have a gun and shouldn’t have any sense of authority it’s Stackhouse.”

So not only does Jason have to deal with matters of the heart but he also has to follow through with what he started in terms of wanting to be a cop. Oh Jason! It sounds like season 4 will bring lots to think about for the male contingent of the Stackhouse family.

A New Evil?

Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) and Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur) were also on hand at the HBO party and spoke to Kristen Dos Santos about what the “Season of the Witch” will bring to fans this year. Although Todd wasn’t specific about it, he let slip to Kristen that there will be a “new presence” in the lives of Terry and Arlene (Carrie Preston).

Kristen then pressed Joe Manganiello for more information on this “presence” Todd alluded to. When she asked whether it was a baby or a monster, he gave her this answer:

“Both! Have you seen The Fly? It’s like that.”

The Fly huh? Now that we’ve seen the “nasty” little surprise from HBO and heard what some of the cast has had to say about season 4, what do you think the season is shaping up to be? Tell us in the comment section below!

Sources: E! Online: Watch With Kristen- “Inside HBO’s Globes Bash: Dish on True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Big Love and More”
TV Line– “Seen & Heard: Hot Golden Globes Scoop on Dexter, True Blood, Walking Dead, and More!”

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True Blood’s Anna Paquin Leads TVGuide.com Poll

January 11, 2010

On TVGuide.com, there is a poll about the Golden Globes. It asks, “Golden Globes: Who Do You Want to Win TV Drama Actress?.” As always, there are five incredible nominees, our sweet Anna Paquin included amongst them.

The poll lists each woman by name and the shows what they are nominated for. In order, they are Glenn Close for Damages, January Jones for Mad Men, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, Anna Paquin for True Blood, and Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer. This is a good mix of women with powerful characters that they play phenomenally. It’s a great group for Anna to be nominated with!

The current poll outcome about who the fans would like to see win has Anna in the lead! The current results are:

Of course, all the women in the TV Drama Actress category are very talented, and any of them would be lucky to win. However, if Anna wins a Golden Globe again, she will be the first actress to do so since Edie Falco had her two-year winning streak ten years ago for The Sopranos.

We wish Anna the best of luck at the 2010 Golden Globes, and hope that the actual win will look like that TVGuide poll does now!

SOURCE: TVGuide.com

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Critics as Upset over True Blood Emmy Snub as Fans

August 22, 2009

00221917dec40ad69c8a5dFor an institution that claims to award the best in television, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences sure does lose some of its credibility by notoriously overlooking anything that could be classified as a “genre” show. True Blood became another victim of this discrimination when the nominations were announced for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

Year after year, television critics compile a list of “Dream Nominations” before the official announcements are made, clinging to their hope that, finally, the most deserving will be praised for the outstanding work they do. And then, after the nominees are revealed, critics and fans alike express their outrage at the talent that was snubbed and the mediocrity that was recognized.

And it tends to be the “genre” shows — those that use the extraordinary or the supernatural as a metaphor for something in regular life — that have the most passionate fans. An article in the Edmonton Sun talks about the transcendent power of shows like this:

[They] can take you to a different place, immerse you in a different world, show you something new.

That’s definitely how True Blood makes me feel. So why can’t the Emmy voters see that, too? The show was overlooked for Best Drama Series, and what’s more infuriating, Anna Paquin was ignored in the Best Actress in a Drama category.

The article from the Edmonton Sun remarks on Anna‘s tremendous skill in bringing her character to life:

We honestly can’t think of any other actress who could conjure the perfect combination of heroism, immaturity, toughness and vulnerability required for the role of Sookie.

Instead, the category she should have occupied includes Elizabeth Moss from Mad Men (I think we ought to give them that one — Moss is brilliant in Matthew Weiner’s compelling 1960’s drama); Kyra Sedgwick from The Closer; Glenn Close from Damages; Holly Hunter from Saving Grace; Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: SVU; and Sally Field from Brothers & Sisters.

The last five are “perennial” nominations, meaning they are going to be nominated every year, without fail, because they are so revered in the entertainment community. Even when they don’t have a great season. Even when new, worthy actresses enter the race. It just seems like utter laziness to me, as though the members of the Academy don’t take the time to watch the episodes submitted for consideration and then objectively choose nominees based on merit alone.

True Blood did receive nods in a few minor categories: Outstanding Art Direction in a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Main Title Design; and Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

Small victories are better than none at all but we won’t even get to see these awards handed out during the telecast on Sunday, Sept. 20. They have a separate ceremony for the Creative Arts Emmys, the results of which can be found online afterwards.

Even though the Emmy nominations have disappointed, the Golden Globes will follow in a few months. They showed last year that they weren’t afraid to honor the great work of Anna and everyone at True Blood!

SOURCE: www.edmontonsun.com

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Could Anna Paquin’s Golden Globe Win Foretell a Possible Emmy?

January 12, 2009

truebloodcast_goldenglobes_011109_001Well, it’s possible but not very likely. The Golden Globes are substantially different from the Emmy’s, where in the last five years just 4 winners of the Globes in a major category have gone on to win Emmy’s.

The Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). HFPA was founded in 1943 but they didn’t begin handing out television awards until 1955, and, as can be seen by the seating arrangements at last nights 66th Golden Globe Awards, they still treat television as an afterthought. The Globes are an odd little award show, which seems to have historically been instituted in order to garner more attention from the studios for the foreign press corps. The membership of HFPA is quite small, about 90 people total.

The Eligability requirements for TV shows, as posted on the HFPA website basically detail the hours and number of episodes that a program must air and that it must be generally available for TV viewing. Oh, and it has to be at least partly of US origins. This is all well and good but then there is this portion:

“*Registration: *

An entry form must be duly completed and returned to the HFPA as early as possible, but no later than the date given in the official 66th Golden Globe Awards Timetable.”

Followed by this hidden at the bottom:

“Throughout the year, the HFPA will meet with cast of selected television series, mini-series and motion pictures made for television to journalistically cover these shows. This is at the discretion of the Television Committee and all requests must be submitted by September 1 of each calendar year.

IN ALL INSTANCES, THE FINAL DECISION ON ALL ELIGIBILITY ISSUES RESTS WITH THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION.”

This made me curious, so I started digging and found out that this is really a giant shell game. The studios nominate their shows (through the registration form) then this group of grade B entertainment critics, many of whom are not even full time reporters, decides who they will let schmooze them this year. The studio of the HFPA chosen shows are expected to feed this group described as “more star-struck fans and moochers than serious reporters.” in an expose movie called “The Golden
Globes: Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secret” released in 2003 and directed by Vikram Jayant.

L.A. Weekly film critic John Powers said the group’s members are “essentially just bottom-feeders around the industry, who’ve somehow been inflated to this point where their judgment is supposed to be very, very important.”

According to MSNBC, “If stars and filmmakers fail to turn up for a schmooze session with the HFPA, it generally kills a movie’s chances for Golden Globe nominations, which draw attention that can boost a film’s Oscar prospects.”

After digging this information up I couldn’t help but reflect on my first reaction when I heard that Anna was nominated for a Golden Globe and that Stephen wasn’t. I was totally befuddled. No matter how one feels about Anna’s performances, the general consensus is that Stephen Moyer’s performances have been pure magic, the glue that holds the show together and the only reason that many watch. Could it all be so simple as Stephen wasn’t there, perhaps he was back in England during the True Blood schmooze fest set up for the HFPA? Or is it just that since they value movie actors so much more than television, Anna got the nod due to her prior work while Stephen was ignored? Potentially they could have voted on whom to nominate having seen neither a single episode nor even a single scene with Vampire Bill in it. According to Wikipedia, some years the decision on who wins has been made by as few as 22 voting members!
Twenty-two part time movie fans getting all this attention. Evidently you need to be recommended by someone already in the association in order to join as well. HFPA: a nice neat little fraternity of career assassins in the making.

I don’t blame Alan Ball for playing the game but I am sorely disillusioned after learning all this. The award isn’t worthless because it brought True Blood even more visibility, something very valuable to me as a fan of the show. It was wonderful to see all of the great talent in one place enjoying themselves. Which brings us back to the original
question: Could Anna Paquin’s Golden Globe win foretell a Possible Emmy?  Apparently not. Apparently, any similarity to an actual achievement award, living or dead, is purely coincidental and unintentional.  Void where prohibited by transparency laws. Some dissemblance is required.

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True Blood Cast Interview at Golden Globes After Party

January 12, 2009

afterparty-interviewWinner Anna Paquin and the cast of “True Blood” celebrate at HBO’s after party. Most of the cast joined in for a quick interview at the Golden Globes after part to celebrate Anna’s win.

This is a very nice interview with the cast and they all looked so great! We missed Ryan Kwanten in the interview, but there are other pre-show interviews we will post shortly.

It’s so awesome to see the cast together and we’re so proud of Anna’s win!

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True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin Golden Globe Footage

January 12, 2009

gg2009-true-bloodTrue Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin attended the the 66th Golden Globes held in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 11, 2209. This video shows Anna winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama and getting a kiss and a hug from Stephen Moyer and Alan Ball. The clip continues with Stephen, Anna, Rutina, Sam and Nelsan at the HBO After Party. Stephen and Anna seemed to be having a good time joking around during the interview and Stephen making a comment about the Golden Globe that had Anna in full laughter.

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True Blood’s Stephen Moyer Golden Globe Red Carpet Interview

January 12, 2009

gg20090-stephenTrue Blood’s Stephen Moyer attended the 66th Golden Globes Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 11, 1009. He was interview by E! channel as he walked the red carpet and gave a explicit explanation of how he prepares for the nude scenes on the show.

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True Blood Cast: Golden Globe Red Carpet Interviews

January 12, 2009

gg2009-group-shotThe True Blood cast walked the red carpet at the 66th Golden Globe in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 11, 2009. In this video TV guide interviews Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell talk about there work on True Blood and their experience on being at the Golden Globe. All three of the men looked spectacular in their suits. At one point the interviewer mentions that Ryan is a golden Globe virgin and he said that she was de-virginizing him. Stephen goes into detail about we may expect for Season 2.

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True Blood’s Anna Paquin Wins her First Golden Globe!

January 11, 2009

gg2009annaOn Sunday, January 11, 2009 the Golden Globe Awards were held in Los Angeles where Anna Paquin was up against Sally Field, Mariska Hargitay, January Jones, and Kyra Sedgwick for Best Actress in a TV Drama She won her first Golden Globe for her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse on Alan Ball’s HBO “True Blood.” In her acceptance speech she stated that she had a wonderful cast and crew that she loved and of course she thanked Alan Ball. We are so happy for her win here at truebloodnet.com!

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Golden Globe Gifts for Nominees

January 10, 2009

loreal_golden_globes_compactThe actors and actresses that get nominated for the Golden Globes not only walk away with the possibility of an award but also some gifts from the various sponsors of the show. This year the nominees for Best Actress in the Drama and Comedy categories will be given a beautiful L’Oreal Paris “good luck charm” mirrored compacts designed by Carelle from the HBO’s Luxury Lounge gifting suite. The compact called “Harmony” made of lemon citrine and pale green quartz stones set in sterling silver plated with 18K yellow gold and diamond details in honour of the Golden Globes is valued at $3650 each. The stones were chosen for their “special meanings and power” for calming, balancing, positive energy and attracting good luck. Hopefully the compact will bring Anna Paquin good luck and help her win the category of Best Actress in a TV Drama for her work on Alan Ball’s HBO TV series “True Blood.”

One of these compacts will be auctioned off through eBay with all proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The auction starts off with an opening bid of $500 and will run from January 11th through January 18th. If you wish to bid on this item please click this link.

SOURCE:  The Shopping Blog – L’Oreal Pris Harmony Golden Globes

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