True Blood at Comic-con: Video Interview with Michelle Forbes and Deborah Ann Woll

July 30, 2009

true_blood_comic-con_michelle_deborahMichael Ausiello from ausiellofiles.ew.com had the opportunity to interview Michelle Forbes and Deborah Ann Woll at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego during Comic-con.  Both Michelle and Deborah discussed the success of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood and the fun that they are having playing their characters.  It was very enjoyable to watch these two very talented women joke around and demonstrate the wonderful, mutual respect that exists between the cast members of True Blood.

SOURCE: ausiellofiles.ew.com

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True Blood Season 2: Promotional Photo Stills

July 15, 2009

HBO Canada has added some season 2 promotional photos to their website featuring the cast of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood.  Here are episode stills featuring Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Jessica Hamby, Maryann Forrester, Steve Newlin, Sarah Newlin, Hoyt Fortenberry, Pam, Hugo, Isabel and Lorena.

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SOURCE:  HBO Canada Inc.

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Michelle Forbes Delves Into The Mystery Of Maryann

July 14, 2009

true_blood_new_season_2_photos_maryann2pt2Mickey O’Conner from TVGuide.com presents part two of his interview with the multi-talented Michelle Forbes on her role as the mysterious Maryann.  As we find out in part two, Michelle delves into the mystery as to who Maryann is on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO vampire TV series True Blood and teases us with some insight as to what we should look for in future episodes.  Presented below is an excerpt of Mickey O’Conner‘s interview with Michelle Forbes.

TVGuide.com: All right, level with us: What is Maryann really?
Forbes: I am maenad. [Wikipedia has a quick primer on what a maenad is.]

TVGuide.com: Is that really you under all those prosthetics?
Forbes: It is!

TVGuide.com: What kind of process did you have to go through to get into all that?
Forbes: Maryann, and what she turns into, was really created as we went along. They knew about the prosthetics for the claws, but it became something more as we went along. Some of the sounds the creature made were developed in post-production. But the claws just made everything come together, without a doubt.

Michelle provides some interesting information regarding future episodes which you will finding revealing, however you will have to go to TVGuide.com to find out.

SOURCE:  TVGuide.com

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

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True Blood Season 2: EW Recap of Episode 4

July 13, 2009

true_blood_season_2_episode_4Alright, we waited two weeks for “Shake and Fingerpop.” Ken Tucker from EW gives us his True Blood season 2 episode 4 recap after last week expressing his annoyance at the mini-marathon instead of a new episode.  Ken starts his recap by examining Bill‘s and Sookie‘s roles as surrogate parents to (as Ken refers to her) “the delightfully bratty Jessica.” [Author’s comment: my take on Jessica (played by Deborah Ann Woll) is that she rocks at playing the part of a hormonal teen vampire. Watching Bill pop out of the coffin to save Sookie, then Jessica screaming, “How the hell do I get out of this thing?” as her coffin bounced around on the ground while she tried to get out was hysterical.

Ken talks about the relationship of Bill and Sookie taking on new dimensions:

It displayed a new side of the Sookie-Bill relationship, showing that they’re not just lovers making goo-goo eyes at each other — they can see each other’s strengths and flaws. Sookie may be a tough country gal, but she’s still naive about the nature of both evil and adolescence, and thus prone to being too permissive. (And, really, is there much difference between a teenager and a leeching vampire?) “Two travel coffins instead of one,” sighed Bill, ordering an additional for Jessica even as he knew knowing nothing good can come of this.”

We all know plenty of good fun can come out of this and it did. Bill showing Jessica how to glamor Sookie’s would-be abductor was a great scene. Sookie‘s look radiated her emotions, seeming to say, What a great dad he is. Sadly, I must admit, even as an adult I would have played with this man’s mind in the some way or another. Who knows what I would have made him do in public, but I would have had fun with it.

Alright now as Ken puts it here a SPOILER on who was behind the foiled kidnapping.

“A pivotal connection was made in this episode, as we found out that the people behind the attack on Sookie upon arrival in Dallas (with the limo driver played by Dean Norris, who’s so good in Breaking Bad), are the Soldiers of the Sun, the elite group of anti-vampire fanatics headed up by Rev. Steve Newlin and whose newest recruit is our dear sap Jason Stackhouse.

In all the spoilers that I had read concerning the “Eric and Lafayette” scene, it was discussed as being homoerotic.  The scene was anything but erotic.  If anything, Eric looks bored while Lafayette is drinking his blood and mildly bemused by Lafayette‘s dancing but not interested enough to even stick around.  Lafayette dancing around was hysterical, but NOT homoerotic!

Then of course Ken points out the hysterical debate between Jason and a few of Fellowship Of The Sun worshipers on the first vampire:

The debate among the Fellowship of the Sun stooges about who was the original vampire, Jesus, Lazarus, or Cain, was priceless”
Then of course Jason’s final words on the derivative of the word Evil and its meaning “explain Europe.” I couldn’t tell if they were confused or actually thinking hmmmm he’s right.

To read Ken Tucker’s recap go to:
watching-tv.ew.com

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True Blood Season 2 Spoilers: More Tidbits from E!Online

July 12, 2009

293wolltrueblood071009E!Online’s Kristin is adding to the spoiler frenzy for tonight’s new episode of HBO‘ s True Blood [and you SOOOOOOOOO KNOW!!! she got to view season 2 episode 4 Shake and Fingerpop.]  Not only is there a Q&A with Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) but with the man himself: Alan Ball, True Blood’s writer and executive producer. To add to the suspense there are three spoiler videos for Episode 4 “Shake and Fingerpop” and if you haven’t seen it yet you can view it here.  Yes, I have said it before. It is a well planned plot to make us crazy…  Well, we had our break and we are definitely ready for some more.

First up: in the Q&A is Deborah Ann Woll (newbie vamp Jessica Hamby).  As Kristin points out, Jessica did not want to become a vamp and she is having a bit of an adjustment problem.

“Absolutely. It’s a whole new world. She has to deal with everything you have to deal with as a 17-year-old girl, and on top of that, she can kill people, which is maybe not such a good thing to add with a teenage temper.”

And as to having Bill Compton as a Dad [Editor’s Note: I have to add Vampire Bill is much better than Jessica’s human dad, NOT in the Vampire Bill, sexy kind of way but more in the functional father way.  Her dad was an abusive jerk; Bill is a much better dad.] She could not answer too much of the question but she did add this tidbit:

“It settles down as much as a father-daughter relationship ever does. Is that mysterious enough for you?”

Next up, Alan Ball answering questions about the genre of the show (if he had to classify it) along with Kristin’s questions on whether the core of the show will remain in Bon Temps.  As for genre, Alan Ball says:

We don’t have an actual sign in the writers room that reads, “It’s the emotions, stupid,” but we might as well. We feel like we have to keep these characters rooted in some sort of emotional reality because otherwise, it’s a parade of special effects and set pieces.”

On whether True Blood will remain grounded in Bon Temps [Editor’s Note: Ok I could be snarky here and say DUH but I won’t]:

“The show gets a little bigger in scope this year, but it always remains rooted in Bon Temps. That’s where Sookie lives, that’s where Bill lives, that’s where all our major characters live. They may go out of town for this reason or that reason, but they’ll always come home.”


Now what’s up for our favorite shapeshifter Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell)?  Kristin asked Sam, “What’s up with Maryann (Michelle Forbes) and does Sam Merlotte get a girlfriend.  On the mysterious Maryann:

“I did. I knew Maryann; you’re going to find all of that out. A lot of Sam’s history is explored this year, and you find out how they know each other. My storyline this year is very much entwined with hers. She’s a very, very intense creature for Sam.

As for a girlfriend [we all saw Daphne getting ready for that warm night swim, along with the BIG claw marks on her back]:

“Yes, Sam has some new romance this year. And he’s got some other stuff going on this year. Sam really opens up this year. He becomes more vulnerable than he was in the past. He shares more of himself than he has.”

To finish up my part and to lead you into Kristin’s full E!Online article, I will leave you with Sam‘s response on his favorite scene shot this season:

“We did a scene recently that was so crazy. I don’t even know how to describe it. I don’t know how it’s going to come out, it’s just insane.”

To read more: Watch with Kristin on E!Online

(photo credit: Jaimie Trueblood / HBO Inc. )

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SPOILERS! True Blood’s Michelle Forbes Talks to TVGuide.com

July 12, 2009

michelleforbesTVGuide.com has scored a great interview with Michelle Forbes who plays Maryann on Alan Ball‘s True Blood. There are moderate SPOILERS both in the quotes below and in the article.  If you don’t wanna know.. don’t read further.

In answer to whether Michelle has read the books:
Forbes: I’d never even heard of them. I bought them, read the first one and then put them down because we are telling our own story. For the “book-ies” out there, everyone has to remember that it’s an adaptation, not a translation.”

They went on to discuss what, exactly, is Maryann. Michelle says that, “[she’s]…about Greek mythology, and yet you open a script and you’re dancing to the B-52’s.  It was a little hard trying to understand how the two mesh together..” and then explains that Maenad‘s are beings “… led by appetite, … they thrive off other peoples’ appetites, chaos and destruction.”

In typical Michelle Forbes fashion, she wryly complains of Maryann, She’s happy; she’s happier than all of us. It pisses me off actually.”

There is a lot more in the article about Maryann with the promise of part 2 of the interview on Monday.  To read the rest go to TVGuide.com

Source: TVGuide.com

(Photo Source: HBO)

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True Blood Season 2 Cast T-Shirts – Ladies

July 8, 2009

The HBO Shop is now selling True Blood Season 2 Ladies Cast T-Shirts featuring Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Sookie Stackhouse, Jason Stackhouse, Tara Thornton, Sam Merlotte and Maryanne Forrester.  I’m sure you will agree that these t-shirts look fangtastic and many of you ladies would love to have Bill, Eric, Sam or Jason close to your heart.


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True Blood Women's Season 2 Cast T-Shirt - Bill

Eric Women Tee
True Blood Women's Season 2 Cast T-Shirt - Eric

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True Blood Women's Season 2 Cast T-Shirt - Jason

Sam Women Tee
True Blood Women's Season 2 Cast T-Shirt - Sam

Sookie Women Tee
True Blood Women's Season 2 Cast T-Shirt - Sookie

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Is Maryann A Maenad?

June 29, 2009

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Greek Mythology defines Maenads as the female followers of Dionysus.  A literal translation of the name means “raving ones” In Wikipedia the Maenads are said to be inspired by Dionysus “into a state of ecstatic frenzy, through a combination of dancing and drunken intoxication. In this state, they would lose all self control, begin shouting excitedly, engage in uncontrolled sexual behavior, and ritualistically hunt down and tear animals (and sometimes men and children) to pieces, devouring the raw flesh. During these rites, the maenads would dress in fawn skins and carry a thyrsus, a long stick wrapped in ivy or vine leaves and tipped by a cluster of leaves, weave ivy-wreaths around their heads, and often handle or wear snakes.”
If you remember the first time we saw Maryann she was in the woods, naked carrying a staff which would be her “thyrsus”. In the previous two episodes of  True Blood we saw Maryann influence the patrons at Merlotte’s into an uncontrolled “frenzy” of dance, also putting a kind of aphrodisiac type spell over the crowd. Now the party at her house  in the third episode made the party at Merlotte’s seem tame.
In the following paragraph from the hermetic fellowship it describes many of Maryann’s personality traits.
“The Maenads are called nurses and foster mothers — they not only nurse and mother the young God (referring to Dionysus), but young animals in the forest as well.
They have the power to make the Earth bloom and the wild animals come to them.”

The same document also lists the power of maenads as such:
· To awaken the God
·    To run with the God
·    To share His attributes
·    To tame wild things by nursing them
·    To call forth water and wine and milk and honey from the Earth
·    To fight and not be harmed
·    To destroy
·    To prophesy

We have seen the nurturing side of  Maryann in her relationship to Tara and Eggs. These are two people who were strays of society to some degree, we learned Eggs was homeless and Tara never had a mother who was emotionally there for her needs, she was left her entire life to fend for herself then re-abandoned when her mother saw herself as “saved”.  We also saw Maryann‘s interaction (which more seemed like communication) with the pig at her house. Briefly we saw a picture at her pool which showed Pan with his human lover, maenads were known to be lovers of Pan and the Satyr which is described as a half man half goat creature.

The Question is why would she attack Sookie? Also why would she have killed Ms. Jeanette? The two things these women have in common is Tara. As for Ms. Jeanette I feel  Maryann believes she was avenging Tara , in her confrontation with Tara’s mother she may have not physically ripped Tara’s mother’s heart out but her words were meant to.  I am sure their is a whole other reason for her attack on Sookie we will have to watch more to find out(I love and HATE  that everything in this show is a cliffhanger.)

And watch out Tara this women may be nurturing when you are on her good side,the other side well  NOT so good.

To read more on Maenads and Dionysus information is available from the following sources

hermeticfellowship.org

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Dionysus on wikipedia

(photo credit: HBO inc.)

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True Blood Season 2 with Michelle Forbes

June 22, 2009

maryann-forrester-michelle-forbes-season-2-cast-photosChristina Radish with IESB.net has been very busy interviewing several cast members from Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV series True Blood and this time she had the opportunity to speak with Michelle Forbes who play the mysterious Maryann.  It is a real treat to hear what insights Michelle can provide us into her character because up to this point in time all we know is there is something very strange about her but as to who or what she is we don know yet.  Below is an excerpt from Ms. Radish’s interview with Michelle Forbes.

IESB: When and how did you know that you wanted to be an actor?

Michelle: As the story goes, I started off as a ballet dancer. I knew, pretty early on, that I needed another form of expression, and it just seemed that acting, and this idea of playing pretend and telling stories, was really fascinating to me. It was a natural progression, out of the dance world and into the world of theater and cinema.

IESB: How did you originally become a part of True Blood? Was it just through a regular audition?

Michelle: I came in towards the end of the first season, and it was a meeting like any other, to be honest. The show hadn’t aired yet, so I wasn’t aware of it. I hadn’t read the books. It was just that new vampire show on HBO with Alan Ball. That’s what I knew. There’s no great story about that initial meeting, I have to say.

IESB: Have you read any of the books since then?

Michelle: After everything was signed and sealed, I do remember running out and buying all of the books. I read the first one, pretty darn quickly, and then I decided to stop reading them because I wanted to tell the story that we were telling and that Alan was telling. And, I’m glad that I did because, although he uses a basic geography of the book, the story is actually his own, as well as Charlaine Harris’. An adaptation is an adaptation, it can’t just be a translation because you have different time constraints, etc.

To read Ms. Radish’s in-depth interview with Michelle click here.

SOURCE: IESB.net

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

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