True Blood Costume Designer on Season 5

January 27, 2012

On Clothing Bon Temps and Her Intimate Encounter with Michelle Forbes:

Michelle Forbes as MaryAnnAudrey Fisher, a costume designer for HBO’s True Blood, talked about the experience she has had clothing the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Fisher has been researching for Season 5; her research includes informing herself on what’s in the stores nowadays, maintaining contact with companies, and keeping in touch with the actors. She and creator Alan Ball will have a costume meeting for the purpose of finding the look of the season so she can begin her designs.

Fisher on her weirdest encounter on the True Blood set:

“When Michelle Forbes was the Maenad Bride [MaryAnn Forrester] during the climax of season 2, she was wearing her giant 3-fingered claw hands and this giant 1940s bridal gown and floral headpiece, and the poor dear was so hungry but couldn’t hold her own sandwich… so I fed her. It was very intimate.”

Fisher’s favorite scenes of True Blood:

“I’m partial to the historical flashbacks because it’s so fascinating to see the characters in that new environment, watch the actors be transformed in their period costumes and witness it all unfold in the gorgeous sets… choosing a favorite scene is almost impossible because there are so many stories behind each costume, and every character and every element of their costume.”

We can’t wait to see what Audrey Fisher has in store for our favorite characters, how about you?

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Counting Down True Blood’s Vilest Villains

March 23, 2011

The Top Six Most Evil:

We all know Bon Temps is a mecca for supernatural activity, and with that comes more than their fair share of villains. Taken from True Blood Seasons 1 through 3, Wetpaint.com recently listed their top six picks for the vilest villains. Check out the list below!

 

6. Franklin Mott (portrayed by James Frain)

James Frain as Franklin Mott True Blood

5. Maryanne Forrester (portrayed by Michelle Forbes)

Michelle Forbes as Maryanne Forrester True Blood

4. Steve Newlin (portrayed by Michael McMillian)

Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin True Blood

3.Lorena Krasiki (portrayed by Mariana Klaveno)

Mariana Klaveno as Lorena Krasiki True Blood

2. Russell Edgington (portrayed by Denis O’Hare)

Denis O’Hare as Russell Edgington True Blood

1. Rene Lenier aka Drew Marshall (portrayed by Micheal Raymond-James)

Micheal Raymond-James as Rene Lenier  Drew Marshall True Blood

Be sure to check out the wet pain article for some sassy dish on each of the characters. Well worth the read. Who are your picks for Top Villain? Anyone positively EVIL you’d love to see in Season 4? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

Source: Wetpaint.com – True Blood’s Most Evil Villains

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True Blood Cast Members Show Their Support for Actors for Oceans Charity

November 16, 2010

Sam Trammell Co-hosts the Charity Event in Hollywood

Sam Trammell, True Blood's Sam Merlotte, hosts a charity event in Hollywood on November 13, 2010Sam Trammell, who plays shapeshifter Sam Merlotte on True Blood, is an avid surfer, swimmer, and defender of the world’s oceans. His love and respect for the water was very apparent on Saturday, November 13th, when he co-hosted an event for Actors for Oceans Charity, Project Save our Surf. Fellow True Blood cast members Michelle Forbes (Maryann Forrester) and Natasha Alam (Fangtasia dancer Yvetta) also came out to show their support.

Trammell looked very casual and relaxed before heading into the crowded event and talked about how he can see humanity’s effect on ocean life as a surfer because the water is dirty and polluted.

He also commented:

“…hopefully the more awareness and education we can raise, the more people, I think, will decide not to destroy it (the ocean).”

Trammell also gave the crowd a little taste of his musical talent when he sat down with his acoustic guitar alongside Project Save our Surf’s member Keaton Simmons.

Michelle Forbes, True Blood's Maryann Forrester, attends a charity event in Hollywood hosted by former co-star Sam TrammellTrammell’s former co-star, Michelle Forbes, has been on her own crusade to protect the environment:

“It’s important to protect our oceans, our marine wildlife, our wildlife, our land. It’s so important it’s the only world we have and my heart breaks when I think what we have done to it. It’s also important that we give up plastic bottles – no more plastic bottles! It is killing our oceans, it is killing us, as a matter of fact, so that’s something I’m really focused on these days. Looking at our water, our oil spills and the plastic involve – it’s utterly gutting, heartbreaking.”

Alam wowed the crowd in a form-fitting little black dress and gushed about how the ocean has very meditative qualities that she enjoys taking advantage of, especially by walking by the beach.

To hear more of what the True Blood stars had to say, check out the videos below!

Did any Truebies attend the event? If so, let us know how it went in the comments!

Sources: FashionPatrol.com — Actors for Oceans Charity Event with Sam Trammell

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True Blood Nominated for 8 SFX Sci-Fi Awards

September 25, 2010

True Blood Earns 8 Nominations in 6 Categories at SFX Awards

SFX Awards LogoTrue Blood has been nominated for 8 awards in 6 categories for the SFX Sci-Fi Awards to be held in the United Kingdom in February 2011.  Voting is open from September 22, 2010 to December 14, 2010 and by voting you could win tickets to see the awards live, along with other prizes.  Only 10 of the awards will be announced at the live show, with the others appearing in issue 206 of the SFX Sci-Fi Magazine in February 2011.

True Blood has been nominated for the following awards:

Best TV Show
Best TV Episode – “Everything Is Broken”
Sexiest Male – Alexander Skarsgard 
Sexiest Male – Nelsan Ellis 
Sexiest Female – Deborah Ann Woll 
Sexiest Female – Michelle Forbes 
Best Villain – Marianne
Best Line of Dialogue – Lorena threatening to “wear your ribcage as a hat”

Click here to vote now!

Source: Sfx.co.uk – Win Tickets to the SFX Weekender

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Michelle Forbes to Attend Puppy Mill Awareness Day

September 17, 2010

Michelle Forbes, Maryann ForresterMichelle Forbes, who played Maryann on HBO‘s True Blood, has joined forces with Last Chance For Animals and will be appearing at Puppy Mill Awareness Day September 18, 2010 at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Forbes will be appearing along side the “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Milan to raise awareness about the reality of puppy mills and the horrible conditions that millions of animals live through each year. The event will have music from live bands, activities for children, pet adoptions and animal friendly vendors. Admission to Puppy Mill Awareness Day is free and parking will be available.

Last Chance For Animals is a non-profit organization that advocates for animals and has been around since 1984. Chris DeRose, Last Chance For Animals‘ founder says that the location of the event was chosen deliberately.

“The location of Puppy Mill Awareness Day at the Tar Pits is symbolic of our commitment to make the horrible practice of mass-producing dogs for the pet trade extinct.”

Everyone involved hopes to get people to understand the reality of puppy mills and to persuade them to stop purchasing animals from pet stores and online. Adopting animals from shelters helps save them from being put down as there are 4 million homeless cats and dogs that are put down each year in U.S. shelters. For more information on the event click here.

Sources: Sunherald.com — ‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan and True Blood Star Michelle Forbes Join Last Chance for Animals in ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ Campaign

Last Chance For Animals — Puppy Mill Awareness Day

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VIDEOS: True Blood Cast Panels at DragonCon 2010

September 7, 2010

True Blood‘s Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis and Michelle Forbes attended DragonCon 2010 this past Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia and delighted fans at the event. Several fans were able to record the panel events and we are very grateful to them.  Many thanks to TwilightThursdays, TheatricallyTraci, and beege24 for sharing these videos with all the True Blood fans that could not attend DragonCon 2010.  You will definitely enjoy these videos and be touched at some points as Kristin becomes emotional retelling some stories.

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VIDEOS: The True Blood Cast Interviewed on Red Carpets

August 31, 2010

The night of the Emmy Awards is always filled with red carpet interviews of stars. This year, everyone was interviewing the cast of True Blood about several different things, including the Paquin/Moyer wedding and the infamous Rolling Stone Magazine cover.

In this first video, several members of the True Blood cast comment on the Rolling Stone Magazine cover that features Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Alexander Skarsgard. Many of the responses to the cover were about how the nudity is a “typical day at the office” for them. Marshall Allman takes it one step further to hilarious effect.

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The next video has the cast commenting on True Blood and what could happen in the future, as well as Anna and Stephen’s wedding.

The next video has both former and current costars of Stephen and Anna commenting on their wedding and how wonderful it was while they were at an Emmys after party.

In the final video, Stephen discusses the rumor going around about him being cast as Dr. Doom in the next Fantastic Four movie. Though he denies knowing anything about it, Stephen sure blinks a lot while he discusses it. (Blinking rapidly can be a sign that someone is lying.)

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SOURCES: MTV.com — True Blood Cast Weighs in on Their Naked Magazine Covers

HollyScoop.com — True Blood Cast: Why Our Show is Addicting

PopSugar.tv — Video of Alexander Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer, and Anna Paquin at the Emmys and Afterparty

Splashpage.MTV.com — Stephen Moyer ‘Knows Nothing’ About ‘Fantastic Four’ Casting Rumor

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Kristin Bauer to Attend ‘Patterns for Paws’

July 15, 2010

Tonight is the Patterns for Paws event at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, and True Blood star Kristin Bauer has confirmed that she’ll be there, along with many other celebrities, including Michelle Forbes and part of the cast of Glee.

The event is tonight, July 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 in the Pacific Design Center’s Blue Lobby. Tickets are a $50 donation per person, and you can either order them online or via phone. The information on ordering tickets can be found on the bottom of the Patterns for Paws page.

Patterns for Paws is going to help donate to the Amanda Foundation, which rescues and rehabilitates animals. They also offer free spaying and neutering to low income areas. For more information on the Amanda Foundation, click here and watch the video below.

SOURCE: Kristin Bauer

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True Blood Nominated for Saturn Awards (Winners Announced Tonight!)

June 24, 2010

The winners of the 36th Annual Saturn Awards will be announced tonight, and True Blood has garnered some awesome nominations! As a reminder to everyone, those nominations are:

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Battlestar Galactica (SyFy)

The Closer (TNT)

Dexter (Showtime)

Leverage (TNT)

True Blood (HBO)

Best Actor on Television

Josh Holloway (Lost) (ABC)

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) (AMC)

Matthew Fox (Lost) (ABC)

Michael C. Hall (Dexter) (Showtime)

Zachary Levi (Chuck) (NBC)

Stephen Moyer (True Blood) (HBO)

David Tennant (Dr. Who: The End of Time) (BBC America)

Best Actress on Television

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) (AMC)

Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Ghost Whisperer) (CBS)

Evangeline Lily (Lost) (ABC)

Anna Paquin (True Blood) (HBO)

Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) (TNT)

Anna Torv (Fringe) (Fox)

Best Supporting Actor on Television

Jeremy Davies (Lost) (ABC)

Michael Emerson (Lost) (ABC)

Aldis Hodge (Leverage) (TNT)

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) (AMC)

John Noble (Fringe) (Fox)

Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) (HBO)

and

Best Guest Starring Role on Television

Bernard Cribbins (Dr. Who: The End of Time) (BBC America)

Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad) (AMC)

Michelle Forbes (True Blood) (HBO)

John Lithgow (Dexter) (Showtime)

Leonard Nimoy (Fringe) (Fox)

Mark Pellegrino (Lost) (ABC)

The Saturn Awards are taking place on June 24 (aka today) in Burbank, CA. Best of luck to all the nominees tonight!!

SOURCE: Saturnawards.org

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Michelle Forbes’ Fond Memories of True Blood Season 2

May 21, 2010

With the impending DVD release of True Blood Season 2, Michelle Forbes was interviewed by Last Broadcast on what is was like to be part of the show, playing a character as bizarre as Maryann.

Michelle says actors live for roles like that where they can explore new territory. She learned what a Maenad was through discussions of Greek mythology with the show’s creator, Alan Ball, and then just had fun getting to be wild and free, running around barefoot in evening dresses and having parties.

Michelle did admit that her stomach churned at some of things Maryann did (heart souffle, anyone?), but she was also a character that liberated people in a way. To prepare, she looked at films that conveyed “the spirit of abandon” and periods in culture where moral boundaries were broken down:

“I like to think that Maryann was there during all of those transgressive periods in time. That she was texting Caligula: what are you doing this evening? And that she had something to do with Woodstock as well–working everyone into a frenzy.”

Michelle is effusive in her praise of everyone working on True Blood. She talks about how much she loves HBO for allowing shows like this to thrive because of the freedom they give their storytellers. She talks about the cast, how talented and loving they are.

When asked what the highlight was of playing Maryann, Michelle thinks of one scene in particular:

“I have a scene where I come in after a night of ravaging in the woods and I just have a casual conversation with a dead rabbit over my lap. I love that scene so much. And I love frolicking in the woods and dancing. I had no idea how bonkers it was going to get towards the end of the series. I can’t imagine I’ll ever play another character like her again! It’s insanely unique.”

From a viewer’s standpoint, Maryann was only as interesting as she was because of Michelle Forbes’ performance. True Blood was lucky to have had such an outstanding actress for that prominent role in Season 2.

SOURCE: lastbroadcast.co.uk

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