Michelle Forbes Signs on To Dragon*Con

April 29, 2010

True Blood‘s Michelle Forbes, better known to fans as Maenad Maryann, will be joining the ever-expanding list of stars attending Dragon*Con 2010.

Michelle joins a number of “True Blood” actors already scheduled to attend the event, including Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis and Kristin Bauer.

Dragon*Con is a multi-media pop culture convention focusing on sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comics and arts. The event will be held this Labor Day weekend, September 3 – 6  in Atlanta, Ga.

Memberships are $80 until May 14, after which the price will increase. You can purchased tickets through their website here.

SOURCE:  Dragon*Con

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Michelle Forbes Joins AMC Series, “The Killing”

April 18, 2010

The AMC network has announced that it has cast True Blood’s very own Michelle Forbes, to play the part of ‘Mitch’ on their new drama “The Killing”.  As most of you know Forbes played the evil Maryann on True Blood and did an amazing job of it.

The Killing” will be filming its pilot episode which will be directed by Patty Jenkins, who also directed the film “Monster”.  It is a drama that centers around the police investigation of a girl’s murder. Forbes’ character, ‘Mitch’, is the victim’s mother.  The part of Mitch’s husband will be played by Brent Sexton, who recently starred in “The Valley of Elah”.  Some other actors that have been picked up for the new series are Eric Laden from “Generation Kill” and Jamie Ann Allman from “The Notebook”. We are sure that Michelle will make an excellent addition to this cast!

SOURCE: The Live Feed
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VIDEOS: True Blood’s Michelle Forbes Talks Season 2 With SkyTV

March 11, 2010

In Season 1 of True Blood we first met Maryann Forrester, naked and accompanied by a pig.  Just how do you top that?

SkyTV caught up with Maryann‘s alter ego, Michelle Forbes as she was doing the publicity rounds for the recent UK premiere of True Blood Season 2 on FXUK.

In the three video clips below Michelle gives fans an insight into her crazy-wonderful character Maryann and provides us with a few sweet teasers for Season 2.

Michelle describes how True Blood “blows open like a volcano” and gets bigger and better and more insane as Season  2 progresses.  Something tells me we might be in for more pig.

Even us Truebies get an honorable mention.  We love you too, Michelle!

Enjoy these wonderful video interviews with Michelle!

Michelle Forbes – Part 1
Michelle Forbes – Part 2
Michelle Forbes – Part 3

SOURCE: SkyTV
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AUDIOS: True Blood Cast Interviewed for UK Premiere

February 28, 2010

As True Blood continues to gain international popularity, UK fans can let out a collective sigh of relief – season 2 finally premiered on Friday, February 26th!

Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman),  Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), and Michelle Forbes (Maryann Forrester) sat down with TV.Com UK Podcast and talked about everything from dialect coaching to their off-screen relationships.

What was Eric REALLY saying during season 2’s Swedish scenes? Do the cast members believe in real vampires? What do they hope happens to their characters is season 3? All this (and more) is discussed in this two-part podcast special.

The podcasts can be downloaded for free at http://cdn.cnet.co.uk/tvcom/podcast/xml/podcast.xml.  Once on the page left mouse click the mp3 and then click the “Save link as” to download it.

You can get involved with any of TV.com’s our podcast discussions via their our twitter feed @TVdotcomUK.

SOURCE: TV.Com

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PHOTOS: True Blood Women At The Premiere of HBO’s The Pacific

February 26, 2010

The True Blood cast were out in full force on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the Chinese Theater on in Los Angeles, California for the premiere of HBO‘s “The Pacific“.  The Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks war miniseries production is set to air next month on HBO.  The True Blood women including, Deborah Ann Woll, Michelle Forbes, and Carrie Preston (with her wonderful husband Michael Emerson from “Lost”) were all in attendance and looked gorgeous on the red carpet.


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True Blood Season 2 UK Premiere With Sam And Michelle

February 24, 2010

True Blood’s UK fans are in for a crazy, sexy ride when Season 2 arrives on FX this week. Sam Trammell and Michelle Forbes, whose characters are both major players in Season 2, told Scotland’s Daily Record what the show’s U.S. fans already know — the season is rife with new characters and plenty of excitement.

Sam, who plays bar owner Sam Merlotte, said the show took off in its second year, and attributes its success to Alan Ball‘s writing. The exciting, fast-paced tone of Season 2 bolstered the show’s success in a way no one anticipated, he said.

“It’s different, it’s scary, it’s serious, it’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s bloody. It bridges so many different genres and there is nothing else like it on television. Not many programs can mix the fantastical with very good drama but this has both, with social commentary and relationships as well as fantasy and these great creatures.”

Sam‘s character is one of those fantasy creatures, a shape shifter who turns into a dog. To prepare for his role, he took some cues from his West Highland Terrier, Flossy, he said.

“She is very helpful. In one scene last season, I had to sniff someone’s bed like a dog would, so l was rolling around on the bed naked, and l watched the dog to see how she would do it and got some good tips.”

Michelle Forbes, who plays a central role as Maryann in Season 2, shies away from maligning her character as evil — though Sam makes a point of saying she’s “bad news.

“It’s better to say she is enigmatic. Everybody thinks she is bad but, as an actor, I have to play her straight, as no one who is evil thinks they are evil. I think she is warm-hearted.”

She also praised the show’s global success, musing about its mass appeal.

“I love the fact True Blood is popular in Scotland and the way it has worked around the world. It means there’s something universal about the story, and that’s just gorgeous, isn’t it?”

Season 2 starts this Friday in the UK at 10pm on FX (Sky Channel 64 and Virgin Media Channel 157).

Source: Daily Record

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True Blood’s UK fans are in for a crazy, sexy ride when Season 2 arrives on FX this week. Sam Trammell and Michelle Forbes, whose characters are both major players in Season 2, told Scotland’s Daily Record what the show’s U.S. fans already know — the season is rife with new characters and plenty of excitement.
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VIDEO: True Blood Season 2 Discussion With Alexander, Sam and Michelle

February 19, 2010

With season 2 of True Blood premiering in the UK on the FX Channel on February 26, screenrush.co.uk presents video interviews with Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, and Michelle Forbes to get UK fans revved up. Although the discussion revolves around season 2 these video interviews have not been seen before and it is always refreshing to hear them present their perspective on the series.  Enjoy!

SOURCE: screenrush.co.uk
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True Blood Nominated For Five Saturn Awards

February 19, 2010

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominations for the 36th Annual Saturn Awards and Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood has received five nominations. The Academy was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television and home entertainment.  The 36th Annual Saturn Awards will take place on June 24, 2010 in Burbank, California.

True Blood has been nominated in the following categories:

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series:

  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Battlestar Galactica (SyFy)
  • The Closer (TNT)
  • Dexter (Showtime)
  • Leverage (TNT)
  • True Blood (HBO)

Best Actor in 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 (Doctor 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)

Best Guest Starring Role in Television:

  • Bernard Cribbins (Doctor Who: The End of Time) (BBC America)
  • Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad) (AMC)
  • Michelle Forbes (True Blood) (HBO)
  • John Lithgow (Dexter) (Showtime)
  • Leonard Nimoy (Fringe) (ABC)
  • Mark Pellegrino (Lost) (ABC)

Congratulations to True Blood and to Stephen, Anna, Alex and Michelle for their nomination and may they win in their categories!

SOURCE:  collider.com

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Vampires and Orgies and a Maenad…Oh My!

February 18, 2010

“…Just another day at the office” says Michelle Forbes, better known to Trubies as Maryann the Maenad, when describing how she eventually became accustomed to filming those wild orgy scenes in Season 2. Forbes admits that for someone as “shy as [herself]”, the sex scenes were “a bit daunting” at first but became quite routine after a while.

Forbes acknowledges that vampire mythology is “titillating” but credits True Blood’s writers for considering vampires “in a very real way” that is “emotional and grounded”. She praises them for looking at vampires from another perspective and turning the traditional view “on its head”.

Despite or, perhaps, in spite her shyness, Forbes seems to have no problem bringing the wicked Maryann to life in the midst of such debauchery and rauchiness!

SOURCE:  Digitalspy.com

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Michelle Forbes Thinks True Blood Could Last Nine Seasons

February 13, 2010

Not only do fans of True Blood want the show to continue for many years, those who are a part of it believe that it truly could. Michelle Forbes, the actress who played troublemaker Maryann Forrester in the series, was interviewed by The Sun during her publicity work in the UK to promote the show’s second season which is about to premiere over there.

Michelle thinks that True Blood has so many things going for it–broad appeal, impassioned fans, creative talent behind the scenes–that she doesn’t expect it to be a flash in the pan that fades in popularity as the vampire craze diminishes. After all, the show is about much more than vampires:

“It’s about love, intimacy and family. Vampires happen to be a part of it but it’s not just about them. The appeal for a lot of people is that it’s more the town with different creatures living together.”

Because of that diversity, there are so many characters and storylines for people to identify with.

Since Charlaine Harris is about to release her 10th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, Michelle knows that there are plenty of stories to tell, as long as the audience is excited to watch. This is certainly good news–Truebies are dying for more, and we’re not going anywhere!

SOURCE: thesun.co.uk

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