Video: HBO’s True Blood Trailer Sets Stage For Season 5

May 29, 2012

Favorite Characters Are Back and New Ones Are Arriving:

Eric Season 5 PosterHBO has released a full minute and a half long trailer for Season 5 of its series, True Blood. Through a combination of scenes from upcoming episodes and character voice over, it provides the major story arc fans will be following this year, and still manages to ask more compelling questions about what is to come.

For better or worse, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) have joined forces, but remain on bad terms with Sookie (Anna Paquin). The two vampires find themselves in the middle of a battle between the newly freed Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare), and the previously unseen Vampire Authority, fronted by Roman (Chris Meloni). Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) is back, and appears to be advocating for the cultivation of humans for vampire consumption. It looks like Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) will have something to say about that.

Vampires, Werewolves, Old Acquaintances and Flashbacks

The HBO trailer for True Blood’s Season 5 contains brief scenes of Eric Northman in period clothing. That means fans will be getting flashbacks and back story! Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) is back, once again looking out for Sookie. There is a brief scene of Eric and his progeny, Pam (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) in bed together. Is it a current scene or a flashback to the time of her turning?

Still, the biggest question that needs to be answered is asked in the very first scene of the trailer: What becomes of Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley)?

Take a look for yourself! What do you think is in store for Season 5? What burning question do you want to have answered?

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True Blood Season 5 Poster – Tara!

May 18, 2012

HBO's True Blood's Tara Thornton played by Rutina Wesley posterLess Than 30 Days to True Blood Season 5!

The posters are out for the HBO True Blood stars for season five! There will be one for each actor and we at TrueBloodNet.com have decided to present one per post in order to give each it’s own top billing. Poor Tara has been terrorized, vampirized, and now her brains are spattered all over Gran’s floor. What will happen to Sookie’s best friend, played by the beautiful Rutina Wesley, now that Alcide’s crazy girlfriend Debbie has blown her head off while trying to kill Sookie. Sookie took revenge on her by returning the favor but how can Tara survive without her brains? Will she die and just be seen in flashbacks? Will she become a zombie? Will one of the vampires in the neighborhood run in and ‘save’ her by making her into the thing she’s hated most? Honestly, if Tara becomes a vampire, won’t it be ironic and sad that Franklin Mott is gone? Really, with both of them as vampires that could have been one crazy ride. What has happened to Tara!? #WaitingSucks

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True Blood’s Tara Takes a Stroll Down Memory Lane

December 4, 2011

Rutina Wesley Relives Where it All Started:

Rutina Wesley (True Blood’s Tara) credit:  Boston GlobeRutina Wesley, who plays Tara on True Blood,  had the chance to take the stage with her hubby recently while in Boston. Wesley was there to participate in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s American Voices reading of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love.

This performance will hold a special place in Wesley’s heart as she read this play with her husband, actor Jacob Fishel.

Wesley, according to the Boston Globe:

“She hasn’t read opposite her spouse since the two were students at Julliard. Back then, they were often cast together because of their chemistry, she said. ‘It’s been kind of fun to remember what that beginning was like — when we first fell in love at school.’”

I’m sure this performance has now etched a new memory into the minds of both Wesley and Fishel, one that will certainly live on for many years to come.

Source Credit: Boston.com

(Photo Credit: Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)

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Rutina Wesley Talks About Fight Scenes on True Blood

November 9, 2011

Tara’s Fight Scenes Are Mostly Rutina:

Tara Thornton, played by Rutina Wesley on HBO's True BloodFans of HBO’s True Blood saw a different side of Tara (Rutina Wesley) in Season 4. Tara turned into a lesbian cage fighter!

The Bajan Reporter recently got to interview Wesley about this new direction. The first thing they wanted to know about was how much of the fighting was her, and how much was stunt doubles. Here’s what she had to say:

“I did do a lot of it. We all have stunt doubles but I did do a lot of it, ’cause I like to do that kinda stuff. It is just easier for camera work too, when they can get our faces and get our bodies moving around and fighting… I actually would love to train [in martial arts] but HBO would get mad at me, because it is so easy to get hurt. I mean, we are always taking off our clothes in some form or another, so you have to work out.”

The relationship between Tara and Sookie was then discussed. Wesley summed it up nicely by saying that although Tara can get mad at Sookie, their relationship goes beyond that. This is due to the fact that they were practically raised together since Tara’s mother was an alcoholic.

And being mad doesn’t necessarily mean that she won’t help out either. First she comes back in Season 4 because Sookie returns, then she extends her stay because her cousin Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is drawn into Wicca. So while she may seem like one tough cookie on the surface, she is, in fact, a soft teddy bear inside.

Wesley also owned up to the fact that she has only read the first Charlaine Harris book, on which Alan Ball based the series. Although, she has a very valid reason for this. And fans who have read the books, will understand also the very different path that the character of Tara Thornton has taken.

Some may not realize it, but for Wesley, True Blood is all new to her. She graduated (alongside Nelsan Ellis) not so long ago from Juilliard, but her area of expertise was theater, not television. While she is loving the experience, she is still finding it all a bit surreal:

“I still can’t believe I am on TV. Even when I watch the shows back, I am like, ‘Wow, that’s me!’ My family is so proud – I’m a Vegas girl but honestly, it still gets to me that I am getting to do what I love to do.”

Truebies, did you have any doubts it was actually her fighting? This is one tough woman!

Source: The Bajan Reporter – RUTINA WESLEY (Tara Thornton), TRUE BLOOD – SEASON 4, HBO {Mild Spoilers}

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True Blood’s Rutina Wesley On Tara’s Future

October 14, 2011

Will Tara Make It To Season 5?

Rutina Wesley HBO promo season 4Season 4 of True Blood certainly ended with a bang, and if anyone knows about that it’s Tara Thornton. Of all the drama she has gone through on the show, being shot in the head is certainly the worst thing that has happened to her yet. In an interview with W Magazine, Rutina Wesley reveals that not even she knows if Tara will survive. She spoke of Tara’s future saying:

“What’s happening to my character? Am I alive or am I dead? So it’s a very scary place to be in, but it’s awesome.”

Wesley reminisces about some of her more interesting times on the show and how that compares to what she’s currently doing. Wesley is currently starring in a play at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York called, “The Submission.” In the dramatic play, Wesley stars as an actress hired by a playwright to take the credit for his latest, controversial play.

In the play Wesley has a few very intense scenes, though they are nothing like what she went through on True Blood. She compared the experiences, stating:

“They’re both hard in their own ways. I think they’re both degrading, but I think in a play like this, seven shows a week, it’s a lot harder. Because I’m doing it every day. Whereas that was just a day’s worth of shooting. We may do more than one take, but once it’s done, it’s done, it’s in the can. But I have to go through this every night.”

You can read the full story here. If you’re in the area be sure to check out the play and let us know what you think!

Source: W Magazine – Five Minutes with Rutina Wesley

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Video: Rutina Wesley’s New Play “The Submission”

October 14, 2011

True Blood Star Hits Broadway:

Cast of Rutina Wesley's new play, "The Submission"Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton on HBO’s True Blood) is appearing on Broadway. The play is called “The Submission” and it deals with ownership of stories and how words and names that people use can affect others. It premiered at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on September 27.

The story revolves around a white, male playwright (played by Jonathan Groff) who writes a play and pretends that it is written by an African-American woman.

The play is written by Jeff Talbott and stars not only Rutina but Glee‘s Jonathan Groff. Other cast members include Will Rogers and Eddie Kaye Thomas.

Make sure you check out the full Beyond Broadway interview below:

Sources: YouTube – Beyond Broadway: “The Submission”with Jonathan Groff (“Glee”) & Rutina Wesley (“True Blood”)

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PlayBill.com – A Look Inside Off-Broadway’s The Submission, Starring Jonathan Groff and Rutina Wesley (Video)

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True Blood’s Rutina Wesley in “The Submission”

October 5, 2011

Tara Thornton on Broadway?

Rutina Wesley as Tara ThorntonWhile HBO’s True Blood is on hiatus, one of Bon Temps’ habitants is currently taking part in a production put on by the off-Broadway theater company, MCC. Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara Thornton, is currently acting in a play titled The Submission.”

Wesley acts alongside Jonathan Groff, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Will Rogers. The plot of the play is simple yet complicated simultaneously. Sick of rejection, a playwright by the name of Danny Larson seems to think he has written a winner except there is a small quirk. The play is a drama about a black family in the projects and Danny, who is a white, gay writer, doesn’t believe his play will get much attention thanks to his identity.

In order to hide the truth of his identity, Danny hires Emilie to act as a black, female screenwriter after the play gets selected by an esteemed festival. A debate erupts about black bigotry vs. gay bigotry. Sounds like a play the residents of Bon Temps would see, don’t you think?

Source Credit: ny1 – Theater Review: “The Submission”

Photo Credit: HBO

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True Blood’s Final Act- Season 4 Losses

September 24, 2011

The Characters We Lost This Season on True Blood:

Kevin Alejandro as Jesus Season 4 finaleIt’s not a foreign concept that the writers of HBO’s True Blood aren’t shy about racking up the body count during an episode. And the season four finale is nothing short of an extraordinary bloodbath. A number of reoccurring characters met their demise. Let’s take a look at them and remember their final moments.

Jesus Velasquez
Played by: Kevin Alejandro

On his character’s death, Kevin Alejandro said:

“I found out Jesus was going to die around the first episode, and they were really cool about it, like ‘This is nothing you did. Happy relationships are just boring.’ And they’re right- it makes for great drama. I think the final episode is going to be really touching.”

Jessica Tuck as Nan FlanaganNan Flanagan
Played by: Jessica Tuck

On her death scene, Jessica Tuck said:

“There ain’t no way back from the True Death. Plus, the one good thing about being shown the True Death is that when you squirt with blood, you’re not the one who gets covered with it- it’s everyone that’s in your way. Stephen Moyer drove a stake through my heart, but I then got him back by just covering him in gooey blood.”

Debbie Pelt
Played by: Brit Morgan

Brit Morgan as Debbie Pelt S4Ep11On her death scene, Brit Morgan said:

“…It was so cool because I got to fire a real gun, and they had my brains on the wall with Debbie’s hair in it…Plus every time Anna [Paquin] and I get to fight, it’s just awesome- a punch, a fall. It’s by far the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Tara Thorton
Played by: Rutina Wesley

Rutina Wesley as Tara ThorntonOn her death scene, Rutina Wesley said:

“Shooting that scene was very hard and emotional. I think everybody on set shed a tear that day; it was really tough to get through. When you see someone that you’ve lived with and breathed with for four years come to some kind of end, it’s very powerful- and sad. It’s really hard to play dead when you’re about to cry.”

R.I.P. Tommy, Marnie, Jesus, Nan, Debbie, (and Tara…?)

 

Source Credit: HBO – True Blood: Season 4 Finale: Final Act
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True Blood’s Season 4 Finale Shocks Viewers

September 16, 2011

True Blood Finale Bloody Good or Just Bloody?

Sookie Cradles a Dying Tara in Her Arms HBO is famous for having some of the most extreme and riskiest shows on television. And what is True Blood most famous for? Being extremely bloody, that’s what. This season finale is no different. How did the finale end? In a bloody mess of course!

Many Truebies, including myself, aren’t happy with the weak way Marnie was dispatched. She stabbed and killed Jesus in order to acquire his brujo magic and then chained a shirtless Bill and Eric to burn at the stake when her reign of terror came to an end thanks to a number of Bon Temps ghosts led by Adele Stackhouse (Sookie’s Gran) and Antonia. Both joined together to convince Marnie to release her rage so she could rest in peace. I don’t know about you Truebies, but that seemed too easy to me.

Mark Roush, writer for TV Guide, said:

“With the Marnie dilemma ponderously resolved, and Gran’s Hallmark advice to Sookie (“Being alone… ain’t nothin’ to be afraid of”) interrupted by Eric’s droll “Excuse me, we’re feeling a little crispy up here,” there’s still half an episode to go. And does it ever pile it on.”

Sookie cuts both Bill and Eric out of her life making fans wonder if a certain were-tiger named Quinn will make an appearance next season.

What else happened on Sunday’s finale? Well, Steve Newlin appeared at Jason’s door bearing a nice set of shiny white fangs. Alcide discovered an empty hole in the cement garage where Russell Edgington was supposed to be entombed. While Sam was confronted by a snarling wolf, the ghost of Rene spooked Arlene by warning her that Terry’s new war buddy is up to no good. Nan Flanagan was staked by Bill just before Sookie was attacked by Debbie Pelt. Just when you think Debbie is going to shoot Sookie, Tara dives in front of her and is shot in the head. Sookie blows Debbie away and we are left with Sookie screaming for help as she cradles Tara’s lifeless body in her arms.

Is Tara dead? I guess we can’t believe anyone is dead, knowing True Blood’s infamous resurrections, until they are at least six feet under. Even then, considering the Russell Edgington situation, that’s barely a guarantee on True Blood.

Source Credit: TV Guide– Finale Review: HBO’s Sunday Night

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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Video: True Blood Season 5 Scoop – Rutina Wesley at Fashion Week

September 13, 2011

True Blood Season 5 News – Wesley is Terrified!

Rutina Wesley Season 4 screen testRutina Wesley, the Julliard-educated actress who plays Tara Thornton on HBO’s True Blood was interviewed at Fashion Week by PopSugar TV.  She reiterates that she will indeed be on the show during Season 5, but has no idea in what way, shape or form.

During the interview, she admits:

“I don’t know if she’s alive or dead. And, I mean, half my head has been blown off, so, you know… They haven’t told me anything. We rarely know anything until we get the script. So, as an actor I’m terrified. I’m very excited, but I’m very nervous.”

Find out what else she has to say, and who she always thought Tara should end up with, in the video below:

What do you reckon?  Vampire?  Ghost?  Vegetable?!  Oh, with True Blood, the possibilities are endless.

Thanks for the scoop, BuzzSugar!  Remember, Truebies, if you have any True Blood-related news, send it our way!

Contribution credit: Kat from BuzzSugar

Source: BuzzSugar.com – Is Tara Dead on True Blood?

(Photo: HBO)

 

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