True Blood’s Tanya Wright to Speak about Women’s History Month

March 15, 2011

Wright is Presenting at East Stroudsburg University at 4PM on March 15

True Blood's Tanya Wright (Kenya Jones) talks about Women's History Month and her own personal experiencesTanya Wright (Kenya Jones) kicked off Women’s History Month this afternoon by presenting at Beer’s Lecture Hall at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) in Pennsylvania. The ‘True Blood‘ deputy (and tough cookie) is speaking about her journey as a creative black woman in Hollywood, as well as how she learned to develop opportunities as an artist. Wright recently published her first book, “Butterfly Rising,” a story inspired by her own experiences with personal tragedy and transformation. The screen version of the book, which Wright wrote, directed and produced, will soon make its way to the independent film festival circuit.

Wright is currently holding a contest via her “Butterfly Rising” Facebook fan page to help others realize their dreams. 

ESU is planning to celebrate Women’s History Month with a series of events – all open to the public – and at no cost unless otherwise noted. For a schedule of events, please click here.

Source: Pocono Record – ‘True Blood’ actress kicks off ESU Women’s History Month events

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Does Stephen Moyer Ever Dream of Vampires?

March 15, 2011

Stephen Moyer Gives Insight to His Dreams

Stephen Moyver & Anna PaquinRecently HBO star, Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) was asked if he or his new wife, and co-star, Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), dreamed of vampires? The unusual question was asked of the True Blood actor at PaleyFest in Beverley Hills. His response?

“We go home and dream about marshmallows!”

He went on to liken the True Blood series to a dream, too.

“It’s the dream that you dream of in terms that it’s good, it’s beautifully written, it’s fantastically shot and each episode looks like a mini movie.”

Moyer thinks that it will be hard to top season three, which had a huge spike in new viewers. Although, even if season four maintains the audience, he will be happy.

“We’ve had these incredible spikes each year. I don’t think it’s historically possible to get another 60 per cent spike in audience figures but if we maintain what we’ve got I think we’ll be very happy.”

Well, we hope next season is just as popular – that’s for sure!

Source: Belfast Telegraph– Moyer: I Don’t Dream of Vampires
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True Blood’s Carrie Preston is Seeing Red

March 15, 2011

If You Want Trouble, Find Yourself a Redhead:

True Blood's Carrie Preston (Arlene) PaleyFest '11Carrie Preston, the lovely actress who plays crazy Arlene on HBO‘s True Blood, has finally flipped her wig.  Actually, unlike her character going crazy under MaryAnn’s influence in Season 2, Ms. Preston has simply shed the wig she’s been using in favor of going red herself.  The people over at Wetpaint.com recently interviewed the Southern Belle, and asked:

Let’s talk about Arlene’s trademark fire-engine red hair. Is that your real hair dyed red, or a wig?

“Well, I’m finally not using the wig. It was always a wig for the first three seasons because I’m a blonde in real life, but I decided to take the plunge and dye my hair.  We’re actually using my real hair this season.  Which is really liberating for me because the wig confined me a little more than I wanted — I got a little tired of it.  So did the hair department.  There’s only so much you can do with a wig.  It’s fun to be a redhead in real life.”

That must be a relief!  The new color looks lovely on her.  So, what can we expect from Arlene this upcoming season?  There are so many new characters being added, and so many story lines going, it’s a wonder any of them get any in-depth exploration.  But Preston is confident, saying:

“There are so many characters in the show that the writers do an extraordinary job of touching down on each of the storylines and bringing them into the forefront.  We all kind of trade off along the way.  I’m very happy where my storyline has gone and the journey that Arlene has taken.  And, yes, this season there will be just as much as we’ve seen before of Arlene.”

Baby Talk:

Everyone is dying to know what Arlene’s (serial killer?) baby is going to be like — especially her.  She was so distraught about it last season, that she actually tried to get rid of it.  But as the fates would have it, baby survived.  Her current beau, Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe), is pleased as punch.  Could this mean trouble is on the horizon?  Here is Preston’s take on the whole situation:

“There’s a lot of stress around the baby.  Arlene is very conflicted about the baby coming.  Obviously, she made a very difficult decision to try to stop the arrival of the baby.  It did not work, but her feelings are still ambiguous about what that means — bringing the child of a serial killer into the world.  In her mind, Rene is evil and she is afraid that the baby might turn out to be evil.  There’s a lot of stress for any couple expecting a baby, but especially this couple.  But Terry is such a soulful, supportive, and lovely man that he will do anything to make the relationship work.”

Whose Team is She On?

Has Preston herself picked a side, as Truebies are wont to do?  In other words, is she Team Bill, or Team Eric?

“Oh, I don’t think I can pick.  I think what makes it work is that there is a triangle.  So to pick one over the other would maybe not serve the story as well.  You know, when you see shows like Friends, when Ross and Rachel finally get together it kind of loses the tension.  Same thing with Cheers.  When Sam and Diane get together, the tension falls out.  So I think it’s important to have that triangle and not ever land on one side or the other.”

She makes a very valid point.  Oftentimes, fans can get downright hostile when it comes to choosing sides, but we should keep in mind that Alan Ball knows what he’s doing, and love triangles do keep things interesting.  Right, Truebies?  Can’t we all just get along?  At least we can all agree on one thing: True Blood rocks — crazy redheads, evil babies, and all.

Source: WetPaint.com – Exclusive! True Blood’s Carrie Preston Flips Her Red Wig, Talks Baby Trouble

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Happy Birthday James Frain!

March 14, 2011

Happy Birthday James Frain!

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Today, March 14, 2011 is James Frain’s birthday. The actor played the unforgettable role of the vampire Franklin Mott in the course of True Blood’s third season. We here at TBN would like to wish James a very happy birthday and hope that he has a wonderful day!

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Inside True Blood Season 4: The Casting Session

March 14, 2011

The Process of Casting for True Blood

true blood logoHave you ever wondered what it takes to get cast on True Blood? Gianna Sobol tackled the casting process in this latest installment of the Inside True Blood blog. Those who have been following the blog will recognize this post as part of the series Sobol is doing on the episode creation process and each step that is involved along the way.

Casting sessions take place in show creator Alan Ball’s office for every single role cast on the show. This includes every character from the ones who have no lines and appear in only one episode to those characters that have many lines and have multiple episode arcs.

Present in every casting session are casting directors Libby Goldstein and Junie Lowry-Johnson, casting associate Lisa Soltau, the writer for the episode, and the director for the episode. The actors are given “sides” or pages from the script to read.

So what makes True Blood’s casting process different from others in television? Alan Ball of course! He is present for every casting session no matter how big or small the role. After all, there are no small parts only small actors, right truebies?

Now that you have insight into the casting process, what do you think about it? Is it different than you originally imagined? Tell me in the comment section below!

Source: Inside True Blood Blog- Casting

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Videos: Alan Ball and Cast Discuss True Blood Season 4 at PaleyFest Part 1

March 14, 2011

Interviews at PaleyFest 2011

Paley Fest BannerIn continuing Truebloodnet’s coverage of True Blood at PaleyFest 2011, I have for all of our dear truebies video interviews from creator Alan Ball and the cast that they did in the press tent prior to going onstage for the panel. I have chosen interviews from E! Online and Access Hollywood and because I am reporting from more than one source and covering many cast members who were interviewed more than once, this article will be posted in parts.

In this first part, Alan Ball, Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam De Beaufort), and Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman) are interviewed about their impressions of season 4 thus far. Please note that if you have chosen to be spoiler-free this season that you should not proceed past this point. It’s completely filled with spoilers!

Series Creator Alan Ball

In this first video interview conducted by E! Online, Alan Ball is asked how he connects to the world that was created by author Charlaine Harris and he responds first by saying that since he grew up in a small town in the south, he can relate to being different. But he says that Harris’ series has given him the freedom in True Blood that he didn’t necessarily have in his previous HBO series Six Feet Under. Because our favorite show focuses on the world of the supernatural, it can go places that other realistically based shows cannot and still make sense:

Speaking of making sense, Access Hollywood asked Mr. Ball if season 4 would include events from the fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. He replied that it would but when asked about the infamous shower scene that occurs in the book between Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric, he said that a shower scene will happen but it could lead elsewhere. Since this season has been dubbed “the Season of the Witch”, Alan did confirm that we will be meeting some witches, ghosts, new werewolves, new shifters, and new vampires. But of the witches, he says that their viewpoint coming in is that they have been assaulted which is one reason why others on the show may not like them. Interesting. Watch:

Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman)

In E! Online’s interview with Alexander, he is asked how he feels being at Paleyfest. While he admits that it is overwhelming, it is also very rewarding and flattering to know that people care as much as he does. So truebies, what do you think Alexander gets asked about the most for season 4? Two words: pink spandex. Watch:

By now, it is no secret that Eric loses his mind thanks to a witch. Why exactly he does lose it on the show remains a secret to fans. But when asked by Access Hollywood if this is the season of Eric, Alexander replied that Eric will have a lot to deal with this season and that he is pretty much a really big baby in need of protection:

Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam de Beaufort)

Like her vampire counterpart Alexander, Kristin was also asked by E! Online about her frequently asked questions from fans. She says that women want to know what it’s like working with the “tall Swede” and while she says that she used to say how wonderful he is, now she makes up things like saying he’s a pain in the ass! That’s when you know that actors spend lots of time together. Kristin discussed being around fans of the show and how it’s nice to learn about what people are interested in given that there is such a large buffer between the actors and audience normally:

But what can we expect for Pam in season 4? A very excited Kristin informs Access Hollywood that so much good stuff is going to happen for her character that she doesn’t want to give anything away. But she does say that Pam continues to be tested beyond the limits of where season three saw her go. And not only does Pam get to leave Fangtasia but she also gets to interact with witches! Watch:

Those are all the interviews I have for the moment. But more are forthcoming so stay tuned to TBN for more season 4 interviews from Paley!

Sources: Access Hollywood: PaleyFest 2011- Alan Ball
Alexander Skarsgård
Kristin Bauer van Straten
E! Online: Watch with Kristin!: True Blood Videos- Alan Ball
Alexander Skarsgard
Kristin Bauer van Straten

(Video Credits: E! Online and Access Hollywood
Image Credit: The Paley Center for Media)

 

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PaleyFest 2011: Things Seen and Heard at the True Blood Panel

March 13, 2011

 An Insider’s Look at PaleyFest

Gianna Sobol, assistant to creator Alan Ball was on hand at this year’s True Blood panel at PaleyFest 2011. And while she was there, she observed a few things that might not have made it into the coverage of the event that we the fans have been eagerly reading. Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) claimed during the panel that he didn’t get recognized all that often.

 In fact, Alan Ball said that the story of Chris thinking he was being recognized but actually being told he had bird excrement on him was one of his favorite moments. But one thing is for sure, Chris has perfected his signature as you can see from the picture on the right. Backstage posters were set up for the cast to sign and Chris has a very nice John Hancock.

 However, the best backstage tidbit has to be the one about Alexander Skarsgård’s (Eric Northman) infamous wig from season 1:

While the clip reel played for the PaleyFest audience, the cast and their guests huddled backstage to watch on a little screen of their own. When they showed clips of Eric with his long hair from season 1, another cast member turned to Alexander Skarsgård and said, “You miss the wig, right?” Everyone laughed, knowing he does not miss the wig.

So that’s it for now trubies! But stay tuned to TBN for more on PaleyFest 2011 including a few videos and fan experiences coming very soon.

Source: Inside True Blood Blog– “What You Haven’t Read About PaleyFest…”

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Love for Luna: Meet One of True Blood Season 4’s New Characters

March 13, 2011

Meet and Greet with Luna

New TrueBlood cast member Janina Gavankar sat down with Inside TrueBlood to briefly dish about Luna, the schoolteacher she plays in the upcoming Season 4 of True Blood. Like all the members of the True Blood cast, she’s careful about what details she reveals.

However, we can be confident that Luna and Sam Merlotte (played by Sam Trammell) are thrown together from the start and that romance is in the air for Bon Temps favorite bar owner. As is evidenced by this clip. Gavankar reveals she’s worked mostly with Sam and that her second day of shooting was actually a night shoot in freezing cold weather. She also says Lafayette is her favorite character and that she’s Team Bill.

Says Gavankar of what fans will like about the Luna story line:

“I think they’ll enjoy watching a nice girl from outside of Bon Temps fall for Sam Merlotte. I know there are plenty of fans who would love him to find a nice girl… Luna could be that person!”

For the full interview see the source link below. What do you think about Luna thus far? Tell us in the comments below.

Source: Inside True Blood Blog -Getting to Know Luna

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Kristin Bauer van Straten to Judge Fur Free Fashion Competition

March 13, 2011

Sustainable and Friendly Fashion

Kristin Bauer Van Straten as PamWe’ve all heard of fashion designers being protested against for the use of fur in their designs. But times have changed and now there is a heavy emphasis on environmental awareness or being green. Fashion is no exception with many designers now getting into the habit of using more sustainable fabrics like silk to create fabulous designs.  But what about green and animal friendly fashion? That’s where Born Free USA and Environmental Magazine’s (E! Magazine) 3rd annual Fur Free Fashion Competition comes in. And who better to judge it than a fashion diva?

Kristin Bauer van Straten who plays the stylishly undead Pamela De Beaufort on HBO’s True Blood will be serving as a judge for the competition. She announced the news via Facebook saying that her vampire counterpart would be judging the fashion:

“Guess who’s a judge this year? Pam! I mean, me, Kristin.”

 Kristin has famously used her celebrity for good; harnessing social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter as well her own website to raise awareness for animal rights and environmental conservation issues. So there couldn’t be a more perfect choice! When asked about why she was so passionate about animal rights and the environment, Kristin had this to say:

“[Nature and animals] have always given selflessly to me, so much more than I could have ever dreamed or given back. Mother nature is the greatest and most magical artist I have ever seen.” 

Joining Kristin as judges are actress Julia Barr, E! Magazine editor Brita Belli, actress Rachelle Carson-Begley, designer Elizabeth Emanuel, and Green Award judge Summer Rayne-Oakes.

Independent designers who are interested in entering the competition can check out the official rules here. The deadline is April 15th.

What are your thoughts on environmentally conscious and animal friendly fashion truebies?

Sources:  Born Free USA– “3rd Annual Fur Free Fashion Competition”
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Video: True Blood Season 4 Clip of Sam and Luna

March 13, 2011

First Look at Luna and Sam

HBO is ramping up the anticipation for True Blood season 4! We’ve already seen what Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Hoyt (Jim Parrack), and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) have been up to. But now it’s Sam’s (Sam Trammell) turn. Truebies may recall that Sam Trammell said that he might be getting a love interest. But is Luna (Janina Gavankar) the one? Either way, she’s got some major issues, admitting to Sam she has a stalkery werewolf ex-boyfriend.

Watch the clip below and let us know how you think True Blood Season 4 is shaping up:

Source: YouTube: HBO– “Season 4 Waiting Sucks: Sam”

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