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October 27, 2012

HBO’s True Blood and Several Cast Members Are 2012 Fright Night Awards Nominees

HBO_True Blood_CastThe first annual Fright Night Awards (www.frightnightawards.com), supporting Cancer Bites (www.cancerbites.tv), features twenty-one categories that encompass film, television, and celebrity costumes, among others. Both the voting and the awards show itself are virtual, taking place entirely online. HBO’s popular series True Blood is nominated for Favorite Supernatural TV Show while Alex Skarsgård (Eric Northman), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) and Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) are all nominated in individual categories.

Cancer Bites has enlisted the help of the nation’s leading blood cancer patient advocacy organizations in its multi-level campaign to; increase funding research to find effective new treatments and cures; connect patients and their families to free educational information; and provide support services for patients at every stage of their cancer journey.

The winners of the 2012 Fright Night awards will be announced October 30th. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorites at www.frightnightawards.com, as well to spread the word about the Cancer Bites cause and program. True Blood fans can not only cast their vote for the show itself, but for the nominated cast members. Debora Ann Woll is nominated for Favorite Female TV or Movie Vampire; Joe Manganiello is a nominee in the category of Favorite Movie or TV Werewolf; and both Alex Skarsgård and Stephen Moyer are nominated in the category of Favorite Male TV or Movie Vampire.

Be sure to register and vote for True Blood and its cast members. Let’s go for sweep of the awards!

 

Source: 2012 Fright Night Awards

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True Blood Babies’ Genders Revealed?

October 23, 2012

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer Celebrate the Births of a Boy and a Girl:

Exclusive... Anna Paquin Visits Her Babies And Then Goes Shopping

Stars of the HBO series True Blood, Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) and Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), have been hiding out since the birth of their twins back in September. They have yet to officially announce either the babies’ names or their genders.

While the ultra-private couple won’t be debuting their new family on any magazine covers anytime soon, the US Weekly October 22nd issue features Ms. Paquin in its ‘Body After Baby’ article. The magazine reveals only that the happy couple welcomed the birth of a twin boy and girl.

The proud parents have made no official comment, but Mr. Moyer recently said that his wife and kids were doing “great”. We wish the new family health and happiness, and eagerly await any official announcement they might be willing to share.

 

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Festival Premier Of Film Starring True Blood’s Alex Skarsgård:

October 12, 2012

Venice International Film Festival Features Mr. Skarsgård’s Film, “Disconnect”

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On September 3rd, the Venice International Film Festival premiered ‘Disconnect’. The ensemble cast includes Alex Skarsgård, who plays Viking vampire Eric Northman on HBO’s True Blood. ‘Disconnect’ tells the story of several people searching for human connections in the modern world of electronic social media. The festival featured the film in its ‘out of competition’ category.

Mr. Skarsgård stars with Paula Patton as a grieving husband and wife who become victims of identity theft. This multi-thread story is about the impact of social media on several interrelated characters. Eventually, all the various strands converge.

Through a seamless integration of technology into the narrative, ‘Disconnect’ makes the point that our social consciousness has not kept up with the growth of that technology. The characters are so overloaded by social media, they have become disconnected, and are searching for a human connection with the people right in front of them.

‘Disconnect’ is scheduled for release in the U.S. in April 2013.

 

Article & Photo Source: CineVue & examiner.com

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True Blood Actor Denis O’Hare Is Expanding His Family

October 9, 2012

Another True Blood Cast Member is Becoming a Parent:

Denis_O'Hare_eonlineActor Denis O’Hare, who played vampire Russell Edgington on HBO’s True Blood, has announced that he and his husband are adopting a baby. Mr. O’Hare married Hugo Redwood last year in New York, and the happy couple is close to obtaining full guardianship of their foster son.

Mr. O’Hare says the boy is seventeen months and has been living with them since he was two weeks old. The True Blood nursery is filling up, since Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) and Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) welcomed twins earlier this year.

Congratulations to all the new True Blood parents!

 

Source: E-Online

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Denis O’Hare’s Run as Russell Edgington on True Blood Was Fun While It Lasted

October 3, 2012

It’s for the Best That Russell Met the True Death:

Russell_Edgington_VultureDenis O’Hare played 3,000 year old vampire Russell Edgington onscreen for only two seasons, but his presence definitely colored a third. Mr. O’Hare says that he had a great time working on HBO’s True Blood, but there was no question that it was Russell’s time to die. The love story between Russell and Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) made working on Season 5 a pleasure, and Mr. O’Hare can’t rule out a Godric-esque flashback for his character, but he maintains that true death at the hands of Eric Northman (Alex Skarsgård) was right.

Mr. O’Hare says that he didn’t know definitively for some time that Russell was going to meet the true death. There was much discussion and controversy as to how it should happen. There was never any question that Russell would die at the hands of Eric, the only question was the circumstances. In the end, making him drunk on fairy blood and leaving him vulnerable to a sneak attack from Eric was the most plausible, given Russell’s greater age and power. While some have speculated as to why Russell wasn’t more strategic about the time of day he drank the fairy blood, Mr. O’Hare replied:

“There’s no fairy blood handbook. No one has any schematics on how much fairy blood you should take to be in the sun, how long you can survive in the sun on it. Is it good for a year? A day? And Russell is more instinctual versus strategic. I’m not sure he has a plan, so he’s not thinking, I should wait until 7:30.”

The final moment of Russell’s life pleased Mr. O’Hare. He enjoyed the disappointed but accepting reaction. Mr. O’Hare believes that Russell has lost the enjoyment of living and the pursuit of power simply is no longer enough. His attachment to Steve Newlin was pleasant, but simply not enough. Mr. O’Hare says that one of the most enjoyable things about Season 5 was working with Michael McMillian. They worked well enough together to be able to improv and adlib scenes and dialog. While much of it was edited out, there were still many things that made it to the screen.

Mr. O’Hare Talks of the True Blood Cast and Speculates on the Future

Of the many things Mr. O’Hare says that he will miss about working on True Blood, he names the cast as what he will miss the most. Not only did all the actors work well together, but they were friends as well, often hanging out together onset. One member of the primary cast (who Mr. O’Hare will not name), continued to advocate to keep Russell Edgington alive. Alan Ball and the head writers sadly could not agree and said:

“For credibility’s sake, he has to go. We can’t let him survive again.”

Mr. O’Hare was asked to speculate on the future of True Blood storylines, and Russell’s possible place in them. He says that Bill Compton’s story is so divergent from the books there is no way to guess which direction it will go from here. While Mr. O’Hare has written a complete backstory for Russell, and provided it to the show writers, he has no idea if any of it will ever be incorporated into the show. For that reason, he’s not sure if Russell’s maker will ever become known, or if he has any progeny who might provide opportunities for flashbacks or visitations. Mr. O’Hare says that it’s possible that Eric is the closest Russell has ever gotten to feeling as though he had a true son:

“There was a lovely scene in season three where Russell and Eric had an intense moment, where Eric accepts his authority, and kneels before him, and you discover how Russell never had a son and he adopts Eric. That scene was cut, but there is an echo of that when Eric kneeled before him again this season. And for Eric to take Russell’s life, it was appropriate, and Russell knew that and he welcomed it. This was the only person he’s ever accepted as a son.”

How did you feel upon witnessing Russell’s true death? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Article and Photo Source: Vulture

 

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Kristin Bauer van Straten And Joe Manangiello Discuss The True Blood Season 5 Finale

August 21, 2012

The Actors Sat Down at San Diego ComicCon to Discuss HBO’s Vampire Drama:

truebloodpam_hollywood_reporterJust before the ComicCon panel for HBO’s True Blood, Joe Manangiello and Kristin Bauer van Straten sat down together to discuss their characters in the series’ Season 5. Mr. Manangiello plays hunky werewolf Alcide Herveaux and Ms. Bauer van Straten portrays snarky vampire Pamela de Beaufort.

Both actors look forward to and enjoy the fan interaction of their ComicCon appearances. They agreed that the True Blood panel was as close to being a Beatle as either of them will ever get. Ratings numbers and internet chatter does not provide the same pleasure as seeing the enthusiastic faces of fans.

Mr. Manangiello readily revealed that Alcide will be having a great deal of sex during Season 5.

“I really feel like I’m having the full True Blood experience. I get to have sex with a bunch of people. I get around sexually, I kill people. It’s pretty rad.”

Both actors agreed that True Blood is very much about relationships in Season 5, both the sexual and the emotional. Ms. Bauer Van Straten, however, is disappointed that her character has yet to kill anyone on screen. She says she watches Alex (Skarsgård) ripping bodies apart and wishes she got to do that.

Ms. Bauer van Straten’s character Pam, has become a maker in Season 5, having turned Tara (Rutina Wesley) in order to save her life. At the same time, Pam has been released by her own maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

“Everything really is at stake for Pam. It expanded this year for me. Pam became totally 3D.”

Kristin and Joe Discuss Sex with Werewolves and the True Blood Season 5 Finale

Mr. Manangiello revealed that there is a rougher version of Alcide’s drunken make-out session with Sookie (Anna Paquin) than the one that finally aired. That footage, however, is on the cutting room floor. He also told about conversations he had with showrunner Alan Ball, before the filming of Season 5 regarding what sex with a werewolf would be like.

“We both agreed that the girl wakes up in the morning and does that ‘Oh’ thing, and then does the cowgirl walk the whole day.”

Ms. Bauer van Straten confessed to being a geek herself over the television show Battlestar Galactica. At a previous ComicCon she met Tricia Helfer (Cylon Number Six), who had never seen True Blood and didn’t realize Ms. Bauer van Straten was also an actress.

 “So I have this really awkward photo with Tricia Helfer somewhere.”

When asked about the True Blood Season 5 finale, neither actor could say much without spoilers. Ms. Bauer van Straten was happy with what Pam got to do during her scenes. Mr. Manganiello was thrilled to have Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) playing his father and said his scenes are sufficiently bloody.

This video is a very entertaining watch. The actors interact with friendship and humor that can’t be described and do it justice.

 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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True Blood’s Tanya Wright Discusses Her Many Talents and Passions

August 9, 2012

There is Much More to the Actress Than Just Her Portrayal of Kenya Jones in the Popular HBO Series

hbo_true_blood_kenya_jonesActress Tanya Wright plays Kenya Jones on HBO’s series True Blood. Ms. Jones is an intelligent, educated, multi-faceted talent whose resume also includes writer, director, and producer among her skills. Recently, she has showcased her talents with a trans-media project called ‘Butterfly Rising’.

Ms. Wright developed ‘Butterfly Rising’ over the course of fifteen years. In addition to writing, directing and starring in the film that has enjoyed a successful festival run, Ms. Wright authored the ‘Butterfly Rising’ novel. The next incarnation of her project is an interactive game.

“BR (Butterfly Rising) is really an outgrowth of a script that I wrote 15 years ago called ‘A Turn to Grace’. It was a screenplay I wrote that was a semi-finalist in the (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’) Nicholl screenwriting competition.”

Ms. Wright says that this first screenplay generated interest in her as a young, female, African-American screenwriter. The script itself languished because no one was interested in making a film about African-American characters in the 1920’s. After the death of Ms. Wright’s brother, she says the story of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, understandably resonated with her. She became slightly obsessed with the activity of butterflies in a tree outside of her house, even making up stories about the delicate creatures. When the character of ‘Grace’ from ‘A Turn to Grace’ began to invade these stories, ‘Butterfly Rising’ developed into an updated telling of her original script with a multi-cultural cast.

Writing is Tanya Wright’s First Love, but Both Acting and Writing Are Like Her ‘children’

Ms. Wright says that early in her career, she began to get acting role after acting role, all the while continuing to write. She was told she would have to choose between the two because she wouldn’t be able to do both.

“But I saw lots of people that I liked and I admired doing it. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck did it with Good Will Hunting and Emma Thompson did it with Sense and Sensibility, Billy Bob Thorton did it with Sling Blade.  Now it’s common place but the idea that those two things needed to be separated was a prevalent idea and it’s like asking which one of your children do you want to kill off: the actor or the writer.”

Ms. Wright did not choose between the two. She kept writing as she got work as an actor, the culmination of which is the script for ‘Butterfly Rising’. Ms. Wright says that acting and writing are both vitally important and each one helps her to be better at the other.

Tanya Wright Believes Her Education Has Given Her Confidence and Choices

Ms. Wright is a graduate of both Vassar and George School. She characterizes her education as ‘world class’. Born in the Bronx to a teenage mother, Ms. Wright credits her education with providing her with choices that are limited only by her own vision. She says her education has empowered her to go into the world to make changes or make a difference.

“In fact there is a quote in BR (Butterfly Rising) where my character says “you always got a choice even when your back is up against a wall. You always have a choice so don’t ever think you don’t have a choice”.”

True Blood is a Deep and Complicated Show

Ms. Wright says that True Blood is a fantastic world that is complicated and different than anything she could imagine. In addition to being a sexy show about vampires, it’s also about love, being an outsider, and other fundamentally human things. She says these themes are simply couched in entertainment and sexuality.

When asked about the most difficult or fun things about working on True Blood, Ms. Wright admitted to not liking the high number of night shoots. She claims to not be a night person and does a lot of sleeping in her dressing room.

“The greatest thing about working on the show like TB (True Blood) is that the reality is so heightened that it’s almost like doing a play or an opera because it’s so over the top the externals are so stylized that for an actor to be working in that world it’s so much like theater that you don’t really get a chance to do that too much in television so that’s probably the coolest thing working on a show like that.”

Ms. Wright has many other projects that are moving along quickly, now that she’s experienced some success with ‘Butterfly Rising’. Still, she says BR is the project nearest and dearest to her heart and refers to it as her “passion project”.

You can read more about Tanya Wright’s personal and professional thoughts on education and cinema, being an African-American woman in Hollywood, and working with Heavy D. ‘Butterfly Rising’ was the Opening Night film at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

 

Sources: The Jackie Movie, Butterfly Rising The Movie, HBO

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Inside True Blood Teases Fans About Season 5 Finale

July 27, 2012

Blog for HBO’s Series True Blood Reports What Was Overheard On Set

Internet blog, Inside True Blood, posted some possible teasers for the Season 5 finale of the HBO series. On June 10, 2012, the day the first episode of Season 5 aired, the cast and crew of True Blood were preparing to film the season finale. Blogger Gianna Sobel posted about the work being done.

After posting that the finale was going to be ‘crazy’, Ms. Sobel shared some of the things that were overheard during the prep meeting for the finale.

The tamest of the statements was, “It sounds like I’m going to need to get some torsos and some heads”. Fans are probably aware that is typical for an episode of True Blood. However, “We do have latex codpieces, they only take 20 minutes to apply” has some interesting implications. Finally, “I would deluge her completely in blood. She’s exploding! The blood would go everywhere. We should be prepared to throw a couple of body parts at her”. Any guesses on who or what that might be about?

Read the blog for yourself, as well as the comments left by other fans.

 

Source: Inside True Blood

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Charlaine Harris Loves That True Blood Is Different

July 26, 2012

Author of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels Reminds Fans HBO’s True Blood Makes Changes:

fair use cover of deadlocked harrisIn a Facebook post dated June 11, 2012, 1:51 PM, Charlaine Harris told her readers that she loves True Blood. The author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, on which HBO’s popular series is based, stated that her love included the differences between True Blood and her novels.

Ms. Harris went on to remind the readers that she only writes the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and not stories or scripts for True Blood. Charlaine acknowledges that many readers and viewers often confuse the two. Citing a common error, Ms. Harris clarified that she did not give Eric Northman two makers. In her novels, Godric is not Eric’s maker, in fact they are not even friends. It was the writers for True Blood who wrote Godric as Eric’s maker, establishing a distinct change from Ms. Harris’ novels.

You can read the post for yourself, including comments from Ms. Harris’ readers.

 

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True Blood Score Featured At SD Comic-Con 2012

July 9, 2012

Lisbeth Scott to Discuss Providing Her Voice to the Music of True Blood:

alcide-postcardHBO’s series True Blood will be a topic of multiple discussions at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. ‘Behind the Music with CW3PR: Perfect Sound for TV & Film’ is a panel highlighting singer and composer collaborations that create memorable music in TV and film. One panelist is singer Lisbeth Scott, who has lent her voice to the score of True Blood, among other notable projects (Avatar, Iron Man 2).

Ms. Scott will join top composers and singers from TV and film to discuss the singer and composer collaboration. Topics that will be covered are: how these dynamic partnerships work, how they are essential to create poignant and memorable music, and how a singer’s voice can amplify an original score. Ms. Scott is one of only two singers featured, along with four composers.

The panel featuring Ms. Scott and her work on the score of True Blood will be held at SD Comic-Con on July 15th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in room 7AB of the San Diego Convention Center. Attendees of the panel will receive exclusive giveaways. They will also be the first to see and hear surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects of the panelists. A fan-led Q&A will follow, as per usual.

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