True Blood Creator Alan Ball’s New Series “Banshee”

October 3, 2011

Alan Ball Set to Executive Produce a Cinemax Series:

True Blood creator Alan Ball (WB)Alan Ball, the mastermind behind our favorite show on television, HBO’s True Blood, will be working on a new Cinemax series titled “Banshee”. Ball will be the executive producer. Here’s a brief synopsis of the show:

“The series will be set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish country (the titular Banshee) and will feature an enigmatic ex-con who’s also an expert in martial arts. Darkly comic in tone, the show will have the ex-con posing as a murdered sheriff, imposing his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own interests.”

The series is still in the working stages. There is no premiere date, no casting has been done, but the hope is that shooting will begin spring of 2012. Truebies, what do you think of the synopsis? Does it spark your interest?

Source: latimes.com – Quick Takes: Alan Ball has Cinemax series

(Photo: Warner Bros.)

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True Blood at Comic-Con: Revelations for Season 4

July 28, 2011

The Sexy Stars of True Blood Q&A at Comic-Con:

TB Season 4 poster-redThe cast of True Blood made their appearance at Comic-Con this past weekend and looked good doing so!  Many of the cast members, as well as creator Alan Ball, were there and took part in the discussion.  Fortunately for us, many of the questions we have regarding Season 4 were answered or at least alluded to!  (Click here to see pictures of the cast at Comic-Con)

Jason/Jessica/Hoyt Possible Love Triangle?

One of the most burning questions after last week’s episode was:  What will happen between Jessica and Jason now that Jason has ingested her blood? Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica) was the first to comment suggesting that she’s more interested to see what will happen to Jason once the effects of the V wear off.  Jason’s ceremonial werepanther rape scenes were also a topic for discussion.  Ryan Kwanten (Jason) joked that he felt Jason might have actually enjoyed being called “ghost daddy.”  Kwanten also stated that filming those scenes was quite the challenge for him, considering he was only able to use his face in order to act them out.

The Origin of Eric’s New Attire?

Perhaps one of the more humorous discussions was the topic of Eric’s new wardrobe upon his unexpected arrival at Sookie’s place.  Alexander Skarsgård (Eric) suggested that his new choice of attire more than likely wasn’t Jason’s but could possibly be something that Hoyt might have left behind at some point in time.  Skarsgård joked:

“It’s the mystery of the season.”

while Alan Ball added that it was a “really dorky outfit,” but one that Skarsgård could wear “and still be insanely hot.”  I must admit, I second that notion!

What Will Come of Bill & Portia’s Relationship?

When the topic of Bill’s incestuous relationship with Portia Bellefleur (Courtney Ford) was brought up, Stephen Moyer joked that it would have probably been a good idea for Bill to have “gone to the local library,” and then added, “maybe it wasn’t open at night.”  Moyer reassured the crowd that Bill and Portia will see each other again but that at the moment, “Bill has bigger fish to fry.”

Pam’s Appalling New Look:

Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) discussed the current state of her morbid appearance and how time-consuming the process was to look that convincing.  She added that one way they achieved her dreadful appearance included a mixture of tapioca pudding and coffee grinds.  When asked whether or not we would get to see how and why Eric created Pam, his progeny, Ball was quick to answer no.  He added that we’ll “definitely see it in Season 5.”

Is Baby Mikey Evil?

Another pressing topic was that of baby Mikey.  Is something wrong with him or is it that dreaded doll that keeps showing up?  Is René’s evil spirit haunting Arlene?  When asked if we would find out what exactly is going on with Arlene’s baby, Ball answered:

“Yes, we will find out, and it’s something really creepy.”

 

There you have it folks, straight from the usually-more-cryptic horse’s mouth. Is this going to be a good season, or what?

Sources: Buzz Sugar – True Blood 2011 Comic-Con Panel

Pop Sugar – Pictures of True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, and More at Comic-Con

(Image credit: HBO)

 

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A Little Birdie Told Me — True Blood PSAs

July 27, 2011

New PSAs From True Blood For “It Gets Better”:

Welcome Truebies to the new column, “A Little Birdie Told Me”. Here I will write about what the True Blood cast members are up to, from what they put up on Twitter and Facebook. The Twitter and Facebook pages are verified by HBO so we know that it’s the real actors and crew members. I HOPE YOU ENJOY!

This first article is courtesy of Kristin Bauer van Straten, and The Trevor Project, “It Gets Better”. Kristin posted the PSA to her Facebook page. I also found that Alan Ball, Alexander Skarsgård, and Rutina Wesley all did their own PSAs. You can view them below:

Kristin talks about a troubled time in her life, and what got her through it. In her touching, tearful message, she says, “You just never know what’s around the corner. Just stick around and see. It gets better.”

Rutina urges:

“Remember — you’re perfect, just the way you are. And believe in yourself, ’cause I believe in you. And know that you’re worth it.”

In Alexander’s PSA, he asserts:

“Every single human being has equal value.”

Alan shares his experience with childhood bullying, and says:

“Being different is what makes you, ‘you’. And if you’re fully ‘you’, then nobody can hold you back.”

If you want to take the pledge or see how you can help, please go to itgetsbetter.org.  Let us know your contribution to the “It Gets Better” campaign by leaving a comment below.

Source: True Blood official YouTube page

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True Blood Composer Nathan Barr at Comic-Con

July 25, 2011

True Blood star Janina Gavankar and composer Nathan Barr attend Comic-Con composer panel

During the panel Q & A, True Blood star Janina Gavankar, Luna, introduced herself and thanked Nathan for his great musical contributions to the show. She stated that his music really gives the characters more depth and life, including Luna.

The other panelists in the group picture are L-R Christopher Young, Robert Duncan, Danny Jacob, Helene Muddiman, James Levine, Edward Rogers, and Nathan.

TOP FILM AND TELEVISION COMPOSERS SPEAK AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO

Award-winning music talents Nathan Barr, Ramin Djawadi, Robert Duncan, Danny Jacob, James Levine, Edward Rogers, and Christopher Young to speak to fans at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront as part of Comic Con 2011

San Diego, CA (July 15, 2011) – Back by popular demand, the second annual Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing Horror to Animation and Everything in Between will be held at Comic-Con International:  San Diego.

Seven legendary composers in film and television are slated to speak for the program from 6 to 7 pm on Saturday, July 23 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd.

Together, Nathan Barr (HBO’s “True Blood”), Ramin Djawadi (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Paramount Pictures’ “Iron Man”), Robert Duncan (ABC’s “Castle,” WB’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Danny Jacob (Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”), James Levine (FOX’s “Glee,” TNT’s “The Closer”), Edward Rogers (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13”), and Christopher Young (Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man 3,” New World Pictures’ “Hellraiser”) will discuss their pivotal roles in some of today’s top film and TV projects.

This year’s panel will focus on the different creative processes required for composing music in a wide variety of genres and platforms.  Panelists will also discuss expanding music to ancillary projects such as motion comics, video games and more that boost some of Hollywood’s largest growing franchises.

Attendees will receive exclusive giveaways and be the first to view (and hear) some surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects. A fan-led Q&A will follow.

The panel will be moderated by film and television composer Hélène Muddiman.

About The Panelists

NATHAN BARR can currently be heard on one of HBO’s hottest shows True Blood.  Having written and performed the music for all four seasons of this show, he has come a long way since working as an assistant to world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer.  Barr has since composed original music for film and television.  Film credits include: IFC Films’ The Ledge, Lionsgate’s The Last Exorcism, and Stonebrook Entertainment’s Open House.

RAMIN DJAWADI received a Grammy nomination for Paramount Pictures’ Iron Man, as well as Emmy nominations for ABC’s FlashForward for “Outstanding Music Composition for a Series,” and FOX’s Prison Break for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.”  Djawadi is currently scoring the original music for HBO’s Game of Thrones and A&E’s Breakout Kings.  He recently completed MGM’s Red Dawn, and is also working on Zoom Entertainment and Silver Screen Studios’ The Camel Wars and DreamWorks’ Fright Night.  He has collaborated with Hans Zimmer, co-composing and producing the score for Universal Pictures’ Thunderbirds, as well as collaborating on both Columbia Pictures’ Something’s Gotta Give and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman Begins.

ROBERT DUNCAN is a Canadian composer of film and TV, currently scoring music for ABC’s Castle, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.  Other credits include: Foundation Feature’s The Entitled; FOX’s The Chicago Code; FX’s Terriers; ABC’s The Gates; FOX’s Lie to Me; CBS’ The Unit; the WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and FOX’s Tru Calling.

DANNY JACOB is a three-time Emmy-nominated composer and producer of more than 300 original songs for the Disney Channel’s mega-hit animated series, Phineas and Ferb.  Influenced by his life-long experience as a world-class guitar player, Jacob bridges the worlds of score and song.  As a featured guitarist, he has performed on DreamWorks’ Shrek, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Picture; the Emmy-winning Bette Midler HBO Concert Divas Las Vegas; and Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin’s “Heaven Help Us,” which won the Grammy for Best Duet.  Other credits include: Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, Disney Channel’s The Emperor’s New School, and Kids’ WB’s Jackie Chan’s Adventures.

JAMES LEVINE is a film and television composer currently scoring original music for FOX’s hit series, Glee.  He has won two BMI awards, and his credits include:  TNT’s The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles; FX’s Nip/Tuck; CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles; FX’s Damages; and Paramount Pictures’ The Weather Man.  Levine has also provided additional music for DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Touchstone Pictures’ Pearl Harbor.

EDWARD ROGERS is an Emmy-nominated composer for film, television and videogames.  Prior to scoring original music for the Syfy network’s hit series, Warehouse 13, for which he received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music,” Rogers also brought the gritty streets of New York to life with his underscore for ABC’s award-winning series, NYPD Blue, for six years.  He continued his collaboration with producer Steven Bochco on FX’s acclaimed series, Over There.

CHRISTOPHER YOUNG is one of the foremost talents in film music today.  A Golden Globe-nominated composer, he has scored an impressive number of features in virtually every genre, all with strikingly original music.  New World Pictures’ spine-tingling Hellraiser showcases the composer’s seminal upbringing in horror; the new-techno sound of Warner Bros.’ Swordfish displays his versatility; the resonant, genuine Celtic sounds of Miramax Films The Shipping News display his attention to detail; and the heart-pounding rhythms of Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3 are all evidence of his willingness to experiment.  These scores are among the nearly 100 films that embody the work of this prolific composer.

HÉLÉNE MUDDIMAN (Moderator) is a British film and television composer who recently scored ITV2’s The Only Way is Essex, a British award-winning reality show based in Essex, Southeast England.  Muddiman is currently composing original music for Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet 2 with composer John Powell who scored for Shrek and Happy Feet.  She has provided music for the entertainment industry since she was 18 years old, and has written in a wide variety of musical styles for film, television, radio and multi-media advertisements.  Muddiman has also worked on E4’s Skin for which she was nominated for a World Soundtrack Award.

For more information, please visit comic-con.org
(Photo credit:Nathan Barr)

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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

(Image Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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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…”

 (Image Credit: Inside True Blood Blog/HBO, Inc.)

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True Blood Cast and Crew Treated to Delicious Meals on Set

March 8, 2011

Typical Fare for the Cast and Crew:

guess-whose-lunch (Inside True Blood Blog)We have another fun tidbit from behind the scenes of True Blood, thanks to Gianna Sobol, assistant to Alan Ball and writer of our new favorite blog, Inside True Blood. Incidentally, if you haven’t checked it out, do so and then add it to your bookmarks!  There’s nothing better than news straight from the source.

Have you ever wondered what everyone eats on set, while filming True Blood?  Well, thanks to Sobol, here’s a peek.  She writes:

We’re shooting on our stages today, which means lunch is at the commissary. Whose plate do you think this is?  The choices are:

A) Audrey Fisher, costume designer
B) Todd Lowe, Terry Bellefleur
C) Michael Lehmann, director

Most of the guesses the blog received were Todd Lowe.  I have met Todd and agree with the people who chose him. The answer has not been posted, but hopefully we will get to find out soon.  What do you think, Truebies?  If you had to guess, who would your choice be?

Source: inside-true-blood-blog.com – Guess Whose Lunch?

(Photo credit: inside-true-blood-blog.com/HBO)

Edited by: Diana Edwards

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Inside True Blood Season Four: The Concept Meeting

March 5, 2011

Production Step Two

A lot of work goes into creating each episode of True Blood! In another new post on the Inside True Blood Blog, Gianna Sobol told fans about what goes into a concept meeting, as well as who attends each meeting.

For the average concept meeting, Alan Ball, Gregg Fienberg, the department heads, and the writer/director team of each episode all meet up and discuss the various aspects of that week’s work. In 1st Assistant Director Sunday Steven’s own words:

“The concept meeting, led by the 1st Assistant Director, is the first meeting that brings all the department heads together.  We go through the script to discuss the different elements in each scene that have to be addressed.  For example, if we have an action scene with a panther, we have to discuss stunts, animal wrangling, make-up effects and visual effects to figure out how to make the sequence work on the day we shoot it.  This is a chance for each department head to figure out who should be doing what and how they can go about doing that.  It is essentially the beginning of prep for the department heads.”

That’s a huge amount of work just to prepare to film True Blood. Of course, it all pays off in the end with a fabulous final result that Truebies can’t stop talking about!

SOURCE: Inside True Blood Blog-“The Concept Meeting”

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Inside True Blood Season 4: Paley Fest 2011

March 5, 2011

With the True Blood panel of Paley Fest 2011 coming up fast, Inside True Blood Blog shared a little about what fans who attend the event will hear as well as giving one True Blood star’s perspective about PaleyFest.

For fans lucky enough to have tickets for Paley’s True Blood panel, there will be sixteen cast members as well as Alan Ball in attendance at the panel to share secrets about the upcoming Season 4. The stars will share some information that Truebies have been dying for, even though lots will still be kept a surprise for when the new season begins this summer.

Kristin Bauer van Straten shared that she’s worried about what to wear to Paley and that she hopes she won’t say anything dumb during the panel, though she’s also excited to get together with the whole cast to celebrate True Blood. Kristin also said,

“I’ve heard it’s rare that a show is asked back [to Paley] twice.  And I love when we get the whole cast together. It’s always fun at our table reads, but with this panel, it’s amazing and different to see the fans and hear their reactions. When we’re on set, it’s like we’re in a little Petri dish.  It’s fun to get out there and see how it lands.”

Paley Fest’s True Blood panel is going to be amazing! If you can’t attend, HBO will be live tweeting the event.

Shanea and I are very thrilled and feel quite privileged to be attending Paley Fest ’11, and we look forward to sharing the details with everyone here on TrueBloodNet!

SOURCE: Inside True Blood Blog

(Image Credit: KristinBauer.com)

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