Video: True Blood Cast Dishes Spoilers at Season 5 Premiere

June 7, 2012

New Couples, Old Adversaries, a Long Awaited Backstory:

Alexander Skarsgård, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer at True Blood Season 5 PremiereWhen the cast of HBO’s True Blood turned out for the Season 5 premiere, they were interviewed on the red carpet. Everyone was happy to share information and insights into their characters and the events of the show itself.

*Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!

Alan Ball said that Season 5 is the season of church and state. It’s the season of politics and religion from the vampire perspective. When asked about Scott Foley’s character, Patrick, Mr. Ball explained that he made a bad decision in the heat of battle and it has far reaching consequences. Finally, Mr. Ball alluded to the introduction of some new romantic couples. He couldn’t elaborate because it would give too many story details away.

Jacob Hopkins (Alexander) described his character as feisty and strong minded. He says Alexander grew more obnoxious with each episode.

Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington) said that vampire politics are the focus of Season 5. Mr. O’Hare explained that when people are brought back to life, they have to lose something. With Russell’s resurrection, he has lost his vicious ambition. In its place are a playfulness, ease, and humor. But make no mistake, Russell is still really dangerous. He still kills a lot of people, and kills them with glee. When asked, Mr. O’Hare said it took Russell about 4-5 episodes to heal. Most intriguingly of all, Russell unexpectedly falls in love again.

“Something happens from across the room. Something happens while sharing a body. Someone you know. You’ll be very surprised  by it.”

Lucy Griffiths (Nora) explained that Nora and her ‘brother’ Eric love each other very much but haven’t seen one another in a long time. Their relationship can be very fraternal, in that they can be very aggressive toward each other. They make a great team when they work together but otherwise they just mess each other up.

Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) talked of the close relationship that developed between his character and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

“We’re good friends and it’s been a lot of fun. And we sort of love each other.”

Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) shared that Nora’s appearance caused a little bit of trouble for Pam. Ms. Bauer van Straten explained that she and Alex have been asking for Pam’s backstory for years and were thrilled to finally see it played out. She says the story explains the Pam we know.

Kelly Overton plays a new werewolf character named Rikki. She describes her character as a strong, resourceful werewolf, the opposite of the damsel in distress. She’s determined to find out what happened to the Pack Master and is not loving Alcide at the moment.

Rutina Wesley said that, despite people’s doubts, Tara is coming back.

Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) said that becoming a vampire might be the best thing that’s ever happened to Steve. At first, he wondered if Steve would be self-loathing but the reality is, he’s very attracted to power. Jason is the guy Steve always wanted to be and he’s coming after Jason. But, Jason has a new vampire friend in Jessica.

“If you mess with Jason, you mess with Jessica.”

Apparently, the first four episodes are a Pam tour de force, and the origin story between Pam and Eric is fantastic. Fans don’t have long to wait now. Season 5 of True Blood premieres on HBO June 10th.

Check out the video below, if you’d prefer to skip to the good stuff (strictly True Blood related), it starts right before the 3-minute mark. Enjoy!

Source: TVLine

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HBO a Two-Time Tease with True Blood Season 5 Trailer

June 2, 2012

More Revealed with Second Trailer for Season 5:

Bill, Eric, Nora season5A second trailer for True Blood’s Season 5 was released by HBO. This one runs a minute, twenty-two seconds and, where the first trailer focused on potential conflict with the Vampire Authority, this one sets the scene for the return of Russell Edgington.

Initial narration for the trailer is dialog from Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) as he confronts Sookie (Anna Paquin) with the reality that death seems to follow her, despite her attempts to avoid it. Dialog voiceover accompanies subsequent scenes of newly-rescued Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) being hidden as he heals. Alcide (Joe Manganiello), still acting as Sookie’s protector, tells her of Eric and Bill’s deception.

If the Vampire Authority isn’t enough to reunite Sookie with her vampire suitors, Russell’s reappearance seems to be. With Russell apparently coming for her, Sookie is forced to team up with Eric Northman (Alex Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), apparently against her wishes.

Fans are still left wondering what has become of Tara. A second question this trailer leaves everyone asking; who freed Russell from the concrete? This very question seems to have created a rift between Eric and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten). Does Eric truly believe Pam would betray him?

There’s Something Going On With Jason, Andy and Reverend Steve

This second trailer makes it seem as though Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) have had all they can take of vampires. With Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) in the picture once again, will he keep the Bon Temps police occupied? Or will they set their sights on Bill and Eric? Or worse, yet — Jessica.

What questions does the trailer leave you asking? Is that possibly Jesus we see? What kind of trouble is Sam in, now? The white finger-light is back. Can Sookie control it now?

What do YOU think? Share your theories in the comments section below.

Sources: YouTube and HBO

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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?

Source: YouTube

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True Blood Season 5 Poster – Jason!

May 19, 2012

HBO's True Blood's Jason Stackhouse played by Ryan Kwanten 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. When it comes to ripped and sexy Jason Stackhouse, played by the talented Aussie Ryan Kwanten, bows to no one, not even Alcides. Jason is like sex in a bottle, oh wait, that’s V. Speaking of sex, Jason has a new love interest, his best bud’s vampire girlfriend Jessica. Oh yeah, that’s going to be a very interesting season with Jason and Hoyt trying to work that out. Will Hoyt go to the Church of the Sun side? Will Jason restore his bromance with Hoyt? Will Jessica make him dress up like a cowboy? Or… the imagination boggles!

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Video: True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Frolics Behind-the-Scenes For Mambo Clothing

April 17, 2012

Kwanten Shows Off Playful Side As “Mambassador”:

Ryan Kwanten for Mambo ClothingIn the fall of 2011, Australian surf and skate clothing line, Mambo, hired True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) for its ad campaigns (True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten US “Mambassador” of Aussie Mambo Clothes). The star of one of HBO’s most popular television shows will lift the brand’s American profile, as well as design his own line of clothing for them.

Mambo has released a behind-the-scenes video featuring Mr. Kwanten, as well as two female models. The video is viewable on the Carson’s website, stores that carry the Mambo line, and on YouTube.

The video includes scenes of a humorous and playful Mr. Kwanten engaging in the kinds of fun activities that are popular with Mambo’s core clientele.

The video begins with a text overlay that says, “Music Art Surf Skate Humor” and sets the tone for the rest of the clip. Mr. Kwanten and the two models – wearing assorted items of Mambo clothing – ride bicycles and skateboards along sunny streets. Mr. Kwanten tumbles down a sand dune and dances atop a travel trailer. The clothing is featured prominently and the video gives a summery, playful feel; very much appropriate for a line of clothing designed for youthful surfers and skateboarders.

Sources: Carson’s

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Where the Bloody Hell is True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten?

January 9, 2012

Back Home in Australia, That’s Where!

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse on True BloodAussie fans of True Blood will remember Ryan Kwanten, not so much for his current role of Jason Stackhouse on HBO’s vampire series, but for his role of Vinnie on long-running Australian soap, Home and Away. Now that the actor has returned home (temporarily), he has a lot of catching up to do – and sucking up! But not of the blood kind:

“It’s time for me to get back in the good books with the family because I’ve been living away now for 10 years so I have a lot of work to do.”

Kwanten may be a huge star in the States, but back home in Queenscliff, with his family, it is business as usual. He has even taken up residence in his old room – leopard print and all!

“I’m back in my old squeaky little single bed, my feet hang off the edge. My room hasn’t really changed that much – it’s a leopard theme, like an African kind of thing. Don’t ask me – I don’t really know, I think at some point I thought it was cool.”

Female fans need to note that this trip home is strictly a family affair, he didn’t even bring a mobile phone with him, so dating is out of the question at the moment. But he did drop a hint about Season 5:

“I dare say it will be our most controversial season yet – it’s going to ruffle up a few feathers.”

Aussie TrueBloodNet fans need to keep their eyes peeled, and let us know if they bump into Ryan.

Source: Manly Where I Live – Bloody Good to be Back: Ryan Kwanten

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten to Appear on ‘New Girl’

December 14, 2011

Love Interest Oliver for Zooey Deschanel:

HBO's True Blood star, Ryan Kwanten with fellow cast members of New GirlTrue Blood fans of Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) are in for a treat on new TV show New Girl. Kwanten will guest star in the upcoming Valentine’s Day episode, playing a character called Oliver.

In this episode, main character, Jess (Zooey Deschanel), is planning a one night stand to celebrate her first Valentine’s Day as a single girl in six years. Enter hunky Ryan Kwanten. Jess meets Oliver (Kwanten) at a bar and things progress from there.

Deschanel posted this photo to Instagram which shows Kwanten along with fellow cast members Max Greenfield (who plays Schmidt) and Stephen Amell.

Make sure you mark the February 2012 episode on your calender!

Sources: E Online!New Girl Casting Scoop: True Blood Star Coming to Romance Jess!

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Ryan Kwanten – True Blood’s Man of Many Talents

December 13, 2011

From Jason Stackhouse to Nerd!

Ryan Kwanten stars as Jason Stackhouse in HBO's True BloodFor fans of HBO’s True Blood, Ryan Kwanten is known as the lovable but less than intelligent, Jason Stackhouse, brother to the much loved waitress, Sookie. But Kwanten is very versatile when it comes to acting roles. While he is happy with the part of Jason, during the off-season of True Blood, he prefers to play roles that are distinctly different to Stackhouse. Take his role in Griff the Invisible (available now on DVD and Blu-Ray):

“I love working on ‘True Blood’ don’t get me wrong, but when I’m not shooting it, I try to get as far away from Jason and that world as I can. ‘Griff the Invisible’ was a challenge for me but also it was nice to experience something new. I think that everyone has this dreamer inside of them and whether they choose to embrace or suppress, I feel like it’s in there.”

And how does he think Jason fared in the recent season of True Blood? Well, he seems to think that with all of Jason’s bad luck this season, the only way he has to go is up. Which is something we all like to hear!

In true actor-style, when asked by ExtraTV about which superpower he would like to have, he replied:

“I really like the power of imagination. For me, a great superpower would be to somehow convey whatever imagination I could conjure up in my small, little head that could then transpire into real life.”

It may be this very dedication and belief in this love of acting that just may get him to the top of People’s “Sexiest Man Alive 2011” list. Especially with his new movie coming up, a supernatural thriller that is set in an airplane and entitled 7500. Things are looking up for Jason and Ryan next year, that’s for sure!

Sources: ExtraTV – Ryan Kwanten: From Sex Symbol to Nerd

People Magazine – Sexiest Man Alive: Who Could Be Next?

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten to Star in Thriller “7500”

November 17, 2011

A New Film with Director of “The Grudge”:

Ryan Kwanten as True Blood’s Jason StackhouseTrue Blood Hottie Ryan Kwanten, aka Jason Stackhouse, will star alongside Amy Smart and Leslie Bibb in the thriller 7500. Takashi Shimizu, who also directed The Grudge, will direct this film which was written by Craig Rosenberg. The movie is being produced by CBS Films.

This thriller is about:

“a group of passengers who encounter what appears to be a supernatural force while on a transpacific flight.”

Kwanten and Smart will be paired as a married couple who travel on flight 7500 with two old friends on a trip to Japan. Bibb will play a flight attendant who is immersed in some type of complex and secret relationship.

Sign us up for anything with Ryan Kwanten! We have a few questions: Will he be playing an American or using his real accent? Will Kwanten be shirtless (always a plus)? Will there be any comedy, because Kwanten can be quite funny. Are you excited to see Jason Stackhouse in this upcoming thriller? Will you be lining up for a ticket or waiting for the DVD? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Source: Variety – Bibb, Kwanten, Smart board ‘7500’

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True Blood’s Jason Stackhouse Knows What Women Want

October 12, 2011

Ryan Kwanten Dishes on His Sex Symbol Status:

Sex Symbol Ryan KwantenSexy 34-year old Aussie actor Ryan Kwanten opened up to Men’s Health Magazine about how playing the dim-witted but adorable Jason Stackhouse on True Blood has heightened his status as a sex symbol. Kwanten believes it’s Jason’s confidence that draws women to him and allows them to look past his shortcomings. Kwanten stated:

“With all the guys on the show there’s a rawness to them. With Jason it’s very unabashed. He’s very comfortable in his skin. I think from a female perspective, that kind of audacity or confidence can be sexy… Although I don’t think that a guy like that could be sexy all the time. It is a little too full on… but then again, I’m not a girl.”

As a girl, I can safely say that Jason’s confidence is not the only thing that makes him sexy.

Kwanten also expresses his amazement at the show’s great success and how it has helped his career. You can read the full interview in the November issue of Men’s Health Magazine, on newsstands now.

Source: The Press Association – Kwanten: Women love confidence

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