Alex Skarsgård Pauses True Blood For The East At Sundance:

March 8, 2013

Taking A Break From Filming Season Six of HBO’s True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård Attends Sundance Movie Premier

The_East_At_Sundance_by_Bjorn_LarsonPremiering January 20th at the Sundance Film Festival, The East is a film starring Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman) of HBO’s series, True Blood. Mr. Skarsgård was joined by the film’s other cast members in discussing its central theme; is there morality in terrorism?

The East is an espionage thriller that focuses on an operative, Sara Moss, played by Brit Marling. Sara is investigating a group of eco-terrorists targeting big businesses causing harm to the public. The group is loosely led by Benji (Mr. Skarsgård), who Sara finds herself drawn to. Ellen Page rounds out the cast as a group member named Izzy.

Mr. Skarsgård explains the film’s theme:

“The question is, morally, where do you draw the line? How far are you willing to go for this cause? …it’s not preachy. It’s complicated. The way life is and reality is.”

While attending The Sundance Film Festival, Mr. Skarsgård also found time to meet with fans and sign some autographs outside of Village At The Lift.


Sources: Bjorn Larson,, JustJared, USA Today


Lindsay Pulsipher’s “Bloody Disgusting” Interview

January 27, 2011

A Bloody Good Actress

True Blood's Lindsay Pulsipher in The Oregonian

Lindsay Pulsipher, the actress known around these parts for playing werepanther Crystal Norris on HBO‘s True Blood, is starring in an upcoming horror film titled The Oregonian.  It is the feature debut of her boyfriend, Calvin Reeder, whose previous projects include short films Piledriver, Little Farm, and The Rambler, all of which Lindsay also starred in.  The Oregonian premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and was considered “one of the most exciting horror entries” by the website Bloody Disgusting, who had a chance to interview Lindsay by phone.  When asked to describe her character, she explains:

“She’s leaving this terrible home life. She’s kind of escaping her past. And she gets into a car accident and…the way I think of it is she doesn’t know if she’s alive, dead, or floating somewhere in purgatory, heaven or hell, or wherever. So it’s kind of her journey. She discovers where she’s going, and who she is, and what she’s about to become.”

She describes her boyfriend (the director) as “esoteric” and “surreal”, and thinks that even after watching the movie, viewers may still not understand it.  When trying to describe the feeling of Reeder’s films, she says:

“You’re kind of in this alternate universe and you’re just trying to kind of grasp it. And I don’t think you ever really can. You just kind of have to enjoy the ride, you know?”

A Nightmare to Film

Shooting took place in Seattle, which is where the director is based.  Lindsay found it physically draining to work in the mountains, in the freezing rain, especially since she had the flu while filming the first half of the movie.  Being drenched in freezing cold blood didn’t help matters.  On top of the physical demands, Pulsipher also found the film emotionally draining.  To get the part just right she “had to go to some dark places”.  That being said, she actually credits the nightmarish conditions with helping her character’s development saying:

“Yeah, while we were shooting it was kind of rough, but now in hindsight it’s kind of a beautiful thing. I love the way that it kind of impacted everything. It’s kind of nice.”

The Horror of It All

True Blood's Lindsay Pulsipher in The Oregonian

According to Lindsay, The Oregonian “gets pretty gory but it gets really weird, in addition to the gore.”  She agrees with her interviewer that Reeder’s films, in general, “defy easy categorization” to the point that Reeder himself doesn’t think they’re horror films.  When Lindsay is asked whether she believes they are, she responds:

“Well you know, I think that there’s definitely scary elements in each film. But I always look at his films as more art films than I do horror. But there’s definitely that element of terror that he carries in all of his films. But I don’t think that I would say they’re horror, because that sounds too simple. It’s more layered than that to me.”

She admits, however, to being a huge fan of the genre.  Declaring the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre as one of her all time faves, she says:

“I think that’s one of the most beautiful films ever made. I definitely appreciate [the genre] for sure. That doesn’t mean that when I’m on set of Calvin’s films that I don’t wonder ‘what the hell am I doing?’”

Lindsay does enjoy this type of work, though.  Which is a good thing, considering she’s becoming a series regular on True Blood.  She’s currently filming Season 4, but claims not to know much about what we have in store.  Oh, the suspense!  So what do we think of our Crystal?  Are we looking forward to the storyline between her, Jason, and Hotshot?

Source:– Sundance ’11 Interview: ‘The Oregonian’ Star Lindsay Pulsipher

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Edited by: Shanea O’Connor


True Blood’s Lindsay Pulsipher Heads to the Woods Again in The Oregonian

January 3, 2011

Calvin Reeder’s Short Film to Debut at Sundance:

True Blood's Lindsay Pulsipher, who plays Crystal Norris, plays a lost woman in the new short film The OregonianSome things are better left unsaid and kept to the imagination. However, if you’re filmmaker Calvin Reeder, leaving things to the imagination means something completely insane and often disgusting is going to happen. Reeder’s new film, ‘The Oregonian‘, stars True Blood were-panther Lindsay Pulsipher (Crystal Norris) as a woman lost in the deep dark woods trying to escape her past, her mind, and well, her life. Pulsipher is no stranger to Reeder’s disturbing creativity. She has appeared in several of his short films and has admitted that things can get very bizarre when you sign on to work with the underground horror shock filmmaker.

The film’s synopsis explains:

There is a place. A place where the skies are wide and the forests are thick–and strange. You can lose yourself forever in these woods. You’ll meet truckers with problems and old women with strange powers. You may even make a furry friend. Just be sure to stay quiet. Spend some time with a woman from Oregon who is lost on the road and running away from her past. Now she has a chance to experience everything the grotesque Northwest has to offer, whether she likes it or not.

The Oregonian will debut at the Sundance Film Festival January 20-30, 2011 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at here. Check out the trailer for ‘The Oregonian’ below, as well as a handful of stills that were released late last week. Any Truebies planning to attend Sundance? Please let us know if you get lost with Pulsipher!

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SOURCE: Dread Central – Sundance 2011: Things Get Freaky in New Stills from The Oregonian

Twitch Film – Sundance 2011: THE OREGONIAN Trailer Premiere!

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Nathan Barr to Attend Sundance Film Festival 2011

December 28, 2010

See Nathan on a Music Panel at the Festival

The composer behind True Blood‘s amazing score, Nathan Barr, is quite the busy man. He’ll be attending the Sundance Film Festival 2011 and participating in a panel about creating film/tv scores. The panel will be moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross, the BMI vice president of tv/film relations, and is being produced by BMI.

Better yet, this panel is open to all Festival Credential Holders as well as the public, depending on the availability of seats! So if you happen to be attending the Sundance Film Festival 2011 and get in to the panel, please let us know how it goes!

SOURCE: Sundance Film Festival

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Anna Paquin’s Film The Romantics Reviewed from Sundance

January 29, 2010

An early version of Anna Paquin’s upcoming wedding dramedy, The Romantics, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah earlier this week. A critic for USA Today says that the movie “has potential to be one of the festival’s breakouts.” The Romantics tells the story of a group of college friends who come together for the marriage of two of their own. All the usual shenanigans ensue, from drunken toasts to surprising hook ups.

Aside from Anna as bride-to-be Lila, the cast includes Katie Holmes as the maid of honor who was once involved with, and still has feelings for, the groom-to-be, played by Josh Duhamel. Their friends are played by Malin Akerman, Adam Brody, Jeremy Strong, and Rebecca Lawrence. Dianna Agron and Elijah Wood play Lila’s sister and brother. When interviewed, the actors have praised the project for being funny and real. They think that people will be able to enjoy it and relate to the characters.

One reviewer from the Hollywood Reporter singles out Anna in particular for bringing a spark of life to her role that makes her stand out from the others, although The Romantics is mainly about the journey of Katie Holmes’ Laura. The film is based on a novel by Galt Niederhoffer, who adapted the screenplay as well as directed.

When people viewed it at Sundance, the post-production was not quite finished. The music score has yet to be added, and Niederhoffer mentioned that she would be making a few more changes. There is no US release date as of yet.

People have said such great things about Anna’s performance, it will be great to see her in this whenever it does come out!


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Anna Paquin’s “The Romantics” at the Sundance Film Festival

January 22, 2010

Anna Paquin‘s new movie, The Romantics, is going to be screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. During the break from filming True Blood, Anna was a very busy woman, working in New York on The Romantics, which is the story of a bunch of twenty-somethings who all went to Yale together, and are now joining up again for the wedding of two members of the group.

This indie film is being shown at the Sundance Film Festival, which is the largest independent film festival in the United States, takes place in Utah every year, and has done so since 1978, when it was founded by Sterling Van Wagenen. Nowadays, the Sundance Film Festival is well known for having the support of Robert Redford, and the “Focus on Film” campaign, which was started in 2007.

The Romantics, which stars Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel alongside Anna and several others, has four screenings at the Sundance Film Festival, and three of them are already waitlist only.

The Romantics is also very unique as an indie film being shown at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie was filmed in November 2009 and only had a few weeks to edit and put the movie together. This is not something common in the film industry, where it often takes years to get a project greenlighted, the roles cast, the actual filming, pre- and post-production, etc. However, considering that the woman behind this movie also wrote the book it’s based on, this may not be a bad thing, as she has a clear view of what she wants from the movie, which can help speed the process of film making.

Obviously, The Romantics already has been noticed by many people, and it will be great to hear what people think of the movie once more of them have seen it!

SOURCES: The National

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Anna Paquin Film The Romantics Selected for Sundance Film Festival

December 16, 2009

fe73b449e7fe4552_romanticsAnna Paquin’s upcoming film, The Romantics, seems like good practice for real life! As she thinks about what she might want for her own wedding to True Blood costar and fiance, Stephen Moyer, she portrayed a character preparing for her wedding.

The movie, which is being compared to the 1983 Kevin Kline film, The Big Chill, tells the story of a group of college friends who are reunited for a weekend to celebrate the marriage of Lila and Tom, played by Anna and Josh Duhamel. However, old feelings reemerge between the groom and the maid of honor, Laura (Katie Holmes). Also starring in the film are Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Malin Akerman, and Candice Bergen. Anna and the rest of the cast seemed to have really enjoyed themselves while filming seaside in Southold, NY.

The Romantics has been selected for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, one of the most important cinematic events of the year when critics and people from the entertainment industry gather for ten days to watch and talk about movies. Small, independent films get the chance to make an impression before awards season, and new talent is often discovered.

The festival takes place from January 21-31, 2010, in Park City, Utah. This year, 200 films were chosen for exhibition from more than 9,000 submissions. The program offers dramatic films, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions with the filmmakers and actors.

The Romantics, which was written and directed by Galt Niederhoffer, will be one of 14 films screened at Peery’s Egyptian Theater. It is scheduled for 9:30pm MST on January 30. There is no general US release date scheduled at this point.


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