|06-16-2009, 10:50 AM||#1 (permalink)|
True Blood News Thread
Post all your True Blood news here! Please only post factual information, warn us of any spoilers before posting your news (keep in mind that spoilers that are not in news articles go in our spoiler forum!) and please be sure to post the source of your information.
|06-16-2009, 10:52 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Check out FanBolt's exclusive interview with True Blood creator and writer: Alan Ball!
You've mentioned in another interview that this season is just going to be more of everything, and the show is already incredibly sexy and gory, so what can you tell us what "more" we can look forward to.
Alan Ball: Believe it or not, the show is sexier and gorier. Yeah, I think it's also funnier; I think it's also deeper. I just feel like the show is finding its identity and settling into itself in a way that feels really organic. And it definitely feels to me as if things are amped up for season two.
For those who haven't read the books: Last season the story was about a serial killer, this year it's about a mysterious creature. Is each chapter or season going to be a different mystery or how will it play out?
Alan Ball: Well, we are basing the show on a source material: a very, very successful line of novels by Charlaine Harris, and there is an element of mystery in each book but it's more than just that, that's just part of the mix. There's also a love story, there's also horror, there's also a mix of funny. I wouldn't say that each season revolves around a mystery, because, for example, in the first season we, the audience did not know who the serial killer was, and we were sort of trying to figure it out at the same time Sookie was trying to figure it out. In this season, as the show progresses, we know that there is a character who is really up to no good and who is dangerous long before any of the other characters on the show know it. So it's a little bit of a flip in that regard.
How do you feel about Anna and Stephen's real life romance and how that affects filming.
Alan Ball: They are such constant professionals, both of them, that it doesn't affect filming whatsoever. It only affects filming in the sense that they're incredibly comfortable with each other and their chemistry translates to the screen. And I'm very happy for both of them; they're both terrific people, and they really found somebody that they really want to be with. There's nothing negative about it.
Given just how dedicated and passionate the fanbase is, is there any concern to the subplot involving the cult and how that reflects on zealotry?
Alan Ball: (Laughs) No. That never even crossed my mind prior to you asking that question. I really don't think the fans... actually there are two cults in the show this year, which one are you talking about?
The main, anti-vampire cult. The Fellowship of the Sun.
Alan Ball: Oh, okay. No, because I don't think vampire fans are going to associate themselves with anti-vampire zealots.
You could also talk about Maryann, and how that plays into people who are so overwhelmed by pleasure that they give up to everything else.
Alan Ball: I think people who are overwhelmed by pleasure will love this show! The kind of people who would look at this and say, "Oh, that's-they're making fun of me" and "That's casting me in a bad light," are not really the kind of people who are going to be watching the show to begin with. They're going to be watching FOX News.
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|08-01-2009, 04:45 PM||#4 (permalink)|
True Blood: Back for More -- Entourage, Hung, too
HBO honchos announced they were picking up Entourage (8 million viewers a week), Hung (10 million) and -- hooray! -- True Blood, which, with 11 million viewers a week, is knocking on the heavy door set by The Sopranos as HBO's most popular original series. All will return next summer.
But, before that, season two of True Blood will wrap up with Evan Rachel Wood (and, my, hasn't she grown up?) as Queen of the Vampires. She "totally delivers," says Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. "I don't want to give anything away, but wait till you see her."
Other HBO programming notes: Big Love is back in January. Flight of the Conchords? "We're ready when they're ready," says Lombardo. In Treatment, based on an Israeli show that only ran two seasons, will have trouble getting new scripts written, but star Gabriel Byrne is waiting. And, coming in March, HBO has another sprawling World War II mini-series coming from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, this one set in the Pacific.
And what of Boardwalk Empire, the period piece (early 20th Century) series featuring Steve Buscemi that was being shot this spring in Atlantic City under the auspices of Martin Scorsese? "We're anxiously awaiting the director's cut of the pilot so we can greenlight it," says Lombardo. "We're set up to go. What we've seen so far is fantastic, big, everything we hoped it would be."True Blood: Back for More -- Entourage, Hung, too | Eye of the Storm | 07/30/2009
|08-01-2009, 05:01 PM||#5 (permalink)|
The once-fictional Tru Blood beverage from the HBO series "True Blood" has now emerged as a real Blood Orange carbonated drink packaged in bottles that replicate the vampiric brew found on the show, blood type, logo and all. "True Blood" executive producer Alan Ball gave away samples of the new beverage during San Diego Comic-Con. Expect to see it in stores in September.Cross promotion | Philadelphia Daily News | 07/28/2009
|08-01-2009, 05:41 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Vulture Taste Test: Tru Blood
Ever since vampires came out of the coffin during the first season of True Blood, your friendly Vulture editors have harbored a secret desire to know what Tru Blood — the processed beverage that keeps vampires from having to feast on human blood — actually tastes like. So when we heard on Monday that HBO was beginning to accept preorders for a commercially available drink they describe as a "uniquely carbonated, slightly tart, lightly sweet blood orange drink," we made sure to get our hands on a bottle. So, what does it taste like? Is it worth shelling out $16 on a four-pack? We just gathered the Vulture team (along with one of our intrepid colleagues over at Grub Street) around the cafeteria to knock back the bottle. Follow along for the results.
As you would expect from the marketing mavens over at HBO, the packaging is exquisite. Much like a decidedly evil version of Crown Royal Whiskey, it arrived in a satiny black pouch with drawstrings at the top. The bottle itself is made from heavy red glass and is adorned with a sequence of weird, Sumerian Chinese symbols along the neck (which, Vulture reader NoLuck informs us, says "True Blood"). The flavor we received was marked as O Positive, which is, fortunately, compatible with our blood type. And, from a health perspective, a fourteen-ounce bottle is only 99 calories and contains the recommended daily servings of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and niacin (along with 50 milligrams of caffeine). But how does it taste?
• "The grossest thing about Tru Blood is its name. The drink itself is fizzy, tangy, surprisingly drinkable. Some sorority girl is going to love mixing it with her double-vodka Red Bull."
• "Compared to most soft drinks, it's refreshing and not too sweet. It also foams just like real blood. Ultimately, though, I prefer the stuff when it comes from Jesus."
• "It's kind of got an orange-Hi-C-mixed-with-Sprite kind of taste going for it. Not as good as Ecto-Cooler, but then again, what is?"
• "The cane sugar makes it sweet without it being cloying. Sure to be used as a mixer by d-bags in Murray Hill."
• "While nowhere near as tasty as I imagine the blood of Eric to be, it has a tangy little kick to it. Consistency-wise, I was pretty happy it wasn't syrupy and thick. Also, no sickly aftertaste like regular blood."
There you have it! We're fairly certain that, at $4 a bottle, it's a little too pricey to drink on a consistent basis. However, as a novelty, it's certainly worth it. Much better than Buzz Cola, that's for sure!
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|08-09-2009, 08:46 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2009
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer Get Engaged
The True Blood couple is engaged to be married, Moyer's rep confirmed to TVGuide.com. No details on a wedding date or how the proposal happened were available.
Check out photos for the past two seasons of True Blood
Paquin, 27, plays the telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse who is head-over-heels for her bloodsucking boyfriend, Bill Compton (played by Moyer).
The couple announced in February that they have been dating since the beginning of the HBO series.
Moyer, 39, has two kids from a previous relationship ó son Billy, who was born in 2000, and daughter Lilac, born in 2002.
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|08-20-2009, 12:15 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Got any True Blood goodies about my beloved Alexander SkarsgŚrd?
If Alexander SkarsgŚrd waxing poetic on his character Eric is a goodie, then, yes, my friend, we have more True Blood goodies: "Eric was kind of misunderstood. A lot of people would come up to me and say, 'Oh, you're the evil...the bad guy.' I always had to defend him because there's more to him than that," says Alexander. "I actually got a chance to show that [this season]. I mean, he is a badass, of course, but I'm just happy because as an actor, you shouldn't play the same note for two years. You have to show different layers and go deeper and show that there's more to the character than that. And I've had fun this season because I have been able to show that he does have a sensitive side, a loyal side. He doesn't care for a lot of people, and not for a lot of vampires either, but the ones he cares about he's very, very, very loyal and devoted to."
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|05-23-2010, 05:02 PM||#9 (permalink)|
'True Blood' fan screenings in June: Will you be 'coming out'?
By Jethro Nededog
May 21, 2010 2:16 PM ET
HBO is hosting "True Blood" fan screenings across the nation to honor all the "Truebies" out there on June 1.
Lucky fans will get to screen the Season 2 finale on the big screen and they'll get an extended preview of Season 3.
The screening events will be held in 50 NCM Cinema Network theaters across the country on June 1st at Midnight EST/ 9 p.m. PT. Doors open an hour earlier.
According to HBO, fans will also be treated to the "ultimate fan experience." The events will include a red carpet, giveaways, photographers who will snap photos of fans and a live Q&A session via satellite with select main cast members and the show's creator Alan Ball. The Q&A will also stream live at HBO.com.
There are several ways to get your tickets:
* Fans can enter to win VIP passes through a sweepstakes at the "True Blood" Facebook page between May 14 and May 28. Prepare to "come out" as either a vampire, shapeshifter, werewolf or fangbanger!
* VIP passes will also be dispersed through a national Best Buy partnership, local radio giveaways, and local HBO partners. So, keep a look out for those!
* General admission passes are also available at the "True Blood" Ultimate Fan Experience website. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Will you be "coming out" for the fan screenings?
Follow Zap2it and TheRealJethro on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news.'True Blood' fan screenings in June: Will you be 'coming out'? - From Inside the Box - Zap2it
|05-23-2010, 05:04 PM||#10 (permalink)|
'True Blood': Hidden code during the 'Lost' finale unlocks Season 3 clip
"True Blood" fans, HBO wants you to see an exclusive clip from Season 3. But, first you'll have to crack a code during the "Lost" finale on Sunday, May 23 on ABC. Poor Andy doesn't stand a chance!
Viewers in New York City, Los Angeles and Philadelphia will have what's called a QR code embedded in a "True Blood" commercial during the broadcast.
For the NYC and Philly markets, the code will appear at approximately 11:15 p.m EST. For the Los Angeles market, the code will appear at approximately 10:55 p.m. PT.
Here are the instructions:
1.) Viewers should DVR the "Lost" series finale.
2.) Take a picture of the QR code with a smartphone as it appears on screen during the ad.
3.) Use a QR code reader on your smartphone to read the code.
If you need a QR code reader, HBO suggests one of the following:
Note: Please visit these sites from your mobile phone device.
After you've downloaded your QR code reader, practice using it at this "True Blood" web page!
Will you be unlocking the exclusive "True Blood" Season 3 clip?
'True Blood': Hidden code during the 'Lost' finale unlocks Season 3 clip - From Inside the Box - Zap2it
|05-23-2010, 05:06 PM||#11 (permalink)|
'True Blood' soundtrack preview: Listen to the full album before its release
The "True Blood" soundtrack for Season 3 will be released on May 25, but fans can check it out for free now.
EW is streaming the full album for your listening pleasure.
The soundtrack includes the amazing Bob Dylan, as well as Beck, Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello. Plus, a new offering from Jace Everett, who sings the show's theme song, "Bad Things."
You can pre-order the album at Amazon.
Here's the full track listing:
1. "Howlin' For My Baby" - M. Ward
2. "Evil (Is Going On)" - Jace Everett & CC Adcock
3. "Bad Blood" - Beck
4. "How To Become Clairvoyant" - Robbie Robertson
5. "Shake And Fingerpop" - Jr. Walker and The All Stars
6. "Frenzy" - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
7. "Kiss Like Your Kiss" - Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
8. "Gasoline And Matches" - Buddy & Julie Miller
9. "You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)" - Chuck Prophet
10. "You're Gonna Miss Me" - The 13th Floor Elevators
11. "Fresh Blood" - Eels
12. "The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix)" - Thievery Corporation
13. "New World In My View" - King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14. "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" - Bob Dylan
Are you dying to pick up the album?
'True Blood' soundtrack preview: Listen to the full album before its release - From Inside the Box - Zap2it
'True Blood Vol. 2' exclusive full soundtrack stream: Hear new songs from Beck, Elvis Costello, and more | EW.com
|08-28-2010, 01:22 AM||#12 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Carolina
Fangbangers, run to the stores and grab the latest copy of Us Weekly : Issue 811. Why? Because in the meantime of waiting for the September 2nd issue of Rolling Stone, you can view the full cover picture and get the scoop on what's in store for you guys in that upcoming issue in the Us Weekly article! If you haven't heard yet, Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin, and Stephen Moyer bare all for the upcoming Rolling Stone cover - and are conveniently covered in blood! The full picture is in this week's copy of Us Weekly - and wow is it an attention grabber! Us Weekly reports that Skarsgard refuses to wear a privacy sock during sex scenes, while Moyer covers up (though insists there's nothing to hide)! Regarding his relationship with fiancee Paquin, Moyer says, "We consider ourselves married now, even though we aren't yet.". She adds, "I feel so lucky right now. Life is pretty great." Oh (as if that isn't enough), page 58 also has a great little article about True Blood's Mystery Man, Jesus (lover of Lafayette)! Grab a copy of Us Weekly today, and don't forget to snag up the Rolling Stone issue with the bloody vamps heating up the front cover September 2nd!
Inside Every One Of Us, There Exists A Dark Side. Most People Rise Above It,
But Some Are Consumed By It. Until There Is Nothing Left, But Pure Evil.
|09-10-2010, 01:01 PM||#13 (permalink)|
Secrets of a Baby Vampire
Q&A with 'True Blood''s sexy redhead Deborah Ann WollSecrets of a Baby Vampire | Rolling Stone Culture
Sep 03, 2010 11:17 AM EDT
Jessica, the 17-year-old ďbaby vampire,Ē is one of the few characters that Alan Ball added to True Bloodís script from Charlaine Harrisí original book series. She was a virgin when Bill Compton ďmadeĒ her in Season One, which means that sex is always going to be painful for her: Vampire wounds heal immediately, so her hymen canít stay permanently torn. Deborah Ann Woll, a Brooklyn-born actress, shares some of the secret vampire knowledge sheís gained from performing the role.
Do you think sex is something that will ever become pleasurable for Jessica, since she has an intact hymen?
I think if you resist it and itís a problem for you, then itís going to hurt. But if you can somehow release into it and let go and allow it to be that moment of pain that leads to greater pleasure, then thatís a very adult, grown-up way of looking at sex. Iím not sure Jessicaís at that point yet, but I hope she would be with time.
What do you think it felt like to be ďmadeĒ a vampire by Bill?
I think it hurt a lot. It was traumatic. But itís also a magical process. When you make someone, essentially you drain them of their blood almost to the point of death, where thereís still just a spark of life left, and then you feed them yours, your vampiric blood, to replenish theirs, which is why they then have your blood in them. Itís a very strong bond.
Do you think that True Blood has made you more comfortable with blood, gore and death?
Iíve always been comfortable with blood and gore. Iím a big genre fan. I love science fiction and fantasy and horror. Pretty much all the old Universal pictures with Frankenstein and Dracula and The Creature From the Black Lagoon Ė all that stuff is really great. I used to watch it all the time, so I love horror movies, and monster stories are really fascinating for what they represent. Iíve been a big nerd my whole life.
Did you read a lot of vampire fiction?
I didnít read Anne Rice or anything like that when I was growing up. I did read Bram Stoker Ė I liked that. I liked Stephen Kingís Salemís Lot. Iím reading that again Ė thatís a scary vampire book. So vampires have certainly been interesting to me, and when I got the role on the show, I did all kinds of research on historical personalities who were considered to have a vampiric nature to them and why the myth of the vampire might have come into being in the first place.
What are the historic personalities?
We mention some every now and then on the show as kind of a wink-wink to the historians. Thereís Elizabeth BŠthory, who was essentially a serial murderer. She murdered hundreds of virginal women and tortured them horribly and would bathe in their blood, because she thought it would make her eternally beautiful and youthful. She would sometimes drink it, because she felt like that would make her immortal, but she was royalty, and at that point it was illegal to put royalty in jail. She had sent out declarations that she was essentially starting a charm school, and young peasant families could send their young daughters to this charm school, which would then elevate them to a better level of society and give them a better chance in life. So she essentially tricked these poor young women into coming to live with her in the idea that they might actually get a better life, and she was just torturing and killing them for her own purposes.
Thereís Vlad the Impaler, which is where they think Bram Stoker probably got the name ďDracula.Ē He killed a lot of people, massacred a lot of people, tortured a lot of people and seemed to sort of enjoy it, so heís definitely one of those mass murderers of history that got swept under the rug, because a lot of people at that time were mass murdering.
Whatís your understanding of the origin of the myth of the vampire?
I think it had a lot to do with a history of misunderstanding of death and what happens with decomposition and also the signs of death. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, they didnít have a lot of definite experiments that would tell you for sure, ďthis person is dead,Ē and I imagine there were probably plenty of accidental burials where people woke up and they had been buried. So they would find scratch marks on the insides of coffins and assumed that this was reanimation, that people were coming back to life, and they didnít know about decomposition. But the fact is that during decomposition, when there were gases in the body, the body bloats up, and the skin decomposes faster than the nails or the teeth. The skin recedes, which makes the nails look longer, makes the teeth look longer, makes the hair look longer. At the same time, as the inside juices liquefy, they come pouring out of the lips and the nostrils in a red juice, so when you open a casket after a body has been in there for a couple of days, it looks like itís engorged. It looks like itís fed, it looks like it has a rosy cheek, like itís been alive. Thereís even blood issuing from its mouth. You can imagine how scary that would look to someone who was maybe a bit ignorant of how bodies change after they die.
So vampires were originally a ghost story about dead corpses?
Maybe. Itís interesting, because if you were rich, you could have tubes inserted close to your neck Ė so if you woke up, you could scream and people could hear you and air could come in. But the cheap one was a little bell: They would place a bell on top of the gravestone, and a string that would run down through a tube into the casket attached to the dead personís hand. If you woke up you could try to ring this bell and call for help. Of course, with any kind of ground tremor or if the hand decomposed in a certain way, it might ring the bell, so there were lots of interesting false alarms. People were gruesome back around the Victorian era. It does not surprise me that we had Frankenstein and Dracula and Mary Shelley within these 100 years, writing these scary stories.
What about in other monster/sci-fi literature? Are there other monsters that drink blood, or only vampires?
I guess zombies eat brains and flesh. Anything that has been reanimated from death will do that. The concept behind it is if you are dead and have been reanimated, you must feed on something living in order for that to continue. You still need some sort of life force to sustain you. You donít see a lot of other creatures that have to drink blood.
What about fangs?
Not having fangs is something that really defines us as humans, separates us from animals. Most animals have enlarged incisors, and we do not. Something about being a vampire reawakens that animal side of millions of years ago.
What would you be if you had a choice?
Someone asked me about it at Comic-Con this year. I decided Iíd like to be a witch, because I feel like thereís a humanity still alive in there, and also thereís a skill, a learned skill thatís kind of interesting. Plus, you donít have to be an eternal 17-year-old like Iím stuck with as a vampire. That gets a little tiresome after a while.
|09-10-2010, 01:11 PM||#14 (permalink)|
September 2 2010 cover is supper HOTT. Pictures from Rolling Stone Mag.They're Hot, They're Sexy, They're Undead: 'True Blood' Cast in the Latest Issue of Rolling Stone | Rolling Stone Music | Photos
When at the library LittleDiva saw it and brought it to me. I was Ohh man the cover is HOT!!! I wanted to take my time and read the articles but with the kids I couldn't so I will have to do it some other time. I would have bought it but with kids in the house they would have gotten a hold of it.