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True Blood Panel For Comic Con 2014

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Comic Con schedule is out for Saturday. Yes True Blood will hold their final Comic Con panel on Saturday 7/26/14. Alexander Skarsgard will not be attending.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated True Blood kicked off its 10-episode seventh and final season June 22 on HBO. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Brian Buckner serves as executive producer of the series, which also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby,Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam; Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Carrie Preston as Arlene Bellefleur, and Chris Bauer as Andy Bellefleur, Anna Camp as Sarah Newlin and NathanParsons as James. Oscar and Emmy Award winner Alan Ball created and is also an executive producer on the series, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm – 6:15pm
Ballroom 20
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True Blood Showrunner Brian Buckner on Season 6, the Werewolf Problem, and the Jason-Eric Sex Dream

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Another interview with Brian Buckner. He talks about the finale, Jason-Eric sex dream (which we did NOT get in the finale) and a little bit on season 7 of True Blood. Excerpt of interview below:

True Blood viewers had a right to be skeptical going into the HBO series’ sixth season. Not only did series creator Alan Ball depart after production had begun, he left behind an array of painted-into-corner plotlines and a scattered storytelling structure. The task of getting True Blood back on track fell to executive producer Brian Buckner, a longtime writer on the show. Despite the behind-the-scenes upheaval, the series saw a major uptick in quality and, more important, coherence. Plotlines once seen as indicative of True Blood‘s worst instincts (e.g., Andy knocks up a faerie!) suddenly became plotlines indicative ofTrue Blood at its most inspired (Andy grapples with his daughters’ deaths). Going into Sunday’s finale, the show seemed like it was being steered by capable hands.

But afterwards, the hard-earned, still fragile goodwill the show had accrued over the season seemingly dissipated overnight. Sure, some recappers liked it, but the immediate Internet consensus was that True Blood had just hit rock bottom. So what happened? Was it the very appealing and charismatic Warlow suddenly backhanding Sookie? Was it the jarring time jump? Was it Eric Northman’s almost offensively inglorious “death”? What exactly was it that made people reject this finale as somehow not being up to par with Season 2’s ostrich egg finale? To find out, Vulture reached out to Buckner to get the first-time showrunner’s take on this negative feedback, plus ask about his intentions for season seven. We also used the opportunity to get an official confirmation about that Jason-Eric sex dream we were promised.

Some would argue that it’s the job of a showrunner to create a controversial season finale. Nice job!
Yeah. I mean I knew it was controversial, I just didn’t think it would be hate-inspiring.

Why do you think the finale fueled so much negativity?
Well, it’s testament to Alex Skarsgard. People want those ten or twelve weeks with him in their living room and they may have feared we were taking him away from them.

It was a relief to hear that Eric will be back as a regular next season. Can you also confirm that these infected vampires aren’t actually zombies?
Well, they’re not zombies in the way that we’re used to zombies. They’re vampires and they need to eat humans, which all vampires do. But in order to stave off the effects of this mutating virus, they need to eat more, and more often, than the vampires that we’ve been living with for the last few years. The truth is, the way TV works is everybody wants us to have the answers already, but we haven’t even gotten in the [writers’] room for season seven yet. We knew that this was a story that we wanted to tell for next season and the idea that we were going to force vampires and humans into uneasy relationships for their own protection seemed like a really ripe place for us to go and is going to create character combinations that we haven’t had before. In terms of what every rule of this mutating virus is, we still have to do that work.

Will the feedback you’ve received recently influence the story lines of season seven?
I don’t think so. Look, the blogosphere … This, by the way, is my very first time sitting in this chair, watching something like this happen. It is my first rodeo. But I have been making TV for a long time and I don’t think that we should let the audience tell us what show to make. Because I think it’s the death of television if we give people exactly what they expect to get every week. What’s the point? So the idea that we need to release material beforehand and immediately come clean with our audience and promise to not surprise them anymore, I’m not sure that’s the TV world that we want to deliver.

For the rest of the interview please click here:  True Blood Showrunner Brian Buckner on Season 6, the Werewolf Problem, and the Jason-Eric Sex Dream.

So what do you make of all these interviews from Mr. Buckner? (still smells like damage control to me)

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True Blood “Dead Meat” Screencaps

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The new episode of True Blood aired tonight. Titled “Dead Meat” this is the eight episode for the sixth season. Only 2 more episodes left!

Inside the episode video:

loved what Robert Kazinsky tweeted:


Screencaps from the episode: Continue reading

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True Blood Season 6 Finale Episode Synopsis and Title Change

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True Blood season 6 has had quite a few episode title changes so far. The finale for season 6 will air on August 18, 2013. The title is now “Radioactive”.  The episode synopsis from TV Guide states:

 In the sixth-season finale, Jason feels a vampire attraction firsthand; and Bill finds that salvation isn’t free. Meanwhile, Sookie considers her future with Warlow as a new crisis poses a threat to humans and vampires alike.
So many speculations have been popping up on the finale. The synopsis does not reveal too much and sounds like it will leave fans wanting more again when the finale is over. Grateful that we will have a season 7 but dreading the long wait till the new season airs! Only 3 episodes left for season 6!
The new title does sound like the song by “Imagine Dragons”. I’m wondering if the anti-vamp group has a plan to wipe out vampires that involves missiles or bombs (and things go horribly wrong making them all ‘radioactive’??)

Lyrics:

Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa

I’m waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I’m breathing in the chemicals

I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flags, don my clothes
It’s a revolution, I suppose
We’re painted red to fit right in
Whoa

I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, the sun hasn’t died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive

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True Blood Season 6 Episode 8 “Dead Meat” Promo Video

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The new promo trailer for next week’s episode of True Blood titled “Dead Meat” aired tonight. Video is up on HBO go! I will post video as soon as it is out for all to see! Screencaps are below   Continue reading

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True Blood Season Six Episode 7 Preview plus Screencaps

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True Blood will air their seventh episode on Sunday. The trailer below shows some of what we will see. I spy a lot of interesting action! Spoilers!! It does not bode very well for Nora who was infected with deadly Hep V virus in last week’s episode.

The episode synopsis states:

Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) makes a last-ditch effort to save an ailing Nora (Lucy Griffiths). A tragedy close to home forces Sam (Sam Trammell) to ignore Alcide’s (Joe Manganiello) warning and return to Bon Temps. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) shows her gratitude to James (Luke Grimes), a fellow incarcerated vamp, while an emboldened Sarah (Anna Camp) exacts a measure of revenge on Jason (Ryan Kwanten

Screencaps:

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Comic Con 2013 True Blood Panel Highlights and Photos

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Comic Con 2013 once again featured a True Blood panel in Ballroom 20. The room was filled to capacity with fans who waited many many hours for the chance to see the cast and hear about the rest of season 6.

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Here are some highlights of the panel: (from EW.com) I was at the panel and the images on this post were ones I took.

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The panel: Actors Anna Paquin, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Ryan Kwanten, Nelsan Ellis and Rutina Wesley (pictured), Sam Trammell, Michael McMillian, Anna Camp, Joe Manganiello, newcomer Rob Kazinsky (Warlow), and showrunner Brian “Bucky” Buckner

Footage screened: Just a preview of the second half of season 6. Jessica and company enduring more torture at vamp camp, vampires being tormented, Bill acting all crazy and destructive, lots of Sarah, and Sookie entangled with Warlow in a blood-drenched haze. The final shot was Bill lying face-down on the ground…Screencaps for this trailer are on this post:

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Snap judgment: Comic-Con loooooooves True Blood, and the thirsty crowd erupted into raucous cheers for each panelist. When Joe Manganiello said … well, anything, really, but in particular, the simple remark that “Alcide’s not a small guy” — high-pitched screams filled the giant ballroom. New cast member Kazinsky was adorably overwhelmed. “How trippy is this Comic-Con?” he had to point out. “Forty-five-hundred of you right now! Plus, Joe’s really close — and he’s way bigger.”

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New True Blood Season 5 Finale Image Plus Chance to Unlock New Promo

HBO posted the new True Blood season finale image shown above on Facebook. I spy Eric Northman, Nora and Tara with Jason!! Yes that looks like it is Sookie’s house (ok technically it’s still Eric’s) I had a feeling he would be heading to Sookie’s home! Keeping my fingers crossed he is able to take care of Russell and get Sookie safely home! Seeing Tara there also makes me believe that Eric will also save Pam!

HBO also has this twitter campaign going on. If there are 100,000 tweets sent out using this hashtag #SaveYourself a new promo video for the finale “Save Yourself” will be released! So get out there and TWEET!!

Here’s what they wrote:

100,000 #SaveYourself tweets unlock a SNEAK PEEK at the finale: http://itsh.bo/TSacqq

 

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Interview with Cooper Huckabee “Joe Lee Mickens” from True Blood

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Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Cooper Huckabee who plays Joe Lee Mickens on True Blood. Yes he had a scene that is forever in our minds -the untidy whities scene where he is in his underwear in Season 3. When I met Cooper a few weeks ago I could not help but mention those unmentionables. He was very happy to chat about that unforgetable scene as well as his upcoming ones in season 4 of True Blood. (he does have some great spoilers that hopefully we will chat about again closer to when those episodes air. I did not want him to get into trouble)

Huge thanks to the Facebook fans who helped out with questions! The Bookies Heart True Blood group and the What I learned from Watching True Blood fans came up with a great list to work with. I tried not to talk too much (ok if anyone who knows me , they know  how impossible this is). We chatted about what a typical day is like for filming, table reads, ad libbing on set.

Whether or not Joe Lee has any deep dark secrets is still a mystery and yes there was not much of a back story for his story but it was great to hear how well the cast gets along with each other and how it is much like a family. To me part of the fun of the show is how it does not look like are reading a script but rather how the dynamics work and it looks like real life (ok a real life where there are vampires, witches and shifter and fae!)

He mentioned how well trained the dogs were for the dog fighting scenes from season 3. (and how beautiful they all were). He was on set as well when there were wolves but he did not interact with them. He has not had any scenes with the vampires of True Blood. He also worked with “Tara” -Rutina Wesley and remarked how beautiful she was and nice to work with. He complimented his co-stars on how it was like a family as they worked together.

Albeit his character is not the “good guy” on True Blood. I asked if his character had any redeeming qualities or if there was any good in him. He said how a good actor will try and find the thread of humanity in any character they are portraying. But yes Joe Lee was a pretty rough character and did have a lot of dysfunctional family issues to deal with this season. It does sound like there will be a family “reunion” for Tommy Mickens when his mom seeks him out in episode 4.04. It will be very interesting to see if the passage of time has done any healing for the Mickens.

The audio file from the telephone interview is too large for me to attach to this post so I have it uploaded to an online file and it will download a quick time movie. I am still trying to transcribe and hopefully compress the file size but here it is in the mean time.

It was a lot of fun to chat with Mr. Huckabee and he truly does appreciate all the True Blood fans who help make his job possible. he was very kind to allow this interview and was such a nice person to meet. Yes we can blame his character for all our undewear scrubbing duties we all hold. He even mentioned how he even does not want to look like Joe Lee with the nasty drawers. It was fun to hear how he had to basically try out 3 types of underwear and Alan Ball selected the nasty ones for the scene. (LOL can you imagine the wardrobe session for that one! )

His filmography is quite extensive and has a few projects coming up for fans to see. He has been in a lot of different types of films but really does not have a preference as to genre. He does genuinely seem to enjoy his craft and it showed when speaking to him. When they are available I’ll post here.

Season 4 does sound like it will have a lot of action once again for fans and yes there are a few spoilers that I’m holding onto until closer to when the action airs. Truly don’t wish to ruin the action and all the hard work that the cast and crew has done for us fans. Thanks again to Cooper and his manager for helping out with the interview!

Note the link to the interview is on the link-when you click on the link the download will automatically start.  Just wanted to let you know. here is the link to the interview: https://www.onlinefilefolder.com/3s2suXJHFYb4aW The file size is around 10MB. Enjoy~

 

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First Look At True Blood’s Fae Queen

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True Blood fans had a chance to see the first 3 minutes of season 4 premiere episode on HBOGo this past Sunday. If that tease was not enough fans will have another chance to see even a bit more on June 5 on HBOGo. HBO ran a short trailer last night and I noticed this new image in the trailer (Posted above)

This image appears right after the scene where Sookie is shown using her “energy hands” and is zapping someone. I believe this is our first glimpse into the Fae Queen Mab. The casting call for her character:

[QUEEN MAB] Late 30s – 40s, a powerful, regal, magnificent woman who commands a mysterious realm, and she’s filled with rage when her plans are thwarted…UPDATE: Cast by Rebecca Wisocky

The mysterious realm we now know is the Fae Land where Sookie beams up with Claudine. Just wonder now what the “plans are thrwarted”  part of the casting call will mean. Some fans feel that the Queen wants to keep Sookie there forever to use her powers to help wage a war with other supernaturals. Waiting sucks and now even more!

So don’t blink when you watch any of the True Blood sneek peeks and trailers or you just might miss out on some very interesting clips. Tune in on HBOGo on June 5 to see what Alan Ball has in store for us in Season 4 of True Blood.

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