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HBO Summer 2012 Image Video Promo

HBO posted their summer 2012 video promo trailer. This video shows scenes from True Blood season 5 along with the other HBO shows, movies, and sports programs that will premiere this summer. Enjoy! (and yes that is Reverend Newlin dancing in the promo!)

Screencaps are on this page link here:

and on this gallery:

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Inside HBO’s Emmy FYC Campaign Package

Gold Derby posted the details over the DVD packages HBO sent out to the memebers of teh Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their “Emmy Consideration”. excerpt below: (yes True Blood was included!)

Over the past few days, the 15,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences received the mother lode of FYC campaign packages: HBO’s big box. Inside were these DVDs:

“Boardwalk Empire” (“Two Boats and a Lifeguard,” “Under God’s Power She Flourished”)
“Game Change”
“Game of Thrones” (“The North Remembers,” “The Night Lands”)
“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
“Gloria: In Her Own Words / Sing Your Song”
“Hemingway and Gellhorn”
“I Can Be President: A Kid’s Eye View”
“The Loving Story”
“Bobby Fischer Against the World”
“Luck” (Pilot, Episode 4)
“On Freddie Roach” (“Body Blow,” “The Wild Card,” “Counterpunch”)
“Real Time with Bill Maher” (Sept 30, 2011, Seth McFarlane, Salman Rushdie, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm / Oct. 21, 2011, Rachel Maddow, Thomas J. Friedman, Joshua Green
“True Blood” (“You Smell Like Dinner,” “Spellbound”)
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
True Blood

True Blood (Anna Paquin)

Boardwalk Empire (Steve Buscemi)
Luck (Dustin Hoffman)
True Blood (Stephen Moyer)
Boardwalk Empire (Paz de la Huerta)
Boardwalk Empire (Kelly Macdonald)
Boardwalk Empire (Gretchen Mol)
Boardwalk Empire (Aleksa Palladino)
Game of Thrones (Emilia Clarke)
Game of Thrones (Michelle Fairley)
Game of Thrones (Lena Headey)
Game of Thrones (Sophie Turner)
Game of Thrones (Maisie Williams)
Luck (Kerry Condon)
Luck (Jill Hennessy)
True Blood (Kristin Bauer)
True Blood (Fiona Shaw)
True Blood (Rutina Wesley)
True Blood (Deobrah Ann Woll)

Boardwalk Empire (Jack Huston)
Boardwalk Empire (Michael Pitt)
Boardwalk Empire (Michael Shannon)
Boardwalk Empire (Michael Stuhlbarg)
Boardwalk Empire (Shea Whigham)
Boardwalk Empire (Michael K. Williams)
Game of Thrones (Alfie Allen)
Game of Thrones (Peter Dinklage)
Game of Thrones (Kit Harington)
Game of Thrones (Richard Madden)
Luck (Ritchie Coster)
Luck (Kevin Dunn)
Luck (Dennis Farina)
Luck (Jason Gedrick)
Luck (Ian Hart)
Luck (Richard Kind)
Luck (Nick Nolte)
Luck (John Ortiz)
Luck (Tom Payne)
Luck (Gary Stevens)
True Blood (Nelsan Ellis)
True Blood (Ryan Kwanten)
True Blood (Joe Manganiello)
True Blood (Alexander Skarsgard)
True Blood (Sam Trammell)

As a fan of the show True Blood I am glad that HBO chose to include the series in their FYC package. However their choosing to list Alexander Skarsgard as “supporting” actor baffles me. Season 4 was a big season for his character Eric Northman and Alex did an amazing job last season. No matter what I know his fans loved his performance last season.

For the full article please visit the Gold Derby link below:

Let’s peek inside HBO’s Emmy FYC campaign package.

HBO Summer TCA Panel


The Summer panel for TCA (Televsion Critics Association) was held today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. There are photos on this link at FilmMagic. HBO showcased some of their shows at the semi annual event. True Blood, Entourage and  other shows were discussed during the event attended by Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin and other execs from HBO.

THR had a live “blogging” from the panels. Here is the link to their blog.  Alan Ball stated that he will continue with the series. (there had been some rumors that he would not). They also mentioned the recent Comic Con panel where they were treated like “rock stars”. True Blood related Content below:
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HBO Buzz: True Blood Season 4 Video


The True Blood season 4 red carpet premiere for season 4 brought fans a lot of great new images of their cast and now HBO release “The Buzz” video below: UPDATED to add image above-the video contains some new footage. Including a scene of Sookie washing Eric’s feet! Photo credit CORRECTED: Image above from Santress

Vote For the Hottest Vampires and Werewolves of 2011

s401009PopSugarTV is having a contest on youtube for fans to vote for the hottest Vampires and Werewolves.

The video below explains how fans can vote. Basically to vote for Alexander Skarsgard fans would subscribe to their channel for Alex to cast the vote. Link here:

Here is the  link to the channel they have for Alexander Skargard: PopSugar Alexander Skarsgard. Huge thanks to Kat at PopSugar for the heads up on the contest!

True Blood Season 4 Poster Released

HBO released a new poster for True Blood’s season 4. This one shows the TBWithdrawal.com site where fans can connect with other fans going through True Blood withdrawals! The connectHBO.com site link is here: Fans can connect through twitter or facebook. Yes waiting sucks but the time is soon approaching where we can see new episodes of True Blood!

Something Witchy This Way Comes True Blood Season 4


In the latest True Blood season 4 promo video- Witches versus Vampires fans got another tease for the upcoming season. No surprise that witches will add to the supernatural mix for the show. The title of the promo does give a little hint that these are not the “good witches” perhaps and may cause some major issues for the vampires. The character of Marnie shown in image above is portrayed by Fiona Shaw. Her cast mates have said nothing but great things about her work on the show.

The whole idea of having her character as a “necromancer” has also intrigued fans and yes led to more questions. In the witches vs. vampires video we do hear Lafayette pose the question “where are you going to get  dead body”? Yes just what is it that Marnie intends to do with that dead body? Raise it? Perhaps on the guise of helping but instead has another motive?

We did get to see the way that Alexander Skarsgard will be interpreting Eric Northman as he “loses his identity”.  In the video we see Eric at Sookie’s home and he definitely looks much like his viking vamp self. Even at the Moon and Goddess we see Eric “taking a bite” out of Marnie. She is wearing the same shirt as in the first image above so it is from the wiccan prayer circle scene. They are not having a post coital bite (clothes are on) So why take the bite? More to muddle the “waters” I believe. Why doesn’t the silver chain she is shown wearing in the first image protect her from the bite? (it could be white gold but she is also wearing what look like silver rings on her right hand below) Or maybe it does. We do see a very different Eric in some of the other videos. tbs4witch090

Eric does look very “different” below. But still not like the Eric we see in the first waiting sucks video. Something “else” must happen in between. (can’t wait to finally find out just how the heck it all happens)


Ok yes vampires bite humans but why is Eric doing that? Marnie does not look the one he would normally “taste” (as he called it in season one). Was it an act of dominance? Or more of the big old bad viking vamp for fans to see so it contrasts against the vulnerable Eric we see later in the video? It was cool for me as a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books to finally have a glimpse into some of the “book 4” action. Yes the show is different from the books yada yada yada. Still loosely based on the books so it was still cool for me to see the vulnerable Eric. Even in the “screen test” promo video we could see Alexander practicing the “vulnerable” Eric by changing the gaze of his eyes.


Photo credit:©2011 HBO screen test promo video cap

Way too many possiblities for that for me to try and cover in just a few sentences. Either way I hope we get some more glimpses and possilibilities for the witchy mayhem in the next promo!

Bill Compton is seen “entertaining” a dark haired beauty in this video. At first it did look like it might be a bit twisted if it were indeed Portia Bellefleur (cast by Courtney Ford). I kept wondering if it were not really Portia in these images. (I just can’t imagine Alan Ball having Bill Compton “entertain” a possible  relative that is even too creepy a thought to shake). If it is not Portia who could it be?

I also  thought it could be the wiccan character of “Daisy”. The hair color is not the same (but these videos are great for throwing fans off a lot). A new character that was cast for Season 4 was Paola Turbay who will play the character of Antonia. Casting news posted here for her character of Antonia. Could this be her in these scenes? Not much has been said of her character for the new season. So far all we know is below from the casting call:

True Blood’s Season 4 episode 4.03 “If you love me-why am I dyin?”

[ANTONIA] 20s to 40s. FIERCE. Must speak fluent Spanish. First appears in episode 2 and then again in episodes 3,4,5 and 6.

When the casting call first came out there was some buzz on how she may be connected to Jesus. Could she be a relative? Is she another witch? Way too many questions still waiting for more “clues”.

Here are some other images of Ms. Turbay:

The character of Portia had a “possible nudity” listed in the casting call but in this scene we see a t-shirt clad partner. The promos really don’t give away all the goods and the actual scene may have more “showing’. It had been bugging me. I’m not ruling out that it still is the character of Portia but I’m now wondering if it is really Antonia in those scenes. We really don’t see enough of her face to really tell just who is it that Bill is with in those scenes.

Photo credit: ©2011 HBO Witches vs. Vampires image showing Bill's partner

The screen cap above shows a bit more from a different angle. The shape of the nose could be Paola’s. (the tip of the nose looks like hers) The facial structure is similar. But then Alan Ball is great at misleading fans in these videos. I just took a look at the possibility from a different angle. Also found it interesting that the promo showed the following image below right after Bill’s love scene.  When did Bill get the fancy hidey hole? Probably part of the remodeling of his home that we see completed. (interesting also how his side burns don’t magically re-appear every time he “sleeps”. )
Whoever it is that Bill is “entertaining” it will be interesting to find out just what she will mean to Bill. Will Bill Compton continue his plans of eliminating every vampire who has had some of Sookie’s blood to protect her? It was quite a big “deal” to him in season 3 finale. It definitely made for a heck of a plot twist and cause of a lot of anxiety for some fans.

Hopefully there will be a new promo video this weekend. Pretty sure some questions will be answered but also sure there will be many more raised. Waiting sucks indeed! Can’t wait for season 4. Hope to hear from other fans on what they “see” in the videos and images.




Meet True Blood’s Michael McMillian


True Blood’s Michael McMillian who portrays Rev. Steve Newlin will be doing a book signing for his new hard cover version of his comic book, Lucid, today, May 18th from 6-8PM at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles. The gracious actor has said that if any True Blood fans have True Blood Tainted Love comics, he will sign those as well. I’ve been able to meet Michael at a few other signings and he is always great to all the fans!

Source: Inside True Blood – Meet Steve Newlin!


Sookie Stackhouse author Charlaine Harris shares with fans at the Michigan Theater

Photo Credit: ©2011 Melanie Maxwell, AnnArbor.com

Charlaine Harris shared some tidbits about the latest Sookie Stackhouse book at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. The full article is below:

Sookie Stackhouse author Charlaine Harris shares with fans at the Michigan Theater.

Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’: What the critics say


Photo Credit: ©2011 Christian Gesinaes

True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard is featured in Lars von Trier’s film “Melancholia”. Due to filming schedule of True Blood Alexander was unable to attend the Cannes Film Festival where the film made it’s debut. Digital Spy’s movie editor, Simon Reynolds gave movie fans a snapshot of what the Cannes critics had to say about Melancholia.

Here is an excerpt of that review summary:


Photo Credit: ©2011 Christian Gesinaes

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)
“If Melancholia had been conceived with real passion or imagination, or if it had been well written or convincingly acted in any way at all, it might have been a loopy masterpiece. The montage of images at the beginning is interesting, as are some of the lush, hyper-real tableaux, like the dream sequences from Antichrist.”

Movieline (Stephanie Zacharek)
“With Melancholia, von Trier hasn’t tried to top himself, thank God. Despite the somber nature of the title, the movie is something of a breather, a respite, a chance for von Trier to explore emotional anguish and intricacies in vibrant, often elegant visual ways, with no self-mutilation involved. It’s gorgeous to look at, deeply moody and atmospheric, and it’s always in on its own grim little joke.”

melancholia007For the full article please visit the Digital Spy link below. There has also been a lot of controversy over what Lars von Trier said during the recent press conference. Hopefully the movie can survive the awful firestorm of backlash from his unwise choice of words. Alexander Skarsgard fans are awaiting the chance to see the film and see his work on the big screen.

Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’: What the critics say.