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Michelle Forbes says ‘True Blood orgy was daunting’

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 16 - 2010

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Michelle Forbes has admitted that she found some of her True Blood sex scenes “daunting”.

The actress, who arrived as the mysterious Maryann in season two of the supernatural drama, told SFX that it took her a while to adjust to filming raunchier moments.

“Initially, for somebody as shy as myself, it was a bit daunting [but] it becomes ordinary. Especially after the third orgy, it becomes just another day at the office.”

Forbes also praised the show’s writers for helping to turn vampire mythology “on its head” and look at the creatures “in a very real way”.

“It’s always been about that titillating mythology of vampires, about sucking blood and what have you. But they look at it in a much more emotional and grounded way which I think is extraordinary.”

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Sam Trammell Offers ‘True Blood’ Secrets for Season 3

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 16 - 2010

Sam Trammell talks to Digital Spy about his character’s relationship with Sookie and also offers some hints to rabiddol.com on what audiences can expect when the hit HBO vampire series returns for Season 3 in June.

Throughout season one, Trammell’s character Sam Merlotte carried a torch for Sookie, despite her choosing to be with vampire Bill.  Speaking to SFX, Trammell theorised: “I think Sam and Sookie will always have a connection. I think that’s an anchor for him and for the show that he will come back to again and again, season after season.” The 38-year-old actor previously told Digital Spy that he hopes the writers place Sam in more danger as the series progresses.

Playing shape-shifter Sam Merlotte, Trammell teases that his character becomes adamant about locating his biological family in Season 3. His search is successful, but he soon learns they are “pretty bad news.”

“It’s going to lead to some pretty dramatic and interesting stuff for him this year,” Trammell said.

In addition, Merlotte’s shape-shifter secret will take a blow.

“A lot of people know he’s a shape-shifter now, like Andy, Jason and Sookie,” he explained. “He’s slowly getting revealed and the more he gets revealed, the chains that have been binding him — as far as trying to keep who he is secret goes — are slowly breaking.”

Another Season 3 highlight is the arrival of werewolves. Will they wreak havoc on Bon Temp?

“I’m not sure — I did read the books but I’m not exactly sure how the werewolves are going to be put into the show,” he said. “I do know the werewolves are disgusting creatures. They’re dirty, they’re not shape-shifters — they’re disgusting, low-level, smelly creatures. Perfect for Sam!”

Reviews of Ryan Kwanten’s new film ‘Red Hill’

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 15 - 2010

Last weekend Ryan Kwanten’s Australian film, Red Hill premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.  Now that it’s out there, it’s getting reviewed.  Here are excerpts from three reviews, two favorable and one not so favorable.  I hope that the good reviews keep on coming in because we really think this is going to be a good one.

Rugged landscapes, a sheriff’s posse and something spookin’ the livestock – these are solid Western ingredients, but Patrick Hughes’s brisk, inventive Red Hill gives them a new spin by placing them in a modern-day Australian police story.

Red Hill is a tour de force debut by commercials director Patrick Hughes and this labour of love should win him some international repute

This hugely entertaining cross-genre tale of a rural manhunt contrives to meld cop and cowboy elements into a rattling nail-biter. Unashamedly commercial, the film is destined to travel widely – helped by the current visibility of star Ryan Kwanten, from HBO’s True Blood – and will have a failsafe festival berth, especially in midnight-movie slots.

Atmospheric opening shots of mist-covered mountain country establish Red Hill’s classic Western flavour – and show us that we’re not in the usual flat terrain of Australian outback drama. Arriving in this landscape is Shane Cooper (the likeable, no-fuss Kwanten), a young city policeman married to Alice (Van Der Boom). A regular-bloke type, sensitive-souled and somewhat gauche, Shane has taken this posting because pregnant Alice has been advised she needs country air and (ha!) peace and quiet.

In 1976, John Carpenter famously turned John Ford’s Western Rio Bravo into his thriller Assault On Precinct 13. Here Hughes reverses the process, folding a modern cop drama back into the iconography of the Western. He also retains some Carpenter-style pulpy elements – ample bloodshed, an apparently indestructible silent nemesis, plus lashings of atmospheric darkness.

At times, the film skirts perilously close to predictability. But to see old-school conventions confirmed rather than subverted proves to be a source of much pleasure – and makes it all the more enjoyable when Hughes throws a witty curveball, as he does late in the film when a hugely incongruous deus ex machina stalks onto the scene.

The pay-off is predictable, as Shane learns that the bad guys aren’t always who they seem, but it’s utterly satisfying. Red Hill is a tour de force by commercials director Hughes – making his feature debut as director, producer, writer and editor – and this labour of love should win him some international repute. Tim Hudson’s widescreen photography capitalises magnificently on the poetic terrain of Victoria’s high country. The film’s one, forgiveable flaw is that the cod-Morricone touches in Dmitri Golovko’s soundtrack are sometimes laid on with a trowel.

Click here to read the entire review.

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RED Hill, the Australian western by first-time director Patrick Hughes, had a rousing reception of whoops and stamping at the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday night. “You guys are my first audience,” said Hughes as he stood on the stage before the film began.

A bloody revenge yarn with a high body count, Red Hill was shot in the Victorian high country and boasts Ryan Kwanten, the Australian actor in the cult US television series True Blood, as the good guy. Kwanten plays a young policeman who arrives in a small town the same day a murderer (Tom E. Lewis) blows his way out of prison and comes for the blood of the Red Hill police who sent him down.

Once upon a time, Hughes couldn’t see the point of westerns. “Growing up, my dad was a huge fan of them,” Hughes says. “He was always saying ‘you’ve got to watch Red River; you’ve got to watch The Searchers; you’ve got to watch Stagecoach’. But I didn’t get it. I was more interested in Star Wars. But then you reach a certain age where you realise Star Wars is a western.

“And I think about six years ago it kicked in that as an adult, what’s really important is family; now I’ve got kids of my own, I can relate to these stories of people whose lives have been damaged and who go on the warpath. Because, I would do the same. I feel like a modern-day western, if you pitch it right, the reactions will be so strong. Because every western comes down to an idea of country justice, that the badge goes out the window.”

Hughes grew up in Black Rock and has been making films, he says, since he was 12, and commercials since he graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999. He financed Red Hill himself.

“Greg McLean really inspired me. I watched him go off and make Wolf Creek for a million bucks and I saw the incredible impact that had,” says Hughes. McLean advised him to pursue potential backers himself. He also offered to be one of them.

“I just made this decision to produce it and raise money privately, so I was not going to answer to anyone.”

Hughes had another calling card, however, that helped persuade Kwanten to sign up. A short film he made 18 months ago, called Signs, had become a hit on YouTube. ”We’ve had 4 million hits. And suddenly I started getting all these calls from Hollywood, all these producers saying ‘what are you doing?’ ” One of them read the Red Hill script, jumped at it and found him a powerful manager.

As a boy, Hughes says, he used to chase brumbies in the high country. “It’s so beautiful up there and so right for a modern-day revenge western,” he says. ”The inspiration came from that region.

“I know people in Victoria will think Red Hill? – it’s down the coast,” he laughs, “but it’s a great title for a town and a western.”

Click here to read the entire review.

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This first feature demonstrates that 31-year-old Aussie director Patrick Hughes likes to be in control — after all, he’s listed as writer, director, editor, and producer — and also that he’s got a very good eye. The visuals in this Western from Down Under are always expressive and occasionally memorable, and Hughes seems to have a gift for knowing where to put the camera to accentuate his moody thriller.

But visuals aren’t everything, of course, and despite some semi-surprising twists near the end, “Red Hill” is weighed down and finally destroyed by too many cliches and a lack of clarity about what’s being attempted. Television and ancillary rights are a possibility in some territories, but theatrical release, except perhaps in the shopping malls of Australia, seems a long shot.

The suspense that Hughes manages to mount remains low-grade throughout and the plot never becomes entirely plausible. At one point the tone of dread is completely destroyed when Shane pops back to his house to retrieve his weapon and has to undergo wifely banter concerning how his first day went. The final twists in the story would have had more power if Hughes had written a few hints into the script to signal their approach. The music is loud and mostly dreadful, and the climactic scene is so artificially jacked up that the film threatens to literally self-destruct. When a semi-mythic panther is introduced into the scenario one feels Hughes’s strain.

Click here to read the entire review.

Michelle Forbes presented at The 60th Annual ACE Eddie Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

True Blood was up for best edited one hour series for non-commercial televiaion but unfortunately, lost to Dexter. As they say, it’s always nice to be nominated.

More photos in the Photo Gallery.

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The 60th Berlin International Film Festival was held on February 14, 2010 in Berlin, Germany and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten attended for the premiere of his Australian film “Red Hill“. Here are some photos taken at this event:

To see the other photos, please go to the Photo Gallery.

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Interview with Alexander Skarsgård about Season 3

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 15 - 2010

Spoiler Alert!

During Season 2 we saw more of Alexander Skarsgård then we did in Season 1 with scenes about his back story about Eric becoming a vampire and then there was the heartbreaking scenes with Godric as well as dream sequences suggesting an attachment with Sookie.  However, Season 3, seems to be promising more of Eric than ever before as he battles Bill (for Sookie’s heart), the Queen of Louisiana (over the V sales), and werewolves (more here). Tube Talk met with Alexander Skarsgård prior to the start of filming Season 3 and here is the interview.

Does Eric have genuine feelings for Sookie? Or is he doing it to get at Bill?
“He’s intrigued by her, for sure. When he meets her for the first time, he knows there’s something different about her and that intrigues him. He doesn’t care too much for humans in general – he thinks they’re pathetic – but when he meets her, there’s something about her. He can’t put his finger on it, but he’s curious for sure.”
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Photos of Kristin Bauer out and about with husband Abri

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 14 - 2010

True Blood’s Pam, Kristen Bauer posted these two photos on Twitter. They are of her and her husband Abri.  We love the poster in the background, they make a lovely couple and wonder what they bought.

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More Ryan Kwanten photos

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 14 - 2010

Ryan Kwanten posed for Mitchell McCormack in OHLALA FIRST LOOK /RYAN KWANTEN for AUGUST MAN and we posted some photos from it last week.  Here are some more photos from this photographer.

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Kevin Alejandro attended the 14th annual Art Directors Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 13, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin will be playing Jesus Velasquez and Lafayette’s new love interest on the show in the upcoming season 3.

The Art Directors Guild awards celebrate the accomplishments of production designers and art directors in film and television.

The nominations for 2009 included our favorite show, True Blood!  Production designer on the show, Suzuki Ingerslev was up for an award in the Single Camera Television Series, for the episode entitled, “Never Let Me Go”.

Sadly, True Blood lost out again to Mad Men, “Souvenier”.

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Kristin Bauer attends the UCLA Dance Marathon Fundraiser

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 14 - 2010

True Blood’s vampire Pam, Kristin Bauer attended the UCLA Dance Marathon Fundraiser for the benefit of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation at Ackerman Grand Ballroom on The UCLA Campus on February 13, 2010 in Westwood, California. Kristin attended the event with her husband, Abri.

More photos in the photo gallery.

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