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Video Interview With Carrie Preston As She Recaps Season 5

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 28 - 2012

True Blood’s Carrie Preston is seen in a a video interview with where she talks all about Season 5. She remarks on Bill’s transformation, how there are very few humans left in Bon Temps, and the storyline with her character, Arlene and Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe).

Carrie also tells us that her film “That’s What She Said,” is coming to theaters in October and she reminds all the fans that she will be at Dragon Con this weekend in Atlanta.

Click on the image to watch and listen to the video.

Denis O’Hare, who’s played the deliciously evil Russell, chatted with Vulture about bringing his story line to a close, making out with Steve Newlin, and why it’s probably best he’s gone in the interview below.

When did you first find out Russell was going to die?
I didn’t find out definitively for a while, but there was some controversy about how to do it. We always knew in the end it would be Eric, but the question was how. Given that Russell’s so powerful, how could Eric surprise him? So the plausible answer is that he was drunk on fairy blood lust, and he isn’t watching his back, and Eric takes advantage before he can respond. There’s a nice moment when Russell begins to glow, like, Oh, maybe the fairy blood has made him immune, maybe it’s not going to happen. And then the glow withdraws — oh no! [Laughs.]


And at that moment, he only has one thing to say: “Fuck.”
That was Alan Ball’s rewrite, and when I saw that, I thought, Oh my God, that’s perfect. I mean, what else is Russell going to say? I love that his attitude is more like, Ah, well, not a sense of resistance or a last flash of anger, pity, or pathos. I think you get that sense in Interview With the Vampire that vampires get bored after they stay alive a long time, and it’s hard to keep forming new attachments. When Russell lost Talbot [in season three], he also lost some of the meaning in his life, and that’s why he grabs on to Steve Newlin. He needs a reason to enjoy life, because at this point, the pursuit of power isn’t enough. He might as well die; who is there left to meet — Mitt Romney?


Russell Edgington and Steve Newlin were such a cute couple, though. They would have made a great spinoff.
That would be nice, right? Once you got us in a room, we were gangbusters — and Mike McMillian is just brilliant. We would improv stuff on set all the time, some of it got cut, but some of it was great material. When we met Jason on the porch, we were having so much fun with that scene. I decided to do an old-fashioned hypnotism thing with my fingers, and Ryan [Kwanten] was cracking up. When we walk Jason to the patrol car, Steve and I tussled over who got to sit in front: “Shotgun!” And when we got to the field, Steve was stuck in the back seat going, “Baby, let me out!” Or when we had the scene where we killed the frat boys and we were dancing? We were more than dancing — we were making out. They decided not to keep the shot of us kissing, but we definitely went for it.


What do you think Bill’s become, after he’s risen from the blood? Is he Lilith made flesh? Is he now a vampire deity?
Even in season three, they were stepping away from the books, but now? We’re in uncharted territory. Bill was always the moral center, and to unmoor him like this? How will he find his way back to “humanity”? Would he have to die for Sookie? I don’t know.


Do you think Russell could return as a flashback or hallucination for his progeny the way Godric does for Eric? Or did Russell not have any others besides Talbot?
We have not met his other progeny. He could be a guy who never made any others. There was a lovely scene in season three where Russell and Eric had an intense moment, where Eric accepts his authority, and kneels before him, and you discover how Russell never had a son and he adopts Eric. That scene was cut, but there is an echo of that when Eric kneeled before him again this season. And for Eric to take Russell’s life, it was appropriate, and Russell knew that and he welcomed it. This was the only person he’s ever accepted as a son.


Sounds like a lot of moments were cut. Ever figure out who Russell’s maker was?
You know, I had my own back story for Russell. Alan Ball and those guys let me run with it, and at one point they asked me for this info: “Can you send it to us?” We never officially talked about this on the show, but Russell’s real name was Korun, which is ancient Celtic and means “Raven.” And I know who his maker is, but whoever it was, he killed him. Again, this is all back story I made up, and HBO hasn’t approved it, but I’ve been playing with it for years. My theory was Russell was a slave for most of his life, and after he was made a vampire, he killed all the slave masters and in that same hateful rage, he killed his maker.


What did he think gorging on fairy blood would do to him? And why not save a binge for closer to daylight?
There’s no fairy blood handbook. No one has any schematics on how much fairy blood you should take to be in the sun, how long you can survive in the sun on it. Is it good for a year? A day? And Russell is more instinctual versus strategic. I’m not sure he has a plan, so he’s not thinking, I should wait until 7:30.


What are you going to miss the most?
During season three, we had such a great core group — the actors who played Lorena [Mariana Klaveno], Talbot [Theo Alexander], Franklin Mott [James Frain], plus Alex [Skarsgaard], Stephen [Moyer], and Anna [Paquin]. We hung out so much on set, because we had a lot of scenes together. I was pretty close to Kristen Bauer, too. I love her. We were such a good group. And there was definitely talk around the set during season five about not killing Russell. One of the cast members was lobbying to keep Russell around, and he went and talked to Alan and the head writers, but they sadly shook their heads, and they said, “For credibility’s sake, he has to go. We can’t let him survive again.” ‘


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The Vault wishes Kelly Overton, (Rikki) a Happy Birthday – August 28!


Stephen Moyer spoke with TVLine about the transformation Bill went through in the shocking True Blood finale. Read part 1 of 2 of the Q&A. 

TVLINE | As billed, the finale featured a lot of blood.

We didn’t skimp on the death. [Laughs] During the table read for the episode, we were all going, “Oh my f—ing God!” It was like every five seconds somebody exploded. And I know what that means to shoot an episode that has that many deaths in it. Every single time you have to replace the body with a bag of blood, which we call a ‘Goo Drop.’ The ‘Good Drop’ is something like 20 to 30 gallons of blood being smashed down on the floor. And they came up with an even better way of doing it where they jettison 15 gallons of blood into the air as 16 gallons of blood falls down onto that blood, so you get this splatter effect that goes out wide. But that takes the best part of two or three hours per hit. So when we all read that episode, we were going, “Okay, three hours, six hours, nine hours… that’s a day, that’s another day.”

TVLINE | How long did it take to shoot the episode?

It was three very intense weeks. We’re very lucky on our show because we get to shoot like 20, 25-day episodes, which I don’t think anybody else on television gets to do

TVLINE | Let’s talk about the final scene — what was the makeup process like?

It’s a long process, but ultimately not something we haven’t done before. Sitting in a chair having your body painted is something I’ve done quite a few times on the show. You spend three or four hours in the chair and then you come out looking like somebody else. One of the most interesting parts of the shot was actually during the transformation before the final moment. There’s a lot of tiny little tubes that you have all over your body and then they pump blood through the tubes, and that’s the cross moment where Bill as we know him [turns] into what he becomes. And that was amazing. RELATED | True Blood Season Finale Recap: Takes From the Dark Side

TVLINE | What does he become? And is Bill really dead?

I don’t think so. Certainly, when I read it I went through a moment of, “Oh my f—ing God – Jesus!” And certainly a couple of people — Alex [Skarsgard] being one of them — called me going, “Have you read it yet?!” It’s pretty out there… One of the things I wanted to do was show fear in Bill’s eyes. Show that he’s absolutely clear that what he’s doing is the right thing until it starts to happen, and then we see the vulnerability in him of, “F–k, what have I done?” And that was something I hope comes across. We [wanted] to freakin’ terrify the audience.

TVLINE | This obviously sets Bill up to be an even bigger villain next season.

I think you’re right. I haven’t seen anything for next season so I have no idea, but yes. [Laughs] I think it would be safe to assume that what we thought was Bill is no longer Bill.

TVLINE | So it’s within the realm of possibility that he could do to Sookie what he did to Jessica — only worse. How do you feel about that?

If that’s dramatically compelling and fun and great to watch, then so be it. That’s awesome.

TVLINE | With that cliffhanger, Alan Ball is setting up a killer Season 6 for you — but now he’s leaving the show. Any concern there?

We had some inkling [he was planning to leave] around Season 4. We weren’t even sure he was going to do Season 5, so we were very excited to have him for another season. But we did know this was coming. He’s just extraordinary. He’s this wonderful, complex, funny puppet master; we all adore him. Do we want to see him go? No way. But Mark Hudis, who is taking over, is an excellent writer. He came in during Season 4. He understands the characters, he has great wit. I had the great pleasure of directing his episode this season — Episode 8 — so I worked very closely with him. He has a fantastic take on what our show is. And Alan would’ve never given his baby over to someone he didn’t trust.

Alan Ball Says “Thank You” to the Fans

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 26 - 2012

As the Finale of True Blood’s season 5 is about to be seen by everyone, True Blood’s creator, Alan Ball says “Thank You” to the fans and all those who have been such supporters of the show during his tenure as Showrunner.

Join Alan Ball in a Live Q&A at HBO Connect on Monday, August 27 at 2pm ET. Submit questions now:


True Blood’s Claudette. Camilla Luddington attended the Chateau Nightclub and Gardens in Las Vegas yesterday. Below are some photos of Camilla wearing a lovely black dress when she posed for photos on the red carpet.



Joe Manganiello to Appear for Stand Up 2 Cancer Sept. 7

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 26 - 2012

True Blood’s Joe Manganiello is to be among the Hollywood’s stars to appear on SU2C’s Nationally Televised Fundraising Event on Sept. 7. 2012.

In addition to Joe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Biel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Katie Couric, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw Among Those to Appear in One-Hour Broadcast

The event will air commercial-free simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, plus BIO, E!, ENCORE, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), Logo, MLB Network, mun2, Palladia, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STYLE, TBS and VH1 8:00 PM ET AND PT / 7:00 PM CT

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is proud to announce the Hollywood community is once again rallying together and lending its support to the third SU2C primetime television fundraising special on Friday, Sept. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET /PT).

Actors and personalities including Simon Baker, Jordana Brewster, Diem Brown, Dana Delany, Chelsea Handler, Marg Helgenberger, Rashida Jones, Minka Kelly, Joe Manganiello, Jillian Michaels, Masi Oka, Ana Maria Polo, and Alison Sweeney have also been confirmed to participate in the broadcast. Additional stars and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

This star-studded appeal continues to help build public support for groundbreaking translational research accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the “bench to the bedside” as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to collaborate.



True Blood’s Carrie Preston has enjoyed what the season has brought for her character, Arlene Fowler – even though the spotlight isn’t on Arlene directly. She has enjoyed getting to know the history of Arlene’s significant other, Terry Bellefleur (played by Todd Lowe).

“I love playing with Todd Lowe. He’s so great and he’s so present and he and I have the same work ethic,” she gushed. “This is a great season for him and so it was really great to see the evolution of his character, to go a little bit into his past. I really enjoyed playing in those scenes with him that were more emotional and more realistic.”

In an interview with Starpulse, Carrie talks about not only True Blood, but about directing and her other projects:

With all the not-so-realistic things happening in Bon Temps and a large ensemble of characters, there’s a lot to keep track of in the True Blood world, which can be daunting for an actor given the fast pace of television. How does she keep it all straight?

Carrie explains that while she reads all the scripts, she focuses primarily on what’s happening with Arlene, so the show as a whole is actually easier for her to follow when it airs. “It’s more confusing on the page,” she said. “It really is helpful to see the finished product.”

Arlene may be Carrie’s most notable role, but she’s a versatile and experienced actress, who developed her interest in the craft at a young age. “I grew up in Macon, Georgia and my older brother John was doing plays in community theater when we were kids,” she explained. “I was watching him do these plays and I thought, ‘I’ll have to try that too.’ I started doing plays when I was eight or nine years old, and I just became what they call a lifer. I wanted to do it all the time, and so I did.”

Since then, she’s built up a resume that maintains a strong connection to theater, as well as film and television. Asked to pick some of her favorite credits, two stand out for her: “I really like what I did in [the movie] Duplicity with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts [and] I really like my work on The Good Wife,” she said. Of her recurring role on the CBS drama as quirky lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni, she added, “It’s very different from Arlene!”

Not just an actress, Carrie is also a producer and director, and when dream jobs come to mind she thinks more of things behind the camera than in front of it. “That certainly takes a lot of my focus and I really enjoy doing those additional things,” she said. “I have a lot of projects that I would love to see.”

She recently directed a film, That’s What She Said, which will arrive in theaters on October 19. The flick stars Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis and Alia Shawkat, and chronicles the misadventures of the three women in New York City. It was written by Kellie Overbey and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. (You can find out more about the movie by visiting the website.) It’s her third time directing in film, and her biggest such opportunity yet.

Read the rest of this interview with Carrie by going

The auction the Deborah Ann Woll portrait painted by Steve Cleff ends TODAY. This is your last chance to place your bid on this unique piece of original art and support the CRF.

Deborah would like to show you the painting herself. The following video was shot at the Vault HQ.



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Alan Ball Recalls True Blood on his Departure

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 25 - 2012

As all the fans know, Alan Ball is leaving True Blood after five seasons, but the show goes on. Alan sat with Laura Sullivan  on All Things Considered to talk about how he feels some nostalgia, but he’s ready.


One thing fans might miss is what Ball acknowledges are periodic nods to politics or religion — Sullivan mentions a sign hanging on a church reading, “God Hates Fangs.” Ball says it’s certainly the case that there could be parallels between the unwelcomeness of the vampires and the unwelcomeness that gays and lesbians still feel at times. But Ball says it’s not really about arguing politics.

Nothing panics the fans of a show quite like the departure of the creator. That’s just what’s happening at True Blood, where creator Alan Ball is leaving after five seasons, but the show goes on. As he tells Laura Sullivan on weekends on All Things Considered, he feels some nostalgia, but he’s ready.

“I feel like the show is in very good hands, and I look forward to watching it next year. I just look forward to not working as hard. I’ve been a workaholic for a long time, and I’m sort of looking at that and addressing that and seeing what exactly was behind that that wasn’t healthy and maybe trying to just sort of open up some space in my life a little bit.”

One thing fans might miss is what Ball acknowledges are periodic nods to politics or religion — Sullivan mentions a sign hanging on a church reading, “God Hates Fangs.” Ball says it’s certainly the case that there could be parallels between the unwelcomeness of the vampires and the unwelcomeness that gays and lesbians still feel at times. But Ball says it’s not really about arguing politics.

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