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Stephen Moyer attended the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, Friday October 18, 2013 for the premiere of his production company’s film, “Free Ride.” Anna Paquin is the star of the film, but she was unable to attend, so Stephen represented her and himself as executive producer. In attendance from the film was writer/director Shana Betz, Lea Thompson and John Shea. Mark Larkin also attended.
True Blood’s Chris Bauer attends People’s Ones to Watch Party at Hinoki & The Bird on October 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin’s film production company, CASM’s premiere offering, “Free Ride,” is the gripping curtain-raiser for the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. It is quick to introduce the carefully calibrated tension to follow for the next 83 minutes. “Grass, gas or ass,” a voice intones, “nobody rides for free.”
Below Stephen Moyer shared some insights with SouthFlorida.com about tonight’s premiere the film.
It is not giving too much away to say that domestic violence and drug-fueled binges litter the film to the end. But Paquin’s husband, her “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer, says he wasn’t uncomfortable on-set.
“Anna (Paquin) is a tough cookie. I was more worried for the guy she was fighting,” the British-born Moyer says, laughing into the phone. “She doesn’t pull any punches … She’s a full-on WWE wrestler.”
On CASM Stephen says:
“A lot of the stuff that we are interested in, subjects we are drawn to, have to do with ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” Moyer says by phone from New York. “Real-life tales of people stretching beyond themselves to protect their family, the ones they love. Stories of how the innocent get manipulated by the powerful.”
Any reservations he might have had in going with a first-time director were dispelled in his first meeting with Betz, Moyer says.
“When I first sat down with her, we talked about what she had been through as a child, and you could see there was this extraordinary bond between her and her mum,” Moyer says. “She worshiped her mum for what she did for those girls. I was fascinated by it.”
Moyer also was impressed at Betz’s detailed vision for the film. He says she arrived with a “look book” filled with pictures, articles and sketches illustrating the tone and the look of the film, from the fashion to the cars (Sarasota is a stand-in for Fort Lauderdale).
Betz says it was important to get the visual tone right: Her family’s arrival in Fort Lauderdale “felt like going to Disney,” she says. “The colors, the sun, the water… Life felt big and bright and hopeful.”
Read the rest of this article at: southflorida.com
In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Carrie Preston discusses the end of True Blood and what she hopes for her character, Arlene in the last season.
On True Blood, what are you hoping for in that final push?
I think that the writers have positioned it to really come back around to its origins, which is a show about relationships, whether the characters are human or supernatural. We certainly got that in season six and I hope the writers will continue on that trajectory. I’m really just as excited as the fans to see where they take us. We’re in good hands and I feel like it’s the right thing to do to end the show when the stories are really strong still and really put all of our energies into making it the best season that we’ve ever had and go out on a high instead of trailing along like a lot of shows do just to keep it going.
Do you have any desires for how you want Arlene’s story to end?
I think it was great how they let her take the bar over. I don’t think that surprised anybody but at the same time, it was great to see Arlene get a little bit of power in this world and I’m hoping she’ll find solace in that. I hope they don’t pair her up with somebody. I’d like to see her be a strong woman and be OK in the world as a mom and an owner of a business and not be someone who doesn’t feel complete if she doesn’t have a man. This would be a nice evolution for her.
Creator Rob Corddry talks about the last two episodes in the fifth season of his “Adult Swim” comedy series, Children’s Hospital.” Featuring True Blood’s Sam Trammell, Thursday’s episode is a faux-documentary about the faux-television show.
In the below clip, fake Wain’s fake beef with the real Sam Trammell’s (“True Blood”) fake character stems over their (real in Wain’s case) mutual friend and fake protege, Just Falcon/Dr. Glenn Richie (played by real Ken Marino). If that’s too much to take in, just watch the clip below and enjoy the oddity played out by the show’s all-star cast, including Corddry, Wain, Marino, Rob Huebel, Malin Ackerman, Lake Bell, Henry Winkler and Megan Mullally.
Watch the clip from Thursday’s episode below.
True Blood’s wiccan, Holly, Lauren Bowles to guest star on MOM, Monday, Nov. 4 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The episode, titled: “Estrogen and a Hearty Breakfast” finds Christy squaring off against Luke’s conservative parents, who are upset about Violet’s pregnancy. Meanwhile, Bonnie is determined not to let menopause get the best of her, Nick Searcy and Lauren Bowles guest star as Luke’s parents.
MOM is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls, and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney as her critical, estranged mother. Christy is a waitress at a posh Napa Valley establishment who is four months clean and doing her best to be a good mom and overcome a history of questionable choices. Her sobriety is tested when her recovering alcoholic mom Bonnie reappears, chock-full of passive-aggressive insights into Christy’s many mistakes. Bonnie joins Christy’s already complicated circle of relationships: her handsome, married boss – and lover – Gabriel; the restaurant’s hot-tempered chef, Rudy; her pretty, 16-going-on-25-year-old daughter, Violet; her sweet but overly honest son, Roscoe; her irresponsible ex and Roscoe’s father, Baxter; and Violet’s clueless boyfriend, Luke. Christy tries to remain positive as she pursues her new path in life, but she faces an uphill battle, surrounded by a dubious support system – and a copious amount of dysfunction.
True Blood’s Niall, Rutger Hauer has joined the cast of the UK crime thriller Kickback. Written and directed by Raza Mallal, the film follows a renegade Moscow detective investigating the murder of a female war journalist.
The film is due to start filming in March in Prague and scheduled to star are John Cusack, Sean Young, Karen David, Sean Astin, Mischa Barton, Michael Biehn, Tom Sizemore and John Hannah. Kickback will be the first on-screen reunion for Hauer and Young since they starred together in Blade Runner in 1982.
Hauer can next be seen in the sci-fi Real Playing Game, followed by drama The Letters with Juliet Stevenson and Max von Sydow, and the romance Drawing Home.
True Blood’s Jessica Clark (Lilith) is DIVA magazine’s cover star for November 2013!
Jessica Clark who played Lillith in True Blood hit the jackpot early on when she was cast in HBO’s popular modern vampire drama, True Blood. Now she talks about it to DIVA Magazine.
“I was a fan of True Blood from the [first] pilot episode. I like Bram Stoker and Interview with The Vampire – of all those supernatural characters I’ve always responded to the vampires the most. That weird combination of the power – I’ve always considered them very sexual, sexually voracious.”
“With Lilith, very little about her nudity is sexual to me. It’s primeval and powerful – that raw essence of what it means to be that demi-god, demon, however she’s perceived. Yes, it can be titillating because we all like to see naked bodies. But that doesn’t seem like its sole purpose.”
“[True Blood] uses different supernatural species to [represent] different minorities that exist within our real world. They explore what it is to be marginalized or discriminated against, or to be a subculture that’s fighting for recognition. I love its basic premise, but it can be interpreted on a number of levels. It can either be a super-sexy vampire soap opera, or a searing commentary on society… it depends on what you’re looking for and how you approach it.”
To read the full interview, visit www.divadigital.co.uk and download the latest issue.
Kristin Bauer, from True Blood, spoke at the International March for Elephants in Los Angeles October 4, 2013. It was a very moving experience. It is shocking to think that if some kind of action is not taken, the African elephant could be extinct by 2025 for the Iworry Campaign.
The iworry campaign was created by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and exists to raise global awareness to the devastating impact the illegal ivory trade is having on elephant populations. Launched in September 2012, the campaign has attracted worldwide backing calling for a complete ban on the illegal trade in ivory.
As a field based organisation, the DSWT works on the front line to protect wildlife and prevent the suffering and killing of wild animals. Recognising the need for greater global awareness of the illegal wildlife trade in ivory, which is claiming the lives of 36,000 elephants annually, the DSWT launched iworry in 2012. The campaign is based on the premise that everyone has a stake in conserving elephants and that we must come together if we are to successfully educate and inform people as to the existence of the illegal ivory trade, the devastating toll it is having on elephant populations and through that, call on governments from around the world to take proactive steps to tackle this illicit trade and save elephants.
Sharing the evidence of poaching witnessed by DSWT teams in the field, iworry utilizes social media, petitions, imagery, the press and public marches to create an awareness of the existence of the ivory trade and its impacts. The loss of elephants in the wild, an iconic, intelligent and social species, would not only make the world a lesser place, it would have serious environmental and economic repercussions. The iworry campaign calls on world governments to make the illicit ivory trade and wildlife crime a priority issue, to make a financial commitment to security enforcement and to impose a complete ban on all ivory sales.
The ivory trade is an international problem and one which must be recognized by Governments worldwide if we are to see any changes.
Below is Kristin talking about her experiences when she went to Africa this time last year to make her upcoming documentary, “Out For Africa: