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Dianna Agron and Anna Paquin are BFF’s

Posted by Lynnpd On January - 11 - 2010

The Golden Globe nominated starlets Dianna Agron and actress True Blood’s Anna Paquin attended the Audi Golden Globes Celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel on January 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California and revealed their unlikely friendship at an Audi-sponsored cocktail party in Hollywood Jan. 10 … When did these two become besties?!

It seems like the most random friendship in the world, but since shooting their upcoming comedy The Romantics in the fall, Glee’s Dianna Agron and True Blood’s leading lady Anna Paquin are new besties. The starlets were glued at the hip at Audi’s Golden Globe party in Hollywood at the Sunset Tower Hotel Jan. 10 and couldn’t stop raving about each other.

Their joyous reunion began as Dianna, 23, was chatting on the red carpet, and Anna, 27, rushed in from the cocktail party, greeting her younger friend with a huge hug. “Isn’t she amazing? She played my little sister!” the Golden Globe-nominated actress raved to on-lookers.

Anna and Dianna met in Nov. on set of The Romantics, an independent film centered around eight former college buddies who get together one night for their friend Lila’s (Anna Paquin) wedding. (Talk about a star-studded cast! Fergie’s husband, Josh Duhamel, plays Anna’s groom and Katie Holmes is her maid of honor, to name a few.)

When asked Dianna (you know her as the cheerleader, Quinn Fabray, on the hit TV show, Glee) to describe Anna, she was at a loss for words. “Lovely, absolutely lovely,” she told us exclusively about her co-star. “It was so amazing the time that we had together.”

The new-found besties were inseparable for the rest of the night as they chatted outside by the pool and grabbed drinks from the bar, frequently hugging one another around the waist.

Surprising? Yes … but as they say, “opposites attract.” Even though Anna usually comes off as stoic, it seems like the perky Dianna really brings out her bubbly side!


Reflections on an Interview with Stephen Moyer

Posted by Shadaliza On January - 11 - 2010

In October of last year Stephen Moyer spent many many hours in the Channel 4 building talking to various reporters of the British press. One of them was Keith Emmerson of Hecklerspray. On Twitter, Keith tweeted about his upcoming interview with Stephen and several of the Billsbabes contacted him there about this and sent him some of their burning questions for the Bill in Billsbabes.

Keith also discovered the Billsbabes forum on Yuku and applied for membership, we do have strict rules on our messageboard to protect the privacy of our members, including Keith’s, and only the 2 admins of the board (one of them being yours truly) have access to our members email addresses. I heard Keith was asking for questions and I contacted him by email, which seemed a much better way than by Twitter. The only answer I received was that he wanted to be removed from the board… sure no problem, I even apologized.

When the video of Keith’s interview with Stephen was released, one of the first reactions I read was: “Has this guy been drinking?” In the following article, written by Keith about this memorable interview, we learn that he indeed had been nipping from the bottle on his way in.

And Bill Pullman? Lovely man, but he really has to find his own fanclub.

Thank you Keith for shedding some light on the events of that day and be prepared for the settled dust to swirl up again…

Keith’s article:

moyer1sm“Finally someone people will have heard of” was how my editor described the opportunity to interview True Blood’s Stephen Moyer in his email. I’d never heard of him. I only knew of True Blood from tube station posters advertising the fact it was showing on the FX channel on satellite.
Time to do some research.

Having no knowledge of this man actually made the preparation and question conjuring process easier. Not only was I thinking of off topic and irreverent/irrelevant areas because I didn’t know what was on topic, but I also felt empowered by the fact that he was a nobody (to me at least). Inevitably, the more I learnt about him the more difficult this became, especially after I watched the first episode. For one thing it made my “What is True Blood?” trick question not a trick question. It removed the comedy angle, but I felt it served as a good introduction for normal terrestrial TV viewers, and was a decent segue into the rest of the interview.

Soon after tweeting a request for questions to this seemingly unknown, I received a number of emails from his very observant fan club, as well as a number of new True Blood affiliated followers. I visited the fansite one of the emails referred to, it was a closed community so I requested membership. In doing so I had to reveal who I was, and agree not to exploit the members. This didn’t fail to amuse me considering how fervently and ferociously I’ve seen die hard fans defend their beloved idols.

As we have discovered with Robert Pattinson, a sure-fire way to ensure traffic to your website is to aggravate ardent and loyal fans. The Stephen Moyer fan club named ‘Billsbabes’ after his character in True Blood, dropped the opportunity into my lap. Too many people seemed to be getting hold of my email address via that fansite so I asked them to remove me from the membership list. This was met with some concern, but I wanted to avoid a deluge of mail from upset crazy people.

My ‘master’ plan was to convince Stephen that Billsbabes was originally a Bill Pullman fan club, and the members had merely switched allegiance. In the cold light of day this doesn’t seem very funny, you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that it is, ok?
While my memory of the day is a little hazy, I seem to recall wanting to extend my habit of having a drink to calm my nerves beforehand. This resulted in drinking scotch from a hip flask on the train to London, which, at the time, felt like a shameful act.

It was my first time at the Channel 4 building and I must admit that the occasion wasn’t lost on me. I arrived 5-10 minutes early and was passed from publicist to publicist around 4 times like stoners sharing a joint. I was eventually told that I had to wait while Stephen got through some telephone interviews. This seemed to go on forever, possibly because I had to wait with one of these publicists while the Moyer finished up. Conversation turned into an awkward silence very quickly.

When one perceives themselves to be in the business of subverting interviewees as I did, or do, publicists and PR agents become a professional enemy. That’s not to say that there shouldn’t be a level of hostility between the press and press officers anyway, but I’ll address that in a future post. In the defence of the guy I was left waiting with, he is one of the more human-esque publicists I’ve met, and he cooed over Stephen the least.

The envy of many girls; touching the Moyer
The envy of many girls; touching the Moyer

My number was called so I went in to set up my camera etc. Stephen came back into the room moments later and spoke with quite a thick Essex accent I thought, it dissipated incredibly quickly however, especially once the interview began.

After he answered my opener by explaining what True Blood was, he asked me if I’d seen the show. While I had seen the first episode, fawning over a celebrity who is basically just promoting a product is highly undesirable as far as I’m concerned. I decided it would be funnier to answer negatively. After watching the video of the brief exchange and resulting expression on his face, I’m glad I did.

He took my semi-mocking questions in a much better spirit than I had probably intended when writing them. When penning my question about researching the role I wanted to press the similarity between vampires and prostitutes in a much more malevolent manner than I managed to summon in practice. This was partially because he seemed quite amused by my mention of a brothel and wanted to make a joke along those lines himself, thus interrupting my comparison, and also because by this stage I’d come to think he was a decent individual.

Then came the ruse, it took some persistent insistence but he appeared to believe me, even stating his surprise when the interview had concluded, “I didn’t know about the Bill Pullman thing.” A slightly more sceptical publicist from Channel 4 asked for more details, but at this stage I just repeated what I’d said earlier as I was distracted by packing my equipment away, and a swooning woman from Heat magazine was already in the room.

There’s always a small team of people who hover just out of sight in order to listen in to these interviews. They never really acknowledge this fact, but it’s pretty clear from their frosty behaviour towards you afterwards that it occurs.

Inside the funky, funky Ch4 offices

In the lift down to reception I sent a text to my editor telling him that I felt immense guilt for being a bit of a bastard towards Stephen in the interview. That feeling continued for some time afterwards; I even stopped to give a confused looking tourist some directions to allay my conscience.

To this day I’m not really sure if I feel proud of my behaviour towards this unusually grounded and decent celebrity, or still ashamed and guilty. I’m told that my questions are now something of a legend in the office of the PR agency that arranged the interview, that’s something I suppose.

This all happened at the beginning of October last year, I’ve waited this long to write about it through a mixture of procrastination and a desire to let the dust settle on all those fan comments. The YouTube comments in particular managed to coerce me into breaking my rule of refraining from replying. I met them with a mixture of heavy sarcasm, light sarcasm, mocking, and honesty. The majority of the comments on fansites revolved around something I was reluctant to reveal the answer to at the time, and that was whether it was intended as a joke or not. Well yes, basically, it was.

Go watch the product of all this ridiculousness here.


Jim Parrack at The Spy Next Door Premiere

Posted by Lynnpd On January - 11 - 2010

True Blood’s Hoyt Fortenberry, Jim Parrack and his wife Ciera arrive on the red carpet at “The Spy Next Door” premiere held at The Grove on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

“The Spy Next Door,” starring Jackie Chan, Alina Foley, Will Shadley, Madeline Carroll and George Lopez, opens in theaters nationwide on January 15.


Anna Paquin hosts the Audi Golden Globes Celebration

Posted by Shadaliza On January - 11 - 2010

Golden Globe nominee Anna Paquin hosted the Audi Golden Globes Celebration on January 10, 2010 in West Hollywood.

Alexander Skarsgård attended the Dior Cocktails for Marion Cotillard and “Nine” event at Chateau Marmont on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Marion Cotillard and Alexander Skarsgård

True Blood charity raffle extended

Posted by Shadaliza On January - 10 - 2010

Because of the inconvenience caused by Google that made it difficult to buy tickets, we have decided to extend the charity raffle for the Choroideremia Research Foundation (CRF). Instead of ending tonight the raffle will close on Thursday January 15 at 8pm EST.

Buy your ticket now for only $5 and win one of the 5 signed True Blood collectors items. Fans from all over the world have bought tickets, The CRF received payments from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Norway, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, Brazil and Italy.

Many of you donated more than the $5 for a ticket, I am happy to inform you that all you dollars will count for the raffle. For example if you donated $25, your ticket number will be added to the list of eligible entries 5 times, so it would be like you bought 5 tickets, we thought this was only fair.

One Raffle with 5 winners:

  • 1° prize: 1 Original script of the pilot episode of True Blood signed by Alan Ball
  • 2° prize: 1 BluRay of True Blood Season 1 signed by Alan Ball
  • 3° prize: 1 I ♥ Vampire Jessica t-shirt signed and personalized by Deborah Ann Woll
  • 4° prize: 1 signed and personalized headshot of Deborah Ann Woll
  • 5° prize: 1 bottle of Tru Blood signed by Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Ashley Jones, Todd Lowe and Allan Hyde.

E.J. Scott will draw the winning raffle ticket numbers as soon as we have received all the entries. All five winners will be notified and the winning raffle ticket numbers will be published on the Vault after we contacted the winners.

Buy your tickets here.

Stephen Moyer says everyone is ok if a little bruised

Posted by Shadaliza On January - 10 - 2010

Yesterday we reported that Stephen Moyer was bucked off a horse while shooting a scene for episode 2 of True Blood’s third season. Apparently he landed on his knees and his good knee took most of the blow. Stephen tells us in a message: “a stuntman and myself were unseated when the horse we were on lost its footing and we, of course, landed on the one piece of concrete within a 200 yard radius… as did Taco, the horse.. everyone is OK if a little bruised…x”

Happy Birthday William Sanderson

Posted by Lynnpd On January - 9 - 2010

The Vault wishes William Sanderson (Sheriff Bud Dearborne) a Happy Birthday – January 10!

Stephen Moyer falls off horse on True Blood set

Posted by Shadaliza On January - 9 - 2010

stephenmoyerDuring a shoot on the True Blood set last night Stephen Moyer was bucked off a horse while shooting a scene for episode 2 of True Blood’s third season. According to our source Stephen was slightly injured and couldn’t complete the night’s work, in his trailer he was wrapped in ice packs.

After he had recovered from the initial pain his spirits were up again but everyone was a little shaken. Depending on how fast Stephen recovers from this unfortunate fall, they might be forced to shoot around him until he makes a full recovery.

Joe Manganiello to be on One Tree Hill podcast January 11

Posted by Lynnpd On January - 9 - 2010

For Joe Manganiello who is reprising his role as the bartender Owen on One Tree Hill, set to air in February, having also been chosen for the role of Alcide the werewolf on season three of HBO’s hit series True Blood is huge.

And, a treat is in store since for us True Blood fans since he is going to be on the One Tree Hill Podcast on January 11. During the interview he will talk about his new role in True Blood and also is reported to give a preview of the Mississippi accent that he is trying to perfect for Alcide.

Manganiello is currently in Wilmington filming for One Tree Hill and then will head back to Los Angeles to begin filming True Blood in late January.

Be sure to check out Manganiello on the One Tree Hill Podcast January 11 by clicking on the source below.


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