Last night, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer also attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in addition to the Elton John event. Below are a few photos from the Vanity Fair event which was hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
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Past weekend was the very last True Blood Bitten event in Northampton, UK. Jason Smith aka Andy Bellefleur was there again with his lovely wife Katie and he reports how Truebies party in the UK.
This was the third True Blood convention organised by Massive Events. The big name guest this year was Nelsan Ellis who plays Lafayette. Denis O’Hare who plays Russell Edgington had to be replaced due to being in a play on Broadway which clashed with the convention. Nelsan was to be joined by Lauren Bowles who plays Holly, Lindsay Pulsipher who plays Crystal and Tara Buck who plays Ginger. I was a little sad going into this con as it was announced the week before that this would be the last True Blood Bitten convention that Massive Events would host. I resolved that I would make the most of the weekend and have a great time. Was looking forward to meeting the Bitten crew and cosplaying a variety of True Blood characters over the course of the weekend.
I decided to take the Friday off work this year so I could arrive early and not be so rushed as in previous years. After meeting up with Truebie friends for lunch, checking in to the hotel and registering for the con, I changed into my Sheriff Bellefleur costume that I would be wearing for the party that night and made my way to the convention hall. Everyone was excited that the Bitten con was going to start again. The first shock announcement was that Nelsan had missed his flight from the USA as he had been filming overnight and it had overrun. Massive Events promised he would be there the following morning for photos and autographs and even said they would do a second meet and greet wine reception the following night for gold ticket holders as Nelsan would miss the one that was taking place straight after the opening ceremony. Then we got to meet Tara, Lindsay and Lauren for the first time which got the crowd going. The ladies said they had been enjoying the sights of Northampton and had found a shoe museum to look round!
After the brief introduction at the opening ceremony it was on to the first of two wine receptions with the guests. Lauren (who plays Andy Bellfleur’s girlfriend) said she was very taken with my costume! It was her second convention, the first being a horror convention in Baltimore. Lindsay was wearing some amazing blue high hell shoes that the Truebie ladies in my group loved. She had been to an autograph signing with Joe Manganiello, so it was her first proper con too! Tara looked lovely too.
After the wine reception was the first of the parties, this one being themed round the Halloween party at Merlotte’s in Season 3. Everyone had made great efforts on costumes this year. At 10pm almost everyone made their way outside to the front of the hotel for the first of three group shots of all the convention goers. The party went on quite late and Sheriff Andy was very popular for photos.
I made it to breakfast this next morning dressed as Andy Bellefleur for the first photoshoot starting at 10am. Nelsan had arrived at the hotel shortly beforehand and everyone was excited about that. I also took my Talbot crystal jar down for the photo shoots. First photo shoot was with Lauren followed by Nelsan (who pulled Talbot’s lid off to look inside!) and then Lindsay and then Tara. The queues for autographs were not too bad so it wasn’t long before I had all four signatures added to my Andy Bellefleur arm cast. There was a short break during which I got changed into regular con cloths for the group photo with all four guests and my wife Katie.
The first group talk was a solo one from Lindsay. She was asked what it was like kissing and biting Ryan and about the infamous rape scene which she said was the most awkward scene she had to film. She said biting him was very chocolatey as that’s what they use in the fake blood! She said the funniest thing was the reverse camera shot on Ryan from her point of view when Ryan was tied to the bed which had one of the cameraman bouncing up and on him for a long time and filming his reaction. She would like to come back on the show and try and beat the crap out of Jessica!
The next solo talk was from Tara. She was asked about her trade mark scream and said “It just came out”, which made the audience laugh. She said the best/funniest Ginger moment was riding the coffin. She would love to appear on Game of Thrones and would dress up to go to a convention about it.
The last talk of the afternoon was from Lauren and Nelsan. When asked what his favourite word was he said “cooker”, which was a pun on everyone expecting him to say “hookah”. Lauren said her favourite quote was “bitch can burn”. When asked if he ever took any of Lafayette’s costumes, Nelsan said he took his earrings and shoes on occasion, “but not the other stuff”. Nelsan also said that in real life he sucks at cooking! When asked how long the show could run for Nelsan said he thought it was time to let Lafayette go as he felt he was getting typecast. In later talk he said he would play Lafayette for as long as his character was wanted in the show. Nelsan was also a big Game Of Thrones fan and would love to work on the show. Then in one of the funniest moments of the whole weekend, Nelsan spoilered the character Tara in season 5. We had been told to be careful about mentioning season 5 and the biggest gaff had come from Nelsan. Hilarious!
Following the talk was the auction for True Blood memorabilia signed by the guests. As this was the last Bitten they auctioned off all the previous memorabilia from the first two Bitten conventions as well. My friend won the Chinese meal with all 4 guests that evening so I was well excited for her! Then there was the second wine reception for gold ticket members where we got to meet Nelsan as well as the other ladies from the previous wine reception.
The evening party was Fangtasia as it had been in previous years. This was when the Truebie ladies got to wear sexy vampire costumes and they really went for it! I cosplayed Vampire Eddie which I did at the first Bitten and then took Talbot round in his crystal jar. His fan base was bigger than mine! There was another group shot in the lobby at 10pm followed by a band playing in the main party room. Everyone had a great time and the party went one quite late. Some of the guests came down and mingled with fans in the lobby outside the main hall which was great. Nelsan was doing shots with some of his fans which went down well, except for the following morning!
I had a lie in on the last morning as I already had all my photo shoots and autographs. Nelsan was late down due to jet lag and the shots from the night before. I don’t think anyone minded! The first afternoon talk was from Lindsay and Tara. When asked who the best looking True Blood actor was, Tara said Joe Manganiello, “No makeup required, no clothes required!”. Lauren did a solo talk next and then it was onto the quiz.
The quiz involved all four guests and two volunteer fans in questions, dictionary and acting scenes about True Blood. Fan Melissa was teamed with Lindsay and Tara in a team called “bitches”. Fan Roxanne was teamed with Lauren and Nelsan in a team called “hookahs”. The “bitches” eventually won by a point in another very funny quiz!
Following the quiz was Nelsan’s solo talk. His Aunty had called his cousin “hookah” so he had used it when improvising lines and it had stuck. He played trumpet and tuba at high school and would love to play Richard III if he got the chance. The funniest scene he was in was when a 300lb naked dude was running round a meat tree and he fell over. Nobody could stop laughing after that! He also said that a body double was used for the demon make up as it took 6 hours to put on and 3 hours to take off.
Last up was the final guest talk featuring all four guests followed by the closing ceremony. This was the funniest talk of the weekend. Lauren’s comments were hilarious. The whole talk had very adult material discussed in it which I can’t mention here. You just had to be there! Following the talk was the closing ceremony where we were told about the possibility of Massive Events running some kind of vampire themed country ball in the summer of 2013. There were no details as it was just an idea at the drawing board.
The last party was a slumber party themed round fellowship of the sun in the lobby outside of the main hall. I went as Steve Newlin in his trademark brown sweater and took Talbot along so we could all eat the vodka jelly that was inside.
There was a final group shot of all the party attendees. Later the guests came down again and joined fans in the main hotel bar after the party had finished.
It was another great weekend con organised by Massive Events. Will be interesting to see what they come up with next or if anyone else can fill the large True Blood shaped hole in the UK convention scene!
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True Blood stars Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Deborah Ann Woll, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Rutina Wesley, Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell were interviewed on the TV Guide Magazine yacht during Comic Con 2012!
Check out the Time Warner interview with True Blood’s Stephen Moyer during Comic-Con 2012 below. In the video, Stephen talks about his favorite scene of the season that he gets to do with Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgard, where he says they,”get to do something they’ve never done before and it’s kind of amazing.”
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The following video was taken by me at the Warner Brother’s booth in the Exhibition Hall at 2012 Comic Con. The event took place right after the True Blood panel and I was among the crowds who were waiting for a glimpse at the cast members as they signed autographs for the lucky fans who had tickets.
To be privileged to get an autograph and stand in the signing line, the fans had to be one of the first 100 to be in the autograph signing line early that morning and win a pass. Congratulations to the lucky truebies who got to meet the cast and get their True Blood posters signed.
As you can see, it was quite crowded and it was hard to get too close, but I think this video provides a hint, for those not able to attend the event, of what it was like to be there among the crowds.
Last Friday, July 13, 2012, I met up with Michael McMillian, a.k.a., Reverend Steve Newlin at the IDW booth at Comic Con. Michael answered a few of my questions in this short video interview about his True Blood character, his comic book Lucid and his continued work on the True Blood Comics. We previously reported that Lucid has been picked up by Warner Brothers, and Michael talks about it being made into a feature film.
As Micheal reminds us in the video, Steve Newlin’s wife Sara was supposed to be in Season 5, but the scene got cut from episode 2. Here’s the script showing the scene with Sara Newlin that was cut courtesy of Inside True Blood’s Blog.
He signed my hard bound copy of the True Blood comic, The French Quarter and Lucid, as seen below.
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Over at Inside True Blood’s Blog, they give us a summary of the “sexiest bytes” from the Panel that took place last weekend at Comic Con 2012. Read about it below:
The True Blood cast has been coming to Comic-Con so long now that their panel has practically become an institution. And like any well-seasoned TV stars, they knew exactly how to deliver the hotness:
Alan Ball dished out some faerie stripper action.
You’ve already seen the club – it’s not a strip club per se, as it is more a burlesque club. We will see other faeries and other people in various states of undress … Sort of playing off the strip club in Charlaine’s books, we decided to make it a club where faeries just hung out and had a good time, which sometimes means having their way with humans. We wanted to be more adult, more sensual … more sort of soft-core porno faerie.
Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer relived their trunk scene.
Skarsgard: That scene was originally probably six minutes long, and it ended up being like a 10-second scene because …
Moyer: We couldn’t do it without laughing. But we did rehearse it all weekend … We both received emails from Alan, the lord and master. So we ended up kind of going in to see the principal and getting our wrists slapped.
Rutina Wesley is digging her new tiny leather clothes.
I have the feeling that Pam pulled Tara aside at some point and made her up. I remember my mother called me on Monday and was like, “That bustier was rockin’!” And I was like, “Um, thanks mom?” But it’s been fun to dress up this year and kinda have them thangs out.
Alan Ball promised three new romances – and lots more sex.
Regarding new romances … yes, I can think of three that are going to happen. Three new romances this season. And … there’s also a lot of other people having sex. But those don’t really count as romances.
Joe Manganiello has a super-racy favorite scene.
My favorite scene of all time was Valentine’s Day, last year at the lake, making a Sookie sandwich with Alex. Two naked dudes screaming, “I’ll f**king kill you!” with Anna in the middle and, like, a wolf running around in the background. That’s ‘True Blood’ to me.
On Saturday July 14, 2012, the True Blood cast met up after their Panel at Comic Con and signed autographs for some very lucky fans.
In order to have the privilege of standing in line to get an autograph you had to be one of the many fans who stood in another line, early in the morning at about 7am (when the Convention Center opened), and also be among the first 100 in line for True Blood to receive a ticket. Many I know went and tried to get the much sought after ticket to no avail.
The cast signed the autographs at the Warner Brothers booth located in the Exhibition Hall and I was there amongst the crowds.
I shot a video of the mobs of fans and of the jumbotron which showed the cast signing. We will have this video for you sometime this weekend, but for now, here’s some photos from spoilertv.co.uk documenting the event.
Several of the the cast members from True Blood (Sam Trammell, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Deborah Ann Woll, Stephen Moyer and Chris Meloni) show appreciation for the overwhelming support of their fans in the video below.
By the way, they are standing on the upper level of the Warner Brothers booth that was located in the Comic con Exhibition hall. I’m guessing this video was shot between the panel and the autograph session which took place below at 6:00pm. I was there and it was very packed. We’ll be having a video soon showing you what it was like.
At the Playboy/True Blood Comic Con party Stephen Moyer and Sam Trammell spoke with TRYCW.com in next videos. The After Party was sponsored by Playboy and the inside of the tent was decorated like the Faery Club on True Blood.
In the following video, Stephen is asked about when he first read Playboy Magazine.
In the next video, he says that Anna is good and in bed and he is going to be there too very soon. They know whether the twins will be boys or girls or a combo, but Stephen won’t spill the beans.
Sam Trammell answers a quick question about Twilight vs. True Blood at the Playboy True blood Party.