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Some of the best moments in television come with the opening sequences, titles, credits or introductions for our favorite series on the box. From dramas, to comedies, it seems that HBO shows put a lot of effort into their openers and set up what’s usually a fantastic series, and now True Blood’s opening credits have made a list of the 15 best credits since the year 2000.

Who can forget the fabulous opening sequence of True Blood? Even before we met our favorite vampires, those credits let us know that something special was about to begin. They are iconic in how they totally reflect the feeling of the show and Jace Everett’s song was probably the greatest find in TV history. His song,‘Bad Things,’ combined with the scenes from the opening credits, let’s you know you’re in for more than just your run-of-the-mill, small town, backwoods story.

Alan Ball found the song on ITunes after listening to hundreds of songs.  He originally intended it to be a “filler” until he found a better song, but after it was mixed with the video, he decided to keep it.  We’re so glad he did. 

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True Blood’s creator, Alan Ball is quoted as saying:

Title Sequence (Digital Kitchen, Seattle) – “I didn’t want actors’ faces paraded in front of me.” He described trying to evoke “a sense of tension” of “getting drunk and doing something with someone you wouldn’t normally do” and the craziness of the Bible Belt. That tension between the religious/spiritual and our primal natures. “Both represent a longing for a transcendent experience.” As for those critters and nature shots, Mr. Ball suggests that here, “the supernatural is a deeper manifestation of Nature, and that humans have lost the ability to receive.

Digital Kitchen did those opening credits, and I thought it was great. They just got nominated for an Emmy, so it’s apparently not just my opinion. The song helps the images, but the images help the song just as much. I think they did a phenomenal job.

Gary Calamar, music supervisor for True Blood told the story at the Sync Up Conference a few years back at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Speaking of “Bad Things” Calamar said, “It was a placeholder, it was my job to find the song.“ What is news to us is what Calamar shared about the runner up.  He said that one of the songs seriously considered for the slot was CC Adcock’s “Bleed 2 Feed,” which Adcock had personally submitted for the production’s consideration.

Of Adcock, Calamar said, “He’s a great musician and a great – I don’t know if hustler is the right word — hustler in the best sense of the word,” Calamar said. Alas, “Bad Things” won out.

At the end of the day, we could not beat it,” Calamar said. “It had the right mix of menace, humor and sex.“ “Bleed 2 Feed” did end up in an episode, and on the show’s first-season soundtrack album. ”We were able to repurpose it,” Calamar said.

 
As we go into the final season of our favorite show, let’s remember the magic that happened in September 2008 when True Blood aired it’s first episode on HBO.  When I saw those opening credits, I knew this was going to be a great show.
 

 
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True Blood’s Sarah Newlin, Anna Camp attended the “Goodbye To All That” Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the SVA Theater on April 17, 2014 in New York City.

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spoiler-s7squareRecently we posted about a new villain to appear in True Blood Season 7, Mr. Gus. Well, below is a new tidbit from TVLine about the character that gives us a bit more of a possibility that he may not be human.  Could he be a vampire?

Question: Do you know if we’re going to meet any of the beloved but sadly departed characters of the past on True Blood‘s final season? If not, do you have any other scoops? —Kenn
Ausiello: No word yet on any Nights of the Living Dead, but I can tell you that we’re getting what sounds like a new Big Bad in Mr. Gus. Though he’s a Japanese businessman, he’s apparently been so Americanized that he’d make J.R. Ewing seem Asian. (By which we mean he rocks a 10-gallon hat and speaks with a drawl.) Oh, and thanks to a business back-stab, he’s got a thirst for vengeance that’s described as “infinite.” So, while he’ll appear to be middle-aged, I have a hunch he’s immortal.

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SEASON7NEWS2True Blood’s redneck sons of Holly, Aaron Christian Howles and Noah Matthews will return for True Blood Season 7.

Howles and Matthews play brothers Rocky and Wade Cleary, respectively.

“Our characters are involved in a plot this season.” Howles said. Howles also said this is his biggest acting role so far.

“I play Rocky Cleary, one of Holly Cleary’s sons. Rocky’s an independent, redneck rebel, or, at least he likes to think he’s a rebel, who can’t stand his mom or other authority figures. Working on the show is great. Everybody on the show is so incredibly nice. I’m extremely lucky to be involved with such a fun group of people.” Howles said.

source: goodhollywood.com

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True Blood is halfway through filming their final season (which premieres June 22 on HBO), and according to Amelia Rose Blaire, who plays Willa, it’s already a “jaw-dropper.” While she she’s predictably tight-lipped on what’s to come, she will say Willa comes into her own as a vampire with Tara (Rutina Wesley) as her teacher, and that she’d like Sookie to end up single. (If she had to root for someone, it would be Bill or Eric. Sorry, Alcide.)

Stopping by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105) this week for a chat on the TV Editor’s Hour, Blaire relived one of our favorite scenes from season 6 — Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) turning Willa — and shared her friends’ reactions. Listen to the clip below.

Click below to listen to Amelia’s interview:
 

 
Check out or exclusive interview with Amelia where she talks in depth about playing Willa by clicking on the image below:

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rogueFinally, we seem to have some confirmation about Anna Paquin’s appearance in the next installment of the X-Men Movies: , X-Men: Days of Future Past.  It appears that she will be in the film after all.  While we don’t see her in the latest trailer below, her name is on the credits (see the screencap below):

In December, director Bryan Singer told  Entertainment Weekly that the Anna “won’t appear” in the superhero sequel after the only action sequence involving her character Rogue had to be cut from the film. Singer explained that in the editing process, he discovered the sequence was “extraneous” to the story. “Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in,” Singer said. “Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

That sequence may not have survived, but it turns out, Rogue has. After noticing Paquin’s name was conspicuously present in the credits following the newest trailer for the film released late Tuesday, a rep for 20th Century Fox has confirmed to BuzzFeed that Paquin is back in the film. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” the rep said.

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With a storyline that jumps from the near future to 1970s America, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the most ambitious movie in the 14-year-old, now seven-film franchise, incorporating actors from the original film trilogy like Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry, as well as Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence from the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. With so many characters to service in a feature-length running time, it is understandable that Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand) would have difficulty working every single X-Men character into the film. In Paquin’s case, apparently, they were ultimately able to conjure the screen time.

The promo is below, unfortunately we don’t see Rogue in the video except for the credits.

 

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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello attends the John Varvatos 11th Annual Stuart House Benefit at John Varvatos Boutique on April 13, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

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All the True Blood and Alexander Skarsgård fans know that he likes to go to Coachella each year; and this year is no exception. Last night he attended the Alexander Wang X H&M Coachella Party and posed for a couple of photos with the fashion designer, Alexander Wang. Alexander Wang’s new collection will hit H&M Stores worldwide and online on November 6, 2014.

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Ryan Kwanten at the Guess Hotel in Palm Springs

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten attends the GUESS Hotel at the Viceroy Palm Springs on April 12, 2014 in Palm Springs, California.

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‘True Blood’s’ Amelia Rose Blaire rings the opening bell at NASDAQ in honor of the show’s final season.

With her series-changing performance as Governor Burrell’s newly-turned vampire daughter, Willa, on HBO’s Emmy & Golden Globe nominated series “True Blood,” fresh faced beauty AMELIA ROSE BLAIRE has quickly won over the hearts of viewers everywhere as they watched her struggle with her allegiances between her father and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) – the man responsible for turning her into a vampire. Her act of defiance was one of the most memorable plot twists in the series’ history and she will have a pivotal role in the upcoming highly anticipated final season — premiering Sunday, June 22nd!

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