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chrisbauerIt is that time of the year again: Award Season. Some days ago we posted the first reactions of the True Blood cast to the recent award nominations, they were all thrilled and so is Chris Bauer who plays Bon Temps police detective Andy Bellefleur. Chris tells The Vault:

“I am so GRATEFUL for any and all support of our work, let alone the devotion from people like you who really make us feel like you get what we are doing and like it. Any actor would be a pig to ask for more than that. I got a call from my manager, just as i did this morning about the SAG nomination. We’re all super excited and see it as an opportunity to reinvest in doing our best. We’re just a bunch of lucky actors.”

Chris will be back in True Blood’s third season, where his storyline is again connected to that of Ryan Kwanten. Andy and Jason share a secret and secrets never stay secret in tv series…

Filming on the second episode of season 3 has begun.

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Since its the end of 2009, I’m sure we are going to be inundated with “Top 10″ lists.  And, because True Blood is so popular and just so darn good, I know it will be on a lot of the lists. Here’s another list just out from the San Francisco Chronicle.  I would have put True Blood in the first position, but I’m consoled by the fact that the show made the list and is in such good company.

Congratulations True Blood and HBO!

San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten shows of 2009

1. “Mad Men,” AMC.
2. “Breaking Bad,” AMC
3. “Sons of Anarchy,” FX
4. “Battlestar Galactica,” Syfy
5. “Lost,” ABC.
6. “Dexter,” Showtime.
7. “Glee,” Fox.
8. “Big Love,” HBO.
9. “Nurse Jackie,” HBO.
10. “True Blood,” HBO. Sex, blood, vampires and topical metaphors – what’s not to like? This is one of those crazily addictive series that seems stuck just below greatness. It seems content to be a very good, very weird, soap opera that can ratchet up your tensions and align darkness with sexy. Which was good enough for 10th.

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Alexander Skarsgard

Here’s a new interview with Alexander Skarsgård, from Blackbookmag.com.  Alex talks about his childhood as an actor and how he came back to acting including his part in Generation Kill as well as his experiences on True Blood playing the “above it all” cool, Eric Northman.  Since he has grown up the son of a famous actor Stellan Skarsgård, and then had fame in Sweden as a heartthrob, he does have some experience with fame, but the new found fame because of True Blood is certainly a new experience.

Skarsgård became famous in his home country when he was only 13 for his performance in a breakout hit called The Dog That Smiled. He quit acting for almost a decade after that experience, but he no longer fears exposure. “I’ve learned not to worry about that and not to let that affect me or my friends,” he says calmly. During production on his new movie, a remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic Straw Dogs (starring James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), fans drove all the way from Chicago to Shreveport, Louisiana, just to get his autograph. “Yeah, it can get a little intense,” he says. “But it’s a good thing. I haven’t had any bad experiences, knock on wood.”

You’ve said in other interviews that your experience of fame as a child actor was kind of scary and put you off acting for a few years and then in your early twenties you decided to give it another try. What motivated that change?
Well, I don’t know if “scary” is the right word. I did my first feature when I was seven back in Sweden. I never really considered it a profession or potential work for me in the future, I just thought of it as something fun. Then I did this movie when I was 13 and it got quite a lot of attention back in Scandinavia and it just made me very uncomfortable. It’s weird when you’re 13 to get all that attention. From the day I started working as an actor I wasn’t saying, “I’m gonna be a big star.” So it wasn’t a tough decision for me to stop. And my parents never pushed me. They said, “If you’re not passionate about this, if you don’t like all the attention, just do what you want to do.” And I did for seven years. And then when I was 20, like most people that age, I started thinking about what to do with my future and potential careers and obviously acting came up again. I realized that I had a strong urge to be on a stage again. I missed acting and I also knew that the fact I quit had nothing to do with the craft, with the work itself, it had to do with everything around it. So I figured it might be different now that I was 20 as opposed to when I was 13.

You felt more able to deal with it, at that point, maturity wise.
I was still young but I felt that at least I wasn’t 13. I felt that I kind of owed it to myself to give it another go and see how I felt about it. Then I went to study at a drama school in New York and from day one I knew how much I missed it and how much I loved it, so, you know, after that I’ve never looked back.

In Generation Kill the character you played, Ice Man, who is based on a real soldier, is very reserved and the performance itself was similarly restrained, but the scene that I really liked and that a lot of people have commented on, is the one where you’re, for lack of a better word, flying around in that field where everyone’s camped. How did that particular scene come about?
It happened. It happened for real. Reading the book and the script I just loved that moment so much. It’s towards the end of their journey, they’re almost outside of Baghdad at that point, they’ve gone through all this madness. It’s just this moment where [my character] Colbert, who is the Ice Man, and is always strong, just has to become a child again for just a few seconds. He just has to let all that out for a brief moment and be the guy who leaves his gun behind and just enjoys the moment, which he hasn’t done up until then.

I know that you had decided not to talk to the man you were playing during the filming, but that you met him after. Did you talk about that specific moment with him?
I don’t remember. We talked, I’m pretty sure we did, we talked about everything. I picked his brain for hours. It was just such a big moment for me to sit down and meet with him and talk to him about the whole journey, and his take on the series, how he felt about what we did with it, how we portrayed him and his fellow marines.

Was he pleased?
I’m still alive so I guess. He seemed to like it. It would be tough for him because it was personal. Everything I say on the show, talking about his ex-girlfriend, and hookers and all that stuff, it’s real, it’s quotes from real life. He never asked for this to become a huge HBO series. This is stuff he said in front of his men, inside the humvee, and yes, he knew that there was a journalist back there, but after a couple of days you forget that the guy’s a journalist. When you’re tired, and you’ve been on the road for a couple days it’s hard to censor yourself. But I think that he liked what we did and felt that it was a portrait of what they went through out there. That meant everything to me to hear that.

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Billsbabe, Lisafemmeacadienne has written an account of what it was like in Bill Compton’s time in Louisiana.  Since we may be having some flashbacks from the post-Civil War period in Season 3, she thought some background would be helpful in order to better understand this time in Louisiana’s history. Thanks for this look into Louisiana’s past, Lisa!

Lavish ball gowns adorning doe-eyed maidens, fanning themselves on a sweltering Louisiana night, waiting for a dance with a suitor as minstrels play a lively waltz. Couples strolling arm in arm along a meandering bayou as the wind gently blows the Spanish moss draped from the ancient oaks…

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The Antebellum period: a romanticized view of Louisiana before the Civil War. Everything changed when Louisiana seceded from the Union in 1861, and brought the War of Northern Aggression to Louisiana’s rivers and bayous.

After the Civil War came Reconstruction. It was a time of division, poverty, disease, starvation, and death. The phrase “brother against brother” held true during this time, as families divided over allegiances to the Union (The US Government) or “The Cause” (State’s Rights).

After the men were released from the Louisiana Regiments, they made their way home. Some did not make it due to lack of transportation, (horses were rare after the war, having been stolen, eaten, or confiscated,) disease, or injury. Oftentimes, these men were desperate for food, comfort, and shelter, and simply took what they needed to survive. Widows would try to coax the men to stay as they passed through; the amount of young, able-bodied men in Louisiana had significantly decreased, and a woman without the protection of a man was extremely vulnerable to the whims of passers-by.

Reconstruction was a very violent time, more so than during the war itself. Families divided over loyalties to the Union or to the Confederacy, and it was common to see public hatred and prejudice from both sides that would erupt suddenly, often with deadly results. Riots would occur with very little warning; for example, many by-standers were killed at the Cabildo Riots in New Orleans. The military and local police did what they could, but it was a very volatile, chaotic time in Louisiana’s history.

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As part of Louisiana’s lot for successfully repelling the Union army during the war, food stores and crops were confiscated after the war for troop use, making food scarce and diets monotonous. Hot sauce was created in Louisiana due to the bland diets the survivors faced from lack of crops and livestock that were decimated in the war. The South was the breadbasket of the United States at that time, and with that depletion, the entire country was suffering from shortages, so no post-war aid was available. After slavery was abolished, there were simply not enough workers to maintain the giant plantations, and no money to pay workers.

The lack of proper diet also brought a resurgence of disease in the area from the suppressed immune systems of Louisianans, almost doubling the current mortality rate. Epidemics, such as the dreaded Yellow Fever, became more prevalent in the state, closing down entire towns and stranding barges of supplies on the Mississippi River, the main transportation route in Louisiana. Shreveport was all but abandoned from August to December, 1873 as people fled to adjoining areas to escape the scourge. Trains that finally arrived, loaded with relief supplies, were unable to come into Shreveport due to the quarantine, and many people died from lack of medicine.

Reconstruction was a dark time in Louisiana’s history, but even facing war time conditions, the people persevered, making the state a unique center of culture and commerce for the United States. Mardi Gras made a comeback during this period, as well as theatre, music and dance halls, giving a distraction from the bleak conditions.

The Treme area of New Orleans gave birth to some of the most iconic music, such as the stereotypical marching brass band playing “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In”.

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These distractions evolved into modern-day jazz, American theatre, and the Mardi Gras celebrations that we continue to enjoy today.

If you have any other Louisiana topics that pertain to “True Blood” that you would like to read about, please post in the comments section, and I will do my best to put something together for you.
Thanks!

Lisafemmeacadienne

Bibliography

Our Louisiana Legacy, Dethloff, Henry C., Steck-Vaughn Company, Austin, TX, copyright 1980, pp. 48-52.
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True Blood nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award

Posted by Lynnpd On December - 17 - 200910 COMMENTS
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Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2009 were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.

We’re happy to report that True Blood has been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series”.

Congratulations to the entire cast of True Blood!

TRUE BLOOD (HBO)

  • CHRIS BAUER / Andy Bellefleur
  • MEHCAD BROOKS / Eggs
  • ANNA CAMP / Sarah Newlin
  • NELSAN ELLIS / Lafayette Reynolds
  • MICHELLE FORBES / Maryann Forrester
  • MARIANA KLAVENO / Lorena
  • RYAN KWANTEN / Jason Stackhouse
  • TODD LOWE / Terry Bellefleur
  • MICHAEL McMILLIAN / Steve Newlin
  • STEPHEN MOYER / Bill Compton
  • ANNA PAQUIN / Sookie Stackhouse
  • JIM PARRACK / Hoyt Fortenberry
  • CARRIE PRESTON / Arlene Fowler
  • WILLIAM SANDERSON / Bud Dearborne
  • ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD / Eric Northman
  • SAM TRAMMELL / Sam Merlotte
  • RUTINA WESLEY / Tara Thornton
  • DEBORAH ANN WOLL / Jessica Hamby

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and 6 p.m. MT from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected solely by actors’ peers. Two randomly selected panels-one for television and one for film-each comprised of 2,100 Guild members from across the United States, chose this year’s Actor and stunt ensemble honors nominees. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller, mailed the nominations secret ballots on Nov. 25. Voting was completed by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009.

Awards ballots will be mailed on Tuesday Dec. 29, 2009. The entire active membership of the Guild across the country, numbering approximately 100,000 actors, will vote on all categories. Ballots must be received by Integrity Voting Systems by noon Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. Results will be tallied and sealed until the envelopes are opened by the presenters at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies on Jan. 23.

The Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, will be hosted for the 14th consecutive year by People Magazine and by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

Other  shows  nominated in this category are:

  • THE CLOSER (TNT)
  • DEXTER (Showtime)
  • THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
  • MAD MEN (AMC)

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Ryan Kwanten makes Aussie top 10 Hunks list

Posted by Lynnpd On December - 17 - 20091 COMMENT

ryan_kwanten_1Movie tickets website Fandango.com asked thousands of film fans to pick their favourite Aussie sex symbol as part of a new campaign with Hollywood’s Australians in Film, and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten made the list. Leading the list was Hugh Jackman and others included in the top 10 were: Simon Baker, Chris Hemsworth, and House star Jesse Spencer.

Congratulations Ryan!

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Alexander Skarsgård Interview with Premiere.FR

Posted by Lynnpd On December - 16 - 20092 COMMENTS

Alexander Skarsgård talks to Premiere.FR about his role of Eric Northman in True Blood and how he sees his character.

It looks like we might have more flashbacks in S3 since he discusses that since his character is over 1,000 years old that a lot that can be done to explore his past. He also talks about S2, episode 1 when he did a particularly gruesome scene in the basement of Fangatasia and how much he enjoyed that opportunity to really “let go” with his character.

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The truebies are thrilled with the recent Golden Globes nominations for their favorite show. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for the big event on January 17. The True Blood  cast is equally thrilled with the nomination for True Blood for Best Television Series – Drama. Earlier we reported that Anna Paquin is very flattered with her two nominations for True Blood and The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. She was still in bed when she heard the news. And so was the rest of the cast who were so kind to give The Vault a first reaction to the Golden Globes nomination.

kristinbauerKristin Bauer (Pam) says: “I was in bed, I had hit snooze already once when my phone rang. I laid there listening to my manager leave a cheerful message asking me to call him. About four minutes later it rang again, this time it was my agent announcing True Blood’s Golden Globe nomination! I got up and called them back! I am very happy about it of course, so nice to be part of this in any way!”

tarabuckTara Buck (Ginger): “The cast and crew of True Blood have my deepest artistic respect and I am thrilled they are being acknowledged with the nomination. The Golden Globe is the coolest! Personally I am beyond proud to be a very small part of the show and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with this freakishly talented group. I have a great manager who keeps me in the loop. I got a very sweet email last night with all the nominations attached. My fingers are crossed too!”

jimparrackJim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry) also didn’t stay up to watch the nominations live. “I was in my bed and I woke up and a girl I went to high school with had sent me a text this morning that said, “Congratulations on True Blood getting nominated for Best Drama and for Anna getting nominated for Best Actress!!” And I thought, “Wow!! is it already that time of year again!?!” And then I counted my blessings to be on this show and work with these people at this caliber. Those thougths were immediately followed by, “I wonder if Ciera [Jim's lovely wife] and I will go this year?”

michaelmcmillianMichael McMillian (Rev. Steve Newlin) says: “Pretty cool news! My sister woke me up early this morning with a call from back home in Kansas City. I didn’t even know they were announcing the nominations today. I’m really happy that Season 2 is getting recognized and am proud to be a part of the True Blood universe. I’m also very proud of Anna Paquin for both her nominations. She cannot be stopped!”

michaelLehmannMichael Lehmann, director of 5 True Blood episodes received an email alert: “I get email updates from Variety, which I rarely look at but haven’t bothered to turn off– that’s where I saw that the nominations were announced, and it led me to an article with a full list. I normally pay no attention to awards and am usually the last to know, but this year I found out pretty quickly.”
“I was very happy for everyone on the show and, of course, particularly for Alan Ball and Anna”, Michael continues. “I only wish more cast members had been nominated, as they are all more than deserving. I think the quality of acting on the show is so good across the board that it’s difficult for people to pick a standout– which may affect the nominations.”

Michael has worked on wonderful shows like Big Love and Californication, but it seems that he has a special place in his heart for True Blood: “Other actors and shows I’ve worked with got nominations, too, but luckily there is very little overlap, so I can root for True Blood without any reservations or conflicts. I really hope we win this year, as the second season was extraordinarily good, and everyone worked so hard to get it right.”

I think it is funny to see how the fans are more excited about award nominations than the cast and crew. Michael Lehmann has an explanation for that: “We tend not to get too excited about nominations… the whole competition thing is pretty strange; generally speaking, most of the people who do this stuff think of it as creative work and not as a competition with ‘winners’ and ‘losers.’

Of course, mostly we just don’t ever want to be thought of as losers. :)”

If the season 3 schedule falls into place as planned, Michael Lehmann will be directing 3 episodes again this season.

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Thanks to Billsbabe, Thellou for posting this video of Maxim’s Hottest for 2009. It’s great to see True Blood mentioned because of its phenomenal success, and that Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have also been singled out as the “undead it couple” of 2009.

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nm_anna_paquin_090311_ssv_thumbTrue Blood’s Anna Paquin has been nominated for two separate Golden Globes, a feat shared only by Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Matt Damon.  At this morning’s  nomination announcements we learned that she had been nominated again this year for her role of Sookie Stackhouse (for which she won the same award earlier this year), and also for her portrayal of Irena Sendler in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.

Anna got word of the nominations from her publicist … and she wasn’t exactly standing by for an alert.

It was 5 in the morning. I was in bed,” Paquin quipped. “It was all very surprising.

And the Kiwi actress definitely didn’t spread the word once she heard.

It’s not considered nice to wake people up at 6 in the morning. No one likes that. Weird, huh?  But I e-mailed my family.

And, sure, she knew Tuesday morning was the “big reveal,” but she’s been too preoccupied to give it much thought.

Honestly, our show just went back two weeks ago, so it’s been pretty hectic,said Paquin, whose breakthrough performance in 1993’s “ The Piano” earned her an Academy Award. “And, you know, Christmas is coming up and my family is coming into town. I’ve just been sort of focusing on that stuff. It came upon me quite suddenly, it felt like. It’s very flattering and a great honor. I’m very happy with what I have. If anything else comes of it, that’s wonderful, but it’s really wonderful already.

In “True Blood” — based on Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries novels — she plays an innocent waitress who can read people’s minds. It’s a stark contrast with her role as a Polish social worker who brings Jewish children to safety during World War II in “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.”

That’s what I love about acting. I could be a part of this amazing story about someone so young who could do so much. She was so brave and so strong and incredibly impressive. And then there’s Sookie, who is really flawed, but she really means well and she’s always kind of getting herself into trouble and ends up in these wildly bad situations that she can kind of get herself out of but always ends up needing to be rescued.”

And though “True Blood” has ridden the vampire wave and propelled into one of HBO’s most-watched shows, it was snubbed by the Emmys this year. But Paquin isn’t bitter.

It was our first season,” she said. “I mean, come on! We’re still a brand new show. I think it’s amazing that we’re getting noticed and that people are watching it at all. I always say it takes a while for new shows to catch on so any attention people are paying to us is the cherry on top.

Still, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has been a fan from the beginning, and is once again recognizing the series.

So where does she keep the statuette she received earlier this year?

It’s sitting in a cabinet under my sink next to my Oscar.

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