April 24, 2014

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Anna Paquin of ‘True Blood’ reveals love for ‘HBO’

HollywoodNews.com: Anna Paquin has spoken about her ambition to work on HBO, the cable network behind the hit TV Show ‘True Blood,’ in which the 27-year-old plays the part of Sookie.
Talking to Venice, she said, “Before the show had come anywhere near me, I had been talking for the last few years about how I would love to get one of those shows like on HBO.
“I think the quality of their product is so high.” She added, “And as far as an acting job, you know where you’re going to be for several months out of your year.”
Describing the day she got hold of the ‘True Blood’ script, she reveals, “I read the cover letter that said ‘HBO’ and ‘Alan Ball’ [the show’s creator] and I was like, ‘Please. Yes. Thank you’.”
Paquin lives in Venice, California with her fiancé and on-screen lover Stephen Moyer. She says she worried that she might not get the part because of her looks.
“A lot of times people have no imagination when it comes to things like what you look like. Brunettes are serious girls and blondes are perky girls, that sort of thing. Thankfully Alan has an imagination.”
When it comes to any similarities between her on-screen romance and her off-screen romance with Moyer, 40, Paquin says, “There are no similarities, I mean, aside from the basic attraction.”
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‘True Blood’s’ Stephen Moyer thrown off a horse

HollywoodNews.com: Stephen Moyer was injured during the production of the third season of “True Blood,” but the actor is now recovered.
Moyer plays lead vampire Bill Compton on the HBO series.
Per Digital Spy (via the Daily Star), Moyer was thrown off a horse.
“I had an accident on this season of True Blood,” Moyer said. “I rode behind a stuntman and the horses didn’t want us there and we were in this forest.
“I came off and he came off and the horse went back and I landed on this two-foot square piece of concrete and it’s the only piece of concrete in the whole forest – straight on my knee.”
Moyer will be starring in “The Big Valley” opposite Jessica Lange. Film is shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
True Blood continues on Sundays at 9pm on HBO.
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Stephen Moyer’s “The Big Valley” to shoot in Louisiana

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: It’s ironic: the big-screen “The Big Valley” is all about the Southern Pacific Railroad tussling with ranchers in Calfornia’s San Joaquin Valley in the old west – but the picture’s being made in Baton Rouge, LA. Chalk it up to Louisiana’s inviting incentives for movie shooting – and California’s lack of same.
Jessica Lange is taking over the Barbara Stanwyk role of ranch matriarch Victoria Barkley in the feature, due to begin production next month. Lee Majors (who played Heath in the 1960s TV series) is also aboard, along with Bruce Dern, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Nicholson (as Audra), “True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer (as Jarrod), Jason Alan Smith (as Nick) and Travis Fimmel, the Aussie who starred alongside the late Patrick Swayze in “The Beast” (as Heath).
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‘True Blood’s’ Klaveno on abusive sex scene with Moyer: ‘The water cooler scene of the season’

Hollywoodnews.com: Anyone catching last night’s episode’s of “True Blood” would have to be living in a cave if they didn’t notice the abusive sex scene between Stephen Moyer’s vampire Bill Compton and his creator Lorena played by Marina Klaveno.
In the scene, Bill forces himself so violently on to Lorena, that he twists her neck (Bill hates Lorena for destroying his life).
“I think it’ll be the water cooler scene, perhaps, of the whole season,” Klaveno told the New York Post. “I’m a little scared to find out how it’s received because it was really hard to film… for all of us.
“We kept looking at the director and writer saying, ‘Really? Really? Are we really doing this?’ But that’s the great thing about this show – it pushes the envelope and surprises you. As soon as you think you’ve seen it all, we pull something else out of the hat.
“We added the blood, which wasn’t in the script, and it became far more violent. More like a rape scene, actually. Which of course makes it all the more disturbing when you hear Lorena’s line ['I love you'].”
Klaveno revealed that this is just the beginning – expect even more violent scenes in the future. Take that Kubrick’s “Clockwork Orange”!
“She’s allowing everything to happen to her, which makes it even more disturbing,” the actress continues “There’s a choice there on Lorena’s part, so there’s a power there in allowing him to throw her on the bed and inflict the violence on her. She’s complicit in all of it.
“The darker he turns, the more she feels like he’s coming back to her, so as messed up as it is for me as an actor – getting violated and brutalized – there’s actually a lot of power in that for her.”
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True Blood Trails 3.0: ‘He had a Mississippi accent, can’t you tell the difference?’

By Anthony D’Alessandro
Hollywoodnews.com: After watching “True Blood” for the first time, what struck me was how well Alan Ball and co. nailed the atmosphere of the suburban swamp communities outside New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Having lived in the Crescent City for a period some years ago, the town of Bon Temps in “True Blood” reminds me of Mandeville, a town across Lake Pontchartrain.
Mandeville is the type of place that has its own Merlotte’s, a Jimmy Buffet-like venue for guys to cry over their lost shaker and salt and flip flops; a bar where Southern Belles can flex their sexual prowess in a game of pool. Off-roading jeeps through the swamp is a pastime that far surpasses a visit to the multiplex.
I even think “True Blood” is sincere with its portrayal of rural Southern characters, i.e. former debutantes who are now out of the ball’s limelight, getting by and cherishing true love in a small town. Imagining the past lives of Sookie, waitress Arlene Fowler, season 2’s Sarah Newlin (who probably married her high school sweetheart) and to a certain degree Jessica Hamby (she had a few debutante balls left in her before getting turned into a vampire); all of them fit the bill of Southern Belle tragic heroes.
It comes as no surprise that Alan Ball would have an affinity with the South since he’s an Atlanta boy.
However, survey a few “True Blood” fans and a consistent gripe you’ll hear is that Ball’s actors literally drop the ball when it comes to putting on a decent and true Southern accent, in this case a Louisiana one.

I was reminded of this so-called nuanced dilemma in last night’s episode “It Hurts Me Too” when vampire Eric criticizes Sookie for not recognizing a werewolf’s twang (I wasn’t aware that dogs speak in dialects).
“He had a Mississippi accent,” Eric tells Sookie, “Can’t you tell the difference?”

Apparently, a number of die-hard fans can tell the difference when British/Australian/non-American actors don Southern accents. Which essentially encompasses a number of the show’s leading protagonists played by Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, and the list goes on….
(Aspiring U.S. actors and actresses complain the most about this since it’s not fair that non-Americans are landing roles meant for them). One of the reasons why a number of offshore actors have landed parts on the show [...]

‘True Blood’ sex scene had to be cut

HollywoodNews.com: Apparently, when it comes to sex scenes, there is line that can’t be crossed for “True Blood.”
A graphic oral sex scene had to be cut from the HBO show because — get this — the cameras couldn’t get close enough to the action.
The Toronto Sun picked up the story.
Apparently, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin had no problem with it; just the camera man.
Moyer describes, “My character would have had his head between Anna’s character’s legs. It was scrapped because of technical difficulty getting the shot with the number of camera set ups they had planned – as opposed to because it was too graphic.”
Each vampire property from “Dracula” to “Twilight” has its own mythology concerning the nocturnal creatures. In “True Blood,” vampires can actually have sex. Their downstairs’ property actually works.
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Stephen Moyer reveals he knew that Anna Paquin was bisexual

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Actor Stephen Moyer, who has starred as vampire Bill Compton in the HBO series True Blood since 2008, knew almost from the very beginning that his co-star and fiancee Anna Paquin is bisexual – something she made public fairly recently.
“I’ve never been in a relationship before in which, literally within the first three days, all the cards were laid out,” he says in a new interview with Playboy. “It wasn’t something that was kept from me. I condone what she has done 100 percent, and it’s her business to talk about it, not mine. It doesn’t change anything. I’m proud of who she is.”
Sounds like a great guy.
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Stephen Moyer contrasts ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’

HollywoodNews.com: When it comes to comparing the “Twilight Saga” to “True Blood,” it boils down to cheese according to the TV show’s actor Stephen Moyer.
“That’s like comparing Monterey Jack and Roquefort,” he said. “If my eight-year-old daughter comes to me when she’s 13 and says, ‘Dad, what would you rather I got into, Twilight or Black Sabbath?’ I’d be stuck between the two but would probably pull for Twilight. I love Black Sabbath, but that can wait until my daughter turns 16,” say Moyer who plays lead vampire Bill Compton. On Camera, Moyer’s Compton is smitten with Anna Paquin’s Sookie while off camera, the actors are actually engaged.
Moyer further elaborates to U.K.’s OK Magazine, “The ‘Twilight’ movies fill a niche. In her ‘Twilight’ novels Stephenie Meyer has chosen a similar vampire framework to tell a story about burgeoning sexuality. What’s interesting about our show is that sexuality has already burgeoned. I wish ‘Twilight’ the best of luck, but I’m very happy to be doing True Blood.”
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is due out on Wednesday, June 30. The film will reap a five day opening at the box office. The film’s previous chapter, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” scored the highest opening day at the domestic box office ever with $72.7 million and the third highest opening 3-day weekend with $142.8 million.
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‘True Blood’s’ Stephen Moyer is just fine with fiancé Paquin’s bi-sexuality

HollywoodNews.com: Even though Anna Paquin is bi-sexual, her fiancé Stephen Moyer has no problem with it.
In fact when she came out, Moyer wasn’t shocked.
The “True Blood” protagonist says, “I condone what she has done 100 percent, and it’s her business to talk about it, not mine. It doesn’t change anything. I’m proud of who she is.
“She doesn’t pull punches. I’ll take 74,000 words to express an emotion because I fear hurting someone’s feelings. Anna will do it in three words. But we trust each other so implicitly that there’s never anything hurtful. With Anna it’s just about pure trust, on camera and off. I have never trusted anybody like I trust Anna,” Moyer said in a recent interview with Sify.com.
Many “True Blood” cast members have marveled how the couple keep it professional, but moreover, how Moyer and Paquin are meant for each other.
Now it’s just time for them to get off the pot and get married! Who’s on the guest list? Will it be a double wedding with Katy Perry and Russell Brand?
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‘True Blood’s’ Stephen Moyer: Love at first sight with Paquin

HollywoodNews.com: When Stephen Moyer of “True Blood,” first laid eyes on his co-star Anna Paquin, it was literally a matter of love at first bite, err, first sight.
“I’ve never been in a relationship before in which, literally within the first three days, all the cards were laid out,” Moyer tells People. “I have never trusted anybody like I trust Anna.”
On “True Blood,” once a vampire sinks his teeth into a human, that bloodsucker is eternally connected with the other being. Similar to the character he plays on screen, once Moyer was away from Paquin during the show’s off season, he “felt as though part of me had been removed when Anna and I were apart.” The couple survived through Skyping.
“It’s not as though people I’ve been with before haven’t been loving, but with Anna it’s just about pure trust – on camera and off.”
Paquin and Moyer have been engaged for the last 10 months. No word as to when they plan to marry. Perhaps around the time of season 3’s finale, hmmm?
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