Thursday, September 16, 2010

'True Blood' Stars Share Their Season Four Wish Lists Alexander Skarsgård, Nelsan Ellis and others speculate on who'll find supernatural powers next.

Oh, "True Blood," why does your season have to end so quickly! It seems like just yesterday fans were counting down the days to the season-three premiere. Alas, the new episodes have come and gone, but that doesn't mean we don't have fresh news and intel straight from our favorite HBO castmembers themselves! When MTV News caught up with the merry, wise-cracking bunch recently, we asked them what might be on their wish lists for next season, as well as a few details about co-stars and witches, etc.
"Well, if you read the books you know that next season is all about fightin' witches," Nelsan Ellis teased about season four's fun new plotline. "So we shall see," he said.
But will we get to see Lafayette and Hoyt get involved in that?
Jim Parrack (Hoyt) offered to demonstrate his skills right away.
"I'll fight a witch right now," he said. "I'll fight a witch tonight!"
"Maybe," Ellis added, sounding skeptical about Parrack's fighting ways. "And maybe Hoyt is a witch."

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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Discusses His Beard in Great Detail

Man, lots with Joe ( Dallas IS NOT complaining !)

Joe Manganiello just wrapped his first season on True Blood, playing Alcide the hunky, sometimes naked werewolf. We caught up with him this Fashion Week at the G-Star Raw show, where he was sporting his trademark not-too-long, not-too-short, always-the-same facial hair, and took the opportunity to ask every question we could think of about it.
You always have this beard the same length. Is that part of your look?
Yeah. I mean, I read the books, and this is how the character was described in the books. When I showed up I wanted to be as close to that mark as possible, and then you kind of put your own stink on it, and make him look the way you think he should look. And there’s kind of a reclusive, construction-working, woodsy, kind of, you know, secretive guy, so I figured a beard would work.

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Video: True Blood's Joe Manganiello Talks Season Four

Natchez Mansion Featured In HBO's 'True Blood' Balloon Race Design Features Longwood

Awww don't ya think Talbot would have liked a tshirt ?

The Longwood mansion in Natchez has become somewhat of a star these days.
First, camera crews from the HBO series "True Blood" used the grounds of the antebellum house to film a segment of the vampire series last April.The Natchez Democrat reported that Longwood will be featured on the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race's newest T-shirt.The watercolor design of a hot air-balloon drifting past the house's signature onion dome will be featured on the shirt celebrating 25 years of balloon racing.The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is Oct. 15-17.

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5 Operas That Are Truly Bloodier Than 'True Blood'

Hundreds of thousands — maybe gazillions — of fans of True Blood might be feeling a little anemic right about now, what with season three of the wildly popular HBO show having wrapped up last Sunday.
Where oh where will they get their fix?
I can't really include myself in the True Blood fan club (I've only watched a few episodes here and there), but my friend Latoya is. She's actually more of a True Blood sophist. She writes about it with equal parts acumen and abandon at her blog Racialicious.
But, as I explained to her recently, True Blood-ites might continue to get their fix of backstabbing and bloodletting (both figuratively and literally) by merely jumping genres… to opera.

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True Blood's Joe Manganiello Hungry Like a Wolf for His Girlfriend

True Blood's hunky werewolf Joe Manganiello sometimes brings his work home with him. And that's just fine by his girlfriend, actress and model Audra Marie.

"I sniff you a lot. And I growl a lot when you ask me to do things, like clean up," Manganiello joked to Marie while talking with PEOPLE at Wednesday's New York premiere of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Asked if it's a turn-on that her boyfriend plays a werewolf, Marie replied, "Of course!" She added that Manganiello is perfectly cast, "if you saw how he eats at home. He likes to eat meat without a utensil."

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The Man Behind the Music of HBO's "True Blood," Gary Calamar, Part 1

"True Blood's" music supervisor, Gary Calamar, reveals how the show's music soundtrack comes together.

HBO's "True Blood" is great TV for many reasons, not least of which is it's music, and the dangerous, swampy vibe it often amplifies. Much of the music compliments the show's main location, and music supervisor Gary Calamar even employs local musicians from Louisiana like Allen Toussaint and C.C. Adcock to lend the show an authentic regional sound. When not working on the soundtrack for "True Blood," Calamar, who also was behind the music of "Six Feet Under," music supes for other shows like "Men of a Certain Age," and "House M.D." He's also a working DJ who has had a nighttime show on KCRW for something like 13 years, spinning pop, roots rock, blues, and soul. As you can imagine, he gets a lot of soundtrack ideas for his day job, during his night job. He's a busy man, but he found the time to get down with me recently about the impossibility of using Led Zeppelin in TV, the cultural importance of the record store, and of course, the music of "True Blood."

What is the sound of Bon Temps?

It's got a few different sounds. I mean, it's got the sound of Merlotte's, which is a little bit more, upbeat bar music, rockabilly, southern Rock. And then in the first season we had some music for Sookie playing at her house, which was like the Watson Twins covering The Cure and stuff like that. But, yeah, all of it has sort of a dark undercurrent to it like a lot of New Orleans blues seems to have. Those classics Slim Harpo, Willie Dixon, and Howlin' Wolf. Those are what really kind of speak to me as the sound of Bon Temps.

I heard [series creator] Alan Ball say a rule of his was to "Never use opera music" in a vampire show, one of the things he decided early on along with not giving them cheesy contact lenses...

I don't remember Alan actually saying that to me. But I think his goal was to have a non-traditional kind of sound to the show. And not use, you know, sort of overly dramatic types of music that have been used in vampire series in the past, or movies in the past.

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: You Found Me

True Blood: Alcide & Sookie - You Found Me