Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rutina Wesley and Deborah Ann Woll Exclusive Interview TRUE BLOOD: ALL TOGETHER NOW Vol. 1; Plus an Update on Season 4

To celebrate the huge success of the first True Blood comic series, All Together Now, cast members Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley and Deborah Ann Woll signed copies and greeted their adoring and devoted fans at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles.
The New York Times best seller is a compilation of all six issues from the first series of comics, and it features the same romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for. Developed with show creator Alan Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner, the story gives readers new insights into their favorite characters and helps fill the gap for fans, as they wait for Season 4 to premiere in June on HBO.
In this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Rutina Wesley and Deborah Ann Woll talked about why True Blood is the type of show that works in other mediums and what it was like to see themselves in comic book form. They also talked about how Season 4 is coming (they’re just finishing up shooting Episode 4) and gave a few hints about how things will be different for their characters. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

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More Spoilers for True Blood Season 4

@emilyanne18 (via Twitter): Do you know any new spoilers related to season four of True Blood?We talked to Sam Trammell this weekend at an event for the True Blood: All Right Now graphic novel, and he told us about Sam's future, "What's great about this year is that we explore the shape-shifter community a little bit more, so there's going to be a lot of cool mythological stuff that we talk about, shape-shifter rules and what shape-shifters can do and who they are. Sam's [also] got a new love interest that's going to happen this year for him. I don't have really good luck with the ladies, they usually die—so hopefully she'll survive." Everybody wish Sam's new girlfriend luck on that whole "surviving Bon Temps" thing!
@nathalia004 (via Twitter): Do you have any True Blood scoop?True Blood star Rutina Wesley shares, "You're going to find out where Tara goes, and there's going to be some happiness for her. It won't last for long, this is True Blood. It's a new Tara, and I think the fans are going to like it. She's not duct-taped, she's not tied up, she's got this personal strength and I think it's really awesome to see her. Sookie (Anna Paquin) and I will have some stuff this season—she's my best friend, so we're always going to have little moments. And we're going to get back to how I felt about Sam Merlotte, finding out that he was a shape shifter, so we are going to have a little moment about that. And I think Lafayette's (Nelsan Ellis) the only one that knows where I am, and he gives me some great advice." Hmm…
@JulischkaHH (via Twitter): True Blood!How about some Jessica-Hoyt scoop? We chatted with Deborah Ann Woll this weekend, and she told us, "[Jessica and Hoyt] ended in a very positive place but obviously that won't last for long. We definitely pick up with a bit more trouble happening. Bon Temps is a scary place! The first two episodes are very interesting—Jim [Parrack] and I had some really fun stuff to play with like right off the bat. But maybe the first episode is my favorite as of now, just because it is the most varied." Deborah also told us that Jessica and Bill (Stephen Moyer) grow closer this season, saying, "I think we're definitely also in a healing stage where he's finally accepting that he has a progeny, that he has a daughter vampire, and he needs to give me tools to actually survive. So he's definitely more cooperative and participatory in my growing up."

Abbie Cobb auditions for True Blood

True Blood: 'Where Is Sookie?' And Tease Season 4

Out of all the "True Blood" cast members MTV News runs into at various events, premieres, etc.—wherein we do our best to charm them into revealing juicy details about upcoming seasons/episodes—the two most tight-lipped, hard to crack Truebies are definitely stars (and real-life married couple) Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.

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Sookie short story book "A Touch of Dead" by Charlaine Harris, narrated by Johanna Parker nominated for 2011 Audie Awards

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the nominees for their 16th annual Audies awards, "devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment." The winners will be announced 24 May 2010 at the Audies Gala at the TimesCenter in New York City.

The nominees, in all 28 categories, are available in this 9-page pdf. 

Short Stories/Collections:
A Matter of Matter by L. Ron Hubbard, narrated by Corey Burton, R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Tait Ruppert, and Josh Thompson (Galaxy Press)
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris, narrated by Johanna Parker (Recorded Books)
And Thereby Hangs a Tale by Jeffrey Archer, narrated by Gerard Doyle (Macmillan Audio)
Ford County: Stories by John Grisham, narrated by John Grisham (Random House Audio)
How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley, narrated by Sloane Crosley (Penguin)
Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury, narrated by Michael Prichard (Tantor Audio)
Stories by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Anne Bobby, Jonathan Davis, Peter Francis James, Katherine Kellgren, and Euan Morton (HarperCollins Publishers)