The True Blood promotional express continues! Earlier today, HBO posted this video of a shit stirring speech by Governor Burrell. The vampires better watch out, because it looks like the vamp/human war has definitely started!
Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Must List Issue (May31/June 7) hits the newsstands this Friday, but the folks at Dread Central posted some tidbits from it today. I don’t know about y’all, but True Blood is definitely part of my must list for summer, and it’s part of EW’s as well! They provided a rundown of some of the new characters that will be appearing this season, along with what episode they’ll be making their debut in.
We’ve got new photos that aren’t really new. They’re from January 19th when Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin were with friends in Venice. But, since we’ve just added them to an existing album and they’re such fun pics we thought we’d highlight them.
Stephen Moyer and Kristin Bauer participated in a live stream event this afternoon, which many of you have seen. If you click on the photo below, you’ll be directed to the ustream link that is still carrying the video. You will first have to watch about fifteen minutes of season five promotional material, so be patient!
Don’t miss Stephen Moyer LIVE at 3 PM EST to view him and Kristen Bauer do a virtual signing of the season 5 True Blood DVD. They’ll also be answering questions tweeted by fans, so If the live stream works like it’s suppose to, you’ll be able to watch it here while it’s happening.
Phase 4 Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Free Ride, the first film from CASM, the production company of Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Cerise Hallam Larkin, and Mark Larkin. Free Ride is written and directed by Shana Betz.
Anna Paquin plays a single mom who moves to Florida with her daughters to try and make a better life, but gets caught up in the drug-trade business in the late 1970s. Cam Gigandet plays Paquin’s love interest.
“Shana Betz has written and directed a poignant and gripping film anchored by a powerful performance by Anna Paquin,” says Phase 4′s Barry Meyerowitz. “We look forward to working with Shana, and the entire cast and producing team to bring this film to audiences.”
“It’s always very exciting to discover talented writers and directors at the beginning of their careers. Based on the life story of Shana Betz, our writer-director, Free Ride tells an emotionally intense story of survival, and the lengths a mother will go to, to take care of her children,” said Paquin. ”This was a story we felt passionately needed to be told. We are thrilled that Phase 4 is as excited about the film as we are and look forward to working with them.”
Phase 4′s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe did the deal with Paradigm’s Nick LoPiccolo and attorney Ron Levin. Featured Artists Agency’s Brian Dreyfuss reps Betz and was heavily involved in packaging the movie. Cargo Entertainment is handling international sales.
Poster Source: I’m Here For Sookie
On June 2nd, The CLARE Foundation will be hosting Art and Silent Auctions to support their recovery programs in the greater Los Angeles area. One of the items up for bid is a tour of the True Blood set, hosted by none other than Stephen Moyer! As most of you are aware, Steve has been a great supporter of CLARE in the past. Click on the caption below for more details.
CLARE has eleven residential, outpatient and community-based programs offering culturally sensitive English and Spanish recovery services to a diverse population of men, women, children, the homeless, those facing criminal prosecution for drug and alcohol offenses and the general adult population. At CLARE, recovery involves individual effort, the support of others, and a clean, secure and sober environment.
If you have a twitter account and some creativity, you could win an autographed copy of True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season signed by Stephen Moyer and Kristin Bauer van Straten! Go to fillintheblood.com for complete details of the “Psalms of Lilith” contest. The Grand Prize winners will receive the autographed DVD, the Sookie Stackhouse novel, Definitely Dead, and a (sponsor specified) True Blood soundtrack on CD. You must act quickly, as the contest ends on 5/16/13!
And, if you are near a computer next Tuesday (May 21st) at Noon PST, you can watch Steve and Kristen via a True Blood Ustream channel (link to be provided at a later time at fillintheblood.com) on set at the Bill Compton Mansion. They may be answering fan questions (submitted to @TrueBloodHBO), signing dvds, or reading the winning tweets. Good luck!
I’m sure most of you in Stevedom have seen pics of Steve and his family at a friend’s get-together this past weekend, but here’s one that all y’all might have missed … Steve letting out his competitive side in a game of bean bag toss.
Want a refresher on what went down in True Blood Season Five? On Friday, May 24th at 9:45 p.m. EST, HBO will be airing True Blood Season 6: Authority on Season 5 Preview. I think Ryan Kwanten sums up Season 5 perfectly: “It’s a wham bam, thank you ma’am kind of a season.” Yup.
As the S6 premiere date draws closer, the HBO publicity machine goes into high gear. HBO released some promotional photos for S6, and the cast is looking mighty fine. And as a special gift, we’ve been treated to Bill Compton, in his white Henley.
Thank you, Daddy HBO!
To view more cast photos, visit hbo.com.
Photo Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO
Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Steve directing Anna in the first episode of S6. Steve joked with EW, “I’m really Method, so I did the whole [shoot] naked.” What I wouldn’t have given to be on set that day …