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June 11, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
We shed a lot of ink here at the Ministry over the supernatural hotties of "True Blood," but as the fifth season of Alan Ball's hypersexual vampire series dawns, we're taking a look at one of the more regular folks: Todd Lowe, who plays Terry Bellefleur. Yes, we're using "regular" pretty freely. Lowe has been a subtle hit as the scattered Iraq war veteran Bellefleur, a short-order cook at fictional greasy spoon Merlotte's, romancing redhead Carrie Preston and surviving each season in Bon Temps, La., with redneck charm.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
A show like HBO's "True Blood" looks like a blast to put together, but there's plenty of sweat and tears to go along with all that dripping red.  In a word: "We shoot the [stuff] out of these episodes," cast member Kristin Bauer van Straten told the Ministry at the show's season five premiere after-party. At the newly redesigned Hollywood mega-club Lure, cast and crew toasted their efforts (with one episode left to complete), which can get extreme in the fictional land of always-naked vampires, werewolves, witches and such.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
There's room in this town for more than one vampire baby, Edward and Bella. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have welcomed twins. The married "True Blood" stars aren't saying when the double bundles arrived, though reps for both said the kids were premature but doing fine. "We can confirm that Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer recently welcomed their twins into the world,” a joint statement said . PHOTOS: Hollywood baby boom “The babies were born a few weeks early, but are in good health and both Mom and Dad are overjoyed.” Moyer and Paquin married in August 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Louisiana's violent crackdown on vampires grows nastier in “True Blood” Episode 63, “You're No Good.” The state has plenty of resources - including lethal new weapons - but the undead are fighting back. To that end, vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) interrogates the Governor's daughter Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) and learns about “the camp,” a secret prison/research facility where “sick, sick, sick” experiments are performed on supernaturals. Willa also reveals her mother had an affair with a vampire, partially explaining the Governor's vendetta.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Stephen Moyer will once again tap into his musical-theater roots. The "True Blood" star has been cast as Capt. Georg Von Trapp in NBC's live holiday production of "The Sound of Music,” alongside the previously announced Carrie Underwood as Maria. The three-hour production, set for Dec. 5, is based on the original 1959 Broadway production by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which won a Tony for best musical. The 1965 film version, starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as the head of the Von Trapp family, won five Oscars, including best picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Sookie Stackhouse's powers might be even more limited than she thought: HBO's "True Blood" saw a big ratings dip in its sixth-season premiere Sunday. An average of 4.5 million viewers tuned in at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen. That was a 13% decline compared with last season's rollout. However, otherworldly waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her vampire pals squared off against tough competition Sunday, with the NBA Finals drawing a huge crowd on ABC (total-viewer numbers will come out Tuesday)
BUSINESS
June 17, 2009 | Joe Flint
HBO's sultry vampire drama "True Blood" has become a surprise hit for the pay cable network and has almost single-handedly taken the network back to the top of the cultural zeitgeist. The show, whose second season premiered Sunday to numbers the network hasn't seen since the last days of its mob drama "The Sopranos," is also on track to become HBO's next cash cow. For Time Warner Inc.'s HBO, it couldn't come at a more opportune time.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The fifth season of HBO's vampire series "True Blood" maintained its spot atop the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while the action crime film "Gangster Squad" knocked off Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" to take the top spot in rentals.   Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 1 for sales and June 2 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD & Blu-ray sales 1. "True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season" | Warner Bros. | Week 2 2. "The Last Stand" | Lionsgate | Week 2 3. "Dark Skies" | Anchor Bay/Starz | Week 1 4. "Parker" | Sony | Week 2 5. "Beautiful Creatures" | Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Stephen Moyer of HBO's "True Blood" will trade in his fangs for some dancing shoes this summer when he takes the role of Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago" at the Hollywood Bowl, set to run for only three performances from July 26 to 28. Moyer plays the blood-sucking vampire Bill Compton in the popular HBO drama, which recently began its sixth season. Though famous in this country for his screen roles, Moyer worked with a number of British theater companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, before hitting it big on TV. Taking the role of Velma Kelly in "Chicago" will be Samantha Barks, who was recently seen in the movie version of "Les Miserables" in the role of Eponine.
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