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ohvaI have tons of friends. They're just all online.
Jun 25 14 12:18 PM
Click on the EW link for this interactive chart.
Jun 25 14 3:36 PM
by Lexi Novak, Assistant Editor
June 20, 2014
After six glorious years of sexy, sweaty, blood-sucking fun, HBO’s iconic True Blood series is finally coming to an end, with its final season premiering this Sunday. “It’s been such a wild ride,” says makeup department head Brigette Ellis. “We pushed our limits beheading people, ripping hearts out. That’s my favorite thing about the show; we get to do some of the fanciest, craziest makeup, and then—excuse my language—we get to f**k it all up.” To kick off season seven, Ellis shares a behind-the-scenes look into the world of fake blood and vampire makeup.
What was the original concept for the vampires’ makeup? “When we first started the show, we wanted the vampires to be supersexy, but you weren’t supposed to be able to pick up that they were vampires right away. Part of the fun was not knowing. So we don’t use prosthetics. There are just some small details, like the rimming around their eyes and nails is red.”
How do you make them red? “We use M.A.C. Cranberry Eye Shadow. For the nails, it’s Aged Blood Illustrator, which is like an alcohol-based paint. The funny thing is these poor vampires are stuck in it, because if they don’t get us to take it off, it’s there for days. You’re at the local Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and you see somebody with blood-rimmed nails—you’re like, ‘Hey, do you work on True Blood?’”
Tell me about the blood tears. “After seven seasons, I feel like we’ve finally mastered them. If I know somebody is going to be crying, I’ll lay in the tears, and then visual effects will do the actual drop and marry my work with theirs, because there’s only so close you can bring that stuff to the eye. And then we have different products to make it look dry or fresh or old or smeared, different fake bloods.”
What are the major differences between human and vampire makeup? “The vampires are always going to be matte, because they don’t sweat or have a heartbeat so the main thing is to keep them cool. They all wear M.A.C. Blot Powder, too, and we try to keep them out of the sun as much as we can. I found this company called Devida that has really great solar care that I use on them. The humans we set with powder in the morning, but then we just use blotting sheets to make sure they’re staying dewy.”How do you navigate the sweaty sex scenes? “There’s definitely been a learning curve with all the nudity. When you have an actor who’s in full tan body makeup and an actor who’s in full white body makeup for being a vampire, that’s not going to go over so well. So a lot of the time, for humans, they’re spray tanned, because you can at least cut down on one smudging transfer.”
Whose makeup takes the longest? “Any of the vampire girls take some time. They’re so worldly, so we really want to make them look exotic. I spend as much money on eyelashes as I do on blood. But on a big gag, resetting and starting fresh from the top is always going to be the hardest. We’ve had it take five hours, because there’s blood all over everyone. Dermalogica PreCleanse is a staple. We’re all obsessed with it, even the boys. It’s an oil that you rub on your face and it just breaks down all the makeup.”
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Luke Grimes‘ exit from the hit seriesTrue Blood left many confused last year and the decision was said to be made because of the “creative decision of the character.”
The 30-year-old actor’s role was recast with Bunheads actor Nathan Parsonsand now that the season premiere has aired, we know a little about where the director of the character is heading.
Luke‘s character James is heading towards a romantic relationship with Lafayette (Nelson Ellis) and nowBuzzfeed is saying that he “objected to the first few scripts he received, once it became clear that his character would become romantically involved with Lafayette. He countered that he would be willing to play the role if Lafayette were attracted to him, but not if the attraction was mutual. He also did not want to do any same-sex kissing or sex scenes. The writers were unwilling to change the scripts on his behalf.”
While HBO stands by their original statement about Luke‘s exit, the actor’s publicist is saying that it was a matter of scheduling and that he always had an out clause in his contract, which he used to make films like Fifty Shades of Grey, American Sniper, and The Shangri-La Suite. The rep says the exit “had nothing to do with storylines, which he had not been privy to at the time of that posting.”
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davischristinem wrote:Hmmm, interesting...I wonder if they are wrapping up filming altogether now? Em, for the links. He's pretty active on these, looks like!
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davischristinem wrote:I thought it seemed a bit early to be done. Even last year, the first year they did 10 episodes, I vaguely recall the filming took longer than this (?) I thought it intriguing Stephen said he could have done 7 more seasons! I will miss this show and everything involving it a ridiculous amount! It's become part of my life following it. Moving through the paces, watching it develop and become entertainment that has become so important to me. That in itself, has really been a surprise! That a TV show would ever have meant so much to me. It's never happened before! There have been shows I didn't want to miss any episodes, but none I've become attached to and fascinated with like True Blood. I have made sure I would never miss an episode...and made it my mission to repeatedly rewatch many episodes over and over. Sookie's world in BonTemps/Shreveport Louisiana has grabbed and hung onto my imagination like nothing ever has before! That the character of Eric Northman plays a big part in all of that, it goes without saying. There are times when I wish Alex would participate in some type of social media. It would be nice to get a bit of an update from him now and then. It's been nice that a snippet of info. regarding him on True Blood will come out occasionally in Kristin's tweets, etc. We won't be getting that anymore, though with the show ending. It's ok that he doesn't. He doesn't really need to do that to help get himself out there and noticed. He's kind of unforgettable just from one view of his acting or watching him give an interview and what not. Of course, also he gets to keep more private from the world that way. Lends a bit more of mystery to him, I think...
Jun 30 14 9:42 AM
Here are two recaps. I need to get to work, so will post later if someone doesn't in the meantime.
The EW one is an interview with Ryan, and good. Gotta love him.
Indiewire does a more cynically funny version in line with us last night. 'Lettie Mae'. But EVERYONE loves Eric.
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After reading that fact about TB having 14-20 writers, I understand now why it's a mess. We've all complained about inconsistent storylines, stories that literally don't make sense, huge gaping plot holes, etc. Well...there's too many people manipulating the direction of the show, too many different voices to accommodate.
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Let the speculating begin as to what will happen here in the final episode of True Blood.
Better NOT…. be a wedding to you know who….
Better YET …..a funeral for you know who
Jul 10 14 7:29 PM
Stephen Moyer stays in shape while riding his bike on Tuesday (July 8) in Venice, Calif.
The 44-year-old English actor was seen chatting with a couple of friends before heading home.
PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics ofStephen Moyer
Over the weekend, Stephen‘s hit showTrue Blood shockingly killed off Joe Manganiello‘s character.
“.@AnnaPaquin Hey Mumma – lonely out here on this ranch without you and the bubbas. #imissya xx #TrueToTheEnd,” Stephen recently tweeted.
Stephen and Anna were last publicly spotted together at the seventh season premiere of True Blood in Hollywood.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but #TrueToTheEnd is the tagline for TB's final season. What does that have to do with Stephen and Anna's family?
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