If you’re like me, you haven’t entirely come to terms with the loss of Alaric on The Vampire Diaries. Good thing we don’t have to miss actor Matt Davis for very long: He’s got the lead in the CW’s mid-season drama Cult. The suspenseful mystery is hard to summarize, even for its stars, but let’s just say it’s a show about a TV show about a cult, whose superfans suddenly appear to be in grave danger. The Lost-like air of mystery already has the show gaining buzz at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which gave Davis the perfect excuse to get to hang out with his Vampire Diaries pals while promoting his new gig. Not to make him feel sad or anything, but I had to ask him what he misses most about being in Mystic Falls.
“My friends. My family. After three years, I’ve become so close with everyone, it breaks my heart to think that I’m not out with them right now,” he told me, a little wistfully. “I’ll see them here, which is great. I love that [Cult] has come as far as it has, that it’s being well received, that we’re at Comic-Con so it’s paralleling them. It’s a good way to segue out of a show like Vampire Diaries.” Read more…
I interviewed the cast of Game of Thrones high atop the WB booth in the middle of the main Comic-Com exhibit hall on Friday afternoon. Many had just come from the first few weeks of shooting season three, and we did our best to dig up a few tidbits about what the future holds for our favorite wannabe kings and queens.
Emilia Clark plays Daenerys Targaryen, widow of Khal Drogo and Mother of Dragons (if you haven’t watched the show or read the books, stop reading this post and get to work), who spent season two wandering the desert dealing with deserters, dragons and creepy dudes in the city of Qarth. We asked the actress if her character might get back in the saddle and give the ol’ romance thing a try again. “There’s a few interesting journeys that she goes on” said Emelia, “and there’s a lot of new stuff that goes on for her. I can’t talk about and all I want to do is talk about!”
Not only is her character popular, but “khaleesi” has become a much-used pet name amongst couples. Emilia offered up her thoughts on why so many people connect with Daenerys. “I think she’s a character that lots of people and women can relate to,” she said. “The way they’ve written her you really can care for her because you can see her vulnerability.”
Michelle Fairley, who plays Lady Stark on Game of Thrones, is just as fierce in real life as her character is on the show. And oh-so friendly, too! (Like, take a Lannister or two prisoner as revenge, friendly.) Since she plays such a powerful matriarch on the hit show, we asked if she thinks the Game of Thrones women are stronger than their male counterparts. “I think nobody should be confused about the female characters in Game of Thrones,” said Michelle. “They actually are incredibly powerful. They’re incredibly strong and they’re not to be messed with at all. They’re capable of plotting and scheming just like the men.”
If day one for us was all about Stephenie Meyer, day two was all about the boob tube. Both Kate Spencer and I spent the day getting hyped about existing and future TV favorites. Kate talked to the cast of Game of Thrones and visited the Joss Whedon and Breaking Bad panels, which she talks about in our little recap video above. I got to speak to the stars of two of the CW’s new shows: Arrow (Stephen Amell=yummmm) and mid-season show Cult. The latter stars Vampire Diaries alum Matt Davis, who isn’t giving anyone a chance to miss Alaric before he steps into a completely new character. True to its name, that one’s aiming for a cult following. Speaking of nostalgia for bygone characters, I also chatted with Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn, who make the handsomest of scary power couples onscreen in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue but are perfectly charming in person. Terry was even wearing flip-flops for his interview. Not that I blame him, my own feet were killing me after a single trip around the convention center — where I peeped the scariest line for Hall H: both because it was a mile long and ’cause it was filled with zombies waiting to get into the Walking Dead panel. No way was I getting into that one at the last minute. But the first thing you learn at Comic-Con is to manage your expectations, and have fun with whatever you end up doing instead of the hottest panel of the moment — whether it’s popping into a smaller ballroom to hear about some hot new urban fantasy books or roaming the floor to admire a real working R2D2 and ogle Stan Lee for a minute. Can’t wait for Day 3!
We’re about halfway through Day 2 of of Comic-Con 2012, but it already feels like we’ve had a week’s worth of news. From the Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 panel yesterday (squee!) to the release of the new trailer for Oz: The Great & Powerful to Dawn of the Con and our chat with Rob Zombie, it’s been a whirlwind experience already. While you should be following us at @vh1celebrity to keep up with all the great stuff that our own Sabrina Rojas-Weiss and Kate Spencer are spotting in the huge hallways of the convention center, here’s a few examples of the star wattage —Michelle Williams! Taylor Lautner! The (Former) Governator!—that’s descended upon San Diego this weekend.
Once upon a time, people laughed at the thought of girls wanting to attend Comic-Con — all but those nerd-girl anomalies, that is. I don’t have any official numbers of the gender breakdown at this year’s convention, but it’s looking pretty equally divided, if not weighted toward the girls. And we’re not just talking about the Twi-hards. There are tons of ladies gathered around the actual comic book and video game booths too. We also love watching the young girls being schooled by mommy and daddy in all things superhero, zombie and cultish. Go nerd girls!
But we regretfully note one area in which the fairer sex is not dominating: At the Dodge Dart in It to Win It Challenge, in which four people have been living in a car since Wednesday, participating in all sorts of games to compete for the titular car. As those who’ve been watching the competition’s live stream at DodgeDartChallenge.com have noticed, the Dart got a little roomier after 5:30 last night, when Kat “Katalyst” Turner dropped out. Since she told us Thursday morning that she’d lived in her car for two years, we thought she was a shoe-in. But that experience actually left her with an injured back, and that, combined with the fact that the pack-a-day smoker wasn’t allowed to light up, even on breaks, finally made her decide the car wasn’t worth the pain. Read more…
Here’s one of those short but sweet moments that can only happen here at Comic-Con. I spent yesterday morning and afternoon very frantically covering Breaking Dawn, but I assumed I was done with Twilight for a bit when I rolled into PetCo Park for VH1 Classic’s Dawn of the Con party. Not so! My first interview was with Rob Zombie, and for some reason the first thing we talked about as the cameras started to roll was…Kristen Stewart. Yes, I seem to bring Twilight with me wherever I go!
Kristen Stewart just can’t take a compliment — and it’s really, really cute. The actress pretended to hide under the table at the Breaking Dawn press conference when co-star and close friend Taylor Lautner complimented her transformation as Bella Swan. As if that wasn’t enough, she then mimed a shoveling action for a bit as Taylor praised her work. “Kristen has done such a good job over this whole franchise,” he said, as she hid her face. As the audience laughed, Robert Pattinson moved his head at lightening speed to figure out what was so funny.
Taylor continued: “She’s always been clumsy, awkward, and relatable,” he said of her portrayal of the pre-vampire Bella Swan. “And now she’s all of a sudden transformed herself into this sleek, sexy, vampire.” Check out Rob’s reaction when Taylor drops that line — his look of love is to die for.
Twilight isn’t the only phenomenon to hit Comic-Con this year! While we were super stoked to see the Breaking Dawn cast at their panel discussion, this little tidbit of news has us beside ourselves with glee! Wizard of Oz fans, please stand up! Did you know that Disney is releasing their version of the classic tale next year, which is being directed by Sam Raimi. They released the first footage from the film yesterday, and the movie is called Oz The Great And Powerful. It’s actually a prequel to the regular Wizard of Oz, and stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a magician from Kansas who is carried away to Oz by, you guessed it, a tornado. Then we have the witches — Theodora, Evanora and Glinda — played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams respectively, with incredible wardrobes, FYI. They’re a bit disillusioned by Oz, and it’s up to Diggs to find his way through to the truth and realize what, or who, is good and bad. The trailer itself is just magical and gave us chills, segueing from the darkly whimsical, black-and-white world of Kansas to the technicolor world of Oz. “Am I dreaming,” Franco wonders, as he walks through the fantastical realm. “Are you the great man we’ve been waiting for,” floats into the voice-over. Watch the trailer, and ask those questions too.
If you haven’t been checking out the VH1 Twitter account, you should really take a look now. Our very own and very fabulous Kate Spencer and Sabrina Rojas Weiss are actually at Comic-Con and tweeting live updates and behind-the-scenes looks, which is totally awesome. And yesterday was all about — you, guesses it — Breaking Dawn, Part 2. We just posted a selection of the 10 best quotes from yesterday’s conference, which hilariously, had Kristen Stewart telling Robert Pattinson to jokingly, “Shut the f— up!” But apart from hearing what they said, we knew you would want a peek at the entire cast as well, and see how they interacted through the panel. As expected, they were amazing. The very dishy new dad Jackson Rathbone was there, not showing a hint of sleep deprivation. Ashley Greene was as lovely as ever in head-to-toe Michael Kors, while Kristen rocked it in a Fluxus tee, a BCBGMAXAZRIA skirt and Barbara Bui sneakers. The men — Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Robert and Taylor Lautner — looked smokin’. Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser looked smart-smarts and smart-casual, respectively. And little Mackenize Foy stole the show with that smile of hers. Now we’re going to stop talking and let you have at the gallery so you can see it all for yourself.