We’ve always thought Kurt and Blaine’s relationship on Glee was the sweetest, most real thing about the show. Then again, we were totally amused when their comfort together introduced the concept of “lesbian bed death” to the kids. When Kate Spencer caught up with Darren Criss at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, it sounded like he agreed on both fronts.
“We’ve kind of established a Ross and Rachel [relationship],” Criss told VH1. “I’m not saying they’re going to break up. I have no idea. But there’s a definite connection there that hopefully will be there till the end of whatever the show may be. But I think we’d like to see some shake-up. We are verging on old married couple territory.” Read more…
So, yeah, the True Blood panel at San Diego Comic-Con was plenty sexy, what with the stripper moves and the talk of Eric and Bill spooning in a trunk all weekend. But when the cast got to the Warner Bros. booth on the conference center floor, they were appropriately in real geek mode. These guys and girls really enjoy a good chat about their characters supernatural abilities. Maybe they were in the mood because of the new baby vampire on the scene, Rutina Wesley’s Tara Thornton. Rutina’s clearly enjoying her fangs more than her character, but she thinks Tara will come around soon.
“Hopefully, Tara will be able to accept who she is and learn to love being a vampire,” she told VH1. “That struggle of her being a human versus being a vampire is going to be interesting to see her deal with this season, but I think she’ll eventually come around.”
But if she had her choice, would Wesley want to be a vamp or one of the other species in Charlaine Harris’ world? “I’ve always said that I’d like to be a shifter, because you’d be able to shift into random stuff,” she said. “Like, someone’s having a conversation and you’d be like, ‘I want to know what they’re talking about –– I’m going to be a fly on the wall.’ ”
“When do you ever get to see Alan Ball and Chris Meloni doing body rolls?” Joe Manganiello asked me shortly after the True Blood panel. When but at Comic-Con? After the trailer shown at the panel seemed to indicate that Pam is making Tara into a stripper, Joe, of course, took the opportunity to demonstrate his Magic Mike skills. And mayhem ensued (as in show creator Ball stood on his chair to show his moves, and Meloni did his version later, too).
The crowd was already worked up about sexy supes after the Vampire Diaries panel, where the stars themselves brought up all sorts of naughty ideas. Zack Roerig suggested that Elena could use Matt’s blood, or his body, for comfort now that she’s a vampire, and then went on to say he thinks Matt should get it on with Caroline’s mom, Sheriff Forbes. Not to be outdone, Paul Wesley said Elijah and Stefan should hook up. Later on, he floated the theory that vampire sex lasts only half a second, so it could even be done in line at Starbucks. That lead Ian Somerhalder to quip that vampire sex had happened right there in front of the audience and we didn’t even know it. Oh, we’d know it, Ian. We were watching you veeerry closely. Read more…
Comic-con is a fascinating study in fandom. People’s devotion to writers, artists, producers, actors, fx specialists and costume designers is staggering. But a few blocks away there was a different kind of fandom in action at the Dodge Dart Live in It to Win It Challenge. Contestants Ian Morris, Christie Ripley and Trent Brookshier had friends and family lined up just like any Comic-Con fandom, cheering them on throughout their ordeal. It also turns out that they had a huge part in determining the winner of the gorgeous red Dart they’ve been calling home for the past 67 hours. In addition to the many silly field-day-like challenges they had to complete — like today’s in which they saw who could fill a bucket with the most hand-squeezed OJ into a bucket in three minutes — 10 percent of their total points came from getting their friends to text votes. That’s how newlywed Trent finally snatched victory away from Ian.
“I have an amazing support system here,” he told us of his self-proclaimed “wolf pack.” Other than winning a car, Trent said he was taking home an unexpected life lesson. “I actually think I learned a few things, like how to stay focused in life. … These two were playing mind games,” he said, good naturedly indicating his opponents. Read more…
People, have you seen the clips from Arrow, the CW’s new superhero show? Ostensibly, it’s about Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a rich playboy who gets shipwrecked for five years and returns home a changed man, bent on delivering justice and saving his city from other corrupt rich folks. But when I watched those clips, I forgot anything about plot, because they really are about Amell’s abs, arms and ability to leap tall fences in a single bound. I mean, damn. When I caught up with him at San Diego Comic-Con, I asked for his training regimen, just in case, you know, I want to become a hooded vigilante myself.
“There was fight training parkuor, yoga. There was the systematic destruction of my forearms so I could block punches. There was stretching, archery and dietary restrictions,” he listed. Oh, is that all? “It was easy from the standpoint of, I didn’t have to search anywhere for motivation. I just knew that I had to do it. It wasn’t like an elective change. It was like you have to do this, and that was it.” Read more…
So maybe I cheered when Robb Stark (played by Richard Madden) and his lady love Talisa finally got busy on the last season of Game of Thrones. What of it? The show’s characters are all about getting it on (when not beheading people) and Robb Stark is one of the sexiest guys fighting for the crown. When we caught up with Richard Madden at Comic-Con this week, he was equally as excited about finally doin’ it on-screen.
“It was nice to do a Robb Stark love scene!” he joked. “The love scenes are great.”
As for critics of the show who say the sex is a bit too much sometimes? Richard said: “Game of Thomes has so much of that in it, I think each one tells a story. It’s gratuitous sometimes; with ours it’s about love and the passion of love and not ‘let’s see some more T and A.’”
But if you want to show more T and A, don’t let us stand in your way!
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!