There was a while when The Vampire Diaries did its best to keep us just as torn between Salvatore brothers as Elena herself was (and Katherine before her!). We were equally in love with Stefan’s sweet nature (not to mention those perfectly sculpted shoulders), as we were with Damon’s wry humor and piercing eyes. Not so much, anymore. Elena said she chose Stefan once and for all last week — but her rationale was super shaky. She chose him because he would have saved Matt first, whereas Damon would have ignored her wishes and saved her? The path of “good” can only take you so far, hon. By last night’s “Memorial,” we were convinced that Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec and company are going to spend a lot of time building the case for Elena to change her mind. Here’s how:
1. Oh, god, that scene of Elena drinking his blood nearly gave us a heart attack. The chemistry between Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder CANNOT be hidden.
2. Damon’s no longer the voice of unchecked impulses but of reason. “Vampires eat people. It’s part of the natural food pyramid,” he says. Stefan’s so intent on protecting Elena from his own “Ripper” fate, he’s blind to the consequences. Read more…
Vulture released it’s 25 Most Devoted Fan Bases list today, and you know we immediately clicked through to make sure they had Twihards on there. Of course they did, as well as Mad Men, Harry Potter and a host of other pop culture entities that turn fans into drooling, trembling puddles of love. We couldn’t help but notice that there were some obvious exclusions however, so we went ahead and hyped the fan bases who we think are more than rabid enough to make the list.
OK, I may have just watched the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries twice in a row, but I believe this is by no means a sign of an unhealthy obsession. I’m merely dedicated to my job! Also, after crying and yelling at Elena through the TV and trying to send Matt some kind of telepathic hug, hyperventilating during the Caroline-and-Tyler/Klaus scene and pausing the screen to gaze into Damon’s eyes, I realized I’d missed some choice quotes, so I just had to review the fundamentals, you know? Now that I’m an expert at everything that was said during “Growing Pains,” I’m going to challenge you to a little game. Name the characters that said these great quotes…
1. “And now the world has one more quarterback.”
2. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
3. “I love you, and it’s because I love you that I can’t be selfish with you.”
4. “I am that selfish, but you already knew that.”
5. “I’ll be with you forever … if I want.”
6. “Easy, love. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong equipment.”
7. “You can’t possibly hate me more than I hate myself.”
8. “You don’t have to live with that; you get to live with that.”
I thought my day was made when I saw that photo of Tyler Blackburn, Michael Trevino, Stephen Amell and other TV hotties on Bullett earlier today. But I wasn’t the only one to notice that the photo was suspiciously devoid of a pair of Salvatore brothers. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask the Internet, and you shall receive your heart’s desire. Actually, MORE than your heart’s desire. You receive one Salvatore brother, in the form of Ian Somerhalder, and one Fierce Five member, Gabrielle Douglas. (If this pic were photobombed by Paul Wesley and McKayla Douglas, I would spontaneously combust, so this will do just fine, thank you.)
“Eating @gabrielledoug ‘s Gold medal!yummmmmmm…,” Somerhalder wrote with the pic. Is Gabby making an appearance in Mystic Falls as Bonnie’s long-lost cousin? Pretty please?
Nina Dobrev, who used to compete in rhythmic gymnastics, was super psyched about Gabby’s visit to the Vampire Diaries set. “First thought at 530am when I woke up this morning: ‘What to wear when meeting an Olympian Gold Medalist?’” she tweeted.
BTW, Ian fans, the actor is participating in a live Twitter chat tonight at 9 p.m. with @TomsofMaine for something called #50SFG. And yeah, we got excited thinking that was a 50 Shades of Grey reference, but it’s actually for a nonprofit contest Ian’s helping to judge, called 50 States for Good. OK, we can get behind that too.
I first saw this photo this morning on Arrow star Stephen Amell‘sFacebook feed (like it, you won’t be sorry), and no kidding, all work stopped for a full five minutes. I’m surprised there’s no brain matter splattered on my screen right now. In case you haven’t yet committed the fall TV schedule to memory, here’s who they are, from left to right: Amell, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast), Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries), Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Justin Hartley (Emily Owens, M.D.), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) and Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries). The spread is actually from Bullett Media, who decided to explode our hearts too, by gathering these guys’ quotes about what they look for in a woman.
“I judge a woman purely on how she looks first thing in the morning. That’s the critical point, right?” Amell says. OK, so he’s not all that romantic. But points for honesty!
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“If a girl doesn’t get along with my dog, then we’ve got a problem,” McQueen says.
Our personal favorite is from Tyler Blackburn: “I enjoy a certain amount of decadence in my life, so I want to be with someone who shares an appreciation for the finer things. And if that finer thing happens to be fried, well, put it in your mouth.” We’re totally down with that one.
For the rest of the guys’ quotes (especially a surprising revelation from Taylor Kinney, a.k.a. Lady Gaga’s main squeeze), head over to Bullett.
Between the season-four promo and the above brand-new clip, we’re pretty sure most of you are with us on this fundamental question about The Vampire Diaries: Dear god, why doesn’t Elena want to become a vampire? Thankfully, VH1 Celebrity got the chance to talk to Nina Dobrev on the phone while she was in Toronto for the premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and she gave us a list of all the drawbacks of being a vampire:
“For one you can’t have kids, you will never be able to experience something for the first and last time, and I think [Elena] really wants to be normal,” Dobrev told us. “There’s so much chaos in her life, there’s so much death, and so much sadness, especially when you become a vampire all your emotions are heightened, so if it’s raining you all of sudden start bawling because you’re so sad that the clouds are out and the sun’s not out. If someone makes a moderately funny joke you erupt into hysterical laughter, so it’s almost like going through puberty again and your emotions. And I don’t think anyone wants to go through that again. Once was enough.”
Hmm, we’d never thought of it that way. At the same time, the 23-year-old Degrassi alum has been going through the emotional turmoil of teenage life onscreen for quite some time now. Is she looking forward to graduating to adult roles sometime soon? Read more…
Hard to believe, but the multi-talented actress, singer and linguist Kat Graham has only just turned 21 today! We would be inclined to believe the Vampire Diaries star used some real-life witchcraft to accomplish so much at her age, but anyone who follows her on Twitter can tell the girl works nonstop. We hope she’s taking a moment to kick back and enjoy her birthday for a minute, in-between singing catchy new pop tunes and somehow working out whether Elena can avoid becoming a vampire and still live.
What with her power constantly being a pawn in the vampires’ awful battles, it hasn’t been such a fun year for poor Bonnie, has it? We’re glad it’s been one for the “Put Your Graffiti on Me” singer, though. Just check out her neon-splattered, ’90s pop-art inspired wardrobe in the gallery below and you’ll see what we mean. And when you’re done, head over to Kat’s page on TheWaterProject.org and make a donation in honor of her birthday!
Since the premiere of The Vampire Diaries, or actually, since we first read L.J. Smith’s novels, we’ve been dying for two things: For Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder to come public with their sexy love, and for Elena to become a vampire. Wish #1 came true last year, and it looks almost certain that #2 would be coming to pass when the show returns for season four on October 11. But it seems like Nina/Elena never wanted these things to be inevitable.
First, we have Nina, who graces the cover of Seventeen this month and fully laughs at her past rules against dating a co-star. “The first time I was on the cover of Seventeen, the cover line said, ‘Nina: Why she wouldn’t date any of her co-stars.’ And then cut to two years later … it’s funny that I said that, but you know what? It was honestly what I believed at the time. I didn’t want to be dating one of my co-stars — my goal on the show was to be professional. But sometimes you can’t help who you have a connection with, and you can only fight it for so long — which I did for a really, really long time.”
This girl must be stronger than we ever thought, just to consider fighting her “connection” to Ian. Read more…
While the Twi-hard world struggles to put the pieces back together following last week’s Kristen Stewart cheating news, fans of another vampire couple might be understandably wary of putting too much faith in their real-life romance. So far as we know, The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder are still going strong. (And we’re reeeeallly hoping that now that Elena is a vampire, she’ll follow in the L.J. Smith books’ plot and fully fall for Damon onscreen too.) But that doesn’t mean that there are wedding bells in their near future, either.
“Eventually I am going to marry and have a family but not anytime soon,” she told Canada’s Fashion magazine, via UsMagazine.com. “I’m not going to pull a Miley.” Read more…
The surfboards were being handed out at seemingly record speed at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night. Without a DVR, we’d hardly have been able to catch the many awards picked up by Justin Bieber, The Vampire Diaries crew or, of course The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Even so, a bunch of awards on the nominations list weren’t even mentioned (sorry Summer TV Show and Male Country Artist!). We’ll try to come back and update this list when all of those poor, neglected winners are announced.
Ultimate Choice Winner: The Twilight Saga
Movie: Romance: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Movie Actor: Romance: Zac Efron, The Lucky One
Movie Actress: Romance Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Movie Voice: Taylor Swift as Audrey, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Movie Liplock : Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games
Movie Hissy Fit: Charlize Theron, Snow White & The Huntsman
Movie Villain : Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games
Movie Scene Stealer: Male Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games
Movie Breakout: Rihanna, Battleship
Summer Movie: Comedy/Music : Katy Perry: Part of Me
Summer Movie Star: Male Chris Hemsworth, Snow White & The Huntsman and The Avengers
Summer Movie Star: Female Kristen Stewart, Snow White & The Huntsman
Movie Actor: Action : Taylor Lautner, Abduction
Movie Actress: Action : Zoe Saldana, Colombiana
Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy: The Hunger GamesRead more…