Today is Mardi Gras, and you know what that means, right!? Yeah, neither do we. Something about eating a lot on a Tuesday? All we know is that if you’re down in New Orleans, you’re in for the biggest party of your life! There are floats, beads, goofy hats, and enough booze to fill the Gulf of Mexico. The Big Easy is party central today, so strike up the zydeco and head on down the gallery below to see which of your favorite stars hail from the great city of New Orleans. They’ve got heartthrob vampires like Ian Somerhalder, Oscar winners like Reese Witherspoon and even a killer rapper or two (what’s up, Weezy?). Click the gallery for many more!
The Vampire Diaries
Is there anything sexier than a vampire? How about two sexy shirtless vampire brothers…who both happen to be in love with you…a woman who is also exceedingly sexy? The limit is zero…the sexiness limit does not exist! Entertainment Weekly’s three new Vampire Diaries covers feature all the best combination of stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and those notches under Ian Somerhalder’s abs. Is there a name for those? Can someone make up a spooky word for them if there isn’t?
The multiple covers also seem to solve the central dilemma of the show: just get a bigger bed, you guys! And extremely nice sheets! Check out all three covers in all their paranormal glory, as well as even more exclusive pics from the cover shoot, at EW.com. Because if Damon, Elena and Stefan can’t resolve their eerie love triangle when they’re at their most nude, then when can they? Then when can they?
[Photo: Entertainment Weekly]
We the people, vote you Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, the cutest couple ever. Seriously, if there were an award for being adorable and ridiculously attractive together, they would win it. The People’s Choice Awards took place last night, and the Vampire Diaries duo — yay for the kiss in the last episode, BTW — arrived looking pretty fly. Ian, or the “Smolderholder,” wore a natty gray suit and looked like he was straight out of a commercial. Nina wore a sweet, green Elie Saab dress, which the whole theater got a good look at as she won the award for Favorite TV Drama Actress. Being the good boyfriend, Ian tweeted, “Congratulations Nina!!! You won!!!! People DO like you. You rock babe, truly.” We’re feeling the love, guys!
So, we’re going to go out on a limb here, based on the fact that Damon Salvatore won our Favorite Vampire of 2011 poll by a landslide (sorry, Twilighters!) and Nina Dobrev came in a very close second place to Taylor Swift in our Best-Dressed Celebrity of 2011 contest, that you guys are pretty excited about the return of The Vampire Diaries tonight. Yeah, we’re counting down the minutes, too. And to pass the time, we thought we’d gather all the spoilers and teasers we’ve read about the second half of season three:
» Executive producer Julie Plec promised TVLine that “there will be a payoff” for all the Damon/Elena tension that’s been torturing us for years. “What it is and when it happens, may be surprising to people.” And Plec went on to tell TVGuide.com: “Now that Stefan is out of the picture, in her mind there’s a way to free herself up and allow that tension to come out and play.” But in the minus column for the elder Salvatore bro, he’ll be “acting out, day-drinking, pouting and being generally curmudgeonly.”
» Then again, E! Online’s Kristin says there will be an “epic kiss” coming soon, though she didn’t reveal whose lips were involved.
We’re not shy about our vampire obsession around here. And even as angels and werewolves and dystopian battlefields take over the screens and bookshelves, it doesn’t look like sexy bloodsuckers are going anywhere. Sure, they experience a bit of boom and bust, but a look back at the last 100 years in pop culture proves their undying staying power. In 2011, our blood was stirred by a nice crop of undead seducers, from Eric and Bill on True Blood to Damon and Stefan on The Vampire Diaries to the entire morally upstanding Cullen family. There were others who leapt from the pages of books whose racy covers we sometimes had to keep hidden — Bloodlines, the spinoff of YA series Vampire Academy, made its debut; Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series is still going strong, and in City of Fallen Angels, the latest from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, vampire Simon went from best friend to hot commodity. There were even a couple of “nonfiction” vamps who made it onto our 2011 list.
Before you check out our 25 faves, watch who such celebrity vampire experts as True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and Twilight’s Elizabeth Reaser, and non-experts like Andrew W.K., Robin Thicke and Questlove would nominate for Vampire of the Year. Because we just declared that a thing.
Now, take a look at our top 25, vote on your faves and let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites.
If it weren’t for all his smoldering Twitpics, it would be kind of hard to tell that the Ian Somerhalder of Twitter is the same Ian Somerhalder who brings selfish (but softening!) vampire Damon Salvatore to life on The Vampire Diaries every week. He floods his feed with heartfelt (well, downright earnest) comments on the environment and animal cruelty every day (tweets like: “#sharks win big today in California! Thanks Gov Brown for signing #AB376″; “WTF?! This is crazy.What possesses you to swing chicken with a rope?How miserable of a human must you be!?” and the Black Friday criticism, “Stores should be ashamed. Family Is all we have, the foundation of our country and our world.Just my 2 cents,may not matter but I said it.”) There are also several references to shooting TVD, like this teaser, which drove fans crazy: “Of course 1st day back from a stuffing-your-face holiday, Damon Salvatore is naked… WTF?!”
But in the days leading up to the former Lost star’s 33rd birthday today, Ian has been extra warm and fuzzy, as he’s using the big day to raise money for his year-old Ian Somerhalder Foundation. He posted a long message to fans last week thanking them for all the presents they’ve sent him in the past, but asked that this year they donate to ISF, which has the not-too-modest goal of promoting green energy, slowing deforestation, preventing animal cruelty and supporting no-kill shelters. There’s also a bunch on the ISF site about helping kids, too. Not bad for a guy who pretends to rip out people’s throats for a living.
Judging by his recent tweets, the response to his birthday wish has been good so far. He even posted a talking-cat card to thank everyone, but we’re still waiting to see if he can hold to his promise to email a thank you to every single person who donates. In the meantime, the rest of us shallow folk will content ourselves with looking at Ian’s awesome Twitpics and other photos of him as a bloodsucking creature and a pretty good human.
Related: Ian Somerhalder Is This Week’s Hotness: 11 Pics Of Him Celebrating
[Photos: Twitter, The CW]
Lady Gaga is a busy, busy lady, so you have to forgive us for combining two such different items into one post. Otherwise, there would be days when we’d just have to call ourselves TheGAGAlife. Anyway, serious story first: Mother Monster followed through on the pledge she made to meet with the Obama administration following the tragic death of gay bullying victim Jamey Rodemeyer in September. She didn’t get to talk to the prez himself, but yesterday she met with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who wrote about the meeting on the White House blog.
“Today, I had the opportunity to welcome her to the White House, where we discussed ways we could work together to make sure that no child comes under attack, regardless of his or her race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor,” Jarrett wrote. She said she was moved by Gaga’s efforts to end bullying with the Born This Way Foundation, and went on to outline how Obama is also addressing the issue. The administration released a report yesterday analyzing current anti-bullying laws and policies with an eye toward what else can be done. Jarrett concluded her post pledging to work with the Born This Way Foundation and “every American who is willing to help make our society more kind, inclusive, and equal.”
The nominees for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards — the bane of all snooty critics — have been announced. And since you can go ahead and see all of the nominees when you go to vote (through December 6) for the show’s winners, to be announced in the January 11 ceremony, we thought we’d concentrate on some important numbers revealed on the list.
9: Nominations for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (including Favorite Movie, four of the five nods for Favorite Actor Under 25 and Favorite Book Adaptation)
0: Nominations for Deathly Hallows, Part 1, which came out last November and missed last year’s cut-off.
7: Nominations for Katy Perry, who, in addition to the expected music categories received nods for Favorite Animated Movie Voice (for Smurfs) and TV guest star (How I Met Your Mother).
7: Nominations for Glee, including two for TV comedy actress (Jane Lynch and Lea Michele), two for comedy actor (Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith), two for guest stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth, and one for network TV comedy. We are holding out hope for a Heather Morris nod one of these days.
6: Nominations for vampires, that’s just from True Blood and The Vampire Diaries.
13: Last year’s nominations for vampires, because Eclipse came out in the summer. Reminding us just how long it’s been since we’ve had a Twilight movie!
0: Nods for women in the Favorite Movie Icon category.
0: Nods for women in the Favorite Action Star category.
Aww, Hotness alum Ian Somerhalder just tweeted a photo of his “new friends,” a pair of crutches, leaning against what must be his chair on the set of The Vampire Diaries. He wrote about tearing his ACL earlier this month, so he must have had surgery. We can only imagine the number of ways in which a man who plays a reluctantly heroic vampire could hurt himself.
» Filming a scene in which Klaus throws Damon into some kind of body of water. While taking his wet shirt off, he must have tripped on something.
» While running to save Elena after she finally realized he is the psycho vampire for her, he heard we were in danger and changed directions too quickly.
» In between takes, he had to climb a tree to rescue a small kitten. The kitten is fine, by the way.
Umm… That’s all we got. Come up with your own explanations in the comments!
[Photo: Ian Somerhalder’s Lockerz.com]
So, we’re a little bit obsessed with Halloween here at VH1 headquarters. (One glance at Best Week Ever should prove that much.) And since I finished my costume a week early this year, I have extra time to enjoy how much every other TV network in the country is also obsessed with the holiday. From vampires and witches to fairy tales and murderers, it’s as good a time to stay indoors as it is to go bobbing for apples — that’s what the kids do these days, right?
Monday: Martha Stewart’s Haunted House
8 p.m. Hallmark
Martha doesn’t do anything halfway, but Halloween has always been an excuse for her to go extra craft-crazy. Tonight, she’s teaching you how to create a haunted house and has Justin Long, one of the least-scary actors on the planet, do something to spook small children. My glue gun is ready!
Tuesday: Zombies: A Living History
8 p.m., History Channel
Lots of historical experts scare the sh– out of me with their talk of how the zombie virus could actually come to be, while actors moan and shuffle in the background. Watch the trailer here and you’ll see why I may stay indoors forever.
Wednesday: American Horror Story
10 p.m., FX
As anyone who’s ever watched anything before knows, Halloween is the night when the barrier between the living and the dead is thinnest. That’s got to make living in a haunted house extra fun! What’s even more fun/super creepy? Having Zachary Quinto as your interior decorator.