This week on The Vampire Diaries, the town of Mystic Falls will be celebrating something called Remembrance Day. If that doesn’t make you say, “Wha?” then congratulations, you are a true TVD fan and totally used to the fact that these people will use any excuse to party, even though those parties often come with a body count. Founder’s Day, masquerades, comet-viewing, the infamous high school Decade Dance, the End of Summer party — clearly, the show runners really enjoy hiring extras and lighting bonfires? After four-plus seasons of this revelry, and perhaps to help you plan your own perfect Halloween party, we decided to compile an exhaustive guide to every single soiree Stefan, Damon, Elena, Bonnie, Caroline and Co. have risked their lives to attend, and tallied the bodies for each one too!
We’ll let you have a few more minutes to sob over [SPOILER withheld]‘s death on Breaking Bad. And we’re still reeling over Eric’s fiery end on True Blood. But we’re not too worried about the fate of the actors behind these late, great characters. Sure, they’re technically out of a job, but these untimely ends look great on a resume. Need more reassurance?
They’ve got the weight of — well, if not the world, how about world fame weighing down on them, which is perhaps how they stay so perfectly sculpted. We’re talking about the oft underappreciated but quite essential shoulders of our favorite celebrities. Whether they’re bared by a casual tank top or bikini at the beach, or framed by high on the red carpet and the stage, we do like to admire a set of bulging deltoids or delicate clavicles. Now, before they get put away under fall jackets and sweaters, let’s see if you can guess to whom these shoulders belong …
There’s so much we want to know about the coming season of The Vampire Diaries, right? What the heck is going on with Stefan being Silas’ doppelganger? How will Katherine deal with being a human? What’s going to happen with Damon and Elena, especially now that Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder have broken up IRL? Well, when Ian and Paul Wesley stopped by the MTV Comic-Con they managed to tell us a little something about that. Or, well, no they didn’t. They gave you fodder for some twisted slash fic, actually.
But really, VH1 did get a minute with Kat Graham too, and she shared something about Bonnie’s life after death…
From Ian Somerhalder to Channing Tatum, all these guys proved there were more than just a pretty face when they transitioned from modeling to acting. But that doesn’t stop us from remembering the good ol’ days when they were stripping down for Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch and other brands. Well in Tatum’s case, he went from stripping down for Dolce & Gabbana to stripping way way down in Magic Mike.
A lot of celebrities had double duty on Saturday night as there were a number of Super Bowl parties happening in New Orleans, most notably the GQ Super Bowl Party with Lil Wayne performing and the DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl, where Justin Timberlake brought Jay-Z onstage. The celebs at the earlier party were pretty casual, but they cleaned up quite nicely for the evening to-do. Except Josh Hutcherson and Chace Crawford, who showed up in denim and a baseball cap and a lot of facial scruff, respectively. They should have taken style cues from Ryan Kwanten and Matt Bomer who both nailed it in sharp suits.
Of course, our eyes were trained on one very gorgeous Ian Somerhalder who turned out in a simple black shirt and jeans. Simple … but perfect, as always. The two ladies in attendance also did quite nicely. Kate Upton slicked on some red lipstick, twisted her hair up in a messy updo and slid into some skinny black pants, a leather bomber jacket and a pair of dark cherry-pointed pumps. Can’t really go wrong with that, right? Hayden Panettiere also took on a three-piece combination but topped hers with a white blazer and beautifully ironed shiny hair. The piece de resistance was her neon orange pumps. It takes a lot to upstage Kate, but we think Hayden managed it. Have a look at our gallery below to see full-length pictures of everyone in attendance.
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Hello, gentlemen! We could not with a clear conscience ignore the proliferation of extremely handsome men at the People’s Choice Awards because they really brought their A-Game. So many sharply-cut suits! Eddie Redmayne and Giancarlo Esposito already made it to our best-dressed list, but we’re talking about you, Ian Somerhalder, all sexy in your classic black tie combination. J.D Pardo did the same in the best fitted blazer and suit we’re see in a long time. Jensen Ackles actually pulled off a deep maroon suit with a black shirt — but it’s impossible to make that man look anything other than gorgeous. Chris Colfer ditched a jacket completely and opted for skinny trousers and a skinnier tie and worked the whole thing like a pro. We’re also giving out props to Jesse Williams who added a little something’ extra to his suit by adding a pair of purple suede shoes. The impossibly good looking Matt Bomer added a little texture to his deep navy suit with a grey pocket square and a Madras-checked shirt. We’re counting The Wanted as one unit — one very hip, way cool unit. Their stylists need a raise. But we’d like to hand the best-dressed trophy to our number one guy, Robert Downey Jr. That grey suit, that pizazz and those metallic sneakers? Take a bow, sir.
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After watching Spider-Man: The Animated Series in 1997, we decided Venom and Mary Jane Watson were actually a better couple than Mary Jane and Spider-Man, and we haven’t looked back since. In case you’re new to the Internet, pretty much every TV show, movie or otherwise fictional couple has a huge fan base swooning over their relationship. It might be a well-established couple or the characters might have met once to sign for a UPS package, it doesn’t matter. Someone is obsessed with them declaring their eternal love. This is a phenomenon known as shipping, and it is 75% of the reason anyone even knows about Twilight.
Maybe we just spent too much time on Tumblr over the last twelve months (we really, really did!), but 2012 seemed like a year where shipping was front and center. From New Girl to Sherlock, everywhere we looked shippers were building onto the fictional universes they loved, mostly with smooching. So we decided to pay homage to the most passionately shipped relationships of this year as part of our Best of 2012. Don’t see your favorite couple? We probably just didn’t know about them yet, so inform us in the comments! 2013 is almost upon us and we want to feel that Venom/Mary Jane feeling again!
We could write this post all about how much we’d like to go for a swim in Ian Somerhalder’s beautiful eyes, or how much Damon makes us squeal and laugh and cry every week on The Vampire Diaries. But the funny thing about Mr. Smolderholder is that’s probably not how he wants us to celebrate his 34th birthday today. Instead, he’d really, really like us all to donate to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation — which supports initiatives for the environment and animals — via the Mozilla Firefox Challenge on Crowdrise.com, so that he can get the company to ante up $50,000.
It looks like fans are doing their part so far, but if you need a little motivation, here’s a gallery showing Ian being a beautiful person, inside and, yeah, outside too:
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Related: Renesmee, Sookie, Magnus And More: 25 Supernatural Characters Who Dazzled Us In 2012
Around this time last year, we made this list a roundup of our favorite vampires of 2011 — though we named Bella Cullen as our fave, it was Damon Salvatore who ruled your hearts. This year, we took a look around at our favorite movies, TV shows and books and discovered that, while the bloodsuckers of True Blood, Twilight and The Vampire Diaries were still among our faves, they had some competition from other supes, too. There were the characters wielding magic for good or evil — Snow White and the Huntsman’s Queen Ravenna, Beautiful Creatures‘ Lena, The Mortal Instruments‘ Magnus, TVD’s Bonnie. We had a nice crop of werewolves — Teen Wolf’s Scott and Derek, Nightshade’s Calla, True Blood’s Alcide. And then, of course, there were gods, genetic mutations, time travelers and Shadowhunters. Whether they were on the page, the screen or both, these beautiful, dangerous, ever-seductive heroes and villains made us feel a little bit inadequate for being mere humans. But there’s one power we have that they don’t: the ability to vote on which of these 25 characters was our favorite of the year. Take a look at the gallery and then vote!
“The Big & Best of 2012: A Year End Celebration Presented by T-Mobile” goes LIVE at 12 p.m. ET on 12/12/12. Watch at BigAndBestOf2012.com for eight hours of live performances from stars like Bruno Mars and Miguel, surprise guest appearances, prize giveaways, special editions of “RapFix Live,” “Big Morning Buzz Live,” “MTV After Hours,” “You Oughta Know” and much more!
Stick with MTV as we count down the Best of 2012, including the Best Songs of 2012, Live Performances, Movies and EDM Videos of the year.
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