At this point, our Vampire Diaries-loving hearts are torn into tiny little pieces. First we were divided between Stefan and Damon, which was really hard enough. Then, we met Elijah Mikaelson, the mildly threatening but ultimately reasonable member of the Original family. Then came the deliciously dangerous Klaus, who almost stole us away from all the others with his soft side. Now that Klaus has his own spin-off, The Originals, debuting tonight at 9 pm ET on the CW, we’re getting one more rival for our love: Klaus’ offspring/friend/adversary Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). And oh man, his smile is almost as seductive as Damon’s eyes.
There were no longer any Twi-hards in the lines at Comic-Con this year, but vampires were still all over the place. I was thrilled to chat with the cast of Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, Joseph Morgan (Klaus), Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley), Claire Holt (Rebekah), Daniel Gillies (Elijah), newcomer Charles Michael Davis (Marcel) and creator Julie Plec, whose dynamic was so sweet, I’m going to have a hard time buying their animosity again on the show. Here are 5 other reasons I can’t wait for the show’s October premiere.
The more we hear about it, the more we are alternately rejoicing and fearing the possible upcoming Vampire Diaries spinoff. Rejoice: Today Deadline reports that Daniel Gillies will bring his admirably moral vampire Elijah to the show, joining TV bro Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and hot werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin). Also rejoice: Julie Plec will be the executive producer of this show, which would be called The Originals, should the network pick it up from the backdoor pilot, airing April 25. And hoorah #3: It would take place in New Orleans, a place ripe with so many possibilities for supernatural fun.
According to Plec, the story revolves around Klaus, who hears that some people are plotting against him in New Orleans, so he heads there to set things straight. “And in unfolding that mystery, it takes him back to a town that several hundred years ago, he was actually one of the original settlers of and helped build,” she explained to Entertainment Weekly. “He reacquaints himself with a vampire that he actually turned back in the day, Marcel, who has created a whole set of rules and a whole society for the supernatural community that he’s in charge of — sort of tipping his hat to Klaus and saying, ‘You taught me everything I know.’ So Klaus’ protegé is now the big king of the supernatural community in New Orleans and Klaus is stepping back into that. ”
Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof effect? Basically it’s a cognitive illusion in which, once you become aware of something, you notice it everywhere. For us, 2012 meant a year of noticing wigs in every single aspect of our lives. From TV shows like Vampire Diaries to movies like Liz & Dick to meat space like celebrities’ heads, we couldn’t blink without seeing yet another wig. Nor did we want to.
For example, did anyone else see The Hobbit? Critics turned up their nose at the film’s length, but no one breathed a word about all the magnificent dwarf wigs. (It’s better this way. It was a delightful surprise.) While we try to figure out how to obtain a braided-beard-attached-to-a-toupee wig like ol’ Bombur, check out the best of the best of 2012′s wigs. Lindsay Lohan…you did us proud. Did we miss any winners? Please tell us. We genuinely want to know!
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To be sure, there was never any time on The Vampire Diaries when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) wasn’t the bad guy. It’s just that he’s usually very good at making us forgive him for murdering his way toward world domination. And every time it looked like the rest of the Mystic Falls gang was finally going to kill him, we really, really hoped they wouldn’t succeed. Until last night. Let us track our feelings toward Klaus throughout “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” the mid-season finale.
1. We love artist Klaus, even if he’s really fooling himself if he thinks that snowflake painting is some kind of abstract post-modern statement. Also, he’s doing it for charity, right?
2. He flirts with Caroline with charming name-dropping: “Dickens was a dark man.”
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.”
9. “I’m smiling.”
You know what’s great about informal awards shows like the Teen Choice Awards? They have complete freedom to make up categories as they go along, thus ensuring that the hottest, most fan-favoritest stars of the moment will show up and take home some hardware. And no one will complain, ever. Especially as we look at the “second round” of nominees for the TCAs, which take place July 22. You can go here to see the complete list. But we’ll give you the highlights you care about most:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 now has 11 nods, including the Choice Movie: Romance, Actor and Actress: Romance (Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who already have nods for Sci Fi/Fantasy), Liplock, and Scene Stealer: Male (Kellan Lutz) and Female (Nikki Reed).
The Vampire Diaries‘ count is up to eight, with Villain (Joseph Morgan), and Male and Female Scene Stealers (Candice Accola and Michael Trevino).
And, in keeping with the zeitgeist of the year, the TCAs are shaping up to be one long celebration of Channing Tatum. He’s got six nominations to his name. In addition to his previously announced nods for Movie Actor: Drama (for The Vow) and Movie Actor: Comedy (for 21 Jump Street), he’s also now nominated for Movie Actor: Romance (The Vow again), Liplock (The Vow, with Rachel McAdams), Chemistry and Hissy Fit (for 21 Jump Street, with Jonah Hill).
The biggest question now: Will a third round of nominations include a category for Best Male Stripper Movie? Oh, wait. Is that weird when we’re talking about “Teen” choice? Sorry.
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I’m not sure what hurts more after last night’s season three finale of The Vampire Diaries, my eyes from all the crying or my neck from all the head-spinning. Like every finale (and yeah, every other EPISODE) the show has given us before, this was a game changer for Elena, the Salvatores, their friends and their enemies. So, if you haven’t seen the episode yet, you definitely should stop reading now.
Though it was pure torment, I absolutely loved how everytime I started sobbing about a character dying, the next scene showed them to be alive and well. Perhaps because of all those twists, I was left feeling just a bit unsure about what went down after all. Here are my biggest questions — and a few answers.
1. Wait, so who’s alive and who’s dead now? And which actors aren’t coming back next season? Read more…
What is it with those Vampire Diaries boys? We all know about Ian Somerhalder’s tireless efforts to basically save the world with his foundation, but he’s not the only Mystic Falls resident putting his vampire skills of persuasion to very good use. For the second year in a row, Joseph Morgan, who plays the not-so-charitable Original vamp Klaus, is asking fans to help him raise money for Positive Women for his birthday on May 16. The organization’s mission is to empower women and eradicate poverty in Swaziland.
“I actually started supporting Positive Women just before I got the role in Vampire Diaries,” Morgan told us. “I put out a Youtube video encouraging people to donate and of course no one watched it because no one knew who I was, and then suddenly I got the role of Klaus and it became the fifth-most watched video in the NGO because that was the only footage of me talking!”
Listen, actors: We know that your job is to play completely fictional characters and that you are not necessarily anything like the people you pretend to be. But it is still really fun to imagine, for instance, that when Vampire Diaries star Joseph Morgan saunters into a small office space in Times Square, that we are actually being visited by Original vampire Klaus himself. You should all take this as a compliment to your skills, not necessarily as proof that we are delusional idiots (even though we definitely are sometimes).
Anyway, that’s why we decided to ask Morgan if he’d ever met any real-life evil masterminds who inspired his charismatic-yet-chilling portrayal of the man who kept his family locked in coffins for hundreds of years, held Stefan hostage for most of this season and terrorized Mystic Falls with his own army of vampire-werewolf hybrids.
“Not in real life, no,” the 30-year-old Brit laughed. “I’ve been inspired by many fictional evil masterminds, you know, in developing Klaus, but luckily … I don’t think I’d survive if I met an evil mastermind like Klaus. I think it would be fascinating. I think New York is probably where I would meet one as well. There’s got to be an evil corporate mastermind here that could rival [Klaus].”