Sunday, January 31, 2010
Magazine Scans courtesy of VDSource and Only Paul Wesley
Courtesy of Bob Mahoney
Double Dose of Weird for Ian Somerhalder
"It's such a great moment in time for me," Somerhalder said, speaking by telephone from the "Vampire Diaries" set in Atlanta. "It's very cool. I'm very lucky, very grateful. As far as 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Lost,' there's such great storytelling going on on both shows, and they're such amazing experiences. I'm just really happy to be a part of them."
"I got there and I think I was on the ground for 27 hours. In that time I got to see two of my super-close friends, Matthew Fox and Josh Holloway, who are like brothers, and their families, got to go to a couple of my favorite restaurants, shot what I needed to shoot, and still (went) snorkeling at my favorite spot."
How much of Boone will we see? Somerhalder may film as many as three episodes, but he isn't revealing whether Boone will turn up in the flesh or as a ghost, in the present, in the past or both.
Meanwhile as the season progresses on "The Vampire Diaries," viewers will watch as Damon spends more time with Elena and as he pursues what it is he's ultimately after. Fans can also expect to see scenes set in the 1860s that will feature Damon and Katherine (Dobrev), the captivating vampire who decades ago turned the Salvatores into bloodsuckers.
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Here are some pics from The Nylon+Armani Exchange party for the cast's Feb issue of Nylon Magazine. The party was at 675 Bar in New York. This is one hot threesome..could they get anymore beautiful!
Thanks to Sharie at Paul Wesley Fans for the heads up! More pics in her gallery
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I've been waiting for these watermark free pics and thanks to Katerina Graham Fan, I can now post them. More located here
Katerina Graham was spotted & photographed in New York City, New York on January 25, 2010 visits Think PR Showroom posing for photographers with various items and wearing a gorgeous light purple dress and an all black outfit.
In my opinion, I think since Twilight made the push first out of the gate then of course people will compare the Vampire Diaries to the saga. Personally, I'll take a weekly vamp series over a 6 month blockbuster any day.
What do you guys think? Please comment. Thanks so much to CW_VampDiaries for the heads up!
I HEART VAMPPIREDIARIES STAFF
Friday, January 29, 2010
Every year when awards season rolls around, we get bummed that some of the shows we enjoy the most?the ones on the CW?aren't even without shouting distance of a nomination, much less a trophy.
So last year we decided to something about it and invented the totally unofficial and totally fun CW Awards, which honors the great acting and writing specific to that network (hush, haters), and this year we're at it again.
Did your favorite actor, actress, series or show runner get a nod? Jump inside to see the nominations for yourself, and then vote to decide which of these underappreciated talents should win a highly pretigious (albeit mostly imaginary) WWK CW Award!
As many of you know, I made plans to attend The Vampire Diaries Hot Topic event in Atlanta, GA this past weekend. Well, I couldn’t very well, drive 6 hours from Mississippi to Georgia without visiting the town where The Vampire Diaries is filmed, so I found myself in Covington, GA Friday afternoon, and it just so happened they would be in town shooting all day and night.
Thanks so much to CW_VampDiaries for the heads up!!
CW’s Vampire Diaries, which was up 13% from its slow post-repeat gap start last week to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, near its season average for new episodes. Vampire Diaries had its best adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and total viewer (3.72mil) numbers since Nov. 12. Via TV By the Numbers
Thursday, January 28, 2010
"Children of the Damned" Extended Preview
Q: Can you talk about casting Nina Dobrev in the show?
Kevin: It is always hard to find that anchor. If you look at The CW, you'll always see that anchor girl. All those shows have that one girl, who is the anchor of the show that everything revolves around. And it is so hard to cast that part. You can actually see when you do it and when you don't do it. I've seen shows that don't do it. We have so scored with her and the two guys, Paul and Ian. I think I hit a home run, for whatever part I played in that. I pat myself on the back because that has saved me on whatever the script. They are so good.
Q: How has she changed in the six months the show has been on?
Kevin: I don't know if she's changed. She started out brilliant and she's still pretty brilliant. I think what's changed is that they're all getting more comfortable in their roles. She's taken over the role now and she owns it. It's hers now. It's no longer about just getting the script. Now, I feel like I'm writing for Elena/Nina. They're all one and the same now.
Q: If The Vampire Diaries has a really long run, have you thought about what to do when your vampires start looking older?
Kevin: I have really thought about that and, with modern technology, we'll just increase the special effects budget.Q: How much will Mia Kirshner have to do?
Kevin: Well, she's coming in to set up Alaric's character and we haven't really developed it beyond that. I don't really know the long term prospects of her character. It's mainly flashbacks.
Q: Will you be introducing any other primary characters this season, or will you just be focusing on Damon, Stefan and Elena?
Kevin: Yeah, those are our core group that we're going to stick to, and we have our supporting characters that we're going to stick to for the first season. Then, we're going to be bringing in new characters. Melinda Clarke is going to come in as Matt's mother. I'm hoping that she will always be Matt's mother. While she'll come in for three episodes, I hope she'll come back.Q: Are you working on any film projects right now?
Kevin: I'm almost done with the first draft of Scream 4. I'm trying to get that together for Wes Craven. We've got to get going on that, during the hiatus. We have Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and Dave Arquette. I was always holding out hope because the pitch was about those three characters. I didn't want to have to re-route the whole story. We don't have to do that. I can do it exactly the way I want wanted. The story is going to be told the way I originally conceived it.Full Article Here
Tell us about your character Ben on The Vampire Diaries.
Ben is a former star football player at the town’s high school and he didn’t really do much with his life, so while his other friends moved on he got stuck in Mystic Falls. He discovers the beautiful Bonnie (Katerina Graham) and they start to hang out for a little bit. I can’t really tell you anything beyond that or I’d get in trouble.
Most people in Mystic Falls are either vampires or they become a vampire meal. Which are you?
I can’t say, but I can tell you my role was really fun to play. *Pause* A Sneaky Vamp!!Well, I’m guessing a vampire’s more fun to play than a bartender. So what’s your favorite vampire chronicle: True Blood, Twilight or the Anne Rice novels?
I love the Anne Rice novels. I read Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned. I really got a kick out of those. I haven’t really had a chance to check out the others, but I know they’re huge right now.What do you think it is about vampires that’s so damn sexy?
I think it’s the fantasy of it all. Living at night, being immortal — it’s very intriguing and seductive too. Wouldn’t you say?
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Nina: I think that it's shocking. It's one thing to have a crazy ex-girlfriend and come to terms with that. It's like, "Okay, you have a past? That's fine." It's another thing to look identical to the crazy ex-girlfriend. I think Elena will always feel like, "Why are you dating me? Do you want to replace her with me? Isn't that selfish of you?" There's a lot going on. You don't want to look like someone else, especially an ex-girlfriend.
Q: Do you ever play Elena and Katherine in the same day?
Nina: Playing Katherine takes so long. Getting into the character, there's the hair and make-up process, and just getting dressed, alone, takes half an hour because there's corsets and pantaloons. There's so many layers that it takes half an hour to put the outfits on, so I couldn't play both in one day. It's very good because it takes a lot of energy. When I'm in that corset for 17 hours, at the end of the day, I feel like I've done a work-out. I remember looking at my stomach and thinking, "I should get myself a corset for every day." It really tones you up. You're sucking in, all day.
Q: Have you had any embarrassing moments on set?
Nina: When we're doing scenes, we have mic packs, usually in the back pocket of our pants or somewhere. I went to the restroom once, forgot about my mic pack and it fell in the toilet. And, a mic pack is $2,000 or $3,000. I don't think they heard it. I was just really embarrassed and I felt really bad. They announced it on the mics on the set, so everyone knew and everyone laughed at me. I offered to pay for it, but they wouldn't let me.
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Paul Wesley chats with Carina MacKenzie from LA Times Show Tracker
Last week Nina [Dobrev] told me that her favorite episode was "The Lost Girls." Do you have a favorite episode or scene?
"The Turning Point." It was a really beautiful episode for Stefan and Elena. The moment where he turns around because he's ashamed of his face -- the blood is rushing through his eyes, his veins are popping out -- he's terrified, and he hates himself for it. He runs from that part of himself, but she turns him around and tells him not to be afraid. She touches his face, and she thinks he's beautiful. It's so intimate, that moment, because she accepts the darkest part of him.
In "The Vampire Diaries," it seems like Stefan and Damon are in for a bit of a power struggle. What's it like working with Ian Somerhalder on the scenes where the two brothers are at each other's throats? You guys have great chemistry together.
We do have a natural chemistry, because I adore Ian. When we're acting together, it's like a tennis match. It's always nice to play with someone who can hit the ball back to you, you know? And I hope he feels the same way about me. He always gives me something new to react to or to feed off of.
The dynamic of the characters is so interesting because they love each other, but they hate each other. I don't have a brother, I have sisters, but I would imagine it's very love-hate. It's just exaggerated to the nth degree for Stefan and Damon. As the season progresses, they develop more love for each other, but they keep doing things to make each other distrustful, then we go back to ground zero and start again. There's always this thing in Stefan's head where he hopes that one day Damon can just be as normal and functioning as possible.
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-- Carina MacKenzie (chat with me on Twitter @cadlymack)
Thanks to VampireSite.net for posting! VDO and TeamKatGraham for the heads up!
Official CW Synopsis
SECRETS OF THE TOMB
Stefan (Paul Wesley) helps Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Bonnie (Katerina Graham) out of a dangerous situation. Jeremy (Steve R. McQueen) asks Anna (guest star Malese Jow) to a party in the woods, unaware that she has her own reasons for wanting to meet him there.
When Stefan, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena work with Bonnie and Grams (guest star Jasmine Guy) to open the tomb, everyone is shocked by what they discover. Candice Accola, Zach Roerig and Michael Trevino also star.
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Winning Favorite New Drama and Favorite TV Obsession at the People's Choice Awards.
"It was so fantastic. We're all so busy, tucked away filming here in Atlanta, so we just sort of went out on the weekend and sat around and said, 'This is great.' It's a really nice concrete recognition of everybody's hard work. Everyone is so proud of the show."
What's up next for Jenna?
"We're seeing a little bit of a new thing with a guy for Jenna when a new history teacher comes to town. We'll see that develop a little more. We'll definitely see a lot of stuff come up between Elena and Jenna as well, a lot of family stuff. I'm excited for our audience to go on this journey with her. "
Relocating to the South.
"It's definitely a much different culture than the west coast of Canada, but everyone's been really friendly. I really like it here. It was really different at first, and Canada will always be home, but this has become like my second home. Everyone I have worked with has turned it into a family. It's been fantastic."
Happy to share the vampire spotlight.
"I think we're all very grateful [for Twilight]. Of course, with Twilight and True Blood there was already a huge group of fans, but we're a much different show. We all definitely want Vampire Diaries to pave its own way. We're very grateful that there's already fans of the genre, but I think we all want to make this show something special and something separate."
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In tonight's outing, "Unpleasantville", Damon and Stefan (Paul Wesley, putting his own, unique spin on the strong, silent type) vie to accompany Elena to the school dance, all the while trying to identify the new vampire in town.
Now that Elena has removed her talisman necklace, she's vulnerable to The Vampire Diaries' more nefarious influences, and those influences will play a greater role in the episodes to come, Williamson said in a recent interview.
"The show has taken on a life of its own," Williamson said.
Vampire Diaries is loosely based on the series of young-adult novels by L.J. Smith.
"The first book always inspired us, but if you know the book well, you can see what we've used and not used, and what we've taken and turned on its end," Williamson said. "We're going into the idea of this church and underground tomb, with all these vampires that have been desiccated and are lying in wait all these years -- that's not in the book. We've always been inspired by the books, but now that the show's off and running, we're looking to twist and turn everything."
In tonight's episode, that means more mysterious jewelry -- filled with vervain herb -- more nefarious doings at the Mystic Grill, and a school dance with a '50s theme. (7 p.m., CTV; 8 p.m., CW)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I was confused by last week’s ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ Is the explanation for why Katherine and Elena are identical simply because Elena was born to a distant descendant of Katherine’s? That really didn’t make sense to me. – Ashlee
Is Elena’s adoption storyline going to drawn out for years, or will they wrap it up before the end of this season? – Lori
Ready, set, kill two questions with one tease: Exec producer Julie Plec tells me, “This week’s episode will make it very clear to viewers that the mystery of Elena’s adoption will be an important part of this season – and that there will be answers.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Was it difficult landing the part of Damon in The Vampire Diaries?Source
It was a tough process getting this show because it was THE show to get. There was a lot of competition. Damon is one of the best characters you could ever dream of playing so I set my sights on him and made it happen.
Did you do many stunts?
We do as many stunts as we can — it’s fun. You find your innate ability to be scared! I had to jump backwards off a building. To do the stunt they had a mock-up built on a stage and all I had to do was drop backwards and fall about six feet onto a pad. It was so scary because intuitively our body says don’t drop backwards. It took eight takes — I felt like such a baby. And I was supposed to look as natural and calm as possible!
Any on-set romances?
We have a strict cast-wide policy — no hooking up. Keep it simple!
Given the nature of the shows you’ve been in, have you received any weird fan mail?
I’ve got a lot of letters from prison. Lost was a big prison show. But it's really crazy when you get the letter that says, ‘So, I’m getting out in three months, I’ve only been in for 17 years and I’d really like to meet you’. What’s cool is that on The Vampire Diaries the writers are very young and the letters are really, really sweet.
That's right, Mystic Falls High School is having a '50's Decade Dance' in this Thursday's episode titled, 'Unpleasantville.' Most exciting of all, JSYK was on the set of the show back in November when they filmed the episode.
Hmm..now this is very interesting! I really can't see sweet down to earth Elena on Gossip Girl, but if Katherine was in the mix, she could cause complete chaos on the show. I doubt this happens anytime soon, but you never know with the CW. IHVD will definitely keep an eye out for any updates.
Here's what Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl executive producer Bob Levy tells me:
"I love that idea!" Levy said of having Nina guest star on Gossip Girl and Leighton guest star on Vampire Diaries some time in the future. The idea came up while I was chatting with Nina and Levy at a recent press event, and Levy said: "We're gonna work on that. You have my word."
Leighton and Nina became friends while shooting the upcoming big-screen movie The Roommate, set to come out later this year. And Nina told me she would jump at the chance to make a guest appearance on the Upper East Side. "Oh my god, I would love to be on Gossip Girl," Nina said. "I feel like it's hard to do because we're both so busy. But I would love to, and I would for her to be on our show. Leighton would make a great vampire, I think!"
The hitch, of course, is working out the logistics, given that Vampire Diaries shoots in Atlanta and Gossip Girl shoots in New York. "The trick is tearing Nina away from Atlanta," Levy explained. "She's in almost every scene of every episode. So it's hard scheduling-wise to work that out. But I love that pitch! Good pitch. We're gonna work to make it happen."
Don’t be fooled — Nina Dobrev may be a pretty young thing, but the similarities with her peers end there. Calling her “determined” is an understatement. “Dedicated” and “devoted” come closer. This is one young actress so consumed by her craft that she actually considers being sequestered in rural Georgia for the filming of her show The Vampire Diaries a blessing rather than fretting over its effect on her social life. The precious few hours she does steal away from her relentless pursuit of a Rachel McAdams-esque career — fellow Canadian and Dobrev’s hands-down hero — are spent in her bed sleeping or, big surprise, watching movies.
To say that Dobrev’s commitment is essential to her success might be something of an overstatement. After all, she spent only about five months auditioning in Los Angeles before landing the coveted role of Elena Gilbert on the CW’s runaway new hit The Vampire Diaries, also starring Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. Her characters, like the actress herself, are much more Little J than Serena or Blair. Following in the footsteps of its tastemaking cousins on the network, Diaries features a hot young cast of hot-blooded high schoolers — emphasis on the blood. It would be impossible to discuss the show without putting it in context alongside that other vampire love story, of which Dobrev freely admits she is a fan. In spite of some obvious similarities, Diaries has a take on the subject all its own, and, in fact, is based on bestselling books released prior to the Twilight series.
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Actor Paul Wesley was often in trouble when he was a teenager. In fact, he was booted out of two high schools in New Jersey, where he grew up. "I was a little bit of a troublemaker, not in a malicious way," he says, easing his lean body into an overstuffed chair in a hotel room here.
But I'm glad. I'm glad I didn't conform to the system of the school. I'm a law-abiding citizen now. I haven't brought it to the soundstage," he grins.
The first altercation happened at a private Catholic boys' school. "It was with a bunch of jock-y, racist kids. I thought, 'This is an expensive school. My parents paid a lot of money.' And I got into a fight EVERY day. It was just like this weird atmosphere.
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It must be hard working with two such attractive boys?
“It’s terrible, terrible, terrible. Obviously I’m just kidding. They’re amazing, physically obviously. On a superficial level everyone is beautiful. But underneath as people they are wonderful individuals and talented, fun and cool. We’ve all really bonded and become friends and lean on each other because we live in Atlanta and don’t know anyone else, so we’ve sort of become a family. We’re really lucky.”
Do you ever get scared by Ian and Paul when they’ve been transformed into vampires?
“Yes – they look so creepy. They both have amazing eyes, but when Ian puts the contacts in, his eyes get even bluer and the red is so bloodshot. When he’s got the teeth in he just looks very demonic, they both do, so I keep my distance. There’s a five foot radius and I let them do their thing. I haven’t really had to act with them as vampires as they don’t get that way when they’re around Elena unless they’re protecting her.”
Your on-screen best friend Bonnie is psychic. Have you ever experienced anything out of the ordinary?
“Not something that’s just been me on my own but I have experienced paranormal activities. Recently we were shooting at a haunted house. It was this beautiful home but had a really dark history. The original owner lived there during the time of the civil war in Georgia. He had over a hundred slaves and he went crazy and had all the slaves killed and buried on the grounds. So there is all this death in one place and lots of weird things kept happening while we were there.
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Zach Roerig doesn't get enough love! This interview is from November 4th, but I've never read it and it's quite entertaining.
Although his recent successes highlight his career in 2009, he's no amateur to the industry. Zach had roles in popular soap operas such as One Life to Live and As the World Turns. His hard work has definitely paid off and the sky is the limit for this young actor.AOL Travel asked Zach what was his favorite thing about filming The Vampire Diaries in Atlanta and how he's dealt with fan recognition while on vacation.
What's the best thing you've discovered about Atlanta?
Zach Roerig: Little five points. It's like venice crossed between the east village. You can't go wrong with that.
What's the Funniest Time a Fan Recognized You While On Vacation? How Did Everyone React?
Zach Roerig: During one vacation trip we stopped at a truck stop to refuel. I was alarmed to hear a deep voice shout "Casey Hughes!" (My character on As the World Turns at the time). At this point my fans were generally middle aged females, so i was a little shocked when it turned out that the voice belonged to a burly trucker who happened to be a big fan of the show
What's Your Favorite Childhood Vacation Memory?
Zach Roerig: One night in North Carolina my cousins and I stumbled upon a sea turtle laying eggs on the beach. I was the oldest of the group and seized the opportunity to explain the birds and the bees to the youngsters, much to their parents chagrin.
What Is the One Item/Thing You Never Travel Without? And Why?
Zach Roerig: I will never travel without with my favorite pair of boat shoes. They smell so bad that I should probably burn them, but instead I wrap them up in 3 or 4 grocery bags and hope that the pilot doesn't mind the stench.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Katerina Graham's Thursday night series on the CW, "The Vampire Diaries," seems to have something for everybody.
"It's a must-see for anyone who loves excitement, romance, danger, betrayal, love, death and sex," the actress says. "I play Bonnie Bennett, who has psychic abilities. She's also a witch."
Almost as intriguing is Graham's own background. The singing, dancing 20-year-old, who was born in Geneva and speaks four languages, has several films coming up, including "Bleachers," a remake of "The Breakfast Club," and "The Roommate" with Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly.
Her marital/dating status?
"Just say I giggled," she said.Which she did. Thank goodness, she was more forthcoming about her weekends.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010
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I JUST love the English accent, I think it’s so sophisticated and beautiful,” says Bulgarian-born Canadian actress, Nina Dobrev.
“I’m dying to do a period piece here, like Keira Knightley. I’m a big fan of hers.”
So in real life, which of the brother’s would she be attracted to, the sensitive good-guy or the elusive bad-boy?
“I think I’d probably choose their other brother ‘Deffan’,” says Nina smiling.
“I like a guy who can be caring or sensitive and determined and just take care of me, but at the same time everyone likes a little bit of a spark, a little bit of a bad-boy to spice things up. If they had a brother that was a combination of the two of them, that’s who I’d be with.”
In the flesh Nina is not dissimilar to Katie Holmes, the actress who made her name in Kevin Williamson’s teenage drama, Dawson’s Creek. Slim and petite with shoulder-length, brown hair and delicate features that earned her a modelling contract at the age of 16, Nina’s undoubtedly pretty but not in a way that might alienate the show’s largely teenage girl fan-base.
It’s something Nina herself is aware of, particularly in light of the furore over a brunette being cast as Elena, who’s a blonde in the books.
“Everyone was really, really frustrated and like, ‘Why is she not blonde? Elena is blonde!’ but we had to change it because in the books Elena was a little bit more of a Queen Bee, the popular high school girl and it just didn’t seem relatable to a lot of people.
“The creators just wanted to make her more of a girl-next-door, who you can root for. If you’re not rooting for the main girl, then there’s no point in watching. You need to love her, you can’t hate her,” says Nina.