Along with a whole lot of enthusiastic Vampire Diaries fans, Hollywood Crush were on the scene of the Hot Topic Atlanta stop on Saturday. Head on over to the Hollywood Crush site to read all about the event (from the queue, to the signing to the Q&A session) and view the gallery of pictures.
While we’re certain that none of our readers from the UK actually need any persuasion to watch the Vampire Diaries next week, that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the clips and interviews that are being released in the UK to promote it. ITN have an interview up with Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley talking about what the series is about. Just in case readers outside the UK can’t view the video, it’s also available on YouTube.
Thanks to Denise for the YouTube heads up!
Metro.co.uk has an interview with Ian Somerhalder about that show he’s starring in – you know, the one aimed at “moody teenagers” (you guys feeling moody today?). As you know, the Vampire Diaries lands on the UK’s ITV2 on February 2nd, and here Ian talks Damon, vampire groupies, Lost, modelling, extravagant purchases and, if he was a kangaroo, what he could keep in his pouch (I know it sounds like something we’d make up, but I swear we didn’t).
Your character is a bit of a rotter, isn’t he?
Yes, but I don’t judge him. Everyone has righteous reasons for what they do in the world. He believes what he’s doing is justified. He believes he’s been wronged by his brother and has vowed to make him miserable for eternity. He’s just living up to his promise.
Also from the UK, Wales on Sunday has an interview with Nina Dobrev. Aside from her love of the English accent (and what’s not to love *cough*), Nina talks about the show, Elena, and the sex appeal of vampires.
“I love my character, and I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil it but things get pretty intense and I get to do a lot of amazing, really cool things, so every day’s exciting and every day’s different.”
Back in the USA, Paul Wesley is a “proud non-conformist”, and talks about getting kicked out of school, how he got started in acting, and going out for the role of Stefan.
“I finally went in after reading a bunch of times and it was literally me and nine other guys _ a couple from Australia, a couple from London and some from New York. And a week later I was on the set filming. But it was way worth it, I’ll tell you that much. It’s the greatest part I’ve ever played. It’s a little more fun to play the villain, but this is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done and the thing I’ve fallen in love with the most.”
Thanks to Vampire Diaries Web we have some more stills from Thursday’s episode, “Unpleasantville” in the gallery:
And finally, we’ve had word from several readers Down Under that the Vampire Diaries will return with brand new episodes on Monday, February 8 on GO! in Australia.
A long time ago – back in episode 4, “Family Ties” – there was a Vampire Diaries set piece featured that had Vee and I pretty excited. It was the document that the Founders Council all signed upon the attendance of the first Founders party, and our bookish fan selves were delighted to see shout-outs to Honoria Fell and Mayor Jacob Lockwood (aka Smallwood, though interestingly Elena reads out “Benjamin Lockwood” in the episode) on there. We’ve since discovered that the document also includes the signatures of Giuseppe Salvatore and Thomas Keeping Fell, which fills us with even more glee.
Maren Nicholas is the talented calligraphy artist who was asked to create both the Founders Council document and the placards that were used for displaying other items in the collection of family heirlooms. She was kind enough to take some time out to answer some questions for us, and to provide us with some images of the document so that everyone can get a closer look at the signatures and appreciate the detail and work that went into the project. Read on to find out about how the document was made, and click on the thumbnails to view the larger images.
How did you get into calligraphy?
I started doing calligraphy when I was 13 years old and had my first paying job at the age of 14. I was an Art major (among other things…) in college at an all-women’s college where I did a fair amount of calligraphy for formal dinners, teas, etc. My most recent job before staying home when my children were born was at Party City where I sold wedding invitations. When asked if I knew anyone who did calligraphy, I told them I did which is where I got the idea to start my calligraphy business. I have now been doing this as a professional business for about 8 years.
The ratings for “Bloodlines” are in, with the episode being watched by 3.7 million viewers. From TV By the Numbers:
The return after an extremely long hiatus wasn’t kind to Vampire Diaries as its 1.6 for adults 18-49 may have tied a series low (checking now) in that demo. Supernatural fared better, its 1.3 adults 18-49 rating was slightly above its season average for new episodes. In the CW target demo, Vampire Diaries scored a 2.5 rating for women 18-34, tied for second in the timeslot.
We’ve got a title for episode 15 of the Vampire Diaries, which will be called “A Few Good Men”. I don’t know about you, but it puts the strangest image in my head of Damon and Tom Cruise’s Lestat going head to head in a Mystic Falls court room.
There are some more spoilers zinging around about what we can expect for the second half of the season. Ausiello has a little spoiler about who Damon is going to hook up with next, while E!’s Kristin has some snippets from Julie Plec, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev on subjects such as the love triangle, Damon’s phenomenal kissing ability and what’s in store for Elena (aside from potentially being knocked out with a kiss from Damon).
The Hot Topic cast tour is under way in Atlanta, and the cast are currently signing autographs. While fans weren’t allowed to take cameras in, both Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevino tweeted some pictures for the fans. Nina’s photo shows her fellow cast mates to be a nice, normal bunch, while Michael seems to inspire them to display a little more insanity. ;) The Q&A session will be taking place shortly.
Finally, while Ella was visiting the set yesterday, Nina informed her that she’s NOT going to be at the Insurgence: Bloodlines convention in the UK in March. We’ve contacted Rogue Events to find out what’s going on there, and will let you know if we hear anything.
With eleven episodes aired in the USA and Canada you wouldn’t think that a promo for the Vampire Diaries premiere in another country would provide us with much to grab us with. Well, we’d be wrong. Ian Somerhalder Italy pointed us at this new Italian trailer, and it’s very cool to watch. The show premieres in Italy on February 3 at 21.50pm on MYA/Mediaset Premium.
The intrepid and awesome Ella (who supplied us with some of the first set pics way back when the series started filming) paid another visit to Covington today, and got some shots of Paul Wesley and Matt Davis filming some scenes together. We’ve got a few for you here, and you can view the rest of the batch over in Ella’s album in our gallery.
If you’d like to feature these images on your own site, please make sure you contact Ella for permission.
The CW has posted the webclips for episode 12 of the Vampire Diaries, “Unpleasantville”. Be warned: the second one is pretty spoilery.
This is your friendly reminder that the entire Vampire Diaries cast will be at the Hot Topic meet and greet in Atlanta tomorrow. Click the poster to get all of the info you need!
We have a longer version of the Unpleasantville promo, now with more Damon and Elena quippage. (I think I just made that word up.) And what is it with Kevin Williamson and creepy phone calls? Thanks to Ayna for the heads up!
And Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson discuss what’s coming up on Vampire Diaries as we land in Unpleasantville:
Courtesy of Chris Mollere, Vampire Diaries’ music supervisor – follow him on Twitter!:
Songs listed in order of appearance.
- Florence + The Machine – “Cosmic Love”
- Editors – “An End Has A Start”
- The Dandelions – “On A Mission”
- Black Mustang – “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”
(Buy on iTunes)
- The Black Hollies – “Can’t Stop These Tears (From Falling)”
- Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – “Trouble”
- The Steps – “Push”
- The Upsidedown – “Pepper Spray”
- The Stereotypes – “The Night Before”
- The Dig – “Look Inside”
(Buy on iTunes)
- Alex Band – “Only One”
(unavailable for download – watch the video on YouTube)
- Julian Casablancas – “Out Of The Blue”
- The Bell – “Nothing Is Logical”