New feature! Friday Night Bites will be a weekly round-up for various tidbits of show and cast/crew news not quite big enough to warrant a blog post, not strictly Vampire Diaries-related, or somehow just fell through the cracks. Please insert theme song by Explosions in the Sky here and enjoy. (Okay, technically it’s not Friday night where we’re at, but it is somewhere, right now! So there!)
- Tyler Shields posted a new photoshoot with Michael Trevino in his blog. Get the story behind the impromptu session at Zap2It and check out the photos at Shields’ official site.
- Kat Graham‘s not too worried about Bonnie dying in Season 3. Read more at the TV Addict.
- Stefan & Damon Salvatore and Katherine Pierce make AOL TV’s list of TV’s Sexiest Vampires.
- eTalk MMVA red carpet video interview with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev.
- Ian Somerhalder‘s “gangsta Road to Avonlea” look at the MuchMusic Video Awards brought a lot of commentary, rounded up by the National Post’s Shinan Govani.
- Vote for Nina Dobrev in Us Magazine’s MuchMusic Video Awards best dressed poll.
- In case you haven’t heard, Paul Wesley will play Anthony Reese, a federal agent, in the action-comedy film The Baytown Disco, which was shot in Lousiana. The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria. Details via Coming Soon.
- Ian Somerhalder is featured in Hip-Pop’s Hottest Boys of Summer 2011 countdown.
- Maddie of Candice Accola Web unearthed Leblon photobooth pics from Candice’s Westwood/Turn the Corner birthday celebration in May. Photos feature Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Kayla Ewell, Kat Graham, Matt Davis, and others. See the photos on Candice Accola Web.
- Variety profiles the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. (Might need to register to read.)
- Elena Gilbert is featured in InStyle’s Vampire Girlfriends Gallery.
- In addition to representing Vampire Diaries at Comic Con International 2011, Kevin Williamson will also be representing his new show, The Secret Circle (based on an L.J. Smith series). Panel information available at TheSecretCircle.net. The Secret Circle, starring Britt Robertson and Thomas Dekker, premieres Thursday, Sept. 15th at 9 p.m., immediately following the Season 3 premiere of The Vampire Diaries.
- Honey 2, starring Kat Graham, opened June 10th in the U.K. and here are some reviews: The Guardian, The Telegraph, Total Film, Front Row Reviews, The Film Review, and Screenjabber. The film will be released direct-to-DVD in the U.S., date to be determined. You can watch a behind-the-scenes video from the film shoot over at Katerina Graham Source.
- Malese Jow attended the Cars 2 premiere at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on June 18th. Check out photos on Zimbio.
- Steven R. McQueen attended the Joseph Abboud Watch Collection Launch Party in West Hollywood on June 16th. Check out photos at Steven R. McQueen Online.
- More outtakes from Candice Accola‘s Show Me Your Mumu photoshoot have surfaced, via photographer Ryan Hebert’s blog. See them over at Candice Accola Web.
- Snaphot of Nina Dobrev and Kate Walsh playing around on the Perks of Being A Wallflower set, via Nina’s Twitter.
- Kayla Ewell posted a few behind-the-scenes photos from her shoot with photographer Giuliano Bukor: “Okay you guys, a sneak peek!” & “Here’s another photo from the shoot yesterday! Thanks to everyone for a great day!”
- Cute twitvid from Sunday night’s MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet via Ian Somerhalder.
- Joseph Morgan fans: If you’ve been wondering how much longer he’ll be sporting that epic 500 Miles North beard, you’ll be happy to know he has one more day of shooting on June 27th: “…then the beard comes off and the fangs come out.”
- Per his June 13th interview on the VRO, Daniel Gillies has been cast in Canadian pilot Saving Hope, where he’ll be playing a doctor opposite Smallville‘s Erica Durance. More info on the pilot at Zap2It.
- Malese Jow joins the cast for Season 2 of Nickelodeon’s The Troop!, premiering this Saturday, June 25th at 12:30 ET/PT. Malese plays “the new girl in town who’s going to stir things up.” Read all about it at Fanlala.
- Sara Canning is rumored to be the lead in Canadian director Spencer Estabrooks’ horror short, Blitzed. Read about it at the Calgary Herald.
- The Roommate, starring Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester, and co-starring Kat Graham and featuring a brief appearance by Nina Dobrev, is out on DVD and Blu-Ray. Purchase: Blu-Ray U.S.A. / DVD U.S.A. and Blu-Ray U.K. / DVD U.K.
- TV Fanatic interviewed Gina Torres about her new show, Suits, and asked if she’d be willing to return to Mystic Falls as Bree (if the show chose to bring her back from the dead). Read her hilarious response over at TV Fanatic.
- Issue #1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, co-written by creator Joss Whedon and former Vampire Diaries/now Once Upon a Time writer Andrew Chambliss is available for pre-order via Things From Another World.
- Kayla Ewell mentioned on her Twitter that she is a camp counselor for Royal Family Kids, an organization dedicated to mentoring and supporting foster children whose lives have been affected by abuse. Visit the official Royal Family Kids website for more information.
- Nina Dobrev tweets about supporting Kate Middleton’s recycling of outfits.
- Fans of the late, lamented Lexi can follow @ArielleKebbel, confirmed to be the real deal by Julie Plec.
- And, finally, speaking of Julie Plec… Congrats, Julie!
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