by Ryan J. Downey
Two different times, someone called Niklaus Mikaelson "diabolical" on last night's episode of "The Originals." The vampire/werewolf hybrid and black sheep of the ancient Original vampire family even referred to himself as "the devil in disguise" during "Tangled Up in Blue," the third proper episode of the CW's latest supernatural series, spun-off via a backdoor pilot from "The Vampire Diaries."
There was a Romeo and Juliet type story within the episode, a bit of a love rectangle between four central characters, a handful of deaths and a "TVD" style costumed ball. This one was filled with wealthy charity donors, vs. high school kids.
And thanks to a magic spell, we learned that Hayley's fanged bun in the oven is a girl! What's that say about fathers and daughters and karma and all of that? Poor Klaus sure has bedded, bitten, compelled, tortured and murdered a lot of ladies! Yikes.
What's your first Channing Tatum memory? If your answer includes the words "pop" and/or "lock," we have your weekend planned.
MTV is airing the Chan Man's seminal "Step Up" films (the original and "The Streets") back to back—twice. Consider it a Tatum Twofer-Twofer. It's not only an opportunity to refresh your dance moves, but also to watch Channing fall in love with real-life wife Jenna Dewan all over again. All together now: awwwww.
Like we said, you have two opportunities to gawk at the one-time Sexiest Man Alive. Your first is on Saturday at 7:55 p.m. ET/PT, followed by an encore presentation on Sunday at 11:25 a.m. ET/PT. Get it? Got it? Good! Now watch these cute Channing-centric videos, and we'll meet you on the couch Saturday night. (You bring the popcorn, and we'll bring the cold compresses.)
by Jessica Marshall
It has been almost 20 years since our fave star-crossed lovers whispered sweet nothings to each other in iambic pentameter on the silver screen.
But this week, Juliet (a.k.a. Hailee Steinfeld) and her Romeo (Douglas Booth) are hitting the big screen, bringing Shakespeare's classic tragedy to life in a new adaptation from Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei.
You already know how the story goes. But here are five things you should do before seeing what light through yonder new version breaks.
For Gayle Forman and Jo Knowles, good things come in pairs. The authors have both penned what you might call "dualogies," companion novels in which one is written from the girl's point of view, and the other, from the boy's. Gayle's latest, "Just One Year," hits bookstore shelves this week, and to celebrate, the women sat down to discuss their respective literary double doses.
Jo Knowles: Like many of your readers, I was on the edge of my seat reading "Just One Day," wondering if Allyson would find Willem. So when I got to the end of the book, I was like, "BUT BUT BUT... WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?????" Did you always know there would be a follow up? And if so, did you know what the point of view would be?
Gayle Forman: There was about a week when I thought "Just One Day" would be a standalone (with the same ending, BTW!), but then I was in the shower—do you have breakthroughs in the shower?
by Ryan J. Downey
Man, last night sure put the "origin" in "The Originals"! Plus, two very important secrets were revealed.
Now we know Marcel's backstory! Plus we learned about Klaus' master plan to take back New Orleans, even as Klaus learned about Marcel's secret weapon that gives his former protege control over the town's witches, vampires and law enforcement types.
Let's begin by breaking down the episode's title, shall we? "House of the Rising Son" most likely refers to two different things. One of them involves the relationship between Klaus and "The Originals" Big Bad Marcel. It turns out Klaus wasn't just a mentor, he was a father figure! In a flashback we were introduced to Marcel as a young boy, who was saved from a cruel whipping thanks to a well placed vampiric toss of an apple that knocked a wicked slave master from his horse (and from this plane of existence).
You've been waiting and waiting, and—finally!—the vampire hour is nigh. Earlier this year, MTV News hopped the pond to visit the London set of the big-screen adaptation of Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy," and you're about to see what we saw. Yes, our EXCLUSIVE set visit will be airing Thursday, October 10 during primetime on MTV! And what's more, an extended look will debut online on MTV News the following day.
And that's just the start of our week dedicated to all things "Vampire Academy." On Thursday, stars Zooey Deutch and Lucy Fry will be stopping by the MTV newsroom for a chat with our own Josh Horowitz, so be sure to send your questions to @joshuahorowitz.
by Jennifer Rivera
It looks like this time around, there's only room for one Matthews child.
The highly anticipated "Boy Meets World" spin-off, “Girl Meets World," recently made a change to their cast, letting go of actor Teo Halm. The teen was set to play Elliot Matthews, Cory and Topanga’s son and older brother to the show’s titular girl, Riley (played by Rowan Blanchard).
Teo took to Twitter to break the news, writing, “So guys, Disney decided that it wouldn't work to have an older brother on the show; I won't be on Girl Meets World. Thank you to everyone."
by Ryan J. Downey
Klaus isn't the only Original who has history with Marcel.
Last spring's backdoor pilot that kicked off "The Vampire Diaries" spin-off, "The Originals," saw vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus return to New Orleans, the city his family helped build 300 years ago. He found the town now under the control of his former protege, Marcel, who keeps the witches in check with some sort of secret weapon and lets the vamps party all night, "Lost Boys" style.
Last week's series premiere more or less told the same story, but from the vantage point of Klaus' brother, Elijah. There were some new revelations via flashback, plus that heartbreaking ending where Elijah gets a dagger as his reward for trying to help Klaus. Again.
Tonight's "House of the Rising Son" is the Rebekah-centric episode for all of you who think of Claire Holt as the greatest Australian export since the Hemsworth brothers. Ms. Holt spoke at length with Hollywood Crush and a small group of television reporters about tonight's episode, shortly after an advance screening—in the same room the Brisbane-born actress first auditioned for "The Vampire Diaries."
"Time After Time," author Tamara Ireland Stone's companion to "Time Between Us"—about 1995 time-traveler Bennett and future girl Anna, whom he falls in love with—hits bookstore shelves and e-readers today. In celebration, Stone's compiled a thoroughly '90s mix for your aural enjoyment.
The music of the early-to-mid '90s plays a huge role in "Time Between Us" and "Time After Time," companion novels about an intense romance between Bennett, a teen time traveler from present day, and Anna, the girl he meets back in 1995.
Anna listens to Green Day on her Discman during her early morning runs. Her friend Justin works at his dad’s record store and burns mixes for her. She and her best friend Emma sing along to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy on the way to school each morning.
And like every teen back in 1995, Anna’s shelves are bursting with CDs, from classic must-haves like Nirvana’s Nevermind to mainstream favorites like the Goo Goo Dolls’ A Boy Named Goo and obscure demos (at the time) like the Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut.
I've made playlists for each book (check them out here), and today, I bring you back to 1995 with my favorite songs from Anna’s shelf:
Sixteen-year-old New Zealander Lorde is taking the world by storm with her No. 1 hit single "Royals," and it looks like her tune has even made it to the Rosewood radio waves.
Lorde has a fan in "Pretty Little Liars" actress Ashley Benson, who took to Twitter today to sing the praises of the artist's new album Pure Heroine. We're humming along too, Ashley.