by Ryan J. Downey
"The Vampire Diaries" gave us the gorgeous girl power BFF trio of Elena, Caroline and Bonnie. Could another crew of attractive supernatural women be forming a BFF trio of their own down in New Orleans?
It's not easy for Original sibling Rebekah Mikaelson to make friends, but her undead blood quickly warmed to Hayley, the werewolf bad girl who is carrying Klaus Mikaelson's seemingly impossible vampire-werewolf hybrid child. The two met only recently on "The Originals," but Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin were costars on a show in Australia and neighbors in Los Angeles.
That undeniable friend chemistry is evident onscreen. This exclusive photo from tonight's brand new episode, "Sinners and Saints," boasts Rebekah and Claire looking their usual deadly serious/drop dead gorgeous selves, joined by local witch Sophie Deveraux.
If your big plans for Halloween involved dressing up as this year's arguably biggest pop-cultural flashpoint, then we're sorry to tell you that Paris Hilton might have stolen your thunder. The hotel heiress has already celebrated her Halloween, and she did it dressed up as Miley Cyrus on the night of her famous performance at the VMAs. (Couples who planned to pay homage to Miley's duet with Robin Thicke, you're safe; Paris opted for the mouse-face leotard, not the flesh-toned latex bikini.)
Meanwhile, those still looking for costume inspiration should definitely take a peek at our pics of Hollywood Halloweenies. Paris wasn't the only celeb who was out trick-or-treating this weekend; Naya Rivera went around the world as a sexy Carmen Sandiego, Fergie and Josh Duhamel opted for a creepy-sexy couples getup, Lea Michele looked every inch a Bavarian princess in a short skirt and tight corset, and Ke$ha took a selfie before finishing off her cozy skeleton costume with a mask.
It looks TV executives caught wind of my “'Charmed' was an amazing TV show” blog post from earlier this month. According to Vulture, a re-boot of the classic WB series is in the works at CBS.
The site reports that the updated version is being written by “Party of Five” co-creator Chris Keyser and partner Syndey Sidner. A commitment to film has yet to be made, but the network has reportedly ordered a pilot script for what is being described as a "re-imagining” of the classic series. Basically that means you should start casting your spells now if you want to make it happen.
With Halloween just around the corner, Hollywood's finest are clearly feeling festive: The traditional palette of orange and black has been popping up everywhere on the red carpet this week. But not all Halloweenies are created equal, and while some of these looks are scarily stylish, others are just plain scary. Who earned Style Superstar honors for her autumnal finery? And whose ill-fitting dress gave us a fright? Check it!
It's been awhile since Natalie Portman had a movie to promote, but the Paris premiere for "Thor: The Dark World" made it clear that she hasn't forgotten how to put together a show-stopping red carpet look. This Dior dress with a plunge neckline and embellished tulle overskirt is divine on her, with a silhouette that's a little reminiscent of her "Black Swan" role as a ballerina, and the color scheme is pure fall. Opting for sleek hair and minimal jewelry, Natalie wisely kept the only hint of bling limited to her gold heels—and to the beautiful blossom embellishments on the dress itself, of course. Add in the fact that those kind of look like candy corn, and we've got to give her Style Superstar for this sumptuous seasonal getup.
by Cassie Title
You know, every time I watch the first couple minutes of "The Vampire Diaries," I'm overcome with the realization that I totally don’t need to do these recaps, because Stefan’s new 30-45 second voice-over against a backdrop of scenes from previous episodes is, besides—being incredibly melodramatic and annoying—a really fantastic roundup of the story thus far. The only thing that would make it better? Snark. Which, fortunately for you guys, I have enough for the both of us. (Meaning Stefan and I.)
So, now that I’ve come to another realization (that I do, in fact, need to write these recaps, if only for the undying pleasure they give me and, of course, for the snark), let’s just get to it, shall we? (We shall.) I’m trying something different today, so just go with it.
Here in the secret underground lair of the YA literati, our radar is blowing up all over the place thanks to the latest big news in book deals. What is it? Only a screen-ready series that has Hollywood franchise written all over it—not least because it's been written by a decorated veteran of the YA book-to-film machine!
The book is "Scan," by Pouya Shahbazian (a.k.a. Walter Jury) and co-author Sarah Fine (a.k.a. S.E. Fine), an action sci-fi story that has all the zany contraptions and crazy antics and secret aliens a girl could ever want. And today, we've got the special EXCLUSIVE debut of its bee-yoo-tiful cover, which we are simultaneously salivating over and terrified by, because that thing in the top right-hand corner is super scary and eeeeaaaagh I think it's looking at me.
Confession: When a YA novel is being brought to the big screen, we don't usually get all hot and bothered over who's gonna be the dad, y'know? But then again, most YA novel dads aren't adorable, scruffy, pipe-smoking former punk rockers like the one in "If I Stay"—and they don't get played by fairly crushworthy actors with cute beards like Joshua Leonard. So, yeah, we're a little excited over the announcement from Deadline this morning that Joshua has been tapped to play Denny Hall, father to main character Mia, in the movie adaptation of Gayle Forman's book.
For the uninitiated, "If I Stay" is the story of Mia, who is the only one to survive a car accident that kills both her parents and her brother. Caught in a state of comatose limbo, she's faced with a choice: to return to the land of the living, or to just let go. (Or in other words, it's great that Joshua has joined the cast, but all things considered, we probably won't be seeing much of him.)
Put those puckers away!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Victoria Justice will star in the upcoming rom-com "Naomi + Ely's No Kiss List."
The project is based on the YA novel from Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (authors of “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist”). In the flick, the former “Victorious” star will be joined by up-and-coming hottie Pierson Fode.
The movie revolves around childhood besties, Naomi and Ely, who have always crushed on one another, despite the fact that Ely is gay. The twosome head off to NYU where their friendship and their “No Kiss List” policy is put to the test when they both end up liking the same guy. The film will shoot in New York.
by Ryan J. Downey
It goes without saying that recaps are full of spoilers, but this week, it bears repeating. There be some doozies up in here.
Last night's episode of "The Originals" gave us two deaths that turned out to be fake outs, new revelations about Klaus' little baby hybrid in the making, some mysterious players on the hunt for Hayley, much of Cami's backstory, the supernatural ninja-like return of Elijah, and Klaus' possession of Marcel's secret weapon, a.k.a. Davina The Teenaged Witch (that's gonna become a thing, right?).
And somewhere in there, Rebekah wore a corset in a mix of dreamworld/telepathy/flashback/fan-fiction (er, wait, maybe that's just me on the last part...), one of Marcel's right-hand guys expressed some frustration with the tyrannical bossman, and we met a powerful un-compellable vervain-swallowing priest whose church was the site of a grisly massacre and who has a tense alliance with Marcel.
In a town as spooky as Ravenswood, it’s good to know there are some hunks around. Enter Brett Dier, one of the stars of the "Pretty Little Liars" spin-off. So, as we continue to unravel the mysteries of the town week after week, we will continue to swoon over Brett, who happens to be this week’s Hump Day Hottie.
Check out this dreamy photo of Brett, and keep reading for more details about him!
Vital stats: 23-year-old Brett grew up in Ontario, Canada, and is a very talented dude. In addition to acting, he also has talents in Tae Kwon Do, music and swimming. Athletic and artistic? Sign us up!