First and foremost, some very important business: Matt is back! Sure, many of you won't think that Matt returning to the show is a big deal, but trust me, it is. That boy has been away for the past three episodes, then TVD just now casually brings him back... but, hey, it's fine, all is now forgiven – he's back, so we all (I) can finally stop complaining about his absence. Other than Matt's comeback, a bunch of other (more) important stuff happened on TVD last night. While most of it was supposed to shock us, the whole episode felt a little redundant and forced. But, since much of it will (hopefully) be expanded on in future episodes, let's jump in and breakdown some of the most significant things we learned in last night's episode, "Dead Man on Campus."
Jesse is an Augustine vampire: Ok, to be fair, I'm still not sure what exactly an Augustine vampire is, and by the end of the episode, it's still not completely explained. However, Dr. Maxfield apparently made Jesse into one because, at the onslaught of the episode, the Doc feeds Jesse his first bag of "undiluted Augustine blood," which gives Jesse enough power to break out of his chains and attack Maxfield. Of course, Jesse doesn't kill him (Maxfield is too hot for that — translation, he won't be dying anytime soon) and Jesse instead makes his way back to his dorm where he calls Caroline. Understandably freaked out, Jesse begs her to come over before his roommate shows up. Lo and behold, Aaron is Jesse's roommate, and before Jesse can contain himself, he attacks him. Luckily, Caroline shows up and stops Jesse from killing Aaron, and that's when the fun begins. Caroline calms Jesse down and her and Elena (with blood bags in tow) start to show Jesse how to be a vampire. They feed him blood, help him heal Aaron, and teach him about compulsion (Aw, vamp bonding).
Bonnie gets a haircut: Not sure why this is important, but for some reason it feels very necessary to mention. When Bonnie comes back to the land of the living, she does so with a great fashion sense. Chopping off her long locks, Bonnie gets a cute bob that pairs perfectly with the flirty dresses and short shorts that she wears throughout the episode. However, looking fun and happy is a stark contrast to the weird and awful things she is going through. Now that Bonnie is the anchor, she begins to see (and feel) the dead supernaturals that must pass through her to get to the other side. While it's kind of bleak, not the mention painful, Bonnie rationalizes that it's all worth it so that she can be with Jeremy. And sure, that sounds great, but, in actuality, the Bonnie/Jeremy relationship is a bit cringe-worthy. Sure, we're all supposed to believe that these two are madly in love, (we even get a sex scene at one point) but the relationship just doesn't really feel as epic as it should be considering all the crap they had to go through to be together. What is basically comes down to is that these two don't have any chemistry to speak of. And now that they can finally touch and truly be together, we should all excited, as well as invested in the future of this union, however, it all feels a meh (shoulder shrug included).
Matt is back: Eek! (All right, it's out of my system). Matt is back in Mystic Falls and working at the grill. While bartending, he is casually watching the video of Gregor taking over his body when Katherine asks for another drink. Matt cuts her off since she is clearly wasted, but Katherine just replies, "You realize every time you say no, it just makes you hotter" (agreed). However, they make a deal that, in exchange for liquor, Katherine will interpret what the Gregor says in the video when he speaks Czech. Katherine translates that Gregor "activated" Matt, which basically means that Gregor is a Traveler, a.k.a. a powerful witch, who is hanging out in Matt's brain like a parasite. Matt also details his union with a beautiful dark haired girl who he thinks is involved. Katherine correctly identifies her as Nadia.
House party: Caroline and Elena throw a party in honor of Bonnie's return. (And they have it in their dorm's wide-open common room... where the hell are the RAs in this show?) While setting up, Elena calls Damon and asks him to go check on Dr. Maxfield (whom Jesse locked in his lab) and see if he can get some answers out of him about Augustine vampires. Caroline yells at Elena, saying that sending Damon will end up with Maxfield dead (probably correct). Unfazed, Elena then tries to entice Stefan to come to the party (she bought the good bourbon) but he is too busy having drowning flashbacks to go. Instead, he goes to the grill to drink where he has a pity cocktail with Katherine after she explains how he's going to end up with someone who looks like her anyway (doppelganger prophesy). Back at the party, Bonnie talks with Jesse about how in love she is with her friend's younger brother (eww). Unfortunately, she sees a supernatural, which kind of kills the buzz (incase the gross description of Jeremy didn't already). During her little 'I see dead people' moment, Jesse and Caroline dance, which Jesse finds exciting because every touch is heightened now that he's a vampire. In the lab, Damon is torturing Maxfield by injecting him with diseases he finds around the lab (flesh eating disease, rabies) and heals him with vampire blood if he gives him answers. Maxfield eventually explains that Jesse is an Augustine vampire, meaning his true hunger can only be sated by vampire blood. Maxfield created him so that vampires would eventually only kill/feed on other vampires and the killing of humans would not be necessary. Unfortunately, back at the party, Jesse and Caroline kiss, and apparently, Jesse can smell Caroline's blood because he bites her, and get his first insatiable taste of vamp blood.
Daughters and Travelers: Back at the bar, Katherine starts complaining about her crappy human life that includes receding gums, joint pains, and a weak bladder. While still sitting with Stefan, Katherine asks him for a favor just as Nadia shows up, asking Katherine what she wants. Katherine leads Stefan and Nadia to the back room where Matt holds that knife that Gregor told him to keep safe. Katherine then tells Nadia to bring Gregor forth and Katherine speaks with him, asking why he was really in Mystic Falls, claiming that she wanted to know because she was wary of anyone who wants to be around her daughter (such an adorable and human moment from Katherine). Eventually Gregor explains that after Silas died the Travelers were supposed to kill Katherine. Annoyed, Katherine holds up the knife and taunts Gregor, eventually stabbing him (Matt) in the stomach, effectively killing the Traveler, but not Matt (thank god!). Katherine explains the the knife is the only thing that can truly kill a Traveler, she knows because he father was one. Nadia seems pissed that her mom killed her boyfriend (or whatever he was).
The dead man on campus: At the party, Elena swaps sob stories with Aaron and realizes that Maxfield is his guardian. She immediately calls Damon and tells him not to kill Maxfield because Aaron would be left with no one. However, right then, Jesse shows up at the lab to ask Maxfield why he feels compelled to feed on Caroline. Unfortunately, Jesse smells Damon and begins feeding on him. Another fun fact? Augustine vampires are apparently much stronger than normal vampires because Damon can't fight back or get away. Elena shows up and, seeing Jesse feeding on Damon, she quickly grabs a wooden stake (how to these just randomly appear?) and stabs Jesse. Caroline shows up just in time to see her crush die. Damon tries to explain to Caroline that Elena had no choice but to kill Jesse. However, Caroline says that the old Elena would have been more compassionate, and given Jesse the chance to beat him vampire hunger, which, to be fair, is harsh but true.
Suicidal thoughts: Stefan has another freak out where he feels like he's drowning in the bar. When he makes his way outside, Katherine comes out the back door and sees him struggling. Annoyed, Stefan squeezes her neck, but through her attempts at breathing, Katherine calms him down and he eventually lets go. Nadia finds them outside and Katherine tries to explain her motherly instincts, telling Nadia she deserved better than Gregor. Nadia, not so happy with her mom, tells her to rot in hell and storms off. Back inside, Stefan makes his way over to close out his tab when he finds a note addressed to Nadia. Within the letter, Katherine explains that she can't outrun time and so she was going to take control of her life. Cut to Katherine standing on the clock tower, then falling backwards off the building. And, even though you hesitated for a second, we all knew Stefan would be there to catch her, and he was. Katherine quickly explains that she is dying of old age and doesn't know how to fight it. Stefan touches her face and sweetly says, "Hey. You're Katherine Pierce. Suck it up," and walks away. Katherine smiles. And it was the one scene in this episode that was absolutely perfect.
Cliffhanger: Back in the dorm bedrooms Bonnie and Jeremy are getting hot and heavy when Bonnie suddenly looks up and, startled, sees Jesse, who she correctly assumes is dead. Holding hands, Jesse tearfully tells Bonnie that he is not ready to go. But Bonnie, being Bonnie, comforts him until he passes through her and then she immediately falls over, screaming in pain. Back at the lab, Damon is cleaning up the mess he made with the disease viles when he notices a blood sample labeled 12144. Quickly, Damon looks at Maxfield and explains that at one point, he was 21051. Suddenly, Damon realizes he was an Augustine vampire and just when he goes to kill Maxfield, (Elena and Aaron be damned) Maxfield hits the emergency button which releases vervain into the air, effectively crippling Damon. The doc then creepily says, "Augustine will be thrilled to have you back." Cut to Damon trapped in a cell, having vivid memories of himself bleeding and being tortured decades beforehand.
Wait, what the hell? Damon was an Augustine vampire? And he just forgot!? Then, that easily, he remembered? And, as he remembered, he explain it to Maxfield? That just seems stupid. Also, is there going to be a Katherine/Stefan relationship now? Will Bonnie get crazier as the season goes on? This whole supernatural/anchor thing seems painful, and like it's going to get annoying very quick. Is Matt going to be gone for another three episodes now that the only cool storyline he had is gone? And finally, is there any hope for humorous innuendos now that Damon has some seriously scary PTSD visions going on? What do you guys think? Did this episode live up to expectations, or are the over-the-top story lines ruining it for you?
Check out the promo for the Dec. 5 episode, "The Cell."
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Classic rockers Styx and Reo Speedwagon are teaming up to raise funds for the victims of the storms that have ripped through Midwest America this autumn (13). The groups will co-headline a concert in Illinois on 4 December (13), which is being billed as Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need.
Funds will be earmarked for affected families in central Illinois communities that were left reeling in the wake of devastating tornadoes and winds.
STYX guitarist and Illinois native James Young says, "As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination (on 22 November), I’m reminded of his famous quote, 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country'. The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe a tremendous debt. It’s our turn to ask what we can do for this great state, and the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois."
REO Speedwagon star Kevin Cronin adds, "I am Illinois born and bred. REO Speedwagon is an Illinois band. The word 'Illinois' is music to me. The utter devastation and human suffering in Washington, and the surrounding areas is heartbreaking. I believe that we need to take care of our own... The people of Illinois are our own, and we are theirs."
Singer Rihanna, Sex And The City's Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Kevin Bacon are among the stars offering their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, tore through the island nation on Friday (08Nov13), leaving vulnerable citizens seeking shelter as homes and schools were wiped away.
The death toll, which was initially estimated by officials at the Philippine Red Cross at up to 1,200, is expected to soar as authorities attempt to determine the full extent of the devastation, while the news has prompted an outpouring of emotion from around the world on Twitter.com.
A host of famous faces have also weighed in on the latest natural disaster, with actress Parker tweeting, "My very best to all in the Philippines. I met some wonderful friends while visiting.The news from there is devastating," while Bacon shared a link to a donation page, writing, "Please help: join me to support Typhoon Haiyan relief."
R&B star Rihanna, who recently visited South East Asia as part of her world tour, reached out to her fans, writing, "Navy please keep the people of The Philippines in your prayers!!! I was just there and this truly breaks my heart!!!"
Crooner Josh Groban adds, "My heart is heavy for the people of the Philippines tonight. Devastating," while Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough writes, "My heart goes out to all those affected by the destruction in the Philippines. Wishing all our fans there a speedy recovery. God bless!"
Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, Pamela Anderson, Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, sports icon Mike Tyson and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz also took to Twitter to share messages of support.
Fun Lovin' Criminals star Huey Morgan stunned fans of BBC quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks on Monday night (04Nov13) after complaining about song lyrics questions he was asked to complete by guest hosts Jordan 'Rizzle' Stephens and Harley 'sylvester' Alexander-Sule and smashing a ceramic mug. The singer, who is also a BBC DJ, appeared annoyed during the 'next lines' segment of the show, after the quiz masters, who make up U.K. rap duo Rizzle Kicks, kept asking him to complete lines from his own songs.
And when the fun loving hosts asked his team to complete a line from Kavana's I Can Make You Feel Good, Morgan flipped, hurled his mug to the table in front of him and yelled, "Who's that?"
As teammates Phill Jupitus and Laura Whitmore protected themselves from shards of shattered ceramics, Stephens asked, "Why are you annoyed by the next line game?" prompting angry Morgan to snarl, "Just go on with this... I just feel like a punk, I'm sorry".
But the co-host started taunting the singer, stating, "Huey, it's the game, bro... You don't have to smash a mug in my hair... Let's carry on, you're upset, I know."
Morgan then threatened, "You ain't seen me upset," prompting Alexander-Sule to introduce the next game advising comedian Noel Fielding and his team to try not to win or "Huey might get a bit cross".
Morgan's team eventually won the game and the Fun Lovin' Criminals star walked off the set as he the co-hosts were closing the show.
Ever since the first Inside Llewyn Davis trailer was released earlier this year, we've all taken to brownstone porches and subway platforms with a nonstop recording of Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac's "Fare Thee Well" cover and a checkered pocket full of somber contemplation. The latest Coen Bros picture has the makings to be the best music movie in ages, owing both to its tale of a trembling New York folk musician facing the aching realities of the toughest industry on the planet, and to its beard's worth of actual great music. We've only gotten a taste of the latter so far — the aforementioned ditty by star Isaac (who plays the titular Llewyn Davis) and Mumford & Sons' lead singer and guitarist standing out — but through the good graces of National Public Radio, we are now treated to the full soundtrack.
A number of the movie's actors, in addition to Isaac, have a place on the album: Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, and Nancy Blake among them. The soundtrack also employs the musical talents of artists like Brooklyn- and Queens-based folk musicians John Cohen, Dave Van Ronk, the Punch Brothers, and Bob Dylan.
The Coens have done wonders with many colorful corners of the United States: Los Angeles, the Midwest, the Great Plains, the Deep South... but this could very well be their iconic stab at New York City. Not the same New York they channeled in The Hudsucker Proxy, but the one vastly overshadowed — the folksier, slushier New York that has seen resurgence in the wake of this decade's upswing in Brooklyn counterculture. We look forward with excitement to Inside Llewyn Davis as a great music film and a great New York film. In the meantime, we enjoy the lovely tunes the Coens, their players, and NPR have treated us to.
Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack1. "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" — Oscar Isaac2. "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" — Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford3. "The Last Thing on My Mind" — Stark Sands, with Punch Brothers4. "Five Hundred Miles" — Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands5. "Please Mr. Kennedy" — Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver6. "Green, Green Rocky Road" — Oscar Isaac7. "The Death of Queen Jane" — Oscar Isaac8. "The Roving Gambler" — John Cohen, with the Down Hill Strugglers9. "The Shoals of Herring" — Oscar Isaac, with the Punch Brothers10. "The Auld Triangle" — Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, and Gabe Witcher11. The Storms Are on the Ocean" — Nancy Blake12. "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song") — Oscar Isaac13. "Farewell" — Bob Dylan14. "Green, Green Rocky Road" — Dave Van Ronk
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Country star Toby Keith's son-in-law was a hero of the 2013 Oklahoma storms - but he almost lost his life while trying to save others. Calling his daughter's husband "a complete knucklehead", the singer/songwriter reveals his son-in-law was out helping others in Oklahoma City when he should have been inside, safe from the tornado.
Keith tells WENN, "He ran right out five minutes after the tornado. He saw there was a need for people being there and he knew that the emergency services and first responders were not gonna be able to get everywhere at once.
"He knew the schoolhouse was right over there behind him, so he went in like a little warrior and the first thing he does is turns his truck over all the way over onto the roof. In the next two hours he got electrocuted, and ran a nail through his boot. He rescues a woman and a kid from a pile of rubble. Then he gets trapped in a tunnel that was flooding with water at the schoolhouse, where six kids died.
"He comes back out and they finally get him out of there and he's laying there and an ambulance comes running in and almost runs him over. In three or four days, I don't think he did anything but rescue and work. He got one of my big trucks and a couple of golf carts and some tools and a trailer and every morning you see him cutting out. I saw him in the same pair of overalls with one of the straps hanging and he was leaving in that pick-up every morning, pulling that trailer and he was going into houses trying to help people and trying to dig people out."
Keith, who staged a summer charity concert to raise funds for the victims of the storms, insists Oklahoma natives have recovered from the chaos and are getting on with their lives: " If you're driving on the interstate you really got to look hard to say, 'Hey, it looks like a tornado come through here'."
Pop superstar Lady Gaga was left shocked after an enthusiastic fan stormed past security outside a London hotel in a bid to get closer to the singer. Scores of adoring fans have been camping outside London's The Langham hotel, where the Poker Face hitmaker has been staying during her promotional trip to the U.K.
However, the star was left shaken last week (ends01Nov13) when one fan managed to get past barriers and two of Gaga's security guards in a bid to greet the star.
Other guards were able to stop the unnamed girl and have since blacklisted her from the hotel.
A source tells Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "A girl ran in front of the barriers straight at Gaga. One of her bodyguards held out his arm to stop her, but she ran past him and Gaga's other guard. It looked like she hit the first guy and tried to get to Gaga. Her security were very angry.
"They told the girl she was being blacklisted from the hotel and that Gaga would use the back of the hotel if she turned up. She appeared on Monday and was instructed to leave."
The incident was filmed by a bystander and was later posted on YouTube.com.
Azealia Banks stormed offstage in Australia on Saturday (05Oct13) after a fan threw a can of beer on stage. The rapper was performing her new single ATM Jam at the Listen Out Festival in Melbourne when a concertgoer hurled the object, which narrowly missed her. The incident prompted Banks to drop her microphone and exit the stage.
A statement from Banks' representative reads, "Azealia Banks was forced to cut her set short last night at the Listen Out Festival in Melbourne on 5th October 2013. This was as a result of a member of the audience throwing a full can on beer at her on stage.
"The incident made Azealia and her stage crew feel unsafe. Banks would like to apologize to those fans in the audience whose experience was affected by the behavior of one individual."
Following the incident, Banks took to Twitter.com, writing, "Sorry to all the festival-goers in Melbourne !!!!! See ya (sic) tomorrow in Brisbane !!!!!"
"To all our friends in Mexico, especially Acapulco who are suffering flooding, our thoughts are with you." American rock singer Gene Simmons pays tribute to the people of Mexico after the country was hit by powerful storms earlier this week (begs16Sep13).
Sci-fi author A.c. Crispin has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 63. The writer, born Ann Carol Crispin, passed away on Friday (06Sep13), according to an announcement posted on her publisher's website.
She began her literary career in the 1980s and had more than 20 novels to her name, including Storms of Destiny and Sylvester.
Crispin also became known for writing books based on movies and TV series like Star Wars, Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbean.
She also helped to run online watchdog Writer Beware, which alerts authors to book scams.