Last night, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler dropped in during The Sound of Music Live! to one; put us out of our misery and two; to bring us the first Golden Globes ad! In the clip Poehler plays a posh white piano while Fey attempts to sing the first note in their "opening song" for the upcoming awards show. The funny-women could not look more perfect (in matching outfits) as they give us a glimpse of their clearly unrehearsed act. Take a look here!
While definitely not long enough for our taste, the 30 second clip was enough to get us seriously excited for the Globes, which (if you're a crazy Fey-Poehler fan like me) you've realized is just over a month away. 37 days, to be exact, on Januray 12. Yay! The countdown has officially begun! But, until then, just watch this clip over and over, or you know, go ahead and watch last year's Golden Globes - people do that okay, it's not just me.
Though, if you don't time to watch all of last year's show, at least check out Fey and Poehler's 2013 opening monologue to remind yourself just how hilarious/awesome/amazing they are.
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On Thursday night, The Sound of Music Live! somehow managed to pull in 18.5 million viewers. Yes... seriously. So, if you weren't one of the 18.5 and you don't have a Twitter then you should probably know that the show didn't have such an amazing viewership because it was good. Nah, it was actually pretty awful. Carrie Underwood's singing was perfection, but that girl has no acting ability whatsoever. Plus, Stephen Moyer took on the role of Captain Von Trapp. Yup, you read that right. Vampire Bill from True Blood played the iconic Captain Von Trapp. But hey, not all was lost. The show actually made for a hilariously awesome Thursday night due to the combination of this drinking game and the invention of live tweeting. So, in honor of this totally absurd remake, we're taking a look at the best celebrity reactions.
The Nazis probably would have left them alone if they didn't yodel. No one likes yodeling. #SoundofMusic
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 6, 2013
Nazi's where total dicks #justsaying #SoundofMusic #SoundofMusicLive
— Cameron (@CameronDiaz) December 6, 2013
Mr Von Trap is strange. Not that I have 100% credibility
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 6, 2013
The Sound of Music Live is tonight and Carrie Underwood’s “favorite things” should be people who haven’t seen Julie Andrews in the original.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) December 5, 2013
Is it my 10 yr old samsung or is the lighting a little to "period"? #TheSoundOfMusicLive #seemsdark
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) December 6, 2013
The Sound of Music: the feel good family musical of the year about leaving your fiancée to boink the nanny.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) December 6, 2013
Tonight they will finally put back the original scene where Von Trapp sucks the blood out of Maria. #soml
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 6, 2013
This Nazi looks like a young Al Gore. #TheSoundOfMusic
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 6, 2013
Wow there's so much fake fun happening! #SOML
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 6, 2013
I'm glad Carrie wore her sensible pumps for the hike to Switzerland. #Phew #SoundofMusic #WeOut
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 6, 2013
And, although not celebrities exactly, these tweets also made our list.
Ladies, if you're in the woods and some dude in knickers starts singing about how young you are, RUN #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— The Soup (@TheSoup) December 6, 2013
YOU ARE 16, GOING ON 17 AND I'M ASSUMING YOU'D LIKE PIZZA FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY DINNERRRRRRR #BuyDiGiorno #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) December 6, 2013
Ruh roh, no one cast sexual chemistry in #SoundOfMusic
— Crushable.com (@crushabledotcom) December 6, 2013
If Britney Spears can get through 2007, we can get through the Sound of Music live
— samir mezrahi (@samir) December 6, 2013
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This week's episode of The Vampire Diaries is equal parts amazing and baffling. The unveiling of Damon's history is a bit over the top and confusing, but the story line involving Stefan and Katherine is completely brilliant (even though we totally saw it coming). Let's break it down, shall we? Here's the 10 best reveals from "The Cell."
1. It turns out that in 1953, Damon's Uncle was the one to hand him over to the Dr. Whitmore of the Augustine Vampire Secret Society. Greedy Uncle Joe claimed the money was just too good to pass up. Fortunately Damon is able to stab Joe before Dr. Whitmore injects him with vervain and drags Damon away.
2. In present day, Caroline decides to help Stefan overcome his PTSD by bringing the safe (yes, that safe) to his house and locking him in to show him it's not that scary. Unfortunately, poor Stefan still finds it pretty effing terrifying until Katherine climbs in with him. As Stefan holds her by the neck (why does he keep trying the strangle her?) Katherine explains that the death of his and Elena's relationship is the true cause of his PTSD and the safe is just his trigger. Afterwards, Stefan is miraculously cured, and just as the two almost kiss, annoying Caroline opens the safe (sigh).
3. Elena visits Aaron and basically pries him for information about Wes. She explains that her boyfriend went to visit Wes and she hasn't heard from him since. Aaron says he will help her find him, and as the two walk to Whitmore house Aaron reveals that Wes is his legal guardian because his aunt Sara died a few months ago. Elena convinces him that it's kinda weird that his aunt, his roommate (Jesse), and his hometown friend (Megan) all died so close to each other. Since Elena is no dummy, it's obvious she's trying to figure out if Aaron knows about vampires. She also drops the bombshell that Wes faked Megan's death certificate, which convinces Aaron to look into his guardian.
4. The Damon flashbacks come often and relentlessly throughout the episode, and honestly, they're mostly shots of gross blood and gore. In pretty much all them we see Damon being tortured by Dr. Whitmore who is studying how vampires are able to heal themselves and how their blood can heal others. Whitmore in fact takes out Damon's eyes and organs, which was a bit horrifying, I can't even think about a world without Ian Somerhalder's baby blues.
5. At Whitmore house, Elena realizes she can't enter without being invited in. However, when Aaron tells her to come in she is able to walk through the door. Confused, she asks who owns it, and Aaron reveals that his name is Aaron Whitmore and he basically owns the school. In the entrance way, Elena sees a photo of her dad standing with the Augustines. Just in time, Wes appears and says Grayson Gilbert was one of the best doctors the Augustine ever had (gasp!), he then stabs Elena in the neck with vervain. Outraged, Aaron asks Wes what he's doing, giving us confirmation that he didn't know anything about vampires or the Augustine Society.
6. Elena wakes up and realizes that she and Damon are trapped in the basement cells together. Damon begins to explain his history with the Whitmores, saying that, for five years, Dr. Whitmore cut into him and studied him. Luckily, Damon made a friend down in the cells named Enzo. Day after day, the two were given small cups of blood that kept them alive but not strong, so, that on each New Year's, Dr. Whitmore could parade them out and show the society how vampires could heal themselves as well as heal others. After the fourth year of this, Enzo comes up with the idea that if one of them gave up with rations of blood and drank double for a year, he would have enough strength to escape and and break the other one out in time for the next gathering. Damon wins rock, paper, scissors, so he begins drinking his double doses of blood.
7. Wes tells Aaron the history of vampires and shows him bloody pictures of his parents murders, explaining that vampires killed his parents. Wes also gives Aaron his great grandfather's watch that is filled with vervain. Enraged, Aaron punches Wes, which for a second, made us viewers really excited. But, Aaron quickly disappoints us when grabs a gun and bullets and heads to the basement.
8. In the cells, Damon tells Elena the rest of his story. At the next New Year's Eve bash, Damon, who has regained his strength, breaks out of his handcuffs and stabs Dr. Whitmore in the eyes. (An eye for an eye, ha!) As everyone runs away, Damon starts killing off and drinking from party guests, but, in the chaos, someone knocks over a candle which quickly ignites the house. Enzo yells for Damon to free him, but when Damon tries break the cell bars he realizes they're coated in vervain. Unable to stands the burn of the vervain, Damon turns off his emotions and walks out, leaving Enzo to die in the fire.
9. Once Aaron makes his way down to the basement he holds a gun to Elena's head and explains that he blames her for his parents murders as well as the death of Megan and Jesse. Damon quickly explains that Elena didn't kill anyone. In a flashback, we see Damon explain to Enzo his revenge plot. Damon vows continually kill every member of the Whitmore family except one. He would let that one grow and raise a family, then he would kill all the family except one, over and over for generations. In the present, Damon reveals that he's killed countless Whitmores since he escaped in 1958. In fact, a few months ago, he killed a woman named Sara (Aaron's aunt). After these shocking and horrifying truths, Aaron shoots Damon in the head.
10. In the Salvatore house, Stefan is cleaning up the the chairs he broke when he was having his angry PTSD episodes. Katherine walks in and the two have a seriously hot make out sesh after a ridiculously long build-up scene. However, it was definitely worth it because honestly, who saw these two ever getting back together? Sure, we kind of knew it was coming from the last episode, but still, it was shocking. Yay for new(ish) and weird TVD romances!
Cliffhanger: When Damon wakes up after the Aaron gunshot (thankfuly Aaron didn't aim at the heart) he calls out for Elena, but she isn't there. For a second I totally though Aaron released her, but it was not to be. Instead, Elena wakes up strapped to a gurney in Wes' lab. And, surprise, who is next to her? ENZO! He isn't dead and most likely has been held hostage for all those years, probably fixating on how he is going to rip apart Damon if and when he gets out.
Let the questions commence. Why is Damon's history just being revealed now? Can Elena ever forgive him? Was Damon the one to kill Elena's parents since her dad was an Augustine doctor? Will Enzo get released and take out his revenge on Damon? Where is Matt, Bonnie and Jeremy? Is Katherine going to die soon and break Stefan's heart all over again? And finally, who manages to come up with these insane story lines? So many loose ends!
Check out the promo below for next week's mid-season finale episode, "Fifty Shades of Grayson." (TVD, you're so witty).
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday's at 8 PM ET on The CW.
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Oh look, another slasher flick full of half-naked women. Obviously not the most original horror film theme, but, yet again, here it is. The Nurse 3D trailer is, as you guessed, chock-full of scantily clad nurses. The twist? Paz de la Huerta's character kills a bunch of people while dressed as a sexy nurse. See, a thoroughly original and well developed plot twist. Anyway, check out the trailer below.
After you've managed to stop laughing at this absurdly bad trailer we can ponder the the two most obvious questions we all have about this film. Firstly, why is Corbin Bleu in this? Bleu will probably never be associated with anything other than High School Musical, and his participation in this film makes me really uncomfortable. Secondly, who the hell came up with the idea to release this film the week before Valentine's Day? Honestly, this movie is not a prime candidate for becoming a box-office blockbuster, and releasing it for an audience of lovey-dovey couples is like asking for this film to fail. Throw it out during Halloween weekend and maybe you'll make some of your money back... but seriously, Valentine's Day?
Anyway, while the actors and release date aren't exactly great choices, the film itself could be highly entertaining for those of you excited to see Katrina Bowden and de la Huerta in all their half-naked 3D glory. Otherwise, the weak plot of a hot nurse (Bowden) trying to stop another hot nurse (de la Huerta) from killing people probably won't being enticing enough to make you run out and see this film.
Nurse 3D will hit theaters February 7, 2014.
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Debatably one of the best directing duos of our time, Ethan and Joel Coen have just confirmed that they are working on our dream film, a Coen Brothers' musical comedy! Not simply to be termed a "musical comedy," the upcoming film must for now on be labeled a "Coen Brothers' musical comedy" since we're already sure it won't be like anything we've ever seen before.
Recently, the Coens were out promoting their latest musical-themed film Inside Llewyn Davis when Vulture caught up with them and asked what their next project would be about. In typical Coen fashion, the two finished each other's sentences while answering. Here's how it went down.
Ethan: "...one of the two things we're writing right now, it's not a musical per se…"Joel: "… but it has what might be considered more traditional musical numbers."Ethan: "It's a musical comedy."
Yes, that's the sound of Coen fans everywhere exclaiming with joy, coming just after the news that they are working on an Ancient Rome movie. While not much more is known about the upcoming project, it could be linked to another tidbit the Coens recently let slip. Back in September, Joel revealed that "We are writing something right now where the main character is an opera singer." So, basically, we could all be in for an opera-esque musical comedy? Count us in! Anything as wild as this could only be thought up by the Coen Brothers, and we can't wait to see how it turns out.
Until then, if you need your Coens fix, their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis will be in limited release starting tomorrow Dec. 6, 2013.
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In the action packed trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) starts us off with his bleak realization that "Everyday I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will try to make and it's just a matter of time until I face those with more power than I can overcome." Well, Parker, it looks like you are correct. In just under three minutes we get a sneak peek at all Spider-Man's latest enemies, including Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper). Also introduced? Peter's friend (or foe) Harry Osborn played by up-and-comer Dane DeHaan.
First and foremost, we are shown Peter and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) are happily back together, though it seems like that relationship may not end well in the wake of all these new enemies. And (spoilers) if you know anything about the comics you know that Gwen Stacy doesn't last too long after the Green Goblin is created, and that Harry Osborn (DeHaan) eventually becomes the Green Goblin. So, after the quick and humorous introductory scene of the blissful duo, the trailer jumps right into the gritty and epic plot. Right off the bat Peter discovers that he has been under surveillance at OsCorp for years. Confused, Peter looks for answers and shocklingly finds out that his father's work may have been used to create his latest villain, Electro. And, it is that villain that dominates the rest of the trailer as we get plenty of glimpses of just how powerful Electro truly is. In the final minute, we see Spider-Man and Electro come face to face while swinging through the streets of Manhattan. It is then that Electro seems to be the most theatening as it looks like his may have the power to defeat Spider-Man, especially when he menacingly claims, "Soon everyone in this city will know how it feels to live in a world without power, without mercy, without Spider-Man." Yup, we got the chills too.
Begin your countdown, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters May 2, 2014.
With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire being released today, there is no better time to check out all the amazing films this talented cast has previous appeared in, including the first Hunger Games . Luckily, it's now easier than ever to watch these movies instantly! With Redbox Instant by Verizon, members can enjoy all the instant streaming they can handle as well as four DVD Redbox kiosk rentals per month, and the best part? The first month is free. So, in honor of Catching Fire and Redbox, we've compiled a list of films available that all you Hunger Games fans must see.
Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen)Silver Linings Playbook (kiosk)– Check out the role that won Lawrence her first Oscar! In Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence brings out her funny, kooky, and super talented side when she takes on the role of Tiffany, a young woman grieving the recent death of her husband. When Tiffany meets Pat (Bradley Cooper) they duo find ways to help each other overcome their mental, physical, and emotional ailments, typically to the delight of audiences as Cooper and Lawrence are hilariously sweet in this must see film.
Like Crazy (streaming)– Before Lawrence moved into the blockbuster arena, she started out with roles in indie films such as this critically acclaimed gem. In Like Crazy, Lawrence plays Sam, the breezy on and off girlfriend of Jacob (Anton Yelchin), an introspective man who is struggling to decided if he should stay in his long-distance relationship.
Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne)Empire State (kiosk)– Between filming The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, Hemsworth took on the role of Chris in Empire State. Based on a true story, the film follows Chris and his best friend Eddie (Michael Angarano) as they rob an armored truck, and the trouble they get in when a veteran NYPD detective (Dwayne Johnson) becomes suspicious of them.
The Expendables 2 (streaming)– In this big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, Hemsworth takes on the role of Billy the Kid, an ex-military sniper who joins Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Jason Statham's characters on their quest for revenge.
Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark)Epic (kiosk)– In this delightful animated film, Hutcherson voices Nod, a rookie warrior who falls in love with the main character, M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) on her journey through the Bomba forest.
Fragments (streaming)– A unique ensamble drama, the film centers on a group of strangers who form a bond after they all survive a random diner shooting. A young Hutcherson takes on the role of Jimmy Jaspersen, a boy who is present during the shooting and becomes reclusive after seeing a man die.
Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket)The 40 Year Old Virgin (kiosk)– In this hit comedy, Steve Carell stars as Andy, a 40 year old man who has never had sex. When he meets Banks' character Beth, Andy tries to seduce her with hilarious and awkward outcomes.
What to Expect When You're Expecting (streaming)– This comedic film adaption of the best-selling pregnancy guide follows many different women who face the typical pitfalls the come with having babies. Banks plays Wendy, a woman who has tried to get pregnant for years, and when she finally does, absolutely hates all the painful, gross, and unexpected things that happen when you're nurturing a baby.
Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy)
Seven Psychopaths (at kiosk)– In this British comedy, Harrelson plays Charlie Costello a.k.a. Psychopath No. 3, who is basically the bad guy in a film about bad guys. However, this film is exceptional due to the wonderful cast and Harrelson's typical sarcastic wit.
Rampart (at kiosk)– In this drama, Harrelson takes on the role of David Brown, a dirty LAPD veteran who must face the consequences of his professionally inappropriate actions that have caused trouble for his department and his family.
Donald Sutherland (President Snow)Panic (streaming)– This eerie film focuses on Alex (William H. Macy), a hit-man who is slowly becoming uncomfortable with his line of work. As a result, he begins attending therapy where Alex discovers the his traumatic childhood relationship wit his father (Sutherland), a dominating and threatening man who steered Alex into the "family business."
Fierce People (streaming)– In this quirky drama, Sutherland plays an aging billionaire who introduces a young man into the life of the ultra-rich, and shows him just how steep a price it costs to live in the upper-crust world.
Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman)Jack the Giant Slayer (kiosk)– Based on the English fairytales "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk," the film follows Jack, a young farmhand that must save the kingdom's Princess after he accidentally opens a portal to a world of giants. Tucci plays Lord Roderick, the King's advisor who has evil plans of taking over the kingdom.
Big Night (streaming)- This critically acclaimed film, which Tucci directed and starred in, follows the tale of two immigrant brothers' struggles on the New Jersey shore in the 1950s.
And, of course, you can see all these actors in The Hunger Games, which is available via instant streaming (oh, go ahead, watch it over and over, we won't judge). Plus, make sure you check out the thousands of other instant movies available with your free Redbox trial.
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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."
The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursdays at 8 PM ET on the CW.
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Apparently, Charles Manson's power over young minds has not subsided with his life-long jail sentence. One of the most odd revelations to come out of the latest always-relevant Manson-related news circuit was the fact that he would be getting married... well, at least according to a 25-year-old woman who now goes by the name of Star.
Let's start from the beginning, shall we? When Rolling Stone went to do a feature on Manson, they encountered a young woman who hangs out at the prison on visiting days, and has become friendly with Manson. Originally from a small town on the Mississippi River, Star became enchanted with the notorious criminal when she was only 19, first falling for his environmental philosophies, which Manson nicknamed ATWA (air, trees, water, and air). Eventually, Star saved enough money to move to Corcoran, Calif. so she could be near Manson, who is serving a life sentence in Corcoran State Prison. Now, the two spend every weekend together. During the five hour long visiting periods that occur on Saturdays and Sundays, Star and Manson can spend time together like a normal couple, except for the minor fact that they are always under the supervision of prison guards. Because of this, they are limited to only a hug and kiss at the beginning and end of each visit. Another issue is that inmates who are serving a life sentence are not permitted to have conjugal visits. Otherwise, as Star claims, "If we did (have conjugal visits), we'd be married by now. You know, that's the only thing I want."
As the interview continues, so do the bizarre comments made by Star. She says "I'll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married. I take it very seriously. Charlie is my husband. Charlie told me to tell you this." However, Manson apparently doesn't agree. Rather, he contradicts her when he tells the magazine: "That's a bunch of garbage ... That's trash. We're just playing that for public consumption."
So, while the strange duo may or may not be getting married, it is clear that Manson has some serious power over the young girl. She even shaved her head and carved an X into her forehead at his request. Oh, and the name? That also came from Manson. "Star!" he says. "She's not a woman. She's a star in the Milky Way!"
Well, in case you're as weirded out as we are, be prepared — the story gets even more odd. Star currently runs a website called Release Charles Manson Now, which states "We KNOW Charles Manson was not given his rights in a court of law, and that he has been illegally incarcerated by the California Department of Corrections for the past 40 years. This blatant injustice will no longer be tolerated. Thousands of people around the world understand that Manson has been illegally tried in and by the media. He is obviously a political prisoner."
And, if you weren't already convinced of her crazy status, be prepared to be creeped out a bit more. If you look at Star closely you might realize she has an odd resemblance to "Manson Family" member Susan Atkins a.k.a. "Sexy Sadie," who was convicted of participating in eight of the nine murders the "family" committed in the summer of 1969. However, when Star was confronted with a question about her resemblance to Atkins, she intensely exclaimed, "That b---h was f-----g crazy. She was a crazy f-----g whore."
Well, Star, thanks for clearing that up. I'm now completely convinced you are a sane individual who bears no resemblance to Atkins or any other member of the "family" that fell under Manson's twisted spell.
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Of course the biggest entertainment news of the day comes in the form of two teenagers going out on one date. Let's just reflect on that for a moment. Teenagers, on a date. Shocking. Apparently, the world's combined fascination with One Direction and the Kardashians is just so huge that this date needed to be broadcast on every single entertainment site and show known to man. Anyway, let's break down all the weird and wonderful meanings of this union.
Right off the bat, I'm going to break those romantic hearts and call this "date" out for what it most likely is – a publicity stunt. Jenner and Styles both have something to gain from being photographed together, especially this week. Recently, the newly 18-year-old Jenner uploaded an Instagram picture where she showed off her (sort of) naked chest. The uproar over that photo combined with her date with Styles could be enough to seriously launch Jenner's modeling career into the big leagues, which she clearly wants. Styles too can profit from this as he is currently promoting his new One Direction album, Midnight Memories, which will be released later this week. In addition, 1D will be performing at the American Music Awards and this little stunt could easily draw in audiences for Sunday's show, which could boost record sales. Voilà, see how amazing this "date" could turn out for the both of them?
However, in the more unlikely circumstance that the Styles/Jenner union is real, then the fascination with these two is a bit more understandable and noteworthy since it could mean the joining of two huge pop-culture empires. But, before anyone gets too excited, let's face the facts. Basically any tidbit of news about Styles' romantic life is immediately reported, while every move made by a member of the Kardashian klan is quickly discussed. Just because we see a photograph of these two together doesn't necessarily mean they are dating. Plus, it's hard enough to date as a teenager with your parents dissecting your life, let alone when you have the whole world doing it. So even if the date was real, this so-called relationship probably won't last long.
But, before this "relationship" dies its quick death, let's take this opportunity to ponder the long-term possibilities of a Jenner/Styles union. Firstly, would Jenner go out on tour with 1D? Would she try being a singer like Kim did that one awkward time? Would Styles' reputation go from bad-boybander to doting celebrity boyfriend? Would the duo have singing model babies on their own reality show? Oh, all the amazing things that could happen.
Anyway, the epic (and most likely only) date of Jenner and Styles occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the West Hollywood restaurant Craig's. Jenner has previously been linked to rapper Young Jinsu while Styles publicly romanced Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne.
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