Lauren DiMascio

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  • Every finale of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars promises enough twists and turns to make your head spin, so when the network touted the summer finale of Season 4 as having “the biggest reveal yet”, I have to admit, I was more than skeptical.

    Well, I take it back.

  • World War “A” is coming and the girls on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars better get ready.

    But before they embark on the big showdown with their nemesis set for the upcoming Season 4 finale, the Liars put on their cowboy boots and donned their best western apparel at the hoedown school dance, where it appears the infamous Red Coat was partying with them.

  • Relationships were made AND tested on Tuesday’s episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars as Mona’s (Janel Parrish) confession helped Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) get out of the big house, an old “friend” returned to Rosewood, and everyone celebrated Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) birthday.

    Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Tuesday’s episode, “Into the Deep.”

    Happy Birthday, Emily! Your girlfriend, Paige (Lindsay Shaw), who apparently hasn’t seen previous episodes of PLL, thought it was a great idea to get everyone together and throw you a surprise birthday party at her aunt’s lake house.

    Big mistake, Paige. Nothing good ever happens at the lake in Rosewood, nothing.

    And Emily’s party was no exception. Not only did Paige and Emily have a major fight, which appears to be sending them on their way to breakup city, but PLL foe, Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok), was found face down in the lake after a confrontation with Aria (Lucy Hale).

    Did someone knock her out to prevent her spilling the details on Alison? Was that someone CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray)? These are the questions we’re left wondering as this episode came to a close. Jenna and her friend/more than friend(?) Shauna (Aeriél Miranda) apparently think so but only time and Marlene King will tell.

    Meanwhile, Jake (Ryan Guzman) got a peek into Aria’s (Lucy Hale) crazy life and instead of running for the hills, told her he’d like to help her “navigate” through it. The best part? She is going to let him.

    I know Ezria fans may not be happy about this – especially after seeing Ezra’s (Ian Harding) jealously at the pair – but I really like Jake. He seems like a genuinely good guy and besides; he’s nice to look at and has no kids. I’m just worried he’s going to end up dead or something worse as a pawn in “A’s” game.

    As for Ezra, I can’t see how a custody battle with Maggie (Larisa Olyenik) is going to end well or do anything good for his relationship with Aria but he appears game for whatever it takes to keep Malcolm with him.

    Rekindled romance may be in the cards for Hanna’s (Ashley Benson) mom, Ashley and Ted (Edward Kerr) as the good pastor reached out to Hanna and apparently paid the $100,000 dollar bail set for her mom’s release after Mona’s confession.

    And Mona. Oh Mona. Her confession has sent her back to Radley Sanitarium and with the most devious smile on her face, whatever plan she has seems to be falling into place, just in time for the penultimate episode of Season 4A.

    Buzz Moments

    OMG: I’ll go with the obvious here and say I was shocked when Jenna almost drowned but it was mostly due to the insanely creepy face Sursok had when pulled from the water. Did you see how big her eyes were?

    Thank you, TV gods.: For some plot development!!

    Awk-ward: So much jealously in Rosewood on this episode but none was more awkward than Jake and Aria at Emily’s party.

    Hotness: Jake is rocking some serious abs, I mean, SERIOUS. Even Aria couldn’t look away.

    Fab-u-lous: All of the PLLs were looking great before and during Emily’s bash. My faves included Hanna’s black shirt/coral pant combo and Emily’s Adidas track jacket. For more fashion info and where to get these looks, head to wornontv.net.

    Can. Not. Wait.: To see what Mona is up to. Girl has obviously got some major plans in play.

    Celebuzz (1-10): 8. Nothing tells you we are getting closer to the summer finale of PLL than tons of almost reveals and “Into the Deep” had plenty. As we inch ever closer to the big episode (airing Aug 27), I’m expecting a lot more to go down. I hope i’m not disappointed.

    What did you think about “Into the Deep”? Who did you think knocked out Jenna? How do you feel about Aria and Jake!? Sound off in the comments below!

  • Want to learn how to live a lie?

    Yes? Well, so does Hanna (Ashley Benson) on Tuesday’s episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. By now, you’d probably think Hanna and the other Liars would be old pros at fibbing, but think again. There is much to be taught and who better to teach her than her former BFF and “A” team member, Mona (Janel Parrish)?

    Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Tuesday night’s episode of PLL, “The Guilty Girl’s Handbook.”

    Guilty girls need plans so when Hanna developed a plan to confess to Wilden’s (Bryce Johnson) murder to save her mom from the depths of state prison, she turned to the only ally she knew would be able to help her pull it off – Mona.

    That scary genius put on her best detective face and grilled Hanna all episode to prep her for her big scene, only to take one for the team and confess to the murder herself.

    Yes, Mona CONFESSED to killing Wilden.

    As for if she did it, that’s doubtful. But whether it was an act of friendship or insanity, I’m pretty sure the duplicitous girl has something spectacular up her sleeve as a result of it.

    Presumably, she’ll use the details she had coached Hanna on – it was self defense; he was threatening her because she was telling people he got Allison pregnant and may have killed her; she threw the shoes away and Hanna’s mom had touched the bullets because her Dad has had the gun for a while. Only time will tell what tall tale she conjures up.

    Meanwhile, Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) played the protective boyfriend card and visited Ashley (Laura Leighton) in jail out of concern for Hanna. He also informed Spencer (Troian Bellisario) that the phone number they got from Nigel, aka Jenna’s funeral date, is connected to three people and three different addresses, sending Toby (Keegan Allen) on a hunt to New York.

    Spencer also found out some more information about the mystery surrounding Toby’s mother’s death and Wilden’s possible involvement.

    As for the other Liars — Aria (Lucy Hale) spent the episode worrying about her shady brother, Mike (Cody Christian) and watching promos for Insidious 2 with Jake (Ryan Guzman) while Emily (Shay Mitchell) and her mom dealt with the fact a car just drove through their house.

    Buzz Moments

    OMG: This one is obvious – MONA’S CONFESSION.

    Thank you, TV gods.: For Janel Parrish’s great acting. She plays devious so wonderfully.

    Awk-ward: The awkward but awesome product placement for Insidious 2. I mean really, I get it, but was it just me or did it look like they threw a commercial into the middle of the episode?

    Hotness: Jake is back and that is all that matters. For Aria, I mean.

    Fab-u-lous: Guest star, Rumer Willis was rocking a very cute green button down during her character’s meeting with Emily. Lucky for us, it’s from Urban Outfitters and inexpensive. Get more info on PLL fashion from wornontv.net.

    Can. Not. Wait.: To see what Mona’s next step is. As the girl who was “A” for multiple seasons, I’m sure it’s going to be a good one.

    Celebuzz (1-10): 7. It seems PLL is always packing the punch in at the last second, e. g. the car crash on the last episode, Mona’s confession on this episode. I want more action throughout.

    Do you think Mona killed Wilden? Who do you think the real culprit is? Is the beginning of the end for Hanna and Caleb? Sound off in the comments below!

  • Above all else, The CW’s Originals, premiering this fall, is “a family drama.” Sure, there are vampires, werewolves, witches, and a soon to be hybrid baby running around, but the spin off of The Vampire Diaries will delve deep into the dark history of the original family.

    And get ready because executive producer Julie Plec told Celebuzz and other reporters at San Diego Comic-Con to expect a “more gothic” and “operatic show” which is “a lot more visceral in its violence and tremendously and deeply emotional.”

    “Not to soften the genre,” she said, “but it really is a show about the power of family and the lengths you will go to protect it and how deep the wounds are when you betray it.”

    With Klaus (Joseph Morgan) we can only assume this betrayal will come in droves.

    Fans got a taste of what to expect on the drama when it’s backdoor pilot aired as part of Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries. Now, they can check out the director’s cut of the episode on CWTV.com featuring 10 to 15 minutes of unseen footage.

    Daniel Gillies, who plays fan favorite original Elijah, said this extra footage will “tell us a lot more about Phoebe’s [Tonkin] character and the pregnancy and Elijah’s interaction with that.” He also teased that the second episode takes place concurrently with the events of the pilot as depicted through Elijah’s eyes.

    Morgan, for one, is thrilled to be building the series around this mysterious baby. “The most exciting thing about the storyline is the idea of this bloodthirsty murdering sociopath with a tiny little vulnerable, newborn baby. If he starts to care about that baby and then that relationship is threatened …woe betide the person who comes between them.”

    He laughed, “And what will the baby come out looking like?”

    Of course, the baby will be threatened and as for how this unknown baby will impact the relationship between Klaus and Hayley, Tonkin said she thinks, “Klaus probably resents Hayley a little bit because he’s been put in this position.” She’s looking forward to seeing how the two characters not only challenge each other but support and protect each other as the series continues.

    Klaus’ friend-turned-foe, Marcel (Charles M. Davis), is ready to take on the challenge of playing the hybrid’s worthy adversary. The actor, who got emotional about his first time at Comic-Con, likened Marcel’s journey to preparing for and then competing in the Olympics telling reporters, “you can’t get that high any other way.”

    Plec compared the two insanely strong characters as such, “Klaus will lure you in with a sly little grin whereas Marcel will welcome you with a big warm smile and then boom, stab you in the back” adding that “Charles is the dream embodiment of exactly what we thought the character would be.”

    I, for one, can’t wait to see what goes down in New Orleans.

    The Originals premieres Tuesday October 15 at 8 PM on The CW.

    Will you be tuning into The Originals? Are you looking forward to learning more about the original family? How about Marcel and the witches? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  • When we last left Starling City on The CW’s addictive freshman hit, Arrow, the Glades had been decimated by an earthquake and Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) best friend, Tommy Merlin (Colin Donnell) died in his arms.

    It was a rough ending to a fantastic season and let’s just say, I’m still getting over it.

    But finales and deaths like these happen for a reason, or so they say, and that’s to impact the characters left behind. And in Season 2 no one will feel that impact more than Oliver Queen. So when Amell sat down with Celebuzz and other reporters at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming season, he told us it’s almost like he’s playing a new character.

    “The bottom line is that everything that happens with Oliver, not just this season but going forward is informed by Tommy’s death and what Tommy thought about Oliver when he died,” he said. “That fundamentally changes everything for him. He still cares about Starling City but if he’s going to fix it, he has to do it for different reasons.”

    And with the Season 2 premiere titled “City of Heroes”, executive producer Greg Berlanti noted that “the city needs a different kind of hero now and he [Oliver] wants to be that guy.”

    Turning the vigilante into a hero won’t come easy though.

    David Ramsey, who plays Diggle, Oliver’s “second in command” persay, told us that his character’s familiarity with destruction has left him with “a clear sense of purpose for the mission to move forward.” That is, we should be expecting some wrangling of Oliver from Diggle and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to get back in the game, over what Amell says will be “transcontinental distances.”

    Fans can also expect some new DC characters on Season 2, as fellow executive producers, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kriesberg, spilled some casting news at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday. True Blood alum Kevin Alejandro will be coming on board as Sebastian Blood/Brother Blood and Michael Jai White will be taking on the role of Suicide Squad member, Bronze Tiger. Looks like Oliver will have a fight on his hands.

    And who could forget… Black Canary.

    In regards to her appearance, Berlanti told us that while her storyline does begin this season, the ultimate and real Black Canary has yet to be revealed. He teased, “We do have somebody show up who has DNA in common with the character we know and love as the Black Canary but hopefully we get to evolve that and have fun with it.” (Watch her be badass in the EPIC Season 2 sizzle reel presented at Comic-Con above.)

    Meanwhile, the impact of Tommy’s death on Laurel (Katie Cassidy) will be prominent, meaning that she’s not really in the right head space to rekindle any type of romantic relationship with Oliver. But don’t worry fans, Cassidy agrees “it’s pretty obvious who the love of her life is.”

    One couple getting hot and heavy next season will be Thea (Willa Holland) and Roy (Colton Haynes). Meanwhile, Felicity will not only upgrade the lair while Oliver’s gone but she’ll become Felicity 2.0.

    Haynes and Rickards, have amazing off-screen chemistry and even did a dance for reporters, both spoke about their character’s hopes and paths on the second season. While Roy will still be getting into trouble and “heading down a dark path,” Rickards is hoping she can “prove Felicity’s strength.”

    As for the possibility of a Felicity/Oliver love connection, Rickards replied with a slightly vague answer: “I think it can happen. Of course, she has a huge crush on him but she also just wants to see him happy which I think is really important. So they have a really strong friendship and the base is there. “

    What other tidbits did we learn about Season 2?

    Oliver’s got himself a new bow. Diggle’s relationship with Carly will have a quick resolution. The island scenes in the second season premiere are some of Amell’s favorites. And John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn may not be dead?!?! After all, we did never see his body.

    Arrow premieres Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 8 PM on The CW.

    Watch the amazing sizzle reel from Comic-Con above.

  • Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), Toby (Keegan Allen) and Ezra (Ian Harding) saved the day – sort of – on Tuesday’s episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars as our girls found themselves and their mothers in some precarious situations.

    Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s episode, “Crash and Burn, Girl!”

    After the arrest of Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton), Caleb and Toby teamed up on a mission to clear her name and find out who is “A”/Red Coat? Complete with a cork board timeline full of post its and pictures, the two searched for details regarding the flight plan of the plane which carried Red Coat to the cabin in last season’s finale.

    That led them to a small airport where they found Nigel Wright (Wyatt Nash). If you don’t remember him – I didn’t at first – he was Jenna’s (Tammin Sursok) date to Wilden’s funeral in the Season 4 premiere.

    After the duo of boyfriends determines it was Nigel who faked the flight plan, which he says was for CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray), they scuffle and end up in possession of his phone.

    Later, we see Nigel talking with someone who appears to be Jenna, given the shot of her glasses and walking stick. So is Nigel lying? Or did CeCe start the fire? Who is really involved?

    Meanwhile, Ezra stood up to the Rosewood High principal for the accusations against Mike (Cody Christian) destroying Connor’s car. His sweet gesture prompted a “Thank You” visit from Aria (Lucy Hale) and surely made Ezria fans drool. Getting all mushy and nostalgic, he tells her “You know there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you, right?”

    Aww, Ezra. You steal our hearts. My real question though – Where did Jake (Ryan Guzman) go?

    So while the boys were all being heroes/detectives, the girls especially Spencer (Troian Bellisario), were helping Hanna (Ashley Benson) deal with the fact that her mom could be getting 20 to life for murdering Wilden.

    In the process, Emily (Shay Mitchell) again messed up her mom’s life by swiping the key to Wilden’s apartment from her desk and getting her suspended from the police force.

    But was it worth it? Not really. The Liars found a lot of porn and one package from “A” with minimal cues. Then later in the episode, a car came crashing through the Fields’ house almost taking out her mother. Uh oh, looks like she’s really pissed “A” off this time.

    Buzz Moments

    OMG: Since we already knew about the car crash via commercials, my OMG moment was when the boys almost duked it out with Nigel.

    Thank you, TV gods.: For the boys attempting to take the “A” situation into their own hands. Someone has to help these girls and they seem smart enough to do so.

    Awk-ward: Aria explaining the true “rumors” about her and Ezra floating around Rosewood High to her father.

    Hotness: Caleb and Toby working together ALL episode… do I have to say more?

    Fab-u-lous: I love maxi dresses and I love Marc Jacobs therefore Spencer’s maxi dress/blazer combo takes my fashion award of the episode. Head to wornontv.net for more PLL fashion information.

    Can. Not. Wait.: To find out where that cutie Jake went. Oh, and who killed Wilden.

    Celebuzz (1-10): 6. Yet another confusing episode that didn’t leave me thrilled or anticipating more at the end. C’mon PLL, I need some answers.

    So tell me PLL fans, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Cece set the fire? Are you hoping for an Ezria reunion? Sound off in the comments below!

  • The Season 4 finale of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries was in a word – CRAZY

    To recap just a bit of what went down, Elena (Nina Dobrev) made a love choice and it was Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Katherine is now human, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) came back to life and Bonnie (Kat Graham) became a ghost while the gang was also graduating from high school. Oh yeah and Stefan (Paul Wesley) is a doppelganger and is Silas. See, Crazy?

    So just where exactly are things headed on Season 5? Executive producer Caroline Dries told Celebuzz and other journalists at Comic-Con Saturday afternoon that the highly anticipated next season will be all about “fresh starts.”

    With Elena and Caroline (Candice Accola) going off to college, Elena is out to “prove she can be a functioning normal vampire.” But while it will be all frat parties and math classes at first, Elena will come to realize there is something more mysterious going on at her new school.

    And Delena fans, don’t worry, Dries promised that Damon and Elena will be happy — for a little while at least – before things go awry. She remarked that while the writers are hyper aware and wanting to keep the sexual tension from before the couple got together, they do want “them to be genuinely happy for a little while because Damon has fought so hard to be with Elena.”

    “We kind of want to go against the grain,” she continued, “and make them a happy couple without bickering and fighting every episode but actually make their relationship suffer from real life issues that come up in normal people relationships and make it less about mythological conflicts.”

    As for Katherine’s new status as a human, Dries revealed that the character will continue to be the “conniving, rude, manipulative bitch” fans have come to love but she is obviously more vulnerable.

    “She has to learn how to adapt as all her victims have,” she said. “She becomes this weirdly loveable person that you kind of want to date every character on the show. She’ll continue to be Katherine the villain for the first chunk of the season because she doesn’t know any other way.”

    There will also be a lot more of the vixen this season. In addition to more Katherine, the show will also delve deep into the doppelganger mythology.

    And now you can watch the Comic-Con sizzle reel shown at The Vampire Diaries‘ Saturday afternoon panel. While it’s mostly Season 4, there is a peek at SILAS in Season 5. Watch below.

    The fifth season of The Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday October 10 on The CW.

    What “fresh start” are you looking forward to most on TVD? Are you excited about a happy Delena and more Katherine? Let us know in the comments below!

     

  • Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead, thinks you should “expect the unexpected” on the addictive cable drama’s upcoming fourth season, which premieres October 13.

    After an intense third season finale, Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman promised fans on Friday at the show’s Comic-Con panel that “things are going to get crazier.”

    “It has escalated,” added showrunner Scott Gimple. “We did the first episode [of Season 4]. I wrote it and Greg [Nicotero] directed it. Right out of the gate the things that we did blew my mind. It’s going to get insane very quickly.”

    The Comic-Con audience also got the exclusive first peek at the new season in a 4-minute long trailer that is beyond epic. The number of walkers crowding in on our group’s homebase is growing immensely while there also appears to be danger within the prison walls as well. We’d tell you more but you can watch it for yourself above.

    Panelists on the Hall H stage included Gurira (Michonne), Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Scott Wilson (Hershel), David Morrissey (The Governor), Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) in addition to Kirkman, Gimple and executive producer Gale Anne Herd.

    Lincoln revealed that Season 4 will see Rick returning to good form and attempting to be a good parent again while showcasing his relationship with his son.

    “I think the relationship with Carl is integral to the beginning of the season,” he explained. “[Carl] turning into a sociopath at the end of the last season woke him up to his parenting duties.”

    Of the fourth season, Lincoln also said, “When we meet them all in Season 4, there’s a whole new community which has an incredible friction and tension between certain characters and it makes for incredible character-driven scenes.”

    Reedus also spoke about the death of his character’s brother, Merle, while Gurira talked about the hope she thinks these characters can still have in their hopeless world.

    The fourth season of The Walking Dead premieres October 13 at 9 PM on AMC.

    Watch the trailer for Season 4, above.

  • Get ready, Marshmallows!

    The Veronica Mars movie is coming your way in early 2014 and it looks incredible. The entire cast of the cult show including Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, and creator Rob Thomas were on hand Friday morning at Comic-Con international in San Diego to provide fans a sneak peek into the Kickstarter-funded flick with some never-before-seen footage and a Q & A.

    So what did we see in the clip?

    To spoil just a few things — Logan asking Veronica for help, a major fight at the reunion, a hellmouth reference and a previously unannounced cameo from Jamie Lee Curtis as a prospective employer.

    In the movie, Veronica has put her private investigator days behind her and is a lawyer. Assumingly she gets pulled back into her old life due to Logan’s request. Thomas has big hopes for the movie and thinks fans will be excited by the story.

    “The good news for me is I think the story that I wanted to tell is what fans wanted to see,” Thomas told the audience about the film. “I feel like I’m a fan of the show. I know what the pleasure zones are for Veronica Mars viewers and I wrote to those.”

    As for Bell, she said she slipped right back into her role as Veronica and was so excited she couldn’t believe they were really able to do this again. Her first day of shooting included a scene with Dohring. She even recited her first line in a perfect Veronica tone: “Charming drink names. I can’t decide between a beast with two backs or a donkey punch … Oooh do you think they’d let me order a virgin devirginator?”

    The panel was both amusing and emotional for fans. Dohring and Lowell provided some laughs for the panel donning Team Piz and Team Logan shirts respectively. Lowell, who played Piz, Veronica’s boyfriend that fans loved to hate/blame for the demise of “LoVe” (Logan/Veronica) joked, “I wore this shirt today just so I wouldn’t get shot.”

    Meanwhile, cast members like Capra spoke about how much it meant for them to come back and play these roles. He told the audience fondly, “You guys brought my family back.”

    One thing not to expect from the upcoming film … a lot of mythology including mentions of Lily Kane or Beaver. Thomas wants new fans to be able to jump into the movie easily, especially if the flick goes big as he hopes. That being said he also promised a lot of references and easter eggs for all of you dedicated marshmallows out there.

    The Veronica Mars movie wraps production on Monday and will be out in theaters in early 2014.

    Are you as excited for the film as we are? Do you want Veronica and Logan to end up together? Or are you on Team Piz?

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