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Social media shapes ‘Vampire Diaries’

Ian Somerhalder has found a very successful home with the CW series, “The Vampire Diaries.” He’s one of TV’s baddest boys and that’s made him a fan favorite. Check out social media if you want proof.

Somerhalder has watched how fans can impact the show through all of their Internet comments. As the world of social media has grown since the “Vampire Diaries,” all of that attention has had an affect on the show, particularly Somerhalder’s character of Damon Salvatore.

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‘Buffy’ had big impact on Gellar, Hannigan

"BUFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER"As a longtime fan of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series, it’s always great to get to interview actors who worked on the show. I got a double bonus during a pair of set visits when I went from talking to Sarah Michelle Gellar for her CBS comedy ‘The Crazy Ones” to chatting with Alyson Hannigan for the series finale of her “How I Met Your Mother.”

Both actresses say that while it might not seem like it, working on “Buffy” actually helped them with their future comedy work because there was a dark humor to the series. “Buffy” also was good for Gellar because the physicality of that role helps her when she has to do physical comedy on her new series.

“When I first came to L.A. I thought I was going to come and be a comic actress. I got very lucky, because ‘Buffy’ came along. And I always tried to keep that other side going whether it was ‘Saturday Night Live,’ or even on ‘Buffy.” I think we had a lot of humor. But this is the other side that’s so much fun for me,” Gellar says. “And now, all the years of all of that stunt training, it comes in handy, because I can fling myself pretty much anywhere. And get in some pretty strange positions.”

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CW’s fall schedule includes three new shows

rei-mary-tout_115412-5d75a8-188x188ORG-marcel-tout_115402-bf0896-188x188TOM-john-tout_115409-82f33c-188x188The CW Network will add three new show’s to its lineup when the 2013-2014 season opens: “The Originals,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Reign.”

It’s obvious the network has noticed the success it has had with fantasy and supernatural programming like “Arrow” and “The Vampire Diaries” as “The Originals” looks at Louisiana vampires while “The Tomorrow People” deals with humans born with paranormal abilities. “Reign” is the story of Mary Stuart, the woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots.

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‘Twilight’ fans line up for finale

Hundreds of “Twilight” fans started lining up as early as 5 a.m. in front of theaters across the city to get the best seats to see tonight’s early showings of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2.” The film is the finale of the film franchise based on the Stephenie Meyer books.

Many of those fans are spending the day watching a marathon of the four previous movies being shown leading up to the new film.

“We wanted to get a good seat for tonight’s film and it’s easier to sit in theater than wait out here in line,” says Fresno’s Yajajra Solorzano who showed up at 5 a.m. at the Regal Manchester Stadium 16.

More than 30 of tonight’s late-night screenings — starting at 10 p.m. — are sold out but a few seats still remain. The theaters also have the option of adding more screens than in the past because the first showings are at 10 p.m. Additional midnight screenings remain a possibility.

The “Twilight” finale is on track to a huge box office opening weekend. Fandango, the online site for ticket purchases, reported that “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” represented 92% of Thursday’s ticket sales, with thousands of showtimes sold out across the country.

“It’s the most anticipated movie going event of the season,” said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango, “and our surveys indicate that the action in ‘Part 2’ may be driving new moviegoers to see the grand finale.”

There were 44 sold out midnight showings of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” in Fresno just over a year ago.

To-Do Tonight: Say ‘I do’ to Black Veil Brides


Tonight’s show at Club Retro oughta be packed out with kids going nuts to the goth-metal sounds of Black Veil Brides.

This L.A. band is made up of screamy , black-leather loving, make-up wearing dudes and dudettes who’ve built enough of a following that their debut album, “We Stitch These Wounds” hit No. 1 on the Billboard indie chart when it was released in July.

So Black Veil Brides are very much a “band-of-the-moment” for the Warped Tour sect of young rock fans. This tour — which also includes Vampires Everywhere and Modern Day Escape — is sponsored by Hot Topic.

If you’re giddy, thank Tim Gardea for bringing them through Fresno. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15. They were available in advance at Valentino’s, but I’m not sure if they’re still selling them today. But you could try.