Teen Wolf Panel Part One
Here is MTV’s Coverage of the “Teen Wolf” panel at NYCC. I was very excited about what they discussed, I love the idea of Allison’s redemption story and the blooming bromance between Issac and Scott. However, the internet has not had the meltdown I was anticipating at the mention that Derek Hale aka Tyler Hoechlin has yet to sign a contract. I am very upset about the loss of Colton, but I seriously cannot fathom Beacon Hills without it’s Sourwolf Alpha. There’s no Sterek without Derek, y’all.
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Teen Wolf Panel Part One
New York may be the epicenter of many things – fashion, cuisine, culture. However, there are a few things that New York doesn’t have the lock on and one of those things is geekdom. San Diego’s annual Comic Con has the New York offshoot beat, and there’s no way to deny that. This year after the San Diego extravaganza wrapped up I looked into getting passes for the New York event. However, nothing had been announced and then when the schedule was finally released, the event was almost totally sold out. In recent years NYCC has been gaining traction and catching up with SDCC. And, this year was no different. Over the weekend, they debuted the trailer for the “Carrie” remake and announced Marvel’s “Avengers” universe set television series “S.H.I.E.L.D.” This was on top of panels for “Carrie”, “666 Park Avenue”, “The Walking Dead” and “Arrow”. I actually passed up the chance to attend the “Arrow” panel even though passes were available. Because $40 is a lot to spend on a one hour event, even if it does involve Stephen Amell. But, when a week before showtime MTV and NYCC added a “Teen Wolf” panel I knew I had to devise a plan.MTV had announced show creator Jeff Davis and the titular teen wolf himself Tyler Posey would be there to unveil some DVD features, chat season three and give a full briefing on Colton-gate. I knew that someone would of course videotape the panel and upload it for me to see. But, I was sad I wasn’t going to be there to ask my own questions or see Jeff and Tyler in person. So I decided to take a shot and look around the convention center for any signs of the “Teen Wolf” duo. My first lap was completely fruitless, but on my second lap I thought I had figured out the situation. And a few minutes later, Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz confirmed my suspicions when they walked out together from their “Carrie” panel. While Julianne Moore was in a rush, I got to speak to Chloe Grace. And, we chatted about the new “Carrie”, how much she enjoyed NYCC and her amazing outfit. Aside from being insanely talented at the age of 15, she is also amazingly stylish. Together June and I spotted several people departing the convention. Agent Coulson himself Clark Gregg, Carrie Fischer, and Christopher Lloyd all left within minutes of each other. We then spotted Jane Levy from “Suburgatory” who was there to discuss her new horror epic “the Evil Dead”. As a big fan of her show, I spilled how excited I was about the show’s return and raved about the amazing comedic dynamic between her and Jeremy Sisto. I also got to meet Paul Scheer, who I know from many projects. Most recently, his role as Avi on my new favorite show “Happy Endings”. All of this excitement inspired me to take a return trip on Sunday. I hoped to see Stephen Amell and the cast of “Arrow”. However, that didn’t work out as planned. Luckily, the cast of “666 Park Avenue” acted as a consolation prize. I’ve been enjoying ABC’s supernatural drama and made sure to let Terry O’Quinn, Dave Annable and Robert Buckley know that.
I have to say. considering this was an eleventh hour act of desperation I think my NYCC experience was pretty great. That being said, I think next year I will probably just buy passes when they go on sale and hope that next year is even better and we gain on San Diego even more. I mean, this is New York and just like our Fashion Week has come to rival Paris and Milan. Our Comic Con will come to be the best in the land. Sorry San Diego, you’ll still have In N Out burger which we’ll probably never get. Oh… and in case you’re wondering… I did get to meet Tyler Posey. Which will be detailed in a later post.
Over this past summer, I finally gave in and sat down to watch MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and I came away from it with a few observations. They will use any reason regardless of how flimsy, to get the guys out of their clothes. Colton Haynes plays an asshole better than anyone else on MTV. And finally, the actors who play Derek and Stiles – Tyler Hoechlin and Dylan O’Brien have amazing on-screen chemistry.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my education in regards to Sterek (their official couple name), shipping and the like. Well after I posted that blog, a friend contacted me to let me know that AfterElton was running a poll regarding the most popular unofficial gay couples in media. There were some from movies like Captain America and Iron Man, a few from literature like Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy and of course television meaning Sterek was accounted for. While I did vote a few times, I was very devil may care about the whole situation. That was, until Derek and Stiles won the poll last night by several THOUSAND votes. Now in my previous entry I had mentioned that “Teen Wolf” show-runner Jeff Davis has expressed that he knows all about Sterek. He has even gone as far as to say he would consider making it a storyline if enough people were on board.
Now, I don’t want to be one of those psychos who thinks this is the straw that broke the werewolf’s back and Sterek is officially on. There are enough of those people on Tumblr. However, I do have to admit I think it’s pretty impressive that this pairing from an MTV show that brings in a few million viewers a week defeated 31 other couples. Some of whom are much more established. I do have to say though, if Jeff Davis was entertaining the idea beforehand that this should inspire him to take a much more serious look at the whole thing. Even if every fan is not on board, enough dedicated people must be. Otherwise it wouldn’t have won this poll. Regardless of what happens I am excited to see what is coming up for us in the third season of “Teen Wolf”. I recently saw Colton Haynes and Holland Roden at New York Fashion Week, but neither of them had any secrets to spill. I guess we will see what is in store for Stiles, Derek and everyone else in Beacon Hills when “Teen Wolf” returns next year. Until then… Congratulations to my fellow Sterek shippers, you big stone-cold pack of weirdos.
While fashion is always important here in New York City, twice a year it enters a new level of importance. The tents pop up in Lincoln Center and create an epicenter where the fashion elite, the famous and everyone in between show up to see what we will be wearing next season. Every year, the Fall Fashion Week is kicked off by Fashion’s Night Out. I blogged that my FNO was less fabulous than year’s past, despite rubbing elbows with Coco Rocha and Kellan Lutz. Well, my NYFW more than made up for the sluggish start. I sat out Friday’s adventures as I had a date. And, while fashion may be a major love of my life, it’s not going to buy me candy this Valentine’s day. But, from then on I made sure to pop by the tents at least once a day to see what was happening. Saturday night, I stopped by and got to see that even though a literal storm was brewing, there was still a storm of fashion surrounding the tents. In the eye of that storm, was Brad Goreski surrounded by a camera crew for his Bravo reality series. Literally, right after my encounter with Mr. Goreski, the skies opened and the actual storm hit New York.
The next day, my friends and I organized an outing to the tents to watch the fashion and the stars together. The day was much better in terms of weather, I saw two MTV stars who were New York Fashion Week staples Lauren Conrad and Holland Roden. I got to chat with Holland for a few minutes, I made sure to congratulate her on the amazing season Teen Wolf just wrapped up. She said “we love you guys, as much as you love us. And it’s just so great and so fun to work on the show.” Sadly, she had no season three spoilers to share. and either did her co-star Colton Haynes who showed up a little later. Colton did however tell me “I’m going to see DVF, that’s going to be my favorite part” when I asked what was the best part of Fashion Week. Also in attendance to take in DVF’s show were Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Cohen and Anna Sophia Robb. I was excited that the two actresses who played Carrie Bradshaw were in the same place, Anna told me on the way out they did in fact get to meet backstage. I wonder if SJP offered any advice on the role and running in heels. We also got to take in the outdoor Zac Posen show. The man of the hour himself even told us before the show that he was both “excited and nervous” and that you always want to feel like that before a show. His show of course was a tremendous success and hosted that super supermodel moment I blogged about.Monday, I took the day off from watching the action around the tents. Instead, Lauren had invited me to be her Plus One to a fabulous art party. TBD Art was hosting a party to celebrate their fifth artist collaboration. We got to see the art of Daniel St. George and even meet the artist himself all while enjoying absinthe cocktails and a delicious spread. Even though we were sure we would not run into Anna Wintour, both Lauren and I kept it stylish. While the party kept us from the New York Times Q&A our favorite actress Jessica Chastain was doing down the street. It allowed us to make the tail end of it and get to see Jessica. We discussed her Fashion’s Night Out which she said “was so much fun. I mean, could it get any better than that Jason Wu dress?” She also went on to say she’s currently in rehearsals for “the Heiress” and that they are going well. We also had a love fest complimenting each other’s outfits. After that absinthe fueled run-in with Ms. Chastain, I spent some of Tuesday at the tents with Lauren. We saw lots of people coming and going from various shows including Lauren Conrad, Kevin and Danielle Jonas, Minka Kelly and Jenna Dewan Tatum. The fabulous Mrs. Channing Tatum told me she had A LOT of fun filming American Horror Story and that she thinks the show came great and very scary. How could she not have fun when her scenes are rumored to be shared with Adam Levine?
I decided I had energy for one final day of NYFW, so after my friend Kathy got out of work Lauren and I met her to check out the Proenza Schouler show. Held at 5 Beekman the show was a perfect end to Fashion Week. It attracted all four Vogue heavy hitters, Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowls, Grace Coddington and Andre Leon Talley. Aside from the editorial power players, it also attracted fashionable stars like Florence Welsh, Kate Bosworth and Jessica Chastain. Kate Bosworth raved me to that the show was “incredible and absolutely amazing” while wearing a stunning ensemble from the designers. When I pressed Jessica Chastain for which show was her favorite she playfully shoved me and said “Oh honey! I couldn’t pick… It would be like picking a favorite child.” I think that’s the perfect way to put it, each day was a little different but each one was a lot of fun. Every fashion week I get to see and learn a little bit more, this year even getting to take in the al freso Zac Posen show. I was also struck by how many people who were hanging around the tents were from out of town. A woman from Mississippi was telling me about her interaction with Andre Leon. I didn’t even think they know had Vogue in Mississippi. That’s one of the amazing things about fashion, it attracts and unites so many different kinds of people and not just for two weeks a year, but every single day.
As part of a summer of healthy living, I have made it a goal to work out every day. Yesterday, I had my friend Patrick’s birthday party in the evening so I had to move up my work out a few hours. After completing my cardio, I was in the middle of my push-ups when I got the worst text I ever received. My friend Lauren shared the news that rumors were circulating that the role of Finnick Odair had been cast. And, it was not someone I wanted. For those of you who are not members of the Brian Tuft Book Club or live under a rock, Finnick Odair is a character in the second and third books of the Hunger Games series. He has also become the hottest casting property in recent history. A few months ago, I presented Colton Haynes as my pick, I also echoed the wide spread sentiments that Armie Hammer or Taylor Kisch would be fine as well. Other names thrown out included Lucas Til, Jesse Williams and Trevor Donovan, and while I did have my heart set on Colton, all of them became acceptable to me over time. So when Lauren sent me the news that the casting was a dark horse who’s name was never mentioned during the months of rumor mill churning, it came as a surprise. And, an unpleasant one at that.
This dark horse is named Sam Claflin, I know him from “Snow White and the Huntsman” the latest Kristen Stewart atrocity I suffered through. He played her best friend from childhood, who was the story’s Prince Charming. I don’t know if it was that he was playing fourth fiddle after an Oscar winner, Edward Cullens’s baby mama and Thor but he seemed very bland, kind of weak and most certainly didn’t register as a sexy Adonis. The entire role was pointless and didn’t do anything to make it to stand out. So my initial reaction has been very negative. While I was excited about them landing Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone as Johanna, this role was the one I was the most excited about. So I feel like my knee jerk reaction of hating the casting of this film with the intensity of 1,000 Cinna made fire capes is to be expected. However, my reaction was similar when I learned of Josh Hutcherson’s casting in the series, and look how that turned out. I can only hope that the casting director saw something in Sam’s audition that I have not seen in his on-screen work thus far. Because, while I concede that some of the edits and changes in the film may not have been great. No one can convince me that the casting was not top notch. From Jennifer Lawerence and Josh Hutcherson, to Wes Bentley and the other 22 tributes. Every single one of those actors took the characters I imagined and made them real. As of press time, Sam Claflin hasn’t made an announcement, and Lionsgate remains mum as well. What should be pointed out is that the casting ofAmanda Plummer as Wires another tribute was confirmed yesterday, after the Finnick story broke so the lack of comment strikes me as odd. I guess only time will tell, and with each day we move closer to the Quarter Quell. Tick tock, tick tock Lionsgate.
When I first heard about Comic Con, about a decade ago it was a place for comic book nerds, like me, to go and hear scoop about upcoming projects based in the comic book/sci-fi world. I remember it was where I heard all the scoop about the soon to be released super hero movies and what those movies would be inspiring in terms of video games, comic books, etc. A few years ago, something clicked and suddenly more mainstream projects like “Twilight” began using Comic Con as a press tool to promote, discuss and create buzz for their projects. While I am mystified as to why anyone would want to wait around for days to sit in a 20 minute panel about a story you already read is beyond me. However, I think it’s amazing that this little comic book convention held annually in San Diego since 1970 has exploded. The surge in popularity has also led to the creation of several other regional Comic Cons. Including one here in New York City, but more on that later.
This year I have been following a few of my favorite upcoming and current projects through Comic Con. One of the shows that I am most excited about this fall, is “Arrow”. I discussed the CW’s upcoming super hero series a few months back when I shared my most anticipated Fall shows. I have been following Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell on Twitter for firsthand scoop as the project began rolling. While Stephen has shared a lot of good news, Comic Con has proved to be a bounty of information. A screening of the pilot held the first day drew rave reviews from fans and critics alike, only building my anticipation and excitement for it’s debut. We’ve also gotten some pretty sweet behind the scenes images and some interviews of Amell and his on-screen leading lady Katie Cassidy showing how great their chemistry is. I can’t embed the video, because aside from being super creepy Michael Ausiello is also a cyber terrorist. But, here’s the link to their interview: http://bit.ly/TVLARROWSDCC
While I am so stoked for the October premiere of “Arrow”, MTV’s “Teen Wolf” has been my summer obsession in terms of television. After marathon watching the show on Netflix before this season’s premiere I have tuned in every Monday religiously. There were whispers that the show was yet to receive a Season Three pick-up but they confirmed at their Comic Con panel that they are a go for another round. As an extra bit of good news, their episode count was upped from 12 to 24. Also revealed during their panel? Colton Haynes said that his character Jackson’s reptile situation might be solved by evolution. That the stars view on-screen nudity as a rite of passage. But perhaps most important, Tyler Hoechin teased that the odds of his character Derek getting a girl friend or getting together with Stiles are “about 50/50″. While I think Hoechin and Dylan O’Brien have great on-screen chemistry I don’t think turning two straight characters gay is going to organically happen. But, obviously if it were to happen I wouldn’t complain.
Here’s a fan video of the whole panel, beware the girl holds the camera like its a tambourine. It’s also super short since apparently MTV wouldn’t pay for more than 15 minutes of panel time.
I am even more excited now to see what comes from these projects after this little taste at Comic Con. I also wonder what other tid bits the convention will give us between now and it’s close on Sunday night. There is still so much to come including an official “Arrow” panel which I cannot wait for. Plus a very fitting Friday the 13th screening of ABC’s upcoming “666 Park Avenue” and a panel for the creepy kid’s film “Para-Norman”. All of this excitement surrounding Comic Con and it’s featuring of some projects I am interested in has me turning my interest to this Fall’s NYC Comic Con. While I know SDCC is the tops, I hope that the NYC one gets a few good events worth checking out. The schedule is yet to be announced so I am hopeful that some of the events will cater to my interests. But that’s still months away, in the mean time – stay classy San Diego.
The casting rumors swirling around “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” have been reported on every gossip site, entertainment news program, magazine and blog. I even posted my picks for Finnick and Johanna here on BEST Blog a few weeks back and the post went on to become one of my most popular ones of all time. News broke earlier this week that according to an insider at Lionsgate the casting for the role was down to three actors. The insider was reported as saying that either Armie Hammer, Taylor Kisch and Garrett Hedlund would play the trident wielding Adonis from District Four. Taylor Kisch was one of the picks I suggested, but yesterday he was quoted as saying he would NOT be playing the part. So that leaves Garrett or Armie. Right? Well not exactly. Like I posted earlier, I got to meet some of the cast of “Teen Wolf” including Colton Haynes. One of the first things I said to Colton was that he was my pick for Finnick and how sad I was when I heard that the casting was down to three people who were not him. After thanking me and telling me how excited he would to be a part of the project, he told me hope might not be lost. It was his impression that the EW article that started the Garret/Taylor/Armie rumor was mistaken. And, that it was just that – a rumor. When I asked if I should still hold out hope to see him as Finnick, he coyly said he had a meeting but wouldn’t divulge anymore. I want to wish Colton the best of luck at his meeting/audition and hope that I will get to see him next fall on screens as Finnick Odair.
*Author’s Note: As this entry has gone viral and found it’s way onto many Hunger Games blogs I wanted to clarify some things. Colton merely told me he had a meeting, and I wanted to post the news since I had posted my hopes that he would be Finnick on here a few months back. A few people on various sites are criticizing him for “giving too much information”, he merely thanked me for my support and told me to keep my fingers crossed for him. Normally I don’t respond to such foolishness but as this is something I really want and got the impression Colton would love it too I want the truth out there. Because, I’d hate to be the reason he didn’t get it. Good luck to Colton, and may the odds be EVER in his favor.
In my history of celebrity encounters, there are a few places I can count as old standards. Talk shows, concerts, movie premieres – they’re all safe bets on places I can meet and greet my favorite stars. So imagine my surprise when MTV posted a twitter invitation to come and see the cast of their hit series “Teen Wolf” at the NASDAQ head quarters. Viacom had been invited to ring the closing bell, and they decided to mark the season two premiere of “Teen Wolf” to have Colton Haynes, Tyler Posey and Holland Roden do the honor. My friends and I arrived at the stock exchange around a half hour before the ringing of the bell. Like I said this was a new thing for me, so I was surprised when I found out we were watching the bell’s ringing from outside. Apparently, you don’t get just get to go inside and hang out at NASDAQ. The cast arrived, went inside and hung around before sending out the signal of the trading day’s end. It is tradition for the bell ringers to then go outside to the heart of Times Square and have their photograph taken in front of NASDAQ. When the cast of “Teen Wolf” came outside they assured us despite the crowd they would be back out to meet us. Sadly, the people at MTV or NASDAQ decided otherwise. Holland Roden who plays Lydia on the show tweeted that they were officially not allowed to come outside to greet the fans and that she was very sorry and felt terrible. It was at this point, I thought the party was over.
How wrong I was, Holland was so sad she didn’t get to meet the fans at NASDAQ she tweeted where you could head to meet her after. We headed over to meet her and found out that she is very different from the character she plays on television. We chatted for what I estimate to be around a half hour, seriously. From the new season of “Teen Wolf”, to going to the “MTV Movie Awards”, to exchanging pictures of our puppies Holland was one of nicest, sweetest and chattiest people I’ve ever met. She did have some bad news though, my pick for Finnick in “Catching Fire” and the dreamiest Wolf in the pack Colton Haynes was out for the night at a fashion event. Luckily Holland told us if we came back later, we might possibly get to see him. I have to say, as a casual viewer of “Teen Wolf” I was really impressed by this experience. Aside from getting to see the ringing the closing bell in person, I enjoyed meeting some of the nicest people I’ve ever encountered. It’s even inspired me to give the show another shot, since I only DVRed the first two episodes and then forgot about it. My friends say it’s pretty amazing, and the kindness of the cast has not only earned them my love but also my support.
I have been watching my WordPress dashboard closely the past few days because with every post that I published I moved closer to the triple digits. And, it just so happens this is my 100th Post. Since starting BEST Blog as the Blog of Brian Tuft in September of 2009 I have published 100 blog entries about all sorts of my favorite things. Fashion’s Night Out, One Direction and “Glee” have all gotten their own posts. I thought in honor of this milestone I would share what the top five posts are in terms of traffic, response and reaction.
The number four and five posts are the blogs detailing my visits to the “Pan Am” set. Last week, the news hit the web that the show had been cancelled by ABC. But, I don’t know how because the show has been a gold mine for me in terms of traffic. It seems that web surfers could not get enough of the stewardess centered drama, even visiting my blog to hear some behind the scene scoop and find out what the stars are like in real life. My third biggest post of all time is a much more recent one, where I detailed who I would cast in “the Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire”. I picked Colton Haynes and Mia Wasikowska as Finnick and Johanna. But, obviously my pull at Lionsgate is minimal, even if the official “Hunger Games” account follows me on twitter. The second most successful blog is my first post about “Pan Am” where I listed the reasons why I loved the series and why I thought my readers should give it a shot. Obviously it would seem like it fell on deaf ears since the series was cancelled. But, the entry drew and still draws steady traffic to my little site. It should also be noted that on the list of top search engine terms that bring people to my blog, Pan Am, Karine Vanasse and Colette all rank highly.
My top post of all time is one of my earliest posts but still one of the most popular ones I’ve ever published. In January of 2010 I posted about 90210′s newest cast member Trevor Donovan’s Teddy Montgomery. At this point Teddy was still a home wrecking ass wipe who was pretty much loathed by everyone until the end of the season where he was sweet to Silver as her mother died. In the time since that post went up the character came out of the closet as a gay man who hid behind womanizing ways to keep the truth a secret. This development made Donovan a real life gay hero. He has been honored by countless gay advocacy groups and has become arguably the most famous part of the show. A few months ago, I went to the Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner and got to meet Trevor. I told him how much I enjoyed and appreciated his work on 90210 and his work off screen with the gay community. He was just as handsome in real life, and as nice as he was dreamy. And, while I have posted about many other dreamy men I have loved like Darren Criss, Josh Hutcherson, Matt Bomer and Max Greenfield who is tomorrow’s subject. I think its fitting that my biggest post of all time is the one about Trevor,my original BEST Blog crush. I look forward to seeing who else and what else I will post about, here’s hoping the next 100 posts are as much fun and as successful as the first. Thank you s much for reading, and I hope you will continue to see what the future holds for BEST Blog.