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The ladies of “The Vampire Diaries” can breathe easy — their legal woes are behind them!

Actresses Nina Dobrev, 20, Candice Accola, 22, Kayla Ewell, 24 and Sara Canning, 22, (along with photographer Tyler Shields and extra Krystal Vayda) were arrested last month on charges of disorderly conduct, after drivers complained that the women were flashing motorists from a Georgia bridge on August 22.

The group was booked at Monroe County Sheriff’s Department after the incident. Today, a Monroe County spokesperson tells Radar Online that the legal drama is over, since all of the people arrested forfeited their bond money, “It’s over, they forfeited $500 and Judge Geoffrey Davis dismissed the case since they forfeited the bond. He is not issuing a warrant; it’s over since the county got the money from the bonding company. All six people failed to appear so they each forfeited $500 for a total of $3,000.”

“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays on the CW.


Teenage fans of Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight series have sent Wuthering Heights – the favourite novel of the books’ hero and heroine – soaring to the top of the classics bestseller charts.

A new edition of the novel, repackaged in a similar style to Meyer’s Twilight books – black cover, white flower, tagline “love never dies” – was released in May this year, and has already sold more than 10,000 copies in the UK, nearly twice as many as the traditional Penguin Classic edition, making it Waterstone’s bestselling classic.

“Love the Twilight books? Then you’ll adore Wuthering Heights, one of the greatest love stories ever told,” gushes the book chain’s synopsis of Emily Brontë‘s novel. “Cathy and Heathcliff, childhood friends, are cruelly separated by class, fate and the actions of others. But uniting them is something even stronger: an all-consuming passion that sweeps away everything that comes between them. Even death!”


Say what you will about Goldman Sachs (GS) – and folks have had a lot to say about the firm lately, much of it less than laudatory – but its stock continues to resonate with shareholders.

Critics have thrown several fresh shovelfuls of dirt on the wounded duck they want it to be. But the assault has had as much effect as snowballs have when they’re thrown against a tank. Maybe it’s true, what Rolling Stone said about the firm in its profile last month: Goldman really, really is a giant vampire squid.

It’s a term of art that’s gathered increasing currency in the Fourth Estate, especially among the suburban players in the digital divide, where balance can be a more-elusive quality than it is for their counterparts in the brick-and-mortar publishing ranks. It’s a remarkable descriptor to get behind, given that so few of us in the ranks of financial bloggers could distinguish between a cephalopod and a botanist, and whose only congress with squid comes when it’s quickly grilled with a nice olive oil and squirt of fresh lemon. But the notion of Goldman attaching itself to the face of humanity, as Rolling Stone suggested last month, represented the kind of visual that qualifies as too compelling for scribblers to pass up.


Through 50 years of Barbie, the bendable blonde has gone through thousands of styles and professions. The folks at, a line of high-end, limited-edition dolls, often have her in the kind of frilly princess fashions that’ve become synonymous with the brand. But every now and then they break out into bolder, brasher territory. And now, timed with the release of the sequel to the teen vampire romance, is Twilight Barbie.

This is not Barbie’s first venture into the darker side of life. There’s Addams Family Barbie, Harley-Davidson Barbie, Barbie from the Hitchcock masterpiece “The Birds,” Catwoman Barbie, Medusa Barbie, and Kimora Lee Simmons Barbie. And there are certainly big pop-culture tie-ins as well: Lord of the Rings Barbie, Chicago Cubs Barbie, NASCAR Barbie (separate from Jeff Gordon Barbie or Dale Earnhardt Jr. Barbie), and the unfortunately named Grease Barbie. But these are exceptions: historically, Mattel has kept her relatively chaste, reluctant to flirt with other strong brands.

But now this isn’t just vampire Barbie; it’s Twilight Barbie.  And while Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” franchise is wildly popular with young girls, they’re not the type of pretty-in-pink poppets (it’s actually a trademarked pink known as, seriously, PMS 219) who might’ve bought Elle Woods Barbie from “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blue,” which was different, one supposes, from Elle Woods Barbie from “Legally Blonde”. And Barbie has been under pressure from the edgier Bratz line to modernize and stay relevant. So is the vampiric Twilight Barbie a kind of nail in the coffin for that bubble-gum girliness?

“Barbie has always been at the forefront of pop culture,” said Lauren Dougherty, a Mattel spokeswoman. “This is a partnership that shows that Barbie is in love with Twilight. It’s fun. It’s fan life. We’ve done Star Trek Barbie. These projects are about unique, high-detail, authentic collectibles.”

And it’s not like you couldn’t put your Twilight Barbie in her pink convertible. Oh, Barbie!


Sunday, August 02, 2009

Mark Dawidziak
Plain Dealer Television Critic

For such a corpse-cold customer, the vampire seems to be sizzling hot these days. Not just hot, but drop-dead sexy (or is that undead sexy?).

Executive producer Alan Ball’s stylish vampire series, “True Blood,” stumbled a bit right out of the graveyard gates. But the HBO show gradually found its bat wings during its fledgling season and now is gliding through a bloody terrific second year.


National Geographic has reported that as human population grows and local wildlife numbers decrease because of development throughout the region, vampire bats have no where else to turn but human blood. As a result, outbreaks of rabies are increasing, and it’s killing people in places where its occurrence has previously been rare.


Your eyes do not deceive you. This is not a  vampire booth at E3 or Comic-Con; this is the big-kahuna of specialized conventions, and with the new cycle of vampire hype, there could not be a more perfect time for a convention of this gourmet delicacy to be served to us on a silver platter. Whether you are a Twilight inductee, or a Dracula master, this convention is bound to offer you a hot shower to warm that pale skin of yours.


Jo Wood’s brother has laid to bare his true feelings for her estranged husband Ronnie in a shocking oil painting depicting the Rolling Stone as a vampire.

Aritst Paul Karslake unleashed his anger by painting the graphic portrait which shows the musician as a blood sucking vampire, biting the neck of a blonde victim.

Wood, 62, split from wife Jo last year after spending time with 21-year-old Russian waitress, Ekaterina Ivanova.

The pair have been together for around a year.

Ronnie and Jo Wood, who were married for 23 years, are currently finalising divorce proceedings.

“This is one of the most cathartic paintings of my life.” said Jo’s brother.


Poor Britney Spears. We’ve all seen her go to pieces in the last few years, first losing her good-girl image after Timberlake admitted they did it (a lot) without having taken the sacred vows of marriage. Then we watched her have one disastrous marriage (which ended after only a few days), followed shortly thereafter by yet another calamitous marriage with K-Fed (AKA total-loser/gold-digger/rapper wanna-be), during which time Britney popped out two kids, had a nervous breakdown and shaved her head. I don’t bring all this up because I am suggesting we feel sorry for her. She’s got her hot bod back, recently won an award for her new album, didn’t make a total fool of herself while giving her thank-you speech, and her new album is actually pretty good. Yes, she has embarrassed herself a few times while on tour, but the tour has been successful and many shows have sold out. But my point is: Britney could have avoided all of her career mishaps and been prevented from making such a fool of herself if she had just had a nice vampire boyfriend to reel in the crazy Britney behavior. A vampire boyfriend could have definitely helped her out.


Boston Latin H.S. Tries To Quash Rumors

The headmaster of one of the city’s most prestigious exam schools is dealing with an unusual rumor sweeping student classrooms.

There are no vampires at Boston Latin School, says headmaster Lynne Moone Teta.


Students at the school, which was founded in 1635, began e-mailing news organizations Wednesday night with the strange story of vampires roaming the halls.

“Supposedly 3 students believe that they are vampires and today when a student was bitten the police were informed,” wrote one student in a message to “I heard that one girl was arrested another suspended.

“Police, however, denied reports that anyone at the school was bitten.The rumors were strong enough to cause anxiety among the student body and disrupt classes on Thursday.

“I seek your cooperation in redirecting your energy toward the learning objectives of the day. Please do not sensationalize or discuss these rumors,” Teta wrote in a notice obtained by the Boston Globe and sent to faculty, students and parents.

Teta said she was concerned that some students’ safety might be jeopardized because of the rumors.

“At no time was anyone’s safety in jeopardy,” she wrote.

In its long, rich history the school’s students have included revolutionary firebrands Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, John Hancock, but likely never vampires.