In case you didn’t hear, the Oscars happened this weekend, and Los Angeles officially entered celebration mode — a mode it’s actually been in for three weeks, what with the NBA All-Star Game and Grammys taking up party real-estate for the prior two Sundays. Naturally I was more than eager to take part in the festivities; so when Fox 411 writer Meaghan Murphy invited me to join her at the QVC “Buzz on the Red Carpet” event on Friday, I leapt at the opportunity.
Now I know what you’re saying: QVC had a red carpet event? They did. And here’s what’s crazy: legitimate A-Listers and Oscar nominees showed up, including Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Lawrence, and eventual winner Melissa Leo. Of course, I saw none of them, but I did spend a solid ten minutes next to Mark Ruffalo at the valet stand when I left. Spoiler alert: he’s really short (and also quite friendly).
Anyway, more trifling celebrity stories as well as a few pictures after the jump… Continue reading →
After posting about Leighton Meester’s dumb new movie The Roommate yesterday, I got to thinking about the state of the Gossip GIrl actors. The show will certainly not go on forever — surely its expensive budget, increasingly weak writing, and dwindling ratings bode poorly for it; so it’s only natural that we look forward to see how the cast will fare post-cancellation (whenever that may be). Curiously enough, it seems as though the most annoying actors on the show seem to have the best film prospects (save for Taylor Momson, who has done a fine job of sinking her own career, thanks to some horrific raccoon makeup). Nevertheless, it seems as though Blake Lively and Penn Badgley have racked up the most high profile movies in their tenure on Gossip Girl, which makes little sense because let’s face it: Chuck & Blair > Dan & Serena. Continue reading →
I’m not so into scary movies (read: I’m a pussy), but I might have to make an exception for this flick because a) it doesn’t look scary, and b) it’s Single White Female with BLAIR WALDORF. If ever there was a winning Hollywood pitch, it’s that. Let’s face it: for years Blair has threatened to go all SWF on Serena van der Woodsen, and now she finally gets a chance! Except instead of turning psycho on Blake Lively, she’ll go after Minka Kelly, which is good enough for me (especially since the ever annoying Alyson Michalka looks like she gets murdered tout de suite).
As an added bonus, the cast list features two supporting actors from Titanic: Frances Fisher and Billy Zane. To quote Ina Garten, how bad can that be?
HOLY CRAP: this could be the BAREFOOT CONTESSA OF TEEN THRILLERS. Rushing to Fandango as we speak…
Hey everyone. Cool news from the world of the Interwebs. I’m going to be hosting a videocast for Talk Media Networks where I talk about — you guessed it: TV! We’ve only done one show, and it’s all a bit rough around the edges, but that’s sort of the way online shows go. I’m sure it will find its voice and narrow its focus over the next several episodes, but for a “pilot,” I thought it was pretty fun.
Joining me for the first episode (which was recorded live last week on UStream) is my friend Matt Whitfield, the features editor from Yahoo! Entertainment. The two of us discuss every Housewives franchise and then some (and yes, we couch The A-List into the discussion) as well as Survivor, Amazing Race, Top Chef: Just Desserts, Raising Hope, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Community, Gossip Girl and Jersey Shore. Be sure to check it out!
And as for “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” fear not: we’ll be taping a new episode tomorrow!
The Gossip Girl premiere aired earlier this week, and by all accounts, it was very well received. Missing from the action, however, was Jenny Humphrey, who was last seen being sent off to a mysterious school named “Hudson” at the end of last season. I suspect that we’ll be seeing Jenny again, but then again, if she was shipped off the show, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise, given the harsh words that fashion guru Tim Gunn has for the starlet.
Speaking to E! about his guest stint on Gossip Girl last season, Tim Gunn had withering comments about Little J, noting her inability to remember lines, get off her phone, or act in a professional manner. “You know young lady, there are hundreds of thousands of girls who are just as attractive and even smarter than you. Why are you acting like this show is a huge burden on you?” he told E!.
It all sounds uncharacteristically catty for Mr. Gunn, but then again, I too would be irritable if I had to stare down those raccoon eyes all day.
The Gossip Girl season finale has come and gone, and while it was certainly a strong episode, this season as a whole has left something to be desired. Don’t get me wrong — I still lurve the ongoing adventures of Chuck and Blair and whoever else is on the show — but there have been a few peevish things that need to be addressed so that our fourth go at it will be better than ever. A full list of recommended changes after the jump.