Posted on Apr 7, 2011 Written by Graces

LEIGHTON MEESTER

You’d never guess this Gossip Girl was once style challenged. “I had glasses, unplucked eyebrows, and I wore hemp necklaces!” Meester told Teen Vogue in 2010 of her look in high school. “It’s only recently that I’ve gotten comfortable in my own skin.”

Source: People

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Posted on Apr 7, 2011 Written by Graces

What’s this? A WB Wednesday post? It’s been almost an entire year since my last one, but a certain CW show (and a Twitter convo with @TVandDinners) inspired me. What does that have to do with the WB? To explain that, I have to start withGossip Girl. It’s been a long time since I’ve cared about the series, but I can honestly say I’m ridiculously, anxiously excited for the show’s return on April 18th. And it has everything to do with Dan and Blair. Throughout the seasons, I’ve thought they shared great scenes — their heart to heart in season 1′s “Bad News Blair,” teaming up to take down Georgina and Juliet, to name a few — and have been intrigued by the idea of them as a couple. But I never imagined that the series would actually go there. After discovering the chemistry between Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick and the delicious push and pull of the Chuck/Blair relationship, it seemed the writers had found their ship. And I was fine with that. While I’ve never liked Chuck as a character, I can’t deny that Chuck and Blair make for a great TV couple and are infinitely more watchable than some of the show’s other couples.

But then Gossip Girl threw a curveball at me with the growing Dan/Blair friendship. Suddenly, I found myself caring about the about the show again and looked forward to new episodes. I was smitten. And I might not be the only one. In the last new episode, the two decided to test their new friendship with a kiss, leaving fans waiting anxiously for new episodes. Is it a passing thing? A real relationship? Will the writers seriously pursue Dan and Blair romantically? Or is the pairing just a speed bump in Chuck and Blair’s journey? If Dan and Blair spark and win over viewers, can the show’s presumed endgame — Chuck and Blair — change? Would that be too big of a change? Would it be a violation of the show’s previously established universe?

Pilots try very hard to establish the universe of show — the characters, the conflicts, the couples — so it’s rare for a show to deviate wildly from the established One True Pairing. But it does happen. Things don’t work out as envisioned, chemistry is discovered, and actors bring things to life the writers may not have considered. A couple examples come to mind: Veronica/Logan on Veronica Mars, Buffy/Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the biggest one of all, Pacey/Joey on Dawson’s Creek. • Read full story »

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Posted on Apr 6, 2011 Written by Graces

The star of TV’s ‘Gossip Girl’ takes her first movie lead role in a new suspense thriller
ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED director Christian E. Christiansen (“Råzone”) crafts a finely tuned tale of madness and role reversal in “The Roommate.” It is packed with ingenious twists and heart-stopping surprises as Sara (Minka Kelly), a naïve college freshman, begins to suspect that her roommate, Rebecca (Meester), is not what she seems to be.

“Leighton was the first person we cast for this movie,” says Christiansen. “And she is a fantastic actress. The role of Rebecca requires an actress who can go from normal to insane in very little time. Leighton did a lot of research for the role, trying to figure out what kind of person this would be.”

Bouncing ideas

Meester signed on after reading an early draft of the script and speaking to Christiansen at length about the movie he wanted to make. “He was so open to everything,” she says. “It was really fun to watch the process of developing it. Everybody was bouncing ideas off one another.”

The edge and rawness of Christiansen’s earlier films won her over. “His style is not overly manicured,” says Meester. “Christian does what I think of as ‘ninja’ directing. He doesn’t spell anything out. He just plants an idea in your head.”

Meester, who has been a successful actress since her early teens, has never been through the roommate experience herself. “Being assigned the person you’re going to live with for the next eight or nine months sounds a lot like a blind date,” she says.

“It’s strange to think that when you come to college, you have to live with someone you don’t know at all. The idea is disconcerting, and a great jumping-off point for this story. I think everyone will be scared and intrigued.”

The role made tremendous demands on Meester, physically and emotionally. “It wasn’t an easy movie to make, but it was always interesting,” she says.

She delved into the character’s psyche, developing a personal history for Rebecca and consulting with psychiatrists to learn more about what makes her tick.

“This is the story of the psychological deterioration of a human being who has no real identity and is trying to appropriate another person’s,” she says. “The character has so much depth.”

At the start of the movie, Rebecca seems like the ideal friend for Sara. “She’s actually a good influence on her,” says Meester. “Rebecca shows Sara all around the city, not just the clubs and parties. But she grossly misinterprets the relationship, which is the beginning of a lot of problems. As they get closer, Rebecca starts to lose touch with reality.” • Read full story »

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Posted on Apr 6, 2011 Written by Graces

The Chair vs. Dair clash continues, and based on the synopsis we’ve just received from the CW, Chair and Dair fans may be in for a world changer.

Check out the synopsis below from Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 19, “Pretty in Pink.” The episode airs on Monday, April 25. There are a few potential spoilers so if you want to stay totally in the dark, don’t keep reading – but where would be the gossip in that?

Story:
Serena (Blake Lively) enlists Charlie (guest star Kaylee DeFer) to go undercover Gossip Girl-style to determine why Dan (Penn Badgley) and Blair (Leighton Meester) are spending so much time together, and what role an unexpected visitor is playing in their lives. With Nate’s (Chace Crawford) help, Raina (guest star Tika Sumpter) decides to go on a search for her long-lost mother. Chuck’s (Ed Westwick) hopes about his legacy are dashed with the reveal of devastating information from the past. Jessica Szohr, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star.

Liz Friedlander directed the episode written by Amanda Lasher.

Source: Buzz Focus

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Posted on Apr 6, 2011 Written by Graces

Leighton Meester has insisted that she hates it when people call her a fashion icon.

The Gossip Girl actress said that while she loves clothes, she only wants to dress for herself.

Talking to OK! Magazine, she explained, ‘Gossip Girl has absolutely changed my style. And living in New York I’ve become more brave and aware of fashion.

‘I completely close my eyes to it when people call me a fashion icon because it’s an opinion from people that I don’t know. I wear what I like.’

The 25-year-old recently starred in Country Strong alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, and said that it gave her the perfect opportunity to indulge in some ribs.

‘I do a lot of working so that’s a lot of working out for me in my life. I don’t feel any pressure to be a particular shape,’ she said.

‘During the filming of Country Strong I felt totally free to eat some ribs.’

Source: Monsters and Critics

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Posted on Apr 5, 2011 Written by Graces

Leighton Meester has appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan Australia and told the mag she and her Gossip Girl character, Blair Waldorf, have a lot in common.

The 25-year-old said, ‘We’re a lot alike. She’s very realistic

‘The way she talks, the things she does and says are a reflection of pretty much what every girl has been through.’

She added, ‘The way I play her, I think it is fun to bring out that little bit of campness to the bitchy lines and little remarks she has. • Read full story »

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Posted on Apr 5, 2011 Written by Graces

Leighton Meester has revealed that she once had “undying love” for Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

The Gossip Girl actress admitted to Digital Spy that she grew up with a fondness for rockstar Corgan.

“I was reading a journal, I was probably like 10 or 11, and I’d written in it, ‘I love Billy Corgan and I always will.’ That’s a little weird, right?” she said. • Read full story »

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Posted on Apr 5, 2011 Written by Graces

Leighton Meester has revealed her dream storyline on Gossip Girl.

Speaking to Digital Spy while promoting her movie The Roommate, Meester explained that the show is currently focusing on the dynamic between Blair and Dan (Penn Badgley).

“I think, stuff that’s happening right now, we’re dealing with the friendship and relationship of Dan and Blair and seeing where that goes,”she said. “Seeing what happens with Chuck and Blair.”

When asked what her ultimate storyline would be, Meester replied: “Probably that she ends up with Chuck. And that she discovers he’s a prince! That would be pretty cool.”

Badgley recently revealed that he has enjoyed working with Meester in the scenes between Dan and Blair.

Gossip Girl returns for a new episode on April 18 at 9/8c on The CW.

Source: Digital Spy

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Posted on Apr 2, 2011 Written by Graces

Adam Sandler might shot “I Hate You Dad” in Boston in July.  The film is being produced by Jack Giarraputo and stars Sandler and Andy Samberg as father and son.

“Todd Levine (Samberg) and his visiting father Donnie (Sandler) don’t have much in common. Todd was born as a result of an affair with his father’s high school teacher. In fact, Todd barely knows him and now he can’t get his scheming father  to leave the house on the eve of his big wedding. His fiance and father are at each others throats and all hell breaks loose.  Stay tuned for production and casting info in the next coming months.”

As information comes in we will have updated information.  Stay tuned for filming locations and casting calls. Filming will be starting in Boston this Summer.

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Posted on Apr 1, 2011 Written by Graces

OK, Gossip Girl fans . . . here it is! Since announcing on Twitter the other day that I was meeting the Queen B herself, Miss Leighton Meester, I’ve been bombarded with questions about her clothes, demeanor, and hair. Well, I’m here to report that Leighton is every bit as down-to-earth as her character is snooty! I had an absolute blast chatting with her as well as Herbal Essences’ celebrity stylist (and Leighton’s good buddy) Charles Baker Strahan. When I pulled out my iPhone to activate the voice memo setting, Leighton squealed, “Oh! I have, like, 6,000 of those little voice memos on my phone–I use it constantly!” before curling up under a blanket on the couch like a regular girl chilling at home. Ladies, trust me, she’s supercool and supernice.

Read on to find out Charles’s and Leighton’s take on prom, hair, and high school bullies. Also, click through the slideshow for shots of Leighton and Charles goofing around on set and a brand-new beauty shot from her last shoot with Herbal Essences!

Having gone to prom on Gossip Girl, how did it compare to your real prom?

Leighton: I mean, I got to wear an Oscar de la Renta Gown [on the show] . . . so crazy! But I didn’t go to my real prom. Prom to me in real life was like, Why would I go?, and now looking back I think, Why was I so anti-prom? Back then I didn’t have money to get a dress or a limo, or anything like that. I didn’t have a date–not that that matters. I guess I just wasn’t really into it, you know? Just like I wasn’t into Britney Spears then, and now I am! As far as prom on Gossip Girl goes, it had a lot of drama, which is to be expected. Gossip Girlis a heightened reality, so it was probably the most fun prom I could have asked for. AND Blair was prom queen!
Charles: Cheers to that! Going from no prom to prom queen!

So much of the show is about drama and people not really being very nice to each other. What advice do you have for girls who might be having a hard time with mean girls at school?
L: I think a really important thing to remember is that whatever side you’re on, you can never be a bystander. You should always speak up for someone who is being bullied. I also think that it’s a part of growing up–kids can be supermean. Girls can be especially mean and pick on each other for things we can’t really help, like our looks, which is so silly. We should learn to be buddies, and–
C: Hold your sister up!
L: Yeah! Hold your sister up! I have girlfriends who I would literally do anything for no matter what. I remember in high school, people weren’t always nice to me–both boys and girls, especially the boys I liked. They would always be so mean to me! Now they’re like, ‘Oh, remember when we were friends in high school?’ And I’m thinking, No . . . I don’t remember it that way at all! I think it’s immaturity, and you have to just go against the grain, go above what they all say. I’m going on 25 years old and I’m just now growing up, learning about myself and who I am, and becoming comfortable with who I am. I think that comes with age.
C: I think the artists of today are often the geeks of yesterday. And it’s such an important thing to understand. If you feel different or awkward or that you don’t belong where you are, you shouldn’t get bogged down or mired down in that; you should try to celebrate yourself. As soon as you get to a place where you can embrace what’s different about yourself, the better you’re going to feel about it and the more positively people are going to receive you. Oftentimes when people see that you’re different or special, they don’t understand it. They feel jealous or insecure about not being as special as you are and take it out on you. So I really think it’s important to learn to hold yourself up and hold your sister up.

If you could go back and attend your high school prom, what do you think you’d wear?
L: I think it’s about doing your own thing. It’s so cool when girls make their own prom dresses or design their own dresses. But the dress depends on the prom theme! Depending on whether you’re going for a fun ethereal look or a nighttime look, there are different things you’d wear. Hairwise, we get to do so many different updos for the show, which is kind of the quintessential prom look. But on the show, the looks are way more low-key than the classic freeze-curled, crispy updo! I would definitely err on the more natural side, beautywise. I get to wear so many beautiful gowns and clothes on the show, I’m really lucky! So I really don’t know what I would wear.

Fair enough! What are some of your favorite designers/labels?
L: I love Missoni, which I’m wearing right now. I love Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton A LOT. I love Celine! Phillip Lim, I love the look of his clothes. But I also love Topshop! And I loved Lanvin for H&M, I thought it was really beautiful. So I really like a mixture. I love Chloe . . . I could go on and on . . . I love Alaia . . .

Back to the topic of hair. Which of the Herbal Essences products are your faves?
L: I love Hello Hydration–the way it smells. And I love Long Term Relationship, which smells great too. Charles says Hello Hydration smells like a vacation, and I think I have to agree! It smells like coconut.
C: A lot of Herbal Essences’ products have been reformulated with the hydroactivated silkening ingredient, but it also has this technology that allows us to include more hydrating elements than ever before, so it’s much better and more moisturizing for your hair. That’s how you get elasticity and shine in your hair, and it also helps your hair hold a style. Going back to prom hair, you don’t want a look that’s going to be stiff or sticky. We’re seeing a lot more updos that incorporate the hair’s natural texture, so there’s softness and freedom to it. I’m a big fan of the Long Term Relationship Leave-In because it’s a cream rather than a silicone, so it goes into the hair and nourishes it. It also has a heat protectant in it, so you can use it as a pre-styling product when using a curling iron and it won’t get stiff or sticky. If you have some natural texture in your hair, you can just bend it around a curling iron and it’ll give the hair’s wave more bounce. Then after shaping it a little, you can put your hair up and it’ll feel really loose and kind of romantic. I think that’s the coolest look you can do for prom, because your hair doesn’t seem like it just landed on your head!

I have to ask, what other beauty products do you love?
L: I’m a pretty simple girl. When I’m going “all out,” as I call it, I love using a red lipstick and a little bit of mascara. I think just those two things go a long way. I’ve really learned to embrace my natural hair texture, which is straight and fine, and it’s probably because ever since I’ve been using Hello Hydration, my hair isn’t frizzy; it’s so shiny, so soft, it smells amazing, and there’s very little I have to do to make it look good. I like for it to look a little undone, so I don’t really do much to it. Maybe I’ll put a little curl in it every once in a while. As far as my daily regimen, I’m pretty diligent about washing my face, keeping my skin clean, taking off all my makeup, and using sunscreen–it’s so important! I moisturize a lot in the winter. I like the heater at, like, 85 degrees in my house, so that totally dries out my skin! I have to use an oil and a lotion when I get out of the bath. As far as nails go, I just started getting the gel manicures–they stay on forever!

(A little side note: As I was leaving, I called out, “Bye y’all! Thanks!” Charles asked, “Y’all?! Where are you from?” I told them Austin, Texas, and Leighton wailed, “Oh, I’ve never been! I want to go!” I told them all about South by Southwest (stay tuned for coverage of my SXSW adventures), after which Charles said to Leighton, “You really need to get down there with your music. You need to do some shows there next year.” L, does that mean we can expect more from you musically? We hope so!

Xoxo

Source: Teen Vogue

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Posted on Apr 1, 2011 Written by Graces

‘Gossip Girl’ star and rapper in talks for Columbia comedy

EXCLUSIVE: “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester is in talks to play Adam Sandler’s future daughter-in-law in the Columbia Pictures comedy “I Hate You, Dad” and rapper Vanilla Ice has also joined the cast in a supporting role.

Andy Samberg co-stars in the pic, which finds Sandler playing a father who moves in with his son and his fiancee, only to immediately start feuding with the bride-to-be.

Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, will play an old friend of Sandler’s character.

Sandler’s “Bulletproof” co-star James Caan is also in talks to play Meester’s tough-talking father.

Sean Anders and John Morris (“Sex Drive”) are directing from a screenplay by David Wain and Ken Marino (“Wanderlust”), who rewrote David Caspe’s original script.

Sandler is producing through his Happy Madison banner along with Jack Giarraputo and Heather Parry. Pic is scheduled for release on June 15, 2012.

Meester most recently starred in Screen Gems’ thriller “The Roommate,” which Samberg spoofed on “Saturday Night Live” with the help of Justin Bieber. Thesp will next be seen in Thomas Bezucha’s romantic comedy “Monte Carlo” and Julian Farino’s “The Oranges.”

Vanilla Ice, who previously starred in 1991′s “Cool As Ice,” was last seen on the big screen in the 2002 teen comedy “The New Guy.”

Meester is repped by WME and Leverage Management, while Media Artists Group reps Vanilla Ice.

Source: Variety

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