Posted on Apr 19, 2011 Written by Graces

Leighton Meester appears in a flowery dress on the cover of Australian teen mag, Dolly.

Leighton, 25, is quoted in the mag saying she was ‘picked on because I was a dork’ when she was a schoolgirl.

Recalling a time far different from that of her glamorous Gossip Girl character, Blair Waldorf, adds, ‘We didn’t have a ton of money, so I couldn’t say, ‘Mum, I need to have these crazy expensive jeans’.

‘I had long, tangles hair and wore baggy T-shirts.’

Source: Monsters and Critics


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Posted on Apr 18, 2011 Written by Graces

In the last original episode of the addictive CW drama “Gossip Girl” that aired in February, straight-arrow Dan (Penn Badgley) and queen bee Blair (Leighton Meester), two very different characters who have been slowly building an unstoppable attraction for each other all season, finally shared a kiss that not only wow’d the characters but also those viewers who have been patiently waiting for a coupling to commence.

Now, as the remaining episodes of the stellar fourth season begin to air tonight, the question is will we see “Dair” blossom into a new super couple on the show and how will the others react? Who are the new characters being added to an already crowded cast tonight? How does a show with such a strong base of younger viewers get away with pushing-the-envelope-sayings like “What the wuck?” Our Jim Halterman went right to the sources and rang up Executive Producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran to get all the answers about “Gossip Girl” and also to see how Savage’s newest project, the ABC pilot “Georgetown,” is shaping up.

Jim Halterman: Let’s jump in with the Dan and Blair pairing. How much thought went into it before you thought ‘OK, let’s go there!’

Stephanie Savage: We feel that that dynamic went back to season one. That very first episode that Josh wrote had a critical Dan and Blair bonding scene and I think when we saw the actors together we realized that even though we had created these characters to be polar opposites they actually had a lot in common. It takes a certain level of maturity and it seems like something that happens to you in college instead of high school when you can actually feel comfortable being with someone who is so different from who you thought you were supposed to be with.

JH: I feel like Blair has really come into her own this season and isn’t defined by her relationships like maybe she was in the past. Was that a goal this past year?

Joshua Safran: In episode nine this year, Blair says ‘I need to become powerful on my own before I’m attached to somebody who is powerful.’ I think that was very much a decision we had made. You have to stand alone and find the strength within yourself to be not only powerful for the world but powerful for a relationship.

SS: Blair was really put through the ringer at the end of season three so we wanted to give her her space to get grounded and find herself a little bit.

JH: You have so many characters to service but yet you introduce new characters in this first episode back. Can you talk about bringing Carol (Sheila Kelley) and Charlie (Kaylee DeFer) into the mix?

SS: Carol and Charlie are a part of this family so adding them was very organic. Aunt Carol in Miami is mentioned in the pilot so we feel like she’s always been with us and we had a great time involving her character in our flashback episode with Krysten Ritter so we knew we would always meet adult/grown-up Aunt Carol. Lily’s pending incarceration felt like the right moment for that. • Read full story »

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Posted on Apr 18, 2011 Written by Graces

Gossip Girl‘s back this week – and for the first time in a while it’s actually a pretty exciting prospect. When the show began in 2007 (that long ago!) it was genuinely exciting – full of mysteries, secrets and (relatively) racy scenes to get parents panicking. But no-one could deny that the show was the victim of a slump. Ratings fell and it became a running joke that everyone on the show had slept with everyone else, which was pretty much true. There’d even been a threesome in desperation.

And then Dan and Blair happened. When the whole idea of a Dair relationship was first mentioned, Tube Talk did a fair bit of eye-rolling. This was just the natural extension of that running joke – they were pretty much the only pair who hadn’t slept together and the writers were just going for a full set. But the thing is, the pairing was a revelation.

Who knew Dan, who is normally just sobeige, could make us excited about the show again? But the truth is, Penn Badgley and Leighton Meester have fabulous chemistry together. The fact that they’ve not really spent much time together on screen before means that it’s surprising to see them flinging witty remarks back and forth. We should probably skip over the fact that they should have spent more time together in the past – it’s just a joy to see them as a pair now.

What’s more, this was no ordinary will-they-won’t-they. B and Lonely Boy have genuinely confused feelings for each other – after pretty much despising each other since they met, it must be weird for them to realise that really they’re quite similar. Even while they were snuggling up to watch films together (or screening the same movie at the same time while speaking on the phone – too cute) they were still violently insisting that they were just friends. And then – finally, after a long, slow build-up – came the kiss. Even that wasn’t exactly the romantic fireworks moment that can be such a cliché. Instead, it was a bit of an awkward attempt to make sure they don’t have feelings for each other. Relive the moment in the video below:

Leaving them mid-kiss was both evil, and genius. Somehow, the Gossip Girl writers have managed to make us care about a relationship again, and so much so that it’s making us long for the next instalment to arrive. Chuck-and-Blair managed this for a while, but although this is probably going to get me a few angry messages, I think Dan-and-Blair is even better. For some reason, Penn and Leighton just work together. Chuck-and-Blair is probably endgame, but I hope the writers don’t listen to the Chair militants and give us some more Dair in the meantime. It’s so much more interesting.

Who knew that one relationship could revitalise a series? That’s not to say Gossip Girl doesn’t still have its problems. The Juliet plot was great (largely because Katie Cassidy is just wonderful, full stop), but once she was gone we were left with Serena mooning over Ben. To be honest, I could do without Serena going all googly-eyed over males all the time – get some self-respect, woman! This series has also benefited from the relative lack of Jenny (once a likeable character, now just annoying) and the self-righteous smugness that is Vanessa. Unfortunately, it looks like Vanessa’s going to be back in these last few episodes – let’s just hope that she lightens up a bit. Chuck’s business woes aren’t particularly interesting either, and Lily probably deserves to go to jail so there’s not much sympathy there. But Dan-and-Blair somehow manages to lift the whole show up a notch. • Read full story »


Posted on Apr 18, 2011 Written by Graces

It is So. On.

Gossip Girl returns from its two month-long hiatus tonight with the first of five all-new episodes and an answer to this burning question: Dan and Blair kissed — now what?!

Well, based on the following exclusive clip from the eppy, the smooch leads to what I can only assume will be the first of several tense encounters between Dan and B’s ex Chuck. The following scene also confirms what I long suspected: Dan has genuine feelings for his onetime nemesis.


Source: TV Line

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Posted on Apr 16, 2011 Written by Graces

I have uploaded new scan of Leighton Meester & Ed Westwick featured in April issue of “TV Guide” magazine.

A big event on Gossip Girl
Could this sneak peek at the CW drama’s season 4 finale (May 16) mean that chuck (Ed Westwick, left) and Blair (Leighton Meester, right) will have the reconciliation fans have been waiting for? Or… maybe even a wedding? Exec producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran are coy about the details but Safran confirms that Blair will have an engagement ring on her finger by season’s end, and that “this [photo] may or may not have something to do with that.” Adds Savage: “Blair has always been in search of her fairy tale, so the end of this season is very much about ‘What is that fairy tale?'”

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Posted on Apr 12, 2011 Written by Graces

The CW’s Gossip Girl resumes its fourth season on Monday, April 18, with the first of five all-new episodes, and whether you’re Team Chair, Dair, or Who Cares?!, showrunners Stephanie Savage and Josh Safran tell TVLine that fans will not want to miss how the cycle ends.

“Last year’s finale was a little bit darker,” admits Savage, “and this one is more juicy and fun.” Adds Safran, “Every finale is a game-changer, but this one really is spinning everyone off in new ways that will be apparent as you watch it.”

Yet while Safran promises, “The road map for all of the characters will be very clear” as the yet-to-be-renewed drama wraps Season 4, “That’s not to say there won’t multiple cliffhangers.”

Throughout the first two of this season’s final five episodes, the journey for Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) is among those that gets crystalized. The Upper East Side princess will find herself in the predicament of a lifetime, torn between her “friendship” with Dan (Penn Badgley), her undying love for Chuck (Ed Westwick), and her prospective fairy tale ending with Prince Louis (Hugo Becker).

“That story keeps building right up until the finale episode,” says Savage, revealing that “the last two episodes [of the season] are actually a two-parter that all takes place during the course of one night.”

While Blair is juggling men (and perhaps multiple proposals!) in New York, Serena (Blake Lively) finds herself on the West Coast with the handsome Ethan Peck (10 Things I Hate About You). “Every year we try to do something big, like last year when we sent the girls to Paris,” explains Safran. “So, this is just a fun change in location for Serena.”

The Gossip EP is tight-lipped when it comes to details on Peck’s role, but does say that contrary to rumors, “I wouldn’t call [his appearance] an arc. He’s in the season finale, and he’s great.”

Chuck Bass, on the other hand, is not so great, especially after launching an investigation into his late father’s role in the alleged death of Raina’s (Tika Sumpter) mother. “It is always darkest before the dawn,” Safran teases. “And Chuck, he gets very, very dark.”

Are you eager to see which guy Blair chooses? Hopeful Chuck will find some happiness? Sound off below, and don’t miss Gossip Girl‘s return on Monday, April 18 at 8/7c.

Source: TV Line


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Posted on Apr 12, 2011 Written by Graces


So, some of you are Dairing and other of you are Chairing, but where’s Team Royal Wedding? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Hmm … that’s what I thought.

But let’s be realistic. A man shows up at your doorstep with a shoe you lost months ago in Paris? You’re not gonna take the shoe, say thanks, and close the door in his handsome face. So we wouldn’t expect Blair, ever the royal in waiting, to do that either. The problem? SO MANY OTHER MEN! Also, not everyone will be thrilled to see civilian Blair on the arm of a prince — namely the Royal brood. Winning them over could turn out to be Blair’s biggest challenge yet, if she chooses to stick by him. Note that I said if. You will know her answer by the end of the April 25 episode.

Also in that ep, Chuck is off attending to Bass matters, and while it seems he might have checked out of the fight for Blair, something tells me his discoveries could lead him to a dark place. You know, the kind of dark place he and Blair always seem to meet. And in the case of Dair, it will be a big episode for the pair because it sheds light on their true feelings.

Conclusion: In the coming episodes, deciding your allegiances might be as confusing as the most convoluted of Gossip Girl schemes. Enjoy.

Source: EW


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Posted on Apr 12, 2011 Written by Graces

Leighton Meester has confessed she never cleans up after herself now she lives alone.

The glamorous Gossip Girl beauty stars as a psycho roommate in new horror film The Roommate and admits she’d be a “weird” person to live with in real life.

Leighton revealed: “I’m really weird – because I used to have roommates!

“I don’t know, now, living alone, I’m sure I do all kinds of weird things that people are like ‘that’s weird!’

“But, it’s nice to live alone. You don’t have to clean up, you don’t have to do anything, just be yourself.”

In the film, co-starring Minka Kelly and Burlesque’s Cam Gigandet, Leighton’s character does crazy things to get her roommate’s attention including killing her kitten by putting it in a tumble dryer and beating herself up so she can pretend she was mugged.

Leighton admitted her character was so creepy she has tried to blank it out.

She revealed: “I had kind of forgotten, I sort of have a self-induced amnesia about it and I just saw it and I was like ‘oh yeah, I forgot about that’ it’s pretty crazy.

“It ultimately is very creepy but I think as long as you know that it’s coming from a good place in her mind. She rationalises the weirdest things but it’s all so she can have a good friend.”

The Roommate is released in cinemas on Friday April 15, 2011.

Source: The Press Association

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