May27 2012

Leighton on KLTA Morning News


May19 2012

Teen Choice Awards 2012 Nominations!

Here are the nominations for the TCA 2012 ft. Gossip Girl, Leighton and Ed!

TV Drama:
Bones
Gossip Girl
Pretty Little Liars
Revenge
Touch

TV Actress Drama:
Emily Deschanel – Bones
Emily VanCamp – Revenge
Leighton Meester – Gossip Girl
Lucy Hale – Pretty Little Liars
Sarah Michelle Gellar – Ringer

TV Actor Drama:
David Boreanaz – Bones
Ed Westwick – Gossip Girl
Ian Harding – Pretty Little Liars
Keifer Sutherland – Touch
Penn Badgley – Gossip Girl

Other GG Related nominations
TV Comedy: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (With Chace Crawford)

Not too many nominations for Gossip Girl so be sure to vote every day to help Leighton and Ed win! That would be awesome right?

Vote here: @ Teen Choice Awards


May18 2012

Leighton Meester on Moving on From Gossip Girl, Finding New Love in Music — Exclusive

This time next year, we’ll be saying goodbye to our favorite (and not-so-favorite) characters of Gossip Girl as they wrap up this seasons-long chapter of their lives. But for their real-life counterparts, that chapter is already nearly closed as the actors move full steam ahead into a future beyond the designer-clad world of the Upper East Side.

One of the show’s biggest stars, Leighton Meester, has already made a big geographical switch — from New York to Los Angeles — to commit more time to her other passion: music. “It kind of already feels like it’s coming to an end now because I’m basically living in another place and moving on to something else,” says the woman behind the fiery Blair Waldorf in an exclusive interview with Wetpaint Entertainment. That “something else” has led to her first tour (five shows on the west coast, which kicks off May 29) with band and longtime pals Check in the Dark, whom she calls her “musical soul mates.”

We may be nearing the end of our love affair with GG, but if it’s any consolation, Leighton is prepared to give us the sweetest breakup song ever. Read on for more of our chat with Leighton:
Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley Giggle While Filming Gossip Girl in New York City on October 31, 2011
Photo Credit: Jackson Lee/Splash News

On the beginning of the end for Gossip Girl:
“We don’t go back to New York until July, and we only have four months of shooting [Season 6] so […] it’s kind of a good thing and a bad thing. I’m excited to for it to end because I’m ready for a new chapter […], and at the same time, the thing I’ll miss the most is the people that I work with. Everyone’s like family — the crew [and] everyone that we work with every day in New York.”

On moving from New York to Los Angeles:
“It’s just such a great, warm, creative environment. And to be around everybody and my friends, to be able to be outside. It feels right […]. Home is the west coast for me […]. It feels right and it feels great that our first tour is going to such great cities on the west coast.”

On comparing music versus acting:
“[Playing Blair] is intense, but music is intense in a different way [and] in a very personal way. When I play a character, it’s pretty much the exact opposite. I mean, I do find parts of the character in myself — and it’s absolutely rewarding to be able to draw from experiences of my own, but the music is my experience. It’s what I’m feeling in that moment.

“I feel like the songs I’ve written these past couple years, that we’re going to be performing [on the tour], they really are an expression of how I felt [at that moment] […]. It’s completely different [than acting], it’s a different art form — and I’m really, really glad that I have it because it’s part of what keeps me sane — if I can call myself that.”


On how Gossip Girl influenced fans’ music tastes:

“[We had] very interesting bands that I don’t think I’d heard of before they came on the show. I think [the show’s] great at doing that, at finding new kind of cool music and introducing it to the mainstream — which is awesome.”

On connecting with a new fanbase:
“I feel like some hardcore fans who have already made it to shows […], they will totally understand the vibe. And I’m excited to introduce our new sound to people who have no idea what they’re in for — and that’s what I’ve been excited about.” (Check out Leighton and Check in the Dark in action here and here.)

On singing in Country Strong — and its impact on her as an artist:
“I was definitely influenced by being part of [the movie], and being part of a completely different world and genre of music. And I mean, before that […] I was doing pop music. And as much as I can discuss that with pride […], personally, the music I’m doing now is way more of a reflection of who I am, who I’ve become, and where I’m headed.”

Source: Wetpaint


May18 2012

‘Gossip Girl’ final season episode order still undecided, says network

Fans know that Gossip Girl will return for its final season next year, but exactly how many episodes is still being debated, CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters today after the network’s Upfront presentation in New York.

“I haven’t announced anything yet,” he says. “Our goal is to run it in the fall and end it in the fall. We will make a determination on how best to do that [later].” The episode order, which was previously reported as being 11, will depend greatly on the time frame needed, he added. “[The creators] have been great in terms of helping us determine.”

Pedowitz also said the farewell could also include a retrospective. “I’m a big believer that shows that have lasted a long time and shows that have have iconic roles on network should be give closure to the fans in a way that makes sense,” he said.

On the red carpet, executive producer Josh Schwartz seemed keen on the idea of a short final season order, saying, “It’s season 6. A lot of stories have been told. We celebrated our 100th episode this year and all you want is the opportunity to bring the show to a close in a way that’s satisfying for fans. Eleven episodes is the perfect amount, actually,” he said.

Meanwhile, fellow executive producer Stephanie Savage is most looking forward to wrapping up some of the show’s long-running storylines, like the Chuck and Blair saga. “The end of the finale was definitely an import moment for them and that’s something we’re going to build of of in season 6,” she said. “It’s definite bittersweet that the show is coming to an end but it’s also a very exciting storytelling opportunity to know that the choices we make are really going to matter to bring everything to fruition.”

Source: EW


May18 2012

Gossip Girl Season 6 Press Release

Six years after the first Gossip Girl blast rocked the Upper East Side and viewers at home, GOSSIP GIRL, a one-hour drama about the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, executive produced by Josh Schwartz (Chuck, The O.C.), Stephanie Savage (The O.C.), Sara Goodman, Bob Levy and Les Morgenstein, returns for an unforgettable final season.

Season six opens with the Upper East Siders working together to find one of their own. Serena has gone off the grid, beyond even the reach of Gossip Girl. Her friends fear for the worst and hope for the best, but even they can’t imagine where they will ultimately find her. Meanwhile, Blair has offered Chuck her heart, but is her love enough to help him win back his empire? Lonely Boy Dan has written a new book that promises to make even more trouble than the first, and this time he has no desire to remain anonymous. Nate is determined to finally reveal the true identity of Gossip Girl, thereby making a name for The Spectator, and himself. Lily and Rufus turn on one another when Rufus makes a surprising new ally who threatens Lily and her family. Anywhere else it would be too much drama to handle, but this is the Upper East Side. And when Bart Bass, Jack Bass and Georgina Sparks show up to raise hell, it’s a fight to the spectacular series finale. Who comes out on top? That’s one secret I’ll never tell… xoxo, Gossip Girl.

The series stars Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen, Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf, Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey, Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald, Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass, Kaylee Defer as Charlie Rhodes, Kelly Rutherford as Lily van der Woodsen and Matthew Settle as Rufus Humphrey. Filmed in New York and based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, GOSSIP GIRL is from Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Josh Schwartz (“Chuck,” “The O.C.”), Stephanie Savage (“The O.C.”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries”), Bob Levy (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Sara Goodman (“Reunion”).


May16 2012

5×24 The Return of the King Captures

I’ve added the captures for Gossip Girl’s Season 5 Finale 5×24 The Return of the Ring! What did you think of the finale? Are you excited for season 6?

Gallery Link:
Gossip Girl > Captures > Season 5 > 5×24 The Return of the King


May16 2012

Gossip Girl: Season Six Spoilers from Executive Producer Stephanie Savage

Gossip Girl’s Season 5 finale got mixed reviews from the TV show’s fans. Some hated Chuck’s reaction towards Blair. Some others pointed out that Serena is backsliding instead of growing up. Other fans liked how everything came together for an exciting series finale when the show comes back for its final season.

Manhattan’s elite may be on a break on television, but fans are actively looking for major scoop about the next season, which will also be the final season of the series.

So, what can the viewers expect from GG Season 6?

In an interview with Wetpaint, GG Executive Producer Stephanie Savage said The CW will announce on Thursday whether they have 10 or 11 episodes next season. Right now, the writers are working on a 10-episode final season. Here are some specifics that fans can expect from GG’s last episodes:

1. The writers are making a list of things they have not yet done on the show. Season 5 saw a musical sort of thing, so the next season will offer something different for at least one episode.

2. Since Elizabeth Hurley spiced up GG in many interesting ways producers are set to get guest stars that are at least as fascinating as Hurley.

3. The characters in the final act of the Season 5 finale will be major players next season. That could mean more trouble or schemes involving Jack Bass and the very infamous Georgina Sparks.

4. Lola Rhodes may not be coming back next season. The actress playing her part, Ella Rae Peck, signed up for a pilot at an NBC show.

5. Lily Rhodes, Bart Bass and Rufus Humphrey are going to face closing issues next season. Rufus has made it clear that he wanted to save the marriage. Lily turned him down. But it couldn’t be the end between them.

6. The core families will have a lot to go through in the final season. Chuck and his father definitely left a major issue hanging in the Season 5 finale.

7. Nate Archibald will pull a Sherlock Holmes to find out the identity of Gossip Girl. He may or may not succeed, depending on what GG bosses (including the decision-makers of the book series) would say.

8. Chuck Bass will either move forward with Blair Waldorf or self-sabotage next season. The finale’s last act serves as a compass for the writers next season.

9. Dan Humphrey has teamed up with Georgina Sparks, and it could mean that she will be in all episodes next season. Fun!

10. Serena Van Der Woodsen will be “in a pretty precarious emotional situation” when season 6 begins. Some clues: Think of Season 1 and how it all began.

Source: International Business Times


May15 2012

Gossip Girl Finale Post Mortem: Show’s Boss on Blair’s Choice, Dan’s Revengenda and More

WARNING: If you have yet to watch Monday’s season finale of Gossip Girl, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, you may proceed….

Broken hearts, sex tapes and a whole lot of texting — it must be finale time on Gossip Girl. But while some relationships came to an end in Monday’s Season 5 capper, an old one started to rekindle when Blair finally admitted that her heart belongs to Chuck. So will the couple get their happy ending? Are things really over with Dan? And will Serena spiral? Executive producer Stephanie Savage weighs in on all of those questions and previews the upcoming sixth and final season.

THE FINAL GAME PLAN | “Getting ready for Season 6, everybody rewatched the pilot,” says Savage. “We talked about what our favorite episodes were, some of our favorite dynamics. … We’re leaving it all on the floor. We really want [the last episodes] to count and to be really special.” Priority No. 1: Focusing on the core characters. “The gang that you saw in that final act [of the Season 5 finale will be] the main players when we come back.” And yes, that includes Georgina, who Dan summoned to help him eviscerate the Upper East Side after getting dumped by Blair and used by Serena. So just how nasty will his quest get? “When you call in Georgina Sparks, you’re not looking to [play nice],” hints Savage.

BLAIR’S HEART | The former princess may have chosen the Dark Knight, but Chuck— tired of putting her first and losing everything — was having none of it. Still, Blair showed up at a Parisan casino where Chuck was gambling to earn back his fortune. “It was Blair coming to declare that she was in it to win it with Chuck and leaving that [relationship’s future] as the question of Season 6,” previews Savage. And for the Dair ‘shippers out there, we’re afraid we have bad news. “We crafted the last act of the episode to set us in a certain direction next year,” says Savage, all but confirming the death of Dair.

SERENA’S DOWNFALL | In a deliberate echo to the pilot, Serena took off on a train and retreated to her old, bad habits, using drugs and hooking up with strangers. “Feeling like she’s lost Blair, lost Dan, she’s all by herself again,” explains Savage. “It’s going to put her in a pretty precarious situation.” Meanwhile, that sex tape she made of herself and Dan may rear its ugly head again. “Well, if somebody had a sex tape on their cell phone, and they said they deleted it, but you never really saw that it was deleted…” the EP trails off. Yeah, we can do the math on that one.

NATE: YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME | Nate will “be tracking down” that mysterious hooded figure who may or may not be Gossip Girl. But unraveling the indenity of the infamous blogger “is something that has larger implications to the franchise beyond just our series,” explains the EP. “That reveal requires conversations at the highest level.” While Nate may have gotten a major clue in the war against Gossip Girl, he won’t be so lucky in the romance department next season. Ella Rae Peck, who plays Lola, is starring in NBC’s new drama series Infamous, so “it seems like she’s not going to be available to do the show next year.” Poor Nate, will he ever find lasting love? “That’s something that’s a big part of his series arc, and something that we’re going to be exploring next year.”

Source: TVLINE


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