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Everybody Wants to be Us

Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago. Check out the blog for what I'm currently obsessed with in film and culture. Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale, Jesse Eisenberg, David Lynch, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, and Daniel Radcliffe are regulars here.

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dontactlikeididntfightforyou:

The Original

Immediately after the Gossip Girl finale, our watching party put on the Pilot.  The GG pilot is flawless.  It whisks you into this world of decadence and glamour.  Despite their wealth, the pilot makes you care about these teenagers, glimpsing their vulnerability, pressures, and quest for redemption.  
After season 1, the show focused less on what made the pilot so enticing and compelling, turning to outlandish caper schemes and un-realistic story set-ups.  Chuck Bass as CEO of a company?! Studious Dan a college dropout? Serena and Nate getting into Columbia?  (Actually, with their family money, that’s actually realistic.)  There is only Blair “Queen B” Waldorf, who I believe can do anything, who remained the show’s one anchor to sanity.  
Nevertheless, I’ll never be sorry I fell in love with Gossip Girl.  

dontactlikeididntfightforyou:

The Original

Immediately after the Gossip Girl finale, our watching party put on the Pilot.  The GG pilot is flawless.  It whisks you into this world of decadence and glamour.  Despite their wealth, the pilot makes you care about these teenagers, glimpsing their vulnerability, pressures, and quest for redemption.  

After season 1, the show focused less on what made the pilot so enticing and compelling, turning to outlandish caper schemes and un-realistic story set-ups.  Chuck Bass as CEO of a company?! Studious Dan a college dropout? Serena and Nate getting into Columbia?  (Actually, with their family money, that’s actually realistic.)  There is only Blair “Queen B” Waldorf, who I believe can do anything, who remained the show’s one anchor to sanity.  

Nevertheless, I’ll never be sorry I fell in love with Gossip Girl.  

(via thebrunetteprep)

Who’s going to take over NBC’s Smash as showrunner for season two?

EW.com has learned the gig is going to Gossip Girl writer and executive producer Josh Safran.

Safran is expected to take over for Theresa Rebeck, the Broadway veteran who created “Smash” and shepherded the show’s debut season. After NBC gave the Monday night drama an early renewal, the announcement was made that Rebeck would step down from the top post amid viewer criticism about the creative direction of the show. She will remain an executive producer on the project.

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I think this is excellent news.  I’m a huge fan of “Gossip Girl” especially the first season, perfect season in my opinion.  I really like “Smash” but since the pilot, something about the show hasn’t kicked in for me.  I think each episode lacks an urgency that made the pilot so compelling.  I really like the characters, especially Tom, Ivy and Derek.  I like the bonds between characters.  Friends feel like friends.  However, I find myself tuning out until a song number, which is the best part of the show.  Meanwhile, GG has run out of steam.  Except for Dan and Blair (hardcore Dair Shipper here) the stakes feel so much lower for the show.  I think since they graduated, each episode contrives a way to get them in the same place.  Some plots are better than others, but overall the show doesn’t seethe like it used to in seasons 1 and 2. Yay for “Smash” and hopefully GG gets one more season. 

  • Moon River
  • Music from the Films of Audrey Hepburn
  • Audrey Hepburn

"Moon River" BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

Some musical encouragement for DAIR to happen.

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The Case For DAIR: Gossip Girl at TIFFANY’S *Day 82*

Question: On GOSSIP GIRL, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) is caught in a love quadrangle with the mercurial Chuck Bass, the erudite Dan Humphery (Penn Badgley), and a French Prince. Which man will she choose?

I’m voting for Dan. The prince is a shiny MacGuffin to distract us. Chuck and Blair’s love story has lost its appeal for me. His duplicity last season may not deserve forgiveness and this “powerful woman” business is just boring.

The slow building friendship and attraction between Dan and Blair has revived my enthusiasm for the show. So, I’m rooting for them and I have a great case: Blair Waldorf’s favorite film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

Fashion: Dan Humphery said it best, Blair Waldorf is an “evil dictator of taste” and cares about fashion more than most people. Her style is regal, flirty, and colorful. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly made magic out of the little black dress. She uses simple pieces with elegant accents, jewels, and fabulous hats.

Writing: Dan was published in the New Yorker as a junior in high school.  He’s dabbled in reporting and even play-writing (a collaboration with Blair actually). Paul Varjak (George Peppard) in TIFFANY’s put his passion for writing aside until he met Holly who sparked his imagination.  Like Paul, Dan’s writing resurges as his friendship with Blair grows.  

New York: Who wouldn’t want to fall in love in New York? Blair hails from the elite Upper East Side and loves to make sure Dan remembers he’s only from Brooklyn, but that doesn’t stop either of them from crossing the bridge to spend time together or exchange insults.

Like Dan and Blair, Holly and Paul’s attraction is based on similarities: Blair and Dan have intelligence, cultured interests, quick wit, reticence with relationships, and loyalty to friends in common.  Over the other characters, they have the most in common and connect like Holly and Paul do in TIFFANY’S. Dan and Blair enjoy each other’s company, even if they are embarrassed to admit it.  They have become confidants and are able to deliver incisive critiques because they have so much in common.

After they kiss, Holly hardens while Paul is confidently smitten: Maybe the Gossip Girl writers are following this plot because despite two kisses, Blair insists Dan is only a friend.  Dan is clearly falling for her and struggling to hide it.  In TIFFANY’S, our lovers eventually came together.  Maybe the GOSSIP GIRL writers will remember BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and give their fans something fresh, compelling and lovely.  Stay tuned.

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