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Gossip Girl: Season 4 Episode 1 ‘Belles de Jour’

September 15, 2010 1 comment

Good morning, Upper-East siders, Gossip Girl is back! And now we can finally appreciate how much we’ve missed her. But let’s get down to business, shall we?

After that tumultuous finale last May that left us all reeling, we could see that Gossip Girl had a lot of work to do – S and B have fled to Paris to get over their respective men  using retail therapy, Nate has taken Chuck’s ‘little black book’ to get over his issues using sexual therapy, Dan is stuck in Brooklyn (what else is new) taking care of ‘his’ baby with Georgina, Jenny has fled to Hudson (good riddance), and Chuck has been busy getting shot on the streets of Prague (probably as a well-deserved punishment for having sex with the racoon-eyed Jenny. Like, talk about EW!)

We’ll start out with our two favourite Queen Bees, S and B, living it up a Paris. Well, almost. Blair is being her usual jealous self towards Serena, who is flirting with everything that has a pulse and French accent. S convinces B that her French amour will come, and B decides she just needs to get over the Bass-tard (who slept with the racoon-Humphrey, did I mention EW?!). It just so happens that that very same day, she meets a handsome young man who appears to be a member of the Monaco royal family, the Grimaldis, and he wants to take our B out to dinner. Surprised? Of course, B decides to bring S along too. Duh.

But because this is Gossip Girl, Blair finds out that her date is only the chauffeur and Serena’s date is the real royal. And if it weren’t such a petty reason we probs would feel a lot sorrier for old B. It gets even worse for her when she discovers S isn’t going to Brown like planned – instead, she’s going to Columbia, with Blair. (Well, duh. We can’t have the star of the show in another state.)

So Blair does a Blair-freak out, and ends up pushing S into a fountain because she wants to be somewhere where she won’t always be in Serena’s shadow. But Blair then discovers that actually, her perfectly kindly chauffeur date actually was the Royal Prince, and he had been testing her to see if she was just using him to go out with a Prince. Oops. Blair decides to beg for Serena’s forgiveness, blaming the whole thing on Chuck (a useful excuse. I mean, EW.), and of course S accepts. The two queen bees are united again. Almost.

As for Papa Humphrey, we discover he’s been keeping his little, um, son, a secret from everyone except for Nate, who is too busy having sex to really care. This little happy family of Dan, Georgina, and baby Milo have apparently been living together all summer until Vanessa turns up unexpectedly, spoiling the fun. “Georgina?! You can’t trust one thing that comes out of her mouth!” What? Our Georgie, lying? No, never. In fact, Dan is so trusting of his baby-mama, he hasn’t even taken a paternity test, although our favourite hottie-dork has been smart enough not to sign the birth certificate.

And of course our favourite troublemaker has some monkey-business going on (with the Russians…). She ends up crashing Lily’s little get-together wielding Milo and is all “um, your son has a BABY.” Rufus and co are all “um, NO, he’s so not the father,” but Georgie has a super-convincing piece of paper proving that it is, in fact, Dan’s baby. So there you have it. Although Rufus for a moment seems to be the only sane person on the Upper-East side, advising Dan to do his own paternity test, as “this sounds like one of Georgina’s schemes” (YEAH IT DOES), but Dodo-Dan decides to sign the birth certificate anyway. And the next day Georgie bails on this baby-Daddy. With a passport and suitcase in tow. Leaving behind her child. Uh-oh.

Meanwhile, Nate has been doing his Nate thing that he seems to do every summer – have sex with lots of blonde women. Finally he meets someone resembling human instead of robot (at least vaguely), called Juliet, so they go for coffee together. But what the unassumingly  innocent Nate doesn’t know is that she’s  some kind of creepy clothing thief (and more robot-y than we realised), and even more psycho than that – she has weird stalkerish photos of the G-Gang tacked up on her wall, along with a computer screen open to Gossip Girl… has the infamous secret source been revealed? (My guess is not, but hey, that’s just me.)

Finally, onto the final piece in our puzzle, the Chuck. Lily has just found out that… his dead body washed up in Pairs. Oh, no! As in, no, not really. He was shot, and lay dying on the streets of Prague. It was pretty touch-and-go there for a while… we weren’t sure if he was going to make it… but thankfully Fleur Delacour from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was conveniently on the scene to nurse the Bass back to health. Oh, and randomly take him to Paris. Suprise!

That’s all for the gang tonight… see you next time, XOXO

GOSSIP GIRL – Predictions for Tonight’s Finale *Spoilers*

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Gossip Girl – although critics are (rightfully?) saying this season hasn’t quite been up to par, tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl is undoubtedly a hugely anticipated finale by its fans.

We’ve had Ausiello saying that the episode is “really, really good” (http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/05/10/gossip-girl-season-3-finale-spoilers/), and a certain UK ITV promo stirring up, well, let’s say, emotional responses from fans.

(Promo below).

Apparently the promo’s been pulled from ITV after the GG creator intervened saying that it ‘misled’ fans. I can see how this is a distinct possibility – all of it looked like it could have been wildly taken out of context. But still.

Not only this, but Ausiello’s delivered some juicy spoilery details to leave us fans guessing before tomorrow. Here are my predictions based on his reveals – let’s see how they match up after tonight!

  • Threesome – All I can say to this one is: ‘WTF’ and ‘OMGG’. With a conspicuous lack of Hilary Duff to fill in withDan and Vanessa, my mind is blown for who it could be. My imagination, no, but my logical brain… OK, fine. If I had to guess I’d say Dan, Georgina, Serena. No wait – Dan, Serena, Blair. No wait – Nate, Serena, Blair. No wait – Nate, Dan Serena – ah crap, I give up. But first guess = Dan, Georgina, Serena. (Yeah, Georgina’s actually coming back. I’m not just making that up.)
  • Departure – Easy – Little J. Just take a look at my previous article: No worries, though, she’s only off to boarding school for a little while. She’ll be back in the flesh next season by November sweeps.
  • Mini time-jump – WTF does this even mean? Are the characters going to be flashed to the future? No, because then Jenny couldn’t come back from boarding school next season. Flash back for Lily/Rufus (again?) I don’t think so – been there, done that. Who knows.
  • Engagement ring! – with Serena’s Dad – aka AthinVersionOfAlecBaldwin out of the picture, my theory of proposal to Lily is out the window. Nate to Serena seems only logical to me – or in a seriously twisted world, maybe Blair/Chuck.
  • Shooting – I don’t know, but for some reason this screams Nate to me. There have been a few rumours of him leaving (yeah, like that’s ever going to happen), but I don’t know… I’d guess either him or Chuck. My money’s on Nate.
  • Birth – Dorota’s baby. Duh.
  • Shocking OMG! Twist – OK, maybe not but… Blair-Dan, Blair-Dan, Blair-Dan please.
  • A pair of spectacular Jenny smackdowns at the hands of Blair (Leighton Meester never better!) – Yeah like that was never going to happen this season.

Let’s see if I’m right tonight . . . and let’s see what Gossip Girl has to say about it.

xoxo

Dan/Blair: Why it Should (And Could) Happen

April 20, 2010 9 comments

Find yourself laughing out loud at my suggestion? (And no, not in a lol! kind of way). Well, if you’re a serious GG watcher, I would stop now. You might be surprised.

Dan and Blair are one of the few couples that still have yet to be explored, and while some of you may currently be gagging from where you sit, hang on.  There is definitely still much to come from this chemistry-filled pairing.

I know you’ve secretly been feeling a little something-something from them this season – especially recently. For me, this couple has been destiny ever since Dan and Blair had a heart to heart on the floor of Eleanor’s studio (remember? After Blair has been rejected from her own photoshoot?) Dan talks to her about their feelings, and they seem to understand each other in a way that only two polar opposites could.

Blair: Serena sent you here to talk to me?
Dan: No believe it or not I actually came here myself.
Blair: Normally I wouldn’t be this close to you without a tetanus shot.

This is the perfect example of why Blair and Dan’s “frenemy” chemistry would lead to the perfect relationship. Their quick wit and biting comments have just the spark to keep any duo alive.

Here’s my ideal scenario. Blair, still mourning over the loss of Chuck, falls into the arms of an unassuming Humphrey. Although she’s horrified with what she’s done, she just can’t seem to resist, and the two of them carry on a secret affair, under the noses of everyone – and maintain in public their intense disdain for each other.

Why would this work? Well, Blair and Dan’s best scenes have always been the ones with their red-hot chemistry that is somewhat undercover. Take a look at this scene from last season – were the writers already sowing the seeds for some potential action between the two of them? Who knows.

With the arrival of last episode, I know that some of the scenes between Blair and Dan sent the GG fanworld abuzz with rumours of a hookup – or a desire for one. Is it a real possibility in the future? GG creator doesn’t rule it out:

“There are only so many combinations [you can explore] on the show, so I think you have to be open to all of them at some point. So, certainly, we have an open mind when it comes to them… Those two are really gold wheDan and Blair - dan-and-blair iconn they’re together. They have great on-screen chemistry.”

I couldn’t agree more. And with the finale apparently delivering two “OMFG!” moments, we just can’t wait to see if Dan and Blair get up to something behind the scenes.

XOXO

Can’t handle the wait? Check out http://www.fanfiction.net for some Blair/Dan fanfiction.

Gossip Girl – SPOILER ALERT – Where’s Jenny…?

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

According to my absolutely favourite TV-spoiler-God, Ausiello, it seems that Little J will be MIA from Gossip Girl next season. http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/04/09/gossip-girl-jenny-taylor-momsen-spoiler/

Apparently it’s for “creative reasons”, and has something to do with the supposedly “major” finale this season – according to a source down by the set: “you’ll see that we’re doing something VERY big with her character.”

So what’s up with Little J? Is she gone forever? Ausiello tells us this is for an “unspecified” number of episodes, which does seem to imply that she’s coming back. But the even bigger question is – will we even care?

Jenny is undoubtedly extremely annoying this season, but I have to say, I’d be surprised if the show were dropping her. (Despite how much I hate that straggly bleach-blonde hair). But speculation about next season aside, what Ausiello fails to report are some of the more, let’s say, unreliable sources spanning the internet about Little J’s “very big” event this finale.

Here is what an anonymous source sent to this website: (http://www.tv.com/gossip-girl-tipster-offers-possible-pregnancy-spoiler/webnews/55973.html)

                “Hi, I would just like to inform you that Gossip Girl filmed in my school, St. Francis College.

                “They filmed the season finale over a two day period and used one of the lounges as a waiting room, the school chapel, and a part of the larger lounge as a hospital room.

               ” Eric and Dan were involved in the storyline as well as Serena. I’m positive that it has something to do with a pregnancy because decals were up in the room that they were taping indicating that “so and so” donated a wing to that particular maternity ward.

                “I am 100 percent sure this is the [show] doing that bombshell storyline.”

Thoughts? This could be totally fake, but there is a possibility it’s true – and is it Jenny? This would surely be a big storyline, and the people most likely to be involved in a Jenny-hospital (pregnancy?) storyline would be Eric, Dan, and Serena. And some sort of fiasco landing Little J in the hospital could put her out of action for a few weeks next season… and maybe even make me eat my words after my blind-item pregnancy spoiler speculations.

But whatever the heck is going on, you know you love it. XoXo.

Fanfiction: Who, What, and Why?

April 1, 2010 1 comment

Fanfiction is a term probably not familiar to your casual TV viewer. But to the more obsessive ones of us, it’s a major part of our television viewing experience.

Put simply, fanifiction is a way for is the way for fans to release inner frustration and desire to just take the story into their own hands. What does this mean? Well, basically it means that thousands of budding authors who are obsessed with a TV show, book, film, or even play can upload their personal stories using those characters to websites where other fanfiction readers read them and review.

Sounds crazy? It is. The world of fanfiction is not your average internet site. These are not your average fans. They’re fanatical, weirdly knowledgeable about their shows, but also really, really fun.

As a fanfiction writer, I can tell you that fanfics can be much more therapeutic than ranting to uninterested friends about the way your favourite TV Show is going, or the crappy ending to a great book. We have the power. Finally, Blair and Dan can release their sexual chemistry in a “frenemy” relationship. Mr Schuster dumps Terry and goes out with Emma. Or Quinn. Or Puck. The best part of fanfiction is that it’s all there. Think you’re rooting for the most unlikely couple? I’ll bet you someone’s already written a fanfic about it.

The obsessive nature of fans meant that an entire world was born, complete with its own language and groups. “Shippers” describe fans who share a common interest of two characters getting together (ie you could say: “I ship House and Cameron”, etc.) “AU” means “alternate universe”, ie the characters from your inspiration being in a completely different universe –  if the Losties were all in high school, for example. “Crossovers” describe two worlds colliding – like if the peeps from Gossip Girl were hit by traffic and healed by the doctors from Grey’s Anatomy.
So what does all this mean? Well, for fans, fanfiction means hours of toil, sometimes abuse, and careful research to produce stories for no profit of their own. Despite occasional insecure authors deciding to sue (Anne Rice – grrrrr),  fanfiction writing has prevailed on, with no end in sight. So why do we do it? For me, fanfiction isn’t just about exercising my creative juices – that’s undoubtedly a part of it, but fanfiction is more than that – it’s fun. I can tell you firsthand it’s ridiculously rewarding to update your story with a new chapter and receive 30 emails of praise and begging for more.

Despite the fact I’m never going to meet these people in my life, I feel like they’re my family, and so for me, fanfiction writing is as much about community and learning from others as it is about writing stories based on some else’s creations.

www.fanfiction.net – unleash your imagination.

Spoiler: Surprise Pregnancy – Is it on House?

March 28, 2010 2 comments

http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/03/22/blind-item-surprise-pregnancy/Ausiello, TV Spoiler God, recently made a post about a shock pregnancy on a hit hour-long drama that’s “totally unexpected” and from a show with a “rabid following”. Needless to say, this has led to a freak out on the internet. It’s easily the most-talked about post with over 1,400 comments.

Recently, Ausiello also tweeted that it is on one of these 9 shows: Grey’s Anatomy, House, Bones, Chuck, Gossip Girl, Smallville, NCIS, Glee, or Lost.

So who the hell IS it?

After banging my head against the table for a couple of minutes, I read through a few of those 1400 comments, and decided to think about it rationally.

It’s not Lost (not returning in the fall), it’s not Glee (already done the baby thing twice this season), and I’m guessing it’s not NCIS, Smallville, or Chuck, only because they don’t seem to have as insane fans or featuring on Ausiello’s blog, and Gossip Girl doesn’t seem to be realistically be fitting a baby into any of their storylines – plus they’re not popular enough to warrant such a huge spoiler.

But the last three – the Big Three – Bones, House, and Grey’s are definitely the frontrunners. Why? Easily they are the three most heavily featured shows on Ausiello’s column, and they also have the most enthusiastic fans out there.

For me, the show that’s standing out is House, with Bones in second. Shonda Reimes confirmed that there would be no Mer-Der baby back all the way back in January on Grey’s, and I think it would be a stretch for them or anyone else in the cast to be preggers – they kind of already did the baby thing this season with Mark’s daughter. On Bones, the only one I see this happening for is Brennan, (Angela’s not big enough for this spoiler) but it’s also unrealistic – I mean, if Brennan can’t work, where’s the show?

Which brings me to the cream of the crop, House.  No show gets as much attention on Ausiello’s column, and no show has as rabid fans. Everyone’s first guess would definitely be Cuddy – with new bf Lucas, she looks set to add another to her brood. But there’s just one problem – she’s way too obvious. Plus isn’t she infertile?

Next up is Cameron. After leaving, it would be a way to bring her back  next season (which she is already confirmed to be doing) – and there could be a debate over whether it was Chase or House’s baby. But I also think that would be really obvious, and not at all the best storyline for her character.

Which leaves… Thirteen. I’mnot one of Thirteen’s biggest fans – I hate the way she took everyone’s screen time, has melodramatic storylines, and is generally super annoying. Which really to me makes her only a more likely candidate. Think about it – she would be totally surprising, and no-one would know who the father is –  Foreman? Or dare I say it… Chase? Plus, due to the character’s somewhat unpopularity, and fact that technically her and Taub’s fellowships are up , it may give the perfect excuse for her to take some time off – so in that respect, maybe I would like it to be true. And it wouldn’t be the first time an Ausiello Shocker Blind Item has been about House (Kutner f

But whatever happens, you know it’ll be talked about here.

GOSSIP GIRL – Are Manhattan’s Elite Losing Their Spark?

March 21, 2010 4 comments

What’s Happened To The Upper-East Side?

Admit it, we’ve all watch it at least a couple of times. Gossip Girl, that ridiculous teenage drama based on the bestselling trashy books by Cecily von Ziegesar, follows the “scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite” – ie beautiful rich kids with New York as their playground. What more could you want?

Only loosely following the plot of the novels, Gossip Girl attracted a huge teenage following, both in the US and beyond. Stars like Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, and Chace Crawford all contribute to make the show the amazing guilty pleasure fest that it is.

But what’s been going on lately? I know that I’m not the only one feeling that maybe GG is losing her touch. I’ve had a lot of people commenting that this third season seems to be off a little.

Maybe it’s their exit from Constance. Something about this college setting (a college none of them ever seem to attend) just doesn’t do it for me. I miss those pleated uniforms, headbands, and yogurt on the Met steps. Remember that epic field hockey fight between Blair and Serena? Or Dan’s affair with Miss Carr? That was compelling television.

Or maybe it was Blair and Chuck’s final union in the season 2 finale. My sister told me that she’d never been happier about a TV show than when Chuck finally told Blair he loved her. But, as much as it may pain me to say – a happy couple is dull to watch. Admit it to yourself. Chuck and Blair have ZERO spark now. And wtf is up with him and his mother? Seriously, how bored are you of this storyline? I miss the old Chuck Bass – the one who didn’t dress/act like a 50 year old and said stuff like: “Because I’m – Chuck Bass.”

What this show needs is to have its life injected back in it. Everything always seems to be about relationships, relationships, and relationships – two of them get together, go out, have sex, break up. Then they move on. I think it’s high time some of them were single for a little while, and the writers could think of some stories from there, before they actually run out of pairings. Because now that they’re done with school, Gossip Girl has nothing to keep it grounded – which is not good news for inspiring storylines.

The only solution I can see is a Blair/Dan hookup.

But I guess I’ll keep my reasons for that for another article…