Over at the Huffington Post today, children's author Lesley M. M. Blume takes onGossip Girl. Like, she really goes after it. "Gossip Girl represents nothing less than the soft death of youth culture and rebellion and self-determinism," she writes. Sorry, what? Are you watching the same mind-shatteringly brilliant show that we are? Every week we pore over each episode and analyze it for our readers, who immediately tear apart our reasoning with their press-on nails and braced incisors. So we're excited to finally have the chance to examine someone else's reading of the show! (Not to mention examine what Blume herself looks like. She's trying to tell us someone who looks like that doesn't watch the show? She could practically star on it!) Let's look at her argument, piece by piece.
• "Gossip Girl supposedly exposes the seamy underbelly of Manhattan's Upper East Side overclass."—Again, is she watching the same show we're watching? Gossip Girl isn't meant to expose anything more than Star Trek was supposed to teach you what space is really like. It's a high-camp fantasy. Does Lesley think skinny women writers with only one regular freelance gig really drink multiple fishbowl-size martinis a night at fancy clubs and never look broke or hung-over? Then she must have really loved how Sex and the City "exposed" real New York life.
At the memorial service for former movie critic Joel Siegel, ABC anchor Charles Gibson noted that the Jewish Siegel sent the best Christmas cards. Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford got cozy with a "rude and nasty" Carrie Underwood at Marquee and a party at Soho Grand (not "Chance" Crawford, as reported by "Page Six"). Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. dined at Gemma and drank at the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel. Cindy Adams claims that members of John Edwards's camp are "profoundly worried" about the recent allegations that Edwards strayed on his wife. David Lauren and Lauren Bush arrived via motorcycle to the Domino Bazaar Saturday.
Last night's Skin Cancer Foundation’s Skin Sense Award Gala was for an excellent cause, so when faced with the prospects of interviewing celebrity guests, we kept it very serious. Emmy Rossum, who showed up not wearing Ralph Lauren, was one of our first targets of inquiry. "Have you seen Gossip Girl?" we asked, getting right down to business. "It's entertaining," the Phantom of the Opera star said. "It's a dramatized version of how catty girls schools can be in New York." Hey readers, did you know Emmy Rossum went to an all-girls school in the city? That's right, she went to Spence. She's practically a Gossip Girl co-star! "[Some classmates] were that precocious," she said. "Just, you know, how much money everybody spent on their Sweet Sixteen party. Like, $3 million." Wait, we've seen My Super Sweet Sixteen. Is $3 million supposed to be a lot? "You had to outdo the other one," she explained. Really? More, more! "Everyone would come back each summer with a different nose," she said when we prodded her. "Or boobs. Or mysteriously having lost a ton of weight." Oh, Lord, Emmy, forget anything negative we've ever said about you. You rule, and we're totally buying your new CD where you pretend to be Enya! —Bennet MarcusEarlier:Emmy Rossum Combats Impending Irrelevance With New Music Video (sorry for the mean headline, Em! Call us!)
Earlier today we posted an item that suggested that in Blair's dream sequence during Gossip Girl last night, she was paying a visit to Tiffany & Company. She was, after all, dressed as Holly Golightly. But readers were quick to correct us, pointing out that it was Henri Bendel where the opening scene was shot. Or was it Bergdorf? We were très confused. All the mixed Fifth Avenue metaphors! But now the verdict is in: As you can see from the above photo, the store in question was Bendel. It's "the same place they went in the 1st episode, where Dan and Serena met the first time," explained reader Emily, patiently. "Bendel's is Serena's favorite store she says!" Well, then, it's settled. Until next week, here's to caviar wishes and DVR dreams!
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Name: Connor Paolo Age: 17 Job: Plays Eric van der Woodsen on the hit CW show Gossip Girl. Neighborhood: Manhattan
Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
This changes on a weekly basis. After seeing Raging Bull it was Jake La Motta. Every time I hear "Imagine," it's John Lennon. Currently, it's George Morfogen who played Rebadow on Oz. I legitimately bumped into the man twice this week, and despite my screaming his character's name both times, he remained gracious and appreciative.
What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Anything served past 3 a.m. qualifies as great.
In case you forgot, on the second episode of Gossip Girl, otherwise known as Statutory Rape in the City, the anonymous narrator really drums it in that this show is based in Manhattan, more specifically Upper East Side.
When we spoke to Gilt waiter Chris Wilgos the other day, he had colorful things to say about his old-timer patrons, but the place played to the teens in last night’s premiere episode of Gossip Girl. In one clip, a prep student whose parents supposedly own the place hilariously bribes a cook to make his date her favorite dish: a grilled cheese sandwich with truffle oil. Watch as our hero Serena van der Woodsen downs a martini faster than you can say “extra dirty.” Really, Gilt? Really? Serving minors? Either way, between this, the dinner scene at Geisha, and (believe it) the sex scene at the Campbell Apartment, we’re confident this show will spark the most exclamations of “Hey! I’ve eaten there!” since Sex and the City. After the jump, the kids take over Gilt.
The Plaza Hotel turns 100 on October 1, and she's having a birthday party. MTV nixed having the stars of The Hills go to the Gossip Girl premiere party at Tenjune. On NY1's Wiseguys, Ed Koch and Al D'Amato berated lefty Mark Green over MoveOn.org's "General Betray Us" ad. Alina Shriver, sister-in-law of Maria and wife of Anthony Kennedy, just debuted a clothing line. A Pontiac had to be removed from the stage of 50 Cent's concert at Hammerstein Ballroom because it had gas in the tank. Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Violet played in Sheep Meadow. Eartha Kitt, better known as Catwoman, says she's 80 but still "burning."
At the Gossip Girl premiere party last night, things were running late. The bash started at 7, but by 9:30, cast member Blake Lively was still a no-show. Über-publicist Leslie Sloane-Zelnick loitered behind the red carpet, waiting. "I'm with Blake," she told a reporter. Of course the biggest star in the show would work with Zelnick, who reps Jennifer Lopez and Anne Hathaway, and helped Britney and Lindsay back in their glory days. "Hey, all these kids are stars!" Zelnick insisted, but that's not what it looked like. The rest of the show's cast lingered upstairs at Tenjune, waiting until Lively turned up at 9:45 to enter the hellishly crowded party. The youngest talent, 17-year-old Connor Paolo (OMG! he played a young Colin Farrell in Alexander!) and 14-year-old Taylor Momsen (OMG! she played Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!!) dawdled in a corner doing what else – gossiping. "The reporters asked me what 'gossip' is, and if I could tell them a rumor about someone one set," said Momsen. "What did they ask you?" "They asked me if I had a crush on anyone in Hollywood, who would it be?" said Paolo. "They asked me for gossip, too. I said I wanted to punch Zac Efron in the face." Wait, what? "Don't you think everyone wants to see him get punched?" he asked. Wow, if possible, we love this show even more.
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David Chase is "heartbroken" that James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, et al didn't win Emmy; Bill Maher isn't sad he lost for the nineteenth time. Naomi Campbell told the Blacks in Fashion panel last week that she's repeatedly been refused the cover of British Vogue, despite the fact that she's posed eight times. Rosie O'Donnell declined to hawk her book on Oprah, instead opting for a Diane Sawyer interview. Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie drop off and pick up Maddox at the Upper East Side's Lycée Français themselves. Marilyn Manson didn't carry girlfriend Rachel Evan Woods's luggage as the two strode through JFK. Judith Giuliani went shopping for Manolos at Bergdorf Goodman. Michael Jackson is allegedly holed up in a fancy midtown hotel and has left only once to take part in a photo shoot.
So we got our hands on a preview DVD of the new show Gossip Girl. You know, the new CW show based on the megapopular book series? For anybody over the age of 20 (okay, let's be honest, 28), it's basically Sex and the City for the New York City private-school set. The show films in the city, and we were delighted to note how many NYC landmarks are defiled in the first episode alone. Without giving away the (extremely vigorous) plotline, here are some of our favorite bits: