Did Blair kick Kati off 'Gossip Girl'? Does Gwyneth really eat? Is Diane Von Furstenberg really a dominatrix? (Christiane Amanpour says so!) The answers to these questions lie in today's roundup of gossip.
Everyone knows that actors don't get to keep the clothes they wear on the set. But when it comes to super-fancy high-fashion shows like Gossip Girl, even thinking about taking racks home is impossible. Unless you're Blair Waldorf, of course.
Forget Heidi Montag. Ignore Scarlett Johansson. Don't even think even think about Lindsay Lohan. Our new favorite starlet who is absurdly recording a pop album is Leighton Meester, a.k.a. Blair from the Greatest Show of Our Time. That's right. The Gossip Girl star told some Canadian press outlet that she will be "be finishing it within the next couple months, hopefully." Yessssss. Her music, they say, is "an electronic-rock hybrid that sounds like Gwen Stefani and MIA." We have no idea what that means, but we're guessing it doesn't involve hair bows and white tights, which makes this a huge departure from her previous oeuvre. Above, we dug up a clip from YouTube of Blair singing and weakly pretending to play the guitar, from an old movie called Drive Thru. Click above to view. It seems like she can actually sort of sing, in that wailing-talking Tia Carrerra–from–Wayne's World kind of way. What great news. This is exactly how she's going to win back her social supremacy at Constance Billard. Jenny's going to have to release her sex tape extra early to fight back.
'Gossip Girl' star Leighton Meester talks new album [CTV.ca]
Update: Just after we posted our item, usweekly.com put up a video of Blair talking about the show and her album. Click after the jump to watch!
On any day, we love a good descent into debauchery on the part of a rising starlet. But today's news is better than most, because this time, the lovely young lady losing her marbles is none other than Daily Intel favorite Blair Waldorf! (Some people know her as Leighton Meester, but, like Brooke Shields on that episode of Friends where she thinks Joey is really Dr. Drake Ramoray, we sometimes have trouble breaking the fourth wall.) And just in time for the show's return to the air. Turns out that Bad News Blair was wandering around a party at Avalon on Sunday night "surrounded by a cloud of funny-smelling smoke." That's tabloid code for "she was smoking a fat doobie," people. According to "Page Six," at one point, a fellow partygoer lifted her (and her dress) up, and people could see her panties! We'd assume someone made a mistake (after all, who gets stoned before they go to a big party where celebrities are going to be? Hello, talk about paranoia central), but we remember all too well when Radarcaught the actress smoking weed at GoldBar in November. Even then, she was hogging the drugs passed around by her friends. Man, bulimia and a marijuana problem? The rest of the Gossip Girl season is going to be really confusing, junk-food wise.
Earlier:Blair Bogarts the Weed, 'Gossip Girl' Will Return Before the Summer
Today's Daily News gossip columnist has a very, very upsetting Gossip Girl item. First, he reports that there are tensions on the set between Blair and Serena (Leighton Meister and Blake Lively, to those of you who insist upon dealing with this show in a world of reality). "Chace Crawford tends to stick close to Leighton, while Penn Badgley hangs on- and off-screen with Blake," a source tells the saucy Aussie. "The crew will snag Blake for a scene just moments before it is shot so they can avoid any awkwardness with Leighton." Not that a catfight between the show's two female stars surprises us, but, come on, isn't it a little clichéd? That's not all Widdicombe has for us, though. He claims he knows the identity of Gossip Girl herself, the snarky Upper East Sider who narrates the show (using the voice of Kristin Bell). We'd tell you to stop reading right now in order to avoid spoiling your fun, but we find the candidate too unbelievable to be true. According to an on-set source, Gossip Girl is none other than Eric van der Woodsen!
Late last week we went to a concert at Luna Lounge to see sister band the Pierces play. Turns out they are making a cameo appearance in the Greatest Show of Our Time. And what's better, it's during an ALL-CAST CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE ROUTINE. This is a bold move by the Gossip Girl writers. The musical-number episode normally comes much later in the life of a series, about the time when the Long-Running Celebrity Guest Star makes regular appearances, or when somebody develops an ill-timed pregnancy. But Gossip Girl is playing its hand early (like, tomorrow) and we're not going to turn down a good thing. Allison Pierce told us that there's a fistfight involved in the episode, and a new male character is introduced to come between Dan and Serena (wait, didn't this already happen?). Click above to see a preview. The band shared a dressing room with Blake Lively and Leighton Meister on set. “We hung out with them. They were very cool, they weren’t snobby or anything, they were very sweet,” Catherine Pierce said. “Blake has a little teacup poodle. It’s like two pounds, and it had the funniest personality. It was like a little live-action teddy bear. She had him on the table with all the food and he was running around.” Aw, adorable! Also, no wonder Blair is barfing up all her food —Fiona Byrne
When a sullen, put-upon-seeming woman in a dress vaguely resembling that of a pirate wench skulked into the Anna Sui show, the guy next to us snarked, "Who is that person trying so hard to look miserable?" We shrugged and replied, "Oh, it's probably Amy Lee, that sounds like something she'd do." Turns out we named that tune. Fortunately, the Evanescence singer magically summoned the strength to smile when the cameras spied her, and the healing glow of flashbulbs rejuvenated ye ol' wench. It was like a Prozac explosion.
The burst of lunchtime rain abated just in time for a few of hoi polloi to take in the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti presentation without ruining their hair. Which was crucial in Alyson Hannigan's case, because she merrily showed off crisp new bangs to her gushing pals in the crowd, and every girl knows you can't debut a hairdo when it's plastered to your forehead. Unless that's the look you're going for, in which case you have larger problems than a little drizzle.