Oh btw Alexis got married

I’m breaking my sabbatical for this little item in the news cycle.  Gossip Cop broke the news yesterday that Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser tied the knot TWO MONTHS AGO in a secret ceremony in California, America, Planet Earth.

so pretty

Naturally, we wish them hearty congratulations and a good 60 years worth of happiness and domestic bliss together, because that’s what marriage is.  Realistically, we wonder who was at the wedding?.  Lauren Graham, Amy and Dan Palladino perhaps?  The Travelling Pants gang, surely.  Milo, Jared and Matt (Jess, Dean and Logan) – maybe not.

Pic c/o Getty

Let’s Play! Six Degrees of Lorelai Gilmore

Alright so I can’t believe we didn’t do this already.  You already know ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ right?  Where you link Kevin Bacon to any actor via other actors who’ve been in the same movies?  Take for example, Lorelai Gilmore to Ted Koppel in one move:

lorelai <3 ted koppel's here

But seriously… here’s my example on how to get from our lovely Lauren Graham to the ubiquitous Kevin Bacon in six moves or less:

[Disclaimer: I'm doing this on the fly so this might not be very elegant.  Or it might take days.]

Let’s see.  Lauren Graham was in Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton who was in Pushing Tin with John Cusack who was in … wait.  I can work it backwards from Kevin Bacon in Footloose to Sarah Jessica Parker… um, no, Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men with Demi Moore – or in Apollo 13… wait, just leave me a minute.  I can’t concentrate with you staring at me.

[... literally twenty minutes later... ]


Lauren Graham was in Arlen Faber with Jeff Daniels who was in Dumb and Dumber with Jim Carrey who was in The Mask with Cameron Diaz who was in Knight and Day with Tom Cruise (‘With me.  Without me’) who was in A Few Good Men with (fanfare please) Kevin Bacon!  Five moves / movies.

Obviously, no internet allowed.  Here’s my working:

Would have loved to include Pleasantville

Hey that’s my glowy keyboard!  So, let’s do this.

Get from Lauren Graham to Alexis Bledel in six movies or less.  

Whoever gets there first sets the next challenge, from Alexis to, say Milo etc.  Bonus points if the movies are good.  I really wanted to include Pleasantville in that chain, love that flick.

Also Super-Bonus Points if you can link Lauren Graham to Kevin Bacon quicker or more elegantly than my five moves above.  Remember, no internet!!

Have at it.

(I wrote this last week and saved it ‘specially for today since I’ll be offline for the next two weeks on vacation.  Don’t wreck the place while I’m gone.)

Pic c/o The WB!

Dean Padalecki Wears Hat At Comic-Con 2014

Comic-Con finished up on Sunday in San Diego and on the Supernatural panel was all 1.94 metres (6ft 4in) of Jared Padalecki.  This smouldering shot is actually from the Season 9 promo since I’ve no idea what we can get away with using from Comic-Con.


Season 10 of Supernatural is coming and spoilers from the Con are trickling onto the web.  Plenty of images from the Supernatural event at JustJared where you can see how Dean ought to have dealt with his perpetually floppy hair.

Man, if only Gilmore Girls was a teensy bit sci-fi, we’d all have been in San Diego last weekend.  Why is it sci-fi gets their own convention?  We’re geeks too y’know.  Bigger geeks, probably.

Did anyone make it out to Comic-Con to see Dean Jared?

Pic c/o TheCW

Best Gilmore Trivia Ever

Some bits and bobs you might or might not know…

No way! Waaaay!

- Rory’s teacher in the pilot episode was played by Jill Brennan, who returned 4 years later as ‘Crazy’ Carrie Duncan, one of Luke’s high school dalliances

- In the original pilot script, Lorelai cooks a celebratory banquet and both the girls enjoyed salad – unlike in ‘real life’, where pizza is a food type and the oven is used to keep shoes

- Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore, duh) drank Coke in place of coffee, although she’s partial to coffee now

- Stars Hollow was in part based on Washington Depot, CT – a real place that we’ll visit during one of the Stars Hollow Cons, the Gilmore Girls Convention

- Rescue dog Buttercup actually belonged to Scott Patterson (Luke Danes)

Rory: Buttercup is a special dog. She’s extremely skittish and tends to react badly towards blonde haired females, brunette males, children of either sex, other animals, red clothing, cabbage or anyone in a uniform.
Lorelai (to Luke):Hey, we just found the doggy version of you.

- Neither Lane nor Mrs Kim were Korean

- Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore, duh) and Keiko Agena (Lane Kim) were both born in Honolulu, Hawaii

- Keiko Agena was closer to Lauren’s age than Alexis (Rory Gilmore).  Those wonderful Japanese-American genes…

- Alex Borstein was originally cast to play Sookie but due to Alex’ contractual engagements, was re-cast as Drella (the eternally-miffed harp player) and later on as Miss Celine the Gilmores’ dresser)

- Michael Winters (Taylor Doose) lost his left leg in a fishing accident between seasons 4 and 5 and acted the remainder of the show with a wooden leg

- The set of Lorelai’s house connected to Sookie’s house via the closet door in the entrance hall

- The exterior of the Dragonfly Inn was the house from popular 70s show, The Waltons

- Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) were dating in real life

- Sean Gunn turned up as both the swan guy and Mick the cable guy before becoming Kirk forever.  Including an alternate universe Kirk as Bash, in Bunheads

- At the school performance of Fiddler On The Roof, Matthew Perry can be seen hiding behind the curtain after Luke fixes Kirk’s cart

I have homework for you this week.  Hunt out some unexpected trivia and post it below.  tv.com has thousands I never knew about.  Or you can totally make it up, just like I completely fabricated every fifth ‘fact’ above.

Pic c/o The WB

Those Good Lookin’ Girls… Well, Mostly.

Those Girls sure were easy on the eye. Well, most of the time. Even when Lorelai was supposed to look awful, she still looked GREAT.

nice boots

It’s the cowboy boots that really set that look off.  

But there were times when they didn’t look so hot. Here’s one for the real geeks and style aficionados. When did they look their worst?

My pet turn-off was this ensemble from series six, where Rory wears a dirty cardboard box…

khaki? cacky more like

… with Lorelai’s get-up in the Mother-Daughter fashion combo a close runner-up. Ugh, I’m dry retching just writing this.

no no no

Deep breaths.  Y’know it’s a credit to the wardrobe department that these were only so jarring because the fashion faux pas were so few.

So when do you think the girls looked their prettiest?  Favourite outfits?  Will any of the Lorelai-lovers ‘fess up a preference between the pink dream-sequence negligee and the black one?  I double-dare you.

There were a couple of weird episodes where Lorelai and Sookie appeared to have been visited by the botox fairy – needless to say, quite unnecessarily. The boys never seemed to look that different, did they? Except maybe when Lorelai dressed Luke up in black – or he was shirtless in bed…  I just thought, Jackson’s wrestling pyjamas would make a stunning cosplay outfit.  Comfy, too.

To finish with, that perennial question: Rory – Long tresses in an Alice band… or short grown-up bob?

(In case you’re wondering, yes, I did check that the plural of ‘faux pas’ is ‘faux pas’.  After that whole culs-de-sac incident I wasn’t taking any chances.)

Pics c/o The WB/The CW


Sean Gunn in Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s big summer movie this year is Guardians of the Galaxy. The trailer features a number of misfit heroes, one of whom is a spunky CGI raccoon velvetly voiced by Bradley Cooper. However, Rocket Raccoon’s acting performance is given by director James Gunn’s brother: one Sean Gunn (Kirk from Gilmore Girls).

ain't easy being green

This on-set photo of the two brothers gives an idea of how Kirk might look on a regular Stars Hollow summer’s day, pretending he’s invisible.

Sean Gunn also dons the green bodysuit to play Thanos, who was the Big Bad Unspeaking Dude at the end of 2012′s The Avengers movie credits. And as if that weren’t enough, Sean also plays Kraglin, one of the Ravagers – seen here looking pretty damn magnificent.  This is how Kirk sees himself in the mirror.


What do you think it says on the black t-shirt he’s wearing underneath?

Guardians of the Galaxy is an off-the-wall space comedy and appears to be a significant departure by Marvel from its recent popular superhero schtick. If the box office responds well, hopes are that this will create a new franchise and initial screening audiences have been particularly positive about the raccoon.

What do you think? Is this kind of thing up your street?

Personally, I’m enjoying this current generation of superhero movies, a far cry from say, Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. I generally disdain the Hollywood money-making machine putting out sequel after remake after sequel (didn’t we just re-do Spiderman?!) so I’m all for seeing something a little new and untested like this. It’s a shame Marvel seem to have taken two steps backward with Ant-Man, which could have really been something different with Edgar Wright.

How about Gilmore Girls as superheroes?  2000′s Lauren Graham could have given 1970s Lynda Carter a run for her money as Wonder Woman.  I can see Taylor Doose as a cantankerous old Bruce Wayne from the classic Dark Knight Returns comic – he becomes this old chunky, moody guy.  Scott Patterson (Luke) could have been an inspired choice as Joker, once he’d gotten over that whole issue of having sausages pulled out of him.  Any superhero casting ideas?

Pics c/o Marvel & James Gunn

The Thriving Online Gilmore Community

It’s been over seven years now since the final Gilmore Girls episode live-aired, on May 15th 2007. Enough time for the seven seasons to have aired again… that’s like your kid having a kid.  Yet there’s no seven year itch in sight and the fanbase is still evident, both here at GilmoreNews and at various internet fan outlets, who I’d like to take this occasion to gather up and namecheck and give a good ol’ fashioned Stars Hollow holler.  HOLLER!

ain't no holla back girrrl

Anyone who’s ever twat me will know I’m terrible with The Twitter (apologies if I’m garbling the terminology). I think by the time I joined up the cool kids had already moved onto something else. On the bright side, it seems to be working out for Gilmore Tweets, who post a few choice Gilmore lines each week. Each is up-to-140-characters worth of reminiscences, particularly good for those with a short-attention span.

For those who like their words with pictures, GilmoreGirlsWeb tweets a subtitled screengrab or video two or three times a week. On Tumblr we have Oy With the Poodles Already  and FYeahGilmoreGirls, who both post pretty much weekly with screenshots or animated GIFs and subtitles or taglines. I find myself watching a really good GIF over and over as the actors’ tiniest facial expressions can make the whole thing.

On more traditional entertainment news sites, I keep an eye on Vulture and TVLine. Vulture has a current Gilmore or Amy Sherman-Palladino story once a month or so and not only do they have a dedicated Amy Sherman-Palladino tag but last month they boasted an article from Amy Sherman-Palladino herself. She wrote about the impressive dialogue in Sherlock, of which I’m a fan but I didn’t like the wedding episode.

Michael Ausiello at TVLine is also good for anything current – TVLine’s coverage and support of Bunheads was terrific. Plus he interviewed Lauren Graham on the couch last year.

Also a shout out to TV Fanatic, who are on the radar this week as they kick off an episode-by-episode review of Gilmore Girls, starting with series one, episode one! We’ve done it a few times and wish them luck and many many laughs. I think it’s the third or fourth viewing that really separates the wheat from the chaff.

Last up, something a bit different is Stars Hollow Confessions, a Tumblr site that accepted anonymously posted confessions about Gilmore Girls.  They’d turn submissions into a graphic with an appropriate screengrab. The confession box is currently closed but new pics are still being posted from the backlog. Some of the ‘confessions’ are more observations or musings, but the candid ones are my favourite e.g.

“Season 7 isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be.”

Kira and Iscah, I hope you don’t mind me re-posting this gem…

c/o starshollowconfessions.tumblr.com

Are there other Gilmore sites you follow?  Do share!  Do you (or did you) have a Gilmore Girls website?  

I’d also like to have a confessional session sometime, I think it’d be an eye-opener.  Anyone care to start?

Top pic c/o TheWB, bottom pic c/o starshollowconfessions.tumblr.com, check ‘em out.