Alternate-Universe Milo on Jess and Rory’s Break-Up :(

This little gem was floating around the interwebs the week before ATX and you may have missed it during the subsequent barrage of news.

It’s a short scene featuring Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano, but not as Jess) from his CW Seed web series The P.E.T. Squad Files. He’s hanging out with his bros, watching Gilmore Girls – specifically where Jess turns up at Yale to run away with Rory.

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Jess: Look, you know we’re supposed to be together. I knew it the first time I saw you two years ago and you know it too. I know you do.
Rory: No, no, no, no, no!
Jess: Don’t say no just to make me stop talking or make me go away. Only say no if you really don’t want to be with me.

If you haven’t seen it, check it out, it’s cool. This link to US Magazine has the clip for users inside and outside of the US.

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Even though Milo confessed to being Team Dean, you get the feeling he didn’t have to dig too deep to find his motivation!

Are you following Milo in The P.E.T. Squad Files?
Is Milo wearing hair extensions?
Does it still hurt to watch that scene?

Pics c/o TheWB & CW Seed

Kelly Bishop Talks In-depth about Gilmore Girls

Amid the explosion of Gilmore ATX articles was a revealing little interview Decider had with the person who won the biggest cheer as she stepped onto the reunion stage, Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore). Or Dame Kelly as we call her round here.

Our Queen Bee, Kelly Bish

She talks endearingly and frankly about her co-actors, her Gilmore origin story and how she wants a movie as much as any of us.

Kelly: When Sex and the City did their first movie, I was a little jealous of them. Of course, they were up for Emmys and Gilmore Girls had some issues with that. I kept going, ‘Wait a minute! We’re funnier than they are and we’re better than they are!

True dat.

Dear Queen B, please please please be my sassy fairy godmother.

Read all about it, right here.

Was Gilmore Girls funnier and better than Sex and the City?
Why do you think Kelly received the loudest cheer? 
What was she better in, Gilmore Girls or Bunheads?
What would you like to see her in next?

Pic c/o Eagle-Eye Jack Plunkett

The Bunheads Panel at ATX

Of course it wasn’t just Amy Sherman Palladino’s Gilmore Girls that reunited this weekend at ATX. Amy also created the short-lived but much-loved Bunheads, whose cast members Sutton Foster (Michelle), Kelly Bishop (Fanny and Emily Gilmore from Gilmore Girls) and Stacey Oristano (Truly) met on last Friday’s ATX Panel.

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TVLine has a terrific round-up of the panel highlights.  For example, Amy never knew Stacey – who never danced in the show – could tap dance!

Stacey: Amy actually got mad at me one time because she didn’t know I’m a tap dancer.
Amy: Not a f—ing word! I find out, not from her, but from [Foster], who said, ‘You know, Stacey’s a great tap dancer.’ I’m like, ‘F–k you!’

Can you imagine the dance-off between Michelle and Truly for Hubbell’s affections?  And then Truly awakens from her dream sequence.

And Amy on casting the four girls:

Amy: I needed a specific body type for each girl, because it was a part of the story. I wanted them to be going through something where a lot of their success was dependent on their body type. So I needed Sasha, who had to be beautiful, look like that ballerina, have that classic body type, have the technique and be able to do it, because she was the one who could do it all and didn’t give a s–t. I needed Boo, who had to not have the body type … but she had to have the technique. That was particularly difficult because I needed a rockstar dancer, someone who had it all, except she’s not two pounds. And thank God we found Kaitlyn [Jenkins]…

Then I wanted someone very tall and lean [for Melanie], and I wanted someone with big boobs [for Ginny]. Of course, the minute I cast adorable little Bailey [Buntain, now De Young], she goes on a diet, and the first place she loses weight was in her t–ts. … I’m like, ‘What happened to her t–ts?’ Sometimes the first thing that goes is the boobs.

There’s more at about where they each saw their characters ending up at TVLine, check it out!

Flavorwire also recounts:

The budget was so small that elaborate scenes, like Sasha’s “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” routine, were filmed in a single day, and Sherman-Palladino paid out of pocket at times.

And that the session ended with a screening of the farewell dance scene featuring Bailey and Julia Goldani Telles (Sasha), financed and shot in 2013 by Jackson Douglas (Jackson Belleville from Gilmore Girls), who directed a couple of Bunheads episodes.

Sutton: I wish we had more time.

The full Flavorwire article is here, go go go and then come back back back.

In an interview with the wsj, Sutton later said:

It was great, it was so great to see the clips… Toward the end I got really sad… my eyes started welling up and I thought ‘oh god, I’m going to lose it’ – cause I don’t know if I’ve ever properly even mourned it.

I’m still mad at the cancellation of Bunheads so I’m gonna stop before I get cross again.  Please give me some Bunheads love below…

Pic c/o Waytao Shing and more great pictures at birthmoviesdeath.com

The Gilmore Girls Reunion Answered My Questions!

This is a companion post to our post from a month ago when I cobbled together this wishlist of questions for the cast reunion:

Keiko Agena (Lane), Yanic Truesdale (Michel) and Liza Weil (Paris)

Amy: Please write us a scene and have those present act it out right now.
Sadly unasked but it would have been awesome. Amy and Dan would have run up and down, whispering lines into people’s ears. Maybe next time…

Alexis: Team Dean, Jess or Logan? (I’d love her to say Team Rory).
The boys answered this so entertainingly I blogged about it about an hour ago, right here!

Also Amy: What was the town loner protesting?
Also unasked but I believe it was related to the rocketing price of McGuffins.

For All the Cast: What props or memorabilia did you yoink from the set?
This was asked by a fan and the segment was not included in the video, but it was mentioned in the EW live blog:

Keiko Agena (Lane): We didn’t know it was ending. I would have stole so much!
Daniel Palladino (writer and co-producer): We’ve got the original Stars Hollow sign in my house.
Milo Ventimiglia (Jess): I’ve got Jess’ leather jacket.

For All the Cast: What do you think happened to your character after the show ended?
The cast answers this in the video at the 34 minute mark. It’s been documented well in a few places including BuzzFeed, with the mic being passed fairly quickly down the line. While my favourite response is Jackson’s, will somebody please give Kelly Bishop a hug from me next time you see her?

Kelly Bishop (Emily): I actually think if Richard were still with us we would have been pretty much in the same place we were. I think we were very comfortable with that life with the country clubs and the right people and all that and still probably fighting the battles but now, um… now Emily’s a widow, so… that’s a whole other world.

So, I don’t know where she is.

Oh, Emily...

Just ah, give me a moment.

Ok.

Jackson Douglas (Jackson Belleville): [After an entertaining trip down memory lane] To give you an actual answer, I would say… the vasectomy never took, there’s 42 children out there and uh, I ‘m actually farming children now, so… I guess that’s the best answer I can come up with.

Thanks to anyone who took these questions to ATX!

Pics c/o Jack Plunkett & Entertainment Weekly

Dean, Jess and Logan on Dean, Jess or Logan? In Full!

I’ve seen this summarised in a couple of places because the internet LOVES generalising (*wink*) but it’s so much better in full. One of the best bits of the ATX EW video was seeing the actors behind Rory’s boyfriends ribbing, bantering and showing each other some brotherly love.

Doyle is like a hobbit next to Dean

Catch it on the video at 25 minutes in, otherwise insert audience laughing, squealing and hooting after every line.

The moderator opens the full cast panel asking where people stand on the question: Dean, Logan or Jess?

Milo (Jess): Look I’ve always been very vocal: I’m Team Dean. I mean…

Jared (Dean): I was going to say, honestly I was Team Jess. I love Matt as well but I was always a Team Jess guy. I love Milo, I thought he was cool and sexy and handsome and…

Milo: Thanks man. But it was one of those tough things too because really it had nothing to do with us I mean y’know Rory and choices and all that but it was like we all know each other and it’s hard sometimes y’know like Logan… Was a dick. He kind of was a dick and – but it’s like Matty! Matty’s the coolest guy on the planet so it’s like, I’m rooting for everyone.

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Matty The Coolest Guy On The Planet (Logan): I saw something that Amy said recently about the right boyfriend came at the right time and that’s kind of what I feel with Dean and Jess and Logan is that they each brought something out in Rory that she needed at that time, so I’m gonna steal that. But I was also kinda Team Jess. [Jared offers and Matty accepts a high-five]

Jared: I will say this: If Milo wasn’t here today, I’d have totally been Team Logan.

Milo Ventimiglia, Jared Padalecki and Matt Czuchry, ladies and gentlemen. So cool.

It peters on a little, with Alexis Bledel (Rory) responding and Scott Patterson (Luke) finishing with a slam dunk:

Alexis: I feel like it’s really unfair when they ask me to pick one because they’re all such amazing actors to work with, it would just… it’s unfair.

Moderator (deadpan): So pick one. (Awkward!)

[EW Video Edit]

Scott: I think I have the final word on this one: None of you are good enough for Rory thankyouverymuch.

Pics c/o Jack Plunkett

The ATX Reunion EW Stream – The Missing 70 Minutes and My Highlights

Well, that happened.  The Gilmore Girls cast reunited, babes and beards and an empty chair – and it was good.  ‘Good not great?’ I hear you ask. Alright already, it was mondo-fabulous.

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Sadly I wasn’t there in person but so far I’ve caught up with the Entertainment Weekly coverage, namely the live blog and the reunion panel video and am left wondering – where’s the rest of it?

The blog timeline shows that the talking started at 7.40pm and finished at 9.40pm yet the streaming video lasts a little less than 50 minutes. Why have EW cut one hour and ten minutes?  Perhaps time really does fly when you’re having fun. Well, do we really need it?

Of course I’d still gobble up another hour of these familiar faces sitting together in real life, shooting the breeze and talking about my favourite subject. But bear in mind, EW sponsored the event and from the ATX founders pre-reunion speech, we are told the whole shebang might not have happened at all without EW:

Caitlyn McFarland (ATX Founder): We just want to thank Entertainment Weekly… because without them it would have been general programming, it would have been competition – it would have been really hard to do.

I suspect EW is holding the whole thing ransom for when TheWB releases the 10th Anniversary Blu-Ray Widescreen Boxed Set and that’s fair enough. They paid for it and they didn’t *need* to show us anything. If they’ve taken the time to edit it, there’s got to be a reason behind it. And it’s not because of swearing!

I just thought – the obvious omission from the video stream is the tribute to Ed Herrmann – if this included scenes from the show, there would be copyright issues with TheWB. Did you see that? That’s my law degree brain working there.

Besides, the live blog doesn’t suggest we miss that much. Perhaps those who were there could enlighten us? If you were there, what are we missing?

Regardless, what we do have is extremely pleasurable.  Seeing the cast again in all their beautiful, beardy glory. Whenever they mention Ed Hermann’s passing, Kelly Bishop’s reaction makes my eye twitch. Rory’s three boyfriends wisecracking and demonstrating clear respect for each other is pure class. Amy Sherman-Palladino (sans hat) admits watching season 7 purely through having ABC Family on in the background and realising she doesn’t recognize Alexis’ hairstyle or that the walk ‘n talks were too short. Liza Weil and Danny Strong (Paris and Doyle) are as connected as ever. And Lauren Graham handles the ‘last four words‘ issue with eloquence:

Lauren: I don’t wanna know unless either I am saying them or I am listening to someone say them – who’s in the show the way it was intended… otherwise I would feel sad to know what I wasn’t a part of.

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I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed that there was no Big Announcement about a sequel or continuance. But it is affirming hearing and feeling the affection both within the cast and directed at them from the audience. Everybody there on the stage and in the crowd loves Gilmore Girls and this can only be a good thing.

I’ll be posting more tomorrow about my standout moments from the non-live ‘live stream’ where three of my questions were asked and answered!

  • Dean, Jess and Logan answer: Team Dean, Jess or Logan?
  • The cast answers: What props or memorabilia did you yoink from the set?
  • And: What do you think happened to your character after the show ended?

Until then, let’s watch those 48 minutes and 40 seconds again. Take a drink every time someone says ‘audition’, ‘fembot’ or the crowd goes ‘WHOO!’

What have you seen and liked? Or disliked?

How much do you really, really need that missing hour?  

Pics c/o Entertainment Weekly

Amy Sherman-Palladino Says No Movie In The Works… Yet

Scott Patterson (Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls) recently alluded to a possible Gilmore Girls movie, saying that a lot of “talks” were going on, and that fans “deserve” the reunion. Running up to the ATX Festival this weekend, he kept to his guns saying something was in the works. Alas, Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was not as positive on the possibilities:

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“I’m sorry, there’s nothing in the works at the moment,” noted Amy in the ATX Festival panel. “But here’s the good thing. Nobody here hates each other. That’s very important.”

“It would have to be the right everything — the right format, the right timing, the right way,” Sherman-Palladino said. “It would have to be honored in a certain way and I think that if you look around, we would all jump in and do it,” she added, getting nods from the cast.

“If it ever happened, I promise you we’d do it correctly.”

And yet… “at the moment” leaves room for the future, don’t you think? Perhaps it’s too early. Or too informal.

What do you think? I wonder if the success of Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and the success of the ATX Panel, could help propel things forward even more?? 

Perhaps we should start a Kickstarter campaign, like Veronica Mars did?