Gilmore Girls AND Bunheads are Reuniting!

Less than two months to go now until the ATX Television Festival in Austin Texas.  Running from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June, a veritable plethora of Gilmore Girls cast members are scheduled to appear on Saturday 6 June, including show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

10 out of 13 ain't bad

The list of attendees currently stands at:

Amy Sherman-Palladino (Writer/EP), Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson, Liza Weil, Keiko Agena, Jared Padalecki, Sean Gunn, Liz Torres, Yanic Truesdale, John Cabrera

That’s Lorelai, Rory, Emily, Luke, Paris, Lane, Dean, Kirk, Miss Patty, Michel and Brian with the deviated septum. Just writing those names in a row sends a shiver up my spine.

As if that wasn’t enough, Amy Sherman-Palladino will be hosting a Bunheads panel! Kelly Bishop, Stacey Oristano and Sutton Foster (Fanny, Truly and Michelle) will re-unite for a screening, discussion and hopefully an interpretative dance routine about the cancellation of shows in their prime. Wishful thinking, perhaps.

gee it's good to be together again

Aside from the expected table Q&A, I wonder if they’ll do something less expected, like a read-through or some kind of announcement about – I don’t know – a new season?! The Dawson’s Creek Writer’s Room reunion has expanded in scope, now including a pilot read-through with show creator Kevin Williamson and ‘special guests’… only Dawson, Pacey, Jen and Joey would do it for me.

Here is the full run-down of the weekend’s shows and guest stars. Weekend badges are still available for US$225 although check out @ATXFestival tweets for people re-selling their $175 weekend badges.

I wonder if they’ll have a table long enough to accommodate the entire cast… or if Amy will bring Bert the toolbox along for Luke to do some fixing up.

Please, somebody be attending! I’m totally bummed that I have a dear friend’s wedding to attend. Is anyone else excited about this? Now with added Bunheads!

What questions would you want to ask?

Who else – or what other shows – would you want to see there?

Pics c/o TheWB & ABC Family

Quick Poll: What was your most recent episode of Gilmore Girls?

After three full season re-watches, for the past couple of years I’ve been randomly picking episodes from my PVR. I have to forward through the commercials but it’s the quickest way to scratch that Gilmore itch. I confess I lean towards the Jess vs Dean years but I’ll watch whatever’s on…

How do you take your Gilmore Girls? Are you a proud Netflix newbie? Are you re-watching your DVD boxed set for the second time or wearing out your beloved VHS tapes? TV recordings? Re-runs?

one is a pom

My most recent full episode was the one where Lorelai has termites, Lane has pompoms and Paris has a 750 math with 730 verbal but she wasn’t bragging or anything.

Madeline: So I’m trying to compile a list of people’s scores, especially the top students and I realized I don’t have yours yet.
Rory: Oh, so you wanna know my PSAT scores?
Madeline: Yes that would be great.
Rory: Put Paris on the phone.
s02e11 Secrets and Loans

Also Jackson comes out of the (kitchen) closet wearing wrestling pyjamas, Emily co-signs Lorelai’s loan in a fashion that would have made Machiavelli proud and the word coffee is spoken by 7 people, a total of 16 times including:

Luke: That’s your sixth cup.
Lorelai: Yes it is.
Luke: How about some tea?
Lorelai: Absolutely, throw it in with the coffee.

What was your most recent episode?  Who scored better in the PSATs, Rory or Paris?  Have you ever had termites?  Hockey puck rattlesnake monkey monkey underpants.  How many coffees have you had today (I’m betting it’s not as many as me)?

Pic c/o TheWB

Remember when Rory’s School was Tony Stark’s Dad’s House?

Warning: I have my Gilmore Geek Hat firmly pulled over my ears for this one.

In episode 3 of ABC’s Agent Carter (bear with me), Peggy pays a visit to Howard Stark’s mansion, which features a singularly familiar staircase.

Headmaster Charleston's been decorating

Recognise it?  The marble floors were once graced by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Robert Frost donated the main staircases’ banisters.

... light fittings are unchanged. But he was only short.

Watching it, I had one of those moments when I suddenly realise I’m bouncing in my seat, pointing at the TV with my tongue hanging out.  The decor is slightly different – Headmaster Charleston appears to have done some wallpapering and you certainly won’t find Lorelai and Rory’s reversed initials carved anywhere, no-sirree-bob.

It’s Chilton Preparatory School, also known as the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA 90210 and is the site of one of the most noticeable uses of Sam Phillips’ la-la’s

Lorelai: Wait, wait! Look around for a second. Notice?
Rory: Notice what?
Lorelai: It’s not so scary any more.
Rory: No – it’s not.

Stupid Phone-Stalking Jess...

Attagirl.

So I’m obviously watching Agent Carter, which has a unique flavour compared to, say, Agents of SHIELD – it’s more like an enjoyably trashy mix of Buffy and MacGyver.   The strong feminist slant is particularly apt in the current climate and fits neatly into the 1940s setting.  I’m also all caught up with Game of Thrones, eager for the new season and dragons coming in April. DRAGONS!! On the recommendations of our commenters, I have made a start on Veronica Mars and I’m also re-watching The Wire – just finished season 3.  Still the best TV drama, ever.

What else (besides Gilmore Girls) are you watching this year?  

Anybody else out there watching the same stuff as me?  I often feel very alone in my particular Venn diagram.  I’m told Americans don’t watch The Wire – can anyone confirm?

If you’re re-watching Gilmore Girls, how many times is this now?  What are you noticing that you didn’t before?

And a call out to my Gilmore Geeks – any other recent sightings of Gilmore locations or cast?

Lorelai and Max Re-United!

The first trailer for Max, Lauren Graham’s upcoming war dog movie is out!

woof?

We last reported on Max in May 2014 (somehow sidestepping misleading references about Lorelai and Max Medina) and the details remain the same:

Max is the story of an army dog returning from Afghanistan, who returns to the U.S. to be adopted by his handler’s family after a traumatic experience. He bonds with the family, in particular a 14 year old boy and together they help each others’ healing process.

It doesn’t sound like the kind of movie where the dog talks.

Lauren plays the boy’s mother, a woman who has lost her eldest son to war but now has to heal her youngest. That big chunk of marble, Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) also stars.

Check out the 2-minute trailer here. It’s not overly spoiler-ific.

Directed by Boaz Yakin (Remember The Titans), this could have more feel-good guts than you might expect. US release date is 26 June 2015.

Look good to you? What do you think of Thomas Haden Church as Lauren’s on-screen husband?

Who would you like to see her on-screen-married-to? I can see sparks flying with a younger man… say Ryan Gosling?

Pic and trailer c/o MGM / Sideswept / WB

Jared Padalecki Talks about his Battle with Depression

In an interview with Variety, Jared Padalecki (our Dean Forester) revealed that he struggled with depression for years.  This was during Supernatural, in his mid-20’s. Now 32 and having recently lost a friend to depression, he is raising awareness on the web and through some limited edition merch – including sweatshirts and tees featuring the man himself and the slogan ‘Always Keep Fighting’. The initial fundraising ends today, so please check it out if you love JP and you haven’t already.

Keepin his chest close to your chest

On the fundraising website, Jared writes affectionately and intelligently about depression and the effects it can have:

For people who deal with mental illness, depression, addiction or suicidal thoughts, every day can bring about new struggles. Every hour and every minute can seem to bring insurmountable odds of happiness. I hope that the simple message of “always keep fighting” can help to bolster somebody through a tough time. I also hope this campaign can help alleviate some of the stigma that the terms “mental illness” and “depression” sometimes evokes.

More than a few of us have turned to Gilmore Girls as a break from real life or as a warm hug but also sometimes to lift our spirits in incredibly difficult situations.  Depression can strike those you’d least expect and when you’re down there, you just can’t see a way out.

I’d love to copy and paste his words verbatim, but better I send you to where he’s at: https://represent.com/jared

Has Gilmore Girls helped you through hard times? I know it has me.

Pic c/o Jared Padalecki

Lauren and Connie are Tweeting like it’s 1999

Lauren Graham and Connie Britton are tweeting birthday photos of/at each other and we’re loving it.  Lauren and Connie were roommates back in the 90s, before they both hit it big: Connie in Spin City, Friday Night Lights and most recently, Nashville.   And Lauren was in that uh – wait… you know, that show with that chick who was in Bridesmaids.

Lauren posted this 1999 photo in honour of Connie’s birthday last week.

Hallo boys!

Cute, right?  She tweeted:

Lauren: In honor of the babely @conniebritton birthday, let’s all party like its 1999! (Photo from 1999 for reference).

Then Connie responded with this one yesterday, for Lauren’s birthday (Happy birthday Lauren, we totally remembered. Your Amazon voucher is in the post).

Connie: Happy birthday @thelaurengraham! To celebrate, please enjoy this delightful photo of us and her boob c. 2005

Ol' Blue Eyes is back with Ol' Red Eyes

Anyone else out there roomed with superstars?  I once saw Christopher Lee (Saruman from Lord of the Rings) in an airport.  And Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) on a plane. It’s true what Billy Crystal said about them having big bobble-heads.

Pics c/o @thelaurengraham and @conniegraham

Dean and Luke: Same Thing?

Season Five: Luke and Dean are shifting Taylor Doose’s cannonballs (dirty!) and moving boxes at the old Twickham house from Taylor’s oddly spellbinding diorama. Judging by his hair – and we always judge his hair – Dean recently had a run-in with a 1970’s blow-dryer.

Dean and Luke and a special guest appearance from Bert the toolbox

In this, Dean’s final appearance in the Gilmore Girls‘ lives, he is at his most bitter yet most philosophical. He has gained and lost Rory (to Jess), only to regain and lose her again (to Logan) and can’t help but measure his lot against Luke’s nascent relationship with Lorelai.

Dean: They want more than this. Don’t you see that? And all you are is this.
Luke: Rory was a kid, Dean. She grew up. She moved on. Accept it.
Dean: You accept it! This town is all you are and it’s not enough. She’s gonna get bored and you aren’t gonna take her anywhere. You’re here, forever.
Luke: It’s different.
Dean: It’s not different. You and me. Same thing.
s05e18 To Live and Let Diorama

Like a lot of TV and movie love stories, we see the good bits – the flirting and the getting together and the temporary breaking up before the second coming – but we don’t see what happens in the end. Maybe Dean went back to college, enrolled in some clinical testing to help pay his way, becomes a think-tank boffin and makes and marries a Rory clone. Maybe Luke’s ex-girlfriend Rachel moves back to Stars Hollow and is able to give Luke the reassurances and stability he needs – then gets knocked up immediately so he can’t back out.

Where I’m going with this is: What if Dean was right about Luke and Lorelai?

We mostly acknowledge that Dean was a great first boyfriend for Rory but ultimately wasn’t the one and Dean is coming from a dark place – with his post-Rory mess of a love-life. However, he speaks from his own personal experience and despite the Bop-It Incident, I question whether he’s saying these things out of spite, to hurt Luke. I wonder whether he’s trying to be a bro, to save Luke some heartache.

Dean and Luke: Same thing?
If Luke and Lorelai became a long-term thing, which one of them would have to change more?
Or is Dean just plain wrong?

Pic c/o TheWB