What Do you Get the Gilmore Girls Fan who has Everything?

With only nine sleeps to go ’til Christmas Day, what do you get for the Gilmore Girls fan who has everything?

pizza on a razor scooter

You’ve got the DVD box set with unaired additional scenes and behind the scenes extras and the CD soundtrack. How about the novels, the essays, a copy of the pilot shooting script or signed head shots of the cast?

If it’s cold enough, how about a home-made ice rink?  Cat themed pot-holders?  Rock polisher?  A dozen glass apples?  I could  go on, obviously.

Or how about a piece of Stars Hollow?  There’s tie-in merchandise, both WB Studio-approved and WB-not-so-approved. Some of the official stuff is a little bizarre… I mean, watches with Luke’s cafe logo? Maybe in Bizarro World, where Richard’s plan to turn Luke’s into a franchise actually happened… They also shill t-shirts, mugs, phone covers(?) and ‘ornaments'(?!!).

On the not-so-approved side, creative types have put their related wares on Etsy.  Now, I’m on no commission here but to ease my conscience I must deliver this WARNING: Check your bank balance before hitting this Etsy link. Here be Cross-Stitch.

coffee cup and book included

Nice to see Luke and Richard shaved for the picture.  It took me a while to figure out Rory is holding a book. Emily Stitchinson, if I’m not mistaken.

Etsy also has t-shirts, mugs, prints, copies of Lorelai’s winter scarves and this beauty:

hail lorelai

I hope you all get what you need for Christmas.  Personally, I’d like world peace but I’d settle for ASP announcing the movie in June and another LiveTweet get-together sometime.  And that candle, obvs.

What’s the best Gilmore Girls-related present you ever received? And what are you dropping hints for in your stocking this year?

Pics c/o TheWB and Etsy shops epicstitchery and worshipworthywax

Lauren Graham is a Late Night Show Host in New Show

Exciting news folks, NBC is developing a new comedy series for Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore).  It’s early days for the project, Late Night Kate, which is at script commitment stage i.e. the studio has deigned to read the script when it’s written, then decide whether or not to produce it.  Like I said, early days.

Smells like home, Ezekiel

The premise is Lauren playing Kate, attempting to do what no other woman has achieved: Succeeding in the arena of late-night network television talk shows.

Proving that it’s not just who you know (or how breathtakingly gorgeous you are), Lauren’s buddy Ellen DeGeneres will be executive producing.  After Lauren’s previous foray with Ellen – an adaptation of Lauren’s novel Someday, Someday, Maybe – was bought by the CW, what do you think… second time lucky?

With Parenthood – an NBC show – ending its run very soon, it’s great to see the studio backing Lauren. Let’s hope the script lives up to her…

Pic c/o TheWB

The Gilmore Girls Books (or How I Learned to Correctly Spell Fahrfunugen Dugan Soogan)

Back in 2002, HarperEntertainment released four WB-authorised Gilmore Girls books. I recently got hold of a second-hand set as a Christmas present to myself – opened early purely in the name of research, you understand.

when i die, bury me with these

Each is an adaptation of a number of collected episodes, for example The Other Side of Summer pulls together the second season episodes Nick & Nora / Sid & Nancy, Presenting Lorelai Gilmore, Like Mother, Like Daughter, The Ins and Outs of Inns and Run Away, Little Boy. A lot of Chilton, Tristin and Debutante Ball. This particular book was adapted by Helen Pai – that’s the Helen Pai, Gilmore Girls producer, script co-ordinator and the anagrammatical inspiration behind the band name Hep Alien.

cute as a buttonThey are all written solely from Rory’s point of view, with Rory’s thoughts and reactions interjected appropriately. She has the occasional enjoyable train of thought that wasn’t reflected on-screen, for example, from the Prologue to Like Mother, Like Daughter:

We’re slaves to it. We talk to it. “Hey, Mr. Coffee, how are you today? Good? Glad to hear it. Me too.” Mom said if she ever had a boy she’d have to name it Juan Valdez.

However, such additions are sadly few. For the most part, the scenes are the lines from the show, adapted in prose form. Something like this:

“Does he have a motorcycle?” Mom yelled. “Because if you’re going throw your life away, he’d better have a motorcycle!”
I went into my room and closed the door. I did not want to talk about this. Meeting Dean was this surprising and exciting thing. Now all of a sudden Mom was talking about him like he wa an evil gang member, trying to lure me into his lair. A few minutes later, as I was getting ready for bed, my bedroom door opened. “I think that went pretty well, don’t you” Mom asked, coming in.

Each novel also contains 4 double-sided glossy pages of full-colour photographs. There’s a mixture of screengrabs, promotional shots and others are from recognisable scenes but from new angles.

Pretty sure I don't recall this shot from the show...

 

So should you buy them? If you’re a completist, you either have them already or you stopped reading two minutes ago and ordered them. Personally, I prefer reading the scripts and using my imagination to picture Luke’s wry expressions or to process the timing. In novel form, the same lines are forced into a cadence punctuated by Rory’s interpretations and ‘he said’, ‘she said’ etc.

I can’t deny that they’re a talking point on any bookshelf and a sure way to sort the Gilmore-likers from the Gilmore-lovers.

Oh yes, nearly forgot. The Gilmore Girls transcript websites gilmoregirls.org and crazy-internet-people currently spell it ‘farfignugen sugen dugen’ but I’m happy to say I can set the record straight on this one, yessireebob. ‘What the Fahrfunugen is he muttering about now’ I hear you ask? It is, of course, from the first season finale, Love, Daisies and Troubadours, where Lorelai and Max attend a Stars Hollow Town Meeting and Grant Lee Mitchell is complaining about Mr Rosso (from Freaks and Geeks) encroaching on his Troubadour Turf.

Lorelai: Hear [the Troubadours] out Taylor. It can’t hurt.
[Taylor frowns at the bag of fries she’s holding in her hand]
These are not fries. They are Fahrfunugen Dugan Soogan.

The good book says so.  And here’s a gratuitous snow shot because it’s that time again, can’t you feel it in the air?

Magic

Have you already got them? What did you think?

Did you just buy them? Or add them to your Christmas list?

Pics c/o me (those are my actual books and thumbs) and Harper Collins

 

Who was Rory’s Best Boyfriend: Trevor, William or Graham?

Season 4 was Rory’s dry season for men. While her platonic / infuriating friendship with Marty was going nowhere fast, she was cycling through college guys like a college girl oughta. But really, she should have known these three guys were duds from the start. I mean, if they were meant to be romantic material, Trevor, William and Graham would at least have been called Trev, Billy and Gray.

In case you’re still not sure who I’m talking about, hopefully these inglorious moments should jog your memory.

Witness the sparkling repartee between our girl Rory and Trevor, from English class:

norm!

Trevor: Are you saying you want to go to dinner on Saturday night?
Rory: Wow. Um, okay. Yeah. Well, I will be hungry.
Trevor: Well, that fact has been pretty well established.
Rory: Okay. Sure. Yeah, let’s go to dinner Saturday night.
(s04e05 The Fundamental Things Apply)

William the Laundry Room Guy and All-Round International Relations Idiot:

norm!

William: Personally, if I’m in an alley with Osama, I’d rather he was armed with a blatant, heinous lie than an Uzi.
Rory: That’s cause you’re an idiot.
William: You know, you didn’t look scary when you came in here.
(s04e11 In the Clamor and the Clangor)

… and Emily’s friend’s son, Graham Sullivan the Jock.

norm!

Rory: You want to get back to your group?
Graham: Not if it’s suddenly gonna get exciting over here.
Rory: I wouldn’t count on it.
Graham: You have got to lighten up.
Rory: Gee, that’s one of my favorite phrases.
(s04e21 Last Week Fights, This Week Tights)

For those of you who didn’t need the aide-memoires, score one point a piece. Even I had to look up William’s name.

So what was the point of these guys? Were they meant to show Marty as a saint? And if so, how come Marty never got the prize?

Or were meant to represent that young woman’s rite of passage where she dates a heap of riff-raff, so soul-deadening that in Rory’s case it made running back to Dean at the end of the season so appealing? And when that died a death too, Logan barely had to register a pulse to steal her away. At that point, I’m pretty sure she’d have hooked up with Kirk if he’d waggled his eyebrows correctly. (You know what I’m talking about, ladies).

Is it a rite of passage that girls date douches? Could you even pick a favourite of out of these duds?

If pushed (hard), I guess I’d side with Trev, since if you squinted he looked like a malnourished Dean Cain. And it wasn’t his fault that Rory fell to pieces when she was around him, as anyone who’s ever had that particular affliction can attest.  Flibbertigibbet.  Ugh, these season 4 boys – including Marty – just make me wanna bang my head against a brick wall. I’m not the biggest Logan fan but at least he had some character, y’know – a bit of pizzazz.  Sigh.  Remember Alan Ruck’s character Hubbell in Bunheads?  Now that was a boyfriend.  And he didn’t even have a pulse.

Pics c/o TheWB

SO Much Milo in the New Tell Trailer

Coming in December to theatres and VOD (Video On Demand), Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) stars in Tell.

wakkawakka

There’s a new trailer from Orion pictures – who I hold dear to my heart since it’s forever linked to the original Robocop – which tells the story of Milo’s character being chased by all and sundry for the huge amount of cash that may or may not have burned up after a heist gone wrong.

Some laughs and cool turns from the alarmingly funny cast, which includes Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl), Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Suburgatory), John Michael Higgins (Community), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2).  The movie is out on December 5 in theaters and on demand from December 6.

Check out the trailer here or here…

I can’t help feeling Milo’s been typecast for while now, when can we see him in something where there aren’t guns guns guns?  We know he’s got killer drama and comedy chops – where do you think he should go next?  Full rom-com?  Show up alongside his Heroes-brother Nathan Petrelli in Agents of SHIELD?  Or steal the girl away from Dean again in a universe-imploding Supernatural cameo?

Pic c/o Orion Pictures

You Can See the Gilmore Girls Reunite in June for $175!!

The ATX Television Festival announced today that as part of their annual celebration of television, they will be reuniting stars Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) and show creator, writer and director Amy Sherman-Palladino in June next year. Expect the air to turn blue.

SQUEEEE!!!

The festival runs from June 4 to June 7 and you can currently buy a weekend pass for US$175. The $125 passes have already sold out and will go up to $225.

What are you waiting for? Click this link and Buy A Badge: http://www.atxfestival.com/

Amy Sherman-Palladino said:

So after years of peace and quiet these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay… You asked for it….Gilmore was the highlight of my ridiculous life. I can’t wait to sit with these unbelievable broads and relive a time where sleep did not exist where stress and coffee were mama’s little helpers and where we all dove into the deep end together to make something weird and very very cool.

I’d bet my back teeth more of the show’s alumni will also be in attendance.

I cannot wait to see what comes out of this. The last four words, opinion about the last (Palladino-less) season, plans for something – anything – next? Any opinions on whether this is why Lauren, Alexis, Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) and Amy might (or might not) have met up earlier this year?

I’ve got a wedding that weekend that I cannot miss – so please please please will someone go so we can live vicariously through you?

Pic c/o TheWB

How Many Yellow Daisies Does It Take To Make A Proposal?

Hopefully any new readers watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the first time should by now have gobbled up all of season one.  If not, well basically this whole website is Spoiler City so, y’know, there’s my due diligence right there.  Hope you’re enjoying the show btw.

At the end of season one, Max Medina blurts out a proposal in a ‘desperate attempt to end a bickering match’ and Lorelai gives him a well-deserved dressing down:

Lorelai: … It should be magical. There should be music playing and romantic lighting and a subtle build up to the popping of the big question. There should be a thousand yellow daisies and candles and a horse and I don’t know what the horse is doing there unless you’re riding it, which seems a little over the top, but it should be more than… this.

Then later we see her, for once, speechless as she gets what she wished for.  

ah-aah-ahhhCHOOOO

Apparently, many times over.  EW talked to show writer and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Sandy Veneziano the Production Designer for a look behind-the-scenes – well, behind that scene in particular.

Amy Sherman-Palladino: We had no money on Gilmore, especially that first year. We were trying to trade sexual favors for snow.

Sandy Veneziano: We cheated a little bit on some of the shots. We would push the background daisies—if it wasn’t a wide shot—further in and put some on apple boxes so they were a little higher and filled the space.

So, how many daisies did the show actually end up using?

Amy: Oh my God, it’s thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands. I think we all lost count at some point… Three or four times we had to send people back to get yellow daisies. I think we wiped out yellow daisies on the West Coast.

Head on over to catch the whole piece: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/21/gilmore-girls-thousand-yellow-daisies/

What I want to know is – where are the candles and the horse?  (And the roller-skates for the horse?)

This scene is sandwiched between Rory blurting out to Dean ‘I love you, you idiot!’ and the Lorelai and Rory running at each other through Stars Hollow gibbering like the lovestruck fools they are.  Probably the most ‘up’ ending of any of the seasons?

Did you like the daisy proposal?  I thought Max’s original mid-argument proposal was frighteningly realistic – I’ve heard worse.  Do you like Max as a partner for Lorelai?  This could have gone so, so wrong if Lorelai had hayfever…

Pic c/o TheWB