Jenny’s Wedding is uh… Coming Out this month

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Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) features in Jenny’s Wedding, a movie to be released later this month.

stare battle!

You may remember this was partly funded through crowdfunding site IndieGogo early last year. They raised $96,691 of their $150,000 target in just two months.

The film centres on Katherine Heigl’s (Gray’s Anatomy) character Jenny who decides to tie the knot with her partner, Kitty (Alexis). However, Jenny’s conservative parents don’t know she’s gay, yet.

The trailer promises a topical story based on a real-life story with strong supporting performances from Tom Wilkinson as Jenny’s father, Grace Gummer (The Newsroom and Meryl Streep’s daughter) as her (probable) sister and Linda Edmond as mom. The real Jenny and her family are extras in the wedding scene and in an interview with Curve last year, Alexis said:

That’s the most satisfying part of doing this job, to know that somebody gets to see something reflected that they didn’t think anybody else was going through — to be able to identify with a story, especially one that’s told from a personal point of view, the way Mary Agnes wrote this one.

Alexis looks suitably adorable, check her out in the trailer here:

Appropriately released in the very month that the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of marriage equality across the nation, the movie comes to theatres/theaters on July 31st and in case that’s too inconvenient, fear not! It arrives on Video On Demand the day after.

Do you buy Katherine and Alexis as a couple? Or are you having the same problem as me – it’s kinda impossible not to see them as Izzy and Rory? Which actually isn’t so much a problem as a pleasantly distracting daydream.

Just how much would you donate towards a crowdfunded Gilmore Girls movie? Bearing in mind the perks for Jenny’s Wedding included coffee mugs, signed screenplays, production stills, your name in the credits, official t-shirts and dinner with the director and producers?

Pic c/o IFCFilms

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Rich

Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

7 thoughts on “Jenny’s Wedding is uh… Coming Out this month

  • July 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm
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    Never was a Grey’s Anatomy fan so by proxy did not care too much about any of the stars except possibly Dempsey and Oh. Thus, kind of a shrug as to this movie pairing for AB. If I have the name correctly this does mark the second time AB has been in a movie with Tom Wilkinson [the Redford civil war treatment].

    As to crowdfunding for a Gilmore movie, kinda think that most of the participants on this blog have donated plenty over the years as to keeping the property in the periphery of the viewing public. So from me, no financial contribution though they are of course, welcome to “borrow for free” any of my comments or possible movie treatment for new content production.

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  • July 21, 2015 at 11:10 am
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    ‘Borrow for free?!’ Where’s that screenwriter’s moxie? :O)

    Must catch that Robert Redford movie some time.

    Katherine Heigl is quoted in Variety as saying ‘I loved making out with Alexis’. Well duh…

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  • July 21, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    Since GG has always been available on TV, I haven’t bothered to acquire the media. Therefore I have spent less on GG than most avid fans. (Though I have certainly gone out of my way to support projects the cast has been involved in.) I would have no qualms about crowdfunding a movie unless the thresholds were insultingly high.

    I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy. Somehow I know Heigl from other random projects. But then The Conspirator is sitting on my shelf unwatched as well. I guess I haven’t been inclined to sit through a long period drama.

    As for Heigl and Bledel as a couple, I don’t know until I see it but I think it will probably work for me. After the absurd Rory/Paris kiss, I have wondered what Bledel would be like as a lesbian. Anyway, I will try to catch this in the theater, though I’m guessing that it won’t have a particularly broad release.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 2:09 am
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    Unrelated but I’m looking forward to seeing Pitch Perfect 2. Missed it at the theaters and it likely won’t be as good as the first but it looks like feel-good fun and y’know – Anna Kendrick. She could have been a Gilmore cousin.

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  • August 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm
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    Now that I’ve read some more about this movie, I’ve completely lost interest. The story sounds stale by today’s standards (might have been better 10 years ago) and Bledel apparently does not have much of a role.

    @Rich,
    Anna Kendrick reminds me of the kinds of actors who dotted the landscape when ASP discovered Bledel – energetic and sarcastic. That’s fine but clearly ASP was looking for the opposite when casting the show. I see no more reason for Kendrick to be a Gilmore cousin as, let’s say, Kristen Bell.

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  • August 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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    I’ve been reading the same press about the movie but I’m a big believer in making my own mind up. Will catch it at some point…

    Absolutely, bring on Kristen Bell as a snooty favorite of Emily’s and Anna Kendrick as the dotty one who chases squirrels. Crazy like a road lizard.

    Pitch Perfect 2 was a real disappointment for me. But I finished Season 2 of Veronica Mars recently and man I did not see that coming. The season finales so far have been insane!

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  • December 1, 2015 at 11:01 am
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    Jenny’s Wedding will be available on Netflix this month (December 2015). That is all.

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