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Some of our favourite faces are getting bizzay this year.  Yay!

Lauren Graham (duh, Lorelai Gilmore) is back back back and possibly getting it on with Ray Romano in Parenthood‘s upcoming fifth season.  While I love Raymond (doesn’t Everybody?), I can’t help squinting and pretending he’s Max.  Medina.  Maaaaaax Medina.

squint really hard

Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) is a busy bunny right now, having signed up for the TV pilot of alien sci-fi show, The Visitors.  Sounding like a cross between V and Battlestar Galactica, aliens are among us and up to no good.  Milo will feature in the pilot as John Doe, covered in tattoos and speaking a funny language.  Sounds like me after one too many glasses of sherry.  He’s also in the remake of Burt Reynold’s 1986 movie Heat, due out in August this year.

Plus, there’s also word that Heroes is getting a re-boot.  Might we see Milo back as Peter Petrelli?  One can only hope that Heroes Reborn, due in 2015, is a return to the soaring heights of the first series and not the dismal dregs of anything that came after.

Finally, a nod to a friend of the family.  Bailey (cute-as-a) Buntain (Ginny from Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads) has been cast in Lifetime’s sequel to Flowers in the Attic.   No word on whether she’ll be bouncing around dressed as a bumblebee but those attic siblings must have found something to pass the time.  I mean, besides all the incest.

Anything take your fancy?  Who’d you really like to see back on the screen or stage?

Pic c/o NBC

Milo Ventimiglia stars in crime thriller Tell

At a cinema near you in summer 2014, Milo (Gilmore’s Jess Mariano) stars alongside Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and two of my favourite comedy actors, Jason Lee and Alan Tudyk.  Comic actors playing bad dudes can be so cool, when they focus all that manic energy down into something creepy, like Robin Williams in One Hour Photo. You can tell Jason Lee’s bad because he’s borrowed Coppola’s beard:

Both fresh from Clemenza's bathroom

Milo stars as Ethan Tell, a criminal who scores $1 million in a heist.  However, stealing the money was the easy part. All bothering him for a share are his partner, his ex-wife, his parole officer and two corrupt detectives.

 Tell is written by Timothy Williams, who was once on Doogie Howser.  It’s directed by J.M.R. Luna, who was an electrician on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and must have done a damn fine job.

Pic c/o Arclight

38 Days Left to Fund Alexis Bledel’s Movie!

Katherine Heigl (the adorable Izzy from Gray’s Anatomy) is using IndieGogo to fund post-production on her independent movie project Jenny’s Wedding.  Heigl plays the titular Jenny, whose conventional parents are all too pleased she’s finally getting married – until they discover she’s marrying Kitty, played by Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) – Katherine’s lesbian partner.

I'll bet he's no Doggy Swami

Rewards for donating include signed screenplays, advanced screenings, baseball caps, beanies and the actual wedding dress from the movie!  Jenny’s Wedding is written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue, who screenwrote Bette Midler’s Beaches, in case you need a pedigree.

They’re aiming to raise $150,000 by March 28 at IndieGogo.  The release date is currently the end of 2014 but if you really want to see it by then, add your pledge!

Follow the link below to pledge and there’s some footage of Alexis in the ‘fiance’ clip too.


Pic c/o Jenny’s Wedding Movie LLC

Have Yourself A Very Gilmore Christmas

If there ever is a Gilmore Girls movie, it has to include a Christmas. Picture Lorelai and Rory (and two boyfriends of your choice) warming their toes in front of an open fire, cracking wise about Rudolf and roasting chestnuts and waxing anecdotal about their Christmases we never saw.  Taylor and Kirk pass by as carollers, arguing the factual correctness of Little Donkey.  A sick Santa emergency requires someone to step in and save the day… it’d be great.


Still.  In seven years of Gilmore Girls, we never saw an actual Christmas Day, but there were a couple of near misses, from which we may divine some precious Gilmore tips on how to handle Christmas. After all, Christmas is largely about family and Gilmore Girls was about little else.

In year one, we saw Stars Hollow a couple of weeks before the big day and in year seven, Lorelai postpones Christmas until Rory’s return from London. Class is in session, pay attention at the back.


Don’t waste energy on picky people

Lorelai: And I got cologne for Michel and the same cologne for my mother.
Rory: Weird.
Lorelai: Well, they’ll both hate whatever I give them so I figured, why spend time picking out doomed gifts?
s07e11 Santa’s Secret Stuff

Look at what a gift says to the other person, not to you

Lane: Remember two years ago, I got my mom that perfume?
Rory: Yeah.
Lane: OK to me that said, ‘Hey mom, you work hard, you deserve something fancy’. Now to my mother, it said ‘Hey mom, here’s some smelly sex juice, the kind I use to lure boys with’ and resulted in me being sent to Bible camp all summer.
s01e10 Forgiveness and Stuff

Christmas Dinner

Avoid family arguments by not inviting them

Emily: I am tired of forcing you to do all those terrible things that infringe upon your life and I do not have the energy to pretend that the way you treated my the other day was in any way acceptable.
Lorelai: So you’re uninviting me to Christmas dinner?

(Note: beware of karma.  During the meal, Richard faints and ends up in hospital.  Probably one too many apple tarts.)

Feed appropriately

Luke: Hey, how’s your dad?
Lorelai: Better, though he says that life is not life unless it includes a steak.

Rory: The coffee machine was jammed so I got us some chicken soup and some Pez.

Make your own traditions

Six trees are better than one (for a buck a piece) and mistletoe should be taped to a ceiling fan blade.

Rory: That way, the kissing is more like a sport.

My top Christmas tradition is watching A Muppet Family Christmas, made before the magnificent Jim Henson passed away; properly anarchic and original yet touching.  How about you?  Any Christmas Gilmore traditions?  

Hey State-side, is Candy Cane coffee a real thing?  And oh while I remember, does anyone have a good eggnog recipe?  I tried it one year and ended up with bits of omelette floating in hot milk.  Gross.

Though it’s been said many times, many ways – Merry Christmas to you, my extended Gilmore kin, wherever in the world you are.  Keep your toes warm and Be Good.  See you next year x

Pic c/o The WB

Alexis Bledel and the Sisterhood Re-Unite!

Santorini! Good times...Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), America Ferreira and Blake Lively threw a surprise bachelorette party earlier this week for their fourth Sister of the Traveling Pants, Amber Tamblyn.

As reported by Wonderwall, the aptly-named Lively lured the soon-to-be-wed Tamblyn into a cab, blindfolded her and took her to the airport.

In Tamblyn’s words:

‘I felt all of these hands pulling me out of the car. I’m like, ‘OK, I’m going to be beheaded.’ … And it was America and Alexis. They had all surprised me and put this whole trip together to New Orleans.’

Blake Lively also threw a surprise party when America Ferreira got married, whereas she herself held a secret wedding ceremony.  So, with three Sisters wed, there’s only one left… so no pressure, Alexis.

It’s been 9 years since the first movie and the bond between these gals seems as strong as ever.  Wouldn’t you love friends like these?  Did you enjoy The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, the books, the sequel?  Whose bachelorette party would be more fun – Lorelai’s or Rory’s?  And the elephant in the room… how long until Alexis ties the knot?

Source: http://wonderwall.msn.com/movies/blake-lively-ambushed-sisterhood-co-star-for-bachelorette-party-1778067.story

The Ongoing Fifty Shades Furore

The Fifty Shades of Grey movie, based on the bestselling erotic fiction book, was finally cast and will not include Alexis Bledel in the credits.  So far, not particularly news.


However, there then sprang up an online petition at change.org, which has today reached over 82,000 votes for Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore) and Matt Bomer to be cast in the lead parts of 21-year old graduate Anastasia Steele and millionaire mess-up, Christian Grey.

82,000 is the population of a small city!  Why the bizarre support for Alexis in this role?  It’s a little weird.  Comments on the petition page argue as much against the actual casting of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson.

With her birthday yesterday (many happy returns!), Alexis Bledel is now 32 and as youthful as she still and will probably always look, that’s 11 years older than Anastasia Steele’s 21 years, making me wonder if it’s been forgotten that Rory graduated six real-life years ago… out of sight, out of mind?

Would she have made a better Ana six years ago than now?  Are people really fantasizing about Rory having that steamy relationship?

Are there roles that you think could be perfect for Alexis?  Perhaps a re-make of Pippi Longstocking…  Or Lauren as Wonder Woman… hmm, now who’s fantasizing? :O)

Pic c/o the We want Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on 50 Shades petition at change.org.

What’s Mitchum Huntzberger up to these days?

The ever-busy Gregg Henry (Mitchum Huntzberger in Gilmore Girls) has signed onto the upcoming Marvel comic movie, Guardians Of The Galaxy!

4 minute mile

If you’ve ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Gregg Henry is a brilliant move because he’s the very definition of eclectic.  He’s burned into my childhood memories as a baddie in Airwolf, but he’s been prolific for the last 35 years, appearing in such iconic TV shows as Remington Steele, Moonlighting, Magnum PI, Cagney & Lacey, LA Law, Walker Texas Ranger, Matlock, JAG, Chicago Hope, Murder She Wrote, CSI, Firefly, 24, ER, The Mentalist, Castle, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, Medium, Hung, Burn Notice, Bunheads and The Killing.  He’s a veritable national treasure.

His commanding presence in Gilmore Girls was delectable and perfect casting.  He barely needs to speak to get himself across.  Then in Bunheads he was barely recogniseable as the bar owner Rico – yet still perfectly cast!  Although of course in a Gilmore Girls crowd he’d get stoned because of Mitchum’s attempt to crush Rory’s journo dreams.  Yes, he did kind of redeem himself later on but that was series seven.

What was your favourite Gregg Henry role?  Any favourite Mitchum moments?  How about… What do you think happens to Mitchum after we last see him?  Gets embroiled in a phone-tapping scandal?  Has a secret tryst with Pennilyn Lott?

(I’m going to say…  he falls off his yacht in the Atlantic Ocean but wakes up on an island inhabited by a primitive tribe who make him their village idiot.  His frequent attempts to escape the island are inadvertently thwarted by a crime solving monkey he names Rory and there’s a will-they-won’t-they subplot with the chief’s daughter, who displays cannibalistic tendencies.)