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?
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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.
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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.)

Join The Gilmore Girls Movie Project

what's the worst that could happen?Have you come across the Gilmore Girls Movie Project?

c/o @GGmovieIt’s an online petition whose noble purpose is to demonstrate a collective desire to know what happened next, to those characters that made a family of sorts.  Indeed for many of us, these characters became part of our own family and history too: Taylor Doose the nutty uncle, Dean the moody cousin and Lorelai the best friend / mom / woman ever.  It would be fulfilling to bring Amy Sherman-Palladino back and gain some closure in a way the final season didn’t quite manage.

Check out their YouTube video for the cause and why not add your name to the list?  What’ve you got to lose?  With a current goal of a mere 500 signatures (180 to go), show some love…

Link to The Gilmore Girls Movie Project.

Pic c/o GilmoreGirlsMovieProject

Alexis Bledel is Favorite for 50 Shades Movie

alexis grey?Yes it’s pure speculation and likely she hasn’t even been asked, but Alexis Bledel is the bookie’s favourite to play the female lead in the upcoming movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

The notoriously steamy novel by E.L. James revolves around the relationship between 27-year old bazillionaire Christian Grey and recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and if you haven’t read it yet, don’t expect anything until chapter 7.

Alexis’ odds at William Hill are 2/1, with Mila Kunis at 9/2 and Emma Watson at 6/1 (I wonder if they’d get the same odds in an actual foot-race).  Thing is, Alexis’ schedule seems to be filling up already with Fox picking up Us and Them (the US remake of britcom Gavin and Stacey), with Alexis playing Stacey.  Focus Features, the production company behind Lost In Translation and Brokeback Mountain, has set the 50 Shades release date as August 1st 2014.

For my two cents, I could see Alexis playing it – she has the effortless naivete and the acting chops to play an innocent ten years younger than she is – and of course there’s the in-built audience for her playing against type as Rory Gilmore – but I don’t know if it’s the best fit.  As the director of Nowhere Boy, an honest biopic that portrayed the young John Lennon as a charismatic and talented but troubled kid, I would trust Sam Taylor-Johnson to find the guts of the story.

However, I’d suspect a relative unknown to take the lead.  Nobody saw Jennifer Lawrence or Kristen Stewart coming before they were cast in The Hunger Games and Twilight.  Casting any big star would mean some of the more – uh – specific parts of the book would have to be left out.  The expectations of the movie would be ridiculously high and the movie would have to stand alone in its own right.  Anything less than that would tar everyone involved which would be a risk although perhaps in Hollywood, there’s always that risk.

What do you think?  Could she play it?  Should she play it?

Melissa McCarthy responds to ‘tractor’ attack

One of the most successful Gilmore Girls actors post-Gilmore is Melissa McCarthy, who embodied the effervescent chef, Sookie St. James. Currently doing the rounds for The Heat, in which she and Sandra Bullock play mismatched cop buddies, she most recently featured in The Identity Thief alongside Jason Bateman.

deep fried

Earlier this year, The New York Observer (the same weekly tabloid that launched Candace Bushnell’s column that became Sex And The City), published a review of The Identity Thief, distastefully targetting McCarthy as:

‘…a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.’

The critic also labelled her ‘tractor-sized’ and a ‘female hippo’.  The piece and its author received widespread online condemnation but McCarthy made no immediate public response.

She only recently responded in an interview with the New York Times, recalling her initial reaction as ‘Really?’-  and then ‘Why would someone O.K. that?’

She continued:

‘I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.’

And reflected that had this happened when she was 20, it would have crushed her and that now, as a mother of two daughters in our current environment of distorted notions of what people should look like, she considered how such comments especially affect young girls who haven’t yet found confidence in themselves.

‘That makes it more true.  It means you don’t actually look good enough.’

When it came to Sookie St James, size never occurred to me as an issue.  It was her personality and talent that, along with all the Gilmore Girls characters, make them seem larger than life.   As an actor, when I see Melissa on billboards and at the movies, I can’t help thinking, with a hint of pride, ‘I knew her when…’.  Her success seems obvious now, her comic timing and the gusto with which she plasters herself onto these characters are at once daring and endearing.  In later years, I can equally see her excelling at quieter, thoughtful parts with aplomb, playing the old lady she always thought she would.

What did you think of Melissa McCarthy’s recent movies and recognition?  Is she funny just because she’s big?  Can anything be done about the issue so many young girls have with their body image?