Leighton Meester

“Mars vs. Mars”: Revisiting the Episode You Need to See Before the ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Veronica Mars. I was intrigued by the tone of the show: an inventive mix of teen drama and murder mystery. It’s a film noir in a high school cafeteria, a thriller that breaks for final exams. It immediately draws viewers into this seedy adolescent world where there is a culture clash between the haves and the have-nots, and it doesn’t hesitate to show the way that money and influence have the power to tear friends, schools, and entire towns apart. … Read More

  • 0

Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

It’s October, which means that prestige movie season is in full swing, and there are plenty of big, potential Oscar contenders slated for release this month: Argo, Cloud Atlas, um, Here Comes the Boom, maybe? Point is, the art houses are all but overflowing with terrific offerings this month, from dramas and documentaries to comedy and horror; our picks for the month’s dozen best bets are after the jump. … Read More

  • 0

The 10 Most Embarrassing Celebrity Side Projects

Celebrities are always coming up with side projects and trying to explore new creative genres. It’s certainly not a new phenomenon — think the Rat Pack — although we do think in the modern era there’s probably some building pressure to “expand the brand” across industries. However, some celebs, though often beloved in one area, can branch out a little to quickly or a little too far, and well, embarrass themselves. Hey, it happens to the best of us (obviously, because James Franco is on this list), but that doesn’t mean we can’t judge. Click through for our roundup of the most embarrassing celebrity side projects — and let us know if you have any famous fails to add to the list. … Read More

  • 3

WTF Is Going On with Leighton Meester’s New Song “Front Cut”?

Leighton Meester hasn’t even released an album yet, but the Gossip Girl star may already have the most schizophrenic career in pop music. Her first single, “Somebody to Love,” was an R&B-flavored confection that kicked off with a “Vogue” rip-off. The next cut, “Your Love’s a Drug,” was diva-tastic dance-pop. And… Read More

  • 5

We Cast the Ridiculous ‘Sex and the City’ Prequel

Sex and the City is dead, and Michael Patrick King killed it, with the awfulness that was Sex and the City 2. No matter. King is still planning to resurrect its stinking corpse for The Carrie Diaries, a prequel that tracks our over-analytical heroine from high school in the ’80s through her early days in New York. And now, there’s a rumor spreading that Blake Lively will play the young Carrie. Although we don’t dislike Lively as much as most people seem to, we think that if this project really is happening, she would be an awful choice for Carrie. So the news that her people are denying she’s been cast gives us hope. After the jump, we cast the prequel, based on the potentially misguided belief that the young Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte will also be making appearances. … Read More

  • 3

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In case you missed it last night, here’s President Obama’s interview on The Daily Show. Our favorite part had to be when Jon Stewart referred to the president as “dude.”
2. Despite our issues with this week’s Rocky Horror-themed episode of Glee, we’ve got high hopes for this coming week. Rumor is… Read More

  • 0

Sorry Gaga: Our Picks for a Best New Artist Grammy Nod

If you haven’t already heard, it looks like America’s favorite performance artist Lady Gaga — she of the fashion envelope pushing — is definitely ineligible to be nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy when the awards for 2009 are awarded early next year despite reports to the contrary. Why, you ask? Because she was already nominated last year for “Just Dance” back when her only fans were clubgoers and the gays. Gaga lost then to Daft Punk, but she’s poised to be a major contender this year in other categories if not a shoo-in for the category she lost in 2008. As for the gaping hole in the Best New Artist category that she leaves behind? Here’s a look at the acts we’ll be rooting for when nominations are… Read More

  • 0

Photo Gallery: Library Lions 2009

On Monday night, the New York Public Library held their largest event of the year at the main branch on 42nd street. Candles lined dramatic marble staircases that were strewn with rose petals as socialites and celebrity guests made their entrances. We were there rubbing elbows with Bryant Gumbel (who looks a lot meeker in person) and Henry Kissinger (who looks surprisingly vital for an old war… Read More

  • 0

The 10 Meanest Things Pitchfork Has Said About Weezer

Raditude, Weezer’s questionably-titled seventh album, hit stores yesterday — and it is silly pop music. But that’s okay, because Leighton Meester is on board. Come on, Blair! Don’t you know it’s so not cool to like a band’s recent work? You have to roll your eyes and talk about how only their old stuff is good. And like any group of self-respecting elitists, the Pitchfork reviewers (primarily Rob Mitchum, but the two other dudes who have reviewed Weezer albums in the last ten years too) hate hate hate every Weezer album after Pinkerton. Hate… Read More

  • 36

Spotted: Leighton Meester On Stage with Weezer

When it comes to finding ways to make sure your new album gets press, Rivers Cuomo is a master. (You rolled your eyes over the name “Radtitude,” but it became a story people. ) So what better way to make sure Weezer’s name gets out there to a generation of kids too young to know every word to “Buddy Holly” than bring to Queen B up on stage for a… Read More

  • 0