Penn Badgley

Do You Believe Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley?

With only one shortened season of Gossip Girl left to go, Penn Badgley — known to those who sign their emails “XOXO” as Lonely Boy — is poised to break out. After winning even more teen hearts in 2010’s Easy A and earning serious-actor cred in last year’s Margin Call, he stars as Jeff Buckley in the upcoming biopic Greetings from Tim Buckley. The film premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival and finds Badgley’s Buckley grappling with the legacy of a father who was practically a stranger to him.

So, how believable is Badgley as Buckley in the trailer that’s just surfaced? Honestly, it’s hard to look at him and not see Dan Humphrey, the smart and self-effacing outsider, full of gently withering observations and slightly nervous mannerisms. But there are also some shots where Badgley’s face seems to open up and let in some of the vulnerability or transcendence we associate with Jeff Buckley. The performance footage, in particular, is promising — which won’t come as a surprise to those who have seen footage of Badgley playing three of Buckley’s songs in Brooklyn last month. Watch the trailer below. … Read More

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Watch John Steinbeck’s ‘East of Eden’ Hilariously Spoofed by Penn Badgley and Zachary Quinto

John Steinbeck was a pretty serious fellow — all that dust and death and hard labor and family conflict — so we’re not sure how he might have felt about this hilarious short film adaptation of East of EdenWe know how we feel about it though, and we think it’s pretty great — produced by Zachary Quinto and starring Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley, it’s the best kind of just-for-fun side project: Badgley’s acting and comedic timing are spot on, and the whole thing, full of dick jokes as it may be, is just the right amount of cheeky. Click through to watch, and let us know how you think the short holds up to the book (or if it finally makes you want to read it) in the comments. … Read More

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The Fug Report: Highs and Lows from the Week in Fashion

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of the most memorable looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!

This week on Go Fug Yourself, we checked in… Read More

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The Fug Report: Highs and Lows from the Week in Fashion

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we tried to imagine going an entire year without looking in the mirror once. We couldn’t believe that VH1 has already given the go ahead to a new reality series starring T.I. on the same day that he was released from prison. We wished that this… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Easy A

The trailer for Easy A opens with the recently ubiquitous Emma Stone telling us (or maybe YouTube) about her wild new career as the most sought-after faux-slut in town. You see, after pretending to have noisy sex with her secretly gay friend within earshot of a confusingly large number of classmates, she stumbles into the business of fake-devirginizing every geek in school to boost their social status. But popular-bitch Amanda Bynes isn’t having it, parents Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci don’t approve, and apparently everything changes when she meets her dream dude, Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley. Will this new spin on the high-school sex comedy succeed on the strength of its impressive cast or fail due to a one-joke plot? Watch the trailer and make your prediction after the jump. … Read More

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