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★★☆☆☆ Belonging to that wonky sub-genre of William Shakespeare's commonly works known as the 'problem plays', Michael Almereyda's Anarchy (2014) is an intriguingly off-the-wall production which ultimately doesn't quite gel. Cymbeline (Ed Harris) of the Briton Motorcycle Club goes to war with the Roman police department headed by Caius Lucius (Vondie Curtis-Hall). Meanwhile, his second wife (Milla Jovovich) plots to remove Cymbeline's beloved daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson), who is also endangered by trouble-making villain Iachimo (Ethan Hawke), who taunts her boyfriend Posthumus (Penn Badgley) into an ill-advised bet against Imogen's fidelity.
- CineVue UK
John Oliver might be on vacation, but he knows that kids are heading back to school , and the HBO host couldn’t leave them hanging. So Oliver compiled a quick back-to-school guide in a web-only clip from “Last Week Tonight.” The host went class by class, offering advice on how to excel in subjects such as math, biology, chemistry and even world history. “You will also learn that Arica and Asia are places, but that’s about it,” Oliver said. “You will leave school knowing as much about those two continents as I know about actor Penn Badgley; you’ll »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Although John Oliver and his show aren't quite back yet, they're still here in spirit (read: via web exclusive) to help you ease back into school (or your back-to-school nostalgia). The below clip proffers some spot-on high school pro-tips, warnings, and shortcuts. Don't worry — the most time-consuming thing you'll have to do this year is watch the four-minute vid, as you essentially don't have to read any books next year. Oh, and, for what it's worth, you'll probably become an expert on all things Warren G. Harding and Penn Badgley in no time, thanks to what can only be described as inevitable, unbridled curiosity, courtesy of the host. In John we trust; he returns September 13. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Throughout the U.S., Labor Day marks the official end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Although Last Week Tonight is still on hiatus, John Oliver shared a web exclusive "Back to School" video to provide a crash course on what students should prep for this upcoming school year, from math and world history to biology and English.
For American History, Oliver advises students to do some independent research on one topic: Warren G. Harding's love life. "Seriously, Google 'Warren G. Harding penis named Jerry' right now »
You'll nerd out over Chris Hemsworth's Ghostbusters costume - Et Jennifer Love Hewitt tweets about Can't Hardly Wait sequel - HuffPost Celeb Dance Mom's Abby Lee Miller made a fan cry at a restaurant - Ok! Terrence Howard divorces for the third time - Us Weekly A look inside Penn Badgley's rock-star lifestyle - Gossip Girl Selena Gomez will guest on The Voice for Gwen Stefani's team - Lainey Gossip No surprise Andy Samberg was a high school class clown - BuzzFeed Ryan Adams releases a preview of his Taylor Swift covers album - People Chris Brown and Rihanna might be rekindling their relationship - The Frisky »
Zoë Kravitz has been previously linked to handsome stars like Chris Pine, Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley, and Drake, but her latest beau is turning heads for a different reason. The singer and actress recently began dating a musician and writer named George Lewis Jr., who goes by the stage name Twin Shadow, and quickly after seeing photos of him on Zoë's social media feeds, we couldn't help but notice how much he looks like her father, rocker Lenny Kravitz. Seriously, there's one hell of a resemblance between the two, from the cropped dreads and facial hair to the tight pants, t-shirts, and hipster headwear. It's also worth noting that Zoë has become the spitting image of her famous mom, Lisa Bonet - so seeing her and Twin Shadow together is basically like a blast to the past to Lenny and Lisa's '90s courtship. Hey, experts do say that »
Blake Lively found starring on 'Gossip Girl' ''personally compromising''. The 27-year-old actress portrayed Serena Van Der Woodsen in the TV drama and admitted the dark subject themes were at odds with her own desire to promote a ''better message''. She said: ''People loved it, but it always felt a little personally compromising - you want to be putting a better message out there... ''I loved it when they put Blair and Serena as best friends supporting each other.'' And Blake - who has six-month-old daughter James with husband Ryan Reynolds - couldn't understand why parents would let their teenage children watch the show. She added: ''When parents would say, 'My teenager is watching your show', I wanted to say, 'Hold on. Why? Are you having a talk with them after?' ''From the drug use to the point where we're killing people, it's sexual and salacious.'' »
Remember how bummed we were when The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder broke up? Luckily they've been able to remain friends, but they certainly aren't the first TV costars to strike up (and then end) a romantic relationship - small-screen duos like Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody, Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, and Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron also hooked up during their downtime, and leading ladies like Jennifer Garner, Emily VanCamp, and Sophia Bush were lucky enough to find love on more than one set. Scroll through to see 30 couples that took their love off screen - and even worked together well past their demise. »
The 28-year-old actor – who starred as Dan Humphrey alongside Blake Lively on The CW series from 2007 to 2012 – has admitted the ending of the show was somewhat confusing when his character was unveiled as the infamous anonymous blogger after whom the series is named.
He explained: “It doesn’t make sense at all. It wouldn’t have made sense for anybody. ‘Gossip Girl’ doesn’t make sense!”
However, he insists of all the characters on the show, Dan made a believable ‘Gossip Girl’ as he was a published writer.
He added: “But no, it made enough sense. He was a writer.”
Meanwhile, Penn has moved on from his ‘Gossip Girl’ days and now performs in the indie band Mothxr.
The star – whose single ‘Easy’ topped the Billboard and Twitter Emerging Artist list this week after their video was released »
- The Hollywood News
Source: Getty / Alberto E. Rodriguez In a reunion every Gossip Girl fan will appreciate, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford were spotted together in La over the weekend. It's been more than two years since they wrapped up their roles as Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald, and the actors were all smiles as they posed during the City Year Los Angeles Spring Break event at Sony Studios on Saturday. Cue the Gossip Girl nostalgia! To stay in the Upper East Side spirit, take our quiz to find out which Gossip Girl character you are, then check out 65 times Blake Lively gave us outfit envy on the show and see why Penn Badgley called Blake his best and worst onscreen kiss. Xoxo. »
Rick Grimes takes aim from the shotgun seat in the Wizard World Philadelphia variant cover for The Walking Dead #1, drawn by artist Clay Mann (X-Men, Gambit).
Press Release -- "Philadelphia, April 28, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Batman Eternal and Harley Quinn artist Clay Mann has drawn the ninth in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, May 7-10. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Pennsylvania Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic. »
- Derek Anderson
Produced by 3 Hounds Productions, Littlefield Company, Mhs Productions, Paramount Networks Television Productions
Aired on The WB for 1 season (15 episodes, 4 Unaired) from September 19, 2002 – December 5, 2002
Penn Badgley as Joel Larsen
Angela Goethals as Cheryl Larsen
Josh Wise as Pat Brody
Natasha Melnick as Isabelle Meyers
Michael Milhoan as Bill Larsen
Gigi Rice as Karen Larsen
After enduring a jolt to the head from defibrillator paddles, a depressed paper salesman named Joel Larsen is sent back 20 years into his fifteen-year-old body, where he is given a second chance at life to do everything he never allowed himself to do the first time around, including helping out his drug addict sister from going down a bad road and saving his parents’ marriage. Joel quickly adjusts to his new status as a teen, now with knowledge of the future, and lives »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Blake Lively doesn't miss much about Gossip Girl. The actress played wealthy Manhattanite Serena van der Woodsen for six seasons on The CW series, a role that put her on the map. "People loved it, but it always felt a little personally compromising—you want to be putting a better message out there," Lively explains in Allure's May 2015 issue, noting that viewers often confused her with her character on TV. "The lines become blurred." "It doesn't help when everybody is dating who they're dating on the show, and you're also saying to the costume designer, 'Hey, can I take that home?'" adds Lively, who dated co-star Penn Badgley from 2008 to »
Episodes: Eight (hour)
TV show dates: February 12, 2015 -- April 2, 2015
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.
TV show description:
This series is based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and the Australian television series of the same name. It's an unflinching look at how one little slap can have a huge impact.
Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) is a public servant, husband, father and valued friend who's on the cusp of his 40th birthday and not comfortable with it. His beautiful and intelligent wife is Aisha (Thandie Newton). She's planning his party filled with his very boisterous Greek family and friends like television writer »
It's not like there was any question but NBC has confirmed that there won't be a second season of The Slap, their low-rated Thursday night mini-series. The series ended as it began -- with poor ratings.
On The Slap TV show, a birthday celebration comes to an abrupt halt when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. It's a small action that ends up deeply affecting all involved. The cast for the mini-series includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.
Written for the screen and directed by Michael Almereyda
Cymbeline is director Michael Almereyda’s second Shakespeare adaptation set in modern day, his last being 2000’s Hamlet, also starring Ethan Hawke. The Bard’s late work tragedy, previously set in the Royal Court of Olde England, receives a face-lift, updated to a war between the Roman police force and the Briton Motorcycle Club ran by Cymbeline (Ed Harris). The King trades in a crown for an Uzi and a leather jacket as a drug kingpin troubled by familial strife. His second wife (the serpentine Milla Jovovich) despises Cymbeline’s daughter, Imogen (Dakota Johnson, proving she has acting chops not found in Fifty Shades of Grey), for not marrying her son, Cloten (Anton Yelchin).
- Colin Biggs
Blake Lively was Penn Badgley's ''worst'' screen kiss. The 28-year-old actor enjoyed locking lips on screen with his 'Gossip Girl' co-star when they were dating, but admits things were awkward once they had ended their relationship in 2010. He said: ''I'll say Blake [was the best on-screen kiss] because we actually had a relationship at the time. ''And worst? Maybe Blake after we broke up.'' However, Penn thinks he and Blake - who has a two-month-old daughter with husband Ryan Reynolds - deserve credit for how they conducted themselves at work after they split. Speaking on 'Watch What Happens Live', he said: ''We were actually consummately professional, to be honest. ''I think we should both pat ourselves on the back for getting through it -- because, you know, anything is complicated in that way, and we handled it.'' Penn's character Dan Humphrey was unmasked as the person behind Gossip Girl at the end of the series, »
Has it really been five years since Penn Badgley and Blake Lively were one of young Hollywood's favorite couples? Well, Lively's husband, Ryan Reynolds, would probably be first to tell you a big, fat "yes." But with the Internet's memory being as long as it is, Badgley was asked just today whether any of the relationship-themed songs he's written lately were inspired by his ex-girlfriend and Gossip Girl co-star. "No, there's not," Badgley, who was most recently seen on TV in The Slap, said Friday on HuffPost Live. "That was a long time ago, so when I was writing music then, I mean... nothing that stands today." However, Badgley also said, »
In 2000, writer-director Michael Almereyda began his journey with William Shakespeare at the top, taking on “Hamlet” in his Ethan Hawke-starring adaptation set in in modern-day Manhattan. For his return to the Bard, however, Almereyda is bringing to the screen one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known, lesser-beloved plays, “Cymbeline.” The film uses Shakespeare’s original text, which tells the story of Cymbeline (a king in pre-Roman England, perhaps historical, perhaps legendary) and his daughter, Imogen, who marries the penniless Posthumus against her father’s wishes. In Almereyda’s version, which opens in select theaters Friday, Cymbeline is the kingpin of the Britons Motorcycle Club in a rundown, backwater American town. Here, the Roman foes are dirty cops, and a brutal turf war breaks out when Cymbeline (Ed Harris), at the urging of his wife (Milla Jovovich) refuses to honor an agreement with the police. Posthumus – here a skateboarding gang member – is played by Penn Badgley. »
- Emily Rome
Paging Lonely Boy! Gossip Girl stars Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford might have signed on for new TV projects (in the ABC pilots L.A. Crime and Boom, respectively), but Penn Badgley, who played Brooklyn writer (and secret gossip blogger) Dan Humphries on The CW soap for six seasons, told Us Weekly that he doesn't plan to do any more television once his NBC miniseries The Slap wraps up. "It’s going to end up being my swan song for television because I don’t think I can do any [...] »
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