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While the real kids of the NYC prep school scene are still enjoying their last few weeks of vacation in the Hamptons or Saint-Tropez, the cast of Gossip Girl is back filming on the Upper East Side and this season they will be joined by Hilary Duff.
The Duffster was on set yesterday, preparing for her role which according to Celebrity-Gossip.net is that of a movie star who enrolls in classes at NYU in hopes of getting a typical college experience. Hmm...can you say Olsen twins. Duff's character will also take an interest in Dan Humphrey.
Meanwhile, the real new class of NYU students will arrive in just a few weeks and the Student Resource Center is dedicated to helping them adjust to being on their own in the big city. However, if you're visiting an NYU student this fall you might want to see what kind of tourist hook-ups they can get you.
We're not sure exactly why Entourage has returned to HBO for another season. They should have ended the series with the final episode of last season which had Vincent Chase dramatically pulling himself out of nasty career funk by scoring a movie role with Martin Scorcese. But no. Entourage is now back in our living rooms on Sunday nights throwing all the perks of movie stardom and beautiful people and VIP lifestyle into our faces. Ok, we could choose not to watch it but what fun would that be?
The episode finds the boys once again living the good life now that Vince's done shooting the movie and is starting the publicity rounds, including a Leno appearance. But this year, it seems not everything revolves Vince. E, Turtle and Drama amazingly have found their own lives and things to do while Ari has his hands full with a promotion-seeking Lloyd and an old friend who has joined him at the agency.
We had our preppy picks ready to go. We had our punk picks ready to go. We were anticipating the return of Andrew McCarthy to the 80s. But sadly, Gossip Girl spin-off--which was to follow Lily van Der Woodsen around Los Angeles during her rebellious youth--is not happening.
Deadline Hollywood reports:
As I reported at 2:45 PM today, put a fork in it. It's done. Next Monday's episode of Gossip Girl is a flashback that was supposed to be a tempting taste for next fall's spinoff following the wild teen years of now mom Lily van der Woodsen (played by Brittany Snow) in Los Angeles in the 1980s. But even though I heard Peter Roth loved its yesteryear vibe, the show went from hot, to lukewarm, to "fading but wouldn't count out", to now dead, according to my insiders. I'm really surprised.
We are too! How will America's youth ever know what it was like to live in the 80s in a time before cellphones and MacBooks? We guess they could just watch VH1's "I Love the 80s" Parts 1-10 online somewhere.
On Friday, USA Network’s Burn Notice is filming on Jackson Avenue between McDonald Street and Gifford Lane in the Coconut Grove area of Miami, Florida. Burn Notice is a sexy series about a blacklisted spy, played by Jeffrey Donovan, struggling to put his life back together and find out why he's been burned.
While other shows like Dexter and CSI: Miami are set in Miami, they are actually shot in L.A. Burn Notice is currently the only series filmed completely in Miami.
Tomorrow’s location is just a few blocks from one of Miami's best restaurants, Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latin Grill, 3067 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove. Jaguar is known for their ceveches, a popular Latin American dish made with marinated seafood and served raw. Their Ceviche Spoon Sampler features tuna, swordfish and white fish ceviches for around $15.
It was to be expected but we are actually surprised it took On Location Tours to get halfway through the second season of (the best show on earth right now) Gossip Girl to announce their own Gossip Girl Tour which will begin this summer.
Live a day in the life of Serena, Blair, Chuck, Dan, Vanessa, and Nate on this three hour guided bus tour that goes to more than 30 locations that were used in filming the hit TV series. Find out behind the scenes information and little known facts about the cast and crew of Gossip Girl from local New York City actors and actresses who are the guides on this exciting tour.
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With so much travel news raining down on us, we don't always have time to give every story its own forecast. Now here are some of today's more celeb-centric travel stories in brief.
· The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Will "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" be able to fill the void left by Carmela Soprano? More importantly, will it make people hop on the ACES on NJ Transit trains to visit the state? We're not sure. But do expect a lot of "Jerziness" to come out like: mall-hopping, nasal accents, an inside look at the "construction" business, the start-up of a strip club, trips to the Jersey Shore and we can only hope, some Taylor Ham. Yeah, Taylor Ham not Pork Roll. We hope the NJ Tourism board is ok with all this. [Bravo TV]
· Graydon Carter is Monkeying Around: The Vanity Fair editor is working on a new restaurant. The Monkey Bar is expected to open soon on East 54th Street in New York. Remember, Carter is already one of the folks behind the Waverly Inn. [Page Six]
· Could This Be the End of The Hills?: Looks like Audrina Patridge won't be returning for a sixth season either (LC is out too.) But she won't be leaving your TV sets anytime soon. There are talks she will get her own show. Oh great. [EW]
· Southwest's CEO Really Plays Guitar: In case you were ever curious about CEO Gary Kelly's musical skills you can check 'em out here. [Southwest Blog]
· Kanye West Will Be Charged: Remember when Kanye went batshit on a photog at American Airlines at LAX? He's going to be charged with three misdemeanors. [TMZ]
This week's episode opened with Bret and Jemaine playing a gig at the Bar and Grill on the Lower East Side at Houston and Attorney Streets. Yes, there is a street called Attorney Street here. And the actual establishment is called The Parkside Lounge which is located at 317 East Houston Street.
You can go here to watch variety acts or listen to Bluegrass music or attend a potluck dinner night. (Visit the MySpace page for more details. Or you could go to watch Bret and Jemaine play to a crowd of zero.
But really why would you want to do that when you can go visit NewZealandtown which is on the block between Little Italy and Chinatown, so says Prime Minister Brian. Actually locating NewZealandtown is quite difficult to do on a map and indeed it only takes up the space in front of a nail salon. Oh, and it was only up for one day.
But if you're really jonesing for some Kiwi action in NYC then we suggest hitting up the Kiwi Club of New York for some suggestions. Or you can just show up to their next Pub Night at the Galway Hooker on E. 36t street on Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm. Don't forget your hair gel. It makes you cool.
· Parkside Lounge [Official Site]
With such a jam-packed Flight of the Conchords episode full of New Zealand jokes, celebrity impersonators, real-life celebrities, a Judas Priest-tribute video, a Korean karaoke love song and FOTC stalker/fan Mel, it was almost hard to pick out what we loved most about this episode--until Jemaine revealed he was engaging in some unwanted "Garfunkeling." Here's how it went down.
The ever-resourceful Murray obtained a gig for Bret and Jemaine as Simon and Garfunkel lookalikes. While the gig may not have gone so well in Mel's eyes, Jemaine did manage to snag a date with Karen, played by 24's Mary Jane Rajskub. On their first date to Alias Restaurant on Clinton Street, Karen is disappointed that Jemaine was not in costume. Ever one to please the ladies, he goes home to change into his Garfunkel gear. Later, when it's time for sexytime Karen won't let Jemaine remove his costume. And so begins the start of their sexual relationship or as she calls it "Garfunkeling."
Women with missing epileptic dogs named Charlie you are in luck. Your knights in 80s animal t-shirts and denim blazers have arrived. Their name is Flight of the Conchords. You might be able to catch them at a Jazzercise class or at a benefit gig for "pepileptic dogs." If you're really lucky, they may fight over you at Cafe Cortadito in the East Village.
That's where Jemaine and Bret wooed the oddly-named Brahbrah (played by the very funny Kirsten Wiig), a woman with a (you guessed it) missing epileptic dog named Charlie.
The film industry is big business in New York State thanks in part to a tax incentive offering movies and TV shows 30% of production expenditures for filming in NY. The state allocated $685 million to cover the tax breaks through 2013.
What they didn’t realize was just how enticing the incentive would be to productions that moved to New York in droves. This filming boom caused the funds to dry on February 1st, five years sooner than they had anticipated.
Now, Governor David Paterson is saying he will not replenish the fund, leaving the fate of several TV shows up in the air, not to mention the dozens of movies slated to film in NYC this year.
The smackdown between Australians and Kiwis continues this week on Flight of the Conchords when Jemaine has an abusive relationship with a Sheila. Ah, but where there is pain, there is gain. The episode produces two of the best songs this season--the type of songs that made us fall in love with Jemaine and Bret in the first place.
The first of which, "Too Many D--ks on the Dance Floor," takes place inside the fictional Score Spot disco on Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn. It's actually known as Club Exit in real life and according to NY Mag:
Polish club kids and greasy rockers cross unlikely paths on the zebra-printed dance floor of this over-the-top nightclub.
Hmm...we wonder if they filmed the interior scenes elsewhere as the Score Spot looked more "Saturday Night Fever" than "Eurotrip." Anyways, after creating "lady space" on the dance floor, Jemaine meets a girl named Keitha who he later finds out to be *gasp* an Australian.
While Bret and Jemaine acted like angels in Mel's first dream on Flight of the Conchords, they weren't as well behaved in her subsequent dreams. So when Murray brought Mel along to the Tae Kwon Do class to add a female element to his friendship exercises with Bret, Jemaine and his friend
Dick Jim, she ended up exacting revenge for whatever B and J did in her dreams.