Thursday, January 15, 2009

BUZZ: "Gossip Girl" 80s Spinoff, Scream 4, and more

• On May 11th we'll be introduced to the context of Gossip Girl's spinoff. We'll see the beginnings of Lily and Rufus' relationship through flashbacks to the 80s that'll occur because of a problem she'll have to solve with Serena. "The spinoff will center on young Lily Rhodes (her maiden name) who, after a falling out with her parents, is forced to move in with her sister, the black sheep of the Rhodes family. Overnight, Lily has to transition from a life of luxury and education at a wealthy Montecito boarding school to living deep in the San Fernando Valley she once made fun of and going to public school. Caught between two worlds, Lily dives into the fast-paced Sunset Strip and the Hollywood lifestyle of the '80s, journeying over the hill to a world of wealth and excess that used to be her own. Eventually [much later in the series], she meets rocker Rufus Humphrey for a fling that will result in Lily's secret pregnancy..." The producers decided not to use any of the original actors because they didn't want to "upset the chemistry" of the present cast. Are you guys excited or even remotely interested? I'm just interested in what the 80s clothes and hair will look like.

• FOX has a new series, "Eva Adams," where a sexist, egotistical sports agent is turned into a woman by a witch so that he can experience first-hand what it's like to be harrassed and stereotyped. Rhea Seehorn ("The Starter Wife") will play the lead, and, even though he's been guest-spotting on "One Tree Hill," James Van Der Beek has also joined the cast, along with David Denman (Roy from "The Office").

• It's been eight years since we last saw a Scream film, and we could've sworn that we laid that baby to rest what with the countless Asian horror movie remakes and the eight billions Saw films. Unfortunately, a Scream 4 is in the works and they're courting the original actors to reprise their roles. Let's see. David Arquette and Neve Campbell shouldn't be too hard to nail down, but Courtney Cox Arquette has a new ABC series coming up, so she might still have some self-respect leftover...unless it gets canceled. My only hope for the sequel is that they're age-appropriate. I don't care how much botox you inject in your face, you are not in your thirties Courtney.
Samuel L. Jackson won't be playing Nick Fury in Iron Man 2 anymore, because Marvel can't afford to foot the bill.

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