Gay teens are suddenly popping up in major roles all over television, with Glee’s popular pairing of Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) leading the way. How did gay teens go from marginalized outcasts and goofy sidekicks to some of the highest profile — and most beloved — characters on the likes of 90210, Pretty Little Liars, and Skins? And more importantly, how is this affecting real-life teens still facing the daily high-school realities of bullying, discrimination, and ignorance? The new issue of Entertainment Weekly investigates the history of gay teens on TV — from the angsty Rickie on My So-Called Life to sensitive-soul Jack on Dawson’s Creek to the slew of groundbreaking characters on Degrassi. We talk to the producers who fought for such progress, the actors who held the career-defining roles, and the activists who cheer recent advances — but are still pushing for more. Among them: READ FULL STORY
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Inside Lacrosse Magazine‘s 2011 All-Name Team (which playfully compiles the most blue-blooded names of real-life college lacrosse players) will be closely analyzed by any TV writer who wants to get his pet project on The CW. After all, you can’t just stuff your hip new teen pilot with the same ol’ Liams, Clays, and Stefans. For mentally blocked writers, then, this list of the preppiest lacrosse-ey sounding names is a welcome cheat-sheet: You could fill up the network’s entire fall slate with the likes of Caldwell, Baxter, and oooooo … Brogan! That is the name of a Vampire Diaries recurring character if there ever was one. Check out the entire first-team after the jump: READ FULL STORYIt may not be as big as the Oscar nominations (or even the Razzies), but today’s unveiling of
I’m so accustomed to seeing Taylor Momsen as a teen angst-ridden, raccoon-eyed actress, that I admittedly have forgotten that she was an incredibly cute little kid. In the days before Little J started scheming against Blair & Co., on Gossip Girl, little Momsen starred in commercials, including this highly adorable Shake ‘N Bake ad. So before tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl, enjoy this video of Momsen, in which the scariest thing in the video isn’t seeing a 17-year-old girl in lingerie, but rather the freakishly unnatural sound of chicken crunching as it’s first bitten into.
Before you can ask yourself how this little moppet hocking Shake ‘N Bake transformed into this generation’s bleach blond Elvira, Momsen recently spoke out against her parents, saying that they robbed her of her childhood. (Her parents signed her up with Ford modeling agency at age two — she’s three in this commercial — and since then, “I didn’t have friends. I was working constantly, and I didn’t have a life,” Momsen said.)
What do you think about little Taylor Momsen, PopWatchers? Does anyone else remember this commercial? READ FULL STORY
Oh, Little J. Taylor Momsen, who plays the raccoon-eyed Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl, has managed to drum up some real-life drama probably worthy of a Gossip Girl blast. Project Runway‘s mentor-in-residence, Tim Gunn — who will guest star as himself in an October episode of The CW series — has been making the press rounds to promote his new book Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work, and, in the process, he’s taken the opportunity to slam Momsen for her behavior on set.
Earlier this week it was reported that Gunn said Momsen spent too much time on her BlackBerry and not enough time focusing on, you know, her job. (So, in other words, he was saying she should just make it work. Heh.) But instead of ending it there, his rants against Momsen continued on Lopez Tonight last night with George Lopez. Gunn seems truly pissed that he had to work with her, and essentially told the talk show host that the actress is ungrateful for the job she has. ”We were doing a different take for every single line that she had. And she acted annoyed at the crew, and the director, and the producer,” Gunn told Lopez. “I thought, the annoyance is going your way, not the other way.” (See video after the jump.) READ FULL STORY
The always lovely and amazing Swedish dancehall queen Robyn confirmed the rumor that she’ll appear on the upcoming season of The CW’s Gossip Girl via a Tweet yesterday with a photo of her on set, which you can see here at the left. She Tweeted: “I’m with Marcus on the set of Gossip girl, girrrrrrrrrrrl.” So, yah, the photo doesn’t reveal much besides her looking fierce (and slightly blurry), but I checked in with the folks over at The CW and they had this to tell me: Robyn is “a surprise guest at Blair’s birthday party and performs ‘Hang With Me,’” the amazing track that she did acoustic on Body Talk Pt. 1 and whipped up into a dancy version for Body Talk Pt. 2. Discussion around the EW offices produced the idea that Robyn — known for her edgy, techo-laced style — is an interesting choice for Blair’s birthday party. Wouldn’t Robyn be more of a Serena birthday-type entertainer? We think so. But, then again, maybe Serena planned this surprise. Anyway, regardless, genius that she’ll appear — she’s always stunning.
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