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Attention Upper East Siders! Gossip Girl Is Coming Back!

A new version of Gossip Girl will be premiering on AT&t’s upcoming streaming service.

In April of 2002, Cecily von Zeigesar came out with Gossip Girl. A young adult novel, the story followed a group of Manhattan’s elite teens whose escapades are chronicled on the blog Gossip Girl. The book grew into a series which  ended in 2011 with the publishcation of the last novel.

 

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The success of the series is due in huge part to the popular series adaptation starring Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chase Crawford, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley and Taylor Momsen.

 

Gossip Girl series

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Created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the series adaptation of the same name ran on The CW network for six seasons. Unfortunately, the last two season didn’t do well enough in terms of viewership and the show was cancelled following the release of the final season on December 17th 2012.

 

 

Thanks to the ever-changing nature of the internet in general and social media in particular, the show has received new relevance, so much so that HBO Max subscribers will be treated with a new version of Gossip Girl. Taking place eight years after the original series, the story “will follow a new generation of will follow a new generation of New York private school teens who rely on a new Gossip Girl blog”.

So turns out it’ll be an be an extension of the original show!

 

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Joshua Safran, creator of the ABC drama thriller series Quantico and executive producer and showrunner for the Netflix musical television series Mixtape, is set to executive produce and write the show. Other executive producers include Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Leslie Morgenstein, and Gina Girolamo.

 

Lis Rowinski
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Lis Rowinski will serve as co-executive producer, who produced Marvel’s Runaways.

No information on casting or the release date have been announced thus far.

 

 

The subscription service is slated for a beta launch in the fall and is expected to launch in full in 2020. Details about the upcoming streaming service are under wraps, but Indie Wire tells us that “industry chatter says the subscription service could launch at a price point of $16-$17 per month and bundle HBO, Cinemax, and include a library of Warner Bros. films and shows.”

Can you wait for this new show?

 

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Gossip Girl

 

 

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‘Big Little Lies’ Author Liane Moriarty’s Mysterious Connection to Meryl Streep

HBO’s Big Little Lies is back with a bang, this time featuring famed actress Meryl Streep. This could never have been without an unlikely connection with the author.

As engaging and exciting as the series has been, a second season was never planned by author Liane Moriarty. According to The Hollywood ReporterBig Little Lies was “intended as a limited series, the first season was an adaptation of Moriarty’s novel, with the seven episodes covering all the source material.”

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However, due to the huge following the first season garnered, HBO wanted to keep going, and Moriarty had to come up with new material. After some time she found a break in her writer’s block with the new character, Mary Louise Wright, who was created with Meryl Streep in mind.

 

Mary Louise Wright is the mother to one of the main heroine’s husband, Perry, who (spoiler alert) is killed by one of the main characters. Perry’s mother’s role in Season 2 becomes a new threat to the main 5, as the truth of what happened to Perry would put them all in danger. Mary Louise is determined to learn the truth of what happened to her son, which just adds to the drama and tension in the story.

 

Thanks to Meryl Streep’s phenomenal acting, all the drama and tension that this new character adds is magnified to an extraordinary level. Just take a look at this one scene.

 

None of this would have happened if not for a mysterious connection that Moriarty had no idea she was making with Streep as she made the character with her in mind. For the famed actress, it only took her one look at the script and she was all for joining the cast. This is all thanks to Mary Louise’s name, which happens to be Meryl Streep’s given name.

Author Liane Moriarty really did create the character with Streep in mind, she just didn’t realize to what extent!

 

Check out this chilling clip below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise Over £80,000 for Emilia Clarke’s Brain Injury Fundraiser

When Emilia Clarke was just twenty-four-years-old, she suffered two major brain aneurysms, right after she had finished filming the first season of Game of Thrones. Earlier this year, Clarke revealed details about her brain injury in a New Yorker piece. Specifically, she spoke about her experience suffering a near-fatal stroke and how she ended up needing multiple brain surgeries, all throughout the same time she was filming for the show.

On March 21st, Clarke launched SameYou, which, according to the website, helps “young adults become themselves again after brain injury and stroke”. Since its launch, the fundraising campaign has accumulated over £80,000 (around $105,000). On May 30, Clarke had an emotional response to the fundraiser, which she expressed with an Instagram video, when the money raised was just below £38,000 (around $48,000). Since then, the amount has more than doubled.

 

 

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Ok so ‘speechless’ is a very fluid term…. that I’ve ignored in this rambling video BUT how could I be when there are so many thank you’s to give to YOU AMAZING HUMAN BEANS!!!!! Bloody hell, I am one very lucky lady to have such kind, generous, shining spirited fans who are raising money for my chairty @sameyouorg Elle Elaria and your reddit page where you have raised almost £38,000 has made my day, week, month, year, decade, and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful way to wave goodbye to the mother of dragons than with this step towards making brain injury sufferers feel less alone. YOU ARE MY HEROS. I am the one who should be bending the knee to you. #loveinabundance #sameyoucharity #humanitywins #thisiswhatbraininjurylookslike #❤️

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“It’s extraordinary what you guys have done” she said euphorically in the clip. “I’m genuinely completely lost for words”.

BBC News reported that Reddit user elle_ellaria, along with other users of Reddit forum r/freefolk, organized the start of the fundraiser. Strangely enough, that’s actually the same subreddit where discontented fans first posted the petition to redo Game of Thrones’ last season. The campaign was created as “a gesture of love and support from the fandom to the entire cast and crew”, and, of course, to Clarke, “who poured her very soul into her character”.

It’s amazing to see that, despite critical responses to the last season of Game of Thrones, fans still recognize the incredible talent that the cast and crew have, and the hard work that they put in. 

 

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