19 June 2014 @ 11:38 pm
I. LIKE SUNDAY LIKE RAIN
We have a potential movie poster! This was added to recently to the film's IMDb page. It's obviously still a work-in-progress judging by the official website url, lol.

The film's also selected to screen at Raindance Film Festival in London. Pretty cool. [Uri Singer]

II. Her album, OMFG.
YEAH. Remember our queen does music and it's kind of amazing? It's been literally years since we've gotten news on her pending debut album, but there is hope! Producer Jeffrey Trott tweets about his collaboration on her record and her new label!





III. THE JUDGE
Leighton snagged a small part in this amazingly-assembled film and the trailer's out. Alas, there's no sight of Leighton here, but it looks to be living up to its Blacklist hype.
 
 
The revival of John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of friendship and failed dreams, which also stars Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, recouped its $3.8 million capitalization in just 12 weeks.

NEW YORK -- The Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men may have gone home empty-handed from last night's Tony Awards, but the production headlined by James Franco and Chris O'Dowd has turned a profit, recouping its $3.8 million initial investment in just three months on the boards.

Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the revival of Steinbeck's 1937 tragedy about a pair of itinerant farm workers chasing an elusive American Dream in Depression-era California opened on April 17 at the Longacre Theatre after a month of previews. The limited engagement is scheduled to play its final performance on July 27. Read more...Collapse )

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I had the time of my life last week exploring New York and, of course, seeing OF MICE AND MEN. I thought it was great and loved Leighton's chirpy, innocent take on Curley's wife and prefer it to the temptress we know in the novel and, thus, what her detractors wanted. I also saw ALL THE WAY and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, which won Tonys for Best Actor and Best Musical respectively, so this news is a wonderful feat all around for Broadway/theatre.




Check out Joel Marsh Garland's photo adventure in a day's work exclusively for Playbill.com:

This one's for lokiyan


I've been back but I've been neglecting Leighton a bit :( No worries, I'll be catching up this week!!
 
 
09 June 2014 @ 01:24 pm


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source: jj, various social media networks, page six
 
 
16 May 2014 @ 06:49 pm


Magnolia Pictures (NYMPHOMANIAC, BLACK FISH, LIFE ITSELF, JOURNEY TO THE WEST <3<3) acquired the U.S. distribution rights to LIFE PARTNERS. Congratulations to the cast and crew! [The Wrap]
 
 
15 May 2014 @ 12:22 pm


  • GOD ONLY KNOWS has a U.S. distributor in Millennium Entertainment [Variety]. Going off by the film's Twitter, there will be a premiere -- which some lucky fans will get to attend if it reaches 5,000 followers on the social networking site -- and a theatrical release as well as Video on Demand (VOD).

  • LIFE PARTNERS has the honor of opening Outfest, Los Angeles' LGBT film festival, kicking off July 10. [Hollywood Reporter]

    Both films are screening for international buyers at Cannes happening right now, too!
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    08 May 2014 @ 12:59 pm
    Uhhh, so Leighton will be attending the Tony awards (woohoo) and performing with STING? I don't know how to interpret this:



    And then we have some news about upcoming news regarding GOD ONLY KNOWS, a film she worked on in 2012 starring Ben Barnes, Harvey Keitel and Toby Jones -- do you guys still remember that? Haha
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    04 May 2014 @ 02:34 pm

    Aside from coming across two mixed-negative reviews (both wishing Leighton's character would have unrequited romantic feelings for her best friend, hmmm...), LIFE PARTNERS as far as I can see is garnering lots of raves! Hoping for a sound 2014 release!

    I. A glowing review from Variety:
    Despite “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” and other bubbly BFF pairings, the number of female-centric comedies that use friendship as an excuse to wallow in childish regression still lags far behind the countless “bromances” guilty of same. Attempting to even the field, first-time helmer Susana Fogel and writing partner Joni Lefkowitz’s wry “Life Partners” reps a well-scripted, intriguingly-acted effort to mine the theme of prolonged adolescent best-buddyism through two women — one straight, the other gay. Building three-dimensional characters within generic stereotypes and replacing broad comic strokes with quietly rueful idiocies, this breezy, authentic-feeling indie should find appreciative followers among both genders.
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    The movie belongs to thesps Jacobs and Meester. Jacobs fully inhabits her less-than-completely-sympathetic role with warmth and just the right touch of unconscious entitlement, while Meester luminously expands the film’s affective core. [Full review]


    II. The Best Movies Complex Saw at the Tribeca Film Festival:
    If you told us Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs were longtime BFFs, we'd 100% believe you. Their chemistry on screen is like watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Bert and Ernie, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Ben Affleck and Matt—okay, you get the idea. They fit, they finish each other sentences, and they're so comfortable playing with each other that you forget you're watching a movie. Hell, it's like they forget they're in movie.

    Which makes them perfect life partners for Life Partners. In the film, Leighton Meester's Sasha is the wayward burnout who can't commit to a girlfriend (nor a job) to Gillian Jacobs' Paige, the career-oriented one with her shit together. They're content spending their nights watching Top Model on the couch together, until Paige's new boyfriend-turned-fiance (Adam Brody) cockblocks their friendship.

    Thus, Susanna Fogel's sweet and uncomfortably relatable movie is all about asking the question: Does growing up mean growing apart? Sure, you can live your own life to figure that out yourself, but we recommend just seeing the film. It's quicker and less emotionally scarring


    III. Meet Hollywood’s Best Lesbian Character In A Long Time:
    In Hollywood, queer women tend to fall into a few stereotypical categories: the woman who falls in love with her best friend (Glee’s Santana Lopez), the manipulative lady-killer (Orange Is The New Black’s Alex Vause), the woman whose sexuality is depicted as a result of being mistreated by men (Masters of Sex’s Betty DeMillo), and the ultra-feminine woman who makes every male fantasy come true (Chicago Fire’s Leslie Shay).

    And while there are certainly exceptions to these general tropes, filmmakers and television creators often struggle to portray a realistically rendered young lesbian or bisexual woman without defaulting to the aforementioned stereotypes or having the character talk about her sexuality so much that she might as well be wearing a flashing neon sign.

    Susanna Fogel’s Life Partners, however, which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, depicts a twentysomething lesbian whose sexual orientation is neither ignored nor belabored, but incidental. [Full article+interview via Buzzfeed]


    More reviews/articles: BuzzSugar | GALO Magazine | Just Press Play | Film Forward | Curiata | Hey U Guys | Film School Rejects (2) | After Ellen | Movie Room Reviews | New York Cool | Den of Geek | The Film Stage

    Check out the previous post re: LIFE PARTNERS' early buzz.



    I've been lagging. There's a lot of stuff to catch up on so I will get on that! We also learned that Leighton will be attending the MET Ball tomorrow from her stylist :D

     
     
    26 April 2014 @ 08:52 am
    Check out the new television ad, now with reviews (and new pictures!)


    It's also awards season! Congratulations to the show and cast for their recognition in the Drama League and Drama Desk Awards!
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    2014 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Easter Bonnet Competition
    The generosity of theatre fans during six weeks of fundraising by 57 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies helped push the 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition to another record high, raising $4,532,129 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. [BWW]

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    The cast on The View HD Interview. (Thanks Isabel for uploading)

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    More Opening Night coverage

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    Happy Easter with Leighton Meester -- @joelmgarland
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