gossip girl trailer

You know you love her. And you know you love her even more when Gossip Girl has turned her sights on the rich Gen-Z influencers of Manhattan, emerging after a nine-year silence to bully some more wealthy teens. HBO Max’s Gossip Girl sequel series introduces a new generation of sexy 20-somethings playing elite Manhattan high schoolers, who take a new girl under their wing, only to find themselves all targeted by an Instagram account calling itself Gossip Girl. Watch the Gossip Girl trailer below.

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Gossip Girl teaser

Gossip Girl is back, baby. Kristen Bell reprises her role in this new HBO Max iteration as the narrator and mysterious blogger who spills secrets about wealthy teens in New York’s upper crust. But while the rest of the cast consists of a bunch of fresh-faced acting talent, Bell isn’t the only returning player. Joshua Safran, who wrote and executive produced the original series when it aired on The CW, is the showrunner of what’s being described as an “extension of the pop culture classic.” And Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who developed and ran the original series, are on board as executive producers.

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HBO Max shows and movies list

We’re just a few days away from the launches of both AppleTV+ and Disney+, but there is still at least one more major player waiting to enter the streaming wars after those two: HBO Max. WarnerMedia’s streaming service will debut in spring of 2020 with around 10,000 hours of content available to consume, including popular hits like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. But there are also tons of original series in development for the new service, and we’re here to round them all up in one place so you can decide if it’s going to be worth it to add yet another streaming service to your monthly budget.

The service will provide content from every branch of the WarnerMedia corporate tree, including HBO, Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. Here’s a list of all of the HBO Max shows we know about so far (not to be confused with HBO originals, which are a whole separate thing).
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This week marked the launch of UltraViolet, a new digital locker system that would allow users to purchase content in one physical or digital format and access it across all platforms via a cloud-based system. The service came about through years of negotiation and collaboration between major studios, manufacturers, and retailers, but not everyone in the industry was on board — Apple and Disney were among the two biggest holdouts.

We’ve now learned why Apple declined to participate, and it’s pretty much the same reason Disney did. Apple has quietly been working on its own cloud service, expected to launch in late 2011 or early 2012, and has been working out deals with studios to allow videos purchased through iTunes to be streamed on any Apple device including iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV.

The good news for UltraViolet is that Apple is reportedly considering allowing UltraViolet users to access their libraries via apps on their Apple products. As the company accounts for a whopping 66% of digital movie sales and rentals — not to mention a sizable share of the market for both tablets and smartphones — this could be a big help to UltraViolet. However, in an effort to encourage customers to continue buying Apple electronics, iTunes purchases would only be playable on other Apple devices. [LA Times]

After the jump, read about a new deal between Netflix and The CW to bring all the Gossip Girl and Supernatural you could possibly want to your streaming account.

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VOTD: TV Kisses

In honor of Valentine’s Day, TV Squad created a three minute supercut montage of both contemporary and classic television characters kissing. Hit the jump to watch the video.
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Party Down; Episode 105

With each new episode, Party Down distinguishes itself as one of the funniest and lewdest shows on TV, and one of the coolest that many viewers have not yet seen. Last week, we had a great chat with Martin Starr, and this week we have an interview with Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars). As Kyle Bradway—an aspiring model, actor, rockstar, and server of cocktail weenies—Hansen plays the kind of pink and stoned specimen that is hyper-thriving in Hollywood circa 2009.

Like the other primary characters on Party Down, Kyle is employed at the titular L.A. catering service awaiting the big call. The irony is that as the careers of everyone else fizzle (Adam Scott‘s Henry) or zombify (Jane Lynch‘s Constance), Kyle surfs up the audition ladder on fresh-faced sex appeal. This pisses off his co-worker, the disgruntled, utterly weird screenwriter Roman (Starr), to no end. And in tapping the rude camaraderie between the two, Party Down and Starz may have already struck a tidy mine of black gold.

As exhibited below, some of the bubbly chemistry is actually just Hansen and Starr—characteristically eavesdropping?—nagging each other IRL. Other topics discussed include Party Down‘s myriad connections to Veronica Mars: both shows were created by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell makes a profane appearance later this season. Hansen also talks about getting shot in the head by the latest incarnation of Jason Voorhees.

Ryan Hansen: Hey Hunter. How are you doing, bro?

/Film: I’m fine. Summer is finally here. So, you’re in Israel right now, eh?

Ryan: I am in Israel, yes…wait…did Martin say this? Did Martin say that? [laughs]

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