News Roundup: One Tree Hill, 90210 and Gossip Girl

1 09 2010
  • The Real One Tree Hill Twitter account tweeted a brief video with James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill).
  • The CW sent out a press release about the One Tree Hill-Life Unexpected crossover episode, including spoilers on plotline and musical guests. Read at your own risk.
  • Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill) tweeted that he’ll be at the Toronto Film Festival September 12 for a screening of Beautiful Boy, but he might be joking (not sure how to take the “camouflage” comment).
  • E! Online has a brief interview with Danneel Harris (Rachel, One Tree Hill).
  • The Associated Press has an article about 9-02-10 Day.
  • StyleList has an interview with Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl). She mentions working with Kellan Lutz (George, 90210).




News Roundup: 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and The O.C.

24 08 2010
  • TVGuide.com has a spoiler-filled interview with Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210). Completely agree with what he said about Lannie vs. Liomi. It’s actually the viewpoint I’ve been sharing for months and months. Nice to know he feels the same (or at least says he does).
  • The Real One Tree Hill Twitter account tweeted a brief video with Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill).
  • Bush tweeted that she’s prepping to direct an episode. I’ve heard, but not personally confirmed, that James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) is directing an episode early in the season, too.
  • Examiner.com has a preview of an upcoming interview with Shantel VanSanten (Quinn, One Tree Hill).
  • The latest Talking Gossip After Dark podcast features a very interesting interview with Norman Buckley (director, Gossip Girl; 90210; The O.C., editor, The O.C.).
  • The Philadelphia Daily News has an interview with Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.).




Teen Choice 2010 Live-Blog

9 08 2010

Teen Choice 2010, more commonly known as the Teen Choice Awards, airs tonight on FOX at 8pm eastern.

In addition to Gossip Girl and 90210, a slew of current and former teen drama stars have been nominated in a variety of categories.

Since the show is pre-taped, the winners are all over the Internet already, but I like to be surprised.

Below is a list of categories and nominees that relate to the teen dramas. As the categories air, I’ll update this post to show who the winner is. Keep in mind, the awards will likely not be broadcast in this order and not all awards may be given out during the broadcast.

Key: Italic represents the teen drama nominee(s). Bold represents the winner.

CHOICE TV SHOW: DRAMA

Gossip Girl

90210

Grey’s Anatomy

House

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

CHOICE TV ACTOR: DRAMA

Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl

Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl

Tristan Wilds, 90210

Ken Baumann, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Daren Kagasoff, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

CHOICE TV ACTRESS: DRAMA

Blake Lively, Gossip Girl

Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl

Sophia Bush, One Tree Hill

Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.),  House

Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin, The O.C.), The Secret Life of the American Teenager

CHOICE TV ACTOR: FANTASY/SCI-FI

Joshua Jackson (Pacey, Dawson’s Creek), Fringe

Paul Wesley (Donnie, The O.C.), The Vampire Diaries

Josh Holloway, Lost

Ryan Kwanten, True Blood

Tom Welling, Smallville

CHOICE TV BREAKOUT STAR: MALE

Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries

Ken Jeong, Community

Kevin McHale, Glee

Mark Salling, Glee

Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family

CHOICE TV SCENE STEALER: FEMALE

Bethany Joy Galeotti, One Tree Hill

Shenae Grimes, 90210

Hilary Duff, Gossip Girl

Amber Riley, Glee

Katerina Graham, The Vampire Diaries

CHOICE TV SCENE STEALER: MALE

James Lafferty, One Tree Hill

Chris Colfer, Glee

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Matthew Morrison, Glee

Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory

CHOICE TV VILLAIN

Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl

Russell Hantz, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Jane Lynch, Glee

Terry O’Quinn, Lost

Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries

CHOICE TV PARENTAL UNIT

Bethany Joy Galeotti & James Lafferty, One Tree Hill

Lori Loughlin & Rob Estes, 90210

Kris and Bruce Jenner, Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Lauren Graham, Parenthood

Mike O’Malley, Glee

CHOICE SUMMER TV STAR: FEMALE

Shailene Woodley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Lucy Hale (Hadley, The O.C.), Pretty Little Liars

Nikki Blonsky, Huge

Josie Loren, Make It or Break It

Anna Paquin, True Blood

CHOICE MOVIE ACTRESS: ROMANTIC COMEDY

Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl, Gossip Girl), When In Rome

Sandra Bullock, The Proposal

Queen Latifah, Valentine’s Day and Just Wright

Jennifer Lopez, The Back-Up Plan

Amanda Seyfried, Letters to Juliet

CHOICE MOVIE ACTRESS: COMEDY

Kristen Bell, Couples Retreat

Lizzy Caplan, Hot Tub Time Machine

Tina Fey, Date Night

Zoe Saldana, Death at a Funeral

Emma Stone, Zombieland

CHOICE MOVIE ACTRESS: HORROR/THRILLER

Michelle Williams (Jen, Dawson’s Creek), Shutter Island

Rumer Willis (Gia, 90210), Sorority Row

Katie Cassidy (Juliet, Gossip Girl) A Nightmare on Elm Street

Megan Fox, Jennifer’s Body

Audrina Patridge, Sorority Row

CHOICE MOVIE ACTOR: HORROR/THRILLER

Penn Badgley, The Stepfather

Adam Brody (Seth, The O.C.), Jennifer’s Body

Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island

Jackie Earle Haley, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Micah Sloat, Paranormal Activity

CHOICE MOVIE SCENE STEALER: MALE

Kellan Lutz (George, 90210), New Moon

George Lopez, Valentine’s Day

James Marsden, Death at a Funeral

Mark Wahlberg, Date Night

Sean Combs, Get Him to the Greek

CHOICE MALE HOTTIE

Kellan Lutz

Ian Somerhalder

Robert Pattinson

Taylor Lautner

Zac Efron





News Roundup: Gossip Girl, 90210, One Tree Hill and More

6 08 2010
  • Twelve, starring Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl), opened today in limited release.
  • Thanks to Alyssa for giving me the heads-up that Hot Topic is selling a Beverly Hills 90210 t-shirt. I want, I want, I want!
  • Jason Priestley’s (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) first appearance on Scoundrels is this Sunday. The show’s star, Leven Rambin, had interesting things to say about him in an interview.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) was on the Today show this morning.
  • Wonderwall has an interview with Garth about her work with the American Association of Orthodontists and their StyleNSmile campaign. I believe this is what Garth also discussed on the Today show.
  • Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) tweeted that James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) is bartending a charity night in Wilmington this Saturday.
  • Doug Liman (executive producer, The O.C.) is doing a documentary pilot for A&E called The Unexplained.
  • The Extra Man, featuring Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek), opened today in limited release.




Happy Birthday James Lafferty and Shantel VanSanten!

25 07 2010

Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) and VanSanten (Quinn, One Tree Hill) both turn 25 today!

Nathan and Quinn had few scenes just the two of them this season. Skip to 5:09 to see one of them.





News Roundup: 90210, One Tree Hill, The O.C and Dawson’s Creek

28 06 2010
  • Teen Choice 2010 has announced additional nominations, with lots more teen drama-related picks. Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) is nominated for Choice Movie Scene Stealer Male for New Moon. Paul Wesley (Donnie, The O.C.) is nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star Male for The Vampire Diaries. Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill), Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) and Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) are all nominated for Choice TV Scene Stealer Female while James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) is nominated for Choice TV Scene Stealer Male. Together, Galeotti and Lafferty are nominated for Choice TV Parental Unit and Lori Loughlin (Debbie, 90210) and Rob Estes (Harry, 90210) are also nominated.
  • The Miami Herald has a short interview with AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210).
  • Seems that Vanessa Marcil (Gina, Beverly Hills 90210) married her old boyfriend, Carmine Giovinazzo, recently, as she was introduced at the Daytime Emmys last night with his last name.
  • Highlight of the Emmys for me: a clip of Luke Perry (Dylan, Beverly Hills 90210) from his Loving days being included in the tribute to soap opera maven Agnes Nixon. Bummer, though, that Jonathan Jackson, who appeared on One Tree Hill with his band Enation, and Carolyn Hennesy (Mrs. Valentine, Dawson’s Creek) did not win in their respective categories.
  • Galeotti has released a song called Shiver in hopes of raising funds to improve the water conditions in Kenya.
  • As a birthday present for Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill), some fans are organizing a group donation to Global Green.
  • Zap2it posted pictures of Brittany Daniel (Eve, Dawson’s Creek) at last night’s BET Awards. One word: wow.
  • Wesley is nominated for Top Breakout Star Male in Kristin’s Tater Top Awards for The Vampire Diaries.




Cliffnotes: Wilm On Film

5 06 2010

**I received a promotional copy of Wilm On Film courtesy of StarNews Media.**

Whenever I’ve heard Wilmington, North Carolina referred to as Hollywood East, I’ve always chuckled to myself in a “yeah, right” kind of way.

After reading Wilm On Film: A Guide To More Than 25 Years of Film & TV Production Around Wilmington, North Carolina, I realized the joke’s on me.

Sure, I knew that two of our teen dramas, Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, were filmed there, as were a few dozen other productions.

Turns out, “a few dozen” is a gross underestimate.

(STARNEWS MEDIA)

The book, written by Star-News staffers Amy Hotz and Ben Steelman and edited by their colleague Jeff Hidek, recounts the history of the Wilmington film and television industry while also providing a fairly comprehensive guide to the hundreds of productions filmed in the area.

The book rightly calls itself an “easy-to-use-guide” and those were the first words that came to mind when I first flipped through the book. It is mostly sectioned by time period, with a break-down of several productions filmed during each. Each film or TV pilot/series is further broken down into plot synopsis, filming dates, notable cast and crew, key locations and fun facts under the catch-all phrase “did you know?”

As it turns out, Hollywood East is just one of the area’s nicknames. “Locals,” according to the book, “refer to it more endearingly as ‘Wilmywood.'” And it’s no wonder: a listing of some of the stars who have filmed there reads like a “who’s who” of Hollywood. Among the names trotted out in the introduction: “Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Martin Lawrence, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Dennis Hopper and the list goes on.”

Not surprisingly, the introduction also points out that “In 2009, The CW television drama ‘One Tree Hill,’ starring Sophia Bush [Brooke] and James Lafferty [Nathan], began filming its seventh season.” That is, undoubtedly, the area’s biggest current claim to fame. Skip down a bit, and the authors note “‘One Tree Hill’ stars often show up at charity events and festivals. Chad Michael Murray [Lucas], who starred on the series’ first six seasons, helped start a new Pop Warner football team for ages kids 11-15. Lafferty helped start a local American Basketball Association team called the Sea Dawgs.” The latter factoid I knew; the former I didn’t.

And that right there sums up the book quite well: there’s much that devout OTH and DC fans as well as film geeks will know but I found there are also plenty of gems as well. An example appears on the very next page. Linda Lavin (Sophie, aka The Nana, The O.C.) is apparently very fond of Wilmington, having filmed a television movie there in 1995 and “settling” there afterward. She is quoted as saying, “I could live in a lot of places, I guess, but this is where I’m home.”

The book is peppered with anecdotes, since “you’re hard pressed to find anyone in Wilmington who hasn’t worked on a set or been touched by the film business in some way.” But if you’re not interested in the production being discussed or a film geek or keen to learn quite a bit about Wilmington, you’ll find yourself skimming through the text.

With my eyes peeled for any and all One Tree Hill or Dawson’s Creek mentions, my skimming stopped on page 34 where I found one of those aforementioned gems. In the midst of an accounting of Blue Velvet’s production, the authors reveal that “while it doesn’t have the fan base of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ or ‘One Tree Hill,’ a steady stream of ‘Blue Velvet’ aficionados still calls [sic] the Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.” Reading this just a few days after star Dennis Hopper’s passing, I wondered if these calls would increase in the next few weeks.

Each of the time period-based sections starts by giving an in-depth look at a production, such as Blue Velvet (which marked 1986-1988, an “on the rise” time for the Wilmington film scene). The first that I closely read was the following section, “the boom years” or 1989-1992. Why? The child in me was giddy at the details provided about…wait for it…Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And bless that film, for “it also paved the way…[for] ‘Muppets In Space.'”

I read the next section’s opening quite closely as well. “A darker tone,” which accounts for 1993-1997, starts out by talking about The Crow, a cult film I was big on during high school. I can’t recall if I knew it filmed in Wilmington, but I never tire of reading about it, especially about the on-set death of the film’s lead actor, Brandon Lee. The section starts off noting, “Of all the movies made in Wilmington, ‘The Crow’ remains the most macabre” for this very reason. And the quote from Lee on the next page, “I find myself thinking, ‘What if I died and had a chance to come back?’ So many things seem so trivial and mundane. If you came back, they would seem so significant and bittersweet,” is incredibly chilling.

The next entry to pique my interest was also a cult film, but on the opposite spectrum of The Crow in tone: Empire Records, another film that I watched quite a bit during my high school years. I didn’t know this one was filmed in Wilmington, either. A few pages later, To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday caught my eye, as it starred Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.), making that at least two O.C. cast members to film in Wilmington.

The following section is aptly titled “teen invasion,” covering 1998-2002 and starting with six pages on Dawson’s Creek (though about half of it is comprised of graphics). They sum up the show quite well, pointing out “its hyper-sexual, super-wordy dialogue centered around four high school students in the small town of Capeside, Mass. — wannabe filmmaker Dawson (James Van Der Beek), sweet girl-next-door Joey (Katie Holmes), lovable scoundrel Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and new vixen in town Jen (Michelle Williams)” and astutely noting that “adult thoughts and emotions coming from teenagers…attracted many others to the series. In other shows, teens just weren’t that deep or complex” and “each week brought an hour long dose of teen angst, introspection and complicated consequences.”

To also be filed under the “I had no idea” category, they mention that “more than 30 teenagers gathered outside Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios to protest the coming out of Kerr Smith’s character, Jack” in the show’s second season. It made this quote a few paragraphs later, from a 2003 Star-News interview with Jackson, all the more fitting: “I was used to working and I understood the requirements. I didn’t understand the cultural phenomenon it would become.”

The phenomenon idea was echoed by a Cape Fear Convention and Visitors Bureau staffer who notes that they received “hundreds of calls” during the show’s second season from people wanting to know where this-and-that were located. The authors note, “Film tourism had existed in Wilmington before ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ But the show was in a league of its own.”

Among the other interesting tidbits: Van Der Beek taught baseball at a local high school, Williams performed in a staging of The Vagina Monologues and Jackson once helped save two swimmers. Additional neat reveals came via photos, one of most of the cast at “a tribute to the show in downtown Wilmington after they wrapped filming of the final season in 2003” and another of a mural showcasing the core four outside the studios. It is noted in a later section that John Wesley Shipp (Mitch, Dawson’s Creek) starred in Port City, which filmed in Wilmington, and it is also noted that Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb, One Tree Hill) is in the flick as well.

During the Dawson’s Creek era, one of my favorite movies, A Walk To Remember, filmed in Wilmington. Not new information to me or surprising given author Nicholas Sparks’ predilection to set his stories in and film the big screen adaptations in southeastern coastal towns but now all the more interesting to me given that Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill) is working on a musical adaptation of one of Sparks’ other novels, The Notebook.

The final section takes us from 2003 to the present under the title of “modern melodrama” and kicking things off with seven pages on One Tree Hill (again, about half are graphics). One of the main takeaways in this section is actually the legacy of Dawson’s Creek. “Coming so close behind such a successful show that was similar in so many ways,” the authors write about how some people felt during the transition period, “‘One Tree Hill’ might have a problem coming into its own. And when that notion was put to rest after the show went into its second, third and fourth seasons, it’s likely no one had any idea what was in store.” They then quote OTH creator Mark Schwahn after the season 6 renewal as saying “‘Dawson’s Creek’ is a huge, big wonderful show that when you come to Wilmington to make a pilot, you have this specter of this show looming over you, and it seems unattainable to go as long as they would.” One Tree Hill fans know the show has since accomplished more than Dawson’s Creek did in terms of number of seasons and episodes.

Like in the Dawson’s Creek section, they sum up One Tree Hill’s premise quite succinctly: “‘One Tree Hill centered on two-half brothers (Chad Michael Murray as Lucas Scott and James Lafferty as Nathan Scott) who pretty much hated each other. They competed against each other on the Tree Hill High School basketball court, in the dating world and in the family circle.” They note the retooling the show went through with its time-jump, explaining “In seasons five and six, viewers learned how the characters would make their ways in the world, the professions they would choose, the relationships they would commit to and all the mistakes along the way.” My only gripe is the errors in the following sentences: “Nathan became a semi-pro basketball player and slamball player who was finally called up by the Charlotte Bobcats. He would marry Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and have a son, Jamie (Jackson Brundage).” Nathan married Haley and had Jamie before becoming a semi-pro player, slamball player and getting called up by the Bobcats. In fact, marrying Haley and having Jamie occurred before the time-jump, before seasons five and six.

Among some interesting choices: They explain the exit of Murray and Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) after season six as them “[deciding] not to renew” when it isn’t 100 percent evident that that was the case. Additionally, there’s a photo of Murray with Bush and another of him with fiance Kenzie Dalton, and the caption notes how Murray and Bush were once married but he’s now engaged to Dalton, who appeared as an extra on the show. At first I thought it was unnecessary/irrelevant but then I recalled that many of the entries for other productions mentioned if so-and-so had a significant other in town with them or met someone there, where they were frequently seen, etc. As far as pictures go, throughout the book they managed to include all of the core 5–except Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill). But also included are Robert Buckley (Clay, One Tree Hill) and Amanda Schull (Sara/Katie, One Tree Hill).

As they did in the introduction, they note some of the local-but-outside-OTH activities the cast has done, including Burton’s Southern Gothic Productions, Lafferty’s charity basketball games and documentary For Keeps and Galeotti’s workshop of her musical version of The Notebook.

Burton receives three other mentions in the rest of the section: one in the notable cast and crew listing for The List, one in the notable cast and crew listing for The Secret Life of Bees, where it’s noted that Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210) also starred, one in the notable cast and crew listing for Provinces of Night (which has since been retitled Bloodworth) where it’s noted that Barry Corbin (Whitey, One Tree Hill) and Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) also starred. Another production listed, Remember The Daze, starred Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl). In the book’s final section on independent filmmaking, or “free spirits,” it’s mentioned that Billy Dickson, who has directed more than 50 episodes of One Tree Hill, created a webseries called IQ-145.

Of all the quotes included, I have to say my favorite might be one from Paul Johansson (Dan, One Tree Hill). He said, “[Wilmington] has so many split personalities. Is this a beach town or is it a historic town or is it an industry town? What is it? And that’s what keeps it interesting.”

And it was certainly interesting for me to learn about all that has happened in Hollywood East (yes, I’ve been converted), things that I clearly had no idea about before. As if my urge to visit Wilmington wasn’t strong enough before, this certainly put me over the edge.

Wilm on Film is available for purchase on Lulu.com.








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