In a twist Shakespeare would love, Gilmore Girls‘ Alexis Bledel has joined Fox’s comedy pilot Friends & Family as a romantic interest for Jason Ritter, TVLine has learned.
Ritter, of course, was last seen romancing Bledel’s former Gilmore mom, Lauren Graham, in NBC’s Parenthood.
The actress formerly known as Rory will play Stacey to Ritter’s Gavin in the single-camera project, an adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey.
The potential series is written by David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Henry Normal and Gavin & Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones also serving as EPs.
Stacey is described as sweet and strong ”but willing to do the weird stuff.” In the pilot, the Pennsylvania native — who’s hit it off with co-worker Gavin through their Skype and Facebook interactions — travels to New York for their first date… which goes south when the oysters Stacey ate at dinner make her violently ill.
Bledel played Stars Hollow’s favorite child for seven seasons. Her few TV appearances since Gilmore‘s 2007 finale include ER and a buzzy arc as Mad Men‘s desperate housewife Beth in 2012.
AKA/Bow Street Films announced today that Penn Badgley (Greetings From Tim Buckley), Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”) and Hill Harper (“CSI: New York”) have joined the ensemble cast for writer/director Brian Horiuchi’s Parts Per Billion. The film is currently scheduled to shoot through Christmas in Detroit.
Parts Per Billion also stars Frank Langella (Robot and Frank), Gena Rowlands (Yellow), Rosario Dawson (Sin City) and Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), with Molly Hassell (Edmond), Jennifer Levine (Delirious), Michael Benaroya (Lawless) and David Dickson producing. Joe Jenckes (Margin Call) will be executive producing with Dawson, Cotty Chubb, Arianne Fraser and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s D. Todd Shepherd and George Waud. Benaroya Pictures, through its AKA/BSF label, is financing the ensemble film which tells the story of three couples dealing with the same reality shaking event that threatens to tear them apart.
The action comedy starring Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini is the first movie directed by Geoffrey Fletcher.
Violet & Daisy, the first movie directed by Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of the 2009 movie Precious, has been acquired for North American distribution by Cinedigm Entertainment.
Cinedigm is planning a theatrical release in 2013 followed by release on ancillary platforms including video on demand, digital and DVD.
Violet & Daisy, which Fletcher also wrote, is an action comedy about a pair of hit girls – played by Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel and Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, an Oscar nominee for Atonement. The Sopranos star James Gandolfini plays a sad sack character who they are sent to kill.
For a New York dinner she hosted for Beckley by Melissa designer Melissa Akkaway, Alexis Bledel chose fun separates from the line along with earrings from Iwona Ludyga. “A lot of the pieces go really nicely together so you can swap the tops with the bottoms and make new combinations,” the actress told us of her outfit choice. Pick up her striped top for $90 and her skirt for $260 from beckleyboutique.com, and get her earrings for $112 at iwonaludygadesign.com.
ELLE: We heard a little rumor you might be cast as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey…
AB: I don’t know where it came from. All I know about are some fan-made trailers on the internet I’ve seen, but that’s the only thing I’ve heard.
ELLE: Were you flattered by them or freaked out?
We went to witness how women and girls are both the worst impacted by extreme poverty, and also the “best bet” in development policy. Several studies have now shown that investments in women benefit not just women — which would be reason enough — but their families and communities as well.
We spent a week meeting with Honduran women who are doing incredible work improving their lives and those of their families and communities. Whether increasing field harvests on a farm in La Esperanza, revolutionizing a local school in La Ceiba, or guiding an innovative anti-violence youth program in Tegucigalpa, women were at the center of everything.
Mashable is thrilled to announce that actress and humanitarian America Ferrera and actress Alexis Bledel will join the 2012 Social Good Summit to discuss social media advocacy of poverty-stricken women and girls.
The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference that will unite global leaders as they share how to use the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Tickets are available for all three days, and you can purchase them here.
At this year’s Social Good Summit, America and Bledel will appear on stage with Molly Kinder, Director for Agriculture and Europe Policy ONE, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, leader of social innovation at Twitter, Inc. to discuss how social media can change the lives of women living in poverty around the world. They will share experiences from their recent trip together to Honduras with ONE to see how women and girls in one of the world’s poorest countries are fighting to pull their families out of poverty.
America Ferrera, best known for her role as “Betty Suarez” on Ugly Betty, will appear in the PBS television series Half the Sky with fellow Social Good Summit speaker Nick Kristof. This series examines the struggles of women in 10 underprivileged countries fighting for change. Alexis Bledel, recently on Mad Men, has been active in voter registration for the upcoming 2012 election.
AWESOME AWESOME News! Alexis is now on twitter – and verified! You can follow her HERE
lexis Bledel, best known for her acting roles in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Gilmore Girls, visited UNLV on Tuesday to promote support among youth voters for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Bledel allied with members of Organizing for America – Nevada, a group in favor of the 46th president’s policies, standing a few feet away from the organization’s table and urging students in the Free Speech Zone to help in the President’s re-election efforts.
Despite the blistering heat, several students stopped by the table to converse with the actress about the upcoming presidential election.
Christian Pale, a sophomore with an undeclared major, decided to register to vote and volunteer her time for Obama’s campaign.
“I just really like the things that Obama’s done and I don’t know,” Pale said, “I just would like to stick with him and do whatever I can do.”
The 37th Toronto Film Festival has released the final batch of titles for their complete, and final, TIFF 2012 line-up. In grand total, they’re playing 289 feature films over 11 days, starting September 6. Just last week, TIFF announced another set of films including the highly anticipated The Master, as well as Passion and Spring Breakers. This final batch adds some other great picks to the selection, including Palme d’Or winner Amour and Cannes favorite Like Someone in Love. They’ve pretty much programmed everything this year. Check out the final batch below.
Here’s the final set of films to be added to the TIFF 2012 line-up. We’ll start with the Discovery films first.
The Brass Teapot
(dir. Ramaa Mosley, USA)
John and Alice are in their 20s, married, very much in love, and broke. In high school, gorgeous Alice was voted “most likely to succeed” but now she’s just trying to make ends meet while her friends are enjoying the good life. Her husband John, loving but immature, just wants to get the bills paid. After they get into an accident and end up at a roadside antique shop, Alice is uncharacteristically drawn to shoplift a brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realize this is no ordinary teapot. Starring Juno Temple, Michael Angarano, Alexis Bledel, Alia Shawkat, Bobby Moynihan, Stephen Park, Billy Magnussen and Debra Monk.