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HBO’s Gossip Girl Reboot Details

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Everyone’s favorite show about Manhattan’s elite teens is officially making a comeback—although this time around, the cast will be more diverse. OG Gossip Girl writer and producer Joshua Safran confirmed to Vulture that the reboot will include nonwhite leads and “more queer content.” News of the series’ direction comes after recent confirmation that Kristen Bell will return as its narrator. Now, the first script of the revival has officially arrived.

Deadline confirmed in July that HBO ordered a 10-episode reboot of the series for its upcoming HBO Max streaming platform. Here, all the details we know so far about the celebrated series’ return to TV.

The revival’s first script is reportedly “quite good.”

According to Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, the first script from showrunner/excecutive producer Joshua Safran has been turned in. “We have gotten the first script and I can tell you we all breathed a big sigh of relief because it’s quite good,” Aubrey said at TCAs, per Entertainment Tonight. “You can imagine the bar is very high. I think that one of the benefits of having the original creators involved, they’re very clear of what the essential elements of the show are and are not. And also, really excited to bring a modern lens to it 10 years later. Josh and team have done a great job so far.”

She also offered an update on casting conversations for the revival, saying production was “very early” in the process: “We’ve kind of drawn circles around a few people but it’s early days on that.”

The new characters will reference Serena, Blair, Chuck, and Dan.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Safran explained that he thinks of the reboot of Gossip Girl in relation to the original series as “like the Marvel universe. It’s not a continuation or a sequel. It truly just is looking at a different angle.”

In regards to the original cast, he said, “I would love for everyone to come back if they wanted to. The universe still exists. The characters talk about Serena, Blair, Chuck, Dan.” When pressed about whether Badgley would return as Dan Humphrey, Safran responded, “I don’t know, I hope so,” adding, “Now that you’ve said it, I want it to.”

The show could venture beyond the Upper East Side.

“Not everyone lives on the Upper East Side, though,” Safran told ET when explaining the new show’s vision. “Brooklyn’s not the bad place to live. Brooklyn’s probably cooler in the new version than Manhattan, ’cause it is in some places [in real life]. Other than that, it has the DNA of the original.” As for how controversial the series will get, no matter the borough? Safran admitted to the outlet, “Luckily, we’ll be airing post-Euphoria, so anything we do will seem tame by comparison. I don’t think we’ll be that controversial.”

The reboot will be more diverse.

In a recent interview at Vulture Festival, Gossip Girl writer and executive producer Joshua Safran delved into the new direction for the reboot. He said that although he was hesitant about rebooting the series, Safran was convinced by a 2019 reimagining of the premise.

“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show,” he admitted. “I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl. So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”

It will take place in the same universe as the OG show.

In addition to a more representative cast and mysterious twist, Safran dished on the reboot’s timeline. It will reportedly take place in the same universe as the OG CW show, with characters attending Constance Billard School for Girls. “It is 12 years, I guess 13 years after the original. So we are in real time from the original where we are in the show,” the writer-producer confirmed.

Kristen Bell is returning.

Yes, at least one member of the original Upper East Side crew is set to return for the reboot. On November 7, The Wrap reported that Kristen Bell will narrate the new series, just as she did for the show’s first six seasons. “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” the producers said in a statement.

Bell’s timeless sign-off, “You know you love me, XOXO, Gossip Girl,” appeared in all 121 episodes of the show. The actress also appeared on the CW series in a quick cameo in the series finale.

Blake Lively isn’t involved with the reboot at this point.

Lively, who portrayed Serena van der Woodsen during the show’s original run, spoke about whether she is set to appear in January 2020. At the premiere of her movie The Rhythm Section, Lively confirmed that she’s not “involved” in the reboot, per E!. When asked about when the project would be happening she responded, “I don’t know. I’m not a producer. I’m not involved. You gotta call them.” According to the outlet, the star is not taking part in the series in any way, shape or form at this point.

Previously, Lively had been more open to a reboot. She spoke to Variety in April 2017, saying that she’d be fairly open to doing Gossip Girl with the original cast. “It sort of all depends,” Lively said. “Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much. But I’ve just learned in life you never say never. I’m looking to do something that I haven’t done yet, not something that I did. But would I do that? Who knows—if it was good, if it made sense. We had so much fun shooting and living and working in New York City.”

Penn Badgley isn’t super interested but won’t rule out the possibility completely.

In the past, Badgley didn’t seem to express much excitement in playing Dan Humphrey again. “I don’t think that could happen for maybe another 10 years because if you look at the shows that are being rebooted, they’re much older,” he told Marie Claire in September. “I don’t think any of us are interested in that, the creators or the cast.”

But in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, when posed with a scenario where he returns as Dan, Badgley seemed more open to the idea. “Could Dan Humphrey…? I don’t… That’s a message I gotta put at the top of my inbox, you know, to think about,” Badgley told reporter Lauren Zima. “I have not had conversations with any of the creators yet, but you know…” he teased, his voice reportedly trailing off.

He continued, “I think it’s pretty clear that, like, I’ve never been a proponent of Dan Humphrey’s. I’ve never been necessarily the greatest friend or fan of Dan Humphrey, which now I reconcile in this way that I’m like, you know, I would love to contribute in a meaningful way to it. And I guess it would just depend on a lot of things.'”

“It would depend on how and why he’s there,” he explained, “and I don’t know… like, is it even… yeah, I don’t know.”

Badgley also didn’t rule out a return when speaking to Variety in 2018. “I suppose you should never say never,” he admitted. “I suppose there are conditions where I would. Do I think those conditions will ever exist? No. But they might.”

Despite his ambivalence, he talks about the parallels between Dan Humphrey and his new character, Joe Goldberg in Netflix’s You, pretty regularly these days.

Hilary Duff would return, if asked.

In November, Duff told ELLE.com that if asked, she’d be down to return to Gossip Girl. “I did hear that’s coming back and I got very excited. I would love to make a cameo,” she confirmed. Fans may remember that Duff played actress Olivia Burke in a nine-episode arc of season 3. While on the series, she lived with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) and briefly romanced Dan (Badgley).

The revival will be focused on a new set of teens.

Deadline reports that the logline for the series is: “eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”

Schwartz discussed the reboot for the first time at TCA in July, explaining why he wasn’t comfortable with the show focusing on the original cast.

We felt that a version with just our cast grown up, regardless of the challenges of getting those actors, didn’t feel like a group of adults controlled by “gossip girl” made much sense. We felt there was something interesting that we are all “gossip girl” in our own way and how that’s evolved, morphed and mutated and telling that story through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids felt right.

Original showrunner and series writer Joshua Safran is involved with the series and will be working with Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire production company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. TV, and CBS Television Studios.

The executive producers are still working out the details.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter pegged to their Looking for Alaska adaptation with Hulu, executive producer Josh Schwartz said the “freedom” of working with a streaming service appealed to their plans for the reboot, but Stephanie Savage, also exec producer, admits they don’t quite know what that means yet: “If it’s more explicit, that’s something that we’ve talked about and haven’t really come up with a solid take on. Like, can they swear? Maybe there will be some nudity. We haven’t really figured it out.” Perhaps they can take a few tips from Euphoria

Leighton Meester has said she’s open to doing a revival.

When Meester spoke to Vanity Fair about a possible reboot in August 2017, she seemed somewhat open to the idea of reprising the role of Blair Waldorf, but approached the topic with a fair amount of hesitation.“I guess I hear that [reunion talk] in fits and starts here and there, but it’s hard to say,” she said. “If everyone was into it and if the timing was right, you know? I don’t want to say, ‘No, never…’”

Despite the hesitation, Meester has a clear vision of what Blair would be doing now. “When we last left Blair Waldorf, she had a kid with [Chuck Bass], and she was running her own fashion company,” she told ELLE in February 2017. “Blair Waldorf is probably about to debut her new fashion line. She’s probably doing New York Fashion Week! She’s got a runway somewhere.”

After the news dropped that a reboot was a possibility, Meester was asked by E! News in April 2019 if she would be open to doing Gossip Girl again. “No one’s ever asked me,” she responded. “No one’s ever talked to me about it except for in interviews, and I always say the same. I never say never. So, I don’t know. No one’s sent me that information, it’s coming from you.”

Chace Crawford definitely wants to make a cameo in the reboot.

In December, Crawford told Us Weekly that he would “be open to talking about something.” Crawford, at the time, was under the impression that a reboot wasn’t in discussion. And though he is open to the idea of playing Nate Archibald again, he thinks that the cast might be too old to reprise their former roles.“They’ll probably just reboot it and cast all new young kids,” he added. “How are we going to do it? … At 35, I’m still at the high school there, wearing my uniform?”

Then in July, Crawford mused a limited series could be a possibility…and he’d definitely be down to appear in it.

On whether they’d reboot Gossip Girl with the original cast, Crawford told Digital Spy that “I don’t know what it would look like with us being in our 30s now, but I always say, because it was such a big part of my life, I’m open to anything. It would have to be really right, and really specific, and with TV and the golden age of the TV streaming service, maybe an eight-episode season…”

Crawford said it wouldn’t be easy to assemble all the original stars either. “It would be very tough to get everybody on board I think because of their schedules, Penn, Leighton, Ed… They’re all doing really good TV shows. It would be hard I think [to get them all together]. The reboot might come in the form of new characters. I would absolutely cameo. I’d have to!”

Ed Westwick is not really a fan of the idea.

When Westwick sat down for an interview with Radio Times in May 2017, he said that he feels like the idea of a Gossip Girl reboot is impossible, and that his character, Chuck Bass, is “played out.” “Nah, that’s not gonna happen,” he told the interviewer. “I know there’s a bunch of them coming back—I hear they’re doing Will and Grace, they’ve done Gilmore Girls… But it’s such a strange thing to think about. It feels like we only just finished! And I haven’t done enough in between yet to feel like I could comfortably revisit it. And I did so much with that character – it’s played out, man. It’s done.” In spite of his harsh words, Westwick said he would take up the opportunity to play Chuck again—but only if he was offered millions of dollars.

Taylor Momsen has since quit acting, so it’s unlikely she’d return.

Momsen experienced growing pains when filming Gossip Girl. While on set, she focused her attention on music and eventually began touring with her rock band, The Pretty Reckless. “I’m very lucky that the producers were nice enough to write me out, allow me to tour, and pursue my passion, because they very easily could have told me to go f–k myself and keep me on the show,” she told The Daily Beast in 2014. And as far as returning to play Jenny Humphrey? “I’m not looking to go back to it,” she told Riverfront Times in 2014. “Gossip Girl was a great experience, and it helped in one way and hurt in another, but it feels like forever ago.”





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Face Rollers: What They Do and How to Use Them – THE YESSTYLIST – Asian Fashion Blog

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Face rollers, also known as jade rollers, aren’t new to the beauty sphere. In fact, they’ve been around since the 17th century in China. If you’re a beauty enthusiast who stays on top of makeup and skin care trends, then you’ve probably spotted this beauty tool on social media. Face rollers have become one of the trendiest and most Insta-worthy beauty tools to add to your skin care collection.

Facial rollers definitely look pretty on your vanity and Instagram feed. But you may be wondering, What exactly do face rollers do?” and “How do you use a face roller?” Before you add a face roller to your shopping cart and start rolling it across your face, here’s everything you need to know about them.

What are Face Rollers?

A face roller is a beauty tool consisting of two rollers, a large one and a small one on each end of the handle. The most common type of face rollers are jade rollers made of jade stone, but you can also find other types including rose quartz rollers, clear quartz rollers, amethyst rollers and even blue sodalite rollers. 

Benefits of Face Rollers 

Aside from the relaxed feeling you get when you massage a facial roller across your face, face rollers also offer various skin care benefits. 

Using a face roller is known to increase blood flow to the skin, which helps your skin care products penetrate deeper into the skin. It’s best to use a face roller after applying your serum or face oil, so the roller can enhance the penetration of the skin care products’ active ingredients into your skin. By regularly massaging your skin with a face roller, your complexion will start to look firmer, brighter and healthier-looking. 

Face rollers also improve your lymphatic system, so if you suffer from occasional breakouts, it’s time to get one! They help promote lymphatic drainage by getting rid of toxins. It’s important to note that although face rollers help reduce signs of inflammation, they haven’t been proven to get rid of acne. If acne is one of your major skin concerns, it’s still best to stick to a skin care routine for acne-prone skin. 

If you have puffy eyes, you can count on jade rollers to help reduce puffiness and improve the appearance of pesky eye bags. A tip: quickly pop your face roller in the fridge before using it in the morning. The cooling sensation from the jade stone helps drain any excess fluid and calms down signs of swelling and puffiness. 

Lastly, face rollers may not banish your fine lines and wrinkles in the long run, but they do help plump up the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines. To maximize its anti-aging benefits, massage your skin with a face roller after applying an anti-aging face oil. 

How to Use a Face Roller

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Face rollers can be used in either your morning or night skin care regimen. If you’ve tried using one and don’t seem to be seeing results, perhaps you’re using it wrong. Reap all the benefits of a face roller by using it correctly. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Apply your serum, face oil or face cream before reaching for your face roller.

Step 2: Start by massaging the larger roller across your jawline. Repeat this a few times on both sides. Try to avoid rolling the face roller in up-and-down motions. You want to be lifting your face so keep rolling in an upwards motion only.

Step 3: Next, place the face roller just underneath your cheekbones. Start massaging from your inner cheeks and make your way towards the ears. Always use gentle strokes, and don’t apply too much pressure or you may risk hurting your skin. 

Step 4: Swap to the smaller roller and gently massage your under-eye areas. Your eye areas are even more delicate than the rest of your face, so use lighter pressure when using the face roller to depuff your eyes. 

Step 5: Switch back to the larger roller and begin massaging your forehead. Apply the face roller in an upwards motion, starting just above your eyebrows until you reach your hairline. 

Step 6: If you’ve had a long day, you can roll your stress away! To relieve tension or a headache, a face roller is the perfect self-care tool. Gently roll the face roller across your forehead and towards your temples. This repeated motion instantly relaxes and soothes your muscles.

Step 7: To make the most out of your face roller, bring it down to your neck after you’ve finished massaging your face. Our lymph nodes are located in the front, back and sides of the neck, so using a face roller on these areas increases circulation and helps flush out any waste or toxins in your body. 

Who’s ready to start (face) rolling?

Now that you understand the benefits of a face roller and how to use one, it’s time to give it a go!

Here are some face rollers available on YesStyle that you can try:

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Factory PR Is Seeking Winter / Spring ’20 Fashion VIP Interns In Los Angeles

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ABOUT FACTORY PR Factory PR is a preeminent communications agency that sits at the nexus of style and technology innovation. Known for our expertise in launching and repositioning brands, Factory PR architects multi-faceted strategies incorporating public relations, brand development, influencer marketing, celebrity activations, content creation and full scope integrated digital capabilities. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Factory PR has a eighteen-year relationship with the fashion consumer and technology media.

SEEKING Factory PR seeks Fashion VIP Intern for the Winter/Spring 2019 term (Jan through May). The candidate should be tapped in culturally and have a genuine passion for the public relations and celebrity fields. We’re looking for dedicated, motivated and passionate individuals who can multitask and work in a fast-paced environment.





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Rue21 CEO steps down – News : nominations (#1190144)

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Warrendale, Pennsylvania-based fast fashion retailer R21 Holdings, Inc. (Rue21) announced on Monday that Michael Appel will no longer be serving as the company’s CEO and chairman, roles in which he will be succeeded by John Fleming and Scott D. Vogel.
 

Appel has returned to his consulting practice – Instagram: @rue21

According to a press release from the company, Appel “has returned to his consulting practice.” The executive first served as the Rue21’s interim CEO from October 2017 to June 2018, when Laurie Van Brunt took over. However, following her departure a matter of months later, Appel was asked to reclaim his former position on a permanent basis.
 
The executive, who holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, has served as chairman of Rue21’s board uninterrupted since October 2017, leading the company through its transition period following its exit from bankruptcy earlier in the same year.

Fleming, who also joined Rue21’s board following the company’s reorganization at the end of 2017, has now been named interim CEO.
 
An early pioneer in e-commerce, Fleming’s previous experience includes periods as CEO of Walmart.com and of global e-commerce at Uniqlo. During his time at Walmart, he also served as EVP and chief marketing officer, and EVP and chief merchandising officer.

Prior to this he was SVP of merchandising at Dayton Hudson. Fleming holds a BA from Colorado College and currently serves on the boards of Bed Bath & Beyond, Visual Comfort & Company and Untuckit.
 
“Contrary to the view that the apocalypse of retail is imminent, this is an exciting time to build relationships and serve customers,” he commented in Rue21’s press release. “Given the momentum we have at Rue21, I’m excited by the opportunity to accelerate our business by modernizing our model and delivering value to our customers by building a seamless and personalized experience.”
 
Vogel will take over from Appel as chairman of Rue21’s board of directors, bringing wide-ranging experience as a corporate director, advisor and investor to his new role.
 
News of Appel’s departure is the latest change in senior management at Rue21, which also welcomed Catherine “Cat” Morisano as chief merchandising officer and Mary Blodgett as SVP of stores at the end of last year.

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