Leighton Meester Announces Album Release Date and Releases Debut Single “Heartstrings”—Listen Now!

At long last, Leighton Meester’s debut album has a release date!

After releasing “Somebody to Love” with Robin Thicke in 2009 and “Your Love’s a Drug” in 2011, the Gossip Girl star, 28, parted ways with Universal Music and signed new record deal with Hotly Wanting. On Tuesday, she released the first single, “Heartstrings,” from her upcoming album of the same name.

“‘Heartstrings’ speaks to vibe and encompasses a lot of the themes of the rest of the album,” Meester tells Billboard of the folksy song. “It’s been a long time coming and I’m very excited to finally release it.”

Meester began performing “Heartstrings” in 2012 with Check in the Dark.

The other eight songs featured on Meester’s EP include “Run Away,” “Good for One Thing,” “Sweet,” “On My Side,” “L.A.,” “Dreaming,” “Blue Afternoon” and “Entitled.” It’s available for pre-order on iTunes.

Heartstrings, written by Meester and produced by Jeff Trot, drops Oct. 28.

Source: EOnline!

‘The Judge’ Movie Reviews from TIFF (Warning: Spoiler Alert!)

These reviews actually mention Leighton! Only later in the article so you have to click the link to read the full article!

Review: Robert Downey Jr. is guilty of being shameless in ‘The Judge’

Someone really, really needs a hug from Robert Downey Sr.

Written by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, and a blender full of better legal thrillers and family dramas, “The Judge” has been directed by David Dobkin almost entirely in ornate second-unit establishing shots and dramatic entrances. It is an insistent film, and “subtle” isn’t even a consideration. This is a movie that will tell you the same piece of information nine times to make a point because it has no faith at all that you will understand it. It also features more endings than “Return Of The King,” and it feels like a movie the younger, rowdier Robert Downey Jr. would have made fun of mercilessly.

Honestly, as soon as the first scene with Downey played out, I started to worry. There’s a trial. He’s a big high-powered defense attorney. We meet him standing at a urinal. The opposing counsel, played by David Krumholtz, comes in to confront him.

Guess what happens then. Go ahead. Guess. Did you guess that he pees on Krumholtz? You did? Well, congratulations, you also have seen a movie before. During that same scene, Krumholtz starts asking Downey how he sleeps at night and Downey stops him. “Let me finish that cliche for you,” he says, as if that somehow justifies the next 130 minutes of painful cliche. Simply acknowledging it does not excuse it, but the film plunges in without ever looking back, and it goes from pedestrian to painful to unintentionally funny before finally petering out somewhere around interminable.

Read full article at: HitFlix

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Judge’

Gavels are slammed, tempers are lost and bowels are evacuated with great force in David Dobkin’s “The Judge,” an engrossing, unwieldy hurricane of a movie that plays like a small-town courtroom thriller by way of a testosterone-fueled remake of “August: Osage County.” Some elements ring truer than others in this ambitious blend of dysfunctional-family melodrama and legal procedural, but all of them are just about held together by the ferocious onscreen chemistry between two Roberts (Duvall and Downey Jr.), playing an overbearing father and a black-sheep son who find their already tense relationship literally put on trial. Refreshing as it is to see Downey step out of the Iron Man suit for a spell, the jury’s still out on whether an impressive talent roster can draw enough grown-up eyeballs to this overlong, resolutely old-fashioned male weepie, set for release Oct. 10 by Warner Bros.

For all the creakily elaborate Tennessee Williams-meets-John Grisham machinations cooked up by screenwriters Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque (working from a story by Dobkin and Schenk), “The Judge” pivots on a simple yet inspired stroke of casting, pitting Duvall’s iconic gravitas against Downey’s razor-sharp wit, and then supplying no shortage of opportunities for both men to chew the scenery. Given that their characters are members of a legal profession that invites all manner of verbal pyrotechnics and rhetorical showmanship, the actors are all too happy to oblige.

Read full article at: Variety

‘The Judge’ Toronto Review: Robert Downey Jr. Looms Large, Film Doesn’t

There must be a multitude of Hollywood actors who seethe at the effortless charisma Robert Downey Jr. has at his disposal, giving him the ability to turn even deeply average material into compulsive viewing. David Dobkin’s “The Judge” doesn’t qualify as average, but without Downey Jr.’s dazzlingly emphatic turn as a hotshot Chicago lawyer lured home to defend his estranged, cantankerous father (Robert Duvall) from a deadly hit-and-run charge, it probably would.

With franchise work consuming his hours following that overlong stretch in the wilderness, “The Judge” arrives as Downey Jr.’s first meaty dramatic role since Joe Wright’s “The Soloist” in 2009, and seemingly comes mixed from the same formula: middlebrow awards bait with the potential for landing him the Big One. Downey Jr.’s only Best Actor Oscar nomination to date came for “Chaplin” two decades ago (he landed a supporting nod for “Tropic Thunder”) but his turn as Hank Palmer could well break that duck.

Read full article at: IndieWire

Leighton and Adam out and about in Topanga, California – August 31, 2014

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GG: The Complete Sixth Season DVD Bonus Features Captures

And the final season…..

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GG: The Complete Fifth Season DVD Bonus Features Captures

Here are the DVD Bonus Features Captures of Season 5! Enjoy!

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Gossip Girl > Season DVDs > GG: The Complete Fifth Season > 5×01 Yes Then Zero – Unaired Scenes
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GG: The Complete Fourth Season DVD Bonus Features Captures

Next up: Season 4! Definitely check out the feature Bisoux a Paris! Very great!

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Gossip Girl > Season DVDs > GG: The Complete Fourth Season > 4×03 The Undergraduates – Unaired Scenes
Gossip Girl > Season DVDs > GG: The Complete Fourth Season > 4×07 War at the Roses – Unaired Scenes
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Gossip Girl > Season DVDs > GG: The Complete Fourth Season > 4×22 The Wrong Goodbye – Unaired Scenes

Like Sunday Like Rain to Premiere at Raindance Film Festival

Independent film festival to open with I Origins and close with Wolf.

Raindance Film Festival (Sept 24 – Oct 5) has unveiled the programme for its 22nd edition, comprising more than 100 features and 150 shorts from more than 50 countries. The festival, held at London’s Vue Piccadilly, will also incldue 40 industry events.

The festival will open with sci fi drama I Origins, starring Michael Pitt, Archie Panjabi and Brit Marling, and will close with a screening of Dutch thriller Wolf.

Raindance’s international programme this year includes the UK premiere of Mexican film Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna and starring Wes Bentley, America Ferrera and John Malkovich, who will present the screening on Sept 27.

Asia Argento Misunderstood, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, will also receive its UK premiere at the festival as part of Raindance’s Italian film selection.

Other highlights include the world premieres of Like Sunday, Like Rain starring Debra Messing and Leighton Meester, and musical comedy The Beat Beneath My Feet featuring Luke Perry as a washed-up rock god, as well as drama Things People Do, with Jason Isaacs.

In a change to previous years, the festival programme has been segmented by mood and tone, rather than genre.

Feature films will be categorised as spring, summer, autumn and winter, while documentaries predominantly focus on areas of conflict in the Middle East and women’s rights in Africa.

Raindance’s Shorts Programme will this year include Dotty, an experimental short film starring Sadie Frost and her son Rudy Law.

The festival will culminate in the annual Raindance Awards Ceremony on Oct 4 with a jury made up of industry figures including Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Alice Lowe (Sightseers) and casting director Amy Hubbard.

Raindance will also run its expert-hosted Events Series, which will cover several aspects of filmmaking. Events include, In conversation with Sean Bobbit, the cinematographer famed for his work on Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Shame and The Place Beyond the Pines.

Full details on the programme can be found at www.raindancefestival.org

Source: ScreenDaily

Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’ To Open The Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 4, with the premiere of Robert Downey Jr.’s new drama, The Judge.

Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), The Judge is the first film to come out of Downey’s production company, Team Downey, and marks Downey’s first big return to TIFF since 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

“David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s event,” said TIFF CEO Piers Handling.

The Judge stars Downey as Hank Palmer, a ruthless attorney, who returns home to Indiana after his mother dies only to find that his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), is accused of murder.

Dobkin, who screened his feature debut, Clay Pigeons, at the Toronto Film Festival in 1999, released a statement saying that he was happy to be celebrating the world premiere of The Judge at TIFF. “The festival audiences are terrific, and I know I speak for everyone involved in the film when I say we are so pleased to be unveiling it there,” he said.

The Judge is just one of 143 world premieres scheduled to take place at the 10-day festival.

Source: Variety

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