Penn Badgely, like the rest of the “Gossip Girl” cast, is just biding his time until that abomination of a show is over. And in the meantime, he’s made this perfectly awesome parody of Steinbeck’s East of Eden with the guys from Periods films. Periods makes super funny, anachronistic renditions of great works of literature (my favorite is their take on Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome). Enjoy Badgely as the totally dickish twin in Eden. [YouTube]
Occupy Wall Street got its biggest — if briefest — celeb occupier on Monday when Kanye West showed up at Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan and pow-wowed with Russell Simmons. Simmons was there showing his support for the movement, and while Kanye has yet to say what he thought of his time among the eclectic community of occupiers, Simmons had this to say:
“It was amazing to see how people loved seeing Kanye West at Occupy Wall Street. His music and his art has always been about the voice and the power of the people. Kanye just wanted to come down and experience the growing movement that has opened the eyes of many around this country and around the world of the struggles of poor people. The energy at Liberty Plaza was electrifying and the momentum to get the money out of politics is growing quickly.”
If Kanye’s interest is genuine, awesome, but I hope reports that he wore a gold grill for the visit are untrue. A Givenchy shirt is one thing, but a gold grill is just so … how should I put this? … one percent. [Global Grind, Village Voice]
Here are 11 other celeb occupiers down at Liberty Square…
We shared with you a while back that James Franco and Robert Pattinson were in a battle to play Jeff Buckley, who rose to fame covering songs like “Hallelujah” before drowning at age 30 in the ’90s. We assumed James Franco would prevail, since he looks so Buckley-esque and also has an Oscar nomination to his name. But rumor has it that a dark horse third contender has entered and won the race—Penn Badgley of “Gossip Girl,” aka Blake Lively‘s ex. This allegedly has Robert Pattinson upset. “Rob hasn’t heard ‘no’ a lot lately, so he’s really bummed. He was passionate about this project,” a source told HollywoodLife.com.
Penn looks enough like Buckley, and is a pretty good actor. But can he sing? Keep reading »
Don’t be alarmed: While this picture makes it look like “Gossip Girl” star Penn Badgley is being forced on the floor against his will, I assure you, he’s simply being preened by a lucky stylist on a shoot for H&M’s Fashion Against AIDS campaign, which donates 25 percent of proceeds to HIV/AIDS projects around the world. The campaign also stars Akon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Selma Blair, Keri Hilson, Sky Ferreira, Shiloh Fernandez, Nikki Reed, and the Scissor Sisters. [Fashionista] Keep reading »