Ed Westwick was an accomplished television and film actor from London who became an overnight sensation worldwide as Chuck Bass, the fictional character he played in the hedonistic teen drama, "Gossip...
The actress has portrayed Vanessa Abrams since the teen drama's inception in 2007, but she and co-star Taylor Momsen will not be part of the line-up for the fifth season when the series, which is set in New York, returns to the small screen this autumn (11).
Szohr insists she is not disappointed by producers' decision to drop her from the cast and is grateful to have worked with co-stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford and on/off boyfriend Ed Westwick.
She tells Eonline.com, "When I started the fourth season, I kind of had a talk with the producers. We didn't know what we were going to do with the characters. After playing someone for four years, it can be a little repetitive. So I was ready for a change.
"I had so much fun and I made friends I'll have for a lifetime and it was so great to work in the city, but I got the most I could out of Vanessa."
And Szohr is now planning to make the most of her summer (11) before throwing herself back into her work.
She says, "I'm gonna take a trip with all my girlfriends. I'll probably go to the Hamptons (luxury retreat in New York) a few times... I have two movies that I start in August and July and I have a couple (of) movies coming out in the next couple (of) months."
The 23-year-old British actor is in final negotiations to take on the fiery role of Juliet's cousin Tybalt in an upcoming re-imagining of the classic tale, according to Variety.com.
True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld will play the tragic heroine, but movie bosses are still searching for her Romeo.
Holly Hunter will play The Nurse and Carlo Carlie will direct. Shooting is scheduled to begin in Italy this summer (11).
Ed Westwick's star continues to rise. Since becoming the best thing on The CW's Gossip Girl, he's only made a few appearances on the big screen, including bit parts in Children of Men and Breaking and Entering, but for a young actor getting to work with the likes of Alfonso Cuaron and Anthony Minghella is a big deal and a show of confidence from these stellar filmmakers. Clint Eastwood also saw something special in the Brit and cast him in J. Edgar (another great move), but now he's booked a major part in an upcoming adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.
Variety reports that Westwick will play Tybalt, cousin to Hailee Steinfeld's Juliet, in Italian director Carlo Carlei's rendition of the classic tragedy. Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) penned the screenplay and Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) will produce. Obviously, the linchpin in the films roster will be Romeo, who has not been cast yet. Whoever does take on the role of the star-crossed lover will have big shoes to fill and will also have to work alongside some really talented actors. Coming off of her debut performance in True Grit (which earned her an Oscar nod), Steinfeld has a lot to prove and I believe that all eyes will actually be on her, which both takes some pressure off of Westwick (and the unnamed Romeo) and will entice him to bring his A-game in order to leave his mark on the movie.
Though another version of Romeo and Juliet isn't at all necessary, the cast at least makes it somewhat interesting. Production is set to begin this summer; expect an announcement regarding Romeo soon.
Actress Molly Sims and socialite Ann Dexter-Jones were among the 500 guests who attended the Free Arts NYC Annual Art Auction Benefit at the Chelsea Art Museum.
The lots up for grabs included a black and white photo of scantily-clad singer Carla Bruni smoking, which was taken by photographer Pamela Hanson, an acrylic sculpture of a puzzle piece by Yoko Ono, and snaps of Patti Smith, James Brown and Debbie Harry.
Proceeds raised will benefit arts programs for underprivileged children.
Most would kill for the chance to work with legendary auteur/actor Clint Eastwood once in their career. That must make Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan guilty of double homicide, because he'll be going back to work with the filmmaker on his latest picture J. Edgar.
Their last pairing was on 2008's acclaimed drama Changeling, in which Donovan played LAPD Captain J.J. Jones (a performance that earned him decent fanfare). He hasn't appeared in a film since, as he's been very committed to the hit USA show that has taken his career to the next level. Playing a renowned figure like Robert Kennedy in this new film certainly won't hurt his chances at getting more movie roles and I can't wait to see more of the dashing Jeffrey Donovan on the big screen.
For those unaware, J. Edgar follows the exploits of the infamous founder and longtime director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hoover, while Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Ed Westwick, Josh Lucas and more co-star. The film is currently shooting and is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2012.
The Love Actually star is appearing alongside Ed Westwick and Sophia Bush in the alpine romantic comedy.
And Nighy was left injured in between shoots when he injured his finger while trying to access the refrigerator in his room.
He tells Britain's Sunday Express, "I caught my hand in the door of the mini-bar at my hotel."
Nighy already suffers from a condition which causes one of his fingers to be permanently bent inwards.
Fans of the British actor were devastated after he admitted in an interview with Tatler magazine that he feels he should move on from the series after doing all he could with his sly character Chuck Bass.
But the star insists he simply wants to take on projects outside of the show and has no plans to leave in the near future.
He tells OK!, "That was kind of taken out of context. What I actually said was that I wanted to maximise my time, but I had agreed to do other projects as well.
"I'm having a fantastic time with Gossip Girl, (it's a) great character, great cast and I live in New York City."
The English actor moved to New York after landing the role of Chuck Bass on the hit teen drama, but he longs to get back to the British capital so he can show off his dramatic talents in a live production.
He says, "(I want to be in) something intimate, so that people can get to know the real me - without a screen in the way. I can sing so perhaps a musical."
But Westwick has a wait in store for him before he can fulfil his theatre dreams - he has signed up to star in two more seasons of Gossip Girl.
The brunette beauty parted ways from boyfriend Ed Westwick, her co-star on the series, last year (10) and has remained single since the split.
However, Szohr sparked speculation she has found love with Green Bay Packers star Rodgers after they were spotted dining together and watching a sports game earlier this month (Feb11).
But her rep has now dismissed the rumours, telling GossipCop.com, "They are not dating."
Let's see...how can I put the severity of "ED WESTWICK MIGHT LEAVE GOSSIP GIRL" into terms that all you losers who watch The Big Bang Theory will understand. How about if I said, "Gossip Girl without Ed Westwick would be like a Stew Leonard's that didn't have rapists dressed in chicken and cow suits standing outside in the parking lot." Eh, that's okay. But I can do better with..."Gossip Girl without Ed Westwick would be like a commercial for Perdue Chicken Breasts that didn't have Jim Perdue telling puppet chickens that they're on a diet of no preservatives and they need to lay off the fucking Skittles." That's pretty good, but let me give it one last shot: "Gossip Girl without Ed Westwick would be like a campaign on saving the environment that didn't have Al Gore involved." Yeah, EXACTLY. Without Al Gore, there'd be nobody petitioning for us to stop going out to dinner on Saturday nights so we can afford some crazy expensive light bulbs that will increase the chances of some breed of lizard finding a mate in the rainforest, so, hopefully that last one conveys the severity of the situation we find ourselves in this morning.
As for where I came across this information, it was from The Hollywood Reporter, who should be credited with relieving us from the burden of sifting through nonsensical British media outlets for stories like this one that will impact our lives so swiftly. Apparently, Westwick told Tatler magazine that he's "ready to do something else" and that he finds playing Chuck Bass boring now. I'd like to know what he's got lined up for himself, BECAUSE UNLESS IT'S HOSTING GIG ON TODDLERS AND TIARAS OR HOARDERS (aren't British people crazy neat and have ironing boards built into their walls?), it is of no interest to me.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Made film debut as Zoran in Anthony Mighella’s "Breaking and Entering" opposite Jude Law and Juliette Binoche
Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Villain
Cast as Tybalt in the remake of "Romeo & Juliet"; Julian Fellowes penned screenplay based on Shakespeare's classic
Appeared on the long-running BBC series "Casualty"
First television appearance in "Doctors" for the BBC
Cast in the biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Cast as Chuck Bass, an overly confident and sexy bad boy on The CW series "Gossip Girl"
Had a small role in Alfonso Cuaron’s "Children of Men" opposite Clive Owen and Julianne Moore
Ed Westwick was an accomplished television and film actor from London who became an overnight sensation worldwide as Chuck Bass, the fictional character he played in the hedonistic teen drama, "Gossip Girl" (The CW, 2007- ), based on the popular book series about wealthy teenagers who attend an elite private school in Manhattan. The actor's realistic portrayal of the preppy man-about-town gained him a multitude of fans and helped make the show one of the network's highest rated shows. As Chuck Bass, Westwick sported some of the most eccentric and unforgettable clothes on the show - think naughty schoolboy meets punk meets haughty Manhattan haute couture. Before "Gossip Girl," Westwick impressed critics with small but memorable roles in films such Alfonso Cuaron's post-apocalyptic epic, "Children of Men" (2006), and Anthony Minghella's romantic drama, "Breaking and Entering" (2006). Playing tough, emotionally complex characters with the raw emotion and conviction of a seasoned performer established Westwick as a major television and film star to be reckoned with.