Penn Badgely

Emma Stone is up to her elbows in boys that want to pretend to sleep with her. In the movie Easy A she plays Olive, the smart girl that’s generally ignored by her class who gets a taste of popularity by way of infamy and continues to trash her own reputation in order to have one. She pretends to have sex with a gay classmate in order to boost his social status, and what results is a trip into a world of perception, heartache, trying to get with the school mascot, and a big red A on her chest.

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The high school comedy is not an easy subject to tackle because it’s been tackled almost as much as Emma Stone’s character in Easy A would have you believe she has. It is one of the many sluts of the film genre world – it’s incredibly attractive because it’s easy to get into bed with, but it’s not like you’re going to impress anyone by going after it. Unless you nail it. Will Gluck, a man without an average high school experience teamed with Stone, an actress who didn’t go to high school, to try to do just that. Gluck was decent enough to spend more than a few minutes on the phone with me while surrounded by the insanity of the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about the challenges of being fresh with high school, creating a strong female character, and the joy of sex comedy without sex.

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Ah yes, the high school tramp. Every red-blooded American male has at least one tale involving backseat shenanigans, broom-closet blowies, and trips to the pharmacist.

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Gossip Girl: Chuck in Real Life

Vanessa uses the scandalous picture of Catherine and Marcus to blackmail Blair into being a nicer person, so Blair seeks revenge by enticing Chuck to seduce Vanessa.

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Gossip Girl: The Serena Also Rises

Serena’s ascent to Queen of the pack continues, much to Blair’s dismay. Meanwhile, Dan’s efforts to establish himself as a writer lead him to follow Chuck down the rabbit hole and into a jail cell.

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Blake Lively in Gossip Girl

Dan and Serena’s love affair may be over but their roller-coaster ride of highs and lows continues.

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Gossip Girl: The Dark Night

A black out throws the Gossip Girl relationships sharply into focus. And of course, plenty of drama ensues.

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Control Freaks: TV Reviews with Attitude

Blair meets Marcus’s step-mother, who happens to be Nate’s older woman. Serena and Dan get hot and heavy, repeatedly, and Chuck tries to be a good friend to Nate, who is having family finance issues.

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