'Gossip Girls' News Round-Up: Penn and Blake to Tie the Knot?
'Gossip Girls' News Round-Up: Penn and Blake to Tie the Knot?
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
I've got to hand it to Gossip Girl (imaginary as she may be), because I really don't know how she does it. I spent one Halloween weekend out of town without a computer, and suddenly I'm a mile behind on keeping up with the happenings of the Manhattan elite!

Fortunately, that's what news round-ups are for.

So, for anyone else who spent more time being spooky than reading scandal this weekend, gear up for tonight's feud-tastic Gossip Girl episode by brushing up on your off-screen GG news with me.

Life imitating (last year's) Gossip: Thanks to an anonymous "source" close to Blake Lively, she and boyfriend Penn Badgley could be engaged by the end of the year. Sunday marked Penn's 23rd birthday (BTW: Happy B-Day, Lonely Boy!) ad the source had this to say: "I think if Nov. 1 was Blake's birthday and not Penn's, he might have surprised her with a ring. But my guess is it's going to happen over the holidays.'' Glad to know their transition from lovers to siblings on the show hasn't affected the romance off-screen, but I'll believe the ring rumors when the "source" has an actual name: and that name is Blake Lively or Penn Badgley.

A Stroke of Brilliance: Were you wondering who that short-haired solo artist was on last week's Gossip Girl playing at Chuck's club opening? Well, don't kick yourself for not recognizing this normally bushy-haired rocker, but it was none other than Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes, playing an acoustic version of one of my favorite tracks off his solo album Yours to Keep, called "In Transit." Relive the understated (and underhyped, for Gossip Girl) performance here, and get your hands on Hammond's solo work, because it rocks.

Chace Crawford Too Girly for Woman Who Wants to Put Makeup on Boyfriend:
Leona Lewis says she turned down the chance to mack on Chace Crawford when he appeared in her latest music video because she thought it would make her boyfriend, Lou Al-Chamaa, jealous. And he's just not her type: "He needs roughing up a bit! He'd be a really pretty girl ... He's so beautiful, I mean, look at him. But I just don't think of him like that." This coming from a girl who says of her beau's best qualities: "Sometimes I'll look at him and be like, 'You have really nice eyelashes, can I put mascara on them?' "

Leighton Meester joined Weezer on stage on Halloween to sing their new single, "(If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To." Watch the performance here, as it might be your only chance in life to see Teletubbies rocking out in the same room as Blair Waldorf.

Blake Lively covered Nylon mag this month, and gave some of her more... interesting quotes to date, including, ""I swipe my friends with, like, my phone or something, - I slide it in their butts. Like in middle school! You say 'Visa! Mastercard!' Just to give somebody a jump. I'm a prankster." At least the pictures give us some pleasing mental images...

-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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