Troian Bellisario & Shay Mitchell: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ TCA Panel

Troian Bellisario & Shay Mitchell: 'Pretty Little Liars' TCA Panel

Keegan Allen, Troian Bellisario and Shay Mitchell chat about Pretty Little Liars during the 2013 Winter TCA Tour held at Langham Hotel on Thursday morning (January 10) in Pasadena, Calif.

The trio joined executive producers I. Marlene King and Oliver Goldstick for the Q&A session with press.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Shay Mitchell

“So sorry I can’t be at TCA’s for the PLL panel today as I’m in Nashville recording – or A has me…” actress Lucy Hale tweeted to her fans.

Ashley Benson is also pictured below, leaving Katsuya in Hollywood after dinner on Wednesday night (January 9).

FYI: Shay is wearing a Marc Jacobs Collection dress with Alexandre Birman shoes. Troian is wearing a Cameo dress with Herve Leger heels.

GIFts For You: Funny GIFs to Get You to the Weekend

How’s this for an exciting week? Haylor called it quits (supposedly), One Direction released “Kiss You” (finally), and #cut4bieber became a trending topic on Twitter (say wha-?!). Eh, we shoulda known the easygoing post-holiday jollies wouldn’t last for very long. And so life goes on — with GIFs

If you’re like Rachel Berry, this celebrity drama probably seems, like, so, stupid. Why not watch some actual dramas, you know?

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But, hey, surprises are entertaining! Even when they don’t happen in our own lives. (Though we’re sure the Pretty Little Liars girls have already had enough surprises to last a lifetime.)

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It’s a scary, scary world out there, and it’s easier to stumble into someone else’s problems. Maybe not healthy, but definitely easier. Just don’t try to push anyone, like young Carrie Bradshaw.

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And yet, this involvement is still an emotional experience. Like, re: Haylor, do you side with Taylor Swift or Harry Styles? If you’re a Swiftie and a Directioner, must you choose your allegiance? #problems (Hollaback to Zac Efron, circa High School Musical. That Troy had ALL the feels even way back when.)

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Too bad he didn’t have a golden retriever to comfort him — in GIF form or IRL.

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But now, thanks to the wonders of 2013, we already have fifty bajillion “Kiss You” GIFs right at our fingertips, capturing everything from Louis Tomlinson‘s surfing shimmy…

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…to Harry Styles going with the flow.

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Take a break, take a feline GIF. How can you be too grumpy when you have a cat being grumpy for you?

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So, in closing. GIF therapy is a thing, celebs are cray cray, everyone loves feline GIFs, and even Les Mis Anne Hathaway says…

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Delay School with Last Week’s GIFs

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Winter Premiere Recap: Mona Returns With a Fiery Start and a New Friend

It’s a new year and there’s a new Mona (Janel Parrish) on the loose on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.

But the first episode of Season 3B didn’t only feature the former Radley patient back to torment our girls at Rosewood High, fans were also treated to some sketchy background info on Mr. Montgomery (Chad Lowe) and clues as to possible new “A” team members.

Before we dish on the episode though, let’s talk about how good Parrish and Keegan Allen (Toby) are at playing creepy? The actors playing the currently outed “A” team members freak me out every time they’re on screen. They are fantastic. And if Mona showed up in my bedroom in the middle of the night like that you can bet I’d be sleeping with a crowbar too — just like Aria (Lucy Hale) said she would.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Tuesday’s winter premiere, “She’s Better Now.”

The winter premiere opened with Mona’s aforementioned late night visit to Hanna (Ashley Benson) and a creepy Toby knocking down a black hoodied skateboarder with his car. Meanwhile, Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) parents have gone all Defcon 1 and installed a new security system in their house to protect their daughter from anymore crazy incidents ala last summer’s midseason finale.

As expected, Mona doesn’t get the warmest reception upon her return to Rosewood High. But things come to ahead when she opens her locker to find a cow brain tacked to the door with a knife. Every smartphone on campus, of course, documents the incident as Mona throws the brain and the knife out, whispering to Lucas (Brendan Robinson) before walking away. Shortly thereafter, she was also seen talking to the janitor who the Liars remember as Harold (Travis Richey) from the Lost Woods Resort, the place where Mona had her crazy “A” lair.

When Lucas heads to Hanna’s for no other reason than to further the story, he lets her know that Mona had been sneaking out of Radley long before she had permission to. He also credits his new limp to a skateboarding accident, which gets the wheels in my head turning. (More on that below.)

Now, it appears that Rosewood High’s new janitor has a whole lot of Mona’s things in his office, including one of Allison’s (Sasha Pieterse) old journals. When the girls ditch a charity 10K to go through the stuff, they find Ali’s diary containing an entry highlighting Aria’s dad, Byron. From what we were shown in the flashback, it’s clear she was blackmailing Mr. Montgomery over his affair with Meredith (Amanda Schull) and asking for a pretty penny to keep quiet.

After Aria and the girls had a small incident with Meredith in her class, “A” had exactly what she needed to frame the girls. Meredith, in the wrong place at the wrong time thanks to a note from “A,” gets injured in a fire at the finish line. Later, Byron confronts Aria about the incident, questioning whether or not she and her friends did this, as he knows what they’re capable of. But what is Byron capable of? His accusations, tone of voice and creepy stares while listening to his daughter’s call with Spencer — which mentions “A” — indicate there is a lot more to learn about the Montgomery patriarch.

The note marks the second time Aria was “A’s” main target in the episode, after she received an “It’s a boy” basket outside Ezra’s (Ian Harding) apartment.

We also NEED to discuss Mona and her new friend Jason (Drew Van Acker). Now, without a doubt, the best line uttered in the one-hour episode had to be Spencer (Troian Bellisario) telling Toby, “he [Jason] is basically hugging a hand grenade.” But what exactly is this partnership between Spence’s half-brother and Mona? I really have no idea and that’s the writers’ point. Of course, Spence does her best to convince Jason that Mona can’t be trusted but by episodes end, we see the duo together on his steps as she cleans his wound. But where could he have gotten hurt?

With Jason’s cut and Lucas’ limp, it seems to me that we have at least two possible new candidates for the “A” team. My theory, based on what executive producer Oliver Goldstick told us about Lucas revealing too much, makes me think he was the one Toby was chasing down. Perhaps he doesn’t want part of the “A” team anymore? While maybe Jason was hurt by Aria on the “A” train (I hope not!) or the culprit who set the fire?

As with most PLL premieres, there were little answers provided but a whole lot of questions ensuring a VERY interesting season to come.

Buzz Moments:
OMG: While there weren’t any moments that made me gasp during the episode, I was SUPER creeped out when Mona showed up in Hanna’s room to plead her case. Seriously, not ok.

Thank you, TV gods.: That PLL is back! I missed this show while it was gone!

Awk-ward: Every single moment that Spencer and Toby are together (For the audience at least).

Hotness: Toby was looking all sorts of HOT and kind of creepy after he and Spencer went for a run!

Fab-u-lous: All of the PLLs were looking cute on the premiere. I particularly loved Hanna’s blue polkadot dress, which thanks to wornontv.net I found out is from Anthropolgie. Spencer’s cami/skirt combo was also one of my faves and Possessionista has all the details on where to get it!

Can. Not. Wait.: To find out what the deal is between Jason and Mona? Also, to see how Toby is revealed to the girls as a member of the “A” team! As with any and every premiere of PLL there are so many new questions to be answered!

Celebuzz (1-10): 8. An overall great episode that set up this season’s mysteries quite nicely.

Do you think Lucas was being chased by Toby? Is Jason working with the “A” team? Are you just as creeped out by Mona and Toby as I am? Sound off with your theories and observations about the winter premiere below!

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James Franco Spoofs Justin Bieber (VIDEO)

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Or is it?

Spring Breakers star James Franco posted a video of himself, alongside Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson, with the former impersonating pop star Justin Bieber.

Franco, 34, hams it up for the camera, singing the Biebs’ “Boyfriend,” while Benson dances provocatively around him.

What makes this video controversial?

Franco and Benson, 23, are starring in Spring Breakers – out in US theaters March 8 — alongside Beiber’s on-and-off-again flame Selena Gomez.

Is it a dig at their costar? Use the comments to chime in below.

The release of the video, albeit after Franco deleted it, comes at an awkward time for Bieber, who is currently weather a storm after photos emerged of him smoking whatwhat appears to be a marijuana blunt at a Jan. 2 party in a Newport Beach, Calif., hotel.

Though his team has not addressed the controversy, 18-year-old Bieber seemed to touch on the topic on Twitter. “Everyday growing and learning. trying to be better,” he wrote. “u get knocked down, u get up.”

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Ashley Benson: Face of ‘Faviana’!

Ashley Benson: Face of 'Faviana'!

Ashley Benson looks gorgeous in a blue gown these first look photos from her new Faviana campaign!

The 23-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress stuns as the new face of the brand, famous for high quality designer evening dresses at accessible prices.

“Excited to be the new face of Faviana! So much fun shooting the different looks… I felt amazing in all their dresses!” Ashley wrote on her Facebook page.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video from Ashley‘s shoot below, and make sure to like Faviana‘s Facebook page as they’ll be adding new pics from the shoot every day!

Selena Gomez & Vanessa Hudgens: ‘Spring Breakers’ International Poster!

Selena Gomez & Vanessa Hudgens: 'Spring Breakers' International Poster!

Check out the new international poster for Spring Breakers with Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez!

The movie follows four college coeds who fund their spring break getaway by robbing a fast food joint. But their fortune changes when they’re bailed out by Alien (James Franco), an infamous local thug and amateur rapper who takes them under his wing.

Spring Breakers also stars Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine.

The girls took their film to the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival late last year.

Selena Gomez & Vanessa Hudgens: ‘Spring Breakers’ International Poster!

Selena Gomez & Vanessa Hudgens: 'Spring Breakers' International Poster!

Check out the new international poster for Spring Breakers with Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez!

The movie follows four college coeds who fund their spring break getaway by robbing a fast food joint. But their fortune changes when they’re bailed out by Alien (James Franco), an infamous local thug and amateur rapper who takes them under his wing.

Spring Breakers also stars Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine.

The girls took their film to the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival late last year.

‘Pretty Little Liars’ EP Talks Mona’s Return, Toby’s Reveal and ‘Provocative Revelations’ About Alison

She’s back!!!!

Fans of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars are in for a treat when the addictive drama returns for the second half of Season 3 as Mona (Janel Parrish) is back in action and out of Radley Sanitarium.

But the real question of this half the season is: Is it Mona or someone else who is REALLY in charge of the “A” team?

“Mona’s back, Toby’s [Keegan Allen] in black and Byron [Chad Lowe] may be whacked is sort of how we started the season,” Pretty Little Liars executive producer Oliver Goldstick told Celebuzz about the upcoming episodes. “We really wanted this question … because Toby is a huge question mark. And with Mona’s return, does this precipitate Toby really starting to act out?”

Note: Mild spoilers ahead for Season 3B.

Season 3B’s opener, appropriately titled “She’s Better Now,” not only sees the duplicitous Mona back to wreak havoc at Rosewood High but you’ll also see Hanna’s (Ashely Benson) former BFF develop a new relationship with someone fans wouldn’t expect –  Spencer’s (Troian Bellisario) half-brother, Jason (Drew Van Acker).

“Our Pretty Little Liars are on terror alert because they know this girl and what she’s capable of. But, people like Jason — it seems like he doesn’t know,” he explained. “The fact is Jason is still dealing with his late sister’s missing remains. He’s got a quest as well that may be different than the Pretty Little Liars to solve. Maybe his relationship with Mona – who knows, if that’s something he wants answers to or is he part of it [all]?”

And while we know from talking to the cast of PLL at the premiere of the show’s Halloween episode that Toby’s involvement on the “A” team will be revealed to the Liars at some point this season, when exactly can we expect this to happen?

“It’s a midway point,” said Goldstick. “They’re going to start finding things that are just highly suspect of somebody who they love and trust. Toby has earned quite a place in their hearts, all of them, obviously Spencer [Troian Bellisario] and Emily [Shay Mitchell], so no one is going to jump to this place right away. And then evidence starts to mount that [his loyalty] is questionable.”

The EP also revealed Season 3B will provide “much more insight to what happened that summer” with Allison (Sasha Pieterse).

“We are going to be revealing things that our girls were not privy to,” he teased. “As well as [the Liars] thought they knew Allison, there’s even more very provocative revelations about what happened that summer with her. You’ll know a great deal more about Allison in 3B.”

These revelations will not only deal with her connection to Aria’s (Lucy Hale) dad, Byron, but also her secret BFF, Cece (Vanessa Ray).

As for that scoop Brendan Robinson, who plays Lucas on the show divulged to us, about being gone for a good chunk of 3B, Goldstick elaborated, “He sort of has to go away because of the way events are unfolding. He reveals a little too much possibly in 3B that forces him to disappear for a bit.” When we asked him if we should be nervous about this disappearance, the EP simply said, “Yes.”

We’ll also learn more about that suspicious N.A.T. club that has been brought up now and then on the show. Look for a mention of the creepy club on the winter premiere and more information to be divulged over the course of the season.

Of the club, Goldstick said, “Even Allison’s connection to it will be hinted at in this season and you’ll understand maybe even stronger motivations for why someone may have put her underground.”

Pretty Little Liars returns Tuesday at 8PM on ABC Family following a marathon of Season 3A beginning at 11AM.

What are you most looking forward to on Season 3B of PLL? What are you expecting when the girls find out about Toby? Sound off in the comments below!

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Ashley Benson: Justin Bieber Parody Video with James Franco

Ashley Benson: Justin Bieber Parody Video with James Franco

Ashley Benson goes temporarily brunette in this new parody video with her Spring Breakers co-star James Franco.

In the video, the two actors parody Justin Bieber‘s video for “Boyfriend.”

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ashley Benson

Are you excited for the winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars?

“I’m going to be live ‘Keeking’ throughout tomorrow’s #PLL premiere! Be sure to follow me on @Keek to watch,” Ashley tweeted.

The show returns TOMORROW @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

UPDATE: The video was removed from James‘ page. It was great while it lasted!

James Franco and Ashley Benson Make Justin Bieber ‘Boyfriend’ Parody Video

Well, this certainly isn’t something you see everyday. James Franco and his Spring Breakers co-star Ashley Benson collaborated on yet another project, but this time it involves Justin Bieber — sort of. The two (who were rumored to be dating late last year) star in this home made video where James dresses as Justin, and lip syncs to his song “Boyfriend.” James posted the video on his WhoSay account, where Ashley joins him — as she sports a long, dark haired wig — as they make their own version the video on a very low budget. As James sings along, it looks like someone is flashing a pink light all over his face to recreate some type of club scene. We’re not really sure what we just watched, but it’s good to know that actors — just like us — get bored and make silly home videos. Check out the whole vid for yourself above!

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Ashley Benson: Toast Los Angeles Lunch with Ryan Good!

Ashley Benson: Toast Los Angeles Lunch with Ryan Good!

Ashley Benson takes a quick call on her cell as she heads to Toast for lunch on Friday (December 21) in Los Angeles.

The 23-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress walked next to her pal Ryan Good, who joined her for the meal.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ashley Benson

Ash recently celebrated her birthday on December 18, and for her big day, she went out to lunch with her PLL co-star Keegan Allen.

“Lunch with @KeeganAllen” Ashley tweeted along with a pic. “Thanks @KeeganAllen for my gift.” Check out the Instagram pics below!

Happy belated birthday, Ash!!!