Blake Lively and Penn Badgley linked up with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon to celebrate Gossip Girl's 100th episode at Silver Cup Studios in Queens. Michael issued a Mayoral Proclamation to mark the milestone for the series, which has brought jobs and acclaim to the Big Apple during its five-year run. Michael and his Media & Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver also announced that 2011 was a record-setting year for small-screen production in NYC. Twenty-three series were filmed there, as opposed to just nine a decade ago. The mayor joked today, "Here's a hot tip for Gossip Girl: Spotted — 100,000 New Yorkers making a living from the film and television industry."
The success of Gossip Girl has been great for Blake's career, but she may have hit a minor speed bump with one of her rumored new projects. Blake might not be in The Side Effects, a Steven Soderbergh project she was linked to along with Jude Law and Channing Tatum. Due to some disagreements among the producers, Soderbergh may have to go with a different leading lady.