Mama June thinks she knows what this country could use, John Stamos embarks on an amazing music performance, and the anticipation for Catching Fire heats up.
Following the death of 31-year-old Glee star Cory Monteith, more friends and colleagues are sharing memories of the late actor. Hit The Floor‘s own Charlotte Ross has had a recurring role on Glee since its 2009 premiere, playing the role of Judy Fabray. As mother to Dianna Agron‘s Quinn, Ross shared scenes with Monteith over the course of the series, including his memorable serenade of Paul Anka’s “You’re Having My Baby” in Season One. “Everyone in the cast is warm and supportive but, Cory stood out to me as one of the sweetest,” Ross tells VH1. (Watch Cory recall his audition for the show in the 2009 video above.)
As Glee fans cope with the sad news of Cory Monteith’s sudden death yesterday in his Vancouver hotel room, I feel like we are pretty lucky in one respect: The 31-year-old left behind some great performances in his too-short career. Since there’s nothing for us to do but remember him today, I decided to look back at the 10 Glee episodes that best showed off his sweet nature, hilariously bad dancing, pretty admirable skills at singing and drumming, and, of course, his considerable acting talent. After you peruse my list (which is in chronological order here), share your own favorite Finn Hudson moments with me @VH1Celebrity.
It’s a sad day for all Glee fans. 31-year-old Cory Monteith, known for playing Finn on the show, has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. CNN reports that we still don’t know what the exact cause of death was, but police have ruled out foul play.
Glee might be wrapping up in a few weeks, but there’ still plenty of Darren Criss to go around. The 26-year-old is preparing to embark on his first solo tour, and is pulling back one of his well-tailored layers to reveal his innermost thoughts before hitting the road. (Standard protocol for everyone who comes through VH1 offices, natch.)
There’s a time and a place for everything, but rarely is the time “right before the SAG awards” and the place “the red carpet” for discussing criminal accusations of sexual battery. We’re guessing Glee‘s Mark Salling would disagree, of course, seeing as how he addressed a new lawsuit against him with E!’s Ross Matthews before the awards ceremony last night. “You hear about fraudulent lawsuits all the time, [but] ’til it happens to you, you really don’t grasp what it does, not to just you but your family,” the Glee star explained. “You want the legal process to happen as fast as possible, but it takes time. I want the chance to defend myself — and I will, vigorously.” Do you think that felt weird to talk about with Nicole Kidman standing five feet away? We imagine it’d be weird to talk about anything with Nicole Kidman standing five feet away.
Apparently the Glee star has been accused by his ex-girlfriend Roxanna Gorzela of a variety of horrible things: allegedly forcing her to have sex without a condom, allegedly grabbing her and allegedly shoving her to the ground where she struck her head. The only thing more awkward than talking about lawsuits and crime on the red carpet is to talk about them on Twitter, which Salling, um, also did. “You kind of have to learn as you go,” Salling said yesterday about dealing with the accusations, “but like anything else you have to stay positive and count on the people that do know you and love you.” And your publicist, who we’re assuming was standing off-camera, frantically waving at Mark not to talk about it right before the awards ceremony.
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More like the not-so-SAG-gy awards, amiright? The Screen Actors Guild (and AFTRA, for those of you who are all union savvy) Awards are considerably less flashy than the Globes and the Oscars, but that doesn’t mean some actresses were going for dull and demure on the red carpet tonight. Dowton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery and Glee’s Naya Rivera, for instance were flashing a little something extra. Michelle’s Ralph Rucci was spiced up with a sheer side panel that left us wondering how she was defying gravity so nicely. Naya’s Donna Karan Atelier was heavy on the texture detailing, which didn’t distract from the nice bit of cleavage she had on display. So on this important night when actors congratulate each other on their very important work, we ask you this very important question:
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Please help us decide about this Elie Saab dress Lea Michele wore to the People’s Choice Awards. Part of us thinks it’s super cute and were we blessed with Lea’s legs, we’d want it right now. Part of us is weirded out by the rectangular cluster of extra sequins strategically placed to hide her private bits. There’s the fact that her body looks slamming in it, but then there’s the fact that it shows a disturbing amount of underboob and would maybe look classier if it were just an inch longer. But the color is so fun! And it is the PCAs we’re talking here, not the Oscars. But she’s making those cheesy poses and faces! But she just won for Favorite Comedic TV Actress!
Seriously, we can’t decide. Will you please do this for us?
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…And we’re back! Our favorite show, American Horror Story: Asylum went on hiatus over the holidays, leaving us twiddling our thumbs on Wednesday nights without Evan Peters on our screens. We had so many unanswered questions about Briarcliff, Bloodyface and Grace’s baby. Rest assured, our beloved horror show returned last night and progressed the plot line in multiple ways. Sister Jude undergoes electroshock therapy after being diagnosed with manic depression, Grace has Kit Walker’s baby, the Monsignor Timothy O’Hara kills Sister Mary Eunice and Dr. Arden commits suicide to reunite with Sister Mary. Some critics have referred to Ryan Murphy’s AHS as the evil twin of his other show, Glee, and we never felt that way more than after watching last night’s episode. From the dance number to the virginity-losing, Briarcliff was less like an asylum and more like the halls of McKinley High. Here are our favorite Glee-like moments from “The Name Game.”
1.The Name Game – This comparison is by far the most obvious. In the middle of the episode, Lana Winters asks Sister Jude if she knows her own name after receiving electroshock therapy. Without answering Winters, a delirious Sister Jude trudges to the new jukebox in the asylum and selects Shirley Ellis’ classic to play, “The Name Game.” When she plays the song, Sister Jude immediately transforms into a glamorous early ’60s songstress and the bleak patients of Briarcliff get their groove on. Where is Kurt to bust out a showstopper when we need him? While we know this is a dream state and American Horror Story has its absurd moments, we couldn’t help but imagine Ryan Murphy in the writer’s room suddenly deciding to insert a dance number into the episode. Even for AHS, this felt out of place.
“These babies are great. They are my prizewinners,” Lea Michele says of her breasts in the new issue of Marie Claire (via Zap2It). The Glee is refreshingly frank about the body parts she used to flash to the world on a regular basis back in her Spring Awakening days. “For a while, they were out and about, showing off on Broadway every night, then they came to L.A. and were like, ‘No one else looks like me here!’ They were nervous to make their appearance but feel they’ve earned their place. So they asked if they could come out, and I was like, ‘All right, you guys.’ They definitely rose to the occasion, so I’m going to continue to give them more opportunities.”
That statement made us look back at Michele’s fashion choices this year, and indeed, she has been showing them off quite a bit this year. As she said, she doesn’t have a plastic Hollywood body, but we love how she’s been flaunting some cleavage on the red carpet, demonstrating that she’s definitely not Rachel Berry when the cameras are off. Take a look. And if you’re really curious about those “prizewinners,” watch this NSFW clip of Michele and Jonathan Groff getting it on in Spring Awakening.
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