by (@shalapitcher)

Glee‘s Darren Criss Brings Light To An Important Debate: Hair Gel Vs. Broccoli Head

Darren Criss on Glee

Among the many things that have been bugging us about Glee this season — how high school students are able to apply to college in May, the inconsistencies of Coach Sue’s character, the picking up and dropping of potentially great love stories like Sam and Mercedes’, the underuse of NeNe Leakes — the increasingly Lego-man-like quality of Blaine’s (Darren Criss) hair wasn’t necessarily the one that needed fixing first. But it was hilarious to see addressed head-on, and not just from another snide Sue Sylvester nickname. Brittany’s (Heather Morris) ban on hair gel at the prom was almost as brilliant as her dinosaur theme. And it was refreshing to see Blaine show his weakness, a chink in his perfect boyfriend armor, since he’s always the one helping Kurt get over his insecurities. That the cause of his weakness was his “broccoli head” made us have hope that the show could one day fully regain its quirky sense of humor. We are talking way too seriously about a site gag. But that’s just because we don’t want to think about how much last night’s episode made us despise Rachel.

So, back to the funny. New York magazine’s Vulture alerted us to the above Twitter photo of Darren Criss in his pre-Glee, full broccoli, Harry Potter StarKid days. Is it just us, or does he look better with curls than with a plastic helmet? Here’s a great gif of the de-gelled Blaine at prom, courtesy of the Topblainestan Tumblr:
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by (@missmuttoo)

Amber Riley Collapses At Glee Screening, We’re Glad She’s OK Now

Amber Riley Collapses At Glee Screening At TV Academy

The whole cast and producers team of Glee was in North Hollywood last night at the TV Academy of Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood for a screening of the show, followed by panel discussion held in front of Emmy voters. Sadly, the event took a pretty scary turn when our gurl Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes on the series, collapsed while doing interviews on the red carpet. Luckily, she recovered quickly and was even able to participate in the panel discussion later.

She also tweeted some explanations about what and why it happened. The first message read, “Hey guys, I’m okay. I got a little dizzy from all the photog flashes! You’d think I’s be used to it by now, still a red carpet amateur I guess. Gonna get checked out but I feel fine. Thank you for all the concern and well wishes.” She added in another post, “I’d also like to thank the photographers for being do professional and not taking photos of me on the ground. I truly truly appreciate it. Could have been super embarrassing.”

The photo you see above is therefore of Amber before the incident. Glad you’re OK, lady! She really must’ve given everyone there a fright.

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by (@missmuttoo)

Why The Hell Was Lindsay Lohan Throwing Diva-tude On The Glee Set?

The fact that Lindsay Lohan is currently getting work is something she should be grateful for. She’s been a huge liability over the last few years, so people are wary of her, and for good reason. What’s amazing is that people are still giving her a second chance, like how Fox News invited her to the White House Correspondents Dinner in D.C. this weekend. Another opportunity given to her is her guest appearance on Glee, where she’s going to be a judge at the annual Nationals competition episode on May 15. And from what we hear, the Glee kids ain’t too thrilled with her. Ever heard the expression “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” Lindsay? No? That’s what we thought.

Apparently, Lindsay showed up on set six hours late this Wednesday, which left the whole cast and crew fuming. To add salt to their wounds, a source told Us Weekly, “She came to set with a million demands and was not prepared to work. One of her demands has to do with her trailer size. The cast is already worked to death and then she puts everything behind. She is a diva!” Not cool, Lindz. Your career is hanging by a thread and you’re worried about trailer size?

Apparently, the frustration really got to one cast member. Dot Marie Jones, a.k.a. Coach Beiste, tweeted, ” Gonna be a long day!! Some ppl show up late and just throw a wrench in things. Not cool! I’d rather be an hour early (I was) than 5 minutes late.” She obviously thought better of it, and deleted the pissed-off tweet later. Lindsay films the last part of her guest role next week, so she better start making nice. You better not get on the bad side of say, Santana. That girl will take you down.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Glee’s Whitney Houston Tribute: Awesome Or Awesomely Awkward?

There was much to love about Glee’s much-hyped Whitney Houston tribute episode last night, beginning with the goose-bump-inducing “How Will I Know?” led by Mercedes that opened the show. We already knew Amber Riley’s killer pipes are perfect for powerhouse covers like that. And it was easy to ignore the obvious technical help Heather Morris received for her “Dance With Somebody” once Brittany and Santana started, you know, dancing. Special Brittany unicorn bonus points for sharing her dreams of Quinn dancing, flying and breathing fire. Also, we’ve been dying for another Klaine-centric story — and this one delivered tears and giggles as it taught the kids an important lesson about “lesbian bed death.” BUT … Maybe my expectations for this episode were too high, because I kept being distracted by the kind of awkward moments that always exist but normally don’t bother me on Glee.

  • During “Dance With Somebody” and “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” the look switched to a super slick music video style, and yes, this has been done before, like for the Madonna and Britney episodes, but it felt jarring last night.
  • Watching Blaine’s angry singing at Kurt, more than all the other times the Gleeks have sung out their relationship woes, really felt like we were stuck in the backseat of the car while another couple was fighting in the front seat.

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by (@missmuttoo)

We’re Positively Gleeful About Dianna Agron’s Fashionable Three-For-Three

And that’s how it’s done. If you’re going to have three wardrobe changes in one day, you may as well make each one count. Take Dianna Agron, for instance. While Glee fans are on the edge of our seats, hoping we’ll find out what happened to Quinn in that texting-and-driving incident tonight, she was in New York yesterday, and commitments dictated that she had to make a trio of quick changes through the day. Her stylist deserves a round of applause because we love each one. The red-and-white striped dress on the left is her version of casual. We’d like that tweedy jacket, please. Who thinks that may be Chanel? The awesome black-and-white schoolgirl outfit in the middle is what she wore to visit the MTV studios. It’s hard to pull off a bow like that without looking twee. Dianna ends up making it look elegant. Lastly, the picture on the right is a yellow-and-navy printed Alice + Olivia dress, which she had on for a taping of The View. Take a bow, Ms Agron. You just made a three-for-three.

Related: The 10 Brainiest Beauties On TV Vie For This Week’s Hotness

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by (@shalapitcher)

The 10 Brainiest Beauties On TV Vie For This Week’s Hotness

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott points out what a great time it is for female characters on TV. From Downton Abbey to 30 Rock, our screens are filled with complex, strong, flawed women that reflect real life as much as they entertain us. And also, as the VF cover and photo spread demonstrate, a lot of the actresses portraying those great characters also happen to be smoking hot. We at the Fab Life pride ourselves on being solid feminists as much as we love being shallow, so this is the perfect way to combine those interests: Making you (seriously, we’ll put toothpicks in your eyelids if you disobey) look at the 10 brainiest beauties, or the 10 most beautiful brainiacs, on TV right now, and then forcing you to vote for your favorite. Are you an avid follower of Kalinda Sharma’s ass-kicking investigative techniques on The Good Wife? Were you rooting for Lady Sybil to ditch her parents AND her chauffeur suitor and run off to become a doctor? Aren’t you sure that Sterling Cooper Draper Price would crumble without Joanie’s capable guidance? Peruse the gallery, add to your DVR queue, and get to voting. Poll ends on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Heather Morris Allegedly Latest Victim Of Nude Pics Leak

What’s that, Unicorn? Heather Morris was probably possessed by the spirit of her less-than-genius alter-ego Brittany S. Pierce when she snapped nude pics of herself and sent them to someone? Maybe. I mean, we’re not the devoted investigators who endeavored to prove that those are Olivia Munn’s privates that were leaked from a hacked phone last week, so we don’t really feel qualified to judge whether these latest photos are all of the Glee star.

But we’ll make a few points so that you can come to your own conclusions:

  • Some of the photos, in which she’s wearing some clothing, are obviously Heather. She’s even wearing her costume from last year’s Britney Spears episode in one of them.
  • Heather’s got a slamming body, which she’s got no reason to hide.
  • She was definitely the model for these professionally shot nude photos that leaked in 2010. One of those is even a similar pose to a recent one.
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by (@hallekiefer)

Are Lea Michele And Cory Monteith Making Their Glee-mance A Reality?

Just as their characters Rachel and Finn are about to lock it down on Glee (Or are they?)(Yeah, we think they are!), show stars Cory Monteith and Lea Michele are allegedly making sweet, sweet music together as a couple in real life. “It just sort of happened,” a source close to the show told Celebuzz. “No one is sure just yet how serious it is yet, but they both seem pretty happy.” This gives us hope that every plot line on Glee is secretly true. Brittany and Santana 4 Lyfe! Oh, and please let Jane Lynch actually be pregnant. Do it for us, Universe!

According to Us Weekly, the pair visited Monteith’s hometown of Vancouver this past weekend, where “[t]hey stayed in a hotel, toured Grouse Mountain and went for sushi and sake.” So are these two just “hooking up,” as one source claimed, or is it something more, something…mash-up worthy? We hope it’ll be just like Hiram, one of Rachel’s dads, said in last week’s episode, “Even Patti Lupone herself couldn’t talk Rachel out of marrying Finn.” But can any human love really be that strong?

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by (@shalapitcher)

Glee Hotness Face-Off! Cory Monteith Vs. Samuel Larsen (A.K.A. Jesus)

Some of us who didn’t manage to tune into Oxygen’s Glee Project last summer (me) let out a collective gasp during last night’s Glee, when new student Joe Hart introduced himself to Mercedes’ God Squad. And I’m sure some of you who did watch the reality competition were jumping up and down with, well, glee at the sight of those piercing hazel eyes — it was Samuel Larsen, the other winner of the reality show (besides Damian McGinty, a.k.a. Rory Flanagan). And we have to agree with Quinn, his character reminded us a little of Jesus — the kind of Jesus (the barefoot, home-schooled, love everyone, singing kind) that could make a Jewish girl convert. So, when he took the lead on “Stereo Hearts” and sang to Rachel, we got a little worried for Finn, even though Joe and the God Squad were just delivering Finn’s singing telegram. I mean, if the guy can change our minds about dreadlocks, he certainly has a shot at changing Rachel’s mind, maybe just for a minute, about marrying Finn.

That, of course, got us thinking that we should put it to a vote. Given the choice between Sam, the California-born, 20-year-old musician whose real-life Christianity inspired Ryan Murphy to create Joe, and Cory Monteith, the 29-year-old Canadian who’s been praying to Grilled Cheesus and turning us to mush for two-and-a-half years now, who would you pick? Peruse this little gallery and vote!

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Exclusive: Darren Criss, Team StarKid Share Tour Footage

By Rae Votta

Glee might have been Darren Criss’ national introduction as a song-and-dance man, but his legions of Internet fans already knew him as a singing Harry Potter for Team StarKid, the musical-theater social-media phenomenon. Between shooting Glee and debuting on Broadway in How to Succeed, Criss joined the rest of Team StarKid for part of their first national tour last fall, and he stopped by VH1 earlier this month with some of his co-founders to share some exclusive footage from the tour. They also told us about a possible West Coast and U.K. leg of their jaunt, as they hope bring StarKid beyond the confines of the Net.

“StarKid is an Internet musical theater production group we started in college together and have been doing our best to run since we’ve been out of college,” co-founder Brian Holden explained for the uninformed.

The group initially put videos of their University of Michigan-produced Harry Potter musical, A Very Potter Musical, on YouTube to send to friends and family, but once the extensive Potter fandom caught a whiff of their existence, view counts multiplied, and they transitioned from in-joke to mainstream viral success. To date the group has surpassed 100 million views on their videos.
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