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Twilight‘s Ending! Here Are 20 Things To Fill That Hole In Your Heart

Pretty Little Liars, Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments, Team Starkid and other things to obsess over now that Twilight is ending.

We’re shocked that Summit Entertainment and Stephenie Meyer have yet to announce some kind of detox program to help those of us who’ve spent up to seven years addicted to the Twilight books and movies. Aren’t they worried about the withdrawal we’ll all experience once we’ve seen Breaking Dawn – Part 2 a few times and have no more Edward and Bella to look forward to? Well, not to suggest that there is anything that can replace Forks and the Cullens in your heart, but we have a few new obsessions you might consider taking up. Which you choose all depends on why you became a Twi-crack addict in the first place. Read on and then suggest your own!

If you love Twilight because of …

… its star-crossed lovers plot, you’ll love:

Warm Bodies, the novel by Isaac Marion and upcoming Summit movie starring Nicholas Hoult. Zombie R is a very different kind of undead than Edward, but his doomed love for Julie is just as epic and possibly world-changing. Dive into the book now and then look forward to the flick in February 2013.

The Hush Hush saga, by Becca Fitzpatrick. Nora Grey doesn’t know why she’s drawn to Patch her dangerous new biology lab partner… oh, sound familiar? Don’t worry, this is no knock off. Fitzpatrick has woven a very complex mythology around deadly angels and their offspring that will infuriate you with its addictive quality.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. Speaking of complex new mythology, don’t even ask us to explain the plot of this trilogy. Let us tell you that book one was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful reads of 2011 — there are angels, beastly creatures, exotic tooth poachers, ballet-dancing puppets and a love story that rivals Romeo and Juliet in its devastating nature.

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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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Team StarKid To Bring Very Potter, B@man And Darren Criss On The Road This Summer

By Rae Votta

Our buddies in Team StarKid — the Chicago-based theater company that boasts Glee’s Darren Criss among its primary collaborators — have had a busy winter since we last spoke with them. They put up a brand new musical, the comic-book-inspired Holy Musical B@man, which played to packed houses in Chicago, and now has a YouTube debut slated. But perhaps more exciting, the announced today that they’re planning another tour, or Apocalyptour, that includes West Coast dates, throughout May and June.

The last time StarKid hit the road they shared an exclusive peek behind the scenes on their east coast tour, as well as hinted about this upcoming western leg! You can now buy the complete tour DVD on the StarKid site, but for a quick refresher on the StarKid phenomenon watch below:
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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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