You probably know Eric Stoltz as an actor — over his 34-year career he’s starred in everything from Some Kind of Wonderful to Pulp Fiction to Caprica. But the cast of Glee knows Eric Stoltz as something else: the guy who calls “Action!” Stoltz — who got his start in classic high school movies like SKoW and Fast Times at Ridgemont High – is one of the go-to directors for Fox’s hit teen comedy, and as a guest columnist in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, he explains what it’s like to direct the kids at McKinley high. Click through to read an excerpt of Stoltz’s column, and check out tonight’s episode of Glee — featuring the duet between Darren Criss and Matt Bomer — directed by the redheaded multitasker himself. READ FULL STORY »
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One of the best new reality shows from last year, The Glee Project, is returning for a second season this summer. The series, which grants the winner of an arc on Glee, saw two victors from last year, Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty, who both have since appeared on the Fox hit. Once again, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy will evaluate the contestants along with the series casting director Robert Ulrich and choreographer/co-producer Zach Woodlee. Plus, vocal coach Nikki Anders will now officially join the judging panel.
This year, a new crop of singer/actor hopefuls are headed to the Oxygen series and EW has the EXCLUSIVE cast reveal. The Glee Project‘s inspiring 14 contestants includes a 24-year-old paralyzed from the waist down, a transgender 21-year-old, and another 24-year-old who’s been blind since the age of 9. Meet the rest of the hopefuls after the jump…
'Glee': Watch the full performance by Darren Criss and Matt Bomer of Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' -- VIDEO
Last week, we posted a tease of Darren Criss and Matt Bomer’s emotional cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” from next week’s all-new Glee. Now, to get over the fact that there’s no new Glee tonight, we have the full performance, and Gleeks are just gonna go nuts. To give you all some context, Criss’ Blaine and Bomer’s Cooper are brothers who don’t exactly get along wonderfully. Cooper is particularly hard on Blaine, so what better way to work out your issues on Glee than through a song! Watch below… READ FULL STORY »
'Glee' scoop: Watch Darren Criss and Matt Bomer cover Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' -- VIDEO
Glee‘s next episode isn’t until April 10, but the fine folks over at Fox have released a behind-the-scenes clip called “Big Brother,” which introduces us to Blaine’s big bro, Cooper Anderson (White Collar‘s Matt Bomer). The pair aren’t exactly besties, which leads to an emotional performance of Gotye’s song “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Watch the footage below to see a snippet of the pair tackling the current hit… READ FULL STORY »
'Glee' scoop: Matt Bomer talks playing Blaine's brother and how it differed from 'Magic Mike' -- 'A lot less body rolling'
Gleeks already knew that Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) was dreamy. But, on the April 10 episode of Glee, viewers will get to meet Blaine’s even dreamier older brother, Cooper — yes Cooper Anderson — played by White Collar‘s Matt Bomer.
Cooper is the star of a credit-rating commercial, which makes him an A-list celebrity in Lima, Ohio, and major crush material for Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). He also gives the New Directions kids a “master class” in acting with such gems as “The key to a dramatic scene is pointing,” and “The secret to great acting is ignoring whatever the other actor is doing.”
Says Bomer, “It was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had. It’s so fun to play a character who has such strong convictions and opinions that are completely misguided and come from all the wrong places.”
The actor also gets to duet with Criss on a medley of Duran Duran tunes and a cover of the current hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye. EW talked to Bomer about the hit Fox series, Cooper’s inspiration, and how his stripper moves from this summer’s male stripper flick Magic Mike influenced his Glee dancing.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Are you a Gleek?
MATT BOMER: Yeah, I definitely had tuned in for quite a few episodes. Ryan just gave me the call and said, “Do you wanna come on and be part of an episode?” And I said, “Absolutely. That would be fantastic.” He called me the next day and pitched me the character and the story arc and I literally had tears rolling down my face. [Co-creator] Ian Brennan is a friend of mine as well. They both just gave me such rich material to go off of. They let me go as cray cray as I wanted to. READ FULL STORY »
The Glee casting news just keeps comin’! On the heels of the Whoopi Goldberg casting news, EW has confirmed reports that Lindsay Lohan is in talks for a guest spot on the show.
Lohan, who was reportedly steamed after Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holly Holliday made a crack about her on an episode last season, has apparently decided to turn the other cheek and would play herself on the Fox hit, as a celebrity judge for the Nationals competition. (The news was first reported by TVLine.)
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Glee‘s Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) will face a formidable figure when they audition for NYADA this spring: EW has confirmed that Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg will appear in a multi-episode arc as New York professor Carmen Tibideaux, who will be evaluating the McKinley pair for admission to the university. As first reported by TVLine, Goldberg’s first appearance will be on May 1.
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While Glee already paid homage to the late Whitney Houston in its Feb. 14 episode which coincidentally featured Amber Riley singing “I Will Always Love You,” EW has confirmed that the series will do an all-Houston episode once it returns from hiatus (E! Online first broke the news). Scheduled for its third episode back, our source says the hour will be different than the series’ previous odes to Michael Jackson and Madonna and much more a “lesson in how to say goodbye.”
Watch Riley cover “I Will Always Love You” below… READ FULL STORY »
'Glee': Last week's episode inspires record traffic for LGBT suicide prevention organization The Trevor Project -- EXCLUSIVE
Glee‘s winter finale featured a story line surrounding former bully Karofsky (Max Adler), who attempted suicide after finding himself the target of gay bullying. The episode included a PSA for the Trevor Project, a national organization that helps prevent LGBT suicide that counts Daniel Radcliffe and Glee‘s own Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, and Adler among its supporters. The episode of the Fox hit led to a record number of traffic for the organization’s website and phone number. “What was great about the show is that they worked in conjunction with us so we knew in advance that there was going to in all likelihood be an increase in volume,” says cofounder Peggy Rajski. “What happened was the volume went up about 300 percent, but we were ready.”
Rajski says the Trevor Project toll-free number fielded triple the number of calls normally received, plus a huge online boost. “On average, our site probably attracts about an average of 1500 visits a day,” she admits. “Tuesday we got 10,000. There’s the power of network TV.”
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Logo’s NewNowNext Awards don’t air until April 9 on the cable network, but EW has exclusively learned the roster of nominees for the fifth annual event, which showcases who and what are on the verge of a pop culture explosion in 2012.
Nominees range from Revenge‘s Emily VanCamp and Parenthood‘s Michael B. Jordan in the Next Mega Star category to Jessie J and FUN. in the Brink-of-Fame: Music Artist category to Magic Mike and Snow White & The Huntsman in the Next Must-See Movie category.
The 90-minute show will be taped in front of a live studio audience at the Avalon in Hollywood on April 5. Performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Starting today, the public can vote for the awards on Logo’s NewNowNext website. Check out all the nominees here:
[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF GLEE] Glee viewers were already shocked to see Kurt’s former bully Karofsky (Max Adler) pop up in last week’s Valentine’s Day episode, particularly since Karofsky pledged his love for his former victim. But tonight’s winter finale, “On My Way,” proved to be even more surprising. Spurred on by his own homophobic high school bullies both in school and online, Karofsky attempted suicide but was unsuccessful. Adler says he applauds Glee‘s producers for tackling such a timely subject. ” As an actor to portray this role on a show like this has been the most amazing opportunity that I could have asked for,” says Adler. “I was incredibly happy that they were brave enough and honest enough to go there because I think it’s a very prevalent issue now in the world.” EW talked to Adler about the emotional episode and future plans for Karofsky to return.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you find out about the suicide attempt?
MAX ADLER: It’s always [in] the script. The kiss. The prom. The suicide. I just get the scripts and am delighted to get that script. I remember last year there were a bunch of interviews I’ve done where I said I could see this ending that way, like as a negative result. But I didn’t think they would go there. I think because the fact that it’s so prevalent in the news and it’s such an epidemic, it needs to be shown and it needs to be talked about. I think all our hopes is that it saves a lot of lives and, to the bullies, I think it sheds a whole new perspective on what their words really do to people. READ FULL STORY »
Looks like the kids from McKinley High will finally get their summer vacation. EW has confirmed that after spending two summers on the road with Glee Live! In Concert!, the cast of Ryan Murphy’s megahit will be taking a two and a half month hiatus. Instead, producers are hoping to stage one-off benefit concert that would likely take place at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in the fall. The event would serve as a fund-raiser for the show’s arts education charity, Glee Give a Note, with a $10 million benchmark.
To date, Glee has not been picked up for a fourth season, so plans for future tours are still uncertain. But while ratings for the cultural phenomenon have declined in its third season, the earnings from last year’s tour were respectable: It was the 16th most successful concert tour of 2011, grossing more than $40 million in arenas across the U.S., Canada, England, and Ireland.
Tuesday’s episode of Glee is the winter finale and the much-anticipated Regionals competition. The major battle will be between New Directions and the Warblers. So do you wanna know what’s on each team’s set list [SPOILER ALERT]? While Blaine does a solo cover of Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup,” read below for each team’s choice of tunes…
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