When Vine first debuted, most people’s first reaction was “well, gifs with sound – whats so special about that?”
People like Darren Criss and Tyra Banks have shown us that Vine can actually be great in the right hands. While Tyra Banks’ Vine is straight up entertaining, Darren Criss’ Vine is adorable and is bound to make you smile.
The fact that Darren is so active with Vine is ironic considering the actor doesn’t tweet often – I don’t know why though, it’s not like he’s busy or anything. Oh…right…Glee, Starkid, music…Okay, maybe he’s a little too busy for Twitter. Or way too busy.
Still, although his life is hectic, Darren is kind enough to tweet Vine videos for all his fans and they are all great. They will make you laugh, smile, and sometimes question Darren (tsk, tsk snoring on set).
Ryan Murphy, we have a situation in the auditorium: we have lost Blaine. I repeat, Blaine is asleep.
His Vines also give you a taste of what it’s like on the Glee set as the cast goofs off between takes. Many familliar faces make appearances in his videos, and Kevin McHale even does a little jig! Darren’s Vine shows us that he really is as much as a goof as we all thought, but we love him for it because normal is WAY over-rated. His dedication to Vine is a beautiful one.
Note: if you play these vines on a loop while being on another tab, you will hear: snoring, random noises, and singing.
If that’s not incentive to go look at all of Darren’s Vines, I don’t know what is. Oh no, wait. He’s Harry Freaking’ Potter. That should be all the proof you need.
14 REASONS WHY DARREN CRISS HAS THE BEST VINE
He has the best first-vine
My glee warm up to start the day. And intro to Vine. vine.co/v/bw7pjhBZ0Oi
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) March 8, 2013
Identity crisis: He thinks he’s a pigeon – and it’s pretty adorable
I’m a pigeon and I’m takin a bath vine.co/v/bU3WZ0W3VnO
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) April 21, 2013
His vines are musical
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) April 21, 2013
They show his transition from Darren to Blaine
How to become Blaine/Darren vine.co/v/bUXa5dq22HW
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) April 19, 2013
They feature his talented co-stars: Read more…
Showing everyone just how adorable he is (like he really needed to prove that to anyone…), Darren Criss sings all of our of favourite 90′s themes.
This is almost flawless, except for the fact that he can’t remember the theme for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
How could you Darren?! Everyone knows that one.
Rachel had her Funny Girl callback while the glee club faced a few obstacles before getting to regionals.
Brittany’s SAT score was so unbelievable that MIT had to see for themselves if she was the real deal, and even though she scored a zero on their “simple” math test, her crayon doodling somehow showed she was the greatest mind since Albert Einstein (don’t ask me, I was never good at math). They want her to join the school right away and the shock leads to a classic Brittany meltdown, leaving the glee club wondering if she’ll even show up to regionals.
Rachel had her callback for Fanny Bryce and what better way to end the season and show them her chops than a Celine Dion ballad. Her rendition of To Love You More was UNBELIEVABLE. Seriously, though, any time there is a Rachel Berry ballad in the first five minutes you know you’re in for something good.
Nev Schulman was the only thing missing from this episode because the end of Katie was definitely worthy of an MTV special. Ryder went crazy from all the secrecy surrounding his online lover and threatened to forego regionals unless the catfish fessed up. Marley took the blame, but it turned out she was just covering for Unique, who wanted to make a real connection without her identity getting in the way. What she did was wrong, but would Ryder have opened up had he known? My guess is probably not.
Going to the Chapel…Maybe
The New Directions pay tribute to Stevie Wonder while Rachel prepares for her Funny Girl callback.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Wonder-ful”:
Aren’t They Wonder-ful?
Regionals are only one week away and that means the Glee Club needs some serious inspiration, and who better to turn to than Stevie Wonder? The kids covered his songs for their assignment this week, with Mike and Mercedes on hand to help. If these kids do what they are so clearly capable of doing, they’ll have regionals in the BAG.
The Bitch is Back
“The Bitch” being Cassandra July A.K.A. Kate Hudson as she appeared to want nothing more than to see Rachel fail at her Funny Girl callback. After scheduling her extremely hard ballet midterm the same day as her audition, she did a total 180 and brought the entire class to support Rachel. She said she saw something in her from the beginning and that’s why she’s been so hard on her – plus she only slept with Brody because of his abs. Either this woman has a major personality disorder, or she’s not such a bitch after all (my money’s on the first option).
Big City Fears
When Ryan Murphy revealed in a Q&A that Glee would play tribute to Stevie Wonder in one of it’s final episodes, ANDPOP predicted what Stevie songs would make it into the episode and who would sing them. Glee recently released their very special Stevie Wonder song list, so using a very special, creative and innovative tally system, we’re going to check if we were right.
See if what we did and didn’t get and keep reading for some random thoughts!
WHAT ANDPOP SAID:
Signed Sealed Delivered – Kurt (1/2)
Livin’ For The City – Kurt/Santana/Rachel/Mercedes (X)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Finn/Rachel (1/2)
For Once in my Life – Artie (?)
My Cherie Amour – Ryder/Jake/Blaine/Artie/Sam (X)
Do I Do – Mike (X)
Part-Time Lover – New Directions (X)
Uptight (Everything’s Alright)/ Top 40 – Marley, Kitty, Santana, Rachel (1/2)
Superstition – Jake/Blaine/Artie (?) (More or less accurate…right?)
I Just Called To Say I Love You – Mr. Schue/Emma (X)
THE EPISODE TRACKLIST: Read more…
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Baby Steps”:
McKinley was having some technical troubles – a stray balloon in an outlet, to be exact – which caused a school wide power outage and left the New Directioners in the dark. Mr. Schue originally wanted to take a “go big or go home” approach, but was left with no choice but go unplugged. The lesson, however, didn’t apply only to their music; it was an opportunity for the kids to put down their phones and really experience everything around them.
At the Ballet
Sarah Jessica Parker, a.k.a. Isabelle Klempt, is back and gave Kurt the opportunity of a lifetime when she invited him to The NYC Ballet gala (the performing arts event of the season, in case you didn’t know). Santana and Rachel tagged along and we got to experience what the ballet meant to every one of them. Though the performance was a little bizarre, it was interesting to see that each one of them got their start in the same place.
Barbarella or Ballerina?
Glee star Darren Criss made an exciting announcement Tuesday morning. The actor will be travelling to 16 cities this summer for his “Listen Up” tour. Criss will make stops in San Francisco, New York, and Toronto, amongst other cities.
The star tweeted his full list of tour dates and cities:
I’m proud to say, I’m going on tour this Summer!!! Full band. New music. Old music. Let’s do this. … say.ly/NbH5F06
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) April 23, 2013
Criss has played at numerous clubs and events, but this will mark his first ever solo tour. He has also teased that an upcoming solo album is also in the works. It’s a lot for Criss and his fans to get excited about.
Asides from the numerous and well-received covers he’s done for Glee, Criss already has an EP titled Human under his belt. He has also written music for his musical theatre company, Starkid, which he helped found while in university with friends. In addition, he told his fans in an exclusive video that he has old music and new music ready for the summer. With his long repertoire, he has a lot of material to choose from when building his set list for his “Listen Up” tour.
Since a set-list has yet to be released, we thought we’d help Criss out and decide what songs we want to hear this summer!
DREAM “LISTEN UP” SET LIST:
Part of Your World
Before Criss’ career took off with Glee, he was a curly haired young man who spent his time singing Disney songs. This Little Mermaid song is his staple, and he’s performed it at almost all of his concerts. It seems only natural that he would kick off his concert with this tune, as both he and his fans have such a special connection to it.
After performing a song that the audience knows and loves, it would be the perfect chance for Criss to showcase one of his new songs from his upcoming album. An upbeat song would be perfect, because that would get the audience pumped for his new record.
Against All Odds
While Criss tends to perform his own acoustic arrangement of “Teenage Dream,” he can change it up this time around. While the Katy Perry song marked the beginning of his wild ride on Glee, the Phil Collins song he performed during the current season would make a statement. Wrapping up the show’s fourth season, he’s embarking on a new chapter in his life. This song seems fitting as Criss is about to embark on his first solo tour.
Back To Black (Amy Winehouse cover)
By Kelly O’Brien
Finn starts college and Rachel auditions for Funny Girl as the New Directions try to recover from the shooting.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Sweet Dreams”:
Post Traumatic Stress
Regionals are right around the corner, but the glee kids are still struggling in the aftermath of the shooting at McKinley. Sam invents a twin, Tina rocks the latest punk fashions, and Unique takes birth control pills. Glee club is usually a place where they can sort out their problems, but Will was fed up and snapped at the kids during rehearsals. It’s understandable that everyone was lost, but they needed their teacher to help get them through! Get it together, Will!
In the dictionary of Rachel Berry, the word “dream” has a picture of Fanny Bryce beside it, and she landed an audition for the part. She struggles at first with her song choice, but after some awesome advice from Finn and guidance from Shelby (she’s back as a “broadway daycare” teacher), Rachel nailed it with a rendition of the song that started it all: “Don’t Stop Believing.” Now if she would just get back together with Finn, then my dreams could come true too.
Marley’s New Material
The Glee club learns to say what they really feel after facing a terrifying situation at McKinley.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Shooting Star”:
1. Last Chances
Brittany was convinced that an asteroid/meteor/meteorite she named the “Tubbington-Bop” was headed straight for Lima, which inspired this week’s club assignment: “Last Chances.” It turned out the deathly Tubbington-Bop was just a dead ladybug at the end of her Pringles can telescope, but the kids made the most of the assignment anyways.
2. Tubbington vs. Sam
In the wake of the asteroid scare, the club members all realized they needed to share their feelings with their loved ones while they had the chance. The confessions, however, were NOT what I expected. Coach Beiste cooked a Lady & The Tramp-esque pasta dinner for Will to tell him she loved him, while Brittany dedicated a romantic musical number to – you guessed it – Lord Tubbington. Excuse me, come again?!? You have a hot boy-toy like Sam and you’re singing to your cat? Something’s not right.
3. School Shooting
I guess it’s really true: there’s nothing more irresistible than a smartly dressed Dalton Warbler in their fancy blue blazers with that signature red piping.
Ann seems to agree when her girlfriend Jackie proposed to her—Glee style. With those blazers, Katy Perry, Choreography, a cappella and all, how could you say no? We know Kurt couldn’t.
This video is so moving and bound to touch some hearts, including the heart of a certain Glee cast member.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) April 8, 2013
This proposal kind of makes you want to re-live that moment when Kurt and Blaine met, and when the Warbler won Kurt over with some Katy Perry music. D’awww…
In Ryan Murphy’s Twitter Q&A session yesterday, the Glee creator spilled that the show will be doing a tribute episode to Stevie Wonder. Let that sink in for a second.
“I think we’re going to do a big Stevie Wonder tribute toward the end of this year, which I’ve wanted to do for four years,” he told Hollywood.com.
I have not been this excited since the Michael Jackson episode.
It has been confirmed that Harry Shum will return as Mike Chang and Kurt will have a solo number. They might even be filming this now based on Harry Shum’s tweet earlier this morning.
In my opinion, Stevie Wonder has one of the greatest discographies ever and the Glee cast will without a doubt do the iconic singer justice. The show has already done one of his songs, “Isn’t She Lovely” with Kevin McHale singing it a capella. His version was incredible, and a good indicator of whats to come.
I have been seriously contemplating what Stevie songs might be featured in the episode, and who will sing them. Of course there will be duets, solos, a group number, and at least one number that reconstructs a music video. With this knowledge, I have drafted up a possible track list for the impending episode. It’ll be interesting to if I got it right when the episode airs or when song titles start to be released.
Here are 10 songs and who should sing them in Glee’s upcoming Stevie Wonder episode
1) Signed Sealed Delivered – Kurt
Reason: Ryan Murphy confirmed that Kurt will have a solo in this episode. “Like a fool I went and stayed to long/ now I’m wondering if your love’s still strong.” There is a strong likelihood Kurt may sing this to Blaine upon their inevitable reconciliation.
2) Livin For The City – Kurt/Santana/Rachel/Mercedes
Okay so all of these characters have been living it up in the city. Kurt, Santana, and Rachel are shacked up together in NYC, and Mercedes was in LA last time we checked. Amber Riley sang this song for president Obama (with Stevie in the room) and absolutely killed it, so I hope we can re-live it.
3) You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Finn/Rachel
Not sure how likely this is, but Lea and Cory would sound incredible singing this duet. I just really miss Finchel duets.
4) For Once in my Life – Artie
I refuse to believe that Kevin McHale, one of the most soulful singers on Glee, will not get a solo to perform in the tribute episode. We were teased with a possible Artie/Kitty story line, so maybe something good happens and Artie chooses to sing about it in true Glee fashion.
5) My Cherie Amour – Ryder/Jake/Blaine/Artie/Sam
There are only five Glee episodes left, and they seem to be an eventful five episodes. A lot seems to be happening nearing the end of Glee’s fourth season, and we know that because creator Ryan Murphy told us himself.
In a quick question and answer session on Twitter, Murphy teased a lot of what fans can expect to see happen on the show. But WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!
Murphy has done a lot of Q&A’s on twitter. He has yet to tease without pleasing, so all this brand new information is exciting. Looks like the final episodes of Glee are going to be a whirlwind of relationships, self discovery (Rachel has an upcoming audition for Funny Girl), and good music. Yep, Glee is doing what it does best – another tribute episode, and a tribute to someone definitely worth paying homage to.
Murphy has given us a little bit of insight on the future of Santana, old graduates, Klaine, and an upcoming wedding. I am a bundle of feelings right now.
Here are the 7 important things Ryan Murphy revealed
1) Santana has a hot new love interest
2) Santana has an important self discovery plot line coming up
3) Hope for Klaine in the future?
4) Scratch that…is Klaine getting married? I’m sorry, WHAT? (Ryan tweeted in a Q&A earlier this year Kurt will be married by the time he is 21) Read more…
Glee star Cory Monteith’s demons are coming back to haunt him. Multiple outlets are reporting that the 30-year-old Canadian actor has recently checked into rehab.
Monteith’s spokesperson told People Magazine that the star “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
The Glee star has been open about his past substance abuse, revealing in a 2011 interview with Parade Magazine that he was admitted into a rehabilitation facility at 19. He told the magazine his drug uses consisted of “anything and everything as much as possible, I had a serious problem.”
Monteith is currently dating his Glee co-star Lea Michele.
Most often than not, most television shows focus their energies on exploring the main character’s romantic relationships or their relationships with their closest friends. What often goes unoticed, though, is the relationship between the protagonist and their parents.
Usually, their parents act as guiding lights who steer them in the right direction and save their asses when they are in trouble. Parents almost always pull through and if they don’t, there’s another parental figure to take them in, for example, Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Parental figures are there to love their children, without judgment or reservations. While some television parents are less than honourable (i.e. Frank Gallagher from Shameless) there are some television parents who do get it right.
SEE ANDPOP’S LIST OF THE BEST TELEVISION PARENTS BELOW
1) Burt Hummel (Glee)
Burt Hummel should pretty much get all the parenting awards as his relationship with Kurt is easily the most important relationship of Glee. When Kurt reveals to his father that he is gay, Burt is quick to accept his son for who he is. Burt was also willing to sacrifice his relationship to Finn’s mom in order to stand up for his son when Finn becomes visibly “bothered” by Kurt. Let’s also not forget how he did “Single Ladies” for Kurt as a grad gift, and how he pushed Kurt to go to New York. Burt even broke new television ground as he tries to have “the sex talk” with Kurt.
2) Danny Tanner (Full House)
Danny Tanner is a class act.The single father of three children, Danny seems to have it more under control than he thinks. Without a wife to give his daughters love advice, he has to take on the role of both the mother and father which means he has to sit through some conversations most fathers typically try to avoid. Luckily, he gives pretty good love advice.
3) Uncle Phil
Uncle Phil may be Will’s uncle but he is more of a father to him than his biological father. Uncle Phil takes Will under his wing and puts up with all of his quirks. The relationship the two form over time mirrors that of a father and son.
4) Mr. Bradshaw (The Carrie Diaries)
From Time Magazine to cat food commercials, Grumpy Cat is everywhere now a days. And with fame, comes dozens of imitators. Just look at Anderson Cooper’s attempt:
It’s one thing to frown, but the ability to replicate a “U” shape frown a la Grumpy Cat is a special talent. Here are five people who actually do look like Grumpy Cat:
1. Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) from New Girl
2. Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) from The Office
3. Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) from Glee Read more…
While Rachel struggles to come to terms with Brody’s secret, the McKinley kids indulged in their favourite guilty pleasures.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Guilty Pleasures”
Mr. Schuester is out sick and instead of cancelling Glee, Blaine and Sam decided to take over and gave the group an assignment for the week. Inspired by Sam’s macaroni art (he does a mean Emma Stone), they decide everyone should sing a song by one of their guilty pleasure artists. Bring on the Wham!, Barry Manilow and Phil Collins!
He’s Got a Crush on You
Blaine may have thought his crush on Sam was a secret, but nobody else did. Sam spent the whole week trying to get Blaine to admit he was his guilty pleasure, but when all Blaine could come up with was Phil Collins, he finally admitted that he knew. It is really amazing that he doesn’t have a problem with Blaine’s feelings – although I’m sure with his looks he’s used to the attention.
The Glee club has 99 problems and they’re all Kitty (in this episode, anyways). She was admittedly the most hated girl in school, so she appeared on Fondue for Two to clear her rap. And when she revealed her biggest guilty pleasure was the Spice Girls, it was hard for everyone to hate on her. Let’s face it; the Spice Girls are the solution to every problem, ever.
In most shows, one of the main characters has siblings or the main characters are a group of siblings. The interaction between a character and their sibling is crucial in television because it’s one of the most important relationships a person can have.
Siblings are typically the opposite of one another personality wise and this is one of the most realistic things television and film can convey. But when push comes to shove they are there for one another. Siblings go through hell and back to protect one another and these relationships are always the most heartwarming to see unfold on your screen. I don’t believe anyone who says they haven’t done something out of your comfort zone for your sibling or haven’t done something ridiculous to protect their integrity. Your sibling is that person who you would do anything for, and is the only one who you know will forgive you for doing lousy things.
There is no bond quite like the one between siblings, and to see these bonds on screen always makes for both hilarious and sweet moments.
HERE ARE THE 11 BEST SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS ON TELEVISION
Zack & Cody (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody)
Our favourite disney channel twins were always getting into mischief even though the hotel’s manager, Mr. Moseby, caught them every time. While these brothers could not be any more different, when the times got tough they were always there to stick up for one another and help each other out.
Cory & Eric (Boy Meets World)
These brothers rarely see eye to eye. Even though their age difference makes it uncool for the two to spend much time together, and Eric doesn’t always come through for Cory, the two have always had each other’s backs. The high school advice Eric gives to Cory may be a bit misguided, you can’t say he didn’t try to help out his little brother.
Phineas & Ferb (Phineas & Ferb)
These step brothers are able to accomplish amazing things together. These two child geniuses have spent almost every day of their summer vacation coming out with insane inventions, which their sister Candace is always trying to bust them for. Luckily, Candace is never successful as their inventions disappear just before their mom can see what they’re really up to.
Carrie & Dorrit (The Carrie Diaries)
One is a preppy writer while the other is a rebellious punk. The sisters are black and white, but the older Carrie is always willing to go to the moon and back to protect Dorrit. Dorrit may not show affection often, but her small gestures (like making Carrie a birthday mix tape) assure us that these two siblings love each other very much even if they don’t like to admit it.
Jack & Declan (Revenge) Read more…
Now more than ever we are seeing young stars who got their start on Broadway find their way onto the big screen.
But there’s one Broadway show that seems to be the breeding ground for young actors and actresses: Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening. While it is common to see one star rise above the rest, majority of the Broadway stars who have landed roles in Spring Awakening went on to achieve wide recognition. Basically, if you don’t know who Lea Michele is, you probably live under a rock, and I pity you.
Read Below to learn more about your favorite stars who have been in Spring Awakening.
While Lea Michele has been in Les Misérables and Ragtime as a child, but she broke through when starred in Spring Awakening. In Spring Awakening, Lea Michele’s character Wendla Bergman bares her breast, has an abortion, and dies. A little heavy for a high school student (Michele was 17 when the show made it to the stage), but it paid off after Glee producer Ryan Murphy spotted her in the show. Murphy initially casted Jonathan Groff for his pilot of Pretty/Handsome, and naturally Groff introduced Murphy to Michele. The rest is history. Lea Michele has rose to fame as Rachel Berry on Glee, and snagged award nominations and a new boyfriend in the process. Lea Michele and her indescribable voice has found her way from the stage to the screen, and we are so lucky it did because this way her voice now raises goose bumps on a weekly basis.
Skylar Astin took television and film by storm this year when he starred in Pitch Perfect and landed a guest role on Lena Dunham’s Girls. Since Pitch Perfect, his popularity sky rocked as the movie has built itself an almost a cult-like fan base. He most recently starred in 21 and Over, which many have described as the college version of The Hangover. Before breaking out in comedy, Astin started as Georg in Spring Awakening alongside Lea Michele and the rest of the gang. It’s become common knowledge that Spring Awakening gang are still incredibly tight knit. Lea Michele is constantly tweeting about Astin’s new projects, and has been campaigning to get him on Glee. It worked for Jonathan Groff, so keep your fingers crossed for a Astin guest spot on Glee.
Red Cup Living (yes, that really is a brand name) has come out with a set of washable drinkware that mimicks the classic party essential: the red cup.
Not only are Red Cup Living’s glass version sturdier, but they are dishwasher safe. They also cost $4-10 dollars per cup.
I’m sorry…what? Is this a joke?
This is so ridiculous it’s funny. I understand washable red solo cups, but a whole glass set modeled after the cup? Who wants to drink wine out of a class modeled after the Red Solo Cup? Not I.
However, this does seem the dream of a college partier. With the set you can feel like a college student whenever you drink, even if it’s a glass of diet soda.
I understand the appeal I guess, but it’s just not for me.
The only thing more ridiculous thing than Red Solo Cup, is this song:
It seems like just yesterday that Glee celebrated its 30o’s musical number with that Adele mashup of “Someone Like You,” and “Rumour Has It.” We just couldn’t. Stop. Listening. Now, Glee has released “Shout,” its 500th musical number, from the upcoming episode “Boys (and Girls) on Film.”
This episode pays a homage to the music from movies that include Footloose, Top Gun, and Animal House.
Of course, Glee fans are most excited about Kurt and Blaine’s reconstruction of Moulin Rouge’s “Come What May.” In fact, fans wanted the duo to sing this song so badly that Glee creator Ryan Murphy tried to get a petition going to get One million dollars from his fans, as incentive to write the song in.
Troll Murphy, I bow down to you and your sass, and thank you for answering your fans prayers. You have a big heart.
In honour of the shows 500th music number, ANDPOP wants to look back at Glee’s 5 greatest tribute episodes.
Behind the veil of Mckinley High doing another school musical, Glee had an entire episode (and a half if you count the one before hand) dedicated to the music of hit musical, Grease. The musical’s iconic songs matched the show’s plot extremely well; having Blaine sing “hoplessly devoted to you” in reaction to his break up with Kurt was very clever and well done, as was tying in Rachel and Finn with “You’re the One that I Want.” Finchel flashbacks have a special place in my heart.
Stand out song: Grease Lightning
2) Britney 2.0
This tribute episode didn’t only honour the music of Britney Spears, but also the pop star’s past. The episode centered around Brittany following Britney Spears’ path. The character was ready to shave her hair following a less than tasteful performance of “Gimme More.”
Stand out song: Crazy/ You Drive me Crazy
3) Saturday Night Glee-ver Read more…