Remind me again why she doesn’t sing regularly on Glee? Jane Lynch stopped by Conan O’Brien and proved that her musical talents are just as strong as her acting chops when she did an impromptu rendition of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” for the talk-show host.
Sophia Grace and Rosie better watch out. She may not be as cute, but her skills are just as good.
The best relationships aren’t always romantic. Through film, television and literature, we as viewers and readers have come to understand the value of a great bromance. When two bros care about one another, continuously confide in and help guide each other, it is considered a bromance. Okay…by most of the internet it is considered something else, but that is another story entirely.
A story is not complete without a pair of bro’s looking out for one another and vying for each others success. One of the greatest real-life bromances of all time in my opinion is the one between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Remember when the two won the Oscar together for the script of Good Will Hunting? If you don’t, go YouTube it, because it was adorable.
Other pairs that come to mind when I think of bromances include Frodo and Sam, and Merry and Pippin from Lord Of the Rings. Those who climb trees together and go to Mordor together are bros for life. One does not simply go to Mordor without their bro, durh.
ANDPOP has compiled a list of the 7 best bromances of all time for you and your wild imagination (talking to all you shippers out there).
Cory and Shawn (Boy Meets World)
Nothing beats this bromance that lasted a lifetime. Cory and Shawn have been bro’s throughout their schooling and into their adult lives. Their handshakes, heart to hearts, and epic schemes, place them high on this list of best bromances. Their friendship is one for the decades as they have taught us what it truly means to be a good friend. To love and protect always without judgement.
Phineas and Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)
Shows are defined by their genres — some shows are dramatic and emotionally heavy, and others we love because they’re fluffy and fun to watch. What happens when you take your favourite dramatic show and turn it into a comedy? Or when you take your favourite character from your favourite comedy and make him the psycho antagonist? Well, ANDPOP wants to show you what your favourite shows would look like if they were a different genre.
I don’t know if I will ever look at Kurt Hummel in the same again, while Abed, on the other hand, I had always pictured as a serial killer. One things for sure though if The Walking Dead was comedy, that would one warped TV show. I mean, zombies eating people isn’t something I commonly find funny. Although, psycho killer Maggie Smith would be quite funny if Dowton Abbey were a horror show. I guess all this possibilities is why fan-fiction is all the rage…alongside other reasons that shall not be discussed.
Glee as Horror
Downton Abbey as Horror
Community as a Drama
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Will is back in Lima and all the original glee members have returned for the wedding, which results in some surprising Valentine’s Day pairings.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “I Do”:
Runaway Bride – Emma had been in OCD overdrive in the weeks leading up to the wedding. While everyone, including Will, chalked it up to the demands of being a bride, the stress of possibly having another failed wedding was just too much (I’m sure Sue showing up in a replica of her dress didn’t help either) and she ended up running for the hills. Not a great way for Mr. Schuester to celebrate his return.
Valentine’s Week – As if a day wasn’t enough. Jake was dry when it came to ideas for a gift for Marley, so he enlisted the help of Ryder to make the entire week special. The only problem was that Ryder still has feelings for Marley, so Jake got all the glory while he got all the heartbreak. Marley is a smart girl and figured out that the ideas were coming from him, and when she said thank you, she gave a kiss in return. Poor Ryder! I know Marley’s taken, but I’m not! Come cry on MY shoulder!
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It’s a battle of the bitches as the glee kids square off for Diva week and Rachel and Kurt go head to head in New York.
Here’s what you need to know from last night’s episode, “Diva”:
Diva Week – Regionals are around the corner and Finn wanted to light a fire under the glee kids. He decided an in-club diva off was just the solution. All the girls were excited, and while most of the boys sat this one out, Blaine and Unique held their own. Who says guys can’t be divas?
Midnight Madness – Rachel’s recent successes were beginning to go to her head. Kurt couldn’t handle her crazy antics any longer so he decided to challenge her at Midnight Madness AKA NYADA’s fight club. Both belted out “Bring Him Home” from Les Mis and although Rachel was good, Kurt was better. I’m happy that Kurt finally got his diva moment; after all, he should’ve gotten it years ago for “Defying Gravity.”
The original diva – Santana returned to McKinley as the club’s “guest diva”, and made it clear that she was not a fan of Bram (Brittany + Sam, for those of you who are totally out of the loop). After she admitted she dropped out of college and turned down a job as Sue’s successor, she finally decided to head to New York where she belonged. Oh, and did I mention she’s moved in with Kurt and Rachel? There’s a diva-off I can’t wait to see!
Tina Cohen Who? – Read more…
This Thursday Glee goes “Diva,” when the students at McKinley duke it out to see who’s the biggest diva, and Kurt and Rachel in New York start fighting. We get to see a huge production number with “Diva” and get nostalgic about old school Hummelberry back when they hated eachother when the duet/ diva-off with “Bring Him Home.” This is definitely a very diverse episode when it comes to music. “Diva” is jam packed with pop, classic rock, broadway tunes, top 40, and more.
Take a listen to the best 5 songs below
Hung Up – Tina
Tina has been quite the diva lately, so I’m not surprised she has taken on Madonna. Jenna Ushkowitz is severyly underrated. Her voice is so great and she is a great performer.This may be my favourite Tina performance since “Bad Romance.”
Scene Prediction: She’s hung up on Blaine. Get in line Tina. We all are.
Girl On Fire - Santana
Get ready Britana fans. Santana sings TWO songs, one of which she sings with Sam…some fighting over Britney I assume? Anyway, who else to do Alicia Keys but Naya Rivera? Always soulful, always perfect.
Scene Prediction: Santana regrets breaking up with Brittany and in true Glee fashion sings about her problems.
Don’t Stop Me Now – Blaine
Darren Criss can literally sing anything. Beyonce, Katy Perry, and now the iconic Queen. Blaine has been having some issues between his break up and exceedingly confusing crush on Sam, so it makes sense Blaine is trying to get himself back in lin. We all know Blaine is a sassy woman who doesn’t need a man. For further proof go watch “Fighter” or “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”
Scene prediction: In his performance to prove he is a “diva” Blaine gets some emotional closure.
Diva- Unique, Tina, Blaine, Kitty, Marly, Brittany Read more…
Glee is returning this thursday with “Naked,” where the boys of New Direction will strip down for a “men of McKinley” calendar, and Rachel Berry will deal with contemplating a topless role. Thankfully Rachel will get some advisement in the form of Quinn and Santana who come to visit. In fangirl speak this can be translated as: OMGDARRENCRISSSHIRTLESS and FABERRY +QUINTANA+ PEZZBERRY= FAPEZBERRY. Me? I’m just really excited about the music and am counting on seeing how the Kurt/Adam date goes. Okay…maybe I’m a little excited for the three girls to be reunited too. Rachel is getting annoyingly ahead of herself. Santana and Quinn seem to like slapping people… hopefully they put their slaps to good use and give Ms Berry a reality check.
Love Song – Sara Bareilles
Looks like Quinn and Santana are back? It’s hard to believe these three have never sang together just as a trio…their voices sound incredible together. This song is amazing as is, but Glee’s rendition blows me away. Their harmonies and Lea’s spontaneous belt give me goosbumps. It’s just so good, I can’t deal. I feel this song will be a result of Santana and Quinn giving Rachel advice about her looming topless scene and weither or not she should go through with it. Knowing Santana, I think she will encourage Rachel to take a risk. I think this is my favourite song of the bunch. I just hope this all means Santana will fall in love with NYC and want to stay there.
Let Me Love You (Until you learn to love yourself) - NeYo
Well hi to you too Jake Puckerman. Let us love you please? This song is overplayed and can get seriously annoying but the fact they slowed it down to really make it sound like a ballad does wonders for the song. My prediction is that this is Jake serenading Marley telling her to love herself after he finds out about her battle with bulimia…or him just reassuring her that she is the only girl for him. Will Ryder tell him? Who knows.
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri ft. Steve Kazee
Marley and Jake just keep getting cuter and cuter. This song is SO sweet. My guess is that this song happens after Jake serenades Marley who is having issues trusting him, and that they sing when she finally realizes she can trust him and feel secure in their relationship. Jarley duets are definitely one of the greatest things this season. The “You Drive me Crazy/ Crazy” mashup from the Britney episode was also amazing. I am getting a cavity from the sweetness of this song.
Centerfold/ Hot In Herre – The J. Geils Band/Nelly Read more…
While Rachel and Kurt speed things up in New York, the glee club slows it down for McKinley’s first ever Sadie Hawkins dance.
Ladies choice – It’s finally the girls’ turn to choose, and what better way to do it than through song and dance? Thanks to the brilliance of Tina, the kids treated us to a few adorable (if slightly awkward) reverse proposals, and Coach Beast helped a few teens from the “Too Young to be Bitter” club find the courage to go after what they truly want.
New York minute – Rachel ran full speed ahead into her relationship with Brody. Meanwhile, Kurt was searching for friends and found himself a new crush, Adam, the head of a show choir group on campus. I love that Kurt is finally happy and getting over Blaine, but Rachel is moving a little too fast for my liking. She and Brody just had their first sleepover – scandal alert! – and she’s already asked him to move in. Yikes.
Unrequited love – Read more…
Almost every TV show has a villain trying to stand in somebody’s way. Sometimes these villains are victims in their own right, or their sass is more funny than hateful Other times, these villains are downright evil and need a serious ass kicking. Personally, I love villains. To me, they seem more complicated and misunderstood than your typical martyr of a protagonist. Here at the ANDPOP office we decided which TV villains we love, and which ones need to leave.
We rated them on a scale of one to 10 — 10 being the MOST ANNOYING and one being the least.
Cassandra July, Glee, 8/10
This NYADA teacher loves to kill Rachel Berry’s self confidence, sleep with her students, and have regular meltdowns. July has zero redeeming qualities. Her burnt out broadway act persona gets no sympathy from me. She is hateful, harsh, and refuses to give Rachel a break. Some may say she puts Rachel in her place, but I say she’s jealous of her talent. July deserved it when Rachel finally stuck up for herself.
A, Pretty Little Liars, 9/10
“A” is not one person. A is a series of people who wreak havoc on the so-called liars Aria, Spencer, Hannah, and Emily. The A-team’s snooping and revenge tactics are more evil and scary than funny. “A” gives everyone a run for their money. She is downright terrifying. She has a psycho-killer thing going on.
Emily Thorne (Amanda Clarke), Revenge, 1/10
Emily Thorne of Revenge reps Amanda Clarke, who’s father was framed for a horrible crime. After her father dies, Amanda assumes the identity of Emily Thorne to seek revenge on everyone involved in her father’s framing and eventual murder. Thorne sets fires, ruins careers, ruins reputations, and turns lives upside down. Thorne has an evil streak, but her pure brilliance and drive to avenge her father has us smitten. We see her true colours when she truly cares about people — like her mentor Nolan. We love her evil smirk that tells us something important is about to happen. Also, we want her wardrobe.
Ellis Tancharoen, Smash, 10/10
Ellis is downright annoying and conniving. He proves no purpose but to screw up everybody’s lives. NO ONE LIKES YOU ELLIS. NO ONE. Leave. Now. Oh right… he is. Bye Ellis. See you, never.
Sebastian Smythe, Glee, 3/10
This warbler has a bad attitude and his sights set on Blaine. Smythe throws rock salt smoothies, makes fun of Kurt regularly, and we’re pretty sure he lives at the Lima Bean. However, his face is beautiful, his hair is impeccable, his voice is dreamy, his dance moves are smooth, and we’re totally obsessed. Smythe can sing One Direction and The Wanted and makes us swoon whenever we see him in that legendary blue blazer with red piping. No wonder The Warblers won sectionals this year. Smythe needs to be on WAY more often. We miss him and his bickering with Kurt.
Regina/ Evil Queen, Once Upon a Time, 5/10
After much time and consideration, we have not reached a verdict in the office. We’re torn. Some of us think Regina/ the Evil Queen is downright evil and conniving, while some think she is misunderstood and has good intentions. This is a hard one. The only thing we know is that she has amazing entrances (especially in that cape), and that actress Lana Parilla kicks ass in this role. The character is multi-dimensional and we just can’t decide on how evil she really is.
Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl, 2/10 Read more…
Haters are hating on Glee’s cover of “Baby Got Back” because they didn’t pay much credit to Jonathan Coulton, who originally performed the arrangement. Coulton covered Sir Mixalot 1992′s ode to arses with a slower, more emotional track and couldn’t help but note the similarities on Twitter:
It doesn’t seem like Glee asked permission or paid credit to Coulton at all. But as LiterallyLuke says on YouTube: “Coulton’s songs are released under a Non-commercial Creative Commons license. That means that the songs can be used by people as long as attribution is used and they are not using it commercially. Glee’s use of the song, if they do use it, is a violation of that, even if they credit him. Similarly this channel is in violation as there was no attribution given. Hope that clears things up for some defenders of Glee.”
Listen to the two versions below and let us know what you think in the comments! Also, as someone who watches Glee I find a lot of their covers sound like carbon copies of YouTube arrangements. Can you think of others?
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The holidays are here, and the glee kids are celebrating everything from Hanukkah to Christmas to… the Mayan apocalypse?
By Kelly O’Brien
Here’s what you need to know from last night’s episode, “Glee, Actually.”
Artie’s guardian angel – After taking a nasty fall on McKinley’s treacherous wheelchair ramp, he wishes he were never put in his chair. He has a Christmas Carol-esque dream in which ex-gleek Rory shows him what McKinley would be like had he never been paralyzed. Picture a pregnant Becky and a drunk Mr. Schue. Scary, I know. Luckily, the dream is enough to make Artie come to his senses.
Christmas in New York – Kurt plans to stay in New York for Christmas, but what he doesn’t plan is a visit from his dad and ex-boyfriend Blaine. The visit is full of Hummel traditions like watching basketball while not-so-secretly reading Vogue, but Burt comes bearing something other than gifts: he tells Kurt he has prostate cancer. It’s heartbreaking to see these two battle another health scare. Can’t they catch a break?
A Puckerman reunion – Read more…
By Kelly O’Brien
It’s a night of last chances as the gleeks look for purpose and NYADA gives Kurt one last shot.
Here’s what you need to know from last night’s episode, “Swan Song.”
Moving on – After collapsing last week, Marley is thankfully okay. However, the New Directions were forced to forfeit sectionals after coming to her rescue during the performance. With Sue taking over the choir room, there’s nowhere for the club to rehearse, forcing the kids to find new extra-curriculars. Blaine looks pretty good as a Cheerio, but I would pay money to see Artie perform alongside the marching band (plume and all).
The golden ticket – Freshmen DO NOT perform at the NYADA’s Winter Showcase. Unless that freshman happens to be Rachel of course. After proving her voice is unmatched during the Cassandra vs. Rachel sing-off of “All That Jazz,” she goes on to win the showcase. She may not have the best moves, but nobody slays a ballad like Rachel Berry.
Santana who? – Santana and Brittany are officially over, and that means Sam aka Trouty Mouth is free to make his move on Brittany. While the wrath of lesbian bloggers holds her back at first, the allure of those luscious lips proves to be too much for Britt to bear, and the two share an adorable kiss. Good thing Sam has extra Chapstick on hand.
Kurt’s second chance – Read more…
In Glee’s upcoming Christmas special “Glee Actually,” Sam and Brittany live their lives to the fullest before the much-heralded Mayan Apocalypse. Meanwhile Jake and Puck spend some quality sibling time together for Hanukkah.
As if this doesn’t make me excited enough, I just got a little taste of the music with their version of “Silent Night.” The slowed down track is sung by the now-graduated Santana, whose incredibly soulful voice makes the song even more moving. The track will be featured in the upcoming album Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Volume 3.
What do you want the Glee kids to get for Christmas this year? I personally hope Rachel gets a Broadway show, Blaine gets Kurt back and Britney gets a brain. I’ve heard rumours of Finn taking a special winter walk with Marley. How would you react?
Listen to it here
By Kelly O’Brien
As the Glee graduates reunited at McKinley, the New Directions prepared to take down the Warblers at sectionals.
Here’s what I learned on the last episode of Glee, “Thanksgiving”
Home for the Holidays – Sectionals are finally here and some familiar faces have returned to help the New Directions win for the fourth consecutive year. Quinn, Santana, Mike, Mercedes and Puckerman 1.0 were all paired with the newbies to mentor them, and with the Warblers breathing down their necks, the glee kids needed all the help they could get.
Glee loves “Gagnam Style” – Puckerman 2.0 and Marley are officially dating, and after Ryder gives them his blessing, Jake agrees to let him have the dance lead in their gleeked out version of “Gagnam Style.” Even with his help Ryder claims he can’t master the steps, and gives Jake (a trained dancer — who knew?) the lead role. Something tells me this change of heart is less about dancing and more about — you guessed it — Marley.
Rachel’s an Orphan on Thanksgiving – Rachel isn’t Brody’s biggest fan following his fling with Cassandra July, but after deciding not to head home for the holidays, she invites him to her and Kurt’s Thanksgiving party. The two are in the kitchen together and it’s obvious that the heat from their last kitchen conundrum hasn’t been forgotten. As much as I love a man in the kitchen, I think Brody should go back to the showers. Or any area that requires him to take off his shirt.
The Kurt and Blaine saga continues – Read more…
Superheroes walk the halls of McKinley this week as Finn works to bring the glee club together before sectionals in “Dynamic Duets.”
Super-Glee — The New Directions have discovered another place to let their powers shine and take McKinley’s Superhero Club by storm. Finn finds his groove as Treble Clef, the ultimate director with the power to unite gleeks everywhere. And let’s not forget about the wonder that is of full-body spandex — I’m looking at you, Ryder.
McKinley by Day, Dalton by Night — Blaine is still punishing himself for cheating on Kurt, and after heading back to Dalton Academy to retrieve a stolen Nationals trophy, he finds himself drawn to the dark side by the deceivingly sweet sound of the Warblers. Sam is able to talk some sense into him, but I understand where Blaine is coming from. Who can resist a group of hotties harmonizing to Kelly Clarkson?
Marley is a Wallflower — Marley’s having some self esteem issues, but after teaming up with Kitty for a duet, she’s able to shed her wallflower image and strut her stuff in front of the glee club (in a head-to-toe bodysuit, no less). While their voices make a killer combo, I’m not sure Kitty is the best influence on Marley. She needs to use that newfound confidence to ditch the bitch!
The other side of Ryder — After revealing to Jake he has problems reading, Ryder gets tested and learns that the cause of his poor performance in school is dyslexia. I’m glad Ryder is going to get the help he needs, but it’s going to mean less time with Marley, and I don’t know if I can bear to watch ANOTHER glee couple bite the dust.
Jake vs. Ryder Part 2 — Read more…
1. Introducing the panda cat.
Even though he looks totally unimpressed with his life, he should be happy that he’s like the most adorable cat on the planet.
2. No F*cks Given of the Week.
Redditor Jillillac posted this photo of two people suspended in air on a portaledge, which is a device used for long trecks in the mountains. No big deal, just casually sleeping in midair.
3. The best/worst photoshop job.
Aberguine posted this super corny photoshop job that looks similar to that wolves-howling-at-the-moon t-shirt. It’s kind of creepy, but camels howling at the moon is my new fave thing.
4. Honey Boo Boo garbage art.
Here comes 25 pounds of glory. An artist named Jason Mecier uploaded this piece of Honey Boo Boo art which he made out of 25 pounds of garbage. It could possibly be a comment on how “garbage” some reality tv is, but I doubt that since Honey Boo Boo is pure gold.
5. Pugs galore!
“Pugs! They’re everywhere!”
By Kelly O’Brien
Kitty and Cassandra are out for blood and New Direction’s young and old have reunited for McKinley’s production of Grease.
Glease is the word – It’s show time for the glee kids and that means a visit from the original New Directions. After Unique is forced to drop out, Santana steps in to play Rizzo, and Mercedes, Kurt and Rachel all head home to show their support for their friends. The only face missing was Puckerman’s (Noah that is), and it was truly missed.
The claws are out – A big show means big pressure, not just for Marley but for Rachel too. She scores an amazing audition, but Cassandra July is back and bitchy as ever. Kitty is still out for Marley and will do whatever it takes to ruin her performance, and Cassandra beds the bodacious beefcake Brody to get under Rachel’s skin. I do feel bad for Rachel, but if love were based on abs Brody and Cassandra would be a match made in heaven.
Marley’s on a diet – Thanks to Kitty’ handiwork, Marley thinks she’s gaining weight and will do anything to avoid the fat gene that clearly runs in her family. Kitty convinces her to binge and purge, but luckily Ryder is able to talk some sense into her. With his help Marley puts on an amaze-balls performance as Sandy, and – new couple alert!!! – gets an unscripted kiss! Myder, Rydley, whatever it is, it’s on.
Finn proves himself – It’s Mr. Schuester’s last week before leaving McKinley, and Finn has to prove to pretty much everyone that he can get the New Directions to sectionals. He’s fighting fire on all sides, but in the end pulls of an awesome show. While he has won over he glee kids, it’s going to take a lot more to win over Sue (if she can even be won over at all).
You can’t go home – Grease was a great opening for the new New Directions, and gave some closure to the old. While Tina and Mike and Santana and Brittany all seem to be on good terms, the same can’t be said of Finn and Rachel and Blaine and Kurt. Neither couple can put aside what put them apart, and with nothing left to tie them there, McKinley is no longer home for the New Yorkers.
Best Performance: “You’re the One that I Want,” covered by pretty much everyone on the show. So happy to see all my glee favourites on one stage!
By Kelly O’Brien
After what feels like YEARS Glee is finally back, and what better way to kick off the return than with the greatest musical of all time, Grease?
Here’s what you need to know from last night’s episode, “The Role You Were Born To Play.”
Grease is the word — McKinley is putting on another classic musical and some old faces have returned to help out. However, not everyone is happy to see Mercedes and Mike return, specifically Mike’s ex-GF Tina. It’s great to see these guys back at McKinley, but their return will inevitably bring drama.
Finn found a new role — Finn is working at Burt’s auto shop and is spending a lot more time feeling sorry for himself than he is fixing cars. He’s reluctant to step up as co-director of the musical, but after scouting some new talent (Ryder), he starts to feel like he’s really found his place. I think this job is just what Finn needs to get out of his post-Rachel funk.
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You’ve know you’ve officially made it as an artist when the cast of Glee start covering your music. And for Korean superstar Psy, that is exactly what’s happening.
In a teaser video released for an upcoming episode of Glee, the clip shows actors Kevin McHale, Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz treating fans with a clip of the cast rehearsing the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance. But as exciting this may seem for gleeks around the world, the cynic in me couldn’t help but wonder how it’s going to work.
While I’m sure the cast will get the dance covered, what about the lyrics?
With Criss and McHale struggling to come up with a suitable nickname for Glee’s cover of ‘Gangnam Style’ (‘Gleengham style?!’), I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.
Spoiler aside, our hearts broke last Thursday when Glee favourites Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) broke up after Blaine admitted to cheating when he felt lonely and hurt.
But while it may all seem like bad news in this fandom, Criss insists that there is some good out of the sad storyline. In fact, he wants to thank the fans.
In a heartfelt letter posted on his Facebook page, Criss expressed his appreciation at how much support he got for playing one of the show’s breakout stars. Letting us in on his early days of singing in cafes and open mic nights, he said being cast on Glee changed his life.
In fact, he says he owes much of this success to social media.
“We live in an unprecedented age of social connectivity, and I am happy to say that none of you have failed to take full advantage of that. Don’t think I’m not aware of how active the fandom is, or how much impact it has,” he wrote. “Remember: Not only am I fan myself, but I do have an internet connection. I see the gifs, I see the fanfics, I see the memes, and it’s all amazing stuff. Though I haven’t met the majority of you, it’s a real thrill to know that many of your lives have come together on behalf of mine.”
What’s even more humbling about this letter, is the fact that Criss revealed that a certain Katy Perry song was covered once more to thank his supporters.
So sweet and down to earth. There’s honestly nothing better than an beautiful encore performance.