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!
Nicole Westbrook performed her truly atrocious, over-produced song “It’s Thanksgiving” on Access Hollywood, gaining her another
15 2:30 minutes of anti-fame. While I don’t completely understand parents paying for their bratty kids to create silly, over-priced tracks by ARK Music, I’m not going to argue against it — do what you do. However, singing the song live for a few minutes of fame seems to send the message that you really don’t need talent to get a bit of attention.
Going on Access Hollywood is OBVS something a seventh grader would get excited about but something about the whole thing bothers me. Ultimately Nicole and ARK alum Rebecca Black are just having a bit of fun but the one really cashing in is Patrice Wilson, the mastermind behind it who knows he can capitalize off people making fun of these cheesy videos.
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By Jessica Galang
Last week for the first time in television history, singers were ranked based on their popularity, with Cece Frey coming in last and Tate Stevens at number one. With these rankings made public, the pressure was on for contestants like Arin Ray and Paige Thomas, who are falling behind.
This week was “Divas Week,” which will probably end up being one of the most favoured weeks of the season. Who can argue with a group of talented singers paying homage to some of the best songs of the twentieth century?
Here are my top three picks for this episode:
Fifth Harmony – “Hero” by Mariah Carey
With a name much better than 1432, Fifth Harmony rocked one of Carey’s best songs. Fifth Harmony doesn’t use dancers like the other contestants seemed to have done at least once. They play the “innocent girls just here to sing, not dance” persona really well. While LA thought they struggled a little at the beginning, they found their voice later on.
Carly Rose Sonenclar – “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
[Insert obligatory Titanic joke here] Carly Rose, keeping with her popularity streak and love from judges since day one, carried this song with what seemed to be no effort. Her vintage gown was perfect for the haunting, ghostly feel of the melody. I forgot she’s 13-years-old because of the control she has over her audience. Her judge, Britney Spears, definitely has a competitive edge thanks to her. “I don’t believe you’re a human being. Because you can’t do that at 13,” Simon said in awe.
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One Direction got felt up by some INCREDIBLY LUCKY fans on Ellen yesterday in what I’m sure was one of the most seductive prime time television games the guys have ever played. Three fans were blindfolded and told to identify certain members of the band by fondling them all over (well, PG fondling).
Naturally, prankster Niall managed to get one of the ladies to grope his arse while he was straddling Harry’s back, and strangely, none of this sounds out of character.
All three ladies got iPads for playing but that really doesn’t compare to getting a hug from the one and only Harry Styles… and feeling Niall’s toosh.
The guys also talked about their dating lives and confirmed who’s single. Harry, Niall and the recently broken up Liam are all ready to mingle, and described their perfect ladies. Niall is looking for an American cutey with a sense of humor and Harry is looking for someone funny like Ellen (though she seemed to be more into Niall).
Of course, they also performed their classic “What Makes You Beautiful” for the 5000-strong crowd, some of which were sitting on rooftops of nearby buildings.
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In the entertainment world, it can be tough making jokes about certain celebrities who have a massive fan following. Fangirls might be inclined to grab their glittered-out Pinterest dagger if they hear a snide comment about their future husband. That’s exactly what’s been happening with the Justin Bieber / Selena Gomez breakup.
Kimmel had the brilliant idea to outsource Justin Bieber breakup jokes to an Indian call center because he didn’t have enough time to write any and this way he wouldn’t get blamed for the backlash. Roger, the number one teller of jokes at the call center, grabbed his tried and true joke book. Most of them were pretty slapstick and slightly offensive but we appreciate the out of the box Bieber jokes.
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Matt Lauer totally called it when he said One Direction was “the biggest concert event that we have ever had here on The Today Show.” Fans waited in line for days beforehand, creating hysteria in Manhattan. The lineup was totally worth it considering the huge announcement they made.
According to Niall, the guys are going to do their first ever MOVIE! He said: “It’s gonna be in 3D, and it’s coming to cinemas near you on the 30th of August, 2013.”
The guys’ TV spot was to promote their sophomore album Take Me Home, which hit shelves today. Harry said they wrote about five songs on the album, so it comes from the heart. Along with “What Makes You Beautiful” they also performed “Live While We’re Young” and of course, “Little Things,” which brought the crowd to tears.
One Direction movie and “LWWY”
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The suddenly bearded Andrew Garfield went on TheEllenShow where he was cajoled into dancing badly for charity, and I have to say, he’s the best worst dancer I’ve seen. Andrew had to attempt every dance style Ellen held up on flashcards and for each one he performed correctly, $1000 was donated to Worldwide Orphan’s Foundation. How can you say no to such a worthwhile cause?
Styles included Gangnam Style, the robot, belly-dancing and the Irish jig. He managed to get all of them correct and although he ran out of time, he convinced Ellen to keep going, eventually earning the full $10,000.
The Amazing Spider-Man actor was quite proud of his beard, saying it only took him 29-years to grow. Ellen responded: “I guess it’s a big deal, like men want to know they can grow a beard.” Andrew replied, saying: ‘That’s the only reason to be a man.”
While Ellen tried to get him to talk about his girlfriend and former co-star Emma Stone, he dodged the questions, opting instead to talk about Denis Leary.
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Conan O’Brien accidentally corrupted a poor, innocent baby on his show the other night after Sarah Silverman peer pressured him into saying — nay, singing — “vagina” live on air. Since Conan is an uptight Irishman Sarah thought it would be a fantastic exercise in human sexuality, and naturally, she got her way.
Meanwhile, a little boy was watching the broadcast at home and started repeating the word over and over. His mom caught it all on camera and uploaded the footage to Facebook. I can tell this video is one his parents are going to be using to embarrass him with for years to come.
For now, Conan can official add “Corruptor of Youth” to his resume.
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These days, it’s all about crossing musical genres. Guaranteed you’ll have a solid Top 40 hit if you mix dubstep with pop or throw a little rap into a club banger. Jimmy Fallon and Carrie Underwood certainly understand that. The two showed off their little known singing group from the 90s called “Jim Carrie” on Late Night and performed countrified rap songs.
C’Rap, as it’s called, takes classic rap songs and throws in a little twang. And it certainly is C’Rap — in the most hilarious way possible!
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Every night after school was the same routine for me: I’d watch Arthur while eating an ice cream sandwich and then The Magic School Bus would come on. Oh, what I would do to figure out what happened to Ralphie, Dorothy, Carlos and the rest of the gang.
MovingMindStudio created a parody trailer for the movie version of The Magic School Bus — a reunion of sorts. Years after graduation, Ms. Frizzle dies and sends the students a message from the underworld. In a mission to figure out why Ms. Frizzle was sent to Hell, the students find the Magic Bus and begin a new journey.
I think most people would agree with me when I say THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN for realsies.
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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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Miley Cyrus was pranked on Ellen today after a lightbulb burst and two sexy “electricians” came out to fix it. Turns out, the electricians were actually STRIPPERS in honour of Miley’s forthcoming nuptials and obligatory bachelorette party. The two muscly men thrusted and tore their white tanks off, right down the middle. While more modest celebrities might be embarrassed, Miley shouted “HELLZ YA” and slapped their asses because she’s pretty much that girl everyone wants at their party…
Miley also cleared up the silly rumour going around that she’s having more than one wedding. FALSE. “There’s some rumor going around that I’m having like 47 weddings,” she said. “I’m not! I’m having one wedding. That’s my day and whatever I want on that day, it will be about me in that moment and that look of love.” D’AW!
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Miley also talked about her haircut. The haircut. Now can we all please shut up about it?
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By Jessica Galang
I enjoyed the performances this week way more than last week. The singers are becoming more confident in their respectful elements — Beatrice Miller is doing great with her rocker persona and Arin Ray showed his upbeat hip-hop side with an awesome performance of “American Boy.” However, these three stood out the most.
Carly Rose Sonenclar: “It Will Rain,” by Bruno Mars
Britney Spears has a real advantage with Carly Rose on her team. I’ll just come right out and admit I absolutely HATE this song. But Carly Rose somehow made it bearable — perhaps, amazing? She dressed all in black and took on a dark, gothic persona, which really added to the emotional appeal of a song since it’s supposed to be about desperate love. I actually felt the emotion in the performance, which I think is what made it so powerful. “This is you in your element and I would watch this over and over,” Demi said. And Simon said “I’ve got a feeling with you Carly, we’re watching a star in the making.”
Emblem3: The Tempations/Katy Perry/One Direction mashup
I was already loving Emblem3‘s high-energy performance when I heard One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” beat. But the fact that they used it to cover The Temptations’ “My Girl” (One of my absolute faves!) and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” made this performance my favourite of the night. Personally, I think when you can flawlessly mashup a modern and classic song, that’s when you’ve got a solid performance. Even LA said “I don’t know what to say, I want to say something, but I don’t know.” This performance left me as speechless as he was.
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Reginald the cat is undeniably the CUTEST creature in the world and you’ll probably want to find and kidnap him after watching him get his prize-winning coat washed.
The Animal Planet clip treats bath time like it’s the most epic occasion in this poor cat’s life, breaking out heart-pounding music and slow mo action. Reggie is a long-haired Persian and maintains his luxurious locks through routine scrubs. But as the narrator says, the wash is nothing compared to drying down.
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Didn’t anyone tell The Today Show it’s impolite to ask questions about private relationships? Interviewer Savannah Guthrie waited until the very end of her interview this morning to ask whether Kristen and Robert Pattinson are back together again.It was for the good of the fans, Guthrie argued.
The usually shy Stewart answered coyly, neither confirming no denying the rumours. ”Funny you mention that,” K-Stew said. “I’m just going to let people watch whatever little movie they would like to think our lives are and go for it. Keep ‘em guessing, I always say.”
I’m presuming The Today Show either had permission to ask the question, giving Stewart sufficient time to come up with a clever answer. Either that, or they were just ballsy enough to go there. Either way, Kristen has told us to think whatever we want to think so in my head her and RPatz are cuddling under Snuggies watching reruns of Dawson’s Creek as I write this.
Of course, Stewart was there to promote the next instalment of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Do you think they’re back together?
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TLC has topped itself once again on the douche-0-metre with their new show Extreme Cougar Wives. Yes TLC, of Breaking Amish, Honey Boo Boo and Virgin Diaries. The new show follows “extreme cougars” who are sleeping with men a third their age.
Part of me is interested in hearing about these quirky couples who break the social norm but another part of me hates that TLC aka “The Learning Channel” is thriving off these reality shows that enable you to gawk at people who are different than you — rather just learn about and appreciate them. It’s not exactly the topics TLC covers that bothers me, it’s how they edit it all together in their glitzy package.
In the teaser, 76-year-old Hattie says: “My lifestyle is extreme.” Then she sits on the lap of a 25-year-old and later licks a popsicle and tells her date she enjoys being naked. While I appreciate their attempt at showcasing different relationships they always do it in such a cringe-worthy way.
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Nope. You did not read that wrong. Because the picture above just proves it.
Fans of Mad Men and Harry Potter will be delighted to see that Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe are filming a four-part comedy series together called A Young Doctor’s Notebook.
The series, which will air on Britain’s Sky Arts channel, will feature semi-autobiographical tales taken from playwright Mikhail Bulgakov’s own experiences working as a provincial doctor during the beginning of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Radcliffe, will play the younger version of Russian medic Dr. Vladimir Bomgard, who has funny exchanges with his older self, played by Hamm.
While I wasn’t sure about Radcliffe’s resemblance to Hamm, these pictures certainly throw my doubts away. Side by side, they actually look a lot alike! (And can we mention a scene where the two will be in a bathtub together?!)
Okay, but seriously. I can’t wait to see how this series turns out. Nice to see Radcliffe branching out in interesting roles! (SOURCE)
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.
Jimmy Kimmel decided to play an audience game the other night called “Hipster or Hasidic?” He sent a cameraman to Brooklyn and zoomed in on the facial hair of super cool hipsters and Hasidic Jews. The audience had to guess who the beard belonged to — are they hip or Hasidic?
Tip: The thicker the beard, the more likely it seemed they were Hasidic. The segment is perfectly timed for Movember and maybe it’ll give you a couple grooming ideas.
How many did you get correct?
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