Category: Glee

Darren Criss of 'Glee' pulled off stage by female fan


Darren Criss was pulled off stage by a fan during a recent performance, illustrating that while "Glee" costar Dianna Agron might like girls, at least one girl likes this boy just a little too much.

Criss, on tour with "Glee Live! In Concert," fell into the crowd Thursday night in Washington, D.C., after kneeling down to shake hands with a front-row fan during the curtain call after "Somebody to Love." He quickly jumped back on stage.

"To the lady who pulled me off the stage and into the pit tonight: if I ever see you on a stage... keep your wits about ya. Love, Darren :) !," the actor said on Twitter, adding, "btw I'm lucky I didn't hit my head on the gate in front of this lady. Seriously close call tonight... Like, please don't kill me. I'm nice."

On "Glee," Criss plays Blaine Anderson, a member of competing show choir the Warblers and onscreen boyfriend to Chris Colfer's Kurt Hummel.

Agron raised eyebrows over the weekend when she donned a "Likes Girls" T-shirt during Saturday's show in Toronto. The actress explained later on her blog that she was showing support for the girls and women in her life, and also for the LGBT community.


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Dianna Agron of 'Glee' likes girls -- explain, please?

Dianna Agron This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Dianna Agron likes girls -- no, loves girls -- and she would like to explain herself, if you have time for an essay.

In Toronto on Saturday, during one of the seemingly never-ending "Glee" live tours, the real person behind Quinn Fabrey decided to go public with her feelings, changing into a shirt that said "Likes Girls" for the troupe's performance of "Born This Way."

Agron's appearance in the shirt — modeled on costumes worn in an episode about facing prejudice and self-down and conveniently available at the tour's merch table — caused gleeks to utter a collective "Huh?"

Was Agron outing herself onstage? Will Quinn and Naya Rivera's Santana be dating next season? Or was she wryly commenting on Jane Lynch's appearance with Bill Maher for a dramatic reading of a salacious sexting exchange from Rep. Anthony Weiner's oeuvre?

The explanation is hardly dishy: Seemingly feeling an extra boost of inspiration from Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," she said she was expressing how much she loves and respects the women in her life and showing how much she supports the LGBT community.

She explained in detail on her Tumblr blog:

[D]uring our second show, Instead of wearing my usual shirt during "Born This Way" I decided to wear one that said "Likes Girls". It should actually have read, "Loves Girls", because I do. The women in my life give me things that the men in my life can’t. And vice-versa. No, I am not a lesbian, yet if I were, I hope that the people in my life could embrace it whole-heartedly. And let me tell you, I can easily spill (quite comfortably) what I admire, respect and think is beautiful about any of the women in my life. Piece of cake!

There's a whole lot more; as Agron put it, she did write "an essay."

"I am not asking for you to agree with what I am saying, but if you are listening, thank you," Agron wrote. "That is all I can ask. And a step further would be to take a moment to (honestly) answer the questions that I have raised."

Deep. So what say you, gleeks — agree or disagree?  

[For the record, 9:51 a.m. June 13: A previous version of this post stated that "Glee Live! In Concert" played Toronto on Friday. The Toronto show was on Saturday.]


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Photo: Dianna Agron arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" in New York. Credit: Eric Thayer / Reuters

Taylor Swift, Shania Twain bring back 'Thelma & Louise'; who will play Brad Pitt?

Taylor Swift and Shania Twain and Thelma and Louise

Taylor Swift and Shania Twain are on the lam and loving it -- from the look of these photos. The two country artists got silly on the set of a Country Music Television Awards shoot as they recreated the iconic characters from "Thelma & Louise."

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis played the original pair in the 1991 road trip movie about a girls' weekend gone bad, in which the heroines get caught in a murder scandal and take off for Mexico in their 1966 Thunderbird.

Taylor Swift and Shania Twain and Thelma and Louise

And who will channel Brad Pitt's hitchhiking hottie character, J.D.?  "Glee's" Chord Overstreet. Click to see a photo of the actor looking a lot like Brad, with blond highlights, white V-neck T-shirt and a five o'clock shadow.

While Twain is set to make an appearance at the award show airing Wednesday night, Swift is competing for three awards including video of the year, female video of the year and Web video of the year for her tune "Mine."


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Jane Lynch in talks to host Emmy awards, report says

Janelynch Could Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester tracksuit be jogging to the Emmy Awards? 

The "Glee" favorite could be tap-dancing on television's biggest night as host, a new report says.

Lynch has been approached by the TV academy to play emcee, according to the Hollywood Reporter, as the telecast will air on Fox this year. Lynch is a prime candidate to host, given that she's a versatile and beloved star on a network that has no late-night funnyman (typically tapped in this scenario).

The report notes that Lynch would be the third female to host solo in the history of the telecast, on the heels of Ellen DeGeneres in 2005 and Angela Lansbury in 1993.

Last year's ceremony was aired on NBC, hosted by comic Jimmy Fallon.

Do you think Jane would make a decent host? Tell us in comments. 


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Photo: Jane Lynch attends the PaleyFest's celebration of "Glee" in March in Beverly Hills. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images

'Glee' guys rock out to Rebecca Black's 'Friday' in prom episode

Eat your heart out, Rebecca Black. Leave it to "Glee" to turn the manufactured teen singer's "Friday" song cool.

Mark Salling, Kevin McHale and Chord Overstreet covered the viral single from the eighth-grader in the series' "Prom Queen" episode, which aired Tuesday night. Listen to the audio version here.

The episode, which marked a much-awaited return to "Glee's" Season 1 glory days, did not disappoint. Neither did the upbeat male version of the obnoxious song. (OK, the Stephen Colbert-Taylor Hicks-the Roots version on  "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" was pretty awesome too. Why is it that this song is only good when someone else sings it??)

"@gleeonfox did GREAT with Friday! Loved the WHOLE episode!" Black tweeted.

Mark Salling, Kevin McHale and Chord Overstreet cover Rebecca Black's 'Friday' in prom episode But who was the mastermind behind the idea to include the ultra-poppy anthem? That'd be Salling.

"The goal that I had going in with the song was to have fun, fun, fun, fun." Salling said. He also, applying his own brand of charming sarcasm, called it a "digital masterpiece."

The boys even did a dance that incorporated New Directions choreography and some moves from Black's teeny-bopper crush: Justin Bieber, who also sang a few bars from the AutoTuned song at a recent concert.

We'd been expecting some sort of life lesson about bullying from Matthew Morrison's Mr. Schuester, but instead the cast just had fun with the song and so did we -- in a non-mocking, shut-up-Rebecca-Black sort of way.

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The prom episode had been at the center of scandal last month after a wayward tweet from former extra Nicole Crowther prompted the wrath of producer Brad Falchuk. But even with the spoiled outcome "Prom Queen" still had enough pizazz and solid performances to keep us weary viewers happy. The return of Jonathan Groff as Jesse St. James didn't hurt either.

What'd you think of the Puck-Artie-Sam cover of "Friday"?


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Photo: From left, Puck (Mark Salling), Artie (Kevin McHale) and Sam (guest star, Chord Overstreet) perform in the "Prom Queen" episode of "Glee" on Tuesday. Credit: Adam Rose / Fox

Nicole Crowther regrets leaving Twitter over 'Glee' spoiler, says she didn't work prom episode

Nicole Crowther, who tweeted a "Glee" spoiler Nicole Crowther, the one-time "Glee" extra who was skewered for tweeting a spoiler of the hit show's prom episode and incurred the wrath of co-creator Brad Falchuk, is trying to set the record straight: She did not work the episode in question and heard the information secondhand.

"I had no idea it would blow up like this, I do regret it," she told the Ministry on Monday. Crowther, 21, appeared on only one episode of the show, she said, in 2010. Reports last week had characterized her as working "Glee" regularly, and tweeting after learning the prom king and queen's identity in person.

"I'm afraid my career is in jeopardy -- my career that hasn't even started because of this lie," she said. "Nobody took the time to check the facts. But I do understand why [Falchuk] would be upset ... the truth of the matter is that I wasn't on set."

Crowther, a film student, revealed the cryptic spoiler last week to her nearly 2,000 followers, with whom she had a "Glee"-related rapport. Fans of the show were able to decipher the code, but she said she wasn't even sure if the rumor was true.

Then a Twitter tirade from Falchuk seemed to confirm her speculation: "@nicolecrowther Hope you're qualified to do something besides work in entertainment," he wrote, adding "Who are you to spoil something talented people have spent months to create?"

"That's what surprised me the most," Crowther said. "I was very stunned by what he said to me regarding my career. I honestly think that my heart stopped beating for a minute that he even heard what I said."

So where did Crowther get her info? She said she heard the secret at an April 16 dinner party, from a girl who claimed to have been an extra on the "Glee" prom set the day before -- and it was Falchuk who appeared to confirm its veracity.

"Nobody really knows who I am, I'm just twittering away and he goes on and he confirms it. Only a few people would have heard what I said. And he's the one that spread it even more than I did and seemed to threaten my career." She deactivated her Twitter account soon after.

Now, the actress says she's been blackballed. The extra casting agencies she works through suspended her for two to three weeks, and the agency that casts background specifically for "Glee" told her she'd never again work on the Fox show, or on any show it handles.

Crowther's background gigs are a side job while she pursues training to becoming a director. The Fort Myers, Fla., native is a student at the Los Angeles Feature Film Academy, and has found herself in the background on TV sets including Disney's "Shake It Up," "Kickin' It" and "A.N.T. Farm"; Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush," "Victorious," and "Supah Ninjas"; Fox's "Traffic Light"; and TNT's "Men of a Certain Age." She also worked on the upcoming movies "Prom" and "The Muppets."

The self-proclaimed "Glee" fan had been tweeting about Fox's hit show for about five months, building her following among the Gleek community last October after tweeting that she'd been an extra on the show. She said she's tried to reactivate the account, to no avail, and regrets having deactivating it in the first place, despite knowing that she'd upset a lot of people.

"I deleted it because I thought it would help," but in doing so might have convinced people she was in the wrong. "I shouldn't have deleted it."

"I have nothing to be ashamed of, I have nothing to hide. I'm telling the truth and I'm going to prove that to everyone."


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'Glee' extra Nicole Crowther fired for revealing prom king and queen on Twitter

'Glee' producer Brad Falchuk gets angry at extra for tweeting prom spoiler

"Glee" extra Nicole Crowther was fired from the hit show for tweeting spoilers about the upcoming prom episode, specifically, who would be prom queen and king.

The somewhat cryptic message was understandable to fans of the show, and "Glee" co-creator Brad Falchuk was less than pleased about the leak. So he went off on the actress, which ultimately resulted in Crowther deactivating her Twitter account and getting the boot from the Fox show.

Those Gleeks don't mess around.

SPOILER ALERT: Do NOT click on the upcoming link if you prefer to be in the dark. Read the tweet here.

A series of angry messages from Gleeks bombarded the micro-blogging site after Crowther sent out the spoilerific tweet, which prompted Falchuk to speak out.

"Who are you to spoil something talented people have spent months to create? Hope you're qualified to do something besides work in entertainment," he tweeted to the regular extra.

Ouch. And so Crowther was fired from the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Fox show.

"They are not doing reshoots because of my careless mistake so shut up haters and leave me alone. Grow up and get a life," was her final tweet before deactivating her account.

However, a source close to the show said standard Screen Actors Guild day-player union contracts used by the show do not contain non-disclosure agreements, which lay out punishments when plot secrets are blabbed, so the legal ramifications are less serious.

But still, she better watch her back or else she might be thrown up against a locker or get a slushie to the face. Just saying.


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Photo: "Glee" creators Brad Falchuk, left, and Ian Brennan, right. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Heather Morris of 'Glee' shows off dance moves

Heather Morris has some sweet dance moves, and the "Glee" star is showing them off --  along with her hot bod  -- in a new Esquire video.

Morris gets down and dirty to songs like "Heart Attack" and "Sofi Needs a Ladder" in the clip, which helps highlight danceable songs from the mag's list of "50 Songs Every Man Should Be Listening To."

With 23 years of dancing under her belt, she even has a little advice for anyone hoping to impress next time they're out at the clubs. Tips like, "You don't want to be too cool. But you don't want to be too dorky" and "looking down and shuffling is pretty great. But not the Running Man."

Fans might recall that Morris danced back-up for Beyonce during her "Single Ladies" performance at the American Music Awards and on "Saturday Night Live." In fact, "Glee" producers brought her on their Fox show just so she could teach the rest of the gang the choreography. Now, she's a fan favorite as cheerleader Brittany Pierce.


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"Glee" bad girl Naya Rivera sang like a bird on "The Wendy Williams Show" on Tuesday, and the Ministry has all a full rumor report.

First, Rivera addressed her previous fling with Mark Salling (which reportedly ended in the actress keying his car) with maturity. She admitted the pair were romantic "back in the day."

"Mark and I were never like a serious thing ... I still consider him one of my best friends," she said. "He's like the sweetest guy. I mean, put your hand up if you wouldn't smooch that mug."

Wendy didn't go there about the supposed keying (watch the full interview above), but she did touch on another reported Rivera romance -- Chord Overstreet

"That was nothing. That was silly ... he came to my birthday in Vegas and he wasn't having a very good time. So I literally held his hand and was trying to console him in the club. They took a picture and we were dating," she said.

One more? Rumors of a Matthew Morrison-Gwyneth Paltrow romance were shot down. "She's married," Rivera said politely.

So now you know.


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Kristin Chenoweth, Dolly Parton rally for GLAAD Media Awards in L.A.

Dolly Parton at the GLAAD Media Awards in L.A. GLAAD made plenty of famous gays and their supporters beyond happy Sunday during the Los Angeles leg of its annual awards show -- by tapping icon Dolly Parton to appear.

Thunderous applause greeted the country star as she hit the stage at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, presenting a prize to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. Parton spoke sweetly of Greenblatt's varied television productions, all featuring LGBT characters. 

Click here for pics from the GLAAD Media Awards.

The singer was introduced by Amy Poehler, hosting the show with "Parks and Recreation" costar Rashida Jones. As Poehler approached the microphone to hype their special guest, one fan shouted out how much he loved her, to which she replied, "Sit down, Colin Farrell." 

Colin Farrell at the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards in L.A. Not to worry -- Colin Farrell was indeed in attendance, along with Chaz Bono, Joel McHale, Marlee Matlin, Tori Spelling and Lisa Vanderpump.

Shows "Glee" and "Modern Family" both nabbed outstanding comedy series, accepted, respectively, by Chris Colfer and Mike O'Malley, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter

Broadway and TV cutie Kristin Chenoweth was presented the Vanguard Award by her "Promises, Promises" leading man Sean Hayes. The pint-sized Broadway star got plenty of laughs and even a few tears during her acceptance speech.

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