Category: Mark Salling

SAG Awards after-party: Brad and Angelina dine, 'The Help' shines


The Screen Actors Guild Awards serve as a halftime whistle in Hollywood's busiest season, between January's Golden Globes and February's Oscar gold -- making the SAG after-party something of a halftime show.

A lot of stars were blowing off steam as big winners including "The Help," "Modern Family" and "The Artist" mingled on Sunday evening.

The guild's annual gala, a partnership between People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, awaited guests from the telecast in a tented space just off the Shrine Expo Hall. An Old Hollywood theme permeated the event, enhanced by thick drapes, velvet booths and a throwback jazz band.

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Brad Pitt didn't take home the night's big acting prize -- that went to "The Artist" lead Jean Dujardin -- but he seemed plenty comforted by partner Angelina Jolie. The actress-director picked at salad while chatting up Brad's "Moneyball" costar Jonah Hill.

If quality time with Jolie wasn't enough for Hill, the conversation was interrupted by an enthusiastic Armie Hammer, who like Jonah was nominated for male supporting actor in a drama.

"Well done!" Hammer offered Jonah. Nice to see that Armie's recent herbal issues haven't killed his rosy disposition. 

"The Descendants" cast camped right next to Team Pitt as Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley laughed and people-watched together. (George Clooney and Stacey Keibler made only the briefest party appearance.)

Always a good time, "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen entertained her cast with bawdy jokes a few feet from a mixed bag of "30 Rock" and "Bridesmaids" stars. These combined forces were pleasing to a svelte Jane Krakowski, who snapped tons of pictures with her smartphone. 

Yet no one had a night like the stars of "The Help" had: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer considered their statuettes in the cast's private booth, while Emma Stone and Allison Janney chatted up director Tate Taylor. 


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Photo:  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the SAG Awards in L.A. on Sunday. Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Mark Salling steams up love scenes, feeds the children

Mark Salling talks love scenes on 'Glee'

Mark Salling has a lot on his plate, including juggling his on-screen "Glee" love interests and helping to feed young Americans.

As this week brings Thanksgiving, the Ministry enjoyed a chat with Salling about his ongoing effort to address hunger -- and perhaps feed our appetite for insider info on the fictional cougar connection with Idina Menzel's character on his Ryan Murphy-run show.

"Idina's amazing," Salling said. "I got to see her at the Greek [Theatre] recently."

And did he perchance run into Menzel's husband, actor Taye Diggs?

"Yeah," he said, "that was awkward." Beat. Smile. "No, he's a really nice guy."

Fine, no significant others beating down his door on behalf of Menzel, nor prior scripted loves Dianna Agron and Lea Michele. But how does Mark, the actor, handle those moments on set?

"I really give myself over to the writers in that situation. I mean, there are kids who are hungry," he said, putting things in perspective. "I just have to do a few fun scenes with some great actors."

Back to those hungry kids. Mark has been promoting a UPC-label drive in conjunction with Feeding America and ConAgra Foods, who are working to generate 5 million meals nationwide for children in grades K through 12 over the next year.

"On 'Glee,' we root for the underdog, and given this age bracket and such a solvable crisis, I'd say this falls in line with that,' Salling said.

Learn more about the program here, and catch "Glee" Tuesdays on Fox.  


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Photo: Mark Salling at the "Glee" 300th musical performance special taping at Paramount Studios on Oct. 26. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

'Glee' graduation scheduled: Ryan Murphy confirms cast is moving on

The "Glee" kids are graduating High School.

Looks like the singing high schoolers on "Glee," the New Directions, have another big number to prepare: their swan song.

Show creator Ryan Murphy revealed that, after some speculation, he'll be letting show stars such as Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Mark Salling and Dianna Agron follow the natural progression of their characters. Meaning graduation and then, well, bye.

"We didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline," Murphy said on Ryan Seacrest's radio show.

"I don't think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing," he said for any Rachel Berry fans afraid they're swapping her for new blood, "because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They’ve left sort of an indelible mark.”

This leaves those crazy kids open for movies, albums, reality projects, making some milkshakes for the paparazzi and then any inevitable comebacks. Murphy confirmed that small-screen teachers Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch would remain as the "linchpins" of the series.


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Photo: The 'Glee' cast in Toronto on June 11. Credit: George Pimentel / Getty Images.

Nicki Minaj performance lures Jennifer Hudson, David Arquette

Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Hudson Nicki Minaj has loyal fans, even when it comes to fellow famous folks including Jennifer Hudson, Olivia Munn, David Arquette and Ron Artest, to name a few who turned out to see the rapper perform in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

At Milk Studios in Hollywood, a blue carpet was rolled out at the Samsung Infuse launch for gadget fans and the Minaj-obsessed. The petite Minaj  arrived for her 20-minute set around 10 p.m. with racks and racks of costumes and a new blond bob.

Mark Salling, Kelly Rowland and Arielle Winter of "Modern Family" were present and accounted for, as Hudson and her husband David Otunga spent time waiting in the wings for two minutes with Nicki.

Minaj performed hits "Roman's Revenge," "Super Bass" and "Moment 4 Life" as well as some of her more popular featured gigs, on records like Trey Songz's "Bottoms Up."

Almost as popular as Nicki's set was an interactive room dedicated entirely to Angry Birds, offering access to exclusive levels of the popular game.


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Photo: Nicki Minaj, left, and Jennifer Hudson at Samsung's Infuse 4G launch. Credit: WireImage

'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

'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

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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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Naya Rivera of Glee at the Grammy Awards "Glee" gal Naya Rivera admitted to a starstruck moment on the Grammy Awards red carpet Sunday. "I saw Nicki Minaj — died just a little bit!" said the actress, nominated with the rest of the "Glee" cast for pop performance by a group or duo with vocals.

This after Rivera revealed to the Grammys Live crew that at the series' start, she'd just hoped to hang in there for a few episodes.


"Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)" was up against the ubiquitous "Hey Soul Sister (Live)" from Train, plus tunes from Paramore and Sade — with Train taking home the trophy early in the show. The first "Glee" soundtrack release is also up for compilation soundtrack album for motion picture, television or other visual media.

Meanwhile, costar Mark Salling had the tween girls swooning as he walked the concourse with a male friend. He stopped to pose for pictures with a pair of giggling junior high school girls before breezing past a concerned security guard and up the escalator to Premiere seating. That soon resulted in a bad-boy Puckerman moment — apparently Salling had the wrong ticket for that area, and Ministry eyes last saw him detained by another security guard just minutes before the show started.

And here we were thinking the "Glee" crew was getting too big for the red carpet — Rivera and Matthew Morrison were among those skipping interviews with the print media folks.

Morrison did tell E! News' cameras how the rest of the cast is handling that he's going to be out on tour with his solo album. "They're a little jealous, just because they have to go out on the 'Glee' tour," Morrison said. "They all have to go together!"


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Photos: Naya Rivera, right, and Barry Manilow, left at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

'Glee' guys to host Teen Choice Awards; blogger screams like a little girl [polls]


Can we have a few volunteers up here to help us elbow little miss Katy Perry out of the way? 'Cause the "Glee" guys — Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith and Mark Salling — have just been announced as her Teen Choice Awards co-hosts, the Wrap notes, and OMG the Ministry wants lots of room for the boys up there on that stage. 

Nothing against Katy, of course. But she did have that big spotlight already for her performance at the MTV Movie Awards, so it's only fair that she share now, right? Plus "Glee" is nominated for 13 awards, so it's handy to have the guys around.

One wistful note — no matter what you see on "Glee," remember that not one of these Teen Choice hosts is actually a teen in real life. 

The Teen Choice Awards are Aug. 9, and the Ministry will be reporting from the red carpet and beyond. So who's your fave? And is it kosher for an adult male or female to scream like a little girl? The polls are after the break.

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'Glee' bad boy Mark Salling channels his inner Gwyneth

GQ Mark Salling We naturally expect some core differences between actor Mark Salling and his delicious character Puck, "Glee's" resident bad boy. We didn't expect Gwyneth Paltrow to be one of them -- but we're into it. 

GQ magazine features the young man in a fashion spread this month, touting the bold return of surf style. Salling, bronzed and beached to perfection, seemed to enjoy his bikini-clad costars but tells the magazine he doesn't really remember the experience.

"I was right in the middle of one of those cleanse fasts," Salling says.

Looks as if someone has been reading their GOOP, and potentially sharing it around set with the likes of Matthew Morrison, seeing as how all that singing apparently leads to ripped bodies.

Salling is currently hitting venues across the country for the "Glee" live show, with pals Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer and Amber Riley

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Mark Salling soaks up some surf style. Credit: Peggy Sirota / GQ

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