Category: Mark Salling

Cause for 'Glee': TV academy honors 'television with a conscience'

The_Men_of_Glee-web The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which in September brings you the glitz fest known as the Emmy Awards, quietly honored eight shows that represent "television with a conscience" at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday evening. But don't think the usual laws of Hollywood don't apply to those creators too -- they still have to look good.

That appeared to be news to Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, whose experiences as a volunteer military escort officer were dramatized in the HBO film "Taking Chance."

Strobl-web Introducing a table of wounded Marines before presenting the Television Academy Honor to the film's executive producers, Brad Krevoy and Cathy Wischner-Sola, Strobl said, "I just hope that none of them find out I was just back there getting makeup."


This was the third annual installment of the academy's special awards, and this year's crop tackled issues including Alzheimer's disease, physical handicaps, doctor-assisted suicide, autism and the black market for painkillers, explored in Current TV's "The OxyContin Express." So the traffic got pretty busy up there on the podium.

As "Celebrity Apprentice" Holly Robinson-Peete was introducing the award for "Unlocking Autism," produced by Figure 8 Films for Discovery Health, she suddenly stopped. "The vice president is in front of my teleprompter," she said ...

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'Glee' guys Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling rock out at Bardot

Mark salling2We all know they can harmonize, but it looks like a few "Glee" guys also love to rock.

I spotted stars Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling at nightspot Bardot Hollywood on Thursday, turning out for Jason Scoppa's weekly "Bardot Sessions" -- a live performance series that features contemporary vocalists covering classic tracks.

Morrison and Salling seemed like old pals, talking quietly at a table before the set and then hitting the bar together for cocktails. Salling, who plays Puck on the fan-favorite series, covered his signature faux hawk with a gray fedora.

Morrison is slated to release an album for Mercury Records this fall, and if he wanted a master course in arrangement, Bardot was the place to go. Scoppa's always-unique lineup included Macy Gray this week. The soul singer got the crowd on their feet with Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," with the Rhythm Roots Allstars rolling in a full percussion section. 

Sum 41 rocker and Avril Lavigne's ex Deryck Whibley also jammed with singer Todd Morse, covering "London Calling" by the Clash, while "Ghostbusters" actor Dan Aykroyd and venue owner John Lyons looked on.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Mark Salling wasn't hiding his faux hawk at the People's Choice Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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People's Choice Awards: the best-dressed, and the worst

Carrie Underwood
, you looked good, hon! You too, Sandra Bullock! And of course, Olivia Wilde rarely disappoints, and her People's Choice Awards ensemble was no exception.

Carrie refer At least that's what our friends at All the Rage had to say after the checking out the red carpet Wednesday night. And since they know fashion like we know celebrity Twitter meltdowns, we trust them and sometimes repeat what they say, so we sound smarter.

They had pointers for Lea Michele (ouch, those shoes) and style condolences for "Gossip Girl" Kelly Rutherford and the usually spiffy Ginnifer Godwin. But hey, that's half the fun, right?

If you missed the red carpet coverage, click on the pic of Carrie to the right and you'll launch into the Image section's Fashion Diary photo gallery of the hits and misses from the People's Choice Awards.

What'd they think of Mark Salling's vest? Sorry, gotta go to the gallery for that answer.

Incidentally, the Ministry kinda liked Lea's shoes. But -- that might be why we're here with the gossip, and they cover fashion.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: The "Glee" cast members arrive at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday, top. Carrie Underwood, right. Credits: Matt Sayles / Associated Press, top; Jason Merritt / Getty Images, right.

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Follow the Ministry of Gossip on Facebook and Twitter (we're @LATcelebs).

[POLL] USC-UCLA 2009 is decided -- now it's UCLA vs. USC vs. 'Glee'

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The Bruins and Trojans met Saturday night and, after a bit of a crowd kerfuffle on the field, the crosstown rivalry was settled for yet another year.

But this is Hollywood, and there's one last score to settle: UCLA versus USC versus the coaches, football players and cheerleaders of the Fox series "Glee."

[For the record: A previous version of this post said the teams met Friday night. Why did it say that? Because the Ministry clearly needed some sleep. The 2009 incarnation of the UCLA-USC game, which the Ministry did indeed watch, was played Saturday, Nov. 28, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.]

First, the players:

Vote for your faves -- and remember, there are more pics and polls (of coaches and cheerleaders) after the jump.

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'Glee' cast celebrates creator Ryan Murphy's birthday

Glee2 Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont was bubbling over with "Glee" on Saturday night as the cast of the Fox musical hit celebrated creator Ryan Murphy's birthday.

Stars Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Mark Salling and Amber Riley joined Murphy on the restaurant's patio, sipping wine and munching on cake with fresh berries.

The birthday boy, director of the just-wrapped "Eat Pray Love" with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem and creator of the never-shy series "Nip/Tuck," made a heartfelt toast to his stars and show staff.

"I have so much love for all of you, and I'm so proud of what I created," he told the crowd.

His speech touched on the unexpected success of "Glee" and how well it coped during his five-month absence while prepping and shooting "Love."

Then Murphy stayed true to his school (or rather, to his high school musical) and gave a pop quiz to his guests -- all trivia about himself.

Questions included, "Where did Ryan grow up?" and "Where does Ryan say he grew up?"

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Johnny Depp, sexiest man alive? It's sexy opinion time

Johnny People magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Sexiest Men Alive, with Johnny Depp taking the lead as THE sexiest man alive in 2009.

Others on People's list? Adam Lambert, Nick Cannon, Robert Downey Jr. and the hot trio of guys from "Glee" -- Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith and Mark Salling

We're not at all disappointed with People's pick -- even with the crush we have on Mr. Schuster. What's not to love about pirates and boy bands? (Though, hey, what about Chris Colfer?)

But your mileage may vary -- so the Ministry's Division of Absolutely Accurate Online Statistics is conducting research.

All results are, of course, completely nonscientific. And that's why we love them.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Is this guy sexy or what? Say what? Johnny Depp attends the Museum of Modern Art's film benefit tribute to Tim Burton on Nov. 17, 2009, in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.

MORE nonscientific online polls conducted by the Division of Absolutely Accurate Statistics:

Who's the worst celebrity influence on the planet? Nay, in the solar system!

If an artist such as Britney Spears lip-synchs in concert, what is the appropriate response?

If the Miss USA gay marriage question had been a bar brawl instead, who would you put in the angel costume?


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