Glee Will Time Jump—and Won’t Be in New York—for Final Season

Posted by Ali in Apr 15,2014 with Comments Off

E!Online spoke with Glee creator Ryan Murphy on the plan for the final season!

Let the Glee mystery begin!
Creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has dropped quite the unexpected little bomb about the Fox hit’s sixth and final season:

It won’t be New York-centric. It will jump forward in time. And it will directly involve only a handful of core characters—although Murphy insists that for the final year, “anybody who wants to come back can come back.”

“Everything sort of builds to a head [in the current season's finale],” Murphy explained to a small group of reporters Monday. “I would say explosion is too harsh of a word, but something big happens and then the final season is the aftermath of that.”

Tonight’s episode, “Tested,” gives fans a flavor of what the new “young adult” era of Glee is about: The storylines are heartfelt, intimate and at times, funny, and center on more mature topics, like STD testing, and complex relationship drama for Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Sam (Chris Colfer), and Mercedes (Amber Riley).

Murphy admits the current season of Glee has had its kinks, but believes the show is undergoing a significant creative resurgence in the next few episodes.

“When Glee first started out, there were six kids in glee club as I recall,” Murphy told reporters. “At one point, I felt like it was a cast of thousands, and the Lima stories were all supposed to be through the prism of Cory [Monteith]‘s character, and that didn’t work out. So you know, we had to punt for a little bit but I think once we got our bearings back, the idea of let’s concentrate on six people that we know and love and really work hard on their evolution I think has really served the show well. And that’s where we’re going.”

Murphy also revealed that writers are still grappling with the question of whether Rachel (Lea Michele) should get a new love interest after the tragic passing of Finn (Monteith), saying, “To be quite honest, we just haven’t been able to crack it,” and adding that he will once again look to Lea for direction. “She’s always been so sensitive and so wise in how to handle that stuff,” Murphy says.

Murphy also answered definitively whether there were any plans for a spinoff of any character after Glee ends, what fans can expect from the episode that Chris Colfer wrote (and how he might direct next season), and what Murphy is now planning for the very final scene of the series. Read on for the full scoop and conversation….

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Kids Choice Awards

Posted by Ali in Mar 30,2014 with Comments Off

Lea looked beautiful in pink at last night’s Kids Choice Awards! I have added a bunch of pics to the gallery! A giant thank you to Claudia for donating some of the pics.

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Three More Seventeen Outtakes

Posted by Ali in Mar 13,2014 with Comments Off

I have three more outtakes from the newest photoshoot that Lea did for Seventeen Magazine!

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Exclusive Glee First Look: Lea Michele and Others Go Behind the Scenes of Episode 100

Posted by Ali in Mar 13,2014 with Comments Off

Can you say “100″? The cast of Glee can — and does, several times — in TVLine’s exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Tuesday’s milestone episode (8/7c, Fox).

Along with a sneak peek at one of the episode’s highly anticipated remixes, the video also features interviews with the stars as they reflect on some of their favorite memories from the past five seasons. For Matthew Morrison, the first day he shot with Cory Monteith remains the most special.

“I still remember the first scene we ever shot for this show was me and Cory,” Morrison says. “I just remember that moment, and I don’t know why, but that’s the moment that’s kind of sticking out the most for me today — just that first scene we ever shot for Glee.”

To watch the video go to TVLine’s website!

Next on Glee | 100

Posted by Ali in Mar 13,2014 with Comments Off

Glee’s 100th Episode! Be sure to tune in!


Current and alumni members of New Directions reinvent their favorite performances in the series’ 100th episode.

Lea Michele, Andy Samberg presenting at the Kids’ Choice Awards

Posted by Ali in Mar 13,2014 with Comments Off

Glee’s Lea Michele and Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Andy Samberg have been added to the list of this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards presenters, joining fellow TV stars Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder.

Big Bang Theory duo Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons will also present, along with Sister, Sister alum Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Live! With Kelly and Michael host Michael Strahan, according to People.
Tune in for the awards March 29 on Nickelodeon to see these presenters — and, more importantly, to see these presenters (maybe!) get slimed.


Outtakes from Seventeen Magazine

Posted by Ali in Mar 05,2014 with Comments Off

Take a look at Lea’s photo shoot for the new issue of Seventeen Magazine!

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Lea Michele’s Secrets To Finding Lasting Happiness After Heartbreak

Posted by Ali in Mar 05,2014 with Comments Off

Lea is on the cover of the April issue of Seventeen magazine. Below is a small taste of the interview she did … to read the entire interview pick up your own copy when it hits newsstands on March 11th.

Lea Michele proves that even when your life is turned upside down, you have the strength within to find your happiness and live your best life. Check out scoop from her most intimate interview yet—then read it all in Seventeen’s April issue on newsstands March 11th.

Figure Out Who You Are
“I set out to make a really pop-heavy album that was fun and empowering – I love Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson! But then I found myself picking and writing these songs that were very emotional and dramatic. Louder has songs that express extreme love and some pain. I look at it and think, ‘That was my year.’ I didn’t record any songs that I didn’t completely relate to.”

Find True Love
“I only have happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction – unfortunately, it won. But that wasn’t who he was. Cory made me feel like a queen every day. From the minute he said, ‘I’m your boyfriend,’ I loved every day, and I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful.”

Get Body Confident
“I’m very comfortable with my own body. I come from Broadway – everybody’s naked on Broadway. I like to think of myself as more granola. I’m not going to run around naked or anything like that unless I’m at my own home. Today, I walked into my backyard and was standing out there naked for a while. Don’t tell: My neighbors will freak out!”

Choose Happiness
“My album is coming out on March 4th—which is bizarre, like it’s meant to be. Just think about it: we’re going to “March fo(u)rth.” We’re going to march forth like a Cannonball. I try my best to march forth and live my life as best as I can for me. I also feel an incredible, happy responsibility to keep the memory and light of [Cory, who] was the most amazing person. I’m so happy to make it my journey now to continue on and live my life as best as I can.”

Bonus: Why She Chose to Keep Filming Glee
“[The Glee cast] is the greatest group of people I have ever met in my entire life! We all lost Cory. I didn’t think for one minute that being away from them was what I wanted. Being on the set of Glee is no more difficult than being at home and finding [Cory's] slippers under the bed. We had a life and a job together—it goes with you everywhere you go, you can’t get away from grief. So I might as well be surrounded by the people I love and get to lean on them.”

Bonus: On Rumors Of A Glee Spin-Off
“Let’s do it. I think it could be Rachel living in New York and working on Broadway!”

Lea on Good Morning America | ‘I Couldn’t Have Done It’ Without Family and Friends

Posted by Ali in Mar 05,2014 with Comments Off

This morning Lea made a guest appearance on Good Morning America to talk about her new album Louder. She also performed her song Battlefield.

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“Glee” star Lea Michele has had a whirlwind year — getting through the tragedy of losing her boyfriend, Cory Monteith last summer as a result of a heroin and alcohol overdose.
The multiple Grammy and Emmy-nominee now has a new solo album, “Louder,” which was released today — a feat Michele said this morning on “Good Morning America” would never had been possible without the enduring support of her friends and family.

“I’m really very, very, very thankful for all the amazing people I have in my life,” Michele, 27, explained to George Stephanopoulos. “I know that sounds like something everyone says, but honestly, my friends and my family, they got me through this and really, really have been there for me and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

One of Michele’s fans on Twitter compared listening to the new album to reading the star’s diary, a window into her life.

“That’s really what I sought out to do when making this record,” she agreed. “Moving to Los Angeles from working on Broadway I was cast on ‘Glee’ within just a few weeks, so I really was introduced to the world as Rachel Berry.

“I wanted to take this opportunity in making this record to really let my fans know who I am, and I think the music should be personal,” she said of her much more introspective creative endeavor.
The songstress has quite a few projects keeping her busy, which is helping her take the ending of “Glee” after this coming season in stride.

“Just getting through one episode is very difficult, so to think about 33 from now, we have a lot still to do,” she said. However, when thinking of the very last day on set, Michele admits, “that day will be beyond, beyond, beyond emotional.”

Although her infamous character, Rachel Berry, is soon coming to an end, Michele’s fans will have plenty of opportunities to keep in touch with Michele.

She’s hoping to take the few weeks of down time she’ll have this coming summer to tour her new album, “Louder,” overseas to thank her worldwide fans. Then when she’s completely done with “Glee” in 2015, she’ll plan for a domestic tour.

Michele even has a new book coming out in May, “Brunette Ambition,” which she’s really proud of, considering she never thought of herself as a writer.

“I felt that I had I had a lot I wanted to say for my fans and for young girls who wanted to hear a little bit about my story,” she said. “So many of my fans want to know how I got to where I am today, and want to see the obstacles I had to cross to get to where I am.”

And as for any future plans to ever return to her original Broadway roots, Michele says there are just a few things she wants to explore first.
“I was so surprised with how much I fell in love with this recording process in making this album and I definitely want to make another one,” she explained. “So once I feel like I’ve scratched that itch completely, Broadway is definitely where my heart is.”

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Lea Michele Q&A: Talks ‘Difficult’ Cory Song, Finding Her Voice and Life After ‘Glee’

Posted by Ali in Mar 04,2014 with Comments Off

Billboard spoke with Lea as she prepared to release her debut album. She talks about Louder, Cory and her desire to be on American Horror Story.

This week, “Glee” star Lea Michele releases her debut album “Louder,” an 11-song set of club-ready dance anthems and soaring ballads that showcase the 27-year-old actor’s voice in a whole new light. The album delves into a slew of different ways of thinking about relationships, from good ol’ fashion pining, hooking up with someone who you know isn’t right, as well as the grief she experienced after Cory Monteith passed away last July. And it’s something she hopes will let her stand out in the pop landscape.

“I didn’t want to find songs that I had to change myself for,” she says of the tracks on “Louder.” “I wanted to find songs that would only highlight my sound and were unique to me. I didn’t want to fit any mold. I wanted it to be something that couldn’t be replicated by anyone else.”

Billboard spoke with Michele about the emotional aspects of “Louder,” how music is therapeutic for her, and the TV show she’s begging to be on after “Glee.”

The pop world is dominated these days by Katy, Miley, Taylor and Gaga. What’s unique about yourself as a pop singer?
I love all of those women. They were all inspirations for this record and I just love and respect women who make great music and focus on the vocals. For me as a performer, I really rely on my emotion coming from an acting background. I really use the performance aspect of it in conveying the emotion in my sound. Everything that I sing on this album is incredibly personal to me. It’s all things I’ve experienced. Sharing a part of yourself in your music is really important and that’s just what I’m trying to do.

Did you have any studio rituals when you were making “Louder”?
When I started out, my only prior experience to being in a recording studio was for “Glee.” The “Glee” process is so fast-paced. You go in, you have to record three songs in two hours. It’s like jumping out of a plane, making “Glee.” Before you hit the ground, you have to learn all your numbers and sing all your songs and film and entire episode. At the beginning [of recording "Louder"], I would get into the studio and I would say “we gotta do this, come on, lets record three songs today!” By the end, I was coming in, taking a nap, ordering food.

You co-wrote and recorded “If You Say So” after Cory’s passing. Did you find that therapeutic or pretty difficult?
It has both sides of the spectrum. Listening to it, it’s therapeutic and difficult. It will always represent the most devastating thing that’s every happened to me in my whole life. But at the same time, music is therapy. It’s been therapy for me in the entire grieving process and in my entire life. I’m grateful that Sia collaborated on that song with me and it’s a moment in my life … music has just been so important and so helpful to me this whole year.

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