Calling all Gleeks! Are you ready for a brand new season of sensational songs, high-energy performances, and jaw-dripping drama? Well, then get excited because we're just a few short months away from premiere and the first celebrity guest star of Season 5 has just been announced!
Hollywood.com has confirmed that American Idol star Adam Lambert will be joining the cast of Glee for Season 5. No news has been released just yet regarding the number of episodes Lambert will star in or who his character will be. However, we do know one thing: he’s got some big shoes to fill!
Glee is a champion when it comes to snagging celebrity guest stars. It doesn’t matter if that A-lister appears for a brief one-episode cameo or shimmy and shakes for a whole season — Glee always knows how to attract the big names. So let's take a look at the top ten Glee guest stars of all time and see if Lambert has what it takes to blow these talented celebs out of the McKinley Hall of Fame.
1. Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson joined Glee in Season 4 as Rachel's terrifyingly fabulous dance teacher Cassie July. She was fierce, fabulous, and a complete and total badass. Plus, her dance movies were incredible and her abs made us want to cry from jealousy.
2. Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel — also known as the flawless queen of everything ever — has appeared on Glee for multiple episodes. The Broadway legend plays Shelby Cocoran, Rachel’s mother and the woman who adopted Quinn’s baby girl Beth from Season 1. Menzel has graced us with many songs, but when she sings with her onscreen daughter life is especially perfect.
3. Sarah Jessica Parker
The former Sex and the City star joined the New York side of Glee in Season 4 as Isabelle Wright, Kurt’s boss at Vogue.com. Parker stunned us with her Carrie Bradshaw-esque personality and lead one of the most energetic and creative performances of the season with "Let’s Have a Kiki."
4. Matt Bomer
As Blaine’s older brother, Cooper Anderson, Matt Bomer joined Glee for one episode and pretty much made every girl and guy swoon. As an overly confident singer/actor, Cooper Anderson often overshadows his younger brother — but hey, when you're the star of the Free Credit Rating Today commercials it's hard not to let that fame get to your head.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow entered the halls of McKinley High in Season 2 as Holly Holiday, a substitute teacher who helped to loosen things up a bit in the glee club. She was energetic, fun, and oh-so talented. Plus, she helped bring one of the greatest couples ever — Brittana, duh! — together and for that we will always be eternally grateful.
6. John Stamos
Super hot Uncle Jesse — um... we mean John Stamos — came to Glee in Season 2 as Emma’s newest beau-turned-husband. Although the marriage didn't last long, we were still graced with a few performances from this heartthrob.
7. Kristin Chenoweth
Another Broadway legend, Kristin Chenoweth, has made multiple appearances on Glee throughout the years. Playing April Rhodes, Will's former high school crush, Chenoweth has popped in an out of Lima, but she always brings lots of energy with her when she returns.
8. Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin shook his bon bon on one episode of Glee in Season 3 as David Martinez, the uber sexy Spanish teacher. Martin was mucho caliente in "The Spanish Teacher" and we're beyond bummed that we haven't seen him since.
9. Jonathan Groff
Jesse St. James is a recurring character that Jonathan Groff introduced Gleeks to in Season 1. He's cocky, talented, and seems to get underneath Rachel's skin like no one else can. All we know is that Groff is wickedly talented and we'd pay money to watch him sit in a room and just breathe.
10. Neil Patrick Harris
It's Neil Patrick Harris, need we say more? This Tony legend has only appeared on Glee once, but goodness gracious it was one hell of an episode — he even won an Emmy for it! Back in Season 1, Harris played Bryan, Will's former rival and star of the Glee club. Fingers crossed he finds his way back to McKinley this year for another episode.
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It may seem like a miracle that Glee is still stayin' alive (ah-ah-ah-ah), but here we have it: video evidence that Quinn's wheelchair ballet cannot kill this iTunes-sponsored series.
April 17 marks the debut of Glee's attempt to endear your parents (and by association, you too): Saturday Night Glee-ver. And while I could marvel at the series' ability to work its name into any title the way your one friend always makes an awkward slant rhyme to fit his name into a Maroon 5 song, let's just examine the evidence.
Exhibit A: Mercedes is singing "Disco Inferno" — which is a song that the original Season One Glee club would have refused to sing after throwing Will Schuester on a roasting spit for his insolence. Despite the song's irrelevance to any of our McKinley teens, it's clear that Amber Riley can sing the hell out of any song. Your dad will find this charming.
Exhibit B: Jenna Ushkowitz may admit to knowing absolutely zilch about the '70s, but that doesn't stop her character Tina (and Santana and Brittany and Rachel) from donning glam retro dresses and dancing the night away. Bingo: now your mom is now on board.
Exhibit C: Jane Lynch is really excited about going back to the '70s (and she may be the only cast member who has a reason to be). Blammo: Lynch in '70s garb should take care of any other stragglers. (Need we remind you of the the oddly appealing zoot suit incident?)
Glee airs Tuesday nights at 8 PM (ET/PT) on Fox.
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Blaine Anderson has warbled his way into the hearts of every steadfast Glee fan since he was first introduced and then paired up with Kurt in Season 2. Actor Darren Criss has become a fan favorite, earning his character a permanent stay in the halls of McKinley. And apparently, Ryan Murphy isn't satisfied with just one charming Anderson; he has cast a brother for Blaine. Ladies and gentlemen, Matt Bomer.
Now that' we'll be seeing a shift in gears for the upcoming fourth season, in which Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), and other members of McKinley High's senior class head off to college, we can expect a few changes in the show's gears. We have been assured that Michele, Monteith and Colfer will remain as stars on Glee, in an apparently intriguing way that is being kept under wraps.
But since these stars, and the major centers of the show's attention, will no longer be roaming their high school halls, the fleshing out of some of the younger characters might be in order to keep the Lima, Ohio setting a place of interest for fans. Thus, we're getting to know Blaine a little better. We can assume that the casting of Bomer as Blaine's older brother will serve to give his character a more thorough backstory, and perhaps some family drama to keep us invested.
Bomer, a soap opera veteran, White Collar lead and rising film star (he appeared in last year's In Time and has been cast in the upcoming Magic Mike), is proving that debonair and pretty impressive bone structure both run in the Anderson family. To boot, he's a very talented singer. Bomer will appear in an April episode of Glee's third season.
Glee airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Chris Tierney, who is a stunt-double for the Spider-Man character in the flying scenes, almost died after falling 30 feet (9.1 meters) from a ledge on the stage when crew members failed to secure his harness properly.
He suffered three broken vertebrae and four ribs and fractured his elbow and skull.
But the brave performer is back onstage after undergoing four months of intense rehabilitation and rest.
Recalling the moment his life flashed before his eyes, Tierney tells U.S. news show Nightline, "I went out for the jump. I'm contained by my tether and that's why I'm always... (thinking), 'It will stop me,' and so... I always go for it. I didn't factor in somebody's mistake... I took a dive, but it was worth it."
The stuntman insists he has no qualms about flying above the audience as Broadway's Spider-Man, thanks to the new safety precautions: "I can go 40 miles per hour, 45 miles per hour. I can also change the speed of how I fly and the impetus and how I go."
New director McKinley, who was drafted in to solve the much-maligned show's problems after Julie Taymor quit in April (11) insists past productions like London's Ben Hur and hundreds of circus spectaculars have stood him in good stead for Spider-Man.
He tells the news show, "Directing the circus told me about how to, you know, work with and collaborate with large numbers of people."
Spider-Man has re-opened for previews after producers shut the musical down in April (11) following months of bad reviews and safety issues, which resulted in injuries for a handful of cast members.
As with many of our other favorite shows, the folks at Glee gave up quite a few scooplets at their PaleyFest panel. In the mix are details about the show's latest romance between Kurt and Blaine, the future of Finchel, the return of Gwyneth and a few other juicy news bits.
First up, the couple of the hour: Kurt and Blaine. We Gleeks were overjoyed to see them finally kiss (and with a great kiss at that), even if some us were hoping they'd drag the angst and hoping and pining out a bit longer -- maybe make Blaine suffer a bit like Kurt did. Now, it seems we'll be seeing more of the cutesy couple in the future, though the Warblers' choral season is over. Blaine and Kurt will attempt to go to Prom together (yay, there will be a Prom episode -- you know you're excited) but of course, just as intolerance has screwed things up for gay and lesbian students time and again, the happy couple will face the prejudices of their Lima, Ohio community. I do grow tired of Ryan Murphy's insistence on furthering his agenda with a seeming disregard for quality of plot, but I actually like that he's taking the show to this place. I just hope he and his crew handle the issue with care instead of glossing over it like they did Blaine's bi-sexual crisis.
We also found that Kurt will soon be transferring back to William McKinley High, something that I think we saw a glimpse of when he was burying Pavoratti after the Warblers' loss at regionals. While this will put some distance between him and Blaine, Murphy hints that Blaine will try out for New Directions in Season 3. Come on, it makes sense. The attempt at following two different teams has been a clunky, awkward road for Glee this season and they need to fix that without losing an audience favorite.
We can also look forward to more yearning and drama from Rachel and Finn...and Quinn for the rest of season 2. Does it bother anyone else that people with rhyming names keep ending up dating. It's annoying. Anyway, Murphy contends that the show is more interesting with Rachel and Finn apart and that's true. It's like the old Ross and Rachel or Sam and Diane standard; no one cares when the main dream couple is happy. The audience gets complacent. You need the heartbreak and the drama to keep the show moving. (Though personally, I think Blaine and Kurt are a better couple than Rachel and Finn.)
Also on the slate for upcoming episodes is a love interest for Mercedes (other than the time Puck used her for her popularity), an entire episode devoted to Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" (and I swear, if they mess up that fantastic album I may be forced to quit watching), more of Gwyneth Paltrow (I guess that means she's going to keep dating Schue), more about Santana's struggle with her realization about her sexuality, and the return of Kristin Chenoweth's April Rhodes.
As for the upcoming last few episodes of the season, we will see the return of Vocal Adrenaline and Charice. It's about time, I was beginning to wonder why they even bothered with that whole storyline in the season premiere; we've departed so far from that place.
That's about it for now, but I think a lot of these developments could be promising for the show, especially everything concerning Kurt and Blaine and as much as I'm over Gwyneth in the media, she really works on Glee and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her.
After a brief flashback prologue where we see how the young lion Alex (Ben Stiller) is separated from his father Zuba (Bernie Mac) inadvertently ending up in the Big Apple the story returns to present day as our favorite New York zoo denizens prepare to take off from Madagascar in a crudely constructed airplane piloted by the penguins and propelled by slingshot. Unfortunately for Alex lovelorn giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer) fast talking zebra Marty (Chris Rock) and svelte hippo Gloria (Jada Pinkett-Smith) instead of landing in NYC the aircraft sputters and crash lands right in the middle of Africa where they run into a world of exotic creatures. This also includes Alex’s long lost dad and mom. Happy reunion? Not quite. Zuba’s nemesis Mukunga (Alec Baldwin) insists they follow lion pride lore which means Alex must go through a rite of passage -- one he is sure to fail if Mukunga has his way. Meanwhile Marty tries to integrate into a pack of zebras; Gloria gets hooked up with a soulful hippo (will.i.am); and Melman is up to his neck looking for love. Oh and they also all have to save the Kenya preserve from a life-threatening water shortage. No biggie! Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’s witty and hip dialogue provides rich voice over opportunities for a talented crew of actors. Stiller continues to be a riot as the showbiz loving Zooperstar Alex especially in his attempts to earn the pride’s respect. Chris Rock earns his stripes as he tries to hang with a large group of look-a-like sound-a-like zebras. Schwimmer is winning and hysterical as Melman now considered a witchdoctor by his fellow giraffe-ians while Pinkett-Smith continues to shine as hippo Gloria looking for a little action. Among the new voices rapper will.i.am as Moto Moto the last of the red-hot hippos will have you wanting More More while Alec Baldwin gets to play the heavy with Lion King style. The late Bernie Mac playing it relatively straight as Alex’s father proves (as he does in his other new release this week Soul Men) shows us just how much his unique brand of humor will be sorely missed. Stealing the show however and getting king-sized laughs in an expanded role is Sacha Baron Cohen back as King Julien the hard-partying head of the lemurs. With a vast improvement in Madagascar’s state-of-the-art computer graphic work directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath take this sequel several notches up in terms of technical savvy including the exciting opening sequence as well as the plane crash. But they really score with the script with new co-writer Etan Cohen adding some crisp comedy. What was mostly just a serviceable script the first time around has gotten a lot more sophisticated and clever a development parents being dragged by their kids will be keenly grateful for. This is the rare animated sequel that actually has a reason for existence other than minting money. It has more heart drama and laughs than the original Madagascar which despite its flaws still made half a billion dollars worldwide. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa should make even more as it proves to be one of the year’s most entertaining comedy delights.