With a voice that refused to be silenced and a talent too big to be ignored, there was no doubt that Amber Riley was destined to be a star. Television viewers were blown away with her portrayal of the...
Glee star Amber Riley has been placed on bed rest after falling sick with a nasty bout of influenza. The actress/singer has cancelled a planned trip to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana this weekend (06-07Jul13), and is resting up on doctors' orders.
Riley is convinced she picked up the bug during a recent flight, and hopes to be back on her feet soon.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "On bed rest for the next couple of days, gonna miss Essence Fest... but gonna receive some much needed rest... It's just the flu. Flying a lot always does this to me. Lots of liquids and rest and I will be good as new by the weekend!"
Glee is getting rid of the old and making way for the new as it heads into Season 5. Original cast members Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), and Dianna Agron (Quinn) will not be returning as regulars. They may return as occasional guess stars, however.
The news isn't surprising, seeing as how four of the five graduated McKinley at the end of Season 3, and Morris' character was accepted to MIT at the end of Season 4.
The new class at McKinley, on the other hand is moving up. Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder), and Alex Newell (Unique) have all been promoted to series regulars.
Season 5 of Glee begins Thursday, Sept. 19.
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Actress Eliza Dushku was left frantic as she watched TV coverage of a bloody gun battle in her hometown when cops reportedly chased down suspects linked to the Boston Marathon bombing. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star grew up in Watertown, a small town within the Greater Boston Area of Massachusetts, and she was horrified to see her hometown hit headlines in the early hours of Friday morning (19Apr13).
Residents were warned to stay inside and to remain vigilant following the drama, during which a man suspected of involvement in the bombing of the race on Monday (15Apr13) was shot dead, while another suspect reportedly escaped.
Dushku, who still has family in Watertown, watched the horrific scenes unfolding on a news bulletin, and revealed she feared for the safety of her loved ones.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "It doesn't get closer to home than this. Watertown... Hometown God, please, everyone be safe... Watertown PD (police department) we are all sending you prayers... Born & raised in Watertown. My beautiful fam (family) is there, 20 search blocks/CNN in exact neighborhood I grew up in, Ma's house - can't believe this."
Dushku was eventually able to contact her relatives and assured fans her family was safe, adding, "Finally reached my Ma & Jim & they are fine & now staying indoors & turning on news... Love to all... Watertown."
Exact details of the incident remained sketchy as WENN went to press, but the police operation is believed to have been sparked when a cop investigating a disturbance at the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge on Thursday night (18Apr13) was reportedly gunned down. The officer later died in hospital.
The bloody scenes sparked a frenzy on social networking websites and a number of stars expressed their horror and disbelief as the drama unfolded on TV.
Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, who hails from Lawrence, Massachusetts, wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Watching TV... can't believe what's happening in Watertown. Hang in there Boston our thoughts are with you," while actress Kat Dennings added, "What the f**k is going on in the world?? Stay safe Boston!!"
Sean Astin, Gavin DeGraw, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Chad Lowe and Jack Osbourne were also among the famous names sending sympathies to the community.
The shootout comes just days after two bombs ripped through crowds during the Boston Marathon on Monday (15Apr13), killing three people and injuring 170 more.
The actress/singer was due to make an appearance at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards, where she was nominated for the Actress in a Comedy Series prize.
However, she fell down a flight of stairs on Wednesday (30Jan13) and didn't recover in time to attend the show.
She wrote in post on Twitter.com, "I am so clumsy, took an unexpected trip down my stairs smh (shaking my head) very sore little banged up but I'm okay..." before later adding, "My little fall was a little worse than I thought, was sad to miss the NAACP Awards... but I am so honoured to have been nominated!"
Riley went on to congratulate the eventual winner, Cassi Davis, who took the trophy for her role in Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She added, "Congrats (sic) Cassi Davis!... She's amazing."
The two films will go head-to-head for the Outstanding Motion Picture title, alongside Flight, Red Tails and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds.
Tarantino's leading man, Jamie Foxx, will compete for the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture prize against Denzel Washington (Flight), Tyler Perry (Alex Cross), Morgan Freeman (The Magic of Belle Isle), and Suraj Sharma for Life of Pi, while the female equivalent will be a battle between Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas), Viola Davis (Won't Back Down), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere) and Loretta Devine (In The Hive).
Foxx's onscreen wife, Kerry Washington, and their co-star Samuel L. Jackson earned recognition for their supporting roles in the slave drama, and will face competition from Don Cheadle (Flight), Lenny Kravitz (The Hunger Games), Gloria Reuben (Lincoln) and Taraji P. Henson (Think Like a Man).
Washington scored another nomination in the TV category for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in hit show Scandal, which was named as a contender for Outstanding TV Drama Series with Grey's Anatomy, Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood.
Modern Family, Glee, The Game, The Mindy Project and The Soul Man will fight it out for the Outstanding TV Comedy Series, while TV acting nods went to stars such as LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Amber Riley (Glee), Anthony Anderson (Guys With Kids), Don Cheadle (House of Lies) and Regina King (Southland). Michael Clarke Duncan also landed a posthumous acting nomination for The Finder.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards celebrate diversity in film, TV, music and literature and will be broadcast in the U.S. on 1 February (13).
Meet The Parents director Jay Roach was also feted at the dinner held by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California to celebrate the anniversary of America's Bill of Rights, which was written to protect citizens' rights to liberty.
Actresses Sophia Bush and Amber Riley, funnyman Will Ferrell and singers Usher and Carly Rae Jepsen all showed up to see the trio receive Bill of Rights Awards during the event at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The ACLU trophies are handed to individuals who have carried out "extraordinary work to preserve civil liberties and equal rights".
Braun later took to his Twitter.com page to reflect on the tribute, writing, "Tonight I was honoured by people I admire. In this world we all have a responsibility to each other. To stand up for each other. Never be a silent bystander. Speak out. Ignorance has no place (if) we raise our voices against it. ACLU, thank u (sic) for the night. Honoured."
The curvy singer/actress spent years auditioning for jobs but was regularly turned down by casting agents, who told her she needed to lose weight if she wanted to work in Hollywood.
In a taped segment for U.S. series This Is How I Made It, an emotional Riley teared up as she told how the pressure to be thin took its toll on her, and she even considered giving up her dream.
She says, "Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is. Being the person I am, you know, the size I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there's not a lot of roles for us.
"After I did (2002 TV movie) St. Sass, I kept on auditioning. I was being offered the girl who sits in the corner and eats all day, the girl who committed suicide because she was fat. I never wanted to play a character that hated herself. I wanted people to know that those aren't the only roles for people like me, normal girls.
"Going to the auditions and having the casting director say you need to lose a little weight, I didn't understand why people couldn't accept me for who I was. And the rejection started wearing on my self-esteem."
The 26 year old made a name for herself after landing the role of Glee's Mercedes Jones in 2009, and she now feels proud of her figure.
She adds, "I'm not going to conform, and hurt myself, and do something crazy to be a size two... I'm a healthy person. I have great friends around me that are positive. That's the key to life, (sic) is make your own path, set your own rules. There is no set rule, no set look, no set anything."
The Glee star wrapped her debut stint on the Big Apple stage in the musical Cotton Club Parade this weekend (17-18Nov12) and wanted to celebrate with her castmates and pals at Manhattan's WiP venue.
She made a table reservation in advance, but Riley still encountered trouble at the door and she was forced to find another place to party after being rejected.
A furious Riley took to her Twitter.com blog to vent her anger, writing, "Never in my life have I dealt with such disrespect. That club @WIPNewYork on Vandam street, they are CROOKS and LIARS!"
Her furious tweet prompted a response from club bosses, who apologised for the "bad experience" but claimed she was unreasonable to have expected to bring 30 people to the "sold out" club - and their reply sent Riley over the edge.
She ranted, "@WIPNewYork trust. If I had not called 4 days in advance and was promised guaranteed entrance I would not have (brought so many guests). We informed your 'ppl (people)' how many were coming. We checked and double checked. I have the email chain to prove it. So whomever you had booking tables is a liar, obviously so, because he wouldn't even come outside to speak to us. He hid behind the door. Yes I saw him hiding."
Riley and her friends took their business elsewhere and she returned to Twitter on Monday (19Nov12) to apologise to fans for her heated tweets.
She writes, "My apologies for going off on twitter everyone, I never act out of character this way but it was my last night to be with my cast-mates and it is was ruined. Was very disappointed but we made the best of the night!"
Looks like the powers-that-be at Glee are adding a new branch to the Puckerman famly tree. Later this season—in the Christmas episode to be exact—be prepared to meet Jake’s (Jacob Artist) mom played by the lovely Aisha Tyler. That’s right the new bad boy of McKinley will be sharing some screen time with The Talk co-host and, according to TVLine, she will be offering her son “some much-needed parental guidance.” So far, all we know about Tyler’s character is that she is a hard-working waitress at the Lima country club who puts in extra hours to pay for Jake’s dancing lessons. Basically the race for Lima’s “Mom of the Year” is neck-in-neck between Jake and Marley’s selfless mamas.
Although I am beyond thrilled to see little Puckerman get some time to shine with his mommy dearest, I wonder when—or more importantly if—fans will ever get to see their favorite character connect onscreen with their assumingly awesome parents. So while we count down the hours until Glee returns to our TV screens, (this hiatus has seriously sucked all the happiness out of the world) here is a list of Glee parents that I’m still keeping my fingers crossed to see this season:
-Brittany’s (Heather Morris) Mom and Dad—If it’s not Lisa Kudrow, then I will throw a chair through a window and blame a small, wide-eyed child.
-Artie’s (Kevin McHale) Mom and Dad—Is his mom all right from the accident? Does his dad enjoy sweater vests too?
-Sugar’s (Vanessa Lengies) Mom—I imagine a Real Housewives of Lima type complete with a diamond tiara and a dog that is more of an accessory than an actual pet.
-Mercedes’ (Amber Riley) Mom and Dad—Is Aretha Franklin currently booked? That's honestly the only person who could do it justice.
-Santana’s (Naya Rivera) Dad—Any man who can nab Gloria Estefan as a wife, must be seriously swoon-worthy.
-Blaine’s (Darren Criss) Mom and Dad—If they’re absolutely anything like his brother, then I’ll beg to be adopted.
-Tina’s (Jenna Ushkowitz) Mom and Dad—I’d like to think that they’re really artsy and free-spirited (i.e. the complete opposite of Mike Chang’s (Harry Shum Jr.) parents)
-Rachel’s (Lea Michele) Dads—Okay yes I know we’ve already met this dynamic duo, but come on It took three years and we’ve barely seen them at all. Parents weekend and NYADA please and thank you!
Don’t miss the all-new episode of Glee, “The Role You Were Born To Play,” Thusday at 9 PM on FOX.
How are you feeling about this casting news gleeks? Which parent are you just dying to meet? Does anyone else think Brittany was raised by cats? Shout out your thoughts in the comments below!
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With a voice that refused to be silenced and a talent too big to be ignored, there was no doubt that Amber Riley was destined to be a star. Television viewers were blown away with her portrayal of the feisty Mercedes Jones on the hit show "Glee" (Fox, 2009 - ), a wickedly funny and endearing series from "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003- ) creator Ryan Murphy about a group of talented misfits who populate the struggling glee club. Riley revealed her inner diva as Jones, the sassy, loud and take-charge alto who has a crush on the club's ultra-fashionable member who also happens to be a gay man. The show's humorous sub-plots and extravagant musical performances brought Riley's commanding voice to the forefront, making her a standout in the show every time she belted out a number and left the rest of the cast in her wake.