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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In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.