Actress Jane Lynch insisted her Glee co-star Cory Monteith was "doing great" just days before he was found dead. Monteith's body was discovered in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday (13Jul13), less than three months after he completed a stint in a rehabilitation clinic to tackle his addiction issues.
In an interview recorded just days before the tragedy, Lynch was asked about her popular co-star, and she insisted he was on the road to recovery.
In the chat, for new web-based show Larry King Now, Lynch told the veteran broadcaster, "He went to rehab, and he's out now and he's doing great. He was sober for many, many years. And he's a young man. So he just had to kind of renew his vows to sobriety."
Officials in Vancouver have yet to release the star's cause of death and have ordered a series of toxicology tests to help determine what killed the actor.
Local police officers have refused to speculate on reports suggesting drugs many have played a part, and they warned fans not to jump to conclusions.
Chord Overstreet put his grief aside to play in a celebrity softball tournament just a day after his Glee castmate Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Canada. Monteith's body was discovered on Saturday (13Jul13), and the news prompted an outpouring of shock and disbelief from his co-workers including Jane Lynch and Mark Salling.
Overstreet, who plays Sam Evans in the popular musical TV show, was scheduled to take part in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity softball game in New York on Sunday (14Jul13), but many expected him to cancel his appearance in the aftermath of the tragedy.
However, Overstreet refused to pull out of the game and played at the Citi Field stadium in Flushing, New York as planned, even hitting a home run.
Reports suggest he subsequently dedicated his achievement to his late castmate, but he has yet to speak publicly about Monteith's death.
Overstreet's castmate Darren Criss has reportedly pulled out of a number of press interviews this week (beg15Jul13) following the sad news. He is currently promoting his new movie Girl Most Likely.
Jane Lynch, John Stamos, Idina Menzel and Mark Salling are among the latest wave of Glee stars to pay tribute to Cory Monteith following his death on Saturday (13Jul13). The 31 year old was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, just months after completing a stint in rehab to address his addiction issues, and famous faces including Rihanna, Katy Perry, Chloe Grace Moretz and Demi Lovato flocked to Twitter.com to pay their respects to Monteith.
His Glee co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth also spoke publicly about their grief, and now several other actors from the hit U.S. TV show have broken their silence to mourn their pal.
Stamos, who appeared in four episodes of the show, has revealed he had a heart-to-heart talk with Monteith about his sobriety while they were on set together. In a post on his Twitter.com page, Stamos writes, "Heartbreaking. RIP Cory. We talked about how lucky he felt to be alive - and sober. We talked about playing drums. Glad I knew you Cory".
Mark Salling, whose character was best friends with Monteith's Finn Hudson in the series, adds, "Going through a million memories and emotions today. I'll love you always brother Cory."
Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang, laments, "At this time, please send nothing but love and light. This tragic news still doesn't seem real to me. I love you Cory", while his co-star Lauren Potter shares, "I am totally heartbroken right now. I love Cory so much this hurts my heart. Cory was always so nice to me. I have so many good memories."
Idina Menzel, who plays the onscreen mother of Monteith's co-star and real-life girlfriend Lea Michele, adds, "I hate Twitter (at a time) like this. Nothing I write will convey my sadness for Cory & all who loved him."
Jane Lynch, who turned 53 on Sunday (14Jul13), tells the New York Daily News, "It's very sad."
Other celebrities who have expressed their sadness in the aftermath of Monteith's death include new mother Jenna Dewan-Tatum, actress Patty Duke and former Gossip Girl star Kevin Zegers.
Bosses at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have also paid tribute to Monteith, who was a longstanding supporter of the organisation.
Spokesperson Wilson Cruz states, "We mourn the loss of our friend Cory Monteith, whose support of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth and his work to end bullying served as an inspiration to countless young people. Losing such a strong ally at a young age is heartbreaking, but we are thankful for the many lives he touched through his work and advocacy. Our hearts go out to his family both at home and on the set of Glee."
Glee star Jane Lynch has filed for divorce to end her three-year marriage to wife Lara Embry. The actress announced the split a month ago (Jun13), and on Friday (12Jul13) she filed documents in Los Angeles County Court, citing "irreconcilable differences".
The divorce papers suggest the couple separated in February (13).
They wed in 2010 in Massachusetts.
"I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. I was like, 'What if MJ is a dude?' Why can't we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It's hardly even groundbreaking! So why can't he be gay? Why can't he be into boys?" Andrew Garfield suggested Spider-Man's alter-ego could be gay to The Amazing Spider-Man's screenwriters and producers as they considered who to cast as his love interest Mary Jane Watson. The role eventually went to Shailene Woodley.
TV titan Oprah Winfrey is set to pull in thousands of dollars for charity by auctioning a meeting with her at the upcoming premiere of The Butler. The highest bidder in the CharityBuzz.com auction will be introduced to the talk show queen at either the film's New York City premiere on 5 August (13) or the Los Angeles debut on 12 August (13).
Winfrey, who plays the wife of presidential butler Eugene Allen in the movie, is due to attend both events with her castmates Forest Whitaker, who stars in the title role, and Robin Williams, who plays Dwight Eisenhower, as well as Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda, who portray President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy.
The lot is expected to fetch $25,000 (£16,129) for the La Jolla Playhouse theatre group in San Diego, California.
The Piano writer/director Jane Campion feels haunted by the ending of the Oscar-winning film as she is convinced Holly Hunter's character should have died during the finale. The 1993 drama, about a mute pianist and her daughter, was a huge hit at the box office and won Oscars for its two stars Hunter and Anna Paquin, as well as a screenplay award for Campion.
However, the moviemaker insists she made the wrong decision about the ending, when Hunter's character, Ada, dives into the ocean with her foot deliberately tangled in a rope after her beloved piano is thrown from a boat.
Ada subsequently resurfaces, but Campion now feels the film would have been better if she had died.
She tells Britain's Radio Times, "I thought some of it (The Piano) was really good, but I thought, 'For freaking hell's sake, she should have stayed under there (the water).' It would be more real, wouldn't it? It would be better. I didn't have the nerve at the time."
However, Hunter insists she is glad Campion didn't change the film's conclusion: "That was something Jane toyed with when we shot the movie, to end it there. And she's still thinking about it! Me, I love that it's a reverie for Ada, not a nightmare."
Elisabeth Moss threw caution to the wind while filming raunchy scenes for new TV mini-series Top Of The Lake as she was too exhausted to cover up her naked body. The Mad Men star had intended to keep her private parts hidden while playing detective Robin Griffin in the series but admits she couldn't be bothered to shield herself as she was so tired out by the long shoot.
She says, "There are a few nipple slips. I'm a shy person but the director, Jane Campion, is the last person to make me feel uncomfortable or exploit me.
"She's the ultimate feminist. You go through all this negotiation about what you'll show, and then you get there, three months in and tired, and you're just, 'Whatever, let's just do it.'"
Moss filmed for 65 days of the 82-day shoot, and admits it was her most gruelling role to date.
She adds, "I worked out and got some muscle, lowered my voice, learnt an accent and trained with guns. Robin is very much an a**-kicker. The shoot was an acting Olympics. I run all the time and I don't like to run. I shoot guns, throw darts, chop wood and fish."
"In a few days I will have hand surgery. One of many surgeries I've had to replace joints that have become too painful to be endured. Osteoarthritis it's called. It's genetic. I've grown used to living with a constant level of pain. One can get used to it." Jane Fonda struggles with aches and pains.
Sharon Osbourne has fired back at former Frasier star Jane Leeves following comments the actress made about the TV personality's penchant for plastic surgery. In a recent interview with U.K. publication The Daily Mail, Leeves criticised Osbourne for going under the knife to improve her appearance, stating, "That shiny look... the skin is stretched so much! And this bit here (between her nose and upper lip), it just disappears and is vaguely simian-looking."
Leeves went on to vow not to follow in the music matriarch's footsteps by becoming the latest Hollywood star to suffer a botched procedure, insisting numerous celebrities have ruined their careers trying to maintain their youthful appearances.
Osbourne responded to Leeves' remarks while co-hosting her U.S. show The Talk on Monday (08Jul13), and took the actress to task for likening her to an ape: "I... haven't had anything done here (between my nose and upper lip), but now she's said it, I'll have a phobia about it and probably end up going to have something done. So thanks for the advice Mrs... Everyone's entitled to their own opinion."
Despite the 60 year old's playful attitude, she also tried to put Leeves in her place before wrapping up the segment, adding, "She's comparing herself to people who are stars, she's a working actress and very good at what she does... but she's not a star."