With a barrage of hilarious one-liners and spaced-out stares, Heather Morris catapulted from supporting player to a featured star on Fox's "Glee" (2009- ), a musical comedy series about a group of rag...
Actress Gina Gershon is to play Pam Anderson on Glee. The Bound star will portray the mother of Darren Criss' character Blaine on the TV musical drama. Pam Anderson is her character's name. Comedienne Jennifer Coolidge and Community star Ken Jeong were also recently cast as the parents to Heather Morris' character Brittany S. Pierce. They join fellow stars Idina Menzel, who is mum to Lea Michele's Rachel Berry and Gloria Estefan as Santana Lopez's mother Maribel.
"It's just more exciting between us. Just like the future plan was, we always wanted to get married. We've been looking forward to having a huge, fun reception." Glee star Heather Morris confirms her plans to wed boyfriend Taylor Hubbell, the father of her son Elijah, who turns one later this month (Sep14).
Glee star Heather Morris is engaged to her boyfriend of two years, according to a new report.
The actress began dating Taylor Hubbell in 2012 and they became parents to baby boy Elijah last September (13). Now sources tell America's Star magazine the couple is preparing to wed in February (15) at a ceremony at the Mountain Mermaid Inn in Topanga, California. A source tells the publication, "They are on cloud nine."
The private pair, both 27, has yet to comment on the news.
Glee's much anticipated 100th episode saw the return of Heather Morris and Dianna Agron, as well as guest stars Kristin Chenoweth and Gwyneth Paltrow. And Chace Crawford was also there, because why not? It was a fairly solid episode, with a lot of emotions and just the right amount of the ridiculousness we've come to expect. Here are the 100 craziest things that happened in the episode.
1. This episode begins with self-satisfied voiceovers from Mercedes and Rachel, which seems about right.
2. They then fight over "The Rachel Chair," which is apparently a thing.
3. Mercedes makes a reference to segregation because she didn't get the "Rachel Chair," and it seems kind of inappropriate, contextually.
4. Dianna Agron tries to look like she's okay with being back on Glee.
5. Glee, mocking Mr. Schuester's rapping does not make the fact that it happened okay.
6. And you should probably make fun of his dancing and general smugness, too.
7. The super folksy April Rhodes (Chenoweth) is back.
8. April taught the Terrible Tina to smuggle meat up her dress. What?
9. Awesome, Glee. April's island doesn't have any pesky destitute locals in it.
10. She also makes a joke about Unique being a virgin, and it is not even close to funny.
11. Someone finally acknowledges that The Warblers are superior to the New Directions.
12. Glee is so used to autotuning everything that Kristin Chenoweth's voice sounds like a robot's. Guys, she can sing.
13. "Raise Your Glass" involves humping, fake drinking, fake (?) drunkenness, lots of other things that should not fly at McKinley High.
14. April slaps Mr. Schue's butt, and no one seems to have a problem with it.
15. Puck says his nickname at school was The Saw. Is this a thing?
16. Chace Crawford's character is named Biff McIntosh.
17. He is apparently the owner of all McIntosh apples.
18. And he calls his mother "mother."
19. Brittany works at MIT now.
20. She also misses scissoring Santana. Risky, Glee.
21. Santana keeps trying to make "The Unholy Trinity" a thing.
22. Despite lots of sexy poses behind tinted glass, "Toxic" is pretty low energy.
23. Chace A.K.A. Biff calls the performance energetic, so he really wasn't paying attention.
24. Even the worst boyfriend in the world would probably watch his girlfriend perform a sexy three-way dance number in front of him. Come on, Biff.
25. Then again, Quinn's curly bang situation distracts from her lingerie.
26. Santana twerks, and that also seems inappropriate.
27. There are way too many characters on this show right now.
28. The fact that Quinn and Santana recently hooked up is not mentioned even one bit.
29. Fondue for Two, the best part of Glee, is back.
30. Brittany's cats make out.
31. Fondue for Two has become a lot more hard-hitting, and it works.
32. Mercedes and Rachel are having a diva-off.
33. Breadstix still appears to serve nothing but breadsticks.
34. "Mike Chang, Asian dancer."
35. Did anyone else forget about Quinn's Ryan Seacrest tattoo?
36. Sue does not make fun of Kristen Chenoweth's aggressive folksiness, which seems like a real missed opportunity.
37. Why does everyone think diva-offs are a real thing? I'm looking at you, Mr. Schue.
38. And poor Kurt gets pulled into the diva-off.
39. This episode is really into interior monologues.
40. Performing "Defying Gravity" (and Chenoweth's guest appearance) is pretty timely, considering Adele Dazeem.
41. Blaine appears, like, once on screen. Not cool.
42. He does, however, look very cute and proud of Kurt.
43. Kristin says "Defying Gravity" should be on Broadway. Ha. Ha. Broadway humor.
44. Mr. Schue says the glee club are all winners in such a simpering, unfortunate way that they are basically all losers for associating with him.
45. Brittany organizes a human chess game.
46. Because nerds love chess, guys.
47. Kiki, the alternative to Siri that Brittany found in a dumpster, is back.
48. Suddenly, McKinley has a giant chess board.
49. "The one thing this country needs more of is teen marriage."
50. Santana holds a dance intervention to "Valerie" to get Brittany to stop making the huge career mistake of working at MIT (?).
51. It succeeds.
52. Heather Morris is still so good at dancing.
53. She can really work a pony-tail.
54. Everyone seems bent on convincing the newly brilliant Brittany that she needs to cover more songs to be happy.
55. In order to perform an acoustic guitar number, Puck decides everyone needs to move to the auditorium, which seems unnecessary.
56. Quinn has to hold her hand to her heart to show that she is experiencing emotion.
57. Everyone laughs a lot after singing "Keep Holding On" and jauntily walks away from Quinn, who is crying.
58. "I'm in love with Biff" is a sentence that is said seriously.
59. Kristin Chenoweth has a really big role in this episode. Maybe (hopefully) they are phasing out Marley.
60. Mr. Schuester says "no more drama," as though he isn't drawn to high school drama like a moth to a flame.
61. Would Mr. Schue die if the glee club ended? It seems possible. What would he do with all his time? Teach?
62. Kitty's expression shows that she is resigned to her fate as mini-Quinn.
63. Santana says, "Can it, troll!" to Rachel, and it is amazing.
64. It's okay, Rachel, we all forget Ryder's name too.
65. Rachel is in a diva-off with everyone.
66. If Rachel is so sick of high school drama, maybe she shouldn't have moved in with her high school frenemies.
67. Rachel equates her rivarly with Mercedes to that of Beyonce and Barbra? What?
68. Glee finally acknowledges the show's extravagant costumes and sets.
69. Bernie Madoff is part of a plot device. Topical.
70. Will Schuester is really disappointed by the flightlessness of April's super flighty character.
71. People in this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mac and cheese commercial dance better than some of Glee's performers.
72. Why is Quinn's Seacrest tattoo such a big deal? What about the pregnancy? The near death while texting and driving?
73. Chace A.K.A. Biff has no redeeming qualities.
74. Quinn violently pinches the bridge of Chace Crawford's nose.
75. On Mercedes and Rachel, all Jake has to say is that "one's black and one's Jewish," which is a hilarious "joke" on this "progressive" show.
76. Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holiday glides into the scene, because Kristin Chenoweth buttered the floor.
77. There's a Facebook page for guests of the glee club, which is hilarious.
78. Holly Holiday impersonates William Henry Harrison.
79. She also expresses how dumb it is that Glee is redoing old songs. Thank you.
80. So she performs Pharrell's "Happy."
81. She duets with Blaine, because they needed to include him somehow.
82. Puck has apparently loved Quinn all along.
83. Apparently, MIT squelches femininity and fun.
84. It's pretty easy to forget about Demi Lovato in this episode.
85. Marching music plays when Puck walks, because he is in the military.
86. Quinn and Puck twirl in slow motion.
87. Santana uses the charming expression "gives two poops."
88. Mike Chang remarks on the passage of time and fading of memories, because he is a character who needs lines.
89. Mr. Schue cries.
90. Everyone cries.
91. Holly Holiday says, "Go the way of the dodo," which is definitely something Gwyneth brought to the table.
92. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth are plotting, which is really scary.
93. Stop trying to make "Gleek" happen, Glee marketing department. It isn't going to happen.
94. Sue barely says anything biting in this whole episode.
95. Tina also doesn't say anything terrible, or anything at all really, so that's good.
96. There is basically no Klain at all, which is pretty unforgivable.
97. Looks like they'll be singing "Don't Stop Believing" next episode. Shocker.
98. Lilies are the lesbian of flowers, says Brittany.
99. Kurt is nostalgic and it's the cutest.
100. Mr. Schue says glee club is over. Cue the existential crisis.
Whenever a television show reaches its 100th episode, there's always some sort of special celebration. Well, Glee has decided to put all of those celebrations to shame with its 100th episode spectacular on March 18th. In addition to allowing the fans to choose their top 10 favorite Glee songs to be remixed and re-performed on the night - think of it as the Glee tribute episode to Glee - creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that he invited all of the original cast members to return to the show, so that everyone can celebrate together. Among those confirmed to reprise their roles are Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Kristin Chenoweth, and Heather Morris, who left at the end of last season to have her son, Elijah.
Most notably, Dianna Agron, who played cheerleader Quinn Fabray, confirmed via Twitter that she would indeed be returning for the 100th episode, despite not appearing in the show's tribute episode to Cory Monteith. There have been rumors of bad blood between her and Murphy for some time now, and her absence from "The Quarterback" only seemed to fuel the fire. However, it seems that the two have managed to bury the hatchet in order to give the fans what they want, and to celebrate Glee.
Of course, this is Glee, so no matter how many original cast members or old school performances the show gets together, there's always the chance that things could go terribly wrong and the 100th episode spectacular could turn into a 100th episode train wreck. In order to give the writers a helping hand, we've come up with four things that the March 18th celebration should include, and 4 things that should be avoided at all costs.
Focus on the "Originals"Glee currently juggles two separate shows: one in New York, with Rachel, Kurt and Santana, and one in Ohio with Mr. Shue and the McKinley High glee club, and the adventures in New York are always far more entertaining than anything going on back in Lima. This is partially because we are more familiar with Kurt, Rachel, and Santana and therefore more invested in what happens to them, but it's also partially because we've sat through so many of those Ohio plots before. Therefore, the best thing for the writers to do on the 100th episode is to focus on all of the original cast members, rather than attempting to shoehorn the new kids into the plots. It worked well for the Monteith tribute episode, so it should work just as well this time around. And be sure to let us all know just what everyone's up to now, and why they came back to McKinley in the first place. It seems obvious, but those are details that Glee tends to leave out.
Strip Back the PerformancesSure, it wouldn't be Glee without an over-the-top array of costumes, dancing, and numbers that would put even the most expensive Broadway show to shame. But some of the show's best moments occured when the songs were quieter, simpler, and made sense in terms of the story they were telling. Rachel's pilot performance of "On My Own" was a touching look into who the character was and what made her tick. Santana's use of Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" to tell Brittany how she felt about her was both moving and memorable. Artie singing "Dream a Little Dream of Me" as he came to the realization that he would have to give up on his dreams was one of the most underappreciated numbers that Glee has ever featured, and one of its best, the Rachel/Quinn duet of West Side Story's "I Feel Pretty" and TLC's "Unpretty" is proof that sometimes less is more. Glee shouldn't be afraid ot go big for their 100th episode, but they should remember that their strengths often lie in their smaller moments.
Give Mercedes an Actual PlotThis one might just be a personal opinion, but it always seemed unfair that Mercedes never got a proper story arc to herself. Her leaving New Directions to form a new glee club was presented, resolved and forgotten about in only a few episodes, and the show spent much of that time painting her as the villain, rather than using it as a way to create a compelling story for an underused character. Similarly, her relationship with Sam was ignored and practically retconned, even though it was one of the most interesting plots the show has ever developed. So, Glee, why not put Sam and Mercedes back together for the 100th episode so fans can find out what really went on between them. Sam was never more interesting than he was with Mercedes, and it would be the perfect excuse to give her plenty of perfectly-sung diva numbers.
Bring Back MattWay back in Season 1, there was a character named Matt Rutherford, played by Dijon Talton. Despite being both a football player and a member of the glee club, Matt only spoke two lines over the entire season, and then disappeared without ever being mentioned again. There would be no character return that would excite the fans more than bringing back Matt for the 100th episode. Besides, everyone's dying to know where he went, why he left, and why nobody ever brought him up again. The characters may have forgotten Matt, but the fans never will.
Making It Schue-CentricWhen it comes to Glee, there is no character more universally reviled than the head of the glee club, Will Schuester. He's not only creepy towards his students and far too involved with their day-to-day lives, but he's also a terrible teacher. Remember how he used to be a Spanish teacher, but couldn't actually speak the language? Has he even stepped foot into an actual classroom since the first season? He not only had his students help him propose to Ms. Pillsbury, but he also had Finn be his best man. A move that should have been sweet just turned out weird. He even stole Finn's letterman jacket - that never belonged to him in the first place - from Santana while she was sleeping, and then blamed it on Puck. He's the worst. It's probably tempting to make Mr. Schue the focal point of the episode, for the narrative's sake, but it's better for all involved if he just stands in the background and occasionally writes a word on the whiteboard.
Too Much Singing, Not Enough Story Glee was originally intended to be a television show that featured musical numbers, then it became a televised musical, but now it's just an excuse to shoehorn in as many random songs and productions numbers as possible, without any regard to the story going on around them. We're not sure when the Glee writers forgot that songs do not magically make up for a lack of plot, but we sincerely hope that it's a lesson they remember when it comes time to write the 100th episode. Otherwise, it just becomes blatantly obvious that someone heard something on the radio and just decided to work it into an episode so that it would run a full 45 minutes.
Love Triangles on Love Triangles on Love TrianglesWe get it; love triangles are a super easy way to add conflict to a show. But Glee has featured so many that they've run out of every single possible combination. Seriously, there's been Will/Terri/Emma, Finn/Rachel/Quinn, Finn/Rachel/Jesse, Finn/Quinn/Sam, Sam/Mercedes/Mercedes' Football Boyfriend, Santana/Brittany/Artie, Artie/Tina/Mike, and Blaine/Kurt/Creepy Dalton Guy to name - literally - only a fraction. For the 100th episode, why not take a break from all of that romantic confusion and focus instead on the kids who made up the glee club, and the friendship that bonds them together. Or, if you prefer, have them all fight each other. Just make sure it's not over a romantic rival.
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No offense to Jane Lynch, who is often one of the show's best elements, but everything about this was a terrible idea. This may be the worst performance the show has ever done. Watch it, learn from it, and never speak of it again.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Harry Shum, Jr., Heather Morris, and Kristin Chenoweth have all signed on to return to the series for its 100th episode. The writer/director announced via Twitter.com on Tuesday (03Dec13) that he called all the stars from the first series to invite them back to the fictional McKinley High School for the show's landmark episode.
Stevie Nicks was left devastated by the death of Glee star Cory Monteith and penned a letter to his girlfriend Lea Michele following his passing. The Fleetwood Mac star was a huge fan of the Golden Globe-winning series long before show creator Ryan Murphy decided to devote a whole episode to her band's hit album Rumours in 2011.
Nicks met the entire cast when she visited the set, and was able to watch Naya Rivera, Heather Morris and guest star Gwyneth Paltrow cover her iconic song, Landslide.
So when Nicks found out about Monteith's death from a drug overdose in July (13), she felt compelled to reach out to his heartbroken girlfriend and co-stars.
She tells Rolling Stone, "I was devastated when Cory Monteith died. I wrote a letter to the cast, and I wrote a letter to Lea Michele. I tried to be of some solace."
Nicks' friendship with Murphy and his producing partner Brad Falchuk continued behind the camera, and when they approached her to guest star on their other hit show, American Horror Story, she found the offer impossible to decline.
She explains, "I couldn't say no. I could say, 'I'm not an actress, so it's going to suck - but I will be glad to try, for you... I don't want to be bad at anything that I do that people see.
"If I try to learn to skate and I'm terrible, nobody's going to know about it. But it was really fun. I now belong to a very secret society. And you'll be surprised - not with my terrific acting, but with the whole thing."
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has invited the show's original cast to return for the upcoming 100th episode. The writer/director reached out to fans of the show via Twitter.com on Tuesday (03Dec13) and alerted them to the fact he had called the stars from the first season of the series back to the fictional McKinley High.
He wrote, "ALL The Glee Originals received invites today to be in our 100th episode! More to follow."
That means Dancing With the Stars winner Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Harry Shum Jr. and new mother Heather Morris could all be back for the special show, which is set to air in March (14).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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A photo of Glee star Heather Morris' newborn son, Elijah, has been posted on Twitter.com, two days after his birth. The snap was shared online by the tot's proud new uncle, Adam Hubbell, brother of the actress' boyfriend Taylor.
Appeared on TV as a featured dancer on "Swingtown" (CBS) and "Eli Stone" (ABC)
Cast in breakthrough role as ditzy cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on Fox musical series "Glee"; Woodlee choreographed for the show
Auditioned for the second season of "So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox), but failed to make the final 20
Landed minor role in the comedy "Fired Up!"; met choreographer Zach Woodlee
Landed a spot as a backup dancer for the pop star on "The Beyoncé Experience" tour
Co-starred with cast in "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie"
Voiced the character Katie, a woolly mammoth in "Ice Age: Continental Drift"
With a barrage of hilarious one-liners and spaced-out stares, Heather Morris catapulted from supporting player to a featured star on Fox's "Glee" (2009- ), a musical comedy series about a group of rag-tag high school glee club members. The critically acclaimed show made household names out of co-stars such as Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison, but Morris' ditzy-yet-loveable cheerleader Brittany turned her into a "Glee" fan favorite. With an extensive dance background that included touring with pop superstar Beyoncé and her scene-stealing performances on the series and during the "Glee Live!" concert, Morris proved she was a triple threat -singing, acting, and dancing her way into a successful entertainment career.