As we get closer to the May 22 season finale of Glee, the stakes are getting higher, which is evident in next week’s episode, “Choke.” EW got an early look at the hilarious, but also emotional hour, which finds Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) auditioning for NYADA (in the form of guest-star Whoopi Goldberg, who does a great, subdued turn). For Gleeks, this episode is a pivotal one since this is what the high schoolers, especially Rachel, have been working towards for the last three years and it does not disappoint. Both actors, especially a poignant Michele, deliver stellar performances. I don’t want to give away too much but—SPOILER ALERT—here are a few other teases…
Lea Michele’s one-story house, built in 1920, features French doors, an office, attic space and two bedrooms. She paid $1.4 million for the updated bungalow.
Closing shortly after co-star Kevin McHale’s nearby home purchase, “Glee’s” Lea Michele has bought a bungalow in Hollywood for $1.4 million.
The one-story house, built in 1920, sits behind tall hedges and has a gated driveway. The updated bungalow features French doors, an office, attic space, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. An outdoor dining pavilion includes a kitchen.
Michele, 25, has played aspiring soprano Rachel Berry since 2009 on the television series. She will voice the part of Dorothy in the animated film “Dorothy of Oz,” due out this year.
LEA & IDINA
When Glee producers were looking to cast Michele’s onscreen mom, they quickly landed on fellow Broadway veteran Menzel, who shares the starlet’s dark hair and pouty lips. But while a fan campaign brought the resemblance to light, Menzel’s husband Taye Diggs said, “We knew that existed far, far before the TV world did.”
Fox is jumping on the early renewal bandwagon, ordering a fourth season of Glee, a second season of New Girl and a third season of Raising Hope.
“Over the past season, New Girl has become the hottest new appointment series for young adults; Raising Hope has established itself as one of the smartest and most unique offbeat comedies on television; and Glee has continued its success as a genre-defying, global cultural phenomenon,” said Fox president Kevin Reilly. “All three of these comedies add a fresh and distinctive flavor to our Tuesday nights, and I’m really happy to bring them back to our air next season.”
E! News has learned exclusively that Selena’s hit song, “Love You Like a Love Song,” will be featured on an upcoming episode of Glee. In fact, we think fans of a certain couple are going to be completely glee-ful (see what we did there?) when they hear who’s singing the song and in which episode!
The gleek tackling “Love You Like a Love Song”? Lea Michele! Five bucks says it’s going to be a totally adorable “Finchel” moment at the prom! Oh yeah, did we forget to mention the song will appear in Glee’s sure-to-be epic prom episode? Get excited, people!
A source on the set says that the episode, written by series creator Ryan Murphy, was shot last week and that Lea turned in “a really powerful performance” of the omnipresent radio hit. On April 4, Michele tweeted, “Longest. Prom. Ever.”
“Inside the Actors Studio” always gives us a fresh perspective on our favorite casts, so we’re looking forward to the April 9 episode (8 p.m. EST on Bravo) to get to know “Glee” stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, and Cory Monteith — and co-creator Ryan Murphy. Check out some of the fun tidbits below!
Lea Michele on her audition experience: “I was listening to music and singing ‘On My Own’ in the car and about to pull into the Fox lot and totaled my car at the time. I’m from New York and was driving in LA. I ran up the lot pulling glass out of my hair, and I had nicks on my body. I ran into the building – and exactly what Rachel Berry would have done – they were like, you don’t need to audition today! And I said, there is no way that I’m not auditioning. They didn’t even believe I got in a car wreck!”
Cue up “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C (which the Glee kids will hopefully cover later this season to send off seniors Kurt, Rachel, and Finn) and flip through the Official William McKinley High School Yearbook! It may look like a regular yearbook on the outside, but apparently McKinley gossip columnist Jacob Ben Israel had full editorial control, since the theme is — not surprisingly — all glee club all the time. The book hits stores May 1 from Little, Brown, but in the meantime, EW has an exclusive peek at the cover, spreads on Rachel and Blaine, some fun “Most Likely To…” pages, a very helpful “Hookup Chart,” and more. Read on, and H.A.G.S.! source
On April 9, Ryan Murphy, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison go Inside The Actors Studio as the Bravo series chronicles the creation, casting and production of the global phenomenon known as Glee!
TheInsider.com has an exclusive sneak peek at the hour-long special, which reveals exactly how Ryan Murphy became attached to the show while he was “naked as a jaybird” and when Sue Sylvester was added to the script.
The Glee edition of Inside The Actors Studio airs April 9 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
You have only a couple of days to vote for Lea as ‘FHM’s 100 Sexiest Woman in the World 2012′. Click here to cast your vote. Voting closes on March 29, 2012.
And don’t forget to vote for her as ‘US TV Actress‘ at the ‘Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2012‘, the event takes place in London on May 29 and you can also nominate her on other categories. And Lea is on the Maxim’s Hot 100 list, go vote for her there too!
Rachel and Kurt’s post-McKinley fate rests in Whoopi Goldberg‘s hands.
Glee sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the Oscar winning actress-turned-View master has signed on for an extremely pivotal multi-episode arc.
Goldberg will play Carmen Tibideaux, a theatrical grande dame and a professor at New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA) who travels to Ohio to preside over Kurt and Rachel’s auditions — and apparently she sticks around long enough to deliver a verdict: I’m told she’ll appear in roughly three episodes, the first of which is set to air on May 1. (Glee‘s season finale is set for May 22.)
Fun fact: The New York-based Goldberg accepted the gig despite her well documented fear of flying (Gleeshoots in Los Angeles). Of course, last month she headed West to shoot an episode of The Middle playing Sue’s guidance counselor (it airs May 2), so perhaps she’s developing a friendlier relationship with the skies?
May is just around the corner, and with it comes the end of many TV shows. Today FOX has released its season and series finale dates, including the end of House, an early finale for Raising Hope and a new time for the Glee season 3 finale.
The House series finale will air on Monday, May 21 at 9pm following a one-hour retrospective on the show. American Idol will change its typical Wednesday-Thursday schedule in its last week as the final performance show will air Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm and the two-hour finale will be the following night at 8pm. This change will affect Glee, which returns Tuesday, April 10 at 8pm, as the season 3 finale will air at 9pm on May 22.
New Year’s Eve, director Garry Marshall’s follow-up to his hit film Valentine’s Day, comes out May 1st on Blu-ray and DVD. The all-star cast includes Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lea Michele, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Duhamel, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The Blu-ray release is a dual format disc (one side Blu-ray, the other is DVD), and special features include: Audio commentary from Marshall, a Gag reel, the featurettes Magic of Times Square, New Year’s Eve Secrets of the Stars, and Jon Bon Jovi & Lea Michele Rock New Year’s Eve (special features on the DVD only release include the commentary and the gag reel).
New Year’s Eve, which took in over $142 million worldwide, will also be available for download on May 8th through such digital retailers as iTunes, Xbox, the Playstation, and Amazon.