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.
The cast of “Bridesmaids” hit the red carpet on Sunday night at the Oscars, where stars Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph raved over the recent “Glee” photo tribute to the box office smash hit.
“What is this? Oh my God, no,” Maya told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush when he showed her the photo of the “Glee” girls in the now-famous “Bridesmaids” poster pose.
“No way. That’s so awesome,” Maya said, before seeing who was who in the photo. “Wait a minute. I’m a Lea Michele? Holy crap! I’m so honored. What could be better? What an incredible honor.”
Melissa McCarthy, who is up for a Best Supporting Actress statue for her role in “Bridesmaids,” also hadn’t seen the “Glee” pic and was thrilled over the tribute.
“Oh, my God! Wait, did they do this?” she said. “I had no idea.”
Lea Michele’s character Rachel Berry headed to the courthouse to marry high school sweetheart Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) on last night’s Glee episode—and we got the inside scoop on her bridal look! The ’50s-inspired tea-length dress and veil are custom pieces created by the Glee team in collaboration with Patricia Nevil of the L.A. bridal boutique L’ezu, the show’s costume assistant Mojdeh Daftary explained to InStyle.com. “We were very happy with the episode last night,” Daftary told us. As for the inspiration, they looked to an icon: “We used Audrey Hepburn’s wedding dress in Funny Face as inspiration for Rachel Berry’s dress.” The similarities are clear!
Is Lea Michele preparing to walk down the aisle?
Not in real life, but on Monday the actress, 25, posted a photo of herself wearing a wedding gown surrounded by her costars in bridesmaid dresses, hinting at what could be to come on Glee’s winter finale Tuesday night.
“In anticipation of tomorrow’s very memorable episode, we took this photo,” Michele Tweeted Monday, accompanied by the shot that looks like the poster for the hit movie Bridesmaids. “We call it GLEE-MAIDS.”
New Line and Warner Bros. will debut the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the ensemble sequel New Year’s Eve on May 1, 2012.
New Year’s Eve is the followup to the hugely successful film Valentine’s Day from director Gary Marshall. Like Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve is all about intertwining love connections and stars seemingly half of Hollywood: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhammel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelel Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.
The Blu-ray version of New Year’s Eve will come packaged with the DVD and UltraViolet versions as well. Expect a 1080p 1.85:1 and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio presentation. Bonus features are set to include:
Audio Commentary with Garry Marshall
The Magic of Times Square
New Year’s Eve Secrets of the Stars
Jon Bon Jovi & Lea Michele Rock New Year’s Eve
Deleted Scenes with Garry Marshall
Check out the New Year’s Eve Blu-ray cover art below, and be on the lookout for Amazon’s pre-order link in the near future.
Producers instead are eyeing a one-off Hollywood Bowl benefit concert in the fall in a bid to raise $10 million for its Glee Give a Note charity.
After spending its past two summers on the road as part of Glee Live! In Concert!, the cast will instead receive a two-and-a-half-month hiatus, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
“We currently have no plans of touring the cast this summer,” a spokesman for Glee studio 20th Television tells THR. Considering the series has yet to officially garner a fourth-season renewal, plans for future tours are unclear as the series takes things one year at a time.
At this year’s Toy Fair in New York Ban Dai revealed its new collection of toys to accompany the next chapter in The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy of Oz the 3D animated film, still in production, boasts an all-star cast including Lea Michele (Glee) as Dorothy Gale and Kelsey Grammer (Boss) as The Tin Man. The film also introduces a whole new set of characters to accompany Dorothy on her new adventure through Oz. Martin Short lends his voice to The Jester, the films villain and Broadway star Megan Hilty (Smash) stars as The China Princess.
The line of toys includes 10” fashion dolls, figures, play sets, and plush dolls. With the wide range of toy types Ban Dai ensures that children of all ages will be able to enjoy them.
The 10” fashion doll seems to be the star of the show. The doll represents the new Dorothy; she still has the same braided pig tails but traded in her cotton dress for denim and her ruby slippers for cowgirl boots. The doll will also feature snippets of songs from the film sung by Michele. She’s more a modern girl but still Dorothy at heart.
Some of the most fun toys are the life sized walking and barking Toto doll and an Oz miniature play set. The play set features Emerald City at the center where characters can ride the spinning “Rainbow Mover” into whichever world they desire. Kids can collect other world play sets that attach to the Emerald City.
The toys will be great for fans of the original Wizard of Oz as well as the next generation. The toys can still be enjoyed without the film but will be a great accessory to Dorothy of Oz when it releases.
For more information on the film check out their website www.dorothyofoz.com
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Spring Awakening fans, don’t get your hopes up just yet. But don’t get them down, either?
Despite widespread reports that hit the Web over the past 24 hours, Glee star Lea Michele is not currently engaged in talks to reprise the role she originated in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening in an upcoming film adaptation, a rep for the actress confirmed.
However, in a statement released exclusively to EW, Michele said, “Spring Awakening is so special to me, as is the character Wendla. We have discussed this as a possibility, and we’ll see what happens.”
The story originated yesterday when the film’s director McG (Terminator Salvation, This Means War) told E! Online, “We’re talking to Lea Michele because she made the role of Wendla famous and we’ll see if that pans out and works with the timing of her schedule on [Glee].” As it turns out, those talks happened long ago, and the project has been relatively quiet since — but now that there’s so much buzz and interest on both sides, it may soon find itself picking up steam.
“There were initial talks about this project,” said Michele’s rep. “However, there is nothing confirmed at this time.”
In the film, Michele would reprise the role of Wendla, a part she created in the early workshops and original off-Broadway production of Spring Awakening before it transferred to Broadway in 2006. (She even turned down an offer to play Eponine in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables that same year, opting to stay loyal to Spring Awakening instead.) The show went on to win Best Musical at the 2007 Tony Awards and jump-started Michele’s red-hot career.
The musical, which tells the story of German teenagers discovering their sexuality in the late 19th century, has been rumored to come to the big screen since it closed on Broadway in 2009. McG is attached to direct the film via his production company Wonderland Sound and Vision, which is developing the movie-musical, but at the present time, no studio has greenlit the project just yet.
The GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards is the hottest event on the London calendar. Kristen Stewart, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kim Kardashian, Kings of Leon, and Bridesmaid stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy were just some of the A-listers who partied with us last year – and now we’re gearing up for another star-studded soirée. We’re thrilled to once again be teaming up with the stunning and stylish Pandora jewellery. The event takes place in London on May 29 – so we need your votes now! Just tick your favourite category (or nominate someone else, if you prefer). Anyone who has voted is in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2012 ceremony! What are you waiting for?
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Is Lea Michele gearing up for another Spring Awakening?
We are so excited to exclusively report that the Glee gal could be reprising her role from the hit Broadway musical in the upcoming movie adaptation.
Here’s the scoop…
“We’re talking to Lea Michele because she made the role of Wendla famous and we’ll see if that pans out and works with the timing of her schedule on [Glee],” the flick’s director, McG, told us last night at the Hollywood premiere of his new romance action flick This Means War.
The show, which won eight Tony Awards and is based on an 1891 German play of the same name, centers around a group of teenagers dealing with topics including abortion, rape, suicide, masturbation and even some S&M. (Glee, anyone?)
“I love Lea; we’ve talked about it,” McG said. “When I first got turned onto the show she was in it so it’s her voice that echoes in my heart. I really think she’s wonderful and we’ll see where it takes us.”
McG said Spring may be his next film project. “It’s very similar to the [stage] production,” he said. “We’re probably going to shoot it in Eastern Europe and it’s a very true adaptation of what it is with a little Baz Luhrman thrown in.”
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