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8 Reasons Why We Admire Darren Criss

July 5th, 2013 11:00am EDT
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This summer has been a busy one for “Glee” heartthrob Darren Criss. As he wraps up his sold-out 16-city tour and prepares for his upcoming big screen debut in “Girl Most Likely,” out nationwide July 19, 2013, Darren has managed to find time to capture our hearts. Here are eight reasons why we admire him:

1. He’s a wanted man but still manages to stay humble about his increasing success and fame. When Darren first announced his intention of going on tour this summer, fans across the nation scrambled to purchase the hottest ticket in town. Despite the pressure of having thousands of adoring ...
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5 Things You Need To Know About The 'Glee' Season Finale

May 7th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
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Gleeks the world over are heartbroken at the idea of spending the next several months without their "Glee" fix. Luckily the show has been picked up for seasons 5 and 6, so we do have at least two more years of singing and dancing to look forward to. But what can we expect in the May 9 season finale? Check out these spoilers to find out what's about to go down.

1) Blaine Goes Ring Shopping

Even without Burt's blessing, it looks like Blaine is planning to pop the question to Kurt. Patty Duke guest stars to offer him some words of wisdom when Blaine hits the jewelry store to buy an engageme...
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'Glee' Recap: Sarah Jessica Parker Returns In 'Lights Out'

April 26th, 2013 9:20am EDT
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On this week's "Glee", McKinley gets serious and goes unplugged when a power outage causes the lights in the school to shut off and the Glee clubbers to open up. Ryder shares that he was molested at a child by a teenage babysitter and it has since affected his ability to trust women. Sam and Artie think it's "every teenage boy's fantasy" and completely underestimate the seriousness of the situation. Kitty understands him though - at a dinner at Breadstix with Ryder, she confesses that she was molested by a friend's older brother when she was in sixth grade. The fallout from her trauma was s...
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'Glee' Season 4: 5 Spoilers You Need To Know

August 19th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
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I have an intense love-hate relationship with FOX’s musical juggernaut, “Glee.” While I appreciate the diversity of the cast and how it tackles controversial and important issues like bullying, self-acceptance and sexuality in a surrealistic, unapologetic, and sometimes hilarious way, I am confounded by its spastic, uneven storytelling and the way it continually ignores some characters to focus on the dramas of others. With that said, this summer has been much less melodious without the sparkly musical fun that is “Glee.” The Sept. 13 premiere is fast approaching, so here are five spoile...
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Lea Michele, Zooey Deschanel & More Hot Stars Attend Fox's Summer All Star Party

July 24th, 2012 10:10am EDT
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The stars from "Glee," Zooey Deschanel from "New Girl" and more hot FOX celebrities attended the network's summer all star party in West Hollywood on Monday.

Lea Michele looked elegant in a pale pink dress with a low-cut neckline, while Deschanel wore a bronze sleeveless dress with a big bow on the bodice.

"Anger Management" star Noureen DeWulf showed off her curves in tight green gown, and "So You Think You Can Dance" star Cat Deeley was vibrant in a colorful one-sleeved dress.

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"So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley

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Gotye Insists His 'Glee' Remarks Were Misunderstood

April 24th, 2012 2:22pm EDT
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Australian pop sensation Gotye has clarified critical remarks he made about the cover of his hit song Somebody That I Used To Know on TV show Glee, insisting his comments were taken out of context.

The chart-topping track was given the Glee treatment by actors Darren Criss and Matt Bomer during a recent episode of the hit TV musical series, but reports suggested the singer, real name Wouter De Backer, was left unimpressed by their efforts.

In a recent interview with Australia's The Sunday Mail, he was quoted as saying, "They did such a faithful arrangement of the instruments but the voc...
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Singer Gotye Calls 'Glee' Cover Of His Song 'Dinky And Wrong'

April 23rd, 2012 11:34am EDT
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Australian music sensation Gotye has taken a swipe at Glee's version of his huge hit Somebody That I Used To Know, insisting the cast's rendition sounds "dinky and wrong."

The pop star, real name Wouter De Backer, became the first Aussie act to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 since Savage Garden hit Number One with I Knew I Loved You in 2000.

His rise to the top of the charts was helped by a Glee cover of the song, performed by Darren Criss and Matt Bomer on the hit TV musical series earlier this month.

Nevertheless, despite their version giving his track a boost Stateside, Goty...
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'Glee' Cast Scores 200th Hit On The Pop Charts

April 19th, 2012 9:35am EDT
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The "Glee" cast has scored its 200th hit in the pop charts. The TV stars have managed the feat in a little under three years.

The first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 came in June 2009, when "Glee's" rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" shot into the top 10.

Darren Criss and Matt Bomer's revamp of Gotye's current U.S. number one "Somebody That I Used to Know" debuts at 26 on the new countdown, giving the show its 200th hit.
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Stacy Keibler To Host 'The X Factor'?

March 19th, 2012 4:20pm EDT
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George Clooney's girlfriend Stacy Keibler is in talks to host the upcoming season of hit TV series The X Factor, according to a new report.

Music mogul Simon Cowell has been scrambling to find the talent show's new dream team ever since host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were axed in January.

Now, reports suggest former professional wrestler Keibler is in negotiations to front the program.

A source tells the New York Post, "She looks fantastic and has bags of charisma."

Cowell has previously expressed his desire to sign both a male and female host to repl...
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'Glee' Recap: It's Mash-Up Week!

November 16th, 2011 9:50am EST
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It seems like ‘Glee’ has just decided to pretend last week’s West Side Virgin Story never happened. Thank goodness! What a relief it is to jump right back into election season and age-inappropriate relationships! Puck leads the boys in a sexually charged performance of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” within the first five minutes of the episode and it's clear that we can put 'The First Time' behind us and have some fun this week.

The good news gets even better when Ms. Corcoran , who has nice scenes with just about every single character in this show, speaks to Mr. Schue about keeping their...
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'Glee' Recap: Virgin Scorecard

November 9th, 2011 12:53pm EST
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Like Sandra Dee, this week’s ‘Glee’ was lousy with virginity. Expectations were high after promos showed Rachel, Finn, Kurt and Blaine all getting their sexy on… but as it happened, ‘The First Time’ was kind of disappointing.

Unfortunately, West Side Story just doesn’t lend itself to this theme the way Madonna does. The season one tribute to the Queen of Pop covered similar territory and featured “Like a Virgin,” the most perfect song for the occasion. More importantly, the subject of de-flowering came up naturally and organically. Conversely, this week’s sudden sexual awakening isn’t moti...
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'Glee' Recap: Puck Goes To Cougar Town

November 2nd, 2011 1:37pm EDT
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After yielding its timeslot to Major League Baseball for the past few weeks, “Glee” returned last night with an hour of leprechauns, cougars, and congressional candidates. Picking up where the series left off, this reasonably focused episode advanced several plotlines and introduced some new talent, in the form of ‘Glee Project’ winner, Damian McGinty.

The second of four new cast members that will, at some point, be transplanted from the Oxygen Channel’s competitive reality show to the Fox flagship, McGinty was front and center in his inaugural appearance as foreign exchange student, Rory...
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Hayden Panettiere & Hailee Steinfeld Honored With 'Power Of Youth' Awards (See Slideshow!)

October 22nd, 2011 6:00pm EDT
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Hayden Panettiere, Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld and Glee star Darren Criss have been named among the stars honored with prestigious Power of Youth awards by trade publication Variety.

In all, seven celebrities have been recognized for their charity work and together they'll scoop up the accolades at a special ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Glee hunk Criss has been an avid supporter of the Trevor Project, which raises awareness about the suicide rate among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, Panettiere has been a longtime advocate of the Whaleman Foundation, which preserv...
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Nick Jonas Returning To Broadway

September 7th, 2011 10:45pm EDT
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Nick Jonas is set to follow Daniel Radcliffe and Glee pin-up Darren Criss onto the Broadway stage as the star of hit musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying."

The Jonas Brothers star will take on the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch when Criss vacates the spot after a three-week stint next year, according to EW.com.

Harry Potter star Radcliffe originated the role opposite John Larroquette to critical acclaim in March.

And Jonas can't wait to return to the New York stage.

In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "So excited & honored to play the role of J. Pierrepo...
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The Cast Of 'Glee' Talk About Becoming Movie Stars In 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie'

August 10th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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The last frontier for Glee to conquer is the movie theater. They’re already a hit show, a chart topping purveyor of albums and iTunes downloads and perform to sold out crowds on stage. Now they have a movie.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie captures one of those live stage shows and uses Hollywood technology to make cinema audiences feel like they’re in the front row. The entire cast of Glee got together to discuss their concert movie, their advice to talented young hopefuls, the social impact of their show and what they know about the show’s third season. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie opens Friday...
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Selena Gomez And Taylor Swift Dominate The 2011 Teen Choice Awards (See List Of Winners)

August 8th, 2011 7:57am EDT
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Vampires and wizards ruled at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, but it was a magical night for Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.

The two stars picked up 11 awards between them - Swift six and Gomez five - including the bulk of the event's music honors.

Swift, who was feted with the Ultimate Choice Award, also picked up the Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Female and Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon accolades, while Gomez was named Choice Female Hottie opposite boyfriend Justin Bieber and Choice TV Actress (Comedy) for her role in The Wizards of Waverly Place.

Gomez and h...
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'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie' Hits Theaters Aug. 12

August 5th, 2011 12:46pm EDT
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Twentieth Century Fox bosses are releasing "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" for a limited two-week engagement starting Aug. 12.

The project features the 14 cast members who toured the show in North America. Stars such as Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Chord Overstreet, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith will appear.

The movie will feature songs the cast have performed on the show earlier this year.

Fans can expect to hear the following songs in the film:

"Don't Stop Believin'"
"Dog Days Are Over"
"Sing"
"I'm A Slave 4 U"
"Fat Bottomed Girls"
"I Want To Hold Your Hand"
"Ain't No Way"
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Demi Lovato: 'I'm Not Dating Anyone'

July 22nd, 2011 9:36am EDT
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Demi Lovato shot down rumors linking her to "Glee" star Darren Criss.

She tweeted: "Ladies and gentlemen, and also blog sites - I. Am. Single. I'm not dating anyone. I'm loving my independence right now."

The actress was also recently linked to Ryan Phillippe, who is twice her age. But a source on the actor's side denied the rumors.
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Stars Mark Two-Year Anniversary Of Michael Jackson's Death

June 26th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
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Rihanna and Usher were among the stars who gave emotional tributes to late superstar Michael Jackson on the second anniversary of his death.

The "Thriller" legend passed away on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his California home. The shocking news threw fans into mourning, and two years on a number of famous faces are still grieving.

Rihanna wrote in a post on her Twitter.com page on Saturday, "MJ We miss you, we love you... often imitated, never duplicated!!! You will live on forever!," while Usher adds, "MJ... Rest the dead!! You live on through what you blessed us al...
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Darren Criss Pulled Offstage By Overzealous Fan At 'Glee' Show

June 14th, 2011 8:25am EDT
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Actor Darren Criss narrowly escaped serious injury after he was pulled off the stage by an overeager fan during a Glee tour concert last week.

The cast of the hit show is currently performing at venues across the U.S., and the tour stopped in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

During a group performance at the city's Verizon Center, Criss bent down to shake the hand of a female fan in the crowd - but he was pulled off the stage by the gig-goer.

The star was uninjured in the fall and remained a true professional by dusting himself off and returning to the stage.

In a series of posts on hi...
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Katy Perry's 'Last Friday Night' Video Features Cameos From Rebecca Black, Deborah Gibson, Corey Feldman & More (Watch It!)

June 14th, 2011 12:10am EDT
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Katy Perry's campy new video for her party anthem "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" was released online Sunday and made its TV debut Monday evening, and there's no shortage of stars making cameo appearances.

Katy drummed up some buzz for the video by setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts under the name Kathy Beth Terry, a 13-year-old alter-ego who's a geeky student with braces and "likes Sudoku puzzles, the solar system, high school science fairs," and is always wearing her orthodontic headgear.

In the John Hughes-esque clip, Katy wakes up after a party wondering how she ended up in bed w...
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'The Glee Project' Hits All The High Notes

June 13th, 2011 11:35am EDT
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‘Glee’ isn’t back yet but in the meanwhile, fans can indulge in “The Glee Project,” a competitive casting spin-off that debuted last night on Oxygen. In a market where there’s no shortage of performing arts-related reality competition shows (NBC’s The Voice and America’s Got Talent, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, Bravo’s Platinum Hit are four current offerings, with American Idol recently completing another cycle, and Simon Cowell’s The X Factor debuting in the fall), “The Glee Project” turns out to be an entertaining and surprisingly interesting twist on the formula. Perhaps the weakes...
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'Glee' Finale: Let's Hear It For 'New York'

May 25th, 2011 11:25am EDT
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We made it! ‘Glee’ is in NYC to compete at Nationals and conclude a chart-topping, show-stopping, star-studded, post-Super Bowl time-slot scoring second season.

True to form, our favorite fictional show choir is in a situation that is about as absurd as the Broadway-obsessed Rachel Berry thinking that CATS is still open for business. New Directions has come to Nationals without a song or a set list and now they need to write a couple of hits in as many overstuffed hotel rooms. Brittany, Artie, and Puck offer up the ditty, “My Cup,” and there are enough eyes rolling around the room for som...
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'Glee' Recap: Bully Whips and Dancing Queens

May 11th, 2011 2:05pm EDT
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Prom Elections are in full swing and New Directions is filling in for Air Supply as the house band. While most of the club is pretty psyched about the news, but our beloved Mercedes is hung up on the fact that she doesn’t have a date. She was really Jonesing for that Cinderella moment and damn it, new best friend to all, Rachel Berry, is going to give it to her. Sam is recruited and agrees that with a little financial aid, he’s up for the job of accompanying both divas to their big night.

Kurt asks Blaine to prom and with a bit of gentle open-minded prodding he agrees. The more important q...
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Inside The DigiTour: YouTube's 1st Ever National Music Tour

May 3rd, 2011 11:19am EDT
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As the first ever large scale 6 week, 27 city North American tour, YouTube is breaking the mold of the traditional concert by bringing your favorite-iconic viral musicians to life with The DigiTour. This stellar line up features artists with a combined 1 billion views and over 6 million combined fan subscriptions. Catch Youtubers like Dave Days, Auto Tune The News/The Gregory Brothers, Christina Grimmie, Team Starkid, David Choi, Destorm, Mystery Guitar Man, and Ricky Ficarelli in a city near you with ticket prices as low as $8!

Starpulse caught up with two of the acts on The DigiTour, Chr...
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'Glee' Recap: Just Be A Queen

April 27th, 2011 10:20am EDT
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In just a few weeks, the glee club is going to Nationals, prom royalty will be crowned, and Lady Gaga will release a new album. It’s a trifecta of amazing events that deserve to be brought together in a super sparkly, extra-long ‘Glee’ that’s all about self-acceptance.

Rather than hit us over the head with the theme of this episode, Finn clocks Rachel in the nose. In under a minute, rhinoplasty is on the table and New Directions is debating the merits of surgically enhanced vs unconditional self-acceptance. Miss Pillsbury is brought in to help Mr. Schue drive home the message that this we...
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'Glee' Star Darren Criss Urges Teens To Vote

March 23rd, 2011 2:19pm EDT
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Glee star Darren Criss is going back to school to speak to students about the importance of voting.

The singer/actor, who plays student Blaine Anderson in the hit musical series, is visiting Hamilton High School in Los Angeles on Wednesday to kick off the first annual Democracy Day, a program which emphasizes the importance of civic education classes.

The Democracy Day program uses pop culture videos and mock elections to encourage teens to be active citizens.

Criss explains, "The voting process can be a bit overwhelming and at times confusing, particularly for first time voters. I'm ...
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In Case You Missed It: Kurt And Blaine Kiss On 'Glee' (Video)

March 17th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
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It finally happened: after months of hype and build-up, Glee aired the episode in which Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) lock lips.

In an episode that tackled bullying, Blaine asked Kurt to be his duet partner before coming clean later: he wanted to be partners so he could have an excuse to be with him. You can read the episode's recap here.

Of course, it isn't the first time Kurt kissed a guy on Glee. In November, an episode in which he confronts a highschool jock (Karofsky) for pushing him into a locker ended in a sudden kiss - from the jock!

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'Glee' Recap: Originality Wins Regionals

March 16th, 2011 3:33pm EDT
GLEE: New Directions perform at Regionals in the Original Song
Gwyneth’s gone and ‘Glee’ has a brand new gimmick to trot out this week. The episode, aptly called ‘Original Song’ is designed to showcase just that – brand new never-before-heard tunes that are as irresistible as all the karaoke tracks that have come before.

The concept has been brewing for a while now. Rachel Berry will put her musical genius and emotional baggage on the line for the sake of the glee club and New Directions will perform a completely original ditty at Regionals. However, her current set list (My Headband and Only Child) leaves more than a little to be desired and Finn ta...
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'Glee' Takes An 'Original Song' To Regionals

March 16th, 2011 10:41am EDT
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This week, New Directions decided to work with original songs, rather than the classics they’ve worked with in the past. Will it be the winning combination the club needs to stay in the running?

Coach “World Wide Sue” is all over this episode, thank heavens, and she’s great right out of the gate when she tells Mr. Schue she’s gotten My Chemical Romance to say no to the rights to the song he had his heart set on for the clubs ‘showstopper’ at Regionals. It seems she slept with the drummer. Although it later turns out that she forged the ‘cease and desist’ order, and actually slept with the...
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