- Jennifer Lawrence To Shailene Woodley: ‘Don’t Be An Idiot, Do A Sex Tape, Do Drugs’
- 12 Reasons Why You Should Be A Fan Of Benedict Cumberbatch
- Demi Lovato: Cory Monteith ‘Didn’t Choose to Die,’ His Addiction Was a ‘Dangerous Disease’
- Battle of the Bikini Bodies: Let’s Cool Down With Coco
- 18 GIFs to Celebrate the 18th Birthday of ‘Clueless’
- Almost Time? Will And Kate Leave Bucklebury For London
- Ryan Reynolds and Jimmy Fallon Went to (Water) War Last Night
- ’30 Rock’ Star Jack McBrayer Sells His Hollywood Hills Pad For $2M
- How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Nicole Richie
- Farrah Abraham Slaps A Stripper’s Butt And Gives A Lap Dance At Vivid Gentlemen’s CLub
- Everybody Loves Everybody: A Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison Caption Contest
- MTV’s Jeff Dye Is Back To Take ‘Money From Strangers’
- Watch Selena Gomez’s Leaked Music Video For ‘Slow Down’
- Cory Monteith Urges Fans to ‘Stay Out of Trouble’ in Final Video Message
- The ‘Great Kate Wait:’ One Reporter’s View From Outside The Lindo Wing
- Hear Justin Bieber Sing the First Line of ‘Heartbreaker’
- I’m Worried I Won’t Be Able to Finish ‘Orange is the New Black’ While It’s Still Cool
- What You Need To Know About Day 1 Of Comic-Con 2013
- Realty Byte: Ryan Serhant Goes Inside Shaun White’s Multi-Million Dollar Beach Retreats
- Matthew Morrison Wraps Cabaret Run With Another Cory Monteith Tribute
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 10:38 AM PDT
In an interview with Vanity Fair‘s Julie Miller at Comic-Con on Thursday, Woodley revealed that the Oscar winner provided her with some helpful advice before she signed up for the highly-anticipated adaptation.
“She gave me really beautiful advice and said that I should definitely take it,” Woodley said of Lawrence’s words of wisdom. “[She said] it will be the best thing that ever happened. But don’t be an idiot, do a sex tape, do drugs. And go to Whole Foods when your movie opens.”
"I have still yet to meet Jennifer in the flesh, but I had a slight interaction with her where I asked her about Hunger Games and what it was like, and her life and how much it has changed,” she continued. “It was nice asking someone who has been through the process and is kind of seasoned in the young-adult franchise.”
But even getting Katniss Everdeen‘s blessings didn’t win Woodley over. According to the Golden Globe nominee, she had reserves about signing on to do a film franchise.
"I was nervous because I had just gotten out of a five-year series, which was a six-year contract," she explained, referring to her ABC Family series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
"I sort of learned my lesson about signing into things for a long period of time," she said. "The thought of signing a four-year contract was very daunting, and doing a huge franchise movie that has the potential to be very successful was frightening to me. I never wanted that amount of attention, and the thought of losing my anonymity was not something that I was looking forward to."
Divergent is slated to open March, 21, 2014. Meanwhile, Hunger Games‘ follow-up, Catching Fire, will be released Nov. 22, 2013.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 09:57 AM PDT
It’s Benedict, Cumberbitches.
Though the British actor made his onscreen debut in 2002, he’s seriously becoming one of England’s hottest import. This year alone, Benedict Cumberbatch has been involved in 7 different projects, ranging from TV (BBC’s Sherlock), blockbusters (Star Trek Into Darkness), serious dramas (12 Years a Slave), biopics (The Fifth Estate) and cartoons (The Simpsons).
Needless to say, you’ll be seeing a lot more of this guy.
To celebrate his 37th birthday this Friday, Celebuzz is taking a look at just what makes Cumberbatch so irresistible. Here are 12 reasons why you should seriously consider being one of his fans.
1. He’s really British. Come on, his birth name is really Benedict Cumberbatch.
2. So like all British folks, he really stresses the importance of speaking English correctly. And we can all get behind education, right?
3. He loves a good think.
4. He’s not afraid to get emotional.
5. Cumberbatch knows how to take charge.
6. So you could say he has a little bad boy streak in him.
7. He understands that pants suck. Really, they do.
8. And, most importantly, he knows exactly what his fandom likes.
9. Like this.
10. And using GIFs.
11. In fact, he’s all on board of you using GIFs of him.
12. We love you too, Benedict. Our bodies are ready.
[All GIFs from Tumblr.]
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 12:10 PM PDT
The former Disney darling, who completed a three-month stint in a treatment facility back in January 2011, openly discussed last year the dangers of falling into the trappings of Hollywood fame.
“Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs,” she said. ”They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there …. Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says ‘no’. That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”
While Lovato put herself on the road to recovery, Monteith fell victim to such struggles. The Glee star, 31 — who left rehab after a 30-day stay in April — was found dead, from a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol, in his Vancouver, Canada, hotel room on Saturday.
“All it takes is one moment of vulnerability to get slipped into your addiction,” Lovato told PEOPLE Wednesday. “He didn’t choose to die. It was the disease. It can creep up on you at any moment. It only takes one moment of relapse to potentially die. It’s really scary, but I’m really hoping that from this, people are able to see this is a very, very, very dangerous disease.”
Even years after her treatment, Lovato still skips out on the Hollywood party scene in order to keep herself on track. “I don’t go to clubs,” she explained. “I just know it’s something I can’t do without being triggered. And that’s okay.”
Now as fans, friends and family mourn the sudden loss of Monteith, Lovato’s heart goes out to one person in particular: Lea Michele, Monteith’s girlfriend.
“The main person in my thoughts is Lea,” Lovato says. “I am praying for her so hard and I love her so much. I’m wishing her a lot of strength right now.”
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 10:28 AM PDT
Welcome back to Battle of the Bikini Bodies! Last week, you voted for your favorite hot bikini bods in the categories of Supermodels, Pop Stars, Starlets, Reality Stars, and Wildcards. We’ve tallied the votes, and the winners from those polls are now facing one another in the ultimate bikini body showdown. This is the last of our features, and therefore your last chance to vote! We announce the winner on Monday, so you only have through the weekend — remember, you can vote once a day! — to help your favorite win!
Coco won last week’s Wildcards Round and is now a finalist against Kate Upton, Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, and Holly Madison. Vote below for your favorite bikini body. After the poll, things get steamy when we present our reasons to vote Coco.
It’s, like, ONE MILLION degrees in New York right now. How can we cure our misery? Let’s hit the water with Coco. And, hey, while we’re at it, consider this the only reason you need to cast your vote for this buxom blonde:
Although, this is another good reason to consider:
As is this:
Nobody does The Poolside Lounge like Coco:
Let’s take a look at that from a different angle:
And, finally, BAM:
For good measure, let’s re-explore one of our favorite galleries of all time:
All images via INF.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 09:45 AM PDT
On July 19, 1995, a little movie called Clueless hit movie theaters across America. The movie was not supposed to be a hit, but but it was. And 18 years later, we’re still talking about it, the movie has aged better than Paul Rudd, which is saying something.
To celebrate the movie’s 18th birthday, here are 18 classic moments:
Happy birthday, Clueless. I’m totally buggin’ that it’s been 18 years.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 10:47 AM PDT
While everyone is on edge waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to go into labor, The Sun thought it would have a laugh by sending Will and Kate lookalikes down to St. Mary’s Lindo Wing today.
PS- No one was amused.
Meanwhile, a few outlets are reporting that the Duke and Duchess have left her parents’ Bucklebury home en route to London, where the Duchess is planning to give birth.
The Kent and Sussex Courier spoke to royal reporter Phil Dampier today, who lives near the Middletons.
“It looks like it’s starting to happen,” Dampier told the paper.
E! News spoke to sources, who claimed that no helicopters were around when they left. Royal protection offiers left the family home as well.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 09:55 AM PDT
On Thursday, Reynolds paid a visit to the Late Night set to promote his latest, R.I.P.D. and later found himself in a game of water war with the host.
Things to take away from this wonderful clip: this game is probably rigged (though no one's complaining about Reynolds getting completely drenched); Fallon doesn't wear an undershirt; there's something absolutely adorable about these two when they say "war!" at the same time.
R.I.P.D. arrives in theaters today.
[Lead image courtesy of Lloyd Bishop/NBC]
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 08:34 AM PDT
And after just two years as a homeowner of a prime piece of L.A. real estate, the comedian is making a nice chunk of extra change. McBrayer bought the home in 2011 for $1.975 million and after just three months on the market the sale is pending for a $1.999 million listing price, according to property records.
Everyone's favorite page with the charming Southern drawl, called this mid-century modern Beachwood Canyon abode his home away from The Big Apple. And while he was busy getting nominated for an Emmy and the cast was taking home awards for the hilarious NBC sitcom, McBrayer was also finding spare time to enjoy the redesigned and updated West Coast retreat.
Only the second time on market in the past 50 years, the 2,594 square foot, 3-bedroom, 3-bath home has a storied Hollywood history as the former residence of a Hollywood scriptwriter of radio and television westerns.
Now, the lucky new owner has just bought priceless jaw-dropping, panoramic views of downtown, the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. Much like a private hillside retreat situated on a 13,000 square foot lot, the gorgeous contemporary features a dramatic master bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet; and outside, a glass tile pool and spa surrounded by a dream deck and yard perfect for entertaining.
To take a tour of Jack’s Tinseltown digs he’s selling, click through the gallery above.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 08:24 AM PDT
Nicole Richie pretty much looks like she’s having the best summer ever.
The 31-year-old star and mommy of two has been sharing tons of personal pics of her season of fun in the sun, and if you’re not jealous of Richie’s fab life now, then wait ’til you see the pics.
Nicole has another reason to enjoy this summer — the AOL web series based on her tweets, #Candidly Nicole, is officially a viral sensation. The debut episode reached one million viewers in its first week alone.
Flip through Nicole’s personal pics in the fun gallery, above, to get a glimpse at her awesome summer so far.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 09:07 AM PDT
Last night, Farrah Abraham helped celebrate the opening of Vivid’s new Gentlemen’s Club in Mooresville, North Carolina. While inside, the 22-year-old mom gave some guy named Jonathan York a lap dance, and hugged strippers carrying small bills for high rollers looking to change a $50.
Earlier this week, Abraham made a move on Matty P’s Happy Hour radio show that pushed her deeper into the hole.
When asked about the highly controversial verdict on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case, Abraham had this to say:
“I feel like I've met her or something. That sounds so familiar. I don't know what she is, I can't picture the person with the name right now.”
Abraham released a statement to Radar Online about not having the brain power to open a newspaper or turn the station to CNN.
"Trayvon is not the only young adult killed for the reasons he was killed," the statement read, adding that Abraham urges to those who walk around "dangerous areas and people."
"I do not wish to be part of this topic. I just would hope other young adults keep away from vandalism and dangerous areas and people. I wish Trayvon's family all the best as they deal with their loss.”
Posted: 18 Jul 2013 01:35 PM PDT
Nope! Wrong song. Ahem. Let’s try that again. I said, CAN YOU FEEEEELLLLL THE LOOOOOVVVEEE TONIIIIIGHT?
I sure can! I can feel Doug Hutchison‘s love for the paparazzi, Courtney Stodden‘s love for Doug, my love for everyone who ever lived, because I am lovely and loving like that. Ah, how beautiful it is to love!
I also feel great love for today’s winning captions, which I will now share with you:
“thats how small it is…” – Cindy
“What’s wrinkled and smells like Skank? Doug Hutchinson’s middle finger!” – Ronald
“Doug: ‘I couldn’t find the sunroof button using my index finger, so, hopefully i can find it using my middle finger.’ Courtney: ‘my back hurts.’” – Jonathan
“Yeah, here you go in case your not a mind reader!” – Johnny
“Stop looking at my daughter” - Eileen
“Hey buddy! Paper or plastic?” – Cortney
Congrats to our winners! Visit our Facebook page for a new Caption Contest each and every weekday.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 06:43 AM PDT
Once a prankster, always a prankster.
That’s right, Jeff Dye is back with a new season of MTV’s Money From Strangers. And he’ll do whatever it takes to get the perfect LOL moment — and that means the bigger (and crazier), the better.
“Yeah, I mean that’s all I’m really good at,” Dye told Celebuzz about going from childhood to professional prankster. “We made a girl pee herself one time at camp” (with a little help from… wait for it… a taxidermy deer head.)
All the stops have been pulled and nothing’s off limits for the MTV comedy show’s sophomore season. So just remember, when you’re on the street you could be the next victim to be properly punked by Dye and his gang of guest comedians, like Grace Helbig of Daily Grace and Hannibal Buress from Comedy Central.
Oh, and on an interview sidenote, this funny guy talks about “stirring up” some Twitter trouble… and his dating do’s and don’ts.
Listen up, gals.
For more in-studio antics with Jeff Dye, watch the CB! video above.
Money From Strangers airs Thursdays at 11 p.m. on MTV.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 06:47 AM PDT
Ooh, la la. Selena Gomez is getting down under the neon lights of the Parisian club scene in the sexy new video for “Slow Down.”
The 20-year-old songstress’s video for her next single has leaked online and this clip might be her hottest one yet.
Seleners steps out on the town in the City of Light in the video — stomping on the streets in thigh high boots, making “come hither” faces in the back of a limo, dropping it like it’s hot in da club. There’s even a pretty good choreographed dance routine in there. It’s no Janet Jackson’s “If,” but it’ll do.
Gomez sings, “I just wanna feel your body right next to mine/ All night long/ Baby, slow down the song/ And when it’s coming closer to the end hit rewind/ All night long/ Baby slow down the song/”
Selena’s upcoming album, “Stars Dance,” is set to drop July 19th.
Take a look at her sultry new video, above. What do you think?
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 06:51 AM PDT
The video was reportedly taken at the request of a flight attendant while the late Glee star was en route from Japan to Vancouver, his final destination.
“I wanted to record this video for you guys just to let you know to stay out of trouble and stay in school,” the actor said in his now-eerie message.
Watch the full clip, above.
Monteith died late Saturday evening on the 21st floor at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, Canada. The cause of death was later determined to be an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
He was 31.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 06:47 AM PDT
I emailed Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for Britain’s Daily Express, to get a sense of the impatient atmosphere outside St. Mary’s Lindo Wing.
Amidst photographers’ ladders and tape cordoning off press space, people are getting quite punchy. Palmer gave me a rundown of the best ways reporters are passing time during what has been declared as “The Great Kate Wait.”
“The most amusing way to pass the time,” Palmer told me via email, “was Valentine Low hijacking The Sun‘s webcam yesterday to perform the Babycam Blues in the style of Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”
Unlike television reporters, those in print are a bit luckier in that they need not be down at the Lindo wing 24/7.
“We don’t have to be down there all the time for presentational purposes and there have been stories to write,” Palmer explained.
Space in the central pen has been held for royal correspondents like himself, so Palmer hasn’t had to worry about camping out and marking his territory, like certain members of the press have had to do.
“Those who have been down there since July 1 and before are developing cabin fever,” Palmer added. ”They sit there expounding conspiracy theories about how she can’t be due yet, is having it in another hospital, or how she will be smuggled in through a tunnel that starts about a mile away.
“It’s quite startling when you go down there but it is starting to get to everyone now,” Palmer said.
The palace has never confirmed a due date for the Duchess of Cambridge, though many outlets have thrown out certain dates like July 11th, July 13th, July 19th (today) and July 23rd. Her Royal Highness told a well-wisher in Glasgow that she was due “mid-July.”
A royal source reportedly told the Daily Telegraph that hospital staff at St. Mary’s were told to be on their A-game (and off the booze) a month before Catherine’s due date.
“A small number of staff at St Mary's who might be called upon when the Duchess gives birth were told they had to remain teetotal for a month before the due date,” the source said.
“They were told the due date was July 19.”
It’s believed that the Duke and Duchess have been staying at the Middleton home in Bucklebury, over an hour’s drive from London.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 06:35 AM PDT
Happy Fridays, Beliebers — your boy has a bit of music for you.
Justin Bieber has been hyping up his upcoming single, “Heartbreaker,” for more than a month. This week, he finally treated fans to a first listen of the song, featured in the commercial for his new fragrance, The Key. Now he’s shared another snippet of the track on Instagram.
“Me singing first line of #heartbreaker,” he wrote, posting a video (below) of himself singing in the shadows.
And it goes a little something like this: “Oh girl, I got a secret place that we could go/ ’cause girl I really want to be alone/ And baby, nobody else gotta know.”
“Heartbreaker” is anticipated as the lead single off Bieber’s fourth studio album, which is expected to drop before the end of the year. It will be Bieber’s first album since 2012′s Believe, which he re-released in January as Believe Acoustic.
Posted: 18 Jul 2013 03:55 PM PDT
Netflix’s latest über-buzzy show Orange is the New Black premiered about one week ago. Eight simple turns of the Earth. If Orange is the New Black were a normal show, the second episode would have aired last night. But it is not; it is a Netflix original show, which means all 13 episodes were available to stream at once and everyone, it seems, already has. Except me.
It isn’t for a lack of trying that I haven’t yet finished all 13 episodes. The night I started the show, I powered through “I Wasn’t Ready,” “Tit Punch” and “Lesbian Request Denied” (fun fact: Jodie Foster directed that episode) without stopping. Since then, I’ve finished two more, but still that’s only five of 13. Avoiding spoilers has been tricky, sure, but the worst feeling is that I’m afraid everyone will be done talking about it by the time I’m finished.
Some say the idea of a water cooler show is old-fashioned, but trying logging onto Twitter on during an episode of Mad Men. People are talking — more than ever — they’re just talking in a different place. I don’t have a television, but I do have a Netflix account (my own), a Hulu account (borrowed) and an HBO Go account (stolen), so I’m able to stay up-to-date enough on the shows I watch to know that the correct response when someone says, “oh my god how upset are you about Sybil?!?!?!?!” Staying current for one hour a week is easy enough, but to keep up with a 13-episode show that’s meant to be watched as quickly as possible? That’s an entirely new social phobia, one I’ll call “Netflix FOMO.”
For those who aren’t watching Orange is the New Black, here’s a quick primer. Piper (played by Taylor Schilling, the lady who got to make out with Zac Efron in The Lucky One) is headed to a federal prison. She carried drug money for her girlfriend 10 years ago and it’s come back to bite her in the ass. Her fiancé is played by Jason Biggs, who mostly just masturbates, from what I’ve seen so far. In prison, Piper meets a quirky cast of characters who are alternately depressing, threatening and delightful. For those who appreciate nostalgia, the prison’s yoga instructor is played by Constance Shulman, otherwise known as the voice of Patti Mayonnaise. As only Jenji Kohan (creator of Weeds) can, the show is both wickedly funny and strikingly dark. It deals with race and LGBTQ issues in a way that I’ve never seen on television before, not coming off as either preachy or insensitive. The show is also shot in my neighborhood (hey Astoria!) which adds to the fun.
But if Netflix shows are going to be A Thing now — and Netflix’s 15 Emmy nominations suggests that they will — how are we going to make sure we aren’t missing out? Keeping up with the online world can, at times, feel like a Herculean task. The world moves so fast, thanks to the internet. But, when it’s possible, it’s nice to slow down, to enjoy something as simple as a television show. And let yourself have something to look forward to.
The second season of Orange is the New Black won’t be out until 2014, anyway, and I’m sure I’ll have finished the first season by then, at least.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 05:36 AM PDT
The MTV show is coming back sooner than you think. The cast – Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin and Crystal Reed – dropped the big news at their panel Thursday night. Find out when the premiere is airing (and get a sneak peek at the upcoming episodes) on Deadline.
Following the footsteps of The Hunger Games, the filming for young adult books series finished just two days ago and the cast unveiled a preview clip at the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con. Get the inside information about the series on Empire.
The Showtime series is heading into its final season and the network is send it off with bang. The cast of Dexter — including previously killed characters — reunited at its panel for one final goodbye. Peep the reunion snapshot below.
The X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson came together once again to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the FOX sci-fi show. The onscreen duo dished about potentially starring in another movie (Fight the Future, part 2?!) while also opened up about their character’s undeniable chemistry (spoiler alert: sex ensues). Catch what went down during the panel at TVLine.
The film adaptation for the 1985 sci-fi novel has its first clip starring Harrison Ford. Watch the short teaser on Entertainment Weekly.
Ghost Ghirls, which will premiere all 12 episodes AT ONCE this fall on Yahoo! Comedy is executive produced by Jack Black and features co-creators/lead actresses, Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci. The two are pitched as Lucille Ball and her BFF Ethel but taking on ghosts and had the audience laughing out loud numerous times during the screening/panel. The episodes will also feature a number of guest stars including Dave Grohl, Jake Johnson, and Val Kilmer as well as Black and his Tenacious D counterpart, Kyle Gass.
For The Sidekick, Benedict brought together Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers and Richard Speight, Jr. The short film focuses on the best part of a superhero duo — the sidekick, of course. All the stars do their best to make you laugh in spandex costumes while Caplan’s character gets involved with career sidekick, Max McCabe (Benedict). They shot the film in 5 days and Benedict is hoping if he plays his cards right, that it could spin into a series. Check out thesidekickproject.com for more info.
Posted: 18 Jul 2013 10:09 PM PDT
Shaun White may dominate fresh powder, but the San Diego native loves the sand and surf.
The extreme sports superstar just sold his sunny Carlsbad home for a cool $1M in February, Celebuzz can reveal, after the athlete outgrew the beachside crash pad that he bought in 2002. A stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean, the 2,200 square-foot, 3-bed, 3-bath home sits in a quiet residential nabe and was recently upgraded with hardwood flooring, granite kitchen counters and baths, custom patio hardscape with built in BBQ, spa with waterfall and outdoor heated shower.
Even though the cool digs sound fancy, they were pretty modest for the gold medal Olympian. In fact, the X-Games record holder wanted to go even fancier and put his endorsement money to good use, upgrading the taste level to a cool $3.85M Encinitas, Calif. surfer’s paradise.
White splashed out a few extra million and it’s easy to see why. The 3,500-square-foot crib sits right on the coast and has a massive outdoor deck with a fire pit. With 3 beds, 3 baths, bar, multiple seating areas, private staircase leading down to the beach, and floor-to-ceiling windows, this beach house is the perfect place to kickback and unwind after catching some serious waves (or moguls).
The open layout is complimented by the rich hardwood floors, plenty of natural light, and easy access to the beach. With a place like this, the 26-year-old snowboarder is bound to take over the surfing world next.
Let Ryan Serhant take you on a tour of Shaun’s new beachside oasis in the Realty Byte video above.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 07:53 AM PDT
Beneath the bright spotlight on the small stage of 54 Below, Matthew Morrison began his final cabaret show the same way he had the first: by paying heartfelt homage to Cory Monteith, his Glee costar who unexpectedly passed away on Saturday.
“This week has been an interesting one for me. I lost a good friend of mine, Cory Monteith,” Morrison said solemnly to a sold-out crowd at the intimate New York City venue on Wednesday evening. “He was like a brother to me …. So, I’m going to start the show tonight with a song for Cory.”
Morrison filled the room with a moving, a capella rendition of “What I Did for Love,” a song from the musical A Chorus Line that Monteith’s girlfriend Lea Michele performed on the second season of Glee.
Then he dove into a set of show tunes and standards — from “Luck Be a Lady” from Guys and Dolls, to “On The Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady, to Duke Ellington‘s “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” — keeping the audience completely spellbound with his smooth vocals, suave dance steps and stellar showmanship, all backed up by a band including Brad Ellis, the piano player on Glee (who was also Morrison’s childhood camp counselor).
While the man of the hour sparkled with songs like “Singin’ in the Rain” — “one of my favorite[s],” he said — he turned somber at times, most of all with his performance “Send in the Clowns,” which left him wiping his watery eyes.
Throughout the set, which drew on his latest album, Where It All Began, Morrison effused about his experience on Glee, in which he plays the beloved Glee club coach Will Schuester.
“I’m not actually a high school teacher in real life. In real life, I’m not the kind of guy who hangs around high schools,” he said, sparking laughter among his showgoers. “In real life, I’m the kind of guy who hangs around places like this. But one of the best things about the past four years is I’ve gotten to sing some of the best show tunes on global television.”
That’s what Morrison will continue to do once the Fox musical-comedy returns for its fifth season this fall. But for now, filming is reportedly on hiatus, as fans, friends and the entire Glee family continue to mourn the tragic loss of Monteith.
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