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Cory Monteith: Matthew Morrison dedicates cabaret show to 'Glee' costar

In keeping with the show-must-go-on spirit of his TV series, Glee star Matthew Morrison went ahead with his cabaret act, Up Close and Personal with Matthew Morrison, this afternoon following the death last night of his costar Cory Monteith. According to a source at the show, Morrison walked onstage at NYC’s 54 Below theater with his Glee piano player, Brad Ellis, who also accompanies him in his stage show, and said to the crowd, “Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room. What do you do in this situation? We came here to do a show. You came here to see a show. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re doing this in Cory’s honor.” The audience applauded, and Morrison invited his band onstage for a special rendition of “What I Did for Love,” a song performed by Lea Michele on the second season of Glee. Morrison has five additional shows scheduled through Wednesday.

Watch Cory Monteith's 15 best 'Glee' performances

Cory Monteith passed away yesterday at the age of 31. The actor was best-known as jock-turned-performer Finn Hudson on Glee. Throughout four seasons, when his character wasn’t busy flirting with Quinn or Rachel, confronting bullies or learning an important life lesson about acceptance, Monteith performed countless covers of everything from Journey to Madonna to Coldplay.

Below, check out 15 of his best musical moments from Glee. READ FULL STORY

Cory Monteith's death: Co-stars, other celebs react

News of Glee actor Cory Monteith’s unexpected and tragic death rocked Hollywood late Saturday night, with many of the 31-year-old actor’s co-stars and fellow television actors conveying their sadness on Twitter.

Monteith, best known for playing Finn Hudson on Fox’s Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon.
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Character rehab: How to fix Kitty on 'Glee'

Here at EW, we’re starting a new weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

Even Glee’s biggest fans would likely agree that season 4 of the show was fairly up and down: For every stellar moment — like the breakup episode or Rachel’s beautiful callback audition — there were parts that were painfully unrealistic or, even worse, boring. And many of the moments that made us groan came back to McKinley’s new mean girl: Kitty Wilde. But Kitty’s not going anywhere anytime soon (the actress, Becca Tobin, along with the actors who portray Marley, Jake, Ryder, and Unique were all recently promoted to series regulars for the new season).

At the risk of being the girl clinging to the past like the lady who’s still hoping Drake will return to Degrassi, let me preface this by saying I understand the show clearly isn’t going to refocus solely on “The Olds,” however much many viewers were hoping for an all-NYC show. We’re going to keep getting McKinley High stories, so my intention here is to think under what circumstances those plotlines — that for me personally were the weakest spot in Glee’s fourth season — can get better and more entertaining in season 5 (not to mention an already-confirmed season 6). While all the new characters have some moments that could be improved, an intervention is most necessary for Kitty, a.k.a. “A young Quinn Fabray.”

Kitty was clearly brought in to be the new sassy, popular cheerleader when she joined the show at the beginning of this season, but right now, the role is too cartoonish-ly overblown. As viewers, there has to be something that we can either relate to or (barring that) at least understand about a character’s motivation. For most of season 4, Kitty didn’t have that background; she was just a pile of racist, hateful remarks with a side of teen girl jealousy. It got a bit better when she confessed to Ryder she was molested a few years back (Side note: Boom! The show went there!), but that storyline was instantly dropped. Tobin is clearly talented — just check out her performance with Jake during  “Everybody Talks” — but her character needs some work for more viewers to be engaged with her on the next season of the musical dramedy. Here’s how to make the girl who once declared, “I am like a bad Carrie Underwood song once I get going” more compelling … and maybe even downright likable (or, at least, like-to-hate-able).
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Teen Choice Awards nominations: 'Pitch Perfect' and 'Glee' have a musical face-off

The second wave of Teen Choice Awards 2013 nominees is full of aca-awesome. The Monday announcement revealed that Pitch Perfect received four nods, only coming second to Fox’s Glee, which swept round two with five nods.

Whether you find these musical sensations aca-amazing or aca-awful, the show is sure to feature something for everyone. Other nominees include Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke, Adam Levine, and Demi Lovato, who will all join the previously announced nominees across a fun bundle of categories, ranging from Choice Comedian to Choice Twitter Personality.

The show is shaping up to be quite the medley of teenage favorites in film, television, music, fashion, comedy, and sports. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once-a-day per category for their favorite Teen Choice nominees at the TCA website. Voting ends at 11:59 PM PT on Saturday, Aug. 10. A list of second-wave nominees is below, and the two-hour ceremony airs Sunday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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'MasterChef': 'Glee' challenge! Plus: Krissi's beastliness vs. Jessie's chopped off fingertip

In the craziest MasterChef of the season (or two, I guess — Fox is very fond of the double-episode bonanza), two people headed home, Jessie lost a fingertip in a mandolin slicer, and Krissi emerged as a loathsome reality TV super villain for the ages. But first: a hilarious just-shy-of-insulting Sue Sylvester role call! READ FULL STORY

'Annie' star Jane Lynch takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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Jane Lynch will return to Glee this fall (“My character has been fired, but I don’t think Jane Lynch has been fired,” she says), but in the meantime, she’s keeping busy. She’s doing eight shows a week on Broadway as Annie‘s Miss Hannigan through July 14. (Her pre-show ritual? Besides nervous burping, she heads to the conductor’s dressing room and they sing “Little Girls” on his Casio, “just for fun.”) She’s serving as the face of belVita Breakfast Biscuits. (Her favorite flavor? Blueberry). And she’s hosting NBC’s Hollywood Game Night, premiering July 14, which has stars playing variations of games like Charades and Name That Tune. The most competitive celebrity? “Matthew Perry was the most angry, I think,” she reports, laughing. “He did not do well, and he was funny and self-deprecating. Martin Short was hilarious and off-the-wall. We have a live house band, and they were right behind him. Every time they would play, he would fall on to the floor. Rose Byrne was very aggressive. It’s the cute young girls with the pretty faces, and they become little monsters. Ellie Kemper, she was awful and very sweet, all at the same time.”

Now that she’s ratted them out, it’s only fair that Lynch reveals a few of her own secrets in our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Matthew Morrison takes EW's Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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Glee star Matthew Morrison went back to his Broadway roots for his new album, Where It All Began, and recorded with a 60-piece orchestra in the studio. So it only makes sense that he’s celebrating its release with a concert special, taped late last year, debuting June 1 on PBS (check local listings). “These are classic, well-worn songs that have been sung by the best vocalists we’ve ever had — Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis. What you try to do to reinvent them is take the bones of the song and weave your own framework around them. In my case, I’m a dancer as well,” he says. “I did a version of ‘On the Street Where You Live,’ which is typically a ballad, and I made it more of a swing beat. It’s got this really hard dance break. Obviously, you’re not gonna see the dance when you buy the album, but when I come out of the break [live], I’m kinda huffing and puffing and trying to finish out the song. But it’s exhilarating for me. I actually love performing that way.”

Below, Morrison takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test and reveals when he yells at the TV, the movie he watches every time he spots it on cable, the film he’s seen the most times in theaters, his most prized pop culture possession, something from his childhood he wishes he still had, and the recipient of the only fan letter he’s ever written. READ FULL STORY

EW.com's 4th Annual Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

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Yes, there are a few season finales to go, but with the rush of surprise twists, cliffhangers, and exits behind us, it’s now time for EW.com’s fourth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards. After taking your suggestions under advisement — and extending the cutoff date to March 31, because so many of you wanted to (dis)honor the passing of The Walking Dead‘s Andrea — here are this year’s nominees. UPDATE: Polls are now closed. Winners will be announced Friday. READ FULL STORY

'Glee': I don't know what month the show is taking place in and it's driving me insane!

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: If you’re looking for gritty realism, Glee is not the show for you. I understand that this is a musical comedy set in a high school and not Breaking Bad. But ever since Glee‘s fourth-season finale — which ended with middle-of-the-year Regionals as opposed to the typical ender of springtime Nationals (save for season one) — Glee‘s always funky timeline (remember when Blaine was older than Kurt!?) has gotten to some next level weird, and it’s time someone said something about it.

The first half of this season started off as normally as ever, with the show progressing in approximate real-time, with the new school year kicking off in September, and Thanksgiving happening just a week later than actual Thanksgiving. (We know Thanksgiving happened because of an unforgettable performance of “Turkey Lurkey Time.”) But around Christmas the timeline got crazier than Roz and Sue combined. The winter holidays came and went, but after that, it’s anyone’s guess what month it is. READ FULL STORY

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