Cory Monteith’s Glee family gathered last week for a memorial on the Paramount Studios lot where the show films, but the tributes didn’t stop there.
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Jane Lynch praised his talent, his effervescence, and his huge heart on The Tonight Show. Dianna Agron wrote poignantly about his generosity and said that his friends “will always carry a piece of [him] with us.” Matthew Morrison dedicated a song to him during his cabaret act, Up Close and Personal with Matthew Morrison. And now another voice from the Gleeosphere has released a moving tribute to the fallen Cory Monteith — and naturally, he’s chosen to do so in song.
Over the weekend, Glee star Chord Overstreet performed at The Roxy in Los Angeles. Among the songs he performed was this plaintive, unnamed original ballad — which Overstreet introduced by mentioning the recent loss of a dear friend, then saying, “This is for you, Cory.”
Gleeks: This is a tough one.
Jane Lynch stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, where the visibly upset actress weighed in on the death of Glee co-star Cory Monteith. “Cory’s one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light,” she shared as her voice broke. “He was one of those guys that … he knew he was breathing rarefied air. The gifts that this wonderful show gave us. He was always aware that it was a gift and he was quite generous. He was one of those adventurous types of people. I always admired how he would get up… you know, he would fly to Mexico, he’d throw parties for his friends. I don’t think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family. We’ve lost a really great guy.”
When asked by Leno how she would like people to remember him, she replied, “He once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him. That’s the kind of guy he was. He was just a real giver.”
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The news was tragic, but unfortunately not surprising: The coroner’s office announced Tuesday that Glee star Cory Monteith died of a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” The actor had checked into rehab and completed a 30-day stint in April and had talked openly about battling addiction as a teenager. In the wake of his death, the Internet took a break from getting itself outraged about that Rolling Stone cover and instead is using this as an opportunity to educate people about addiction and how all-encompassing and devastating the illness can be.
Comedian Rob Delaney — who himself got sober 11 years ago — shared some thoughts on his Tumblr, highlighting how addiction is a lifelong battle but that no one is beyond help or destined to die from their demons. “One of the hallmarks of alcoholism and addiction is multiple attempts to curb your use/abuse of drugs and alcohol. I’m only writing this because I sensed a fatalism in some of the replies I received from people, suggesting they believe that some folks are destined to OD and die. F— that. F— you if you think that. Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shapeshifting enemy, but I’ve seen people from every walk of life kick it in the f—ing mouth. But if you want to beat it, you must ACKNOWLEDGE ITS STRENGTH.”
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It’s just awful. That was my first thought when I heard the news that Glee star Cory Monteith passed away Saturday at just 31 years old. It’s particularly awful as a Glee fan who has watched the show hit metaphorical high notes, with Monteith’s goofy charm, boyish good looks, and heartwarming earnestness central to the show’s winning DNA.
Now, on top of a horrific and tragic situation for everyone personally involved, the Glee team has to work out where exactly the show goes from here. Glee is currently slated to return in September (no word yet on whether that date will hold). Although it’s not likely anyone’s first priority just yet, the writers have two difficult tasks lying ahead of them: 1) Deciding what to do about Finn, and 2) Devising a way to continue what is supposed be a goofy, over-the-top musical comedy in the wake of a tragedy.
As a fan who has spent the past four years watching, dissecting, and singing along to the show, here’s what I personally want to see going forward, with the important caveat that I hope, more than anything else, all cast members involved want to continue. If Monteith’s real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele — or anyone else — decides they need to be off the show for a bit, as a fan, I hope they are given that option.
In the wake of Cory Monteith’s death, Gleeks and fellow Monteith fans have gathered together to mourn his passing and celebrate his life and work. Fans took to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, among other sites, to express themselves and honor the Glee star. Members of other fandoms also reached out to Gleeks in mourning, offering virtual “fandom hugs” in support. The Canadian-born actor was best known for his role on Fox’s Glee
as football jock/New Directions performer Finn Hudson. L.A.-area fans even joined each other off line for an impromptu vigil held outside of Paramount Pictures Studio where Glee is typically filmed.
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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.
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.
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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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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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