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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.

'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


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


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!


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

'Glee' star Jenna Ushkowitz takes EW's Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO


Glee‘s fourth season may have just wrapped, but Jenna Ushkowitz, who plays Tina on the show, isn’t slowing down. She just released a book, Choosing Glee: 10 Rules to Finding Inspiration, Happiness, and the Real You, which is part scrapbook memoir and part teen advice book with anecdotes and tips about being yourself, achieving your goals and having confidence in your abilities. “It’s always been on my bucket list to write a book,” Ushkowitz said. “It sort of organically happened. I wrote this treatment in like 24 hours. The main 10 rules kept popping up over and over again, so that’s where we found the streamline for it.”

Gleeks will be excited to learn that the book has tips from the whole McKinley High crew, and even includes a letter from Ushkowitz to Tina. “I think some of the things I [hope for her are] to take risks and to not take everything so seriously,” Ushkowitz explains about her dreams for her character. “Make sure you tell people how you feel and to laugh everyday!”

Check out Ushkowitz laughing herself when she takes EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test — and fills us in on the movie she has to watch every time it’s on cable and her most prized pop culture possession — below: READ FULL STORY

First Look: See Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan in Broadway's 'Annie' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Glee‘s Jane Lynch begins a summer run on May 16 in the Broadway revival of Annie, playing the boozy and bawdy orphanage manager Miss Hannigan, who torments the titular red-haired girl. (Lynch is replacing current star Katie Finneran.) The actress rehearsed for the part this winter in L.A. while she wrapped up the fourth season of Glee.

Lynch admits that the role shares similarities with her villainous Glee character, Sue Sylvester, and says the two characters would probably be pals in real life. “I think Miss Hannigan would look up to Sue because Sue is much more stealth and much more successful at being manipulative,” says Lynch. “Miss Hannigan is just sloppy. She’s kind of a mess.”

Lynch adds that her Glee costar Darren Criss, who stepped in for Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway run of How to Succeed…, gave her some good advice. “He said ‘Make yourself comfortable.’ You have to really save your energy and your angst for the show.” Lynch admits that performing live on stage every night is  going to be a test of endurance. “I had a rehearsal onstage for the first time and I got to the point where I was doing ‘Little Girls’ and I was out of breath,” she says. “So I have to learn how to conserve my energy.”

She’s also not gonna be preoccupied with any potential Glee castmates or other pals coming to see her. Says Lynch, “I’ve told them I don’t want to know when anyone’s coming. I just wanna show up and do the show. I don’t want to think oh so-and-so is out there. I met Patti LuPone last night and she was like, ‘I’m going to come see you.’ And I was like, ‘You cannot let me know when.’ I do not want to know when Patti LuPone is coming to see me!”

Read more:
‘Glee': Kate Hudson and Lea Michele perform Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
‘Glee’ season finale recap: All or Nothing
‘Glee': Listen to three songs from this week’s Stevie Wonder tribute — EXCLUSIVE

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'Glee' season finale mini-recap: And the winners are...

WARNING: Don’t read the following if you haven’t seen tonight’s Glee season finale. 

The curtains have officially closed on Glee’s fourth season. But while Erin Strecker works on your full recap, here’s a rundown of the action: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Great Gatsby,' Rihanna's documentary, and more TV finales

May has arrived, spring has (sort of) sprung, and we are officially smack dab in the middle of finale season. We’re also coming up on some of the biggest movie releases of the year. Basically, it’s an exciting time to be an entertainment junkie, folks! So here is what we’ve rounded up for you this week. Whether you’re a Rihanna fan, an avid reader of YA novels, a country music fan, or a Gleek, we’re here to make sure you get the most out of your week … entertainment-wise. The rest is up to you.

Rihanna 777, 8 p.m., Fox
Catch an up-close-and-personal look at life on the road with Rihanna in this documentary about her November 2012 tour, in which she traveled to seven countries for seven concerts in seven days (get it?) to promote her seventh studio album, Unapologetic. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for a Chris Brown cameo … or maybe we shouldn’t.

Golden by Lady Antebellum hits record stores
Lady Antebellum’s fourth studio album marks their return to the sound that fans fell in love with — think “Need You Now.” From upbeat tracks to emotional ballads, this record is sure to please fans. But if you’re looking for something a little more outside-of-the-box, we hear good things about The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which also drops Tuesday.

Amazon Original Pilots, amazon.com
Check out Amazon’s slew of original pilots, watch them for free, and then vote for which pilot you want to be developed into a series. Voting goes through mid-May so act now! Our recommendation: Alpha House, starring John Goodman as a D.C. senator.

Community, 8 p.m., NBC — OR — Glee, 9 p.m., Fox
So many season finales, so little time. Whether you want to spend your night laughing or tapping your feet is up to you, but when it comes to Glee, regionals always provides a good show. Plus, will Blaine go through with proposing to Kurt?!

The Great Gatsby opens in theaters
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic novel is finally here, and it promises to be a visual experience that will leave you feeling one of two things: absolutely in awe or absolutely confused. But one thing is certain: With Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Toby Maguire in the lead roles, the party’s attendees are sure to be as pretty as the parties themselves.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The next big YA novel is here, and it focuses on a brave young female character and what happens to her when the world is invaded by aliens. Oh, and there’s a love interest. More importantly, Sony has already made a deal to launch what Yancey predicts will be a trilogy to the big screen.

Once Upon a Time, 8 p.m., ABC — OR — Revenge, 9 p.m., ABC — OR — Survivor, 8 p.m., CBS
It is an epic three-way battle of finales, and thanks to our best friend, DVR, we don’t have to choose. But if you do have to choose, we hear that big things are going down in Revenge‘s final hour.

Samantha on Twitter: @samhighfill

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