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Ryan Murphy says he's the male Lady Gaga, plus more fun facts from 'Vogue' profile

Ryan Murphy is one of the most successful men in television. This fall, he’ll have three scripted shows on the air — Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal. In honor of this impressive achievement, Vogue wrote a lengthy profile on the TV scribe. The story includes everything you ever wanted to know (and some things you didn’t) about Murphy. To spare you the burden of clicking through all six pages of the Vogue article, we have selected five fun facts for your reading pleasure.

1. Murphy likes to order people’s food for them: When Vogue writer Jonathan Van Meter sat down for dinner with Murphy at the Chateau Marmont, Murphy immediately ordered them both Spaghetti Bolognese. “I fundamentally knew exactly what you would like,” he told Meter. Vegetarians, beware!

2. He considers himself the “male Lady Gaga”: Because his work is “at once inflammatory and wildly popular.” Murphy then insisted Meter print the Gaga remark.

3. He had an affair with a 21-year-old when he was 15: “We would wash his Corvette, go fishing, and listen to Christopher Cross on eight-tracks,” Murphy said of the relationship.

4. He is “obsessed with Ann Romney”: Granted, this was meant to be somewhat sarcastic, but he goes on to say that he admires the Republican presidential candidate’s wife and her brood of children.

5. He wishes he’d created Girls: Despite his reputation for being “smug,” Murphy said he does watch and admire other people’s work. “I love Lena Dunham,” he proclaimed. Glee cameo?

BONUS: Glee‘s Lea Michele wants to be Murphy’s daughter: This is not technically a fact about Murphy, but Michele’s remark was too bizarre to be overlooked. “I am incredibly jealous that I am not their daughter. Because the Murphy household would be my dream.” Intense. Watch your back future Murphy baby!

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PopWatch Planner: 'Boardwalk' is back. Plus: 'Glee' does Britney (again) and the Emmys!

Next Sunday’s Emmys will honor the best in TV, but to keep you going until then, one of the most-nominated shows is back in business when Boardwalk Empire season 3 premieres on HBO Sunday night. Gangsters in all forms are taking center stage this week, from aforementioned Prohibition-era Atlantic City, to modern-day Chicago, where My Boys star Jordana Spiro takes on the ailments of the mob in Fox’s The Mob Doctor.

We may be more than a month out from Halloween, but horror flick The Cabin in the Woods will be coming out on DVD this week to get you in the mood. If that’s not scary enough, conquer your fear of updating your iPhone with the Apple iOS 6 release on Wednesday. Luckily, the rest of the week has only fun things in store: Another Britney episode on Glee, a baseball movie for the end of summer, and JGL on SNL. Have a great one!

Boardwalk Empire season premiere, HBO, 9 p.m.

Put on your flapper dress and settle in for the first hour of the new season, which starts off at the beginning of 1923. What will Jimmy’s (Michael Pitt) death mean for the leadership of the Boardwalk? Will Margaret’s (Kelly MacDonald) deal with the church be the beginning of the end for her and Nucky (Steve Buschemi)? Check out clips from the new season hereREAD FULL STORY

Thursday night TV: 'Big Bang' or '30 Rock'?

Thursday, traditionally primetime’s biggest night, won’t really get interesting until Oct. 4. By then, every network — minus The CW — will have premiered new episodes of its fall Thursday shows. As of tonight, though, only Fox is airing shiny new autumnal TV: CBS has comedy repeats and a new Big Brother, ABC’s showing summer series Wipeout and an old ep of Grey‘s, and NBC’s entire night has been turned over to the season finale of America’s Got Talent.

But in early October? By then, we’ll be four episodes into the fourth season of Glee, and all of NBC’s comedies will have returned. Meredith Grey will be sobbing all new sobs on ABC, and Lucy Liu will be steaming up screens as a sexy Dr. Watson on CBS’s Elementary. ‘Twill be a glorious time, my friends. A glorious time indeed.

So let’s fudge tonight’s TV Timeslot Wars poll by pretending that frabjous day is already upon us. When October rolls around, comedy lovers will be faced with a tough choice at 8 pm: The Big Bang Theory‘s nerds or 30 Rock‘s nerds? If you like one, there’s a good chance you also like the other — though you could always ditch both for extra Britney on The X Factor‘s results show.

Here’s the moment of truth — which show will you watch live? Let us know in the poll below.


'The New Normal' sneak peek: 5 takeaways

Ann Romney or no Ann Romney, Modern Family‘s Cam and Mitch better watch out — there’s another couple vying to become America’s favorite same-sex pairing. The New Normal premieres on NBC on September 11, but the pilot is already streaming on Hulu — and, much like the first episode of The Mindy Project, it proves that Normal is a promising new series with a few minor wrinkles. Here’s what I took away from Episode 1:


Style & Design: Natalie Portman strips down for Dior, Rachel and Kurt's 'Glee' loft and more

Natalie Portman disrobes (again!) for Dior. See photos of the Oscar winner’s sexy campaign for the brand’s “New Nude” makeup and more stars who have gone nearly nude in advertisements. [Stylist]

Let’s go to the mall! From Clueless to Commando, watch 15 movie scenes that take place in shopping centers. [AV Club]

Multi-hyphenate James Franco adds T-shirt designer to his resume, creating a collection of tees — which feature his work as a photographer — for Seven for All Mankind. [WWD]

Get a sneak peek at the New York City loft that Rachel and Kurt will inhabit on season 4 of Glee. [Vulture]

This week, Net-a-Porter launched it’s virtual wish list tool and Pinterest got an app upgrade, which means it’s easier than ever to spend money and browse interior design porn while you’re on the go. [Art Info]

Nikki Minaj gives fans a first look at the bottle for her fragrance Pink Friday, and says it smells “like angels playing.” [Twitter]

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Darren Criss and Team Starkid return to Hogwarts -- VIDEO

Before Darren Criss was a star of the Broadway stage and the small screen, he was just a wizard, standing in front of Ginny Weasley, asking her to love him.

Criss shot to fame in 2009, when a Harry Potter parody he co-wrote went viral on YouTube. A Very Potter Musical‘s various parts have since been viewed millions of times, allowing Criss and his comrades — collectively, they’re known as Team StarKid — to create a similarly popular sequel in 2010, as well as a variety of other productions. But when Hollywood beckoned that same year, Criss moved on to bigger things, and plans for a third Potter parody — A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year — had to be put on hold. Until now.


Ryan Murphy tweets 'Glee'-ful pic of Kurt's 'Sex'-y new mentor, Isabelle


Gleeks, time to get your giddy on. After we were treated to both photo and video teases for Cassandra July — Rachel’s acid-tongued NYADA dance instructor played by Kate Hudson — it was only a matter of time before Kurt’s Midwestern mentor came on the scene. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to Isabelle, Kurt’s (seemingly much friendlier) guide to all things jazz hands, played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Glee honcho Ryan Murphy tweeted this pic of Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt, cuddling up to Parker on set. Snap judgment: If the two stars can get this close between takes, that would imply that Kurt and Isabelle’s burgeoning student/teacher relationship probably won’t end in an out-for-blood diva-off. Then again, this is Glee. Frenemies make the best competitors.

This pics brings with it a good news/bad news situation, though. While we now know that Isabelle shares Kurt’s penchant for tartan (hello, kilt at prom!), we have to wait a while to see the bottom half of her — and Kurt’s — outfit. Glee premieres on Sept. 13, but Parker won’t make her first appearance until episode 3.

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8 things we learned from 'Glee Project' live chat

It was an emotional night on The Glee Project yesterday, with a talented final three — Ali, Aylin and Blake. After one final group number and a last-chance performance from all three, with tunes of their own choosing, Ryan Murphy was left with one very difficult decision. (Spoiler Alert!) Blake Jenner came away as the winner. After the show, there was a live webchat on Oxygen.com moderated by casting director Robert Ulrich and Glee guest star/Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes. Joining them in the studio were Blake, Ali, and Aylin, as well as Lily and Michael. The rest of the contestants popped in via webcam throughout the chat.

EW listened in to round up some of the contenders’ buzziest quotes.

Blake’s thoughts after he won: “[There were] so many emotions at once. I’m sure my mom is crying at home. I’m so grateful.”

Ali’s feelings on the finale: “Watching the finale, I still felt so nervous reliving it. Being a part of The Glee Project has changed my life. We met the most incredible people, and I feel on top of the world, ready to move on to the next thing.” READ FULL STORY

'The Glee Project' winner is...

After 11 weeks of competition, Ali, Blake, and Aylin were the final three contestants going into the Glee Project finale, and casting director Robert promised the trio that there would be only one winner. At the end of the hour, with final last-chance performances from all three, Ryan Murphy made up his mind. The winner of a seven-episode arc on Glee was (SPOILER ALERT!)…Blake! And yes, unlike last year, he was the only winner.

Murphy pointed out that it certainly wasn’t an easy decision, and going into tonight, it seemed like Blake was a bit of an underdog — both Ali and Aylin were buzzier names. The judges — as well as guest mentors such as Darren Criss (Team Ali) and Amber Riley (Team Aylin) — seemed to go back and forth between all three. But in the end, a newly vulnerable Blake, who wrote and read an emotional poem after his last-chance performance, walked away with the gig.

Did the right person win The Glee Project? Vote below, and stay tuned on EW.com for more Glee Project wrap-ups later today.

Update: Check out EW’s interview with Blake Jenner.


This Week on Stage: 'Bring It On' waves its spirit stick on Broadway

A high-flying, basket-tossing new musical based on the 2000 teen cheerleader comedy Bring It On took an unusual (backward-somersaulting) path to its Broadway opening this week. Instead of launching a national tour after a splashy New York run, the energetic tuner (which is only loosely based on the Kirsten Dunst film, plot-wise) played in 13 cities starting last November before bowing on the Great White Way. In my B+ review, I noted the youthful cast and a score, by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), with lyrics by Miranda and Amanda Green (High Fidelity), that actually “sounds like it was composed in this century.”

Also on Broadway, it’s the final curtain this weekend for three shows: Fela!, a short-run musical revival that has been doing anemic box office; Harvey, the comedy revival ending its limited summer run so star Jim Parsons can return to L.A. to shoot The Big Bang Theory; and Memphis, the 2010 Tony-winning musical that is expected to recoup its $12 million investment this weekend after 30 previews and 1,166 performances over the course of nearly three years. (At that rate, imagine how long it might take Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to break even.) READ FULL STORY

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