Lea Michele

The Surprising Musical Theatre Pasts of Your Favorite Movie and TV Actors

I saw Matilda: The Musical on Broadway recently, and it was overwhelming. The set and songs were captivating, of course, but what truly had me floored was the titanic force of the child actors — many of whom were navigating their very first decade of life. They sang with more passion than some trained adults, and danced with that particular type of high-octane energy only available to schoolchildren on a sugar rush. It was impossible not to feel like the audience was being treated to a sneak preview of tomorrow’s superstars. … Read More

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Remembering Cory Monteith, An Icon for Teenage Acceptance

For me, it was River Phoenix, particularly of the Stand By Me days. The other day I put that movie on while I was sorting laundry, and I admit, I am still a little proud of my tweenage self for that crush. Twenty years on, he’s still a really good actor, stormily romantic even before that sky broke open. I still remember the twist in my stomach when I heard he’d overdosed on a sidewalk, the first edition of a feeling I’d come to understand is just a part of paying attention to celebrities at all. … Read More

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The Fug Report: The Highs and Lows from the Week in Fashion

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of the most memorable looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!

This week, on Go Fug Yourself, we admired Katy Perry’s … Read More

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The Year's Most Controversial Magazine Covers

Another year is drawing to a close, which means it’s time to make 2010’s roundup of the year’s most controversial magazine covers an annual thing. As usual, 2011 brought plenty of outrage over starlets showing skin, but that’s hardly the only transgression that had parents, pundits, and censors worked into a lather. Meet the grocery store chain that thinks gay families are as explicit as Penthouse, learn why it’s not cool to put Kim Kardashian on the cover of Turkish Cosmo, and take one last, long look at Michele Bachmann’s crazy eyes, after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Spike Jonze has reportedly teamed up with Kanye West and Jay-Z to direct the music video for “Otis,” the first official track to be released off of their forthcoming joint LP Watch the Throne. While there aren’t many details to be had, you can check out a photo from the shoot in Los Angeles… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we realized how much Lea Michele resembles a young Anthony Weiner. We felt sorry for this poor piñata. We imagined how adorable this hanging-book friendly lamp would look in our apartment. We appreciated this advice from Jennifer Egan on how to write both good… Read More

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First Original Glee Cast Songs Hit Airwaves

If you’ve been watching Glee, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that they’re planning on debuting some original songs in upcoming episodes. After all, Rachel’s not doing all that awkward practicing for nothing. Well, it seems that we won’t have to listen to her sing very many more odes to her headband. Yesterday, two completely original tracks slated to debut on the March 15th episode premiered on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest“. Both tracks were written by Max Martin and Glee music producer Adam, and produced by Martin, the man behind many a Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson hit. According to Anders, the first track, “Loser,” is a “Gleek anthem. It’s a very uptempo, kind-of-summery hit,” while the second track, “Get It Right” was written specifically for Lea Michele’s character and her storyline trajectory on the show. We’re not so sure how we feel about this — isn’t the best part about Glee recognizing a song you know and watching the characters act it out? What do you think — will Glee turn into a pop-hit factory with Lea Michele and Cory Monteith at the helm, or are they better off just covering every Journey song ever? Take a listen after the jump and let us know in the comments! … Read More

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Glee Stars Before They Were Famous

2010 was a banner year for Gleeks. The cast members of our favorite musical TV show performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll; they graced the covers of multiple magazines (occasionally … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wondered what Glee star Lea Michele was doing on the red carpet wearing a dress made out of super-absorbent quilted paper towels. We read a fantastic new short story by George Saunders in The New Yorker. We learned that what we’ve always referred to as a pound sign… Read More

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