Details on the Final Season of “Glee”

Fans of Glee are aware that the focus has shifted in the most recent episodes of the show. Not only are we in a new location, several beloved characters are currently not part of the storyline. However, creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed some interesting details about the upcoming final season.

In an press call with TV Line, Murphy explained: “The final season is its own story in its own location; it is not New York-centric at all.”

He also revealed: “It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season. We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went, there’s a return of the (Sue Sylvester) and (Will Schuester) in a big way.” 

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According to Deadline, the final season will include a total of 24 episodes, two of which are left over from season five. After the unexpected and tragic passing of Cory Monteith, the creators’ decided to cut two episodes from the current season. The original plans for the final season, and big final scene, also had to change after Monteith’s passing. 

Murphy talked about what has changed for the final scene saying it “is about Rachel and Mr. Schue, and it returns them to their origins, their roots, how they felt about each other when they were much younger and everything was idyllic. I think the ending has to be a reflection and a celebration of how far all those characters have come.”

Read the full interview on TV Line! What do you think of this news? How do you think this new scene is going to play out? Do you think this is a good alternative that will make fans happy?

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(Photo via TV Line)

Sources: TV Line and Deadline

Movie Exclusive – First Trailer for James Brown Biopic “Get On Up”

Director Tate Taylor gained critical acclaim for his 2011 film, The Help, and it looks like he has another powerful film under his belt. Collider has shared the first trailer for Taylor’s next directorial adventure, a James Brown biopic entitled Get On Up.

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The cast behind this film includes Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, and Jill Scott. This is Boseman’s second time portraying a historical icon as he also recently played Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42.

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Image via Collider

Here is an official synopsis for Get On Up (via Apple Movie Trailers):

“In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up.  Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.  Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.”

What do you think of this new trailer? Would you be interested in seeing Get On Up when it hits theaters on August 1, 2014? Do you think this film could be an Oscar contender next year?

Sources: Collider, YouTube, and Apple Movie Trailers

Broadway Exclusive – New “Aladdin” on Broadway Cast Portraits

Buzzfeed recently did a fun interview with the main Broadway cast of Disney’s Aladdin. With that interview, they also shared some gorgeous cast portraits taken by photographer Cylla von Tiedemann. These new photos feature Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), and James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and some supporting cast members.

Previews for the show will be starting at the New Amsterdam Theatre on February 26 and the show officially opens on March 20! Get more information on the show take a look at the official website. Check out the photos and a behind-the-scenes video below:

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photos by Cylla von Tiedemann for Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway

Sources: Buzzfeed and AladdintheMusical.com

Movie Exclusive – Official New Still for “The Last Five Years” Released

Entertainment Weekly recently released a brand new still from the upcoming movie musical adaptation, The Last Five Years. This new still features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan as their characters Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein.

The story follows Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. This musical is extremely unique and complex as Jamie’s story is told in chronological order, starting when they first meet, but Cathy’s story is told in reverse, starting at the end of their marriage.

Behind the scenes during the filming of "The Last 5 Years"

The Last Five Years was written by Jason Robert Brown, has been performed off-Broadway, and has won several awards since it opened in 2001. Richard LaGravenese has been very involved with this adaptation as he is directing, screenwriting, and co-producing the project.

Currently, there is no official release date for the awaited film. However, production has finished and now they will be searching for distributors wanting to buy the film. Stay tuned for more updated information!

What do you think of this new still? Have you seen The Last Five Years performed on stage? Are you looking forward to this movie musical adaptation? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join “Batman Vs. Superman”

Warner Brothers Studios shared some exciting Batman Vs. Superman casting news today. Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have officially joined the awaited Man of Steel sequel. Eisenberg will be taking on the role of Lex Luthor and Irons will be portraying Alfred.

It is quite exciting that both of these characters will be brought into the franchise as Lex Luthor is a staple character in Superman and Alfred is a major character in the Batman universe.

(Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)
Jesse Eisenberg (Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)

According to an article on Variety, the film is still in early pre-production. This also became evident when it was announced recently the studio will be pushing the blockbuster from a prime July 2015 position to May 6, 2016.

Batman Vs. Superman is being directed by Zack Snyder and the screenplay will be penned by David S. Goyer. Plus, the cast also includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)
Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)

What do you think of these casting choices? Do you think Eisenberg and Irons are right for these roles? Are you looking forward to seeing them as these characters? Stay tuned for more Batman Vs. Superman news as production continues!

Sources: VarietyFlickr.com, and IMDb

56th Annual Grammy Awards – Complete Winners List

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and all of the biggest music stars attended the show. The biggest winners of the night were Daft Punk and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

There were tons of amazing performances by artists such as Pink, Jay Z and Beyonce, and Lorde. When Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their hit “Same Love,” 34 mixed couples were married in front of the whole audience, creating one of the night’s most memorable moments.

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Larry Busacca/WireImage.com (via Grammy.com)

Best Country Album:
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves

Best Pop Vocal Album:
“Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Royals” — Lorde

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)
Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)

Best Rock Song
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Best Dance Recording 
“Clarity” — Zedd Featuring Foxes

Best Rock Performance:
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons

Best Rock Album:
Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin

Best Alternative Music Album:
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend

Best R&B Performance:
“Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Unapologetic — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys

Best Rap Performance:
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)
Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)

Best Rap Album:
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington

Best Gospel Album:
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

Best Tropical Latin Album:
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Best Americana Album:
Old Yellow Moon — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Best Comedy Album:
Calm Down Gurrl — Kathy Griffin

Song Of The Year:
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

Record Of The Year:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Album Of The Year:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)
Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via Grammy.com)

What do you think of these results? What did you think of the performances during the show? Did any of your favorite artists win tonight?

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and Grammy.com

Exclusive Movie Review – “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came out a year ago and fans have been eagerly awaiting The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug ever since. Director Peter Jackson and his production teams put together an amazing sequel that will once again leave audiences wanting more.

* Warning – Possible spoilers ahead. *

The film begins in a flashback scene in Bree, a small town just outside of the borders of the Shire. In this scene we see how the journey truly began and we see that it was Gandalf who ultimately persuaded Thorin to go on a quest to reclaim his homeland. Then we are back with Bilbo and the dwarf troop as they continue their journey towards Erebor.

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The troop must enter through the dangerous Mirkwood Forest in order to embark on the last leg of the journey. However, Gandalf cannot go with them and embarks on another quest towards Dol Guldur, where the necromancer is gaining power.

He warns the troop to stay on the path, otherwise the dark powers of the forest will cause you to hallucinate. Of course, when in the Mirkwood Forest, the dwarves end up straying from the path and are captured by large spiders. This means that Bilbo must use his wits and his new ring to get them out of danger.

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Once Bilbo finally frees all of the dwarves from the spiderwebs, the chase begins as they try to fight their way out of the forest. One of those many moments in the film when you think to yourself “How are they going to get out of this?” The answer my friends, is the elves. Legolas and Tauriel come barging in with a troop of fellow elves to battle it out with the spiders.

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Although the elves save the dwarves from the onslaught of arachnids, they capture them and strip them of their weapons and other possessions. This creates a moment between Legolas and Gloin (Glimey’s father) that will no doubt leave fans laughing.

The elves then take them back to Mirkwood living quarters and put them in jail for intruding. As the dwarves are leaving the forest, they realize that Bilbo is nowhere to be found.

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Bilbo uses the ring and follows them to Mirkwood and soon realizes that he must rescue the dwarves (again) and get them out of the Mirkwood jail. He finds a quick and risky solution within some empty barrels. These barrels are going to be sent down the river to Laketown, which is just the place they need to get to before heading up the mountain to Erebor.

So Bilbo waits until the opportune moment, uses the ring to steal the jail keys, frees the dwarves, and shows them his plan. At first, they are all very apprehensive, but Thorin convinces them it is the right thing to do and the only way to get out and continue their quest.

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Just as the dwarves escape in the barrels, Tauriel and her guards realize that they have escaped the jail. This causes all of the guards to be on high alert and ultimately leads to the dwarves being blocked from leaving. However, an army of orcs have been tracking the dwarves on order of Azog the defiler and they start to attack the elves and the dwarves. From here, an incredible and crazy battle scene down the river begins.

When Bilbo and the dwarves escape the orcs, they take a moment to gather themselves and tend to Kili, who has been injured in the battle. This reprieve is short-lived as they are confronted by Bard the Bowman of Laketown.

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Bard is the one responsible for retrieving the barrels and returning them to Laketown and he was not expecting company. The troop ends up convincing Bard to help them get to Laketown via his boat.

Once they get to Laketown, Bard is worried he could get into trouble so he finds ways to keep them hidden until they can get to his house. From here, Bilbo and the dwarves end up staying with Bard and his three kids.

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Thorin grows restless knowing that Erebor is so close and he is so close to reaching his goal. He goes against Bard’s advice and gathers Bilbo and the rest of the dwarves to steal weapons from the armory. The royal guards of Laketown end up catching them and taking them to the Master of Laketown.

Thorin realizes how greedy the Master of Laketown is and the impoverished conditions the people of Laketown are living in. He uses this to his advantage as he is trying to convince everyone of the meaning behind their journey to Erebor. Thorin promises that restoring Erebor is not only going to benefit the dwarves, but the people of Laketown too.

And so begins the journey up to the mountain…

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I do not want to reveal too much more, but this is definitely not a film to miss! Peter Jackson has once again delivered an absolutely amazing film that will likely thrill audiences around the world.

The production teams always do a spectacular job. The amazingly detailed costumes, set pieces, props, and stunning make up only did more to enhance the journey. The visual effects team also did an amazing job with creating Smaug the dragon and expanding on the design of the orcs. 

The actors that were also in the first film, all did great with enhancing and developing their characters. Actors that were new to the Hobbit franchise such as, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, and Orlando Bloom also did well with introducing and developing their characters.

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Overall, the story was well-paced and action-packed, but there were a few moments where it felt like the story was dragging on a little bit. Plus, some of the visual effects made me feel like I was watching a video game rather then a movie. Nonetheless, The Desolation of Smaug was another triumph under Peter Jackson’s movie belt. The ending of this awaited sequel will absolutely leave you wanting more.