Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ryan Murphy on the Cory/Finn Memorial Glee Episode

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Murphy, as part of an Emmy-timed interview this week, updates Deadline/Awardsline’s Christy Grosz about writing Glee‘s Cory Monteith memorial episode and going back to the set of the series without the actor:

It’s been a difficult circumstance because we basically went straight from the memorial into [reworking] the two Beatles episodes, which I think are fun and optimistic, that we had always had planned. The hard part for all of us is that the past week we’ve been holed up writing the memorial episode. There were a lot of things that we had to decide — how are we going to deal with his death? At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose—that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, “This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.” That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way. The cast and crew have had solace in being together. They’ve been holed up doing those Beatles numbers. There’s been tears on set. It’s been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming. We start shooting the memorial episode this week. We’re just now finishing it, and at the end of the week we’ll send it to [the studio 20th Century Fox Television] to get their approvals. But I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve. After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write. We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Good Grief Charlie Brown

This Charming Charlie brings a new Smiths-infused sadness to the Peanuts universe

While some may associate Charlie Brown with holiday specials and lazy Sunday mornings, it's easy to forget that the beloved Peanuts character is a meek little boy with low self esteem. A modern characterization of the beloved comic strip star would totally be a fan of The Smiths. Enter This Charming Charlie, a glorious Tumblr that pairs Morrissey's lyrics with various Peanuts strips. It's akin to Garfield Minus Garfield and Nietzsche Family Circus, exposing the true bleakness that those seemingly sweet peanuts face every day.

Time Warner Lawsuit

We DEMAND our CBS & Showtime BACK!!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Gleek Hugs for LEA!

We're still in denial about the passing of Cory Monteith. What made it real was seeing the Glee cast at the Teen Choice Awards without him. Glee took home a couple of awards and the cast mentioned Cory but we were surprised to see that Lea Michele was present to accept her's. It must have been very difficult but she roughed through it and gave an amazing speech. It was a beautiful dedication.
She is a very brave woman and is forever in our prayers.
Stay Strong GLEEKS!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Remembering Cory

Charismatic Cory

It's been a couple of weeks since the tragic news of Cory Monteith's death. It was a shock and I've been in denial ever since. Not only did I fall in love the character Finn Hudson but I was quite fond Cory as an individual. He was such an amazing person and the world has lost a great man but he will never be forgotten. I'm sending out a virtual hug to all  gleeks worldwide. I'm grateful that GLEE helped introduce Cory to the world.
I always thought Cory would be the perfect boyfriend, if I was into guys. Anyhow, I can still appreciate beauty and he was one tall glass of handsome. He was: good looking, in shape, tall, athletic, a talented singer, musician & actor; he had: great skin, cool hair, a lovely smile, healthy teeth, a nice personality, and a  great sense of humor. He was full of energy and although he was only my friend in the gleek world, I wish I could've been his friend in real life.
 Cory was very likeable. How could you not love him? I've seen several interviews and he was always kind and joyful. Even his smile was contagious, I would always smile when he was on the TV. And how adorable was glee audition tape? Check him out on Ellen as he recreates his glee audition: 

I went to both GleeLive concerts and I felt like a teenager, screaming at the top of my lungs. The glee cast brought it. Their performances were a blast! I'm fortunate to live in L.A. and I try my best to attend any glee related events. I especially love the Q&A's. I went to a couple of glee panels at the PaleyFest and it was always a pleasure to be in Cory's presence.
  After the panels, he would stick around for autographs.
  The most memorable event was the Biggest Show! I got to see him act out stories written by students. The Young Storytellers Foundation held an amazing show, with awesome stories and great actors, and raised a lot of money for their foundation. I'm glad I was able to volunteer that evening.
    I was lucky enough to meet Cory. He was even more beautiful in person. I was a bit starstruck but I kept my cool. Glee was taping at the Eagle Rock Plaza and my niece and I went and stayed the whole day watching them film. Security/bodyguards were doing rounds to make sure that none of the fans bothered the actors. That intimidated me from approaching any of the actors. We happened to be standing near the escalator when their break was announced. My niece told Chord hello and he ignored her, then right away I saw security approaching us; she was scared to talk to anybody else but I stepped up and told Cory and Mark hello and they were both friendly. They let us take a photo even though security was telling us to back off.
 That meeting was brief and I didn't want to bother too much because we was working. I saw him again when his band Bonnie Dune performed and that time I was able to speak to him. Again, he was so nice!

A story I love to share about Cory is the time he tweeted a picture of a gift I gave him. That just shows how cool of a person he was!
Everyday I'll think of Cory because I wake up to a poster of him on my wall. I will also take the time to say a little prayer for Cory, Lea, his family, friends, glee family, band, and gleeks.