Lea Michele Insisted Glee Use Cory Monteith’s Drug-Related Death As A Cautionary Tale!

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This is so heartbreaking, but so touching at the same time!

Since Cory Monteith‘s tragic and untimely death, the folks behind Glee have been tasked with the near-impossible challenge of writing out his iconic character, Finn Hudson, in a fitting way that also makes narrative sense.

As it turned out, a grief-stricken Lea Michele had ideas of her own.

She actually approached series creator Ryan Murphy with advice on broaching the delicate character write-out (which will be tackled in episode three of the new season.)

A source close to the show revealed:

“Lea wants [that episode] to reflect the truth, to warn people what can happen.”

Aww! It’s impossible for most of us to even comprehend simultaneously losing a friend, lover, and colleague, let alone to drugs and at such a young age!!!

Clearly the sensational young starlet hopes no one else ever has to experience the pain she’s going through, and that’s why she’s all for turning Finn’s death into a cautionary tale.

What an amazingly resilient young woman Lea has grown up to be! We’re beyond impressed!

Glee‘s new season begins September 26th.

 

Selena Gomez Goes Nearly Makeup-Free for i-D Magazine, Still Manages to Look Gorgeous

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The singer is looking a little less glamorous than we’re used to seeing her on the Sept. cover of i-D magazine.

But that doesn’t mean she looks any less gorgeous!

On the contrary, the fresh-faced 21-year-old made for a natural knockout with barely there makeup and understated hair, as well as tomboyish clothes for her outdoor London cover shoot.

And according to Gomez, the foreign location helped contribute to her ravishingly raw look. 

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“I love doing shoots overseas,” she said in an interview with the publication. “Actually being there and feeling the environment adds a realness to the shoot.”

Indeed, this is the most real we’ve seen Gomez!  Not only did she rock unkempt, beachy waves, but she ditched the sexy mini dresses she tends to wear on the red carpet in favor of an oversize John Varvatos coat, crew neck Marni T-shirt and Denham jeans that she confidently wore as she stared straight into the camera sans smile.

The look doesn’t exactly scream “Come & Get It” like, say, the racy sheer-skirt-and bustier number she wore for her music video or the the sultry shoots she’s done for other magazines in the past, but the 21-year-old thinks there’s something to be said for toned down spreads. 

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“It’s so easy to wear incredible, beautiful dresses and look super glamorous, because you have the power of Photoshop, but a shoot that’s really stripped-down and raw is really fun to do,” said Gomez. “I was being rained on, it was freezing, I was covered in a giant sweater and my hair was all over the place. I got to just be in that moment and feel like I was there.”

And judging from the stylish songbird’s playful cover, which sees her gamely smiling as she strikes the traditional i-D wink for the cover while wearing a Margaret Howell sweater, we’re guessing she really did enjoy her casual turn in front of the camera.

Hey, if we could look half as amazing as Gomez does with a freshly scrubbed complexion and bedhead, we wouldn’t complain about a little rain, either!

What do you think of Selena’s i-D cover?

President Barack Obama: ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ Visit!

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Barack Obama is all smiles while making an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday (August 6) in Burbank, Calif.

The 52-year-old President of the United States talked about his recent birthday, his wife Michelle, and the terror threat that shut down dozens of embassies and sparked a global travel warning.

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“It’s a reminder that for all the progress we’ve made, getting bin Laden, putting Al Qaeda in between Afghanistan and Pakistan back on its heels, that this radical, violent extremism is still out there, and we’ve got to stay on top of it,” President Obama expressed to Jay. “It’s also a reminder of how courageous our embassy personnel tend to be because you can never have 100% security in some of these places. We are grateful for them and are doing everything we can to protect them.”

‘Thor: The Dark World’ Trailer: Universe Gets Threatened (Video)

Thor’s second standalone adventure apart from The Avengers crew sees the hammer-wielding comic-book hero once again traverse space to square off against evil forces. In the latest clip from the Marvel sequel, Thor is seen enlisting his brother Loki for help against a resurgent evil. “Some believe that before the universe there was nothing,” solemnly narrates Odin (Anthony Hopkins). “They’re wrong, there was darkness and it has survived.”

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Despite the fantasy epic plot, the mood isn’t necessarily dour. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) slaps Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and quips an Avengers reference: “That was for New York.” And the trailer’s kicker includes a moment that seems tonally derived from an Indiana Jones scene where the archeologist faces off against a sword-wielding foe.

The sequel, directed by Alan Taylor, hits theaters Nov. 8 in the U.S. and Oct. 30 in the U.K.

‘American Hustle’ Trailer

‘American Hustle’ Trailer

David O. Russell returns with a star-studded cast for his upcoming crime drama American Hustle, inspired by the FBI’s ABSCAM sting operation of the late ’70s and early ’80s. The film releases wide Christmas Day.

 

CBS Orders Steven Spielberg Drama Series ‘Extant’ for Summer 2014

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CBS is doubling down on Steven Spielberg for summer 2014.

The network on Wednesday handed out a straight-to-series order for Extant, a serialized drama from Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios for next summer.

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Spielberg, Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher, who penned the script, will executive produce alongside Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. CBS Television Distribution will handle domestic distribution, while CBS Studios International will handle worldwide rights.

Extant is described as a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.

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Extant is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal itself throughout the script,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said. “Our partnership with Amblin for Under the Dome showed that viewers respond to high-quality event programming in the summer. We look forward to building on that with Extant and offering CBS audiences another high-concept, unique event for summer television.”

The drama reteams CBS with Amblin, who also are behind this summer’s top scripted drama Under the Dome. For its part, CBS has already renewed Dome, from CBSTVS and DreamWorks TV,for a second season after the pricey series proved that there’s a home for high-quality original scripted programming during the typically low-rated summer months. CBS struck an early content licensing deal with Amazon, giving Amazon Prime members unlimited access to the serialized drama four days after the network broadcast, helping offset the costs of the adaptation of Stephen King’s book.

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Dome — which was also picked up straight to series — is the key component of CBS’ push toward year-round scripted programming, which also includes the second season of Unforgettable. The Poppy Montgomery drama was resurrected from the dead with an order for an abbreviated summer run. The push at CBS comes a year after the network saw its reality offerings fail to supplement Big Brother last summer.

Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves — pinch-hitting for Tassler — told reporters that Dome “changed the face of summer television.” “It’s the way television should be. It’s the way television can be,” he said, stressing that the network wouldn’t abandon its 22-episode-season approach.

Extant, with its 13-episode order, marks the latest “limited series” in the works at CBS. It joins Dome as well as upcoming freshman series Hostages and Intelligence, among others, at the network.

Meanwhile, Spielberg will have at least three shows on the air in summer 2014: Extant, Dome‘s second season and the fourth season of TNT’s Falling Skies. ABC will launch the Amblin-produced freshman lottery drama Lucky 7 in the fall.