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Daniel Minahan (‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’) director/producer: ‘I felt so strongly about this material’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Daniel Minahan (‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’) director/producer: ‘I felt so strongly about this material’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Daniel Minahan received his first Emmy nomination last year, as an executive producer of Best Drama Series nominee “House of Cards,” but he forfeited his position as the in-house director of that Netflix political thriller, now going into its final season, to be lead director on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” “I felt so strongly about this material,” Minahan explains in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above).

“We touched on really important topics about what it was like to live in that time and how these people were all impacted by this one guy’s actions,” Minahan says about the 1990s-set second season of the true crime anthology series “American Crime Story” on FX from Ryan Murphy. Originally subtitled “Versace/Cunanan,” the ultimate subtitle “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” eschews explicit reference to its main character, a serial killer played by “Glee” actor Darren Criss. Minahan adds,
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Glee's Kevin McHale Comes Out...With Help From Ariana Grande

Glee's Kevin McHale Comes Out...With Help From Ariana Grande
Kevin McHale has mastered the art of making a subtle announcement. With the release of Ariana Grande's newest single, "No Tears Left to Cry," the Glee alum took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the hot new track—and confirm something personal in the process. "NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I Accept," the 29-year-old star tweeted. "Ty @ArianaGrande." Fans have speculated about the star's personal life since he started sharing photos of himself with someone on social media whom many have thought to be his boyfriend. "That's such an adorable pic!" one fan gushed over a snap of the pair earlier this week. "I'm so...
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Riverdale Season 2 Episode 18 Review: Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember

The cast of Riverdale really did have the music in them!

As much as we might cringe at the sight of musical episodes, Riverdale Season 2 Episode 18 turned out beautifully.

An updated production of Carrie: The Musical was more enjoyable than expected. Cheryl, Betty, Veronica, and the whole group killed it with their natural talent. After hearing the songs, we might need to have this show back in our lives again.

Throughout "Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember," we heard nine tunes from the Off-Broadway Revival sang by the changing cast.

When it comes to musical episodes, one of two approaches is usually taken: (1) The segments are standalone songs thrown in between the real-life episode, and (2) the songs find their way into the dialogue like an actual musical.

Whereas a show like Glee is the former, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6 Episode 7 fits in the latter with its songs being a plot driver.
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New Hollywood Podcast: Darren Criss Talks ‘Versace’ And Connecting To His Filipino Culture

Darren Criss looks and acts like a stand-up guy with a good head on his shoulders. When he stopped by the New Hollywood Podcast, he was nice, approachable, and is personable — much like Blaine, his character on Glee. But in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Criss does a 180 from his good guy roles by playing the real-life Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered at least five people, including titular fashion designer. Obviously, Criss is not a…
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‘American Idol’ finalist Ada Vox and Lea Michele soar on ‘Defying Gravity’ [Watch]

‘American Idol’ finalist Ada Vox and Lea Michele soar on ‘Defying Gravity’ [Watch]
Five years after being rejected by “American Idol,” Ada Vox returned and made the live shows on season 16. Back then, the draq queen competed as Adam Sanders and was cut from the Top 50. This time around, she won over the three judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — with her powerful voice and sassy style. She stood out among the 12 singers performing on Monday with her soaring duet with “Glee” star Lea Michele on “Defying Gravity,” the showstopping number from the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

Poll Who will win ‘American Idol’ in its first season on ABC?

All three judges praised her profusely with Richie noting that a star was born. Do you agree? Will Vox go all the way to take the season 16 crown? Take a look at her Top 24 duet performance in the video above and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in the comments section.
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American Idol Recap: Top 14 Revealed! Are Your Favorite Singers Going Live?

American Idol Recap: Top 14 Revealed! Are Your Favorite Singers Going Live?
As someone who [A] willingly watched Glee until the bitter end, and has seen Wicked enough times that I’ve started wondering what the Wicked Witch’s talking-goat teacher does after hours, I was embarrassingly excited for Monday’s American Idol.

Sure, I was curious to find out which singers would snag the final seven open spots in this season’s Top 14 — but not nearly as curious as I was to see just how thoroughly Ada Vox would nail “Defying Gravity” alongside Rachel Berry herself, Lea Michele. Honestly, it’s the kind of once-in-a-blue-moon event that gay prophets have been documenting
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The 'Glee' Costumes Were Iconic, and We Don't Just Mean the Lady Gaga Episode

Everyone knows that some of the most iconic episodes of Glee were the tribute episodes. The Lady Gaga one? The Britney Spears/Brittany S. Pierce crossover? It doesn't get any better than that. But tuning in to those unforgettable episodes, it was about way more than just the music. Sure, an incredible mash-up will always be the heart and soul of McKinley High's glee club, but that wasn't the only special thing they did. They also always went above and beyond when it came to dressing up, whether it was for just a single song or a whole themed week. Watch the video above to check out some of the best costumes from the show. It's clear the characters put just as much heart into their outfits as they did into their solos and dance moves. Whether it was wearing matching black and red to Regionals or donning full zombie
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Gwyneth Paltrow's Super-Starry Engagement Party: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, More Celebrate

Gwyneth Paltrow's Super-Starry Engagement Party: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, More Celebrate
Gwyneth Paltrow is packing in all the pre-wedding festivities.

After returning from a bachelorette getaway in Cabo, Mexico, with pals, the actress and her fiancé Brad Falchuk gathered up a star-studded guest list for an engagement party at the Los Angeles Theatre on Saturday.

The bride-to-be, 45, was all smiles as she arrived in a one-shoulder maroon gown with a thigh-high slit.

Jennifer Aniston arrived working an unconventional accessory: a wrist brace on her left hand. She wore a black strapless dress with a choker necklace.

Other A-list guests included Cameron Diaz and her husband Benji Madden, Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder,
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Gwyneth Paltrow Is All Smiles in a Bikini on Her Bachelorette Weekend

Gwyneth Paltrow Is All Smiles in a Bikini on Her Bachelorette Weekend
It's time to party in the sun for bride-to-be Gwyneth Paltrow, and before her wedding, she's already got something blue! The 45-year-old Oscar winner is engaged to Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk. Earlier this week, Paltrow and several girlfriends, including fashion designer Stella McCartney and Goop co-workers, flew to Los Cabos, Mexico via private jet for a bachelorette weekend, or as the guest of honor called it on Instagram, a hen weekend, using the British term. Paltrow posted on her page on Friday a photo of herself standing on the beach in a blue bikini. The group is staying at a luxury beachfront resort. "Gwyneth and her friends had a private lunch on...
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Dear White People Season One Arrives on DVD and Digital May 8th

Based on Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed film of the same name, the refreshing and thought-provoking satire Dear White People Season One arrives on DVD and Digital May 8 from Lionsgate.

Based on Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed film of the same name, the refreshing and thought-provoking satire Dear White People Season One arrives on DVD and Digital May 8 from Lionsgate. Set among a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college, Dear White People Season One “gives you an abundance of characters to care about and entertains with its inspired, hilarious storytelling” (Entertainment Weekly). The show stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell (TV’s “Insecure”), DeRon Horton (TV’s “Lethal Weapon”), Antoinette Robertson, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson (TV’s “Glee”), and guest stars Marque Richardson, with Featherson, Richardson, and Pell reprising their original roles from the film in this timely comedy.
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Which Beloved Shows Have Overstayed Their Welcome? – IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What’s a show you enjoy (or have enjoyed more in the past) that has had a good run, but it’s high time it wrapped up and ended?

(This is inspired by the adorable “New Girl,” which kicks off its final season on Tuesday this week.)

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

Someone please stick a screwdriver into the head of “The Walking Dead.” It’s done everything it needs to do and has been excellent at most of it. But my god, enough. And this is coming from someone who watched “Desperate Housewives,” “Glee,” “Teen Wolf,” and “Pretty Little Liars” all the way to their finales.

As admirable as Rick’s crusade to keep hope alive amid all of the sweatiness, no one has come up with an antidote,
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”s Emmy chances won’t be doomed by the one-hour runtime, readers say

One-hour comedy? No problem! That’s what 41 percent of our readers believe when asked if “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”’s one-hour episodic runtime will hurt its Best Comedy Series Emmy chances. The Amazon series is seeking to be just the second hour-long Best Comedy Series winner after “Ally McBeal” snagged the prize in 1999.

Unfortunately for “Ally McBeal,” it was never nominated again and only four hour-long shows since have been nominated for the top honor: “Desperate Housewives” (2005), “Ugly Betty” (2007), “Glee” and “Orange Is the New Black” (2014). It’s Emmy voters’ predilection for traditional half-hour comedies that has 24 percent of our readers thinking that “Mrs. Maisel”’s length will be its downfall.. After all, following the “Orange” placement controversy in 2014, the TV academy ruled that 30-minute shows will automatically be comedies and 60-minute shows will automatically be dramas unless a petition is filed (“Mrs. Maisel” did that and was approved).

See ‘The Marvelous Mrs.
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Glee: Actors Darren Criss and Lea Michele Announce Tour

Fans of Glee, will get to see two of its stars together on stage once again. Lea Michele and Darren Criss have announced they are planning a U.S. tour later this Spring. The two made the announcement on social media earlier today. Expect to see the duo singing together various hits from popular Broadway shows as well as some of the fan favorite tunes they belted out during the six seasons of Glee. Criss and Michele will also sing individually. Both actors have released their own albums and will be sure to be singing those during the concert as well.

Glee: Actors Darren Criss and Lea Michele Announce Tour
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Emmys 2018: Will Sandra Oh & Darren Criss make further strides for Asian actors after Riz Ahmed made history last year?

Emmys 2018: Will Sandra Oh & Darren Criss make further strides for Asian actors after Riz Ahmed made history last year?
Riz Ahmed made history in 2017 by becoming the first man of Asian descent to win a Primetime Emmy for acting. The British-Pakistani performer won Best Movie/Mini Actor for his role in the crime drama “The Night Of.” That also made him the first Asian actor, male or female, to win for a leading role. This year Asian actors may break through again in leading categories as Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) enters the conversation for Best Drama Actress and Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace“) jockeys for position in the same category Ahmed just won.

The only other Asian actor to win an Emmy besides Ahmed was Archie Panjabi, who is of Indian descent. She won Best Drama Supporting Actress for “The Good Wife” in 2010. However, one may also count Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress winner in 2009 for “The House of Saddam.” Middle Eastern countries
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‘3 From Hell’ Updated Cast for ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ Sequel

Rob Zombie‘s next film 3 From Hell is off and running. Production of the film began mid March as the newest film in the Firefly Family trilogy was announced. Since the announcement of the film, there have been quite a few new members added to the cast. Rob Zombie has been very kind in updating his fans on the daily cast changes via Instagram. We have a list of the updated cast of today.

Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects. Machete, Desperado)

Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy, Mayans M.C.)

Austin Stoker (Assault on Precinct 13, Battle for the Planet of the Apes)

Dee Wallace (E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Critters, Cujo)

Jeff Daniels Phillips (Lords of Salem, 31, The Gifted)

Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive, Final Destination)

Clint Howard (Apollo 13, Star Trek, The Andy Griffith Show)

David Ury (31, Breaking Bad, Community)

Tom Papa (The Informant!)

Dot-Marie Jones (The Boondock Saints,
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Your Glee Dreams Are Coming True! Lea Michele and Darren Criss Are Going on Tour

Get ready to Gleek out! This Summer, Lea Michele and Darren Criss are going on tour together. The former Glee costars announced the exciting news during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, and the inner theater nerd in us is Freaking out. The tour, which is titled Lmdc Tour, will kick off in Nashville, Tn before wrapping up in Toronto, On. While the singers will be performing a few of their own songs during the concert, you can bet they will break out a few Glee hits and Broadway show tunes as well. Presale begins on April 11 at 10am Et, with general on sale starting on April 13 at 10am local time. See the list of dates for the mini-Glee reunion below.

May 30: The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tn

May 21: Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, Oh

June 2: Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, Pa

June 3: Kennedy Center in Washington,
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Glee's Lea Michele and Darren Criss Announce Lm/DC Tour Dates

Glee's Lea Michele and Darren Criss Announce Lm/DC Tour Dates
It's time to RSVP for the William McKinley High School reunion! This summer, Glee co-stars Lea Michele and Darren Criss will embark on their first-ever co-headlining tour. They will hit the stage solo and together, performing a range of popular songs. The limited run of shows will May 30 at Ryman Auditorium stage in Nashville, Tn. "We've always had so much fun performing together for one-off gigs, so it's high time we took that show on the road," they said in a joint statement, after first breaking the news on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. "We share so much musical history together between Glee, Broadway and our own solo projects, so it will be fun to put it all together for our...
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Emmys: Will being an hour-long show hurt ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ in Best Comedy Series? [Poll]

Emmys: Will being an hour-long show hurt ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ in Best Comedy Series? [Poll]
Nineteen years ago, “Ally McBeal” made Emmy history as the first hour-long show to win Best Comedy Series. A door had been kicked down, it was the dawn of a new era… except it wasn’t. “Ally McBeal,” which was never nominated again for its final three seasons, remains the only one-hour Best Comedy Series champ. But it could finally have some company this year thanks to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

In the absence of “Veep,” “Mrs. Maisel” is currently in second place in our Emmy odds behind “Atlanta.” Coming off a strong awards run with wins at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild Awards earlier this year, it has four Experts and five Editors picking it to take home the Emmy. Its eight-episode first season would make it the second shortest season to win Best Comedy Series after “The Wonder Years,” but you can argue that it
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Can Kenya Barris Really Leave ABC for Netflix?

Are you a wildly successful television producer? Do you want to bolt the overall deal you just signed with a traditional TV studio and get some of that sweet, sweet Netflix cash all your showrunner friends are enjoying?

If so, your options may be fewer than you’d like.

“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris is the latest producer to hear Netflix’s siren song. Variety has confirmed that the streaming service recently reached out to Barris to explore the possibility of luring him away from ABC Studios. At Netflix he would join a growing stable of top-tier showrunners including Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy,
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Film Review: ‘Status Update’

Film Review: ‘Status Update’
Over 90 minutes pass before any character utters anything remotely sensible in “Status Update,” as the protagonist’s no-nonsense mother counsels him to stop worrying about social media: “It’s everybody’s highlight reel of what they want you to see: bulls—t with a filter on it to make it look pretty.” Those words might ring truer in a less antiseptic and artificial context than Scott Speer’s tapioca-bland high school comedy, in which the notionally modern high concept of a magic cellphone app — one that instantly makes our hero’s every status update come true — merely facilitates an age-old “careful what you wish for” fable, in which familiar lessons about staying true to yourself and your friends are learned. Landing in U.S. theaters just a week after Speer’s similarly teen-targeted “Midnight Sun,” this plastic, “Glee”-inflected throwaway will thereafter make a swift transfer to VOD — if ever
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