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What’s Your Favorite Ryan Murphy Show?

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Earlier this week the Paley Center for Media bestowed its inaugural PaleyFest Icon Award to Ryan Murphy. Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell called Murphy a “ground-breaker” and “change-maker” for his career achievements. I couldn’t agree more. Murphy has created some of my favorite shows over the years, including his debut effort Popular on the now defunct The WB. He certainly has a knack for producing watercooler television programs.

The evening kicked off with an introduction by one of Murphy’s idols- prolific writer and producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times). Following that, a Q&A took place where Ryan discussed his early career and spoilers for his current show. On hand to honor the 47-year-old were actors from all his television shows. It was nice to see cast reunions for Nip/Tuck and Popular. Even though, Ryan has dabbled in film (Eat Pray Love) I thought I’d limit my poll to only his television credits. For me, I love all of them but curious to know what readers feel his best work is. Sound off below.

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Watch Clips From Glee’s Valentine Episode

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A Valentine’s Day-themed episode actually airing on February 14! Timing doesn’t get any better than that. Expect Ryan Murphy and company to inundate you with plenty of over-the-top romantic gestures. It’s only been four seasons in the making, but Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) finally tie the knot. There isn’t a grander gesture than saying “I do.” Appropriately enough, that’s the title of this week’s Glee episode.

Love isn’t just reserved for the adults, but it also trickles down to the young cast as well. With everyone coming back to Lima for the big event, does this mean Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) rekindle their romance? I hope not. I’m not ready to say goodbye to gratuitous shots of Brody (Dean Geyer) just yet.

Speaking of cuties, my new favorite, Jake (Jacob Artist) decides to serenade his valentine based on his buddy Ryder’s (Blake Jenner) advice. Jake duets with Marley (Melissa Benoist) on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need to Get By.” Love that track. Method Man and Lauryn Hill’s cover of it during the 90s is one of my all-time favorite hip-hop collaborations. Check out Jake & Marley’s duet below, along with a couple of clips from Glee’s Valentine’s Day episode.

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‘The Philosophers’ Debuts Epic New Movie Trailer

In: Calan, Movies

Hot off the heels of my interview with the lovely and talented Katie Findlay from The Carrie Diaries comes the movie trailer for “The Philosophers.” Katie mentioned the movie in our interview together and now that I’ve seen the trailer for it I’m waiting with bated breathe until it’s release. As for a release date I couldn’t track down any solid day other that hopefully soon in 2013.

The film boasts quite the array of actors. Along side Katie we have James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Hitchcock), Daryl Sabara who you might recognize as Juni from the Spy Kids movies, George Blagden from the recent big screen adaptation of Les Misérables, Harry Potter alum Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) as well as Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) who is also know as the drool worthy radio DJ Luke from Pitch Perfect, and Jacob Artist (the devilishly good looking Jake Puckerman on Glee).

Find out what the film is about and check out the newly released trailer below.

Synopsis & trailer after the jump…

Listen To Every Song From Glee’s Diva Episode

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If Thursday’s Glee episode is anything like that wicked Beyonce-Off Ryan Murphy leaked last week, it’s going to be beyond divalicious. With covers of Madonna, Alicia Keys, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and Beyonce on deck, the episode is appropriately titled, “Diva.” I can’t wait. Personally, I think the fourth season of the FOX musical is its best one since the first season. I like the mix of the old and new crew, plus the musical performances have been on point.

In addition to the cast battling it out to be top Diva, the episode finds Santana (Naya Rivera) returning back to Lima to sing three numbers. When she finds out that Brittany (Heather Morris) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) are now dating, she decides to cause problems for the new couple. She even challenges Sam on a sing-off on Barbra Streisand’s “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine.”

Check out that duet below along with all the performances for Glee‘s upcoming episode. Once again, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) gets another solo. Miss Tina Cohen-Chang has certainly been blessed with more vocal responsibility this season. I wonder what she did to get in the producers’ good graces.

listen to all the performances after the jump

Watch Glee’s Beyonce Diva-Off

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Last night, Ryan Murphy promised his Twitter followers a surprise Friday morning. Personally, I was hoping for high-res images of the Men of McKinley High calendar. If you haven’t watched that episode yet, click here for the titillating highlights. While not as sexy, Murphy’s treat to Glee fans is pretty darn FIERCE.

In honor of Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show this weekend, the Glee co-producer released one of next week’s performances early. Unique (Alex Newell), Marley (Melissa Benoist), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Kitty (Becca Tobin), Brittany (Heather Morris) and Blaine (Darren Criss) cover Beyonce’s “Diva” for the the episode, appropriately titled “Diva.” If you recall, a diva is a female version of a hustla. In Glee’s case, it’s a high school version of a drag queen. There’s so much hair flipping, finger wagging and sequined outfits, it’s enough to make the contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race a little jealous.

Whether you like the new cast or old cast better, I will give the show credit for raising the bar with the performances this year. Season 4, especially the episodes after the winter hiatus, have been astounding. The storylines are, as always, a bit iffy, but the covers and mashups are definitely worth watching, in my opinion. Check out McKinley High’s Diva-off below.

watch the Beyonce Diva off after the jump

Relive Glee’s Naked Performances

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After months of hype, Glee‘sNaked” episode finally aired. While there was no full-frontal (obviously), there was a lot more skin than I had expected. And for that Ryan Murphy, I thank you on everyone’s behalf. There were shower scenes, manscaping tutorials, bicep battles and lots of closeups on Chord Overstreet’s body. Poor guy, must’ve not eaten for days and hit the gym hardcore for this episode. He was certainly on display.

But beyond all the gratuitous exploitation, the episode provided stellar performances. There wasn’t a bum one out of the bunch. Rachel’s duet with herself was filmed brilliantly. Jake Puckerman’s ballad rendition of a dance track was stunningly breathtaking. And seeing Santana and Quinn return to sing with Rachel was great to see. The OGs back in the house.

With all that said, I’m sure the one that you’ll all love is the video featuring the boys working on their fitness. While getting in tip-top camera ready shape for New Directions’ “Men of McKinley” calendar, Sam, Ryder, Jake, Joe and Blaine shook what their respective mama’s gave them while performing a wicked mashup. I wonder if Ryan Murphy will make the calendar available. I’m sure it will sell, even though it’s already February. Check out all the performances below. You won’t be disappointed.

check out all the performances after the jump

Must be a hazing ritual on the set of Glee. Let’s get the newest guy to show off his pecs and make then bounce to promote the next episode. Anything to generate ratings, right? At long last, the FOX musical’s highly-anticipated “Naked” episode airs this Thursday. Truth be told, next to Dean Geyer, Blake Jenner is right up there of whose chesticles I want jiggling for me 😉 You can tell it’s not his first time doing this.

Now that New Directions is back in competition, money must be raised to compete at Regionals. Thanks to the brilliant idea of Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), the “men” of McKinley High bare all for a titillating calendar. We saw a sneak peek back in December courtesy of Ryan Murphy’s Twitter, but in just a few days we’ll have the final product. Check out the promo below of Jenner bouncing his pecs in the McKinley High locker room.

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Did you miss Glee during its winter hiatus? If yes, you’re obviously ecstatic that the FOX musical show returns this Thursday with its first brand new episode of 2013. Personally, I wish they’d skip this week’s scheduled episode, titled “Sadie Hawkins,” and jump to next week’s “Naked” where the McKinley High guys pose for a calendar. Admit it, you’re looking forward to that one too 😉

To ring in the new year, Ryan Murphy makes it all about girl power. The Sadie Hawkins dance is here and it’s ladies’ choice. Which guy will each girl ask out? The episode promises a couple of unusual matches. Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) returns and she chooses Joe (Sam Larsen) as her date. Spoiler alert: Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) develops a crush on Blaine (Darren Criss) who in turns starts crushing on Sam (Chord Overstreet). Remember when Kurt had a crush on Sam back in Season 2? This bizarre love triangle should provide for a couple of laughs.

Over at NYADA we meet Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) potential new love interest, Adam played by Oliver Kieran Jones. He’ll make his performance debut by covering Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby, Got Back“. Speaking of the rap classic, there’s been a bit of controversy surrounding Glee’s cover. A person named Jonathan Coulton claims that the show copied his cover version of the track. You can read all about it here. Other songs covered on the “Sadie Hawkins” episode include TLC’s smash “Creep” and Bruno Mars’ current hit “Locked Out of Heaven“. Listen to all the songs featured in this week’s episode below. Be sure to let me know which performance is your favorite in our comments section below.

listen to all the tracks after the jump

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