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What Matthew Morrison Is Doing Now That ‘Glee’ Is Over

"Glee" ended its six season run on Friday with a flash forward into the future. But Matthew Morrison's already been deep in his new role as J.M. Barrie in the Broadway musical "Finding Neverland." In an interview with "Good Morning America," Morrison talked about what it's been like to go back to musical theater. Check it out below. (Spoiler: he break dances.)

23
Mar
2015

Florence + The Machine Release Another New Song, ‘St. Jude’

Florence + The Machine shared the music video for "St. Jude," the second track released from the band's new album, "How Big How Blue How Beautiful." In the video, directed by Vincent Haycock and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, Florence Welch wanders around soaking wet, very much embodying the patron saint of lost causes she sings about. "It’s obviously about relationships, but it’s also about Florence traveling through our version of the Divine Comedy," Haycock said in a statement.

It seems to be a continuation of "What Kind of Man," which she debuted last month, and its music video, which showed Welch in a tumultuous romance. "St. Jude" is a slow burner, with no obvious climax. It constrains Welch's power and is an excellent preview of what's to come from the album, due out June 2.

23
Mar
2015

All The Ways The ‘Empire’ Finale Set Up Season 2

"Empire" ended its tremendous first season on Wednesday night with a two-hour finale, featuring guest performances from Snoop Dogg, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson and Patti LaBelle. It was over-the-top, gaudy and quite literally, jaw-dropping, portraying murder, betrayal and one very dangerous pillow. Critics were skeptical if the show's non-stop momentum could maintain itself through the very end and set up a believable second season. Well, it did. Here's what went down on the "Empire" Season 1 finale. (Spoilers ahead, of course.)

Cookie goes to a cabin and sleeps with Malcolm.

Hell yeah, this was overdue. He also reveals that Camilla never took the money Lucious offered her to leave Hakeem.

Hakeem dissed Lucious on stage... so Lucious punched him.
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After an entire season of favoritism, Hakeem is no longer Lucious' golden boy. He says he's going to leave Empire and take his rising stock with him. He gets kocked out.

Lucious kicks Cookie out of Empire after sleeping with Malcolm.

Malcolm asks Cookie to move with him to Washington, D.C. She declines, because she's Queen Cookie and still has work to do. Goodbye, Malcolm.

Andre found God.

Andre tells Lucious to find a new CFO because he found God while working with his music therapist Michelle (Jennifer Hudson). "There's no higher purpose than making music," Lucious says. "That's the voice of God." Later, when Lucious goes to church with Andre he tells Michelle he wants to make a gospel record with him. "My father is the devil," Andre tells her. "And you just spread your legs for him."

Lucious totally manipulates Jamal.

Lucious tells Jamal that he's the future of Empire. "I just need to know you've got that monster in you that does what he has to do." Lucious needs Jamal's help in writing a song for the tribute concert, and what follows is a touching scene, interspersed with flashbacks of Lucious murdering a man years ago. It's the most time we've ever seen these characters spend together, but there's no way this can end well for Jamal.

Jamal confronts Billy Beretti.
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Jamal gets word that Hakeem may sign with Beretti, and with orders from his father, he threatens Beretti and dips him over the balcony. He gets Beretti to sign over all the masterings to Lucious' music. (See? Not a good look for Jamal.)

Lucious catches Hakeem and Anika in bed.
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WHAAAAATTTTT.

Lucious was misdiagnosed.

Surprise! Lucious has Myasthenia gravis, not ALS. He kicks his doctor out of the house, realizes he's not going to die just yet and makes this horrifying laughing face. We're all in trouble.

Jamal is king.

After understanding his illness, Lucious presents his family with gifts. He gives Hakeem wings, a symbol of freedom. "It was wrong for me to try to control you," he says. To Andre, he gives the Lion of Judah. "I was just trying to break your faith like it had been done to me, and that was wrong." He says he'll give Andre $100 million to start the Lyon Foundation. Jamal gets Empire.

Cookie almost kills Lucious.

Hopped up on pain meds, Lucious admits to Cookie he killed Bunkie, and Cookie tries to smothers him with a pillow. She's later caught on camera and Lucious uses the security footage to kick her out of Empire ... again.

Cookie and Anika get into it.

"Who's Boo Boo Kitty now, bitch?!"

But have to work together if they want to execute a hostile takeover.

Hakeem, Andre, Cookie and Anika try to get Empire back by launching a hostile takeover. They make a deal with gazillionaire Tony Trichter and agree to sign his grandson, a garbage rapper. Cookie's side eye says it all.

Rhonda kills Vernon.
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In a completely bonkers scene, Andre and Vernon beat each other up in Andre's living room. Rhonda walks in, hits Vernon over the head and seems to save Andre. Vernon lies in a pool of blood, and Rhonda says they shouldn't call the cops because she's pregnant. Needless to say, Vernon doesn't show up to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

The FBI arrests Lucious for Bunkie's murder.

Cookie refused to testify against Lucious, but he's still arrested just before his comeback concert. "Do our song," Lucious tells Jamal. We find out Vernon was the FBI's star witness, but since he's, uh, dead, things could get complicated when it comes to the second season's inevitable investigation.
19
Mar
2015

Everything You Need To Know About ‘Empire’ Before The Season Finale

Empire's ratings have steadily increased since its premiere in January, making it the most popular drama in five years. Pretty much everyone is tuning in to watch the best new show of 2015, but if you're one of the few who's trying to catch up, here's what you need to know before Wednesday's Season 1 finale. (Spoilers ahead, of course.)

Lucious Lyon makes no sense but is fun as hell to watch.
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Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the patriarch behind Empire Entertainment, pitting his three sons against each other and his ex-wife Cookie against his (now) ex-girlfriend Anika, while battling ALS. He's got a long, storied career as a singer and a rapper, but by the end of the pilot he's also got another title: murderer. Within the show's first hour, he shoots longtime family friend Bunkie for trying to blackmail him.

But that's old news. Lucious is trying to take Empire through a profitable IPO, and he basically has cartoon dollar signs for eyes. Family is everything, he says over and over, but is offended by his gay son Jamal's (Jussie Smollett) lifestyle, refuses to acknowledge his eldest son Andre's (Trai Byers) bipolar disorder and admits to fathering a child out of wedlock while married to Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). We can't trust him, can't understand his motives as a character and can't stop watching him be an ass.

The music is corny, campy and catchy.
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Each episode features a few songs, like the earworm "Drip Drop" or the heartfelt "You're So Beautiful," and with music supervision from hitmaker Timbaland and his protégé Jim Beanz, the tracks range from actually pretty good to god-awful. Most rest somewhere in between. Season 1's soundtrack debuted last week, and features 18 songs from the show's cast, Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Courtney Love, Rita Ora and Juicy J.

The show's portrayal of mental illness is problematic.
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The most recent episodes have showed Andre's bipolar disorder and the erratic behavior that develops after he stops taking medication. His family enlists help from a "music therapist" (Jennifer Hudson), Lucious wants nothing to do with him and he's shown as going from manic to depressive within the span of hours, which, as Salon points out, is an unrealistic portrayal of bipolar disorder. The show uses his impulsive behavior -- symptoms of his disease -- as plot drivers, without taking time to really break down the nuances of mental illness.

But it takes a close, hard look at homophobia.
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A big part of Jamal's story has to do with his sexuality. In the early episodes, Cookie wants him to come out publicly and use it to his advantage, but through flashbacks and confrontations, we learn Lucious is viciously homophobic. After Jamal changes the lyrics of "You're So Beautiful" to "When a man loves a man" at Empire's White Party, Lucious cuts him off financially. The rest of the characters' acceptance of Jamal and dismissal of Lucious' beliefs serve to highlight how out-of-touch and bigoted the patriarch is.

There's a Rihanna-esque character named Tiana.
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Everyone loves Tiana. Serayah plays Empire's rising pop star and, at one point, Hakeem's girlfriend. Eventually we find out she has a secret supermodel side-piece, but wants to keep her relationship with Hakeem since it will serve them both well in the public eye. Rihanna has no comment on the resemblance.

You missed an adorable little girl named Lola.
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Early on in the season, a former backup singer Olivia (Raven-Symone -- yes, that Raven-Symone) showed up to reveal she was once married to Jamal before he was out of the closet. They had a daughter, Lola, together. Then she peaced out. Lola stuck around and lived in the Lyon mansion, where she was often the soft relief from the show's over-the-top insanity. Jamal and Hakeem sang her lullabies and told her she was a strong lion (like Lyon!). But in Episode 10, Lucious admitted Lola was his daughter during a hostile confrontation in which Olivia's abusive ex-boyfriend held Cookie at gunpoint. At the end of the episode, Olivia and Lola left Lyon territory, taking what was left of the show's innocence with them.

Also, Naomi Campbell.
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The iconic supermodel guest-starred in an arc as Hakeem's older lover, Camilla. Lucious hated her and thought she was trying to control Hakeem's image, style and music. (Silly Lucious, that's your deal!) Their relationship was always rooted in Hakeem's mommy issues, having been so young when Cookie went to jail. In Episode 10, Lucious paid Camilla to move back to the U.K. away from Hakeem and Empire. She'll be back. They always are.

Also, Courtney Love.
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Love played a drug-addled former superstar, Elle Dallas, who Cookie was tasked with managing. She sang. She fell over. It was excellent.

Cookie is the most entertaining character on TV right now.
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You've heard about this wild, loving, complex character named Cookie, played by Taraji P. Hensen, but you have no idea what you're getting by diving into Cookie's world. Seventeen years in jail have made her hard and calculating, fiercely loyal to her family. She's got a favorite child -- Jamal, duh -- but makes amends with her baby boy Hakeem and has a special place in her heart for Andre, who Lucious views as talentless and damaged. She drinks lean, handles the toughest artists and isn't afraid of "Ghetto Ass Studios." Bow down, dear audience.

The two-hour "Empire" Season 1 finale airs Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox.
17
Mar
2015

Stephen Sondheim Calls Lady Gaga’s Oscars Performance ‘A Travesty’

Not everyone was thrilled by Lady Gaga's "Sound of Music" tribute at the Oscars. Stephen Sondheim, the award-winning 84-year-old composer of shows like "Sweeney Todd" and "Into the Woods," slammed the pop star's performance in a recent interview with British newspaper The Times.

"On the Academy Awards she was a travesty," Sondheim said. "It was ridiculous, as it would be from any singer who treats that music in semi-operatic style. She had no relationship to what she was singing. What people liked was her versatility."

Gaga's tribute was greeted with mostly positive reviews, the best coming from "Sound of Music" star Julie Andrews. "The minute I got home from the Oscars I called her," Andrews told ABC News after the ceremony. "She sang superbly and then so lovingly handed me the evening on a platter, if you know what I'm saying."

Can't please 'em all, Gaga.
17
Mar
2015

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Song Features First Look At New Cast Member, Ruby Rose

"Orange Is The New Black" fans still have a few months to go until Season 3 hits Netflix, but the streaming service released a quasi-music video in support of the new episodes on Friday. It shows a first look at new cast member, Ruby Rose, in her full Litchfield garb. You can see her at the 10-second mark:



The song is their version of "Don't Talk To Me" by Tre Coast ft. Lycia Faith and is inspired by Leanne's (Emma Myles) "Stop, Don't Talk To Me" seen in "OITNB" Season 2, according to Netflix's description.

Rose was first confirmed to appear in Season 3 back in January. BuzzFeed reported that she would play Stella Carlin, "an inmate at Litchfield Federal Correctional Institution whose sarcastic sense of humor and captivating looks quickly draw the attention of some of Litchfield’s inmates." An ELLE feature also revealed that the 28-year-old would become a "lust object" of both Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon).

The video also features bits from our favorite Litchfield inmates, including Suzanne, Taystee, Pennsatucky, Poussey, Sophia and Red.
13
Mar
2015

Lady Gaga Joins ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Cast

Lady Gaga has joined the cast for the next season of "American Horror Story," according to multiple reports. Gaga confirmed the news in a video on Twitter, which revealed next season's theme: "American Horror Story: Hotel." This will be her first starring role on TV.




"American Horror Story" Season 5 will air in October. Gaga's role has not yet been revealed, but Murphy has said that they left clues about the fifth season in the fourth season. One of the major clues came in the form of a top hat. "It's an arcane clue, but it's very purposeful, and it illuminates something that you’ll be like, “Oh! You dirty b******!”" Murphy told EW. Images of the same top hat showed up on coffee cups, a diner menu and Edward Mordake's head. Redditors speculated that the hats referred to Operation Top Hat, a "local field exercise" that took place in 1953 in Alabama and involved government testing on biological and chemical weapons. This led many "AHS" conspiracy theorists to believe that Season 5 would have something to do with chemical warfare. (You can read more on that theory here.) But alas, now we're in a hotel.

Murphy and Gaga previously worked together when he used the singer's tracks on "Glee." Gaga's acting credits include roles in Robert Rodriguez’s "Machete Kills," his film, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" and "The Sopranos," in which she played Girl at Swimming Pool #2.
25
Feb
2015

Watch Neil Patrick Harris Flub All The Names At The Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris swung and missed a few times during Sunday's Oscars ceremony, butchering a few stars' names in the process. Though he tortured Octavia Spencer all night with a box, Harris couldn't quite pronounce David Oyelowo, Margot Robbie or Chiwetel Ejiofor.

At one point, he tried to explain that Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor would present as each other, but screwed up "Ejiofor," and repeated it twice to correct his mistake. Later, he said he would mispronounce the actor's name in order to bring awareness to its correct pronunciation. Sure, that works.

When he was sans pants, Harris called "Focus" star Margot Robbie "Margot Row-bee," and twice he botched "Selma" star David Oyelowo's name. After the show, Oyelowo told E!'s Catt Sadler that Harris "butchered" his name. “I even had Brad Pitt singing my name all over YouTube,” he said. “He was friendly to me backstage so I don't know why he’d do that." Watch the moments below:

23
Feb
2015

Graham Moore Gives The Oscars’ Most Moving Acceptance Speech

Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Imitation Game" at Sunday's Oscars, and he used the win to give a powerful speech about suicide awareness and depression.

"I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I'm standing here," he said. "I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along."

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"The Imitation Game" is about the life and achievements of the late Alan Turing, the British mathematician and cryptanalyst who helped solve the Enigma code during World War II. After the war he was prosecuted for homosexuality in Britain and died by suicide in 1954 at 41 years old.

23
Feb
2015

Jason Biggs Won’t Be On ‘Orange Is The New Black’ This Season

See ya later, Larry. Jason Biggs confirmed in an interview with the New York Daily News that he won't appear in the next season of "Orange Is The New Black."

"They’re not focusing on Larry at the moment," Biggs told the paper. "Larry will not be in Season 3. But there’s always a possibility he can come back.”

Biggs has played Larry Bloom, Piper's (Taylor Schilling) now-former fiancée since Season 1. The couple broke up after Piper got back together with her former lover, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), in prison. Larry also had a love affair with Piper's best friend, Polly (Maria Dizzia).

A Netflix rep did not return HuffPost Entertainment's immediate request for comment.
20
Feb
2015