Watching this week's episode of "Glee" and seeing its rendition of the classic '80s charity song, "Do They Know It's Christmas," brought to mind the debacle that was Bob Geldof's last attempt at re-creating his Band Aid group.
After last season's wacky "A Very Glee Christmas," I've learned not to expect much from a "Glee" Christmas episode, aside from the usual fluffy sing-a-long songs and Yuletide cheer. Basically, there's no continuity to the overall plot, so it's kind of like a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for Ryan Murphy.
My experience with Do Something's Harry Shum Jr. surprise was amazing! It was undoubtedly the BEST day of my LIFE.
It occurred to me as I was singing and weeping and driving one day that I couldn't possibly be the only middle-aged suburban mother singing to Adele in her car as if her life depended on it.
I was incredibly mad at Finn and Glee for treating outing so flippantly, to the point that mid-episode I tweeted my frustration. But perhaps I was too quick to tap, as toward the end of the episode they revisit the central question with verve.
Glee mixes compassion and passion, tolerance and intolerance, race, sex, sexuality, growing up, growing older, the want for attention, the need for attention, the breadth and depth of the experience of being a kid (if not a person), pretty brilliantly.
The best ideas are the obvious ones and that applies to bringing a film festival to Napa Valley. Who wouldn't want to attend a festival held in the...
I can't imagine that Happy Feet Two will charm any but the youngest viewers. It has less plot than an hour of Sesame Street, fewer jokes than a Republican presidential debate -- and astonishing computer animation, this time in wholly unnecessary 3D.
Why did it takes us so long to arrive at a positive media portrayal of first sexual experiences -- planned, protected yet ignited by romantic passion? And why has the Glee episode sparked such a controversy?
I wanted to share how students meet, form lasting friendships, make and abate drama, and occasionally fall for each other, all within the campus singing subculture.
I almost gave up on it after the first few episodes, but now I'm thoroughly addicted. Here are five reasons I'd recommend that you privilege Downton over Glee.
There's Dakota Fanning...'going bad' so Marc Jacobs can sell some perfume. It smells great, by the way. Why did she do that? I mean, she was SUCH A NI...
According to Glee, it's a big gay world, yes, where you can embrace who you are... but only if it falls into just two categories: virgins or home-wreckers. "Sexually boring" yet loyal or slutty but dangerous. Singing a capella or sneaking into divey bars.
I don't mean to suggest that every successful joke about autism will necessarily portray it positively. But I do think that good jokes at least have to portray autism originally. Easy stereotypes don't get laughs, no matter what the topic.
A common rookie mistake in playwriting is to leave your audience in the dark. Some plays are about plumbing a mystery, of course. But when everyone on stage knows the painful secret yet simply avoids it, it's merely frustrating.
In this episode, Mike Chang Jr. wants to be "an artist" and his father wants him to go to Harvard. Glee Club and his girlfriend, Tina Cohen-Chang, are standing in his way and are seen as distractions.