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GLEE First Listen! Song's From Next Week's Broadway Bonanza!

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Now this is what we're talking about!!!

Next week, every single song on Glee will be a Broadway standard and every song is sung by our favorite people!

First off,

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Vintage Cher EPICNESS!

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Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap.

How on EARTH did this get lost in time?!

Back in 1978, Cher headlined a television variety special on ABC, and started the program by performing EVERY SINGLE PART in an epic, 12-minute rendition of West Side Story, and somehow, this very rare footage has made its way on-line, and EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE IT NOW!

Ch-ch-check out all of the vintage amazingness from Cher…Special (above)!

She is a goddess. There's nothing else to even say!

Now, if you don't mind, we're going to be playing this on loop for the next 15 days. Kthanks.

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Matthew Morrison Performs West Side Story Medley!

Very cool! It's different, it's fun … it's the kind of music he should be doing! Get him back to Broadway STAT!

Last night, Matthew Morrison played the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London and performed music not only from Glee and his self-titled debut album, but also some Broadway classics!

Check out the video (above) to hear Matt's medley of West Side Story songs! Sweet!

Rumor has it Gwyneth Paltrow was in the house to watch her friend bring down the house. Inneresting that she didn't join him on-stage for Somewhere Over The Rainbow. What gives?

P.S. - Check out some hot shots of Matt in the gallery (below)! Swoon!

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Legendary Writer/Broadway Director Arthur Laurents Dies At 93

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Sad.

Broadway writer and director Arthur Laurents has passed away at age 93.

Laurents wrote the two Broadway hits West Side Story and Gypsy and directed the Tony award-winning play La Cage aux Folles.

He was also known for writing the screenplays to Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and the classic romance, The Way We Were.

He was even involved in the new Universal version of Gypsy.

Laurents died in his sleep.

So sad. He was quite the legend.

He will be greatly missed.

[Image via WENN.]

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Disney Going For The Best Picture Win With Toy Story 3!

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Early last month, we learned that Disney was going to push Toy Story 3 for Best Picture, and now it looks like they're moving full steam ahead with their efforts.

Here's what Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross had to say about it:

"We’re going for the Best Picture win. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all."

As part of their AWESOME advertising campaign to promote Toy Story 3 as Best Picture, they're going to have ads wherein characters from TS3 re-enact famous images from previous Oscar winners.

SO cool!

Award-winning films they plan to enact in their ads include West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare in Love, Silence of the Lambs, Titanic, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Forrest Gump.

Disney plans to release as many as 20 different ads in their effort to get the word out there.

Here's more from Rich Ross:

"The theory is pretty simple for us. It's thrilling that there is a separate category for animation and that allows animated movies to be recognized but for some reason an animated film has never gotten Best Picture and I always wondered was there not an appetite? We decided this year we have the biggest and best reviewed film of the year. If not this year, and not this movie, when?"

And more:

"As far as 'Up' last year it’s not surprising but I think the strategy is you go for Best Picture and as a fallback you end up as Best Animated Feature. And I guess I always thought that was not confident. With this movie we wanted to come up with a campaign that kept our aspirations clear but at the same time used a tongue in cheek approach. It's all to recognize the quandary which is that no animated picture had won Best Picture, so we used only Best Picture images to reflect that. I feel very confident we have a movie everybody loves and I want to make sure with our support and our campaign that people don’t feel the consolation prize is the appropriate prize for a movie like Toy Story 3. I think people will look at the ads and feel it's very Pixar and very Disney. At the same time it’s very clear. Toy Story 3 is a Best Picture. Vote for it. Please.”

We continue to fully support your efforts, Disney! It'd be very cool to see history made at this year's Oscars with Toy Story 3 being the first animated feature to win Best Picture.

We wish you the absolute best of luck, bbs!

Do U support Disney's campaign for Toy Story 3 to win Best Picture?

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L.A. Gay Hipster Fight!

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To quote one very astute individual who was watching these shenanigans go down:

"Is this West Side Story? Who's the Jets?! Who's Jets?!"

Major LOLS!

Check out this video of gay hipsters getting into a brawl that with some other gay hipsters. (above)

If you feel the need to hum When You're A Jet while you watch, that'd be okay with us.

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