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Lea Michele Sings Farewell Song To Cory Monteith In New Glee Promo

Oct 4, 2013 07:00 AM

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Lea Michele sings a touching rendition of Adele's "Make You Feel My Love" in upcoming the "Farewell to Finn" Glee episode -- a goodbye to the late Cory Monteith.

This new promo hints at dramatized version of the cast's -- and particularly Lea's -- final words for farewell to their co-star and friend :(




Cory Monteith Coroner's Report Reveals Glee Actor Was Shooting Heroin

Oct 2, 2013 02:55 PM

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We are still in disbelief he's gone!

The final coroner's report of Glee star Cory Monteith's death was just released, and the document reveals the actor was shooting heroin and binging on champagne the night of his death.

After the Canadian TV star was found unresponsive in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13, authorities discovered a "spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle", as well as two empty champagne bottles at the scene.

The coroner suggested that Monteith's rehab stay in April could have contributed to his death by lowering his tolerance for drugs and alcohol.

At least friends and family have some closure now. RIP Corey.




Glee Releases A Preview Of Its Cory Monteith Tribute Episode

Sep 27, 2013 06:00 AM

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Glee is saying its final goodbye to Cory Monteith.

The hit comedy-drama's creator Ryan Murphy gave a glimpse of what to expect from the tribute episode when he tweeted the black and white photo of its fallen star (above) along with the caption, "First look."

Monteith's tribute episode will be the third episode of the show's fifth season, which started last night. While the folks at Fox were pretty tight lipped regarding the details, it's been revealed that the hour will center around the death of Finn Hudson with the other characters remembering and mourning their friend.

"Basically, what we're doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died," Murphy explained. "The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, 'This episode is about a celebration of that character's life.' That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way."

Monteith's girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele will also appear during the final act of the episode.




Ryan Murphy Reveals Cory Monteith's Character Will Not Die Of Drug Overdose On Glee

Aug 15, 2013 02:55 PM

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After much speculation, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has just announced that Cory Monteith's character Finn Hudson will not die as a result of a drug overdose. On July 13th, Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Canada as a result of a mix of alcohol and heroin. His shocking death devastated family, friends and fans and sent TV execs scrambling to figure out how to address the loss of the star of the hit FOX show.

"There were a lot of things that we had to decide [for the memorial episode]," Murphy explained. "At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose -- that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we're not going to have him pass from that."

While many believed Finn's exit would surround drugs or substance abuse, Murphy told Deadline that the show might never reveal cause of Finn's death. The former Nip/Tuck creator said that he wants the show to memorialize life rather than be a lament of death, saying it should be, "celebration of that character's life. …. That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way."

The cast and crew came back to work earlier this month. On Aug. 6, Lea Michele posted a solemn photo from the set on Twitter with the caption, "Feels so good to be home... ‪#GleeSeason5‬."

Murphy has said that it has been good for the cast and crew to be back together but that it has been rough. "The cast and crew have had solace in being together," he says. "There's been tears on set. It's been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming. We start shooting the memorial episode this week. We're just now finishing it, and at the end of the week we'll send it to [the studio 20th Century Fox Television] to get their approvals. … I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it's a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve.

The Emmy-winning director also said after they finish shooting the tribute episode, the show will take a break. "We're going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it's been a really hard thing to write. We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around."

Our hearts go out to the cast and crew of Glee.




FOX Reveals How They Will Deal With Cory Monteith’s Death On Glee

Aug 1, 2013 02:30 PM

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Fans have been wondering how Glee would handle the untimely death of star Cory Monteith and now their questions have been answered. On Thursday, FOX's Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly announced during Television Critics Association panel, that Monteith’s beloved character Finn Hudson would be written off of the show in the third episode, and the way they will handle his death will, "deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory's passing and the drug abuse in particular."

On July 13, the 31-year-old star was found dead in his Canadian hotel room, resulting from a mix of alcohol and heroin.

In a bold move, Reilly revealed that producer Ryan Murphy will be shooting anti-drug PSAs with cast members, who will be in character, "as friends of [Finn's]. They're going to speak directly to the audience and I think they're going to be very impactful."

Reilly also addressed Moneith’s untimely death as well as his well-chronicled addiction, saying, "He was very open about [drug addiction] in his past; not as open about it in the present ... Everybody was ultimately shocked because it was an accident that happened to somebody struggling with an addiction."

He also added spoke about the fallen actor’s positive influence on the show, "You see some people struggling with addiction and it's clear. Cory was a big, open, wonderful life force. He was not a problem. He didn't look like [a drug addict]. He looked straight as an arrow."

After a several week delay, Glee resumes production next week and the new season premieres on Sept. 26. Proceeds from the third episode’s music sales will go to a charity formed in Monteith’s name.




Lea Michele Shares Heartbreaking Photo With Cory Monteith, Thanks Fans For Support

Jul 29, 2013 12:00 PM

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This is so sad!

Lea Michele has broken her silence following boyfriend Cory Monteith's untimely death by sharing a private photo of the pair from happier times.

"Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart," she captioned the snapshot.

Since the Glee actor's death on July 13, his girlfriend has been privately grieving with his family and planning his memorial arrangements.

The brunette beauty has yet to step out in public since the tragedy occurred.

Our thoughts are with you, Lea!




Celebs Attend Chord Overstreet Concert Dedicated To Cory Montieth

Jul 21, 2013 03:15 PM

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Chord Overstreet, his Glee co-stars, and friends commemorated Cory Monteith at a concert Chord dedicated to the recently deceased actor.

The singer dedicated an original song to Cory in his first live performance with a band at the intimate show Saturday in Los Angeles. Cory's castmates Dianna Agron, Kevin McHale, and Jenna Ushkowitz, as well as his friends Julianne Hough and Ashley Benson attended the concert.

Chord also sand Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" last night. "I sang this with Kevin McHale and Cory Monteith. I love you Cory!" he told the crowd.

Cory died of a heroin and alcohol overdose in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13. He was reportedly cremated in Vancouver. Production on Glee's fifth season has been pushed back two weeks in light of the tragedy. A memorial service for the cast and crew will be held next week on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood.

"He was the greatest dude you'd ever met," Chord told E! News. "I spent more time with him than I have with anyone in my family in the last three or four years. … We're a family.




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Glee To Air Tribute Episodes, Season Premiere Delayed After Cory Monteith's Death

Jul 20, 2013 12:35 PM

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In the wake of Cory Monteith's tragic death last week, Glee execs have pushed back the show's fifth season premiere. New episodes will now air two weeks behind schedule on Sept. 26 instead of Sept. 19.

"In light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith, the series' executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of Glee until early August," Fox told Us Weekly in a statement. "No further details are available at this time."

An autopsy revealed that Cory overdosed on heroin and alcohol in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13. He was 31.

The close-knit Glee cast, which includes Cory's girlfriend, Lea Michele, has expressed devastation over the star's untimely passing. Jane Lynch held back tears while speaking about Cory , who she described as a "bright light," to Jay Leno on Wednesday.

"Cory had one of the biggest hearts, a real bright light. He was one of those guys," she said. "He knew he was breathing rarefied air -- the gift that this wonderful show gave us. I don't think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family we've lost a really great guy."

Update: In his first public statement since Cory's death, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told Deadline that the young actor was "like an older son" to him. After consulting with Lea, the cast and crew decided that the best way to tackle their grief "was to return to work and mourn together."

    We considered every option, and decided to do what the cast and crew felt best, the people who had something unique with Cory, who loved him. They wanted to be back on the set, where there is a sense of security, and where they can grieve together and talk about him. When that happens, we will have grief counselors for the first two weeks to help everyone through it. We had already written the two part Beatles tribute and we’ll shoot those and Cory’s tribute for that third episodes and then we will take a long hiatus and figure out what to do.

Ryan, who staged an intervention for the young star and forced him to go to rehab, was extremely invested in Cory's sobriety. He said he noticed that something was off about Cory a few weeks before his death.

    A couple of weeks ago, he and Lea came to Fire Island where we were shooting The Normal Heart, and I honestly couldn’t tell what was going on with him. He didn’t seem quite himself, but when I confronted him he claimed he was clean. It has been a very difficult roller coaster ride, and all through that, and through the last week, Lea has been the most brave and courageous person I’ve ever met. She has dealt with an impossible situation with more humanity than you could ever hope for.



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