In a new Q and A with Darren Criss, the Glee star shares his thoughts on fandom, Blaine’s role in season 4, and which iconic break-up song he suggested for usage in the show. Warning: the following contains spoiler material for the new season of Glee.

Speaking to Billboard after Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out in New York City – where he shared a signing table in Saks with Anna Wintour – Darren revealed that a huge upcoming number being used in the season’s fourth episode, “The Break Up,” was his idea:

I texted Ryan Murphy a while back just saying, “hey, if you ever have any of the characters break up don’t miss out on the opportunity to use one of the greatest break-up pop songs of the last 100 years. You have to use ‘Don’t Speak.’ It can work as a duet, it can work as a four-part harmony. It’s a gold mine, you have to use that.” And I would rarely do stuff like that, but it’s one of my favorite songs ever written and I remember listening to it in the car and I pulled over and texted Ryan, “just a thought…” Then the script showed up and there it was and I was like, “yes!” I don’t want to take credit for it, but I did suggest it.

Don’t forget your tissues! Addressing a moment a little sooner than episode 4×04, as more spoilers and promos arise for the season 4 premiere, there has been significant discussion by fans about Blaine’s apparent personality transplant. As Darren describes:

Blaine’s like a meanie now. I don’t know what really happened! […] When we read the script I was like, “since when is Blaine really competitive?”

While the arrogance and vying for stardom is somewhat expected from most of New Directions – they’ve always been pretty self-serving, and newfound popularity is set to enhance what’s already there – Blaine has always seemed like the only one in that choir room who’s always a team player, happy to lead performances when given the position by others but never seeking to put himself on top, and it seems that this has gone so far as to confuse even the actor who plays him!

The article also features Darren discussing several elements of fandom – from discovering the “Darren Doesn’t Know” meme, a somewhat creeptastic meme based on an old photo and comments screen-capped from Darren’s private Facebook, to how he’s grateful to be able to rationalize with fans, describing an incident of filming the aforementioned “Don’t Speak” in a public park. Darren, who was “emotionally exhausted” and “upset” coming to the set directly from a moment of immense closure performing as Harry for the last time in Team Starkid’s A Very Potter Senior Year, had to ask fans at the set to move out of his eyeline during a take, and the fans were happy to comply and help him out.

Billboard also asked Darren whether he was aware of the fan campaign to have “Dress You Up”‘ the Madonna cover he sang for this year’s Fashion’s Night Out promo, released as a full track – and it linked to our article in the process! He admitted that he hasn’t heard the full version himself, so in his words: “I’ll get behind that.” Thanks, Darren!

You can read the full Q&A here.

Here are a few pics of Darren from the event:

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What was your favorite part of this interview, and how do you feel about “Don’t Speak” and competa-Blaine?

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.


There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.


Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

Raise a glass!


Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.