As the Glee writers begin working out how to deal with the tragic loss of lead actor Cory Monteith, we share our hope that they will find a respectful way to say goodbye to the beloved star.

Cory Monteith’s sudden death this weekend shocked his friends, family, and fans. The autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for today, as Fox and the writers of the hit series Glee meet to decide how to deal with his passing on the show.

Glee season 5 was scheduled to begin filming later this month, and Deadline writes that Monteith’s character Finn was to have played a major role in the first two episodes.

Fox was planning to air the premiere episode early, on September 19, and the scripts for season 5, episodes 1 and 2 had already been written before the summer hiatus.

Glee and Cory Monteith fans are now waiting to see how the show will handle this unexpected tragedy, and hoping that however it’s done, it feels tasteful and appropriate, and respectful to the actor.

Of course you could argue that there is no “good” or “right” way to handle this situation. Right now, in the face of such a devastating tragedy, the future of a TV show seems like the most unimportant thing in the world.

But at the same time, we want Cory Monteith to be remembered. We want his life celebrated. We want Glee to honour both Monteith and his character, because that’s what he deserved.

A lot of fans have already chimed in about how they would prefer that Glee does this, and there seems to be no right answer emerging.

Here we present a few different options, and would love to hear what you all think would be the best way to celebrate Cory Monteith’s life on the show.

Jump 5 years into the future

One way for Glee to help the cast, crew and audience heal might be to put some distance between the loss of Monteith and the show canon.

Considering that the show is already pulling in new high school characters and shifting out old regular characters, if we opened season 5 some years down the line, Glee season 5 could feel like a clean break.

Finn might have moved on, left town, and settled down somewhere else, and the actors would be spared having to explain away his absence. Then the story could move on, taking the characters into a new chapter of their lives.

Never mention Finn again

Some fans love this idea, stating that Monteith’s death should not in any way be connected to Glee, and that the most tasteful thing the show could do is to completely avoid dramatising this tragedy.

Finn was written out of the final few episodes of season 4 due to Monteith checking into rehab; maybe the best cause of action would be to simply move on from there?

However, other fans hate the idea of ignoring the actor’s death, because it might seem like Glee just wants us to forget him and move on.

With nothing but an “In memoriam” title card, Cory Monteith’s importance for Glee would be brushed over, and his life and contribution to the show would not be celebrated at all.

Let Finn pass away

This is another option which has left the fan base torn. On one hand, it could be in very poor taste to take a real person’s tragic death and turn it into a television event (and let’s not forget that the actors would have to react to Finn’s death on screen, too).

On the other hand, this would be the way to celebrate both Finn and Cory Monteith’s lives. There would be musical tributes, pictures, maybe even a “best of Finn” montage of some sort. A bittersweet, cathartic goodbye from the cast and crew, to be shared with the fans around the world.

Give Finn an off-screen happy ending

This would be a less harsh brush-off than simply ignoring Finn’s existence. Making a few mentions about the character’s success and happiness and then letting the characters move on might be the most subtle and pain-free option possible.

Finn Hudson was a great character. Flawed, unsure, and lost in life, but with a big heart and a lot of drive and initiative. Let’s send him off in style – give him the sort of ending which will leave fans smiling.

Maybe he went to Europe to tour as a big name drummer. Maybe he won the lottery. Maybe we just want to know that Finn is out there, happy and safe, before we can allow the other Glee characters to move on.

Break the fourth wall and address the audience directly

Perhaps the most controversial option, this is also this writer’s preferred course of action.

The fact of the matter is, a real human being died. While we know Cory Monteith because of Glee, the sadness for his passing has nothing to do with the TV show.

At the same time, for Glee to ignore this tragedy would be a disservice to the work he put into the show, and the story he helped shape.

There needs to be grief. There needs to be celebration. At the same time, making the actors put on their character voices and pretend to be sad about a character when they’ve all lost a real-life friend seems wrong.

Allowing Monteith’s death to be about him, not Finn Hudson, seems appropriate. Have a few of the actors, or even Ryan Murphy, stand in the choir room and explain to the audience what happened and why Finn will no longer be a part of the show. Follow it with a montage of pictures and video clips.

Celebrate the man, and separate him from the Glee machine. And then move on, as we all must when tragedy strikes.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21