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26. Ypulse Essentials: New “Glee” Characters, Another Snow White Movie, Millennial Artists

Since many of the “Glee” stars will graduate next season (a new crop of characters will soon be introduced. TVLine reports that there will be two new mean girls named Sugar and Sheila, a linebacker named Bubba who will play Mercedes’... Read the rest of this post

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27. A GLEEFUL READ: The book I’d recommend to Blaine Anderson

Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin could be the perfect book for Glee's Blaine Anderson.Blaine Anderson joined Glee last season as the seemingly cool-and-collected lead singer of the Dalton Academy Warblers, an all-boys a cappella glee club that competed against New Directions.

He quickly became more than that, however.

Blaine also befriended Kurt Hummel and shared his own experiences being bullied at his former school for being gay. He encouraged Kurt to stand up to David Karofsky and shared Dalton Academy’s zero-tolerance policy for harassment. After Kurt transferred to Dalton, his relationship with Blaine also became romantic. (For a look at how it all began, watch The Warblers’ a cappella version of “Teenage Dream”.)

It’s true that at the end of season two, Blaine, who’s ably portrayed by Darren Criss, didn’t attend William McKinley High. So even if I were the school’s librarian, I couldn’t officially recommend a book for him.

But because I’ve never seen a single faculty member at Dalton Academy or any evidence the school even has a library, I’d feel comfortable making a casual suggestion the next time Blaine stops by to visit Kurt.

And that suggestion would be Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin (Gotham Books, 2008).

Why? It’s a love song to the collegiate groups the Warblers were modeled after.

The book chronicles how the college a cappella movement started when the Yale Whiffenpoofs formed in 1909 and how it’s grown to where it stands today with intense rivalries, national championships, groupies (yes, groupies!) and increasingly complex and evolving arrangements.

Rapkin focuses on three college groups — the all-female Divisi from the the University of Oregon, the irreverent Hullabahoos from the University of Virginia and the tradition-bound Beelzebubs from Tufts University. He looks at everything from the groups’ histories and cultures and quest for vocal perfection to their egos, immaturity and inevitable conflicts.

And, it’s a hell of a read.

I read a lot of books. And this one was so good I had to put it down a few times because I just didn’t want it to end. Rapkin does a great job of making us care about the members of each group even when we’re cringing for crises going on in their personal lives or shaking our heads at some of their decisions. (Note to future a cappellers: NEVER set fire to the mansion an influential alumni is nice enough to let you use.)

The book is also chock full of musical minutiae — arrangements and key changes and choreography and costumes. I like that sort of thing, and if you do too, you’ll be fascinated.

This book would also show Blaine it’s OK to loosen up a little.

The Beelzebubs (who, by the way, sing background on all of Glee’s season two Warblers songs) are very traditional and buttoned up, at least publically. But the Hullahoos perform in T-shirts, shorts and what looks like wacked-out liturgical robes for goodness sake. And all three groups have enough backstage drama to keep a small soap opera afloat for a season or two.

Despite this, group members can usually laugh at themselves. In fact, they spend almost as much time doing the sort of activities you might expect from overconfident college students — drinking … peeing on a competitor’s van … drinking … making inappro

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28. Ypulse Essentials: Spotify Finally Launches In The U.S., ‘Harry Potter’ Breaks Records, Netflix Goes 3D

Finally! We’re thrilled that Spotify, the music service beloved by Brits (has made its way across the pond at last. Starting today — following a deal on Wednesday with Warner Bros. Music to secure all four major labels — users can sign... Read the rest of this post

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29. A GLEE-ful read: The book I’d recommend to Finn Hudson

Struts & Frets, the book I'd recommend to Finn HudsonIf Finn Hudson’s life had a soundtrack, it would probably include The Lovin’ Spoonful’s 1966 hit “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?”

Remember how it goes?

Did you ever have to finally decide?
Say yes to one and let the other one ride?
There’s so many changes and tears you must hide.
Did you ever have to finally decide?

Because for everything the Glee character has going for him — starting quarterback on the William McKinley High School football team, co-captain of the Glee Club, homecoming king candidate — his laid-back attitude tends to get him into trouble.

The most obvious example is with girls.

In season one, Finn dated Quinn and made eyes at Rachel. Then, he dated Rachel and looked longingly at Quinn. Then, he dated Quinn and gazed at Rachel. And in the last episode of season two, he kissed Rachel.

What’s odder still is that both Quinn and Rachel continued liking Finn in … um … that way, even when he dated the other one. Maybe it was because he said things to them like, “Just because I can’t be with you doesn’t mean I don’t believe in you.” And, as he was breaking up with Quinn, “I still love you.”

Dude … seriously.

So, if I were a librarian at William McKinley High School, I’d give Finn, who’s convincingly played by Cory Monteith, the book Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron (Amulet Books, 2009).

Why?

Because it’s about Sammy Bojar, a fatherless boy with a guitar who has to make some decisions.

Like how to keep his struggling band together. How to survive school when he’s really only interested in music. What to do about a girl he likes in … um … that way and another girl who likes him and he might actually like, too. And what to do about this grandfather who’s no longer the warm, smart, supportive person he used to be and seems to be falling deeper and deeper into dementia.

And then, there’s what may be Sammy’s biggest worry. He knows he can play the guitar, and he’s happy with the songs he’s written recently, but he worries that he doesn’t have enough confidence or charisma to be the lead singer for a band.

I’d give Finn the book and ask him to read it all, paying special attention to the scene that starts on page 99 where Sammy realizes how he truly feels about Jen5, the scene that starts on page 221 where he talks about relationships with his best friend Rick, who’s gay, and page 273 when he realizes the difference between being in a band that doesn’t work and being in one that does.

Seeing how Sammy makes his decisions might help Finn make some important ones in his own life.

Like, how he wants to spend his senior year. What he wants to do after graduation. And where, if anywhere, Rachel and Quinn fit into his plans.

Another good thing about this book that makes it a GLEE-ful read is a playlist of songs that served as the soundtrack as Skovron wrote. Artists include Jane’s Addiction, The Pixies, Camper Van Beethoven, Mercury Rev and more.

If you’d like to see which books I’ve recommended to other Glee characters, they are:

Finn HudsonStruts & Frets by

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30. Glee Fans, Meet Guitar Boy!

This post was originally publishe on Pat Zietlow Miller's blog. We are re-posting it here with permission from Pat herself. Thanks, Pat!

“Sam Evans needs a haircut.”

Now before you think I’m out-of-touch or unhip, I have to say that, generally, I quite like longer hair on men.

But as the season progressed, Sam’s blond coiffure — that had been favorably compared to Justin Bieber’s famous hairdo in early episodes — got more and more unkempt.

Because several episodes also showed Sam in the background looking glum, I thought he might be mourning the fact that he had been nicknamed “Trouty Mouth” by his then-girlfriend Santana Lopez. She even wrote a song about the size of his mouth that made the normally easy-going Sam take a stand.

While Sam, who is portrayed by Chord Overstreet, does indeed have a large mouth, that’s certainly not the most interesting thing about him. And, in the last few episodes, Glee’s writers explained why he’d been looking a little run-down.

It turns out Sam’s father lost his job.

Then, after their house was repossessed, the family was living in a motel on the outskirts of Lima where Sam watched his younger brother and sister in the evenings while his parents looked for work.

To help his family out, Sam took a job delivering pizzas and had to pawn his guitar. He also borrowed clothes from Kurt and Finn.

So … if I were a librarian at William McKinley High School, I’d suggest that Sam read Guitar Boy by MJ Auch (Christy Ottaviano Books, 2010).

Why? It tells the story of another guitar-playing teen with family troubles.

Travis Tacey is 14 and lives in a rural mountain community. After his mother is injured in a car accident and is unable to return home, his father loses his job and falls apart. He throws Travis out of the house after the two argue, and forces Travis’s older sister to drop out of school and care for his younger brother and sister.

On his own without even a pair of shoes, Travis only has a hand-made guitar that’s been in his family for generations. He hopes he can support himself by singing and playing on street corners, but when his guitar is stolen he doesn’t know what to do next.

I’d suggest that Sam read the whole book, paying special attention to page 150 where Travis watches a guitar being made and page 224 where Travis solos on “Turkey in the Straw.”

I’d also recommend that Sam visit this website to read about how author MJ Auch watched her very own guitar being built from scratch, which inspired her to write this book. I’d even let him use the computer in the library because he probably doesn’t have access to one outside of school.

Things look hopeful for Travis and Sam …

I’d hope Sam would see that even though Travis’ situation is worse than his, Travis still has hope. He follows his love of music and helps get ready for a guitar-picking competition. There, he meets some like-minded people who help him get back on his feet and start reconnecting with his family.

And if Sam looks, he has reasons to hope, too. His friends chip in to get him his guitar back and encourage him to stay in Glee Club. They even come up with a “prom on a budget” plan so he can attend. And things start looking up even more in the last episode when it’s revealed he

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31. Ypulse Essentials: The YouTube Movie, Parental Controls On Twitter, Back-To-School Spending

Most of our favorite YouTube videos are short, lighthearted clips that provide a quick dose of entertainment (but one YouTube user had a different idea. He created the longest YouTube video ever, which takes 23 days and 19 hours to watch! We know... Read the rest of this post

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32. A GLEE-ful read: The book I’d give Rachel Berry

Theater GeekThe Glee Club at William McKinley High School has more than its fair share of divas.

But no matter how diva-ishly delicious Mercedes, Kurt and Santana can be at times, Rachel Berry always manages to eclipse their efforts.

As En Vogue memorably sang , “And now it’s time for a breakdown”

Rachel temporarily defected from the Glee Club after Mr. Schuster had Tina sing a “West Side Story” song instead of her.

She showed up at Glee Club rehearsal with duct tape covering her mouth to protest Mr. Schuster’s attempts to “silence her voice” after he gave a solo to someone else.

And, she encouraged Sunshine Corazon to join Glee Club so Sunshine could sing back-up. But when it became clear Sunshine was a phenom, Rachel gave her directions to a crack house instead of the auditorium where auditions were really being held.

Sure Rachel, who’s portrayed with neurotic perfection by Lea Michele, occasionally shows flashes of humanity. But ultimately, she always reverts to her true beliefs. That no one else in the Glee Club can hold a candle to her talent.

And, she may be right.

Finn, Rachel’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, believes she’s destined for stardom far beyond Lima, Ohio. And Quinn, Rachel’s best frenemy, has flat-out said, “You don’t belong here, Rachel. And you can’t blame me for helping send you on your way.”

And Kurt Hummel, who’s often battled Rachel for time in the spotlight even admitted, “She may be difficult, but boy can she sing. Bravo!”

Yet Rachel seems stuck in Lima, with the Glee Club the only outlet for her burning passion to perform.

So … if I were the librarian at William McKinley High School, I’d try to expand Rachel’s horizons and help her see some opportunities that exist outside Ohio.

I’d start by giving her Theater Geek (Free Press, 2010) by Mickey Rapkin. Rapkin spent a summer at Stagedoor Manor, a summer theater camp in the Catskills with a reputation for taking in theater-loving misfits and turning out high-quality performances and stars like Natalie Portman, Jon Cryer and Mandy Moore.

Rapkin’s day job is a senior editor at GQ, which I’m sure Rachel and Kurt would find fascinating.

But that’s not why Rachel needs to read this book.

This book would help Rachel in two ways.

First, it would show her a place she could belong. Stagedoor Manor prides itself on offering a home for talented theater kids who feel they don’t fit into their real life. As Jeff Blumenkrantz, a Stagedoor alum who went on to write the music to “Urban Cowboy” said, “I always felt other than. Let’s put it this way. I used to survive the school year and the reward was Stagedoor manor.”

Rachel would thrive in an environment where popularity is based on talent. One student who was not popular in his high school was a star at Stagedoor. When another girl from his school came to Stagedoor, she was floored. “For her, it was like ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ” the student said. “She couldn’t figure it out. Why is David Quinn the most popular person here?”

Rachel could go from being a slushie target to someone who mattered in a heartbeat.

Second, it just might help her see she’s not the only talented kid in America. Lots of kids with talent and theater dreams come to Stagedoor Manor and find themselves in supporting roles. (Case in point. Lea Michele, who plays Rachel on Glee, attended Stagedoor and never had a lead role. Not that she’s complaining

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33. How Glee ignited a spark

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I watched the Glee season finale tonight. It wasn't their best show, but the scene with Kurt and Rachel singing on the Wicked stage meant so much to me! It reminded me how important my dreams are. How could I forget that absolute certainty I've always had? Their passion was contagious! I can't wait to get started! Never mind that I haven't stopped at all, that I'm working hard every single day including weekends striving for it—I'd just forgotten how that passion feels. Watch out world, here I come, right after I eat a chocolate chip muffin!

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34. Ypulse Essentials: Facebook Takes Over The World, Cameos Rule ‘Last Friday Night,’ Lil Wayne Unplugged

Facebook may be taking over the world (but in the U.S., it just lost some 6 million users. But we don’t think Facebook is going away any time soon, especially with brands jumping on board for a little “F-commerce,” e-commerce... Read the rest of this post

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35. Ypulse Essentials: VerveLife Launches RhymbaKid/RhymbaTween, Lauren Conrad’s New Magazine Gig, Baby Genius Mobile Apps

Finding clean music for kids just got easier (thanks to RhymbaKid and RhymbaTween, the newest customizable music stores from VerveLife. The promotional stores feature age-appropriate songs that parents will appreciate and kids will enjoy.... Read the rest of this post

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36. Ypulse Essentials: Teen Choice Awards Nominees, ‘Teen Wolf’ Web Series, Myspace Sold For $35 Million

The Teen Choice Awards 2011 nominations are out (and — surprise, surprise — “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” takes the lead with 12 spots. “Glee” is close behind with nine nominations, and other usual suspects including Taylor Swift, Selena... Read the rest of this post

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37. Ypulse Essentials: ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Tops $1 Billion, MySpace Talent Competition?, Changes On ‘Glee’ & ‘Jersey Shore’

All that talk about the movie industry being in trouble (seems to have vanished over the weekend with news that “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” became the eighth movie ever to pass the $1 billion worldwide box office mark.... Read the rest of this post

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38. Ypulse Essentials: ‘The Fashion Star’ Is Packed With Celebrities, SpongeBob SquarePants Twitter Event, Introducing Paramount Animation

Style icon Nicole Richie and menswear designer John Varvatos joined NBC’s ‘The Fashion Star’ (as celebrity mentors and judges in the upcoming style show, where aspiring designers compete for a multimillion-dollar contract to launch their own... Read the rest of this post

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39. A GLEE-ful read: The book I’d recommend to Sam Evans

Guitar Boy, the book I'd recommend to Glee's Sam EvansAs I watched much of Glee’s second season, I had one recurring thought.

“Sam Evans needs a haircut.”

Now before you think I’m out-of-touch or unhip, I have to say that, generally, I quite like longer hair on men.

But as the season progressed, Sam’s blond coiffure — that had been favorably compared to Justin Bieber’s famous hairdo in early episodes — got more and more unkempt.

Because several episodes also showed Sam in the background looking glum, I thought he might be mourning the fact that he had been nicknamed “Trouty Mouth” by his then-girlfriend Santana Lopez. She even wrote a song about the size of his mouth that made the normally easy-going Sam take a stand.

While Sam, who is portrayed by Chord Overstreet, does indeed have a large mouth, that’s certainly not the most interesting thing about him. And, in the last few episodes, Glee’s writers explained why he’d been looking a little run-down.

It turns out Sam’s father lost his job.

Then, after their house was repossessed, the family was living in a motel on the outskirts of Lima where Sam watched his younger brother and sister in the evenings while his parents looked for work.

To help his family out, Sam took a job delivering pizzas and had to pawn his guitar. He also borrowed clothes from Kurt and Finn.

If I were a librarian at William McKinley High School, I’d suggest that Sam read Guitar Boy by MJ Auch (Christy Ottaviano Books, 2010).

Why? It tells the story of another guitar-playing teen with family troubles.

Travis Tacey is 14 and lives in a rural mountain community. After his mother is injured in a car accident and is unable to return home, his father loses his job and falls apart. He throws Travis out of the house after the two argue, and forces Travis’s older sister to drop out of school and care for his younger brother and sister.

On his own without even a pair of shoes, Travis only has a hand-made guitar that’s been in his family for generations. He hopes he can support himself by singing and playing on street corners, but when his guitar is stolen he doesn’t know what to do next.

I’d suggest that Sam read the whole book, paying special attention to page 150 where Travis watches a guitar being made and page 224 where Travis solos on “Turkey in the Straw.”

I’d also recommend that Sam visit this website to read about how author MJ Auch watched her very own guitar being built from scratch, which inspired her to write this book. I’d even let him use the computer in the library because he probably doesn’t have access to one outside of school.

Things look hopeful for Travis and Sam …

I’d hope Sam would see that even though Travis’ situation is worse than his, Travis still has hope. He follows his love of music and helps get ready for a guitar-picking competition. There, he meets some like-minded people who help him get back on his feet and start reconnecting with his family.

And if Sam looks, he has reasons to hope, too. His friends chip in to get him his guitar back and encourage him to stay in Glee Club. They even come up with “prom on a budget” plan so he can attend. And things start looking up even more in the last episode when it’s revealed he and Mercedes are dating.

And jus

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40. Ypulse Essentials: Bieber Bashes U.S., 'Glee' To Sing Original Songs, McSweeney's New Children's Imprint

Will Rolling Stone's interview with Justin Bieber (tarnish the pristine image of the pop idol? In the article, due out Feb 18, he disses the U.S. and gives his opinions on politics, fame, abstinence, and abortion, among other topics. After a... Read the rest of this post

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41. Ypulse Essentials: Beavis and Butthead Watch 'Jersey Shore', College Students Drink Less, Macy's Goes On Spring Break

MTV partners with IntoNow (to promote new episodes Jersey Shore. IntoNow is an app much like Shazam, except it tags TV shows instead of songs. Viewers who tag six or more original broadcast airings will have a chance to win a trip to the next... Read the rest of this post

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42. Ypulse Essentials: MTV Will Remake ‘Inbetweeners,’ College Admissions Get Tougher, ‘Glee’ Is Streaming On Netflix

‘Inbetweeners’ becomes the latest British show (to get an MTV remake. The series focuses on four middle class high school boys who aren’t in with the in crowd, but also aren’t quite nerdy. It sounds way less controversial... Read the rest of this post

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43. Ypulse Essentials: O Music Awards Explained, ‘Rio’ Augmented Reality, Disney Does Vampires

MTV clarifies what viewers can expect (from the O Music Awards, the net’s latest awards show that celebrates innovations in music. Look for awards for Best Music Discovery Service, Best Musical Short, and Most Innovative Artist — Lady Gaga... Read the rest of this post

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44. Ypulse Essentials: Nick’s Monkey Quest, Online Withdrawal, ‘Glee’ Does ‘Born This Way’

Nickelodeon launches Monkey Quest (an MMOG that took two years in development. In the game, tween and teen players can complete quests…or just groom their friends and eat bugs from their fur. Over on Facebook, social gamers can play America... Read the rest of this post

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45. Ypulse Essentials: Chris Colfer Gets A Pilot, Most Influential Pop Culture Icons, Hispanic College Students

‘Glee’ cast member (Chris Colfer — aka Kurt — is writing a pilot for Disney Channel based on the children’s book The Little Leftover Witch. Here’s the cast of “Glee” doing Lady Gaga’s “Born This... Read the rest of this post

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46. Ypulse Essentials: Facebook ‘Pays’ Ad Viewers, Kids Download Apps To Parents’ Phones, Mother Monster Mentors American Idols

Facebook is ‘paying’ users (to watch certain ads. Viewers receive the equivalent of $.10 in Facebook credits, which can be used in games on the site, to buy virtual goods, or to buy physical goods via Facebook Deals. Speaking of Facebook... Read the rest of this post

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47. Ypulse Essentials: 85% Of College Grads Move Home, ReachOut Reads, Pharrell Joins Karmaloop TV

It’s graduation season, and what will college students (be doing now that they’re leaving school? 85% are moving home with mom and dad, according to one study. Sorry, IKEA, but next quarter isn’t looking so good. What other options... Read the rest of this post

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48. Rebecca Black Gets Gleeked

“Partying, partying (yeah!)…” Is Rebecca Black’s “Friday” already stuck in your head too? That catchy little tune has been the source of both amusement and annoyance for weeks, and now “Glee” puts its... Read the rest of this post

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49. Teen TV: What Will They Be Watching This Fall

This week, the major TV networks got all dressed up to court advertisers at their upfront presentations. They casually announced several show cancellations — “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “Hellcats,” “$#*! My Dad Says,” and many,... Read the rest of this post

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50. Ypulse Essentials: Smell Like A Belieber, Lady Gaga Gives Birth On ‘SNL,’ Karmaloop Is Coming To TV

Beliebers can now get Justin in a bottle (with the launch of his new perfume, a fruity scent — tinted purple, of course — called Someday. Cuz, Justin says, “the way a girl smells is important to a guy!” Hmmm, will Selena Gomez... Read the rest of this post

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