As expected, Glee's heartfelt tribute to Cory Monteith - who died in July at the age of 31 from a drug overdose - delivered the show's best ratings in a year. According to overnight Nielsen ratings, the episode delivered 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49. That's up 40 percent from the musical dramedy's recent season premiere and up 75 percent from last week. Written by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the episode chose not to say how the good-hearted, comically dim, high school jock Finn Hudson died. In an opening narration by Finn's stepbrother Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, the "how" he died is dismissed. "Everyone wants to talk about how he died, but who cares? I want to talk about how he lived." Interesting choice. - Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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'Once Upon a Time' co-stars engaged
It looks like Once Upon a Time co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are looking to live happily ever after, because the real-life couple are engaged. Let's see how many more fairy tale idioms we can work in here. Prince Charming asked his beloved Snow White to be his bride on Wednesday in Los Angeles, People reports. There don't seem to be any talking animals or magical carriage rides involved; no poison apples or evil spells, either. "We are so thrilled to announce our engagement and can't wait to celebrate with our friends and family, including our second family at Once Upon a Time," the couple said in a statement. The pair announced their storybook romance in April 2012. There aren't any wedding details, but we can just ask that mirror on the wall over there, because it usually seems to know things. It'll likely include seven bridesmaids, at any rate. It also won't be good news for the evil queen.
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Lee Daniels wants to make an action movie with big plot twist
Fresh off his critical and commercial triumph The Butler, Lee Daniels is saying he wants to make an action hero movie, but give it a new twist. Daniels told Out magazine he's working on an "interracial love affair action movie." He said people should think of it as "Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes." All right, so another buddy cop kinda movie. We've seen it. "We don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie." Whoa, that's a different take. But didn't he just ruin his own reveal? Eh, whatever, it's got Magic Mike's Alex Pettyfer in it. The mag then asked him if he thought there were going to be any problems making an action movie with two gay heroes. Not if he has anything to say about it. "I don't think I'm going to have a problem now," he said. "I made $100 million for The Butler. I'm in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about."