Matthew and Renee attend the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, CA, on October 29.
‘Glee’ star dazzles mixing jazz, show tunes
Matthew and Renee attend the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala – pictures!
POSTED ON Oct 30, 2014 BY Valentina INGallery
Matthew and Renee attend the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, CA, on October 29.
Matthew Morrison’s Annual Halloween/Birthday Bash: pictures, interviews, videos!
Matthew throws his fifth Annual Halloween/Birthday Bash at Hyde Sunset club in Los Angeles, CA, on October 25.
Glee star Matthew Morrison celebrated his one-week wedding anniversary on Saturday – and wasn’t quite done with celebrations.
Throwing his fifth annual Halloween and birthday party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in West Hollywood with the help of Freixenet, Morrison and his new wife, model Renee Puente, channeled John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s characters from Pulp Fiction. “It ended up being better than I ever could’ve imagined,” Morrison (who turns 36 on Oct. 30) gushed about his Hawaiian nuptials to PEOPLE.
Morrison called his Maui ceremony on Oct. 18 “just perfect,” but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few hiccups leading up to his big day. “I think the biggest surprise was there was a hurricane in Hawaii when we were there, so that led to a lot of, I guess, stress that we didn’t really anticipate!”
But Morrison found the silver lining. On the eve of his wedding, “The hurricane brought the most amazing sky that night. It was a green sunset, which is kind of an anomaly. So that was special.”
Luckily, on his wedding day the weather cooperated. “Saturday, it rained the entire day up until the moment my mom and I started walking down the aisle, when it let up. And then it was clear for the whole ceremony, the whole reception, until the moment the band at the end of the night said ‘All right, thank you, have a good night.’ And then it started pouring again,” he said.
Despite the weather worries, Morrison and Puente, 31, made sure their ceremony was special and personal. “We both wrote our own vows. That was the moment I teared up, was when she was saying her vows to me. Both our vows were very us and filled with heartfelt sentiments but also some comedy,” Morrison said.
He had one last heartfelt surprise up his sleeve for his new bride during their reception. “I sang a song as a surprise to her. It was ‘Top Of The World’ by The Carpenters, which was her mom’s favorite song. Her mom passed last year and we actually had the wedding on her mother’s birthday.”
The reception wasn’t all serious. “The coolest thing we did was a partners hula together. It’s tradition for a Hawaiian bride to dance hula for her husband so she did that. I never saw her do it before and it was amazing. And we kinda learned this hula together that we did after that. It was awesome.”
Morrison is currently wrapping up the final season of Glee, but don’t expect him to shift straight to Daddy duty. “I think we’re on a two-year plan,” he said. “We want to enjoy this moment and enjoy being husband and wife by ourselves because once that happens, it’s kind of not about you any more.”
Matthew Morrison & New Wife Renee Do the Pulp Fiction Dance at Halloween Party After Wedding, Act Adorable—Watch!
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Matthew Morrison and his new wife Renee could barely keep their hands off of each other as they made their big debut as a married couple at his Halloween and birthday party—and in true Glee style, there was dancing!
The actor, who plays Mr. Schue on the musical comedy series, threw the bash, presented by Freixenet Spanish Cava and Eric Podwall Entertainment, at Hyde nightclub in West Hollywood, California on Saturday.
He and his new bride, who tied the knot in Hawaii on Oct. 18, sported black wigs and dressed up as John Travolta and Uma Thurman‘s characters in Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace and performed the 1994 cult film’s iconic dance during an exclusive interview with E! News.
Morrison turns 36 on Oct. 30, a day before Halloween. Other stars who attended the party included Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt on Glee, and Arrow star Colton Haynes(check out their costumes…did Haynes just win Halloween before the holiday even began??).
Renee, who is a model whose maiden name was Renee Puente, had danced the Hula for her hubby at their wedding and he later joined her for a couple’s version (check out more details about their big, plus a gorgeous photo of the bride and groom!).
“It’s customary for the Hawaiian bride to dance for her husband,” Matthew told E! News, adding that he had never seen Renee perform a Hula before.
“It was so beautiful,” he said. “I was so moved. It was amazing.”
“But I’d been dreaming about dancing for my husband since I was like 8 years old, when I would make my dad buy me brides’ magazines at the grocery store,” Renee said. “it was really fantastic.”
The two also talked about their honeymoon plans, as well as their most emotional moments at the wedding.
“I saw a little bit of tears when I was walking down that aisle,” she teased her husband.
At the wedding, the two also paid tribute to Renee’s mother, who passed away last year. The event took place on her birthday.
“I felt her presence completely the entire time,” Renee said.
Balancing business, Broadway and fame with ‘Glee’ star Matthew Morrison
POSTED ON Oct 21, 2014 BY Valentina INInterview
Some background on Matthew: He starred in Hairspray as Link Larkin (2002-2004) and starred in various other musicals such as Rocky Horror (2002) and The Light in the Piazza (2005). Currently he stars on Glee as the well-loved teacher Will Schuester, and will wrap up on the sixth and final season coming in 2015.
In our interview, which happened in Buffalo just a few weeks before his recent marriage, Matthew took us inside his experiences in the entertainment business:
The two were married Saturday evening in an intimate celebration in front of 50 family and friends on a private estate in Kihei on the island of Maui, Hawaii, the actor’s rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
Morrison wore a custom Brooks Brothers tuxedo for the occasion, while the bride wore a one-of-a-kind Gustavo gown with shoes specially designed by Emmy London.
Of course a Glee wedding would be incomplete without musical performances. Pianist Chad Whidden played for the crowd and soloist Kiley Dean sang “Feels Like Home” as Puente walked down the aisle.
Later on in the evening, Puente put on a special Hula performance for Morrison, and he then joined her in a couples version. The talented newlyweds ended their performances with a special duet together, singing Laura Benanti’s “Starry Eyed/Video Games.”
Photography was provided by Natalie Watson Photography and Watson Studios, and the videographer was Perryfield Films.
The Glee actor, 35, and the model, 31, have been dating since 2011. “An incredible night of LOVE @ejaf ball,” Morrison Tweeted in June of the engagement. “I’m going to marry my best friend! Happy day for me and @Renee_Puente.”
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Rounding out the the voice cast of Juan Jose Campanella‘s film are John Leguizamo, Mexican star Eugenio Derbez, Taran Killiam, Saturday Night Live‘s Bobby Moynihan and Rizzoli & Isles‘s Chazz Palminteri.
The film’s release date has been pushed to Apr. 10, 2015, from its previous date of Jan. 15, the date to which Weinstein has just moved its family fantasy Paddington, which was previously set for Christmas.
Underdogs centers on a shy but talented foosball player, Jake, (Morrison) who must defend his town and the girl he loves, Laura (Grande), from the nefarious soccer player Ace (Hoult). He’s aided by the figures on his foosball table, who magically come to life. The screenplay, by Campanella, Gaston Gorali and Eduardo Sacheri, has been reworked for U.S audiences.
“This talented cast takes our script and enhances it, with brilliant improvisation and wonderful chemistry. I’m so proud of these super-talented actors and comedians,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein commented in a statement.
The film shares its new release date with Fox’s Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride and Paramount’s fantasy The Moon and the Sun. On its previous date are the thriller Blackhat and the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer.
Matthew and the cast of Glee talk about the 100th episode!
POSTED ON Oct 13, 2014 BY Valentina INVideo
‘Glee’ star dazzles mixing jazz, show tunes
Matthew Morrison’s evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra began with the TV star peeking out of a side door, outfitted in a tux and black fedora, microphone in hand, introducing himself.
“… Here in a role he was born to play,” Morrison boomed in his best announcer voice, before pausing for a beat, then adding, “because he’s playing himself!”
Lest you thought Morrison was born to play Will Schuester, the fashionably optimistic choir director on the Fox hit “Glee,” he clarified that too.
“I’m not really a high school teacher – I just play one on TV,” he told the mostly full audience inside Kleinhans Music Hall. “I spend my days in classy music halls like this one.”
Actually, for the next couple of months, Morrison is spending most of his days on a Los Angeles soundstage, filming the final season of “Glee’s” six-year run. But after that, he’s likely back to his Broadway roots. Which means Morrison – who before “Glee” starred in “Hairspray,” “South Pacific” and “The Light in the Piazza” – will be singing live with much more frequency than the handful of orchestra concerts he’s doing this fall.
And that’s a good thing, because by all indications from his Buffalo show, the 35-year-old is poised to revive a form of musical performance he feels has faded: the song-and-dance man.
In a two-hour show that featured about 70 minutes of Morrison’s music along with a trio of BPO songs led by guest conductor John Morris Russell, he covered 13 songs with the orchestra backing him. Morrison opened with the 1931 Duke Ellington and Irving Mills tune, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” then worked his way through a blend of Broadway and jazz numbers, the best of which was a rendition of Dean Martin’s “Sway.”
Morrison personalized some numbers; for example, to “The Lady is a Tramp,” he added the localized lyrics, “She likes a ball game, thinks the Bills are fine … Jim Kelly is a friend of mine.”
(Interesting side note: Morrison has a Western New York connection. His dad, who accompanied him to Buffalo, is a Niagara University grad.)
He talked about the wistfulness of elusive love while leading into “Street Where You Live” and “As Long as She Needs Me,” the latter a gender-flipped version the “Oliver” number “As Long as He Needs Me.”
Trim and muscular with smooth dancing ability, Morrison knows his sex appeal. He doesn’t flaunt it, but doesn’t ignore it either. He told the audience about his role in “South Pacific” that required him to sing shirtless at Lincoln Center eight times a week. He offered to do the same on stage at Kleinhans, and started loosening his bow tie – one of the few times the politely quiet orchestra crowd started buzzing.
Then he stopped.
“I only take my shirt off in Lincoln Center,” Morrison said, tie dangling from both sides of his collar. “In Lincoln Center, it’s art.
“In Buffalo, it’s a Bills game in December.”
Morrison is ever the showman. But he wasn’t the only one on stage.
Guest conductor Russell sparkled, too. From exuberantly mouthing the words to both the U.S. and Canadian anthems to telling stories on stage before Morrison emerged in both the first and second acts, Russell was entertaining.
In fact, he was almost too entertaining for a show in which he wasn’t the star.
Take what happened during a punchy version of Cole Porter’s “It’s All Right With Me,” which was arranged by Morrison’s musical director and pianist Brad Ellis (who’s also the pianist on “Glee”): Morrison tapped Russell, took his baton and started conducting the orchestra. Russell took Morrison’s microphone and started singing.
It was entertaining, for sure, but you also had the sense Morrison and Russell were slightly competing for the spotlight. Continue reading »
Matthew is in the cast voicing the characters of the animated movie “Underdogs”, out in the US on January 15, 2015.
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A ‘Glee’ful step into the future with Matthew Morrison – new interview!
POSTED ON Sep 24, 2014 BY Valentina INInterview
Have the likes of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire vanished into the air of history?
Maybe so, but Matthew Morrison is determined to change that. With his velvet voice, deft dancing and chiseled chin, he might just do it.
Morrison, 35, is wrapping up the role that made him famous, the musical and fashionable teacher Will Schuester on “Glee.” The Fox hit is entering its sixth and final season, meaning Morrison will soon be free to return to New York and, aside from choice movie and TV gigs, revel on the stage he loves the most: Broadway.
“I can’t wait to get back onstage,” said Morrison, who starred on Broadway in “Hairspray,” “The Light in the Piazza” and “South Pacific.”
Not that Morrison has been exclusive to “Glee.” Between the show and some film work, Morrison released a pair of CDs, recorded a duet with Elton John, and has been performing live shows for a few years.
He’s coming to town to open the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Pop Series at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall.
“He’s an old-school kind of star,” said Brad Ellis, Morrison’s musical director and also the piano player on “Glee.” “My phrase for it is ‘the man at the microphone.’ ”
Morrison recently chatted with us by phone from New York hours before flying to Los Angeles to begin shooting “Glee’s” final season.
Question: How has “Glee” impacted your life?
There’s a negative side to it, too. My fiancée and I are getting married next year and people are just trying to get inside our lives, find out what our wedding date is, and really just get into our business. I’m a human being like anyone else, so it’s just kind of frustrating when I can’t have that anonymity that I used to have.
Q: Elton John is your friend and collaborator, and President Obama is a fan of yours. That has to be a little surreal.
President Obama is something different. He’s someone who’s kind of untouchable still. As much as I would like to say I’m friends with him, you can never have a real, honest conversation with him because there are people with guns around. That’s a different scenario. Maybe one day I’ll have a good conversation with him when he’s out of the White House.
Q: What’s your goal with your stage show?
Q: So how are you feeling about the end of “Glee”?
Q: You’re a young guy to ask about legacy, but I’ll ask: Is Broadway where you want to leave your mark?
Glee star to kick off BPO Pops series
A pop culture celebrity from television and Broadway will open the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pops concert series this Saturday at Klenihans Music Hall. Singer, actor and dancer Matthew Morrison — one of the star’s of “Glee” — will make his debut with the BPO. WBFO’S Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Morrison ahead of this weekend’s Buffalo appearance.
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