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Post  Glorfindel on 12/17/2012, 5:57 pm



He looks absolutely gorgeous here. His hair!!! wub

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Post  valkeakuulas on 12/17/2012, 6:04 pm

That promotion video is priceless! I thought imidiately about who has written these lines: and of course it's Chris himself. And his reaction faces are so funny! Instant classic! Laughing
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Post  Ranwing on 12/17/2012, 6:41 pm

Note to self... watching at the office was probably not the best idea because I'm cackling like a hyena and everyone at the office is staring at me strangely.

The boy is a bonifide genius and while Glee may continue its decent into an endless spiral of decay, I will thank it every day for bringing Chris Colfer into my life. bisou
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Post  Glorfindel on 12/17/2012, 7:47 pm

Ranwing wrote:Note to self... watching at the office was probably not the best idea because I'm cackling like a hyena and everyone at the office is staring at me strangely.
Note to self: go to the bathroom before clicking on a video made by Chris himself. I literally almost wet my pants watching this. blushh Smile

The boy is a bonifide genius and while Glee may continue its decent into an endless spiral of decay, I will thank it every day for bringing Chris Colfer into my life. bisou
Preach!
This was absolutely priceless: the writing, the jokes, Polly Bergen, Chris' reaction faces. wub
He's got such good comedic timing: RIB should use that more often.

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Post  Divalicious on 12/17/2012, 9:37 pm

His face is so incredibly expressive and nuanced. It's like each little muscle has been trained, and his features are so finely drawn, it is almost unbelievable how well he can get emotions across.

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Post  fantastica on 12/17/2012, 11:08 pm

smart promo!

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Post  sheny on 12/18/2012, 3:23 am

The same video on YouTube.


And a short interview about SBL.

Chris Colfer Gets Struck by Lightning



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Post  arina on 12/18/2012, 3:42 am


Just few moments of Chris between 1:36-1:53.
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Post  bayth on 12/18/2012, 3:44 am

Chris made Forbes list of 30 important Hollywood people under 30 years old:

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Post  Delight on 12/18/2012, 8:17 am

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His face here is just priceless ptdr

I can see Polly trying really hard not to break character and smile at this line Smile

Love the SL promo vid. Chris looks dashing and his interactions with a Betty-White-like Polly Bergen are funny Razz
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Post  Glorfindel on 12/18/2012, 9:08 am

^Yes, Polly is trying really hard not to laugh about the sex tape line. Razz

I love this video. wub
What a great way to promote his movie. The video already has almost 10.000 views.

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Post  Piciollina on 12/18/2012, 10:11 am

Oh my, this video is hilarious and Polly is really trying hard not to laugh Razz
Chris is a total genius!
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Post  Divalicious on 12/18/2012, 1:08 pm

I love the line that their budget was so small the make-up trailer is a porta-potty. Chris is the master of self-deprecating humor.

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Post  sheny on 12/18/2012, 1:57 pm

Chris Colfer on “Struck By Lightning” and Klaine’s Future: “It’s No Fun To Say ‘I Love You’ in Every Scene”

Ambition is not something that comes after success strikes but, rather, is what helps a performer get there in the first place. Case in point, Chris Colfer, who became a household name when Fox’s Glee first premiered in 2009, had already been busy working on writing Struck By Lightning way before Kurt Hummel came into his life. It’s a case of full circle that the story he worked on years ago is finally coming to theaters with Colfer not only the screenwriter but also in the lead role.

In the coming of age film directed by Brian Donnelly (Saved!), Colfer plays teenaged Carson Phillips, who has a less than idyllic life with an absent father (Dermot Mulroney), a mother (Allison Janney) who likes to spend her days drinking and popping pills, and a thankless job running the school newspaper that only he cares about. The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Allie Grant, Sarah Hyland and acting legend Polly Bergen.

AfterElton sat down with Colfer at the film’s press junket day in Beverly Hills this past weekend to talk about the origins of the film as well as what the future holds on Glee for the still-broken-up Kurt and Blaine (Darren Criss).

AfterElton: In the press notes you mention that your high school speech coach was your savior and how she got you through high school. How so?
Chris Colfer: She was just one of those teachers that really didn’t care about the statistics of her kid’s testing. She really cared about each student individually and made a point for them to know that she was there for them. And I remember one day I was having a horrible, horrible, horrible day so after school she took me out for ice cream. She’s just that one person in all of our lives that I felt was there for us that wasn’t a parent, that was an adult that cared about you. And she’s in the movie. She plays the chemistry teacher.

AE: The origins of the film go way before Glee ever came into you life, but once you actually started shooting were there thoughts about making sure this isn’t McKinley and that it’s its own world?
CC: No. Not really. I think partly because I always envisioned the town so differently. And I think like in the script even there were like ‘the town is bleak and dark and small’ and things like that. But no, there was really never any sort of conscious decision to make it look different from Glee.

AE: Carson’s sexuality isn’t really a part of the movie even though sexuality is brought up with some of the other characters, which is great and fun. Was that more of a been there/done that thing or…?
CC: To be honest for one, I just personally…if I was creating a story for myself I didn’t want to have to go through another orientation story, like selfishly. But the biggest reason was I didn’t want anyone to not take away a message from Carson because of his orientation. Again, I feel like my experience with Glee it’s like you designate a story to gay kids and the straight kids stop listening and vice versa. I didn’t want a straight or gay kid to walk away thinking oh that doesn’t relate to me because he was gay or because he was straight.

AE: The relationship with Carson’s mother is a pretty volatile one. How did you and Allison [Janney] prepare for those scenes, because some of the dialogue is really harsh!
CC: It wasn’t hard, for me at least. I don’t know about her, but I think I’ve always loved her so much that there was this familiarity that was already there. I didn’t have to dive deep to feel like I had a connection to her.

AE: Talk about Polly Bergen. You have some really touching scenes with her in the film. Have you been a fan of hers for a long time?
CC: Forever, forever. Absolutely. I was really drawn to her because she looks just like my real grandmother. When I met with her, it was supposed to be for 15 minutes, we were supposed to have like a little lunch, or a little tea or drink or something, and I was going to ask her to maybe be in the movie and it lasted for four hours. I just sat there, and I just listened to all her stories. She’s the funniest, sharpest person I think I know, and she’s 80 years young! She’s so quick and witty and hysterical and has the best stories about filming live television in the 50s and the Reagans. I don’t know why she’s not a national treasure. She’s just amazing.

AE: Is Polly’s character based on your own grandmother or somebody you knew?
CC: No. In fact, my family is very self conscious about this movie because my parents are happily married and my grandmother actually has three doctorates. She is very smart. She’s nowhere near Alzheimer’s, so the family [in the film] is almost exactly the opposite.

AE: What do you get from writing that maybe you don’t get from acting?
CC: I feel like writing and acting are completely different things, and then acting what you’ve written is also completely different. I think they’re three different beasts. Because when you’re writing it’s like you’re thinking about the actors, and when you’re acting you’re thinking about the writers, but when you are both it’s such freedom because you don’t have to ask yourself any questions.

AE: Now Carson seems to know that writing can be very therapeutic, so was writing the film therapeutic for you, too?
CC: Oh absolutely. Especially when I came up with the idea in high school as a way just to vent all my frustrations. My daily encounters with peers and teachers that didn’t go so well, I could just go home and write a scene about it, rather than letting it…well, it festered plenty, but at least I was writing about it.

AE: Do you still do that now if you have a hard day?
CC: Oh yeah. Absolutely. Except I’m writing children’s stories now, so everything is substituted for fairies and goblins rather than teenagers.

AE: Now what’s the message in this movie that you’d like people to leave with?
CC: You know, I really hope that by seeing Carson kind of robbed of all his potential people will find the potential within themselves for their own lives. And I really hope that it just inspires aspiration really. I hope people can see his struggle, his journey and be inspired to go after their own dreams because a lot of kids need it. A lot of the kids need that boost. They just feel like everything is impossible.

AE: I saw you tweet this morning with your picture with the poster. What was it like seeing that poster for the first time?
CC: When I saw the poster it kind of became real for me. It looks very much like the same photographer who did the Easy A poster, and it just made it very, very real. I’m like ‘Oh my God! This is an actual move!’ There’s a poster now, and I’m on it. This is a real thing.

AE: Let’s talk about Klaine for a minute. As of the last episode, they are at least talking now. Do you think in the long run that absence makes the heart grow fonder for them?
CC: I think so, and I think it’s good for them just to have their own lives rather than be halves of one character. I think at least as an audience member I kind of want to watch them go and do their own thing, and then if they come back together in the end sure, great. But I think they should probably live their own lives rather than sharing a life. I think that’ll do them some good. But what will your readers think? I can never really get a good feel for it.

AE: People are really passionate about them, and they get really stuck on them together, but I think it will be good for them.
CC: And that’s what I’ve always said in interviews. I’ve always been ‘oh, it would be great if they had a problem’ because as an actor it’s not fun to say ‘I love you’ in every scene. But then people got really mad at me, and I’m like ‘why are you mad at me?’ That’s like saying you’re mad at me because I wish it was cloudy today. It’s part of life.

AE: I don’t know what’s coming down the line, but I would actually like to see Kurt fall for somebody who’s maybe just as good for him as Blaine is.
CC: Yeah. Right.

AE: So it’s not a good guy/bad guy kind of thing but just to see what he would do. It would be a good conflict.
CC: Right. Exactly. One thing is you don’t want kids to…at least maybe I’m just really independent in this sense, but I hate it when kids throw their lives away for another kid. Because they think ‘oh I’m not going to go to college, I’m going to stay here and live with my boyfriend.’ No. Go to college. Do not throw your life away because you have a boyfriend now that you won’t have in six months.

AE: So last question and it’s a fun one. I love your hair and I’ve noticed different times it’s different heights. So my question is does the height of your hair reflect the mood of the day or is it just kind of random?
CC: [laughs] Oh, I think it also depends on when the last time I had a haircut was and the humidity. I’d say. But, no, I don’t really have a ruler… and I’m not like ‘I want six inches today.’

Struck By Lightning is available on VOD beginning December 19th and will be in select theaters beginning January 11th. For more on the film, visit its website.

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Post  arina on 12/18/2012, 4:01 pm

There were few things in his new interview that kinda suprised me...especially the thing that he learnt from his experience on Glee that when you have story about gay kid, straight kids stop listening. I know that he said it before and it always suprises me again because there are so many many straight kids on the internet who alway write how inspired they are by Kurt so it's kind of sad if he thinks Kurt has impac just on gay kids...
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Post  arina on 12/18/2012, 4:23 pm

Favorite christmas song Razz
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Post  Piciollina on 12/18/2012, 4:26 pm

In think he’s right about society as a whole. For a lot of people, messages get lost if they can’t relate to the character on an emotional level. He was just using the Glee experiences as a comparison.
SBL wasn’t supposed to be about whether Carson was straight or gay. That seems to be the point he was trying to make there. Some people DO stop listening if a character is gay. Some people DO stop listening if a character is straight. And if they can even find one, some people DO stop listening if a character is bi.

But I just can't accept the fandom blaming Chris for expressing his opinion (not here, this is an heavenly place for the mind), even if different.. girls this is seriously insane! Chris tag is full of insanity
They can't ruin our SBL or Chris's SBL celebration !!!

I hope Chris will be away from twitter ...

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Post  arina on 12/18/2012, 4:48 pm

I've just looked at Chris's replies and fortunately really 99 % are about SBL and positive :-) Jealous, jealous, jealous!
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Post  sheny on 12/18/2012, 5:07 pm

Most of the things I saw on Tumblr and all the comments on AE were positive and it looks like everybody likes the movie.

Rude fans finally succeeded to drive Ryan Murphy away from Twitter. He deleted all his tweets and even removed his profile picture. I won't be surprised if he deletes his account.


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Post  CloveGlee on 12/18/2012, 5:59 pm

This just in.

It is entirely possible that Struck By Lightning is the single best script Chris has ever had to work with his entire professional career. I am experiencing it for the first time today and I was expecting writing of the caliber I saw for Land of Stories.

Nope. He's a screenwriter more than he is a fairy tale writers. This is tight, funny, wicked, smart stuff. Impressed. Damned impressed, and I kept my mouth shut about the fairy tale book because I could not finish it. I do wonder if he was somewhat inspired by the writing style of Ian Brennan, but he's done superb work here.

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Post  arina on 12/18/2012, 6:21 pm

CloveGlee wrote:This just in.

It is entirely possible that Struck By Lightning is the single best script Chris has ever had to work with his entire professional career. I am experiencing it for the first time today and I was expecting writing of the caliber I saw for Land of Stories.

Nope. He's a screenwriter more than he is a fairy tale writers. This is tight, funny, wicked, smart stuff. Impressed. Damned impressed, and I kept my mouth shut about the fairy tale book because I could not finish it. I do wonder if he was somewhat inspired by the writing style of Ian Brennan, but he's done superb work here.
I am so happy fans seem to like the movie!

Sorry that you was disapponted by TLOS, I definitely enjoyed it, but maybe If I was native speaker and librarian I would see it little differenty. How much did you read?
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Post  Adamina on 12/18/2012, 8:03 pm

arina wrote:
CloveGlee wrote:This just in.

It is entirely possible that Struck By Lightning is the single best script Chris has ever had to work with his entire professional career. I am experiencing it for the first time today and I was expecting writing of the caliber I saw for Land of Stories.

Nope. He's a screenwriter more than he is a fairy tale writers. This is tight, funny, wicked, smart stuff. Impressed. Damned impressed, and I kept my mouth shut about the fairy tale book because I could not finish it. I do wonder if he was somewhat inspired by the writing style of Ian Brennan, but he's done superb work here.
I am so happy fans seem to like the movie!

Sorry that you was disapponted by TLOS, I definitely enjoyed it, but maybe If I was native speaker and librarian I would see it little differenty. How much did you read?

I'll admit that TLOS was rather choppy in places grammar and flow-wise, and I also found it a little hard to read simply because I'm older than the target audience, but I loved the plot, characters, and his really vivid way of writing... Objectively speaking, it's not a masterpiece, but a) it's his first book, and b) if he's writing this well when he's 20-22, I will be very interested to see what it is like when he's in his forties. I wonder whether his writing will have changed much in the second TLOS book?
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