July 12, 2013

'Idol' runner-up wins role on 'Glee'

LOS ANGELES — Adam Lambert, familiar to Fox viewers as an "American Idol" runner-up, will be returning to the network this fall when he joins the cast of "Glee."

Singer Adam Lambert arrives at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California
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Singer Adam Lambert appears at a party in West Hollywood, Calif., in February.

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"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy announced the cast addition on Twitter on Wednesday, calling Lambert "super talented."

Murphy did not indicate whether Lambert would be a series regular or just a guest star for an episode or two.

Previously, another "American Idol" runner-up, Jessica Sanchez, had appeared on the show for a two-episode arc.

Though Lambert started his career in musical theater, notably in the musical version of "The Ten Commandments," starring Val Kilmer, this would be his first acting role in film or TV. Which is a bit surprising considering just how theatrical Lambert's stage persona has always been, even during his "Idol" run in 2009.

Lambert's "Glee" role will also be a chance to back up criticisms he voiced early this year about the actors in the film version of "Les Miserables" not being professional singers.

On Twitter, he wrote, "Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.… it's an opera."

Those comments went viral and "Les Miserables" star Russell Crowe even responded, defending the decision not to sweeten the vocals.

Now it's Crowe's turn to watch Lambert's acting.

Real-life Kramer can help couples to tie the knot

NEW YORK — The real-life inspiration for the zany Kramer character on "Seinfeld" can now help fans say "I do."

For years, Kenny Kramer has operated a tour of New York City sites made famous in the TV sitcom. Now, the Daily News says Kramer has become a licensed minister.

He wants to perform marriages for couples who take his tour. He's also ready to travel the world, if there's interest.

Kramer says he'll officiate at weddings and for couples renewing their vows.

Kramer lived across the hall from "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David for years. His reality tour is still going strong after 17 years -- outliving the show by eight years.

Kramer says he's sure of one thing: It's a lot easier to get married "than unmarried."

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