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Melissa turns 29 years old today (October 4) so we’d like to send our best wishes her way on behalf of all Melissa fans out there. We can’t wait what you’ll do in the future and all the great things you’ll achieve more and more throughout your career.

October 04, 2017BelleNo Comments

Melissa’s latest movie Whiplash has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars! The movie also received four other nominations: Film Editing, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Sound Mixing. Congratulations to everyone involved with the movie!

January 15, 2015BelleNo Comments

According to Deadline, GLEE’s Melissa Benoist has signed on to join Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, and Alan Alda in the upcoming film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ latest romance novel THE LONGEST RIDE. George Tillman, Jr. will direct.

THE LONGEST RIDE is officially described as:

“Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and Everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who Bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in Everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.”

Eastwood and Robertson will play Luke and Sophia, respectively, while Benoist will play Sophia’s roommate Marcia.

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June 25, 2014BelleNo Comments

You wouldn’t expect the stars of “Glee” to be nervous about a little song and dance.

But that’s just how series regulars Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist feel about putting on their first show together, along with some of their co-stars and friends from the hit musical comedy. The stars will come to Modesto for “One Night Only!” at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Feb. 22. The show is a fundraiser for Jenner and Benoist’s independent film, “Billy Boy,” which is being co-produced by Modesto native and Hollywood casting director Robert Ulrich.

“Nobody is more nervous that I am. I just don’t want to suck,” said Jenner, who plays Ryder on “Glee” and wrote “Billy Boy” last summer. “Putting together our own show is stressful in a fun way. You are worried because you want everything to be perfect. I’ve never really done this before, but it’s really exciting. We want to have a good time with everyone. We want to sing songs we have always loved and wanted to sing.”

Joining Jenner and Benoist will be fellow “Glee” castmate Alex Newell, who plays Unique on the series, and “The Glee Project” alums Lindsay Pearce, a Modesto native who was the first-season runner-up and appeared in two episodes of “Glee,” and Abraham Lim, who was on the competition show’s second season. Joining them will be L.A. comedian Nathaniel Stroud and all of the past Valley’s Got Talent winners, including Shelly Bort, Stop Motion Poetry, The Sensations and Francesca Heyward. Ulrich will host the evening.

The concert will have a variety show format with a mix of singing, dancing, comedy, audience interaction and video skits. Ulrich said the musical repertoire will range from classic standards from the 1920s to modern-day chart hits.

“I think it’ll be a really, really fun, incredible, and joyous evening. ‘Glee’ and ‘The Glee Project’ are like a family. They have remained very, very close friends,” said Ulrich who cast both shows. “Whether on ‘The Glee Project’ or ‘Glee,’ to feel like I am a small, small part of the beginning of what will be huge careers for all of them, that makes my job worthwhile and meaningful for me. And I am close friends with them. It’s like seeing my family succeed. ”

Also a family affair will be the “Billy Boy” production. The indie film is being produced by Ulrich and his son, Cooper Ulrich, with Jenner and his brother, Michael Jenner. Blake Jenner won the second season of “The Glee Project” and joined “Glee” in its fourth season along with Benoist and Newell. The trio are now all regulars in the show’s fifth season and expected to remain so on the series’ final season next year.

Jenner began writing “Billy Boy” last summer while on a trip to the Philippines with Benoist. The two began dating after they met on “Glee” and recently became engaged.

“He had showed me six pages (of the script) this past summer and I just knew automatically that it was something that was from his heart,” said Benoist, who plays Marley on series. “It is really different than what we had been working on in terms of ‘Glee,’ and that was exciting. And not because I am biased, but it’s just a really great script.”

The film is a drama about a troubled young man named Billy (played by Jenner) who meets and falls in love with a waitress (played by Benoist) and then attempts to better himself and his life. They’ve gotten creative to fund the $400,000 or so needed to begin shooting.

In November they launched an online crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. The campaign exceeded its $100,000 goal in December. Ulrich said they’ve raised the amount needed to begin filming thanks to the Kickstarter and private investors, including Modesto entrepreneur Dan Costa, who he said “generously gave” to the project. Funds from the Gallo Center show will go toward the production as well.

“It’s been kind of crazy and really cool to see how much support we received from fans of the show and other people who have been supportive,” Benoist said of the film project. “It’s also kind of nerve-racking. It has been a really big learning experience. This is something both of us want to do for the rest of our lives – creating original projects and putting in the work ourselves. It’s really rewarding.”

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February 13, 2014BelleNo Comments

Glee‘s Melissa Benoist has been cast in Whiplash, adapted from writer-director Damien Chazelle’s Sundance-winning short film. J.K. Simmons plays a brutal jazz teacher who unloads his frustrations on a novice drummer (Miles Teller) who begins to lose his humanity in his quest to play with the country’s top jazz orchestra. Benoist just finished filming Imagine with Al Pacino and Annette Benning. She’s repped by UTA, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Frankfurt Kurnit.

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September 12, 2013BelleNo Comments

Congratulations, Melissa!

Glee is cementing the future of New Directions.

The Fox musical has promoted Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty) and The Glee Project alums Blake Jenner and Alex Newell to series regulars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

 

The news comes days after news broke that New Directions and McKinley High alums Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) had been downgraded from regulars. The quartet — along with Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Jayma Mays (Emma) — will likely return for guest appearances going forward, as has become the norm on the dramedy. Mays, meanwhile, has already found her next gig and will co-star [7] in CBS’ upcoming Will Arnett comedy The Millers.

Fox and studio 20th Television renewed the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk musical for its fifth and sixth seasons in April and the promotions come as little surprise all five have been considered the future of the series as its original core cast marches toward the show’s latest graduation. (Morris’ Brittany graduated in May’s fourth season finale, and the actress’ pregnancy further complicated the ditzy cheerleader’s likelihood of returning [4].)

 

Benoist’s Marley has been considered the heir apparent to Lea Michele‘s Rachel within Glee’s New Directions; Artist’s Jake portrays the younger half-brother to Salling’s Puck and her love interest. Tobin was cast as Kitty, the new snarky mean girl of the club and Jenner is the all-American Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) of the group. Newell, meanwhile, plays Wade “Unique” Adams, a transgender teenager with a killer voice. The latter duo first joined the series after winning five-episode arcs on Oxygen’s The Glee Project in seasons two and one, respectively. Oxygen is currently mulling the future of the reality competition series.

 

Benoist is repped by UTA, Authentic and Frankfurt Kurnit; Artist is with UTA and David Dean; Tobin is with Innovative, Schumacher and Felker Toczek; Jenner is with CAA and Mosaic; Newell is with CESD.

Glee returns for its fifth season on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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June 29, 2013BelleNo Comments

The four newest cast members of your favorite high school musical, Glee, are coming to Manila on June 8, Saturday, to celebrate the launch of Coca-Cola’s newest product.

Glee newbies and fast-rising stars Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose), Becca Tobin (Kitty Wilde), Jacob Artist (Jake Puckerman) and Dean Geyer (Brody Weston) will be making an appearance at the TriNoma Activity Center for the larger-than-life launch that will be held at different locations at once. Mystery crates all over Metro Manila will be unveiled at exactly 2 p.m. to reveal the new Coca-Cola beverage. Enchong Dee, Julia Montes, Joseph Marco and Kathryn Bernardo will also be present to celebrate with Coca-Cola.

Don’t miss your chance to see –– and hear –– your favorite Glee stars live. Registration starts at 12 noon.

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June 03, 2013BelleNo Comments

After lengthy negotiations, Fox‘s musical dramedy Glee has been picked up for next season. And the season after that. The network has given a two-year renewal to the series for Seasons 5 and 6. The negotiations took longer because the network starts footing the bill after Season 4. Given the complications of the talks, a two-year pickup is common practice so the network won’t have to do it again next year. Even if Glee‘s ratings continue to slip, the dramedy has an off-network syndication deal with Oxygen, which makes a longer run attractive for Fox sibling 20th TV, the studio that produces Glee with Ryan Murphy TV. Glee now joins veteran Bones, freshman drama The Following and comedies New Girl, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope, which all have been renewed for next season.

“Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly. Added 20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman, “Ryan, Brad, Ian and Dante have created something that is far larger than a television show; it’s a global entertainment brand which continues to touch millions around the world.” Glee was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, who executive produce the series with Dante Di Loreto.

While off the ratings heights from its early run, Glee still performs respectably, especially when DVR viewing is factored in. The dramedy is averaging a 3.6/10 among adults 18-49 and 8.7 million total viewers this season. Last month, Glee marked its 500th performance. The show has spawned more than 53 million tracks digitally downloaded and more than 13 million albums sold worldwide.

April 20, 2013BelleNo Comments