Pop-Corn: Teen Choice Awards, Austin Butler & More!
tidbits on your celebrity faves!
From Gerri Miller, for the Ink Splot 26 Celeb Beat
Hello and welcome to POP-Corn, your source for cool news from the world of entertainment. You may remember the POP-Corn column from Scholastic News Online. Well, this summer it's on The Splot! We'll be bringing you a new jam-packed edition every other week, so be sure to tune in every other Friday all through the summer! (And on the other Fridays, STACKS Staffers will be posting their own Book Flap columns clueing you in to all the latest happenings with your favorite books, series, authors, and page-to-screen adaptations. It's all part of our first Summer on The Splot!)
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS REPORT: BEHIND THE SCENES SCOOP!
Hannah Montana, The Jonas Brothers and Twilight were the big winners at the Teen Choice Awards, where stars walked the eco-friendly green carpet and nominees hoped to take home surfboard trophies. Zac Efron snagged two of them for High School Musical 3 and 17 Again, adding to his collection. "I hang them in my garage above my car," he said. Right now he's working on The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. It's a mix of drama, romance, suspense and the supernatural that'll hit theaters next year.
On the green carpet, Wizards
of Waverly Place's Jake T. Austin
was an excited nominee for Choice TV Sidekick, as was iCarly's Jennette McCurdy.
They lost to Emily Osment of Hannah Montana, but Jennette has other
news to celebrate: she just signed a record deal with
Em's castmate Jason Earles told us about the fun he had during his summer hiatus on trips to Hawaii and to the Caribbean on a Disney Summer at Sea cruise, and Josh Hutcherson said he was about to begin filming a remake of the action movie Red Dawn. He's been reading a lot of scripts, so he's behind on the Twilight book series, "But all my friends have read it so I have to get up to speed," he said. Nathan Kress of iCarly was looking forward to studying American literature this fall in school, and he told us why he loves to read here in this exclusive video.
Castmate Jennette McCurdy's favorite book list includes Cyrano De Bergerac, the Lord of the Rings series, and of course, Harry Potter. "Too bad the movies have already been made because I would have loved to play Luna Lovegood," she confided. "I was her for Halloween one year."
Here's why Jennette loves to read:
Emily Osment, Jake T. Austin, Jason Earles and Lucas Cruikshank of the YouTube series Fred also told us why they love to read in exclusive messages to Stacks readers. Check them out here in our video hub!
While at Teen Choice, lots of celebs visited the Backstage
Creations Bop It Celebrity Retreat, where they picked up gift bags, played
games like the Band Hero video game and the hand-held Bop It. High scorer Shailene Woodley of Secret Life of the American Teenager won
$10,000 for her favorite charity. They also designed and signed Office Depot
backpacks to donate to sick kids at the City of
Jordin, Abigail, Brenda Song, Emily Osment and Jennette McCurdy loved the colorful neoprene bags by California Leash Co., and Debby Ryan and Jennifer Stone snapped up the clever Snap Caps necklaces and hair accessories made from bottle caps. First created by 13-year-old Maddie Bradshaw three years ago, the hand-painted caps are magnetic and interchangeable and include a special edition rainbow design she made to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Enterprising Maddie wants to go to Princeton, Harvard or Stanford when she graduates and she'll probably have her pick!
ROCKIT GUY: AUSTIN BUTLER
"I'm having such a
blast," Austin Butler raves about
WHAT TO WATCH
Alex's wish that her parents never met unleashes trouble in paradise in The Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, which the cast shot in Puerto Rico. "It's everything you love about the show times ten," says Jennifer Stone (Harper). "There's comedy as well as drama and a ton of action—it's amazing how much action they fit into the movie. Anything that can make me feel like Angelina Jolie is cool by me!" It premieres Aug. 28th at 8 p.m. on Disney Channel.
Erica Hubbard has some scoop for us about the fourth season of Lincoln Heights. "Cassie is starting to design clothes this year," says Erica, who hints about a possible proposal from her boyfriend Charles later in the season. "There's a lot of drama before that. The relationship has its ups and downs," she says. Check out the premiere on ABC Family Sept. 14th at 8 p.m.
If you're up for a fun summer movie about the crazy stuff that happens when things you wish for come true, check out the new movie Shorts. Trevor Gagnon of TV's The New Adventures of Old Christine plays one of the kids who finds a magic rock at the end of a rainbow. "It grants wishes to anybody who holds it," says Trevor. "Neighborhood kids get the rock, then the adults get it, and the kids have to team up to stop the adults before the world crumbles." It's in theaters August 21st (Rated PG).
Find out which family wins $100,000 in the finale of The Great American Road Trip August 24th at 8 p.m. on NBC, which airs the season finale of Merlin at 8 p.m. on August 23rd. Hannah Montana: The Movie is now out on DVD, and Greek returns to ABC Family for its third season on August 31st at 9 p.m.
— Gerri Miller, for the Ink Splot 26 Celeb Beat
Zac Efron photo © Ray Mickshaw/Fox, Austin Butler photo © ABC Family/Isabella Vosmikova