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November 15, 2013

The Silver Chair Movie

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narniaMore Chronicles of Narnia are coming!

If you loved the first three movies (like I did), you’ll be excited to hear that it’s been officially announced: the fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, The Silver Chair, is going to be made into a movie! Though there’s no date set just yet for when the movie will come out in theaters, Narnia fans are all just really happy to know that it is on its way.

For those of you who haven’t read the book (yet), The Silver Chair follows Eustace and his best chroniclesnarniafriend Jill, who escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor . . . or does it? Once again, Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face to face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.

The Silver Chair is also the first book without the Kings and Queens of Old (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy), who were played by William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley. 

Are you a Narnia fan? Take our Chronicles of Narnia trivia quiz to test your knowledge on all things Narnia! Afterwards, you can check your answers here. In case you missed it, the STACKS’ very own Sonja went to the premiere of the last Chronicles of Narnia movie premiere in London–read all about her super-fun adventure. And don’t forget to check out these video interviews with Will Poulter (who plays Eustace Stubb) and Georgie Henley (who played Lucy).

Are you excited for the new movie? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

 

November 8, 2013

Austin and Ally Interviews

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Austin & Ally logoDo you love Austin & Ally?

I make no secret of my love for Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally, R5, Teen Beach Movie), but today I am super-excited because we have interviews from the entire awesome cast of Austin & Ally: Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez, Calum Worthy, and Ross Lynch. There is a definite Harry Potter theme, but I was floored when I found out that one of these actors actually auditioned (and was rejected) for a major role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Read the interview to find out who!

Embarrassing story
Laura: I have way too many! Ross and I were filming this PSA and we were running and jumping on this log. Ross jumps perfectly and then I jump and fall right on my face on the ground. Everyone was like, “Laura, are you OK?” and I said “Yeah, I’m fine. Let’s do it again,” and they were like, “We’re never letting you do that again!” It was so embarrassing.
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October 25, 2013

Dove Cameron Interview

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Dove Cameron in Liv and MaddieDove Cameron is Liv AND Maddie!

Dove Cameron is the 17-year-old actress who plays the parts of Liv and Maddie on the show called . .  . Liv & Maddie! It’s totally crazy to me how Liv and Maddie can be in the same room talking to each other but it’s really only one girl. How does she do that? We got to talk to Dove about her experiences on the show.

Q: What’s it like to play identical twins? Continue reading

October 18, 2013

G Hannelius in Dog with a Blog

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G Hannelius in Dog with a BlogG Hannelius Interview

14-year-old G Hannelius plays Avery on Dog with a Blog. She has been an actress for a long time. You might remember her from way back in a movie with Hutch Dano called Den Brother. A few things you need to know about Dog with a Blog if you haven’t seen it before: 1) It also stars Blake Michael as the older brother, and Francesca Capaldi as the younger sister. 2) G wears the absolute cutest clothes and jewelry for this show! and, oh yeah, 3) the dog talks. Find out more in this interview!

Q: Who nicknamed you G? Do you ever go by Genevieve?
G: When I was a baby, people called me baby G and ever since then I’ve gone by G. My grandmother is basically the only person who calls me Genevieve.

Q: Describe Avery on Dog with a Blog. Would she be your friend in real life?G Hannelius in Dog with a Blog
G: Avery is hardworking, ambitious, and smart. I think she is so kind to her friends and I’d be very lucky to have her as my friend.

Q: What’s it like working with Stan the dog on set?
G: 
When we are sitting in the family room set, even if we are just relaxing, and the dog walks by, he will run and jump on the couch with his toy and he wants you to play with him. It’s really cute and funny.

Q: What book would you recommend to a friend? What book do you think Avery would recommend?
G: I would recommend A Day in the Life in Ancient Rome and I think Avery would recommend the same thing!

Q: What literary character would you like to play in a movie?
G: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Q: What flavor ice cream would you invent?
G: Ain’t Nothin But a G Thang: chocolate/raspberry ice cream.

Q: What is an unusual talent most people don’t know you have?
G: 
I write poetry.

Q: What is one thing you wish everyone would do to make the world a better place?
G: Be kind to one another.

Q: What is the best book you ever read?
G: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

Q: Food you could not live without?
G: Fish taco.

Q: A perfect day would include?
G: Going to set, swimming with my friends, then bike-riding to get gelato.

Q: Personal motto or favorite quote?
G: 
 Loud and proud.

Are you a G fan? Leave a Comment to let us know what you think of her in Dog with a Blog.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 11, 2013

Laura Marano UNICEF Ambassador

Posted by at 1:30 am in Celebrities, Kid Power | Permalink

marano130Laura Marano Is the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador

The United Nations Children’s Fund (a.k.a. UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries to improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. Their goal is for ZERO children to die from preventable causes and every child to have a safe and healthy childhood. This year, Laura Marano, star of Austin and Ally, has been named the 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador. Every year since 1950, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has helped provide medicine, nutrition, and clean water to children around the world.

You know the STACKS is all about Kid Power so we love this story about a celebrity helping to make the world a better place. Read what Laura has to say about the experience.

Q: Why did you get involved with UNICEF?
Laura: I have always wanted to be a part of a philanthropic organization that helps people around the world, and let’s be honest, UNICEF is one of the most amazing organizations to do just that! I have heard about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF since I’ve been a little girl, and I think it’s extremely important to give back. The amazing thing about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF is that it not only helps kids all over the world who are not as fortunate as we are here, but it also provides a fun, easy way for kids here to get involved and give back. What person wouldn’t want to be involved with such an awesome campaign? I’m so excited to celebrate Halloween this year by encouraging kids to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about world issues and to help other kids who are less fortunate.

Q: Why should kids take part in the UNICEF Trick-or-Treat program?
Laura: 
Through Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF, kids can raise money for other children, and help them get food, clean water, education, supplies, and so much more. Plus, it’s also super fun and easy to do!

Q: Any story or experience with UNICEF that has touched your heart?
Laura: I have learned so many things from UNICEF that have truly broken my heart. I found out that in certain countries, there are children who do not have birth certificates. This fact basically means they do not exist in those countries. That hit me so hard — to not exist in your own country. Also, everything that has been happening in Syria is so upsetting. There are over 3 million children who are being affected by violence and who are not being heard. That’s where UNICEF steps in. Truthfully, that’s why I love working with UNICEF. Their whole aim is to not only make sure every child around the world is healthy, but to also give them an opportunity to have a voice.

Find out how you can get involved in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 4, 2013

2013 Halloween TV Specials

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halloweenBOO! Halloween TV Specials to Scare Your Pants Off!

Ready for a fang-tastic Halloween? Whether you like to get the chills for Halloween . . . or just chill out, get in the mood by checking out this year’s wicked Halloween TV specials. Just so you know, the scarier ones are rated PG, so don’t watch those without your parents! Read on – if you dare.

Disney
Let’s start off the scary with Disney Channel’s “Monstober.” A few of the highlights:

A new series, which I am totally psyched for, Wolfblood (rated TV-PG)(every Tues/Wed/Thurs 8pm in October) about a high school teenage werewolf!

A.N.T. Farm, Dog with a Blog, Wander Over Yonder, and Phineas & Ferb all have Halloween episodes on Friday October 4th.

A new Jessie (October 5) has Jessie starting to see ghosts, and Emma and Luke taken over by spirits.

Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (October 5) has Spidey and his friends attacked by evil vampires, led by Dracula.

Good Luck, Charlie and Liv & Maddie have new Halloween episodes (October 6). Shake It Up has CeCe and Rocky decide they’re too old for trick-or-treating, so they have a “Mature-o’ween” with more adult activities, such as knitting and watching tear-jerking movies. Let’s just say that doesn’t go so well, and they get back on track!

If you miss anything, there’s a marathon on October 31 from 4-10pm.

Nickelodeon
Looking for a nightmare on Nickelodeon? It all starts with their spooky new series Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG)(Thursdays). Based on the popular book series, a bewitching babysitter reads kids bedtime tales that take a turn for terror. One episode features an antique mirror that makes your deepest wishes become your worst nightmare. Another one tells of an overnight camping trip where all the campers start disappearing one by one.

Sam & Cat (October 19) has the girls hired to babysit a doll . . . with creepy results.

The Haunted Hathaways (October 19) have a haunted Halloween party.

On the cartoon side, there’s SpongeBob SCAREPants (October 14) where SpongeBob and Patrick go to a horror film, only to be stalked by the villain.

And top your treats with a Fairly OddParents special (October 19) and Monster High: 13 Wishes movie premiere (October 25)

ABC
Woody and Buzz are back in Toy Story of Terror! (October 25). What starts out as a fun road trip for the toys turns terrifying when the trip detours to a roadside motel. Toys start disappearing, and the gang has to figure out what’s going on before they all suffer the same fate. If you miss it, it’ll be on Disney Channel too (October 25).

The HUB
Need more chills? This year The Hub once again transforms into . . . The Haunted Hub. Look for the new cartoon series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (October 12) starring Ashley Tisdale as a half witch, half human. She goes to high school by day and sorcery school by night.

R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (rated TV-PG)(October 12) also returns with episodes “Séance” bringing the dead back to life, and “Detention” where strange things happen to kids in school detention. New episodes all month!

Also Spooksville (rated TV-PG)(October 26) is a new series based on morbidly marvelous author Christopher Pike’s books. The new kid in town discovers he plays a part in the battle between good and evil, in the town’s supernatural occurrences.

AND – this is pretty cool – The Hub is having their first ever Halloween Bash Costume Contest (October 26). It’s kind of like Miss America, except with Halloween costumes!

ABC Family
October 19-31 is officially “The 13 Nights of Halloween” with movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG), Teen Wolf (rated PG), Beetlejuice (rated PG), Scooby Doo/Scooby Doo 2 (rated PG).

Also specials like The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hallow and Dr. Seuss’ Halloween Is Grinch Night (both October 27).

Whew! And that’s a bag full of treats. Let us know what you’ll be watching. Happy Haunting!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 4, 2013

Jennifer Stone in Deadtime Stories

JStoneDeadtime Stories Babysitter, Jennifer Stone

Did you watch the first episode of Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG) last night? What did you think? If you liked it, then you’ll like this interview with Jennifer Stone. She plays the cool, funny babysitter on the show who reads the kids those scary stories. Wouldn’t you love to have an awesome babysitter like her? Be sure to read to the end of the interview because Jennifer has a scary story starter for YOU to complete in the Comments.

Q: What is Deadtime Stories about?
Jennifer: Deadtime Stories is a show based on the tales from the book series by Annette and Gina Cascone. Each week, the babysitter invites the kids and the audience to venture into a new hair-raising tale.

Q: Which do you think is the scariest episode?
Jennifer: I don’t know about the scariest, but I love “The Beast of Baskerville.” A group of kids have a camp-out in Baskerville and discover that the legends about a half-human beast with horns and hooves may be true! [You can watch this episode on October 10.]Marlene_Dietrich

Q: What are your Halloween plans this year?
Jennifer: I’m not sure about plans yet, but I am thinking about being Marlene Dietrich [a glamorous film star from the 1930s and 40s].

Q: What is your best or funniest/most embarrassing Halloween memory?
Jennifer:
 When I was younger, I was scared out of my wits while trick-or-treating by someone I thought was a scarecrow decoration — until they moved! I’ve never looked at scarecrows the same since! [OMG! It's just like those creepy scarecrows in the "Invasion of the Appleheads" episode!]

Q: If you were going to write a scary story, what would be the first line?
Jennifer
There was a sense of unease throughout the city streets that night . . .

Oooh. . . .what is going to happen next? Write the next line of the story in the Comments. Let’s write a scary story to make Jennifer Stone proud!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 27, 2013

Deadtime Stories

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There are only 34 days until Halloween, and we are getting ready to celebrate! To start your Halloween season right, we have an EXCLUSIVE video clip from the new Nickelodeon show Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG) premiering on Oct 3.

In this episode, there’s some kind of Halloween celebration going on at the apple orchard . . .only the witches and ghouls look frighteningly real, and the “Grand Opening” celebration leaves Katie and Andy alone in a town full of appleheads.

Watch the video, but only if you like scary stuff!

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Also, check back next week for an interview with the star of the show, Jennifer Stone!
–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 27, 2013

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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cloudy2_blog_130Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2!

And the forecast is . . . Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! Part Two. Many of you have read the picture book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. Maybe you’ve seen the movie version Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (rated PG). Well, get ready to return to Chewandswallow with the sequel, Cloudy 2 (rated PG),  ordered up and being delivered to theaters this weekend.cloudy3

Sony Pictures had a screening of clips with the directors, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Between them, they’ve worked on Shrek (rated PG), Madagascar (rated PG), Surf’s Up (rated PG), and Open Season (rated PG), and they’re hoping for another big comic hit with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

In the movie, inventor Flint Lockwood has to return to Chewandswallow to stop his machine (which turns water into food) because it’s gone completely crazy-banana-pants. Bizarre “foodimals” have taken over the island, and are headed to destroy Lady Liberty (kind of like our Statue of Liberty). There are “TACO-diles,” “SHRIMP-anzees,” and “mosqui-TOAST.”

The food looks pretty entertaining. Kris Pearn talked about how he experimented with real foods while making the movie, and played around to create these creatures. The directors led a group of us in creating our own “foodimals.” I guess playing with your food can pay off, huh?cloudy1

Doesn’t it make you want to cook something? What is the most original thing you’ve ever made with your food?! Let us know in the Comments below.

Bon appetit!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

September 26, 2013

Kayla Stockert Answers Your Questions!

Kayla130Kayla Stockert Answers Your Questions!

A few weeks ago, the beautiful and talented 16-year-old songwriter Kayla Stockert checked in to give us some songwriting tips. Many of you left questions for Kayla in the Comments, and here are Kayla’s replies!

DancingLavender38 asks: I am a struggling singer, and I’ve got a big voice, I just don’t know what to do with it.
Kayla: The best advice is to take singing lessons. Learn all the techniques. Even people who professional singers now (like Lady Gaga) still take singing lessons and get coached. I take them and it continues to make my voice stronger. It’s kind of like exercising to keep in shape. Good luck!

Dane says: You look nice.
Kayla: Thank you, Dane!

Victoria says: Amazing!
Kayla: Thank you so much, Victoria! :)

Allie asks: Hi Kayla. You came to my camp but I wanted to ask you what advice you can give about being good at singing and songwriting?
Kayla:
Hey, Allie! I would say that if you really love to sing, just keep practicing every day, and be sure to schedule voice lessons to learn the proper techniques for singing. I still take them, and so do most recording artists. As for songwriting, maybe if you have a feeling one day about something or somebody, write it down right away so you don’t forget. I even sometimes use the voice memo on my phone if I don’t have a pen and I’m thinking of catchy lyrics or a melody. You can ask a friend to help you and you guys can share opinions. Songwriting is hard at first, but like anything else in life, practice makes perfect! Good Luck!

TurquoiseDolphin396 asks: I want to know how to write a good song but I have trouble. Could I have some advice?
Kayla: Hi :) I am going to give you the same advice I gave to Allie in the last question. Songwriting is hard at first, but practice makes perfect! Good luck!

Anonymous asks: When did you know that you wanted to be a singer and follow and achieve your dream?
Kayla:
I have always liked to sing since I was a baby. I started singing at a local street fair when I was 9 and haven’t stopped performing since. I realized very early that I wanted be a singer. I practice every day and have gained so much experience that gets me one step closer to my dream. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

Samantha asks: What if your experiences aren’t like everyone else’s? Can you still make a song?
Kayla:
Hi, Samantha! Absolutely. Most songs you hear are about love or heartbreaks, but sometimes you hear songs that don’t have to do with any of those things. If you have an idea/experience for a song, put together the words. You can always go back and change the lyrics. There are always going to be people who identify with your song.

Kyle asked: Who do you think writes the best songs?
Kayla:
 Hi, Kyle! I personally love Taylor Swift as a songwriter. Her lyrics are relatable, and I love the music that goes along with it.

Makayla asks: Are you nervous to perform?
Kayla:
Hi, Makayla! I have moments when I get nervous or anxious about performing. For some strange reason, I get more nervous when my family asks me to sing. I think it’s completely normal to have nerves. Once I’m up there singing, the nerves seem to disappear.

Chloee asks: What makes an award-winning song an award-winning song, and how do I write one?
Kayla:
Well, think of your favorite song. What do you like about it? The music or the lyrics can all be factors on what makes it popular and successful. Although award shows in general are subjective, in my opinion, a song that is relatable to people and catchy should be award-winning. Keep listening to other songs, practicing your songs, and constantly ask for opinions. Good Luck!

This is amazing advice! Thank you, Kayla for joining us on the STACKS! We love you!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer