Category Archives: Celebrities

March 14, 2014

Blake Michael Interview

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Blake MichaelInterview with Blake Michael from Dog with a Blog

We love, love, LOVE Dog with a Blog! (Did you see our Dog with a Blog Would You Rather Quiz last week?) And we’re super-excited to bring to you this interview with Blake Michael, who plays Tyler James (the older brother of Avery, a.k.a. G Hannelius) on the show. He also played Charlie Delgado in Lemonade Mouth. He talks about music, his favorite subject in school, and . . . gardening?!

Q: Lemonade Mouth has a great soundtrack. Do you really play drums?
Blake: I really play drums and actually have a little recording studio at home, and I have my own setup with my piano and drums. I create tracks all the time. So next year, you can look forward to seeing some new music of mine.

Q: Are they going to use it on Dog with a Blog?
Blake: Dog with a Blog has already incorporated my DJ stuff. I’ve been a DJ for a long time and they actually used it in an episode, so you never know.

Blake Michael in Dog with a Blog

Disney Channel

Q: Is the environment important to you?

Blake: I’ve been buying organic food, and I actually bought some flowers and planted them in my house. I love gardening. I have this little tree that is growing out of a coconut in my room. I love forestry and nature, and gardening!

Q: What’s your favorite school subject?

Blake: My favorite school subject is literature. I’ve being analyzing advance scripts and dramatic roles since I was four years old, so that helped me develop my strong literature base. I’m really good at grammar. I was doing, like, college grammar in seventh grade, which is pretty crazy!

And, if you want to know his favorite book, you can watch this video.
image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Sue Schneider

March 7, 2014

Chloe and Halle Bailey Interview

Posted by at 1:43 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

Chloe and Halley BaileyInterview with The Next Big Thing winners Chloe and Halle Bailey

We’re big fans of Radio Disney’s The Next Big Thing winners 15-year-old Chloe and (almost) 14-year-old Halle Bailey! The sister duo have been impressing listeners around the world with their incredible singing abilities, performing on Austin & Ally, and even getting props from Beyoncé (!!!) for their cover of her music. In this interview, the two girls talk about what it was like winning N.B.T., their favorite books, and why it’s important to have great self-esteem. Check it out (and be sure to read our interview with another N.B.T. favorite Becky G)! Continue reading

February 27, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 4

Posted by at 1:41 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities, Reads | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Cast your favorite stars in a movie based on your favorite book!

So many books I love have been turned into movies: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson . . . The list could go on and on! And while it’s super-exciting to see how different directors and actors interpret the stories and characters I’ve loved on the page, I can’t help but wonder how things would turn out if someone else played Peeta, or Hermione, or even Grover. That’s why our next Winter Reading Games event is . . . drumroll,  please . . . Dream Cast! Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie adaptation of YOUR favorite book?

Right now I’m reading The Lost Hero from the Heroes of Olympus series. My dream cast?

rosslynch      zendaya      cameronboyce

What book are YOU reading right now? If it were turned into a movie (or if it already has been), whom would you cast to play the characters? Share in the Comments section below!

PS. Are you coming to the Readathon on Saturday? It’s going to be EPIC!

image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Image credits: Zendaya, Andrew Evans/PR Photos; Ross Lynch, Charles Edwards/PR Photos; Cameron Boyce, Disney Channel

February 14, 2014

Dog with a Blog Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:22 am in Celebrities, Would You Rather | Permalink

G Hannelius in Dog with a BlogDog with a Blog Would You Rather

One of the biggest stars on TV now happens to be a talking dog, which means we could only be talking about Stan in Dog with a Blog. Last month, we posted an interview with G Hannelius, and since you guys couldn’t get enough, we now give you a Dog with a Blog Would You Rather.

You know the characters. You know the stories. You know the doggie drama. Now tell us, would you rather . . .

  1. Have Karl Fink as your annoying next door neighbor OR kiss this blobfish?

    Blobfish

    Image credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  2. Have to eat a bite of raw steak OR (Stan’s favorite) a cup of peanut butter?
  3. Have Chloe OR Zuri (from Jessie) as a little sister?
  4. Have to pick up Stan’s doggie doo OR eat his dog food?
  5. Be a character on Dog with a Blog OR have G Hannelius as your sister in real life?
  6. Ellen and Bennett (the parents) have a new baby OR get a talking cat?
  7. See Stan fall in love with a crazy poodle OR a baby dolphin?
  8. Be a guest star in the Episode “Stan Talks to Gran?” Where Grama finds out Stan’s secret? OR the episode “Tyler Gets a Grillfriend” where Tyler works in the food truck and gets a girlfriend?
  9. Wear all of Avery’s clothes from the show, or go on a $500 shopping spree for your own clothes?

Fetch us your answers, and leave them in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

February 4, 2014

Celebrity Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:21 am in Celebrities, Personality Quiz | Permalink

Question marksPersonality Quiz: Who Is Your Celebrity Style Icon?

When we read magazines or watch television, we see so many actors, musicians, and artists with different fashion styles. Sometimes they can influence us to try new looks and better express ourselves. Which famous celebrity do you usually look to for style inspiration? Who is your fashion icon? Take this quiz and find out whom you share your style with!

Your absolute favorite pair of shoes is . . . A) perfectly worn in, black combat boots. B) high-top sneakers with neon accents and funky designs. C) cute little flats with bows on the front. D) comfortable slip-on skate shoes.

Your iPod is always playing . . .  A) rock music. You rock out to Maroon 5 on the daily. B) R&B and hip-hop music. You’re soulful like Bruno Mars and Usher. C) dance or electronic music. You can’t get enough of Rihanna. D) pop music. You love anything by One Direction.

Your go-to school outfit is always . . . A) a band tee and torn jeans. B) something eye-catching like pattern-printed pants and tons of bling. C) a girly dress with colorful tights. D) a classic v-neck and blue jeans.

Your favorite accessory is . . . A) checkered socks. B) a chain necklace. C) glitter nail polish. D) vintage sunglasses.

Your favorite free-time activity is . . . A) jamming with your band. B) hanging out in the park with friends. C) going to an after-school dance class. D) skating around the neighborhood.

You express yourself artistically by . . . A) playing the guitar. B) singing your heart out. C) acting or dancing on stage. D) writing song lyrics.

Ready for the results? Count up your answers and find out which celebrity’s style is most like yours!

If you answered mostly A’s:  Your style is rocker chic like Demi Lovato and Adam Levine. You pledge allegiance to rock ‘n’ roll and like to be a little edgy. You wouldn’t trade your old leather boots or favorite band t-shirts for anything in the world. Deep down, you are a rock star!

If you answered mostly B’s: Your style is funky and over-the-top like Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. You are artistic and wild. You always love to try something new and different, especially in terms of your fashion style! You like being a little offbeat because that is what makes you unique as you stand out from the crowd!

If you answered mostly C’s: Your style is bold and glamorous like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. You like to look your best, but you aren’t afraid to take a risk. You love when the spotlight is on you and performing on stage for all to see. Your great confidence is what truly makes you sparkle!

If you answered mostly D’s: Your style is cool and laid-back like Harry Styles and Bridget Mendler. You love sticking to the basics. You can do your own thing and don’t really care what others think. You like being comfortable and you don’t need to stand out in a crowd to look good. Your look will always be classic!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

January 17, 2014

Dove Cameron in Cloud 9

Posted by at 12:00 pm in Celebrities | Permalink

Dove Cameron in Cloud 9The Disney Channel Original Movie Cloud 9 premieres Friday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

The story of Cloud 9 follows Kayla (played by Dove Cameron), a prima donna snowboarder who was just unceremoniously dropped from her team and forced to train with Will (played by Luke Benward), LUKE BENWARD in Cloud 9a former snowboarding champion who’s struggling after a career-ending wipe-out. A video capturing it went viral, branding him an “epic fail” on the Internet.

Now, as Kayla trains with Will to redeem her stature, he creates a regimen that will test her commitment to continue in the snowboarding competition circuit. Meanwhile, Kayla must somehow inspire Will to overcome his biggest obstacle — self-doubt. Together, the two learn that nothing is impossible.

You may recognize Luke Benward (a. k. a. Will) because he played Teddy’s boyfriend, Beau, on Good Luck Charlie. And you know Dove Cameron (Kayla) from Liv & Maddie.

I got the chance to meet Dove when she stopped by Scholastic this week to talk about her favorite books. She is super-sweet and so pretty! Watch the video.

What do you think? Will you be watching Cloud 9? Leave a Comment. And to read about a real-live Winter Olympian, meet 18-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photos courtesy DISNEY CHANNEL/Fred Hayes

January 17, 2014

Cody Simpson Interview!

Posted by at 1:43 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

Cody-Simpson-Surfers-Paradise-2013-1200x1200Interview with Cody Simpson

It’s the dead of winter in New York and SO. COLD. Brrrr! Best cure for wintertime blues? Sunny music! That’s why I’ve been playing Cody Simpson’s “Pretty Brown Eyes” on repeat for the past week. As you know, we are major Cody Simpson fans. (Check out this awesome video of his acoustic performance when he was just starting out!) The Australian singer really brings on the beachy vibes with his latest album, Surfers Paradise, and even if it’s totally frozen outside, just one listen is sure to warm you right up. Read on to find out Cody’s thoughts about homeschooling, travelling the world, and, of course, surfing! Check it out. Continue reading

January 2, 2014

The 2013 Person of the Year Is . . .

Posted by at 10:41 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

Writing_prompt_generic2013 PERSON OF THE YEAR!

Time Magazine has their Person of the Year, and we now present the first ever . . . STACKS Person of the Year!

Last week, we asked you to nominate the person or group of people that have had the biggest impact in YOUR world in 2013. There were lots of amazing nominations, but the person with the most nominating Comments is . . . Taylor Swift!

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Happy New Year!

December 6, 2013

Dana Gaier Interview

Posted by at 1:41 am in Celebrities | Permalink

DanaGaier130Meet the real Edith from Despicable Me.

While the minions may be the most adorable members of the Despicable Me cast, our favorite human character is definitely Edith—the silly, clever, hat-wearing, and utterly lovable middle sister—so we were more than excited to interview Dana Gaier, who plays Edith’s voice in both Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. Even though Dana says she’s just a “regular teenager,” we’d argue that she’s pretty special! We caught up with the actress and asked her about everything from her similarities to Edith to her celebrity crush. (I bet more than a few of you would agree with her answer!) Continue reading