Category Archives: Celebrities

May 16, 2014

Top Teen Celebs

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PopcornWhose interview do YOU want to read?

HAPPY FRIDAY! Have we got a surprise for you! We’re shaking things up with our weekly celebrity post. We had so many cool interviews with amazing stars that we couldn’t pick just one to share with you today. So we thought we’d let YOU decide what interview gets featured next week! Here are your options:

Karan Brar

Karan Brar

Image courtesy Disney Channel

R5

R5

Dylan Riley Snyder

Dylan Riley Snyder

Image courtesy Disney Channel

MKTO

MKTO
G Hannelius & Blake Michael

Blake Michael and G Hannelius

Image courtesy Disney Channel

Which star do YOU want to hear from? Let us know in the Comments below! Who knows? Maybe your pick will be the featured interview next week. (Spread the word and get your friends to cast their votes, too!)

Till next time . . .

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

May 9, 2014

Maia Mitchell Interview

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Maia MitchellInterview with Maia Mitchell from Teen Beach Movie

Maia Mitchell is one of the coolest girls on TV. The 20-year-old Australian actress and singer won over American audiences when she starred in last summer’s runaway hit, Teen Beach Movie. We caught up with Maia to talk about her new show, her real-life family, and the possibility of another Teen Beach Movie (!!!).

Q: Are you doing another Teen Beach Movie?

A: It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but if there is one, I’ll be in it. I literally haven’t heard anything or seen a script. I don’t even know if screenwriters have finished writing a script. I know that there are a bunch of different ideas at the moment, but you might even know more than I know! [UPDATE! Production on Teen Beach Movie 2 begins in July, reuniting the cast of Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca. It will air in 2015.]

Q: Were you surprised by the success of Teen Beach Movie?

A: Yes, I definitely was. I’m very proud of it. You just never know what is going to be a hit and what’s not. It was promoted in the right way and it got to the right audience!

Q: What does your little brother think of your success?

A: He’s not fazed in the slightest! He wants to be a professional cricket player. He plays cricket for a team in New South Wales back in Australia. He sleeps with a cricket bat…he has cricket books under his pillow. All he cares about in the whole world is cricket.

Q: Was Jessie the first thing you did for Disney?

A: I did a pilot for Disney called Zombies and Cheerleaders, which didn’t get picked up, and that was originally what I had auditioned for before Teen Beach Movie. I shot that pilot and Teen Beach Movie at the same time two years ago, and then I shot Jessie a year later.

Q: How was it working with Debby Ryan?

A: It was fun. Debby is a really good friend of mine. It was very comfortable even though I had never done that kind of acting before. The kids are really cool…. the set is really cool. It’s definitely a family dynamic.

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

Interview by Sue Schneider
Image credit: Disney Channel

May 6, 2014

Austin & Ally Would You Rather Quiz

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Austin and Ally photoAustin & Ally Would You Rather?

He’s an outgoing fun-loving singer and dancer, and she’s an awkward, shy songwriter. Put them together and you have the TV show Austin & Ally! It’s one of the hottest shows out there, and if you’ve watched it, you know why.

They’ve had hit songs on the show, and on the radio. They’ve had a crossover episode with Disney Channel’s Jessie. They’ve been in movies. (Who could forget Ross Lynch in Teen Beach Movie?) But have they ever had their own Would You Rather? I don’t think so . . . until this moment!

So without further ado, Would You Rather . . .

1. Rock out to the song “Double Take” OR “Turn it Up?”
2. Hang out with Dez OR Trish?
3. Work at the beach club OR the music store?
4. Go to an Austin & Ally concert OR an R5 concert? (R5 being Ross Lynch’s band in real life!)
5. Go out to dinner with Ross Lynch OR Harry from One Direction?
6. Be behind the scenes like Ally OR kickin’ it onstage like Austin?
7. Have the next guest star be Selena Gomez OR Pharrell Williams?
8. Have chronic bad breath (like Kira in the “Ferris Wheels & Funky Breath” episode) OR accidentally drink massage oil (like Ally in the “Spas & Spices” episode)?

Let us know what YOU would rather do, Austin & Ally style, in the Comments below!

–Ratha, Stacks Writer

Photo courtesy Disney Channel

May 2, 2014

Olivia Holt in I Didn't Do It

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Olivia Holt Interview with Olivia Holt about her new show I Didn’t Do It!

Guess who’s back? Olivia Holt. That’s who! She is starring in her new show, I Didn’t Do It. Have you seen the show yet? Olivia Holt co-stars with Austin North, who plays her fraternal twin brother. Together with their three best friends, the twins navigate the hilarious and embarrassing moments of their freshman year of high school. You may also know her as Kim on Kickin’ It. We caught up with Olivia to talk about her new show, her unknown (and very interesting) talent, and her most embarrassing moment. Check it out! Continue reading

April 28, 2014

Dork Diaries Dream Cast

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Dork Diaries book coverWho should be in the Dork Diaries movie cast?

You may have heard already, but the bestselling Dork Diaries book series will be made into a movie in 2015! Cool, huh?

If you haven’t read any Dork Diaries books yet, they’re pretty hilarious. They are written from the diary perspective of Nikki, a 14-year-old middle-schooler, who just transferred to a snooty private school. What everyone doesn’t know is that she is there on scholarship as a part of her dad’s bug exterminator business contract.

Nikki doesn’t fit in with the wealthy, designer-clad students, and spends most of her time alone writing in her diary. Then she befriends two other “dorky” girls, Chloe and Zoey, and discovers the beautiful Brandon Roberts (her crush). But the most popular girl in the school, MacKenzie Hollister, also has a crush on Brandon, and is determined to make Nikki’s life more miserable than it already is.

So . . . before the casting is decided, we want to know who’s in YOUR dream cast? Maybe some big Hollywood exec will even read this post and cast your pick!

Let us know your cast picks for . . .

G Hannelius photo

Disney Channel

Nikki: With her brown pigtails, and artsy, clumsy, and lovably dorky ways, I would choose G Hannelius.

Chloe: She is slightly prissy and a self-proclaimed expert on boys. I can’t decide between Peyton List and Olivia Holt.

Zoey has dark hair, loves self-help books, and acts like a teen Dr. Phil with hoop earrings. Zendaya or China Anne McClain maybe?

Ross Lynch

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Brandon has wavy hair and blue eyes. He’s an animal lover and super-cute dreamboat. Ross Lynch — no contest!

MacKenzie has blond hair, blue eyes, and is as evil as a rattlesnake in lip gloss and ankle boots! I would pick Dove Cameron — not because I think she’s mean, but because she can play all different kinds of girls. She plays 2 completely different people in one show!

List your dream cast in the Comments below. We can’t wait to see who you say!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 25, 2014

SPONSORED POST Earth to Echo

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Earth to Echo movie photoThis blog post is sponsored by Earth to Echo.

Earth to Echo (rated PG For Some Action and Peril, and Mild Language) is a movie about a group of friends who embark on one last adventure to investigate the source of the cryptic signals they’ve been receiving. It’s a discovery beyond their wildest imaginations and changes their lives forever. It stars Ella Wahlestedt as Emma, Reese C. Hartwig as Munch, Teo Halm as Alex, and Brian “Astro” Bradley as Tuck. Read on to find out more from the cast about the movie, in theaters July 2, 2014! Continue reading

April 11, 2014

Disney Lunar Eclipse

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Jake Short, Bradley Steven Perry, and Paris MaryJo Berelc in Mighty MedDisney Lunar Eclipse: Kickin’ It, Mighty Med, and Lab Rats

There will be a full eclipse of the moon on Monday night and into the early, early hours of Tuesday morning. Some people believe that a lunar eclipse can cause bizarre things to happen. Have you ever noticed that the word “lunatic” has the same root as “lunar?” And that Luna Lovegood is kind of, well, loony? Makes you think, doesn’t it? Anyway, on Monday, April 14th, Disney XD will air special episodes of 3 shows. We’ve got the details about those episodes plus interviews with some of the actors about the strange things they HOPE will happen on Monday night!

Kickin’ It: “Invasion of the Ghost Pirates” (8:00 pm – 8:30 pm E.T./P.T.)
With an impending lunar eclipse, an old Seaford legend surfaces about a ghost pirate returning to seek his revenge on the wharf after a lunar eclipse 300 years ago led to his ship crashing into the shore. Jack makes it clear he doesn’t believe in ghosts, but his skepticism is put to the test.

Mighty Med: “Night of the Living Nightmare” (8:30 pm – 9:00 pm E.T./P.T.)
Kaz and Oliver are exhausted and stuck working the overnight shift during a lunar eclipse, when it is rumored that the freakiest patients come to the hospital. When Neocortex checks in with an illness that unintentionally traps people in their worst nightmares, Kaz and Oliver desperately try to stay awake and figure out how to save everyone from their nightmares.

Lab Rats: “Principal from Another Planet” (9:00 pm – 9:30 pm E.T./P.T.)
Leo is determined to record the bizarre events he believes take place during a lunar eclipse. Davenport is skeptical until it appears that an alien life form has taken control of Principal Perry’s body.

Q: What strange or wacky thing do you wish would happen as a result of this eclipse?
Jake Short: (a.k.a. Oliver in Mighty Med) I wish it would start raining my favorite candy – Starburst.
Paris MaryJo Berelc: (a.k.a. Skylar in Mighty MedI hope the eclipse will give me the ability to breakdance over water.
Auggie Isaac: (a.k.a. Gus in Mighty MedI wish that just when the eclipse was happening, everyone got a superpower. That would be awesome.
Dylan Riley Snyder: (a.k.a. Milton in Kickin’ It) I wish that I would gain awesome superpowers during an eclipse. I would either use them to help with my daily life, or just show off. It would be nice to be very strong, or to fly, or even to control time. I think an eclipse could be powerful enough!
Tyrel Jackson Williams: (a.k.a. Leo in Lab Rats) As the moon passes in front of the sun, I gain the ability to fly. My life is complete!

What do YOU hope will happen as a result of the lunar eclipse? Leave your wishes/predictions in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Interviews by Gerri Miller
Image courtesy Disney XD

April 11, 2014

Jack Griffo Answers Your Questions

Jack GriffoJack Griffo of The Thundermans answers YOUR questions!

In case you missed it, Jack Griffo (of The Thundermans) offered to answer your questions about being an actor, getting slimed, and having superpowers. Check out his answers below!

Dasha: Would you like to be a superhero? If so, what powers would you want to have?

Jack: Who wouldn’t?!  I’d like to have either invisibility or super strength.

Christina: How does it feel to have so many fans? Do you get bothered of people asking for pictures?

Jack: Not at all. I really enjoy meeting people and talking about the show. It feels great to know that so many people out there are watching.

Mae: How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an actor?

Jack: I was 13.

Danielle: How long does it usually take for you to learn your lines?

Jack: We get 3 days. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we rehearse and learn our lines, and then we shoot Thursday and Friday.

Nicki: Most people who work for Nickelodeon eventually get slimed. Have you been slimed?

Jack: I have gotten slimed!

Megan: What do you like most about being an actor?

Jack: I love being able to tell stories and be a part of them.

A: What’s it like working with the other people on set?

Jack: It feels like a big family! We all have a fun time working together!

CobraDog379If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?

Jack: I wanted to be a police officer for a while when I was a kid!

Pratham: What do you like to do for fun?

Jack: My favorite thing to do when I have free time is to just chill. I love sitting by the pool with my shades and playing guitar.

DogPoetry22: Do you like to read?

Jack: Yes!

Hirona: What is your favorite sport?

Jack: My favorite sport is basketball.

E.T: What is your favorite color?

Jack: Blue!

It was so nice of Jack to take the time answer questions on the STACKS! Was your question answered? Leave a Comment to let us know how much you LOVE Jack Griffo and The Thundermans!

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

April 8, 2014

Sam and Cat Would You Rather

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Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as Sam and CatSam & Cat Would You Rather

They’re unlikely BFFs. Sam is street-wise, rough, stubborn, and sarcastic. Cat is super-nice, bubbly, clumsy, and as some would say . . . not the sharpest tool in the shed! But put them together and you have not only a dynamic duo, but a hit show, Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat!  In it, the girls are roommates, and run a baby-sitting business together.

Why do we love Sam and Cat? There are too many reasons. They’re hilarious, both slightly crazy, not afraid to say inappropriate things. We loved Jennette McCurdy in iCarly, so it’s really fun to see Sam live on. And Ariana Grande, who played Cat in Victorious, has become a major breakout recording star!

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be baby-sat by Sam OR Cat?

2. Eat a giant plate of burritos like Sam OR a giant plate of marshmallows like Cat?

3. Receive for a gift (inspired by the Yay Day! episode): footwash/mouthwash OR a ratty, old pillow?

4. Have Cat read you a bedtime story in her “Cat” voice OR her real voice?

5. Be in a texting competition like Sam OR a mixed martial arts competition like Goomer?

6. Baby-sit the Brit-Brat twins (Remember the British con artist twins?) OR baby-sit Oscar-the-very-accident-prone-boy? (The name says it all!)

7. Go to a taping of Sam & Cat OR see Ariana Grande live in concert?

8. See Sam and Cat in a special movie where they become possessed Halloween demons OR fall in love on Valentine’s Day?

9. Be platinum blond like Sam OR have super-red hair like Cat (which she dyed for her favorite dessert: the red velvet cupcake)?

Let us know what you would rather, Sam & Cat style, in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer