The Sopranos stars James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa's new family movie Nicky Deuce has come under fire for allegedly perpetuating negative stereotypes about Italian Americans. The Nickelodeon film, about an Italian American teenager who turns to gang-related activities to impress his friends, is set to premiere in the U.S. on Monday (27May13), and bosses at the Italian American One Voice Coalition are urging parents to boycott the movie, claiming the project is racist and damaging to their heritage.
Group president Manny Alfano says, "These trash-television purveyors now want to brainwash a new generation with this insidious and hurtful stereotype of Italian Americans. We are appealing to all parents - please, don't let your children watch this garbage.
"It is beyond reprehensible that a children's network like Nickelodeon would so grossly abdicate any semblance of corporate responsibility and target young children with a racist, stereotypical movie on Italian Americans."
The film stars former iCarly regular Noah Munck.
For over five years the cast of iCarly have entertained kids, teens, parents, and unashamed mid-twenty something’s (ahem, guilty) with their quirky webcasts and heart-felt friendships. The multi-cam comedy was a smash in the ratings and many (like us) can easily compare the off-beat storylines to that of Arrested Development.
To help get some closure on the show that is surely going to be missed, we chatted with iCarly star Noah Munck. “It was hard to sense that this was the last time that we were all going to do this together,” Munck tells Hollywood.com. “It hit us that day that this was actually happening and it was super sad but it was also happy in a sense. It’s weird to explain.”
Munck—who joined the cast a few episodes into season one—reflects on his first day on the iCarly set. “[It was] me running in with only my boxers on; that’s basically what Gibby was to become. I was so nervous because I knew that I was going to be working with Miranda Cosgrove from Drake and Josh.” The actor continues,“There were so many awkward moments my first day. I think on the first day when I was shooting, I left to go and I was like, ‘Cool alright guys, bye! Love you!’” Munck groans, “I said 'I love you' and I was like, ‘Okay, wait no no no.’ and they all laughed. It’s, like, one of the great moments throughout the whole show has been remembering that.”
Now five seasons later, it’s not awkward when Munck says 'I love you' to the cast because they’ve become some of his closest friends. Munck says the final moments on set were “bittersweet” and filled with waterworks. “This was our last day together as a cast doing iCarly. Five, four, three, two, one. It was the last time. It was heart wrenching to have that last iCarly webcast.”
But fans of the Nickelodeon hit can stop their sniffling because an iCarly spinoff is already in the works. “It’s a pilot right now with Dan Schneider,” Munck says, “Now we're going to get to see Gibby in a whole new light and get to explore his life. And it’s just Gibby! It’s cool because it’s basically Gibby weirdness all the time." The premise of the sure-to-be giggle-worthy pilot is that Gibby gets a job working at a rec center and becomes a mentor to five socially-challenged middle schoolers. Munck explains, “I sort of help them through their awkwardness and Gibby being the confident guy that he is really helps with that. I think it’ll be cool for kids [watching] because it’ll show them confidence as well.”
One thing fans are definitely hoping to see in the Gibby-centric show is Munck’s on and off screen little brother Guppy (Ethan Munck). Munck agrees, saying, “I hope so! There’s talk of him being on the show, as well, so we’ll see what happens with that. I definitely want him, though, because I think he was a fan hit. I think everybody loves him and I would love to have him on.” Fingers crossed that wherever there’s a Gibby, there’s a Guppy sure to follow.
Looking forward, the 16-year-old actor hopes to make the transition from sitcoms to movies and showcase a more dramatic side of his acting skills. And not to brag, but we totally guessed his acting inspiration: Ryan Gosling! Munck says without any hesitation that Drive—the dark drama starring Gosling as a slightly psychotic get-away driver—is his favorite movie, “It’s just the perfect film. He’s so good. He’s just such a great actor and hopefully I'll get to work with him in the future. That would be fantastic.” Munck says.
We can practically see the headlines now: “From Gibby to Gosling: Noah Munck’s Shirtless Journey.” And for all of you curious iCarly viewers out there, we made sure to ask the most important question of all: What does a spaghetti taco taste like? Munck laughs, “You know what? They are actually very delicious. It’s crazy. It’s just like carbs inside of carbs but it’s fantastic. It really is strangely good.”
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The cast of the Nickelodeon show will gather to shoot the finale this summer (12) before series star Miranda Cosgrove heads off to university in California.
Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy, who play best friends and stars of a make-believe web show in the series, have been big hits among teenagers for the past five years.
The hit comedy, which also features Noah Munck, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor, debuted in 2007 and has featured guest spots from Cosgrove's School of Rock co-star Jack Black and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.
While Cosgrove concentrates on her education, her castmates have all landed new shows at Nickelodeon.
Announcing the news to end the series, creator Dan Schneider tells TV Guide magazine, "I hope iCarly's legacy will be that it's a truly funny TV show that made people of all ages laugh, smile, and feel good.
"To the iCarly fans, I'd say, 'Thank you' a million times, for the love, support and true passion they've shown for iCarly. It's the fans that made iCarly a huge hit, and invited us into their homes on a daily basis, to entertain them. How do you say thank you to millions and millions of people all around the world, for bringing you into their homes every single day? It's amazing. I'd love to take each and every iCarly fan out to dinner and give them a big ol' bear hug!"