Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Josh Hutcherson, Kevin Jonas and Nikki Reed were among the stars who joined host Nick Cannon to honour outstanding youngsters at the TeenNick HALO Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (17Nov13). Mariah Carey's husband launched the Nickelodeon bash in 2009 to honour teenagers who are making a difference in their communities by "helping and leading others", and he returned to host the 2013 show at the Hollywood Palladium.
During the concert, four teens were honoured for their community service work and the ceremony featured performances from Fall Out Boy, Austin Mahone and Enrique Iglesias, who closed the event.
Other guests at the bash included Dax Shepard, Darren Criss, Chloe Bennet and Jennette McCurdy.
Cannon says of the 2013 event, "I'm humbled by the truly inspiring and tremendous work these HALO honorees are doing in their communities. It's my goal to continue the conversations about issues that impact teens today, and empower young people to take action and make a difference in the world."
Young actress Jennette Mccurdy is mourning the loss of her mother following her death from cancer. The 21-year-old iCarly star's mum, Debra McCurdy, passed away on Friday (20Sep13) after spending 17 years fighting breast cancer.
She went into remission, but the illness subsequently returned and spread to her brain.
A representative for the actress says, "Jennette has suffered an unimaginable loss. Please respect her and her family's privacy at this time of mourning. She appreciates the love and support of her fans."
Actress Jennette Mccurdy has opened up about her unexpected romance with basketball star Andre Drummond in a new essay about dating in the world of technology. The iCarly star struck up a flirty friendship with the Detroit Pistons player on Twitter.com this summer (13) after he made it known to fans that he had a big crush on her, and their online connection soon turned into a real-life date.
McCurdy and Drummond went public with their fledgling relationship last week (03Sep13) when they were spotted leaving a Los Angeles restaurant hand-in-hand, and now the blonde beauty has penned an article detailing her initial doubts and concerns about finding love on the Internet.
In the piece, written for a blog on the Wall Street Journal website, McCurdy reveals she only became aware of the sportsman's interest after being bombarded with messages from her Twitter fans, and she immediately found his public adoration to be "sweet, gutsy, and flattering".
They soon exchanged numbers and began speaking regularly over the phone, but McCurdy suffered an attack of the nerves after arranging to meet up in California.
She writes, "I was excited. Then, as his visit crept closer, I began to feel a little unnerved. What if my fears of the overhype of cyberspace played out in my life? ...What if the person I had built up in my head was different than the person I'd soon be sitting across from? What if technology aided and enhanced our conversations to the point where we felt crippled without it? What if two screens cannot properly replicate two humans after all?"
McCurdy needn't have worried, but she warns others to be mindful about striking up close relationships online: "The Andre Drummond I got to know in person is the same person he projects online, but it's important to remember that the image displayed through a screen is in fact just that - a display. A person doesn't converse in 140 characters, they don't react in filters, and a well-played moment doesn't loop itself every 6 seconds. We don't live our life in glossy little quips, blips, and fragments, regardless of the fact that that's what we're encouraged to do in this day and age...
"If played right and used smartly, social networking can be like a little scrapbook for your personal life... That's what social networking can and hopefully does do for our personal lives: frame them nicely and with cute little borders that we can show off to our friends and be proud of."
Ariana Grande, the 20-year-old pint-sized beauty with a powerhouse voice, debuted her first album, Yours Truly, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — causing grownups across the nation to scratch their heads. Who the heck is this little lady and where did she come from? Luckily for the olds, teenagers have known all about Ms. Grande for a long, long time (like, three years, at least). Here's what you need to know, in a nutshell, to get all caught up:
1. Grande made her professional acting debut in 2008 when she was cast in 13: The Musical on Broadway when she was 15 years old.
2. Grande first appeared on the Nickeleon show Victorious — which is about a performing arts high school — in 2010 as total airhead Cat Valentine. She had red hair and an annoying baby voice.
3. While the star of the show was Victoria Justice, it quickly became clear that Grande was the fan favorite. And pretty dang talented to boot.
4. As Victorious started to fizzle, Grande began to slowly release her original music. Her first single, "Put Your Hearts Up," was released in May of 2012 and is incredibly cutesy. When Grande is being herself she has auburn hair.
5. She prefers to dress like an ice capades star slash slutty '50s housewife whenever possible. See Exhibits A, B, and C.
6. Nickeleon caught on to the fact that Grande was one of its biggest assets (sorry, Vic) and decided to cancel Victorious and pair her with another Nick fan fave, iCarly's Jennette McCurdy, for their own show. Sam and Cat premiered on the network in the summer of 2013.
7. Grande collaborated with fellow up-and-comer Mac Miller, earning herself some street cred.
8. And The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, to push the romance envelope.
9. And that brings us to the part where Grande's fame skyrocketed and people older than 16 began to take notice. She released Yours Truly on September 30 and immediately critics began dubbing her a mini Mariah Carey (and they definitely weren't wrong). She performed at the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show:
And Jimmy Fallon:
And released her video for "Baby I" — in which she even looks like a mini Mariah.
And so, it would seem, Grande has successfully transitioned from squeaky clean teen star to a pop sensation on the rise without licking a single sledgehammer. Keep an eye on this one, she's going places (in spite of her penchant for tulle skirts).
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Icarly star Jennette Mccurdy is dating basketball star Andre Drummond after they struck up a flirty friendship on Twitter.com. The blonde actress fell for the towering sportsman after he made his interest in her public by tweeting photos of her as part of a 'Woman Crush Wednesday' event on the microblogging website.
And the pair proved the power of social networking when they later hooked up for a date, according to TMZ.com.
McCurdy and Detroit Pistons star Drummond seemingly went public with their blossoming relationship on Tuesday (03Sep13) when they were spotted hand-in-hand leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles after a romantic meal.
Pop star Rita Ora has tried her hand at skin art by inking the leg of celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang. The R.I.P. hitmaker picked up the needle on Tuesday (07May13) to etch her name and a dove on the leg of Rihanna's favourite artist Bang Bang, real name Keith McCurdy, in a New York City parlour.
Bang Bang returned the favour by inking a matching dove on the singer's right shoulder.
The British star took to her Twitter.com page to post snaps of herself inking her first ever tattoo, as well as a photo comparing her amateur efforts with Bang Bang's professional design.
She tweeted, "My new baby bird, thank you Bang Bang... And in return Bang Bang gets a once in a lifetime Rita Ora tattoo! Crazy... It's the once in a lifetime Rita Ora tattoo... never again."
The Nickelodeon sitcom, which starred Miranda Cosgrove, came to an end in November (12) after a successful five-year run, but it will be revived in a new show with a cast led by Jennette McCurdy, who played Cosgrove's onscreen best friend.
McCurdy will star in Sam & Cat along with Ariana Grande, who appeared in another newly-cancelled Nickelodeon show, Victorious.
Both will reprise their roles from their respective series as girls who become friends and start their own business.
Both iCarly and Victorious were created by writer/producer Dan Schneider.
Russell Hicks, President of Content Development and Production at Nickelodeon, says, "Jennette and Ariana are adored by our audience, and it's great to unite these talented actresses in this hilarious new comedy from Dan Schneider. This show promises to deliver on what our audience loves most about these two favourite characters - laugh-out-loud humor and non-stop adventure, and is sure to be a compelling new chapter for our new comedic duo."
Production will begin on Sam & Cat in January (13) ahead of a 2013 premiere, according to industry website Deadline.com.
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!"
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.