• The TeenNick HALO Awards are on the way!

    Posted on 11/10/2010 by Chairman Nick Cannon

    Hey y'all, Chairman Nick here! We're coming up on year two of my favorite awards show, and I couldn't be prouder. Last year, we flipped the script by getting celebrities to give awards to deserving teens. Our honorees Megan, Darrius, Brryan and Leah inspired us all to do great things with our lives, our abilities, and our voices.

    And this year, we're doing it again just as big. If not bigger. Because HALO is more than an awards show... it's a movement.

    When I say "a movement," I don't mean people will see the HALO Awards and be like, "If I volunteer, maybe I'll get to meet Justin Timberlake!"

    What I mean is... I wanted us all to be reminded of our potential. How much we can do with our time and energy. How powerful our optimism can be. There's power in numbers, and this generation knows it better than any other generation in history. You were raised with the Internet; you were raised with a sense of how interconnected we all are. So it's up to you to light the way for the rest of the world.

    You're going to be amazed when you meet this year's four new honorees. I get awestruck every time I think about them, and I grin ear to ear when I think about them getting the recognition and rewards they deserve. And we've got another no-joke lineup of celebrity presenters taking part, too -- I'm so grateful to them. It's gonna be a big night. December 10!

    - Chairman Nick

  • Gigantic Trust Issues

    Posted on 11/09/2010 by Mary

    Grace Gummer as Anna Moore on TeenNick's Gigantic Why did Joey feel like he had to lie to Anna about playing poker? Do you think Maggie was right -- the Moores are too intimidating? Do you think it was because of the reason he needs the money in the first place? Either way... is the trust just not there between those two?

    StayTeen.org says trust is at the top of the list of what guys and girls both say is the most important part of a relationship -- and honesty is second. What's at the top of the "healthy relationship" list for you? And... what does that mean for A&J?

    I was also kind of blown away when I saw on StayTeen that "almost 1 in 5 teens say they don't know anyone who serves as an example of a healthy relationship." Who are your healthy relationship heroes, and what do you like about their dynamic?

  • Degrassi sneak peek pics!

    Posted on 11/08/2010 by Mary

    More new Degrassi this week! Just one ep before the fall finale...

    Can Adam really keep Fiona's attention?

    What did Wesley just say to Connor and Dave?

    And... well, place your bets on what's going on with Jenna and Sav...

    Click here to see more sneak peek pics!

  • Degrassi: Eli and Clare's Epic Hug

    Posted on 11/05/2010 by Mary

    I have to say, I find this scene more romantic, warm, sweet, and loving than any kiss scene. It's just... it's one of THOSE hugs. One of those hugs when you know you just got really, truly closer to a person, by either really allowing yourself to be emotionally vulnerable to them, or by being there for someone who was vulnerable to you.

    Have you ever had one of those hugs?

    E-Clare's relationship makes me really, really happy.

  • Degrassi: Daaaang, St. Clare!

    Posted on 11/05/2010 by Mary

    SPOILLLLLLLARRRSSS inside so don't click 'til you've watched the ep here it is if you need it.) Everyone who's all watched up... let's talk:

    Drew Torres on Degrassi

    * You know, Drew definitely did not do right by Alli at Vegas night, but... I've got to hand it to him for being a pretty great brother. I remember when he first came on and was giving Riley static, it seemed like he was going to be a certain kind of dude, but I guess we know now that he's definitely more complex than that. What's your take on him?

    * When you think about what really had to be going on in Eli's room -- I mean, when someone's a hoarder, it's not just piles of paper and clothes we're talking about, it's like... food wrappers -- could you be as awesome a gf/bf as Clare was to him? I feel like she showed him some seriously mature amounts of unconditional love in this episode, and it warmed my fuzzies. Was anyone out there too grossed out to get over it?

    * Wesley is a nice, nice person. Wesley... you are REALLY nice. Do you guys think Dave deserves the niceness Wes showed him tonight? Would you have been Wes-like in those circumstances?

  • Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic songs!

    Posted on 11/05/2010 by Mary

    Here's all the song cues I could find from tonight's new episodes...

    The Narrative music on TeenNick's Gigantic
    • "Castling" by The Narrative
    • "Break" by Crown City Rockers -- you can hear samples of both songs over on the Gigantic page
    The Latency music on TeenNick's Degrassi
    • "Tonight I Love You" by The Latency -- you can hear a sample of this song over on the Degrassi page.
    • "Daydreaming" by Nat Jay
    • "Done for the Day" by Ryan Wotherspoon
  • The first scene of the next Degrassi

    Posted on 11/04/2010 by Mary

    Here's a sneak peek at the first scene of Friday night's brand new Degrassi episode.

    I'm keeping my commentary on lockdown for now except to say that I LOVE tomorrow's episode, especially... there's this one scene... which we will talk about after tomorrow night. OK. Shutting up now.

  • Gigantic's Ryan Rottman (aka Joey)

    Posted on 11/04/2010 by Mary

    I chatted with Ryan Rottman -- Joey on Gigantic -- recently, and picked his brain about his real-life paparazzi type experiences. For the record: he's super nice, talks really fast but low-key at the same time, and was hanging out in Atlantic City when we spoke.

    Ryan Rottman on TeenNick's Gigantic So are there really people like Vanessa who call the paparazzi and tell them to be places?
    Oh, 100%. That definitely happens. Whether it's people's publicists that are just trying to get their face out there or just, Hollywood is full of people that just want to be famous. They want to see their face on a magazine or on TMZ.

    Do they ever really call the paparazzi and then when the photographers show up, pretend to be annoyed?
    Oh for sure. They'll call them and completely act annoyed, and, "Oh I can't believe they're here," and be rude to the paparazzi, because they don't want anyone to know that they [called them]. They'll totally play aloof. It happens probably more often than you think it does.

    But there are also people who just genuinely get attacked by the paparazzi, right?
    Yeah. If you're a huge star, they all follow you. And if you're going somewhere, they'll show up, and then if someone else shows up and the paparazzi are already there, they'll get their picture, too. But if it's not a massive star, the paparazzi are probably not just following them. They probably called.

    So, among the Gigantic cast you're the one who, if I search on your name, these alleged details about your private life show up...
    All over.

    What does that feel like? Is it ever flattering to think that people care about your personal life, or is it stressful, do you ignore it... how do you deal?
    I kinda do my best not to pay any attention to it and not to follow that whole thing. But of course, you see it certain places or you hear about it so, you want to know what people are saying about you. You do have to pay attention to it.

    But it's just weird. It's weird that people care enough to take pictures or write about you, or just care what you're doing, or whether you're in a relationship. And seeing a picture of yourself walking out of some place like a Ralph's grocery store -- it's really strange.

    Have you ever seen pictures of yourself that you didn't know were being taken?
    Oh yeah. 100%. They hide everywhere, and they're across the street -- you never see them. And then two days later, you see it online. It's awkward. You kinda feel like you're being stalked.

    Yeah! I would feel so violated! And it's just that you don't have the same right to privacy that everyone else has because... you're an actor?
    Yeah. And most of the time it's not me, it's the company I keep. When I hang out with friends who are very successful actors and stuff like that, it's very uncomfortable because [the photographers] are in your face and they're behind your car. And you just feel violated. It's like someone breaking into your car or your house, that feeling you get afterwards when you know someone's been in there. Just a very uncomfortable feeling.

    I can imagine also that if you're known as a couple and then go through a breakup -- if people are talking about it in gossip columns, that's gonna make it feel even worse right?
    Oh for sure. Whether you're with someone or you're not with someone, the last thing you want is to read or see someone talking about your relationship. It's none of their business whatsoever.

    Right. It's sort of one of Gigantic's themes, how Hollywood is basically high school amplified -- so people can imagine that in high school you don't want people talking on Facebook about your relationship. It hurts no matter what.
    Exactly, it would be like a blog in high school talking about everyone in the school.

    Do you feel like the public has any responsibility to not read that stuff because it is damaging to real human beings? Can anything be done?
    At this point, in our technological era, I don't think anything can be done. People are gonna read it; everyone wants to be outside of their own life.

    So, you have a production company, right?
    Yeah, we actually just finalized our next project which is James Franco's next film. It's called The Broken Tower; it's about a gay professor at Yale, one of the first to come out. Actually I have a small part in it as well, and James is directing it and starring in it. With our company, we set out to make movies that have substance... There are these amazing scripts in town that aren't getting made, so we wanted to make it our goal to find these scripts, these projects that are inspiring and that have meaning to them and get those made.

    Plus it must be an actor's dream to be able to produce films you would actually want to be in.
    Yeah, and we know James well and that's why we teamed up with him, because that's exactly how it is. He wants to make projects that have some meaning behind them; he's about the art and telling the story, and that's what I kind of idolize and strive for.

  • Sneak peek pics of Friday's Degrassi!

    Posted on 11/03/2010 by Mary

    Here is a picture of something that will happen on this Friday's Degrassi.

    Oh, and look! Another picture of a thing. A Degrassi thing.

    I sure do hope you watch this Friday at 9p et so you'll know that sooo much more happens that I can't tell you about because ruining surprises is no fun for anyone! I sure, sure do.

  • Behind the Scenes at Degrassi's Halloween Shoot!

    Posted on 10/30/2010 by Mary

    Happy Hallo-weekend! Here's a plastic jack-o-lantern's worth of behind the scenes snapshots from Degrassi's Monster Moon shoot. Also, fyi, you can click here to watch all four Monster Moon minis crammed into one.

    Two more vids are coming (they're on TV during the 9pm Degrassi airings, and then online afterwards).

    Oh and check out this cute li'l pic of Munro and Aislinn behind the scenes at the shoot. Awww/ewww.