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  • When It Comes to Romance, Is Less More?

    Posted on 03/12/2011 by Mary

    Hands up, who here can relate with Piper's Gigantic dilemma with Peter: "Let's limit the romantic gestures... I want it to mean more."

    Piper and Peter on TeenNick's Gigantic
    Piper and Peter on TeenNick's Gigantic

    Are you the kind of person who can't get enough of romantic gestures? The more sweet texts and red roses and teddy bears the better?

    Or do you prefer romance in small, meaningful doses?

    Orrrr... does it depend on who's doling out the romance?

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 03/11/2011 by Mary

    Here you go! All of this week's Degrassi songs (including commentary from the music supervisors about why they chose those songs for those scenes -- all the quotes in italics) and Gigantic

    Mark Boone music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The Sky Is Breaking Up Jim" by Mark Boone
    From the scene in Morty, when Eli cries.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was one of those songs that we thought just might be crazy enough to work. The vocals, lyrics and structure are unlike anything we'd heard before, and it appeared on our radar only days before the scene was cut, without us searching for it or needing to look for it. The sky broke up for Eli, and it's as if the song was written for him."

    "The Only Way" by Clare Burson
    Clare walks in on Eli sitting alone in a classroom, looking bummed.
    "Here we've established a creepy, uncertain, wavering mood, and it plays so well over Eli's morbid glances and Clare's wandering mind. The song delivers the exact emotion the actors are portraying."

    "God Keep Our Hands Clean" by FemBots
    From when Clare finds about a million emails from Fitz in her inbox.
    "Degrassi barely ever talks about God, so when this scene came along, and with Fitz being so crazy and all, we were really happy to have known the FemBots. The song was perfect, but too perfect, so we didn't feature the obvious chorus. Go listen to it for yourself and you'll understand."

    "Amazing" by The Red Directors
    It's playing in the background at the Dot when Clare confronts Fitz.
    "The pleasant tones of this song earned it a smooth background use here, but this story is really about this brand new, yet unknown band that deserves new fans such as you. Check them out."

    "Daydreaming" by Dark Dark Dark
    From when Sav and Mr. Bhandari drive around looking for Alli.
    "One of the most emotional moments in season 10, the search for Alli in a torrential downpour, in a lonely, gloomy city. This entire episode is blooming cinematography, but this particular marriage of music to picture blew us away, and left us in gasps every time we watched it."

    The Right Coast music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    1. "This Is Now" by The Right Coast, from their self-released EP.
    2. "Shadows of Tall Buildings" by Gabriel Mann
    3. "I'm on Top" by Kanary Diamonds
    4. and "Realize" by Sink to Sea
    5. You can hear samples of all four songs over on the Gigantic page.

  • Previously, on Gigantic.

    Posted on 03/08/2011 by Mary

    Gigantic is back next Friday after Degrassi! If you haven't seen 'em all yet, you can go watch them now. Or just read this for the general gist!

    The cast of TeenNick's Gigantic
    The main cast of Gigantic. OK L-R that's Piper, Finn, Joey, Anna, Walt, and Vanessa.

    OK so, Anna and Walt Moore came back to Los Angeles after spending two years in Australia where their parents were filming some sort of gigantor big famous movie, because their parents are gigantor big famous people. Their friends Piper and Finn, also the children of different gigantor big famous person, were eager for their return. And Vanessa, their kind-of-sort-of-friend who no one really trusts because she's kind of a bitch also greeted them on arrival, stiffly, with fakey fake air kisses.

    Also eager for their return was Joey, the extremely attractive boy who has absolutely no famous parents and with whom Anna made out with RIGHT before she left for Australia for two years, and also with whom she exchanged actual letters on actual paper while she was away. So sweet.

    And now, Anna and Joey In a Nutshell: Right when the Moores got back to town, Joey found out that this girl he slept with while she was gone (Lulu Khandan, who is the daughter of a very powerful Hollywood agent) kind of sort of had his baby. Her family is pretending they adopted the baby, but Joey wants to be in his son's life and he's fighting for that right -- but he hasn't spilled the beans to Anna. So, the secretness of it all is making him act weird, which constantly causes Anna to think she's insane and that he doesn't actually like her, which... he totally likes her. Actually he loves her. And Anna totally loves him back, and they said it to each other, and whenever he's assured her that everything's cool and his weirdness has nothing to do with her, she's believed him.

    Finn, Anna, Vanessa, and Lulu from Gigantic on TeenNick
    L-R that's Finn, Anna, Vanessa, and Lulu from Gigantic

    Jo-Anna have been pretty solid in general; even when Anna's Australian boy toy Russell showed up in Los Angeles (Hiiii Russell) and seemed pretty bent on getting Anna back, Anna and Joey survived it. So things were looking awesome and Anna was in love and she was thinking OK, maybe I'm ready to cash in my v-card with this guy, and she had the perfect romantic night planned for them... but Joey and his conscience couldn't let it happen without explaining the whole "o hai also I technically have a baby" situation to her, which she basically freaked out about because, why had he hidden it from her for SO long? Who keeps a secret like that from someone he loves, you know?

    So last we saw them, Anna was pretty pissed at Joey and Joey was getting mad hit on by Lulu who dropped an L-word on him and Lord knows where that's gonna go.

    Russell, Anna, Piper, and Lulu on TeenNick's Gigantic
    L-R that's Russell, Anna, Piper, and Lulu from Gigantic

    OK then there's Walt and Maggie: Walt met Maggie, an adorable cater waitress at a movie premiere after-party, and he tried to hide the fact that he's Hollywood Royalty from her because he hates that whole game and "it gets weird"... but she already knew, because duh. So once that was all out in the open everything was fine until Maggie came clean that she's "kind of studying to be an actress," which freaked Walt out because in general, aspiring actresses probably want something from majorly-connected super-famous families. But, he got over it, and they're going strong. He even called in a favor to help out her career when he thought he might lose her to the deadline her dad had set (you have x months to make it in Hollywood or we go home, kiddo' type thing) . But now that she's getting a taste of the possibility of making it, she seems to be turning into the girl he was afraid she might be -- for one thing, she seemed to enjoy being on a red carpet maybe a little too much. (To Walt, the whole red carpet experience is fake and Hollyweird; to Maggie, it's a fabulous moment to savor because she's been dreaming of it basically her whole entire life.) In the last episode we saw, she seems to have taken a page out of Vanessa's rule book and set about to majorly blackmailing Mr. Khandan because she found out about the whole Lulu baby situation.

    Vanessa , by the way, was a famous child actress who never learned proper social skills or, say, how to love, and became an emancipated minor. She looks up to Anna's mom a lot, but also kind of wants to compete with her; it's weird. Vanessa is weird. She can't help it. So far we've seen her: blatantly steal a project from Anna's mom and lie about it and then borrow a gown from her; conspire to stir up as much of the Anna/Joey/Lulu/Baby drama as suits her needs at any given time; get really harsh with Maggie when she sensed a career threat; invite the paps to what was supposed to be a small, private party; and throw out a ton of great bitchy lines. There's just something about Vanessa; she's fun as hell to watch.

    Maggie from Gigantic
    L-R that's Piper and Finn's stepmother, the back of Piper's head, and Maggie from Gigantic

    Piper... let's see. She flashed her boobs to the paparazzi; basically stalked a snarky internet commenter; held a sign up for the paps that told them to kiss her big beautiful fat ass; fell in love with her family's live-in therapist; kissed her family's live-in therapist; made a faux suicide threat to get her family's live-in therapist to come "save" her after he quit. When last we saw her, she met a really nice guy named Peter (who btw was played by the guy who played Fat Neal on the Dungeons and Dragons episode of Community, but I digress.)

    Finn, meanwhile, has no luck with the ladies. He tries, and he fails. He's just not as effortlessly cool as Walt, though he does have one hell of a wardrobe and he's great with a camera. And he also has a huge crush on his stratospherically Hollywoodian step-monster, the "No more white food" lady. Unfortunately, on the last episode we saw, he also caught her cheating on his dad, sigh.

    Joey, Anna, The Moores, and Walt on TeenNick's Gigantic
    L-R that's Joey and Anna making out, Walt and Anna's parents, and Walt himself from Gigantic

    Meanwhile, all the celebuspawns have also had to deal with the various headaches of being the children of obscenely rich celebrities such as: getting reamed out by your parents for writing an article about them for Teen Vogue even though you were really excited to get your first byline, because your parents HATE press (Anna); getting discouraging tough love from your dad about your music career because your dad wants you to come by success honestly instead of by your last name (Walt); getting shot down by your dream high school for being "a distraction" even though it's not like you ASKED to be born to famous parents and anyway, you're actually really proud of your parents so screw you stupid school (Anna); having anonymous Internet commenters pick apart your physical appearance, which always hurts no matter how famous you are (Piper); and ending up in the tabloids for punching the dude who broke your sister's heart (Walt).

    OK! Now you're all caught up and ready to watch a full hour of new Gigantic Friday at 9:30p et, right after Degrassi!

  • Degrassi and Gigantic Fall Finale Songs!

    Posted on 11/23/2010 by Mary

    Aaugh! I was so excited about there being an Iron & Wine song in the Degrassi fall finale that I went into a coma and forgot to post this! Thank goodness Obsessive8 reminded me -- she was as psyched as I was about Iron & Wine. Anyhoodles, here are the songs from Friday's eps!

    Adrianne music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    • "Sweet Mistake " by Adrianne
    • "Impact" by And Then There Were Two
    • "Infatuated" by Laila

    You can hear samples of all three songs over on the Gigantic page.

     
    Iron and Wine music on TeenNick's Degrassi
    • "Passing Afternoon " by Iron & Wine -- the song from the final scene at the party; you can hear a sample over on the Degrassi page. It's basically one of the most perfect songs e'er writ.
    • "Hummingbird" by Imaginary Cities
    • "Still Believe in Love" by Jacksoul
    • "Burnin' Down Barns" by Ridley Bent
    • "Keep On Movin'" by The Young Goulets
    • "Red Lights" by Fantasy Defender
    • "Psychic Kids" by We Are Wolves
    • "Whitehorse (instrumental)" performed by Ray Ablack and Jessica Tyler (Sav and Jenna)
  • New Interview! Jolene Purdy (Piper from Gigantic)

    Posted on 11/19/2010 by Mary

    Jolene Purdy from TeenNick's Gigantic First of all, you must get this a lot but... your name is amazing. Are you named after the Dolly Parton song?
    No, I don't know why my mom picked it! And actually she picked it as we were trying to leave [the hospital when I was born], 'cause she had to make a decision. I think it was a friend of hers growing up? They were trying to fill out the birth certificate and she hadn't picked a name.

    Piper's kind of my favorite... do you love playing her?
    She's kind of awesome. Because she does a lot of things I would like to do in real life, but I just hide behind my character and do it that way. That first day when we had to shoot the paparazzi-flashing scene -- I'm kind of a timid, shy person in real life, so it was kind of cool to just step out of that and just... let it all out there!

    Wait that was your first day on set, and you had to film that scene?
    That was my first day on set. Yeah. And we had to take still photos, so literally the first day I even met the cast, the first day of everything, we had to take still photos of that. And then the first day of shooting, we shot that scene. Yeah, they really wanted to make sure I was ready for all of it.

    OK, so, I read that your beagle can sing.
    Yes! One day I was rehearsing a song and she sat right in front of me and started to sing. And any time I held out a note, she would hold out a note with me. So now if I go up to her and I hit a certain note she'll know exactly what I'm doing and she'll tilt her head back and howl along too. And if I hit a note and then kind of slide up the note higher, she'll go up higher, and if I go lower she'll go lower.

    Can I ask some Donnie Darko questions? Did you have an insane crush on Jake Gyllenhaal when you did that?
    You know, I had no idea who he was! He had done October Sky and Bubble Boy and people were starting to know who he is, but I had no idea. Donnie Darko was my first audition for TV, film, everything. And the second day that I was on set, I was shooting the locker scene with him, where he has to be in my face with his beautiful blue eyes, and it was really really scary. But it was fun.

    How do you feel about Chut Up being such a catchphrase?
    Everyone on set would be saying it all the time. Actually I gave wrap gifts to everyone when we wrapped -- I made a shirt that said Chut Up. And when we went to the directors' re-release, Jake's dad was wearing it.

  • You asked for it, you got it!

    Posted on 11/19/2010 by Mary

    Some tweeterers were asking for us to put this commercial online -- the one where Aislinn's holding an umbrella and it's a mish-mosh-morph of pictures of our beautiful wonderful TeenNick stars. Found it!

    Enjoysies.

  • Interview with Gigantic's Malcolm David Kelley (aka Walt)

    Posted on 11/18/2010 by Mary

    Malcolm David Kelley on TeenNick's Gigantic How do you feel about Finn's wardrobe?
    That's one thing about Finn's character that I love, is that he's not shy about his clothes. His fashion sense is like -- he's all in his own world. Whatever he sees that catches his eye he'll go get it and wear it. And he can pull it off! I couldn't go out in half of the things he wears.

    Could you pull off the red plaid windbreaker in real life?
    Oh yeah, I could pull off the windbreaker! That's the one thing I had to make sure to take home, 'cause I really like that windbreaker. That's in my closet right now!

    So, when Walt was at that party and was trying to neg on girls... please tell me that that doesn't actually happen as much as I worry that it happens.
    (Laughs) No, that doesn't happen that much. That was such a fun thing to shoot, Tony and I were dying the whole time. 'Cause Finn was just crashing and burning talking to those girls.

    I know there have got to be guys who take it seriously... do you have any guy friends who actually believe in it?
    No, none of my friends believe that negging works. But when we were shooting it, the writer Marti Noxon gave me a negging book, and it's some funny stuff in there! People really take that stuff serious!

    While Finn is not awesome at talking to girls yet... when you were his age, were you any good at it?
    No, I was pretty much almost the same. Trying to figure out where to start the conversation or what to talk about. That awkward stage. I know all males, when they go back to like 16, 17 -- they're gonna remember that. They're gonna know how that feels. I remember that phase.

    What's your dream role?
    Hmm. I really want to do an action movie. That's been in the back of my head for a minute now.

    Would you want to do your own stunts?
    Oh yeah. Oh yeah ,I love doing my own stunts. 'Cause I might get to do something I would never be able to do again -- just to say that I'd done it! I wouldn't do the extreme things, I'd let the pros do what they're supposed to do. But I like it; one time when we were doing LOST I was supposed to be getting carried from one boat to another. And I was scared, 'cause we were way deep in the ocean, but it was fun.

    So, when you were on LOST, did they send you to like, media training boot camp with cattle prods? Because it seems like every interview you did, people were trying to get you to tell secrets.
    Almost every interview, I swear! But I held my ground. I didn't go through any boot camp or anything; I just kept it real under wraps.

    OK, I hope you're not sick of talking about this, but there's so much online about how you had a growth spurt while you were on LOST. And like... as a teen guy, I'm sure you were psyched that you were growing, like "Yes, I'm getting taller!" But as an actor... was there any weird pressure or did you ever just feel bad that you were growing?
    I mean, especially being young... I really didn't know what was going on. You know, my character's being kidnapped and I didn't really know the whole reason behind everything. And I was hearing different stuff, like it was my growth spurt, and my voice -- which I understand. But just at the time, it was like, "I hope I wasn't doing anything wrong." I definitely get it now, but at the time... no one ever wants to leave a show like that. I wasn't mad, but I was definitely kind of sad that I left. But hey, it also led me to Gigantic!

  • Skyler Day (Maggie from Gigantic) Interview!

    Posted on 11/17/2010 by Mary

    Skyler Day on TeenNick's Gigantic Has your experience been anything like Maggie's? Do you relate to her struggle to make it in Hollywood?
    Definitely. I've been doing the acting thing since I was 10; I'm 19 now. It's definitely tough. And Maggie has this need to do it. Which made it easy to play her, because I have this love for the acting business and could never imagine myself doing anything else. And when you love something so much, it pulls you through. Even though it's hard sometimes because there's so much rejection that goes along with it. There's more rejection than success.

    Yeah, and when you're at such a tender age and you're so sensitive -- did your parents try to protect you from the pain of that rejection and have to give you pep talks?
    Yeah, there would be times when I would come home crying because a casting director was just flat out like, "I don't like you." And I'd let it get to me for a while. It's disheartening... there are the few that want to help and the few that just don't care and don't take into account what you're feeling. And we'd be driving home and my mom would say, "That's just some people. You can't let that determine how the rest of your acting career is going to go." My parents have definitely been those people who are constantly pepping me up. Same with my brother.

    I read in your bio that your whole family moved out to LA with you so you could act.
    Yes! I lived in Atlanta, GA -- well, a small town outside of it, no one ever knows what Cumming, GA is. And I made a deal with my family that said, if I book the lead in a movie by the time I'm 11, then we have to move out to California. It was a joke that I had with my parents, "I'm gonna book something before my birthday!" And I booked The Adventures of Ociee Nash two weeks after my birthday and I remember going, "Well, it still counts!"

    It took us a little while, but it was my 13th birthday when we crossed the border into California. Me and my twin brother and my sister and my mom and dad. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies with our dog and our lizards and everything we owned in our van. It was an amazing spontaneous thing that my family did with me.

    How did your brother and sister feel about this deal?
    I mean, it was just a joke! And then when I did book something I was like, "Well, actually... this could work." My sister was all for it, my brother not so much at first. But now he's a surfer and a musician and he loves California.

    So, do you think it would bother you if paparazzi showed up and accosted you somewhere or would you find it kind of exciting?
    I think I would find it kind of exciting -- at first. I'm sure it gets old. But I think it would be interesting -- you never get lonely! You always have company, which would be nice if you ever need an extra quarter in the meter.

    Yeah, "Does anyone have a band-aid?"
    Exactly!

  • Gigantic OMG: Vanessa Cuts Maggie Down

    Posted on 11/13/2010 by Mary

    I don't know that I like Vanessa as a person -- can't say I'd tell her any of my secrets or ask for her opinion about my carefully-practiced tampon commercial jumps, BUT... I sure do enjoy watching her be a mean ol' b-word on my televisioning machine!

  • Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic Songs!

    Posted on 11/12/2010 by Mary

    Can't get a song from tonight's shows out of your head? Here's a list, hope it helps!

    Vanessa Rose music on TeenNick's Gigantic
    • "The Girls Who Play the Boys" by Vanessa Rose
    • "Dizzy from the Ride" by Alex Roots -- you can hear samples of both songs over on the Gigantic page
     
    A Day to Remember music on TeenNick's Degrassi
    • "If It Means a Lot to You" by A Day to Remember -- you can hear a sample of this song over on the Degrassi page.
    • "Hummingbird" by Imaginary Cities
    • "Still Believe in Love" by Jacksoul
    • "Could It Be You" by Hwood