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  • Mary J. Blige & Jason Derulo: Live at the HALOs.

    Posted on 10/28/2011 by Lisa

    The 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards (premiering 11/6 at 8pm on Nick@Nite) include performances by Mary J. Blige and Jason Derulo. I was at the ceremony, and they were both AMAZING live. Mary J. Blige sang her new single, "25/8," and closed the show with "The Living Proof." Jason Derulo performed his hit song, "It Girl."

    Mary J. Blige, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Mary J. Blige, live at the HALOs.

    Mary J. Blige, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Mary J. Blige!!

    Jason Derulo, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Jason Derulo sings "It Girl"

    Jason Derulo, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Jason Derulo ♥

  • 2011 HALO Awards: Orange Carpet Pics!

    Posted on 10/27/2011 by Lisa

    Yesterday, I went to the HALO Awards ceremony, which will premiere on Nick@Nite on Sunday Nov. 6th. I met all of this year's honorees -- seriously amazing people -- and a bunch of celebrities, including Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi)! She's just as nice as everybody says.

    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi) at the 2011 TeenNick HALO AwardsJason Derulo at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi) and Jason Derulo on the orange carpet

    Victoria Justice at the 2011 TeenNick HALO AwardsMary J. Blige at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Victoria Justice and Mary J. Blige on the orange carpet

    The 2011 TeenNick HALO honorees with host Nick Cannon
    HALO Awards host Nick Cannon (center) on the orange carpet with 2011 HALO honorees Kyle Weiss, Emily-Anne Rigal, Shanoah Washington and James O'Dwyer

    Nick Cannon and his mom at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Nick Cannon walked the orange carpet with his mom. :)

    Don't miss the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards, Nov. 6th at 8pm. (I'm planning to live-tweet the show, and I'll include lots of info about what it was like to be there in person.)

  • 2011 HALO Awards: HALO Heroes

    Posted on 10/13/2011 by Lisa


    Millions of people idolize Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Jessica Biel and Taylor Swift -- but who do these celebrities look up to?

    You guys, I am reeeeeally looking forward to the HALO Awards this year (and not just because I sing along to Taylor Swift in my car). I love when regular people find ways to make the world a better place, so the HALOs are my kind of show.

  • The 2011 HALO Awards: Everything You Need to Know

    Posted on 10/12/2011 by Lisa


    Mark your calendar for Nov. 6th at 8pm on Nick@Nite!

    The third annual TeenNick HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon, honor teens who are Helping And Leading Others. If you've never seen the HALOs before, they aren't your typical awards show. Instead of honoring celebrities, the HALO Awards match four extraordinary teens with a mega-celebrity who shares their commitment to service. This year's celebrity guests will include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, David Beckham, and Jessica Biel. (This is my third year watching the HALOs, and I'm not embarrassed to say that the previous two shows made me cry more than anything else I've ever seen on TV. This is some seriously inspiring stuff.)

    Here's a peek at the teens featured on this year's show:

    James O'Dwyer and Taylor Swift, 2011 HALO AwardsJames O'Dwyer, 19, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    James was a freshman at University of Alabama when the EF4 tornado hit Tuscaloosa, leaving a six mile track of destruction across the region. He started Magnolia Disaster Relief, an aid program that targets small rural towns hit the hardest by tornadoes. James helped deliver food, water, clothing, toys, furniture, and fridges to people rebuilding their lives. James' HALO match is Taylor Swift who, among her many philanthropic endeavors, raises money and awareness to benefit those affected by tornadoes and floods.

    Emily-Anne Rigal and Lady Gaga, 2011 HALO AwardsEmily-Anne Rigal, 17, Williamsburg, Virginia
    As a young overweight girl, Emily-Anne was bullied so harshly she was forced to switch schools. That experience lead her to create WeStopHate.org, a teen-run YouTube channel and website, to combat bullying. It's a place where teens can post videos about their experiences and give tips to others on how to overcome bullying. Emily-Anne's HALO match, Lady Gaga, campaigns for anti-bullying laws and encourages teens to be themselves.

    Shanoah Washington and Jessica Biel, 2011 HALO AwardsShanoah Washington, 18, St. Petersburg, Florida
    Shanoah was born in California, where her home life was plagued with gang violence until her grandmother moved her to Florida. Through the local Boys & Girls Club, Shanoah discovered her talents as a slam poet and spoken word artist. Now, she helps young people find their own voices. She created Sista2Sista, a mentoring program which instills young girls with self-esteem, self-discipline, and positive thinking. Shanoah's HALO match is Jessica Biel, who works with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign through which girls in the U.S. help give girls in developing countries a better future.

    Kyle Weiss and David Beckham, 2011 HALO AwardsKyle Weiss, 18, Danville, California
    A huge soccer fan, Kyle's activism was sparked after speaking to Angolan fans at the 2006 World Cup and learning about the lack of sports resources available to the youth of Africa. Kyle and his brother started FUNDaFIELD, an organization that raises funds to build soccer fields in developing countries. Nine soccer fields have been funded so far. Kyle's HALO match is David Beckham, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, who campaigns for children's education and recreational programs around the world.

    Watch Nick Cannon's intro to the 2011 HALO Awards above, and don't miss the show, premiering on Nov. 6th at 8pm on Nick@Nite. The 90-minute special features musical performances, celebrity presenters, and of course -- a few surprises. If you're a crier, definitely have a box of tissues handy.

    p.s. If you're in the mood for more inspiring HALO fun, go take one of our HALO quizzes!

  • iParty with Victorious: Orange Carpet Style

    Posted on 06/10/2011 by Lisa

    A special crossover episode of iCarly and Victorious airs Saturday at 8pm on Nick. The episode is called "iParty with Victorious," and Nick threw a party to celebrate the premiere.

    Here's Miranda Cosgrove and Victoria Justice, all prettied up:
    Miranda Cosgrove and Victoria Justice at the iParty with Victorious premiere

    Jennette McCurdy (iCarly) and Daniella Monet (Victorious), looking classy:
    Jennette McCurdy and Daniella Monet at the iParty with Victorious premiere

    and iCarly's Nathan Kress and Victorious' Avan Jogia:
    Nathan Kress and Avan Jogia at the iParty with Victorious premiere

    So... whose outfit do you like best? I think Victoria's pants are cute. (Swimming pool blue is my favorite color.)

  • Gigantic Gossip Roundup!

    Posted on 10/27/2010 by Mary

    • Look out! It's break-up season! Shia Labeouf and Carey Mulligan apparently called it quits a little while ago, and so did Penn Badgley and Blake Lively. I guess at least both couples got a little bit of time to get over things in relative privacy before word spread. These, I guess, are the benefits of not being a twitter addict who compulsively tells everyone the details of one's existence.

    • Prince William and Kate Middleton have been dropping subtle signals (like consciously walking together in front of photographers) that maybe marriage is imminent. It's interesting to think about real bona-fide royalty in contrast to Hollywood royalty like the people on Gigantic. Similarities in terms of not having chosen to be famous -- just being born into it and never knowing any other way. Differences in terms of -- can you imagine having no say whatsoever in what your future job would be, like Prince William did? I feel suffocated just thinking about it.

    • Whatever horror story you have from your prom or photo day at school, you might have a hard time beating Hillary Duff's: she lost a tooth at breakfast the morning of her wedding.

    • And our beloved Rupert Grint says that seeing the aged version of himself in the new Harry Potter movie was sort of disconcerting.

  • Grace Gummer and Gia Mantegna from Gigantic

    Posted on 10/21/2010 by Mary

    I caught up with Grace Gummer and Gia Mantegna (aka Anna and Vanessa from Gigantic) in New York recently to talk about the show, and their lives, and stuff and junk.

    Did you guys spend much time in New York growing up?

    Grace: I grew up in Connecticut in a small town and then I moved to NY in high school. Right around Sept 11. Yeah. I lived in LA when I was really little and I went to preschool there. So I was really mad at my parents when we left because it's like the perfect place for a kid. You know, you like rollerblade on Venice Beach and you're outside all the time. But yeah, I grew up on the east coast.
    Gia: I was born out here and lived out here but I was so little I barely remember it. And we kind of went all over the place, NY, Chicago, LA... so I consider myself an LA girl cause I sound like I'm from LA.
    Grace: I do too, weirdly.
    Gia: But I went to high school for a solid four years in LA.

    Having famous parents like the characters on Gigantic, did you have any experiences trying to guard your privacy as children or teenagers?

    Grace: No. I mean in some instances I would question who were my real friends. But I think that's what every teenager goes through in a way. Same kind of thing if you had blue hair. And you're like does that person like me because I have blue hair? But I like my blue hair. You know what I mean?
    Gia: Yeah -- I've never questioned whether somebody was friends with me because first of all, nobody my age would even care about who my dad is.
    Grace: But also, for me it wasn't part of my life so I never thought about it.
    Gia: It wasn't something that was hanging over my head ever... it was just being a teenager.

    What elements of the characters and stories do you feel are true to life for the children of celebrities? And what do you feel are not quite as accurate?

    Gia: My character Vanessa on the show never went to school, she was always homeschooled, she was emancipated when she was like 14 or 15. So she never really knew how to communicate with people her own age. So that's what makes her kind of twisted, and that's kind of where her issues are at, that's what makes it so difficult to relate to the other kids on the show. I feel like that's maybe true for some child actors today. But what's true in the bigger aspect of things is the drama that they deal with, relationships and sexuality and...
    Grace: ...friendships and drama ...
    Gia: That is all completely real. Everybody's had a first love. Everybody knows what it's like to have a break-up.
    Grace: Or obsess...
    Gia: Everybody knows what it's like to be bullied online.
    Grace: Or dream about your perfect date.
    Gia: So all of that is true to real life. With a little paparazzi thrown in there.
    Grace: And glam, and red carpets.

    Which is kind of the point of the show, right? No matter what, adolescence is...

    Grace: Really hard!

    If you had a friend who was going through what Anna's going through with Joey being sort of inscrutable, what advice would you give to her?

    Grace: I think something that I wish I would have known at that age is that you have so much of your life ahead of you and there are SO many other boys. And as long as you stay true to who you are and pick someone who makes you feel good about yourself, I think that's really important.
    Gia: Yeah, make yourself feel happy.
    Grace: And make sure you have your own accomplishments and goals and you're independent of each other. I think that's something really important that I didn't realize. I used to think that that one guy was the biggest deal and it would never happen. You know?

  • Gigantic Gossip Roundup!

    Posted on 10/20/2010 by Mary

    alttext * Celebu-daughter Willow Smith (Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's daughter) -- whose age won't even hit double digits until next week -- went on 106 and Park this week to debut her first music video -- watch the interview here. Observations:
    1) Oh my god. That song is genuinely awesome. "I whip my HAIR back and forth..." She reminds me of Li'l Mama! Or maybe like Extra-Tiny Mama. And her performance in the video is like... that girl is NINE? And not in a "she's acting too mature for her age" way; in a "that girl has STYLE" way.
    2) I will always love Willow Smith's hair. Always. Her whole look actually. She's like an even younger Tavi Gevinson.
    3) I wanted to hug her when she cried 'cause they gave her a plaque (around 10:30 in that 106 and Park video)!
    4) Do you guys think she's too young? To handle what comes along with fame? I mean in so many ways she looks like she's just having a ball but... remember how people felt comfortable saying mean things about Miley Cyrus in print even when she was only like 15, 16? Pleeease don't anyone start saying horrible things about Willow Smith! It seems like her parents keep things sane around that house -- she talked in the video about how she's not allowed on twitter yet -- so hopefully they'll help her keep perspective if she ever goes through fame backlash.

    * T.I. helped talk a suicidal man down from jumping from an Atlanta skyscraper last week -- and had a sincere heart-to-heart with him afterwards. The story's here. While the conversation they had won't solve all of that guy's problems, the most important thing is that T.I. interrupted the attempt and the man was taken to a hospital where he'll get the help he needs. Says T.I., "It wasn't heroism. It was just me listening to my spirit. I have a very hard time taking any credit for it. It was God's work. I just showed up."

    * And did Russell Brand and Katy Perry already get quietly married? Maybe? He's reportedly wearing a wedding band already. But, maybe he's just having fun with the paps? Who knows.

  • Gigantic Gossip Roundup!

    Posted on 10/13/2010 by Mary

    • Taylor Swift Taylor Swift told Ladies Home Journal that her current crush is "Taylor Lautner. It's always going to be Taylor." Dude, I feel so bad for anyone who has to talk about their inner crush life in public. It almost makes me wonder if people like Taylor Swift come up with stock fake answers for questions like these so they won't accidentally reveal their actual secrets just because they were tired or distracted during an interview.

    • In rehab, Lindsay Lohan is reportedly also getting help with her Internet addiction -- gossip rags say the clinic found that she's prone to compulsively check her phone and vent on Twitter. They're apparently limiting her phone use to two hours a day so she can focus on herself.

    • And Perez Hilton told Ellen DeGeneres that he's had an epiphany about the way he's been raking celebrities over the coals for however many years: "Over the last two weeks, I have been doing everything I can to bring awareness to the issue of teen suicides and gay bullying. In doing so, a lot of people have called me a hypocrite and a bully myself and a big one. That's not how I want to be perceived and that's not what I want to put out there into the world. It was a big wake-up call that so many people saw me that way, so from now on I really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem."

      Perez was mean to celebs for a living, but how many anonymous Internet commenters and bloggers just do it for kicks, attention, to feel superior, etc.? (I love how Piper handles this in the next ep of Gigantic, btw.) Do you think Perez can have any effect on the way we apply the Golden Rule of "Do unto others..." to everyone, even people we think "deserve" to be teased or taken down a peg?

  • Gigantic Gossip Roundup!

    Posted on 10/06/2010 by Mary

    Gigantic is only two nights away from now, and it's weird... looking through the gossip rags this week I just keep seeing all these themes from the show: the ways having famous parents changes things, but also the ways in which those families are really just like the rest of ours'...

    • Jennie Garth says her 13 year-old daughter is actually embarrassed that her dad, Peter Facinelli, is Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight movies. "She's like, 'Let's not talk anything Twilight. Don't mention it. Wear a hat to my school.' She's a little embarrassed by it, she wants people to like her for her and not because of him, or want to come to our house because of that."

    • Rumer Willis Rumer Willis and her boyfriend Micah Alberti broke up. Which is painful enough... and then having a bunch of complete strangers like me a) know about it and b) write about it must be that much extra painful. I guess at least Rumer is surrounded by loving family who know the ropes of dealing with heartbreak in the public eye.

    • And I can't help but feel SO WEIRD about the way the Jolie-Pitt kids and Suri Cruise are considered such public property, living public lives through no choice of their own... and also not really knowing any other life. Aren't you curious what they'll be like in high school? Whether they'll be OK because they have loving parents, or whether all the unwanted attention will mess with them somehow?