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  • Sympathy for Bianca and Anya?

    Posted on 07/21/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN "IDIOTEQUE" YET...

    So, starting off with some of your reactions to the Ownya hook-up from last night:

    "I personallly think Owen is kind of hot, but he is such a pig. So this can go many ways." - TEENTITAN6

    "I actually like Owen. I mean he seems like a nice guy, but he puts all his nasty on the outside." - AIYA222

    That's actually a really good way to put it Aiya222 -- and it's probably true of all bullies, mean girls, etc.. They "put their nasty on the outside" to protect their vulnerable spots on the inside. But... I still can't stomach the fact that he threw Zane in a dumpster, threw Adam through a glass door, and probably defaced Riley's locker. Until he owns up to the wrongness of that stuff, he's on my bad side -- tender wounded inner child or no.

    Mostly, I'm really feeling for Anya in this whole situation. Your best friends are basically gossiping about you, you make a stupid facebook (sorry; facerange) move because you're too flustered to think, you're still reeling from having no post-high school destination and rejection from a great guy, and your consolation prize guy utters such sweet nothings as: "You're not too good for me, Anya." Yowwwch. Crappy sitch for Anya all around.

    Speaking of crappy sitches: My Bianca sympathy meter went through the ROOF on this ep. Of course, I still don't forget what she did to Adam either. But I think her wounded inner child is on full display. When Drew dumped her... oh my God! You could see her struggling to keep a brave face and being so eerily good at it... like it's a skill she's perfected.

    And so sad that Drew thought this would mean a fresh start. That didn't seem to turn out so well.

    Actually, question: Do you blame Bianca for what happened to Drew?

    Drew lies in the snow post-attack on Degrassi
    Drew lying in the snow post-attack on Degrassi

  • Anya! Really? Him?!

    Posted on 07/20/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED YET.

    Otherwise...

    Anya and Owen share a special moment at her birthday party on Degrassi.
    It's Anya's party and she'll hook up with Owen if she wants to.

    ANYA! What? Why? Him? Really? Are you sure? You can't be sure. You're not sure. Right? You're just reeling from Dr. Chris. (Yet another Degrassi love lost to Africa! Forsooth!)

    How do you guys think Anya will be feeling about this tomorrow? How do YOU feel about it right now?

    Also: I love both Fiona and Holly J, but I felt so bad for Connor when they were giggling about him at Anya's party. I just want him to be happy... and to stop openly staring at girls' boobs.

    And what do you think of KC's new job? What percent do you think he's doing it for Jenna and baby Ty, and what percent for himself and freedom?

  • Clare-Bear Unhinged

    Posted on 07/19/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW! Watch the ep before reading... it'll be online some time tonight.

    Without taking sides in the great E-Clare v Cake Debate of 2011 (well... except to say that I really want to have a serious sit-down talk with anyone who thinks a life-threatening stunt is "romantic")... now that you've met Jake, what do you think? I am personally a big fan of his low-drama vibe. And I like that rather than staring goggle-eyed at Clare when she had her petite tantrum, he "saved" her -- and made me laugh at the same time.

    Also, how satisfying was Clare's rant at Above the Dot?! "IT TOOK YOU A YEAR... A YEAR TO GET OVER YOUR EX!" Not saying I've ever freaked out quiiiite like that in public at an ex before buuut... I'm sure I'm not the only one who's said some version of Clare's lines into my tear-stained pillow after a brutal break-up. I'm glad Clare took one for Team Frustrated Girls Everywhere and just said it all out loud.

    What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done in the throes of heartbreak?

    And how about KC and Jenna? Couldn't help but feel a little "GO JENNA" when she showed up and handed Tyson to KC. Dude is a little tone-deaf about how much of Jenna's life is completely on hold while he goes to school every day.

  • Aww, yeah... Degrassi's back!!

    Posted on 07/18/2011 by Lisa

    Drew and Bianca on Degrassi: Now or Never
    Drew and Bianca on the premiere of Degrassi: Now or Never

    We threw a full hour of Degrassi at you tonight, and there was lots of "Now or Never" drama right off the bat. How are you holding up? What's going on in your Degrassi-loving head? Do you think Drew ultimately made the right choice?

    What was your favorite scene in this episode? Without being too spoilery, I will say that I loved the moment where Drew and Adam were a room apart, but practically in separate worlds.

    And how did you feel about the Keke stuff? If a cute, young musician came through your town to do a show, what do you think you would've done in Sav's situation?

    Last question -- Can you believe we have MORE new Degrassi coming tomorrow? And the next day? And the next day? *my mind is blown*

  • How 'Now or Never' Are You?

    Posted on 07/09/2011 by Lisa

    Are you watching the Degrassi marathon on TeenNick this weekend? Degrassi: Now or Never is getting sooo close. Take our How 'Now or Never' Are You? quiz, featuring a few new pictures of the cast.

    I just took it got:
    How 'Now or Never' Are You?


    I think that's pretty true. I have brave moments and cautious moments, so I fall right in the middle. I wonder if the new eps of Degrassi will bring out my "Now or Never" side...

    What did you get?

  • Happy 4th. Two More Weeks 'Til Degrassi...

    Posted on 07/04/2011 by Mary

    Happy 4th of July...

    Two more weeks 'til new Degrassi.


    Dave from Degrassi, lighting up the night.

  • Degrassi: Behind the Fireworks

    Posted on 06/10/2011 by Mary

    We have a new Ryan this summer (everyone should have a Ryan -- they're very good to have around) and he took some of the behind-the-scenes footage from the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot (aka: the fireworks promo) and put this together for you.

    Wasn't that thoughtful of him?

    I like it. Particularly watching Munro, Jahmil, and Ray doing their little bonfire dance.

    Oh, summer. I hope you have lots of bonfires in you this year, because I want to set off bottle rockets with my friends and feel nice nice like in the video.

    Behind the scenes at the Degrassi fireworks promo shoot
    Behind the scenes at the Degrassi fireworks promo shoot

  • The Girl Who Took Those Degrassi Pictures

    Posted on 06/01/2011 by Mary

    Olivia Bee, teen photographer Hi all. The lady in that picture is Olivia Bee. She's a professional photographer who's still in high school -- she's 17 -- and she took all of the gorgeous still photos at the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot with all the fireworks and whatnot. We like her very much. Especially after talking to her. (Btw, most of this interview is about the life of a teenage professional photographer, but if you just want to skip to the part about the Degrassi shoot, click here.)

    --

    So, first of all, how did you start getting paid to do photography while you're still in high school?
    Well, my freshman year in high school I got a bunch of emails from VSA Partners, and I kind of disregarded them because I was like, "That's probably spam, whatever." And then I got an email from Converse directly and they were like, "Hey, we'd love to have you take some photos on a shoot, kind of a mentoring process and we'll pay you, and it'll be really fun," blah blah blah, so I got to skip school and go on a shoot in Portland for Converse. And I just got to experiment and see what it was all about, take some photos, and then everything just kind of followed. They took a chance on me and now, this is happening.

    That's amazing. How did they find you, Flickr?
    Yup! Flickr.

    Wow. Did you already have a ton of contacts on Flickr before that?
    Yeah, I had a lot of followers, and that came with the popularity I guess. It was all pretty much by luck.

    Were you nervous at all? Does any of this faze you? It sounds like it could be really intense.
    It is intense. Before I worked with Converse I was so nervous. I didn't even want to go, I was so scared. I was like, "What are they gonna think of me? I'm totally not gonna be able to take pictures once I get there because that's just what'll totally happen to me." But it was fine. I'm always a little nervous right before, if things aren't working out, or if there's no schedule, or the shoot is disorganized. But if I'm just taking pictures then I'm totally fine.

    New Degrassi guy alert: Jake, played by Justin Kelly
    New Degrassi guy alert: Jake, played by Justin Kelly

    I would imagine there's a huge difference between taking pictures of your friends in a relaxed atmosphere and like "Well, we're on a deadline, and these people are only here for four hours, and you need to get the shot."
    It's really different. It's like I have to be an adult, I have to transfer from being this stupid kid who just hangs out with her friends all the time and I have to be a professional, and I have to deliver. There's a lot of pressure, actually. But as long as I'm still taking pictures I can deal with it, because that's what I do for fun anyway.

    Has anybody ever been snotty to you because you're 17? Or underestimated you?
    Yes. All the time. I get so much snottiness. People just think I'm like a little kid, and 'why are they paying her to do what all these other people can do; why would they ever hire someone who's that old; she's never gone to college."

    You just brush 'em off?
    I'm just kinda like F.U.

    Haha, word! So how did you fall in love with photography in the first place? Well, I took a darkroom class in 6th grade because I went to an arts-based middle school. And I really was really bad at it at first. I took a lot of pictures of Christmas ornaments and stuffed animals, things it wouldn't be embarrassing to take pictures of. And then I just started spending extra time in the darkroom -- I don't know, it was kind of an accidental, found love. But now I can't live without it.

    How do your friends feel about being photographed all the time?
    I think they like it? I guess some people are annoyed like "Aw, why do you have that camera again" but it's just playful, not pissed or anything. Most of the time, they really like it. It's kinda cool, they're like the characters of my life and I think they realize that. And no one takes family photos anymore so the moms like it, too.

    I have friends who are videographers or photographers who always have a camera at any event, and they've told me how people are sometimes like "Oh God, put down the camera and just experience this" but the next day, everyone's SO psyched that the pictures and video exist.
    TOTALLY. Totally. The whole "Time" thing. [By this I assume she means like capturing time, time being linear. You know. The whole Time thing.] Plus, I feel like, people can say that to me, but it's like "No, this is MY way of experiencing it. This is how I want to experience everything." It's not their deal, it's mine.

    Alli, Sav, Dave, Eli and Jake in the Degrassi fireworks promo, photo by Olivia Bee
    Photo from the Degrassi: Now or Never fireworks shoot by Olivia Bee

    What is awesome about photography?
    There are a million moments you could capture, but capturing that one that's perfect... it's pretty amazing. You can make a whole other world with things you already have. It's... it's like real life on paper. Or fake life on paper, depending on how you look at it.

    Does having a camera ever help you meet people?
    Oh yeah, all the time. It's mostly short little conversations, but I like short little conversations.

    So. This Degrassi shoot. What was that like?
    It was crazy. 'Cause I'd never been on a TV set before. Usually still production [as in still photography, vs. video] is: a producer, you have your assistants, you have your gaffer, the stylist, the make-up artist, and then I'll have a studio teacher. But with this there were like 150 people and they all had different jobs and that was just crazy for me.

    A studio teacher -- so even if it's a one-day shoot you have to have a studio teacher because you're a minor?
    It depends on what state, but yeah. California, definitely.

    Were you already a Degrassi fan?
    We actually watch it in Health class at school. Usually episodes about STDs or relationships, violence... because Degrassi covers a lot of teen health things like that. Usually we had a separate episode for each lesson but sometimes we would just watch it, just 'cause.

    Your health teacher sounds awesome.
    He's hilarious.

    What do you remember from that day?
    Well, it was freezing. It was going from like 7pm to 5am, which, I'd never done that before! I had a 4:20 am call time a couple weeks ago but this was like ridiculous.
    Oh, and it was actually pretty funny... when they were filming the scene where Sav was standing on the lifeguard chair swinging his jacket around and there were all these fireworks going on, and since they weren't filming for sound, he was just kind of yelling things because it was supposed to look like he's yelling. And he was just like "[BAD WORD] DEGRASSI! THESE KIDS SUCK!"

    Hahahaha. I love that guy. Did you have favorite characters or favorite episodes before?
    Now I've met them and I can't pick favorites! I like 'em all, they were really sweet in person, too. It was really nice to know that they weren't stuck-up or anything.

  • More Gorgeous Degrassi: Now or Never Teaser Pictures!

    Posted on 05/30/2011 by Mary

    No comment.

    Well, wait, one very important comment... these pictures were taken by our new friend Olivia Bee, who is 17, and who kicks copious amounts of ass, and ok, no more comments.

    Oh wait one more: I interviewed Olivia about her experience at the shoot and life in general; I'll post it here soon.

    OK shutting up now. Here.

    Ray Ablack aka Sav at the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot
    Ray Ablack aka Sav at the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot. Olivia has a funny story about this moment. Coming soon.

    New character Imogen and Eli at the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot
    New character Imogen and Eli at the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot

    Drew, new character Katie, Marisol, and the back of Holly J at the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot.
    Drew, new character Katie, Marisol, and the back of Holly J at the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot.

    Why not... another gorgeous picture of Clare from the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot.
    Why not... another gorgeous picture of Clare from the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot.

    More pics to come! Promise!

    And don't forget, the video will be shown during Bring It On tonight at 9p et. Which of your friends has the biggest TV? Go there and watch.

  • We Know Where You Can Watch the Degrassi: Now or Never Teaser....

    Posted on 05/27/2011 by Mary

    Even though it'll be playing in big, gorgeous, full-tv-sized wondrousness Monday night during Bring It On on TeenNick (9p et!)...

    You don't have to wait 'til Monday night to see the Degrassi teaser!

    You can cheat and watch it now, over on EW.com. Click here to see!

    And here's a little something extra to tide you over for the holiday weekend (True Jackson, VP marathon this weekend, btw!).

    Aislinn Paul, aka Clare Edwards, sparkles in the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser
    Aislinn Paul, aka Clare Edwards, sparkles in the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser

    More pics to come on Monday!