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  • 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.)

  • Interview: True Jackson's Ashley Argota

    Posted on 05/29/2011 by Mary

    Soon, Ashley Argota (aka Lulu from True Jackson) will be heading to NYU to study nursing -- her mom's a nurse, too. In the meantime, she talked to us about dress emergencies, books, and best friends. (There's a True Jackson marathon on right now! If you didn't know!)

    Ashley Argota, aka Lulu on True Jackson, at the 2011 KCA I was just looking at your Kids' Choice Awards look... it was gorgeous. How do you pick a dress for an event like that?
    Thank you! I'm not even gonna lie, I picked that dress the night before the Kids' Choice Awards! I had another dress picked out a few weeks before -- it was kind of a peachy orange, but I was not really wanting to wear orange because the carpet is orange. So the people who dressed me for my birthday party -- I had a big 18th birthday bash this year -- sent me dresses from NY literally the day before the show. My brother had to drive them from my house to the set; I tried them on on the set. And it was a little bit too big so I had to get it altered, and I didn't try it on again until the morning of the Kids' Choice Awards, like two seconds before we left. And I took my shoes and I ran out of the house.

    Oh my God. That sounds like an anxiety dream I used to have about prom.
    It felt like... it was a nightmare, I was so nervous. Because I wasn't there when the lady altered my dress! We had to pin it ourselves, and I'm not like a master wardrobe person. I was so scared that it was going to be botched but it turned out perfectly.

    I saw somewhere that you love to read and you always have a book on set. Is that true? Very true. Right now I'm reading a poetry book by Billy Collins, called Horoscopes for the Dead.

    What are your favorite books of all time?
    The Great Gatsby -- I read it for school. And usually when you read a book for school you think it's going to be a little bit boring, but I talked to Greg Proops who plays Mr. Madigan -- he's a total bookworm. And when I mentioned that I had to read The Great Gatsby, he was like "No no no, you don't understand; that's a great book." And he was so right.

    When you're picking out a book that school isn't making you read, what do you usually gravitate towards? I really like books by Sarah Dessen. I think she's a really good writer. And of course I'm a big Twilight and Harry Potter fan.

    So, what do you like about Lulu on True Jackson? I love that she tries to find the positive in everything. Pretty much nothing can faze her, she can be having the worst day and still try to find something positive in it, which I love.

    And I guess she and you have in common that you're both pretty good at school and enjoy it?
    Yeah, I think that's where we're the most similar -- she's very booksmart. But she also gets so easily distracted, and that's where we totally part ways because I'm very, very focused in real life and she's very much... not.

    Do you have a real-life best friend?
    I do! She's been my best friend since we were 8 years old; my mom and her mom were best friends for years, and they lost contact. And I was singing in my hometown and they somehow got reconnected, and then I became best friends with my mom's best friend's daughter!

    That's so cool! Did you just have stuff in common immediately?
    Well, it took awhile because she was really shy. So I kinda had to pull it out of her. But now, I mean... she won't stop talking. It's all good now.

    What do you consider the rules for best friendship? What keeps it together?
    I think honesty and loyalty. One of the cool things about her is that, if something is going on, she won't even hesitate to tell me. And she also gives really, really good advice, which I appreciate. Because she's not in the business... and in the business there are so many people that you don't know if you can trust them. And I know that I can trust her and that she's really loyal.


  • True Jackson marathon -- and a new True quiz.

    Posted on 05/28/2011 by Lisa

    We're showing lots of True Jackson this weekend (through Monday!) so we put up a shiny new quiz -- Which True Jackson, VP, Character Are You?

    I took the quiz the other day to be sure it was working right, and I got Lulu, which made sense, since I was in a Lulu-ish mood.

    Which True Jackson, VP, Character Are You?When I took it again just now, I got True, which is funny, because I AM working during True Jackson's Workin' It Weekend! I guess True and I have more in common than I thought. :)

    Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope it's fun. YAY for the unofficial start of summer!

    True Jackson, VP!


  • Saved by the Bell!

    Posted on 05/12/2011 by Mary

    I saw on the twittering machine that a bunch of you are stoked to be coming home from school to a double dose of Saved by the Bell these days:

    Therefore, I thought it would be a defensibly valid use of company time to go digging through some photo archives to bring you these bright, sparkly, blinding gems of early '90s awkwardness, so that you can print them out and hang them in your locker, obviously. Or just put them under your pillow, for totally sweet dreamz!

    Zack and Slater with their shirts inexplicably openScreech, Dustin Diamond
    L: OMG, Zack and Slater, I know just how you feel... that happens to me ALL THE TIME. R: One of these things is not like the others.

    Kelly, Jessie, and Lisa Turtle from Saved by the BellJessie and Lisa are supportive friends to Kelly as she gazes at herself in a mirror. L: Kelly, Jessie, and Lisa having fun in the sun(-like studio lighting). R: Three girls, one mirror, and no fisticuffs!

    Lark Vorhees, Saved by the BellTiffani Amber Thiessen, Saved by the Bell
    L: Lisa Turtle: proud like a leopard. R: Don't lie... if they offered this background for your senior portrait, you'd be all over it like flowers on Kelly's pants.


  • Happy Degrassi Spirit Week!

    Posted on 04/18/2011 by Mary

    Degrassi Spirit Week

    It's Day 1 of Degrassi Spirit Week, leading up to this Friday's season finale! First off, don't forget to Show Us Your Degrassi!

    And secondly, here's a fresh Facebook taggable picture for you (complete with Zane). Which of your friends is the Clare, which is the Jenna, and who's a total Eli? Drop this on your Facebook and tag 'em up. (To grab this, right click or ctrl-click the image and choose "save image as" or similar.)

    A new Degrassi taggable for Facebook!

    Join us every day this week in the blog for new Degrassi Spirit Week activities!

  • Degrassi: The Death Card

    Posted on 04/17/2011 by Mary

    As we lead into the season finale for Degrassi: In Too Deep, I've seen some people mentioning the Death card that Clare pulled waaaay back when in the carnival promo. Which reminded me that I totally snuck into the "fortune teller's tent" on the set of that shoot and took this picture, which I never got a chance to share with you. So here it is!

    Degrassi Carnival Promo - The Death Tarot Card

    And while looking for it, I also stumbled on these pics of everyone messing around with the giant snakes that were on set that day.

    Degrassi's Aislinn Paul, Munro Chambers, and some very large snakes
    Degrassi's Aislinn Paul, Munro Chambers and some very large snakes

    Degrassi's Charlotte Arnold, snake charmer
    Degrassi's Charlotte Arnold, snake charmer.

    Joe Pappalardo
    TeenNick producer Joe P, rocking the snakes as they were intended to be rocked

    Mary Chen
    Me, rocking the snakes with invisible but very real enthusiasm, I swear to God.


  • Sneak Peek Pictures of Degrassi: Drop the World pt 1!

    Posted on 04/11/2011 by Mary

    Eli Goldsworthy hanging out on Morty's hood in Degrassi: In Too Deep, Drop the World pt. 1
    Eli Goldsworthy hanging out on Morty's hood in Degrassi: In Too Deep, Drop the World pt. 1

    Only two more episodes left in Degrassi: In Too Deep... Drop the World, pts. 1 & 2. And they're both MAJOR.

    Click here to check out all the sneak peek pictures of this Friday's episode in the new flipbook!

    Are you ready to find out what happens? What are your predictions?


  • Degrassi Sneak Peek Pictures - Time for Fadam?

    Posted on 04/04/2011 by Mary

    Fiona and Adam on Degrassi
    Fiona and Adam on Degrassi: In Too Deep

    With Fiona back from rehab and back at Degrassi, is it time for her and Adam to finally make things work?

    Or... are we looking at a Folly J future?

    Click here to check out all of the sneak peek pictures from Degrassi: In Too Deep - "Chasing Pavements, pt. 2".