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  • Wednesday night: The election heats up.

    Posted on 07/20/2010 by Lisa

    After tonight's Degrassi, I'm torn between never wanting to see Bobby again, and wanting to see him pay for what he did. Nobody deserves to be treated like that.

    Until the next new episode airs, I'm going to distract myself with this photo of Degrassi's latest musical act:

    Wesley and Connor, bustin' some rhymes

    Random thought: Drake started out on Degrassi... and look where he is now. Maybe this means Wesley and Connor have hugely successful rap careers in their future? Tune in Wednesday @ 9pm to see them in action.

  • Charlotte Arnold auditioned for Emma and Liberty!

    Posted on 07/18/2010 by Mary

    You guys... long story but basically we did this "Five" Questions with Charlotte back at the end of the last season but it came in too late to post, so I was holding it 'til now. But I was in too much of a rush at the time to write which usernames asked which questions, and now the thread is gone. So -- my sincerest apologies to the users who posted these questions and aren't getting credit! I suck! I'm sorry! I'll do better next time!

    As an apology, here is an awesome screenshot of Charlotte in the Degrassi movie that's airing TOMORROW NIGHT at 9p et! Sorry that it totally gives away the entire plot to the whole movie, I just couldn't resist.

    SPOILER ALERT! Holly J has an alien brain implanted in her head and must wear a protective helmet to keep from telepathically reversing the space-time continuum in the Degrassi NY movie.

    What was the first rock show/concert you ever went to, and what was the BEST rock show/concert you ever went to?
    The first ever concert I went to was the BACKSTREET BOYS (who Melinda just bought tickets to see, by the way.) The BEST concert I ever went to was a Leonard Cohen show, although I've had a wicked time seeing The Police, Bob Dylan, Down With Webster, Lady Gaga (soon to be thrice!) and of course, Drake.

    When you doodle, what do you draw?
    I've always loved designing clothes when I doodle...when I'm not so inspired, it's usually hearts, stars, lightning bolts, the usual.

    What is the latest movie you've seen? (And what did you think of it?)
    The last great movie I saw was called Class of 1984. Campy, punky Toronto-shot, teacher vs. hooligans, revenge story -- I loved it.

    What was the funniest thing you've witnessed on set?
    There's always a ton of laughter on the Degrassi set, but what springs to mind is the last day of shooting season nine when two unnamed but exceptionally rowdy cast members flipped the pool table. I walked in and saw them standing there sheepishly with their heads down and tails between their legs, debris everywhere. Unbelievable.

    Do you go to a real school? if so is it like Degrassi?
    I've gone to a real school my whole life! I know it may seem that Canadian schools must be incredibly dramatic but to be honest, my high school experience was pretty chill. There were those crazy moments for sure but unlike Degrassi they didn't all happen to the same ten people. Pickering High, Go Trojans.

    Who is your best friend on set?
    I love hanging out with Annie, Paula and Landon - the New York movie was a blast to shoot. And I know it sounds corny and unrealistic but we reeeeally lucked out in the cast department, so no matter who's on set, you're bound to have a good time. The fact that we get to take life-changing adventures together (Kenya, Ecuador, India this summer!) brings everyone even closer.

    Did you originally audition for the character that you play?
    I auditioned for Emma and Liberty before HJ. Interesting to imagine.

    What do you think of Landon Liborion? In person is he nice and sweet or more similar to his character on Degrassi?
    I'm not a fan. His quick wit, goofy up-for-anything attitude and piercing eyes make me want to throw up.

  • NYC + Degrassi = ?

    Posted on 07/17/2010 by Lisa

    I love NYC. I love Degrassi. Will I like it when they get together? I hope so.

    Degrassi kids in NYC!

    This photo makes me wonder:

    ...if it's weird for Holly J that Jane and Declan used to hook up. If I were in Holly J's shoes, no matter how hard I tried to be cool with it, I'm not sure I'd want them hanging out together. Do you think Jane and Declan are really over each other?

    ...why Pennsylvania Station is located in NYC. Oh, never mind. I Googled, and apparently it's named after Pennsylvania Railroad, the company that built the station. So that makes sense.

    ...if Paula, Charlotte, and Landon were freezing their butts off. They're in summer clothes, but all the people in the background are wearing winter coats -- which tells you when this was shot. (Poor Charlotte with her naked legs!)

    ...what you're doing this weekend to prepare for all the Degrassi coming next week? I say, get your chores out of the way now. You DO NOT want distractions while Degrassi's on.

  • Pictures from the Degrassi Set!

    Posted on 07/16/2010 by Mary

    Just a few more short little days until Degrassi: Now or Never takes over your summer nights! Are you prepared for the all-consuming madness? I think I am. I think I can take it. I'm trying to up my cardio just in case.

    I went to the Degrassi set last week -- my first time! In nine years of writing about the show for this site! Here are some of the pics I managed to get my first day... I had a ton of other pics planned for the following day but spent it doubled over in pain in a hotel room instead (kidney stone, yay). Bummer = understatement of the century. Anyway, the first day was awesome enough for two:

    Justin Kelly, Jake from Degrassi, backstage Aislinn Paul and Munro Chambers backstage

    L: New boy! Justin Kelly, who plays Jake -- you'll meet him Tuesday night. He's a doll. Here, he pulls on a pre-tied tie because he couldn't quite get the knot done himself. R: @jbdegrassifan95 and @LongLiveEclare tweet-requested pics of Munro and Aislinn together... here you go :)

    Stefan Brogren's office nameplate at Epitome

    Stefan Brogren (aka Mr. Simpson and the director of tons of your favorite episodes) was directing the eps they shot while I was there; it seemed like a remarkably calm and fun affair considering how much they need to get done every day in order to make sooo many episodes for the summer -- it could so easily be a stress factory. Stefan called me The-Mary, which killed me, and he saved me a nice seat right in front of the monitors which I was too shy to actually take up for too long, and I can vouch that he is in fact a righteous homeboy, as his office nameplate attests.

    Panther, the Degrassi cat

    This is the Degrassi read-through room, where the actors first go through the new scripts together. And on the table is Panther, one of two cats wandering the office-y side of Epitome. Panther clearly feels that he deserves some time in front of the camera, and he is not wrong. The other cat, named Noggin, was more camera-shy.

    The-Mary and Munro Chambers, sassing up Fiona's condo

    @iTweetDegrassi tweet-dared me to go around the set posing like Munro in his Free the Children Haiti fundraiser video. Instead I got him to personally instruct me in the ways of the sassy lean and stare -- we're in Fiona's condo there, btw. Sorry about the quality -- so bummed that I didn't use my real camera for this one.

    Degrassi sunshine lounge poster

    Last Christmas' Degrassi poster, personally desecrated by the cast in the Sunshine Lounge (which is the room that the cast hang in when they're not needed on set).

    Ray Ablack in Degrassi's Sunshine Lounge

    At one point I walked past the Sunshine Lounge and saw Ray Ablack full-on sunshine-lounging on the pool table, texting. In a tux. Totes regular times.

    Degrassi's Aislinn Paul and Shannon Kook-Chun

    That's Aislinn Paul and Shannon Kook-Chun checking out Shannon's DSLR and talking about its tech specs, as they are both admitted full-on photo geeks.

    Some other random observations:
    - To those who don't already know: Shannon Kook-Chun (Zane) has a South African accent in real life. It's mesmerizing.
    - Munro and Aislinn (Eli and Clare) both rock Birkenstocks IRL. I support this wholeheartedly, and I felt very vindicated about the time I put Birks in a Thing Du Jour and people thought they were lamerz. Triumph!
    - Luke Bilyk and Alicia Josopovic (Drew and Bianca) have an almost supernatural simultaneous laugh thing going on -- they laugh the exact same way, at the same things, and at the exact same rate so it's literally like two voices doing the same laugh. They even switch speeds at the same time, like they move from "Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!" to "HAHAHAHA!" at the same time. Occasionally there are snorts. Great minds laugh alike. Also, they referred to themselves as "Danca" rather than "Drianca" -- controversy!
    - The lockers are all fully "dressed" on the inside (as in all look like a real student's locker inside, with pics and contents), but there's no particular locker that's always "Alli's locker" or "Adam's locker" -- they stand by whichever one works best for the shot they need. And the doors are compressed wood rather than metal -- quieter.
    - There is gum on the bottom of the desks in Ms. Dawes' classroom. Most likely from students who used to get bored to death at them in a real school. Just think: those students had no idea that their desks were destined to end up under Munro Chambers' butt. What noble and unpredictable fate might your school desks have?

  • Degrassi's Ray and Charlotte answer more questions!

    Posted on 07/15/2010 by Mary

    Ray Ablack and Charlotte Arnold, Sav and Holly J on Degrassi, at the TeenNick offices, July 2010

    KDominion asks: "If you could play another character on Degrassi who would it be and why?"

    Ray: (thinks for a minute...) Declan Coyne. Maybe because I feel like I'll be Landon if I can be Declan. I want to be Landon, because I think that everything about him is...

    Charlotte: Cool?

    Ray:Cool.

    Charlotte:He's a cool guy.

    Ray: His whole everythingness is awesome and I want to be it.

    Charlotte: Bromance! I would be Mr. Simpson.

    Annnd scene.

  • Want a peek at the new Degrassi movie?

    Posted on 07/14/2010 by Lisa

    All I'm going to say about these photos is that they're from the 2-hour movie that premieres on TeenNick, Monday July 19, @ 9pm et.

    Degrassi girls in NYC!

    Emma and Spinner!

    Fiona and Declan in NYC!

    Jane and Declan on some steps!

    Fiona and Holly J, lookin' glamorous.

    Don't forget to watch... It all starts on Monday @ 9pm.

  • Degrassi stars: The Boiling Point will be "cataclysmic."

    Posted on 07/09/2010 by Mary

    Hey all! So, good times with Ray and Charlotte (aka Sav and Holly J) in NY yesterday -- I still have a lot to transcribe and you'll see it all eventually but I wanted to drop two of their answers to your questions on them asap. 'Cause we're TEN DAYS from the Boiling Point y'all! That's like, an official countdown!

    Facultybob asks: "Can you give me some shocking hints about what happens in Season 10? Is someone going to die? I'm really excited and can't wait."

    Charlotte: Ok, what I'm most passionate about in all the story lines is sort of the gender identity situation which, we can't give too much away cause it's gonna unfold the way it will. But that topic I was really excited that they tackled.

    There's also some other completely... like, even the most recent scripts we read, some of the areas they go to with Eli's character? I had no idea what was going on with Eli's character when I read the script. I was like, "Oh my god, this is something they sooo haven't tackled before."

    And then just in general, everything has really been stepped up. Like right from the first episode -- Fiona's going through some really rough stuff. There's a lot of tension... I mean, that's why it's called the Boiling Point; there's tension building underneath the surface of every character. And it all comes to a head...

    Ray: Cataclysmic.

    Charlotte: Cataclysmic is right.

    Ray:: I like that word.

    Chao asks: "Should I get a Mohawk?"

    Charlotte (without hesitation): Yes.

    Ray: Get what this... what is this called?
    (Ray likes my haircut. We talked about it in Toronto. I have really asymmetrical hair, shaved and weird on one side and long on the other -- not totally unlike my avi hair -- which, Ray said earlier that as soon as they're done shooting this season he's going to do pretty much the same. - Mary)

    Ray: I like it. Get that. If anybody's getting anything, get that.

    Charlotte: Yeah, I like mohawks a lot. Is it a boy or a girl? Whether it's a boy or a girl, I think mohawks are really sexy so, go for it.

  • Are friend breakups worse than the bf/gf kind?

    Posted on 06/30/2010 by Lisa

    Best friends forever?Remember "Against All Odds," the Season 3 Degrassi episode where Emma and Manny decide not to be friends anymore? (If not, check it out tonight @ 7:30pm.) Their "breakup" is pretty harsh.

    It's hard to watch girls who've been best friends for years have a conversation like this:

    Emma: You don't want to be friends?
    Manny: Not with a stuck-up prude princess.
    Emma: Good, because I don't want to be friends with the school slut.

    Have you ever been through a friend breakup? (Feel free to share your story if it's not too painful.)
    Did you and your ex-friend ever become friends again?

  • D.J.'s shoe-obsessed... and she's not alone.

    Posted on 06/26/2010 by Lisa

    "Blow Outs are so rad. They actually inhale and exhale as you walk. And if I don't get these I'm going to be a total geek." That's D.J. from Full House, describing a pair of sneakers she's dying to own. (It happens in the "Working Girl" episode, which airs on TeenNick tonight @ 9pm.) I feel her pain, because I've been known to get a bit shoe-obsessed, too.

    I get shoe-crushes on pretty much every pair that Irregular Choice makes, because I love bright-colored shoes that really stand out. I wish I owned them ALL... but that'd be pricey, and I'd need a bigger closet. I also have an adorable pair of ruffly pink Payless flats that I wear all the time. Colorful shoes just make me happy.

    Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Did you obsess for a while before you bought them?

  • This vid's worth watching, whether you like Justin Bieber or not.

    Posted on 06/26/2010 by Lisa

    He needs somebody to love!Did you catch the video for Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love" Remix with Usher on Obsess This?

    No matter how you feel about Justin, you've got to admit the dancing in this video is pretty amazing. It includes a bunch of people you might've seen on America's Best Dance Crew, and their energy is infectious. (I love the part where Justin and some of the other dancers are stomping around in what looks like baby powder... it totally makes me want to throw some on the floor and dance in it.)

    Have you seen it? What'd you think?