Category: Movies & Shows

From Mandy Harvey:  5 most important tips for auditioning on AGT (America’s Got Talent)

You might remember Mandy Harvey, America’s Got Talent season 12 contestant who finished in fourth place despite being deaf. She made such an impression with her voice, story and her ukelele that the normally unfazeable Simon Cowell sent her to the live rounds fast track by pressing the Golden Buzzer.

With the final season 13 auditions coming up in Los Angeles, CA at the Pasadena Convention Center on Feb. 3 and Phoenix, AZ at the Phoenix Convention Center on Feb. 24, we asked Mandy to provide some quick tips for those about to audition. 

Here’s Mandy’s tips!:

  1. “Stay true to yourself!”
  2. “Put your heart into your performance.”
  3. “Let Go! Don’t worry about the audience/judges/competition… just focus on what you have control over which is you doing your best!”
  4. “Remember that showing up is the hardest part and you are already pushing past that barrier! That’s something to be proud of no matter what happens!”
  5. “You are not doing this alone! We are cheering for you! You got this!!!”

If you are auditioning for season 13: GOOD LUCK! And if you want to be featured on Teens Wanna Know, shoot us an email to info@teenswannaknow.com

Mandy’s Social Media Links:

Facebook: @mandyharveymusic

Instagram: @mandyharvey

Twitter: @mandyharvey

Watch Mandy’s Golden Buzzer moment here (full segment):

Milo Manheim from Disney Zombies – Interview Podcast

TWK speaks with Milo Manheim, who plays lead zombie Zed in Disney’s upcoming movie Zombies (slated for release in 2018). He talks about his theater background…including what happened when his scene partner went to the bathroom and left him all alone on stage in the middle of a play, his circus performer days, and of course about his new role and movie for the Disney Channel.

Photo credit: Bobby Quillard

Top 10 Best YouTube Channels That Aren’t Just Insanely Stupid

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Sometimes, it feels like browsing YouTube can be hazardous to your (mental) health. Between endless videos of cats doing stupid cat things, to foul-mouthed hipsters being oh-so snarky, to the comment trolls, the world’s most-trafficked video site can be a pretty bleak place if you are looking for entertainment which isn’t laced with endless F-bombs or which appeals to those with an IQ higher than 40.

Fortunately, there are some pretty cool channels with some redeeming values on YouTube, you just have to know where to look. To help you out, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 Best YouTube Channels That Aren’t Just Insanely Stupid.

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10. How It Should Have Ended

How It Should Have Ended is a series of funny animations, which highlight how ridiculous some Hollywood movies really are, while proposing new, infinitely more hilarious endings to some of your favorites. How It Should Have Ended started in 2005, and is still going strong 8 years later!

9. Mr. Arturo Trejo

This YouTuber and dad who goes by Mr. Arturo Trejo films funny vlogs and skits involving his wife and son. Most of his humor is related to kids and having a family (like his video 18 Reasons Not To Have Kids, or How To Make Ladies Feel Sorry For You), but his videos have clean humor and can be watched by anyone (he has a cute kid too!)

8. FreddieW

Freddie Wong is a popular YouTube filmmaker and special effects artist, well-known for incorporating jaw-dropping visual effects into his short, funny skits. Freddie W also has his own production company RocketJump, with which he created the webseries Video Game High School.

7. Bad Lip Readings
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Bad Lip Reading is a channel which parodies clips from movies, television shows, news, and music videos by dubbing the videos over with… well… bad lip readings! The creator of Bad Lip Reading, while anonymous, said that he was first exposed to lip reading when his mother lost her hearing. She was great at it. He however, was not, and BLR was born!

6. Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere is an improv comedy group based in New York that performs huge scenes in public, often involving bystanders unaware of what is going on. What sets Improv Everywhere apart from any other “prank” YouTube channel, is that the jokes aren’t mean-spirited, but instead are amusing and a nice surprise for everyone involved — like the time where they surprised a random couple in the park with a 5 star dinner and concert on the spot, surprised a random newlywed couple with an impromptu wedding reception, or when they got 100 people to line up in front of a local dollar store for Black Friday.

5. Cinema Sins

The creators of CinemaSins (Chris Atkinson and Jeremy Scott) have taken it upon themselves to point out all of the “sins” found in many of the latest films, as well as some of the classics. While some people may find their hypercritical, snarky humor a bit annoying, they’re not immune to their own criticisms, even making a cinema sins about their own show!

4. Rhett and Link

Comedic duo Rhett & Link, best friends since the first grade, are YouTubers known for their viral low-budget commercials (their most famous is for taxidermist Chuck Testa!), as well as their comedy videos and songs which feature impressive visual effects work. And while they are comedians, they are also a big deal outside of YouTube, making it on Business Insider’s list of the “25 Most Creative people in Advertising: 2012”, as well as being called “Viral Video Masters” by Wired Magazine.

3. Corridor Digital

One of the best special effects YouTube channels, CorridorDigital specializes in making unique, visually complicated short videos. Spearheaded by Niko Pueringer and Sam Gorski, CorridorDigital has been creating intricate digital effects since 2010. Along with FreddieW, CorridorDigital has been one of the main inspirations for many other budding vfx artists on YouTube.

2. Phillip Defranco

Phillip Defranco is a YouTube celebrity and online news commentator, who selects several current events in the news, and provides his intelligent and funny opinions on the news, making his YouTube channel cool for staying stay up to date with current news, while watching it in an easy-to-consume format. While more reserved than other YouTubers like Shane Dawson or Ray William Johnson, Phillip Defranco does occasionally use some “language,” so use your own judgment and discretion. And he is a bit of a snarky foul-mouthed hipster like we mentioned in the intro, but he is a SMART snarky foul-mouthed hipster.

1. SoulPancake

SoulPancake is a media company that promotes spirituality, creativity, arts, and philosophy. SoulPancake was created by Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight on The Office, and his two friends Joshua Homnick and Devon Gundry.  SoulPancake is filled with plenty of inspirational, thought-provoking videos, which will restore your faith in humanity. Enjoy!

So, there you have it: 10 YouTube channels which aren’t a complete brain-putreying waste of time. Yay!

BONUS: Teens Wanna Know

Of course, no list of the Top 10 best Youtube Channels That Aren’t Just Insanely Stupid would be complete without our own channel, Teens Wanna Know! (shameless plug)

(thanks to our former host Michael M. Peña for his help in putting this article together!)

Funimation Brings Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry to North American Theaters

Funimation, America’s leading licensor/distributor of Japanese Anime, held a VIP premiere of Fairy Tail:Dragon Cry at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood Thursday the 10th of August.

In attendance were plenty of the cast of the English dub, including Todd Haberkorn (Natsu Dragneel), Cherami Leigh (Lucy Heartfilia), Nathan Sharp (Gapri), and Christina Vee (Swan). Also spotted were Power Rangers Dino Charge’s Brennan Mejia and a selection of cosplayers.

Guests were treated to a screening of the movie, as well as snacks, beverages, a performance by a contortionist, and a magician.

Film Synopsis:

In the new film, based on the Hiro Mashima’s manga, Natsu Dragneel and his friends travel to the island Kingdom of Stella, where they will reveal dark secrets, fight the new enemies and once again save the world from destruction.

The movie will screen in approximately 300 U.S. and 12 Canadian theaters during its limited theatrical release which opens on August 14th across North America.

Enjoy the slide show of some candid shots of the event!

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5 Cool Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Movie

There’s nothing better than relaxing with your favorite movie. While watching the movie itself is pretty great, there’s also plenty of ways to make the experience even better than it normally is.

Movie theaters are cool, but they have become pretty expensive lately. Factor in the price of a ticket and concessions, and you are spending almost as much as it would cost to buy the movie. And what do you do when your favorite movie has left the theaters?

A Drive-In Experience

Drive-in movie theaters have become a bit of a relic in modern times, but for those who got to experience them in their heyday, it was an experience like no other. While traditional drive-ins might be all but extinct these days, you can mimic the experience from home. Simply set up your projector in front of a large wall on your house or a garage door, grab your friends, and park in front of it. You can even get your neighbors in on the fun, too.

Watch Parties

Themed watch parties with friends are a great way to take your viewing experience up a notch. Movie series with a cult following, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings, are perfect for a long movie marathon with your friends. Or choose a theme and vote on movies that fit the theme. Depending on the movie you’re planning to watch, you can match the decorations, food, and even costumes to go with it. Seeing everyone get so into the mood will only help you enjoy things more. You can even make a contest out of it and award people for the best costumes if you want to take it even further.

Home Theater

A good home theater system can take your viewing experience for anything – whether it be movies or regular TV – to the next level. Powerful speakers, a huge screen, a clear projector, and an expansive home media server full of all your favorite movies give you that authentic theater experience at a fraction of the price and double the comfort. There’s really no comparison.

Camping

Camping might not be for everyone, but movies sure are. Putting them together can make even the most ardent homebody relent for at least a couple hours. Bringing a projector and screen along on your next trip into the woods gives you a unique viewing experience unlike any other surrounded by nature. Just make sure to properly steel yourself if you pop in a horror movie, and invest in a camping hammock to cuddle with your crush or BFFs!

Fake Reviewing

They say everyone’s a critic, but very few of us actually want to put our money where our mouths are. The next time you and a group of friends watch a movie, pretend you’re making a riff track in the style or your favorite review show. If you’ve never done it before, you’ll be surprised how much tossing out your best quips can improve the experience of watching a film (particularly the bad ones).

Watching a movie on its own is always a treat, but you can use these tips to make it even better. Dim the lights, grab some snacks, turn on the projector, and assemble your friends for the best viewing experience you can have.

Pretty Little Liars “Made Here” Shay Mitchell & Sasha Pieterse on Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Check out a behind the scenes look at Pretty Little liars sets and props on the Warner Bros Studio tour with Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse, and showrunner Marlene King. The props will be on display until August 15,, 2017, so hurry if you want to see them in person!

Host: Keira Pena
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“Breaking Legs” Promises Some Mindless Teen Fun on DVD and VOD – Exclusive Clip

TEEN DANCE COMEDY “BREAKING LEGS” TO RELEASED ON VOD & DVD APRIL 25th, 2017

With Spring in full swing, and the end of the school year fast approaching, its time to start daydreaming about summer. And what better way to get started then with a movie that reminds you just how gnarly the whole high school thing can be — so that you literally cannot wait  for this school year to end.

Vision Films released “Breaking Legs,” an all-new teen dance comedy, across VOD & DVD in North America on April 25th, 2017.

We have an exclusive clip for you, to show you just about how mindless this movie really is…but probably a great way to get your brain off of tests, teachers, cliques, and your real-life rivalries. We say probably because nobody here has seen it yet!

But anyway, here is the clip. Scroll down for the full trailer.

“Breaking Legs” stars Liv Southard (“Good Enough,” “Horror Haiku”) as Bloom, a high school freshman who has just moved to a small town where the only place to dance is the school’s dance team. Alexa Sutherland (“Sweet/Vicious”) plays the role of Harmony, Bloom’s nemesis who is willing to go to any length to keep her biggest competitor off the team.


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Rounding out the cast is William Leon (“Play by Play”) as Bloom and Harmony’s love interest, Sarah Rochelle (“Offer and Compromise”) as Bloom’s best friend, and Richard Riehle (“Office Space”) as the school’s atypical principle. Mark Marchillo, who also wrote/directed and choreographed the film, stars as Bloom’s aimless uncle. Chris Kattan(“A Night at the Roxbury,” “Saturday Night Live”) and Lee Meriwether (“The League,” “Barnaby Jones”) also star.

When new-to-town freshman Bloom meets her classmate Harmony, it’s loathing at first sight. Bloom just wants to dance, but the only place to strut her stuff is the school dance team…captained by none other than the number one mean girl herself. When Harmony’s boyfriend falls for Bloom, what starts out as unfriendly competition quickly becomes an all-out war. Bloom’s only shot at her chance to fit into this new school and get on the dance team is to win the Honor Girl top prize. But not even her best friend or her uncle – who is trying to contend with his boss – can help her. And Harmony won’t concede the competition or her boyfriend without a fight!breaking legs

Writer/Director and choreographer Mark Marchillo says: “Breaking Legs is a fun, funny and quotable movie that teens and tweens will relate to. We thought it important that the film’s characters ring true, with teenage actors playing their real ages. It’s a kick-up-your-heels kind of entertainment, with a lot of heart for every age.  I hope everyone enjoys Breaking Legs as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films Lise Romanoff says: “This film captures the innocence and energy of other high school competition classics such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Bring It On”. We’re thrilled to offer this upbeat film to young audiences and dance lovers across the country.”  

Doamygar-D the Complete Series: Now I’m Hungry

Funimation released Doamygar-D, The Complete Series on DVD this week. It is available at most major retailers and Amazon.

The series, which comes with Japanese subtitles, concerns the exploits of a young candy maker who discovers an enormous mecha (robot suit) in the basement of the sweets shop he inherited from his family. He soon finds himself in the position of having to save townspeople who have been turned into giant monster robots — by feeding them traditional Japanese sweets.

Official Summary:

“In modern day Kyoto, young Daijiro Kyougoku has finally taken over his family’s traditional Japanese sweets shop.  One day, Daijiro comes across a mysterious candy-making robot named Doamygar-D hidden in the shop’s basement.  When evil monster-like robots take over the city, Daijiro must man his newfound candy-making mecha to feed the insatiable hunger of these foes and turn them back into harmless humans.  There has to be someone behind all these transforming treat-loving terrors, and that someone might be closer to Daijiro than he ever thought possible.  Take food fights to the next level in this bite-sized homage to mecha anime of the past.”

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When I first started watching the show, I was thoroughly confused due to there being some sort of history/trivia lesson about Japanese sweets displayed at the top of the screen while subs are displayed at the bottom. It was a lot to process. And then, as soon as the first episode began — it was over. That’s because each episode is only about three minutes long! So you get a little over 30 minutes total viewing time with this DVD, meaning you have to be kind of a hardcore fan of this anime to buy it for the same price as a full-length DVD.

As far as the story, it was fun. The premise of having to fight monster robots by carefully crafting and feeding them sweets, along with all the trivia about candy-making displayed at the top of the screen makes me feel this was produced to promote the candy industry in Japan. Let’s just say that by the end of the last episode, I had a serious jones for some gummy bears.

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What we liked: The animation is done in a retro style, and even the cover art looks like it was folded and creased just like an old DVD might be. The mechas are cool.

What we didn’t like: Episodes are hecka short. The end credits theme gets stuck in your head after hearing it 13 times within a 30 minute period.

TWK Rating: 6 out of 10. Something a bit different.

Includes: Eps 1 – 13
Format: DVD
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Rating: TV-PG
Aspect Ratio: 16×9
Main Feature Audio: Japanese Stereo (NO ENGLISH DUB!)
Main Feature Runtime: 33
Region: 1
Number of DVDs: 1
Studio: FUNimation
UPC: 704400017957

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‘The Forest’ Review – Natalie Dormer from ‘Game of Thrones’ New Chiller

There is nothing better than watching a horror flick while curled up with someone you like. That’s why they make such great picks for dates.

‘The Forest’ is a perfect example of a film that makes for a fun night out. It tells the story of a woman who sets out to find her twin sister, who disappeared while on a school trip through Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, which lies at the base of the famous Mt. Fuji. The forest is known for the large number of suicides which occur there every year in real-life, not just in the movie. (Googling it turns up some really creepy and sad images).

Where there is tragedy, there are ghosts of course, at least in Japan. So the forest is rumored to be inhabited by the angry ghosts of suicide victims, known as the yurei. These are known as “hungry” ghosts, who don’t want visitors to leave.

It is in this setting that Sara Price (Natalie Dormer) begins her search for her sister, who has strayed from the path of safety and wandered alone into the woods. Accompanied by the charming Aiden (Taylor Kinney), a journalist who offers to assist her in navigating the forest along with Japanese guide Michi (Yukiyoshi Ozawa), she searches for clues as to where she might have gone — while the forest begins to play tricks on all of their minds. Which of course leads to bad decisions. And then even more bad decisions, until the twist at the end. What bugged us is that the lead character unfortunately makes dumb decisions even before the woods start affecting her mind. Like who prepares to go searching in dangerous woods with just a hoodie and backpack with no water or food? She has clearly not thought the whole thing through.

What we liked: While there are a few early jump scares, there is mostly a slow build-up to the action, which lets you get to know the main characters and care for them a bit. We liked that there isn’t a ton of profanity nor gore, yet the movie manages to creep you out. It keeps you guessing.

What we didn’t like: The forest itself isn’t very spooky. The filmmakers could have thrown some fog machines and creepy sounds in there and really freak people out. Too much reliance on jump scares.

TWK Rating: 7 out of 10. Recommended for date night or just having a good laugh with your friends after those jump scares!

THE FOREST, MPAA-rated “PG-13,” hits theaters nationwide from Gramercy Pictures on JANUARY 8, 2016.

DIRECTOR: Jason Zada
WRITERS: Ben Ketai and Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca
CAST: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken

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Brandy Reiter from 100 Things to Do Before High School

Here’s a quick Q & A with Brandy Reiter from Nickelodeon’s hit show 100 Things to Do Before High School.

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What’s in a name?

For Brady Reiter, star of the new “100 Things To Do Before High School,” hers has to do with an iconic TV show. “My parents were both married before and we became a blended family. Everyone kept saying, ‘You’re like ‘The Brady Bunch.’

“If my mom heard that one more time, she was going to scream,” says Reiter. “Then they named me Brady.”

Uh, there can be issues with an unusual first name. “On my birthday cake this summer, someone wrote, ‘Happy Birthday Brad,’” she says with a laugh. “Some people call me Brandy. I do have a Tom Brady jersey.”

Soon, everyone will know her name because Reiter plays the juicy role of Mindy Minus on “100 Things to Do Before High School.” “It’s a great show because it’s relatable. You’ve been in middle school. I’ve been in middle school. It never changes.”

Q: Tell us more about Mindy Minus. And is it fun to play the meanie? 

A:  “She’s the popular girl, the queen bee. She can be very mean. I do think that throughout the season, we’ll see Mindy’s sensitive side. It’s the best to play the meanie, but my friends are like, ‘You’re really nice….wait, you play the mean girl?’ Originally, I tried out for the nice girl CJ. I taped my audition and flew out to LA for a callback. They said, ‘We love you…but not for this role. We want you to audition for Mindy.’ Then we got the call. My Dad got the call and I heard him say, ‘Oh. Really. Ok.’ Then he hung up the phone and told me. My mom and I started jumping around like crazy.”

Q: Switching gears, tell us how you look so amazing. What are a few of your favorite new products?

A: “I  love a new product called Plaque HD. It’s really awesome. You brush your teeth and it shows you where you still have plaque. You re-brush and focus on that area. My dentist used it on me and it makes brushing your teeth, actually fun. I can’t live without it now.”

Q: Any other favorite beauty tips as we go into the holiday season?

A:  “I’m into Bumble + Bumble hair products, especially the coconut conditioner. I like Tarte makeup because it’s natural and organic. I have really sensitive skin, so I have to be careful.”

100 Things to Do Before High School is a children’s sitcom airing on Nickelodeon and created by Scott Fellows. The program stars Isabela Moner, Jaheem Toombs, and Owen Joyner.

Catch new episodes Saturdays at 9am and follow Brady on TWITTER!

http://www.nick.com/100-things-to-do-before-high-school/

MORE ABOUT BRADY:

Actress notable for her television role in Nickelodeon’s 100 Things to Do Before High School and for her role in the straight-to-DVD movie Tooth Fairy 2.

BEFORE FAME:

She began her acting career as early as 2008. She guest-starred on Big Time Rush and Are We There Yet?

TRIVIA:

She became a spokesperson for the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

FAMILY LIFE:

She was born in Orlando, Florida.

As Posted on Threemorrow.com:  http://www.threemorrow.com/3questions-w-brandy-reiter/