Category: Movies & Shows

Dance Showdown Season 4 Behind the Scenes

DanceOn’s Dance Showdown returns for Season 4 on October 13th, 2015 and we got a sneak peek at the action with a behind the scenes tour of the set where we spoke with some of the contestants and judges. Make sure you subscribe to DanceOn so you don’t miss a show!

Interviews: Gabbie Hanna, Steve Kardynal, Anze Skrube, Jorge Narvaez, Jackie Hernandez, Laurieann Gibson, Matt Steffanina, Michael Peele & Arika Sato

The Anthem of the Heart Opens November 1st in the US and Canada

“I have feelings I can’t tell anybody hidden deep in a shell inside of my heart. But, really, I want to shout it out…my honest feelings like a beautiful anthem is waiting to break free.”
Jun is a girl whose words have been sealed away. She was once a very happy girl, but because of a <certain thing> she said when she was very young, her family was torn apart.
One day, the egg fairy appeared in front of her and sealed away her ability to talk in order to stop her from hurting anybody else.
Since this traumatic experience, Jun lives in the shadows away from the limelight.
But, one day she is nominated to become an executive member of the “community outreach council.” On top of that, Jun is also appointed to play the main lead in their musical…

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So reads the introduction for The Anthem of the Heart, a music-rich anime featuring the talents of Director Tatsuyuki Nagai, Screenplay Writer Mari Okada, and Character Designer Masayoshi Tanaka plus the voice talents of Inori Minase as lead Jun and Koki Uchiyama (Takumi), Sora Amamiya (Natsuki) and Yoshimasa Hosoya (Daiki).

The film is doing brisk business in Japan, earning more than 300 million yen (around $2.5 million US) in its first five days with a tally of 235,000 tickets sold, beating the opening figures for the smash Anohana. It is being distributed in North America by Eleven Arts, and opens in select theaters in the US and Canada on November 1st.

For more information, visit the movie’s official website:

The film is NOT RATED.

Runtime: 120min.

Japanese language with English Subtitles

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Boruto: Naruto the Movie Trailer – Film Opens October 10th!

Boruto_Naruto_movie_posterBoruto:Naruto the Movie is the highly anticipated anime film based on author Masashi Kishimoto’s manga and directed by Hiroyuki Yamashita. Slated for release across 80 cities in the US and Canada on October 10th, 2015, fans can find out more and purchase tickets by visiting the ElevenArts website.


“With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from the village and from five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi… And Boruto, Naruto’s son who shows great potential, but despises his father.

“Sasuke who’s been on a mission in another dimension appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed.  Shrouded with an evil aura,  Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to assassinate Naruto with the Rinnegan.  Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto.

“An inconceivable foe lies in wait as Sasuke, the Five Kage and Boruto with a determination of steel, charge into another dimension!”

Now, let’s check out the full 90 second trailer (intro by our lead teen host Michael Pena):

For those attending Comic-con in NYC, they can catch the premiere on October 10th as well as meet the author Masashi Kishimoto.



Barely Lethal Press Conference w Hailee Steinfeld, Dove Cameron & Sophie Turner

Barely Lethal, the new teen action movie directed by Kyle Newman and starring Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner, Dove Cameron and Thomas Mann opens theatrically on May 29th, and Teens Wanna Know covered the press conference for the film held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Scroll down to watch our video, and stay tuned for our one-on-one with Dove Cameron!

The movie is about Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld),a teenage special ops agent raised in the Prescott School for Girls, a top-secret government agency run by Maxwell Hardman (Samuel L.
Jackson). Yearning for a “normal” adolescence, Megan fakes her own death and enrolls as an exchange student in a typical American high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school can be more difficult than international espionage. When her former nemesis, Victoria Knox (Jessica Alba), tracks Megan down, the extracurricular activities are more than one teenager can handle.

DIRECTV subscribers have been able to watch the movie for a month now through its DIRECTV CINEMA service, reflecting the growing trend of movies which are made available online at the same time or even before they open in cinemas.

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Hailee Steinfeld, Sophie Turner and Dove Cameron – Photos by Willie Pena for Teens Wanna Know


Official Trailer



Disney Animation Creates Another Winner With “Big Hero 6”

bigHero6539609bbe6af9 (1)Walt Disney Animation Studios does it again. Continuing their energized creative streak after their smash hits Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, the studio just released Big Hero 6 — and it doesn’t disappoint.

The film, based on a heretofore little-known Marvel comic, centers around 14-year old robotics prodigy Hiro, who enjoys hustling others for cash at underground robot fights in the mythical city of San Fransokyo with one of his quirky inventions. He is encouraged by his older brother Tadashi, himself a talented inventor, to parlay his skills into a more serious career. Tadashi is the creator of Baymax, the large, Pillsbury Dough Boy-looking inflatable robot seen in all the promo for the film.

While Hiro accepts his brother’s advice, disaster strikes the city early on, and Hiro is tasked with solving a deepening mystery surrounding a masked villain, while armed only with Baymax — who, comprised mostly of air, isn’t exactly designed for taking down evil overlords. In fact, Baymax’s main function is to help others as sort of an ambulatory health clinic. He takes care of boo-boos rather than cause them.

Helping Hiro out in his quest is a motley crew of super nerds, “adrenaline junkie” GoGo Tomago, “neatnik” Wasabi, “chemistry whiz” Honey Lemon and “fanboy” Fred. They gear themselves up with snazzy suits to turn into a band of super-heroes called “Big Hero 6” — and from then on its all action.

What makes this film awesome:

  • It shows that being smart and scientific is cool.
  • Problem solving and thinking out of the box, as opposed to pure brute force or charm, are shown as necessary to win.
  • The main hero is Asian-American.
  • The African-American Wasabi character is not just a wisecracking, buffoon sidekick as portrayed in so many Hollywood movies, he is intelligent while also cautious and vulnerable–someone real to relate to.
  • The “slacker” character has an atypical background (and a really ingenious Easter egg reveals his parentage to the delight of Marvel fanboys).
  • The girls kick butt.

In short…this is a Disney film that reflects a more modern view of the world and it is refreshing to see it break a few stereotypes.

Other highlights:

  • The graphics and animation are tight. Real nice to look at.
  • Emphasis on family, themes of redemption and friendship.
  • Its hilarious. Baymax is just amazing.bigHero654243c09be44f



“Big Hero 6” features the voices of an extraordinary ensemble cast, including Scott Adsit (“30 Rock,” “St. Vincent”) as Baymax, Ryan Potter (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”) as Hiro Hamada; Daniel Henney (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as Tadashi; T.J. Miller (HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”) as Fred; Jamie Chung (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Once Upon A Time,” “The Hangover Part II & Part III”) as GoGo Tomago; Damon Wayans Jr. (“Let’s Be Cops,” “Happy Endings”) as Wasabi; and Genesis Rodriguez (“Tusk,” “Identity Thief”) as Honey Lemon. The film also features the voices of veteran actors James Cromwell (“Murder in the First,” “L.A. Confidential”) as Professor Robert Callaghan, Alan Tudyk (“Tell,” “Welcome to Me,” “42”) as Alistair Krei and Maya Rudolph (TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” “The Maya Rudolph Show,” Bridesmaids”) as Aunt Cass.

The film is executive produced by John Lasseter. Screenwriters are Robert L. Baird & Daniel Gerson (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Monsters University”) and Jordan Roberts (“March of the Penguins,” “Around the Bend”). Composer Henry Jackman (“Captain America: The Winter Solder,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) provides the film’s score, and Fall Out Boy wrote and performed an original song called “Immortals.”

“Big Hero 6” opened in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. It is rated PG.

Teens Wanna Know Rating: 8 out of 10. Highly recommended for all ages…and yes, teens will like it!




SLAM DUNK – Baymax is 6 feet tall and 75 pounds—until Hiro mechs him out. Baymax, in his super suit, is more than 7 feet tall and can lift 1000 pounds. “He’s all air,” says head of animation Zach Parrish.

GO AHEAD – Artists looked at actors like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Gary Cooper and other cowboys to study cool, emotionally reserved traits while developing GoGo Tomago’s look and personality.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BLINK – Baymax sports a standard nine-frame-blink, says head of animation Zach Parrish. “We play with the speed of his blink throughout the film, but for the most part, it’s a standard blink. It’s the amount of time we give the audience to think before he blinks that says a lot—the longer it is, the more time he’s processing. A double blink shows confusion. We used that a few times in the film. That could be an acting choice for a human character, too.”

NEED FOR SPEED – Artists looked at speed skaters to inform the body type and movement for GoGo Tomago, a passionate student of speed.

DUUUUUUDE – Artists studied snowboarders, skateboarders and surfers to develop movement and posture for Fred.

CHILL OUT – Wasabi, at one time, was a very Zen character with very Zen dreadlocks. When filmmakers tweaked his personality, they initially decided the neatnik wouldn’t be a fan of the not-oft-shampooed-do and gave him a haircut. The look didn’t last. It turns out, everyone was just too attached to his cool locks.

LOOSE TOOTH – To ensure Hiro’s charming gap-toothed grin stayed intact from any angle, controls were added to his teeth so animators could make adjustments as needed.


ROBOT LOVE – Ryan Potter, who voices Hiro in “Big Hero 6,” was obsessed with building robots as a kid. “I was 9 or 10 when I got a robotics kit,” he says. “I absolutely love science.”

MORE ROBOT LOVE – Genesis Rodriguez, who lends her voice to Honey Lemon in “Big Hero 6,” was on her school’s robotics team. “I was a welder,” she says. “So I made sure my weldings were just perfect and very aesthetically pleasing as well. People didn’t expect us to be so good. That was the beauty of it. We were just this bright group of girls who had an idea, executed it and beat the guys.”

SMART GUY — James Cromwell, who lends his voice to Professor Robert Callaghan, studied at Carnegie Mellon University (then called Carnegie Tech). “Big Hero 6” filmmakers spent time at the school, learning all about the innovative field of soft robotics, which ultimately inspired Baymax, a huggable vinyl robot that takes care of people.

FULL CIRCLE – As a child, Damon Wayans Jr., who provides the voice of Wasabi, wanted to be an animator when he grew up. He even studied animation after graduating high school before he decided to pursue acting.


LET IT GROW – The “Big Hero 6” animation team topped 100 members (103, to be exact). That’s about 15 more animators than 2013’s feature film “Frozen.”

MARTIAL ARTISTS – Filmmakers selected karate to broaden Baymax’s skillset—but animators had to adjust some of the movements to work for the voluminous character’s build. A few members of the team visited a nearby martial arts studio to get a feel for the practice. Pros were asked to attempt some of the moves while on their knees to simulate Baymax’s signature proportions.

I CAN FLY – Filmmakers consulted with flight specialist Jason McKinley, who worked on both “Disney’s Planes” and “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” to choreograph and execute the flight sequences with Baymax and Hiro.

670’S A CROWD – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ proprietary system Denizen allowed filmmakers to create bigger, more believable crowds for “Big Hero 6.” created around 670 unique characters, compared to 270 in “Frozen,” 185 in “Wreck-It Ralph” and 80 in “Tangled.” Each of the 670 characters has up to 32 different clothing look combinations, plus 32 different hair and skin tones. That means, filmmakers could invite 686,080 unique characters to the San Fransokyo party before there were any exact repeats. Denizen was made available to everyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios and employees were encouraged to model themselves in the system to join the crowd. More than 200 characters were created, and employees will see themselves up on the big screen—walking among the “Big Hero 6.”

COUNT ON IT — The “Port of San Fransokyo” scene has over 6000 people in it. 23 districts were built in 3D. 83,149 lots of the 150,000 in all of San Francisco were built.18.8 million building parts. 215,000 streetlights. 260,000 trees.


“When The Checks Stop Coming In” Shows the Folly of the Bling Bling Lifestyle – Review

One of the negative things about celebrities is the seemingly capricious and irresponsible way that many of them spend their money. In fact, a surprising number of musicians, actors, and sports stars are either flat-out broke or heading there — despite earning MILLIONS during their heydays.

A new documentary explores why this happens, and why it seems to affect African-American celebrities in greater proportion.

unnamedMoguldom Studios’ When The Checks Stop Coming In, released August 26th, pulls no punches when it comes to placing the blame mainly on the shoulders of the artists themselves. However, another factor touched on is the depiction of excess and debauchery in media, such as rap music videos. While some will argue that entertainers don’t go out and directly tell people to blow their money, this reviewer agrees that the media can directly control and influence behavior…and that the film makes very valid points regarding how this might be contributing to the lack of financial literacy and fiscal responsibility in black communities.

In other words, when you see a rapper showing off their money, drugs, near-naked women, flashy cars, guns, and gold teeth in videos and on social media — instead of acting like civilized human beings — you can bet they are directly influencing legions of young minds to act just like them: wasteful, irresponsible, and downright stupid with their money.

This film courageously tackles this controversial subject by interviewing celebrities, managers, agents, and their financial advisors “to learn how much was being spent and how these celebs spared no expense for the glitz and glamour that was their ultimate demise…Be it lavish lifestyles, poor financial management, child support, or tax evasion, When The Checks Stop Coming In explores how these celebrities perpetuate an underlying issue within the African American community: an obsession with the American dollar.”

Production credits include Jamarlin Martin, Marve Frazier, Brett Dismuke and Barion L. Grant as Executive Producers, Jacinda M. Rentrope as Director and Producer, with Catina Jones as Producer.

When the Checks Stop Coming In is recommended for older teens due to some F-bombs dropped by a few of the celebrity personalities. It is available for purchase on DVD, as well as digital download through online retailers including iTunes, GooglePlay, and

Teens Wanna Know Rating: 8 out of 10 (for older teens)

For more information about When The Checks Stop Coming In and Moguldom Studios, visit:

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“I Am Eleven” Review

Age 11 is a bittersweet time. It is an age where one is not yet jaded and can still maintain an optimism and idealism about the world, while also becoming faintly aware of how scary and unjust it can be. It is truly the last year of unbridled innocence, the last hurrah of being a kid, and that fleeting spirit is captured marvelously in the new film I Am Eleven which is now headed towards limited theatrical release on September 12th.

IAmEleven_posterThe documentary explores the lives of several children from around the world who share their hopes and ambitions for their lives. Some of them are quite hilarious, while others are rather touching, and even a little bit sad as you realize the world that these kids are growing up into will strip some of their wide-eyed innocence away within one or two years. Fortunately, their thoughts and feelings have been immortalized here, and hopefully teens that watch it will relive some of the fun and love of life they surely experienced just a few short years ago when they, themselves, were 11.

We highly recommend this movie for families to watch together. The only criticism we have is that there is not enough follow up with the kids afterwards when they were older…just a few are featured, and too soon after the initial interviews to really see big changes in most.

Teens Wanna Know Rating: 7 out of 10

Official film website:





I AM ELEVEN – Official trailer 2014 from I Am Eleven on Vimeo.

Remi from France is wise beyond his years and will amaze you.
Billy, from England, is one of our favorite 11-year-olds on the planet.
The filmmaker, Genevieve Bailey. Photo credit: Henrik Nordstrom
Goh handles elephants like a boss. Photo credit: Henrik Nordstrom


Spoiled, entitled teens can learn something form this humble, lovely girl who makes the best of her situation. Photo credit: Henrik Nordstrom

At the Devil’s Door Review – Starring Naya Rivera, Ashley Rickards, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Teens looking for something to creep themselves out should check out the new film available on VOD this week, At the Devil’s Door.

The movie begins with realtor Leigh, played by Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), encountering an uninvited visitor while performing a home inspection of an otherwise empty home. The backstory of this clearly disturbed squatter (Ashley Rickards from MTV’s Awkward) is that she fell in love with a young lad who took her to meet a creepy old man in order to earn a few bucks playing an even creepier “game.”

And of course, when you do weird things for money, bad things often happen. Including demonic possession.

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Tasked with this oddball girl on her hands, Leigh must cancel going to her sister Vera’s art opening that evening. This gets the ball rolling on a series of events which draws Vera (played by Naya Rivera of Glee) into having to deal with the great evil which now envelopes all three women.

For those looking for a major special effects extravaganza, look elsewhere. But this is exactly what makes this movie so good. Most of the fear comes not from CGI or jump scares, but from unsettling noises, bangs, thumps, hums, and even drawers opening.  Filmmaker Nicholas McCarthy builds tension using a minimum of tools, and this results in some very effectively creepy moments.

In fact, the movie would be SO much better with even less. The one big misstep of this film is that they show the titular “devil” too much and too soon. Being as he looks like some skinny dude in a rubber suit with ram horns, this kind of kills the vibe. See the trailer and judge for yourself — he makes plenty of appearances there.

In the words of our 15-year-old lead host Michael Peña, “it looks like a guy in a leftover Halloween Town mask” and he could barely suppress his laughter whenever it appeared on screen.  He also just about lost it trying not to laugh during a jump scare which is an “are they serious?” moment, but we won’t spoil when this occurs. Another scene involving an African-American family is also a bit over-the-top.

Overall though, At the Devil’s Door is good fun for fans of scary movies, and the performances by the three female leads are decent. Rivera is especially good, and although she doesn’t play the character with a whole lot of expression, she does channel a lot of quiet strength into her — which is a refreshing change from the typical hysterical female shown in fright flicks.

Teen fav Rickards doesn’t have to do much besides act weird, leaving Sandino Moreno to try to inject some emotional depth into the film, which she does best when interacting with Rivera in the sister-to-sister scenes.  Youngster Ava Acres, who we briefly interviewed in this episode of Teens Wanna Know, does a suitable job in her pint-sized, yet sinister, role.

One last thing: the movie manages to deliver the chills without resorting to lots of gore or profanity…proving that less can be more in horror. Kudos to the filmmakers for that!

Teens Wanna Know’s rating: 7 out of 10. Recommended!

At the Devil’s Door is available on VOD August 8th and opens in select theaters September 12th.


Every Witch Way’s Melissa Carcache Throws Party for Hospitalized Miami Kids

Melissa Carcache, who plays school nurse “Lily” on Nickelodeon’s hit television series ‘Every Witch Way’, showed her non-witchy ways at a recent special premiere screening of the show for hospitalized kids at Miami Children’s Hospital.

In addition to showing the premiere of the 2nd season, she delighted the kids by signing autographs and posing for pictures. We LOVE when celebs give back and help others…way to go Melissa!

For those teens not yet familiar with Melissa, here are some fast facts:

  • was born and raised in Miami where the series is filmed
  • is bilingual, and very proud of her Cuban heritage
  • began ballet classes at the age 3
  • starred in her first dramatic play in Kindergarten
  • at 18 years of age, she was encouraged to leave Miami for Hollywood, where she landed her first big job: a national Intel commercial
  • “Lily” on “Every Witch Way” (a remake of the Spanish-language hit “Grachi”) is her first major television role. She plays lead character Emma’s witch guardian.
  • she chose Miami Children’s Hospital after becoming familiar with the staff when her brother fell ill.

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(All photos courtesy of Nicole Gonzalez, photographer and Jones & O’ Malley Public Relations)

Vampire Academy Movie Blu-Ray and DVD Hits Stores May 20 – Movie Review

VAMPIRE ACADEMYAnchor Bay Films and The Weinstein Company’s PG-13 rated VAMPIRE ACADEMY is hitting stores on May 20, 2014. The movie, available on BLU-RAY, DVD and digital download, is based on the Vampire Academy book series by New York Time best-selling author Richelle Mead, directed by MEAN GIRLS helmer Mark Waters and stars the relatively unknown Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry, along with “Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland and Cameron Monaghan from “Shameless.”

Vampire Academy follows the story of two teenage girls who happen to be vampires and attend a private vampire boarding school somewhere in Montana. Not to bore you with the details too much, but there are three breeds of vampires: the peaceful Moroi, the half-breed Dhampir, and the evil Strigoi. Our hero, Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), is a Dhampir protector-in-training of her best friend, Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), who is the last of a royal clan of Moroi and who possesses a special form of magic. This special magic makes her a target of certain do-badders, which leads to all sorts of action, romance, vampire fights, and all that kind of stuff. The love interest is provided by Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky, who looks like a young Jack Black — had Jack black graduated several P90X routines.

VAMPIRE ACADEMYSo, is this Harry Potter-meets-Twilight movie any good? Well, the consensus around the office was mixed at our screening, with the teenage boys dissing it while the females were a bit more enthusiastic. Personally, as an adult male, I think I would have enjoyed it had I drank 25 cups of espresso beforehand, which would have helped me follow along with the dizzying pace of the edits.

First, the beginning of the movie has a crazy fight scene that left most of us like “where the heck did that come from…who are these people and what is this all about?” Very little build-up. And the rest of Vampire Academy feels like watching an entire season of a CW series condensed down to an hour-and-a-half movie. Everything just moves so fast. When a character mentions they are going somewhere, BOOM the very next shot they are there, leaving you wondering whether they walked, took a cab, or somehow flew, because they rarely show the journey.

For the ADD Generation or fans of the book series, this probably works just fine. For those who have no familiarity with the Vampire Academy universe, it can be a bit much, as it seems the filmmakers just tried to desperately cram as much as possible into this film as possible without much exposition. The bonus scenes feature an explanation of the three vampire races which would have been a great addition to the beginning of the film.

All that being said, the movie does have a great element, which is Zoey Deutch. She is completely likable in this movie, and has all the best lines. I had never heard of her before this film, and it turns out she is the daughter of Lea Thompson, one of my favorite actresses from the 1980s, and who we interviewed in our WeSpark Episode. I want to see MORE of her! Sarah Hyland however…, this is not her best work by a long shot. And Lucy Fry doesn’t stand out much either, despite her prominent role.

So, overall it is an innocent bit of fun, and especially enjoyable if you are a teen girl based on the reactions we observed.

You can buy it here: Vampire Academy on Amazon

Hello, I am Zoey Deutch and I am awesome.

If you would like to win your very own copy of Vampire Academy on Blu-Ray, follow us on Instagram and pay attention to our posts this week — we are giving away three copies, but you never know when or how unless you follow!va_teaser#2_final