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Shocker: 'Squeakquel' beats 'Twilight: New Moon' at Kids' Choice Awards

March 27, 2010 |  7:30 pm

The latest Kids' Choice Awards looked like a repeat of last year's show when several winners returned. For the second year in a row "iCarly" won favorite TV show, Dylan Sprouse ("The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "The Suite Life on Deck") won fave TV actor and Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place") claimed the blimp for fave TV actress.

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The latter two wins were formidable because Dylan Sprouse beat the Jonas Brothers ("Jonas") and Gomez trounced Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"). However, Miley Cyrus rebounded to claim the kudos as fave film actress for her performance in "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

The awards show was spiced up with music performances by Rihanna (dancing with "Transformer" robots) and Justin Bieber (a virtual baby himself crooning "Baby") plus tidal waves of the kudocast's celebrated green slime.

Among the guests who got slimed were Jerry Trainor ("iCarly"), Jackson Rathbone ("The Last Airbender") and Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"). Olympic athlete Apolo Anton Ohno set a new slime world record by being catapulted into a vat of slime, and comedians Tina Fey and Steve Carell received slimetime achievement awards.

The biggest surprise was that "Twilight Saga: New Moon" lost the prize for favorite movie to one of the worst-reviewed films of the year, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." The last chipmunks flick won the Kids' Choice Award as favorite film of 2007. The previous "Twilight" film wasn't nominated last year.

However, the latest "Twilight" flick rallied at this year's contest, with Taylor Lautner winning fave film star.

FAVORITE MOVIE: "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
FAVORITE MOVIE STAR: Taylor Lautner, "Twilight: New Moon"
FAVORITE TV ACTRESS: Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place")
FAVORITE TV ACTOR: Dylan Sprouse ("The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "The Suite Life on Deck")
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS: Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana: The Movie")
THE BIG HELP AWARD: Michelle Obama

Photo: 20th Century Fox

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Correction: Miley Cyrus joins the Oscar race

December 8, 2009 |  7:32 am
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Cheer up, Miley Cyrus fans! Turns out that the initial info we got from Disney about her being ineligible to win an Oscar wasn't quite right. The studio submitted six songs from the film version of "Hannah Montana" for Oscar consideration. One of them is "Don't Walk Away" — Miley shares writing credit with John Shanks and Hillary Lindsey. That means she's an official Oscar candidate "pending validation of a final list from the Music Branch," adds the studio rep.

Also submitted from "Hannah Montana":

"Butterfly Fly Away," written by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, performed by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus

"You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home," written by Taylor Swift and Martin Johnson, performed by Miley Cyrus

"Back To Tennessee," written by Billy Ray Cyrus, Tamara Dunn and Matthew Wilder,
performed by Billy Ray Cyrus

"Hoedown Throwdown," written by Adam Anders and Nikki Hassman, performed by Miley Cyrus

"Everything I Want," written and performed by Steve Rushton

Photo credit: Disney

MTV Movie Awards: Will 'Twilight' vampires devour Oscars fave 'Slumdog'?

May 4, 2009 | 11:55 am

Sure, "Slumdog Millionaire" was top dog at the Oscars, but it merely came in second place behind "Twilight" today when the MTV Movie Awards nominations were announced. "Twilight" reigned with seven nominations, including best picture, best breakthrough performance male (Robert Pattison and Taylor Lautner) and best female performance (Kristen Stewart).

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"Slumdog Millionaire" reaped six nods, including best picture, competing, in addition to "Twilight," against "The Dark Knight," "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" and "Iron Man."

"Slumdog" star Dev Patel competes against Pattinson and Lautner for best breakthrough performance male along with Ben Barnes ("The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian") and Bobb'e J. Thompson ("Role Models"). Co-star Freida Pinto is up for best female breakthrough performance along with Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens ("High School Musical 3: Senior Year"), Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana: The Movie"), Amanda Seyfried ("Mamma Mia!") and  Kat Dennings, ("Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist").

"Twilight" stars Pattinson and Stewart compete for best kiss opposite "Slumdog Millionaire" heartthrobs Patel and Pinto, as well as James Franco and Sean Penn ("Milk") and Paul Rudd and Thomas Lennon ("I Love You, Man").

"Twilight" and "Slumdog" will also square off in the new category for best song, in which Oscar champ "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog" takes on Paramore's "Decode" ("Twilight"), Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler," and Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" ("Hannah Montana: The Movie").

Another new category is "best WTF moment," which includes Amy Poehler peeing in the sink in "Baby Mama," Ben Stiller licking a decapitated head in "Tropic Thunder," young Jamal jumping into the outhouse excrement in "Slumdog Millionaire," Angelina Jolie killing all of her foes and herself with one curved bullet in "Wanted," and Jason Segel breaking up with Kristen Bell while naked in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

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Jonas Brothers' new TV series will probably be the kids' choice

May 4, 2009 | 11:48 am

Watch out, Miley Cyrus! The Jonas Brothers' new TV series "Jonas" is about to cause more trouble for "Hannah Montana" at the Kids' Choice Awards and elsewhere in kudosland.

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As the L.A. Times review notes, the Jonas Brothers' show "feels long in coming" and it looks like a "classic high school comedy" quite similar to "Hannah Montana," considering it "stars stars who play stars." That's because KevinNick and Joe Jonas portray the Lucases, fictional "rock and roll superstar brothers as they try to live ordinary lives," according to the Disney Channel's description.

The series has some detractors like the snooty New York Times, which predictably dismisses "Jonas" as a "noxious, awkward mix of art, commerce and romance," but that won't hurt its kid appeal. In fact, when it comes to the Kids' Choice Awards, "Jonas" is just the kind of show voters adore.

In 2008, "Hannah Montana" lost the award for favorite TV show to "Drake & Josh," which also won in 2006 — another series starring dimple-cheeked brothers (well, step-brothers, actually). "Hannah Montana" has never won that category and, considering it will compete next year against "Jonas," doesn't — let's face it — have much hope of victory ahead.

Photo credit: Disney Channel


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'Hannah Montana: The Movie' bolsters Miley Cyrus' Oscar dreams

April 12, 2009 |  4:45 pm

Remember when Miley Cyrus told Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet in February 2008 that she hopes "to continue to do films and one day I'll be here with my own movie"? After three years of Miley Cyrus starring in the Disney TV series, the surprising success of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" at the box office this weekend may mean we should take her dreams seriously.

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"Disney's second film based on its mega-hit TV-and-music franchise opened to $34 million, surpassing estimates of most Hollywood insiders who had pegged it to open in the $20-million range," reports the Los Angeles Times. Miley Cyrus' previous feature-film release, " Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour," released in early 2008, grossed $70 million worldwide ($65 million in the U.S.).

"Hannah Montana: The Movie" is merely an extended episode of the TV show, of course, but it proves that Miley Cyrus has serious clout with moviegoers. Earlier this year she proved more of the same when she voiced the character Penny in "Bolt," which was nominated for best animated feature at the Oscars and reaped $290 million worldwide ($114 million domestically). Miley Cyrus even came close — yikes — to nabbing an Oscar nomination for herself as co-writer of "Bolt" song "I Thought I Lost You," which reaped nominations for best song from the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards.

Next year she stars in a serious feature film, "The Last Song," written by Nicholas Sparks ("The Notebook") and directed by Julie Anne Robinson ("Grey's Anatomy," "Weeds"). According to, it's "a drama centered on a rebellious young woman who is sent to spend the summer with her estranged father."

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Can the Jonas Brothers outperform Miley Cyrus?

February 25, 2009 | 11:57 am

Last year at this time, the Jonas Brothers were appearing as the opening act for Miley Cyrus in her Best of Both Worlds tour. This Friday, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas and Nick Jonas star in their own concert film: "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience." Last night's premiere of the picture at the El Capitan Theatre — across Hollywood Boulevard from the Oscars' home at the Kodak Theatre — brought out hundreds of screaming girls. This weekend, millions of them will be swarming cineplexes.


The Miley Cyrus movie of her concert tour, "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Tour," made $65 million domestically, including a staggering $31 million for the opening weekend. And while Cyrus won't be making an appearance in this movie, her best friend and recent Grammy Awards duet partner Taylor Swift will be. Middle brother Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift dated for a time during filming. At those Grammys, the Jonas Brothers lost best new artist to Adele. Last year Taylor Swift lost that same Grammy race to Amy Winehouse.

Though Miley Cyrus recently landed three Kids Choice Awards nominations — favorite TV actress ("Hannah Montana"), favorite singer and favorite movie voice ("Bolt") — she did not land a nod for her concert movie. At these upcoming kids kudos, the Jonas Brothers are competing for best group against Daughtry, Linkin Park and the Pussycat Dolls. While they will be performing at this March 22 awards fest, could the boys be back next year contending as movie stars?


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Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

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Miley Cyrus, Oscar winner? (Yes! Scream! It's possible!)

November 17, 2008 | 11:53 am

The idea that Miley Cyrus could soon reign in the Oscar pantheon beside Katharine Hepburn, Barbra Streisand and Oscar Hammerstein II may seem preposterous, but, hey, stop laughing! Seriously, it could happen — this year.

If the animated flick "Bolt" is a box-office hit when it opens next week, then it'll be a serious Oscar contender — especially in the music categories. That's where Miley Cyrus could be a contender in the race for best song, since she not only croons "I Thought I Lost You" with John Travolta, but she shares writing credit with Jeffrey Steele.


Disney films dominate the song category, of course. Heck, three tunes from "Enchanted" got nominated last year. Sure, they lost to "Falling Slowly" from "Once," but tunes from six Disney films have won best song over the last 20 years: "Tarzan," "Pocahontas," "The Lion King," "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid."

However, Miley Cyrus' Oscar hopes face a serious obstacle and lots of Disney competition. "I Thought I Lost You" plays over the film's end credits. That's usually a bad thing since nominees are decided by members of the music branch who watch videos to see how the music is incorporated into the film. Songs that are showcased in dramatic action like "Falling Slowly" have a strong edge.

There are lots of other Disney songs this year too. There's "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E," which is sung by Peter Gabriel (over the end credits, alas). And four tunes are being campaigned from "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" — "I Want It All," "A Night to Remember," "Scream," and "Can I Have This Dance?" According to new academy rules, only two tunes from a film may be nominated, down from three last year.

Assuming two "High School Musical 3" songs get in, there are lots of other strong contenders this year too, such as "Jai Ho" — the joyous grand finale of "Slumdog Millionaire." There's also Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" from the Mickey Rourke film of the same name,'s "Traveling Song" from "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," Jennifer Hudson's "All Dressed Up in Love" from "Sex and the City," Alicia Keys' and Jack White's "Another Way to Die" from "Quantum of Solace" and Jamie Cullum's song co-written with Clint Eastwood for "Gran Torino."

Competition may be tough, but the headstrong "Hannah Montana" star is determine to win someday. As Miley Cyrus told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre earlier this year.

Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images



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