Google Alerts informed me that TV Land was “fast-tracking” the series Younger by Darren Star, based on the book by Pamela Redmond Satran. I was floored, because not only was the show moving forward, but they actually mentioned me and my book!
My LA agent Dana Spector had just gotten married, my NY agent was on vacation, so all my initial news came from Page Six. The fall brought more news: Sutton Foster was set to star, an inspired choice for a role that demands freshness, combined with soul and serious acting chops. Then the adorable Hilary Duff was tapped for the role of the younger colleague, giving the show big-time Hollywood cred, with Debi Mazar as the main character’s best friend – perfect, as I’d always thought of Debi as my secret best friend.
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On the latest installment of Billy Bush‘s radio show, actress Hilary Duff shared some interesting sexting strategies. She feels that as long as she sends naughty pictures of herself with her body only showing (e.g. not the face), they are safe from nasty replication. Especially since the recipient also happens to be her trusted hubby, NHL Pittsburgh Penguins center Mike Comrie.
MySpace and PayPal have teamed up to create “donation widgets” that will allow the same people who hit your page up for drunken pictures of your ‘neathage to contribute to Breast Cancer Research funds. Or something like that.
All these stars have installed the widgets on their pages — and are helping to promote a contest that includes weekly prizes and $20,000 in cash.
So now you don’t have to feel completely dirty about perusing the pages of underage stars.
It may be summer but no matter what age range you fall in, it’s hard to escape high school right about now…”High School Musical,” that is. The Disney cultural phenomenon and its bright-eyed cast are everywhere lately from morning television and magazine covers to gossip blogs and radio stations.
It’s all in preparation for Friday’s television premiere of “High School Musical 2.” But before the sing-and-dance spectacle debuts on the small-screen, the Los Angeles Times today took a look at the business impact and profit buzz the tween dream has on Disney.
The story says the studio shelled out $7 million to make the telefilm, up from $4.2 million for the first installment. A small price to pay considering both musicals are expected to generate approximately $100 million in operating profit, reports Times reporter Dawn C. Chmielewski, from its ancillary offerings including the touring show, DVD sales and merchandise.
But, like every high school student who knows their diploma is in the envelope come graduation day, Disney execs are still nervous until the show actually crosses the stage. “That teenage audience is extremely fickle,” veteran media analyst Larry Gerbrandt told LAT. “And they also have this nasty habit of growing up. You have to be able to keep drawing in a younger audience.”
That should be a slam dunk and expect to see record-breaking numbers over the weekend for the big premiere. The only ones who should be nervous are the young stars – Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgins, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu. They’re gonna have to grow up soon and attempt that oh-so-elusive crossover from tween star to adult artist. One of them should get Hilary Duff on speed dial.
– CHRIS GARDNER