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Lacey Chabert talks 'Mean Girls,' voice acting, and the catchphrase that just won't die ('so fetch!')

Fans probably know Lacey Chabert best as iconic feminism expert Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls.

What they may not know is that Chabert is also a prolific voice actress, lending her pipes to roles including Eliza Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys and, most recently, Dani Burns on the second season of The Hub cartoon Transformers Rescue Bots.

“I like that in voice acting you can play different characters than you can when you’re on camera and you’re limited by your physical being,” she explained to EW earlier this week. “The upside is you don’t have to have hair and makeup. You can go in your sweats if you want — that’s always a plus! I particularly like this show because it’s a group of guys that have become like my brothers. We get to see each other once a week — we actually record together. Most of the time for [voice] you record separately. On this one, we get to actually be with each other, which helps tell the story better. They’re lovely people and we hang out after almost every session. They’re such great guys; I’m like a little sister there.” READ FULL STORY

Disney's 'Frozen': Composers talk unexpected influences (Gaga!) and accidentally aping 'Arrested Development'

Disney’s newest feature, Frozen, is many things: a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, a moving tale of sisterly love, an action-packed comedy that shares more than a bit of DNA with Disney’s own Tangled. (One example: In that film, the male hero’s best buddy is a dog-like horse named Maximus. In this film, the male hero’s best buddy is a dog-like reindeer named Sven.)

Frozen also happens to be an old-fashioned animated musical, featuring eight catchy songs by the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The pair has worked with Disney once before, writing tunes for 2011’s Winnie the Pooh – though Lopez is best known as the Tony-winning co-writer of edgy Broadway hits Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. (Talk about range!) READ FULL STORY

'Fairly Oddparents' exclusive: Season 9 will premiere...

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Get ready for more wands, wings, and floaty crowny things. Nickelodeon’s third-longest running Nicktoon ever will return for an all-new season Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m.

Though a few one-off OddParents specials have aired already this year, the May 4 episode is the official start of season 9 — a milestone of which Fairly OddParents creator Butch Hartman is understandably proud.

The animator tells EW that while the show has certainly evolved since its 2001 premiere — fairy godfather Cosmo, for example, has become “really stupid” because “the dumber we made him, the more jokes we could write” — its core values have stayed intact, even though its original viewers aged out of Nickelodeon’s audience long ago.

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Kristin Chenoweth and Oleysa Rulin talk 'Family Weekend'

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What’s a girl to do when she wants to course-correct her dysfunctional family? How about getting in some enforced family time by drugging and restraining those crazy parents? That’s what the eldest daughter in the new dark comedy Family Weekend resorts to, enlisting the aid of her two siblings for two days of reeducation. Hyper-intense competitive jumprope champion Emily is a bit of a departure from the role most will recognize actress Oleysa Rulin from, that of quiet composer Kelsi in the High School Musical trilogy. Kristin Chenoweth plays her comically cold workaholic mom. With it’s R rating for sexual content and some drug use Family Weekend‘s not a movie to take the kiddies to but it could be good one to view with your older teens. It definitely was a good bonding experience for Rulin and Chenoweth who talked with us about the drawbacks to jumping rope for hours on end, the fun of singing with co-star Matthew Modine on set, and why Michigan in winter isn’t for them.

EW: Had either of you heard of competitive jumproping before reading this script?
Oleysa Rulin: I had no clue and I don’t think I’ll ever jump rope again. You’re not meant to jump for 12 hours straight.

Kristin Chenoweth: [Laughs] I don’t blame you. She was so amazing at it. I had actually seen a documentary called Jump. I was like, people dedicate all their time to jumping rope? But then again I was a cheerleader, so there you go. Pot calling kettle….

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'Degrassi' stars and creators talk this season's drama -- and what's coming next

In the drama-filled halls of Degrassi Community School, it can be tough to find a lasting relationship. Especially if you make too many trips to the ravine.

Thankfully, seniors Fiona Coyne and Imogen Moreno have managed to stay paired for an impressive 35 episodes — despite the leering jocks, mean girls, and family tragedies that have threatened to tear them apart. The girls’ stable, realistic coupledom is one of the factors that helped Degrassi snag its 5th GLAAD Media Award nomination this year.

Can “Fimogen” keep their streak going, even as prom and graduation loom? We sat down with actresses Annie Clark and Cristine Prosperi — as well as Degrassi executive producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn — to find out. Also on the docket: The girls’ favorite old Degrassi characters, their love of Degrassi alum Drake, and season 12’s heart-wrenching suicide plotline.

Entertainment Weekly: Though your characters have been in a relationship for a while, both of them started out straight. Was it tough to wrap your head around being involved with a girl?
Annie Clark: I kind of equate myself finding out to how Fiona found out, when she finally realized that she was a lesbian. Fiona came out and didn’t really have much of a struggle, which I think was really important to portray. Of course it’s important to show the people who have had difficulty coming out — it’s equally as important to show the times when everyone’s cool with it.
Cristine Prosperi: And for me, with Imogen, I feel like it’s really cool that we don’t really know if she’s lesbian or bisexual. She’s just connected with someone. That’s what teenagers need sometimes, just to connect with someone.
Annie: To not have the labels.
Linda Schuyler: It’s interesting that you say you didn’t know your character was going to be gay, because neither did we. [laughter]

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Internet hero George Takei talks 'Star Trek' and Nickelodeon's 'Supah Ninjas'

This Saturday, 75-year-old George Takei will boldly go where no man has gone before — by playing both a dead-ninja-turned-hologram and his own evil twin on the second season of Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas.

Sure, the dual parts might sound a little ludicrous to anyone over the age of 13. But if there’s one person who can make them work, it’s Takei. After all, the man has already won the hearts of geeks everywhere as Star Trek‘s original Mr. Sulu, conquered social media with his incredibly popular Twitter and Facebook pages, lent his life story to a new musical about Japanese American internment during World War II — hopefully coming to Broadway next season — and cemented his status as Howard Stern’s favorite guest. At this point, tackling both “Hologramps” and his wicked brother should be a piece of cake.

But don’t take our word for it — Takei is more than happy to speak for himself.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s talk about Supah Ninjas.
GEORGE TAKEI: Well, it’s a “supah” show, and I’m having a great time working on it. As you know, it’s about my grandson and his two cohorts. I selected my grandson to be a ninja. However, I’ve died recently. This is the 21st century, so there are many ways we can come back from the dead — particularly on television, and particularly on Nickelodeon, and particularly when you have a background in sci-fi, as I do. And so I come back as a hologram, and I give them guidance and wisdom and training.

At the end of last season, we learned that your character’s twin brother is leading a rival gang of ninjas.
Right. I may have died and become a hologram, but there is a twin who is alive, and eeeevil. And guess who plays him? None other than yours truly!

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'This Is Not My Hat' author Jon Klassen on his Caldecott Medal win: 'I feel like I'm going to get hit by a bus' -- EXCLUSIVE

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In December, we named This Is Not My Hat one of the 10 Great Kids Books of 2012. So it came as no surprise to us when author/illustrator Jon Klassen’s witty picture book (and the follow-up to 2011’s excellent I Want My Hat Back) took home the Caldecott Medal at this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting. Klassen, on the other hand, was shocked. “You don’t really know if you have a shot,” he told EW today. “It’s such a prestigious award that the idea of winning one is pretty easy to put out of your head.” Check out our full interview with the author/illustrator below for more on his upcoming projects, a third Hat book, and why he thinks he’s going to get hit by a bus.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you find out that you’d won?
JON KLASSEN: They called early in the morning.

How early?
“Pretty early. I’ve heard I got a bit of a break. Normally they call at 6 in the morning. I was catching a plane that morning to San Jose and the cabbie called first and said he was downstairs. Then after he hung up the phone, [the ALA called]. You don’t really expect a call. You try and put it out of your head. You know what’s going on, but you’re not like, ‘I’m going to sit by the phone and wait for this thing.’ You’re just going to break your own heart. But they called as I was putting the phone down and said, ‘You’ve won the Golden Caldecott for this book you did.’ I couldn’t believe it. I was sort of half awake and this cab was downstairs and I was all flustered. What they do is, the whole committee around the table, they have you on speaker and you want to say something meaningful.” READ FULL STORY

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