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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

Will Friedle talks 'Transformers: Prime' and 'Girl Meets World'

In Transformers: Prime‘s three seasons, brash Autobot scout Bumblebee has never spoken a word — thanks to a nasty encounter with Megatron that left him without a voice box.

But as fans learned last weekend at Comic-Con, Bumblebee will finally get a chance to speak his mind in the cartoon’s upcoming series finale. And as a bonus, it turns out that the Transformer sounds a whole lot like Will Friedle — a prolific voice actor (Batman Beyond, Thundercats, Kim Possible) who’s nevertheless best known as Eric Matthews, Cory’s cute but dim brother on Boy Meets World.

Friedle calls the Transformers: Prime gig a dream job — especially since he didn’t know he was up for this particular part. “They were saying they were auditioning for a new character — I think he was called Blue Streak or something,” the actor told EW. Friedle learned that he had actually been drafted to voice one of the franchise’s most beloved figures about a month later. He calls the realization “one of those 8-year-old moments”: “It kind of reaffirms my childhood every time I think about the character.”


Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff talks about writing songs for 'Super WHY! Live'

Some days fun. guitarist and songwriter Jack Antonoff slaves over rock tunes such as “Some Nights” and the Grammy award-winning “We Are Young.” And some days he spends penning more kiddie-friendly tracks with titles like “Woofster” and “Captain Alpha Pig.” Why? Actually, make that “WHY!” Antonoff has written many of the songs featured on Super WHY! Live, the touring version of the educationally-minded PBS show which begins on April 26 in Chicago, and also produced the accompanying soundtrack.


'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]


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!


'My Little Pony': Ashleigh Ball, voice of Rainbow Dash and Applejack, speaks

Shortly after Canadian voice actress Ashleigh Ball joined the cast of The Hub’s fledgling series My Little Pony Friendship is Magic in 2010, her parents threw out a giant box of her old My Little Pony figurines. Though Ball had been a devoted Pony fan — “I think my favorite was Applejack, actually, because she had blonde hair like me,” she says — she didn’t try to save the toys from the trash.

Now, of course, she wishes she had acted differently. “I could auction them off on eBay or something,” Ball laughs. Chances are they’d have fetched a high price — against all odds, My Little Pony has become incredibly popular among both its young, female target demographic and the adult devotees who fill fan sites with Pony-centric stories, art, music, and even their own full-length MLP episodes. READ FULL STORY

300 episodes? 'Degrassi' goes there. Creator Linda Schuyler shares the secret to its success

Degrassi is a wonderful anomaly among TV’s high school-set dramas, and not just because its stars apologize by saying “sore-y.” Most of its peers either transition to entirely new settings or die slow, painful deaths after their principal cast members graduate. But for 11 years and 12 seasons, Degrassi has stayed rooted in Toronto’s Degrassi Community School — an institute that’s seen more than its share of totally intense drama, from a traumatic shooting to a mini-outbreak of oral gonorrhea. (And that was just season 4!)

Even as the show has tackled issue after issue — drug use, date rape, teen pregnancy, what to do if your boyfriend’s a hoarder — it’s somehow managed to avoid pure sensationalism. Maybe that’s why Degrassi boasts celebrity fans including Kevin Smith (who got his own guest arc in seasons 4 and 5), Ellen Page, Sarah Silverman, and Quentin Tarantino. Either way, we were thrilled to discover that our favorite Canadian import airs its 300th episode on Friday — and even more excited when creator Linda Schuyler took half an hour to chat with us about the show’s legacy, its future, and its talented young cast (“such lovely, polite Canadian kids!”).

I have literally been watching this incarnation of Degrassi since it premiered — I’m the same age as Spinner and Ashley and everyone from the first cast, so we sort of went though high school together.
Oh my gosh, that’s so awesome! When we graduated that bunch of kids — Ashley, and Ellie, and Paige, and Marco — we actually thought,”This is going to be the end of our show.” And it’s been quite a learning curve to realize that our audience has stayed with us.

So what’s the secret to the show’s longevity?
The show set out to be an authentic — and I use the word authentic very carefully; I don’t use the word realistic –- an authentic portrayal of teenage years.  READ FULL STORY

Christopher Lloyd sinks his teeth into his latest role: a friendly, bloodthirsty 'grampire'

There’s something funny about the retirees of Sunset Estates. They only seem to go out at night, they wear a creepy perfume called “Sanguine Secrets,” and when they pinch your cheek, it’s like they’re testing you for ripeness.

That’s right: Sunset Estates is overrun with elderly vampires, making it the perfect spooky/goofy subject for an episode of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series. And the block’s leading ghoul is played by an actor who knows his way around a creepy role: Christopher Lloyd, who has thrilled and chilled audiences as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and countless other characters.

The two-parter — called “Grampires,” after Lloyd’s grandpa vamp — will air on The Hub at 6 p.m. ET. Before its premiere, Lloyd called EW to chat about the project, his favorite scary movies, and his most spine-chilling Halloween memory. Caution: You’ll want to read this with the lights on.

What drew you to this part?
It seemed like a lot of fun to do — being a grampire, and at the same time being very human. He has his grandkids, and he has to resist being tempted by them as victims. So he’s got a conflict there. He really cares about them even though he’s a vampire. And he has to protect them from the other vampires in the village, which presents a challenge. Other roles I’ve done — Judge Doom and others — they’re blatantly evil. This guy is more complicated.


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