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You can't turn on a radio without Ariana Grande belting at you, but who is she really?
The chart-topping 21-year-old singer covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine and dishes all about the misconceptions people have about her good-girl image.
"I think people see me as a little cutesy thing. But I'm literally the most sardonic person you've ever met," she says.
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The Problem singer surprisingly describes herself as "a very weird little girl" growing up in Boca Raton Fla., who was "dark and deranged."
"I always wanted to have skeleton face paint on or be wearing a Freddy Krueger mask, and I would carry a hockey stick around. I was like a mini-Helena Bonham Carter," she says. "For my fifth birthday party we had a Jaws theme and all my friends left crying. I mean, I still am »
What do you do when you're a one-time teen star whose signature show has left the air? If you're former iCarly star Jeanette McCurdy, you create a web series about your life. McCurdy is the writer and star of What's Next For Sarah, a new series that is centered around a former teen idol who was reached a crossroads. The protagonist of What's Next For Sarah is Sarah Bronson, whose on-screen life has many parallel's to McCurdy's. Both spent five years on TV before departing their signature roles (iCarly aired its final episode in 2012), and both must now figure out what their adult careers will look like. In Sarah's case, her show is abruptly cancelled, and she spends each episode dodging phony character after phony character. In the debut, Sarah sits for an interview with a reporter and follows that up by meeting with her agents. This phoniness is a »
- Sam Gutelle
HBO has tapped TV’s erstwhile Karen Sisco for a multi-episode arc on its upcoming dark comedy, our sister site Deadline reports.
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The Brink focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Gugino will play Joanne Larson, a Washington lawyer in the prime of her career, who proves a formidable match for her Secretary of State husband (played by Tim Robbins). Jack Black and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) also star.
Gugino can next be seen on Wayward Pines, »
Ariana Grande's breakup isn't going to interfere with her releasing her new music to her fans! On Tuesday, the newly single 21-year-old singer teased her new song "Love Me Harder," posting a 14-second "snippetttt" to Instagram—"(as per your request)"! The former Nickelodeon star recently collaborated with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj on "Bang Bang," and Ariana's second studio album My Everything is set for an Aug. 22 release. Clearly, the "Problem" songstress has a lot to look forward to, but she's had some tough blows lately, too. Last month proved to be be an especially rough one for the star. On July 13, Ariana and Jennette McCurdy's show Sam »
Nickelodeon hasn’t been making headlines for good reasons lately. The kid-targeted network lost its popular Victorious/iCarly crossover series Sam & Cat sooner than expected due to a clash involving its stars Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy, and it also recently moved animated fantasy series The Legend of Korra online after extremely low ratings. However, things may be turning around for the network today, with word that it has partnered with Paramount TV to revive the 2003 Jack Black comedy School of Rock as a live-action series.
The new show, which has landed a 13-episode, straight-to-series order from Nickelodeon, will follow the same premise of the film, in which rocker Dewey Finn (Black’s role) posed as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school, imparting to his young pupils the skills necessary to play and appreciate rock ‘n’ roll.
No cast members for School of Rock have yet been announced, »
- Isaac Feldberg
She's the vocal powerhouse behind what is shaping up to be the song of the summer, but even Ariana Grande hasn't always felt confident. "It's tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart," the "Problem" singer says in the September issue of Seventeen, on newsstands Aug. 5. "Insecurity has been the hardest thing I've had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved." Grande, 21, found fame as a teen on the Nickelodeon shows Victorious and Sam & Cat. »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Nickelodeon darling Jennette McCurdy wants everyone to know she is not a role a model nor does she want to be.
"I am not a role model," the actresss wrote on Reddit. "I don't claim to be, I don't try to be, and I don't want to be."
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McCurdy, 21, practically grew up on television, first playing tomboy best friend Sam on iCarly from 2007 to 2012 and then reprising her role on the spin-off, Sam & Cat, which was recently canceled. McCurdy made headlines this past year when her scantily-clad selfies were leaked online, but the actress makes no apologies.
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- Robyn Ross
Jennette McCurdy, best known for playing Sam Puckett on Nickelodeon series iCarly and Sam & Cat, took to Reddit to explain why she doesn’t want to be – nor feels qualified to be – a role model.
Jennette McCurdy On Being A 'Role Model'
McCurdy, 22, has made a lot of headlines over the last six months. First, she revealed that her ex-boyfriend, NBA player Andrew Drummond’s bad kissing skills were the reason their romance was so short-lived. Then, some racy pictures of her surfaced on the Internet, which she claims must have been leaked by Drummond. McCurdy then failed to show up at the Kids Choice Awards, explaining on Twitter that she was taking a stand against Nickelodeon, and perhaps against their potential preferential treatment of her Sam & Cat costar and R&B powerhouse Ariana Grande.
Now, McCurdy is making more headlines by distancing herself from the idea that by virtue of her celebrity, »
Around two weeks ago Sam & Cat was confirmed as cancelled, now we hear Jennette McCurdy’s side of things. She took to Reddit to tell her story and she admitted that she is far from perfect. But after the photo leak she felt it was best to move on and not allow people to hang on to this image they had of her. In other words she admitted she is the reason the show ended. Here is what she had to say as a few highlights from her rant.
I am not a role model. I don’t claim to be, I don’t try to be, and I don’t want to be….I am proud of the way I live my life. I am proud of my choices. I am proud that no one can call me fake or say I don’t stand up for myself. I »
- Sarah Peel
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- Alyse Whitney
Jennette McCurdy says she is "not a role model," and explains why in a lengthy Reddit essay. "There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing," writes the actress, whose show "Sam & Cat" was recently canceled. "Maybe it wasn't so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot." »
- Daniel Gates
Jennette McCurdy isn't someone to emulate—so says the actress herself. Eleven days after Nickelodeon canceled Sam & Cat, she ranted via reddit Thursday. "I am not a role model. I don't claim to be, I don't try to be, and I don't want to be. There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn't so much that I was trying to live up to it," she wrote. "Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot." McCurdy, who was reportedly at odds with the network and co-star Ariana Grande before the show was axed, said she can "admit" it now. "Back in my adolescence, I was more »
Nearly two weeks after Nickelodeon canceled Sam & Cat — and Ariana Grande posted a lengthy statement on Facebook — co-star Jennette McCurdy has finally spoken about the end of the Dan Schneider comedy. Photos Saying Goodbye: TV Shows Ending During 2014-15 Season In contrast to Grande's thoughts of gratitude to the cast (without mentioning McCurdy directly), crew and fans, and her explanation for how she looked up to her onscreen character as a role model, McCurdy's reflection, posted to Reddit on Thursday, reads more as a defense. In fact, her opening lines read, "I am not a role model. I don't claim to be, I don't try to be, and
- Ashley Lee
Jennette McCurdy doesn't think she's a role model—or at least, not anymore. The Nickelodeon star went on a lengthy rant about not wanting fans to look up to her via Reddit on Thursday, July 24. "I am not a role model. I don't claim to be, I don't try to be, and I don't want to be. There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn't so much that I was trying to live [...] »
The former 'Sam & Cat' star took to Reddit to tell people she doesn't want to be a role model for anyone.
Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat only got cancelled a few weeks ago, but the show's former star Jennette McCurdy is already making news again with a rather lengthy but well-written diatribe, posted on the Jennette McCurdy subreddit page, where she rejects the title of "role model."
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"I am not a role model.
I don't claim to be, I don't try to be, and I don't want to be.
There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn't so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot.
It's fine, I can admit it. Back in my adolescence »
“Sam & Cat” may soon be a thing of the past, but the Nickelodeon show lives on in the heart of its star, Ariana Grande. Grande took to her Facebook account on Sunday, following news that the series — which starred Grande and Jennette McCurdy — had been canceled after a single season. In a lengthy post, Grande reflected on her character Cat Valentine, which she also played on Nickelodeon's “Victorious,” saying that the character was so well-loved that she “used to pretend to be more like her.” Also read: Nickelodeon Canceling ‘Sam & Cat’ Amid Production Drama “I want to thank (series »
- Tim Kenneally
The "Problem" singer says goodbye to her Nickelodeon show with a heartfelt post.
Ariana Grande is saying goodbye to the character that made her famous with a heartfelt sendoff.
Nickelodeon has officially canceled Sam & Cat after placing the show on hiatus earlier this year. Multiple reports have surfaced stating that behind-the-scenes drama is to blame for the cancellation, but as far as Grande is concerned, she's got nothing but love for her Nick family.
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The "Problem" singer posted a lengthy statement to Twitter, in which she thanked the Viacom-owned network for "making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago."
Grande's character on the show, Cat Valentine, actually originated »
Ariana Grande has confirmed that Sam & Cat are winding down their onscreen shenanigans together. The Nickelodeon series, which was slated for a 40-episode first season, has been prematurely canceled, with the 36th episode to serve as the series finale on July 17. Grande, 21, confirmed the show's end and wrote an emotion-filled tribute on Twitter Sunday. "I want to thank Nickelodeon for being a family to me. Thank you to the cast and crew who I spent almost every day with for a good four or five years. I can't imagine that there is a more pleasant or professional crew in Hollywood, »
- Katherine Foreman
Since production ceased earlier this year for Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy’s Sam & Cat, it was presumed cancelled. Now Nickelodeon has confirmed that rumor. The comedy that merged iCarly and Victorous found success on screen, but back stage was different. Drama came to the surface after Jennette refused to attend a Nickelodeon events. Then the show was ceased production for the remainder of the 40 episode order. Now it has been confirmed that the series will no longer be produced.
This is sad news as it was easily a star series for the network. However, it appears it was destined to be doomed from the start. Jennette threatened to leave the show before production even started and it looks like she had some troubles with the team before. However, Nickelodeon is keeping it classy and will resume with reruns of the hit show for a while longer when the last »
- Sarah Peel
Nickelodeon has canceled Sam & Cat, with last Saturday’s episode serving as its series finale. The show lasted one season.
Sam & Cat, a spinoff starring iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy and Victorious’ Ariana Grande, followed two best friends who had an after-school babysitting business. Created by Dan Schneider, the man behind All That and Drake & Josh, the show seemed like a sure thing. But after a successful series premiere, a 40-episode order, a production hiatus in April, rumors of co-star feuds, and more, Nickelodeon has pulled the plug.
Grande addressed the cancellation on social media, saying: “I want to thank Nickelodeon »
- Samantha Highfill
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