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Ortega stars as Harley Diaz, an engineering whiz who uses her inventions to navigate life as the middle child in a family of seven kids. Playing her siblings are Ronni Hawk as Rachel, Kayla Maisonet (Dog With A Blog) as Georgie, Isaak Presley (Austin & Ally) as Grant, Nicolas Bechtel (General Hospital) as Danny, Malachi Barton (Best Friends Whenever) as Beast and Ariana Greenblatt (Liv And Maddie) as Daphne.
The pilot teleplay was written by Alison Brown (Dog With A Blog) & Linda Videtti Figueiredo from a story by Brown. Figueiredo also serves as exec producer and showrunner.
EXCLUSIVE: It looks like Sonny’s family is about to grow some more on General Hospital (GH). He just took in TJ, proposed to Carly, and got baby Avery back and now word has it that oldest daughter, Kristina, will be making her Port Charles return. According to Soap Opera Digest, there’s buzz that Ainsworth has been back on the GH set taping scenes. When Kristina was first aged in 2009, Ainsworth played the role until 2011, but was then replaced by Lindsey Morgan who brought Kristina to life until 2013. Since then, the character has been off at college and rarely spoken of or heard from. Find out who is getting killed off in the worst way! Ainsworth told Digest that her time on GH was an exciting period in her life. “It really was a but family for me and I can see why people have been on the show for many years.” The actress is set to start airing in either August or September and is sure to shake up several lives, especially dad Sonny, mom Alexis, and sister Molly. The character always had spunk and even created her own reality series, appropriately titled “Mob Princess.” Only the most in-depth piece about Tony Geary ever! However, tragedy prompted her to leave Port Charles after true love Trey was killed in a car accident. Kristina has been studying at Wesleyan University and the mob princess’ return can only mean drama for her family, as mob wars continue in Port Charles.
Provided by Food Network Contestant Hollis Johnson is shown baking during the challenge "Dessert Imposters" as seen on Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship." “I’m so excited! I’m on cloud nine to represent Jacksonville, and I’m really proud of the effort and hard work I put into my winning cake.” Hollis Johnson bubbled with excitement as she spoke with the Times-Union in a phone interview Tuesday. The night before, it was revealed that the 13-year-old from Jacksonville Beach had won the Food Network “Kids Baking Championship.” Hollis is a longtime fan of one of the show’s hosts, Duff Goldman, best known for his signature Baltimore bakery, Charm City Cakes, which was featured in Food Network’s series “Ace of Cakes.” “My sister and I have been watching Duff’s show ‘Ace of Cakes’ since we were really little, and he is such a talented baker. I think of him as an artist, and cakes are his medium,” Hollis said. Several times during the competition, Goldman expressed his respect for Hollis’s baking chops. “I really hope Hollis doesn’t open a bakery within 10 miles of me,” he quipped in the show’s third episode. Unlike a generation of fans before her, she hadn’t heard of Goldman’s co-host, two-time Golden Globe Award-winning actress and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Valerie Bertinelli. Her mother told her all about her before they met on the set. She enjoyed working with her though. “She was very kind and gentle, and fun to work with,” Hollis said. Bertinelli influenced the competition early on when she revealed she loved lemon-flavored sweets. Three of the final four cakes were lemon flavored, including the one baked by Hollis. Her winning cake was a simple, elegant four-layer lemon yellow cake with lemon curd between the layers, white buttercream frosting with yellow flowers and sparkling sugar decoration. Goldman has adapted a version of the winning cake, and it is on sale for a limited time from his Charm City Cakes website. During the finale, her buttercream frosting separated and she had to dump it and start over. It was a bold move, but a no-brainer for Hollis, who strives for perfection. When asked where that drive comes from, and if she feels that same pressure when she’s baking for friends and family, she answered, “Of course, I mean you’re giving it to someone and you want them to look happy and smile. You can’t have a cake with melting frosting and drooping flowers … You’re making something special, and it represents you, so you want to be sure it looks absolutely the best.” Despite the obvious pressure of competition, Hollis always seemed composed. “You’re on TV, with these huge cameras following you around, and you want to make sure you’re very calm and collected, but on the inside, of course, you’re very stressed out,” she admitted. “Panicking isn’t going to help … you just want to make sure you use your time wisely.” The show, which ended Monday night in a four-baker finale, was actually filmed last year in Los Angeles. Hollis keeps in touch with her fellow competitors, whom she refers to as very competitive, and very talented bakers. “The competition was fierce, but they were very sweet children,” she said. Hollis will split her $10,000 cash winnings with her sister and best friend Devon, and they will use the money for college. The prize package also includes a complete set of Food Network bakeware products and a profile in Food Network magazine. Beyond that, she doesn’t know what the future holds, but she’s looking forward to what will happen. This spring break, for example, she and her family are going to the United Arab Emirates. Right now, though, her life is full of excitement. “To be the winner of the “Kids Baking Championship,” it’s beyond amazing.”
Lauren Bullock is one of the 5th graders featured in the revival of FOX's game show, "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" She is from Riverside, California.
Lauren Bullock comes from a family of nine children (including one set of triplets). She is the second-oldest child. The family also includes lots of pets — two dogs, a cat, a fish and a hamster. She loves, loves, loves to read and already has finished both the "Harry Potter" and "Percy Jackson" series. She loves to dance. It's what makes her the happiest. She also is a talented gymnast.
EXCLUSIVE: The 'Evil Dead' remake helmer will direct the currently untitled movie. Prisoners actor Dylan Minnette has been cast in Fede Alvarez's horror thriller. The Ghost House Pictures project, previously called A Man in the Dark, is now untitled. It follows three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies as they set out for their final, and biggest, heist. But when they break into the home of a reclusive blind man, the tables are turned and they find themselves fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own. Daniel Zovatto was recently cast in the project. Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues wrote the script for the project, which is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman will executive produce. The film will shoot this summer in Budapest and Detroit. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up worldwide distribution rights to the film last fall at the American Film Market. Minnette will next be seen in Sony's Goosebumps, out Oct 16, 2015. Along with Prisoners, his recent credits include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Labor Day. On the TV side, he’s appeared on Scandal, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Awake. He's repped by WME, Monster Talent Management and Skrzyniarz & Mallean.
Rachel Fox Known to Desperate Housewives fans as Kayla Scavo, the teen actress somehow found enough time between TV and movie shoots to train herself in the art of day trading: she says her investments earn her a 64 percent annual return. Now she’s trying to pay it forward. In addition to running the blog Fox on Stocks, which offers financial literacy tips for teens, Fox has created the MyGenLoves index, which tracks 20 companies that are currently hot in the youth market (such as Chipotle and Urban Outfitters). —S.B.
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Minnette has signed with WME ahead of his roles in two upcoming studio releases. The 17-year-old built a burgeoning film and TV career with recurring roles on Fox's Prison Break and ABC's Lost. He next stars opposite Steve Carell in Disney's October adaptation Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, helmed by Miguel Arteta and produced by Shawn Levy. Minnette also stars in Sony's chiller Goosebumps opposite Jack Black as author R.L. Stine, set to hit theaters in August 2015. Minnette also appeared recently in Denis Villeneuve's kidnap thriller Prisoners and Jason Reitman's Labor Day. Earlier this year he appeared on ABC's Scandal as the son of President Fitz Grant. He will continue to be repped by Monster Talent and Skrzyniarz & Mallean.
Actress/singer Zendaya (Shake It Up) is returning to Disney Channel to lead the cast of the new family comedy K.C. Undercover. In the series, set to premiere in early 2015, she stars as K.C. Cooper, a high school student training to follow in her parents' footsteps as an undercover spy.
Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) and Tammy Townsend (The Client List) play her parents, Craig and Kira Cooper. The show also features Kamil McFadden (House of Payne) and Veronica Dunne (Our Wild Hearts). Production begins this summer; Zendaya will also receive a co-producer title on the show.
Zendaya spent three years on Shake It Up, Disney Channel's sitcom about two best friends who land a slot on a TV dance show. The actress parlayed that fame into becoming a contestant on the actual ABC reality competition Dancing With the Stars. Zendaya, the show's youngest contestant yet (at age 16), ultimately was the runner-up behind that season's winner, Kellie Pickler.
Next up, Zendaya stars in the Disney Channel original movie Zapped, which premieres on June 27 at 8/7c. She also released her debut record last year, a self-titled CD that yielded the hit single "Replay."
K.C. Undercover reunites Zendaya with creator/executive producer Rob Lotterstein, who was also behind Shake It Up. "I've worked with her since she was 12 years old, and have witnessed her blossom into such a beautiful, talented and funny actress," Lotterstein says.
Corrine Marshall created the comedy. Each episode of K.C. Undercover will center on the Cooper family as they contend with everyday familial issues — while also performing missions to save the country. "This show has all of the Disney Channel attributes," says Adam Bonnett, the channel's executive vice president of original programming. "Family, friendship, humor and heart from the point of view of an incredibly talented and relatable teenage girl."
Just when 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) starts having the worst day of his life, he discovers all of his family members (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) are having bad days of their own in Disney’s October 10 lit adaptation. Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bella Thorne also star in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, directed by Miguel Arteta for 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company and adapted by Rob Lieber from Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book. Check out the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed actress, recording artist and author Zendaya, whose single "Replay" recently went platinum. She was star of the Disney Channel series Shake It Up and next toplines the Disney Channel original telepic Zapped. She just wrapped an untitled pilot for the network which she is co-producing, and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars last year. She has also also written her first book, Between You And Me, sharing advice on fashion, friendships and family with her core youth demo. CAA, along with Monster Talent Management and attorney Bill Skrzyniarz, will seek to broaden her base to feature film and other platforms. Disney Channel has been a strong launch point for everyone from Zac Efron to Shia LaBeouf and Selena Gomez.
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Minnette has been cast as the co-lead in Sony Pictures' Goosebumps, the adaptation of the iconic Scholastic YA scary book series written by R.L. Stine. Sony nabbed the rights to the books and tapped Black's Gulliver's Travels helmer Rob Letterman to direct last March. The pic is loosely based on the series and is scripted by Darren Lemke and gooseMike White.
Minnette will play Zach Cooper, who moves with his family move from NY to to the idyllic town of Greendale, MD, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be author R.L. Stine (Black). When the many, many demons in Stine's mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist's dummy, it's up to Zach and Stine's niece Hannah (Odeya Rush) to put the evil genies back in the bottle. Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz are producing.
Minnette, repped by CESD and the appropriately named in this case Monster Talent, just wrapped a big role opposite Steve Carell in Disney's Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day and appeared in Jason Reitman's Labor Day and Prisoners. On the TV side, his credits include NBC's Awake and playing Jack Shepard's son on Lost.
"Super Awesome Katy" reunites the actress with "Shake It Up" executive producer Rob Lotterstein.
The kids cable network has greenlighted half-hour comedy pilot Super Awesome Katy, which the 17-year-old starlet will topline, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Super Awesome Katy centers on 16-year-old Katy Cooper (Zendaya), an outspoken and confident technology wiz and skilled black belt, who discovers that both her parents are spies with aspirations that she will follow in their footsteps.
The project marks a reunion between Zendaya and Shake It Up executive producer Rob Lotterstein, who will also be an EP on Super Awesome Katy.
Production on the pilot begins in early 2014.
Should the project be ordered to series, it would extend Zendaya's relationship with Disney Channel following the end of Shake It Up, which airs its series finale Nov. 10, and would join the network's 2014-15 schedule. She next stars in the already-wrapped original TV movie Zapped!, based on the novel Boys Are Dogs, scheduled for a 2014 premiere.
Zendaya, who competed on cycle 16 of Dancing With the Stars and is signed to Hollywood Records, is repped by Monster Talent, Inc. and Bill Sky of Skerzyniarz and Mallean.
Disney Channel recently began production on the anticipated Boy Meets World spinoff Girl Meets World and twin series I Didn't Do It, both set to launch next year.
Kyla-Drew Simmons on the set of Nicky Ricky dicky and Dawn
As a manager, Greene uses her own youth (she just turned 30) to her advantage. "I have a really good pulse on what's hip and cool," she says. At Monster Talent, she brings fresh energy while Bob Noll ("my mentor and boss") represents experience. By keeping her client list small, Greene is able to give her clients personal attention -- one reason "Shake It Up" star Zendaya works exclusively with Greene, and has no agent. Greene went to every taping of "Dancing With the Stars" last season, where Zendaya finished second. "I love my job. I can sit around eating Snickers with a bunch of 9-year-olds!" she says.