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By admin Published: August 13, 2008

My review of "Tropic Thunder," with a discussion of the controversy surrounding the movie, is here.

There are few things as delightful as pausing over a Forbes report on America's fastest-dying cities and seeing that three are in Northeast Ohio. The lucky locations: Canton, Youngstown and Cleveland. Apparently the report has been around for awhile, but I caught it during my morning laptop visit. So cheerful.


Victoria Justice, above, formerly of "Zoey 101," is going to get the full star treatment from Nickelodeon as networks look for the new Miley. From the release:

Nickelodeon has signed fifteen-year-old actress Victoria Justice to an overall talent and music deal. The announcement was made today by Paula Kaplan, Executive Vice President, Talent and West Coast General Manager, Nickelodeon. As part of the new pact, Nickelodeon, in partnership with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, is developing a comedy series as a starring vehicle for Ms. Justice. Created and helmed by tween hitmaker Dan Schneider (iCarly, Zoey 101, Drake & Josh) the new project will be set in a modern day school for the performing arts and feature original music. The network has also tapped the former Zoey 101 star for a co-starring role in the upcoming Nickelodeon original television movie Spectacular!, a story set in the competitive world of show choirs.

“Victoria is a rare kind of actress. She’s beautiful, yet takes a fearless approach to acting,” said Kaplan. “Kids loved her on Zoey 101 because she could boldly take a pie in the face or just as easily tackle a dramatic scene. It is this versatility combined with her musical talent and real-girl qualities that make her someone we are excited about.”

“Victoria is the real deal,” says Jay Landers SVP Columbia Records. “Besides her acting skills which are already well-known to her fans, she has a terrific recording voice. When she steps up to the mic, her personality shines through. We are looking forward to working with her and to have everyone see her in ‘Spectacular!’ and beyond.”

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