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April 10, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
She's had the best of both worlds, this teen counterpart of Clark Kent and Superman. By day, she's brunette Miley Stewart, just another stuttering, accident-prone high school student. By night, under a Barbie-blond wig, she's Hannah Montana, strutting pop princess, exuberant monarch of the have-it-all club, teen auxiliary. Hannah Montana: The Movie may spell the end of both world(s) as Miley/Hannah knows them. For many years, Miley Cyrus has purveyed this pop-smart/pop-tart split personality on the Disney series Hannah Montana and on a concert tour immortalized in last year's Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour movie.
NEWS
January 26, 2010 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
How fickle a creature is the American tween? Just four years ago, the Disney film High School Musical was such an important part of our household that our playroom somehow ended up populated by life-size cardboard cutouts of its cast. Yet this week, when I invited both of my target market-age children to see New Candlelight Dinner Theatre's staged version, groaning ensued. Even after I told them there was pie for dessert. The American tween is also unfailingly nice, and never walks out of a show sneering at how a musical about high school ended up with elementary school-style direction and choreography (Dann Dunn)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2010 | By ROGER MOORE, The Orlando Sentinel
She's mad about the boy. But boys being boys, he doesn't share her enthusiasm. Not at first. She's a tween stalker, if they'd used that word for needy, pushy, too-interested suitors back in the early '60s. But she has a quality that makes them seem destined to be together. If only he could see that quality. If only he'd start passing those character tests life tosses in front of him. If only he could stop letting her down. "Flipped" is Rob Reiner's sad, sly and witty might-be-romance between Julie (Madeline Carroll)
LIVING
July 15, 2009 | By Sally Friedman FOR THE INQUIRER
Maybe you've heard of Lady GaGa; maybe you haven't. But it's likely that by the time summer ends, the singer's name will be on the lips of every tween and teen in the hemisphere. As for the current reigning pop princess - that's Miley Cyrus, of course - her days on the throne may be numbered. This information comes courtesy of the human crystal ball known as Tina Wells. The 29-year-old Erial, N.J., woman studies the most mercurial of constituencies - the youth market. Her company, Buzz Marketing Group, is hired by major corporations who want to know: What are they thinking?
NEWS
November 26, 2009 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Their early notice as part of the tween singing group the Clique Girlz did not, as it turned out, catapult the Monroe sisters of South Jersey to Miley Cyrus heights (though it did lead to a move to Los Angeles, where their home is a couple of miles from Miley's). And so Destinee, 15, and Paris, 13, will not be Clique Girlz when they are riding the Ikea float in the 6ABC Thanksgiving Parade, accompanied by two school choirs, or singing the national anthem at the Eagles game this Sunday, but reinvented as themselves, Destinee & Paris, back home for the holidays.
LIVING
June 30, 1999 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Behold the music industry's most coveted consumer: A girl in pigtails and tie-dye, maybe 11 years old, radiating fruity cologne from the Johnson's Kid Wash while, in her ice-cream sticky hands, she clutches a 98 Degrees T-shirt Mom just bought for $22. Like the two friends who have accompanied her to Montage Mountain, she's an enthusiastic cog in the "boy band" machine - she knows the names of all four members of 98 Degrees - and is on the lookout...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
A modest middle-school musical bursting with immodest exuberance, Standing Ovation is the story of a network music-video competition pitting the "mean girls," a quintet called the Wiggies, against the "nice girls," the Ovations. The Wiggies are rich and self-satisfied, and play dirty. (Hiss!) The Ovations are working-class, self-doubting, and sportsmanlike. (Hurrah!) Who are you rooting for? Set in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and Manhattan, the tween-targeted film from writer/director Stewart Raffill ( Mannequin: On the Move )
NEWS
December 15, 2006 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
There are four words that describe Q102's Jingle Ball, which sold out Camden's Tweeter Center Wednesday: real loud, real shrill. Fine. The audience of 'tween girls and dress-alike moms (who raised arms and "holla-ed" to their own version of "Fergielicious") was equally shrill. Perhaps volume was necessary to drown out the thick likes of Hulk Hogan and daughter/diva Brooke. In Brooke's case, you wished the audience had been even louder, though her duet with grills-flashing Paul Wall was followed by the brusque MC's own freestyling solo slot.
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March 25, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
In more ways than one, Greg Heffley is caught in the middle. At home, big brother Rodrick bullies him and little brother Manny breaks stuff and blames it on him. At school, Greg is not remarkable enough for the cool seventh graders and not eccentric enough for the geeks. In terms of height and popularity, he ranks about 50 in a class of 55. In short (pun intended), Greg is radiantly average. He is the relatable title character of Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules , the sunny if sitcommy sequel to the first in the franchise based on Jeff Kinney's beloved books.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Greg Heffley deserves a special headstone in the graveyard of buried hopes that is middle school. A foot shorter than most of his classmates, Greg (Zachary Gordon) is that picklepuss walking next to his naturally sweet best bud, Rowley (Robert Capron). Greg desperately wants to be in the social swim but fails to gauge the riptide in the lunchroom that divides self-confident kids from the less secure. In short, Greg is the middle school Everyboy, stuck in the middle of middle school and in the middle of his family, in between the bullying older brother and the beloved baby bro. His movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the popular illustrated tween books by Jeff Kinney, deserves a B- for effort and a C for execution.
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June 29, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Look for beaming smiles on T-shirts, bracelets, headbands, towels, rings, and ankle socks to make the trek to overnight camp. The trendlet Emojis - yes, those omnipresent computer-generated grins - are sending an undeniable message of good vibes and high style this summer. Where's it come from? In 1999, Japanese developer Shigetaka Kurita developed the first emojis - Japanese for "picture characters" - as part of Unicode, a universal tech language that today allows us to read texts sent from iPhones to Androids.
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March 27, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU THINK you're having a bad day today, imagine what it must be like to be a tween girl. Zayn Malik said yesterday that he is leaving One Direction . Has algebra ever seemed so pointless? Zayn, who recently left the quintet's world tour to return home, was told by his boy-band mates that they "totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. " Zayn said in a statement that his time with One Direction "has been more than I could ever have imagined.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2012 | By CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer
IT COULD HAVE been a scene from any of the past six decades: Contemporary, beat-heavy music blares over a sound system while dozens of Delaware Valley young people shimmy and shake, their movements captured by cameras for a TV audience. This tableau, which unfolded on an early spring morning in the Play 2 Video Arcade at Chickie's & Pete's near the South Philly sports complex, was part of the taping of an episode of "Party Rockers Tween Scene. " The dance party airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on NBC Philadelphia Nonstop (Comcast 248, Verizon Fios 460, over-the-air 10.2)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
In more ways than one, Greg Heffley is caught in the middle. At home, big brother Rodrick bullies him and little brother Manny breaks stuff and blames it on him. At school, Greg is not remarkable enough for the cool seventh graders and not eccentric enough for the geeks. In terms of height and popularity, he ranks about 50 in a class of 55. In short (pun intended), Greg is radiantly average. He is the relatable title character of Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules , the sunny if sitcommy sequel to the first in the franchise based on Jeff Kinney's beloved books.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
LET'S HAVE a hearty Tattle round of applause for Miley Cyrus , who has been voted the worst celebrity influence of 2010. Amazingly, the dis-honor wasn't voted by angry parents whose tween daughters wanted stripper poles for Christmas, but by the followers of AOL's JSYK.com (Just So You Know) - a website targeting 9- to 15-year-olds. Miley, 18, who successfully defended her crown from 2009, tallied 58 percent of the 99,000 votes. BANGShowbiz.com says Miley "beat off" competition from rehabbers Demi Lovato and Lindsay Lohan ; "Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood ; Kanye West , who behaved like Kanye West; and "Gossip Girl" star Chace Crawford ,who was arrested for possession of marijuana.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2010 | By ROGER MOORE, The Orlando Sentinel
She's mad about the boy. But boys being boys, he doesn't share her enthusiasm. Not at first. She's a tween stalker, if they'd used that word for needy, pushy, too-interested suitors back in the early '60s. But she has a quality that makes them seem destined to be together. If only he could see that quality. If only he'd start passing those character tests life tosses in front of him. If only he could stop letting her down. "Flipped" is Rob Reiner's sad, sly and witty might-be-romance between Julie (Madeline Carroll)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
A modest middle-school musical bursting with immodest exuberance, Standing Ovation is the story of a network music-video competition pitting the "mean girls," a quintet called the Wiggies, against the "nice girls," the Ovations. The Wiggies are rich and self-satisfied, and play dirty. (Hiss!) The Ovations are working-class, self-doubting, and sportsmanlike. (Hurrah!) Who are you rooting for? Set in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and Manhattan, the tween-targeted film from writer/director Stewart Raffill ( Mannequin: On the Move )
NEWS
April 20, 2010 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
Seemingly written by and for precocious middle-schoolers, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) - a soggy story of a dysfunctional family made functional again - is being presented by Flashpoint Theatre Company at Second Stage at the Adrienne. Sheila Callaghan's play traps a capable cast in an 80-minute exercise in "How to Write a Soap Opera. " Guiding us from scene to scene to scene is the spirit of the House (David Stanger). First it was a cabbage field, then a mansion (he still wears vestiges of glory days: a top hat and ruffled cravat)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Greg Heffley deserves a special headstone in the graveyard of buried hopes that is middle school. A foot shorter than most of his classmates, Greg (Zachary Gordon) is that picklepuss walking next to his naturally sweet best bud, Rowley (Robert Capron). Greg desperately wants to be in the social swim but fails to gauge the riptide in the lunchroom that divides self-confident kids from the less secure. In short, Greg is the middle school Everyboy, stuck in the middle of middle school and in the middle of his family, in between the bullying older brother and the beloved baby bro. His movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the popular illustrated tween books by Jeff Kinney, deserves a B- for effort and a C for execution.
NEWS
January 26, 2010 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
How fickle a creature is the American tween? Just four years ago, the Disney film High School Musical was such an important part of our household that our playroom somehow ended up populated by life-size cardboard cutouts of its cast. Yet this week, when I invited both of my target market-age children to see New Candlelight Dinner Theatre's staged version, groaning ensued. Even after I told them there was pie for dessert. The American tween is also unfailingly nice, and never walks out of a show sneering at how a musical about high school ended up with elementary school-style direction and choreography (Dann Dunn)
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