April 10, 2009 |
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.
January 26, 2010 |
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)
September 10, 2010 |
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)
July 15, 2009 |
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?
November 26, 2009 |
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.
June 30, 1999 |
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...
July 16, 2010 |
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 )
December 15, 2006 |
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.
March 25, 2011 |
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.
March 19, 2010 |
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.