Reasons why they love their moms
By Disney Channel and MSN TV
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12, and some Disney Channel stars are honoring their moms by sharing special family photos along with reasons why they love them.
MSN TV has the exclusive first look at all the photos.
Happy Mother's day to all your mamas out there!
The smart, sexy and sometimes cutthroat matriarchs heating up your small screen
Special to MSN TV
Long gone are the prim and proper, aproned-up, one-note Donna Reed days of TV yore. These days, small-screen mothers run the character gamut from [a]nimated to [z]ealous. Here are our some of our favorite moms most recently on the air: the smart, the sexy and the downright dangerous.
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From pop royalty to animated royalty, singer talks about playing Queen Tara
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"Epic" is out in theaters Wednesday, May 22.
Treehouse Pictures reportedly working on film script
Deadline.com reports Treehouse Pictures has bought the script for "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," although details about a storyline haven't been released.
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Mister Rogers started hosting "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" in 1968. The show aired until 2001 and during its course on TV, it won four Emmys. Rogers was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997.
Rogers passed away in 2003 after battling stomach cancer. He would have been 85 years old in March.
Are you excited for a possible biopic about Mister Rogers? Who should play him? Sound off in the comments section below and tell us on our MSN Movies Facebook page and on Twitter.
Q&A with 15-year-old filmmaker Ben Horowitz
The PSA features 15-year-old filmmaker Ben Horowitz and how his idea to create a short about bullying came about.
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MSN TV spoke with Horowitz about the idea behind his movie and what other topics he hopes to tackle in his films.
MSN TV: In "Make Your Mark" you said that this short about bullying was your favorite thing you've done as a filmmaker. Why is this particular one so special to you?
Ben Horowitz: This was my favorite because it speaks to me the most, as I've had experience with bullying. Also, it addresses a country-wide issue that affects many people, and I believe it's the piece that's made the most impact.
Some of your friends and classmates were featured in the short. What was the reaction at your school when it was shown?
The reaction was very positive. Everybody was very complimentary of it and commented that it was "powerful," which was the reaction that I was trying to get.
I understand you've also received feedback from others not at your school. What has that reception been like?
I've received letters from a 5th grade class from New Jersey who's watched the piece, and also from a man who has had experiences with bullying when he was young. It was great to get these letters, as it feels good to know that you have impacted the lives of people you don't know.
What message do you want kids out there who may have been bullied or are being bullied to know?
It may seem that the bullying may last forever, but it will end. You may feel alone, but you are not. Talk to anybody you can about. Don't be afraid to tell an adult.
You're now 15 years old. What other topics or stories do you want to tell in your future movies?
The rain forest, its biodiversity, and its disappearance could be an interesting topic. Also, I would like to do a piece on the history of video games.
All-new episodes of 'Jessie,' 'Austin & Ally' and 'Good Luck Charlie' airing this weekend
First up on "Jessie," Jessie discovers Zuri is a chess prodigy and encourages her to compete in a competition. Luke and Emma are convinced Bertram was a jewel thief before becoming a butler.
"Jessie" airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m .ET/PT on Disney Channel.
On "Good Luck Charlie" Teddy decides to move on from Spencer after he calls her from college and tells her he's going on a date. Bob tries to trick Amy into loving the new couch he bought but his plan backfires. PJ has a tough first day at cooking school when his teachers instantly dislikes him.
"Good Luck Charlie" airs Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.
And On "Austin & Ally," the two decide to become an official couple but agree to separate their professional and personal relationships, but it's harder to do than they anticipate, especially when it comes to their song writing.
"Austin & Ally" airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.
The on-screen and real-life sisters talk about singing, music and what's ahead on the show
If you've watched the hit ABC show "Nashville," you've seen Lennon and Maisy Stella perform this season, and in case you were wondering: Yes, that's them actually singing and, yes, it's actually Lennon playing the guitar.
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The two real-life sisters play Maddie and Daphne, the daughters of country superstar Rayna James (Connie Britton), but even before their roles on the show, they were viral hits on YouTube. Their cover of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend" has more than 16 million views, and if you haven't heard their rendition of the Lumineers' song "Ho Hey," you really need to.
The girls also recently performed at the Grand Ole Opry.
MSN Music spoke with Lennon, 13, and Maisy, 9, about starring on "Nashville," how they pick songs to cover and the special bond they have as sisters on and off the set.
MSN Music: You girls stole the show with your cover of "Ho Hey" in a recent episode of "Nashville" this season. Will we get to hear you perform more songs?
Lennon: We haven't gotten any new songs or anything, so we hope to sing more.
Maisy: It's so fun to sing on the show.
Lennon: We haven't received any new songs. So we're waiting and hoping.
A lot of artists loved your rendition of "Ho Hey," too. Do you have a wish list of artists you'd just love to sing with?
Maisy: I'm the biggest Neon Trees fan, so they'd definitely be one of them.
Lennon: I've always wanted to sing with the Swell Season. ... They're a duo and they're incredible. With their harmonies and everything I think they'd be a lot of fun to sing with.
You've done several covers of other songs, like "Ring of Fire" and "Call Your Girlfriend," and your videos are viral YouTube hits. How do you pick the songs you'll sing next?
Maisy: We kind of look for songs that we really, really like and that not a lot of people have done covers on.
Lennon: We choose songs on how much we can change them and how much we can make them our own. It's just really about when you hear a song and you sing along to it and it's a fun one to sing, that's the biggest part for us is to see how we love singing it.
Your parents, the Stellas, are musicians. Do they help you with the arrangements?
Lennon: Oh yeah. It's all a big team effort. My mom helps with the arrangements and the harmony parts. It comes naturally for Maisy, but the different parts that we do that we sing harmony on. My dad helps with guitar.
Maisy: Harmony for me, I don't know why, but since I was really, really little, I've just kind of heard it in my head and it just came out when I sing.
Lennon: She's always been able to sing it, but my mom chooses the parts where she sings it.
Lennon, I know you play the guitar and, Maisy, you play the ukulele. Are there any other instruments that you play, and at what age did you learn to play them?
Maisy: I play guitar. I play ukulele. I play piano. I play drums. And my voice, and that's about all [laughs].
Lennon: We pretty much play the same [instruments]. I started playing when I was 5. That's when I really decided that I wanted to play.
Did your parents teach you? Or did you take lessons?
Lennon: No, I've actually never taken a lesson before, but my parents because they're musicians -- they're called the Stellas -- they've always been around to help us with chords and everything like that musically. It's pretty much literally been since birth that we've been raised in a musical environment.
You play Connie Britton's daughters on "Nashville." What has it been like working with her and the rest of the cast?
Maisy: They are the most wonderful and sweetest people you will ever meet. We're literally a family. It's awesome.
Lennon: Before we started acting in anything really at all we would see online that [actors] on shows would say, 'We're such a big family. We spend Christmases together,' and we'd think, "Yeah, right!" But it's so true. Working with them every week it gets to a point that we're such good friends and they always have your back. It's just so good to have, especially because we're from Canada and we moved here with not many people that we know because our family's back in Canada. Just having them is just so amazing, just as friends, really.
Does the show actually film in Nashville?
Lennon and Maisy: Yes!
Have you finished shooting Season 1?
Lennon: No. We're still working on episode by episode.
You're both still in school right now. Is it hard balancing your acting and music and also getting your homework done?
Lennon: We have a tutor on set. She helps us on set. Then we have a tutor who comes to our house. We go to school not really often but--
Maisy: We went to school all last week, so that was really good.
Lennon: It really depends. Sometimes we're in school often and then really not that much because we've been filming a lot more lately.
Maisy: Like school, some kids can be mean, but there's too much good right now to just let kids being mean to us [affect us]. That doesn't even compare at all. The good totally takes over. We're really happy right now, so that's great.
It's pretty special that you get to play sisters on TV and you're real sisters too. Do you enjoy getting to work so closely together, or are there days when you get a little tired of being around each other all the time?
Lennon: [Laughs] There's definitely days where we get tired of being around each other because we're around each other 24-7, but we love each other. It's like everyone's dream to work with a family member or a close friend.
Maisy: It's great because there are no kids on the show because it's a nighttime drama. There are no kids on set, so having one is really awesome because she plays with me. We're basically best friends, so it's really awesome.
Speaking of the show being a nighttime drama, it may not exactly be age-appropriate for you two. Do you get to watch yourselves on TV and maybe just have to close your eyes during certain scenes?
Maisy: [Laughs] Yeah.
Lennon: Yeah, it's ABC, so it can't really be that bad, but if it gets too bad, then we do what we have to do.
Without giving too much away, what can we expect to happen with Maddie and Daphne the rest of this season? Things are getting kind of ugly between your TV parents, Teddy and Rayna.
Lennon: I think the whole family is starting to not crumble but to fall apart a little bit, but I think it'll probably come back together. It's kind of mending a little more as it goes, but it may turn back down the road again, so I don't know. Right now it's not a really good time in the Conrad family, but it'll get a little bit better and then it'll get a bit worse. We'll see with what the writers come up with next.
How far in advance do you know about what's going to happen next? Do you bribe the writers to find out what's going to happen?
Lennon and Maisy: [Laughs]
Lennon: The scripts come in a week or so before we end up filming it. So we are pretty much the same as everyone else right now.
Maisy: We don't -- me and Lennon -- we don't read the whole script because we want it to be more of a surprise when we watch it. We read, obviously, our lines because we have to learn them, but we read some of it and we don't want to read the whole thing because we don't want to spoil it.
Lennon: We have to read a bit of it to know where our characters are standing, but Maisy is saying we prefer to watch it the same as the rest of the world.
Mother's Day is coming up this month, and Father's Day is in June. Do you have something special planned for your parents? Have you thought of anything to do yet?
Lennon: Not yet. [Laughs] I haven't even thought about that, but we'll definitely do something special.
Maybe a new song on YouTube we can look forward to?
Lennon: OK, OK, that sounds good.
Lennon: Something along those lines sounds good.
Maisy: We always do breakfast in bed and flowers and chocolate!
"Nashville" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
ABC Family announces actor's upcoming departure to 'Ravenswood'
The town of Ravenswood isn't far from where "Pretty Little Liars" takes place, but this town has been put under a deadly curse.
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The spin-off will premiere in October, with the series being set up in the "Pretty Little Liars" Halloween episode. In that episode, Blackburn's character Caleb will travel to the cursed town.
Season 4 of "Pretty Little Liars" premieres Tuesday, June 11 on ABC Family.