(Photo: Courtesy of Disney Channel)
Tasty tidbits about your celebrity faves!
Miley Cyrus gave a free outdoor concert for several hundred fans at the Hollywood & Highland mall in Hollywood to mark the release of her Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus CD and Pop Star Profile DVD. She performed three songs each in two sets, first as her TV alter ego, Hannah Montana, and then, after a costume change, as herself.
Before and between sets, fans were treated to contests and giveaways and a Q&A with Hannah co-star Jason Earles, but they were there to see Miley, and she didn't disappointeven if her microphone did cut out a few times during the show. The performance gave the crowd a taste of what to expect from Miley's upcoming concert tour.
"Acting is a big part of my life. But I'm very excited for the tour, getting out there," she says. "The 30 minutes on stageit's the best 30 minutes ever. Looking at the crowd, seeing their faces and hearing them say the positive words of the songs, it's really important for me."
Miley's family was on hand to support her, including dad and co-star Billy Ray Cyrus, who introduced her on stage. "Miley was born with a gift. She's a natural entertainer, singer, and songwriter. It's just something we do as a family. We've always loved making music and Miley comes by it very naturally," he says proudly. "Miley is really stepping out as her own artist and it's really awesome to see."
Miley's brother, Trace, 18, is launching a music career, too. He plays guitar and sings in the electronic rock band Metro Station alongside Mason Musso (Mitchel Musso's brother), and will have an album out in August and a tour launching July 31. Trace and Miley are very close and supportive of each other. "Miley has more character and charisma than any girl her age and she's so much fun to be around," he says.
Shia LaBeouf grew up watching Transformers on TV and video, and his favorite was Bumblebee. But getting cast as the lead in the Transformers movie meant a lot more action than he expected. He worked out five days a week for three months and gained 25 pounds of muscle, but he should have practiced running insteadwhich he realized when chased by guard dogs on his first day on the set!
Shia, co-stars Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, and celebs like Brandon Routh were on hand for the Transformers premiere, where stars posed with the giant Bumblebee Transformer from the movie. Shia will have a big movie next summer too: he's shooting the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series.
ALY & A.J.: SWEET 16
Sisters Aly and A.J. Michalka star in the MTV movie My Super Sweet 16: The Movie, premiering July 8 at 12 noon and available on DVD two days later. The twist? "We don’t play sisters, we play rivals," says Aly. "It's about who's going to have the better party," adds A.J., who turned 16 in real life in April.
Next up for them is a tour to support their Insomniatic CD, starting July 11 in Phoenix, Arizona with Drake Bell and Corbin Bleu. "We're stoked! It's going to be a really fun bill," says A.J. The tour will run through September.
WHAT TO WATCH & HEAR
With the release of the fifth movie and seventh (and final) book in the Harry Potter series this month, fans have a lot to look forward to in July. In anticipation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (July 21) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to theaters and IMAX (July 11), ABC Family will run the first three Potter movies July 6-8, with a sneak peek at exclusive Order of the Phoenix footage. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will air July 6 at 9:30 PM and July 7 at 3:30 p.m.; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will follow July 7 at 7 p.m. and July 8 at 1 p.m.; and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be shown July 8 at 5 and 8 p.m.
You don't have to wait until July 20 to hear Zac Efron sing in Hairspray, though you will want to see this terrific movie. The Hairspray soundtrack, including "Ladies' Choice," sung by Zac, comes out July 10.
By Gerri Miller