While Selena Gomez is embracing her inner bad girl in "Spring Breakers," she’s also ready to play a Disney darling one last time. The "Wizards of Waverly Place" reunion special now has an airdate.
The special, titled "The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex," will air on Disney on March 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will focus on Selena's character, Alex, and her family's trip to Italy to visit their relatives. However, things go all kinds of bad when Alex conjures up a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. So, as the story goes, the evil one gets tricked by another wizard into a plan of world domination. And boom! Good Alex must save the day. So, you know just a typical day that ends up as a battle between good and evil on the Tower of Pisa!
(Listen, we’re going to go ahead and assume good wins out in the end. I mean, this is Disney.)
by Christina Garibaldi
Selena Gomez’s hit Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place" is casting its last spell. The series finale airs tonight, and we will finally get the answer as to which of the Russo kids will continue living as a wizard! We recently caught up with star Jake T. Austin, who plays Selena’s brother, Max, at the New York premiere of "New Year’s Eve", where he told us what we can expect from the ultimate episode.
"The series finale is basically a lot of resolutions," he said. "You get to see which characters win the wizard competition."
Selena Gomez might currently be making headlines because she is Miss Justin Bieber, but the 19-year-old triple-threat is a certified starlet in her own right. She's a Disney Channel icon, a platinum-selling musical artist and a box-office queen, and she's done it all before the age of 20. Selena's next big gig is co-hosting the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show this Sunday, so we figured now is as good a time as any to look back at Selena's evolution into an A-list teen star.
Born in Grand Prairie, Texas, on July 22, 1992, Selena was inspired to go into acting by her mother, stage actress Mandy Teefey. She got her big start on television at age seven when she played Gianna on "Barney & Friends," and then transitioned to film thanks to small roles in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" and "Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire." After two years in Hollywood, Selena was discovered by the Disney Channel during a nationwide scouting, and she quickly became a part of a new generation of Disney stars.
Victoria Justice couldn’t be more excited for her show's first-ever Emmy nomination. The Nick series is up for Outstanding Children's Program against fellow heavy hitters, like "A Child's Garden Of Poetry," "Degrassi," "iCarly" and "Wizards Of Waverly Place."
When we caught up with Victoria on the Cleveland set of her upcoming Halloween movie "Fun Size" last week—the same day the nominations were announced—she was psyched by the prospect of being in such great company. "We're nominated for an Emmy, which is crazy," she dished. "I'm so honored that we were even recognized and it's really, really very exciting."
Soon-to-be-ex Disney darling Selena Gomez (filming on the final season of her hit "Wizards of Waverly Place" wraps this month) is known for roles that keep sassy sweet and make for a pretty PG personal life. While many alums of the kid-friendly network relish the freedom that comes with the end of their Mouse House contracts (with that relishing often taking the form of uber-adult roles and scantily clad photo shoots or stage performances), Selena seems satisfied with her image—among fans, at least.
In the latest Teen Vogue, Selena talks about staying true to her fans, the fight to be taken seriously by casting directors and her attitude toward love.
As much as fans love Selena, she might just love them more. As she told Teen Vogue, she started her clothing line after a fan confessed to buying an outfit to mimic something Selena had worn, and her new single, "Who Says," is an anthem for her fans. Selena may adore her fans, but she hates when the paparazzi try to cash in on those feelings.
The end is near for camptastic Disney favorite "Wizards of Waverly Place." While we're sure we'll still see plenty of our favorites (stars Selena Gomez and David Henrie both have projects lined up post-"Wizards"), it'll be sad to see the series end. Members of the cast, including Gregg Sulkin (pictured) and Dan Benson have been all a-tweet as filming winds down. Dan hinted at a super-secretive set, tweeting, "Top secret episode of Wizards. Security guards are all around the set. I feel really important." Gregg tweeted that the soundstage was "boiling" (wonder what's making the set so hot?) and asked fans about their "Wizards" love, tweeting, "What's your favourite Wizards of Waverly Place catchphrase?"
Adrian Grenier and company worked some magic of their own recently; the actor's relentless Twitter campaign for a Webby paid off. SHFT won both the People's Choice and a Webby. Adrian tweeted the good news to the fans that helped make it happen. "Thx to u @shftdotcom won BOTH people's choice & webby award. I'm celebrating w/a majestic fountain. You? http://say.ly/bOaiCz." Pal and SHFT supporter Sophia Bush chimed in, "Thanks to each&every one of you who helped win @SHFTdotcom a #Webby. Each vote mattered & we've shown the world we care about this planet!"
Check out the rest of Tuesday's best tweets, including which star struggles with auto correct as much as we do. Follow us @hollywoodcrush to get even more celebrity and pop culture news around the clock!
By Sandrine Milet
For three years this girl’s portrayal of Alex Russo on the hit Disney Show “Wizards of Waverly Place” has kept us laughing and smiling as she tries to balance the life of a wizard and just a regular teen in New York City. But as the series comes to an end (only one more season!), this young actress is far from disappearing from the limelight. This Friday she makes her debut in theatres across the nation in “Ramona and Beezus," which is why this week’s Girl Crush is the lovely Selena Gomez.
The 17-year-old Texan (she turns 18 in two days!) began her acting career at age seven, starting with “Barney & Friends,” and later was discovered by Disney and started playing minor roles in “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody” and “Hannah Montana.” But Selena was able to break out on her own when she was cast in 2007 as one of the main characters in the popular “Wizards.” Her portrayal of Alex Russo won her two Kids Choice Awards for “Favorite TV Actress” and an Alma Award for “Actress in Television –Comedy.”
Though Disney star Selena Gomez has many irons in the fire, she’s understandably upset about ending her hit show “Wizards of Waverly Place.” When MTV News caught up with Selena as she promoted the upcoming film “Ramona and Beezus,” she confirmed what will be her last season on the “Wizards” series and dished about a new “Wizards” movie and her new feel-good album.
“Unfortunately, I’m doing my last season of my show, which I’m really heartbroken about,” the teen star told us. “That’s gonna be a terrible time for me. I’m gonna do a movie for my show, which I’ll be excited to end it with, and then a tour.”
Like any guy his age, Jake T. Austin plays baseball. Unlike most guys his age, he pitched a perfect game. Ok, not literally, but Austin does portray Angel Macias in the movie "The Perfect Game." In 1957, Macias made history not only pitching the only perfect game in Little League World Series championship game history, but by being a member of the first non-American team to take the title, the Industrials of Monterrey, Mexico.
But even with baseball on the brain, Austin had a moment to spare to chat about his costar on the popular Disney Channel show "Wizards of Waverly Place," Selena Gomez. “She’s a very talented actress for her age and she’s a really sweet and nice girl.” He added, “She’s got so much going on, it’s amazing how she’s able to stay grounded and keep sight of everything that’s important.”
By Cara Alwill
With celeb status like that of Selena Gomez, you wouldn’t imagine this actress/singer would get starstruck much, but Selena admits was swept off her feet when she recently met Shakira on the set of her Disney show, “Wizards of Waverly Place.”
MTV News recently caught up with Selena, and she gushed about the episode and how she felt about meeting the singer. "The Shakira episode was so much fun. I'm not sure I can reveal too much. I just know that she had a very big part in it and I was just starstruck the entire time," she said. "I also felt like I needed to work out after I was next to her because she's gorgeous. She was really nice and she was really funny. So the role was her playing herself, obviously, and I got to sing a song with her as well."