Victoria Justice to Host Nickelodeon’s Rescheduled Kids’ Choice Awards

Victoria Justiceis Nickelodeon’s choice…

The network is moving forward with its Kids’ Choice Awards with a new date, and with the 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer and former Nickelodeon star as host. 

Victoria Justice

Initially scheduled for March 22, the awards ceremony was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The newly titled virtually-produced Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together will air on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

Celebrities scheduled to appear via video include Dwayne JohnsonAriana GrandeKristen Bell, Josh GadCamila CabelloMillie Bobby BrownEllen DeGeneresBTSShawn MendesLil Nas X, Dove CameronDavid DobrikTom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakkeand SSSniperWolf

Also scheduled are appearances by cast members of The Avengers: Endgame, and a sneak peek of Nickelodeon’s new live-action series The Astronauts,from Imagine Entertainment.

Leading nominees for the awards show, which honors kids’ favorite celebs, movies, TV shows, games and more, include Avengers: Endgamewith 11, followed by Taylor Swift with five noms and Frozen 2, Henry Danger and Lil Nas Xwith four apiece.

NBA championLeBron Jameswill receive the 2020 Generation Change Award, honoring his commitment to creating real and lasting change through education.

Nickelodeon also will support the mission of No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, and present within the show a $1 million donation in support of those affected by the COVID-19pandemic.

Justice rose to acclaim as the star of the Nickelodeon series Victorious.

Izabella Alvarez to Star in the CW Drama Pilot “The Republic of Sarah”

Izabella Alvarez has pledged allegiance to the republic

The 16-year-old Latina actress will star opposite Luke Mitchell and Stella Baker in the CW drama pilot The Republic of Sarah.

Izabella Alvarez

Alvarez joins a list of cast additions that includes Nia Holloway and Hope Lauren.

Hailing from Jeffrey Paul KingMarc WebbCBS Television Studios and studio-based Fulwell 73The Republic of Sarahpilot will be directed and executive produced by Kat Candler.

Here’s the description of the pilot: Faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school history teacher Sarah Cooper (Baker) utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch.

Alvarez will play Maya. After her mother’s imprisonment in Los Angeles, Maya is sent to Greylock to live with her estranged father. She struggles to adapt to life in rural New England at first, but with some help from her mentor, Sarah, she takes the first steps toward finding herself in her new home.

Alvarez’s breakout came in a recurring role in season 4 of Shameless. She went on to recur in Westworld, as well as appearances in Disney XD’s Walk the Prank, ABC’s Raised by Wolves and Disney+ family comedy Magic Camp. She currently voices the lead spunky character, Ronnie Anne Santiago, in Nickelodeon’s The Casagrandes, and will next be seen on the big screen in her first leading role and her debut feature Collisions. 

Selena Gomez Earns Seventh Consecutive Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Nomination for Favorite Female Singer/Artist

Selena Gomezis still a kids’ choice…

The 27-year-old Mexican American actress/singer has been nominated for a 2020 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award.

Selena Gomez

Gomez, an 11-time KCA winner, is nominated for Favorite Female Artist. It’s her seventh nomination in a row in the category, which she won in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Camila Cabellohas picked up a nod in the Favorite Music Collaborationcategory for her chart-topping track with Shawn Mendes, “Señorita.” 

It’s the third KCA nomination for the 22-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer, the Favorite Breakout Artistwinner in 2018, as a solo artist. As a member of Fifth Harmony, Cabello won five Kids’ Choice Awards.

Rosaliahas picked up her first KCA nod. The 26-year-old Spanish Grammy-winning singer is nominated in the Favorite Global Music Star, representing Europe. J Balvin, a two-time KCA winner, is nominated in the same category, representing Latin America.

Abraham Rodriguez has earned his first KCA nod.

The 20-year-old Latino actor is nominated in the Favorite Male TV Starcategory for his role as Nate Silva/Gold Ranger on Power Rangers Beast Morphers.

Chance the Rapper has will host the awards, which honor kids’ favorite stars across film, television, music, sports and more. 

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Nickelodeon on Sunday, March 22 at 7:30 pm ET/PT from the Forum in Inglewood, CA.

Here’s the full list of nominees.

TELEVISION

FAVORITE KIDS TV SHOW
A Series of Unfortunate Events
All That
BUNK’D
Henry Danger
Power Rangers Beast Morphers
Raven’s Home

FAVORITE FAMILY TV SHOW
Fuller House
Modern Family
Stranger Things
The Big Bang Theory
The Flash
Young Sheldon

FAVORITE REALITY SHOW
America’s Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
America’s Funniest Home Videos
MasterChef Junior
The Masked Singer
The Voice

FAVORITE TV HOST
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
John Cena (Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader)
Nick Cannon (The Masked Singer)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Terry Crews (America’s Got Talent)
Tiffany Haddish (Kids Say the Darndest Things)

FAVORITE ANIMATED SERIES
ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks
SpongeBob SquarePants
Teen Titans Go!
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Loud House
The Simpsons

FAVORITE FEMALE TV STAR
Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)
Ella Anderson (Piper Hart, Henry Danger)
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)
Peyton List (Emma Ross, BUNK’D)
Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)
Riele Downs (Charlotte Page, Henry Danger)

FAVORITE MALE TV STAR
Abraham Rodriguez (Nate Silva / Gold Ranger, Power Rangers Beast Morphers)
Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)
Jace Norman (Henry Hart / Kid Danger, Henry Danger)
Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)
Joshua Bassett (Ricky, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)
Karan Brar (Ravi Ross, BUNK’D)

FILM

FAVORITE MOVIE
Aladdin
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Jumanji: The Next Level
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Angelina Jolie (Maleficent, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil)
Brie Larson (Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel; Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame)
Dove Cameron (Mal, Descendants 3)
Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Avengers: Endgame)
Taylor Swift (Bombalurina, Cats)
Zendaya (MJ, Spider-Man: Far From Home)

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR
Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America, Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Endgame; Agent H, Men In Black: International)
Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jumanji: The Next Level)
Kevin Hart (Franklin ‘Mouse’ Finbar, Jumanji: The Next Level)
Tom Holland (Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home)
Will Smith (Genie, Aladdin)

FAVORITE SUPERHERO
Brie Larson (Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel; Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Evans (Captain America, Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Endgame)
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame)
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow, Avengers: Endgame)
Tom Holland (Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home; Spider-Man, Avengers: Endgame)

FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE
Frozen 2
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
The Lion King
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Toy Story 4

FAVORITE FEMALE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Beyoncé (Nala, The Lion King)
Idina Menzel (Elsa, Frozen 2)
Kristen Bell (Anna, Frozen 2)
Tiffany Haddish (Daisy, The Secret Life of Pets 2; Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part)

FAVORITE MALE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Chris Pratt (Emmet Brickowski / Rex Dangervest, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part)
Josh Gad (Olaf, Frozen 2)
Kevin Hart (Snowball, The Secret Life of Pets 2)
Tom Hanks (Woody, Toy Story 4)

MUSIC

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST
Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Billie Eilish
Katy Perry
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
Marshmello
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE MUSIC GROUP
BTS
Fall Out Boy
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco
The Chainsmokers

FAVORITE SONG
“7 rings”- Ariana Grande
“bad guy”- Billie Eilish
“Memories”- Maroon 5
“Old Town Road”- Lil Nas X
“Sucker”- Jonas Brothers
“You Need To Calm Down”- Taylor Swift

FAVORITE MUSIC COLLABORATION
“10,000 Hours”- Justin Bieber & Dan + Shay
“I Don’t Care”- Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
“ME!”- Taylor Swift, featuring Brendon Urie
“Old Town Road (Remix)”- Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“Señorita”- Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Sunflower”- Post Malone & Swae Lee

FAVORITE BREAKOUT NEW ARTIST
City Girls
DaBaby
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE GLOBAL MUSIC STAR
BTS (Asia)
Dua Lipa (UK)
J Balvin (Latin America)
Rosalía (Europe)
Sho Madjozi (Africa)
Taylor Swift (North America)
Tones and I (Australia)

FAVORITE MALE SOCIAL STAR
Coyote Peterson
David Dobrik
Dolan Twins
Dude Perfect
MrBeast
Ryan’s World

FAVORITE FEMALE SOCIAL STAR
Annie LeBlanc
Emma Chamberlain
Lilly Singh
Liza Koshy
Miranda Sings
Merrell Twins

FAVORITE GAMER
DanTDM
GamerGirl
Ninja
PrestonPlayz
SSSniperWolf

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME
Fortnite
Mario Kart Tour
Minecraft
Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate

FAVORITE SOCIAL MUSIC STAR
Asher Angel
Blanco Brown
Johnny Orlando
JoJo Siwa
Mackenzie Ziegler
Max and Harvey

FAVORITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR
Alex Morgan
Lindsey Vonn
Megan Rapinoe
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles

FAVORITE MALE SPORTS STAR
Cristiano Ronaldo
LeBron James
Patrick Mahomes
Shaun White
Stephen Curry
Tom Brady

Netflix Releases First Look at Christian Serratos as Selena in “Selena: The Series”

Christian Serratos is ready to Reina

Nearly a year after revealing that it was developing a series based on the life of Selena, Netflix has officially unveiled a sneak peek at Selena: The Series, starring the 29-year-old half-Mexican American actress asLa Reina de la Musica Tejana.

Christian Serratos as Selena

“Get your first look at Christian Serratos, who will play Selena Quintanilla in a coming of age story chronicling the iconic singer’s rise,” a tweet stated, adding that Selena: The Series’ first part will premiere in 2020.    

Christian Serratos as Selena

Serratos is best known for her roles as Rosita Espinosa on AMC‘s The Walking Dead, Suzie Crabgrass on the Nickelodeon series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and Angela Weber in The Twilight Saga series. 

In addition to Serratos’ taking the lead, Netflix confirmed that Ricardo Chavirawill co-star as Selena’s father AbrahamGabriel Chavarriaas her brother A.B.Noemi Gonzalezas her sister Suzette, Seidy Lopezas her mother Marcella, and Madison Taylor Baez as young Selena.

On December 11, 2018, the official Netflix U.S. news Twitter account revealed that the Quintanilla family, along with Jaime Dávilaand Rico Martinezfrom Campanario EntertainmentSimran A. Singh, and Moisés Zamora, would executive produce the project. 

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom@SelenaLaLeyenda’s incredible life story is coming to Netflix as a scripted series! @selena_netflix was developed alongside and will be executive produced by, The Quintanilla family” the post expressed. 

J Balvin Commemorating SpongeBob SquarePants’ 20th Anniversary with Special Collaboration

J Balvin is heading under the sea for a special anniversary…

SpongeBob SquarePants continues to celebrate his 20th anniversary and this time, the aquatic animated character is teaming up with the 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton star.

J Balvin

This week, J Balvin shared a very short clip teasing fans about his upcoming collaboration with the cartoon. 

The Instagram caption simply stated “coming soon” with a rainbow and ocean wave emoji. SpongeBob, Nickelodeon, visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman and J Balvin’s accounts were all tagged. 

Billboardcan confirm that the forthcoming project will feature art, apparel and home goods. 

“In honor of SpongeBob SquarePants‘ 20th anniversary, Chicago-based visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman joins forces with music superstar and fashion/Pop Art connoisseur J Balvin for a special collaboration of art, apparel, and home goods celebrating the iconic figure’s impact on pop culture over the last two decades,” says a representative for J Balvin.

Rafael Casal to Appear at This Year’s New York Comic Con for Nickelodeon’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Panel

Rafael Casal is bringing the scary to the Big Apple…

The 34-year-old half-Latino actor/writer will appear at this year’s New York Comic Con.

Rafael Casal

Casal will take part in a special panel discussion for Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? reboot on Friday, October 4 in The Hammerstein Ballroomat the Manhattan Center.

Casal will be joined by fellow stars Lyliana WraySam Ashe ArnoldMiya Cech,Jeremy Ray Taylorand Tamara Smartand the show’s writer/executive producer BenDavid Grabinskias they discuss how Nickelodeon’s iconic horror series has been reimagined for a new generation. 

In addition to sharing stories from the making of the limited series, they’ll also show attendees an exclusive clip.

Here’s the panel line-up:

Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Date: Friday, October 4
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center
Description: Just in time for Halloween, let’s celebrate the return of the Midnight Society! Light the campfire and grab the Midnight Dust, because we’re telling you the tale of how Nickelodeon’s iconic horror series has been reimagined for a new generation. Featuring stars Lyliana Wray (Top Gun: Maverick), Sam Ashe Arnold (Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.), Miya Cech (Rim of the World), Jeremy Ray Taylor (It Chapter Two), Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl), and Rafael Casal (Blindspotting). Writer/Executive Producer BenDavid Grabinski will also be on hand to share stories from the making of the limited series and show an exclusive clip.

Tyler Alvarez to Star in the Indie Film “Pools”

Tyler Alvarez is hitting the pool(s)

The 21-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actor will star in the indie feature film Pools, hailing from director Sam Hayes.

Tyler Alvarez

Alvarez will star opposite Odessa Adlon and Michael Vlamis in the film.

The feature, which Hayes also wrote, follows Kennedy (Adlon), who is stuck at summer school after flunking her sophomore year of college. Considering its summer, she rallies a ragtag crew for a pool-hopping adventure through the estates of Bel-Air. But as the secrets spill, a wild night of fun becomes a cathartic journey of self-discovery.

Alvarez is set to recur in Hulu‘s forthcoming revival of Veronica Mars.The eight-episode limited series is scheduled to premiere on July 26.

His previous credits include television roles on Nickelodeons teen sitcom Every Witch Way and in the Netflixmockumentary series American Vandal.

First Trailer Released for Isabela Moner’s “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”

Welcome to the jungle, Isabela Moner… 

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, starring the 17-year-old Peruvian-American actress.

Dora-the-Explorer-Isabela-Moner

The live-action film is based on the popular Nickelodeonanimated series, Dora the Explorer.

In addition to Moner as the title character, the film also Eva LongoriaMichael Peña and Eugenio Derbez.

After spending most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, Dora prepares to leap into her most challenging adventure yet – high school. Always the explorer, she quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (half-Dominican American actor Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Derbez), and a rag-tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

The film is directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is written by Nicholas Stollerand Matthew Robinson, from a story by Tom Wheeler.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold arrives in theaters on August 2.

Moner’s previous credits include the films Instant FamilySicario: Day of the Soldadoand Transformers: The Last Knight.

Selena Gomez Wins 11th Career KCA Blimp at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

Selena Gomez is still the kids’ choice…

The 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards have been doled out, with the 26-year-old Mexican American actress and singer claiming the 11thorange blimp award of her career.

Gomez was named Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie for her voice work as Mavis in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Meanwhile, Noah Centineopicked up his first-ever Kids’ Choice Award.

The 22-year-old part-Latino actor was named Favorite Movie Actor for his role as Peter Kavinsky in Netflix’s hit original movie To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards were held over the weekend at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

DJ Khaledhosted the kids-voted show, which dumped buckets of slime on unsuspecting celebrities, and handed out honors for music, movies, TV and video games.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Favorite Music Group
Maroon 5

Favorite Male Artist
Shawn Mendes

Favorite Female Artist
Ariana Grande

Favorite Song
“Thank U, Next” (Ariana Grande)

Favorite Breakout Artist
Billie Eilish

Favorite Collaboration
“No Brainer” (DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo)

Favorite Social Music Star
JoJo Siwa

Favorite Global Music Star
North America: Taylor Swift

Favorite Movie
Avengers: Infinity War

Favorite Movie Actor
Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Favorite Movie Actress
Joey King (Shelly “Elle” Evans, The Kissing Booth)

Favorite Superhero
Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron ManAvengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Butt-Kicker
Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Favorite Animated Movie
Incredibles 2

Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie
Adam Sandler (Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie
Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Favorite Funny TV Show
Fuller House

Favorite TV Drama 
Riverdale

Favorite Reality Show
America’s Got Talent

Favorite TV Host
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)

Favorite TV Judges
Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent)

Favorite Cartoon 
SpongeBob SquarePants

Favorite Male TV Star
Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)

Favorite Female TV Star
Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)

Favorite Social Star
David Dobrik

Favorite Video Game 
Just Dance 2019

Favorite Gamer
SSSniperWolf​​

Pitbull to Headline This Year’s Nickelodeon SlimeFest

Pitbullis ready for the slime of his life…

The 38-year-old Cuban American rap superstar has been set as a headliner for the second Nickelodeon SlimeFest in the US, which returns to Chicago June 8-9 and will feature Nick multimedia star Jojo Siwa

Pitbull

Pitbull’s fellow headliners are Bebe Rexha and T-Pain. 

The sophomore lineup signals a strong green light for SlimeFest—which has seen a strong following in markets including the U.K., Spain, South Africa and Australia since its debut in 2012. The event drew a crowd of primarily kids and their parents to the Huntington Bank Pavilionat Northerly Island in Chicago on a chilly June weekend last year to catch headliners Liam PayneFlo RidaZedd and Siwa.  

Round two in Chicago is a beacon of the growing drive at the company to connect families around content that appeals to multiple generations.

“Nickelodeon knows how to get the SlimeFest started! This festival is for everyone – kids, their parents and all of us who take the stage,” said Pitbull. “Nickelodeon has been a great partner throughout my career, so it’s always an honor to be part of their iconic events and this one takes green to a whole new level.”

It’s also a fit with the kind of offline, immersive experiences parent Viacomwants more of. Viacom chief Bob Bakish mandated more live events when he took over as CEO in 2016, and sister brands are also upping their drive to cement brand affinity including the expanded BET Experienceand Comedy Central’s ClusterFest.

Nickelodeon last year established new division Nick Experience to focus on granular, real-life experiences and extensions of its IP. Division executive VP Sharon Cohen told Billboard at last year’s Slimefest, “People are together and in the moment. It’s an area where we feel we really can grow the brand.”

“I’m so excited to return to Chicago for SlimeFest and see all the Siwanatorz with their bows,” says JoJo Siwa. “This is such a cool event for the whole family, plus there will be tons of slime!”

SlimeFest also provides an opportunity to interact with network talent, this year including Annie LeBlanc of Annie vs. HayleyScarlet Spencer and Dallas Dupree Young of Cousins For LifeElla Anderson and Riele Downs of Henry Danger; and Owen Joyner and Daniella Perkins of Knight Squad

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 29, at 11:00 am.