Thursday, August 16, 2007

Nicole Kent is to meet Hilary Duff, Duff Fan is going to meet her IDOL

Local News - Thursday, August 16, 2007 Updated @ 10:13:20 PM

Oh .. my ... God!

September is totally a huge month for 11-year-old Nicole Kent.

She turns a whole year older in 39 days.

Bigger still, she meets teen star and Disney darling Hilary Duff in 21 days.

This St. Catharines girl has been counting down to stardom since she was born, and meeting the squeaky clean singer/actress/teen idol on Sept. 6 may be the first step to becoming famous.

Nicole beat out more than 3,000 other ’tweens for the chance to meet Duff, and model the star’s clothing line: stuff by hilary duff.

She’ll join two other gushing girls — Anna Iliscupidez, 12, of Red Deer, Alta., and Emma Gallagher, 6, of Harvey, N.B. — in Toronto next month to meet the 19-year-old Duff, star of Lizzie McGuire and Cheaper by the Dozen. Plus, she’ll be taken there by limo and receive a $1,000 shopping spree.

All together girls: “No way!!”

And this born fashionista, who tests out her outfits on a dress form before sliding them on, is pretty low key about her upcoming brush with fame.

She’s already, you know, gone to acting camp and had meetings with local modelling firms.

She takes singing lessons.

Last year, she saw Duff in concert at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton and sat just five rows back.

Nicole wants more than to meet Duff. She wants to be the next Duff.

Hello, Duff was just 11 years old when she scored her first major movie role in the 1998 film Casper Meets Wendy.

“I just really want to be in the spotlight,” said Nicole, who’s going into Grade 7 at St. Ann School in Port Dalhousie.

“I want to be famous, like, I really like Dakota Fanning. I really like her. I watch TV and I always say, ‘I wish I could be them.’ ”

Sure, she’s excited about meeting Duff.

She knows the words to nearly every Duff song. There are four albums, with the most recent called Dignity.

She’s watched her movies.

“She’s, like, my favourite actress,” Nicole said.

“My favourite singer. I just want to be like her. I want to still be myself, yet be like her,” the sweet, pale blond beauty said with a giggle.

Mom Alyson said she and her husband, Tom, could tell early on that their youngest yearned for the limelight.

As soon as she could walk, Nicole was putting outfits together and showing them off.

“I would probably go to all lengths for her to do it because she never lets up on it, right?” Alyson said.

“It’s been really almost 10 years of wanting to be in the limelight.”

Older sister Sarah, 13, is still stunned Nicole won the Hilary Duff model search.

To win it, Nicole submitted pictures and a 50-word essay, which were judged by Duff and executives from Ford Models and Zellers, where the stuff by hilary duff clothing line and home line are sold.

“I didn’t expect Nikki to win,” said Sarah, a Grade 9 student at St. Francis Secondary School.

“There were so many people and she won.”

Eldest sister Samantha, 17, said she’s pretty envious. She was too old to apply.

“I wish it was me,” Samantha said wistfully.

“I am a Duff fan. I’ve liked her ever since she first came out and I was just a kid.”

Nicole is still working out what she’ll say to Duff at their big meeting. She’s also trying to decide if this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity signals the start of her teenage career in acting/modelling/singing — just like her icon.

“I really want to stay with my friends at school,” Nicole said thoughtfully.

“Maybe in, like, college I’d go to Toronto or somewhere or New York, and get famous. That’s when things will happen.”

Nicole’s photos will be featured in Zellers flyers, and at and

Duff’s Canadian tour kicked off July 28 in Winnipeg and ends in Sault Ste. Marie on Sept. 11.

Courtesy: Osprey Media

DVD Release of "Casper Meets Wendy"

Thursday, 16 August 2007
A witch and a ghost are an unlikely team but Wendy and Casper are not the typical ghouls. Check out their adventures in Casper Meets Wendy: Family Fun Edition, debuting on DVD September 11, 2007. Featuring the vocal talent of superstar Hilary Duff (A Cinderella Story, “Lizzie McGuire,” Cheaper By The Dozen), the film is an adventurous tale about a Good Little Witch, Wendy (Duff), who sets out to prove herself to her three aunts. However, little does she know a nemesis is plotting to kill her when he finds out she will be the greatest witch ever to exist! In order to escape death, Wendy teams up with shy, friendly ghost Casper against the evil warlock. From director Sean McNamara (Bratz: The Movie, “That’s So Raven”), the movie also features Shelley Duval (Popeye) and Teri Garr (Tootsie). Casper Meets Wendy: Family Fun Edition DVD features a wealth of family-friendly bonus materials including a Hilary Duff featurette, a Mockumentary, games and more. The DVD is offered at the suggested retail price of $19.98; prebook is August 15.
DVD Special Features:
Casper Meets Wendy: Family Fun Edition is presented in full screen format, English 2.0, Spanish Mono and French 2.0, plus English, Spanish and French subtitles. Bonus material includes:

  • Hilary Duff Makes Casper Meets Wendy
  • Mockumentary – Henry Boospell: Ghost and Witch Expert
  • Homes and Portions
    • Intro
    • Magic Goo
    • Worms In The Mud
    • Edible Eyeballs
  • “Join Casper” TV Spot
  • “Believe” TV Spot
  • Gallery
  • Games
    • Bad Air Day
    • Archery Practice
  • Trailers
It’s love at first fright when Casper Meets Wendy in this all-new, live-action adventure featuring an all-star cast, amazing special effects and spook-tacular fun for the whole family.
When evil warlock Desmond Spellman (George Hamilton) vows to destroy Wendy the Good Little Witch (Hilary Duff), she and her witless witch aunts (Cathy Moriarty, Shelley Duvall, Teri Garr) hide out at Sunny Brite Resort, where the vacationing Ghostly Trio has been busy scaring up mega-mischief—and making Casper’s afterlife miserable!

Even though Casper and Wendy are told that ghosts and witches just don’t get along, when these two kindred spirits meet, it’s the beginning of a boo-tiful friendship! But Desmond is closing in...and time is running out. Now Casper and Wendy must prevent a supernatural showdown between their feuding families in order to defeat Desmond’s dastardly plan!


Hilary Duff professional Photoshoots for the Universal City Concerts

Hilary Duff, as reported makes a mind blowing performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on August 15th.

See some of the professional photoshoots of the Concert.
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Hilary Duff tries to Maintain her Dignity-Westword

Westword has an interview with Hilary titled "Hilary Duff tries to maintain her Dignity".
Read the complete interview here.
Courtesy: Westword

Westword (Michael Roberts): There’s been a lot of talk about the title and the cover of your new CD, Dignity. Some people have interpreted it as a comment about other pop stars and celebrities who came into the spotlight around the same time you did. Has that been misinterpreted? Or was that what you were going for?

Hilary Duff: You know what? When I wrote the song, it wasn’t like… It’s funny. I’d never really sat down and written a whole record before, like I did with this one. And I took a lot of time off, where I wasn’t working on a million other things while I was making the record, like I had done in the past. I was spending a lot of time in Los Angeles and just kind of enjoying my time off and seeing what came up and what experiences I had – for writing, you know. And I think living in L.A. in general is really what that song is about. Yeah, maybe it’s a little bit about celebrities and young people who run in the same genre of work that I’m in. It is kind of a judgmental song. I’m really not that much of a judgmental person. I’m not, like, bashing anyone in particular. But definitely it’s a song questioning people’s dignity and what they think is okay and what’s not okay, and the way Los Angeles is very superficial. That’s what that song is about. And it’s not necessarily just celebrities. It’s people that live there that think money can get you anything you want, and you think you have the authority because you have money, and you’re treating people disrespectfully. It’s about all of that, so I’d say it’s not necessarily completely aimed at just celebrities.

WW: Still, the image on the CD’s jacket: There’s a difference between the way you present yourself there and the way we see fill-in-the-blank celebrity on and Entertainment Tonight. Was that a message you were sending? Be dignified. Don’t be the way a lot of people are being presented these days?

HD: On the cover of my record?

WW: Yeah.

HD: You mean the picture?

WW: The picture, yes.

HD: I don’t know. I think it’s a very classy looking picture. I just liked that it was my face, and it’s just me. It’s pretty much like… I don’t know. The record was so personal for me. The record cover is a big closeup of my face. So it’s not like I have no clothes on or I’m trying to do something really edgy or provocative. It’s just me.

WW: So for you, it wasn’t so much that you were trying to say with that photo, “Everyone should be dignified as this,” or “I’m going to be dignified even if other celebrities aren’t going to be.” It was more, “This is the real me.”

HD: Yeah. It’s not about anybody else. It’s my record and I would not ever want to try and make someone like me or say this is how you should be. I’m just saying this is how I am and this is how I want to be.

WW: It’s a very serious image, and there are some series themes on the CD. But there are also a lot of lighthearted moments. Is that something you want people to know – that it’s not only a somber record, but an entertaining one as well?

HD: It’s funny. When I have done some interviews in the past where people were like, “Explain this song, and explain this song.” Well, all the songs are pretty serious. All the subject matter is pretty personal. I had a pretty tough year last year, so, of course, when you’re writing a record, the only things to write about are the things you feel the most, you know? But even though it is serious, and the subject matter, some of it is pretty deep, the music isn’t. The music is fun. It’s like a total dance record. No matter what, you feel like moving and dancing when you hear it. But when you listen to the words, it means something.

WW: You mentioned the tough year. There was the guy who ended up being sentenced to jail time for stalking you, and your relationship with Joel Madden ended – and your parents broke up, too. I understand that a couple of songs people thought were about you and Joel – “Stranger” and “Gypsy Woman” – that people thought were about you and Joel were actually about your parents. Is that right?

HD: Yeah, that’s correct.

WW: Was it difficult to write those songs because you were so close to them? Or was it necessary, because you needed an outlet?

HD: You know what? Right when I started to write my record was right about when I found out about my parents. And I was really nervous at first to be honest about what I was going through. Since I’ve been in this business for such a long time, you really learn to keep your guard up and not tell anyone about you, because people make stuff up, and they’re so intrusive. It’s just kind of a natural defense that people put up – to not say anything, because you know everyone’s going to be talking about it. So when I was writing, “Stranger” was actually the first song I wrote for the record, and I didn’t want anyone to know what my family was going through. I don’t know if I felt it was embarrassing, or if I felt it was nobody’s business, but it was what I was dealing with, and it was the thing that was affecting me most in my life at the time. So I wrote this song imagining what it was like if I was in my mom’s shoes. And “Gypsy Woman” is completely about my dad, and this woman, and their relationship. I didn’t really hold much back there. But that was later on the record, when I finally came to terms with being really honest and not caring what people thought and realizing that, if anything, it’s just going to make people relate to the record more. Because this is something normal that happens to normal people, and I’m a normal person, and my life isn’t perfect. But I thought it was interesting that I had my guard up so much that “Stranger” looks like it’s about me and my relationship and really it’s about my parents.

WW: After the record came out, did the reaction that came out make you realize you’d made the right choices about being that open? Or did it bother you that you were being misinterpreted?

HD: I think that you get used to being misinterpreted. People are always going to make what they want out of what you say, and it’s going to get twisted. So I don’t care to much about that. But I did feel like I made the right decision. It feels really good to write my record and sing each song onstage and remember the specific reason why you wrote that song – what experience you had, what made you feel that way to write that. It’s so personal and it feels so good, and actually, for this record, I got the best reviews for any record I ever put out before. And that’s really exciting. Being so open and honest, you set yourself up for disappointment if people hate it or whatever. But I was really pleased. And, of course, people said “Gypsy Woman” and “Stranger” were about Joel and Nicole Richie’s relationship, and that was the only thing that kind of bothered me, because how do you defend yourself? People just think that you’re lying if you don’t tell them what they want to hear. But they were such personal songs for me, and to have them make them about something they weren’t was kind of upsetting.

WW: There’s been some controversy with one of Avril Lavigne’s co-songwriters saying, “She says she actually wrote this song, but she really didn’t do very much.” In your case, you say, “I wrote this record.” How did you collaborate with your co-writers. Did you have finished songs that you brought to them and you worked together? Or was it different on each song?

HD: Well, if you look at my record, I wrote almost every song with a lady named Kara DioGuardi. I’ve worked with Kara since the beginning. When I started singing, on my very first record, she’d write songs for me and stuff. And this time, I was like, “I want to do it. I want to learn this process, and I want to come up with all the ideas.” And Kara was the only person that I really felt comfortable with – that I knew would give me all the control and all the freedom I wanted, but also the confidence at the same time. Kara’s like great with melodies, and that wasn’t really my strongest point when I started. But I’m very outspoken. When it comes to what I want the song to be about, what I want the track to sound like, what message I want to get across, what I want the words to be. I was really good at that. And I like to stand my ground and have my way a little bit. It’s my record. I should be able to do that. But she did help me. She especially helped me with the melodies.

WW: So the lyrics are pretty much straight from you, and you worked together to make sure the settings were right?

HD: Yeah, yeah. And sometimes I would be like, “This is the point I want to get across, this is how I want to say this – but how am I going to work this words in?” And she helped me with that. That’s what co-writing is all about, you know? You sit down and talk about a subject matter – if I went through something, or some experience. It’s so funny: I would call her and so, “Oh my God! You’ll never believe what happened! We’ve got to write a song about this!” And she sits down and I sit down and it was really interesting because she sent me an e-mail, or like a note, after the record was done. And she was like, “I’m so proud of you.” She really did help me be honest, because sometimes I might be like, “Oh my God, I don’t know if I should say that. It might be too honest or too whatever,” you know? And she would say, “You really need to do this. You really need to do this for you.” So she really gave me the confidence to just open up and not really care. Just be myself… None of the things on the record were original. Every kind of song has been written before. Every feeling that you feel: They’re not original. It’s just your take on things – and everyone’s different. She’s like, “I write music all the time, but it was still great writing with you, because your take’s a little different from mine. It inspires me in a different way.” It was fun. We had a good time. It’s like therapy, you know?

WW: So it sounds as if your songwriting relationship with her has changed over the years, and you’re taking a stronger role now than maybe at the very beginning.

HD: Of course, of course. Before, the song would almost be finished, and I’d come in and say, “I want this song to be more about this, so let’s change this lyric to this.”

WW: But now you feel like a full partner.

HD: Yeah.

WW: Like a lot of celebrities, you’ve branched out into some other business areas: a clothing line and a fragrance line. Tell me about those projects. What’s the latest?

HD: The fragrance, I’m getting ready to have the spring scent come out, which is a little more floral. And it’s called Wrapped With Love, and it’s a version of With Love that has different notes in it. It’s not as heavy as With Love, because With Love came out in the fall-wintertime. This is a little more flowery. It’s lighter, and it has a different bottle. It’s really cute. We don’t have an exact date for when it’ll come out, but within the next few months, it’ll be in stores. And the clothing line, we’re working on. Fall should come out in early September. I’m working on a juniors line, but there’s no specific date, because I’ve been so busy and I don’t want to just throw it together. I really want to have it perfect.

WW: I came across a Forbes article that had you listed as one of the richest performers under the age of 25. It said you made $15 million in 2005. Is that kind of figure hard for you to grasp?

HD: It doesn’t feel real. I definitely don’t live like that. So just to think about it is kind of scare. As much as I work and realize it’s my job, and that I have to make a profit, because it’s how I support myself, I don’t know… It doesn’t even seem real.

WW: When you have so many products, you’re kind of turning yourself into a brand name. Do you have people telling you, “You need to do this or that, because it’ll be good for the brand”?

HD: I don’t like to think of myself as a brand. I’m not a brand. I’m a person, I’m an artist, I’m creative. That’s just not an appealing thing. I think maybe someone would think that because I have so much stuff going on, but I’m not a brand. I think I definitely make choices based on what’s going to be good for my clothing line and what’s going to be good for my fragrance. But isn’t that how you run businesses? Making decisions and doing things that will be good for your career? Different aspects of it? Definitely there are things that come along with my job that I don’t always want to do, but that’s the same with anyone’s job.

WW: And yet your name is definitely used to sell these products, much as Donald Trump’s name is used to promote buildings. It seems that you understand that relationship, but that you don’t want to think of yourself as only a brand.

HD: It’s interesting. Working with this new clothing line that I want to launch within the next year, it’s not going to have my name all over it. It’s going to have its own separate name, and it’s not like my face is going to be all over it. I think that my clothing line, stuff, is more like that, because it’s for a younger audience, and a younger demographic. And as I get older, I definitely want to keep those fans who are younger, and who enjoy my music and my acting. But I’m going to be doing things that they may not be as interested in, and I want to keep some things just for them. They care more about having my face everywhere, having my name on it, and I want to do that for them. That’s really what stuff is about. As much as we’ve made it a mini-fashion line, my name really does help sell it, and kids like that. It’s nice to get to have the best of both worlds and really think of it as a business. With younger people, that’s what sells, and with older people, that doesn’t sell. And so I get to be a little more creative and a little more fashion.

WW: It sounds like you’re hoping that the fans who came along early on can go through the same transition you’re going through – to follow you through your career.

HD: I hope so. I hope they stay fans. I’m getting older, and they’re getting older. It’s nice to grow up a little bit and challenge yourself and do new things, and I think they feel that way, too.

WW: On the film front, I understand you have a film coming out called War, Inc., with John Cusack. Tell me a little bit about it. From the description, it sounds a little bit like Grosse Pointe Blank.

HD: I wouldn’t say it’s like Grosse Pointe Blank, but he does play an assassin. He was an assassin in Grosse Pointe, right?

WW: Yes, he was.

HD: But this takes place in a made-up country called Turagistan, and it’s kind of like a dark comedy about war and about this country that we’re getting ready to go and hold this huge convention and Americanize this place that’s not really supposed to be like that. It’s like we blow it up to build it up again and be the heroes. And it just kind of shows how wrong that is.

WW: What’s your role?

HD: I play this Eastern European pop star who’s under the control of these very powerful, dirty business guys. She’s a big talker but she is kind of like overtly sexual and really rude and crude and loves to make people feel uncomfortable, but it’s really because she’s scared and kind of young inside. I’m making her sound horrible, but she’s really quite funny. And there are redeeming parts of the movie that make you like her, and make you see that she’s stuck in this place that’s horrible – it’s like a war zone. And her only way out, she thinks, is John. There’s a big twist at the end of the movie. And Ben Kingsley’s in the movie, and Marisa Tomei and Joan Cusack is in the movie. It’s really funny, but it really opens your eyes to so much.

WW: This sounds like this is an opportunity to play with your own image. Was that one of the appeals for you?

HD: You know what? The first time I heard about the script, I thought, “Oh God, I don’t want to play a pop star. No thanks.” And then I read the script, because my agent was like, “John wants to talk to you on the phone,” and I was like, “What?” So I read the script and I fell in love with it. I was nervous at first, because it really is such a departure from any movie that I’ve done, my own personal singing career, and who I am in real life. This character’s really out there and really different, and I was like, people might think I’m trying to be so far away from who I really am. But that’s what acting’s all about – challenging yourself and stepping outside of who you are getting to play around. And John really helped me with that. It was fun.

WW: Would you like to be in more films like this, where you’re going in different directions than you have in the past?

HD: Definitely. I want to grow as an actress and do things that are different. I think now that I’m an older, there’s more of an opportunity to do that. I’m not saying I don’t want to do funny movies or movies the whole family can go see. But definitely creative, artsy, more offbeat movies, I’m very interested in right now.

Hilary Duff interviewed with Marie Claire,India

Three albums: Hilary Duff, Metamorphosis and now Dignity. How do you rate your progress as a musician?
Every song of mine is personal. I couldn’t help but write about things that affected me. I was half in a relationship making the record and then half not, so there were a lot of different emotions that I covered.

One song in Dignity that holds a special place for you?
I get a lot of my song ideas when I’m driving. Sometimes a title comes to my mind and I know there’s something there. With this song ‘Dignity’, I wanted ‘raise your dignity’ to be the title and to be the chorus. Those words just stuck in my head. I thought young girls could relate to them.

You walked the red carpet all over the world even before you had a driver’s lisence. Today you have both, from teen sensation to a young woman. How does the journey feel?
Well, I’m 19 now, it’s a natural step. I don’t think I’m a full-grown adult. My mom moved out a year and a half ago, but my sister Haylie (22) and I live together. It has been more of a natural evolution than a conscious transformation.

TV shows, movies, music and perfumes. Most people your age would still be planning what to do in life. But you’ve already achieved what most don’t in an entire lifetime. What next?
I only hope that I continue my acting and music long enough, though I like to try different things and have fun. As for my fashion label, its so much fun to be a girl and play around with so many looks. I never like doing too much of one thing. It’s more fun when you mix your street-wear with high fashion.

Sometimes when we achieve so much at such a young age, there is a fear of a burnout. Does this bother you?
A lot of people keep me in check. It’s not exactly hard being so young and having so much. But young people in Hollywood get used to being told ‘yes’ all the time. When you get everything you want at a young age, you become bored. You’re like, "What’s next? What else is there?" I think that might be the problem with those who have it all. But I’m thankful for what I have.

On a lighter note, what does Hilary Duff like in terms of movies, music and men? What is your chill-out mantra?
My tastes are all over the place. I love punk and eighties’ dance. When I go out, it’s to be with friends, which is almost the same as hanging out at home. I don’t go out for ‘the scene’. I’m not looking, but if the right guy comes along, I’ll be ready.

You’ve done a bit of Madonna in the movie ‘Material Girl’. In the current album there is a song called ‘Dreamer’. Did you ever dream that one day you could also be producing music albums like her? Do you plan to do a song with her?
I was very excited to meet Madonna. If given a chance, I would love to work with her.