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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Watch This Face: Amanda Michalka

You know and love her from AJ & Aly; here, Amanda Michalka answers our fun questions.

Age: 17
Sign: Aries

Birthplace: Torrance, CA

You may know me because:Of last August's release of my debut album, Into the Rush, with my sister, Aly.

My house is: Very inviting and nicely decorated. It will be featured on MTV cribs this summer.

The first thing I do every morning is: Brush my teeth.

My cell phone brand is: LG Verizon, but soon to be a Motorola pink Razor.

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About my pets: They were both rescued from shelters. Saint is a mixed Australian cattle dog and German shepherd, and Bandit is a mixed Australian shepherd and ???.

I exercise: By swimming regularly in my pool and dancing. I also enjoy horseback riding both Western and English style.

Lately I've been surprised by: My boyfriend. He is always doing nice things for me.

The cereals in my cupboard are: Applejacks and Oh's.

Heaven on earth is: Eating Ben & Jerry's and reading a good novel by the fireplace.

For dinner, I like to make: Barbecued steaks with bearnaise sauce, twice-baked potatoes, and salad with blue cheese crumbles, walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette.

I'll eat sushi, but not: Octopus.

My coolest article of clothing: My L.A.M.B. vest that I wore on TRL and Dondup jeans from Italy.

My most prized possession: My teddy bear, Winthrop.

My TV screen is: A 42-inch plasma.

My favorite TV channel is: MTV.

My first financial splurge: A $4,000 Tom Binns vintage crystal "skull" necklace.

Wackiest fan encounter: A couple of fans followed my sister and I all the way to the airport from a live show that we did in Canada. Our driver had to pull over and fake a turn to lose them, but they actually showed up in the airport just before we went through Customs.

TV show I never miss: America's Next Top Model.

Before I die, I want to: Have a great impact on finding missing children and bringing awareness about the subject by being a child safety advocate.

Best perk of being a celebrity: Having the greatest fans ever and being able to travel all over the world.

Celebrity whom I'd ask for an autograph: Jack Black or Johnny Depp.

Dream car: Porsche convertible.

When I fly I have to have: My iPod.

People would be surprised that I: Bite my fingernails.

Book I'm reading: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Magazines I subscribe to: Billboard.

Favorite cartoon: PowerPuff Girls.

The DVD release I was most excited about was: School of Rock.

I can't start my day without: Checking my cell for missed calls or text messages.

If I had to spend $10 at my favorite fast-food joint, I'd order: Three Double Doubles with Cheese at In-N-Out Burger, and I would have breakfast, lunch, and dinner taken care of for that day.

Inaugural Bocce Tournament to Benefit Special Olympics

Celebrities join Special Olympics athletes for day of fun and competition

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 19, 2009—Celebrities will join Special Olympics athletes to compete in the Inaugural Bocce Tournament on March 29, noon to 4 p.m. Bocce is one of Special Olympics’ most popular sports and is similar to lawn bowling. The event will be held on the lawns of the historic Culver Studios where “Gone with the Wind” was filmed. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Southern California, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Tournament co-chairs KCAL9 News Anchor Pat Harvey and Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson with be joined by the event’s emcee Jesse “Boy Toy” Lozano of KIIS-FM. Other celebrities include Tom Arnold, Valerie Bertinelli, Jimmy Jean Louis, Stacy Kiebler, Maureen McCormick, Jeremy Ratchford, Victor Alfieri, Paul Campbell, AJ Michalka, Katie Gill, Yvette Nicole Brown, Anthony Anderson, Jillian Claire, and Jason Dolley.

“Bocce is one of our most popular sports because it allows our athletes to play at any age,” said Bill Shumard, President and CEO, Special Olympics Southern California. “If you’ve ever thought of getting involved with Special Olympics, this is a great event to meet our athletes and celebrity supporters, participate in a fun sport and learn how we have been inspiring fans and changing lives for 40 years.”

The participants will compete in teams of four with one Special Olympics athlete serving as team captain to offer bocce demonstrations and instruction. Individuals, groups and corporations can attend this event to raise money for Special Olympics athletes so that they can compete, train, and enjoy sports at no cost to them or their families.

Team registrations and sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $10,000. Individual tickets range from $50 to $150.

Culver Studios is located at 9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City.

Special Olympics Southern California celebrates 40 years of changing lives through the power of sport. Special Olympics offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community. For more information about how to compete, volunteer, coach or donate to Special Olympics Southern California, visit

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Goldbergs Promotes AJ Michalka to Series Regular for Season 3

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The third season of The Goldbergs will feature AJ Michalka’s first time as a regular on television. Also a singer-songwriter and member of music duo 78violet with her sister Aly, AJ has been featured in multiple episodes of The GuardianHellcats, and Oliver Beene, and she has also appeared on the big-screen in Super 8 and Grace Unplugged. Michalka plays a variety of musical instruments, similarly to her co-star Hayley Orrantia, and she got her start in modeling before pursing acting.Good things come to those who wait. After two seasons of stealing every scene in which she’s been present, AJ Michalka has been promoted to a series regular on The Goldbergs ahead of the show’s third season. Michalka, who plays Erica’s best friend and Barry’s girlfriend, Lainey Lewis, has been recurring on the show since Season 1, and her promotion comes after a largely increased focus on the supporting cast in the semi-autobiographical show from the real Adam Goldberg. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the casting news.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about Michalka’s promotion, Adam Goldberg said, “Even though my real brother never actually dated much in high school, the minute we cast AJ we knew we found someone special. She brings such warmth and humor to the only girl brave enough to date Barry Goldberg. We’re thrilled that she’s willing to put on those ugly neon ’80s outfits and tease up her hair every episode this upcoming season!”
The second season of The Goldbergs on ABC was consistently one of the best comedies on television, and it solidified itself as a success upon increasing in viewership on its new night, and the third season will look to surpass that success after a critically acclaimed 2014-2015 run.
The Goldbergs returns this fall on Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC. The show stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile, Sean Giambrone, George Segal, and AJ Michalka.

Fox Buys Comedy Starring Aly Michalka & AJ Michalka Produced By Happy Madison

EXCLUSIVE: Acting/singing duo Aly Michalka and AJ Michalka may star together in a comedy series next. The two sisters topline a half-hour project, which has sold to Fox. It hails from writers Matt Dearborn and Adam Goldberg, Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV.
On the untitled single-camera comedy, which has received a script commitment, Aly and AJ Michalka will play versions of themselves. Finally out of the house and into their first apartment, Aly and AJ’s exciting new lives are interrupted when their mother unexpectedly moves in with them.  Breaking In co-creator Goldberg and Zeke and Luther co-creator Dearborn will write the script and executive produce with Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson. Aly and AJ Michalka will serve as co-producers.
The two sisters first hit stardom as pop rock duo Aly & AJ (now 78violet). They made their acting debut as the stars of the Disney original movie Cow Belles, which was co-written by Dearborn. The two also co-starred together in MTV’s Super Sweet 16: The Movie. Additionally, AJ recurred on the CW drama Hellcats which starred Aly. The Fox comedy project extends Aly’s relationship with Happy Madison — she just wrapped the company’s Grown Ups movie sequel for Sony Pictures. AJ recently wrapped the indie feature Jesus In Cowboy Boots. Aly and AJ Michalka are repped by CAA and just signed with Principato-Young Entertainment.
The new project reunites WME-repped Goldberg with Fox where he and Seth Gordon created comedy series Breaking In, also produced by Sony TV and Happy Madison, on which Dearborn served as a consulting producer. The network also bought a period comedy pitch from Goldberg, Happy Madison and Sony TV last year.





April 10, 1991


Amanda Joy “AJ” Michalka was born April 10, 1991 in Torrance, California. Michalka was raised in Seattle, along with sister Alyson (“Aly”) and from an early age showed an interest in music and acting. The sisters got their start singing in church and acting in school plays. AJ quickly followed suit when Aly began studying acting and working as a print model, and soon the sisters were performing as the duo Aly & AJ.

AJ, like her sister, is an accomplished musician, singer, and songwriter. The girls write their own music, and AJ plays many instruments, including guitar, piano, and bongo drums. The girls penned all the songs on their debut album, Into the Rush (2006). Aly & AJ also released a Christmas album, Acoustic Hearts of Winter, in 2006, and followed up with their sophomore album, Insomniatic, in 2007.

AJ has made cameos and multiple-episode appearances on several acclaimed and prime time television series, including The Guardian, Oliver Beene, Six Feet Under, and General Hospital.

AJ wrote the song “My Way,” which Alyson sung in one episode for her role as Keely Teslow on the Disney Channel’s Phil of the Future. The duo’s music has also been featured in several films. Aly starred in Disney’s Now You See It (2005), which included the girls’ cover of The Loving Spoonful’s “Do You Believe in Magic?” Original songs “No One” and “Greatest Time of Year” appeared in Disney’s Ice Princess and Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, respectively.

Aly has kept busy with both music and acting projects. In 2006 the sisters starred in Cow Belles as sisters Taylor and Courtney Callum, two farmers’ daughters with a plot to save the family dairy farm. Aly and AJ also landed starring roles in MTV’s movie version of My Super Sweet Sixteen, playing rival teen queens in an intense birthday blowout war. The movie premiered on July 8, 2007, and MTV released the DVD for the film July 10, the same day that the girls released Insomniatic.

AJ Michalka is Thrilled to Honor God in Grace Unplugged

AJ Michalka - Head shotAmanda (AJ) Michalka stars in the new Christian film, Grace Unplugged, playing a young Christian woman named Gracie Trey who rebels against her father and his ideas for her role in the worship services at church. She decides to join her father’s old manager, play country music and the movie focuses on her return journey to God. AJ plays guitar and sings in the movie and does a fantastic job.
AJ knew she wanted to act from the time she was a kid and at age nine she began studying acting when she landed a lead role in Jailhouse Rock, a church musical. On her first general audition she was cast in a national commercial. She has worked ever since, appearing on TV and now in the movies in films like Super 8 and Secretariat.
The Dove Foundation interviewed this talented young woman (age 22) recently where her enthusiasm and passion for God shined brightly.
Dove: How did you get started in the business AJ?
AJ: “I really had a good childhood growing up in this industry. I’ve been able to stay normal which is the most important part. I had a family surrounding me that has been an incredible focal point in creating a passion in my sister and I. So my parents knew at an early age that, ‘All right, this is what our girls want to do’ and my sister and I were living in Washington at the time, we grew up there. They saw that my sister and I had an incredible passion whether it was acting or music, just being involved in church and school plays.”
“And then I’ll never forget one day my sister (Aly) grabbed this flyer, it was on my mom’s desk, just laying there with part of the junk mail that was going to get thrown out and it was about an acting workshop. My sister and I saw this and we started squealing, we were just freaking out. We were about nine and eleven. We told our mom and dad, ‘This is what we want to do.’”
AJ added they had always enjoyed putting on shows for friends and family members. “We would sell fake little tickets and they would come see us perform!” AJ said her parents were concerned about the industry, and AJ and Aly had been brought up in a strong Christian home. She and Aly begged their parents for the opportunity to perform in the industry. Her parents prayed about it for a long while and even talked to their pastor at the time. Their mother realized how strong her girls’ passion was for performing and realized that it was instilled by God and both parents decided to be supportive of their daughters’ dream. “She knew that you can stay sane going into anything if you have this rock solid relationship with the Lord and your family.” So they started at an acting workshop in Washington and eventually moved back to L.A. where AJ was born. That’s when AJ started landing roles on TV and gaining opportunities in the business as did her sister. They got to use their musical talents and they signed a record deal. “We got to build ourselves as adult artists, transitioning in a really graceful way” said AJ, “which I think is really important, instead of rushing into adulthood. Everything we write has God at the center or inside of it.”
Dove: Your ability to both act and sing must have helped in you land the role of Gracie inGrace Unplugged.
AJ: “It’s so exciting. I mean there’s not many times where you’re able to really blend both worlds. I was able to do it a few years ago in the film Secretariat, which I loved being a part of.” She added that she immediately became interested when learning about the script for Grace Unplugged and wanted the role badly. She spoke with writer/director Brad J. Silverman, whom she says she adores, and passionately let him know how much she loved the role. He gave her the opportunity and she nailed the role. She would be the lead actor and said, “My challenge was just to stay focused. My character had a lot of music to play. I wanted to be completely genuine to the role. I wanted to stay focused on the guitar and piano and really play in the film. But also, certain days were really hard. We’d have to shoot twelve scenes where I’m essentially leading a lot of those scenes and it was difficult as an actor but something that I really looked at as a challenge and grew from it. I learned a ton doing this movie. And I’d never really been the lead of a feature film before.”
“So I knew that I would be able to go in prepared if I really set my sight on God.” She prayed, “Lord, help me stay focused when I’d doing these scenes”, realizing the movie could be a vessel for people to learn about Him. “The Lord just really, really got me there. I really feel like my relationship with Him drove a lot of the story. I feel like He gave me so much focus when I was on set and the ability to develop the character.” AJ also gave credit to her mother, “an incredible woman of God” who would support her on the set.
Dove: What about the feedback you are receiving from people who have seen the movie?
AJ: “The response has been incredible. Like nine out of ten are just so, so excited about the film and love it. It’s so encouraging to hear as an artist that people are really responding to this movie.” AJ added they knew it could be a really cool movie for believers and non-believers but she didn’t realize before the number of people it is now reaching.”
Dove: What’s on the horizon for you?
AJ: “I’m so excited. I have an independent film coming out in select theaters in January that I’m really proud of and I’m the star of as well. I’m just so blessed to be a part of such a cool film (Angels in Stardust). They made me one of the producers on the movie just because I creatively had a big hand in some decisions.” AJ added she and her sister are also concentrating on their music and they plan to release a record early in 2014. “God just has really cool things lined up” she said. “Sometimes things move slow and sometimes they move quick. I’ve just totally learned, you know what, it’s not up to me– it’s up to Him. So I’m just going with it as He moves me around this board game.”
AJ said she took away a blessing in that she was able to witness to people while doing Grace Unplugged. In addition she said working with Brad J. Silverman was a great experience and mostly, touching even non-believers who enjoyed the film.

Aly Michalka Is Getting Married! Disney Star Enjoys the "Perfect" Bridal Shower Thanks to Sister AJ—See the Pics!

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Into the wedding rush now! 
Disney stars Aly Michalka and AJ Michalka—better known simply as Aly and AJ—have spent the past few years turning into beautiful adults. And at the same time, one has fallen in love and is ready to say "I Do."
That's right, Aly is getting married and the bride-to-be celebrated a special bridal shower and bachelorette party this weekend with her closest friends.
Organized by her "amazing sister and Maid of Honor" AJ, the sisters traveled to Aventine Trattoria in Hollywood for lunch.
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"It was a beautiful afternoon. They enjoyed salads and sandwiches and sipped on white sangria, mimosas and Bellini's all afternoon," a source told E! News. "Each girl gave a thoughtful speech and wrote cute advice letters to AJ and her future hubby."
Guests also enjoyed a perfume bar set up where ladies created their own individual scents to bring home.
"A perfect day for a Bridal Shower!" Aly wrote on Instagram with a view of the celebration. "You really killed it AJ, now I have to impress YOU when you have your special day ;) #sistersknowbest #aventine #bridetobe"
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During the bachelorette party, guests including The Suite Life of Zach and Cody star Brenda Song enjoyed a poolside afternoon at the SLS Hotel.
Friends later gathered for a formal dinner at an undisclosed location to celebrate the future bride.
While a wedding date has yet to be revealed, we think there's a solution to the ceremony countdown. Time to listen to some classic tunes. "Chemicals React," anyone?
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