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Prior to last weekend, Ross Lynch was mostly known as one of the stars from Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” as well as a member of the pop group R5. To say people are now seeing him from a different perspective would be quite the understatement; Lynch portrays a teenage version of Jeffrey Dahmer in the new film, “My Friend Dahmer.”

“I think a lot of people are really excited – R5 fans, not R5 fans,” Lynch responded when I asked him about the reaction he anticipated from the band’s supporters. The artist phoned me from the Bowery Hotel downtown where he was participating in a press junket for the film. “I think (R5 fans) are expecting to see Ross Lynch acting but I think pretty early on in the movie you forget that it’s me.”

However critics are not forgetting and Lynch is earning praise for his role. The actor told “Rolling Stone” that when his agent presented the film’s script, he had “no idea” who the serial killer was.

“It was my first time playing a serial killer,” Lynch revealed to me. “So I really just wanted to get all the information I could, whether it was Wikipedia, whether it was the interviews (Dahmer) did with his father after he got caught and convicted.

“I did a lot of research. I just really wanted to do a good job, so I just read anything I could get my hands on.”

Lynch didn’t have any contact with Dahmer’s remaining family, although the film was shot in Akron, Ohio where the killer’s father is believed to reside. The actor did speak with author John Backderf, who was friends with Dahmer and penned the novel and memoir from which the movie and its title was adapted.

And while the film is certainly providing Lynch with his breakout role, the artist doesn’t seem to be straying from his band. R5 will play a handful of dates later this month in South America, and Lynch promised a new single from the group soon.

For our second and final day inside Westwood One’s Backstage at the 2016 American Music Awards, we chatted with a bunch of stars, including a few performers for Sunday night’s AMAs. John Legend reminisced about his time as a church choir director in Scranton and revealed his Thanksgiving plans, The Chainsmokers talked about working in the studio with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and former “Glee” star Jane Lynch popped by to explain why she released a Christmas album. More photos, videos and audio interviews below.





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Life & Style Weekly reports that Mariah Carey had a few rather interesting demands before she kicked off her residency at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace on May 6. Reporter Melissa Roberto also talked about Justin Bieber’s alleged love triangle and how Disney may be changing the way it deals with its younger stars on “Ralphie Tonight.”

Demi Lovato and her friends are all experiencing a great amount of success in the entertainment business, and she couldn’t be happier for them.

“I’m really, really excited for her,” Lovato responded when asked about Selena Gomez taking over radio airwaves with the hit, “Come and Get It.” “I’m excited for all of the people I’ve grown up with. Everyone that I’ve grown up with, we all have our own path now and it’s really, really great to watch everyone come in to their own.”

The “Heart Attack” singer mentioned Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and the Jonas Brothers by name. Of course, her and Gomez go way back.

“I’ve known (Selena) since I was seven years old,” Lovato said. “It’s funny; we went from being in the back seat of a car with her parents driving us to a radio show to listen to our favorite artists that were on the radio at the time to having songs on the radio.”

Lovato sat down with “The Ralphie Show” following her performance Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The full interview will air Monday evening.

It seems these days, most Disney stars start on the small screen, transition to the big screen, make a sharp right for the recording studio, and then find themselves on TMZ.com. Mitchel Musso is attempting to break the trend – so far, so good.

“A lot of those little teen celebrities, they want to be on TMZ,” Musso insisted. The “Hannah Montana” star called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to promote his second LP, Brainstorm, which hits Wal-Mart shelves this Monday. “They live for that stuff. People you see on it probably want it.”

Musso’s perspective differs from the other idea that celebrity blogs like TMZ are prying in to people’s personal space. The actor/singer suggests the exact opposite: the stars are opening their lives for gossip blog consumption.

“TMZ doesn’t just walk up to me and start talking to me. They go, ‘Hey Mitch, mind if we ask you a couple questions?’” explained Musso. “And I’m like, ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Most of the time, I’ll be like, ‘Yo man, I’d rather not, but I’ll talk to you (instead of the camera).’”

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Brainstorm hits Wal-Mart on Monday, November 22.

“They ask us when they do things like that,” he continued. “It’s almost scripted. It kind of makes everybody look like a joke, and I’m sorry for letting out the truth, but I’m so sick of hearing about all these (gossip websites) are so bad because they are looking in to these people’s lives. No, these people are telling their lives.”

During our 10 minute chat, Musso had no qualms talking about the latest in his life: from the end of Disney’s “Hannah Montana” to the reasoning behind releasing his new album exclusively at Wal-Mart.

“Yunno I just signed off on being my own label, I’m so excited, you have no idea,” the newly independent Musso told me. “But overall, just being able to go off and do my own thing and having Wal-Mart come to the door and say they want to do ‘this, and this, and this’… of course!”

The 19 year-old certainly sees where the record business is headed, with the consolidation and no promises from a major label that you’ll even be able to release a full album. This made Musso more apt to go independent while jumping at the chance to have a large national retail store promote his music.

And that’s a trend that he clearly doesn’t mind following.


Thank you for your support! Adam from Kidd Kraddick In The Morning ran 15K for Kidd’s Kids inside The Mall at Steamtown. Thanks to your generosity, 2 families from NEPA with terminally or chronically ill children are headed to Disney World!


04.09.09 : Days Difference – Radio Song
Days Difference stops in studio!

Traveling as two sets of brothers, about the song:

Shooting the Hannah Montana movie, meeting Miley:


just a regular 13 year old in a public school, who does a few movies here and there, and stars on a show with selena gomez…

i don’t feel bad for her – because rumor has it at an appearance in binghamton earlier this month, she expected the red carpet, hollywood treatment, and acted like a snob.

in binghamton.