Q: What was the name of the Disney or Nickelodeon show that Bella Thorne was on when she was younger? How old is she now? -- T.J., via email
A: Bella Thorne was born Oct. 8, 1997, in Pembroke Pines, Florida, and started out as a child star. She had a recurring role on the HBO drama “Big Love” before landing her own hit Disney series, “Shake It Up.” Her most recent starring role was the Freeform network series “Famous in Love,” which unfortunately was canceled after two seasons.
The good news is you can catch Thorne in the upcoming Lifetime movie “Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill,” about the tragic reallife story of teen Conrad Roy (played by Austin P. McKenzie), who took his own life after his friend Michelle Carter (played by Thorne) urged him to do it. Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2017.
“Conrad & Michelle” will premiere Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Lifetime plans to provide several suicide prevention resources to viewers during the broadcast.
Q. I was taken aback recently when my two young children asked me if singer Justin Bieber has ever been in jail. I know he’s had his share of trouble over the years, but has he ever been arrested? -- Andrea G. in Texas.
A: Like many young stars who achieve rapid success and are well compensated for it, pop superstar Justin Bieber does have a mugshot. Depending on how old your kids are and how truthful you want to be about his history, you can tell them Bieber was arrested in 2014 in Miami while drag racing a Lamborghini. Bieber reportedly became belligerent with the police officer, who smelled alcohol on his breath and slapped the cuffs on him.
It would be a few years before we would stop hearing stories about Bieber being in some kind of scuffle or verbal altercation. Now, in 2018, he’s found religion and proposed to Instagram model Hailey Baldwin, leaving the flashing lights and sirens in the distance.
Q. I heard that there is a third movie since the original “The Conjuring” came out a few years ago. Somehow I missed the second one. When does the new one premiere?
-- J.P. A. “The Nun” is in theaters now, having premiered Sept. 7, and is based on a creepy character from “The Conjuring 2.” Think of it as a spin-off instead of a sequel, though, much like the movie “Annabelle” became its own entity after first appearing in “The Conjuring.”
“The Nun” stars Bonnie Aarons as the titular character currently terrifying audiences, as well as Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and Lili Bordan. You also can see Bordan in the biographical film “Curtiz,” which is about Michael Curtiz, who directed the classic film “Casablanca.” In addition to acting, Bordan is a certified autism movement therapist through the nonprofit organization Guidance Autism.
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