The Oakdale Leader - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Dana Jack­son

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.

Write to Dana at King Fea­tures Weekly Ser­vice, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at NewCelebri­tyEx­tra@gmail.com.

Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos

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