Top-40 summer hits of 2011
From the hottest flicks and T.V. premieres to the best reads
and rockin’ tunes, our sizzlin’ entertainment guide has your need-to-know info
for the best summer ever. Read on for our top-40 hits spanning June through August.
What are you looking forward to this summer, babes?
GL’s June/July 2011
cover girl Crystal Reed takes to
the small screen in MTV’s dark
new series. She plays the love interest of Scott, a high-school jock (Tyler
Posey) who is attacked by a werewolf (Tyler
Hoechlin). What will the duo do once
Scott’s life is changed forever? You’ve gotta watch to find out!
Get prepped: Watch
the original 1985 comedy starring Michael J. Fox (currently available streaming
from Netflix) before tuning in to the series premiere Sunday, June 5 after the MTV Movie Awards.
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER
The fourth season of Secret Life kicks off Monday, June 6 at 8 p.m. The hit ABC Family series picks up with the imminent arrival of Adrian
(Francia Raisa) and Ben’s (Kenny
Baumann) baby girl. Devastating news mars
the joyous occasion, but you’ll have to tune in to get the scoop!
SWITCHED AT BIRTH
When well-off teen Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) tests her blood type during chem class, she
discovers that her parents aren’t who she thinks they are. She’s been switched
at birth with the hearing-impaired Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc). How will the girls cope as they meet the ‘rents
they never knew they had?
Grab your mom and catch the premiere of this promising ABC
Family series Monday, June 6 at
9 p.m., right after the season opener of The
Secret Life of the American Teenager.
BLUE CRUSH 2
Surfer girl Dana leaves behind her Malibu digs to travel to
South Africa. There, she meets a new crew (and catches killer waves, natch).
Australian-born Sharni Vinson (Step
Up 3D) stars in this straight-to-DVD guilty pleasure that we will
totally be snapping up when it releases on June 7.
Wanna hang ten with Sharni and the gang?
Check out GL's June/July 2011
issue for a peek inside their beach bags!
Catch 14-year-old dynamo Hailee Steinfeld’s Oscar-nominated performance in True
Grit, out on DVD and
BluRay June 7. Hailee plays
Mattie Ross, a determined young woman who enlists the help of U.S. Marshal
Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to track down her dad’s murderer.
This film is rated PG-13 for violence and potentially
disturbing images. It might be inappropriate for tweens.
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER
For 10 years, we’ve been following the antics of Judy Moody
in the pages of Megan McDonald’s hit kids books. Now, the third-grader (played
by Jordana Beatty) is setting out to
have a seriously fab summer, for sure and absolute positive. No LBS here! Catch Judy Moody in theaters on June 10.
Can’t wait? CLICK
HERE to watch an exclusive sneak peek.
Super 8 is one of
the most anticipated movies of the summer. Directed by J.J. Abrams, produced by
Steven Spielberg and starring up-‘n’-comer Elle Fanning (sister of Dakota), A.J. Michalka and Joel Courtney, it tells the story of a group of teens who are
making a movie when they witness a train crash. The train’s origin? Area 51.
Be prepared to join the masses at your local movie theater
on June 10.
THE GLEE PROJECT
Can’t wait until Glee
returns this fall? Get your fill of song-happy teens and young adults at 12
ladies and gents compete for a part on one of the best shows on T.V. Rumor has
it that if a guy wins, he might become Mercedes’ love interest. Wonder how
that’ll play out with the surreptitious handholding between her and Sam on the
season 2 finale…
Tune in to Oxygen on
Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m. to catch the
OWL CITY’S ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
Do you love “Fireflies”? Get ready for another summer of Owl
City earworms when Adam Young's electronic/synthpop project drops its second major-label
album, All Things Bright and Beautiful,
on June 14.
Get psyched: Download the
first single off the new album, “Alligator Sky.”
BY MYRA MCENTIRE
Seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole wishes her life was normal.
Ever since her parents died, she’s been seeing things: Southern Belles,
soldiers, jazz trios. She’ll do anything to rid herself of these visions, but
will a strange man prove to be the cure or yet another puzzle piece in the
This, Myra McEntire’s
first novel, will be in stores June 14. CLICK HERE to preorder it today!
JACKIE EVANCHO’S DREAM WITH ME
We are in awe 11-year-old Jackie Evancho’s operatic voice.
She took second place America’s Got Talent
and now she is releasing her first full-length album on June 14.
It features duets with Barbra Streisand and Susan Boyle. You can also catch
Jackie singing in concert on PBS. The televised special is set to premiere on
June 14 as well.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
Get ready for the PLL girls
to spill all during the 8 p.m. June 14 season premiere on ABC Family. The episode centers on a therapy session in which
Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna
(Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) dish on
how Alison’s death has affected them. What secrets will be shared—and lies
told? Tune in to find out!
Can’t wait? CLICK HERE to watch exclusive video interviews with the cast of Pretty Little
9 LIVES OF CHLOE KING
Have you ever wished that you could, say, be invisible or
fly or have X-ray vision? Meet Chloe King (Skyler Samuels), a teen girl who can’t wait to celebrate her
birthday like usual…until she begins to develop abilities that aren’t quite
Catch the premiere Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. on ABC Family, right after the season premiere of Pretty
Why should you tune in? “Chloe is an inspirational characters,” Skyler says. “She’s fun. She’s
fierce. She’s ready to take on the world.” Read more of her interview with GL
in our June/July 2011 issue!
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
The whole family will fall for this flick based on the
popular children’s book. Jim Carrey stars as a businessman who inherits six
penguins. His new tuxedoed friends turn his apartment into a North Pole
paradise…and his life totally upside-down. Madeline Carroll (Flipped, The Spy Next Door) costars
as his daughter.
Head to theaters on June 17 to catch this movie before it melts!
THE ART OF GETTING BY
The utterly adorable Freddie Highmore is George, an odd teen doing his best to graduate
high school without doing a bit of homework. When he’s informed that he must
get the stack completed before graduation, he meets popular girl Sally (Emma
Roberts). Will he bid HS farewell with her
help? This indie movie rolls into theaters on June 17.
This brand new Disney Channel series premieres June 17. It
follows the adventures of China Anne McClain as Chyna Parks, a middle school-aged music prodigy
who fights her way through the halls of high school to attend an A.N.T.—Advanced
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES ON DVD
Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) heads back to middle school in this adaptation of the popular
books by Jeff Kinney. In this second film,
Greg and his brother Rodrick survive forced bonding sessions (thanks, Mom!),
wild parties and huge secrets to make this year one for the record books. Catch
the DVD and Blu-ray release on June 21.
Zoom zoom! The Cars crew goes global as Lightning McQueen and BFF Mater go
up against the world’s fastest cars in a race to the finish. We’re pushovers
for Pixar, so all we can say is rev
your engines (and bring the whole family along!) on June 24.
MYSTERY CASE FILES: THE MALGRAVE INCIDENT
Love mysteries? The Mystery Case Files video game series lets you be the detective.
Explore the abandoned resort of Malgrave Island and see if you can solve the
mystery solo or with friends. This is the first game of the series to be
released on Nintendo Wii and we
CLICK HERE to preorder this June 27 release!
Beyonce drops her
fourth album on June 28, and
this one is gonna be different. She drew inspiration from her travels and from
a wide assortment of bands and festivals she’s attended to pull together an
eclectic mix of songs sure to please every ear.
Check out the early release of the “Run The World”
BY LOUISE RENNISON
Fans of the Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging series starring our favorite Brit Georgia Nicholson
will adore this spin-off from the same author. Withering Tights spills the misadventures of Georgia’s cousin
Tallulah. Will she survive summer camp?
CLICK HERE to preorder this June 28 release!
SELENA GOMEZ AND THE SCENE’S WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
Almost a month before her 19th birthday, Disney queen Selena
Gomez will celebrate the release of
her third album, When the Sun Goes Down. The lead single, “Who
Says,” has already gone Gold! No matter what you think of her PDA with
boyfriend Justin Bieber, you’ve
gotta admit this girl’s got pipes. Grab the full CD on June 28.
CLICK HERE to preorder When the Sun Goes Down!
THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA
Funny girl Raven-Symone stars in this brand-new comic series on ABC Family. Follow Georgia and her science nerd BFF as they
struggle to make it big in the Big Apple. Catch the premiere 8:30
p.m. on June 29!
Get prepped: Watch
Raven grow up on-screen in some of our favorite flicks: Doctor
Girl of the 21st Century and The Cheetah Girls.
When Grace (Selena Gomez) is mistaken for Cordelia, a British heiress, she
and her two besties live it up. But what will happen with the real
Cordelia shows up? Monte Carlo
features Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy and Glee’s Cory Monteith! Head to theaters July 1 for this fab romp through Europe.
The cutest documentary of the summer follows the real-life
story of Nim, a chimpanzee raised as a human child in the 1970s to prove the
intelligence and understanding of animals. Lucky ducks will catch this doc in
select theaters July 8.
Looking for more critter-filled documentaries we heart? Check out March of the Penguins and Born
To Be Wild.
COLBIE CAILLAT’S ALL OF YOU
This Grammy Award-winning pop singer who’s recorded a duet
with Jason Mraz and written
songs for Taylor Swift is
releasing her third album, All Of You, on July 12. The CD will feature the hit radio single “I Do”
and 13 other tracks.
Can’t wait? Create a
Colbie playlist on your iPod! We love “Fallin’ for You” and “Lucky.”
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS:
PART 2 the video game
Can’t wait for the final film in the Harry Potter series to hit theaters? Get in on the action a few
days early. Join your fave HP characters with this brand-spankin’-new game by
Electronic Arts, available on Xbox 360, Nintendo Ds, Wii, PS3 and Windows
computers on July 12.
Read our review of the HP7:P2 game here and get psyched for some killer graphics, girlies!
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS:
July 15 can’t come
soon enough for Potterheads across the globe. The final film installment of
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series promises big battle scenes during the
ultimate confrontation of good and evil.
Need a recap? Read
the book, check out our review of Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows: Part 1
and tune into ABC Family from July 7 through July 10 to catch the first five
movies in the HP cinematic franchise.
When 17-year-old Taylor Hillbridge receives a computer for
her birthday, she’s psyched. But what will happen when social media pushes her
to a breaking point? Betrayal and bullying abound in this cautionary tale
starring Hannah Montana’s Emily
Osment. Catch the premiere Sunday, July 17 at 8:00 p.m on ABC Family.
The long-running series Degrassi returns to TeenNick Monday, July
18 for it’s 11th season. It’s the 31st year of the
franchise—holy cow! We can’t wait to see what twists and turns the show will
take next, but rumor has it we’ll be seeing shoplifting, drug probs and new
Prepare to be seeing blue when The Smurfs hits theaters July 29! The live-action family movie follows the teensy
blue cartoon favorites as the evil wizard Gargamel chases them through a portal
from their magical world into ours. We can’t wait to watch their Big Apple
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE
When Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) learns that his wife (Julianne Moore) wants a
divorce, he’s sent reeling. Confronted with the single world once more, he
finds a wingman in player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) and potential new love in
Hannah, played by the lovely Emma Stone (Easy A). Catch
it when it comes to theaters July 29.
This film is rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for
If you had the chance to erase your past and reinvent
yourself, would you do it? When Cara Leonard changes schools before junior
year, her BFF urges her to seize the opportunity of a lifetime: The chance to
Populazzi is author Elise Allen’s first solo YA novel, though she did have a hand in helping Hilary
Duff pen Elixer. Find it in bookstores August
1 or CLICK HERE to preorder now.
GREYSON CHANCE’S HOLD ON ‘TIL THE NIGHT
The YouTube dynamo is back with the August 2 release of his first full-length studio album, Hold
On ‘Til The Night.
Though his tours with pop stars Miranda Cosgrove and Cody Simpson are over (sigh!), we’re hoping he’ll hit the rode
soon. In the meantime, we’ll be printing up I <3 Greyson shirts.
We cannot wait to plop down in front of the T.V. at 8
p.m. on August 7. Why? Because ABC Family will be premiering a brand-new original movie, Teen
Spirit, staring Cassie
Scerbo and Lindsey Shaw. The premise? A mean girl gets electrocuted and
dies, but can’t go to heaven until she helps the school dweeb become prom
We loved loved loved Jillian Larkin’s first novel, Vixen, and can’t wait to continue the
story August 9. Ingénue follows would-be flapper Gloria
as she takes on New York City in the Roarin’ Twenties with her cohort, Clara
CLICK HERE to preorder Ingénue now!
stars as a college grad returned to home to Jackson, MS, in the ‘60s. Based on the
bestselling book by Kathryn Stockett, The Help explores racial
divides among wealthy white folks of the mid-century South and their
Head to theaters August 12 to see this drama. It’ll clue you in on your parents’ and grandparents’
experiences way back when.
GLEE LIVE! 3D!
Our favorite misfit show chorus kids hit the big screen in a
razzle-dazzle 3D extravaganza. This docu-style movie will give Gleeks a glimpse
behind-the-scenes of the GLEE LIVE
tour…and plenty of
on-stage action, too! Head to theaters August 12 for a front-row seat.
Wanna see more on Glee?
THE LYING GAME
When foster-kid Emma discovers she has an identical twin
sister, Sutton, she thrilled. But when Sutton convinces her sis to trade roles
for a few days so she can find out the identity of their birth mother and
disappears, who knows what will happen?
Tune in to ABC Family on August 15 at 9 p.m. to
catch the premiere, starring Alexandra Chando as both Emma and Sutton.
SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
They might not like their stepmother, but that doesn’t mean
Rebecca and Cecil won’t help her save the world when mega-villain The
Timekeeper, threatens planet Earth. Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook star, but you can expect appearances from original Spy
Vega and Daryl Sabara. Grab your spy gadgets and get to theaters August
WHAT’S COMING NEXT?
Whoa! Back-to-school is comin’ up fast, but just ‘cause
you’re hitting the halls again doesn’t mean you’ve gotta say buh-bye to your
favorite shows ‘n’ stars. We’re looking forward to fall, thanks to these
ah-mazing anticipated premieres and releases…
Pop star Joe Jonas is
set to release a solo CD in September! We’ll have more on this cutie and his
new tracks in the August/September 2011 issue of GL.
We’re keeping an eye on Willow Smith and Kelly Clarkson. Both of these pop megastars’ new albums have been
pushed back, but we’re hearing good things about fall 2011. Fingers crossed for
new tunes from La Roux, Christina
Perri and No Doubt, too.
Goliath, the third book in the Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series, will be out Sept. 20. Fans of Uglies (Leviathan and Behemoth) rejoice!
Later this fall, devoted readers of the Inheritance cycle will snap up the fourth and final novel in the
series. Inheritance completes
the story of The Rider and Saphira. Will they defeat the evil king? We’ll find
out on Nov. 8.
Abigail Breslin returns to the big screen in September with Janie
Jones while November brings Puss
in Boots, Happy Feet 2 and (dare we forget) Breaking Dawn: Part 1 to theaters.
And on the small screen? We can’t wait to see Vampire
Diaries spin-off The Secret
Circle, airing on the CW
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