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Degrassi Star Reported Dead…Five YEARS Later!

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Degrassi star Neil Hope died at the age of 35…

But it's only now that we know he died in 2007! This is very sad.

Reportedly, the man who played Derek "Wheels" Wheeler died of natural causes in November 2007.

We wonder what's kept this news so hush-hush? Family privacy?

We send our condolences to his loved ones.

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CW Goes Canadian For New TV Series

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The CW has inked a new deal to bring Canada's The L.A. Complex to its summer programming.

Sort of like Melrose Place, L.A. Complex features around twenty year olds trying to make it into hollywood.

Except they're Canadian.

This will be CW's second crack at Canadian TV. It tried 18 to Life but pulled the plug after three episodes.

L.A. Complex is also produced by the same company as teen hit, Degrassi.

Which is like 90210. But Canadian. See where this is going.

Then again, Degrassi did give us Wheelchair Jimmy so L.A. Complex has potential.

Check out the video above to see the trailer for L.A. Complex

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Nicki Minaj Gives Drake A Lapdance On Stage!

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While in Toronto, Drake joined Nicki Minaj up on stage for her latest smash hit Super Bass, and ended up getting a pretty intense lap-dance out of it!

And to think, just a few years ago he was battling falling during rehab after a bullet wound on Degrassi, and now he's gettin' the velvet-room special from Nicki!

LOLz!

Check out the video above to see how he handles it.

We say pretty well, until near the end of the song when he looks like he doesn't know what to do with himself! Ha!

[Video via LauraLikey.com]

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Boo! Florida Family Association Boycotts Degrassi Due To Gay/Transgender Characters

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NOT cool!

Back in November, we were VERY disappointed to learn that Kodak had pulled its ads from airing during Teen Nick's popular series, DeGrassi: The Next Generation.

At the time, we heard that Kodak has received a slew of emails from the Florida Family Association (FFA) for supporting a show that "targets teens with gay propaganda and other immoral behavior." The FFA seems to REALLY have it out for the show because there's not only gay characters, but a transgender one as well.

We were pleased to learn that Kodak is once again advertising on the show, but NOW the FFA is at it again, and they're continuing to harass Degrassi show sponsors, including Penguin Viking, Verizon, Colgate, and Hewlett Packard.

Here's what FFA founder David Canton had to say about his issues with Degrassi:

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Promo For The 38th 11th Season Of Degrassi!

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Because we doubt this show will ever get canceled…

Check out the just released promo for the upcoming 11th season of Degrassi, which is set to premiere July 18th, and featuring the song Steal Your Heart by Augustana (above)!

Pretty much the usual, standard fare by this point…heartbreak, romance, buttloads of drama…and a GUN?!

Didn't they already do that story with Wheelchair Jimmy?!

Eh, whatevs!

What do U think?? Will U be tuning in for the new season of Degrassi?

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Drake's Getting Back Into Acting!

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Sorry Degrassi fans. We regret to inform you that wheelchair Jimmy will not be returning to his former stomping grounds. That time has passed.

No, actually, Drake is in talks to star in a new movie - a thriller called Arbitrage. The cast of the indie flick already includes Susan Sarandon and Eva Green, but there is no word on who Drake would actually play. The story centers around a "hedge fund magnate who is in over his head and desperate to complete the sale of his shady trading empire to a major bank before his fraud is revealed."

We don't imagine he'll take the lead, but we hope he has a pretty significant role. Say what you will about his Degrassi days, he was very good! We're excited for him!

Are U?

[Image via WENN.]

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Boo Kodak!

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What an awful message you're sending to the youths!

Kodak, a supposedly family friendly company, has pulled its ads from airing during Teen Nick's popular series, DeGrassi: The Next Generation.

Apparently, the company has been receiving a slew of emails from the Florida Family Association for supporting a show that “targets teens with gay propaganda and other immoral behavior.”

For those of you who are not familiar with the show, this season there are not only gay teen characters, but a transgender one as well. We assume this is the kind of "immoral behavior" this group is referring to and we're ashamed to say that this kind ignorance led Kodak to pull their promotion of the show.

What an absolute shame. Here's a show, trying to reach out to a group of teens who've probably never felt like they've had a role model before, on a network that promotes itself as being kid-friendly, and Kodak now is saying that it's wrong to support that.

What's wrong is making anyone feel less worthy of respect and consideration because of their sexuality or race or creed or anything!

A major company publicly siding with homophobia. How sad.

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