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Victoria Justice: Finding Inner Werewolf Empowering

Victoria Justice, Brooke Shields Nickelodeon photo

Here’s a unique approach to overcoming the insecurity and lack of popularity issues that plague many a teenage girl — find your inner werewolf.  At least, that’s kind of what happens to Victoria Justice’s character in “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.”   The Nickelodeon movie, also starring Brooke Shields (doing an homage to “Young Frankenstein’s” Frau Blucher) debuts Saturday (10/23).

“I thought my character in the movie was relatable to a lot of girls — she doesn’t have a lot of friends, the popular hot jock doesn’t notice her,” relates the beautiful 17-year-old star of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” series.  However, as she is coping with that certain problem that starts to overcome her after her exposure to wolf blood, “She starts gaining inner confidence in herself, she realizes beauty is more than skin deep, it comes from within.  You have to feel good about yourself.”

Victoria admits she wasn’t so sure about handling the werewolf aspect of the role, however.  “I was really excited to do the role, it had so much action that was like nothing I’d ever done before.  Luckily, I wasn’t always in the transformation stages.  I didn’t always have to be i the prosthetics.”

When she did have to get fully wolfed-out, “It took about three hours, I would say.  You just have to sit there and not talk.  I would put on my iPod and try to go to sleep.  Getting to walk out of there in hair and makeup was really awesome.”

Now Victoria’s getting ready to start filming Monday (10/25) on the second season of her music-filled sitcom that’s set in a performing arts high school.  “I think we’re all really excited for the second season.  We learned a lot of things from the first season, got to know each other really well, got used to comedic timing.  The later episodes were some of the best ones.  I’d be the first to say the first season left a lot of room to grow.”

She reports there’ll be even more music in Season 2 of the show than Season 1.  Personally, “I think it would be really cool to see her break up with a guy or something, to see that softer side — real emotions.  I think even though it’s a Nickelodeon show, people would respond to that realness.”

Jay Leno NBC photo

SWEET VINDICATION:   It’s a good bet that Jay Leno is loving the press surrounding Bill Carter’s soon-to-be-released “The War For Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy.”  The New York Times scribe, who chronicled the Leno-David Letterman battle for “The Tonight Show” in 1989 to great acclaim (and an HBO movie), now dishes the details of “The Jay Leno Show” debacle.  Conan O’Brien and team come off as a supercilious bunch, to say the least.  NBC bosses look like bumblers.  And Leno’s depicted as the guy understandably bemused by the fact he brought the network years of ratings victories only to be handed a pink slip.  Wonder what Jimmy Kimmel and other comics who’ve been using Leno as a punch line punching bag will have to say — if anything.  The book comes out Nov. 8, the day O’Brien’s new TBS show launches.

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE:  Greg Grunberg says that the idea of his bringing back the ultra-colorful Harry Mudd character from the original “Star Trek” series in one of his long-time pal J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movies is just that – an idea.  “There’s been no serious talk about it.  I’d do anything they want me to,” adds the former “Heroes” star.  Mudd definitely has an appeal:  “He wears crazy hats, an earring, he has beautiful women around him all the time.”

Greg Grunberg Taking his App Global In-Between Acting Assignments

Greg Grunberg NBC photo

Sounds like Greg Grunberg’s activities as an entrepreneur could be about to eclipse his acting career, financially speaking.  The former “Heroes” star is going global with his Yowza!!  mobile coupon application.  He and his partners have been in huddles this week regarding their expansion into Canada, the U.K., Mexico, China, Korea and other countries.

“We bootstrapped it for a year,” he tells us.  “A friend in advertising helped us do advertising.  A friend in marketing helped us with the marketing.  Five million people are already using it, and now we’re getting bombarded by credit card companies, loyalty groups and investors.  We have to choose the right strategic partnerships.”

Which is not to say that Grunberg isn’t busy acting, too.  In fact, he has his midseason NBC “Love Bites” series, a new movie and a new made-for-television film coming up.  The latter is Monday’s (8/23) “Bond of Silence” on Lifetime.  It’s the true story of a woman (Kim Raver) whose husband goes to quiet down a loud neighborhood party and winds up dead – and none of the teens on site will talk about what happened.

“The entire community clammed up.  It was this mob mentality,” says Grunberg.  He plays a detective who is actually a composite of five investigators who worked on the famous case — which has a very unexpected ending.

Tuesday (8/24) sees the home video release of “Group Sex,” the comedy in which Grunberg stars with Tom Arnold, Lisa Lampanelli and Henry Winkler.  It has to do with a sex addiction group.  “The whole thing is outrageous, but it also tugs at you,” he says.

As for Yowza!! Grunberg points out, “We couldn’t do it without these amazing things people have created with the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.  Businesses like ours today are like, ‘I stumbled upon this gold in this hill.  Who is the best team to help me dig this out?’”

His free app allows users to find and use coupons for products they want, anytime, anywhere, including providing store directions and readable bar codes – no paper involved.  “It’s mom-proof.  I’m talking about my mom,” he says.  “She has to be able to click it and press it and get a coupon when she wants.”

Grunberg says he continually gets new product ideas, and entrepreneurship comes naturally to him.  “I’ve got it in my blood.  My father was in the solar energy business years ago.”