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‘Mdot’ Gets Rock Star Treatment — Weeks Before ‘Camp Rock 2’ Premiere

Matthew "Mdot" Finley Disney Channel photo

What an introduction to the world of the Jonas Brothers for Matthew “Mdot” Finley, who plays the chief adversary of the Jonases in the Disney Channel’s Sept. 3-debuting “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”  He’ll be out on concert tour with the JoBros, Demi Lovato and other members of the “Camp Rock 2” cast starting Aug.7.  All that’s gone out on this so far is a video, movie clips, promos and some interviews.  And yet, Mdot has already found himself swarmed by fans.  It happened last week, in fact, when he and Alyson Stoner were in Paramus, New Jersey, doing promotional duty for Verizon FIOS, which has a movie tie-in.

“People are already like, ‘I love your video!  My grandma loves your dance moves!’  We were on the elevator, and there were people waiting for us at every level when the doors opened,” he says, amazed.

How does he feel about that?  “It’s what I signed up for, what I want to do – be a superstar,” says the handsome young performer.

He says he’s learned from the best how to interact.  “I’ve been in cars with the Jonas Brothers, and they’re very down to earth.  They’ll stop the car and hop out to say hi to the fans that’ve been waiting for hours before they go into their hotel.  They really believe in showing fans their appreciation.  They love the fans.  Demi (Lovato) does as well.”

With the tour right around the corner, Mdot is psyched to jump in all the way.  It took him five auditions to land the role of ego-centric Lucas Williams, the leader of the teen performers at rival Camp Star.  “I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life,” he says.  As far as whether Lucas will end up being the guy viewers love to hate, he laughs.  “I think so.  He’s all about the performance, not about making friends.  He’s all about the presentation.  I can definitely relate to that.  But I’m a little more polite, a little more people friendly.”

Syfy ‘Phantom’ Reboot Keeps It Real-ish

Ryan Carnes Syfy photo

Syfy premieres its four-hour event movie “The Phantom” on Sunday (6/20) — with all involved in the modern reboot of the classic comic book tale anxiously awaiting viewer response, which will determine whether the dark super hero will be brought back for a full-on series.   It’s an attractive if daunting prospect for 27-year-old hottie Ryan Carnes (“Desperate Housewives”), who’s taken on the role of Kit Walker — actually, the son of the comic book Kit Walker — a promising law student yanked out of his life in a terrible way and confronted with a future that entails taking over the Phantom persona.

“I had a great time. It was by far the most rewarding experience of my career, the biggest, the most responsibility I’ve had as an actor. I ate it up. I loved it,” he says.

But it wasn’t easy. “The three weeks we were on night shooting, about two-thirds of the way through the shoot, were the hardest for me,” says Carnes.  “We’d been shooting 15, 16 hour days, but when we switched to nights, I felt like I was losing myself at times. The body is not made to be up all night. Your hormones are all over the place and it’s easier to get depressed.  But I think it served to help in my performance. Kit was feeling exhausted, confused and unsure about what was happening in his life. I felt much the same way,” he explains with a laugh.

Carnes says he and director Paolo Barzman talked at length about keeping his character grounded in reality. (This Phantom, by the way, has traded in the old Phantom’s purple tights for cool-looking protective gear that has purple accents.) “Sometimes, certain liberties are taken to make these superhero characters bigger. Some, like Spider-man — they keep that character real.  I wanted to find the balance between the real human being who is very unassuming at the beginning and the Phantom. By the end of the movie, he has to face himself and really become a man.”

OH, BROTHER: Jonas Brothers fans can look forward to getting a good look at the youngest Jonas Brother — 9-year-old Frankie, aka the Bonus Jonas — when “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” debuts late this summer on The Disney Channel.  “There’s a part of it called the Junior Rockers,” reports 20-year-old Joe Jonas.  “The Junior Rockers are part of the sort-of jam-off that the two rival camps have in the story. I won’t give too much away, but it’s fun to see.”

Eldest brother Kevin will be seen as the leader of the Junior Rockers. “It kind of fell into place. It was perfect,” he says. Of Frankie, he adds, “He loves doing the music, but he’s a little young right now to record or be in a band. But it’s something he’s very interested in.”

Jonas Bros. Talk Growing Up, Getting Out

Jonas Brothers Disney Channel photo

When ‘Jonas L.A.’ launches June 20, fans will see that the Disney Channel series has matured — along with the superstar trio of brothers who give the show its name.

‘I think the evolution of who we are, growing up in general, is really cool,’ says 22-year-old Kevin, who married wife Danielle last December. ‘It really adds to our characters, and people can relate to it because they see our regular lives. Trying to keep us the same — still being in high school — wouldn’t have worked,’ he notes, referring to their TV counterparts.

Nick, 17, who went out on a tour of his own last year with his The Administration band, adds that he and his brothers ‘looked at all the things we had coming up individually and as a group, and took the time to make sure our focus was still there and drive was still there’ when it came to a second season of ‘Jonas.’

They’re pleased enough with the results that when asked whether they might even go on to a Season 3, Joe, 20,  answers, ‘We might. We don’t know yet. It depends on how the second season goes, I guess.’

We meet with the Jonases in their suite atop the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, escorted in by none other than famous bodyguard Big Rob. There’s a panoramic view of Los Angeles on one end of the suite’s vast living room, and giant screen monitors on the other. As we arrive, the brothers look like they’re having a blast playing NBA basketball with 11-year-old Disney Channel/Xbox 360 sweepstakes winner Gavin Liddell — and treating him and his mom and dad and little sister like esteemed guests.

The brothers make an entrance by helicopter on the rooftop of this very hotel in ‘Jonas L.A.,’ they let us know. Everything’s been kicked up a few notches. ‘It’s pretty amazing. It’s taken on a life of its own,’ says Kevin. Joe notes that seeing the first episodes all put together ‘was really exciting.’

Their whole summer looks to be really exciting as well. With their ‘L.A. Baby’ lead-off single from their forthcoming album out, they have their three-continent summer tour launching in July (with Demi and other ‘Camp Rock’ talent on the bill) — all part of the ramp up to their highly-anticipated ‘Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam’ debuting Sept. 3 on Disney Channel.

‘We are really excited about the tour,’ says Nick, ‘looking forward to getting out there and starting up again. We love touring and when we’re out on the road it just feels like home.’

‘Whenever we go off and do individual projects or acting individually, I think it’s important to focus on the fact we are still a band and that comes first,’ Kevin adds, ‘and we always come back to this. We really want to pursue this as the main focus and that’s really nice.’