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Brec Bassinger gets kick out of ‘Bella’

Brec Bassinger grew up in Texas where high school football is almost a religion. Before the 15-year-old actress moved to Los Angeles, she was a cheerleader. Since football is so beloved, the natural question for her was whether the same pressures were put on girls to go into cheerleading.

“I don’t know if it’s, like, assumed that every girl will try out. Because the school I come from, everyone wanted to do volleyball, like very spread out,” Bassinger says during an interview at the television critics tour going on currently in Pasadena. “But I did become a cheerleader.”

It’s a good thing she became a cheerleader because those skills will help the Texans with her new Nickelodeon series, “Bella and the Bulldogs.” It launches at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 17, on the cable channel.

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Josh Peck avoids original ‘Red Dawn’

Josh Peck, star of the remake of the 1984 film “Red Dawn,” has a good excuse for not having seen the original film when it was in theaters. He wasn’t born until two years after it opened. The film’s been on DVD for years and can often be found on a cable channel. Despite all the opportunities, Peck decided not to watch the Patrick Swayze film after being cast in the remake until after the filming of the new “Red Dawn” had been completed.

“It was just one of those things that after I read the script I was immediately intrigued about doing the film,” Peck says. “I knew if I watched the original film it would be hard to avoid some sort of mimicry, trying to imitate certain things that you love. I watched the night we finished and immediately understood why people love it so much.”

Peck, best known as one of the stars of the Nickelodeon series “Drake & Josh,” hasn’t made a lot of action movies. Along with the TV show, he’s done a lot of voice work including the “Ice Age” movies. That’s one reason he was excited about being in the remake to the point he was willing to go through training camp before shooting “Red Dawn” so he would be ready to handle all of the big action stunts.

There was no training to help Peck get ready for the reaction he’s had from fans of the original “Red Dawn.”

“They are weirdly protective of this film,” Peck says. “As soon as it came up in any conversation they were like ‘Chill out on my movie, Bro.’ Everyone would tell me that this movie meant a lot to them so I knew immediately this was not to be taken lightly.”

Peck’s co-star Adrianne Palicki got some very distinct instructions from the fans.

“I was told ‘Don’t (expletive deleted) up this movie,” Palicki tells me.