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Disney’s 2012 Tony-winning Broadway musical Newsies makes its debut on the big screen this week, playing in movie theaters nationwide for three days beginning Thursday as part of a new partnership between Fathom Events and Disney Theatrical Productions.
It’s an unexpected move for the cult favorite, which had a long journey to success.
Newsies was primed to be the High School Musical hit of 1992 — with a cast of singing and dancing teens (including a young Christian Bale), a score by composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Jack Feldman, and future HSM director Kenny Ortega at the helm. »
- Dave Quinn
Katie Couric wants the world to give transgender people the respect they deserve.
Couric, 60, stopped by People Now to talk about some of the challenges transgender people face.
“I think that suddenly someone wakes up and says, ‘Hey, I’m going to be a different gender today.’ This is something that starts very, very early on,” she explains. “It’s a very challenging and painful experience, I think, to not feel that you are »
- Julie Mazziotta
If you’re looking for a show that centers on the many caped and/or masked heroes of the DC Comics universe, you’re in luck: The CW has you covered on just about any night of the week.
NBC, on the other hand, is turning its focus to the little people — the ones who are just going about their ordinary lives while superheroes and supervillains wreak havoc around them.
RelatedPowerless EPs Talk Retooled Premise, Earth-p Setting and ‘the Wayne of It All’
Ashley Tisdale has a whole new take on a Britney Spears standard! The “High School Musical” star shared a cover of Britney’s 2003 classic, “Toxic,” set to an acoustic guitar performed by Mr. Chris French, and the result is a sultry fresh feel. Exclusive: Vanessa Hudgens Reveals If She’ll Work With Ashley Tisdale Again After […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Check it out below.
Somehow, the 31-year-old actress and her partner turned the mile high mega-jam into a low-key, understated musing that might sneak up on you at a dive bar open mic night.
Exclusive: Ashley Tisdale Opens Up About 'High School Musical' Reunion: 'We All Still Love Each Other'
Meanwhile, this isn't the only collaboration Tisdale has taken on recently.
Tisdale named a color in her new Illuminate Cosmetics Goddess Palette line "Nessa" after her HSM co-star, Vanessa Hudgens, following a viral duet the two performed together recently.
"The names were actually inspired by my girlfriends," Tisdale revealed »
To pay tribute to one such series, Hudgens and Fallon sang an acoustic rendition of the Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You.”
The High School Musical alum got into the performance, while wearing a cabernet-colored cutout dress, one year after starring in Fox’s Grease Live!
The anniversary of the widely praised musical is also a painful one for Hudgens, who lost her father one day before taking on the role of Rizzo in the live production.
Hudgens took to Instagram on Monday to remember her father »
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This Super Bowl week, Vanessa Hudgens takes on her first starring series role, and Drew Barrymore teams up with Timothy Olyphant for a bloody comedy.
“Switched at Birth,” Freeform, Tuesday, 9 p.m.
The fifth-and-final season kicks off with 10 episodes, which creator Lizzy Weiss promises will be filled with “pride, love, and gratitude.” Before the premiere of “Switched at Birth,” Freeform’s “The Fosters” heads into the back-half of its fourth season at 8 p.m.
“Powerless,” NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Vanessa Hudgens is paying tribute to her late father, Greg, on the one-year anniversary of his death with touching posts on social media.
“Today marks one year since my dad passed away,” the 28-year-old actress captioned a photo showing her surrounded by angel wings and a halo on Twitter on Monday. “He's my angel looking down on me and I know how proud he is. Forever in my heart he will be ”
“I keep trucking on but still feel his presence in my heart,” she added on Instagram. “And there he will forever stay. ❤ »
“It was this whole thing in Sedona,” Hudgens, 28, said. “Me and my boyfriend were on a hike and then wrote our names on a rock with another rock and then people accused me of carving into this rock, but literally I took a piece of rock and wrote on the rock. »
- Christina Dugan
Vanessa Hudgens feels her late father’s presence every day.
On the one-year anniversary of his death, the High School Musical star took to social media to recognize and pay tribute to her “angel.”
“Today marks one year since my dad passed away,” Hudgens, 28, posted to Twitter on Monday. “He’s my angel looking down on me and I know how proud he is. Forever in my heart he will be.”
Today marks one year since my dad passed away. He's my angel looking down on me and I know how proud he is. Forever in my heart he will be❤ pic. »
- Christina Dugan
Gone, but certainly not forgotten. Monday marked the one-year anniversary since Vanessa Hudgens lost her father Greg Hudgens after battling stage four cancer. In an inspiring Instagram post, the Powerless star paid tribute to a man she knows is still being a supportive parent. "Today marks one year since my dad passed away," she wrote to her followers. "He's my angel looking down on me and I know how proud he is." Vanessa added, "I keep trucking on but still feel his presence in my heart. And there he will forever stay." Just 12 months ago, the former High School Musical star defied expectations when she performed in the live musical production of Grease: Live »
Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale excited High School Musical fans recently when they performed a duet of Elle King's song, "Ex’s and Oh’s," but another collaboration between the former Disney stars might not come for a while.
Et's Leanne Aguilera spoke with Hudgens at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California, and got the scoop on her new show, Powerless, her Valentine's Day plans with longtime boyfriend Austin Butler, and what it's going to take for her to work with Tisdale more often after their duet went viral.
"Things are a little busy right now with Powerless, but somewhere down the line it would be so much fun," Hudgens said of collaborating with her pal again. "We love each other so much."
As for what her plans are for Feb. 14, the 28-year-old actress admitted that she doesn't have anything »
Catherine Pearson Jan 23, 2017
The world has gone gaga for La La Land and it’s not difficult to see why. We love a good musical number. Sometimes there’s nothing more uplifting than a catchy tune with some fun choreography and other times music is the best, if only, way to depict a character's despair, fear or hope. Music taps into something very primal in us all and can often extract laughter and tears easier than two hours’ worth of dialogue.
Numerous classic musicals have graced the big screen since cinema began, but the 21st century alone has seen some fantastic songs in film. Some considered ‘musical films’ and others ‘films with music’, here are my top picks for this century’s best on-screen musical sequences.
Life's unanswered questions are innumerable. Is there society outside of our planet? What happens when you die? How many licks does it actually take? What if Regina George were a cast member of High School Musical? Luckily, not all of life's big questions remain unanswered. Today's major revelation comes by way of a YouTuber, Elle Mills, who is doing the Lord's work. She herself felt that nagging wonder, why couldn't Regina be a Wildcat? And unlike the rest of society who merely sit around debating life outside of our solar system, she got up off her butt and did something about it. She created a mash-up video; and what a mash-up it is. The resulting clip »
After Disney Channel's The Descendants was the top cable TV movie of 2015, a sequel was quickly ordered, with the beloved characters from the first movie all set to return, along with a few new characters as well. Today we have the first poster and trailer for Descendants 2, which offers our first look at Uma, the daughter of Little Mermaid villain Ursula, played by China Anne McClain. We also have a photo that features Uma alongside two more new characters, Harry (Thomas Doherty), the son of Peter Pan villain Captain Hook and Gus (Dylan Playfair), the son of Beauty and the Beast villain Gaston. Here's what director Kenny Ortega had to say about these new characters, and how they fit into the story.
"The Isle of the Lost is an island that houses the most infamous villains, so it seemed natural for a pirate gang including the offspring of Ursula, »
The Australian film-maker Stephan Elliott once jokingly told me that he’d made The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to bring screen musicals back from the grave into which Xanadu had put them. Yet despite reports of their death, musicals have never gone away, providing the backbone of the movie business in key territories such as India, and regularly flourishing elsewhere across the globe. In 2008, Phyllida Lloyd’s film of the Abba-fest Mamma Mia! became a record-breaking UK hit (paving the way for Sunshine on Leith et al), while stage-to-screen adaptations, from Chicago to Les Misérables, have consistently charmed Oscar voters in America.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Superhero movies/TV shows always focus on the ones with the powers, but what about those other, lowly people? The ones trying to get through their nine-to-five shift without their building collapsing onto them? That’s the basis, in part, for NBC’s DC Comics comedy Powerless, a workplace sitcom with an added superpowered twist, which is set to premiere early next month. To announce its not-so-supersized debut, the peacock station released the show’s first official trailer this week, and you can check it out up above.
Starring Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Danny Pudi (Community), Christina Kirk (A to Z), Ron Funches (Undatable), Kate Miccuci (Don’t Think Twice) and Josh Fadem (30 Rock), Powerless follows the employees of Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, that specializes in products for the defenseless, Aka the powerless, to make them feel safer. »
- Will Ashton
Fellow actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale reunited for a cover of Elle King‘s “Ex’s and Oh’s.” Vanessa Hudgens And Ashley Tisdale Perform Duet The former High School Musical castmates, who starred in the tween movie franchise from 2002-2008 as Gabriella and Sharpay, got together for a duet. The pair surprisingly never sang a duet in the three films they […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Sharpay and Gabriella, back at it!
Tisdale, 31, and her Bff Hudgens, 28, debuted their first-ever duet on Tuesday, performing a stunning cover of Elle King‘s “Ex’s and Oh’s.”
The video was shared by Tisdale on her YouTube channel as part of her Music Sessions series, in which she covers several hits. (Her rendition of Paramore’s “Still Into You” with her musician husband Christopher French was a huge hit, »
- Aurelie Corinthios
The starlets appeared together on Tisdale’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, with the actress proudly introducing her “best friend,” Hudgens, as her special guest for the session.
“We’re really excited to do this because this is actually our first duet together,” Tisdale explained. “We did not have a song in High School Musical, just the two of us. We always wanted one.”
Tisdale then launched into the first verse as the pair sat on a bed, with French strumming along next to them.
As Hudgens chimed in before the chorus, the girls sang »
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