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The best way to celebrate 75 years of Disney music? Listen to every single song from every single Disney movie and Disney TV series, of course. But we ain't go time for that. So how about watching 75 years of musical magic in just five minutes? That's doable, right? American Idol finalist turned YouTube star Todrick Hall (the man behind other Disney video creations like "Spell Block Tango," and "Cinderfella,") has created "The Evolution of Disney," which features classic songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Frozen and everything in between. Even High School Musical jams and the theme song from That's So Raven snuck in there. He covered all of them and he pulled it off »
Broadway got an influx of fresh new talent last night! Fifty-two musical theater hopefuls made their Broadway debut at the Minskoff Theatre June 29 at the seventh annual Jimmy Awards. Hosted by two-time Tony winner Michael Cerveris (“Fun Home”), the National High School Musical Theatre Awards named New York native Marla Louissaint, who played Caroline in “Caroline, or Change,” and Anthony Skillman, who played the titular wild man in “Tarzan,” the competition’s winners in the actress and actor categories. Both took home checks for $10,000, among other prizes that include a role in an upcoming Wyndham Rewards commercial. The four runners-up—Alec Michael Ryan (Laurence, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”), Drayton Maclean Mayers (Edward Bloom, “Big Fish”), Morgan Higgins (Eponine, “Les Misérables”), and Marnie Quick (Orange, “Shout! The Mod Musical”)—all received $2,500 scholarships courtesy of the Barry and Fran Weissler Foundation. The panel of judges included noted casting directors Bernie Telsey and Tara Rubin »
Two years have passed since “Teen Beach Movie,” but just three months of time onscreen. And that offers about as much as anyone needs to know about the sequel, “Teen Beach 2,” which clearly feels no incentive to tamper with success. The only wrinkle, such as it is, involves reversing the first movie’s central conceit, bringing characters from a ’60s beach movie into the present-day real world, instead of vice versa. But all that – and the other plot threads stitched together from various sources – is a pretty thin excuse to reunite the gang to dance and sing again.
To its credit, Disney Channel’s commitment to live-action musicals introduces its audience to a genre that doesn’t gain much exposure elsewhere on TV, so the second-guessing should be kept to a minimum. That said, given that some parents will doubtless be lulled into sitting through these exercises with their kids, »
- Brian Lowry
Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, Grace Phipps (pictured) and the entire cast of the hotly-anticipated “Teen Beach Movie” sequel sat in the audience among a room full of lucky kiddos who screened the Disney Channel Original Movie, days before Friday night’s television debut.
Director and choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday, who returned in his original roles for the follow-up flick, reminded attendees that the first film ranked as the No. 2 television cable movie of all time, only behind Disney’s own “High School Musical.”
“It was beyond our wildest expectations,” Hornaday said, sharing that Mouse House insiders have been rumbling about the sequel being even better than the original, which debuted to 13.5 million viewers in »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Happy Tuesday, folks! Here's something that is sure to make your day: Zac Efron, shirtless and looking mighty fine. The 27-year-old hottie is currently on location in Hawaii filming the upcoming comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates alongside co-star Adam Devine. When the two aren't busy on-set, they have been taking advantage of all the island has to offer, and we're thoroughly enjoying the subsequent paparazzi shots thanks to their outdoor excursions... Efron and Devine, along with fellow co-star Aubrey Plaza, went to a lake in Oahu on Sunday, where the trio had some fun in the sun and swung around a rope swing—thereby providing the former High School Musical star with the »
So sweet! Ashley Tisdale had one happy reunion with her former Suite Life of Zack and Cody costars Cole and Dylan Sprouse this past weekend. The High School Musical star, 29, took to Instagram on Sunday, June 14, to share a cozy shot of herself with the 22-year-old twins. Tisdale sports a wide grin in the photo, wrapping her arms around the hunky former child stars. "I love seeing these boys," the Disney star captioned the image. "My little brothers have grown into such smart, talented, and genuinely [...] »
Zac Efron stepped out on a golf course in Hawaii earlier this month, and he got so excited about the game, he threw in a fist pump or two. Once you see the photos, it's nearly impossible not to think of Zac's swoon-worthy days in High School Musical, specifically that iconic scene in HSM 2 where Troy Bolton dances and sings "Bet on It" on a golf course at a fancy country club. Zac's been in Hawaii filming Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, but in his free time, he's been hiking with Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, spending quality time with girlfriend Sami Miró, and now, channeling HSM - even if it wasn't necessarily intentional. Come on, though: keep reading to look at the pictures, plus GIFs from the scene in question, and tell us you don't see it. Then, watch the full video at the end, because you know »
You already understand "Clipped." It's a multicamera sitcom set in a Boston barbershop called Buzzy's. There are rowdy characters, thoughtful characters, weird characters. A guy named Buzzy (George Wendt) runs the place. Big accents. Romantic squabbles. Every punctuation mark is a guffaw cue. You get it. But when I visited the set of TBS' new sitcom created by "Will & Grace" alums Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, I realized there's actually a lot more going on here. While George Wendt insisted -- sheepishly -- that his new character is basically a gay version of Norm from "Cheers" (with no added denotational hand gestures of "gayness"; Wendt says Mutchnick put the kibosh on his attempts to seem more effeminate), "Clipped" gives Wendt a chance to play den father to young improv-trained talents, a natural fit for the onetime Second City star. Check out the glitzy set where he gets to show off his comic and tonsorial chops. »
- Louis Virtel
While the Tonys were being handed out Sunday night, TVLine wasn’t just watching the awards, we were deciding the winners — or, in some cases, “winners” — in a few categories of our own invention. So which performers and performances from the black-tie back-slap made the cut — and which should have been cut? Read on, find out and — best of all — hit the comments to weigh in yourself!
PhotosCritics’ Choice Television Awards 2015: Allison Janney’s Big Kiss, Taraji’s Cookie Moment and More in Photos
Beauty school dropout? You may think you know Ashley Tisdale—the hilariously dramatic star of the beloved High School Musical series, who will soon be starring in the upcoming sitcom Clipped—but the actress has been harboring a little secret: On the inside, she feels like she could have been a hairstylist. When Us Weekly visited the set of her new series, Tisdale, 29, said, "The fact that Clipped takes place in a barbershop, I felt like I was literally meant to do this show, because I've spent, like, the [...] »
High School Musical? The seniors at Kahuku High and Intermediate School in Oahu, Hawaii, decided to spice up their May 28 graduation ceremony. Photos: Awkward celeb prom poses The graduating class learned multiple song and dance numbers, which riffed off popular tunes from The Jackson 5, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore, and others in just two days. Photos: Viral Internet celebs In the almost 10-minute clip, the students danced around the stage, jamming out to the chart-topping hits, much to the delight of their family and friends in the audience. The video went [...] »
Executive producer Frank Valentini announced the news Monday via Twitter.
.@EmmaSamms1 is coming back to @GeneralHospital !! Very excited!! #Gh
— Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank) June 1, 2015
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Samms last appeared on the show in Aug. 2013, as Holly searched for Jerry Jacks and his cure for polonium poisoning. No word yet on what will »
The theme this July on Disney Channel is “offspring and offshoots.”
VideoDescendants Conjures the Kids of Maleficent, Cruella, Other Baddies
Kicking things off at 8/7c is Descendants, which centers on the teenage sons and daughters of the most infamous Disney villains. Directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), the movie stars Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron (Liv & Maddie) as Maleficent and her daughter Mal; Maz Jobrani and Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Jafar »
The music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations is directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”). Wendy Japhet is also an executive producer. Paul Becker is the co-choreographer. The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott who are also co-producers. The cast also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Maz Jobrani, Kathy Najimy and Mitchell Hope.
Camp comedy “Bunk’D” will premiere immediately following “Descendants.” The »
- Whitney Friedlander
Big changes are coming to some of your favorite TV shows, including a departure on Castle and a demotion on Nashville. In other casting news, an actor known for High School Musical has been hired on The Fosters, another original Heroes cast member is returning for Reborn (along with another newbie), another actor has signed on for Chicago Med and there's some exciting news regarding Yvette Nicole Brown and Community. Read on for all the details.
Reunited and it feels (and looks) so good! It seems like forever since we've last seen Zac Efron and Sami Miró together. But lo and behold, our weekend just got brighter after the hunky actor shared a photo from the beach with what we can only assume is his leading lady. With the sun shining bright, the High School Musical alum spread his arms open for an embrace as Miró leaned in closer. "I'm like hey what's up hello," Efron tweeted with the picture-perfect photo. But wait a second, something appears to be missing here. Oh yes, the 27-year-old didn't go shirtless for his beach day! Ladies, we wish we had a reason for the not-so-revealing photo. Instead, »
One of Fox’s Scream Queens won’t be screaming but singing for the network in its upcoming live musical production Grease: Live. Keke Palmer, who will be playing Zayday Williams on Ryan Murphy’s comedy-horror series this fall, is joining the cast of Grease: Live to play the sassy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino. Buzzfeed was the first to report the casting news. While some may not know, Palmer, whose TV credits include Masters of Sex, Grey’s Anatomy, and 90210, is actually very experienced when it comes to musicals and singing live. As Buzzfeed notes, she’s performed songs on film (in 2012’s Joyful Noise), on television (in 2013’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story), and on Broadway (in 2014’s Cinderella), so taking on the role of Marty won’t be anything radically new for her. Palmer joins her already cast Grease: Live co-stars Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) as Sandy »
- Chris King
VideosScream Queens‘ Full Trailer Reveals the Show’s First Murder — and It’s Twisted
Marty was played by Dinah Manoff in the 1978 film.
The three-hour Grease event airs Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 7/6c.
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So this is how Zac Efron stays in such great shape! The "Neighbors" actor was spotted hiking over Memorial Day weekend while on vacation in Oahu, Hawaii. Efron looked casual for his outdoor exercise, wearing a white muscle shirt, striped shorts, black sneakers, a backwards baseball cap and aviators. Can you believe how buff the "High School Musical" alum looks?! The 27-year-old actor wasn't hiking solo, though -- Zac was joined by "Pitch Perfect" star Anna Kendrick, who went makeup-free for their beach side hike. Efron also shared a candid snap via Instagram on Monday, while standing on a mountain peak overlooking the gorgeous blue ocean. "Trailing up the military pillbox hike in Hawaii and remembering our troops. Thank you for your service #Memorialday," he posted with the pretty picture. Zac recently wrapped production for his latest comedy, "Dirty Grandpa," which he was off filming with Robert De Niro in Georgia back in April. »
- tooFab Staff
Vanessa Hudgens has her friend's back! The 26-year-old, who is currently starring on Broadway in "Gigi," stopped by the Bravo clubhouse for "Watch What Happens Live" on Thursday -- and got candid in a series of questions about her Bff, Selena Gomez, with host Andy Cohen. During the show the "High School Musical" alum was asked if she helped her "Spring Breakers" costar avoid her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, during the 2015 Met Gala earlier this month. Although the actress didn't give too much away ... it definitely sounds like she had Gomez's back at the high-fashion event! "She's one of my best friends, and you just want to have your girlfriend's backs so that's what I did," she revealed. "We didn't like try to avoid him or anything, but no one really want to see your ex-boyfriend!" Aside from the Jelena questions, Andy didn't let the brunette beauty get away without at »
- tooFab Staff
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